November 16, 2010
November Challenge by Malina
This month's challenge requested that we complete one of three assigned sketches but I chose to do a double layout highlighting the Crop for a Cause which my company, Reflections Keepsakes partnered up with LSS Rochester Scrapbooking Co. to host. In order to stick with the challenge requirements I chose to use two of the sketches and combine them to create a single sketch. I am a huge fan of Becky Fleck who encourages designers to think outside the sketch and manipulate the sketch to meet the needs of the design.
Well, I needed to include some memorabilia such as the thank you card from the organization we were raising funds for and I decided to include the thank you gift and card my business partner and I provided all the Croppers. I also did not have a vertical image so I worked from a horizontal photo. Instead of journaling I made the card my journaling. Instead of flower embellishments I used the keepsake. The title on this page is for the Crop for a Cause we hosted but then I wanted to take it a step further and share what the crop inspired. For the second page and second sketch I really manipulated my images to fit into the design and utilized the sketch journal area to include the sentiment I had written for the cards Reflections made for women to give to other women as a reminder to get a breast exam. This side of the layout tells the second half of the story, after the crop for a cause.
"Pink Scrappers for "Green Papers" became a month long project in which I and my business partner invited the Rochester local scrapbook stores, Rochester Scrapbooking Co. and VIP Scrapbook Gallery' as well as Rochester based internet company Wigham Designs, to raise as much "green paper" as possible for the direct benefit of Breast Cancer patients & their families living in our own community and the Join the Journey organization (learn more about them at http://www.jointhejourney.org/). I needed the story but didn't want to take from the sketch design and so I used the pattern paper panels as well as the first set of photos to hide my journaling. When each panel is lifted the story of Pink Scrappers is told and on the back of each panel I have documented specific things I want to remember such as how much we raised, or specific activities or people associated with the project.
Visit me at http://www.reflectionskeepsakes.blogspot.com/ after November 15th to learn more about what this project accomplished and what it continues to accomplish and how you can be inspired!
To see all three sketches for the challenge and the details as to how you can take the challenge - see November Challenge below.