Thursday, June 26, 2008

Phew - i'm done!!

Well, I finished my layout for the final round of the Last Scrapper Standing contest at Create My Keepsake, and now I just sit and wait until Monday. Ack, that's the hard part, lol!! I'm so excited b/c my layout was chosen (thanks Dani!!) for layout of the day today over there! :-) So, I just knew that the challenge that seemed the "easiest" to me would prove to be the hardest! I struggled with this at the beginning and ended up giving up on my original idea. I am pleased with the end result, though. I am not holding out hopes of being the winner as I know the competition is fierce, but i'm so honored and excited to have made it this far! Anyway, here it is:

The first circle around the photo is made up of flocked dots that I handcut from Heidi Grace pp. The outside edging is handstitched and beaded. I stickled the centers of the circular paper frills, and I added a tiny bit of machine stitching around one of the circles. The photo corner is made up of circles with some beading in the center. PP is MM, Love Elsie, Heidi Grace; transparency is Hambly; letters are Thickers; scalloped circle from every jot & tittle, button is MM and heart is fancy pants (that I added tim holtz distressing powder to). This was SOO much fun to do and ended up being my favorite challenge yet! I also got to use one of my very favorite wedding photos of me and Tony :-)

So, I read that Memory Maker's Annual Reader's Idea Gallery will hit newstands on July 8th. I'm so excited about this because not only do I love their Idea Galleries and buy them every year, but this issue will have two of my layouts in - my very first time being published!! Can't wait to receive it :-)

15 comments:

LoRi said...

I love it! This came out so great!

Meg Giroux said...

Wow Staci, this is Gorgeous. I love all the detail in it with the circles and what an incredible picture. You are amazing!

congrats on being published! I have yet to go down that road. Yippee...you deserve it!

Diana said...

Staci,

This is a beautiful LO. You made doing the circles that you dreaded look so easy!

Mom

doris said...

beautiful layout! best of luck with the contest! :D

Melonie said...

Good luck with the final round. LOVe your work!

Stacey Michaud said...

Beautiful layout Staci--congrats on going so far in the contest and good luck! congrats on MM too--how exciting--I'll be in there with you. Can't wait to see it.

Norma Kennedy said...

O.k. I gotta tell u just how Crazy Awesome u are. I luv ur layout- Its beautiful !!!!

Norma

Jen said...

Staci, your layout is just absolutely AMAZING. I know I tell you this all the time but your attention to detail is just astounding. Love your work girl. Good luck!

Amy Coose said...

Staci, this is such an amazing LO. I am sure you have got this in the bag. Where are you in MD? I'm in Chantilly, right outside of Fairfax. It's nice meeting someone who's as passionate about scrapping as I am! :)

Lucy Edson said...

Amazing LO, Staci!! I love the layered circles. Good luck on the next round!!

Congrats on the MM pub!! I will be watching for it! You must be so excited!! :)

Pearl said...

Gosh I'm so excited for you Staci with this creation for the challenge ! Keeping fingers crossed for yer !

Frankly I would hope for you to be on more MF DTs ! Can't beat those for products ! lol !

congrats on getting published too ! Keep on keeping on there !

The New SEI Poppy & Heather Bailey Freshcut cost me way too much here & I didn't even get eveything little thing in that line ( like their ribbons too ! ) Acck ! So much so that I had to pass on the Autumn Leaves Cute World collections ! lol It's a chicken & egg situation here - often we in Singapore get the latest & greatest faster than many US stores I've noticed. & even though I don't pay full retail price here - it's still not cheap . If I were to buy from the US though the shipping would kill me & it would be slower to receive the latest . Duh !
There goes my stash diet ! lol

Happay said...

thanks for coming by my blog staci! GOod luck to you too! Your LO is my favorite ;)

Renee Lamb said...

girl you totally blow me away with this layout! wow - what such creative touches. this just rocks. good luck to you today! i'm nervous for all y'all! LOL

Kristen said...

Gorgeous! I can see why you have made it to the final round. Congrats on being published too.

Allie said...

Wow, wow, wow. Awesome LO.