Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Always be happy and I Live in a Fantasy World

So I finally got some inspiration and motivation after being in the lazy state that my vacation brought on. I even cleaned my house today! I know I am shocked as well ;) ... ok I didn't clean my bedroom or the scraproom so maybe I didn't clean the WHOLE house but no one needs to know that. The parts that people will see are clean and I think that's all that matters =D Plus I think my BF should clean those two rooms because ... just because.

Anyways on to the first LO I have to share with you. The title is 'Always Be Happy' and it is the first page that I have created with Scraps of Darkness May's Kit. The photo is my BF and I at the Magic Kingdom.
I fussy cut like crazy on this page! It took FOREVER, however I really do love how it turned out. I slightly altered the color of the prima flowers by spritzing them with one of the mists in the color add on to match the colors of the page better.
I won the March contest over on SOD and part of my prize were these fab chipboard butterflies that I had so much fun decorating. I have recently realized just how awesome chipboard is.
This is a closeup of the other butterfly plus some of the flowers. A fun fact is that the big flower is covering up a gap in the punched border around the pic. For some reason I cannot use this around the page punch without at least on gaping hole. It's very frustrating but at least I was able to hide it this time =D
The title was originally only going to be 'be happy' but after seeing how tiny the rubon was on the page I added the 'always'. I think it was a fortunate occurrence. I like this title much more.

The next LO is my entry to the bi-monthly Skeletons in the Closet challenge over at Scraps of Darkness. Anyone can play as you do not have to use a SOD kit. The challenge is to be inspired by the song 'Iris' by the Goo Goo Dolls. You are also not allowed to use any pictures, just clip art or illustrations. That was a huge challenge for me. I decided to make it even more difficult by insisting that I draw everything myself instead of finding clip art that would fit. Mind you I am not the greatest artist ... not even a good one, but I do have fun trying to draw, and I thought it would make the page more personal if I drew everything.
The page is titled 'I live in a Fantasy World'. I took inspiration from these two lines from the song "And I don't want the world to see me
Cuz I don't think that they'd understand"
Basically what this page means is that I frequently hide from reality by focusing on fantasy whenever real life can get to be too much for me. I will get way too involved in a tv show, movie, book, scrapbooking, etc. Honestly I think my BF is the only who can get me to face reality, though he does allow me to hide a little bit. He really is my perfect partner <3
Here are close ups of the drawings

BTW I had an entirely different concept for this page but I HATED how it turned out. So I ripped off the paper on the background and added more paints and mists and basically just kept adding and covering until I was satisfied. This has just made me even more convinced that canvas is awesome as I wouldn't have been able to do that with paper. The distressed circle around anime me is actually pieces of the paper I ripped off the background.
You can see some of the textures better in this closeup. Honestly I do not know how I feel about this page as sometimes I hate it and other times I love it. Its so weird that every  time I look at it I have a completely different reaction to it.


Thanks for looking!

8 comments:

  1. Ashley both these pages are FANTASTIC! Of course I am biased on the Skeletons one. Trust me you did an AMAZING job! Your drawing is wonderful and more fabulous than clip art. Your concept for this is totally creative and heartfelt. I LOVE IT!!! xo

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  2. Love the colors in the first page and the "artsy" feeling to the second!

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  3. Beautiful projects! Love the details TFS

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  4. Wow what amazing pages - your fussy cutting is superb!!!

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  5. Wowed by the way your pieced the background together in your Always LO ! So artistic

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  6. Two amazing layouts. What cut work on the first one. Like how you misted the flowers to go better with the page, and how you used them to cover the punch work. Your art work on the 2nd one is wonderful. Like how you express yourself through it. To beautiful layouts.....~Cherrie~

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  7. Love your stuff! You must get a lot of inspiration working at Disney.

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  8. Ashley! Fantastic work on both of these layouts!!!! love that you added up-close photos so as to better appreciate your details!!! and your drawings that you created for the Skeletons challenge are absolutely perfect for the layout.....really gives it that fabulous artsy flair!!!! Great work!

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