Tuesday, February 23, 2016

02/23/16 - February "Ugly Paper" Challenge

Over the weekend I created a page for the February Edition of "The Ugly Paper" challenge over at SB.com.

I'm not sure if I explained the rules before so here they are (if I have, just ignore this part):
1. After signing up, the host gives your name and address to another participant
2. The other participant sends you 2 "ugly" papers and at least one ugly embellishment
3. You MUST use both papers; the embellishment(s) is optional
4. You are allowed to use other items as well, as long as the 2 "ugly" papers are included in the layout
5. You are allowed to alter the papers and, if used, the embellishment(s) but they must still be recognizable

Before I share my layout w/ you I would like to show you the unaltered goodies that were sent to me:

February 2016 Ugly papers and Embellishments:

And now for my layout: 

Feb Ugly layout: "Back to Class (8th Grade)"
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Journaling: "This year Madison wouldn't let me take her photo on her first day of school.
The only photo I have is this one, taken after she had her hair cut and streaked, 4 days
before school started. 8.1.15"

The papers turned out to be perfect for Madison's 8th Grade "Back to School" photo. Even the embellishments, which really aren't school related, worked because she just happened to be wearing turquoise in the photo!

Because my daughter is not really "girly" I toned down the "girly" look of the page by adding some "grungy" school embellishments from my stash.
The grunge embellishments (the "Dress for Success" and "Back to Class"), the Project Life card and the "8th Grade" letter stickers are all 'hoarded' product...at least 4 years old or (the school stuff is WAY older!).

The "Ugly Paper" challenge is one of my favorite challenges over at SB.com.
The challenge really makes you think!
Normally you can choose from a large amount of supplies to find papers that coordinate w/ each other and the photos you're scrapping, but not w/ this challenge. Yes, you can add and alter, but for the most part, your stuck trying to make what's sent to you work together!

I've shared most (all?) of them before (here's my most recent shares): Ugly November (2nd layout),  Ugly December
But realized that I didn't share the last one I made and it was the worse set of papers I have ever received for this challenge!
So I'm sharing it today.
As before, I will show you the unaltered version first:
January 2016 Ugly papers and Embellishments:

Followed by the layout:

Jan Ugly Layout: "Jedi Pig"
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 Journaling: "Playing dress-up w/ Hamlet.
It's been so cold lately, I've been thinking of buying him his own scarf from a lady on IG
who makes piggy clothes, but first I wanted to test him out w/ my scarf.
He did alright...  I think he looks like a Jedi!!"
December 21st, 2015

I almost didn't complete the challenge. The papers were just too difficult for me to work w/.
When I first received them I thought "Now what the heck am I gonna do w/ these?!"
Then, a few days later,  in the middle of the night, I woke up to let my dog out to go potty and the idea of what photo to use came to mind. Funny to have a middle of the night epiphany about scrapbooking, huh?!
But it wasn't until almost the end of the month that I finally made the layout because even though I had a photo to scrap I just couldn't figure out how to use the papers.
It took a long time, longer than usual, to get this layout to come together!
In the end I thought it was just "okay"... definitely NOT my best work... but it grew on me.
I still wouldn't call it a "fave" but I now find it cute (in all it's ugly glory) but I'm sure the cuteness has a lot to do w/ the subject... Hamlet could make ANYTHING look good, LOL!


  1. What a fun difficult challenge! I love how you used circles on top of the yarn balls :)

  2. Good work! Both of those ugly sets would have been way too challenging for me.

  3. You rocked it!! I love them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Fun challenge!! You did a great job with the products you were given!!


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