Thursday, January 18, 2018

01/18/18 - Dec 2017 / Jan 2018 "Ugly Paper" Challenge

Hi, there!
I'm here to share not one, but two, Ugly paper layouts!
I didn't realize until I was writing my post about January's papers that I never shared December's!
Actually I have another I need to share in my archives, I'm a bit behind...but that one will be for a later post.
Okay here we go!
First a reminder of the rules (you can skip this part if you already know them):
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 
"January Uglies"
 That "hopes and dreams" card is made of a flimsy plastic material
 "Her Christmas Hopes and Dreams"
"Madison was thrilled to get these stuffed animals for Christmas.
She -REALLY- wanted the Five Nights at Freddy's fox; the pig was just a bonus surprise!

As you can see I used the paper on the right as my BG.
The "veggie" paper I used to mat my photos but I hid what I could and turned the rest into mistletoe w/ red self-adhesive pearls.
The "Hopes and Dreams" embellishment I used as part of my title.
The red and white flags are "sticky-notes" that came from the Target dollar spot as did the silver stars.
I finished w/ a Studio Calico, "This Magic Moment" 3x4 card, which I trimmed down, a winter sticker from Echo Park, Christmas-themed word stickers (that I have had in my stash for YEARS!) and finally a sticker from the Simple Stories Emoji paper and embellishment set that I am currently so in love w/ ("All The Heart Eyes" is right!)
In the end I feel like I really pulled off the festive feeling of Christmas despite what I started w/; and I feel pretty proud about it!


BTW - if you're interested in seeing w/ Joseph got that same year I also scrapped it in Ugly Papers; December's set...


As always, first the papers:

"December Uglies"

And the layout...

"Gag Gift"

(Get it? "gag"... LOL)

"What's worse than coal in your stocking? Poop in your gift!
Don't be alarmed, it was fake.
It was accompanied by $1 store underwear covered in chocolate syrup and...$200! Merry Christmas, Joseph!12.25.16"

A creative but gross way to give money, for sure!
(add this to your list, Cindy! LOL!)
Joseph was so startled he tossed the box aside...but once we assured him it was fake, he reluctantly dug in until he found his gift: $200.

Again I used one paper as the BG and the other to mat the photo.
I backed the photo a second time w/ a white scrap of paper from my stash, in order to break up the 2 busy patterns.
The Ugly Embellishment frame I used as part of my title design...
and some more of those super cute emoji stickers!

As usual I had a really great time w/ this challenge and will continue participating throughout 2018!


  1. your layouts--great use of those papers!

  2. I loveeeeeeeeeee both of these!! PURE GENIUS to add the red pearls to the veggies, so now they are holly!!! And LOL!!! to the second one!!!! I would FREAK out!!! HA!!!! And you will have to share this with Cindy on IG -- she is in Phoenix right now for CHA -- so I am not sure she is visiting blogs right now :) Brian and I are seeing her tonight! :)

  3. I was totally taken in by the red berries! fun

  4. I'd say you did two great saves! I have to admit I was not impressed with the papers before you started with them, but super impressed with how you used them because the pages turned out great. I especially like how you did the white mat behind the photo on the second page. I will have to remember that idea! (And BTW, I would have reacted just as your son did on the gag gift. But, it is funny! Ha ha!)

  5. Creative, but I will NOT be adding it to my list! LOL!

    Both layouts are great. You never cease to amaze me with the way you transform (or even embrace!) ugly papers. I am totally impressed with the way you turned the veggies into holly berries.


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