Time for January’s BYOC, and a Whole Month of Challenges



I don’t know if I’m ready, but I guess I’m ready – and I’m going to give it my best shot!

Ok, so I’m already one day behind, but that’s because Day 2 is the art journaling challenge, and I really want to incorporate some of my own art, and I just haven’t had time to make it yet.  So, it will not be skipped – it’ll just be postponed.

Are you asking yourself what the heck is she talking about?  Well, it’s time for the Lilypad’s annual Month of Challenges – a themed challenge every day.  If you complete all 31 challenges, you win a $20 coupon to the store.  Then, the are prizes for Best in Show in each category – and – the big winner wins a Polly spot.  And, it’s nice that the challenges coincide with the BYOC – which is really sweet this month.

First up – Challenge 1 – a Blind Scrap – meaning you were given a list of things/stylistic elements that had to be incorporated into your layout.  I didn’t use a BYOC product, but rather a kit from Amy Wolff, Think Happy Be Happy, that I had skipped a few weeks ago because my scrapping mojo was nowhere to be found –



Fun, right?  Like that Scrabble tile word art?  It’s in the kit – just like that!

Like I said, Day 2 was art journaling, which I’ll get too, and today, Day 3, was a technique day – using brushes over layers.  The gist is, if you were to actually stamp ink or paint over an actual layer of paper, there would be a little gap between the top layer and the bottom layer, because you can’t stamp it flat.  How do you do it?  Check out the tutorial here.


This is Laurie Ann’s contribution to the BYOC, Fortitude.  As you can see, I used the technique on “Hello” and on the stamped hats we’re wearing.  This is not my favorite technique, which is surprising since I really like things to look like paper.  I guess, for the most part, I forget to do it.  But, it’s the little things that I need to endeavor to do.

So, yeah, this was our New Year’s.  I was really excited because Joe’s regular day off fell on New Year’s Eve.  Not that I like to go out and be crazy anymore, but I was looking forward to dinner and a movie.  Not to be.  Because of the Mummer’s parade, all regular days off were yanked, and he was stuck working his normal hours.  So, for New Year’s Eve I made shrimp scampi, he polished his work boots and we watched Red 2 (terrible!) on demand.  For the next morning, I had planned brunch, but he was too tired to eat it, so we had my fab French Toast for dinner.  What can I say, I rang in the New Year without a shower, and without changing out of my pj’s.  Very glam.

And, not for a challenge, but for the BYOC – Lynne Marie’s Peaches and Cream.  This kit is really pretty, and would make a good choice for the art journaling challenge – very painty, with ephemera elements.

HappyTogetherAnd that’s it for today – or maybe not.  Maybe I’ll get painting upstairs in the craft room.

Or maybe I’ll get sewing.  I haven’t decided.

Have I mentioned that I’m home on a snow day!  Sweet!


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