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Sunday, June 24, 2012

(Non) Winning Artisan Entry 1

Well, here I am finally uncurled from the fetal position I've been in since I found out I didn't make the finalist list for the Artisan Award! OK...I'm exaggerating, but I must admit it was quite a let down after all the hard work I put into my entries...agonizing over every detail and then the excitement of waiting and hoping. Oh well...at least I tried, right?

This is the first year I have entered, because in previous years I was afraid to set myself up for failure. My family encouraged me to enter and I am really proud of myself for making the commitment and taking the chance. They say there's always at least one positive in any situation and in this one it's that at least I can share my projects with you now...so here goes...

I guess I'll start by sharing this scrapbook page. It was this page that initially made me consider entering the Artisan Award contest to begin with.

I just loved the way this page (which originally was part of a two page layout) turned out...so I decided to duplicate it for the scrapbook portion of the contest. Note to self: If you enter again next year, leave time (ha ha!) to make duplicate pages of all the layouts before sending them off. At least I wouldn't feel so empty handed right now. However, I do have the photos as inspiration to hopefully "some day" re-create them. Here's what the original 2 page layout looked like.

For my entry I decided to take out the die cut doily (maybe that's why I didn't win??? LOL) and I had to add some journaling for it to qualify so I raised the photo and added the names of the bride & groom along with their wedding date. (looking back, I do like my original page without the journaling better...maybe that's why I didn't win???) Can you sense a theme here...I'm picking apart my work even more so than normal looking for the weakest link...oh, well. Thanks to my beautiful niece and her handsome husband for being the inspiration for these pages. She was so excited that I was using photos of them for one of my entries.

Here's what I used to create this layout:

Stamps: Wedding Words Jumbo Wheel, Creative Elements, Tiny Tags & Letter It

Card stock: 12x12 Crumb Cake, 12 x 12 Very Vanilla, 12x12 Pink Pirouette Textured, Pink Pirouette Smooth, Whisper White, Pretty in Pink

Ink: VersaMark, Pretty in Pink

Tools & Accessories: Big Shot, Serif Essentials Alphabet Bigz Die, Hearts Framelits, Adorning Accents Edgelits, Adorning Accents Embossing Folder, Stripes Embossing Folder, Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, Elegant Lines Embossing Folder, White Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Mat Pack, Paper Piercing Tool, Sponge Daubers, Tiny Tag Punch, Boho Blossom Punch, Antique Brads, Victoria Crochet Trim, White Organza Ribbon, Very Vanilla Grosgrain Ribbon, White Baker’s Twine & Basic Pearls

I'll be posting the remainder of my projects over the next two weeks. I hope you like what you see, and if so I'd love to hear what elements caught your eye.

17 comments:

Lauri Ingram said...

Hi Lynn! I have been reading your blog for quite awhile and am so sorry you did not make the finalist list! But, you should be proud of the effort you put forth..it is risky to take such a chance... and I love your work; please dont be critical, but I know that is human nature...keep doing what you do and being inspiration for all of us! Love the scrapbook page, by the way, doily or not!

Debbi said...

I think your page is gorgeous!! I'm so sorry you didn't make the finalist list. Thank you for sharing your entries!

Elin K. said...

This is beautiful! I never pin people's scrapbook pages on Pinterest if they have family photos, but I still wanted to say this is very pinnable. :)

Barbara Becker said...

This is a beautiful page, congrats on entering, more than many people attempt. Look forward to seeing more of your creations.

Lynn said...

Thanks so much for your nice comments. :-) Elin...I had never even thought about pinning pages with family photos on them...but that is something to really think about. I'll be careful about that in the future.

Marla Reed said...

Thank you, Lynn, for sharing your projects with us! You are an amazingly talented stamper and paper crafter and should be proud of your efforts. This page is absolutely gorgeous! :)

Lori Ingebritson said...

I love the scrapbook page you entered! Great job!! :)

Qbee (aka Brenda) said...

Beautiful!! I love all the details.

Bada-Bing Creations said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I love this page! And entering is half the battle:-)

Karren said...

Lynn, this page is stunning! I'm so sorry you weren't a finalist, but have to say that the finalists' entries must have been completely out of this world if this is an example of the quality of your entry.

scrappingnana said...

Gorgeous layout. Love all the details. sorry you weren't one of the finalists but your projects are always inspiring.

Belinda said...

Wow, this page is fabulous! It just proves that the competition was fierce. Love this. You should definitely try again next year!

Jen Timko said...

This is such a stunning page Lynn. I don't think you can logic through the judging but know that so many of us think you are remarkable talented! The details here are lovely!

Kristin Moore said...

What a beautiful page! My favorite part is your title with that alphabet and the big & symbol. So very pretty! I'm sorry you didn't win- sharing in your disappointment!

DonnaJ9 said...

Lynn, my friend, don't EVER doubt your amazing talent and skills. Just keep entering and your star will shine someday! I know it's a lot of work and you couldn't help getting your hopes up, but you'll come back up swinging. :)

Ashley said...

Beautiful page! I've finally gotten up myself from fetal position so now myself I can visit all these great blogs and see this amazing work! :) This is beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing!

stampwithsandy said...

I just love these pages, Lynn! You would have had my vote!