Wednesday, May 23, 2007

**RAK involved challenge** fun stuff...

I've been thinking, I figure that I average about 10 days (and maybe more) between postings. What a bad blogger I have been. Blogging will usually get the shaft, as there is always something else taking precedence. But.... man oh man, I do miss you gals!! :)

No complaints here, I have been scrapping almost everyday since Friday. Thanks KP!! I finally had a moment to pick up a kit, or two and have some fun. Only after I froze in a moment of overwhelming kit compulsion. Here I was thinking that I hadn't opened a kit in forever, truth be told it was just since January. Since splurging back in February, I thought it was about time I unpack some goodies. Each of the fabulous add-on's were a must have that month. Needless to say, I immersed myself in a colorful frenzy this past weekend and opened up both March's Rock Star and February's Funky Town.

February has to be my favorite month so far, I am so in love with all the colors!

Back to my overwhelming-ness, I had no idea where to begin. Oddly uncharacteristic of me, but true this time. I pay close attention to the message boards and often read "kit addiction confessions," stories of unopened kits piling up, etc., etc., etc... You get the picture.

Without fail, each month I really look forward to the DT gallery at Poppy Ink. So that's where I started my creative process this time. There is some ultra fabulous talent out there, I especially love the way Heather embellishes. Of course, that got me thinking. I never quite bring myself to actually "use" my embellies, and I mean really "use" them up. Why is it that we have a tendency to want to hoard these pretty little lovelies? After all they were made to be seen right?

The following LO's I shamefully scraplifted almost to a "T" This first one is from Heather's March gallery.

this one too...Can you say copy cat... this one here is a lift of the lovely Amber Skolinick. It's a fact, I worry about EVERYTHING. I loved everything about this and the message fit perfectly, thanks Amber!!

Here's my challenge:

Right now, quit saving and hoarding. Unleash your inner creative genius. If you have any unopened kits, pick one and by golly use and abuse your stuff. If you get stuck, try scraplifting from the galleries. Embellish to you hearts content, and then some, and then some more. Upload your work somewhere and post a link to it here in the comments section. On Tuesday afternoon I will randomly draw a name for the fabulous RAK anxiously awaiting a new home! RAK is open to all, not just those with un-opened kits and hoarders alike, anyone can participate!! Excited to see what you bring, have some fun and remember embellish it up!!

So now you know, I had the best time scraplifting a few of the gallery LO's, even just taking bits and pieces.... it was just the jump start I needed to get going again. Thanks PI, you rock!

**RAK is a darling little shirt (also PI inspired). It is a lime green with silver and grey owlies, sz Med. I bought myself one and thought what a great little RAK it would make. Also, I have done some serious spring organizing/cleaning around here, you can be sure that I will include a few fun scrappy items too! Think Heidi Swapp, new KI stamps, ribbon, laces, flowers and even some fabric snippets!

Last but not least, be sure to check out my etsy shop, I finally had a chance to upload some new items. Which I hope to be able to do on a more regular basis. I have lowered my prices altogether. Check out the three standard size totes down marked down to $25 a pop, woot-woot for a bargain! TFL :)

Happy creating and sweet dreams...

smiles,
Jillian

23 comments:

Anonymous said...

Yikes these LO's are STUNNNING STUNNING AWESOME.You my dear girl are SO talented!!!!!!!!!!!!!
hugs to you sweety nicole irvin

susannah said...

Holy crap Jillian, I think those are the best lo's I've ever seen! I'm totally inspired, I'll have to work on your challenge this weekend. Love you!!

jenny said...

Gushing here...

These are some of THE most fun layouts I have seen.
I love the photos, I love all of the embellies, the colors...everything.

Signed,
Bella's Boyfriend's Mommy

tee hee

Sharie said...

You say you "lifted" them, but I think they are very original. So inspiring. I think I'll break open one of my PI kits now and "lift" one of yours!

miss morgan... said...

those lo's are amazing! looks like i found out about poppy a month too late! i started with march but that other kit looks awesome!

what a lovely rak idea and package! i'll be hopping on this one for sure! i don't have any old totally unused kits but i do have this months poppy sitting untouched and a couple that have barely been touched!

GINAJAM said...

Such great layouts...love that you did all the embellishing. I, too, want to be able to that more often...it's hard tho!

your etsy is looking great, as always. I have got to get my hands on one of your purses!! Do you think the bella bag would work for the MAMA?

Kimber-Leigh said...

gorgeous LO's as always jillian! i will try to break open some of my PI stash! (I'm guilty too!) And it's been too long since I've made time to scrap, so I will have to try and take you up on your challenge!

leewoodside said...

girl these are just divine!

erin m said...

Hey Jillian, Thanks for all of the great inspiration!
Here's my take on your awesome layouts!

http://poppyink.com/forum/album_showpage.php?pic_id=1944

Youngplay Memories said...

Wow! What wonderful layouts! Your rock girl..

Anonymous said...

I just want to say WOWSA - gorgeous work and tremendous inspiration!

You inspired my to use lots of buttons :)

http://poppyink.com/forum/album_showpage.php?pic_id=1947

:) Laura

Little Lulu (aka Laurie Dagg-Labine) said...

Here is mine!
Get RAK ...by the way!

http://www.story-kits.com/forum/album_pic.php?pic_id=293

leewoodside said...

Just finished my layout.

http://leewoodside.typepad.com/a_little_bit_of_this_and_/2007/05/create_11.html#comments

Eminepala said...

HI

i found the link to your blog through Lee woodside's blog... Well I'm glad i came here.. those layouts are stunning... I love your style a lot...

Great challenge... I recently won Nisa FIIN's contest and my prize was her celebrity kit.. WOW so awesome... It's time to use it right ;)

xoxo
Emine

Sarah said...

Hi Jillian, I've popped over from Lee's blog and just have to say that I lOVE you work!! Just gorgoeus. I shall be back :)

Erin said...

Just trying to catch up on my blog reading this morning, but your layouts stopped me. Absolutely amazing. I love the colors and textures.

GINAJAM said...

Here ya go girl...posted it on my blog. That was fun, but hard for me! I kept wanting to take stuff off!!

Have a good one...

http://ginajam.blogspot.com/

sohpiasmom said...

Okay, I can totally take on this challenge...so fun!

Anonymous said...

I am so blown away by your talent. you completely challenged me to use up a bunch of my stuff and really enjoy it. i totally scraplifted one of your scraplifts and i am going to have to do another with more girly colors like yours. so, here is my page.. have a happy day.

amyjo

http://twopeasinabucket.kaboose.com/pg.asp?cmd=display&layout_id=1162510

laura vegas said...

those are gorgeous layouts jill! i'll play. i do have a few unopened kits ... but i actually did this layout using a bunch of stuff that was sitting on my desk, waiting to be put away. that counts right? lol!

http://twopeasinabucket.kaboose.com/pg.asp?cmd=display&layout_id=1160110

Kimber-Leigh said...

here's a link to my layout...not as embellished as i had planned...next time!

thanks for the challenge jillian!

http://www.scrapinstyletv.com/portfolio/view_layout.php?album_id=VRECENT_503&layout_id=4678

Samantha Seholm said...

HI I love your layouts I scraplifted one of your scraplifted layouts. Thanks Samantha

http://samanthaseholm.blogspot.com/

nicole said...

just echoing sharie's sentiments. i think they look totally original!
good work! =)
nlg