Welcome back for day 4 in our Olympic celebrations! We can hardly tally up the gold there is so much to be had. We are having the time of our lives and our hotels have been nothing short of spectacular during our Olympic stay. Though some of us are wondering when the maids are going to come clean...
We hope that Scrapolympic week is bringing you inspiration and happiness. Today we are striving to bring you more AND a few giggles along the way.
Our fourth Scrapolympic event is Pairs Skating. Did you know that figure skating is the oldest event in the Winter Olympics? We couldn't resist having a chance to be a part of something so legendary.
Here is the official Olympic history statement.
Figure skating is the oldest sport on the Olympic Winter Games programme. It was contested at the 1908 London Games and again in 1920 in Antwerp. Men’s, women’s, and pairs were the three events contested until 1972. Since 1976, ice dancing has been the fourth event in the programme, proving a great success.
For our pairs event, we have created three teams of two teammates who will rely upon their partner's strength to inspire them to create their own lovely layout.
PAIRS = PARTNER UP & BE INSPIRED BY YOUR PARTNER'S STRENGTH
Let's introduce you to our three teams. First, please put your hands together for Team Write & Design.
This is not a team you want to challenge to a Scrabble match. They know big words and they know how to use them. In life and on their pages. And speaking of pages, if you want one built like an architectural beauty, this is the team for you! WIth Write & Design, your pages will be extremely well constructed and the story will read like your favorite novel.
When Design looked to Words for inspiration, no one was surprised to find her drawn to Words' journaling techniques in her January 2014 gallery page and the page she did for the warm pages week in January. Design was drawn to Words' mixture of fonts and her ability to split journaling into different blocks in a single bound. Design knocked her own layout out of the park by creating text boxes for each of her son's silly sayings as of late, mixed up the fonts, and printed them on a transparency. Laying it on top of her white space, the journaling blocks become equally as important as the photo. Truly a gold medal layout waiting for its national anthem. Now that's using words to design. Perfection!
Next up, Words. She loves how Design incorporates myriad supplies with big pictures. Knowing that sometimes big photos and lots of supplies make her nervous, Words studied Design's style intently. Here is what she learned:
- Leave some empty space in the photo itself for embellishments.
- Use strips of color and pattern. Don't forget how much punch just a little strip can add!
And, speaking of strips, Design cuts her journaling into strips quite often. So Words took that page from her design book, too. Look at what happens when Words meets Design!
Isn't it magical when you let your friends inspire you to greatness? Gold medal goodness.
Our second Pairs pairing is a match made in heaven's embellishment aisle, Team Splatter & Flair.
Splatter and Flair have much in common when it comes to their pages. Not only are they both extremely gifted with their use of color and design, but they are so masterful in their use of both digital and paper scrapbooking that they move between mediums flawlessly, with ne'er a falter.
If the truth is to be told, Splatter loves everything about Flair's pages. But a competitor to the end, she maintained her focus, not allowing herself to be distracted by all the glitter, sparkle, and good design. Splatter's eagle eye spotted Flair's use of gold (excellent color choice) embellishments, specifically on Enjoy the Show from the December gallery. Splatter is hip to the trends, and knows just how popular gold (did we mention what an excellent color choice?) is right now so she let it happen on her tribute page! Finding a digital gold (again, excellent color choice) that looks incredibly realistic gave her a starting place. Then, longing for summer as we all are right now, she created a summer page with a light and breezy color palette of shades of green with the added gold (we promise this is the last time we will point out the beauty of the color choice!) alphas and, wait for it... splatter! Excellent work on going for the gold with gold dear Splatter!
Flair is in awe of Splatter's championship use of white space and asymmetrical balance. For her Pairs challenge, Flair attempted to replicate Splatter's mastery of these two techniques. For her page, Broncos Forever Flair looked to Splatter's page, The Great Outdoors as inspiration piece. Flair created her page’s foundation at the bottom right of my page using word art and a patterned paper mat, then layered her photo, title and minimal embellishments over top. Flair then resisted all temptation to decorate, leaving the white space surrounding the foundation unobstructed. With the exception of the slender piece of patterned paper that she fashioned along the left side (What can we say? She is Flair, after all! It wouldn't be the same without a little extra flair!) And while her Broncos did not get to take home their own gold (rings), Flair's own Broncos boys are more than cute enough to help her take home the gold.
Ah! Just what we love about Pairs. A litle Splatter here and a little Flair there and you have two magnificent pages waiting to be your inspiration!
Our third team competing for the Pairs title is Team Plain & Awesome.
Plain thinks Awesome can do no wrong. At first the love affair began over pages that were so perfectly composed that books should have been written. And then, Awesome began adding the Perfect Embellishments, each and every time. And when Awesome went digital, well, it was only a matter of time before Plain did, too. The affection and adoration run that deep.
Here is a page that Plain made trying her best to emulate the awesomeness of Awesome.
And lest you think this love affair is one sided, think again. Awesome loves how Plain can pare things down to near nothingness and still have a page that some would call a scrapbook page. (Rumor has is it that some have questioned Plain's pages to be too plain. Seriously? Awesome disagrees. Plain is grateful.) Awesome finds that Plain's pages are nearly like sketches just waiting to be used for the arrangement and then to be gussied up as one feels fit.
Here is Awesome's page that sprang from one of Plain's.
You can see that these two, together, are not to be reckoned with. Their ability to handle a mouse is breathtaking and what Awesome does with shadows is only matched by what Plain does with white space. Dare we say a gold is in their future??
Thank you so much for coming to see our Pairs event today. Please join us tomorrow for our final event and closing ceremonies. You won't want to miss it!