May 6, 2011

May Color Challenge

I've been wanting to do this color combo f o r e v e r! I adore navy blue right now -just can't get enough. Since this is my monthly challenge for Crate Paper, I really wanted to challenge myself to use a color that, ordinarily, I would pass up. Purple. In any shade, I rarely use it, so this was the perfect challenge to try my hand at incorrporating a little lavender into my work.

This month's color pallete for the Crate Color Challenge is: Royal Blue - Sky Blue - Lavender

Pretty right! and here's the inspiration wire I put together for this month.

I had originally planned on creating just a layout, but the more I played with Crate's Neighborhood and Portrait collections, I thought a mini would be fun to make! Plus, I had chosen too many embellishments that I really wanted to use, and they were not going to all fit on just 1 layout.
My mini called: 5pm (because it's the best time to be in the front yard taking shadow photos!)

Since, I'm not that keen on the lavender color, I used it as an accent color. This way it didn't have a chance to overpower any of my pages. I custom blended 3 different paint colors (cream, magenta, royal purple) to create a lovely pinky-purple shade and painted all of the little paper flowers I used in the book. I would always say that if there is a color in the challenge that you don't particularly like, use it as an accent color!

I found this pretty navy Chanel flower and decided to add a few feathers & some vintage lace and make it into a gift adornment for the book, once it's wrapped with ribbon.

I hope you love this color combo as much as I do!! If you're feeling inspired this month and would like to play along with the challenge, I have the rules posted on the Crate Paper blog and you have until the 15th to create something! Oh, and did I mention there is an amazing prize for the winner each month!


I've decided that in order to really tackle that to-do list and accomplish what needs to be done, that sometimes, you must take a vacation from your computer. Plus, this time of year is always crazy, even without having a massive to-do list. There was Easter, a visit to a neighbors ranch to see the new babies, Alaina's school talent show, Dr. apts, teacher appreciation week - all week - packing/planning, lots of Spring cleaning and Alaina has just 10 days of school left and then it is official: summer vacation. Ahh summer, where it's perfectly acceptable to spend the day in the pool and be completely lazy. Looking forward to it!

I have a new post up on the Crate Paper blog! I'll post all of the extra photos of my project on my blog later this afternoon. It's a project that needs it's own post, all to itself - there are oodles of pics to share! xo ~ T