I thought for one of my blog postings for this new year, I would review each of the Design Team projects I did for my first term on CropChocolate (July 2012 - December 2012).
For the first month on the Design Team, our theme was "ombre". And after much deliberation and experimenting, I came up with this layout and used a technique I call "burnt edges":
Click here for instructions on how I did this layout.
For the 2nd month (August), our theme was "Mosiac". This was such a fun project to plan out and do. I ended up using my quilting knowledge to come up with a formula to do this. (Though I'm sure there is already something out there like it.)
And here's a 2nd layout I did using the same formula:
Click here for step-by-step instructions on how to do both of these Mosiac layouts.
For September, our theme was "#D". At the time, I was thinking, "Boy, Amber was really challenging us." But that was okay . . . I really LOVED that part of being on a Design Team. So after remembering a make 'n take I did several years ago in Florida, I decided to do a "Circle Explosion" album. Here's how it turned out:
Here's a close-up of the sides:
Here's a close up of the wedges:
Click here for instructions on how to make a "Circle Explosion" album yourself.
For October, our theme was "Favorite Candy". Well, one of my favorite candies are the boxes of chocolates with fillings . . . you know, the ones you do't know what is in the middle until you take a bite out of one or poke your finger in the bottom. Not only do I love the chocolate, but I love the "surprise" in the middle. So I came up with a "Secret Surprise Mini Album." I called it a "Secret Surprise" because its "filling" (its pages) are made of a "secret" ingredient . . . toilet paper rolls!! And because each page has a "surprise" in the middle . . . an extra tag for more pictures or journaling. Here's what it looked like:
Click here for instructions on how to make your own "Secret Surprise" album and for more pictures of this delicious little treat. :)
For November, our theme was "Thankful for". As many know, I lost my hearing over 5 years ago and have just had a Cochlear implant installed and activated, bringing me back to the world of hearing. So during this past couple of months as I've been learning "new" sounds, I started thinking how thankful I was to have had my sight and sense of touch during that time. So for my November project, I wanted to do a project that would stimulate those senses, too. Here's what I came up with:
Click here for instructions on how to make this wallhanging.
And for my final DT project of the year and for December's theme "Reflective of You". After much thought, I decided to do a project that reflects how I try to live my life by using the word "J-O-Y" . . . Jesus (faith) first, Others (family & friends) next and Yourself (me) last. And to add pictures of those who have brought "JOY" to my life. This is something my grandmother taught me as a young girl and I have tried to live by. Here's what my project turned out to look like:
Click here for instructions on how to make this paper mache project.
After going through my projects for the past six (6) months, I can't believe how much I have grown as a crafter . . . and how much fun I have had. I can't wait for the next six (6) months on the CropChocolate Design Team. And I hope you enjoyed reviewing the past six (6) months with me.
Till the next time I'm up in the night. Kathy