Isn't it interesting how each person sees things so differently. For a fun challenge three of us took the same products to see what we would come up with. The direction we set was that we were to do a layout, we had to use all of these products and we could not add products to the layout. We would allow use of a pen or something like that to work on the layout.
The products chosen by one of us (ok, me) was a sheet of the Simply Luxe red polka dot paper--one side is red with white dots and the other side is white with red dots. There was a sheet of the Daisy D paper with the little monkey faces on one side and taller monkeys on the other side. There were Creative Imagination (Creative Cafe) sticker sheet with the alphabet and other stickers and two ribbons from American Craft. Also put in the mix was one chipboard tag from a Maya Road Album and 3 black buttons. These items were not patterns that are often put together and so it made them a little more difficult to use, or so the plan was.
A couple things happened that affected the results, one bag did not end up with the tag in it, so it didn't get used. one of the sticker sheets was short a 'y' and an 'o', which was corrected, but the picture I took didn't have those on it, you'll see where that was. Anyway, here are the three layouts.
Each is very unique in the styling. Not a surprise was that each of us used a picture of a child in the layout. I think the monkeys called for that. Anyway, we had fun doing it. Hope it inspires you to do new things---1) try some papers that don't fit your normal scheme for layouts 2) try something new with the style, 3) have fun. You can see there is no right or wrong, just our own style.
To try to help with motivation, we are going to do another design team challenge with specific products to be used-like we did here. There will be packets of the products at the store to allow anyone else to join in that wants to. At the end of the time allowed, we will post all of the different layouts and will vote on our favorite done by someone not on the design team. This person will win an awesome prize! All of the details will be announced next week (July 15), so Stay TUNED!