The challenge set was that my Mum and I would both choose a piece of patterned paper that we'd purchased long ago and coveted and loved....and forgotten about and never used. The background sheet here is m piece of paper. It's by Basic Grey from their Urban Couture line which I'm sure disappeared some time ago and while thought (and still think) this paper is beautiful, it doesn't lend itself to my way of scrapbooking.
And so it never got used. I hauled it out a couple of weeks ago when Mum and I set the challenge and got to work.
In the end, I decided to let the pattern do most of the work for this page. I used my Jungle-themed picture and story and the leafy fronds and tangling vines in their variegated hues of greens and yellows tied the whole thing together. The background is overwhelming, so instead of fighting it, I let it overwhelm, confining it ever sol slightly with a white border to add definition. And I enjoyed it!
I don't think I would, or indeed could, do every page like this. But in this instance, with the right photos, I like how it turned out.
The Armenians shrieked and pointed at me and said that I was the jungle lady. Confused, much? But they taped me into a ground sheet and also stuck on weeds and flowers and a scarf (?). I protested vociferously as they unflinchingly mauled me about, smushing charcoal onto my face and grass in my hair. And they gave me a log to hold and I had to dance. The indignity! But I won the prize :D
P.S. I intended to do the podcast today but I have little to no voice being currently possessed of a cold. Yeulch. I'm drinking ever so many cups of tea which doesn't really seem to be helping but does make me feel warm and fuzzy inside. Swings and roundabouts really :D