Thursday, February 10, 2011

My Masters Entries

Now that a couple of months have passed since the Masters Issue was released, I thought I would share my entries with you. My photos don't look anything as good as they did in the mag - I love the way they set up everyone's work. It looked amazing! This is my single layout with the criteria being at least 3 photos, one which had to be bigger than 6 x 4, journalling using more than 10 words and one recycled or 'found' object.

I just love these photos of Darcie on her first birthday. She's a typical country kid - sitting and playing in the dirt even in her good dress! I found the quote 'Little Girls are Just Angels who Haven't Yet Spread Their Wings' and thought it was perfect for my layout.

I did a bit of quilling in the shape of a heart and attached the chipboard wings.

And my found item was the playing card. I also made the flowers to match the colours in the layout.
My double layout would have to be my favourite of all time. I don't usually do doubles - I always have trouble filling up the space! I decided to do an 8.5 x 11 double so that it would be easier for me. I have used corrugated card as my base. The criteria for this layout was to pay homage to your past and include photos, memorabilia and journalling. I chose to do my layout on how grateful we are to Luke's parents for all that they did for their family. They have both passed away now so this was my way of saying thanks to them.

It was so lovely to look back through their old photo albums when I was looking for the photos to use. Sadly I had so many questions about who the people were or where particular photos were taken that will never be answered. :( Luke was able to fill me in on the bits he could remember (which really wasn't a lot! LOL)

I used a Kraft envelope to put my journalling in and cut out the apples from some October Afternoon pp.

The chicken wire I used on my layout actually came from our old house yard fence. I had to attach it to my layout using wire.

The above photo is a picture of Luke and 2 of his brothers when they were kids. The family used to have a stud back then and would travel around to the country shows showing their cattle.

I included an old picture of our house - it sure has changed a lot since then. The people in the second photo are (left to right) Luke's Mum holding his older brother, Luke's Pop, His Uncle and his Nan.
The third lot of criteria was to create a practical OTP that can be used in everyday life. This one really stumped me for a while - I wanted to create something unique. I really went out on a limb for this one. I found some old preserving jars up in the shed so I made some homemade spreads (using fresh ingredients from the farm of course! The eggs came from our chickens, the lemons and passionfruit were home grown too.) I found this old wooden box and decorated it for a storage box.

I added some Echo Park papers to the inside as well and decorated the jars using some patterned papers, hessian and ribbons.

My biggest fear was that the jars would leak in transit and when the ladies at SBM opened my entry there would be a big sticky mess!! Thankfully it all stayed intact!
So there you have it. I still pinch myself everyday that my entry was chosen as one of the 10 winners. I am so grateful for the opportunity that has been thrown my way.
Thanks so much for stopping by and making it to the end of this mammoth post! LOL


  1. Hi Lauren - ur work is amazing!!! its no wonder u were chosen as a master!!!! look forward to seeing more of ur work
    anita xxo

  2. Absolutely STUNNING entries Lauren. Anita is right, you so deserve to be a Master, you rock. Keep up the great inspirational scrapping!! x

  3. Gorgeous gorgeous entries :)
    I am ever so glad your OTP didn't leak!!!! :-O

  4. I love ALL of your entries Lauren....they are just amazing & would have to be up there as my most fav in the masters mag :)

  5. Well I LOVE every single thing about your masters entry and was not surprised to see your name!!!Your single layout is just STUNNING..just love the quilling! xx

  6. Such gorgeous creations Lauren.. not surprised your were picked as a Master. So adore your quilled heart and hand made flowers. Your double LO looks fantastic and your OTP item was very creative!! :)

  7. Just beautiful work!! It does look fab in the mag we get to see moe of the details :)

  8. I thought your entry was absolutely fabulous!!! I am particularly keen on your double LO though. It is a stunning layout!!

  9. LOL with the jars. What a nightmare that would have been. Well I loved what I saw in the mag but love these closeups too. You sure are a SM Master. CONGRATS.


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