Saturday, February 8, 2014

30 Minute Masterpiece

Designer Digitals has a challenge every so often called the 30 Minute Masterpiece (or 30MM for short).  I decided on the spur of the moment to play along today.  Well actually I hadn't worked out the time difference to be honest and didn't really know when it started, and saw in the forum it had just commenced so joined in.

Ack!  It's so freaking nerve-wracking trying to get a page done in 30 minutes.    And just when you think right, I kind of know where I'm going with this, you have the photo, you have the screen, you have the rules (which you intend to apply very loosely!! ha) and bam, the computer decides to go on a go slow, ACDSee doesn't want to play the game and shuts itself down, the phone rang and it was my mum for a chat, and to top it off I was busting to go to the loo and I sat here with my legs crossed.  I only had 30 mins to get the page in the gallery.

I'm sure Linda, our beautiful host (earlofoxford) was chuckling to herself.

So this is what I came up with.  Slammed it into the gallery and was only 4 minutes late.  So this is my 34 Minute Masterpiece.  So funny, the bit watery mark I knew I wanted to use but initially I had coloured it red.  The page looked like it had been in the centre of a crime scene with a big red splotch of blood on it !  That would just not do, hence where the orange came from.

The rules were:

  • Use something red.
  • Stitch something down
  • Use the word love in the title
  • Use a portrait oriented photo (I used a bit of license there and switched my frame from horizontal, which it started off like, to portrait.
  • And include a heart.

But I wasn't happy with it, you know when a page you do just doesn't sit quite right.  So I just did a bit of tweaking of it tonight, I feel like it's a bit more balanced now.  The watery mark is not as big, I've broken it up with some white paint splatters, I balanced the bottom with upward wooden arrows and added another line in the journalling which sat a bit better, bordered it all with black, and now I feel a lot happier with it.  This is the best part of digi scrapping, being able to tweak things like this.

Last night I went to my work reunion which went back 50 years.  It's been 24 years since I had worked down at Torquay PS, where I had a three year stint from 1989 to 1991.  It was fantastic to see some of the old crew.  Way back then I was the only woman amongst about 14 fellows I guess there was, and I was the princess let me tell you, and was very well looked after.  It was wonderful to see a lot of them last night.

But combined with a late night and a 2+ hour drive and knowing it was going to be a scorcher today, there was no way I'd be able to get up early to run, so my long Saturday morning run has been moved to Sunday, and so that means, I need to go to bed now.

1 comment:

Lynne said...

The first page looks good but, you're right, the tweaking has made it even better. Well done.