Sunday, 7 August 2011

August 7th Challenge

Hi everyone! It's time for our first August challenge.

Your challenge is to gain you inspiration from books, whether that is a book cover, a title, story or something else...

I can't wait to show you the lyouts from the Design Team, they really rocked it!

This month the sponsor is Scrap Rat Kits. There is already a £10 voucher up for grabs for the scraplift challenge (redeemable against anything in the store) and I'm giving away a £15 voucher for the main August challenges! As always, we welcome international participants!
So on to your inspiration for the book challenge...


I wanted to create a layout to inspire me to start reading some of the many non-fiction books I've amassed over the years. I took a snapshot of a small section of my bookshelf and focused on the fact that I have all these books I want to read, but never make the time. I find that, for me, just making myself aware of things that have fallen by the wayside inspires me to pick them up again. Here's hoping!


When I was looking around at books to inspire I was immediately drawn to this book cover, I love the images around the outside of the book.

 Here is the layout that I created from it!

I couldn't quite stretch to photos of a beach cafe so I did it about the beach instead! I had great fun stenciling and hand painting all the images around the edge! Love this effect! I enjoy reading so maybe now I should actually read this book to see what its like!


The 'Old' side is based on my love for old dictionaries (I collect them)...and if you flip it, the 'New' side is about my Nook...which I love as well, but lately it gets used mostly when my kids take it to play Angry Birds. :)
The book picture is what I based my layout on. I collect the Companion Library series (old Children's Classics)...if you read them one way, it's one story...if you flip it over, it's another.


I absolutely love books! I've always been an avid reader, and it's not unusual to see me like this, hidden behind a novel. If I'm not crafting then chances are I'll be reading :D


I found my inspiration for this challenge in an actual, vintage book cover. I love the distressing on the left edge caused by being pulled away from the spine, and I love the well-worn edges and imperfections. The book cover in turn inspired my title and journaling. I want my children to remember the precious, random moments from their childhood, and that's why I scrapbook - to tell their story.


I made a page about my favorite books when I was a kid: the Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder. They became a popular TV show here in the U.S. in the early 70s - when I found the series of books in my school library, I was hooked. I still watch the re-runs of the show and recently found a whole set of the books at a yard sale - the same early 70's editions I used to read. They are featured in the photo on my layout:

So to join in this month you need to link up your project in the comments section of the relevant post. You have until the 31st August to enter for any of the August challenges including last week's mini scraplift challenge!


  1. Great work everyone!! Love seeing how everyone interpreted this challenge.

  2. Love all these! Tessa, those little butterflies are so cool...and Val, I have those books too. Read them over and over. :)

  3. Beautiful layouts, lots of inspiration there.
    Helen S

  4. Fab layouts everyone! I love the way we've all gone with a different interpretation :D

  5. Great takes on the sketch ladies! Love your layout Val! Brings back happy reading memories. :)

  6. Love the layouts! So pretty! And so many ideas....
    Here is my page...


    here is my take on your challenge!


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