Sunday, February 15, 2015

Inspiration Elevator - A Fond Farewell!

After some thought and consideration, the time has come to retire Inspiration Elevator. But before we go, we need to hold a big retirement party, so we've invited everyone who's been involved with Inspiration Elevator back for one last reveal, and to our delight most were able to accept! We are so delighted to have so many IE alumni along this month! Thank you to each of you for helping us end our elevator ride with so much fun and creative energy!

This month's challenge is posed by one of IE's co-creators and team admin, Ann.

This month's challenge is simple, but I hope, challenging as well. 
Here's the challenge: Inspiration Elevator launched on May 15, 2012 and at that time, we explained our purpose as, "Welcome to Inspiration Elevator! What a thrilling day! Today is the launch of Inspiration Elevator (IE), a challenge blog created by my dear friend Christa Uttley and me. We chose the name Inspiration Elevator because it is our intent to raise our creativity to heights through challenges issued every month. We want to raise our designs from the ordinary to the extraordinary. We hope you'll join us on our journey!

IE is a group of like minded scrappy friends who want to raise the bar in their own creative process through unique challenges that we issue to each other once a month. These won't be run of the mill challenges and we hope you'll join us each month and be inspired by the creative designs we've created." 
That vision has remained unchanged over the last (almost) 3 years. The challenge this month is to just create - no holds barred. Take some time, or challenge yourself to do it in 1/2 hour if time is tight, but think about what you'd like to create if there were no agenda, no design team requirement. In other words, create for you, and enjoy the process!

So there you have final no holds barred challenge from Inspiration Elevator!

So that's exactly what I did with my page.  
One totally messy, just for the fun of it, no worries about using a particular paper or product, just a get down and dirty kinda page.

And I had a blast!

Just Imagine

It all started with the photo I've hoarded for the last couple of years not quite knowing exactly what to do with it, and a challenge that was issued on the Scrap Around The World blog.  I'll get to that later.

I think the photo was taken by my youngest daughter whilst I was lying on my bed, and after a little play around with editing, it always gave me the impression of being underwater....the hair floating across the bed sheets!

So that was the start that inspired me to get creating with some absolutely gorgeous new beach/water themed papers I'd picked up a couple of weeks ago....the Sandy Toes collection from Kaisercraft.

I began with the background.....

I scrunched up a plastic bag and dabbed white Gesso here and there, followed by a layer of texture paste applied through a burlap stencil.  I then stamped in brown with a cross hatch kinda stamp, all around the paper placement.

Layers then came into play......

All of the papers and my photo were brushed with a little Gesso to create that whitewashed look.  I cut a lace trim using my Silhouette then tore chunks from it to distress a little.

The chicken wire chipboard was also attacked (in a loving way!) by cutting sections from it, brushing with Gesso then layered between the papers.

Finally, the embellies......

Lots of flowers, wooden leaves, Silhouette cut vines, dew drops, cheesecloth and more chipboard all finished with a covering of brushed Gesso and splatters of mist.

Love it!  So much fun.

We hope you'll take the time to hop through and visit each of our participant's blogs, beginning with our guests, then our current team, and finishing off with our co-founders. Feel free to leave comments and lavish each one with appreciation for all that they each brought to the Inspiration Elevator challenge over the last 3 years!

             Jayne Morgan - that's me!

I would personally like to thank Ann and Christa for all their hard work over the last 3 years, and to the rest of my team mates who have continually challenged and inspired me to create to my limits.

Finally, a big thank you to YOU......everyone who has visited and encouraged me on my journey with IE, through comments and 'pins' etc.  I do hope you'll stick around in the future.

Before I go there's a few more deets I need to cover regarding a fabulous challenge over at Scrap Around The World, but needless to say.......have a great day,

Challenge Entered:

So obviously my inspiration was not the colour green.....I am not a big 'green' fan!

However, my starting point was the hair (cue hoarded photo!)followed by the water, then all that lovely texture jumping right out of each and every photograph.

Finally.....the quote, which seemed to trigger the perfect title!



O.M.Geeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! You look like a mermaid! I am in love with your layers and textures and embellishments and it is BEYOND perfect. We have been so lucky to have you with us on the IE team and you have always inspired me to take my own creating to the next level. Thank you so so so much. xo


THIS IS FAB-U-LOUS!!! Seriously the layering, the mixed media techniques... simply magnifique! LOVE!


This is amazing.
Like a magical garden.
Your artistic talent is so inspiring!


Stunning page, I really thought it was an underwater photo at first glance! Always a fan of your work, especially your just for fun pages!


wow!!! your texture and background work is amazing!!!! wonderful LO!!!


So wonderful!

Pascale B.

Fabulous take on the mood board!! Thank you for joining the SATW challenge!

Lisa Spiegel

So many beautiful layers here. Every time I look I see more...just gorgeous!


Wow Jayne! This is gorgeous! Love all the texture!


Wow, Great work !! I love the background and the photo !! Thank you for playing at SATW :)
Lydie Denis.


Beautiful page! Love all the layers and the brushing with gesso! The photo is awesome! All the best from SATW! :)


Wow! THis is stunning Jayne!!


Hello! I'm participating with you in SATW and I love your work - That picture trasnmite peace !! ... MarielaPapeletas


Gorgeous layout! I love the colors and all details! Thank you for joining at SATW!


Wow Jayne! The layering and textures on this page are amazing! I love all the mixed media techniques you used and your photo is incredible. I seriously thought at first that you were under water!
Joanne xo


Jayne, this is So SO FANTASTIC! Your mixed media is beautiful and you made that dreamy photo meaningful with your techniques and embellishments. This is just breathtaking. We are so blessed to have had you on our team - your challenges and pages have always been inspiring! Thank you so much!

Fiona Paltridge

Jayne!! This is fantastic, I love every thing about it. Thanks for joining us over at SATW xx

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