Saturday, August 31, 2013

Weekend Update: Rhinos and Whispers

The weekend is here which means more family time and more creative time. On the creative agenda this weekend, working on summer Project Life pages, maybe some layouts, work for some upcoming projects I am excited about but can't share.

 I can share one particular layout with you. I recently played a round of Chinese Whispers with some friends. What's that you ask? Many Americans call the game telephone or gossip. Someone starts with a phrase and the phrase is whispered among a group of people until it gets to the end. Usually, when the last person says the phrase, you find that it has changed quite a bit. In scrapbooking, you use a sketch instead of a phrase. The first person gets a sketch and then each person after has to scraplift the previous person's layout. At the end, the sketch and the series of layouts is revealed.

  Many people struggle with sketches because they feel like it has to be used as you see it. This game is a great example of how a basic underlying structure can be used while subtle changes are made to the rest of the design. I was the second person in line. The person ahead of me changed a two page sketch from Kiwi Lane into a single page layout.

It appears as though the lady ahead of me used the right side of the sketch to make her layout. I added a photo to accommodate my story. However, I used a matte and placed my title, journaling and the tag in the same position seen on the sketch.

R is For Rhino's Running by Christy Strickler Supplies| Patterned Paper: Bazzill; Buttons, Sequins, Rub-ons, Ephemera: JBS Mercantile; Other: twine, wood tag, vellum, stickers

I was inspired to use materials from the July Mini Album kit from JBS Mercantile. I don't make mini albums, but I did use some ideas from the project sheet to create the tag. I just love those German Foil animals. I have plenty of zoo photos which will accompany those quite well.

If you are looking to play a game of Chinese Whispers, check around on scrapbook forums or offer to host a game yourself. The game is pretty basic. You need 3-5 people at the least. Just keep in mind that the more people you have the longer it takes to play a round. You may want to have 2 groups going. That way the host can share the sketch with her group but play in a group with another host. No one can share their layout until everyone is done. At which time, the hostess reveals all of the layouts in a row with the sketch that started it all.

Now, I am off to enjoy my creative time. Happy Creative Weekend Everyone!

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  1. Love this sketch and what a great layout. Love your color choices. Great for the rhino pictures.

  2. Great layout for these photos, Christy! Love the more neutral colors and I can definitely see the right hand side of the sketch, in your layout!

  3. What a fun game! I wonder if this would be a good one to try at Get It Scrapped on months that we are not doing the photo a day challenge? (Although I have to admit I am hoping those continue I am loving them :-)) I know I eventually would need a break but it sure is fun!