Congratulations to Carol Strine, our February winner in the 8 is Enough contest, sponsored by Ella and Studio Calico! We loved Carol's diverse mix of products, the variation between single pages and spreads, and the fact that all of her layouts are multi-photo pages—something our readers ask for quite frequently!
Here are Carol's chosen supplies:
1.) Alphabet Clear Stamps (Martha Stewart)
2.) One Package Rub-On Transfers (K.I. Memories, Juicy Summer)
3.) Journaling Stencil (Target)
4.) One package Alphabet Stickers (Chatter Box, Brown)
5.) One sheet green floral paper (Making Memories, Neutrals)
6.) One sheet printed cardstock (K.I. Memories, Friendship)
7.) One sheet black floral Paper (Making Memories, 5th Avenue)
8.) One sheet starburst paper, double sided (K.I. Memories, Pop Culture)
Carol says, "My first layout is a double page fisherman spread. The added supplies I used were kraft cardstock, blue cardstock and white cardstock, stamping ink, adhesive foam and a journaling pen."
"My second layout is called The Dedication. The added supplies I used were black cardstock, ivory cardstock, black stamping ink, adhesive foam and a journaling pen. I scanned the dedication page from my son's report and added it to the bottom of the layout."
"The third layout is called The Inner Harbor. The added supplies I used were pink cardstock, white cardstock, blue stamping ink and journaling pens. I used scraps of patterned paper to create a banner at the top of the page. I also used my journaling pens to draw a double-lined border and doodle flourishes around the layout."
"The fourth layout is called So Happy Together. The added supplies I used were kraft cardstock, white cardstock, staples, black stamping ink and a journaling pen."
Carol's conclusion: "I thoroughly enjoy these challenges, and have tried the Eight is Enough challenge twice! I have found after doing a few limited supply layouts that the hardest part of the entire process is selecting 8 supplies that can be used in various ways. But after that, it's a breeze."
A complete monthly kit from Studio Calico and a $15 gift certificate to Ella Publishing Co.
We hereby challenge you to come up with your own list of eight items from your stash of supplies and to stretch your list into four great layouts. (Absolutely no shopping allowed.) Make sure you include a mix of papers, accents, tools, and alphabets—whether stamps, die-cuts, or stickers. You can only use the items on your list, but cardstock, fonts, and standard tools (such as trimmers, journaling pens, or a sewing machine) are freebies.
When you’re done, e-mail us pictures of all four of your layouts (each sized to 800 pixels tall maximum), plus a picture of your eight original supplies, and an explanation of how you stretched each layout. We'll pick just ONE MORE WINNER, at the end of March. All entries must be received by March 21, 2011. (Previously submitted entries are still in the running.) E-mail questions and entries to email@example.com, with “Eight is Enough” in the subject line.
Note: Interested in our past winners? Here are the links: Alexa Gill, Marie Pilgrim, Sara Benzkofer, Shelly Jaquet, Jennifer Alfonso, and Leah Allen. And check out former Ella Friend Barb Wong, who is trying the "8 is Enough" challenge herself, and posting the results on her blog.