Feedin' the Ducks with Ugly Paper

Sunday, August 18, 2013

It feels good to be caught up on DT LO's so I can just create for fun.  Well, DT LO's are still fun. Anyway, This is a 3-for-1 LO that I made today.

Ever heard of an Ugly Paper Challenge?  Quite possibly the most fun challenge I've ever participated in.  Send a 12x12 ugly paper from your stash cut into 6-4x6 pieces to a hostess. She sorts and sends 6 random pieces of paper back to you.  You have to use at least 4 of the 6 papers on one LO, and the pieces have to be at least 1". Well, this is my Ugly Paper LO for Scrappin' Peeps. Here are the papers:

I am taking the BPC Stashbusters Anonymous class and this challenge was to use buttons to create, or fill in an image.  Basically, make an embellishment with buttons.  I was a little stumped. I recently made a LO where I did this with a sun.  As you know, I'm not a frequent flower user, so what to do?

Well, then I went looking for inspiration and landed on  the week 2 sketch over at Let's Get Sketchy.

I went digging through all my old photos and found a random one of my sister and I at a duck pond, circa 1980.  I have no reference as to where or why we are there,  but I can guess close to the year because of my hairstyle and glasses.  Too funny.  Here is the end result:

I did not use the transparency, although that was my original intention. The pink/aqua diamond pattern didn't go with anything that I tried. That left the papers in the blue/green/brown arena.  I made the tree trunk with washi tape. I hand cut the paper into the tree shape, then outlined it with buttons.  I used both sides of the green paper and the other blue one under the photo. I cut the blue/red/cream argyle and only use the cream part of it to create the 'leaves' in the clusters.  I added a few paper/tape/burlap clusters and pretty much left it alone. After splatters of course....I surprised myself with this one.  It was definitely fun to do.

Thanks for stopping by!

CS-The paper Company
tape-WRMK, Scotch
burlap 'buttons'-LYB
alphas-Basic Grey, October Afternoon
mist-Studio Calico, Tattered Angels


  1. Great take on the layout! Great job on using those "ugly papers" on your layout! They don't look ugly at all!
    Thanks for playing along at LGS

  2. great page, I love what you did with the buttons and your blog is really cute! thanks for joining us at lgs!

  3. Great page Devra, love the splatter, thanks for joining us at LGS!

  4. So glad you found inspiration from our let's get sketchy sketch. And what a fun and scary idea of the ugly paper challenge, you turned it into a great layout! Thanks for playing at LGS!

  5. How fun is this! I sure wish I could have taken that BPC class. It sure sounds fun! You did an awesome job with the sketch and the ugly paper challenge! They don't look ugly at all! Love your layout! Thanks so much for joining in with us at Let's Get Sketchy!

  6. Wow, super cool challenge, not sure how you did it but the layout looks amazing! Thanks for joining us at LGS!

  7. Fantastic page! Love the buttons and splatters. Thanks for joining us at LGS.

  8. This is awesome, Devra!! You would never know, those were "ugly papers"! And that button tree is so stinkin' cute!! Thanks for playing along with us @ LGS!!

  9. Great take on the sketch. You really made those "ugly" papers work! Thanks for playing along with us at LGS!