Tuesday, December 3, 2013

The Story of the Armmade Teddy

I am super-excited to be able to say I am Guest Designing as a Special Deputy all this month at Color, Stories, Inspiration! The first case I got to crack was the new Scrap 365 challenge which runs until the end of December. Here's how I solved the case....

It's based on this stunning colour scheme and inspiration.

I had a lot of fun including many pieces of 'evidence' which were the pearls, beads, needlework, feathers, glitter and texture paste. This is my favourite bit right here, the mason jar full of treasure. So much texture and fun bits right?

My testimony? Well I used one of the inspiration words 'handmade' to draw direction for this layout. The photo is of my Munchy's teddy bear. You know the type - the one she was given at birth, the one she sleeps with every single night, the one that goes on many a day-time adventure with too. We all had them right?

Well after 7 years of loving I was fearful she was about to have both her arms drop off! So putting my hand-stitching skills to good use (honed over many hundreds of real surgeries) I gave her some new ones. I replaced the original pink floral version with these multicoloured neon felt versions instead at my daughter's request.

Even though the teddy as a whole isn't handmade I figure she's as least now 'arm-made' ;-)

If you feel like playing along with the challenge too you can find all the details on the forum here.



  1. STUNNING layout and the story behind it, love that jar :)

  2. SO sweet! And the mason jar is gorgeous!

  3. Absolutely beautiful work Natalie :)

  4. Heehee! Glad that ALLLLL those years of exams, stress, etc etc have gone to good use. On a toy. Of course! That's how life is, right???!!!!!!!!!!! My fave bit I have to say is the glittered up feathers....I'm def gonna try this it.......back home from Orange. How could I NOT love scrapping with Kim Ewins, who BTW, is excited AS to meet you over in SA for that retreat you're teaching at. I told her you were super nice. So you'd better be!!!!! And I met Annette Edmonds, was just really nice to chat & scrap.....anyways, this & BIG CONGRATS on the 'gig':):):)


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