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Second Floor Challenge #7: Just Five Items

Today is the seventh Second Floor challenge!  Are you ready to take it to the second floor?

The challenge this time around is to use just five items to create a piece of art.  Whatever that means to you or however it inspires you.  The prompt is simply meant to get you started.  The level of challenge you aim for is entirely internal and up to you.

Click here to see what Nat did.

As for me, I struggled a bit.

I decided that it would be quite easy to an art journal page or a canvas with only five items.  

Ex. Art Journal

  1. Journal
  2. Watercolor Paints
  3. Waterbrush
  4. Black Pen
  5. White Pen

Ex. Canvas

  1. Canvas
  2. Acrylic Paint
  3. Paintbrush
  4. Matte Medium
  5. Book Pages

Easy lists to rattle off the top of my head.  So, I went for something a bit tougher: a scrapbook page.

A scrapbook page has a number of required elements and so I thought it would be an interesting challenge.  My first attempt:

My five items:

  1. White Cardstock
  2. Black Paint
  3. Photos
  4. Sewing Machine & Thread
  5. Adhesive
  6. Stamp
  7. Ink

Hmmm...that's already more than five and the page still looks so stark and sad.

I put the page aside and sat down to have a little think about the whole situation.  I realized that I was doing something I often do: re-inventing the wheel.  Starting with a blank slate was a terrible idea!  Instead of making pie crust, I should just be buying the frozen kind!  (Well, the craft equivalent of that.)

So, I bought a pie crust.

My five items:

  1. Patterned Paper
  2. Chipboard Letters
  3. Black Pen
  4. Photos
  5. Adhesive

Here's my pie crust:

It's a sheet of Amy Tangerine 12x12 paper (double-sided --- the other side is the flowers you see in the corner).  It was the perfect way to get a lot of bang out of a single item.

Here's what I'm taking away from this challenge:

  • I need lots and lots of color to be happy with my layouts.  Design-wise, the black & white layout is totally fine.  But I am missing color in it big time.
  • I usually avoid patterned paper like the one I used, because I want to do it myself.  For me, that's half the fun!  However, the second layout took me a grand total of ten minutes to do.  Can't really argue with that!
  • I would probably add more "stuff" if not for the challenge.  That said, I genuinely like the simple, fresh, and easy look of the layout as it is.  Maybe a hint to add a little less next time?  I tend to take things too far because I'm always pushing at the boundaries.
  • I am more impressed than ever at those "5 product challenges" in scrapbooking magazines.  It's hard.  Of course, it would have been easier if I didn't count the adhesive and the photos or the black pen.  But where's the fun in that?
  • I never scrapbook anymore.  It hit me when I was scanning the layout into the computer.  Project Life has completely subsumed my need to scrapbook.  Every week I do my Project Life and every day I write in my art journal and between those two projects my memory keeping is done.
  • I'm not sure that I ever reached a point where I "took it to the Second Floor."  Although, perhaps doing the second layout was taking it to the Second Floor?  Instead of just stopping and feeling unsatisfied, I started again and made something I love.

If you'd like to show off your response to this Second Floor challenge, leave a link!

Thanks for stopping by!