Monday, June 11, 2007

I am officially laughing at myself! Or how not to Scraplift

I totally loved this layout by Leica Forrest when she posted it on her blog. She and I both share this passion for hand doodling. So after staring at it for what seemed like an enternity and then going back to it over and over the last couple of days I decide to scraplift this page. Sounds pretty harmless - right?

Wrong!!!!!!!! I needed this page in blue. Okay, I can do that - so I think! I trot off to my stash of papers and select the perfect shade of Blue. I sit down crack open the full size view of this layout and realize that she has beautifully scalloped the edges. Wellllllllllllllllll- If Leica can do this so can I. So I spend the next couple of hours drawing and erasing my scalloped edges. Well its not perfect like Leica's but it is going to be good enough. Man that was so much harder than I thought it would be. I appreciate Leica's talent yet another notch. Alright it is now time to DOODLE! Okay I don't know what I was thinking of. Its official please take me away to the asylum now.

I can't copy her doodles because some where along the way My scalloped edge took on a life and a pattern of its own. Her doodle pattern won't fit my edges - how does that happen when you are so dang sure that you copied exactly. Well, Leica wouldn't like it to much if I copied hers identically anyways. So I start the doodling process and I doodle and I doodle and I doodle for 5 hours. Yes, 5 hours of trying to simulate (remember I have now realized I can't scraplift this exactly any longer) this incredible work of art. I have muttered words that should only be heard on a construction site and not coming from a lady or in the presence of one. I have drank 5 Diet Cokes, consumed loads of chocolate to keep Mo and Jo from abandoning me in this time of need. But the background paper was done, I was proud, I was pleased and in my mind I had simulated Leica's work with style and grace. I was also cross eyed, tired, on a caffiene and sugar high that was causing me to shake. So I chose to go and get some much needed sleep.

I awake the sun is shining and the birds singing and I am on a doodling high remembering how well I simulated Leica's layout. I rush down to the kitchen table there it lays but that is not the layout I made so late last night. I look around the table - I must be dreaming. This looks not a thing like Leica's. Mo and Jo must be playing practical jokes - like the shoemaker's elves. No this is not my layout!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yet, it is the same piece of paper that I used, the same spot that I left it in. I slide into a dejected sitting position - This is not the result I was looking for. So I hang my head and let out a sniffle - just a little one. I also want to go on record that the photo of this layouis not the completed layout as I am waiting for names. I appease myself that it is going in a album that I am likely never to see again. I will not have this reminder of my inability to scraplift what appeared to be a simple layout from Leica.

I stuff it in its protector knowing that it still looks very sharp and that I am the only one (and now you handful of bloggers) that knows it looks nothing like the original. I resolve that I am going to call Leica and get some doodling lessons. Then I grab my purse and head off to the LSS for some much needed retail therapy.

I am prusing the stacks of paper looking for that perfect piece of paper when what to my wandering eye should appear? Yes, the very background paper that Leica used. Slowly, as it is morning and my mind is not yet sharp I realize that Leica did not cut out her own scallops, That she did not do all her own doodles but rather accented with her own. Leica had started with this paper and accordingly was able to turn out a million beautiful elegant layouts in the time that it took me to just scallop the edges. The paper falls from my hand to the floor and I sink to my knees in a fit of laughter. The clerk concerned for my mental well being - I am sure. As I begin to realize how much more work I had made for myself than was necessary I laughed harder, the tears now rolling down my cheeks. I staggered to my feet paper in hand - unable to control my mirth for the balance of my stay in the LSS. I bought that paper, and I am giggling as I type this for now I will truly be able to scraplift this incredible layout from Leica.

If you would like to see more of Leica Forrest's work click on my link to her blog.

Melina Perron did the photographs for both layouts and you can click on her link to see more of her stunning work as well. Oh and by the way Melina didn't shoot the faces out of focus I deliberatley blurred them.


11 comments:

lois said...

I think yours look better!

RAE said...

Too funny hee hee!!!!

Original Inspirations said...

You go girl! You go! I was just admiring that paper yesterday in the local scarpbook store. Decided to leave it for another day, but may have to go get some sooner than later (before it's all scooped up). Love the blue layout you did.

coRinne not connie said...

you rocking girl! that's an incredible piece of art you did and the time and effort are amazing! too funny! i probably would have cried in that situation! you're my hero!

Angie said...

Such determination through that story. Seeing the page makes it look easier than you describe. You did a wonderful job on the page though. I Think yours is better too.

melina said...

wow! Amazing hand doodling!

scrappaleica said...

Dear dawn! you are too funny. First off I agree yours looks better, but I tend to like my own layouts that I do that take me hours upon hours of doodling too better than what a company creates for us to use. I thought that this company's paper was so elegant and complimenting to my sister's photo that I wanted her to shine. So I added only a few touches of my own. Simple is sometimes better, and for those of you that know me we'd all laugh as most of my layouts are extremely complicated collages. And my sister is exactly opposite, she likes plain & simple. So I please my customers! I guess the moral of the story is, if you're going to scraplift phone me and I'll tell you the shortcuts!!! I could've saved you time, cursing, crying & cross-eyedness(you should've asked on the phone, didn't we only talk on the phone 3 hrs the night before????), but I think that your time produced an amazing result! keep up the great work my silly silly friend! (and crazy girl you are spelling my name wrong!!! it's Leica)

Dawn Hueser said...

Oh Leica - I am so sorry for spelling your name wrong. I just keep wanting that "i" after the "c". I have corrected it now.

I love that you put up with my crazy antics and still want to scrap with me. I Love your work clean and simple or as extreme as we please.

Julie said...

i'd be so totally frustrated myself!! good on you for keeping at it :)

Ralna @ Just Scrap It! said...

great page dawn, well worth the effort

Julie said...

Your paper is beautiful - copywrite it now!! I like it better than the original predoodled paper. Hey Dawn - you could start a line of paper! Sure enjoyed the story too!