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MMDT Challenge #17

This was an interesting challenge:  the theme was CIRCLES.  Here is a part of our instructions:

Create a page that uses circles as part of the design.

Element options – Include at least two of the following elements:


  • Patterned Paper
  • Circle Tiles
  • Stitching (hand or machine)

As I had just been out to the zoo (Yes, again!! I've been there 3 times in the last 6 weeks!), and this time had taken several photos of the fish, I decided to use those. 

The first page is supposed to resemble a port hole.  I cut the band out of gold grid paper (used the back of the paper and a circle template) and mounted it on a background of wood-grain patterned paper to resemble the inside walls of a ship.  I attached brads to replicate the studs holding the porthole frame.  Inside, I used 4 different photos pieced together to get the "outside view". 






The second page has some additional shots of the fish and the corral.  I chalked the edges of the three circle tiles (one black, two ivory) to give a little color and the water look. 

I had some patterned paper with fish, and I used two small inside circles from two other circle tiles to mount additional pictures within the patterned paper. 



Here is the finished two page spread.  Enjoy!

Shared by Lori Hanson on September 9, 2013 | Memory Date: September 8, 2013
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Posted By: Deemahn  |  September 25, 2013 at 2:20 pm   
Love the porthole look! Nice paper choices and great photos. Very clever :)
Posted By: Julie Oconnor  |  September 11, 2013 at 11:42 pm   
Beautiful pictures in such a clever display! Wonderfully creative. You've submitted so many lovely projects!
Posted By: Jane Mclagan  |  September 11, 2013 at 9:09 pm   
I love the zoo too!! These pages are great! Love the porthole and your use of the circle tiles! Looks great!
Posted By: Heather Cartland  |  September 11, 2013 at 6:27 pm   
Stunning, stunning layout. Very creative. I really love how you made it resemble a porthole and the different size circles you used on the opposite page to highlight the subject. Very nice job.
Posted By: Shannon Nixson  |  September 9, 2013 at 10:24 pm   
Tami, actually the photos are mounted on the inside circles from smaller circle tiles, then put onto the patterned paper...I love using both the inside AND the outside of the circle tiles!!!!
Posted By: Lori Hanson  |  September 9, 2013 at 6:45 pm   
love, love, love the porthole!
Posted By: Candy Spiegel  |  September 9, 2013 at 6:12 pm   
LOVE this! The portal is fabulous idea for a page about fish. You really captured the feel of going to an aquarium. The fish paper with the holes cut for the photos - very creative! thanks for sharing. :)
Posted By: Tami Potter  |  September 9, 2013 at 5:11 pm   
Hey Lori! I knew that was a porthole right away and what an idea for a sea theme and views of your fish adventure! Chalking the frames looks great, I think you achieved the watery look. It took me a while to to see what you did with the circle photos...I wondered why you you doubled up your photo until I got a closer look and saw it was your patterned paper and not a photo!! In fact I still have some of that too! I am blind as a bat! Clever way to incorporate your paper and circles! Great Job!!
Posted By: Andrea Fisher  |  September 9, 2013 at 2:47 am   

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