Saturday, 22 February 2014

Thirty before 30 layout

This layout is inspired by two challenges.  First up is Studio Challenges' NO PHOTO challenge.  And secondly my colour palette came from The Craft Garden's design seeds picture.

The list of things I want to do seems to grow forever longer.  The whole Thirty before 30 thing has been on my mind for a while but with the M.E/C.F.S being so bad it is incredibly difficult.

There are so many things I could put on a list as things I want to do/achieve/experience that with my health the way it is are currently impossible.  As part of my coming to terms with the M.E. seemingly being here for, well, it's 14 years so far and no signs of it going yet, I decided to go ahead with a 30 but making sure they are all achievable with my level of health.

Others may look at my list and think it's rubbish, I may look at their list and say if only!  However I'm doing this for me, and these thirty things are exciting and achievable for me.  I'm also giving myself more than a year to do them in and won't beat myself up if it takes a little longer!

I made this butterfly from new Vintage ribbon.  Two pieces with small running stitches down the middle, ruched and then sewn together.  When the ribbon decides which way it is going to lie trim the ends to shape the wings.  Add thread antenna.

I chose the mushroom-y colours as a background and as my thirty squares and added teal shades with a few little pops of coral.

I used buttons and seam binding as my main embellishments.  The 3 & 0 were red buttons - I gave them a couple of coats of gesso and then some teal acrylic paint. 

Love this one - like a target.

And then when I'd finished I thought it needed a generous sprinkling of sequins.

Thanks so much for stopping by and I give you permission to bug me if I haven't updated my Thirty before 30 for a while!!  :)



  1. This is so fabby. I hope you get to do everyone of of them again.

  2. wonderful layout...and there is a ton of good stuff on your should be fun trying to tackle them all! thanks for playing along with the studio! xoxo

  3. Laura, Great list, and such a cool project. I love all the special elements you used with my favorite being your darling little handmade ribbon butterfly. I also love your attitude, and hope you get to do everything on your list.

    Thank you for sharing this with us on The Craft Garden, you did a fabulous job of matching this months color theme.
    :) Chris / CS Designs

  4. I like your goals. They are achievable, and that's important!
    Great take on the Challenges - Thank you for sharing with us at The Studio Challenges

  5. Such an original project, thanks for playing with us at The Craft Garden !

  6. OMGEE! Laura my DH has ME/CFS and I have Firbro/RA/CFS, one of my very good friends has ME/CFS. You are not alone huni, there are ears here if you need them x

  7. Gorgeous and such a great idea. Thanks for playing along with us at The Craft Garden

  8. Wow what a great thing to scrap, perfect for our challenge! Thanks so much for joining in with us at The Studio Challenges! :-)

  9. Such a great thing to scrap! Love your LO, with all the details. and the color scheme is really pretty.
    Thanks for joining the Studio Challenges!

  10. What a great idea, and such a fun thing to scrap! Good luck! Thanks so much for playing along with us at The Studio!

  11. Love the idea!!! Great take on the Challenge!!! Thanks for joining The Studio Challenges /Petra

  12. What a great page ... there's a quite a few things I wouldn't mind doing on there! Good luck with them all :-D

  13. Laura Congratulations on winning the prize for Feb on The Craft Garden, I am sure your going to love those gorgeous little paper flowers Kerry made. They are such fun and have so many possibilities. Please be sure to come back and show us what you create with them.

    :) Chris / CS Designs


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