Saturday, July 21, 2012

2012 Album Contest Winner

The theme for this year's convention was Stars Shine Bright, so the album contest entry was to be your interpretation of the stars in your life........last year after I entered the album contest at Convention 2011 for CTMH and I took 3rd place and Consultant choice, I had this feeling deep inside me, I really did want to stop until I won the big prize from Corporate...... what the heck miracles do happen, right?  So I tried again and this year to my surprise, I did IT!  I still can't believe I won, it hits me in little spurts of joy!!! All the contest entries were all so amazing, I was really nervous.     My roomie and best friend Tamytha Jenkins also entered the contest and placed in the top 10.  Right after convention last year I started bugging her to enter, and she kept telling me she would think about it.  Well, she decided to enter, she started her layouts on July 3rd!  Yes, I said July 3rd....and she finished here entry on Wednesday, July 11th in our hotel room at Convention by pulling an all nighter. Click on the link by her name and check out her entry, its AMAZING!!!  
 Here I am with the Texas Tenors at the after party event!
And again with Monica, Christine and Brian from Corporate!
 Here is page one of the first layout...for the next few days I will display my entry and share the techniques used.
We all start and end with FAMILY....and that's how I wanted to start my layout, as they are my unknown stars.....if it wasn't for them I wouldn't be who I am today.  This is a picture of my great grandparents on my dad's side.  Under the flip-flap is journaling of just how much of this world my grandmother "Edna" has seen.

Yes, that is real chicken wire....corporate permits for found objects to be used on entries and I've had this roll of chicken wire in my attic for about 5 years now.  I used it when I use to garden, so out of the attic it came, I painted it with rubbed bronze pray paint and then added some gold paint to it and carefully hand stitched it to my layout.
I scored and sanded cocoa card stock for my background paper.  And yes, all these pictures are from my family.  My grandmother is a picture hoarder and thank goodness, I always have an ample supply of pictures for those special family projects.  Check out those bathing suits, too funny.
This is page 2 of the layout.  For the title of the layout I embossed black cardstock with clear emboss before cutting out the title on the CTMH Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge.
The baby in this picture is my great grandmother Margaret Young. I just love how the photos have creases in them.
This is my mother's mom Clara Mae Runyan.  This is actually a little flip album that folds outward.
And here is my my mom's dad. 
I tucked a journaling tag behind his picture to tell a bit about his life.  He was a clock maker at one point in his life, so I made this really cool pocket watch with the round foundry bookplates (now a retired product).
Here you can see the detail of the gold paint  on the chicken wire.

Here I am back in my room with all the goodies I won.  Thank you so much to CTMH and each and every consultant for supporting me in my journey.  i couldn't of done it without YOU ALL.
Check back tomorrow for Layout 2


  1. Tamra, your album was BEAUTIFUL and it was a win well deserved! It was wonderful to meet you and maybe I'll get to see you next year in your home state!

  2. Congratulations again, Tamra! You deserved it! I loved that I got the chance to meet you at Extravaganza! Thanks for all the great ideas, you are very inspiring! :)


  3. Congrats again Tamra! Your pages look fabulous! Cant wait to see more!!!

  4. Congratulations! I saw on the bulletin boards that you had won so I've been stalking your blog ever since! The first layout is beautiful and Iook forward to seeing the rest of them. Those pictures are such treasures! Thanks for sharing!


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