When I first heard that Scrappin’ Moms will launch an 8-week scrapping challenge, I thought long and hard about joining. That’s because it’s our Annual Brand Planning at work, and it would be the busiest time of the year. It usually lasts around 4-6 weeks, with the kick-off on the first week of August, and the deadliest schedule happening within the first 2-3 weeks. I was afraid I won’t be able to commit to the weekly layout submissions. And the thing with this Idol challenge, I can’t make a layout in advance because I have to know what the challenge for the week is. To make the long story short, I decided to join anyway. I thought it would be a welcome break for me from the busy work week. It would be my way of relaxing at the end of the week.

I was thrilled to know I made it through the elimination round. I’m happy to say I also made it through rounds 1 (Stuck on Cardstock) and 2 (What’s your color?)! Yahoo!

This week, the challenge is called “Alter It” and the task is to alter a household item. Three non-scrapping materials should be used in the altered object and it should be used for a new purpose other than the original use of the item. This is one tough challenge for me since I haven’t really altered anything.

I hope I make it to the next round! But it’s really tough since everyone is just amazing. The layouts are unbelievable. I guess that’s what I like about this challenge. Since I’m seeing what I am up against on a week to week basis, I really get pushed to do better and better, to the point that I have to go beyond my comfort zone. In any case, I am so enjoying this process. Despite the fact that it’s a competition and people get eliminated weekly, I can honestly say that I don’t get stressed out by this. I guess that’s because I see this challenge as 1) an opportunity for me to scrap – which already makes me very happy!; 2) a way for me to de-stress – so what’s the point of scrapping if it will add to my already stressful week?; 3) an opportunity for me to learn and grow as a scrapper – that’s the whole point!; and finally, 4) a means for my work to be featured side by side with some of the country’s best scrapping talents – who can ask for more?.

Written by Alby Laran


  1. Alby September 3, 2007 at 11:52 am Reply

    Thanks for the heartwarming comments Jeff/Pia. 😀

  2. Jeff and Pia September 2, 2007 at 12:28 pm Reply

    Amen to all that you've said Alby!

    Btw, your creations are always awesome most especially the altered mayo bottle! I almost fell off my seat when I saw it for the first time!


  3. Alby August 30, 2007 at 4:01 pm Reply

    Thanks Christine! I really do enjoy the challenge. And I totally buy what Lee said in the Kaya challenge – A finished layout (or project) is our greatest reward. Well, at least for me that's the best reward. The scrapping supplies and the bragging rights are all icing on the cake. And I think only scrappers like us understand. Some of my friends ask me what I get out of winning a challenge and they can't believe I would spend time making a layout for something so "little" or even for "nothing". They just dont get it. 😀

  4. Christine August 29, 2007 at 7:15 pm Reply

    Love your disposition on the whole Idol competition, Alby!!!

    Good luck with the next round! I'm sure you'll come up with something really nice!

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