10.50 - I started from the latest Scrap Whispers challenge, inspired by this picture, to use orange, brown and grey on a layout. To me, this means autumn so I found some pictures of my children from September 2006.
11.00 - I sketched a rough layout and collected together some papers, ribbons, alphabet stickers and a chipboard leaf. This part was probably quicker than usual as my colours were dictated by the challenge.
11.10 - I cropped my photos and cut my papers to size, assembling the layout, but not sticking anything down yet. I also coloured my chipboard leaf with two colours of brown ink.
11.30 - Now for a problem - that leaf was going to take some time to dry, so I had to take a break. Never mind, 40 minutes so far and I thought that I had made pretty good progress.
13.40 - With my leaf almost dry, I began to stick everything together. I decided that my grey background was too pale, so made it a bit darker with chalk.
14.05 - On to the title, another problem. The brown letters I had picked out were too pale and lost against the orange. Tried some Thickers, but they were too big and I couldn't fit my title inside the circle. Aargh. Searched through my letters and rejected them all. Eventually, I decided to stamp the title (with my new Pebbles stamps). This was the first time I used them so I took a little time to practice on scrap paper first.
14.40 - Title finally done, I realised that I had forgotten the edging I wanted above and below my horizontal panel. I rejected the ribbons that I had pulled out earlier and went with a tiny strip of paper that was on my desk. I do mean tiny - just a few millimetres that I had cut from a layout on Saturday to make it fit the page protector better. I don't know why I hadn't thrown it away but it was perfect for this.
14.50 - Final touches. I printed out the date and location and layered it in the bottom corner.
15.10 - Finished.
Hmmm. 2 hours and 10 minutes. My guess wasn't too far out after all. But I wasted a lot of time with that title. It's been an interesting process and I think that I will time myself again another day.
Sorry for making you read such a long post (if indeed you read it all), but here is the bit you have been waiting for, the finished page:
Paper - Chartwell Studio (Grey), Basic Grey Indian Summer, Sandylion, Pebbles Fresh Goods (reverse)
Chipboard Leaf - SIL
Ink - Versa Color and Papermania
Letter Stamps - Pebbles
Chalk - Readicut Crafts