Standout Sunday on Monday – 5/23

Happy Monday, Sweet Shoppers! No, you didn’t misread that – it’s Standout Sunday on a Monday. I’ve spent the last 36 hours curled up in a dark room with a wicked bad migraine, so I missed getting this out to you on Sunday … but what better way to start the week than with a little scrapbooking inspiration?

Including today, you have nine days left to complete your “This or That” Challenges for the month of May. How many do you have left to reach your next reward goal?

If you’re unfamiliar with our challenge-and-reward system, here’s how it works: each month, the Sweet Shoppe issues 15 pairs of scrappy challenges. You choose one or the other to complete – “this or that” – and depending on how many you finish by 11:59pm EST on the last day of the month, you can earn a 20%, 30%, or 40% discount in the Shoppe. Finish all 15 challenges, and you’re entered in a drawing to win a $50 gift certificate to spend on Sweet Shoppe supplies. Last month’s winner was clucaswvu04 aka Cheryl … this month, it could be you!

There are nine days remaining in the May “This or That” Challenge cycle. That’s plenty of time to reach your next reward goal if you’re focused and inspired, so I’m here to help with some creative inspiration from the Sweet Shoppe Community. Here are eight standout layouts I found in the This or That? Challenges Gallery.

Before & After by Leablahblah

Challenge #4b – Scrap All Around the Edges

I’m a sucker for a good “before & after” layout, but what really makes Lea’s layout a standout for me are those stunning floral clusters. The way she built groupings all the way around the edges of her page and connected them with vines and ribbons not only meets the requirements of this challenge, but makes for a stunning layout!

Lido Key by ClaireG

5a – At the Beach

I love, love LOVE a layout with a great big edge-to-edge photograph! Claire topped her photo with a fun border made of patterned paper, anchored it with two clusters, and added a title that is large and in charge. Absolute perfection!

Up on the Mountain Top by cinna

5b – In the Mountains

Oh my goodness, would you look at all that color?!? I love that Carina wasn’t afraid to use a bright, saturated yellow for her background because, against it, the gorgeous blue sky in her photographs absolutely pops. Her floral clusters are lovely and full of the types of simple blooms you might find growing wild at the top of the mountain. Just gorgeous!

Dreams by immaculeah

8a – Hopes & Dreams

This layout ticks all my boxes: a sweet, sleeping toddler, a great big photograph, and lovely floral clusters. I love the patterned papers Leah pulled out of this kit to pair up with the bright pink blanket in her photos… the pinks, purples, and blues are perfect for her pics and really make this layout stand out. I love it!

So duckin’ cute! by shellbyj

9b – Birds

This is another one with a great big photograph of a sweet baby, but it’s the bright colors and high contrast that made it jump out of the gallery and onto my list! Those vivid blues and high-saturation yellows pair up so nicely, and those rubber duckies help tell the story of bathtime just perfectly. Nicely done!

Spokane Chiefs by AmieN1

10a – Use a Full / Partially Extracted Photo

Photo extraction is a time-intensive technique, but the results can be truly breathtaking, as shown here in Amie’s layout. WOW! I absolutely love the way she chose to put the extracted pic of her kids atop the paper-pieced background with a deep drop-shadow. It’s masterfully done and a true standout layout!

Stand Out by Scrap-therapy

10b – Use a Mask to Blend Your Focal Photo

Ooohhh, the colors! The photos! The sheer perfection of those two kits paired up with those photos! The whole thing works together just perfectly and this layout is an absolute masterpiece.

Chasing Rainbows Of Love by Romajo

12b – Scrap with a Rainbow of Colors

We’ll wrap up with a deceptively simple layout that makes masterful use of selective color. Romajo’s choice to go black-and-white with her photograph and leave only the tote bag in color clearly identified it as her focal point. She further reinforced it with those little splashes of paint, making it stand out that much more against a white background with so much whitespace. Simply perfect!


Here’s hoping your week is stress-free and allows you plenty of time to scrapbook, my friends. I can’t wait to see your next creation in the Gallery!

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  • Ohhh Angie I read your article on my phone and you just make my day! Thank you so much for featuring my layout in the Standout Sunday! I’m just so honored to be here’s among all these talented scrappers. Truly appreciate it!
    And I really hope you’re feeling better?
    Team migraine here’s too so I totally relate.
    Thank you again Angie and take care of you!:wub:

  • Thank you for featuring my layout! <3

    I'm so sorry about your migraine. I also get them… awful!

  • Many thanks for including my page, Angie! Means a lot to me… Sorry to hear about the migraine. Hope you are feeling better.

    Had a great start on this month’s challenge with the iNSD layouts but now I have 6 more to go as my mojo went away after hearing a couple sad news related to family’s health issues.

  • Such a happy surprise!!! Thank you Angie for totally making my day!

    And migraine is a pain – I suffer from those too. Hope you are feeling better!

  • How awesome!! Thank you so much for the feature. I am off to show some love. I hope you are feeling better now Angie. Cx

  • Wowsers! Thank you so much for picking my layout – it really made my day!
    Hope you’ve recovered from your migraine – those are the worst. I get them too….

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