Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Challenging Challenges

They're called "challenges" for a reason, but some of the National Scrapbook Day challenges were far more difficult for me than others.  Today I'm sharing two that really pushed me out of my comfort zone.  

I made this layout for a Scrapbook.com challenge to use a punched top layer of cardstock or patterned paper with another piece of cardstock or patterned paper as the base.  I'd never done anything like this before.  I found a large circle punch and cut a bunch of holes into a piece of white cardstock.  The punch only reached so far, so I had to be creative in where I placed my pictures so that it looked like the pattern was all over the paper.  I backed it with blue patterned paper, then chalked around the cardstock to add a little color and interest.  



I made this next layout for the Fiskateer Hexagon challenge.  I don't have a hexagon punch, don't have a die-cut machine set up (I finally put my Wishblade away after not using it for about a year), and couldn't find any hexagon paper.  I did, however, discover a hexagon foam stamp.  I carefully stamped gold-on-gold all over the background, which was a major nightmare with a foam stamp you can't see through.  I added the photos, title and journaling about our 'new' year's celebration, then tucked glittery hexagon cut-outs behind that.  

 
 More NSD projects tomorrow!

10 comments:

  1. You always rise to the challenge! If you hadn't said that you stamped the hexagons, I would have thought it was patterned paper. It looks great.

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  2. Loveeeeeeeeeee these!!! LOVING the circles and the hexagons!!! I was able to get to the post office yesterday ... so your package is on it's way! :)

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  3. Love these!! I can't believe how you got the foam stamp to line up like that.... you need a stamp-a-ma-jig. Sounds ridiculous, but it's the best tool I have I think aside from my paper cutter and corner rounder (both heavily used!). I love mine and it makes lining up perfectly so quick and easy ;)

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    1. I own one - and have never used it! I'll add it to my list of Things I Own But Have Never Used and Will Do So in the Immediate Future.

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  4. Wow! Great layouts! You rocked the challenges!
    Love the punched circles and that you added chalk outlines to add depth!
    The stamped hexagons look great! I thought that was hexagon-patterned paper!

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  5. I think you did an amazing job on the challenges. I didn't get to participate in any this year. Did you win anything? You ended up with some amazing pages.

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  6. Fun backgrounds! I love the hexagon stamping! :)

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  7. Both of these pages turned out great. You did a terrific job with these techniques. You always have fun topics to scrap too. I remember reading about the "new" year dinner party on your blog. :)

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  8. You always do so well!! I admire all your ingenuity!! And I can't believe you did those hexagons without a Stamp-a-majig and a foam stamp! You are one awesome stamper!!! :)

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