I'm not a very product-heavy designer. My layouts tend to be very simple, with just cardstock, some patterned paper, a little ink, maybe a punch, some letters, and a simple embellishment or two. In that regard, this layout is no different:
But this layout is actually very different from what I usually make. Every component of this layout is from a different manufacturer. In fact, 10 manufacturers (and one sketch artist) are represented on this simple page.
I didn't originally set out to do this. I knew I wanted to work with BasicGrey patterned paper. I happened to have some Fancy Pants scraps from a previous project still out and I loved how they looked together. I punched some circles from the Fancy Pants using a Marvy punch, then used a Fiskars border punch on Recollections cardstock. As I was picking up my ColorBox ink, I realized that I'd already used six manufacturers without even trying. How many others could I use? I added the Tim Holtz grungeboard and stamped the words "So" (Rubber Stampede) and "Together" (Making Memories). I did my journaling with a Stampin' Up pen. That makes ten!
The layout is based on a sketch from the always-fabulous Shannon White. I rotated it 90 degrees.
I really enjoyed my own little private Many Manufacturer Challenge. I may just have to challenge myself to beat my own record.
My Many Manufacturer Challenge
Cindy deRosier has a masters in Education and taught 4th and 5th grade for 11 years. She uses that experience to blog about crafts and family-friendly educational travel. She spent many years as the Editor of Fun Family Crafts, a website with over 12,000 kid-friendly craft tutorials. Cindy is the co-author of "What Would Jesus Patent?", does freelance writing and designing, loves jigsaw puzzles, is an avid scrapbooker, and has been to all 50 states.