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!


  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.

  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! :)

  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 ;)

    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.

  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!

  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.

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

  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. :)

  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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