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!