Thanks for stopping by today! It’s time for me to reveal the results of my August Weekend Challenge! I was inspired by Nichol Magouirk’s August Scrapbook Stamping class for the techniques on my layout but I also scraplifted the design from this layout by Lisa Dickinson.
Supplies: Cardstock – Bazzill White and Kraft. Pattern Paper – Echo Park Mango small dot. Embellishments – Doodlebug Loopy Lou Limeade alphabet, Versa Magic Night Sky ink, MMEye Everyday twine. Tools – MME S&R Girly stamps, Silhouette for title and star die cuts, Tim Holtz Faded Jeans distress ink, Jenni Bowlin Lemon Drops ink, American Crafts White and Yellow Zing embossing powders, Technique Tuesday Favorite Memories and Good Times stamps, Studio Calico White mister.
I really had fun with this one. I am really loving the look of white inks on Kraft cardstock. I was so happy to work that detail into this layout. I used American Crafts White Zing embossing powder with my stamped images and Studio Calico’s White Mister Huey on my journaling block. I love how both elements turned out!
I ran into my first problem with this layout when I couldn’t find the right color of letter stickers I wanted to use for my subtitle. I have these loopy letters in blue too….but they are packed. Sigh. I had to get creative with inks and changed the color to one that worked with my layout. I attached the letters to my Ranger craft mat because they won’t permanently stick to it. I was pretty happy with the results, but it takes forever for ink to dry on stickers.
I took Nichol Magouirk’s advice and laid out my all stamps on my embellishment block to get the right placement before I stamped anything. I used my Fiskars Stamp Press to grab them all at once and stamp them all at once. How cool do these doily stamps look on the stars? I love how they turned out. I used some distress ink and Jenni Bowlin’s dye ink to get some color on these stars. The heat embossed images resist the ink so the white shows through.
I stamped and embossed a doily image on the “s” and “r” in my title and then placed the subtitle right in the middle of the remaining title letters. The orange twine wrapped underneath draws attention to the subtitle. I can’t resist adding that cute twine!
Challenge Lessons Learned
- Heat embossing in 100+ summer heat is not a great idea. Even though my house is air conditioned, the active heat gun warmed up my little working area quite a bit. I might just lay off the heat embossing until fall!
- Heat embossing involves several steps and I had a hard time doing everything in the space of a card table. I spilled my embossing power all over the table at one point. I really needed more room so next time I’m working on a layout heavy with techniques, I’ll bring out an extra table to have more space to work with.
- When something isn’t working, look for creative solutions. I really, really wanted my blue loopy letters for this layout. I almost went to the garage to unpack boxes to find them. Instead, I got out some inks and mists to see if I could recolor them. It took extra time to do this, but my creative solution worked. Always think about how you can alter existing products before you give up.
- I love the mix of girly doilies with these stars, which might be considered a more masculine shape. Don’t be afraid to mix patterns that are more feminine on layouts with boys. I have often put flowers on my nephew layouts, but it can be hard to strike the right balance. Adding the doily to the star gave it flair but it isn’t overly girly.
Thanks for checking out my challenge results. I hope this inspires you to give yourself challenges to push your own creativity.
Have a great Tuesday!