How is it already the first week of August? New month means it’s time for a new challenge. I started these challenges a few months ago to help me find my scrapping mojo. It worked. I turned the challenge idea into a monthly feature. Sometimes I follow along with existing challenges, other times I just make them up myself.
This month, I was inspired by Nichol Magouirk’s stamping over at 2 Peas (sadly, the feature is no longer available online). She stamped words and images on blocks and used them as embellishments on the page. My self-issued challenge was to create a layout using stamped blocks in the design, die cut images and a resist technique.
I really had fun with this one. I love 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 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 blue letter stickers for my subtitle. But since I was using inks, the thought occurred that perhaps I could color the ones I had to get the blue I needed. I attached the letters to my Ranger craft mat and inked away. I’m pretty happy with the results, but it takes forever for ink to dry on stickers.
I 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 stamped. 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 title.
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.