Thursday, August 15, 2013

Stamping Your Own Background

The Layout
I have to admit that sometimes I'm not entirely satisfied with a layout, but I just have to let it go as it did its primary job of preserving a memory. But then there are other times, when I'm really happy with how things all come together on a page. With today's layout, I thought, "This is so me" when it was all said and done.

The Challenges
I am guest designer with Life.Paper.Scrapbook. for their color challenge which begins today. Aren't the autumnal colors simply gorgeous?

I'm also a guest designer for Sketches in Thyme and used their sketch #120.

It seemed like a perfect pairing to combine the fall color palette with the sketch. 

I'm also entering this layout in these challenges:
The Artistic Stamper: Postcards, Travel, Holiday
Five Simple Things: Inspire Me Fridays #116 Anything Goes 
Just for Fun: Anything Goes
Yumi & Fumi Handmade: #21 Anything Goes

The Process
I searched through my stash hoping to find a collection that had all the colors in it already. I guess that would have been too easy. I couldn't find anything with just the challenge colors without adding new colors into the mix. I decided to make my own background paper.

I have a rainbow collection of used Stampin' Up inks that I acquired through Craigslist. I obtained many colors at a fraction of the cost. I wanted to spend less money on specialized colors that only occasionally come into play. From my collection, I chose inks in the color combo. I didn't end up using all of these colors.

I drew lines across my page where I wanted my designs to go. Since it was an archery theme layout, I chose arrows for the design. I stamped across the page leaving a space for the photo area. The Fiskars Stamp Press made it easy to line up my arrows. Since two of my stamps were thinner, I had to stamp them separately from the other arrows.

Here are the finished arrows which perfectly match the color challenge. 

To further my archery theme, I made my own target embellishments. I had some round chipboard stickers that I altered with Copics and gems. 

I also colored in some plain wood veneers with Copics. You don't always need to purchase supplies in your exact color scheme or exact theme, just alter and use what you have. 

This is a look at my title block where I mixed and matched alpha stickers, chipboard letters and wood veneers.  

Cardstock: Bazzill
Patterned Papers: Basic Grey
Chipboard Die Cuts: We R Memory Keepers, SEI, Basic Grey
Alphabet Stickers: Doodlebug Designs, Authentique
Chipboard Alphabet: Basic Grey
Ink: Stampin’ Up
Stamps: Studio Calico, Sandylion, Lil’ Davis Designs
Stamp Press: Fiskars
Wood Veneer Shapes: Studio Calico
Glitter Glue: Ranger Ink
Gems: Doodlebug Design
Markers: Copic

If you also love this color combination and want to join the color challenge, please see Life.Paper.Scrapbook.'s blog post. If you love this layout sketch, please see Sketches in Thyme's post

I learned that I don't need to purchase specific themed embellishments or papers, I can probably make my own from my existing stash. 

Thanks so much for stoppin' by,


Leanne said...

awesome LO!! I love the way you have built up your page too!

TracieClaiborne said...

I love it!!!!! Absolutely wonderful!

kanatanewf said...

Lovely layout - great mix of elements. Thanks for joining in with the Anything Goes challenge at Yumi and Fumi Handmade! Sheena B - Team Fumi.

D's Paper Studio said...

I love it. I saved the sketch. Yours is such a great inspiration I'm going to give it a shot.

Tracie Marie said...

How Fun!!! Love this!!

Joanne said...

Love your arrow paper and perfect for the theme

cebelica said...

This looks fantastic! And right in my colours ... ;) Fab work! Thank you for playing with us at Yumi and Fumi handmade! Hugs! xx

Anonymous said...

Fabby page, looks like you had a fun day, thanks for joining us at Just for fun challenges, good luck with your entry, DT Mandz xox

Unknown said...

Awesome Scrapbook page! Thanks for joining us over at Yumi and Fumi challenge!

Karen Willis said...

Fab LO and a great step by step for anyone that's just starting with scrapbooking. Thanks for joining us over at Just For Fun Karen DT member xx

Blankina said...

What a great lay out..Lovely idea and colours..
Thanks for joining in at YUMI FUMI HANDMADE - ANYTHING GOES challenge, come back un sunday to see our new challenge!!

Hugs DT team Fumi Blankina

Leanne said...

Awesome page!! and the theme is soo cool!
Thanks for joining us at Y&FH challenges. Good luck!

maureenjscott said...

What creativity and patience to set that all up! Fabulous layout! Best wishes for your challenges! Thanks for joining in at Just For Fun! Mo xxx

Doreen Vasquez said...

LOVE the stamping! I thought it was already part of the BG paper, wow! ALso love the pics and title! Very fun layout!

Susie Bentz: My Time to Play said...

So much to love about this layout!

JoanieMc said...

Awesome layout!! Love everything about it!

Would you please make a card to be sent to a Sunshine Child and put a smile on his or her's face? That is really what this blog is all about.

Thanks so much for entering the challenge and hope you join in our card making for Sunshine Children.

Joan DT

elaine's crafts said...

Great work, thanks for joining us for our first challenge at "Just For Fun!"

Elaine xx

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