To celebrate National Scrapbooking Day, Big Picture Classes hosted an amazing free Creative Crop packed full of challenges from amazing teachers in the BPC community. I wasn’t home most of Saturday, but I looked forward to each hourly e-mail challenge, read via my phone, with relish. And then I decided I would take on the goal of completing all 10 challenges on Sunday. Spolier: I did it, thanks to Jake taking over the majority of the parenting for the day (you rock, Jake).
You’ll be seeing most of my takes again, as a lot of them are part of bigger projects (especially my Project Life), but I just wanted to share them all together, because I’m pretty darn proud of completing 10 projects in a day. (Okay, some of them are sort of combined. So it’s not REALLY 10 projects. But we’re calling it 10, ok?)
Here’s what I came up with:
Challenge #1 from Stacy Julian was to Use I Statements to discover a new story! I’m planning to use these to explore a bigger story later, but I loved the idea of just listing the answers to these “I statements”. This will go right into my Project Life for the week, and I think it will be a fun project to complete a few times a year (or to quiz other family members with!)
Challenge #2 from Aly Dosdall was to Add additional photos to your layout with a pocket page panel. Of course, this is my go-to weekly, as I’m a little insert crazed when it comes to Project Life. In the spirit of the challenge, I decided to include larger versions of photos I love in an insert, photos I would usually shrink down and use in a one pocket collage.
Challenge #3 from Tami Morrison was to Create a summer bucket list to create and capture memorable summertime adventures. I started a little mini book with an Amy Tangerine Daybook for this purpose, and I’m planning on filling it up with our adventures when I have them!
Tip: I sewed a ribbon to the back cover so I can tie the daybook shut. This way I can use all the thick embellishments I want!
And if you’re interested in making your own Daybook from scratch, or just seeing one all filled up, check out this Daybook of Eliza at 6.
Challenge #4 from Donna Jannuzzi was to Use a sketch to create a multiple-photo layout. I used half of the two page sketch to create a layout about gardening. I’m obsessed with our plants lately, so it only makes sense to feature that love in a big way with a full layout. I’ll use this as half of a Project Life spread.
Challenge #5 from Lisa Day was to Use the sketch provided and create a layout about someone or something you love. I created a layout about Jonas, because seeing his joy running at full speed in wide open spaces makes me feel like my heart is overflowing.
Challenge #6 from May Flaum was Instead of falling back on your usual techniques and supplies, take a creative hike and try to mix up your next project. I decided to start with stamps. I also started with a story I didn’t have photos for, and just chose a recent photo of Eliza and Jake because the story is about them. More on this layout + stamping tips later in the week.
Challenge #7 from Angie Lucas was to Scrapbook the last photo or photos found on your mobile device. I didn’t want to print any extra photos (I’m running low on printer ink), so I just scrapped the three most recent iPhone photos I’ve had printed. I also wrote little stories to go along with each of them.
Challenge #8 from Ali Edwards was to Use arrows to emphasize parts of your journaling. I was going to use arrow stickers, but then this arrow paper was sitting on top to my 4×6 scrap pile. Perfect! I considered cutting out the arrows, but decided instead to cut strips of paper for the journaling and adhere them so an arrow is pointing at each strip. I love the result (and strips of paper are a good way to make sure your journaling is visible on busy patterned paper).
Challenge #9 from Karen Grunberg was to Use your own handwriting to journal. I do this on pretty much everything, so I copied Karen’s take on the challenge and stamped journaling lines so I would have a place to write more neatly! On a scrap of patterned paper, I stamped a grid pattern and cut it out with a circle punch to create a journaling spot. I love using circles and strips of paper to journal in the negative space of photos.
Challenge #10 from Stephanie Howell was to Create a page sharing why you are grateful for a relationship in your life. I wrote about how amazing Jake is because, well, HE IS AMAZING.
Hope you liked a look into my weekend scrapbooking blitz! I had a ton of fun with these challenges and am so thankful to BPC for the motivation to record all of these memories. That, I believe, is the best thing about these sorts of challenges! If you participated in the crop, I’d love to see your take on the challenges too!
P.S. If you love a good scrapbooking challenge, check out Document Life Workshop.