Tackling a Challenge

Make it Monday - pinkWelcome to another Make It Monday!

You may be coming here from Alice’s site where she is sharing why to start pocket page scrapbooking, and how to make it easy! If you found me in a different way, no worries. At the end of this post there is another link which you can follow around our circle til you get back here. Hope you find a little creative inspiration to start your work week off right!

Today is the kind of Monday when I need an extra large dose of creative inspiration!

Read on and I’ll tell you all about it.

Have you ever been given something – a set of supplies, or ingredients, or parameters for a project – that leave you stumped? How did you tackle it? Did you push it aside and wait for inspiration to strike, or did you face it head on and see what you could come up with as you interacted with the products?

I confess that I tend to fall into the first camp. The push-it-away-for-another-day camp!

Last month I received my first ever Card Making Kit from Simon Says Stamp and was so in love with it I used up every last scrap (read about it here). But a few weeks ago my September kit arrived and I panicked! Take a look at the contents. You can click on the photo to be taken to the Simon Says Stamp site to view a full content list.

At first glance this is a really pretty kit. But guess what? Those 3×4″ cards are made of acetate. And that gesso and stencil? Um, say what?! My mixed media muscles have serious atrophied since spending time with Donna Downey almost two years ago. I took one look at it, put it all back in its bag and tried to forget about it. But I knew I had to try to do something with it. Even though it’s not catering to my usual style. I’d paid for it after all!

Time for a little stretching I think! Here is a bit of a video showing you my process.

Oh, and full disclosure, I almost scrapped this whole video. As you will see, everything seemed to be going wrong when I was filming it (including children chirping in the background and multiple knocks on my door!) But you deserve to see that I don’t have it all together all the time. If you already knew that then gold star! You must be one of my Wine Buddies!! Solidarity Sister!!

Despite all that went wrong, I think I managed to salvage things and made some cute cards. You be the judge.

Cards by Alison Day Designs made with the September 2015 Simon Says Stamp kit

Birthday Wishes card case by Alison Day Designs

This is the first one I did copying one from the inspiration sheet included with my kit. The original card was created by Sarah Moerman.

Congratulations Let's Celebrate card by Alison Day Designs

This was my second one and as you can see the embossing is not as perfect as I would like. I’m starting to suspect that my embossing powder may be old. Birthday wish list!! 🙂

Exist to be Happy shaker card by Alison Day Designs

I thought it would be fun to turn one of the acetate cards into the window of a shaker card so came up with this one. Now, full disclosure and all that, I managed to adhere my window to the wrong side of the patterned paper! This is actually the messed up version of card #2 – the one with the crooked stamping and inky finger prints! Sigh.

A few carefully placed stamped and fussy cut balloons and you hopefully can’t tell! Let’s just keep it as our little secret, okay?

Birthday Wishes single layer card by Alison Day Designs

This is a very simple, one layer card. The patterned paper does most of the work, I just added some stamping. Sometimes simple can be beautiful!

Love It card by Alison Day Designs

This last one uses another of the acetate cards and a piece of patterned paper cut to the same size. I liked the ‘love it’ sentiment on the paper so I drew attention to it with the balloon outline stamp. A bit of bakers twine wrapped around the whole thing finishes off this card.

And that is where I called it a day. I will try to come back to this kit but I think I will wait for a day when the juices are flowing freely!

Now you’re off to Melissa’s site where she is helping us scrap about our childhood toys. See how she scraps Squeaky Ted!

Have a fantastic Monday everyone. Mine can only get better from here, right? Here’s hoping!

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2 thoughts on “Tackling a Challenge

  1. It is so helpful to know that I am not the only one who has bad days scrapping when everything seems to go wrong! Thank you for sharing the bloopers and encouraging me to continue documenting the good and the bad in my life!

    • Thank you! Every now and then it’s nice to remind ourselves that we’re all human! Mistakes are part of that package!!

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