Sunday, May 6, 2012

National Scrapbook Day

Happy (one day belated) National Scrapbook Day to all of my crafty friends out there!  And for all those friends and family who read my blog - what do you mean, you didn't know that this was an actual holiday?  Mark it on your calendars for next year  -- I'll expect a phone call! ;)

Not that I needed another excuse to find some time to scrapbook, but having a holiday centered around my favorite hobby, certainly gave me one yesterday.  I was lucky to steal away a couple of hours in my crafting space to participate in a few of the challenges and festivities that many companies had posted online.  (Big thanks to my hubby for corralling the kiddos during that time!  Thanks, babe - smooches!).  Echo Park hosted a number of challenges on their blog throughout the day and I was excited to play along with a couple of them.  The first was to put together a card, using any of their products, in under two hours. I already had some of their 'Note to Self' line out on my desk and typically can crank out a card in under 30 minutes, so participation in this challenge was a no brainer.  Here's the results, featuring one of my favorite quote stickers from this collection:

Supplies used: Kraft cardstock, Echo Park's Note to Self Collection papers: Arrows and Red Dots, and Elements Stickers.  Other: ribbon and Jillibean woodgrain epoxy button.

It's a bit hard to see in the photograph, but I added glittered stickles to the top edge of the word 'icing' to mimic the dripping of actual icing.

Another of Echo Park's challenges required that you 'scraplift' one of the design team members projects posted on the blog.  I drew inspiration from a page by design team member, Leslie Ashe.  She titled her page 'Happy Days' which was also the name of the Echo Park paper collection that she used for the layout.  I was inspired to do the same, only using the aforementioned 'Note to Self' collection.

Supplies used:  Echo Park's Note to Self collection Alpha Stickers, Elements Stickers and papers: Red Dots, Quotes, Arrows, Inventory, Stripes.  Other: Jillibean baker's twine, jute, foam adhesive, date stamp, machine stitching, computer font and 'clock' brad from Echo Park's This and That Charming decorative brad pack.

A closer look at the title and journaling, and that cute little hand sticker.  As you can see, I added a baker's twine bow to the pointed finger to denote the idea 'reminding myself'.  When you read the journaling, you will see why the office/business feel of this line, worked so well with my goofy pictures. :)

There was a whole sheet of paper in this collection that featured these fun inventory tags.  I loved the idea of cutting out some of the individual tags to act as embellishments.

That's it for tonight, friends.  I've got lots more to share, so come back and visit me soon!

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