6/6 Summer Morning 12x12
For years, I struggled with wanting to join Stampin'Up . . . but not being able to because of my Creative Memories business. Then, one day, my husband was visiting with me in my office and said, "You know, I don't see one single thing in here that tells me you sell Creative Memories, but it sure does look like you sell Stampin'Up!" That was when the light bulb went off and I decided to follow my heart into Stampin'Up. I've been a SU demonstrator now for nearly two years and I love, love, love it!! But, I have almost completely given up scrapbooking. Oh, I shouldn't say completely . . . I do digital albums with my oldest daughter and we send them off to CM. Easy peasy . . .drop and drag . . . you're done.
But, my SU customers occasionally ask me if I ever scrapbook with SU products. I have to hang my head and say, "Not really." Oh, I've made the simple and sweet page or two here and there, but nothing consistently. That may be about to change!
I found a blog called Stamp & Scrap and they posted their very first challenge today. How wonderful for me! I've been dying to start working with the new IN Colors that I got in my Sneak Peak order. The challenge was to make a page with a summer theme, use at least two stamps and follow the sketch which I've posted above for you to see.
True to form . . . I'm terrible at following sketches. I just couldn't stand all that blank space off in the upper left hand part of the sketch so I filled it in with a journaling box. I also wanted to use my BIG Inspired by Nature flower stamp so I kind of blew the small doo-dad-like-dealy-wheely-thing on the upper right. But, who CARES?? It got me SCRAPPIN' again and I think that was the whole point of the challenge!! And, I LOVE it!! I especially love the swirls connecting my boxes across the top . . . I love the ribbon and how the middle picture is accented with the scallop edge punch. And, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVED using my IN Colors!!Doesn't the Crushed Curry title show up awesomely on the Razzleberry Lemonade patterned paper? That ribbon is Crushed Curry, too. Love that color! I made the title with my Big Shot using the Naturally Serif Alphabet die. I find that the best way to apply these letters is with a glue pen. Stampin'Up sells a Two-Way glue pen, but I found that to be a little big. I had another glue pen by Sailor that worked like a charm. It really is like a ball-point pen! The best way to apply ribbon is to run a strip of SNAIL adhesive down the back of it and set it on, carefully, right where you want it. I put the faux brads on with little squares of Sticky Strip.