Here's a little "sneak peak" of today's project:
For scrapbooking enthusiasts, National Scrapbooking Day is like Christmas. Actually, one of my on-line scrapping buddies described it as the "Black Friday" of scrapbooking. LOL! That's actually pretty accurate. This year NSD fell on Saturday May 4th and the day was jam-packed with scrapbooking challenges from oodles of websites offering chances for fabulous prizes for participation. I signed up for The Big Picture Classes Creative Crop and was determined to complete all 10 challenges offered over the weekend.
Today, I am sharing the Creative Crop's CHALLENGE #6:
"Hey crafty friends, instead of falling back on your usual techniques and supplies, take a creative hike and try to mix up your next project. May Flaum here and I do love creative exploration. It is true that you can find go-to staples and ways of becoming a faster, more effective crafter that save you time (I did write a whole eBook about just that!), but I also think it is important to take time to continue learning, being open to trying new things, and taking a creative hike now and then. Today I challenge you to do just that. Try something new! If you have some heavy go-to techniques or products, challenge yourself to leave those in the drawer and experiment instead."
I had already been intrigued by a challenge on Let's Scrap by Design Team member Erica Mouton, who posted a tutorial on how to distress paper by applying water to torn edges along with this challenge:
"My Challenge to you is quite simple...use WATER on your [scrapbook] layout..."
Erica's water technique was one that I had been wanting to try, along with a photo sanding technique that I had seen in online layouts, but was afraid of. So this was my chance to "take a creative hike" from my usual techniques and challenge myself.
I had come across some old photos of a trip I took to the Bahamas over 20 years ago and decided that it would be fun to make a layout with them using Graphic 45's Tropical Travelogue papers, and decided to try both of the new techniques.
The first thing I did was lay out the papers & the photos...
Then I slid out the paper from under the photos that was going to provide the matting & applied water to the edges with a water brush.
I altered a bit from Erica's technique, since I didn't want to tear the edges of the paper. I decided to scrape the wet edges with my scissors instead.
This method thins the paper so that it is easier to roll with your fingers.
I also inked the edges once they were rolled with Chestnut Chalk Ink from Color Box to make it look more aged. I wanted the paper to look somewhat like a treasure map, since the Bahamas are known for a rich history of seafaring pirates, so I added a few appropriate tears.
It does look a bit like a weathered treasure map, doesn't it?
I didn't distress the body of the paper, only the edges, to keep it smooth for the application of the photos. Then I fussy-cut flowers from a pretty sheet of scrapbooking paper from the same collection and wet those edges as well.
The edges of the flowers curled up nicely. I was now ready for some layering.
I think I was so involved in the moment that I forgot to take photos of the sanding process, but this is what the photos look like after the edges are sanded with an emery board (keep in mind that these are old, non-digital photos):
Here's the double page layout with both sides together-
So I challenge you as well...try something new today! Do something you've been wanting to try, but just haven't. (It can be in another area of your life, it doesn't have to be in scrapbooking, as long as it's something you haven't tried before.)
What do you think? What new adventure awaits you today? I hope you will share your "take a hike from the usual" adventures with us in the comments!
Wishing you a happy adventure, Enikö