Hi everyone! Alex here bringing you this week's challenge.
Most of the time when I scrap a photo, I tend to document a happening, something my kids have said or done, or just the way they are right now. So, when I was making this layout about my daughter's first day at school, I started to write what they did and said and how excited she was, but then I stopped... I threw away the piece of paper with my journaling and started over. I decided to tell her my story, how I was feeling that day. That's my challenge for you this week. Try not to document what happened when a photo you scrap was taken, try to document how it made you feel.
The Daily Flash Milk Money collection is a must have now when the school is starting again. I knew I had to use it. I used my favorite paper from the collection, Reading, as my background. I cut a piece of white cardstock and placed it in-between two of the book shelves. That was going to be my photo area.
I used a lot of Milk Money memory cards on this layout. Some of them to journal on, some of them stuck under my photos. I also used a tin-pin, some double tape stickers, pop-drops and the cutest "here!" pillow puffs sticker.
I love using arrows as embellishments. For this layout I have used chipboard arrows from the To The Point and the Photo Booth sheets. For my title I have mixed three different Daily Flash alphas: Mason Jar, Rhurbarb and Night Owl.
I hope you want to play along! If you do, please post a link here or upload your layout to OA's Flickr Gallery.
Thanks for stopping by today!
Hi everyone, Mou here with today's challenge.
School starts back here this week and the kids are reluctantly gearing up for going back to school routine. In that spirit, my challenge for you is to create a first day of school card/ gift using mainly one of these two October Afternoon collections: Daily Flash Milk Money or Public Library.
Here's my take. I used mainly the Public Library collection. The papers I chose are: Encyclopedia, Card Catalog, Biography and Due Date. I also cut out a few leaves from the Daily Flash Apple Cider Harvest paper to embellish.
Here's a close-up of my card.
Hope you'll take today's creative challenge to make your own back-to-school gift or greeting project. Have fun and thanks for stopping by.
Hey everyone! Roree here with this week's Monday Challenge.
Sometimes you find a great image or sentiment on patterned paper that is just to wonderful to cover up. That is what happened to me when I was looking through the Daily Flash "All Boy" 6 x 8 Paper Pack. I instantly fell in love with the "I Love You to the Moon & Back" Sentiment/Graphic.
I knew it would be perfect for a card. The only problem was the image is 4" square. That is pretty much the size of a card. It wouldn't leave much room to add embellishments (which is completely out of the question for me!), so I had to get creative. Here is what I came up with:
I created a unique border to highlight the image using strips of Me First! patterned paper (B-side). I adhered the image and strips to a King of the Hill patterned paper (B-side) base, and then i added lots of fun little goodies, including stitching, Daily Flash "Eggnog" Pop Drops, and buttons from the Travel Girl and Farmhouse collections.
I finished the card with a Pop Drop heart in the sentiment and a Daily Flash "All Boy" Snap Cap sentiment.
The border allowed me to leave the sentiment/graphic intact, while still being able to add little bits of goodness that stick with my style.
So here is my challenge to you:
Create a unique border on your next OA project.
Hope you enjoyed today's project. Thanks so much for stopping by!
Hey OA fans! Mandy Koeppen here your Thursday sketch. This week's sketch is based on a simple layered card I created using leftover scraps from previous projects.
Here is the card I created:
There's lots of layers, shapes, and some dimension going on with this card but it was created rather quickly.
I have to say that barefoot guy from the Public Library - Miscellany is one of my favorite die cuts ever! It was really easy to mix and match scraps from Public Library, Daily Flash Snapshots, & Daily Flash All Boy together since the OA collection colors seem to coordinate so well together.
Remember take the sketch use it as is or make it your own it's up to you. It can easily be adjusted and use on a layout which I plan to do this weekend. So go have fun with it! We'd love to see anything you create with this sketch, so please post your work to our October Afternoon Flickr gallery.
Thanks for joining me today! MK
Hi everyone! Alex here.
I love using accent colors when I design my layouts (or the interior of my home, for that matter). Today, I wanted to challenge you to do the same.
I googled a definition of accent colors: "Accent colors are colors that are used for emphasis in a color scheme. These colors can often be bold or vivid and are used sparingly, to emphasize, contrast or create rhythm." I don't think I could define them better myself :-)
For today's layout, I chose to use red as my accent color for different shades of teal.
I have used the lovely Public Library collection. For my background I have mixed patterned papers Encyclopedia, Reference Section, Biography, Fiction, Dust Jacket and Sh-h-h. The last one I chose to add a little touch of red.
Further, I brought in more red by adding small accents, such as a red journaling card, the "bee a reader" sticker, red tidbits, label stickers and a tin pin. I even stamped the "Alphabetical Order" background in red and stuck it underneath my photos.
I hope you feel inspired to pull out your Public Library collection and start creating! :-)
Hey guys, It's Laura here with a new Monday challenge for you!
Sometimes when I'm having trouble creating a new project, I look to an older project for inspiration. I think we often put too much pressure on ourselves to always be creating something completely new. So I try to think of other crafts like quilting, and I image that quilters probably use the same pattern more than once, so why can't we?
I pulled up the image for this card I made quite a while ago because I liked the general design of it, and used it as the inspiration for a new card.
So here is my older card:
And here is my new card, which I pulled out supplies from the Public Library line to create with:
Because I gave myself the starting point of a previous project, this card came together so quickly! I didn't completely copy the design, but pulled aspects out like the two patterned papers for the background, and a group of three embellishments to the side of the sentiment.
I kept the little banner sticker plain and when I know whom I'm sending this card to I will use some tiny letter stickers to add in their name and personalize the card.
Thanks so much for stopping by today, if hope you will share you creations in the October Afternoon Flickr Gallery!
Hey everyone! Roree here with a Monday challenge for you.
I was searching around Pinterest recently and stumbled upon this pin:
I immediately fell in love with the colors, the patterns, the texture - really, everything! So here is my challenge to you: Use this pinned image as inspiration to create your next OA project.
I was inspired to create this card using the new Public Library collection:
As you can already tell, I was totally inspired by the stitching. I ran tons of stitched lines up and down a panel of the Children's Section patterned paper. It really didn't take too long to sew, and it helped that the look didn't call for neat and evenly spaced lines. Just zip, zip, zip! (And zip, zip, zip a few more times. ;) )
This pattern worked wonderfully for a quilted look, don't you think?
I finished off the card with some pieces from the Miscellany pack, the 12x12 Shape Stickers sheet, a Tidbit, a Word Sticker, a die cut flower using Biography and Due Date patterned papers, along with a button from 9 to 5, some baker's twine from Sasparilla, and a Pop Drop heart from Eggnog.
I hope you enjoyed my project and if you get a chance to play along with today's challenge, be sure to upload your project(s) to the OA Flickr group. I can't wait to see what you create!
Thanks so much for stopping by!
Hey friends, It's Laura here today with a challenge to hopefully get your creativity going.
I thought I would challenge you guys to create something using visual triangles. I use this all the time in both my cards, and scrapbook pages. It helps me to know when to add more embellishments, and also how to draw your eye to something when I want to.
It's really simple to create a visual triangle, and the way I tend to do it the most is with colored embellishments and details. On this page I created two different ones, and both serve to draw your eyes into the middle of the page.
Here I've added some drawn lines in photoshop and added a colored dot to help you see what I'm talking about.
It basically means that your eyes are drawn to different points, but always end up in the center of the triangle, where in this case I have the photograph. It's a simple design tool, but can be an important one to have up your sleeve. :)
Here are some detail shots of my page too.
I hope you liked my page today, and I would love to see any projects you make, so post them in our Flickr gallery for us all to see.
Thanks for stopping by today!
Hi everyone, Mou here with today's challenge!
Create any project of your choice using just one set of October Afternoon stamps and cardstock. You can, of course, you use inks, paints, sprays, or other coloring/ inking tools.
Here's my take on the challenge
To make this card, I used the Dude stamp set from Daily Flash All Boy collection.
In addition, I used 1 piece of plain white cardstock, some Stamper's Big Brush pens to ink up the stamps, and a few Gelatos to splatter some colors on the card.
Cards are only the beginning. You can make layouts, gift wrappings, tags, etc. While this stamp set is designed with boys in mind, it can also be translated into making water-themed pages and the quote I used as sentiment is universal too.
Here's a closer look at my card.
So, what will you make with your October Afternoon stamp set?