Monday, September 10, 2007

First Challenge!

Challenge 1: Make Your Own Patterned Paper From Cardstock

There are SO many beautiful patterned papers out there…. American Crafts, Basic Grey, My Mind’s Eye… the list goes on and on. Patterned papers add color, shape, and interest to our pages, but who says you have to leave it to the manufacturers to have all the fun designing them?

My challenge to you this first week is to make your own patterned paper out of cardstock only, and then use it on a page. (Feel free to use whatever other goodies you want on the page as well).

This can be as simple or difficult as you want to make it. Use strips of cardstock to make a stripe pattern, or cut out intricate flourishes for something more complex. It’s up to you.

Not sure where to start? How about using a punch to cut out shapes that can be repeated on your background? Maybe you have some shape stencils that you can trace onto cardstock and cut out. Like to use your computer? You can print some shapes onto the reverse side of your paper using the computer and cut them out with an exacto or scissors. For the adventurous, draw something freehand and cut it out.

Digital Play: For those of you who prefer to work in digital, go ahead and try this technique with digital cardstock!

Get creative. Have fun. Show us what you’ve got!

To get you started, here are some examples:




Jennifer: I decided to do some intricate cutting and punching to make 4 patterned papers in circle shapes. I kept the layout clean and simple to keep focus on the photo of my son and the patterns.

Deborah: Deb went a different direction and made one giant piece of patterned paper with her cardstock that would match the other papers in her layout. She cut those shapes by hand!

Becky: Becky also made her background paper with a series of punched circles. She also went a step further and added fun flower shapes.

Alicia: Alicia chose to interepret the challenge with a "tone on tone" direction. She punched out circles in the same Kraft Color as her background. She folded the circles in half, crumpled them and then punched a small hole in the center and filled the centers with Black Stickles.

Jennifer's Digital Play: I used some digital cardstock from Traci Turchin to create a simple patterned paper for this layout. Swirls and journaling spot are from Rhonna Farrer's Free Love pack (downloaded from twopeasinabucket).

35 comments:

Lori Gentile said...

Great challenge, ladies! Awesome layouts! I love this blog concept. Thanks for putting it out there!

Wendy Tuten said...

gotta brainstorm for a moment or two but will hopefully get something done by this afternoon! Woohoo!

Carla said...

How fun!! I'll work on mine this week!

tara said...

very cool!
i did something similar to this using watercolors to make a polka dot pp background!!
does that count?!
love your site so far!!!
tara

Becky said...

Tara, of course it counts, share a link!
B-

baberry said...

What a great challenge. Sounds like tons of fun, so I'm off to think of cool ideals.

Yvonn

jlajla said...

WHO will be the first to post a layout? There just MAY be a little goodie in store for our very first player (wink, wink). :) Can't wait to see what what you all come up with!

april said...

love this challenge ladies!

Sherry said...

I'm gonna play today... very cool challenge!

milkcan said...

Here's a layout from me:

http://tinyurl.com/37j7su

The section in the center is Bazzill cardstock, dry embossed, chalked, painted and inked.

Kimberly said...

nnWhat a fun challenge...just what I need to get some creative mojo going! xoxo
Loves,
K

TanishaRenee said...

Love the idea of this! Great 1st challenge, can't wait to see more! Beautiful LOs, too!

Lyn said...

Love everyone's work with the challenge! It's a toughie.. let's see what I can do this week!

Julie Ann Shahin said...

Congratulations on your new blog ladies! Adding your blog to my must -read list. :)

baberry said...

Yippeeee!!! I did it! This was so much harder than I initially thought, but I really had fun with this challenge. Totally took me out of my comfort zone and that's a good thing.

http://twopeasinabucket.kaboose.com/pg.asp?gallery=1&cmd=display&layout_id=1230728

TFL,
Yvonne

Amy Hummel said...

Here is mine: http://scrapbook.com/galleries/77000/view/1034303/-1/0/1.html

Anonymous said...

Thanks for starting this blog! I love to take part in challenges..makes me actually use all those supplies I have been collecting all these years! I have emailed my contribution for the first challenge...hope you got it!

Jeannine

http://reademweep-jeannine.blogspot.com/

Anonymous said...

let me see if I can add it here as well...

[IMG]http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o245/jeanninenj/RefreshingDrinks2007.jpg[/IMG]

Jeannine

Jessica said...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jessicabarnett/1366437769/in/set-72157600074378865/

Fairly simple, but that's just how I tend to do things! Thanks for the challenge

WendyGibson said...

alllrighty then....I'll play!! :)
here's one from me...

http://etceteraetcetera.files.wordpress.com/2007/09/bloom-watchingyougrow500.jpg

Tyggereye said...

Here's mine

I had a great time doing it. This is a great challenge!

http://tinyurl.com/3yuh83

G

shannon brouwer said...

It turned out nothing like I had thought but here it is :) Thanks for a great challenge!

http://twopeasinabucket.kaboose.com/pg.asp?gallery=1&cmd=display&layout_id=1231277

Anonymous said...

loved this challenge! here's mine:

http://twopeasinabucket.kaboose.com/pg.asp?gallery=1&cmd=display&layout_id=1231630

elaine

Edleen said...

great challenge! love all the layouts with cardstocks as pp!

kimandasmom said...

here is mine

http://twopeasinabucket.kaboose.com/pg.asp?gallery=1&cmd=display&layout_id=1231764

or on my blog here

http://my-daily-whatever.blogspot.com/

Jessica said...

What a fun challenge. I pulled out the pics for this layout not sure what I was going to do with them. Then I remembered this challenge and all kinds of ideas came. This page is for an album I am doing for my sister and her husband as a belated wedding gift. TFL!

http://www.creatingkeepsakes.com/gallery/details.ihtml?idx=73162

Jing-Jing said...

Thanks for the challenge, here is my entry: Delight

Chataqua said...

I found this on someone else's blog. Cool idea, I had made this , & it fits so I decided to post. Made my backgroud with "bubblewrap"
"Your colorful Man"
http://its-kaotic-in-here.blogspot.com/

not neat freak said...

This is one I did sometime ago, but thought I'd post it anyway.

http://pastedpictures.blogspot.com/2007_09_01_archive.html

VanillaCarmel said...

MINE is at my blog, for today's date. I punched flowers edged with paint...for a tone-on-eone look.

Emily said...

mine:
http://twopeasinabucket.kaboose.com/pg.asp?gallery=1&cmd=display&layout_id=1230713

not as scary as expected. :)

Anonymous said...

Here's mine.... I don't have a web or blog site, soooo... I'm ANONYMOUS!!! giggle! Here's the link to 2 peas:

http://twopeasinabucket.kaboose.com/pg.asp?cmd=display&layout_id=1231414
TFL (oh, I put paint blobs with a tiny eraser all over the cardstock to "decorate."
kathi Townzen
kathitownz@yahoo.com

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Amy Peterman said...

Here's mine!

http://www.scrapinstyletv.com/portfolio/view_layout.php?layout_id=36134&user_id=3158

Amy Peterman said...

I don't think that link works. Try this:

http://twopeasinabucket.kaboose.com/pg.asp?gallery=1&cmd=display&layout_id=1235863