Lately, I have been getting more and more involved in trying out challenges on Splitcoaststampers (aka SCS). If you're unfamiliar with SCS, it is an online community of paper crafters from all over the world: primarily rubber stamping, cardmaking, but scrapbooking as well. It started online in 2003, with its primarily focus on Stampin' Up product users, to give them a place to go for stamping-related resources and inspiration. Over the years, the SU focus has changed to encompass all types of companies and their products. Although, there is a separate access area for Stampin' Up demonstrators with a way to place your card entries into the SU area if it is SUO or SUM (Stampin' Up only or mostly).
Personally, I started visiting SCS at least eight years before I even started using Stampin' Up products, and I had no idea of its original focus until about two years ago! It was a total surprise to me, because it so thoroughly covers most other companies. There are also areas where you can go to see cards made using almost only My Favorite Things, Taylored Expressions, Cottage Cutz, etc. products. So, Splitcoaststampers is now a site for those who use any products available on the market. If you are unfamiliar, go take a look at: www.splitcoaststampers.com.
So, onto my challenge entries. The Technique Lovers Challenge of 7/10/17 is Cardboard Roll Album, and it asks that you make at least the cover for a mini album using cardboard rolls as its base, i.e., toilet paper rolls, paper towel rolls, etc. There is a tutorial link showing exactly how to do that. Now, I made a similar album about eight years ago when my sister, Heidi, owned a paper crafting store in northern California. I still have her instructions from this class; therefore, I decided to make another little book using her instructions, because you do not have to use book rings to keep the pages together, as the pages are attached to one another in a spine-like manner.
Other challenges my little book will fit are: Technique Lovers Challenge from several week ago, named Spell It Out. With it in mind, and the "rule" was to use a sentiment different than those we normall use, like happy birthday, etc., I made my sentiment "FLY." Another challenge I have been looking at trying is the Featured Stamper Challenge, where a member of SCS is chosen to be the featured stamper of the week. This week, it is Ann Greenspan's (SCS nickname: yaleann7), and we were to go to her gallery and choose one of her cards to CASE. CASE means to be inspired by something about the card and incorporate into yours. After choosing one of Ann's card, I designed my cover with these ideas from her card: her dragonfly, but mine is a butterfly; the die-cut shape, and lace from the lacy die-cut. To view Anns card, click on the link below: www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/2792811&cat=500&ppuser=340325Take a peek below at my finished mini album cover below:
Ingredients: Cardboard rolls (page stabilizers) (i.e., rolls: toilet paper, paper towel, gift wrap, etc.). Patterned paper: stash and scraps. Stamp: Stampin' Up: Labeler Alphabet. Die: Spellbinders: Labels Small. Wood Butterfly: Michaels. Acrylic Paint: Americana-True Red; Folk Art-Alizarin Crimson. Prima Cameo Roses. Offray 1/2" Lace. Button: Stash. Ivory crochet thread. Distressed edges: Colorbox--Chestnut Roan Cat-Eye. Size: 4-1/2" x 3".