Friday, 5 February 2010

How about an A-Z challenge?

Hello from me, Ann Freeman, in this my first DT blog post for Created by ATDML.

I am always on the look out for different scrapbook challenges, from sketches that kick-start a page to more specific challenges such as this one I'm about to share. I recently acquired the 52 more scrapbook challenges book by Elizabeth Kartchner which unsurprisingly features 52 different scrapbook challenges. Challenge #8 is to create a page featuring all 26 letters of the alphabet. Being a hug fan of American Crafts Thickers I am never short of an alphabet but often left with odd letters left in packs which sit in my crafting draw unused. I decided to combine the alphabet challenge with my own challenge to use up some of those left over letters. (Added bonus then that I can treat myself to some of the newer Thickers packs recently added to the ATDML shop!)

I cut a variety of 2" squares (30 in total) from double sided 7gypsies Venice papers and created a patchwork grid on my 12x12 cardstock, overlapping the squares to prevent the need for precision!
I then added a stitch to each square to complete the patchwork look.
After mounting my 6x4 photograph and placing it on my page I took several part used packs of Thickers and set about adding my alphabet.
Some of the foam thickers I embossed with a circle stamp by heating the foam slightly with a heat gun and then firmly pressing my stamp into the Thicker, holding for a short while and then removing to leave a flattened embossed letter.

Then, using stickers from a 7Gypsies Label Sticker book (Bureau) I added key words associated with the photograph to some of the letters.

Add embellishments to finish the layout - this is a great way to use up bits and pieces left over from other projects.

How will you interpret the challenge? Be sure to share with us here at Created by ATDML if you do create a page inspired by the A-Z challenge!