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When I first received my March main kit, I was a little stumped on how to use what all was in it. I have never been a big fan of Studio Calico's papers, so I was starting to sweat when I had 6 sheets of the stuff in front of me and no creative thoughts coming forth. SO, I ran to an online community and through out the Peep signal asking for advice on what to do or even just some suggestions based on the kit photo, found HERE.
I played around for a bit and made some cards and let my mind process what all was scattered across my desk. I discovered that the patterns were more appealing to MY eye in smaller doses. And with that thought my mind was off on the creative brainstorming wave.
I have mentioned before that I find a TON of inspiration from other crafters and am trying to really make an effort to try new techniques or even scraplift others to learn new things. Boy did I learn a lot on this page!
I LOVE the film strip pages that Nichol Magouirk has been posting on her blog over the last few months so I tried to incorporate those and I liked the result a lot. I even pulled out a sheet of grey cardstock from a previous kit (December maybe?) and tried the double layer on the die cuts...LOVE! I've taken her True Scrap classes and learned a LOT about stamping so I also did some of that - the tone on tone for the orange cardstock, and the blue.
I even went WAY out of my comfort zone and tried some "messy" stuff. I sanded the orange coordinates cardstock to tone down the brightness of the shade. I used the stencil that came in the kit with some orange ink and sort of smooshed a sponge dauber into the pattern to make a little pattern peeking out from behind the film strips. Totally learned that from youtube! I then sprayed some Studio Calico shine mist for an extra layer with the stencil.
I hope this inspires you to find new techniques and skills from all those amazing scrappers online!