January 29, 2014

Club Scrap Blog Hop - Graffiti

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Hi there!  Welcome to the first Club Scrap blog hop of 2014!  This January we're creating with the bright and trendy Graffiti collection.  I'm going to show you how I used the vivid papers in this kit to complete a project I had in my mind for a long time!

If you traveled here from Lisa's blog, then you are following the hop!  If you've lost your way or just want to see all the links in one place, head over to the Club Scrap Creates blog to see a list of all the talented bloggers participating today.

One of the first things I did when this kit was revealed was to make my own mood board on Pinterest.  I used the colors and themes in the kit to search for pins that would help me get inspired to use this kit creatively.

This helped me to gather ideas for this month's blog hop and is something I will reference when I'm using elements of this kit later down the road.

I knew I wanted to make a project this month so I pulled out my package of chipboard die-cut states shapes, a few sheets of the amazing colored paper (that I ordered extra of), and got to work:

Oh yeah, I thought it was a brilliant idea to cover those die cuts with paper and then recut them out.  Took no time at all...

What I did think was brilliant was that I was originally going to adhere these to a plain piece of paper, then, thanks to my mood board, decided to mount these shapes on Club Scrap black colossal paper (thanks Marie for the paper!) and do a chalkboard technique to go along with the chalkboard elements of the kit.

Thanks to some white pigment ink, some stamps from Graffiti and white embossing powder, and my trusty colored pencils, I think I was able to pull the chalkboard elements together.  I really like how the bright colors of the paper stand out more against the dark background.  (And these pictures do not do these papers justice - the blue and green are amazing metallic papers, and the other colors are so vibrant - I can't wait to use these on other projects.)

The great thing about these diecuts is that they were made to fit together like a puzzle, so I did not have too bad of a time putting these together at the end.  If you don't want to use diecuts, this would be a perfect excuse to use your electronic cutting machine to end up with the same results.

I decided to add some lettering at the end, and I'm pretty happy with the hand-drawn look I was able to accomplish - all the thanks to stamps and a stencil!  I used the font stamps from Mirror, Mirror for the lettering, and I used the Freedom banner stencil to add in the waving banner.  Taking inspiration from this pin, I added in some hand-drawn details with a white colored pencil, the 3-D opaque pen that was included in my Lite kit, and made the letters pop by coloring them in with bright colored pencils.  I'm really pleased that the texture of the paper can be seen through the coloring - it really helps with the chalkboard look, don't you think?

Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope this inspired you to get bright and crafty!  Head on over to Annette Dragon's to see what she has up her sleeve.  Come back next month and see what the Big Deal is with Club Scrap!

Supplies // Paper: Club Scrap Grafitti: Pink, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Black Colossal Paper/ Stamps: Club Scrap Grafitti: Art Nouveou, Mirror Mirror / Inks: Club Scrap White Pigment InkTools: Freedom Banner Stencil, 3-D opaque pen, white embossing powder 


  1. I knew the USA was colored melting pot, but this is amazing!
    What a work of art.

  2. And I thought my project was tedious! I love the mood board Pinterest idea, a lot!

  3. Oh, my. That had to have been a labor of love. But SO worth it. I LOVE it!!! And what a cool, cool idea to do the Pinterest board for constant kit inspiration. Nice!

  4. I really like the pop of the neon colors on black. You chalkboard look is perfect!

  5. HOLY MOLY!! Marya this is amazing! And the first thing I thought was, oh my gosh, she fussy cut around all those state shapes.... IS SHE CRAZY! LOL Great job and my hubby said, now that is dedication!
    And absolutely love the idea of a MOOD board on Pinterest. Great thinking!!

    1. Lol, Julie I glued all the states down and started cutting...and cutting...and cutting. But I had reached the point of no return and couldn't stop! Let's just say Wyoming and Colorado were some of my favorite states...

  6. What a labor of love! Great project, Marya!

  7. I love, love, love this project. Too bad my kids are past the age of learning about the states. This would make an awesome home school learning board. I especially love the chalkboard background and how it makes the colors pop.

  8. Great idea, I thought it was a pre-made decoration, great idea and you did a wonderful job on it. I love the colored paper as well and it was gone when I went to order more, and so glad to see it used on such a wonderful project.

  9. You're working on mine next, right Marya? I bet you'd love to do all that cutting all over again. This is a stunning piece of artwork...so great!

  10. This is so FUN. Love the inspiration!

  11. That is an insane amount of work, Marya, but stunning results!

  12. That is really a lot of work -wow! It is beautiful!!


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