Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Recipe Challenge #1

4 Product Recipe Challenge

Hi! We’re Megan and Allie from Document Life Workshop and today we’re here to challenge you to use a 4 Product Recipe to make a project! Stretch your creativity and get an amazing result with these four ingredients: washi tape, watercolors, Project Life style cards, and a hammer!

Homemade Recipe Book using Document Life Workshop Recipe Template Set by Megan Anderson

 And because it’s a recipe challenge, we're giving away a Recipe Template Set, which you can find in our store. You can check out what Megan did with the recipe template set here.

Megan’s Take: Recipe Challenge | Megan's Take

I'm using this layout as half of a Project Life spread, so I wanted it to be simple while still highlighting a life changing event: my brother-in-law coming to live with us (this was back in 2011). Using the recipe with an enlarged photo made making a simple page that packs a punch super easy! I used watercolors to make a strip of my own patterned paper. I stole them from my seven-year-old daughter; don't rat me out! I wanted to pick up the cool colors in the photo while making the page feel happy, so I mixed yellow, blue, and green. I think using watercolors is pretty addicting, I might have to do it more often! I used a Project Life card as a journaling spot - they're not just limited to pocketed page protectors. Washi tape added more color and texture, giving a home to my title. And I hammered on a few snaps I've been holding onto since my earliest scrapbooking days. I actually love this product challenge so much that I think I'm going to do another one later in the week! I'll make sure to leave a link in the comments if that actually happens. See a few close-ups of this layout along with how this it fits into a Project Life spread here.

Allie’s Take:
  Recipe Challenge | Allie's Take

I chose to take a digital scrapbooking approach to this challenge, but still managed to "stick to the recipe" exactly! For my page, You Add Color To My Life," I started with a neutral kraft base, and then added digital watercolors to the page-- this is very easy to do with Photoshop brushes, or you can even buy pre-made watercolor paper and elements. Digital washi tape is just as much fun to use on pages as physical washi-- and digital tape never runs out of your favorite roll! I used the edge of a "journaling card" with "Happy" written on it for some fun word art--journaling cards are so versatile even outside of Project Life, as embellishments or even as word art! The hardest part of the challenge to do digitally was to "use a hammer," but I thought about elements that you would technically need a hammer for in a physical page, and then use that as a digital item-- and for that I came up with using a stamped metal tag. This challenge was lot of fun to do-- and a lot of fun to interpret a paper challenge into a digital page.

 Megan Anderson is a crafty nerd, aspiring novelist, and avid life documenter. She reads piles of books, loves city life in Kansas City, and blogs about her nerdy family life with her husband Jake at The Nerd Nest. You can also find her at Document Life Workshop, a creative space made to challenge and inspire memory keepers. Get to know Megan better by following her on Twitter and Instagram at @Megan_NerdNest.
Allie Trumpower of Alexandra Rae Design and Document Life Workshop is a crafty designer, a photographer, and is scrapbooking obsessed. She loves great design, memory keeping, pinterest, twitter, and instagram– and loves meeting new people via social media! Follow along with her creative projects and everyday life & sarcasm on twitter and instgram at @abandy.

Katie's Take:
I loved the recipe that Megan and Allie chose to work with. I already use watercolors, journaling tags and washi in a lot of my layouts so the trickiest thing for me was the hammer. I wanted to do something out of the ordinary, so I hammered foil around a chipboard bike embellishment I had. The bike originally didn't match my layout, but I like the look of it now.

Emily's Take:

As soon as I saw that this recipe included journaling cards, I went straight for my Smash pads! I have a couple, but because I don't really do Project Life and my Smash books are both (sadly) at my mom's house, I don't get much use out of them. I paired up a list of the books I'd like to read this summer with a photo I took very sneakily during one of my many English classes last year. I used some of the very watercolor-inspired Amy Tangerine Sketchbook paper and added simple strips of washi to create a visual triangle around my photo and journaling. I was almost stumped on how to use a hammer on my page, but then I remembered the bin of eyelets in my drawer! I used my Crop-o-Dile to set them (a little unsuccessfully, but I'm out of practice), but you can definitely use a hammer if you have one!


Want to win a set of Recipe Cards from Document Life Workshop? Create a project using this "recipe" and link it below by May 16th to be entered to win!

  • Washi Tape
  • Project Life Style Journal Cards
  • Watercolors
  •  Hammer


  1. Love your takes, Emily and Katie! I agree, the hammer was the challenging part. But that's what makes it fun!

  2. Both of you are an inspiration for first-time scrappers like me! I'm so excited to do these challenges and share the awesomeness with you and all my friends! Thanks and keep 'em comin'!! ~Rachel