Hello there, and welcome back! We hope you have had fun starting off iNSD our PageMaps challenge, and we’re here to inspire you to create once again on this International Scrapbook Day with a design challenge! 

Our spring 2020 3Ts column, found on page 21, was all about finding your focal point in your page design. Whether you focus on a photo, a design, journaling, or your title, having a focal point is a must for a successful page design! For this challenge, we want you to take the cues from our 3Ts article and create with the focal point in mind on your next layout! Once you’re done, use the guidelines below to submit your project to us:

Challenge Guidelines:

  1. Create a layout based on our spring issue 3Ts article and send an image of it to us at ideas@scrapbookandcards.com.
  2. Please put “iNSD design challenge” in your reference line.
  3. Please ensure your image is less than 2mb.
  4. You have until May 13th to send in your submission. We will share a selection of today’s challenge submissions on May 15th!

Let’s take a look at what focal point creative team member Erica Thompson used on her new layout! 

“Hey SCT friends, and happy International Scrapbook Day! It’s Erica here with you today with a design challenge all about creating a focal point on a layout! For this page, I wanted to focus on the design, and I created a vertical line on my page that would lead your eye straight to my photo and title. 


The Pebbles Sun and Fun collection, which I used to create this page, is perfect for all of your summer photos! I began by pulling out some with American Crafts white, textured cardstock. I knew my design would be on the left side of the page, so I wanted to add some color using my Catherine Pooler Designs ink. I pulled out the colors Aquatini and All That Jazz and used the “kissing” technique to add some color. 


Next, I went through the Sun and Fun 6×8 paper pad. I found a handful of patterned papers to trim down into different sized squares. I was not exactly sure how I wanted to arrange them on the page, but I quickly figured it out once I started placing them on my background. To add a texture to the page, I ran all the squares through my sewing machine and distressed the edges with the edge of my scissors.


I adhered all of the squares down the left side of the page vertically and placed my photo down with some foam squares for dimension. This left some room open on the right of my photo for a title. 


The Pebbles Puffy Phrase Thickers were perfect to create my title. I love how the pretty pink color really stands out. Using fun pops of color like this help to add that little “something extra” to your page. I added the sun cardstock sticker to in between my title words to add extra interest and a pop of color. To finish off the layout, I added the Pebbles Puffy Dots around the page. I made sure to use all the colors in the layout to help tie everything together. 


I hope you enjoyed my layout today and will give this design a try. If you would like to see my process video for this page, you can watch here: 

Make sure to head over to the Scrapbook & Cards Today website and download the spring 2020 issue or spoil yourself with a subscription to celebrate International Scrapbook Day!” 


For our 12 o’clock hour, we’re giving away this fantastic collection from Simple Stories:


The new Simple Stories Simple Vintage Coastal collection is a tropical, sun-washed assortment of products that will make you feel as though you are on a beach vacation with sand between your toes! Document unforgettable memories from your island getaway with this perfect summer collection! 

To enter to win this iNSD giveaway:

  1. Leave a comment below by May 13th;
  2. For a second entry, leave a comment on the post with Erica’s project and this prize on our Instagram page;
  3. For a third entry, leave a comment on the post with this Erica’s project and this prize on our Facebook page;
  4. One winner will be randomly selected and announced on May 17th!
  5. You do not have to participate in the challenge for our hourly prize, but we would love it if you do!

Please join us again at 2pm to discover our next challenge and inspiration from Wendy Sue Anderson!

Join us again at 2:00 pm!