Challenge: In the family…

What family? The family of distress colors? Your ancestors? Friends you feel are closer than your biological family? The people you share your home with? There are a lot of answers to the question of this week’s challenge – and how you answer our call to creativity is entirely up to you.

Sandra Mouwen would have loved to have pictures of her own ancestors.

Well I come from two big families, but I don’t have any pictures of my grandparents or their parents. So I’ll have to do the Found Relatives to make my family chronicles. I started these pages with inking the edges with Spiced Marmalade, Barn Door and Walnut Stain Distress Inks. To make the background more interesting I stamped randomly with lots of different stamps, like Checkered and Cartographer 1.

Ashli was inspired by her four little girls…


With our newest addition, we now have four little girls. I was inspired by these photos of them in some dresses my mother made them… four of a kind! Using a negative cut from the Clustered Leaves Die, I added patterned paper to show through. With the addition of a Painted title, some Sequins, and an Amy Tangerine Tag, I have my my little family scrapbooked!

Emma made a precious keepsake using a beautiful photograph of her Grandmother.


I’ve always loved this precious photo of my Grandmother, I just think it’s so beautiful and captures the era so well and this challenge gave me the perfect opportunity to create a frame for the photograph, using Wendy Vecchi’s Embossing Crackle Paste. I used the photo as my main focal pint and surrounded it with a Tim Holtz verse stamped onto an inked tag, paper flowers created with the Tattered Florals die and various pieces of Idea-Ology.

What is the definition of “Family”? Suzz went looking in her old dictionary for inspiration.


I decided to use an old dictionary for inspiration and pulled out the pages with “Family”, “Sister” and “Brother”. After mixing those together on a card front I went with the fun concept of the family tree and used the DarkRoom Door Trees set along with a few birds from the Visual Artistry Lost and Found set to blend the definitions together. I think this makes a lovely welcoming card for a new addition to the family.

Anna-Karin thought it was about time she made a necklace again.

I was thinking of lockets, where you can keep family photos real close to your heart. Tim Holtz Locket Book is a perfect place for precious family photos and it is the centre piece of this necklace. I had fun choosing and altering many different Idea-olgy embellishments, such as: Letterpress Letters, Heart Charms, Game Pieces, and a key. My favourite pieces might be the Fragments and Facets altered with patterned paper, rub-ons and alcohol ink.

Mona was inspired to create a family mini album keepsake.


I chose to create a grungeboard mini album featuring an embossed framed photo of each of my family members currently residing at home. I enjoyed embellishing each page with 3-D Roses and Metal Charms. Please feel free to stop by and meet my family.

A Summer Family Picnic enticed Michelle to create in her art journal.


A sweetly endearing page from a vintage children’s book is the basis for this page in my art journal. Tim Holtz Stacked Stars added sparkle without taking away from the illustration. Woodgrain washi and silver pigment ink added fun to the page.

Andrea re-purposed a Scrabble tile tray into a photo holder to display her favorite family photos.


When I saw a half-dead Scrabble game at my local thrift store, I knew it would come in handy! I gave new life to one of the tile trays by making it into a photo holder. It’s fun to switch out the photos or even throw a quote on it from time to time. I made my photo holder with my favorite Tim Holtz alphabet die, a stamp from his Winged Things II set and some great Memento Luxe inks, like Danube Blue.

Meihsia is always inspired by her two children, Natalie and Christopher, to document family memories.

Documenting family memories was the reason I started crafting. Natalie and Christopher always inspire me to create. On this journal page, I made textures using Modeling Paste and Prima Flowers Stencil. The background was colored with Gelatos and Color Shine. I love to decorate my art journal page with Prima Flowers embellishments.

When Barbara read the theme of this challenge she immediately thought of her family, the most important part of her life.


I am a very reserved person and usually do not use photos of my loved ones, but this seemed like the perfect opportunity to introduce them to everyone. I made a “photo holder” in my own way, using the tags, my beloved distress, something for each family of distress colors , Tim’s stencils and Tim’s fabric. I would say that in this project I mixed the important things in my life: family and my “art”!

For more inspiration click on our design team’s blog links so you can see more photos (and full supply lists) for their projects. Leave them a little comment love while you’re there so they know how they’ve inspired you too, if you’re so inclined.


As always, Simon Says Stamp is giving away a $50 gift voucher that will go to a random entry chosen by random generator. To qualify all you need to do is create a new project that ties in (in any way!) with our theme and post it, along with a link back to this challenge, and add a link here. This challenge will end at 11:59pm on Sunday August 10th Eastern time. We will also be choosing some of our entries to put in the spotlight – a special honor where we talk about why we loved that entry in particular and award a special badge too! For the full rules, read the “challenge rules” posted in the side-bar here on our blog.



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