Challenge: Good ‘ol Days

Remember when… it’s fun to walk down memory lane and whether you’d like to create a classic vintage project, try a technique you used to use, or perhaps walk down memory lane we want to see how you’re inspired by the good ‘ol days.

Sandra Mouwen was inspired by Tim Holtz January 2014 tag

I love industrial, steampunk and grunge. And when I was thinking about this challenge, Tim’s January tag popped in my head. Perfect inspiration for making this art journal page. For the background I used Pumice Stone Distress Ink and played with a lot of stamps, like the Retro Circles, Checkered and Numbers. The Painted Industrial technique is such a great technique, love it! Makes the metal elements pop!

Suzz had thoughts of some of her favorite stamps that are the oldest in her collection.


One of the many things I love about Simon Says Stamp is that they have a great variety of stamps and many times if I see a stamp that may have been released previously and I love I can find it in the store. For this weeks challenge I decided to sort oldest to newest in the store for stamps to see what goodies exist. The Hero Arts Stunning Snowflake DesignBlock is one of the good old stamps that I love and wanted to play with. I had a new technique I wanted to try with Wendy Vecchi’s Silver Embossing Paste which made this card a perfect mix of old and new.

Meihsia created a vintage mixed media canvas with an old picture.

I loved this vintage photo when I saw it since it reminded me of my lovely brother and sister. I decided to create a mixed media canvas to display in my craft room using this photo. The canvas was colored with Distress Paints on the background and attached with Prima Flowers Antique Frame and Gear Resin Icons. Gold Izink pigmenet ink was randomly added on the embellishments for the final touch.

Anna-Karin took a walk down memory lane in an old scrapbooking album.

I had a look at the very first layout I posted online in the ‘good ‘ol days’ and was inspired by the grid design and a couple of other things. I used Tim Holtz stencils and Rangers Texture Paste, together with Distress Stains for the different squares. The circles were die cut from scrap papers and stamped with small images.

Michelle was inspired by the fun shape of a new product.


The new Sizzix “Labels” set has so many fun shapes! I was delighted by a shape that reminded me of old-fashioned medals. The Prima Flair fit nicely in an old bottle cap and added the perfect amount of color to my Vintage Inspired Prize Medals.

Emma was inspired by the beautiful, nostalgic imagery of Christmas past.


I wanted to make a start on my Christmas crafting and not, as in past years leave it until the last minute and then go and buy cards from a store. So, when I saw this challenge I just knew this would be the perfect place for me to begin. I used the Victorian Carolers images which I felt were the epitome of the good ‘ol days and placed them over the music score background from the Festive Sounds stamp set. To complete the card, I added some crinkle ribbon dyed with Festive Berries Distress Stain and a Snowflake adornment.

I (May) got to thinking about Grandma’s cabin in the woods.

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Something about this Tim Holtz texture fade got me thinking about a special cabin in the woods, and about how Grandma used to always send me pinecone ornaments and things. This train of thought sent me down a nostalgic path that resulted in this tag, and I’m so glad! I love the colors and the pinecone stamp and it will be a perfect topper for a special package this Christmas.

Mona was inspired to create a vintage themed layout featuring a photo of the gorgeous Eiffel Tower.


I love most anything vintage especially beautiful vintage landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower. A piece of beautiful paper from the French Industrial collection triggered my creativity to scrap a photo of the Eiffel Tower that my husband snapped while we were vacationing in France. After creating the collage background using other papers from the French Industrial collection, I used various Distress Inks along with the Harlequin stencil to add a touch more color and design. I embellished the layout with various metal findings which I colorized using Gesso, Vintage Photo and Faded Jeans Distress Stains.

Andrea considers cassette tapes part of the good old days.


Oh how I remember sitting in my room, glued to the radio, waiting for my favorite songs to come on so I could hit the “record” button on my tape player. Timing was critical and you just hoped the DJ wouldn’t ruin your recording by talking over the beginning or end. Technology has come a way, but I decided to make a roladex of song memories: My Life’s Soundtrack. I adore the Cassette Tape Die and matching Playlist Clear Stamps that I used for this project.

Be sure to check back in later this week as Ashli takes a trip down memory lane with both her photo and her technique…


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 November 9th 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.

note: the winners from this challenge will not be announced until Monday November 24th



  1. Thank you for reminding me of my good old days. Loved making my project for your challenge. Hugs, Rupa (Tofa)

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