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Mindykid 05-19-2012 12:35 PM

100 Cards/Projects in 100 Days
So I keep asking myself - How do I keep the creative juices flowing and continue to use up my stash (it's still way way way too large)? How can I take a stamp set I already have and see it in a new way? How can I justify locking myself up in the craft room for hours on end during the summer?

The answer - 100 Cards/Projects in 100 Days

I am going to use my current cardstock (and not buy another piece of it for this challenge) to make 100 cards and/or projects with the supplies I have on hand, my current stamp sets, and a few borrowed from friends. No specific themes, no particular sentiments, and no crazy runs to the big box craft store for extra "stuff" that I may or may not ever use.

My 100 days starts on June 1, 2012 and ends on September 8, 2012. I figure I can burst out 4-7 cards once a week (maybe do 2-3 cards twice a week) and stay on schedule. I may even get far enough ahead of schedule to finish early and treat myself to...that's the part I need to figure out next.

Do I buy more stuff as a reward? That's like cooling down from a long run with a milkshake and fries. Maybe a scrapping weekend where I can use up a little more and get some of these pictures in albums? Massage? Mani-pedi (though I will probably get those every few weeks througout the summer anyway)?


maxiesmom 05-19-2012 01:56 PM

Good luck with your challenge. Hope you get lots of stuff done and use up a bunch too.

Mindykid 05-19-2012 03:45 PM

I have some great sources for sketches/layouts for scrapbooking. Does anyone know of something similar for card layouts?

Loretia 05-19-2012 03:51 PM

Sounds like a fun challenged you've created for yourself! Alot of sites, including Operation Write Home, have challenges using specific card layouts and then you fill in the details. I'm sorry I can't think of any others, although I believe there are some here on SCS.
How about treating yourself and a friend to a wonderful dinner at your favorite restaurant at the end of your challenge with all the $$$$$ you'll save?!

Mindykid 05-19-2012 03:52 PM

Here is an example of the kind of card sketches for which I am searching.

Designer Drafts

chmyers 05-19-2012 03:55 PM

I really like Page|Maps --- has scrapbooking and cardmaking layouts by Becky Fleck. I have also used the Wednesday Sketch Challenges here at SCS --- the great thing about those is there are samples in gallery. Good luck!

wedgewood 05-19-2012 04:23 PM

That's a very ambitious plan and I wish you so much luck! I really like the part of how you decided not to purchase anything new for your project.

deansgal 05-19-2012 05:27 PM

I think I would like to try this too! Great idea!:-D

fishymom 05-19-2012 05:34 PM

I would love to do this also! And I second the sketch challenge here on SCS. You can download PDF files of all of the challenges from the beginning. Every now and again I will use an old sketch that I have done in the past and it is fun to see how different the finished products are. Good luck with your challenge, I will be joining you!

peeps321 05-19-2012 05:54 PM

Thanks for the links to the card sketches. I've found my creativity sparked recently by looking at different layouts. I do like to look at cards in the gallery but these links are great for quick references..I sometimes get bogged down as there are so many gorgeous cards in the gallery.

CindyLouStamps 05-19-2012 05:56 PM

What a great idea!
I love the fact that you are going to use what you have on hand.

I LOVE checking in on stampinpretty.com (Mary Fish SU demo blog). She has a sketch once a week and you can scroll down and get older sketches if you'd like.
Right here on SCS is also another favorite place for me to glean ideas.

May your quest become a great adventure and I hope you find some wonderful places to donate your work to bless others with your creativity. " )

Make sure you post some of your handiwork. Many of us would love to see what your creative juices will bring to the surface.

(We were just went through Flagstaff this morning on our way to the Lava Tubes with Boy Scouts! I'm from Chino Valley.)

not2shabbydesigns 05-19-2012 06:02 PM

Mindy, look at these wonderful sketches by Tami Mayberry. This one I use often:


Jeanne S 05-19-2012 06:17 PM

Tami's current sketches can be found here:
CPS-Card Sketches

winnieu 05-19-2012 07:13 PM

Sounds like a great plan! I hope you have a blast with it. Can't wait to see what you make along the way! I would definitely treat myself out with someone special for a dinner after it is all over...I love to go out to eat for special occasions...when you pull this off, I know it will be a special occasion!

jlzmom 05-19-2012 09:31 PM

To reward youself - How about you save yourself a little $ and make card sets for upcoming birthdays or Christmas. Since these "gifts" won't cost your more than what's in your stash you can use that extra $ to get you some new "toys!"

Cook22 05-20-2012 12:30 AM


Originally Posted by peeps321 (Post 19440553)
Thanks for the links to the card sketches. I've found my creativity sparked recently by looking at different layouts. I do like to look at cards in the gallery but these links are great for quick references..I sometimes get bogged down as there are so many gorgeous cards in the gallery.

You can the the SCS sketches only here: Splitcoaststampers Member Galleries - SCSketches - Handmade Cards & Crafts
It's fairly up to date and has plenty of inspiration without the distraction of finished sketches ;-).

Back on topic, I read this last night and was trying to think what I'd do as a treat for myself. I think I would likely buy something for card-making, but tools rather than consumables. Maybe a couple of Nestabilities that are on my wish-list but I wouldn't be likely to get as part of my regular buying pattern. But if you really don't want to add more your stash, then a massage sounds like a great option :D, or a spa day even better. After achieving your goal you should certainly reward yourself with something out of the normal.

connie leone 05-20-2012 03:05 AM

HOORAY for you! I think what you are doing is fantastic, I only wish I had the time to do this. If I did I would join in!! Treat yourself to a scrapbook week-end get away, and of course dinner too! Have fun!

fionna51 05-20-2012 03:47 AM

I don't have a huge stash that needs weeding out...but I could use the challenge as well. Because I need to get back onto a regular stamping schedule of a little bit more often instead of a lot here and there.

I LOVE the paper smooches sketches!

PedalPower 05-20-2012 04:17 AM

I love your idea--I personally think you'll be rewarded by the creative process itself! Enjoy!!!

Loretia 05-20-2012 04:27 AM

What great sources everyone is sharing for card layouts! Thanks for the inspiration. Great thread you've started and I think I may join you, too!

EthansMom 05-20-2012 04:39 AM

I'd like to join too! What a great motivator! Thanks for the inspiration!

Mindykid 05-20-2012 04:41 AM

OK, I found some more card maps.

PageMaps Card Maps

PageMaps Card Maps - page 2

live4stampin 05-20-2012 05:13 AM

Great idea!!! I was asking myself what kind of reward Iwould give myself if I did this challenge, and I think I'd buy some type of organizers for my craft room. That way, I could organize what I have, and not be buying more stuff I may never use. ;)


joyousgirl80 05-20-2012 07:58 AM

Love, love, love this idea! My stash is a teensy bit (okay, way bigger than I ever thought it would be) too big. Challenge accepted!

Mindykid 05-20-2012 08:36 AM


I just realized I am out of blades for my cutter and stamp cleaner and have only have 1/4 of a roll left on my ATG which I will burn through in 10 minutes! I guess I will need to make a quick run to the store after all.

I have plenty of liquid glue, versamark and embossing powder, plenty of inks, copic markers are full and ready...

Now I need to read up to see which publications are wanting which kinds of cards over the next couple of months. I may have already missed the halloween window, but I might be able to squeeze in a couple of thanksgiving and Christmas cards.

tamijo 05-20-2012 09:38 AM

I have done similar challenges for myself in the last few years but always made adhesive one of the exception items since if I run out of that I can't keep going :)

SophieLaFontaine 05-20-2012 03:56 PM

Try to make your blades last longer! Slide a piece of copy paper under the cardstock you want to cut. The copy paper will catch the bottom, dull part of the blade, and your cardstock will still have a sharp cut. If this doesn't work, try it with two sheets of copy paper.

bradley's_mom 05-20-2012 04:22 PM

I wish I had your dedication-chasing two young kids after working all day and I miss my crafting time.

candylou 05-20-2012 06:19 PM

LOVE This idea!!

deansgal 05-20-2012 06:42 PM

Thanks for posting the PageMaps designs....great ideas! I'm excited about 100 projects in 100 days! I can't wait to get started!

craftykarla 05-20-2012 07:32 PM

Wow, what a wonderful idea...I'll soon be cutting back to four days a week at work....maybe an extra day of stamping...great way to try to use up the supplies and there so many care facilities and non-profit fund-raisers who can use the cards. Sounds like a plan.

Thanks for the link to Page Mags added it to my favorites. Great thread.
Treat yourself to the day spa, personal dream of mine.

LancasterLurker 05-21-2012 04:08 AM

I think I will join you too Mindy! I have way too much retired paper & stamps. Will see which I use, and sell the rest! Great idea.

I also need to do some serious CCC catching up too so that might be my first few!

Thanks for sharing the idea!

KayInFL 05-21-2012 04:34 AM

Mindy - I think it's a fabulous idea! I have too much stuff, too little time to craft and not enough motivation to change the situation. A challenge like this is just what I need - although going in to it suspecting you will fail is probably not the best way to begin, right?
I'm more inclined to complete things if I have a deadline (done!) and a way to check my progress as I go.
I see there are a few others who like the idea too - maybe we can use this thread as a way to check on each other?

CindyLouStamps 05-21-2012 07:27 AM

I rarely run out of adhesive since I purchased my ATV gun. The refills are very inexpensive, too!

I'm loving this thread and saving the card maps, so I can start using some of my stash that hasn't been touched in a very long time!

Let the stamping and creating begin! (See what you started... *GRIN*)

Mindykid 05-21-2012 09:06 AM

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I am going to put a note on my blog as I get started to explain the challenge and will look for some kind of counter to keep track of my progress there.

How are you going to keep track with your progress?

LancasterLurker 05-21-2012 10:27 AM

I've done a 10x10 grid. I've just finished my first card and the grid had just about enough room for me to do a date and very short description!

Only 99 to go!

LancasterLurker 05-21-2012 10:35 AM

I also used the keyword "100in100" if that will work?

Makalah 05-21-2012 07:33 PM

Here's a link to The Cat's Pajamas PDF book of 200 card sketches, designed by the fabulous Leigh O'Brien:


Mindykid 05-22-2012 05:46 AM


Originally Posted by Makalah (Post 19444591)
Here's a link to The Cat's Pajamas PDF book of 200 card sketches, designed by the fabulous Leigh O'Brien:


WOW! That's awesome too!

joyousgirl80 05-22-2012 10:30 AM

I couldn't wait to start...so I started a few days ago. I'm keeping track on my blog, ticking one off each time I post. I'm having a great time, and my new Hubby's excited that I'm not shopping for 100 days, so everyone's happy around here! Great way to start our marriage! LOL.

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