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NSD 2013 & my fangirl experience

So Saturday (US time) was the National Scrapbooking Day, or as those of us not living in the US call it, the iNSD.

My iNSD actually started on Saturday (Australia time) as I went to the Better Homes and Garden Expo - to meet Amy Tan!

I was so nervous about speaking to her but she's super nice! I swear I gushed like the fan girl that I am, but she totally did not call me up on it.

My SO completely laughed at me and my fangirl moment, but he still waited patiently with me whilst I did the papercrafting make and take that Amy hosted.

We made a very cute card and an adorable tag.

After the class, I saw people asking Amy for her autograph. It started me looking through my bag for something that she could sign on too. 

I thought I was a complete genius when I asked her to sign the piercing mat that came with Amy Tangerine's embroidery stencil kit. I had only just bought it (I had been wanting to get that for AGES, but couldn't find it in Australia) and had to crack it open on the spot!

But that wasn't all for my first iNSD.

After getting home at 2am the next morning (I had a friend's birthday drinks to go to), I remembered that there were NSD festivities and challenges going on in the 2Peas Forums. So despite my lack of sleep, I decided to join in...

Here's part of the mess whilst I was late-night scrapping. All the items on the floor were actually stuff I bought at the Spotlight booth at the expo. Yes, it was pretty much all from the Yes, Please collection. (Okay, let me just say that I'm also a fan of the Dear Lizzie line and the Maggie Holmes x Crate Paper line - but a girl's budget can only stretch that far... baby steps)
I participated in a recipe scrap; here is the recipe I was given:
  • 1x photo
  • 1x solid colour cardstock
  • 3x patterned paper
  • 1x ribbon, washi or twine
  • 1x mist or paint
  • 1x pen
  • letter stickers
And here are the instructions:
  1. Cut the patterned paper into the following sizes (can be smaller, but not larger)
    • 4x5
    • 12x7
    • 1 strip of 12x2 or 2 strips of 12x1

  2. Arrange and adhere the patterned paper to the cardstock
  3. Add ribbon or the washi to two places on the layout
  4. Add mist/paint
  5. Adhere the photo - you can mat the photo with any of the scraps you have from the original patterned paper
  6. Put down title and journaling
  7. Add any embellishments you see fit
And here is my resulting layout (please keep in mind that I did this spread in the hours between 4-6am):

This is the first time I've participated in any kind of challenge, and they don't call it a challenge for nothing! I had no idea what I was going to do, and it was the first time I used ribbon or mists on a layout. I really liked the experience, but I'm not too keen on the page itself. I think I need to change the cardstock to something less glaring bright.

So what did you get up to during NSD? Did you participate in any of the challenges? If you did, leave me a comment with a link to your blog/gallery. I would love to see what you've made.


  1. what a cool way to spend NSD. must be fun meeting Amy Tan


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