Compendium of Curiosities 3 ~ Challenge #9

Hello and welcome to our 9th challenge from the pages of  The Compendium of Curiosities Volume 3.  Honestly, you all blew us away last week with the Faded Layers challenge.  WOW.

The new challenge focuses on Stamps & Framelits (pg 63 of Tim’s book). You’ll find all the information for Challenge #9 ~ Stamps & Framelits ~ on Linda’s CC3C blog.

We are sponsored this week by Inspiration Emporium.  They’ve donated a $50 gift certificate to their store!  Just be sure to take a moment to read the FAQs  on Linda’s blog so you will be in the running for the amazing prizes.

CC3C-09 Marjie Kemper Stamps & Framelits Layout 1-4

I started out in paper crafting as a scrapbooker 15 years ago, but I only scrap about 5-10% of the time these days. There are only so many hours in the day and I give mine to art journaling and mixed media.  But I still really like scrapping, especially when I have a special pic to play with… this one of my hubby over the summer makes me grin. He was making eye contact with me in one of those parents-will-get-it-eye-rolling-moments that sometimes occur when with one’s offspring.  (Shhhhhh).

Kemper Stamps & Framelits Layout 3-4

I wanted to keep the emphasis on the photo, but I wanted to alter the paper to make it my own.  This paper is from 7 Dots Studio’s Nature Collection (beautiful line with lots of coordinated pieces). Here I’ve stamped and diecut several of the images from the Compass Blueprint set and inked them up with some Vintage Photo distress ink to go along with my sepia photograph.

Kemper CC3C-09 Stamps & Framelits Layout 2-4

The Stamps & Framelits work so easily. Just stamp on your desired paper and place the metal framelit on top of the stamped image.  Run it through your diecutting machine and you have the perfect cut, without using scissors.  Quick and easy!

Kemper Stamps & Framelits Layout 4-4

I used stickers from the Nature Walk collection as well as one of Tim’s Artful Arrows dies and the Stamps/Framelits for embellishments.  Also some Idea-ology gears and more stenciling with the VP distress ink.

Besides the wonderful IE gift certificate, there are additional prizes donated by Tim and Mario. Honestly the prize packages have been crazy generous.  You’ve got to be in it, to win it!

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Your comments are very much appreciated!


  1. fabulous layout!! i love how you made it all about the photo with clever detailing!! =)

  2. I know those moments! Love what you said about scrapbooking – so true for me too! Fabulous page you’ve created!

  3. Beautiful layout and artwork. It all leads you right into the photo which is cool!

  4. I love how you made you picture the focal point!!! you layout is beautiful, clean, and has inspired me to take some pictures off my hard drive and scrapbook

  5. What a great layout and a different take on the Compass Framelit. Thanks for sharing and inspiring.

  6. Cool layout! Really great way to use the dies and stamps.

  7. LOVE this layout!! So creative!!

  8. Fab LO Marjie! I love this set and it looks amazing on this page.

  9. Wonderful layout and such a unique use of the dies ans stamps! Thanks so much as always for the greatg inspiration!~kim

  10. Yes your hubby is exhibiting a very knowing look there! you have captured the moment beautifully with this lovely layout x

  11. Simple and effective; the focus is all on that wonderful photo and how cool that you can make your own background; truly unique and truly yours! I also haven’t scrapbooked for a very long time and this is very inspiring!

  12. Pam Hooten says:

    Great page, the design makes the picture pop!

  13. what a lovely layout.

  14. I like it! That is a great photo of your DH. My scrapbooks have been a bit neglected in the past couple of years too. There should be more hours added to the day.

  15. Nice way to highlight a photo of a fun memory, Marjie!

  16. Cim Allen says:

    I love the simple uncluttered background .. yet there’s still details. Too cool !!

  17. Great layout Marjie! I like the story behind the photo of your husband, been there!

  18. Wonderful piece Marjie!! Love how you have used your framelits. This is the set I have too. Karen.x

  19. Great page, Marjie! I love how its not cluttered up and your eye goes straight to the photo. Which is sort of the point, right? All your other elements and the Framelits just enhance and emphasize that impish grin. 😉 Love this!

  20. Hmm, so how did I miss this one…? Anyway, love what you did with this LO, great photo, great use of Framelits and just wonderfully put together, love it!!

  21. Great page Marjie. Love how you made it your own.

  22. Tracy Evans says:

    Gorgeous page Marjie, love the crisp sharp design and the perfect mix of stamped touches. Tracy x

  23. I know what you mean about scrapbooking, when it gets in your blood it’s there to stay! Love the page you made here. I’m a newbie to this challenge but really enjoying Tim’s new book.

  24. Wonderful page! I adore this layout! I love your simplicity in this piece, it’s fabulous, great use of framelits!BArbarayaya

  25. Fantastic layout! I like how the embellishments don’t take away from the showcased photo!

  26. Fabulous page love the simplicity but still loads to see

    I’ve finished mine today and have just added it to the link

  27. I have to say.. you should bump up your scrap-booking percentage! This is so clean and eye-catching, yet still has a sense of texture! I almost want to start!

  28. This is so different, very minimalist, I likes it!

  29. Jan Bianchi says:

    Love the simplicity of your page and design. Very nice.

  30. Wonderful page, Marjie! Love the eye contact story and great picture of your hubby! I usually put my hands to my head for those types of moments! 🙂

  31. AWESOME page Marjie, I love the simplicity of the design but all those different elements for my eye to see… beautiful LO x

  32. One of the things I love the most about all your work is the clever way you use elements to guide my eye right to the focus of the piece. You’ve done it again here. Everything leads me to look at this great photo of your honey. I love the neutral color palette of the layout, and you really did make that paper your own. Fun!!!

  33. Im not a scrapbooker – but if I was – this would be my style! Nikki xx

  34. That is a really cool layout. I don’t scrapbook, but I really like this and it just might inspire me to do so some day.

  35. Great pic of hubby and good use of your framelit. Nice layout.

  36. beautiful lay out, Marjie! Everything is cut and placed so perfectly that it draws your eye in to the photo. beautiful!

  37. Rosann aka Rea' says:

    That’s a fun layout; like how you framed the photo with the framelit pieces … such a cool background too !

  38. Debbie P. says:

    Great clean layout and draws your eye directly to the photo. Love it!

  39. Fabulous Layout Marjie…LOVE what you have done with the stamps and framelits… Awesome inspiration as always!! Jan x

  40. Very nice layout. Love all of the handmade embellishments. I’m just like you I love Art Journaling and there just isn’t enought time for everything. I can’t remember the last time I did a Scrapbook Page.

  41. soooo, this is his “come hither” look, you’re saying? LOL! I love that you captured it. And of course, I know the eye-rolling offspring reaction all too well. Great layout and use of the framelits.

  42. Julia Sanders says:

    I love tho layout. It is perfectly simple and masculine. The neutral colors with the stamps you chose work so well together.

  43. Amazing LO. thanks for sharing one. it is very refreshing for the scrapbooker in me 😉

  44. awesome layout – great use of the diecuts too – fabulous xx

  45. This is a Great page, Marjie! Are you sure your hubbie wasn’t up to something? 🙂 Fantastic way to keep the moment always present, and preserved 🙂 I used to scrapbook, but was only able to keep my attention focused for just so long…I still have my 11 year old dog’s puppy scrapbook-unfinished! LOL! What a wonderful way to incorporate the Compass Blueprint dies–perfect for the telling of the story behind the smirk! Thanks for sharing more of your CC3 creativity, Marjie! #9 is a fun one!! XOXO-Shari T.

  46. Great scrapbook page – wish I had more time as well to preserve all the wonderful memories

  47. Love your take on this challenge Marjie ! I don’t have any framelits, so sadly I cannot play this time…

  48. what a wonderful page Marjie – the focus sure is on that great photo – love the little framelit cut images to highlight it!

  49. Love love love you scrapbook page!!! Fabulous layout and I love the framelits you chose to use.

  50. What a great page Marjie- love that Grin!!

  51. Great the way in which you made this paper your own.
    Are you sure it wasn’t your husband who was up to mischief, he has a glint in his eye LOL.

  52. Marjie…Love your layout. I love that photograph of your hubby. He looks like a mischievous child himself in that picture. 🙂 I totally love how you finished off the layout but kept the emphasis on the picture, as you stated in your write up. Your use of the framelits is awesome. I love the chevrons and other embellishments and sentiments you’ve added as well. Really an awesome page! <3 Candy

  53. That’s a fabulous layout.

  54. I don’t scrap very often as I tend to put everything but the kitchen sink on! I love the stamping around the edges and how the arrows/chevrons draw the eye into the focal point and the blueprint compass accents look wonderful. Anne x

  55. That’s a great page for that fab photo Marjie! xxx

  56. Kirsten Alicia says:

    Such a great page. I love the photo & the compass pieces were an excellent idea.

  57. How lively your eye is drawn to photo

  58. I like the idea of creating your own background paper using the stamps/framelits set! What a ‘duh’ moment for me! Your page is simple yet complex…love it!!!

  59. Oh to scrapbook again…swoon! I am about 5 years behind…ugh. I haven’t touched a page for years. I am so envious of you! Great page too…love this set!

  60. What a great journal page and such a wonderful use of the dies and stamps, I love it!

  61. This is gorgeous! The colors are perfect!!!!

  62. Love the arrows, hearts and maps to surround your beloved. xox

  63. Marjie — I was so excited to see you do a layout. You have such a marvelous eye for space and design in your canvases and other crafting pieces; it was so cool to see how you used the same creativity on a scrapbook page. I love this. Your stamping around the edges and use of the framelits is marvelous. Love the use of negative space. Pinned!!! — Mary Elizabeth

  64. What a great remembrance! All of your embellies fit the picture so well.

  65. Fabulous Marjie, such an original use of this technique! Love this LO!!!

  66. Love it that you are scrapbooking:-) my first love too! & recently I have abandoned it for all things Tim & inky – lol
    But I find the clean lines on this very inspiring. May go and do a page today x

  67. I am trying so hard to get back to scrapping for myself. Teaching it has taken away all the fun of making my own pages and the time I used to use to do my pages is now used to kit up for classes. Thanks for this inspiration, I might just get a page done…was wondering what to make for this challenge.

  68. Your layout is great! The embellishments you created are perfect.