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Whipped Spackle + Gelatos = color and texture!!

Take the Challenge with Mou, May 2014

Hi everyone, Mou here  and welcome to the fifth Take The Challenge of 2014! And also Happy National Scrapbook Day!

If you are new to this blog, let me fill you in about Take the Challenge. Every month, on the first Monday, I'll post a challenge and my take on it. You'll have 12 days to take this on. Leave a comment to the challenge post with a link to your creation based on that challenge. We will pick TWO winners from among the readers who participated in that month's challenge. And the winners will get a prize from Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft®.

How about a product challenge in honor of National Scrapbook Day? As you know, Design Memory Craft is a brand of Faber-Castell that's dedicated to the memory crafters. All the products are archival, permanent, colorfast, non-toxic, and acid-free... in short, they are safe to use with your photos. Your challenge is to create any memory project using at least TWO Design Memory Craft products. You are welcome to use more, but you must use at least two categories (not just two colors of the same category, but two separate categories) from the following:

To be entered to win, please

1. Create any memory project (scrapbook layout, mini book, photo frame, art journal page, etc.) using AT LEAST TWO different Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft products.

2. Photograph the products you used and the project you created. Share a link with us in the comments section of the challenge post.

**My apologies in advance to those who don't find Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft products in your area. There will be many more non-product challenges in future for you to participate in and win some of these fabulous products -- that's a PROMISE :) If you check back previous Take the Challenge posts, you'll see that we rarely ever do product challenges. I wanted to dedicate this month's challenge to those who support and help advance our brand and show them our appreciation. I hope that you will understand.**

Now, let me share with you my take on the challenge


I did a mini book. Here's a spread from it. This is also an example of how to showcase your project image. Please feel free to post more than one image as not all memory projects can be completely showcased with just one photo.

Here's what I used to create my mini book and a simple example of how to photograph the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft products you use



Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gesso

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gel Medium

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Designing With Gelatos Kit (This is where the Swatch book, Paintbrush, Gelatos, and Drip Dropper came from)

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Stamper's Big Brush pen: BLACK

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Stamper's Big White pen

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Essential PITT Artist pens: BLACK

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos Tool set

Others: stamp, tag, diecuts, lace, ribbon, sewing machine

Let me walk you through the steps to create this spread.

 1. Gently peel off a little layer from the corrugated cardboard swatch from the Gelatos kit.

2. Gesso the backgrounds. 

3. Create washes with Coconut, Cotton Candy, Lemon, and Metallic Melon Gelatos.

4. When dry, machine stitch some lace at the base of the facing pages.

5. Stamp a harlequin pattern using Black Stamper's Big Brush pen to ink the stamp.

6. Attach diecut with Gel Medium and color it with Cotton Candy and Metallic Melon Gelatos. 

7. Add a little ribbon to the tag. Attach tag overlapping the diecut with Gel Medium.

8. Color the tag with Lemon and Metallic Melon Gelatos. 

9. Use Drip Dropper to drip some diluted Gelato colors down the tag and the facing pages. Let dry thoroughly.

10. Write the journaling on the tag with Black Stamper's Big Brush pen.

11. Attach photo on the facing page. Draw a frame around it with BLACK Essential PITT Artist pen M.

And here's a close up


Don't forget to share your challenge creations with us... just leave a comment to the challenge post with link to your project image(s) by Friday, 5/16 and we will pick TWO winners randomly to win these.

The prizes for this challenge is a set of the Designing with Gelatos Kit! 

Don't forget to check back on Monday, 5/19 to see if YOU won!

Good luck to all!



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TracyM #6773

PRETTY pages in your mini Mou - LOVE the colours and textures!!!
THANK YOU for sharing how you created each layer!!!
I'm very new to Mixed Media, I have a lot to learn and look forward to stretching my crafty limits with your challenge this month :)

Þóra Geirs

I wonder if this is international or just in the USA?


Hi Pora, I'll find out for you.


Pora, this is open to international entries too :)


Very nice.

Tora Geirs

Thank you for finding out for me about the international thing LOL I´m going to see if I can come up with something.

Laurar Turcotte

ooohhhh-how exciting!

Mou Saha

Sorry Tora! I totally don't read your language and thought it was a P :)

Elaine Wolfe

I love Faber Castell products. I created two different pictures using Artist Pitt pens and Aquarelle watercolor pencils. Here is a link to my blog which contains the pictures.

jean marmo

Fun! Here is mine


I did some doodling, inspired by an article that Mou wrote a couple of years ago. It reminded me of Morocco, where my daughter met Aladdin and Jasmine at Epcot, so I used the doodling for a scrapbook page. I used the Pitt artist pens and the Faber-Castell watercolor pencils (with a water brush). Coated the doodling with some clear glaze to make it pop.



I had a lot of fun playing with my Gelatos and Pitt pens! I was amazed at the different surfaces the white Pitt pen could write on, including the acrylic letters. The FC products I used are pictured here with the layout.

Diana Fernandez

I am loving my gelatos, I also used artist pen on my creation! Thanks for visiting!


WOW!!! I had soooo much fun with this!!! I finally got the courage up to do my VERY FIRST ART JOURNAL PAGE!!! I absolutely LOVE the inspiration I get from your fabulous Design Team and the amazing projects they create (I am subscribed by email so I always take a look when this one comes in!!!). I have to admit... It was so relaxing to just sit and create freely!!!

Here's my blog post for my creation:

Virginia L.

Your journal pages are amazing and so detailed! Thanks for the fun challenge, Mou. I happened to have just two categories of the products. Here is my link:

Linsey R

Thank you for the challenge and inspiration Mou and entrants! Your work is all so beautiful! Good luck everyone!
Here is a link to my project post:

Danielle Tilley

I'm taking the challenge!! Wahhhh!! I created a card from a couple of my favourite supplies :) The Pitt fine liner is something I can't go anywhere without!! I chose to doodle the word 'sweet' in reference to a lot of my memories :) I love all the entries here. Design memory craft are really nailing it! Thanks

gloria vivas

This is my proposal for the challenge of Mou. I really like using Faber Castell products!


My art journal page for this challenge. I used PITT pens and Art grip Aquarelle, Albrecht Dürer colour pencils. And Pitt pastel medium white. Very fun!!!Thanks Mou!!

Salla Porra

My project is here! I used Gelatos, Big Brush Pens and PITT Artist Pens.

Melanie Douthit

Here's my project!


Hi Mou! I'm joining in on your product challenge with this page about my son from my everyday life album. It's not the best photo to see the great color. I used gesso, gelatos and a big brush pen. I made a spray to use with a stencil by dissolving gelato with water. See the second photo for all the products used.

Amber Sheaves

I made a canvas using gesso, glaze, gelatos, and a Pitt pen.

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