When you are looking for that perfect collection that is versatile and you can create something ‘out of the box,’ Echo Park’s This & That Collection is the perfect thing.  Choose from a boy version (Charming) or girl version (Graceful) and start creating.  I chose “Charming” and created a fun game for my great-nephew.  This brings us to our Monday Craft Madness Theme for this week:

Out of the Box

Make something that is not a traditional layout or card.  Kids love to see pictures of themselves, I made this memory game with cute Lincoln Parker’s photos.  It’s super easy and he loves playing with it.

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For those of you that follow Echo Park Paper, you may see Madison in one of these photos. ;)

Start by trimming down your paper and photos.  I used 4×4 inch squares as my main piece and cut two other patterns to layer on the back of my cards.  I then trimmed my photos to 3.75×3.75 inches.

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After layering and gluing the pieces together it made the cards thick enough to play with.  Lay out all of the cards to start the game.

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How fun is that?  You can even use some journal or title cards from the collection to make a little bit of variety in the game.

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Then I made a little box to keep the cards in and Lincoln can play the game for years to come.

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In case you haven’t had a chance to join in Monday Craft Madness for this month, you have until May 31st to play along.  Here are the themes we’ve done so far:

MCM #23 - Babies

MCM #24 – Dimension

MCM #25 – Layering

If you’d like to enter to win the May Monday Craft Madness prize:

Create a project (a card, layout, altered project, or any other craft your heart desires) using any of our weekly themes! You have until the Friday after the final theme is posted to create your project and upload a photo of it somewhere online with a link to this post in the caption. To enter to win, simply leave a comment on our blog with the link to your project! We’ll choose a random winner and they’ll be the lucky recipient of a $20 prize pack from ScrapbookSteals.com at the end of the month!

Just note that this is separate from Mid Week Mojo, so you’ll have at least two fun projects a week you can dive into. :)

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Come back tomorrow for our first Spring/Summer Design Team How To-sday!