//The 100 Day Project + Metal Stamping Made Easy!


Today I decided to begin the 100 Day Project after seeing a bunch of posts about this in my Instagram feed. I don't know all of the history behind the project, but the premise itself is simple--it is intended to broaden you creatively by having you engage in a creative task for 100 days. This website is the first thing that popped up when I Googled this project, but I cannot attest as to whether it is "the" project I was seeing references to. Either way, I decided this would be a fun way to do SOMETHING artistic once a day.


I was debating about what my project should be. At first, I thought it would be an amazing feat if I chose embroidery or scrapbook layouts. But then I realized that if I was being serious, I needed to be realistic in my goals. Embroidery would require too much fiddling around with supplies and if I wanted to use more than a single color, rethreading my needle multiple times would get annoying. Fast. And with scrapbooking, well, that was just impossible. I could take hours working on a single layout and I certainly don't have that kind of time with an-almost 6-month old. I decided to go with watercolor.


I went to the store and got a pack of 3" x 5" index cards, unruled, so that I could paint on those. I began playing around with what to watercolor and in the end, I chose basic pattern and mark-making. Most importantly, I give myself only 5 minutes to work on this (not including drying time). That's right. FIVE MINUTES. Honestly, even as a mom of an infant, if I don't have five minutes to myself each day, I really need to change some things because I am not about that life.

On the back of the painted card, I used my Mega Date Stamp from Studio Calico (currently out of stock, but they do have the time stamp in stock) to stamp today's date. I plan on making a mini-album of these when the 100 days are up, but for now there will be a small pile on my desk.


Another fun creative thing I did today was try my hand at metal stamping! I was at Target (otherwise known as "my second home") and I perused the craft aisle. Y'all, Target got some new goodies in! Some of these lovelies include DIY project kits by Brit + Co. The best part? Each kit is under $30!! Oh, man. I used to LOVE project kits when I was a kid because you had everything you needed to make something cool--and sometimes practical! I had a hard time deciding which one to get but I ultimately chose this "Metal Stamp a Necklace Kit."


I instantly knew I wanted to do my daughter's name as my necklace. I used the practice bar to get familiar with the process and once I felt comfortable with that, I used the included vinyl tape to secure my metal blank. Stamping this took only minutes and then about another three minutes to attach the chain to the metal bar.


You have enough supplies to make TWO necklaces (think about how fun it would be to make matching necklaces for you and your BFF!!!) but considering that the only supplies you'd have to buy more of are the metal blanks, you can really get a lot of use out of this kit. I couldn't be happier with my new jewelry ;)

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