Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Challenge 3

Ok this one took awhile. The challenge was to create a chevron pattern from scraps. The process was very detail oriented and there was a lot of gluing involved. But I really like how it turned out. I didn't add any embellishments because this is one of those layouts where the paper speaks for itself.

I ended up adding a bit more journaling on the other woodgrain stripe. Got to say I am loving this BPC class. All Stashbusting, all the time. 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Challenge 2

This weekend's challenge was to use a star burst. Now I had just done a star burst with flowers last week. I didn't want to repeat myself with the same design. So I did struggle a bit to figure this one out.

I decided I wanted to go with a softer pallet and let the photos stand out. I love the way the star burst turned out. I added a little bit of bling that I've had in the stash for years. I'm not sure I love the twine and birds, but I glued them down and am now stuck with them. Ah well this is what happens when I scrap late at night. Still, I am loving it overall and it looks completely different from my last star burst layout. I didn't think that particular design element could be so versatile. But it is. Great way to use up scraps too. I can't believe I haven't shopped in months and yet I am still being productive. Crazy.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Stashbusting Challenge 1

So I signed up for Big Picture classes StashBusters Anonymous class.  There are going to be 12 challenges for using up product. I thought it was a perfect class for me.

Our first challenge was to use a punch or diecut with a bunch of patterned paper. I decided to break out my Lawn Fawn star dies, a 6x6 This and That paper collection from Echo Park and some thickers and really old tape that I think might be 7gypsies. Plus a few buttons from the bottom of the jar. This was my first time using those dies which I just had to buy last year. The background paper is Graphic 45 from about 5 years ago. It feels so good to put these products to use.

The photo is of my niece and brother. The journaling reads: This is how we grow a reader. Daddy, daughter book time plus a pink pig.

I'm pretty happy with the results. Next challenge is Saturday!

Sunday, April 6, 2014


I've been scrapping for 3 months without buying any new product. I did a Layout A Day challenge in February, and have probably completed about 35 layouts or so during this time period. I have to be honest. This has hardly made a dent in my stash. I still have overflowing boxes of thickers, buttons, washi tape, string, stickers, and so much patterned paper. Obviously I need to start purging supplies, or make a concerted effort to use them up. I imagine a bit of both is in order.

So for this weekend's layout I challenged myself to use flowers. I have a huge box of paper, nylon, felt, and fabric flowers that for many years were all over my pages.  But now, I really don't use them very often but I can't bring myself to toss them. I really didn't want to use them in the same old way. That's how I got tired of them.  Those white daisies must be on 10 different layouts. So, I tried to think of a new way to use them.  Here is what I came up with.

I was originally going to do something like this with buttons, but I thought I'd see how the flowers worked. I used my starburst stencil and cut out the rays on white card stock. Then I organized flowers by color and used gold brads to attach them. I didn't plan on trimming them out originally. But I thought the layout was a bit too messy. So I trimmed the edges of the flowers to keep aligned with the starburst design. I loved how the flowers added all of this texture and the brads add that little pop of bling.  I really didn't need anything else on the layout so I kept it simple. The journaling on a Martha Stewart tag and a neutral frame around the photo and a pop of purple to draw attention to the photo and add the title.

 I think that grouping these flowers together by color and design gave new life to embellishments that hadn't seen the light of day in years. Next time I would use a kraft card stock to cut the starburst instead of white, so that the background wouldn't show up so much between the petals.  My original intension was to use a white background for the layout, but this kraft pattern toned it down just enough.

Of course, that box of flowers is still full- this project barely made a dent. Stashbusting to be continued!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Weekend scrappiness

One more layout from my personal winter kit. Lots of Kate and Co from My Mind's Eye and a dash of sequins from the stash. I used white and cream and kraft on one layout. I never do that, but I think it turned out ok. I really wanted to make sure the cover of the program and the ticket were on the page. I had a few more photos but forced myself to pick out the ones that best told the story. Hard call.  I do wish I had one more blue plastic flower. I like things in threes. But I added extra blue sequins to the bottom to try to balance, and I can live with it. I do love that diagonal stripe. So fun.

I've decided to challenge myself to use certain products on my layouts in an effort to stash bust more. This time it was sequins and those wood veneer letters.  I need to make a serious dent in product this year. It's not enough to not purchase anything new, I need to use up what I have.