EYE#13: Free the Freebies!

Just a heads up – beginning next week, we will post our new EYE challenges on Tuesdays! ~ Sue

Happy EYE-Sunday to you all!  It’s Amanda here and I’m excited to share this challenge with you this week because it is a bit different. And I know you ALL can participate!

So, this challenge blog is all about “Exhaust Your Excess”, right? I am in an interesting position right now, as I don’t have an excess scrappy stash. Actually, that’s not true. I do have excess — lots and lots (and LOTS) of excess — but it is packed away in boxes, shrink wrapped and in storage. You see, we are in the middle of moving to my dream home (Three more sleeps, woohoo!) and we are living in a small rental house in the meantime. And there was no room at the inn to take any scrappy goodness with me. So sad!

However, way back before we moved out of our old home, I knew I was going to a crop during this period of Domestic Limbo, so I packed my basics (my toolkit, some embellies, and my pocket scrappy project and supplies) and stored it at my mom’s house. And last weekend, I spent a lovely weekend catching up on my pocket projects at an awesome crop where I received a very generous “Swag Bag” and won some lovely prizes. When I started thinking about what I had available to use for my EYE challenge, I started thinking about ALL the Swag Bags I’ve received and ALL the prizes I’ve won on ALL of my various cropping adventures.

You know you have them too — door prizes, goodie bags, swap items — those items that are likely tucked away in a box or basket in your closet, or (GASP!) even cluttering up your cropping tote as we speak! I have them. In fact I think I have a full box of things like that, packed away with my scrap room waiting to be unpacked. And I did win a scrapbooking blackout BINGO prize at the crop I just went to. It contained a full album kit by K & Co (including rubons, sticker letters, patterned paper, etc) and a lace up mini-album kit by Cosmo Cricket with chipboard pieces and ribbons. Pretty, but not projects I would ordinarily use. They looked like this:

Pic1 Pic2

I challenged myself to “Free My Freebies” — using these items that I won (and may have been overlooked if I had access to my entire scrappy resources). And I came up with these two layouts, which I quite like.

FamilyAdventures

Mom&I(all supplies from K & Co and Cosmo Cricket)

So, go ahead, pull out that box of crop goodies and door prizes, and dig right in. There are treasures waiting to be found and art waiting to happen!

Cheers!
Amanda

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