EYE#3: Chip Away at Your Chipboard

Hi everyone, Jennifer here!

It has been a great start to the EYE (Exhaust Your Excess) challenge blog! So much inspiration! This week, I challenged myself to use at least three types of chipboard on a layout and at least 10 pieces in total. I have so much chipboard; I am overwhelmed by it sometimes!

It is interesting when you think about chipboard – there are so many different kinds, shapes, sizes and ways it can be modified, including:

♥ Naked (plain brown)
♥ Inked
♥ Sprayed
♥ Glittered
♥ Stamped
♥ Pre printed
♥ Embossed
♥ Die cut
♥ Painted
♥ Distressed
♥ Covered in paper

In my first layout, I used glittered stars, pre-coloured chipboard letters and chipboard that had been pre printed by the manufacturer. In total, total 21 pieces were used up from my stash! This is a picture of Kareinal Official in concert a few years back at an event put on by Coca-Cola. Such a great performer!


Supplies:  Bazzill Basics Paper card stock; Rouge de Garance paper; Scrapworks and Kelly Panacci chipboard; American Crafts Thickers; unknown bottle caps.

Here’s a few close-ups:

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Here is another layout I did with multiple pieces of chipboard. In this layout, I sprayed the glasses black and backed them with pattern paper. Once again I used Thickers for the title and other pre printed pieces of chipboard.


Supplies:  Simple Stories paper; Crate Paper chipboard; American Crafts Thickers; miscellaneous buttons.

Here are some other links to articles and ideas for chipboard…Please play along and show off how you use YOUR chipboard!

Create For Less
Obsessed With Scrapbooking
Scrapbooks Etc.


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Challenge #2 | DT Projects

Today, I’m sharing a few of the design team members’ take on EYE Challenge #2.

Holly created this stunning layout by choosing to use a minimal print for her background and added her graphic patterns in small amounts by including them as bunting and in the cluster.


Supplies used: We R Memory Keepers, Basic Grey, MME, 7Gypsies and a few other unknown patterned papers; BG paper flags, Bazzill kraft border trim; Tim Holtz for Stampers Anonymous stamp; Maya Road olive flower ribbon, metal and felt flowers and flower stick pins; Recollections rhinestone flourish and camera sticker; AdornIt, Recollections and American Crafts alpha stickers.

Holly writes:   “I chose the title, It’s All Relative, because the photo is of a big group of cousins gathered together for my Uncle’s 90th birthday party in El Paso, Texas in June this year.  There was a photo booth at the dinner and while we were getting ready for our shots, I had someone shoot candid pics of us from the side.  This is one of my favourites.”

Jessi’s layout also uses small bits of patterned papers with a minimalist background – to incredible effect:


Supplies used:  Crate Paper, My Mind’s Eye and October Afternoon patterned papers; Heidi Swapp rhinestone frames; EK Success Scalloped Edge punch and corner rounder; American Crafts alpha stickers; Maya Road chipboard heart; my Mind’s Eye ephemera heart; Chic Tags paper embellishments; scalloped edge scissors, pinking shears; Zig Writer marker; sewing machine.

Jessi writes:  “When I am working with patterned papers, my go-to rule is to find balance. Whether it’s symmetrical lines or a neutral background or using something on the LO in a similar way more then once…the key is finding balance.  This layout is an example of using a neutral background, symmetry and using pattern papers and embellishments more than once (scalloped edges) to create balance.”

Wonderful take on the challenge, ladies!

Hope you’re inspired to try this challenge – Be sure to upload a link in your comment on the challenge post (click HERE) or by using the Inlinkz tools for a chance to win a prize!



Challenge #2 | Sue’s Take

Here is my finished layout, inspired by EYE Challenge #2:


Supplies used:  Bazzill Basics cardstock; Scenic Route, American Crafts, Prima Marketing, Luxe Designs, Me and My Big Ideas, Creative Imaginations and 3 Bugs in a Rug patterned papers; Silhouette Cameo die cutting machine; RR Kinder Font; Stitch Alphabet Uppercase and Lowercase by Rivka’s Renditions; Bazzill Basics and Stampin’ Up! stitching templates; Bazzill Basics floss; needle.

Sorry for the wonky photo – I snapped it quickly this morning with my iPad Air.

Why, you ask? Why this morning and not late afternoon when the layout was close to being complete? Well, this layout turned out to be another one of those hare-brained ideas that ended up taking WAY too much time!! Believe it or not, all of the hand-stitching took hours!

In the end though, I’m quite pleased with it though. I didn’t want to detract from all of my embroidery detail so I ended up adding no other embellishments!

**Updated with new photo!**

I dug deep into my oldest patterned paper scraps for this – my old Just Cre8 kits from 2007! Out of the 8 manufacturers used, 5 are defunct or were absorbed by other companies! I gathered 10 patterns that had similar colours and different weights (more on mixing patterns on Wednesday!) and then just started cutting random shapes to fill a card stock sheet.

Tip: a good way to use up your less desirable colours of cardstock is to use them as backing pages for this type of project!

I free handed most of my paper cuts but you could certainly use a trimmer. I puzzle-pieced the scraps together and lightly traced pencil marks where I needed to trim. My scraps all butt up to each other but you could have yours overlapping – it would be much easier, but I seem to have a knack for doing things the hard way! :)

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My title was created using my Silhouette, using a combination of sketching and cutting. The stitched words were created from a alpha cut file and the others were printed using a Silhouette sketch pen. The heart was my own design – I just poked holes using a pushpin and then stitched!


Be sure to check back tomorrow for a free download of my cut file for my title.

Can’t wait to see what you create!



EYE#2: A Plethora of Patterns

Welcome to EYE Challenge #2!

This week, we are going to look at the paper crafting supply with which many of us have a LOVE/HATE relationship – we LOVE to buy it but HATE to use it.  Can you guess which product I am talking about?

Yup.  Patterned paper.

I have enough patterned paper to fill about 12 Cropper Hopper paper holders.  I have two with papers from my old Just Cre8 kits alone!  So when I started thinking about the challenge this week, I knew I wanted to incorporate patterned papers.

Mixing patterned papers is a great way to begin to de-stash your collection. There are guidelines that you can follow when trying to choose coordinating patterned papers, which I’ll talk about later in the week, but today’s challenge is all about using up you patterned paper scraps so we are going to throw convention out the window for this one!

If one of your other hobbies is quilting, then you will be familiar with crazy quilting. Essentially, it is when you use various pieces in different shapes, all stitched together, seemingly haphazardly.  Here are a few examples:

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Crazy Quilt Jacket by Etsy seller Colorsforkidsshop

crazyquilt1Red Embroidered Crazy Quilt Pillow by Etsy seller VelvetEleganceShop


Crazy Quilt Tray by Etsy seller KrugsStudio

As you can see, it’s a great way to use up your scraps of fabric (or papers, in our case).

So here’s your challenge this week – go through your stash of patterned papers and pull out at least 10 (TEN) different patterns and use it to create your own crazy quilt.  You can use it for your background or as part of your embellishments, etc. – the choice is yours!

My traditional crazy-quilt layout is in the final stages of stitching and I will share tomorrow.  But for today, I will share this lovely quilted pattern that Jennifer Hottinger-Sloan created, using 10 different patterns from 8 different manufacturers!


Jennifer created this yesterday while on a crop with our group of scrappy friends – I’m so sad I couldn’t make it!  Supply list to follow…

Thanks for visiting – please join our challenge and link up your project, using the inLinkz tool below!  And be sure to check back on Tuesday, when we will introduce the design team!



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Challenge #1: Sue’s take

Well, I manage to squeeze in a bit of creative time and complete Jessi’s challenge this week!  With everything going on, I combined it with my guest designer requirement for July’s Inspiration Elevator challenge.

This was a challenge for me – I haven’t created a cardstock-only page in a LONG time!  When all is said and done though, I like the simplicity of this layout – and it’s a two-pager, which is also rare for me (excuse the wonky layout photos – my printer is being a brat!!):

Supplies used:  Bazzill Basics and unknown cardstock; Cheery Lynn die; Just Cre8 stamps (Floral Flourishes); Martha Stewart Crafts Scoring board and punch; Fiskars stylus; Silhouette Cameo die cutting machine; Lori Whitlock cut file; Loni Leah Designs cut file; Sizzix Big Kick; SIzzix and Stampin’ Up! embossing folders; EK Success punch; American Craft Thickers and pen; Tsukineko VersaMark ink; Stampendous embossing powder; MultiCrafts half pearls; Recollections washi tape; embroidery floss; Imaginisce, Stampin’ Up! and unknown metal embellishments; Craftworks Cards Candi dots; Lawn Fawn sequins; miscellaneous beads and sequins from my stash; plastic resealable bag.

Here’s a close-up of each page:


Here are my cardstock techniques:


Inspired by a quilted cake I recently saw on Cake Boss, I scored my cardstock at 1″ intervals on a diagonal, using the envelope aid – both ways.  At the points of intersection, I attached a small half pearl.


Using a scrap, I tore a strip and attached it to my top corner to create a cluster.  I also punched a vine branch out of a scrap and trimmed it to size.




Scraps of cardstock are perfect to use for both manual or electronic die cutting machines.



You can barely see it in the bottom right hand corner, but I stamped a piece of cardstock with VersaMark and wet embossed with clear embossing powder.  I love this look, as it coordinates beautifully by created the stamped image in the same colour but a slightly darker tone.


The little purse was created by using a Lori Whitlock cut file for a treat bag topper.  I re-sized it to fit my bag (2″ wide) and filled the bag with a coordinating mix of sequins, beads and Candi Dots.  I snipped the bag to the height I wanted, sandwiched it between the topper and stapled it closed.  I then embossed the cream cover with a Sizzix embossing folder (Burlap) and attached the flowers.  Isn’t it adorable?!  The grey cardstock (lower left corner) is also embossed using a Stampin’ Up! folder (Chevron).


Thanks for visiting!