Challenge 15 | DT Reveal

Here is my layout featuring rubons from seven different manufacturers. Can you find them all?

Supply list: Bazzil cardstock; Fancy Pants and American Crafts patterned paper; Sassafrass Lass letter stickers; Heidi Swapp chipboard heart, circle stickers and transparent phrases; Studio Calico chipboard geotags; Making Memories tag; Michaels ribbon; Rubons by Hambly, Studio Calico, K and Company, Doodlebug, American Crafts, My Mind’s Eye and Colorbok.

This challenge was a lot of fun, and if you haven’t tried it yet, I encourage you to do so! I also really want to send a big “thank you!” out to Jessi for creating this challenge, because it really drove home the concept of using your stash for me. I’ve been hanging onto the gold Hambly rubons that I used on this page for a long time. They were just too pretty, so I was saving them for when I had the perfect idea for the most wonderful page using all of my most special supplies. Before I knew it, these gorgeous rubons had sat in my stash for far too long – probably five years at least!

Well, we all know what happens to rub ons when they get too old, don’t we? They just won’t stick. Some rubons will stay on their backing no matter how hard you rub, and won’t come off. These rubons didn’t do that. Instead, they flaked off at the slightest touch or impact. There was just no way they would adhere to paper. But by the time I determined this, I had already planned the whole layout with these rubons as one of the focal points. Hmmm, what to do?

In keeping with the concept of exhausting my excess, I decided to use them anyway. I cut them out as if they were vellum die cuts. Although in a few places this is a bit more apparent than I would like, the biggest section is reasonably convincing! I’m happy with how it turned out.


So let this be a lesson to you – USE those rubons!

Thanks for looking!
~* Holly *~


Challenge 13 | DT Reveal

Hello, everyone!  It’s Holly and I’m here to share my layout for Amanda’s EYE Challenge!

A number of years ago I won this scrapbooking kit during a challenge contest. It’s been at the top of my “I want to use this next” pile for a little while now, and Amanda’s challenge was the perfect motivation to get it out and scrap with it! I used only items from this kit to create this page, and didn’t cheat at all! :)


Here’s the layout I created using these items:


Supply list:  Lily Bee Designs patterned papers; Bazzill cardstock; American Craft and Cosmo Cricket alpha stickers; Making Memories and Autumn Leaves buttons; Pink Paislee ribbon; Prima and Jenni Bowlin tags; Maya Road pins; staples.

Thanks for the challenge, Amanda!

~* Holly *~

Challenge 12 | DT Reveal

Hi everyone – It’s Holly here and I wanted to share my layout that I created this past weekend for Jennifer’s vintage challenge:

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Supplies used:  MME and Studio Calico patterned papers; Fancy Pants stickers; Heidi Swapp chipboard and phrase sticker; American Crafts, Bella Boulevard and Webster’s Pages alpha stickers;  Teresa Collins tag; Tim Holtz buttons; Prima Marketing leaf; vintage flower finds from Sue’s stash!

I don’t do a lot of vintage-style scrapbooking but I loved this background patterned paper with the scrollwork and bird in the lower corner so I complemented it with the floral patterened paper which has a feeling of vintage wallpaper. I love clusters of embellishments so I combined the Tim Hotz vintage buttons with some found flowers for an vintage-style accent grouping.

Thanks for looking!
~* Holly *~

Challenge #11 | DT Reveal

I’m off today for a girls’ weekend with my talented scrappy peeps, two of whom you know from our EYE challenges – Holly and Jennifer!

This week, Holly has once again mastered the challenge and created this inspiring piece:

SEP21HA3Supply list:  K.I. Memories, Crate Paper and My Mind’s Eye patterned papers; WRMK chipboard “hello”; American Crafts Thickers and Adorn It alpha stickers; Heidi Swapp transparencies; Pink Paislee sticker phrases.

In Holly’s words:

I used 3 transparent elements on the page, the “sweet” heart in the title is a transparency, and the two round accents in the bottom left are transparencies. I like using transparent accents because they add to the layout while still allowing the photo or patterned paper elements beneath to be as visible as possible. With the round transparent accents, I allowed different colours of patterned paper to show through under various words adding colour and variety.



Thanks for sharing, Holly!!  If you are inspired to play along with this week’s challenge, please add a link in your comment on the original post – we’ve love to see what you create!  I’m adding transparencies to my crop bag to try to create something this weekend!


Challenge #10 | DT Reveal

It’s time to share a DT layout for our EYE challenge this week!

Look at Holly’s gorgeous take this week:

eye10ha3Supply list: Scotch, EK Success, MME and Tim Holtz washi tapes; American Crafts Thickers and Bo Bunny alphas;Bo Bunny button;  Studio Calico wood veneer pieces; K and Company chipboard; American Crafts ribbon.

Holly used a variety of washi tapes, cut in banner shapes, to create a colour border for her layout.  It’s the perfect backdrop for that beautiful oversized photo.  As well, she covered some of the wood veneer shapes in washi tape for a customized look!

If you play along with this week’s challenge, please add a link in your comment on the original post – we’ve love to see what you create!


Challenge #8 | DT Reveal

Welcome to the late night edition of Friday’s DT reveal! :)

This week, I’m sharing this fun layout by Holly:


Supply list:  October Afternoon and Stampin’ Up patterned papers; Basic Grey paper banner, postage stamp stickers and metal clip; Stampin’ Up, American Crafts and Michaels’ ribbon; American Crafts Thickers alphabets; K & Company chipboard embellishments; Heidi Swapp journaling stickers.

Holly says:
“I used ribbon on this layout as a mat beneath the photo, and then extended it out under the picture as an accent to enhance the nautical theme of the page. I also liked the way the ribbon and the paper banner running across the page lent themselves to the nautical feel.”

I like it, too!

If you play along with this week’s challenge, please add a link in your comment on the original post – we’d love to see what you create!


Challenge #6 | DT Reveal

Friday again already and I’m late in posting the DT reveal!  My hubs has been out of town for a couple of days and on the way home tonight, they had a major situation and he had to head directly into work! :(

This week, I’m sharing this yummy eye candy from Jennifer:


Supply list:  Bazzill cardstock; Rhonna Farrer patterned paper; American Crafts Thickers; Me and My Big Idea rubons; Making Memories brads; ephemera.

I love how she used the brads to accent the die cut paper.  And that ephemera from the Toronto Underground Market?  A perfect way to incorporate memorabilia.

As for me, I didn’t get a chance to create something new, but I went through my layouts for some examples.  Surprisingly, for the number of brads I have on hand, I used them quite infrequently – for flower centres or to hold vellum or transparencies in place.

In this layout, I used a Crafter’s Workshop template to poke holes with a paper piercer and then created a circle using a mix of brads in a pattern.


Supply list:  Bazzill card stock; Daisy D’s patterned paper, buttons and flowers; Basic Grey alpha stickers; Making Memories  and American Crafts brads.

If you play along with this week’s challenge, please add a link in your comment on the original post – we’ve love to see what you create!


Challenge #5 | DT Reveal

It’s Friday, and I’d like to share Holly’s layout completed for Amanda’s grungeboard challenge!


Supply list:  Stampin’ Up! and My Mind’s Eye patterned paper; Tim Holtz grungeboard and ink applicator tool; Stampin’ Up! and VersaColor ink; Sharpie marker; American Crafts and Adorn It alpha stickers; My Mind’s Eye, Me And My Big Ideas and Heidi Swap chipboard embellishments; American Crafts badge buttons; Recollections washi tape; Stampin’ Up! border punch and ribbon.

About her technique, Holly says:

I added additional dimension to the grungeboard pieces using ink and marker. To begin, I inked the entire piece of chipboard with the darker of two teal inks. Next, to make the raised design stand out even more, I accented some of the swirls by going over them with a Sharpie marker that was a shade darker than the ink. Finally, I used a foam applicator to apply ink in a lighter shade over some areas of the grungeboard for a more muted colour. It’s easier to ink your grungeboard before you adhere it to your page, since it is flexible by design and you can flex it to get ink right up to the edges or corners!

Here’s a close-up peek at her grungeboard technique:

aug10ha2Thanks for sharing, Holly!

If you play along with this week’s challenge, please add a link in your comment on the original post – we’ve love to see what you create!



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!




the EYE Challenges Design Team!

I’m so grateful to the scrapbooking industry for bringing these wonderful, talented ladies into my life!  And so thankful to them for stepping up and helping me inspire you to use up your stash of goodies!

Without further ado, allow me to introduce them:


Jessi Lute

Hello! I was born and raised on Vancouver Island and currently live in Alberta. I have loved all things creative since as far back as I can remember; a few of my current favourite creative endeavors are photography, crochet, quilting, scrapbooking and baking. I am married to a wonderful man who is incredibly understanding and supportive of all my creative journeys. I homeschool my 3 beautiful children, which has been a wonderful journey to date. i might be a gypsy at heart, have hippie tendancies and am creatively exploring life by delighting in the small & simple things. 


Amanda Lepage

I am a small town Saskatchewan girl obsessed with the big scrapbooking world. I am a hockey, soccer, band, and broomball mom who, in my oodles of spare time, work at the local library and run a thriving photography business from our home. I love chocolate, Shakespeare and travelling. In my scrapbooking experience, I have designed for an online kit club and stamp company, had layouts published in both Canadian Scrapbooker and Creating Keepsakes magazines, and have had a layout featured on the cover of Canadian Scrapbooker. I am currently dabbling in the exciting new world of pocket scrapbooking but still loves my good old standby, the 12×12 layout.


Holly Attfield

I discovered scrapbooking in 2003 and haven’t looked back since!  A transplanted city gal now living in the country, I am originally from Alberta but now live in rural Ontario.  I am a Mom to three great kids – 14 year old son, Evan, and twin 11 year old daughters, Alicia and Vanessa.  I am also a wife to hubby of 15 years and business partner, Stephen.  I love scrapbooking because of the memories it captures, but also because of the wonderful friends I have met through this fantastic hobby.  Patterned paper and alphabet stickers are my biggest obsessions in life!  When I am is not shuttling my kids to their various school, sports and social activities, I divided my time between my paid work in the home improvement industry, my passions for photography, scrapbooking, reading, skiing, group exercise classes, and – most recently – Irish dance!


Jennifer Hottinger-Sloan

I am a self confessed workaholic. So you may ask, when do I have time to be artistic? Well anytime I am not working because I am also a scrapaholic and need to be creative. One balances out the other and vice versa, if you know what I mean. I am a dual brain thinker, very analytical and logical by day, but creative and intuitive by night! I have a wonderful DH that supports my habit. I have no children of my own but have a plethora of kids in my life that my friends generously donate to my photography. I am looking forward to the inspiration that comes with using up my stash! 

And if you don’t know me…


Sue Sykes

Hello all!  I have been scrapbooking since 2000, and have been a contributing writer for Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine since its’ inception in 2005.  I have worked for several design teams and once owned a successful monthly kit company.  I am so grateful to the online scrapbooking communities which have allowed me to foster such wonderful lifelong friendships.  I have been married to my best friend, Gary, since 1997 and we have two beautiful children:  a son, Connor (14), and a daughter, Aili (9).  (BTW – Aili rhymes with Riley… Don’t worry if you didn’t get it right – nobody does! :p)

Thanks to these talented ladies for joining me – and if you’d like to be a guest challenger one week, please contact me via sue{dot}sykes{at}gmail{dot}com.