EYE #14 | Coming Soon!

Sorry for the delay – Challenge #14 will be posted on Thursday this week, due to some scheduling conflicts on my part!  Life gets busy for all of our designers and Wednesday is Game Day in our household!

Thanks for your patience and understanding!!




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 *~

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:

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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.


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!


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 *~

EYE#12: Vintage is the New Black

Sorry for the delay in posting this week – having some technical difficulties!  Here’s Jennifer’s challenge this week! – ~ Sue

Hi everyone – It’s Jennifer!  This week I felt like using up some really old supplies, so old they are truly vintage finds!

I recently went on a trip to the US and hit the 127 Yardsale, 695 miles of yard sales from Addison, MI into Georgia. We only made it to Kentucky but had a great time, picking and finding vintage items.

I decided to take some of them and combine them with my current stash of stuff and make a altered picture.

First I started with a really old picture and frame, this frame has convex glass in it and a picture glued to it. First I soaked it and scrapped off the picture from the glass.


Then I painted it lightly with Annie Sloan chalk paint.


Next, I covered the backing with burlap:


Next, I took a variety of vintage items: glass buttons, shells, old punch time card, ribbon flowers and combined them with newer items, like the Creative Embellishments, steam punk dress form, K&CO Butterflies, Maya Road diecuts, ribbon and various found items.

This was the outcome, making a soft and feminine wall hanging. Very simple to make, just arranging and organizing items into an eye pleasing arrangement.




I love all the vintage finds we found on out trip, those glass buttons are one of my favourite things, they has so much sparkle to them. I also love the vintage looking finger that I picked up recently at Treasured Memories in Edmonton.


Can’t wait to see how you use some of your vintage products!


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!


EYE#11: I Can See Clearly Now

Happy Sunday everyone!!  I am super stoked to bring you this week’s challenge!

This sunday, I challenge you to dive into transparencies. They were a HUGE trend a few years ago…from overlays to full-on backgrounds. Whether you have a stash of Hambly or My Mind’s Eye frame overlays or Heidi Swapp ghost shapes…dust them off, pull them out and use at least 5 on a project.

In my layout below, Twelve, I used a transparency frame overlay but cut it in half and used it to draw attention to my photo in a way similar to how we use brackets.  Just because the overlays come in one shape does not mean we need to keep it this way to use!

[Supply list to follow]


Another example would be the red swirl on my page – it was a 4×6 overlay.  I simply cut around the image and used as part of my banner cluster. Feel free to cut off parts of the transparency elements that don’t work…the bursting with joy element in my banner, had a bunch of pattern details under the words that didn’t work for me, so i cut that portion off to use another day. Make your transparent shapes stand out a bit more with pop dots as used in the love this life embellishment or ink the edges as was done in the butterfly ghost shape.

Transparencies make unique and fun cards!  Simply use washi tape to hinge the transparency to a piece of cardstock cut to size. i added a chipboard element to the front outside of the transparency so the space for the sentiment inside isn’t visible upon receipt of the card.

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So go!  Dive into those transparencies that have been left, forgotten amongst your stash!  We cannot wait to see what you do!

~ jessi ~