EYE#4 | I’d Like To Buy A Vowel…

Hi, it’s Holly here, and I’m so happy to bring the next Exhaust Your Excess challenge to you.

Alphabet stickers are an absolute scrapbooking staple. If you’re like me, you’ve amassed tons and tons of alphabets over time. Big letter stickers, tiny alphabets, fabric, chipboard, flat, puffy, dimensional – I love them ALL, and I have quite a collection of them, in all sizes, colours and textures! Which is your favourite?

We all tend to run into the same difficulty as we create pages and use up the more common letters on each of our sheets of sticker letters – we have lots of less popular letters leftover that we cannot find a way to use. I mean, what can you spell with a bunch of Q, W, Z, Xs, and punctuation or number stickers? So for this challenge, let’s use up all of those leftovers!

The Challenge:  Create a layout that uses up ALL of the letters that remain on a partially used sheet of alphabet stickers.

In my first layout for this challenge, titled Last Day of Grade Five, I used up a leftover sheet of lime green foam Thickers by laying them monochromatically on white space of the page. The letters, numbers and even punctuation marks mixed together spell absolute gibberish – and that’s the point!  ( I did sneak “2 GIRLS XO” at the bottom!)

I made the look mnochromatic so that the letters blend in with the background patterned paper and don’t detract from or overpower the rest of the page.

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Supplies: Authentique, WE R Memory Keepers, Fancy Pants, K & Company, Bazzill and unknown scraps of patterned papers, American Craft Thickers; Recollections alpha stickers; Basic Grey, Recollections, Me and My Big Ideas, Pink Paislee and Heidi Swapp stickers; Basic Grey metal clip and die cuts; Tim Holtz for Stampers Anonymous and Recollections stamps; Stampin’ Up! ink.

Here are a few ideas of things you can do to use up those remaining letter stickers

  • Cover a layout’s white space with alphabet stickers
  • Fill in a cardstock or patterned paper shape with letters
  • Create a border around your layout using letter stickers
  • Lay a sheet of leftover letters down as a photo mat, or treat it like patterend paper and make it part of your layout’s layering
  • Use up leftover numbers on a birthday or school layout by highlighting they child’s age or their grade.
  • If you have two leftover sticker sheet with the same font but different colours, hide a word inside the jibberish in a different colour for added impact.

I created another layout for this challenge, titled New Favourite Family Photo. This time I added a 2-sheet set of velvety letter stickers – right on their plastic backing – to the page as part of the background. I had only used a few letters in this package, so I strategically hid the missing letters under the photo. This allows maximum coverage of the page, and makes sure the reader can’t see the missing stickers when they look at the page. I used a total of 97 letter stickers on this layout!

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Supplies: Authentique, Studio Calico, K & Company and Crate Paper patterned papers and borders; American Craft Thickers; Making Memories, Heidi Swapp and Recollections alpha stickers; Dollarama rhinestones.

I hope you will give this challenge a try and put a dent into all of those leftover letter stickers you have in your stash!  I can’t wait to see your layouts!

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