EYE#16 | Border It Black

Hello! It’s Amanda here and I’d like to share another idea for Exhausting Your Excess in your scrap stash. :)

A few years ago, someone went to a scrapbooking convention where they were blowing away cardstock. I received an unexpected phone call in the middle of the day that went something like this:

**Ring! Ring!**
Me: “Hello?”
My mom: “What color do you want??”
Me: “Pardon me?”
Mom: “What colour? Hurry!”
Me: “What colour what?”
Mom: “Cardstock – they’re blowing it away and I’m bringing you a bunch – hurry up, what colour?”

I love deals just as much as anyone, but I was a tad surprised when my mom came home with her bounty from the sale that weekend. I asked her to bring me black and white (because those are the staple colours, right?) but I was now the owner of a four inch stack of cardstock – in both black AND white.

Oh my. That’s a lot of paper. Especially all in one colour.

So, I have a serious excess of black cardstock. In fact, I’m not sure I will ever need to purchase that colour ever again. The GREAT thing about it is that you can use it anywhere!

One of the things I love to do on my pages is use black cardstock for photo mats and borders. You can use it to separate patterned papers and page elements too – it just makes everything POP!

Here are some different ways that I’ve “Bordered It Black” to make the elements on my layout catch your eye.






So, go ahead – I challenge you to “Border It Black” — you will be glad you did!

~* Amanda *~


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.


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!


EYE#5 | Getting’ Grungy

Happy Sunday!

It’s Amanda here, and I am excited for my first challenge on Exhaust Your Excess!

Do you remember when we went CRAZY for all that Tim Holtz Grungeboard? I do — and I am still crazy for it, so much that I’ve been hoarding it forever. I have sheets and sheets of shapes and patterns and textures, and it is time to create them into something wonderful!

My challenge to you is simple:  Use That Grungeboard!! The more the merrier! Layer it, ink it, spray it, and get it on your layouts and cards!

I created this Back To School layout using only grungeboard and card stock — with a little bit of alpha stickers and Liquid Pearls thrown in. It was fast and simple and I think it turned out great!


Supplies:  Bazzill Basics cardstock; Tim Holtz grungeboard; Tsukineko inks; Ranger Liquid Pearls; Authentique and Basic Grey letter stickers; Sharpie marker.

Here are close-ups of each page:


This layout was also inspired by the versatility of grungeboard. I have been saving these photos forever, trying to find the right patterned paper for it and just couldn’t. With grungeboard, I didn’t have to. I just inked it and collaged it to give my layout that colourful funkiness I was looking for.

I also whipped up a few Pocket Scrapbooking cards while I was at it, because I am all about my pocket scrapbook right now! It’s fun and easy and you can whip off a page in no time at all! Here are the grungeboard pocket cards I made. I only used ink and sharpies and some pop dots to embellish the cards with grungeboard, and they are ready for photos and journalling!



Supplies:  Fancy Pants, Simple Stories and Teresa Collins pocket cards; Simple Stories stickers and Tim Holtz grungeboard, foam adhesive.



With these projects, I was able to use almost two full sheets of grungeboard. Thanks for playing along. I can’t wait to see what you create with your grungeboard!



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.