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 *~


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!

E.Y.E. #1: Cardstock Scraps

Welcome to our first E.Y.E. Challenge!  I’m so happy you’re here – it promises to be a fun and rewarding ride!  I mean, what’s not to love about doing our part for the environment to reduce consumption, complete more layouts AND be inspired along the way!?

As per my last post, due to some flooding issues, I was unable to complete the challenge this week, but one of my new (but actually, old!) design team members is going to be offering up the first challenge.  

I will be introducing all of the team members later this week but please help me welcome Jessi Lute!

Hi everyone!  I’m so excited to be a part of this challenge team!

Cardstock scraps are much overlooked little gems amongst scrapbooking supplies!  I actually find I use my scraps of paper quite a bit so I keep all my paper scraps in a basket on my desk so they are on hand when I need them.

What can you do with cardstock scraps? Well you can punch them, ink them, cut them, stamp them – the list is quite endless!  They become hand crafted and custom borders, embellishments, tags, etc.

Your first challenge is to take all those bits of cardstock that you have been gathering, hoarding (we know you’re hoarding, don’t even try and deny it!) and saving, thinking…”There’s got to be some way I can use this, on some layout some day… “. Well someday is here! Pull them out and let’s see what you can create using cardstock scraps at least 5 different ways…we challenge you!

Here’s my project:

2014jul17_jluteSupplies used:  Bazzill Basics card stock; Just Cre8 stamp (Merry Go Round-and-Round); Close To My Heart stamp; unknown sunflower stamp; Fiskars, EK Success and Martha Stewart punches; Versacolour chalk inks; Glimmer Mist spray ink; October Afternoon alpha stickers.

To create my layout, I used scraps of card stock in a variety of ways!  To create the background, I sprayed Glimmer Mist over cardstock scraps, then removed the scraps (to use on another project).

To create the layered bordered effect, I tore a strip of cardstock, used a border punch on another strip, and handcut a scalloped edge on a third.  I used punches to also add detail to a cardstock block, as well as to create embellishments.

I matted my photo with cardstock and punched a photo corner.  I also hand stamped on cardstock to create a journaling spot and used a bit of leftover cardstock to create a tag.

And there you have it – a layout created using nothing but cardstock to create layers, depth and dimension!

Can’t wait to see what you come up with!


Thanks, Jessi – beautiful layout!!

We hope you’ll play along with our first challenge – if you’d like to participate for the monthly draw, please add a link to your project below using inlinkz  below!