Sad News



Well, you may be wondering where we’ve been lately…  A couple of challenges have been missed and I’ve been MIA lately on and around the web.

I’m sad to say that our lives have become very FULL lately and our priorities and commitments are changing.  Of course, there are going to be some casualties in the process and sadly, this blog is one of them.

I started this blog on an impulse (as I often do things!) and didn’t realize the amount of work and organization it took to post a challenge every week.  Thank goodness for my incredible friends, my design team who stepped up to the plate and jumped in with both feet to help me along these last few months.  I love you, girls! xoxo

There are lots of reasons for deciding to step away from the computer, none of which I can honestly say that I am regretting.  The internet is both a blessing and a curse for me – I can be exposed to so many new ideas and information and inspiration.  But it also hinders my in-person relationships, fitness and health goals, not to mention productivity!

So with mixed feelings, I say good-bye to this brief chapter in my life.  I encourage you all to continue using up your excess products – don’t be afraid to dig into that new package of Thickers or to use a half a bottle of Stickles!

Wishing everyone lots of ideas and creativity,



EYE#17 | Throwback Stash

Hello! It’s Jennifer this week!

I have been scrapbooking almost 11 years now and have been hoarding the whole time! All those special things I did not want to use -you probably all have your own reasons for having a stash. My excuses have been either I bought too much of something, I loved a piece of paper and I could not possibly use it, or I was scared that I would use something I liked and I would never find it again.

Well it’s time for me to use them….I dug in and took some of those items and made a layout. This is my throw back layout! I also included the theme of throwback into the photo and the title of the layout. My niece was into this tie dye t-shirt this summer, flip flops and cut off shorts. With her long hair tied back with braids she reminded me of an updated version of the 70’s flower child. Thus, the title Flower Power.

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Supplies used: Rouge de Garance patterned paper, Prima Paintable paper, Basic Grey pocket, SEI chipboard, Recollections Alpha and plastic items, unknown bling.

First I started by water colouring the Prima Paper and cutting out the flowers. Water colouring on a layout was a technique that I used to do more. I seemed to have got away from it as it is a bit time consuming, but it lends more of a personal touch to any layout. I tend to cut slits into paper flowers that I cut out along the edges of the leaves so I can manipulate them into more 3 dimensional flowers.

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The background paper is Rouge de Garance… throwback for sure…..I think that paper is probably at least 9 years old.

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I arranged everything and embellished with SEI chipboard that has a retro feel. Also very, very old stash! I used plastic flowers for the title, while they are new, they remind me of those ones we used to be able to get, I think they were called “alphabet soup”?

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The card holder is new, from Basic Grey, it fit perfectly with the back ground paper. The journaling is on the backside of the card as it would fight with the title of the layout. It can be pulled out by the little green chipboard on the corner.

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Well that is my layout for this week. I hope you come and play along this week, dig out all that unused but loved paper, embellishments and techniques.

~* Jennifer *~

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#14 | Get Around To It!

Sorry for the delay – watch for our next challenge on Tuesday next week! – Sue 

Hi, it’s Holly here! I’m excited to share the next EYE challenge with you. I hope you’ll play along.

I have quite a selection of doilies in my scrapbook stash, do you? Doilies are a fantastic addition to a scrapbook page. They come in all shapes, sizes and colours and add a quick and easy round element to your page. With doilies, there’s no need to drag out that circle cutter when you want to add a round accent – it’s a round element that’s already ready to go!

>When you think of doilies, does your mind immediately turn to the colour white?  Sure, there are white doilies available pretty much anywhere from the dollar store to craft shop or even high-end baking establishments. But don’t stop there.  Doilies come in a rainbow of colours ranging from pastels to brights, and even black! So complementing your page with the right size, colour and degree of lacy detail is easy with doilies.

Your challenge this week is to use doilies on your layout. I’ve created a few examples to show you some fun and interesting ways to add doilies to your pages.

Here’s a layout with multiple doilies on the same scrapbook page. This layout features two sizes of black doilies along with smaller, pastel doilies that were cut with a Big Shot and a Sizzix die from Stampin’ Up.

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Supplies used:  Cosmo Cricket, Chatterbox and My Mind’s eye patterned papers; Wilton doilies; Stampin’ Up! ribbon; American Crafts Thickers; Studio Calico flair pins; Maya Road trinket pin; Prima Marketing clothespin.

The black doilies have a bit of an iridescent sheen to them, and trimming them so that they overlap the edge of the page adds interest.

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Silver and gold embellishments have been popular in the past few years, and this is definitely reflected in my scrapbook stash. How about yours? I like how a gold doily adds a vibrant splash to a page.

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Supplies used:  7Gypsies and My Mind’s eye patterned papers; Basic Grey paper garland; American Crafts and Studio Calico alpha stickers; Studio Calico doily; My Mind’s Eye and Fancy Pants wood stars; Basic Grey metal tag.

A large, shiny embellishment might have been too overpowering for a page like this one, so I selected a smaller gold doily from Studio Calico. I slid it in behind the photo to add just the right amount of gold without getting too glitzy.

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So, go ahead – accept the challenge! Dig into your stash and find one doily or many, white or colourful, big or small! I can’t wait to see what you create!

~ 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!


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!


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 ~

EYE#10: Washi-ed Up

Happy Sunday,everyone and welcome to another E.Y.E.challenge!

When I think of excess supplies, my first thought is always either patterned paper or ribbon (I have plenty of both!). But In the last year, I have outgrown my washi tape storage three times!! I now have them all in a 2 gallon jar. With room to grow, because let’s be honest… I will probably buy more!

So today, I am challenging you to use your washi tape! Use at least five different patterns and create a project!

I created this card, using washi tape for the background. Inspired by Tamara Jensen’s project on the MME’s blog), I used eight different patterns in shades of red, yellow and black and created a chevron background.

IMG_0037 Supplies used:  Bazzill Basics Paper and Canadian Scrapbooker Super Stock; Recollections, K & Company and unknown washi tapes; Silhouette Cameo die cutting machine; Karla Dudley cut file; My Favourite Things die (rosette); The Twinery twine; Glue Dots; pinking shears; button.

I added a strip of coordinating washi tape to card stock before cutting out the rosette die.  I then trimmed the edge with pinking shears before folding and assembling the rosette!

The title was cut from black and white card stock and then layered, offset slightly, to create the shadow  effect.

Here are a few examples of other uses:


Use in place of patterned papers (see supply list here)


Use to cover edges on a home decor project (see here for more details)

Here are a few ideas on how to use washi tape on your project:

  • Cover chipboard accents with tape
  • Use tape as a hinge to cover hidden journaling or to add more photos
  • Apply tape to card stock and punch out shapes
  • Fold tape over string or around toothpicks to create banners and flags

There are a lot of other ways, too – I can’t wait to see what you come up with!  Be sure to leave a link to your project in your comment to share – at the end of the month, I will send someone a new copy of the Fall 2014 issue of Canadian Scrapbooker magazine and some goodies!


EYE#9 | Mist-y EYE’d

Hello everyone, it’s Holly here and I’m excited to be bringing you this week’s EYE challenge.

September and the back to school season always feels like a fresh start to me.   Do you remember all those school supplies, the feeling of a brand new pack of looseleaf paper and the look of just-sharpened pencil crayons all lined up? That’s what I think of when I hear the word September. It makes me excited to think about pulling out some supplies of my own and get crafting!

This week, I challenge you to use some of those pretty colours of mist you have hanging around. Mists are so much fun and there are a ton of ways to use mists in your scrapbooking. I’ve created some pages using misting to give you some ideas and inspiration. Here’s the first one.


Supplies used: My Mind’s Eye and Maggie Holmes for American Crafts patterned papers; Tattered Angels and Heidi Swapp mists; American Crafts Thickers; Basic Grey banner; K & Company die cut; American Crafts flair; Dear Lizzy for American Crafts date stamp.

For this page, I used a stencil to create a pattern on a piece of cardstock. After placing the stencil on the page, I misted in two different colours – a darker colour around the edge of the page, and a lighter colour inside.


One great technique you can use to extend your mist is using the misted stencil as a mask for another page. Once I misted the stencil on one piece of cardstock, I flipped over the stencil (so that the misted side was facing down) and then I placed it on another piece of cardstock.

sep7_ha3Now I have another page background ready to go!

Here are a few great ideas for using misting on your pages:

  • Create a background for your layout by misting some, most or all of your cardstock or patterned paper
  • Spritz mist onto resist paper to easily create fun patterned paper
  • Use a stencil or mask to create a pattern on your page
  • Mist along the top of your page in various colours and then hold your page up vertically so that the colours drip, creating a beautiful design
  • There are many techniques on Youtube, including misting cardstock and letting it dry with rumpled tissue paper resting on top, splattering your page using a toothbrush. Check it out!

Resist cardstock is another great product out there for misting. In this layout, I misted the background with glimmer mist, then wiped away the excess. The result is a fun geometric pattern.


Supplies used: Heidi Swapp, Stampin’ Up and Maggie Holmes for American Crafts patterned papers; Tattered Angels mists; Basic Grey black and mini letters, American Craft Thickers glitter title; Stampin’ Up and Maya Road ribbon; EK Success, My Mind’s Eye and Scotch washi tape; Die cut with a View sticker; Heidi Swapp sheer sticker and heart; Recollections camera; Studio calico geotag; Dollarama pearls and rhinestones; American Crafts flair.

Here’s one more layout I created using misting techniques.


Supplies used: Tim Holtz and IOD for Prima patterned papers; Heidi Swapp, Mister Huey by Studio Calico and Maya Road mists; Maya Road ribbon; Heidi Swapp, Prima and Maya Road flowers; Dollarama pearl; Tim Holtz sticker words and button; Fancy Pants and Me and My Big Ideas embellishments.

For this page, after misting my background in two different colours that meet in the middle of the page, I used a toothbrush to splatter two darker colour of mist as an accent around the page. I also misted a canvas flower in a light colour of cardstock to use as an embellishment on the page.


Well, I hope that’s given you some ideas for misting. I can’t wait to see your creations.

~ Holly ~

EYE#8 | Ribbons and Fibres and Trim, Oh My!

Hello Everyone! Jessi here with this week’s EYE challenge…

My challenge this week is simple… I challenge you to use multiple ribbons, trim and/or fibres on a project.

We all gather, collect, and horde them and every now and then, we pull them out, gaze at them, run them through our fingers lovingly, then put them away. Too precious to cut and use them, that would be madness! But this week, i want you to do just that…use them! Use them in bits, as tabs, as borders, create flowers, ruffles…anything!

This week, I’m bringing you a layout that uses scrap bits of ribbons to create tabs and borders.  I cut apart a floral ribbon and used one of the flowers as an embellishment and even dug out some fabric (can definitely be considered fibrous!) and cut out part of the floral pattern to add to my floral embellishments.


On the Hello Love card, I kept things super simple by layering 2 different ribbons over each other to create a simple border.


On my Hello Friend card, after creating a watercolour background, i used a velvet ribbon to create a stem and a wider pink ribbon to create a rose.


(Supply lists to follow shortly!)

Ribbons, trim and fibres are so simple and can add such a sweet, elegant or soft touch to our projects. I cannot wait to see what you come up with!

~ Jessi ~