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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,

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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…..wow 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.

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

~* Amanda *~

Challenge 15 | DT Reveal

Here is my layout featuring rubons from seven different manufacturers. Can you find them all?

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Supply list: Bazzil cardstock; Fancy Pants and American Crafts patterned paper; Sassafrass Lass letter stickers; Heidi Swapp chipboard heart, circle stickers and transparent phrases; Studio Calico chipboard geotags; Making Memories tag; Michaels ribbon; Rubons by Hambly, Studio Calico, K and Company, Doodlebug, American Crafts, My Mind’s Eye and Colorbok.

This challenge was a lot of fun, and if you haven’t tried it yet, I encourage you to do so! I also really want to send a big “thank you!” out to Jessi for creating this challenge, because it really drove home the concept of using your stash for me. I’ve been hanging onto the gold Hambly rubons that I used on this page for a long time. They were just too pretty, so I was saving them for when I had the perfect idea for the most wonderful page using all of my most special supplies. Before I knew it, these gorgeous rubons had sat in my stash for far too long – probably five years at least!

Well, we all know what happens to rub ons when they get too old, don’t we? They just won’t stick. Some rubons will stay on their backing no matter how hard you rub, and won’t come off. These rubons didn’t do that. Instead, they flaked off at the slightest touch or impact. There was just no way they would adhere to paper. But by the time I determined this, I had already planned the whole layout with these rubons as one of the focal points. Hmmm, what to do?

In keeping with the concept of exhausting my excess, I decided to use them anyway. I cut them out as if they were vellum die cuts. Although in a few places this is a bit more apparent than I would like, the biggest section is reasonably convincing! I’m happy with how it turned out.

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So let this be a lesson to you – USE those rubons!

Thanks for looking!
~* Holly *~

EYE#15 | Rubbed the Right Way

Hello Everyone!  It’s Jessi here with another EYE challenge.  Put your hand up if you’ve amassed a small (or large) collection of rub-ons. Mine is up! Is yours?  I love rub-ons and i don’t use them often enough to warrant the collection size I have. But they’re kind of like sparkly things…they draw you in, and you just can’t resist NOT adding another package of rub-ons that you swear you’re gonna use, to your already growing collection.

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I am hoping to change that with today’s challenge! Using rub-ons from at least 6 different companies create something. Load your projects up with the forgotten rub-ons! And like I always suggest, just because they come one way, does not mean you cannot cut them apart to use them in a whole new way!

My layout this week uses rub-ons to create layers, to create a frame and to add some fun. I also cut a journaling rub-on into 2 parts to use as interest and for journaling. The great thing about rub-ons is they look fabulous when layered over each other!

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Supply list: Rub-ons by Prima Marketing, Imaginisce, Fancy Pants, SandyLion, Hambly, Shimelle; Crate Paper frame; Cocoa Daisy pattenrned paper; Crate Paper ephemera; Tattered Angels glimmer mist

Details:

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So go grab an armful of rub-ons and your burnishing tool and get busy! We cannot wait to see what you do!

~* Jessi *~

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 ~

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! :)

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Here’s the layout I created using these items:

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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.

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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!

Cheers!
Amanda

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.

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Then I painted it lightly with Annie Sloan chalk paint.

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Next, I covered the backing with burlap:

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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.

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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.

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

~Jennifer~