Challenge 15 | DT Reveal

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

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.


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

Thanks for looking!
~* Holly *~


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! :)


Here’s the layout I created using these items:


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 *~

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 *~

Challenge #11 | DT Reveal

I’m off today for a girls’ weekend with my talented scrappy peeps, two of whom you know from our EYE challenges – Holly and Jennifer!

This week, Holly has once again mastered the challenge and created this inspiring piece:

SEP21HA3Supply list:  K.I. Memories, Crate Paper and My Mind’s Eye patterned papers; WRMK chipboard “hello”; American Crafts Thickers and Adorn It alpha stickers; Heidi Swapp transparencies; Pink Paislee sticker phrases.

In Holly’s words:

I used 3 transparent elements on the page, the “sweet” heart in the title is a transparency, and the two round accents in the bottom left are transparencies. I like using transparent accents because they add to the layout while still allowing the photo or patterned paper elements beneath to be as visible as possible. With the round transparent accents, I allowed different colours of patterned paper to show through under various words adding colour and variety.



Thanks for sharing, Holly!!  If you are inspired to play along with this week’s challenge, please add a link in your comment on the original post – we’ve love to see what you create!  I’m adding transparencies to my crop bag to try to create something this weekend!


Challenge #10 | DT Reveal

It’s time to share a DT layout for our EYE challenge this week!

Look at Holly’s gorgeous take this week:

eye10ha3Supply list: Scotch, EK Success, MME and Tim Holtz washi tapes; American Crafts Thickers and Bo Bunny alphas;Bo Bunny button;  Studio Calico wood veneer pieces; K and Company chipboard; American Crafts ribbon.

Holly used a variety of washi tapes, cut in banner shapes, to create a colour border for her layout.  It’s the perfect backdrop for that beautiful oversized photo.  As well, she covered some of the wood veneer shapes in washi tape for a customized look!

If you play along with this week’s challenge, please add a link in your comment on the original post – we’ve love to see what you create!


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 ~

Challenge #8 | DT Reveal

Welcome to the late night edition of Friday’s DT reveal! :)

This week, I’m sharing this fun layout by Holly:


Supply list:  October Afternoon and Stampin’ Up patterned papers; Basic Grey paper banner, postage stamp stickers and metal clip; Stampin’ Up, American Crafts and Michaels’ ribbon; American Crafts Thickers alphabets; K & Company chipboard embellishments; Heidi Swapp journaling stickers.

Holly says:
“I used ribbon on this layout as a mat beneath the photo, and then extended it out under the picture as an accent to enhance the nautical theme of the page. I also liked the way the ribbon and the paper banner running across the page lent themselves to the nautical feel.”

I like it, too!

If you play along with this week’s challenge, please add a link in your comment on the original post – we’d love to see what you create!


EYE#6 | Totally BRADical!

Welcome to our sixth challenge to help your whittle down your stash!  I hope you’ve had a chance to check out our previous challenges so far!

This week, the section of our supplies that we are targeting is part of everyone’s embellishment stash.  They were all the rage 7 or 8 years ago (I know that I, for one, collected them in every colour!) and while they aren’t widely used much anymore, there are still a handy embellishment with a wide variety of uses.

Have you guessed what it is?  BRADS!

This week’s challengeUse at least 20 brads on your project or layout.

This week found me packing and preparing for our trip to pick up my son from Blackdown summer training camp so I barely set foot in my studio (except to finally finish unpacking it all after our flood!) so I am sharing DT member Holly’s fantastic layout as inspiration this week:


Supplies:  We R Memory Keepers patterned papers; Bo Bunny and American Crafts brads; American Crafts Thickers.

I love how she’s incorporated the brads into her patterned background – and used up lots of letter stickers too, with her repeated “spin” titles!  Here are some close ups:



Here’s what Holly had to say about her technique:

One thing I did to make using this many brads easier was cut a small slit with an X-acto knife for the insertion of each brad.  I added brads to the accents that were elevated with a foam dot by adhering the foam dot to the paper accent first, then carefully cutting through both the paper accent and the foam dot at the same time. I put the brad through those, then used the exacto knife to cut a slit in the 12 x 12 paper.  Finally, I slipped the brad, already attached to the accent paper and foam dot through the 12 x 12 paper and pressed down to ensure the foam dot was adhered in place, then bent back the brad prongs.

So, how many brads will you be able to use on your page?  Please share a link to your project below – we’d love to see what you create!


Challenge #5 | DT Reveal

It’s Friday, and I’d like to share Holly’s layout completed for Amanda’s grungeboard challenge!


Supply list:  Stampin’ Up! and My Mind’s Eye patterned paper; Tim Holtz grungeboard and ink applicator tool; Stampin’ Up! and VersaColor ink; Sharpie marker; American Crafts and Adorn It alpha stickers; My Mind’s Eye, Me And My Big Ideas and Heidi Swap chipboard embellishments; American Crafts badge buttons; Recollections washi tape; Stampin’ Up! border punch and ribbon.

About her technique, Holly says:

I added additional dimension to the grungeboard pieces using ink and marker. To begin, I inked the entire piece of chipboard with the darker of two teal inks. Next, to make the raised design stand out even more, I accented some of the swirls by going over them with a Sharpie marker that was a shade darker than the ink. Finally, I used a foam applicator to apply ink in a lighter shade over some areas of the grungeboard for a more muted colour. It’s easier to ink your grungeboard before you adhere it to your page, since it is flexible by design and you can flex it to get ink right up to the edges or corners!

Here’s a close-up peek at her grungeboard technique:

aug10ha2Thanks for sharing, Holly!

If you play along with this week’s challenge, please add a link in your comment on the original post – we’ve love to see what you create!