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#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#7 | Aye EYE-lets, Captain!

Hello, everyone!  Jennifer here this week, with our SEVENTH challenge!

One of the very first items I used in scrapbooking were eyelets… I saw people using them but did not have any scrapbook supplies.  So off I went to Home Depot!   Yes, that is where I went to get supplies! :)  I picked up a package of eyelets (used for belts, etc) and a eyelet setter for leather working and I put them to use on my first scrapbook page.  This is my very first scrapbook page!

aug24_jhs1 I used some old calendar pages, cardstock, vellum and a hole punch. Wow, we have come a long way!

My stash of eyelets grew to many different sizes, shapes and manufacturers and I officially got the Making Memories eyelet setter tool set!  I wanted to use as many eyelets as I could on my layout; I used them inside the major circles on this layout to highlight the circles.  In total, 40 eyelets were used on this sailing layout:


Supplies used:  Basic Grey patterned papers, banner, badge buttons and flags; Studio Calico wooden shapes; Prima Marketing flowers; Making Memories eyelets.

The funny thing is that when I went to dig out my Making Memories tool set, I found that I could not find the tiny hammer…so in the spirit of coming full circle, I went to the garage and got a regular size hammer out of my household tool kit!

Here are some close ups of the layout and the details. This picture was taken last weekend as we sailed in the fog…it was beautiful but kind of freaky to see boats come out of the fog.

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This week’s challenge:  USE your eyelets on your layouts! Please use at least 15 (or more!) – they can be in any size, any colour, any supplier.  And as the layout says… “LET’S DO THIS!”


Challenge #6 | DT Reveal

Friday again already and I’m late in posting the DT reveal!  My hubs has been out of town for a couple of days and on the way home tonight, they had a major situation and he had to head directly into work! :(

This week, I’m sharing this yummy eye candy from Jennifer:


Supply list:  Bazzill cardstock; Rhonna Farrer patterned paper; American Crafts Thickers; Me and My Big Idea rubons; Making Memories brads; ephemera.

I love how she used the brads to accent the die cut paper.  And that ephemera from the Toronto Underground Market?  A perfect way to incorporate memorabilia.

As for me, I didn’t get a chance to create something new, but I went through my layouts for some examples.  Surprisingly, for the number of brads I have on hand, I used them quite infrequently – for flower centres or to hold vellum or transparencies in place.

In this layout, I used a Crafter’s Workshop template to poke holes with a paper piercer and then created a circle using a mix of brads in a pattern.


Supply list:  Bazzill card stock; Daisy D’s patterned paper, buttons and flowers; Basic Grey alpha stickers; Making Memories  and American Crafts brads.

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#3: Chip Away at Your Chipboard

Hi everyone, Jennifer here!

It has been a great start to the EYE (Exhaust Your Excess) challenge blog! So much inspiration! This week, I challenged myself to use at least three types of chipboard on a layout and at least 10 pieces in total. I have so much chipboard; I am overwhelmed by it sometimes!

It is interesting when you think about chipboard – there are so many different kinds, shapes, sizes and ways it can be modified, including:

♥ Naked (plain brown)
♥ Inked
♥ Sprayed
♥ Glittered
♥ Stamped
♥ Pre printed
♥ Embossed
♥ Die cut
♥ Painted
♥ Distressed
♥ Covered in paper

In my first layout, I used glittered stars, pre-coloured chipboard letters and chipboard that had been pre printed by the manufacturer. In total, total 21 pieces were used up from my stash! This is a picture of Kareinal Official in concert a few years back at an event put on by Coca-Cola. Such a great performer!


Supplies:  Bazzill Basics Paper card stock; Rouge de Garance paper; Scrapworks and Kelly Panacci chipboard; American Crafts Thickers; unknown bottle caps.

Here’s a few close-ups:

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Here is another layout I did with multiple pieces of chipboard. In this layout, I sprayed the glasses black and backed them with pattern paper. Once again I used Thickers for the title and other pre printed pieces of chipboard.


Supplies:  Simple Stories paper; Crate Paper chipboard; American Crafts Thickers; miscellaneous buttons.

Here are some other links to articles and ideas for chipboard…Please play along and show off how you use YOUR chipboard!

Create For Less
Obsessed With Scrapbooking
Scrapbooks Etc.


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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.



EYE#2: A Plethora of Patterns

Welcome to EYE Challenge #2!

This week, we are going to look at the paper crafting supply with which many of us have a LOVE/HATE relationship – we LOVE to buy it but HATE to use it.  Can you guess which product I am talking about?

Yup.  Patterned paper.

I have enough patterned paper to fill about 12 Cropper Hopper paper holders.  I have two with papers from my old Just Cre8 kits alone!  So when I started thinking about the challenge this week, I knew I wanted to incorporate patterned papers.

Mixing patterned papers is a great way to begin to de-stash your collection. There are guidelines that you can follow when trying to choose coordinating patterned papers, which I’ll talk about later in the week, but today’s challenge is all about using up you patterned paper scraps so we are going to throw convention out the window for this one!

If one of your other hobbies is quilting, then you will be familiar with crazy quilting. Essentially, it is when you use various pieces in different shapes, all stitched together, seemingly haphazardly.  Here are a few examples:

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Crazy Quilt Jacket by Etsy seller Colorsforkidsshop

crazyquilt1Red Embroidered Crazy Quilt Pillow by Etsy seller VelvetEleganceShop


Crazy Quilt Tray by Etsy seller KrugsStudio

As you can see, it’s a great way to use up your scraps of fabric (or papers, in our case).

So here’s your challenge this week – go through your stash of patterned papers and pull out at least 10 (TEN) different patterns and use it to create your own crazy quilt.  You can use it for your background or as part of your embellishments, etc. – the choice is yours!

My traditional crazy-quilt layout is in the final stages of stitching and I will share tomorrow.  But for today, I will share this lovely quilted pattern that Jennifer Hottinger-Sloan created, using 10 different patterns from 8 different manufacturers!


Jennifer created this yesterday while on a crop with our group of scrappy friends – I’m so sad I couldn’t make it!  Supply list to follow…

Thanks for visiting – please join our challenge and link up your project, using the inLinkz tool below!  And be sure to check back on Tuesday, when we will introduce the design team!



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