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.

Jessi EYE Rub Ons

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!

Jessi EYE Rub Ons Layout

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


Jessi EYE Rub On Detail

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#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!

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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#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 ~

Challenge #3 | Design Team Reveal

It’s Friday – do you know what that means?  It’s time to see what some of our talented design team members have created for this week’s challenge!


summer bliss

Supplies used: Paper Salon, GDC Studios and American Crafts patterned papers; Crate Paper, K&Company and unknown chipboard; American Craft Thickers (chipboard); SEI paper die cuts; Basic Grey woolies; VersaMagic, VersaColor, Colorbox and Memories inks; miscellaneous doilies, white copy paper.

Jessi says: “The chipboard frames were naked chipboard; I coloured the frames by using various inks, layered over one another. For the green one, i started with a pea green, inked over with an olive green, then blotted on and around the edges with a turquoise and finished the edges with a chocolate brown. Same technique was used for the orange frame…i started with a yellow, inked over with an orange, then inked around the edges with a brown.”



Supplies: Authentique patterned papers; miscellaneous patterned paper scraps; Fancy Pants, My Mind’s Eye and Pink Paislee chipboard; American Craft Thickers (chipboard and foam); AdornIt and Recollections letter/number stickers; Studio Calico wood veneer; Basic Grey paper die cut; May Arts ribbon; Stampin’ Up! ink; Tim Holtz foam blending tool.

Holly says:  “I found it fun to mix a variety of manufacturers’ chipboard for this layout. Much of what I had in my chipboard stash was already patterned, so I used it as is.  I did use ink and a foam blending tool to apply ink for adding colour to the blue and green stars.

This page features Vanessa fresh out of the pool after her first relay triathlon.  She was the swimmer for her team, had just dressed and thrown on her favourite sweatshirt, and was pleased with her results.  The good news is they won the relay event that day.  The bad news is that my cell phone was stolen right after the event, and I had taken many of my photos of her with it and lost them all.  This is the one shot I took of her that day with my big camera, so thank goodness I have it!”

Hope you’re inspired to try this challenge – Be sure to upload a link to your project in your comment or by using the Inlinkz tools on original challenge post (click HERE) for a chance to win a prize!



Challenge #2 | DT Projects

Today, I’m sharing a few of the design team members’ take on EYE Challenge #2.

Holly created this stunning layout by choosing to use a minimal print for her background and added her graphic patterns in small amounts by including them as bunting and in the cluster.


Supplies used: We R Memory Keepers, Basic Grey, MME, 7Gypsies and a few other unknown patterned papers; BG paper flags, Bazzill kraft border trim; Tim Holtz for Stampers Anonymous stamp; Maya Road olive flower ribbon, metal and felt flowers and flower stick pins; Recollections rhinestone flourish and camera sticker; AdornIt, Recollections and American Crafts alpha stickers.

Holly writes:   “I chose the title, It’s All Relative, because the photo is of a big group of cousins gathered together for my Uncle’s 90th birthday party in El Paso, Texas in June this year.  There was a photo booth at the dinner and while we were getting ready for our shots, I had someone shoot candid pics of us from the side.  This is one of my favourites.”

Jessi’s layout also uses small bits of patterned papers with a minimalist background – to incredible effect:


Supplies used:  Crate Paper, My Mind’s Eye and October Afternoon patterned papers; Heidi Swapp rhinestone frames; EK Success Scalloped Edge punch and corner rounder; American Crafts alpha stickers; Maya Road chipboard heart; my Mind’s Eye ephemera heart; Chic Tags paper embellishments; scalloped edge scissors, pinking shears; Zig Writer marker; sewing machine.

Jessi writes:  “When I am working with patterned papers, my go-to rule is to find balance. Whether it’s symmetrical lines or a neutral background or using something on the LO in a similar way more then once…the key is finding balance.  This layout is an example of using a neutral background, symmetry and using pattern papers and embellishments more than once (scalloped edges) to create balance.”

Wonderful take on the challenge, ladies!

Hope you’re inspired to try this challenge – Be sure to upload a link in your comment on the challenge post (click HERE) or by using the Inlinkz tools for a chance to win a prize!




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.



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!