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#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!


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!


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#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!


Tips on Mixing Patterns


Not only is mixing different patterns used in scrapbooking, but it also relates to other areas of our lives:  home decorating, clothing choices, etc.  People often ask me how I determine which papers to coordinate when scrap booking. Here’s a few steps that I follow when mixing patterns:

1) Rule of Three:
This rule can be found all around us:  architecture, photography, interior design, graphic design.  So it’s not surprising that we see it in scrapbooking.  The idea behind this rule is that when items are grouped in threes, or odd numbers, the result is more aesthetic and effective.  So when choosing papers, try to choose at least three different papers; if you want more patterns, then choose an odd number.

2) Pattern:
Before you choose the number of papers you will use, you should also consider pattern.  The key to mixing patterns is to properly coordinate the “weight” of the pattern.  Choosing too many “busy” patterns will create havoc on a page and leave the viewer’s eyes desperately seeking a quiet place to land.  A good rule of thumb is to choose one heavy weight (think large floral or pattern), one medium weight (perhaps a plaid or striped) and one light weight (tiny polka dots or small florals work best).

3)  Colour:
When using coordinating lines, it’s easy to mix patterns because the manufacturer has done all the work for you!  When creating your own “coordinating lines”, remember to keep the patterns of the same “intensity”.  That is to say, do not mix pale pastels with a bubblegum pop palette, or rich, regal colours with muted tones.

Something else to consider when choosing patterned papers – the NUMBER of colours.  The Rule of Three comes into play here as well – choose patterns with at least three colours in all, but each pattern does not have to include all three.  For example, your heaviest weighted paper (i.e. floral) can include a blue, yellow, white and green while your medium weight (i.e. plaid) may be in the same blue, but with an orange colour as well.  Then when choosing the light weight paper, you have the option of including a paper with any mix of the five previous colours (blue, green, yellow, white or orange).

Hope that helps!



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.



Challenge #2 | Sue’s Take

Here is my finished layout, inspired by EYE Challenge #2:


Supplies used:  Bazzill Basics cardstock; Scenic Route, American Crafts, Prima Marketing, Luxe Designs, Me and My Big Ideas, Creative Imaginations and 3 Bugs in a Rug patterned papers; Silhouette Cameo die cutting machine; RR Kinder Font; Stitch Alphabet Uppercase and Lowercase by Rivka’s Renditions; Bazzill Basics and Stampin’ Up! stitching templates; Bazzill Basics floss; needle.

Sorry for the wonky photo – I snapped it quickly this morning with my iPad Air.

Why, you ask? Why this morning and not late afternoon when the layout was close to being complete? Well, this layout turned out to be another one of those hare-brained ideas that ended up taking WAY too much time!! Believe it or not, all of the hand-stitching took hours!

In the end though, I’m quite pleased with it though. I didn’t want to detract from all of my embroidery detail so I ended up adding no other embellishments!

**Updated with new photo!**

I dug deep into my oldest patterned paper scraps for this – my old Just Cre8 kits from 2007! Out of the 8 manufacturers used, 5 are defunct or were absorbed by other companies! I gathered 10 patterns that had similar colours and different weights (more on mixing patterns on Wednesday!) and then just started cutting random shapes to fill a card stock sheet.

Tip: a good way to use up your less desirable colours of cardstock is to use them as backing pages for this type of project!

I free handed most of my paper cuts but you could certainly use a trimmer. I puzzle-pieced the scraps together and lightly traced pencil marks where I needed to trim. My scraps all butt up to each other but you could have yours overlapping – it would be much easier, but I seem to have a knack for doing things the hard way! :)

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My title was created using my Silhouette, using a combination of sketching and cutting. The stitched words were created from a alpha cut file and the others were printed using a Silhouette sketch pen. The heart was my own design – I just poked holes using a pushpin and then stitched!


Be sure to check back tomorrow for a free download of my cut file for my title.

Can’t wait to see what you create!



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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Challenge #1: Sue’s take

Well, I manage to squeeze in a bit of creative time and complete Jessi’s challenge this week!  With everything going on, I combined it with my guest designer requirement for July’s Inspiration Elevator challenge.

This was a challenge for me – I haven’t created a cardstock-only page in a LONG time!  When all is said and done though, I like the simplicity of this layout – and it’s a two-pager, which is also rare for me (excuse the wonky layout photos – my printer is being a brat!!):

Supplies used:  Bazzill Basics and unknown cardstock; Cheery Lynn die; Just Cre8 stamps (Floral Flourishes); Martha Stewart Crafts Scoring board and punch; Fiskars stylus; Silhouette Cameo die cutting machine; Lori Whitlock cut file; Loni Leah Designs cut file; Sizzix Big Kick; SIzzix and Stampin’ Up! embossing folders; EK Success punch; American Craft Thickers and pen; Tsukineko VersaMark ink; Stampendous embossing powder; MultiCrafts half pearls; Recollections washi tape; embroidery floss; Imaginisce, Stampin’ Up! and unknown metal embellishments; Craftworks Cards Candi dots; Lawn Fawn sequins; miscellaneous beads and sequins from my stash; plastic resealable bag.

Here’s a close-up of each page:


Here are my cardstock techniques:


Inspired by a quilted cake I recently saw on Cake Boss, I scored my cardstock at 1″ intervals on a diagonal, using the envelope aid – both ways.  At the points of intersection, I attached a small half pearl.


Using a scrap, I tore a strip and attached it to my top corner to create a cluster.  I also punched a vine branch out of a scrap and trimmed it to size.




Scraps of cardstock are perfect to use for both manual or electronic die cutting machines.



You can barely see it in the bottom right hand corner, but I stamped a piece of cardstock with VersaMark and wet embossed with clear embossing powder.  I love this look, as it coordinates beautifully by created the stamped image in the same colour but a slightly darker tone.


The little purse was created by using a Lori Whitlock cut file for a treat bag topper.  I re-sized it to fit my bag (2″ wide) and filled the bag with a coordinating mix of sequins, beads and Candi Dots.  I snipped the bag to the height I wanted, sandwiched it between the topper and stapled it closed.  I then embossed the cream cover with a Sizzix embossing folder (Burlap) and attached the flowers.  Isn’t it adorable?!  The grey cardstock (lower left corner) is also embossed using a Stampin’ Up! folder (Chevron).


Thanks for visiting!