Friday, July 20, 2012

Scrappin' Your Stash

I'm up on the Let's Capture Our Memories Blog today.

The excitement of CHA can be felt all over the scrappy web.  It's always so exciting to see what our favorite manufacturers have come up with to delight our scrappy senses.  I know I'm not the only one who struggles with balancing wanting more new goodness and using up the goodness we still have in our stash.  As much as we want to bring brand new scrappy goodness into our home, we have a slight sense of guilt over all the scrappy supplies we still have piled up, staring us in the face ever time we sit down to scrap.  For today's post, I thought it may be a good idea to showcase a couple of ideas to help us use up some of that stash to make room for some of the new CHA goodness we've got our eye on.  So I gathered up my Crate Paper Pretty Party Collection pack, and some other random supplies that have been gathering dust in my space and got to work.
First an altered tin.  Add a little Mod Podge, eliminate a few things here and there, and voila a cute little tin for my 10 year old girly, girl to keep her treasures in.

Next up a layout.

This design uses 10 different strips of paper.  It's not a new design by any means but efficient in helping you to make a dent in that stash of yours.  Have a look and you'll see what I mean.
To create this design I began by using a lightweight piece of cardboard I recycled from my pocket page protectors packaging.

I cut the piece of cardboard to 12" x 6.75".  I then marked the center point on the cardboard and drew angular lines about every two inches all the way around.
Next I sliced the pieces apart, and numbered them so that I could replicate it easily once the pieces of patterned paper were cut out.  This will also allow you to keep, and reuse the pieces over, and over again.

Because the traced pieces are always slightly larger than the original there will be a tiny bit of overlapping at the center.  This is easily covered up once you put your layout together.   I like the look of stitching on my pages, and this is a great design for it.

Remember we're trying to use up our stash, so I've layered several die cut shapes,  and boarder stickers that came with the collection around my photos.

And here is the final product.
The photos are from Tuesday when two of my longest standing friends came over for the afternoon.  It had been a long time since we'd all been together.  Hover your mouse over the photo to read the journaling.
I hope I've been able to inspire you to dig into your stash and put some of the scrappy goodness you've been hoarding, or just haven't gotten around to using, to good use.  What kinds of empty little containers have you been saving that could benefit from a little sprucing up with pretty paper, ribbon, and embellishments?  Canning jars?  Pringle tubes?  Little vases from the Dollarstore?  I'm sure you don't have to look too hard to find something.  And what about all those layouts you've been pinning, or adding to your favorites folders that use a lot of little bits of paper and tags, or die cuts, or journal spots?  Maybe it's time to lift one and make some room in your stash for the new goodness that's sure to arrive in the LCOM store within the next month or two.  If you do decide to tackle your stash I'd sure love to come and have a peek, be sure to link me up.

Happy scrapping friends!

Scrappy Goodness Used:
Crate Paper Pretty Party
Maya Road Vintage Butterflies
Maya Road Pins
Maya Road ribbon
Ormolu Chevron Tag
October Afternoon Sticky Keys
American Crafts Thickers
The Twinery Twine
3D Foam Squares
Petallo flower
May Arts Jute & Tulle
Tombow Adhesive

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Denise Price said...

I *love* your stash-busting ideas. Very inspiring!

antenucci said...

Thanks for sharing how u did the page with the sunburst design - it turned out wonderful.

Lisa H said...

stash? um, hmmm, *cough cough* I don't know what you're talking about…


glorygirl said...

Sherri - GREAT ideas!!! That tin is so perfectly girlie! I love it! We must think alike....I just did a workshop designed to help you use your stash and will be posting it this coming week. I (gasp) haven't even peeked at the CHA stuff yet. Pretty happy with what I have....for the moment anyway. LOL!!! Have a great weekend, friend!

scrappin_in_AK said...

wonderful projects - I love your style

Fleursbydesign said...

Love the sunburst, beautiful layout :)

Lilith Eeckels said...

Amazing ideas and that layout is just stunning. LOVE LOVE LOVE

Choup72 said...

so beautiful! good work!

PaulaJ said...

great job getting some of your stash used. I know I have WAY too much but still will want more.

Cassandra aka Scrap Savvy said...

Look at you, using up your stash. You go girl! Such wonderful ideas and cute projects! Love everything about that layout and fab tutorial!:)

SorayaMaes (So.Creative) said...

i love love love your layout Sherri! That's gorgeous! And you girl box is completely adorable! Bisous!

Pam said...

awesome layout!!! Love how you showed the step-by-step for the sunburst!!

That tin is A would go nuts over that!!

Toni Herron said...

Great tips!! Thank you so much for sharing!
And I love the projects you've completed here! awesome! :)