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Hello again, my scrappy friends, and happy May to you! Did you get to do a lot of scrapping on iNSD? Me? I was busy fielding orders for the iNSD Bundle (which I had a product in – more on that coming soon!). I did, however, hang out a bit on Facebook watching videos and challenges going on there. All in all, it was a good day, and now I’m totally inspired to create.

Speaking of which – let’s talk about May’s Scraps & Stash kit.

The Inspiration

Once again, I’m using the color scheme from this month’s upcoming Monday Mojo prompt for inspiration. I fell in love with the summery hues in this one, although there is that troubling bit of purple that may throw me for a loop.

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And here’s what I put together:

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A couple weeks ago, I went to a scrapbooking garage sale at my local scrapbook store, and I picked up a packet of Crate Paper goodies (say THAT 10 times fast!). The colors go really well with the color scheme, so I decided to go with it. There are several repeat papers, so I will have to get creative how I use the different sides – maybe do several double-pagers, maybe even alter some things with paints and inks. Should be interesting!

The Kit

The contents of the kit are as follows:

15 sheets of 12 x 12 patterned paper
1 sheet cut-apart cards
1 full 12 x 12 sheet of stickers
1 full 6 x 12 sheet of stickers
1 pack die-cut shapes
1 pack chipboard sticker shapes
2 everyday stamp sets
5 ink pads matching color scheme

The Projects

Hopefully I’m beginning to learn the art of restraint. This kit isn’t as huge as some recent ones, which may mean I can realistically use most of it up. My idea is to use some heritage and childhood photos with these supplies, because that’s just the mood they evoke for me. There may be 2 or 3 double page spreads, and maybe 1 or 2 single pages, depending on how I’m able to stretch the supplies.

How about you? Are there supplies in your stash that fit with this color scheme? Or do you have another in mind that could jump-start your own kit assembly session? I’d love to see what you’ve got. Stop by our Facebook group to share photos of your kit and projects, or just to say hello and chat with some friendly scrappers.

Till next time,
Lisa

P.S. You can see the entire kit, piece by piece in this video:

Hello again! Welcome to another week of Scraps & Stash Saturday!

This week was a less productive one for me, but I did manage to put together a page based on this sketch from the Scrap Much? blog:

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I stuck pretty closely to the sketch as it was. The “stitched” circle was created using my Sew Easy circle tool with the single stitch head. I used a white gel pen to create the faux stitching. I realized that I like this look better than actual stitching because it’s much more subtle. I do wish I’d done some misting before I layered on the papers – I think that would have livened up the kraft background considerably. I also used one of the embellishments I made for this week’s Monday Mojo, and I love the way it works with the colors of the page so well, and it gave me a place to add a little bit of journaling.

I have to tell you – I took quite a bit of flack from my scrapping buddies about making a Halloween page without at least one pumpkin, so the little orange jewel is a nod to that. LOL

I did have quite a few questions last week about how I pack for a weekend crop, so I thought I’d show you that here.

This is all I take with me for a crop. Sometimes I take my Cricut, and depending on what I’m working on, I may take a second tote of photos albums, but what you see in this photo is the basis of what I pack. I’ve got my large-ish rolling tote, a 31 bag that holds 2-3 three-up photo albums, another 31 tote with my Thickers and other alpha stickers, and my basic tool bag.

Here’s the inside of the photo album tote:

The inside alpha sticker tote (messy!):

A peek inside my tool tote – trimmer, scissors, ATG gun, plastic grid ruler (a MUST-have for aligning letter stickers), pens, etc.:

And a look inside the rolling tote, where I keep my stash kits organized in 2-gallon Ziploc bags. I also put my Scrap N Easel in here:

So there you have it. Nothing fancy at all. I don’t believe in lugging everything I own, and on the rare occasion that I don’t have something I need in one of my kits, I just use a sticky note to write down what’s missing, then add it when I get home. I’m so much more productive now than I used to be, and I like my pages a lot better too. To read about the entire process I use to pack for a crop (as well as some awesome tips from some of the smartest scrapbooking designers I know), visit Scrapbook Bundles, where you can download a copy of our free guide “Scrap Smart: Designer Tips to Scrapbook More.” Have a happy Saturday!

 

April 11

This week’s Scraps and Stash Saturday is coming to you from lovely Camp Harris in North Louisiana, where I am retreating with nine of my best scrapping buddies. It’s times like this when I appreciate my stash kits all the more, because when I got to the retreat last night I was able to sit right down, select a few sheets of paper from my kit, pick out a few photos, and I was off to the races!

In just a couple hours I put together a double-page spread about Easter at my sister’s house a few years ago, as well as a single page that may serve as either the title page or ending page in my Wyoming-vacation-album-in-progress. 

 

 This spread uses two of the background papers I chose, one whole 12 inch scrap, and most of a 12 x 12 patterned paper. I sprinkled in some of the Basic Grey stickers for embellishments, and stamped on a snippet of grid paper to create the journaling block. Added in a title made with Thickers and some of my all-time favorite Easter photos, and I had an easy breezy layout that I love.  

 

Next up is this  single page showing off some of the many gorgeous photos we got of the Tetons and Yellowstone. For this page, I used one of the texture background papers I scored in a stack from Hobby Lobby a while back. I cut into the striped paper and the green hexagon paper, and trimmed out a couple of blocks from the Heidi Swapp cut-apart paper. A few Basic Grey stickers round it out. 

So that’s what I’ve made so far with my April kit. How about you? Are you kitting? Are you scrapping? I’d love to see what you’ve been up to! Share here in the comments, or post in our Facebook group. 

Till next time!

Lisa

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Well, well, well. April already? This year is whizzing by like a missed deadline! Well, for me, anyway – Last-minute Lisa. I’ll probably be late for my own funeral!

But I digress. The real reason you’re here is to get a peek inside this month’s Scraps & Stash kit, right? Well, I won’t keep YOU waiting, dear reader. Let’s dive right in!

The Inspiration

This month, I’m taking a page from my OWN playbook, and I’m using a color scheme from an upcoming Monday Mojo prompt to inspire my choices. This particular scheme just speaks spring to me, and I’m always a sucker for a pink and aqua combo. I did decide to add in some greens and yellows, just for a little more variety in my own kit.

Color SchemeAnd here’s where that inspiration led me:

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Happy, happy, happy!

The Kit

The contents of the kit are as follows:

15 sheets of 12 x 12 patterned paper (all of which came from paper stacks – is it just me, or are they getting better than they used to be?)
3 large-ish scraps patterned paper
1 pad 4.5 x 6.5 cardstock mats
1 pack die-cut shapes
1 pack sticker shapes
2 packs printed round cork stickers
3 scrap journal cards
3 everyday stamp sets
5 ink pads matching color scheme

The Projects

There is soooo much in this kit, but there’s a method behind my stash-busting madness. I’m attending a retreat next weekend and an all-day charity crop 2 weeks after that. Since I like to pack light, I wanted to put together a big, juicy kit that would carry me at least mostly through both events.

How about you? Are there supplies in your stash that fit with this color scheme? Or do you have another in mind that could jump-start your own kit assembly session? I’d love to see what you’ve got. Stop by our Facebook group to share photos of your kit and projects, or just to say hello and chat with some friendly scrappers.

Till next time,
Lisa

P.S. You can see the whole kit, piece-by-piece, in this video:

 

 

I must say, the way life has been going these past several weeks, it seems like I’m better off trying to put out Scraps & Stash posts on Sundays instead of trying to force them to happen on Saturday. It’s bumming me out, too, because “Scraps & Stash Saturday” has such a nice ring to it! But, alas, things happen sometimes, and we roll with them. So without further ado, I’d like to share a few projects.

I actually still had a lot of product left in my February kit, and I really wanted to finish it out before diving into March’s kit, so that’s what you’ll see today.

First, I created these single page layouts,

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then finished off the kit with this double pager.

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I do still have one more layout in mind using the map paper I originally chose for the kit, but I am ready to get into the fun waiting for me in March’s goodies, so that layout will have to happen another time.

Thanks for joining me today. If you like the Scraps & Stash series (whether on Saturday or Sunday), then join my email list. You’ll get my free guide “10 Easy Steps to a Killer Stash Kit,” where I show you step by step how to pull together a coordinating kit from your existing supplies. Plus, you’ll get weekly updates about happenings on the blog. I’d love to get to know you better, so sign up today!

Cheers,
Lisa

March 2015 Scraps & Stash Kit
Hello again, and welcome a whole new month of Scraps & Stash Saturday! Today I’m back to share with you my product picks for this month’s Scraps & Stash kit, and I want to encourage you to play along by assembling your own kit. If you do, be sure to share your photos in the Facebook group, then start creating and share your work with the group as well! We’re all there to support each other and use up our stash, and it just wouldn’t be the same without you!

Let’s take a look at March’s kit.

The Inspiration

Okay, okay. So maybe I have a bit of a problem. For the second time this year, my kit is based on a little bit of new stash that I recently acquired. I just couldn’t resist the Simple Stories SN@P planner accessories from ScrapbookSteals.com, and I picked up a few things. When they arrived, I was even more excited seeing them in person, and I just couldn’t wait to start playing. So I built a kit around the colors and mood of the goodies I got. Hey, if loving deals is wrong, I don’t want to be right!

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The Kit

Here’s what I’ve assembled from my stash:

11 sheets of 12×12 double-sided patterned paper
4 sheets of 12×12 single-sided paper
1 package of three 6 x 8 SN@P pockets/envelopes
1 package of SN@P alphabet stickers
1 package of SN@P washi paper tape
1 package of SN@P paper clips
1 package of flair buttons
3 3×4 journal cards
1 package of journal cards
1 card of epoxy brads
2 sheets of cork stickers
1 package of flair buttons

The Projects

I’ve put a lot of patterned paper into this kit, with several doubles for 2 page spreads. I think I can get 3 or 4 double page spreads and maybe as many single pages out of the kit, depending on what photos and time I have available. As always, I reserve the right to add neutral or solid-color cardstock or scraps to stretch the kit if the inspiration strikes. I’ll be back next week to share the first of the projects here.

Meanwhile, why not pop over to the Facebook group and show us what you’ve come up with? Can’t wait to see YOUR March Scraps & Stash kit!

Watch the video to see it all:

February 28

Wow – February really is a short month, huh? Seems like just last week I was choosing items for this month’s Scraps & Stash kit, and now here it is already the last Saturday of the month.

I honestly haven’t gotten as much done with this kit as I would have liked to, but what I have made, I’m totally in love with. Maybe that’s because I love to scrapbook about our travels, y’think?

So here’s a recap of what I’ve accomplished so far with my February kit:

1. Jackson Hole, Wyoming

This layout incorporated two challenges – one from the Stuck?! Sketches blog, and the other from the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog. I used the February 1 sketch from Stuck?! and Challenge #1 from CKC. Love, love, love how this one turned out, although that stitching with the baker’s twine took me seriously for.ev.er. 🙂

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2. Prismatic Pools

This layout was created to showcase a technique I blogged about on the Scrap Your Scraps blog (and also here, for yesterday’s DIY Friday post). I pulled in a few extra elements – the kraft cardstock, the printed doily, and the stitched banner.  P1160595

3. You’re Neat Card

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4. Mountain People double page spread

This is the most recent layout – I actually put it together this morning. I had lots of waterfall photos from our Yellowstone excursions, and I wanted to put them together on one spread. Again, there were mostly blues and browns working together, so I decided to put in a little pop of red to mix things up. Mountain People

And, as you can imagine, I still have lots of kit left. I actually want to get back into my scrap studio later tonight and some tomorrow to see how much more of a dent I can put in it. If I get to, I’ll be sure to add any new projects to this post, as well as the kit leftovers once I’m done with it for good.

See you next week, when we’ll be looking at an ALL NEW Scraps & Stash kit for March! In the meantime, I’d love to see your projects as well. Be sure to visit our Facebook group and share your photos there.

Cheers,
Lisa

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Hello, and welcome to another DIY Friday! This month we’re tackling doilies! We’re turning those adorable, lacy bits of goodness into even lovelier creations with these three DIY techniques. Check out the video below for the full tutorial.

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Be sure to leave me a comment and let me know you were here! How do you use doilies in your papercrafting?

This month, my Scraps & Stash kit is inspired by the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog, and I’m thrilled to be participating in their February blog hop. See, not only do they provide you with inspiration for stash kitting and tutorials for “counterfeiting” elements you don’t have, they ALSO invite members to participate in a monthly hop showing off their take on one of the month’s challenges. What a great site, right?

I chose to try Challenge #1, which was to use something clear or sheer on a project. This was a perfect excuse to use one of the Basic Grey Hello die-cut pieces. On this layout (which is based on Stuck?! Sketches‘ February 1 sketch), I used the View Master wheel in place of a doily. Perfect for this travel-themed page, if I do say so.

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I’m loving this kit, and loving the challenges over at CKC.

Thanks for stopping by today. If you’re new to my blog, be sure to check out my free guide “10 Easy Steps to a Killer Stash Kit,” and sign up to join my email list.

To continue the hop, click on over to Lynette’s blog. The full blog hop list will be published on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog, so if you get lost along the way, head over there to find your way back onto the hop.

Don’t forget to leave me a comment to let me know you were here, and happy hopping!

Cheers,
Lisa

February Scrap Kit

Hello, and welcome to a brand new month of Scraps & Stash Saturday! I’m so inspired by this month’s kit, and I hope you will be too. I’d love to have you play along in February by pulling together a kit of your own. Share your photos in the Facebook group, then start creating and share your work with the group as well! We’re all there to support each other and use up our stash, and it just wouldn’t be the same without you!

So, what’s in store for February?

The Inspiration

I checked out one of my favorite stash-busting sites, Counterfeit Kit Challenge, and saw that they were modeling their February kit after a travel-themed one from Scrapbook.com, so I thought I’d give it a whirl too. My kit looks similar to the inspiration kit in some ways, but very different in others. For example, I chose a roll of gold striped washi tape inspired by the gold in the SB.com kit. I also picked a sheet of map-patterned paper, some tiny type alphabet stickers (my favorite!), some flair buttons, and some bling. But my color scheme is very different from the original kit, and the patterned papers aren’t quite as literally travel-themed.

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The Kit

Here’s what I’ve assembled from my stash:

6 sheets of 12×12 double-sided patterned paper
6 sheets of 12×12 single-sided paper
3 sheets of leftover stickers
1 packages of SN@P label stickers
1 package of Project Life journaling cards
1 package of flair buttons
1 roll of washi tape
1 card of brads, buttons, and twine
1 package of wood veneers from Close to My Heart
1 partially-used sheet of bling star stickers
1 package of sheer die-cut photo frames

The Projects

I expect to get at least 2 double-page spreads, plus about 4 single pages out of this kit. There is potential for more, and I reserve the right to add neutral or solid-color cardstock to stretch the kit if the inspiration strikes. I’ll be back next week to share the first of those projects here.

Meanwhile, why not pop over to the Facebook group and show us what you’ve come up with? Can’t wait to see YOUR February Scraps & Stash kit!