January 31

Hello, and welcome to the final installment of January’s Scraps & Stash Saturday! Today I’ve got three new layouts to share with you, and I want to show you what’s left of my kit after a whole month of scrapping.

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First up is this double page spread about my family’s participation in an annual 5K benefiting Parkinson’s research. I began to realize last week that the kit I’d pulled originally was feeling a bit limiting, so I decided to add in some kraft cardstock for this layout. I like the way the colors and the white background of the patterned paper pop off the kraft, although I found that having such a large expanse of the kraft “white space” looked a bit awkward. I addressed that by adding a black penwork border around the entire layout.

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Next up is this single page layout about my son’s band. Again, I pulled in another neutral cardstock sheet – the white – to use as a background. Two scraps of patterned paper make up the composition, and I’ve added some alphabet stickers (not originally in the kit) and diecuts for finishing touches. P1160448

And that brings us to the final page using this kit. I’d used up all my patterned paper, except for this whole sheet, which I just didn’t have much of a vision for. The reverse is a yellow, gray, and white stripe which I wasn’t finding particularly inspiring. So, I again pulled a neutral cardstock to layer onto the patterned paper, added photos and a few alphabet stickers, and voila! I actually LOVE the patterned paper for this layout.

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And, finally, here’s what’s left of my January Scraps & Stash kit. Lots of die-cuts, a sheet of solid navy cardstock, some scraps of gray, red, and aqua solid cardstock, most of both sheets of stickers, almost a whole roll of the washi tape, and half a sheet of cut-aparts. With the theme of this product line being so broad, I’ll still get lots of mileage out of these remaining goodies for future projects.

So, lessons learned:

  • Remember to add a couple of alphabet sets to your stash kit, or at the least, a couple of sheets of paper from which to diecut some titles.
  • Remember the bits and pieces – buttons, bling, enamel dots, etc. These can really help to make a layout feel complete.
  • Allow yourself to abandon anything that isn’t working, and add things in that will work better, like adding neutral cardstock as needed.
  • Have fun, and scrap as often as you can!

Join me next week for an all NEW Scraps & Stash kit!

 

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