Stashbusting Pages Using October Afternoon 9 to 5

This year my family and I spent Spring Break cleaning out our storage room and my scrapbook room. It was C-R-A-Z-Y! Our house was a complete disaster zone as we filed through everything, deciding what to keep and what to give up. (We still have a few things to go through, but MAN! does it feel good to have a bunch of crud moved out of this house!)

I’m usually pretty ruthless about letting go of older supplies in my stash, but I have to admit I’m hanging onto things longer than usual these days. I still really love my older supplies! Infact, one of the questions I used to help me pare things down was, “Would I still purchase this to use today?” And the answer to that many times was “YES!” I don’t care anymore that my papers and stickers may be “old news” to others. I still really enjoy playing with them. 🙂

Over the last several years I have refined my personal scrapping style. Because of this, more and more of my things still work for me! But, as I was going through things, I also realized that I need to shift my creating into high gear if I’m going to make a dent in what I already own. *gulp!*

So, with that, I’m hoping to share many more “stashbusters” here on my blog. I hope it doesn’t bore you to see “older” product. If anything, maybe you’ve been holding on to the same kinds of collections and we can inspire each other to create with them, right?! Or you can always look for similar papers in your stash to recreate the looks if you’d like. 🙂

So here is my first round of stashbusters using the adorable October Afternoon 9 to 5 collection. Enjoy!


I initially pulled out this collection specifically to create this page. The typewriter girls were what I had in mind when wanting to document this next memory.

I inherited my grandfather’s typewriter when he passed away. I love using it in my scrapbooking, but my kids also really get a kick out of playing on it. They are fascinated by it and beg me all the time to type their school reports on it. *giggle* I had saved a snippet of paper that my oldest daughter was typing on when she first gave it a whirl and decided to combine it with this random iPhone snapshot to tell about my kid’s obsession with Great-Grandpa Sam’s typewriter.


I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out a little clipboard clamp to place at the top of my journaling. A gem, Karen Foster twine, and a couple of the October Afternoon flags top it off!


I also used my Cameo to create a speech bubble journal spot. I accented them with a couple of wood shapes from my stash (XOXO bubble from HSN and hearts from Citrus Twist Kits).


I found these 7 Gypsies tabbed cards at Tuesday Morning a couple of weeks ago … they worked as a perfect accent on the side of the page!


At the bottom of the page I grouped several wood buttons from my stash along with a wood word by Heidi Swapp (found those at Tuesday Morning a week ago … SCORE!)



After I finished creating the page above I had the patterned papers fanned out on my desk, just like they are on the page below. I loved how they looked next to each other! That was all I needed to inspire me to get going on this next page!


I sifted through my stash and found a few layering pieces to add in behind my photo; an old dictionary page from a Noel Mignon kit, and some Jillibean Soup ephemera cards that I picked up at Tuesday Morning. The felt hearts are by Pebbles.


I used a Maya Road kraft envelope to hold the title and tuck the journaling card behind. The blue chipboard letters are by Basic Grey, the gold hearts are by Studio Calico, the green paper is an oldie by American Crafts, and the cut file is from the Silhouette design store.




I’ve scrapped this silly photo of my son before when I was on the BasicGrey design team, but never received my page back when they used it for CHA. So, I decided to scrap it again. This time I took it a different direction combining the October Afternoon 9 to 5 papers with some scraps and oldies from my stash.


The aqua paper is from the BasicGrey Carte Postale collection, the Green paper is by American Crafts (an older Amy Tan line?), the gray circle paper is from a really old Bella Blvd. school line called Midterm (I couldn’t even find it on their site anymore, Ha!), and the tiny gray dot is from an old collection by SEI.

I created the file tabs at the top of the page using Heidi Swapp dies. The title uses a couple of wood pieces from the BasicGrey Hipster collection; I colored in the top one with a Silver Sharpie marker to bring the gray up to that portion of the page.


I also pulled in a few stickers from the October Afternoon Daily Flash Snapshots collection, a green arrow from Bella Blvd., and phrase stickers by Teresa Collins Designs.


I created the stars with metal nesting dies by Little B, zig-zag stitching them down the center for a bit more interest.


So there you have it! My first round of projects using some stash. I won’t always be able to share multiple projects, there may be days of just one layout, but stashbusting pages are something I want to share more of here on my blog.

I’m still not finished using the 9 to 5  collection yet! (I’m definitely not bored of it yet, so many cute patterns!) I needed to put it away to work on a few design team assignments, but I plan on pulling it out again in the next week or two to use up the remaining pieces. Stay tuned if you would like to see what I do with them!

Have a great day, friends! See you again soon!



8 thoughts on “Stashbusting Pages Using October Afternoon 9 to 5

  1. Jana – great layouts whether they are with current product or old! I would love to see stashbusting layouts. I have a huge, (well, lets make that HUGE!!!) stash, and I wish I could use it faster. I joked for years that if I stopped collecting and actually did more scrapbooking it would be a win-win for me. But it is hard to pass buying up such beautiful papers and embellishments, and even harder to use them all. My other mantra is that in the end, my family will not look at my scrapbooks and say “Oh look, she used a paper that had been around a while instead of the “in” product”. They will be more interested in the photos and story, and the paper and other embellishments are used to help tell the story and make it look inviting and pretty. I love your style and enjoy seeing what you create. Thanks for sharing!

    I was about to hit send when the irony of my post hit me – I am off to the store today to buy more products for the album I am currently working on. Maybe I should shop in my craft room a little bit more before heading out – LOL


  2. You just gave the perfect reason to hold onto the ‘old’ stuff – you never know how good it will look with some newer finds.

    BTW – I am a HUGE Tuesday Morning person, too. I always find something interesting to craft/scrap with there!


  3. I LOVE it Jana!! I know that companies want to keep it fresh and exciting for us with new products and their DTs using new product… but I think it sometimes feel like a punishment that people can’t use and be recognized when using older product. I find it totally refreshing to see you using pieces of your stash you love!! Good on ya’ girl! 😀 and TFS the awesome LOs 😀


  4. Love these ideas and the color blending, and the embellishments – wow! Great pages. Lots of layering to keep the pages lively and fresh. Well done!


  5. I have always loved your style no matter what products you use. More scrapbusting layouts will be terrific. It will motivate me to use more if my stash. Thanks for the permission to hold on to the old;) I’m feeling better already!


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