Stashbuster: Eleanor Roosevelt & Friends

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Catchy title for a page, no?! Ha ha! In third grade my daughter did a school report about Eleanor Roosevelt. As part of their learning, the class got to make marionette puppets of the person they were studying. At the end of the year they put on a presentation for the parents. They did a great job!

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I used mostly American Crafts Oh, Happy Life papers on this page, mixing in a few oldies from My Mind’s Eye (yellow chevron) and another American Crafts paper (red polka dots from Soho Garden — if I’m remembering right). When purging papers from my stash, I hardly ever get rid of basic patterns like chevrons and polka dots … a polka dot is a polka dot, right? These kinds of patters ALWAYS mix in with other collections really well.

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For page accents, I used an old Crate Paper Chipboard floral sticker, some red chipboard labels by American Crafts, and some floral die cuts from the Pebbles Homegrown collection. They all play really nicely together!

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I typed my journaling on the computer, printed it out on white cardstock and adhered it right to the chipboard labels.

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SUPPLIES:

Cardstock (white), Patterned Paper (American Crafts, My Mind’s Eye), Tag, Buttons, Chipboard Labels (Bella Blvd.), Chipboard Flowers (Crate Paper), Die cuts (Pebbles Inc.), Stickers (American Crafts), Chipboard Letters, Sewing Machine & Thread, Computer and White Cardstock for Journaling, Adhesive/Foam Squares, White Crochet Thread, Scissors/Trimmer

Thanks for coming by!

JanaBold

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Stashbusting: Love U Layout

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I have been doing a bit of playing with my stash here-and-there this past month, and wanted to share one with you today.

I am in love with floral papers lately and couldn’t resist this beauty by We R Memory Keepers Urban Chic collection. I picked up a couple sheets of it at a local scrapbook store and then combined it with some older papers that I already had in my stash.

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I used the unique colors of the floral paper to go through my patterned papers and chose things that would go along with it. I LOVE when I can make my stash look fresh by combining it with a “newer” paper.

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The yellow circle tile letters are by October Afternoon and the large, black letters are the Rockabye Thickers by American Crafts.

I haven’t used large letters like this for a really long time! It reminded me of the heyday of scrapbooking when large titles were really popular. Sometimes they even took up half the page!

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The Urban Chic collection by We R Memory Keepers includes a paper with a large black watercolor stripe. I found a similar, smaller stripe in my stash that was part of the Crate Paper “Hello Love” paper pad that I purchased at Michael’s last year for $5. Score!

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I added the journaling to the bottom of the page and then scattered a few Dollar Tree purple sequins around for a bit of shine.

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The most fun part of this page was busting into my stash to use (and LOVE!) things that I already own. I think we sometimes get caught up in having to have the latest-and-greatest thing, and forget about all the “happiness” that is already waiting for us on our shelves. I’m challenging myself to dig into that “happiness” more often. What a great feeling!

Thanks for popping by today! I hope you are having a great week!

JanaBold

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Stashbusting: Creating Christmas Tags

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Hi Friends! Do you love shopping for Christmas scrapbooking products? I know I do! And even though I have quite the collection to my name, I can’t help but pick up a few new things each year.

The problem is, my rate of acquiring scrapbook Christmas supplies, doesn’t quite match up with my Christmas creating output … and so they accumulate.

I have a hard time getting rid of them, because Christmas is just so classic! Christmas doesn’t go out of style … and I know one day, somewhere, somehow, I *WILL* put them to use!

This year, I made a goal to use up those older supplies, and one of the ways I am doing it is by creating Christmas Tags.

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Here’s a video with more details explaining my process.

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Pop in a Christmas movie and give it a try! Let’s join forces and flood the earth with cute, custom-made Christmas tags and put our stash to good use.

Happy creating!

JanaBold

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Stashbuster: U of U

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As much as I love to shop for the lastest-and-greatest scrapbook supplies, I also really LOVE to use up the things I already have in my stash. I frequently go through my things and pass along things that I am tired of or that I have leftovers of, but there are a lot of “older” things that I still really LOVE … and want to use someday.

I love to scrap with collections, but I also really love to add new life to older patterns and supplies by combining them in new ways. An easy way to do this is to select a color scheme and then pull together items in those colors.

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My husband and a co-worker both attended the University of Utah and had the opportunity to go and be a part of the football game on Halloween last year. Someone snapped this cute snapshot of the two of them and I wanted to add it to our family scrapbook.

I pulled out the plaid paper (My Mind’s Eye) first, because it incorporated the blue and red from the photo. That was my starting point for pulling in everything else.

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The background paper is a sheet from the Echo Park Paper Little Boy collection. The ledger pattern works perfectly here because of the university theme.

The other patterns that I pulled in were the navy chevron (Pebbles Inc.) and the red graphic pattern (Bella Blvd.). I chose kraft and cork as accent colors because it reminded me of a football.

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I used my Cricut and cricut cartridges to cut the title. The Us are from the Varsity Letter cartridge, and the “of” was created using the lower case script letters from the Opposites Attract cartridge. I spelled out “Alma Mater” using October Afternoon letter stickers.

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That cute football was cut using my Silhouette Cameo machine and a football shape by Echo Park Paper found in the Silhouette online store. The cork stars are by Ali Edwards and the brads are various ones I’ve collected over the years from My Mind’s Eye … the glitter brads are by Darice, *I think.*

I added some punched glitter paper silver stars below the large cork stars to give them a bit more presence.

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Have you ever scrapped a page using a color scheme instead of a collection?! It was a lot of fun and a great way to use up the paper scraps floating around in my scrap bin.

JanaBold

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