Monday, October 31, 2011

It's the Little Things that Count

Happy Monday everyone. It's hard to believe that we're at the end of another month and that tomorrow is November 1st! If you're anything like me, the arrival of colder weather means that I get back into my scrapping grove. Whether that's the case for you, or not, it's time to pull out your stuff and get busy again. This week's challenge is about the little bits of embellishments that tend to get thrown aside because they don't seem like they're good for anything but maybe cards, or smaller projects. For me, these smaller embellishments are great because I like to cluster my embellishments anyway. So, get them out, and get them onto your pages or projects. Cluster them in groups, or layer them onto your title or larger embellishments.

Here's my example:

Don't forget to come back and link your finished project up to here. I'm giving you two weeks to submit a project for this challenge. Infact, submit more. For every project linked up through Mr. Linky it will be put in a draw for a free prize. So, get creating, and submitting. I can't wait to see what you come up with.

Here's what the other Creative Contributors came up with for this challenge:


Like Barb I like to cluster and layer my embellishments.
I used scrap pieces to punch out circles, stamps & the last left over
pearls from another project. Gosh those hats are awful!

I used a lot of old stickers that I had!


I had a lot of ribbon hanging around. I haven't really used ribbons in a very long time.

Monday, October 24, 2011


Get out those punches of yours and punch it up! Use your border punches and some of the fancy punches that you have in your stash! PUNCH IT OUT with your Layouts!

I don't have a lot of punches, but I do have the notebook punch and I love it. The only problem is that I don't get it out often enough, so thanks, Janet, for the reminder. Here's my layout for this challenge using the notebook punch.

I really enjoyed this challenge and got a bit punch happy. I cut out a bunch of 4's to
cover the background on this birthday card. I used some vintage photo distress ink around
the edges of the numbers to help them pop of the card base. I love those little monsters.

Well unlike Barb, I have more punches than I will ever use. But they are an addiction. In this layout I used one of my many Fiskars border punches, a circle punch and a very old McGill leaf punch. Thanks for the challenge Janet. I got to use some punches. Woohoo!!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Challenge #7 - October Orange

So all of you that have known me for any length of time, you know my favorite color is ORANGE. So since this is my challenge , I figured I would use my favorite color with a few variations, plus one other color, TURQUOISE. Of course, black and or white is welcome in your layouts.
The only other twist I ask of you is to try an 8.5 x 11 layout (11 x 8. is even better). You can always mount this to a 12 x 12 paper later on and add more embellishments.

Here is your inspiration. I hope your think the colors are as pretty as I do.

Here is an example of what I did with these colors. (The orange is actually very vivid. Darn scan) Hope you like it.

I can't wait to see what the other ladies have come up with.



This week I added a few extra colours to the combo Lynne gave us and this layout evolved into a 2 page spread. Sometimes layouts take a different direction from the idea you started with.

I finally got mine done. I don't ever work in this size so it was a bit of a challenge, but I guess that's the whole idea of a challenge.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Challenge # 6~ Put YOUR Picture on it

Happy Thanksgiving! We hope are enjoying your holiday weekend.

Hello Use Your Stuff friends, we're glad you could stop by.

I'm changin' it up this week. I am not going to ask you to dig into your stash of goodies for something specific but I'm going to ask you to dig into your stash of photos.You can choose any of your favourite stuff this week (YAY!).....dig deep into your piles of photos and find one of you. That's right you.

I am challenging you to make a layout about yourself with some easy journaling, list style.
Come up with a list of 25 random facts about yourself and write or type them out and include that list on your layout.

Now the list might be the challenge for you this week just remember you can reference any part of your life that you wish. You are not confined or restricted, include anything that tells the reader about you.

So UYS creative crew, what did you come up with this week?




I finally got around to doing this challenge, and what a challenge it was for me. It's hard to come up with 25 random facts! Anyway, I decided to do mine in the form of a Smash Book page. I love how it turned out.

Show us what you got!
Don't forget to share it, we love checking out your blogs.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Challenge #5 - Playing With Blocks

I love multi-photo layouts. Rarely do I do a layout with just one photo. To top it off, I'm a linear scrapper. Because of this, one of my favourite design techniques is to block my photos together to make them like one. Doing this allows me to use a lot of single photo sketches (especially if they're a 5x7 photo sketch) or single photo layouts for inspiration.So, my challenge for you this week is to block your photos together.Here's my example: