Monday, October 28, 2013

Challenge #106 Highlights

Thank you to everyone that took part in this weeks challenge.  Everyone's entries are worthy of being highlighted.  Please check them all out if you haven't took part in any of our challenges yet.  
Here are a few highlights.  

Julene Matthews



Thank you again to everyone that participated.  Please be sure to grab your badge.  

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Challenge #107 - Eye for Detail

When I started scrapbooking I bought a whole bunch of eyelets, put them in pretty containers, and there they sit...I love how they look and how you can use them in so many ways but I don't have a cropodile so don't always want to bring out the hammer and setter in order to use them. So the challenge this week is to get them out and get them on your projects!

I used little black eyelets on my layout, combined with some baker's twine, to lace up a paper tear.

I've taken a blah shopping bag and turned it into an "oh la la" accessory!
 The big brother of eyelets are grommets.
They played a big part in the transformation. There's a how to on my blog.

I still love my eyelets, and I made a mini album with a different way for using them on every page.

I don't use eyelets near as often as I should, especially since I have sooo many :)  I love using them to attach twine to large spaces on my cards.  It just gives it a little bit more polish than wrapping it around the card.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Challenge #106 - Color Challenge

Hi everyone, Lynne here.  
Welcome to Challenge  #106, my color challenge.  
I am challenging you to use Orange, Brown & Green
(That diamond shaped paper is green. It didn't photograph well)
Have fun.  I look forward to seeing what you come up with. 

This is one of my favorite color combinations when scrapping photos of Tucker, one of our dogs. The combination goes so well with his coloring!

I have been exploring the interesting effects you can achieve with gesso.
The background has been gessoed, embossed and stamped to create a unique paper.
There is a lot of sparkle from the glitter on the embellishments but my camera is not fond of glitter!

What a great colour combination for fall!!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Highlights - #105

We had so many participants this week! It was really hard to narrow it down to just a few. Here are some highlights from our 'Bling It Up' challenge!!
Thanks so much to everyone who participated. All the projects were fantastic!!
Don't forget to grab your badge below:

Monday, October 14, 2013

#105 - Bling It Up

Welcome to all of our new CT Members. I am very excited to see what you all come up with!!

This week’s challenge is to use some bling on your project. Bling is one of those things I seem to pick up all the time and I often find it adds that little something extra to my project. What girl doesn’t love a little bling, right?

I used some ice blue bling on this page about a snowstorm we had a couple of years ago.

This has been a busy week for me.  My youngest DD has been home from school on Fall break and I just got home from driving her back to school, a 3.5 hour drive EACH WAY.  So, I pulled a layout from my stash, and I too am highlighting a 'snow' layout.  


I, too, love bling. Like Milena, I think it always adds a beautiful finishing touch to a layout. I even use it on my masculine pages.

Bling is one of my favourite scrapbooking accessories! It often seems to be just the perfect finishing touch to a layout or card! Here I used it as accents for the center of the pinwheels, along the top and bottom of the phrase, and on the pink postage stamp punched paper.

I have been playing with the sparkly Viva Decor 3D Stamp Paint this week and it adds a lusciousness to almost any surface.

What are you going to make sparkle this week?

Friday, October 11, 2013

Welcome to the New Members of the Use Your Stuff Creative Team

Wow! What a great response to our call for Creative Team Members. We loved all the applicants! There is so much talent out there!

We had a hard time selecting just one or two, so in the end, we chose 4 very talented ladies. If you're looking for some inspiration, check out their blogs and galleries. You'll see why we really wanted them on our team.


I am Isbaha, a 35 years old stay-at-home mother to three little boys (1, 4 and 6 years old... Yes, I am never bored !) and I love to scrapbook our memories, with layouts or mini albums. I also enjoy to make cards and home decor. I rarely buy premade embellishments, I prefer to make my own with my tools, and... Using my stuff, of course !

You can find Isbaha's blog here: Isbaha's Blog

Tammy Lever


Greetings from the Great White North! My name is Tammy and I live in Calgary AB Canada. I am a married WAHM to 4 yr old boy named Riley and we also have two pound puppies, a pug named Pickles and a bijon named Tonka. I am so excited to be a part of the Use Your Stuff team. My stash is always overwhelming so I'm happy when I have to use it up. When my scrappy friends need things, they come to me and I still don't know anything is gone :) I have a soft spot for 6x6 paper packs and ribbon. I love doing layouts, cards, SMASHbooks and have jumped on the ATC bandwagon. I don't have any particular style but tend to be inspired by the theme or the product that I am using. I love checking out other blogs so I will definitely be looking forward to checking out all those that play with us each week and being inspired and hopefully inspiring you as well.

You can find Tammy's Blog here: Tammy's Blog

Amanda Crow


My name is Amanda Crow and I live in Saskatchewan, Canada. I am married to my wonderful husband, Shawn, and together we have an amazing one year old son, Benjamin and two furbabies, Tucker (4 year old Shepherd/Rotti cross) and Duke (2 year old Boxer). I have recently returned to work as a Physical Therapist after a year off with my son and am learning to balance work and home!

 I was introduced to scrapbooking in 2006 and fell in love with it! I love that it lets me document the big and small moments in my life in such a way that allows me to be so creative. I also love all the people that I have met through this wonderful hobby! I file and store my layouts chronologically but don't always scrap that way. I love to try new ideas and techniques to make complex and detailed layouts but also love and appreciate the beauty of a simple layout too. Completing challenges and being able to share my work with others is so very motivating to me! I love to get feedback on my layouts and cards and feel honored when I am able to inspire others. I am so excited to be a part of this fabulous Creative Team!

See some of Amanda's work in her gallery here: Amanda's gallery

Julie Short

I am Julie Short. I live in a locality, a tiny dot, which even Google has trouble finding in Australia.

There are many types of arts and crafts that I have taught and also have an interest in.

As a Teacher specialising in the Creative Arts for many years it gave me great pleasure to foster the love of “Making”.

I am still passionate about teaching except now my clients are there by choice!

It gives me pleasure to see the excitement that people have when they come to my studio – Time To Create. As CEO, cleaner, planner and dreamer I believe there are 24 hours in each day and that gives a lot of creative opportunities. When “What If” is prodding me to try yet another idea I am happy.

Apart from my love of crafting I am passionate about our environment and sustainable living. I share a beautiful home and plant nursery – Idyll Hours, with my wonderful Super Star, two Diva Dogs and a host of wild, amazing creatures. Just glancing up from my work desk can provide inspiration!

Using my stuff is exactly what I love doing and I look forward to the challenges and possibilities of this continuing journey!

You can find Julie's Blog here: Julie's Blog
We are so excited to add these four ladies to our team. We can't wait to see what inspiration they all have in store for us.
Sadly, with the addition of these ladies, we have to say good-bye to two of our Creative Team members, Joy, and Sarah. It's been a great ride with both of these ladies and, while they leave our team, we know they are moving on to other creative endeavors and look forward to seeing what the future has in store for them.

Monday, October 7, 2013

#104 - Bring Out Your Inner Foodie

Hello everyone. Welcome to another challenge week on the Use Your Stuff Blog.
This week we're celebrating the Foodies within us. The challenge is to do a project about food. It can be a recipie album or card,  a layout that is food related, or just a card that has something to do with food. Anything food related will do.

For my layout, I focused on my son who loves to make potato-leek soup.

I've got a young person in my house who loves to bake. I can't decide if that's a good thing or a bad thing!! She made some delectable cake pops with a friend not too long ago. Here's my page:


My favorite food is seafood. I love clams, in any shape or form in particular.  Raw, cooked, on the half shell, steamed, chopped, I don't care.  YUM!

I was dreading this particular birthday but it turned out to be a really special one.

We're looking forward to seeing your food-related project. Don't forget to come back here and share what you've created.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Challenge Highlights

Hello everyone. We're a little slow the last couple of weeks getting up our challenge highlights. We have really enjoyed seeing what everyone is creating with the challenges. We have been busy and two of us have been away on vacation the last week.

A Stitch in Time Project Highlights
We had some great submissions for this challenge. I love the look of stitching on projects.

Check out this adorable layout by Sue Schubert.

Scrappyellen made this stunning project:

Bring on the Heat
Once again, we had great prjoects submitted for this challenge.
Jessie L submitted this gorgeous piece:
Amanda C Made this beautiful layout:
Thanks to everyone who participated in the last couple of weeks. We loved seeing your work!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Hey Everyone

Just a quick update from the creative team at Use Your Stuff.
We're taking a break this week while we look over the applicants for our Creative Team call.
(and we are actually on vacation - two of us anyway.)

Thanks to all those who applied. It's proving to be a tough decision.
We will announce our new Creative Team Members very soon.

Look for a new challenge Monday.