One of my goals this month was to use up the Close to My Heart Sophia Paper Packet.  It was a bunch of scraps so I thought I’d make a bunch of cards.  This just proves how far scraps can go!  I made about 40 cards so I will be spreading out the pics over the next few days.  First, I put all the papers/scraps on the cards.  Then I went through my embellishments, found some that matched and added them to the cards.  I really can’t say that these are my favorites but in the end I used up a paper pack and dug into my stash for embellishments that I have had for a very long time.

Embellishments used on the cards are: Special Moments Scrapbooking Embellishments, K & Company Wedding Collection Grand Adhesions, Marcella Dimensional Flowers, O’Scrap Stick Its, Stampendous Diamond Dot Stickers, Memories Complete Sticker Patches, Autumn Leaves Pretty Poppies, This & That Tags & Things Yellow Plaid Wood, Forever in Time Sheer Dragonflies, Recollections Butterfly Embellishments, Fashion Stickers, Close to My Heart Blush Polka Dot Ribbon, and K & Company Smitten Grand Adhesions.

Sophia Card #1 by Wendy Kessler

Sophia Card #2 by Wendy Kessler

Sophia Card #3 by Wendy Kessler

Sophia Card #4 by Wendy Kessler

Sophia Card #5 by Wendy Kessler

Sophia Card #6 by Wendy Kessler

Sophia Card #7 by Wendy Kessler

More to come!

Using Up Scraps for Cards#2
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Using Up Scraps for Cards #5

Supplies used: K & Company paper, Studio G Glitter Glue, Rangers Cotton Candy Stickles, and

I have really been in the mood of adding glitter glue/stickles lately.  After using a few different kinds, I’ve learned I don’t care for the Studio G Glitter Glue.  It was very difficult to make the dots along the left side of this page and you can tell.  It didn’t want to let go when I lifted the bottle and I would have a stream and then pull up straight hoping that it landed right to make a good circle.  The Stickles was so smooth and easy after this frustration.  I’d say that the CTMH Glitter Glitz is a bit in the middle, usually pretty easy to use too but not quite as slick as the Stickles.

I just love these quick layouts!  The paper is K & Company and the only thing I added was a bit of sparkle with Ranger’s Cotton Candy Stickles.

Sometimes we purchase a stack or pack of scrapbook paper where every sheet isn’t a favorite, or maybe we’ve had something in our stash forever and our tastes have changed.  I have found that I don’t like now what I liked years ago.  What do we do with scrapbook paper that we don’t like?  The current Use it or Lose it Challenge is to alter paper.  This is a great technique to use up some of that not-so-loved paper.

There are so many things you can do to alter paper.  Here are some ideas:

  • if it is double-sided, flip it over and use the back.
  • break it up into smaller pieces.  I don’t care for busy patterns but they are better in smaller doses.
  • Stamp on it to add design or color
  • use a sketch you love
  • add embellishments that you love.
  • emboss it (dry or wet)
  • distress it by sanding or with ink
  • add glitter or liquid glass

The thing that works best for me is to mix something I don’t like with something I really do like (sketch, color, embellishments, etc) to balance things out.

Here’s my before paper:

And here’s the layout that I came up with:

Supplies used: CTMH Paper Pack, CTMH Cotton Candy cardstock, CTMH Cotton Candy ink, CTMH So Blessed stamp set, CTMH Playful Flourishes stamp set, DCWV alphabet stickers, Versamark ink, CTMH brads, K & Company Grand Adhesions, and Heidi Grace Velvet Borders.

I did a few things to change the papers.  First, I randomly stamped the pink butterfly onto the patterned paper.  This added more color.  I always like pink and the original shades of color were too pale for my taste.  I also added a few pink brads to this paper.  The green striped paper I used the back side and stamped flourishes with Versamark ink which gave it the look of a watermark.  This is a great way to add a subtle pattern without overpowering your layout.  Another way to do this is to stamp tone-on-tone by using the same color ink as your paper.  You will get a similar effect.  The blue paper is not included in my before photo but it was polka dot in the same colors and again I used the back side.  I really don’t like using solids anymore so to add a bit to this paper I embossed it with my scoreboard.    Overall the layout still seems a bit plan to me but I think it’s the solid background that I chose so I’m just letting it be.

Supplies used: K & Company Girl Scout paper stack, and K & Company Clearly Yours.

It doesn’t get any simpler than this.  These are some of my older pictures and I’m just ready to have them scrapped and in a book.