Supplies used: Close to My Heart Mischief Level 2 Paper Pack (retired), Stampin Up punch, ProvoCraft Rob & Bob Studio coaster card, Close to My Heart You & Me stamp set, Close to My Heart Barn Red and Black ink, Close to My Heart buttons, Close to My Heart Waxy Flax, and foam tape.

This layout was inspired by Tammy’s layout from this months Scrap Our Stash Pagerize Challenge.  I really used my stash with this one.  The striped background paper is actually two pieces of scraps that I put together (using the stripes as my guide) and if you were to take off the photo mat you’d see the hole in the middle.  I really liked this paper though and was determined to use it.  And you’d never know!  I took Tammy’s layout and turned it.  Her border punch reminded me of one I had (that I’ve never used until now!).  The orange coaster was too bright but it was perfect after I inked it up with some Barn Red.  I changed the photo in the circle to journaling and mimicked her pieced title.

Supplies used: KI Memories Surprise Collection paper, Making Memories chipboard flower, Fiskars border punch, Provo Craft alpha rubons, and K&Company adhesive chipboard.

This was my layout from the March Challenge at Scrap Our Stash that I forgot to post.  The  challenge was “Spring Cleaning” – meaning dig something out from your stash, dust it off, and use it!  I pulled out all the stops with this layout.  Everything I used is old, old, old and I literally had to dust off my border punch!  I used a sketch from My Little Sketch Book.  I just love sketches!  I’ve found some great sites lately and plan to use them more.  They make scrapbooking so quick and easy!

Supplies used: DCWV The Glitter Stack papers, Recollections Glitter Adhesive Borders, PC Stand-Outs, Heidi Swapp rubons, Me & My Big Ideas chipboard stickers, and misc buttons and dew drops from my stash.  I used a Sketch Inspiration Sketch.

The Monthly Challenge on Scrap Our Stash for April is “Bring in the Sun”.  I don’t know why this was so hard for me but I am very happy with the outcome.  First, I was stumped for what I was going to do.  I looked through my stash and didn’t have “sun” anything.  Then I found swim pictures and thought I would focus on the color yellow (one that doesn’t make it into many of my layouts).  Then, I added my own little mini challenge to not use pink. 🙂  In the end, I love the layout.  I think because it is so different and that will make a nice addition to my books.  Go over to Scrap Our Stash and join the challenge!

Layout with flaps closed (=Christmas theme).  The green papers are in the side flip flaps:

Layout with flap on each side open (=Birthday layout):

Supplies used: My Mind’s Eye Just Dreamy short stack with glitter papers, unknown star gems, birthday rub-ons by Royal & Langnickel Brush, Sticko Tile’s Play mosaic stickers, Close to My Heart Color Ready Alphabet – Hodge Podge, Provo Craft Stand-outs quilled stickers, and Close to My Heart flip flaps.

Scrap Our Stash Monthly Challenge: Do a Birthday Project

Layout Challenge: #124 & 125 of 210 (due to the amount of time and effort involved in this layout and the extended flaps, I am giving myself credit for 2 layouts!)

2009 was quite the winter with more than normal days home from school due to the weather.  The weather also made it difficult for our family to get together for the holidays and birthdays.  So when the time came it was one big party!

For this layout I knew what I wanted to do but it involved a lot of thinking and planning to actually get it done.  These new Flip Flaps from Close to My Heart come in a variety pack of different sizes (these are the two larger ones) and allowed me to expand my layout and add many more photos.  First, I chose papers that I could use as both a Christmas and Birthday themed page.  Next I laid out the pages and protectors I planned to use.  This allowed me to arrange the photos on my spread.  This was the hardest part.  I didn’t do much for paper layering because of the planning involved so the rest of the assembly was just pictures and embellishments.  On the birthday section, I cut out one of the stars from the pattern paper so it would overlap my photo and become an embellishment for my page, then added star gems to the centers.

Products used: Rob and Bob Studio Super Slab by Provo Craft, Art Warehouse Limited Edition stamp set, Versamark ink, Kaisercraft pearls, and unknown vellum sentiment sticker and ribbon.

Stampin’ for the Weekend – Fiona’s sketch
Penny’s Challenge #20 – Chalks
Quixotic Challenge #10 – Ink up an old stamp

I stamped the flower with Versamark ink and then rubbed chalk over the top with an applicator.  It is so much fun to see the color appear!  I finished the stamped image and really liked it but the paper I had picked out for it just didn’t look right so it took me awhile before I ran across this paper.  It’s very different colors than what I was looking for but I love them!  I liked the ribbon for this card and added multiple layers for a more solid look.  The stamp I used is from a set that I just had to have.  It was fun to finally use it!