Thank you to everyone who stopped by for the Use Your Stuff blog hop. I hope you had a great time hopping along with us.
My random winner is Lucky # 5 Teresa Doyle!
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Hello! Welcome to my stop on the Sizzle into Summer Blog Hop with Use Your Stuff ~!
You should have arrived here from Martha’s blog….if this is your first stop, all the blogs are below so you don’t miss anyone! Some of the girls are offering some fun blog candy for the hop so you don’t want to miss out!
The hop is going to run from Monday June 13 until Saturday June 18th, so you have a whole week to hop and play along with us. You also have a chance to win a prize from the UYS blog simply by linking up your own fun summer project! We will draw a random winner on Sunday June 19th We hope you enjoy the fun summer scrappy treats we have for you this week!
For my project I created this fun layout using the Summer Fun line from Fancy Pants! In our family we like to have summer in winter when we head to our annual trip to Guardalavaca Cuba..nothing like sun and surf in the middle of winter.
On our last trip we took, as always, the catamaran cruise to Cayo Saetia…what was really fun was we got to take a turn, and some pictures, at the wheel!
I hope you like it! I have some blog candy for you as well.
One lucky random winner will get this little prize which includes a fun stamp set from Prima as well as the This is the Life Project Life Accessory Pack from Stampin up! Just leave a comment to win!
(International entries welcome)
Now you are off to see what Khristina has for you!
So, on Saturday I attended what I am pretty sure was my first ever scrapbook worshop. It was sooo fun! Put on by Jennifer Edwardson of Scrapbookin’ Adventures, she teaches you how to pull together the bases for 20 layouts using only what you have in your stash! This is a pretty fast paced layout so you may not get them all done – that’s okay! You are able to drop down the base of it minimum and then you can always go back and embellish later on! That’s what I am going to be doing…
You basically build a kit for each of the sketches you are given…it forces you to use up things you have been hoarding forever, didn’t know you had or didn’t know you can put together. Honestly, making these kits were some of the most fun that I have had in a long time and I don’t know why I hadn’t started it sooner! I was so surprised at how little I had to take with me, once they were set up….a great lesson for future crops!
If you get a chance to attend these workshops, I do highly recommend it. I also recommed stopping by their blog and checking out not only their sketches (which are fabulous) but also their kits! I have 3 of them I can’t wait to use…they provide you with sketches and instructions to make layouts ( and some have cards) and you know there is always left over product to do a couple more of your own choosing….or don’t do the sketches they provide – its totally up to you but the product they supply is just fabulous!
Once I get the layouts finished I will start posting them for you to see! I have a crop coming up for National Scrapbooking Day and I am pretty much all set to go with the finishing up of what I started with Jennifer. I am actually really excited to get them completed so that I can dig into those new kits!
Hey there! It’s a new challenge from our new DT member Beth on the Use Your Stuff blog! Her challenge is to use your favorite punches on your project.
I have this heart punch that I bought at a garage sale years ago for like a dime! It’s one of my favorites because it just adds a pop of color to a layout or card…just a little finishing touch.
Here is my layout for you this week. I have been trying to use up the kits that I have and have been putting together and this one is made from the Yes, Please line from Amy Tangerine for American Crafts! I love the colors in this line!
Be sure to stop by the blog and join in on the fun!
Ok , I thought I had posted this before now but nope. Probably because I wrote it on the UYS blog and forgot to link it to this one!
Scrapbook kits are really popular right now and almost every company has some that you can purchase but what about all that stuff you already have and want to use up…old kits, a paper here or there, more embellishments than you know what to do with? I practically have my own store, so the last thing I need is a new kit!
So, I have been doing some research…I have recently found an amazing group of videos from nicmakin on Youtube…she just has these great walk throughs on how to put some kits together all from what you already have in your stash…big kits…enough to let you scrap a bunch of pages worry free, whether you are doing one of our challenges, going to a crop or just feel in the creative mood! It’s all about mixing and matching and being able to throw a bunch of stuff in a bag and be able to put together a bunch of pages with little or no fuss…
You can check out her videos here!
Katelyn from Gray Florals did a video as well and is just starting her 10 part series to help guide you to your DIY kit check hers out here
Another great source was brought to my attention from UYS DT member Tina!
Counterfeit Kit Challenge has some wonderful monthly challenges to put together your own kit and then to challenge you to use them! I love to support other challenge sites, especially if they work in tandem with ours at UYS and for just me in general! If I like it, I want to tell everyone I can about it! This couldn’t be more perfect!
I hope that these give you a jump off point to start your own kits, I know that they have me and I look forward to putting together a few for when we head out to our farm in May! I don’t want to take a lot of stuff but want to still be able to do up some pages so this is going to work perfectly!
I am also heading to join Jennifer Edwardson’s crop here in Calgary on April 30th. It is a Scrapbookin’ Adventures UYOP workshop (Use Your Own Product) and we are going to go hard and create 20 12×12 layouts during the course of the day, all made from our own kits. I am excited beyond belief! It is going to be so much fun and I hope to post my work when I am done!
So, as previously talked about in an earlier post, my friends and I attended the first ever (and much anticipated) Crop and Create Calgary held by Scrapbook and Cards Today Magazine.
Wow! As this was the inagural event, we didn’t really know what to expect, only that it was supposed to be amazing. We were not disappointed! These ladies put on one hell of a party!
Despite the fact that some of their stuff didn’t arrive when it was supposed to – “it was on the pallett”, Catherine and her team made sure that we were not lacking for anything even if it was for just a day. It all arrived later that night just in time for the next day of fun! There were laughs, there were smiles, chocolate, there was a photo booth and more fun than you can shake a stick at! They had make and takes as well as classes, a couple of stores and really just everything you could want to have a fun cropping weekend away! We were all given a lovely goodie bag with an entire kit & instructions to make some amazing layouts, a few cards and enough left over to play some more. There were also additional kits that you could buy and those went like hotcakes! They had a wonderful door prize table made up of some of the greatest products you could ask for from from the biggest sponsors in the business. I am happy to say that I was lucky enough to win a paper pack from Doodlebug that I will hopefully be cracking into sometime soon.
They gave us a wonderful lunch both and a ‘sweet’ evening dessert buffet. The greatest thing they gave us though, was themselves…they were always available to answer questions, to talk with us, laugh with us, offer advice and share their stories, or just let us sit down and watch them work. You couldn’t ask for a nicer bunch of ladies!
If you get a chance to attend a Crop and Create Event in your area – do so! You honestly won’t be disappointed and you will have the time of your life. I know I did.
Ok , soo. Scrapbook and Cards Today Magazine is celebrating their 10th birthday of their totally awesome magazine. As you may remember, they sponsored the recent Crop and Create Calgary event that I went to at the beginning of March.
They are celebrating their birthday with 10 days of giveaway goodness! It’s up to day 9 already but you still have time to back track and get in on the previous days!
If you aren’t familiar with them, they have a copy of their latest magazine that you can download for free (because they are just that awesome!), loaded with some great inspiration and information.
So what are you waiting for! Head over there and play along!