3rd Grade

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!

 

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DIY Kits

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!

Some Paper Pumpkin Alternatives inspired by Pinterest

So I get the monthly Paper Pumpkin kit from Stampin’ Up.  I’m not 100% sold on it yet (it’s been since September) but can’t quite bring myself to cancel.  It’s been hit and miss for me.

The December kit was a desk calendar kit.  Ya, not my thing.  So with the help of Pinterest, I found some great card ideas instead!

We have a challenge at Use Your Stuff this week which is Flowers!  Perfect.  The kit has some great flowery bits that I could use!  Take a look!

 

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December Paper Pumpkin cards

 

They actually turned out great! Thank you to those totally creative individuals on Pinterest!

These are the rest of the cards I made with the kit!

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All the sequins and butterflies (using the Butterflies thinlits from Stampin’ Up) were from my stash as were some of the sentiments but much of the cards were from the kit.

 

I think they turned out well!  Now, make sure you stop by the Use Your Stuff blog this week and join in our challenge.  The DT has created some fabulous projects and a lot of our new team has joined in the fun!

 

Baby Mine…

February is the month of love.  We celebrate love in all its forms and shapes…..one of those is the love a mother has for her child!

I had wanted to have a child for a long time, so when I found out that I was pregnant with my son, my heart began to overflow with love…before he was even born!  I didn’t even know I could love someone so much that I had never met!

This week at Use Your Stuff, we are being inspired by a love song!  The love song that I chose was called Baby Mine by Bette Midler from the Beaches Soundtrack – one of my all time favorite movies!  In the movie, that song is playing as one of the main characters is getting ready for the birth of her baby and they are decorating the nursery…I new I wanted to use it for the inspiration for my layout.

My favorite line is:

                          Baby mine, don’t you cry.
                          Baby mine, dry your eyes.
                          Rest your head close to my heart,
                          Never to part, baby of mine.

 
The pictures in this layout were taken about a week before my son was born and then about a week after…it felt like I was waiting forever, but oh was he worth it!  He is still one of the things that I love the absolute most in this world!
 
I hope you will join us on the blog today and see how the other ladies were inspired this week.
 
 
 

No Lion, I love you

Happy Friday…day before Valentine’s Day!  Tammy here with another fun image for you.  I picked this No Lion, I love you from the store because I thought it would make an adorable Valentine’s Day card!  I love the store example which is in pink and red (perfect for Valentine’s) but I needed mine to match my DP so I went with some yellow.

The flowers are from Walmart and the little pearl dots were in my stash.  I colored him with my Copics and the DP is from My Mind’s Eye. I just cut the hearts out using some of the left over paper.  I added just a bit of glossy accents on his heart as well.  I hope you like it and don’t forget to check out this adorable image in the store here. 

The Pound Puppies.

I can’t even remember the last time I did a layout with the dogs.  I think it is when I first started scrapping, the early years.  So I had to re-purpose the photos from an early layout that I just didn’t like to make for this one.

Our challenge at Use Your Stuff this week is Pets/Animals.  It’s ok if you don’t have any pets, you can create a project that is pet related.

Take a look at my pound puppies…Tonka (the bijon) is 14 and Pickles (the pug) is 12 but you would never guess it.  These two, who are the best of friends are as frisky as you can imagine.  They run around the house all the time and are just as loud as they ever were.:)

Join us this week on the blog and play along in our challenge.

All of my DP is from my stash (oh I had to dig for my animal themed paper let me tell you!) but I based the layout on Sue Sykes’ October sketchy challenge over at Canadian Scrapbooker! 

Here is the sketch!

 

 
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And then my layout!

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Thanks for stopping by!

Robin Williams Tribute-RCS challenge

It was a sad day when Robin Williams left this earth.  My comedic hero and the only person who could really make me laugh so hard I could pee and cry at the same time!  I was so sad to hear that he had died.  I honestly think we will never see a comedic genius like his again and the world has lost such a tender soul.  We could all use more laughter in our lives and to see such a candle extinguished makes my heart sad.

At Red Carpet Studio this week we are paying tribute to Robin, by challenging you to be inspired by the man or his movies/television career.

 

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We want to see you projects that had a Robin influence on you.  He had such a full career that there are so many to draw your inspiration from.

I chose Happy Feet for my inspiration.  A wonderful film that I enjoy watching with my son and always puts a song in my heart and a smile on my face.

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I always thought that this penguin from the Creative Critters cartridge was kinda cute.  After I cut him out, I just outlined him a bit with some broken lines to make him stand out more.  The DP is just from my stash and I added some crackle accents to the balloons for a little added texture.  The sentiment is from Stampin Up.  I hope you like it and I do hope you will play along with us this week.