Our third October challenge gives a little shout out to our awesome planet, and reminds us to take care of it. It’s often easy to get caught up in all the brand new scrapbooking products available, but don’t forget – there are lots of great items to use on your pages already in your home. We encourage you to look for recycled or reuseable products to scrap with. Check out what our design team created this week using the “Recycled, Reuse, Renew” challenge!
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For this challenge, I used corrugated cardboard for the background paper and then beautiful lace for a splash of color. I used Plaid Dimensional Magic on my title alphas to give them added pop and shine!
Cardstock: Discounted Cardstock “Brilliant White 80# 12×12, Key Lime Green 65# 12×12”
Adhesive: Plaid “Mod Podge Dimensional Magic”
Stamps: For the luv of Art Stamps “My Favorite Things Stamp Set”
Corrugated Cardboard and Lace: Gauche Alchemy “ACME Mixed Media Paper Crafting Kit”
Alphas: American Crafts Thickers Chipboard Hocus Pocus in Black
Sponsored supplies used:
Cardstock: Discount Cardstock “Orchid Cascata Felt Cardstock 80# 12×12, Ocean Blue Cardstock 65# 12×12, Orange Vellum 27# 12×12, Key Lime 65# Cardstock 12×12, Really Red Cardstock 80# 12×12”
Paint: Plaid “Apple Barrel: Vanilla Ice Cream”
Vintage clothing pattern, vinyl wallpaper border, corrugated cardboard, playing card, jewelry charms, “n” & “t”: Gauche Alchemy “Acme Mixed Media Paper Crafting Kit”
Stamps: For the Luv of Art “Sweet Ollie stamp set”
Adhesive: Plaid “Mod Podge: Paper”
Additional supplies used:
Alpha stickers: American Crafts “Thickers: Poolside – Cricket Green”
Chipboard teacup: Cosmo Cricket “Early Bird: Ready Set Chipboard”
Paw print & milk bottle stickers: American Crafts “Remarks: Catnip Glitter Accents & Phrases”
Lion & “Tasty Homemade” embellishments: Via http://howaboutorange.blogspot.com/
Be watchful when making powdered milk: There could be a Stumpy afoot! He’s so cute when he uses his paw to reach in & pick up chunks of milk to eat. He’s sneaky & always in the kitchen when food is being made.
1. Use corrugated cardboard or other recycled packaging on your page.
2. Find fun or unusual items around your house and use them as elements on your page. Playing cards, clothing tags, junk mail, broken jewelry, old greeting cards or postcards, buttons and/or material from old clothing, advertising magnets, pins and keychains, and blooms and/or leaves from discarded plastic floral arrangements are just a few ideas.
The naturally aged, vintage pants pattern provided in the Gauche Alchemy kit is perfect! I knew I wanted to showcase it up front and center. Its light tan color and very thin weight made it function somewhat like vellum — you could see through it. I chose to give the Orchid Cascata Felt an aged look by layering the pattern on top and sandwiching a piece of cut out vinyl wallpaper border between, which you can see in the lower left hand corner. I used plenty of Paper Mod Podge to stick everything together; first, a layer of Mod Podge on top of the cardstock, to which I stuck the vinyl and smoothed it out, and then another layer of Mod Podge on top of the vinyl and the dried cardstock, to which I stuck the pattern. Because the pattern paper is so thin, it’s easy to tear, especially when moist — be careful! And embrace the little wrinkles and lines you’ll get as a result of smoothing it out. It adds wonderful texture. A little bit of Apple Barrel Vanilla Ice Cream paint and my background was good to go!
I thought this challenge was perfect for a card, so that’s the project I wanted to bring you this week. I used corrugated cardboard to make my flowers (option #1). After I die-cut them I gave them a thin layer of Sparkle Mod Podge. Have you ever worked with it? I LOVE that product from Plaid! Who doesn’t like to add a little sparkle?! Now that twine is from my kitchen. I normally use it for tying meats, but it worked perfectly on my card (option #2). I also used staples to hold the twine in place (option #4). I think they give a nice look to a vintage-type card.
I thought about my grandma the whole time I made this card. The paper is Graphic 45 and comes in the Gauche Alchemy Kitsch Delish Mixed Media Kit. The coffee pot on the paper reminded me of my grandma’s egg coffee that she percolated on her stove. Such a nice memory!
Sponsored Supplies Used:
Cardstock: Discount Cardstock “Really Red 80# 12×12”
Stamp: For the Luv of Art “My Favorite Things stamp set”
Papers and embellishments: Gauche Alchemy “Acme Mixed Media Paper Crafting Kit, Kitsch Delish Mixed Media Paper Crafting Kit”
Paint: Plaid “Mod Podge: Sparkle”
Additional Supplies Used:
Embellishments: Recollections “Rhinestones”; Foo Fa La “Red Buttons
For this layout I decided to use old books pages to make my flower embellishments and use part of a paper bag that I received when I bought a cute stamp from an Etsy shop. I also used corrugated cardboard letters for my title and vintage paper from the Gauche Alchemy kit (one of our fabulous Better Scrap sponsors this month!). I also stamped images (from our Plaid sponsor) onto plain brown packing paper that comes in a monthly scrapbooking kit I receive. I dug a few buttons out of my old button jar too… removed from clothing that was too worn out to donate.
I took this photograph of my sweetheart John, when we were visiting this quaint little “Heritage Village” (near the lakeshore in Michigan) while we were on our (much-needed) week-long golfing vacation. I have tons more fun photographs to scrap from that trip too… but this time, I just really wanted to do a layout about, “My Love”. Isn’t he just a doll?!!
The journaling reads, ” Thank you for “getting me”. For always being there for me. For loving me and understanding my moods. Thank you for being my love.”
Sponsor Supplies Used:
Cardstock: Discount Cardstock “Midnight Black 80# 12×12”
Stamps: For the Luv of Art “My Favorite Things stamp set”, Plaid Enterprises, All Night Media “Ornamental Rubber Stamp Set”
Vintage Paper: Gauche Alchemy “Acme Mixed Media Paper Crafting Kit”
Additional Supplies Used:
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink “Rustic Cream”
Patterned Paper: Crate Paper “School Spirit Collection: Chemistry” Cosmo Cricut “Togetherness: Making Plans”, My Mind’s Eye “Lost & Found: Market Street “Love” Beautiful Paper”
Ink: Zig Memory Systems: “Pure Black”, Ranger: Archival Ink “Coffee”
Embellishments: Button Twine: Papertrey Ink Rustic Cream Button Twine, Jillibean Soup: Corrugated Cardboard Alphas “Kraft”
Other Tools: Crop-O-Dile: Corner Chomper, Brads and Buttons from my stash, paper sack. packing paper