January 27, 2016

An Out of the Package & Onto the Page Challenge and A Giveaway!

My "Out of the Pocket and Onto the Page" post earlier this month got me thinking about how concentrated amounts of just one or two types of embellishments can really have a big impact on a page. Tiny items might be overlooked when used by themselves but group them together en masse and they definitely get your attention. I looked back through some of my scrapbook pages and found several examples I'd like to share with you today. (Some of these techniques were inspired by ideas I've seen online - this is my take on those concepts.)

I have quite a collection of brads - how about you? I like that they can add little bits of color and design but for a very long time they've been a forgotten embellishment when I'm working on a page. For this layout, I pulled out my brads and got to work with my paper piercer:
I definitely made a dent in my brad collection with this layout! I like the way they frame the top and bottom of my photo, and matching the brads to the washi colors keeps the page from looking too busy.

This next layout uses paper as the repeated element. This sheet of frames was perforated so that the frames could be used separately on multiple projects. I decided to leave the sheet intact for this page:
The empty frames provided a perfect spot for journaling. You could easily replicate this look with a selection of frames of uniform size and shape.

Here's another way to use paper that was intended to be cut apart:
I shared this layout back in July as part of my "Endless Summer" CKC kit. Instead of cutting out the rectangle shapes, I trimmed the sheet to 8-1/2 x 11 and treated it as a piece of patterned paper.

Using an entire sheet of stickers, without removing them from their backing, can be a great way to make an impact on your page. I added a sheet of number stickers here (cut into four pieces to stretch them):

An entire sheet of word stickers balances my photos on this page:

This layout features a whole sheet of cut-apart tabs and labels that provides a nice home for some tiny embellishments:

 I have a bit of a label obsession but I can justify my collection when I use them like this:
The vertical line anchors my photostrip and brings lots of color and fun to the page.

Chipboard frames are another one of my favorite supplies and I was able to use most of one package here:

I used an entire sheet of rub-ons to make a whimsical frame for my photo on this layout:

Why add a couple of leaves when you can use the whole package to make a wreath to surround your photos?

Stamping is another fun way to add a little pow to your page. On this layout, I used a speech bubble stamp to reinforce the topic of my page:
For this page, I fussy-cut speech bubbles from a piece of patterned paper, stamped in each one, and then arranged them in a column covering one side of my layout:

Do you have sheets of alphabet stickers and thickers with unused letters, numbers and punctuation? I layered all my orphan question marks on this layout (I did trace several with colored pens to fill in the empty spots and there aren't any at all under the green envelope):
I placed a sheet of vellum over them to tone down all that color. 

And finally, here's a page with a big assortment of wood veneer that I first painted with pale yellow acrylic paint:

So now for the challenge...I'm going to make another page using one type of embellishment en masse. Will you join me? Please leave a link to your project in the comments below - I would enjoy seeing how you get some embellishments out of the package and onto the page!

And as an incentive, how about a giveaway? I've gathered together some of my favorite embellishments:
There's a set of chipboard frames from the "I Am" collection from Simple Stories, puffy stickers from Seven Paper, a die cut pack from the Maggie Holmes "Shine" collection, enamel dots from the Crate Paper "Wonder" collection, neutral brads from My Mind's Eye, a pack of journaling cards from Jillibean Soup, puffy stickers from the Cedar Lane collection by Pink Paislee and a cute little stamp from Citrus Twist.

You can enter the giveaway by leaving me a comment (let me know what your favorite embellishment is, what you'd like to see from me here on my blog, what you've been working on lately, etc.). If you participate in the challenge, you can get an additional entry by leaving me another comment with a link to your completed project. I'll announce the winner on February 14th.

I'll be playing along too and will show you my layout in the post announcing the giveaway winner.


  1. There are some awesome layouts here! I especially love the one about your daughter looking at her baby things. Sniff! I'll try to play along with your challenge...I'll link up if I do it!

  2. I love this post! Thanks for the reminder!!

  3. I love the layouts that you created. My favorite embellishments are enamel dots and ephemera.

  4. What a FAB post to bookmark/Pin for inspiration. Being on the verge of a massive purge, I may hunt & gather with your challenge in mind, hehe! You truly are a scrappy genius of using your stash. Gold star! (hmmm... I wonder how many STARS I can find in my supplies...???)

  5. I've got to say WASHI is my favorite! And, much like my scrappy paper, I hoard it and don't "want" to use it! :) I'm inspired and will be digging into my stash this weekend!

  6. I've got to say WASHI is my favorite! And, much like my scrappy paper, I hoard it and don't "want" to use it! :) I'm inspired and will be digging into my stash this weekend!

  7. Super fun post :) Cool layout the one where you used a cutup sheet without cutting it up so much fun in that one :) I'm enjoying veeners at the moment in my collection :)

  8. Washi is a favorite but I also hoard buttons... These pages are a wonderful inspiration to use up saved stuff!

  9. Washi is a favorite but I also hoard buttons... These pages are a wonderful inspiration to use up saved stuff!

  10. oh Susan! What a wonderful collection of simply gorgeous layouts. So creative with your "en masse" use of elements and each one is so clever! I particularly love the layouts with all the frames. I've made a few like this. I seem to have a lot of veneers in my stash as I love them but can't seem to find a way to use so many one on page so I'm also inspired by your lemon painted veneer border. Let me think about what embellishment is my favourite? Do I have to pick just one? Stars, sequins, flair. Let's settle for stars - inspired by Leslie! I'm going to give this one a try if I can find the time - a whole pack of something on one page! Sounds like fun!

  11. What a wonderful collection of pages - I want to pin them all to try out!