Hi everyone! I'm popping in to tell you about 2 challenges I plan on embarking on this month: a stashbusting challenge and a layout challenge.
A few years ago, I had the pleasure of playing along with Jill Sprott's stashbusting challenge and when I found out she was doing it again this year, I jumped on board again. It was so much fun for me and I love feeling like I'm making a dent in my stash.
You can see her full blog post here
, but here's the basic run-down: you are given a set of criteria and you need to dig through your stash to create a kit that contains products that meet the criteria. And you need to create at least 3 projects with your kit by the month's end.
Here's a picture of the kit I put together:
And here's the criteria and how I met it:
-Eight pieces of patterned paper scraps: Elle's Studio (yellow & white striped), Echo Park (orange plus signs, green & white polka dots), Chic Tags (Summer words, turquoise & white damask pattern), October Afternoon (multi-colored chevron), Pinkfresh Studio (blue leaves) and Amy Tangerine (days of the week)
-Four specialty papers: Bella Blvd (blue stars transparency, orange hearts transparency), American Crafts (gold glitter paper), Pink Paislee (chipboard circles)
-Two complete/unused sheets of patterned paper: Feliciy Jane (black & white stars), Bella Blvd (black & white plus signs)
-One yard of ribbon/trim: so...I couldn't pull together a yard because one of my scrap boxes got misplaced in our recent move, but I did find this blue and white polka dot ribbon that I'll work into a layout - I'm not sure of the manufacturer of it
-One sticker sheet, with a catch: at least one sticker must be missing from the sheet: Bella Blvd chipboard words
-A pre-2015 alphabet set: Basic Grey black chipboard alphas
-One opened package of scrappy product: Simple Stories sicker pack...I almost feel like this one is cheating since there are 6 sticker sheets in there, but it technically is a package of scrappy product, so I'm going with it :)
-One unopened package of scrappy product: Hip Kit Club puffy stickers from their August 2016 kit
-One roll of tape: This one is fun for me - the movers accidentally left the tape they use to number boxes and furniture, so I'm totally gonna find a way to work it into my projects!
-One item or package of product from a company that no longer makes scrappy products: October Afternoon die cuts (this makes me sad because I miss them!)
-Up to 10 jounraling and/or Project Life cards/tags: I chose 3 tags: Amy Tangerine ("today" tag), Paper Source (grey tag) and Jillibean Soup (foiled "Hello" tag). I chose 7 PL cards: Jillibean Soup (die cut dog, die cut "happy"), Amy Tangerine (blue, yellow and black) and Becky Higgins ("I Love", "Life is Unpredictable")
-Two "wild card" items: Pink Paislee sequins, Studio Calico cork chevron stickers
-A nearby item: Pretty Little Studio brackets & butterflies.
I love this kit - it's totally me and I can't wait to dig in and start using it.
The second challenge I plan on embarking on this month is to create 10 layouts using 10 of the sketches I've pinned
. I'm affectionately calling this challenge "Sketchy August." In theory, this is the last month before Baby Girl Benjamin arrives (although she could surprise us early, I know that), so I want to get in my scrappy happy time before she arrives. I've selected 10 sketches that I want to follow. Some are totally my style and some definitely aren't and will challenge me - I'm so excited to try to knock this out! :)
Thanks for stopping by! Let me know if you decide to play along with either of these challenges, as I'd love to follow along on your creative journey!