During a recent Stash Bash at Simple Scrapper, I went through my scrapbooking supplies, organizing, sorting, and purging as necessary. I still had, after four years, papers and embellishments stored in boxes in my basement from when we moved into our current home. I went through all of those old supplies and tossed what I did not want any longer. Afterwards, I was left with a pile of supplies that needed to be integrated into my existing stash.
As fate would have it, Shimelle Lane was rerunning a class of hers called Scrapbook Remix. The whole class is centered on mixing old and new supplies and collections from different companies. Following her advice, I made several new kits from old supplies mixed with my newer things.
I have used several of these kits so far, and I’ve been surprised how well I liked the old papers and embellishments when combined with new products. One such kit is shown below.
In this kit I have the following:
My Mind’s Eye, Lost and Found 2, Sunshine Memories patterned paper
Authentique, Glowing, Afterglow patterned paper
Basic Grey, Origins, Authentic patterned paper
Webster’s Pages, Spring Market, Market Menu patterned paper
Bo Bunny Et Cetera Filigree Die Cut patterned paper
Simple Stories, Fabulous, All About Me patterned paper
Bo Bunny, Et Cetera, 12×12 Cut Outs patterned paper
October Afternoon, The Thrift Shop shape stickers
Echo Park, For the Record element stickers
October Afternoon, Farmhouse shape stickers
Crate Paper, Random Collection phrase stickers
Crate Paper, Farmhouse phrase stickers
Bo Bunny combo stickers
Jenni Bowlin, Flag Banner number stickers
Simple Stories 4×6 card (leftover from a 12×12 sheet)
Echo Park cut outs 12×12 sheet
Basic Grey chipboard diecuts
I made five layouts from this kit. Using the papers from this DIY kit was a bit of a challenge because many of them were leftovers from already-used collections that had large-scale or unusual designs on them. This time, Glitter Girl at Two Peas in a Bucket came to the rescue with a video on using papers with large-scale patterns. I have in the past tended to shy away from using these papers or using the alternate side, but, in an effort to step outside my comfort zone, I challenged myself to use these papers.
The first layout above uses the patterned paper Sunshine Memories from the Lost & Found 2 collection from My Mind’s Eye. To me, this paper has wedding written all over it. While cleaning out my old scrap supplies in the basement, I also came across stacks of old photos with which I had yet to do anything. I remembered seeing a photo of me with my sister and the other bridesmaids at her wedding. I believe that this picture was in a frame once upon a time, but had been replaced by newer photos. It seemed perfect for this page.
I also used a chipboard die cut from Basic Grey, stickers from both Echo Park’s For the Record and Crate Paper’s Random Collection. I inked everything with Distress Ink. My favorite touch is the yellow rose sticker from Echo Park that reflects the rose on the paper.
The next layout began with a sheet of patterned paper from Webster’s Pages called Market Menu from the Spring Market collection. The entire page was made up of images of small advertisements for Farmer’s Markets and old seed packets. I felt the sheet as a whole was a little overwhelming, so I cut out the individual pieces, inked them with Distress Ink, and made a border one side of a piece of Bazzill kraft cardstock from my existing supplies. We live on a farm, so it is not difficult to find photos that go along with the theme of this paper. I used pictures of our family picking blackberries last summer. The only other embellishments I added to this page were a mix of two different letter stickers, both from American Crafts.
Among the old photos I found in my basement were several black-and-white prints that my husband and I made back when we photographed with B&W film and did much of our own developing. I knew one of these prints would work well with the Basic Grey paper called Authentic from the Origins collection. The photo is of me and our first fur-baby, Hannah. I added stickers from the October Afternoon For the Record collection, washi tape from Recollections and 7 Gypsies, glitter letters from American Crafts, a button, and two pearls. I wrote the journaling along the vertical border sticker.
When I came across the Afterglow paper from Authentique, I assumed I would use the side that had just a cream-and-black checked print, since the other side was a Halloween print. I already have tons of Halloween paper, so I added this sheet to this kit. However, when I got ready to use the paper, I realized I had this photo of my older son at Halloween when he was two (he’s now fourteen). The subtle Halloween print worked very well with the photo, so I abandoned the checked print that I originally thought I would use.
The first thing I added were pieces of the ribbon I had amassed from various places. I used one of the cardboard die cuts from Basic Grey, stickers from Echo Park and Jenni Bowlin, and journaling block from Bo Bunny’s Et Cetera collection. I used just a few items from my current supplies—the wood embellishments from Freckled Fawn and some orange-and-black letter stickers.
My last layout is again based on a sheet with an all-over design. The photos I used are small and very technically imperfect, but they are of the first two puppies that my husband and I got from the pound just after we were married. Both of these dogs are no longer with us, so these photos are even more precious. I simply added stickers from October Afternoon and Crate Paper along with letter stickers and rhinestones from my stash.
I still have several items leftover from this kit, but I feel good about using up many of my old supplies!