Tuesday, May 15, 2012

My Scrapbook Process: Using a Collection from Start to Finish

This month I challenged myself to select a recent purchase and scrap with it until there was practically nothing left, leaving me very little to add to my already plentiful stash.
I chose Echo Park's This and That Graceful line. I had purchased 5 sheets of patterned paper, the alphabet stickers and a brad set.
I started with a 2-page layout. No worries about not having enough paper, and I get to use a good chunk of it right off the bat. Like all my double spreads, I used a sketch to get started.
I pulled a few items from my stash to help complete the page. These letter stickers will now become part of my working kit.
The completed 2-page layout. This collection of photos spans more than 50 years! I think matting the more recent photos on white cardstock helped pull everything together.
I had two full sheets pages left, so I decided to work with them for my next page. I wasn't sure what to do, so again I used a sketch, this time from Sketches for Scrapbooking: One Page Sketches, Vol. 2.
First, I created this photo mat.
Then I selected my photos and wrote up the journaling.
This time, finishing the page was all about the tools! I used these to create my embellishments.
Here is the result, my first layout from our Spring Break trip. This is one of my favorite pages. I just love the colors.
Now I'm down to scraps. This is when I took my cue from Shimelle's Starting Points series and came up with my own layered background.
I added some border stickers from the alphabet page. Now to find photos that will work!
I'm please with the way this turned out. The photos are not very colorful, so they work well with all the patterned paper. I had plenty of room to journal. I also like the mix of horizontal and vertical lines.
This is all I have left! I will add the letter stickers and brads to my stash. Maybe I'll whip up a quick card with that bit of patterned paper. I do not need to build up my stash at this point, so this is a great strategy for me right now. After all, I still want to play with new pretty paper!

Lo and behold, as I was finishing up my project, Glitter Girl came along with a challenge to assemble a kit and scrapbook with it. You can see how she scrapped through her kit here!

20 comments:

  1. Excellent job on the three layouts! Love the product!

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  2. Oh I envy you your ability to stick with it until it is just about gone. I use kits, but have to use them from time to time over a longer span like weeks or months. I might have to try this approach. Your layouts are certainly proof that it can be done, and quite creatively too!

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  3. I love this idea, and I've been doing this a lot, especially with Close to My Heart's great paper packets. I also have too much stuff, so it's nice to actually use up something!

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  4. Wonderful job using your collection on so many different pages! Also loved seeing the Truman library. I have photos from the Clinton library I just ran across. Thanks so much for sharing this, I just got in these papers a few days ago so I may have to CASE a few ideas.

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  5. I love your pages. I have some kits I have put together from my stash but I don't always use them until they are practically all used. I will try this, so thanks for the idea!

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  6. Awesome work! You did a great job with all those supplies! I especially love the double pager :)

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  7. Great layouts - I really like the layered background & how well it worked with those photos.

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  8. You did a great job with these layouts and using your self-imposed challenge. I love to do that too. The page with the Truman office is my fav. Love how you arranged everything. I'm inspired to do this with some of my recent purchases.

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  9. I love all your layering! Such a great job on the challenge!

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  10. Oh this is a fabulous idea. I have PILES of new product that I could not resist and I really need to use it up. Thanks for sharing your layouts, I love them all!

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  11. I love how you did this! Such a fun idea.

    The Truman Library huh? I live about 25 minutes from there :)

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  12. That was awesome!!!!! Those are great layouts and I really enjoyed seeing your process!

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  13. WOW... wonderful idea Sue.. Love how you showed us the steps... Beautiful... hugs..xoxo

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  14. I love to see your process and I can use some tips to work away my ever growing stash. I have resolved not to buy any more scrappy goodies until a large part of my stash is used up. Lovely layouts.

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  15. Great post - really interesting to see how you work! Fab pages too - love your DLO especially.

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  16. I enjoyed seeing your process on these pages. I also have a goal of using up my products rather than have tons of scraps I may never use. Unfortunately it's easier to set a goal than to reach it. I appreciate the inspiration. Your pages are great!

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  17. Love all your layouts Sue and thanks for sharing your process. My favourite one is the 2 page layout spanning over 50 years!
    Go Sue go! using up your supplies!

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  18. Awesome pages! Love that on the cats layout you used photos from different time periods. I love to see pages like that. This is a fun kit - love this EP line. :)

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  19. great pages sue! i think the chilly water is my fave!!! love the paper layering!

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  20. The cat layout is so cool! I love pics over a span of time tied together by one common theme.

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