Friday, October 1, 2010

Challenge #58: Mix & Match

Happy Fall Ya'll..Yea I am from deep in the south ;)
I don't know if you know or not but quite a few months ago we were approached by ScrapStreet Ezine about participating in an article. How cool is that? So we did and it is out in this months issue. We chose to use 10 different manufacturers on our layout. So that is the challenge this month. It was harder than one expects but it was very fun.
So pull out your manufacturers and give us what you got.



Here is my page ...I used 10 different papers and then cut out a mask and then started adding white paint, Gesso and chalk mist ...I had alot of fun using scraps on this page ..thanks for looking!!!!


Isn't Kristin's page SO inspiring? Love those strips!
I wish all the details showed up on this bright pastel layout. I was inspired by a Starbucks magazine ad to create this layout. I used a mix of ten products plus rubber stamps and NO patterned paper! So you can mix up a lot of products and skip paper entirely - how's that for variety?


I had so much fun with this layout - using so many different manufacturers turned out to be a breeze! I got to dig around my stash too for all sorts of bibs and bobs. I worked on a layered effect to get everything to fit. So there's a lot of texture and 3D elements. You can't quite see it, but the page curls at the top are used to hang a silver 3D wire star over the clouds. There are closeups on my blog of this.
The photos are of my (nearly 2 year old) daughter driving a Cozy Coupe and munching down party food at a birthday she was at.


So many things were put on tis LO. Things that I had forgotten all about. 10 different manufacturers. Things lost in a drawer. in a basket, Even things tucked away in envelopes. This is one of the most favorite challneges to do. Its basically what you want and where you want to put things.  Anything goes. Isn't that what its all about...So what are you waiting for. Just have fun with what you got!!!


I had a lot of fun doing this layout, searching for almost ten supplies from different manufactureres. In my layout I used even old Halloween papers that match with the colors of the photo, an old cheap ribbon and other accents that were closed in a box.
This months guest designer is the fabulous Michelle Perkins and here is what she did : Here is what she used:
Die Cuts With a View - Brights Stack
Bazzill - Black and Sunflowers Lite
Zva - Black Bling
Kaiser Kraft - Black and White Flowers
Tim Holts - Frayed Burlap Distress Ink
Provo Craft - Cricut Expression, Songbird Cart, Storybook Cart and Simply Sweet Cart
EK Success - Double Embossed Dotted Lace punch and Open Scallop punch
Basic Grey - Sugar Rush pattern paper
My Minds Eye - It Time Breaking Free pattern paper
Fancy Pants - About a Girl button

Thanks Michelle for playing along with us.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Challenge #57: Christmas with a Twist

Can you feel it? Christmas is almost around the corner (well sort of...), so this month we are challenging you to grab you Christmas supplies and create a project that is NOT christmassy in any way shape or form. Use the colours green, gold and red and see if you can get a project done that does not evoke the feeling of presents. Maybe you have oodled of Xmas embellies but not quite sure how to use them? Be creative - be totally unique and use them on a summer layout, no?

We want to see how "twisted" your imagination cam run riot when faced with Christmas in September!


Be sure and comment with a link to your *newly created* project so we can see and comment on them. From all entries linked no later than 20th September 2010, 16:00hrs EST we will choose one overall winner, who will be crowned our Queen of the Crap no later than 25th September 2010.

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I pulled different Christmas paper that I had in the colors of green, gold and red and then went to my embellishment drawer full of Christmas stuff and thought I would try and find some trees and stars to add to the page and then found this "wish" from 2002 in my stash ...found a place for it on the page to go with my title .Next, I pulled out my Disney pictures ....and this is how this page came about ....thanks for looking!!!
I absolutely love Christmas and love the fact that I'm using Christmas themed paper on a non-christmas layout!! I used a lot of red and green, because thankfully my photo has lots of this colour in it. I used Christmas patterned paper, bold red cardstock for journalling, a blingy star embellie and I tore apart a christmas wreath (removed the word Christmas and the red bow), then separated the leaves and added them as individual embellies behind the flower. I also used Christmas ribbon.
I pulled out my last year's Christmas stash for this layout. I love Basic Grey's Eskimo Kisses paper and while there's plenty of green, the aqua and pink tones make it quite versatile. I brought out those pinks & burgundies by using a pink cardstock base for my page, and tinting my letter stickers with raisin alcohol ink. Using Christmas paper is fun because it's put away most of the year - it's like discovering a new stash just waiting to be enjoyed!


I was intrigued about using the festive colors on a non-holiday layout.It was a great challenge and so much fun.Sadely past that I just couldnt bring myself to add christmas-y decor to the layout,just a tad bit too much for me...haha,but i love the way the colors worked for this layout!


In these days my scrapbooking style is "shabby and simple", I use less 3D embellishments and I use a lot of masking tape and inks. For this layout I choose two Christmas patterned papers and a simple green one.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Challenge # 56 Winner

After having such a hard time picking we decided we couldn't do it so I took matters into my own hands and put your name in a jar and had my 6 year old pull one out....

drumroll please:


You will be Queen of the Crap until the next winner is announce.. woot woot!!!

Send me your snail mail address to greta(dot)adams(at)
and i will put together a small something something for ya!!

We'll be back on the 1st with a new challenge!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Challenge #56: Measure me up

How many of you have succumbed to the new(ish) craze that is masking/washi/kawaii/artisan tape yet? You may even have some lying around from when it was just called bookbinding tape, offered by Making Memories and 7Gypsies...

Or you may be clever and just use your low priced, household masking tape and stamp it with your own images, or paint it to suit your project.

We would like to see you stick it all on - go wild with the tape, be inventive: if you don't have any decorative tape around, why not cut up a tape measure and use that? Everything goes and we want to see it.

Be sure and comment with a link to your *newly created* project so we can see and comment on them. From all entries linked no later than 20th August 2010, 16:00hrs EST we will choose one overall winner, who will be crowned our Queen of the Crap no later than 25th August 2010.

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I am totally hooked on tapes - always have, always will. The humble masking tape appeared first on one of my cards by accident way back in 2004, when I used the tape to actually mask something off :)
Whenever I see some pretty tape, I buy it and I had oodles of fun with four different type of tapes on this layout


I love the pretty patterned tapes you can buy - but I don't have any yet! They've been on my wish list, but since Scrap Your Crap is about using what you have, I chose to use hockey tape on this page about my son. Hockey tape is a white, fabric tape that takes ink easily, so I inked it with blue and brown and used it to border the photos at the top and also on the bottom right corner.


Well, that was fortuitous! We are in the middle of moving so all my stuff was packed! No paper, no pictures, nothing. I literally had this one picture sitting out, and luckily I had pre-made this mini album a long time ago. I was able to stick this picture on, dig out my Heidi Swap tape (which I've had forever, but never used) and call it quits!


Oh I can't believe how versatile tape can be!! Firstly I recently bought some florist tape to make some sock roses and would you believe it wouldn't stick! So here I had a roll of $6 and nothing to do with it - bring on our challenge!! I used it as the border here. I simply pleated and sewed it to my layout! I also cut up some actual measuring tape cause the colour looked nice, and I also used some Heidi Swapp tape that has lived in my stash about as long as I've been scrapping and turned it into a flower! I pleated it into a circle and then embellished it up. Tape is so much fun!! By the way, the little critter in my photos is an Australian Brushtail Possum - this little cutie stopped in at work one morning (on pyjama day!) and I got to feed her some apple and banana.

Here is my take on using all these different tapes ...I used some old Heidi Swapp tape that I had and then some new Pink Paislee tape that I just bought ...I just love using this stuff ....on this page I cut my paper 10x10 and then cut little pieces to make a border around my page ...thanks for looking!!!


I bought some adhesive measure tape by 7 Gypsies almost two years ago... it's quite intact! This is the perfect occasion to use it, because I bought it for USE IT and not to keep it in a box. The same for the adhesive lace in black and white. I have it since forever! In this layout I used it to add a romantic touch.


I wanted something simple, to the point and I had these measuring tapes around for a long time. Perfect for what I wanted to do. I also love these adhesive circle tapes. Makes my heart smile.

Some of my very favorite layout ever have included regular old masking tape,
but this is my first time playing with the beautiful Tim Holtz tissue tapes.
I covered the bottom portion of the envelope with strips of one time and made the pleated floral centre with another.
Detail shots on my blog.


I was super excited how this layout came together.I just got this awesome tape by pink Paislee in the mail and was waiting for the right layout to use it on,and a week later(without this prompt in mind),I snapped this picture of My daughter,and it just all came together!

This month we are joined by two fabulous Guest DT's - we are so proud that we have such awesome scrappers donating their time and talent to share their layouts with us.

First up is the amazing VELVET who couldn't stop at one layout -she is such a fan of using tape on her layouts that she created two projects for this challenge.

Next up is KT who bought the tapes some time ago, waiting for the "right moment" to make use of them :)

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Challenge #55: We have a winner

Thank you to everyone who played along with our DT Swapees; the GUTTER GIRLZ this month. We saw some fantastic entries from you all and were once again vowed by the fabulous creations.

The winner of the personalised invites from our July Sponsor MOMMIES INK and crowned Queen of the Crap July 2010 is:

WOOT WOOT, Amanda!!!! We loved the different textures and how you carried the theme of five throughout your layout. Outstanding entry!
Please email us to claim your prize.

Don't forget to all check back on 01 August 2010 when we have a somewhat "sticky" challenge for you all *wink wink*

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Challenge #55: Brought to you by the number 5

This month we have very special guests. We did a Design Team swap with the fabulous girls over at Gutter Girlz.

This challenge is all about the number 5...
We are on challenge number 55 so how fun would it be to use increments of 5.

Ex: 5 different pattern papers, 5 buttons, 5 pictures, 5 misc get the drift....if you use it make sure it is in increments of 5... easy peasy right? This will be a great way to finish off those packages of embellishments that you bought and used a few of them and still have a gazillion left...or better you save your scraps of pp? Pull those out and use them...just make sure you use 5!


Be sure and comment with a link to your *newly created* project so we can see and comment on them. From all entries linked no later than 20th July 2010, 16:00hrs EST we will choose one overall winner, who will be crowned our Queen of the Crap no later than 25th July 2010.

This months sponsor is Jen over at Mommies Ink. She has a fabulous etsy shop filled with lots of options for custom invites. The winner will get to choose an invite that she already has designed in her shop or work with her to create a custom one for any event. Is that cool or what? I have worked with her for Mason's birthday invites and I am super pleased with her work. I will be definitly using her for all my invitation needs from here on out! Please be sure to check her out.
Here is an example of some of the things she does:

I'm such a sucker for hot pink and Zebra :)
Anyway on to the inspiration for this challenge:

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Here is what the Gutter Girlz did:






I found this great picture of my mom and niece in the bluebonnets from some years ago ..and made me think of how close they are now and how much she loves those girls ...5 different papers, 5 flowers, 5 brads, 5 label stickers, 5 stamped hearts and a title with 5 letters...thanks for looking ...have fun with this challenge!!!

Michelle Jacknicke:

Hello gang!
I used the number 5 in my title as well as 5 letters for the subtitle. I also used used 5 different tags all over the LO. 5 different dymo label items that best represent my grandpa (jadka) in polish. This is his staple, he has to have these things on him at all times. Like a woman and her purse.

This month we also had another two Guest Designers joining us here at SYC , let's see how they embraced this fun challenge:

I really loved
using the '5' challenge.
Lets see, I used 5 pieces of paper, 5buttons, 5 different colors of
thread/twine, 5 alphabet sticker words, and 5 banners with a word that
had a 5 letter word on them!
Thanks for letting me play along!

Stacy Greening:
Thanks so much for allowing me to GDT for July. Here is my LO. I used 5 pics, 5 patterned papers, five word title, five buttons, five clusters of liquid pearls, and 5 journalling strips. This challenge was a lot of fun!!!

Friday, June 25, 2010

#54 - We have a winner

What a wonderful selection of entries we received this month - we saw a plethora of different techniques, fantastic use of different paints and inks and overall an amazing array of superb projects.

This month, there was one outstanding contributor to this particular challenge and we were just blown away by every single one of her three entries. Dust off the glitter and paints off our hands and give a huge round of applause to our Queen of the Crap June 2010:

Just look at her beautiful creations and make sure that you check out her personal blog (by clicking on her name) - Irit's projects are to die for.

Thank you all for playing along and in particular those of you who submitted more than one entry and HUGE congratulations again to Irit!!!!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Challenge #54: Color me Happy

This month our very own DT member Illy decided the crap we needed to dig out and use is anything that you can color with.

Watercolor crayons
Color pencils
Acrylic paints
or any other mediums you can think of

A minimum of 3 colors is the challenge!


Be sure and comment with a link to your *newly created* project so we can see and comment on them. From all entries linked no later than 20th June 2010, 16:00hrs EST we will choose one overall winner, who will be crowned our Queen of the Crap no later than 25th June 2010.

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I love these pictures from my first ever winter holiday. My Nan, Aunt and Uncle took me skiing at the tender age of four (bless) and my Uncle taught me that whenever I fell, I should be laughing as:
  • a) snow is soft
  • b) it is so much cooler to laugh than cry like a baby
Most of the pictures from that holiday show my lying on the floor laughing my head, I guess I fell.A.LOT... tee hee
Having used the wonderful double-sided papers from Norwegian Manufacturer 3ndy, I added for colour: white gesso, walnut ink to define the distressed paper edges and blue cosmic shimmer, which was spritzed all over the background paper.


This whole entire thing was painted on canvass with so many things, I had acrylic on here, some pencil, gesso, some ink. It was very very fun to do and I think I'll adventuring in more things like this. And why not, its just crap that I have in my art box. Bust out the crap ladies!!!


This is one of my favorite photos from a trip to Colorado last year. We found this field with the biggest dandelions I had ever seen. I used three different oil pastels to create a frame around the edges. I love the smeared effect you can get. I had a blast with this challenge, thanks Illy!


I have absolutely loved this challenge - I have only just bought my first set of Copics and couldn't wait to use them! I added some colour to the pink paper flowers you can see, with the buttons in the middle. I feathered the brush tip out from the middle to make the flowers a little more realistic. I also stamped some butterflies in the top left corner and coloured them in with the pens. The photos I used are of my youngest daughter playing on her musical horse outside on a gorgeous Autumn day.


I used a old Heidi Swapp Mask that I found and sprayed my different mist on the right side of the page and then cut it up to also make the flowers on the page and then hand cut a heart out of chipboard and used it also as a mask on the left side of the page I added a little glitter around the edge of the page and to the flowers and added a little journaling around the edge of my page ...had fun playing with all the different color mist!!!!


As a professional artist, you would think I would be more comfortable with drawing on a layout, but it's not something I usually do. So I put my doodle cap on and grabbed some markers to make my own patterned paper on kraft card stock. I also reserved the right to cover up the first doodles that didn't go so well - hence the collage effect in the lower left corner!


When I learned what this month's challenge was, I decided I would be using Gesso. I didn't know what else I would do, but Gesso for sure. I dribbled big blobs of it onto my background and used a piece of cardboard to swirl it around, leaving some ridges for texture. While the Gesso was still wet, I used a stamp to further texturize the background. Once the Gesso was dry, I spritzed with Shimmerz. I also used Shimmerz on my stamped flower and Glimmer Mist on the Maya Road envelopes. See more detail shots on my blog. This layout uses the June Add-on Kit from Up The Street.


For my page I decided to use old watercolors. I painted randomly on a white cardstock, then I "stamped" some circles with white acrylic paint. I built my page using scraps of paper, some journaling tags used as patterned paper (I wrote the journaling on the empty space of the photo) and then I decided to use some of my *newly bought* stuff, because I don't want to stash it anymore, I want to use pretty things in my pages, without the fear of wasting them.


I loved this idea right away,I used my crayons by taking two wax papers,placing strips of crayons I made by sharpening them with a pencil sharpener,and placing the second wax paper atop it,and ironing them down to create this great mosaic looking heart!very fun and easy to do!

Once again, we were joined by a wonderful Guest DT Scrapper who enjoyed getting her elbows deep into the paint/ink pots :)

MELISSA used three different colours of ink for the layout and the chipboard. The colour combination is gorgeous and the use of white space fantastic.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

#53 - We have a winner


Now this is the feeling we have each month when we pour over all submissions from you gals...the projects you share with us are always truly inspiring and what's more, you are all indeed using up your crap!!!

Our winner for May and officially crowned QUEEN of the CRAP is

It is truly inspiring how Annalisa used all the letters to create such a touchy-feel background. Wonderful work with the sewing as well and how can resist that kissable-chubby little hand....*drool*

Congratulations, girl!!! Please E-mail us! to claim your prize, generously sponsored by Some Odd Girl.

Thank you all again for playing along - we hope to see you all again in June, for another fun challenge

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Challenge #53: A to Z

We are all guilty of having 2362569852 packages of thickers, stickers, mini alphas, rub on's, etc. So our challenge this month to you is use up some of those letter stickers/thickers from A-Z on your project, card, altered art, canvas, anything you chose.


Be sure and comment with a link to your *newly created* project so we can see and comment on them. From all entries linked no later than 20th May 2010, 16:00hrs EST we will choose one overall winner, who will be crowned our Queen of the Crap no later than 25th May 2010.

Please welcome SOME ODD GIRL as our May Sponsor. Not only will our Queen of the Crap be able to choose 5 (yup, that is F-I-V-E) free digi stamps, but all our blog readers can shop for some super fun digi stamps and receive a whoppin' 30% off any order during the month of May by using the SYC30 code at checkout.
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This layout was made using the Seaside Cottage Kit from Noel"


I have sooooo many alpha stickers, that I could quite possibly write a short novel just using them all up....
Don't you find though that there are always some letters left over, which you find hard to use? I had quite a few alpha stickers left on a small My Minds Eye sticker sheet, so I used them all on this layout which shows me on my first day of school.


A short novel! Kim, that is too funny!!
I had fun using my alphas to create this layout documenting the challenge of cutting my three-year-old's hair. Beware when buying alphas at the dollar store - the letters in my journalling only went to "T" and so I had to create my "V" by cutting up a "K". Watch for letters that you can re purpose when your most-used letters start to run out - the other day I took a 9 and used it as a lower case g and I don't think anyone will notice!


For some reasons this didn't come to me until the last minute. I was struggling with the photo. I didn't have one. So I took the camera outside and took some self portraits and played around with the filters for a bit. Used my assorted chipboard and rub-ons and finally completed it. I hope you have a great time with this challenge, I know I did.


I have a package of pink alphabet stickers that I find difficult to use on a project, I don't know, maybe the letters are too much "old style" for me... So I decided to use them to create a background on a kraft cardstock and I love the result!
In this card, near the pink butterfly, I glued a feather that I found in my bedroom: my little cat likes to pull the feathers out of the duvet with her teeth so I think she was guilty of that!


I had so much fun creating this layout and using up the last of a sheet of alphas that I was never going to be able to finish otherwise! First I used a scrap piece of yellow embossed Doodlebug cardstock, then I started to randomly choose letters from the letter sheet and place them (overlapping style) onto the piece of card. Then when I had enough, I used my Cuttlebug die to punch out a stamp shape. I raised the alpha-squares with 3D foam dots to help them stand out a little against the other stamps.

This layout is all about my top ten songs that remind me of something significant from my life - it's for my BOM.


I feel like I really accomplished something with this layout. I used up quite a bit of old stash and tried a new technique that I've been wanting to do for awhile now.
Before I even decided on my photo or paper or embellishments, I took a piece of white cardstock, a piece of black cardstock and covered them with white and black foam thickers. This font was one of my favorites when it first came out, and although so many letters were used that I couldn't spell out a whole title with them anymore, I couldn't bear to throw them away. Once they were pieced together, I sprayed the whole background with Before Dawn Shimmerz and then Jenni B Blu here and there on the white. If I'd planned a little better, I probably would have only used the letters where they would show, but as it is, most of the letters are hidden. At least I used up 3 partial packages of letters which were just taking up space :)
I was even able to use up some wee bits I'd saved from a kit from a few years ago.

More detailed photos are up on my blog.


My friend always makes fun of me because I usually design the page and then go find the picture to go with it these challenges are always good for me because I had the idea for the tree first to use up some sticker letters ( I picked about three different types of fonts) and then just started sticking them on there to form a tree and then added the little flowers ...thanks for looking!!!!


Most of my friends live at a great distance, so I've decided that I need to send more mail. I love the idea of bringing back the art of the letter (or card) so I picked a girlfriend, and made this card, just for her. I love thicker letters, don't you?


This was a "think" challenge for me,as i am not one to wish to use my stickers at all anymore, especially in large amounts,so i did an alphabet grid,and stitched between the letter stickers,showcasing the first time my daughter wrote her name!


We are delighted to present two wonderful Guest Designers for this month to SYC - please welcome Vieve and Carly who have embraced this months' challenge. Get ready for some more eye-candy, right here - right now!

This is the cover page for Genevieve's wedding album and we love how she combined the black and white letters to create such funky dimension. Don't know about you but this makes us want to see the rest of the album too!

How absolutely adoring is this layout? We love the little touches with the different coloured words and how Carly used the number 3 instead of the letter E. Fab!

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