Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas

Wishing you and your families a most wonderful Christmas

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Challenge #60: Button up, buddies

Welcome back to our challenge for December.

Thank you so much for playing along with us last month - it was great to see so many wonderful entries and that you are all still happy to scrap your crap along with us :)

Buttons have become a permanent staple in the crafter's stash box and if you are anything like me, you have more BUTTONS than you will ever be able to use up in a lifetime.

This month use a handful (or more) buttons on your project. Think outside the box, maybe use them as a picture frame, create a shape outlined with buttons, or create a title.

Be sure and comment with a link to your *newly created* project so we can see and comment on them. 
If you link us to an online gallery, make sure that you only use one for which we do not need to register in order to view/comment
Please also consider to switch of word verification on your blogs if you would like our DT to leave comment. If you are worried about Spam you may want to have commen moderation enabled instead


And here are our DT examples to give you an idea on how to make use of those buttons




Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Challenge #59: Mist away

Welcome to our very first challenge for 2011.

We are so excited to start to start the blog again and hopefully inspire you all to Scrap Your Crap!
For this month we thought we would ease you back into the swing of things and make use of an element that has been seen on almost everybody's projects this year: MIST or SPRAY PAINT

Many of us crafters have built up an array of mists but I bet we only use a fraction of the colours we have.
So, we want to see you make use of at least THREE different mists/colour sprays.
If you don't have mists/sprays use paint instead.

Be sure and comment with a link to your *newly created* project so we can see and comment on them. 
If you link us to an online gallery, make sure that you only use one for which we do not need to register in order to view/comment

Please also consider to switch of word verification on your blogs if you would like our DT to leave comments. If you are worried about Spam you may want to have commen moderation enabled instead


And here are our DT examples to give you an idea on how to make use of those mists

"I used six colours of mist on this layout, all from the Spring 2011 Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist collection. I sprayed my mist down an empty toilet paper roll to make the circles"


"I used: 5 Studio Calico Mister Hueys, 2 Glimmer Mists, and 2 Shimmerz to create the cover of my Gratitude Journal. I used the mists on different textures such as just spraying randomly on the chipboard cover itself, the heart is made of Tim Holtz grungeboard, I covered the Maya Road chipboard girl with dictionary paper, and the flower is a Pink Paislee mistable."

Credits: Kids @ Play Kit by Shelby Design Shoppe (Papers/corner scroll)
Wordart by Bethany
Live and Learn Kit Schmooangel Designs (Blue Paint)
Play Kit by De Crow Designs (Paint A- Black)
Derby Kit by Chelle's Creations (Red Paint Splatter)
Christy Haig Creations Template 8 Pack
Font: Raavi
Created in Photoshop Elements 7.0


“Instead of spraying, I decided to paint with the mists.
I stamped the lighthouse with StazOn on white cardstock then painted it using these: 1 Adirondack Color Wash, 1 Shimmerz Spritz, 1 Glimmer Glaze, and 6 Glimmer Mists.”

"for my layout, I used four different paints"


"I used the feminine line of Echo Park Victoria Gardens. To conform to the challenge, I used Memories Mists in Mango Lemonade, MR Maya Mists in Charcoal and Tattered Angels in Pineapple. I likewise used Tattered Angel's Glammer Glaze in Mellow Yellow for some shine.  I painted the Dusty Attic with Dabber Paint in Pearl."

"Here's mine: I used 3 shades of Mr Huey and 2 of Maya Road, - sprayed the title box and removed the letter stickers and then splatted (my new fave technique!) some color spots elsewhere."

"Who doesn't love using spray mist right ? I use it really simple  - spray for background."

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Meet the DT - Part II

We hope you enjoyed last weeks introduction and the wee insight into the worlds of our resident Queens of Crap.

So how about some more - are you ready? Well, here we go!

”I'm originally from Bangkok, Thailand  and have been relocated here in beautiful Colorado for almost 3 years.

I've been traveling a lot before I settled here so I have over 5000 photos in my hard drive that just sitting in there until I went to a party at my friend's house and she introduced me to  scrapbooking world a year ago it's like love at first sight.The only thing I regret is I should 've found this hobby earlier When I was a little girl I had a dream to become a gift wrapping artist. I knew that I always have a small place in my heart filled with pretty papers.My scrapbook style are chic and simple.I try to use up my scrap papers as much as possible.”

”I am a full-time social service worker, but that does not stop me from daydreaming about paper, glue, embellishments, and glitter all day! I am constantly writing down ideas and conversations that "need" to be documented!  Scrapbooking is the perfect outlet for me to express all the random daily thoughts that I want to remember as well as the milestone events for my family.

When I am not working or crafting I can be found spending quality time with my husband and our two sons at the movies, park, or sporting events or curled up with my sweet bulldog, Bella, watching TLC, HGTV, or some cheesy Chiller movie. I love looking at things through a creative lens because I think everything is better with a little embellishment.”


”Hello, my name is Norine.  I'm a not-quite-50 yr old, mother of 4+ a daughter-in-law, married to Paul for 30 years, misplaced Canadian living in Arizona. I've been "scrapping" since my teens, but made it my official hobby in 2003.  Before that it was cross stitch, folk art painting, pretty much anything "crafty".

All my life I have loved photos. Even ones of people I don't know. And I've loved the stories that each photo tells. But eventually the story-tellers are gone and (if we’re lucky) the photo albums remain and while it's fun to imagine the story behind each picture, it's much more satisfying to know the real story. That is what motivates me to put pictures and pen to paper.  Well, that and the patterned paper.  Oh, and the mists and rub-ons and ribbon and chipboard.

Four kids, one endlessly supportive husband and many varied interests (cooking, reading, snowboarding, travel, photography, cottaging) provide me with more photos than I will ever get scrap booked, but in the meantime, I'm having a great time messing around with fun and artistic techniques and products. And when I need to sound more credible, I refer to myself as the "Guardian of my Family's History".  I'm thrilled to be part of the Scrap your Crap DT and look forward to alleviating some of my "hoarding guilt" by contributing here!”


“I am Regina "Reggie" Castillo from the Philippines.  I am a wife to my ever supportive and appreciative husband of 10 years and a mom to my lovely 9 year old daughter and adorable 2 year old son. I am a lawyer by profession but I do scrapbooking as a passion. I started with scrapbooking in 2007 and since then my addiction to this craft, as well as the scrap shopping that goes with it, has not been controlled. Since I started, I have been a bystander in this craft waiting to be inspired by the seasoned scrappers around the world until I finally decided to turn tables and attempt to inspire fellow scrappers.  I wish to accomplish this as DT of SYC.”


“Hello! My name is Renee and I'm a 34 year old mom of two boys, ages 10 and 7. I live in St. Cloud, Minnesota with my husband of 14 years and I work part-time as a Paraprofessional in my boys Elementary School. I love being home in the Summer and on holiday breaks with my boys. It is truly the best after being a SAHM mom for so many years.

I've been Papercrafting for over 10 years, but I've been crafty all my life since I was a small child.  About 5 years ago, I started Digital Scrapbooking. I primarily digital scrapbook nowadays, but still love to play with actual paper and embellishments. I love to rubberstamp and am addicted to making ATC cards (Artistic Trading Cards) and greeting cards. I also love making altered crafts and mini albums. I am really excited to be a part of the new team here at SYC and hope I can show off my creativity and inspire you a bit to try something new.

When I'm not crafting, I enjoy volunteering in my boys' Cub Scout Pack and helping out with my boys' school as the Yearbook Adviser.”

There you have it - all the skinny on our brand spanking new DT, who have already been mega busy to bring you our first challenge for this year on 15 November 2011.

See you then!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Meet the DT - Part I

Are you ready to learn a little bit more about our wonderful new DT ladies, who - come November 15th - will inspire you to use that stash?

We asked our Queens of Crap to tell us a little about themselves and hope you enjoy learning a little more about them as much as we did.
And when you have the time, don't forget to check out their blogs for some fabulous inspiration.

This time in alphabetical order, here are our first five Queens

"I hail from Maryland. I am married to a wonderful husband of 12 years who happens to be the best flag football quarterback that I know (in my own opinion).I have been blessed with 2 of the most fantastic children (Kyle & Kassie). My family are the reason why I scrapbook. They provide me inspirations for many of my scrapbook pages. I am a diehard Redskins fan! You can always catch me behind a camera taking lots & lots of pictures. My scrapbooking style is just me doing what I love!"
"My name is Dana Tatar and I am a stay-at-home mom. I have two daughters, Claire (4) and Scarlett (3). I married my high school sweetheart in 2003 and have been happy ever since. I graduated from MSU with a B.S. in Biochemistry and worked in that field for about 3 years before I gave birth to my first daughter and decided to stay home full time. I have had many hobbies over the years, but scrapping is the one that really gives me satisfaction. 

I started scrapbooking to preserve memories after the birth of my first daughter. I love to mix products from different collections on my layouts and I frequently find inspiration in music, poetry and pop culture. I love fussy cutting and flowers and both can be seen on the majority of my layouts. I would say that my dominant scrappy styles are clean and simple and pretty chic, but I do like to mix things up a bit, depending on the paper or photos I want to use. When I'm not scrapping, I enjoy cooking and baking, reading, listening to music and spending time outdoors with my family and basset hound."

"My name is Jenifer Evans known on many scrapbooking sites as "Jennaroo"! I have 5 kiddos and am married to my high school swetheart! We live in a small farming community....and honestly there's not much to do besides scrap and chase my kids from one sporting event to the next! I have been seriously scrapping now for 2 years but started many years ago when my first child was born. I scrapbook to preserve memories for my children and theirs to come but I also scrap as a creative outlet for myself!

My friends and family make fun of me because I see things differently than they do, I get inspired by surroundings and often wonder how I can scrap them or incorporate them into my crafting somehow, whether it be something that would make a great title or something that could be altered or sqeezed onto a layout. I would say I have more than one style of scrapping because I don't want to limit my creativitey. My dominant style is shabby/pretty chic, but I've been known to produce grungy as well as clean and simple layouts once in a while. I pretty much go where the pictures and paper take me! "

"I am a wife and mother of 3 small children, ages 7, 3 and 19 months. I live in Burlington, Ontario, Canada. I have scrapbooked seriously for about 4 years now, but I have been interested in arts and crafts my entire life. My style is kind of eclectic and a bit cluttered. I’m not a big fan of using a lot of white space, as I’m sure that you can tell. If I see and empty space, I feel compelled to fill it! Fast! My favourite manufacturers are Crate Paper (my #1 fav), Echo Park, Glitz, GCD, Authentique, Little Yellow Bicycle, October Afternoon, Cosmo Cricket and Sassafras. I have a real love for retro and funky paper lines. 

My real job is freelance Web project management, design and development. In fact, I designed, developed and wrote all the content for my own Blog. I have my own small business – Vickers Media, and I work part-time as a Web Project Manager at a marketing company in Mississauga – Spyder Works Inc. My specialty is open source content management systems like Joomla and WordPress."
"I'm from Quebec in Canada.  I share my life with my boyfriend, my three cats and more scrappy supplies than I'll ever be able to use! I'm particularly addicted to paper, clear stamps and flowers (okay… and glimmer mists, and bling, and chipboard, and … you get the picture! lol!) I love to travel, and scrapbooking fits right into that passion for me. I scrap mostly my trips, and while I'm working on a layout, I'm immersed back into the place I'm scrapping. I forget everything else other than trying to find the perfect papers and embellies to match my photos! It's my escape!
I'm so excited to be on this team! I hope you'll join us! "

Check back next Tuesday to learn more about our other five DT Members

Thursday, October 20, 2011


We are super excited to introduce our new DT Members to you.
I know that we said we are looking to add between six to eight new members but we just could not stop there.

We had OODLES of talent responding to our call and after many a-tantrums we were able to narrow it down to ten new DT members.

So, without further ado here are the new Queens of Crap 2011/2012 (in no particular order)
Please take some time and check out their awesome blogs, these girls rock the crap like mad :)))

Natt Smith:

Regina Castillo

Renee Zieglmeier

Caryn Kidwell

Martine Labelle

Norine Borys

Nitasha Griffin-Johunkin

Jenifer Evans

Dana Tatar

Kate Vickers

And then there are the two Mothers of Crap - who work behind the scenes to bring you the new challenges 

Greta Adams 
(SYC Founder)

Kim Sonksen 
(Blog Admin and DT Coordinator)

Finally we would like to give a very special shout out to all you wonderful ladies out there who put their name in the hat for the team, but who were not successful this time around.
Every single submission was appreciated and you certainly did not make it easy for us.

Thank you so much to all of you for having taken the time and trouble to apply - we are honoured that you wanted to become part of the team and sincerely hope that you give it another try in four months time, when we have another call.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

DT Call - update

Our DT Call is now closed - thank you SO SO much or the many wonderful submissions. It's fantastic to see that you haven't forgotten us during our hiatus and that you are all so excited to see this challenge blog returning.

It will not be too long until we announce our new DT members and I can promise that we will email EVERYONE who applied for the DT position before we announce the team on the blog.

Have a fantastic Sunday everyone!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

DT Call 2011

Scrap You Crap is returning!!!
(Can we get a YEEEEEEEEHAW, purlease??!???)

We have been taking a break since the beginning of the year but now we feel it is time to come back.

That is why we are looking for you, yes YOU over there.
Are you a hoarder? Do you surround yourself with pretty papers, chipboard, embellishments and continue to add to your stash rather than use it?

Well then you are the prefect crafter to become part of our Design Team.
Scrap You Crap is looking for six to eight team members and ideally we would love to have a good mixture of cardmakers and scrapbookers.

**What do we ask of our Designers?
Just one project per month – due on the 1st as our challenges will go live on the 15th.
Register for our DT forum, where we will be throwing ideas around for future challenges and communicate with each other. We do not ask for gazillions of posts, just a bi-monthly check in
Promote SYC wherever possible, for example on your personal blog, online communities.
Commit to a four month term with the possibility of extending this for another term.
Leave comments on all challenge entries.

**What do our Designers get in return?
The gratification of having used up all that stash which gathered dust. As the concept of the blog is to make use of the stash you already own, it would be kind of defeating the object to compensate with product, right? And also, this gives you the perfect excuse to go and buy more stash...seeing that you used the old one up for our challenges :)
Designers will have a permanent link to their blog (or homepage) on our site.

If you want to become part of this well-established (but naughtily neglected) challenge blog, send an email to: and don’t forget to put SYC DT Call in the subject line.

We would like you to submit three projects (layouts or cards) which you feel represent your style the best but they don’t have to be newly created. You can email us images of stuff you have already done before no need to recreate and keep it a secret.
Don’t forget to include a link to your personal blog (if you have one) as we are nosy like that and fancy checking you out...

Please feel free to check out our blog at: but bear in mind that we have not updated anything since the beginning of 2011 and it looks a little bit unloved...we are working behind the scenes to revamp the site. At least it should give you an idea of what we are about.

Internationals are more than welcome and the deadline for this call is October 15th 2011. If accepted, you term runs from November 2011 through to February 2012. No prior DT experience is required.

If you have any questions, please shoot us an email to: and we will get back to you as soon as possible. We look forward to hear from you all!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

happy new year

with much consideration and thought i have decided that for now i am taking a break from scrapping and SYC. I have been at this for 3 years now and i am tired.

I will not be taking this blog down because who knows i may start back not to mention there is killer inspiration in the archives.

thanks for all your participation through these last months and years.


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