Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The Use it or Lose it Challenge!

I shared the highlights of my latest shopping spree and while it's all beautiful, what about my collection of papers and letters and embellishments sitting there going unused?  I thought about Ashli Oliver's recent blog post about creating paper packs with papers that were on hand.  You can read all about it on her blog, The Purple Mailbox.

So, I pulled out all my papers that were not part of a collection and flipped through them.  I took out a stack of papers that I will definitely not use, ever.  I set them aside to send off to a children's hospital or some place similar where they will be properly cared for and loved with someone else's memories.  This left me with a handful of papers less than 2 inches high.  Not too bad but I am not kidding myself, that's a lot of paper.

I was going to make kits like Ashli but I haven't been too successful with that in the past.  If you go back to the beginning of this blog you'll see that I put kits together which were promptly dismantled shortly after those two layouts.  Instead, I decided to commit to using only these papers for my next 20 layouts.  I did give myself permission to use any card stock I want, although I should focus on the non-neutral colors I seemed to need so so much of so long ago.

So here's the first layout of my Use it or Lose it Challenge: Magic Carpet Ride.



I got really stuck right after I put the pictures and title together   I couldn't leave it like that...I am trying to USE things.  I literally stared at it for 2 hours while I watched season 2 of 24 in the middle of the night.

I played around with the yellow strips and added them to the sides of the red mat and added another one to anchor the flags at the top.  I used the twine to connect both parts of the layout and added some buttons for interest.  Voila!  A fun layout!

This is going in the "master Disney album" I have - we have been so many times I decided to make a big album of all things Disney with sections for the parks, resorts, etc.  It's fun to flip through since it's a work in progress and the pictures cover many trips over the past decade.

There are three different patterned papers.  American Crafts (yellow strips), Die Cuts with a View (red diagonal stripe) but I am not sure about the polka dot paper.  The letters are from Pink Paislee and SEI. I used some of my new KI Memories Smash Tags and hand cut the rest of the flags plus the twine and buttons from my stash.


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