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Wood Veneer Overwhelm!

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Do you have a particular crafting supply that you seem to collect without even knowing? Suddenly you turn around and find 15 6×6 paper pads, or 20 packages of enamel dots, or set after set of wood veneer pieces.

Personally, I believe that one can never have too many enamel dots!

Wood veneer on the other hand … well, that’s the subject of today’s post.

What’s a girl to do when she’s got too much stuff?!

I recently cleaned out my scrap room, went through every single item in it, and have only returned those items to it that I feel I will use. Really, honest to goodness, put on a card, layout or other paper crafting project. It was incredibly tough to look at a piece of gorgeous patterned paper and say, “no, I’m never going to use this, it’s really not my style anymore, good bye”.

This sort and purge even extended to my Gossamer Blue kit stash. You may or may not have picked up by now that I love my Gossamer Blue kits. I love them so much that until just recently, I’ve kept them all separate from my regular stash. When creating with a new kit, I would go to this stash first if I needed something that the newest kit didn’t contain. As I sorted them I came to the (stupidly hard) decision to put whatever full sheets of patterned paper and card stock were in there into my paper racks with my “regular stash”. I’ve still got my paper scraps separate … for now. We’ll see how long that lasts!

When I went through the embellishments drawer though, I discovered this.

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Adding Texture With a Stencil

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Hi everyone! I’m back with another page share.

I’m still making my way through layouts I made in March for the Paper Issues Crop Challenges. Still can’t believe I never shared them at the time! Just goes to show what a crazy busy schedule we had back then.

Ever felt your projects lack interest or feel flat?

I’m not talking literally flat. I think it’s safe to say that most of our layouts these days have a lot of dimension. Whether you get that from layers of paper, chipboard accents, enamel dots, brads or buttons, using dimensional adhesive to pop up elements, or ribbon, there are a ton of choices to add dimension and interest to your projects.

But what if you add those things and your layout still feels a bit … boring?

Today I’d like to share another way to add texture.

Stencils!

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Add Interest With Shaped Photos

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I know what you’re thinking; “NOOOO!!! Not circle cut photos!”

Don’t panic!

I haven’t turned back the clock to fancy edged scissors, sticker sneeze and every photo cut into a different shape.

This is the updated way to create some fun, some interest and, in my case, emphasize the subject matter by using a background die cut with photos peeking through.

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Happy (Inter)National Scrapbook Day!

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Are you getting your scrap on today?

Did you even know there WAS such a thing as National (or should I say, INTERnational) Scrapbook Day?

Surprise!

I thought I’d pop on here this morning to give you a bit of a round up of some places you can go and participate in challenges, get inspired, download freebies, and generally immerse yourself in all things scrapbook related.

Ready?

1. Scrapbook.com

Basically, you sign up for one of their FREE classes, upload a project created from the content within to the class Gallery, link at least 3 products and you are entered! Win, win! You learn something new AND maybe win a gift card to buy some new product!

2. Studio Calico

They are hosting challenges all day on their blog, in their member only chat room and even on their Facebook Page. There are all sorts of prizes too. Click on the photo to be taken to the blog post introducing everything and then follow the links from their for the specific challenges.

3. Big Picture Classes

No surprise that Big Picture is offering a line up of classes today, each with their own challenges. On their Facebook and Instagram pages they are also hosting giveaways so be sure to follow them there too. **You do need to “buy” this class to participate in all the challenges but don’t worry, it’s FREE.

4. Simple Stories

They have a FREE 7 page download of printables that coordinate with their new Summer Vibes line, a coupon code for 50% their digital store and links to their 4 latest releases which you can win by leaving comments on the release blog posts. I LOVE Simple Stories so will be grabbing that download for sure!

5. American Crafts

They’ve got a Blog Hop going on today featuring some of the top designers in the Industry today. The hop also reveals some new product sneak peeks and challenges too. If you are just looking for inspiration, I’d go here first!

Okay, that’s my short and sweet round up! Have a blast today. Hope you get time to be creative!!

Don’t forget about our very own (Inter)National Scrapbook Bundle packed full of downloads, printables, tips, tricks, techniques, classes, videos and much more. The sale ends today at Midnight EST. The bundle is $29.99 for over $180 worth of content so don’t miss out!

Now go and get your craft on!