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As I mentioned in my previous post, I’m running out of steam as I complete this last “main” page for the February section of my 2019 album. I’m also running out of supplies and fresh ideas to keep it interesting! So I turned to the Mini Workshop bonus challenge from Victoria Marie’s January crop, and it was perfect. I tried techniques in a couple of the categories of stash-busting ideas.

I layered and clustered several stickers together to embellish the pocket showcasing Husband and V at school lunch…

…and that inspired me to do some more layering of stickers, patterned paper, labels, and embellishments in some other pockets.

I am thrilled to be the new owner of a hand-me-down manual die cut machine, and so I experimented with adding texture to an otherwise fairly bland red paper that became the base layer in another pocket.

Finally, I got out the Shimelle “Head in the Clouds” stamp set I had first used for my third page in this set and used the bolder floral cluster stamp on some patterned paper to create some embellishments from my scraps.

As usual, I had more to say than would simply fit in the pockets as-is, so I made another flip-up to write about my ankle follow-up appointment. I used another washi tape hinge, but I made sure to reinforce the washi with some of my regular ATG adhesive, because while this particular tape is very pretty, it is also very not-sticky!

Speaking of journaling, in a couple of places, I had enough to say that I decided to type it up. I also wanted to keep the patterned paper on display– especially that delicious floral!!– so I printed it on vellum.

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In snippets of time over the past couple of weeks, in between homeschooling and physical therapy, I have been putting together more of the February pocket pages for my 2019 “everyday” album. When I have to do things in such small increments of free time, I find myself especially thankful for my pre-planning system and detailed captions in the metadata of my photos.

For this page, as for the other February pages, I’m using a stash kit inspired by Victoria Marie’s January crop and the scrapbook.com January Instagram challenge. That kit is made up of some pretty old items: a BasicGrey collection kit (“Highline” from 2014), stickers from an Echo Park collection kit (“Head over Heels,” introduced at the end of 2013), and some metal embossed charms and photo corner embellishments from Making Memories that predate the previous supplies by at least several years! I really wanted to get these things onto pages and into my albums instead of languishing in my stash. However, for this page, I also tried to include some newer items to meet the “Old+New Challenge” for the Victoria Marie crop.

The challenge here for me was actually finding *new* products! I don’t buy a lot of supplies, and when I have in recent months, they have been for very specific projects–that aren’t this one! haha. I hope it’s okay that I stretched the challenge to include new-to-me items: a manual die-cut machine(!!!! I’ve been wanting one for so long, and I’m so grateful to a neighbor in our local Buy-Nothing group for giving one to me!!!!), a cloud embossing folder by Darice (that same kind neighbor also gave me some embossing folders with the machine), the Elle’s Studio “MINI Dated” stamps I purchased with the intent of using them in this album and had never opened until this last week, and a set of Shimelle “Head in the Clouds” stamps that I purchased for my Disney 2016 album but broke open for the first time to use on this layout. Does it also count that I used a new trimmer that my parents gave me for Christmas?

At the top left of this layout, I included an envelope to hold some valentine notes from my children and Husband. I wanted it to exactly fit that 4″x6″ pocket, and I wanted to use my envelope board.

After a quick internet search, I discovered that there is an app called “Envelope Generator” from American Crafts to generate the paper size and board marking for any card size (in 1/8″ increments). It doesn’t have an option to calculate backward from the finished envelope size, so I had to do quite a few tests on scrap paper to determine the parameters… but it didn’t take me too long to figure them out. Here they are (for those keeping score, this corresponds to a card size of 5 5/8″ by 3 5/8″ in the app):

For an envelope to fit in a 4″x6″ pocket:
use paper size 7.75″ square and the punch guide marking at 3.25″

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Right on the heels of the first pocket page for February 2019 section of my 2019 “everyday” album, I completed this second one, using the same stash kit– the goal is to use up those supplies and get them into my albums!

Specifically on this layout, I used border stickers and branding strips to add borders to embellish my pockets for the “Border to Border” challenge in the Victoria Marie January 2021 virtual crop. Perhaps it is a bit of a stretch, but focusing on that challenge helped me to put those strips and stickers to use!

The border stickers are on the outside of flip-ups…

…and underneath, when the photo isn’t wide enough to fill the pocket.

I also used a lot of the tiny letter stickers in the BasicGrey collection pack to add extra words/mini titles to some of my pockets:

This long speech bubble was great for writing about my February 2019 projects.

And I used another one of those brad charms with this label!

I really like how this stash kit is making me USE things! And since it coordinates with the January 2021 scrapbook.com instagram challenge, I’ll be entering this layout there, too.

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Participating in the Victoria Marie January 2021 virtual crop really got me digging into my stash to use older products– really use them and not just hoard them. I’m realizing more and more (and this is NOT a new idea!) that if I love a product, I really need to USE it, so that it’s showcased in my finished albums, not stashed away on a shelf where no one will ever see it.

I realized this was the perfect opportunity to create little stash kits of old products to use in my 2019 everyday album. When I made my January 2019 pages, I found that I was much more successful for having limited myself to a (very old) Studio Calico kit– and not only did my pages come together quickly and cohesively, I also USED products that had been languishing in my stash for no good reason!

So for my February 2019 pocket pages, I challenged myself to use a bunch of old products. I posted this in my Instagram stories before I started:

As you can see, I’m challenging myself to use an old, partially-used BasicGrey collection pack (Highline), leftover stickers from an Echo Park collection pack (Head Over Heels), some cute 3×4 journal cards from Paislee Press, and some very, very old Making Memories embellishments (embossed eyelet charms that attach with brads and some pink+silver metal photo corners). The color scheme also coordinates with the January 2021 scrapbook.com instagram challenge!!

Specifically on this first pocket layout, I used brads (the brads that attach the charms), vellum, and labels for the VM crop “Buttons, Ribbons, and Brads…Oh My!” challenge.

This is the first page of the month, so I have a title card, which I cut with my Cameo 3 using the Orris Root font. I used the offset tool to slightly thicken it so that it would be a bit more stable when cut.

This album is going to have a lot of interactive flaps, and this page is no exception:

I used the brads+metal charms to emphasize the point of a photo…

and also to hold the vellum journaling in place:

I used a lot of embellishment stickers, and I included my journaling on a big label sticker as print-and-cut labels that I keep stocked on my craft desk

It was so exciting to finish this page that I immediately worked on the next one, which I will highlight in my next post.

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I absolutely LOVE the way this layout turned out. Out of the four layouts that I made during the actual weekend of the January 2021 Victoria Marie virtual crop, I think this is my favorite

This layout is another attempt at learning how to include mixed media in my scrapbooking, and it was initially inspired by a challenge to use rub ons… which I totally forgot that I had– I didn’t think that I had any at all! As I was lying in bed mentally combing through my stash, I realized that I’d been glossing over these big 12×12 sheets of Lily Bee rub-ons for years — partly because they were so big, and partly because I wasn’t sure how to use them.

I ended up using almost this entire package of rub-ons on this layout.

This time, when I pulled them out, I realized that I could combine them with mixed media (I’ve been very inspired by Missy Whidden’s creations lately and have been itching to try it out). I still don’t have gesso (long story; bad packaging on Amazon’s part), so I attempted to use some thin white acrylic paint as a base/sealing coat. It was okay, but not great… I really need to get to a store and just buy some clear gesso!!

I added watercolor, rubbed on almost an entire sheet of the Lily Bee rub ons, and then I stenciled Thermoweb Metallix gel through a Paige Evans heart stencil for another layer and more texture.

background in progress

Going along with the Lily Bee theme, I realized that I also still have a number of sheets of their patterned paper and some shaped die cut mat/frames. I LOVED (and still do love!!) their patterns, so why am I holding on to them? They should be used so they can be displayed with my stories in my albums!! I pulled some out and started making a lot of layers around my photo.

I added tissue paper and a doily for extra softness. I added a flat glassine bag to the layers behind my photo to hold my journaling on a tag that pulls out. I am so very glad that I took a few minutes to write down my thoughts that day– I was able to record so many details about surprising my daughter by coming to lunch one day when she had just started kindergarten.

This layout was really, really fun to make. The end result is so satisfying and everything I hoped it would be. In addition, it has made me think about the rub-ons that I still have in my stash (oh yes, after I found these packs, I just kept finding more! I had no idea that I had acquired so many!!). I will definitely be trying the rub on+ mixed media combination again.

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I created this layout for the Friday night bonus challenge in Victoria Marie’s Scrap Your Stash online virtual crop the weekend of January 22-24.

The challenge was to create a patchwork effect, and at first, I went a little crazy looking at quilt block ideas… but when I’d decided on what photos I wanted to use, I realized that I was biting off more than I could chew. I went for a straightforward coin quilt look that would not overpower the photo strip. I also realized that traditional quilt blocks are not really an aesthetic I’m drawn to in my home, and so I wasn’t enjoying that aesthetic on my layout, either. I machine stitched over each rectangle to add texture and emphasize the patchwork idea.

I used a very old Dear Lizzy collection (Neapolitan)– pulling several patterned papers that coordinated well with my photos, and using some of the chipboard pieces and alphabet tile stickers, as well.

I’d figured out my basic design and then realized that I didn’t know where I was going to fit my journaling, so I ended up printing it onto cardstock strips and adhering them under the photo strip.

The layout looked unbalanced until I added a little cluster at the top right.

I even used some very old Making Memories brads, sprinkling them on as a final touch!

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