Thursday, May 29, 2014

Scrap our Stash Blog Hop


Hello everyone and welcome to my blog this weekend! 

I'm joining a fantastic group of designers from Practical Scrappers as we showcase creative and unique ways to scrap our stash.

It all begins on the Practical Scrappers blog so, if you are just arriving at my blog today, make sure you begin there. Otherwise, you should have arrived from Lee-Anne's blog

I don't know about you but, I've got quite the stash. It accumulates SO quickly! Every once in awhile, I've got to sit down and challenge myself to create with product that I've had sitting around. I mean... I'm keeping it because I like it, right??? So, I need to use it!  One of the ways that helps me blow through my stash quickly is layering. Lots of layering. 

Take a look.

I live in the most beautiful city! Chicago is beautiful isn't it?
If layering scares you, I have a pretty fool proof way for you to try it.

Grab your scraps and trim a bunch of strips. Something I like to do, is cut the edges so they look like pennants or banners.  It adds some variety and rhythm to the layout. To begin, just lay them all out. Throw 'em down and move 'em around! 

A key element when it comes to good design is to make sure you have some calm papers in the mix. If there is too much pattern and color, it can make your eyes go nutty. And you don't want that!


Layering also means you won't have to pile on the embellishments. I know we're trying to bust through our stash here but, there's no reason to pile everything on either.  A little sparkle here and a little sticker there.


I love wood veneers! They do great at "grounding" the design without overwhelming.


Another tip when it comes to layering and using lots of color is to make sure your photo will POP. You don't want it to get lost or overwhelm. This is a GREAT design technique to use if your photo has a lot of one color or is black and white. Notice my photo has a lot of blue from the sky and the rest is all kind of muted - gray fountain, gray sidewalk... muted colors... neutral colors.


Now, before I let you go, I've got a fun prize to give away! Everyone loves embellishments, right? I've got a fun little prize bag that will be full of embellies for you! Ribbons, flowers, those wood bingo markers (Maya Road), cork embellies (hearts) and, some wood veneer words. YAY! (Can only ship to U.S. winners... sorry!) Just leave me a comment to be eligible and I will draw a winner on Monday, June 2nd and announce right here on my blog AND on my Facebook Page, which you can find HERE. (If your email isn't listed on your blogger profile, it would behoove you to leave it in the comments if you REALLY want to win and be contacted.)

I got to send you off the next blog... have fun visiting Bobbi!


Layout Supplies: Papers: Lily Bee Design (various collections), Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper, Alphabet and Sticker:  American Crafts, Postage Stamp Bling: Prima Marketing, Wood Veneers: Studio Calico

17 comments:

KrissyClarkMcKee said...

I love your explanation of layering. I LOVE to layer but have never been able to explain it, other than a generic and unhelpful "just play around with everything." Love your layout, and love all the Lily Bee papers you used!

jenessa said...

You did a great job with the layering & multiple colors/patterned paper. It really is an eye-pleasing balance and not too overwhelming. I love using up my long strips of scraps and this really inspired me! jenessa327@hotmail.com

Sue D said...

I like how you used up some of your stash with all these layers. Thanks for the great tips too.
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lynnseverydayideas said...

Love your explanation of how you learned to layer!

wendipooh13 said...

super cute page and love all your wood pieces!!!!

My Flower said...

i just <3 the layered look

gram cheryl said...

Chicago and layers… how can you go wrong!

Bobbi Smith said...

Fabulous layout Melissa, I love the long layered strips you've used. Great way to use those scraps! Love the wood veneers :)

Laura Cox {aka scrapaddict} said...

Love the papers....and what a great way to use scraps too....love this idea!

Patricia said...

Loving all those strips! Nice layout! floresfour@aol.com

Roseanna C said...

Thanks for the tips and inspiration. I am going to try your layering technique.

Marcia Dehn-Nix said...

Fabulous layout! Love the layering and embellies. (Please do not include me on the giveaway, trying to purge and make more room here)

Susie Bentz said...

Great way to use up scraps! I also love wood veneers! Thanks for the inspiration!

Kelly Jean said...

Seriously in LOVE with your beautiful layout Melissa. Thanks for the tips on layering. I struggle with that sometimes!

Lee-Anne said...

Oooh love your layout and all the Lily Bee papers. Super awesome!

marylouh said...

I like to use the wood veneer's also. they give a greeting card a lot of pazazz. Love the layout. Thanks for sharing.
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Erin Morehouse said...

Love your explanation in the write up, although Im a "pile it all on" kind of girl :)
Love all the Lily Bee goodness, and the sideways title!