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