Yesterday I participated in a workshop called "Use Your Own Stash" which was really more of a scrapbook marathon. Over the course of one day, Jennifer from Scrapbookin' Adventures, took us through the creation of 20 layouts! Yes, I really said 20 layouts in a single day!!! Jennifer's workshop promotes doing single page 12 x 12 layouts (which I converted to 8-1/2 x 11) using stash that you already have. Many of the embellishments are hand-made (like the paper "ribbon" in my layout below) and the designs themselves are interesting and suitable for any theme depending on the papers you choose.
I worried like crazy about the workshop and making my kits was tough. How could I pick papers & embellishmets without seeing the layouts in advance? What if the layout didn't suit the theme of my kit? What if I hated all of the designs!
Well, it turned out my worries were unfounded. The workshop was very fast-paced (about 1 layout every 20-30 mins) and pretty well all of my kits worked out just fine. I won't mislead you - most of my layouts aren't quite finished yet - most are lacking titles and almost none contain pictures yet, but it was still a huge achievement in a single day. Now I just have to keep up the momentum to finish the layouts so that they can actually go into my albums.
Here is the first complete layout to share with you:
My Mind's Eye "Colorful Christmas" paper and chipboard embellishments. After getting it home I added some Glossy Accents to the snowmen snowmen and tree and this one was complete. My favourite part of this layout is the pleated orange polka dot paper ribbon strip with the giant brads.
Challenge Up Your Life - circles (circles in the paper and of course the brads)
Play Date Cafe - hollyhock pink, orange, sky blue (the colours in my layout match a lot better in real life)
Scrapalicious - smile (check out my DS missing tooth grin)
Sparkles Forum Christmas - snowmen