Week Two: Tackling the Embellishments

Did you have fun viewing all of the Love Your Stash ideas last week? Our Creative Design Team is challenging you to use your stash throughout February. Each week, we have a new element in our craft stash that we are using in our videos, and we are asking you to join the challenge.


This week, our goal was to use up some of our bits and bobbles we have collected in our embellishment stash.  I had fun rummaging through my collection to find elements for this page.  How many of them do you recognize?

I was amazed at how many little treasures I found in my craft space even after de-stashing last October. I swear some of these items multiply overnight.

As you can see, I was able to gather up some adorable little pieces for this page to match the personalities in the photos. I especially love that little banner below the photos. I was inspired by Andrea Sherman’s video last week and wanted to make one for this page.

I have only made banners for my home dΓ©cor pieces and have not attempted one for a scrapbook page. This is fun to make and it like how it helps to frame the photos in a whimsical way.

Most of the banner pieces and background papers are Mix-Ins. These patterns are my favorite to use and I tend to hoard them each season. I adore the subtle patterns and colors. This page also has few leftover pieces from Stitched Together and Brushed. All of the colors played so well together.

To break up the patterns and bring focus to the photos, I used a black cardstock background and a few black pattern papers. Whenever I have black and white photos, I like to use black frames, matting, or stitching to draw your eye to the image on the page.

Once the papers had been selected, I started digging through the embellishments. WOW! I did not realize how many flowers I had collected. In my process video, you will be able to see how I layered all the elements together and get a peek into how I organize my embellishments.


As I create a page, I often take a step back or walkaway to allow my mind to clear so I can see what might be needed. While I was making this page, I had to refocus a few times. I don’t usually add this many elements and I worried that it wouldn’t all come together.

Each time I came back to the project, I remembered what I have been learning in my classes and all the little tricks I have learned through the years. I reminded myself to stick to specific colors, added texture and checked for a visual triangle.

One of my favorite additions was the wood leaves and title. It was those elements that pulled everything together. By adding some natural elements to the page, I was able to soften the bright colors and ground a few of the elements.

This page turned out so much better than I had hoped – I honestly surprised myself. All of these little embellishments worked together perfectly and reflected the personality of the girls in the photos.


Make sure to check out all of the Creative Design Team creations this week and learn a few new was to Love Your Stash. If you choose to join the challenge, make sure to use the #cdtloveyourstash so that we can see what you created.

I hope you have a wonderful week!

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Love Your Stash Day Three | Pocket Cards & Paper

Are you ready to Love Your Stash and start using some of your ever-growing papercraft collection? Throughout February, the Creative Design Team will be showing you unique ways to use your stash, and we are asking you to join us in this challenge. As you complete each weekly challenge, use #cdtloveyourstash when you post your creation. 


This week, our Creative Design Team is tackling paper and pocket cards that we have “collected” through the years. I will admit, it was very freeing to grab whatever I wanted to use from my craft space – It allowed me to pull a variety of elements together from both current and past collections to create a page for my daughter.

I began pulling out some Mix-In papers that were collecting dust and paired them with some Wood Grain paper. Mix-Ins are some of my favorite patterns to use, but I often overbuy them because I enjoy them so much. 

After creating the background, I reached for some pocket cards that would complement the photo. Lately, my brain has had a difficult time concentrating, and I become easily overwhelmed. As I was trying to figure out PML placement, I became frustrated with my lack of brainpower. Thank goodness I have such a wonderful husband who helped me narrow down the elements for this page. 

I chose a few pocket cards from the Bloom with Grace collection along with some black and white cards from an older collection. I honestly have no idea when these are from, but I know that they are from Close to My Heart. 

I also added a few stickers from the Bloom with Grace collection to match the theme of the layout. The other elements on this page are from recent and retired die cuts that are stored in my die cut binders. (I talk about these in my video.) 

Once all the elements were on the page, I went back the next day to see what needed fixing. I am sure that I am not the only one who does this. Sometimes, I need to walk away from a project and come back to process what changes are needed.

You can view the creation of this layout as you watch my process video.  I show you how I used pocket card as photo mats, titles, and journaling cards. 


The Creative Design Team would love for you to join us in our Love Your Stash challenge. If you need a little inspiration, you can view all of our weekly creations on our YouTube channels.  Make sure to subscribe to each channel so that you are notified when we add new videos. 

If you choose to accept the challenge, make sure to use the #CDTloveyourstash hashtag in you posts so that we can see what you have made. 

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