This past weekend, in celebration of International Scrapbooking Day, Shimelle put together a super inspiring video for Two Peas In a Bucket. It is the "watch it over and over again" kind of inspiring... the "make you want to scrap your heart out" kind of inspiring... the "talk to your friends about it" kind of inspiring!
Yes, it is! In fact, my scrappy friend Jennifer and I were chatting and she brought up her idea to take the inspiration of scrapping from a kit and on a budget from this video and give it a try herself. She asked if I was up for the challenge. At first, I thought of all the reasons why I was actually NOT up for said challenge. Reasons like, I don't scrap that way, I won't be able to include everything in my kit that I want, what if the papers don't work for my photos, you get the idea. But, then I came to my senses and remembered how I love a good challenge and how they always pump up my scrappy mojo. So, before I knew it, I was pulling together a kit and diving right into this excitement!
Here you can see a picture of mine. I can't even tell you how many times I would grab an item, only then to put it back as I grabbed another item. I wrestled with this quite a bit!
In the end, I ended up switching out some of the card stock for more patterned paper as I really am not much of a card stock kinda gal. Also, I hope to finish up most of my parent's reno book while working through this kit and since I have used MME for all of that book so far, I continued on with that. I also grabbed my bee stamp set from Maya Road, Pinstripe Mr. Huey, A MME diecut, 2 packs of thickers, 2 rolls of washi and some doodle twine. I am THRILLED beyond measure that tools, scraps and pens are "included." You all know I have to have my pens and doodles!
So, kit assembled, I set about to scrap. Then, something funny happened. I was so afraid to use "too much" of the supplies that I ended up making layouts that I wouldn't normally make! This could be a good thing, yes?
Like this:Notice how chicken I was with the patterned paper? Only little strips and some fussy cutting made it on there:
Or this? Instead of patterned paper, I have twine stars!
And a handwritten title bit:
And, some randomly placed washi. OK, yeah - I do the washi thing all the time...perhaps that's not so new!
Then I realized what I was doing and got a little more brave on this next one. See that big giant piece of patterned paper? Funny thing though....it didn't get layered over another patterned paper, but instead I opted for the safety of kraft.
And since scraps and tools are OK...some confetti had to find it's way on there. After all, it's like using a pattern without using up a patterned paper!
This is the first time I have ever scrapped from a kit of any kind. I am usually not the hoarding type! I am very much a "use more than I buy" scrapper and never hesitate to cut down a pretty piece of paper. But, this was different! In some ways it felt a bit strange thinking this way as I scrapped. But, in other ways, I like that it made me do things I wouldn't normally do. Gotta love that! Oh, and the best part might be the lack of rifling through my letter basket to find just the thing for titling each layout! Freedom!
So, are you up for the challenge? There is some message board chatter about it over on Two Peas. And, all the specifics are on Jennifer's blog, including a link party. This is fun! I hope you will play along!
Are you a kit scrapper?