SO many lovely new things are out in the stores now from Winter CHA! I have certainly picked up my fair share. Just look at all of this gorgeous patterned paper. A little Elle's Studio, Studio Calico, Crate Paper, and American Crafts. It is so silly how ridiculously happy all of this loveliness makes me! But, it sure does...
In fact, all of those new supplies make me so happy, I really could just sit right down and scrap up a storm! However, I still have some lovely papers from the last season of CHA. I do realize that these are not considered old by any stretch of the imagination. But, I can easily see how I could just dive right into my new goodies, forget all about these other lovlies, and end up with a surplus of patterned paper that I am no longer jazzed about. That is just not going to work for me. I am in the business of scrapping, not collecting!
So, I grabbed some papers from my file that have been hanging around longer than I would like. I have some Jenni Bowlin, Basic Grey, and October Afternoon:
Then, I laid EVERYTHING out! Old on top, new on bottom:TA DA! What you see here is 95% of my stash:
And then, I went about making some paper "kits." I have mentioned before that I keep such a limited supply of embellishments and such that if I make my own "kits," it really works best for me to just match up papers and then pull from the rest of my stash as I scrap.
I started by pulling one "old" paper and matching it up with a "new," then back to old and so-on...
Turns out that the October Afternoon Midway collection looks really lovely with the new Maggie Holmes for Crate Paper:
It was SO fun to match all of that up! When all was said and done, I had 12 "kits," full of 8-12 papers each. Let's not do the math on that... let's just say I DO love my paper!
I then filed all of those "kits" in the front of my patterned paper file box. Each pack is divided using the Cropper Hopper Clear Dividers:With all of that set, it's time to scrap! I grabbed the first "kit" in the file. It consists of 8 papers:
I then pulled out the three papers that I wanted to use as accents and cut-aparts. The rest were designated for background papers. A quick flip through my photos, and I have 5 pages ready to scrap!
And here they are!
I love the combination of "old" with the brand-spankin' new.
Lots of die cuts from the stash as well as some from new lines were put to good use!
This page was scrapped on a page that is traditionally used as a cut-apart sheet. I had fun adapting it to a background instead:
A gorgeous combination was found with Studio Calico and Maggie Holmes:
Not to mention how awesome this Jenni Bowlin paper looks with the Maggie Holmes as well!
And one for a Shimelle sketch. One thing I love about working this way is how every little scrap gets used up:
I've decided that all remaining scraps will be combined with the next "kit" in the queue. Then, when I have worked my way through all 12 packs, I will make starters of all remaining bits. I will scrap every last bit!
All the detail shots of the above layouts are uploaded in my Gallery, along with more layouts from working through the second pack :)
I am already on my third "kit" and plan on packing it up for my first every CROP this weekend! Yep, I have never been to a crop. Well, I was invited to one 6 or so years ago, before I was a scrapper, and brought a ball point pen and my daughter's baby book. HA! I suppose I was the life of that party!
This crop will be different. I will scrap my little heart out. I will blog about it. I.AM.SO.EXCITED!
Any advice for my first real crop?