Monday, September 22, 2014

Stash Bash Layouts

This weekend i participated in the Stash Bash event over at Simple Scrapper. Stash Bash is an annual event that Jennifer Wilson hosts, you can read more about it here. You can either pay to participate or if you're a member of Simple Scrapper its part of your membership. i only became a member of Simple Scrapper this spring and so it's been the fist time i've joined in. The idea is to reorganise, declutter or just use up some stash. i decided to focus on the 'use some stash' portion of the event and got 5 layouts done (although i really need a sort and reorganise sometime soon). The challenges that Jennifer set were really great & motivating.

The first challenge i participated in was to use a sketch, i used one of Jennifer's sketches from the August SS materials. i stuck fairly close to the sketch but added in the 3x4 card for my journaling.

Next i attempted the challenge to use scraps or papers which had already been used. Hereare the pieces i picked out. They were from the March Cocoa Daisy Kit so they were already co-ordinated which made it nice and easy for me.

This is the finished layout, i used 6 different pieces of paper. This challenge stretched me as i felt like I needed to 'fill out' the page with more embellishments than I usually would because i was working with smaller piece of paper.

i'd like to point out that i don't subscribe to all these beauty boxes at once, honest! The third challenge i completed was to get some memorabilia into your album. i had this flyer from a musical i went to see a few weeks ago. You can't generally take pictures in a theatre so i try to pick up bits like this so i can still record the event,

i wanted to be able to have both sides visible so i put it in a page protector which i trimmed down and you can open it to see the back side of the flyer. 

My journalling is also hidden under there. This was a design choice rather than wanting to have my thoughts hidden, but if you're wondering about the 'Meh' stamp - i wasn't all that impressed with the show.

There was also a challenge to use up a tool or supply you haven't got much use out of. i thought of a few things i could use so i need to attempt this one again soon. My stamps are something that don't get enough mileage so i decided to use a couple repetitively on this page. i don't usually use my stamps this much on a page, but i quite like the effect so i will be doing this again.

And yea, that's me meeting Kristian Nairn of Game of Thrones fame, i was giddy for a week after that!

Lastly i did the 'stash dash' challenge. Basically you set a timer and then grab some products from the depths of your stash and then create a page just using that product. To help me with this challenge i picked the photo first. As i like to use product to support the theme of my page i found this much easier & it helped me keep focus when selecting my stash. Whilst digging i came across a whole file of papers which i had forgotten about! So i picked some papers from that. Then i grabbed a few embellishments which are fairly old. In my haste i forgot to pick out some alphas so i chose those after i'd almost completed the layout. Here's what i selected: 

The page came together really quickly (under 20 minutes). Because i wanted to display all those pretty papers i came up with this simple design and then as i had limited embellishments to choose from it didn't take long to finish at all. Sidenote: i loved how the glimmer glaze looks on the wood veneer, this is something i hadn't tried before. This is a great challenge for using up some of your older and forgotten stash.

i really enjoyed the Stash Bash event & am already looking forward to the next one. i'm pleased with the layouts i did and will definitely try some of these challenges again. Did you participate in the event? If so, let me know! 


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