It’s OK To Just Use It

I have been hanging onto a package of frames and a package of envelopes from the Trend Setter collection from Fancy Pants for a couple of months now.  What’s been holding me back from using them? Just a silly idea for using the frames to cluster a group of photos.

Do you ever get an idea stuck in your head and your stubborn side takes over?

That’s been me with these frames. Without the perfect photos, I couldn’t bring myself to use them. I knew what I wanted and by golly, I’d stage the photos if I had to. Only, I just don’t have the time to manufacture an event. And I don’t have any family gatherings coming up soon.

That’s a lot of angst over some scrapbooking products. Funny, the power they have over us sometimes. Yes, it was definitely time to take the power back and find something else that would work now.

Luckily, I found a photo among my collection of unscrapped European adventure photos. I had to give up the idea of a photo cluster idea and created this instead:

I only had one photo from my last night in Rome so I choose to use the frames strictly as embellishments. And frankly, isn’t it fun to use them in an unexpected way?

I’m such a rebel like that.

But I had to quiet the inner voice warning me to only use one frame and put the rest back in the package to save for another layout. That is something I did a lot back in the day. Rather than piling 10 Making Memories metal rimmed tags onto my layout like I wanted to, I would use one and save the rest. Man, I wish that I had been more of a rebel back then because they would be better off on a layout than stuck in a drawer.

Did my layout need 3 frames and two envelopes? Maybe not, but I love how they look layered behind the photo. Because I didn’t have other photos, I added some coordinating pattern paper behind two frames and used some white mist over an old Heidi Swapp mask for the third. I repeated the circle shapes from the envelope ties with some handmade posies.

If you ever have that inner voice telling you to be frugal and to save those embellishments for another time, silence it. Instead, repeat after me: it’s OK to just use it!

Thanks for stopping by today.

15 Comments

  1. This is FABULOUS! I love all those frames!

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  2. Fab layout, love how you used the frames and envelopes, and great job squashing the inner voice that was trying to hold you back! 🙂

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  3. soooo in love with this layout! awesome

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  4. The frames work perfect as embellishments on this layout! And, YES, I’ve had those same thoughts, however over the past year I’ve pretty much quieted it and am now able to use the whole package if I want and cut up my papers and even throw away the last three stickers on an almost used sheet! :>)

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  5. It’s OK to just use it. It’s OK to just use it. It’s OK to just use it. I hope it’s working, it is one of my problems too 😉 Thanks!

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  6. This is GORGEOUS! Thanks for sharing! Have a wonderful week!

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  7. This layout is wonderful, and I LOVE how you used the frames!! Make sure you link up the page to the Fancy Pants facebook page!!

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  8. That’s a great page – and a fun way to use the embellishments. At halfway through my Stashbusing class, I think I’ve finally quieted that inner voice that tells me to save anything for a specific idea. I’m embracing the idea of using it on the first layout that it will work on – it doesn’t have to be perfect – it just has to be good. And like Melissa, I’m not afraid to throw away the last few things in a package if I know I won’t ever use them because I don’t like them. Or if I like them, but now they are really odds and ends, I toss them into my PL embellishment box.

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  9. Oh I love all the frames and that you framed paper… Love that idea… great layout thanks for sharing…

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  10. Love your layout and all of the layering. I have been trying to use up more of my stash on each project too! After all, it’s the only way I can justify buying more.

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  11. Wonderful layout 🙂
    So glad you got to use up some of your hoarded stash 🙂

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  12. I love that layout!!
    Pinning it!

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  13. This is one awesome layout, Tammy! I adore what you did with the embellishments!

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  14. I love it! The frames and envelopes add so much more interest than just layering with patterned paper.

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  15. I really love the way this came out! That envelope adds the perfect dimension and those circle embellishment really pull my eye around the page!

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