I started scrapbooking about 11 years ago and over the years, I’ve purchased a lot of products. I’ve also hoarded a lot of products. It’s much more of a challenge for me to actually use everything I’ve accumulated. During a recent organizing spree, I realized that I have an abundance of older embellishments that I really need to use up.
I’m not sure where the idea came from that when I bought something with 7 pieces, I should only use 1 piece on a layout and save the rest for later. But that’s exactly what I did — for many years. Used one, saved the rest. On the opposite end of the spectrum, I’ve never been one to overload my pages with stuff either, so it takes a long time for that package of 7 embellishments to get used. In an effort to free some space for all the CHA goodies I’ll be stocking up on soon, I created this page using up some of those precious hoarded embellishments.
Scrapbook Page Idea:
Supplies: Pattern Papers: Bo Bunny Juicy Orange Popsicle, KI Memories Leafy Calendar, Doodlebug Tangerine La Fleur, Blue Jean Swiss Dot, Swimming Pool Stripe, K& Co Summer Travel Paper Pad, DCWV Citrus Stack. Cardstock: Core’dinations Bluebelle, American Crafts Tropical pack yellow, Bazzill White and Kraft. Embellishments My Little Shoebox Seaside letters, Doodlebug Blue Jean Sweet letters, assortment of Doodlebug Tidbits, and discontinued KI Memories Ice Candy and Making Memories Signage. Tools: Sew Easy, Paper Shapers 1.75″ circle, Coluzzle small nested circle.
Scrapbook designers have been using circles to capture embellishments for years. I saw a page in a magazine recently that pushed me to create this page. The circles act as a grounding element for the little goodies. And the circles are great for using up paper scraps too! I used my Coluzzle (how’s that for a blast from the past?) to get the larger circles from a variety of pattern paper scraps, then used a punch for the solid cardstock circles.
My whole goal with this page was to design a space to house some fun embellishments. I combined two different designs from Jennifer Gallagher (see links below) to get there. I knew the page would feature my nephews. Once I found the photos, I choose my colors and found a variety of embellishments that coordinated perfectly.
Even though this page is complete, I still have plenty of embellishments to use, so I think I’m going to scraplift myself and make another page. See if I can dent the stash a little more.
For more inspiration using circles to hold embellishments, check out these pages:
- 100% Fancy Free by Jen Gallacher (and this one also inspired my layout)
- This CKU Layout from Jennifer McGuire
- This Perfect Pearls layout from Jennifer McGuire
- You & Me on Vacation from Nichol Magouirk
- Hangin’ Out from Mary Pat Siehl
If you’ve got embellishments you’ve been holding on to for awhile, try this technique and use them up!