Use Your Stash | Older Embellishments

Welcome to another installment of Use Your Stash.

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:

If you’ve got embellishments you’ve been holding on to for awhile, try this technique and use them up!

20 Comments

  1. Oh my gosh, U could have been writing this about me!! I am the same way about using one & saving the rest, tho I have gotten much better recently about using what I have I can still use some work.. I love how you used everything on this page! tfs

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    • You are welcome! I’ve gotten better too with newer stuff. I just have to keep pushing myself to get the older stuff on more pages too! 🙂

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  2. That’s too funny! When I cleaned out a drawer I found the same tiles. 🙂 I said I would use them but we shall see….

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    • Yes! Use them. It really does feel good. 😀

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  3. LOL! You must be channeling my Inner Hoarder! I am the queen of stashed and stockpiled stuff! …and now I work at a LSS! where I am totally enabled! Congrats on using part of your stash! It must have been hard! Love how it turned out though!

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    • Thank you – it’s getting easier I think. I’m much more selective with what I buy, not just one of everything (like I used to!). However, I don’t think the hoarding will stop anytime soon. But this proves that eventually, you will use the stuff! 🙂

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  4. Oh my, do I have embellishments I’ve been holding on to for a while? Who me? I’ve been a little blahed this morning and thought I would browse some blogs and see if I could find some inspiration – I think I’ll pull out some old embellishments and put a page together. Maybe that will lead to more inspiration. Thanks for the boost!

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    • Yeah! Glad I could provide a starting point.

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  5. I do this too and it’s because I use one so I can justify my purchase but am saving the rest so I don’t run out! LOL This turned out great! Love all those circles, a great way to use up those extra embellishments!

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  6. Tammy, super layout. Love your embellishment circles!

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  7. I really recognize the behaviour! LOL! But it feels so good to use your stash.
    Thank you for the kind comment on my blog. Of course I’m going to share my wedding layouts. I’m such a slow scrapper though, so it will probably take a while until I’ve got something to show…

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  8. I love your circles on the layout !!! So inspiring!!

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  9. Great layout! I know I still have some of those same embellishments around here. Love how you used them.

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    • Thanks! Sometimes we just need the right boost to get them out and use them on a page. I still love these things today – not sure they will ever be outdated!

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  10. LOL, I am right with you for saving things for later.
    Cute layout, you made a teeny tiny dent in your stash 🙂
    I still use my Coluzzle on occasion 🙂

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    • Teeny tiny is pretty accurate. But better than nothing! I haven’t used my Coluzzle in a long time but I was reminded how useful it can be when needing a circle in a certain size. It’s still handy! 🙂

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  11. wow tammy,
    this is awesome. there is something about doodlebug that i just love!

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  12. I love ur BLOG!!!!!!! Gr8 LO!!!

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