Monday, February 24, 2014

challenge #124-Travel

Hello everyone!  This week I'm hosting our challenge.  With all the Olympics over the last couple of weeks, and the highlight on so many diverse countries, it got me to thinking about travel.  So my challenge for you this week is to create a project with travel in mind.  It could be a layout about a place you visited, a bon voyage card, an ATC with a travel theme, a layout or card with a mode of transportation.  There are many different possibilities.    I hope that you will play along with us this week.  The DT has some great inspiration projects for you.

I decided to create some ATC's with a travel theme.  To me, travel is about the journey and the experiences that got us there and takes us from.  I think that is why I love to travel so much.  There is always so much about it that enlightens our life.

A couple of years ago we took a whirlwind trip to New York City. What a blast! That city has so much energy, so much character and so much history. We had a great time. When we got home, we had to rest and recover from our vacation!!!


I am involved with a large group of wonderful ladies who like to scrapbook.  This layout has pictures from our wonderful week last fall in the Outer Banks of N. Carolina.  This is one of  my "forever happy" places.  

I've been really enjoying working on my travel pages in the last few weeks, so this was a perfect challenge for me to complete. On this page, I used the Kaiser Craft Collection, called Now Boarding which I got at Scrapbook Nerd

Travel often leads to masculine color palette, but I decided to make a feminine card for a friend who is at a turning point in her life. The sentiment means something like "going to a new place" (but it's not only for geographic places).


Highlights - Challenge #123 - Hearts

Thanks to everyone for participating this week. We had great submissions ! Here are the highlights for this week :

I love the different ways she used hearts ! Especially her homemade PL card with 6 little hearts.

I love how harmonious this card is and the elegant design !


The color palette of this card is wonderful, and I love the pretty bow !

Thanks to everyone for participating. I loved to see all of your beautiful submissions !
For those of you featured here, please grab your badge :

Monday, February 17, 2014

Challenge #123 - Hearts

Hello, Isbaha here ! Had you a nice Valentine's Day ? I hope so !
This week's challenge is to use hearts on your project. Let's see what the DT members did :

This challenge was perfect for me.  I have been working on an 'Engagement Year" album for my daughter.
It gave me a chance to my heart punches.  I even decided to do a double page layout.
If you know me, you would know how rare that is for me.  

 I really enjoy hearts on a layout. I did this page about my oldest daughter. I took these photos right after a haircut and she was having fun in front of the camera. I don't get to record her silly side as often as I'd like.

I really enjoyed doing a layout not only about hearts, but something close to my heart.  My two brothers.  We don't see each other very often so pics of us together are few and far between.


Hearts is something that I don't use a lot of. This is a layout I did of a weekend I spent with a couple of good friends so it was a perfect opportunity to add a heart in there.

I have a dear friend who loves the "Seen and Noted" papers by Pebbles, so I thought that she might enjoy a set of homemade embellishment with this collection :

Here is a closer look :

From the top left to the bottom right, there are "faux leather" hearts, vellum layered hearts, assorted rosettes, quilling flowers, hearts with buttons and little bows.

Everything is homemade. If you're interested to make your own embellishments, here is a link to my blog.


I love to use hearts on my projects, especially when the subject is something near and dear to my heart!

Now, it's your turn : make a project using hearts : hearts patterned paper, hearts embellishments, anything with hearts !

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Highlight from Challenge #122

Well I guess you must have all been busy dealing with some pretty awful weather in many parts of the world.
Dreaming about taking a suitcase and leaving for gentle destinations?
 I know I have felt that way this past week - extreme temperatures and humidity with raging fires destroying Australian hopes and dreams.

Thank you to Mirella from Scotland who created a delightful suitcase card for our challenge.
You can find more of her work here

Over the next ? months my travels will be to the hardware store and no more as our renovations are once again pushed forward. A little crafting may be what I turn to to ignore the mess. Catch up with me here.

Don't forget to Use Your Stuff and most of all to have crafty fun times.
Hoo Roo

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Challenge #122 - Our Wonderful World

Hello! Julie Short here. Do you have a go to place? A place in our Wonderful World where you connect with the Earth?
Are you a traveller, seeking to see as much as you can or like most of us, more likely to explore all that is close to you - even if it is your backyard?
Wherever you may go, or dream of going, my challenge this week is to share with us, where, in the World, is Your Wonderful!

I love to travel and so I decided to create an album to celebrate my journeys. You will find a detailed description on my blog.

Have you guessed yet what I am using for this album?

This will be my last post for Use Your Stuff but certainly not the last time that I follow the ideas of this terrific challenge. What will you use up this week and where is your Wonderful World?
We are all looking forward to seeing it.


One of my favorite cities in the world is Paris.  Since I was a little girl I have loved everything about the French culture.  I was lucky that I made a life long dream come true several years ago when I was finally able to visit such an amazing city.  I have only ever been there once, but I long to return.

I never feel more at home and in peaceful relaxation than when I am by the ocean.
The sea and salt air make me feel like all is right with this wonderful world.

In the last couple of years I've been very fortunate to take some trips to places I've never been before. When Julie stated what her challenge was going to be, I was thrilled to have a reason to pull out some of my pictures from Italy.

I haven't done a lot of travelling yet (although I hope to!) but as I was thinking through the places I have been and trying to decide what to do for this challenge, my eyes fell on this photo on my desk. Seeing it while thinking of this topic made me think that no matter where I travel the most wonderful place on earth for me will always be wherever my precious family is.

The title reads "Anywhere if I am with you".
It's what I said to my husband soon after our dating, when he asked me where I wanted to live...

We would like to say good bye to Julie, it's her last post for Use Your Stuff and we truly enjoyed her work ! She was so inspiring and friendly, and we wish her good luck for her projects !

Highlights - Challenge #121 - Song Inspiration

Thanks so much to everyone who played along with our challenge this week! It was wonderful to see how everyone was inspired by music!

Here are some highlights from the week!

Lyne B. created this fabulous wedding layout in a striking black and white color scheme.

Marina created a card that really pops with the purple highlights!

Anu's card is simply adorable with the sweet image and the lovely detail!

Thanks again to everyone who participated this week! Everyone made such fabulous creations!

Don't forget to grab your badge!

Monday, February 3, 2014

Challenge #121 - Song Inspiration

Amanda here with your challenge for this week! One of my absolute favourite inspirations for scrapbooking is music. I am constantly jotting down song lyrics or titles to use on my projects. I am currently working on my wedding album and there are so many songs that are perfect for layouts! For this one I used lyrics from 'Wedding Vows' by Jamie Foxx - the photos are of us saying our vows.

Your challenge this week is to create a project that is inspired by a song whether it is the title, lyrics or the artist!


My inspiration is a phrase from a song - "Fly High, Fly Proud" from the song,
"Don't Cry Out Loud!" My favourite version is by Peter Allen.
It always reminds me that having a go and trying is what Life is all about.


The title reads "Boat on the water" (title of an old popular child's song), and the journaling is about a family walk on water with tiny boats for kids (We had the firemen boat and my sister's family the police's boat). My sons were looking for whales (it was a small lake... No whale !) and my second son (who was 20 monthes old) said his first sentence : "hidden whale" !

I am posting a layout I did a while ago for two reasons.  I love this song, "You're Gonna Miss This" by Trace Atkins and it is one of my favorite layouts of my youngest through the years from age one until her 18th birthday.  The lyrics to the song's chorus is on the journaling.

As a big country fan, I love Brad Paisley.  I created this little Father's Day card inspired by his song "Didn't Have to Be".

Show us how music inspires you to create!

Highlights - Challenge 120/Wedding

I really enjoyed looking at all the entries for this week's challenge. Thank you to everyone that participated. Here are a few of the highlghts.

 Sam Pirkle

Lisa Somerville

Ann Marie Governale