We just got back from a mini vacation and although I tried to get these completed (Scrap Stash Buster) layouts posted before we left, I simply ran out of time. Such is life. :)
You can read all about how I challenged myself to use up the majority of my scrap stash here. Overall I created 13 layout bases using up the scraps in my overflowing scrap basket. Even though I have been super busy, I managed to complete the rest of the layouts in a couple of days. When I had a few minutes free, I used that time to add photos, embellishments, and journaling. I also worked on more than one layout at a time. Which is new for me. I found that while I had my embellishments/ letter stickers out, it was pretty convenient to add a little something here and there to each of the layouts I had in progress, and since a lot of the layouts had some of the same colors/patterns/etc. the embellishments would work for more than one layout. It was a big time saver, since I didn't have to pull out the embellishments over and over to coordinate with each layout.
In my original challenge, I said that I had to use everything I create, like it or not. Well, there was one layout base that I got a little crazy with the stencils and spray inks. It didn't end up as a layout, but I used some of my punches and created lots of little embellishments for future projects. So, it didn't go to waste! :)
I am very happy with all the layouts I created and about using up what was in my scrap basket. I even rewarded myself with a few new supplies!
Without further ado, here are the final seven layouts:
* This was my favorite layout of the bunch! I challenged myself to use some of my unloved, barely used stamps, watercolors, embossing powder, and a few odds in ends that have been sitting in my embellishment drawer for too long.
A parting note:
I tend to over-think when creating, so this process and my time limitations really helped me to just do it and not put so much thought into every single detail, like I normally do. It was a very liberating and time-freeing process. I encourage you to set some limitations and force yourself not to over-think the creative process. Just let your whim and intuition take over. You may not love the final product... but then again you MAY! :)