September 30, 2010

Frugal Friday Tip Challenge

Our first Frugal Friday Tip Challenge winner is:
Irit did this gorgeous layout by using Danielle's tip regarding using scrapbook product packaging on your projects.
See both Danielle and Irit's posts HERE.
Irit has won a spot on the November Guest Design Team - make sure you come back to see more of her projects.
Do you have a frugal tip you would like to be share on Scrap Our Stash? Send your tip, along with supporting pictures to - you could be our next Frugal Friday Tip.
Have you completed a project using one of Scrap Our Stash's Frugal Friday Tips? Then take the Frugal Friday Challenge - you could win a spot on a future Guest Design Team. Just check out the Frugal Friday Tip Challenge.

September Challenge Winner!

Wow!  We had some great submissions for the September Border Challenge.  Contributors were:  Nataly, Denise, Kelly, Jeanne, Missy, Irit and Karen.  You can see all of their project HERE.

Once again, it was very difficult to choose a winner - so I've decided to choose three.  And the winners are:




Thanks to all who took the challenge.  Now it's time to take the October Challenge.  Don't forget the Pagerize This Challenge is also still going on.  Head over to the Pagerize This Challenge and submit your version of Joni's layout.  Can't wait to see what you submit.

Goodbye - Hello

It's time to say Goodbye to 2 of our Design Team Members. 

Brittney said, "I've become so busy with work that I can hardly find time for myself, let alone scrapping, and I feel that I am not giving the blog my all as of late. Hopefully you understand, and I will definitely participate in the challenges as often as I can."

Rachel said, "I'm sorry to have to say that with my last semester of classes, there is little time for me to scrap these days and I am going to have to step down. I will complete the September challenge, but after that I will step down from the DT. Thank you for all of the wonderful support and challenges. I will continue to follow along and play when I can"!

Both of these ladies have been great contributors to the blog and will be missed - but as someone recently said, "it's a shame when life gets in the way of our scrapping".  We wish both ladies the best in their future endeavors - and hope they will come play when they can.

Say Hello to 3 new Design Team Members:

I have asked Stacy, Libeeti and Malina to stay on as Design Team Members. 

Each of these ladies have become very active members at the blog and I can't wait to see their future contributions.

Would you like to become a Guest Design Team Member?  It's quite easy - just take one of the challenges and you could be chosen as one of our future Guest Design Team Members. 

September Challenge by Karen

Posted by PicasaReader Karen submitted this layout for the September Challenge.  She said,
"Hi !
I only found your site yesterday.
I'm sure I have missed out by a matter of hours ( it is now 3pm in Holland)
I'll try harder next time
Karen Williams"
With the time difference she made the deadline.  I just was unable to post it until now! 
You do still have time for the Frugal Friday Challenge - it doesn't end until midnight central.  And the Pagerize This Challenge goes through the 12th.  So hurry!

September 29, 2010

Meet our October Guest Design Member - Karen

I'm Karen Brierley, and I live in south-east Queensland, Australia with my husband and nine year old daughter. I've been scrapbooking for almost six years. I currently design for an Australian online scrapbooking store, and another online challenge blog too. You can see all the details on my blogI love to play with color, and I love distressing and machine stitching on my layouts. When I'm not scrapping I enjoy yoga, reading, gardening, chocolate, and camping holidays with my family. Thank you for asking me to be a guest at Scrap Our Stash :)
Posted by Picasa
Make sure you come back on Friday to see what the October Challenge will be.  Don't miss our Pagerize  This Challenge going on now - see all the details. below.

Meet Our October Guest Design Team Member - Marilyn

My name is Marilyn Graff and I live in a small town in South Central Texas. I am a mother to three active boys who are my favorite subjects on my scrapbook pages, but at the same time take me away from my hobby due to their busy schedules. I  have been married to my husband, Tom, for 16 years.

From August to May, I am also a Special Education Teacher in our local school district. Although I really love my job, my favorite time of the year is quickly becoming summer because all of our schedules slow down and I get to just enjoy my family and kids, and my hobby!! I love scrapbooking because is combines my three loves: my family, photography, and crafting!! My favorite product line is Close To My Heart. I love to stitch on my papers, embossing, and to journal with my own handwriting.

I am so excited about being a Guest Designer for Scrap Our Stash!! This is my first time to be on a Design Team and I am so honored to have this opportunity. I hope my pages will inspire you and get you motivated to scrap those memories...even the hard ones, like I have done with this month's challenge.

It's not too late - you too could become a Guest Design Team member - just complete either the September Challenge or the Frugal Friday Tip Challenge before the September 30th deadline.  See all the details below. 

Posted by Picasa

September 28, 2010

September Challenge by Laurie

Posted by Picasa
Design Team Member Laurie created this layout for the September border punch challenge.  She said, "I decided to do something different and actually use the border punched pieces on the border of the layout, whereas I usually use them somewhere in the center of the layout. I thought this would ground my page yet add some other color interest. I then also brought the color in the center of the layout by using my cuttlebug embossing folder, another tool I often forget to use. The brochures about Muir Woods stand in for my title as I used a part of a transparency to make an invisible pocket."

Time is almost up - the September Challenge ends at on the 30th.  Be sure to get your project submitted before the deadline.  See all the details in the September Challenge below.  And don't miss out on our other fun challenges going on right now see the following posts below:  Pagerize This Challenge and the Frugal Friday Tip Challenge.   

September 27, 2010

September Challenge

The September Challenge is to use a Border Punch or decorative scissors on your project.  You can use any kind of border punch or decorative scissors - no rules here - just use what you have. Be creative!

To participate in the Challenge just submit your projects by sending a picture and description to
All projects will be posted here at Scrap Our Stash. All submissions must be received by 6:00 PM Central Time on September 30th. A winner will be chosen and given the opportunity to be a Guest Design Team Member for the month of November!
Be sure to check back daily for new Design Team, Guest Design Team, or Reader's projects to inspire you.

Also, don't miss our "Pagerize This Challenge" - see all the details below.

$$Frugal Friday Tip$$

Instead of having a new Frugal Friday Tip this week - I thought it would be fun to have a Frugal Friday Challenge. The challenge is to use one of the Frugal Friday Tips linked here.  Just email a picture of your project along with a description to  Each FF Challenge project will be posted here and a winner will be chosen from the entries.  The Frugal Friday Challenge ends at midnight on September 30, 2010.  The winner will be offered a position on the November Guest Design Team. 

Do you have a frugal tip you would like to share?  Send an email along with a picture to  Your tip could be featured in a future Frugal Friday Tip. 

Frugal Friday Challenge by Irit

Reader Irit submitted her Layout "Our Dance for the Frugal Friday Tip Challenge.

She used Danielle's tip of using packaging from scrapbook supplies as embelishments on your layout.

Irit used Prima packaging on her layout. She painted it and stamped on it to better match her page colors.

Now it's your turn to take the Frugal Friday Tip Challenge. Check out all the details in the Frugal Friday Tip Challenge below.

September 26, 2010

September Challenge by Kathy

Posted by PicasaFor the September Border Punch Challenge - I used the Fiskar's Wave Punch to create this layout of Niko.  It was actually a lift from Two Peas in a Bucket Gallery! 

Now it's your turn to take the border challenge.  See all the details in September Challenge below. And don't forget the other 2 challenges that are going on right now - the Pagerize This Challenge and the Frugal Friday Tip Challenge - details below.

September 25, 2010

September Challenge by Malina

Guest Design Team Member Malina submitted this two page 12x12 layout titled Makaria, A Heart Dog for the September Border Punch Challenge.  She said, "I used a couple different edge options in an effort to create some unity between the two pages. Using a lace edge punch I ran the length of my pattern paper on the first side but then the width of the page in a layering effect on the second side. Layering an edge punch in this way I find is an inexpensive way of creating depth and texture that might otherwise be sought out using ribbons. Additionally I also used a scallop edge to highlight a photo of Makaria (pronounced Mah-Car-eeah) but this was not done with a punch and instead I used an exacto knife and Fiskar's shape templates.

I hope you enjoy this simple use of edge punching I utilized in my tribute to my heart dog that passed away 2 years ago.

Now it's your turn to take the challenge.  You could be chosen for a spot on our November Guest Design Team.  See all the details in September Challenge below.
Posted by Picasa

September 24, 2010

September Challenge by Irit

Reader Irit submitted this layout for the September Border Punch Challenge. She used a border punch to create this double sided laced matting. She said she discovered that you can use different border punches to make your own lace paper for cards and for long strips for pages too. She said
another thing she did was to use mainly cardstock and she used patterned paper was for cutting the banners. My page name is 1-2-3-.. and smile.

Now it's your turn to take the Border Challenge - see all the details in the September Challenge post below. Posted by Picasa

Pagerize Joni with An Anniversary Card

Big shout out to Joni for winning the first "Pagerize" challenge. She gets bragging rights, next pagerize creator, and rights to pick the next winner. So come play along on Scrap Our Stash Challenges. The inspiration page that Joni has created is located here.

Isn't it cute? Things that struck me were:

So my Pagerize entry took some of those elements that I love, which, incidentally, are also out of my comfort zone. For example, my sentiments are always horizontal. I know - go ahead - call me boring ;)
  • Bright, fresh colors - orange and ocean blue/teal
  • polka dot paper
  • border punches
  • the fun sentiment placement (vertical & horizontal)

Happy Anniversary

I tried a twist on creating a banner, but instead of the cute triangles, I opted for little round circles. Here is hoping that there was enough adhesive to adhere them to the twine.

Happy Anniversary
If you haven't made your contribution to the second installment of the Pagerize This challenge, what are you waiting for? You have until October 12, 11:59p CES. You know how it goes -- the more the merrier! :)

September 23, 2010

$$Frugal Friday Tip$$

Design Team member Amy submitted this Frugal Friday tip. She said, "For this layout i wanted to use multiple paper strips behind my photo. Well, i had a problem. I didn't want to cut into all of my 12x12 sheets, but i really wanted to use strips. So instead i used the bottom portion of the paper that usually has the company name, etc. In this case, Echo Park paper, has a sample of the other side of the paper on the strip. Sweet! Problem solved! I used the strips, that i would normally throw away, and used them on my page!

Added my photo and stickers.

Finished product! Added some textural elements, like gems, stickles, and floss."

If you use this - or any other Frugal Friday Tip on a project - please share it with us - we'd love to post it here. Just send a picture and a description to

Do you have a frugal tip to share? Send your tip along with supporting pictures to - you could be featured on an upcoming Frugal Friday Tip!

And don't miss the Frugal Friday Challenge that is going on until the end of the month. See Frugal Friday Challenge for all the details.

September 22, 2010

September Challenge by Missy

Reader Missy submitted this layout for the September Border Punch Challenge.  She said,
"for the September Challenge I used my EK Success book binder punch on my layout about my summer reading list. I love to read so when I signed my boys up for the summer reading program at the library, I signed up too. I started reading the Stephanie Plum series and I couldn't stop! I read all sixteen of her books in just a few weeks! I usually don't scrap about "things" like this, most of my layouts are of my kids. I am trying to add more stuff about me to our albums, so my kids can know a few little things about me!

Here are some of the other things that I used.
Jenny Bowlin pp
Tim Holtz stamps and tiny attacher
Cricut w/ Street Sign
twill ribbon,
Frame by Making Memories
Prima and Paper Studio flowers
CTMH ink
Studio Tree stamps
EK Sucess punch

Thanks for all the challenges to get me to use my stash! Although I still keep buying more new stuff than I need, but at least I am making some room for it!"  You can visit Missy's blog HERE.

Now it's your turn to take one of our challenges.  See all the details below in:  September Challenge, Pagerize This Challenge, or Frugal Friday Tip Challenge.  Just send a picture of your project along with a description to  Can't wait to see your contribution.
Posted by Picasa

September 21, 2010

Flower Challenge by Christy

Design Team Member Christy submitted this layout for the August flower challenge, and I failed to post it on time.  So here it is now.  She said, "For this page, I chose to use Sketch 211 from Scrapbook Challenges. I chose paper from K and company's Poppyseed collection. I liked the turquoise with the pool photos. Since I have a boy, I liked being able to slip in some purple accents.Purple is just not a color I usually scrap with. I had recently taken a a class called Fabulous Flowers over at Scrapbook challenges and my flower is a variation of the technique I learned there.

Photo one: You will need the following supplies: your choice of crepe paper, ribbon or cloth. Needle and thread, and scissors. I also have a scallop border that I use to trace for my scallops. Border punches do not work well with all materials. If you do not have a scallop stencil, you can punch one out of cardstock and then use that as your stencil.

Photo 2: using your stencil, trace a scallop border about 7 inches long. Cut it out of the material.

Photo 3: sew a running stitch along the edge of the flower. You can gather it at the end if you wish. I find it easier to gather it as I go along. You will need to be very gentle if you are using a delicate material. in this case, I was using a plastic type ribbon, so I had to go very slowly so i would not rip the material.

Photo 4: you will end up with a stitched flower shape. repeat this as many times as you wish to get the fullness of the flower you desire. The material you use may dictate how many layers you want to make.

Once you have several layers, you can sew them together or use adhesive. In this case, I used a K and company brad. You could also use gems, buttons, or chipboard."

Now it's your turn to take one of the 3 challenges out there now:  September border Challenge - Pagerize This #2 by Joni - or Frugal Friday Tip Challenge.  See all the details below.

September 20, 2010

September Challenge by Monica

For our September challenge Guest Design Team Member Monica  decided to share some baby pages she made for a recent baby book. She said, "I enjoy making these baby books for friends as gifts. They take a lot of work and I thought about not making them but I just can't seem not to! It is also a great way for me to use my stash!!! I usually make an 8x8 album with some pages for when the baby first arrives and then one page per month after that. I also try to include some first holidays! So I am sharing a few of the pages that included punches. I will post some other pages from the album on my blog if your interested.

I left this one for mom to fill in with some type of Christmas photo.
Hope you enjoyed these!! It's not to late to play along!"  See all the details of how you can play along with the challenge in the September Challenge post below.

September 19, 2010

September Challenge - Mandy

Guest design team member Mandy created the scallop borders on this layout using her circle cutter to cut half circles along the edge all the way across the paper. Of course, a scallop punch would have been easier, but this was a great alternative if you don't have one!

Now it's your turn to take the Border Challenge. See all the details in September Challenge below.

September 18, 2010

September Challenge by Marilyn

Me & my Sisters by Marilyn
Guest Design Team Member Marilyn submitted this layout for the September Border Challenge.  She said, "I used my scalloped border punch for this layout about me and my sisters."

Now it's your turn to take the Challenge.  See all the details in September Challenge below.
And don't miss our other Challenges going on right now:

The Pagerize This Challenge - the challenge is to "pagerize" Joni's Rock Surfer layout.  See all the details below in the Pagerize This Challenge.
Frugal Friday Challenge - use one of the linked Frugal Friday Tips on a project and submit it to  See all the details in "Frugal Friday Tip Challenge" below.
Posted by Picasa

September 17, 2010

September Challenge by Stacy H-W

Guest Design Team Member Stacy submitted this layout for the September Border Challenge.  She said, "I am so excited to be a GDT this month here at Scrap Our Stash! I have been really having a hard time thinking of a project that was "good" enough. So I finally just said to myself, "Self, just go ahead and make something...anything..." (lol) And this is what I came up with for our "border punch" challenge this month."
I have really been into holiday stuff (Halloween, Christmas etc) lately so I printed out pictures from Halloween last year and decided to finally make a layout of them. I can be given a break on not having them scrapped before this because I only started scrapping in March 2010 so I have many years and many pictures waiting for me to scrap.

I started with a sketch from Sketch Inspirations and decided to use my Little Yellow Bicycle Booville paper. I topped it with a nice green Bazzill Basics paper which I border punched with my Martha Stewart border/corner punches.

I used Making Memories Spellbound puffy alpha stickers for the title work. I inked a spider web in the corner using an Inkadinkado clear stamp and Ranger Jet Black Archival ink.

I also used a page from my 6x6 Eerie paper pad from BasicGrey. I inked the photos, Eerie paper and the paper that I wrote on with my Ranger Peeled Paint ink pad.

To finish it up I used some Crystal Stickles to outline the spider web at the top and bottom of the paper and onto the black paper that I put under the punched out bat on the Eerie paper. (I used a MS punch for the bat). You have to add a little sparkle to everything...right??!
And last but not least I was excited to find these K&C Company Spooktacular skull accents and border in my stash.
It was really fun to make after I finally let myself relax. And now I have at least two of my five kid's Halloween pictures scrapped from 2009. LOL
I hope you liked it and I can't wait to see what all everyone else comes up with for this challenge.

Now it's your turn to take the challenge. See all the details in September Challenge below.

September 15, 2010

September Challenge by Ren-Yi

I am absolutely thrilled when I received my set of Half-Pint Heroes from Claire. I was a lucky winner and received two random sets in the new September release. I don't know how Claire knew which to send me, but I was so beyond myself when I received my stamps in the mail, that I was jumping up and down like a little kid. My houseguest probably thought I was weird - or he is getting used to my stunts. Half-Pint Heroes are one of my favorites that made my "to purchase" list came.

So what better to show-case my new
Waltzingmouse Stamps then to play in the next Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge? Right...? And I knew I wanted to play with the little car...

My heart almost sank when I saw this sketch, where is my car going to go? But, guess what? If you tilt your held by 90 degrees I have a long enough card to make a road for the car to play.

Driving By Saying Hi
The inception of the green, grassy field was also inspired by the September Border Punch challenge from Scrap Our Stash. In the Waltzingmouse Sketch, there was also a scalloped border that immediately screamed "border punch!" And then I had a vision - sitting in a car zipping past fun fields of flowers and how scenic it was. Those were some of my favorite childhood road trip moments. So converting a scalloped border into a field of green was just "au naturale." I love how I can stretch my border punches to do more than just fancy up a border. Scalloped borders make also good fake water waves...
Driving By Saying Hi
Material deets are on my blog. So what other fun ways do you use your border punches? Do share...! And if you haven't submitted for the September challenge, get crackin'!

September 13, 2010

September Challenge

Friends Forever by Libeeti

Guest Design Team Member Libetti submitted this layout for the September Border Challenge.  She said, "I used decorative scissors on a used cereal box and adhered white and red sand over it.
I used two different Fiskars border punches for the dp's, and a corner punch for the photo's corners, and a rounded corner punch for the little squares with the journaling.
I made the fan flower using the same corner punch I used for the photo's corner. I think it gives an elegant look to the flower.
This is sketch 79 from The Scrapiest."

Now its your turn to take the Challenge - just complete a project using a border punch and submit it to  Your entry will qualify you to be chosen as a Guest Design Team Member for November.  See all the details in September Challenge below. Posted by Picasa

Pagerize This Winner

And the winner is...

I had a very hard time picking a winner. I was surprised at how everyone's layout (or card) were so different from my original. I'm one of those that lifts as close to the original as possible. So I guess that is what I expected. But instead - everyone did their own take on the challenge - which is how it should be. I was having such a hard time deciding that I finally had to ask Niko to pick - he likes this one best!

2 First Days by Joni

Posted by PicasaSo now the challenge continues - Joni will submit a layout for our next Pagerize This Challenge. Joni's layout will post on the 15th. Then anyone who chooses to take the challenge to pagerize (copy, lift, steal) her layout will have until October 12th at midnight central time to submit their project. On the 13th Joni will pick a winner and on the 15th they will become the Pagerizer!

Thanks to Christy, Libeeti, Ren-yi and Marilyn for your submissions - to see their projects just click HERE.

September 12, 2010

September Challenge by Amy

Design Team Member Amy submitted this layout for the September Border Challenge. She said, "I love border punches, so this was a really fun challenge for me! I dug out my EK Success scalloped, embossed punch and punched out my border out of Making Memories blue paper. Border punches are so fun to add a lil something extra or to embellish a whole page."

Now will you take the September Challenge?

Pagerize This Challenge

Guest Design Team Member Marilyn submitted this layout for the Pagerize This Challenge.  She said, "Here is my attempt to Pagerize your layout. I even did the same theme. My first day of school pictures were perfect for it so I couldn't resist. I read in a magazine about how to heat emboss white on black paper to mimic a chalkboard. I liked the idea so I gave it a try. My work got a little dusty looking, but I kind of thought it added to the chalkboard look."

It's not too late to submit your Pagerize This Challenge project.  The challenge ends at midnight tonight.

Posted by Picasa