Saturday, May 1, 2021

Lisa & Lori's Great Stash Bash - May Kit

 Hello, everyone! Happy Saturday, Happy May 1st, and Happy National Scrapbooking Day! Wow! What a way to start off the weekend - and - first day of the month! It's time for the May edition of Lisa & Lori's Great Stash Bash!

If you don't know what the Great Stash Bash is - it is a challenge that my good friend Lisa and I do every month. We pull items from our stash based on a "recipe" (which you will see below) in an effort to get our scrappy stash used up!

As for my April kit - I had included all Close To My Heart products in an effort to get some of them used up. I've recently added a few of their collections to my stash and wanted to use some of my older stuff up. I did manage to make a couple of layouts from my kit. I used 3 full sheets of paper and a few of the stickers that I had included, but I used more of the scraps instead of cutting into a full sheet of least my scraps are going down, but at this rate there is no way I'll ever put a dent into my paper stash! And - spoiler alert - I will likely be using a lot of scraps in May, as well! We won't even talk about me not using a single brad or eyelet last month...we will see if I can do better in May!

Here's the May graphic:

Our "recipe" is to pull 10 patterned papers, 5-7 scraps, 3-4 embellishments, and for May our focus item is Project Life Cards.

I liked working with all Close To My Heart products last month and thought I would pick out another company to work with this month. I have recently added a few new (to me) collections from Bella Blvd  - the Hearts and Ombre Rainbow, the Graphs and Dots, and the Summer Squeeze collections. I need to make room for these in my supplies so out with the old and in with the new!

Here is a look at my kit:

Here's a better look at the papers:

This looks like a hodgepodge mix of papers but they are going to be broken down into 4 different page kits. The papers on the front row could really all go together in any combination so we will see how they all end up.

Here are the embellishments that I pulled to use this month:

With our focus item being Project Life cards and since I really want to work on my PL albums this month, I added a few stamp sets. I also included washi tape strips, acetate hearts, and a few doilies.

Here are the scraps that I pulled out to use:

I made sure to pull scraps that went well with the papers I chose and a good chunk of these are almost full sheets - just an inch or two cut off of them. I also added in the paper strips because I would like to get those out of my scraps and onto layouts. I have so many ideas floating around in my head that I want to do in May, I just hope I can be productive and get them done!

Since our focus item is PL cards, I included several sheets of cut apart cards:

I chose a variety - I know I want to continue towork on my 2018 PL album and since I am in the mood to work on summer layouts - I included cards that would work well for that - and you can't go wrong with love and sweets cards!

I also pulled out quite a variety of my Elle's Studio cards. I would really like to get some of these in albums. These will sit in a little bin on my desk - just waiting to be put into albums. I know I have pretty lofty goals this month, but I do think that if I have a few cards already pulled out and ready to go that I will be more likely to get it done. 

So that is my main kit for May. I will be concentrating on using up these goodies throughout the month. I'm also keeping a few more items handy in case I need something a little extra! I pulled out these papers from the Color Chaos collection:

I have been hoardinig these papers for far too long. Since I have added the graph and dot collection and the hearts and ombre rainbow collection to my stash, I think I can go ahead and feel free to use these papers! I am sure you will be seeing these papers appear on my layouts throughout May, as well.

I also added in some of the sticker sheets from different Bella Blvd collections. This way I will have some alphas already with my kit when I sit down to scrap:

I am going to keep all of these scraps close at hand, too. I mean 3 page protectors full of scraps is a little excessive, so I am going to keep these close by and see if I can get these condensed down into fewer to maybe just 1 page protector full!

I always get so excited to scrap when I pull a new kit together! I am keeping my fingers crossed that I can keep that excitement throughout the month. 

Be sure to stop by Lisa's blog to see the beautiful kit that she has pulled together for this month. This is a just-for-fun challenge, but if you play along and put together your own stash bash kit - add it to the linky below and we will be sure to check it out and cheer you on! Here are the rules:

1. Follow the challenge prompt to create a kit to work with throughout the month. You may use other items, but please concentrate on using your kit. 
2. Create new, not previously posted projects using your stash kit.
3. If you have a blog - please include the challenge graphic and a link to our challenge in your posts. 
4. You may link to social media if you don't have a blog. If you share on Instagram, please make sure to use - #lisaandlorisgreatstashbash2021

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today! Have a great day!

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  1. I'm a newbie to this type of challenge -- can you tell me more?

    1. Hi, April! We would love for you to join us! Just follow the "recipe" in the graphic above - pick 10 papers from your stash, 3-4 embellishments, and a few scraps to make your kit. You can always add other things to your kit, as well, this is just a guideline. Then just create with your kit throughout the month. You can add your kit and projects to the linky at the bottom of the post or use the #lisaandlorisgreatstashbash2021 on social media and we will be sure to check it out!

  2. This is an adorable kit Lori!! The stamps are a great addition as well! In fact, it gave me the idea of making my own PL cards!! Of course, maybe I should use up the ones I already have first but it's a great idea!! So excited to see all your creations from your amazing kit this month!