Hello, everyone! Happy Tuesday and Happy June 1st! How can it possibly be June already?! Our weather the past few days - or really the whole month of May - has felt nothing like late spring or early summer days. It has been so cool - let's face it, downright cold for this time of year - and so much rain. I mean low 60's for highs and 40's for lows - no thank you! I say bring on the sunshine and summer temps!
Enough about the weather around here, let's talk about something fun - a new kit for Lisa and 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!
Here is the June recipe:
Our "recipe" is to pull 10 patterned papers, 5-7 scraps, 3-4 embellishments, and for June our focus item is 6x6 paper pads.
For June I decided to make up two mini kits - one geared more towards masculine layouts and one that's a little more girlie, although I have an idea for a family layout with it, as well. Here's a look at my kit:
I have a stack of papers in my scrap room from past kits that I have put together or that didn't make the cut for a past kit and I decided to go through those to pick my kit for June. Let's take a closer look at each kit.
First up is the "boy" kit:
I have been going through photos lately and I still have so many of my boys that I haven't scrapped - all the way from toddler to their teen years. So I wanted papers that would work for them.
Here are the papers:
I have papers from Fancy Pants, Pink Paislee, Crate Paper, Echo Park, and Crate Paper from left to right.
Here are the embellishments that I have pulled:
I went through my stickers and found several that I thought would work with the papers. I also pulled my die-cut book since it has a couple of Simple Stories sets in it. I should have plenty to choose from here!
So, I did a thing earlier in May and tossed a bunch of my scraps. I had been working with the same scraps for a couple of years and just decided it was time to get rid of them. I have enough paper that I could not save another scrap and I wouldn't go wanting! Luckily, I had kept some scraps from a few different collections/manufacturers and I was able to find scraps for both of my mini-kits. Here are the "boy" scraps:
Now for my "girlie" mini-kit:
Lots of corally pinks, mint, teal, and navy in these papers. I was intending to use them for photos of my girls, and I more than likely still will, but we just took some family photos over the weekend that I would really like to get scrapped, too.
Here's a better look at the papers:
I have papers from Maggie Holmes and Dear Lizzy in this mini-kit.
I don't have any specific embellishments from the collections that go with these papers so I went back to my stickers and found several that will work:
I picked several different sticker sheets that had the same colors that were in my papers - and a few could be used with the boy kit, too.
Here are the "girl" scraps that I picked:
I feel like the paper with the circles could always be used for embellishments if I need something more.
I had pulled out these papers, too, but they didn't make the original cut for my ten papers. I am going to keep them with my kit just in case I "need" them!
I also found these two papers that will be great to fussy cut and use as embellishments:
I can't wait to use those little frames on a layout!
Our focus item for June is 6x6 paper pads - which I have a ton of! Here are just a few of what I have:
I have four of these bins on the top of my cube organizer and two more below those. Each one can hold up to 40 paper pads depending on how full that they are. That means that I have well over 200 6x6 paper pads and these aren't even all of them. Most of my newer 6x6 and 6x8 paper pads are all in another bin across the room. And this doesn't even include my Elle's Studio (both 6x6 and 6x8 which I think I have every single one that they have ever made). They are all currently housed in one of my 3-tier carts. I think it's safe to say that I need to definitely "focus" on my 6x6 paper pads!
I did pull out a few to keep with my kit - mostly as a reminder to use them! I have a few of the newer ones that I have picked up recently ( all of the top row) and a few older pads that I thought would work with my kit:
I also have some 6x6 papers that were about all used up so I put them in a plastic 6x6 case - and I don't think I have opened the container since! I pulled those in hopes that I can use them for layering, cards, or maybe even their own layout:
I am also playing along with the Allison Davis Sketches for 6x6 Paper Pads class (for one-page sketches and I am still working on the double-page sketch class, too) so I am hoping I can get at least some 6x6 paper pads put to use this month!
Now to get scrappy and create a few things this 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!