Monday, September 15, 2014

Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge #16

Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge #16 posts today!  Remember, you have two weeks to play in the new challenge, which closes September 28th at midnight PT.

Challenge #16 Who Loves School and Office Supplies?
Most paper crafters also love school and office supplies. We love crayons, markers, shaped paperclips, notepads, folders, and more! If you hoard school and office products, get them out! Use them up! Use at least one item that is really a school or office supply on your project. 

Yes, I sure do hoard school and office supplies! We are a homeschool family, which means we "need" lots of school and office supplies. Right?! I used some of my hoarded items for this scrapbook layout.

I also have a "thing" for old stuff, including old cameras. I found this photo on the Pottery Barn website a few years ago and saved hoarded it. I decided to print it onto cream cardstock and use it as my focal point for this layout. This layout is for my "book of me" album, where I scrapbook about all sorts of stuff that makes me happy.

I even dragged out my poor, sad Cricut Expression to cut the title for this page! I have had that thing for YEARS and rarely use it. I have been discovering some new love for it and even purchased a few new cartridges!

I used a lot of office supplies on this page: staples, paper clips, a memo pin, a mini file folder, a label from a label-maker. I also used paper that would make you think of school, including a bit of actual graph paper from my son's notebook! I used the clock paper (Graphic 45 Times Nouveau) because I wanted to convey the idea of time moving along and that photos are snapshots in time. {corny, but true}

I used the Prima distressing tool to rough up the paper edges. I also used a notebook edge punch to punch a few of the paper edges, for that "school-ish" look.

Talk about hoarding...I used up some of my hoarded washi tape, too! I don't even like washi tape, so I am not sure why I have a whole bin of it hoarded! I used some of it on this layout and it is really fun! One kind has the days of the week printed on it and the other looks like bits of old book paper. 

I wanted to make sure that I used our sponsor product, so I printed some digital papers from Crafty Secrets and used them to create the flowers. (A few of the other printed embellishments are from Crafty Secrets, too.)

I used Heartfelt Creations Classic Sunflower stamps and die template and the Sun Kissed Fleur stamps and die template to create the flowers. I stamped the images onto the Crafty Secrets digital paper with brown ink, and then used the die templates to cut them out. (I printed the digital papers onto cream cardstock.) I like the mix of black and dark brown on this layout. It gives it that sepia tone so common in true vintage photos.

I inked the flowers and leaves with distress inks, and then misted them with a bit if Lindy's Stamp Gang mist. The mist (or plain water) will make the flowers easier to shape. You only need a bit of moisture! Don't soak the poor dudes! Once the paper dries, the flowers will keep their shape and be a bit "stiff."

I used a foam pad and a few stylus sizes to shape the flowers and leaves. I really want THESE tools from Heartfelt Creations! They are on my wish list! For now, I am making do with what I have in my stash. 

I combined the flowers and leaves to make a fancy "photo corner" for my photograph. I tucked in a few bits, like tiny light bulbs and a clock, plus some small images. I added some gems to some of the flowers for centers. 

Challenge Rules are HERE. Make sure you LINK your project up using the Link Tool on the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog

Make sure you visit the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Design Team and check out what they have to share! 

Amber Milone

Christy Butters
Debbie Seyer
Donna Idlet
Ginny Nemchak
Pam Bray

One talented participant will receive this prize donated by Lindy's Stamp Ganga $30 Gift Certificate to the Lindy's Stamp Gang store!

Lindy’s Stamp Gang is the creative” baby” of Lindy Plakinger. She passed away in 2008 after bravely battling illness. She was a self-made cartoonist, loved drawing, crafting, designing new products, and creating her funny cartoon characters! One of her greatest joys was traveling to stamping and scrapbooking conventions across the US, demo-ing to her heart’s content with her sister, and giggle partner, Vicki!

Lindy’s Stamp Gang will continue, as was her hope, and dream. Her husband and daughter have taken over the company keeping her creativity alive. Tracey, (her daughter), has always been a “jar filler” in the background of Lindy’s Stamp Gang, but is now trying to fill some incredible shoes!

Lindy's luscious luster is all uniquely two-toned! With vibrant shimmery sprays, flat sprays, vintage sprays, embossing powder and lots more!

For more Lindy’s Stamp Gang please visit!


For more information about the design team sponsor companies, and their links, please see the end of the Craft Hoarders post HERE.

REMEMBER - you have until September 30th to vote for your favorite designers in the Heartfelt Creations Semifinalist contest! Cick HERE to read about it and vote for your favorites. You have a chance to win a $50 HC gift certificate just for voting! I would love your vote!

Craft Secrets Products:
Vintage Typography CD #3
Sew Decorative CD #7
Travel Creative Scraps

Heartfelt Creations Products:
Sun Kissed Fleur PreCut Stamp Set
Sun Kissed Fleur Die
Classic Sunflower PreCut Stamp Set
Classic Sunflower Die

Other supplies:
Cardstock: Neenah Natural White; WorldWin Treasures Black
Designer paper: Simple Stories Smarty Pants; Graphic 45 Times Nouveau; graph paper
Journalng cards: Project Life
Bingo cards: Maya Road
Washi Tape: Ki Memories, Tim Holtz
Embellishments: light bulbs, clock, staples, paper clips, memo pin, gems from hoard
Label: Dymo
Dies: Sizzix File Folder
Stamps: Ki Memories Flashback Click Click
Title: Cricut Graphically Speaking cartridge
Distressing tool: Prima
Edge Punch: Stampin' Up
Ink: Ranger Distress Vintage Photo, Peeled Paint, Rusty Hinge, Shabby Shutters, Aged Mahogany, Walnut Stain, Fired Brick; Memento Rhubarb Stalk, Tuxedo Black, Rich Cocoa
Adhesive: Scotch 3M ATG tape; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares; Aleene's Fast Grab Tacky Glue


  1. Gorgeous, okay, gonna try to make time to play............

  2. I love your flowers you made! Gorgeous colors and the shaping of the petals is just amazing!

  3. Gorgeous layout Gloria! Love the beautiful bright blossoms! Stunning!

  4. Perfect project for this challenge, I just love every detail..and the flowers are out of this world!! xo

  5. Those flowers!!!! Wow!!! Great layout, Gloria, and I love that vintage camera image!

  6. Love this layout, Gloria. All the beautiful flowers and other details really bring it all together! Wonderful!!

  7. I love this layout Gloria! The layers are wonderful. I love that you saved that image from the Pottery Barn. Your flowers are out of this world!

  8. Another amazing work of art. . .love, love, love the contrast in this piece and those phenomenal flowers!! There are so many lovely details. . and the layout is impeccable! What talent!!

  9. Wonderful layout on this page... love the camera thing too... I feel that cameras will be a huge collectable as days and years pass us by... things are changing way to fast... I LOVE your flowers... as I am a flower person at heart... I could flowers and nothing more and be very happy in life... LOL... Love the whole page... Love, Light and Peace..Bonnie

  10. Absolutely fantastic! Love the flowers mixed with the image and the paperclips add the perfect touch. Very nice!

  11. Absolutely fantastic! Love the flowers mixed with the image and the paperclips add the perfect touch. Very nice!

  12. Beautiful layout! You incorporated so many wonderful school and office supplies, just love it! Your flowers are drop dead gorgeous...I'm whistling as I type! lol :)

  13. Oh, my word, Gloria! You have created a wonderful layout for your album about what makes you happy (love that idea, and must put it on list of things to do for myself someday). Your flowers are AWESOME--love that great colorful pop on your layout. Great use of all those hoarded, eh, I mean saved office supplies! I love that you used your son's graph paper! What a special touch!