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So inspired by your challenges

so inspired by your scrapbooking challenges
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Last month I put together a little video that I thought would make quite a few people roll their eyes. It’s just forty minutes of me scrapbooking, starting with a kit and working on pages until it’s all gone. That was eight layouts later, starting with a kit of about $40 (including two long-term items – a stamp set and a bottle of mist). I had no idea that it would strike such a chord.

First Jenn at Live.Teach.Create. started this challenge and invited her readers to create a similar kit from their own supplies, then scrap until it was gone. And this month, the Counterfeit Kit Challenge decided to make it their June project, and they invite you to join in the fun and see how many pages you can make… all by choosing things from your existing stash of scrapbooking supplies.

Now, just in case you use those supplies and fancy something a bit new, you can also purchase the original kit in my video here. Just add one of each element that you want, and presto: a kit for getting crafty! (And just a little advance notice: I’ve just picked out the supplies I’m using for a new project along these lines, so this sort of flexible kit may become a regular thing at Two Peas if enough people like the idea!)

Anyway, I just wanted to say how humbled and thankful I am that so many scrappers find the videos like this to be useful and helpful in using that stash. I love to hear scrappers say they are creating more and collecting less. (Not that there’s anything wrong with collecting if you have plenty of space to save all that pretty paper! I have days when I am definitely envious of a big space to store such prettiness!) If you found this idea useful, I hope you’ll take up one or both of those challenges and I hope your stash proves exceptionally useful!


12 June 2012

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16 Comments for So inspired by your challenges

  1. margie visnick Says:

    Thank you so much for the inspiration!!

  2. Madeleine Says:

    One of the best videos I’ve seen! I’ve been inspired since I first saw it. I’m on my 3rd kit!

  3. Jeannine Garner Says:

    I love all your videos! Thanks for doing them. I do miss the videos of Sketch of the Week too. Thanks again

  4. Mary M. Says:

    I loved this video and the whole kit idea! I haven’t made a kit yet but I did already lift some ideas from some of the layouts in the video. If this was a regular thing at Two Peas I would definitely watch! =)

  5. Natalie Says:

    Oh, I loved this video Shimelle – I could watch you scrap all day not just for 45 minutes! I already took up the challenge on 2Peas and have scrapped a number of pages with my kit (I’m just rubbish at uploading my project in a timely fashion!).

    Great news that it could be a regular thing at 2Peas. Like others have said, I miss your Sketch of the Week videos – they still inspire me now!

  6. Marie Says:

    I love your videos Shimelle and found this one really useful. I was so engrossed I didn’t even notice how long it was! Your tips and tricks have completely changed how I scrapbook, how I think about scrapbooking and the kind of stories I tell. I hope there are many more Shimelle videos. They always really motivate me to get stuff done.

  7. GilmaH Says:

    this was one of the best videos i have ever seen, but true be told you make scrapbooking fun and i am always using your ideas in my pages because you are just amazing!

  8. Sandra K. Says:

    I am very excited for you, seeing other blogs to do the same. It is a fantastic idea. I always love your ideas. And you made me us my older stash too. Thanks to your class, Pretty Paper Party. I had so much fun! Thank you Shimelle. And I hope to see more of these kind of videos.

  9. Dawn Cheshire Says:

    I’ve watched the video numerous times and have used the layouts as starting points for my own layouts!
    Would love a video about using up sticker sheets, I have tons of them but never end up using them!

  10. Alison Day Says:

    Hi Shimelle! I actually just watched this video today (then saw this post) and I’ve got to say, I LOVE your videos and, like Natalie, could watch you scrap all day! I have learned so much from your videos, and those of that Super Hero Glitter Girl who frequents your site too! I feel my scrapbook layouts have more cohesion now because I have been able to figure out my style partly due to watching you! I also wanted to thank you for (perhaps unintentionally) telling me that it is perfectly okay and completely acceptable to scrap as much as I do. I’ve honestly been feeling pulled away from it but I see you scrap a picture from the 90’s and I realize that I am MEANT to tell not only my kids stories but my own too. I’m totally rambling now … Thanks for all you do for us!

  11. Laura Says:

    I totally missed this the first time around. This is right up my alley! Brilliant! Can’t wait to give it a try ;-) Thanks!

  12. Moira OReilly Says:

    I also love your videos Shimelle and never tire of watching you scrap LOL. As a result of these and cover to cover, I have started “kitting out” one of my albums in preparation for my summer vacations. Such an easier way to pack :)

  13. Debra Piercey Says:

    I too missed this the first time around. Love it! You make everything look so easy. I find all your videos so inspiring! You make me want to drop everything and scrap!!! Your the best!

  14. Renee Says:

    I was one of those who joined in the 2Peas challenge and got 7 pages from my kit. It was a great experience and I have since moved on to a bigger project. My niece took 500 photos of my daughter’s graduation and party. Lots of great shots so I am using up a big pad of paper and coordinating embellies for an upgrade album with photos from that weekend. So far I have done 12 pages. It’s almost like magic how easily they come together. Thank you so much Shimelle. I get so much out of all your videos and classes.

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