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Glitter Girl takes on scrapbooking with minimal supplies

Glitter Girl takes on scrapbooking with minimal supplies // layout by shimelle laine

Glitter Girl has been avoiding one particular question for a while. It came from so many different people. Students with zero scrapping budget. Overseas scrappers crying from the cost of shipping and import tax. Scrappers with no space for stash or no cash for stash. And a scrapbooker who just turned her craft room into a nursery for twins balancing the emotion of probably not having time to scrapbook much for a while while also having an innate need to create in order to feel just right.

That challenge was to scrapbook without much in the way of supplies. No stickers. No purchased embellishments. No big stack of patterned paper and drawer of punches.

One sheet of white cardstock and whatever is left in a 6×6 paper pad that has done a fair bit already. Nothing else.

This is the most intimidating challenge Glitter Girl has ever taken on, I do believe!

And she cheated. That washi tape and the hole punch are totally cheating. Disappointing, really.

Glitter Girl takes on scrapbooking with minimal supplies // layout by shimelle laine

That toddler painting technique is something that needs to appear more in my albums, but it was only after I finished the page that I realised it needs to involve an actual toddler. I’m going to pull out some cardstock the next time he is painting and see if anything might make a nice background. I might as well put him to work, right?

But truthfully: this challenge has made me look like a deer in the headlights every time it has been asked in any wording, and yet I am so, so glad I tried it. You can too: grab a 6×6 paper pad and one sheet of cardstock for your background and go. If you end up needing to cheat a smidge, so be it, but the victory of getting to the end and realising the whole page was basically made with leftovers from a 6×6 paper pad? That feeling is pretty fabulous indeed!

I hope you enjoy watching this adventure!

23 March 2016

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8 Comments for Glitter Girl takes on scrapbooking with minimal supplies

  1. Bunny Dobbie Says:

    I love how well GG did with this Challange! Such restraint of supplies and embellishments! I’m sure she needed a large cup of tea after this one. Fabulous results! I laughed at the “give it a whirl” tag for his first egg opening. Did he eat much wrapper? Haha! So fun to watch and congrats on the Challange!

  2. Hedda Says:

    Hi Shimelle! What I love about your videos is how you incurrige us scrapbookers to play with the craft and have fun instead of worring about making perfect pages. It really takes the stress out of it and has been very liberating for me personaly. Thank you for the glitter girl videos!

  3. Erica Hettwer Says:

    I love this challenge! And you are right, it’s so intimidating. But, it’s a challenge I need to take on because I have soooo much patterned paper. A few layouts like this could really help me get my money’s worth of all of it.

  4. Gab Says:

    This is such a great challenge – and I think GG did really well! I love how she went out of her comfort zone to think of creative ways to use paper.
    I love how that painting technique took the bright white-ness away.
    And the punched holes are genius!

  5. Yamini Says:

    Ah, made it look so easy! It’s gonna go in my to-do-list. I’m sure our Luvly community members will also love it.

  6. Jeannine H Says:

    Such a great layout. It is simple but not really, but definitely elegant. The beautiful photo stands out that much more. Btw, you did not really cheat because one could susbstitute bits of patterned paper for the washi and cut up tiny pieces of paper to make confetti instead of an office supply hole punch. For readers who are not familiar with her, Noell Hyman (Paperclipping) has fab examples of making layouts with few supplies.

  7. Lisa-Jane Johnson Says:

    I adore using 6×6 pads and I think the smaller scale / more concentrated colour is great for backing negative shapes on the Cameo (like the rabbit in the Easter post.)

  8. How to Bet Basketball Says:

    Aw, this was a really nice post. In idea I would like to put in writing like this additionally – taking time and actual effort to make a very good article… but what can I say… I procrastinate alot and by no means seem to get something done.