Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Love, Elsie Blog Focus: Day 2

My advice for using up those Love, Elsie, or other papers for today: Put them in a kit with newer supplies. This is one of my favorite ways to use up older papers (and one of the easiest techniques for my personal style of scrapping).
Here is a sample of a kit that I made up:

I put two sheets of green leaf print Love, Elsie paper in with a bunch of new goodies that I got from this past summer's CHA, Cosmo Cricket's Smore Love collection. I was so happy with how perfectly they went together! And, I have found that if you put them with new(ish) supplies, it is so much easier to actually use them!

A good way to use up your kits? Take a challenge! I took some of the CHA challenges at 2 Peas for the next few pages that I am going to share with you. I used all of the papers, with the exception of a few small scraps, to make these pages:

CHA Challenge #10, Use 10 Different Brands:
Brands used: Love Elsie, Basic Grey, American Crafts, Making Memories, Cosmo Cricket, Studio Calico, Momento, Up&Up washi tape, Heidi Grace, Tattered Angels

I made this page for CHA Challenge #4: Use a 4 Word Title:
As you can probably already see, I used the stamps and letter stickers from the kit for the title, and I added in an oooold Making Memories journal spot, and a couple of scraps from my stash.

This Page was made for CHA Challenge #9: Use 9 items from your desk to make a page (this was easy since I had the kit out):
And I still love how that Love, Elsie paper coordinates with the Cosmo Cricket!

And these last few pages were not really based on any challenges, but made with the desire to use this kit up rather than put it back in my stash!

This one does not include any Love, Elsie (I used up both full sheets before I got to this page!), but, since I made it from the same kit, I thought I would include it today!
I added in a scrap of colored vellum and a scrap from an older Cosmo Cricket line for the layering to feel "right".
For more inspiration for making kits from your own stash, check out these resources:
I hope I have inspired you today! Don't forget to leave me comment for a chance to win this week's giveaway:


  1. You got a lot of great layouts from your kit. I've started pulling older papers, especially those that would make for great backgrounds and tucking them in with newer collections. Fancy Pants Vintage Valentine goes well with Simple Stories Handmade Holiday, for example and Simple Stories Summer Fresh goes well with Little Yellow Bicycle's Just Because collection.

  2. Wow....you certainly made a lot of great pages with that kit.

  3. Great job! I love mixing old and new, too! It's amazing how many old styles are already coming back on trend!

  4. Hee hee, the "big stick" layout, reminded me of my (now college age) boys when they were little. Love all the inspiration!!!

  5. Looks great! I love that use your handwriting for journaling on your layouts.

    Debbie from Illinois

  6. Wow -- you did a lot of layouts from that kit! Great job! I love mixing old and new stuff.

  7. love those pages and have just pinned a few!

  8. Wow, your layouts are stunning.
    Great kit you made up and you sure put it to good use :)

  9. what a lot of really super gorgeous layouts! the colours and feel of them all are just wonderful

  10. Great kit!! I totally love how you got soo many layouts and the variety!!!!

  11. Love, love, love your kit and the idea to mix it in with newer stuff!

  12. It's so fun to see a kit and then what you made with it! I'm so inspired!

  13. A little Elsie goes a long way! Fun layouts!


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