a sneak + lots of layouts. :)

i've been scrapping.  i know.  insanity, right?  why would i actually want *use* this stuff instead of just looking at it?  ha!  so, the first 2 are peeks of my elle's studio layouts for this month.  they go up on the site on tuesday.  i was really happy with the layouts i made this month.  doesn't always happen.  but, i really loved these 2 + the card i made.  :)   also - tomorrow the new "layers" stuff comes out.  yay!!!  can't wait to get that in my hot (actually freezing cold at the moment) hands!    

and next up.... i was looking at the iris boxes i hold my studio calico kits in & i have 10 kits, all in varying stages of use.  some used a lot.  some barely touched.  seriously?!  TEN!  sheesh!  so... i decided to challenge myself to go back & make one layout with each kit.  i've made it through 4. 

this one is from april 2010, "joyland."  i loved that kit.  not really sure why i still have some left!  but i do! 

this one is from party sunny.  i've not done much with this kit.  it just didn't call me like some of the others.  but, i've been hoarding that chipboard piece.  decided to buck up and use it! 

this one is from continental.  a kit i LOVED but have rarely used! i need to get on that.  i actually have some old air force photos of my great uncle during ww2.  thinking i might need to use this kit for those...

this one is from summer camp.  i've made a bunch of layouts with this one; so, i am thinking i can break it down soon... just to feel like i've gotten more done.  some old pics of my daughter!  eep!  she looks so little! 

and these last two.  sigh.... i ordered a bunch of the new stella and rose from my mind's eye.  seriously in love with this stuff.  made these 2 at a crop last nite.  want to keep using it more & more & more!  these 2 are current new favs!  :)

my mom has done a great job of scanning old family photos and putting them on disks for me.  when i saw this photo of my grandma, i fell in love with it!  i think i am going to print one to put up in my house.   this stella and rose just seemed perfect for some of these old photos.  :) 
(and those thickers - how delicious are those?  i may or may not have bought several packs.)

this pretty little thing is my friend's daughter.  her name is stella.  how could i not use this for a layout of her!  hee hee! 

and that's it for now.... though i have some more scrappy plans.  :)  so, maybe i'll have some more to share soon!


  1. Absolutely gorgeous layouts. You're such an inspiration!

  2. I need to challenge myself to the same-so many brown bags, so little time!

  3. I've been challenging myself to use up my kits, too. I have a bunch that I haven't even touched yet!! Love your layouts...my favorites are the Mr. Bright Eyes and the Favorite Things ones. :)

  4. Beautiful layouts - you've been busy! I think I *need* some Stella & Rose... kinda partial to that name. ;)

  5. These are smashingly GORGEOUS!! I wish I have half of your talent, my goodness, these are seriously AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Loooove what you did with the American Crafts.

  7. Well funny thing is, I was just doing this last week with my kits. I have so many I hadn't used up yet but I still loved. I love what you did & cant wait to see those Elle's Studio projects & new items!!! I have a feeling I'm going to love them. And that MME line is amazing. You did wonderful things with it!!!

  8. These layouts are AWESOME! I totally have a couple of SC kits that I haven't touched, which makes me feel so guilty! Need to pull them out & start creating!

  9. Some great pages! Loving the addition of the zigzag stitch here and there. Wonderful little details! Love MME! Such great stuff eh?

  10. Love these, Mandie! Love those thickers too! I so need to challenge myself to use my SC kits too I tended to hoard them when i first started subbing so I have a big ol pile to use up. Thanks for the inspiration!


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