Monday, September 6, 2010

August Winner and a Thrifty Tutorial...

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We finally have a winner for our August prize package! Here is the process for choosing a winner. I wrote down every single entry for each week of August. Then I assigned each a number. We had 91 entries for the month. So, random generator chose.....

That is an entry from Challenge 11 which is.....
#11 Crystal

Congrats to you, Crystal!!!! We know that you will enjoy creating with that delish kit! Thanks again to each and every one of you for playing along in August! Crystal email your addy to

How about a fun tutorial from our Maven Tanya.....
I was asked by Kim to do a tutorial for Sketches In Thyme, and at first I was stumped. But then while cleaning up my desk I came across these photos of Karlye, left over bits from trimming my stamps, and many left over coffee sleeves. Then the light bulb went off. I decided to show you some creative uses for items otherwise put in the recycle bin.

After taking this weeks Sketches In Thyme sketch, I immediately thought to use these corrugated sleeves to make the title. I used my Sizzix Big shot and letter dies. It flattened the cardboard a bit, but not horribly. I also used my circle punches on these sleeves to make the embellishments throughout the layout as well.

I then went into my recycling bin and removed a margarine tub and a bead jar lid. I got my inks out and inked up the rims to make the circles on the bottom left side of my layout. Within the larger picture you can see that my daughter used a dragonfly foam stamp, so I incorporated that into the sketch by stamping and cutting one out for the top embellishment.

I always save my left over rubber trimmings when I trim my stamps, and now I know why! I trimmed one into a triangle to use for the rays of sunshine underneath the title on my layout.

This is the result of me being frugal, the definition being; economical in use or expenditure; prudently saving or sparing; not wasteful.

After reading my tutorial, I would love it if you left me some tips on what you do to re-use items in your house. Some of you may be concerned about things being Acid Free. I know you can purchase spray that will make things acid free. I do not have any as it is difficult to get in Canada, but my re-used items don't touch my photos that much so all should be well. Not to mention I have a digital copy now.

Thanks for taking the time to read my tutorial.



Isn't this an incredible tutorial? If you try it, we'd love for you to leave a link in the comments here!


  1. Wow - absolutely awesome....I like the idea of the rubber trimmings. With all the banners you see around these days this would be a great idea to "make your own banner flag".


  3. Congrats Crystal! I think you might be
    Tanya wonderful tutorial to share and such a fun layout

  4. What an awesome idea. I am ALWAYS reusing stuff. Whenever my daughter ruins an outfit I am looking it over to see if it has any cool buttons I can rip off before trashing. I rarely buy chipboard, I use the back of notebooks and such. Just the other day I used a decoration that came off a broken hairbow :)

  5. Great big Congrats to Crystal!!!!
    And Tanya, what a fantastic tutorial!! Always looking for new ideas and this one is sooo creative... Love your layout!!! Hugs!!!

  6. This is super cool! Makes me wish I drank coffee! LOL!
    The end result of the page is really fun and something you'll always remember making when you look back! love that!

  7. Congrat Crystal!!!
    Tanya great project!!

  8. Fantastic tutorial thanks for sharing.

    Hugs Ali x


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