Thursday, June 18, 2015

Up for a Stash-Busting Challenge and a Giveaway?

Anyone up for a stash-busting challenge?

I was going through older posts and came across one about the Ms. Pac-Man challenge from 2012.  I believe it was started by JBS team member and DT coordinator Doris Sander. The idea behind the challenge is to "chomp" away at your stash by compiling your own kit and using it to create three projects.

The old challenge required one layout and two cards, but I'm good with a minimum of three projects in general, with any combination of layouts and cards. 

I'm planning to stick to a similar list of kit contents used, with some changes here and there to account for the possibility that one might wish to create three layouts:
1. Eight pieces of patterned paper scraps and four specialty paper/"other" paper scraps -- no complete sheets allowed. 
2.  No more than one yard of trim, with no individual piece measuring more than 11" in length.
3. One sticker sheet, with a catch: at least one sticker must be missing from the sheet.
4. A pre-2013 alphabet set (the old challenge asked for a pre-2010 set, but I figure, three years have passed, so we can compensate for the time change).  If you don't have a set this old, aim for your oldest. 
5. One opened package/container of scrappy product.    
6.  One unopened package/container of scrappy product.
7. One roll of tape.   
8.  One item or package of product from a company that no longer makes scrappy products (the old challenge required a JBS product, which could still apply to this updated version). 
9.  Six journaling and/or Project Life cards (if you don't have individual cards, you can cut them from a journaling-card-style patterned sheet or use a printable, if you wish). 
10. Unlimited cardstock, adhesive, and "technique-type product" (e.g. stamps, stamping ink, paint, mist, stencils, embossing powder, etc.).     
I'm going to add a few more items:
11. A wild card item. Include anything you've been wanting to use (regardless of whether it is old or new, opened or unopened).  The time is now. 
12.  A nearby item. Grab something from your desk or craft area that is within arm's reach. This will be fairly easy to do if you are a mess-maker like me. If you are super-organized and have no items within reach, then head for the nearest drawer or bin, close your eyes, and reach blindly. The item that you retrieve will be the final addition to your kit. 
Once you've made your own kit, take a photo of it, and blog (and/or share via Instagram or some other form of social media) your list of kit items. 

Here's my kit: 
(1) Eight scraps of patterned paper: KI Memories, Love, Elsie, Bo Bunny, Sassafras, Studio Calico (clouds and numbers), and Daisy D's;  four pieces of specialty/other paper: blueprint paper and time card (from previous JBS kits), dictionary page, white vellum.
(2) Trim: Making Memories (planes), KI Memories (rainbows), Webster's Pages (lace), May Arts (hot pink) -- it all equals no more than 1 yard/36 inches. 
(3) Sticker sheet (with missing sticker): Hello Forever for Studio Calico.
(4) A pre-2013 alphabet:  Heidi Swapp chipboard letters (I went waaaaaay back). 
(5) Opened product: Seven Paper vellum hearts. 
(6) Unopened product: My Mind's Eye Lost and Found buttons. 
(7) One roll of tape: 7Gypsies linen tape (or was it Prima?)
(8) One item or package of product from a company that no longer makes scrappy products: Jenni Bowlin Studio metal flatbacks
(9) Six journaling and/or PL cards: all are from Studio Calico, with the exception of the lined card from Becky Higgins
(10) Unlimited cardstock, adhesive, and "technique-type product"  -- so far I've pulled three sheets of cardstock -- white, kraft, and metallic gray, and I have a few stencils and stamp sets at the ready. 
(11) A wild card item: printed chipboard circles from Studio Calico. 
(12) A nearby item: gold paper clips from American Crafts. 
Once you've compiled your kit, the real fun starts: begin creating! 

If you decide to participate, I'll sweeten the deal with a giveaway -- and yes, I do recognize the irony in challenging you to chomp through your stash only to accumulate more product. 

To be entered, share a link to your blog (or Flickr gallery, Instagram feed, etc.) in the comment section below, and I'll be sure to visit!   ETA: You can also post to a thread that I started at Get It Scrapped.  Your post(s) should contain the kit image as well as images of your three projects -- feel free to split up the posts. 

Let's aim for a July 20 deadline. That should give you a little over a month. Happy stash-busting! 

27 comments:

  1. LOVE this idea, Jill! i'm definitely going to participate!

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  2. such a fun idea, and a great way to use up those long summer days!!!

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  3. Oh my gosh, love this idea, I'm totally on board, thanks for the extended timeline, I'm on it, I'll be back with my links :)

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    1. I posted my kit on Instagram hderam - on to the layouts!

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  4. Sounds like fun! I'm definitely up for it :)

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  5. Woo hoo! I'm so happy to see others playing along! :)

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  6. Ive already started! Im so excited!

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  7. Yay, Kelli! I can't wait to see what you come up with!

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  8. I put together my kit during the Get it Scrapped online crop, but I used it before I took a picture. lol. I did capture some of it in the process video for the first layout I made, which is a t https://youtu.be/jEGmiUiCJ0g

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  10. I saw your Instagram post and I'm keen too! Anything that involves hoarded stash busting is awesome!

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  11. Fantastic idea!! I am hitting this as soon as I am off work tonight

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  12. Fantastic idea!! I am hitting this as soon as I am off work tonight

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  13. Such fun! I put together my kit and my first layout; here is the link to my blog:
    http://littlethingsbigdays.blogspot.com/2015/06/a-kit-and-challenge.html

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  14. Two more layouts here: http://littlethingsbigdays.blogspot.com/2015/07/kit-challenge-two-more-layouts.html

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  15. alright, jill! i'm done - thanks for the fun challenge! http://kraftykat9.blogspot.com/2015/07/ms-pacman-2015-challenge.html

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  16. Your kit looks really nice. I too make stash kits, but can't play along with this challenge because I'm missing *three* of the required items, lol! (no unopened packages, no alphabets at all, and no product from a place that doesn't make product anymore), but I'm loving the posts in the comments!

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    1. Aeryn, you can play along anyway! How about this: (1) a package that is nearly full/untouched, (2) an alphabet stamp set or a font that you have not used in a while on your computer or alphabet stencils or cut file words that you haven't used in a while, (3) product that is no longer available (the company might still exist, but you know you won't be able to find the product itself easily any longer. Would that work?

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  17. I have only just discovered you and this awesome challenge so a bit late to "join" the fun but I think I will make a kit and share just the same ;) What an awesome idea!!

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    1. Melinda, we'll do another round again sometime soon, I'm sure!

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  18. Here's the blog post where you can find mine. I enjoyed the challenge Jill, thanks!!

    http://snapsandsnippets.blogspot.com/2015/07/quick-projects-from-quick-kit.html

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  19. I enjoyed this challenge, Jill
    Heres are my layouts:
    http://dayboardman.blogspot.com/2015_07_12_archive.html

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  20. Had such a fun time! I ended up subbing out the alphas pictured for some red alphas and threw in a Jillbean placemat. Here they are! Thanks for the challenge! I kept the list to do it again!

    http://www.scrapbook.com/galleries/967107/view/5414907/-1/0/0.html

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  21. http://thepaperllama.blogspot.com/2015/07/mrs-pacman-2015-completed-layouts.html

    http://thepaperllama.blogspot.com/2015/07/my-mrs-pacman-challenge-2015-kit.html

    This challenge was so fun!

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  22. I encouraged my sister Nancy to play along, she posted to instagram yesterday, user name nrusnak, but I forgot to tell her to link here. So I'm linking for her :) (if that's okay)

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