Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Ready for Another Stash-Busting Challenge?

In a few days' time, we will officially begin this summer's stash-busting challenge.  Last year's challenge was so much fun -- and so effective in "busting" through a few of the layers in my stash -- that it's prompted me (with lots of encouragement from YOU all!) to make it an annual summertime tradition. Care to play along? 

The challenge is actually based on the Ms. Pacman challenge we played back in the day at Jenni Bowlin Studio. I'm guessing it was called that because it focused on taking a "bite" out of one's stash. 

The basics are pretty simple: compile your own kit based on the list of contents and use that kit to create at least three projects (layouts, cards, etc.) over the course of the summer (that is, a teacher's summer: June and July). 

Here are the basic kit components to "harvest" from your stash, featuring tiny modifications from last year's list: 
1. Eight pieces of patterned paper scraps, four specialty paper/"other" paper scraps, and two complete/unused sheets of patterned paper that you know you should stop hoarding and should just start using.  
2.  No more than one yard of ribbon/trim; if you want to make this extra challenging, no individual piece can measure more than 12" in length. 
3. One sticker sheet or sticker set, with a catch: at least one sticker must be missing from the sheet/set. 
4. A pre-2016 alphabet set. If you don't have a set this old (or don't feel like doing the research to figure out if the set is pre-2016), aim for one of your oldest sets. 
5. One opened package/container of scrappy product.     
6.  One unopened package/container of scrappy product. If you don't have any unopened product, opt for an opened package/container that has hardly been used, or the newest package of product that you added to your stash.  
7. One roll of tape (washi tape or other decorative tape) or a package/pad of sticky notes (acid-free ones recommended!).  
8.  One item or package of product from a company that no longer makes scrappy products (or that has not had a new release within the past two years) or one of the oldest items in your stash.  
9. Up to ten journaling and/or Project Life cards/tags (if you don't have individual cards/tags, you can cut them from a journaling-card-style patterned sheet or use a printable, if you wish).  
10.    Three "wild card" items. Include anything you've been wanting to use (regardless of whether it is old or new, opened or unopened).   
11. 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. 
As with last time, the kit includes unlimited cardstock, adhesive, and "technique-type product" (e.g. stamps, stamping ink, paint, mist, stencils, embossing powder, etc.).  
You don't need to use every little bit of the kit that you create, but try your best to take a "bite" out of it anyway. 

If any of the guidelines above are cramping your style, feel free to modify them so that you can be your best stash-busting self.  For instance, if you're in the midst of working on a project, and you realize something that isn't in your kit but in your stash would look great on that project, then go ahead and add it anyway. This is a judgment-free challenge!  

Accounting for the rummaging and scavenging time as we compile our kits, plus more time to create three layouts while also enjoying the summer months, let's aim to complete a minimum of three projects by July 31, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. EST.  

If you can't make it by then, no worries, but if you can, I'll enter you in a drawing for a scrappy giveaway. Just be sure to share your three projects on Instagram (I'm @jill.scrap; tag me and also use the hashtag #stashbustingchallenge2018 when posting your images). If Instagram isn't your thing, you can also post your images and tag me via the Get It Scrapped Community on Facebook, or you can post on your blog and share a link to the post in the comments below.  You don't have to post everything all at once -- individual posts are totally fine! 

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 (see this example from last year).  Then get started on those projects. I can't wait to see what you create! 

I'll update with my kit pic soon! 

21 comments:

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    1. Yay! I'm so happy you'll be playing along!

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  2. I had so much fun last year doing this. I can't wait to gather my kit for this time around.

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    1. I know what you mean -- the kit-creating is actually kind of thrilling, isn't it? I just put together my kit (I finished minutes ago), and I came across so many items I forgot I even had!

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  3. I think I will watch and learn.

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    1. Baby steps! If you decide to join in, there's lots of time to get the three projects done.

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  4. Love this challenge! Thanks for making it an annual event!

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    1. I love it, too! I wish we could do it even more often, but summer is the only time of year when I have the headspace and creative energy to attempt this. :)

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  5. This sounds like so much fun! Totally in !

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    1. Woo hoo, Amy! I'm so glad you'll be joining in!

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  6. I’ve played along a few times and always have fun! So up for it again this year!

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    1. YES! I'm stoked that you'll be playing along again!

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  7. Thanks for doing this challenge again. It always motivates me. Love it!

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    1. It totally motivates me, too! If not for the challenge, so many items in my stash would simply remain there, untouched.

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  8. This sounds fun! Think I’ll join in this year.

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    1. Hooray, Mandy! I'm happy that you'll be joining the fun!

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  9. This sounds great!!!! Hope I will have time to join in!

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    1. You're (finally!) on break, Teach! :) Hopefully over the next two months you can apply your magic scrappy fingers to creating a few projects for the challenge. No stress, no pressure, no grades. :)

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  10. I'm in! Will start collecting my "kit" this weekend. Excited!!!!

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  11. Love this! I want/need to play...but my summer may not start til July, and be in sputtering starts and stops! ;)

    Hahaha, but doesn’t the scrappy give-away kind of defeat the purpose?! Lol!

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