This year's kit is all kinds of color-happy, with a few "buffer" neutrals thrown in to to ensure that all of the strong color personalities play nicely together. Here's the 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.The baseline colors I chose are primary ones -- red, yellow, blue -- with variations here and there. Among the manufacturers are (L-R) Studio Calico, Freckled Fawn, Pretty Little Studio, KI Memories, more Freckled Fawn, Scraptastic, more Studio Calico, Shimelle/American Crafts, even more Studio Calico, and My Mind's Eye. The specialty papers include blueprint paper, uber-cute kitty packaging, wood veneer, and Anthropologie packaging. A few items here were among my paper choices for past challenges, but I'm working them in because I love them so and didn't use them up the last time around.
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.I worked in rainbow ribbon from KI Memories (I've included this in a past challenge, but I still have more left!), a red-orange circle-pattern ribbon (not sure about the manufacturer -- maybe Cosmo Cricket?), as well as white Offray ribbon that I plan to ink/stamp/embellish somehow. We shall see...
3. One sticker sheet or sticker set, with a catch: at least one sticker must be missing from the sheet/set.My choice for this item is the chipboard circle sticker set from Studio Calico (slightly to the left, just above the orange arrow). I wanted to be sure to include dimensional elements in my kit.
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.Duuuuude. This was the most depressing part of my kit-content search. I have so many alphabet sets that fit this description. Too many. Intervention time. Among the stacks (and stacks) of alphabets from yesteryear, I unearthed some red chipboard BasicGrey alphas that I am looking forward to actually using.
5. One opened package/container of scrappy product.This one was easy: Crate Paper's Here + There ephemera. It has a lot of travel-themed product, and I am fairly certain that at least one of my projects is going to be travel-related (though not related to my travels, as I rarely leave this island!). The die-cuts don't have to be used for travel pages, however -- they are versatile. Given my inclination toward bits and pieces, I also wanted to select an item that included lots of smaller elements that could be included in projects.
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.Enamel shapes are quickly becoming one of my favorite accents, so it's actually kind of shocking that I haven't yet broken into my pack of Amy Tangerine enamel stickers. These are so going to get the attention that they deserve.
7. One roll of tape (washi tape or other decorative tape) or a package/pad of sticky notes (acid-free ones recommended!).This time around, I'm opting for sticky notes instead of tape. Even though I don't have as many sticky notes as I do rolls of tape, I do still have a bunch, and they will nicely serve my need to journal within smaller spaces and then tuck those smaller bits into the layers of a layout and/or pull them together and stitch over them. I chose a pack of assorted sticky notes from Studio Calico.
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.If I had my druthers, I would bring back KI Memories and never let it disappear again. For now, I will settle for including KI Memories product in my kits each time around, in the hopes that by the time I run out, there will miraculously be more to replace them. The item I chose is chipboard stickers from Love, Elsie, a "spin-off" line from KI Memories. These chipboard pieces may be older, but they still feel as fresh and original as they did when I bought them years ago.
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).My choice of journaling/PL cards/tags included neutral colors, so that I could use them on practically any project. I went with cards/tags from Ali Edwards, Studio Calico, Pretty Little Studio, as well as some "found" items that could be used to house journaling.
10. Three "wild card" items. Include anything you've been wanting to use (regardless of whether it is old or new, opened or unopened).The three "wild card" items in the kit are fabric tags from Studio Calico/Hello Forever, envelopes from Crate Paper's Here +There collection, and the acrylic word "onward," which is my "one little word" for this year -- maybe including it in the kit will actually get me to use the thing!
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.I just realized that I forgot to add this to the kit pic -- just like last year. Ha! In a tray on my desk, I found a tiny bag containing a mix of stick pins and small heart and star wood veneer pieces (possibly from an old JBS kit? They have that homey feel).
Thaaaat's it! Gathering the kit components is always a thrill, but now the real fun begins -- seeing where each item will lead me as I create the projects for this year's stash-busting challenge. I can't wait!
If you're playing along and are done assembling your kit, I'd love to see it! If you're sharing a pic on your blog, leave a link in the comments below, or if you're sharing on Instagram, be sure to tag me (@jill.scrap) and use the hashtag #stashbustingchallenge2018. You can also share your pic via the Get It Scrapped Facebook group, if you're a member (and if you aren't a member, you can be added to the group!).
Have a great day!