The amazing Courtney Kreeber has a Facebook group that is a wonderful community of cardmakers. Today, some of us from the group are having a hop in an effort to dig out supplies we haven’t used in awhile or to focus on trying to use something up. You should have gotten here from Jennifer Holder Schoolcraft, but if you came here first, start here with Lucille Holmes Manos! For my project, I decided to use up an entire 6×6 paper pad, and incorporate some other older supplies in the process. I’m proud to say I made 35 cards from a 24 page pad of single sided paper from Recollections! Today, I’m just posting a lot of pictures and not writing a ton of details about them. Over the next couple days, I will explain my process, give tips, and show how I worked with some of the more challenging pieces of paper. 2 pages were just borders, 2 pages were cut-aparts, and 2 pages had a full page sentiment design meant to be framed or used on a 6×6 square card. (ETA: Here are the links for the follow up posts: Day 1, Day 2, and Day 3.)
Since this is part of a hop, I don’t want to be a hop hog and keep you here too long 😉 So what does 35 cards look like? Here’s the big pile of cards, along with the cover of the paper pad I used (and the scraps I had left over).
And here is a closer look of the cards, grouped by the papers I used for each set.
In the process of making these, I used almost a whole roll of gold ribbon, an entire pack of gold rhinestones, all my gold Rinea paper, and a *bunch* of colored cardstock scraps and mirror paper scraps from my stash! Aside from card bases, I only cut into 1 sheet of red cardstock… all the rest are scraps! That was a nice bonus – Yay!!! I also used some really old foam snowflakes, put a tiny dent in my gold sequins, finished off a partially used pack of 15 year old epoxy embellishments, and used a half sheet of vellum. They are not my most detailed cards, but they are all mail-friendly and will make the recipients smile and feel loved. *And*, some of the left over scraps can used as gift tags. Bonus!!!
The idea for this hop came up long before Covid-19 quarantines and stay at home orders, but it couldn’t have better timed! Right now its not essential to run out for new craft supplies, nor are the stores open in many cases. And, many people lost their crafty budget when they lost their jobs, so this is the *perfect* time to give those supplies in our stash some love, and a full workout! So now I challenge you to grab something in your stash that needs some love and have some play time! Don’t forget to come back tomorrow for more details on the cards and tips for using up your paper pads!!! And to continue on this amazing hop, head over to Cathy Arenzana to see what she did 😊 Special thanks to Renee Moran for setting this up!!! And if you would like to be part of the Facebook group, just hit up Courtney Kreeber. The group is ever growing and open to all, and we’d love to have you!
Edited to add:
I’ve done 3 follow up posts to give more info on the process I used to Kill a Paper Pad here. I’m linking them below for your convenience: