I sat in my scrapbook room over the Christmas break and stared at my paper. As I was cleaning, preparing for the next set of classes, I found a can of rub-on alphas I never use. And some Sharpie Paint pens. Why don't I use those?!

I am sure you have had similar experiences. Instead of a “stash diet” or purging and selling your stuff off for pennies on the dollar, how about you just USE it. Don't punish yourself by not allowing yourself to buy some new things. Just try to use up what you have. That is what the challenges I'll be posting are all about.

Over the next few weeks I will be posting a challenge every other Sunday, featuring one product that you likely have in your stash that you are to use up! I'll feature 10 different supplies. Got ideas or requests? Please share them in the comments section below!

The goal is to get some layouts done, use up some of your stash, and make room to buy the new goodies that will be coming out this Spring. I want challenge you to use ONE supply from your stash during each two week period. All the layouts you make during that two week period should somehow incorporate that ONE supply. I know not everyone scrapbooks every day so that is why I am having it be a two week long period.

How to participate:

1. Create as many layouts, cards or projects using that week's featured product (for example, rub-ons).

2. Upload your layouts, cards or projects to an online gallery or your blog. Please be honest and only post items you made during the two weeks ; ) I encourage you to use these projects/layouts in other challanges as well and will try to post challenges that are coming up so you can easily participate in multiples.

3. Post a link to your layouts, cards or projects using Mr Linky (it will show up at the bottom of each challenge post).

4. Get stuff done, use your stash, and feel good about it!

So are you ready for the first challenge?

Challenge 1: Ribbon

1. Create layouts, cards or projects using RIBBON.

2. Upload your layouts, cards or projects that you created featuring RIBBON to an online gallery or blog.

3. Post a link to your layouts, cards or projects on this blog post
using Mr Linky (it will show up at the bottom of this blog post) by Saturday January 23, 2010 by Midnight PST.

If you don't get your layout or project done in time, you can still do it. The goal is to get something done using the supplies you already have. I will post some prize opportunities as time goes on. Each time you post a comment with a link to your project you will be entered to win so make sure you post each project or layout separately. I can tell you one of the prizes right now will be a $100 gift cert to my etsy shop Hydrangea Hippo and I am working on getting more prizes. Here's a little more inspiration for you on the topic of ribbon:

Show me what you got, your ideas for using ribbon, your cool ribbons you've been hoarding, whatever. You don't have to use alot of ribbon on one page, just use it somewhere, even if it is just a ribbon tab.

Other Challenges going on this week that would work with the ribbon challenge:
KI Memories Catch Up Challenge
Bo Bunny Sketch Challenge
American Crafts 30 Minute Layout Challenge
Quickutz Diecutting Contest

I hope you'll join me for this fun adventure. Here's to getting lots of layouts done, using our stash, and making room for new goodies!!

Happy Scrapping!

Author: Jennifer Priest

It started with jewelry, beading, sewing, home decor, painting, basket weaving, pottery, and cross-stitch. Marry that to an entrepreneurial spirit & at 9 years old a girl is selling her wares at craft fairs as far as her parents and grandparents would drive her. These days, Jennifer enjoys crafts of all genres from sewing to scrapbooking to jewelry with a little dabbling in the mixed media world. Her style is approachable and she wants everyone who sees her work to feel that they too can embrace creativity and make their home and life beautiful.

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5 thoughts on “10 Supplies Challenge #1: Ribbon

  1. Jennifer thank you for starting this… I am very excited and look forward to it.

    Posted on January 11, 2010 at 3:09 am
  2. I so love all your tips and for encouraging us to use what we have! Along that line…I’ve been making your perpetual calendar as gifts and I found that the cardboard used in cereal boxes, Kleenex boxes, etc. works just great for the flaps. I only buy a little heavier chipboard for the base so it will be real sturdy and support everything.

    Posted on January 11, 2010 at 4:51 pm
  3. I may play along, but not for prizes. I have stuff to last me a lifetime. Just need to get to using (my last blog post had me thinking about this – great minds!)

    Posted on January 12, 2010 at 5:18 am
  4. Hi Jennifer, love the look of your blog. I’m going to look at my ribbon!!!

    Posted on January 13, 2010 at 9:38 pm
  5. Fun challenge! I used a few ribbon scraps laying around on my desk on my “Puppy Love” layout.Can’t wait to see what the next supply challenge will be!!

    Posted on January 23, 2010 at 4:57 am