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New from old – A favourite layout using templates

One of my NY resolutions is to use up stash (EVERY year I say that, then get too tempted by all the lovely new stuff that comes out) but also to find NEW ways to use OLD supplies and tools.



This is one of my favourite layouts, using the Crafter’s Workshop templates. A long time ago in the scrapping timeline, templates were massively popular. With the introduction of die cutters like the Sizzix and QuicKuts systems and home cutting machines like the CR and Cricut, they fell out of popularity. Who wanted to trace a shape and hand cut it? Not me! So the templates languished in my drawer. But there have been some new templates released that really allow some fab effects. This layout uses one of them and it is still one of my favourites.







I used one template (Cosmo, I think it’s called) to create the scalloped circle – and the scallops were just the right size for one of the scalloped circle punches (the 2 inch one, I believe) which I punched, then punched the little holes around the edges with a tiny Fiskars hole punch, then ruffled them a bit with my fingers so they looked a bit more dimensional and adhered one each to the back of each scallop. The middle design is using Windsong which I first drew thru with green marker. The green leaves were sponged thru the template on to white card with a mixture of pigment inks (lime-y and olive-y) then cut out, while the pink bits were traced onto patterned paper and cut out. I cut around the drawn image then laid the pink bits (and some of the green bits) on thru the template for perfect placement. The rest of the green bits were just placed as I liked them. The little gems were also placed using the template.



All in all a very simple to do, but I think very effective. I would def. use the scallop circle shape backed with the pinched scalloped circles again as I really like the look of it. THIS is what I mean for 2010 – looking at all the stuff I have bought over the years and finding something new to do with it.



I think I will make a tag for this called New from Old so at the end of the year I can review my success (or lack thereof!) in using old stuff in new ways!




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Busy busy busy

DD is taking part in a Christmas Show with her SPICE group (ice skating for the disabled) and it is proving to be a huge time suck. Not that we mind, it just means between the usual sessions and the dress rehearsals and the long trip to and from the rink, then the shows, time is in short supply these two weeks.



But, carrying on with my Sunday someplace else posts, I wanted to link to a cute project on Martha Stewart – Claudine Helmuth’s adorable “Sitting Pretties







I am stil trying to source something like the inexpensive and cutable roof flashing she uses in the UK, without much luck. I am pretty sure scrapbooking metal would work but fear the edges MIGHT be a bit sharp. I’ll keep looking and maybe experiment with cardboard. It will not be exactly the same but I think it will work.



See the article here and download the template PDF here!