VIDEO: Stretch Your Stash - Buttons // 12x12 Layout Process

January 07, 2017

As I have said in earlier posts this year and the end of last, I am bringing a whole lot more content in the form of videos. I would love to be able to post more than one a week, but I also know that two a week would be really hard for me when school starts again. So, while I'm still on break I plan on trying to film as many videos as possible to give you all what you like to see most! With that being said, I have also developed a couple of new series I'll be extending or introducing to you over these next few weeks and over the course of the year. I hope you'll enjoy all of these new series and please let me know what you think. Today, I'll be introducing a new series called Stretch Your Stash which focuses on reinventing things in your stash in new ways to become inspired again.

For this round of Stretch Your Stash we are focusing on buttons! As you'll see in the process video below, I have a lot of buttons, so I decided to stretch their use and make them the primary focus (besides the photos) of the layout. This took a really long time, but it was very therapeutic to complete! I point out a few things during the process video that I wish I had done differently, so learn from my mistakes, and plan ahead, haha. Enjoy this process video and I'll share more tips and details below!

I tried to cut out a lot of the boring work out of the video, so hopefully it wasn't too unbearably long. I think that this would be a great series for you all to play along, so I am extending my invitation for you to dive into your buttons and make them a starring role on your page. If you do participate, please tag me where you post it, I would love to see!

I personally think that buttons are so cute. I love to use them when I can remember to, but I usually only use a maximum of about 3, so this idea is a great way to use up loads of buttons at once. There are so many different shapes that would work for this technique including stars, circles, letters, clouds, and hexagons. I also love the flexibility on color ranges from rainbows to neutrals it is totally customizable. I wanted my layout to have some more pizzazz, so I used the packaging technique with my Recollections blue mist and my Tim Holtz distress stain spray in coral to give a watercolor look.

My photos are pretty plain color wise on this layout and I keep it clean by only layering some pink cardstock behind the photos. I wanted few embellishments since this layout already screams embellished. I used a Doodlebug Designs mini doily on the top left and bottom right of the photos. There's also a discrete fish paper clip, a vine die cut from Sizzix, and some crochet thread all tucked in.

It's the little details that make the true impact of these layouts. This was really outside of my comfort zone, but it sure was fun. If you have something specific you would like me to tackle for the Stretch Your Stash series I would be happy to hear it! I hope you enjoyed this layout process and are excited for more! Thanks for stopping by!

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