Saturday, February 23, 2013

Something From Almost Nothing - Basic Metals

Before setting a new scrapbooking challenge for myself, I've decided to work my way through Shimelle's Something From Almost Nothing class. I purchased this class some time last year as a self-paced class, however I had not yet taken time to work through it. Each prompt in this class is designed to help us get more from our stash and is focused on one particular type of product.

Prompt One was filled with inspiration for using our Basic Metal Embellishments, and I ended up creating SIX layouts. I used the sample layouts as inspiration for several of my layouts and for others I simply used some of the ideas presented for using basic metals and came up with my own design. Shimelle shared ideas for using a variety of types of embellishments.


I really like the way all these layouts turned out, but this is one of my favorites because I used some old photos that I had cropped (very crookedly) when I was a teenager. I recently rescued them from an old magnetic album and am excited to finally get this story recorded.
I ended up using 14 eyelets, 46 brads, 1 metal word, 1 metal imprinted rectangle, 9 metal charms, 8 metal rimmed tags, and 3 bottle caps for a total of 82 metal embellishments! I also pulled out a metal frame to use on the cover of my December 2012 mini-album (that I'm hoping to put together this weekend). I would like to tell you that this made quite a dent in my metal embellishment stash . . . I would like to tell you that . . . but it wouldn't be true . . . so I'll just say that it made a very small dent in my stash. Do you have metal embellishments in your stash? Have you used any lately?


  1. you've made me want to look at this class again.

  2. Great way to use some of those metal embellishments! I need to pull mine out! Thanks for the nudge.

  3. Amazing how the metals add to your layouts. You sure did have a lot of metal!

  4. nope no metal here. loved seeing these layouts in person this week!

  5. Really like these - especially the colourful frame on your Crafty Tuesday page.

    Metal embellishments? Ummmm, I demoed for Making Memories at the time they were REALLY popular. Let's just say I've got a basket full and not mention what size basket :lol:

  6. What a brilliant haul of pages! You have really exploited the metal to the full - love the metal rimmed one especially but enjoyed your story about your little cat the most :).

  7. WTG Melissa! What a great variety of pages
    Alison xx

  8. Man, you are rockin' it lately, going back to work seems to agree with your creative side ;) Great use of your metal stash!

  9. Great way to use your stash! This makes me wonder how many metal embellishments I still have in my stash. I know I got rid of a lot of them, and frankly, I never think of them when I'm working on a layout.

  10. I am completely impressed! Amazing how all those embellishments inspired you to scrap 6 wonderful pages!

  11. I really liked that class! I'm still working my way through classes, although I'm really tempted by some new ones, too! LOL!

  12. Your numbers are impressive! I still have tons of metal. I need to pull these embellishments out more. They still look fantastic. Love all of your layouts and so cool that you were able to rescue your cat photos! :)


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