Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Use your Stash

Hi there Bloglanders

Yesterday while taking a break from my dressmaking, I hopped over to Write.Click.Scrapbook where Amy Coose is hosting a week of  "use your stash". She challenged everyone to come up with a project using at least 3 old products.

My fellow South Africans will remember that Creative Memories was the "first" company accessible to most scrapbookers as they did direct sales.  So, in 2005 I started out with my first go at scrapbooking via my neighbour, Sandra who used to be a consultant. Since then, Creative Memories left Sunny SA, my neighbour now sells houses and I'm still stuck with some of the unused products in my stash.  So I came up with these little birdhouses - 99 percent old stash!  The Twine is the only thing new that I've used.

Here they are:

I'm getting into an Easter mood and as most of my existing home decor is in pastels - I decided to keep the color combo. I got the template for the birdhouses here, printed them onto sturdy, white, A4 paper, cut it out and glued it onto the unprinted side of my old paper. Yes, these products are from times when paper were single sided! Once again I cut around, folded on the fold lines and glued the house together.  In the tutorial that I used, the roof and base was done with a die but as I didn't have these, I cut it with my scissors. For the base I've used a 3.5cm square and for the roof a 10 x 4.5cm piece of corrugated carton (ex many, many moons ago as well).  I've made a hole in the middle of the roof and in the base as I'll probably convert my little birdhouses to wall art. At this stage I've threaded some twine through the roof.

I'll be making more of  these as I still have a lot of paper left. See!

Please come back to my blog as I'll be sharing pictures and tips as I progress and of course, you'll be the first ones to see what my final project looks like.  In the meantime, if you have a stash like mine of old, unused goods, hop over to Write.Click.Scrapbook for some inspiration. Just click here.

That's it from me. Have a Wacky Wednesday and please come back to play.


  1. One of the best things of CM was all the wonderful people I met and friends I made! You inspire me so much...keep playing! PS Love the birdhouses <3

  2. Love the birdhouses and I would never have known that it was "old" paper. Way to go, Hazel!