I don't know if it's from working with scrapbooking kits for so long or what, but when I get a new collection of patterned paper & coordinating elements, I find it easier to treat it as a kit and select many photos that would suit it to scrapbook with it. Then once I'm finished one layout with these papers, I don't need to put them all away. Instead, I just pull out another photo and make another layout. I find this helps me to use my stash a little better, plus, it just feels more efficient.
You'll notice I did this with my Generations line by Simple Stories. I packed it up to take to my friend, Marlo's house last week (which really made it quite simple to pack to go scrapbook at someone else's house-- I fit everything in a 13x13 plastic case and away I went!), where I made the following two layouts. Then, I used it to make a mini-album, the layout I shared yesterday and one more project that I plan on sharing tomorrow.... Which now leaves me several scraps that I think I'll use to make some cards. ;)
So here are the layouts I made at Marlo's:
The first one I made was using this fabulous photo of Jonah that I took in the fall, when we were on a hike. I just love it!
I used Bazzill cardstock (kraft), Papertrey Ink cardstock (kraft, rustic cream, scarlet jewel), stamps (wonderful words, bb:newsprint) & dies (double-ended banner builder, mega mat stack #4, block alphabet). The decorative brad is Basic Grey.
Here's a close-up of my title treatment. I love that with the block alphabet dies, I can spell out "blessed"! I dislike the word "lucky" so is a better way for me to use those stamps.
And the second layout, also taken this past fall, but on a differnt day, on a different hike, in a different location.
I used Bazzill cardstock (french vanilla), Papertrey Ink cardstock (kraft, rustic cream, scarlet jewel), stamps (Think Big Favourites #11) & dies (double-ended banner builder, fillagree border).
This paper was just so pretty, I couldn't resist cutting out some of the flowers.
Thanks for looking!