This layout was made for the Theme Challenge at ACOT using the new sketch (#115) released today at The Scrappiest. I used an American Crafts page kit that I got for a S-T-E-A-L. See the story below! Everything was from the kit except for the yo-yo flower which I made and the yellow twisted fabric flower, and the popsicle enameled stickers which were leftovers from another layout! Oh, and the mini October Afternoon letters. The theme of the challenge was to use the word Refresh to inspire you. These pictures of the kids when they were soooooo little enjoying ice cream and sprinkles were perfect! The photo isn't the best because its sooo cloudy here AND my battery died in my big Canon so I had to use the little one!
And now for my deal of the month! Over the weekend I had to go to Marshalls to get my son some new tee shirts. While I was there I wandered to the back of the store where I almost always find something scrappy related. The past 6 months or so there has been an assortment of Martha Stewart punches for $2.99-$7.99 and I had already purchased the ones I was interested in. As I got towards the aisle I noticed that it looked different. And it was! There were no MS craft items at all...instead there were tons of American Crafts scrapbooking kits. And what a DEAL they were! For $4.99 for the American Crafts kits (there are two at the top of the picture and one I already used on the layout I posted above) you get 2 sheets of cardstock, 8 patterened papers, 3 different ribbons, a package of flair stickers (buttons), a package of stickers, cardstock to mat your photos in 6 different colors and the best part.....a whole package of Thickers! I don't know about you but I love me some Thickers and for $4.99 for all of this, its a deal for sure since Thickers are $4.99 by themselves! The collections I got were Letterbox, Blue Skies and not pictured is Heat Wave. I took only one of each....leaving some for the next person but BOY did I want to grab them all! There was a lady in the aisle staring at me and huffing and puffing because I was taking all the good stuff! As soon as I moved away, she grabbed a bunch too...and I am sure she took more than me. Ugh.
In addition to the American Crafts page kits I found a package of 60 sheets of American Crafts Travel themed pattern paper. The price you ask? $2.99! Can you believe that....$2.99 for 60 sheets of paper and only a few of them smack of travel....the others could be used for any theme in colors of black, red, bright green, baby blue and white.
Oh but I'm not done yet! I got two packages of American Crafts Remarks Journaling Stickers--each pack has 8 pages of stickers in them. The are black and white and I always like to have neutral journaling spots on hand. Those were $1.69 each. And last but not least were two page kits by Pebbles. These kits were $2.99 and contain 2 sheets each of 3 different pattern papers, 1 yard of matching ribbon, 1 Sticker Sheet, 1 Sampler Sheet (die cuts), 1 sheet of Words stickers and 1 sheet of page element stickers (tabs, photo turns, etc). I got the "Theodore" kit which is a paisley/stripe set in greens, blues and browns. And "Party Time Boy" which is fun bright blue, orange and greens!! There were a couple other styles that I just didn't care for so I left them! Miss Crabby Pants waiting in the aisle can have them!I also picked up a fat pack of bright scalloped tissue paper to make some fun flowers with!! All that and I spent under $30!!!!!