Monday, May 14, 2012

Ms Pacman

Last month on the Jenni Bowlin forum there was a fun little game called 'Ms Pacman' that I instantly wanted to join in. It's a stash-busting game, with the idea being to use up some old supplies. It starts with creating your own kit according to the following rules.....

The Ms. Pacman Kit must include and is limited to the following items:
  1. 7 pieces of patterned paper scraps.  the papers must all be used/none can be an entire sheet.
  2. a total of  1 yard of trim, but no individual piece can measure more than 11 inches.
  3. one sticker sheet with at least one sticker missing.
  4. an "old" alphabet set dated pre-2010.  we'll use the honor system here.
  5. one jar/bottle of embellishments.  look in your space for something you've stored in this way.
  6. one unopened package of scrappy product.
  7. one roll of tape.  if you don't have washi or bookbinding you'll have to get creative!
  8. one jbs item.
  9. unlimited cardstock.
  10. unlimited technique type product.  (paint, ink, embossing powder, pens, glitter, etc.).

And then you needed to create at least one layout and two cards with your kit. These are the projects I made - I shared them on the JBS forum at the time but totally forgot to get them up here. Sorry!

I started with that old Pink Paislee cherry blossom paper that I've been hoarding the scraps from for like ever! I had cut out chunks of cherry blossoms for previous projects so I just hid those gaps with more layers.

One of the big challenges I found was only having one alphabet to work with. Especially because I used this large Sassafras font which I love.... but I had to limit it to just one short word. So I stamped my subtitle istead (all within the rules!!) and worked it into the journaling.

I scrapped a recent favourite photo of Little Moodles dressed to the nines in her princess costume, but chillaxing in her recliner chair. Such a juxtaposition of styles... it makes me giggle!

I featured more Sassafras golden oldies from my stash with that floral paper I build my first card on. And I'm not sure if it was cheating or not, but I chose an American Crafts die-cut sheet as one of my pieces of paper. That made it easy to trim out and use these butterflies as an embellishment.

 And if die-cut paper wasn't cheating, then using the packaging from my Webster's Trim (which counted as one of my ribbons) might just be even more of a grey area?!

This second card was such a hodge-podge of scraps, which I guess it just the point of the challenge! Webster's packaging as the background, JBS butterflies and chevron scraps and Fancy Pants ribbon.

Someone left a comment for me praising my choice of having the Simple Stories '2' travel off the side like that. But to be honest - it's because I had already accidently chopped the 2 in half like this from a previous project. Another bonus of the game hey? Happy designer discoveries :-)

This was such a worthwhile exercise. If you didn't join in the JBS game, why not give this a go now?


  1. Neat 'game' to play!!! Just packed up some old 'stuff' for a rellie [elderly] in NZ that does a 'wee' bit of scrapping...& had a MASSIVE scrap room cleanup!!!! But I'm sure I could rustle up something if I really tried:):))

  2. I love how your page turned out!!! And the cards.

  3. Stunning work! And a really great stash busting idea.

  4. What great use of your scraps. This looks truly beautiful. I am so ipressed with what you have come up with!! Awesome!!

  5. Wowee Natalie! am so echoing Bente, am so impressed with your projects - they are absolutely gorgeous!!


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