Saturday, February 23, 2013

Game On! Scattergories and LOAD213

Ever since I started subscribing to the JBS Mercantile kits, I have loved playing along with the games in their community. It's a great way to use up your kits, have fun and get some layouts finished. I honestly didn't think I would find it easy to play along with this month's game, much less find the time to do so. However, I was able to combine my LOAD213 layouts with the Scattergories challenge.

How does Scattergories work? Well, you pick a letter, then you choose supplies or items for you layout which start with the letter. The goal is to get as many supplies on your layout and you must use at least one product from a JBS Mercantile kit. Of course, we all get a little silly and we always push the rules just a tad.

Case in point. I pushed the rules a little bit here. My first letter was K. My son's name begins with K, so his pictures count. I also have kids on a flatback, kelly green ( sort of) flowers and letters. I used a JBS Mercantile kit cut and a journal spot with kelly green.

The Horned Melon by Christy Strickler Supplies| Patterned Paper: Jilliebean Soup, Lillybee; Alphas, Button, Kit Cut, Journal Spot: JBS Mercantile; Flowers: Sassafrass

When  I shared the photos of this on instagram, I had a lot of questions about the melon. Yes, it was very slimy and gross. No, he did not finish it.

I surprised myself by playing along again this morning. I chose the word M so I could bend the rules and bit and use Multiples of many items. The cat's name is Momo. I used a Monogram of an M and a mustard colored M word title. I machine stitches and used Metal Embellishments. this layout makes me happy because I was able to use up so many scraps from an older JBS Mercantile kit. To save myself time, I used one of Shimelle's layout starting points.

Mischief Incarnate by Christy Strickler 
Supplies| Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye, Crate Paper, Studio Calico; Letters, Stickers: Jillibean Soup; Other: monogram, glass beads, metal flowers and heart

Playing Games with your supplies is  a lot of fun. It keeps you motivated to use your supplies. It also challenges you in such a way that your story becomes a little deeper in meaning. The layout about Momo was originally just about him being caught climbing the screen door. It ended up being about how I have an attraction to mischievous creatures.

What games can you play with your supplies? Try out a challenge like the one over at the JBS Mercantile forum. There are also a lot of challenge blogs for scrapbookers around the web. Consider writing a list of challenges to yourself. Trust me, you will enjoy yourself and your layouts will reflect it!

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1 comment:

  1. Love both of your pages Christy! The flowers on your first layout go great with the colors of the fruit and I love all of the different bits of paper on the second one!!