Pick 5 – Using five pieces from my old stash

Today I am sharing a quick and easy stash dive with you. The basic concept is this: dive into your stash, grab 5 products to use for a project, then create something! The “rules” are very loosey-goosey: one product can be a whole pack of embellishments, or a couple of papers from one collection., or just one teeny tiny little piece you’ve kept and just love. Also, you are in no way limited to the five items you’ve chosen; if you feel like adding a whole bunch more, go for it! But the goal is simply to make good use of those five products you’ve picked. To make it more fun you can also pick a sort of theme, like a colour, or a brand, or a certain product group.

This time around, I decided to make my theme “Oldies but goldies”. So I had a rummage around and picked out these five products listed below.


  1. Self-adhesive chipboard buttons from Bo Bunny, from the Mama-Razzi(2) collection from 2013
  2. Two leftover papers from the same collection from Bo Bunny, also from 2013
  3. Jenni Bowlin plain chipboard stars from 2011
  4.  7 Gypsies rubons from 2007
  5. Prima matte journal overlays from 2008

And here is a closeup of the B-sides of the Bo Bunny papers and the chipboard buttons:


This was my simple strategy: I started with the buttons. I’ve had my eyes on them for years, tucked away in my stash. I just really love the camera- and photography theme so much. It was really time to make use of them and put them on a layout, in an album, for keeps. After I grabbed the buttons, I went through my patterned papers to see if I had any papers to match. After that I added the chipboard stars, the rubons and the overlays thinking I could build some sort of layers from that.

And here is how my project turned out! I used most of the two pieces of paper, by being a bit thrifty and cutting them in a way that I could use two of the polaroid motifs, as well as the B-sides as a photo mat and a border around my main area. The buttons, stars and rubons got turned into little embellishment clusters.


The plain chipboard stars were a bit dull, so I embossed them in a pink/brownish sparkly/shiny embossing powder that I love. As it turns out, that embossing powder is one of the first I ever bought, back in 2007 (the colour is called “Burnished Russet”), and even though I have used it a lot, I still have a lot left. I haven’t really used it for a long while though, so it felt great to whip it out! So, friendly reminder: your embossing powder will last you a long, long time.  stuckintheglue_jenandtricks_pick5_layout01

In the end I just ended up piling the chipboard buttons on there. I just felt that I didn’t want to leave any buttons left behind! I also used up most of the rubons, and at least one of the journal overlays from Prima. And I love the feelong of putting old product that I have loved for so long to good use!  stuckintheglue_jenandtricks_pick5_layout02

All in all I am quite happy with how the layout turned out. It’s generally a bit more brownish that my usual style, but it suits the photos and it fits in well with the other layouts in my album from the same trip. it felt pretty easy to get going once I had grabbed those five products, a little bit like putting together a mini kit in a flash. I hope you give it a try! Make sure to leave a comment if you do, I’d love to see your projects!

/Jennie, a.k.a. jenandtricks

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Jennie, a.k.a Jenandtricks, is a crafter, scrapbooker, creative writer, photographer, blogger and geek. Among other things she runs the crafting blog forglueandglory.com, about handmade items, memory keeping, adhesive experiments and crafting disasters.

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