Thursday, February 25, 2010

Cardboard, Burlap and screws....oh my!!

If you missed it...Bluemoon Scrapbooking just awarded a $40.00 GIFT CERTIFICATE to Bettie for her creation of her LO created for last month's challenge. Read all about it HERE!!

Do you want a chance to win a $40.00 GC as well???

Here's the March Challenge Set Up:

You live in a rural County, in fact so rural the closest scrapbooking store is many miles away and you get the chance to shop only once in a while. You shop online normally, at… joy, oh joy...Blue Moon Scrapbooking!! On a whimsy, your neighbor says “I’m going to town, want a lift?” Well, you hop in and the neighbor says “I’ll drop you off and pick you up in a bit”. Fabulous – except you have been dropped off at the hardware store with only cardboard shapes, nuts and bolts, wire and mesh… available. Time to push the creativity button as you work with the supplies from the hardware store.

(my version of the continuation of this story....)

When I entered the hardware store, I immediately saw the possibilities!! I started to gather up my 'supplies' and though I would create an impromptu LO, right then and there! The sales lady thought I was 'nuts' (no pun intended), but she encouraged me along!

I gathered up cardboard shapes, just like these byDonna Salazer

, and some paint (Claudine Hellmuth), some screws that were just laying around, and burlap and mesh!! I added some other things along the way too.

By this time, I had a bunch of people watching, and I started to create.

First I painted the cardboard shapes, using paper towel, btw. It helped to create a speckled effect.

I just happened to have my glimmer mist in my purse (ok, so I'm stretching a bit....but it's all for fun, right? lol). I used the Glimmer Mist to brighten up the cardboard shapes!
I ran to the next section of the store and picked up some twine. which I used to wrap around the acrdboard pieces.

Then I took pieces of burlap and overlaped them to create a flower!

I used some hemp cord to tie the pieces together.

Putting all these items together, I created this!

As you can see, I also used a big piece of cardboard for the background of my LO, as well!!

Here are some closeups of the finished project!!

So, you never know what could happen when a scrapbooker enters a Hardware store!!

The BlueMoon challenge this month is to create a LO/project using items that you would find in a Hardware store. Your projects does not have to be as detailed as the one I just showed you, but I hope I've given your some ideas of what to use and how you could use a variety of different items!

Have fun with it....and please...don't forget to upload your creation by March 20th to the Blue Moon Scrapbooking Gallery.


Upload a 4x6 with 72 resolution - this works best. If you're having issues uploading it's usually because the image is too big/large a file. Resize it and you're off to the races. If you have problems email

You can enter 1 layout per challenge.

Open to all US and International Scrappers.

We need at least 5 people to enter in order to choose a winner, so tell some of your friends to join in so someone will win the $40.00 BlueMoon Shopping Certificate.

A winner will be choosen the week of March 22nd.


  1. Love how you shared the details to your trip to the hardware store and your creation is so inspiring! Great use of raw materials too!

  2. I sooooooooooooooooooooo love this!!!!!! GORGEOUS work Susan...and I loveeeeeeeeeeeee how U had Glimmer Mist in your lol lol! PERFECT addition! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

  3. I wish I was in the store to see you creating -Glimmer Mist in the purse would had me clapping. It's hard to get by a day without misting something-lol.

  4. LOL. This is so cool. I actually pictured you running around the hardware store. Great challenge.

  5. awwwwwwwwwww Susan...I loved your crazy trip to the hardware store story!!! So fun! People usually think us scrapbookers are nuts anyways...right?! hahah
    Love the layout! Love your creativity and thinking outside the box! Great job, girl!

  6. This is so cool, you did a great job! I guess "hardware" stores can be fun after all!

  7. I uploaded a LO...but it went to the doily challenge...I am so sorry...Let me know what I need to do to fix it!