cookout kit2Stampin’ Up! created a Summer Cookout Kit to sell the past few months.  It is still available until the end of August and it is now on sale for $14.95 (40% off) and the refill (all the consumable supplies) is $9.95.  At convention we were able to get a free refill with a certain purchase amount at Memento Mall.  So I had my refill and a couple of my roommates gave me there’s too.  Why – because Tyler’s birthday is this weekend and I wanted to plan a summer cookout theme party for him.  But then he decided he did not want to have a birthday party after all – so now what to do with all the supplies.  Since my scrapbook class was this week I decided instead I would try to turn this Summer Cookout Kit into a scrapbook layout – so my challenge was created – use the pieces from the kit to create a two page 12×12 layout…

The kit included the die-cut pieces for the invitation – including the skewer, food wrappers that were like tissue paper, coasters, tent cards, die cut tags, and linen thread.

So I got busy planning – colors in the kit are Bashful Blue, So Saffron, Ruby Red and Night of Navy.  There was one problem that I ran into – all the die cut pieces for the invitation had pre-printed words and holes in them that I didn’t necessarily want in my layout.  Solution – tuck the words/holes under something or put something over them.  The only thing I didn’t use was the envelope – although I considered creating a hidden journaling pocket – the envelope could have been covered in the tissue paper, and there was one die-cut piece I didn’t use – I think it is supposed to be a piece of meat – it just looked strange to me.  I even added all the little circles that were left from the holes – kind of a confetti sprinkled on the page.  It turned out to be kind of a busy page (which is not normally what I end up with) and I don’t have my pictures on it yet.  So here it is:


I added card stock – Bashful Blue, Ruby Red, Night of Navy and So Saffron.  I added buttons in the same colors.  The skewers are tied on with the linen thread at the bottom of each page – I used my paper piercer to  poke holes through the page and then tied the linen thread through it.  The Bashful Blue and So Saffron coasters were punched with the small star punch – those were glue around as needed to cover holes and add accents.  The background is stamped with the Wanted stamp set.

To create the title I glued a piece of the tissue paper to a piece of card stock – so the red tissue paper went on Ruby Red card stock and the blue on Night of Navy card stock.  Then the letters were cut with the Big Shot and the GoGo Boots alphabet dies.

When I add pictures later I plan to cut two of them with my Circle Scissor Plus to go on the coasters that are my circle mats.  The tent cards were cut in half and these are picture mats – depending on the size of the picture I may leave the checked edge showing or cover it.  I thought I did a pretty good job of using my kit.

So now everyone that has a kit – plan a party, take pictures and scrapbook using your kit left overs.  We have something planned for the weekend (I’ll tell you about it next week) that I plan to take pictures of for this layout.

Have a happy scrappin’ day – it is raining here which is always a good day to stay inside and work on your scrapbooks….