Riding with Barney Layout and a Birthday Card for Paper Secrets

The challenges at Paper Secrets are so much fun that I like to play along when I can too. Aside from my dt work for the monthly challenges, there are 2 progressive weekly challenges with which I now play along. One is SYAO2 (short for scrap your ass off…round 2) and the other is CYAO. Sign ups are closed for SYAO, but there’s still a little bit of time for progressive card challenge. If you’re not familiar with what a progressive challenge is, it’s one where everyone signs up to start at the same time and there’s a deadline for the first challenge, anyone who does not complete the challenge by the deadline or does not meet the requirements for the challenge, is disqualified and everyone else moves on to the next round. This continues until there is only 1 participant still scrapping. 😀 Since the first SYAO is still going strong (I think there are still 7 members in it to win it) and they’re on week #40, Kristi was nice enough to start a new round last week for all of us who have been waiting for a chance to play. 😀 For each week’s sketch there is a list of materials, of which participants need to select 4 out of the 8 items to use on their layout and also a list of techniques and we must use 1 out of the 3 listed. For my take on week #2’s sketch for SYAO2, I used ribbon, 3+ flowers, 3+ brads, staples and a border punch. For the technique I selected stamping. Here’s my take on the challenge:

Jillibean Soup Minestrone Soup pp
Jillibean Soup felt flowers
Jillibean Soup brads
Jillibean Soup alpha stickers
trim from my stash
kraft paper
Jenni Bowlin tickets
Smash date stamper
Fiskars punch


Helmar Premium Craft Glue
Helmar Quick Fix Adhesive Runner
Helmar 450 Quick Dry

The fab Pagemaps sketch that was selected for this challenge:

Next I have my card for week #1 of CYAO. For my stash items, I selected Core’dinations cardstock (2 different kinds), stamp and ink for my sentiment, a flower and sanding. Here’s my take on the challenge:


Core’dinations chocolate box cardstock
Core’dinations Core Impressions Jenni Bowlin 6×6 cardstock
TPC Studio stamp
Archival Ink
Twill trim from my stash
Prima Flower
Ranger Sanding Block
EK Success Punch


Helmar Premium Craft Glue
Helmar 450 Quick Dry

The awesome pagemaps sketch we worked with: