Monday, October 27, 2014

Challenge #195 - Ugly Paper!

Can you believe it is the last week of October?  Where did this month go?  We are so pleased that you could spend a few minutes with us here at the Kraft Journal.

Today we have a fun challenge - Ugly Paper!  Come onm you know you have some.  That paper you bought in a weak moment and now you have it in your stash and just cannot bring yourself to throw it in the recycle bin.  Let's put it to good use, show us that ugly paper.

Tammy Hobbs
For today's "Ugly Paper Challenge", Tammy took a few sheets she is not fond of and used small snippets and created banners. Not half bad when you put them together to create a focal background would you say?  She started with a Kraft Brown Cardstock base onto which she matted an embossed layer of Kraft Brown Cardstock.  She then aligned her "ugly paper" patterned pieces to the center of her card using foam adhesive. Using Buff Ivory Cardstock, she die-cut a thicker width banner and ink distressed the edges for a sentiment.  Next she die-cut the word Celebrate from the coordinating "ugly papers" and added to the center.  Lastly, she wrapped some Brown Baker's Twine around the end and tied in a bow adding to the center of the papers to complete her project.  For additional pictures and a complete supply list, please visit Tammy at Creating Somewhere Under The Sun.

Marsha Drain 

There are beautiful papers and there are not so beautiful papers.   Marsha took some of the not so beautiful (ugly) designer paper in her stash and turned it into less ugly (maybe even beautiful).  The pattern on the paper was a good pattern for tea bag folding and for the bow made with a die.  After making the medallion, Marsha glued it onto a piece of Buff Ivory Cardstock which was cut with a Spellbinder die.  She edged it with a little yellow ink.  Some loops of green Natural Hemp Cord were attached to the back of the medallion.  The cord was also used to secure the button to the middle of the medallion.   Happy Birthday was stamped onto Buff Ivory Cardstock and edged with more yellow ink.  Here is the link to her blog for more details : Gramma's Room.

Anitra Tovar
Anitra has created a card using some of her...well we'll just say her least favorite paper.  Anitra took the approach that by using some of the great products the Kraft Outlet has to offer, there is no such thing as ugly paper!  First she started out with a Buff/Ivory Note Card.  She then added the orange and brown patterned paper which she distressed.  Next she layered some Vintage Music Sheet paper onto the base, and punched a scalloped/embossed border. This music sheet paper works so well to create the vintage look Anitra loves so much.   She then used some of her most favorite item from the Kraft Outlet Hand Stained Bias Tape in Rose Beige.  She then added a Memo Pin, to which she strung with a decorative bead.  Anitra then created a little banner using some Buff Ivory Cardstock.  Next Anitra added a wooden piece from her stash along with a sticker image.  For more information on Anitra's project please visit her blog:  Stamping While They Sleep.

As always, participants in our weekly challenges have a chance to be selected as our Featured Artist and showcased on one of our "Feature Me Fridays" posts. Each month Kraft Outlet will randomly give away a $15.00 Store Voucher at!


  1. It's amazing how 'ugly' paper doesn't look so ugly when it's either used in small doses or matched with beautiful kraft paper, ribbon and baking twine! Great ideas for using up paper rather than getting rid of it! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Wow, what a fun challenge this was! I can't tell you how much ugly paper I've collected over the 20 years I've been scrapbooking, lol! As I'm a bit of a hoarder, I just can't get rid of it but some of it is cringe-worthy. I dug around for some Christmas paper and yes, I found some pretty ugly specimens, and went for it! Thanks for making me stretch and for motivating me to use some of that awful stuff! I actually ended up liking the result, in spite of the paper!

  3. To Karen Letchworth, I saw your comment on Flickr about not being able to see my card for this challenge but the link seems to be working so not sure what happened. Thanks for your wonderful comments.


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