My Paper Pumpkin June 2014: the Kit Deconstructed

Let’s turn pinwheels and treat bags from the My Paper Pumpkin June 2014 kit into a scrapbook layout!

When I opened up the My Paper Pumpkin June 2014 box I was a little anxious about what I was going to do with the contents.

I don’t hold parties for the Fourth of July, I don’t attend any, and really, I don’t do much of anything at all on that day. When my kids were younger (and when they still lived at home) we used to meet at a friend’s house to sit on her lawn and watch the fireworks that were set off at the high school just across from her yard.

So what to do? I’m not very good at coming up with my own ideas of how to do things, but I figured that it would be more of a challenge for myself to create a layout instead of just making another card.  So here’s what I came up with:

I literally tried to use every single thing that came in that box! I flattened the straws and cut up one of the cellophane treat bags to use as my base. I used the photopolymer stars stamp with the Night of Navy ink on the white banners, and attached one of the paper clips from the kit onto each one.

I punched three holes in the bottom right corner of the page to add three of the big, bright silver brads (p.s., I am not really sure why the blue looks so light in this picture, but just go with it. It really is the same Night of Navy as the others!).

And instead of using the pattern paper that had been pre-cut and pre-punched for large pinwheels, I used my square punch and punched out smaller scraps to make my own pinwheels.

I chose my neighbor Russ as the subject of my layout – he used to live next door, but he had to go into assisted living a few years ago cause he just couldn’t do the stairs in his house anymore. Plus he lived alone; my husband and I were the ones that found him in bad shape both times he went to the hospital in an ambulance. Not a pleasant experience, I assure you. But Russ still hangs in there – he’ll be ninety-three on July 17, the same day as my youngest. He still loves to watch Mash and Wheel of Fortune, and he still reads the paper every day. I really miss having him next door. He was the best neighbor ever!

How did you use the My Paper Pumpkin June 2014 goodie box? Wait…

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