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Scrapbook your renovation with Trusty Tools

Have you done a renovation recently? Is it something you’d like to document? If you’ve answered yes to these questions, then you’re going to want to check out the Trusty Tools’ sets from Stampin’ Up!. There’s both a stamp set and dies.

We have done quite a few reno projects over the last few years, and they are definitely something I want to document. It’s always fascinating looking at the before, and I’m very proud of the results of our hard work, so love to share the process and the end result.

Helpful Tip

In my albums I’ve been working on a few UFO’s recently (unfinished objects). I thought my 2021 album was complete, but I went through it with my phone alongside me, and realised there were a few gaps. So I didn’t forget what these were, I added in blank pages, and labelled them with a post it note with what the photos / event is that needs to go there. I’ve found this a really easy way of knowing where I’m at, and planning from there. I hope you also find this little tip helpful.

So in 2021 we completed the big renos on our house, with the final room, our ensuite.

The layouts

As I started to design the page, I thought that adding some textural element would really complement the theme. So as you can see in the picture below, I’ve added some texture paste (through a stencil) below the embellishments. It’s just that extra touch that really finishes off the layout.
I also really love the with the die cut set, you receive more than just dies for the stamps. So there are dies that are standalone, which includes the spanner and screws and nuts that you see in the photo below. These were perfect simply cut out of Silver foil sheets.

Ensuite renovation layout page 1 using trusty tools stamp set

To document the reno, I’ve chosen just one ‘hero’ photo for both the before and the after. The other photos document some of the process. Of course, it’s important to tell the story, and because I always have way more to say than I can generally fit with my handwriting, I’ve typed this out onto strips of cardstock, cut them up, and added them on.

Ensuite renovation layout page 2

Of course, if you have a Before, you have to have an After!

If you’d like to re-create this, or elements of it, I’ve listed below the products I’ve used;

I hope this has inspired you to print some photos, and ‘finish’ that renovation project, by documenting it for life. Please do share if you do.

Thanks for popping in and following along with me.

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