Product Review: Tim Holtz idea-ology Paper Stash


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Product Name: Tim Holtz idea-ology Paper Stash


Each Tim Holtz idea-ology paper stash contains 36 12"x12" papers and is available for $14.99.

Product Description:

The Tim Holtz idea-ology collection is a wonderful collection of high quality papers and embellishments for scrapbookers interested in a vintage or distressed style. Each 12" x 12" Paper Stash from Tim Holtz comes with double-sided designs printed on heavyweight cardstock, including 12" x 12", coordinating 6" x 6" and 2" x 2" sizes of the same designs, and matching ATC and border strips (36 - 12" x 12" papers total). There are several themes available including Lost and Found, Crowded AtticRetro Grunge, Vintage Shabby, and Seasonal.

In Use:
The papers included in each Tim Holtz idea-ology paper stash are very versatile, although the Vintage Shabby is more feminine and the Seasonal collection has a Christmas theme. Each collection has 24 different patterns with a single 12"x12" sheet of each pattern, plus several smaller versions of each pattern.  The reverse side of each sheet has a more generic design. In the Lost and Found collection, the reverse of each paper looks like distressed cardstock, with each one being a slightly different shade.   These wonderful distressed papers match the patterns perfectly and can be used as background or as distressed cardstock. This is a wonderful feature because you can use the back sides of the patterns that don't meet your needs. Unlike other collection packs, these distressed patterns on the back will allow you to use up every bit of this collection.

The smaller patterns are collected together onto 12"x12" sheets and need to be cut apart. The front and back of these papers are lined up so that cutting the front doesn't destroy the designs on the reverse.

Tim Holtz idea-ology papers are high quality, easy to work with, and coordinate well with the rest of the idea-ology collection.

Tips & Techniques:

  • Combine papers from this stash with any of the interesting embellishments from the idea-ology collection.
  • Enhance the distressed look by further distressing the papers using a combination of ink, tearing, or sanding techniques.
  • Use the smaller sized patterns to make greeting cards.
  • Use the reverse sides instead of distressed cardstock.

Project Ideas & Examples:

In this layout about a visit to my old college, I used all different aspects of the Lost and Found stash. I used a 12" x12" pattern for the background, the reverse of a 12"x12" pattern for the distressed cardstock, a border strip for the ruler, and a couple of 2"x2" patterns as well. To keep with the style of the papers and the theme, I distressed all the papers using a nail file and ink. The filmstrip ribbon and the journaling tickets  are also part of the idea-ology collection.

Here is another layout from the same trip using papers from the same collection. However, the white cardstock gives a less distressed look. I used some of the smaller patterns for the embellishments.

For this Father's Day card, I used one of the 6"x6" patterns and a border strip. The greeting is printed on the reverse side of a 6"x6" pattern, and I used Tim Holtz alcohol inks to distress the paper.

Here is another card which I made from a variety of 2"x2" squares. The bingo card was cut from a 6"x6" sheet to get the right size. The little jump ring that I used to circle the number 29 is also from the idea-ology collection.

The idea-ology papers are not just for distressed themes as shown in this nature-themed layout and this feminine birthday card. The flowered patterns are also from the Lost and Found stash.


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