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Hello, everyone, and a very HAPPY NEW YEAR to you all!

Welcome to my first in a brand new series called "Old New Borrowed Cool"! I'm so excited to start this year-long monthly adventure with you and hope you find it as exciting and inspiring as it's proving to be for me!

First let me share with you a bit of the premise. Each month on the 1st of each month I'll be bringing you a new post that incorporates something OLD from my stash, something NEW that I might have just picked up and something BORROWED from wherever I can get it - but my friend Shannon will be pestered a lot, I can already tell - to whip together to create something COOL to share with you! Fun stuff, right?!

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This month's selections were:

OLD: Sassafras Lass Chipboard Numbers & October Afternoon Diecut Sheet
NEW: My Minds Eye "Fun Day" products - papers, wooden flags, banners/diecuts + new stamp ("made by kelly" gifted by my friend Jennifer for Christmas)
BORROWED: My Minds's Eye Mixed Brads (thanks, Shannon!)
COOL: A calendar-style resolution inspired layout that can hold no pictures or as many as you care to fit in! What a fun way to ring in 2012!

I thought quite a bit about what kind of project I was going to bring you to ring in the new year and I just couldn't get away from the theme of "resolutions." I'm not usually a resolution kind of gal, but this seemed like a great time to sit down and list some meaningful ones that I want to accomplish in 2012.I might not be a resolution gal but I *am* a list girl! For me a new year means many new beginnings - from purging supplies to new organizing tools to sparkling new calendars! Then it came to me - I'd list my resolutions in a calendar format! I had done something similar to it before and loved the grid design so I knew it would be the perfect way to document my goals for 2012. What developed was a funky, dare I say COOL!, layout that will keep me on focus and track to achieving my goals!

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Supply List:  Authentique PP, My Minds Eye PP, Bo Bunny PP, October Afternoon PP; My Minds Eye Brads, stickers & wooden banners; Sassafras Lass chipboard numbers; American Crafts Cardstock (Grey), Bazzill Cardstock (all other); Stampin' Up! scallop border punch; Xyron adhesive; Pentel & Uniball pens; Colorbox/Clearsnap chalk ink; Fiskars circle punch; American Crafts ink, embossing powder and Thickers (alpha stickers); Making Memories butterfly paperclip; Heidi Swapp heart brad; Silhouette America Electronic Cutting Machine

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So what do you say? Are you ready to give it a try? I challenge you to find something old, new and borrowed and create something cool that you'll love to start out 2012 with a bang! Try the calendar or grid format. Try a non-photo layout. Try using your favorite colors or a scheme you've never tried before. Challenge yourself to play along with me! I can't wait to see what you create!  Be sure to send us your "Cool" layouts to ideas@scrapbookandcards.com (specify month) to upload to our "Cool" gallery on the website!

Here's to a wonderful 2012!

~ Kelly Goree

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