Whew--what a fun challenge! I really enjoyed getting to use a backlogged component of my stash (and make room for MORE!).
I took a place mat I purchased at Ikea a few months ago and turned it into wall decor, which is something I don't have much of. Or, I don't have much GOOD wall decor. It's a Solig place mat, and while you can't see it too closely in the photo, it's a thick, clear place mat with a green floral design. I loved them when I saw them, and loved them even more when I saw the price.
When Anita posted her challenge, I knew exactly what I was going to be using. The one item I have tons and tons of in my stash is ribbon. I'm not sure what it is about ribbon that I find so appealing, but I do know that it's really hard for me to leave Paper Pals without scouring the ribbon remnant jar in the pantry. I stapled my ribbon on to the place mat with some colored staples, figuring that would work better than using a ton of Glue Dots.
I've been holding on to the photos Brandon and I attempted to take of ourselves during our vacation in Hawaii a few years ago, but didn't have the right paper, or embellishments, or frame of mind to do anything with them. But, a little ribbon, a little paint, one awesome place mat and wham--it turned out well. The place mats come 4 to a pack, so I think I might do two more and do a grouping of some kind.