Friday, July 31, 2009
Congratulations Skye! Stop by Scrapbooks Plus and pick up your Gift Certificate from Debbie.
Thanks to everyone who participated in our first ever Design Team Challenge. Be sure to check by tomorrow to see the debut of the August Kit that Erin put together - it is fabulous!
For those of you wanting to participate in our August Challenge, the papers will be available at the special Design Team display in the crop room starting August 2nd.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Everybody needs a good adhesive and everybody has their preference. One thing is for sure, and it may take some time to find the one you like but once you do it is it. Nothing else will quite measure up.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
For the next birthday party I plan to make birthday buttons. They can be souvenirs for each guest to remember the celebration. These were made from the kit using various paper groupings. The pinks were used with the cupcakes for a feminine look and the green and black for a more masculine look.
Cut strips of cardstock or patterned paper a depth of about one & a half inches x length 12 inches. If the depth is too much larger the button becomes too large and bulky. This size gives about a 3" diameter button. Cut a contrasting color or pattern to 1" x 12". glue the edges of the two together to make one 12" strip. Shape the edge of one side of the larger one, if desired. I tried a small scallop.
The photo shows green with yellow attached. Now pleat the paper at one half or less inch increments. Folding must be crisp creases and as consistent as possible. If the folds are different sizes, the button will not come together good.
Overlap and glue the last pleat on each end. This forms a large unyielding form. Push the centers together and use double sided tape to hold together in a circular shape. Add more glue in center , as needed. Cut a one inch circle to place over the pleated shape. This will hold it together. Glue another circle on the back to secure the shape.
Decorate the center with a cupcake paper, candle, message, or number for the age of the person. Stickers or brads with flowers are fun too. In order to wear the button, I sewed a safety pin to a small piece of fabric that is glued on back circle. Paper strips can be added for ribbons. Cut the 1" strip about 6" in length. Fold in half and angle to look like a ribbon. The button, without the pin, can also be used as an ornament on a card.
Buttons are a fun way to celebrate a birthday! Scrapbooks Plus has a great selection of birthday papers. Le tme know if you make some of these for your next birthday celebration?
Monday, July 27, 2009
The brown of the album was easy to coordinate with the pink in the paper once I added a little brown ink. There was no need to ink the chip board because it was the perfect color already. I just cut circles from the paper with my Fiskars template and shape cutter. I punched the photos into 3 1/2" circles using the mega Marvey punch (all of these tools you can buy at Scrapbooks-Plus). Keeping the design consistent for every page makes it really easy - and fast. I used a lot of buttons (Rusty Pickle) to add some excitement to the pages.
These Basic Grey albums are super easy to decorate for any birthday - not just a dog's!
Sunday, July 26, 2009
This time for my altered item, I made a cute little cupcake box, to make a box full of candy....
Well really it was suppose to hold a cupcake...but once I made it I realized that it was FAR too SMALL...imagine that...So I thought humm what am I going to do with this...and presto change-o I have a candy box...I had little chocolates in it but what happens with all yummy things that get left where the cute little 3 year old can get to them. They disappear...it doesn't matter if it is mommy's work...it is food to him...so it got skittles instead which if I do say so myself it turned out darn cute with all the colors of the box.
Add some ribbon so 3 year old can't get into it so easy and a little tag...perfect favor boxes :) What did you make with the paper that you got...
Saturday, July 25, 2009
I did a several layouts of my nephew's first birthday and still had so many photos left that it was easy to fill this layout with them. He had an Elmo cake so these papers matched perfectly. One of my new favorite embellishments is the Candy Dots by Pebbles Inc. We got them in a previous kit and I've been hooked ever since! My nephew is now almost 4 and every time he comes over tries to convince me they are real candy and we should eat them. :-) They come in lots of fun colors and I find myself using them all the time. One thing I did on this layout is add a few to the red dot circle on the right-side page. I just covered a few of the printed dots with my candy dots, and voila! It just adds a little dimension that helps finish off a page. Have fun trying a new embellishment when you play today. I'm off to make cards!
Friday, July 24, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Question: How do you get 8 pictures on 2 pages and not have it look too crowded?
Answer: Wallet sized photos!
Most photo processing services offer the option of printing wallets - approximately 2"x3" in size. I use Photoshop to layout 2 pictures on a 4"x6" before I send them to print and then just cut them in half when I get them home. (I recommend this if you have photo-editing software as it saves money and keeps you from having extra wallets laying around.)
My 2 page layout is very easy to put together. I used 2 sheets of red cardstock as a base and then split a sheet of patterned paper in half and positioned it to create a center block in the middle of the 2 pages. I grabbed the Bo Bunny paper with the large polka dots all lined up in neat rows and cut 4 strips. I used 2 of them to frame the center block and the other 2 were used to create a border on the outside edges of the layout. Surprise! The space in between is exactly the right size for wallet sized pics! The focal image is a 5"x7" and it "jumps the gutter" between the 2 pages. I also added a 4"x6" on the left side of the center block. Final photo count - 8 pictures and still plenty of room for a very large title!
Details: Red Candy Dots and red buttons repeat the pattern found in the polka dot border strips.
I cut out a present from the KI paper and used it as a photo corner/accent.
The trusty Dymo label maker came out again along with the CLEAR tape, which I love because it makes it so easy to color coordinate!
Thanks to everyone who participated in our Design Team Challenge this month. Entries were due on the 21st. We will announce the winner of the gift certificate to Scrapbooks Plus soon!
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
When I saw all this birthday paper I thought of different things I could do with it besides only birthday layouts. I had these Cosmo Cricket chipboard lacing cards which were eight sides front & back .... and my son just turned seven .... So I thought I'd put together a minibook of photos from every birthday (so far)!
When you're doing a minibook it helps to come up with a scheme. For this one I used the 1/3 - 2/3 approach using a piece of the Bo Bunny paper at the top with a photo at the bottom. I also decided not to cover the edges of the chipboard but leave it raw - it seemed more "boy" to me. Well, and I just love the look of raw chipboard.
I joined the pages accordian-style so that the album can stand up on it's own, making it easier to see how much my son has changed. Sigh ... they grow up so fast! You don't need lacing cards to achieve the same effect. Take your book pages and punch holes on both sides then use binder rings to hold it together.
I love this concept and I'm currently working on another one for my daughter!
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
The papers in this month's kit are fabulous for cards. I used Bo Bunny paper for the background - no sentiment needed! I placed the square sticker on a leftover piece of chipboard and attached it with pop dots on top of the ribbon.
And here's a trick for the ribbon: using your craft knife carefully cut a slit on each side of the card next to your patterned paper background. Thread your ribbon through the slits several times then tie the ends together in the front.
Monday, July 20, 2009
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Saturday, July 18, 2009
So this is a really bad picture, but my camera doesn't play nicely these days. I loved all the cupcake paper, and took the chance to scrap birthday cupcake pictures. Last year we surprised Leah with huge cupcake pans for her birthday and we christened them by making her cupcakes and surprising her with them. It was so much fun and I had fun with this paper. The cupcake in the corner was cut on the cricut and then ran through a paper crimper to get it to look like the cupcake paper. The frosting is actually spackle and then covered in stickles and a little bling. Enjoy! :-)
Friday, July 17, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
When our kids are young, the milestones seem to come weekly, or even daily. Celebrating their developmental and social achievements just on birthdays makes the prospect of capturing it all on one single day overwhelming.
That's why I have so many pages like this one in my kids albums, (and why I have so much "birthday" paper in my personal stash).
This page came together quickly, and documents all the special qualities I see as my son marks his first decade on the planet. The photos capture two very different moods... and the journaling records those things that I value most about him during this season of our lives.
Strickly speaking, the printed paper is "birthday" related. But it's also very versitile. Here I used a collection of numbers from a bunch of different chipboard collections, stamped them with ink so they would all be the same color, and layered them on top of the numbered print.
I really like that effect. It seems to capture the movement and fun of this season with my son.
I hope it inspires you to celebrate all your seasons as well.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
I cannot even begin to make a layout that I like if I don’t have pictures to start my creative process. I have tried several times and I end up not liking my layouts at all. I also have tried to use photos that I don’t like but are just photos to get a layout completed and when that happens I am not happy with the end result either. I have been really struggling with creating lately and it wasn’t until we had this conversation last night that I realized it was because I haven’t been taking pictures lately. I haven’t been paying enough attention to my world around me. Pictures inspire me, why do I fight this?
This creativity block goes beyond layouts. In fact it basically flows over to anything that I would use pictures on; layouts, mini books, altered projects, etc. I have seen some beautiful classes put together by some very talented designers, but I don’t even bother taking these classes because without pictures included for me to get the full effect I just can’t commit. I know the argument is used that the students don’t want to see the instructors photos but I say, “SHOW ME THE PICTURES.” Am I the only person who thinks or creates like this?
So, I ask you what is your creative process? Have you played around with a few ways to see which one is more natural for you or are you trying to do what you think you should do? That is the beautiful thing about creating, there is no right or wrong!
Since no post is complete without a pictures, I leave you with a beautiful picture that definitely inspires me!
Have a great day!
p..s. Are you playing along with us this month? If not, please stop by the store and pick up a few things – we can’t wait to see what you create!!!
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
I love patterned paper. This month's kit had a great selection of different papers- so much so that it was hard to choose which one to use! I fell in love with the BO Bunny papers in the kit (plus it was perfect for the pictures I wanted to use). I decided that I wanted to challenge myself and see how many different patterned papers from Bo Bunny that I could use. So I took 4 of the papers and cut them into the same size strips. But when I put them out, I didn't get the look I wanted, so I flipped them over and decided to use the backs of some. So on 2 of the strips, I cut a piece off and flipped it over (I really liked the back as much as the front of the papers!). So in all, I used 4 different patterned papers but it looks like 6!
Try and challenge yourself this month! Don't forget to join our DT monthly challenge- you could win a gift certificate to Scrapbooks Plus for your work. Just pick up some of the papers that the DT used and show us your work!
Enjoy and good luck!
Monday, July 13, 2009
Ladies we have just one week left in our challenge, where are you at??? There is a Scrapbooks-Plus gift Certificate up for grabs don't forget to sign up.
Also have you been in the store recently to check out all the great classes that there are up for the grabs. This weekend while I was there working. There were so many classes up there to take that we are resorting to stacking them on top next to our little message board.
Also don't forget to sign up for the crops. Do it early so that you will not miss your chance to crop. Bring a friend :)
Thanks to everyone that came out for the cricut swarm this weekend.
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Saturday, July 11, 2009
So I have joined the cupcake wagon along with Leah, her enthusiasm can be quite catching! I knew when I saw all the fun birthday paper this month, that I needed to make a cupcake box!
Friday, July 10, 2009
Thursday, July 9, 2009
You can see here that Erin and I were on the same wavelength again, because I also used velcro to attach it - That will make it easier for my daughter to take it out in the future and be able to access journaling on the back.
Some other details...I started out intending to machine stitch on this layout, but I think my machine needs a trip to the doctor, because it kept skipping stitches! No worries though as I decided I liked the look - so I pulled out the thread and just ran the entire edge of the brown paper through the machine.
This is the first month of the Design Team Monthly Challenge and we hope you are as excited as we are to have you play along. The theme of this month's papers is birthdays - and who doesn't have a birthday layout they need to scrap?!?
The rules are pretty simple and there is a Scrapbooks Plus gift certificate up for grabs, so be sure to drop by the store and look over the product display in the Crop Room.
Remember, all layouts need to be submitted by July 21st - check out the original post for all the details!
We can't wait to see what you come up with!!
.I'll be back later with a layout featuring the cupcake themed papers from Doodlebug...it seems as though somebody forgot to take pictures of her layouts!
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Monday, July 6, 2009
Leah did a wonderful job picking these papers, I picked up this transparency out of the birthday papers in the back of Scrapbooks-plus near the 7 gypsy things...it is made by Best Creations. I didn't know what I was going to do with it when I got it originally. But I knew it would be great for something :)
I added some Tim Holtz ink to the arrows but I realize in the picture you can not really see that...and in order to attach it the secret is behind the little stars and candies on the outside. There are little tiny glue dots behind those items to insure that the transparency does not go anywhere. The 3 is a Tim Holtz grunge board, this is really fun to work with if you haven't run by the store and pick some up. ***Note, it really absorbs paint so it will require multi layers of paint.***
To get the picture exactly where I wanted it I played with it then lightly marked where I wanted it to go with a pencil. Once it was where I wanted I then glued it down. I was concentrated on getting the picture in the pre-made box, I didn't realized that it was going to give my son a "dirt streak" on his face. ***he didn't have a dirty face, he would die before he went around with a dirty face...
In my family we don't really have "birthday party's" this paper still worked. I have so many siblings and they all have kids we do family get togethers. The family brings the cake and the supplies the party spot and the rest bring food, and the fun is had within the family. What are your Birthday traditons?
We were taught the family that plays together stays together. We play together....hope our kids remember that the family that plays together stays together. Because this picture was actually taken at the Baltimore Aquarium on my DS birthday I just wrote Happy in the "B" in Birthday. Again we took a pass on the birthday party, and his Ya-Ya (greek for Grandma) and Pa-Pa did something for him.
Don't forget to join in our contest and show us your best birthday layout(s). Happy Scrappin'
Sunday, July 5, 2009
I ended up using white cardstock as my background and balancing out a page of photos with a page of the Bo Bunny paper. Since the paper had lots of circles I used an Autumn Leaves circular journaling stamp. Tie it all together with a small strip of paper.
The bright primary colors of the Bo Bunny line are great for boys or girls. Here's a page I made from my daughter's birthday last year:
Saturday, July 4, 2009
When I sit down to scrap, I always have pictures in mind that I want to use, then I pick out the paper. This month I did the complete opposite-I picked the paper first! I did my LO and then added the pictures. Challenge your self and try to change the way to scrap.
Remember that we are now doing our DT monthly challenge. Stop by Scrapbooks Plus and pick out some of the papers that the DT used this month, make a LO and let us see it! You could win a gift certificate to the store.
Friday, July 3, 2009
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Remember when your project is ready, just leave a comment on Leah's post where she reveals the July Kit and tell us where we can go and see your creative genius! (OR you can email a picture of your project to email@example.com ) The winner will be awarded a Scrapbooks Plus gift certificate and the layout will be featured on our blog! (If you want to review the rules, this link will take you to my original post inviting you to play along!)
Basically, I bought a .99 foam visor and used it as a pattern.
I used a circle punch (about 3/4" diameter) to create a scalloped border.
I think it turned out pretty cute!
I folded a double thickness of cardstock and placed it on top of the cutting die, but left one edge peeking out - see it at the bottom?