Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Hi, Erin Here!

It's Erin... back for another year on the Scrapbooks Plus team. The last 2 years have been a lot of fun and this year will (hopefully) be the best yet!

Since I've done the formal introductions before, I thought I start off this year with my top ten.... my Top Ten scrapbooking necessities. Here goes!

Erin's Top Ten Scrapbooking Must Haves
1. Buttons - I love buttons and they are consistently on my layouts. Buttons are fabulous for adding dimension. They can look homey or sleek depending on their style and how they are attached.
2. Zip Dry - Absolutely the best thing ever for adding bulky embellishments. This stuff stays put... which is always a good thing in scrapbooking! :)
3. Die-cut Paper - Something about paper with a cool, die-cut edge is just irrisistable to me!
4. Edge Punches - When the paper I like doesn't have a die-cut edge, just add one with the cool edge punches that are on the market. I have a few from Fiskars, Martha Stewart, and EK Success and love each of them!
5. Corner Rounder - This tool has been around forever and it's worth its weight in gold. When doing a clean, simple layout sometimes all you need to finish it off is that curved corner. Plus I often use them to make a scalloped edge - just pull off the paper guide and punch away!
6. Ink - Inking the edges of your photos and papers gives everything a visual pop and adds depth. I use Colorbox chalk ink for papers as it dries extra fast. For inking the edges of photos, use Staz-On and set them to the side to dry.
7. Patterned Paper - Who can scrap without patterned paper? Cardstock is a great base, but the patterned paper probably is what hooked us on this hobby to begin with. Favorites are My Mind's Eye and Basic Grey.
8. White Space - Really it's nothing! But having enough nothing on the page makes all of the something's look even better... know what I mean? ;-)
9. Stitching - Whether it's by hand or machine it's a great accent to a page. Or try stitching without thread and use the bare holes as a bulk-free accent.
10. Glimmer Mist - Those of you who know me, know that I'm not one for a lot of glitter - although I do have a stash of Martha Stewart glitter! Glimmer Mist is my usual go-to for subtle sparkle and easy color-changing. I use it on flowers, thickers, ribbon, paper, anything I can spray. Always test it out to make sure it'll work. So far I've been lucky and it's worked on everything I've tried except felt.

thanks for stopping by!


Misty Rose said...

So glad to see you back Erin, you have been one of my favorites in the past years...

Megan said...

I couldn't agree more, especially the edge punches.

susie said...

I am going to have to take some "button instruction" from you this year. I have a quite large button collection and I do try to use them - but the placement always seems contrived or awkward - like they don't belong. Your buttons are always "at home" on your designs. *sigh* One day...
Have fun on DT this year!

Love, Susie

Robin Shakoor AKA Loves2Create said...

I have to say that zip dry is probably the best invention ever made! I look forward to working with you this year.