Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Fall Layouts with Hello Fall Papers

I used the fall themed paper to create a showcase for the photos of a day I spent at Giverny.  The background is Red Splendor.

I used half of the left page to creat the title.  Using the Cricut, I cut “Fall” from Burnt Orange Knit and sprayed them with Spiced Marmelade Glimmer Mist.  I cut “at” out of a circle using the Word Party Cricut Cartridge and placed it on a scalloped circle.  Giverny is made with Daily Junque wooden letters.  To make them cooridinate with the colors of the papers of stamped the letters repeatedly until I got the color I wanted.  I used Tea Dye, Frayed Burlap, Scattered Straw, Spiced Marmelade & Fired Brick Distress Inks.

Burnt Orange Knit rectangles sprayed with Spiced Marmelade Glimmer Mist fill the space between pictures. 

Using many of the items available in the Hello Fall collection  I was able to create a showcase for the pictures, quite simply.  A canvas strip ties the title to the pictures.  Crepe lace stickers, a quote from the Cardstock Die Cuts and the journaling cards embellish the page.  Prima leaves and unique buttons from Scrapbooks Plus finish the page.

Another completely different layout was made using the same papers.  This one uses Little Leaf Pile for the background giving it a much more fun them.  All that is added is a few cutouts made using Tim Holtz dies and a strip of Tim Holtz film strip.  A Tim Holtz samp was used to add a quote about my experience was added to the photo mat. 

This demonstrates two different looks with the same basic colors.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

'Twas the Night Before Christmas Layout

Deck the Hall is just one of the fun Christmas papers used in this week’s Make & Take.  

How many of us still have pictures from last Christmas that we haven’t scrapped yet?  I know I do.  So whether you want to use this layout for last year’s Christmas pictures or to get a head start on this year’s, come into the store and get the supplies and instructions to make this layout.  4

Knowing we all have a lot to do this holiday season, I made a simple layout that you can create in no time.  I used a ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas theme, but the pack of dimensional stickers has other stickers that can change the theme to Home for the Holidays or the generic Merry Christmas. 

As always, print the coupon from the web site and you get 40% off on Wednesdays. 

Documenting my hectic life

This layout is all about our hectic fall schedule.  I wanted to document the weekly schedule that we had this fall.  I used a Smash calendar pocket with a weekly theme to remember our schedule.  This layout was a really quick and simple layout.  I love the greens and oranges of the paper.  I cut a Tim Holtz birdcage out of the CI Real Wood thin birch paper and then stained it with some Walnut Distress Stain~ it came out perfectly! 

The DT 2012 selections will be announced on December 2nd. 


Monday, November 28, 2011

Layering Paper

Love lots of pattern but don't want to overwhelm your photo? Try layering your papers. Here I used several rectangles of paper - some of which have lots of colorful patterns - but by showing only a small portion of them the layout isn't overwhelmed.

This is a great way to use those leftover scraps, too! You don't need to use solid rectangles either -  that blue piece? it's actually two smaller scraps that I arranged to look like a whole sheet. And all those smaller pieces poking out to the left of the photo? They look like they must be larger, like a photo mat, but they're really only about as big as what's showing.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

What's New at ScrapbooksPlus

11/27/2011 8:51 PM Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving with friends and family! Be sure to stop by the store this week and check out the new products.
ANW Crestwood- Winter Whites Dome Epoxy Stickers and Snowflake Metal Accents.
Crate Paper-Peppermint Collection Alpha Labels Cardstock Stickers.
EK Success- Princess Tiana large stickers. Jolee’s Dimensional Stickers: Stockings w/ Wood Toys, Poinsettias, Costa Rica, Glitter Angels, Flourishes & Christmas Trees, and Baby’s Room, Christmas Lights, Gingerbread Men & Holly Repeats, Baby Girl, Pizza Party and It’s a Boy.
Me and My Big Ideas- Soft Spoken Survivor 3D stickers.
Melissa Frances- Deck the Halls papers, cardstock banners, cardstock stickers, 6x6 paper pad, 6x6 Holiday Mini Album and 12x12 diecuts.
Stampers Anonymous- Tim Holtz Christmas Words red rubber wood stamp.

Don’t forget to bring the kids in on Saturday to visit Santa from 11-3pm. A page kit will be available for purchase to scrap the event. We will have cookies, coffee and tea to share with all!

We have started our ScrapBucks for the Holiday’s special again this year. For every $25 purchased you will receive $5 in Scrapbucks to spend in the New Year. Check out our classes this month and think about giving a one of a kind special gift this holiday season. Have a great week. Debbie

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Freedman's Cemetery by Esther

A high school class reunion in Dallas, Texas offered a tour for the sake of history which gave a chance to take pictures. Two sheets of Hello Fall "Green Splendor" by Little Yellow Bicycle were used for the base. Torn pieces of Ivory Text" were used on both sides of the two page layout. They were trimmed slightly shorter than the green sheets. A strip of "Harvest Rings" lines the bottom.

Pictures were mounted on a tan cardstock with rounded corners. Two smaller pictures were left unmounted. Edges were inked with brown to tone down the colors. A yellow print canvas is above the computer generated title. It was printed on ivory paper. The journaling is in green for contrast. Since the pictures had a lot of contrast, softer and smaller patterns were used.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Wednesday Layout

This week's layout uses another beautiful set of papers from My Mind's Eye. Given that tomorrow is Thanksgiving, I used papers with golden tones and a bit of sparkle - perfect for your holiday photos.

Forgot your camera? These papers can work with many kinds of layouts - wedding, baby, love, springtime. The paper line is very versatile!

I've got three 4x6 photos aligned next to each other, with a short journaling box on the left. But if you've got more photos, or landscape photos you can easily put four 4x6 photos in a block on this page.

Have a great Thanksgiving!

Sharing Simple Pleasures

Since I spent from August to October in Paris, when I got the Little Yellow Bicycle Hello Fall paper I thought of how my French pictures could be used.  I loved the colors and they reminded me of the French market in my small town where I got vegetables each week.   I picked four pictures of the produce and put them on a  7 ¼” x 10 ¼” piece of Green Splendor.   I used Ivory Text paper for the background. 

I was really excited that I had the opportunity to use the Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Autumn Gatherings die to cut out small leaves and branches.  I cut a few out of each Walnut Knit/ Green Splendor, Golden Flourish, Red Splendor, & Burnt Orange Knit.   A new trick I learned was using the Xyron X so that all the little pieces were stickers.  This made them much easier to affix to the page.

The title was cut using another of my favorite Tim Holtz Alterations dies – Vintage Market Alphabet.  These letters are decorative and I find them to be just the right size for titles. 

To create space for journaling, I used three journaling cards from the Hello Fall set.  You only see two because I cut the bottom off a green journaling tag to create the top of the simple pleasures journaling tag.  Simple pleasures described my Saturday morning trips to the market and the tag had little boxes that reminded me of a grocery list.  I simply listed the items in the pictures using the French word for each item..   In the circle journaling tag, I briefly described my experience. 

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Happy Fall Card by Esther

The card I made with the November DT kit is a tribute to fall. Happy Fall is a fitting title found on a tag in the Hello Fall line by LittleYellow Bicycle. Half of the cardstock was used as the base. Folds were made on the left at 5 and a quarter inches and on the right, 10 and three fourths inches from left crease to leave a small section to fold inside the card with another toward the front (orange). The strip with the sentiment was wrapped and adhered after being scored in the same manner.

Adornments include die cut shapes, a lacy sticker strip in a contrasting lavender and My Mind's Eye Rhinestones.

Monday, November 21, 2011

A Walk In the Woods

One Sunday we took the family for a nice hike in the woods/park. These are the photos I took, the big photo of my boys trying to see if Mac had caught up height wise on his brother. Of course Trinny had to hop in the photo. Its a fairly simple page using Dylusions stamps along the sides, painted in with distress stains. Make a puddle of ink on your craft mat & use that to paint in the leaves. Some of the MLYB words are embossed so I ran an ink pad over them to pick up the embossed images. Enjoy fall!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Simply Blessed

So easy is the best way to describe this design. Its perfect for those photos where you want to showcase that special moment! Its not too busy but creates a work of art capturing a special moment.

This collection from Little Yellow Bicycle comes with lots of diecuts and phrases that will make your job much easier.

I added the flower from the great selection at Scrapbooks Plus. You will be sure to find what you're looking for!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

If I Could.....

... have a few more of these journaling cards..... :)


It was the journaling card that was the inspiration for this layout. "If I could go anywhere....."

I chose a few photos from a quaint village we visited this summer in England. And took a few liberties with the page map, using squares and rectangle instead of circles. I loved the lush flowers, the old stone buildings with wooden roofs & tudor-style design.

To build my layout I chose the Golden Flourish as my background. Next I added the Bundled Up Blue behind my photos and a scrap of wood-grained paper from my stash. Behind the journaling card came a piece of the Little Leaf Pile, stamped with a Hero Arts flower. I tucked in a Ranger tag stamped with trees and some flowers cut from Sticky-back canvas.

Thursday, November 17, 2011


Here is a fun layout I made using the Little Yellow Bicycle~ Hello Fall collection.
I really enjoyed coming up with cute embellishments for this layout.

To make this Jack-O-Lantern I used my Silhouette cutting machine. I cut the little guy out of the Burnt Orange Knit paper. I love the color on color texture in this paper... I also think Burnt Orange Knit is the perfect name for this paper. I loved these Corrugated Shapes so much and really, really, really wanted to use one on this layout. The only problem was that none of the shapes I had went with my layout. So I improvised. If you look closely at the stem on the pumpkin you will see that I cut it out of one of the Corrugated Shapes... I love the results:)

I love these little spiders that I stitched on my layout. It was so quick and easy to do with my In Stitch'z piercing mat and tool. I simply laid my layout on the mat and used the piercing tool to make holes where I wanted to stitch. I stitched along the pattern I had made and in under 2 minutes I had added a fun embellishment. The best part is... it only costs pennies. The embroidery thread is very inexpensive. Once you have the mat and tool you can add these super cute embellishments to your pages for practically nothing, just the cost of a little embroidery thread. If making your own pattern isn't your thing there are several fun patterns and borders you can try out first. Once you get the hang of it you'll be stitching your own patterns in no time.

Hope I've inspired you!!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

I love FALL most of ALL

Oh I just love these colors in this fall line by My Little Yellow Bicycle (MLYB). These three cards took less than 15 minutes each to create. The bold color palette and various patterns are perfect for any fall card. Literally, I cut three pieces of paper (5¼Lx4w) added a bit of machine stitching and finished each card off with a fall embellishment. While these cards are simple, they are perfect for any fall festivity. Stop by Scrapbooks Plus today to pick up this beautiful line by MLYB…you’ll have plenty of gorgeous fall cards made up in time for Thanksgiving next week.

Thanks for looking,

Wednesday Make & Take – November 16, 2011 – by Erica Houghton

Patterned Paper
 2 My Mind’s Eye, Lost and Found 2 Rosy “Best of Friends” Celebrate Paper, 12Lx12W, 12Lx2W, 6Lx4W (x2)
 2 My Mind’s Eye, Lost and Found 2 Rosy “Remember” Lovely Paper, 11½Lx11½W, 10Lx7½W, 4Lx4W
 1 My Mind’s Eye, Lost and Found 2 Rosy “Remember” Dots Paper, 5Lx5W
 1 My Mind’s Eye, Lost and Found 2 Rosy “Ordinary” Dream Paper, 12Lx12W, 8Lx4½W, 4Lx½W, 1½Lx½W, cut around ‘dream’ tag
 1 My Mind’s Eye, Lost and Found 2 Rosy “Best of Fiends” Dotted Paper, 8Lx10W, 4Lx4W

 1 My Mind’s Eye, Lost and Found 2 Rosy “Remember” Trim
 1 My Mind’s Eye, Lost and Found 2 Rosy “Love” Layered Chipboard Stickers
 1 My Mind’s Eye, Lost and Found 2 Rosy “Love” Title
 1 Package Petaloo, velvet hydrangeas, cream (flowers)
 2 Packages Prima (flowers)
 1 KaiserCraft Pearl Flourishes, Classic Latte
 1 yard black and white trim

Additional Guidance
 Stitching: use sewing machine to add stitching. If you do not have a sewing machine, use a white pen or stamp to add stitching detail.
 Flourishes: cut package in half and layout according to picture.
 Chalk/Distress Ink: add chalking or distress ink to edges of paper for additional coloring (brand: Tim Holtz).
 Scallop/Rounded detail: use scissors, Cricut, corner rounder or another cutting tool to obtain a scalloped and/or rounded edge.
 Free Element: white doily

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Easy Multiple Photo Layouts

I really liked the fall colors in this month's kit. I paired it with some photos of our Halloween decorations this year (and a pile of candy!) for a quick and easy layout.

I like using this design for multiple photos. I usually center the four 4x6 photos on the page and embellish around them. It's really a great way to get a lot of mileage from your scraps by using them as border strips.

Add a few border strips and accents and let your photos just shine! For accents, in addition to the cardstock phrases, I added a bit of Tim Holtz tissue tape, a scrap of his Halloween kraft paper and a piece of filmstrip ribbon. Also, a leaf cut from scraps from our Echo Park kit back in August.

Monday, November 14, 2011

A Thank You Card

I used our paper to make a card that is perfect for a thank you to your Thanksgiving hostess.  It is so easy to make.

Cut a piece of Ivory Text paper  5 1/2” x 12” and score at 3” and 9” and fold along score lines.  You will have a card that is 6” on the back and have two 3” flaps.  One flap will be on the top and the other on the bottom. This paper is great for cards  because it has text and colors but is still light enough that you can write your message over it.  I used the Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations On the Edge Brackets die to give the flaps a decorative edge. 

Stamp “thanks” with Walnut Distress Ink on the bottom flap and emboss with Clear Embossing Powder.  Repeat inside the card where the message would go.

Cut two pieces of Golden Flourish 4 ½ ” 6 1/2.” Cut the edges using the other edge of the die.  (The on the edge dies have two possible designs you can cut.)    Glue these two pieces inside the flaps so that the Golden Flourish shows on the outside.  You will need to cut the straight edge of these pieces to make the card so that the top edge doesn’t cover the outside message.

To embellish top flap, I used a corrugated chipboard circle from the Little Yellow Bicycle Hello Fall set of corrugated shapes.  I filed and inked the circle.   I punched an owl out of a circle of Golden Flourish and put inside the chipboard circle.  Both were sprayed with Glimmer Mist marmalade.  I added jewel eyes and two jewels outside the word “Thanks.” You could easily embellish the card with any of the corrugated shapes you like.  The Little Yellow Bicycle Hello Fall Jewels add a little glamour and offers several color options.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Hello Fall with a touch of Tim Holtz

Today I want to share with you my card project for this month with the Hello Fall line from LYB.  I combined the papers with Tim Holtz Alterations embossing folders for the Fall- sold in a 4 pack with a full sized one with words that I used on one of my layouts this month and 3 different borders-- I'm using 2 of the 3 in this project.  You can pick these up at Scrapbooks Plus along with the Limited Edition highly sought after 3 pack of Distress Inks which I'm also using on this project.
My card this month is a pocket card that I made using this tutorial on Splitcoast Stampers.  I used the embossing folders on my two tag inserts.  The first is above.  I cut my tag to size and ran it and the embossing folder through my Cuttlebug.  Then I sanded the raised edges.  I then got to work with my Distress Inks.  Lightly swirling my limited edition Distress Inks over the raised image.
 I repeated with a different paper from the kit and another embossing folder from the set, with more sanding and ink.  I then added cardstock sentiments from the Hello Fall kit to my tags and embellished with ribbon and buttons.
 Here is my completed card... hope you check out all the fun embellishments available this Fall!!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Sweet Treasure

This is a photo I took of my Grand Niece (not sure that it right but...). My niece had a baby therefore... This photo of Kylee on her soft blanket had the perfect color combination for this months MLYB paper. I kept the page very simple because I wanted the photo to be the main focus. One of the great things about working with distress stains & glimmer mists is you can create the colors you need. For example the leaf ribbon is white, I colored the leaves using distress stains to match my layout. The flower was created with book text & again colored. Voila, custom made embellishments that match my layout. I left the journal tag blank, I want my niece to tell me a story about being a new Mom, or how her baby loves being on a blanket... What makes this page is the photos. I lay on the floor with the baby so I could get the picture just a bit above her. I spread the blanket out so there was no carpet or furniture to be distracting. I made the shot very close up. Do not be afraid to do super close pictures. that way you can capture the mood or feeling instead of non-emotional background. It can take 20 shots to get 2 or 3 really good ones. Plus the subject, especially a baby will start to relax & ignore you, that's when you get the best photo. Hope that helps!
Paper, bird, tag & word-My Little Yellow Bicycle
Die- Tim Holtz for Sizzix
Distress Stains by Ranger
Brad- My Minds Eye

Friday, November 11, 2011

A Time for Togetherness

These photos were taken last year on our annual trip to the pumpkin patch. The kids wondered through all of the pumpkins to find the very best ones.

I chose the green as my background because I love the way the orange from the pumpkins pops against it.

For my title I used a tag and I inked the edges using orange marmalade Distress Ink around the edge.
I used 3 different types of type lettering and some words from the Cardstock Diecuts- Fresh Verse to create my title.

These Cardstock Diecuts- Fresh Verse embellishments from the Hello Fall collection are great for a title, subtitle or just some inspiration. I love this subtitle in the photo above. I ran Antique Linen Distress Ink over the top of each piece to highlight the embossed pattern. And I love the word togetherness!

Happy Veteran's Day!!!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Thankful PageMap

This was a fairly straightforward pagemap this month and Im glad. Sometimes you want a quick and easy design for when you are working on quantity! This pagemap is perfect for those occasions.

Little Yellow Bicycle's diecut sheet is great for those memories you want to cherish and remember those things you are grateful for.

For this layout, I used one of the accu-cut dies from Scrapbooks Plus to make the tag and added my journaling there.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Little Leaf Calendar by Esther

This standing calendar is for a table top or computer area. The inspiration for this was the Hello Fall "Little Leaf Pile" cardstock by Little Yellow Bicycle. A piece of recycled cardboard was used to form the standing base. It was covered with patterned cardstocks. A strip of "Sweater Weather" is across the bottom.

I added a tag and a cardstock verse with a metal charm leaf. The charm was attached with a Bazzill brad and secured in the back with tape. The calendar portion was computer generated with color blocking to give the fall colors.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Thanksgiving Place Cards

Thanksgiving is the perfect time to use some scrapbooking techniques to decorate your table.  Using paper and corrugated chipboard shapes from the Little Yellow Bicycle Hello Fall line,  I made Thanksgiving place cards.  I made a set of four using different approaches so you could see different options.   You can easily make these to match your style your color scheme.  Make a matching set or make coordinated ones. 

You need two tags of the same size from brown Bazzill paper for each place card.  I used the large tag on the Sizzix Tag, Traditional die.  Score a line across one of the tags so that the place card will stand up.

The fun part is decorating the place card.  You use one of the corrugated chipboard shapes.  Eighteen different shapes come in the set.  I used two flowers, a bird and a squirrel.   I used a nail file to scrape off a little of the brown finish and then inked with some distress ink. I used colors to coordinate with the embellishments I would be using.  I  then sprayed the shape with Marmalade Glimmer Mist. 

I embellished the place card with paper, a few leaves from Prima’s Splendor Fall Mix and jewels from Little Yellow Bicycle Hello Fall Jewel stickers.  

To put the place card together, glue the top of the back to the top of the front.  I then affixed a metal eyelet to hold in place.

I added a Tim Holtz Memo Pen to hold the name tag in place.  I cut the name tags From cream Bazzill paper using the Cricut Celebrations die.   I inked then  with Spiced Marmelade Distress Ink. 

Write the name on it and you are all set.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

We are Simply Blessed

When I am designing a layout I start by deciding on photos, title and journaling. That way I don't run out of space to add what is most important to me. For these particular photos the journaling was the most important element. These photos mean a lot to me so I knew I wanted to take my time to journal.

I used my Silhouette to cut out the artisan shape for my journaling card. Then I printed my journaling onto the card using my printer.
I took one of the Decorative Edge Cardstock pieces to coordinates with these papers and placed it in the upper right corner of my layout behind my title. The title is one of the Cardstock Die Cuts pieces. I also added a little birdy from the Corrugated Shapes.

I added the strip across the bottom with a quote from Emily Bronte. To create a visual triangle I punched three circles out of the same yellow paper as the journaling block and the title block and added them to the layout peaking from behind the quote.

Although I love to work with inks and mists and all different mediums sometimes I do like to keep my designs simple. Keeping things simple here allowed me to concentrate on my journaling. I know in years to come I will be grateful that I took the time to write these words. I will always look back on that day and be so grateful.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Hello Fall and Accordian Flower tutorial

I was so excited to be able to choose this month's Design Team kit!  This is such fun paper and the colors are amazing.  While the line is 'Hello Fall' from LYB, it is easy to use for so much more than Fall layouts and projects!  I scrapped a photo of my daughter from this Summer.  The paper matched her her shirt almost perfectly and the yellow matches her sunny personality making it the perfect choice.

I used two of the canvas borders and layered them to help balance the large photo.  The brown and white flower is from the chipboard pack that is available from LYB that matches this kit.  It came out of the package as a rich dark brown and I used a white gellato from Faber Castell (also available at Scrapbooks-Plus) to enhance it and give it some shine.

The yellow print flower I made with a strip of yellow flowered paper from the kit.  The directions for making the accordion flower are below.  They are really simple and can be plain like this one with a simple scalloped edge or you can cut with a fancy edge using a border punch-- think of the fun possibilities!
 Decide how large you want your flower and cut the strip at 1/2 the size of the completed flower by 12".  Use your scoring board-- if you don't have one, stop by the store and pick one up!  They are awesome for all kinds of techniques!  The Martha Stewart version- which the store sells-comes with its own scoring tool and an envelope template-- all stored in the board itself!!).  Place at the top of your scoring board and score every 1/4".  If you don't have a scoring board, you can still do this but it will take much longer!
Once you have scored all the way across the 12" strip, accordion fold the strip.  Then trim off the very last fold.  Use a super sticky tape to adhere one end of the strip to the other.
You will then have a 'cupcake liner' (hmm... another project!?!) which you'll need to adhere to something to get it to lie flat-- it doesn't stay easily!!  I used Quick Dry Adhesive from Helmar-- great stuff that you can get at S-Plus and use for just about anything you need to glue!  (In retrospect, I should have punched a larger circle given the size of my rather large accordian flower to give it more support.  I would recommend using a circle that is about 1/2 the size of your completed flower or larger.  It is hidden so it doesn't matter if it is exactly a circle- I just grabbed the closest circle punch!)  
Here's the completed flower on my layout!  I edged the outside and top with a teal colored Copic marker for contrast.  I love using Copics for this type of thing because they 'bleed' some if you touch them in one spot for more than a second and give a fuzzy look... great for flowers!