Saturday, April 28, 2012

Mixing Collections? No problem!

I love how easy it is to layer the paper is this collection! The great thing about both This & That collections from Echo Park is that they all go together. Half the paper and embellishments are from "Charming" and half from "Graceful."

With all the neutral color in the papers (and the muted teal), it was easy to let the photo stand out. And the lines on the Tickets Please paper are perfect for adding journaling. To accent the layout, I used a cut chipboard piece, a few buttons and a "card" cut from the Primer paper layered over on of the border strips.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

She's a STAR!

My daughter found out last month that her baby due in August is a GIRL! This is my first granddaughter and I could not be more thrilled! I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to scrapbook and craft with PINK girly papers and embellishments since finding out. I created this star for her room because she is going to be another bright star in our family! I used the Graceful line of papers from the Echo Park "This and That" collection. These papers are beautiful! I purchased a metal star Christmas ornament this past December and covered it with some of the Graceful papers. I had so much fun blinking it up with beads, Ranger Stickles, Rhinestones, Tim Holtz Distress Inks, Ribbon and some of the stickers/button from the "This and That" line. Be sure to stop by Scrapbooks-Plus and share your project creation with us -- We'd love to see what you create with the Echo Park "This and That" line!

Memories Make & Take

Make & Take April 25th
Create a beautiful  layout to showcase those wonderful family or travel memories with this year's Make and Take.

When I say the new BoBunny Weekend Market line I fell in love with it.  I especially loved the tiny charms—a sewing machine, globe, camera, key and fan.  I was thinking of a variety of different things I could use them for.  A card for my seamstress sister with the sewing machine.  A page for my travel pictues with the globe.  I had at least one idea for every charm.  

Instead, I designed this week's Make and Take using all five charms.  Combining the charms, lace and the BoBunny papers created a antique looking page that is great for family, travel or even food memories.  

It is designed with room for pictures of a variety of sizes since if you’re like me, my older pictures aren’t always a standard size.  And even if they are, I sometimes want to cut something out of the picture.  With matching stickers, buttons and diecuts, making an interesting page is easy as can be.  The free element is a card with a Tim Holtz Jalopy cut out. 

Head to ScrapbooksPlus for everything you need to make this page.  Buy a couple of extra pieces of paper and use the leftovers to create another great layout. 

Monday, April 23, 2012

Memo Board Class

Spend a fun afternoon creating a unique magnetic memo board and magnets to match.  You can use the memo boardfor notes, calendars, scrapbook ideas or pictures that make you happy.   I’m going to use mine to hold all my Sizzix Movers & Shapers  dies so  I’ll be able to see them all at once as I plan a scrapbook page.

During the class you'll learn techniques that you can use to make other memo boards or in other papercrafting projects.  For example, you'll learn how to make flowers with ribbon and glubers.  We'll use a variety of materials. 

You don’t need a lot of special tools so once you learn the techniques you’ll be able to make memo boards for children’s rooms, gifts, your office.You are limited only by the available scrapbook paper. Let’s face it there is always more scrapbook paper that you’d love to use so join us for a fun and productive afternoon. 

The class is Sunday May 6th from 1:00-4:00pm.   To sign up, call ScrapbooksPlus at 703.263.9503.  Better yet stop by the store and you can see all the new items and sign up while you are there. 

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Word Fun!
If you love creating layers and a pop effect within your layouts, “This and That”  papers by Echo Park is absolutely perfect; and they come in a set of papers created for little boys and a set for little girls.  In this layout I went with the “This and That” Charming paper set, it was perfect for pictures of my nephew and his big sister.
In this layout I cut one of the sticker strips from the “Element Stickers” and placed the sticker words over the various poses of my Nephew, the words were perfect for the particular pictures.  I added additional stickers from the “Element Stickers” to my layout along with “you are Perfect” from the Charming Chipboard pack.  I loved the “Border Strip” paper and cut about six different strips of the boarder out and layered overtop of the various papers to create a wonderful finished look.   I created and equally similar layout for my niece in the Graceful, “This and That” paper set by Echo Park.   Great papers and wonderful embellishment packs to go with this paper line!

Saturday, April 21, 2012


I found that the colors in the Echo Park "This and That" line were a perfect match for my grandson, Trey's, tee-ball pictures from last Spring. This page came together easily and quickly because of how well all the papers go together and all the awesome embellishments! I had a hard time deciding which embellishments to use because I couldn't fit everything I liked on the page! With great pictures, Tim Holtz distressed inks, an edge distresser, and glue you too can create a fun and fast-to-complete scrapbook layout like this! Have fun creating and be sure to stop by Scrapbooks-plus for all your crafting needs!

Friday, April 20, 2012

You Are Perfect Just the Way You Are!!

Shouldn't every child feel like they are perfect just the way they are?!! I love the message of this layout!

I found that I loved the greens in the boy version of this collection but had a hard time with this one. That did not turn out to be the case. The reds and greens from this collection blended quite well!

Thursday, April 19, 2012


Pinks and girls! What else could be better? I paired a few of the more "girly" patterns with four photos taken with the Hipstamatic app on my phone.  To tie in to the black borders on the photos I added some black accents - a border strip, Maya Road tag, Jenni Bowlin black plastic flowers and black alphas from Tim Holtz.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Fancy Pants~Wave Searcher

Good Morning! Finally some April showers are here to wash away some of the pollen. That makes today a great day to stop by ScrapBooksPlus to crop. While you are there check out today's Wednesday Lay Out.

I used the Wave Searcher line by Fancy Pants. I had so much fun working with these papers!

These pinwheels are your free element when you buy the other items for this layout. There are color copies of the directions for this layout at the store but I will also include them here.


One sheet of each paper Shoreline, Summertime, Shovel, Goggles,

Bucket, Floating, and Relaxation.

One yard of each the flat ribbon and string.

One package Queen&Co buttons.

Instructions: Build background on two pieces of 12x12 paper (any color, I used white.) Starting at the top of both side of the background page working your way down attach a 2 ½ x 12 inch piece of Goggles, ¾ x12 inch piece of Summertime, 6x12 inch piece of Shovel, ¾ x12 inch piece of Summertime and a 2 ½ x 12 inch piece of Goggles.

Cut out two large swirl shapes from the Shoreline paper. I cut mine from the left side and the right side of the paper so that one edge was flat. I attached the swirls to the layout with pop adhesive with the flat edge of the swirl lined up with the flat edge of the background paper.

This is what my paper looked like after I cut out my swirls just to give you a better idea of what you are cutting.

Cut a 5 ½ x 7 ½ inch photo mat out of Summertime and attach 5x7 photo and the mat to the left side of the layout. Cut an 8x1 ¼ inch strip of Floating and a 9 ½ x ¾ strip of Bucket and place on the layout slightly overlapping the photo and going across both side of the layout.

Cut a piece of Summertime to an appropriate size for your title (mine was 5x2 inches) and cut a small piece of Floating for the date (mine was 3x1 inches.) Using a circle punch cut 3 circles out of Relaxation (I used a 1 ¼ inch circle punch.) Add the title, date and circles to the layout using a pop adhesive.

To make the pin wheels (free element!!) pull down the corner to the right side of each slit made in the paper square and use glue dots to adhere the corners in the center. Place one of the small buttons in the center. Attach pinwheels to the layout and add string as the stem. Add two 3 inch pieces of the flat ribbon to the layout on either side of the title. Finish by adding buttons to the swirl paper.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

This and That Kindergarten Layout

Echo Park's This and That comes in boyish and girly papers.  We were lucky enough to get to play with both this month here at the Scrapbooks Plus Design Team!  I have fun creating this layout of my son's Kindergarten orientation many years ago.  I found these photos in an older album which had been misplaced at our home.  We don't have the negatives or digital copies of these photos so they were used 'as is' but I was thrilled to find them!  My son still remembers the names of his classmates so we typed them all out with my vintage typewriter and tucked them behind the photo of the 'stars name wall' at school.  They are accessed with the ribbon on the side as a pull.  I used my Cricut to cut the shapes and large K letter.  The coordinating chipboard worked perfectly for my layout making it quick and easy!

Monday, April 16, 2012

4/16/2012 9:52 PM Stop by the store this week and check out all of the new products!

Bo Bunny- Alora papers, Tiny Type stickers, combo stickers, 6x6 paper pad, 12x12 chipboard, dimensional stickers and jewels. Country Garden papers, Tiny Type stickers, combo stickers, 6x6 paper pad, 12x12 Collection Pack, Trinkets, Noteworthy and jewels. Serenity papers, combo stickers, 6x6 paper pad, buttons, brads, layered chipboard stickers and jewels. Vintage Double Dot paper in 9 colors. 4 new colors of Double Dot papers.

Pink Paislee- Christy Tomlinson Vintage Doily Mask. London Market 12x12 Collection Pack, ephemera diecuts, spool buttons, chipboard buttons, collage sheets and 6x6 paper pack. Indigo Bleu 12x12 Collection Pack, Boutique Trinkets, border stickers, tags and 6x6 paper pack.

Queen and Company- 8 new Magic papers, twine, buttons, shaped brads, Twinkle Borders, chipboard accents, Goosebumps bling, 5 new styles of Trendy Tape and Minnie & Mickey shaped bling.

Scrapbook Customs- Zip Line and Motorcycle papers. “Go Big” sports papers for Baseball, Lacrosse, Softball, Cheerleading, Football and Hockey. “Go Big” Hockey and Soccer chipboard.
Barcelona stickers.

Stampers Anonymous- 8 new Tim Holtz stamps: Attic Treasures, Wallpaper and Wood, Mixed Media, Sketch, Remnants, Americana Silhouettes, On the Railroad and Artful Voyage.

Teresa Collins-Everyday Moments Collection kit, 6x6 paper pad, rhinestones & pearls, decorative brads, buttons and cardstock sticker sheet.

The Spring for Bucks Yard Sale is this Saturday April 21 from 10-5. We have a few tables left if you are still interested in selling your stash call the store today to reserve your space! Set up for the yard sale is Friday night from 6-9pm (no crop that night) Have a great week! Debbie

Sunday, April 15, 2012

You Make Me Happy

Echo Park has wonderful sticker sheets for their paper collections. It makes cardmaking really easy with preprinted sentiments that you can use. I chose this sticker and layered it with three of the papers from the line. I added some green ribbon and a couple feathers from my stash along with a Kaisercraft flower.  To tie it together I put two little black pieces of bling to the left of the sentiment.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

A Graceful Holder for Your Magazines, Patterns or Papers

For years, I’ve had my knitting and crocheting books in an unfinished wood magazine holder but now I have a charming decorated holder using the This & That Graceful line from Echo Park and a few embellishments.

To do this, you use the basic decoupaging  technique.  If you haven’t done this, you simply affix paper to the wood object using Decou-Paige, Mod Podge,  or any waterbase sealer-glue-finish product.   To make sure it is flattened, I roll brayer over each piece I add a few times.  Once you have the entire object covered, you add a coat or two on top. It only needs to dry about 20 minutes between coats.  You can glue embellishments on before or after the coats of finish. 

Here’s the specifics of what I did. I painted the inside with a light color of acrylic paint before I began. (Alternatively, you could cover the inside with paper.)   Then I covered the outside with coordinating colors of coordinating paper.   I used a variety of sizes and shapes, scalloping the edges of some; tearing the edges of others.   Since I am going to use the magazine holder for needlecrafts, I stitched some of the pieces using the Sew Easy tools before affixing them to the holder.   It puts the holes in the paper for you so that they are all even in the pattern you choose. Then you sew them with coordinating thread.  I used a couple of different stitches. 

Once you have the base cover you can add embellishments and decorations.  The rectangles on the other side of the Red Floral were perfect for this holder since referred to buttons, lace, snaps and knitting.   I tore them and inked them.   With the exception of the “Lace,” I affixed  them to the holder prior to adding embellishments.    On the one that said “Lace” I added some lace that I had inked with Scattered Straw Distress Ink.  (I put this one before coating with finish so that the lace would be protected from wear and tear.  I cut out letters for my title using Tim Holtz Sizzix Market Sizzlets Decorative Strip die.  After adding some decorative stickers from the This and That line, I put 2 coats of finish all over the outside of the holder. 

After it dried,  I added Tim Holtz Hangar Clips, Tim Holtz snaps and buttons with thread tied through  the holes.    I affixed  these with Glossy Accents.

On the narrow sides of the holder, I added KaiserCraft Wooden Doilies.  I affixed them to each other with Glossy Accents, added a small circle of paper and buttons. 

This is a great project to make during a crop.  You can complete it in one evening.  By doing it a crop, you can pick up just what you need as you go.