Hi there! We are having the best of time at our first ScrapbookSteals retreat, and genuinely wish that all of you were here with us.
We just wanted to show you a peek of the fun going on during our Fancy Pants class happening right now.
Oct 14, 2011
Oct 12, 2011
Opal Club — Layout 2
If there is one word to describe today’s steal, the Lush collections by My Minds Eye, it would be lush! Not only are all of these collections filled with incredible trims, brads, buttons and tags, but some of the papers in each collection are as lush as a crushed velvet dress.
Several weeks ago one of our fans, April Fraley, ran her first 5K race. For any of you that know me, you know that running is a big part of my life, and I was so thrilled that April took on the challenge of her first race ever. I pretty much begged her to let me scrap the photos of her event, and have just been waiting for the right papers to come along. I love how today’s orange and navy collections worked so perfectly for the layout.
There were so many of April’s race photos that I wanted to include, but wanted to keep it to a single page layout so I had fun working with some smaller sized photos.
I also had a great time mixing the buttons, brads, gems and trim of the navy and orange collections.
April, thank you so much for allowing me to scrap this amazing event in your life.
Now it’s time to announce the winners of our Opal 1a and 1b sketches. That’s right! Van did such an amazing job as our guest, and you all did such an amazing job completing your layouts that I think it’s only appropriate that we celebrate with two winners.
Our random winners are Misty Buck!
…and Erica Bass!
Girls if you can please send our service department an email with your address to firstname.lastname@example.org, we will be happy to get a prize sent out to you. Or if you’d prefer and want to mention having local pickup, we could have it ready for you to pick up at the crop!
Now if you haven’t heard this upcoming weekend if our first ever ScrapbookSteals retreat. Be sure to check in to our Facebook fan page for photos and updates along the way. Also we will be having an online chat at 9 PM MST on Friday night. I can promise you will not want to miss out on the fun.
Have a great day!
Oct 11, 2011
Happy How To’sday everyone! If you’re looking for a great way to add a little something out of the ordinary to your paper crafting projects then today’s tutorial on creating a wedged circle by Charity Hotrum-Becker is just for you!
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How to Make a Wedged Circle
I love adding multiple papers to my layout and using a wedged circle is a great way to add just a few more. At first glance all those angles look intimidating, but a dinner plate and a brown paper bag make it oh, so easy! These instructions will work with any size circle template and a thin paper bag. You need to be able to fold the paper several times.
To begin, trace one circle onto a paper bag or two on individual sheets of thin paper. Cut out both layers of the bag so that you have two of the same size circle. Fold one of the circles in half, then fourths, then eighths. Cut out two of the wedge shapes.
Trace the wedge shapes onto the back of your chosen patterned paper. Cut out the wedges, leaving a ½ inch margin on one side for overlapping. For continuity make sure you leave the margin on the same side for each wedge. Stamp a border onto the lower edge of the wedge. You’ve given yourself a ½ inch margin so you can trim if you stamp imperfectly. If stamping and stitching are not for you, ink the top and one of the sides of the wedge. Be sure to ink the same side of each wedge.
Cut ½ inch off the edge of your second paper circle. Trace the circle onto cardstock. Fold the paper circle in half and trace a line through the center of the circle on the cardstock. Finally, fold the paper in quarters and carefully lining up the edges, trace the second line through the center so that your circle is divided into quarters evenly. These lines will be used to set your wedges so their placement is important.
Place adhesive down the middle of the wedge, leaving the edges free for overlapping. Line up the stamped edge of the first wedge with the line through the center of the circle. (Remember that the wedge will overlap the outer edge of the circle and cover your pencil lines.) Place three more wedges onto the circle, lining up the stamped edge each time. The resulting circle will look a bit like a pinwheel. Place the remaining wedges onto the circle, stamped edge showing, bare edge tucked under the neighboring wedge.
Snip the point off the final wedge before placing it in the circle. The center will be imperfect, but don’t stress, this will be covered with the corner of the photo or edge of the trim. Stitching or stamping around the outer edge of the circle will give it a finished look.
Add this multi-layered element to any layout with a circle image. These instructions will work for any size circle. If you need more or less wedges simply fold the original circle accordingly.
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Thank you Charity! If you have an idea that you’d like to see featured on How To’sday send your photos and directions to email@example.com.
Be sure to stop by tomorrow for our Opal #2 Mid Week Mojo.
Have a great day.
Oct 10, 2011
Hello! I hope everyone had a great weekend. Mine was fantastic and made even a little bit cheerier by having the chance to play with one of today’s steals, the Green Collection by My Little Shoebox. The brilliant colors, the woodgrain paper and other fun patterns in this collection genuinely make me happy and I even had to smile at the little snails. Heaven only knows I appreciated the smile as I was creating these in the midst of snow flurries!
The strong lines in some of the papers in this collection are really what drove the design in today’s sketch. These cards came came together in a snap simply by cutting some of the strips out of the Portobello paper. I then layered a couple of shapes from the die cut sheet, added a bit of ribbon to one card and buttons to the other and my cards were done!
I kept the same basic design for this card but created it in the A2 size.
Lastly I couldn’t resist using the Happy Valley paper and creating this simple card.
Can you believe I was so excited about reminding you about our holiday card swap last week that I forgot to announce the winner of our September card drawing? (Well, honestly I can believe it. 😉 )
A shout out of congratulations goes to Dilnaz Heckman.
Dilnaz, if you will please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your address we will be happy to send a prize out to you!
If you would like to be eligible to be the random winner of our October Monday Card Madness drawing all you need to do is have your card creation posted somewhere on line and linked to one of the Monday Card Madness blog posts by November 4th at 11:59PM MST.
And here is this weeks reminder on our current card swap:
Have a great day and be sure to check in tomorrow for our next How To’sday tutorial!
Oct 7, 2011
Every once in awhile a steal comes along of epic proportions. Today’s steal, the Epic 6 by Quickutz, definitely fits that bill!
I had such a great time using a good share of the dies and embossing templates that are available today. Before I show you what I made, let’s have a quick lesson on how to use the machine.
Now that you’re a pro with using the machine, let me show you some ideas that you create using some of the dies offered today.
First I made this cute little card with the anime bird. I mean how can you possibly resist such cuteness? I paired it with the dots embossing folder, the waves border (love!), the nesting flowers and one circle off of the sunburst border. I love how it turned out!
Next I wanted to see if I could turn the houndstooth embossing border folder into a main element of a card. For this card I ran the same piece of paper through the machine, using the houndstooth folder, three times, carefully lining up the folder to create a consistent embossed pattern. I used a pice of the nesting rick rack squares and also a little strip of the waves border. Super fun and super easy!
Next I turned my “kid craft” brain on and created a poster to hang on our refrigerator, more for myself than for my kiddo. My son can write his current week’s spelling on the tablet. I figure this will be a fun way for him to practice his words as well as provide me a quick reference to drill him with his words over breakfast. For this project I used the rainbow and cloud, sunburst border, waves border, nesting rick rack and the sketchbook alphabet set.
Now you’ll note the cute clouds on this poster. For two of the clouds I used the self adhesive vellum. Can I just say that as a former avid lover of printing journaling onto vellum that this is brilliance! As much as I loved using vellum for my journaling spots, I never loved how the adhesive would always show through. Problem solved! Not only can you create cute fluffy clouds with the stuff, but you can run it through your printer and have the perfect vellum journaling block ever! Thank you Quickutz!
Lastly, I created this layout page which I want to give to one of you!
The moment I saw the photo frame border and brackets I thought of how cute they would look on a layout. The strip can either hold photos or it would also make great spaces for journaling. Oh and did you see how cute the self adhesive metal sheets look for a portion of the title?
Now if you caught the part where I said that I want to give this layout to one of you, here’s what you have to do. Simply leave a comment on this blog posting by Monday, October 10th at 11:59 PM MST. I will pick a random winner and notify them by email.
So there you have it! Pretty Epic stuff, don’t ya think?
Have a great weekend and as always, scrap happy!
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