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Silhouette Machine—Simply Put, Amazing!

Silhouette Machine—Simply Put, Amazing!

I quite literally breathe a little sigh that’s a mixture of love, adoration, satisfaction and amazement each time I power up my Silhouette. In my humble opinion, today’s steal, the Silhouette SD Machine has got to be my favorite and most-valued scrapbooking tool—ever! If you don’t have this machine, I promise, you will not be disappointed in making the investment, and with Mother’s Day right around the corner, you’ve got leverage! :)

I’ve had the amazing opportunity of exploring the functions of the Silhouette SD machine in greater depth the past two times that we’ve featured them as a steal on ScrapbookSteals.

The first time I focused on the overall functions of the amazing machine. Check out a few photos of the projects that I did.

The second time around I had a blast working with the fabric interfacing and with some flocked and smooth heat transfer material.  Here are some photos.

Because we are so excited to be offering a huge variety of the Silhouette sketch pens this time around, I decided I’d focus mainly on these, and boy am I glad! I think my machine has just gained a whole new level of appreciation from me!

Because I was a little unsure of what to do with the sketch pens, I turned to the amazing Silhouette blog.

I love how easy the blog is to navigate and how inspiration-filled it is.

I decided to put a twist on the May 2nd. Mother’s Day card tutorial and make a card for my own mama.

I truly cannot believe that I have had my machine for six months and have not explored the glorious option of sketching!

I couldn’t resist making another card for my mother-in-law.

I love that I now know another use for all of those gorgeous, intricate designs which are available to download at the Silhouette store.

I wish all of you the ability to have a Silhouette of your own. I could not live happily, scrappily ever after without mine.

Have a great weekend and an amazing National Scrapbook Day!

Mother’s Day and Father’s Day with Artsylicious Mini Albums

Mother’s Day and Father’s Day with Artsylicious Mini Albums

Can you believe it’s almost Mother’s Day? If you’re still contemplating what to get the mom in your life then today’s steal, the Chatterbox Artsylicious albums and embellishments may be just what you are looking for!

Now you may remember that my mother is more along the practical side of things, yet I really wanted to do a mother’s day album, so I decided to put a very special twist on it. I decided to create an album for my oldest daughter for Mother’s Day, expressing to her the joys and hardships of motherhood. Even though she is only a mother-in-training at this point, I think it’s important for our children to know the feelings of motherhood and this album is sort of a journey of my feelings from the point of her birth to now. It’s something I can add pages to over the years and will finish up with a page of her as a new mother.

The papers and embellishments of the Artsylicious collections truly made this album.

While I was in mini album mode, I decided to get a jump start on another mini album for my father-in-law’s Father’s Day gift. (Eeek! I hope this doesn’t ruin the surprise, since he actually does peek at the blog!)

I decided to make an album featuring a photo and small sentiment from each of the kids, their spouses and grandkids. It’s a good thing I still have time to get this completed!

I hope you have a fantastic weekend! May the crafty vibes be with you. See you Monday!

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas, So Sophie Style

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas, So Sophie Style

Mother’s Day is just around the corner so today and next Friday we’re highlighting some fun do it yourself gift ideas for that special mother in your life.

Today’s steal, the My Minds Eye So Sophie, Clever and Charming collections, were perfect to create two of my gift ideas with a heartfelt touch.

My mother-in-law is truly into all things that smell good. This year I decided to put a twist on the ordinary and alter the bottles of smell good stuff and add a wrap around a candle.

These turned out so cute and are so easy to add a personal touch to. I used photo tape to adhere the papers to the bottles since regular adhesive wasn’t quite strong enough.

Now my mother is quite the opposite. She does not like scented things, unless they are the flowers in her yard. For her I thought it would be fun to pretty up a little gardening set. While this gift is a little more frilly and not quite as functional as she is, I’m sure that she will appreciate the thought of having something cute for Mother’s Day.

I hit the dollar section at one of my favorite stores and found the perfect items to alter along with a big bag of wild flower mix.

I think she will love it!

I hope you have a fantastic weekend. Scrap happy and be sure to check in next Friday for a great Mother’s Day and Father’s Day idea.