Archive for November, 2008

December Kit layout

A few years ago I gave up sending handmade Christmas cards (we were sending almost 80 then) and started making photocards. On a nice November day, I put the kids in their matching Christmas pajamas, get out the Santa hats, and we do a photo shoot. Then I upload the pictures to Shutterfly, pick out a card template and order the cards. I used the Scrapbook Circle December kit for this layout of our photo shoot:

I love the Prima tape (seen here on top of the green striped Heidi Swapp paper). You’ll be seeing me use it on a lot more layouts with this fun kit!

tip of the day…..

I have some very creative scrappy friends on the Design team here at Scrapbook Circle, they inspire me to greater heights. One thing I’ve noticed is their use of things that are not necessarily scrapbook items, (cardboard, silk flowers, etc…) My tip of the day (or challenge) is to think outside the box. Look at your regular or crafty items and think of other ways to use them. My example happens to be seed beads & brads, I used them to make my cranberry garland & balls on this Christmas tree:

I would love to see what you come up with! Please come share in the community….. (in the photos section.)

Keeping it Simple

I can spend a lot of time on one layout or card. Sometimes I have to leave my project alone and come back to it later-possibly days later! When this starts to happen often, I realize I am starting to burn out and I need to do something different. That is when I go back to keeping it simple. I might use minimal patterned paper and minimal pre-made embellishments.

Or make a card using a simple sketch , no patterned paper and stickers.

I love being able to get something accomplished without pressuring myself for perfection. It brings back my passion for creating. Decembers Scrapbook Circle kit is perfect for whatever your style may be. I love the mix of traditional, modern and bold patterns in the kit and the embellishments can take you any direction you choose. Oh! And don’t forget about the Pink Paislee Add-ons-the kits are incredible and fun!

FUN WITH BLING!

I could pretty much use bling on every layout I do! I LOVE it! The Kaiser Orange Rhinestones that come in the November kit are a perfect embellishment for any layout! I love that they are different sizes so you are able to “bling” in a variety of ways…On the layout above I added a little sparkle to the ribbon and below framed the side of my layout to show more interest in the shape of the paper. Who says pumpkins can’t sparkle? I used Candace’s idea last month of layering your papers to make a design and knew it needed a little something more…why not bling? The colors were perfect for the pumpkin and it gave my layout that much more depth.

I hope you have fun with your bling too! Can’t wait to see the creative ways you use it!!

Happy Scrappin’!

Just For Fun…

do you have as many chipboard pieces floating around your scrap area as I do? Seems like they multiply overnight! I’ve discovered that instead of letting them collect dust (or gettting lost in the shuffle of my ever growing stash supply), I’m going to use them on my cards! I’ve found that an easy way to use some of the larger ones is to stamp on them…functional meets cute!

For my card here I simply just stamped my image (in this case a phrase stamp by Heidi Grace Designs) and adhered it to my card and was done!
Happy Crafting to you!
-Jen

tip of the day…

did you know that you can make your own chipboard? Yep, and here’s how. (If you are using a punch or die cutting machine this works especially well) You cut your shape multiples of times. Then glue them together. That’s it Easy Peasy! Here is an example of what I used this TIP for this weekend. (click on tip) For my tree I cut it out 4 times, it gives stability and a textured look. Enjoy!

Tip on using lots of photos

Have a layout where you just need to get all those photos on and still make it look good? Here’s a tip: Crop them all down to their various sizes — they don’t have to be the same size, just crop away. Then, choose a pp or cardstock color that will match your background paper (the actual 12×12 paper you are scrapping on). Start arranging all your pictures on the pp or cardstock, leaving a 1/4 inch border on the outside only. Make sure your pictures all overlap. Make a fun, random pattern. Then, cut out a 1/4 inch border all the way around your collage of picture and you have one massive photo to put on your scrapbook page! Here is an example.Good luck!

Peppermint Dreams

Anyone excited to play with our upcoming December kit, “Peppermint Dreams?”

How to Make a Surprisingly Simple Paper Wreath

Here is an easy and fun project for the Holidays. This would be a really fun project to do with your kids too. Using non-traditional colors makes this full of interest and flair. Of course, traditional Christmas paper would also look fabulous This project was created by Jeff Rudell at CraftStylish.com.

Supply List:
A styrofoam wreath form of your own choosing (roughly $3 to $5 at most craft suppliers)
Some paper
A hole-punch (A 3-inch-diameter punch was used here)
A hot glue gun

Working around the outer edge of the styrofoam wreath form, simply hot-glued an assortment of colored paper disks in place.

Once you finish the outer edge, add a second course of disks to the inner edge, again, gluing them in place.
A third tier of colored disks is added so that it slightly overlaps the outer course below it.

A fourth and final course of disks is then added to completely cover the wreath form and hide it from view.

The addition of some 1/2-inch, tricolored “berries” (punched from red, fuchsia, and burgundy paper) along with a wide ribbon from which to hang it completes this project in no time. Mr. Rudell suggests when you’re done with your first wreath, made a second or a third and hang them in groups of three or five.

Easy Doodling Fun…

I am having so much fun with this November kit…the colors are awesome and work so well together. One of the many goodies found in the kit this month are the Bazzill Just the Edge Cardstock in White. These little strips are full of different designs and add such texture and character to any of your layouts!
I love that they were white this month. As you can see in the layout “My Mini Me” I used the floral strip and heart strip…To give the flowers that extra POP I took my black sharpie and doodled around the edges mimicing the green floral sticker above it! The doodling brings it all together and adds that fun whimsical touch!
Have fun doodling on any of your projects and happy scrappin’!
Jennifer Y.