Archive for February, 2009

Ways to use that tulle

Happy weekend all! I’ve so enjoyed the March kit so far, as I’m sure you will early next week. In this kit you’ll find some black and some red tulle. So, I thought I’d show you a few different ways you can use it.

I made three layouts and used it three different ways: I stapled it randomly:

I tied it around some paper strips:

Finally, I sewed it on using big embroidery floss stitches:

Hope you’ll find some fun ways to use that tulle! Happy Scrapping!

March Kit Ideas >>>Are you Ready to Get Your Kit?

I finally had some time to play with our upcoming March kit today.

Here’s a look at the layout ideas I came up with.

Here I filled in a few of the circles on the tree sticker with the Bazzill jewels. One can never have enough sparkle.

This layout used 2 of the Pebbles papers, 1 of the Jillibean papers, a Jillibean journaling sprout, Pebbles sticker, Bazzill jewels, tulle and the Pink Paislee alpha. Everything is included in the kit.

One this layout I used the 3 Pink Paislee Fascinating papers, 2 of the Jillibean papers, Pebbles stickers, Kaiser rub-on and brad and a Pink Paislee sticker. Everything on this layout is also from the March kit!

The kits will be shipping next week, so reserve one while you can!

Removing Rub-Ons…Did You Know?

This week while I was reading my January 2009 issue of Creating Keepsakes Magazine (getting inspiration from my favorite paper crafting magazines is something that I love to do when the weather is so cold (yes, it’s still cold where I am!) and I most often opt to spend my time indoors staying cozy and warm) I stumbled upon a useful tip that I just had to share.

One of my favorite, must-have tools when paper crafting is the Adhesive Pick-Up (available at many craft stores) that is manufactured by Therm O Web. It’s saved many projects from going awry when I somehow had gotten adhesive somewhere (like on a photo on a scrapbook layout). All you do is use the Adhesive Pick-Up just as you would an eraser, “erasing” the adhesive. Well, now the even more exciting news, is that you can use it to erase rub-ons as well! I can’t tell you how many times I have used rub-ons and the transfer didn’t end up being complete and I had to just toss the whole project or start over somehow covering up my mistake. Well, now with my Adhesive Pick-Up that will no loner be an issue, I can just “erase” my rub-on!

March Peeks are Here!

We are so excited to share our upcoming March kit with you!

Subscriber’s kits will ship next week. Any extra kits will go up for sale on March 1.

tip of the day….

have you ever wondered what to do with all of those baby, wedding, & graduation announcements?  I just reorganized my space AGAIN, and have all of these announcements I don’t want to throw them away, they mean something to me, but I didn’t want to make a mini scrapbook about them either.  Then I remembered this WONDERFUL album I saw on a blog (inkysmiles) (if you e-mail her she will send you a PDF file!)
She used hers to make a card holding organizer (which is AWESOME, I made one a while back and gave it away as a gift.)  Click HERE for FULL instructions.
 

Just a PHASE?

Happy Saturday all,

I like to scrap ‘out of the box’ sometimes and capture moments and feelings as much as possible, in addition to all the ‘events’ in life. So, I’m working on a layout to represent some of the PHASES and CRAZES I have in my life. Here is my challenge to you: Scrap a page about some things that you are really into right now. For me it is these large Sudoku puzzles (25 by 25) and eating vanilla yogurt with granola and cut up fruit. YUM! It’s a phase — I know in a few months I’ll have completely forgotten all about my yummy creation and those puzzles will look like a waste of time. BUT, not right now.

What are some CRAZES and PHASES you are into? Let’s see those layouts. (You’ll have to wait until next week for mine! I’m still working on it!).

Flex Your Creative Muscles

Happy Friday! Did you know you can boost your creativity by flexing your creative muscles? Yep! For a lot of us, this means going outside of our regular sources of inspiration. For me, that would mean beyond scrapbook magazines! There are many resources to motivate you creatively, but today I’m speaking specifically of books.

SARK has many books on creativity and a fabulous site as well. One of my favorite book by SARK is

  • SARK’s New Creative Companion: Ways to Free Your Creative Spirit.

Other books you might find fun are:

  • Living Out Loud: Activities to Fuel a Creative Life by Keri Smith
  • The Creative License: Gibing Yourself Permission to Be the Artist You Truly Are by Danny Gregory
  • Spilling Open: The Art of Becoming Yourself by Sabrina Ward Harrison
  • Caffeine for the Creative Mind: 250 Exercises to Wake Up Your Brain by Stefan Mumaw and Wendy Lee Oldfield
  • A Whack on the Side of the Head: How You Can Be More Creative by Roger von Oech

One of my greatest challenges when it comes to scrapping is journaling. I really want to leave behind a story, but I can never figure out what to say. I want my journaling to have real meaning. If you struggle with this too or if you’re interested in expanding your love of writing, here are some books you might find helpful:

  • Daybook: The Journal of an Artist by Anne Truitt
  • Juicy Pens, Thirsty Paper: Gifting the World With Your Words and Stories, and Creating the Time and Energy to Actually Do It by SARK
  • Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within by Natalie Goldberg
  • Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott

Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous weekend.

The creative is the place where no one else has ever been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover is yourself.-Alan Alda

Life’s Moments

Since my son has been asking me so many random questions lately, things only a four year old would ask, I’ve been trying to write them down. Usually I write them on a post it note or something I have laying around the house. But recently I was reading the awesome Ali Edwards blog and saw the journal she made…check it out here. I just wanted something simple that I could carry in my purse or keep near me in the house so that I can record the fun and interesting moments from our family life. I think I will take it on our upcoming vacation to California…going to Lego Land should be quite interesting with my bunch!

Once I am ready to scrap a layout I can then use my journal for a quick reference! It is so so easy….I bought a small paper notebook from the clearance section of Target, cut my selected card stock accordingly and embellished the cover!!! Simple, easy and perfect way to keep life’s moments close!!!

Have a great day and Happy Scappin‘!!!

Jennifer Y

Sketch Inspiration

Sometimes a sketch is just the thing that I need to get started in on a layout…there are times when I really want to scrapbook but I just don’t know where it is that I should start. I’ve discovered that a sketch gets me to the jumping off place that I need to be at to get scrapping! The other day I posted a question about where everyone finds their inspirational sketches on the Scrapbook Circle Messege Board and this is what was shared. Please feel free to join in on the conversation and please, if you have any additional sites or publications where you find your favorite sketches, please share! For the layout above I used a sketch from Pencil Lines, one of my new favorite sketch sites!

Happy Scrapping (and Sketching)!

Jen Davis

Monthly Scrapbooking Kits X 2

One of the things I love about our monthly scrapbooking kits is the varied combination of products you get in each kit. Something that can be even more fun than creating with one kit is combining two of your kits to create one layout.

Here I combined the U Rock (January Kit) with the Will U Be Mine? (February Kit) to create this layout. I was surprised at how well the two different kits coordinated.

Here’s the list of goodies used from each kit:

January Kit
2 of the Collage Press papers
Tim Holtz “Play” ticket
Prima Epoxy Sitckers: the star and awesome stickers

February Kit
Fancy Pants blue paper for background
Making Memories XOXOXO sticker
Doodlebug Black/White Polka Dot paper
Fancy Pants Transparency Frame

Since we really work hard to pack as much as possible into each kit, it is our hope that it is easy for you to combine embellishments and paper with other kits and things in your stash.

We would love to see how you combine two (or more!) of your kits. Post your photos in our community. We love seeing how you use your scrapbook kits.