Archive for March, 2010

Get excited for the April kit!

The April kit goes on sale this Thursday! Don’t miss out! If you want it, I recommend you grab it right away!!

You can even try to win one on Jill’s blog here… make sure you check it out!

What was I most excited about in this kit? The canvas banners are a great addition to this kit, and I was also very excited to get my hands on these new alphas from Cosmo Cricket.

But enough about what I like… If you’ve had your eye on this kit since the sneaks started, what are you looking forward to? Let us know, we’d love to hear from you!!

tip of the day…..

Today I wanted to talk about mini albums. I’ve been working on an album for my grandmother’s 90th birthday. I thought it would be a great idea to have ALL of my family’s pictures included–I’ve ended up with 42 pages! I knew that this would be a big project and realized, that without really thinking about it I follow this pattern to make mini albums whatever they are. I wanted to share my “secret” with you.
1. Keep it simple! Because of people’s varying tastes (and because I would like people to REALLY enjoy their albums) I keep the embellishments simple. (Especially because it adds BULK to the pages….)
–examples: glitter glue, brads, rubons, sewing, jewels.
2. I use only about 5 different colors of cardstock as the background paper.
3. I use maybe 9 sheets of pattern paper for the whole album (depending on the size it could be more it could be less.) This particular album I used the same line, in the paste I have used paper that matched.
4. I make my own covers. I have a stash of chipboard that I have collected just for making my own albums. I cut it to the size I want and cover away.
5. binding your own album. If you happen to want to make your own covers you have a few options. I have a bind it all, I usually use this. But for this album I am using O-rings because it’s SO large. If you do not own a binding machine and you want it bound, you can take it to an office supply store and have it done for a nominal fee.
6. And I think this is the most important after deciding what size I was going to develop the pictures at. I pre assembled the pages so all that I had to do was plop the pictures on the pages.
Now you may be asking why I didn’t just do this digitally. The thought did cross my mind for about a second. Getting every one’s pictures was a task! And I still don’t have 4…..I really liked the creative process, getting my hands on the paper and working it! I think that’s about it–thanks for stopping in at SBC today!

Burlap canvas and April fun!

Well, I finally finished my burlap canvas. I was determined to make some sort of wall decor out of a full piece of burlap. Thanks to Diana for reminding us that we each got 2 sheets in our March kit! So, this is what I came up with!

I love how it turned out. I went to Hobby Lobby and looked around for blank 12 x 12 canvases that I could paint black. They weren’t on sale, but their 12 x 12 canvases that had pictures on them were. So, being the frugal person that I was, I bought a canvas that was already black and had brown lines on it (see photo), and then, I just covered up the ugly flower that was on there with the burlap and my photo.

I took some embroidery floss that matched the burlap and sewed it on. You can’t even see the stitches. Then, I ended up stapling on the photo since no other method was working. This photo is the one I blogged about last week that I made from that Japanese site.
Finally, since it is a picture of a lighthouse, I thought of a fun ‘light’ quote, and chose one from the Bible. I cut it out of vinyl and put it on in no time! Now it hangs proudly in our kitchen to remind our whole family to let our lights shine!
Also, I’ve been playing with the April kit and I love all the fun colors. Here is just one layout that I’ve finished. I’m in the middle of three or four more!

Using Up the Last of the March Kit

Are you looking for a way to use up the scraps of your March kit?

How about making a little journal or notebook? It’s the perfect place to layer odd shaped pieces of paper.Plus, you can use smaller pieces of paper to cut into circle to use for flowers.For the flowers, I also layered some of the vintage dictionary page from the April kit with March kit and April kit papers.

FYI – All of the April kits are bagged and ready to ship. They will be shipping early next week! Be sure to get your add-on ordered by April 1 so that it can ship with your kit.

Also, you are invited to stop by my blog this weekend for a fun giveaway. I’m even giving away a Scrapbook Circle kit!

April Add-ons

Did you know we have an add-on for you filled with some of our favorite Dear Lizzy products? We packed as much as we could into the main April kit, but we wanted to offer you even more goodies.It’s up for sale now in our add-ons section.

Order by April 1 and this will ship with your April kit.

Yet Another Use For Burlap??!!!

Mornin’ Yall! Aymee (Southernbellescrapper) here bright and early on this sunny Thursday. I hope each of you are having a great morning so far. I have started to dig into the spectacular April kit for SBC, but still am using up the March kit as well. I just am crazy over the burlap!!! While playing around, I found another use for this scrappy medium….burlap lollipop flowers!!! These are so simple to make and really have a different edge to them. I simply used a circle template and traced 3 different sizes of circles onto the back of the burlap and cut them out. Once cut, I crinkled up each circle into my hand several times. I then placed the circles one on top of each other, starting with the largest at the bottom. I added a brad to the center, attached with sturdy adhesive (I used Helmar Scrap Dots) and placed it on top of leaves and patterned paper. Here is a card I made using the burlap lollipop flower…
As you can see here, they really do offer wonderful dimension. I also love the rough edges!
Ok, back to playing with the new kit for April! Yall are gonna love this kit!!! It is filled to the brim with all sorts of scrappy goodness! Have a fabulous day and Happy Scrappin’!

Our "Go Fly a Kite" April Kit is up!

Stop by our April Kit page and check out what is coming your way in our April kit.
Hope you are looking forward to it!

April kit sneak peeks

I can’t help but give you some peeks at what you have to look forward to in the April kit. Some of the brands and lines from CHA are included in this kit! Some Dear Lizzy, some Fly a Kite by October Afternoon… and it all matches SOOOO well!!!

If you’re planning to scrap some great spring pages, maybe Easter pages… this is the kit to look forward to!

Thanks for stopping in today!

tip of the day…..

today I wanted to talk about the tag that came with your March kit. Tags are one of those embellishments that seem hard for me to figure out what to do with. Do you have that problem? I decided to break out my stamps and ACTUALLY use them! This is what I came up with:
Seems like it’s the last minute trying to wrap gifts up, I almost never have a card ready…. I don’t really want to do a card because well…I know that it will just get thrown out in the first 2 minutes. I thought this would be fun to add to an upcoming birthday present.
Tag, trim, pattern paper all came from the March Kit.

Great site for photos

Hey all,
I was blog surfing the other week and found this really cool site where you can change your photos into really old-fashioned looking photos. Here is the link. It is a japanese site, but in the top left corner, there is a button that says “English” and if you click on it, it shows up in English. I love the way it transfers your photos. I took a fun picture of a lighthouse on my trip to San Diego.
Here it is from my camera:

Here it is after using the software on this site:
Now, I’m working on a project with this, the burlap and a black canvas frame. I’ll post it when I’m done!