Archive for August, 2010

tip of the day August 23, 2010

Have you ever had something you ABSOLUTELY loved and you used daily?  Have you ever scrapped it?  Truthfully I always intended to but just never did.  Then I saw the colors in the August kit and KNEW I had to do a page about my shoes.

On this layout I used the faux layering that I talked about a few weeks ago.  Look at the cork tag.

I would love to see your layouts about those inanimate objects.  AND it will make a great conversation piece in years to come–who knows your taste might have changed.


Happy Sunday all! How is your weekend going?

I have been in the girl cave creating for most of it!

A little fun thing I did on my layout and throughout my mini this month was go “halvsies” (cut them in half) with my journaling spots.

I really like how it looks like it is just sticking out from under the photo (above), but I still have the other half to use elsewhere.

I even did it with the flowers in the kit!

If you haven’t checked out the gallery yet, I would advise to do so! There is alot of inspiration in there!



September Kit Peeks

We are very excited to share your first look at our September kit. We think it is simply lovely and hope you are looking forward to it!

Fussy cutting

I’m not sure who, exactly, came up with the term ‘fussy cutting’, but for those of you who might not know what it is… this post if for you! If I understand it correctly (and I have been known to be wrong before), it is when you cut out the designs from big pieces of scrapbook paper, and then use those designs on your layouts and projects. I think the term fussy comes from it taking so long and cutting around all the little edges and getting all the details of the design just the way you want it. When I’m browsing through galleries of scrapbook layouts, I always seem drawn to those with lots of  ‘fussy cutting’ on them. Then, I think… oh, that must have taken FOREVER to do!

So… here is my advice. When I get a new kit each month from Scrapbook Circle, or get a piece a paper from my LSS that I know I’ll be wanting to cut up, I put it aside in a different pile. Then, at night, when the kids are asleep and I’m too tired to do anything but watch whatever is in my TiVo queue, I grab my tiny detail scissors and that stack of paper. I sit there and start fussy cutting random shapes — without a specific layout or design in mind. That way, when I do have an hour or two to sit and scrapbook, all the time-consuming fussy cutting is done and just waiting to be placed so elegantly on a layout! I love my TV/fussy cutting time. It feels like I’m not just being a couch potato, and then I have those extra cute layouts later on!  It is a win-win. (and then my hands are occupied and I’m not as tempted to go get snacks I don’t need — it’s a win-win-win!)

This card is just one example of a very quick project I made using some birdhouses and a bird that I had already cut out the week earlier while watching “Psych” or  “So You Think You Can Dance” or some other fun summer show. I think I put this card together in about 10 minutes or less! So, don’t let fussy cutting intimidate you. Set that fun paper aside and wait for your next favorite TV show to come on!

Happy Fussy Cutting!

Weekend Warm-up 8.20

Yay for Friday! That means it’s time for another Weekend Warm-up! 

I love to make wearable art from my scrapbook supplies.  When I saw the beautiful, hand-dyed doilies in the August Scrapbook Circle kit, I knew I wanted to save them for something special.  I made a brooch with fabric flowers, then added the doilies to each rosette with a bit of glue.

Now I have a summery piece of jewelry to wear, all thanks to my scrapbooking supplies.  This weekend, I challenge you to think off of the page and about accessories.  How cute would these doilies be as hair clips?  Added to a piece of chain, the doilies could make a pretty necklace, too.  The possibilities are endless!  Have fun!

Scrapbook Circle Subscriber Spotlight!

Happy Friday Morning!  Today I’m going to showcase one of our super talented subscribers: Doreena!

She created this awesome “Summer Playlist” layout with her Scrapbook Circle August kit.  What better way to remember your summer than by making a favorite summer songs layout?  I know that whenever I hear a familiar song my mind is automatically flooded with memories during the time period that the song came out and when I listened to the song.  I know that now Doreena can go back to this layout at any time and I’m sure that just by reading the song titles they will remind her of all of her fun memories from this summer!  Thank you so much for the inspiration Doreena, I adore you layout!

*Having a splashin’ good time* :):):):):):):):):):):)

Happy Thursday everyone!!! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

I wanted to share two lo’s with you today that I made using the ever-soooooooooo-YUMMY August kit!! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

The first one I made is for this weeks Sketchy Thursdays challenge that went live today! This can be a card or a lo sketch, and I chose to make mine a LO! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

I had sooooooooooo much fun using the Pink Paislee tape included in this kit as my “frame”!! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

This is my daughter Brookie playing in the water splash area at our local zoo!! And Lisa A. and Diana W. can back me up when I say….WE NEED a water splash area at our zoo…as more times than not in Arizona its over 100 degrees here! LOL :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

And how YUMMY are these little crocheted flowers!!! *love them* :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Next I wanted to share a LO that I have titled, “Tini and the Scrapbook Boy”…. my daughters nickname is “Tini” (even though she is TALLER than a lot of three year olds…and even some five year olds!! LOL!) …..and this was a statue in downtown Mesa, Arizona named “Scrapbook Boy”…I took a photo of the description of the meaning of the statue also to include in my lo! :):):):):) The artist made this in honor of his Brother and it he was inspired by a actual photo in their Fathers scrapbook! How cool is that?!?!?! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

I did airbrushing all around the edges using the Basic Grey trim stickers that came with this kit…I used them as a template for my airbrushing….. and then used the all ready airbrushed stickers in the middle of my lo to add more brown to the center! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

And how can you NOT love YELLOW thickers!! *pure love* :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Thanks soooooooooooooooooo much for stopping by… we truly appreciate the support! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Not a surfer?? Make flowers instead!

If you aren’t a surfer (which Lord knows I’m NOT), I have a little tip for you on how to use all those cute little surfboards on the Fancy Pants papers.  

Cut out 5-6 surfboards of the same color, add a dab of glue to the end of each board and layer them to make a cute flower!  Add some bling or buttons for the centers and voila!

I also took a pencil and curled the pointed ends up a bit to add some dimension.


 It’s a lot of fussy cutting, but worth it!

Just roll with it!

I adored the crochet flowers in the kit so much that I used each and every one of them…and then..booo.  I had no more dimensional flowers and I wanted a girly look on my next layout.  What is a girl to do?  Make her own flowers of course!  All you need is a circle punch or even a scalloped circle punch and some scissors and glue.

This is the punch I used…

Then, starting at the outside edge, cut a spiral all the way into the middle of the circle.

Beginning in the middle, roll the spiral into itself to create your flower.

Here’s my layout with my spiral flowers…

Have fun rolling your own flowers! It’s addicting! 😉

Making your own cluster of embellies

You don’t always need to splurge on pre-made embellishments. All you need is a great imagination (which we all know you already have because you’re a scrapbooker) and a way to cut paper.

I was able to make this cluster from the items in the August kit using scissors and a small punch. I started with the Cards page from the Fancy Pants Rusted Sun collection, which is in the August kit.

I cut various pieces from this sheet and layered them, making quite a cute little cluster. And vióla… a 99 cent set of embellishments—if you count the retail value of this sheet of paper.

So have some fun… cut it all up!!