Tuesday, July 31, 2012

One Page Layout or Two Pagers???


The question always comes up, should I do a one page layout or a two page layout in my scrap album?  My answer is easy.....do what the pictures tell you to do!!!!  What the heck does that mean???  Well, if I have a layout that has a bunch of pictures that are all part of the story I want to tell with the layout, a two page layout works best for me.  Does every picture help tell the story or add to the story of your layout?  If you left one of the photos out, would you still have the same story you want to share with your layout?  If the answer is that you need all of the pictures in your layout, consider a two page layout.

Two page layouts give you more room to display your photos, all your photos you want for your layout.  If you have less photos that you need or only want to highlight a photo that you love, a one page layout works well for that!!!

I enjoy using one page layouts to show off a photo that I love.  It is also a great way to use my 5X7 or 8X10 photos!!!!  Go with the flow!!! Scrapbooking is supposed to be fun....so don't get weighed down on "what you should do" and let it work for you!!!!  There are no rules to scrapbooking!!!!!

Monday, July 30, 2012

Learn to love your "mistakes"!!!!

This layout is a perfect example of my next topic.  I love this layout.  I used up my calendar paper that I had forever.  It reminded me of school calendars so it was perfect for a field trip!!!  Plus I got to use my pumpkin pie Stampin' Up ribbon that I had been hoarding.....I mean....collecting!!!  :)  Perfect, right???  Well then it came time for the title and I didn't have any stickers that matched everything....what to do, what to do???  So I sprayed some thickers.  Perfect right???  Well....not so much.  I was in a hurry to get done and didn't wait for the letters to dry all the way, when I put them on the layout, one of the sides of the letter was not dry, and it smudged on my LO!!!  Now what??!!!!  As a scrapper, I think you have to embrace the mess!!!!!  My solution....take more of my spray ink and dab it on around the title and the journaling!!!!!!!  PERFECT!!!!    My "error" turned out to be what I loved about the layout the most!!!!  I think the ink splatters work so well since it is a school layout!!!  It adds interest and detail to the layout!  Perfect example of how YOU can LOVE YOUR MISTAKES too!!!!!! 

What was your biggest mistake on a layout or card???  How did you learn to love your mistake????  Leave me a comment and share your story!!!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Happy Birthday Ticket card

The new Ticket Duo Builder Punch

I wish I could say that I was brilliant enough to think of making these little tickets and placing them on a card....yeah, I CAN do that....but putting them on a string was CASED from a very talented card maker: http://runningwscissorsstamper.blogspot.com/2012/07/make-takes-youre-amazing.html - please take a moment and visit her blog!  Great ideas!!!  (just a note- the ticket builder punch in my picture looks pink on the tickets....it isn't...just trying to shield it from a glare and used a piece of pink paper laying on my workspace...LOL!!!). 
Okay so I got a free Patio Party Designer Series paper pack when I joined as a demo in June.  I had yet to use it...but did you know it uses my FAVORITE Stampin' Up color....Summer Starfruit??!!!   I knew I had to use it for this card!  I have shared my love of the new In Colors right??!!!   I used the You're Amazing Stamp set to make this card.  I love that elephant!!!!  An elephant with a hat.....animals doing people things as my sister would say....LOVE IT!!!! 
Here is my creation!!! 

Now what else can I put tiny tickets on???!!!!

Products used:

You're Amazing Stamp set
Patio Party Designer Paper pack
Ink: Midnight Muse, Raspberry Ripple, Summer Starfruit
Markers: Raspberry Ripple and Summer Starfruit
Midnight Muse Solid paper and Whispering White Solid Paper
Silver embossing powder
Window Frames Collection Framelits with Coordinating Paper Piercing Pack- Festive

Glimmer Mist & Take 2 on my Teacher Appreciation Card

Have you ever made your own glimmer mist???  It is SSSSOOOO  much fun!!!!  The new Stampin' Spritzers it is SUPER easy!!!  I have to admit, I have other misters as they are commonly called.  I had to try these when Stampin' Up started carrying them in the new catalog.  These are 10X better than the other ones I had used before.  I love to make my own mists......so I have used them a lot.  Other brands are smaller therefor don't hold as much.  The other brands also seem to clog a lot.  I have yet to clog a Stampin' Up spritzer!!!!  That makes it an awesome buy in my book!!!  And at $2.95 for two!!!  Very reasonable!!!! I only bought two to try but I will be getting more to keep on hand.  I made on glimmer mist with what I had on hand, there are several ways to make it.  I used glimmer, water, and craft reinker.  You don't have to use craft- it is just what I had on hand so I used it.  Any reinker will work.  Shimmer paint, reinker and 70% rubbing alcohol works wonderful as well!!! 
Okay back to the project...I stamped my You're Amazing stamp in versamark ink and embossed in black.  Then I sprayed it with my glimmer mist!!  I forgot to tell you, I used Red Riding Hood ink which matches the paper pack!! You could make this in any color!!    Then I cut the image out using the Apothecary Accents Framelits (another GREAT set!!).  This was my starting point for my second take on my card!
My first take was this :

I am much happier with my second take on this:

More layers, a darker base, and a little ribbon and shimmer!!!....much better to me!!!  What do you think....do you like number 1 or number 2 better????  Leave me a comment!!!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

How do you order your paper from Stampin' Up?

This question has come up a lot on boards that I visit. "How do I begin my paper collection?". "How do I order my Stampin' Up paper?" . " I can't buy all the colors at once, where do I start?" Let me share what has worked for me.  I ordered the paper in family colors first.  It was a great way to try out different colors, colors that maybe I would have passed over before.  The paper family colors all work together so it is a great starting point.  As I used up the family colors, I made a note on my phone- of what colors I was running out of to place an order for those next time.  Recently, Stampin' Up changed some of their paper choices.  Not all colors are available to order by themselves right now in 12X12 size.  Not a big deal for card makers since all the colors are available in 81/2 X11 size, but it makes a difference for scrappers.  I have found that the colors I use the MOST are still available separately in 12X12 size.  I order them that way.  For colors that aren't available in 12X12 size, I order them in 81/2X11 size because I can still use them as layers and accents on my LOs! I am going to be cutting them up or using them for punches anyways so it still works for me!!!  :)  I love that the Designer paper will tell you what colors are used in the paper pack...makes ordering coordinating colors....easy as pie!!!  When I pick a designer pack that I LOVE,   I look at what colors coordinate with it, and make sure I either have it already, or I order at least TWO colors to match it!!  It gives me a lot of options to mix things up.  It gets easier and easier as your paper stash grows because you will already have most of the solid colors on hand.  Easy  to make your LO with coordinating colors!!!  I love matchy matchy!  I love things that coordinate and work together!  What are your favorite paper colors that you use over and over again!!!??? 
If I had to answer that....and it is hard because I truly love a lot of Stampin' Ups colors, it would be crumb cake.  It looks so good with so many different color combinations!  Leave me a comment and tell me what your favorite color is!!!!   

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Keep Calm Decoration....Part B!

I got to finish my decoration for the workshop tonight.  Here is the finished project...I like it.  It will be on my display table with current cards and scrapbooks.

I ended up using dried kidney beans and dried peas...hey- it's what I had!!!  LOL!!! 

I used the new Friendship Preserves Bundle set to make the second part of the decoration, it will be available August 1st! 

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Keep Calm & Stamp on Decoration

Here is another cased idea from the Stampin' Up Convention.  So many great ideas!!!! 

I am hosting a Intro to Scrapbooking workshop this Saturday.  I need some bling in my sunroom to inspire!!  I already shared the banner for the room.  Here is my CASED mason jar Keep Calm and Stamp on Decoration.

First step was cutting out the large rosette.  I used the Rosette Bigz Die .  I cut three of these to make the large rosette.  Simple adhere together with hot glue gun.  I like to cut a circle punch out to help adhere and hold everything- the circle went on the back to help hold the rosette tight while the hot glue dried.  Sometimes extra hands help with this stage..Thank you to my son Kyle!!!  :)

The next step I embossed the Daffodil scalloped circle with the Perfect Polka Dots Folder .  If you don't have this folder yet, it is probably one of the most used embossing folders I have.  Well worth the money!!!

The best part this was a piece left over from my banner that I made earlier!  I love being able to use up scraps!!!

The next layer, the Rich Razzleberry layer was cut using the new Apothecary Accents Framelits  and embossed with the chevron folder .  These two have gotten a lot of use in my craft room!  The next layer is a banner that I hand cut.  Just cut a strip of paper and cut the ends into a banner!  EASY!!  I stamped and cut the final layer using the apothecary framelit again....see lots of use for these framelits!  I used the Keep Calm Stamp set.  This stamp set was unavailable for awhile due to some legal issues.....they are now worked out.  BUT...we have been warned, there is no guarantee that it won't go away again.  If you place a $150 order you qualify for $25 hostess dollars.  This set can be purchased using those! It can not be purchased without hostess dollars!!  Get it while it lasts!  This set in clear is $10!!!!  #126647!!!  I love this set!!!!

So cute!!!

Okay- here is my final project in the mason jar.....I had to hold it up because I am still deciding what to put in the jar.  So maybe this is project mason jar 1A??!!!  Stay tune for an update!!!!  Thanks for looking!  Leave me a comment....what do you think I should fill the jar with?  What should I add to it??? 

Create Banner

Sharing my new CREATE banner for my upcoming Stampin' Up workshop.  I love making banners.  I used Perfect Pennants Bigz Die to make the banner.  I also used the Designer Rosette Bigz XL Die for the red rosette on the letter E.  I love the Rosette die!  Makes it so easy to make rosettes and I will be honest, I can't make these without it!!!  SSSHHHH, no one knows that I cheat!!!!   But I am pretty sure since they make the die to help, it's okay!!!! :) I used Polka Dot Parade Designer Paper for the banner.  This paper is so bright and cheerful!  All punches used for decoration are Stampin' Up punches.  I always think punches are so much fun!  Adding that extra BLING to any project!  Hope you enjoy my project and I hope all my workshop ladies will enjoy it and it will inspire them to CREATE beautiful projects on Saturday!!! 

Monday, July 23, 2012

Mason Jar For you CASED cards

On Saturday, Stampin' Up did a live stream from the demonstrator convention.  They had these little mason jar cards.  I LOVED them!!!  My brain was working and decided that they would be PERFECT little THANK YOU cards for my upcoming scrapbooking workshop.  I am going to display these and let everyone pick one to take with them and hopefully they will find a great use for them. Maybe as a gift tag on a bag???  Anyway....I LOVE LOVE LOVE them.  Simple but so wonderful!!!  I used the Perfectly Preserved Bundle set (stamp and matching dies!!!)  available August 1st!  I can't get enough of this set.  Okay, no more talking....PICTURES!!!! 

Cased Mason Jar cards and my antique shop find Mammy!!  I LOVE Gone with the Wind.....She is my prized item in my kitchen!  LOVE HER!!!!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Mr and Mrs Card

Sharing a quick card with all tonight.  I was supposed to spend the day crafting some new things for my upcoming scrapbooking class.  Instead I spent half the day riding around here and there with Clint and the boys.  I did get a start on my banner for the class.  I will share when I am done.  I LOVE making banners!!!!  Anyways, here is a wedding card that I made for my cousins wedding last year.  I love to do things that are not the norm.  Enjoy! 

An iphone APP for your stash!!!

OMG!!!  Does anyone realize how wonderful I think this is!!!!!???  How many times have you been at the store, looking at craft items, wondering if you have bought the item before???  UGH!!!  Nothing worst than getting home with your newly purchase item to realize....yes, you thought it was fabulous before too and you already bought it.  :( 
The great people at Scrappypedia have created an iphone app for this!!!  There is a droid version in the works but no date for release YET!!!  You can still use the online version to track your stash, and use a webcam to scan in your barcodes. 
I am so excited over this!!!!  WAIT....I forgot the best part....it's FREE!!!!  Yes, FREE!!!!

I have downloaded the app which was easy and didn't take 30 seconds.  You do have to log in with twitter or facebook.  I used twitter because I don't have as much personal information on twitter.  (I use twitter to follow celebs and news-more reading than posting really!). 
There are instructional videos on their site for more information how everything works.  I will be playing with my app tonight and write more later how everything worked out for me.  It gets RAVE reviews on scrapbook.com forums. 

Using Scraps of Ribbon

This is an old layout that I have done.  It was a scraplift from a magazine layout.  Using up ribbon scraps!  What do do with all those ribbons scraps?  Make it your background! 

Saturday, July 21, 2012

You're Amazing Teacher card

A teacher appreciation card to share!  I watch the live streaming from the Stampin' Up conference today.  They demonstrated a painting technique over embossed images (the You're Amazing sentiment is embossed in black).  Using the Aqua Painter to pick up ink off of the back of the stamp pad and coloring over the embossed image.  I love the look.  Worked great!  I see myself using this often!  This card is using the Storytime Designer Paper .  I used matching Wassabi green and Midnight Muse. 

This card looks to simple for me, I might try this again and add some more layers.  Overall, I think I like it for Teacher Appreciation week! 

happy halloween 31 card

Here is a sneak peak at the new Howlstooth & Scaringbone Designer Series Paper in the Holiday catalog.  Have I told you how much I LOVE this paper!!???  A quick card to use up some scraps!  I think this stamp set is retired.  I embossed underneath the stamp with Stampin' Emboss Powder Silver.   I have never been big on embossing with powders.  But I am finding the error in my ways.  I bought several embossing powders from a scrapbooking show.  I was thrilled to buy the "pack" of embossing powders...great!  I will have a variety of colors for all my embossing needs.  But I hated using them.  They didn't work well, didn't melt well.  Just overall annoyed me.  UNTIL...I tried the Stampin' Up brand.  Geesh...talk about a difference!! The Stampin' Up embossing powders work 200% better!!  They melt better and easily. I am in LOVE with embossing again!!! My only problem....now I need ALL of them!!!  LOL!!!   I used the Chevron Folder to dry emboss the basic grey strip.  I love chevrons!!  They are very hot right now!!  Nothing fancy but a sweet easy card for a Saturday afternoon.  Is it Halloween yet??!!!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Merry Merry Christmas Card


I wanted to play more with my preorder out of the Stampin' Up Holiday catalog and still some unused stuff out of my June regular catalog order.  I started out using the new Border Banter set (Holiday Catalog).  This set is adorable.  I can see a lot of uses for the chevron, dots, and diamond patterns.  Just to add a little something extra to your card or project.  I made my own background using this set: the dots and the merry words.  I stamped it on to Very Vanilla cardstock using Old Olive ink and Cherry Cobbler ink .  I cut it out using my the Floral Frames Framelits.  The Floral Frames Framelits does have a matching stamp set but I did not use it on this project.  I still have not used it yet but hope to on my next project! I inked around the edges of the diecut with Old Olive ink to make it stand out more.


I embossed a sheet of Cherry Cobbler cardstock with the new Fancy Fan Folder and then cut it out using another die out of the Floral Frames Framelits set.  I also inked around the edges of this die cut with Cherry Cobbler ink to make it stand out more.

I adhered the pieces together using Stampin' Dimensionals to make it pop up more.  The tree die cut is from the new Scentsational Seasons Bundle set (item #129946 in the New Holiday catalog available August 1st.)  I stamped the tree in Old Olive and Summerstar Fruit ink.  With the bundle set (which saves you money if you buy the stamp and framelit set)  the framelit cuts out the tree and star easily! 

For the base of my card, I used Old Olive and layered it with Chocolate Chip cardstock.  I used a border punch to make a strip out of Cherry Cobbler and used up a piece of lace ribbon that I had. 

Putting it all together now!!!  I used some mister that I had bought  last year or the year before out of the  Holiday mini.  Just splattering for different effect.  I answered this question on a forum today so I will share: to get big splatters or dots instead of a mist- I open up the mister and use the tube that sucks up the mist and bang my finger lightly against the tube.  I hope that makes sense. 

I felt like my embellishment needed a little something more.  So I used pieces of my new  3 1/2" Scalloped Tulle Ribbon out of the Holiday catalog.  I wasn't going to get the tulle ribbon when I first looked through the catty. I am so glad I got it!!!  I now want it in all three colors that are available!  It is so easy to work with!  I plan on using this on packages for Christmas as well.

I added some bling and card done.  Putting this card together got me wondering, how do you put together your card?  Do you start from embellishment up?  Or cardbase?  Colors?  Ribbon?  How do YOU start making your card??? Leave me a comment and share!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Using the Same Sketch- TIP TIME!

It is tip time!!!!! 
When I am scrapbooking, I tend to scrap out of order.  Why?  In a nut shell, I get bored easily AND my boys like to see pictures of themselves in the scrapbooks.  I normally have three albums going at any given time.  This is easily done by using 3 ring albums which are my favorite type of albums.  I HATE post albums.  I might be crafty but those darn post albums kick my butt all the time.  I discovered three ring albums work best for me.  I can put my layout in it's page protector and move it very easily around the album as I finish pages.  So now that gets to the next part of this tip time.......SKETCHES. Sketches, as I have said before, are great time savers.  They get the creative juices flowing.  If I want to get a lot done in a short amount of time, sketches are always the way I go!  I will do one layout with a sketch and if I am scrapping all weekend long at a retreat, I will use the same sketch again for a different picture.  Why?  Because I already figured out the sketch (meaning where to put what paper pattern, any changes I want to make).  It saves me a BUNCH of time.  And because I skip around, the two layouts are never side by side in my albums. 
Here is another example of the same sketch that I used twice...and just changed it around:

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Stamp Storage and Organization

I love stamps!!!  I use stamps to make my own embellishments, make titles, and create cards.  I have been collecting stamps for over 15 years.  I have quite a collection!  And sometimes I forget what stamps I have or a I need a sentiment and just can't remember where I have a certain stamp stored.  Going through all the stamps I have is a pain so I created by stamp binder.  This method works best for me. 
My stamp binder

When I first started this binder, I stamped all my stamps onto 81/2 X11 paper.  Beside all the images, I put a code.  The code tells me where I have that stamp set stored.  I have them divided into categories such as sentiments, shapes, Christmas, Halloween and alphabet.  This makes it easy for me to find an image that I want.  Some of my stamps are in two categories- this is because when I would go looking for it, I might look for it in either of these categories.  EXAMPLE:  A Christmas sentiment would be under SENTIMENTS and under CHRISTMAS.  When I get a new stamp- I immediately either stamp it or take a photocopy of the stamp set for my binder.

Notice the codes beside each stamp set.  I store stamps in three different ways.  A large rubber maid tote stores my Stampin' Up clear mount stamp sets.  I have two of those so I label them bin 1 and bin 2.    I also store odd and end clear stamps in my Tim Holtz binders. 

I love these binders.  They zip completely up so they are great to take to crops.  I have each binder labeled so I can find them easily. 

I store wood mounted stamp sets in photo organizers.  I saw this idea online and really didn't think wood stamps would fit in these...they do!!!! 

I don't buy a lot of wood stamps only because I don't have the storage room. But these stamps are some of my older stamps. 

This system works well for me.  I get out my binder and look up my stamp or find a stamp that will work for my project and immediately I am able to find my stamp!!!  Less time hunting and more time creating!  Organize it helps you create!!!

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