Saturday, December 6, 2008
Join me for my last class of the year tomorrow, December 7, 2009! We'll be creating a classy recipe book using Teresa Collins' line of cooking papers and recipe cards. The apron-shaped book transforms into an easel so you can actually use the book to hold a recipe while you're cooking. Each page also has a pocket on the back to keep extra recipe cards. Full of gorgeous details, this book would be a wonderful gift for someone on your Christmas list or as a treat for yourself.
Friday, December 5, 2008
Checkbook Style Calendars. You can get these for $1 at just about any store out there, like Target or Michael’s. Cover it with patterned paper and then embellish. I like to use diecuts because usually these get used and abused throughout the year and you don’t want little embellies like beads falling off and sticking to the inside of someone’s purse. Here are some I made for my DD's teachers in years past, one I sold, and a couple I made as stocking stuffers for my mom and sister:
Candy Bar Assortment. Everyone has a favorite candy. Most candy bars go on sale around the holidays, especially the Hershey brand candy bars. Buy a few of the person’s favorite candy bars. Wrap them in decorative paper and put them in a cute container. Why pay $40 for a decorated candy tin when you can embellish the gift yourself?
I decorated several candy bars and then put them in this box I had from a package of Prima Flowers, which I also decorated:
Card Gift Set. Make a series of cards for any occasion, such as birthday, congrats, and thank you cards. Wrap them in a pretty box. Everyone loves a handmade card. Alondra, from Who Gives A Scrap?, always uses her scraps from her pages to immediately create a few cards. This way she always has cards on hand. And she doesn’t have a lot of scraps to put away or manage! The idea has caught on so well, several of the WhoGAS members do this at our crops as well.
Here is a set I made to sell on ebay:
Here is a card box I made for my sister a few years back, mod podging scraps onto a papier mache box and then I filled it with cards:
An Altered Notebook. Simple, yet cute notebooks can easily be purchased at any office supply or discount store (like Target) for under $5. Simply cover the book with patterned paper and add a little embellishment. Here is a set of notebooks and a post-it note holder I made for my husband one year:
Alter A Set of Jars. Prima "Got Flowers?" jars, Starbuck's Frappucino Jars, canning jars...Just scratch off the labels and run them through the dishwasher. Then fill with candies such as holiday M&Ms, Herhsey's Mini Assortment, or Hershey's Kisses. I've even used those Ferrero Rocher Hazelnut candies one year! Punch a circle to cover the lid and then cover the rim of the lid with ribbon. Add a label or bow to the center and instant gift, 100% recycled! If you use Starbuck's Frappucino bottles you can even decorate the box they came in. Here are some ideas:
A Birthday Frappucino Box:
Some bottles I altered for St. Patty's Day:
A Christmas Set. I put flowers on the tops iof the lids:
A couple of Christmasy bottles:
Thursday, December 4, 2008
And while you're there, check out all the fun ideas from the Zutter Zisters! There's a new project posted every week as well as tips, videos, and tons of other resources on the Bind-It-All blog and ZutterZister's website. Check out Lea's gorgeous project using the new Cover-Alls:
To view the entire sample, please visit the Bind-It-All blog.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Check out my first Prima endorsed class:
Join Jennifer Priest of Scrapbook Royalty for a wonderful * Prima Certified * class! We'll be creating a Princess-themed, crown-shaped, mini book with acetate covers using the Zutter Bind It All and Prima's yummy Morning Song paper line. The book is filled with glittery details such as Prima's Say It In Crystals, Center Kisses, of course, flowers! Jennifer will have a Prima Festive Flower and Glimmer Mist bar set up to customize your blooms in the class. You'll also receive an entire set of Prima chipboard alphabets in the class!
This class is also part of a new "mini-event" Scrapbook Royalty is doing called "Royalty On The Road"! The goal of these “Royalty On The Road” events is to help raise money and awareness for charities within local communities in
Everyone who comes to the class will receive a goodie bag. Everyone who comes to the store during the class will receive a "Fairy Fly-By", a little goodie from Scrapbook Royalty, just for stopping by. We will also have two raffle baskets we'll be raffling off to benefit a local charity.
This is our first "Royalty On The Road" event of the year so you won't want to miss out. Don't miss out on this fun-filled class and I hope to see you there!
January 17, 2009
Pages From The Heart
February 26, 2009
Ever After Scrapbooks
Ph: 760.630-CROP (2767)
To sign up, contact the stores at the numbers listed above. Thanks so much for sharing in my excitement!
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
|Etsy: Your place to buy & sell all things handmade|
If you don't see what you are looking for, start a convo with me on etsy. I take custom orders all of the time and sometimes I have items in my stash I just haven't gotten around to listing yet. Thanks for looking!
Monday, December 1, 2008
Anyways, back to another topic on my mind today: World AIDS Day.
This is the 20th Anniversary of World AIDS Day. Can you believe that it has been 30 or so years since AIDS was first discovered?!
Talk about an unpopular, controversial disease. If you've known me for more than a few years then you'll know that I used work as an analyst for the Ryan White CARE Act Program in Southern California. During my time there I really learned alot about AIDS and HIV and the people that it affects. And I met alot of people and heard their stories. I helped write grants to get assistance to those people so they could live another day.
Contrary to what many people believe, everyone who gets AIDS wasn't "asking for it". Some people who get AIDS are babies who get it from their mother. Or from their father when they are conceived. Some affected by AIDS are women who have been 100% faithful to their husbands, the only man they have ever "loved", only to have his infidelity infect them with AIDS. Some are people who make bad choices that get them infected, be it drugs or risky sexual behavior. Some people still don't even know how one gets AIDS therefore they do not protect themselves. Who is getting AIDS now?
And that is just people here in the United States. In Africa AIDS is a huge problem! I cannot even begin to explain the havoc this disease had wreaked on the population in Africa.
AIDS is like the taboo disease. It touches many many people. It isn't just a "druggie" disease. It isn't just a disease homosexuals get. It doesn't only affect promiscuous people either.
As a scrapbooker I see many many many events focused at raising awareness and funds for breast cancer. Yeah, breast cancer does affect women. But aren't there many many other causes we could raise awareness about? Aren't there some other things that deserve our attention and our funds?
HIV/AIDS can be prevented. IT CAN!!! We can battle it! So why doesn't anyone want to talk about it?
I have contemplated doing a charity crop for and HIV/AIDS nonprofit but haven't. Why not? Because as soon as I bring up the topic, people wrinkle their noses and change the subject if they care to continue the conversation at all. It is sad.
So while it is World AIDS Day, please take a moment to take advantage of all of the information there is out there on the internet about HIV/AIDS and educate yourself. You never know when it could affect you. You need to let your children know about it, how to protect themselves, what are the consequences. You need to let your family and friends know, specially if they engage in risky behavior, so they can take precautions to protect themselves.
Here are some links you can use to get more information about AIDS:
US Department of Health and Human Services
World AIDS Day
World AIDS Campaign
Center for Disease Control (CDC)
And if you are seriously interested in helping fight this disease, please leave a comment here to let me know.
And check out a local nonprofit that offers services to those affected by HIV/AIDS such as these:
Central City Lutheran Mission
Inland AIDS Project
Desert AIDS Project
AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA)
San Diego Black HIV/AIDS Project
They welcome your funds and always are looking for volunteers.
Check out retailers who support Product Red, such as Starbuck's.
That's all for now folks!
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Anyways, to make up for it, I whipped out these two little layouts tonight for Polka Dot Whimsy, using the November Main Kit:
I made the fabric flower by stitching and gathering one of the fabric strips from the kit. That Reagan's Closet paper from Heidi Grace with the bubbles all over it gives me the heebie jeebies so I just cut some of the circles out of it for this page. And the kit also had the new frosted lace paper from KI--it is sooooooo much cooler in person because it shimmers. Everything is from PDW except the journaling stamp (Prima) and the stickers for the title (Foo-Fa-La).
Also, there is a drawing to win a super cute chipboard chandelier at Talk of the Town! Check it out here:
And she's also giving away a cool PDF with some pillow boxes and a perpetual calendar template: