Saturday, February 7, 2009
I created this layout. I "embellished" a ribbon border by adding two brads and a little knot of ribbon. Not over the top or innovative but I like the simple look I can get using SU goodies. And I just LOVE this ribbon.
I modeled the layout from a card I saw in CARDS last month. I just expanded the card to the size of a 12x12 layout and then added some more details and photos.
Stamps, Paper, Rub-ons, Brads, Ribbon, Border Punch - Stampin' Up!
Diecuts - Quickutz
Pen, Corner Rounder - EK Success
Ink - CTMH, Colorbox
From the scraps I created a simple card:
The trees I stamped did not show up because I used the wrong color of ink so I colored them in with Copic Markers.
Ribon - May Arts
Markers - Copic
Punch - Ek Success (tree)
Everything Else - Stampin' Up!
More creations are on the way!! But right now, I am getting ready for today's class at The Scrappin' Table. We'll be using Glimmer Mist and Zutter's new Cover-Alls.
There is still a little room in the class so call the store at 714-961-8011 to reserve your spot. The class does not start until 3pm. See you there!
Friday, February 6, 2009
Love all the new CHA-products but worry about the hit to your wallet? Try these tried-and-true tips and tricksto help weather the economy and still indulge in your scrapbooking passion!
• Share. Order products with a friend and split packs of paper and embellishments. You can double your items without doubling the cost.
Someone call Anne Fisher! This is so her idea. She's been talking me into splitting packs for months now. Last month we split a pack of October Afternoon Weathervane. I didn't want the diecuts or stickers but Anne really wanted those so we split is kind of 60 -30 and that worked way better for me than buying the whole $20 pack myself. Doing this can make the difference between the store making a sale or not. If we didn't split the pack neither of us would have bought it. So it is good for you and good for the store. Seriously I wonder if they copied this from my blog and few months back...hmm... (j/k)
• Go for paper! Paper is an inexpensive embellishment. Patterned paper, like those from BasicGrey, makes it easy to create borders and hand-made die-cuts.
Very true! Stamps are another good investment because you can use them over and over, unlike paper.
• Try a class like the “Year in Review” featured [in the newsletter]. While you think you can’t afford a class, you’ll actually save money by getting all of the elements you need without purchasing entire packages of product that would cost more if purchased individually.
This really is true. When I buy to make one class sample I easily spend $75 to $100. The way I get the class cost down is I buy packs of things that I can break up. Plus, not necessarily with this BasicGrey class, but more with classes myself and other instructors design, you will get a custom book and lots of goodies you might not be able to find in your store. We do the searching for you and then in the class you can find out where we got our "finds". And even if you do take a class that is a kit, most manufacturers give full sheets of paper so you'll be left with scraps you can use after the class to make cards, more layouts, or more pages for your mini book.
• Sell the old. Like many scrappers, in a better economy you amassed product that’s sitting in its original packaging. Check out a local scrapbook store for “garage sale” opportunities, or sell unused items on Craig’s list or eBay. While you won’t recover everything you paid, you’ll earn extra bucks to buy new product you’ll actually use.
Very true! I like the way they phrased this - makes me giggle - "...in a better economy you amassed product that’s sitting in its original packaging...". Translation = "your stash is taking over and you are an out of control shopaholic". hehe. Yup, that's me!
You can also get good deals at these garage sales. Collective Journey is having one this weekend if you want to see what's deals are to be had -- sale starts at 10am.
• Cut out one Starbucks coffee a week or one fast-food trip and you’ll save about $12 a month. That’s a whole lot of paper and embellishments for the trade!
Sacrilege! First of all I don't what fast food place you can eat at for $3 anymore and get something somewhat healthy.
But that is besides the point. I get Starbuck's almost every day (I know, I know) and sine CHA I started getting it every other day. I bought some Tazo Chai mix and soy milk (what I get at Sbux) and am making teas for myself at home to help save money. Supplies to make about 12 chais at home are the same cost as two chais at Sbux. I'm just saying. It isn't the same flavor though.
But I do love how I don't even have to order anymore--I just pull up to the drive through box and the girl says my drink to me just to make sure they got it right. So sweet!
So there you have it--someone else finally gets it!! We just don't have the moolah but we love the goodies. So maybe some of this will help you out with having your scrappy cake and eating it too (cuz who wants cake if you can't eat it?).
Check out the entire newsletter here: Feb 2009 Newsletter
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Who Gives A Scrap, the Yahoo Group of croppers I am in, is doing Elsie's 52 Challenges, one per week. I'm skipping around a bit but here is my attempt at Week #5:
Embellish a Floral Accent: No matter what your page topic, I bet you can find a place for a flower accent in your design. But take it up a notch. Embellish the center of your flower with a mini clock, a tiny thread-tied-button or patterned paper. And don’t be afraid to turn a large flower shape into a photo frame!
I embellished some Prima Months of the Year flowers with pearls. I added more pearls around the flowers along with some Jenni Bowlin stickers stars. I stamped more floral flourishes onto some notebook style paper, cut them out, and added pearls to those too.
Patterned Paper - Prima, Webster's Pages, Graphic 45, Foo-Fa-La
Ink - Close to My Heart, Colorbox Chalk
Brads - Close to My Heart, Stampin' Up!
Stickers - Jenni Bowlin
Flowers - Prima
Alphabet Stickers- Makine Memories, Basic Grey
Pearls - KaiserCraft
Stamps - Fiskars
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Here is a little project I did this month with them: Journaling Spots Notebook
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Thanks to everyone who voted for me day in and day out during the "Deck the Halls" contest on the Quickutz website. We did it!! I won the Grand Prize of $1000 in Quickutz goodies!!!!
Here is the announcement on their blog from Monday:
Keep an eye out for opportunities to win big from me right here on my blog (as I get the QK goodies). Any ideas what I should ask for? Please leave a comment here to let me know what you think. Thanks again!
Monday, February 2, 2009
- Saving moolah! I am so glad that local scrapbook stores here in So Cal are now offering coupons!! You can check them all out at Desert Scrappers Retreats' blog.
- Magical Wishes - A new paper collection fomr Webster's Pages. GORGEOUS! I normally do not go for the real ornate papers but I just love the color combos, the way the papers are laid out with the designs on the edges so you can actually SCRAP with it (as opposed to designs in the middle of the page), and just the combo of pastel colors with a little bit brighter tones (my faves). Did I mention you can win this collection? Check it all out on their blog.
- The challenges on PageMaps. Do I win? Nope but it gets me scrapping. I've always loved sketches as a jumping off point for creating something my own. Let's face it, there's nothing new under the sun. Check out this month's contest on their blog. Here is this month's challenge sketch:
- A new breed of challenge blog. Christine Pizzo-Spina and friends started the Scrap It Forward
- The new Quickutz Silhouette SD. It's giving Slice and Cricut a run for their money in my opinion! I cannot wait to get my hands on one. I'm still waiting to hear back on the "Deck the Halls' Contest. Hopefully today!
Sunday, February 1, 2009
So in honor of the first "Something on Sat/Sun" post here is a mini album I did for the Bind-It-All DT this month:
I love those cute little notebooks filled with journaling spots available from several companies nowadays like Fancy Pants and Making Memories. Most of them are spiral or wire bound so I got to thinking … “I could make my own”!
I cut some scrap cardstock in white, cream, and kraft colors to 3.5” x 3”. Then I stamped journaling stamps on them, some going off the pages, some in the middle so I could cut the whole image out if I wanted to, and other covering the entire page so I could tear the page out to get the “notebook paper” look. I bound all of the pages together to make my own mini journaling spot notebook. I then added a perfect closure, colored with Jet Black Staz-On, to keep the book from flopping open while in my crop bag.
Now I can throw my custom journaling notebook in my tool bag when I go to crops, saving space I would have used to carry stamps or multiple purchased journaling spots. Since the spots I made are all neutral colors, I can just dab a little ink on the edges to color the journal spot to match any project. When I run out of journaling spots, I’ll remove the O-wires, add new spots, and then reattach the covers.
¾” Brown O-Wires, Pound It All, Perfect Closures – Zutter
Ink – Staz-On, Colorbox, Close to My Heart
Patterned Paper – October Afternoon,
Stamps – Close to My Heart, Pink Paislee, October Afternoon, Creative Imaginations, Stampin’ Up!, Autumn Leaves
Stickers – Creative Imaginations, EK Success
Chipboard – Kelly Paper
Ribbon – May Arts, Stampin’ Up!, Darice, Offray, Making Memories, Polka Dot Whimsy
While X is away getting in some guy time at a SuperBowl party I will be here tidying up my scrap room and getting my scrap on! I did three layouts over the weekend so that is pretty good. Hopefully I'll get some pics and post them soon. ciao!