February 2010

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Formatting Journaling into a Circle

In our April 2010 issue, on page 101, we show a layout by Polly Maly that includes journaling that fits perfectly in a circle. There are a couple different ways to get that look, depending on what software you have.

Adobe Photoshop:

webphotoshopstep11. Use your Ellipse tool to draw a circle the size you would like your text box to be.

webphotoshopstep22. Select your Text tool, click in the circle, and start typing.

(The beauty of Adobe Photoshop is that there is usually more than one way to do something. Do you know of another way to format journaling into a circle in Photoshop? Leave a comment and let us know!)

Microsoft Word:

webwordssGo into the Draw menu and select the Oval shape. Draw a shape the size of your journaling block. Depending on what your default settings are, you may need to double click on the circle and change the fill to transparent. Once you’ve formatted the circle, click on the Word document, and tab your cursor over until it is in the circle. Start typing. Press return and tab over to the circle when you need to move down to another line. Continue until you’ve filled the circle with text.

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From the Gallery

One of my favorite things about working at Scrapbooks etc. is being able to see so many amazing scrapbook pages, not only in our magazine and submissions, but on our gallery as well. Here are a few of the pages that have caught my eye recently.

by jana.eubank

by jenifa2471

by ChristoherMom

Thanks to everyone who shares their pages! We really love seeing your work.

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Easy Valentine’s Day Card

With February 14 only a few days away, it’s time to start crafting if you plan on making valentines. I had a few minutes last night to play with my scrap supplies and whipped up this valentine.


SOURCES Cardstock: Core’dinations. Patterned paper: BasicGrey. Stickers: Anna Griffin. Die cut: Jenni Bowlin.

This card simply combines some of my favorite things: pretty patterned paper, butterflies, and glittery letters. The best part is that it’s easy to duplicate, so I can quickly make multiples to send to family and friends.

Are you making valentines this year?

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Sneak Peek: April Issue

The first copies of the April issue arrived at SBE headquarters yesterday, and we’re so excited for it to hit newsstands on February 23! Since we’re in the middle of a snowstorm right now, I thought I’d share a few sneak peeks of the issue to help get us all in the mood for spring.





We can’t wait for you to see the issue!

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Valentine Time

It’s that time of year again, where the kids and I make a little Valentine assembly line and get their Valentine’s addressed and filled. Last year, we put the kids pictures on Sweetheart candy boxes, but this year we opted for something different.

We decided to keep with the photo of them holding the heart, and attach it to a bag of treats. I wanted to do Hugs and Kisses but my son wanted to also add Laffy Taffy. So we came up with “Hugs and Kisses to someone that makes me Laugh” as the message for the photo card. Then we stuffed mini Lollipop bags (by Wilton) with a punched heart (that we punched out of various scraps of double sided pattered paper), the Hershey’s Hugs and Kisses, and the Laffy Taffy. We tied it off with string, added a ribbon (a girly one for my daughter, and a tattoo-like ribbon for my son), added the wallet sized photo and strung a heart button through it. They were easy to make and the kids enjoyed helping stuff the bags and cutting the string and ribbon.


If you missed the tutorial I did last year on how to add the text to the heart, my instructions are here:

Now that the Valentine’s are done…it’s time to start the Valentine boxes. I’ll update you on those when I finish!


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We love our readers!

Will you be an SBE valentine?

We’re giving away a scrapbooking goodie bag each day for the next 14 days to celebrate how much we love our readers. To enter, leave a comment on this post letting us know how long you’ve been reading SBE. (Make sure to use your true email address when submitting a comment. That’s how we’ll let you know if you’re a lucky recipient!) I’ll choose one person at random every day at 5 p.m. CST until Valentine’s Day. One comment makes you eligible for all 14 days!

Goodie Bag Recipients:

Feb 1 – Lisa F., subscriber for 2.5 years!

Feb 2- Sonia, scrapping since 2009!

Feb 3- Holly, reading for 3 years!

Feb 4- Veronica, reading for 2 years!

Feb 5- Sandra, reading for 3-4 months!

Feb 6- Annuli, new magazine reader, holiday paper piecing enthusiast!

Feb 7- Helen, subscriber for 2 years!

Feb 8- Nicole, reading for a year!

Feb 9- JillT, reading for 2-3 years!

Feb 10- Tammy, with us for a really long time! : )

Feb 11- Josie, reading for a few years!

Feb 12- Tiffany, subscriber for a year!

Feb 13- Ann, bought her first issue in Feb 2007!

Feb 14- Cari, reading since her first layout was published in 2004!

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