November 2010

9 posts.

Calling All Crafters!

Have you seen Leah Fung’s latest On Assignment challenge? The challenge for our August issue is to use another craft on your scrapbook pages! Read all about it on our Challenge Blog, then head on over to the gallery and share your pages! The challenge is open until December 7th, so there’s just one week left to submit your page. We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Happy scrappin’!

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Guest Post: Thanksgiving Place Cards

Please welcome avid scrapbooker Kelly Goree as our guest blogger today!

Hello, everyone, and thank you so much for having me here today as a guest blogger.

Before I get started, I want to first take a minute to wish each of you a very safe, blessed and Happy Thanksgiving. I know personally that I have so much to be thankful for this holiday season, most especially for my wonderful family and friends. I’m so grateful that I’ll get to spend Thanksgiving surrounded by those I love most. And can I tell you? My family really knows how to “do up” Thanksgiving as my grandmother would say.

I come from a tradition of wonderful southern cooks and any family event is cause for a feast that could feed the entire town. Unfortunately, the cooking gene has passed my generation (or at least that’s the excuse I offer!) and I prefer to give my contribution in the form of holiday decor! And one of my favorite things to do is to set our holiday table.

Today I want to share with you these beautiful favor boxes/place cards that are super-easy to create and be sure to add a bit of extra pizazz (and sweets) to your Thanksgiving table.




The boxes start out as 6×6″ squares of double sided cardstock that are scored 2″ in from all the edges.


Fold along all the score lines.


Then score on the diagonal in the four corner squares.


Fold the corners in on themselves to form the box.


Open the box back up and add adhesive in the corners. Fold box back up and press the folds to secure.

Create the box top in the same manner as the box bottom starting with a 4″ square of double sided cardstock. Score in just under an 1″ all the way around and then again on the diagonals. Fold in the same manner as the box bottom until the top is formed.

Trim a 12x 1/2″ strip of scalloped paper and add it as embellishment around the bottom of the box top. Trim off any excess.


Punch four large butterflies.


Layer the first butterfly on the box top. Then with adhesive just applied at the body (center) of the butterfly, layer the remaining three directly on top of the first.


Once dried, fluff up the butterflies so it resembles a flower.


I hope you’ve enjoyed this little tutorial and again, please accept my wishes for a wonderful Thanksgiving!


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Sneak Peek: February Issue

We’re getting ready to send the February 2011 issue to the printer, so I thought I’d stop by the blog this week to give you a few sneak peeks of some of my favorite projects in the issue. The magazine hits newsstands December 28, so you’ll get it just in time to provide post-holiday inspiration. Until then, here’s a quick preview of what we’ve been working on.SBEQuickCollage217

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Guest Post: Using Sketches

Welcome to our weekly guest blog post! This week, former Creative Team member and frequent contributor Valerie Salmon will share a sketch and different ways to use it. Check back next month for another sketch from Valerie, or visit her site for more inspiration.

Who doesn’t fancy a good scrapbook sketch?

I love them.  They make a scrapbooker’s life so much easier, don’t they?  I know many of you will agree.  These little blueprints take the guesswork out of creating sharp-looking layouts.  Gone are the hours spent shuffling photos and embellishments, trying to figure out the best placement for everything!   The bottom line is:  Sketches save time.

One sketch = multiple uses.  There are countless ways to alter it to fit your photo needs.  With each simple rotation or a flip, you can easily turn it into a different sketch to interpret.  This comes in handy when you want to accommodate horizontal photos instead of vertical pics on the sketch.

Whether you already have a collection of sketch printouts or just starting out, they are ready when you have some time to create.  There’s no easier way to get a jump start on your layout!

Each month, I will introduce a brand new sketch on the Scrapbooks etc. blog to help spark some inspiration and get your creative wheels spinning.  Some of my fellow Scrapbooks etc. designers and I will share our layouts and show you a few ways to interpret the same sketch.

Original Sketch

Generally, sketches work as a starting point.  You may find that while working on your layout you have to make some slight changes to make the design work with your photos and page elements.  My sketch motto:  Make the sketch work for you—not the other way around.

In my example below, although I followed the photo sizes on the sketch, I chose a bolder alphabet for my title which left me little room for journaling strips.  I adapted by opting for block journaling which takes up less space.  I also resized my accents to work with the available areas on the layout.  The beauty of a sketch is that it allows you the flexibility to move and change things around to get the look you want.  Feel free to tweak to your heart’s content and make it your own.

Layout by Valerie Salmon | Got Sketch? blog

SOURCES  Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper.  Patterned paper:  Scenic Route Paper Co. Chipboard letters: Heidi Swapp. Punches:  EK Success (border, circle), Fiskars (scallop circle).  Dies:  Cuttlebug by Provo Craft.


Rotated Sketch

{Rotated once, clockwise}

I like the way Lisa Storms used strips of patterned paper in her layout below, instead of the solid block of paper in the sketch.  She has made it her own by framing the whole layout with floral patterned paper and using a delicate frilly trim (in place of a scalloped border) to mimic her daughter’s soft tutu skirt.

Layout by Lisa Storms

SOURCES  Cardstock: Worldwin Papers. Patterned paper: Chatterbox (orange), Heidi Grace Designs (pink floral), KI Memories (teal), My Mind’s Eye (cream floral, green, yellow). Font: Traveling Typewriter off the Internet. Stickers, ribbon: American Crafts. Flowers: Prima Marketing, Inc.


Flipped Sketch

{Flipped horizontally}

The touches of stitching and the felt swirly trim give Mellette Berezoski’s layout a cozy feel.  The machine-stitching frames the photos, keeping the focus on them.  She also arranged the accents to suit her layout, making this an eye-catching page.

Layout by Mellette Berezoski

SOURCES  Cardstock: BoBunny Press (brown dot, blue solid), Sassafras (blue with white filigree). Font: Bookman Old Style. Rub-ons: Anna Griffin (“style,” flower), Fancy Pants Designs (title letters). Felt border: Queen & Co.  Flower: Die Cuts With A View. Photo turns: 7Gypsies. Brads: Making Memories.


So, gather your photos, supplies, and try this sketch out!  You’ll be amazed at how quickly everything will come together.

We’ll see you next month with a new sketch to inspire you.

Happy scrapping!

Visit Valerie’s sketch blog, Got Sketch?, for 100+ sketches ideas and classes!

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From the Gallery

We at SBE HQ love looking through the gallery to see your inspirational projects! Here are a few that recently caught our eyes!

design by jentsuru

design by sgray1101

design by zakirahzakaria

design by rogerskk

design by vblythe

design by ciaoitalia2007

Have you uploaded any projects to the gallery recently? If not, what are you waiting for? If you need a little incentive, be sure to check out Sarah’s post from yesterday about Photo Faves!

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Introducing Scrapbooks etc. Photo Faves + CONTEST

We’re adding a new photo and idea sharing tool to! Here’s the scoop:

The tool is called “Photo Faves.” To get started, you can submit photos to specified categories in our gallery. We’re launching with the three categories shown above — Holiday Scrapbook Pages, Storage & Organization, and Holiday Cards.

Every Saturday, the tool pulls all entries from the past seven days and puts them into a slideshow. You’ll be notified that your project photo has been entered and given a link to your photo in the slideshow (example below).

THEN, the voting starts! For one week, you’ll be able to send the link to your submission to friends and family or share the link on Facebook, Twitter, etc. Any way to get your project votes! The idea with the most votes by the end of the week will be sent a signed certificate from SBE editors!


Ok, here’s the best part. Starting NOW: We’re giving you the opportunity to win $100 for being among the first to use the tool! Here’s what you need to do:

• Submit photos of your holiday pages, storage solutions, or holiday cards to our gallery by 10:59 p.m. (CT) Saturday, Nov. 13.
• When you receive an email alert about your photo being entered, start voting and promoting your photo! (You should receive an email by Nov. 15.)

The page, card, and storage solution with the most votes by 11:59 p.m. (CT) Sunday, Nov. 21 will win $100! It’s that easy!

Official Contest Rules
Scrapbook the Holidays
Storage & Organization
Handmade Holiday Cards

HEADS UP: Here are a couple troubleshooting points.
• If you submit photos to more than one category, you will only receive ONE notification email. You will be able to visit our Photo Faves page to find links to all photos you submitted. We’ll be back with more on that when the tool launches.
• If you want to submit more than one photo to the same category, upload and submit each photo individually. Do not put them in the same album.

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Elizabeth’s Interactive December Daily Album

One of the “rules” that I grew up with and have adopted in my own household is that all Christmas decorations are banned until after Thanksgiving. This was a particularly important rule to have growing up with a mother whose love of holiday decorations and collectibles probably rivals that of Mrs. Claus. So when I first heard my coworkers from Scrapbooks Etc. discussing their December Daily projects, I was both intrigued and apprehensive to start my own book. The last thing I wanted was to burn my hypothetical Yule log too early and be low on Christmas spirit come December. However, once they explained the concept behind December Daily albums and I checked out some of scrapbooker Ali Edwards’ postings about her December Daily processes, I couldn’t wait to get started. Down with rules! If department stores can start piping “Jingle Bells” and “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas” over their speakers in late October, then by gosh, by golly I can start scrapbooking early, too!

All my scrapbooking in the past has involved documenting life events and creating large albums that span multiple years. This has seemed very daunting lately, so I absolutely fell in love with the concept of concentrating on one theme or month and breaking it down into individual days. For my December Daily project, I began with a three-ring album with an acrylic cover and chipboard pages by Little Yellow Bicycle. I started by creating a four-page design that when stacked together the layers spell “NOEL.” I liked the results so much that I decided to use this as my “cover” instead of creating a separate piece. I love that the acrylic cover helps protect the pages and glitter chipboard letters.

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I love mixing vintage elements with more modern style and design. I think that is why I was drawn to the Noel holiday collection by Making Memories and the Cottage Christmas line by Imaginisce. I also incorporated a lot of embellishments from Little Yellow Bicycle’s Christmas Delight collection and also some rub ons and glitter cuts from Fancy Pants’ Traditions collection. I used a simple color palette of green, red, brown and turquoise throughout the pages for consistency. Here are some of my favorite details…


1. Using an inkpad, I added some shading to chipboard letters to help them pop from the page. 2. I created a simple banner that spells “BELIEVE” out of small paper scraps, a ¾” circle punch, foam letters and a bit of ribbon. 3. Simple rhinestones add sparkle to the tips of elf shoes. 4. A fun way to add journaling using pocket and little tabs from Little Yellow Bicycle. 5. A simple paper pocket stitched in place holds a list ready to be filled in with Christmas wishes.

One of the things I struggle with the most when scrapbooking is adding journaling. I tend to leave journaling for the end and by that time I realize that I have already forgotten important details. To help with this, I added specific places for journaling and tried to create a theme for each page. I hope this will help inspire me when it comes to adding content. Here are a few of my favorite layouts…

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I love surprises, so I got a little creative with mini magnets and added a few interactive elements on a couple of pages. I’m really happy with the way these pages turned out…it’s almost like opening a small present on each page! Plus, the multiple layers give me extra room for journaling or adding photos.

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I also used some simple found materials like envelopes and business card pockets for three-ring binders to create pockets for various pull tags and hidden notes. For many of the pull tags, I stitched small scraps of colorful ribbon to the paper to make pulling them out of their pockets easier.

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The more I worked on my December Daily, the more I realized that (at least for me) it was all about breaking the rules. I realized that it’s okay to get a jump-start on your holiday planning and decorating–even if it is (gasp) before Thanksgiving! It’s okay to design layouts with varying page sizes and even have elements expand beyond the page. It’s okay to mix different paper collections and even found objects together. And it’s definitely okay to scrapbook before I have the perfect images printed. I can’t wait for Christmas to arrive, so I can sit back and enjoy my Starbucks’ Gingerbread Latte (yum!) while flipping through my month of memories.

{Elizabeth Stumbo is the Assistant Art Director for Quilts & More.}

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Guest Post: Fall Photo Tips

Welcome to the first weekly guest blog post on the I Scrap, U Scrap blog! Our first guest blogger is contributing editor and avid photographer Erin Clarkson.

Fall Photo Tips

Tip 1: Make the most of fall colors as a backdrop when photographing people. This may mean doing a bit of work as the photographer! Perhaps a straight-on shot of your child shows a road and power lines in the background. However, if you crouch down and shoot from a lower angle, you may be able to have a canopy of colorful leaves as your backdrop. You can also take a shot from above, looking down at your subject surrounded by fallen leaves, pumpkins, straw, or some other type of colorful fall ground cover. One of my favorite fall shots I’ve ever taken is of a friend’s daughter and was shot from above in the pumpkin patch.

Tip 2: Wait for the best lighting. Early morning and the evening hours just before sunset are the best times to get a good shot. A photography instructor once told me, “Wait until your shadow is longer than you are.”  When the sun is lower in the sky (therefore casting longer shadows), it is diffused by particles in the atmosphere and casts a softer glow. Overcast days are also an opportune time to take photos, because you can avoid harsh shadows and squinting (see the first photo below) caused by too much sun. The clouds act as a giant filter for the sun’s rays and evenly diffuse light across the surface being photographed

For advanced photographers, you may want to consider utilizing light bounced from another source. When light is reflected off something, that light then takes on a color cast from the first object. In the 2nd photo below, the leaves are yellow and the light reflected from them has a yellow cast, resulting in a warm glow on the little girl’s skin.

Avoid harsh sunlight.

Tip 3: Utilize reflections whenever possible when capturing scenic fall photos. Search for areas where trees border a lake or pond and you’ll get double the color from the beautiful reflection. Windows, water fountains and puddles also work well as reflective surfaces.

Tip 4: Be prepared for fall photo opportunities. Always have your camera with you because this is a season where the scenery is constantly changing. Just because you see a beautiful tree full of colorful leaves today doesn’t mean it will still be there tomorrow. A heavy rain or strong gusts of wind can transform a fall landscape in an instant, so when you see a great shot—take it!

A few of the most popular fall scenes to capture on film are:

  • kids (or grown ups!) playing in piles of fallen leaves
  • families picking apples at an orchard
  • visits to the pumpkin patch
  • seemingly endless golden fields of wheat (this background makes for a classic portrait shot)

One final tip for fall shots is to try to tell a story with your photos (a good tip to remember in any type of photographic situation). In a fall setting, that may mean capturing small details—such as close up shots of leaves—in addition to sweeping landscape shots.

Advanced Tip: For those of you with SLR cameras, try using polarizing filters to make colors pop. A polarizing filter darkens blue skies and whitens clouds—adding contrast and reducing atmospheric haze. It also intensifies color saturation, reduces glare (particularly useful when photographing reflections in water) and tends to make shadows deeper and darker.

Erin began scrapbooking in 1997 as a creative way to share photos with long-distance friends and family members. She has contributed to numerous idea books with Making Memories, Provo Craft,  and Scrapbooks etc. magazine. Since 2002, Erin has been a frequent contributor to Scrapbooks etc. and currently works as one of their contributing editors. To see more of Erin’s work or to contact her, you can visit her blog at

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Easy Travel Mini Album

Making mini albums can be a small-scale way to scrap events, trips, or memories that deserve a little extra attention. I recently completed a mini album about a trip I took to England last spring, and while working on it discovered five tips that I wanted to share today.

1. Keep it simple. I wanted a pretty album, but one that I could make quickly. So I covered a Maya Road 6×6″ Binder Book and with Studio Calico paper and Fab Rips.

2. Keep the cover flat. I wanted to add a title to my cover, but was worried that over time any dimensional elements I added would fall off or become damaged. The London circle trimmed from a sheet of patterned paper was the perfect solution.

3. Think beyond paper. To give the binding a finished looked, I covered it with several strips of adhesive-backed fabric. Since they have a little more give to them than paper, I didn’t have to worry about tearing. You can get a similar look by covering fabric with iron-on adhesive and adding it to the cover (as Maria did on her December Daily album).

4. Create a template for each page. The same basic design is used on all of the inside pages of the album. Cover the chipboard with a piece of patterned paper, then add a 1″ strip of another pattern along the side.

5. Hide the journaling. Since the design didn’t leave much room for journaling, I hid my journaling underneath the photos. This was easy to do—just score a line 1/2″ from the top of a piece of cardstock that is approximately the same size as your photo, fold, and adhere the photo to the 1/2″ fold. Adhere the cardstock piece to the album page, then write your journaling.

Here are the rest of the spreads in my album. As you can see, the overall design is the same from page to page.

What are your best tips for making mini albums?

SOURCES Album: Maya Road. Patterned paper: October Afternoon (brown, yellow), Studio Calico (green, words, airplanes, travel). Fabric stickers: Studio Calico. Punch: Crop-a-Dile by We R Memory Keepers. Pen: Faber-Castell. Design: Brittany Hopkins.

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