March 2011

9 posts.

Guest Post: Translating Cards into Layouts

Please welcome frequent SBE contributor Sheri Reguly as our guest blogger this week!

SOURCES Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Crate Paper. Brad, ribbon: KI Memories. Doily: Cosmo Cricket. Stamp, ink, pears: Hero Arts. Thread: Southmaid Crochet Thread. Die: Papertrey Ink. Punches: EK Success (corner rounder), Martha Stewart Crafts (border), Marvy Uchida (flower).

Have you ever created a card for a friend or family member that you loved so much you almost didn’t want to part with it? This has happened to me on more than one occasion. There have been times where I’ve considered recreating the card for myself, but have never done so until just recently. The idea came to me, that rather then leaving it simply as a card, I’d take it one step further and incorporate the design into a scrapbook layout. The example that I’m sharing with you today, shows the card that I originally created for my daughter to share with one of her very best friends from school. The happy colors and playful patterns that I used in my design, worked perfectly with the fun loving photos of my children playing together at our local park.

SOURCES Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Crate Paper. Font: Cursive Standard (title), Baskerville Old Face (journaling). Sticker: October Afternoon. Rub-ons: Die Cuts With A View (stitches), American Crafts (all other). Brad, ribbon: KI Memories. Doily: Cosmo Cricket. Photo slide: Heidi Swapp. Flower accent: Prima Marketing, Inc. Stamp, ink, pears: Hero Arts. Thread: Southmaid Crochet Thread. Die: Papertrey Ink. Die-cutting tool: Silhouette. Punches: EK Success (corner rounder), Martha Stewart Crafts (border, smalll flower), Marvy Uchida (large flower), Stampin’ Up! (notebook edge). Digital element: Paper Cuts No. 1 by Katie Pertiet.

With the main design element of my scrapbook page already created,  the remainder of my layout came together relatively quick and easy. I simply printed a digital paper doll element onto white cardstock, trimmed the sheet to 11×11″ and adhered it to my 12×12″ background. Next I adhered a subtle patterned paper across the center of the page, and adhered my photos to the left-hand side. My card was then adhered directly to the right of my photos. A die-cut title and few simple embellishments complete my design and add the perfect finishing touch. When recreating a card to implement into a scrapbook layout, you have two wonderful options. You can save time by simply recreating the front design,
or take it one step further and create a traditional card that opens up. The inside of the card would be the perfect place to hide any additional photos, memorabilia, or perhaps even your journaling.

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Photo books are an easy way to create albums displaying favorite photos that can be quickly replicated—you just need to order more! Many online retailers offer photo book services, but today we thought we would highlight one of them: Mixbook.

Mixbook is an online photo book, card, and calendar maker that allows you to load photos into premade templates from Flickr, Facebook, Picasa, and other services. (You can also start with a blank canvas and create your own designs.) Prices start at $6.99 for a 6×4″ softcover book and $39.99 for a 12×12″ hardcover book. Similar to other photo book sites, you create your book online, with no need to download software. And Mixbook has a 100% satisfaction guarantee. If you’re unhappy with your book in any way, they will make it right and replace it for free.

As a special offer for readers of Scrapbooks etc., Mixbook is offering a 20% discount.  To redeem the code, enter SCRAPMIX20 when you check out. The code expires on 12/31/11 and can be used once per customer.

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Free Clocks!

OK, we’re not offering actual clocks for free, but instead these fun clocks you can use on your scrapbook pages. You can download them here.

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You can see them in action in this layout by Jen Lessinger from our April issue:

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Just print them out and hand cut them, or use them in your digital or hybrid layouts. Enjoy!

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Guest Post: Military Scrapbook Pages

Please welcome Stephanie Howell as our guest blogger today!

What my husband does is more than just a job. It is our life. It is who he is, and I could not possibly be prouder of him. I am dedicated to scrapbooking and documenting his army career. You don’t have to use “traditional” military themes such as camo, military colors, etc. You can “nod” to tradition by using hints of red, white, and blue; yellow ribbons; and stars. It is possible to use decidedly “feminine accents” on military pages. It really is! i’ve been known to use ribbon, scalloped edges, rhinestones, pins, pearls, and flowers on my military pages. I’ve even used tulle!

The important thing is getting down on paper how proud you are. How life-changing and crucial this job is.

I used symbolism here, even the page doesn’t look army-ish at first glance. The yellow ribbon symbolizes our reunion, and the 4 represents the fact that the four of us were together again…complete again. I used pearl flowers here, and that’s okay! This page conveys so much emotion. This moment was such a defining moment for our family.

The color scheme here is classic and patriotic—red, white, and blue, with that yellow ribbon again. Even though the colors are traditional, the patterns (scallops, flowers, damask) are not. I like that.  The star rhinestone and pin adds another classic touch in a whimsical way.  I just love that yellow ribbon and what it means to me. Writing about the moment our family was reunited was very special to me. I love that i have these emotions down on paper.

This was the very first army page I made. It’s actually one of the very first pages I made, period. As you can see here, the focus is on the words and the emotions. It’s all about what my husband does, who he is, and how his calling makes me feel and what it means to me. Here I explored my thoughts on the military. This page is old, but feels very timeless to me.

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Here again are the traditional accents of stars and red, white, and blue.  I want my girls to know WHY their daddy is a soldier, what he believes. It’s important to pass that on and that’s what I did here.

Stephanie lives in Savannah, Georgia, where she is a proud army wife to Jimmy, who is a major and army ranger. She is also a stay-at-home mom to Harper (4), Sadie (3), and Cate and Lucy (3 months). She designs for Studio Calico, Jenni Bowlin Studio, and Sassafras. Scrapbooking is her sanity and her saving grace.
You can visit Stephanie’s blog (just me, my soldier, and our 4 little chicks) at :

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Brand New Quick Collages!

We have a very special announcement today—20 new Quick Collages!

Our free Quick Collage templates take the guesswork out of photo placement, and make it easy to quickly create photo collages for your scrapbook pages. We love the original square and rectangle templates, but thought it would be fun to offer new designs.

Without further ado, here they are!

Rectangle Photo Collage Templates

Square Photo Collage Templates

We hope you like them!

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Guest Post: Single-Photo Sketch

Please welcome back guest blogger Valerie Salmon with another inspiring page sketch!

There are times when you have one brilliant photo that says it all.  Or perhaps, one photo is all you have of an event.  This latest sketch is a quick formula to highlight that favorite photo.

With the layout examples provided below, each contributor varied the use of the sketch to fit their scrapbooking style.  Let the sketch be the springboard to begin your creative process, then allow your photos and journaling dictate the rest.  Use two photos or more, if you wish!

“Life is Good”

Designed by Valerie Salmon

SOURCES  Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper.  Patterned paper:  My Mind’s Eye (green/red), Pink Paislee (red/ivory).  Title die cut, journaling strip:  My Mind’s Eye.  Flowers:  Prima Marketing, Inc. (satin); American Crafts (chipboard & rosette); Creative Imaginations (jeweled stickers); Sassafras (orange canvas).  Corner rounder: Fiskars.

Designer’s Notes:

I followed the elements of the sketch almost exactly and used a 5×7″ photo.  I allowed a gap in between the patterned paper strips just to break them up slightly.  Adding a variety of flower textures really adds some “oomph” to the page and helps bring all the elements together.


“Sweet Cheeks”

Designed by Kimberly Neddo

SOURCES  Cardstock: Bazill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, stickers, die cuts: Sassafras. Font: My Type of Font off the Internet. Adhesive: SEI.

Designer’s Notes:

To keep a layout simple, yet pop, I like to add dimension to my pages with pop dots and inking around the edges of the paper, as well as the photograph. The foldies from Sassafras are my new favorite item, because they add dimension with a quick fold.


“Her Smile”

Designed by AnnaMarie Mondro

SOURCES  Patterned paper: My Mind’s Eye, Jillibean Soup. Alphas: American Crafts, Doodlebug Design. Flowers, page pebbles: Prima Marketing, Inc. Buttons, fabric brad: Basic Grey. Stickers, tickets: My Mind’s Eye. Punches: Fiskars. Marker: Bic Mark-it.

Designer’s Notes:

One of the things I love most about Valerie’s sketches is how easily I can adapt them to my scrappy style while still remaining pretty true to the original design!  Here, I substituted two 4×6″ vertical photos in place of the larger 6×8″ photo displayed in the original sketch. Because of the scalloped paper background and the bright happy colors of my photos, I went for a more playful feel and strayed from the linear lines of the sketch by tilting and adding space between the photos, title, and strips of patterned paper, as well as using corner rounder, scallop and lace punches randomly throughout the page.


You Glow”

Designed by Virginia Wong

SOURCES  Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper, Papertrey Ink.  Patterned paper: October Afternoon. Font: Breathe off the Internet. Die, stamps: Papertrey Ink. Ink: Papertrey Ink (chamomile), Stampin’ Up! (celery).  Ribbon: Vandoros.  Punch: Marvy Uchida . Twine: Martha Stewart Crafts.

Designer’s Notes:

Wherever possible, I use simple techniques to spice up elements of my layout.  To create the striped “block” of pattern paper, I included the pattern paper borders.  The decorative edges of the borders add texture to my layout. As well, I love mixing and matching the various cardstock stickers—the flower head and insect stickers creates an adorable vignette with the vine.  Even the various-sized printed circles can be re-tooled as flower centers. With the odd sized scraps of paper, create whimsical accents such as clouds or die cut a pattern paper flower. Use a pen to outline the clouds or wrap the flower petals around the pen to create added dimension.

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

Speaking of Got Sketch?, Valerie is starting a new workshop on March 21! Since there are so many sketch-lovers who read this blog, we thought we’d include information about the class below, just in case you’re interested in taking part! Here’s the info from Valerie:

A new workshop begins on March 21. If you love Got Sketch sketches, want consistent inspiration, join this 8-week workshop session and get your creativity kick-started one sketch at a time.  Unlike the fast-paced Got Sketch workshops in the past, this one will run and remain active for 8 straight weeks.
Enjoy it all in a private classroom forum, complete with a gallery for project sharing and exchanging feedback with your classmates.  Based on the popular Got Sketch blog, this workshop is just what you need to get your crafty groove on!
The program starts on Monday, March 21.
Read all the details on the Club Got Sketch Information Page.

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I got a new toy

I can’t deny it, because many of you have seen for yourselves, I have an awesome scrapbook space. With drawers, shelves, and cubbies for every last product, I’ve got a spot for everything. There’s just one glitch, though, in the original plan for organization that doesn’t always work for me. I’m very much a visual person, and out of sight is often out of mind. When my space was first renovated, I divided one of the pull-out drawers with wire mesh c.d. storage bins. They stored my packaged embellishments neatly, but over time the bins got a little too full, and just weren’t functional for me.

I’ve been considering a solution for a while now that many of you wise scrappers were already onto. I thought a Clip it Up by Simply Renee was the answer to my problem. I’ve known about the Clip it Up system for a quite a while, and have always been impressed by the variety of options they have to help a scrapbooker get organized. Well, yesterday, my new toy arrived.

Putting it together couldn’t have been simpler. In less than five minutes, I was done. I decided to take baby steps and just start with the main base unit. I wanted to see how much would fit on this before I bought the upper tier add-on. Oh man, do I love my new toy. I feel like its Christmas morning!

I went through the whole drawer and had a blast saving this, and purging that. It’s so exciting to find really cool stuff you’d forgotten you even had. I could hang any size packaging on it, but when I hit the end of my clips, and still had more sheets of letter stickers to hang, I figured I had my answer to the question of whether or not I needed the upper tier. Yep, I do. My family’s home on spring break this week so they all got to see my excitement over it. Did they get it? Well, their enthusiasm was sweet, but maybe you have to be a scrapbooker to understand the thrill.

As a newbie to the Clip it Up system, I’m just blown away by how far its been upgraded since it first came on the market. They now have a Clip it Up mini, a Jumbo version for 12×12 papers and kits, wall-mounted solutions, an under-the-shelf rod, and ribbon trays.  Here’s what my Clip it Up will look like with the upper tier added:

But wait….its about to get even better….

They’re introducing an enormous system for storing  just about every product you own. It starts with the All-In-One frame to which you can add trays and rings to fit your product stash. The beauty of it is when your space is cramped, and you don’t have room to spread out, you can spread….up! Its got ample room for paper, paints, ribbons, you name it, and its all in sight, in mind, and at your fingertips. This new system’s not available just yet, but you’ll be able to get your hands on it this summer.

All this organization has really inspired me. I feel a page coming on! Polly

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What Are You Doing Monday?


Monday is Craft Night at Etsy Labs, and on March 7 we’ll be there making a birthday card out of this month’s Craft It Forward project. If you’re in New York, please come join us, and if you’re not, you can see the action here at 3:30 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday. You can also download the project handout and join in the fun. Want to host your own Craft Night? Etsy has some great tips here.

We’ll be encouraging participants to give their cards to friends and loved ones with cancer or donate the cards to one of the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodges in support of the More Birthdays campaign.

But make sure that whatever you do with your project, you upload it to our gallery for a chance to win $500 for you and a charity of your choice.

For more details on Etsy’s Craft Night, go here.

I’ll be back next week to share some behind-the-scenes tidbits from our Etsy adventure. Happy crafting!

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A ride on the ferris wheel

Usually before CHA we get a taste of the products that’ll be introduced at the show and trends start to emerge. Then when we get to the show it all comes to life, and the trends feel even stronger. Sometimes it’s a cool color scheme, sometimes a medium (like felt or acrylic), and other times it’s an icon or image (like birdcages or butterflies), or even a theme. What’s interesting is that manufacturers don’t just get together and declare, “This year we shall all make stuff with owls on it.” Inspiration comes from so many places, like past trends, home décor, or fashion. Creative minds do tend to think alike, though, and find inspiration from similar places.

The scrapbooking  industry’s been in a vintage-loving mode for quite some time, and I’ve particularly enjoyed seeing a trend emerge out of that I’d call a fair/circus theme. Some products have sort of a hometown fair feel, while others remind me of a turn-of-the-century World’s Fair. I thought you might enjoy seeing a few of the products we came across. Be on the lookout for more!

The GCD Studios Funhouse collectiondefinitely feels like an old-fashioned circus. They’ve even got the cutest mustache rub-ons.

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 Glitz Designs has a charming early 20th Century line called Afternoon Muse.

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If you’re looking for something with a more updated feel, check out Studio Calico’s new State Fair line.

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Jenni Bowlin came out with these adorable prize ribbons (they’re about 2″ tall), and stamps that feel right at home with the theme.

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Graphic 45 has a visually stunning line called Le Cirque.

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And, just because I was already taking a virtual walk down the midway, I thought I’d share this awesome piece of home decor I found at Pottery Barn….

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Have a great day! Polly

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