April 2011

7 posts.

Guest Post: Valerie’s Versatile Card Sketch

We’re always happy to welcome guest blogger Valerie Salmon with another terrific sketch! 

Spring is definitely here!  The weather is warmer and the flowers are blooming.  With so many reasons to celebrate, you will surely need another versatile card sketch to jumpstart your cardmaking.

Crafters, can you already visualize all the ways this sketch can be interpreted?  It’s perfect for any occasion!

Valerie Salmon for Got Sketch?

We’ve got some examples to get your wheels spinning!   Enjoy!


“Happy Mother’s Day”

Designed by Valerie Salmon

SOURCES  Cardstock:  Prism, Bazzill.  Patterned papers:  The Paper Studio.  Stamp sentiment:  Fiskars.  Circle punch & corner rounder:  Fiskars.  Scallop circle punch:  Marvy Uchida.  Scallop border punch:  Stampin’ Up!.  Felt bird accent:  American Crafts.  Pink scallop trim:  Doodlebug Design. 

Designer’s Notes:  

Instead of cutting 4 separate patterned triangles for the background, I used one pattern to cover the entire front of the card.  Then, I added the triangles on the top and bottom.  I also adhered the circular element using a foam adhesive to show dimension.  The addition of the felt accent also brings texture to the card.



“Happy Birthday”

Designed by Lisette Gibbons

SOURCES  Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper | Patterned Paper: Basics Grey (Hello Lucious collection) | Dies: Papertrey Ink  (Mat Stack 1 + Limitless Layers + Scalloped Border) | Ink: Stampin’Up (Cherry Cobbler) | Rhinestones: KaiserCraft | Clear Stamps: Papertrey Ink (Take Note + Fillable Frames Additions 1 + Mat Stack 1 Collection) | Punch: Martha Stewart (Monarch Butterfly)

Designer’s Notes:  

To create the triangles, I first cut a rectangle and then cut the paper diagonally. That way they are symmetrical.



“Birthday wishes”

Designed by Ingrid Danvers

SOURCES  Cardstock: Papertrey Ink (Vintage Cream).  Patterned paper: October Afternoon (The Thrift Shop, Modern Homemaker)..  Flourish, pearls, adhesive dots: Zva Creative (PEW02CB105, PE02CB101, AD01CB101).  Clear stamps: Papertrey Ink (2009 Anniversary Set Round & Round).  Ink: Versafine (Vintage Sepia), Papertrey Ink (Vintage Touch Tea Dye Duo).  Dies: Papertrey Ink (Butterfly, Mat Stack 1, Limitless Layers: 1 3/4″ Circle Collection, Large Scalloped Border).  Tools: We R Memory Keeper (Corner Chomper), sewing machine.

Designer’s Notes:  

I just love Valerie’s sketches. They are so easy and fun to work with. I followed the sketch closely. I used adhesive dots to adhere the different die-cut shapes to create more depth. Sewing is one of my favorite techniques as stitching adds more texture to a project. The small flourish is perfect for the butterfly’s trail.



“God’s Blessings to You”

Designed by Rae Barthel

SOURCES  Cardstock: (kraft) Papertrey Ink.  Patterned paper: (Die cut newsprint scallop, Cabbage rose from Paper Girl collection; Travel ticking from On Holiday collection) The Girls’ Paperie.  Die cut tag: Anna Griffin.  Glitter die cut frame: Colorbok.  Accents: (rhinestone cross, rhinestones) Hobby Lobby; (yellow stick pins) Little Yellow Bicycle.  Clear stamp: (from Sent With Love set) Layers of Color Art Stamps.  Pigment Ink: (onyx black) Tsukineko.  Chalk ink: (Toffee, Tree frog) Clearsnap.  Fiber: (white cord).  Other: (foam tape).

Designer’s Notes:  

One of my favorite techniques is to ‘frame’ an accent on a card, as I did here with the rhinestone cross.


Any ideas yet?  Have fun getting crafty!


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

ClubGS-peek1Club Got Sketch, a new workshop is currently in session until May 15.

If you love Got Sketch sketches, want consistent inspiration, join this workshop session and get your creativity kick-started one sketch at a time.  8 sketches, 8 challenges, 8 prizes, and much more!  
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!
Get your photos ready, sketch fans!  It’s time to turn your photo stash into beautiful scrapbook pages!
Read all the details on the Club Got Sketch Information Page.


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Behind-the-Scenes of Our June Issue

SBE June 2011 cover.indd

(Editor’s note: Yowza—I’m clearly having difficulties with my photos posting correctly. I’m trying to fix this—thanks for your patience!)

It was the dead of winter when we were working on this warm and sunny June issue! In fact, the SBE crew got stuck in the Great 2011 Chicago Blizzard on our way home from the Summer CHA show.

But thanks, fully, we made it back to finish the issue! And we got a few of our favorite picks from the show into the issue, including the SMash Book from K&Company. Contributing Editor Leah Fung and I got our photo taken in the K&Co booth:


Everyone coveted the SmashBook we featured in the Show & Tell column, but, sadly, we had to send it back!They also have fun accessories we werne’t able to show in teh magazine, including some decorative tape. this was one of my faves:


We’re also featuring the Pink Paislee Daily Junque chalkboard stickers. I loved the candy display in the booth!


In other behind-the-scenes news, our cover girl happens to be my niece, Reece. I tried one of the layouts for the cover (my first try), and though I loved the Lisa Storms design that ended up on the cover, I’m happy to have one for my scrapbook! Here is Reece a few weeks ago when she came to visit me at work.


What do you think of the issue?

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Blog Love for Craft It Forward

SBE CIF April Basket

Have you seen our April Craft It Forward project? It’s really easy, would make a great Easter project, and has even shown up on a couple of blogs. The ever-so-inspiring Ali Edwards posted a cute version she made on her blog. And one of our very own contributing editors, Erica Hernandez, is holding a giveaway in honor of Craft It Forward this month. (Thanks, ladies, for supporting Craft It Forward!)

And remember to post your project on our gallery for a chance to win $500 for both you and the charity of your choice!

Good luck!

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Ranger Perfect Pearls

If you’ve seen any of my pages, you may have figured out I’m not much a technique-y scrapper. Simple is the name of the game for me, but that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate (read: be in awe of) the techniques others use on their projects. Prior to CHA this year, Ranger Ink asked some ultra-talented designers to participate in a Designer Challenge. The designers were asked to use mostly Ranger products to create a one-of-kind design, displayed in a 12×12 frame. The one caveat was that they all had to feature one secret ingredient–Perfect Pearls.

Perfect Pearls are luminous pearlized powders and spray mists. They come in a rainbow of colors, you can use them wet or dry, and they mix well with inks or paints for endless possibilities. These coordinated sets are great, but you can buy the colors individually too.

 Perfect Pearls Metallics kit Perfect Pearls Metallics kit Perfect Pearls Pastels kit Perfect Pearls Naturals kit Perfect Pearls Jewels kit Perfect Pearls Interference kit Perfect Pearls Aged Patina kit

Perfect Pearls Mists

Anyway, I just thought you’d enjoy seeing some of the cool designs we were treated to at the show. They’ve inspired me to break out of my cardstock box. I’m posting a few of the designs, but you can follow links below that will take you to the Ranger blog posts where you’ll find all of the projects.

This clever design was by Claudine Hellmuth. 

Jenni Bowlin simply enhanced her design with Perfect Pearls.

Jennifer McGuire’s blew me away. Simple, yet so clever.

Here’s a closeup where you can see each punched heart’s been dusted with Perfect Pearls.

Head over to Linda Cain’s blog to read about how she used Perfect Pearls in this show-stopper. 

To see all of the designs, follow these links on the Ranger blog:

CHA Designers’ Spotlight: Day One

CHA Designers’ Spotlight: Day Two

CHA Designers’ Spotlight: Day Three

CHA Designers’ Spotlight: Day Four

CHA Designers’ Spotlight: Day Five

For more tips and techniques on how to use Perfect Pearls or the other creative Ranger products, go to Ranger Ink’s site and click on “Tips & Techniques”.

Enjoy! Polly

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Guest Post: Translating Inspiration to a Scrapbook Page

Please welcome scrapbooker Lisa Dickinson as our guest blogger today!

I love finding scrap inspiration in non-scrappy places, and one of my favorite sources is fashion catalogs.  From Boden to Anthropologie to Nordstrom, print catalogs often spark ideas for scrapbook pages. And when this spring J Crew catalog arrived in the mail, I knew it would be a great starting point for a page:

At first glance, it may not be obvious how you could interpret this design onto a scrapbook project.  So here are three of my favorite tips when it comes to translating inspiration to a page.

1.  Be Inspired By Layout. This catalog cover features bright, colorful elements on a white background. They are grouped together in a loose grid of shapes of varying sizes and colors. I used that arrangement as a starting point for my page elements, substituting scrap items for the clothing items:

Notice I also used a similar color arrangement as the catalog, replacing the pink shirt with a pink butterfly stamp, the yellow heels for a yellow square of patterned paper, etc.  The result is not an exact copy of the cover, but you can see how the catalog design influenced this scrapbook page.

2.  Be Inspired by Text. The crisp black J Crew logo on the catalog cover balances the colorful elements, without overpowering them. The vertical orientation allows it to blend into the design, rather than standing alone.  I thought this type of title treatment would be effective on a scrapbook page.  So using a similar font as the logo (Adobe Garamond), I cut a title from black cardstock with my Silhouette for this page:

The title on my page works similarly to the catalog logo, adding balance and stability to the page without overpowering the photos and embellishments.

3.  Be Inspired by Elements. If the design as a whole isn’t motivating you to create, try picking one element within the layout to re-create.  I was attracted to the colorful layered tee shirts on the bottom left of the cover.  The happy rainbow-hued colors layered over one another immediately grab the eye.  By using similar colors of glitter cardstock, I created my own rainbow design on this card:

The black circular call-out on the catalog cover was replaced with the card sentiment, and I added a bit of twine to pull the heart grouping together.

So the next time you’re stuck for inspiration, pull out some of those clothing catalogs! I think you’ll be surprised by how many ways they can influence a scrapbook page design.  And if you want to see more tips for using inspiration, stop my blog at http://lisadickinson.typepad.com. Happy Scrapping!

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Guest Post: Stitching on Pages

Please welcome frequent contributor Lisa Truesdell as this week’s guest blogger!

Hi everyone! I’m excited to have a chance to visit the SBE blog and talk about one of my favorite techniques—stitching on my pages. I have a hard time considering a project done until it’s been run through my sewing machine. I get a lot of comments from people saying that they love the look, but are a bit intimidated by the thought of actually TRYING it. I’m hoping I can help put some of those fears to rest.

When I bought my first sewing machine five years ago, the last time I had touched one was in seventh grade home ec class. To be honest, I had no clue what I was doing! I quickly learned that I had nothing to worry about. Here are a few tips that will have you sewing on your pages like a pro in no time:

  • Practice on scrap paper. The best way to get a feel for your machine is to use it. A LOT! Using scrap paper lets you try out different stitches and speeds without the worry of messing up a project you’ve spent time putting together.
  • Use a neutral color bobbin. I hate refilling and changing bobbins with a passion. There’s no way to avoid changing them when they’re empty, but I like to refill 3-4 bobbins at a time with white or tan thread so I have plenty on hand. I use a neutral bobbin on all my projects, no matter what color my top thread is – you can’t see it from the front, and it’s a great time saver.
  • Avoid sewing through adhesive. Sewing on paper won’t damage your machine, but sewing through a Glue Dot can really gum up the works. When you’re using adhesive, think about where you’re planning to add stitching and keep it away from that area. If you DO end up going through adhesive and get a sticky needle or presser foot, a little UnDu or Goo Gone can take care of it.
  • Check your needle. Paper will dull your needle faster than fabric. If you start having any problems, changing your needle is the best place to start troubleshooting.
  • Keep your machine out. My scraproom is tiny, but when I organized my workspace, I made sure that I had room for my sewing machine. It’s much easier to add a little stitching to your pages if you don’t have to take the time to get your machine out when you want to use it.
  • Pencil it out. Whether you’re sewing a straight line or a more complicated shape, having a light pencil line to follow will help keep you on track. Just erase once you’ve finished stitching.

Once you’re comfortable with your sewing machine, you’ll find there’s no end to the ways you can use it on your pages. Here are some of my favorite ways to add a little stitching to a project:

On this page, I united the squares of patterned paper along the right side by stitching through them, resulting in a quilted look. I also stitched down my title letters. I’ve found that you can stitch through almost anything—chipboard, veneer, letter stickers, even epoxy letters like these. Just go slow. I used white thread on this page, so the stitching is subtle.

The lines of zigzag stitching on the music patterned paper gave me a place to add lots of buttons. Stitching also makes a perfect border, both for the outside of the page and along the photo.

I wanted a bolder look with my stitching on this page, so I used yellow and aqua thread. Your stitching doesn’t have to be all straight lines—I made a funky zigzag along the left side by turning my paper back and forth as I sewed. I added some stitching journaling lines as the bottom. After borders, this is probably my most used stitching technique.

I hope these ideas and tips give you the push you need to start stitching on your pages! If you want to see more of my work (and more ideas for sewing on pages, you can visit me at my blog http://gluestickgirl.typepad.com/.

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Baby Booties

In our June issue, we included these adorable baby booties as the opener for our “Bundle of Joy” story.  Here’s a source list and step-by-step instructions so you can make your own!


1. Print the template onto cardstock. Cut and fold  it according to the manufacturers directions.

2. Die cut, emboss, and ink two flowers. (Julie used Spellbinders’ S5-050 Rose Creations #1 and #2  for each shoe.)

3. Using adhesive dots, adhere the larger flower to the side of the shoe and add a threaded button to the center.

4. Adhere the smaller flower to the front of each shoe and embellish them with pearls.

5. Adhere pom pom trim to the shoes.

6. Add crepe paper to the back to cover the seam.

7. Embellish the back of each shoe with a bow, and decorate the top of each shoe with pearls.

SOURCES Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: KaiserCraft (yellow), Melissa Frances (crepe paper). Buttons: Fancy Pearls: Creative Impressions. Die, die-cutting tool: Spellbinders. Ink: ColorBox by Clearsnap. Trim: Maya Road, MemrieMare Etsy shop. Template: KaiserCraft. Design: Julie Overby.

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