June 2011

7 posts.

Not-Just-A-Card Sketch

We welcome back Valerie Salmon with another versatile sketch!

Not only is this sketch perfect for a hand-crafted card, it is also easily adaptable for other small projects.  Using this design, we show you how you can create special gift bags for any occasion, too.  Just purchase a pre-made gift bag (or make one from a template or die-cut) and decorate it to your heart’s content.  It would also be great to make the card to match the bag.  Have fun!

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Designed by Valerie Salmon of Got Sketch?

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“Thank You” Card

Designed by Valerie Salmon

SOURCES  Cardstock:  Bazzill, DCWV.  Patterned Papers:  K & Company.  Flowers:  Prima.  Brad:  Pink Paislee.  Border Punches:  Martha Stewart.  Corner rounder punch:  EK Success.  Other:  stamping ink.

Designer’s Notes:  

This card came together in minutes!  I just used papers from the same paper pack so that they are sure to coordinate.    I just hand-cut the notches on the vertical strips and the sentiment label with a pair of Fiskars Micro-Tip scissors (my favorite!).  How much more simple can it be?

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“Happy Summer”

Designed by Ingrid Danvers

SOURCES  Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (Straw), Papertrey Ink (Vintage White).  Patterned paper: Pink Paislee (Hometown Summer).  Button: Papertrey Ink (White & Cream Mix).  Ribbon, twine: May Arts.  Clear stamps: Papertrey Ink (Daily Designs Sentiments).  Ink: Versafine (Onyx Black), Papertrey Ink (Vintage Touch Tea Dye Duo).  Felt: Felt on the Fly.  Foam dots: Zva Creative.  Dies: Papertrey Ink (Favor It Box 3, Banner Builder Collection, Eyelet Lace Border), MFT Stamps (Die-namics Open Scallop Border).  Tools: sewing machine

Designer’s Notes:  

I made this gift bag to show you that you can use Valerie Salmon’s card sketches also for other projects. A little gift bag is a perfect project to use your patterned paper left-overs. I keep my leftovers in a small basket on my desk. This way I always have them at hand whenever I need something, like a small strip of paper.

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“Thanks” Gift bag

Designed by Lisette Gibbons

SOURCES  Kraft Paper Bag: Riot’s | Patterned Paper: My Mind’s Eye (Lost & Found Collection) | Punch: Martha Stewart | Ribbon: Vandoros | Clear Stamps: Papertrey Ink (Damask Designs) + Waltzing Mouse (Say It Loud) | Ink: Papertrey Ink (Vintage White) | Brad | Pearls: KaiserCraft | Lace: Spotlight | Die: Spellbinder Nestabilities Die (Blossom Two) used to make flower | Fabric: Spotlight

Designer’s Notes:  

Depending on the size of your project, balance the sizes of your papers to match the background. I created a gift bag and wanted a voluptuous flower for impact. And before you stamp your sentiment in white ink on a dark background, you might want to test it on a different piece of paper first to make sure it comes up enough.

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“Thank You Kindly”

Designed by Rae Barthel

SOURCES  Patterned paper: Crate Paper.  Border Stickers: Crate Paper.  Clear stamp: Layers of Color.  Hybrid Ink: (Vintage Cream, Hawaiian Shores)Papertrey Ink.  Pigment Ink: (onyx black) Tsukineko.  Chalk Ink: (cranberry)Clearsnap.  Silk flowers: Michael’s.  Rhinestones: Michael’s; Hobby Lobby.  Button: The Girls’ Paperie.  Fabric tape: e2 Daily.  Twine: The Twinery.  Seam binding:  Lawrence Schiff Silk Mills, Inc.  Other: kraft gift bag.

Designer’s Notes:  

I am a big fan of presenting a gift with style, hence the altered gift bag that I made based on Valerie’s fabulous, versatile sketch!
Keep a few altered gift bags on hand, and you will always have thoughtful, handmade packaging available when you are gifting someone special.

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‘Want more sketches?  Visit the Got Sketch? blog for more inspiring ideas to fit your scrappy needs.

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Now available in Download Format!
Ultimate School Album 
Got Sketch ends the school year with the introduction of the “Ultimate School Album” in an instant download format.  It’s the “ultimate” because it covers Pre-K through 12th grade with lots of extras that can’t be passed up.  

Check out all the details by clicking here.




Follow the links for more fun Instant Downloads from Valerie!

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Celebrate Birthday Book

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How to Make Your Own Jellyfish

SOURCES Bowls: Target. Cardstock: WorldWin Papers. Ribbon: Heidi Grace Designs (sheer, small rickrack, medium rickrack), Making Memories (large rickrack), Offray (wired, yellow). Watercolors: Crayola.

Did you see these super cute jellyfish on page 122 in our August issue? Lisa Storms and her son Owen made them from paper plates. They are really easy to make! Here’s how:

  1. Paint the bottom of a paper bowl with watercolors.
  2. Trim eyes from cardstock using kid-friendly scissors. Don’t have cardstock on hand? Draw the eyes with markers.
  3. On the inside of the bowl, add liquid adhesive and place the ends of some ribbon in it. Place another bowl on top (with the ribbon sticking out) and let it dry.
  4. Have an adult poke two small holes in the center of the bowl. Thread fishing line through the bowl so it creates a loop under the bowl.
  5. Tie ribbon and trim to the loop, then tighten the loop to secure the ribbon.

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Packing My Bags for Greece

Okay, not really, but I just wanted to share a brand new paper line from 7Gypsies with you, that just might have you booking your flight to a beautiful Greek island. It’s called Mykonos, and it’s really tripped my trigger. The colors are rich and saturated, combined in my very favorite summertime blend of aqua, red, navy, golden yellow, green, and white. Here’s a look at the whole collection in a 6×6″ paper pack.

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Here’s a closer look at three of the papers from the collection, starting with my favorite. I love the patchwork look, the columns of color, and the offset daisy-ish image. Cut it up into squares, punch shapes from the various patterns, use whole columns or rows…so much possibility! I’ve also included photos below of some oh-so-cute chipboard letters covered in the collection patterns, and some uniquely shaped tags. Be on the lookout for this great line! Polly 

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Are YOU in Your Scrapbooks?

Please welcome scrapbooker and blogger Lisa Ottosson as our guest poster today!

I am so excited to be here guest posting today, sharing a few tips and tricks about scrapbooking yourself. 

I know that many people often forget to add themselves into their albums. More often than not it happens after the kids come into our lives. Many of us scrapbookers actually begin memorykeeping when we have children. But then I have a question for you: Where are you in all of your family scrapbooks? Some people barely have one layout that describes the life that is lived by you, not you and your husband or kids, but just about you!

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Some people may say it is egoistic to have so many layouts about yourself in your family scrapbooks, but I am all ok with that. If that means you want your kids and family to actually know the person you were in your life, I will happily be egoistic! I want to record that for my daughter. I want her to know what I love and dislike. I want her to see what my everyday looks like, or what my quirks are. I would love to know what my mother felt and thought when she was my age; what she focused on, and what brought her joy. Of course I am lucky to still have my mother with me and could ask, but like many others she remembers only the bigger events. I firmly believe in recording small and everyday stuff!

One easy way to get started with scrapbooking yourself is to use the good old list method. List things about yourself! You can really go any way here, but from experience I know that it is far easier to list happy and lovable things rather than negative things.

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You could also use notes you’ve jotted down, or a record of your tweets. This layout features my facebook updates during a week. Don´t make it harder than it is. Why not jot down your to do list on a typical day?!

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Scrapbook both the good and the bad things in life. We all know that life has it´s ups and downs. I have found that it is equally important to record how “real” life can be. I have shared many scrapbooking layouts on my blog about my feelings about infertility and sickness, and I love that I have them there in my albums.

For example, late last summer I had a cancer scare and this is a layout I did in the midst of it all. It helped me so much at the time to have the creative time, and get the story down. You can go here to read more about it.

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Now, if you do have issues about people reading and viewing your most private layouts, just store them in a different album that only the people closest to you can see. I’m pretty sure the people that look through your albums will treasure your honesty.

It is also fun to include pages that celebrates you, like this one I did about having self confidence. Scrapbook your achievements like college graduation, getting that cool job, or how you simply survived an awful afternoon!

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 As you have seen in my layouts, I have used all kinds of photos of me. Your face musn´t be on the layout, if that bothers you, but be sure to include at least a few. Instead, include memorabilia or photos of things that represent you like your favourite cardigan you want to wear forever, or a cd case from your favourite artist.  

I hope you take some of the tips today to get you started scrapbooking YOU!

Lisa Ottosson

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Our Patriotic Cards

SOURCES Cardstock: WorldWin. Patterned paper, stickers, punch: We R Memory Keepers. Rub-on: Pebbles.

SOURCES Cardstock: WorldWin. Patterned paper, stickers, punch: We R Memory Keepers. Rub-on: Pebbles.

Good afternoon! if you were here earlier today, you may have seen our Craft It Forward Blog Hop. Don’t you think those bloggers did an awesome job? I love how they all did their own thing.

Contributing Editor Candi Gershon and I also decided to get in on the act and create some patriotic thank you cards. You can see mine above—I modified Lisa Storms’ original design and added some glitter paper and star patterned paper.

And Candi got some help from her children, who have clearly inherited their mom’s creativity—just look at these awesome cards!


They’ll be giving the cards to veterans on Candi’s Meals on Wheels route. And the marshmallow treats are for when the family spots someone in uniform. “With kids, I always have emergency treats in my purse,” Candi says. “Why not carry emergency treats as service projects as well?”

So cool!

To see more of the projects inspired by this month’s Craft It Forward project, go here. And don’t forget to post your own creations here for a chance to win $500 for you and your charity! Happy crafting!

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Craft It Forward Blog Hop!


Hey, gang! Happy June! I’m super excited about a special project we’ve been working on for the Craft It Forward project this month: patriotic thank you cards! Head over to the Craft It Forward page to download the directions.

We got to thinking that it would be fun to see how different bloggers and sponsors would interpret these super cute cards (designed by Lisa Storms), so we’re doing a blog hop. Just click on one of the blogs from the list below to see a different interpretation of this month’s project. Then “hop” to all of the blogs to see more!

Here are the bloggers participating:

Lisa Storms

Just Me, My Soldier, and Our 4 Little Chicks (Stephanie Howell)

Erin Clarkson

Pandemonium (Sande Krieger)

The Moments in Between (Lisa Truesdell)

Valerie Salmon

Here I Am (Emily Pitts)

I Rock Paper & Scissors (Shannon Zickel)

Ranger Ink

Balzer Designs (Julie Fei-Fan Balzer)

Scrapbook Update

Operation Write Home

Art Made With Heart (Shanna Vineyard)

Nunu Toolies (Kazan Clark)

Embellished Dreams (Heidi Blankenship)

Holly Simoni

Amazing Paper Grace (Becca Feeken)

Cookies for Breakfast (Beth Pingry)

Scraps of Life (Gloria Stengel)

Creating…My Style (Judy Hayes)

Live It! (Leslie Lightfoot)

And if you’re inspired enough to make your own card (and how could you not be?), go to our gallery and post a photo of it for a chance to win $500 for you and the charity of your choice!

Have fun!

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DIY Wedding Projects: Guest Book

Photo by ZTS Photo

Photo by ZTS Photo

As Polly Maly mentioned in a recent post, I got married about a month ago and crafted many projects for the wedding. It was so much fun to take the inspiration I found in our magazine and on our Web site, as well as other blogs and sites out there, and create my own vision for the event.

But I also learned a lot of things I thought might be of interest to our readers. So this is the first in a series of posts on my adventures in wedding crafting.

I’m going to start with one of the easiest projects: our guest book. I had a lot of ideas, from making a pretty book myself using a binding system to creating or purchasing something like this wedding tree on Etsy.

But I wanted something a little simpler, so I decided to make a photo book using our engagement photos. About the same time, I discovered Paper Coterie, a new photo book service run by the people who used to print the photo books Scrapbooks etc. offered a few years ago. I’ve always loved those designs, and now they’re available again along with some fun new ones!

The hardest part may have been choosing the design. There is a lovely wedding design available, as well as some guest books, but I wanted more color and more photo options and ended up with one called “Celebrate.”

I uploaded a few of our favorite photos and plopped them into the book using Paper Coterie’s online design program, being careful to leave a lot of empty space for guests to sign. The whole process took less than an hour—and most of that time was spent making decisions. Less than a week later, this was on my doorstep:

Photo by ZTS Photo

Photo by ZTS Photo

The book turned out great. It had a professional look and feel (much better than if I’d designed and bound it myself), and the price was right. I was lucky enough to have a coupon code for a free book, but it definitely would have fit my DIY budget: $20 for the 8x8” design I picked.

I had been worried that the 8x8” album wouldn’t be big enough, but it was perfect! We had about 120 guests, and the book allowed enough room for them to write messages in addition to just their names, so it ended up having a fun yearbook feel to it. Some people even signed it twice!

Photo by ZTS Photo

Photo by ZTS Photo

If only more of my DIY wedding projects were so easy!

(Photos by ZTS Photo)

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