August 2011

11 posts.

Who Doesn’t Love a Good Deal?

Recently American Crafts launched their new ScrapZoom website offering daily deals with rock bottom prices on scrapbooking and crafting supplies, tools, and kits. When I open up my email each day, the deal’s just waiting for me to click “buy”. It’s pretty tempting most days. While AC’s site is pretty new, the ”deal-of-the-day” idea’s been around online for a while, and there are other great sites you can get plugged into to find great prices on scrapbooking products. Here are a few of today’s offers:

Pebbles in my Pocket has Pocket Change with a tagline of “deal today. gone tomorrow.” You can nab an American Crafts Thicker Pack today for just $11.97.

At Crazy Scraps you’ll find get the JW Deal’s Scrapbook Deal of the Day which is 75% off of a Cricut Jasmine Alphabet cartridge.

Molly’s Square posts a new deal every day at 5am. Today you can get some just released Spellbinders Nestabilities dies for a great price.

Crop Chocolate advertises “one sweet deal at a time”, and posts new deals at 8am, 12pm, 4pm, and 8pm daily. As I write this, they’ve got a tasty deal on Echo Park Happy Days chipboard stickers.

At Scrapbooking for Less you can “Steal the Deal” right now on a whole Echo Park Happy Halloween kit for just $6.88.

Scrapbook Steals has a sweet set of Pebbles pastel and bright chalk pencil bundles for 52% off the retail price.

This is by no means an exhaustive list of all the places online you’ll find a daily bargain, so keep looking for more. Some sites allow you to subscribe, and others you’ll need to bookmark. Remember these deals are usually offered for a very short time, or until supplies run out. They may not be around if you wait too long. Also, you haven’t sealed the deal just by placing an item in your cart. You’ll need to go through the checkout process to secure your stuff.

In this economy, we scrappers can use all the help we can get keeping an eye on the bottom line. These sites, and many more like them, will help!

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I Have a Senior…

This was our view from the stands last Saturday as our son’s high school marching band unveiled their fall show to the parents. This means the fall activities will now kick into high gear, and we’ll be catapulted into our son’s senior year. (Photo by Sanae Vaniman)

I knew this day was coming, and I’ve known it since 1994, but it doesn’t make it any easier. Today was the first day of school. Many of you know how this feels, and can relate to how unbelievable this is. Whether you just delivered your college student safely to the dorms, or are taking a ”first day of school” photo for the first time, you know how memorable these moments are, and how quickly they come and go. Before I know it, my husband and I will be sitting in a crowd of people, proudly watching our boy receive his diploma.

As a scrapbooker, I’ve documented so much of our son’s life in scrapbooks pages and photo albums, but I’d like to take a slightly different approach to this special year. I’m considering sort of a Project 365 album, taking a photo each day of the school year to capture his experience. I’ve always scrapbooked to provide myself with evidence of this time of our life, and that’s what I’m still after. I want a reminder that even though the year flew by at blinding speed, we lived it all, and took a moment to savor a bit of each day.  I’ll keep you posted on my progress.

In the meantime, we’d love to hear your ideas about creatively documenting these milestone years. Whether you’ve had a senior, or are just sending your kindergartener to school this fall, tell us how you’ve captured the memories of these sweetest of days.


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Wild Wild West

It’s so much fun to see new trends emerge and envision how we’d adapt it to our own crafting. At the show one of our favorite new lines was October Afternoon’s new Sasparilla line. It’s got a country feel that makes you want to drink lemonade from a mason jar, but the collection includes other great patterns that make it a limitless option for all kinds of projects.

We also spotted a more feminine take on the Old West theme with Western Romance from Webster’s Pages.

Not surprisingly, when we see trends in scrapbooking products, we also see them in decor or fashion. Keep your eyes open for more inspiration from the Old West in the months to come. Here are a few other things we found that take us to the OK Corral.

Found this ultra-cool throw from House 8810. They’ve actually got several themed throws to curl up under including the Tin Star Throw, the Cowgirl Chenille Throw, and the Chenille Cowboy Throw. Giddy’up.  

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Just in case you wanted to eat your Swanson dinner on the t.v. tray

Wild West 2

…or celebrate your little buckaroos birthday in wild west style.

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There are a ton of awesome scrapbook designers in the October issue, but we accidentally left one out. This digital layout by Smitha Katti was incorrectly credited to someone else, so we’re here to make it right. Sorry about that, Smitha!

The good news is, if you’d like to see more of her work, you can check out her blog, Smiling Colors.

Have a good weekend!

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Small Space Solutions: Punches

We’re welcoming talented scrapper Michelle Lanning to the blog today. We came across her clever idea for storing punches in a small space, and asked her to share it with you. Thanks Michelle!

Hi there!  My name is Michelle Lanning and I am so excited to share one of my favorite storage tips with you.  I am lucky enough to have a designated scrap space, but it is a very long and narrow closet and I have had to become very creative in how I store things.  One of the first worries I had was how to store my punch collection.  I have many punches and use them regularly so they needed to be in an accessible place.  I had an extra shoe organizer on hand and decided to use it for some of my supplies.  Well it quickly became obvious to me that it was the perfect punch organizer. 

The easiest way for me to label these was to use kraft paper and punch the design in black.  It makes it really easy for me to “see” what is inside the pocket. The pockets are pretty deep and hold up to four punches.  As I collect more I move them around a bit and add punch sample to front.

It is such a simple way to organize your punches and a definite space saver.   I hope this gave you an idea for your own creative space!

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Back-to-School Notepad

It’s back-to-school time, and in the October issue, we’ve got a great way to get your kids involved n making a teacher gift. Jen Lessinger and her children made cute notepads featuring the kids’ artwork. Here’s how you can make one, too!

Have your child draw a picture on white paper. Scan or photograph the picture and open the file in your image-editing software. Crop or erase any stray marks. Then create a new 11 x 8.5” document and place the artwork onto the page. Duplicate it so you can print two notes from one 11×8.5” sheet (the notes will measure 5.5x11”.)

Print five copies. (If you don’t have image-editing software, have your child draw on each note sheet.)

Perforate each note 1″ from the top of the note. (We used a perforating blade on a rotary trimmer.)

Cut a piece of chipboard that is the same size as the notes.

Staple the notes to the chipboard.

Use piece of heavy patterned paper to make the decorative piece. First score the paper at 1”, then at 1 1/4”. Fold it and adhere it over the top of the note sheets. This covers the staples as well as making it prettier.

Place the notepad under a heavy book overnight to make sure it all sticks together.

Jen added an Avery label to the back on which she’d printed “Made for you by,” then had her children sign it. How cool is that?

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Paper Pumpkins

Have you seen the back page of our October issue? It features these super cute pumpkins from Jennifer McGuire. The best part about them? They’re easy to make!

Start with about 16 1x8” pieces of patterned paper or cardstock. Punch a small hole at the bottom and top of each of the strips. (We used a heavy-duty hole punch to punch the stack at one time.)

Put a knot in the end of a ribbon and put it through one end of the paper strips. Then put the same ribbon through the other end. Pull the ribbon through until the stack of strips bends. Tie it off with a knot at the top.

Fan out the bowed strips until you have a lantern/pumpkin. Add a bow and twine to finish it. (Jennifer used a rolled piece of dark brown cardstock for the stem.)

See? It’s fun and easy!

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Motion Scrapbooking

Around here, I am often chattering away about all the ways people are scrapbooking but just don’t know it. I don’t mean the traditional mode of making scrapbook pages or photo books, but a broader practice of sharing stories via social media, video, etc., which I see as other forms of memory keeping. For instance, I’m always trying to tell friends who’ve never seen a paper trimmer or used an image-editing program that they’re scrapbooking just by posting photos and status updates on Facebook.

So I was super excited to hear Izzy Hyman, producer of the Paperclipping Roundtable podcast, talking about “motion scrapbooking,” which he discusses on page 97 of the October issue. Motion scrapbooking is kind of like seeing your stories come to life through video, audio, etc. It’s just a matter of taking your scrapbooker’s eye for photographing those special moments and start using it to capture video (even if it’s just with your phone!) or use video editing software to animate your digital scrapbook pages.

Here’s an example of motion scrapbooking from Izzy.

I’ve had Adobe Premiere Elements for more than a year, but have never used it. After seeing some of Izzy’s examples here, I am inspired to move out of my comfort zone and try memory keeping in a different format. Stay tuned to see how it goes.

In the meantime, you can head over to Izzy Video for some helpful tips on shooting video, and see his handiwork at Paperclipping, where he produces wife Noelle’s in-depth scrapbooking videos. And here’s a video from Izzy on making a micro documentary to get you started!

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Make Your Own Spooky Village

Good morning, scrappers! Our October issue is hitting newsstands now, and I wanted to give you a peek at this spooky Halloween village on page 42—one of my favorite projects in the magazine. The incredibly inspiring Claudine Hellmuth “built” the houses, and our super creative Senior Associate Art Director Deb Berger styled it for the photo shoot.

Claudine posted the directions for the project on her blog last year, and she even offered some templates to make the process easier.

Then Deb added some pumpkin stickers from Reminisce and a moon and bats from Martha Stewart Crafts. She also used a Martha Stewart Crafts border punch to make some fun black picket fences. Clever!

What’s your favorite project in the issue?

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A New Sketch from Valerie Salmon

We’re always excited to welcome back Etceterista Valerie Salmon (and her talented friends) to the blog, who’s here with a sketch that’s just right for four photos.

Hi everyone, we’re back with a new multi-photo sketch!  

The examples below really show how adaptable sketches can be.  This 4-photo sketch works whether you have one or more photos.

Designed by Valerie Salmon of Got Sketch?


Designed by Valerie Salmon

SOURCES  Cardstock:  Bazzill.  Patterned Papers:  DCWV.  Chipboard shapes:  American Crafts.  Rubber Buttons:  KI Memories.  Circle punches:  Fiskars (2″), EK Success (1.75″).  Border punch:  Martha Stewart.  Title:  (ATD).  Paper doily border:  Basic Grey.  Other:  foam adhesive, pen for journaling.

Designer’s Notes:  

Instead of using multiple photos, I chose to highlight one large photo from our cousins reunion last year.  If I told you how quickly this page came together, you probably wouldn’t believe me.  Having a sketch to work with is a time-saver!  I followed the sketch closely.  Instead of a punched strip above the photo, I used a pre-cut sticker trim.  Chipboard shapes were used for the accents to keep it non-feminine (which my male cousins & brother would probably appreciate).  ;)


“Precious Moments”

Designed by Lisette Gibbons

SOURCES  Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (white) | Patterned Paper: October Afternoon (from Fly a Kite Collection) + Echo Park (from Be Mine Collection) | Alphabet Stickers: American Crafts | Clear Stamps: Creative Café (Everyday Script) + Papertrey Ink (Calendar Basics) | Ink: Stampin’Up (Pink Pirouette, Chocolate Chip) + Papertrey Ink (Tea Dye Ink Duo) | Punch: Martha Stewart (Deep Fan Border) + Fiskars (Heart, Circle) | Dies: Papertrey Ink (Signature Butterfly, Large Scalloped Border, Tiny Tags) | Twine: The Twinery | Buttons | Corner Rounder: Zutter

Designer’s Notes:  

For the heart and butterfly shapes I’ve used pages out of an old book. This is a great way to give extra texture to your layout.


“Love this boy”

Designed by AnnaMarie Mondro

SOURCES  Kit: Studio Calico Mind The Gap main kit (June) and Studio Calico Flat add-on kit (June). Punches: Fiskars, Martha Stewart Crafts. Marker: Bic Mark-it.

Designer’s Notes:  

One of the things I love most about Valerie’s sketches is how adaptable they are! Here, I rotated the sketch one turn clockwise which allowed me to use the bottom photos vertically rather than horizontally. I also substituted a larger 4”×2.5″ vertical photo in place of the two smaller 2”x2.5″ photos displayed in the original sketch. Because of the more playful feel of my layout, I strayed from the linear lines of the sketch by tilting the bottom photos and title-work; I also substituted random punched circles and a large tag in place of the scalloped circles bordering the photos, and a cluster of punched clouds for the larger floral element on the left side. Strips of patterned paper and buttons were also arranged at the bottom of the page in place of the larger double scalloped and patterned paper borders.


“Summer Annual Traditions”

Designed by Kimberly Neddo

SOURCES  Sassafras Sunshine Broadcast PP: Flourish, Kindle, Golden Hour, Enlighten and static; Sassafras Sunshine Broadcast stickers: Borders, Sweet Treats and Blue Graph Alpha; Sassafras Folides: Sunshine

Designer’s Notes:  

I am a big fan of layering with stickers and pop dot adhesives to give my creations more dimention. I love how Sassafras foldies incorperate that easily. For this layout, I clustered stickers with the foldies to utilize different looks with the products. I even used my pop dots behind one of the photographs for a fun look.

Hope you enjoyed all these!

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

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