September 2011

16 posts.

Scrapbook Your Facebook Page


Sharing photos with friends is a lot of fun, but capturing their comments and reactions to your photos can make it even more special. Here are some tips for scrapbooking a Facebook post.


• Use the print screen function on your computer to take a digital screenshot of your post. Since your photo may look pixilated, layer a print of the original on top of the screenshot or digitally replace it in image-editing software.


• Take a cue from the website you are featuring. Heather Melzer mimicked the Facebook logo by filling a text box with pink and adding a white “f”.


• This same thing can be done with status updates, Twitter feeds, blog posts, etc. If you have some heartwarming or funny comments that you want to share, it’s best to take a screenshot before it gets sent to the archived abyss.


SOURCES. Cardstock: Paper Studio. Patterned paper: Fancy Pants Design. Font: Lucida Sans Unicode. Flowers: American Crafts (felt), Making Memories (metal). Glitter brackets:  Jolee’s. Design: Heather Melzer.

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Make Pretty Paper Leaves


SOURCES Cardstock: WorldWin. Stylus, craft knife, punches: Fiskars.

It’s amazing what you can do with paper! These  pretty paper leaves, designed by Lisa Storms, are super simple. They’re perfect for a fall layout, as party decorations, or as easy fall decor.

To create the leaves, punch a circle and slide the circle partially back into punch and punch again.  Place on a piece of craft foam (or a mouse pad) and draw veins with a stylus. Use a variety of colors, as shown here, for a modern rainbow look. Or stick with traditional reds, yellows, and browns. Experiment with different sizes to add interest.

See how to make pretty paper flowers here. 

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5 Days of Writing Tools: Specialty Writing Tools

Specialty Writing Tools

Although we all have our go-to writing tools, there are fun and useful (and sometimes strange) tools that can make your scrapbooking easier! Check out these inks that you may need to add to your collection.


White markers. White markers come in both transparent and opaque varieties. Double-check yours before you put pen to paper to prevent mishaps.

Pen/blade combinations. Looking to outline a title and cut it out at the same time? Look no more: This is your product!

Disappearing ink. Pens with disappearing ink work great for journaling lines or other guidelines because the ink disappears after being exposed to air for a period of time.

Metallic inks. Shine is hot, baby, and metallic inks give simple doodles and journaling an extra bit of glitz.

Puffy ink. Puffy-ink pens give you an embossed look without the hassle of embossing powder and a heat gun. Just slowly draw your title or artwork and wait or the magic to happen.

Red-eye remover. Remove red-eye in printed photos with the touch of a pen. But be careful: Heavy-handed use of the pen can erase an eye completely.

Paint markers. Get the look of painting without the mess. These acid-free markers can write on a variety of surfaces.


Read how to choose a journaling pen here.

Read how to choose a marker here.

Read how to choose a gel pen here.

Read how to choose a colored pencil here.

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5 Days of Writing Tools: Colored Pencils

Colored Pencils

Available in hundreds of colors, pencils are ideal for shading and adding highlights to hand-drawn lettering and other accents. Here are some tips for picking the best colored pencils for your layout.

Quality over quantity. Better-quality color pencil will give you smoother, more even color than their bargain-basement counterparts. If you’re going to use them often, it’s worth it to invest in a good set.

Color like a pro. Artist-grade color pencils generally are safe for your scrapbooks and will give you rich, lovely color.

Read the label. At first glance, most color, chalk, and watercolor pencils can look similar. Each, however, makes its own unique mark: Color pencils can be used to draw crisp lines or shade an area; chalk pencils have a more muted effect; and watercolor pencils can be traced with a blander pen to get a soft painted look without touching an artist’s brush.


Read how to choose a journaling pen here.

Read how to choose a marker here.

Read how to choose a gel pen here.

Read how to choose a specialty writing tool here.

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5 Days of Writing Tools: Gel Pens

Gel Pens

Gel pens are roller-balls filled with permanent, archival gel ink. In a multitude of colors, they also are available in glitter and fluorescent varieties. Use these on your projects with these tips.

Get the look. Some gel pens give a more translucent look while others produce an opaque line. Test the pen on some scrap paper to make sure you’ll get the look you want.

Check your coverage. Gel pens work well on slightly porous surfaces, like cardstock. Slick surfaces are less giving and the gel can go on unevenly.

Think ink. How often will you use a yellow metallic gel pen? When picking out gel pens, think about what colors you actually need, not how pretty they are.


Read how to choose a journaling pen here.

Read how to choose a marker here.

Read how to choose a colored pencil here.

Read how to choose a specialty writing tool here.


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5 Days of Writing Tools: Markers


You’ll find several tip styles from very fine to thick. Use markers for basic lettering, captions, illustrations, borders, and line art. Choose markers wisely with these tips.

Take this tip. Be sure you get the right tip for the job. Calligraphy and chisel tips are great for creative lettering, while brush tips help you color wide areas without unsightly stroke marks.

Heed the bleed. Look for markers that don’t bleed through paper.

Study surfaces. Think about the surface you’ll be writing on before choosing your markers. For example, slick surfaces need special markers, like American Crafts Slick Writers.

Maximize your investment. Do you like to doodle and embellish your titles by hand? Rather than purchasing individual markers, consider buying a set to save money. Do markers only occasionally find their way onto your projects? Buying basic colors individually may be the way to go.


Read how to choose a journaling pen here.

Read how to choose a gel pen here. 

 Read how to choose a colored pencil here.

 Read how to choose a specialty writing tool here.











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5 Days of Writing Tools: Journaling Pens

Journaling Pens


As the name suggests, journaling pens are great for journaling and writing captions on a layout. They come in a variety of colors and thicknesses for every need. Get writing with these tips!


Size it up. Check the tip size. Larger numbers (like .08) produce a thicker line, while finer tips have smaller numbers (.01).

Start basic. Black is a versatile color that no scrapbooker should be without. From there, add colors that you use often.

Test drive it. Most scrapbooking stores allow you to test a pen on a scratch pad to see if you like the way the ink flows and the pen feels. The more comfortable you are with the feel and flow, the more likely you are to write well with it.

Play it safe. The best journaling pens are acid-free and fade-proof so your brilliant prose will stay readable for years to come.


Read how to choose a marker here. 

Read how to choose a gel pen here. 

Read how to choose a colored pencil here.


Read how to choose a specialty writing tool here.

What are your favorite brands of journaling pens? Any tips for writing with them? Share in the comments section below!

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A Little Link Love…

Treasures abound in the blogosphere. If you haven’t had a chance to cruise around online lately, here are some links to some inspiring posts that caught our eye.

Check out what Susan Weinroth did with Studio Calico’s September kit, Glee Club.

You’ve got to see this chalkboard cake made by Jenifer Harkin, as seen on Jillibean Soup blog.  

Here’s a great idea for taking twine to a crop on the Twisted Sugar Twine blog.

Scrapbooker Roree Rumph made these adorable teacher gifts using simple die-cuts and pencils. Darling!

Follow this link to see some colorful, inspiring back-to-school cards from designer Elizabeth Carney.

Ree Drummond, better known to many as The Pioneer Woman, hosts photography contests on her site from time to time, and her most recent had photographers far and wide submitting their favorite silly shots. This link will take you to the winner, then scroll down to see some of the finalists. They’ll make you giggle, and give you some fantastic ideas to stage your own silly shots.

Found a cool tutorial by Marcy Penner for making a trendy chevron background for your scrapbook page on the October Afternoon blog.

Enjoy them all!

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Scrappy Home Decor With Canvas Corp

Not only were we visited by Spellbinders this week (read about it here), but we also had a great time with the amazing team from Canvas Corp. These four women loaded up a van with beautiful and inspiring projects and drove from Arkansas to Iowa to share them with us. They combine basic scrapbook products, such as paper, stamps, and rub-ons, with canvas, fabric, and cording for interesting home decor. They demonstrated that scrapbooking doesn’t always have to be about gluing photos to cardstock — it can also be dimensional page layouts and fun wall hangings, along with other crafts using scraps. Check out their one-of-kind projects!

Editor Michelle Rubin and Art Director Deb Berger with Sonya, Christine, Michelle, and Jenn.

Jenn shows us her wedding scrapbook layout — actually two canvases decorated with cardstock and tissue paper flowers.

Another canvas decorated with paper and a black-and-white photo becomes a quick photo frame for Baby.

This canvas becomes a spooky Halloween box with the help of velvet cardstock and corrugated cardboard cardstock (both of which Canvas Corp sells).

A simple paper mache house gets a haunted treatment with patterned paper.

Canvas Corp also sells fabric blanks, such as this pillow (they also sells bags, stockings, and napkins), so consumers can get creative with their decor.

Canvas Corp made this cute banner for us as a gift. It uses their chalkboard paper and triangle fabric shapes hanging from string with clothespins. The other side shows a different design so we can switch out banner designs quickly.

See Canvas Corp’s blog for directions to these projects.

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Pack For a Crop

Packing for a scrapbooking crop doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Armed with this handy guide, you can take what you need without feeling weighted down!


Tool Tote
Totes come in several shapes and sizes. If it’s convenient, leave a loaded tool tote right in your scrap space. When it’s time to crop, just grab and go!

Basic tool suggestions:

ο 12″ personal paper trimmer

ο fine-tip scissors

ο adhesive and refills (take as much adhesive as you think you’ll need, then toss in another for good measure)

ο ruler/straightedge

ο craft knife

ο acid-free black pen

ο pencil and good eraser

ο adhesive remover

Have more room in your tote?

ο tweezers

ο sanding disc, files, or an emery board

ο hole punches in 18” and 14” sizes, or
a combined-size hole-punching tool

ο corner-rounding punch

ο frequently used decorative-edge scissors
or punches

Page Kit
Page kits include all the elements for each project you’ve planned. Print photos, assemble coordinated supplies, and gather
any special tools needed for your project. Pack your items in a 12×12″ plastic page protector or a 212 gallon plastic zip-top bag.

Page kit suggestions:

ο photos

ο cardstock

ο patterned paper

ο embellishments

ο title or journaling supplies


It’s great to have larger items with you at a crop, but be sure to weigh the likelihood of using them against the hassle of lugging them with you. If you choose to bring them, don’t forget the accessories!

ο die-cutting tool and dies or shape-cutting tool and cartridges

ο laptop

ο portable printer

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