September 2011

16 posts.

Stylin’ Camera Bags

Whether you’ve got a slick DSLR with lots of lenses, or a totable point-and-shoot that’s always with you, there are so many cute bags on the market to tote your stuff in style. Here’s a sampling of some great bags. 

Found on Etsy, this yummy bag comes in different sizes and has a good amount of room inside. Sizhfleur camera bags also has several cool camera straps to personalize your equipment.

One of my favorite companies for bags of all kinds is Built. They made my point-and-shoot bag, laptop bag, wine tote, and even my lunch bag. They’ve got a great bag for toting lots of equipment

….or a little.

Here’s a sweet little number, that’s a pricey, but big on style. It’s the Libby by Kelly Moore. Removable, adjustable dividers means you can customize the configuration however you’d like. Great as a laptop or travel bag too. The site’s got lots of fashionable options, in a rainbow of colors.

You’ll find this sunny yellow tote, as well as many more, at Jill-e Designs.

Funksion‘s philosophy is that function can be fun, and that a camera bag should be a great accessory for a girl’s night out.

Here’s a bag that would shock people that you were totin’…camera equipment that is. It’s the Lyric bag by Epiphanie. Their tag line is “Liberating women from the man bag.” 

Jo’s Totes deserves a shout-out for their eye-catching line of colorful, fashionable camera bags. This ladylike bag is called the Rose.

Of course there’s nothing wrong at all with a strong, padded black nylon camera bag (especially if your significant other is averse to grabbing a pink bag and throwing it over his shoulder), but you need to know it’s not your only option anymore!

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A New Layered Card Sketch

We’re always excited to welcome our friend, and etceterista Valerie Salmon back to the blog with another inspiring sketch!

Hey paper crafters, isn’t it time for another card sketch? Got a few extra minutes? Grab some supplies and give this card sketch a try. Layer elements to create a fun and festive card!  Adhere a few items with foam adhesive to give your cards that extra pop.  Happy crafting!

Designed by Valerie Salmon of Got Sketch?

“Birthday Wishes to You” Card

Designed by Valerie Salmon

SOURCES  Paper, stickers, border (Echo Park Paper Co.), Chipboard star (American Crafts), twine.

Designer’s Notes:  Instead of making a square card, I created a rectangular one.  I chose to use all products from one manufacturer line.  Everything coordinated so this card came together in a snap.  I just added a chipboard star with the birthday boy’s age to personalize it.  

“Thank You” Card

Designed by Lisette Gibbons

SOURCES  Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper | Patterned Paper: Scenic Route (Garden Grove) | Doily: Martha Stewart | Ribbon: Vandoros | Lace: Spotlight | Clear Stamps: Papertrey Ink (Big & Bold Wishes) | Ink: Staz’On (Jet Black) | Dies: Papertrey Ink (Banner Builder, Mat Stack 5) MFT Die-Namics (Rolled Rose)

Designer’s Notes:  I pretty much stuck to the card sketch all the way and kept the colour scheme simple for more impact. I always like to add different materials to add depth like lace, ribbon and the 3-dimensional flower.

“Happy Birthday” Card

Designed by Ingrid Danvers

SOURCES  Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (Straw).  Patterned paper: October Afternoon (Farmhouse).  Ribbon, twine: Papertrey Ink (Aqua Mist).  Clear stamps: Papertrey Ink (Birthday Basics).  Ink: Versafine (Vintage Sepia), Papertrey Ink (Vintage Touch Tea Dye Duo).  Foam dots: Zva Creative.  Dies: Papertrey Ink (Doily Details, Beautiful Blooms II #1 Collection, Double-Ended Banners, Banner Builder Collection).  Tools: Martha Stewart (border punch), EK Success (1 3/4″ circle punch).  Adhesive: Aleene’s Tacky Glue.  Other: resin flower.

Designer’s Notes:  I followed the card sketch closely. If I layer certain elements like the doily, circle, die-cut flower and resin flower on this card I love to use adhesive foam dots to create more depth. 

“Sweet” Card

Designed by Rae Barthel

SOURCES  Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper Patterned Paper: Crate Paper Die cuts: (cupcake, word, scalloped border) Crate Paper jSticker: (scallop border) Crate Paepr Acrylic frame: Maya Road Pearls: (pink swirl) Zva Creative; (pink) Kaisercraft Ink: (Leather Mix’d Media Inx) Clearsnap Ribbon: Michael’s Tool: (corner rounder punch) WRMK. Other: foam tape

Designer’s Notes:  I like to keep some generic or sentiment-free cards on hand in my studio, such as this card, which could be easily used as a birthday card, thank you card, congratulations or “just because”.  And when I really love a sketch (like this one!) I will make multiple cards, using different papers, and they get put together so easily thanks to the sketch!

Designed by Anabelle O’Malley

SOURCES    Cardstock-Papertrey Ink.  Patterned Paper, Gems, Fabric Ribbon-Webster’s Pages.  Foam Adhesive- Glue Arts.  Border Punch-Martha Stewart.

Designer’s Notes:  One thing I love about sketches is that I can interpret them any way I like! I played around with a couple of flowers on here, but didn’t like the way any of them looked. I decided I liked the balloons as they kept with the birthday theme, so I went ahead and used them instead. Having creative freedom with sketches makes designing cards and pages easy and fun!

Announcing the newest Got Sketch class…

Got Sketch Express! 

It’s the ideal time to bring back our most economical class format, Express!  ‘Love to work with scrapbook sketches?  Want a little push to get your creative mojo flowing?  Then, this is the inspiration you need and this class is your answer.
Unlike the usual Got Sketch classes, this Express format is a simple class structure to access the sketch-based project sheets in a “grab-and-go” manner.  It’s all about the sketches.  You literally dowload the pdf, print, and scrap.  It’s perfect for the busy scrapbooker!  This less-frills environment is easier on your budget, too — but if you pre-register, you can save even more! So, don’t think twice!  
Although this is a self-paced class, you can challenge yourself to complete 8 layouts in 4 weeks!
Class starts September 19.
Special low price if you pre-register.  It’s our lowest class price ever.
Get the details on the GSE 2 Information Page & pre-register now!
Hope to see you there!

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Got 30 Minutes?

Shannon Zickel’s back today with tips to spice up your page if you’ve got just 30 minutes.

I hope you had fun putting together the quick project from yesterday. If you’ve got a few more minutes, the simplest and quickest way to add depth to your page elements is with just a little bit of ink. I quickly rubbed the edges of my banner flags with a matching color of ink on each one before I adhered them.


Another way to add a touch of dimension to a simple page is to machine-stitch on it. Hand-stitching will take a little more time, but put your sewing machine into action if you’ve got one. I used to be afraid to stitch on my pages, but it’s really simple! (Take these cues from a past SBE blog post by Lisa Truesdell to help eliminate your fear.) Instead of using the baker’s twine, I ran a simple stitch across the top of the banner before adding the title.

One of my go-to techniques is to replace a letter in the title with an accent. If you’ve got an “O” in your title, replace it with another element like a heart, star, flower, or in this case a simple round sticker topped with a button threaded with twine. 

Finally, go outside the collection you’re using (I used the Jillibean Soup Blossom Soup Collection for this page) and add a few elements from your stash. I added some number stickers to replace the handwritten date on the date sticker, a simple sentiment sticker to complete the date sticker grouping, and replaced the “and” stickers in the title with a colorful ampersand. 

While I loved my first 15-minute take, devoting a few extra minutes yielded a more fun and finished project. 

Hopefully you’re now inspired to use those few free minutes to get a project completed.  For more simple and fun scrapping ideas stop by my blog, I Rock Paper & Scissors

Shannon Zickel headshot


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Calls for Projects

Hey, gang! We’re on the hunt for some projects for our April issue, so check out the list and send us your best work!


It may be back-to-school time, but we’re already thinking about spring! We’re searching for your best spring-y layouts and projects, from scrapbook pages about Easter, flowers, and playing outdoors to paper craft projects such as Easter baskets and DIY flowers.

To submit your pages, e-mail a scan or photograph of your layout to by Thursday, September 22. Please type “Spring” in the subject line. Limit submissions to three per person, and keep attached files less than 500k.


We’re looking for great ideas for birthday pages we can share with our readers. To submit your pages, e-mail a scan or photograph of your layout to Thursday, September 22. Please type “Birthday” in the subject line. Limit submissions to three per person, and keep attached files less than 500k.

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Got 15 Minutes?

We’re welcoming designer Shannon Zickel to the blog today (and tomorrow) for some great tips on quick page designs, and layout to get you started.

Somehow you’ve found 15 free minutes in your day and you really have the desire to play with some paper!  If you’re like me you usually just brush off the idea knowing you won’t have the time to decide what pictures you want to scrap, dig through all your supplies and choose just the right ones, and then, after using the whole 15 minutes and more on just that, pull a layout together.

My formula for pulling together a 15-minute layout relies on two main things: 

Always have a stack of printed ready-to-scrap photos on hand.  I make sure I have at least 4 or 5 layouts worth in a folder I can grab and use at any time.  These can be standard 4×6 size photos or if you are a home photo printer like me, print the sizes you know you use most in your designs.

Give yourself permission to create using a single line from a manufacturer.  Scrapbook manufacturers spend a lot of time creating collections for your use.  While it’s fun to mix and match many different brands and lines together, in a time pinch you can rely on one collection and still end up with a layout you will love!

Here is the layout that you will be creating in just 15 minutes!


* You’ll need two horizontal photos, a 12×12″ piece of cardstock, four patterned papers (scraps work well for this), an alphabet option (stickers, chipboard etc.), and some coordinating accents

* Attach your photos as shown, leaving about 1.5″ space between the two photos. (My photos measure 4.5” wide by 3” tall, printed with a thin white border.)

* With each of your four patterned papers cut two 6″ long strips (one 3/4″ wide, and the other 5/8″ wide). Cut the strips into banners ranging from 1 1/3″ long to 1 1/2″ long, using any combination of the patterns you like. Snip a triangle off the bottom edge of the rectangles to finish your banner flags.

* Starting from the left edge attach the banner flags so the top of the flags roughly line up with the bottom edge of the top picture until a flap overlaps the edge of the picture. You’re not after perfection….you don’t have the time! Repeat the pattern on the right side. Cut a 24-inch length of baker’s twine and tie a small bow on each end. Using mini glue dots, attach the twine across the top of the banner flags.

* Add a large sticker or die cut to the center between the flags, then top it off with your title, and any accents you like.

 In hope in just 15 minutes you have a page that you love as much as I do!

Got 30 minutes? Check back tomorrow for some tips to enhance this simple design.


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Chalkboard Menu Board

Hi everyone, we’ve been busy this week preparing for our big photo shoot of the Crafts Lab. The lab was opened just one year ago, and it continues to be an inspiring place for the Scrapbooks etc. staff to play and create. (We’ll take you on a tour of the Crafts Lab in an upcoming issue!)

In getting ready for the shoot, I pulled out a simple, but oh so fun product from my stash: Wallies peel-and-stick chalkboard sheets. It’s not a new product (and in fact its on sale right now on their website), but it just never ceases to be useful and fun in creating. I’d been thinking about adapting an idea I’d seen on Pinterest to make a chalkboard menu board in our kitchen, and while I had it out, I thought I’d give it a shot. This fabulous idea comes from Heather at WhipperBerry. Do yourself a favor and check out this blog. You’ll find a tutorial for this chalkboard project, as well as many other clever ideas.

menu board

Isn’t it awesome?! I wish I had the beautiful cabinet Heather used to recreate the board, but instead the end of my kitchen cabinet was available. To create my version of this ultra-cute board, I used two sheets of the peel-and-stick chalkboard sheets (in slate), and rounded two corners on each sheet. (You’ll get four 9×12″ sheets in a package.)

The next step was to die-cut words and circles from self-adhesive white vinyl sheets using my Plantin Schoolbook Cricut cartridge. (It looks like Heather used the Doodletype Cricut cartridge for her board.) I didn’t have good luck punching the circles from the vinyl, so I die-cut the white circles, and then die-cut the initials for each weekday out of the chalkboard sheets. The whole project took me about 30 minutes start to finish.


A dear friend of mine did remind me that I actually need to fill it in with menu items now. Small technicality, but I will. Next week.

Have a great weekend! Polly

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