October 2011

16 posts.

Beautiful Order from Ribbon Chaos

We wanted to share with you an ingenius idea we found on the blog, Bee-Inspired. The blog’s author, Gabi, is a South African teacher, living in South Korea, who teaches English and loves to craft and cook. She sure inspired us…welcome Gabi, and thanks for sharing your idea with us!

I’m always amazed at how quickly my craft area goes from organized to absolute chaos. I have also realized that I often don’t use certain things because they get lost in between all the other stuff and I forget that I have them. My ribbons, lace and elastics are usually all tangled up and sometimes I find a ribbon and think: “this would have worked so well in my previous project, if I had known that I had it.”

I took science at school and although I didn’t always understand (listen) much I did get one thing. The Law of Energy Decay states that every system (in this case my crafts) left to its own devices always tends to move from order to disorder (chaos). There you have it – the reason why my room never stayed tidy when I was in school and the reason why my craft corner looks the way it does now.

Here is a simple project I made to store my ribbons and lace, and I even recycled a bit (patting myself on the back) while doing this.

You will need:

Toilet rolls (the amount depends on the size of your hanger)
Hanger of your choice (a multi-level pants hanger works well for this)

1. Cut the toilet roll
2. Place it around the hanger and tape it closed
3. Wrap ribbon/lace/whatever around the roll and do this with as many rolls as you need. (If you don’t want the ribbon unwinding every 2 seconds I would advise using a pin to secure it)
4. Ta DA!!

Some superheroes have one archenemy that they fight continually throughout their lives. One of mine is the ‘tendency towards disorder’ – the score for battles won is not in my favor BUT at least I’m on the scoreboard now:)

I hope this helps you sort through your ‘missing’ treasures, although I’m sure you are all very organized ;)

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A Tribute to Apple

Yesterday, Apple, Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs passed away after a battle with pancreatic cancer. But Jobs’ contributions to the world will live on–especially in scrapbooking. The layout by Janna Wilson, below, uses photos she snapped with her iPhone for a creative way to document unexpected photo opps. The iPhone (and other camera phones) have made capturing moments on the fly easier than ever. Unfortunately, too often these photos either star stored on your phone, e-mailed or texted to friends, or uploaded to a social network, and never actually printed out. Give a nod to Steve Jobs by using photos from your iPhone to tell a story of where you’ve been, things you’ve seen, and moments that were special enough to grab a photo. Follow these tips for printing–and using!–them.

 Sources: Patterned paper: Bella Blvd. Font: Smiley Monster off the Internet. Stickers: Making Memories (letters), Chatterbox (felt heart). Transparencies: Cut & Create Designs (circle date), Creative Imaginations (negative frame). Brad: BoBunny Press. Punches: Fiskars.



  • Including several small camera photo pictures on a single page is a quick peek into your life at a particular time.
  • Print photos smaller than you might normally–phone photos are often lower-resolution than those from standard cameras.
  • Include photos that other people have sent to you on your phone.
  • Edit your photos if necessary. There are several free programs available to do this (we show you our faves below!)
  • Include captions that tell a short blurb about the photo if you don’t have room for longer journaling.
  • Mat photos with a small white border to make them appear larger and help them stand out on your layout.
Edit your pics with your iPhone:
  • Adobe Photoshop Express: This mobile version of the popular image-editing software provides basic tools, such as cropping, lighting adjustments, conversion to black-and-white, and vintage and vignette effects. (free)
  • Camerabag: This app allows you to apply eight different professional filters to your photos. ($1.99)
  • Picoli: This traditional photo-editing program lets you edit the brightness and sharpness of your images and offers such effects as sepia, night vision, and color dithering. ($4.99)
  • Pano: Use Pano to create seamless panoramic photos with up to 16 photos. ($2.99)


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A Little Fall Color

Today we’re welcoming graphic designer and blogger Jessica Tierney, who’s sharing with us an inspiring color board full of beautiful seasonal color. Jessica shares her passion for food, photography, and design on her blog, Jessica Tierney Designs. 

I can think of no better palette to welcome in the fall season than these rich and warm shades that play an ever present role in our homes this time of year. Inspired by sweet macintoshes, delicious pumpkin pie, savory butternut, earthy birch and vivid shades of mustard to spice things up!

{images via Hannah of Honey and Jam, The Ardent Sparrow, Maplesyruponly}

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Tape Love

Decorative tape—from Japanese washi tape to patterned gaffer tape—has become a fun and easy way to add some color and pattern to your scrapbook pages and papercraft projects. It’s so much fun, we featured an entire story on it in our December issue (on newsstands Oct. 18), and now, of course, we’re all smitten.

So we decided to share our obsession with you and give you a list of our favorite decorative tape sources. Enjoy!

Also, check out how to use decorative tape creatively in your layouts here. 

7Gypsies Gaffer Tape

American Crafts Mixtape

Cute Tape

Hambly Screen Prints

Love My Tapes

MT Masking Tape


Pretty Tape on Etsy

Tim Holtz Idea-ology Tissue Tape




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Scrapping for Breast Cancer

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Every year a quarter of a million people in the U.S. are diagnosed with breast cancer. Although we may sometimes feel helpless to stop this disease, our favorite scrapbook companies are offering us a chance to follow a hobby and support a cause. See these scrapbook products that you’ll love to craft with and that will help breast cancer research.



Duck brand, the makers of Duct Tape, have released a pink line of products to benefit breast cancer research. The line includes pink duct tape, pink bubble wrap cushioning, and packaging tape. They’re promised to donate up to $1.50 per product sold to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.



Me & My Big Ideas, a big scrapbook supplies manufacturer, has also partnered with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation to donate up to $10,000. They have many different pink products currently on the market, including paper kits and stickers.




Sharpie is starting a pink revolution. For every pink autograph signed and submitted to http://www.sharpie.com during the month of October, they will donate $1 to City of Hope, the leading global medical cancer treatment and research center. Check back later this month to see our signatures.




Meredith Corporation, the company that publishes Scrapbooks Etc., helps sponsor the Read for the Cure program. This website allows you to subscribe to a variety of magazines, of which 10% of each subscription payment is donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

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Here Come the Holidays!

Here at SBE HQ, we’ve just wrapped up our December issue, which means we’ve had Christmas on the brain. So we wanted to share with you some of our favorite holiday scrapbook lines from the Craft and Hobby Association trade show in July. (If you’re looking for ideas on how to use them, check out our December issue on newsstands October 18!)

In the December issue, we featured this cute Dr. Mr. Claus line from Cosmo Cricket. We love how it combines traditional colors with whimsical images. Fun!

Speaking of cute, Doodlebug Design‘s Santa’s Workshop Collection is all kinds of adorable with it’s modern colors and prints.

Also, have you seen the new Doodle-Pops? They are fun dimensional stickers that work well with Doodlebug’s card line or on a page. They’re great for holiday cards. We love this guy. (Sorry for the poor-quality photo! We took it at CHA in the card rack!)

Another favorite is the Peppermint Collection from Crate Paper. It’s very vintage.

And check out this giant rosette that humg over the Crate Paper booth at CHA.

My Little Yellow Bicycle’s Wonder & Wishes line take a simple, straighforward approach with traditional holiday colors:

If vintage is your thing, you’ll love the new Christmas line from Jenni Bowlin Studio.

Fancy Pants Designs’ St. Nick line combines traditional color with aqua and yellow for a unique look.

And while they aren’t paper lines, we couldn’t resist adding these new dies from Sizzix. See the dies in action here and here. We might have to consider these dies for our holiday cards.


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