November 2011

16 posts.

Keep It Simple this Holiday Season

If you’re  having a holiday get together and want a clever invitation to spread the word, we’ve got a super simple idea for you. Tie tags printed with the party information to a glass ornament with twine. For this invite, print the greeting and party specifics on separate sheets of cardstock, punch with a scallop square punch (Stampin’ Up), join back-to-back with adhesive, and tie the tag to an ornament with bakers’ twine. Easy!


Though we wouldn’t recommend dropping them in your nearest mailbox, they’re easy to deliver to co-workers or neighbors, and act as a party favor and invitation all in one! Apply the same idea to cookie cutters to invite friends to a cookie exchange.

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February Issue Sneak Peek

Our February issue officially goes on sale December 27! It’s full of our best storage tips, awesome Valentine’s cards, winter layouts, and journaling ideas! Here’s a sneak peek and make sure to check out the full issue next month. Not a subscriber? Sign up here! For international subscribers, e-mail




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Honeycomb Scrapbook Page


Honeycomb and hexagon shapes are one of the top scrapbooking trends of 2012. The classic geometric shapes fit perfectly as the background for this sweet as honey page. But these shapes are perfect for interesting photo crops, bold designs, and dimensional accents. See the step-by-step to make this layout by Erica Hernandez below.



Step 1: Gather your materials: cardstock, pen, pattern, craft knife, cutting mat, ole punch, adhesive foam.


Step 2: Trace the pattern several times on cardstock and hand-cut the shapes with a craft knife.


Step 3: Punch holes in some of the cutout shapes.


Step 4: Apply adhesive foam to the cutouts.


Step 5: Mount the shapes on the cardstock, arranging them next to the holes.


Step 6: Print a title on cardstock and place the overlay on top.


Step 7: Use a paper-piercer to poke tiny holes.

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Rescue Pics for Your Phone


Camera phones ensure you never miss the perfect photo opportunity, but capturing special moments doesn’t do any good if you don’t know how to get the photos off your phone. Try these ideas for rescuing those memorable images. (As always, be sure to check the instruction manual for info specific to your phone.)

E-mail yourself
Many phones offer e-mail capabilities, so you can send the photos to yourself and download them to your computer.

Swap cards
Some phones give you the option to save photos to a memory card like the one your camera uses. Just eject the card and take it to a photo-processing kiosk or a card reader.

Plug in
Connect your phone to a USB port on your computer using a data cord. Many photo-software applications, such as iPhoto, Microsoft Media Center, and ACDSee Photo Manager, will detect photos on your phone and download them.

Forget wires
If your phone has Bluetooth capabilities, you can transfer photos to a Bluetooth-enabled computer.

Upload with ease
Some photo services, such as Flickr, Snapfish, Shutterfly, and Walgreens, have mobile apps that allow you to upload images from your phone to store, share, and print.


Get tips for using your camera phone pics on a layout here.

See how to scrapbook Facebook pictures and comments here.


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A Card Sketch That’s Coming Up Rosettes

I love paper rosettes!  When I created this sketch, I planned to use this pretty accent on the card.  They can be purchased pre-made or you can also try your hand at making these yourself.  If you haven’t tried making one of these, you’ll be amazed at how easy it is to make one.  Just score at every 1/4″ of a 12″ strip and fan-fold it.  Glue the free ends together, push down into a rosette, and secure the center with a glue dot.  They are fun to create and you can customize them to coordinate with your card papers.

Happy card-making!

Designed by Valerie Salmon of Got Sketch?

“Happy Thanksgiving” Card

Designed by Valerie Salmon

SOURCES  Patterned papers (Scenic Route).  Rosette die (Sizzix).  Cardstock (Bazzill).  Woven label (Me and My Big Ideas).

Designer’s Notes:  

I used a rosette die that cuts and scores at the same time.  All I had to do was fan-fold the strip, join the ends together, and glue the center with a strong adhesive.  Happy Fall!

“Wish” Card

Designed by Lisette Gibbons

SOURCES  Cardstock: Papertrey Ink | Patterned Pape + Die-Cut Flower: Farmhouse Collection |  Punch: Martha Stewart : Ribbon: Kari Me Away | Die: Papertrey Ink (Tiny Tags)

 | Ink: Stampin’Up (Night of Navy) | Clear Stamp: Papertrey Ink (Tinky Tags) | Corner Rounder: Zutter | Die-cut Machine: Sizzix Big Shot

Designer’s Notes:  

I chose a flowery (busy) patterned paper as the background to maintain the impact of the design.

Designed by Kimberly Neddo

SOURCES    Paper: Bella Blvd-Christmas Wishes: Star stripe, North Pole and Candle Light;.  Stickers: Bella Blvd-Christmas Wishes: Just Write Journaling and Alpha and Bits.  Flower: Bella Blvd- Baby Blossoms- Champagne

Designer’s Notes:  

I created the flower by cutting a strip of paper 12″ x 1 1/2″ and then pleating it evenly. I used glue to adhere the ends together and letting it fan out into a circle. Attached with a glue dot. Followed by adding a blossom flower and some inked edges for a completed look to this card.

“Thank You” Card

Designed by Ingrid Danvers

SOURCES  Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (Kraft), Papertrey Ink (Rustic White) | Patterned paper: Crate Paper (Random Collection) | Clear stamps: Papertrey Ink (Big & Bold Wishes) | Ink: A Muse Studio (Currant) | Felt: Papertrey Ink (Autumn Rose) | Button: A Muse Studio | Twine: Creative Impressions | Adhesive dots: Zva Creative | Dies: Papertrey Ink (Doily Details, Beautiful Blooms II #1 Die Collection, Sending You Die Collection, Large Scalloped Border Die) | Tools: We R Memory Keepers (Corner Chomper), sewing machine

Designer’s Notes:  

Sketches are a great inspiration. You can strictly follow the sketch or you can use certain elements. Instead of using a rosette on my card I let the rosette in the sketch inspire me to create a layered flower as focal point on this card. Adhere the different layers with foam dots to create more depth.

“One in a Million” Card

Designed by Rae Barthel

SOURCES  Cardstock: (black) Hobby Lobby.  Patterned paper: (Breakfast Nook, Cloth Feed Sacks, Prairie Grass, Refrigerator Magnet from Picadilly collection) BasicGrey.  Accents: (tin title from Vintage Vogue collection) Pink Paislee; (black sparkle border sticker) White Blossom.  Fiber: (red baker’s twine) Martha Stewart Crafts.  Tool: (corner rounder punch) We R Memory Keepers.  Other: foam tape

Designer’s Notes:  

I was so excited when I saw Valerie’s sketch and knew exactly what I wanted to do: create a rosette! Have you tried making your own yet? It’s super simple, here is how I made mine. First, cut a strip of paper 1 1/2″ x 12″. Accordion fold the entire strip about every 1/4″ – 3/8″. Adhere the two ends together to create the rosette. I then take a glue dot and put it in the center of the rosette to sort of hold it together before I adhere the piece to my card front. Last step is to embellish the center of the rosette as you choose!

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

Get ideas.  Be inspired.  



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Make a Wish

It’s 11/11/11 today. We admit that we don’t actually believe this day has special powers, but that’s not going to stop us from making a wish! Highlight a wish on a scrapbook layout, whether it’s from a birthday, a penny in a wishing well, or 11:11 on the clock. Use the above layout for inspiration!

Sources: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: BasicGrey. Font: Prissy Frat Boy off the Internet. Stickers: American Crafts. Die cut: Prima Marketing, Inc. Felt accents: Heidi Swapp. Buttons: Autumn Leaves.

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Honor Veterans in a Layout

This Veteran’s Day, remember and honor family and friends that have fought for this country through a scrapbook layout dedicated to their service.



Design by Erica Hernandez

When you have only a small photo, give it star quality with an uncluttered design and a few well-chosen embellishments. To boost the presence of her grandfather’s World War II military portrait, Erica framed it and filled the extra spaces with punchy colors. The frame’s dark edges match the feel and coloration of the photo. Add a date and place the photo was taken, as well as journaling about  your family member’s service.

Sources: Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 6.0. Font: Anorexia off the Internet. Digital elements: Falling for Retro kit by Paislee Press (ornamental embellishment), Triptych Frame kit by Rhonna Farrer (frames).



Design by Christa Paustenbaugh

Focus on a special role and use journaling to explain how it affects your daily life, as Christa did on this page about being a military wife. Create subtitles or small bits of journaling with pint-size letter stickers. Use a circle punch or another shape punch to transform scrap paper into easy page accents. Cut your journaling into strips, then group similar ideas on journaling blocks.

Sources: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: BasicGrey (yellow graph, green graph, gray stripe), Scenic Route Paper Co. (white graph), Studio Calico (yellow, numbers, wood-grain, map, green). Font: Rough Typewriter off the Internet. Stickers: Jenni Bowlin Studio (small letters), Studio Calico (all other). Chipboard accents: American Crafts (letters), Heidi Swapp (heart). Ribbon: American Crafts. Buttons: Michaels. Flower: Sassafras. Twine: Studio Calico.

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Another Advent Calendar to Love

After showing you Tania Willis’s spectacular Advent Calendar using Silhouette’s Advent Calendar (see it here), we thought you’d like to see another eye-catching Advent Calendar kit available from Elle’s Studio. They’ve added their tags to a 7Gypsies ATC & Photo Display, but you can hang them from a tabletop tree or string them on a banner. Enjoy!

This beautiful kit is available already printed, or as a PDF download, and comes with detailed, easy-to-follow instructions.


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Check out this Advent Calendar!

There’s no more visual (and fun) way to count down to the holidays than with an Advent Calendar. Silhouette America has a new Limited Edition Advent Calendar we think you should know about.  We’ve asked Designer Tania Willis to share her version of this vertsatile shadowbox calendar with you!

The Silhouette Advent Calendar’s a fully-assembled,  well-constructed, crisp white shadow box that measures just shy of 15″ square, with a depth of 3 3/4″.  The calendar comes with a download card to retrieve 48 different box and drawer shapes to use along with a Silhouette system.  You’ll need 25-50 pieces of patterned paper/cardstock to construct your calendar.  For the design I created, I used approximately 30 sheets of 8 1/2 x 11 cardstock.

I went with a non-traditional Christmas color scheme and cut a mix of boxes and drawers to add a little more character. Instead of cutting my boxes in numerical order, I chose to cut one color at a time to make sure that each color was visually balanced throughout. Cuttting the boxes took some time, but once they were all cut, I was able to assemble all 25 in less than 30 minutes.  The BEST part was giving each box its own personality as I decorated them with my favorite SRM Stickers and other miscellaneous Christmas-themed products.

This is one of those projects that can easily be completed in a single weekend, with the majority of the time spent cutting the boxes and/or drawers. It is one of the most rewarding projects I’ve ever completed and I look forward the delight it will bring to my children year after year. I have a strong feeling this will be the most popular alterable item this holiday season!

You can find additional detail images of the calendar on my blog, and you can buy your own Silhouette Advent Calendar ($39.99) directly from the Silhouette Store. Now through November 11th ONLY, you can purchase the calendar at a $10.00 discount, for only $29.99 by using Promo code: SRM.

For more ideas on how to use the Silhouette Calendar, check out Silhouette’s collection on Pinterest.

For a variety of advent calendar ideas, check out this slideshow with instructions! 



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How to Sell at a Crafts Fair

It’s our favorite time of year–Crafts Fair time! If you’re planning on taking your crafts from a hobby to a way to make income, there are a few things you need to know before setting up shop. Here is SBE’s guide to selling your handmades at a crafts fair.


1. Research. Do a little background check on your crafts fair. Who typically attends the show (ages, genders), how many people turn out, and how much will it cost to exhibit there? This info will let you know if your product will sell, how much of your product you should bring, and how much you need to sell to break even.

2. Price it. When you’re pricing your items, make sure that you’re getting back more than you spent on the craft. Yes, cheaper items do sell better, but you need to cover the cost of entering the crafts fair, too. Make sure all pricing is visible and each item is labeled clearly. Items that could get dirty, such as cards, should be slipped into clear cellophane bags. Put a price sticker on the bag so it doesn’t ruin the craft.

3. Bring a buddy. Crafts fairs can be long and, at some times, slow. Bring a friend to talk with during the event, help with customers, and watch the table during bathroom breaks.

4. Show off. Bring a few crafts to work on while you’re manning the table. Customers love seeing you do your work. It lends authenticity to your crafts and encourages them to ask questions about your products.

5. Get creative. Help your work stand out in a crowd with a pretty display. Although it’s tempting to lay all your items flat on the table, it makes your crafts hard to see from across the room. Display your crafts in a natural setting. For instance, if you’re selling jewelry, display items on decorated mannequin heads. If you’re selling Christmas cards, try hanging them from a Christmas tree or as a garland across your table.

6. Collect contacts. Build a customer base while you’re at the crafts show. Have an e-mail sign-up list or have a place for shoppers to drop business cards. Then you can e-mail them product updates and news about where else you’ll be selling.

7. Promote yourself. Have your business cards available or attach your contact information to each purchase. A simple phone number or e-mail will give shoppers easy access to your products after the fair is over, which can lead to more purchases. It also gives those shoppers who don’t want to buy today a chance to buy in the future.

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