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Sunny Days Paper Piecing

We love this paper piecing pattern from Valerie Salmon. Make it as a page in your scrapbook or as sumer wall decor on canvas.

Download the pattern here.

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Make a Chalkboard Clipboard

Update an old clipboard with chalkboard paint for an easy (and stylish) to-do list or a great way to keep kids entertained in car rides. See our step-by-step instructions below.

Step 1: Place painter’s tape across any areas you don’t want covered in paint. This will also help you make straight lines on the clipboard. Let paint dry.

Step 2: Once the paint is dry, prime the painted surface by rubbing chalk over it and then wiping it off with a cloth.

Step 3: Peel the tape off. Repeat the steps to add another paint color in the empty spaces. Or embellish with stencils, stickers, and other fun accents.

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Braid Your Paper

We love this great woven paper project from Lisa Storms in our August 2012 issue. It’s amazing the techniques you can do with just paper. Here are the step-by-steps for making this easy project.

Step 1: Adhere white and blue strips perpendicular onto second white strips.

Step 2: Adhere second blue strip perpendicular onto perviously adhered strips, as shown.

Step 3: Fold right white strip over to left side, being sure to line up with the left strips.

Step 4: Repeat with the left white strip over to the right side.

Step 5: Continue with next color; repeat, always making sure to keep your strips lined up.

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What’s Next?

Newsletters: E-mail newsletters will continue to come until August 30. After that, you will be given the choice of signing up for a Better Homes and Gardens craft e-newsletter, which will include paper crafting, general crafts, DIY gifts and decor, and scrapbooking.

Social Media: The Facebook and Twitter pages will be shut down at the end of August. Until that time, we will continue posting new scrapbook content and answering any scrapbook-related questions. Our Pinterest will stay up, but will be branded with the Better Homes and Gardens logo.

Website: The website will continue to receive updates and showcase new content through August. After that time, the website will remain up for inspiration and scrapbooking ideas.

Back Issues: If you missed an issue, or want to catch up, you can order past magazines here.

Questions: Any subscription and refund questions should be directed to our customer service e-mail: sbecustserv@cdsfulfillment.com. (They are very busy right now, so please be patient!)

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Scrapbooks Etc. Good-bye

On Friday, the past and present staff of Scrapbooks Etc. got together to say good-bye and celebrate what has been a great venture for everyone involved. We had a great time reminiscing on all the wonderful moments we’ve shared over the past 13 years. Here are some pictures from the party.

 

Melissa Inman (former editor), Michelle Rubin (editor), Heidi Palkovic (former editor)

Maria Charbonneaux (former staff writer), Brittany Hopkins (former staff writer)

Mary Heaton (copy editor), Katie Parker (former associate editor)

Lindsay Fullington (web editor), Katrina Widener (editorial assistant)

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Xyron E-Book

 

Xyron has just published its first eBook! Sticky Goodness Vol 1: The Best of Xyron includes great project how-tos—everything from summer layouts to holiday decorations. It’s FREE and is available for iPad here and as a PDF here.  

 

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April Photo Challenge: Guilty Pleasure

This April, we’re challenging all our readers to see their lives and the world around them with a creative eye. Follow our photo prompts every day. Upload your photos to Facebook (/scrapbooksetcmagazine) or Twitter (@scrapbooksetc) and tag us in your photo/post so we can see! Visit our blog every day for inspiration, great photo tips, and to see pics from our staff.

Today’s photo challenge is a guilty pleasure. Is it a food you know you shouldn’t eat? Is it a TV show you just can’t get enough of?

See my guilty pleasure picture below. I absolutely love day trips. My friends and I can find the strangest tourist attractions in the smallest towns and make a day of it. This picture is from The Grotto of Redemption in West Bend, Iowa. The Grotto is a composite of nine separate Grottos, each portraying a scene in the life of Christ–and all made of rocks! It includes the largest collection of precious stones and gems found anywhere in one location. It’s amazing.

 

Keep following along with us with these daily photo prompts!

 

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Get to Know: Audrey Neal

 

1. HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN DESIGNING? I have been designing since 2007.

2. WERE YOU A SCRAPBOOKER BEFORE STARTING TO DESIGN? IF SO, HAVE YOU ALWAYS BEEN DIGITAL OR DID YOU TRANSITION FROM TRADITIONAL PAPER SCRAPPING? I was a scrapbooker before I started designing. I actually started as a paper scrapbooker and worked for a number of scrapbooking companies and magazines during that time. I started experimenting with hybrid techniques after seeing the work that Tia Bennett and CD Muckosky (among others) were doing. After that, I got a chance to write a book with May Flaum about hybrid scrapbooking, which was a lot of fun. Not long after the book came out, my family moved to a different city and a much smaller house, which prompted me to switch completely to digital scrapbooking.

 3. WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE ITEMS TO DESIGN? I really enjoy making papers — something about the combination of patterns and colors really appeals to me. I also love making word art, too. I’ve been a quote collector for most of my life, so that just seems fitting.

4. HOW LONG DOES IT TYPICALLY TAKE YOU SO DESIGN A KIT? It really depends. If I’ve done a lot of the thinking and planning ahead of time, then I can sit down and crank out a kit in a few hours (with no interruptions). Usually, it takes me a handful of hours spread out over a few days, though — typically three or four.

5. WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR INSPIRATION SOURCES? Inspiration is everywhere — of course, Pinterest makes it really simple to find great color swatches or themes. A lot of times, I’m inspired by words or phrases and all of the associations that come along with them. Magazines ­­are a great source of inspiration, and so are CD covers — just music in general, actually.

 

CHECK OUT SOME PROJECTS FEATURING AUDREY’S DESIGNS:

 

Good Things designed by Audrey Neal

pen pals designed by Audrey Neal

Flatbread designed by Celeste Smith

Someday designed by Gennifer Bursett

This Love designed by Jennifer Hignite

belly button designed by Jennifer Peck

Inside her head designed by Shannon Dombkowski

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April Photo Challenge: Technology

This April, we’re challenging all our readers to see their lives and the world around them with a creative eye. Follow our photo prompts every day. Upload your photos to Facebook (/scrapbooksetcmagazine) or Twitter (@scrapbooksetc) and tag us in your photo/post so we can see! Visit our blog every day for inspiration, great photo tips, and to see pics from our staff.

Today’s photo challenge is a technology. What technology can’t you live without? Which technology do you wish wasn’t such a big part of your life?

See my technology picture below. It was taken at my laundr0mat. I love how the clothes look spinning around in the dryer.

 

 

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April Photo Challenge: Darkness

This April, we’re challenging all our readers to see their lives and the world around them with a creative eye. Follow our photo prompts every day. Upload your photos to Facebook (/scrapbooksetcmagazine) or Twitter (@scrapbooksetc) and tag us in your photo/post so we can see! Visit our blog every day for inspiration, great photo tips, and to see pics from our staff.

Today’s photo challenge is a darkness. It’s hard to take good pictures in the dark! But there are a few tricks to making sure your pictures turn out every time, even when the lighting isn’t very good. Make sure your camera is steady. Since taking pictures at night uses a slower shutter speed, any movement of the camera will cause a blur. If you have a camera that allows you to change it’s settings, increase your ISO, which allows your camera to take in more light.

See my darkness picture below. It was taken out of my hotel window on a recent trip to California. You can make out the palm trees against the lighting from the building behind, giving an unexpected picture of a typical photo opp.

 

 

Keep following along with us with these daily photo prompts!

 

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