Sarah Hall

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Graduation Cards

There always seem to be an abundance of girl-theme handmade cards and gifts for inspiration. It’s hard to find the perfect idea for a guy. This year, two of my good guy friends are graduating so I lifted a graduation card design from our newest issue (on newsstands now). Instead of pink and frilly, I went with neutral colors with splashes of blue.

Note: For step-by-step instructions, see pages 94-95 of our June issue.

Here are a few card-making tips:
• Use patterned papers from a pack for hassle-free matching.
• You can still use girly papers for boy cards and pages. Try cutting a large floral patterned paper into strips, making the blooms unrecognizable and creating an interesting pattern.
• Go an nontraditional route for graduation cards. Instead of relying on school colors, think about what colors compliment your recipient’s personality and style.

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Coffee-Inspired Ideas

I am not a morning person. I am, however, a coffee person. The two projects below are inspired by the caffeine that takes the morning blues away!

The small shots in this layout showcase events from a recent trip. I crammed in large chipboard letters and layered sticker strips under the photos to create a busy look.

• Crop photos using a punch to keep grid snapshots unified
• Trim accents from patterned paper, as with the two birds on this page.
• Make an easy coffee mug piecing — Create two circles (one slightly smaller than the other) using a circle cutter. Cut off the tops of both circles so they are flat. Trim a handle from a smaller, punched circle. Add hand-drawn steam for a finishing touch.
• Prop up photos with adhesive to add dimension

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SOURCES Patterned paper: BasicGrey. Chipboard letters: Pressed Petals. Circle cutter: Fiskars. Photo corner: Crate Paper.  Stickers: SEI (“london,” green and white strips).

On a recent Starbucks run, I spotted this create-your-own tumbler. The customizable container is a great gift idea. However, there isn’t much room for embellishing. (To insert the design, you remove the bottom of the tumbler, then slide in the design around the actual drink container inside.) I made mine using rub-ons and letter stickers — and the letter stickers were a tight fit. It would probably be best with only rub-ons and a couple photos.

SOURCES Patterned paper: American Crafts. Letter stickers, rub-ons: SEI.

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Scrapper Spotlight

If you follow us on Twitter or are a fan on Facebook, you may have noticed that we’ve started featuring a scrapbooker and their layout, card, album, or project each week. We’re calling it “Scrapper Spotlight.” (#ScrapperSpotlight, on Twitter) Every Monday, I choose a photo from our gallery and post a link to the project along with the designer username and project title. Below are all the projects featured so far!

“Love Birds” by hiskid3232335

“10 Things I Love About Me” by zakirahzakaria

“Birthday Wishes” by janaeubank

“Wearing Your Hat” by sammarco54

“Fringe” by Margy E

Submit your photos to our gallery for your chance to be featured! Plus, leave a comment below if you have any feedback on our gallery. What do you like? What don’t you like? What could be added?

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Use Photo White Space

Fonts: Post-It (off the Internet), Bookman Old Style. Star Brush: Adobe.

A couple weeks ago, I had the opportunity to snap photos in front of Air Force One. (Well, the President wasn’t on the plane so technically it wasn’t Air Force One … but still!)

We had to take the photos relatively quickly so there wasn’t time for setting the camera just right. The flash flooded the sky creating an over-exposed look. I took this as an opportunity to use white space to the fullest in a digi page. I cropped the photo to page-width and let the top of the photo blend into the white background. I used the space for a large journaling block. To make the white base even more striking, I matted the entire layout on black.

To get a similar look on a traditional layout, add text to photo white space before printing.

Want more ideas for embellishing prints? Check these out.

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Photo Contest: Best Vacation Photo Ever

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Break out your all-time favorite vacation and travel photos!

Scrapbooks etc. is partnering with Tamron to bring you the Best Vacation Photo Ever contest, and three talented winners will receive one of Tamron’s ultimate all-in-one zooms. Never worry about switching lenses to get a great shot—near or far. And pack a lighter camera bag, too!


lensesGrand Prize: the award winning EISA Best Travel Lens 18-270mm VC that includes Tamron’s anti-shake system called VC. It’s a 15X zoom that gets your wide to ultra tele.

Second Place: 13.78X 18-250mm zoom.

Third Place: ultra compact 18-200mm zoom.

How to enter:

Click here to enter the contest. You must enter by June 1, 2010 to be eligible.

Good luck to all!

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Vacation Mini Album

I recently returned from a spring break trip to London. And because I’ve been seriously slacking at getting pictures up on Facebook (sorry, friends!), I made a quick mini album. I love this album because it’s only the most significant photos–the iconic and/or posed travel shots. It gives friends and family (and me, 20 years from now!) a quick overview of the trip.


The loud, 80s-inspired, cartoon-style is what I used to pull the entire album together. Because there is so much history behind European cities, intuition says to scrapbook it with a traditional and maybe more serious feel. In reality, London is modern and full of incredible color in everything from hit musicals to fashion choices to whatever shade or tint the London Eye (an enormous, enclosed ferris wheel) chooses to be on any given night. I wanted to capture that color.

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Tip: Print wallet-size photos for easy mini album scrapping.

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Tip: Cut an embellishment from patterned paper (as I did with the heart) and pop it up with adhesive to distinguish it.

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Tip: Use large letter stickers to ground photos and patterned-paper strips.

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Tip: Add extra details to patterned paper. I doodled swirls inside the polka dots above to enhance the album style.

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Tip: To add texture and dimension, crease a piece of ribbon and attach with glue dots.

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Tip: Cut down on wasted supplies. Layer paper scraps under a photo to draw attention to the shot.

page 8Tip: Don’t underestimate simplicity. This is one of my favorite photos from the trip. I framed the photo with a piece of ribbon and a paper strip to give it all the attention.

Speaking of travel photos … In 2 days we’re launching the “Best Vacation Photo Ever” contest. Start sorting through your snapshots and check back here on Thursday for more details!

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Pretty Paper Skirt

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Paper may be the most basic scrapbook supply but it’s also the most versatile. I crafted this skirt from patterned paper to put my personal twist on a Parisian-style dress form I received as a Christmas gift. It’s so easy!

What You’ll Need:

• Approximately 10 pieces of patterned paper (I bought a pack of paper to make matching easier.)
• Paper cutter or scissors
• Wide ribbon
• Glue gun


Cut strips of patterned paper in varying sizes and put aside in piles. Cut a length of ribbon that measures the circumference of the dress form “waist” plus a little extra to tie a bow. Lay the ribbon flat. Starting with the wider pieces of paper, attach strips to the ribbon using the glue gun. Create 2-3 layers of paper across the ribbon to fill in all gaps when the skirt is wrapped around the form.

Repeat these steps–cutting a length of ribbon that fits a lower section of the form–to create a layered look as shown in the photo below.

skirt close upSOURCES Patterned paper: American Crafts (purple), BasicGrey (all other). Ribbon: Michaels.

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Scraplift Inspiration

One of my favorite things about scrapbooking–and crafting in general–is the creative sharing that occurs. Scraplifting can open my eyes to different styles and ideas. Plus, it gives way to fast scrapping! I challenge myself to look at every page and think of a way to suit it to my needs.

Though children aren’t a part of my life right now, I fell in love with this page by Erica Hernandez. (Get full details of the page here.)


My take is below. (I used an Abba song featured in Mama Mia as inspiration.) I trimmed bees and flowers from the base patterned paper to use as pop up accents.. My title is larger to emphasize the theme, and I rounded the corners of the photos for a softer look. Because the background is so busy, I mounted both the photos and title letters on white cardstock, and outlined the edges of each letter with a black marker to make them stand out even more.


SOURCES Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: BasicGrey. Letter stickers: SEI.

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Spring Fever Flowers

There’s still tons of snow on the ground outside SBE headquarters but I’m already in a spring state of mind! (Or a state of denial, maybe?) So, in the spirit of the spring, I took something old and made it new. These blooms are made from leftover ice blue and white cardstock, topped off with vintage-style buttons.

Flower bouquet made from buttons, patterned paper.

To make the flowers, punch shapes from cardstock, then punch a smaller hole in the middle of each shape. Layer the punched shapes over the button loop in the back.

Cut two strands of floral wire of the same length and twist them together to create a sturdy stem. To attach the stem to the flower, thread the wire through the button loop, then twist it around the loop to secure.

Back of flower made from button, cardstock.

I wrapped patterned paper around an empty salsa jar (attaching with glue dots) to create a cheery vase. To make the flowers stand upright, I poured sea glass into the vase. I also found that if I looped the wire like a hook at the bottom, the flowers were sturdier.

Just because I think the buttons are too cute, here’s a close up!


SOURCES Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: K&Company. Buttons, ribbon, sea glass, wire: Michaels.

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We love our readers!

Will you be an SBE valentine?

We’re giving away a scrapbooking goodie bag each day for the next 14 days to celebrate how much we love our readers. To enter, leave a comment on this post letting us know how long you’ve been reading SBE. (Make sure to use your true email address when submitting a comment. That’s how we’ll let you know if you’re a lucky recipient!) I’ll choose one person at random every day at 5 p.m. CST until Valentine’s Day. One comment makes you eligible for all 14 days!

Goodie Bag Recipients:

Feb 1 – Lisa F., subscriber for 2.5 years!

Feb 2- Sonia, scrapping since 2009!

Feb 3- Holly, reading for 3 years!

Feb 4- Veronica, reading for 2 years!

Feb 5- Sandra, reading for 3-4 months!

Feb 6- Annuli, new magazine reader, holiday paper piecing enthusiast!

Feb 7- Helen, subscriber for 2 years!

Feb 8- Nicole, reading for a year!

Feb 9- JillT, reading for 2-3 years!

Feb 10- Tammy, with us for a really long time! : )

Feb 11- Josie, reading for a few years!

Feb 12- Tiffany, subscriber for a year!

Feb 13- Ann, bought her first issue in Feb 2007!

Feb 14- Cari, reading since her first layout was published in 2004!

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