Archive for July, 2008

Scrapping and Journaling your Vacation

July 31, 2008

Summer is almost over, and there is a pile of vacation photos sitting on your desk just begging to be scrapped. What are you going to do?  I’m here to give you a few ideas!

The most obvious and easiest way to take care of a great number of those pictures would be a mini-album. My favorite way to design a mini-album is to pick a few sheets of coordinating patterned paper (usually three different patterns work well), some coordinating embellishments, and some base cardstock and use only those things within a sketch. The sketch is key. It makes the assembly of the pages super simple. Here is the cover and a few pages I did for my cruise vacation last year… The flowers, Basic Grey papers, and flocked rub-ons carry through the entire album keeping it cohesive and allowing the pictures and journaling to become the main focus.

Going beyond the mini-album…Let’s do some single pages. The most favorite parts of your vacation need their own pages. Make extra copies of those pictures and give them their own special place in your albums.

Sometimes you find those pictures that touch your heart or tickle your funny bone. They may not be pictures of your favorite part of the vacation, but you want to document how the picture makes you feel.

This one started out with a conversation that happened while on vacation, but made me go off on a completely different tangent about picture taking.

And let’s not forget comparing the past and the present. So many of us have gone on vacations as young children or as newlyweds and then gone back to those same places many years later. It is so much fun to look at the old pictures and compare how things have changed or sometimes have stayed the same. Dig out some of those old vacation photos and do some side by side comparing!

Now, go make a dent in that stack of vacation pictures! You can do it!


Come see what we’re up to!

July 30, 2008

Finally getting back on track after returning from CHA-Chicago.  I have nothing witty to say today BUT here’s a peek of what you’ll get to see at tonight’s:

CHA Show & Tell

Time:  6-7:30pm

We will do another one on:

Sunday – August 3rd

Time:  4-5:30pm

Come and see all the goodies we’ve ordered and take part in our prizes too!  You know you want to.  After all, you DO have to make a list of all the things you’ll be getting when we get our new product in.

Look forward to seeing you!

Sunday Sketch

July 27, 2008

Did your weekend fly by as fast as mine did? I hope you found a few minutes to get your creative juices flowing. I’m still recovering from the CHA show and counting the days until the new products to arrive. I decided to change things up this week, sometimes when you’re in a creative rut it’s a good idea to try a new format. So this week I decided to do a sketch for an 8 1/2 x 11 double page spread.


And my layout, notice I mounted my pages on a black 12×12 pages so they would fit in my albums.

One of the great things about working in the store is the inspiration from the products customers put together. Yesterday, someone paired the great glitter paper from Doodlebug and Prima’s velvet strips. Once I saw them together, I couldn’t wait to play. Did you know the velvet strips are self-adhesive, you can’t beat that.

One sketch a week not enough for you? We finally received Page Maps by Becky Fleck. It’s a great idea book, complete with a deck of sketches you can throw in your crop bag.

Have a great week!

A new October Afternoon line coming soon!

July 24, 2008

Not one, not two, not three, but four new lines are being released in the next few weeks to months from October Afternoon. The first, being shipped to stores in the next few weeks is called “Hometown.” It’s a fresh color combination with teal, black, navy blue, leaf green, and the very trendy yellow. The patterns are really unique as well, my favorite being a piece called “Norm’s News.” It’s a collection of various articles and ads from actual newspapers, made to look like a sheet from your daily paper. The best part? It looks like you’ve spilled your coffee on it!

Here’s the other papers in the line, A side is on the top, B on the bottom (I think).

I made a few projects for the October Afternoon booth at CHA, I’m not one to do much altering, but this line was begging to be mod podged, I couldn’t stop!

Look for this new line to be in the store soon, and stay tuned for the other three lines–Weathervane, Night Light, and Good Cheer.

It’s not too late!

July 23, 2008

Rachel’s next installment:  Summer Acrylic Album has been rescheduled for August, stay tuned for the date.  The album will feature the line from October Afternoon and use of our Quickutz “Diesel” font in the store.  A great way to document all of your summer adventure photos!

CHA was a blast and we have a lot of goodies to show you.  As Houston mentioned, please make sure to join us for CHA Show & Tell next week Wednesday, July 30th.

Creative cheers,


CHA Summer Recap

July 22, 2008

Hi Everyone,

We just arrived back from Chicago and the Craft & Hobby Association Summer Tradeshow.  There were some amazing things on the floor.  My favorite being the new QuicKutz Revolution Love Machine, “the first motorized die-cutting machine from QuicKutz! With a 9-inch wide opening, this has the largest cutting area yet! Look forward to dies made specifically for this larger format, but keep in mind that this sleek machine works with all existing QuicKutz dies and is compatible with all dies on the market! With features this great, we’re certain you will fall in love with the Revolution Love too!”  This machine can do so many things with the exsisting dies and those that are yet to come.  The best part, it is much less expensive than the computerized machines and can handle a larger format than any other motorized die machine on the market.  It will be out by Christmas and would make a great gift for any paper crafter!

I also saw some amazing new Halloween papers from Heidi Grace, look for those in the store this fall!  Christyn and I had a lovely time chatting with Miss Heidi herself as you can see!

While I was on the floor I ran into the sweetest girls; Angela Daniels and Leah Fung.  Truly these are two of the nicest people I have ever met.  Leah was on the floor on assignment, look for a great end of the year buyers guide from her!  Angela was a gaurdian of the fabulous Fiskateer bling pins.  If you aren’t a Fiskateer yet, get on over to the Fiskars site and sign up!

Mary Kay was on the hunt for her favorite Halloween line and she discovered it at We R Memory Keepers.  I am sure you will be seeing a layout from her with this line!

There were so many wonderful papers, embellishments and ideas at CHA.  Make sure to check the store often this fall as these great lines arrive!

Hope to see you at our CHA Show and Tell on July 30th from 6-7:30pm!

Sunday Sketch

July 20, 2008

Wow…it’s been a crazy week here at CHA.  If you think the sneaks Mary Kay posted were good, wait until you see how beautiful they are in person.  We’re headed home this afternoon, but I couldn’t leave my sketchers without something to do.

for this layout I used the sweet baby girl papers from Imaginisce “Baby Powder” line.  These are great double sided papers perfect for mixing and layering.

Imaginisce Baby Powder


Have a great week and be sure to stop by for our CHA show and tell previews. We picked up lots of goodies to share.

Shape play

July 19, 2008

Hello everyone! I hope you are having a good weekend. Today, Bailey and I are going to show you how to have a little fun painting in shapes. This is a little bit different than what you might be used to doing, but the results are really neat!

You will need:

  • foil
  • ruler
  • permanent marker
  • liquid school glue
  • food coloring
  • paint brushes
  • solid colored cardstock for framing



You begin by deciding which shape that you would like to play with today. Bailey and I went with squares, but rectangles and triangles look great too!

Rip off some foil and using your ruler and permanent marker create a grid of your preferred shape. Make sure that not all your shapes are of the same size, but keep the solid grid lines. Bailey and I marked every other square in the grid line as 4 squares in one. So our pattern was large square, 4 square, large square, 4 square all throughout our sheet. After your grid is complete, crumple your foil just a little for a more dramatic effect, then straighten it back out.

Next you will prepare your “paints”. On a spare sheet of foil make seperate piles of liquid glue and drop a few drops of food coloring in. Using seperate brushes for each color, mix the glue and food coloring to create your paint.

Using your paints, begin to fill in your grid pattern. When your grid is completely painted, set aside to dry.

When it is completely dry, mount on your solid cardstock to create a frame for your child’s beautiful artwork.

Finally, hang on refrigerator or send to grandmom!

Happy craftin’


Gallon, Quart, Pint

July 17, 2008

Nope, this is not a shopping list. Gallon, quart, pint is a design concept that can help bring balance to your scrapbook layouts. The idea is to balance your use of color by using a lot of one color (gallon), some of another color (quart), and a tiny bit of a third color (pint).

In this layout, I used a gallon of cream, a quart of brown, and a pint of bright color (teal and punch).

This design principle can also be applied to cards. Here I used a gallon of green, a quart of cream, and a pint of orange.

The next time you create a layout, try using the gallon, quart, pint principle to add balance.

Card Class and Stamping Bellas!

July 16, 2008

Are you ready to start building up your handmade card library? Here’s your chance to make quick and fun cards for all occasions.  The class is on Sunday July 27th from 1pm-4pm. Below are the seven cards we will be making. So I hope you will join me. Call or stop in to sign up. 303-779-0024 

Card Class July 27th 1-4

Card Class July 27th 1-4



Stamping Bellas!!

Stamping Bellas!!

Here is a sneak preview of the cute Stamping Bellas stamps. As posted on our website we are having a party to introduce the new stamps to the store. You will not want to miss it. August 2nd from 1:00-5:00; then that night’s crop will have a Bella theme so the party can continue! Mark your calendars now.