Archive for August, 2008

Belated Sunday Sketch

August 31, 2008

Are you like me and thankful for Labor Day if only because it gives you a chance to catch up on day to day things lost in the craziness of Back-to-School? I hope you have some time to scrap those memories. Here’s a two page sketch with room for several photos to help you get those juices flowing and maximize your scrapping time.

I finally got my hands on the beautiful Sonoma papers from Scenic Route, the soft pinks, reds and greens were perfect for these sweet photos of my sister and niece. Unfortunately, because of the dimension on both pages I couldn’t get a good scan and merging two photos into a spread is even trickier. (Maybe I’ll take MK’s PSE class so she can give me some tips on things like this…)

The sticker sheet had the perfect sentiments and I added an extra special touch by hand cutting a flower. To give the flower dimension, I hand cut three flowers, curled the petals and layered with foam squares.

Have a great week!

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Desktop cutie!

August 30, 2008

This week we are doing another craft from Paper Crafting with Kids magazine from Papercrafts. It is called the Button Beauty Bouquet and is a great gift for teachers, grandmas or neighbors! This craft is great for grade school children and up.

Supplies that you will need…

  • assorted buttons, felt flowers, paper flowers (I used Making Memories Blossoms and Buttons kit. It includes all these in varies sizes and coordinating colors.)
  • artistic wire
  • glass vase
  • decorative paper strip
  • ribbon
  • Supertape

Begin by dumping out all your assorted buttons and flowers in front of you. Cut off a 36″ piece of artistic wire and string a small button on and move it to the middle of the wire. Use the other end of the wire and thread it back through another hole in the button. This will be the top of your flower stem. Your button should now be at the top of the wire with the two ends of wire matching.

Thread a medium and large button or flowers onto the two stems and twist the two ends of the wire around each other for about an inch. Thread another small, medium and large buttons or flowers on the wires and twist for another inch. Add your last set of small, medium and large, then twist the wires together all the way to the bottom. I ended up twisting the bottoms back up onto the “stem” to add strength to the stem as well as making the wires the right size for the vase.

Continue making stems until you are satisfied with how your vase is filled out. We made five stems for ours.

When you are done making stems and have added them to your vase. Cut your paper long enough to wrap around your vase and use supertape to adhere it to the vase. Use your ribbon to wrap around the paper and make a bow. I put a zot under the bow just to make sure the ribbon stays in place.

Enjoy!

Happy Craftin’!

Tara

Card Class!

August 29, 2008

Happy late Friday!

Hope you are starting to enjoy your 3 day weekend! We have some fun classes coming up at the store! I’m teaching a card class on Thursday Sept 4th from 6p.m.-8p.m. I will show you how to use the Scor-Pal and some great ways to use transparencies. I have also created a cute cupcake pattern that we will cut out and attach to a card. You will get to make 7 cards in all different occasions for $20. Its a great way to have handmade cards ready whenever you need them. If you would like to sign up just give the store a call at 303-779-0024 or stop in. The class is filling up fast so grab a spot while you can!

Hope to see you in class.

Here are a few photos of the cards we will be making:

Challenge Blogs

August 28, 2008

Heather mentioned the Journaler’s Junction challenge blog a while back and it got me thinking about the value of challenge blogs. They are wonderful ways to get your creative juices flowing if you’ve come to a standstill. Most of them have amazingly talented teams of designers that show you how they interpreted the challenge to give you a jumping off point.  I thought I’d give you a list of some of the ones I’ve used in the past. And I’ll share a layout I did using the beautiful new Sonoma line from Scenic Route, based on one of these challenges.

How Much is too Much?
Based on the idea that we scrapbookers have plenty of supplies and it really is OK if we use them. This every other week challenge is posted every Monday and challenges you to use up your stash. One layout I did had me use at least 100 brads. I traced a large flower with the brads, and ended up with a really cool layout. It’s not something I would have done on my own, because I might NEED those brads you know.

Scrap Your Crap
Another blog of the same idea, but they don’t have a set requirement on how many to use. I just found this blog through some friends. It looks like a lot of fun. 

I Inspire Me
The concept is this, you have things around you that can inspire you so go find them and be inspired. They use jewelry, stationary, cards, patterns on clothing, you get the point. It’s a very cool idea and the inspiration pieces they share are truly amazing. 

Color Combos Galore
This blog uses a guest challenger every week that picks a color palette to use. It’s amazing how different the layouts end up, even with the same starting point of color.

Scrapping to the Music 
I love the idea of this challenge blog. I have to admit I’ve never played with them, but I think I might be doing this soon. They pick a song and you can use any part of that song for your inspiration. They have a video with the song of the week for you to listen to and a great team of designers that show you how they’ve been inspired by the particular song.

Method Playground
I freely admit that I’m challenged by this particular blog, but I’ve always LOVED the results I get from the layouts I do from their challenges. They pick a method like painting or using transparencies and you have to come up with a layout. I love seeing what their designers come up with, it’s always so inspiring!

One Little Word
Just what it sounds like. One team member picks a word and you have 2 weeks to work on creating  a layout based on that word. They get some beautiful pages from this challenges. I’ve never actually played, but I do think about it often.

Sketch This
A weekly challenge using a sketch by Janelle Richmond, the designers do both layouts AND cards, something I could really benefit from! You just take the basic sketch and work with it to create your next layout. How easy can it be?

The Design eXperiment
This challenge blog is fairly new, but they are doing great things. They ask a question, you take it from there.

Scrap Faith
A challenge to scrap about what you believe, whether you are religious or not. Pretty deep and probing topics, they get to the heart of your faith. 

Scrapjacked!
Fun concept, they pick an artist and a layout, you get to scraplift.  

The Dares
I don’t really know how to describe these challenges, but they always make me think. Check them out. 

Now by no means is this list comprehensive. I did a little web surfing, asked some of my friends who are regular challenge players, and did some research to find these, but I hope it’s given you a bunch of jumping off points for any kind of scrapping you’d like to do. Please post and let me know what you think of this list, and share your favorites with us as well. 

I’m doing a layout based on one of these blogs, I’ll post it this evening.

Deck the halls with boughs of holly….

August 27, 2008

Fa la la la la, la la la la…..

It’s August so of course it’s time to start thinking about the holidays!  It will be here before you know it so now that the kids are back in school it’s a good time to take some time for yourself and get those holiday projects done.  Be watching for upcoming classes in the store to help you do this.  Don’t forget, you can come in the store (when there is no class) during the day too to work on your projects.  We have ideas all over the store or you can get support from our awesome staff!

JUST ARRIVED IN THE STORE –  Here are some goodies to help tempt you:

Making Memories' Fa La La

Even the packaging for this line is nice enough to use on your projects, you’ll have to see when you come in.  And don’t be afraid to ask how.

ALSO:  We have more of the  Bo Bunny Beautiful Life Collection  back in the store.  Perfect for your autumn projects.

Creative cheers,

Rachel

Name banner

August 23, 2008

Today we are going to make a name banner. It’s the perfect decoration for a teenage girl’s room or locker! Just in time for back to school.

You will need…

  • Chipboard letter squares spelling out your name available at your favorite scrapbook store- Scrapbook Destination!
  • Patterned paper of your choice
  • Roger’s Dabber paint(s) in colors that coordinate with your paper
  • Crop-a-dile
  • Jump rings
  • Ribbon
  • adhesive
  • File… I used my Basic Grey file kit

Start by punching out the positive letters from the chipboard squares. Using your files make sure all the inside edges of your letters are clean on the square piece that are left. This includes any inside pieces such as on an a or e. After they are filed clean, use your paint dabber to paint over the entire front of the chipboard. After I made sure enough color was on the chipboard, I started at the top of the letter and pulled down with the dabber to make a clean lined look to my paint. Set aside and let dry for several hours.

When pieces are dry, cut 3 x 3 squares of your patterned paper and round the corners with your corner rounder. Use adhesive to attach the paper to the back of your painted chipboard square. Use your file again to file upwards on the outside edges of your squares blending the paper and the chipboard together and easing off any extra paper that is over the edge.

I used a second color of dabber to add a distressed edge to mine. The green was a little loud and I wanted to soften the look. This is when you would add that distressed edge.

Decide if you would like your name to hang vertically, such as in a locker, or horizontally on a wall. Measure out equal distance either on the top of your squares for vertical hangings, or on the sides for horizontal hangings. I used one inch to seperate my holes. The smaller hole for the crop-a-dile works well if you are planning to hook your squares together using jump rings. The larger hole works well for ribbon.

I punched two hole on each side of my squares, except my outside two squares. I punched one large hole in the upper left corner of the first letter and the upper right corner of my last letter. I attached all my letter together with jump rings. Then I attached ribbon tied into the larger upper corners, knots to the front, in order to hang horizontally. When hanging vertically, punch two holes in the top corners of the first letter. The last letter should only have holes at the top to attach it to the upper letter.

Feel free to embellish further with buttons or flowers to add your own distinct look.

Hang it and enjoy!

Tara

Scenic Route Class

August 22, 2008

Where has the summer gone?  The kids are already back in school and now is the time to get caught up on those summer and back to school photos that you have stored away on your computer!. This great layout class features wonderful papers, die cuts, stickers, and chipboard from Scenic Route.  You will leave the class with four one page layouts, and sketches to make them two pages if you like, as well as one two page layout.  There are tons of extras in this kit including Scenic’s fabulous chipboard Stencil Letters, it’s like getting two alphas in one! 

Join Houston for this great class on August 28th at 6pm, call the store to sign up and reserve your seat for this Scenic tour!

Crop for a great cause

August 19, 2008

Scrapbooks Etc magazine is hosting a nationwide event to raise money for Breast Cancer Research, and we’re going to be a part of it again this year. Last year we had a fabulous time, and this year it’s going to be great again.  This year we’re doing another “sleep away” crop, this time at the Sheraton DTC. We’ll have lots of crop space, delicious meals, prizes, make-n-takes, challenges, and tons of fun.

Join us for the entire weekend, which includes two breakfasts, a dinner buffet, prizes, make-n-takes & a generous donation to Breast Cancer, for $260 per person, double. If you’d like to come Friday only, it’s $190 per person double for dinner Saturday and breakfast Sunday, as well as prizes, MnTs and the donation. There are more details on our website; get your friends together and call today to sign up before we run out of room!

Sunday Sketch

August 17, 2008

Welcome to a new week, I hope you were able to swing by the store and pick up some of the great deals at the garage sale.  I love searching for a good bargain!  Or maybe you came by to pick up some of the new Basic Grey or Scenic Route papers. Now it’s time to put some of those goodies to use. This week’s sketch was inspired by the contact sheets you get back with your photos when you have them printed at a lab.  It’s a great way to get lots of pictures on a single page.  Always print your photos at home?  Not to worry most photo editing programs have a contact sheet option, too.

I was lucky enough to score a couple of the new Basic Grey papers at CHA and have been waiting for the perfect project.  Eva is my favorite of the three new lines that came in the store. 

For this page I used ‘pannier’ and ‘extravagance’ papers along with some yummy velvet ribbon from Making Memories and quickutz fonts(blossom and metro).

 Hope everyone has a great week!

Rainy day experiments

August 16, 2008

Since we are experiencing some great rainy days, I thought you might enjoy some easy experiments that you and do with your children to enjoy the days.

This page was copied from 175 More Science Experiments to amuse and amaze your friends by Terry Cash.

Happy rainy day!

Tara