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Happy National Scrapbook Day!

May 2, 2009

What better way to celebrate than by gathering together with friends and coming in to Scrapbook Destination for today’s Frenzy? While you’re in the store you can pick up papers from Basic Grey’s new Lime Rickey collection, like the Howdy Doody paper I used to make this card. Think bright, fun, and whimsical!



New Cosmo Cricket

April 9, 2009

Products from Cosmo Cricket’s new Snorkel and Girl Friday lines are in the store and they are so much fun! For this layout, I used the backside of one of the Girl Friday papers as my background and let the Snorkel chipboard be the focus of my design. I love those cute little fish and the way the curves of the waves follow one another!


144 Cupcakes

March 21, 2009

on Bella Blvd’s “Treats & Sweets” paper from their new “Sweet Celebration” line:


Here’s what I did with 18 of them:


The best part is that I still have 126 cupcakes left! 🙂

Card Instructions:

1. Cut a 5″ X 10″ strip from colored cardstock and fold it in half to form your card base.

2. Cut a 4″ X 4″ square from kraft cardstock.

3. Round all corners of the card and the kraft square.

4. Use a brown pen to write “yum” in the bottom right-hand corner of the kraft square; continue the pen line around the border of the kraft square.

5. Handcut three cupcakes from patterned paper.

6. Use pop dots to adhere the cupcakes to the kraft square.

7. Use pop dots to adhere the kraft square to the card base.

8. Enjoy! 🙂

Go Vertical!

February 25, 2009

Looking to try something new? Make a vertical two-page layout. That’s right, instead of lining up your pages side by side, try stacking one on top of the other. The layout below is composed of two 11″ X 8.5″ pages stacked vertically:


You can stack two 12″ X 12″ pages vertically, two 8.5″ X 11″ pages vertically, or do something I’ve been wanting to try: make a really long and narrow layout by stacking two 6″ X 12″ pages vertically. If you try vertical stacking and post to an online gallery, link us in the comments section here so we can see what you did!

An Ode to Thickers

January 17, 2009

If you’re looking for an alpha sticker set, chances are that there’s an American Crafts Thickers set that will work for you. These letter sets come in a huge variety of colors, textures, and fonts. There are basic serif and sans-serif fonts, script-y fonts, fun and playful fonts, and serious and scary-looking fonts. They come in just about every color imaginable, and are available in foam, felt, velvet, vinyl, chipboard, and glitter chipboard. I’ve been collecting Thickers over the years, and have recently discovered how much fun it can be to mix different sets to create a title:


If you haven’t discovered Thickers yet, come into the store to see the huge variety available!

Good Cheer

December 11, 2008

October Afternoon’s fun holiday line is in the store! Six double-sided papers feature a variety of winter and Christmas patterns, including snowflakes, polka dots, candy cane stripes, and snowmen. Here’s a layout I created using Good Cheer papers:


This Saturday, from 10-1, I’ll be doing a FREE make and take card using papers from the Good Cheer line. Here are two sample cards:


Remember that the Sixteen Days of Christmas are now in progress! Friday’s Sixteen Days of Christmas deal is 25% all Sports & School, including Custom school items, so be sure to stop in to take advantage of the Friday deal!

Any Way You Slice It

November 30, 2008

I’m having a lot of fun playing with my portable Slice die-cutting machine by Making Memories. I’ve never before owned a die-cutting machine and now can’t imagine life without one! The Slice comes with the fun Basic Shapes 1 cartridge that has several alpha sets and lots of – you guessed it – basic shapes (like stars, circles, hearts, frames, tags, etc.) I’ve also bought the Fall/Back to School cartridge, which has more alphas and lots of great themed shapes (leaves, a turkey, school supplies, etc.). I used my Slice to make Thanksgiving placecards, layering turkey shapes and leaves from the Fall/Back to School cartridge and adding tags from the Basic Shapes 1 cartridge tied with American Crafts’ ribbon :


I’ve also used the Slice to make embellishments for layouts. Instead of reaching for chipboard shapes I’m finding myself reaching for patterned paper or cardstock, cutting shapes with the Slice, and attaching some of them with pop dots for added dimension, like I did with the hearts in this layout here:


If you’re considering a die-cutting machine – for the holidays or just because – the Slice is a great choice. Compared to other die-cutting machines it’s very reasonably priced, it’s very portable, and the cartridges won’t break the bank and offer lots of fun fonts and shapes. An added bonus is that you can set the machine to cut your letter or shape at any size from 1″ to 4″, in 1/2-inch increments.


November 6, 2008

October Afternoon’s Weathervane line will be coming to Scrapbook Destination soon. Check out the fun fall layouts below using stickers and patterned paper (floral and woodgrain) from this line:



Fastest Layout in the West

October 16, 2008


Ten minutes. Yup! That’s all it took for me to make this layout:

Here’s how I did it. I turned an 8.5″ X 11″ piece of white cardstock and turned it to the landscape orientation. I adhered two 4″ X 6″ photos on the left with an even border around the top, bottom, and left side. Next, I tore the right edge of the cardstock. I glued the matted photos onto a 12″ X 12″ piece of black cardstock. I added stickers to the top left and bottom right corners of the mat – any kind of photo corner or large embellishment would work here. I added a title composed of Making Memories Tiny Alphas and American Crafts Thickers, journaled, and was done. Heck, it probably took me less time to make the layout than it did for me to write this blog post!


September 25, 2008

For the new Autumn Leaves Jenni Bowlin Thankful singleton journaling stamp (think fun and cheap).

For Pink Paislee’s new Vintage Moon collection (especially the striped paper with the gorgeous scalloped edge).

For Bazzill Yam cardstock (if you haven’t seen this color, it’s a must for fall projects!).

These three combine beautifully! I’m mulling over a layout idea, but in the meantime I threw together a cute tag – I’m thinking about putting one of these out at every place setting at the Thanksgiving table, asking everyone to write down what they’re thankful for,  and then joining them all together with ribbon or a binder ring for a quick and easy Thanksgiving keepsake.

I also created a card with the same three products, using just the image and word part of the stamp, punching it out and inking the edges, and attaching it with a pop dot:

Now I just have to wait two months to use these! 🙂