Archive for the ‘Designer’s Corner’ Category

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!

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Using up your product, part 2

April 16, 2009

This week’s assignment, use your paper scraps. Here are a few fun ways to use up small pieces of paper. Pleating strips of paper uses up more paper than using just a flat strip. It also adds some nice texture and dimension to your projects.

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A patchwork pattern can fill up the entire space, and adds a great visual element as well.  Add some stitching to divide up the blocks if you’d like.

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Crazy quilting isn’t just for fabric, use the same concept in your papercrafting, just start cutting and gluing. Don’t worry about overlapping, it just adds to the character. I added some trim for extra texture.

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Making your paper go 3D allows you to use just a bit more. This fun spring card was quick and easy, any punch could be used.

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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!

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Silhouette Fun

April 7, 2009

I finally got to spend a little time playing with my Silhouette and I have to tell you that I am in love with this machine, it can do so many things!  qk-basket1

First I made this little goody basket by downloading three shapes… the basket, the egg border, and the flowered egg.  I cut the basket out and then the border and egg using a different color.  I glued it all together and voila!  It was so quick and easy, seriously less than five minutes including the download time.

try-1I wanted to try out masking with pieces from the Silhouette.  I began by downloading the Days of The Week Border.  I cut it out with scrap paper and then used some repositionable adhesive to stick it onto my layout background, then I sprayed over it with Ranger Colorwash, blotted a few heavy spots and let it dry.  Within an hour I had a very one of a kind layout!

A few things that you should know….

With the Scrapbook Destination Silhouette code you can get unlimited downloads for a whole year at 14.99 per month!  It’s an awesome deal! 

We are having a QuicKutz Sale!!!!!

Starting tomorrow…

Select 2×2 spring shapes, $2.99 single, $5.99 double
All 4x4s singlekutz, Buy One, Get One Free
Select Border dies, Buy One, Get One Free
Nesting Dies, $17.99
 
Sale runs through April 24.

Springtime QuicKutz Cards

March 31, 2009

Here are a two fun little cards I made with the new QK Springtime release! 

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A few QuicKutz Tips:

Use foam squares to layer your die cuts for some added dimension!   Layer different colors of the same die cut to gain even more depth.

Give your die cuts some definition with colored pens or pencils.  Don’t be afraid that you’ll mess up, remember you can always cut another one.

Ink the edges of your die cuts with a deeper tone of the same color, it makes them look more “alive” and not like flat bits of paper.  To get into really hard to reach areas use an eye shadow applicator, you can buy them in packs at your local drugstore.

Choose the patterned paper you want to work with first so that you can easily match your cardstock for your die cuts, voila a coordinated look!

 

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These fun dies are now in the store and just waiting to adorn your springtime cards and layouts!

On this snowy day in Denver…

March 26, 2009

I’m sharing a layout about my summer vacation last year. I love the technique I used on the photos and want to share it with you!

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First, find two (or more) pictures you would like to curvify. (You like that word? I just made it up. heehee) I’m using two different colored pieces of paper for illustrative purposes.

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Apply adhesive to the edge of one of the pictures.

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Layer your pictures making sure that the edges line up on both ends.

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Take a deep breath. This is where it gets a little ‘artsy.’ Cut your curve! Holding your pictures up to a light source can help you navigate around those details that you want to keep in each picture.

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When you place your pictures on your page you could put them as close together (even touching!) or as far apart as you would like and your curves will match perfectly!

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Go have some fun!!

144 Cupcakes

March 21, 2009

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

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Here’s what I did with 18 of them:

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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! 🙂

How To Use Up Your Product…

March 13, 2009

so you can buy more! 🙂 I have a problem that I think I share with a lot of scrapbookers. We buy pretty papers and products that we love. We can’t bear to use them because they are so pretty. But one day you discover you have way too many pretty papers and products–and nowhere to store them anymore. You could buy more storage and kick someone out of their room. Or you could start using all those pretty papers and products up. I have a sneaking suspicion that in the next month or two you’ll be walking around Mary Kay’s store and find yet more pretty things to buy. Can anyone relate?

I had a goal this week to use up a bunch of letters/buttons/papers/rubons that I had purchased. Most of the papers had already been cut into, so I decided to make cards. This is what I had to work with:kit

The first thing I wanted to use up (mind you, this is kind of hard to wrap your head around, the concept of using up, but I promise it’s very liberating…) was some felt letters from Creative Cafe. You could insert any manufacturer there. I have far too many packages, missing just a few letters, of the American Crafts Thickers. And I keep saving them. And American Crafts keeps making more cute fonts, more fun forms–I didn’t think I’d like anything better than the Daiquiri foam font, then they came out with the Sweater felt font, then the Chit Chat puffy font. So you really don’t need to worry about using them up, there’ll always be more.

Back to my goal…here’s what I did with the half used package of letters.

I bet you don’t often use up many of the numbers, I know I don’t. So I took almost all that I had and put them on the front of a card, used a label sticker to stamp “I LOVE YOU” on and then on the inside I stamped “FOR A NUMBER OF REASONS.” A very quick card that could be adapted a ‘number’ of ways. 🙂

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I call this my number humor card. Remember the joke about what the 0 said to the 8?  I guarentee it will make the reciever of the card laugh. And you just used up some more numbers. And then there’s the joke about why is 6 afraid of 7?

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This card is a result of dumping out all those little felt pieces. I noticed this cute little smile. I had a fun chipboard frame, it just worked perfectly.

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And this one is my favorite, I used all the final letters, ones that will never spell anything but August or Quad, and just started gluing them down to create a graphic design. Add a few strips of ribbon, some rub ons, and you have a really funky looking card. Easy.

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Next time I blog (April 2), I show you some more ways that I used up my supplies. But until then, see if you can use up one whole set of letters/numbers. It’s a little intimidating, but once you do it, I think you may be surprised at how good it feels!

Let the paper say it for you.

March 9, 2009

I am sure that you have seen all of the fun papers at the store with words all over the page, right? Have you ever considered using it for your journaling? This brand new paper from BoBunny (from the U Bug Me line) was perfect for this very thing! Here is the paper in its entirety…

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(the back is pretty cool too!!) I did some picking and choosing of the best words and colors and matted them with a complementary color to make the journaling block for this layout…

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So when you are feeling like you don’t have much to say about a picture…let the paper say it for you!

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:

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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!