Posts Tagged ‘scrapbooking tips’

Polka-Dot-Pretty

November 11, 2009

A year ago I made these little chipboard frames that came with an orange and black Halloween wreath kit. Considering that Halloween is over and that I wanted to be able to use these little frames year round I switched them up and added some cute pink embellishment and voila! the finished product is this cute little Polka-Dot-Pretty. This project took me about 15 minutes to complete and it was super fun to make!

Hope it gives you some inspiration.

Polka-Dot-Pretty

P.S. – This would make a cute & simple Christmas gift for someone special.

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Forever Yours

November 11, 2009
Forever Yours

Materials:

Tools:

  • Scissors
  • Glue Sticks (Archival Safe)
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Black Inkpad
  • ZIG Writers Markers (Black)

Materials:

  • 8 ½ by 11 Black Cardstock
  • 8 ½ by 11 Pink Patterned Paper
  • 8 ½ by 11 Black & White Patterned Paper
  • Two Matte-Sized Black & White Patterned Paper
  • Scrap Sheet White Paper
  • Scrap Sheet Pink Paper
  • A favorite picture!

Embellishments:

  • Chipboard Letters
  • Butterfly Stamps, two sizes (K&Company)
  • Pink Gemstones

Directions:

  1. Cut off ¼ inch off the edge of the pink patterned paper, once horizontally and once vertically.
  2. Use black inkpad to ink the edges of the pink patterned paper (rub inkpad gently around edges of pink patterned paper to give it an antique look).
  3. Glue the pink patterned paper onto the solid black cardstock, centered.
  4. Cut 8 ½ x 11 black and white patterned paper in half, vertically.
  5. Glue black and white patterned paper half to the right-hand side.
  6. Choose one matte-sized paper and glue horizontally to bottom left-hand side of layout.
  7. Glue picture of your choosing on solid black matte.
  8. Glue matted picture to center of the layout.
  9. Pick chipboard letter and trace it unto scrap pink paper. Cut it out.
  10. Glue letter onto bottom left corner of photo.
  11. Use black ZIG Writer to color the rubber portion your butterfly stamp (both sized stamps)
  12. Stamp both of your scrap white & pink sheets of paper with both sized butterfly stamps.
  13. Cut out butterflies from paper.
  14. Large white & large Pink butterfly, hot-glue pink gemstone.
  15. Hot-glue all four butterflies wherever you want to put them.
  16. Admire Your Hard Work!

…i promise

November 11, 2009

...i promise

This is the actual demonstration that I worked on while at the October Connecting Point: Get Crafty!

Since I didn’t want to end up with two of the same exact layouts after my demonstration, I simply switched it up and did this layout horizontally, instead of diagonally like the first one. This is one of the two layouts that I gave to my hubby for our one year anniversary, which is why I chose to use pictures from our wedding.

This picture is of both his wedding band and his promise ring. Before I gave Lenny his promise ring I had something engraved inside, which reads “I will follow you.” I made this promise to him way before we were ever even engaged and I vowed to keep it until death do us part. I guess that’s why this layout means so much to me, because it’s a reminder of the promise I made to be a faithful, committed, and dutiful wife.

I love you Leonard. Nothing will ever keep us apart. I promise.

Get Crafty!

November 11, 2009

Get Crafty! Project Demonstration

As if I didn’t already have enough reasons to love my school, SEBTS just had to give me one more reason to be absolutely smitten with them.

Each month the Women’s Life Center holds a Connecting Point meeting for a time of fellowship and fun for all Southeastern ladies. Each meeting has a different theme and last months theme was called “Get Crafty”. For this meeting different ladies were asked to host a table where they would bring a craft to showcase for anyone who was interested. The showcased crafts varied from jewelry making to sewing, from cooking to….yes…of course SCRAPBOOKING!  And to my surprise I was asked to host this table and showcase one of my projects.

To say that I was excited is an understatement. It should be obvious from my lack of blog posts that I haven’t really had an opportunity to do anything crafty in a while, so when I was asked to do a scrapbook demonstration I pounced on the opportunity. Thankfully my one year anniversary was right around the corner so I was able to tie the two events together and create two nice little 8 1/2 x 11″ layouts for my hubby.

I was so blessed to have several ladies choose my craft out of all the ones being offered and I had a great time teaching them my project. Here are some pictures from the event, courtesy of Kristel.

Scrapbook Steals!

July 17, 2009

My older sister Erica purchased a beautiful K&Company 12×12 scrapbook album for me for my birthday this June. I absolutely loved the album, but figured that I could probably get a lot more materials for the money she spent on just the album alone so I returned it back to Michael’s to see what I could get with $16.25 I received in credit. 

Within minutes of being in the store my husband managed to find the scrapbook clearance section (in hopes of speeding up the shopping process, taking into consideration the fact that I am an incredibly slow shopper). I walked over to the aisle thinking that it was going to be the same old outdated materials I’ve seen time and time again, but to my surprise I managed to nab all of this: 

This is a summary of my receipt: 
8×8 paper tablet: $1.99
Rub-ons: $0.97
Chipboard letters: $1.97
Gemstones: $1.47
Fancystix flowers: $0.97 each
Round Pebbles: $1.47
Heart Pebbles: $1.47
Luxury Ribbons: $1.97

Other items not pictured:
foam brush set: $1.99
Travel 12×12 sheet: $0.59

Total (with tax): $16.73

With my credit from the album I literally paid change! If this isn’t a scrapbook steal, then I don’t know what is!

Summer Line: Sassy Scraps

June 3, 2009

My first Etsy product has been created and will be the first of many to fit one of my summer project lines that I playfully named: “Sassy Scraps”. The theme of this line is sophisticated chic, with a sassy frilly flair. To achieve this look all my projects will be done in the colors black, pink, and white.

These gifts will be the most sophisticated and time-consuming one-of-a-kind gifts that I have ever created. They are also my favorite pieces of work because they contain my current favorite colors. Ever since I created that mother’s day frame for my mother-in-law I have been completely obsessed with the color combo. (So obsessed that I am designing my whole scrap space and summer project line after the three colors!) This Sassy Scraps project is an altered frame and is only one of many to come.  

I hope you enjoy the new look and consider making it a gift for yourself! 

Sassy Scraps

gifts galore!

May 18, 2009

May seems to be full of birthdays!! For the past few weeks I have felt like a little elf during Christmas time, stuck in my tiny workshop preparing gifts for some very special people.

I am glad to say that being a little elf has paid off and I have created some one-of-a-kind creations to celebrate those “not naughty, but nice” people. I am also very thankful to say that both gifts were incredibly scrapfordable! Each frame cost me only $1.00 from Michael’s and I had most of the embellishments lying around my scrap space. But by the look and detail of each frame you would never even guess that they were so cheap! This little spark of creativity has encouraged me to create more little gifts and frames. So stay tuned for more little knick-knacks, but for now enjoy what I’ve got so far.

This first gift was created to celebrate my friend Kristel’s birthday. Since I am currently obsessed with everything Heidi Swapp I couldn’t help but make an all black and pink frame. After making the Mother’s Day frame for my mother-in-law in black, white, and pink I realized just how much I adore that color combination. I love the fact that it looks sophisticated, yet sassy. (The perfect combination for a girl my age!)

Kristel's Frame

Materials: patterned paper (g.c.d. studios); floral embellishment (Prima); rub-ons (Heidi Grace); stamp (stampology); button; bracket embellishment (colorbok); ribbon (Basic Basic); paint (Making Memories); ink (Jo-Anne Fabrics);

Kristel's Frame Detail Kristel's Frame Detail

The second gift was created for my best friend Ana’s birthday. Ana is one of my most “eclectic” friends so of course she didn’t want just any normal frame; she wanted something completely different. There were only two things she wanted for her birthday gift: a shadow box and Martha Stewart’s Animal die cuts. A strange combination from a strange girl. I went to Michael’s on my search for her request and instead of a shadow box found the $1.00 frame and decided that it would do. I was paranoid that her frame would end up looking like a gift for a four-year-old, but in the end I was surprised to find that I actually liked it more than I expected. It could possibly be a gift for a four-year-old, but it definitely suits Ana and her crazy personality. So in the end it worked out and it’s actually pretty cute.

Ana's Frame

Materials: patterned paper; animal embellishment (Martha Stewart); ribbon (Basic Basic); paint (Making Memories); chipboard letter (Jo-Anne Fabrics);

Ana's Frame Detail

a little something i like to call…digibooking.

May 8, 2009

I recently became obsessed with a little something I like to call digibooking, better known as digital scrapbooking.

I’m not really all that fantastic with computers, especially when it comes to intense and time consuming programs, but once I laid my eyes on some of the innovative and creative things can be accomplished through digital scrapbooking I quickly fell into the trap.

After researching what felt like a million digibooking websites I finally feel comfortable saying that maybe digibooking won’t be so complicating after all. This doesn’t mean that I’m gonna be a digibooking master anytime soon, but I honestly think that I’ll be able to at least start designing some cute projects. But first I need to set some goals:

Goal 1: Create a new digibooking blog header and link icons by the end of next week! (For this I will need the assistance of two very special men in my life, Leonard–he does all the technical explaining and Gimp–a program much like photoshop just not as complex.)

Goal 2: Complete at least one digibooking layout, possibly without the help of Leonard, by the end of May!

Goal 3: Figure out the basics of digibooking and become a digibooking MASTER (hopefully sometime before the end of my lifetime, but more realistically by the end of June).

I have set my sights high and I pray that I will be able to accomplish them accordingly. But just because I’m a slow-poke doesn’t mean you have to be one too. Here are some great links to get you started on your digibooking adventure! Most of these sites have pages where you can download digital scrapbooking kits for FREE!

Shappy Princess http://www.shabbyprincess.com/

Two Peas in a Bucket http://www.twopeasinabucket.com/shop/digital-kits/kit-price-free/?source=NL20090505

Fish Scraps http://www.fishscrap.com

Simply Sweet http://www.simplysweetdesignkits.blogspot.com

DigiFree http://www.digifree.blogspot.com

Enjoy!

Mini Album: “My Best Friends Wedding”

April 22, 2009

I finally finished the mini album for my best friend, Daylix. I had made her this adorable little album back in February, but I never had a chance to add the journaling. So now (two months later) I have finally finished the album and it has turned out to be waaaaay cuter than I expected. Instead of adding my own journaling I wanted her to be able to add her own thoughts and memories to the album so each page has a thoughtful question along with blank lines for her to add her own thoughts and memories. Daylix, I hope you enjoy it! Here is the final product:

Front Cover

Front Cover
Inside Cover and Front Page

Inside Cover and Front Page

My thoughts

My thoughts

Sweetheart Detail

Sweetheart Detail

What was the wildest moment you experienced either on the wedding day or during one of my many bachelorette parties, or both?

What was the wildest moment you experienced either on the wedding day or during one of my many bachelorette parties, or both?

What was the most emotional part of the day for you, and why?

What was the most emotional part of the day for you, and why?

What was your most memorable moment from the wedding day?

What was your most memorable moment from the wedding day?

Most Memorable Moment Detail

Most Memorable Moment Detail

How did it feel to walk down the aisle at your best friends wedding?

How did it feel to walk down the aisle at your best friends wedding?

Did you cry during any part of the wedding? If so, when and why?

Did you cry during any part of the wedding? If so, when and why?

Was it hard to say "goodbye" to me?

Was it hard to say "goodbye" to me?

What was your favorite part of your toast?

What was your favorite part of your toast?

The Toast Detail

The Toast Detail

How drunk did you get during the reception?

How drunk did you get during the reception?

And how drunk did Ana get?

And how drunk did Ana get?

Party time detail

Party time detail

Top 10 Favorite Day of Wedding Moments and Top 10 Pre-Wedding Moments

Top 10 Favorite Day of Wedding Moments and Top 10 Pre-Wedding Moments

Just dance

Just dance

Notes, Thoughts, Memories...

Notes, Thoughts, Memories...

Last Page and Back Cover

Last Page and Back Cover

Back Cover

Back Cover

Final Product

Final Product

Top 10 Money Saving Scrap Tips!

January 3, 2009
10. Do not impulse shop! If you are like me, once you see something that you “absolutely need” you get the urge to buy it immediately. My best tip is to be patient and wait. Often times something you think you need, you might not even use. Purchase only the necessary tools and supplies needed to complete the project(s) you are working on in the moment, everything else should be placed as secondary. Keep those things on a separate list and if they are still “needed” at the end of the month, then go back and purchase them. (Also keep in mind that scrapbooking trends are constantly changing and something you bought last month might not be of any use this month.)
9. Recycle Your Chipboard. Buy a sheet, or pack, of chipboard accents, punch them out, use and re-use them. Instead of using them once, use them as stencils to use over and over again. (Stencils in general are more time consuming to use, but save you tons of money!)
8. Become Friendly at Your Scrap Shops. Ask your local scrapbook store if they give out frequent shopper cards. This is a great way to earn points (and get goodies in return) for all of the money you spend. Often times the more you shop at a store, the more perks you will recieve.
7. Buy the “stack”. Purchase your patterned paper in “Stacks” (from brands, such as DCWV). These stacks come with over 60 sheets of 12″x12″ or 8 1/2″x11″ paper with various patterns and designs and are usually on sale at Jo-Anne Fabrics for less than $10. (Stacks are a great product for people who scrapbook often and use lots of paper. The only downfall is if you don’t use the paper often they will eventually become outdated and might never be used.)
6. Be a bargain shopper. Wake up early on a Saturday morning and hit the garage sales! Search for storage containers, little plastic and glass jars, and paper trays. This is  a great way to build your scrapbook storage area or expand on your already built scrapbook studio.
5. Utilize the Web. Instead of purchasing a magazine subscription or buying scrapbook idea books search the web for layout ideas, scrapbook tips, and info on the layest trends. My favorite sites to search are www.scrapbook.com and www.twopeasinabucket.com. (Search through different blogs daily to get a frequent dose of inspiration!) Another great place to search is your local library system. You can check out the books for free and keep them for at least 30 days, which gives you just enough time to find the ideas you like and put them into action! Bookmark my site and check it daily for some quick info on the latest trends, ideas, and layout designs.
4. Schedule a Scrap Swap! Gather all of your unused products and supplies and meet up with your fellow scrappers. Trade your stuff for other products and supplies that your friends no longer want. Most often you’ll find that what others consider trash you consider treasure!
3. Go on a Scavenger Hunt. Search your house for embellishments. You’ll be surprised how much stuff you can find around the house that can be utilized in your layouts, such as bobby bins, a stapler with staples, paper clips, old hair clips, yarn, bottle caps, thread, old buttons, and so much more. Be creative and incorporate the things you already own. Most of your basic scrapbook tools are things you probably already have hanging around the house, such as scissors and adhesives.
2. Scan the dollar section! Check your local Target and Dollar stores for great $1 deals. The dollar section is usually located at the entrance of most Target stores and is jam-packed with scrapping goodies. Although these products are not always of the best quality, considering thier price they’re a steal! I constantly find myself stacking up on cute ribbons, stamps, stickers, and papers because with each new season comes new goodies…so shop often!
 1. Clip some Coupons. Take advantage of the Sunday morning paper by clipping out the coupons from the Jo-Anne Fabrics and Michael’s ads. These stores have great deals on scrapbooking products year round! (Check my sight regularly for weekly links to these great coupons.)