Friday, May 22, 2009

1 Craft-3 Ways: Use a scrapbook product for a Non-scrapbook craft

In honor of our month of scrapbooking, we thought that for our 1 craft 3 ways we would use a scrapbooking product to make a non scrapbook related craft. I actually had another idea in mind, but then I was wandering around IKEA one day and I came upon this cute plant pot. I have been wanting a plant for my black and white living room, but I couldn't find a great pot. I loved the vertical lines of this pot.... and I love ribbon. So I came up with this idea. I just hot glued strips of ribbon to the pot!!! I love it! - Anisa

I love notebooks. I love making lists (and crossing things off my list). A recent tune-up on my sewing machine, some lined paper I made in Word (or make some using Photoshop and this tutorial), scrapbook paper and a few embellishments helped me make this:

It's been so great to have a cute place to put my daily tasks and long and short term goals. The best part was it was SO easy to make. Cut half sheets of lined paper (regular ol' computer paper) and a piece of heavier patterned scrapbooking paper. (I believe mine was 9" x 6"-or just enough to give about a 1/4" border all the way around.) Carefully sew down the middle of the book. For this part I didn't use my foot pedal. I did it all by using the turn knob on the side of my machine. (Do a test run to make sure your paper stack isn't too thick.) When it was all sewn together I decorated the front with a few simple embellishments, rounded the corners with a punch and inked the edges. It is my favorite notebook. -Ang

This craft is on the CHEAP!

First, I made these magnet board clippies with free promotional magnets (for animal vaccinations, of all things) and Mod-Podged squares of scrapbook paper on them that match my kids' rooms.

My kids always have so many things to hang up (little crafters, all)and they were really excited when I gave these to them.

Next, I bought some simple wooden spring clothes pins at Target for less that $2. I painted some red with acid-free acrylic paint (which I use along in my scrapbooking) and covered the others with Mod-Podge and Rusty-Pickle doodle paper.

I clip these on wires that I strung across my wall in my scrapbook/craft room and use them to hang un-finished scrapbook pages and cool products that I want to use on my next scrapbook page! --C

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Scapbooking Styles.... scrapbook a page CONTEST!!!

Okay, so we've established that I love to "scraplift" but today I want to talk about scrapbooking styles.

Everyone has a different style of scrapbooking. I like a lot of different styles and I like my pages to all be unique. So, I thought it would be fun to scrapbook 3 different styles using 1 sketch.

So, here's the sketch that I chose.  If you would like some great sketches, here is a link to 40 sketches on Creating Keepsakes.

The first layout that I did was a CLASSIC/SIMPLE look.  It has a lot of simple lines and clean edges.  You will see patterned paper, but you will also see a lot of matted photos.  You will also see rounded corners.

The 2nd layout that I did was a FUN & FUNKY style.  With fun and funky you see a lot of torn edges.  A lot of sewing on the pages and fun stuff like felt, fabric, ribbon, etc.  Thanks to my mom for letting me raid her stash of felt that I think she's had since the 70's.  I got some really fun colors that you can't buy any more.

My 3rd style was FASHION.  Fashion is the style that you will find the most in scrapbooking magazines.  Fashion uses a lot of fun patterned paper, ribbon, flowers and bling.

I can't tell you how much fun I had scrapbooking all 3 of these layouts in 3 different styles.  It was fun to use the same sketch... and it also shows that a sketch is just a guideline to get you started on your page.  As you can see, I used the sketch in different ways each time.

So, on to my CONTEST!  I would like to scrapbook a page for YOU!!!  All you have to do is leave a COMMENT about the scrapbook style that you use or which of my layouts you like the most.  Leave your comment by the end of the week.  On Monday I put everyone's name that left a comment in a hat.  Whoever gets their name drawn out will get a page scrapbooked by ME!  That's right, I will scrapbook a 2 page layout for YOU!   Doesn't that sound nice to have someone take a little of the load off your shoulders.  

Also, don't forget about our GIVE-AWAY!!! We would like to see some of your scrapbook pages.  Just send them to


Monday, May 4, 2009

I "scraplift"

Since May 2nd was National Scrapbook day, we thought we would dedicate the month of May to scrapbooking on our blog.  Stay tuned for fun contests and giveaways!

This week we are all highlighting How We Scrapbook.

So, this is how I scrapbook.  First, I'm not very creative.  I really can't think up things on my own.  I love scrapbook magazines!  I have subscriptions to two of them.  I look through my magazine as soon as I get it and I turn down the corners of the pages of the layouts that I like.  Sometimes I will write notes on the page.  Then I go through my pictures and try to figure out which pictures will go with the layout that I like.

Then I grab my supplies... cardstock, patterned paper, trimmers, adhesive, punches, buttons, ribbon, etc.  I tend to like to match my colors to the colors in the pictures that I am using on my layout.  Then I basically "scraplift" the layout.  I will adapt it to the size of my album or the amount of pictures that I have and the embellishments that I have, etc.
Here are some layouts that are on my old neighbor Maggie Holmes' blog.  I loved them all, so I took portions of each of the layouts....

...and I created this poster for Brenner's preschool student of the month.
Stay tuned for how Cami and Angie scrapbook later this week.  And please leave a comment and tell me HOW YOU SCRAPBOOK!!!