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Jamie Sorenson

Member Since November 2007, 6215 forum posts, 398 public projects

Location: Wisconsin

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This Week's Project Videos 11.30.2012

Here's our weekly round up of class videos.  Enjoy and happy Friday!

Memory Keeping Monday | Geotag Travel Review by Nancy Damiano

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From Nancy, "This is an “in review” page with a collection of photos from a recent vacation. My son could be found in or near the water throughout this vacation. That gave me the idea to use a Geotag symbol to show the “where” in this story.

Symbols are used throughout the page with the geotags, arrows and even longitude and latitude coordinates. I used a combination of Pebbles Seen and Noted collection along with glitter border stickers from Ki Memories to create this bold and bright layout. TFL!"  ...see supplies and challenge here.

 

 

The Adventures of Glitter Girl | Adventure 048: Demanding Die Cuts

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From Shimelle, "This week Glitter Girl takes on the challenge of background die-cuts, either cut with an electronic cutter or premade like the KI Memories cardstock lace product, inspired by this discussion on the general scrapping board..."

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Finally Friday | Santa's Cards & Holiday Packaging

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From Julie, "I love making special Christmas cards for those closest to me. In this Finally Friday video tutorial, I'll show you how to pull together some of your favorite embellishments to make a card that even Santa would love to receive! I'll also show you how to dress up some simple packaging supplies to make the presentation just as festive as the card inside."...see supplies and challenge here.

 

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A New Video Series: What the Peanut Ordered

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We love to hear what new goodies our friends are adding to their buckets from the Two Peas store, and we love to share what products we're anxiously awaiting for too.  Thus the idea for the new video series, What the Peanut Ordered, was born!  Every Thursday we'll feature an order or two we've intercepted in the Two Peas warehouse and show off the great taste of our customers!  

 

Just head on over to the Videos section of Two Peas to see all the videos and their supply lists.  Enjoy and thanks for watching!

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A New Video Series: Five Under Five

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We couldn't wait until the New Year to bring about a new series for our product videos, so we've started this week!  We know you lead busy lives, and that's why we're sharing a series that will give you a quick and helpful glance at some of our recent favorites in the store.  Look for Five Under Five videos every Tuesday from the Videos section of Two Peas.  Here is our first video.  We hope you enjoy it!

 

 

 

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Product Spotlight with Shannon Tidwell: 'Tis the Season

'Tis the season to start those holiday albums! I am going to give it a try this year, are you? I know the key to making it happen for me will be having a fun mix of products to choose from each day. I plan on working from a set group of products to keep it from getting overly complicated or time consuming. I like products that give a lot for your money...and of course some great patterns to go with them.  Here are a few things that I think would make great additions:

 

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This Christmas Page Tabs by Evalicious

 

 

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Make it Merry Chipboard Bundle by October Afternoon

 

 

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Dear Santa 12x12 Sticker Sheet by Echo Park

 

 

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Wonderland Trees & Houses Mistable Thicker Shapes by Studio Calico

 

 

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Hardcover Red Sleigh Ride Printed Glossy Chipboard Thickers Stickers by Crate Paper

 

 

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Christmas Cheer Index Journaling Cards by Lily Bee Design

 

Whether or not you are making a December Daily Album, a December Somedays Album, or getting a headstart on your holiday layouts or cards I hope you grab some of these festive products up!

Happy Holiday Shopping!

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Seasonal Storytelling Workshop Giveaway Winner

Thanks so much for hopping through the Gardeners' Digest blog hop, Peas!  Without further ado, here is the winner of the Seasonal Storytelling workshop spot:

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We will send an email to you shortly welcoming you to the class!

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Sneak Peek: Holiday projects from the Garden Girls

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...in the Design Team garden!

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I'm loving the Christmas themed pages and cards the Garden Girls have been busy creating.  Just one more week and we'll reveal their sparkling pages and cards!  In the mean time, check out the fresh batch of projects that went live this morning here, and don't forget our Seasonal Storytelling workshop giveaway is still open!  Have a happy Monday, Peas.  - Jamie

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This Week's Challenges 11.24.2012

Here are your challenges for this week, Peas!  Enjoy!

Remember each challenge gives you a chance to win a $5 gift certificate, as well as earns you a badge for your Two Peas profile page.  Just click on the title of each challenge for details from the designer and notes on how to enter, and scroll down to see last week's winners!

Weekly Scrap Challenge | Scraplift a Garden Girl with Wilna Furstenberg

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Photography Challenge | Traditions with Kandis Smith

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Weekly Card Sketch with Kimber McGray

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Congrats to kristam, llaurenb, & pennypaws  -  we'll be in touch with you shortly on how to access your gift certificate!  And thanks to everyone who played along! - Jamie

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This Week's Project Videos 11.22.2012

It's time for another weekly class round-up!  And don't forget we have our Black Friday sale running now through Monday - so many of your favorites are at 40% off.  Happy shopping!

Memory Keeping Monday | My Favorite by Jen Gallacher

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"For this “Memory Keeping Monday” project and video, I challenged myself to stretch a collection kit by using several unique techniques. A collection kit typically includes patterned paper, alpha and/or element stickers. Some manufacturers also include additional embellishments. Read the product descriptions before purchasing so you know exactly what you're getting in the kit.

To stretch this “For the Record 2: Documented” kit from Echo Park Paper, I die cut the paper, created flags from the stickers, cut banner shapes from the paper, and layered and cut stickers to fit my theme." ...see supplies and challenge here.

 

The Adventures of Glitter Girl | Episode 047 Make Something Snappy

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"This week Glitter Girl takes on the challenge of using a line like Simple Stories Sn@p, designed for divided page protectors, and putting those accents to use on a standard 12x12 page, inspired by this discussion [twopeasinabucket.com] on the General Scrapbooking board. The first part of her adventure takes a look at these products, including Sn@p and the new Photo Freedom collections from Echo Park, then the second part of her adventure shows the creation of the scrapbook page, from start to finish. (Building the layout starts at 8:30 in the video.)

Come along for the adventure, won't you?"  ...see supplies and challenge here.

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Finally Friday | Beautiful Person by Kandis Smith

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From Kandis, "I love this paper pad by BasicGrey called Konnichiwa–full of bright colors and bold floral patterns! Added in some Prima flowers and some Studio Calico stamps to create this all occasion card! Come watch my video and see how to make it!" ...see supplies and challenge here.

 

Have a great Friday everyone! - Jamie 

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Black Friday Sale at Two Peas

2835770_928x468We're beginning our Black Friday sale a day early, and running it through Cyber Monday!  Happy shopping and a very happy Thanksgiving to our stateside Peas!

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Product Spotlight: Label crazy!

So we are all gearing up for the  new year---2013!!! And with the fun of the holidays, a lot of us are getting organized to start up a new Project Life binder for 2013. One of the main things you need--labels! Here are a variety of fun labels that you can use to make Project life a little easier:

 

Documented Circle Tags by Evalicious

 

Portfolio Photo Tabs by Pink Paislee

 

Mini File tab Stickers by Heidi Swapp

 

A Digi product: Hero Arts Days of the Week Flag

 

Bungalow Flappers by Ormolu

 

9 to 5 Little Flyers by October Afteroon (you can use these as labels or make them into little flags! SO CUTE!)

 

Buttercup Index Journal Cards by Lilybee Designs--these ones are actually journaling cards but they have tabs on the sides!

 

Fabric Smash Tabs by K&Company

 

Name, Date, Place Hear Ye Hear Ye Banner Stickers

 

I hope you some ideas or inspiration from these awesome products for your future project!

Thanks for joining me! -Kandis

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November Gardeners' Digest Blog Hop

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It's a good day to have a blog hop, isn't it?!  Pour yourself your favorite beverage, get comfy and be ready to catch a creative bug as we hop through the blogs of our Design Team.

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Not only do we have Garden Girl projects to share just around the corner (look for a new batch each Monday), but ideas are bubbling up for what the next year will hold for Two Peas.  

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We're playing around with thoughts for new videos, new classes, new blog series - the whole shebang.  We're dreaming and scribbling and gulping caffeine.  Have something you'd like to see from us?  Please tell us in the comments!  We'd love to hear.

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It's the most wonderful time of the year...to stock up on seasonal supplies!  New products are pouring in all the time, and I'm having a hard time focusing on my work when I venture out to the warehouse.  Here are the five products that have caught my eye as of late:

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Sn@p Binder Albums, Evalicious badges, Printable Journaling Cards by Hello Forever, Gold Glitter Tape by American Crafts, Triangles Tree Stamp by Hero Arts

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...all of the December Daily albums we are seeing in the gallery and on the web!  We've created a Pinterest board here to pin the inspiration we're seeing:

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And speaking of December Daily albums, we've got a new workshop out from mini album expert, Amy Heller: Seasonal Storytelling!  She's not only equipping you with ideas for your holiday albums this Christmas, but inviting you to create albums you love for EVERY other season of the year.  And we're giving away a spot to one lucky Pea!

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Just leave a comment below with your Two Peas username and you could win!  We'll draw a winner and announce it on the blog next Tuesday the 27th.  Good luck!

Now get to hopping!  Your next stop on the hop is the fabulous Jill Sprott.  Here is a list of the Garden Girls playing along this month in case you get lost along the way. - Jamie

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2012 : CAPTURED TUTORIAL WITH LISA TRUESDELL : JOURNALING CARD MAKEOVERS

Good morning!! My 2012 : Captured class for November went up on the 15th, and this month, it's all about the fun Project Life friendly lines that have been popping up. 

I love using premade journaling cards, but they're not always a perfect fit for what i want to use them for. Here are a couple of quick ways to alter those cards to make them work for you!

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(supplies : patterned paper : journaling cards - Elle's Studio (pink), Technique Tuesday/Ali Edwards (gray); Dear Lizzy (aqua), Studio Calico (gray); stamps - Amy Tangerine (date + icons); vellum arrow - Twine and Ink; heart stickers - Studio Calico; washi - KI Memories)

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MAKEOVER #1 : 

The title on this card is a perfect fit with my photo, but if I place the photo at the bottom of the card so it doesn't cover the tab with words, the card looks cramped and I don't have much room for journaling or other accents.

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Using an xacto knife, I carefully cut around the edge of the tab and slipped my photo under it. As an added bonus, I love that this adds a little dimension, as well as the look of an added layer.  I then finished the card with some patterned paper and a heart stickers.

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MAKEOVER #2 : I love the colors and design of this card, but the words didn't fit the photos I wanted to use with it. 

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I added a punched circle, an arrow, a little washi tape and a stamped car and house, and now this card is a perfect match for my photos. 

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I hope this inspires you to look at your journaling cards in a new way! -Lisa

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Product Spotlight: Counting Down to Christmas products

Many of us are assembling our December Daily albums or other countdown-to-the-holiday projects.  We've pooled together a few items in the store we think would be fun embellishments for documenting this favorite time of year.

Papers just begging to be cut up:

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Make a Countdown from October Afternoon

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This & That Christmas Paper from Echo Park

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Reindeer Games from Lily Bee

Stamps for those who like to play with a little ink:

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Numbers Clear Stamp from 7Gypsies

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Christmas Cheer Clear Stamp from Lily Bee

Stickers are a great choice in this busy season - just peel and slap them on!

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Stencil Number Stickers by Jenni Bowlin

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Christmas Countdown Stickers from Simple Stories

Chipboard adds some interesting dimension:

 

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Numbers Alterable Alphas by Jenni Bowlin

And who doesn't love a product they can use over and over?  Digital brushes:

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Pennant Number Brushes by Polka Dot Pixels

What are you using to count down this season?  We'd love to see! - Jamie

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This Week's Challenges 11.17.2012

Here are the latest challenges from the Garden Girls!  We can't wait to see what you do with these sketches and photo prompts.

Weekly Scrap Challenge | Sketch challenge with Jill Sprott

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Photography challenge | "Gathering" with Jill Sprott

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Saturday Card Sketch with Kimber | Happy Holidays

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Congrats to tsuruta designcheronaklebefinger-  we'll be in touch with you shortly on how to access your gift certificate!  And thanks to everyone who played along! - Jamie

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This Week's Project Videos 11.16.2012

Another reason to love Friday - all of this week's class videos, all in one place!

Memory Keeping Monday | You & Me by Lisa Truesdell

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From Lisa, "For this week's Memory Keeping Monday, I'm switching things up and using a divided page protector instead of making a traditional layout. This is a great way to summarize those “too big for a layout” events and get them into your album. I'll likely do a mini album of this trip sooner or later, but in the meantime (or in case I never get around to it!), I'm glad to have these photos in my album. I added this page to my Project Life book, but you could mix it in with traditional LOs if you aren't a PLer. =)" ...see more here.

 

 

The Adventures of Glitter Girl | Episode 046 Out of Season Sensibility

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From Shimelle, "This week Glitter Girl returns to a previous question with a seasonal twist, as a bit of a holiday sequel to the Out of the Box adventure [twopeasinabucket.com]. This week's adventure takes her through product options for creating a page with a classic Christmas look but without Christmas products, then at the ten minute mark the adventure moves into creating that page from start to finish.  Come along for the adventure, won't you?"  ...see more here.

 

 

Finally Friday | Joy

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From Laura, "Hey peas! So excited to have another Finally Friday video to share with you all :)  I love love love making Christmas cards, and couldn't resist getting my stash started.  I used the Awesome LilyBee Christmas Cheer line for the patterned papers, and the sticker sentiment.


The huge rub-on is by Basic Grey, and is FUZZY!!! I love it :) If however you wanted to mass produce a similar card there is also a stamp with the same image linked below. Grab some red embossing powder, and you would be set to go." ...see more here.

 

Happy weekend, Peas! - Jamie

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2012: Captured November lesson with Lisa Truesdell

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Today is the 15th which means Lisa's got a new Project Life lesson for you in her free class series, 2012: Captured!  Come check the November lesson here as she talks about all of the Project Life friendly products that we've seen this year, as well as ideas for filling in past weeks. Be sure to check out the guest projects from Nicole and Jenni as well.

Don't forget all of the helpful lessons, guest projects, discussion archives and member challenge submissions can be viewed from the class homepage.  - Jamie

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Thanksgiving Place cards

Good morning, Peas! Lexi here today with my first post, sharing an easy tutorial for Thanksgiving place cards. It's hard to believe that in almost a week we will be gathering with family and friends, enjoying a meal that hopefully looks more appealing that the Griswold's.  (I really hope you get that reference, otherwise this post may be my last!)

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These place cards are made easy by using my Cameo. The design is simple enough that you could easily create something similar freehand style with scissors. 

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 I love washi tape. It's no secret. I will use it anytime I can. These mini clothespins are a great example. It's so easy to lay the washi tape right on them and trim to fit, totally changing the look. Here I used Freckled Fawn's woodgrain and gold star tape and October Afternoon's date tape. 

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I cut out an acorn shape with my Cameo using Crate Paper's Pistachio Market paper . I love that one side has several designs and colors so it makes the acorn look almost pieced together. The heart is simply flipped over to the B side of the paper for a contrasting look. A scrap of gold paper makes for an unexpected cap. This Meadowlark paper from American Crafts would also look so pretty.  

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The tag is cut from Pebbles' Take Note paper.  A shipping tag would also be cute. I added a few ink splatters because I like the look using October Afternoon's Token sprinkler. I found a great old ledger book at a thrift store several years ago so pieces frequently pop up in my projects. Here I used it for little name flags. If you don't happen to have old ledger paper you can find several versions in the shop including this one by 7gypsies and this one by Echo Park

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I added some stitching because I just can't NOT add it in some way. I feel like it helps finish off the tag. 

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You can see I added some dimensional adhesive to the acorn cap. Just gives it a little extra something. 

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I clipped the clothespins to a mini pumpkin stem and there you have it--simple, easy, crafty Thanksgiving place cards. If these showed up at my house for Thanksgiving I could see myself snagging one to scrapbook ;) If you aren't hosting Thanksgiving it might be a fun little something to make to bring to your host. Maybe along with a pie :) 

Thanks for joining me today and Happy Thanksgiving! 

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A Thanksgiving Freebie + Seasonal Storytelling Workshop Winner!

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I am lucky enough to have savored a Thanksgiving feast early this year and have been enjoying my leftover stuffing this week.  What I'm equally enjoying? This FREE printable checklist Garden Girl Jill Sprott has designed for her page and is now sharing with us!

 

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She's designed not only the "perfect plate", but a gorgeous page!  Learn more about her page here and see what the other Garden Girls did with their Thanksgiving theme assignment here.  We hope you'll share your Thanksgiving projects with us too!

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(Download the checklist here.)

 

Speaking of soaking up the season:

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...we've got a workshop winner to announce!  Congrats to aworkman!  Your account will be given access to the Seasonal Storytelling workshop shortly.  Thanks for all who entered the giveaway; we know this is a class you will love!

Before we wrap things up for today, a reminder of some of the cool promotions we have going on:


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We'll see you tomorrow with a tutorial from Lexi! :) - Jamie

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Giving Thanks with the Garden Girls

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It's Monday which means there is a new batch of projects from the Garden Girls!  We're continuing on with this month's theme of gratitude.  Be sure to check out the Thanksgiving projects here as well as their ideas for projects on gratitude here.  Here's a glimpse of what you'll find:

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How are you recording your thoughts of gratitude this year?  And if you are celebrating Thanksgiving, will you be scrapping your favorite items on the menu?

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November Vendor Challenges + October Winners!

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Each month we partner with your favorite brands to give you an excuse to not only play with their products and get some crafting done, but a chance to win BIG!  Check out the most recent challenges we've posted here for details.  We can't wait to see what you come up with!

And now it's time to announce last month's vendor challenge winners!  Congratulations to...

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...micheledutahgscrapbooksannette aania79, biochemipeateresajaye!  We will be sending your prize packs shortly.  Please ensure the address in your Two Peas account is up to date by hovering over your username and clicking on 'account.'  Thanks so much to everyone who played along!

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This Week's Challenges 11.10.2012

Needing a creative boost?  We've got some challenges for you!

Remember each challenge gives you a chance to win a $5 gift certificate, as well as earns you a badge for your Two Peas profile page.  Just click on the title of each challenge for details from the designer and notes on how to enter, and scroll down to see last week's winners!

Weekly Scrap Challenge | Color combo with Marcy Penner

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Weekly Photography Challenge | Shadows with Becky Novacek

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Saturday Card Sketch with Kimber | Let it Snow

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Congrats to buglvr2010, pebbles831 &  padni -  we'll be in touch with you shortly on how to access your gift certificate!  And thanks to everyone who played along! - Jamie

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This Week's Project Videos 11.9.2012

Welcome to the weekend, friends!  Here is a round-up of this week's classes + videos.  

Memory Keeping Monday | "Sweet Party" with Shannon Tidwell

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From Shannon, "Hi there! I'm happy to jump in this week for Nancy since she's been without power because of ‘Sandy’. Hoping she'll be up and running for you soon! In the meantime I am going to share a layout and video with you. 

This month one of our theme prompts is ‘In Review’. I happened to have these fun little Instagram photo grids on my desk and thought they would make a great review layout. I know, I've already done a layout for this party (and I'm sure I'll do more), but for this layout I'm concentrating just on the decor items. 

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I've had these fun little number clips from Studio Calico and have been itching to use them. And wouldn't you know the polaroid frames from the new Dear Lizzy paper fits the photos perfectly?! You could easily scraplift this layout for any theme that fits the occasion. 

Please take a look at the video and watch the layout come together from beginning to end!" ...see supplies and challenge here.

 

The Adventures of Glitter Girl | Episode 045: Vexed by Vellum

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From Shimelle, "This week Glitter Girl tackles the resurgence of vellum for scrapbook pages, inspired by this discussion [twopeasinabucket.com] on the General Scrapping message board. Her adventure takes her through a discussion of vellum products and their uses then through the creation of a new scrapbook page featuring a vellum pocket and printed vellum from the Dear Lizzy Neapolitan collection."  ...see supplies and challenge here.

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Come along for the adventure, won't you?

 

We apologize there will not be a Finally Friday card/video this week; we will resume with our weekly schedule next Friday!  But we won't leave you inspiration-less!  Here is a card that caught our eye in the gallery today.  Confetti cards by evapizarrov:

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Happy Friday!  See you tomorrow with a fresh batch of challenges. :)

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Mini Album with Anya

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Today Guest Blogger Anya is sharing how she adapted the December Daily album concept into making a mini book all about her summer.  We love her style and adaptation - and what's more, this could be applied to any season of the year!  Here is Anya...

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I've been joining Ali Edwards and hundreds of other scrapbookers in December Daily challenge for three years and I always loved it. This year, I really wanted to highlight our summer in a separate mini album. I wanted it to be a project of its own. I wasn't going to make a page for every day of the summer, but wanted to highlight some little everyday moments that would bring memories back when we look through the book. I have about 30 pages all together in it.

For the longest time I wanted to add sewing to my mini books but didn't know a good way to do it, since sewing shows on the other side. So I came up with an idea that solves that problem - folded page. I started with a 12x12 pattern paper and trimmed four inches off the top:

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and then folded the piece in the middle, which gave me an 8x6 page:
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For the base of my album I used a collection of kraft colored paper from My Mind's Eye:

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I added lined paper to each side of my page for easy journaling, and punched holes:

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Identifying those little stories, picking out a photo and arranging it with a little pattern paper to make it more fun was my favorite part of the project: 

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After adding a photo, I stitched around white paper on all of my pages, and randomly added more stitching on other elements of design:

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Since most of my design happened to be on the outside edge of the page, I used a piece of paper to glue inside the folded page, which served two purposes - it gave the book a little more even shape and reinforced the holes:

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Here are a few more pages from the album:

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I also added a kraft envelope to the album:

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It includes some memorabilia like a drawing from my four year old or a note from my teen, or a business card from the place where we ate:

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I wanted this project to be quick and easy, so I'm adding a hand written journaling to the book, unlike any of my other projects.

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Thank you so much for giving us an inside look at your amazing album, Anya!  Check out Anya's blog, My Creative Corner, as well as her Two Peas gallery for more fun ideas and inspiration!

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Organic Effects with Vivian

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Vivian Keh here today, totally jazzed about guest blogging for Two Peas!  In addition to being a great source for my supplies, Two Peas is my daily virtual escape where inspiration and gorgeous projects abound.  Today, I want to share with you a bit of my own inspiration with details of how I made the tag below.  The simple techniques which I utilized have brought me much grungy joy in recent projects, and I hope you'll give them a try, too!

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Die-cut a tag from a neutral sheet of cardstock. Note that most of the pattern will not ultimately be visible in the final project.  Lightly paint the tag with gesso, making sure to leave random areas of the paper underneath exposed.  By doing this, you create interesting variegations in the ability of paper surface to absorb the media you will later apply.

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Once the gesso dries, prepare your surface for heat embossing by wiping the tag with an anti-static pillow.  If you don't have one, you can also use a dryer sheet - this prevents embossing powder from sticking in undesirable places.

If you've never heat embossed, it's quite easy, and no matter how many times I do it, I always experience a child's wonderment as I watch my project transform under my heat tool's blast!  To heat emboss, stamp with a nice, sticky watermark ink, sprinkle with embossing powder, tap off the excess, and heat using a craft heat tool.

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Here I used a bold Hampton Art/7 Gypsies Harlequin Background Wood Stamp to create some geometric background shapes that will balance a striking, organic composition.  When your heat tool has done its magic, you are left with your stamped pattern...

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The pattern will now resist the application of various mists/spritzes you choose to apply.  Since clear embossing powder was used, the patterns underneath will also be retained.  Next, adhere your die-cut chipboard shapes using a strong adhesive - I used hot glue with butterflies I had cut from an old box .

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Various mixed media books and magazines encourage the use of masking tape in various ways - it's a great, affordable way to add texture to your project.  I love wrinkling it up as shown and arranging the ragged strips to create a sense of movement in my projects.

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After lightly applying gesso and allowing it to dry...

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... it's time to spritz!

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Do you see how the color pools on top of the resist that I created?  This ought to be carefully daubed off using a tissue to reveal your beautiful pattern.

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I've been playing with my hot glue gun, and wanted to see how liquids would settle around vascular patterns I created with this under-appreciated tool.

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After the hot glue dried, I shoved the nozzle of a copper colored mist right up into the most gnarled areas and sprayed.  This way, the effect was not diffused, but concentrated. I then tilted the tag to guide the beautiful liquids down the crevices my wrinkled masking tape had created.

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Finally, to exaggerate these organic textures, I highlighted the raised areas with pigment inks and added my text, which I had also die-cut and painted.

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Once all was dry, I added a bit more stamping, and voila!

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I am delighted to have blogged with you here today, and hope that I was able to inspire you to try out some of these simple techniques!  Until next time. -Vivian

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Who's ready to get messy with their supplies and play?!  You can find more inspiration from Vivian on her blog and from her Two Peas gallery.  Thank you so much for sharing these techniques with us, Vivian!

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Announcing Seasonal Storytelling: A Workshop with Amy Heller + Giveaway

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We're thrilled to share the latest class from Garden Girl Amy Heller with you - Seasonal Storytelling!  If you love soaking up the special moments each season brings, then you will love how Amy and her contributors share creative ways of documenting them!  Scroll down for your chance to win a spot in this new class.

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Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn. Each season brings about its own wonderful and memorable moments for us all. Perhaps Winter, when celebrating Christmas or Hannukah and the New Year, is your most memorable time of the year. Or maybe it is Spring when your family celebrates a number of birthdays, or you love preparing your garden and celebrating Easter. Then there is Summer - full of outdoor activities, 4th of July, camping and family vacations. And of course, Autumn with the beginning of school, the glorious changing of nature’s color, bountiful harvests, Halloween and Thanksgiving. When you break the year up into seasons, there certainly are plenty of stories worth telling! 

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In Seasonal Storytelling: Mini Books for Sharing Each Season’s Special Memories, we break down the year into the four seasons. This provides a naturally broadened perspective through which to document your special memories. Because of this broadened view, we introduce you to four different approaches to creating seasonal mini albums - Events & Traditions, Timeframes, On-the-Go and Reflections. With each chapter, we will focus on a different season and share two of these four approaches for tackling that season to create a mini book filled with a memories that fits your lifestyle, your scrapping habits and your style of creating. 

Showcasing eight different and unique mini albums filled with over 100 pages of ideas, Seasonal Storytelling covers each of the seasons, throughout four chapters. Every chapter contains a printable PDF containing two beautifully crafted mini albums along with a coordinating video. Also included are two exclusive printable journaling cards used as the base for one of the mini albums featured in the workshop.

The content of this workshop will be available immediately upon purchase. The lessons are available for you to work at your own pace and upon purchase can be accessed in the "Workshops" section under "Classes & Events." A private message board forum is also available to ask questions for Amy and to connect with other participants.

Cost of Class: $25 | Buy now!

And now we get to give a class spot away!  Just leave a comment here letting us know why you'd love to take this workshop along with your Two Peas username for your chance to win.  The giveaway is open through Monday, November 12th.  We'll draw and announce a winner here on the blog on the 13th.  Good luck!

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Nancy's Creative Space


Hi Peas, Nancy here today with a little peek into one of my favorite rooms. Definitely one that I spend a lot of time in - my scrap room. The space is tiny at just 10x11, so I really have to make the most of every foot.
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Right now it's painted a serene aqua and accented with mostly brown-black furniture. I love this large Expedit desk from IKEA. It's wide enough that I can work and my son can sit on the other side and do his homework.

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In the Expedit are plastic trays by Display Dynamics that I've had for years. These hold my patterned paper by current collections. When I first get a collection, I will keep the embellishments together with the patterned paper. Once I've used the collection, I move the embellishments into the dark brown fabric bins. All of my storage is open because I tend to forget what I have if I don't constantly "see" it. Cardstock is stored in galvanized bins that I found at Home Depot.

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I have two white Making Memories wall shelves that hold older embellishments, paints and tags. The long, narrow desk underneath stores my sewing machine, Silhouette and printer.

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This bookcase holds odds and ends, alphabets, alterable items and ribbon. When I work I face the door and this sign. It reminds me - KEEP CALM - and sometimes I really need that!

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This space is definitely a constant work in progress. I was just thinking that I might like to have some closed storage. I feel a remodel coming on this Spring!

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Prize winners + November Product Review Giveaway

Hi everyone!  Jamie Sorenson here.  I am back from my maternity leave and am excited to dive into work again overseeing our community and design team.  I hope to share some personal projects I've created for my baby girl very soon as well.  But enough about me, today we have a giveaway and some prize winners to announce!

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Like always, we show our appreciation for the time and thought you put into leaving product reviews by doing a monthly giveaway!  Leave a review on any product in the store this November and you could win the pack of goodies pictured above.

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Now onto our prize winners!  (We're catching up, thank you for your patience!)

* Sn@p Giveaway from Simple Stories - jgirl9274

* October Gardeners' Digest Blog Hop - kdgdi

* October Product Review - Brena2

 

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Thanksgiving/Gratitude Projects from the Garden Girls

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If you've been following the blog this month, you know our focus this month is Thanksgiving/Gratitude!  The Garden Girls have been hard at work creating their projects along this theme. Look for these projects in the Garden soon!

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Don't miss out on all the Garden Girl Projects!  Be sure to catch up on your browsing from here!

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This Week's Challenges: 11.3.12

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Hoping to get some crafting time in this week?  We've got some challenges for you! Remember each challenge gives you a chance to win a $5 gift certificate, as well as earns you a badge for your Two Peas profile page.  Just click on the title of each challenge for details from the designer and notes on how to enter, and scroll down to see last week's winners!

Weekly Scrap Challenge | A Color Challenge with Amy

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Weekly Photograph Challenge | Add Some Sun with Wilna

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Saturday Sketch | You Color My World with Kimber

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Congrats to Brickle, gleestormont, & rubyrubbler -  we'll be in touch with you shortly on how to access your gift certificate!  And thanks to everyone who played along! - Jen

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This Week's Class Videos: 11.2.12

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Happy Friday, Peas!  Let's take a look at what classes and videos went up this week:

Memory Keeping Monday | Heard On a Disney Cruise with Nancy

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From Nancy: This page is a collection of some of things heard on our recent Disney Cruise. I got the idea after seeing these wood veneer bubbles from Studio Calico. I love all of the different sentiments and shapes. Remember that you can customize this page for “things heard at” any of the places you've visited. . . see supplies and challenge here!

The Adventures of Glitter Girl | Episode 044: Ribbons at the Ready

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From Shimelle: This week Glitter Girl hopes to keep you from drowning in an abandoned ribbon collection, inspired by this discussion [twopeasinabucket.com] on the General Scrapping message board. Her adventure takes her through a new page plus a few other ideas to file away for a rainy day.

Looking for more ribbon ideas? Check out Glitter Girl's ribbon picks on this pin board [pinterest.com].

Scroll below to find supplies for this project and Glitter Girl's suggestions for other options in different colours and patterns. . . see supplies and challenge here!

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Come along for the adventure won't you?

Finally Friday | Be Merry with Julie

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From Julie: I love making one-of-a-kind holiday cards for the people closest to me.  I like to pile on the embellishments until the card is almost a gift in itself! ;)  For this week's Finally Friday card tutorial, I'll show you how to create a festive card full of fun surprises. . . see supplies and challenge here!

Have a great weekend! We'll see you tomorrow with a new round of challenges from the Garden Girls!

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A Thinking of You Card Without Words by Krista

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How do you say 'I'm thinking of you' without any words?  
October Afternoon makes it easy-peesy with the Woodland Park Ship N Sticks!
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I wanted to create a simple card that was small in size to accompany a gift for a friend.  To keep the focus on the sweet bunnies, I chose not to use a sentiment or words in any way.
The thought bubble is just that...used to show a thought.  So, it is sorta perfect for 'I'm thinking of you' themed cards!
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The bubble I cut from cheapo printing paper.  The rest of the papers are from my Woodland Park 8x8 Paper Pack.  I also used the Woodland Park Washi Tape to add a little more eye-catching pattern to the circle cut-out.  With a few foam stickies to add dimension and a little spray of field flowers by my bunny, my card was ready to mail out!
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That's it-- a super simple, totally sweet way to use no words to say a lot:).
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Thanks so much for this sweet card idea, Krista!  You can find Krista blogging her love for cardmaking and digital stamps from here, and her Two Peas gallery here.

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