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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 Class Videos 8.31.2012

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It's the end of another week, and we're here with another wrap-up of helpful and inspring project tutorials from the Garden Girls!  Let's take a look at what went up this week:

Memory Keeping Monday | ZaZa with Shannon Tidwell - Using Memorabilia and Instagram mini booklets on a page:

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From Shannon, "Hello! Welcome to Memory Keeping Monday! This week I am focusing on our ‘memorabilia’ theme for the month. I admit, I am usually terrible about including memorabilia on my pages. Oh I save stuff…but I usually forget to use it! Not this time! When I saw this cool ‘do not disturb’ door hanger I just had to have it. I loved the bright colors and original design. I knew it would work perfectly on a page about our weekend stay at this trendy hotel. So I worked the rest of my design around it. 

I also had a lot of Instagram photos that I took during our stay. I wanted to use a lot of them, but still keep the design of the layout ‘me’. So to make room for all the photos I decided to make a couple little flip books by just using washi tape to hold it all together. They turned out really fun, and left me with a lot of room to journal on the back of the photos. 
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You might ask *how is she going to put that page in her album?* Well…I thought about it…and what I'll probably do is use a craft knife to cut squares in the page protector right around the photo booklets. That way they'll peek through and we'll be able to flip through them.

Ok, so here's the video I made. I'm sorry the lighting isn't great in this one. It was a busy week and this was made in the wee hours.:) But still made with lots of love.:)" ... see supplies and challenge here.

 


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From Shimelle, "This week Glitter Girl takes on the faded monochromatic trend of ombre, inspired by this message board thread [twopeasinabucket.com]. Her adventure takes her through options for creating ombre patterned paper and embellishments, then to completing a page with some of those supplies.

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There are so many great looks that can be achieved with the ombre aesthetic, so have a look at these and bookmark your favourites:  ...see them here along with the supplies and challenge for this week's lesson."

 


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From Lynn, "Hi everybody! I am back with another Finally Friday video for you. For this card I created a pretty everyday themed card using the Studio Calico collection and some new sentiment stickers from the My Minds Eye The Sweetest Thing collection. I hope you enjoy the video. Thanks for watching!" ...see supplies and challenge here.

 
We'll see you tomorrow with a new batch of projects and challenges from the GG's.  Happy Friday!

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Kristina's Disney Mini Album Series Day 4: Including a Pamphlet

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Welcome to the final installment in our Disney Mini Album series with Kristina!  Today we've got a quick video tutorial for you covering an idea for including maps and pamphlets in your albums.  First, a look at how Kristina included them in her book and even embellished the insides:


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You'll find the previous posts in our series here: Days 1, 2, & 3  We hope you enjoyed the series and are inspired to learn even more from our Scrapbooking Family Vacations and Divide & Conquer workshops. 

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Kristina's Disney Mini Album Series Day 3: The Album

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Welcome to Day 3 in our Disney mini album series with Kristina! This week Kristina is sharing how she applied the lessons from our Scrapbooking Family Vacations and Divide & Conquer workshops in recording her family's recent trip to Disney.  Today we get to give you a look at the pages themselves.  Grab your favorite beverage and enjoy!  See the previous posts here: Day 1 & 2
If you are looking for the winner of our Gardeners' Digest blog hop giveaway, go here.
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For more details on how her album came together as well as a supply list, visit Kristina's album in the Two Peas gallery here.  Join us tomorrow as Kristina shares a technique for including pamphlets in your mini books!

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August Garden Girl Blog Hop Prize Winner!

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Congratulations to iggyboo32, you are the winner of our blog hop prize!  The prize will be sent to the address in your Two Peas account shortly.  Thanks so much to everyone for hopping through. :)

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Kristina's Disney Mini Album Series Day 2: Prepping the Album

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Welcome back to our series on Kristina's Disney mini album!  A mini album can feel not-so-mini sometimes; we get overwhelmed by all the photos and memories we want to include.  Today Kristina shares how she used the lessons from Lisa Truesdell's Divide & Conquer workshop to tackle the prep work in getting started.  See the video and introduction post from Day 1 here

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From Kristina, "Lisa's workshop recommends putting together a kit for you to use for your project. Nothing more. I loved this. But I hated doing it. I love products and want to just grab anything at any time. Once I did this though, and really made myself only use the items in my kit, I was so happy.  I was able to take my bin of products with me anywhere in the house and work on this album---which I never do! I had it on the living room floor on multiple occasions and even while cuddled in my bed one night!!

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I was worried I would have troubles when I couldn't grab something else from my stash that I knew would work perfectly for my project. But when it came down to it, I made it work with what I had available in my box and I loved how it all coordinates and works together. It really makes it a cohesive book from start to finish.

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I will admit to pulling a few more washi tapes here and there when needed. I found myself using washi tapes more and more as I went along, as they are so easy to use and create all kinds of looks. 

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I pulled together a set of papers in the same tones and patterns, neutrals and aquas/turquoises. I knew I wanted the circle patterns from Studio Calico, because of how they reminded me of the Epcot Spaceship Earth ball, and then I just went from there. The alphabet stickers, labels, washi tapes and everything else is all in those same color families.

I threw in some other fun embellishments and stickers for here and there, but mainly used papers, labels and tapes. I didn't want any big icons or images, so all of my embellishments are small and basic, so that they really are there to just embellish versus create a main visual. I want my photos to tell the story while my words and journaling to add our personal tales."

For a list of supplies Kristina used in her album, go here!

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Lisa's class teaches you to prep a mini album in stages; one of those stages is to lay out the flow of your album, inserting photos and pieces into the divide page protectors and deciding where you want what pieces to go.  Here is a look at Kristina's album in this stage:
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Join us tomorrow as we take a look inside the finished album!

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Kristina's Disney Mini Album Series Day 1: Introduction

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This week on the blog we're sharing Kristina's Disney mini album!  She's taken two of our workshops, Scrapbooking Family Vacations and Divide & Conquer, and combined what was taught in them to record her family's vacation memories in a mini book.

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Here is a little video we put together introducing the series and giving you a peek into her album:
 
From Kristina, "This is a spot that we have traveled to every other year (and sometimes in between) for more than a decade and so, the backdrop of this vacation is well known to those who will view this album---my family. This book is really going to be a documentation of OUR story --- the moments and the memories that we loved and I don't want us to ever forget.

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I listened to and watched all of the videos included in Nancy's Scrapbooking Family Vacations workshop before I left. She has a whole section on Disney vacations, with very carefully and thoughtfully laid out plans for documenting that special trip.  Nancy gives great advice on what to look for and how to document as you travel, so you don't have to think too hard as you are on vacation.  For me, it was nice to see how someone else organized the trip and the recommendations for how to record it later. 

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The mini pocket album concept as demonstrated by Lisa in the Divide & Conquer workshop is absolutely perfect for this project. I love the pockets and it allows me to diversify what I include and how I include it.  Using her 3 main workshop concepts, I was able to quickly create an album of a trip! I am so proud to have completed this as swiftly as I did!  I love how the workshop kept me on track to only telling the main stories that I want to tell and not wander off, or include things just because it's pretty or cool. I didn't have a lot of room and I needed to make sure I told the real stories that were the most important. And I was able to do that."

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Look out for the full reveal of the album as well as additional posts and tips from Kristina later this week!

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Altering a Daybook with Kristina


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Amy Tan carries around these adorable little books that she is taping things into all the time…. while she was visiting Two Peas in August, she had a fun little daybook that she had embroidered. I so admired this little book. After seeing her in action with her little mini book and traveling pocket of tools, I was driven to grab a little mini daybook for myself.

Her collections with American Crafts include several styles of daybooks. I selected the stitched daybook from her Sketchbook collection. I love the gray chevron overlay on the front cover and all of the brightly colored prints on the inside. The pages inside are varying in shape, sewn in the middle for the binding, creating  all sorts of interesting spaces to create on.

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I grabbed the nearest new products on my desk-- washi tape and the Sweetest Thing collection from My Minds Eye and started to add to my daybook. I love to take something like this and make it my own, and not always going with what was given to me. I really loved the chevron overlay, and wanted to make sure that I had that exposed. I added die cuts both on top and behind it on the actual cover to give the Daybook some extra dimension. It was really easy. With the product selection limited, and my colors, theme and intentions decided, it took me only a few moments to really get this cover in a sweet spot. Amy went back and forth with me while I was working on this, adding some washi tape, so I can say that Amy helped to create this little bit of happy. 
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My intentions with this Daybook are to leave it on the desk in my creative office area here at Two Peas so that I can add things to it all the time just like Amy does. She carries hers with her and adds bits from her travels. I added the title My Name is Happy to this one (with my favorite letter stickers, by Amy Tangerine, naturally) and hope to add all kinds of random happiness to it as I go through the fall season here.

 

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I also added a fun row of colorful washi tape to the inside cover, along with one of the beautiful rose pieces from the My Minds Eye collection. 

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- Kristina

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This Week's Challenges 8.25.2012

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Ready for a new batch of challenges?  We've got you covered!  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 | Use Punches to Create an Ombre Effect with Jen Gallacher
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Photography Challenge | Fresh From the Oven with Kandis Smith
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Congrats to cristinac, micheledutahgardencat  - 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 Class Videos 8.24.2012

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Happy Friday!  Here is a round-up of this week's classes and videos:

Memory Keeping Monday | "Nerd Day" by Jen Gallacher

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From Jen, "I thought it would be fun to combine our monthly “school” theme with the use of envelopes/pockets. Something about school makes me think of office supplies. Frankly, when my kids are grown I don't think I'll stop buying office supplies. I'm slightly addicted.

For this page, I cut several file folders from the 6X6 paper pad using my Silhouette die cut machine. I layered them on top of one another at the bottom of the page. I also added several layers of pockets and items around the page. I tried to select items that had a school/office supply feel. I changed the photos to black and white because I think it makes them pop a little bit more against the patterns I selected for my papers." ...see challenge and supplies here.

  

 

The Adventures of Glitter Girl | Adventure 034 "Living on the Edge"

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From Shimelle, "This week Glitter Girl looks at versatile border punches as a way to add detail to a design, inspired by this message board thread [twopeasinabucket.com] (and several others about punches this week). Her adventure takes her through the introduction of her three most-used border punches currently, the creation of a new layout and a quick card with a specific punch being talked about on the board.Come along for the adventure, won't you?" ... see card, challenge & supplies here.

 

 

Finally Friday | Just Because by Kandis Smith

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From Kandis, "Stamp! Stamp! Stamp! This card is all about stamping! I used a large Design stamp for the card with some little label and sentiment stamps to go with it. It's simple and fun! Thanks for checking out my video!" ...see challenge and supplies here.

 

That concludes this week's classes - we hope you enjoyed them! - Jamie

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Product Spotlight with Amy Heller: Hexagons

Hi Peas! It’s Amy Heller here and I’m excited to bring you some looks at one of the latest trends in shapes, hexagons! In the past six months or so, hexagons have come onto the scene in scrapbooking in full force! We are seeing them in Peas' pages and cards nearly everyday in the gallery. Today I thought I would share some of my favorite NEW products and member pages featuring this very trendy shape!

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Like chevron did last year, hexagons are appearing in nearly every manufacturer’s collections this year. The latest from Echo Park boasts this multi-patterned hexagon paper that makes hand cutting a multitude of intricate shapes/patterns a snap in no time!

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Talk about making it easy to use hexagons, the new Teresa Collins stickers make adding hexagons to your projects super simple and without any cutting! Just peel and stick!

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This gorgeous page by Pea staceymichu, shows just how much instant impact and design these gorgeous stickers lend to your projects. 

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Grouping hexagons into a honeycomb formation is another lovely trend. This stamp from My Mind’s eye makes creating beautiful backgrounds for cards and pages simple by pre-grouping the hexagons in one stamp.

 

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Of course washi is one of the new staples in scrapbooking, so it’s no surprise that a hexagon washi had to make it onto the market sooner or later! I’m so thrilled that it’s sooner because this set is just so gorgeous with it’s graphic hexagons. 

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This gorgeous little card from Pea Danni Reid shows how you can instantly add washi tape to create your own custom background. Just beautiful!

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Hexagons are, of course hitting the digital market, too, like these wonderful layered Qwik Trix sets from Betsy Tuma!

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I love how Kimberly.kalil used these honeycombed hexagons at the base of her page, then also used them for her journaling spot. Terrific page!

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I just LOVE how adogslife13 handstitched around the hexagons of this My Mind's Eye paper on this page! It really takes her page to another level and makes those beautiful hexagons stand out!

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Lastly, one of the easiest ways to create hexagons has been the use of the Silhouette Cameo like Kathy Martin did here in this darling card. I especially love how she created the outline then filled some of the honeycombs with varying colors of coordinating papers! 

 

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Thanks so much for joining me today! I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing how you can bring hexagons into your projects in a variety of ways! I’ve enjoyed look through the galleries and seeing so many creative and beautiful projects using hexagons. And don’t forget, you can do the same thing, simply by typing in “hexagons” into your search field in the gallery section of the Two Peas in a Bucket website. Find YOUR inspiration there! - Amy

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August Gardeners' Digest Blog Hop + Giveaway

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It's the 22nd, which means it's time for another edition of Gardeners' Digest!  In this blog hop from our Design Team, the Garden Girls, you'll see sneaks of what they've been up to, what's currently inspiring them, as well as their favorite projects.  You may even find a giveaway or two along the way!  Scroll down for our giveaway and the links for the hop.  

We're continuing with our Back-to-School theme for this edition here on the Two Peas blog!
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Kristina is almost finished with a mini album she's been very busy creating!  We can't wait to share it here on the blog and in the gallery.  Stay tuned!

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...these school-themed projects created by our talented members:

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1. Yellow airmail washi tape - reminds us of #2 pencils. 2.  Primary twine assortment pack 3. Hello My Name Is die cut  4. Sassy Scrapping with Shannon workshop - an entire chapter of her class is dedicated to organizing and scrapbooking school photos and memorabilia! 5. It's Elementary vintage alpha cards


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We've assembled a prize pack we think will help you record the Summer memories you've been busy making!  It's packed full of Pebbles, American Crafts, Collage Press, Maya Road, Canvas Corp and Imaginisce.  We think you'll enjoy working with the sunny yellows, denim blues and watermelon reds.  Just leave a comment with your 2Peas username below by 11:59 pm CST on Tuesday, August 28th for your chance to win!

Your next stop on the blog hop is Shannon Tidwell!  Here is a full list in case you get lost along the way:

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Shannon Tidwell

Kimber McGray

Jen Gallacher

Amy Heller

Marcy Penner

Lynn Ghahary

Laura Craigie

Jill Sprott

Amy Tan

Kandis Smith

Lexi Bridges

Wilna Furstenberg

Julie Campbell

Becky Novacek

Wendy Sue Anderson

Shimelle Laine

Lisa Truesdell

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Back to School projects from the Garden Girls

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If you've been following the blog this month, you know our focus has been Back to School!  The Garden Girls have been hard at work creating their projects along this theme, and we were finally able to share them with you in yesterday's Garden release.  

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Did you miss them?  Be sure to catch up on your browsing from here, and be on the look-out for a page from our newly added Garden Girl, Lexi Bridges!

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Welcoming Lexi Bridges to the Garden Girl design team!

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We could not be more thrilled to welcome the sweet and talented Lexi Bridges to the Garden Girl team!  We think you're going to love seeing the many out-of-the-box ways she works with papercrafting goodies, as well as the way she tells her family's stories as a mama of boys.

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Her first page for the Garden can be seen here.  She was able to jump on board just in time to play along with our back-to-school theme.  Here is a peek at more of her gorgeous work found in her 2peas gallery:

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And a little Q + A with Lexi to help us get to know her better:

my name : Lexi Bridges

scrapbook size : 12x12, 8.5 x11 and the occasional card. I am an equal opportunity scrapper ;)

camera : Canon rebel xti

music : alternative, christian, pop, rock

work space : messy. HA! A room in the basement with concrete floors and a small window. Hopefully this is changing soon.

style : I never know how to answer this. Sew-y? Mist-y? Die cut-y? Embellishment-y? Are those even real words? 

1 or 2 pages : 1. I think I have made two, 2 pagers ever.

color preference : anything but purple

favorite product type : embellishments! Can't scrap without them.

childhood ambition : paleontologist 

fondest memory : my boyfriend in high school standing by my locker and asking me to homecoming while holding my pinkie finger. He's now my husband of almost 13 years :)

soundtrack : I love theatre so a favorite soundtrack would be West Side Story. If we are talking about the soundtrack of MY life, it would be the sound of little boys making noise with legos and the dishwasher running in the background ;)

retreat : mountains or beach or big city. I'm not picky.

wildest dream : to live in NYC. While we are at it, since it is my wildest dream after all, to star in a broadway show. 

proudest moment : holding my boys for the first time

biggest challenge : staying organized. I'm messy by nature. 

alarm clock : hate it.

perfect day : sleep in. brunch. junking. home to arrange amazing junk purchases and scrap the night away. 

first job : dental hygienist after I graduated college. Teeth cleaning, anyone?

Thanks so much, Lexi - and welcome to the Garden!  Keep your eyes peeled for more fantastic pages from Lexi in our Monday releases of Garden Girl projects. - Jamie

 

Today at Two Peas:

* It's our Back to School Garden Girl project release!

* NEW Memory Keeping Monday video tutorial | "Nerd Day" with Jen Gallacher

* 500+ products stocked in the store this week, and 1500+ on sale!

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This Week's Challenges 8.18.2012

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It's time for a new batch of challenges!  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: Sketch challenge with Wilna:

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Photography Challenge: Using vignettes with Laura Craigie

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Saturday Card Sketch with Kimber

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Congrats to melaniegodeckialinor, & laurel s - 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 Class Videos 8.17.2012

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We're wrapping up our week with this week's free classes and videos!

Memory Keeping Monday | This Old School with Lisa Truesdell

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From Lisa, "For this week's Memory Keeping Monday, I wanted to explore this month's school theme in a slightly different way. Instead of focusing on my kids going back to school, I decided to make a page about the school itself. This is a great way to celebrate the place your child spends so much time!

In this video, I'm focusing on using a bright and bold alphabet - and how to fix a little stamping mishap that came up along the way." ...see challenge & supplies here.

 

 

The Adventures of Glitter Girl | Episode 033 Out of the Box

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From Shimelle, "This week Glitter Girl opens an order from Two Peas and starts her quest to mix and match products from various manufacturers, something being discussed here [twopeasinabucket.com] on the general scrapbooking message board. This adventure takes her from receiving an order to creating a page kit mixing those supplies with existing items and finally the creation of a new scrapbook page.  Come along for the adventure, won't you?" ...see challenge and supplies here.

 

 

Finally Friday | So Happy with Laura Craigie

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From Laura, "Hey peas! It's Finally Friday again and I'm happy to have a card walk through to share with you all. I was inspired to make this card using items from my recent box from the TwoPeas store! It's all from the My Minds Eye Collection “The Sweetest Thing”, and Teresa Collins line “Tell your Story”.

The main sentiment is a dimensional sticker that I basically just added to. The glitter border, and together die cut by Teresa Collins, and a Two Peas exclusive stamp set for the adorable “yes!” speech bubble.  I hope you like this fun little card and I challenge you to make your own with a cluster of embellishments all grouped together. :)" ...see supplies here.

 

 

2012: Captured | August lesson with Lisa Truesdell

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Don't forget also that Lisa's monthly Project Life class went up this week!  See her lesson, guest projects & other class material from here.

That concludes this week's classes - we hope you enjoyed them! - Jamie

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Back to School Garden Girl Project Sneaks

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It's Back-to-School month at Two Peas this August!  The Garden Girls have been busy creating cards and layouts along this theme.  We can't wait to show them to you in this Monday's Garden release - you're going to love them!  In the meantime, here are a few sneaks...


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I knew I always loved back-to-school time. - Jamie

 

Today at Two Peas:

* Look for my Personal Shopper video on back-to-school products later this afternoon here!

* Don't forget your chance to be a guest blogger on Two Peas!  Submissions close August 31st.

* Reminder: there are still a couple more weeks to enter our vendor challenges for a chance to win a $50 prize pack from Carta Bella and Teresa Collins.  Good luck!

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2012: Captured August 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!  See the August lesson on using office-themed supplies (one of her favorites!) and tips on memorabilia, and check out her guest projects from Patricia and Jen 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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Product Spotlight with Lisa Truesdell: Project Life Favorites + Words Unsaid workshop winner

Lisa's sharing one of her favorite supplies to use in Project Life this week!  Before we begin, scroll down to the bottom of this post if you are looking for the winner of Jen's workshop, Words Unsaid.

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I have a little secret. I LOVE cute office / stationary supplies. Clips, tags, sticky notes, notebooks, calendars... I totally have a weak spot for all of them. And just one of the many reasons that I love Project Life is that they all work perfectly in my book! For this month's 2012 : Captured class (it goes live tomorrow!), I'll be focusing on using office supply themed scrapbook product  in your album. Here are a few of my favorites : 

Date stamps. These are definitely a Project Life staple - I use the ones that I have every single week. I'm looking forward to the new designs coming out at CHA. A girl can never have too many roller stamps, right?

Sticky notes. I really love these plain ones - you can mist them, stamp on them, or use them for a bit of journaling.

Clips. Shapes clips, mini clothespins, topped with epoxy accents or little flags - I can't get enough. These are great for clipping memoriabilia or a photo to a journaling card.

Washi tape. It's what masking tape wants to be when it grows up. ;) You can use it to hold your photos in place, or just as a decorative element. I already covered washi back in April, but I'm up for any excuse to use it again.

Anything ledger. So many lines feature ledger or graph patterns now, and they make perfect backgrounds for journaling cards. Some lines to check out - Basic Grey Clippings, Studio Calico Take Note, Echo Park Note To Self and October Afternoon 9 to 5. There are also embellishments with ledger prints, like this October Afternoon alphabet. I love how the ledger print stays neutral but adds a little more interest - it makes them easy to use with almost any theme.

Labels. Another topic that I love so much that I gave it its own month. I have a lot of labels - both from scrapbook companies and from the office supply store. I like to add them right to the white space on 4x6 photos to hold a bit of journaling.

Little bags. Photo on the outside, journaling tag on the inside. Or journaling on the outside, extra photos and memorabilia on the inside. These are a great way to make one little PL pocket do double duty.

Tags in all sizes. Bigger tags work as journaling cards, smaller ones are fun to decorate and use as accents.

Notebooks. Am I the only person who has to avoid the school supply aisle at Target for fear that I'll come home with ANOTHER notebook? Yeah. I like to tear out pages and use them for journaling - plus they're the perfect place to take notes on my weeks.

Stamps. I love stamps. I double love stamps with an office theme since they are so easy to use on any project. In addition to the set above (oh, hello there "official memo" stamp - you make me too happy!), I love these Basic Grey Stamps and this cute Cavallini set.

Be sure to check back tomorrow mornings to see how I use all of these products in my 2012 : Captured class for August! - Lisa

 

Today at Two Peas:

* Congrats to garlandandrea - you are the winner of Jen's mini journaling workshop, "Words Unsaid!"  We'll send you an email shortly welcoming you to the class!

* There are 25 new digital kits in the store this week!

* Watch for Kitty's Weekly Warehouse walk video going up this afternoon for an up-close view of new products in the store.

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Amy Tan Visits Two Peas

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(Pictured above: A few of Amy's supplies for scrapbooking on the go)

We were thrilled to have the lovely Amy Tan visit the Two Peas office and warehouse!  If you know this designer, you know she loves to travel.  How lucky for us, then, that one of her stops happened to be just a few miles from Two Peas!  Kristina and Amy made plans right away to get together.

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They spent some time creating together while discussing all things scrappy in Kristina's office.  Both lovers of washi tape and mini books, they had no problem feeding off one another's creativity.  

While they created I got out my laptop and recorded all of the ideas they had buzzing in their heads.  Such a fun and inspiring atmosphere.  Amy's laughter is contagious.

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We loved Amy's trick for traveling light with scrap supplies.  She likes to wrap shipping tags with a handful of tape designs, leaving the rolls at home for less bulk on the go.

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Kristina playing with one of Amy's Daybooks - altering the cover.  (We'll be sure to share the result soon!)

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We eat lunch together as a team every day; it was fun to have Amy in the mix and join in on the chatter and laughter.  Afterwards there was some roaming in the warehouse - here she is with her Sketchbook line!

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And there was some silliness.

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Kristina doodling on some packages being sent to the Garden Girls.  That's just a small stack of the many orders going out.  And Amy snuck in some shots of my preggo belly.  Not that it's hard to miss. ;)

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A very fun and inspiring day.  We hope you'll visit us again soon, Amy! - Jamie

 

Today at Two Peas:

* A new batch of Garden Girl projects went up!

* There's a new Memory Keeping Monday video tutorial from Lisa | This Old School

* LAST DAY TO ENTER our class spot giveaway for Jen's new workshop "Words Unsaid"

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Be a Two Peas Guest Blogger!

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We're excited to announce we're expanding our blogger family!  We want to invite YOU to inspire our community with your tutorials, projects, tips, creative spaces, stories, and more!  Spots are limited at this time; send in your submissions as soon as you can!  Here is how being a Two Peas guest blogger will work:

What does it mean to be a Two Peas guest blogger?  It means we get to be inspired by YOU as you share your creative genius under our blog's spotlight.  Not only do we get to know you better as a community, you'll get a shiny, exclusive badge for your Two Peas profile and blog.  We'll link to your blog, giving your home on the web additional exposure.

What are we looking for?  We would love to see tutorials, tips, techniques, photography, creative spaces, and more!  How did you use the products in your latest Two Peas order?  Have a hybrid tip you think would be helpful?  We welcome your creativity and would love to see what you've come up with!  We would prefer the content to be new and unpublished.  You may send in as many submissions as you'd like.  Please keep your posts brief and check spelling/grammar.

I want to be a guest blogger!  What do I do now?  Great!  Just submit your post(s) in an email to ggsub@twopeasinabucket.com.  Include any images as attachments. Please include your first name, a link to your Two Peas profile, and a link to your blog.  Should your post be selected we will contact you and get your post scheduled!  Please submit your posts by August 30th!

We can't wait to see what you have to share! :)

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This Week's Challenges 8.10.2012

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It's time for a new batch of challenges!  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 on how to enter, and scroll down to see last week's winners!

 

Weekly Scrap Challenge: Color combo with Kandis Smith

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From Kandis, "Color combinations are one of my favorite things to work with–and there are soooooo many fun sites and blogs with people who put it all together for you. All you have to do is pull out paper and embellishments that match the color scheme and it will look amazing! I did a simple layout of my son playing tball!"

 

Weekly Photography Challenge: Symmetry with Kandis Smith

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From Kandis, "Symmetry is not something I'm perfect at–I do everyday pics of my family most of the time so it's never exactly symmetrical! I thought this picture of my son Logan on the Fourth of July came pretty close though! The fun part about symmetry is that you can go symmetrical or asymmetrical. So many fun perspectives to play with! So break out your camera and look for symmetry around you!"

 

Saturday Card Sketch with Kimber 8.11.2012

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From Kimber, "I like using repetition in my card making and using embellishments that easy to replicate. On my card I used a mix of die-cut and sticker butterflies. You could use punched hearts, circles, flowers, buttons, anything that you have multiple of in your stash. The sentiment can be simply stamped or layered stickers and die-cuts like I did. Have fun with it! :)"


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Congrats to kellierabideau, daisyemmcraftwomanstyle  - 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 Class Videos 8.10.2012

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We're winding down our week with this week's free classes and videos!

Memory Keeping Monday | Disney Memorabilia with Nancy Damiano

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From Nancy, "Welcome to this week's episode of Memory Keeping Monday. Today I created a fun Disney memorabilia page using strips of patterned paper to create ribbons. Each ribbon is “home” to some of the pieces we gathered along the way. The ribbon on the end is a pocket and a great place for a park map + the vacation title. An accordion flower was used to create a Mickey head and flair representing the month(September) and year (2008) were added for “ears”. 

This page can be easily stretched to a 2-page layout by creating a mirror image. Also, each ribbon could be used to represent a “day-by-day” account of a vacation including a photo and memorabilia for each day of the week. I hope you find this helpful the next time you create a page about all of the stuff you've collected. TFL!"  ...continue for challenge and supplies.

 

 

The Adventures of Glitter Girl | Episode 032 Instant Inspiration

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From Shimelle, "This week Glitter Girl presents a special extended episode on the subject of scrapping instant photos like Polaroids, something being discussed here on the general scrapbooking message board. Her adventure takes her through the creation of a two new scrapbook pages, one with a Polaroid print from the early 1980s and another with an Instax image printed on a portable Pivi printer.

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Come along for the adventure, won't you? But make sure you have some time - this extended episode is about forty minutes of instant-photo-fun!" ...continue for challenge and supplies.

 

 

Finally Friday | Hybrid Card by Julie Campbell

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From Julie, "Did you know that you can create your own die cuts by using your Silhouette along with a digital scrapbooking kit? In this Finally Friday video tutorial, I'll show you how to do just that! We'll be creating a fun hybrid card & learning some new techniques along the way. If you don't own a Silhouette, don't worry. I'll also give you pointers on how to achieve a similar look by using other crafting supplies.

I designed this card for my son's teacher for the first day of school, but it's so universal that it could be used for any occasion." ...continue for challenge and supplies.

 

And that concludes this week's videos!  Have a great weekend, Peas. - Jamie

 

Today at Two Peas:

* Our class spot giveaway for Jen's new workshop "Words Unsaid" is still open!

* 1800+ items are currently on sale, and we've recently got 1,000+ new products in the store. :)

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A moodboard...

...just for fun!  Because lately I've been dreaming of painting a dresser kelly green...  Drool with me admire along with me the ways this pretty, pretty color, combined with peacock blues and other cooler hues, has been used!

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I've created a collection of products based on this moodboard in the Two Peas store here.  That was tooo much fun to create!  Now, who's new favorite color is kelly green besides me?  - Jamie

 

Today at Two Peas:

* Our class spot giveaway for Jen's new workshop "Words Unsaid" is still open!

* I've got a new Personal Shopper video that will go up this afternoon.  This week I'm sharing 15 bargains in the Two Peas store.  :)

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Our August Focus: Back to School

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It's Back to School month at Two Peas this August!  Stay tuned as we pool together products, projects + inspiration along this theme all month long.  

One way we're getting a headstart on our homework?  We've started a selection of back-to-school products here.  We love hunting for school supplies - papercrafting supplies?  Even better!

Here's a look at the inspiration board we've begun on Pinterest:

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And to add some more fun to the mix, we're using the hashtag #2peasback2school all month in our Twitter and Instagram posts.  We'd love for you to play along!  

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Take photos of your family as they prep for a new school year.  Snap a shot of your Two Peas order with a fresh batch of supplies.  Grab your phone & take a picture of a project you're creating along this theme and use the tag!  The Garden Girls will be playing along too - we can't wait to see our community's collection of #2peasback2school photos!

 

Today at Two Peas:

* We've just stocked the store with brand new items including October Afternoon, Bella Blvd, Jillibean Soup and don't forget - the new exclusive Project Life stamp from Studio Calico - only at Two Peas!

* Our class spot giveaway for Jen's new workshop "Words Unsaid" is still open!

* Look for a new Adventures of Glitter Girl episode going up later today!  What scrapbooking dilemma will she solve next??

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Words Unsaid Mini Workshop with Jen Gallacher + Giveaway!

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You'll be happy to learn Garden Girl and Two Peas Instructor Jen Gallacher is back again with another workshop!  You loved her Scrapbook Stamping class, now she's added a mini class, "Words Unsaid" to our library of workshops!  

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Memories fade quickly and making sure we include all our stories within our scrapbooks can seem daunting. In this Mini Workshop, Garden Girl Jen Gallacher shares her approach for meaningful journaling. Jen is a dedicated journal keeper and has kept personal journals for over 30 years (ever since she was old enough to write). Now she combines her love of record keeping with scrapbooking! This journaling-centered class covers topics from holidays, to day-to-day events, to family moments, and several often forgotten subjects.

Lessons include:
Chapter 1: Special Events
Chapter 2: Day-to-Day Living
Chapter 3: Stories to Remember

Each chapter includes 10 BRAND NEW layouts for a total of 30 layouts. An instructional video is provided for each chapter in which Jen discusses her philosophy on journaling each memory, as well as, her creative approach to journaling design. Each chapter video highlights the start-to-finish process of one of the chapter layouts. Watch Jen select the photos, journal her story, and complete a layout all under 30 minutes!

Beyond mere journaling, Jen discusses challenges to telling the story, creative methods for incorporating journaling on the page, and product suggestions for a fresh approach to journaling design. A helpful PDF is provided for each chapter and combines into a complete, comprehensive guide to meaningful journaling. Each layout is highlighted on its own page and includes the complete supply list, a close-up photo, and the approach to both documenting the story and the design of the journaling. Additional materials found within the PDF include topic ideas, journaling product ideas, and tips and tricks for journaling.
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Whether you're an experienced writer looking to incorporate journaling into your scrapbooks, or you struggle with knowing what to say on your pages, this workshop's for you! Never leave "words unsaid" again!
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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 of both Jen and to connect with other participants. Enjoy!  Cost of Class: $12
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, August 13th.  We'll draw and announce a winner here on the blog on the 14th.  Good luck!

Here's a little promo video on the workshop if you'd like to hear more from Jen!

  

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Member Spotlight by Wilna: Cococricketsmama

 

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Hello Peas! Wilna here and I am so happy to shine the spotlight on this wonderful scrapbooker:

 

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I asked Danielle a few questions so we can get to know her a little better:

• Your Blog address: www.cococricketsmama.typepad.com
• Are you on any design teams? Many before, now just the Creative Type 
• Who are your scrapbooking heroes? Vee Jennings, Tina Aszmus, Rahel Menig, Amy Tan, I know I'm leaving out a bunch of people. 
• How would you describe your style? very eccentric, free form, layered, spritzed, sprayed, dribbled upon. 
• When you have 30 minutes of free-time, how do you pass the time?  hard to pick, either pinterest, scrapbooking or worst case, vacuuming (so sad...)
• What products do you use over and over? thickers, mister hueys, dictionary pages, washi tape
• What would you name the autobiography of your life? the life and times of crazytown
• Favorite color? aqua, and grey
• What sound do you love? my kids laughing 
• What songs are included on the soundtrack to your life? cosmic love by florence and the machine, lips like sugar by echo and the bunny men, home by edward sharpe and the magnetic zeros

I love her scrapbook style… the playful artfulness of it. Here is a few of her pages. And here is a link to her gallery!

 

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December Mini Album

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Today at Two Peas:

* It's Monday!  The Garden Girls have a new batch of projects up.  :)

* Memory Keeping Monday | Disney Memorabilia by Nancy Damiano

* We currently have over 2,000 products on sale!

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My Minds Eye Free Gift with Purchase

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Who doesn't like free stuff?  When you purchase $10 or more of the new My Mind's Eye, you'll receive a free gift of paper!  Hooray!  Just one more reason to stock up on one of your favorite brands...

Check in on the blog later this week for behind-the-scenes photos of our visit with Amy Tan - we can't wait to tell you all about it! :)

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This Week's Challenges 8.3.2012

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Hello and happy Saturday, friends!  We're experiencing some high temps here in PeaTown and loving the idea of cooping up in the AC and getting crafty.  Whether you're like us and want to get crafty while keeping cool, or just needing a creative boost, we've got three new 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 on how to enter, and scroll down to see last week's winners!

Weekly Scrap Challenge | Sketch challenge with Wilna Furstenberg

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From Wilna, "Welcome to this week's sketch challenge! This sketch used speech bubbles! I think it's such a fun element to add to your pages and you can fill it with pictures, embellishments and journaling. I misted some Studio calico cameras and loved the effect!"

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Weekly Photography Challenge | Curves with Jill Sprott

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From Jill, "Curves, when captured on film, can be whimsical, wondrous, and even beautiful. Consider the rotation of a ferris wheel, the rounded form of a pulsating jellyfish, or the unfurling petals of a flower in the early morning light. 

This week's photography challenge is to focus on curves. While you're at it, try different camera angles, capturing curves from above, below, or at eye level. "

Saturday Card Sketch with Kimber 8.4.2012

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From Kimber, "I have so many of these die-cut frames and I wanted to use one slightly off center and place my sentiment inside the window. I added a few of the die-cut embellishments from the same sheet with foam adhesive to give them a bit of dimension.  I hope you will use the sketch to create a card this week and load it into the gallery."

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Congrats to biochemipea, akamyran & texaschic - 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 Class Videos 8.3.2012

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Hello and happy Friday, Peas.  We've got two new videos and lessons for you this week (Memory Keeping Monday fans, our weekly schedule will resume this coming Monday!).  Enjoy!

The Adventures of Glitter Girl | Episode 031 Crepe Paper Creations

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From Shimelle, "This week Glitter Girl takes on a question about an older special supply: crepe paper ribbon, something being discussed here on the general scrapbooking message board. Her adventure takes her through the creation of a new scrapbook page mixing the older crepe paper ribbon with new supplies like Jenni Bowlin's Wren collection and new papers and stickers from Carta Bella and Webster's Pages.  Come along for the adventure, won't you?"  See challenge and supplies here.

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Finally Friday | School Rules with Lynn Ghahary

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From Lynn, "Hi everybody! I am back with another Finally Friday video for you. For this card I created a back to school themed card using the Basic Grey Clippings collection and the fun I Love School stamp set by Ali Edwards for Technique Tuesday. I hope you enjoy the video. Thanks for watching!" See challenge and supplies here.

  

And that's a wrap!  Have a great weekend, we'll see you tomorrow with a new batch of challenges. - Jamie

Today at Two Peas:

* We're thrilled to have the lovely designer, Garden Girl + friend Amy Tan visiting the Two Peas offices + warehouse today.  She and Kristina have big plans to create some fun things!

* Deal of the Day: 50-75% off select Kate and Birdie Company cards

* There is 200+ new products in the store including journaling cards from Ali Edwards!

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August Product Review Prize + July's Winner!

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We value the feedback you share when you leave product reviews in the Two Peas store.  That's why every month we give away a prize pack to a randomly selected product reviewer.  Here is the stuffed-full-of-summer-goodness prize pack for August!  Just leave a review in the store and you're automatically entered.  For every review you do, you're given another entry!  

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Congratulations to susanlk - you are our randomly selected product reviewer from last month!  The July prize set of goodies will be sent to the address in your Two Peas account shortly. :) - Jamie

 

Today at Two Peas:

* We've got two new videos!  Glitter Girl has another adventure for you, and I'm sharing a new Personal Shopper video (look for it later this afternoon here).

* We've recently added hundreds of new products to our sale section - happy shopping!

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Product Spotlight: 10 Ways to Use Mistable Thickers


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Chances are you've spied one or two mistable thicker stickers from Studio Calico + American Crafts on a Garden Girl project.  And if you regularly follow the blog, you will have seen them used in a handful of tutorials.  These stickers are so much fun to use we just can't resist them!  

You'll find them available in alphabets, clouds & suns, cameras and butterflies.  You can alter them with mist, watercolor, markers - or even leave them blank!  The Garden Girls just love how versatile they are, and we've seen them work their magic with them in a number of projects.  Here's a round-up with 10 ways you can play.

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Fifteen by Jill Sprott

Jill used the camera set on this layout celebrating 15 years of marriage to her husband.  "... Initially, I didn't realize that they contain individual parts (like detachable “lenses”), but once I saw them close up, I thought it would be fun to mix and match the parts in different colors. I misted each camera a different color, and after the cameras dried, I switched out a piece of one for a piece of another. I love the multicolored look!"  See Jill's tutorial for the camera accents here.

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Good Game by Lisa Truesdell

An alphabet set like the one Lisa used on her page might just become a staple in one's stash as they can be customized with ink to suit a project's color palette.  Lisa comments, "I love this font and love that i can make it whatever color i need for a page!"

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 Don't Forget to be Awesome by Marcy Penner

The mistables are a great canvas to experiment with new trends!  Marcy says, "I've been wanting to play around with the whole ombre trend lately (I'm seeing it everywhere - in decor, ads, fashion…) and using mists and the Studio Calico mistable thickers seemed like a great combo."

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Oh the Places You'll Go by Jaime Warren

Because the stickers are made of fabric, they add a great texture by themselves and can even be left unaltered! To tie in the pink from her flowers, Jaime reaches for the alphas and uses just the right hue.  Leaving some blank adds interest to her title. 

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Poser by Amy Tan

Watercolor was just one of the tools Amy tried when creating her video on using the mistables.  I love the way she's lined them up in a rainbow of colors, and even added her own embellishment to one of the cameras!

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Remember This by Wilna Furstenberg

A layer of mist followed by a sprinkling of watercolor = a perfect recipe for an artistic look.  Why stop at one medium when you can layer like Wilna?

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Photo Dreams by Jen Gallacher

 You could go with a classic color like blue or white when using the clouds from the HeyDay Weather set, or you could go with an unexpected color like this buttery yellow.  It pops against the black, white and grays of Jen's page.

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The Bean by Jill Sprott

Cameras, clouds, sunshine, and alphabets - these are all motifs that can easily help illustrate the stories of our everyday lives.  Use them to your advantage and get the most mileage out of them.  Each set gives you a LOT to work with.  Jill comments, "Since “The Bean” is also known as “The Cloud Gate,” I reached for my Studio Calico mistable pieces here, incorporating a few misted clouds on the layout."

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Sun & Baseball by Lisa Truesdell

Subtle lines of stitching add the perfect finishing touch to the title and sky scene in Lisa's page.  The lines coming out of the sun look like rays of light.  See Lisa's video here for a demonstration of how she put this page together.


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Fourth of July by Jill Sprott

We've seen Jaime's idea for leaving half blank, why not also follow Jill's cue and try another color for the other half?  Jill says, "I had fun creating the multicolored title, by misting Rockabye Thickers with Mister Huey's spray ink. I laid out the letters in an cardboard box, separating half on one side and half on the other. I sprayed one side red, and the other side blue. When the letters dried, I put them back together again to create the title."

We hope you enjoyed these 10 ways for using mistable thickers!  Have an idea for these?  Let us know in the comments - we'd love to hear how you're using them!

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Carta Bella Project Challenge

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We've got another exciting challenge to announce!  This time we've teamed up with Carta Bella to offer you this awesome opportunity to score a nice prize pack.  Get fancy and use the new Paris Girl line in your project for your chance to win $50 in goodies!  Check out the details here and good luck!  - Jamie

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