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Compose Yourself: Journaling on Self-Portrait Pages with Jill Sprott

"It's all about me."

This may seem like the statement of a narcissist, but it does not have to be, especially when applied to a meaningful self-portrait layout.  This month's "All About Me" theme at Two Peas in a Bucket invites you to focus on a subject that you know better than any other: yourself.  Creating a self-portrait layout does not make you a narcissist; rather, it offers you a chance to look within and to share yourself with those lucky enough to turn the pages of your scrapbooks.  From time to time, it should be all about you!  

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My recent Two Peas in a Bucket workshop, Scrapbooking from the Soul, explores ways to create layers of meaning in our scrapbooks, with a special emphasis on journaling. Although there are a wide variety of layouts featured in the workshop, some of them focus specifically on journaling about the self. Here are a few tips for self-portrait layouts: 

1. Let others' words inspire you, but don't let them speak for you. When you are feeling tongue-tied, or not quite sure where to begin, turn to a quote, a lyric, or a poem to start you off, but don't stop there -- reflect on those words, and relate them to your own life, your own experience, and your own unique way of understanding the world. 

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2. Share what moves you. Articulate your philosophy and mission. What do you believe? What is your purpose? What do you think is the most meaningful way to live your one precious life? If there is anything keeping you from living it that way, talk about that, too.

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(from Scrapbooking from the Soul)

3. Be your own audience. Rather than worry about who will read this someday, remove that worry by writing to a person you can entrust with those words: yourself. Compose a letter to yourself. Maybe you need a pep talk. Maybe you need a reprimand. You know what you need to hear, so confront yourself. Compliment yourself. Question yourself. Plead with yourself. Forgive yourself. And then sign your name to it. 

4. Write through the darkness, toward the light. Acknowledge your losses, your failures, your regrets, and your fears -- and in doing so, acknowledge your human-ness. Share the perspective that you have gained because you have experienced adversity, and in the procecss, reveal your true character.

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(from Scrapbooking from the Soul)

5. Tell a story that only you can tell. Aim to show, and not just tell, dwelling on details that will help the reader walk in your shoes and see through your lens. 

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6. Give advice. What wise words can you share about being a woman, a parent, a spouse, a person of faith, a citizen, a creative being?  What has experience taught you?  In turn, you might also reflect on the advice that you have been given, good or bad.  What advice has shaped you the most? What advice has influenced the path your life has taken?

7. Reflect on your origins -- how did the person that you are today come to be that way? Think about what is important to you.  How did you learn to value it? About what are you passionate? What is the source of that passion, and what fuels it? 

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(from "A Life in Letters")

8. Don't be limited by the notion of scrapping only when you're happy, or only scrapping the happy times. What's on your mind? Work though your preoccupations. If you're worried, share that worry. Acknowledge your complexity as a person, and respect the complexity of your experience.  Do you want your scrapbooks to reflect a real person, or a persona that you have created? 

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(from "On NOT Being Pregnant")

9. Go beyond the photo. Remember that a self-portrait is not just a photo -- we pose and compose ourselves constantly through our words as well. Think not just about what the photo reveals, but about what the photo does not reveal.  What can you see in yourself that others may not see in that photo? 

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10. Embrace a stream-of-consciousness approach.  Don't feel that everything you write needs to be in perfectly composed sentenes and paragraphs. Take a list approach, or jot down a series of thoughts as they emerge, separating them with dashes, commas, or ellipses. Journal the contents of your heart or the contents of your head. The writing may seem fragmented at first, but the pieces, if focused on the same general idea, will still be unified, in a sense. 

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No matter how you choose to approach a self-portrait layout, keep in mind that the self is not just revealed through images, but through words as well. Take a moment to "compose" yourself -- your scrapbooks will be even more meaningful because of it! 

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This Week's Class Videos 10.20.2013

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This week 1) Julie's challenge to use negative space in card making is still open! 2) Shannon invites you to use a pretty piece of mail on a page. 3) Janna creates an Autumn layout using a non-traditional color scheme.  4) Glitter Girl teaches Personal Record Part 2 5) Nancy combines traditional scrapbooking with pocket scrapbooking while using a boy themed collection. 6) Michelle focuses on typography on a layout and card. 7) Lexi inspires us to include more of ourselves in our Project Life pages.

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Garden Girl Style: Shimelle Laine

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Today we're sharing the supplies Shimelle Laine loves and reaches for again and again.  Below is a glimpse of how she uses her favorites.  If you enjoy her work (or the work of Glitter Girl!), browse Shimelle's favorite scrapbooking supplies.

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Glitter Girl Adventure 090: Cluster Without Complexity

Glitter Girl Adventure 089: Back to Black

And speaking of Shimelle, her friend Glitter Girl has released a bonus workshop chapter that works as a stand-alone video class or a compliment to Glitter Girl's Scrapbooking Survival Guide workshop.  Learn more about Glitter Girl's Guide to Stash Stretching (and if you purchased the guide before 10/2, just log in here and enjoy it for free!).

Glitter Girl's Guide to Stash Stretching

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Project Life Cards 3 Ways

We just got in a huge shipment of Project Life!  If you're looking for more ways to use the cards that come in these kits, consider these three ways to use Project Life cards!

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1) ARRANGE CARDS IN A GRID.  A grid is a design that will never fail you.  Arrange them in the same orientation like MarthaB in the layout above, or combine horizontal and vertical cards like Jody Wenke below. 

You and Me by Jody Wenke

Never in a Million by Laura Craigie

A grid does not have to be split into equal parts.  Laura Craigie still uses a grid above by breaking up the elements into two columns.  Two vertical Project Life cards balance the left side.

Little Things Mini Book by Kristina Nicolai-White

2) MAKE A MINI ALBUM WITH THEM!  These cards make the perfect "bones" for the structure of a mini album like the one above demonstrated in a video by Kristina Nicolai-White

This is Me mini album by Melissa Stinson

Melissa Stinson loved that she was able to make use of her leftover cards in this way, bringing them together cohesively in an "All About Me" mini book.

Day in the Life mini album by Allison Waken

Allison Waken reached for her leftovers too and created her mini book with a "Day in the Life" angle.


Life card by Laura Craigie

3) And finally, CREATE A GREETING CARD with Project Life cards.  So many of them have phrases or sayings that communicate perfectly the sentiment we're looking for.  Laura Craigie shares this card in our video series, Seeing Double.

We hope these three ways to use PL cards inspires you.  Don't forget to check out our Project Life card selection just in for more!  Happy weekend, Peas.

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Behind the Scenes

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Just a little peek at what's going on around here lately.  Lots of caffeine consumption, loving on our pups, laughing and being silly, design planning and shipping of all the new stuff coming in.  Happy Thursday, Peas.

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Trends Watch: Chalkboard + Christmas

Trends Watch: Chalkboard + Christmas

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We don't know the matchmaker behind the pairing of Christmas and chalkboard, but this is a combination that was meant to be.  It's all around us as the holiday season approaches (yes, we're still enjoying Fall too).  We love how customizeable chalk art can be, as well as the contrast that deep, dusty black brings.

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Of course this trend has not slipped past scrapbooking!  Take a look at these amazing projects we spotted in our gallery.

Pillow box by A Pet

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Are you a fan of this trend too? Check out all of our Christmas chalkboard collections!

Christmas Chalkboard Collections


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Scrapbooking All About Me with Paige Evans

Our theme in the Garden this month is All About Me.  We've asked the Garden Girls to share a little more on this topic.  Here is Paige Evans! 

Our theme this month is All About Me.  How do you make sure to get yourself in a photo? Once in a blue moon, more so on holidays, when I actually take the time to shower, shave, shampoo, and shine my shoes (that's a phrase my Grandpa used to say all the time!) and get the kids all dressed up as well, I try to get my husband to take a picture of us. Or even better we use the self timer. Rarely do I ever get photos of just myself though! This happens maybe a couple times a year when I find a really cool background like an ivy covered wall or funky garage door as we're out on an adventure, or my birthday, or after I get my hair done, or somewhere with an amazing view. 

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What is a recent favorite photo that includes you? A recent photo that includes me that I like is from my sister's wedding. It's all three of the Taylor children and we're as happy as can be! This is the photo that I used to scrap my October Garden Girl layout, but I cropped out my brother and sister :)

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Do you struggle with scrapbooking about yourself?  If so, how do you overcome it? If I like the pictures I don't struggle scrapbooking about myself, it's getting in front of the camera that's the problem! I don't know why I have such a hard time being the one in focus! I'm always the one behind the camera, not in front of it. But I realize it's important for my family and future generations to know about ME so I'll make it a point to try and scrapbook myself more. I also recently gained a lot of weight from stress and have been trying to get fit so hopefully in a few more months I'll feel more comfortable in front of the camera.

What products feel like "you" that you reach for when scrapping yourself?  As always, the first thing I reach for when I scrapbook is patterned paper! My most favorite scrapbooking technique is paper piecing and using as much patterned paper and designs as I can on a single layout, and still let the photos shine through.
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How have you scrapbooked yourself in the past?  Coincidentally I've recently had a few "about me/spotlight" layouts due for various scrappy companies and it's the most I've scrapbooked about me, myself, and I, without anyone else in the photos, for almost a year! 

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Scrapping all about me ... being INTENTIONAL

Like many scrapbookers I have always been more focused on my family and getting them into the picture or capturing our every day moments. At one point I wasn't to be seen in any photographs which suited me as I wasn't happy with the way I looked. No pictures of me also meant no confrontation with my inner demons.

One day my dad started scanning older photos and I got digital copies. I went through all of them and LOVED seeing myself in the pictures but particulary enjoyed the photos of my parents. I felt I got to know them even more and felt immense joy being able to see them when they were younger. I knew I had to get in the picture for my children. I had to accept that what I see isn't what they see. Forcing myself to get in front of the camera also made me analyse why I had such a problem with my image. It has made me discover that I don't have to be ashamed of my looks because what I think is imperfect isn't noticeable by others.

After having realised that I had to hand the camera over, I also had to find ways to make the whole experience enjoyable. This is where  BEING INTENTIONAL plays an important part. I have found that it is easier for me to be photographed when I link the whole process to moments or situations I find enjoyable. Some people might call it staged but I prefer to call it purposeful, willful or deliberate planning. I have the intention to be photographed and have to make it fun.

How do I go about it?

  1. I take selfies of myself and the children. They always make me laugh and we have a blast playing around and being silly. Some of these pictures are my favourites:   254435_10200770738694470_398408572_n
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  2. I focus on something I LOVE. I have a soft spot for fashion and love making new outfits with clothes I already have. I also love wearing/buying dresses and each time I have a new outfit or dress I take a photo. Combining something you enjoy with the photography process makes it a lot easier.                 943724_10201252045206832_1926483703_n582459_10200866498688410_1241456999_n

  3. My camera is my best friend and I have a hard time handing it over. Now, I intentionally give the camera to my husband or one of the children. I quickly explain what they have to do and make sure the settings are correct. They make great pictures and at the same time I am teaching my children something about photography which they LOVE.

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My son Damien who is 10 took these a couple of weeks ago. He loved taking pictures of me. He felt like a paparazzi.

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Now that I have pictures of myself that are connected to fun and enjoyable moments, I have noticed that it is a lot easier to make layouts about myself. I am also more aware of how I feel and what disturbed me in the first place. It wasn't the photo but my incapacity to see myself as I am. I can say that I enjoy seeing photos of myself, even the less "pretty" ones. They all are a part of my story. A story that should be told and documented. Please tell your story and get in the picture.

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This Week's Class Videos 10.13.2013

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This week 1) Be sure to check out how Julie is using the principle of negative space in her card making designs. 2) Lilith has a new set of challenges for you, including using 5 photos. 3) Corrie is inspired by messages of love and flight on a layout documenting dreams. 4) Glitter Girl takes a look into the past (the first of 2 parts).  5) Jen Kinkade scraps with black, white and gold. 6) Jen Gallacher shares 3 ways for using printables.  7) Lilith steps in to contribute to our Project Life series teaching on trying something new.

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If you consider Halloween a favorite holiday and love to throw a good party, we have some Halloween supplies in the store we think you'll love!

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Every party needs an invite!  These Raven stamps by Glitz Desin are as trendy as they are spooky.  Black cards make a perfect canvas for a ghost-like gel pen.  Finally, seal the envelope with some washi tape for a must-open-now embellishment.

DECORATING

Pre-cut banners from Pebbles and ready-to-frame prints from My Minds Eye make decorating a snap.

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And lastly, let guests leave with more than just fun memories!  Package up gifts or treats in these adorable bags by Pebbles and Teresa Collins, or make cupcakes with our bargain wrappers - on clearance for just $1!  

Whether you'll be snapping and scrapping your photos this year or throwing a big bash, we hope you have a safe and fun Halloween!

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Get the Look: haloe

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This edition of Get the Look is inspired by haloe!  We love the non-traditional colors of pink and gold with the Autumn feel of this layout.  The cut out leaves and the plastic pockets add a great sense of depth too.  This page is digital, but could easily be created with the shopping list we put togethere here!

Get the Look: haloe

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Scrapbooking All About Me with Marcy Penner

 Our theme in the Garden this month is All About Me.  We've asked the Garden Girls to share a little more on this topic.  Here is Marcy Penner!

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Our theme this month is All About Me.  How do you make sure to get yourself in a photo?  What is a recent favorite photo that includes you?  I love my iPhone.  I'm not at all proficient about taking selfies, but I try to get myself in photos in other ways… like a shot of me holding my morning hot chocolate, or things that represent me and my day… it doesn't have to be a picture of "me".  That said, sometimes I actually manage to find one that I like, like this one…

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Do you struggle with scrapbooking about yourself?  If so, how do you overcome it? I do.  I just have to get over the fact that I do NOT like being on the other side of the camera.  And if I just can't find a picture that I like I can still document me with some other photo.  My story's important.

What products feel like "you" that you reach for when scrapping yourself?  I always gravitate towards pale colours and white.  I used to feel guilty that I wasn't using all these bright coloured products.  But I've learned to embrace it… that's it's okay.  So I grab embellishments like washi, tags, and labels, my pale coloured papers and I'm off.  Here's some of my current favourites.

 

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How have you scrapbooked yourself in the past? I love using bullet points when I scrapbook about myself.  I'm a list girl for sure.  Qualities about me and things I like… that kind of thing.  No epic stories.  My focus is my life and my family… but I do want to make sure I get a bit of me in there as well.  ;)


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Nancy Damiano Style

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Today we're sharing the supplies Nancy Damiano loves and reaches for again and again.  Below is a glimpse of how she uses her favorites.  Browse Nancy Damiano's style and have fun!

Disney SN@P + Project Life video tutorial

Using flair video tutorial

Using journaling card sheets video tutorial
St. Thomas Monochromatic Layout

Using chipboard and pocket page protectors
Fall themed layout

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Inspired by...

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Childhood Memories by ciyou inspired by Céline

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So So So Excited by malibustacey inspired by Corrie

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Upside Down by pjuli inspired by Janna

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Summer Love by belinda anne webster inspired by Kristina

We love seeing side-by-side how you're scraplifting Garden Girl video projects.  Keep up the amazing work - we love your creativity!

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September Challenge Winners

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213 in 2013: Use multiple photos - misssmith

In the Mood to Scrap: Create a textured background - loveltr

The Adventures of Glitter Girl: Be inspired by a source outside of scrapping - biochemipea

Scrap Your Stash: Use an alphabet approach to journaling - laurakates

Seeing Double: Use at least four stamps from one set - roxannep

Project Life: Include another boice - sabineh

Trendy Trios: Using chalkboard - micheledutah

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Congrats to our September class challenge winners; a $10 credit to the Two Peas store will be applied to your account shortly.  Interested in playing along with our challenges? Check them out here!

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Scrapbooking "Me" monthly with Corrie Jones

A year ago, I decided that I was the most under represented person in my scrapbooks.  Sure I created the pages and wrote down the memories and took the pictures, so I guess there was a lot of my personality in there.  But there was not me.  Rarely, am I in the pictures and before a year ago, I never scrapbooked myself.  

It was October 8th, 2012 when I decided it was time I documented SOMETHING of myself.  To keep it simple, I wrote down 8 things I was feeling or experiencing at one moment during the day.  I figured, 8 things on the 8th would be easy enough.  I wasn't going to try to have a big story or anything for the 8 things.  Just 8 pieces of the real me, good or bad, and I would scrapbook these.  I hoped that I would do it every month and so far, so good.  That first page I did scrapbook that day.  Since then, I may or may not have been a little slow with the scrapbooking part, but I always take the time to stop at some point during the day and write out my 8 things.  

It has been so much fun to do this, and probably a little therapeutic.  There have been some pretty bad days and some amazingly happy ones.  I have all these pages in one album and not mixed in with everything else.  These are about me.

Here is my last year...

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A year of pages.  A year of me.  I enjoy looking back on these and remembering these days.  I am so glad I am doing this.  The hardest part, besides keeping up with it, is the selfies.  Not my favorite kind of pictures, to be completely honest.  I have talked my hubby or oldest daughter to help me out with the pictures a couple of times.  

Tomorrow I will record me again and then I am going to post that page on the 9th.  See, I am throwing it out there to you to keep myself accountable.  Plus a year into this, I have turning it into a challenge for others to do with me.  No one should be missing from their scrapbooks!  I hope you will try to scrapbook yourself as well.  ~Corrie

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This Week's Videos 10.6.2013

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This week 1) A new Trendy Trios card making lesson went live!  Julie teaches negative can be good!  2) Céline offers five new challenges for you, including creating your own embossed background. 3)  Wilna combines chalkboard with color. 4) Glitter Girl gives her thought process behind choosing and creating embellishment clusters. 5) Paige gives her tutorial on using her favorite supply: patterned paper! 6)  Lisa makes a unique background on a layout and card while playing with spray mist and acrylic shapes. 7)  Marcy shares a Project Life spread she used on a week where she was low on photos and journaling.

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If you're drawn to pastel colors and love the watercolor trend, you will want to pick up Pink Paislee's Color Wash collection.  Trendy icons and calligraphy weave their way through splatters of beautiful colors:

Color Wash collection by Pink Paislee

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Browse Pink Paislee's Color Wash collection in the store for more of the line, and be sure to check out how Two Peas member dianaj1012 has scrapbooked using the collection for creative ideas!

Pink Paislee color Wash Projects by diane

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Trends Watch: Black and White

Trends Watch: Black and White

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Black and white is everywhere from Fall fashion to home decor.  We love this trend so much we used it as a color palette for our October digital release.  Here are a few projects in the gallery using these neutrals that caught our eye.  Stunning, aren't they?!

Love Our Park Nights by Allison Waken

Cherish Every Day by fluffyasever

Black and White Memory File album by jame

The best time to celebrate by Anna Marie Wolniak

Awww by Janna Werner

We love that black and white color combinations are not only beautiful on their own, but can be combined with any color and it always works!  For more inspiration on this trend check out our Black and White Pinterest board and our October digital release:

Two Peas October Digital Release

And an announcement - did you know we're bringing back previous monthly digital releases?  If you missed a printable or cut file set you had your eye on, now is the time to scoop them up!

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Scrapbooking "All About Me" with Jennifer Kinkade

Our theme in the Garden this month is All About Me.  We've asked the Garden Girls to share a little more on this topic.  Here is Jennifer Kinkade!

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How do you make sure to get yourself in a photo?  I *am* the photographer of our family. If I don’t take a picture or make sure to ask to have a photo taken,  it simply doesn’t get done. 

The great thing is with the development of self-timer apps like TimerCam or having a self-timer   option on cameras, it makes it easier to be included or take a self-portrait.

What is a recent favorite photo that includes you?  We were on our way to the beach over the summer and feeling a bit crazy, and of course my iPhone is always nearby. I decided to break it out and take a photo with my daughters in the background. It’s real life. It’s crazy. It’s me. I love it because it makes me smile :)

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Do you struggle with scrapbooking about yourself?  If so, how do you overcome it?  I think I used to struggle with scrapbooking myself because I always thought my family/my children were supposed to be the primary subject of my pages, but as I’ve matured that has changed. One of the major reasons I love photography and scrapbooking is because I always felt there was a lack of documentation and photographs from my life growing up. When I am gone, I want my kids to remember ME. The things I loved, what I did, what inspired me, my goofy side, my smile, my hair, or even how I looked at certain age and how I changed.

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What products feel like "you" that you reach for when scrapping yourself?  I definitely reach for ink, paints or mixed media products a lot. I also enjoy incorporating smaller embellishments like the arrow and star clips from Two Peas or enamel dots from My Mind’s Eye. To me, small things can have a big impact. I feel like my All About Me theme layout “hello” for Two Peas this month is a perfect reflection of what I reach for when I want to scrap myself.

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How have you scrapbooked yourself in the past?  I have an “All About Me” album that I started a few months ago that I am trying to fill up, and I actually do have 3 or 4 albums just about me from over the years. I tend to use layouts about me that focus on inspirational things to remind myself to be courageous and take chances or even to remind myself how far I’ve come as a person over the years. I also have made pages that focus on my interests--photography, my love for flowers or nature, or goals that I have made. That being said, pages about me don't necessarily need to include photos of me.

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Scrapbooking has also been a form of therapy for me over the years. I have suffered some personal losses and challenges as anyone does, but I was able to use scrapbooking to ease some of that pain or even remember the impact the loss of a loved one has had on my life.

And of course, I have used scrapbooking to document my relationships with important people in my life, like my husband and daughters!!

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Glitter Girl Survival Guide Workshop Bonus Chapter + Winner

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Attention Glitter Girl fans!  If you've not purchased Glitter Girl's Survival Guide workshop, now is the perfect time.  Today is the last day to buy it and stretch your dollar by getting access to a BONUS chapter and video all about stretching your stash.  

Also, we have a winner to announce!  Congrats to SWEETly Made - we'll send you an email welcoming you to the workshop shortly!

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Fall Home Decor with Jen Gallacher

It's that time of year again: time to put on a cozy, knit sweater; time to think about cranking up the heat; time for autumn leaves, pumpkin pie and so much more. As soon as my kids head back to school, I'm ready to start decorating my house for the fall. Looking for inspiration, I've been searching for Fall or Autumn Home Decor ideas on Pinterest. I've been busily pinning all the things I've found to our 2Peas Fall Inspiration board HERE. Here's a little peek at some of the items that are inspiring me:

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Pinterest isn't my only source of inspiration. I visit the 2Peas gallery every morning to see what people have been creating. I'm always impressed at the creativity of others using their scrapbooking and paper crafting materials. Here are a few items that caught my eye:

Create a Frame:

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Take a picture frame and use your leftover fall or autumn patterned paper and embellishments to create a frame, like this designer HERE!

Die Cut Leaves for a Wreath:

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Use your digital or manual die cut machine to cut leaves from autumn and fall patterned papers. Then attach them to a grapevine wreath, like Wendy Sue Anderson did HERE!


Create Treat Bags for Neighbors and Friends:

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I love the look of these treat bags HERE that could easily be created with fall flowers, leaves, and autumn stamps. Decorate your home with them and then deliver them before the season is over.

You can search for additional inspiration in the 2Peas gallery by searching the gallery with words like "fall" or "autumn." Be sure to check the "Altered Projects" gallery for many of these designs. There are so many projects to be inspired by from fabulous designers from all over the world.

Are you busily creating something fun to display in your home for the fall/autumnal season? We'd love to see it. Make sure when you upload it to the 2Peas gallery, you mark the seasonal box in the tags section so others can easily find it. We know we're going to be inspired!

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October Garden and Digital Release

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Hello October!  The first of every month is our favorite as it means a new batch of Garden Girl projects, a new Trendy Trios card lesson AND our new printables and cut files are up!

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We hope you enjoy this month's "All About Me" theme and our black and white color palette.  Be inspired to include a little more of YOU in your scrapbook albums!

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October Garden Girl Project Sneaks

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Just a small peek at the October project release going up tomorrow!  The Garden Girls have been busy, busy, busy.  We love the theme and can't wait to share everything with you.  If you haven't already, check out our September release on the them "Fall."  See you tomorrow!

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This Week's Class Videos 9.29.2013

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Our final full week of videos in the month of September!  This week 1) Corrie reminds us we don't always have to come up with something new. 2) Janna shares the same design using 2 color palettes.  3) Glitter Girl shares advice and a layout using black and white photos. 4) Jill uses non-traditional and traditional products on a page about a Halloween tradition. 5) Laura invites her husband to scrapbook with her while playing with envelopes and pockets. 6) Melissa gives solutions for the beginning and ending cover page layouts in her Project Life albums.  Don't forget also to check out Julie's Trendy Trios card lesson if you haven't yet!

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NEW 2x2 Wood Tile Sets & 3x4 Wood Cards at Two Peas!

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We're pretty pumped about our new 2x2 wood tile cards, designed and made in-house.  I think I overheard Kristina say she loved them about 74 times.  We think they're worthy of 74 declarations of love, even more.  Scoop up your favorite set here or buy them all.  Let's all be in love together.

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And don't miss our new 3x4 wood cards.  Colin the Fox fans rejoice: he gets his own card!
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Thanks for your enthusiasm over our new and growing product line.  It's been a wild ride and we can't wait to show you more!

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3 Reasons to Use Transparent Supplies in Scrapbooking

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Transparencies are everywhere... vellum has made a comeback, many die-cut packs contains a see-through element, we're even preferring our abc's in plastic!  If you've not added transparencies to your stash, here are three reasons why these products are a blast to use in your scrapbooking or other paper projects:

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1. Transparencies create depth.  Layering is one of our very favorite ways to work with paper.  By adding a transperent piece in the mix of our layering, we're inviting the viewer to look even closer.

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2. Transparencies create surprise.  See-through products give us ways to hint at something more within our projects.  Pull out the note in that vellum pocket - what does it say under that foggy paper layer?  What's hiding under that transparent overlay...what page is next?

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Layout by Janna Werner using vellum

3.  Transparencies give you the opportunity to create cool effects.  There are so many photo overlays on the market now making it easy to create a vintage effect.  Many clear products have a resist quality to them so that when you use inks or mists, a pattern will pop through the color.  And finally, you don't have to be technique savvy to customize a transparent piece, a simple white pen on vellum can be beautiful too!

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Looking to add these to your stash?  Search overlays, plastic, transparencies and vellum in the store.  What about you?  Have you worked with transparencies in your projects?

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Get the Look: elseepe

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There is so much to love about this layout by elseepe; it's no wonder it's made its way to the top views in the gallery.  The colors are what catch our eye first, but we love the effects added to give it texture ... like sand on a beach!  This layout is digital, but could easily be recreated with Project Life cards, mist and stencils, and a few favorite embellishments.

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We think this look would be great to try in a vacation mini album.  Shop elseepe's look here!

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What's in my Blue Q Bag

We love using Blue Q bags as a home for scrapbooking supplies on-the-go, or even a place for your own personal mini kit!  Here's a look inside one of our Blue Q bag kits:

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The camera pouch is holding a mini Kikkerland journal (on deep clearance!) for scribbling notes with a nice, black journaling pen.  Mini envelopes and decorative bags are the perfect spots to safely tuck away memorabilia or other treasures.  Enamel dots, flair and washi dress up the pages of the journal, while handwritten style-stamps by Ali Edwards add polished phrases to help tell your story.  Shop our Blue Q kit here!  

What about you?  What are you putting in your Blue Q bag?

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Autumn Photo Tips with Jennifer Kinkade

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Beauty can be seen in all things, seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the photograph.”--Matt Hardy

I really believe there are things nobody would see if I didn’t photograph them.” --Diane Arbus

When it comes to photography, it’s all about what you see and how you see, and being able to translate that vision into a picture.  I am going to share some tips and ideas for capturing Fall/Autumn wherever you may live. Most of these tips are achievable whether you have a fancy DSLR, a small point and shoot, or your handy camera phone!

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*When should you photograph?--Ideally, the best of light can be found early in the morning  (around sunrise) or in the evening (sunset)--also known as the “golden hour”. Be aware that midday sun can create harsh lighting and shadows on your subjects.

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*Go BIG--Think landscapes, bridges, sports stadiums, etc. Capture the big picture.

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*Get close--Create visual interest. Be thinking of smaller details such as leaves, pine cones, berries on trees, etc. Changing your point of view and capturing the smallest of details adds interest and variety to photos. Even the smallest of things can have a big impact.

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*Reflections--This is an element of interest you can capture regardless of if it is cool or hot, colorful or not in your area. Reflections in water are like mirrors! You can capture blue skies and fluffy clouds or maybe your child or pet looking in a mud puddle!

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*Play with light! You can capture sun streaming through trees on leaves or create a silhouette shot or glowing appearance to your subject depending on your focus point. Experimenting with the direction of lighting is a fun way to capture photographs!

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*It’s not just about the leaves!-- Think of what you love to capture...favorite foods, books, a pair of boots, scarves, Back to School activities or festivals, home decor, being at sporting events with friends, sipping tea or coffee, etc. Write down things you love, then go photograph them!

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The key is having fun and lots of practice! You never know what you might capture by just going out and experimenting!!

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Glitter Girl's Scrapbook Survival Guide + Giveaway!

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We are so excited to announce not only that we have a new workshop for you, but that this workshop is by none other than your favorite scrapbooking superhero, Glitter Girl!  If you can't get enough of our weekly video series where Glitter Girl conquers one crafty dilemma at a time, you do not want to miss her new class!

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Two Peas' resident superhero shares her answers to the biggest scrapbooking dilemmas in her new workshop, Glitter Girl's Scrapbook Survival Guide.  This self-paced workshop includes five chapters covering strategies for scrapping more photographs, staying inspired - not overwhelmed - by your scrapbooking supplies, getting more from your tools, working with your most precious photos, and developing confidence in your own scrapbooking style.  Each chapter includes a full colour PDF (to print or read on screen) and two layout videos, for a total of forty-two brand new scrapbook pages and ten start-to-finish scrapbooking videos.  All class materials are available immediately upon purchase and there's also a private message board to discuss your scrapping ideas and dilemmas with Glitter Girl, her mild-mannered scrapbooking friend Shimelle Laine, and your fellow classmates.

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Would you like to win a spot in this class?  Just leave a comment with your Two Peas username letting us know one way Glitter Girl has helped you conquer your crafty dilemmas.  We'll draw a winner a week from today! 

Cost of Class $25 | Check it out!

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Gardeners' Digest Blog Hop: September

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Hello and welcome!  It's another Garden Girl blog hop - thanks for visiting as our design team shares what's on their mind, and their scrapping desks, this month!

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We won't completely give away our secret, but we'll say this: if you're a fan of crafting superheros, you'll want to pay attention to an announcement later this week. ;)

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Fall is our theme this month, and we are little more inspired each time we see a project in the member gallery celebrating our favorite cozy-weather season.

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Let's be honest, we can't narrow it down to five.  We've just added TONS of product to our Fall Clearance Sale - including new CHA goodies!

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Thanks for spending part of your Sunday with us!  Hop next over to Jen Gallacher's blog and be inspired.  If you get lost, here's a full list of Garden Girls participating this month:

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This Week's Videos 9.21.2013

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This week 1) If you've not checked out the lesson yet, see Julie's chalkboard card making lesson here. 2) Shannon invites you to bring the party back to your page. 3)  Glitter Girl teaches on what to do when you have scrappers' block. 4) Nancy encourages us to scrap with our stash combining the paper from one collection with embellishments from another. 5) Michelle teaches on adding texture and dimension to multiple projects. 6) Lexi pairs a collection with a Project Life core kit.

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Member Spotlight: Monika Glod

When Monika Glod shares a project in our gallery, she has our attention.  We not only love that she often uses our digital printables and exclusives, but her style is great too!  She's not afraid to add deep blacks with dreamy pastels, and with every new page she shares there is something new to admire:

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Handbook Project Life layout

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Love You Madly layout

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Check out the rest of her Two Peas gallery here, and follow her on her blog!

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If you cherish peaceful and quiet moments at home or love the taste of a made-from-scratch pie, the Front Porch collection is for you!  Classic reds and navy blues are combined with a fresh mint and sweet pink in this collection filled with books, wildflowers and from-the-heart sentiments. 

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Check out all the new Pebbles products including other supplies from the American Crafts brands in the store here!

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Fall Paper Crafting with Julie Campbell

 Our theme this month is Fall.  What about this season do you love to capture in your projects?  Do you have a favorite Fall photo?  “Thank You” cards are some of my very favorite cards to make & this season always is a reminder to be thankful.  The pace of life seems to slow down a bit right alongside the changing of the leaves & the cooler weather.  I love to steal a few moments away & create projects in my craft space that reflect the colors & textures that surround me.

I also love adding bits & pieces of our lives to my Project Life album.  Here is one of my favorite photos from last fall:

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What Fall collections in the store do you especially love? Echo Park's Oh So Thankful collection is really fun!  I especially love this divided paper called “My Favorite.”  It makes for a great starting point for autumn cards!

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I’m really excited about BasicGrey’s new Persimmon collection (coming soon to the store!).  It has everything included to make adorable cards, mini books, or layouts for the season.

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I love to incorporate my Silhouette die cuts in my projects & this September Cut File is adorable!  Did I mention that it is FREE?!?

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What project in the gallery about this season have caught your eye?

This Halloween card by Limedoodle is gorgeous!

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 If you’re looking for layout inspiration for the season, you have to take a look at this Fall page by AnkeKramer.  It’s stunning!

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How have you captured this season in your projects in the past?  This is a card that I made last fall.  I drew my colors from the soon-to-be harvested corn fields & autumn leaves that surround my home.

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Thanks for sharing, Julie.  See more from Julie on Two Peas and on her blog, and be sure not to miss her Trendy Trios card making class (it's FREE!) each month on the 1st!

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Happy Birthday, Kristina!

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Today is the birthday of a very special person at Two Peas - founder and owner Kristina Nicolai-White!  If you follow her Instagram, you may have noticed the color teal has stolen her heart.  In honor of her birthday, let's all add a bit of this gorgeous color into our papercrafting. Happy birthday, Kristina!

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DIY t-shirts with digital cut files

Hey peas!  It's Laura Craigie here, and today I thought I'd venture away from scrapbooking to show you how I spice up some plain kid's t-shirts with digital cut files from the Two Peas store in two different ways.

Today I'm using the Patterned Cards, and the Arrows cut files.

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First thing is to cut the files out in the size you require for the front of your t-shirt.  I have a bunch of extra black vinyl, so I chose to cut mine out with that.  If you don't have vinyl, which is admittedly a more expensive option, you can easily use freezer paper, and then iron it to the shirt.  I've done this before and it works great too!

For my first shirt I applied the vinyl cut to the front of the tshirt, and inserted a piece of cardboard in the shirt so the bleach didn't leak through to the other side of the shirt.

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Then you simply spray around the image with the bleach!  You definitely want to go easy on the bleach to start.  You can always add more later if needed, but you obviously can't take it back.

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You can see it's already starting to change the color of the shirt.  I keep a piece of paper towel handy to blot the top of the vinyl, and any extra bleach up to minimize it bleeding under the vinyl or freezer paper.  

It usually takes about 5 or 6 min for the bleach to work it's magic, but keep an eye on it and you can visually see when it's transformed.  Then it's as easy as peeling back your vinyl, and throwing the shirt in the dryer (by itself) to stop the bleach, and dry the shirt.  I then wash and dry it as I normally would a shirt.  Although just to be safe I wouldn't throw it in the wash with anything too important that first time!

And here is my cutie pie in his new shirt!  

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Now for the second shirt, which is even easier than the first if that's possible! :)

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Apply the vinyl, or freezer paper cut to the front of the shirt, then you take a Fabric Sharpie and simply colour it in!  I also drew a line around the perimeter of the circle so the whole design would stand out more like the original cut file.

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Color every last speck in, and then my favorite part, peel it back to reveal the final design.
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Here is my other cutie in his new shirt that my own husband didn't even believe I made ;)

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Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you feel inspired to make your own unique shirts too.  If you do, leave me a comment below so I can see you creations! :)

Happy Monday!

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This Week's Class Videos 9.15.2013

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This week 1) Play along in our Trendy Trios card challenge this month: use chalkboard! 2) Lilith invites you to encourage yourself in your scrapbooking. 3) Wilna is inspired by ornate gold frames in home decor to create your page. 4) Glitter Girl gives her tips for mixing old with new, as well as how to shop for product that will last you awhile. 5) Tags and bags are the subject of Jen Kinkade's Scrap Your Stash video.  6) Jen Gallacher demonstrates how she creates clusters on a layout and card. 7) Amy Tan plays with the brand new collection, combining brands in her Project Life spread. 

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Trends Watch: Gold

Trends Watch: Gold

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If you follow our pins, chances are you've seen we have been pinning gold!  This metallic is all the rage these days, and we've seen it in many of the new products to hit the store.

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Here are a few fun ideas to try using gold:

Wilna's Gold-Dipped Title

DIP IT IN GOLD!  Notice Wilna's title?  You can create this effect with a variety of mediums.  She's used embossing powder, but glitter would be fun too.  Or give a faux dipped look by coloring in with a gold pen.

Gold border by Michelle De Leon

ADD SOME SHINE OR SPARKLE. Gold and sparkle just seem to belong together.  Michelle used a string of sequins to make this heart embellishment.

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GO MONOCHROMATIC.  Stephanie Bryan created this stunning mini album by using foundations of neutrals and really letting the gold take center stage.

Browse more gold goodness on our Pinterest board and in the store.  What do you think of this color trend?  

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P.S. ALL of Glitz Design product is on sale today only!  That includes the newest collections. ;)

 

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