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Have a Happy New Year!!

The end of the year always makes me feel reflective and full of anticipation, it's fun to look back on the past 12 months and think about all the changes that have taken place- this past year encompassed so many wonderful additions and events here at 2peas- like Mel coming on board as our Community Manager, the addition of our new Digital Artists, the Pea Politics board and the At Your Leisure board, our Holiday events, all the Classes in the Education board and Kristina's Finally Friday videos here on the GG Blog. I think about my own personal memories and my favorite Scrapbook Pages and Photos from the year- and then I get excited for all the fun things to come in 2009.

I made this page at the beginning of the year, and when I look at it again, I think it fits how I feel about the coming of 2009. Full of excitement and optimism.

I love that during this time of the year, every year, we are all free to leave in the past what we wish to, and take into the future our hopes and dreams. Here's to only the best wishes for the future, for all of us.
I hope you all have a very wonderful and Happy New Years! We'll see you in 2009!!!

 

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1 Product, 3 Ways - Making Memories Slice

As someone who loves to buy new toys but then abandons them the next week, I fully admit that I'm still love love loving my Making Memories Slice! 

It's an awesome die cut machine that stays out on my desk and never gets put away.  While not as fancy or high-tech as the cool QuicKutz Silhouette, this little guy can get the job done.  Stuck on what to do after you've had fun cutting out all those cool shapes?  Here are some ideas...

For this layout I cut shapes out of cardstock then layered them together to create my own subtle design - almost like creating a unique patterned paper.  I stamped some cardstock and adhered it behind the flowers.

Here Amy used the Slice to cut out the cool artisan label and #8 on her page.  Looking for an easy journaling block?  Use the Slice to cut out a label and journal right on top of that... I love that look!  Cutting out elements like this for your page can save you money on stickers or labels because you can just cut out what you need from leftover scraps of paper.


And last but not least (this is my favorite example! ) Shannon cut out a "Ho" from her patterned paper then turned the leftover sheet into a card.  So you can peek through and see the fun backside of the patterned paper.  Brilliant!!!


So there you have it... three cool ways to use the Making Memories Slice.  Hopefully Santa left a 2ps gift card in your stocking so you can snag one of these fun gadgets :)

-kelly

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User Spotlight: Julie K!

I'm a Julie K fan from way back in the day. I was so excited to be strolling through the gallery and to see some of her latest creations. Like this one:

Firsts of all - I totally want those stamps. Secondly, how perfect is that little bird there? Love the colors...the music paper...love everything about this layout!

This one really made me smile. Love the progression of photos, the simple layout, and the colors. Perfect!

Absolutely perfect use of that AC product. Another one that makes me smile - do you see a theme here?

So, when you need some great ideas and a smile, check out Julie K's work!

Tracy

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Community Contest Winner (Picture a Holiday Story 2008)

Hi, Tia here again!

Thank you all for participating in the Community Contest with your "Holiday Story" photos!!

The winner is:

CathySAHM with her entry "Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes"

Congratulations, Cathy, and thanks for sharing with us this great illustration of your holiday story!

xoxo tia

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Product Spotlight

Today I am going to spotlight a digital kit that I am currently using in a layout for next month's garden. It is Danielle Thompson's Thrift Store Chic: Picture Frames. I love how versatile they are. The frames can be used on layouts but can also be used to showcase photos for your blog or to print out. She has a commercial license available for photographers.
 

Here I have used them on a couple of our recent photos:

 

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Weekly Challenge!

 Challenge:

This weeks challenge is to scrap a funny photo! Everyone benefits from a good laugh or smile so let's see what kind of humor you have hiding around your house!!!
 
 
Related Products:
- Swimming Pool Loopy Lou Letter Stickers (Doodlebug)
- Shin-dig Beetle Black Glitter Alphabet Cardstock Stickers (Doodlebug Design)
- Shin-dig Swimming Pool Glitter Alphabet Cardstock Stickers (Doodlebug Design)
- Secret Garden 12x12 Pocket Full of Rosies Paper (Sassafras Lass)
- Ambrosia Original Mini Mono Stickers (Basic Grey)
- Parachuting Monsters Vol 3 12x12 Paper (BAM POP!)

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Finally Friday - Homemade Notebooks

Good morning, everyone! I hope your Christmas was wonderful! I spent the day at my Dad's house and just spent time with family. It was fun! :)

Anyway, this week's Finally Friday came about because I really wanted to use this American Crafts Teen paper, but hadn't quite figured out how to use it. My friend Allison LOVES bright colors and animal print (which this collection has), so I wanted to make something for her.

I eventually landed on homemade notebooks. Easy to make and everyone needs a little spot to write things down, right? So enjoy the video, and I'll catch up with you guys later. As usual, the video is available in HD over at YouTube. However, YT is still doing the strange video-speed-up-audio-out-of-sync thing, so my voiceover will be out of place. But it's still worth it to watch in HD for the quality of picture. :)

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Digital discussion: Text in a shape or path

 Love this challenge for the Digital board this week: Journal in a shape or around.

I love Kate's layout she did...& all of the other Peas that have participated so far. Great work, everyone!

Here's mine..I did a very simple shape..but, what is so fun about this technique is that you can emphasize the shapes, designs or photos with your journaling to add that extra *pow*.

 

I cut out various photos of myself, added some of my flower photos (resizing & flipping/rotating) & then added a bunch of brushes. I love the TREES of LIFE brushes, they are so much fun! And, then, I just added a bunch of swirls from the various Swirl kits we've got on 2ps. 

The journaling is done with the Type Tool/ warp. I just warped it into an arch!

enjoy! & Merry Christmas!

Rhonna

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Technique Discussion: Die-cuts

Die-cutting is so hot right now! I think it has been for a long time, but with all the new die-cutting machines available, it seems like everyone is getting excited about using die-cuts in different ways. I noticed that in the Garden the past month, there were a lot of fun projects using various forms of diecuts.

In this close-up layout of mine, you'll see that I used my electronic die-cutter to cut a large 'J' for some added depth on top of the white paper. You can see more details here.

I love how Laura used some circle punches to create this great card...it looks like a large circle die-cut...I love that look. More details here.

Check out how Amy used her new Slice machine to cut out a label, number and title! Love that! More details here.

If you don't have access to a die-cutting machine, there are a lot of die-cuts already done for you in the store! I love this butterfly from Amy Butler...check out how Cindy used it on this layout. More details here.

And I love how Rhonda used these letters from Karen Russell's Narratives line. She also used a box of glittered die-cuts from Making Memories! More details here.

There are so many fun options for die-cutting - buy pre-made die-cuts, cut with a manual cutter (Quickutz, Sizzix, Cuttlebug, etc.) or cut with an electronic die-cutter like the Silhouette from Quickutz. Give it a try - it's so much fun with tons of options!

Happy holidays to you!
Robyn Werlich

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Community Contest: **Picture a Holiday Story 2008**

Hi everyone, Tia Bennett here!

Are you snowed in, too?  We've had so much snow, I stopped counting the inches after 12!! 

If not home-bound due to some crazy weather, are you simply cozied in; enjoying playing hostess to a house full of family and friends during this holiday season? 

Are you traveling?  Are you still working, just counting down the hours till your time off? 

Are you still making gifts or (*gulp!*) still shopping?!?!  LOL

Let's have fun with the situation--whatever situation we find ourselves in today--and just stop for a few minutes today to record it!

For today's Community Contest, simply take a picture telling the story. Illustrate your current situation, in relation to some of the suggestions above, and post it in the gallery.  Be sure to mark the box indicating that it is for this Community Contest (**Picture a Holiday Story 2008**), and you will be automatically entered into a chance to win a prize from Two Peas!

 

Here's my photo, illustrating the uncharistically snowy weather we've been enjoying in Washington state!

 

You have until 11:59 p.m. CST to post your entry.  Happy snapping! 

And whatever situation you find yourself in, I wish you Happy Holidays and a Very Merry Christmas!!!

xoxo   tia

 

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Sketch it out

Hello from Down Under!   I want to share a daft story with you about my first encounter with the words "sketch it out"!  I have been on the Garden Girl Team for nearly 2 years now and back when I first started I joined in a  Digital Challenge, the topic being "sketch it out".  Silly me thought it meant to use a sketch or drawing in your layout so this here was my contribution.  Didn't I feel  a right twit when I realised what a "sketch" was!!!

So if you would like to do a  "sketch" this week with a  Chelsea twist.... here it is.... do a  Layout with a drawing in it! 

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1 Product, 3 Ways - Shimmer Alphas

  

When I first saw Making Memories Red Shimmer Alpha Stickers I knew I had to have them!  They are so pretty and the font is AWESOME!  You can use them is so many different ways.

 

One way is on a layout.  Here, Rebecca used them in her “Merry Little Christmas  layout.  I love how she placed them on her layout.  Very cool!

 

 

Another way is to use them on a home décor project.  HelpMeRhonda used them in the amazing door hanger she made.  If you check out the rest of her gallery you can see them on some more layouts she created.

 

 

Another way is to make a card.  Kristina Werner  made this Christmas card using these stickers.  I love the way they just make the card sparkle!

 

These are only a few ways to use these Alpha Stickers from Making Memories.  I can't wait until Valentine's Day to use them too!

Happy Holidays to you all!

Wendy

 

 

 

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Finally Friday Video - Be Merry

Happy Friday! It's less than one week until Christmas--can you believe it?!

I thought I'd squeak out one more holiday card before Christmas, and I hope you enjoy it. I'm in love with these flowers from Making Memories, so I just had to get one on this week's card. See the full list of supplies over at the page in the Designer Garden. :)

Anyhow, you can catch the video over at YouTube in HD (click on watch in HD below the video). NOTE: YouTube had some issues encoding the HD version and the audio is out of sync (it sped up the video slightly). But you really can see things more clearly, so it's worth it.

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Share Your Space: Erica Hernandez

Well, I've been dreading this day, lol. Just like many of you, I'm amazed by and jealous of some of the craft spaces I've seen. You won't find any earth shattering new techniques here but I'm happy to share my space with you!

I work in a corner of our living area. There is a pretty obvious divide between our living room and "office" area so my husband and I each occupy a corner of the office space. I've seriously pared down my supplies - especially my paper - and find it much easier to work now. This area also houses my yarn and knitting supplies - probably close to half of the storage is knitting stuff.

Pretty much all of my storage is the crop in style cubes in various configurations. My desk is a junky old thing that I eventually want to spray paint and have a piece of glass cut for.

The first tower of cubes is all yarn. On top, I keep my paper cutter and my revolution. The second set of cubes has my tools, my bind it all supplies (in the drawer) and in the bottom cube, paper files for the embellishments that I have the most of (one each for Heidi Swapp, Making memories and Fancy Pants.) I keep my albums on top (these are the ones that I'm currently adding pages to. The full albums are on a bookshelf in my living room.) I also have magazine holders for my 8.5 x 11" cardstock.

These four cubes hold all of my patterned paper, 12 x 12 cardstock and miscelleneous other stuff (magazines, envelopes and shipping supplies, photo paper, transparencies, etc...) The bottom cubes hold my stamping stuff and paper scraps. The Ikea drawers on top have a mish mash of stuff for now. Some day, I'll organize and label them!

This is my desk area. I mounted a 12" shelf about 8" up from my desk to put my monitor on and give me room to stash stuff both on top and underneath. I have a whiteboard (that for now, is hidden by the wreath) for notes and for the wall, I just use tape to stick up photos and some of the boys' art - makes it easy to change around whenever I feel like it!) The Making Memories storage box (also, another one on top on the Ikea drawers) are where I store my newest purchases. As hey fill up, I'll rotate stuff out of them and into storage.

The last set of cubes has my printer on top. The top two drawers have the inserts so that I can sort a lot of odds and ends. The rest of the drawers have blank mini albums, notebooks and then a drawer each for stickers, rub-ons and chipboard. The rest of the photos are some interior shots of a few of the cubes.

This is the storage for my stamps, inks and pens and markers.

Top drawer of my printers stand - the second drawer is similar.

Sticker drawer.

Tools.

The caddy that I store pens, scissors, liquid adhesive, rub-on tools, etc.

These are the 12 x 12 paper files that I store my MM, HS and FP stuff in.

And my scrap storage. Just a 12 x 12" paper tray for larger cardstock scraps. I don't save patterned paper because I rarely ever use the same paper twice.

And, I think that's it! Have a wonderful holidy, everyone!

 

Erica

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Weekly Digital Challenge

Journal within a shpare or around it!

This one is a fun one! You can cut out various shapes from your papers and journal in them or do as I have done here and cut out your photo and journal around it. To do this, I cut around my photo and then selected this area on the outside of my photo. I then made a path around my photo and typed my journaling along this path to follow the edge of my photo. Fun! Can't wait to see what you come up with!

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Product Spotlight - Masks Part III

 This post is just a showcase of great layouts using masks.

This one is done using a Tim Holtz mask called concerto.  It was made by Steph Devlin.

This one was doing using Heidi Swapp's mask called whispies. It was made by user Gerkinnme.

This next page was  used with Heidi Swapp's butterflies mask. It was made by scrapnic.

This next page also used the Heidi Swapp butterfly mask. It was made by user messimom.

This next one is using Heidi Swapp's large floral bouquet mask. It was done by user lowoolo.

This page was done using Heidi Swapp's mini star mask. It was made by user nicolinad10.

This last one is using one of my favorite Heidi Swapp maks called hibiscus. It was made by user emilie robinson.

 

Welp... that's it people. I hope looking at these pages will inspire you guys to pick up a few masks in the shopping section and try them out. They are super fun. I promise.

-Lisa McGarvey

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Product Spotlight - Masks Part II

Next is a Heidi Swapp mask.   She's had a couple cycles of masks and they're all fantastic.  When January comes around and I know Winter CHA is coming, I get excited thinking about the new masks she'll release.  The following mask is called "tulip."

The sample Im sharing was done by Stacy Sattler in the garden.  She used the mask over patterned paper with acrylic paint. The thing that impresses me with Stacy's example is that after she used the mask on her page she accented it with bits of patterned paper. Do you see the little leaves? Those colorful, paper details really make the mask appear different from unique from its original purpose. She took the essential mask concept and added some flair to it.

This mask was used by Rhonda Bonifay in a creative, different way too.  This mask is also by Heidi Swapp and its called Large Floral Bouquet.

Rhonda used the actual mask on her page. She didn't mask it with another medium like paint or ink. She cut the actual plastic mask and used it on her page. So neat!

Part III will be coming later today. My mil is flying in to town for the holidays and I gotta go pick her up. So excited. I LOVE my mother in law. 

-Lisa McGarvey

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Product Spotlight - Masks Part I

I am probably the most technique challenged person in the world, but I love masks. They are some of my favorite things to play with when scrapbooking. Both Heidi Swapp and Tim Holtz have their own line of masks and both are fantastic to use. The following Tim Holtz mask came out this past year. The thing I like about this particular mask is that its pretty versatile.  You can use it on a variety of themed pages. Also, each image is its own mask so you can layer them or use them individually.

And here are some samples of the masks on some pages.  This first one is from ozzigirl using ink.

Here is the same mask used by me in this months seeds. I used spray paint with mine.

I'll be back later today with a couple more examples scrapbooking with masks.

-Lisa McGarvey

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Seasonal Layouts: Holidays

It was so nice to wake up to a fresh 2peas Garden. The seasonal layouts will really inspire you to scrapbook this very fun time of year.  Looking at all the new layouts with photos of these really fun events has prompted me to get a little more excited about how I want to document things this time around. www.twopeasinabucket.com/cg_list.asp

This morning I was especially drawn to the way my fellow designers titled their layouts. Titles. I love titles. But I rarely put much thought into them, because I get so excited about my photos and the products I get to use with them. I have been paying more attention to the way others title their layouts in such eye catching ways. It's something I plan on working on in my scrapbooking in 2009.

Rett put her journal block under the photo, revealing a little bit for her title. I love the way she machine stitched around it and onto her photo. So clever!  The pear tree....oh...that pear tree.  More clever. :)

Jennifer Harrison has an imperative sentence for her title. Spin it. Love that. Note to self: Start title with an active verb.

Nicol has this gorgeous title. So elegant and delicate. Using the Silouette looks like a fantastic way to create a title.

I can't get enough of Shannon's girl layouts. Notice her title. With the little birdie sitting on her letters and the star at the top. It looks like a tree. She is incredibly inventive when it comes to titles.

I love the way Robyn's title overlaps onto the patterned paper, yet it is grounded by the photo on the right. The type underneath is so eye catching without distracting from the photos.

You can get a closer look here. www.twopeasinabucket.com/cg_display.asp

Finally I would like to point out this layout by Ranie. What a fabulous font choice for these photos. I love the youthfulness of this font coupled with the elegance of the journaling spot. What a delightful combination.

Enjoy this time of documenting the holidays you celebrate with your family, and take note of the titles in the gallery and the garden that really catch your eye this month.

Happy Holiday,

Margie

 

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Organization: Pretty and Portable

Have you seen these adorable Amy Butler Bags?

www.twopeasinabucket.com/shop/69438/

So pretty. And functional.

My daughter took the first one I ordered before I had a chance to clip the tag off.

Apparently, they are the perfect portable bed for babies.

So I ordered another for myself. I love using mine for a little portable work bag. I have the essentials in there-scissors, ink, adhesive. Plus I load it up with the latest and greatest---my current favs-stickers, chipboard, stamps, embroidery floss, etc. I love how easy it is to find things because it's wide open. I have lots of goodies in mine, and I certainly have room for lots more!

This pretty bag comes in another color too. Did you know?

www.twopeasinabucket.com/shop/69437/

Have a great day!!

Stacey

 

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Sketch It Out

 Hi everyone, Shannon Tidwell here today.  Our post today is a simple sketch.  I'll admit, I'm not much of a sketcher.  I usually just make something without a plan in mind.  But I do enjoy the occasional challenge of using a sketch.  I think the best part is taking someone else's idea and totally making it your own.  I can't wait to see how you use this sketch.

I made a layout using this idea.  I went pretty much by the sketch with several added embellishments.  Feel free to adapt to your style.  Make the photo into 2 or 3 photos.  Use smaller embellishments.  Turn it on it's side.  Whatever floats your boat!!

Here's my layout:

Have a great weekend!

Shannon

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Weekly Challenge: Scrap a Daily Routine

TGIF Peas! Hope all of you are having a nice day & looking forward to the weekend :-)

My challenge for you this week is to scrap a Daily Routine. We all have a regular routine that we do on a daily basis, even something that we may not even know that we do or pay much attention to or even thought about scrapping about.

On a typical day during the week, I get to wheel my two little ones to the bus stop in the wagon. They LOVE it & i get a little bit of exercise out of it, too. I think the neighborhood gets a crack out of it, too. I enjoyed scrapping about this, because it's something they look forward to all the time.

When you post your layout for this challenge, make sure to select the "weekly challenge: scrap a Daily Routine". I am looking forward to seeing what all you share.

Have a great weekend, Smooches :-)
Cindy

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Finally Friday Video - Gifts Card/Tag

Good morning, peas! This week's card is super quick and easy. There's a bit of paper piecing, but other than that, it can be duplicated very quickly. :)

Anyhow, enjoy! And be sure to check out the full supplies and description. You also can watch the video in HD over at YouTube (just click on "watch in HD" below the video).

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Technique highlight :: Everything sheer!

Just the other day I was chatting about 'old' scrapbook supplies that I hoped wouldn't disappear completely...vellum was on that list!  And sure enough, when I hit the garden and the gallery looking for other scrappers using sheer techniques, there was plenty of lovely stuff to discover!  I love plain old vellum as well as funky new products like the sheers from KI Memories...it's halfway between patterned paper and clear acrylic.  Perfect for showing a little something but not everything, and it's pretty much as easy as attaching one piece of paper to another!  Attach it with clear adhesive or use brads, stitches or staples and leave the glue behind entirely.

Shannon Tidwell put the sheer delights to use as a pocket.  Love the mix of dots and letters!

The always adorable GluestickGirl layered all these adorable bits and pieces on top of a sheer background.  Now I'm loving polka dots with trees!  Are you spotting a pattern?

Can you spot the sheer strip on this layout by Jamie Waters?  Super cute.

This layout from my gallery has a stitched vellum pocket holding all sorts of little things that might otherwise overwhelm the pale colours of the page.  The vellum is just enough to tone down the bright colours and make them match.

And Tracy Miller's super cute Christmas goodies mix sheer loveliness with a flurry of snowflakes!  And she didn't have to worry about ahdesive at all, as the sheer layer is the background!

Have any sheer favourites in the gallery that you want to point out?  Link us up in the comments!

-Shimelle.~*

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User Inspiration: Mamendonca!

User Inspiration

I often peruse the awesome gallery while at work - Ssshhhh!  :0)
Unfortunately, from work, I cannot leave praise for layouts because of the whole blocker thing that my school district has set up. 
Long story short, here's what I do when I look through the gallery and see stuff that I like:  I add it to my Bookmarks for later.  Then from home, I simply go back to my Bookmarks and revisit the layouts I added and then leave praise. 
I started doing this, and one day I realized that several of the layouts in my Bookmarks belong to this girl:
Mamendonca!
Check out these layouts that are sooo full of color and wonder and just plain "let go and have fun" creativity!   I love the texture that she adds with paint and sanded edges, and the evident look that she just lets her creativity flow.  That is a scrapbooker's characteristic that I envy and cannot get enough of. 

 

Here's her gallery in case you want to see more - and I know you will! ;0)

Have a wonderful Thursday!
Rebecca Trump

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Digital Weeky Challenge: Create your own torn paper

Hi all!

This week's digital challenge is to create your own torn paper to use on a layout. There are numerous ways to achieve this effect digitally! I chose to use the eraser tool along with grunge brushes to get the "torn" look. First i chose the paper i wanted to use, then i selected the eraser tool and chose a grunge brush with an uneven edge. Then i erased the edge of the paper. After that, I used the burn tool to give more depth and texture to the torn edge.

Here is great tutorial from Kate Teague with another technique to use as well!

Have fun scrapping and we'd love to have you participate in the digital challenge or join the 2ps 2sday Chat next week!

-Cherie

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Photography Challenge Discussion - Holiday Cards

The weekly photography challenges for this month are all holiday themed. I hope that they inspire you to take more pictures of your holiday memories this season.

I am always looking for ideas and inspiration when shooting photos for others' holiday cards as well as for my own family's Christmas card. So my challenge this week is for you to share any holiday photos you have using props. Feel free to use photos/cards from years past. Maybe you are ahead of the game and already have your holiday '08 photos/cards done! We'd love to be inspired by them as well.  Even if you didn't use props in your photos we'd still love for you to share. :o)

Here are photos that  I took of my sister using props for their holiday card a couples years ago. The "joy" pictures were inspired by a fellow Pea's holiday card that we had seen in the Gallery.

For more details about participating in this week's challenge click HERE. Happy sharing!

Joy U.

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Community Contest Challenge: WINNER!

I can't thank everyone enough for participating in my challenge - so many gorgeous projects, cards and layouts!  Very inspiring!

The name that Harrison drew out of a hat was  "scrapping4twins"!  Congrats to you and thanks again to everyone!

Sarah

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Community Challenge: Christmas Goodies

Tis the season and I am dying to see all those beautiful Christmas projects, cards and layouts!  Until 11:59 tonight anyone who posts anything Christmas related and enters it into my Community Challenge will be entered in a drawing to win a prize!!!  Can't wait to see what everyone does. 

Here is a layout I did of my niece on her first Christmas.

 

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1 Product 3 ways:Page Frame Black Grid 5 inch Bookmark Album

 I've had these little bookmark / album things for a while.  I really like them...I just never made anything with them.  The set I have came with 3 of these 5 inch grid things.  In about 25 minutes, I made the following projects:

Using KI ribbon and KI Loopie Lou stickers it is an instant gift tag (worth keeping).

Using Doodlebug sticker letters and some American Crafts Flair, I started this small album for my son about his NY trip.  I think this will be great for all his little treasures from the trip and some photos.

Using a ribbon, thread and an Autumn Leaves button, I made this bookmark.

It was all very easy and fun.  AND, best of all, these little babies are on sale now:)

kellicrowe:):)

 

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Product Spotlight - Newest October Afternoon in store! Yum!

Have you seen?  The newest October Afternoon products are in the store!  I just put an order through the other day... and yes, I am slightly ashamed to admit that I ordered one of everything in store! hee heeee!  I think it was the fastest bucket I ever put through... click click click, submit!  Soooo, since I have been looking forward to getting my hands on these goodies... it is only natural that I chose this for today's Product Spotlight! lol  Can't wait for it to come!

Let's start with the patterned paper.  I love October Afternoon's patterned paper.  To me, it is the perfect combination of bright and colourful with 'homey' and cozy charm!  So very very yummy!  Here are a few of my favourites... some patterns I can see myself using over and over again!  

This one I can see myself using either side... cut into little bits and strips!  The perfect accent patterns and colours... for any page!

Love these fantastic colours!

Yummy yellow!

These next ones are soo warm and cozy... makes me want to curl up with a blanket and a good book on a cool day!

Love these perfectly adorable little houses!  ...so darn cute!!

Gotta love the woodgrain!  ...and with that yummy aqua blue/green!  Yum yum yum!!

Now for some fun playfulness!  Love the cuteness of this line!

Combined with the perfect touch of colours and patterns...

Yum yum yum!

Can't forget the accents!  These awesome and versatile punch out tags are back, along with rub ons and stickers!

How cute are these houses?  Loooove these rubons!

I love love love that little car... definitely cute stuff!

Can't wait to use these bright fun stickers!  Perfect little accents!!

 

Ohhhhh, and the font on these letter stickers is soooo pretty!  ...and the colours (again!) yum yum yum!

Yep, I could go on and on all day long!  Such yummy 'fun' products!  I can't wait to play!  

I hope you enjoyed this little peek into the new October Afternoon that is in the store as much as I did! Have a great day everyone!  

Jen Johner :)

 

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What's in My Bucket

Good morning!

Lots of good stuff in the store here at Two Peas these days. Here's a sampling of what's waiting in my bucket for me to hit "checkout."

Good ol' Staz On black. I am giving some of my friends stamps for Christmas and I'll probably throw a few of these in my next order to include with their gifts.

Have you seen all the new stuff from October Afternoon??? I have lots of Paper, Rub-ons, Stamps, and Stickers waiting in my bucket.

Also lots of new stuff this week from Creative Cafe. Two things I have in my bucket are these great tags and binder rings. As always, I LOVE all the colors!!

    

Last but not least, here are two things that were in my previous bucket that I was really excited to get last week and can't wait to use...Coming to a layout near you!! These alpha stamps I think will be a new favorite and I can't wait to use the holiday stamp on holiday presents.

Have a great day and Happy Holidays!

Laura K.

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Organization Tip: Scrap Files

Storing scraps so that you can easily find what you are looking for can sometimes be a problem.  My solution is to store paper scraps in file boxes.  I have one for warm colors, one for cool colors, and one for neutral colors.  By dividing my scraps by color I can find what I need more easily.  I also use oversized file boxes so I have plenty of room to dig around and see what I've got in each box.  Keeping my scrap files out in plain sight also reminds me to check my scraps before cutting into a new sheet of paper.

 

If you have any other tips for storing your scraps, please share!  I'd love to hear them.

-Lisa Brown

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Weekly Challenge Discussion:

This week the challenge is to use die cuts! This is a pretty broad challenge, so I am excited to see the different ways in which the Peas use die cuts. You could use premade ones or use your die cut machine to cut your own. The possibilities are endless!

Here's mine!

I used die cut patterned paper and my Slice for my die cuts. Here are some more of my favorite die cuts!

My Mind's Eye Die Cuts

Making Memories Die Cut Papers

Jenni Bowlin Die Cuts

Cut your own with QUICKUTZ!

Cut your own with the Making Memories Slice Machine and cartridges . The Noteworthy cartridge is my favorite!

Have fun and be creative!!!!

-Amy Grendell

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Finally Friday - Merry Christmas

Good Morning, peas!

For the card this week I really wanted to try to make a card using only the card base--no extra layers. Seriously, that's a challenge! :) I even had to make the card twice because I stamped the background stamp in an ink color that was a bit too dark at first. Oh, well! It wasn't the first time I've had to restamp something and I'm sure it won't be the last. :)

More info and the supplies used can be found over in the Designer Garden on it's individual page.

Anyway, here ya go and I hope you enjoy the video. This is the first video I've made that's 16:9 (the size of letterbox and HD videos). YouTube just updated their video player last week and now it is HUGE when you watch over at their site. So, be sure to head over there to see it a bit larger and in high quality (click on watch in high quality below the video).

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Technique Discussion: Punches!!

Hey there! Jen G here! Sorry that this so late! I've had sick kids this week and I totally forgot what day it is. LOL! Sigh. I hate having my schedule messed with. ;)

So let's talk technique.

I wanted to talk about punches today. I love punches. I can never bring myself to get rid of them (although, I did let go of a few stranger ones in my collection--like a sleigh outline punch that NEVER got used.)

I use punches on nearly every page and some of my circle punches never make it off my desk I use them so often.

So I browsed through the gallery to find some layouts that used punches that I loved. I found a few using a butterfly punch that I thought were wonderful!

The first is by Kelli Crowe:

Love that monochromatic scheme. Gorgeous!

And this one by Christine Drumheller is so similar and yet so unique. I just love these both so much:

And finally one by "virg" using only one butterfly punch. A little or a lot they're all gorgeous:

So no matter how you use them, punches can make a layout pop. Leave a comment with a link to your favorite punched project. :)

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Digi Challenge for this week

 Hi Peas! Sande Krieger here.

This week's digital challenge is to make your own background paper using brushes and/or filters! Rhonna did a super cute layout for this challenge using a variety of brushes. You can check it out here.

Using brushes to make a background can be as simple as using a round brush to make a polka dot pattern on your paper.

If you are using Photoshop or PHotoshop Elements here are some easy steps to get you started.

  1. Open a new document (12x12 or 8.5 x 11 - at 300dpi)
  2. Fill the background with a color - I used blue.
  3. Change your foreground color to the color you want the polka dots to be.
  4. Select your brush tool.
  5. Select a round brush and make it as big as you want your polka dots to be.
  6. Go to the brush palette and set the spacing to be how far apart you want the dots to be.
  7. Start a new layer by clicking on the New Layer Icon button at the bottom of the Layers palette.
  8. Hold down the SHIFT key and drag your brush along your paper. By holding down the SHIFT key it will make the dots go in a perfect line.
  9. Copy that layer by dragging it down to the New Layer Icon at the bottom of the Layers Palette and letting go.
  10. Use your Move tool to stagger the new line of dots you just copied.
  11. Keep copying and staggering each line of dots until you've filled your entire paper.

For a video on how to use brushes in Photoshop Elements, click here.

I'm excited to see all the fun background papers you make for this challenge!

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Share Your Space: Nichol Magouirk

 Hey everyone!

Today I'm going to share some photos of my scrap space. I have a room to myself on the upper floor of our home. It's separate from our kid's rooms, all by itself on the North end of our upstairs. Part of my room was just empty space that had been converted into usuable living space so some of the ceilings have odd angles and such. 

This is my computer area where my iMac is. To the right of my computer is my sewing machine, to the left is my Epson R1900 printer. Above my computer monitor is a wall-mounted t.v. that is usually on for background noise. On the wall to the right of the window are tilt bins with loose alphabets stored by letter/number. Super easy to pull out the individual drawer I want to use.

Further down the desk (underneath the window) is my old laptop. I keep it mainly for using my Silhouette. I am too lazy to figure out how to use it with the Mac.  I also have my scanner on the end of the table. To the left of the window are postman cubbies that I keep spools of ribbon in as well as other random laces and trims. I keep the rest of my ribbons elsewhere.

These shelves I had custom built to match my existing PB furniture. I wanted them deep enough to hold the Cropper Hopper paper files as well as lots of other storage items. I like the open design because it allows me to see what I have. If I see it I am much more likely to use it! It also helps me to know when it is time to purge the supplies, which I do often, about once every month or two. You can see the corner of my work table in the photo below. It sits in the middle of my room.

On the first couple of shelves on the left side I store all my alphabet stickers/rub-ons by color in these flat clear storage boxes from the Container Store. This system works great for me because I usually search for alphabets by color. I also keep flat themed embellishments (Halloween, Christmas, girl, boy, etc.) in these storage boxes. I sort them by theme. 

The next shelf holds loose embellishments in clear divided storage boxes (from the fishing department at Wal-Mart) by theme. I also have all my flowers sorted by color in these boxes.

I keep all my paper in Cropper Hopper paper files. Cardstock is sorted by color, patterned paper is sorted by manufacturer, except for Halloween and Christmas which have their won files.

On top shelf on the right side are more files with flat embellishments by manufacturer (stickers, rub-ons, etc. that didn't fit a particular theme) and clear divided boxes with all the rest of my ribbons sorted by color. Each one is wrapped around a floss card and secured with a tiny straight pin. The next two shelves house all my rubber stamps in mesh bins ( Container Store). I purged much of my rubber stamp collection awhile back so these bins work great for me.

The next shelf down has more small loose embellishments sorted by type and or manufacturer depending on how I look for them. 

Then the next few shelves have foam stamps in storage boxes, clear stamps in binders, random other papers in paper files, paints and other supplies in clear boxes and large embellishments further down. Things that don't fit anywhere else (12x12 felts, chipboard, large florals, etc.)

On these PB ladder shelves I keep button jars, idea books. brads (in the purple binders), canvas bins with extra adhesives and product that needs to be put away, blank cards, empty minibooks, inks (I recenty had to move these because my 3 year old got into them when a babysitter was here and decorated my entire office with a black ink pad. not fun.), clear storage cases with ongoing projects, half-finished layouts, etc and memorabilia boxes.

You can also see some of my punches hanging in a clear pocket shoe organizer on this closet door. I have two of these in my office and I like that I can finally see what I have. I use them much more often!

Brad Storage:

Finally, this is the little space back behind my studio door that I like to call the "tool nook". I house all my diecutting machines here (except for the Silhouette). I keep all the dies and tools on the shelf below the desk or in the drawers. I also have a few random other tools in the drawers.

Above the desk is where I keep all my decorative tapes and paper laces on the rods of this PB Craft Organizer. I love that I can see all of them easily. Next to that are cups that hold pens, colored pencils, watercolor pencils, etc.

 
I keep a few less often used supplies in one of the storage closets by my office.
Well, that's my studio. Thanks for stopping by for a peek!
Have a great week!

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User Spotlight: Colourful

Hello!  Jennifer McGuire here.  I wanted to share with you a great member of our 2peas Gallery.  I thought it would be fun to focus on a stamping cardmaker.  And if you ask me, Colourful is fabulous!

Colourful, also known as Sandy , created these fun cards...

I love the white detail on THIS card.  Simple, fun and classic. 

And THIS one is so clever.  Check out those thumbprints for reindeer!!

And THIS cute cat... fun fun fun!

And not only is Sandy talented, she does a lot of good for the world around her.  Check out her profile - she leads a card drive for heroes - for our troops overseas.  What a big heart she has!

Have a great week, everyone!

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december garden theme: color schemes

 Happy first of December! I'm here to discuss this month's theme in the garden, color schemes! I had a ball going through the garden and seeing how differently everyone used the color wheel. Erica Hernandez did a great tutorial on the wheel, feel free to check it out here!
Here are some examples of the complementary color scheme: (colors on opposite sides of the wheel):
Tracy Miller:

Joy U with the same scheme:

and Robyn Werlich's complementary:

I love how they used those colors but made them so different with the amounts they each used. Here's Jennifer Johner's version of complementary but with different colors:

And for some Tetradic color schemes: (four colors adjacent to a pair of complementary colors):
Lisa McG:

and Shannon Tidwell's:

and some analogous color schemes (adjacent colors from the wheel):

Kelly Purkey's:

Me, Jamie Waters:

I love how these girls worked the monochromatic color scheme! (single color from the wheel with shade variations):
Stacey Sattler:

Ranie's:

and the marvelous Kelli Crowe! I love those butterflies!

A traidic scheme: (3 colors equidistant from each other around the wheel):
Rhonda Bonifay:

A Split Complimentary (one color and 2 colors adjacent to it's opposite):

Jen Gallacher:

and a primary color scheme:

Rebecca Trump's:

Everyone did such an amazing job using their wheels and showing off their colors. I especially enjoyed reading through everyone's little write ups to hear how their thought process worked.

Thanks for stopping by the GG team blog,

Jamie Waters

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