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Challenge

Community Challenge - Create 2 cards

There is something special about taking the time to make someone a card and then sending it to them. I'd be so happy to know that somone took that time to make me something to get in the mail that wasn't junk mail or a bill. :)

So today I issue you the challenge to create two handmade cards. This way you'll have two cards on hand and ready to mail out whenever you have the need. Plus, cards are a great way to use your scraps or to try new techniques that you might be nervous to try on a layout. Still need incentive - I'll randomly select a winner for a 2Peas Gift Certificate from the entries. Rules and guidelines for entering this contest:

    * One entry per user member.
    * Post your layout in our Layout & Project Gallery .  Include both cards on the same layout page. Don't forget to check the member challenge box so that your entry is tied to this challenge!
    * Deadline for entires are due by 11:59 pm CST on June 30.
    * A randomly selected winner will be notified on Tuesday, July 1, 2008.

Good Luck!

-Amy Grendell

 

 

6/30/2008 10:36:45 AM | Comments (7) | Send a Message (PeaMail) | Vote for this Challenge

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Product Spotlight: Heather Bailey Freshcut Mini File Folders

Don't you just love cute new stuff? I have been ooooing and ahhhhing over the new line from Heather Bailey by Autumn Leaves. And I have one simple word to describe it:  Dee-lightful!!

 

I just loved getting my hands on some of Heather's new Freshcut Mini File Folders. But if you are anything like me, you buy something that is cute and then figure out what you are going to do with it. That's exactly what I did with these folders! They were just too cute to pass up. 

 

And here is what I did with them!  I decided to create a Birthday Box to keep all my family and friends' birthdays organized.  First, I decorated this lunch box with paper from Heather's new line and a label I made using a digital kit.

 

 

Then I  created monthly birthday lists, printed them out on sticker or label paper and stuck them to the inside of the file folders. Each folder contains two monthly lists. 

 

 

Then I labeled the folders, embellished them up with fun little odds and ends and placed them inside the lunch box.  

Now I no longer have any excuse for not remembering a birthday! Also, if i get ideas for gifts throughout the year, I can jot that down with a note inside the folder as well. Sweet! 

 

 

 

Now it's your turn! What are some of your favorite products lately? What's been making you swoon or drool or stockpile loose change just to have it?  Please share! I'd love to see!!

And maybe I just might start stockpiling some loose change too! 

 

-Cherie Mask

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Tips & Tricks

Organization: Buttons and Flowers

Good morning!

I thought I would share my storage for buttons and flowers.  I have a ton of both of these since they are an embellishment that seems to work anytime - on pages or cards.

Recently, my 13-year-old step-daughter has be wanting to help organize my room.  Bless her heart!  I love working with her - we have such fun.  She decided to finish off my button and flower jars for me.  Here is what she did...

And on the top of the jars, she punched a circle in the coordinating color to act as a label. :)

And the flowers are done in the same way...

This is a very inexpensive way to organize... each jar only costs a couple bucks.  I have been collecting them over the last few months.

And if you don't have a helper in your house, I recommend seeing if any neighbor kids would be interested in helping.  A 6 or 7 year old would love this gig of sorting colors... and it would only cost you a little bit.  Or, throw in a good movie and start sorting yourself. :)

Hope you all have a good weekend.  I am off to organize something else in my room!  Hugs.

- Jennifer McGuire

PS: Thanks, Kay, for helping with this.  Love ya.

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Weekly Challenge - Scrap a Message to Yourself

 This week's challenge is to scrap a message to yourself. 

I knew I had this week's challenge for at least a month but in classic Lisa form, I procrastinated until the day it was due: Wednesday, June 25th. The problem with scrapping in this manner is that sometimes Im just not in the mood. Its not working and/or gelling and i just dont want to do it. This particular week has been busy and challenging and on Tuesday it all came crumbling down on me with one culminating, pride sucking blow. Suffice it to say, I was in no mood to scrap. I was in no mood to look over pictures of my sons and gush about how much they mean to me. In fact, I wanted to run away from my parental duties this week. I really didnt want to scrap.

My solution: I scrapped what was on my mind. No pictures of my kids. No reports of our trip to the Del Mar Fair or how the last day of school went. Instead of the conventional mommy perspective scrapping I tend to do, I scrapped a message to myself. To be honest, I needed it. I needed to give a little time and attention to my own ego and self worth this week.  I realize this topic is a popular method of scrapping for many people, but its not something I do often. It makes me uncomfortable.  That being said on Wednesday night this page worked for me.  This page gave me the boost I needed to tackle the rest of the week. 

And what do you know... today is Friday. I survived. 

-Lisa McGarvey

6/27/2008 12:17:12 PM | Comments (2) | Send a Message (PeaMail) | Vote for this Blog Post

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User Spotlight :: mommaobrienx7

(Sorry - I initially posted this yesterday - got a little ahead of myself. Here it is again!) I have been a fan of Kate's work for some time - I used her for "user inspiration" for one of our Gardens. I just love her clean, fresh style, and her use of color. I also love her occupation: "human development specialist (AKA mommy!)" 

 
Check out this page Kate recently posted - she used small photos to show what 2008 is looking like halfway through the year. How cool! I can't wait to lift this page. I love how she used a subtle patterned paper in the back. Even though they are small, look at how beautiful her photos are! I also really like how she fit the journaling in between the photo strips.
This page is another recent favorite of mine from Kate's gallery. Good message, but I also love the way she used multiple photos to convey that message and the pop of yellow. What a great page!
 
 
Kate, I can't wait to see more of your pages in the gallery! Have a good day.
Laura K. 

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Technique Discussion: Brighten your photos in two steps!

I enjoyed reading Jen Lessinger's photo tutorial from her 6/19 GG Team blog post. She shared her method of lightening photos via screening and adjusting opacities.

In this post, I'll be sharing my own technique for brightening up photos while adding contrast. I call it "Grace's Two-Step Punch". This is my preferred technique for adding just a bit of boost in preparing a photo for print.

(You will need Adobe Photoshop / Photoshop Elements to do this. I used Photoshop CS3.)

Here's the original photo and the finished one:

Step 1:  Create a copy of your photo by pressing CTRL + J (Command + J on a Mac) and changing this new layer's blending mode to Soft Light.

After doing this, you may find your photo is a bit too dark as seen below.

No worries. Step 2 will fix this up.

Step 2:  Press CTRL + M (Command + M on a Mac) to call up Curves. Once the screen is up, cick on the straight line shown and drag it up. Voila! Instant brightness! You can adjust this line however high you'd like, thereby adjusting the brightness of the photo to your liking.

Once you've done so, just save the photo for print and you're good to go.

I hope you'll try this technique for your own photos. Fast, easy, and just right. :)

Have fun!

Grace

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Product Spotlight: Hero Arts Sparkle Clear Stamps

Good Morning!

I am completely in LOVE with the Hero Arts Sparkle Clear Stamp Sets. They are so adorable. Each set comes with several little coordinating stamps PLUS some sparkley gems! And the price is so reasonable! What more could a gal ask for?

I created this card using several of the stamp sets

For this quick card, I used these Hero Arts Stamp sets

You can see all of the sets that 2Peas carries here:

www.twopeasinabucket.com/shop/list/

Have a great day! :)

Stacey

 

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Be inspired.

June's (theme)  has really lit a fire under me as a reminder of what to do when I want to scrapbook, but the creativity is a little tired inside me. Sometimes it's nice to have a reminder about where to go and how to start when I am in a rut. Rebecca Trump (rebeccaleighann) pointed out lots of great things that we can find inspiration in her last post  and I'd just like to  point out a few reminders of where to find some of those things!

1. Book & Album Covers
2. Magazines & Catalogs
and last but not least, my favorites....
3. Google images & flickr

Jennifer Harrison

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Weekly Challenge: In Action: Big Hitter

 

 

Hi!  Shannon Tidwell here!  This week I'm challenging you to capture some action and scrap about it!  Summertime is the perfect time to get some action photos, whether swimming, running in the sprinklers, playing sports or whatever your favorite activity is.  The photo doesn't have to be perfect to warrant scrapbooking.   My photo is certainly not, taken through the the fence and all.  But I love it just the same.  I love the look on his face, the concentration, and the form of his body.  

So get busy this summer and scrap about it!!

Be sure to click the box next to this challenge when you upload your layout.  

Happy Scrapping!

Shannon Tidwell

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Looking to try your hand at digital? Tempates are the answer for you. They work perfectly if you have Adobe photoshop or Photoshop Elements. (Some come in other variations but these are the most common) They come are layered documents. What this means is that each secton has it's own layer- much like a stacked sandwich. You can then choose whatever papers you want and "clip" them to your chosen laer. Clipping means the paper will then take the shape of the layer below it. With Photoshop CS and above, to "clip" a layer, you simply place the paper above the layer you'd like (most often these are in a shade of grey) and then press CTRL-G. This wil eliminate any excess paper or photo. This is great for clipping photos as well. Try your hand at templates if you are just starting digi scrapping!  They are lots of fun!  Here are a few in our latest products list!

 

You can find all the templates that twopeas carries here! Have fun!!

 

Kate

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Need some inspiration??? Look to advertising!

 Hi! Sande Krieger here! I am always ripping ads out of magazines and sticking them in my inspiration file. Ads are a great resource to find color combinations, title ideas, journaling ideas (think of that famous American Express ad) and overall layout design ideas.

I saw this ad in a recent issue of Architectural Digest. The band across the lower third really caught my eye. I loved how there were words shooting out of the top of it. I was inspired to try something similar in my design. I had been looking for a way to use these swirly Basic Grey rubons that I love and this ad gave me the design idea I'd been looking for.

I challenge you to "get inspired" from something in advertising!

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Challenge

Play with a photo for a chance to win a 2peas gift certificate + Winner!

Congratulations, hayatiggs! You were the random winner for my challenge. Someone will be in touch about your gift certificate. :-)

 

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Hey, everyone! Here's a chance to win a 2peas gift certificate, and all you have to do is play with a photo a bit.

I like it when my summer photos have that light, airy, this-close-to-being-totally-blown-out-but-not-quite-there feel. But they usually don't look that way straight out of my camera. Here's a little trick I've picked up along the way to help them along. I don't have a specific source to credit.

before ...

 

and after.

 

1. Open the photo in your image editing software. I use PS CS2.

2. Duplicate the photo (image > duplicate).

3. In the layers palette, change the blending mode to "screen".

4. Choose the erase tool from the tool box and set the opacity and flow to about 35% (these selections are on the menu bar at the top of the screen). Make sure you are using a soft edged, small brush. On the "screen" layer, erase the face/skin tones and anything you want to be more naturally colored.

5. If your duplicate layer is too light, play with the opacity slider on the "screen" layer in the layers palette.

I realize these look a little strange on the screen. On my monitor, they look just right and they print beautifully. Just play with your opacity or experiment with other blend modes to get different looks. You are sure to find one that fits your style just right!

So here's the contest part. Upload your before and after images to the challenge gallery to be eligible to win the gift certificate. The deadline for this contest is 11:59 pm CST on Saturday, June 28.

 

Rules and guidelines for entering this contest:

    * One entry per user member.
    * Post your layout in our Layout & Project Gallery .  Don't forget to check the member challenge box so that your entry is tied to this challenge!
    * Deadline for entires are due by 11:59 pm CST on June 28.
    * A randomly selected winner will be notified on Tuesday, June 24, 2008.

 

Have fun!

Jen Lessinger

6/18/2008 6:38:33 PM | Comments (3) | Send a Message (PeaMail) | Vote for this Challenge

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User Spotlight: stefdesign

You guys, Stef is such an inspirational and multi-talented woman! This is from her "About Me" section from her profile:

"I have been a toy designer for over 25 years. I design girl's toys and dolls. I have also been an illustrator and graphic designer forever. I am in an all-women's bluegrass band! I am Mom to 4, grandma to 1, and wife to a wonderful man, for 29 years."

She sounds pretty great, right? Well, she is. She is a regular over on the Digi Scrapping board and I doubt you could find a more friendly and helpful poster. She designs all of her own digital stuff from scratch and is amazing at using her spectacular photos to create amazing effects for her layouts. Here are a couple of my favorites:

She's also got a blog here on 2Peas and she's great about sharing tutorials for how she accomplished some of her innovative looks! I encourage you to check out her gallery and blog and maybe join us on the digi board for one of our weekly Tuesday chats to get to know Stef a little better! (We have one tonight )

Thank you Stef for being such a positive contributing member of 2Peas! It's been a pleasure getting to know you!

 

Erica

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Tips & Tricks

Organizing Your Digital "Stuff" With Contact Sheets

Okay so one of the reasons I loved digital in the first place, is that it was "supposed" to be less messy, right? Well, technically it is. But when you start downloading as many kits as I have, you find that your computer can become just as messy and cluttered as your desk used to be. :-)


Finding and remembering where everything is...well...it gets tricky after awhile... should you sort by color, designer, theme? Of course, like everything else, there is no one "right" answer. Different things work for different people. But let me share what's worked for me.

First of all, I save by "type of kit." So I've got a folder called Digital Kits and then subfolders grouped by: Full Kits, Papers, Brushes, Embellishments, Sets, Alphabets, etc. That's the way I remember them and visualize them, so that's how I "file" them. But the main thing that has saved me so much time is actually printing out the web preview included with each kit and the contact sheet. I keep all of these in a little binder right next to my desk and I flip through and "see" what I want...whether it's by color or design or style...I am a very visual person so I like having a physical reference I can pull up. The contact sheets are there for a reason. Use them! Print them out and keep them nearby! The web previews I like to include because for me, each one gives a "feel" for the designer's original vision for the kit and I often design by "feel" (if that makes any sense at all).

Anyway, here's what I'm talking about...these guys! Take advantage of them...you'll be glad you did.

~ V

 

 

Contact Sheets and Web Preview

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technique discussion

this technique has been around awhile and i have been telling myself for years that i have got to try it! the fabulous jen j made this layout for the garden using her wacom tablet and that pretty much sealed the deal for me. 

i've had a tablet in a box sitting here for a good year and now i am so inspired to take it out and play with it. i love how she used it in part of the photo. i think all this time, i've thought i had to make elements with it...the thought of coming up with little doodles just overwhelmed me.. but this way is just so inspiring. i always knew i wanted to use the tablet for journaling, but to combine it as a title on a photo, brilliant!

HERE is a search i did for tablets in the garden.. there are so many examples and even a tutorial from the fabulous rhonna

i hope that you will be inspired as i am.. and that you will share your creations in the gallery! i know i will!
 

:)


jamie

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User Inspiration -- eshelman

The gallery is such an amazing place for inspiration. I love being able to see so much talent all in one place -- and bookmarking favorites. I have had eshelman bookmarked for a while now so I can check in on her gallery often.  I love the way the way she uses color, the design of her 12x12 pages and the subject matter.

I love this layout of hers -- the colors are some of my favorites and the scallops, journaling stamps and big flower are lovely, too. The subject matter also made me smile -- my daughter is in second grade and also jump roped for her school talent show just last week. I wish I had a photo like hers instead of lots of blurry stage shots!

The rest of her gallery is just as lovely -- take a look!

Rhonda

 

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Weekly Challenge - Scrap an Event!

Hi Peas!

This week, I am challenging you to scrap an event.  Any event.  Birthdays, holidays, precious first moments, trips to the zoo, sports etc.  Pretty much anything outside of the normal 'everyday' type stuff.  I find events difficult.  If you are anything like me, you have a million photos, and get overwhelmed at the thought of going through them!  Especially if you are generally a 1-2 photo per page scrapper like me! ;)

There are many ways to tackle event based projects.  You can choose your favourite photos from the bunch to highlight the event.  You can FILL your page with small photos to really tell the story with your pictures.  You can do mini albums, or even full sized albums!  Anything!

One thing I love about scrapping events is all of the fun new products that are out!  I am loving the cute theme stuff lately!  Here, I used the totally awesome Halloween stuff from Making Memories (they have a whole range of stuff for all sorts of holidays), definitely makes event scrapping easy!

I think I am going to work on a mini album for my daughter's 6 birthday party pictures this week.

What are you going to work on?  What event has been waiting to be scrapped?  Let me know! 

Happy scrapping everyone!  Can't wait to see what everyone does!!

Jen Johner :)

 

 

 

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Storage Solutions

Do you have an overabundance of supplies that you don’t use often or just want to put out of site? I know I do and it’s overwhelming at times, with the amount of supplies I have. I have more than one hobby besides scrapbooking and one studio to store it all.

So, one day during a conversation with my friend, Wendy, she pointed out these Graphite Snapping Scrappers Boxes in our Two Peas store by We Are Memory Keepers, Inc. She had recently purchased several of them to store her tools, such as punches and her embellishments. She raved and raved about them and how nice they looked in her scrapbook space. She uses them for many things, like tools and such. Her space is small, so this was ideal for her. Since I’ve wanted to update my storage that didn’t cost me a fortune, I decided to try them out. And I must say, I LOVE them a lot! They are extremely sturdy, easily stack nicely and the hole is perfect to poke your finger through as you grab your box.
I use the 6x12 (Bluestone 6x12) boxes to store things like ribbons, fabrics, kit clubs, adhesives and misc. tools. Most of these items I listed are items I rarely use, like fabrics. I love to collect fabric swatches. It’s a safe place for them. I know if I am ready to use ribbons or fabric, they can be easily found.

I also have one 3x12 (Bluestone 3x12) box I use that one to store completed layouts. Once it is full to the top and the lid doesn’t fit nicely, it’s time to put my layouts albums. I keep my albums on a bookshelf in our master bedroom, because of the lack of space we have in our family room and my studio. I just carry the box upstairs around bedtime and file them away and bring the box back down the next morning.

These boxes come in a variety of colors and sizes to match your décor and the come in a variety of sizes, colors and uses. Have a look see in the WRMK storage section and find what will best work for you and your scrapspace/studio. If you would like to share your ideas and/or photos of some of your storage solutions, please do share. I'm always inspired by others ideas for storage solutions! And thanks to Wendy for helping me out with storage ideas! ;-)

Happy Organizing!

Have a lovely day, Smooches :-)
Cindy

 

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And the winner is.....

wooohooo!  Congrats to Gudrun for her fabulous project entry for the Scrap with your Stash contest!

and to everyone that entered...wooohooo, too! You are all amazing PEAS!!!!

Thanks for playing! It was so fun!

Rhonna

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Glitz up some letters!

 

The longer I scrapbook, and the busier I become, the less patience I have for time consuming techniques. I find that often things like my raw chipboard end up sitting there unused because I don’t want to take the time to cover them, paint them, alter them. Any more I have very limited time to scrapbook before my pager is going off or the kids need something attended to, and when I am in the midst of a quick project I will be reaching for product that is ready to go, ready to use. So I decided some of this chipboard needed to be customized ahead of time and in an easy fashion.

I decided to use up some of my Doodlebug glitter and glam up some letters to be ready to go for the next time I scrapbook. I kept the sheets of chipboard intact and working with one half of the board at a time, I dabbed Versamark ink all over the intact chipboard sheet.

Then I covered the sheet with white embossing enamel, tapping off excess and heated with my embossing gun. Then I added the Doodlebug glitter on top while the enamel was still hot and reheated briefly to set it. Then I repeated the process on the rest of the chipboard sheet. Now I have a batch of white glittery letters ready to go for my next project. And they do just pop right out, not sticking or anything...So easy!

I would love to hear what your fast and easy chipboard techniques are... I have lots to use up :)

Have a super day,

Joy B

 

 

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Weekly Challenge- 2pg Ad Inspiration

Hey Everyone!

This week, I am hosting the Weekly Challenge in the Designer Garden, I hope you will play along!

Our theme this month is Inspired by: Advertising...what could be more fun? Like Becky said in her post below, "What makes ad-lifting so fun is that you can take what ever you need from the advertisement and then make it your own. "

If you struggle with journaling in your scrapbooks, then this weeks challenge is the one for you!- create a 2page layout about any subject you want- one side of your layout however, should be full of journaling- using this Minute Rice Ad as your inspiration.

I can't wait to see how you use this as your inspiration for a 2 page spread! Don't forget, when adding your image to the gallery to check the box next to "weekly challenge." If you have any questions, just post a comment below. 

Happy Crafting!! 

Jen Pebbles 


 

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June's Theme Thoughts - Advertising!

One of my favorite ways to get some motivation/inspiration is to scraplift.  Whether it be lifting myself, for finding a layout in my Book of Scraps, it's the perfect way of getting the ideas flowing....and then there is advertising!  A whole new place to find instant inspiration!  What makes ad-lifting so fun is that you can take what ever you need from the advertisement and then make it your own.  

Let's say you are looking through a catalog type magazine and you see a color combination or pattern that you love - Be Inspired!  I love the way Jennifer Pebbles did just that when creating her "My World is You" layout.

You can see her inspiration piece here.  I love she was reminded of this paper when she saw this ad - and created a super cool and fun layout!

How about taking the words from an advertisement?  Being inspired by a catchy strand of words, or a tune like the McDonalds commercial: "I'm Lovin' it!"   That's exactly what Margie Scherschligt did when she created her "She was Here" layout:

You can see her ad inspiration here.  I love that the ad not only inspired her to use part of the saying, but to use the technique of masking!  Double inspiration!

How could you not take this whole advertisement and lift it for a FUN scrapbook layout?  I LOVE the colors and different digital kits that Cherie Mask used on her "Laugh Out Loud" layout.  

 

Her advertisement is here.  Wow!  I could totally see using that advertisement for a whole album...and think of the possibilities when using 3D embellishments for the left page - or how about mixing 3D embellishments and digital elements - endless possibilities!

Finally, I just wanted to list a few other unexpected places that advertising inspiration can be found:
* labels on everyday items - shampoo, detergent, cereal boxes...
* clothing tags - use the design, or use them on you layout!
* Television logos - like the NBC peacock, or the A&E logo...
* the internet - I LOVE looking at peoples blog banners - the color and font combinations are endless!
* Brand name t-shirts... walking advertisements!

I just love this theme - if you have not given it a try, sit down with a magazine and flip through it for the sole purpose of finding inspiration...I guarantee that you will put the magazine down and have a handful of cut outs in you hands...Be Inspired!

Rebecca Trump (rebeccaleighann)
 

 

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Product Spotlight: Sheer Binder Albums

I bought a few of these cute little sheer albums when they first came out.  This was a bit of an online impulse buy for me, because at the time, I really didn't have a plan for what to do with them. But now that I have them in my hands, I really see how I am going to need more. My 3 girls each want one to play with for themselves. "mom, those are so cool!" That's a quote from my 12 year old preteen, Lucy, who when she says something is cool, she means it.

Here is a little album I made for family stuff for the summer. I plan on punching holes in our Minnesota Twins ticket stubs and adding them to the binder. This is the perfect little informal album to add all the little things we collect on family outings. I want it to be a place that holds a few photos and plenty of pieces of memorabilia that will show that we did tons of stuff over this summer.

 I wanted to add a little color to the cover, so I painted the cover with acrylic paint. I used a paint roller to give it an uneven look. The embossing heat tool came in handy and helped dry the paint really quickly. I added a little quilt square to the cover. If you add something to the cover, adhere with glue dots. I don't remember my scrap life without glue dots. They are amazing.

Show me your acrylic albums! I would love to see what you have done with them.

 

Margie (pearlygirly)

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Challenge

Scrap With Your Stash

I love using scrapbooking supplies for more than just scrapbooking!  There are so many possibilties and I get so inspired seeing how other Peas use these supplies to create fab gifts....

I grabbed some flowers, brads, labels & the Amy Butler Card kits & made tags for these cute kits to give to my kids' teachers as a thank you!

Super fast. Super easy. Super cute gifts!

so...how about a contest?

Simply use any scrapbooking supplies to create a gift.  That's it! Easy, huh?  Then, we'll pick a random challenge participant to be the lucky recipient of a Two Peas Gift Certificate! 

 

Rules and guidelines for entering this contest:

    * One entry per user member.
    * Post your layout in our Layout & Project Gallery .  Don't forget to check the member challenge box so that your entry is tied to this challenge!
    * Deadline for entires are due tonight at 11:59 pm CST.
    * A randomly selected winner will be notified on Tuesday June 10, 2008.

Have fun creating special gifts with your scrapbook supplies!

Rhonna

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Tips & Tricks

TECHNIQUE using parentheses

Good Afternoon Everyone!

 

Today I will show you a technique that I use to make flowers for cards or layouts whenever I want a "different look."

Here is a card that I made using parentheses.

 

To create this, I simply punched teal, green and black parentheses using my quickutz. 

I then adhered them to the center of a card, lining them up to create "petals" of flowers.

Then, to add a little dimension, I sewed.

 

You can use any type or brand of parentheses to create unique, pretty flowers.

I would love to see what you all come up with using this technique.

Please link your layouts to this post  :)

 

Have a GREAT day!

Wendy

 

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CONTEST - outdoor photo contest winner!

Updated 6/9/08: winner announced down below in comments.
Thank you so much to everyone who participated!

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Hello, Peas! Here's your chance to win a gift certificate to the shopping section of our site. All you have to do is share photo (preferably a recent one) that you've taken of a springtime or summertime outdoor activity. Here are two photos I took last month that I recently posted on my personal blog of two of my kids' favorite outdoor activities.

Rules and guidelines for entering this contest:

  • One photo entry per user member.
  • Post your layout in our Layout & Project Gallery or our Photo Gallery.
  • Title your photo "Two Peas Outdoor Photo Contest" OR leave a comment here linking your entry to this blog post.  (This is to help ensure that I do no miss any entries!)
  • Deadline for entires are Sunday June 8, 1008 at 11:59 pm CST.
  • A randomly selected winner will be notified on Monday June 9, 2008.

Happy weekend!

Joy

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Product Spotlight: Anne Langpap's Digital Kits

When spotlighting a product for the blog at 2peas, you have a lot of choices. Lots of great stuff in the store. I thought of some of my current favorites:  the Love, Elsie Daisy Line, the Passport stuff from Making Memories, or basically anything from KI Memories. Or I could spotlight things I use on almost every layout: AC Thickers, and black or kraft cardstock. But, as I thought about what I wanted to make sure the 2peas blog readers didn't miss, I thought of the digital kits by Anne Langpap.

We have a lot of talented digi artists here at 2peas, but I have always been drawn to Anne's style. Some of my own favorite layouts were done with her products, like this layout about my daughters' fashion sense:

(using the TroPEAcal Bliss Kit)

And lots of my favorite layouts by other Garden Girls use these kits too. Like this one, by Rachel Ludwig:

(using the Counting Stars paper pack. That skull is from this kit by Jen Lessinger)

Or this one, by Jennifer McGuire:

(using the Overjoyed Embellishment Kit and the Funky flowers rub-ons)

So, whether you are a digital designer, or, like me, a paper scrapper who likes to add in some digi elements, check out Anne's stuff. She has recently stepped down from the garden and she will be greatly missed. We are fortunate to be able to still sample her style with her beautiful kits. I leave you with one of her layouts:

Tracy

 

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User Inspiration - Jennifer22

 So I was cruising through the gallery one day and stumbled on a page by jennifer22. It was one of those pages that just stopped me in my tracks. I loved looking through her gallery. So inspiring and fresh and intimidating. Artists that use negative space well really really really really impress me because in my opinion it's so hard. Every time I try I end up cussing my page out and starting over. The super duper cool thing about Jennifer is that she isn't simple. Usually it's the simple scrappers like Severine and Cathy Z that command negative space.  But jennifer is one of the rare nonsimple scrappers that takes control of the negative space, lol. I'm thinking I am hard to follow at this point so let's look at some of my favorite pages:)

Piggy tales. Wow. How clever that the photo on the bottom is cut off just to show the pigtails. Crazy clever. LOVE this page.

I also meant to say I was so mesmerized that I didn't even realize she was digi for the longest time! So that is extra impressive especially considering that I still have to get my husband to stitch my pages - you heard me!

Next page is my all time favorite .......

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for the inspiration Jennifer!

Cathy

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Be Inspired - Advertising

Everywhere I look I find inspiration for layouts - signs, television commercials, book covers, clothes catalogs, websites, and most of all advertising!  I can flip through any home, gardening, self help, fashion or gossip magazine and the advertisements are so much more than just a way to sell me a product - they sell me an idea, a motivation to scrap.

I was really amazed at how the Garden Girls played wih the theme this month and really showed how fun it can be to be inspired by advertising.  One of my favorite layouts in the Garden is Rhonda Bonifay's "Waterfront Festival" layout.  She incorporated the main colors and swirls into her beautiful layout and I love how she used black and white pictures to finish off her inspiration.

Waterfront FestivalAd Inspiration

The great thing about finding inspiration from ads is there are so many ideas you can take from the ad - maybe you like the colors, maybe it's the lettering that caught your eye, maybe it was the overall design or maybe there was a certain curve or other element that drew you to the ad.

I love the way Chelsea was ispired by the Target bullseye.  She really created a beautiful layout using a variety of gorgeous photos with just a splash of the Target bullseye colors.

Bullseye

 

So next time you are in your doctors office, or hair salon  take some time to look through the stacks of magazines they always have laying around - you are sure to find some inspiration (and don't be afraid to ask permission to rip out a page that inspires you, I always do!)

Sarah

 

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Organization idea

If you could see my room right now, you would know why I feel very underqualified to be speaking of 'organization' but have tried some cases recently that have helped alot and thought I would share. They are just 12x12 plastic cases with lids.

Two Peas has some that are snap boxes with a separate lid that would work great for this. www.twopeasinabucket.com/shop/64172/

I have scrap supplies sorted into each case ~ some by theme:

Others are just filled with newer supplies in general that don't have a theme or with supplies from a specific company:

And still another, holds unfinished projects. I find that lately, I have been scrapping out of these cases almost entirely because they are the small bit of my scrapstuff that is actually sort of organized!

Please feel free to share any little organization tips with us that you have...links to photos would be great too if you have them! Hope you are having a wonderful Sunday,

Jackie :)

 

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