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Product Spotlight: Making Memories Flower Patch Collection

Look at these trims from the Making Memories Flower Patch Collection new to the  Two Peas Shopping section!

This is certainly one of the happiest combos of trim I have ever seen. Imagine them stitched to felt. I can see them wrapped around a mini album for a baby girl or a wedding. They are beautiful. How about this circle paper with the mini floral and the scalloped eyelet surrounding it? I think this might be my favorite. No...wait...maybe this one is my favorite. Cutting out all the butterflies, that would be so fun. I am making this one my new favorite. :) Ahh....more papers. Love the pages from this little journaling book. And if these accents don't make you want to shop! There is much more from this line, so stop by the Two Peas Shopping Section and enjoy. I would love to hear which are your favorites from this collection. This lovely collection that helps remind me that there is a light at the end of the tunnel of all this snow and cold here in Minnesota! Can't you just see buying it all, laying it out and creating little mini albums as gifts? ok...tell me your plans with the Flower Patch Collection. It's cold today!

 

Happy Shopping!

Margie

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Scrap Space Share

Hi Everyone! It's my turn to share my scrap space. It's nothing fancy or really all the cute, but it is functional and works for me. :) I don't have a large space, so it's all about maximizing the space the best that I can. It gets a little crowded in here.

To the left of my desk, I have some drawers from Ikea. They hold punches, adhesives, cutting supplies, inks, misc photos, etc. Directly on top of that is a green photo box. I took the lid off and it is holding all my stickers. I like that is right next to my work space so I can just reach over and find something that fits the layout. On my desk I have cups that hold pencils, pens, scissors, my chalk queues, a few die cuts, etc. I have a stack of recent photos as well. I also have an organizer that has sections and dividers in it. I put little bits of  drawings, tickets, notes, etc that I want to save. I also have all my little gems from Hero Arts and my Slice cartidges and booklets in there as well. As you can see, I keep my slice handy since I use it often.

Here's a close up of the sticker storage (You'll spot some oldie but goodies in here - I just resorted them this week. I'd forgotten about some of them.)

To the right of my desk I have a mail sorter that holds all of my 8.5x11 cardstock. I love this thing! On the top of that I have some more baskets. I have a basket for all my rub-ons. In the middle is a large magazine holder which is holding some odds and ends right now and my trimmer - I'm going to have to make sure this always has room for the trimmer. I love moving it in there as my desk is small and I'm always searching for somewhere to put my trimmer so I have enough work space. In the black wire basket, I have all my letter stickers out where I can scan through them quickly. I use them so often, I wanted to keep them out. I just picked up this basket at Target this week and I can't believe it fit all my letter stickers - I have a LOT.

This is where everything else is stored. I really liked the Expedit shelves from Ikea but they wouldn't quite fit in my space, so I improved. These are two 9 cube shelves placed side by side. Then I added a 3 cubed shelf unit on each end. Across the top is a scrap piece of something I got from Ikea. I have baskets in the cubes, letter organizers, jars, etc. I like the baskets because it's easy to pull those out, set them on my desk or chair and shuffle through them to find what will work. My 12x12 paper storage is lots of letter trays from the office supply section stacked up. I placed 12x12 pieces of cardboard (from my 2Peas orders) on them to keep the papers straight as they're not as quite as big as my papers. I divide them up by manufacturer.

Up on top I have four green metal tins/baskets that I store my rubber stamps in. I picked them up in the dollar spot at Target during the holidays. I divided them up into four categories that I use most often so I could find what  I was looking for.

That's it :) Pretty simple and a mix of a bunch of ideas I've seen from other peas and Garden Girl's and then adapted to work for my space and my workflow. Now that my desk is clean (I had to straighten up to be able to take presentable pictures!), I can scrapbook this weekend! :)

-Amy Grendell

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Weekly Challenge :: Supersize me!

Happy Friday to you -- it's time for a new weekly challenge!  This week's challenge is to scrap things BIG!  Dig out your oversized letter stickers, enlarged photographs, giant-printed patterns on paper...anything in your crafting stash that is super-sized!

Upload your layout to the gallery and tick the box for this week's challenge so we can see your page here...and you'll get a nifty Weekly Challenge badge added to your profile page too!

Happy scrapping!


Shimelle

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Sketch It Out: Ducks in a Row

Hello Scrappers!

It's my first post on the GG blog and I am super excited! I have a hard time getting multiple photos onto my layouts but it's such a great route to take when you want to convey a theme or experience rather than a specific moment. I just watched "Into The Wild" and the idea of tramping all over really struck a chord with me. We've lived so many places, and traveled so much, that we feel a bit blown by the wind at times.

I decided to take some of my fave photos over the last 6 years and make a little "wanderlust" layout. I don't normally sketch my layouts beforehand, but I wanted to make sure it would look right before I started putting it together. :)

So, here's my really, really rough draft.

From that, I went into Photoshop and started dividing up my photo banner in a 12x12 inch page.

After I had that, I chose my photos for their orientation so the best parts would show...some of the photo spaces are small so I had to be careful.

Before I added my photos, I ran the Super Fun Happy action from Totally Rad Actions on them to give them a consistent look. These photos span a lot of years and different lighting, so it's nice to have them look the same. :)

To pick a background paper, I chose a tiny speck of red from the chair in the bottom middle photo. I really wanted to play with the greens and reds and see if I could make it work without it being too Christmasy.

There was also a tiny bit of yellow in the trees in one of the bottom photos, so I decided to play that up a bit and see if it worked. I like it, so I stuck with it! LOL Then I took one of the most prevalent colors, blue, and used it as an accent color. I added my journaling, a bit of a grungy border, some of my favorite buttons, a bit of flourish, and a bit of scallop trim I made myself.

I'm actually really happy with this layout and I'm thinking of having it printed for my inspiration board.  I hope the sketch inspires some of you! I'd love to see any layouts you make with it and if you have any questions, ask away! I'd be happy to help!

Happy scrapping!

~Jan Crowley (the queen of quirk)

products used:

thrift store chic vintage buttons  (yellow buttons)

bare branches elements (grunge border)

bare branches papers (blue pp, yellow stripe pp)

a day in the life (red pp)

scrap canvas 8 (flourish)

fonts: 2Ps old type, letter gothic std

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Digital Weekly Challenge: Hand Tint a BW Photo

Hello Peas!

This weeks Digital Challenge is to hand tint a Black and White Photo.
Don't forget to upload your page to the gallery (and select the digital weekly challenge box) for a chance to win a 2peas Gift Certificate.

I chose to tint this picture I took of my friend Autumn, highlighting the heart of her hands over her pregnant belly. I loved the color of her shirt and the setting of the photo, and thought this would be something really cute for her to add to her scrapbook.

I'm looking forward to seeing your creations!

Happy Crafting!
Jennifer

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In Your Bucket


I was inspired by a layout Kelly Purkey created using the Upper Crest border punch. As much as I love using punches, I have never owned any border punches. So the cool one above is inroute to my house as I type  and I can't wait to play with it!!!

However, right now, in my bucket, I have three brand new border punches by Fiskars waiting for me to buy them and sent to my home for use!!

Apron Lace

Effervescense

Scallop Sentiment

You can also check out the garden girl and member galleries under the tabs of each punch listed in the store for inspiration!!

happy punching
Cindy :-)

 

 

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User Spotlight DrNike50

Have you ever wondered how many guys scrapbook?  I’m sure there are lots out there! I love to see the different perspective they bring to scrapbooking. And I know of one who is pretty darn good! Sooooo to add a little male perspective on the Garden Girl blog today may I introduce Bill. 

Two Peas ID DrNike50

He makes me smile!

He is a digital scrapbooker.

He is superb at journaling and getting treasured memories down.  If your read the journaling in the layouts below you will understand why I say this!

He is a doting grandfather (Paw Paw) as you will soon see!

Check out his album… the colours, the style, the talent of his skills in Photoshop…

And you wont be disappointed because there are 17 more pages following!  Yes that’s right…. At least 360 digital layouts for you to get inspired by!

Here’s just a few.

Thanks Bill for bringing such talent to the Digital community here at Two Peas!

Chelsea

 

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Product Spotlight- Cosmo Cricket's Girl Friday papers!

For today's product spotlight, I want to highlight one of our newest arrivals, GIRL FRIDAY! I was so excited to see this in the store the other day, I quickly put doubles in my bucket and sent it through! Why did I need doubles?! I think the colors and designs are so fun- I can use them on both girl and boy pages. I have a feeling I will be dipping into this line quite frequently!

http://www.twopeasinabucket.com/shop/73589/?
One thing to remember- the cute phrase/journaling spot papers- they are double sided- so if you cut one up, you’ll need a whole other sheet so you still can use what’s on the backside! The giggle rectangle is probably my favorite from that sheet.

This is my favorite from the papers- Wednesday Girl Friday Paper! So cute!

http://www.twopeasinabucket.com/shop/73584/


I think this would be adorable to frame in a child’s room- just as it is! I love the handcut alphabet look!

http://www.twopeasinabucket.com/shop/73582/

Be sure to stock up now, I believe this is one of those lines that will be a classic!

Jamie
 

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Organizational Tip: Inspiration Binder

I like to tear layout and card ideas out of magazines and idea books so that I don't forget something that I find particularly inspiring but all my efforts to get organized and have a useable inspiration binder had been pushed aside. I decided that I needed to make a plan and finally create something that could inspire me when I am stuck for an idea.

Here is the binder I created to hold ideas and sketches. :)

I took this 8 1/2" x 11" binder from Making Memories and adhered chipboard to the cover with Diamond Glaze. Then I painted a couple of coats of teal blue paint over the cover and once dry I added a coat of Glitter Paint to give it a little shine. :) Finally, I added some felt trim and flowers to finish up my binder. (I used felt embellishments because the album will be used often and I figured felt would hold up better than paper. 

Inside my binder I purchased some cheap 3 ring dividers and broke my album into sections:

  • 1 page layout
  • 2page layouts
  • sketches
  • card ideas
  • home decor ideas
  • by designer

I cut out the layouts, sketches that I want to keep out of magazines and adhere them to white cardstock, slip them inside sheet protectors and place them in the coordinating section in my binder. I have a quick and easy way to access my favorite ideas.

Have a great weekend!

(p.s. If you would like to see how I created the binder, please check out my personal blog HERE.)

 

 

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Weekly Challenge: Pre Plan a 30 Minute Page!

I know I know right!?  30 minutes!?? lol  You can do it though!  Really!

I am trying to get in the habit of sketching out ideas while I watch TV, cook dinner etc... I like to have a notebook around, so if and idea strikes... I can get it down!  The best part about doing this... when I do get a few minutes (and yes... somedays it is only a few minutes before I feel the pressure to run off and get something else done) I have a plan.. I can refer to the sketch, and just do it.  Translate the sketch to a scrapbook layout.  No moving things around, trying different things.  Just keep to the sketch and get it done.  You can even break this down into three steps if you are really limited for time.  

1. Sketch out your layout while watching TV or cooking dinner, or any other time when multi-tasking is doable! lol

2. Have a few minutes while the kids are cleaning up toys before bed?  Or a few minutes to kill before running out the door for work or errands?  Gather your supplies... refer to your sketch, and gather what you need.  Leave it out and ready on your workspace... or in a folder if you want to be neat and tidy.

3. Finally have 30 minutes to sit down and scrap!?  Everything is ready for you... sketch is made, and if you chose to gather supplies... those are ready for you too!  If you have the time, and if your page takes longer... no biggie!  If you plan for an hour, that is great too!

The point of the challenge is to pre plan... help lighten the load if you are strapped for time!  It always amazes me, if I sit down to scrap WITH a plan... versus sitting down just wanting to scrap but not really having direction... it goes sooooo smoothly!  

Here is my sketch... sketched it while watching TV! hee heee!

The result...  

Took me approx. 30 minutes.  I changed where the large accent was placed... mostly because I chose to use a bird... and it just fit better up top! hee heee!

You can check out the challenge here... please play along!  It really is fun to whip out a page.. no stress!  I also found this spurred a creativity burst... which is always a good thing!  There all sorts of reasons and ways to make this challenge work for you!

Can't wait to see your layouts!

Jen Johner :)

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Finally Friday - Glitter Heart

Good morning, peas!

This week's card was inspired by American Crafts Details Embellishments. I love their little accents and I wondered if there was a way to sort of make something similar. So that was the jumping off point. :)

As usual, you can see the video in higher quality over at YouTube.

NOTE: There will not be a Finally Friday next week. I'll be back with a new card and video on February 6. :)

 

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Technique Discussion

When I scrapbook digitally one of my favorite techniques is to add drop shadows. In this post I will show you how I add drop shadows to the elements in my layout.

Here is a flower that I want to add to my layout and it does not have a drop shadow:

 

The first thing I do is to go to my layer palette and click on the layer style button (see the red arrow below):

When you click on the layer style button there will be a drop down menu and one of the items is Drop Shadows. You want to click on Drop Shadows and this layer style window will pop up:

I like to adjust the Opacity, Distance and Size. If it is a raised element like the flower I make the distance and size larger and if it is a flat element then I make them smaller.

Here is the final flower after I have made the adjustments to my settings:

 

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Photography Challenge: Technology

 Technology.  Obviously, if you are here reading this you have a thing for Technology.  We are all touched by technology whether we want to be or not.  How has it affected your life?  What technology can you not live without?  Is there a technology do you wish you didn't have to deal with?  Technology can be a beautiful thing!  

When you look at this photo you might just see a picture of a laptop.  But I see something different.  This photo was taken while I was on bedrest with my 2nd child, Crew.  This laptop helped me pass the time.  Kept me from losing my mind!  I also see special touches that my mother did for me to make the bedroom inviting, the candle.  I also see a flower that my son, Maddox, brought to me.  Looking back I see love, not just a laptop.

 

The challenge this week is: Technology.  However you interpret it.  I can't wait to see your photos!

Shannon Tidwell

 

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Digital Weekly Challenge

Happy Wednesday, everyone! This week's digital challenge is super easy. Simply use a blue/grey/red color combo on your next digital page. Upload it to the gallery (and make sure to check the digital weekly challenge box!) for a shot at our weekly gift certificate give away (use predmoninantly 2Peas kits for an extra chance) Remember that every layout uploaded that meets the posted guidelines contributes to your 20 for 20 layout count as well so get busy!

Can't wait to see what you guys do

Erica

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Community Challenge: Inspiration

Happy Tuesday everyone!  It's Kelly here with your community challenge for today.  I love the store Anthropologie and feel that it inspires me like none other :)  Just walking into the store is exciting.  They have the best window and store displays.  Everything is more creative than I could ever come up with!  I popped over to their website and found this cool page:

I love the white frames around the photos.  The tape on the top.  The light shadows on the cream background.  The coral orange colors matched with tan.  The simple type font.  The two clean rows of photos.  It's so simple, yet so inspiring!

So the challenge for today is to use this web page as a jumping off piece for a project.  Make sure to check the challenge box in the gallery so that you're entered to win!  Can't wait to see what you do :)

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1 Product, 3 Ways

Good morning! We're having a snowy, frosty day; and I thought it would be fun to make some spring/winter inspired tags to warm up my spirits today. :)

The product I've chosen today are the Creative Cafe tags. These tags are so versatile. Here are three things you can do with these tags:

The first is to use them as a frame for an additional photo on your project:

The second way to use these tags is to use them as a background for embellishments. I chose to stamp with Hero Arts Stamps on mine. :)

And the third option is to use it as a journaling tag. (Now I'm not in love with my own handwriting, so I printed off strips of journaling using the 2Peas Roxie font.

Here are the three tags together. Need more options? You can make cards, an accordion album, stick them behind a photo for more journaling, and the ideas just keep on going.

Thanks for joining me today!

Jen Gallacher :)

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What's in your bucket?

 I always have something in my bucket! 2ps is so quick with shipping (usually at my door within 2-3 days) that I wait until the last possible minute before I complete my orders. Stock is coming in every day to the warehouse and I  I don't want to miss out on anything!!! Here's what's in my bucket today....

 

Jennifer

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User Spotlight: Laura Vegas

Besides having a very cool name, Laura Vegas is a very cool scrapbooker.  Here are a few of my faves from her gallery:

 

The cuteness of the High School Musical Lo is seared into my brain.  The combo of stamps, notebook paper and cork make this adorable.  It is a lot of little stuff organized in with neat boarders in the most uncluttery of ways.  If you had given me the same items to scrapbook with - I'd have messed this LO all up.  

The Boy / The Girl Lo is really a great design and great use of the feminine and masculine AL papers.  I am totally going to lift this same idea for a Then / Now sort of LO.  Or even 2 quotes about the same thing from my boys.  Oh, and the little bow in the middle - perfect.

I love the linearness..es on the round LO.  The horizontal lines created by the ribbons, the journaling strips and photos really make this LO work beautifully.

I totally love the way the small pink mats work to unify the smaller items on the Love lo.  Thats right.  I said I love the Love LO.

The Flower Girls LO really caught my eye because of the way the stack of photos on the left balance out the larger photo, title and journaling strips on the right.  I am totally lifting this idea for some of my son's soccer photos.  I take a bazillion and this looks like a great way to narrow down the stack into a LO.  I can get a bazillion down to 5 - right?

Finally, Sarah's room.  I heart this lo.  I love how clean and unified it is...and there are like 10 pictures on this!  Dude, as a pretty cluttery scrapper myself, I am really drawn to LO's that can balance design and lots of photos.  

Laura, thanks for the inspiration!

kellicrowe

 

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Finally Friday - Love

Happy Friday, Peas!

This week's card is another Valentine's Day card. I'm trying to get all my Valentines done and ready to send out to friends and family. Are you? :)

Anyhow, check out the main page in the Designer Garden for more details and supplies, and as usual you can see the video over at YouTube as well.

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Time for Another Weekly Challenge!

Hello everyone. Happy Friday! This week's challenge is for you to 'scrap the sentimental'.

I created this page to document my family's yearly Walk for the Cure. As I was writing the journaling, I was totally transported back to that day and the tears flowed. Amazing how photos can do that for us!

Join me this week in creating a page that you consider 'sentimental'. It can be about your family, your pet, a beloved friend...

Be sure to upload your page to the Member Gallery  and check the Weekly Challenge box.

I'm looking forward to seeing your pages (I'll have my tissues ready!)

Stacey

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Seasonal Layouts:: Happy New Year!

Good morning! I hope you've had a chance to check out the new Garden that bloomed this morning...There are so many awesome layouts from the Garden Girls highlighting the new year and new goals. It was hard to pick just a few, so make sure you take time to check out the entire Garden.

This layout from Margie made me want to pack a suitcase and just go to the airport. Doesn't everyone need that this time of year?

This layout from Shannon is so sweet. I loved that it wasn't necessarily about a new year or resolutions, but about things she wants to teach her new daughter. I love the ones that you wouldn't necessarily think of ("paint your toes" "wrap presents," etc.)

I love the colors on this layout from Jen G. and how she mixed her patterned papers.

I'm a big fan of no-photo layouts. I think sometimes you just need to document things and it's OK to not have a photo, so I loved these two pages from Jen J. and Kelli. I adore Jen's style (so opposite of my own and I wish I could scrap like her!) and on this layout I love how she created the "blocks" with her sewing machine. On Kelli's, I love the mix of patterned papers. I usually stick to mixing patterned papers with a similar color scheme, but this makes me want to take out my patterned papers that simply look good together, regardless of color!

Finally, I loved this new layout from new Garden Girl Jan. It's so peaceful and serene and I love how she incorporated the journaling into the photo. Stunning!

I hope you have a great day and are having a wonderful New Year already.

Laura K.

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Sketch It Out: Mini Album

This is Lisa Brown here to share one of my standby sketches.   I've used this on a few occasions  to make quick mini-albums as gifts for people.  To make the base I cut 2 strips from a piece 12"x 12" cardstock - 5"x10" and 5"x 11".  I fold over a 1" tab on the larger strip and then attach them together, hiding the tab behind a photo.  I then use the sketch below on the front and the back as a guideline for adding my photos.  I put the dimensions that I typically use on the sketch, but it's quite flexible to play around with.  If you create anything based on this sketch, please post it in the gallery - I'd love to see it!

 

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Share Your Space

Hi Everyone!

Rebecca Trump here to share my space with you!

Okay, so let me just start by saying that these photos were taken right after the holidays were over.  My desk/workspace was incredibly messy from all the holiday gifts I had made, and my scrap desk (over the holidays) also became my sewing table - hence the machine there.

I will say this, though... there is no better way to SEE that you need to clean out and re-organize, than taking some pictures of your space and seeing them on the screen, rather than while you are standing in the space working.  After uploading these and adding the text to them, I realized VERY quickly that I am in dyer need of some HELP! LOL!

 But for posting purposes today, we'll call the decor (and mess) Real Life Beautiful Mess. LOL!

Starting with this:

I used to open a new box of supplies and put it all away immediately.  But then I would forget what I had just gotten, and never use it.  So I started using this basket to put all my new embellishments in right after I get them.  I keep them in there for a bit until I have used them several times and then proceed to puttting them away.  It worked really well at first, but as you can see, it is over flowing and needing to be cleaned out - hopefully that will happen soon! LOL.

The one space that is actually not overflowing with STUFF.  My chair.  I sit it in sometimes when i am trying to come up with ideas and sometimes when I just need a break to watch t.v. But mostly, I put it there so that my husband would have a place to come sit and chat with me while I work.  He claims it's his chair!  Oh, and the rug (from Target) was the basis for the color pallette.

My husband built these white shelves for me last year.  I had great ideas for how I was going to organize with baskets and paper holders and such! As you can see, this happened instead.  Random supplies there in the open.  My inks outgrew my bucket I had them in, my layouts need to be put in books, and seriously, I use that lens all the time, so why should I put it away?!? LOL. 

Here is another photos of the shelves.  Wood mounted stamps over to the right, chipboard on top, an empty paper holder... I work well with it, amazingly, because I can see everything and know exactly where it's at. 

I often display some favorite layouts on the front of the door.  I know, it's so teenager-y, but it brings back good memories of having New Kids On the Block posters all over my room! LOL.

Oh, there's so much that I *WISH* weren't in this photo.  LOL!  Yes, that's a half eaten apple on the desk. Yes, there's something (an empty sticker wrapper) sticking it's neck out from the back of the bottom drawer.  Yes, there are mounds of fabric over the desk. Aaaahhhh.  overwhelming to say the least.  LOL.  This desk, though, is my favorite.  My husband built it for me several years ago.  I had talked and talked about the Pottery Barn Bryce work table, and because he knew how bad I wanted it, he decided to build it for me.  Though you can't see it cause it's covered in STUFF, it's waist high and has 2 long drawers on the front.  The perfect scrap desk for me.

Finally a spot that's not as overwhelmingly messy.  :)
The peg board that I spray painted pink this past summer.  I love this.  I use it mostly for rub-on's and sticker sheets, but there are some Ki Memories embellishements up there too.  It helps me keep the product in it's original packaging. 

this spot looks okay from the top of the shelf up - nice papers in their holders and a basket of alphabet stickers.... and then you look down.  This shelf was given to me by my mom.  When I still lived at home, it held ALL of my scrapbook supplies.  In those plastic drawers that I now hate, but thought they were sooo cool back then.  I plan to go all to baskets for this stuff - SOON!  but for now, I can still find what I need, it just takes a bit. 

Okay I hope ,if anything, this episode of share your space makes you really appreciate that your space is not a wreck like mine! LOL.  No really, it's a small room and does need a lot of organization, but I love it even if it's scary messy sometimes.  After all, it's a place for me to create in.  And that's the most important to me.

Thanks for letting me share!

 

 

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Organization Tip

Happy Sunday!  Man, do the weekends go fast or what?  I hope everyone was able to find some personal scrapping time!

I am here to today to present you with an organization tip - but truth be known (as you might have seen from my last organization post), I am extremely UNorganized.  LOL  So for 2009 my sister, SIL, Mom and I decided that  one of our resolutions we would be  to make 2009 the "year of the purge".  Let's just say I need to start that purge in my scrap area (which is honestly a corner in my bedroom). 

While reading an article in a magazine I saw a organization tip that I think will help me (hopefully) continue to stay organized after my purge - that tip is to SORT OFTEN.  It really makes sense!  I think it is safe to say that most scrappers love to buy the latest and greatest products right?  So it makes sense that when you purchase something you should go back and evaluate what you have and decide what you haven't used and what you don't need - even if it's once a week!

I would love to hear what your scrapping resolutions for 2009 are - especially if they include any organization ideas!  I will send a personal RAK to those who help me out!!

Sarah

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Weekly Challenge - Use Photo Corners

One of my favorite things to use on layouts is photo corners.  I have little doubt that they are one of my all time scrapping supplies. Ive loved them for a long time.  When I look back at all my layouts over the years, I see them everywhere. I love all sizes, all colors, all materials.  There are very few photo corners I havent liked, although I must admit that my favorites have to be the regular 'ol black ones you see in scrapbooks of old.

So anyway...  my challenge to you this week is to use photo corners on your page. For this page I used chipboard die cut photo corners.  They sell them cheap at my lss and I wallpapered them with one of my most favorite papers of all time.

- Lisa McGarvey

 

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Finally Friday - Heart Tree

Good morning, all!

This week's card comes from the super cute stamp set Love Grows from Autumn Leaves. Isn't it so cute? Anyhow, the hearts on the tree were the perfect match for the We Are Family Accents from Heidi Grace! I couldn't resist putting them on top. :)

Enjoy the video, and as usual, it's available over at YouTube in normal quality (easier on slower internet connections).

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One Product, 3 Ways: Woodland Book Lovers Printable Kit!

Hello!

I wanted to show you a few quick projects from Danielle Thompson's Woodland Booklovers Printable Kit.

Those of you who are digital scrappers here at 2peas are probably already big fans of Danielle's kits. But even traditional paper scrappers should check out the offerings in the digital scrapping area - particularly a kit like this. Danielle has made these adorable bookmarks and all you have to do is print them out - no Photoshop skills require!

They print all one one sheet (there is one more design, not pictured). I just cut them out using the helpful guidelines Danielle offered, rounded the corners and then laminated them (definitely an optional step). I did add my daughter's name on one in Photoshop, but you can handwrite them onto the bookmarks as well.

If you are more comfortable with Photoshop, you can extract some of her elements from the kit and use them for digital layouts, or just photo embellishing, like I did here:

I also used Carina Gardner's Element-ary Inked Edges kit here.

Finally, you can create a little digital cover for a notebook, print it out, and then embellish it with stickers and labels:

So, check out Danielle's Woodland Booklover's Printable Kit  or the companion Woodland Booklover's Add-on Printable Stuffie kit and have fun!

Tracy

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Photo Discussion: Ready, Set, Go!

 

Good morning, Peas!  This is Tia, here to share with you the photo challenge we have happening right now! 

I'm having a great time this morning, pouring over all the participatants' photos; seeing how they interpreted the idea, feeling their passion for something new, feeling excited for all these "beginnings" being documented!

It's a new year, and what better way to celebrate than with photos?!

This week's challenge is to take a photograph that signifies the start of something; it could be a race, a goal, a day, or a relationship...however you choose to interpret it is up to you!

I've photographed the "start" of my snack...a Granny Smith apple on my nifty apple-peeler-corer-slicer thing-a-majig.    I always have to squat down and make sure the stem is centered in the line of sight so it peels correctly, and decided it would be a fun picture to take!

So, however you choose to photograph "Ready, Set, Go!", I wish you all the best and a Happy New Year!

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I Challenge You!

 This weeks  Digi Challenge is making titles! I love this - super fun, super easy! Check out this article on using Fonts in Titles if you need some inspiration.

I'm excited to see what you come up with! And if you submit a layout for the challenge not only to you get your name entered in the drawing for $5 to spend on any digi kit or font...BONUS...you get a cool little badge added under your name that says you participated in the weekly challenge!  

Here's my layout for this weeks challenge.

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I *heart* 2ps!!!!

 Dear Peas,

I just wanted to say how much I love Two Peas. I have enjoyed working with every one here and....the digital section of Two Peas has a huge part of my heart. I love you guys!
 
I love how Jeffrey and Kristina have created this amazing site for all of us who are passionate about scrapbooking. And it's been an honor to be a part of the team for so long.
 
I've honestly made life-long friends here...But, it's time for me to focus on other things in my life; family & getting back to my roots in designing gift cards, bags, wrap & some other fun adventures I'm working on! I love the scrapbook industry & I owe it all to Two Peas....I'll certainly be around!  Peas, you are fantastic! and Geek & Pea...you are THE BEST!
 
The digital section here is fast growing & there are so many fabulous designers and kits! Each month 2ps will be offering "Last Chance" specials on some of my kits.  Be sure to check the shopping section for special pricing on my kits the second half of the month!
 
let's keep enjoying the pRocess!
Rhonna 

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Technique Discussion: Photoblocking

Hey, everyone!

Jennifer McGuire here.  I thought I would talk today about a techique I refer to as Photoblocking.

Many of you are probably familiar with Colorblocking - where you create a background with blocks of color. 

I like to do Photoblocking on my pages - where you take a photo and put "blocks" of other photos, patterned papers, journaling, etc. around it.  By keeping these cleanlines, your focus can stay on the photo.

Here are some good examples...

Jennifer Pebbles created THIS great page.  Since she blocked around the photo, your eye goes right to her cutie face.

And the amazing Kristina Werner created THIS masterpiece of blocking - photos and papers.

HERE is a fabulous example from Robyn Werlich.  She shows that you can still have fun with embellishing with Photoblocking...

Erica Hernandez used a strip of Photoblocking HERE... I LOVE it!

And Photoblocked layouts seem to stand the test of time.  HERE is a page I did a long time ago, and it really isn't too out of style today...

I hope this gives you a bit of inspiration today.

Take care!

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Theme Discussion

Good Morning everyone!  This month's theme is "Yourself."  It's not very often that I scrap about myself nor do I even think to do a layout about what is going on in my life.  All of my books revolve around my daughter and her life.   I am on Album 15 in Hannah's scrapbook albums and I really want to focus on creating more layouts about me to add to these books this year.  I want her to know about my feelings, things that are happening in my life and photos of me. 

This month, there are TONS of layouts in the Garden that have inspired me to create.

I Love this one by Shannon Tidwell.  My mother told me when Hannah was born that I will be the most important thing to her.  That I will be her everything.  I just love how Shannon including this photo of her and her daughter and her journaling is so true!   So special!

 

This layout by Amy Grendell is GREAT!  I love that she made a layout about what she drives and that she loves it.  In 20 years it will be awesome to look back and see what she was driving in 2009 :) Trends and current events are great to scrap about.

 

Kelli Crowe went back to 1984 :)   And we all just love a Kelli Crowe layout! 

 

This layout by Tia is AWESOME!  I love how she created a layout about something she loves.  Amazing layout and design girl!

 

Here's one that I did.  It's a layout about something I believe in.  Fate. 

 

And here is a layout by Cindy when she was a little girl.  About lessons learned.  Gosh, I love this layout :) :)  Lessons and things we learn growing up are great topics to make a layout.

 

I would like to finish by highlighting Joy's layout.  I 100% agree with her about getting out from behind the camera and taking some photos of  yourself.  I like how she journaled about what makes her happy and how she feels about herself.  This is a new year and a great time to create some layouts about "YOU!" :)

 

 

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Community Challenge Winner: JBSMom

Huge congrats to JBSMom for winning the Community Challenge contest from Saturday!

We will be contacting you about the prize!

And thanks to everyone that participated! Awesome layouts!!! I love seeing how each of you were inspired by that darling notebook...the colors, the stripes, the title treatment - so so great! I hope that you had a lot of fun with it!!

Have a great week!

Robyn Werlich

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Sketch it Out: A Simple Sketch

Hello! This is Rhonda Bonifay with a sketch idea for you this morning. I have been in a bit of a rut lately, and am trying some new things to try to get myself out of it. For this sketch -- I looked around the house and found a Christmas card that we received with a nice layout. I sketched out the basic design, and then made a layout based on the sketch.

Here is the (very simple) sketch:

And here is my layout:

I would love to see your take on it -- or if you do something similar please share!

Have a great day.

Rhonda Bonifay

 

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Community Challenge: Inspiration

Hello everyone! Happy New Year!!! Are you ready to start your new year off with a fun challenge?

I love finding things that inspire me...whether it be the color scheme, design, type or something that just draws me in...it instantly makes me feel creative and makes me want to do something! For the Community Challenge for today, I want you to be inspired by this darling notebook by 'Bob's your Uncle'. Check out those amazing colors of the stripes...and don't get me started on that awesome title with the different colors! So cool! So...how does this notebook inspire you and how can you take that inspiration and create a project...that is all your own?

Dig in and get creating! You have one day to upload your project and be sure to check the 'Challenge' box when you upload to be entered into the contest for a prize! The winner will be contacted within a few days!

Have fun! I can't wait to see your projects!

Robyn Werlich

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Weekly Challenge - inspired by others

Two Peas is off to a great start in 2009, especially with yesterday's new Garden in bloom, the inspiration being "yourself". To go along with this month's theme I thought it would be nice for this week's challenge to be layout of people who inspire you. Whether it's a friend, a family member or someone else who holds a special place in your heart, we want to be inspired by your layouts and by the people who give you inspiration.

Here are a few layouts recent layouts from the Garden Girls whose layouts center around the people who inspire them:

Rebecca Trump created this beautiful layout of her aunts.

Former Garden Girl Cherie Mask made this digital layout as a thank you to her sister.

This layout by Nichol Magouirk celebrates her friendship with fellow Garden Girl Jennifer McGuire.

Another layout by Rebecca Trump, this one about friendship.

And finally, a layout by Tia Bennet about a movie character who has become her "go-to guy" for a dose of holiday happiness.

We'd love for you to participate in our first Weekly Challenge of 2009 which can be found HERE. Please make sure that when you add your layout to the Gallery, you check the appropriate challenge box so that your share can be seen in the challenge. Can't wait to see your layouts!

Wishing you much inspiration and scrapping opportunities in 2009 - Happy New Year!!!

Joy U.

 

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Finally Friday Video - Dry Embossed Frame

 Good morning!

This week's Finally Friday video came about from a couple requests to show how to create a dry embossed frame. There are some products from companies out there that will create embossed frames, but how do you create one on your own using product you already have on hand? Watch the video to find out! :)

Be sure to check out the full description and photo over at the Designer Garden. Also, the video below is in high quality, but if you prefer the normal version (easier on slower connections), head on over to YouTube.

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