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Technique Discussion: Dressing up chipboard

I am crazy about this Maya Road apple chipboard coaster www.twopeasinabucket.com/shop/74213/ , and I decided to get cracking on it this weekend. Having a little chipboard project on the side is something that helps me to use that creative side of my brain, even when the weekend is full of family and activity. I can do it in stages and not feel badly about leaving my project or my family.  I need little breaks for both.  Matte Gel Medium and acrylic paint force me to walk away so that they can dry. I love that.

Below  you will see that once I have covered my chipboard in the green polka dot, let it dry, and removed the excess paper, I was ready to add all the little bits and pieces of patterned paper with matte gel medium. You can use any kind of decoupage glue for this as well.

 

 

Here I added citrus green acrylic paint using a handy dabber. I smoothed the paint over with a foam brushed and used a wet paper towel to remove paint and let patterned paper show through in various places.

Because I wanted to mute the citrus green and add a little depth to the color, I painted some torquise and brown acrylic paint here and there using the wet paper towel to get the desired affect that is shown in the last photo.

At this point I will walk away, let things dry, and maybe go to the Jonas Brothers movie with my girls. Then when I have some quiet time to myself, I will add a label sticker and a title and begin the next stage of my apple coaster project, which will be letting one of my kids fill it with tiny photos of school friends.

Would love to hear what you are doing to cover chipboard!

Margie

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Weekly Challenge Discussion

Hi everyone! Happy Friday!  Amy Grendell here today and I am so happy the weekend is almost here. This week the challenge is to draw your inspiration from a card. Lately seeing all of the incredible greeting cards here at Two Peas have been a major source of inspiration to me. Not only have I started making more cards, but I've been using them to inspire layouts too. For the layout below, I used Kristina Werner's card as inspiration for the composition of my layout. I've also posted some cards that have really caught my that I think could inspire some awesome layouts. So I hope you take the challenge - I can't wait to see what you come up with!

Here's the card that inspired the layout.

And some more for inspiration....this one could be great for an idea for a title or journaling tag with a bunch of patterned paper blocks.

I love this card set from Garden Girl, Jennifer McGuire. I can see this as a layout with rounded corners, the White Swiss Dot Paper from Bazzill and some color flowers and stripes for a simple but eye catching layout.

Good Luck!

-Amy Grendell

 

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Finally Friday - Butterfly Thanks

For this week's Finally Friday video I used one of my new favorite stamps, Gem Stone Butterfly by Inkadinkado. Isn't that gorgeous?! You can pick it up in the store here at twopeasinabucket.com. And I also used some of American Crafts new embossing powder in Cricket, which turned out to be really good quality. (As usual, American Crafts stuff is always awesome!)

Oh, and see all the supplies used here. :)

And on to the video...

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and the winner is....

 

A little pipecleaner ring I made with my new Fiskars Butterfly Punch today.

The winner of the random drawing

(the husband did the honors)

goes to cuphalfful!

Thanks so much for participating!!

 

 

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Community Challenge: Use your punch!

 

Punches.  

I have a thing for punches.

And if you do to - then this is your Community Challenge Day!

1. Make a card or LO with your punches

2. Load it into the Gallery

3. And click the Community Challenge button

And at 10 pm U.S. EST this evening, I will have a random drawing for a gift certificate to Two Peas from those who have participated!  it is that easy!!

I can't wait to see what you can make with your punches!

kellicrowe

 

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Digital Weekly Challenge

Hi guys, Erica here! This week's challenge is a fun one - using a chlidren's book or illustration as your inspiration. There are so many different avenues this challenge could take you down...so much incredible children's literature and so many different ways to be inspired: by the art, the story, a treasured memory brought about by a book. Use your imagination! Make sure to check the digital weekly challenge box for a shot at our weekly gift certificate give away as well.

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Tips & Tricks

1 product, 3 ways

1 product 3 ways- Digital Frames

I used a frame set of mine in 3 different ways. You can find the kit here.



Digital frames are always so fun to use! Of all of the digital kits at twopeas they are constantly topping the sales for digital kits and for good reason. There are so many different ways that you can use them. Click here to go directly to the digital frame selection available in the twopeas shop!

1.    To frame your paper or a section of your layout.Frames aren’t just for photos!

I was inspired by the way Ranie used Meredith’s frames in one of her garden layouts. (and she re-colored them too- another great idea!) to frame her paper. Frames aren’t just for photos!

Here is the kit that she used. Notice how she framed the paper on the top right corner! Love that idea!




2.    To frame something other than a photo.  Here, I have used the frame as a placecard. You could frame your child’s artwork with frames or make nametags to wear at a child’s party- the list goes on and on….


I was inspired to make my placecard after seeing how Gina has used Danielle’s gorgeous thrift store frames to frame her son’s handwriting. She then printed these out and made them into cards.

Here is Danielle's gorgeous thrift store frame kit!


3.    To frame a title or journaling. Frames are perfect for making custom designed titles! Just put your favourite paper behind them and you have a fun little title mat or a spot for journaling. Here, I used my frames to form a part of my title.

You can see this idea in a previous page that I had done for the garden using this same kit where I used a frame for part of my title.


So, frames are NOT just for photos!  There are many more ways than these 3 as well. See what you can come up with the next time you purchase a set of frames!

 

Have fun!!


Kate

 

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Photography - Weekly Challenge Discussion

Hi there!  It's Kelly here with your weekly photography challenge :)

This week's topic is before and after... it's about posting your photos straight out of the camera (SOOC) and after post-processing (pp).

Here's a photo I took of my friend's little guy.  We took it inside without a flash, so it definitely needed some Photoshop help.   Here's my workflow in CS3 for this photo... in adobe camera raw i used my white eyedropper to set the white balance, then turned up the exposure and fill light to brighten it.  I added some vibrancy and clarity, then sharpened and opened it in photoshop.  I made some minor adjustments in the curves to brighten and saturate a bit more.  To make the eyes pop a little, dodged the highlights with a small brush.  to finish it off i ran smart sharpen and resized for the web.

And now it's your turn to share!  Post a before and after photo for this week's challenge.  It's very helpful to all of us if you post your workflow as well... I love reading about how other people work their magic.  Make sure to check the box for the challenge when you post to be entered to win a prize from 2ps!  Can't wait to see your photos!!!

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Share Your Space: Rhonda Bonifay

Hello! It's Rhonda Bonifay and today I'm here to share my scrapbook space. I have to say -- I thought I'd be more ready for this since we moved into this house 6 months ago, but it is still a work in progress (as you'll see!). Here are some photos of it today.

This room has a huge wall of built in shelves from the previous owner. We painted them white and it houses quite a bit of my 'stuff' lol.

 

Underneath there are some cabinets where I can hide things away. This old magazine holder is where I store my new stuff -- and it's what I pull out and use the most.

This wood crate is on roller (from Ikea) and I covered it with some vintage wallpaper (I saw this on one of the design sites and copied the idea). It holds all of my pattered paper in plastic sleeves (idea from jennifer mcguire) alphabetical by manufacturer. I'm looking at the photo and thinking I need to cover all the sides (I just covered the front).

This is the island where I scrapbook -- I bought an old kitchen island at an antique store in Washington. I like the wood block top -- I can't damage it!

It's also great for storage -- the top drawer pulls out where I can store my scissors/adhesive and there are wire shelves all around it for paints/stamps/etc.

I also have an armoire in the room that holds magazines, old printed pictures, stickers and ribbon. The paper rack is from display dynamics and the spinner is from the 2peas store.

I try to use thrift store finds to hold things -- like this wood box to hold stickers inside the armoire.

This is my desk area -- the one place I try to keep clean (but it rarely is).

Thanks for taking a peek. Have a great Sunday!!

Rhonda

 

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In My Bucket Today with Tia Bennett

hi everyone, this is Tia Bennett, bringing you a little peek into my bucket today!

i LOVED how Jamie Waters did her visuals last bucket time on the blog, so i "lifted" her idea to capture the images and make notes about why they're there!  i had a lot of fun putting this together and am really excited to play with all this stuff now.  hopefully you'll find a few things here or there that you'd like to try out, too!

i kept it under $100 (which is really good for me....ha!) to get a good sampling of what all i'm wanting to try out from the store.  it's hard, i know, with so much new stuff coming in all the time!!!  most often i'll do like i do at target, which means, putting all the stuff i want into my cart, reevaluating, putting back the nonessentials, and making my way out the door with my compromise of a purchase! LOL!

anyway, here goes...

so, that's my bucket!

i wish you all a wonderful weekend...and maybe a few extra quiet minutes with a delicious beverage, a comfy chair, and a stroll through all the amazing new products in the store!

xoxo

tia :0)

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Weekly Challenge - Get girlie!!!

 

This week's challenge is to get in touch with your inner girl. For this post, im going to post some girlish inspiration to get your creative juices going.

First up: Sarah Ahearn.  She sells on etsy and her prints have such a lovely, delicate feel to them. I especially love the one below.

I had this next image cut out of a magazine and taped into my journal. I LOVED the beautiful floral prints all put together. Dont you love that? I would have never thought they could look so pretty together, but they do. I guess that's why Im not a quilter.

 Look at this cute Creative Imaginations paper that is on sale right now at 2peas:

The movie Marie Antoinette was such a beautiful movie for me to watch. The director Sofia Coppola created an entire mood and feel to the movie that is totally girlie and young and carefree. Its not deep or anything, but totally visually beautiful. The soundtrack is pretty good too.  If you havent seen it and you're looking to get in touch with lots of things froofy and pink, check it out.

Strano Design Ribbon have a ton of striped ribbons that are all named after girls names.  Some of the color combinations are to die for!  Their images are protected by copyright so I cant post them. But go check it out. My favorites are Georgia and Julia and Helga.

Here is a scrapbook page from one of my favorite poeple: Margie.  When I see her pages of her girls, Im envious I cant scrap them too.

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Finally Friday - Good Friend


Morning all!

I got an order from the TwoPeas store last week with some of the new Making Memories papers that were just released and let me tell ya... A-DOR-ABLE! I used just a couple sheets for this card, but I'm hoping to use lots more really soon.

Also, that butterfly? Hello! So cute! Have you all noticed the tons and tons of butterflies out there in new scrapbooking product recently? I was never a butterfly person before, but the more and more I see, the more I love them!

Anyhow, here's the video for this week. Make sure to head over to see the supplies used and such. And I noticed just last week that YouTube added a feature to embedded videos. In the bottom left corner of the video, you can select to watch it in high quality. Sweet!

 

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A Year of You February Class

Hi everyone!

It is February 20th and that means a new 'A Year of You' class is up here at Two Peas. I had a lot of fun with the layout this month and I hope that it will inspire you to include some photos on your layout in a different way.

This month, I created a little photo flip book out of the 7Gypsies 4x6 Photo Slipcovers. You could also use your own slipcovers/page protectors or just do a flip book with the photos themselves. I also did a strip of small 1" photos at the top of the page that added some added interest to the page.

Lots of fun techniques and things that will hopefully inspire you and teach you some new things! :) Your layout for February can be based off of anything from the class - techniques or ways to display your photos on the page or whatever inspires you. Be sure to upload your project to the Gallery by March 19th and check the 'A Year of You' Challenge box to be entered into the drawing for some goodies from Two Peas. And you can jump into the class at anytime - we will always love to see your layouts - whether it is your January or February! :)

Go here to check out the class for this month and to download the PDF with step-by-step instructions and photos.

Go here to chat with us on the Education Message Board about the class!

Have fun with it! Documenting your month in one layout is a great way to feel like you've really accomplished something - I love that at the end of this year - I will have all my year in one album! So fun!!

Thanks for joining us!

Hugs,

Robyn Werlich

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USER SPOTLIGHT

Good morning Peas :-)

Today I'd like to share with you four awesome scrapbookers whose layouts have really caught my eye in so many ways.

First off, Kesia. When you check out her gallery, it's full of great pages with wonderful little details. The layout below is just one of many that I am talking about. Love how she added the rubons as accents to the left. not necessarily using them to spell a word(s). Breaking the rules. Layers of accent with the photo, very simple! The overall page is wonderful to look at.

*HeatherM* has been a member here for a very long time & she is very active in the gallery and in the pub. this particular layout of hers she shared recently is just captivating. For one, her baby is just Beautiful. The colors, stitching, accents & design are all very eye catching!!! Just GOOD scrapbooking!!!!

Now, my mouth completely dropped when I saw Choupiesque's layout in the gallery last week...My Word!!! the stitching is Brilliant & the photo, timeless!!! Butterfly accents are perfect. It's all so good in so many ways. This layout moves me so much! Just the simplicity of how she added the stitching is just mind boggling to me. LOVE IT!!!

mommaobrienx7 layout is so so so REAL! I'm sure a lot of us feel the same when we put on that perfect pair of high heels or even that perfect little black dress. Her layout truly spoke to me & inspires me to wanna take more photos of myself & journal like this! It's so real!! All her layouts are inspiring & fun to look at!! Photo is striking & the rubons are so smart!! I also couldn't get over the blue in the photo on the walls, love that!

I'm glad i was able to share with all of you four super scrapbookers here that share their talents here in our gallery! Please take time to click on their links & check out the rest of their gallery. I know you will not regret it!!!

Cindy :-)

 

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Organization Tip: Storing Photos on disc

I had to laugh when I saw that my topic for this month's blog post was "Organization Tip." If you could see my scrap space right now, you'd laugh too. It's not so much that I start out unorganized - I actually put pretty good systems in place generally. I just fail to follow through appropriately.

One area that I fail to follow through on is my backing up of photos. I don't remember where I got the idea for this - probably from another scrapper. I set up a system to back up my photos to compact disc:

I have an older version of Photoshop, so I'm not sure if the steps have changed, but here is how I do it.

In Photoshop, File -> Automate -> Contact Sheet.

Here is how I set up the page:

The program does the rest, although it does take a little time to process. I print the pages on regular computer paper and then store them in a binder.

And writing this up has made me realize that I need to catch up on this process. Guess what I'll be doing this weekend?

Tracy

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Technique Discussion: Custom Alphas

Hey Peas!
I hope everyone had a lovely Monday!
Today I wanted to talk a little bit about customization! twI think one of the hardest things for me about scrapping is having the "perfect" thing to accent my photos. You know...you may love a certain alpha but you want it in red, not black. Or you may want something that you just haven't seen in the stores.
Most of the time, when I hit a wall, I simply create my own embellishments. My favorite, though, is creating alpha stickers. And you don't have to have some fancy program to accomplish this. This is super easy to do when you're digi scrapping, but it works for paper as well. When working with paper scrapping, the key is to work within your own tools.
Let's try making a digi alpha sticker and then I'll show you what it looks like when it's printed out.

In whichever program you're using, create a background shape that you would like your alpha to be. I prefer circles, so that's what I've created. (I've added a drop shadow so that it's easier for you to see what I'm doing.)

Next, create a smaller inner shape (in this case, a circle) in a color that you want for your project.

Then choose any font you like and type out the letter you want so that the edges of the letter overlap your colored inner circle. I usually go for a classic font like Times New Roman, but you can use any font you like!

This is actually the exact alpha I used in my layout HERE.
You can also center the letter and make it smaller so that your alpha has a more classic look instead of being "mod".

The fun doesn't stop there, though! You can also use any brush you like to create custom embellishments. Here are a few examples using a variety of brushes available here at Two Peas.

Below are 3 different stickers. The first image is the original brush and the second image is my completed sticker.

Using Holly Jones' brush, I "stamped" it in a new layer on top of my background layer. I then colored the background layer the same color as the stamp layer and changed the inner circle layer to white.

Using Rhonna Farrer's beautiful brush, I changed the background layer to light blue and "stamped" the image ina slightly darker blue in a new layer on top of my background layer. Then I selected the outside of the bakground circle to use as a guide for erasing the excess stamping.

Using the same technique as the previous sticker, I used Carina Gardner's beautiful frame to create a one of a kind sticker.

This is a wonderful way to make your scrap stash last even longer! You can even print out your "stickers" for use in all your other projects! Even though I digi scrap, I still paper scrap for all my cardmaking. Combining the two and using my digi scraps for my card making makes my money stretch even further while still allowing me to test drive my ideas. Love that!

If you made it this far, thanks so much for your patience! I know it was a ridiculously long post!

If you have any questions, feel free to ask! I'd be more than happy to help. I hope this inspires some of you to use what you have in new and exciting ways. I'd love to see your creations!

Happy Scrapping!

~Jan Crowley (The Queen of Quirk)

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Photography Challenge :: Show some heart!

In this week of post-Valentine's haze, your photography challenge is to capture some heart!  ♥ It might be the heart of your home, the heart of your town, the heart of your family, the heart of your creativity! 

As well as thinking about what you're going to photograph, you can try this little post-processing trick to add something different to your photos this week.  Can you see the hearts in the fountain?  Obviously they aren't really there in Trafalgar Square -- but I added them in the post-processing to bring a little symbolism into the image.  See more about how to add the hearts here on this week's photography challenge page.

And just for fun, I scrapped two photos I took this day at the fountain -- you can find that page here!

Get your camera ready, and show us some heart!


shimelle

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Weekly Challenge Discussion: Use a Die Cut Paper as a Background!

Hellooooo everyone!  I am comin' at ya a wee bit late on this.    I was supposed to post on Friday.. the day my challenge went up... and I am just realizing that that was a few days ago!  ACK!  So sorry everyone... huge apologies from me.  Sick kiddos will do that to you I suppose though huh?

So, yes... my challenge this week was to use a die cut piece of paper (and there are sooooo many 'awesome-ly' fantastic ones out there these days!) as a background for your layout.  Any die cut paper... any at all!  If you are anything like me, you probably have a few unused sheets of beautiful die cut paper in your stash!  I like to buy it... but I have to admit, I am always a little intimidated by it!  

So... dig it out and use it up!  Pretty simple challenge this week!  Can't wait to see your creations!!  

Again, my sincere apologies for the lateness of this post... I feel super super bad about it!  Now let's go have some fun scrappin'!  Hope everyone has had a great weekend so far! 

Jen J 

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Seasonal Theme: LOVE

Love is in the air!

Thanks to Valentine’s Day, we are all thinking about the ones we love these days.  So this month’s seasonal theme in the Garden is LOVE!

I was checking out the new great projects in the Garden this morning and these LOVE pages jumped out at me…

THIS page just captures the feeling of LOVE so perfectly…



THIS is an incredible page by Erica.  Be sure to read the great journaling – such a great way to use the LOVE theme.



HERE is one I did for the LOVE theme.  When I find a favorite photo, I love to make it really big.  It just seems to work on this page…



And LOVE doesn’t have to be about a person.  Lisa rocked THIS page about her love for Italy. 



I hope these projects get you inspired… Happy Valentine’s Weekend!

Jennifer McGuire
 

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Product Spotlight: Jenni Bowlin Chipboard Buttons!

Jenni Bowlin is just so smart when she designs her scrapbook products!

I love her products because they are all so timeless. 

Like these new Chipboard Buttons!!! Oh my goodnes, I love!

Office type items never go out of style, in my book!

I could see using these Book Print buttons on so many different layouts...i love that they come in brown, red, and blue text colors (the same colors of a lot of Jenni Bowlin products).

POLKA DOTS!!! Need I say more!

LOVE the bingo style... and again, the color combo's!

These Reader buttons are adorable, and have that old-fashion with a flair look!

And last but not least, these Milkcaps.  Love the kraft color mixed in, and the Milk theme.  It's so fun!

All of these sets are in my bucket right now, and I cannot wait to push my bucket through to have these babies in my stash and on my layouts!

Happy Valentine's Day,
Rebecca Trump

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Finally Friday - Sending Love + Envelope

Good morning, peas!

This week's card is one more push to create a Valentine's Day card... just one more day! Anyhow, in the video I cover how to make the card and also how to create a custom envelope lining out of patterned paper. I hope you enjoy and I'll catch up with you next week!

Be sure to check out the supplies used on the project page in the Designer Garden, and as usual, you can see the video in higher quality over at YouTube by clicking here (just click on "watch in high quality" below the video). :)

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Hero Arts Stamps 3 Ways

Hello!

I adore Hero Arts stamps. While I use them on my scrapbook pages, I also love to think of innovative ways to get the MOST use from my stamps.

I especially love this set:

Here are 3 ways to use these stamps.

Stamp and cut out a shape as a closure to a card.

 

Stamp image on cardstock, color in with colored pencils, cut out & use as a gift tag

 

and lastly, I used staz-on ink, stamped the image on a piece of shrink plastic, and colored with colored pencils. I shrunk the plastic in the oven, attached a bale to the back and strung it on a little ribbon to create a necklace.

 

and there you go! 3 new ways to use those stamps!

Have a great day!

Stacey

 

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WINNER - Community Contest

CONGRATULATIONS  Re Moni!

You are the winner of yesterday's Community Contest!

Thank you for participating and you will be contacted about your prize.

:) Wendy Bretz

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Community Contest - Scrap a Non-Photo Layout

Good Morning Everyone! Wendy here :)

Today's contest is to create a Non-Photo Layout.  Lately I have been creating layouts not using a photo.  Sometimes there are things that I want to remember that Hannah has done and I don't really have a photo to go along with the story.  This is the perfect opportunity to create one of these layouts.  I feel scrapbooking comes in many different styles and no matter if you are a simple scrapper or one that is more busy, a non-photo layout is always needed.

Here is an example:

So, I challenge you today to create a layout not using a photo.  Make sure you click the Challenge Box for this challenge in order to win.  Have FUN and I can't wait to see what you come up with!

:) Wendy

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Time to work on those New Years Resolutions!!!

 Hi Peas! Sande Krieger here.

For those of you who resolved to learn something new this year...why not how to use Photoshop Elements!

It's an amazing program...and who knows...you might even be tempted to come over to the dark side of Digi Scrapping! :o)

2 Peas is offering FREE Photoshop Elements classes in the form of video tutorials. There are 7 tutorials so far with a new one being added each month! They are less than a half hour long and will get you up and running in no time!

Plus - 2 Peas also offers a TON of free digital kits (over 70) that you can download and play with!

So why not check it out!

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Photography Weekly Challenge

Hello sweet peas!

I'm here to tell you about the photography challenge in the Photography Garden this week.  

That time of year where hearts, sweet things, smiles and love abound can only mean we are asking for some photos about love!!!

As an example, here's a black and white triptych of some friends completely in love, having fun.

So show us the love this week in the Photography Garden!

Cant wait to see your pics...   love Chelsea

 

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In My Bucket

Here is what I currently have in my bucket:

I saw a lot of this at CHA and am so excited to get my hands on it! I am waiting for some new stuff to come in so this is a little bucket- but enough for me to purchase now before it's all gone!

Happy shopping!
Jamie Waters

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8pm & 10pm Online Crop Challenge Winners

8pm challenge/chat winners:
card challenge: Jenink
drive by: mom2dylanndrew

10pm challenge/chat winners:
scraplift yourself: babybecky
drive by: Joybear

eaach winner who participated in the chat and/or challenge name was put in a hat & picked by my son this morning.

Thanks for chatting with us

Cindy

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7 p.m. Challenge winner!!

Congrats: Cynipidae17!!

You won the 7 p.m. CST "Class Challege". Thanks, everyone, for playing along.

Jen Gallacher :)

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10 pm Online Crop Challenge: Scraplift Yourself

It's the last hour of our online crop, what fun way to end it by Scraplifting yourself. Have a look at your gallery and get inspired by your own creations!

So have fun with this one. You can scraplift a layout, card, tag, mini album, you name it. You can even just scraplift a technique or how your photos are placed on a page. Just go for it & have fun doing it! When uploading to the gallery, add the layout/project you lifted w/ your page you created tonight!!

You have until 12am CST to upload your layout. Be sure to check the challenge box set for the 10pm challenge.

SMOOCHES
Cindy :-)

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9 pm Challenge: Use 25 of something... anything. . as long as you count 25!

Yep, thats right!  25 of something! hee heeee!

25 flowers

25 photos

25 buttons

25 ribbons

25 papers

25 jewels

25 diecuts

You get the idea!  Dig into your stash and count out 25 of something and make a layout using it all!  This one is a fun one... I hope you enjoy it anyway!  Maybe it'll get you thinking outside the box a little... maybe not, either way have FUN!

You have until the end of the chat tonight (11 pm CST) to upload your project.  Be sure to check the appropriate challenge box so we can see 'em!  I will randomly select a winner from all of the entries!  

Can't wait to see what you come up with!!!  HAVE FUN!!  

Jen J :)

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8 pm Challenge: Create a Card

Good evening Peas!

Our 2nd challenge of the evening, is to create a Card using what's on your desk.

Be sure to scan or photograph your card and post it in the gallery by 9 pm (CST) and I will select a winner for the hour! Make sure to check the "challenge" box that goes with this contest when uploading.

READY

SET

START CREATING

Cindy :-)

 

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7 p.m. Challenge Contest: Community Class

Hey, everyone! Jen Gallacher here. Are you ready to play?

I am. So here's the first challenge:

"Complete the homework for one of the Year Long Classes her at 2Peas."

There are several to choose from. Look on the Education Board for each class and then download the PDF for that class and it will list that month's homework.

In order to win, you must:

1. Take a BEFORE photo of the supplies you are going to use. (NO, you can't use homework you've previously completed.

2. Complete the homework and scan/photograph the results and upload them into the gallery.

3. Be sure to check the "challenge" box that goes with this contest!!

4. You have until the end of the crop at 11 p.m. CST to post to this challenge.

Good luck! Mellypea will be awarding prizes and I will notify the winner they have won by Peamail!

Look for additional challenges posted here on this blog.

To participate in the hourly chats, come check us out on the Garden Girl blog.

Here is my before photo for Kristina's "year of cards" class:

Good luck!!

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Weekly Challenge - use stickers

 

Weekly Challange: 

Use Stickers!

Notes:
Stickers are a quick and easy way to give personality to a page. I love these fun ones from Cosmo Cricket because the toy images help visualize the quote from my daughter about her brother always playing with her toys.

Related Products 
• Hooty 12x12 Pocket Full of Rosies Paper (Sassafras Lass)
• Bubble Love Chipboard Frames (Bam Pop)
• Jack's World Adhesive Die Cuts (Cosmo Cricket)
• Wintermint Life at the Pole 12x12 Double Sided Paper (Sassafras Lass) 
• Revolution Tool w/case

 

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Finally Friday - Conversation Heart

Good morning, peas!

This week's video is all about changing course and direction mid-card! LOL! After I started into the card, I didn't like it as much and had to make some changes mid-stream. I'm sure you've all had creations that had similar processes, right? :)

Anyhow, I used a couple great stamp sets from Hero Arts for the card this week. Be sure to check out the page over in the Designer Garden for supplies and such. And as usual, you can see the video over at YouTube as well. :)

Happy Friday!

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Class Discussion: February 2009 Celebrate the Seasons

Good morning everyone!

Today I'm just going to share a little bit about my year-long class, Celebrate the Seasons.

On the 5th of every month I will share ideas for scrappbing those season specific photos with a sketch for the month, layout sample, PDF handout and how-to video.

For the month of February we're focusing on creating a love or Valentine's themed layout. For my layout I chose to scrapbook a fun Valentine's tradition we do here at our house (baking and frosting and decorating sugar cookies...yum!). There are many ways you can choose to interpret this theme to work for YOU. 

Here are just a few ideas to get you started:

  • Scrapbook your Valentine's Day plans (maybe a date with your significant other)
  • Scrapbook about your kid(s) cute Valentine's Day apparel
  • Maybe you celebrate an anniversary in February
  • Maybe your "kids" are your pets. Create a layout about how much you love your furry friend.
  • Scrapbook special family Valentine's Day activities
  • Scrapbook the Valentine's your kids get at school (or the party they may have at school)
  • Maybe you don't want to scrapbook love photos...maybe you have fun photos of Groundhog Day instead!
  • Maybe someone in your family celebrates a birthday in February.

Click HERE to see the sketch, layout, PDF file download and video. 

HERE is the link to the class discussion on the Education Board. Please feel free to ask any questions you have there as well as link us up to your finished layouts!

I can't wait to see all the lovely layouts this month!

Nichol Magouirk

 

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Scrapbook Space

Hi, everyone! Jen Gallacher here. And I've been dreading this post for a while now. LOL! It's the "Share your scrapbook space" post, and my office has been a dreadful MESS after all the CHA preparations I had going on. But with the help of several great suggestions from my GG friends, I was able to be motivated enough to clean it up.

Now my husband wants a disclaimer inserted here, "I have never seen it this clean and it is never maintainted this clean." And unfortunately he's right. No sooner do I get my mess cleaned up then I want to start creating again so he rarely does get to see the floor or clean surfaces. But, hey! That's what this room's for right? ;)

My office is upstairs with our other 3 bedrooms, which allows me to hang out with my kids when they are playing. It has a large picture window in the room, which gives me loads of natural light. That's my favorite part of the room. I haven't painted it, and I'm not sure I will. I have yet to paint a single room in our home. I swear every time I do something like that we end up moving. Plus I love the way the light bounces off the white surfaces.

So anyhoo, here are a few pictures of my space:

I really need something to put above my white Crop-in-Style drawers, which hold everything from my cardstock and pattern paper to brads and stamps. Any suggestions?

Here is my favorite wall:

And two close up photos of that same wall:

A close-up of both my computer and my work space:

And the wall that my desk faces looks at the closet and the little table from Target where my kids come and hang out with me:

And finally a parting shot of the props that I've been collecting to both decorate my room and take photos of my projects. I love a funky item every now and then to make my room feel more like me.

Thanks for visiting my space! I'd love to have you come and play. :)

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Organizational Tip

 Hello everyone, Shannon Tidwell coming to you today.:)

I've got a fun organizational type tip today.  Actually, it's a tip to help keep your table top clean and your area picked up...while at the same time cute!

I recently got a new desk and work table for my area.  The last thing I want to do is get permanent pen on those pretty white tables!  I already had both the Basic Grey 15" x 15" mat and a Tonic 13" x13"  glass mat, but they just weren't quite cute enough for leaving out.  I still have them very handy for when I need them though.  I found some cute plastic placemats at Target.  They are for Valentine's Day, but the colors and theme match my scrap room perfectly.  I use one on each side of my work desk as well as one on my regular desk (it doubles as a mouse pad).  They are working perfectly.....and cutely!

I also bought a children's divided plate (in the same theme) that I keep on my desk.  It's perfect to dump out buttons, brads, rhinestones, etc. into.  Of course I had to have the matching mug as well.  I keep pens that I'm using regularly in it when I'm scrapping.  

Also, I have a large plastic serving tray in the middle of my work area that I keep the products I'm currently using...or ones I want to use next.

So....here it is!

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Photography Challenge - Home Sweet Home

The photography challenge this week is to share photos of items found in your house. Maybe you have photos of a family heirloom that has been passed down for five generations. How about photos of the awesome flea market find that you painstakingly refinished. Perhaps you want to show off the newly painted mural in your newborn's nursery. Recently remodel a room in your house? Show us photos of your new space! Whatever it is, I encourage you to take time to record some (or all!) of the details that makes your house a home.

I took this photo of the light fixture in my office right after I painted one of the walls purple. I'm glad I took a photo showing that I had a purple wall because not long after I had painted it purple, I repainted it brown.

Please post your share(s) in the Photography Gallery and make sure that you mark the appropriate challenge box.

-Joy

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February Theme Discussion: Happy 10th Birthday Two Peas!

I loved this month's theme of Happy 10th Birthday Two Peas! I love how the Garden Girls interpreted the theme in so many different ways. Some of us chose to focus on what Two Peas has meant to their scrapping lives, and others chose to focus on how the Two Peas community has inspired them, from the Garden, to other users, to former Garden Girls, to the many challenges on the site. This theme was the perfect tribute to Two Peas and the inspiration it has brought all of us!

I love Jen Pebbles' take on the theme and how well executed this layout is! It has such a cool design, plus I love how she made little thumbnails of her layouts. What a fun idea!!

Robin Werlich's layout is inspired by Cathy Blackstone. I love how she made it her own! I love all the hearts on here, and the variety of the hearts. I love how she made the hearts work on her boy layout!

Kate Teague's layout was inspired by one of the challenges on the boards to scrap your childhood and how objects have changed. I love how she focused on how technology has changed - great idea for a layout!

Lisa McGarvey's layout is about how Two Peas helped her scrapping career take off, and how these two people were influential in that. What a wonderful tribute!

Laura Kurz's layout is inspired by fellow Garden Girl Rhonda Bonifay. What a gorgeous layout! It is so simple  but has so many details. So pretty!!

Cindy Liebel's layout is inspired by the How Much is Too Much challenge. What a cool design she came up with! I love her circles and all the stitching and brads. Very Cool!

Jennifer Harrison's page is inspired by a layout of bruinbr's. What a fun layout! I love the cake design...a great idea for the topic of this layout!

 

 

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