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Organization Tip: Flipping thru Baskets

 

I'm flipper.

I really like flipping through my supplies in order to see what I have and choose what I need.

For many of my supplies, this is how I organize. I use what I have handy and choose a size to fit my needs.

This is a photo of how I sort my 'new stuff'. I used a sticker bin from Cropped Hopper.

 

 

I have 2 larger wicker baskets for my sheets of letter stickers and then one for my other stickers & rub-ons.

 

 

 

I also have a couple smaller baskets for embellishment packages--brads, jewels, K.I. Softies, etc.

 

 

Thanks so much for looking.

I hope you are having a wonderful Sunday! I'm heading into the last week of school before summer break. As you can imagine, I have LOTS of scrapping plans for the next couple months!!!

Stacey :)

 

 

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share your space

happy saturday, peas!  brooke here.  so, today i get to share my teeny-tiny little space.  here's the thing -- i picked up!  i cleared my desk!  and after taking some pictures... it still looks a mess.  i suppose you could call me a messy scrapper.

let's get started, shall we?

this is my desk. very simple but perfect for me. even with all of the clutter.  i always keep my stash of pens right in front of me. as well as my sewing machine and a big stack of new (and sometimes old) patterned paper. right on my desk. whenever it does make it onto my shelves, i forget i have it. so, i keep it out!

messy, right?  who knew.

right above my desk is a bar with wire baskets.  i keep all of my good scissors in one basket, note cards, envelopes, and labels in another, and in the large basket, my beloved collection of letter stickers.  oh how i love alphabets!

and then i have these cute little cubbies on the wall.  which looked quite cute in the store (and in other scrap spaces i've seen).  the problem is if i can't see something, i forget i have it.  i blame this for my mess.  so, i store buttons in the small drawers and the long drawers i use for my knitting stuff (needles, patterns, etc).

and then my green cart.  i bought this little green cart (and all of the accompanying dirt and grime) at a questionable yard sale a few years ago. it stayed in the basement for awhile until i realized (duh!) it would be perfect for scrappy supplies.  it was all of $3.  score. on the top i placed little tin buckets with any embellishments that would fit (and not fit, clearly).

and on the bottom, i store some old paper and other random things (bottom shelf) and on the top shelf i store my punches (in a cute wire basket), stamps, and my slice. love the slice.

 on the other wall, i have the required expedit book shelf that, really, mostly consists of books, knitting stash, and sewing supplies, with a few scrappy items thrown in for good measure.  by the way, these bookshelves are a perfect fit for those american crafts albums we all love.  that was not a newsflash -- everyone knows that already. :)

and that, peas, is  my space.  OH, the other half of this room contains my husband's guitar collection. and amp. yep, while scrapping, i often get to enjoy free concerts. bonus!

thanks for looking (and reading)!  have a lovely last weekend of may.  and let me know if you have any questions!  such as: is your husband available for free concerts elsewhere?  answer: sure, why not?

*brooke

 

 

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Weekly Challenge Discussion: One Word Titles

 Hi, Shannon Tidwell here this morning!  This week it's my turn for the Weekly Challenge and I hope you'll play along! 

 

 

Sometimes it's hard to come up with a title.  I know I can struggle.  When I hit a roadblock I look at the photo.  What does it say to me....in one word.  

This week I want to challenge you to make a layout with a one word title. 

You might think one word doesn't say enough.  But it can.  Besides, you have the journaling to explain the title.  The one word can be a description of what you see.  What you feel.  An action.  An emotion.  A noun. A verb.  Anything goes of course! 

I can't wait to see what you come up with!  Thanks for playing along this week!

Shannon

 

 

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Finally Friday - Thanks

Hello all! Kristina here with another Finally Friday video. :)

This week, I'm making a thank you cards using one of Hero Art's new saying stamp sets. They came out with a few just sentiments stamp sets that I absolutely love! You never can have enough sentiments, right? Thank You Sayings has about a million different sayings on it.

I also used K & Co.'s Wild Saffron layered stickers. They're all glittery and covered in rhinestones, too! Cute, cute.

Anyhow, enjoy the video below or you can catch it at YouTube. Thanks for watching! :) 

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Digital Challenge Weekly Discussion

Hello hello

Chelsea here.  I just spent a  great almost winter day walking in the bush with a  friend and our kids.  It was good day away from the computer but here it is my favourite time of night when the kids are in bed and my time is MINE once again... until one calls out for  a  drink!

I wanted to share with you this weeks digital challenge.  It is to crop a photo into a  shape.  It's fun to add a different edge to a photo or a whole shape to a photo like I did in this LO.  I used a shape from Kristina Werner's "Card Frames and Sentiments". But you can use just about anything to create a mask to shape your photos with.  If you have a favourite digital tag or journaling spot, use it. There are also Erica's wonky photo shapes in the post below.  You may even have a picture that has a great shape like a chair or an animal. Experiment, see what you can do.  

So pop on over to the digital gallery and join in the challenge and next Tuesday night come chat with me on the Digital board....

x Chelsea

 

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One product...Three Ways :: Erica's Wonky Photo Mask

 

When Erica's Wonky Photo Mask hit the digital store, I jumped with joy -- this is something that is so simple yet so perfect, so it can be used again and again and always look new. Definitely the must-have bargain of the month!

 

 

You choose what makes up the two sections of the mask - whether it's all photo, all paper or half and half! And this is definitely not just for digi scrappers. For this page, I chose two digital papers to fill the two sections of the mask, then printed it out on white cardstock. Super speedy and a different look to what's in my albums.

 

 

Of course you can put it to use on a digital page too! This time I filled one section with paper and one section with my photo, then just moved layers around above and below to get the right amount of extra embellishment to finish my page.

 

You can also spice up a single photo by making it fit both sections of the mask. I filled the mask with this flower image, then printed it on white cardstock, cut it out and added it to a thank you card with some pop dots to catch the extra dimension of two-part photo.

What are you waiting for? Grab the Wonky Photo Mask, get creating and share your work! Be sure to add the Wonky Photo Mask in your products as you upload so everyone can see what you've added to your gallery!

ETA: There's a NEW four-slot Wonky Photo Mask in the digi store today! Excellent! Find it here.

Have a fabulous day!

Shimelle

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Sketch It Out

Happy Memoriral Day Everyone!

I'm sitting here at the campgrounds, relaxing and enjoying this BEAUTIFUL morning here. :)   I'm excited to show you a sketch and layout this morning I created.  I normally don't work off of sketches but lately I really have been drawn to them.  

Here's the sketch:

 

And here's my layout:

 

 

Thanks for stopping by today and have a wonderful Holiday!

:) Wendy

 

 

 

 

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Product Spotlight **7 Gypsies Tags**

Hi! Sande Krieger here.

I LOVE the new journaling tags by 7 Gypsies! They have a kind of vintage chic style and are great for adding a journaling area to your layouts, altered books or ATC/Photo carousels!

They come in two styles: Vintage

And Gypsy

Here are a couple of ways that I've used them:

In a carousel

 

And in an altered book:

 

In a carousel

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User Spotlight: Milkcan

Today, I wanted to spotlight the awesome work of Milkcan! I love the eclectic, artsy look of her layouts - so inspiring!! Check out some of these from her gallery:

 

 

I love the way that she combines elements - so so cool!!! You can take a look at her gallery by going here to check out more of her awesome work! Thanks for contributing to the gallery and for sharing your talent with us!!

Robyn Werlich

 

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Finally Friday - Congrats

Good morning, peas! Kristina here with another Finally Friday video. :)

This week's card is for one of the many weddings I'll be attending this summer. I wanted to keep the card pretty simple and not too many layers so that it could easily slide into an envelope and be placed on top of a gift. And when I saw this stamp from BasicGrey, I knew it would be perfect! Aren't those little birds adorable!

Anyhow, enjoy the video. You can watch it below, or over at YouTube. And be sure to check out the project page in the Designer Garden to see all the supplies used. Thanks for watching! :)

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Challenge

Weekly Digital Challenge

Click this link to see the items I used in this week's digital weekly challenge. Join me next week on June 26th at 10 a.m. CST for the digital weekly challenge using Paint/Line Drawing!

 

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What's in my Bucket?!

Hi there!  Rebecca Trump here today to give you little peek into my current bucket!

Keep in mind that I did just push through a bucket full of the new October Afternoon stuff!  If you have not yet, go check it out - it's super cute!

Okay, I'll list each thing and give you a rhyme or reason as to why I have it in my bucket.
Here we go!

 

  • Heidi Swapp Bling:  My first thought of these was, "how cute would they be used to frame a photo or tag?!"  But really, I have always loved using Heidi Swapp bling on my layouts.
  • Heidi Swapp Ghost shapes:  WOW!  I've seen so many different cool ways of using these on layouts!  I just have to give them a try - love the large butterflies, and just NEED ;) the cute mine one's too!
  • Pink Paislee acrylic stamps: HOW cute are these?!  Right in time for spring/summer.  I love how bold the images are...perfect for embossing, in my book!  Cannot wait!
  • AC neutrals cardstock: okay, i Have tons of cardstock, but lately I have been reaching for more neutral colors and my stash is running low.  I just know I will get LOTS of use out of this package.
  • Fiskars Swivel knife:  I am *hoping* that this will help me when covering chipboard with pattern paper.  You know, get into all those nooks and crannies that scissors or a regular craft knife do not.  I'll let you know how it works (OR, if you have this and have already used it - leave me a comment and let me know what you think - i would LOVE that!)
  • White Gel Pen:  I will just refer completely to Kristina Werner!  That girls Finally Friday videos are the reason I have this pen in my bucket.  I love how she uses it to make faux stitching on her cards...plus it's so nice to see products used live to know exactly how well it works. 
  • Ki Memories Pet Collection pattern papers:  I never thought that I would be buying pet themed anything.  But recently, my husband and I have decided to get a puppy.  Since then, I have been literally STOCKING UP on all things pet themed.  :)  I just LOVE how cute these are and cannot wait to start a cute little mini book all about our new Westie puppy.  :)
So there you have it!   A peek at my bucket!
Maybe you saw something you did not know was in store, or maybe I just gave you a reason to add it to your bucket, either way, have fun shopping! 
Happy Scrapping,
Rebecca
 

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Community Contest: Winner!

Hi! It's Rhonda and Tracy again this morning, here to announce the winner of our community contest.

The winner, chosen at random from among those who took the challenge is:

evapizarrov

Thanks to all of you for playing along!

 

Rhonda and Tracy

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Community Contest: Colorblock your Background

Hello!! It's Tracy and Rhonda this morning with today's Community Contest.

The challenge is to colorblock your background -- to use different papers in some sort of pattern to use as the background of your layout. This can be done with squares (like a quilt) or rectangles, or any other shape that you can fit together to cover your background.

In this layout, Tracy colorblocked using patterned papers and her photo, and left a large border all the way around her layout. She then added her title, journaling and embellishments off the edge of the block to move your eye around the layout.

In this layout, I colorblocked the background using papers from a die cut pad. The photo, journaling and embellishments were added on to top of the design.

To win today's challenge -- please upload your layout to the gallery and check the corresponding challenge box (don't forget to do this -- it's the only way we can see it ). You have until midnight tonight to enter.

Can't wait to see your layouts!!

Tracy and Rhonda 

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Photography Challenge: "Around Town . . . as seen by a tourist"

This week's photography challenge is to share your best vacation photographs, and if you have any tips for taking better touristy photographs we'd love to hear them! Here are a few of photos from my most recent vacation to Walt Disney World and Washington D.C. along with helpful tips on taking vacation pictures.

TIP:  A wide angle lens is helpful for showcasing how grandiose a building or structure is, especially when you include yourself and/or your traveling companions in the photos.

TIP: Take photos of signage (streets, building, parks, etc.) to document where you've been whether you are touring on foot or in a vehicle, although I highly suggest not taking photos if you are the driver. :)

TIP: Why bother with postcards when you can take beautiful photos! Save yourself the postage and the hassle by emailing your picture-perfect vacation photographs to friends and family instead.

Check out this week's challenge HERE for more vacation photos and more great tips. Have a great week!

Joy

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Organizational Tip: Sort & Store by Color

Good morning!

Nichol Magouirk here with an organizational tip on how to sort and store embellishments by color. 

I find that when I go to look for things like buttons, brads, florals, etc. that I often am looking for a specific color rather than a manufacturer so I've adopted a system of storing a lot of my embellishments by color rather than brand and I love this system. I can quickly and easily find exactly what I'm looking for saving me a lot of time and headache. :)

Here's a peek at some of the systems I use for storing my embellishments by color:

For my buttons I purchased these inexpensive glass jars from Hobby Lobby and sorted my buttons by color. Then, I came across these wine racks in my storage room and thought I'd see if the glass jars would fit in the slots...and they did! Perfectly! I was so excited. Not only is this storage display functional but it serves as an attractive decorative display as well!

I found these Craft Mates binders at Hobby Lobby as well and the locking caddies inside are perfect for all of my brads. I love that you only have to open one compartment at a time. No worry about dumping out the entire container (which I have done before - urgh!). I have four of these cases that house all my brads, eyelets, photo turns and other tiny, tiny items. 

I purchased Project Cases from the Container Store for my alphabets. I sort all my sticker/rub-on/chipboard alphabet sheets into these translucent files by color. It's so easy to see exactly what I have and mix and match.

My florals are all sorted in these plastic storage boxes that I found in the fishing dept. at my local discount store. I have used my flowers more since sorting them by color than I ever did before. I love seeing them all sorted like this. So pretty. 

My ribbons are stored in the same boxes as the florals, wrapped around floss cards and held in place with miniature straight pins. I love being able to see exactly what ribbons I have without having to dump out an entire jar or even pick through them. I am all about, if I can see it, I will use it. :)

I hope that this will inspire you to organize or create by color using  a system that works for you!

Have a wonderful Sunday! 

 

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Seasonal Layouts

 The seasonal layout theme this year was Spring. I gotta tell you, this was a little difficult for me. I live in an area where we dont see many seasons so Spring has always alluded me in the past. Because of this reason it was fun to see what the garden girls thought up. Here are some of my favs this month:

This first page by Robyn was a stand out for me. I love the border treatments she did wth the stips of paper, stitching and staples.  I also really like the haphazard style of the page. It looks like the photos and other elements just fell onto the layout in the most appealing way.

This page by Joy caught my eye because of the photos and the way she made those flower accents. 

Tracy Miller used a paper with specific patterns on particular parts of the paper. I always have SUCH a hard time using papers like that and she did such a great job with it. This page blends together so well.

Chelsea's pages always have this fairytale like quality to them. They look so beautiful and ethereal and magical. This page totally caught my eye this month.

The next page is by Shimelle. This abstract style is so appealing to me now. I look at this page and I think its so funky fresh. I wonder if its possible to make that distressed look of the paper on REAL paper. Im gonna have to figure that out sometime.

I could totally relate to this page by Jen Gallacher. My husband and son both get seasonal allergies. This colors and design of this page are awesome too.

- Lisa McGarvey

 

 

 

 

 

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Weekly Challenge for May 15th

 This weeks 'Weekly Challenge' is multiple photo!

Any size, any amount...
it just has to be more than one!
I loved gathering family photos to use on this page.  
Here's mine...

I can't wait to see posts filled with photos!

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Finally Friday - Thank You

Can you believe my stash of thank you cards is diminishing? Time to make some more! :)

I created the focal point for this card by arranging the Making Memories felt alpha stickers on card stock, drawing stitching lines around them, and then cut out the group. Turned out even better than I thought! Behind the words, I created a "quilt" of Sassafrass Lass Anthem papers.

Anyhow, enjoy! You can see the cards and supplies used here, and the video is below or over at YouTube. :)

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Sketch it Out

Happy Thursday, everyone!

 

Today's sketch is just a simple color blocked idea that would work for a layout or card. Simply use each block for a photo, block of paper, journaling, title or embellishment.

 

 

I rotated the sketch 90 degrees for my interpretation because I wanted to use the largest block for a horizontally oriented photo. I stuck to the sketch pretty faithfully just adding a few label accents and some stitching. I'd love to see your interpretations as well!

 

 

Supplies:

DigiKit - Girlfriends Paperie #1

DigiKit - Card Frames & Sentiments

DigiKit - Flora

DigiKit - Element-ary Stitches No. 2

 

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Digital Weekly Challenge: Improve a photo

This week's digital challenge is to improve a photo! The originals of these photos had too-dark backgrounds and a blown-out screen.

To combat the problem, I first used the gradient map to convert the image to black and white. I then duplicated the layer, selected brown as the foreground color and white as the background color in the color palette, then used the gradient map tool again. I played with the opacity a little bit until I had my desired effect. I then ran Holly's Vintage actions to add a vignette edge. The result here is a vintage-y sepia look.

Hope you play along this week!

- Caroline

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Technique: Adding text to your photos

Hi peas, Moon here with this month's technique. It's one of my favorite things to do on my layouts, using the texting tool in Photoshop. Here's an example of what I'm talking about:

Once you're in PS with your photo open, just click on the Text tool <T>. This will create another layer for your photo. You can choose your font and size with the tool bar on the top. To position your text, just choose the Move tool <V>.

Now if you're like me, I like my text to be a little transparent like the example above. All you have to do is change the opacity of your text layer in your layers palate. If the layers palate is not already showing in your window, just open it by going to <Windows> and click on the <Layers>. Once that's open, you can see the opacity function on top. It defaults at 100% but use the slider bar and play with it until you like the look of your text.

Here's another example:

 

This was my holiday card from last year. I created three text layers, one for "Happy" and another for "Holidays" and lastly for our names...just ingore the typos :)

 Happy texting everyone!

-mooner363

 

 

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Photography ChallengeL Flowers

This week the photography challenge is flowers. Get your camera and go look for some of those spring flowers that are popping up everywhere.

I love taking flower pictures. I thought that I would share with you a couple of tips for getting great pictures of them.

First, get close. Then get closer. :)  Get as close as your lens will allow and still be able to focus. You're able to capture great detail and this way the flower fills the frame to really have it be center stage in the photo.

Second, take your aperature as low as it will go. This will allow you to have the flower in focus but everything behind it kind of blurred.

Third, try some different angles. Get down on the ground and shoot directly in front of the flower. Then photograph the same flower from directly above. Try shooting up towards the flower and getting some blue sky in the picture. That same flower from different angles will give you a totally different picture.

Fourth, like the look of flowers with dew? Sunny and hot in your area? No problem. :) Take a spray bottle out and set it to the mist setting. Spray the flower and you have some beautiful water droplets that will have it looking like it has just been showered with fresh rain.

I hope you'll join in the challenge and share your flower pictures!  Be sure to check the challenge box when uploading your photos to be entered to win a prize from 2ps!  Have fun :)

 

 

 

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what is in kellicrowe's cart?

I put lots of stuff in may cart.  Lots. of. stuff.

I shop from the "new items" and from LO's I see in the Garden and in the Gallery.

I don't always buy everything I put into the cart....but my system helps me to remember what I liked and when I saw it.

Here is my cart...the whole big fat thing:

I always try to stock up an few basics each order.  I mean, it is never fun to buy $50 in adhesive, so I spread things like that out in each order.  The Bazzill dotted cardstock and the American Crafts black mini marks are also some of my "basics."  I try to stick mostly with black and white sticker letters or rub ons so I can mix and match them.

My huge weakness in scrapbooking supplies is patterened paper.  I like bright colors.  I think more in colors than themes.  I may or may not use that cute baby paper from AC for a baby lo.  I most likely will cut it into smaller pieces to use it in a paper piecing or in a pattern.

More patterend paper and more black and white sticker letters.

And some awesome AC yellow thickers.  I saw so many people use these brilliantly....I had to put them into the cart.

And then these Imaginisce school embellishments....how cute are these?  I'm going to use these for some homeschool LO's and another one about my son's toy school bus collection.

 

Ok, more patterned paper.

The soccer die cut - I mean, hello, that is cool!  I have such a hard time with sportie pictures - they are always blurry, or busy or far away...(sounds more like I have a hard time with my camera)..I think I will do a collection of smaller soccer pics within this frame.  I'll probably make it a 2 pager with journaling on the second page.  

The Lego paper...I have 3 boys.  Dude, I just have to make sure they don't hijack this when it arrives.  The photo negative strip - gotta get 2 of these...I think a grouping of them will be fun on a page.  Both of these items make me smile and remember the style of scrapbooking when I started really getting into this hobby about 7 years ago.  I love the return to some of the more specific themes and styles from then.  

And Sassafras Lass...I mean...are they on fire these days or what with all this bright colored cuteness that just makes me wanna play outside?  I can think of like 5..no 6...wait, 9 things to use these cute numbers and animals for.  And if I end up with any random numbers or animals left over - they's make cute gift tags later on.

Ok...so more in my same shopping theme: brightly colored patterned paper, cute and bright embellishments and more black letters. I am intrigued by the SEI vellum.  Speaking of throw back to 7 years ago...vellum.  I never stopped using it.  However, this doesn't look to be your mother's vellum.  Unless she uses the new SEI vellum or works for them....then it would be pretty acurate. (Very vague reference to The Office...but if you are still reading...you deserve a least 1 The Office quote to keep things spicey.  Dude...I did it again.)

Doodlebug turtles.  I mean, these don't need an explanation.  Cute.  Bright green.  Boys.

Patteren paper (shocker).

Hero Arts stamp: I am so thinking this would make cute cards, a great background on a LO or even birthday invites.  I will use it with my Autumn Leaves bright blue stamp pad.  And then maybe some red sticker letters.   Ooooh...yes.  

Some Jenni Bowlin goodness.  And goodness, it is cute!  I love paper with lines on it because I write quite crookedly.  And the brithday bingo cards - I'm thinking they'd look super cute in a mini album about birthdays...in fact, I think the tickets would go well with that too.  

 

Patterned paper.  Seeing a pattern with me?

And then some more.  This last batch looks pretty feminine.  However, when I mix in the prints and colors with the batch before this - it will just look like fun, bright colors.  That is how I work in my love for colors like this with the fact I have little need to scrapbook feminine pages.  (Although, toss in a few flourescent colors and you've got my wardrobe from Jr. High.)

More basics: adhesive (the glue sticks are super for those small paper piecing items) and journaling pens.

Labels...man, I like some good labels.  I can never use them in the ultra cool way Lisa Mcgarvey seems to...but I try.  I will most likely use those polka dot stickers mixed in with patterend paper circles that I have punched.  I like to mix textures when I use my punches.

Cosmo Cricket.  There is something modernly Leave it To Beaver feeling about this line.  Love it.  

So that is what is in my cart.  

I hope you have a Happpy Mother's Day!

kellicrowe

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Product Spotlight: Cosmo Cricket Early Bird

I am writing this post much later in the day  than I intended. A mother's day outing with my mom kept me away from the computer hours longer than expected. And the irony? I am spotlighting an adorable line by Cosmo Cricket called  Early Bird in the store today. Check it out here: www.twopeasinabucket.com/shop/cosmo-cricket/  I love the colors, patterns, and humor in this line. 

I love these cherries!

The chipboard pieces are so bright and cheerful. I wish my toaster had a smile on its face!

I love the crafting kit, because I need all the patterns of this paper, as well as all the extras.

I noticed this adorable card in the 2peas gallery by mmbc using pieces of this Cosmo Cricket line. Check out her gallery here: www.twopeasinabucket.com/pg.asp I think those chipboard pieces are a must have, that's for sure!

 

Link me up to your projects in the gallery using the Early Bird line. It's my new favorite. 

Margie 

 

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Finally Friday - Happy Birthday From All of Us

Good morning, everyone!

For this week's video, I needed to make a Happy Birthday card for a co-worker. If you're like me, you give a lot of birthday cards that are from a group of people, so you need a larger card. Instead of the standard 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" card, I made a larger 5" x 7". It really is the perfect size for multiple signatures and messages inside.

TIP: If you need more room for a card, simply add a little insert to the card with some ordinary printer/copier paper. Just fold it in half, staple inside on the fold, and then trim it down to the size of the card. It sort will resemble a book, and it's great for cards from a LOT of people. I've done this a few times for co-worker cards, as well. :)

The details for the card are in the Garden, and enjoy the video below. Or you can watch it over at YouTube here. Thanks for watching!

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"Make It Masculine" Weekly Challenge

Good morning! JenG here posting this week's Weekly Challenge.

This week's challenge is to use something masculine on your layout. It could be "boyish" products, a photo of the special guys in your life, masculine embellishments, or even a masculine color scheme.

I can hardly wait to see what you come up with.

When loading your layout, be sure to mark the appropriate challenge box to be included in the challenge. I will select a random winner to be awarded a 2Peas GC at the end of next week.

Here's my sample:

I used the new line from Making Memories "Just Chillin." Love that line!! I also punched some circles from stamped circles and added an acrylic "man" die cut to complete the layout.

So go on, show me something masculine!! :)

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Hey, Peas!

It’s Jennifer McGuire, and I am here to present a Community Challenge!  I challenge you to create a card or page that uses a flower.  (I am ready for my flowers to bloom!)  Easy, huh?  Just load your card into the Member Gallery by midnight today and be sure to click the box for the Challenge.  You are also welcome to share a link here, too.  We will then pick a winner of a 2Peas gift certificate!

Here is my flower card.  It is a mini one – just 2.75”x4.25”.  I created creases along the front of the card, sanded and inked them.  All the stamps and embellishments are Hero Arts and the inks are Distres Inks from Ranger.



Thanks for playing – can’t waited to see your flowered creations!
Jennifer ?
 

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Weekly Digital Challenge : Art Inspiration

Hi peas, this is Tia here with your weekly digital challenge!  This week, we will use 'Art Inspiration' to create a digi or hybrid page...and I want you to think outside the box for this one!  Challenge yourself to extend your definition of "art" to get inspired for this page!  Think advertisements, photography, clothing design, packaging labels, children's art; the sky's the limit!

For my page, I chose to use a photo from an internet advertisement & web page as my source of inspiration.  This can be found at www.sephora.com listed under the brand Harajuku Lovers in the shopping section.  So....first, the inspiration:

 

And now, here's the page:

 

 

Fun, huh?!  Good luck and have fun!  And don't forget to mark the challenge box when you upload your work to the gallery so we can all see it!  :)  Have a great week!!

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Photography Challenge: Girly

Hi there!  It's Kelly and I just wanted to pop in and tell you about this week's Photography Challenge :)  The theme this week is girly and I loved this one because I'm such a girly girl.  I took my point and shoot camera to one of my favorite stores... Anthropologie, where there are jewels, ruffles, and flowers everywhere you look.  Here are a couple ideas to get you started...

I hope you'll come check out the challenge and upload your favorite girly themed photo :)  Be sure to check the challenge box to be entered to win a prize from 2ps!  Have fun!

 

 

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1 Product 3 Ways! Sassafras Paper Whimsies!

Hi there!!  Jen Johner here today. :)

Today, I am showcasing the awesome Sassafras Paper Whimsies!  They can be found here.

First, I made some framed art for my sons room.  I love the vintage funky look of these cards, and I thought it would be fun to frame a random collection!  All I did was cut white cardstock into an 8x10 size, adhere the cards to it.. add some random stitching... matted and framed.. art! heee!

(sorry about the dark picture) ..oh, and I roughed up the edges a bit too. :)

Next, I used one of the numbered cards to make a birthday card.. I chose 8, since I am sure my daughter will be attending more 8 year old parties this year! :)  

And finally... used the rest on a layout.

I love these accents!  The texture and paper quality is soooo awesome!  They are just YUMMY!  By the way.. I started out these 3 projects, with the card based Paper Whimsies in mind... but the flower Paper Whimsies could sooooo easily be substituted!  Imagine a cluster of flowers framed and hung in a little girls room.. or even the kitchen!  So many possibilities!  This is the only set of cards I had ordered... but after playing with them, I am definitely going to have to get more!! hee heeee!

I was also thinking these would make great ID cards for in kids backpacks etc... they are the perfect size to fit in those openings I think!!

Hope everyone is having a great day!!

~Jen Johner :)

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User Spotlight: balmal

Hello Peas!

I hope everyone is enjoying the iNSD weekend! A happy day to everyone who scraps around the world!

I have the lovely pleasure today of highlighting one of our Peas. So happy to introduce balmal to you all! If you haven't seen her sweet and bright layouts, here's a chance to get to know her!

I just love how the Mr. Men and Little Miss lines are coming back with a vengence over the past couple of years. We are simply nutty for them around our house (we have plates, cups, bowls, bandages, ice packs, wipes, etc.!) and it's so nice to see these little guys in the gallery.

And I love this Q&A format that she's used here. Also, I love the way she tells your eye just where to go and how she grounds little bits of journaling with arros and scalloped edges. So sweet!

I would have never thought to use this paper for a background, but the effect here is awesome. It totally mimics the waves, but gives it a poppy edge. Love that! Also loving the way she uses speech bubbles and the fun, colorful quotes she puts in there.

Loving all the handcut, bright elements on this page. The pattern paper mix is also incredible. I love it when projects have that funky, laid back vibe to them.

I just love the speech bubbles! And look at those chubby little thighs. There's even a little marshmallowy guy in there! So cute!

My favorite part about this one if the cloud. It makes me happy. And that ric rac. That makes me happy, too. Again, with those adorable quotes! I am definitely going to start doing this more often!

I hope you've enjoyed our little tour of balmal's gallery today! And I hope it inspires you!

Thanks so much, balmal, for letting me highlight your gallery! Lots of lovely things to see. Love your style! :)
~Jan Crowley

 

 

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Garden Theme Discussion: Die Cuts + Die Cut Tools

This months theme is all about Die Cuts & Die Cutting Tools!!

Just about everything we use on our pages or projects, you will find a die cut embellishment. They are the perfect accent for any project. They are readily available to use & make life much easier for those of us who don't have time to use die cutting machines or just like the convieneance of using ready made die cuts.

Die Cutting tools are so so fun to have!! You can make your own die cut flower or star using so many differen punches, which come in a variety of shapes & sizes. Border punches are another fun 'all the rage' die cutting tool, too. love that you can create a border for the size of your project pretty much! Then to top it all off, die cutting machines. There is a wide variety of them, some are electronic, some manual & others you can actually use a memory card for!

To celebrate this months Garden theme, there is a super duper sale on select Die Cuts + Die Cut Tools in our store !!!

Below are just a few samples of layouts from the Garden this month. Each Garden Girl created wonderful layouts showcasing die cuts on their pages; some ready made & some used tools!! There is plenty of eye candy & inspiration to get your juices flowing & create some fun projects using your die cutting tools or die cut embellishments!!

Daughter by Robyn Werlick

Family Love by Rhonda Bonifay

Happy Birthday by Jen Harrison

Happy by Nichol Magouirk

Songstress by Me

Jaspurr by Tia Bennett

Mon Tue Wed by Jennifer Gallacher

P&L by Caroline Ikeji

She Loves You by Amy Grendell

Swim by Kelli Crowe

Have a wonderful weekend & enjoy using your die cuts + die cut tools on your projects this month & share with us in the 2peas gallery!

Happy Scrappin & NSD!!
Cindy :-)

 

 

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NSD Challenge: 5 product challenge

Hi Peas! Happy NSD weekend :)

My challenge to you this weekend is to use the following 5 products on a layout:

- something blue
- something clear
- chipboard
- a star (or two or three...or more)
- something die cut (since it's die cut month!)
 

here's what i did with the above products:


post your layout in the gallery and check the appropriate challenge box to win a prize from one of our sponsors! You have until 11:59 CST on sunday! Have fun!

 

--Caroline

 

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NSD Challenge - Use Your Thickers

Thickers Thickers I love Thickers!

This NSD Challenge is all about using those precious American Crafts Thickers up and comining TWO sets of them together one page.  For example, on this layout I used glitter letters for the title and metallic accents as the circles :)

Let's see you combine those Thickers! 

Upload your layout to the gallery and make sure to check the box for this Thicker Challenge and you'll win a prize from one of our FABULOUS NSD sponsors :)  Have fun and I can't wait to see what you come up with!

-kelly

 

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NSD Color Challenge: Yellow!

Hi Peas!  This is Tia with one more Challenge for you in honor of National Scrapbook Day -- a color challenge!

Lately I've been completely infatuated with the color yellow...so much so, that when I saw the purse below, I just HAD to have it for spring!

What about you?   Are you yearning for yellow?   (Maybe it's just me, wanting more sunshine this spring! LOL!)   This isn't your momma's 'mellow yellow'The brighter, the better!  Go ahead and give it a try on a:

  • Layout
  • Card
  • Home Dec Project
  • Photograph

and post your results in the gallery with the appropriate "Challenge" box marked.  Your project will then be entered to win a Two Peas Gift Certificate!  I'll peruse the entries alllllllllll weekend long, and choose a winner first thing Monday morning! 

 

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No Patterned Paper Layout

Hello Everyone!  Wendy here :)  Here's another challenge for you this weekend...

Create a layout using NO PATTERNED PAPER. :)  It's that easy!  

You can use embellishments, letter stickers, die-cuts, whatever but, no patterned paper :)

My challenge runs from Friday through Sunday so get started and make sure you post your layout before the end of Sunday and 

you will be entered in a drawing for an amazing prize from 2peas!

Oh yeah...Don't forget to check the box associated with my challenge too ;)

Good Luck and Have Fun!  Can't wait to see what you all come up with :)

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NSD Challenge: Go Circle Crazy!

Happy Scrapbooking Day and Weekend to you!  I've got another challenge for you...

Create a layout or project using as many CIRCLES as you can!

A few ideas for you...

*Make a minibook with circle pages
*Create a grid of circles cut from patterned paper and photos
*Use a big circle as your actual layout shape instead of a square or rectangle
*Add circle die cuts, buttons or circle-shaped stamps instead of flowers, swirls or your other go-to accent

The tag system on layouts here at Two Peas makes it easy to find TONS of inspiration for a design element like circles...
Click here to see 250+ garden seeds featuring circles
There are over 7000 layouts in the member gallery tagged with 'circles'
Or how about circle-themed digital downloads?

So...make something that is CIRCLElicious, upload it to the gallery and make sure to do two things: check the box for the Circle Crazy challenge and tag your layout with 'circles'!  One lucky winner will receive a prize from our fabulous NSD sponsors!!

Happy scrapping!

-Shimelle

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NSD Challenge: Emboss & Stamp a Project

Good morning! JenG here. :)

Happy National Scrapbook Day! Are we having fun yet? I am!! I love a day that completely excuses and promotes my delicious hobby.

My challenge for the weekend (today through Sunday evening) is to create a project with embossing and stamping. You can heat emboss your stamps or you can dry emboss with a texture template. Whatever your heart desires. Your project can be a card, an altered item, or a layout but make sure it's something we've not seen before.

I'll select a random winner to receive an exciting prize from one of our fabulous sponsors. So please play along. (How's that for bribery?)

Make sure when you load your project that you select the proper challenge box when asked to be included in this contest.

Here's my sample. I used both a dry embossing technique and a heat embossing technique with the yummy Zing Powders from American Crafts. The green alphabet paper is new Imaginisce. Cute, huh?!

I can't wait to see what you come up with!!

 

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NSD Challenge: Be Inspired by Fashion

Hi everyone! Happy National Scrapbook Day!

It's Robyn Werlich here with a fun challenge for you - open until Sunday night! So get scrappin'! I've had this photo saved on my computer for about 4 years I think - I just LOVE the color combo! So, my challenge for you, is to be inspired by this photo! You can be inspired by just the colors...or add some flowers too...or add stripes of papers like the shoes are stacked...whatever inspires you. Hopefully it will give you a good starting point for a fun project this weekend!

Be sure to post your projects in the gallery and check the box for this challenge to be entered into the drawing for some awesome goodies from the sponsors for this weekend! Yummy! :)

I can't wait to see what you all come up with! Have a wonderful National Scrapbook Day!

Hugs,

Robyn

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NSD Challenge: Create Die Cuts out of Something Other Than Paper

Happy NSD/Weekend!

We’re celebrating all weekend long here at 2peas and I am so excited!

My challenge for you is to get out your die cutting machine and try die cutting something other than traditional scrapbook paper.

 

It could be fabric, or maybe the great cork paper from QK, metal sheets from QK, chipboard, etc.

 

I used some Sticky Back Canvas from Ranger to die cut the butterflies (using a Sizzix butterfly die) before painting and stamping them (with Hero Arts stamps) to create the canvas below.

 

I created a 14" x 11" canvas but you could just as easily die cut unusual materials for your scrapbook layouts and/or cards. 

 

 

 

Don’t forget to check the appropriate box for this challenge when uploading your project to the gallery.

 

I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Nichol :)

 

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NSD Clear Challenge

Happy NSD Peas!

My challenge for you this weekend is to create a layout or project using all things Clear!

This challenge will run from Friday until Sunday (midnight EST).

When you upload your project to the gallery, make sure to sellect NSD Clear Challenge box. I will randomly select a winner to receive a super cool prize from one of our NSD Sponsors!!!

Can't wait to see what wonderful things everyone does this weekend!!! Happy Scrappin Peas!

Smooches
Cindy :-)

 

 

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NSD Cross Over Craft Challenge!

 

Happy National Scrapbook Day Weekend!

(Yes, I did promote it from a day to a whole weekend....just now)

This challenge will run from Friday until Sunday (midnight EST).

All you have to do to participate is do a cross over craft.

Use a scrapbooking product on a non scrapbook page item.

I used my Making Memeories paints to paint this set of wooden beads.

I used some clear nail polish as my final coat and then strung them all on a ribbon.

This is a great weekend for trying out some of those projects you've been thinking about for a while and just haven't gotten around to yet!  

I can't wait to see what you make:)

Be sure to click the challenge box when you load your items into the gallery:)

Happy NSD!

kellicrowe

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Finally Friday - Enjoy Every Moment

Good morning!

This week I wanted try out some embossing on chipboard. I've ever done it before, so I thought I'd just cover a Maya Road scallop oval with some ink and then clear emboss over it. Pretty fun!

The only thing that I noticed that was a bit different from embossing with card stock was that instead of the embossed area becoming darker, it ended up being a bit lighter than the plain inked part. But that might have been because of stamping over it with VersaMark ink. I'm not really sure. I think it's warrants more embossing/chipboard experimentation. And I won't turn that down. ;)

Anyhow, enjoy! You can catch the video below or over at YouTube. And be sure to check out the page in the Designer Garden, too! :)

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weekly challenge: scrap a photo you're hoarding

Hi Peas!
Jamie here, hosting this week's weekly challenge! My challenge for you is to scrap a photo that you've been hoarding! Hoarding isn't only for scrapbook supplies! It can be photos too! :) If you're like me, you have your favorite photos that you just put aside, waiting for the perfect product or inspiration to scrap it. Well now is the time, dig through your stash and grab that pic and scrap it! No rules, just scrap a photo you've been holding on to. This photo was scrapped after 3 years of staring at it. I am glad I waited and am very happy with the results! 

Please be sure to click the appropriate weekly challenge box when adding your layout to the gallery!  I'd love to see it!
Thanks!
Jamie

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