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Get the Look: November

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How beautiful is this Fall layout by jbarksdale?  We love the soft and dusty pinks, creamy yellows and refreshing blues that pop against a deep, chestnut brown.  

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While Jen's layout is composed of digital elements, you could easily recreate this look with traditional papercrafting supplies.  Here are a few items we pulled together from the Two Peas store:

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See the shopping list inspired by this layout here!

We hope you've enjoyed this edition of Get the Look!

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This Week's Challenges: 9.29.2012

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Hoping to get some crafting time in this week?  We've got some challenges for you! Remember each challenge gives you a chance to win a $5 gift certificate, as well as earns you a badge for your Two Peas profile page.  Just click on the title of each challenge for details from the designer and notes on how to enter, and scroll down to see last week's winners!

Weekly Scrap Challenge |Scraplift Challenge with Wilna

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Weekly Photography Challenge | Vehicles with Marcy Penner

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Saturday Sketch Challenge |Thankful Heart with Kimber

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Congrats to miracles_momma, and lstudio -  we'll be in touch with you shortly on how to access your gift certificate!  And thanks to everyone who played along! - Jen

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This Week's Class Videos: 9.28.2012

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Happy Friday, Peas!  Let's take a look at what classes and videos went up this week:

Memory Keeping Monday | Cupcake Birthday with Shannon Tidwell

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From Shannon: Welcome to Memory Keeping Monday! I'm excited to share a layout with you this week. Our theme choices were ‘paints, inks, etc. and/or food/drink’….I did a little of both. So let's talk a little about this layout… This is one of those ‘special’ layouts. One you take a little more time with…not my usual cup of tea. But this was a special event that I spent a lot of time on, so it's only appropriate that I spend a little extra time on the layout. . . . see the challenge and supplies here.

The Adventures of Glitter Girl | Episode 39: Die Cut Dynamics Part 1

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From Shimelle: This week Glitter Girl brings you the first of a two part miniseries inspired by this discussion [twopeasinabucket.com] on the General Scrapbooking message board. She's taking on die-cuts - specifically, mixing die-cuts with other embellishments so they work hand in hand with your favourites. Part one this week focuses on manual die-cutting - the kind that uses a metal cutting die and a machine like a Sizzix Big Shot or similar. She takes you through tips on choosing the best dies for your style then creates a new scrapbook page mixing those die-cut shapes with pre-made die-cuts and embellishments. . . . see challenge and supplies here.

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Come along for the adventure, won't you?

Finally Friday |Boo Card with Lynn Ghahary

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From Lynn: Hi everybody! I am back with another Finally Friday video for you. For this card I created a Halloween themed card using the new Witch Hazel collection by October Afternoon. I created a fun little “peek a boo” window on the front of my card for added visual interest. I hope you enjoy the video. Thanks for watching! . . . see challenge and supplies here.

 

Have a great weekend! We'll see you tomorrow with a new round of challenges from the Garden Girls!

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Halloween Garden Girl Project Sneaks

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It's both Fall and Halloween at Two Peas this September!  The Garden Girls have been busy creating cards and layouts along this theme.  We can't wait to show them to you in this Monday's Garden release - you're going to love them!  In the meantime, here are a few sneaks...

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It's definitely getting spooky around here!

Today at Two Peas:

* Reminder: there are still a few more days to enter our vendor challenges for a chance to win a $50 prize pack from Faber-Castell and My Mind's Eye.  Good luck!

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Member Spotlight with Kandis Smith: Kim_R

Hey Peas! Kandis Smith here with a new inspiring pea! Have you seen the fabulous work by Kim_R? Amazing. She is truly talented!

Here's one of the first layouts that caught my eye--I love the large title mixed with the different fonts!

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And look at these cute chevrons! I love the simpleness of the layout mixed with all the phrases!

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With all the fun 365 layouts everyone is doing, I have to say that this one is my favorite! Look at the rainbow colors and the cute weekday labels in a row! 

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I love a layout with some serious journaling on it. This fantastic layout has a lot of journaling with a small photo to go with it--really brings the story to life.

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These are just some of the amazing projects that Kim has made! Go check out her gallery! You will be totally inspired! - Kandis

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Partying and Scrapbook Supplies with Shannon Tidwell

Hi Peas, Shannon Tidwell with you here today to share a few fun ways that I incorporated my scrapbook supplies into my daughter's birthday party decor. I'll tell you, it sure was handy having a stash of supplies that I could go to and create what I needed for the party...especially at midnight!

Here are a few of the things I did...

I put my washi tapes to good use! To label the cups I wrapped each straw with some tape, trimmed the end, and then wrote each child's name on one. 

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I also used a bit of washi tape to dress up the lollipops. 

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See all those jars of icing and sprinkles on the left side? The morning of the party I raided my paper stash and wrapped each of them in Doodlebug Patterned Paper. It was so easy to do, and so much cuter than leaving them plain! 

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Even though you can't actually see this supply I wanted to point it out. I used my Tim Holtz tiny attacher to attach each of the streamers to a piece of yarn. I also used it to attach each of the balloons to a strand of yarn. The little size of the staples worked perfectly for the delicate items I was attaching. 

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And to top it off, I used Two Peas Digital Kits for the invitation for the party!

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(Supplies: Doodle: So Sweet, This Little Birdie Page Kit)

 

Thanks to my scrapbook supplies this party was a little easier to plan!

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Our September Focus: Fall

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It's all about Fall this month at Two Peas!  Stay tuned as we pool together products, projects + inspiration along this theme all month long.  

One way we're getting ready for sweater weather?  We've started a selection of fall products here.  Whether you enjoy collecting fall leaves or are planning a trip to the local pumpkin patch, we have the products you need to document your stories!

Here's a look at the fall inspiration board we've begun on Pinterest:

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Today at Two Peas:

* We've just stocked the store with brand new items including Heidi Swapp, Pink Paislee, October Afternoon, Echo Park Paper, and some exciting boutique items from Knock Knock. Be sure to check them all out here!

* Look for a new Adventures of Glitter Girl episode going up later this week!  What scrapbooking dilemma will she solve next??

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Trends Watch: Pie Charts

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Sources: Cake pie chartPie chart stickies, & Famous Paintings Translated to Pie Charts

No longer are pie charts just for illustrating proportions of data!  We're seeing these charts make their way onto the papercrafting scene as well.  Check out these fun ideas!

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I'm All Yours Card by Jill Sprott

Use pie charts as a way to journal and showcase the "data" of your everyday life, or simply the design of a circle divided into sectors for a chance to play with different patterned papers!

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Personality Chart by Vinnie Pearce

We love the way Vinnie gets introspective in this layout "Personality Chart."

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Bangs by Norcha

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Some of My Favorite Things by ginalideros

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Pie Chart card by kezlant

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You & Me by KJ-Starre

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Take Note by Marcy Penner

 Marcy went with mini pie charts on this layout by simply punching circles and snipping them into triangles.  Love the subtle texture!

And here are a few products we found in the Two Peas store that will help you try out the trend for yourself:

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Ready Set Go! collection by Amy Tangerine for American Crafts, Yearbook collection by Studio Calico, Circle punches by EK Success

What do you think?  Will you be putting a pie chart on your next creation?

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Gardeners' Digest Blog Hop + Giveaway: September

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It's the 22nd, which means it's time for another edition of Gardeners' Digest!  In this blog hop from our Design Team, the Garden Girls, you'll see sneaks of what they've been up to, what's currently inspiring them, as well as their favorite projects.  You may even find a giveaway or two along the way!  Scroll down for our giveaway and the links for the hop.

6a01675f1b3cd6970b017615b348d5970c-500wiEach and every Monday we release a new batch of inspiring projects from the GG's. Watch for BRAND NEW projects this upcoming Monday.

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We are blown away by the participation and projects we're seeing in our gallery!  Here are just a few of the projects the Peas have recently created.

From left to right: I Lowe Scrap, Just a Note, Shine On Son!, Halloween Fry Box, Celebrate Pop-Up Card, Paper Bag Mini

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Oh, how do we choose?!  We can't really, but here are five that caught my eye when browsing the warehouse this week:Sept-Gardeners-Digest-ProductesThey are 1. These fall Journaling Cards. 2. The Ready Set Go Two Colored Alpha Stickers from Amy Tan. 3. How can you not love these Vellum Feathers from Jenni Bowlin? 4. The So Very Thankful Ali Edwards Stamps from Technique Tuesday. 5. Romance Novel Butterflies.

6a01675f1b3cd6970b016767be22a2970b-500wiToday we're giving away a spot in Lynn Ghahary's new workshop. You can read all about the cool course she has going here (and it's only $25!).  Just leave a comment below with your Two Peas username by next Friday the 28th at 11:59 pm CST for your chance to win.  If you've already purchased the class, still leave a comment!  We can either reimburse you or gift your spot to a friend.

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Happy blog hopping!  Next on the hop is Jen Gallacher.  Here are the links to the Garden Girls playing along this month.

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Julie Campbell

Lexi Bridges

Amy Heller

Lynn Ghahary

Wendy Sue Anderson

Shimelle Laine

Laura Craigie

Becky Novacek

Nancy Damiano

Jill Sprott

Amy Tan

Kandis Smith

Wilna Furstenberg

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This Week's Challenges: 9.22.2012

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Hoping to get some crafting time in this week?  We've got some challenges for you! Remember each challenge gives you a chance to win a $5 gift certificate, as well as earns you a badge for your Two Peas profile page.  Just click on the title of each challenge for details from the designer and notes on how to enter, and scroll down to see last week's winners!

Weekly Scrap Challenge | Stash Busting with Jill Sprott

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Weekly Photography Challenge | Black & White Processing with Wendy Sue Anderson

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There is no Saturday Card Sketch Challenge this week! But please join us next week for another fun challenge.

Congrats to margievis,  MUSTIK, & daisymeh -  we'll be in touch with you shortly on how to access your gift certificate!  And thanks to everyone who played along! - Jen

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This Week's Class Videos: 9.21.2012

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Happy Friday, Peas!  Let's take a look at what classes and videos went up this week:

Memory Keeping Monday | You Are My Sunshine with Jen Gallacher

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From Jen: For today's “Memory Keeping Monday” I'm focusing on creating a fall layout. Although not many of my elements were pulled from strictly fall collections, you can easily create a fall page with elements in the same fall color family or by altering something to give a fall “feel.” . . . see the supplies and challenge  here:

The Adventures of Glitter Girl | Episode 38 Clustered Combinations

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From Shimelle: This week Glitter Girl brings you an extended episode with full details on creating clustered embellishments for your scrapbook pages, inspired by this discussion [twopeasinabucket.com] on the General Scrapping board. Her adventure takes her through three embellishments, choosing photos and creating the finished page.

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Come along for the adventure, won't you? . . . see supplies and challenge here:

Finally Friday |Life is Good with Laura Craigie

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From Laura: Hey guys! So happy to have another Finally Friday video to share with you :)

My favorite part of the card is the stamped flower petals by Inkadinkado, who has this awesome new stamping system that I just LOVE! I heat embossed the stamped images so they are glossy and textured. . . . see supplies and challenge here:

Have a great weekend! We'll see you tomorrow with a new round of challenges from the Garden Girls!

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Be Inspired by Pinterest with Ashley

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Our guest blogger, Ashley, is inviting you to play along in a challenge today - create a Pinterest-inspired page or project!
"...use an unusual colour combination inspired by one of your Pins. Use any type of pin you feel inspired by, and use your colour inspiration however you wish. It doesn't have to be a crazy out-there colour combo, just something that you've wanted to try and is maybe not a combination you would have come up with on your own.
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I loved this image the second I saw it. The lovely calming pastels all held down with a tiny bit of neon tape. Love the randomness and feeling of a collection in the works here, too.  
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I used the blue/white/light tan colourway from my inspiration image, and added in neon yellow and neon pink. The neon products here are Heidi Swapp neon tapes, and neon pink and yellow labels from Avery.
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I punched confetti from the neon pink labels in three different sizes and added to a glassine envelope. I adhered a few pieces to the front of the envelope, too.

The yellow chevron tape is by Bella Blvd. One of my most-used tapes.
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Love vellum! Love the way this blue vellum looks partially over the scallop tag and the patterned paper behind the photo. Thought it did a good job of recreating that pale blue calming feel in the inspiration image.
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I punched this photo corner from a neon pink Avery label just left on the backing paper. 
Love layering tape! Especially with tapes like these that are a bit transparent. 

Link up your Pin-in colour combo layout here. Challenge will be open for one week. I will draw one random entry for a 5.00 gift certificate to 2Peas and announce it on my blog next week on September 28th!


Supplies: patterned paper (Studio Calico); vellum (the Paper Studio); tags (Avery); punches (Martha Stewart, Fiskars); punches (Martha Stewart); labels (Avery); photo corners (Heidi Swapp, Canson); tapes (Heidi Swapp, Bella Blvd.); pen (Sakura)

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Thanks so much for sharing with us and for the challenge, Ashley!  We love how you rocked the neon colors.  Follow Ashley on her blog here, and be inspired by all the projects she has up in her Two Peas gallery!

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Corralling Paper Scraps with Shirley

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Paper craft much? Yeah? I thought so. If you’re like me, then you like to hoard scraps because you think that somewhere down the road, you can use those scraps in another project. Let’s face it – just using one scrap, any scrap, out of that pile makes it all worth it. For rizzle. After years of paper crafting, those scraps sure do add up!

For the past few years, I’ve been keeping my scraps in a basket, in a drawer, in no particular order. And that was the problem – no organization and out of sight. Recently, I set about to methodically corral the scraps on my desk, as well as get my scraps out of the drawer and into sight, so that they’d get used. Enter my friend, Roy G. Biv. (He helped me with my closet, too).

Here are the supplies I used:

* Basket (I got mine a few years ago at Michael’s – sales or coupons are the way to go)

* 8.5 x 11 transparencies (from office supply store – I used these because I wanted to be able to see my scraps even if I put them into dividers.

* Tabs (I punched my own, but you could use other things – pre-made tabs from the store, ribbon, tags, etc.

* Adhesive or stapler (I used a stapler)

* Bone folder (used for scoring the transparency, but not necessary)

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Steps:

  1. Figure out how many categories of scraps you want and score that number of 8.5 x 11 transparencies in half, hamburger-fold style. I did one for each color of the rainbow (indigo and violet both get classified as “purple” for me), plus one each for white/kraft, brown, and black/grey. I also had some other categories – patterned paper that didn’t fit into one of the rainbow colors and specialty paper (chipboard, vellum, etc.).
  2. Punch out your tabs. I punched colored tabs to go with each category of color.
  3. Staple or adhere tab to transparencies. Use the already attached tabs as guides for the placement of subsequent tabs
  4. Place transparencies into a basket and sort your scraps into the transparencies.

And . . . scraps organized! Not like this happened to me or anything, but now you can go excitedly tell your significant other about how you conquered your scraps by organizing them, realize based on his reaction that he does not find your accomplishment as exciting as you did, then go tell your paper crafting friends about it because they’ll know how to appreciate it!

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Thanks so much for sharing your organization tips with us, Shirley!  Look out for more of Shirley's ideas and creative work from her blog, and don't miss her Two Peas gallery.

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Creative Spaces with Marcy Penner: Storage on a budget

Hi peas!  I wanted to share some thoughts with you today about how I make storage work in my scrap room on a very tiny budget and with a little elbow grease.

There's a lot of factors that went into my current scrap room and it's storage.  One, there's just no extra money floating around for scrap room furniture.  Two,  I live in Canada which means no Target (until Spring -- yay!)  Three, my closest Ikea's 8 hours away (until this fall when there'll be one only an hour away -- yay!).  Four, ordering online and shipping to Canada is crazy.  Five, I'm cheap.  Sigh.  If I can make it myself I will (try).

So, here's a peek into my room with a focus on thrift store finds and a little creativity when it comes to furnishings.

(For backstory, we live on the family farm in a 130 year old farmhouse.  The yard is full of outbuilldings and discarded treasures.)  

This is the newest addition to my scrap space.  Can you guess what it is?

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It's a cutlery drawer from the old kitchen cabinets that used to be in this house.  A little thinking outside the box and it makes the perfect washi storage.

Now, here's a bird's eye view of the wall in my room that holds most of my scrapping supplies.

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Let's see if I can break it down for you.  It's a great example of using thrift store and found items in your space.

On the left is a blue wooden shelf.  I don't remember where I found it, but it's perfect for cardstock.  Above that is a shelf that I screwed together.  We had an old bench that was falling apart and we were cleaning it up.  I was wanting some shallow storage for my mists so I cut the boards, nailed them together and came up with this.  $0.  Can't beat that.

The large unit in the middle is made from two pieces.  The bottom half is a section of the upper cabinets that used to be in our kitchen.  The top half is another shelf unit that I stacked on top of the bottom one.  Up until a month ago it was a two shelf piece.  But I was drooling over a postal sorter mailbox and decided to make my own instead.  Mostly because I didn't want to ship such a large piece across the border and I'm impatient. I cut two old closet doors from the house that we were storing in an outbuilding (the thin kind from the 70's) and placed them so I now had four shelves.  Then I cut some other pieces of wood left over from a previous project for the cubbies.  A coat of white paint and I have my own cubby unit.  Cheap and perfect for this space.

To the right of this I have two shelves that are from a store that closed it's doors a few years ago. The bottom one has mail slots that are perfect for thickers.

Within all these pieces I coral my items with wire baskets and containers from thrift stores.  Little bread pans fit in the cubbies perfectly.

Some other storage solutions along that wall include a metal toolbox I use to store my adhesive as well as metal buckets...

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... and some glass cookie jars I use to hold loose chipboard.

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I was lucky to find these at the thrift store for $2.  I later saw them at an antique store for $30, so I was glad I grabbed them.  I still need to replace the knob of the large one with something a little more fun.  :)

Now, if you turn around you'll be facing my work table.  Let's take a peek at that.

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Believe it or not, pretty much that entire table is made up of doors.  We had two old doors.... one made up the back and the other got cut in half for the sides.  We used this as a kitchen island before we renovated, and now it lives here.  The shelves in it are also doors... from the same group of doors that went into making the cubby.  Honestly, if it takes more than a saw and a drill I won't tackle it.  But this was doable.

The top narrow shelf is a recent addition.  I wanted somewhere to put the trays I use for current pages/projects.

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I had space for one more tray on that shelf but didn't have one... so I added a drawer pull to a wooden box and now I do.

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Don't be afraid to use objects for something other than what they were intended for.  The metal file drawers make great ink storage.

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For paper storage I had large boxed built so that file folders would fit in them.  I added casters and some more drawer pulls and voila.  Perfect.  

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So, I hope I've left you with some inspiration for repurposing items and tweaking found furniture to make your room work for you.  It may not be something you'd see in a magazine, but it definately improved the function of my space.

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Fall Projects from the Garden Girls

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If you've been following the blog this month, you know our focus has been Falll!  The Garden Girls have been hard at work creating their projects along this theme, and we are finally able to share them with you in today's Garden release.

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2012 : Captured Tutorial with Lisa Truesdell : making a custom diecut frame

Hey everyone! My 2012 : Captured class for September went live yesterday, and this month I'm talking about embellishments.  I'm here today to share a tutorial for welding text to a frame in to cut with your Silhouette Cameo. These frames won't add a lot of bulk to your album, and they're the perfect place to gather a few small accents alongside a photo.

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To start, open Silhouette Studio and use the rectangle tool to draw a frame. I sized mine a bit below 3x4in - I didn't want it to extend to the edges of my journaling card.

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Use the rectangle tool again to make the inside of the frame. I opted to go fairly narrow - under .25in.

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Select both of your shapes together and right click so that this menu comes up - you'll now select "make compound path." 

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Use the text tool to add your text, and then position it so that it slightly overlaps the inside edge of your frame.

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Select all of the shapes, right click, and select "weld" - this will join your words to the inside frame.

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Here's what it should look like when you're done! Now it's time to send it to your Silhouette.

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Here's the finished cut! I went ahead and added a little washi, a heart sticker and an enamel dot to decorate it.

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I hope you have fun playing with this technique - there are so many possibilities! Why not try mixing up the fonts, or adding shapes, or changing up the frame so it looks like a faux polaroid? Link me up if you give it a try! -Lisa

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2012 : Captured September lesson with Lisa Truesdell

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Today is the 15th which means I've got a new Project Life lesson for you in my free class series, 2012: Captured!  See the September lesson on 3d embellishments that work well in those little pockets and a slide show of her week from start to finish. Don't forget to check out the guest project from Sasha as wel! 

Don't forget all of the helpful lessons, guest projects, discussion archives and member challenge submissions can be viewed from the class homepage.   - Lisa

 

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This Week's Challenges: 9.15.2012

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Hoping to get some crafting time in this week?  We've got some challenges for you! Remember each challenge gives you a chance to win a $5 gift certificate, as well as earns you a badge for your Two Peas profile page.  Just click on the title of each challenge for details from the designer and notes on how to enter, and scroll down to see last week's winners!

Weekly Scrap Challenge: Scraplift a Pea

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Weekly Photography Challenge: Through

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Saturday Card Sketch with Kimber

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Congrats to wrholley, Momma Paparazzi & Laurel S -  we'll be in touch with you shortly on how to access your gift certificate!  And thanks to everyone who played along! - Jamie

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This Week's Class Videos: 9.14.12

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Happy Friday, Peas!  Let's take a look at what classes and videos went up this week:

Memory Keeping Monday | To the Point with Lisa Truesdell

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From Lisa: This week, i'm scrapping some fall photos that were taken of my youngest two years apart - totally loving the similarities in these pics!"

Watch the video to how this page came together.  ...see supplies and challenge here. 

The Adventures of Glitter Girl | Episode 37 Reworking Wording

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From Shimelle: This week Glitter Girl takes on the challenge of what to do with elements from a collection that just don't quite work, inspired by this message board thread. Her adventure takes her through thoughts on choosing a collection pack or individual elements and on to create a new scrapbook page with a few elements with wording that wasn't particular useful at first glance.

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Come along for the adventure, won't you? . . . see supplies and challenge here.

Finally Friday |Haunted with Kandis Smith

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From Kandis: Ooooooo… it's Halloween time…. well, almost! For me, Halloween starts really early! So to kick off the season, I've created a creepy Halloween card just for you! It's easy and fun! Take a peek at the video!

Your challenge is to create a card using Halloween products. I know you have some stashed away somewhere! Break them out!! . . . see supplies and challenge here.

 

Have a great weekend.  We'll see you tomorrow with a new round of challenges from the Garden Girls!

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Fall Project Sneaks from the Garden Girls

The temps are beginning to drop here in Wisconsin and we are looking forward to apple cider, scarves and football games!  We love this season, and these project sneaks from the Garden Girls have us even more eager to welcome Autumn!

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Look for the Fall project release from our design team on Monday, the 17th!

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Product Spotlight with Wendy Sue Anderson: Label Stickers

Hi Peas!  It’s Wendy Sue here today, sharing a little peek at one of my favorite products – label stickers!  I love all types of labels, but label stickers are definitely my favorite.  They are easy to work with and they are super versatile – you can use a single label on a layout or card, or you can create a fun collage.  You can leave them blank, write on them, stamp on them, or even print on them with your printer!   There are so many options!

There are lots of manufacturers who make label stickers to coordinate with their collections.  Here are a just a few of the choices we have in the store:

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Of course, this is just a small sampling of the label stickers that are available – check out more options here!

And what fun would a product spotlight be without including some awesome samples from the Peas who post in our galleries?  Here are a few of the projects featuring label stickers that caught my eye:

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This sweet card by Justlulu is a great example of using lots of label stickers on one card.  She used the printed labels, but could have easily used blank labels and filled them in with the days of the week as well.

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I love the way DeniseLaborde used label stickers on this layout.  She used one label sticker for each photo and wrote about every single photo on her page – and there are a lot of photos.  Using the label stickers was a great way to organize her journaling, and add pops of color too!

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On this layout by cr8noo, you will spy several label stickers mixed in with other design elements.   I really like how she overlapped some of the stickers over the photo.  I also like how the main title is on a label, but it doesn’t stand out from her design – everything flows beautifully.

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On this layout, from JenGallacher, I wanted to point out how she mixed and matched labels from several different collections.  She also left some of the labels blank, using them purely for decoration.

The options for using label stickers truly are limitless, that’s why they are one of my favorite products.  Do you have a favorite label sticker?  Or a favorite technique for using label stickers?  We’d love to hear from you! - Wendy

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Letting the Story Unfold with Sharmaine

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Hello Pea Peeps :)
It’s overseas calling… Sharmaine from Tasmania, Australia!
Don’t you just love it when product does all the work for you?
No, I’m not talking about aging cream or laundry detergent! 
I am talking about your scrap supplies.
Have you stopped and given a thought as to why some things are the way they are?
Did you even realise that designers might have a reason for making the things they do?
A lot of thought goes into what a piece of pattern paper looks like.
There is a reason that things are the way they are.
Deep isn’t it!!
Not really… Let me explain.
When I made this page I let the product do the talking.
I allowed the story to unfold quietly.

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Have you spotted it yet?
The gorgeous Jillibean Soup paper (“Tomato Sauce” from the “Sweet & Sour Soup” range)
Yes! See it?? I did pen a circle (or more oval!) around it so it was obvious!
Yes there! Ahhh!!! Lightbulb?!?! 
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I didn’t have to add a fancy title.
I didn’t have to think too hard about it at all.
It was there, right there on the paper.
Waiting, for me!

And guess what!?!
There was more!
This gorgeous “Ormolu” flair, it was made just for me!
Well not really, but it was perfect for saying what I needed to say.
And so was the “Chic Tags” file tab.

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Seriously! How can scrapping be hard when all the work is done for you?!
So next time you look at your scrap supplies.
Look with your ears!
What are your products saying to you?
It might be a gentle whisper.
It might be a thunderous cry of “PICK ME!”
But the product was made for a reason, it’s up to scrappers to give purpose to the product.
No pressure lol
May the force be with you, as you breathe life into stories.
Sharmaine.

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Thanks so much for encouraging us to scrap...with our ears, Sharmaine!  You can find more of our guest blogger's work by swinging over to her blog, and by visiting her Two Peas gallery. 

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A Quick Photoshop Elements Tutorial on Making Your Pictures Pop with Wilna

Wilna here today with a Photoshop trick! Have you ever wondered how to make your pictures pop in Photoshop Elements? In this quick 5 minute video, I will show you!

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When you are all done with the editing, remember to Flatten (Layer > Flatten Image) your image and save it as a .jpeg.  If you have any questions, leave me a comment!
Have fun editing! - Wilna

 

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True Scrap 4 + Two Peas

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Interested in signing up for the online crop, True Scrap 4?  This online event features an very cool line-up of classes, one from our very own Jen Gallacher, and Two Peas is a sponsor.  And good news!  There is a super special savings offer for the Peas when you sign up from here.  You save $30 when you sign up before the end of September!    

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Step Up Your Scrapbooking Workshop with Lynn Ghahary + Giveaway

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We're excited to announce our newest class Step Up Your Scrapbooking with Garden Girl Lynn Ghahary, has been added to our library of workshops.  Lynn has been hard at work for months on this class and we are excited we finally get to reveal it to you!

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Have you ever finished a scrapbook page only to feel that you were missing that “something special”? Perhaps you are new to scrapbooking and looking for ways to take your layouts to the next level.  Or you might be an experienced scrapbooker who is feeling the loss of your scrappy mojo, and looking for ways to increase the creative appeal of your pages.  Well then this is the workshop for you!

You’ll find this class packed with surefire ways to take your layouts to the next level with a toolkit full of tried and true designer tips and tricks.  The techniques outlined in each lesson are straightforward and easy to follow, but really pack a big punch in the design department.  You’ll find your layouts have gone from “good” to “great” just by following a few of the design guidelines covered in this class. 

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 Each lesson will focus on one of five main design categories: backgrounds, photos, titles, journaling, and embellishments.  With 10 lessons per chapter that’s 50 designer tips & tricks to refer back to when you’re faced with your next “what’s missing?” dilemma.  A brand new, never before seen page example by Lynn (as well as some other special guest designers) accompanies each lesson to help get you started.  Additionally, an informative PDF and instructional video is provided for each chapter.  Each video not only reviews the lessons included in the chapter, but also features the start to finish process of one of the chapter layouts as well.  

Whether you’re an experienced scrapbooker or new to the hobby, this workshop has something for everyone.  So grab your scissors, paper, and glue and let’s step up your scrapbooking!

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The content of this workshop will be available immediately upon purchase. The lessons are available for you to work at your own pace and upon purchase can be accessed in the "Workshops" section under "Classes & Events." A private message board forum is also available to both ask questions of Lynn and to connect with other participants. Enjoy!  
And now we get to give a class spot away!  Just leave a comment here letting us know why you'd love to take this workshop along with your Two Peas username for your chance to win.  The giveaway is open through Sunday, September 16th.  We'll draw and announce a winner here on the blog on the 17th.  Good luck!

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Member Spotlight with Laura Craigie: Shellye_McDaniel

I am so happy to be able to spotlight another awesome Pea today!  Her name is Shellye McDaniel and she is a talented triple threat, making wonderful pages, cards, and mini albums!  I sometimes think embellishing is a bit of an art in itself, knowing when to stop, or add just one more button, etc.  I think Shellye is great at that and her projects are just so visually pleasing and put together.  Lets have a look at some things from her gallery shall we? :)

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This Gratitude card is amazing, and I just love how she made a bow from burlap and tied it with a rustic twine.  The row of buttons tied with the same twine at the bottom is a great tie in.  I also just love how she did a blanket stitch around the orange patterned paper, it really makes it pop and is another wonderful detail on this card.

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Another card where she paired who different items for the bow on top of the card and I think it just works so well.  But my favorite part is the heart on the card.  If you look close you can see it's full of dimension as there are real buttons placed over an image of buttons.  So cute and clever!

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How sweet is this mini album?  She mixed different patterned papers so well, and I am a sucker for good machine stitching!  The corrugated heart is such a fabulous addition to the mini album perfectly grounding the title work and image.

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So many details on this layout to love.  The tilted photo, the mixed title work, and of course the fun machine stitching.  I sometimes struggle with patterned paper that has selective designs like the background paper she used, and I think this is a great example of how to make them work, and not just cut them apart.

I hope you enjoyed looking at a few of Shellye's projects with me, you really should go check out the rest of her awesome gallery. :) - Laura

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This Week's Challenges 9.8.2012

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Hoping to get some crafting time in this week?  We've got some challenges for you!  Remember each challenge gives you a chance to win a $5 gift certificate, as well as earns you a badge for your Two Peas profile page.  Just click on the title of each challenge for details from the designer and notes on how to enter, and scroll down to see last week's winners!


Weekly Scrap Challenge: Journal using a list with Wendy
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Weekly Photography Challenge: Hard at Play with Jen
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Congrats to izzy bmonageeswlady -  we'll be in touch with you shortly on how to access your gift certificate!  And thanks to everyone who played along! - Jamie

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This Week's Class Videos 9.7.2012

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Happy Friday, Peas!  Let's take a look at what classes and videos went up this week:

Memory Keeping Monday | Fall Leaves with Nancy Damiano

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From Nancy, "Welcome to this week's episode of Memory Keeping Monday. Today I created a page with some Fall flair. I used a pile of colorful die cuts to add some pop to this page about DS enjoying the season. 

Watch the video to how this page came together."  ...see supplies and challenge here.

 

 

The Adventures of Glitter Girl | Episode 036 Masking Mysteries

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From Shimelle, "This week Glitter Girl takes unmasks a misting mystery, inspired by this message board thread. Her adventure takes her through basic notes on making masks adhesive and onto a 12x12 page with the masked and misted papers.

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Come along for the adventure, won't you?" ... see supplies and challenge here.

 


Finally Friday | You're Brilliant with Julie Campbell

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From Julie, "Have you ever struggled when working with a dark background? In this Finally Friday card making tutorial, I'm going to shine the light on the subject! We'll be working with chalks & heat embossing, using the new Bright Idea stamp by Technique Tuesday.

Want to give it a try? Your challenge this week is to use a dark background on a project. Of course, you can emboss or add chalk, but feel free to take an entirely new spin on it as well!"  ... see supplies and challenge here.

 

Have a great weekend.  We'll see you tomorrow with a new round of challenges from the Garden Girls!

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Taking Simple Monthly Belly Shots with Jess

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Right now, I am completing some unfinished projects. First on the list? My pregnancy album. I wanted to put a page in my album that shows my expanding waistline month by month. The above series is a visual summary of the nine months I carried my daughter Rowan....and I love it.  I can't believe how big I was, nor how calm I looked. And that pregnancy hair !?! Man, I miss those luscious locks! 
After going through this experience, I am happy I took the time every month to take belly shots. Although it only took a few minutes to capture, there are a few things I would recommend when taking these types of pictures.  Pregnant? Read on to find out how you can take simple monthly belly shots: 

 

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This does not have to be more complicated than it needs to be. Whether its your first or fifth pregnancy, you need to be able to fit these photos into your lifestyle. There are lots of options: weekly, monthly or even by trimester - pick a format that works for you. I had a friend who took a belly photo each week she was pregnant. Turns out she took 38 photos....38! Although it worked for her, that seemed a bit daunting to me. Remember this is not a sprint, its a marathon. Whatever you start, you need to be able to finish it. 

 

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Location, location, location! Find a backdrop in your home that isn't too distracting and stick with it. Aim to take your photos on the same day and time each week or month. I used a small corner in our dining room; and generally, we shot pictures on a Saturday morning after I slept in and had a 20 minute shower. Gone are those days! Also in each shot, I made sure to include the hutch and the bowl of apples.Including the same elements in the background will help showcase the passage of time in the foreground.  Spoiler Alert: those are fake apples. My fruit dish never look so good!

 

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Let your belly be the centre of attention, not your clothes! I chose to wear neutrals in these photos because it went with my space. They were also the clothes I had in my closet.  Although it may seem like a good idea to wear jeans and a white shirt for all of your shots, you will need buy these items in multiple sizes. You may not want to wear jeans in the summer or a plain white t-shirt in the winter.  My philosphy is that you can never go wrong with neutrals! Whatever you do, wear what makes you feel good. That feeling will shine through your pictures. 

 

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Watching too many seasons of America's Next Top Model has come in handy for something! Don't be afarid to pose. You've taken the time and energy to take these pictures, move your body and your hands. Be dynamic. Your body goes through so many changes; a pose that worked one month, may not look so good the next. Be prepared to take a lot of photos. On average, my husband took 50 + photos each session. Even when you think you've go the shot, take 5 more.  You want to capture your body but get a shot that makes you feel good too.

 

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This seems like a no brainer and it is. However after giving birth, I am still waiting for my memory to be FEDex'd back to me! Trust me, the last thing you want to do when you're sleep deprived is sort through a bunch of pregnancy pictures. There is just so much to do! Its a good idea to upload, sort and label you photos in the moment. Upload to multiple places, like your home computer, blog, flickr, Facebook, twitter or two peas accounts. Heaven forbid your hard drive would crash! But if it did, you would  be prepared with a back-up system already in place. Besides, family and friends are always interested to see how you and your family are growing!
Whether or not you are taking one belly picture or a monthly series of photographs, I hope these tips will help you get clean and simple looking shots.
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Thanks so much for sharing these fantastic tips with us, Jess!  Looking for more inspiration from today's guest blogger?  Follow Jess as she shares from her home on the web, Life on Lee Avenue, and be sure to check out her Two Peas gallery as well!
 

 

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Vintage Film Holder Mini Album by Shelley

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Hello everyone! My name is Shelley Haganman and I love "junking" and scrapbooking! Antique and consignment stores are such great places to find unique items that you can transform into real treasures.  Today I am going to share with you a project combining both of my favorite hobbies  Recently I found this gorgeous vintage film holder that I immediately saw as a place to store a mini album:

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I knew I wanted to include as many instagram photos that I took on our most recent Summer vacation, so making a mini accordian album was just the answer! And how cute would it look all tucked into this vintage piece?! I measured the inside of the film holder, which would house my mini album, and got to work cutting and assembling the base of my album.

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Since I had so many pictures that I wanted to include, I designed my accordian album to expand up and down giving me plenty of space to fit all my photos. Now that the base of my album assembled it was time to add photos and embellishments. Once the album was finished to my liking, I merely folded it back into place and kept it snug inside the film holder using some baker's twine.

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Finally, I decorated the cover and added a flair button with a magnet since the cover was metal and my project was complete. I love that I can set it on a table or a desk and pop it open and relive the incredible time we had on our vacation.

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I hope this has inspired you to create a treasure out of something out of the ordinary. To make something old new again with your creative hand.

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Thanks so much for being our guest and for sharing your amazing album, Shelley.  You can find more inspiration from Shelley on her scrapbooking and photography blogs, as well as her Two Peas gallery!

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September Product Review Prize + August Winner!

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We value the feedback you share when you leave product reviews in the Two Peas store.  That's why every month we give away a prize pack to a randomly selected product reviewer.  Here is the prize pack for this month - just oozing with all kinds of fun items to scrap your back-to-school memories!  Just leave a review in the store and you're automatically entered.  For every review you do, you're given another entry!  

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Congratulations to tootles0416 - you are our randomly selected product reviewer from last month!  The August prize set of goodies will be sent to the address in your Two Peas account shortly. :)

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New Vendor Challenges + August Vendor Challenge Winners!

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Each month we partner with your favorite brands to give you an excuse to not only play with their products and get some crafting done, but a chance to win BIG!  Check out the most recent challenges we've posted here for details.  

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

And now it's time to announce last month's vendor challenge winners!  

Congratulations to...

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kharkovlbirololanae, cassandra 2248sesmom & ksnapp!

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The prizes will be sent to the addresses in your Two Peas account shortly; you'll want to make sure those are up-to-date.  Congrats again and thanks so much to everyone who played along!

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Member Spotlight with Jen Gallacher: Walesk

Hi Peas, Jen Gallacher here.  One of my favorite things to do each day is to browse through the 2Peas gallery. I love to see what everyone is creating. I bookmark several items, add products to my cart, and just feel inspired to get back in my craft room and start creating.

Today I wanted to highlight a member that constantly inspires me. I chose walesk for her fabulous eye for design and use of products. I aspire to be like her! Here are a couple of samples of her amazing work.

Waleska has an eye for detail and often uses paper shapes to draw the eye to amazing photography. The sunshine shape in this layout is a great example of her use of hand and die cut paper shapes:

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Another thing I love about Waleska's style is her ability to work with paper. In this layout, she cut out circles and layered items behind them. I love how dynamic and straightforward the design of this layout is:

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In this next example, Waleska used her Silhouette die cutting machine to cut a circular background. Once again she filled the back of the circles with patterned papers and photos. I love how all of her layouts have fantastic photography. I would love all my photos to look as beautiful as hers.

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In addition to layouts, Waleska also creates cards and tags. I thought this Valentine tag set was especially cute.

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Be sure to check out all of her work in her gallery here!  You don't want to miss out on all of her amazing inspiration! - Jen

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This Week's Challenges 9.1.2012

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Do you have plans to get creative this holiday weekend?  We've got some challenges for you!  Remember each challenge gives you a chance to win a $5 gift certificate, as well as earns you a badge for your Two Peas profile page.  Just click on the title of each challenge for details from the designer and notes on how to enter, and scroll down to see last week's winners!

Weekly Scrap Challenge | Mixing in Themed Patterns with Shannon

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Weekly Photography Challenge | Feet with Shimelle

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Saturday Card Sketch with Kimber

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Congrats to kharkovcraftwomanstylejenchapin - - we'll be in touch with you shortly on how to access your gift certificate!  And thanks to everyone who played along! - Jamie

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