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Tool School with Jen Gallacher + Giveaway!

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Designer and Garden Girl Jen Gallacher is back with another workshop!  We're so pleased to have her teaching for us again.  Not only does Jen have years of experience as a designer, but as a professional in the industry, she also wears the hat of editor, writer, and blogger.  This experience, combined with her passion for teaching and the amazing projects she has to share, is why we're so thrilled to bring you Tool School!  

Here is a little about the class.  Don't miss entering the giveaway!

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We all have them: punches, die cut machines, die cut shapes, and even our most basic tools. And while some of these tools get more use than others, some get completely neglected. Garden Girl Jen Gallacher comes to the rescue with this workshop designed to help you use your tools in creative new ways. The "Tool School" workshop includes over 100 creative ideas for using your tools. (Some basic knowledge of how to use a digital die cut machine, a manual die cut machine, and paper punching are required.)

In the following chapters, Jen focuses on teaching new ways to use each type of tool system. Full step-by-step instructions are included for all of the 102 techniques found on the 30 layouts for this workshop. Chapters are divided accordingly:

 Chapter 1: Punches

Chapter 2: Die Cutting

Chapter 3: Other Tools

 

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In addition to the 37 page PDF, Jen has incorporated many of the techniques in each chapter video (120 minutes of video!). Learn how to die cut a shape from Washi Tape. Punch and layer two of the same photo. Hand stitch an embossed pattern. Or staple ribbon to your page. There are so many techniques to choose from! Each video also includes a full start-to-finish layout so you can see how Jen approaches designing with tools into her design process.

Samples include 12x12" and 8 1/2" x 11" layouts and feature seasonal celebrations, family outings, and special memories.

Whether you're looking to purchase and use new tools, or whether you're looking to stretch your tool supplies even further, this fun and exciting workshop will give you plenty of ideas to choose from. Lessons can be completed at your own pace. A private message board forum is also available to ask questions of both Jen and to connect with other participants.  Join in on the fun!

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Cost of Class: $12 | Buy now!

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We're giving away a spot to Jen's class!  Just leave a comment below with your Two Peas username letting us know why you'd love to take Tool School.  We'll draw a winner a week from today and announce it here on the blog!

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Gardeners' Digest Blog Hop April Giveaway Winner!

Congrats to Moyle - you are the winner of our blog hop gift certificate winner!  We will get in touch with your shortly on how to claim your credit.  Thanks for hopping everyone!

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Creative Space Tour with Lexi Bridges

Hey Peas! Lexi here today to give you a little tour of my scrap space. Some Peas mentioned in a CHA chat that a video tour would be fun so I decided to bring that to you today. Some background info on the room: Until 1.5 months ago I was scrapping on a concrete floor in the world's messiest scrap/storage room. "Hoarders" would not be proud. Or maybe they would. Anyway, it wasn't pretty. We turned our john deere room (an extra room in your basement to drive in your lawnmower for anyone not in the midwest) into a new space for me to scrap and teach. (I homeschool part of the week.) The room had concrete floors, part concrete walls/part unfinished walls, no light to the outside world and an unfinished ceiling.

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 Not pretty. I've only been in this space about 6 weeks, but the remodel was well worth it!

 

And some pictures to go with the video

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Lest you think, "Wow. That girl has got it together!" Let's be real- that video is a serious illusion. It took me an entire day to get it to videoing standards.  My room is never, EVER this clean. Ever. On a good day it looks like this

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and usually it looks much, much worse. And that's with the floor covered in junk, too. Just keeping it real ;)

Thanks for joining me today and taking a look into my room! Let me know if you have any questions. I would be happy to answer them.  Have a great day! - Lexi

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Quick and Easy Layout with Mists & Masks Tutorial by Céline

Hello Peas!  Celine here with a fun tutorial to get you out of your confort zone! I have come up with a fun and easy (you’ll see) tutorial for you – I hope this will inspire you and I’m looking forward to seeing what you come up with !

Let’s start!

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 First of all, choose the patterned papers you would like to work with. Choose a busy patterned paper for the main background and a ledger one or clear one to mist.

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Choose your favorite mists or, at least, the ones that match your patterned papers. If you don’t have lots of mists, then pick the ones you would like to work with and match your patterned papers according to your mists colors.

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Now you have to mist ! Don’t be scared, everything is going to be alright ! Try to mist not too close (you’ll get a small circle spot) and not too far (you’ll mist all over the place BUT your layout) : try to mist from at least 8 to 10 inches from your background.

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Now mist 3-4 times on your background.

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Repeat the same step with different colors, without cleaning the mask, and on different spots on your background.

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Now, instead of cleaning your mask, use it as a stamp and clean it on your background! You’ll get amazing, unexpected designs!

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 How cool it looks now!

Now your background is ready to be scrapbooked.  Pick a few embellishments you really like, print your pictures and have fun!

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Supplies list : Maggie Holmes 12x12 Paper Pad ; Studio Calico Sundrifter First Kiss Mr Huey ; Studio Calico Sundrifter Splash Mr Huey ; Studio Calico Here & There Desert Mr Huey ; Studio Calico Snippets Circles Mask ; Studio Calico Here & There V Mask ; Dear Lizzy 5th & Frolic Accents & Phrases w/ Foil Stickers ; Dear Lizzy 5th & Frolic Die cut Shapes ; Basic Grey Knee Highs & Bows Ties Wooden Flags ; Glitz Design Love you Madly Whatnots ; Glitz Design Love you Madly Giant Rhinestones.

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This Week's Class Videos 4.28.2013

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3 Ways to Improve Your Use of Color in Scrapbooking

As we near the end of our color month focus, we thought we'd give you one last post with inspiration for pulling color in your projects!

1. Check out this helpful color wheel guide by Erica Hernandez from the archives of our Garden section.

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2. Try working with a color family like neutrals, brights, pastels, and primaries.  Here's what the Garden Girls did with color families for this month's theme:

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Using brights by Melissa Stinson

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Using brights by Shannon Tidwell

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Using brights by Elizabeth Kartchner

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Using pastels by Jen Kinkade

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Using pastels by Amy Tan

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Using neutrals with Janna Werner

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Using neutrals with Lexi Bridges

3.  Be a student of color and take a workshop.  Through the Kaleidescope by Amy Heller is completely focused on this subject.  Amy is an expert on the topic and has a background in art direction.

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Art Class by Wilna Furstenberg.  It was released earlier this year and can still be found in our Hot Products section with 30 perfect ratings.  Wilna encourages you to experiment and play; there's an artist in you and she is your biggest cheerleader.  Color is such an important tool for an artist, and Wilna does not disappoint.

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Start Here by Lisa Truesdell.  In this mini $12 workshop, you'll get an entire chapter dedicated to being inspired by color.  A perfect choice if you're budget is tight, but you're itching to learn and in need of some motivation.

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We hope you feel more equipped to pull together just the right colors to record your memories!

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Color Focus: Blues & Purples

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Blues and purples; the colors of blue skies and sweet lilacs. The last hues we'll be admiring as we near the end of our month of color.  Here's how the Garden Girls used them:

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Blue Skies by Kristina Nicolai-White

Kristina plays with a gradient of aqua blue by handcutting arrowheads.  This big-impact design not only leads your eye to her focal point, but imitates the sky in her photo. Brads, wood veneer and tiny arrows make the page complete.

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St. Thomas by Nancy Damiano

Nancy pooled together her supplies in blue and filled each oval in her die-cut background with bits of fun.  Notice she's used her enlarged photo almost like another piece of paper; it is the foundation for her title, another photo and additional accents.

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Hello Today by Céline Navarro

Céline uses a complimentary color scheme by bringing in bits of gold and yellow to balance her use of purple.  We love the variety of patterns and the neutrals mixed in here.

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Bring these cool hues into your own projects!  Is your stash a little bare in this area of the color wheel?  Browse our selection here.

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Check out our Color Inspiration Pinterest board, this month's featured selection, ourInstagram feed and our most recent Garden Girl project release for more on the subject of color.  Play along with us this month and tag #2peascolorfulworld on your favorite social media platform for a chance to win big (details here)

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If You Like...

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If you like classic navy paired with lemon yellow, teal and kelly green, and if you enjoy a preppy chic style, you'll love the new Oxford Lane collection from My Mind's Eye. Oxford Lane is one of two color families and lines under the larger collection umbrella of Kate & Co.  Here's a look at some of our favorite patterns and designs:

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Browse the entire line here, and be sure to check out its sister line with a different color scheme, Cambridge Court.

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Folded Circles Tutorial with Paige Evans

For the March Garden Girl Gallery the theme was SHAPE UP YOUR SCRAPBOOKING and I (Paige Evans) had so much fun turning the most simple of shapes - the circle - into a fun and detailed focal point on my layout!

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Here's how they came to be:

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1) Gather your supplies: I chose the My Girl line by American Crafts, a 2 1/8" circle punch, and a ruler that is about 1" wide.

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 2) Start punching circles from the patterned paper. It definitely helps to have double-sided papers because both sides will be seen!

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 3) Admire your collection of circles!

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4) Take a ruler that is about 1" wide and place it in the center of a circle. Bend up the exposed sides of the circle over the ruler. Remove the ruler then press and crease the folded edges. You can either glue the edges down, stitch them down, or leave them popped up a bit for dimension!

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 5) Line up the pieces side-by-side in a row.

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6) For the next row, tuck the pieces over then under (then repeat) the bottom edge of the first row.

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 7) Now you've made a happy and fun border for your layouts, cards, and projects!

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 If you get a chance to make a project using this circles technique, I'd love to see, so make sure to leave a comment with a link to your project below! THANKS! - Paige

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10 Tips for Scrapping with Mason Jars

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We admire them on our tables and on pretty patterned paper, but we've seen discussions on the forum, "I'm stuck. What do you do with mason jars?"  Well, today we've rounded up 10 clever and inspiring ideas.  Here's how we've seen this motif show up in our paper projects and in the Two Peas member gallery:

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Mini album by suzyplant

1. Fill in your jar with journaling.  List the treats or recipes you love. Your journaling doesn't even have to be food-related; a list of favorite things works too!

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Happy Birthday by Jill Sprott

2. See how far you can stretch this supply by altering it.  You don't have to simply stamp or stick it down and call it done. Jill placed a number inside and added a bow.  Then, she stitched lines coming out of it and placed dimensional circles on the end.  Look to your other embellishments for clues on how you can do this; I'm willing to bet Jill's idea stemmed from the birthday balloons on the left. 

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3. Repeat the motif.  Repetition is a design principle that will work every time.  Don't be afraid of overlapping them. Try creating a border like the one above or even a grid design with multiple jars. Mpcapistran's journaling reflects on how love cannot be measured; how appropriate then that the paints, hearts and butterflies are not contained within the jars but are floating out of them.

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Just Peachy by stwing2

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The Good Stuff by Jill Sprott

4. Use it literally!  If you have a layout about canning or cooking in the kitchen, consider using this as an embellishment.

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Farm Girl Mini Album by shellyemcdaniel

5. Use its shape as a base for a mini album.  Shelly's cute country style shone through in this project using October Afternoon's Farm Girl collection.

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6. Fill the jar with stuff!  We've seen such great ideas from the Peas including confetti, sequinslightning bugsstars, hearts, stamps or a combination of various shapes like the layout above.  Shannon Tidwell did an entire video tutorial on using glitter with stamped jars here.

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Flower in a Jar by sweetpea778

7. Use the jar as a paper "vase." Create your own flowers like this one or use premade embellishmetns and designs like die cuts, stickers, stamps or florals. Pressed and dried flowers would be neat too!

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Ladybug Hello Card by msdixie

8. Create a scene within a jar.  Try stamping, doodling or even using rubons. A winter scene with snow would be beautiful.

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Sometimes by SJ

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Jar of Memories by cdheeren

9. Use jars as a frame for photos.  They make the most unique homes for photos.

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Gift tags by lintsi

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Vintage flower jar tags by mypapercrafting

10. Create unique gift tags!  They make a stand-out embellishment to a gift or package.

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Inspired to try this for yourself? Browse some of our favorite mason jar designs here!

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Gardeners' Digest Blog Hop + Giveaway: April

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Welcome to another Gardeners' Digest, our monthly blog hop with the Garden Girls!  Each stop along the way will share sneaks, favorite products, current inspiration and more.  Scroll down for our special giveaway!

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When we shared sneaks we asked if you had guesses on next month's theme.  You were right! We're focusing on photos.  Look out for a new batch of projects from the Garden Girls following this theme on May 1st in the Design Team Garden.

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We are inspired by the way diturner lifted Céline's tutorial on putting together a two page spread.  We love the way she made it her own and her use of complimentary colors.

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1) Wide washi tape 2) New My Minds Eye stamps 3) New Kate & Co collection 4) New Up and Away collection 5) Arrow clips

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Would you like to win a $10 gift certificate to Two Peas? Leave a comment if so!  Just mention your Two Peas username with a comment saying what you would spend it on for your chance.  We'll draw and announce a winner a week from today, the 29th.  Good luck!

Next on the hop is Céline Navarro!  Here's a list of the Garden Girls blogging this month:

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Melissa Stinson

Lilith Eeckels

Amy Tan

Marcy Penner

Lisa Dickinson

Corrie Jones

Jill Sprott

Lexi Bridges

Wilna Furstenberg

Jen Gallacher

Paige Evans

Julie Campbell

Jennifer Kinkade

Laura Craigie

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This Week's Class Videos 4.21.2013

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If You Like...

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If you like a pattern that can span all styles from playful and childlike to sweet and chic, you will like our polka dot selection.  We find it one of the most irrestitable patterns.

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Browse some of our favorite polka dot supplies here!

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Color Focus: Green

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Green.  It's such an easy color to like; we see it in nature, in Spring fashion, and in our papercrafting supplies!  We love its many tones and shades like mint and emerald green (the Pantone color of the year).  Here is how the Garden Girls infused this much-loved hue into their layouts:

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Paige has gathered bits of green and built her page layer by layer, starting off with a mint cardstock base, tucking elements under her photos, adding finishing on top of her pictures and layout like a jeweled pin and dots of mist.  We adore the rows of treasures and her custom chevron design. 

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Green is Jill's favorite color and we love that she was unfraid of swinging from blue-greens to yellow-greens on this page.  She gives some helpful tips on using a color in a dominant way without it overwhelming your project here.

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Kristina created a striking cover for a mini album by playing with paint.  Watch this design come together from start to finish in her In the Mood to Scrap video tutorial here.

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Experiment with this color for yourself with the help of our selection here.  We can't wait to see what you come up with!

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Get the Look: amandaresende

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Today's edition of Get the Look is inspired by this delightful page by amandaresende.  We love the painterly look, range of color and details like stitching and layering of patterns.  It's not surprising this page is currently in the top views of the member gallery! Here are a few products we spotted that would help one translate this digital page to a traditional paper layout:

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Or shop all our delightfully happy and Spring-y products here!

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Trends Watch: The Nautical Season with Nancy Damiano

Nothing says Spring quite like a nice bold nautical theme. It's navy, graphic and timeless. We've been seeing it pop up everywhere in fashion, home decor and jewelry.

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It's nice to see that trend in scrapbooking products this season as well. From the bold red, white and blues of Fancy Pant's Down by the Shore to Glitz' Uncharted Waters with its additions of fuschia and gold.

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This nautical page uses themed elements to highlight a day ashore on a cruise vacation. The repetition of anchors and flags bring out the 'where' of the page, while the bold turquoise color lets the landscape photo shine. 

Now let's take a look at how fellow Peas are using the nautical theme in some non-conventional ways.

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This pirate page by Jossiah uses the same collection on an everyday layout depicting childhood. I love the contrast of feminine flowers and an anchor here.

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This popsicle page pulls the red,white and blue elements from the collection while telling a funny family story by BeckyLitz. The banner creates a shelf for the photo and adds whimsy to the layout.

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This Nice Catch layout by audreykit uses beautiful layers of the Unchartered Waters collection to highlight a cute fishing shot. I love how she used twine to draw the eye to the title. 

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I love how brains32192 documented her thoughts on motherhood in this page using the same collection.  Anchors symbolize stability and strong foundations - what could be more perfect for a page highlighting a mother/daughter relationship.

Whether it's a day at the beach, cruise vacation, silly moments or important bonds, the nautical theme has something for you.

Show us how you've used this trend in your pages. We'd love to take a peek!

 

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May Garden Girl Sneaks

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It's mid-April and we're gearing up for a new batch of Garden Girl projects to be released May 1st!  Any guesses what next month's theme will be? ;)

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Inspired by...

You told us you enjoyed seeing the spotlight on a few lifted projects.  Here are some more ways we've seen you take inspiration from the Garden Girls!

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Malibustacey puts a spin on Corrie's design and creates a Halloween layout!  Love how she used stars instead of hearts and made a dent in her washi tape stash.

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Misssharoninez lifts a page Amy Tan teaches in her Mix It Up workshop, getting mileage out of her collection of stamps.

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We love how Lairdoglen was motivated to create a color wheel of embellishments herself after seeing our graphics for this month's color focus.

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We adore the way di_turner used Lisa's misting technique and applied it to circles.  She put her own own color scheme to work too!

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Kharkov played along in Wilna's challenge to combine 6x6 paper pads with brads.  She's swapped out the squares with a column of circles - beautiful!

Play along with one of this month's class challenges yourself!  You could win a $10 gift certificate to Two Peas when you do.  Have fun!

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This Week's Class Videos 4.14.2013

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If You Like...

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If you like the magic of a child's storybook, enjoy nature or daydream of throwing your child a woodland-themed birthday party, chances are you've either ordered or have plans to order the Fern & Forest collection by Little Yellow Bicycle.  Here are a few of our favorites from this line:

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You'll see we carry both the boy themed and the girl line like the pieces featured above.  Shop the entire collection here and have fun adding some magic to your scrapbooks.

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Color Focus: Orange & Yellow

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We've had rain, rain and more rain this week at Two Peas headquarters.  Our focus on orange and yellow this week has brightened things up for us (you may have noticed these sunny hues in our newsletter, Instagram feed and Pinterest board).  Here's a look at how the Garden Girls have been scrapping with them:

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Marcy pulled a variety of pieces together like labels, buttons, patterned papers, clips and brads to record her son's favorite color.  A neutral background keeps the concentration of color from being too overpowering.

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Jen creates a warm and inviting page by using a variety of oranged like tangerines and golds.  Notice she even layers color onto color ... a golden butterfly is embellishmed with a button strung with twine.

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Lilith creates a magical background with layers of ink and gesso.  She's reinforced the mood of her page by using words like "happy", "my fave", "amazing" and "my sunshine."

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A no-fail color pairing?  Grey and yellow.  Laura's layout here is proof that this will work every time.  Also, you'll see she's piled on the patterns here.  By keeping to one color scheme, you can get away with using multiple patterns without overwhelming the viewer.

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Add some happy to your projects with our yellow and orange selection here!

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Check out our Color Inspiration Pinterest board, this month's featured selection and our most recent Garden Girl project release for more on the subject of color.  Play along with us this month and tag #2peascolorfulworld on your favorite social media platform for a chance to win big (details here)

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Member Spotlight: Paulacastells

With our focus on color this month, our member spotlight on Paulacastells could not be more timely.  Paula does a fantastic job using color; it's one of the first things about her work that catches your eye.  You'll notice she converts most of her photography to black and white, creates monochromatic pages or layouts using colors opposite each other on the color wheel, and adds layers of artistic techniques.  Every page she creates is a work of art!  Here are a few of our favorites:

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Amazing Winter

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Good Times

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Winter

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Want to create a similar look to Paula? Look for mists, masks, gesso, and florals just to name a few things she uses regularly.  Shop her style here.

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Find more of Paula's pages from her Two Peas profile, and check out her blog for more inspiration!

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Style vs. Inspiration with Corrie Jones

We all have our own style, both for how we create but also what we like to see in the gallery.  It is fun to look in the gallery and browse all the beautiful projects and artwork.  Personally, I find tons and tons of inspiration in the Two Peas gallery.  Something I have noticed though is that although I enjoy looking at other scrapbooker's work whose style is similar to mine, I find more inspiration from different styles.  

Let's look at some examples.

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This is clean and simple to me.  And totally gorgeous!  I love the less is more approach and the beautiful pops of color in the hearts.  

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A mixed media piece of art!!  I love the texture and how the larger, handcreated elements work with the die cut pieces.  This makes me want to just play freely and get my fingers messy.

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Project Life.  Not something I do, nor do I see myself doing it.  But beautiful all the same.  This reminds me to scrapbook the moment, the everyday, the things I would otherwise forget.  It reminds me to keep things and do more than throw them in a box.

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Jill is a storyteller.  I love that.  She inspires me to try to journal more, to record things and not be afraid of people reading my words.  She makes me want to use journaling as a design element, not an afterthought.

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A two pager??  I do not do these.  But I love that Kristina shows me I could do one, in my style and have it all be beautiful.  I love how she uses large photos as well.  This page makes me want to step out of my comfort zone.

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COLOR!  WOW!  It is engery and beauty all together.  I love color, but this color packs a punch on it's own.  It makes me smile and inspires me to be bold.

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Flowers in a vase on my counter are awesome.  Flowers on my scrapbook pages do not work.  But I look at this stunning beauty and I smell spring.  I want to reach out and touch the petals.  The color combination calls me to into my scrapbook room to try to replicate it.

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This gorgeous page inspires me to make art.  Scrapbooking is memory keeping, sure, but it is more than a craft.  It is art.  And its ok to just make art pages.  It's ok to not have a reason or a story written down.  Sometimes the creating is what is most necessary.

So I challenge you all to look through the gallery and see the inspiration in there.  To let yourself be inspired, let go that you have to see your style, and look for the beauty in each and every page.  We get inspired with new things as well as the tried and true. 

Happy scrapping!!

~Corrie

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Trends Watch: Cityscapes and Skylines

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Cityscapes and skylines are making an appearance in recent colllections like Here and There from Studio Calico and Amy Tangerine's Yes, Please!.  Buildings of different heights and designs are not only fun to see all lined up in a row, but they help tell the story of the places we visit or call home.  This motif gives a sense of adventure to our pages and projects, and tells the "where" in our stories.  Let's take a look at how we're seeing scrapbookers use this trend:

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On this page about her son growing up too fast, midwesterngirl uses a cityscape paper from Amy Tangerine to subtly reinforce how her son will one day move on to see new places and things. This reminds us we don't have to necessarily be documenting about a place, but something deeper.

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Paige Evans creates an impressive masked border at the bottom of her page.  The weight of it is balanced with several small photos filling up her background.  She gives a helpful how-to on how to recreate this design here.

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This page by its just me is so clever!  She's created her own custom skyline out of washi tape.  The lines around her photo and title are drawn at an angle, mimicking the buildings.  She's topped the page off with a cloud pattern.  Perfect!

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Amy Tan created her own skyline with machine stitching, inspiring us once again to not overlook the powerful potential of needle and thread.

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A cityscape can make the perfect design for a card too!  Lucy Abrams highlighted two windows of a digital image she printed in yellow to indicate the recipient's brand new space.  A button makes a cute sun, and a cloud background adds to the whimsical feel.

Create your own scenery on your projects with our selection here:

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What do you think?  Have you tried using cityscapes and skylines in your projects?  We'd love to see!

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Get the Look 4.8.2013

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Today's edition of Get the Look is inspired by this lovely and bright page by parenthesescrap.  We're drawn to the tone-on-tone design and the subtle details.  The texture in the hand-cut transparency, border-punched elements, florals and thread add dimension without stealing the show from her stunning photo.  Here are a few products we spotted that would help one achieve this look:

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Shop parenthesescrap's clean and simple look here!

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Mix It Up with Amy Tan Workshop Giveaway Winner!

Congrats to Leigh Penner, you are the winner of a spot in Amy Tan's Mix It Up class!  We'll email you shortly with access to the class.  Congrats!

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This Week's Class Videos 4.7.2013

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Color Focus : Red & Pink

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Our theme this month is color and we are having so much fun with it!  If you're signed up for our newsletter or follow us on Instagram or Pinterest, you may have noticed we've been adoring reds and pinks this week.  Let's take a look at what the Garden Girls did with these colors.  Try infusing color in your next project with the ideas they've shared!

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My Baby Girl by Corrie Jones

Corrie uses a range of shades of pink and pulls all sorts of patterns together.  Her design is unified by stacking the strips of pink and stitching through them, creating one large background unit.

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Hello Love by Lisa Dickinson

Lisa plays with red elements and gives them a "home" within the circles on her layout.

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Hello Darling by Wilna

Wilna splits her page in half; one side is filled with a pink floral pattern and the other is dotted with splatters of pink paint.  How will you use these colors?

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You can browse our red and pink product picks here!

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Check out our Color Inspiration Pinterest board, this month's featured selection and our most recent Garden Girl project release for more on the subject of color.  Play along with us this month and tag #2peascolorfulworld on your favorite social media platform for a chance to win big (details here)!

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Rule of Thirds Tutorial by Wilna

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Today we are going to talk a bit about the rule of thirds. I made this 7 minute video where my photographer friend, Dani van Steelandt and I talk about the rule of thirds. I will also show you how I created this page in a few easy steps. I hope you enjoy it! And I hope you use this design principle on your next page!

Much love!
Wilna

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Get to Know: Jennifer Kinkade

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Did you catch there's a new face in the Design Team Garden?  We are so excited to have the lovely and talented Jennifer Kinkade joining our team of Garden Girls!  Jennifer will be a regular contributor to our Scrap Your Stash video series, as well as share layouts for our monthly releases.  Here's a little about Jennifer:

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About me: I have lived in West Virginia my whole life. I am a former registered nurse turned craft junkie. I fell in love with all things memory keeping when I was pregnant with my second daughter. I went to my first Creative Memories party at a friends' house and was hooked from the beginning! As a result of scrapbooking, my passion for photography also grew. The rest is history.

About my family: I have been married to my high school sweetheart, Lincoln, for 20 yrs--that makes me feel old! ;) We have spent over half of our lives together. We have 3 beautiful daughters ages 20, 14, and 12--that doesn't seem possible and makes me feel even older, yet they keep me young ;) !!

About my style: I would like to think of my style as fun and experimental. A friend and I decided it could be called "mod-eclectic" or I have seen it described as "whimsical". I would like to think I am always growing and challenging myself therefore, my style continues to evolve as I grow in my own creativity and inspiration. Once I know how my layout is going to play out, though, I am a very fast scrapper.

My top 5 papercrafting essentials: sewing machine, typewriter, neutral cardstock (mostly white), thread/fibers, and mists or paints.

On any given day you might find me: doing laundry, taxiing my girls around to their activities, walking our 2 dogs or exercising and trying to find my running mojo again, and taking photos. I love social media and am a self-proclaimed InstaJunkie for my love of Instagram and my InstaFriends. :)

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See more from Jennifer on her blogInstagram and Pinterest!  You can check out her first page for the Garden here; she was assigned 'pastels' for our color theme:

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  We can't wait to see what pages she'll create and share next.  Welcome, Jennifer!

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April Garden Release: It's a Colorful World + Giveaway Challenge + March Winner

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Welcome to April!  A new month means a new Garden Girl project release and focus in the store.  Our design team worked with their assigned colors or color schemes and made AMAZING pages you won't want to miss. You can see them grouped together on our Pinterest board here, and their inspiration here.

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Follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest, as well as sign up for our newsletters to see more of how we're inspired by color this month.

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And finally, play along with us on your favorite social media platform and you could win this colorful prize pack made up of Doodlebug, Studio Calico, Bella Blvd, American Crafts, Simple Stories, Ali Edwards, My Minds Eye + more!

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We want to see what colors you are using in your projects as well as the products you're scooping up from the Two Peas store. Just use the tag #2peascolorfulworld for your chance to be entered!  We'll draw a winner at the beginning of next month and post it here on the blog.

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Congrats to kraftybuns - thanks for playing along with our shape theme last month and Instagramming your Two Peas order!  The March prize pack will be shipped to you shortly. :)

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March Class Winners!

Thanks to all of the Peas who entered our class challenges in March; we love, love, love seeing how you are inspired by the Garden Girls to create something for your own scrapbook albums!  Here are the winners of a $10 gift certificate to Two Peas!

213 in 2013: Sunshine on Water by Janetm

In the Mood to Scrap: Swiss Love by paperclips29

Adventures of Glitter Girl: She Needs Bubble Wrap by cdpeck

Scrap Your Stash: Dance Baby Dance by dturner

Seeing Double: Thankful by skliewer

Project Life: Mixing photos by aotto

Interested in playing along with our challenges?  Just play along with any of our video classes here, upload your project and check the challenge checkbox on Step 4 of the upload process.  You'll earn a badge to your profile and automatically be entered to win!

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Announcing Mix It Up with Amy Tan + Giveaway!

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We are so excited to finally share with you Mix It Up with Amy Tan - a new mini workshop!  We've been excited about this class ever since last summer when Amy came to visit Two Peas and we brainstormed while playing with Daybooks and washi tape!

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Globetrotting fashion and scrapbook designer Amy Tan not only loves to mix up the undertakings of her never-boring career and the scenery through her lens, but her scrapbook pages and projects!  In this mini workshop, Amy will teach you how to keep your creativity fresh and exciting by mixing up your supplies, photos and projects.  With her eclectic and colorful style, mixer-upper-expert Amy will equip you with:

•           3 Chapters showcasing 25+ layouts

•           30 Mix formulas for your pages and photos

•           25+ minutes of video including tutorials and insights from Amy

•           48 helpful PDF pages that include tips & an in-depth look at each layout & project

•           Bonus cut files, a project planner worksheet + more!

 

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Amy's carefree and relaxed approach to creating is contagious; you'll feel as though you're scrapbooking right alongside with her in her living room (with her beloved Buster and Bamboo at your feet!).  Create perfectly embellished layouts you love when you use Amy’s tips for mixing up your supplies.  Give your layouts an unexpected twist when you vary the photos you capture. (And for students who sign up in the first month, enjoy a coupon for a free 12x12 print from Persnickety Prints!)  And finally, prevent creative ruts by changing up the projects you tackle.  Follow Amy Tan’s lead and get ready to mix it up!

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Purchase the class in the next week and you'll be entered to win one of ten prize packs pictured above!  Prizes vary slightly, but each includes Amy Tangerine for American Crafts products!  Good luck!

What's more, you could win a spot to Amy's class!  Just leave a comment below letting us know why you want to take Mix It Up.  If win and have already purchased the class, we'll refund your money back!

Cost of Class: $12 | Buy now!

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