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Member Since February 2008, 20 forum posts, 14 public projects

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Heart-Shaped Mini Album Tutorial by Leslie

I can hardly wait to find out how Leslie Ashe made this oh-so beautiful and unique heart-shaped mini album!
Leslie Supplies: 12x12 Cardstock Kraft (71464) – AC Cardstock, Cool Cat Paper (35389) – Peachy Keen, Easy Peasy Paper (35382) – Peachy Keen, Neat-0 Paper (35392) – Peach Keen, Thing Of Beauty Paper (35370) – Peachy Keen, Heavens To Betsy Paper (35387) - Peachy Keen, My Darling Paper (35390) - Peachy Keen, Fancy Free Paper (35377) – Peachy Keen, Baby Doll Paper (35284) – Peachy Keen, You’re A Peach Paper (35381) – Peachy Keen, Easy As Pie Paper (35393) – Peachy Keen, Dreamy Paper (35385) – Peachy Keen, Honey Fellow (53174) – Thickers, Mulberry Doll (53170) – Thickers, Peachy Keen Corduroy Brads (85538) – Elements, Peachy Keen Plastic Rose Brads (85539) – Elements, Peachy Keen Reinforced Decorative Tags (85543) – Bits, Lovely Lady (78047) – Details, Charming Chap (78046) – Details, Good Golly! (70068) – Flair, Twist (72008) – Delights, Bow Tie (89398) – Premium Ribbon, Audrey (42191) – Remarks, Gee Golly (42192) – Remarks, Kate (43144) – Minimarks, Black .05 (62321) – Precision Pen, Black (62600) – Stamp Marker, Solid Glue Runner (61711) – This To That
 
Leslie says, "I was looking for a different way to make a mini album highlighting the recent pictures I was able to capture of my children on a recent photo shoot. When I received this gorgeous Peachy Keen line, I KNEW instantly it was the perfect line for these photos. The line truly speaks for itself! It’s beautiful!"
 
1) Starting with your 12x12 kraft cardstock, fold it four ways (you will be able to get two hearts, so do this step twice for four hearts), draw a half of a heart across the fold (like the old way to make paper dolls) and cut out at the fold point. AC -1
2) Adhere the hearts together on each side, forming a 3D heart - this will be your album base.
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3) Trace the heart shape (using your album base as a guide) on several different patterned papers - these will be your album pages. Repeat this step for four more hearts.
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4) Adhere the patterned paper hearts to the pages of the cardstock hearts.AC -4
5) Once your pages are adhered together, your album will look very 3D, almost like a flower on top: AC -5
6) Start adding photos (I used wallet-sized) and embellishments for your completed look:
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7) If desired, you can add a cover page in your album.AC -7
8) Enjoy!
Ac page cover Ac page 1 Ac page 2 Ac page 3 Ac page 4 Ac page 5 Ac page 6 Ac page 7 Ac page 8 Ac page 9 Ac album top Wow! Such a beautiful album! It's easy to create and fun to embellish - thanks so much for the idea Leslie!

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Guest Designer of the Week: Lisa Dickinson

Guest Designer of the Week The (so so talented!) Guest Designer of the Week is Lisa Dickinson! She created some absolutely fabulous layouts, cards, and a sweet gift card box to show off the new Peachy Keen line. 

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Supplies: 12x12 Cardstock White (71081) - AC Cardstock, Gee Whiz Paper (35383) - Peachy Keen, Mother Always Says Paper (35388) - Peachy Keen, Good Golly Gee Paper (35375) - Peachy Keen, Easy Peasy Paper (35382) - Peachy Keen, My Darling Paper (35390) - Peachy Keen, Heavens to Betsy Paper (35387) - Peachy Keen, Easy As Pie Paper (35393) - Peachy Keen, You're A Peach Paper (35381) - Peachy Keen, Super Swell (42193) - Remarks, Fellow Fog (53175) - Thickers, Twist (72008) - Delights, Shout (72009) - Delights, Lovely Lady (78047) - Details

"I had such a hard time deciding which of the cute Peachy Keen papers to use first, so I opted to use several of them on this patchwork page! To begin, I lightly traced a heart in pencil on my page, which would serve as the base for my photos. Then I cut lots of 1" squares to fill the space across the page, trimming those near the heart to outline that shape. I added machine stitching to define the edges of the heart and topped off my title block with the Delights & Details embellishments."
Love Supplies: 12 x12 Cardstock Robin's Egg (71550) - AC Cardstock, 12x12 Cardstock White (71081) - AC Cardstock, Made In The Shade Paper (35379) - Peachy Keen, Fancy Free Paper (35377) - Peachy Keen, Holy Moly Paper (35391) - Peachy Keen, Neato Paper (35392) - Peachy Keen, Mother Always Says Paper (35388) - Peachy Keen, Heavens to Betsy Paper (35387) - Peachy Keen, Good Golly Gee Paper (35375) - Peachy Keen, My Oh My Paper (35376) - Peachy Keen, Easy As Pie Paper (35393) - Peachy Keen, Jitter Paper (35373) - Peachy Keen, Twist (72008) - Delights, Peachy Keen Assortment Buttons (85541) - Elements, Fellow Sherbert (53173) - Thickers, Black .03 (62311) - Precision Pens

"Hearts were an obvious choice for a page about love, and since I was using black & white photos, I wanted them to add lots of color to the page. I cut several sized hearts from different Peachy Keen patterns and used a zig-zag stitch to secure them to the page. A few paper flower Delights were thrown into the mix as well."
CameraSupplies: 12 x12 Cardstock Concrete (71550) - AC Cardstock, Gee Whiz Paper (35383) - Peachy Keen, Shout (72009) - Delights, Charming Chap (78046) - Details, Peachy Keen Tag (85543) - Bits, Peachy Keen Round Tags (85542) - Bits, Super Swell (42193) - Remarks, Gee Golly (42192) - Remarks, Audrey (42191) - Remarks, Peachy Keen Assortment Buttons (85541) - Elements, Good Golly Badges (70068) - Flair, Fellow Sherbert (53173) - Thickers, Black .03 (62311) - Precision Pens

"Using a grid as a starting point is one of my favorite techniques. It always provides a strong and solid foundation upon which you can build your page. Here I stitched a 9-square grid and filled the spaces with my photo, title, and various embellishments that relate to my page theme."

CardsSupplies: 12x12 Cardstock White (71081) - AC Cardstock, Mother Always Says Paper (35388) - Peachy Keen, Easy As Pie Paper (35393) - Peachy Keen, You're A Peach Paper (35381) - Peachy Keen, My Darling Paper (35390) - Peachy Keen, Gee Whiz Paper (35383) - Peachy Keen, Oh So Dandy Paper (35372) - Peachy Keen, Made In The Shade Paper (35379) - Peachy Keen, No Sweat Paper (35378) - Peachy Keen, My Oh My Paper (35376) - Peachy Keen, Sweet On You Paper (35374) - Peachy Keen, Peachy Keen Round Tags (85542) - Bits, Shout (72009) - Delights, Peachy Keen Assortment Buttons (85541) - Elements, Sing Along (59212) - Clear Stamps, Gee Golly (42192) - Remarks

"When I find design that works for me (like the grid I mentioned above!) I like to use it a lot! It makes my creating go that much faster when I don't have reinvent the wheel each time I sit down at my craft table. To make these two cards, I used a 9-square grid just like my page design. I cut 1.5" squares from various patterned papers as my base (the coordinating Peachy Keen patterns made this super easy!) and then added a few simple embellishments to finish them off. This card design is ideal for using up scraps - put one together the next time you finish a page by using your leftovers!"

GiftSupplies: Good Golly Gee Paper (35375) - Peachy Keen, Thing of Beauty Paper (35370) - Peachy Keen, Decorative Tags (85543) - Bits, Fellow Fog (53175) - Thickers, Black .03 (62311) - Precision Pens

"This simple metal gift card box is easily dressed up with some patterned paper and a homemade paper bow. The double-sided Peachy Keen papers are perfect for making bows, because even the interior side of the loops looks wonderful! Add a matching tag, and you have a beautifully-wrapped gift to give to someone special."


Want to know a little bit more about Lisa? Read on!

How did you get started scrapbooking?
I was introduced to scrapbooking when a friend took me to a Creative Memories party back in 1998. I was immediately hooked on preserving my photos & stories and I've been addicted ever since!

What would you say your scrapbooking “style” is?
I think my style is constantly evolving, but that's what I love about creating. Right now, I my pages are simple, casual, and a bit eclectic.

What is your favorite technique?
Though it used to scare me, I am starting to love stamping more and more as I experiment with it.

When do you find time to scrap?
I usually have a bit of time during the day while my kids are in school, and often I scrap after they have gone to bed.

On average, how long does it take you to complete a project?
While I rarely complete a page in one sitting (I like to let a design "rest" and reevaluate it throughout the day), a typical page would probably take me an hour to complete, start to finish.

What is your favorite thing about American Crafts?
I love that the American Crafts collections are always full of color, pattern, and FUN! The color schemes never fail to make me happy and inspire me to create. And, like many other scrapbookers, I have a bit of an addiction to the Thickers. The variety of fonts, colors and textures is just unbeatable!

Make sure you visit Lisa's blog to see tons more inspiration!

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Peachy Keen Giveaway!

Peachy Keen Peachy Keen all For a chance to win the entire Peachy Keen line, leave one comment (and one comment only please!) on this post by Friday April 1st 2011 at 8am PST letting us know how you'd use all of this fun product. I'll randomly choose one lucky winner and share the results with the regular morning post. Good luck!

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Peachy Keen Cards by Jen

You're going to swoon over this trio of Peachy Keen cards by Jen Jockisch!
Jen Supplies: 12x12 Cardstock White (71081) - AC Cardstock, Made in the Shade Paper (35379) - Peachy Keen, Easy as Pie Paper (35393) - Peachy Keen, Baby Doll Paper (35384) - Peachy Keen, Good Golly Gee Paper (35375) - Peachy Keen, Bow Tie (89398) - Premium Ribbon, Super Swell (42193) - Remarks
PKBlogpostcard2 Supplies: 12x12 Cardstock Kraft (71464) - AC Cardstock, Oh So Dandy Paper (35372) - Peachy Keen, Things of Beauty Paper (35370) - Peachy Keen, Nifty Paper (35386) - Peachy Keen, Neat-O Paper (35392) - Peachy Keen, Doll Waterfall (53169) - Thickers, Charming Chap (78046) - Details, Super Swell  (42193) - Remarks, Bow Tie  (89398) - Premium Ribbon
PKBlogpostcard3 Supplies: 12x12 Cardstock Kraft (71464) - AC Cardstock, 12x12 Cardstock White (71081) - AC Cardstock, Neat-O Paper (35392) - Peachy Keen, Mother Always Says Paper (35388) - Peachy Keen, No Sweat Paper (35378) - Peachy Keen, Oh So Dandy Paper (35372) - Peachy Keen, My Darling Paper (35390) - Peachy Keen, Good Golly (70068) - Flair, Super Swell (42193) - Remarks, Bow Tie (89398) - Premium Ribbon

Jen says, "I love the new Peachy Keen line so much. It's probably my favorite American Crafts line to date. The colors are fantastic and the designs are even better. I really like all the embellishments as well. (How cute is that telephone?) These cards came together so quickly and easily!"

Come back later today for a fabulous giveaway and on deck for tomorrow: a new Guest Designer you won't want to miss!

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Peachy Keen Week!

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Peachy Keen features the tools and designs a blogger of today might use if she hitched a time-machine back to the 50s. The line's vintage flair appeals to traditional and contemporary scrapbookers alike. Designs include cameras, typewriters, and floral motifs. In-House Designer Ann-Marie Morris has two beautiful cards and two simply peachy cards to share with you today!

CS_12x_OhSnap_W2011 Supplies: No Sweat Paper (35378) – Peachy Keen, Good Golly Gee Paper (35375) – Peachy Keen, You’re a Peach Paper (35381) – Peachy Keen, My Oh My Paper (35376) – Peachy Keen, Made in the Shade Paper (35379) – Peachy Keen, Black Chipboard Fellow (53172) – Thickers, Peachy Keen Borders (53176) – Thickers, Peachy Keen Corduroy Brads (85538) – Elements, Good Golly (70068) – Flair, Peachy Keen Metal Rimmed Decorative Tags (85542) – Bits, Charming Chap (78046) – Details, Lovely Lady (78047) – Details, Gee Golly (42192) – Remarks Book, Super Swell (42193) – Remarks Book

CS_Card_Hello2_W2011 Supplies: Gee Whiz Paper (35383) – Peachy Keen, Nifty Paper (35386) – Peachy Keen, Good Golly Gee Paper (35375) – Peachy Keen, You’re a Peach Paper (35381) – Peachy Keen, Heavens to Betsy Paper (35387) – Peachy Keen, Made in the Shade Paper (35379) – Peachy Keen, Vanilla Doll (53171) – Thickers, Peachy Keen Corduroy Brads (85538) – Elements, Lovely Lady (78047) – Details

CS_12x_sundayAfternoon_W2011 Gee Whiz Paper (35382) – Peachy Keen, Baby Doll Paper (35384) – Peachy Keen, Waterfall Doll (53169) – Thickers, Vanilla Doll (53171) – Thickers, Peachy Keen Borders (53176) – Thickers, Peachy Keen Metal Rimmed Decorative Tags (85542) – Bits, Peachy Keen Plastic Rose Brads (85539) – Elements, Twist (72008) – Delights, Shout (72009) – Delights, Gee Golly (42192) – Remarks Books, Super Swell (42193) - Remarks Book

CS_Card_hellothere_W2011 Supplies: Easy Peasy Paper (35382) – Peachy Keen, Peachy Keen Decorative Tags (85543) – Bits, Peachy Keen Metal Rimmed Decorative Tags (85542) – Bits, Peachy Keen Borders (53176) – Thickers, Just Dandy (82304) – Mementos, Sing Along (59212) – Stamps, Twist (72008) – Delights, Gee Golly (42192) – Remarks Book, Metallic Silver (27157) – Zing

Stick around for more creative samples tomorrow (plus a giveaway)!

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Craft Room: Confetti

Watch Ann-Marie show you everything there is to know about each product in the new Confetti line! 

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Confetti Card and Layout by Mahlin

The randomly chosen winner of the Confetti line is, Andrea MacDonald:

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ALSO, we randomly selected one person who posted the new blog blinkie on their blog to receive a box of AC goodies, congrats Charity:

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To wrap up this super fun week of Confetti is a layout and card by Mahlin Wiggur

Mahlin Supplies: 12x12 White Cardstock (71081) - AC Cardstock, Darbie Devil's Food Paper (35339) - Confetti, Fruit Punch Frannie Paper (35325) - Confetti, Annie Amaretto Paper (35344) - Confetti, Pinata (42187) - Remarks Dimensional Stickers, Presents (78043) - Details, Cake (78042) - Details, Assorted Patterned Buttons (85530) - Elements, Surprise (42185) - Remarks, Invitation (72006) - Delights, Serenade Strawberry (53151) - Thickers, Cheer Parrot (53154) - Thickers

Mahlin says, "There was love at first sight between me and Annie Amaretto. I love squares and cutting out patterns. And these lovely colors -it's like candy! I also love the embossing on this paper."

Marchmahlin Supplies: 12x12 Rocky Road (61466) - AC Cardstock, Very Berry Bree Paper (35335) - Confetti, Fruit Punch Frannie Paper (35325) - Confetti, Presents (78043) - Details, Candles (87649) - Premium Ribbon, Clubhouse Glitter Shapes (77247) - House

We hope that with whatever celebration you celebrate next, you'll document the fun with this ultra cool new Confetti line by American Crafts!

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Confetti Cards by Susan

Ultimate card-maker Susan Weinroth has made three cute cards featuring the Confetti line for you today:

SusanSupplies: Cards & Envelopes (64008) - JustWrite, Decorative Tags (85533) - Bits, Clubhouse Glitter Shapes (77247) - House, Invitation (72006) - Delights, Betty Bundt Paper (35324) - Confetti, Banana Cream Brady Paper (35326) - Confetti, Triple Chocolate Charlie Paper (35332) - Confetti, Frankie Fudge Paper (35342) - Confetti, Cherry Chip Paper (35336) - Confetti, Darbie Devil's Food Paper (35339) - Confetti, Buttercream Bobby Paper (35338) - Confetti

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Ac blog - happy bday with candles card - susan weinroth Susan says, "I've decided that the new Confetti line from American Crafts is a card crafter's dream! I whipped up three brand new birthday cards for my card stash - in no time at all - using the new JustWrite cards as a base and coordinating papers and embellishments from the festive Confetti line."

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Guest Designer of the Week: Heidi Sonboul

Guest Designer of the Week
This week I'm excited to introduce long-time AC fan and talented crafter: Heidi Sonboul!

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P3108561 (Large) Supplies: Neopolitan Nellie Paper (35327) - Confetti, Cherry Chip Paper (35336) - Confetti, Lucy Lemon Twist Paper (35331) - Confetti, Fruit Punch Frannie Paper (35325) - Confetti, Cake (78042) - Details, Variety Buttons (85518) - Elements, Decorative Tags (85533) - Bits

"I took a lot of scraps and the ends of the 12x12 sheets of patterned paper (where the company name and barcode are) and layered them to create a fun look. I then added a row of buttons and a cute cupcake for more texture."


P3108574 (Large) Supplies: Fruit Punch Frannie Paper (35325) - Confetti, Neopolitan Nellie Paper (35327) - Confetti, Lucy Lemon Twist Paper (35331) - Confetti, Wishes Accents & Phrases (43390) - Minimarks

"I used the patterned paper with tons of little flowers on it, cut them out, and created a small garden on my card. I added a fun little bow and aged the sides to give it a vintage look."
 
 
P3108583 (Large) P3108586 (Large) Supplies: Holly Hazelnut Paper (35323) - Confetti, Coconut Cody Paper (35328) - Confetti, Marley Mocha Paper (35334) - Confetti, Candles (87649) - Boxed Ribbon, Invitation (72006) - Delights, Decorative Tags (85533) - Bits

"I took an old box and adhered patterned paper and cardstock around it to cover it."

To make the bow:
1) Cut four strips of 12x1" patterned paper. 
2) Take each strip and pull the ends into the middle of the strip and glue (don't crease the ends so it stays full and fluffy).
3) Once you have done that to all the strips, layer them on top of each other and glue in place.
4) Add a paper fan flower in the center.
 
P2208075 (Large) Supplies: Neopolitan Nellie Paper (35327) - Confetti, Cherry Chip Paper (35336) - Confetti, Betty Bundt Paper (35324) - Confetti, Sadie Spice Cake Paper (35333) - Confetti, Party Favor (72007) - Delights, Patterned Buttons (85530) - Elements, Variety Buttons (85518) - Elements, Decorative Tags (85533) - Bits, Cheer Parrot (53154) - Thickers

"I love little pictures and the collage look. To get this look I first placed down my photos and worked around them. Adding in buttons and lots of patterned paper adds a lot of fun texture."
 
 
P2208101 (Large) Supplies: Neopolitain Nellie Paper (35327) - Confetti, Triple Chocolate Charlie Paper (35332) - Confetti, Holly Hazelnut (35323) - Confetti, Sadie Spice Cake Paper (35333) - Confetti, Darbie Devil's Food Paper (35339) - Confetti, Variety Buttons (85518) - Elements, Cheer Accents Multi (53157) - Thickers, Ruthie (59138) - Clear Stamps, Pin the Tail (42186) - Remarks

"I love to pull my themes from my photos and use it throughout my papers/layouts. These pictures are of my boys at the park so I created a sunny park theme. I made my grass, added the adorable flowers, cut out some clouds, and made my 'little-button-sun-framed-title'. Also I'm a BIG fan of fun journaling... so make sure you read it if you get the chance :)"
 
P3098522 (Large)Supplies: Frankie Fudge Paper (35342) - Confetti, Suzie Strawberry (35330) - Confetti, Coconut Cody Paper (35328) - Confetti, Confetti Clubhouse Glitter Chipboard (77247) - House, Heart Parfait (53093) - Thickers, Invitation (72006) - Delights, Pin the Tail (42186) - Remarks

"I love these photos from my 29th birthday and was so excited to find that the papers and embellishments match them so well. These pre-made flowers made this page go really fast. I only spent about 45 minutes on this layout. When creating a simple layout I use larger embellishments and bright patterned papers."

Here's a little get-to-know Heidi:

How did you get started scrapbooking?
I've been a crafter from the beginning! I can remember playing under quilting bees as a child and handing the needle back up to my mom. When I was six I learned how to sew and I would sell Barbie clothes to my friends that I made. When I was seven my mother would have me practice calligraphy and when I was ten I had a best friend and her mother loved Stampin' Up! Every time I went to her home she would let me play with the stamps. When I was 11 I was hooked on anything crafty. When I was 14 I received my very first scrapbook album and I filled it in a month. I'm now 29 going on 30 and I scrap every single day. I heart this hobby so much!

What would you say your scrapbooking “style” is?
Oooo... everything! I love all styles! From simple to 20 layers on a layout... I love to do it all. I find great job in the small details to misting. So, I would say my style is "Everything". LOL can that be my answer?!

What is your favorite technique?
I love taking a paper or an embellishment and turing it into something totally different. I love to cut the heck out of everything and I love LOVE my craft knife. Oh and I sew on just about every layout :) I'm in love with the way it adds more texture to a layout/project.

When do you find time to scrap?
I feel so blessed because my job is in the scrapbook world. I work full time as a DT coordinator and at night time I scrapbook once the boys are in bed M-F.  

On average, how long does it take you to complete a project?
LOL good question! I never use a sketch, I never have a plan when I start, and I pull all my ideas from the photos. I've been known to almost be done with a layout, not feel that's it's right, and I'll cut it in half and scrap from that point. Most people I crop with think I'm crazy, but I go until I get it right. The longest I've spent on a layout was about 5 hours. My goal is to make every layout different. Fastest was 10 minutes.

What is your favorite thing about American Crafts?
Oh man... where do I start?! I've been a fan for years! I love the bright colors, the fun designs, the yummy cardstock, their team (such fun people!), and way more! I pull their stuff every time I scrapbook. It really is the base of almost all my projects, which says a lot for me. I feel like every collection was made just for me and it's almost like they can see in my head while they create the next "new" collection.

Heidi always has fun things she's made and scrappy inspiration on her blog - check it out!

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A New Blog Blinkie!

Richard Murdock from the In-House Design Team has created a new American Crafts blog blinkie! Take it, post it, share it!

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Let us know if you've posted it on your blog, with a link to your blog, in the comments on this post!

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Confetti Giveaway!

Confetti Confetti Product For a chance to win the entire Confetti line, leave one comment (and one comment only please!) on this post by Friday March 24th 2011 at 8am PST letting us know how you'd use all of this fun product. I'll randomly choose one lucky winner and share the results with the regular morning post. Good luck!

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Birthday Calendar Tutorial by Wendy

Do you have a hard time remembering birthdays? Well now you won't miss a birthday ever again! With this cute homemade birthday calendar tutorial by Wendy McKee you'll always be the first to wish your friends and family a happy birthday!

Wendy Supplies: Very Berry Bree Paper (35335), Triple Chocolate Charlie Paper (35332), Frankie Fudge Paper (35342), Betty Bundt Paper (35324), Ruby Raspberry Ripple Paper 35345), Marley Mocah Paper (35334), Holly Hazlenut Paper (35323), Cherry Chip Paper (35336), Neapolitan Nellie Paper (35327), Darbie Devils Food Paper (35339) - Confetti, Cheer Banana (53156) - Thickers, Glitter Shapes (77247) - House

Wendy says, "As soon as the Confetti line arrived I knew I wanted to make a birthday calendar for my elder sister to use in her classroom at work. This is based on a sheet of transparency but can easily be done using cardstock."

First off I had to print out the square shapes for the calendar words on it.

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I then cut them out and spent awhile arranging them on the squares to make sure that I was happy with the arrangement.

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Before adhering them down I added stitching lines to the bottom of them, just to add some detail.

I then chose six of the glitter embellishments that I loved the look of. Using two square punches I punched out squares from patterned papers from the Confetti line. I tried to match the colours in the squares with the colour of the embellishments and layered them up.

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I used some more of the Confetti paper to add some rectangle strips across the top of the transparency for a base for the title and then used the Confetti glitter Thickers for the title.

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I printed off some names and dates to show you how I will fill the calendar up with the children’s names.

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 And here is the final project!

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This was a very quick and easy project to make and I hope the children like it in their classroom!

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Confetti Layouts and Cards by Poki and Maggie

Why hello again! The talent behind this afternoon's Confetti-featuring layouts and cards is Poki Nobeno and Maggie Holmes!

Poki Supplies: Fruits Punch Frannie Paper (35325) - Confetti, Very Berry Bree Paper (35335) - Confetti, Betty Bundt Paper (35324) - Confetti, Coconut Cody Paper (35328) - Confetti, Archie Angel Food Paper (35329) - Confetti, Suzie Strawberry Paper (35330) - Confetti, Buttercream Bobby Paper (35338) - Confetti, Darbie Devil's Food (35339) - Confetti, 12x12 White Cardstock (71081) - AC Cardstock, Cheer Parrot (53154) - Thickers, Surprise! (42185) - Remarks Book, Confetti Patterned Buttons (85530) - Elements, Glitter Shapes (77247) - House, Cake (78042) - Details, Presents (78043) - Details, Pinata (42187) - Remarks Dimensional Stickers, Party Favor (72007) - Delights, Long Decorative Tags (85533) - Bits

Supplies: Fruits Punch Frannie Paper (35325) - Confetti, Coconut Cody Paper (35328) - Confetti, Lucy Lemon Twist Paper (35331) - Confetti,  Buttercream Bobby Paper (35338) - Confetti, 12x12 Kraft Cardstock (71464) – AC Cardstock, Confetti Patterned Buttons (85530) - Elements, Pinata (42187) - Remarks Dimensional Stickers, Wishes (43390) - Minimarks, Party Favor (72007) - Delights, Long Decorative Tags (85533) - Bits, Surprise! (42185) - Remarks

Poki says, "My son just turned three years old. I used many cute items from the Confetti line to represent his fun birthday party and used cut out flowers and handmade banners. I think the cute embellishments from this line and these birthday photos coordinate perfectly! It's definitely one of my favorite lines ever!"


Maggie
Supplies: Buttercream Bobby Paper (35338) - Confetti, Caramel Candie Paper (35337) - Confetti, Vickie Vanilla Swirl Paper (35341) - Confetti, Betty Bundt Paper (35324) - Confetti, Fruit Punch Frannie Paper (35325) - Confetti, Coconut Cody Paper (35328) - Confetti, Darbie Devil's Food Paper (35339) - Confetti, Surprise (42185) - Confetti Remarks Books, Confetti Bows (87648) - Boxed Premium Ribbon, Clubhouse Glitter Shapes (77247) - House, Cake (78042) - Details, Pin The Tail (42186) - Remarks, Wishes (43390) - Minimarks, Hooray! (70064) - Flair, Long Decorative Tags (85533) - Bits, Plastic Buttons (85518) - Elements, Brown Fine (62006) - Slick Writer, Brights (85438) - Round Buttons

Maggie says, "It seems like I am always behind on scrapbooking my kids' birthday party photos. They are all in May and July so the photos pile up quickly and before I can get to all of them it seems like it is already fall which means lots more holidays and events are happening and then I am even more behind! I guess it is a never-ending cycle which makes me glad that I don't stress about not being caught up! :) I typically just scrapbook whatever photos I feel like and don't do it in any chronological order.

When I saw the new Confetti line I was pretty excited because I knew it would give me the perfect chance to go back and catch up on some of those birthday photos that are still waiting. I love that the colors are so bright and happy and that they work for a boy or girl party!

First I created this layout that shows Matthew and Nathan blowing out their candles. They both have birthdays in May and so we often combine the family party into one. So far they haven't minded sharing and I actually think it's kind of cool to get to celebrate with your brother and one of your best friends!"

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_DSC4000 _DSC4006 "Then I used some of my scraps along with some of the other Confetti line to create these three birthday cards. They are super simple and easy to make especially when you already have everything out! My boys don't like to give cards that are too cutesy and that's why I kept them pretty clean and simple. I think they will be perfect to have on hand when they go to their friends' parties!"

Come back tomorrow for some super cute birthday cards and a giveaway!

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Confetti Week!

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Confetti is a bright, iconic birthday line perfect for decorating and documenting everyone's special day. Birthday cakes, candles, and balloons pop up everywhere, in addition to a certain barnyard animal that might be a little too cute to pin the tail on! All three of our In-House Designers (Sarah Champion, Lindsey Hansen, and Ann-Marie Morris) have whipped up some creative samples showcasing this celebratory line.

 All Smiles by Sarah Champion

CS_12x_allSMILES_W2011 Supplies: 12x12 Powder Cardstock (71064) – AC Cardstock, 12x12 Raspberry Cardstock (71019) – AC Cardstock, Betty Bundt Paper (35324) – Confetti, Darbie Devil’s Food Paper (35339) – Confetti, Cherry Chip Paper (35336) – Confetti, Strawberry Serenade (53151) – Thickers, Strawberry Cheer (53155) – Thickers, Multi (53158) – Thickers, Surprise! (42185) – Remarks Book, Pin the Tail (42186) – Remarks

 

Happy 24! by Ann-Marie Morris

CS_Card_Happy24_W2011 Supplies: 12x12 Chestnut Cardstock (71048) – AC Cardstock, Fruit Punch Frannie Paper (35325) – Confetti, Coconut Cody Paper (35328) – Confetti, Strawberry Serenade (53151) – Thickers, Confetti Medium Glitter Brads (85532) – Elements, Confetti Glitter Shapes (77247) – House

 

I Love Cupcakes by Sarah Champion

CS_12x_iheartcupcakes_W2011 Supplies: 12x12 White Cardstock (71081) – AC Cardstock, 12x12 Raspberry Cardstock (71019) – AC Cardstock, Peppermint Penny Paper (35343) – Confetti, Holly Hazelnut Paper (35323) – Confetti, Cherry Chip Paper (35336) – Confetti, Chestnut Serenade (53153) – Thickers, Confetti Long Decorative Tags (85533) – Bits, Bows (87648) – Premium Ribbon, Pin the Tail (42186) – Remarks

 

Happy Birthday by Lindsey Hansen

CS_Card_HappyBirthday6_W2011 Supplies: 12x12 White Cardstock (71081) – AC Cardstock, Buttercream Bobby Paper (35338) – Confetti, Holly Hazlenut Paper (35323) – Confetti, Confetti Glitter Shapes (77247) – House, Wishes (43390) - Minimarks

Even if there isn't a birthday to scrap in your near future, this line could be used for lots of other celebrations like bat/bar mitzvahs, anniversaries, even funky baby showers! The floral Delights could also be used for weddings, spring, and more girly-themed layouts and cards. The possibilities are endless!

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Hello Sunshine Layout and Card by Leah

Before we get to today's fun projects made by Leah Farquharson, the randomly selected winner of the Hello Sunshine line is:

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Congrats Jan - check your email! Thanks to everyone who left a comment about how you would use this new line. There are so many neat ideas you thought of - you sure are a creative bunch! AND thank you for you for your participation in the blog hop yesterday - I think it was a big success and hope to have another one soon!

Leah Supplies: 12x12 Kraft (71464) - AC Cardstock, Good Morning (42194) - Remarks, Sunny Side (72010) - Delights, Sunbeam (72011) - Delights, Sunshine (72012) - Delights, Metal Rimmed Decorative Tags (85546) - Bits, Pearl Brads (85545) - Elements, Daylight (78048) - Details, Sunrise Natural (53180) - Thickers,  Brown Fine (62006) - Slick Writer,  Dimensional Tabs (61710) - This to That, Dot Glue Runner (61713) - This to That

Leah says, "I have always, always loved the look of bright colors paired with the neutral of 'kraft' so when I saw this line, I know it was a perfect match for me! It's so easy to work with and you can document pretty much anything from the everyday, to an anniversary, to a special birthday!"

Leahf_cheerup Supplies: 12x12 Kraft (71464) - Cardstock, Good Morning (42194) - Remarks, Sunshine (72012) - Delights, Brown Fine (62006) - Slick Writer, Dimensional Tabs (61710) - This to That

"I love sending cards to cheer a friend or family member up! It's felt a little rainy in our lives lately..."

Hope you have a great weekend and have been inspired by this week's projects! See you back again on Monday for a whole new week of fun!

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Springtime Décor Tutorial by Jenny

Check out what we're going to learn how to make today with a step-by-step photo tutorial by Jenny Chesnick:

Jenny Supplies: Gleam Paper (35414) - Hello Sunshine, Breezy Paper (35406) - Hello Sunshine, Glow Paper (35408) - Hello Sunshine, Radiant Paper (35396) Hello Sunshine, Sparkle Paper (35410) - Hello Sunshine, Dainty Paper (35404) - Hello Sunshine, Spree Paper (35400) - Hello Sunshine, Delight Paper (35399) - Hello Sunshine, Fabric Brads (85544) - Elements, Sunny Side (72010) - Delights, Sunbeam (72011) - Delights, Sunshine (72012) - Delights, Good Morning (42194) - Remarks, Twine (58477) - Specialty Ribbon

Jenny says, "I am a huge fan of altered items for my home. When I received Hello Sunshine I knew this line was perfect for some springtime décor! I picked up this birdcage at my local craft store and was itching to do something fun with it. So let’s get started!"
1 I used five sheets of patterned paper and punched out 3.75” circles from them and then cut the circles in half. As a base line I used the edge of one of the sheets of patterned paper then started layering my half circles up the back.
2When you are finished layering the half circles it should look something like this:
3 The backside is by far was the most time consuming part of the project. Now onto the fun stuff, decorating! Once I was done with the back I moved on to making some accents to decorate my birdcage. I used a handy die I have to create six pinwheels. This die is awesome! It not only cuts your lines it also punches the holes you need to put your pinwheels together.
4I finished off the pinwheels with fabric brads. I used fabric because they are flat and create a nice base for adding embellishments.

5I used the pinwheels as the base for the back, layering them up in a pleasing pattern. I also
attached Delights to the centers on several pinwheels.
6To finish up the project I added some more elements from Hello Sunshine. I used pretty butterfly Delights, Remarks stickers, and more floral Delights.
9Once I inserted the back into the birdcage I used the tutorial from Alisha to create a small circle banner to attach to the front alongside the other elements.
8When all is said and done you have a lovely piece to hang anywhere in your home!

7 Such a beautiful piece of art Jenny - thanks for sharing your tutorial with us!

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American Crafts Blog Hop!

Blog Hop Happy St. Patrick's Day! In honor of this holiday we're doing a blog hop where you might find a pot of gold (aka a givaway :) on each of our Contributing Design Team Members' blog. Each gal has created a project using their favorite new American Crafts product. Starting right here with Alisha Gordon:

Agordon_acblogproject Supplies: Sweet On You Paper (35374) – Peachy Keen, You’re A Peach Paper (35381) – Peachy Keen, No Sweat Paper (35378) – Peachy Keen, Easy As Pie Paper (35393) – Peachy Keen, Gee Whiz Paper (35383) – Peachy Keen, Borders (53176) – Thickers, Twist (72008) – Delights, Corduroy Brads (85538) – Elements, Gee Golly (42192) – Remarks

Alisha says, "I just love the Peachy Keen collection! The colors are so soft yet striking that it makes me oh so happy and I just had to create another layout using it. I am also IN LOVE with the new Delights - anything in flower form I love. Let the blog hopping begin! Enjoy!

 

Next up: Hurry on over to Amy Tan's blog!

(We're doing the hop alphabetically and you'll be able to go from blog to blog on each Designer's post, but here is a link to everyone's blog just in case!)
Amy Tan
Becky Williams
Caroline Ikeji
Ce´line Navarro
Chin Pooi
Cindy Tobey
Jen Jocksich

Jennifer Gallacher
Jenny Chesnick
Kelly Purkey
Leah Farquharson
Leslie Ashe
Maggie Holmes
Mahlin Wiggur
Melanie Louette
Michelle Lanning
Paige Evans
Poki Nobeno
Robyn Werlich
Sarah de Guzman
Shannon Zickel
Susan Weinroth
Suzy Plantamura
Wendy McKee

Have fun hopping!

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Guest Designer of the Week: Taj White

Guest Designer of the Week I just know you're going to love the amazing Hello Sunshine creations by this week's Guest Designer: Taj White!

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Maddie B Day 098 copy-1 Supplies: Fluttery Paper (35417) – Hello Sunshine, Sparkle Paper (35410) – Hello Sunshine, Zippy Paper (35410) – Hello Sunshine, Gossamer Paper (35409) - Hello Sunshine, Glimmer Paper (35407) – Hello Sunshine, Sunrise Natural (53180) – Thickers, Sunrise Limeade (53179) - Thickers, Good Morning Phrases & Journaling (42194) - Remarks, Daylight (78048) – Details, Sunny Side (72010) - Delights

"In September of 2010, my then 4-year-old daughter Madison was playing with her etch-a-sketch and drew a T-Rex. She came and showed it to my  husband and I and we were blown away. We were so excited that she had  done this on her own and it looked so beautiful to us. This is why I titled the page 'Brilliant Artist'. She has an amazing eye for art."

Maddie B Day 116 copy Supplies: 12x12 Limeade Cardstock (71505) - AC Cardstock, Delicate Paper (35413) - Hello Sunshine, Dandy Paper (35397) - Hello Sunshine, Pearl Brads (85545) - Elements, Sunshine (72012) - Delights, Good Morning Phrases & Journaling (42194) - Remarks, Good Afternoon Phrases & Journaling (42195) - Remarks, Sunbeam (72011) - Delights

"My goal for the frame was a whimsical, childlike look. Hello Sunshine's bright and playful patterns combined with Provo Craft's A Child's First Year Cricut cartridge created the perfect springtime scene."

Maddie B Day 107 copy Supplies: 12x12 Limeade Cardstock (71505) - AC Cardstock, Glam Paper (35408) - Hello Sunshine, Radiant Paper (35396) - Hello Sunshine, Delicate Paper (35413) - Hello Sunshine, Blue Skies (59096) - Clear Stamps, Sunbeam (72011) - Delights, Good Morning (42195) - Remarks

"The patterned paper eggs, the everyday sentiment, and the vibrant colors make this a card that can be used anytime of the year!"

Maddie B Day 092 copy
Supplies: Delicate Paper (35413) - Hello Sunshine, Radiant Paper (35396) - Hello Sunshine, Frolic Paper (35403) - Hello Sunshine, Dainty Paper (35404) - Hello Sunshine, Zippy Paper (35411) - Hello Sunshine, Gleam Paper (35414) - Hello Sunshine, Sunbeam (72011) - Delights, Good Morning Phrases & Journaling (42195) - Remarks, Good Afternoon Phrases & Journaling (42196) - Remarks, Sunrise Printed Natural Chipboard (53185) - Thickers, Reinforced Decorative Tags (85547) - Bits

"This layout captures my baby girl Bailey in the moment. She loves to play in our backyard. She always seems so free and but as you can see here she never forgets to stop to treasure the moments most important to her."

Maddie B Day 101 copy
Supplies: Glee Paper (35402) - Hello Sunshine, Delight Paper (35399) - Hello Sunshine, Peppy Paper (35405) - Hello Sunshine, Splendor Paper (35401) - Hello Sunshine, Glimmer Paper (35407) - Hello Sunshine, Metal Rimmed Decorative Tags (85546) - Bits, Good Morning Accents & Phrases (42194) - Remarks, Reinforced Decorative Tags (85547) - Bits, Good Afternoon Phrases & Journaling (42195) - Remarks, Pearl Brads (85545) - Elements, Daylight (78048) - Details, Sunny Side (72010) - Delights, Sunshine (72012) - Delights, White Rose I yard (58205) - Premium Ribbon, Cupid Peony (43007) - Thickers

"There are many moments in life we don't want to forget. Capturing a newborn baby is one. It has become my personal responsibility to provide each of my clients with their very first baby layout. So far this is my FAVORITE :)"

Maddie B Day 111 copy Supplies: 12x12 Mustard Cardstock (71036) - AC Cardstock, 12x12 Chocolate Cardstock (71047) - AC Cardstock, Dandy Paper (35397) - Hello Sunshine, Flatbox Dawn (58620) - Premium Ribbon, Good Afternoon Phrases & Journaling (42195) - Remarks, Sunrise Natural (53180) - Thickers

"This card was created for a dear friend that I have not seen since I moved to Texas three years ago. The color pallet fits her outgoing personality and joyful smile."

 

Here's a little questionnaire to get to know this talented lady better:

How did you get started scrapbooking?
I wanted to do something with all the photos I took of my son besides put them in regular albums. I walked past a Creating Keepsakes Magazine in the grocery store shortly after and fell in love.

What would you say your scrapbooking “style” is?
Fun and whimiscal.

What is your favorite technique?
Stamping on anything :)

When do you find time to scrap?
These days if I am not cooking, cleaning, or taking care of the little ones I am creating something.

On average, how long does it take you to complete a project?
I am a very slow scrapper. I love to take my time and enjoy the process. I can never make up my mind where I want things on a project. So, it takes on average about 2 to 3 hours to create a project.

What is your favorite thing about American Crafts?
Oh boy, just one thing? Of course, Thickers, but I also love the fashion forward papers, the kraft paper is awesome, and the Details are to die for :) Ok so I love it all!

See more lovely creations by Taj and find out more about her on her blog!

Tomorrow is a special day with an American Crafts blog hop in the morning and a great tutorial in the afternoon! (PS - don't forget to wear green tomorrow!)

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Hello Sunshine Giveaway!

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Hello Sunshine Product For a chance to win the entire Hello Sunshine line, leave one comment (and one comment only please!) on this post by Friday March 18th 2011 at 8am PST letting us know how you'd use all of this fun product. I'll randomly choose one lucky winner and share the results with the regular morning post. Good luck!

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Hello Sunshine Cards by Cindy

Cindy Tobey has made three of the world's cutest cards using the new Hello Sunshine line:

Cindy Supplies: 12x12 Cardstock Caramel (71045) - AC Cardstock, 12x12 Cardstock White (71081) - AC Cardstock, Jovial Paper (35398) - Hello Sunshine, Dandy Paper (35397) - Hello Sunshine, Glimmer Paper (35407) - Hello Sunshine, Delight Paper (35399) - Hello Sunshine, Good Afternoon (42195) - Remarks

  AC HS CindyTobey Smile card-475 Supplies: 12x12 Cardstock White (71081) - AC Cardstock, Breezy Paper (35406) - Hello Sunshine, Peppy Paper (35405) - Hello Sunshine, Radiant Paper (35396) - Hello Sunshine, Good Afternoon (42195) - Remarks, Sunshine (72012) - Delights, Daybreak (78049) - Details, Dawn (58620) - Ribbon, Hello Sunshine Pearl Brads (85545) - Elements, Dear Lizzy Christmas Mini Pearl Brads (85516) - Elements

  AC HS CindyTobey Sweet card-475Supplies: 12x12 Cardstock Rocky Road (71466) - AC Cardstock, 12x12 Cardstock Peony (71015) - AC Cardstock, 12x12 Cardstock Raspberry (71019) - AC Cardstock, Radiant Paper (35396) - Hello Sunshine, Peppy Paper (35405) - Hello Sunshine, Good Afternoon (42195) - Remarks, Sunbeam (72011) - Delights

Cindy says, "I love the Hello Sunshine collection! The colors and patterns are so light and cheerful - perfect for making cards! To make my cards I simply selected the embellishments I wanted to use - Remarks, Details, and Delights - and designed my cards around them. American Crafts embellishments make it so easy to create cards quickly. I can't wait to give these cheerful cards to some friends!"

I know I would love to get one of these lovely cards in the mail! Send 'em my way Cindy :)

To close this post, the randomly selected winner of the Campy Trails line is:

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Congrats miss morgan - check your email!!

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Hello Sunshine Projects by Kelly and Robyn

Good afternoon! We're back to share a Hello Sunshine layout, card, and room décor by Kelly Purkey and Robyn Werlich!

Kelly Supplies: Gossamer Paper (35409) - Hello Sunshine, Breezy Paper (35406) - Hello Sunshine, Delicate Paper (35413) - Hello Sunshine, Good Afternoon (42195) - Remarks, Sunbeam (72911) - Delights, White Medium Brads (8492) - Elements


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Supplies: Breezy Paper (35406) - Hello Sunshine, Delicate Paper (35413) - Hello Sunshine, Sparkle Paper (35410) - Hello Sunshine, Hello Sunshine Borders (53185) - Thickers, Good Afternoon (42195) - Remarks, Sunbeam (72911) - Delights

Kelly says, "The new Hello Sunshine line just makes me so happy! I love the bright colors and all the beautiful handrawn elements in the designs. I love using pinks and yellows and so when I went to make my card and layout, it was easy to just mix and match the papers. I really like that the papers have double-sided patterns, it makes it even easier to whip together. The Remarks stickers are one of my new favorite products. I was looking for Thickers to make the title on my layout and ran across this sticker... couldn't be more perfect!"

  Robyn Supplies: Delicate Paper (35413) - Hello Sunshine, Sunshine (72012) - Delights, Sunnyside (72010) - Delights, Metal Rimmed Decorative Tags (85546) - Bits, Daylight (78048) - Details, Other: felt, vintage button, die-cut 'M', Ikea Shadowbox

Robyn says, "I was so thrilled when the Hello Sunshine line came out because first, yes, it's totally darling, but also because it is the colors of my daughter's bedroom! So this week, I decided to pull-out the cute Delights and Details stickers and that cute hot pink doily paper and make a framed project for her room. She just loves it! It sits next to her lamp on her end table and she was so thrilled that I had done it for her."

A trio of simply irresistable cards and the winner of the Campy Trails line is in store for tomorrow!

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Hello Sunshine Week!

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Hello Sunshine says a friendly goodbye to winter thanks to hand-drawn designs of trees, flowers, birds, clouds, paper lanterns, and lace. Fun shapes and geometric patterns add a unique twist to the overall feel of this welcoming and colorful collection! Lindsey Hansen and Ann-Marie Morris from our In-House Design Team created a cute collection of layouts and cards to kick off the week.

Hang Loose by Lindsey Hansen

CS_12x_HANGloose_W2011 Supplies: Splendor Paper (35401) – Hello Sunshine, Frolic Paper (35403) – Hello Sunshine, Glow Paper (35408) – Hello Sunshine, Glimmer Paper (35407) – Hello Sunshine, Zippy Paper (35411) – Hello Sunshine, Radiant Paper (35396) – Hello Sunshine, Daylight (78048) – Details, Hello Sunshine Borders (53185) – Thickers, Chocolate Sunset (53181) – Thickers, Geranium Sunrise (53178) – Thickers, Hello Sunshine Fabric Brads (85544) – Elements, Sunny Side (72010) – Delights, Good Afternoon (42195) – Remarks Book

 

Hi by Lindsey Hansen

CS_Card_Hi_W2011 Supplies: Fluttery Paper (35417) – Hello Sunshine, Gleam Paper (35414) – Hello Sunshine, Sparkle Paper (35410) – Hello Sunshine, Hello Sunshine Borders (53185) – Thickers, Geranium Sunrise (53178) – Thickers, Sunny Side (72010) – Delights

Katy Bug by Lindsey Hansen

CS_12x_katyBUG_W2011 Supplies: 12x12 Chocolate Cardstock (71047) – AC Cardstock, Breezy Paper (35406) – Hello Sunshine, Gossamer Paper (35409) – Hello Sunshine, Bliss Paper (35395) – Hello Sunshine, Glee Paper (35402) – Hello Sunshine, Delicate Paper (35413) – Hello Sunshine, Zippy Paper (35411) – Hello Sunshine, Spree Paper (35400) – Hello Sunshine, Fountain Sunset (53183) – Thickers, Geranium Sunrise (53178) – Thickers, Hello Sunshine Borders (53185) – Thickers, Hello Sunshine Metal Rimmed Decorative Tags (85546) – Hello Sunshine, Sunbeam (72011) – Delights, Sunshine (72012) – Delights, Dawn (58620) – Premium Ribbon

 

Thanks by Ann-Marie Morris

CS_Card_tHanKs_W2011 Supplies: Gossamer Paper (35409) – Hello Sunshine, Delicate Paper (35413) – Hello Sunshine, Gleam Paper (35414) – Hello Sunshine, Natural Sunrise (53180) – Thickers, Courtyard (59214) – Stamps, Terrace (59215) – Stamps, Taffy (59522) – Pigment Ink, Mustard (59515) – Pigment Ink, Powder (59505) – Pigment ink, White Mini Jewel Brads (85282) – Elements


Check back later this afternoon for even more Hello Sunshine goodness!

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Campy Trails YouTube Video

The Campy Trails fun isn't over! Want to see the entire Campy Trails collection up close and personal? Ann-Marie takes you through a virtual tour where you can see each paper and embellishment in this new YouTube video:


Make sure to check the American Crafts YouTube channel for more crafty inspiration!

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Campy Trails Layouts and Cards by Suzy and Pooi

To finish up the week of Campy Trails we have Suzy Plantamura and Chin Pooi with a layout and a card each!

SuzySupplies: Cedar River Trail Paper (35359) - Campy Trails, several border strips cut from Campy Trails papers, Campy Trails Borders (53167) - Thickers, Meadow Mediterranean (53165) - Thickers, Campy Trails Fabric Brads (85535) - Elements, Campy Trails Buttons (85536) - Elements, Campy Trails Hot Dog (89397) - Premium Ribbon, Campy Trails Path (42189) - Remarks Dimensional Stickers, Other: White Marker and Spray Mist

Fishin at the lake smallSupplies: Salmon Cove Paper (35366) - Campy Trails, Elk Creek Trail Paper (35354) - Campy Trails, Fox Park Forest Paper (35353) - Campy Trails, Appleton Cove Paper (35348) - Campy Trails, Campy Trails Borders (53167) - Thickers, Meadow Mediterranean (53165) - Thickers, Forest Chestnut (53159) - Thickers, Campy Trails Buttons (85536) - Elements, Campy Trails Hot Dog (89397) - Premium Ribbon, Campy Trails Path (42189) - Remarks Dimensional Stickers, Campy Trails Stream (78045) - Details, Other: Marker, Cloud Punch and Spray Mist

Suzy says, "When I was given the blog assignment of using the Campy Trails line, I was a bit nervous. I tend to gravitate to bright colors and girlie products and I DON’T camp, so I wasn’t sure if I could do this line justice. I realized as I dove in that Campy Trails (despite the name) works well with many different themes other than just camping. The colors are perfect for boy pages, so I actually scrapped the boys in my life (which I don’t do often because they don’t usually wear pink)! I love the new border strips that are on all the pieces of patterned papers, so I cut many of them off and used them to create a woven frame around the photo on my Wild Animal Park page. I also fell in love with the woodgrain papers for backgrounds. The patterns are just subtle enough to provide a perfect backdrop for all my page elements. I hope you enjoy using this line as much as I did – I actually think I will be turning to it quite a bit in the future even though I will NOT be doing any camping! :)"

PooiSupplies: Stumpy Meadow Paper (35347) – Campy Trails, 12x12 Cardstock Kraft (71464) – AC Cardstock,  Wolf Creek Paper (35362) – Campy Trails, Sweetwater Cabin Paper (35367) – Campy Trails, Mountain Gate Park Paper (35355) – Campy Trails,  Sunset Point Ppaer (35356) – Campy Trails, Hike (42190) – Remarks, Fabric Brads (85535) – Elements, Path (42189) – Remarks Dimensional Stickers, Meadow Mediterranean (53165) - Thickers, Forest Chestnut (53159) – Thickers, Campy Trails Borders (53167) – Thickers, Stream (78045) – Details, Tent (59141) – Clear Stamps

Pooi says, "I was excited to receive the new Campy Trails line! It is so ideal for scrapbooking the little boy in my life. He loves outdoor activities, enjoys the greenery, and nature. Every Sunday we explore different parks, mountains, through the woods to a world of fun. I really love the new Thickers the border Thickers are especially amazing!"

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Supplies: Elk Creek Trail Paper (35354) – Campy Trails, 12x12 Cardstock Stone (71079) – AC Cardstock,  Wolf Creek Paper (35362) – Campy Trails, Fabric Brads (85535) – Elements, Hotdog (89397) – Premium Ribbon, Hike (42190) – Remarks Stickers, Trailer (59140) – Clear Stamps

"I used the clear stamps to stamp the words ‘star light, star bright’ and followed with embossing. I also punched out a few circle scallops to enhance the card. I simply adore the deer sticker!"

Look for a fun bonus post tomorrow morning!

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Campy Trails Giveaway!

Campy TrailsCamy Trails For a chance to win the entire Campy Trails line, leave one comment (and one comment only please!) on this post by Tuesday March 15th 2011 at 8am PST letting us know how you'd use all of this fun product. I'll randomly choose one lucky winner and share the results on Tuesday March 15th 2011 with the regular morning post. Good luck!

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Campy Trails Cards by Caroline

Caroline Ikeji made a cute pair of Campy Trails cards - check 'em out:

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CampingcardSupplies: Sunset Point Paper (35356) - Campy Trails, Twin Lakes Paper (35360) - Campy Trails, Sweetwater Cabin Paper (35367) - Campy Trails, Elk Creek Trail Paper (35354) - Campy Trails, Campy Trails Borders (53167) - Thickers, Campy Trails Medium Brads (85537) - Elements, Campy Trails Buttons (85536) - Elements, Smores (89396) - Premium Ribbon, River (78044) - Details, Deer (77249) - Patchems, Hike (42190) - Remarks ?

Caroline says, "I love the Campy Tails line - I love the woodgrain and I love the cute outdoorsy images on them. For the first card, I used a Patchem for my sentiment. I wanted to add more fabric textures, so I used a piece of the ribbon and pleated it, holding it into place with brads. I added paper strips and a chipboard border to finish it off. For my second card, I created a scene with the chipboard borders, tree sticker, and felt Detail house. I added banners that I cut from patterned paper. So fun!"

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Guest Designer of the Week: Jillian Cassity

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Our Guest Designer of the Week is the creative'n'crafty Jillian Deiling Cassity!
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Here are her ultra cute layouts and cards and frame display featuring the Campy Trails line:
Sofullofpersonality Supplies: Salmon Cover Paper (35366) - Campy Trails, Sweet Water Cabin Paper (35367) - Campy Trails, Stumpy Meadow Paper (35347) - Campy Trails, Wolf Creek Paper (35362) - Campy Trails, Powder Point Camp Paper (35368) - Campy Trails,  Smores (89396) - Premium Ribbon, Medium Brads (85537) - Elements, Deer (77249) - Patchems, Stream (78045) - Details, Forest (53161) - Thickers, Meadow (53164) - Thickers, 4 x 6" Cards (64009) - JustWrite, Vanilla (71041) - AC Cardstock, Coffee (71049) - AC Cardstock, Kraft (71464) - AC Cardstock

"I took these photos of my son on one random day before we headed off to his basketball practice. I am constantly taking random photos of him and he absolutely loves it! He poses, smiles like crazy, and even has random requests for the kind of photos he wants me to take of him. He will actually set up photos of himself because he likes the way that they turn out! When I look at his photos his personality is just shining through each and every one of them! He's such an outgoing, friendly, and happy boy and I think these photos express just that."

CatchofthedaySupplies: Hidden Lake Paper (35361) - Campy Trails, Elk Creek Trail Paper (35354) - Campy Trails, Caribou Creek Paper (35351) - Campy Trails, Cedar River Trail Paper (35357) - Campy Trails, Power Point Creek Paper (35368) - Campy Trails, White (71081) - AC Cardstock, Pine (53167) - Thickers, Forest (53161) - Thickers, Meadow (53164) - Thickers, Fabric Brads (85535) - Elements, Deer (77249) - Patchems, Squirrel (77250) - Patchems, Hike (42190) - Remarks Books, Buttons (85536) - Elements, 4 x 6" Cards (64009) - JustWrite

"Last summer my family and I went out to my friends lake house as often as possible. We would go out on their boat nearly every day! Immediately when I got my hands on the Campy Trails collection and saw the cute fish papers and embellishments I knew that I wanted to scrap photos of my son and my friend's daughter out on the lake last summer. They swam every day and reminded me of little fish. They were in the water for hours at a time and never seemed to get tired!"

DiscoverSupplies: Sunset Point Paper (35356) - Campy Trails, Big Pine Creek Paper (35369) - Campy Trails, Cedar River Trail Paper (35359) - Campy Trails, Oakpoint Paper (35364) - Campy Trails, Smores (89396) - Premium Ribbon, Buttons (85536) - Elements, 4 x 6" Cards (64009) - JustWrite, Fabric Brads (85535) - Elements, Meadow (53164) - Thickers, Fishing (70067) - Flair

"These are actually close-up photos of my son sitting on a statue at the zoo last Summer. I don't remember what he was looking at but the expression on his face looks like curiosity, awe, and excitement all at the same time! I love watching him grow up and it seems like he learns or discovers something new every day. His mind is always going a mile a minute and it's so fun to take him to new and exciting places so that he can soak up lots of new knowledge and experiences! The Campy Trails embellishments and paper collection is just perfect to use while scrapping photos of my son. I love the rich earth tones and patterns!"

OurlilchampSupplies: Silver Lake Trail Paper (35346) - Campy Trails, Cedar River Trail Paper (35359) - Campy Trails, Vanilla (71041) - AC Cardstock, Forest (53161) - Thickers, Meadow (53164) - Thickers, 4 x 6" Cards (64009) - JustWrite, Hunting (70066) - Flair, River (78044) - Details, Fabric Brads (85535) - Elements, Buttons (85536) - Elements

"This photo of my son was just taken a few days ago. He had his last basketball game of the season and won his very first trophy! He was so proud, he didn't put the trophy down for pretty much the whole day. I have been creating decorations for our house and this frame will match my home decor perfectly. I have always had a love for earth tones and most of my house is decorated in these colors."

WelcomesummerSupplies: Sweet Water Cabin Paper (35367) - Campy Trails, Stumpy Meadow Paper (35347) - Campy Trails, Appleton Cove Paper (35348) - Campy Trails, Forest (53162) - Thickers, Hunting (70066) - Flair, Smores (89396) - Premium Ribbon, Buttons (85536) - Elements, Vanilla (71041) - AC Cardstock, Rocky Road (71466) - AC Cardstock

"When I think of summer, I think of camping. 'Welcome Summer' seemed to be the perfect title for this fun card! I think I made this card because I cannot wait for the summer to get here as well. It's my favorite season!"
LetsgocampSupplies: Stumpy Meadow Creek Paper (35347) - Campy Trails, Caribou Creek Paper (35351) Campy Trails, Forest (53162) - Thickers, Meadow (53164) - Thickers, 4 x 6" Cards (64009) - JustWrite, Squirrel (77250) - Patchems, Path (42189) - Remarks Dimensional Stickers, Vanilla (71041) - AC Cardstock

"I made this camping invitation for later on this summer. My family and I haven't been able to go camping the last few years but we are hopeful that we'll get to this year! What better way to invite our friends camping by inviting them with a cute handmade card?"

 

Here's a little get-to-know-Jillian better questionnaire:

How did you get started scrapbooking?
I started scrapbooking back in high school, almost ten years ago. I have always loved taking photos and I had photo albums full of them back then. I went over to my friend's house one day and she pulled out her scrapbooks to show me, I was in awe! They were just pages full of photos, magazine clippings, and glitter stickers but to me they were the coolest thing ever. After that day I started going over to her house and we would spend our weekends scrapping together, I was hooked! I have never stopped since.

What would you say your scrapbooking “style” is?
It's so hard for me to define my style! I love clean lines and lots of layers. One of my friends told me that my style was 'trendy' because I love using the latest and greatest scrapping supplies. Shopping for scrapbook supplies is probably my second favorite hobby, with actual scrapbooking itself being my first favorite, of course.

What is your favorite technique?
Just recently I bought some scrapbooking chalks tried them out. Ever since I have been chalking everything! It's my new favorite technique as of now.

When do you find time to scrap?
Normally the only time I get to scrapbook is at night after my son goes to bed. I'm a night owl so I feel most creative at night for the most part. At times I'll try to do some scrapbooking during the day but I never get to do it for long before I get interrupted! 

On average, how long does it take you to complete a project?
When I'm creating a layout it usually takes me anywhere from 2 to 4 hours to complete a layout, depending on how detailed it is. Altered items take about the same amount of time. Cards are quicker and generally only take about an hour or so to create.

What is your favorite thing about American Crafts?
I have loved American Crafts from the beginning! I think I have just about every single set of Thickers that they have ever come out with - I can't scrap without my Thickers! I adore their papers and that every paper collection has a wide variety of embellishments to go along with them. I will always love American Crafts and am always looking forward to the wonderful things they will come out with next!

Jillian has a really cute blog where she posts tons of scrappy inspiration! Check it out here!

PS - Make sure to come back tomorrow for a fabulous giveaway!

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Campy Trails Mini Album Tutorial by Amy (and Ribbon Giveaway Winner!)

Amy Tan is the queen of minis! Today she teaches us how to make one of her masterpieces with a step-by-step photo tutorial.
AmySupplies: Silver Lake Trail Paper (35346) - Campy Trails, Appleton Cove Paper (35348) - Campy Trails, Elk Creek Trail Paper (35354) - Campy Trails, Caribou Creek Paper (35351) - Campy Trails, Snake River Trail Paper (35352) - Campy Trails, Stumpy Meadow Paper (35347) - Campy Trails, Buffalo Lake Paper (35350) - Campy Trails, Evergreen Point Paper (35358) - Campy Trails, Cedar River Trail Paper (35359) - Campy Trails, Salmon Cover (35366) - Campy Trails, Path (42189) - Remarks, Squirrel (77250) - Patchems, Campy Trails (64009) - JustWrite, Stream (78045) - Details, Forest (53159) - Thickers, Hike (42190) - Remarks

"Because I had a lot of pictures from the first time I went camping, I decided a mini book would make an ideal place for all the 4 x 6" photos (printed at Costco). With the help of a sewing machine, this book was simple to put together. Here's how it started:
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I began by folding my paper in half and tearing it down to the size I wanted, then folded each sheet in half. Part of the reason I tore instead of cut was because my paper trimmer was elsewhere. But then I ended up really liking the slightly distressed look!
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I gathered more papers and continued the tearing and folding process.
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Decorating the cover is probably my favorite part of the process (besides finishing the book), so I played around with a shipping tag, embellishments, and the title. 
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After adding all the bits, I layered all the pages in so they lined up in the fold. Two clothespins held the book together, and then it was time to sew. I used a running stitch to bind all the pages together. IMG_0449Tip: Start from the top with a few backstitches, then proceed to do the rest of your stitching. When you get to the bottom, be sure to do just a few backstitches, trim the threads and you're good to go.
 
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And don't worry I didn't forget! The winner of the Premium Ribbon Giveaway is:
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Another fabulous guest designer shares her Campy Trails projects tomorrow!

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Campy Trails Week!

Campy Trails Campy Trails takes you over the mountain and through the woods to a world of forest animals, camping, and fishing. Other outdoor elements include woodgrain, badges, and park signage. It's ideal for scrapbooking the boys and men in your life! Ann-Marie Morris and Lindsey Hansen from our In-House Design Team created these layouts and cards using Campy Trails to show you just how awesome and versatile this line is!

Powder Perfect by Ann-Marie Morris

CS_12x_powderPRFCT_W2011 Supplies: Cedar River Trail Paper (35359) – Campy Trails, Fox Park Forest Paper (35353) – Campy Trails, Salmon Cove Paper (35366) – Campy Trails, Big Pine Creek Paper (35369) – Campy Trails, Campy Trails Borders (53167) – Thickers, Mediterranean Chipboard Forest (53160) – Thickers, Squash Chipboard Meadow (53164) – Thickers, Campy Trails Journaling Cards (64009) – Just Write, Hike (42190) – Remarks Book, Stream (78045) – Details, Campy Trails Fabric Brads (85535) – Elements, Campy Trails Buttons (85536) – Elements

The Great Outdoors by Ann-Marie Morris

CS_Card_GreatOutdoors_W2011 Supplies: Cedar River Trail Paper (35359) – Campy Trails, Black Fork Paper (35363) – Campy Trails, Elk Creek Trail Paper (35354) – Campy Trails, Smores (89396) – Premium Ribbon, Path (42189) – Remarks, Campy Trails Large Brads (85124) – Elements

Hard Core Bikers by Lindsey Hansen
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Supplies: 12x12 Cardstock Chestnut (71048) – AC Cardstock, Stumpy Meadow Paper (35347) – Campy Trails, Cedar River Trail Paper (35359) – Campy Trails, Powder Point Camp Paper (35368) – Campy Trails, Sweetwater Cabin Paper (35367) – Campy Trails, Campy Trails Journaling Cards (64009) – Just Write, Kale Chipboard Forest (53161) – Thickers, Squash Chipboard Meadow (53164) – Thickers, Campy Trails Decorative Tags (85534) – Bits, Deer (77249) – Patchems, Campy Trails Large Brads (85124) – Elements, Campy Trails Buttons (85536) – Elements

Happy Camper by Ann-Marie Morris

CS_Card_HpyCamper_W2011 Supplies: Elk Creek Trail Paper (35354) – Campy Trails, Stumpy Meadow Paper (35347) – Campy Trails, Black Fork Paper (35363) – Campy Trails, Cedar River Trail Paper (35359) – Campy Trails, Path (42189) – Remarks, Campy Trails Medium Brads (85537) – Elements, Campy Trails Decorative Tags (85534) – Bits

I'm not much of a outdoorsy-kinda-girl, but these layouts are cards so darn cute it makes me want to go camping just so I can scraplift these!

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Campy Trails Layouts and Cards by Céline and Melanie

Campy Trails can be used for much more than camping-themed projects! Céline Navarro and Melanie Louette show you how with their layouts and cards.

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Supplies: Salmon Cove Paper (35366) - Campy Trails, Snake River Paper (35352) - Campy Trails, Aplleton Cove (35348) - Campy Trails, 12x12 White Cardstock (71081) - AC Cardstock, Forest Chestnut (53159) - Thickers, Fabric Brads (85535) - Elements, Dimensional Tabs (61710) - This to That, Basic Ribbon Spools 2 Yards (58228) - Premium Ribbon, Foutain Large (59200) - Clear Stamps Card by céline

Supplies: Cedar River Trail Paper (35359) - Campy Trails,Aplleton Cove Paper (35348) - Campy Trail, Bliss Paper (35395) - Hello Sunshine, Sunrise Limeade (53179) - Thickers, Fabric Brads (85535) - Elements, Medium Brads (85537) - Elements

Céline says, "Campy Trails is one of my new favorite lines from American Crafts. I just love the colors, the textures, and the modern feel to it. What I like is that you can use it for whatever theme you want: holidays, travels, family, portraits... I couldn't resist making a layout for my best friends who went to Madagascar last year. The colors of the landscapes are just perfect to match this line! I wanted a pretty simple and design layout in order to make the photo pop from the background."

  Melanie

Supplies: 8 ½ x 11 White Cardstock (71273) - AC Cardstock, Timberline Resort Paper (35357) - Campy Trails, Mountain Gate Park Paper (35355) - Campy Trails, Silver Lake Trail Paper (35346) - Campy Trails, Cedar River Trail Paper (35359) - Campy Trails, Mediterranean Meadow (53165) - Thickers, 4x6 Journaling Cards (64009) - JustWrite, Trailer (59140) - Clear Stamps, Stream (78045) - Details, Fabric Brads (85535) - Elements, Purkey (43273) - Minimarks, Chestnut (59512) - Pigment Ink, Dot Glue Runner (61713) - This to That, Dimensional Dots (61709) - This to That

Melanie says, "I recently came into possession of my parent’s huge photo album collection and found these photos of us during a camping trip to Banff in 1992. I knew before I saw Campy Trails in person that I would adore it. I love the decidedly retro 50’s feel - right up my alley! And it was a great match for these photographs, as the blues and greens go just perfectly with the mountains and woodsy backdrop. My mom was a quasi scrapbooker and I found the panorama of my photographs of the Rockies taped together in her book (with yellowing scotch tape, no less). I decided to use it ‘as is’ and trimmed the ends to fit my landscape page. (The entire layout is a 2 page stacked 8 ½ x 11 ). The rest of the photos are 4 x 6 and I just trimmed them down to fit my page. Making this layout brought back some great memories for me and turned out to be one of the most favourite layouts I’ve made in a while."
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Supplies: 8 ½x11 White (71273) - AC Cardstock, Cedar River Trail Paper (35359) - Campy Trails, Appleton Cove Paper (35348) - Campy Trails, Silver Lake Trail Paper (35346) - Campy Trails, Hello There (59213) - Clear Stamps, Chestnut (59512) - Pigment Ink, Dot Glue Runner (61713) - This to That, Dimensional Dots (61709) - This to That

"I made this card right after finishing my layout with the scraps I had left on the table. The woodgrain paper is so cool and versatile, one of my faves. I used two different coloured pieces of that as the base, added the decorative perforated strip from one of the papers, and placed my stamped sentiment on top using dimensional dots. I cut out the deer from the Silver Lake Trail paper and adhered them in a line down the middle. This card was done in 15 minutes flat, no fuss!"

Tomorrow is a fun photo step-by-step tutorial you won't want to miss!

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Ribbon Week Wrap Up with Shannon

Finishing up this week of Premium Ribbon is a great layout and card by Shannon Zickel.

ShannonSupplies: 12x12 White Cardstock (71081) - AC Cardstock, Easy Peasy Paper (35382) – Peachy Keen, Mountain Park Paper (35231) – City Park, Forest Grove Paper (35226) – City Park, Serenade Strawberry (53174) – Thickers, Hello Sunshine (72012) – Delights, Good Afternoon (42195) - Remarks, Dear Lizzy Spring Journaling Stickers (42704) - Remarks, Dear Lizzy Spring Mini Pounce Phrases Multi (43378) - MiniMarks, Green Polka Dot Grosgrain (58106) -  Ribbon, Pink Grosgrain (892525) - Ribbon, Striped Grossgrain (58081) - Ribbon, Brown Grosgrain (57633) - Ribbon, Yellow Grosgrain (57615) - Ribbon, Pink Striped Grosgrain (57918) - Ribbon, Foam Tabs (61710) - This to That, Leaf (59508) - Ink, Chestnut (59512) - Ink, Sunflower (59514) - Ink Card

Shannon asks, "Want to add a fun ribbon pennant to your layouts or cards? I used an extra long wood skewer that I cut down to size and then using leftover scraps of ribbon tied them onto the skewer using a small piece of twine. Trim the edges into a v shape for a more authentic pennant look."

AC Blog Card Feb11 Supplies: White 5.25 x 5.25 Card (71378) - AC Cards & Envelopes, 12x12 White Cardstock (71081) - AC Cardstock, Duck Premium Ribbon Card (89391) - Ribbon, Yellow Grosgrain (57615) - Ribbon, Foam Tabs (61710) - This to That

"By using a circle cutter to open a circle in the middle of my card I was able to use ribbon to fill the opening for the center of my sun. Using the gathered grosgrain ribbon gave the sun rays a fun touch!"

Have a fantastic weekend! Be back bright and early Monday morn'!

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Ribbon Giveaway!

We want to know - what is your favorite style of ribbon?

Ribbon Full Assortment Grosgrain? Picot? Scalloped? Rose? Patterned? Crocheted? Tulle? Something else?

Leave your one comment below letting us know what your favorite style of ribbon is and why by Tuesday March 8th 2011 at 8am PST and I'll post the randomly selected winner of a giant box of the latest and greatest AC ribbon in the morning. Good luck!

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Ribbon Cards by Jennifer

Jennifer Gallacher created a trio of totally cute cards showcasing American Crafts ribbon.  Jennifer Thank-You-Bee-Card Thank-You-Floral-CardThank-You-Rose-CardSupplies: 12x12 Cardstock Ash (71078) - AC Cardstock, 12x12 Cardstock Sunflower (71038) - AC Cardstock, 12x12 Cardstock White (71081) - AC Cardstock, Mother Always Says Paper (35388) - Peachy Keen, Sweet on You Paper (35374) - Peachy Keen, Fancy Free Paper (35377) - Peachy Keen, Corduroy Brads (85538) - Elements, Bowtie Ribbon Card (89398) - Premium Ribbon, Bellflower Clear Stamp (59202) - Stamps, Thanks Clear Stamp (59007) - Stamps, Mustard (59515) - Pigment Ink, Black (59500) - Pigment Ink, Charcoal (59501) - Pigment Ink, Dimensional Tabs (61710) - Adhesives

"I hardly feel my cards are complete without a little ribbon on them. It adds a touch of femininity to these stamped cards. But you can also use ribbon in a masculine fashion when you pair it with a corduroy brad. On the bee stamped card, I was inspired by the look of a tux with the silk ribbon running across the patterned paper, and the gray ribbon hanging down from the brad. Little details and textures can take a card from "ho-hum" to "wow," and I'm always about a personal touch when I'm sending cards to people I love. You can also change up a ribbon's look on a card by tying the ribbon into a bow or into a knot. You could also double up two different widths of ribbon for an entirely new look. Really the ideas are endless!"

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Guest Designer of the Week: Emily Spahn

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The (super talented!) Guest Designer of the Week is Emily Spahn!

Emilyspahnprofile1Here are her amazing layouts, cards, and altered project featuring ribbon:
AC We Call YouSupplies: Take a Chance Paper (35182) – Love, Wise Tortoise Paper (35268) – Dear Lizzy Enchanted, Ender Paper (35317) – The Classics, 12x12 White Cardstock (71081) - AC Cardstock, 12x12 Apricot Cardstock, 12x12 Kraft Cardstock (71464) – AC Cardstock, Hardcover Black (53135) - Thickers, Apricot (58416) – Premium Ribbon, Black (58317) – Premium Ribbon, Spinach (58555) - Premium Ribbon, Heartstrings (89384) – Premium Ribbon, Love (85111) – Bits, Love (85110) - Bits, Gazeebo (42176) - Remarks Dimensional Stickers

"I was noticing one day how we have a million nicknames for my daughter and that even our family and friends have started calling her the things her dad and I call her. Even the really silly ones like 'munchie' which is short for 'munchkin'!  I wanted to create a layout to document all the different names we have for her. The overall design of the page is one I have noticed I use a lot on my layouts: the large column on one side of the paper! It's easy to change it up every time I use it, this time with some ribbon and some different papers in the background."

AC Sign of the TimesSupplies: Wise Tortoise Paper (35268) – Dear Lizzy Enchanted, Take a Chance Paper (35182) – Love, Greenbelt Gardens Paper (35241) – City Park, Fairmont Gardens Paper (35242) – City Park, Friendly Fern Paper (35092) – Dear Lizzy Spring, Friendly Finch Fabric Paper (35163) – Dear Lizzy Spring, 12x12 Cardstock Kraft (71464) – AC Cardstock, 12x12 Cardstock White (71081) – AC Cardstock, Heart White (35092) – Thickers, Christmas 1 2010 (93063) – Dollar Ribbon Spool, Lemon (58289) – Premium Ribbon, Heartstrings (89384) – Love Ribbon Card, Love (85111) – Bits, Hello Sunshine (85546) – Bits, Love (42164) – Remarks Dimensional Stickers, Slide (72004) – Delights

"I like to take photos of really random things sometimes… like my husband mowing our jungle lawn, which was filled with weeds! ;) I was debating how to use it on a layout and decided to write about summer in general and how things like yard work sometimes get put on hold for the more fun activities. Because the photo is larger (a 5x7) I decided to put the title on the photo itself to save room on the page for more journaling and extra fun stuff!"

AC My SunshineSupplies: Wise Tortoise Paper (35268) – Dear Lizzy Enchanted, Friendly Finch Fabric Paper (35163) – Dear Lizzy Spring, Fairmont Gardens Paper (35242) – City Park, Balboa Park Paper (35236) – City Park, Hyde Parke Paper (35238) – City Park, Secret Garden Paper (35294) – The Classics, Ender Paper (35317) – The Classics, A la Carte (71001) - Patterned Paper Pack, Fancy Strawberry (53111) – Thickers, Satin w/ Pleated Ruffle Edges (89278) – Premium Ribbon, Sunflower with Woven Strips (58291) – Premium Ribbon, Gazeebo  (42176) – Remarks Dimensional Stickers

"I’ve had these photos for over a year, but could never seem to figure out what to do with them.  I love putting together fun color schemes, so I decided to use the stripes in my daughter’s pajamas as inspiration for the colors of this layout.  I started a layout with a sun and rays like this a very, very long time ago and never finished it! I thought this would be the perfect layout to recreate the idea."

AC Celebrate Card updatedSupplies: Ender Paper (35317) – The Classics, Delicate Paper (35413) – Hello Sunshine, 12x12 Cardstock Coffee (71049) – AC Cardstock, 12x12 Cardstock Apricot (71031) – AC Cardstock, Confetti (85533) – Bits, The Classics Medium Brads (85525) – Elements, Coffee (5822) – Premium Ribbon, Lemon (58289) – Premium Ribbon, Everyday 2 2010 (93049) – Dollar Ribbon Spool

"I will be honest… making cards really intimidates me! Layouts come much more naturally to me! I was trying to think of a creative way to use ribbon on my card, other than just tying it in a traditional way. I saw a layout somewhere that had a cake with candles on it and I thought it would be a fun idea for a card, just on a smaller scale."

AC Hi CardSupplies: Ender Paper (35317) – The Classics, A Wrinkle in Time Paper (35301) - The Classics, Elated Iris Paper (35257) - Dear Lizzy Enchanted, Delicate Paper (35413) – Hello Sunshine, Brilliance Paper (35415) - Hello Sunshine, Hyde Park Paper (35238) – City Park, Sunny Aqua (53119) - Thickers, Coffee (5822) – Premium Ribbon, White Rose (58205) – Premium Ribbon, Pearl Brads, Classics (85527) – Premium Ribbon, Classics (77246) - Bits

"This card uses one of my favorite techniques, which is really not a technique at all but just something I love: putting lots of different non-matching monochromatic papers together!  I cut one small section out of flowered ribbon to make a single flower for the card."

AC Color Cards AC Color Cards 2 AC Color Cards 3Supplies: Frolic Paper (35403) – Hello Sunshine, Spree Paper (35400) – Hello Sunshine, Delicate Paper (35413) – Hello Sunshine, Brilliance Paper (35415) – Hello Sunshine, Take a Chance Paper (35182) – Love, Crazy Little Thing Paper (35179) - Love, All that Matters Paper (35176) – Love, Ender Paper (35317) – The Classics, Greenbelt Gardens Paper (35241) – City Park, Fairmont Gardens Paper (35242) – Dear Lizzy Spring,  Friendly Fern Paper (35092) – Dear Lizzy Spring, Golden Gleam Paper (35090) – Dear Lizzy Spring, Friendly Finch Fabric Paper (35163) – Dear Lizzy Spring, Gentle Badger Paper (35253) – Dear Lizzy Enchanted, Refined Percy Paper (35259) – Dear Lizzy Enchanted, Elated Iris Paper (35257) – Dear Lizzy Enchanted, Wise Tortoise Paper (35268) – Dear Lizzy Enchanted, Crestview Court Paper (35074) – Abode, Edith Fitzbolt Paper (34733) – Craft Fair, Humpty Dumpty Paper (34665) – Baby, Chai Paper (34196) – A La Carte, A la Carte (71001) – Patterned Paper Pack, 12x12 Cardstock Apricot ( (71031) – AC Cardstock, Scarlet (58295) – Premium Ribbon, Denim (58329) – Premium Ribbon, Bubblegum (58240) – Premium Ribbon, Lagoon (58266) – Premium Ribbon, Apricot Ric Rac (58354) – Premium Ribbon, Apricot (58416) – Premium Ribbon, Spinach (58555) – Premium Ribbon, Heartstrings (89384) – Love Ribbon Card, Christmas 1 2010 (93063) – Dollar Ribbon Spool, Lemon (58289) – Premium Ribbon, Everyday 2 2010 (93049) – Dollar Ribbon Spool, Dear Lizzy (61734) – Mixtape, Love (42164) – Remarks Dimensional Stickers, Slide (72004) – Delights, Dear Lizzy Springhouse Flowers (77237) – House, Picnic (700214) – Flair, The Classics (77246) – Bits, The Classics Pearl Brads (85527) – Elements, Dear Lizzy Assorted Brads (85504) – Elements, Dear Lizzy Mini Pearl Brads (85519) – Elements, Medium Jewel Brads (85258) – Elements, Tropicals Mini Jewel Brads (85272) – Elements, The Classics Fabric Brads (85524) – Elements

"Lately I have been trying to use my craft supplies to make things for my daughter. I decided to make a mini album of colors for her, one page for each color. However, after creating all the pages I realized it was much too thick for a mini. So instead I just left them as individual cards so she can take them out and play with them individually. I had planned on sewing all the elements down, but after three bent needles, I decided that perhaps my sewing machine was not made to sew on cardboard! ;) I may go back and hand stitch everything down later to ensure that she doesn’t take any of it apart!"

Here's a little get-to-know-Emily questionnaire:

How did you get started scrapbooking?
I started scrapbooking in about fifth grade when I made some really fantastic pages using typing paper and crayon-written titles. It was love at first scotch-taped down page! ;) I have been doing it ever since, though I’ve graduated to some more advanced products! I started scrapping more seriously in about 2004 after I got married and moved into a space big enough to hold all my stash!

What would you say your scrapbooking “style” is?
It is really hard for me to describe my style. I would say colorful and simple, but with fun little extras.

What is your favorite technique?
My favorite technique might be that I don’t really use techniques! But really, I like to outline things or ink the edges, and as I mentioned I really love putting together fun color schemes on layouts.

When do you find time to scrap?
Now that I am a mom (with another little one due in a couple weeks!) I have to scrap mostly at night or on a rare night out to crop with friends.

On average, how long does it take you to complete a project?
It takes me anywhere from 45 minutes to a couple hours… or even days. Sometimes I will start something and completely lose my mojo and need to set it aside for awhile. I feel like my pages probably look like they are created pretty quickly, but I am actually really picky and am constantly moving and changing things until I’m happy.

What is your favorite thing about American Crafts?
I really can’t choose just one! I love Thickers… who doesn’t? But I also really love all of the different American Crafts monochromatic papers. I don’t do well with big prints, and I love that I can always count on AC for some fun colors and great patterns. I also really love a lot of the new embellishments like the Bits and the Delights. So fun!

Thanks so much for sharing all of your crafty goodness with us Emily! Make sure to sign up to read her blog for tons more eye candy!

Come back a little bit later today for a chance to win oodles of spools of ribbon!

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February 2011 Design Team Gallery!

The American Crafts Contributing Design Team is quite a talented bunch of ladies. They've done it again with their amazing skills and created an entire gallery of inspiration full of layouts, cards, mini albums, and altered projects for you to see and take in. Check it out on the left side of this blog or simply click right here!

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Ribbon Headband Tutorial by Becky

Becky Williams made three simply adorable headbands with step-by-step photos to share with you wonderful readers today.

"I was asked to create a tutorial using American Crafts ribbon. The possibilities were absolutely endless with all the varieties of AC ribbon available and I decided that I’d make some hair accessories which, of course, my girls were thrilled about. And, because I have three girls I couldn’t make just one to show you. This project is relatively quick and simple to make and you can use whatever AC ribbon you might have on hand."

Ribbontutorial1Materials needed:
-basic headbands
-assorted American Crafts ribbons/trim
-scissors
-strong adhesive (I used Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive)
-assorted embellishments to add to headband (buttons, brads, flowers, etc.)
-needle and thread
-felt or other fabric

Headband #1 Supplies: Pond City Park Ribbon (89392) – Ribbon, Frisbee (78038) - Details, Tenderness (78034) - Details

For this first headband, starting at one end of the headband, wrap the ribbon around securing it with liquid adhesive. I made sure to wrap it quite tightly so that there was no bunching up of the ribbon.

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Once you’re finished wrapping the ribbon around, choose your embellishments. I went with two felt Details from the Love line and one from the City Park collection. I removed the top two layers of the Love flowers so that the other flower would sit flat on top. Layer the flowers and adhere them to the headband. 

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In order to keep the flower securely on the headband adhere a small piece of felt or ribbon to the back as shown. 

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Headband #2 Supplies: Black rosette ribbon (58182) – Ribbon, Dear Lizzy Enchanted Plastic Rose Brads (85522) – Elements

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This second one is quite simple. All you have to do is add the brads along the trim and adhere it to the headband. I wrapped the ribbon around to the underside of the headband on each end and scrunched up the trim so that the purple from the headband wouldn’t show through.

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Headband #3 Supplies: Duchess Dear Lizzy Enchanted Ribbon Card (89389) - Ribbon, Dear Lizzy Enchanted Fabric Brads (85520) - Elements, Coffee Ribbon Spool (58225)- Ribbon

For this last headband, wrap the base headband with your chosen ribbon as with the first one. Next, choose 24 inches of ribbon for making the flower. I chose this sheer brown ribbon. Using a needle and thread, do a running stitch (simply in and out) across the length of the ribbon and then pull the thread lightly to gather the ribbon and then tie it off.

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Apply liquid adhesive to a piece of felt or other fabric and starting with the outer edge, adhere the ribbon to the fabric going in a clockwise direction until you get to the center of the flower. 

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Add a fabric brad to the center of the flower.

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Adhere the flower to the headband and add a piece of felt to the back to help hold it in place as we did on the first headband.

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Here they are, all three finished headbands! 

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I think you can tell by the smiles on their faces that my girls were pretty excited about these new headbands! 

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Simple, easy, quick, and most of all, CUTE! These ribbon headbands are sure to put a smile on any little girl's face. 

Tomorrow we have another talented guest designer! See you then!

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