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Dear Lizzy Neapolitan Blog Hop!

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Smile by Elizabeth Kartchner using Dear Lizzy Neapolitan

We've been patiently waiting to share all our new products, and the time has come! All this week, and into next, we'll be giving you glimpses of what will shortly be in stores for you to get your crafty hands on. And what better way to start than with a Dear Lizzy blog hop?

Dear Lizzy Neapolitan, the newest signature line from Elizabeth Kartchner, is soft and feminine, featuring candy-shop colors and a diffused watercolor effect that takes you into a daydream of hand-drawn Mason jars, ice cream cones, and balloons.

NeapolitanlogoDear Lizzy Neapolitan features 22 papers, including two ruffled crepe varieties and three vellum sheets (yum!). There are lots of embellishments, too, including fan favorites (Thickers, clear stamps, and Remarks stickers, to name a few) and some newbies, like mini-garland Flutterbys, paper pinwheels, and a Roller Stamp. Here's a sampling of the paper ...

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Want to see more? Head on over to Suzy Plantamura's blog and the proceeding blogs for more up-close-and-personal time with Dear Lizzy Neapolitan. And once you've checked out all the blogs be sure to leave a comment on Dear Lizzy's blog with your favorite part of the new line for a chance to win the entire collection for yourself! (The winner will be announced next Monday, Jan. 23., when we reveal the whole line.)

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Wreaths Week

A staple for any home, wreaths can dress up a door, hallway, window, and more! This week our talented designers will show their handmade wreaths!

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Amy Heller showcases her stunning wreath today:

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H Wreath by Amy Heller

Supplies: Yes Peas Paper (35549) - Amy Tangerine, Petunia's Pastries Paper (35532) - Garden Cafe, Richard Paper (35573) - Chap, Mark Paper (35576) - Chap, Hello Doily Paper (35558) - Amy Tangerine, You're Golden Fabric Paper (35563) - Amy Tangerine, Lavendar Grill Paper (35535) - Garden Cafe, Charcoal (71077) - Cardstock, Ash (71078) - Cardstock, Basic Ribbon Spool-Grosgrain (58438) - Ribbon, Jacob Paper (35568) - Chap, Mark Paper (35576) - Chap, .5"W This to That Super Sticky Red Tape (61754) - This to That

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Quilt Inspired Layout and Card by Suzy Plantamura

A big round of applause to the randomly selected winner of all the current patterned papers, Erica Hettwer:

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Suzy Plantamura has a final quilt-inspired layout and card:

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My Beautiful Girl by Suzy Plantamura

For this layout, I cut a 9” square out of a piece of patterned paper. I lined the outside edge of that paper with Mixtape and folded it to the backside. For the inside of the paper, I attached some floral ribbon. I then cut five 3” squares out of patterned paper. I created a petal pattern on a scratch paper square by dividing the square into four small squares and then cutting one of them into a petal shape. I traced around that shape four times on each of the 3” squares (after creating a grid of four smaller squares on them with pencil). I attached my patterned paper 12” piece to a piece of white cardstock and drew nine 3” squares into the center with a pencil. I then used my petals inside five of these to create a quilted look and added photos into the other four. I stitched around the edges of each with straight stitch and then added some zig zag stitching between all the squares. 

Supplies: White 12x12 (71081) - AC Cardstock, Petunia’s Pastries Paper (35532) - Garden Café, Daisy’s Diner Paper (35539) - Garden Café, Rose’s Kitchen Paper (35540) - Garden Café, Poppy’s Pub Paper (35542) - Garden Café, Café Iris Paper (35541) - Garden Café, Happy Day Paper (35560) - Daydreams, Wish (61734) - Mixtape, Garden Café (89416) - Boxed Ribbon, The Classics Large Fabric Brads (85524) - Elements, Hello Sunshine Fabric Brads (85544) - Elements, Daydreams Fabric Brads (85572) - Elements

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Thank You Card by Suzy Plantamura

I used the same four petal flower design on a card as well. I layered three strips of ribbon under the “flower” and then used a Flair badge in the center of the flower as the greeting. I used the new Knock Outs punch set along the bottom edge of the card.

Supplies: Carnation Corner Paper (35538) - Garden Café, Joyful Day Paper (35603) - Daydreams, Delish (70073) - Flair, Garden Café (89416) - Boxed Ribbon, Open Scallop (63008) - Knock Outs

Have a great weekend and we'll be back again with another exciting theme on Monday!

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Quilt Inspired Cards by Heidi Sonboul

These three quilt-inspired cards were made by Heidi Sonboul!

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I Love You Card by Heidi Sonboul

I cut all my mini squares 1/2 inch by 1/2 inch and placed them at random in a diamond patters. Then cut off the papers that hang over the main base and it will give it a clean look.

Supplies: Blissful Day Paper (35605) - Daydreams, Petunia's Pastries Paper (35532) - Garden Cafe, Poppy's Pub Paper (35542) - Garden Cafe, Geyser (71469) - Cardstock, Concrete (71474) - Cardstock, Cherry (71026) - Cardstock, Kraft (71464) - Cardtstock, Vanilla (71041) - Cardstock, .03 Black (62311) - Precision Pen

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Happy Birthday Card by Heidi Sonboul

For this card I went super modern. I took this triangle quilt and flipped it. I used a bright color with a black to make them pop.

Supplies: Ben Paper (35578) - Chap, Mulberry (71023) - Cardstock, Vanilla (71041) - Cardstock, Stone (71079) - Cardstock, Bright (72025) - Delights, Smile (42227) - Remarks Books, Goodness Slate (53249) - Thickers, Plastic Buttons (85561) - Elements

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Thanks Card by Heidi Sonboul

For this card I wove 1 blue cardstock and 1 pattern paper together. Then I matted it under a frame and added some buttons to color.

Supplies: Mike Paper (35572) - Chap, Plastic Buttons (85569) - Elements, Frames and Journaling Cards (64012) - Justwrite, Jared (59152) - Clear Stamps, Ash (71078) - Cardstock, Geyser (71469) - Cardstock, Black (59500) - Pigment Ink

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Tomorrow we'll finish up inspired by quilts week and choose a winner of all the current patterned papers!

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Guest Designer: Briana Johnson

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This week our guest designer is Briana Johnson - her quilt inspired projects will blow you away!

JbsavatarblackTell us about yourself:
I'm a 31 year old stay-at-home-mama to my sweeties, Zane and Ava. My hubs, Adam, and I have been married 11 years. We live in Oklahoma. I'm trying to decide if I have a "style," but I don't think I would classify my work under any specific style. I really like to change it up depending on what subject I'm scrapping or what "feel" I want the page to have and push myself to try new things. I can definitely say I've been super inspired by quilts lately and that's what I'm sharing with you today. When I'm not scrapbooking I love to hang out with my family, watch classic movies, go antiquing, decorate for the holidays, and read historical fiction books and scrapbook blogs. I'm on the Jenni Bowlin Studio design team. I'm SO excited to be guesting here this week, thank you American Crafts!

How did you get started scrapbooking?
I grew up in a really small town where everyone knew everyone. My in the future mother-in-law invited me to a Creative Memories party and my obsession was born. I was 16 at the time.

What is your favorite American Crafts product?
I would like to say Thickers because they're perfect, nothing else like them, fabulous fonts and materials. But I'm going to have to go with American Crafts' patterned paper. The patterns are gorgeous and colorful and there's such a nice variety of styles from Garden Cafe to Chap to Amy Tangerine, the three lines I used in my projects. Really, that was my way of picking two favorites ;)

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Strike a Pose by Briana Johnson

This layout was inspired by a single quilt block. I began with four large rectangles and laid strips of paper out diagonally. I made sure the middle diagonal of each block was the thickest strip so when all the blocks were placed together there would be one dominant X shape to meet and connect the design.

Supplies: Orchid Bistro Paper (35533) - Garden Cafe, Lily's Bakery Paper (35534) - Garden Cafe, Magnolia Market Paper (35536) - Garden Cafe, Rose's Kitchen Paper (35540) - Garden Cafe, Clover Cantina Paper (35537) - Garden Cafe, Cafe Iris Paper (35541) - Garden Cafe, Poppy's Pub Paper (35542) - Garden Cafe, Sign On The Dotted Line Paper (35553) - Amy Tangerine, Rose Ave Paper (35551) - Amy Tangerine, Stars, Stripes, & Stitches Paper (35550) - Amy Tangerine, Custard Black (43224) - Thickers, Eric Corn (53252) - Thickers, Chap Epoxy Brads (85568) - Elements, Garden Cafe Biscotti (72018) - Delights

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For a Second by Briana Johnson

This layout is comprised of (36) 2" white squares with a quarter circle placed in the corners. I drew the quarter circle in Silhouette (duplicated about 5 times) then let the machine do the work for me as well as cutting all the squares so they would come out perfectly.

Supplies: Work In Progress Paper (35546) - Amy Tangerine, Yes Peas Paper (35549) - Amy Tangerine, Stars, Stripes, & Stitches Paper (35550) - Amy Tangerine, Oh Happy Grey Paper (35565) - Amy Tangerine, Here and There Paper (35562) - Amy Tangerine, The Good Life Paper (35543) - Amy Tangerine, Carnation Corner Paper (35538) - Garden Cafe, Magnolia Market Paper (35536) - Garden Cafe, Cafe Iris Paper (35541) - Garden Cafe, Jim Paper (35567) - Chap, Jacob Paper (35568) - Chap, Chap Epoxy Brads (85568) - Elements, Garden Cafe Savor (42210) - Remarks Books, Lovely Peacock (43245) - Thickers, Hello (59150) - Clear Stamps

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Birthday Wishes by Briana Johnson

I began by drawing the star shape I wanted in Silhouette. The middle square is 2". Each point is 1". I typed the journaling in Photoshop, printed it, then used the negative star shape from the paper and traced the star shape around the journaling. I used Ali Edwards' digital brushes for the title work.

Supplies: Charcoal (71077) - Cardstock, Cameron Paper (35570) - Chap, Mike Paper (35572) - Chap, James Paper (35574) - Chap, Scott Paper (35575) - Chap, Mark Paper (35576) - Chap, Tim Paper (35577) - Chap, Ben Paper (35578) - Chap, Chap Epoxy Brads (85568) - Elements

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Hello Card by Briana Johnson

I found a free Wedding Ring quilt pattern online, opened it in Silhouette, and traced the shape to form the curves of my card.

Supplies: Sunflower Deli Paper (35531) - Garden Cafe, Petunia's Pastries Paper (35532) - Garden Cafe, Cafe Iris Varnish Paper (35541) - Garden Cafe, Daisy's Diner Paper (35539) - Garden Cafe, Garden Cafe Savor (42210) - Remarks Books

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Trinkets & Treasures Cigar Box by Briana Johnson

The lid of my cigar box wasn't in very good condition but the inside was still beautiful. I thought it might work well to use American Crafts paper to create a quilt pattern on the top of the lid to cover the horrendous color it had faded to. After the top was covered I drilled a hole and added a bronze cabinet knob. I ran a strip of chevron paper down the front with one of American Crafts' chipboard frames and added the phrase, "Trinkets & Treasures." This would work well for kids, or for ladies who like to organize their scrapbook supplies in vintage pieces, or would even look nice on a man's dresser for change. Cigar boxes are usually pretty easy to find in antique shops and second hand stores.

Supplies: Petunia's Pastries Paper (35532) - Garden Cafe, Lavender Grill Paper (35535) - Garden Cafe, Mike Paper (35572) - Chap, Jim Paper (35567) - Chap, Dave Paper (35569) - Chap, Man of the House Printed Chipboard Frames (77262) - House

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Find Briana on her blog to see more of her amazing work and check out her pinterest to see what else inspires her!

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Rainbow Quilt Clock Tutorial by Corrie Jones

Corrie Jones is going to show us in a step-by-step photo tutorial how to create this amazing rainbow quilt clock:

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Rainbow Quilt Clock by Corrie Jones

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Here is the inspiration for Corrie's project - it's a quilt from Sew Yeah's etsy shop:

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Supplies: 12X12 Cardstock Raspberry (71019) - AC Cardstock, Autumn Cider Paper (35510) - Nightfall, Halloween Night Paper (35507) - Nightfall, Fall Leaves Paper (35530) - Nightfall, Fall Fun Paper (35528) - Nightfall, Autumn Gathering Paper (35524) - Nightfall, James Paper (35574) - Chap, Scott Paper (35575) - Chap, Tim Paper (35577) - Chap, Cameron Paper (35577) - Chap, Mike Paper (35572) - Chap, Dave Paper (35569) - Chap, Jim Paper (35567) - Chap, Daisy's Diner Paper (35539) - Garden Cafe, Lavender Grill Paper (35539) - Garden Cafe, Carnation Corner Paper (35538) - Garden Cafe, Petunias Patries Paper (35532) - Garden Cafe, Clover Cantina Paper (35537) - Garden Cafe, Cafe Iris Paper (35541) - Garden Cafe, Magnolia Market Paper (35536) - Garden Cafe, Poppy's Pub Paper (35542) - Garden Cafe, Sunflower Deli Paper (35531) - Garden Cafe, Rose's Kitchen Paper (35540) - Garden Cafe, Great Day Paper (35602) - Daydreams, Joyful Day Paper (35603) - Daydreams, Wishful Day Paper (35610) - Daydreams, Wonderful Day Paper (35601) - Daydreams, Blissful Day Paper (35605) - Daydreams, Pleasant Day Paper (35609) - Daydreams, Fine Day Paper (35606) - Daydreams, Gleeful Day Paper (35604) - Daydreams, Sunny Day Paper (35608) - Daydreams, Happy Day Paper (35600) - Daydreams, Stars, Stripes & Stitches Paper (35550) - Amy Tangerine, Work In Progress Paper (35546) - Amy Tangerine, Get Around Paper (35561) - Amy Tangerine, The Good Life Paper (35543) - Amy Tangerine,, Orange You Glad Paper (35544) - Amy Tangerine, Oh Happy Grey (35565) - Amy Tangerine, Scatter Sunshine Paper (35554) - Amy Tangerine, Rose Ave Paper (35551) - Amy Tangerine, Yes Peas Paper (35549) - Amy Tangerine, Woodness Gracious Paper (35555) - Amy Tangerine, Elf Green (53212) - Thickers, Maple Pineapple (53221) - Thickers, Hello Truffle (53247) - Thickers, Subway Bubble Gum (53150) - Thickers, Savor (42210) - Remarks, Halloween (42202) - Remarks, Autumn (42205) - Remarks, Good Times (42213) - Remarks, Emilio (42220) - Remarks, Wishing (42216) - Remarks, Friends (42228) - Remarks, All Together (42219) - Remarks, Printed Chipboard Shapes (7762) - House, Spice (72016) - Delights, Bright (72024) - Delights, Biscotti (72018) - Delights, Let's Hang (78059) - Details, Mousse (78057) - Details, Decorative Tags (77259) - Bits, Daybook (77288) - Bits, Fabric Brads (85572) - Elements, Plastic Buttons (85573) - Elements, Plastic Buttons (85564) - Elements, Fabric Brads (85567) - Elements, Epoxy Brads (85568) - Elements, Decorative Tape (61749) - Mixtape, Garden Cafe Flatbox (89416) - Premium Ribbon, Sweet (59154) - Clear Stamps, Jared (59152) - Clear Stamps

Step 1 - Gather all your stuff together. You will want your stuff out because this is a fun, messy project. I used a 12x12 canvas for this.
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Step 2 - Paint the outside edges of your canvas cream.
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Step 3 - Pick out all your favorite patterned papers and separate them by color for your rainbow while the paint dries.
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Step 4 - Start punching out shapes. I used a favorite heart punch, but you could use stars or butterflies or some other favorite shape. Keep them grouped by color.
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Step 5 - Sketch the rainbow on your canvas. Don't worry if it is not perfect, it will be covered up.
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Step 6 - Start layering your hearts (or other shape). Mod podge both under and over the shape for a secure hold.
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Step 7 - Trim the parts that hang over the edge of your canvas.
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Step 8 - Find the center of your canvas. Mark it and then go ahead and cut it. You need about a 1/4" place for your clock parts to come through.
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Step 9 - Place the clock numbers around the canvas.
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Step 10 - Embellish! This is the fun part. Just remember to use that mod podge liberally for a secure stick!
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Step 11 - Lightly paint over everything with watered down paint to tone down the color if you want to. This is a personal preference, of course. I did it so the "numbers" would show up more and so I could add some paint splotches here and there.
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Step 12 - Install the clock hands.
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And there you have it! A cool rainbow quilt clock!

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Inspired by Quilts Week

Quilts are one of the greatest sources of inspiration for paper crafting! So this week our designers have found quilts they love and have interpreted them in their layouts, cards, and projects!

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Paige Evans starts off the week with a quilt-inspired layout:

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Happiness Is... by Paige Evans

Supplies: All Chap Collection Papers (35567 - 35578), All Amy Tangerine Papers (35543 - 35566), All Garden Cafe Papers (35531 - 35542), Vanilla (71041) - Cardstock, Eric Surf (53252) - Thickers, Hello Ash (53246) - Thickers, Sunrise Geranium (53178) - Thickers, Meadow Popcorn (53166) - Thickers, Wishing (42216) - Remarks, Amy Tangerine Daybook Die Cut Shapes (77288) - Bits, .03 Black (62311) - Precision Pen, Dot Glue Runner (61713) - This to That, Dimensional Dots (61709) - This to That; Other: Silhouette

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After I found the quilt I wanted to "scraplift" I designed a template in Silhouette Studio and die cut it from dozens of patterned papers and Vanilla cardstock. Here is one section of the template which I duplicated over and over:

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Or you can download the original Silhouette Studio file by clicking here.

Where do you find inspiration? Let us a know in a comment on this post by Friday January 13th 2012 and we'll randomly select one winner to receive the patterned papers from each of the current lines - perfect for paper piecing like you would use fabric for quilts!

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Come back tomorrow for an awesome quilt inspired tutorial!

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Favorite Photo Layouts by Melissa Mann

Congrats to the winner of their favorite line, Ann Cicilie:

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Summerlogos317She, like lots of you, picked Amy Tangerine! Thanks to all who entered - we'll be revealing our new lines soon!

To wrap up Favorite Photos Week Melissa Mann has scrapped two of her favorite photos:

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In the Whole Wide World by Melissa Mann

The orange around the Kraft paper is actually Zing! I distressed the edges of the paper with Versamark ink, poured on the Zing!, melted it down, and now have a fun border backed by the black & white chevron!

Supplies: Sunflower (71113) - Cardstock, Kraft (71464) - Cardstock, Is it Any Wonder Paper (35556) - Amy Tangerine, Apricot (27136) - Zing!, Wanderlust Paper (35548) - Amy Tangerine, Stars, Stripes, & Stitches Paper (35550) - Amy Tangerine, Yes Peas Paper (35549) - Amy Tangerine, Decorative Tape (61749) - Mixtape, All Together (42219) - Remarks, Good Times (42213) - Remarks, Goodness Slate (53249) - Thickers, Wonder Pool (53264) - Thickers, Wishing (42216) - Remarks, Adhesive (61713) This to That

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Mom & Dad by Melissa Mann

This picture is a favorite of mine because of the people in it: my Mom & Dad. These two people mean the world to me and I am SO proud to be their daughter. I cut the chipboard frames from the Chap line in half and slipped them underneath the punched paper circles - it adds more depth to the layout, plus you can stretch your supplies!

Supplies: Leaf (71052) - Cardstock, Mark Paper (35576) - Chap, Ben Paper (35578) - Chap, Kraft (71464) - Cardstock, Chap Tabs (77261) - Bits, Dave Paper (35569) - Chap, Scott Paper (35575) - Chap, Here & There Paper (35562) - Amy Tangerine, Good Company Paper (35557) - Amy Tangerine, Yes Peas Paper (35549) - Amy Tangerine, Adhesive (61713) - This to That, Dimensional Dots (61709) - This to That, Lovely Lady (78047) - Details, Man of the House (77262) - House, Super Swell Journaling & Phrases (42193) - Remarks, Fabric Brads (85571) - Elements, Goodness Slate (53249) - Thickers, Fantastic White (53110) - Thickers

Perhaps my favorite theme ever featured on the American Crafts blog will start on Monday! Until then, take care!

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Favorite Photo Layouts by Pamella Brown

Inspiring us today with a pair of layouts featuring her favorite photos is Pamella Brown!

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Sweet Boy by Pamella Brown

Supplies: Jacob Paper (35568) - Chap, Dave Paper (35569) - Chap, Richard Paper (35573) - Chap, Scott Paper (35575) - Chap, James Paper (35574) - Chap, Tim Paper (35577) - Chap, Josh Persimmon (53254) - Thickers, Emilio Phrase/Journaling (42220) - Remarks Books, Chap Tabs (77261) - Bits, Chap Epoxy Brads (85568) - Elements, Chap Variety Buttons (85569) - Elements, Chap Fabric Buttons (85571) - Elements

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Daddy's Girls by Pamella Brown

This is my all time favorite photo. I have it blown up large in a frame on the wall and this makes the third time I have scrapped it! I love it because it captures such a sweet moment between my husband and daughter and it reminds me of the wonderful trip we had in San Diego where I took the photo. I ran with the love theme here and used all sorts of Amy Tangerine heart embellishments!

Supplies: The Good Life Paper (35543) - Amy Tangerine, Oh My Galosh Paper (35566) - Amy Tangerine, Wanderlust Paper (35548) - Amy Tangerine, Yes Peas Paper (35549) - Amy Tangerine, Come Together Stitched Paper (35547) - Amy Tangerine, Is It Any Wonder Fabric Paper (35556) - Amy Tangerine, Rose Avenue Paper (35551) - Amy Tangerine, Mustard (71036) - Cardstock, Kraft (71464) - Cardstock, Wishing (42216) - Remarks Stickers, Hi Friend (42214) - Remarks Dimensional Stickers, Good Times (42213) - Remarks Books, Black Custard (53223) - Thickers, Border Punch Starter Kit (63013) - Knock Outs, Day Book (77288) - Bits

A final pair of layouts is in the works for tomorrow and the winner of their favorite line will be chosen - make sure you enter on this past Monday's post!

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Guest Designer: Anabelle O'Malley

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Our guest designer this week is the talented Anabelle O'Malley!

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Hi! I’m Anabelle O’Malley! I live in Delaware with my husband and our eight year old son, Ryan, and our orange tabby kitten, Pulu. I wish I could spend every day crafting in my scraproom, but I have to pay the bills somehow, so I also work at the University of Delaware in the Early Childhood Department. I’ve been paper crafting for the past seven years and have loved every minute of it. It truly is my creative outlet. As a child, I would spend hours drawing and making cards for people, so this is just a natural extension of my love for all things paper. Along with creating layouts, I still love card making and trying out new techniques. My creations contain lots of texture and details. I love all things bright, fun, shiny, soft, “vintage-y” and layered. When I’m not spending time with my family and friends, I can be found cooking, eating, shopping, reading, or hanging out at the gym. I also spend way too much time online.

How did you get started scrapbooking?
I've always been a papercrafter! When I was in junior high, I started placing my photos in albums. Since there were no real scrapbooking products, I'd scour magazines for phrases and pictures and decorated the pages of my albums with them. In the late 90s, I started scrapping with some of the supplies that were just coming out on the market. I created several albums worth of pages before I realized that I just didn't have the time to do it - given that I was teaching elementary school at the time. Several years later in 2004, when Ryan was celebrating his first birthday, I decided that I wanted to try again so that I could preserve our memories for him. Being at home with him gave me the time to create and soon I was hooked! Seven years later, I'm still addicted to this craft.

What is your favorite American Crafts product?
I just adore embellishments, so I'd have to say that the Delights and the Bits are my favorites. I love the pinwheels I got to use on my projects here and the Amy Tangerine leaves were really fun, too!

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Camera Shy by Anabelle O'Malley

My son is such a ham in front of the camera! I was trying to get a good shot of him during our trip to the Linvilla Orchards. Of course he had to make a goofy face. I love this picture because of the expression on MY face. I'm thinking that there's nothing I can do about it, except laugh. I decided to make a banner on this page. I cut some of the papers into banners, added my photo, and sewed together some of the paper leaves. I layered the Thickers right onto the leaves and used lots of foam tabs to give this one some added dimension.

Supplies: Get Around Paper (35561) - Amy Tangerine, Here There Paper (35562) - Amy Tangerine, Field House Paper Leaves (77258) - House, Orange You Glad Paper (35544) - Amy Tangerine, Work in Progress Paper (35546) - Amy Tangerine, Decorative Tape (61749) - Mixtape, Hi Friend Dimensional Stickers (42214) - Remarks, Hanging Out Paper (35560) - Amy Tangerine, Fabric Brads (85567) - Elements, Lovely Mulberry (53245) - Thickers, Foam Tabs Circles (61709) - This to That, Adhesive Dispenser Dots (61713) - This to That

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Dream Big Card by Anabelle O'Malley

I love the colors in the Amy Tangerine line so I decided to create my own background using them. I cut 1/2 inch strips and adhered them to a panel of cardstock. Then I stitched around the edges and adhered the panel to my card. I cut one of the frames from the patterned paper and added a dimensional sticker and some leaves to it. Finally, I cut a strip of fabric paper which I stitched and pulled the thread to make a couple of flowers.

Supplies: Work in Progress Paper (35546) - Amy Tangerine, Yes Peas Paper (35549) - Amy Tangerine, Sign on the Dotted Paper (35543) - Amy Tangerine, Scatter Sunshine Paper (35554) - Amy Tangerine, Hanging Out Paper (35564) - Amy Tangerine, Light Bright Fabric Paper (35564) -  Amy Tangerine, Oh Happy Grey Paper (35565) - Amy Tangerine, Hi Friend Dimensional Stickers (42214) - Remarks, Field House Paper Leaves (77258) - House, Foam Tabs Circles (61709) - This to That, Adhesive Dispenser Dots (61713) - This to That

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Pokemon Love by Anabelle O'Malley

I love using lots of embellishments on my pages. I cut the Chap tabs in half and used the back sides of them to create a border down the side of this page. While trimming a piece of paper, one of the curled, thin, scraps fell onto the page. I liked how it looked, so I cut more, adhered them to the paper and layered my photos over them. It looks like thread or twine that automatically matches the page.

Supplies: Chap Frames and Journaling Cards (64012) - Just Write, Eric Corn (53251) - Thickers, Chap Tabs (77261) - Bits, Alex (72023) - Delights, Chap Epoxy Brads (85568) - Elements, Jim Paper (35567) - Chap, Jacob Paper (35568) - Chap, Foam Tabs Circles (61709) - This to That, Adhesive Dispenser Dots (61713) - This to That

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Best of 2011 Mini Album by Anabelle O'Malley

I decided I wanted to make an album showcasing my favorite pictures from each month. To me, great pictures aren't always about composition and clarity. They are about the memories and the feelings they evoke. I chose photos that highlighted something special from each month. The album showcases a year of wonderful events and moments that I cherish. I used the journaling cards and frames as my base and die cut some stars to use as a cohesive element.

Supplies: Chap Frames and Journaling Cards (64012) - Just Write, Eric Corn (53251) - Thickers, Chap Tabs (77261) - Bits, Alex (72023) - Delights, Chap Epoxy Brads (85568) - Elements, Foam Tabs Circles (61709) - This to That, Adhesive Dispenser Dots (61713) - This to That, Cameron Paper (35570) - Chap, Grant Paper (35571) - Chap, Ben Paper (35578) - Chap, Dave Paper (35569) - Chap, James Paper (35574) - Chap, Josh  Charcoal (53253) - Thickers, Chap Hans (89419) - Ribbon

Visit Anabelle on her blog and find what inspires her on pinterest!

 

PS - Congrats to the randomly selected winner of the new AC Cutup Trimmer - Rebecca Lovell:

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Favorite Photo Wreath by Cindy Tobey

Cindy Tobey is going to show us how to make an adorable favorite photo wreath today!

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"My project is a photo wreath that was inspired by a Card Wreath that I came across on the Martha Stewart website. The Amy Tangerine collection was perfect for this family-themed project and I love that I can swap these photos and embellishments out for new ones whenever I want!"

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Photo Wreath by Cindy Tobey

Supplies: Is It Any Wonder Adhesive Backed Paper (35556) – Amy Tangerine, You’re Golden Adhesive Backed Paper (35563) – Amy Tangerine, Daybook Die Cut Shapes (77288) – Amy Tangerine, Let’s Hang (78059) – Details, Live & Love (77257) – Patchems, Let’s Go (42215) – Remarks, Hi Friend (42214) – Remarks; Other: Embroidery hoop, clothes pins, twill tape, hot glue gun

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1. Arrange clothes pins on an embroidery hoop to determine the spacing. Mark the hoop with a pencil where each clothespin will be added. I used an 8 ½" hoop with regular clothes pins spaced 2" apart. The top two clothes pins are spaced 3" apart to allow for the wide twill tape for hanging.

2. Cut strips of adhesive backed fabric paper to cover the tops of clothes pins. Add the fabric paper to the clothes pins. I left two clothes pins natural – no fabric paper.

3. Use hot glue (or wood glue) to add the clothes pins to the embroidery hoop.

4. Add ribbon or twill tape for hanging and that’s it! Your wreath is ready for photos and embellishing. Add items carefully to keep the clothespins in place.

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Variations:

Try using a larger hoop or mini clothespins.

Paint your hoop and clothes pins before covering them with fabric paper.

Skip the twill tape bow for a more rustic, simple look.

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Favorite Photos Week!

Scrapbooking is all about cherishing and preserving your favorite photos. This week we'll see some of our design team's favorite photos and see how they've scrapbooked them!

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Michelle Clement starts us off with two of her favorite photos:

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The Beach by Michelle Clement

Supplies: Pleasant Day Paper (35609) - Daydreams, Daisy's Diner Paper (35539) - Garden Cafe, Woodness Gracious Paper (35555) - Amy Tangerine, In Stitches Paper (35545) - Amy Tangerine, Frames & Journaling Cards (64012) - Justwrite, Chap Tabs (77261) - Bits, Garden Cafe Journaling Cards (64011) - Justwrite, Wonder Kale (53262) - Thickers,  Macaw New Yellow (53188) - Thickers, Buttons Tropicals (85437) - Elements

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Star by Michelle Clement

"This is one of my favorite photos because it was the first time I successfully took a self portrait (blurry as it is) that really felt completely like me. To get the layered effect, I punched out the center of the journalling card and used it as a frame to keep the photo center stage."

Supplies: Jacob Paper (35568) - Chap, Scott Paper (35575) - Chap, Richard Paper (35573) - Chap, Mike Paper (35572) - Chap, Hello Doily Paper (35558) - Amy Tangerine, Emilio Phrases & Journaling (42220) - Remarks, Chap Frames & Journaling Cards (64012) - Justwrite, Chap Tabs (77261) - Bits, Let's Hang (78059) - Details, Shaped Paper Clips (85566) - Elements, Wonder Kale (53262) - Thickers, Man of the House Printed Chipboard Frames (77262) - House

Speaking of favorites, which of these current lines is your favorite and why?

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Leave a comment on this post by Friday morning January 6th and we'll randomly pick one winner to receive their favorite line! Happy New Year!

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December Design Team Gallery

Happy New Year to everyone across the world! If you're looking for a bit of inspiration to kick off your new year, look no further - our talented design team has an entire new gallery full of layouts, cards, projects, and mini albums to share with you!

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Enjoy clicking through then come back in another month for another beautiful new gallery!

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