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A Sketch Challenge

Hey everyone!  Roree here with with a sketch challenge for you.

First off, the sketch:

Roree-OA Jan13-Jan 31 Post-sketch 3

I created this sketch in an 8 1/2 x 11" format. This size works well for 4 1/4 x 5 1/2" cards too.

Here is the card I created using the sketch.

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I used mostly the Farm Girl collection along with baker's twine from the Sasparilla collection, some white cardstock, and a Cuttlebug Retro Kitchen embossing folder.

Instead of placing the embellishments side-by-side, I layered them over each other to fit the space.

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Then I clustered a die cut and some stickers for the sentiment.

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I hope you enjoyed today's sketch.  If you get a chance to play along, don't forget to post your project in the OA Flickr group.  I can't wait to see how you interpret it!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Double the Fun

You asked, we listened! This one is for Ann, who commented on my last blog post here:

Your layout is really cute, but what I'd love to see from all scrapbook companies (OA included) is more layouts with more than one photo! And if those photos could be 4x6, that would be fantastic! Or I'd love to see how you incorporate this same layout with 3 photos and the same embellishments! There are so many of us that don't scrap just one photo on a page we'd love to see more! Thanks for reading!

Posted by: Ann | January 14, 2013 at 12:04 PM

As someone who doesn’t do too many two-page layouts, I decided to take Ann's comment as a challenge. I came up with a two-page, eight-photo layout that is a fun way to use the Here & Now Chapters that come with each line.

Amused Vivian Masket

My layout features Midway Here and Now Chapter pages:

Here and Now Chapter Midway
Here and Now Chapter Midway Tabbed Pages

I started my layout with the four tabbed pages that come with each Here & Now Chapter set and used them as mats for my photos. Two more Here & Now Chapter pages add to the design: the one at left as a patterned paper element and the one in the middle as a journaling card. Two 4 x 6 photos are tucked into the background on two of the tabbed pages and six photos (printed three to a 4 x 6 photo page) are front and center on the remaining two tabbed pages. A large title, die cut from patterned paper and outlined in black, makes a bold statement at the top. A variety of embellishments - stickers, Tin Pins, and Sew Fun Banners - create flow, helping to move the viewer's eye through the double-page spread. A black border finishes the layout.

So...I encourage all of you fellow one-page scrappers to get out there and try a two-pager! I had so much fun creating this and using the Here & Now Chapter pages in a new way. If you use this layout as inspiration for a project, we'd love to see what you create in our October Afternoon Flickr gallery.

Vivian Signature

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It's easy to bring the background to the forefront

Hey OA fans...Nicole here today!

A bit of 'background' about this card: I love stamps. I have a hard time completing a project without them. So when I find one that I REALLY like, it's fun to let it stand out as the focus.

Case in point, the background stamp from the Farm Girl collection:


It may not seem impressive at first glance, admittedly I am sometimes intimidated by a 4x6 stamp of just a single image ... I'm more of a words/phrases kind of girl. And I played around with different colors of ink with this one, paired with multiple colors of cardstock and almost set it aside.

Then something told me to reach for my tried and true favorites...White Zing Embossing Powder + Charcoal Grey Cardstock. WHAM! The result literally made me smile ... look at how much detail there is here!


Honestly, I could not believe how crisp the image turned out ... so I let it shine by keeping the rest of the card super simple. It did need some color, so I made a banner from a scrap of Rose Trellis paper and mounted the title onto it using different colored alphabet stickers from the Farm Girl 12x12 alphabet sticker sheet.


After typing the beginning of the sentiment onto the label sticker (which I secretly wish for an entire sheet of ... this particular label shape with the star on top), all I needed were a few details to spruce things up. A button here, brad there ... you get the idea. Again, the idea was to allow the stamped/embossed image to take center stage.

Now all I need to do is mail this off to a friend ... it should be just the thing to add a bit of color to the grey winter days we are having here in Ohio this time of year.

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Another round of December Daily

Hi everyone, Mou here! Hope your New Year is off to a great start. I'm still tying up a few loose ends from 2012, one being my December Daily journal. I did start with the wonderful intention of working on it everyday through December, but it didn't quite work out that way. So, here I am still working on it and savoring the last little flavor of the holiday season. And I have for you another round of December Daily pages before you finish up your January 2013.


Hope you enjoyed and found some inspiration you can use on your December Daily journals.

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Farm Girl in Sunday Jammies

Good Sunday morning to you!  Yes you are reading that correctly, we are coming to you today with creative inspiration on a Sunday!  Danni here with you today with some cards created with the OA Farm Girlline.  I can not tell you how much I love this line, and how incredibly versatile it is!


Homemade Hello Card

  Hello card danni reid


Love, love the label stickers in this line, the color is perfect to accentuate the bolder palette of the line.


Hello card details 2 danni reid

I also LOVE the color of the mini market stickers a LOT!  They off-set the color in the line and it's so fun to see the contrast between the bold palette and the neutral alphas.

Hello card details danni reid


On my next card, I wanted to play with the summer, homemade feel to this line, without the veggies, but still with the feel that you had just come in from the garden.


Homemade Love Card
I love this card danni reid
I love this card details danni reid

  For my last card, I wanted to play with some of the cute die cuts and "farm stickers" in the line


Oh Happy Day Card

  Oh happy day card danni reid


Oh happy day card details danni reid


I hope you have had a great weekend and maybe find a little time to pull out your OA Farm Girl supplies and create a little happy on your desk too!

If you do create with your Farm Girl supplies, link us up in our Flickr Gallery

happy creating?



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... and now for something completely different

By Ashley Horton, Guest Designer

Before I share my final Guest Designer post for October Afternoon, I would like to say a BIG thank-you to Jon, who is OA's social media/marketing director & DT Coordinator, and the entire OA staff for inviting me to join them this month.  I am still over the moon to have been given this opportunity and can't say how exciting it was to design with October Afternoon's amazing products.

Now, on to the great OA products!  I don't know about you, but one of my favorite things to see on a Manufacturers Blog is when one of the DT members uses a collection out of context.  Say for example, taking a Christmas line and using it to create an everyday page.  So when I saw all of the goodies in the Midway collection, I just knew I had to take the Fair/Carnival themed line and use it in a totally different way.  I have two layouts today that both use the Midway collection out of context.

First up is a layout using the Midway collection for a Halloween themed layout.  Yes, you read  that right!  If you check out all of the patterned papers in this line, there is such a great range of color, and I pulled out patterns that used the colors Yellow, Green, Orange, Teal, Black, and Gray ... perfect for creating a Halloween layout!


I really had a lot of fun working out the patterns/colors and embellishments for this page.  And one of my favorite things was stamping with the Pie Chart from the Midway Rubber Stamps set.  Before getting started, I cut out three circles on my background page, measuring a little over 2 inches.  Then I stamped three of the Pie Charts using Black ink and adhered them to the backside of the page.  I embellished each of the circles, by punching the smaller Pie Chart shapes from the patterned paper and added buttons and brads to the center.



To add some interest to the journaling area next to my photo, I layered several bits from the Tidbits pack, the Doo-Dads pack, the Journal Cards pack, and one of the Tin Pins.  I also decided to again sneak in the October Afternoon logo from the bottom of the patterned paper by making a fun little flag.  I finished off my layout by cutting the title for the page on my Cameo with Black cardstock and searched around in my stash for some google eyes, just for a little extra fun!



For the second layout, I decided to take an everyday approach with the Midway line.  Just in case you're wondering, the Carousel patterned paper is one of my favorites from this line.  I LOVE both patterns...the great Bokeh look and the Orange diagonal stripe on the B side!!  I knew the Bokeh pattern would work well with this layout, because the Brown picked up the Brown from my photos and the Bokeh pattern allowed me to bring in all of the other colors from the line.


I used some of the 12x12 sheets for the longer border strips and I have loved the 8x8 pad that comes with this line.  It is great for those elements, when you don't want to cut into a full 12x12 sheet.  I used some small pieces from the 8x8 pack, to back the title letters cut from the White cardstock.


I completed the final touches for this layout using some of the brads, buttons, a few of the stickers, and a Tin Pin.  I also cut two of the sentiments from the Washi Tape and backed them with the diagonal Orange stripe from the Carousel paper.  I also had some of the Sprinkles that come along with the Midway collection, so I removed the nozzle from the Token and Pink Balloon Sprinkles and tapped it over my page to give a splattered mist look over the White cardstock.



I hope you have enjoyed seeing my work this month as much as I have enjoyed sharing it with you!!  I can't believe the month flew by so fast, but I still have plenty of the OA Farm Girl and Midway goodies to continue using on my work.  If you would like to continue following me, please check out my Blog, *Ashley Horton Designs*

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Thank you!

The entire October Afternoon family would like to take this opportunity to thank our customers and fans for the concern and well-wishes expressed to us over the past three weeks while our company experienced severe illness.

Unfortunately, October Afternoon felt the brunt of the influenza epidemic at a most inopportune time, with much of the staff experiencing influenza and/or pneumonia, resulting in two employees requiring hospitalization.

With the worst of the illness behind us, October Afternoon is rolling again and beginning to get back to normal business operations. We appreciate your continued support during this time.

Again, thank you for your concern and well-wishes. You have re-affirmed what we have always known ... that October Afternoon customers and fans are the best in the world!

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Finishing up those Daily December albums?

Hey, it's Michelle.  The holidays are well past us now but I'm sure there are plenty of you that still need to finish up your Daily December.  About this time of year we are ready to move on to other crafty ventures but it feels so good to have a completed a full Daily December, right?  I'm sharing a page of my album with you for a little nudge if you might need one.  

This is a divided insert page from my holiday album.  I used stamps and embellishments from the Very Merry December Mini-Book kit and the Make it Merry collection.

The cute stamps from the Very Merry kit were just so festive, I loved using them in my 2012 holiday album.  I combined them with some typewriter journaling and a fun number brad. 

For this pocket, I tucked in a vintage die cut image, sprinkled in some confetti snow and then stitched the pocket shut.  The image is reversible so the same cuteness showed through on the back side of this insert.  I attached a tin pin to the outside of the page protector.  
On the back of this insert I embellished more pockets with a stamped vintage flash card attached to a pocket with mini staples.  
The postcards are perfect for filling up a pocket if you don't have a particular photo in mind.  This is actually a flipper piece that opens up to expose more photos and journaling.  I used stitching, Washi tape and a tin pin to finish the holiday look. 
I hope you're still truckin' along with your holiday albums.  Good luck everyone!

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Can You Spare 30 Minutes?

Up for a little challenge today? How about a 30-minute challenge? I put this layout together in a half an hour, with some help from October Afternoon's Midway and Farm Girl lines, and my trusty Sprinklers! 

Write a Letter Dear Santa

Step 1. Gather your supplies and decide on a color scheme. 

Before the clock officially starts, take five minutes to grab your focal photo and a bunch of supplies that work with the colors in your photo and the theme of the layout. Try to use your scraps as much as possible!  Don't forget to add a few accents to the mix. I tried to keep my supplies limited to those that worked with the red, aqua, and gray color scheme that I had in mind. It helps to reach for collections that are already coordinated, like the October Afternoon collections that I used. 

Then...start the clock! 

Step 2.  Embrace a simple foundation. 

Quickly decide on your background paper. It's a good idea to use neutral cardstock or a simple pattern as the foundation, so that you can work in different supplies without having to overthink or struggle to make different patterns work together.  I mounted kraft cardstock atop the graph pattern from a sheet of Farm Girl "Almanac" paper.  Estimated time: 3-5 minutes. 

Step 3. Add some color. 

While collecting supplies, I noticed the remnants of a sheet of cardstock that I had run through my die-cut machine earlier this week, and decided to use it as a mask.  I placed it over the layout's foundation and spritzed Sprinklers (TokenPink Balloon, and Miss Mary Mack) over the mask, moving the mask as I switched colors. If you'd rather not use a mask or don't have one on hand, consider spritzing the color directly on the page or dripping it over the page.  Mist lightly, though, or dab the color with a paper towel, since you want the Sprinklers to dry quickly. Estimated time: 5 minutes (though dripping will take under one minute!). 

Step 4.  Start layering. 

Place the photo and its mat (if using one) in the desired location on the layout. I like to use the rule of thirds to guide me, especially when I am working against the clock!  Cut some of your papers and scraps into strips and overlap them behind the photo and/or at its base, or do your own thing.  In addition to the paper strips, I added a few lengths of October Afternoon washi tape.  Estimated time: 10 minutes. 

Step 5. Add the journaling. 

Rather than deliberate just where to place my journaling, I opted to add my journaling to some rectangles cut from the Farm Girl "Almanac" paper (mentioned earlier).  That way I could add them over or under items already on the layout. The journaling is relatively short and simple, so it took me under five minutes to generate, print, and add it to the layout. Estimated time: 5 minutes (faster if you handwrite).

Step 6.  Add some stitching.

I spent the last few minutes bonding with my sewing machine as it raced across the page, adding stitching to areas where papers intersected as well as around the page itself.  This part is optional, of course, but I love the look of stitching on layouts, so I tend to do it with all of mine. Estimated time: 3-5 minutes. 

That's it!  

If you happen to go over 30 minutes, don't sweat it!  This is just a fun exercise to stop you from second-guessing yourself and to get you to start playing with paper. It's a great idea for those days when you have to squeeze in your scrapping time, taking it where you can get it -- and we all have those days, don't we? 

I'd love to see your 30-minute layout!  Be sure to share yours in the October Afternoon Flickr gallery.  

-- Jill

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Farm Girl valentine, take 2

Hey there, October Afternoon fans! Lexi here and I had such fun time making a valentine gift in my last post this month I decided to do it again, this time using a combination of Farm Girl and Make it Merry.

The key to using themed product in an unconventional way is looking for specific colors or images. I took the Make It Merry 8x8 paper pad and knew I wanted that "no. 14" incorporated. I mean, how perfect, right? I also tore out a few sheets that had a red & white color scheme.

Going with the Farm Girl theme I decided to use these little pots. Easy to decorate and cheap enough to buy in bulk for classmates, friends, teacher, etc.  First, cut a strip of the polka dot paper and staple to the back of the pot. It doesn't look fancy, but who really looks at the back?

 The "no. 14" is the perfect size for a heart punch.

I typed my sentiment on kraft cardstock, cut in a banner shape, and then sewed around the sentiment in red. I know, I know. It's cheesey. You can go cheesey at valentine's day. I really tried to find a little kid's sand shovel to include, but the only one I could find was neon orange. Now, I love me some neon and orange is my favorite color, but that was just not going to happen with the colors we had going on here. It's January so I suppose not a prime time for sand castle building tools. But pretend the end result has a cute little pink or silver shovel ;)

Layer pieces from the Farm Girl Miscellany pack with your sentiment to form your tag. You could totally glue this whole thing onto a card front if you would rather have a card instead. You can see I switched out the button and brad from my original supply photo. It wasn't working and I wanted to bring in in more blue to go with the washi strip I added to the pot.

Add your tag, along with a seed packet (that can be planted in the pot you gifted-bonus!), and "soil" in the form of candy hearts.

Who knew Farm Girl and Make it Merry could be so valentine day appropriate? Thanks for joining me today! 

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pick a quote, any quote.

It's Becky here today sharing a layout featuring a quote. I picked a Martin Luther King Jr quote in his honor today. The man has so many profound quotes, if you google his name, you will find a plethora of insightful thoughts. 

Sometimes, for me, a quote can be a great starting point for a project. So, I'm suggesting if you need something fresh to inspire you, try a quote. Maybe you have a favorite quote that you've never used on a layout or project, maybe now is the time to use it? 

Here's my layout:

Sticking with love

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I chose to keep things very simple. I started to add more and then decided I liked it simple with the focus on the photo and quote. The stitching added a little something extra without busyness. I used the Midway collection for this one. 

We would love to see your projects featuring a quote, please share with us on the OA Flickr gallery.

Thanks for stopping by!

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3rd Sneak Peek - Public Library

October Afternoon is pleased to introduce its newest collection for 2013 – one we have long felt is "overdue" and won’t sit on the shelf very long – Public Library.

All you book-worms out there are going to love this collection!  It contains volumes of great patterns and fun ephemera!  So grab your library card, and check it out!

Public Library sneek v4 KD

Full reveals coming soon . . .

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Sometimes it's okay to be a 'Negative Nelly!"

By Ashley Horton, Guest Designer

It's another Friday in January and that means I am back with my second Guest Designer post!

Today, I am using the Midway and Farm Girl collections on a couple of layouts.  I am sure at some point in your life, you have heard the phrase, "Don't be a negative Nelly."  Well, that may be true in every day life, but what about in Scrapbooking?  I say, it's okay to be negative in your Scrapbooking...or better yet, to use negatives in your Scrapbooking!  The use of Negative Cuts has become a popular trend with the release of many electronic die cut machines, so here are a couple of ways to use this fun trend.

On my first layout using the Midway collection, I decided to use my Silhouette Cameo for some fun background action on my layout.  I thought it would be fun to use 4 different background cut files to create some negative effects on my page. I cut two Chevron patterns, a rounded square pattern, and an arrow pattern.  Once I had each of the backgrounds cut at 4.5x4.5, I arranged them in a grid design on my layout.  To make the rounded square pattern stand out a little more, I backed it with the Neon Lights patterned paper.  I also added some of the positive cut arrows to the Balloons & Darts patterned paper, that I used to cut the arrow background.  And, of course, that is one of the great things about also get positives.  I used some of the positive shaped arrows from the Balloons & Darts patterned paper to embellish my layout. Adding pop dot adhesive gave them just the right amount of dimension.  And here is a look at how all of the negative cuts came together on the layout:




I wanted to share a fun little tip for using the OA Washi Tape.  To create the border strip at the bottom of my layout, I used the Midway Talk Bubbles Washi Tape and backed it with a piece of the Tilt-A-Whirl patterned paper. I love how the bright Blue background shows through the transparent Washi Tape!


I also did a second layout using the Negative Cut technique, with the Farm Girl collection.  Instead of focusing on background cuts for this layout, I decided to use the Negative Cuts for Text.  The area that we live in has a lot of open Farm land and I love driving in the area, because it's always so breath taking every time you look out of the window.  While we were out driving to lunch one day, we drove past one of my favorite Farm areas and I snapped a couple of photos of two of my favorite spots...don't worry, hubby was driving at the time.  :) 

I knew the Farm Girl collection was a perfect fit for these photos.  I wanted to add some "word art" to my page, so I used the Cameo to cut several words and then used them at the top of my
layout.  I backed a few of the words, to help them stand out.  And, I used the same technique to create the title for my layout on a banner pennant.





I used a fairly basic design for this layout and the Grid patterned background worked perfectly for lining up my photos.  I embellished, by using the Designer Brads, Journal Card, Word Stickers and Shape Stickers. And I will share a little secret...October is my favorite month of the year, and anytime I work on a layout with photos from October and I'm using October Afternoon product, I always try to work in the OA logo from the bottom of the patterned papers!!  On this layout, I was able to add it to the cluster around the corner of my bottom photo:


So don't be afraid to try the Negative Cut trend on your next layout or project.  It's a fun way to use some of the amazing patterned papers that October Afternoon puts out with every collection.  Whether you use it for creating backgrounds or text, just make sure you have fun and let your imagination do the work! 

And don't miss out next Friday...I'll be back, to share my final Guest Designer post with you!!

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And the winner is ...

Congratulations to Staci O. of Alaska ... her comment on the sneak peek of our new Daily Flash program was randomly selected as the winner of a complete set of our new Decade Roller Stamps! 

Here's what Staci had to say:

"Well, I guess I can no longer put it off ... now that this FABULOUS collection is out, including date stamps that go back to the 80s, I have to scrap my high school days. Hello big hair!"

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A thursday challenge

Have you all seen the sneaks of the new releases?  I'm so excited to play with them.  But for now I'll continue on with my current love, Midway.  

For this page I combined Midway embellishments with papers from Midway, Make it Merry and Farm Girl.  I love how the collections are so different, yet work so well together.

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Recipe Challenge - Use the following:

- 6 patterned papers

- 4 of one shape (I chose arrows.  You might choose hearts or circles, etc.)

- 2 brads

- 1 chipboard element

Mix these all together and what do you get?

* Bonus points if you use 3 or more collections on your page.  ;)

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I hope you enjoy the challenge. 
- Marcy

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Farm Girl and a Sketch

Good morning OA fans, Danni here with you today.  Sorry for the delay in posting, trouble with my USB computer stuff this morning, tech stuff is not fun when it doesn't work correctly, I hope you have no idea what I mean but something tells me you do....wink.

I have a card to share with you today using the Farm Girl line, a line I am completely in love with.  I love all the gorgeous blues, yellows and reds in this line and will be using it for every kind of card.  Today, I want to share a hello card with you and share how these fun colors are and make it so easy to whip up a "hello card" in no time.


hello friend card


Hello friend card danni reid

i absolutely love all the new washi tapes and look, you don't have to pack up your Very Merry tapes just yet, this one pairs perfectly with the Farm Girl line.


Hello friend card details danni reid

and how about a fun sketch for today?


Oa card sketch 1


we can't wait to see your cards/tags and creations, please make sure to link us up in our Flickr gallery!

happy creating?



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Small details can make a big impact

Hey everyone...Nicole here to share a layout that I made recently using the Farm Girl line. I adore the Patchwork patterned paper and couldn't wait to reach for my craft knife to spice it up a bit. 


I wanted to use a piece of the Patchwork paper along the bottom of this page, but it needed a little something.  The circles stood out to me right away, so I used my craft knife to cut away the plain cream background.

After I had done that, I backed a few of the circles with some of the B side of Barnyard paper and then the rest was backed with that lovely Almanac graph. Just by adding a few hints of green here and there, it really changed the look of the original paper.


I layered a few of the Doodads and Tidbits under the photo, as well as the pink library card from the Miscellany packet. After grabbing a plain tag from my stash, I started adding a few Farm Girl label stickers, washi tape, buttons and brads to dress it up...the photo kind of speaks for itself here, so I kept the journaling short and sweet. 

I'm hoping that you may get the urge to switch things up a bit after seeing the Patchwork paper never know when a small detail may make a big impact.

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Embellishment Trios

Happy Monday! Vivian here amdist the CHA sneaks to share a quick and easy embellishment technique. If you are struggling with how to embellish, try a cluster of three like elements (or several clusters of three like elements!). On this layout, which features the Farm Girl line, I created four clusters of three:

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At the top, I clustered three library cards, one from the Farm Girl line plus two from other lines, using the top two library cards to note the titles of the books my children were reading in this photo. I also included a trio of hearts punched from both 8 x 8 and 12 x 12 Farm Girl patterned papers.

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I repeated the trio of punched hearts at the bottom, layering them over three pieces from the Farm Girl Sew Fun Banners set.

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If you use this embellishment technique, please post what you create in our October Afternoon Flickr gallery!

Vivian Signature

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2nd Sneak Peek - Daily Flash

Do you scrap square?

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You asked for fast and simple … we made it!  October Afternoon is excited to introduce its new program - Daily Flash!

Made to fit into our new 6 x 8 albums, the Daily Flash system is a quick, easy and creative way to scrapbook your photos … particularly Instagram shots!  Daily Flash is built around all things square!  Fill your album with fun photo sleeves – with pockets for 2x2’s, 3x3’s, 4x4’s, and (yes) even those left-over rectangles in your life.

Daily Flash 6x8 paper-packs will be filled with what you know and love from October Afternoon – great patterns, easy-to-use prints, fun illustrations, and cute ephemera.

Beyond the paper packs, Daily Flash has an abundance of must-have products including Washi tape; Tin Pins; Chip-n-Stick Alphas, Shapes, and Numbers; Sticker Alphas and Labels; Journal Cards; Die-Cut Shapes, Tabs, and more.

Your scrapping will get even faster, easier, and more fun when you start using our new collection of clear stamps.  Designed specifically for Daily Flash, these go-to clear stamp sets are aimed at enhancing the story your photos will tell.

And don’t forget to mark all of the important dates in your life with October Afternoon’s new Decade Stamps!  They are available to cover the 80’s, 90’s, 00’s, and 10’s.  Each of these versatile daters comes in a custom font to complement its’ decade.

For more roller stamp fun, grab one of October Afternoon’s new Phrase Stamps.  There are four of them, each with a different theme.  Turn the dial, and stamp the perfect saying to capture any moment.

Would you like to be the first to get your hands on a complete set of the new Decade roller stamps?  Leave us a comment and we will randomly select a winner.  Winner will be announced this coming Wednesday!

Daily Flash will make you smile … which is a good thing, because you just never know when the camera is on you!  Even with all that social pressure, it’s cool to be square with October Afternoon!


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Bad photos? No photos? No problem!

By Ashley Horton, Guest Designer

I am so excited to share my first post with you today, as the Guest Designer for October Afternoon during the month of January!  I was sent a ton of Farm Girl and Midway goodies and couldn't believe my eyes when I saw everything that was packed into that box!!  My first thought was, "where to start??!!"  But it didn't take long to get the creative juices flowing.

I decided to start out, by using some of the Farm Girl collection.  It is adorable and I love the mix of images and the different patterned papers included in this line.  When I saw it, I thought of a photo I wanted to use to create a layout, but honestly, the photo was not that great.  So my challenge was using a bad photo, but still wanting to tell the story behind it. 

I decided to "go big" with my title, embellishments and mix of products on this layout, to take some of the focus off of the bad photo but still get my story scrapped.  The photo is dark in some places, over-exposed in others and also has some bad shadows.  But, I think using the "go big" approach gives your eye a chance to focus on all of the fun elements on the page, rather than the photo.


I really love the range of products that October Afternoon includes in each one of their collections...Buttons, Chipboard pieces, Stickers, Brads, Tin Pins, Miscellany Packs, Sprinklers, Washi Tape...and they are all coordinated perfectly.  It takes so much of the guess work out of putting your layouts together. 

I mixed together a lot of the different elements on this layout to create dimension and interest on my page.  I always love to add pop dots under the OA stickers, just to get that pop off the page
look.  I also mixed in some of the buttons and brads to create a scattered effect near the journaling, embellishment cluster, and title work.  This fun mix of product use moves your eye around the page, without lingering on the photo for too long.




Now that I've shared an idea for using bad photos, what about when you have no photos?  Say for instance, if you are creating a December Daily, a mini album for an upcoming trip, or creating an album to give someone as a gift.  This can be a lot of fun, but a little intimidating.  I have a solution to this problem...OA's Here & Now Chapter books!  These books are great for creating a pre-made mini album to use for future photos.  The blank chipboard cover and back are perfect for decorating and the included pages are perfect for pre-embellishing.

We are a Home School family and plan to plant and grow a garden this year.  I thought it would be great to transform the Farm Girl Here & Now Chapter Book into a little journal for our First Grader to document the growth of our Garden.  I have to admit, I had a lot of fun decorating the
front cover of the book.  I used my craft knife to cut out the word "grow" that is included on the front cover and then I backed each letter with a different patterned paper from the 8x8 paper pad.


Then I got started on the inside of my album.  The inside pages will be perfect for documenting the growth of our plants and for adding photos of the garden.  I used my Cameo to make a few negative cut titles that I added into the album.


I also had a little bit of fun with the buttons and added them to the folder tabs on each of the divider pages.  I chose to do a color coded look and matched the buttons to the color of the divider tab.



I added in some of the cute journaling cards for my daughter to take notes and embellished a few of the pages, leaving room for her to add photos.  The Rubber Stamps included with this collection are adorable and they stamp really great images!  I decided to try out the cute little lamb on this page and it turned out perfectly.


The rest of the book was finished out, using a mix of Tin Pins, Stamps, Chipboard pieces, stickers, stitching, and brads.  And the great thing about this album is that we can add in more pages as we go if we need them.  I love having the binder hooks with this album because they offer so much room for multiple pages and adding a lot of the cute embellishments
to your pages.









Well, I hope you enjoyed my post for today and hopefully found some ideas for creating with bad photos or no photos.  Make sure you join me next Friday as I share some more projects using the Farm Girl and Midway collections.

See you then!

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1st Sneak Peek - Travel Girl

Whether you take a train, a plane, a boat, or an automobile -- it doesn't matter!  One thing we know for sure is that you'll want to have your luggage packed and be ready for adventure when you see October Afternoon's newest collection - Travel Girl.

Filled with the vibrant colors and original patterns October Afternoon is renowned for, the Travel Girl collection is your passport to fun and creativity.  No matter what your destination - New York, Paris, London or Rome - you'll be happy to have Travel Girl as your companion as you navigate the globe!

Be watching for more sneak peeks before CHA starts . . .  We have *much* more to come!

In fact, we have something very special coming.  For now, I'll just say that it's a program you won't want to miss.  Coming very soon!

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January Challenge - Over and Over

For the past several years, I've given myself this challenge. It's based on conveying a message over and over to my ten grandchildren and using favorite products that I've been hoarding. You can easily translate it to work for you, by conveying a message to your children, friends or loved ones. It can be easily converted to work for cardmaking too. It's sort of like working with a sketch, but a little different, in that you try to skew it or let it morph with each recreation. 

Here's how I do it: 

I gather a stack of individual photos of each of my grandchildren. I take the top photo off the pile and create a layout using that photo, including the message I want to convey, as well as a title that ties in. 

Here's the basic sketch that I created after making the layout:


Keeping the basic sketch simple is key. 

Here's the first layout I created:

October Afternoon Products Used:  Boarding Pass (yes, I'm a hoarder!)

OA Products Used: Woodland Park (one of my favorite OA collections ever)

The switch I made on this one was to flip the photo and tag, tuck in a few more embellishments and moved the title to the bottom.

OA Products Used: MUCH older OA collections that I haven't been able to part with!

The large mat pattern paper with the animals was one of my faves and I used this one even with a previously cut circle missing and made that part of the design. I moved the title to the journaling spot and tucked the journaling under the photo and extending onto the background cardstock.

OA Products Used: 9-5 and a mix of lots of older collection alphas for the title.

I wanted to keep this one simple and experiment with my handwriting and a thicker marking pen for journaling. I moved the title to the bottom right and stacked it.

OA Products Used: Midway (another fave)

This photo was horizontally oriented so I had to rethink the design a bit. I kept the journaling on the tag as the original layout and moved the title and pretty much everything to the middle. I stacked the title in the center bottom and added a random placement circle garland.

OA Products Used: Farmgirl

I had two smaller photos next, which allowed me to use the same basic design. I added the title in the journaling spot and put the journaling at the bottom right. Lots of layers and a layered up garland.

OA Products Used: Sassparilla

I had a taller skinny photo this time, which fit perfectly on the tag. I spritzed the tag with a little OA Hitching Post Sprinkler. Kept the design very similar to the previous design.

OA Products Used: Modern Homemaker and 5 & Dime

I mixed this one up a lot. Turned the design on it's side and split up the titlework. Added strip journaling across the bottom.

OA Products Used: Rocket Age

With the older boys, I kept the layouts simple. I didn't want them too foofy!

OA Products Used: Farmhouse

This second to the last layout was when my sewing machine started having please excuse the messed up titlework. It happens. I still like it. I added a block of pattern paper to the bottom and aded embellishments t the right side.

OA Products Used: Farmhouse

I sort of chose to show how Farmhouse works for boys (above) or girls. This layout was the last and really morphed!

I was able to create eleven layouts with a message I wanted the kiddos to have and it didn't take days and days! I feel like it amped up my creativity too! Here are a few shots of the depth of layers:



I hope this exercise inspires you and stirs up a renewed creativity and freedom! We would love to see your creations on our Flickr board. Thanks! 

*Since I forgot to identify myself in the initial post, it's me, Becky! Thanks!

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Farm Girl valentine

Good morning October Afternoon fans! Lexi here to share with you a simple valentine tag using Farm Girl. The Farm Girl line doesn't particuarly scream "valentine", but I think I found a quirky way to make it work. 

Here are the supplies I used: Mason Jar, Rose Trellis, Journal Card, Tea Towel Washi, Shape Stickers, button, lace, twine.

First, trim a rectangle of Rose Trellis 2/3 of the way on the cherry journal card. Sew on the lace where the two patterns meet.

Trim the lace and add a strip washi tape below it.


Type (or write) your sentiment on the label sticker. Here's where the bit of quirky comes in ;) Trim out the jar from the Mason Jar paper and layer with the jar sticker.FG4

Sew around the label. You can totally skip this step, but I love the look of sewing and the touch it adds. Tie the twine through the button and add a heart sticker.

While this looks pretty cute...I think it looks even better with an old jar filled with, what else, peanut butter valentine chocolates.

I can think of a few teachers who might enjoy this simple homespun valentine. If you are creating with Farm Girl or making valenintes out of any OA lines we would love to see! Add them to our flickr group or comment with a link below.

Enjoy your Thursday!

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October Afternoon regretfully announced today that it will not be exhibiting its new 2013 spring lines at the upcoming CHA show in Anaheim, California.

It has been widely reported that the United States is in the midst of a severe flu epidemic.  Over the past two weeks, much of October Afternoon's staff has become infected with Type A Influenza, leaving the company short-handed in all its departments.

Due to the shortage in manpower caused by the flu outbreak, as well as concerns for the health and well-being of its employees and others attending the CHA show, the difficult decision was made to skip the event.

"CHA is a very important event for our company.  However, when so many of our people are sidelined by illness, it greatly curtails our ability to adequately and effectively setup a booth and exhibit at the show.  At the same time, we feel it would be irresponsible for us to risk exposing fellow travelers or CHA attendees to this severe strain of the flu," said October Afternoon CEO Jon Denton.

Sneak peeks of October Afternoon's new lines are forthcoming and the company is in the process of developing alternative methods for showing and marketing its new product lines to its customers.

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Holiday thank you cards from Michelle...

Hey everyone, it's Michelle here on the blog today and I'm sharing some holiday thank you cards with you.  Writing hand written thank you cards is a must for my family still.  It's always a dilemma of what theme to make these cards though because I'm making cards for holiday gifts we received but the holiday is over.  

So this year I decided to look past the obvious Make it Merry holiday collection and see what the Farm Fresh collection had to offer.  I found a few papers that had holiday colors yet didn't have any holiday patterns or themes to them.  Perfect!

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I love the Vintage Wallpaper background stamp so I knew I wanted to try it out.  I inked up some manila shipping tags in red ink, leaving the top portion of the tags uninked.  

Photo 2
Next I stamped a sentiment onto some Watering Can Label Stickers.  I then ran the labels through my vintage typewriter to finish off a sentiment for my card fronts. 
Photo 3
Using a neutral card base I adhered  a patterned paper background, the stamped tags, a strip of patterned paper and a strip of the Tea Towel Washi tape.  The last step not shown was to adhered my stamped labels and then finish off the cards with red & white baker's twine.
Photo 4
It's always fun to receive a card in the mail and it's even more to see a spruced up envelope.  That's when you know it's hand made, right?  I stamped on some images from the December kit stamp set then added a strip of Washi tape.  Washi is great for envelopes because it's flat and stays adhered when going through the mail system.  
Photo 5

Here's my grouping of the four thank you cards I made.  Holiday colors but not over the top holiday themed.  

Perfect for my family to write a short note inside.  Remember...let's not forget the art of sending a handwritten thank you card. It means so much to the recipient to receive an actual card instead of an email or text message.  

Thanks for joining me today and Happy New Year everyone!  

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A Little Farm Girl Inspiration

Hey everyone! Roree here today. Hope you all had a wonderful holiday and are off to a good start this new year. 

Now that the holidays are over, I am finally getting a chance to create some non holiday-themed projects. I have been dying to play with the new Farm Girl collection, and so that is what has inspired my project today.

With a farm theme in mind, I created this fun little berry basket:

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I used my Cricut Expression 2 and Spring Cottage cartridge to cut out the basket (cut at 9 1/2") using Midway's Main Gate patterned paper and little strawberry favor boxes (cut at 3 1/2") to place inside the basket using Farm Girl's Barnyard and Milk Pail patterned papers for the boxes and the leaves.

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I added Farm Girl Buttons and Holiday Style baker's twine to close and embellish the tops of the strawberry favor boxes.

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They would be perfect for small trinkets or candies.  

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I finished off the basket with Farm Girl's Tidbits tag, Shape Stickers, and Miscellany ribbon.

This is such a beautiful collection, and I can see myself using it on any number of different projects. 

Hope you enjoyed today's project, and I can't wait to see how this collection inspires you. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Meet Ashley Horton, our guest designer for January

Ashley's head shot

October Afternoon is pleased to welcome Ashley Horton as its guest designer for the month of January!

Ashley lives in southern Alabama with her husband, Tyler, and their three children, Madison, Emma and Reese. She's been a stay-at-home mom for the past four years and home-schools their First Grader.  Before making the decision to stay at home, she spent 11 years working  in the office at their church home, where she did computer work and designed the church newsletter, bulletin, posters and different graphics needed for church publications.

Ashley says her office experience helped give her a push when she started scrapbooking 7 years ago.  She already had plenty of experience in working with and altering photographs, so from the moment she heard about scrapbooking, she was instantly hooked!

Ashley thinks of herself as a traditional scrapbooker, but she likes to use digital elements, such as altering photos or using digital elements by printing them out and using them on traditional pages. She describes her view of scrapbooking as "freestyle."

"I don't worry about scrapping photos in order, and I recently decided to stop trying to keep my layouts in chronological order in my albums," she says. "I have found this gives me more freedom to create, rather than worrying about the way I choose which photos to use or the order in which I store them."

Over the years, Ashley has had the privilege to design for several challenge blogs and currently designs for Love My Tapes, Creative Scrappers, the Artful Delight Kit Club and Get It Scrapped! She has also been published several times in Creating Keepsakes magazine and on-line issues of Scrapbook News & Review and ScrapStreet magazine.

Her future goals include designing for other kit clubs and some of the great manufacturers.

"I am truly honored to be a guest designer this month for October Afternoon. I have been a huge October Afternoon fan since I discovered all of the great manufacturers that existed outside of craft stores!" she says.

When she's not taking care of Mom duties, home-school work, or crafting, she enjoys cooking. A self-described "picky" eater, Ashley has discovered she likes to try new recipes and has even been brave enough to try new things. She also enjoys reading and could spend hours (if she had that much free time) reading a book or watching movies with her hubby.

We asked Ashley some questions to help you get to know her better:

Are you a layout person, a card person, or both?

I am definitely a layout person. I have attempted a card or two, but really struggle when it comes to cards. I think it's because cards don't involve a photo. My photos are the central inspiration for the design of my layout and the story behind it, so when I am not using a photo it really limits my creativity.

What is on your scrap desk right now?

Other than a huge mess ... my paper trimmer, laptop, my awesome new Silhouette Cameo and my camera.

What is your favorite October Afternoon line or product?

Hmmm ... this is almost like asking to choose your favorite child! :) I think I would have to say Rocket Age, because it was one of my favorite boy lines once I started doing layouts for our little boy.

What can you NOT scrapbook without?

Definitely my laptop, brown pen, Cameo, spray mist and washi tape.

What is your favorite source of inspiration?

I love to look at the blogs of my scrappy friends and the galleries at Two Peas and Club CK. But I think inspiration can be found all around us.

What is your favorite movie or television show?

This could be a super long list, but I will keep it short and go with Lord of the Rings trilogy for favorite movie and Castle for favorite television show.

What is your favorite food?

I am a steak and potatoes kind of girl. And one of my most recent favorite foods is chicken fajitas.

Besides scrapbooking and papercrafts, what do you do for hobbies or enjoying during your "free" time?

I like to cook, read and watch movies.

If you were a superhero, what power would you possess and why?

I would have to go with super strength, because I think that would be a great one to use in protecting and helping others.

If you could have dinner with anyone, living or deceased, who would it be and why?

It is very difficult to choose just one person, but I think I would like to have dinner with Anne Sullivan. I have always admired the work she did with Helen Keller and how amazing it would be to hear the story directly from Anne!

Watch for Ashley's guest designer posts on the October Afternoon blog every Friday during January.  Meanwhile, check out a few of her finished projects below!

Ducks in a row

Get well soon

Girl in the gulf

Midway memories

Not so spooky sisters

Pouty princess

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A Very Merry...January?

Hi all!  It's Jill here, wishing you a Happy New Year! 

The first week of January is already spoken for, I understand -- it's recovery time, time to take down the tree, to put away the holiday decorations, to atone for the extra helpings of cheesecake by dusting the cobwebs off the exercise bike. However, all of that can wait for a few more days, surely, so that you, like me, can finish your holiday album! Let's hang on to the holidays for a little longer -- in our scrapping, at least. Technically, the twelve days of Christmas didn't get started until the 25th, so you've got until January 6 before hitting that twelfth day, anyway! 

OA Dec Very Merry DecemberA few weeks ago, I shared pages from Week 1 and Week 2 of the holiday album I created using the Very Merry December 2012 Mini-Book kit.  I just finished the last of the pages, and wanted to share a few more with you: 

OA Dec 12 1

I will confess that as much as I love this entire kit, from the get-go, I have been looking forward to creating my December 12 page, just so that I could use the "12 12 2012" tin pin. I have been crushing big time on that little metal circle. I also worked in a strip of the B-side balance sheet from the Make It Merry "Make a Bow" patterned paper, to represent the "investment" I make each morning in the form of my favorite coffee. I should own stock in the company, I swear. 

OA Dec service 2

Most of the page layouts in my album are one-pagers, but I added a two-page spread to document what is probably the most important aspect of the season -- acts of charity, giving of our time, our resources, and our selves. Both pages are built upon a washi tape background. I added strip after strip vertically, trimming the excess with scissors. On the first page, I worked in a photograph of some of the gifts we gave to families in need this year, placing it atop one of the journaling cards from the kit.  The fact that "recipient" and "sender" were left blank on the card actually sparked the idea to create a page about the importance of giving.  On the second page, the journaling focuses on the different ways that our family tries to reach out at this time of year. It also makes mention of my favorite holiday classic, A Christmas Carol, and how its message has inspired me. 
OA Dec 15 3

As mentioned in previous posts, my album isn't really a daily album. Not every day is accounted for here, nor does it need to be. I divided the album into four sections, based on weeks. Each section contains the highlights from those weeks. 

OA Dec the tree 4

This page documents how we were late getting our tree this year. When we found one, it only cost $20.  What a steal, right?  Not quite. Even the lightest touch would send torrents of needles to the ground.  The whole story is recorded on a journaling card placed behind the photo. I sewed the photo on three sides, leaving one side open to create a pocket for the journaling. 
OA Dec 21 5

Included in the kit are two rows of stars, which, when punched out, can be used as a mask. I placed the star "mask" over a misted page, and smoothed some glitter glue within the negative space. I added a light layer of glitter, and used my finger to press down and brush the glitter across each star. When I lifted the mask, I found these shiny gold stars smiling back up at me. To create the loosely stitched title, I slowly ran the title letters one by one through my sewing machine, and then placed the resulting title at the base of the photo block.OA Dec 21 detail 6

The album also includes a full-page shot of some Christmas lights bokeh, an effect that I love. 
OA Dec bokeh 7
OA Dec 24 compilation 8

The bokeh page is across from my Christmas Eve page. I used the entire sheet of snowflake rub-ons from the kit here, trimming the edges with a scissors. The chipboard letters are leftover from the cover of the album. I added some paint and mist to them and adhered them over the photo. 
OA Dec baking compilation 9

A page about holiday baking is a must! I punched circles and created a garland from one of the Miscellany cards in the kit, which includes a recipe for cookies.
OA Dec 31 10

This album deserved to go out with a bang. My New Year's Eve page is built upon a misted and stamped foundation, to which I added the glittered stars mask that I used earlier in the album. Waste not, want not, am I right? I love how it looks here! 
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The album concludes with a merry and bright patterned page and the painted back cover.  

Whew!  I've had such a blast working on this album all month. Is it crazy that I'm already looking forward to next year's kit? 

It's not too late to share what you've been up to with the Very Merry December Mini-Book Kit! Email photos of your pages (along with your name and the state in which you reside) to, and we will add them to a Very Merry December Mini-Book Kit photo album on the October Afternoon Facebook page.

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My favorite product

Happy new year everyone!  I (Marcy) wanted to share my favorite October Afternoon product with you today.

Easily, one of my favorite October Afternoon products is Miscellany.

I love layering on my cards and layouts and I can always be sure to find something to add from that little package of goodies. Combine the Miscellany with Tidbits and Doodads and I'm a happy camper.

For this card I opened up my package of Farm Girl Miscellany.

Sooo many goodies in there!OA_FG_DC194_iA

I fell in love with the little rooster playing card and decided to use him on a love-themed card.

October afternoon card

I started by layering a doily and a label from a Tidbit package underneath.  Then I glued it down on a piece of patterned paper layered over a Postcard from the Witch Hazel line.  A little backwards I suppose, but that's how it came about.

I tied a piece of bakers twine around it all, adhered it to a folded piece of white cardstock and added the "You & Me" circle with a foam dot.

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A little layering and sewing and I have a great little card to give away.

So, how about you?  What's your favorite October Afternoon product?

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