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Share Your Space!

Hi everyone! Holly McCaig here. Talk about a wild first blog post for me! Showing off my space???? E-gads! Wait, no one really says, "e-gads" do they?

To preface a little about me, I love "collecting" traditional supplies, but prefer to scrapbook digitally. Mainly because it's less messy. When I do a hybrid project, I destroy my work area. Really.

And, this room is a work in progress. I run my business out of this office, as well as do my crafty fun here. It's crowded, full of stuff and never clean. In fact, for this assignment I pretty much shifted things around to take pictures. I hate to give you the wrong impression after all! :)

The pretty, collectible side of my space holds a VERY old bookcase that I covered the back with some matching green fabric. It houses things like some of my old camera, Elmo, a basket of mini books and cards and of course my dog's hats (yes, hats).





My window probably one of my favorite parts of my space - it's big, and open. And, I like to look out to find one of my dogs, Jack, napping under the tree. The curtains and the cool green decal on the wall are from IKEA (swoon).


 


A few years ago, I fell in love with that awesome Pottery Barn work table. You know the standing one where you have the bookcases on both ends? Well, I made one to save the cash. I bought two bookcases and some MDF (had the hardware store cut it) and white paint. Mine's actually a little bigger I believe, but it's fantastic. I have fabric hanging in front so you can't see all my crap stored underneath it! :)



The sides are out of view the way I have it positioned so a lot of my supplies are hidden. Jack and Daisy sleep over here while I work.



This other older bookcase houses more supplies. Baskets and jars - no real organized method to my madness.

On top of my worktable are some metal buckets (a la $1 spot) and my Clip It Up (everyone should have one of these!)

 

Over at the desk, where the REAL magic happens. Okay, maybe it's not magic, but it's where my butt sits all day.

I bought this desk when I was in the other room of the house that is a pink/shabby chic style. It goes alright, but I'm trying to figure out a few things to make it work in here (hence the papers hanging on the cabinets).

On top I have collectibles and paintings I've done.


 

My printer is older, but GREAT! It prints on CDs directly which I love to give to my clients.



And, the bigger view. Since I'm digital and a designer/photographer, the desk is NEVER this clean. I always have so many things up here scanning in, drawing, etc. Take it all in now, because it won't stay this way after today!

I work off a Mac Pro with 10GB of memory and a 26" wide monitor. I use a Wacom tablet as well. My Macbook Pro laptop sits to the side and is for my traveling use as well as for my intern to use when she's here.



So, that's it, it's my studio! If you have questions, just ask! Now, let me go mess things up and get to work!
 

Thanks for letting me share - and don't tell anyone it never really looks this way! - Holly

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1 Product - 3 Ways - Adhering Pins to Your Layout

HAPPY MONDAY EVERYONE!  Wendy here :)  I really love using pins on my layouts.  I think they really add a little special extra to my design.

One thing that I like to do is try different ways to attach them to my layout.  Here are 3 different ways you can adhere them:

 

ONE:  Attach them using adhesive foam and cover to hide foam.

Here, I pushed the pin through my foam and placed it over the center of my butterfly.  I then punched out a small circle with the word "you" that I had printed out and placed it over the top of foam to hide it.

 

 

TWO:  Attach pin using staples.

One of the most common ways to adhere pins is to staple them on.  One, two or three staples.  Straight or criss-crossed, it doesn't matter.  Staples hold pins pretty well.

 

 

THREE:  Attach pin digitally.  

For those of you who are Hybrid scrappers here is an easy way to attach pins digitally.  Here, I used the stitches in Tia's Joined At the Hip Digital Kit.  I added a small part of one of her stitches and added over the top of pins.

 

 

Thanks for stopping by and have a GREAT WEEK!!

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What's In My Bucket?

White On Lagoon Blue Wings Paper by Hambly https://www.twopeasinabucket.com/shop/80525/ who doesn't like butterflies? They are such a popular element these days, I just can't resist them.

Cinnamon Three Little Birds Paper by Lily Bee Design https://www.twopeasinabucket.com/shop/80479/ is super super cute w/ the little birdies sitting on the lines. Love the colors & design on both sides here!!!!

Owls & Birds Kraft 5X12 Stickers by Hambly https://www.twopeasinabucket.com/shop/80556/ They come in stickers now & the colors are so dang pretty!

Citronella Journal Pad by K&Company https://www.twopeasinabucket.com/shop/79511/ I have a serious collection of journaling pads & I couldn't resist these by K&Company. they come in a variety of colors & they look like they are perfect for both boy & girl pages, too!

 

Happy Shopping :-)
Cindy

 

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product spotlight: lily bee designs frame die cuts

hi, peas. brooke here. really, really excited about today’s product spotlight…

lily bee frame die cuts – have you seen them?  they are so cute. they have a set of four for both collections they just released – french couture and three little birds. both are definite must-haves. 

 

they come as a single 12x12 sheet, so each die cut is just about 6x6.  perfect for journaling. or, as stephanie howell (harpersmama) did, perfect for cutting in half like she did on this page. notice how she put the pictures on top of the pink die cut? super cute!

 

i really love the colors lily bee has used on both of these lines. i’m anxious to use them. maybe today…

thanks for reading! hope you have a happy day.

*brooke
 
 

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Weekly Challenge: Use Border Stickers or Stamps

Hi Everyone! Tracy here with this week's challenge: to use border stickers or stamps on your pages.

I find myself reaching for border stickers a lot recently. There are some really cool ones out there. I think these by KI may be my favorite ever. And I love the Doodlebug Frills - even though they are not sticky, they meet the definition of borders. And they have pretty glittery ones that do stick too.  And the "Just the Edge" diecut borders from Bazzill are my new favorite things ever.

For this layout, I used these border stickers from KI and I broke out an older set of stamps from Sassafras Lass too.

So, I challenge you to break out the borders and have fun!

Tracy

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Finally Friday - {Heart U}

Good morning, peas!

Wow, is this a flashback to Valentines Day, or what? Actually, I just was really feelin' the pink and red this week. :) And of course being pink and red, it sort of ended up looking Valentines-ish. Oh, well! Super fun to make, especially since I got to break out some of my new embossing powders from American Crafts. The Metallic Red color is actually a bit more on the dark rose side and it's gorgeous!

Anyhow, enjoy this week's video! You can watch it over at YouTube if you'd like, and be sure to catch the full desciption and related product on the page in the Designer Garden.

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organizational tip!

 For my organizational tip, I attempted to organize bits and scraps that I had laying around my desk. I started to put them in a nifty compartment container and was somewhat pleased. In the end, I decided that there were a number of items/scraps that should be thrown away but I couldn’t bear to get rid of them! So my answer was to create a few fast cards. I hardly ever make cards from my scraps but really didn’t want to see these goodies in the trash! Everything here was too small for me to continue to store. I used some stamps and punches, keeping my designs similar and super simple. Here they are!


 

Thanks for looking! Hope you are inspired to make a few quick cards yourself. Share them in the gallery if you do! J

Jamie Waters

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Digital Weekly Challenge: Adding a decorative photo edge

This week's challenge is a fun one and I'm sure we'll see lots of creative interpretations! Your challenge is to add a decorative edge to one or more of your photos WITHOUT using a premade frame. So many options and methods for this one. I'm excited to see what you guys come up with. And don't forget that participating in the challenge enters you in the weekly GC drawing - just don't forget to check the challenge box when you upload!

Have fun! And I'll see youTuesday night at our weekly chat

 

Erica

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Community Contest: Stamping & Sewing (edited to add winner!)

Hi everyone!

It's Robyn Werlich and Jen Johner here today with a fun Community Contest!!

***Use stamping and/or sewing on a project & upload it to the Peanut Gallery today for a chance to win a gift certificate from Two Peas!!

Jen and I both love to stamp and sew on our pages! And with her current 'Sew Scrappy' class here at Two Peas and with the upcoming 'Stamp Camp' that will start at the beginning of April, we thought it would be a fun challenge. So, dig out your stamps and your thread and needle or your sewing machine and get busy!!

Here is a recent layout of mine with both sewing and stamping (love that combo):

And one of Jen Johners that I love - check out how she sewed those gridlines/boxes for her info:

DON'T Forget to check the 'Community Contest/Challenge' box when you upload your project or you won't be entered into the drawing!

Jen will be back tonight to draw the winner and post the lucky winner on the blog. Be sure to post by 10pm ET (9pm CT, 8pm MT, 7pm PT).

Have fun! We can't wait to see what you create!

Hugs,

Robyn Werlich & Jen Johner

***EDITED TO ADD WINNER!***

Hello everyone!  This is Jen back to announce the winner!  First off though (oh I know... the suspense! hee!), fabulous layouts everyone!  Your projects are all *AMAZING!  I am also really loving Robyn's layout up there!  ..loving how she has the stamped images cut into squares!  I am having a bit of a problem here now though... I waited until the end of the day to come on the blog to draw a winner, and now I am super inspired to go scrap!! lol  Way too late to do that though! ;)

OK ok ok, I will quit rambling and get straight to the good stuff! hee!  ...the random winner of today's Community Contest is......... happydays525!!  Big CONGRATS! :)  

Nighty night everyone!  I better get to bed before I make my way into the scraproom and end up staying up waaaay too late!!

Thanks for playing along in today's Community Contest!

Jen and Robyn :)

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Technique Discussion: Border Punches

Hey! Jennifer McGuire here.  I love to come up with fun ways to use tools.  These techniques can be a simple way to get lots of different looks.

Today I thought I would talk about Border Punches.  2Peas carries a lot of great ones.  How about checking out some fun ideas using them?

HERE is a fantastic example for the unique things you can do with border punches by Kelly Purkey.  Not only did she do some cool weaving, but she also cut it to create a fringe.  Love it...

 

HERE is an adorable page by Rebecca Trump. She used the punch to add a decorative touch to a photo...

And HERE are some cards I did with a Fiskars border punch.  This technique is simple - just add foam dots behind the decorative border to add more pop!

Have a great day!

 

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Sketch It Out

When I am in a rut, using sketches to scrapbook is my favorite way to help get my creativity going. This sketch was inspired by a Lindt advertisement that I found in a magazine.

Here's the ad:

And here's the sketch:

This sketch uses three photos, patterned paper along the bottom and embellishments for the journaling written in bullet point form. Here's my interpretation of the sketch:

Products that I used for this layout include:

If you do this sketch, please share your project in the Gallery. We would love to see your interpretation!

For more sketch inspiration, check out Garden Girl Kelly Purkey's Super Sketches Classes in the Education section here at Two Peas. There are twelve FREE classes being offered this year. Kelly unveils a new project on the 25th of each month.

Have a great day!

Joy

 

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Nature Weekly Challenge: WINNER!!

Jen Gallacher here. Thanks for playing along with me for last week's Weekly Challenge. I loved all the nature elements on your layouts. GORGEOUS!! I'm totally inspired by you all. :)

So the winner was chosen by a super handsome "offical selector" is . . .

Pamela Palmarini!!!

You will see your GC appear for your cart in the next few days. Please contact me if you have any problems!

And check out Shannon's "cluster" weekly challenge this week to continue to play!

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User Inspiration: Sheri Mae

Hi everyone! Kate her today bringing you some digital user inspiration! Digital artists can be an inspiration to both fellow digital scrappers and paper scrappers alike. Today's featured scrapper is Sheri Mae.

 I adore Sheri's gallery!!!  Having two little children, I noticed that she saves time by suing templates which are perfect for making quick and fast layouts. I just love her font and color choices!  Her layouts always seem so warm and happy to me. Here are some of her layouts that stood out to me: 

Here is a prime example of Sheri's style of choosing soft pretty warm colors. And the fonts are perfect! I love the cascading cluster of photos too!

Another example of pretty colors but more saturated and vibrant this time. Here, Sheri did a page about her daughter's first shoes- what a sweet idea! This will be a fun page to look back on when she gets older! 

In the next layout, Sheri has taken an everyday outing (going to Old Navy) and made a page out of it. Capturing little everyday snippets like this and telling the stories behind them will make Sheri's books a treasure for many years.  Sher journals on a LOT of her pages. For me, journalling is an important part of a page and a lot of the reason that I scrapbook. It's telling these little stories that you read in say 5 or 10 years and think, "I am glad I wrote that down!" 

I love that in the next layout, Sheri has documented a favourite story!  She didn't need to use any photos as she used the cover of the book as her image. This page has given me so many ideas! My daughter reads like crazy and I really want to capture some of her favourite stories in a layout now! 

Sheri shows us a twist on the project 365. Here, she has chosen to do a full page instead of a weekly page on one particular day- St. Patrick's Day. What a great idea!  An album of weekly pages and then special pages for special days would be fun! Thanks for the inspiration Sheri!

 

Head on over to Sheri's gallery and browse through her gorgeous pages. I know you'll come away inspired as I am! Pay special attention to her subject ideas, her use of color, her design and her font choices!  Thanks so much Sheri for your inspiration!!

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Weekly Challenge Discussion: Clusters

 Happy Friday everyone!  This week it's my turn for a Weekly Challenge....

One of my favorite things to do on layouts lately is to create 'cluster'.  A cluster of embellishments, cluster of photos, cluster of journaling labels....  I think things look good in groups and so clusters are a fun and easy way to achieve a great look.  

So this week's challenge is to CLUSTER!

On this layout I clustered together the journaling labels along with several embellishments.  I like to add a mixture of little and bigger things.  It's a perfect spot to use brads, jewels, pins, tape, stickers....anything you want!

I look forward to seeing what you are clustering on your next layout!

Shannon Tidwell

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Finally Friday - Hello Dear Friend

Good morning, all!

Aren't you just obsessed with felt like I am? These cute little stitched felt stickers from Chatterbox are adorable! They remind me of the little applique patches on my clothing when I was really young... I'm talkin' elementary school here. Anyway, they're super cute and I wanted to try them out on a card.

All the supplies used and further details can be found here.

Hope you enjoy the video this week. To see the video over at YouTube click here.

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Journaling Sprouts 3 ways

Jillibean's Journaling Sprouts are way cool

Sure, you can use them on a scrapbook page for journaling....but they are so cute that I wanted to use them for a few other items.

This was a way simple but way cute gift tag I placed on a gift to my friend Kelli Scott.

(That is Ina Garter's newest cookbook under there...and the ribbon I have had for years.)

This is a little book I stitched.  I think it would be fun instead of a gift card of a place card.  Mine is just waiting to be filled up with extra doodads and and little notes to the boys' Grandmother.

I just cut rectangle pages the size of the journaling spot, sewed the edge and then drew lines around the edge of each page. Then punched a hole on the right through all the pages and tied it up with a ribbon.  The whole thing took about 2 minutes to make.  I think it is such a small token that could possibly be greatly treasured....assuming you filled it with lovely thoughts about someone.  

A place card.  It is just a journaling spot folded in half.  I know.  Where DO I come up with these ideas?:) (haha...um, ahem).

These little cards look like they are on a page - but they are actually precut and come in a little bag when you order them.  I got 3 different colors...and I think I'm going to order more to use as gift tags, mini books, on LO's, and place cards.  Because we are nothing if not fancy and sophisticated at our house and need place cards.  David did scratch his name into our table in one spot...but I think this is a cute, slightly less permanent solution to fanciness needs.

Happy Thursday!

kellicrowe

 

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What's in my Bucket!

Good morning Peas! Have you checked out shopping lately? It's amazing! I am adding stuff to my bucket every day. I'm sure there is even more goodness to come! Here is a snapshot of what's in my bucket as of this morning:

I am really into organizing these days and these Zip N Files from Cropper Hopper are going to be a HUGE help. I can't wait to get them and start organizing all those little embellishments.

Have you tried the new embossing powders from American Crafts? This is my third purchase of them - I love the color varieties - colors I've never seen in embossing powders ever before! And the quality is great.

I love that American Crafts is doing transparent letter stickers...I think this font will become a staple on many of my pages! 

I also love this paper from American Crafts. I'm not a huge user of patterned paper, but if it involves typography, you know I've got to have it.

There is a Fontwerks stamp very similar to this letter sticker from American Crafts and I use it all the time - so excited to see it in a letter sticker!

I foresee lots of pages using these stamps from Heidi Swapp. So fun. In addition, as soon as I saw these mini paper clips from Tim Holtz, I thought of a dozen ways to use them. Can't wait to put them to work - stay tuned!

Lastly - I love the idea of these page protectors from American Crafts. There are lots of baby pictures in our future and I know I won't be able to scrap all of them. I think these will be great for mixing in with my scrapbooking pages. (And also using some of the "slots" for little 4x6 pages!)

Have a great day and get shopping!

Laura

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Sande Krieger's Studio

Here is a video tour of my studio.

 

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Seasonal Layouts: Winter

Here in Minnesota winter is still hanging on, but barely. Even though we still have snow on the ground, my husband is wearing flipflops to the grocery store. He's ready to leave this season behind. The seasonal garden that popped up this morning www.twopeasinabucket.com/cg_list.asp has me thinking that I want to hang onto this season just a tad bit longer. Haaa.....well, maybe not hang on to it.... scrapbook it!  I know that the papers and supplies that go along with cold and snow are just too pretty to put away. Here are some layouts that will make you want to scrap winter today!

I love the title on Chelsea's beautiful layout. Winterish is a really fun word. www.twopeasinabucket.com/cg_display.asp

Look at how clever! I love what Kate did with this digital covered stamp sheet. She makes it look like everything just sort of splashed its way perfectly onto her page so gracefully. www.twopeasinabucket.com/cg_display.asp

Having a dog for the first time in my life has made my winter so much more fun. It has encouraged me to get outside every single day. That has been a really good thing for me. It's so easy to just stay in and wait for warmer days and more sun. I loved creating this layout about our first snow walk. It's a section page with pages and pages of filler of snapshots from our daily romps in the snow. www.twopeasinabucket.com/cg_display.asp

I love Laura's page for so many reasons. The use of whitespace is beautiful. The entire feel is light and airy. What a beautiful time in her life. www.twopeasinabucket.com/cg_display.asp

13 years ago at this time I was ready to have my first baby. I remember feeling the relief of the end of winter and the anticipation of being a family of three. When snow is melting and things start to get mucky it brings me back to March 17th, 1996 when Lucy arrived. Lucy means light. And spring feels light. Now I am thinking I need to create a scrapbook page about that!

Enjoy the latest addtions to the seasonal garden!

Margie

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Technique Discussion: Embossing Chipboard

Hi there!
Rebecca Trump, here today to demonstrate a techinque that I LOVE to use!

Last month on the GG Blog, Garden Girl, Margie Scherschligt, demonstrated how to dress up chipboard using paint and pattern paper.

Today, I am going to show how to emboss chipboard to add fun dimension and texture to your chipboard!

Here are the products I used:

STEP ONE:  Cover your chipboard with VersaMark ink.  Make sure that it's well soaked on there.

STEP TWO: I usually temporarily adhere a scratch strip of paper to the back of the chipboard to hold while I emboss.  Cover the inked chipboard with your choice of embossing powder.  This brown embossing powder has a puffy finish, so I figured it would work well to simulate a "bark" texture on this cute tree.

STEP THREE: Emboss your chipboard piece using your embossing gun.

Repeat steps one through three for any other chipboards that you would like to emboss.  I repeated the steps for the circle "greenery" part of my tree using opaque green embossing powder that dries with a shiny finish... it's the new Zing Embossing Powder from American Crafts in Leaf color.

And upclose photo of the finished chipboard tree:

And finally, my cute embossed chipboard piece that I used on a quick and easy "Get Well Soon" Card.

Thank you for joining me today for some fun technique discussion!  If you haven't given embossing a try, I would totally recommend this technique!  It's a fun and easy way to add dimension and texture to your chipboards!

Have a great weekend,
Rebecca
 

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Finally Friday - Flowers

Good morning, peas!

I thought for this week's Finally Friday video I'd do a bit of paper piecing and punching to create a couple flowers for the front of a card. Easy and fun! Be sure to check out the full page with supplies.

And to view the video at YouTube, click here.

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Weekly Challenge: Nature Elements

Good morning! Hope you are having good weather in your neck of the woods. I was happy to note on the weather channel last night that we are going to be creeping up to the mid 60's next week. That makes me happy as I have snow in my yard as of this morning.

So the challenge this week relates to the weather a bit. The challenge is to create a layout with an embellishment or element from nature. There are lots of ideas for this one: bird stamp, felt tree branch, die cut clouds. Nature elements are crazy popular right now so you shouldn't have any trouble using a nature element. The possibilities are endless.

Here is my layout (note: I used the chipboard trees for my natural element):

Make sure that you check the appropriate "Challenge" box when you're uploading your project. Then you'll be entered for a chance to win a Gift Certificate to 2Peas.

Thanks for playing along!

Jen Gallacher :)

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Sketch It Out Thursday

I have a confession to make: I dont sketch my layouts before I make them.  But I was assigned this blog post so I gave it a shot.  The sketch didnt just pop into my head. I actually found a photograph of the top of a birthday present and sketched it.  

The sketch:

And here is my layout.

Welp. I guess thats it.

-Lisa McGarvey

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Community Contest - Upload to a Different Gallery

Hey there... Amy and Chelsea here...

Do you know there are 4 different galleries where you can upload projects at Two Peas in a Bucket?  There's the Main Layout Gallery,  the Digital Gallery, the Stamp Gallery and the Photography Gallery.  

Today's Community Contest is to UPLOAD something to a gallery you rarely upload to!  I (Chelsea) uploaded this wrapping paper stamp project to the Stamp Gallery...  Now I think I am the scruffiest stamper ever and this couldn't possibly be worthy to go in the Stamp Gallery... but really wouldn't you love to get this present?!

Amy is going to upload to the Photography Gallery because she has never uploaded there before!

So..............

1. Make something, take something, stamp something then pick your Gallery and upload away.

2. Don't forget to click the Community Challenge button in your upload process.

And at 10 pm U.S. EST this evening, Amy and Chelsea will have a random drawing for a gift certificate to Two Peas from those who have participated!  it is that easy!!

We can't wait to see where you upload!

 

Edited: a congratulations to Debikins! You won! Mel will be sending your your credit! Enjoy :)

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Photography Weekly Challenge Discussion

Hi everyone, Moon (mooner363) here. This is my first ever blog post so be gentle...lol!

I was going through some pictures that my six year old took with her little point and shoot and realized that 90% of her images looked like this...

(what is this?)

this is a picture of her beloved Teddy bear's eyes that she's had since she was born...

and this:

This one is of her little sister, Katie... :)

So this week's photography challenge is MACRO!  What an excellent idea by Shimelle. If you still aren't sure what macro photography is by my wonderful examples (see above), think Georgia O'Keefe paintings...close ups, if you will. But as Shimelle says, it doesn't always have to be flowers. it can be anything, as my six year old proved (see above).

Here's one that I shot:

I recently took this for a local lab. For the folks that work in the lab on a daily basis, they said that they never really looked at test tubes from this prospective before. And that's kind of what macro photos do...just gives your eyes a different prospective on things.

For those of you who don't have a macro lens, don't let this stop you from trying it out! All you have to do is crop the photo in an editing software later. So go out there and look at the world again through your camera lens.

 

 

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So what was in my bucket?!

My goodness, I think if anyone ever wants an introduction to make them feel like a million dollars, Tia is the girl to call!  Short little me feels pretty darn tall after reading her post!

So here's the answer then....the top 5 products in my bucket!

Dotted Swiss Cardstock from Bazzill Basics... love me some polka dots!

Fabric covered Thickers from American Crafts... love that fabric texture!

All the great colours of Mini Letter Stickers from My Little Shoebox... these are SO fabulous, you need them all! 

Cosmo Cricket Papers... these are my favourites lately!  I've already used all my Girl Friday and need to restock on those -- and I was late to the game with Mr Campy but I am loving it now, even though I have slept in a tent exactly one night of my life.  It's perfect for other things too!

Acrylic Art digital frames... really looking forward to printing these on photo paper and using them as funky photo mats in frames around our house!

 

So tell me... what 5 products need to jump in your bucket today?!  There's so much good stuff right now, I'd love to hear what you're loving!

-Shimelle

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Product Spotlight - Big Owl Wood Mounted Stamp By Hero Arts

 

Big Owl Wood Mounted Stamp
By Hero Arts 

This big owl stamp by Hero Arts is my new favorite stamp. It works on solid papers, patterned papers, cards, scrapbook pages and is really fun to color in! Here are some super cool examples....

Amy Grendell used blue and green pencils to coordinate the owl with this very cute boy page, here...

Jen Johner softened the look of the owl by using water colors here...

Anne went bold with this card...

Shannon Tidwell used the big owl stamp on patterned papers and then placed them all the way across her page, here...

and last but not least....

THIS mini book created by kerry lynn yeary was the very first project I saw using the Big Owl Wood Mounted Stamp. Here is my favorite set of pages....

To see Kerry's whole project look here.

These rad creations are brought to you today in honor of the Big Owl Wood Mounted Stamp By Hero Arts.

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What's In Shimelle's Bucket?

Let's play a little guessing game this morning!!!

First, let me say that I am a HUGE Shimelle fan.   I love love love this lady!!! 

Well, Shimelle is in a bind this morning, as her current location is not allowing her much internet connection.   No, the game is not "Where In the World Is Shimelle???", LOL, although I think that would be a fun one, too!  In fact, she is teaching a class at TwoPeas right now called "Here, There, and Everywhere", and if you are participating in it, you will have just an iota of how much this girl gets to travel! 

Anyway, I thought I'd help her out since she is wanting to blog for you this morning about what's in her bucket.  So even though I have her TOP 5 list right here....I thought it would be fun for us to guess  the top five things in her bucket!!  (Maybe I can even fanangle a little prize action for the best guesser!)  I will post later this afternoon with the real answers and see who can figure it out!!!

If you're not familiar with Shimelle's style, check out her gallery and garden seeds.  That might give you some great clues!  Also, I'd like to share a personal photo I have of this adorable lady.  I call it:  "Shimelle-isms" 

key ingredients to the fabulous shimelle:

polka dots

an adorable skirt

a laptop

a sharpie

and Girl Scout Cookies!

oh...and this is tia, by the way! lol   

READY? GO!!!!

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Finally Friday - Greatest Joy

Hello! This week's Finally Friday video is all about the Jenni Bowlin! Look at all that Jenni Bowlin product! :) There is quite a bit of it in the store and I just love it a bit too much!

All the supplies and related products are on the main Finally Friday video page, so be sure to check that out. So here's the video and click here to watch it over at YouTube in high quality. :)

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Weekly Challenge: Mix Up Your Alphas!

I'll bet that most of us have a bunch of half-used alphas lying around. You may not have enough letters left to spell out a full title, but you have enough that you don't want to get rid of the sheet just yet.

So this week's challenge is to mix them all up to create your title!

I used 8 different alphas on this layout's title (9 if you count the letters i used to spell out "sundae).The result is a funky, fun look reminiscent of a ransom note. This could be really fun when spelling out a longer title, or to spell out a quote or phrase on your page (then you can REALLY mix your alphas up!)

I kept up with the randomness of the title by mixing up a bunch of bits and pieces throughout the rest of the page. I created a big cluster of embellishments on the left side of the page.

Hope you play along and have fun! :)

-- Caroline

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Class Discussion: March 2009 Celebrate the Seasons

Happy March everyone!

March is a busy month here at the Magouirk house. My oldest son turned 10 yesterday (plus my grandmother celebrated another birthday), my father in law’s 60th birthday is Friday and then both my sister-in-law and brother-in-law celebrate birthdays later this month. Throw in Spring Break and everyday life and it’s a crazy time. :)

 

When I was contemplating what sort of seasonal layout I wanted to share with you for the month of March, I kept coming back to the color green. We usually don’t really do a whole lot to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day (other than wear the color green) so I didn’t really have the appropriate photos for a St. Patty’s layout but I love green and it reminds me of Spring which I am desperately ready for so I decided it would be fun to incorporate a lot of green into my layout.

 

I wanted the design and theme of the layout to work for those of you who may have some fabulous St. Patrick’s Day photos plus work for those of you who like me, may have other seasonal celebrations to scrapbook in the month of March. 

 

I started by pulling out lots of green patterned papers I had, not worrying much if they exactly matched or not. I was inspired to try mixing and matching different green shades by watching a fashion segment on the Today show where the gal talked about mixing shades within the same color for a fresh and funky look. I thought the same thing would apply to scrapbooking! After I laid out the papers I decided to draw out my sketch that I had floating around in my head and I applied some colored pencils to the sketch so I could see how the colors would work.


 

After sketching I got to work trimming the papers to match the design and I was so pleased at how quick and easy this layout came together. 


A long strip of photos across the page gives you freedom to add up to twelve photos to the layout. I ended up using 10 photos. Don’t be afraid to customize the design to fit your photos. Because the green is so colorful I wanted to be sure the photos popped from the background. I punched 4 12" strips from white cardstock using the Fiskars Upper Crest punch and tucked them under the photo strips.

 

Because I wasn’t going for the traditional St. Patty’s theme I opted to use butterfly accents, some diecut, some punched.

Here are some alternative ideas to using butterflies:

  • Stars
  • Shamrocks
  • Hearts
  • Flowers

I wanted my title to coordinate with the rest of the design, plus I am addicted to cutting out specialty papers using die cutting machine, so I die cut the Doodlebug Velvet flocked paper and Sugar Coated paper using the Quickutz. 

Finally, I added some stamping, clear buttons and simple embellishments to pull the design together.

Here are a few alternative "theme" ideas to get you started creating:

  • Spring Break
  • Planting your first Spring flowers of the season
  • St. Patty's Day
  • Birthdays, Anniversaries, other celebrations unique to you and your family
  • Outdoors

The "assignment' this month is to incorporate some green into your layout. You can use a lot (like I did here) or just a little depending on your taste and then upload your layout to the Gallery.

Make sure and click the challenge box when uploading your layout to be entered in the monthly drawing! By participating you will earn a class badge and the badge will also include a tally of how many times you've participated in the class. At the end of the month, I will randomly draw one winner to receive a 2Peas prize! 

P.S. Don't forget to wear green on the 17th!!! 

 

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Digital Weekly Challenge Discussion

Hello Peas!

This week's digital challenge is to crop the heck out of your photos! We're using this technique to help revie so-called "bad" photos! Just upload your photos to the digital gallery and be sure to select the digital weekly challenge box! It's that easy! I can't wait to see your creations!

Happy Scrapping!

~Jan Crowley

aka The Queen of Quirk

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1 Product, 3 Ways: Paint Dabbers

Hi everyone, this is Tia today with a "1 Product, 3 Ways" technique idea for you!

 

 

I chose to highlight the Ranger Paint Dabbers for this technique, showing you three quick and easy (but really cute!) ways you can use these paints as backgrounds for cards, tags, or even layouts.

 

They come in these really cool bottles that have a sponge dabber applicator built-in to the top.  You simply shake, pounce on a scrap, then paint away.  I looooove these little things!

 

 

Idea One:  "Ink" The Edges

 

Gently drag the sponge applicator along the edges of the paper.  Start first with a lighter color, then when dry, go over it again lightly with a darker version of the same color.  Add chipboard icon to center.

 

Idea Two:  Painterly Background

 

Cover the card face with lots of paint dots, then gently use the sponge tip applicator to swipe the paint back and forth across the card face for a "painterly" look.  Start with a lighter color, and then, while still wet, add a touch of a darker color to "blend" together.  Finish with chipboard embellishment when dry.

 

Idea Three:  Paint Polka-Dots

 

With your paint dabber,  dab dots randomly onto the background of the card.  Dab several times in one spot to get a lot of paint onto the surface, and then press once more and twist the sponge applicator back and forth to get a nice, round, colorful polka-dot.  Again, use two different colors of paint on top of one another for a deeper color effect.  Finish with chipboard embellishment.

 

I hope you enjoyed this post and get a chance to play with some paint dabbers now!  Thanks so much!!

tia

 

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March's Garden! * Stitching/Sewing

 

Good morning! Welcome to a new month and an awesome new Garden! This month’s theme is Stitching/Sewing. I’d like to share a few amazing examples from this theme with you:
 
Kawaii Cupcake Card by shimelle laine is a great example of taking it farther! I am amazed that she ran that fabric right through her printer. Adorable!
 
 
 
 
 
Distracted by Sande Krieger is a great illustration of stitching that isn’t ‘perfect’. She uses a technique she calls ‘grunge sewing’. Love that!
 
 
 
 
 
I love the way Shannon Tidwell used red thread and a variety of stitches to create her background on First Christmas.
 
 
 
 
 
Lisa McGarvey took a unique approach to the theme by using patterned papers with ‘faux’ stitching on them for her page Think Happy Thoughts. (I’ll be lifting this page soon!)
 
 
 
 
 
Meredith’s Afghan, by Tracy Miller doesn’t actually have any stitching on it. Instead, it is a page about stitching.
 
 
 
 
And finally, Jen Johner—the queen of stitching, used sewing to run lines through her letter stickers on her page Look! They Really Can Share! A very cool look. And by the way, have you signed up for her sewing class? It’s starting today. I’m so excited!!!
 
 
 
I could go on and on there are so many interesting, fun and creative pages this month!!
I’ve highlighted just a few pages, with a variety of ‘stitching’ ideas. If you haven’t yet looked through the new Garden, please do. It’s super inspiring! You’ll find yourself wanting to get out your needle and thread!
 
Stacey

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User Spotlight: kimbermcgray

This is Lisa Brown here to spotlight some of kimbermcgray's beautiful layouts in the member gallery.

I love the touch of orange in Kid Dreams and using the chipboard shapes with the mist to make the background is really neat.

 

Indy in May has some great layering and the red and yellow on the black background are quite striking.

 

The Bet is a fun subject for a layout and Kimber did a great job of using Christmas products on a non-Christmas layout.

 

I like how Kimber used the tags for her journaling on The Plane Project and the turquoise frame ties everything together nicely.

Check out more of Kimber's layouts in the Member Gallery!

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