Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!

You may have noticed that the live chat at our store has been off line for the past few days.  That's because I've been busy baking.

We wanted to make Halloween treat bags for all the people who work for Susy at her job.  That's 23 treat bags.  Then we decided to make a cake that everyone at her job could share.

In the end, we made 1 cake, 50 pumpkin shaped brownies, 50 chocolate chip cookies, 23 mummy cookies, 23 biscotti, and 46 sugar cookies.  We tossed the sugar cookies because they didn't taste good.

It all added up to a lot of work, but should  help make everyone Halloween a bit brighter.  I'm usually crazy about taking photos of every little thing so we can scrapbook them.  However, in all the confusion I forgot to take pictures of any of the food.

All I have is this one picture of a mostly finished cake that I sent to Susy yesterday during her lunch break.

The icing isn't perfect, but it's not bad for a novice.

My mom and my sister her husband and children recently visited us.  During the visit my mom taught Susy and I how to decorate cakes including lots of fancy things like making flowers.  It is thanks to my mom that I was able to make a cake this good.

I look forward to showing you the layouts we make from their visit.

Mexican Scapbook Layout?

I talked recently about using scrapbook paper that doesn't necessarily fit the theme of the pictures.  This layout is an example of that.

The paper is Cityscape by Minds Eye and is on sale for $0.34 at our store.

The layout is about our dinner at a Mexican Restaurant called Abuelos.  The layout has a rustic feel to it that almost fills Mexican.  however if you look at the actual background paper it's not Mexican at all.  The buildings have much more of a Dutch architecture then Mexican.

Does it matter that the buildings aren't Mexican buildings and the layouts about our visit to a Mexican restaurant?  I for one don't think so.

What's your opinion on using papers and photos that don't naturally go together?

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Who Says Flowers have to Match?

Try layering flowers of different colors, textures, and shapes.  Then adding a fun center to finish them off.

Scrapbook flowers aren't fooling anyone.  Everyone knows they aren't real so why not be creative.  Break the cookie cutter flower mold, mix it up, and have some fun.

Email us a time you mixed some scrapbook elements together that didn't match but ended up looking beautiful together.  We would love to post your story/pictures in our blog.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Beach Scrapbook Layout

 The blue die cut paper in this layout is Perm Teal from KI Memories.  We have it in our store.

As I'm sure you have noticed by now both Susy and I love to make borders out of photos.

To make this one Susy simply cut each picture to 3 inches wide.

We put strips of the Perm Teal paper behind the photos and then a border over both the Perm Teal paper and the photos to hide where they touch.

Have a great day and happy scrapbooking

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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Scrapbooking with Transparencies

The key to making a really pretty page with transparencies is lots of layers. 

Take the fallowing layout for example.  It uses Floral Ledger from Fancy Pants Designs and can be found in our store.

Our bottom layer is a 12x12 wood grain scrapbook paper.

Then we took Floral Ledger transparency and cut it in half so we wouldn't waist the part that goes under our photos.  We affixed it to the right side of the layout.

On the other side of the layout we used 3 pictures to make a border.

Then we used two more borders to make borders on either side of the pictures.

On top of the transparency we put an accessory with birds on it.

On top of that we put the title that we made for the page.

On top of the title we put a tag.

At the thickest point this layout is 6 layers deep, but it doesn't look like it.

That's why transparencies are great.  By putting things both in front of and behind them you can make scrapbook layouts that have depth to them.

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Saturday, October 27, 2012

How to Hole Punch Photos

Thanks to Greene/Ellis of flickr for the picture
Have you ever wanted to hole punch a picture and been left confused not knowing what to do?

The problem of course is that once you put a picture inside your punch you can't see what part of the picture will be punched.

Luckily, there is an easy solution.  Simply turn the hole punch over.  Then put your picture in facing you so that you can see it through the hole in the hole punch.  Now simply make your punch.

The result a perfectly hole punched picture.

I know this is an easy technique, but I figured there might be a person out there who hadn't thought of it.

Have a great day and happy scrapbooking.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Fun with Circles Scrapbook Layout

The background paper in this layout is Float by My Mind's Eye.  We have it in our store.

This is a fun simple layout that anyone could make quickly.

All the circles were punched.

The edges of the circles, birds, and mat were inked.

That's more or less it.  If you have any questions let us know.

I hope this layout inspires you to go have some scrappy fun.

Have a great day

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Trip Scrapbook Layout

This is a nice simple layout of a hotel we stayed at.  The four pictures were taken from the car.  They were much harder to take then making the layout.  I like how the pictures make a square.  Is it the most amazing layout we've ever done?  Of course not,  but it is cute and was very easy to make.

The paper is Up Town from My Mind's Eye.  It's on sale at our store for only $0.34

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

New Scrapbook Papers!

Over the past few days our store has sold out of 11 different scrapbook papers.  That just won't do!

We are working quickly to fill the store shelves back up.

Just yesterday we posted 5 new papers to our store.

 Haberdasher by Graphic 45 only $0.49

Summer Crush by Graphic 45 only $0.79

Geared Up by TPC Studio only $0.49

Girlfriends Kaleidoscope by TPC Studio only $1.19

Sound Effects by TPC Studio only $1.29

Today I will list even more new papers to our store.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Easy Scrapbook Layout

This is our last layout in a series of layouts we did on the Jefferson Davis Monument for our scrapbook.

We used Luster Cinnamon Ripple scrapbook paper.
The layout is very simple.  We have four full size photos paced next to each other in the center of the layout and two borders on either side of them made from bits of the same cut up poster used in the last two layouts.

All the pictures were taken from the top of the monument.

It was actually a little scary.  While we were up there the tour guide was going on about how big it was.  That's not comforting for me when I have a slight fear of heights.  She made a big deal about it being the largest unreinforced concrete structure in the world at 351 feet.   From the top you could see down the center of the monument all the way to the bottom.  I saw what looked like water damage so that made me a little more afraid.

We finished the tour and made it back to the ground safely.  It was an experience that I doubt many get to have and I'm glad we had it.

Happy Scrapbooking!

Monday, October 22, 2012

This Scrapbook Layouts On Fire

This is a fairly simple scrapbook layout.

We used Sparkle Cinnamon Burst scrapbook paper for the background and Floral Spice scrapbook paper to mat the photo.  Both are found in our store.

The neat thing about this layout is the part at the top.  We used that same poster that we used in our first layout.  Susy cut out a chunk then crumpled it into a little ball to make it all wrinkled and old looking.  Then she gave it to me and I took it outside and burnt the edges.

 To burn the edges of a paper: 

1) Take it to a safe place where you won't catch anything on fire but except what you are trying to burn
2) Hold the paper so the part you want to burn is facing up.  This will slow the burn.  Papers will burn very quickly if you do not do this.
3) Move the lighter slowly along the top edge of the paper stopping fairly often to blow the paper out so not to much of it burns.
4) When you are done with the first edge of the paper just turn the paper and repeat on the four sides.

I think most people will find it fairly easy.  However, you may want to use a trash piece of paper to practice first.  Once you burn something there is no getting it back.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

How to Scrapbook Cheap

Today's post is going to cover a few things in the layout from yesterday that I didn't cover.

I've told you many times in the past about how Susy and I love to use postcards for cheap accessories on layouts.

I told you yesterday that the generals are from a cheap poster that we used on 3 layouts.

However, there are two other money saving techniques we use on this layout that I don't think I've talked about about before.

One is the use of tickets.  It's easy to toss tickets when you are done with a event, but they make great accessories.
 The other money saving technique is the use of brochures.  Susy and I love to use brochures in our scrapbooks.  They often have great pictures and information about a location.  Plus, what's better then free.  On our last trip to Kentucky we actually went to a brochure stand and grabbed 1 of each just in case we went to that location or could use a picture from it.   We ended up using several of brochures including the one in this layout.

I will always share every money saving idea we come up with.

Oh and of course I have to remind you that if you want the cheapest scrapbook supplies you should shop at our store.  ;)

Have a great day and Happy Scrapbooking

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Jefferson Davis Monument Scrapbook Layout

Today will be the first day in a series of post that feature three layouts from our visit to the Jefferson Davis Monument.  We went there on our last trip to visit my mom in Kentucky.

The scrapbook paper is  Sparkle Celebration Dots and can be found in our store.

I'm sure you noticed the postcard instantly.  I have talked several times in the past about how Susy and I like to use postcards for cheap accents in for our layouts.  In this layout, the postcard is actually the only thing that labels it is the Jefferson Davis Monument.  Personally, I like the picture of Susy in front of the monument much more then the postcard.  It's a very all American picture for a place that isn't All American.

I have no idea who the 4 southern generals on the left hand side of the layout are.  We bought a cheap poster at the gift shop with southern generals on it specifically to use in the scrapbook because it looked cool and was cheap.  You will bits in pieces of it in all 3 layouts we made of the monument.

The last thing of note is The DAY 3 in the bottom right of this layout.  Without seeing the whole scrapbook its hard to understand what that means.  It is only a label saying we did this on day 3 of our visit to my mom.

I want to say that Susy and I do not approve of the things the south fought for during the Civil War.  We went to this monument because we enjoy seeing historical places.  I don't believe there is anything wrong with remembering the darker times in US history, but hope our layouts on this monument do not offend anyone.

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Friday, October 19, 2012

Fun Easy Scrapbook Layout

This layout couldn't be any easier.

We used a 12x12 purple cardstock


Maggie May "Chloe Lynn" Night Owl Paper

The layout uses 3 full size pictures that we laid down in a row to make a border.

The shaped paper on top of the cardstock give the layout instant  interest.

On top of the tree leaves we added rubber flowers, rubber buttons, a glass accessory, and a ying yang sticker(it's a friendship thing).

This is a cute layout and can be finished very quickly by the busy scrapbooker.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Out of the Box Scrapbooking

Between filling our store and our personal scrapbook addiction Susy and I see far more scrapbook supplies then most.  It's more often then not that we run across papers like Sunshine Sunshine Music Paper from My Mind's Eye.

There isn't anything wrong with this paper.  Actually it's very cute, but you have to ask yourself.  How would I ever use it.  It's covered in music notes and has a big bird on it.  Short of a music event or bird pictures it seems hard to use, but that's not actually the case.

Often Susy and I use scrapbook papers that have little or nothing in common with pictures on top of them.

However, in this case the papers theme fits very nicely with the layout.  Ask yourself what do sleeping cats dream about?  Hunting birds of course.

With a little out of the box thinking you will find all your hard to use papers aren't that hard to use after all.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Stunning Graphic 45 Scrapbook Layout

Many people fear using Graphic 45 paper.  It's just so pretty that it seems like a shame to cut or cover it up.  It turns out there is nothing to fear but fear it's self.

Susy and I both love this layout that we made recently featuring Graphic 45 papers.  It uses both A Ladies Diary Collection Picture Perfect and A Ladies' Diary Collection Fashion Plates scrapbook papers from Graphic 45.

However, there are a few other interesting things going on in this layout beyond the beautiful paper.

The two pearl strings are actually part of the same pearl circle.  All we did was snip off the part that would have gone under the accessory on the bottom left and used it on the top right.

The stick pins were made by us out of quality beads including Swarovski beads.  Making your very own stick pins is both easy and affordable.  I will cover how we make ours in a future post.

What's your favorite fashion related layout that you ever made?  Email it to us and we will include it in our blog.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Lawn Fawn Update!

Thanks to mock-turtle of flickr for the the photo
When last I posted about Lawn Fawn I told you that Susy and I did not think they would grant us a wholesale account.

I was wrong.  Recently Lawn Fawn approved our wholesale application.  I am very happy to add them to the list of brands we are able to sell at the store.  If there is a Lawn Fawn item you wish we had in our store let us know and we would gladly look into adding it for you.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Cat Layout

 This layout is of our cat Pookie.  He's a sweetheart of a little monster.  We like this picture because he looks like the kind of thing you wouldn't want to meet in the woods late at night.  In his heart Pookie is a big wild cat so we found this picture very fitting.

The background paper is Rosy Remember Dots Paper by My Mind's Eye
The green glittered paper is Rosy Everything Dry Goods Paper by My Mind's Eye

We found Pookie near a heavily wooded area in south Florida.  He was only a few days old.  We took him home and ever since he has been our baby.  I'm not really sure what he is, but we have always wondered if he has some wild cat in him.  He's a big baby at 33 inches long from nose to the end of tail, 13 inches tall to his shoulder, and 18 pounds.

Plus, he thinks hes he is a wild kitty.  He loves to hunt hence the I love bugs written in the banner.  Bugs are the only kind of prey that ever gets in the house.   They never last long.

Send us your pet scrapbook layouts.  We would love to post them on our blog.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Gorgeous Layout

The main paper in this layout is Lavender Fabulous Flowery Paper.

Both sides of this paper are very pretty, but we actually used the backside of it for this layout.

I like all the layered paper strips under the photo.  They add a lot of interest to the layout.

Other points of interest on this layout are the pop up doily flower and the picture.
For the doily flower Susy punched a scalloped circle then wrapped it in bakers twine.  She added pearls to the paper doily and then attached it to the scalloped circle with a pop up dot.

The picture is cool, but was a complete mistake.  It was taken at a dance club where we were celebrating a  friends birthday.  I took pictures all night with our digital camera, but this is the only one that came out.  It was dark so the exposure time was about 30 sec.  That meant I had to hold the camera perfectly still and Susy had to stand perfectly still for 30 sec while I took the picture.  The result a clear picture of Susy with a blurry background.

Maybe when Black Friday comes we will get new digital camera ours has seen better days.

On a side note, we will be coming out with a great coupon at our store for Cyber Monday.  To get yours on Black Friday and start shopping early just sign up for our newsletter.

Have a great day and Happy Scrapbooking

Saturday, October 13, 2012

How to Stamp a photo with No Ink

In yesterdays post, I talked about ruining the picture that went with that layout.

What happened was we had laid a clear stamp on top of the photo.  The stamp was clean so we thought it wouldn't be a problem.  However, when we removed the stamp It took some of the color of the photo with it leaving a clearly stamped image that resembled a water mark on the photo.

Susy actually tossed the picture, so I can't show it to you.  However, next time we have a trash photo that I can use this technique on or that we do it purposefully I will show you the results.

Did we just discover a new scrapbook technique?  I'm not sure, but I haven't seen anyone adding watermarks to their pictures before.

Friday, October 12, 2012

A Manly Layout

We made this layout for our cat Pookie.  He's all boy, so nothing short of a masculine layout would do.  Unfortunately, the picture was ruined but I'll talk more about that in tomorrow's post.

To make this layout you will need

1- 12x12 black cardstock
1- brown cardstock
1- 12x12 Everyday Fun Ziggity Paper by My Mind's Eye (coming soon to our store)
1- 12x12 Everyday Fun Party Paper by My Mind's Eye (coming soon to our store)
1- 12x12 Everyday Fun Picnic Paper by My Mind's Eye (coming soon to our store)
3- flowers in a manly print
3- mini paper clips
3- gears(we used the Tim Holtz ones)

A dark colored spray mist
A black ink pad
Some black bling
Some brads
Some ribbon
Tim Holtz Idea-ology MINI MASK FLOURISH AND CROWN Regal Stencil Tool

Email us at to buy papers listed is (coming soon) now before they are put in our store.  As always our price will be the lowest found online.

To make this layout
1) Cut Everyday Fun Ziggity Paper by My Mind's Eye to 11 by 11 and lightly ink the edges
2) Center and glue/tape it to the black cardstock.  Make sure to leave a little room in to top right to fit the paper clips under.
3) Cut a 12x6 inch strip of Everyday Fun Picnic Paper and glue/tape it 1. 5 inches from the bottom of the paper.  Note that in the picture we only used a piece that was 12x5 and had a different piece of paper that was 12x1 below it.  However, I am not sure what the 2nd paper was although it is likely that it's from the Everyday Fun My Mind's Eye Collection.
4) Glue a piece a ribbon down roughly 1 inch from the bottom of your 12x6 Everyday Fun Picnic paper.  If you use two pieces of paper here make sure to cover the spot they touch with your ribbon.
5) Cut two 6x8 squares out of the Everyday Fun Party Paper
6) On the star side of one ink around the edges with black ink.
7) On the dotted side of the other one using the Tim Holtz Idea-ology MINI MASK FLOURISH AND CROWN and some dark mist add the crown and a little shading along the edge of the paper.
8) Cut the brown cardstock just barely bigger then the dotted side of the paper and matte the dotted paper on top of it.
9) Add them to your layout is seen in the picture.
10) Add the flowers with gear centers, black bling, banners(made of scrap paper), and brads to the layout to finish embellishing it.

I hope you find this layout inspirational and the instructions easy to fallow if you duplicate it.  Please let me know if you have any questions at all.

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

How to Shop like a Pro at Your Next EXPO

There are many scrapbooking conventions held year around.  If you have ever attended one you know how much fun they are. 

However, they can also be somewhat overwhelming. There are so many great classes and tons of stores to shop at.  Don't panic, I'm here to help.

First, it's important to find out if there is even a convention being held near your.    These two websites should be helpful

  2013 CK Scrapbook Convention Schedule


The Scrapbook Expo

The secret to a great trip to a scrapbooking convention is planning.   

Before going to the show:

1) Visit the shows web page.  

2) Check what classes will be taught at the show.  Sometimes the very best classes fill up early.  If there is a class you really want to take, you may want to buy tickets early online.  It's best to avoid early morning classes, because those are the best shopping hours.

3) Print out coupons to all the vendors you are interested in.  Circle times that they are good for.  Often coupons are only good for the first few hours of a show.

4) Print out a map of the show and where all the different stores will be located.

5) Plan your route by actually drawing on that map. 
      Keep several things in mind when planning the route
           A)The stores with crazy good deals may sell out of a paper you would have loved
           B) You have to make it to your coupon stores before they expire
           C) Start at the stores in the back.  You will find lines will be much smaller.

After you get to the show 

1) Ask stores and the class teachers if you can take pictures.  You will find inspiration everywhere you look.  However, I personally find if I don't take pictures I forget most of it.

2) Talk to store owners about your scrapbooking projects.  Store owners often love to scrapbook and can give you all sorts of helpful hints and suggest great products to you.

3) If staying up-to-date on scrapbooking trends is important to you just look around.  Usually the more expensive stores will have the most trendy items.  Cheap stores often have items that are a little older.  However here is a secret.  Let's say you notice that chevrons are trendy.  You don't have to buy them at the expensive store.  Go back to the cheap store and buy some chevron paper that's a year or two old for half the price.

I hope you have found this shopping guide helpful.

For all the times in between scrapbooking conventions remember our store has the cheapest prices.