Monday, December 31, 2012

Tranquility Scrapbook Layout

Tranquility Scrapbook Layout
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I really like how this layout of my mom and me turned out.  It has pop up dots, many layers, and it's fair share bling.  All things that I love.

However, perhaps the neatest thing about this layout is this embellishment.  We put a piece of  Japanese tissue paper behind the glass.  What we didn't expect is when we added the glue the tissue paper would turn clear.  It looks like real flowers floating in the midst of  blue and gold swirls.  It's a beautiful happy accident that we would duplicate in the future and I'm glad that I get to share it with you.

scrapbooking happy accident
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Tranquility title
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What's a neat happy accident that you made while scrapbooking?  I would love to publish pictures of it on our blog.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

I'm Sew Excited

brother sewing machine
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Susy and I are no strangers to sewing scrapbook layouts.  We used to do it all the time and both love the look.  However, the sewing machine we used belonged to Susy's mom and one day she wanted it back.  Since then we haven't had one.

My mom got Susy a new sewing machine for Christmas this year meaning we will once again get to sew our layouts.  It has a lot of fancy stitches that we might never use.  However, the really cool part is that it has a large space between the needle and the machine.  I'm fairly sure we could sew in the middle of a 12x12 scrapbook paper if we wanted.

We still have to set it up, but I'm looking forward to showing you sewn layouts and maybe even a video or two with sewing tips we learned the hard way back in the day.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

New Scrapbook Papers at Our Store

I have two new kraft scrapbook papers to show you today.  At this price we are basically giving these two away so grab yours while they last.

Everyday Fun Picnic Paper
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Everyday Fun Ziggity Paper
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Friday, December 28, 2012

Strike a Pose Scrapbook Layout

Strike a Pose Scrapbook Layout
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This layout is of our beautiful niece Bella.  She's quite the character always wanting people to notice her.  No one posed her in these positions.  We just told her we wanted a picture and these were the photos we got.
Strike a Pose title
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I remember last Christmas she got a  princess.  She took the dolls crown saying she was the only princess.  Things haven't changed
much.  This Christmas her mom asked her if she wanted a pretty doll.  Bella the little fashionista of the family replied no she wanted dresses.  They then asked her was she sure she didn't she want pretty dolls?  She replied that no she would rather look pretty then have a pretty doll.  That's Bella and I think this layout perfectly captures her.

I love how the little clouds that we punched just blend into the cloud paper like they are supposed to be there.  I also love all the little strips of paper.  The one thing that's a bit of a shame is the small ink mark under pose.  Although, I'm sure no one will notice it but us.

scrapbook layout with clouds
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I hope this layout inspires you to do some scrapbooking today.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Trash to Treasure Scrapbook Supplies

Echo Park Charming Collection cover paper
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They say growing up with out much changes you.  That it makes you look for the treasure in what some might call trash.  In my case this turned out to be true.

Yesterday I showed you a lovely layout we made with papers from the Echo Park Charming Collection.

Susy received this paper collection from a friend for Christmas.  We both loved all the papers, but I couldn't believe it when she was ready to toss the cover paper.  It was full of so many cute things.  I told her just let me cut it up and see if you like the results.

Echo Park Charming Collection cover paper cut outs
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I wasn't able to salvage every single scrap of paper in the cover paper, but I'm very happy with what I did get.

36 great scrapbook items from one sheet of paper that most would throw away.

Echo Park Charming Collection borders
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That's 20 small borders for items like photos or tags.
mini scrapbook papers
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3 super cute 2x2 versions of scrapbook papers that would look on a crop party layout or any other scrapbooking related layout.  I've never seen  scrapbook papers like this sold is accessories but I love the idea.
scrapbook tag titles
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5 great layout, tag or card titles.  My favorite in this bunch is actually the "This and That" title.  Strangely enough This and That was the title of the collection and can't be found is a title anywhere but on the cover sheet.
Echo Park Charming Collection accessories
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9 wonderful accessories that are sure to stand out in future layouts.

The take home message is next time your ready to toss something ask yourself could I use this to scrapbook?

You will find that your scrapbook dollar goes a lot farther.

I can't end this post with out a little blatant self promotion.  Susy and I founded the Everything 4 Scrapbooking store with two goal get great scrapbook supplies to all of America and lower the cost that scrapbook supplies cost.  If you haven't checked out our store yet stop by you will be shocked by our extremely low prices.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

One of a Kind Scrapbook Layout

One of a Kind Scrapbook Layout
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We made this layout of our nephew Tyler.  Tyler truly is one of a kind.  He has a wonderful heart that only wants to make everyone around him happy.

If you love this layout is much as we do then check out the Echo Park Charming collection.  We used many papers from it in this layout.  Sadly our store does not carry this collection, but we have many other beautiful papers at amazing deals.

One of a Kind closeup
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I'm so excited to show you what I did with the cover sheet for the pack, but that's going to have to wait until tomorrow.

Until then, have a great day and happy scrapbooking.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Susy and I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas!

Tomorrow morning, I'll be back to scrapbooking blog post.  I have several post that I'm looking forward to writing including one on a new layout that we made. 

However, I'm going to keep this simple today and just wish you all a wonderful Christmas.  While the kids laugh, the snow falls, and the reindeer finally get to relax after flying all night I hope we all become filled with the happiness and joy of the season.

Warmest wish from Brent and Susy

reindeer standing in the snow
Thanks to Bruce McKay of Flickr for the photo

Monday, December 24, 2012

Open Your Heart Scrapbook Layout.

open your heart layout
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This is a fun layout with a lot of bling and layers. 

I still remember taking this photo.  My mom saw this location and wanted a picture of Susy and I at it.  what you can't tell in the picture threw our smiles is that we were kneeling on very sharp rocks.  We both got up a little bloody after she had gotten the picture.  It all wasn't likely worth the pain.  However, it a sharp memory of my mom, Susy and me that I'm sure I will recall years from now every time I see this layout.

It's stories like these that make me wish we journaled on our scrapbook layouts, but we both have ugly hand writing.
Open Your Heart
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fabric butterfly
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Sunday, December 23, 2012

To Be a Man in the Scrapbook World

Let's face it scrapbooking is not a mans world.  I often feel very alone in the scrapbook world surrounded by a sea of women.  It's OK I don't mind being a trailblazer.

However my wife Susy, used to worry a lot, that people would think I'm gay.  I told her that she had nothing to worry about because it's not like I keep her a secret on the blog.  However she still worried.

When it comes to brass tacks I have to admit making flowers and such isn't the most classically manly thing I could do.

However, today I did something non scrapbook related that made me feel macho.  Our dryer broke.  I dragged it out of the closet no easy task.  Then I proceeded to take it apart fix it and put it back together.  It works again!   Go me!

No worries ladies I will never stop scrapbooking nor will I ever end my mission to expand Susy and my scrapbook store to the biggest, best, and cheapest scrapbook store online.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Waste Not Want Not

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The other day I was doing laundry and I came across a pair of my shorts with tear in it.  There was no way to fix it.  What did I do?  I cut off the buttons of course.  That's 7 buttons that would have gone into the trash and instead will end up in our scrapbook layouts.

OK enough about my shorts here's a different example.
scrapbook layout
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In yesterdays post I showed you a layout.  It's a cute layout, but now lets look at the back of the paper.

waste not want not
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Do you see the big missing part that we covered with a photo?  That happens a lot in our layouts.  We will have a paper that we cut a piece out of we simply cover that spot with a photo or accessory.

In the case of yesterdays layout, the part that was cut out is actually the same title that you see at the top of this layout.  We simply cut it out, put it on pop dots, and relocated it to the top of the paper.

What are some creative ways you have come up with stretch your scrapbook supplies?

Friday, December 21, 2012

Happy Day Scrapbook Layout

Happy Day scrapbook layout
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Today Tommorrow and Forever
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I really like this layout.

It has 3 full size pictures going across the bottom of the layout.  Those of you who read our blog regularly know that both Susy and I love making borders out of photos.

There is a large scalloped border above the photos that we used a Martha Stewart punch to make.

I'm 90% sure the paper is from My Mind's Eye.  We used to carry it in our store but sold out.

The title is on pop dots so that it sticks up from the layout.  The stick pin behind it couldn't have been easier to make.  Its a pretty stick pin with one single glass bead on it.

Of course my favorite part of this layout is the bling.   I honestly do not know many male scrapbookers at all, but I for one love bling.  I'm always look for a reason to add a little bit to our layouts.  Slowly but surely I'm winning Susy over to the concept of adding shinny bits to our layouts.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Easy Paper Quilling Flower

finished paper quilling flower
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This simple flower paper quilling flower can be made very easily.

I'll give you the measurements I used to make this flower.  However, you really don't need measurements.  I made them up while making the flower.  Paper quilling is so easy you can make anything you want after you know the basics.

You Need:

1: yellow strip of paper of paper 1/4 x 6 inches long
1: white strip of paper 1x9 inches ling with fringe cut into the first 3/4 inch of it.
2: green strips of paper 1/4 x 8 inch 
glue or tape
a paper quilling tool is optional.  I used one but you can make this flower with out it.

Now it's time for the easy part, making the flower.

paper quilling tool
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1) Tightly roll the yellow strip around a small round item.  I used our quilling tool.  When done use a small bit of adhesive to secure it to its self.

paper quilling a flower
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2) Attach the white fringed paper to your yellow one and roll it tightly also.  Then secure it to its self.

paper quilling flower
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3) Take the paper off the tool you had it on and fold down all your fringe to reveal the petals of your flower.  I didn't like how much space was in between mine.  The solution was easy I took scissors and cut the flower smaller.  I ended up with a flower that is 1 inch across instead of 1 1/2.

paper quilling flower with leafs
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4) Roll a green strip up and allow it to unwind until you get a loose circle.  Glue the outside edge of the strip to itself.  Do the the same thing with the other green strip.

5) On the side farthest away from where you used the glue take your  fingers and pinch the circle.  Just like that you have a leaf.  Now make your other leaf.

6) Glue the round sides of the leaf to the bottom of your flower and your done.

If you have never tried paper quilling before try it.  It's a lot of fun and you can make endless accessories for your scrapbook layouts and cards.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Handmade Christmas Card

When I made the poinsettia in yesterdays post I knew I wanted to use it on a Christmas Card for my mom.  A few stamps and a lot of fun later I was done.  I think it's a lot better then the birthday card I made her although Susy actually doesn't like it is much.  What do you think is it better or worse?
Handmade Christmas Card
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inside of Handmade Christmas Card
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snowwoman and snowboy
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stamped Christmas Tree
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Delivered by Rudolph
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 I hope this inspires someone to make there own creation today.  Have a great day and happy scrapbooking.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Paper Quilling a Poinsettia

flower punch
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paper quilling a flower
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I recently made my first ever poinsettia.  The process was very similar to paper quilling which I've done a lot of over the years, but in some ways very different.  I'm writing this to help you avoid some of the mistakes I made.

It all started with a punch.  I've had my eye on this flower punch for a long time but it wasn't until Susy and I found it for $4 that we decided to get it.  The instructions with the punch made it sound easy.  Just twirl the flower together bend down the petals and like magic you have a beautiful flower.  Well at least that's how I read it.  It wasn't that easy, but it was fun.

1) I taped the two borders with the petals on them end to end.

2) I inked the paper to give it a nice reddish pink color.

3) It was time to twirl the paper up.  First I tried a paper quilling tool. It was far to small and the petals in the center wouldn't fold down.  Next I tried a pen.  The circumference was all wrong and I ended up with all the petals on two sides of the flower.  Finally, I tried the handle of the paper quilling tool and it worked perfectly.

4) I folded down all the petals and bent them to give them a nice curved look.
a finished paper quilling flower
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5) I embossed a small bit of yellow paper, and inked the raised bits.

poinsettia leafs
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6) I cut out a small messed up looking circle because poinsettias do not have perfect little round centers.

7)  I folded a piece of green cardstock and cut out the leaves.  I wanted the fold in them to give them extra dimension.

8) I used light green ink and swept it out from the center of each leaf to give added dimension and drew in leaf veins with a scrapbooking colored pencil.

9) Finally, I just placed the leafs under the flower and and put the center on the flower using a pop dot.
finished paper quilling poinsettia
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It all sounds harder then it really was.  If you have this whole punch I encourage you to try and make this poinsettia.  I would love to know how yours turns out for you.

In the near future I will show you how to make the traditional paper quilling flower that I usually make.

It's super easy and very cute.

Monday, December 17, 2012

The Disappearance of Scrapbookers Part 2

country house
Thanks to Franklin B Thomson aka Kansas Explorer 3128 of flickr
In yesterdays post, I talked about how people no longer scrapbook because they have nothing to scrapbook.

So how do we invite these people back home into the scrapbooking community?  In today's post I will let you peak behind the curtains and see what is being done to bring scrapbookers home.

The first thing that is being done is a change in terminology.  Many craft stores now call their scrapbook section a paper crafting section.  People may think they have nothing to scrapbook, but lovers of the hobby are often intrigued by the concept that they can play with paper even if they have nothing to scrapbook.

Many also hope that calling the paper section of stores paper crafting instead of scrapbooking will draw in the younger generation who don't often develop photos and instead store them digitally.

The next thing being done is a change in the way people think about scrapbooking.  There is a considerable effort being made today to get people to scrapbook the small moments in their life.  Things like Becky Higgins's Project Life spring to mind.  The hope is that people will scrapbook again even if they don't have the traditional things to scrapbook about.

Last, but certainly not least CHA is coming out with cre8time next year.  The cre8time website will help scrapbookers
expand their creative abilities
rediscover their passion
grow more ambitious and confident
learn time-saving tips
share their creativity
learn to make time to scrapbook just to name a few
The end goal is to encourage people to craft for at least 8 hours per week.

Will these things help bring scrapbookers back to the hobby and maybe even make new scrapbookers?  I hope so.  I don't believe scrapbookers will ever go away forever the hobby is just to addicting.

What do you think?

I learned much of what is written in this post from the December 2012 issue of Creative Retailer

Sunday, December 16, 2012

The Disappearance of Scrapbookers Part 1

a foggy field with trees
Thanks to Uberto of flickr for the photo
Over the past few years more and more people have stopped scrapbooking.  It seems they just wander off into the fog and never return.  People go out looking for them but few are ever found and no one has been able to figure out why they leave scrapbooking.

This is not only bad for craft businesses, but bad for all scrapbookers.  It wouldn't shock me if I had a reader or two tell me over the past few years they saw a favorite craft store or brand just disappear. 

The obvious questions are why have people stopped scrapbooking and how does the creative business bring crafters back to the scrapbook table.

First let's talk about where all the scrapbookers have gone.

At first no one knew where they all went.  Many scrapbook stores blamed a poor economy.  The economy after all is an easy excuse that takes the blame off store owners.  However even is the economy improves more and  more former scrapbookers simply stop scrapbooking.  Hobbies like knitting have seen significant growth so why is scapbooking still on the decline?

Others is I noted in a previous blog post have said that scrapbook brands are out of touch with young people and that they are not doing what is necessary to attract young buyers.  To some degree I'm sure this is true.  However, there are many scrapbook brands that I feel do appeal to younger scrapbookers like Pink Paislee, Sassafras, and Lawn Fawn

A resent study of whats happening to all the scrapbookers found a new problem.  The economy is no longer so bad that people can not afford to scrapbook.  The problem is they can't afford to do the things people scrapbook about.

For example, people often scrapbook special occasions like babies, weddings, and vacations.  These things are still not being done near is often because of the economy.

Some say that those who got hit hardest may never again spend money on things like vacations.  Does this mean they will never again scrapbook?

In tomorrows post I will tell you how the craft industry is trying to bring these crafters back to the scrapbook table.

Information for this blog post came from the Dec. 2012 issue of Creative Retailer and my own personal knowledge.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Our Semi-homemade Christmas Angel Tree Topper

angel tree topper
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Around 6 years ago while celebrating one of our very first Christmases together Susy and I both wanted a beautiful angel to top our tree.

I'm sure many loyal readers of our blog know that at the time we obviously didn't have the money to run out and spend a ton of money buying the kind of angel we would want.

We searched high and low but with no luck at all.  Every time we found an angel in our budget there was something wrong with it.  However, we often spoke of an angel that looked a like the one in the picture to the right.

We both loved the dress and the porcelain face and hands of the angel.  The $10 price tag didn't hurt either.  However, it had some of the ugliest wings we had ever seen.

homemade angel wings
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Then we came up with the obvious solution.  We bought the angle and tore her wings off.  I know it sounds like a violent thing to do to an angeln but we had good intentions.  We went to the craft store and got a $2 pack of feathers.  Next we took construction paper and cut it into the shape of wings.  Then it was just a simple matter of gluing the feathers to the paper wings and the paper wings to the angel.  years later it's still our tree topper and I honestly haven't seen one for sale I like more.

Christmas Tree
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Friday, December 14, 2012

How to Make an Artificial Christmas Wreath

Artificial Christmas Wreath
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It's the holidays so I'm taking a few posts to talk about a Christmas crafts that aren't necessarily scrapbook related.

Yesterday I wrote about the possibility that I would soon get Susy to make a video showing how she wraps her presents.

Today, I'm going to tell you how we made our Christmas wreath in 20 minutes and for only $20.

Step 1: Go to a Craft store that is having a sale on Christmas craft supplies.  We got what we needed for 40% off at  local craft store.

Step 2: Think about what color your door is.  Ours is brown and we thought that green would go well with it.  I read when writing this post that blue is actually the complimentary color of brown, but I think the green looks very good.

Step 3:  While your at the store pick up embellishments that go with your color scheme.  Try sticking them in your wreath and see what looks good.

Step 4:  You most likely have a cart full of lovely decorations to add to your wreath now.  It's time to have what Susy and I call a drop party.  Start sticking it all into your wreath.  After all you can only put so much of it before the whole thing looks crowded.  Pick what you think looks best together and get rid of what doesn't fit.

Step 5:  After purchasing the items and taking them home just add them to your wreath and attack them with floral wire.

That's it your done!

If you found this tutorial helpful please comment.

* the bow is not neon colored like it looks in the photo*

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Wrapping a Present Video?

At the end of yesterdays post you saw a picture of what I sent my mom for her birthday.  Among the items was a wrapped present.  The box was less then 3 inches square.   I don't think I wrapped it half bad, but Susy is the pro.

Often people don't want to open her presents because they are so pretty they hate to destroy the wrapping.

I'm going to try and get her to make a demonstration video to share her techniques with all of you.  

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Birthday Card for My Mom

It honestly isn't very often that I do something scrappy all by myself.  Usually Susy is a at least somewhat involved in anything I make.  However, when it came to making a card for my Mom's birthday I made it all by myself after she had left for work.

 Lately I've been blog surfing a lot and I've seen so many beautiful card where people used stamping.  So I decided to try stamping out for myself.  I'm a complete stamping novice and I made a few mistakes here and there.  However, I had a lot of fun and I think my mom will really like it so that's what's important in the long run.

On the cover I stamped the happy birthday colored it with colored pencils.  Then I inked it to get a spotlight effect.  I then I put it on top of a different paper that I placed at a diagonal and inked the sides.  I put that on a purple paper and stamped off the edges to create corners.  Finally I mounted it all on pink cardstock.

 I had a lot of fun with the inside.  I taped the dark purple paper over the edge of the pink paper on the front side to make a card.

On the side with the stamp I added chalk around the edges and then smudged it using my fingers.

On the other side I just used white paper to give myself a spot to write.  I made little photo corners out of the same paper seen on the front cover of the card.

On the back side I needed to hide where I joined the two papers.  So I took a thin strip of pink paper and taped it over that spot.  I added a fun stamp to the strip that says Make a Wish.

 For my first true solo adventure into stamping I don't think I did half bad.  I did learn a few things along the way.

For example make sure your hands are clean of ink and chalk before picking up a card and make sure your stamp is in the exact place you want it before stamping an image.  I know this card isn't perfect and being it's for my Moms birthday I truly wish it was.  Sadly, I was out of time and needed to get this in the mail today!  All and all, I'm happy with the results and hopeful that next time I do stamping it will come out much better.

Sorry, I only used papers from our scrap pile so I can't tell you what any of them are.