Saturday, November 30, 2013

How to Make a Paper Camera

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I originally made this paper camera to be part of photo that for our store banner.  However, Susy didn't like it so I'm not sure what I will do with it now.

Personally I like how it turned out and wanted to take the time to share how I made it with you.

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Cut a toilet paper roll in half.

Cut one of those two halves in half length wise.

Cut two 3x5 3/4 cardboard rectangles.
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Hot Glue the two half rolls to the cardboard. 

Hot Glue the tube shaped part of your roll to the center of your camera.

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Put your camera on top of cardboard and trace it.   Cut out the top and bottom parts of your camera.

Cut out a small rectangle to use is a view finder.

Cut two 1/2 inch strips of cardboard and roll them to make buttons. 

Cut and 1 1/2 x 1 1/2 square of cardboard and fold it in half for the flash.

Glue all the parts of your camera together.

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 Add vellum for the glass parts of the camera.  Use tin foil for the flash part of your camera.
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Decorate your camera using scrapbook paper.

Have a Great Day and Happy Scrapbooking!

Friday, November 29, 2013

Trash to Treasure Plastic Tags

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Yesterday I showed you a zipper flower I made out of a plastic bag that my wife had put in the trash.

 The bag is made of a thick gauge flexible crystal clear plastic.  The plastic is so clear it almost disappears even up against colored paper.  I can't wait to decorate my new tags.
Tim Holtz Alterations Tiny Tabs and Tags
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handmade plastic tags
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I used our Sizzix and Tim Holtz Alterations Tiny Tabs and Tags die cut to make them.  It's Christmas season so I'm sure you will find many bags like this one.  Next time instead of tossing it in the trash I hope you remember this post and make something cool for yourself.

Have a Great Day and Happy Scrapbooking!

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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Trash to Treasure Zipper Flower

trash to treasuer zipper flower
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The other day Susy threw away this bag.  The bag came from a gift bag of shampoo at Walmart that we got
because it was cheap.

When I saw the bag in the trash I saw instant possibilities and asked Susy within about 2 sec if I could have it.  Later I felt guilty and told her I was going to use it to make cool scrappy things, but she didn't want it.

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I've never made a zipper project, but I knew I wanted to make one.  I cut off the zipper off the bag and then searched Google for zipper projects.

Eventually I found a flower I liked at Keepsake Crafts.  I didn't have a long enough zipper to make the flower on that page, but I based my flower on it.  To compensate for my lack of zipper length I made 2 inch sections for each petal and made less of them.

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I like the flower and I'm sure I'll make a new one some day.  I did learn something new making this flower.  Hot glue does not work well on smooth plastic.  I found that they kept coming unglued.  The only solution was holding them until the glue was dry while it burned my fingers.

This is off topic, but luckily it didn't burn much.  I worked is a manager at Pizza Hut many years ago and you tend to build up a heat tolerance in your hands when you work at a job like that.  I often take the hot stuff off our pans when we cook because it's so much easier than getting out a spatula to pick them up.

Tomorrow I'll have a new project that I'm going to make out of the bag.

Have a Great Day and Happy Scrapbooking!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Prima Doll

Prima Doll Stamp
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Susy and I recently purchased 3 Prima doll stamps.  Over the past few days I've shown you 2 of them.  Here is the last one.

The fairy is my favorite of the three that I made.  However, I think I did best on coloring this one.

I know the blue theme to the dresses is crazy.  We really need to get some more colors.

Have a Great Day and Happy Scrapbooking!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Copic Prima Fairy

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I found a fairy flying around my garden.    It makes since that in the middle of winter the fairies would come to south Florida where the plants think it's spring.  Seriously my orchids are blooming and my first winter tomato is 2 weeks old.

Prima Doll Fairy
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How to make a Fairy
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OK so I didn't see a fairy in my garden.  I made her with a Prima Doll stamp and Copics.  I cut the heel off her wedge shoe to make it more fairy like.  I tried a butterfly stamp at first for the wings, but they were to small.  I ended up using the Tim Holtz butterfly die cut to make the wings.  I colored them with Copics and put a shinny vellum behind the wing.

Have a Great Day and Happy Scrapbooking!

Monday, November 25, 2013

How to Make Glittered Stickers

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Did you ever wish you could make and color your own glittered stickers?

It's actually very easy.

how to make glittered stickers
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You will need:

-Double sided adhesive tape
-Stained Glass Style Stickers
-Fine white glitter
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Cut out the stained glass sticker you plan to use and hold it up to your double sided sticker.  Double sided stickers are not cheap and this way you can make sure you only cut what you need.
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Remove one side of the double sided sticker.

Burnish glitter into the sticky side of your double sided sticker with your finger.  When you finish the sticker should be sparkly and no more glitter should come off.
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Add your stain glass sticker to the glittered sticker.  Note that I added a few extra small stickers because I didn't want to waist any space on the glittered sticker.

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Color your your stickers with with markers.
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Cut out your new stickers and enjoy them.

When you are ready to use your creations simply remove the backing paper and stick them to your project.

Have a Great Day and Happy Scrapbooking!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Copic Prima Fun

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Susy and I are both learning to use Copics.  The other day we purchased a few Prima doll stamps and decided to have a little competition between the two of us and see who could make the best one.

In some ways they ended up very similar.  We have 3 skin tone and 4 blue Copics so even though we didn't watch eachother create we ended up with the same blue dress, skin tone, and colored pencil hair.

That said their all some differences.

Prima Doll Stamp
Susy's Creation
Susy used more quality supplies.  Her paper is neenah paper and the stamp ink was memento.  This means her colors did not easily bleed and her stamped image came out darker and clearer.

She decided to make her girl face the light.  For the hair she used two colors of brown colored pencils that she blended with Copic blender.

Prima Doll Stamp
My Creation
I on the other hand figured this was my first large stamp and took a cheaper approach.  I used thin scrap paper for my stash.  The thin paper means my colors bleed a lot more.  I used colorbox black ink, but heat set it to avoid bleeding issues.  I used the same 3 colors of Copic blues that Susy used for my skirt, jacket, and headband.  However, I also used two different pink Spectrum Noir markers on my shirt and the pink part of the skirt.

I used 3 different brown colored pencils on the hair.  I blended it with colored pencils, but then went back in and added a few strands of hair.  Finally, I used a multi liner to outline my stamp.

When we finished and looked at each others first Prima creations we both thought we had made the best one.  In the end it all comes down to style.  I like outlines and she does not.  I like hair with more texture and she likes smoother texture.

What do you like your creations to look like?

Have a Great Day and Happy Scrapbooking!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Big News About Our Store

wow boy The other day I spoke of some big changes coming to our store.  Some of those changes have now arrived.

Our store has always had great deals on scrapbook supplies.

However, those of you who have shopped with us over the years know we are always looking for ways to make them better.

I want to introduce 3 new improvements that we made.

110% Price Match Guarantee

This is a completely new policy.  We are so confident in our low prices that if you find a scrapbook item you purchased from us at a different online store within 30 days we will refund the difference plus 10%.  There are some exclusions.  For example we will not sell an item for less than wholesale pricing.  To read more about this completely new policy click the link.

Easy Returns

In the past you could only return items if they were damaged, if you felt we described them inaccurately, or if you felt we had misleading photos.  That isn't a bad return policy, however it just got much better.  Our new return policy states you can return your order for any reason within 30 days after delivery.  There are some exclusions of course like the item can't be damaged or used.  There is also a new easy procedure for returning items.  To read more about our new return policy just click the link.

Free shipping on $50 orders to all 50 US states. 

Yes, I know that part isn't new.  The new part is now we promise to ship in 1-2 business days and have a stated policy of letting you keep items that are mistakenly shipped to you.  Click the link to see other changes to our shipping policy.

If you have any questions or comments about any of these new changes just let Susy or me know.  We both think they are great changes that will help our customers shop with confidence and we hope that you like them also.

Have a Great Day and Happy Scrapbooking

Friday, November 22, 2013

How to Make a Butterfly Christmas Ornament

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This is not so much of a how to and more of a what not to do.

It was my first ever attempt at making a Christmas Ornament and although it didn't turn out perfect, I hope that by sharing my story yours will.

I used a thick piece of paper from my scrap box with the Tim Holtz Butterfly Die Cut.

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 I cut 1 set of wings and two body parts so I could put a body on both sides of the wings.

I saw a blog where a person had painted an item and add glitter.  It came out perfect for her, so I figured it would for me.  This was not the case.  On the first side, I did not burnish the glitter into the paint.  The result was small areas with no glitter.  I learned my lesson and on the second side I did rub the glitter in.

Next I punched a hole in the body to tie my string to.  However, when I did this the butterfly would flip over.  I had to cut a new string and tie it to the wings.

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Now that it's done and I've test hung it I find the butterfly wings droop over time.  It seems the card stock I choice was not thick enough after all.

I do not know what will happen to this butterfly ornament.  I'm not sure if there is anything I can do to fix it at this point.

I can only hope that all my mistakes help someone else make a beautiful butterfly Christmas ornament.

Have a Great Day and Happy Scrapbooking!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Three New Papers at the Store

I just finished adding 3 new papers to the store.  They are all die cut and have a suggested retail of $2.99.  However, you will never pay suggested retail at our store. I promise to go find new papers for the store very soon.  There are also a few big changes coming to the store that I'm very excited to tell you about when I'm closer to finishing them.

Lauderdale Doilies
Suggested Retail: $2.99
Our Price: $2.69
Pyrus Doilies Honeycomb
Suggested Retail: $2.99
Our Sale Price: $1.69
Sugar Rush Doilies Confectionery cream
Suggested Retail: $2.99
Our Sale Price: $0.69

Have a Great Day and Happy Scrapbooking!

More Florida Sales Tax Troubles

I'm sure regular readers of our blog will remember it wasn't so long ago I disappeared from the blog for several days.

I was busy adding all the zip codes for Florida (well over 1000) to our website so that people in Florida could easily make purchases.

Thanks to 401 (K) 2012 of flicker for the photo
A few days ago the company that host our scrapbook store for us sent me a message something like this, "we are pleased to say that taxes now work correctly and there is no longer a need to enter zip codes".  Ouch!  So much wasted time and bandwidth when I could have been making the store nicer and talking with my scrappy friends.

In other news our local Florida sales are very low, we are thinking about getting magnets made for the car advertising the website.  However, its a $50 investment and I'm sure all the craft stores we go to for fun regularly wouldn't be happy about it.  That said it could be just what we need to drum up some local sales.  If you have any ideas to get local Florida sales I would love to know them.

Thanks for any help and Happy Scrapbooking!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

How to Make a Christmas Wreath

I was recently chatting with a blog reader who wanted more details on how I made the project in our Fun with the Martha Stewart Circle Edge Punch post.  I was happy to help her out.

Looking back at that post can see I didn't really explain how I made it at all.  I decided to go back and make a video with a new improved version of the project.

I hope you enjoy the video.

Have a Great Day and Happy Scrapbooking!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Handmade Thank You Card

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Susy made this cute little thank you card the other day.  You might recognize the camera from a recent layout she made.

Have a Great Day and Happy Scrapbooking!

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Monday, November 18, 2013

Steam Pookie Scrapbook Layout

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Today I'm going to show you a scrapbook layout from a long time ago.

Long time readers of our blog might recognize this steam punk layout from it's from our November 6, 2012 post.

Susy loved the layout and I learned to embrace Steam punk and fell in love with over time.

However, you don't have to look closely at the layout to realize there is something missing: the photo.  Due to an unfortunate stamping accident we lost the great photo of Pookie, our cat, that was going to go with this layout.  For a long time we always thought surely we have a digital copy of it somewhere.  We didn't!  Left with no new option we have been trying to take the right photo of Pookie and add it to this old layout.  Finally we have it.  He looks a little scary in this photo, but he had actually just woken up and is yawning.
Cat Scrapbook Layout
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Tomorrow I will make a post of a card Susy made.

Until then, Have a Great Day and Happy Scrapbooking!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Say Cheese Scrapbook Layout

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Susy made this layout of her and Marge Simpson at Universal Studios Orlando.  She always gets a kick out of posing for photos with the characters when we go to Universal but I think she got a much bigger kick out of posing with the giant camera.  Perhaps only a scrapbooker would love a giant cammera so much that they wanted to pose for a photo with it :)

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On a side note I love her little cameras with glossy accents and sequins.

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Supplies Used:

Background: Pink Paislee secret Crush Polka Dance
Photo Mat: Crate Paper Maggie Holmes
Background Doily Paper: My Mind's Eye The Sweetest Think Honey "love" Paper
Doilies: cut from Amy Tangerine yes please paper pad
Butterflies: Recollections stickers
Gems and Thickers: from stash

Tomorrow I will have an Update on a layout Susy made a long time ago.

Until then Have a Great Day and Happy Scrapbooking!

Marge Simson Scrapbooking
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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Begining to Look a Lot Like Christmas Scrapbook Layout

Begining to Look a Lot Like Christmas Scrapbook Layout
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Susy made this layout of her moms cat Ace last Christmas.

Ace is like a much smaller and meaner version of our cat Pookie, but Susy and I always try to pet him much to his chagrin.

However, for me the focus of the picture is the garland on the staircase.  I remember when her parents asked us for that (because they know we are crafty).  We spent hours going from store to store looking for anyone who sold live tree branches.  Finally we found one and then began the long process of tying them together with wire and adding the lights and ornaments.  In the end it was all worth it when were done and could just sit back and enjoy it.

Christmas Cat Scrapbook Layout
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Supplies Used:

Background: My Mind's Eye All is Bright "linen"
Photo Mat: My Mind's eye All is bright "Joy" paper
Chevron layer: My Mind's Eyue all is bright "Joy"
Title: Cosmo Cricket tiny type red
Chipboard Elements: My Mind's Eye all is bright
Tree: Jolee's

I'll have a new layout Susy made in tomorrow's post.

Until then Have a Great Day and Happy Scrapbooking!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Magical Scrapbook Layout

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Susy made this layout.  The photo is of dragon bones in the line for the Hairy Potter roller coaster at
Universal Studios Orlando.  We don't normally make layouts of photos with no one in them, but we both loved this picture so much we made an exception.  I know Susy was never completely happy with how the layout came out, but I really like it.

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Supplies Used:

Background: Amy Tangerine yes Dear
Pink Brick Paper: Crate Paper Maggie Holmes
Wood Veneer colored black for feathers and shaped circles
tags, envelopes, washi, and epoxy dots from stash
Flag: made from toothpick and washi
Pin made with swarovski crystals

I'll have a new layout Susy has made in tomorrow's post.
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Until then have a Great Day and Happy Scrapbooking!