Friday, June 24, 2011

Love & Cuddles - Kanban Crafts

Kanban Crafts Supplies:
SCR9007 - Duo Dots - Blue
SCR9008 - Duo Quilt - Blue
PCT9222 - Bradley with Rucksack Paper Craft Toppers
CRD9210 - Patch Buttons - Blue
PCT9236 - Patch Sentiments - Blue

Other Supplies:
Cardstock: Wausau
Miscellaneous: Ribbon, Twine

As soon as I saw this baby collection by Kanban Crafts I knew exactly what photo I wanted to use for a layout.  I made a similar page with this photo of my nephew for my sister and I wanted one to keep for myself.  The die-cut papers helped this layout come together fast and I was able to add dimension to my page with the paper craft toppers.  The result: a beautiful layout fit for a photo box completed in less than one hour!

I love the detail on the Bradley die-cut.  The bear is three layers and the fur is so realistic the paper looks soft and cuddly!

Both the buttons and heart are pre-made die-cuts.  I only added some twine bows and punched a hole into the heart die-cut making it into a tag.

To stay informed of all the latest Kanban news and to see more projects from the talented design team, follow us on Facebook! If you are attending the CHA Summer Trade Show, stop by the Kanban Crafts booth to see these beautiful products in person, booth #943!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Workshop Wednesday: Glaze-Filled Charms

We love learning new things so join us for Workshop Wednesdays where we’ll show you tips, techniques or tutorials to help you grow as scrapbookers. Our creative Design Team will teach you something fun, exciting or maybe it’s just a refresher for you. Regardless, make sure and tune in every other Wednesday to see what’s on the curriculum for the day.

As soon as I found the Fancy Pants Artist Edition Metal Charms in the {SAS}sy store, I new I wanted to create some fun charms for my projects. I loved the different shapes of the charms as well as the details. It was easy to place my paper into the frames and I had a great time making a charm necklace.
Metal Charm
Ephemera Sheet, Photos or Patterned Paper
Glaze Medium

Step 1. Gather your supplies and select the image you would like to fit inside the charm.
Use scissors to cut your desired image. The Fancy Pants charms come with templates that make cutting your image to size very easy!

Step 2. Glue the image to your charm. Note: Make sure to position your charm right side up before you glue down your image. Also, allow some drying time before moving on to the next step.

Step 3. Fill your charm with glaze medium. Depending on the thickness of your glaze, your charm could take up to 24 hours to dry.

I used my charm on a necklace. I also added some Vintage Trinkets by Prima (Item numbers 549732, 930011 and 930004).

Thanks for visiting today! I hope you learned something fun. If you decide to try this technique please share your creation with us by uploading a link to your creation to the {SAS}sy blog or Creative Gallery!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Must Have Monday: Beach Bum Flocked Transparency by Fancy Pants

Whether it's your favorite pair of blue jeans or your tube of shimmery lip gloss everyone has a "must have" item. Scrapbooking is no different. Every Monday the {SAS}sy Design Team will show you our must have item of the moment. It may be new, it could be old, but one things for sure it's a MUST HAVE and right now we can't LIVE without it!

I'm a big fan of transparencies! The Beach Bum Flocked Transparency by Fancy Pants Designs is my new favorite. The flocking on this transparency is beautiful and stands up to handling well without rubbing off.

This transparency sheet can be used in a variety of fun ways. Here are a couple of close-up photos of how I used this transparency on my layouts:

Be sure to add this flocked transparency to your cart when you purchase the Fancy Pants Beach Bum collection from the {SAS}sy Store! If you've used this transparency in a fun way, we'd love to see it! Upload a link to your creation to this post or to the {SAS}sy Creative Gallery.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Highlights - {SAS}sy Inspiration Challenge

Paper: Crate Paper
Letters: American Crafts
Numbers: October Afternoon
Stickers: Crate Paper
Rox: Queen & Company
Ink: Ranger
Pen: Sharpie

I created this layout for the June {SAS}sy Inspiration Challenge at Scrap Attack Scrapbooking. You know you’re a scrapbooker when you take everyday things and draw inspiration from them to create a layout. For this challenge, we will be using everyday items like magazine ads, clothing, food packaging or word prompts as our source of inspiration.

The challenge this week is to use the advertisement shown below as inspiration for your layout. You are free to adapt it to any size you prefer – just have fun with it! (Your finished product should resemble the ad.) You can use any supplies you want. Have fun, mix it up, rotate the sketch and add embellishments…whatever makes you happy.

All participants of this challenge will be entered into a random drawing for an extra 10% off coupon to the Scrap Attack Scrapbooking Store! Entries are due by midnight PST on Friday 7/1/11. A winner will be drawn sometime on Saturday. Please feel free to upload your work to the INSPIRATION Challenge section of the Creative Gallery and link your image to the {SAS}sy Blog.

Here is your inspiration:

I loved the colored squares in this ad and used them for my inspiration when designing my layout.  I thought it would be fun to highlight my favorite outings from this year.  The little calendars from Crate Paper's Portrait "June" patterned paper were the perfect backgrounds for my photos. We can't wait to see what you create!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Scrap Attack Scrapbooking June Reveal!

I worked with another Fancy Pants Designs collection this month, Beach Bum, for Scrap Attack Scrapbooking.  The colors and designs on the patterned paper and embellishments in this collection are so fun and perfect for summer!  This Fancy Pants collection also coordinates perfectly with the Basic Grey June Bug collection and the Lily Bee Design Stationary Cardstock collection.  I used a mixture of each collection on my layouts along with some Pink Paislee Foam Letters, Petaloo Mini Canterbury Roses and Zva Creative Crystal Flourishes.  I was able to create a lot of fun layouts with these papers, including non-beachy pages.

This first layout is my daughter Claire on the beach at Lake Huron.  She loves the beach and posing for pictures.  She was so excited to model her new dress.  I framed this page with the Fancy Pants Flocked Transparency, which has a wonderful texture.  The flower clusters are a mix of Petaloo, Prima and Basic Grey fussy cuts.

I love this photo of my Dad and Claire.  She is definitely Grandpa's girl!  I took my inspiration for this page from the Fancy Pants Journaling Card.  I loved the thick black outlining on the card and decided to outline each of my papers the same way.  The red flowers and leaves are cut from a piece of Basic Grey paper.  I highlighted the paper with my white gel pen and I really like the extra pop it gives the pieces.  One of my favorite embellishments in my kit is the Fancy Pants Chipboard Gecko, super cute!

My daughter Scarlett loves to sift through sand and build sand castles.  This Fancy Pants patterned paper and the Chipboard embellishments were perfect for these photos.  The flip flops were cut from a piece of Fancy Pants patterned paper.  I added some Webster's Pages ribbon and Petaloo roses.  We love flip flops and now that we live in Florida are happy to wear them almost year round.  I think the garland is the perfect finishing touch to this page!

Here is an example of a non-beachy page.  I love the bright colors on some of the B-sides of the patterned papers.  These are Claire's school photos, which I totally love, courtesy of Rhonda C. Shaefer!  The flower cluster is a mix of Prima and Petaloo and the leaves are cut from Basic Grey paper and the Fancy Pants Flocked Transparency.  I like all the texture I was able to add to this page with minimal effort!

My brother has a new puppy that we all just fell in love with during our trip home to visit family.  My basset hound Scamp is way past the cute and cuddly stage, so we were all too happy to snuggle up with Tobias!  I cut the flowers for this page from the Fancy Pants Flocked Transparency and added some foam dots for flower centers from my Pink Paislee Letters.

I had some fun with fussy cut waves for this page.  I layered several waves and adhered them with adhesive foam for some extra dimension.  I also cut some of the crystals from my Zva Creative flourish to use as accents.  Don't be afraid to cut your flourishes to use on more than one page!

I had a blast creating these layouts and I hope you enjoyed them!  For a larger selection of my work or to see the supplies used in these layouts please visit my gallery in the Scrap Attack Scrapbooking store.

Monday, June 13, 2011

SNR's June Issue - Now Available!

It's time for another issue of Scrapbook News and Review Magazine! Over the next few weeks, SNR has a lot of fabulous things headed your way. Stop by the homepage to check out the latest issue, chat on the message board, read some cool articles. Submit your artwork for our calls and you just might see your beautiful projects in Scrapbook News and Review Magazine!

This issue is packed! This issue is a double issue and also the largest issue ever!  If you don't have a subscription, sign up for one today! You won't want to miss out on this issue or the exciting things planned for the rest of the year.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Time Flies

Paper: My Mind's Eye, Graphic 45
 Letters: Prima
 Timeworks Masks: Tim Holtz
 Mist: Tattered Angels
 Photo Credit: Rhonda C. Schaefer

My version of of clean and simple meets steampunk.  I just love these photos that were taken at Claire's 4th birthday party.  She looks like such a little lady.  Time really does fly!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Creative Soup Creative Team Call!

Creative Soup is adding to their team!

Who We Are: Creative Soup is a scrapbook challenge forum inspiring scrappers through challenges, chats, and friends. We have several challenges and events to help people get their mojo going!

Here is what we offer:

Mojo Mondays: Weekly challenges that rotate between four different kinds of challenges (AAM, Sketch, Inspiration, etc).
Quarterly Classes: We offer a free quarterly class with detailed format instructions where scrapbookers can follow along online at their own pace.

Fun inspirational threads that post each week including: Text Tuesday (font and text tips), Web Wednesday (cool sites to check out), Thought Thursday (journaling prompt), and more

Online Crops: We also host online crops, which bring our community together with fun challenges, games, and prizes.

The Forum: unlike most challenge site, this site offers a community where people can chat, ask questions, and share their creations in our gallery.

Why You Should Apply!

Creative Soup is a free forum so we are unable to compensate monetarily or with any product. This site is meant to be a fun, friendly place where everyone encourages each other to craft and create! With that being said, there are several great reasons to join the team!

The Experience – if you have always wanted to be on a design team this is a great way to get experience to your scrappy resume! We are always happy to recommend people who have been on our teams.

The Challenge – nothing helps keep you motivated as much as a being on a team with a commitment! Our challenges are creative and fun and will be sure to help push your creativity.

The Community – we are lucky enough to have a great group of people who are active and supportive of each other. It truly is a fun and welcoming site! We promise a drama-free zone where you can just enjoy yourself!

The Creative Team Requirements:

Create 2 layouts/projects per month for our challenges. Each team member will be assigned 1 challenge in advance that they must complete. If something comes up and you cannot do the challenge on time we ask that you find someone to swap challenges with or someone to cover for you. You are encouraged to do at least one additional challenge of your choice.

Participate on the forum. We ask that you check in a few times a week and post ideas, layouts, and responses to member questions or threads. You are not required to be on the forum every day, but we do hope to see a regular presence on the board.

Participate in our online crops (1-2 per term). Each team member will be asked to come up with one challenge for the crop, as well as a layout/project to go along with your challenge. We also ask that you create a layout/project for another team members else’s challenge so we can provide our members with as much inspiration as possible.

Upload your layouts to our gallery. All projects that you create for Creative Soup must be uploaded to the Creative Soup gallery, and we also ask that you upload any other projects you are able to. Our members love to see all the great work that our Creative Team comes up with.

Positively represent the board by sharing links to the site where you can (including blogs and forums) and by conducting yourself on the forum in a friendly manner.

Creative Team term is 3 months (July-September 2011), with an option to extend to 6 months if both sides choose. Members can serve no more than six consecutive months on the Creative Team as we like to keep the Creative Team fresh!

How to Apply

Please email by June 15th with the following information.

1. Three (3) of your favorite projects. These projects must be your original work. At least two should be layouts, but we would love to see something non-layout like a mini or a card, but a third layout is fine if you prefer to do layouts. You may send more than one photo per layout if you like. *These can be existing projects in your gallery. No need to create new projects for the call*

2. Link to your blog if you have one.

3. Link to any online galleries you maintain

4. List of other design team obligations, if any.

5. Links to forums you are active on

6. Tell us why you want to join Creative Soup

7. Tell us about your scrappy style. What you like to create: layouts, size preference, mini’s, cards, etc. Please include if you like to do sketch challenges or not. It’s okay if you don’t.

**No previous design team experience needed! **

Thanks in advance to everyone who applies! We can’t wait to see your work!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Must Have Monday: Mini Canterbury Roses by Petaloo

Whether it's your favorite pair of blue jeans or your tube of shimmery lip gloss everyone has a "must have" item. Scrapbooking is no different. Every Monday the {SAS}sy Design Team will show you our must have item of the moment. It may be new, it could be old, but one things for sure it's a MUST HAVE and right now we can't LIVE without it!

My new must have product is Petaloo's Mini Canterbury Roses. I love the variety of flowers in this package! With several flower types and sizes to choose from, I am able to create interesting floral arrangements on my projects quickly. I also like that these flowers give a fantastic pop of color without adding too much bulk to my pages.

Here are some close-up photos of these beautiful flowers:

There are 9 colors of Mini Canterbury Roses in the {SAS}sy Store; Charcoal (Black), Paprika (Orange), Brownie (Brown), Marine Blue, Teal, Lime (Green), Lemon (Yellow), Pink and Vanilla (Beige). Pick some out today!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Pure - {SAS}sy Sketch Challenge

Paper: Sassafras
Letters: American Crafts
Sticker: Sassafras
Flowers: Prima
Mist: Tattered Angels
Ink: Clearsnap
Miscellaneous: Twine
Sketch: Scrap Attack Scrapbooking

I created this layout for the June {SAS}sy Sketch Challenge at Scrap Attack Scrapbooking. If you love sketches like we love sketches this challenge is for you! Use the sketch provided to create a layout. You are free to adapt it to any size and you can use any supplies you want. Have fun, mix it up, rotate the sketch and add embellishments, whatever makes you happy!

All participants in this challenge will be entered into a random drawing for an extra 10% off coupon to the Scrap Attack Scrapbooking Store! Entries are due by midnight PST on Friday 6/10/11. A winner will be drawn sometime on Saturday. Please feel free to upload your work to the SKETCH section of the {SAS}sy Creative Gallery and link your image to the challenge post on the {SAS}sy blog.

Here is the June sketch.

We can't wait to see what you create!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

SNR May Issue Part 2 - Now Available!

It's here and the Scrapbook News and Review staffers really rocked it out this month! 30 amazing tutorials are waiting for you in Part 2 of the May issue. If you don't have a subscription, what are you waiting for? In addition to the 30 tutorials, there are over 500 paper and digi layouts, cards, mini albums, altered art and mixed media projects that were published in Part 1.

Here is what some of the SNR subscribers had to say about this month's Part 2:

"I went to the scrapping tutorials section and my jaw dropped. I couldn't believe how many there were and every one of them was excellent. I sat for 3 hours just soaking it up until my 3 yo asked me when I was going to get off the computer." - MaryBeth Connelly

"I couldn't choose a favorite if I tried but OMG, the second installment is incredible! I don't know how you guys keep topping yourselves but you always do. I plan to go put this on my blog. No scrapbooker should be without a subscription." Anne Frost

"Awesome. It's the only word for it. Well, I've got 3 more for you. Keep it up! LOL" Jeanette Kaplan-Gregory

Read on for a complete list of what's in Part 2:

Scrapbooking Tutorials
Anglaise Pretties
Coloring Trim
Fabric Butterfly
Fabric Paper
Twisted Fabric Blooms
Adding a 3-D Effect to a Photo
Adding Text to Fabric
Coloring Black-and-White Photos with Chalk
Coloring Black-and-White Photos with Copic Markers
Curly Fabric
DIY Photo Overlays
Fibers Fabric Paper
Fabric Shapes
Ribbon Curling
Twisted Fabric Flowers
Using Dryer Sheets to Make Embellishments & Create Interest

Cards & Stamping Tutorials
Faux Stitching
Fork Bows
Heat Embossing on Fabric
Heat Embossing on Photos
How Do I Attach That? - Ribbon
Stamping on Velvet

Mixed Media Tutorials
An Introduction to Gels, Mediums & Pastes
Adding Cardboard to Your Project
Baby Wipe Background
Canvas Breakdown: A Home
Crinkled Cardstock Background
Gels, Mediums & Pastes Primer
Paper Towel Background