Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Design Team Wednesday, Early

I find inspiration in random things and places but, usually when I get inspired I don't have the time to get busy creating. My answer to this problem was to create a mini book where I can store those random pictures, quotes and "stuff" until I have time to play. As chance would have it Crate Paper has a collection of paper called "Random." I just had to use it, I also added some October Afternoon "Farmhouse" and some Lily Bee Design papers. The book is filled with pockets, envelopes and tags... tons of places to keep my random stuff.

My other project this week is a mini book... that shows how an assortment of different papers, (I think I used about 10-12 papers) can create a wonderful background for a random collection of photos from my trip to San Antonio. The book is still a work in progress, but I wanted to share it anyway, because you can really see the mosaic feel of the pages.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Design Team Wednesday

Happy Wednesday! I hope everyone's enjoying this brief spell of unseasonably warm weather. I've got a few layouts to share with you today. The first features October Afternoon's fabulous Farmhouse collection. The title is the first initial of each kid's name, which made perfect sense to me until my 16-year-old son asked, "What the heck is tadma?" Oh well, I still like it and I adore all of the papers and embellishments in this line.

I hope you're not totally sick of Christmas pages, because that's what I'm scrapping these days. I love the Lost & Found Christmas line by My Mind's Eye so much that I accidentally bought it twice. No worries, will definitely get used. If you're a bit intimidated by patterned papers like this one that have large bold elements, I find that a single simple photo, especially a black and white one, works well.

I say this all the time in my posts, but the next page is so much prettier in person. If you click on the photo, you can see just how intricately the Silhouette can cut designs like the frame I used to mat the photo. The background was created using one of Pink Paislee's Mistables resist papers. These papers start out white with various patterns of resist ink, and it's up to you to make them beautiful using whatever combination of spray inks, ink pads, watercolors, etc you like.

I sprayed the paper with red (Mister Huey's Schoolhouse), two greens (Maya Mists avocado and October Afternoon Sprinklers Spruce Tree), and metallic gold (Maya Mists), and then used a tissue to dab the excess spray off the resist areas. I love the way it turned out. I also love those gold Thickers alphas.

I hope you get some time to create something today!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Marathon Crop March 17!

By request, we are scheduling another all day crop to get caught up!

When: Saturday, March 17
Time: 10am-11pm
Fee: $35

Marathon Crop includes snacks, dinner, door prizes and a goody bag!

The next one will be May 4&5 for National Scrapbook Day! Details coming soon!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Closing at 7pm tonight!

We are closing tonight, Sat., Jan 21 at 7pm for our employee holiday party. Be sure to shop early! Thank you!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Registration for August 3-5 Retreat in Glen Allen is OPEN for Alumni!

Join Scrapdoodles for the best scrapbooking retreat in Central Virginia! Escape with us August 3-5, 2012, for a weekend of make n takes, classes, scrapping those beautiful family memories or just be crafty for the weekend with your friends!

This is the perfect time and place to take some time for yourself...this retreat has been thoughtfully put together with you in mind! Your weekend of scrapbooking includes breakfast and dinner on Saturday, breakfast and a champagne brunch on Sunday, a candy bar, a 6 ft x 30 inch table with electricity, wi-fi in the crop room & the guestrooms (included in this retreat), an ergonomic chair, spacious crop room, free make and takes, gifts, and prizes, on-site mini-store and so much more! Your meals will be served in the restaurant with so many amazing choices! Breakfasts will include an omelet station, waffles, cereals, fresh fruits, and muffins while dinner will include soups, deli and vegetarian choices, hot entrees and chef's specialties and a dessert bar!

All of this at the luxurious Wyndham Virginia Crossings Hotel & Conference Center in Glen Allen Virginia. For hotel registration see below or the sidebar with room rates. The hotel may need a few days to get the group rate up :)

Registration Opens
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 10am for Scrapdoodles Retreat Alumni
Friday, January 27, 2012 for the Public
Please note that your registration is NOT complete without your registration form.
Please do not send checks by mail.

Registration Options:
Early Bird Rate $179.00 expires February 4
**Special Alumni Layaway Rate Good for 1st week**
**$79 down, 2nd payment of $100 due by March 17th**

After February 4, 2012
Single Payment at Discounted Rate $189.00
Layaway Payment ($50 down) $199.00
Balance due by June 1, 2012.
$50 non-refundable after May 1, 2012.
No refunds after June 1, 2012.

Register by calling 540.548.3788

The Hotel & Rate
Wyndham Virginia Crossings Hotel & Conference Center, 1000 Virginia Center Pkwy
Glen Allen, Virginia 23059
Single Room Rate $89 per night
Double Room Rate $99 per night
Triple Room Rate $109 per night
Quad Room Rate $119 per night

Mention code SCRAPDOODLES RETREAT to take advantage of discounted group rate. Reservations must be made by July 3, 2012 to receive the group rate. Reservation Line - (877) 999-3223 or for hotel registration click here.

We look forward to you joining us!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Notations Mini Book Class


Hope you are enjoying your week! I've got some photos of my upcoming class to share today. I'll be teaching this great mini book on Saturday, January 28th:

The Notations line is perfect for just about any theme. I used it to showcase my favorite family photos from 2011 but you could create this book for any occasion.

You can see that each page is a little different. Little tags, tabs, and envelopes make this book a lot of fun!

I've added lots of little details here and there. I added color with a few of my favorite mists as well.

The kit comes with plenty of diecuts and letter stickers to decorate each page any way you'd like to.

I had lots of fun putting this little book together. I hope you can join me for class!

Here are the class details:

Notations Mini Album with Tessa
Saturday, January 28th, 2012 at 1:30pm

Please bring your basic tool kit as well as your favorite edge punches and any mists you would like to use in your book.

If you are interested in joining me for class, please call down to Scrapdoodles at (540) 548-3788 to sign up.

Hope to see you there!


Tuesday, January 17, 2012

COPICS are restocked!

Come and get them while they are restocked!
Next Basics Class is:
Feb 11 (Sat) 10:30am-12:00
COPIC Basics (Includes 3 COPIC Sketch Pens), bring note taking supplies.
Instructor: Cheryl
Fee: $35

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Happy New Year's and Happy Valentine's Day - Design Team Post

"I Resolve" Layout
Do you make New Year's Resolutions?  Do you write them down somewhere and then put it away?  Why not create a layout and hang it up somewhere to remind you of your goals?   
For this layout, I picked up some fun American Crafts products - from the CHAP line.  I normally scrap very girly pages so it was a nice change of pace for me to use these more "boyish" papers.  I used my die cut machine (Cricut) to cut out the letters and numbers.  The coordinating chipboard shapes help add a little interest and dimension behind my numbers. 

"Love" Layout and Quick Bookmarks
I was "lovestruck" by the wonderfully sweet selection of Valentine's Day papers and embellishments available in the store now.  The neat thing about a lot of these papers is that they can be used in all sorts of layouts.  I could see many of these sweet sentiments in baby layouts, general "love" and anniversary layouts, wedding, and in my layout here - just a fun shot of my daughter on the eve of her 3rd birthday.  Try to think outside the box when looking at and picking out holiday-themed papers.  They may be more versatile than you think!
For this layout I used 2 patterned papers from We R Memory Keepers "Love Struck" collection.  Also from this collection you can see one of the super adorable bottlecap embellishments (I think I may have to make a hair bow for Hannah with one of these) and two of the tags or mini cards from the "cupid" 12x12 sheet.  I am also using some ribbon from Pebbles.  I cut the heart with my Cricut and trimmed a bit off the background sheet before giving it a white border.

Check out the sheet of tags in the "Love Struck" line - they are so cute!  
 I used two on my layout and then made two quick bookmarks.  I added a little ribbon and then adhered a triangle pocket on the back of the tag so it sits snuggly on the corner of my bookpage.  (You can see front and back views in these two pics)  I'm thinking I will make a few quick and easy cards with the remaining tags on the sheet.  One of the tags says "Love at first sight" and I think it would be perfect on a baby layout or new baby/baby shower card.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Inventory Hours for this Weekend

Just a reminder that we are closing At 6pm tonight and will be closed Sunday, January 8 all day for inventory.  Thank you for your patience.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Fun with Basic Grey

I did two page layouts this time & decided to do a little something different with a canvas project. In all three I used paper from the new line of Basic Grey. In the first layout I had fun with Gesso mixed with Claudine Hellmuth modern red paint & then stamped in it with the Jenni Bowlin damask foam stamp.I love mixing textures so I added Burlap with jute to make the heart around my picture & just began layering by using rub-ons and Prima flowers.The Studio Calico wood veneer banner pieces come in a natural color but they are so easy to paint any color you want.I painted mine black to add a finishing touch to go with my layout.In my second layout I used the Studio Calico veneer houses nestled in with my prima flowers.I left them their original color so it would fit in better with my color scheme.Then I finished with Websters pages ribbon, Pink Paislee mistable ribbon, Making memories Paper Reverie brads,Tim Holtz journaling tags, and of course Prima flowers.In my last project I used all the scraps from the other page layouts to create this fun Geisha Girl on a canvas.I used Dragonfly Blue glimmer mist to add the lantern with the Creative imaginations template. I then used the 6x6 tear drop template designed by Julie Balzar with Gesso instead of a glimmer mist.I used Basic Grey rub-ons to add trim on her dress & just to add more to my background.I did a little doodling & lastly I used stickles to add a little bling to the project.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Closing early for Inventory

We will be closing early on Saturday, January 7 at 6 pm and will be closed Sunday, January 8 all day for inventory.  Thank you for your patience.