Sunday, September 30, 2012

Fall Cards With Dawn

Hi there, this is Dawn just popping in quickly to let you know that I have put my next card class on the schedule.  We will be making fall cards.  Fall is my favorite time of year and I had a  lot of fun creating these cards.  Swing  by the store to sign up or you can sign up over the phone at 540 548-3788.  Hope to see you in class!

Fall Cards With Dawn
Wednesday, October 8th
@ 10:30am

PS:  If you can't make the class, ask about a kit!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Employee Favorite Product of the Week

One of my favorite products is 6x6 paper pads. Most paper lines now-a-days comes with a cute 6x6 pad that contains multiple sheets of patterned paper that are the same as the 12x12 paper. The difference is that the print of the 12x12 has been made small enough to fit on the 6x6 sheet. It is perfect to mount pictures for your layouts, card making, perfect size for mini albums and small projects. Another thing I like about the 6x6 paper pads is that in general, I do not tend to use the entire 12x12 sheet. I feel I am left with tons of scraps that I end up throwing away. The pad, consisting of small sheets, allows me to pick and choose papers as I wish without making a mess and wasting paper. The best part is that its all in a book form. Easy storage and I can pull out paper as I see fit. I have become simply addicted to buying these pads because they are just so versatile! I can not resist them. :) {Carley}

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Design Team Wednesday with Carey and Graphic 45

The Nutcracker Sweet Chipboard Album

This album is made with the beautiful "Nutcracker Sweet" paper line from Graphic 45. Many people choose not to use this paper because of the graphic images. They might feel that they don't want to cover up any of the wonderfully detailed graphics on the paper with other pictures. Making a mini album is an easy and fun way to use Graphic 45. The above is the cover of my album. I cut my chipboard at 10 1/2 by 10 1/2 to make the pages for my album.
One technique I like is to cut out little pieces of the main pictures and pop them up. I mount the little pieces on additional chipboard or use foam dots for a dimensional look. I also added dew drops and diamond dust for some bling and ribbons and some of Teresa Collins Christmas Cottage Trims. This mini is full of details and interactive features such as fold-out booklets, tags, and envelopes.  There is still room for adding photos to really personalize your album.    
Do be afraid to put pictures on the outside of your album as well. I really like the idea of chipboard albums and printing out your pictures in many different sized and gluing them throughout the book.
When I was creating this album, many people asked why I placed things a certain way. I love albums where you can find something new everytime that you look at it.  There are more photos on my blog and you can see my album in person at Scrapdoodles.  I had alot of fun creating this and I hope that you enjoy and are inspired to use some Graphic 45 in your next project.  ~ Carey 

Cameo 201 - Print 'n'Cut!

So you've taken Cameo 101 and your appetite is whetted - YOU WANT MORE! Well, you've got it!

Come join Heather on Saturday, October 13 at 11:00am for Cameo 201 - Print 'n' Cut! Learn how to add color and patterns to your shapes and words before you cut them out, and learn about the specialty media (Printable heat transfer! Temporary tattoos!) that can be used with the Print 'n' Cut feature. But wait - THERE'S MORE! You will get to play with the printable heat transfer media and take home a t-shirt that you've made!

Date: Saturday, October 13 at 11:00am

Class fee: $18

Supplies needed: T-shirt (pre-washed), Laptop (optional, but recommended)

This class is limited to 8 students and pre-registration is required, so sign up now!  Please indicate your project choice at the time of registration.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Fall Cards Class


I thought I'd pop on really quick and let you know I'll be teaching a card class on Saturday afternoon at 1:30pm.  We will be working with watercoloring, Honey Pop, stamps, embossing folders, paint and the Cameo by Silhouette!  Here is a sneak of the samples:

Here are the details:

Cards Class with Tessa
Saturday, Oct 29th
at 1:30pm
Supplies: just the basics, scissors, pencil, paper trimmer, and adhesive.

If you'd like to join us, please stop by or call the store to sign up!

Hope to see you there!


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Design Team Wednesday - Halloween Wreath

Scrapdoodles has an awesome selection of fall and Halloween papers and embellishments right up towards the front of the store and, if you're anything like me, you will be standing there a long time trying to decide what to go home with.  :)  Oh this paper addiction!

I recently saw this rolled paper wreath video tutorial from Graphic 45, and thought a fall or Halloween theme would be great.  With that project in mind, I chose (finally) some double sided papers from We R Memory Keepers' "Black Widow" line.  You can see the whole line here, and of course at Scrapdoodles.  I picked out the coordinating "Happy Halloween" embellishment for the middle of the wreath (I added some more paper ovals to give it more "weight") and when I saw the cute metal charms, I knew I HAD to use them somehow, too.  I added an eyelet to the ends of some of the paper cones for strength and hung the charms with some Tim Holtz jump rings I had in my stash.  Generally, I followed the tutorial from Graphic 45 with just a few changes.  Instead of a chipboard backing, I used a scrap piece of foam board,
since I had that on hand.  I also used a bit of foam board in the middle behind my center ovals and embellishment.  In the tutorial, the paper cones are attached with staples.  I had some difficulty with that, so I ended up using hot glue more than the staples.  I love how this wreath turned out.  An added bonus is how the little charms jingle on the door - love it!  It's easy to create.  The hardest part was trying to decide which papers to use!

Of course I can't let a Design Team week go by without a layout.  For this week's layout, I chose a few papers from Echo Park's Halloween line, "Chillingsworth Manor."  You can see the whole line here.   Lots of cute and spooky details in this collection!  I took home a sheet with spiders and polka dots and knew I had some cute photos of my daughter with spider cookies that I could use.  My layout includes a combination of lines - Echo Park, some of my leftover scraps from the We R Memory Keepers collections, and some sticker elements from Authentique's Halloween line, "Enchanted."   Man - there is a lot of good stuff out there for all your Halloween, pumpkin, and spider photos and projects!

For this layout, I punched several circles and simply straight stitched them right to the page in a line.  It's a great way to add lots of pattern and texture to your layout.  My title was cut with Echo Park papers.  I used my Cricut and the "Happy Hauntings" cartridge along with some sticker elements from Authentique.  I also used another sticker element (the spider and the fly quote) off to the side and added some Black Diamond Stickles to the two spiders.  At the last minute I added a thin black cardstock frame with distressed inside edge.

I had a few scraps left, so I cut some 3/4 inch by 5 inch strips to make this little paper pumpkin.  I just used brads to hold the strips together and then fanned them out and shaped them into a pumpkin.  With a few more paper scraps and a leaf punch, I added the stem, vines, and leaf.  I could see several of these decorating a table this fall. 
So, while the picking is good, visit Scrapdoodles and pick up some fall/Halloween collection papers.  I hope you have an easier time deciding than I did ;)
Happy Scrappin'!  Karen

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Design Team Post

Authentique's line called "Curiousity" provided me with inspiration in a few differemt ways. An obvious choice was of course a school themed layout. I chose to scrapbook my son Reid's first day of Pre-K since the colors lend themselves to a little boy. I used the sticker accents to create banners beside his picture as well as the title "First Day of Preschool." In order to add a little dimension, I used pop dots to raise various elements of the layout.

Perhaps a little less conventional use of this paper is illustrated here in the layout of our beloved dog Cooper. I liked the play upon "measurement" using the patterned paper. For those who know our family, our love for Cooper is without a doubt beyond measure.

In the midst of school shopping, I noticed "lunch box notes" to place in your child's lunch box as a little something special from home. I decided this collection could provide the perfect look for homemade lunch box notes for my son. What a great way to use small scraps left from the previous layouts as well. I like to use every piece of a collection that I can!

Here is a closer look at one of the lunch box notes where I used Stickles to accentuate the strings of the guitar.

I hope these projects have provided you with some inspiration to get out there and do some scrappin'!


Employee Product Of The Week

Hey there, it's Dawn, back with another employee product of the week.  My latest obsession, like many others right now, is washi tape!!  Oh boy!  Washi tape originates from Japan and is kind of like masking tape...... only REALLY, REALLY cool masking tape!  It comes in all different colors and patterns and is just so fun to play with.  It seems that every company has started making washi tape.  You can use it on your cards, layouts or even use it when wrapping a gift among various other uses.  It tears very easily and it is so much fun to die cut, as I did on my card.  I guarantee you won't be able to buy just one roll of it and you will want to put it on everything!  Most washi tapes are acid free, making it safe to use on your scrapbook pages.  We carry a great selection of washi tape, so come in to Scrapdoodles and pick some up for yourself.  You won't be sorry:)

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Teresa Collins Sweet Afternoon Mini Album

I have another daytime class to add to the schedule.  It is a Teresa Collins Sweet Afternoon mini album.  I will be teaching it on Thursday 27th September at 10:30am. 

Call the store at 540-548-3788 or swing by to register.  Kits available.

Date:        Thursday, September 27th
Time:       10:30am
Teacher:   Dawn
Fee:          $22.00

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Jen Starr Workshops!

Jen Starr is a fully Certified and Ranger Recognized Instructor. She was the 2007-2008 Design Team Coordinator for Ranger Industries and continues to teach and do private design work for them. She enjoys being a Golden Ambassador for Tattered Angels and has recently designed the color palette for the 2012 Spring and Summer Limited Edition Glimmer Mist. As a Mixed Media Artist with a fine art background there are many companies and products that inspire Jen and she is an endorsed educator and works closely with many of them such as Ten Second Studio, Canvas Corp, 7Gypsies, Stampers Anonymous, Faber Castell, Basic Grey and Prima, just to name a few.. Jen has designed several signature product lines and her projects have been featured in many publications in the US and Europe including the "Ink Essentials" book.

Jen has been scrapbooking, card making and making colorful yet vintage inspired mixed media art since she married her wonderful husband, Mike, in 1997. They lives in Northern New Jersey and have 2 children (10 year old Ryan and 8 year old Maya) who are the subject of much of her work.

Empowering students with product knowledge and creative techniques is what Jen strives for in each of her classes! She has taught technique based classes at stores, crops, large events and conventions all over the US and regularly in Europe and Canada. She has also been a feature instructor on several crafting cruises and taught at events such as CHA, CKU, CKC, Memories Expos, Scrapbook Expo, Bonanza in England, several times at Scrap-A-Ganza in the Netherlands and at ScrapEvent in Sweden. Jen also regularly demos inking and stamping techniques at trade shows such as CHA, SMAC in Paris, Krea Vak in Holland and various Distributor events around the world.

Jen absolutely loves to teach her students to use their creativity and help them think outside the box. It makes her so happy to be able to share her skills, knowledge and love of the art of scrapbooking and stamping with so many others.
For more from Jen Starr, visit her BLOG

Texturized Cards $35 (3 hours)
Tuesday, Oct. 23 @ 10am

Cards are not only fun to create but a great way to learn a variety of techniques on small and individual works of art! You will make 4 different 6x6” cards in this class focusing on elements that will add texture and interest….and of course we will be altering these items with lots of Ranger inks, stamps, embossing powders and more!

*Note: if you are strictly a scrapbooker and don’t make cards, the techniques and designs you make in class could also be incorporated in to a mini-book. I promise I won’t be insulted : )
**PLEASE BRING TO CLASS…Heat Gun, sewing needle with a larger eye (tapestry needle is fine), Ink blending tool and blending foam if you have one.


Steampunk Montage $45 (2-3 hours)
Tuesday, Oct. 23 @ 2pm (2-3 hour class)

No one develops product to create that vintage and steampunk effect better than Tim Holtz so we will be using lots of “Timspiration” to “Holtzify” this fun project (sorry, I couldn’t help it)!

In this class you will create a double 8x10” canvas panel wall hanging full of texture, inks, stamps, Idea-ology, Sizzix dies, UTEE, etc…but most of all we will focus on techniques!!

**Please bring to class – Cropadile or Big Bite if you have one, Heat Gun, sanding block or sand paper and strong adhesive such as Glossy Accents, Ink Blending tool with blending foam if you have one.

New Stamps in store!

New stamps from Lawn Fawn!

New Christmas Fran-tage from Stampendous!

New Tim Holtz Stamps from Stampers Anonymous!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

NEW! Lots of shipments over the last week!

 Authentique "Peaceful"!

Christmas Cheer from Lilybee Designs

Lilybee Design's Autumn Spice

Lilybee Design's Persnickety

Nutcracker Sweet from Graphic45

Birdsong from Graphic45

New from Little Yellow Bicycle "Head of the Class"

It's time for all of the little brainiacs in our lives to take center stage with a collection that pushes primary colors to an exciting new level. Get on the bus with a collection that is not only "classy," but will inspire you to
document and share your school memories in style!

Employee Favorite Product of the Week!

Hi my name is Susanne and I am a paper addict! I have a feeling I am in good company. When I see a new line that I love and have to have, I try to find a purpose to justify the purchase. The first thing that comes to mind are pictures that may work with it for scrapbook pages…but I have two boys and some of the paper I like is not going to work for them. Next I think about how it may work for card making. My most recent project was how it could be used to repurpose a plain object and make it fun and interesting. It is a challenge to think outside the box and in the end you can really end up with some creative projects! Pictured is an old lunch box my husband got as a giveaway at work. I loved it and immediately thought it would be cute in Christmas paper to keep cards in or give filled with baked goods! So start looking for fun things to repurpose and come on in and check out all the fantastic paper lines we have just gotten in!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Design Team Wednesday

It's that time of year when the kids are back into their school activities. This month I was inspired my daughter, Keni, and her dancing.

Now, I have to warn you this is not for the crafter that does not want to get messy because you are going to with the products I used!!! American Craft and T!m Holtz have come out with some great products to make your projects sparkle!

For the first project I used my Cameo to cut out the ballerina figures.  I used Silhouette's double-sided adhesive sheets for the images, put them down on white card stock,  and then I sprinkled American Crafts WOW!! Glitter (black).  I placed the images in dollar frames that I painted black.  I hot glued the ribbon to them. Now Keni has something for her room!

For the next project, I used my Cameo again to cut out the ballet shoes onto white card stock. Next, I used American Crafts's SPARK! Tinsel (cotton candy) to cover the shoes. I adhered ballet pattern paper from Creative Imaginations to the back of a shadow box. Then I placed the shoes on black card stock and adhered it to the ballet paper. I added a bow another home decor project done!!

For my final project, I used the Cameo to cut out the scalloped edge on black card stock. I also used it to cut the frame for the picture, the label below the picture and the ballerina.  I can't begin to tell you  how in love I am with my Cameo!!! It is the best Mother's Day present I ever got.  Christmas is coming maybe you should start hinting now to the hubby, kids, and family!!!

 I got super excited for a moment there :) Back to the project.....of course I could not just cut out the ballerina and sick her on the layout. I had to ink her with Distressing Ink and use T!m Holtz's new Distress Stickles dry glitter (clear rock candy). The pattern paper is from Creative Imaginations. The flowers are from Kaisercraft. The pearls are from Queen and Co. The number 3 is from T!m Holtz.

So there are my projects for the month! I will have glitter on me from now until after the holidays, but it is so much fun to get messy!!!

I hope I have inspired you to create this month.  I have more up my sleeve for the next few months. Ideas are screaming in my head to get out!!! I can't wait to show you!


Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Clean & Simple Cards

Now that the kids are all back at school, do you have some free time on your hands?  Are you looking for something to do?  Come join me on Wednesday September 19th at 10:30am for my next Clean & Simple card class.  I will show you how easy it is to make cards with just a few basic supplies.  I will also be offering the same class on Saturday September 22nd for those that work or prefer a weekend class.  Pick the day that works best for you.  Call the store to register or swing by in person.

Class:  Clean & Simple Cards with Dawn
Date:    Wednesday September 19th @ 10:30am
OR        Saturday September 22nd @ 10:30am
Cost:     $15.00
Phone:   540 548-3788

Cameo 101 - The Basics!

Hi everyone!

Heather here!  I've returned from all of my summer travels and I'm ready to get back into the Cameo groove!  Just wanted to get the word out that there will be a Cameo 101 - Basics class this coming Sunday, September 9, at 1:00pm.  You will learn the anatomy of your Cameo and what makes it tick.  We will also review the Silhouette Studio software (it's a free download from the Silhouette website).

Have an original Silhouette or SD instead of the Cameo?  No worries - you'll get a lot out of this class, too!

Fee:  $12 if you've bought your Cameo from Scrapdoodles, $18 if you've bought it elsewhere.
Supplies needed:  Note-taking materials, laptop with Silhouette Studio installed (laptop is recommended, but entirely optional)

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Happy Labor Day Weekend!

Enjoy your Labor Day weekend! We will be closing at 5pm on Monday.