Friday, March 30, 2012

Fancy Folds Class

Hi! My name is Pat. Some of you might recognize me from the store. This will be my first class and I am so excited. This is also my first time blogging, so bear with me. I am really a technique junkie. I spend most of my time learning new techniques with our store products. One of my favorite things to do, is to make my own embellishments. I recently read an article in Cardmaker Magazine that teabag folding,an age old craft, was making its way back into the papercrafter world. Teabag folding was the very first technique I learned, many moons ago. Interestingly enough, tea bag folding is not new. It orignated in Holland, by a woman named Tiny van der Plaas, who was an avid origami crafter. She needed a card for a friend and started playing with the tea bag envelopes , which were pretty decorative square pieces of paper. Hence, the birth of the tea bag fold. Over the decades, paper crafters have adopted the use of tea bag folding to enhance paper projects. I can't wait to share this wonderful technique with you all. Want to see what we will be making? Here are the samples for our first class:

Don't these look like fun!! Here is the class information:

Fancy Folds with Pat
Saturday April 21, 2012, at 10:30am
Bring basic kit including bone folder, or tool to make crisp folds, liquid glue of your choice, trimmer, small tape runner,and ruler. Limited spots available. Call the store today, to reserve your seat. 540-548-3788 Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Design Wednesday with Tiffany part 2

Pink Paislee's London Market

I am so in love with this line. It so shabby chic and so me!!!  I knew I had to have it all!!! So I bought all of it even the stamps and I am not a huge stamp person.  After seeing all the cute stamp images I wanted to use more stamps!! (I used the stamps for the SEI layout and bookmarks).

The paper inspired me to make this cute little banner to hang in my scraproom (well after it has been at the store for a while :).  I covered some wood shapes with the paper and then used Stampendous's shabby pink embossing powder to emboss the edges.  Of course,  I had to ink the sides and front to give it the aged look (would you expect any less from me?)   Next, I made all the paper flowers.  It was so easy; cut strips of paper punch one side with a decorative boarder punch and according fold the paper, and hot glue the center.  I painted some chipboard letters with Tim Holtz's Distress Crackle paint and ink them.  I adhered everything with the hot glue so it will be durable. Now I have super cute home decor!  It was really easy.

I hope I have inspired you this week to create something!!!  See you in a couple of weeks!


Design Wednesday with Tiffany

SEI Field Notes

Let me just say how excited I was to work on my projects the past couple of days!!! Spring is my favorite time of the year (minus the pollen!) and with all the yummy paper in the store I was on overload! 

My first design was with SEI Field Notes.  I knew what I wanted to use this paper for, so off we went to get our pictures taken with the Easter bunny.  I was not excited about the super bright colors in the pictures, but that was easy to take care of.  I sanded the picture on the sides (yes you can do that!!) and used Tim Holtz's Distressing Ink to give it a nice aged look.  I matted it three times to make the picture stand out and began layering the papers.  I loved all the butterflies from the die cut pack. I stickled them and adhere them to the page to seem like they were real.  Next, I have to tell you about the embossing!! We just got in some new embossing powders from Stampendous!!!  They are from the new Frantage line and they are awesome!!!   Not only is there embossing powders, there is crushed glass glitter and mica fragments.  I found out you need the embossing powder to help make the fragments and glass adhere to the page and its best if you heat from underneath the page so the mica fragments don't fly everywhere.  So once I learned all that the embossing turned out awesome!!! 

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Design Team Inspiration

One of my favorite designs styles is "vintage." I've been going through all my old photos and making some ancestor art for my studio walls... I started with this picture of my mom. The papers are a mix of Authentique patterns. But I also used tons of fabric bits and some vintage German scrap pieces. Oh, and by the way, the base was an old record album page. The hole in the middle made the perfect frame for her picture to pop through.

The next layout is a picture of my great-grandmother as a child. I think she would have loved the rose covered fabric I chose to use. I cut out roses and used pop dots to add some dimension to the design. Are you seeing dots? I am... because I used some vintage ribbon from a friend and some My Mind's Eye paper. Love that stuff. And if that wasn't enough texture, I also added a piece of embossed paper from Jenni Bowlin.

And the last layout features a picture of one of my other great-grandmothers, Belle. The frame is from a victorian photo album, of course I added some extra distressing around the edges with some Tim Holtz ink. Authentique papers mixed with a piece of vintage wallpaper, some vintage trims and some flowers and bling finished out this tribute just perfectly... in my opinion. What do you think?

I hope these layouts inspired you to create something... vintage.

New from SEI!

SEI's Vanilla Sunshine collection is a sweet stroll down a cottage lane. Every whimsical design combines to layer darling and cheerful crafts. The pearl, glitter, and blue foils bring out each lovely memory you have.

SEI's Field Notes collection will teach you the science of pattern mixing. The natural elements combine to form new and intriguing ideas for all your photos and crafts. Hand drawn accents add variety to the rich foils that spotlight every detail.

New from Pink Paislee!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Design Team Wednesday

Hello and Happy Wednesday! I'm Becky and I have some more projects to share with you this week. :)

I used the new Neapolitan line from Dear Lizzy for all three of my projects. I LOVE this line! All of the colors and patterns are just so happy and spring-y, it definitely fits my mood with this nice weather.

My first layout is a 12 x 12 layout; I made the title by first laying down some old Basic Grey stickers to spell out springtime and then I misted over it with Studio Calico Mister Huey's in Cameo (one of my top 3 favorite colors!) and then i peeled up the letter stickers to reveal my nifty resist title! I ran my layout through my sewing machine to add the hearts and the border to the bottom of my picture, I love how that makes the hearts almost float off of the page!

My second layout is an 8 1/2 x 11. (which i don't normally make, so now I have to go get an album to fit it in!) This layout came together really quickly, I used a sheet of index prints for my pictures and cut that super cute mason jar out of the patterned paper to use for my journaling. (it's hard to tell in the picture, but i also added some glossy accents to some of the hearts in the jar)

My third project is a card. I just let the paper shine on this one and only used one little brad as an embellishment. Gray and yellow make me happy. I love all of the decorative border strips on these papers. I cut them off and used them on all three projects, so pretty!


Thanks for visiting with me today, and I hope you get the chance to throw all of the windows open and enjoy some of this lovely weather while you make something happy :)


Monday, March 12, 2012

NEW from We R Memory Keepers! Lucky 8 Punches!

The NEW Lucky 8 Punch will change the way you do page borders by allowing you to make 3 different page border designs with one tool. In 6 different styles!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

National Scrapbook Day Marathon Crop!

Two days of scrappin' fun!

May 4, Friday 2pm-11pm and May 5, Saturday 10am-11pm

Includes dinner on Saturday, snacks, beverages, prizes & a terrific goody bag! Ruth is coming to do massages on Saturday ($15 for 15 minutes).

Front room in priority of payment received. No refunds after Wednesday, April 25.

Design Team Wednesday

It's Karen here with your Wednesday projects.  I'm itching for spring.  How about you?  To hasten the season, I decided to create a couple of lovely spring decor items, namely a butterfly garland and a banner.  I used some pretty double-sided papers from We R Memory Keepers.  The line is called "Cotton Tail" and features an adorable bunny on the coordinating border sheet and stickers.  You can see the whole line here on their website, or just come into Scrapdoodles and choose from this and many other beautiful spring papers.
For my butterfly garland, I cut out several butterfly shapes, all the same size, from the various papers.  It was really easy to put together.  I used some twine, some irridescent pony beads (which I looped to hold in place) and some glue dots.  The twine is sandwiched between two butterflies.  I then folded out the wings of the butterflies.  The photos do not do this garland justice as it takes on a life of its own with any gentle breeze.  The butterflies twirl and the beads sparkle.

I used the same line to create this easy spring banner.  I think the brown kraft paper really allows the pretty patterns to shine.  After cutting the flowers I just used my hands to crinkle and fold them in to give them shape and dimension.  I simply used hot glue to attach them to the base and then added a sparkly gem in the middle of each flower.  Since I had several butterflies left over from the garland project, I added a few onto the banner, adorning them with more crystals.  Then, I added a few extra sparkly brads to complete the project.
You can visit my blog if you want more details on the cuts for both of these projects. 

Keeping with the spring theme, I've got a quick layout for you to try.  I've seen lots of layouts using ribbons or strips of patterned papers as borders, and it's really easy to do!  It's a great way to use your scraps or cut up a 12x12 border sheet, as I did in my layout.  I also used my sewing machine on this layout to mimic the kite-tail pattern in the kite-themed paper.  The kite paper and border sheet is from imaginisce.  It's just one of sheets from their "Hippity Hop" line. The colors in this sprint line are vibrant and simply adorable!  Since my daughter and I had just tried our hand at kite-flying, I knew I had the perfect pics to go with the paper. 

I hope you are able to craft a little spring into your world.  Just stop in the store for lots of inspiration.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Ken Oliver from Unibind Photobook Creator will be here Sunday, March 18

Ken will be here on Sunday, March 18 from noon until 4pm for a free demo and make n' take featuring the Unibind Photocreator. Some of you may remember him from past events and if you haven't met him you don't want to miss out! There will be lots of fun and laughter while you create your own 4x6 Unibind Book to take home with you. There is no charge.

The August 3-5, 2012 Retreat is SOLD out!

We are taking a wait list if you are interested in attending.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Birthday Calendar Class this Sunday!

I will be teaching the Birthday Calendar class this Sunday, March 11th from 12:30 to 3:30. If you love Graphic 45 and want to have your cards and special dates all organized this class is for you!!! You will also learn how to ink and stamp. The cost is only $25.00.
Call the store to sign up.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Scrapbook Trends Signature Series featuring Teresa Collins!

The New Scrapbook Trends Signature Series is here! This issue features Teresa Collins. Quantities are limited so get yours fast!

New from Echo Park Papers "This & That"

New from Echo Park! "This & That" A little bit of everything for everyone!

New from Teresa Collins Designs!

Teresa Collin's Fabrications! The colors and textures of the paper are gorgeous!

Everyday Moments is flying off the shelves. Blue is a very popular color!

Spring Fling is just adorable!

New from We R Memory Keepers "Baby Mine"

Baby Mine
Here is just a selection of all the perfect papers, stickers and stamps for your precious baby (boy or girl)!

New from Authentique!

The new Authentique Loyal collection is here and the colors are gorgeous!

There is an extension stickers and/or a collection pack that you can add to turn your "Loyal" Collection into baby boy.

American Crafts Dear Lizzy

Here is just a selection of the gorgeous Dear Lizzy collection in stock now! The date stamp came in and sold out in a day! It is on re-order :)

NEW! from Designs by Reminisce

New 3-D destinations stickers!


Just in time for Easter


Last but not least, Graudation and Prom papers!