Thursday, February 28, 2013

Teresa Collins' Workshops!


Moving this to the top so that you can find the details for the classes.

We are so excited to announce that Teresa Collins will be teaching three classes at our retreat in Glen Allen. The classes are open to everyone (whether you are attending the retreat or not). Please note that she will be teaching at the Virginia Crossings Hotel and Conference Center and not at the store. Due to the time constraints and preparation of the kits, there will be no refunds. If you cannot make a class, a kit will be provided. Please bring the following class suppliesto all classes: Paper trimmer, scissors, dry and wet adhesive (Helmar's 450 or zip dry), ruler, pencil, pop dots, glue dots, journaling pen, Scoring tool, black ink, gold ink, dimensional glue (Glossy Accents or Diamond Glaze).

Please call (540) 548-3788 to register or come to the store.

Location for classes:
Wyndham Virginia Crossings Hotel & Conference Center
1000 Virginia Center Parkway Glen Allen, VA 23059
(804) 727-1400
Website for Hotel, click here. 

For more information about Teresa Collins, click here.


Far & Away Travel Book

Create a beautiful travel book with Teresa's brand new travel collection. Learn how to add envelopes and create your own book of flaps, enclosures and binding your book with coils and chipboard. Create the book now to take on your new journey. This is a book that you will treasure and help you to document the memories!

Friday, March 1
7pm - 10pm

Memories Journal

Create your own large journal book to document your special memories. This book will grab your attention with the beautiful large brooch adorning the cover. You will create interactive flaps and journaling elements throughout the book. In class, you will punch and bind your book project. If you want to learn the tips and tricks on making mini books this is the class for you.

Saturday, March 2
9:30am - 12:30pm

Stationary Noted File Folder Book

Saturday, March 2
2pm - 5pm

Using the latest office inspired line Stationary noted and Far & Away, you will create a fabulous file folder album. This large project is so interactive and will allow you to learn the tips and tricks of hidden and meaningful journaling. The accordion cards are both functional and beautiful. If you have ever wanted to focus on adding more meaning into your crafting, then this workshop is a necessity.

Stencils and a Technique Using Embossing Paste

Good Morning!

This week Pat chose her favorite products to share with you- stencils and embossing paste!  We made a quick video so you could see them in action:

Stop by the store any time to check out all our great stencils.  This is just one of many techniques to try with them!

For more information on Pat's upcoming classes using these amazing products, please see her Flight of the Flutterbies post.  Her class sample is currently in the store as well so take a look next time you're in!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Design Team Wednesday-Graphic 45 Secret Garden

When Cheryl asked me what I would like to highlight this week, I immediately chose Graphic 45's Secret Garden Collection. I absolutely love this collection. The papers are just so beautiful and elegant. Since I wanted to make something fun and decorative, I used some of the papers to make a banner that would be perfect for an entry way. I measured out 4 triangles using pink and green cardstock, and then cut out 4 more triangles about 1/2 inch smaller than the pink and green ones from the paper collection. I really loved the print on one of the papers and decided to make that the center of the banner. I used lace ribbon from my stash to border the center paper and to add a vintage touch to the triangles. To add some dimension, I used chipboard from the Secret Garden Collection. I also added some brads from Teresa Collins "Now and Then" collection. I love how it turned out.

I used the leftover paper to make a couple of layouts. I used some pictures from a garden from Georgetown that went perfectly with the collection. For the first layout, I cut out the flower stamps from one of the papers and decided to make a mini banner with them. I used sewing floss from my stash for the banner and used 3d pop ups to make the stamps stick out.

I can't tell you enough how awesome this collection is. You have to stop by the store to see it for yourself. In the mean time, have fun working on your paper projects!

-Claudia  :)

Monday, February 25, 2013

Teresa Collins Far & Away Mini Album

Just popping on to post the next Teresa Collins class, which is a  Far and Away mini album class.  It uses TC lovely Far and Away collection and has lots of fun little pockets and flaps.  Speaking of Teresa Collins, she will be teaching at our retreat next weekend in Glen Allen (March 1st - 3rd) and I can't wait to meet her and take one of her classes.  If you are not attending the retreat or one of her classes, we will also have a whole lot of fabulous product from the store for sale down there and it will be open to the public, so feel free to stop by and shop!

Class details:  Tuesday March 12th @ 10:30 am
Fee:                 $22.00
Teacher:          Dawn

Supplies needed:  tape runner, stapler, pop dots, bone folder, corner rounder
Call the store at 540 548 3788 or stop by in person to sign up!

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Cards with Dawn

Hi, I just got my samples up at the store for my March card class.  This class we will be working with different mediums.  I will show you that you can still create clean and simple cards while using things like the new distress paint to do some simple water coloring.  We will also be using some Mr. Huey ink on die cuts along with heat embossing and a few other fun ideas!  I am offering this class twice, so pick the day and time that best suits you.  Call the store @ 540 548-3788 or swing by in person to sign up!  I look forward to seeing you in class:)

Cards With Dawn $15.00
Dates:  Saturday March 9th @ 1pm
             Wednesday March 13th @ 10:30am

Supplies needed:  pop dots, corner rounder, ink blending tool, adhesive, aqua painter or paintbrush and a craft mat.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Tonic Trimmers Are Our Favorite Product This Week!

Hello there and welcome to Employee Product of the Week.  My name is Lori and I am going to tell you about my favorite trimmers of all time.  The Tonic Guillotine trimmers!  They come in 2 sizes, the 12” small base and the 6”trimmer, suitable for travel and card making. 

I started seriously scrapping in 2001 after the birth of my daughter.  I started off with a relatively cheap trimmer from the big box store.  I quickly became very frustrated with it.  If you don’t use the exact same pressure all the way down the paper it cuts crooked, if you aren't using a new blade every other day, it comes out crooked.  I felt like I was getting ripped off constantly buying new blades.  I would buy them in bulk so that I would always have new ones available.  I was spending so much money!  

Years of frustration pass…. there must be a better trimmer out there!  A trimmer that cuts straight and doesn't need new blades all the time.  Enter the Tonic.  I wasn't working for Scrapdoodles at the time, but I came in searching for an end to my trimmer problems.  I found the Tonic Trimmer and fell in love.  It doesn't require replacement blades or sharpening.  The detachable arm makes measuring 6” - 12” cuts a breeze.  Plus as an added bonus, the arm stores underneath along with the handle to make for easy packing so you can bring the Tonic with you wherever you scrap!  The blade arm will not cut you, I have tried!  I have kids at home and safety has to come fist because my scrapbooking area is not childproof!  I have personally had the 12” trimmer for about 5 years, maybe 6.  It is my faithful and trusted companion that I cannot scrapbook without. 

The smaller 6” trimmer is perfect for the card maker and the photo cropper.  It has all the same wonderfulness (is that a word?) that the larger one has.  It cuts straight every time and does not require replacement blades either.  You cannot go wrong with a Tonic!  Stop by the store and let me show you how great they are.


Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Bird House Mini Album

I love the 5th & Frolic line by Dear Lizzy for American Crafts!  The colors are wonderful and reminded me of spring. The paper inspired me to create this fun birdhouse mini album. Although it has been cold lately,  here in Northern Virginia, we have had some warm days. Just the other day I woke up to the birds singing and the woodpeckers pecking. I love making things with birds!

I found this great birdhouse shape in the Silhouette store and cut it out with my Cameo. It originally was a card- I cut it in half and traced it to make a pattern for the book. The front and back of the book are made of white chipboard.

I used white paper bags cut down to 7 inches for the inside pages. I covered them with patterned paper and can use them as pockets for pictures and tags. I also used my favorite washi tape
to reinforce the hole punches and make the book more durable.

I used the matching chipboard shapes and stickers to embellish my pages.  So easy but so cute!

Hope you all enjoy!!


Thursday, February 14, 2013

Save the Date!!!

Our next Glen Allen Retreat has been scheduled for November 1-3, 2013!!!  We will be opening it to Alumni late next week and to the public a week later!

Employee Favorite Product of the Week!


I LOVE STORAGE! I love organizing, and keeping all my scrapbook things neat, organized, and protected. Artbin has some fabulous storage products - from the classic Artbin to hold projects, and paper; to paper holders, to marker storage. My newest favorite from Artbin is their brand new Magnetic Die Storage bin. It comes with locking handles - so no accidental spills. It also has sturdy magnetic sheets that hold the dies in place. I was surprised and thrilled with how many dies I could fit in these bins. The storage bin comes with 3 magnetic sheets and you can purchase additional sets of 3 - I have 4 refill sets in each of my bins and I can easily fit a few more. FINALLY - a sturdy, well thought out, and affordable system for storing dies!


Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Some layouts and cards featuring LYB's Just Because line

Love is in the air.....Valentine's Day is only one day away and I hope this post will ignite your creativity and inspire you to scrapbook your loved ones.

As soon as I saw the Little Yellow Bicycle "Just Because" line, I fell in love with it. The colors, patterns, accents, everything about it! My first layout is of my son Reid, I have always loved this picture and the colors in his pajamas are a perfect match for this line. I incorporated the patterned paper and vellum tape from the collection. I also added Maya Road acrylic accents, covering the word "love" and the arrow in patterned paper. I stitched around the edges using a black American Crafts pen. The word "you" was created using Martha Stewart's Swiss Dot Alphabet, a clearance find at Scrapdoodles! I mounted them on red cardstock to make them stand out a bit more.

My second layout is of my daughter Baylee. I hadn't originally planned to use a beach photo, but the essence of her spirit was so perfectly captured in this picture and was a match for the quote on the patterned paper. I again incorporated the Little Yellow Bicycle "Just Because" line, though these papers have a completely different look from the first layout. This line is so versatile! I again used Maya Road acrylic accents, covering the heart in patterned paper and embellishing with a flower from my supplies. The ribbon adds the perfect amount of sparkle!

My last two projects were created using the scraps remaining from my layouts. First, a card using vellum words from the collection, and second, a magnet created using the Maya Road acrylic accent. I attached a self-adhesive magnet to the back of the acrylic shape after covering and embellishing it.

Happy Valentine's Day to you all and make sure you stop by the store to pick up this adorable collection and stock up on Maya Road acrylic and chipboard accents!

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Flight of the Flutterbies

Hi Ladies! Teknekjunkie here.  Ready to break out of the winter doldrums? Well...let's get messy! Scrapdoodles has a brand new product...embossing 4 fantastic colors...metallic gold, metallic silver, white, and black.  These embossing pastes are so much fun to play with.

I like these pastes sooooo much, I have decided to do a series of 3 classes using the different color pastes along with other coloring tools and make some wall plaques.

In my first class, I will show you how to have fun with the metallic gold embossing paste, glitter, and stencils. The stencil has butterflies.  This is a "mixed media" class and  we will  be stamping and embossing on paper, too.

As with all mixed media classes, extra tools are required. Don't wear white. You might want to bring an apron or smock. The following is a list of items the student must bring to class:
          Basic Tool Kit (with good quality adhesive)
          Good quality scissors and small trimmer sicissors
          Splat Mat
          Roll of Scotch Tape
          Roll of doublesided Scotch Tape
          Small spatula
          Small sponge brush
          Fine glitter your choice of color (I provide 2 colors, you provide the third)
          Rag for clean up..(we will need to use water for clean up)
          Heat embossing tool

You can find most of these items at the store. Also, watch for Dawn's card classes...she will show you how to use the white paste in card making.

All classes will be held on Sundays in March. The first class is March 10, at 1:00pm. Call Scrapdoodles today, and sign up for some messy fun. I hope to see you on Sunday March 10 to make the "Flight of the Flutterbies".

1:00pm - 4:00pm
March 10, 2013


Thursday, February 7, 2013

Employee Favorite Product of the Week!

Lifestyle Crafts Dies

Lifestyle dies are quick, easy and work for most anything! I have totally fallen for the new nesting hearts! I love the versatility of the can use one on a scrapbook layout, cut several of each size and create a banner and use the leftovers for a sweet note in a loved ones lunch box! Not to mention making your own teacher treats and classmate valentines. The dies work with virtually all of the cutting machines on the market as long as the machine is wide enough to fit the die. I did a little search and found that two of the three nesting dies I used are sold out on the lifestyles site....guess who has them all! Don't wait too long they are sure to vanish fast! I hope to see you in the store and be sure to check out all the fantastic Valentines paper!


Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Design Team Wednesday: "Love" is in the Air!

This week's Scrapdoodles Design Team post is all about LOVE!  I believe in documenting the everyday kinds of love in my scrapbooks - not just the big events and milestones.  Come on into the store this week and find lots of inspiration for documenting the loves in your life.  This week I'm using two different "love" lines now available at the store - American Crafts (XOXO) and imaginisce (Love You More) and some really fun and versatile chipboard and acrylic accents from Maya Road.  The American Crafts and imaginsce lines went really well together so they are combined in my two layouts.  Lately, I've been experimenting with misting and when I saw the days of the week chipboard accents from Maya Road (which, by the way, are on SALE this week and next!) I immediately saw the page in my head.  I simply laid out the chipboard on a full sheet of 12x12 paper in a sunburst pattern and used my Tattered Angels Mist (Red Velvet) to cover it.  The mist dries fairly quickly, so I didn't have to wait long to pick up my chipboard and admire the negative left on the page.  I added several strips of patterned paper from the paper collections behind my photo to create a "mat" for it.  I also added a clear acrylic heart (Maya Road accents - on sale, too!!!) to my page.  I adhered tiny gems around it to emphasize its shape.  There are also several accents around the page that were cut from the patterned papers.  I finished it off with a couple of sentiment stamps (MME).

My second layout is similar in theme, but I really wanted to use the actual chipboard shapes this time.  I love how the mist covers the chipboard so nicely!  I adhered them to my page using glue dots.  For this page I also added another masking and misting feature, this time using another one of the clear acrylic elements from Maya Road (love).  I also did a little bit more heavy dripping techniques on this page, which I really like.  The hexagon patterned paper from imaginisce is awesome.  Here I cut out a few pieces and arranged them diagonally behind my square photo.  For extra dimension, I wrapped twine around the photo and mats.  The strip at the bottom of the page is also imaginisce and is sewn down at the bottom edge.  I hope you're able to come into the store to see these two layouts!  The misting was new to me and I really love that it's so forgiving in terms of technique - I hope you'll try it.  There are a lot of possibilities.  Did I mention that Maya Road Chipboard is on sale?

More details:

Speaking of Maya Road chipboard, we've been pinning lots of ideas for you to try.  If you don't yet follow us on Pinterest, please do - you'll find all kinds of inspiration there.  Check out some of the Maya Road chipboard ideas HERE and then come into the store and take advantage of the sale - all Maya Road Key Chains & Coasters Buy One Get One FREE! (of equal or lesser value).

And one last project for you that was so easy to put together!  Scrapdoodles has these cute clear acrylic pillow boxes in several sizes.  All you need is a little patterned paper and embellishments to create some super cute Valentines!  Stop by and see my cute version - but don't eat my m&ms!  Then find some cute love papers and craft up your own version to give to your sweetie!
Happy Crafting! ~Karen