Thursday, May 30, 2013

We love Lifestyle Crafts Detailz Dies!

Hello!  I'm here to share a video I made yesterday to show off the new Detailz Dies by Lifestyle Crafts- my pick for Product of the Week!

If you haven't used the Detailz Dies yet, you are really missing out!  By running them through the Evolution with Lifestyle Crafts rubber mat, you can add an embossed dimension to the die cut.

Here is my video showing these fun dies in action:

And, here is the card I made:

The bird is cut out of the Whitewashed Co'ordinations and sanded.  The papers are from the Echo Park For the Record 2 Line.  Here is a better look at the bird:

Isn't the embossing a fun detail?  I really love it!  Lifestyle Crafts has come out with many designs that will emboss and cut.  We currently have them all at the store so stop by to check them out!

Thanks for watching and reading about our product of the week this week!


Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Design Team Wednesday

In hindsight, maybe scheduling my Design Team post for Scrapdoodles immediately after moving into a new home over the weekend (following a week of "homelessness") wasn't such a great idea...  But then again, when great papers are calling my name and inspire a great layout or two, working on top of stacked boxes isn't such a hurdle!  This week I was able to get a little crafting done despite our crazy "just moved in" life at the moment.  We R Memory Keepers' new perfect-for-summer line, "Country Livin'" inspired my first layout.  As soon as I saw the "Top Notch Beef" ad on the "Town Paper" patterned sheet, I new I would create a layout featuring my favorite young man showing his beef in last year's show and sale.  The ribbon paper was the perfect complement.  We R also makes it easy to coordinate with solid cardstock by providing their own perfectly matching selections. I love how these muted tones work together.  The line makes me think of old fashioned summer picnics, parades, and activities.  I just added a bit of twine (Lawn Fawn) and bordered my 12x12 with Washi tape.  Scrapdoodles carries lots of coordinating items including We R's layered chipboard stickers and embossed stickers and die cuts.  Easy layouts for your easy-going summer memories!
Another summery line I found at Scrapdoodles is new from Elle's Studio.  This is actually more of a boy-themed line called "Cameron," but the bright colors can be used for any theme, including favorite little girls.  For this layout, I started with this great, already embellished down the side 12x12 sheet.  I used my die cut machine to cut the title directly onto the sheet and layered a couple coordinating patterned papers in the back.  I added my photo, other tags and bits from the line, a bit of ink splotches and doodling, and some brads and washi from my stash.  I love how it turned out.
Lastly for you today I put together a couple of simple cards using more pieces from these two lines.  The black stitches on the Oh Boy card is a sticker strip from SRM. 
Enjoy!  I hope you get some craft time this week.  I need to get some more boxes unpacked ;)  ~Karen

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Cameo Class- Stenciling with Vinyl and Basic Rhinestones

Hello!  I have a new class coming up and wanted to share with you!  We will be making a fun Scrapdoodles t-shirt using the Silhouette Cameo:

We will be using the Silhouette vinyl to stencil the logo and then we'll add a rhinestone scissors.  You'll learn the basics of cutting vinyl, painting with fabric paint, and using rhinestones.  When we're done, you'll have your own custom made Scrapdoodles t-shirt!  Please remember to bring your own plain t-shirt to decorate!

Here are the class details:

Cameo Class- Scrapdoodles T-shirt w/ Tessa
Saturday, June 8th, 2013

Please bring a t-shirt- other shirts will work but if the weave it too loose, your fabric paint will bleed.  T-shirt material works perfectly!

If you'd like to sign up, please stop by the store or call (540) 548-3788.  I hope to see you there!


Thursday, May 23, 2013

Pillow Box Teacher Gifts with Pam

We are excited to have Pam sharing with us today on the blog!  Here is what she has to share about her Employee Project of the Week:

At this time of year, most of us crafty folks are making teacher gifts or graduation gifts.  My grandkids have 5 teachers and they always want to do something nice for the special teachers; art, music, PE, librarian as well. I like to remember the office staff and bus drivers too but this can get expensive.  My project this week shows how to make an elegant pillow box to hold a gift card or fill with candy or tuck in a small gift.  This project is super easy and affordable.

I started with the medium size pillow box, Teresa Collins Summer Stories "Stripes" paper,  a piece of coordinating cardstock and a tube of the new ZAZZ glitter glue (Diamond) that I've been anxious to try.  I cut 1 piece of the Stripes paper at 4" x6".  And used the Dots side on the back of the sheet.  I tucked it inside the box to determine the best fit, pinched it where the folds need to be, removed it, completed the folds and adhered the cardstock to itself with ScorTape.

I trimmed out the pink floral stripe and trimmed it to 4" x 1.5" to make the decorative piece.  I inked the edges with brown ink and adhered it to the dot piece.  These are now inserted into the box.

I trimmed out the black stripe piece and wrapped it around the outside of the box.  (A pretty ribbon would look nice instead too!)  Approximate dimensions 1" x 6 1/2".

It still needed something so I punched 3 flowers out of plain cardstock and shaped the petals.  I put a little Zazz on the center edge of each petal and I coated a brad top with Zazz for the flower center.  I had a small Prima flower on hand and used it too.    I poked a small hole in the black band and secured the flower to the band with the brad.

Thinking about it now, I could make more boxes out of the same sheet if I would've used the plain card stock but I really liked the look of the patterned piece against the dots.  In less than 5 minutes I made this second box a little simpler but just as elegant:

 I made a masculine box too:

Is your gift a little bigger or smaller?  Not a problem, we carry pillow boxes in 3 or 4 sizes.

I hope that these inspire you to do something nice for the people that are important in your lives!


Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Design Team Wednesday.... Lyric Collection

Hello Everyone!
I made this adorable little book using the Prima Marketing paper line called Lyric Collection that I picked up from Scrapdoodles. I had sooo much of fun with this paper. The colors are so rich and so gorgeous that I was easily inspired. I downloaded the cut file for this album from Silhouette and easily cut it out using my Silhouette machine. I was able to cut everything out using my Silhouette . even the chipboard. Silhouette makes a chipboard to use with their machine. It cut like butter. I could not believe that it was a snap to put together. The book is Lori Whitlock's Chipboard pocket mini album. Each page is a pocket and Lori added extra cuts to make each insert unique. The great thing about this book is that you can customize it and make it your very own.


I personally love books that have little hidden items that make you just want to open it and explore. There are 10 pages in all. When you download the file from Silhouette  they explain that Lori has a link to watch a video on how to put the book together. The link is The book is super easy and super fun. Have a Great Day!!!


Saturday, May 18, 2013

Art Journaling Techniques Workshop

Release your inner artist and join us each month as we focus on a new technique/product. This class is filled with creative mediums and applications where you can challenge your creativity! May's class will focus on Goldne Paints, new Catalyst Tools, molding paste and stecil art.

Please bring: Art Journal (if you have one), apron, craft mat, heat gun, paint brushes, water cup, gesso, mini mister, light molding paste (if you have it), favorite paints & stencils. I always bring a variety of paints and sprays to use in class.

Date: Friday, May, 24 (please sign up for no frills crop at no additional fee if you are planning on staying)Time: 10:30am - 12:30pm
Fee: $20
Instructor: Cheryl

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Scrapping Techniques Class with Tessa

Hi there!

People have been asking for awhile for more technique based classes at Scrapdoodles.  We hear you!  :) Along with Lori, I have added a technique based layout class.  The samples are already in store if you'd like a closer look!

Here is the first layout featuring the blackboard stamping technique:

As you can see, this layout is pretty basic.  I did that to keep the cost down and to give us time to really focus on the technique.  You can switch out the 1 lager sized photo for 2 4x6 photos or multiple smaller photos as well.  You will learn how to stamp with acrylic stamps, heat embossing, and the blackboard technique.

Here is the second layout featuring a fun washi background technique:

Again, this layout can be changed to your liking... you can pick your background cardstock and washi tapes out of my collection to make it your own.  We will be learning some basics about washi, how to use gesso, and the splattering with mists technique.

This class should be a lot of fun! Here are the details:

Beginning Techniques for Scrapbookers Class w/ Tessa
Saturday, June 8th, 2013

Please bring your basic supplies: paper trimmer, scissors, adhesive, black pen
You can also bring your photos if you want to add them at class time!

If you'd like to sign up, please stop by the store or call (540) 548-3788.  I hope to see you there!


Easy Recipe Organization with Susanne

Hello my fellow crafters! 
I have been unhappy with the state of my recipe box for a very long time!   I can never find what I need and the cards always get wet or sticky sitting on the counter!  I had to come up with something to help!

Soooo, instead of using this 8x8 We R Memory Keepers albums for pictures, I have used it for my recipe cards- they fit perfectly! I love the idea of being able to write a note on the side bar to indicate what kind of recipe, how many it serves or who liked it.  You could also use a photo of a finished dish to give a visual reminder as to what it looked like all put together.

The albums are very easy to use and come in many sizes and colors. Hope this idea has got you thinking of all the other clever ways you could organize your life and add a little scrappy fun!
See you soon!Susanne

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Cameo 101 - The Basics

Cameo 101 is a 1.5-2 hour long class designed to get you started on your love affair with your Cameo! The class will give an overview on the Cameo itself, the software, buying designs from the online store, creating new files, editing text, additional tools that are useful to have, and MUCH, MUCH MORE!!!

Silhouette/Silhouette SD owners are also welcome - the material will be useful to you, too!

Supplies needed: Note-taking materials. Laptop is recommended, but optional - don't sweat it if you don't have one.

Please register in advance!  Minimum of 2 students for class!

Date/Time: Saturday, June 1, at 2:00pm
Class fee: $12.00 if Cameo was purchased from Scrapdoodles, $18 if purchased elsewhere
Instructor: Heather

Guest Design Team Post - Art Journaling

Hi Everyone,

While we are finalizing our new design team, I am filling with with some of my art journal work.

One of my favorite things about art journaling is just playing with different creative mediums. There are no rules so you can play and mix things up!

I love Golden Fluid Acrylics Fluid Acrylics. They are highly intense, permanent acrylic colors with a consistency similar to heavy cream. Since they are produced from lightfast pigments, not dyes, they offer very strong colors with very thin consistencies. They are pricey but a little bit goes a long way! We have a few in stock and expect our reorder shortly.  A fun tip is to put one part paint and one part water in a mini-mister to create your own spray! Perfect to use with stencils.

Golden has several mediums to play with including the Regular Gel Medium which is perfect for adhering paper to canvas and making image transfers. I use both the Golden light molding paste and the Dreamweaver Embossing Paste with different stencils to create texture. I interchange different mediums on one page all the time. My current favorites are Faber-Castell Gelatos, Golden Paints, and Pan-Pastels.

I took the weekend off and went to Donna Downey's studio and created on 3 foot canvases! The photos below represent various stages of 2 different canvases. I used a lot of Golden Fluid Acrylics, sprays, stencils and the new Catalyst Texture tools which will be in stock next week. With Art Journaling, you can take it to any size!

To learn more, sign up for one of the Art Journal Technique Classes. Techniques change every month.


Thursday, May 9, 2013

Faber Castell Watercolor Pencils

Hi everyone!  It’s Rachael, and this time, I’m stepping out of my comfy box and trying some new techniques.  Recently I’ve purchased a few stamps with the hopes of dabbling in card making.  I had not figured out to do with said stamps until one night, I discovered the Faber Castell Watercolor Pencils.

For some reason these pencils didn’t overwhelm me.  I felt like I could try them out and play with them, even if I didn’t have any artistic talent or technique.  I started out by stamping the butterfly image several times with archival ink.  I allowed the ink to dry and then colored in the butterflies using various colors.  Using a simple paint brush and some water, I then painted over the colored butterflies, and voila, a water-colored image.

I cut out my butterflies and attached them to my card base with pop dots, then stamped the sentiment and added some twine.  I love the different variations of color in the butterflies, with very little effort. 

We carry several different color families at the store that would be beautiful in a wide variety of stamped images. These are so simple to use, even I can do it J  My kids were really intrigued by the process and loved watching the colors turn into a painted image.  I’ll be stamping lots of shapes for them this summer and letting them color and paint to their hearts delight.

Happy crafting

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Design Team Wednesday- Jillibean Soup Collection

Hi everyone! Today I get to highlight a super cute paper collection from Jillibean Soup: Irish Farm House Soup. The papers in this collection are really fun and have a nice vintage feel to them. I started out by making a layout using some old pictures of my brothers, a neighbor, and I biking through our favorite little forest that was outside our apartment building. I absolutely loved the paper with all the colorful bikes on them and knew I just had to use it in the layout! One of the papers had a bunch of cute sayings that were divided in rectangles. I cut out each saying and used one of them as the highlight of the page. The Jillibean Soup collection also has some adorable coordinating shape stickers and bright yellow sayings (Yellow Smile). I used those to give my page some color and interest. Using my die cut, I cut out different sized circles and lined them up on a cardstock strip. I then used my sewing machine to create a stitch right down the middle of it. Here's the finished layout:

Using the remaining papers, I decided to make a mini album. I must admit, I've never made one of these before, but I loved how it turned out! The theme was about highlighting a fun day. To make the papers thicker, I adhered them to heavy weight white cardstock. I used more of those cute sayings from the paper I cut up all throughout the album. I also used my die cut to make the whimsical circles and rectangles for the picture inserts. Here are a few pictures of the album.

Again, the pictures really don't do the layout or album justice. To get a better look and to see the rest of the album, you should definitely stop by the store. Also, be sure to check out the Jillibean Soup collection. You will love it!

-Claudia :)

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Fancy Pants Trendsetters 2 page layout class

Hi there, this is Dawn and I have a new class on the schedule that I almost forgot to post, woops!!  It is a fun 2 page layout using Fancy Pants Trendsetter line.  The kit includes lots of fun embelishments and leaves you with loads of extras to use on other projects and cards!  I just love the colors in this fun line!

Date:  Thursday, May 23rd @ 10.30am
With Dawn
Kits available
Call the store at 540 548-3788
or stop by in person to sign up!
Please bring your basic kit
(trimmer, adhesive, scissors etc.)
Hope to see you in class!

Friday, May 3, 2013

Sewing Some Rays

Hey there, Lori here.  I wanted to tell you all about a new class I will be teaching at Scrapdoodles this month, it is called Sewing Some Rays.  It is a one page layout featuring a rainbow of rays with some great stitching using the sew easy and sew circles by We R Memory Keepers. Come by the store and check it out, I have a display page up behind the counter.

Wednesday, May 22 at 10:30 or Saturday June 1 at 10:30.  Cost is $13.00.  You can call the store to register.  I hope you to see you there!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Pat Loves the Evolution and Genius Platform!

Pat's product of the week pick this week is the Evolution and Genius Platform System by Lifestyle Crafts!  She created a quick video to demonstrate this great die-cutting machine and tell you a little bit about it:

Thanks for watching!

National Scrapbook Day Celebration!

National Scrapbook Day is this Saturday!!! Get ready for awesome specials and giveaways! We will be doing hourly raffles until 6 pm and then at 7pm will be the big giveaways!!! We have We R Punches and Sew Ribbons, Paper Kits, Embossing Folders, a Genius Platform and the grand prize of a Lifestyle Crafts Evolution!!! Don't forget to shop our sales!

We have a couple openings for the May 17&18 NSD Crop. Call soon!
May 17 & 18 Marathon Crop
Friday 12pm-11pm
Saturday 10am-11pm
Fee: $55 (no refunds or transfers after Wednesday, May 8)

Includes chips & beverages on Friday; Soup, Potato Bar, Salad for dinner and snack & beverages for Saturday. Everyone will receive a goody and there will be lots of door prizes!

National Scrapbook Day Sale
Saturday Only Specials
Free Thickers with your purchase of $25 or more (one per customer, receive at register)
Tim Holtz Tonic Scissors 1/2 off with purchase of $25 or more
Creative Imaginations Pink Princess Albums 1/2 off!
Spend $100 or more and receive an additional 5% off! (excludes classes/crops)
Sales May 3 - May 5
Lifestyle Crafts Dies (excludes Detailz) 40% off MSRP
Lifestyle Crafts Naughty & Nice Gift Sets $29.99 (MSRP 49.99)
Artbin 30% off
Select Stamps 30% off
Select Punches 30% off
Christmas (paper, embellies, stamps) 30% off
Valentines (paper, embellies, stamps) 30% off
Tim Holtz Ideaology 25% off
American Crafts Extreme Value packs 50% off
8x11 inch cardstock 10 for $1.00 (must be in quantities of 10 and excludes reds, whites, blacks, creams and kraft)
Clearance (including Slice, QuicKutz) additional 50% off
Store Value Packs 50% off

Sale prices apply to in-stock merchandise. Not good on previous purchases. No additional discounts. To receive cummulative discounts or giveaway, purchase must be on one receipt.
Win a Lifestyle Crafts' Evolution
or one of several other awesome prizes

From now until May 4 for every $10.00 you spend* at Scrapdoodles you will receive one raffle entry. You may also receive a raffle entry for signing up for our newsletter or updating your customer information in our computer system. Pay cash for a class/crop and receive TRIPLE tickets!

On Saturday, May 4, return to our store at 7pm for the raffle drawing! You must be present to win!

The Fine Print
*Each raffle ticket earned is based on pre-tax amount after discounts are applied. Previous purchases not included. You must receive your entry ticket(s) before leaving the store, no exceptions. To earn free raffle ticket you must update your customer information or sign-up for the newsletter at the register.
*Cannot earn tickets via telephone payments.
*Gift Certificates ~ Tickets will be given when certificates are redeemed not when purchased. This way anyone who received a certificate during the holidays will have the opportunity of entering the raffle.
*Raffle tickets cannot be earned on Consignment Sale items or with Consignment Sale Certificates.
*Must be present to win.
*Employees, instructors, and/or design team members of Scrapdoodles are not eligible.
*Must be in line at register by 6:45pm on May 4 if earning additional raffle tickets.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Do You Dream of Being on a Design Team?

Scrapdoodles is currently looking for 2 new designers to add to our team. If you love papercrafting (scrapbooking, cards, and creative projects), love to stay up-to-date on trends and techniques in the papercrafting industry and have an eye for design, then we invite you to apply to the Scrapdoodles Design Team. For more information and application guidelines, check out the Design Team post on our blog. You must apply by midnight, May 12, 2013.

Our DT members must:
  • Be able to work under and meet deadlines
  • Prepare project(s) for DT post at least once every 6 weeks.
  • Host a blog of their own and be familiar with Blogger
  • Have a Facebook account
  • Take high quality photos
  • Have a fun and drama-free attitude!
Our DT members enjoy:

  • store product(s) up to a $20 value for each DT post
  • a 15% discount on personal purchases
  • recognition in store and on Scrapdoodles blog and Facebook page, possible increased traffic to personal blog and possible manufacturer recognition
To apply:
  • Send us an e-mail with the following information (please write "Design Team Application" in the subject line!):
  • Name, address, phone number, e-mail address
  • Blog link (and a link to any online gallery if you have one)
  • High quality photos of 2 recent layouts and 1 "other" project (card, home d├ęcor, altered project, mini album, etc.)
  • Tell us why you want to be part of our Design Team

Creative Sales Associate Position Open!

We are currently looking to hire a creative sales associate. Scrapbooking and/or cardmaking experience is necessary; retail experience is not required. We need someone who is flexible, able to work afternoon and weekend hours with the occasional morning shift. Shifts are generally 9:30am-3:00pm and 3:00pm to close. Pay is minium wage and includes a discount on product.

Design Team Wednesday: Basic Grey Hipster...A cool, cute, and versatile collection

When Basic Grey's Hipster line arrived in the mail, I wasn't sure what I was going to scrapbook. But the more I looked at it, the more the sunglasses jumped out at me. As I looked through my pictures, this photo of Cooper with the kids seemed perfect. They are all wearing 3D glasses for movie night at home. The kids got an absolute kick out of putting these glasses on sweet old Cooper. I could not be happier that we have this picture for a memory.
 This layout was created using the Hipster line, including patterned paper, chipboard buttons, and garland. The cardstock is all Bazzill and coordinates perfectly with the colors in this line. The glasses, star, arrow, and banner are all chipboard buttons and add such a cute little accent to the layout.
 My second layout is also using the Hipster line, however, has a completely different feel. I instantly fell in love with the flower patterned paper and knew I had to find a photo I could use it with. I used two of the garland strips criss crossed at the bottom of the page and then embellished with a chipboard tag and chipboard button. The ribbon is a scrap from my stash. The cardstock used in this layout is also Bazzill.
 A closer look at the garland and chipboard accents.

I hope you have enjoyed these layouts using Basic Grey's Hipster collection. Stop by the store and check out these layouts in person and to pick up your own supplies from this versatile line.

Michelle :)