Sunday, June 30, 2013

Clean & simple cards with Dawn

Hi everyone, I hope you are all enjoying your summer so far.  It's time to post my cards for my regular July card class.  This month we are keeping it simple.  Here are the cards we will be making.

I will be teaching this class on 2 different days, so please pick the one that works best for you.  Please note that Wednesday's class fills up quickly, so call early or pick Saturday instead.

Wednesday July 10th @ 10.30 am
Saturday July 13th @ 10.30 am
Kits available.
Call the store at 540 548 3788 to sign up or stop by in person!

Please bring your trimmer, tape runner, pop dots, double sided tape, glue dots, liquid glue, corner rounder, fine point scissors and a xyron or sticker maker if you have one.

I look forward to seeing you in class.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Lori's Product of the Week is......ARTBINS!

 Good Morning Everyone!  Lori here to tell you about my product of the week, it is ArtBins.  I truly love these bins.   I thought I would show you my scrapbook room so you can see how I use them.  For starters though I should show you what an art bin is.

Super Satchel 1 Compartment ArtBin

Why do I love these Artbins so much?  I will tell you.  Artbins are sturdy.  I love that the clips actually hold the bin shut even when I have it really full.  The handle is strong and easy on the hand.  They are the perfect size for 12 x 12" papers.  They stack easily. They hold lots, and I mean lots of paper.  They are so versatile, I use them for lots of other things besides paper.  Here are a few of my Artbins so you can see how I use them.                   

This bin is filled with Mommy cards and notes and homemade presents from my kiddos.  I want to keep them safe and the art bin does that.  It is also big enough to hold all the odd shaped things that come home for me.
 This bin is my work bin.  It is the bin I take back and forth to Scrapdoodles with my class stuff or my hump day layouts.  It is also great when I buy paper I can keep it safe on its way home.
 This bin is fabric.  These are the special fabrics that are not to be cut or played with unless you have clear instruction from me to have it.  (Don't all those Mickeys put a smile on your face!)
 This is a divided ArtBin, perfect for all sorts of embellishments.  This bin is strictly for my Disney stuff.  I keep anything Disney separated out so I can always find a Mickey embellishment when I need one!
This bin  is a project bin.  It is all the paper, embellishments and photos I have pulled to finish my mini-album of New York.

So there you have it.  Artbins are an essential part of my scrapbook room organization.  Now for the big picture.

See how nicely all my bins stack up on  my shelves.  I have a really small space and I need to maximize it to the fullest and ArtBin helps me do just that.  I hope you enjoyed your peek into my space today.  Come by Scrapdoodles and check out the Artbins for yourself.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Design Team Wednesday - G45 Bohemian Bazaar

Please give a warm welcome to Yvonne!  She's the second of our 3 new Design Team Members.  We are thrilled to have her join our team.  She's a long-time Scrapdoodles customer and fan.  You'll love her fun style and the attention to details in her projects.
You can visit her blog, Scrapping is Bliss to see more of her talents. Welcome, Yvonne!

Hello Scrapdoodles Friends!

My name is Yvonne, and I am honored and overjoyed to have been selected to join the 
Scrapdoodles Design Team!

For my first project, I was lucky enough to be assigned one of the latest Graphic 45 release items...
Bohemian Bazaar!
So without further ado, here are a few pics of a mini-album featuring the vibrant and 
beautiful collection... 

The color scheme is just perfect for summertime projects!

This is an 8x8 mini, with a chipboard cover.  The cover and chipboard pages are binded
by way of my Cinch, ribbon, and good old masking tape.

All of the papers and most of my embellishments (Tim Holtz products, ribbons,
molding paste, mask, punches, and adhesives) can be found at the store.
A few items are from my personal stash.

Well my friends, that is all for now...
I hope you can pop by for a visit and check out the mini-album in person.
I guarantee you, the photos just don't do this paper collection justice!
As always Graphic 45 has brought us another amazing assortment
of papers to play with, and the it's quality is simply beyond compare!

Please let us know what you think! We love hearing from you!

Big Hugs,

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Kids Class: Washi Tape Bracelets

Yay! It's another fun Kids Class to put on your schedule.  
Come join Karen on Wednesday July 3rd at 10:30 am to craft a cute bracelet.  
We'll use jumbo craft sticks, some string, and dig into our Washi tape stash to style up some sweet bracelets for a summer fashion statement.  Call the store to register!

Project Life as a Layout

Suzanna here to share with you a layout using some of the newest and hottest product to hit the store, Project Life.

I came to Project Life late in the game. I hate being late, there is nothing worse in my books. I'd rather not "go there" if I'm going to be late. What good as a daily life album that begins half way through the year? That's my logic. So I decided that I would warm up and dip a toe in the waters with Project Life style layouts.
The Blush Edition Core Kit and 4x6 cards make up the bulk of the product that I used, along with one of the  3x4 grid cards. I fussy cut cards, used dies or cut files cut using the Silhouette to dress up "base" cards. Stamps and some digital elements were a must too.
If you haven't already jumped on the Project Life bandwagon, run to Scrapdoodles, don't wait and dive right in! The cupboards will be bare soon, I can guarantee it! (Don't worry, Cheryl will re-stock!) Project Life makes scrapping very manageable. You don't need to have it all to get it done. Everything coordinates so perfectly and there are so many cards to choose from, there is little else needed. Some "support characters" (stamps, wood veneer, etc) are nice, but not necessary.
Don't be afraid to cut the cards apart! Use them in creative and innovative ways as I did here. The "hello" was on a whole card. I wanted a circle for the middle of the doily so I used a punch to create the look I wanted. Stamp a complimentary sentiment and you've personalized it!
Washi and the My Mind's Eye enamel dots are a perfect compliment to Project Life as well.

I foresee A LOT more Project Life style layouts in my future. In fact, I've already made 2 more since creating this one. I hope I've either inspired you to give Project Life a try if you haven't already or perhaps seen new ways of using the product you already have! Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to stop by the store and stock up!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Michele Loves Lawn Fawn Stamps and Dies!

Hi!  It's Michele's turn to share one of her favorite products with us!  Here's what she has to say:

My pick for product of the week is Lawn Fawn stamps and coordinating dies.   I've loved their stamps for their cute versatile designs - but I'm even more in love with them when they have a matching die set!!!    

At first I was confused how they would work.....stamp first or die cut first?  I researched a bit and have decided stamp first.    Select which stamp/die and stamp the image.    

Use washi tape to adhere the die to the paper so it is centered exactly over the stamped image.   I use washi tape so you can secure it but still remove it after cutting.    

Use your die cut machine to cut the image.   

I find this way you get a nice clean edge around the stamped image.   Of course then you can color your image and pop-dot the shape to the rest of your card.   

Super cute and easy!!!


Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Design Team Wednesday - Fun Summer Layout with Suzanna

We are excited to announce the first up of our three new Scrapdoodles Design Team members!  Give a big welcome to Suzanna Lee!  Suzanna is a published artist and designs for Core'dinations and Imaginisce.  We are so lucky that she's a frequent Scrapdoodles customer and thrilled that she's now also a Design Team member for us.
You can check out more of her crafty goodness at her blog: Life's Trivialities. 
For her DT debut, she shares a fun, bright, and gorgeous layout.  Welcome Suzanna!

From the minute Elle announced her new collection on FaceBook I have been smitten!! Cameron screams boy summer fun!! Summer fun! Boy fun! Interpret that sentence any which way it applies! (Come on now ladies, I scrap and help people with their pain; grammar is not my thing!). The bright bold colors and upbeat sentiments are right up my alley!
One of the hot trends right now is to use the opposing top and bottom corners of a page. The white on orange polka dots made a perfect background that accentuates that look. I tried the stark white that is so often seen with this trend but it didn't pop the pictures or bright elements in this collection.
 I used the big chevron patterned paper to create a frame for this picture then used some of the tags and stamps to dress it up some. The chevron tip created an arrow of sorts that visually draws your eye into the picture and focuses on my son. Though I edited the picture to put the emphasis on him, the picture still needed some help in knowing just who of the many kids there to focus on.
 Another great way to draw your eye to something is the Polaroid frame. Tried and true, nothing new there. Busted! He had realized at this point that I was there and taking pictures!
 I have to be honest here and tell you that the journal spot didn't turn out as planned… My trial run had the print aligned in the center of the tag. As you can see from the final product, it didn't replicate on my one and only tag! No worries, date stamps to the rescue!
 The giant title across the page was quick and easy to create. I fussy cut each of the letters and alternately popped each one with a Tombow Power Tab. Those things are amazing! I love that hint of depth and dimension as opposed to some of the other dimensional adhesives that make things look like a skyscrapper sticking out in a cityscape. There weren't enough A's for my title so being thrifty (or cheap!) and not wanting to cut into another piece of paper just for one letter, I made my own. Can you spot which one?

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Join Debby Schuh at Scrapdoodles this August!

We are excited to announce that Debby Schuh will be coming to Scrapdoodles to teach 3 amazing classes featuring October Afternoon, Tim Holtz Idea-ology, 7 Gypsies, Maggie Holmes, BasicGrey, Ranger, and lots of fun techniques.

Debby is a collector – from the time she was a little girl, she has collected the bits and pieces of her life and stored them away in albums and boxes and all kinds of creative projects. Preserving the photos, memorabilia, and stories of life is the motivation behind her inspiring classes. Teaching innovative techniques with paper and a wide assortment products and including lots of design details and meaningful themes, Debby has inspired students all over the world to record their lives and take the techniques that she teaches and adapt them to their other craft projects.

Debby’s years as a school teacher and as a teacher, designer, and author in the scrapbook industry have lead to an exciting, busy career teaching classes at stores and events in the US and other countries around the world.

Buffalo, New York, is Debby’s hometown where she lives with her husband, who is her chief box-packer and shipper and cheerleader. Their two sons are now married and living on opposite sides of the US… she misses them every day but they make their mom very proud!

You can read more about Debby’s classes and adventures on her blog at


My Great Adventure Class

Date: Friday, August 16
Time: 6pm-9pm
Fee: $60*

Life is an adventure – whether traveling far from home… or venturing out on a road trip… or enjoying getaway time with girlfriends, there are so many stories to tell with the photos and “stuff” you collect along the way. This adorable 7” x 8 ½” album using the new Travel Girl collection from October Afternoon features their versatile new Daily Flash page protector assortment for a modular “daily life” approach to documenting your adventure.

Along with making our own canvas-edged album, we’ll make fold-outs and pockets and lots of pages for our book as well as explore ideas for using divided page protectors in fun ways to add more photos to your album. With a mix of whimsy and vintage design elements, you’ll have lots of creative opportunities for customizing your book and plenty of leftover products in your kit to use as you complete your album with your photos and mementos.

Student supply list:
Please bring the following items to class: 12” paper trimmer, pencil, ruler, scissors, Crop A Dile, strong tape adhesive (I like Scor-Pal tape), regular tape runner, glue dots, foam squares, scallop scissors, scoring tool, stapler.


Memory Collector Class

Date: Saturday, August 17
Time: 10am-1pm
Fee: $70*

We are all “collectors of memories” and “dreamers of dreams,” aren’t we? In this delightful class Debby will show you step by step how to transform Tim Holtz’s new Configuration Book into a darling “suitcase” where you can keep treasured mementos and record the stories of the special moments that you want to remember.

Your kit will contain a variety of papers to customize the look of your 12” x 9” suitcase. The sample shows a vibrant color choice in the lively “Liberty” fabric style, but there are other prints in your kit to choose from that are more subdued, if that is your preference. Inside your suitcase, the choices are practically limitless! You can customize the arrangement of the boxes inside your case, personalize the trinkets you place in each section, and choose the papers that you will feature in the removable album we’ll make for inside our case. We will even make a second darling little album out of windowed envelopes – it’s so cute! Each will person receive a full 10 yard roll of washi tape to frame the edges of your case as well as other products from the Maggie Holmes collection from American Crafts, the Basic Grey Mint Julep collection, and more from 9 different companies.

Student Supply List:
Please bring the following items to class… 12” paper trimmer, pencil, ruler, scoring tool, scissors, strong ½” tape adhesive, regular tape runner adhesive, Crop a Dile, Distress Ink – Vintage Photo, ink blending tool, non-stick craft mat, sanding tool, foam squares, Glossy Accents or other strong liquid adhesive, rub-on tool or popsicle stick, and a favorite charm to hang is one little section of your “suitcase.”


Little Me Journal Album

Date: Saturday, August 17
Time: 2pm-5pm
Fee: $60*

If you could go back in time and give advice to the little girl you once were, what would you tell her? What stories from your life would help her know that things were going to be all right in the end (and if it’s not all right, then it’s not the end – love that line from The Best Marigold Hotel movie!) What advice would you give her? What insights could you share? This nostalgic little journal will be a special place to keep those thoughts and stories.

Using a Tim Holtz Worn Book cover and ring binder with the gorgeous Trousseau Collection from 7gypsies, we’ll make pages and pockets and even our own vintage-looking papers to fill our 4” x 7” journals. A photo of you as a little girl will be featured on the cover of your book and will remind you to appreciate the woman you have become.

Of course, the album can be used for anything you’d like – It would make a lovely wedding album or any pretty pictures you’d like to use. It would also be a perfect gift for someone special!

Student Supply List:
Please bring the following items to class… 12” paper trimmer, pencil, ruler, scoring tool, scissors, strong tape adhesive, regular tape runner adhesive, Crop a Dile, Distress Ink – Vintage Photo, ink blending tool, non-stick craft mat, sanding tool, a special small button – about ½” or less - if you have one - to use on the front cover of the album, a picture of yourself as a child for the oval frame opening which is 1 ½” x 2 ½” (other pictures will be available to use), foam squares, Glossy Accents or glue dots, scallop scissors or border punch.

*Please note that due to the advance preparation of the kits, shipping and traveling of the instructor there are no refunds. If you are unable to make the class, a kit will be provided for you. All stamps, inks and tools used in the class are the property of the instructor and are not provided in the kits.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

BasicGrey Page of the Month for June

Join me next Tuesday night for the BasicGrey Page of the Month Class for June! This kit includes wood veneer die-cuts, vintage stamps, fuzzy rub-ons, title and alphabet stickers along with 5 different papers (2 of each) from the Hipster collection.

Supplies to bring: Adhesive, pop dots, liquid adhesive, paper trimmer, scissors, ruler, pencil, scoring tool, 2" circle punch, scallop border punch, twine, cream or white cardstock. There will be some tools to share. Photo sizes: 3 - 6" x 3 1/2 " horizontal and 5 - 3" x 4" vertical, mat with white cardstock.

Date: Tuesday, June 18
Time: 6pm
Fee: $25
Teacher: Cheryl

Andrea Loves Washi Tape!

Good morning!

My name is Andrea and I love washi tape!

This product is so much fun to play with and work with!  There are so many different ways to use it; as a back drop, layered, or even just spread out thoughtfully over your project.

On my card, I decided to use the washi tape as the water instead of using paper.  I tore the tape, instead of cutting it, to give it a more carefree and fun look.  Along with its many uses, there are many different designs and colors that it can be purchased in.  Washi tape is a fun and affordable way to dress up any project!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Design Team Wednesday-Authentique "Strong"

Hey everyone! This week I got to highlight the Authentique "Strong" paper collection. The papers in this collection are perfect for Father's Day! I used pictures of my dad and I at my wedding since they went so well with the papers. Can't you tell I'm a daddy's girl? ;) Since one of the papers from the collection had lots of sentiments on it, I cut them out and used them throughout my layouts. The scalloped and "dad & me" circles are from the Authentique "Strong" Circles and Scallops set, and the green twine was from my stash. I used American Craft Elements glitter buttons to give it some shimmer and a die cut from my stash for the scalloped border.

I really wanted to make a card to go with the layout. I used a sentiment from the paper and a die cut tie from Authentique "Strong" Hinges and Tabs. I also used more buttons and twine to embellish it. I love how it turned out.

Since I still had more paper, I made another layout. This time I used a picture of my hubby and I. I used more circles from the Circle and Scallops set and ribbon from the store. I love the color combination  .:)

I'm really in love with this paper collection. The colors are vibrant with a hint of vintage. Perfect for Father's day! :) If you're looking for some inspiration, you should definitely stop by the store to see the layouts and card. Hope you all have a great rest of the week!

-Claudia :)

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Kids Class - Picture Puzzle Blocks

Hi, its Rachael, and I'm back with the 2nd of our classes just for kids (and kids at heart) held at Scrapdoodles this summer.  In this class we will be using 6 of our favorite pictures to create puzzle blocks.  My three children simply love puzzles.  My twins received a puzzle created out of a picture of themselves for their birthday and they just fell in love.  Not only are puzzles fun to play with, they can make unique, one of a kind gifts for family members!

This class will focus on measuring and cutting.  We all mistakes (even us kids at heart), so while the project only uses 6 pictures, I would suggest bringing a few extras just in case.   The pictures should be 4x6 in size and can be of anything...yourself, your favorite doll, your favorite musician, the possibilities are endless.

Class will be held on Friday, June 21st at 10:30 am, and the cost is $13.  We hope you can join us.  You can stop by the store to play with the puzzle blocks, or sign up over the phone.  Happy Crafting. 

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Employee Favorite Product of the Week!

Hi everyone!

It is my turn for the product of the week and I am still on an Art Journal roll! I love the Dylusions Art Journal! It is a really nice size for creating your art work. It is a blank journal that features matte white heavy cardstock which is ideal for using stencils, water, ink, paints, mists and mediums. The journal cover is made from sturdy chipboard and can easily be decorated and painted to create your own unique journal. It travels back and forth with me to the store very easily.

  • Ideal with Dylusions Ink Sprays, Stencils and Stamps, mediums and paints
  • Sturdy cover, elastic closing and string-tie envelope included
  • 64 pages of unlined white matte cardstock
  • Sturdy cover, elastic closing and string-tie envelope included
  • Cover measures 11 13/16" x 9"; book pages measure 11 3/8" x 8 1/4"

We are having our first Art Journal Club this Friday. Come, create and share techniques with friends old and new. $10 (includes light snacks and beverages)



Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Design Team Wednesday-Little Yellow Bicycle "Poppy"

Little Yellow Bicycle's "Poppy" collection is a scrapbooker's dream!! As a busy working mom, this collection is fabulous! I could not believe how quickly I was able to create such fun, colorful, and versatile layouts. Having both a boy and a girl, I wanted to showcase how this line could be used for either a son or daughter. In the first layout of my son, I used several pieces of the patterned paper, a journaling card, and banners from the paper crafting kit. Add a few buttons from my stash and American Crafts letter stickers and there you have it, a completed layout!

Using the same collection, I was able to create a totally different and more vibrant look for this layout of my daughter. The background paper basically did all the work for me, with a little embellishment created using the paper crafting kit. I added dimension to the poppies by using foam squares and made the "banner" under the picture using the paper crafting kit, which includes the adorable self-adhesive pearls!

I was completely smitten with this collection as soon as I saw it, in fact I even gasped aloud! After using the papers and crafting kit, I am even more in love! Stop by Scrapdoodles today and grab this collection, you will have beautiful layouts in a matter of minutes!