Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Design Team Wednesday - My Mind's Eye Kate & Co with Suzanna

I know it's tempting to set aside all the "old" collection's with all the new CHA collections that have just been released (they are amazing aren't they?) but don't!! You spent good money on that "other" stuff, pull it out, use it! I have two layouts which I created using Kate & Co from My Mind's Eye. One of which, is a boy layout!! Even with the teal and hot pink and girlie embellishments, I was able to create a boy layout! Do you remember the Project Life layouts I have shared recently? Yes, well, Scrapdoodle's has created a monster out of me. I have a yet another Project Life inspired layout to share with you!
Thanks to the hot pink in the picture of the boys' names on their dorm room door, I was able to incorporate the pink of the collection into this layout! Each collection comes with plenty of bits and pieces that aren't overly floral or girlie that you can make it work for a boy.
Did any of you take Tessa's chalkboard class? This is my title block of the layout, inspired by Tessa's chalkboard effect. I even used chalkboard cardstock for the added effect. Thanks Tessa for the inspiration!
Kate & Co has a lot of great embellishment's that accompany the patterned papers. You have to check it out! If you can't find the collection, be sure to stop at the register and ask the gals where Kate & Co is.

Up next, an 8.5x11 inch layout. Again using Kate & Co by My Mind's Eye. Lots of layers here.
Patterns galore! It's okay to use lots of patterns in one small space! By using small snippets of each pattern, you calm things down and contain the busy-ness of each individual pattern. The solids of the yellow and teal of the title help tie everything together.
I used jump rings to hang the banners from twine from The Twinery. You can buy Twinery twine by the yard at the store! I love being able to have gobs of the go to colors and smaller quantities of those that I might need but the store is too far away for me to trek for that one color I don't have (I live in Richmond).
My challenges to you;
  •  find an "old" collection (come on now, it really isn't that old!) and use it once before you dive into the new CHA stuff 
  • create an opposing gender layout (ie, create a boy layout with what is clearly girl inspired paper)
Share your creation inspired by my challenges here in the comments (link to a blog or gallery) and maybe, just maybe, I might find a $5 Scrapdoodle's gift card for one lucky random poster. This challenge is sponsored by me, Suzanna Lee. Please share your creation by August 16th, 2013 and I will announce the winner on the 18th.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Patty's Favorite Product of the Week

Hello this is Patty and I am the newest member of the Scrapdoodles team.  I am so excited to share with you my Product of the Week for the first time!  Since joining the team I have had the opportunity to “play” with so many fun products and I want to share with you my love of the Queen & Co. brads and rhinestones that we sell at the store.  One of my favorite things to do is to make my own embellishments to match a theme that I have in mind.  Since it is summer time, I have been thinking about all things cool and refreshing.  As a result I decided to create lemon, lime and orange slices that I could embellish with the Queen & Co. brads and rhinestones.  What I love about the brads is that they come in a variety of colors and each pack contains a single color…just ripe for the picking!  The adhesive rhinestones also come in one color per pack but each pack contains 3 different sizes.  So much to choose from!  So as you can see from the pictures I took, I used orange, yellow and green brads and rhinestones to embellish my “slices”.  My slices measure 1” and I am using them for my current card projects.  So the next time you visit the store check-out our spinner of rhinestones or our selection of brads located throughout the store.  Bring your current project and we will help you match it with our embellishments.  In need of ideas and inspiration or just a cool spot to be? Then Scrapdoodles is your place this summer!  See you there!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Kids Class - Toilet Paper Roll Mini-Album with Rachael

Hi everyone, its Rachael, and I'm super excited about my newest project. 

Are your kids collectors?  Mine certainly are.  They save egg cartons, paper towel rolls, and newspapers,  always with some project in mind.  Sometimes it drives me crazy, but I recently stumbled across an idea that would allow me to use the things my children refuse to throw away :), and indulge my mini-album kick.

We will be creating a mini album out of toilet paper rolls....yes, you read that correctly, toilet paper rolls.  I would not have believed it either, but this is a super fun way to make neat albums as gifts, make learning books (colors, numbers, letters) for little ones, or to commemorate a trip or event, using materials you already have in your home, and might otherwise be throwing away.

The album we will be making will have five "pages".  We will also be making tags that fit inside each page.  The binder rings make it easy to expand this project after class to add as many pages as you want.  Kids can add journaling blocks, pictures, and embellishments at home to really make this a one-of-a-kind book.

Class will be held on  Thursday, August 8th at 10:30 at Scrapdoodles.  Cost of the class will be $13.  Kits are available.  You can stop by or call the store to sign up.  Hope to see lots of kids (and kids at heart) there! 

CAMEO 101 - The Basics is BACK!!!

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 have the Silhouette software loaded (it's FREE from the Silhouette website - on your laptop if you're bringing one.

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

Date/Time: Saturday, August 3 at 12:00pm  AND Saturday, September 7 at 10:30am
Class fee: $12.00
Instructor: Heather

Design Team Wednesday-LilyBeeDesign "Pinwheel"

Hey Everyone!

I can't believe how fast the summer is flying!! The LilyBee Design "Pinwheel" collection is perfect for scrapping those summer memories. As soon as I saw it, I knew exactly what I wanted to make-summer decor! For my first project, I used a shadowbox to make a fun picture frame. The bright colors in this collection just coordinate so nicely. I made 2 medallion flowers (I found the tutorial here) and 1 rosette to accent it. The "Pinwheel" collection also comes with super cute circle and tag stickers which I used to accent the flowers. The gray and white twine is also from the store. I love how the frame came out.

For my second project, I used chipboard from my stash to make some neat wall art highlighting our trip to Jamaica. I linked the chipboard with the twine and added some metal wire on top for hanging. Again, the colors are just so bold and fun and really make this piece stand out. Here's the finished product with close ups of each piece. 

Come by the store and check out this collection and the projects. You won't be disappointed!! 

-Claudia :)

Monday, July 22, 2013

August Card Class

Wow!  Where has this year gone?  I can't believe it is almost August!!  I have been a busy little bee again making my samples for my August card class.  As usual, I am keeping them simple.  We will be doing a bit of dry embossing, heat embossing and playing a little with distress inks!  I hope you can make it to one of the classes.

Here are the cards we will be making:

Dates:  Wednesday August 7th @ 10:30 am
and Saturday August 10th @10:30 am
Choose the date that works best for you!!

Please bring your basic kit (trimmer, scissors, adhesive)  Please also bring liquid glue, pop dots, double sided tape, craft mat, spray bottle, watercolor brush or paint brush, scallop border punch and a corner rounder, if you have them.  Limited kits available.


Thursday, July 18, 2013

Chalkboard Tape - Rachael's Product of the Week

Hi everyone, it's Rachael again with one of my new favorite products.  There is no denying that the Chalkboard effect is huge right now.  I can safely admit amongst fellow crafters that I fell in love, and promptly purchased, every piece of the new We R Memory Keepers Chalkboard line.  Given my love of all things Chalkboard, it should be no surprise that I called the store on vacation and asked them to put a roll of the new Fancy Pants 1" Chalkboard tape on hold for me until I could get back.

I must admit, the tape wasn't exactly what I was expecting.  For starters, it doesn't tear by hand like washi tape, you have to use scissors, and it feels more like electrical or duct tape than paper tape...but I would not be deterred.  I set out to experiment with the best tools to use on my new tape.

First I tried my Sharpie oil-based paint pen.  That was a bust.  It did not show up on the tape at all.  Next I tried embossing an image on the tape.  I used Versa Mark embossing ink, and white embossing powder.  I was a little afraid that my heat tool would melt the tape, but it didn't!  I LOVE the embossed look on this tape, it was exactly what I was looking for.  My third technique was using the white Uni-ball pen I just purchased at Scrapdoodles.  Another success!  The ink is very crisp on the tape.  I wrote on the tape and let it dry for about an hour and there was no smearing.  My final medium was stamping with ink.  I used a white archival ink and stamped several images on the tape.  After an hour, the ink would still smear a little.  The effect was neat, but if I was sending it as a tag or a card I wouldn't want it to smear, so I pulled out my heat gun.  After a few passes, the ink was set, and no longer smeared.

I'm happy to report that I just love the chalkboard tape, and that it is very versatile.  Don't be afraid to experiment.  I layered some of the tape on to cardstock and cut shapes out with punches.  You could use an electronic die cutting machine.  The tape is a great accent on cards, tags, and layouts.  The possibilities are endless.  We carry different widths of tape, as well as a pack of shaped tags at Scrapdoodles.  Hurry in and grab your own and you too can add fun chalkboard accents to your future projects.

Happy crafting

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Design Team Wednesday Featuring..... We R Memory Keepers "Storytime"

Love, Love, Love this collection by We R Memory Keepers. The papers are just absolutely adorable and took me back to my childhood immediately. I decided to make two layouts to show both the girly and boyish side of the patterned papers and tags. The first layout is of my daughter and I cut along the border of the clouds below the castle to add dimension and interest. I also stickled the castle and slipper on the tag using Star Dust Stickles from the store. I added twine from Doodles and a button from my stash. 

The second layout is of my son, only a few weeks old wearing his adorable frog outfit. It fit perfectly with the frog on the tag. I used numerous patterned papers for this layout in addition to the My Prince tag and cut out other items from a patterned accent page (the journal block and banner). The banner said Magic Beans so I covered the words with strips to make it fit with the theme of this page. I added a few brads by Bazzill and American Crafts sold at Scrapdoodles and the page is complete!

And finally a wedding card using another quote from the patterned paper accents page. I added a few Bazzill buttons and Star Dust stickles and quickly made an elegant card!

I hope these projects bring you some inspiration! Stop by the store to pick up your Storytime collection and create your own memories!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Flower Canvas

Hi Ladies!

Flowers anyone?  Who doesn't like flowers.  I love flowers, but can't grow them...have a black thumb. So I decided to make them...they won't die on  This next class is all about 3D flowers on decorated canvas. Lots of technique going on here;  3D paper flowers made by molding and shaping the petals; canvas background; Dylusions spray; X-press-it double sided adhesive paper; AC WOW Fine Glitter; Stickles; tulle; ribbon; light modeling paste; stencil; Copic Marker; and paint.  So fun.  The sample will be on display at Scrapdoodles after Thursday of this week.  Come on down and take a look. The canvas looks so much better in person.  Hope to see you there.
Bring your own multi-media supplies.

Flower Canvas                                                                                                                                           
Sunday August 4, 2013                                                                                                      

Thursday, July 11, 2013

X-Press IT Product of the Week

My product of the week is the double sided sticky paper X-press It.  It is sold in 8-1/2 x 11 or 11 x 14 sheets. This product cuts easily with any manual or die cutting machine. I like to use it for glitter embellishments. For my sample, I used lifestyle craft detailz die.
the new Evolution manual die cutting machine, Genius Platform, American Crafts Wow fine glitter and Ranger Stickles fine glitter.

Cut the double-sided sticky X-Press- It, the same as you would cardstock. After cutting,  the die cut will have paper on both sides…remove one side and adhere to your project, or a piece of cardstock if you plan to fussy cut. My die cut had small circle pieces. Using my tweezers, I removed the small pieces first…must be gentle.                              

When all small pieces had been removed, I applied Stickles pink glitter, sparingly..but covering the desired section.  Using my finger, I  gently rubbed the glittered section. With a paint brush,  brushed away the excess glitter. I removed the next section, and repeated the process, using American Crafts WOW aqua glitter.  

Finished product is enlarged somewhat…but the piece is absolutely beautiful.

The actual sample can be seen at the store affixed to this write up.

I really like the way the X-press-it- die cuts.  I have used it in an electronic die cutting machine as well as a manual die cutting machine.

For more information about the X-press -It, go to

Happy Crafting!!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

2 Cool 4 School Journal Kid's Class

Pam is teaching a fun kid's class on Friday, July 19th rescheduled to Wed., August 14 at 10:30am! Check out her project and what she has to say:

My kids keep a set of colored pencils and a composition book in the seat pocket of each car so they have things to do no matter which car we're in.  They can write, draw, play tic-tac-toe or other games, practice math skills, etc.  They love it when I cover these books to make them special.  You can use them for summer vacation journaling, diaries, boredom busters, school supplies, teacher gifts, you name it!    My husband likes the books with the grid pages but didn't want to take one into meetings so I made one for him, too!  Your kids will have a blast making and decorating them!

Join us Friday morning, July 19th at 10:30am for the 2 Cool 4 School journal class.   I'll teach you and your child how to create a basic book like these and I'll have other examples and ideas on hand as well.   The cost is $13.  Please bring strong double sided tape (such as Scor Tape, X-Press It tape or Red Line tape) and a bone folder if you have them.  Please let the staff know which book your child would like to create, stars or butterflies, when you sign up.

Stop by Scrapdoodles to check these out in person!  They are so cute!  
Date: Wed., Aug 14
Time: 10:30 am
Fee: $13
Instructor: Pam

Design Team Wednesday - LYB's Vintage Summer Collection

Ahhh, sweet summertime!  I love these days of summer and at a recent trip to Scrapdoodles, I was able to pick several pieces from the Little Yellow Bicycle "Vintage Summer" collection.  The colors are perfect for your patriotic pages as well as general summertime gatherings and events.  I picked up several sheets of paper, the Paper Crafting Kit, Stick Pins, and Fabric Favorites from the collection.  You can see the whole thing HERE or stop by Scrapdoodles to see it in person and pick out your own treats.  I brought home my goodies and created a project and 2 layouts to share with you from this line.
For my project, I started with a plain chalkboard frame that I painted with another quick coat of black  chalkboard paint.  Then I layered several elements from LYB's Fabric Favorites embellishments kit (the banner is one) and several flowers from their Paper Crafting Kit.  I love how the paper crafting kit elements were "pre-cut" but still offered lots of options in assembly and use.  The stick pins offer a fun touch to this project.  Two eyelets screwed into the top of the frame and a string allow it to be hung on a door or anywhere you need a little pick me up.  See it in person at the store!

My first layout starts with a dark blue cardstock base.  I cut apart some of the Patchwork Quilt paper to create my own background for this layout.  The banner is made from circles folded in half (from the Papercrafting Kit).  I layered some more elements from the collection next to the photo.  The title is chipboard letters from my stash.  Underneath it, I pleated a small strip of paper and added a brad to help balance out the bottom.  I love how the pallet and quilt-like touches work so well with my "vintage" (photo-shopped) photo!

My second layout uses one of the fun full sheets from the collection.  It's called "Blue Skies."
I cut off the tiniest bit of paper from the left edge and adhered a red scalloped border to the back, so just a peek of the border sticks out.  This strip was actually one of the precut/scored elements in the papercrafting pack, but I thought it would be a cute border.  I haphazardly added a few more tiny print squares from the Patchwork Quilt sheet and added a few more embellishments on top, included the cherries (cut from my die cut machine), a layered flower and one more of the fabric favorites.
This was such a fun collection to play with.  The embellishment kits will provide you with lots of coordinating materials for your projects and layouts.  Stop by the store soon before summer is over and this collection is gone.
Happy Crafting! ~Karen

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy Independence Day!

Hello my Scrapdoodle friends!

Hope you're enjoying the holiday!

Well, in honor of the 4th of July I have a few items to share...

I was itching to do a little Copic coloring, so I dug through my digital stash and came up with the perfect little digi and started there.  At the store, I had already picked up some really bright and fanciful paper and trim by Adrienne Looman for Webster's Pages.  I was all set to go, and up for the challenge to use non-patriotic papers in a patriotic way!

Here is my first project, a card:

Next, I prepared a lay-out:

Last, an invitation to a 4th of July BBQ:

So that's it! Three projects with just a few sheets of paper and one pack of luscious trim:  

I am so loving the versatility of this collection!  I hope you get a chance to stop by the store and check it out for yourself.  I promise you will love it too! This paper is going to work perfectly for those holiday photos you take today!  Thank you so much for sharing your day with us, and hope you'll come by to see us soon!

Once again have a Happy 4th!  May it be a safe one!  Let us also take this time to honor our country, and those who dedicate their lives to protecting it. 

Big Hugs,

Employee Favorite Product of the week

Happy 4th of July everyone!  It's Dawn here with my favorite product of the week.  This week I chose embossing folders by Lifestyle Crafts!  I love embossing folders, they add so much texture and can take a plain project and just give it that extra little wow factor.  As most of you know, I am primarily a card maker and a pretty clean and simple one at that, so I find adding a little dimension and texture goes a long way.  Lifestyle Crafts has some awesome embossing folders.  I really love the way their embossing folders work and find that they give a really nice crisp image.  Whether you use the whole embossed image or cut the embossed panel down, I love the effect that you get!  Another awesome fact is that they work in all other manual die cutting machines, so whether you have an epic, or an evolution or even a cuttlebug, they work in all of them!!  Look at the detail in my cards below and also a few of the embossing folders we have in stock right now.  Swing by the store to check out our selection.

Anyway, I hope you all have some fun plans for today and this long weekend.  Happy Independence Day!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Design Team Wednesday - Webster's Pages "Citrus Squeeze"

We are excited to introduce the last of our newest Design Team Members, Ashley Smith.  She's got a fun and bold style you are sure to love.  Today she's giving us plenty of ideas on how to get the most from your papers and create your own fun accents to add to your page.  She also shares a great project-life style spread.  You can see more of her work on her blog. Help me welcome Ashley Smith to our Team!

Hello Everyone!  Ashley here with my first layouts for Scrapdoodles.

I was working with the Citrus Squeeze line from Webster's Pages.  These are the perfect papers for your bright, fun, summer layouts.

The 4th of July is one of those events (like any holiday!) where I take a lot of pictures. As usual, I ended up having so many photos that I made a traditional 12 x 12 layout and a "project-life style" double-page spread using the divided page protectors.

When making a layout, one of my favorite techniques is fussy cutting.  The Citrus Squeeze papers have some big, bold patterns (the flowers) that are perfect for this.  I just cut them apart by hand and made my own embellishments.

I love fussy cutting so much that when I am looking at a selection of papers and trying to decide which ones to buy, I always choose a sheet or two that have fun designs I can cut out.

All of the embellishments on this page (except the journaling spot) were hand-made from the patterned paper.  I just used my micro-tip scissors and shaped punches (circle and star punches).

The rosettes were made with a 12-inch strip of paper and a scoring board.  And the small flowers were made by gluing 6 small circles (half-inch circle punch) together and adding a gem in the middle. 

I also had fun with some baker's twine.  Looping it in between the embellishments and using it in the "fireworks" cluster of stars.

I really love "project-life" style scrapbooking.  It's a fast, easy, and fun way to get lots of photos scrapped quickly.  It also mixes well in your albums with the 12 x 12 layouts.  I can take my time with a traditional 12 x 12 page and then finish the rest quickly with the divided page protectors.

Monday, July 1, 2013

BasicGrey Page of the Month for July

This kit includes journaling die-cuts, photo frames, matchbook alphas and 6 exclusive papers (2 of each) from the Hey collections which should be arriving very soon!

Supplies needed: Paper trimmer, adhesive, scissors, brown journaling pen, ruler, 1" circle punch, distressing ink.

Kit includes more than enough to do your project and bonus projects :)

Date: Tuesday, July 16
Time: 6pm
Fee: $25
Instructor: Cheryl

Kids Card Class

It's time for another kids class!  I have added a clean and simple card class for kids.  We will be making 5 cute birthday cards and then the kids will be able to unleash their creativity and create one of their own! 

Friday July 12th @ 10:30am
With Dawn

Please bring a paper trimmer, double sided tape, tape runner and pop dots.

Call the store at 540 548 3788 to register or stop by in person!

Hope to see you in class!!