Thursday, December 23, 2010

'tis the Season Layout Kit

 Baking Christmas cookies with my kids is one of my favorite traditions so I designed this layout to document the day.  I plan on using the recipe card as a journaling block.  Or...maybe I will scrap a favorite family recipe and include a picture or two of the contributor as well as a photo of the finished product.  Or...maybe I will finally scrap the cookie swap I hosted  a few years ago. Lots of possibilities! 

Check out the unique button embellishments from my private stash…and the exclusive tickets I designed specifically for this project.   Everything is pre-cut for quick assembly.  The kit contains black & white pictures for reference and written instructions.  I used Powder Puff Amaretto for inking paper edges and tickets.  This layout is only available by pre-order.  Quantities are limited. Place orders by Dec. 31st and kits will be available for pickup on January 7th

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Believe Layout Kit

These beautiful papers are from Basic Grey and feature brilliant red & green foliage on a black background, creating an elegant backdrop for your Christmas pictures.
The kit comes with (10) exclusive Christmas-themed ticket embellishments, although I only used (7) for the sample (yep - 3 bonus tickets you can use on another layout!).  It also contains a filmstrip ribbon from Tim Holtz, which I plan to fill with some trimmed down index prints…or you can leave it plain and just enjoy the dimension and texture it adds! Everything is pre-cut and ready for quick assembly.  The kit contains written directions and black & white pictures of the layout for reference. A limited number of kits are currently available at the store. 

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Winter Wonderland Layout Kit

Are you looking forward to scrapping snow-filled pictures from this winter?  Or maybe you are still looking for the perfect layout for your photos from Snowmageddon last year! 

Either way, this 2 page layout fills the bill.  Everything is pre-cut and ready for quick assembly (except for the two darling reindeer).  The kit contains written directions and a black and white picture of the layout for reference. A limited number of kits are currently available at the store. Additional kits are available for pick up on January 7th if you pre-order by Dec. 31st

Thursday, December 2, 2010

A December to Remember!

Office Party on the 11th?  
Cookie Swap on the 15th?  
Seeing the Nutcracker ballet with Auntie Pam?
The month of December is always full of so many activities...and this month's In The House layout provides the perfect way to recall them all:
 The house is decorated in traditional reds & greens and includes a glittering tree and tiny packages.  As usual, the items in the shadowbox will morph into a beautiful layout.  The die cut title features many shades and patterns of Christmas greens – and it just pops off of the rich, Garnet Red background!
Techniques include stamping, die cutting and embossing with a cuttlebug, inking (Amaretto and Merlot), fussy cutting with scissors and craft knife. The class is open to all – you don’t need a shadowbox to create the layout. 
 Photos: (2) vertical 4"x6" and (5) horizontal wallets. 
Supplies/Tools: Craft knife with cutting mat, scissors, adhesive, ruler. 
Limited number of kits available with instructor permission. Dec. 7, 11a-3p. Registration closes Nov. 26th.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Harvest Time...and some farm themed Tickets!

November means it’s Harvest Time.  That brings to mind blue jeans and plaid shirts and working down on the farm.  This month’s In The House features beautiful sunflowers made with a relatively new product at Scrapbooks Plus: stamps from Heartfelt Creations. Debbie also carries the matching Nestibilities, so cutting these blossoms out is a piece of cake! 
To detail the flowers we will be using colored pencils and gamsol…a technique I have been playing with.  I also used plenty of Powderpuff Amaretto ink on the edges…I will have one ink pad for the class to share, but if you don’t already have your own, you should probably pick one up at the store.  (Regulars know I use this particular color all the time!)  
We will be using an edge punch to create a border strip and a Cuttlebug or Sizzix Sidekick to cut the leaves, title block and the swirls, so you may want to bring yours to class if you own one.  The finishing touch on this layout – farm themed tickets!
Photos: (2) vertical 4"x6" and (5) horizontal wallets.
Supplies/Tools: Ruler, pencil, regular and dimensional adhesive, scissors, paper trimmer,
Instructor:  Susie Bentz  No kits!  Class size limited to 10.  Registration closes Oct. 26th.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

October In The House

Trick or treat!  This month's In The House is definitely a treat! 
 I must say I love Martha Stewart was so easy to make the spider web ribbon...and the Iron Gate punch was perfect for creating the border along the right edge of the layout. (Debbie has them both in stock right now!) 
I included more of my custom designed tickets as embellishments because I think they add just the perfect touch. Scrapbooks Plus is the only place they are available for purchase, so check out them  out the next time you are in the store.

See you in class!

Monday, August 2, 2010

One Fine August

...and there will be another *Bonus* layout available this month...beach themed...what has gotten in to me!?!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Seaside Memories Shadow Box

“Our memories of the ocean will linger on…” is one of the many themed quotes you will find on the beautiful die cut paper that forms the background of this dimensional project.  Designed to hang on the wall, the shadow box holds a selection of seashells and sandollars along with not one, but two, removable mini albums!   

We will dry emboss and ink the cover of this mini album, which holds up to (8) 2.5" square photos (or you can use some of the pages for journaling).
Bring your index prints and Zip Dry glue to create a fun accent with Tim Holtz's filmstrip ribbon.

This mini shadow box holds a bingo card from Jenn Bowlin and an assortment of can bring your own or sift through my collection.

This album actually sits in the shadow box and fits just behind the mini-shadowbox shown above.

Page 1 and 2.

A close up of the journaling box on page 1.

Page 3 and 4.  The striped piece on the right side of page 4, is torn from the top of the paper that becomes the bottom of page 10 (shown below with a gingham piece behind it).
Page 5 and 6.  You can cut the photo for your tag with the Accu-cut in the classroom. You can have pictures on both sides if you wish, or use one side of the tag for journaling.

The lower Jenni Bowlin bingo card actually opens to hold journaling.

Page 7 and 8.

Page 9 and 10.  The right side can be made into a pocket page if you wish.  (NOTE: The piece that was torn off the top of the right page, becomes the striped stirp on the edge of page 4.)

Page 11 and 12.

Page 13 and 14.

The End!
 Techniques include dry embossing, stamping, tearing, and inking.  You will need to bring (1) vertical format 4”x6” print, and  (11) index prints for the actual shadow box.  The mini albums you are creating can be filled later with the photos of your choice. Please bring (1) 4”x6” photo to be die cut for the tag inside the sandcastle.  I will be supplying a selection of seashells, but feel free to bring your own if you wish.

In addition to the regular class kit, you will need to bring: Scor-tape or red line ¼” tape, super strength gel glue dots, Zip Dry (or other clear drying flexible liquid adhesive), scissors, brown distressing ink (I used Powder Puffs “Amaretto”), 1/16” foam pop dots, and a Crop-a-dile (or you can share the one at the store). No Kits. Class Size: 12       Tuesday, August 24th 6p-9p

Sunday, July 4, 2010

July ITH and *Bonus* layout

When I designed July's layout, I ended up die cutting a lovely, decorative shape from the Sunday Picnic paper from Cosmo Cricket on the left hand page...and I just had to do something with it!  So I created a bonus layout for you:

I used one paper from BoBunny, but the rest of the inspiration came from the October Afternoon Fly A Kite line.  I only have a limited number of these kits we will draw names during class if you re interested.  Good luck to everyone - I think I like the bonus layout more than the original!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Welcome to Summer...

...from Florida's beautiful Gulf Coast! Those are my sister's footprints on the still pristine beaches of Pensacola, Florida. I'll be there soon...

In the meantime, I have decided to try to follow an idea my friend Sharon posted on her blog last week...journal every day this summer and create a simple scrapbook page with a picture and the journaling. Emphasis on simple and journaling. Both are a challenge for me...but of course, so is the "every day" part. Wish me luck...and enjoy your very first day of
Summer 2010!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Oh My Stars! it's July In The House!

July's "In The House" class is all about the STARS - stamped, punched, stickled and popped! Here's a sneak peak:
- learn how to make these easy, 3D stars to embellish your layouts.
- create a custom background using Versamark Ink and star-themed stamps.
- make star spangled border strips with my new favorite edge punch!
- make your stars shine with a touch of stickles.

Tickets, tickets...get your tickets here!
Tickets are a very popular embellishment in scrapbooking these days, and you will be creating your own custom tickets for this layout...lots of them!
We will also be sprinkling some red, white, and blue buttons across our pages. I have a great selection from "Rusty Pickle" that you can choose from in class, but if you happen to have a button collection (mine is from my grandmother's button box!) I encourage you to bring in a few favorites - vintage buttons would look great on this layout!
Photos: (2) vertical 4"x6" and (5) horizontal wallets.
The samples for this class are now on display at Scrapbooks Plus, and registration for this class closes on June 26th. Classes are on July 6th, 11a-2p or 6p-9p.
See you in class!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Summer Daze - June In The House

Warm ocean breezes, the sand between your toes...Summer Daze are coming so be ready with this month's In The House using BoBunny's Paradise collection. Ocean blues, sunset oranges, and sandy browns are paired with the subtle images of the beach. If you ever wanted to play with Ranger Alcohol Inks, this class will allow you to "dip your toes" into them. No heavy techniques, just a simple application of the ink to a metal frame so you can see the magic for yourself! An easy way to transform metal, glass or plastic to coordinate with your current scrapbooking project.

Here is a peek at Jerri's completed shadowbox:
She added a seashell from her own beachcombing, which I think is a great touch!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Bloom & Grow

April Showers bring May Flowers! This month's In The House class will take us out into the garden featuring papers from the Quite Contrary collection from My Mind Eye. The theme is Bloom and Grow. Techniques in the class include heat embossing, edge punching, and the use of Glimmer Mist! Classes are scheduled for the first Tuesday of the month...check out the details in the class section at Scrapbook's Plus.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

April's "In The House" Class Celebrates Easter with Moxxie!

I found the cutest little vintage Easter images on imported chocolate candy wrappers...and they are perfect for this month's In The House project!  Join me as we create this Home Dec shadow box... ...which will then morph into this fabulous 2 page layout using  papers from Moxxie's new Easter-themed line!
Techniques include some cutting and embossing with a Cuttlebug, heat embossing, chalking and inking. We will also be using a Dymo label maker for journaling...egg hunts, new clothes, Easter baskets...or you can customize to match your own family traditions. You must bring your own Versamark ink pad (Debbie will have some on hand if you do not yet own this versatile stamp pad.). Bring your craft knife and cutting mat, pop dots, regular adhesive, ruler, paper cutter, red line tape and a pencil. Tuesday April 6th 11a-2p or 69-9p. No kits. Call the store to register.(703)263-9503...and I look forward to seeing you in class!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Scrapbooking Classes are...

...great mother and daughter time....(welcome to ITH Jennifer!)... ...using Pat's elements as the class "example" (she really doesn't mind!) ;)...
...accepting that no matter what I design, Diane is just going to do her own thing - and it always looks great... fulfilling because I know that I can count on Jerri to always finish her house and send me a picture when it is hanging on her wall!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Page Map 1

Look what I can do! I can make a page map! I was playing around in Photoshop today, after visitng the Jessica Sprague website for inspiration, and I used the Custom Shape Tool to create this page map. It was actually pretty easy and I think I will make more...but I now feel compelled to do a layout with to find the right pictures and papers...

Thursday, February 25, 2010

March - In The House

The sample is up over at Scrapbooks Plus for the March - In The House class. I apologize for the lateness in getting it done, but there were delays in receiving the papers because of the snow and CHA...and when it finally arrived I was up to my eyeballs in the last week of high school wrestling!

This month's class has a family tree theme. Using papers from Karen Foster Designs, Bo Bunny and Basic Grey, we answer the question "Whoooo loves you baby?" Personalize your house with pictures of siblings, parents, grandparents...even great grandparents! Karen Foster themed stickers provide a place for you to record the names, birthdates, and birth places of your extended family.

Color scheme: Beautiful honey mustard, browns, greens with just a touch of paprika - sounds kind of like a salad doesn't it? We will be using foam stamps with acrylic paints to personalize the title - is your family happy, wacky or nutty? Bring your favorite brown ink - I used Amaretto from QuickQuotes. Here's a peak at one of the pages from the layout...
You must bring your craft knife and cutting mat, red line tape, dimensional pop dots, regular adhesive, scissors and paper cutter. Specify the day or night class when you sign up so I know when to expect you. Brownies included at no extra charge...see you on Tuesday!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Snowmageddon 2010

We got about 30" of snow... ...we still had about another 6"- 8" to go at this point...
...the snow was piled up on the railings of the deck about 12" high...
...and it was piled up on the branches of the trees in the backyard...
...the view over the back fence...reminds me more of Colorado than Virginia...
...the snow of a lifetime!