Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Graphic 45 Le Cirque Layout

Take a look at this week's Make and Take Layout at Scrapbook's Plus:
I found inspiration for the first page from Luke's Easter Walk layout by Nancy Wethington over in Graphic 45's Gallery.  Karen Bearse and I added the 2nd page.  (Basically this entire layout has been inspired by others *grin*.)  The free element this week is the custom designed tickets I made with the circus theme.

The first page is a lot of detail cutting, but the result is worth the effort...bring your craft knife and cutting mat! These 2 pages really do go together very quickly!

I promise to show more of my own work next post!

Friday, May 20, 2011

ScraPerfect Design Team!

I am very happy to say that I have been selected for the first ever Design Team for ScraPerfect, the manufacturer of "Magically Perfect Products" for scrapbooking and crafting.

What is ScraPerfect?  The short answer is that it is your answer to so many crafting "challenges", but the longer answer is...

It started out of frustration in the inconsistency of printing on vellum back in 2003. Amy Roszak (the owner) found a solution and created ScraPerfect's first product, The Perfect Printing Pouch.   Since then it has been used by crafters to print and stamp on many different surfaces - fabric, wood, clay, transparencies, textured paper, and vellum to name a few - without bleeding or fading.  It also has anti-static properties that make it a joy to use when working with glitters or embossing powders.  So many uses have been found for this product that it is now The Perfect Crafting Pouch and comes in two sizes: The Little Pouch and The Strap n Tap
  
This versatile product was selected as one of the Top 20 Most Innovative Products CHA Winter 2011. 


ScraPerfect offers three more products:
Best Glue Ever - dries clear, dries quickly, strong, flexible and dries tacky.  You can use it to create your own glue dots. The thin tip makes it easy to control and the innovative cap design keeps the glue from drying out in the bottle and clogging up the tip!  It really is the best glue ever, so a little bit goes a long way!

Embellie Gellie - Helps you pick up even the smallest of bling and put it exactly where YOU want it.

Perfect Cleaning Cloth - Removes dust and fingerprints from camera lenses, eye glasses, iPads, scanner beds and photos. Also removes the dusty residue from surfaces treated with the Perfect Crafting Pouch.


In future posts, I will be showing you how I use each of these products to make my paper crafting better and easier!  In the meantime, if you click on any of the links above you can see videos with an explanation and demo of each product. 




As a teacher and a professional papercrafter, I like the fact that ScraPerfect products are so versatile because it means fewer items to pack for a crop…fewer items to sift through on my craft table at home to find what I need.  
ScraPerfect products simplify things!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

"Let's Play Dress Up" with Echo Park

I am actually going to post a revised layout...I added a flower and a much needed button...you'll see...it really was necessary!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Mother's Day with Echo Park

I fell in love with the For the Record line of papers from Echo Park.  I had just picked up this rubber stamp with the definition of mother on it, and I knew they needed to go together!

This is the front of a Joy-Fold card.  I love making them because they offer several surface areas and one of my favorite things to do is to mix patterned paper.  The top element slips out from behind the large black brad on the bottom left and opens to the right.

Paper:  Echo Park For the Record: FTR12015 AlphaStickers F, FTR12013 Noteworthy, FTR12009 Picket Fence, FTR12008 Lace Stripes, FTR12002 Fancy Floral. 
American Crafts: brads.   Dymo: plastic label tape  Inkadoo: Rubber Stamp  Stazon: Ink
 
This is the inside of the card.  Plenty of room to add a personal note and signature.
This is a picture of my mom traveling in Europe with Daddy in 1952...a cafe in Belgium, I believe.
I loved using the stickers from the alpha sheet to add journaling!

American Crafts: brads. Dymo: plastic label tape Inkadoo: Rubber Stamp Stazon: Ink


 
This card, which is sized to fit a standard #10 envelope,  reminds me of a scrap quilt.  I wrinkled, inked and generally distressed the yellow background paper. The black "lace" on the left edge of the card is actually from the Alpha Sticker sheet, as is the "hello" tab on the top of the card.

The focal element "mother", was cut on my Cricut.  I used the Cricut Design Studio to weld the words and to size the box so the stamped element would have a nice frame.

Paper: Echo Park For the Record: FTR12015 AlphaStickers F, FTR12013 Noteworthy, FTR12009 Picket Fence, FTR12008 Lace Stripes, FTR12002 Fancy Floral.  Inkadoo: Rubber Stamp Stazon: Ink   Cricut:  Base Camp cartridge


 I also designed a 2 page layout as a Make-N-Take for Scrapbooks Plus using this paper line - see the same "mother" element being used as part of the title?   I added a few stickers from the This & That Line from Lily Bee Design.  Since the layout is on display at the store, I will wait and add the journaling after it comes home.
Paper:  Echo Park FTR12011 Stamp Of Approval, FTR12013 Noteworthy, FTR12015 AlphaStickers F
Stickers:  Lily Bee Designs This & That Mixed Cardstock Stickers
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