Cards, Other Crafts, Scrapbooking

Echo Park Idea Books – FREE

echo-park-ebooksRecently, following up on a new paper line at Echo Park, I found out they offer a number of Idea Books, no cost! You can find them on the Echo Park Blog.

I downloaded several of them, two Holiday ebooks, not just for Christmas, and two general themes.

  • Create and Celebrate
  • Happy Holidays (2011)
  • ‘Tis the Season (this year!)
  • This & That.

Those I’ve looked at tend to be more about cards and small craft projects with a few scrapbooking layouts, but there is a lot of inspiration packed into these 25-30 page books.

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Scrapbooking

Free Travel Printables

Are you working on a summer vacation layout? Download some free travel-related printables, especially suited for Project Life albums at Creative Keepsakes.


Miscellaneous

Best Organizing Tip Ever

stamps-drawerIf you’ve been scrapbooking for more than a couple of years, no doubt you’ve accumulated a certain amount of stuff. *cough* So have I. One of the items I’ve found hardest to deal with are rubber stamps. I have my wooden word stamps (the ones I use most often) in a drawer, but was stumped on how to deal with the clear stamps. I didn’t really want to use yet another binder. I wanted something more accessible so they would be easy (and more likely) to be used. Continue reading »


Scrapbooking

Grids and Blocks Class from MSD

msd-classesI’ve already written here about the Layering Get It Scrapped/Masterful Scrapbook Design class. This past week, I had a chance to “take” the MSD Grids & Blocks class. The printable lesson (131 pages) was made up of pointers, design instruction and examples from a number of talented designers. One of the best features of the MSD class materials is that it provides whys about how things work and the reasons you might make a choice in that direction.  I find this approach very helpful and always inspiring.

I have yet to work through all the material (the class PDFs alone are worth the price of admission) or watch any of the videos, but was inspired by an example provided by one of my favorite scrapbook designers, Summer Fullerton. If you follow Scrapbook & Cards Today, Summer is the one who posts the Color Suites every month. Her scrapbooking style is not messy or random-looking. She’s a pretty orderly thinker, apparently, like me, but very creative and when I saw her name on the list of designers for the Grids and Blocks class, I didn’t need to dither around anymore. Continue reading »


Cards, Scrapbooking

National Scrapbook Day 2013 – Scrapbook Challenge

But I made a card anyway.

Here’s the challenge at Studio Calico: Use Buttons

And if you scroll down the page, you can see that a card or layout is just fine, thanks. Continue reading »


Cards, Scrapbooking

National Scrapbook Day 2013 – Card Challenge

Happy NSD! How are you celebrating the occasion?

I am trying a couple of Studio Calico’s challenges posted on their blog. My first successful creation, a card using five different patterns of paper, Card Challenge #3. This is for a friend who recently retired (L.C., don’t tell B. until it arrives in the mail!). He loves the outdoors, camping, guy stuff… you get the picture.

By the way, Studio Calico is providing a free printable as part of the day’s fun. It’s especially useful if you’re following the Project Life approach to scrapbooking. Continue reading »