Cards, Scrapbooking

Searching for embellishments in new places

snowflakesThanks to a chance comment by a friend of mine (AJT, that’s YOU), for some months now, I have been watching for embellishments outside the scrapbooking aisle. Found a good one today, so read on: I’m sharing!

I was at Joann’s, buying fabric. I am making pillows for my son and DIL. It’s actually their Christmas present: I will make a set of living room pillows, their design. One thing led to another, and I only received their final design and fabric choices last month. Since its summertime, I’m not in any rush, and so have been buying the fabric either on sale or using one of the weekly coupons. Hey, I’m cheap.

Today, I finally bought the last of the selection, and after getting the material cut, I wanted to get some trimmings to decorate the pillows. And there in the button row, I found these snowflakes:

snowflakes embellishments

The package says they are buttons, but of course they are non-functional. The wood veneer-looking shapes are, in fact, hold your breath: wood veneer! The green and red ones appear to be chipboard. I like them a lot, and expect to use them on layouts and on cards. And as for the price, seven pieces for $2.29 at 30% off ended up at just over $.22 each. An acceptable expense! Plus, they might just be the ticket for the Christmas 2012 layout I’ve been working on for days but can’t seem to complete. But that’s a story for another day.

Have you found embellishments where you least expected to find them? Let me know. I’d love to know some other places to go hunting!

 


Scrapbooking

“Happy” Sketch Contest Entry

happy thumbnailOf course you’ve seen those contest entry on scrapbooking sites. Sometimes they are just free for a comment, and sometimes you have to enter with some work. I’ve done both. Haven’t won yet, but I figure my turn will come someday.

I got one done yesterday.  Here’s the contest page:

http://www.pagemaps.blogspot.com/2014/07/vacation-sketch-contest-with-fancy-pants.html

I use PageMaps a lot. Yes, other people provide layout sketches but these just seem to start up my scrapbooking mojo better than others do.  It’s always interesting to see what other people do with contest using sketches. Their inspiration goes really far afield sometimes!  I’m such a rule follower… but this time around, at least I adapted the ideas and changed them somewhat. Continue reading »


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 »