Cards, Scrapbooking

Wooden You Like some BARC Tape

barc-tape-thumbIt would no doubt be embarrassing to see the list of the craft supplies I’ve bought on impulse over the years. I grabbed a good one this week, though. I’m confident it will be worth it, plus it was 30% off. What’s to worry?

BARC tape packageIt’s a new product called BARC tape. It comes in a blond color called White Birch, and the one shown, called Cherry. It looks closer to maple to me, and it a light medium brown. The rolls are 1 inch wide and fifteen feet long. It also comes in sheets.

I found mine at the local Joann’s store. It is made by Arc Crafts, and their website indicates that, to date, their products are only carried by Joann stores or on their own site. They’ve been in business for a while, but the tape is a new product.

This tape looks fabulous, for borders and more for layouts and cards, to frame photos. I haven’t used it yet, just sharing so you can be up on the latest product to join the family of trendy scrapbooking wood products.  The ARC site indicates the sheets are “compatible with vinyl cutting machines.” What a great texture for titles and other custom embellishments for cards and pages! I would think you would want a sharp blade before trying the sheets in a Cricut or Silhouette.

Final note: You are probably wondering, “Is it ‘barc’ or ‘bark?’”  And yes, it actually is wood! The Arc site makes that clear. Also, while unsticking the end of the roll I pulled up a few small shreds of the wood grain.  Proof of woodness!! The roll itself was clean and smooth, this mark only came from pulling off the glue under the roll end.

BARC tape with mark

 

This is one new product that looks worth some hype. I’m making plans to use it in several upcoming layouts. Let me know if you do, too. I’d love to see how you use it!

 

 

 


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. Continue reading »


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 »