Monday, December 22, 2008

Autumn Leaves Blackbird Cards

Here's the VERY last installment from this mini kit. A couple of quickie cards. :)

Autumn Leaves Blackbird #3

Here's ANOTHER layout (the last one!) from this great kit! I loved the patterns in the papers so much!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Autumn Leaves Blackbird #2

Another quickie from this great kit. I love these papers :)

Friday, December 19, 2008

Product Spotlight: Stickles

I LOVE Stickles! They are GREAT for accenting. They add just enough texture/interest and bling. They come in SO many different colors, but I only use one (stardust) because I can add it over ANY color and it just adds some glitter interest, letting the original color show through.

Anyways, here's a few examples of them in action. On the first I 'stickled' a snowflake that I cut out from a patterned paper (and then I added a ghost snowflake over the top of it) and on the second I traced a pattern in the patterned paper to accent it with glitter.

I'd LOVE to see your creations using stickles -- please share!

Autumn Leaves Blackbird

I got this GREAT kit from ScrappersXchange! This line is PERFECT for scrapping pics of my girls. Once I pulled the kit out I had this layout done in less then 20 minutes, and I love it. I've had this picture sitting around for 2 years waiting for the right paper -- and this was it!

I'll share more in a few days from this same kit :)

Monday, December 8, 2008


Check out the shop! .05 cent paper and even the new stuff is CHEAP!!!!!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Collage Press - Camden

This line is just ADORABLE! I love how the papers can be used for either BOY or GIRL pages :) The patterns are SO FUN too!! :)

Here's a link to the papers in the shop:

Monday, November 17, 2008

Technique: using diecuts to add interest!

Ok, if you know me, you know that i tend to be a scrappy "over-doer." I don't like simple layouts. (at least not when I make them, i like other's simple layouts!!) I don't like simple sketches, i like ELABORATE! Sometimes that's fine, but sometimes you just want to make a few layouts quickly! One of my new favorites for being able to make quickie layouts that are interesting is using die cuts. ESPECIALLY the new glittery Crate paper diecuts you will find in the shop***JUST-IN/Categories.bok
I just linked to the new items since there's so many of them to explore, but check these out!! I hope to buy the other lines as soon as possible. Right now i have Lemongrass. here's a couple of examples of simple layouts made interesting with die cuts. Click on the pictures to see them bigger :-)

Another Small Gem From the Scenic Route Kraft Kit . . .

Hey There!

Wow, there are many great things that can be said about ScrappersXchange kits, but one of the best is that they just keep on producing! What a great value especially, when most of us have to buckle down and really watch what we are spending. Here is another little gem created from the kit and I still have some paper and plenty of embellies left!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Scrapbook & Altered Christmas Gifts . . .

Hello Everyone,

I've been thinking alot about how the economy will affect Christmas gift giving this year and have come to the conclusion that more than a few people on my list will be receiving more personal scrapbook related & altered gifts made my me. I fell in love with this pink, black & white patterned cardstock "All The Rage" from DCWV's All Dressed Up. Here is the start of my holiday creating, a gift set that includes (Purse Box Tote, 4 Greeting Cards, a Photo Holder & a Post-It Note Holder):

Gift Set
Post-It Note Holder (need to add the mini pen)

Photo Holder

Card #4 - Thinking of You

Card #3 - Hello Friend

Card # 2 - Celebrate

Card #1 - Thank You

Purse Box Tote
With 6 pieces of Bazzill cardstock (2-black, 2-pink, & 2-patterned), 1 yard of ribbon, 1 medium pearl brad, 2 eyelets, a few word stickers, 14 assorted sized paper flowers w/bling and a creative mind you have a beautiful gift to give to someone special!
Well, I guess I should get back to creating some more gifts.
Happy Scrappin'

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Sassafras Lass!!

I just LOVE Sass!! Super cute stuff there!!

For this layout I used the Woodland Whimsy line! I especially loved the yellow hearts paper!

you can find Sassafras Lass here in the Shop:

Monday, November 10, 2008

Hello, Hello, Hello . . .

Hello . . .

My name is Letty and I am the newest member of the design team here at ScrappersXchange. I am so honored to be here and thought I'd show you the few projects I came up with using a Scenic Route Kraft Kit given to me by scrappx.

To tell you the truth I had no experience working with Kraft papers prior to this kit and frankly at first sight they weren't really my style, but I am the type of scrapper that won't let myself get bogged down or waste time worrying about what to do next with a project. I scrap to relax, not stress out. It took me a little time, but I decided to just start creating with a few photos I had of my wonderful 2 1/2 year old granddaughter.

Here are the results:

Mini Accordian Album: Laugh Often-Love Much - Front view

Mini Accordian Album - Inside

Mini AccordianAlbum - Backside

Giftbag with matching tag (made with Kraft paper and a 10" x 13" catalog envelope
Layout #3: Beautiful Souls (about my granddaughter's love of wearing any shoe left unattended).
Layout #2: Just Living Life
Layout #1: You Inspire Me (about my granddaughter's first time bowling)

extractor tool- digi pages :)

from this...

to this :)

yup- fallen off the boat today with digi scrappin' :)

here's a page using the extractor tool! COOLIO tool that extracts what you want from an image... in this instance, the bag and kitten were taken out of the picture and pasted to the patterned paper.

my steps in pse6:
- go to image/extractor
(there are actually directions on what to do!)
- select the foreground brush and click a few times in areas you want to keep
(by default, the foreground brush is selected- the brush with the + sign- i suggest clicking the corners and a few in the center of what you want to keep)
- select the background brush and click a few times in areas you DON'T want to keep
(background brush is the brush with the - sign)
- click preview and you'll see your selection!
- in preview, you'll have the option to use the eraser tool- there may be some specks to erase
- when finished, click ok

JOILA- you've extracted from your image... this is SO MUCH EASIER than before this tool came out! before, you'd have to 'select' what you wanted, inverse the selection, and delete... with the extractor, it does ALL that work for you! LOVE IT!!!

hope this helps- ENJOY :)

layers- digi pages :)

yes, went a little overboard today with pages and LOVING IT! don't think i've scrapped this much in a long while... though they're simple pages, i'm just happy to get them scrapped :)

so with these pages, the the lined paper had the elements on them as well as individual elements in the kit. to to tuck the pictures under the elements, i copied the individual 'noted' and apple items to the page as layers above the pictures... and of course, they fit perfectly over the original items since they're from the same kit!

the alphabets were also included and simply copied and pasted to add '2008' under the 'school days' title.

there's definitely much to do with digi- hope these 'tips' are getting you into digi, at least a little curious? lol... hope this helps- ENJOY :)

duping pages- digi pages :)

created these pages this morning- WOW, 4 pages in a day??? actually 6 (will post soon)! lol- just loving digi scrapping...

AND, these pages were quick- why??? simply because i copied the layers from one 2page layout to another patterned paper! YES- make different duplicate pages in a jiffy! this is definitely where digi scrapping comes in handy for the upcoming holidays! and hello??? i simply flipped the one patterned paper to make the 2nd page!!!

my steps in pse6:
- created the pages using layers for each element
ie: 'livin on the edge' title, green star, filmstrip, pictures, border strips
- in the layers palette, select all the layers EXCEPT the background
(background should be the patterned paper)
- open up new patterned paper
(make sure it's the same size as your current page)
- copy the selected layers to the new patterned paper
(if able, simply drag elements to the new paper- HOWEVER, copying to the new paper will place the elements EXACTLY as they are positioned on the original... how cool is that???)

joila- you've got a 'new' page! and just do the following for the 2nd layout (remember to flip horizontally the 2nd paper so that it mirrors the 1st) and you're done... can you imagine doing this for one album and then recreating new albums with different papers??? it'll be a snap to get out 'different' gift albums for family and friends.

hope this helps- ENJOY :)

Survey! RAK!

Hey all!! I'd love to get some discussion going on here, and i'm offering a RAK from me which i will award to a random participant in this easy challenge! Please play along! i don't want to win my own RAK! LOL!!

Please post what would constitute the perfect kit. How much would it cost? what would be included, how many patterned papers, how many cardstock, how much embellies and what kind?

I'll start! My perfect kit has LOTS OF STUFF and is CHEAP! LOL!! specifically around $30-35 including shipping, I don't like smaller kits because shipping increases the cost too much. I like a variety of coordinating patterned papers... i like specialty cardstock, like shapes and Core-dinations, but don't really care if there's cardstock otherwise because i have a great stash. Oh i love black, white and Kraft CS, never can have too much of that! My dream kit has to have at LEAST one alpha set, ideally 2, can include coordinating die cuts, tags, etc. but doesn't have to. I love flowers and buttons, and other bumpy stuff, not bing on metal so much other than brads and eyelets. I LOVE LOVE LOVE vintage goodies and cool eclectic stuff from etsy!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Want to see what i made for my FIL??

I can't post on my blog because he READS my blog, LOL! so I thought i'd post here... I used some leftovers from my scrappersXchange kit and also some leftovers i had from a previous kit. It is AMAZING how tiny scraps you can use when making a minibook! I recommend that you keep ALL your scraps with whatever kit you buy them with becuase you NEVER know when you might have use for that 1/2 inch by 4 inch strip of paper! LOL! seriously though, minibooks are a great way to use stash, and they make a great gift! I'm making ALL our gifts this year and this is what i'm making for our out of town relatives.

ok, so for this minibook, i used the grafton and providence lines of Scenic Route paper, along with the embellishments that go with them and a few from my stash, notably a LOT of Heidi Swapp Bling, and almost a full pack of Kaiser rubons. I unified the book by using the same kind of pp throughout, and the black rubons throughout and embellishment clusters on each page. (or almost.)