Friday, April 11, 2008

Scrapbook News + Review is up and running!!!

It's been a bumpy ride with some of the website issues but I've been sooooo very excited about being a part of this new magazine! Both the website and the first issue are now up and running and ready to go and I am extremely proud to be involved! We have a talented staff and our editor, Caitlin Koch, has worked very hard and I'd like to give her a big thank you and a round of virtual applause! If you haven't been by yet, come join the fun! Scrapbook News + Review is a monthly online magazine packed with articles, layouts, altered items, cards, reviews, and much more! Besides the magazine itself, the website has a news portal that is updated daily as well as a forum and gallery - we hope you'll come join us!

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Accordian Receipt Organizer

In case you couldn't tell, I just finished up my taxes, lol! THIS year I think I'll try being organized. I've forever got receipts scattered everywhere so I thought I'd make up a little holder to tuck them into - not just my tax stuff, but also major purchases, etc. and stuff I just tend to keep.

I started with an accordian folder album from Zsiage - it's 6x12 so this came together really fast. I adhered papers from Zsiage's New England line. The stripe is Cape Cod Stripe and I used that on the front and back, then covered the pockets with Surf and Turf. I used a metallic embroidery thead from DMC (I separated out 1/2 the strands to use) to sew the pockets closed at the sides, making sure the stitching was even on the front and back. I also added a drop of glue to each of the knots as this metallic floss has an odd slickness to it that made me wonder if it would STAY knotted without some help. I cut some smaller pieces of Ocean View and attached a piece to the front and smaller pieces to each of the pockets. I labeled the pocket pieces with my categories (using a Permapaque pen from Sakura) and then outlined each of the pieces with Cinammon Stickles (I LOVE this color!!).
The chipboard numbers and letters on the front are also from Zsiage. The numbers come packaged together and then the letters are 1.5" Monica font. You'll need to click on the photo of the front to see the detail. For all the chipboard pieces, I first textured them with the Tim Holtz hammer. Which was fun, lol, I want to play with that some more! Then I used alcohol inks to cover the chipboard. I finished it off using the metallic mixatives by themselves (well, I added just a touch of the blending solution) both dabbing and swiping to get it really random then wiped some away as well.
I know the flowers don't quite match, but I'm out of the teal in that size so I just went with what Primas I had handy. I liked the bit of contrast it gave but may go back and change that. One of the other Zsiagettes had put together a layout with these papers and used either a red or a pink accent (wracking my brain trying to remember - gonna have to go check) and it ended up just looking fantastic together and it's one of those things I NEVER would have thought up on my own, lol, being such the matchy-matchy girl I am! Anyways. The flower centers are chipboard dots from Zsiage's Chippies set covered in the Cinammon Stickles again.

Friday, April 4, 2008

Daisy Frame

I just can't seem to resist the sparkly stuff here lately! I found this daisy paper with glitter from Imaginescence and just HAD to make something with it! Used one of the $1 wood frames from Michael's simply painted white. Of course, the glitter of the paper wasn't enough, so I edged the whole frame with glittering crystal Scribbles, then added little iridescent yellow flower sequins around the inside edge. A few layered flowers from Bazzill, some more sequins, then more Scribbles in the center of each of the flower sequins. It went really quickly. Maybe 20 minutes to DO, then overnight to dry. Now I've got to drag Michael out and get a nice spring-like photo to put in it for Grandma (who loves daisies)!

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Crop-a-Dile winner!! Misty K!

So since my son is still home on three weeks of Spring Break, I thought I'd let him help me with the winner. I had to interrupt a video game to get this, lol, and then after I turned the camera off he asked if HE had won! So here's the first video I've tried to upload...hopefully this works right! (Well, it works, but I think I need to upload it to Youtube next time - this took FOREVER and it's only a few seconds long!) I'll have to work out the bugs (and definitely learn to edit the videos a bit) before putting some tutorials up, but I have lots of great ideas you've all listed!

And comment #20 is:

Using the Crop-A-Dile....any tutorials would be great.

Misty K in Ohio

Misty K, please email me your mailing addy to and I'll get your Crop-a-dile and a few other goodies out in the mail tomorrow!

Thank you so much, everyone, for playing! I was contacted today by a manufacturer of a really cool organization product and she's sending me out one to give away so be watching for that giveaway coming soon!!

Oh! And look down on the righthand side of my blog - I have a theme song now, lol! I was nice and set it to NOT play automatically, but it's definitely a happy song I had forgotten ALL about until Jami Petersen from Magazine brought it up as a potential title, lol! Go have a listen - you'll smile, I promise, especially if you're old enough to remember it, lol!