Saturday, November 26, 2011

Copic Marker Class-January 11, 2012 6-8pm

Register NOW! Your heart will be in a blissful state when you reigster to create these six Valentine cards using tons of the hottest papers, tools & Copic Markers too! Each class participant will enjoy creating six Valentinve cards designed using My Mind's Eye Valentine paper line "Love Me". This paper line was designed by Iowa's very own Robyn Meierotto! Check out the pretty patterns & colors one ach card in this collection and then register to create your very own set. We'll also be using Ranger's Perfect Pearls Mists & Adirondack Lights ink on embossed papers, Inkadinkadoo stamps with Momento and Ranger Distress Inks, Spica Glitter pens, gorgeous textural ribbons on each card, wooden buttons, twine & lots more plus Sizzix dies & a chance to use the Tim Holtz Vagabond machine too! Almost all fot he paper cutting and stamping of images is already done for you so that during class students can focus on the use of Copic Markers. Each class attendee will receive the following three Ciao Copic Markers: W1, R29, and RV34. (That's a $12 value!) Cost $28/attendee.

Attendees may upgrade their Ciao markers to Sketch markers for a nominal additional fee. Please let the store personnel know your intentions when you call to register for class. Call (309) 736-7242 to register today! The Scrapbooking Studio is located at 1623 5th Avenue, Moline, IL 61265. Please bring the following to class: Large & small pop dots, Large and small glue dots, adhesive, Cat eye chalk ink in charcoal or pigment black and chalk chestnut roan or pigment brown. The following Copic Markers will also be used in class; however, attendees need not purchase or already own these markers to participate in class. I will bring all markers needed to complete the cards as shown: G82, G85, W3, B41, B45, Y02, Y04, Y11, Y17,  RV32, BV25, R27, R30, E31, E33, E35, E37, E74, E77, Colorless Blender.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Start a New Holiday Tradition!

Start a new Holiday Tradition: Celebrate St. Nicholas Day! Did you know that the tradition of hanging up stockings at Christmas time originated with Saint Nicholas? Legend has it that Saint Nicholas was known to throw small bags of gold coins into the open windows of poor homes. One of those bags of gold landed in a child's stocking and soon news of the event got around. St. Nicholas was from Greece and December 6th commemorates his life. He gave up his belongings and gave to the needy especially children. Modern times have changed things a bit: I attended a small private college in Wisconsin and there it was a tradition to put your shoes in the hallway (I lived in the dorm) on December 6 to see if St. Nick would visit-sometimes we would be given candy in our shoes. I thought it might be fun to start this tradition with my children this year (plus their Halloween candy buzz is almost worn off). I created some fun candy treats to tuck in their boots & shoes. The long candy tubes will look enticing and fun sticking out of their boots I think! I might even tuck one in my husband's lunch tote.
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I used several dies to cut out toppers for the candy packages, BoBunny Christmas Papers, and Maya Road chipboard snowflakes colored with Ranger distress inks and Colorbox cat eye inks. 

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Stickles glitter on embossed images really make them sparkle!
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Gold metalic Colorbox Cateye ink on edges of Santa hat make it shine a tiny bit. SRM candy tubes (totally cool!!)
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Patterned Papers: BoBunny
Ribbons: from my stash (use up some leftovers!!)
Pins, Chipboard shapes & Bingo Marker: Maya Road
Inks & Mists: Colorbox (Gold, Silver, Red), Tattered Angels,Ranger (distress ink & stain)
Plastic tubes:SRM
Dies: Sizzix (Top Note) & Spellbinders
Punch: Fiskars scallop circle 

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Newest kits from Sweet Tooth Scrapbooking!

Today I am thankful for my Gnomies! 
This five card collection designed with Jillibean Soup's autumn line is available at 30% off for a limited time! 
Also available is this line of Thank-You cards created with American Craft papers and embellishments:

With Christmas just around the corner don't forget to stock up on the easiest two Christmas card kits available!

 This six card collection comes with all piece pre-cut and ready to assemble! It'll only take you a few minutes to put them together. And the Jillibean paper kit pictured below is a sure hit with a tri-fold/belly band card, money/pocket card, and lots more surprised in store for you.

Here's a look at some of these card close-up!

I've also created a few things to capture your Halloween memories:
This is a 6x6 chipboard mini-album designed with Bella Blvd.'s Halloween papers, stickers, die cut images, journaling blocks, felt die cut images, ribbons and more! It's go together quickly-and is a fun, cute kit.

This is a two page layout kit that includes an entire set of Thickers to create the title as shown, or design your own title.

Remember-it's all on sale for 30% off
 plus free shipping on all orders over $50. 
Use coupon code: Sweet2011FreeShip

Gobble up HUGE savings & don't worry about the shipping: IT's FREE!

30% off all kits, products & bargains NOW at Sweet Tooth Scrapbooking! Don't wait until Black Friday to shop-do it now and save BIG. Don't worry about the shipping either-because it's FREE on all orders over $50.  Get your Christmas Cards created in no time with handy pre-cut, pre-designed cards! Layout kits too-tons of new layout kits were just added to the site along with an adorable Halloween mini-album, Halloween Layouts, Fall themed thank you cards (you HAVE to see my Gnomies!) and so much more. Many kits were just moved into the BARGAIN bin. Buy last year's Christmas Card & Fall kits at half-price. (Quantities are down to the last 2-3 kits). The "Good Stuff" is going to go fast so please don't wait! We have tons of Ranger Stickles colors, so please request the color you would like in the comments section of your order. Cindy & I can't wait to hear from you.
 Use coupon code: Sweet2011FreeShip to get your free shipping in addition to 30% off all prices.

So Thankful...for grandma's pies, her flowers, and so much more!

I wanted to take this opportunity to pay tribute my grandma who passed recently just a few days before her 96th birthday! She really hated having her picture taken in her later years; so I don't have very many of them and she managed to look away or make very strange faces in the few pictures of her  that I do have. I was challenged with the task of trying to capture her spirit in a different way. I choose to remember grandma with a fall flower from my garden. Grandma loved her flower gardens (especially lillies), making pies for her family (her apple was the best!) and seeing and visiting with family and friends. I will miss her. I've been thinking of how good one of her pies would be for Thanksgiving! This layout embodies her zest for color & nature with a little bit of bling:
I used the BoBunnyForever Fall die cut paper and Forever Fall paper, buttons, also, Maya Road ribbon.
Supplies Used:
Bazzill cardstock (die cut with an Accucut die)
Maya Road Ribbon
Spellbinder die for journaling block
Hardware & Ink: Ranger

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Tutorial: Creating acrylic mini-albums

Here are some creative ideas to use when creating acrylic mini-albums: I think acrylic pages in any album create an impressive backdrop for photos. I will be showing you several ways to alter your acrylic album pages so you can start using acrylic pages in your albums too. Ready to get creative?

First, choose a mini-album. I am using Maya Road's Acrylic Coaster album. It's pages measure 2.5x3.5" each so it is quite small. Also, you will want to grab some micro or small glue dots to adhere paper to the pages and items to the pages. Glue pens also work. Your adhesive should be placed in areas that will be covered by embellishments on the "other side" of the page so try to always be thinking ahead.

Second, choose a line of paper. You will need a very small amount of paper for this size of a mini-album so scraps are perfect. I am using BoBunny's Christmas paper line Blitzen.  This is a great choice because Bo-Bunny's heavy double sided printed papers have great design elements on both sides of the paper. This is extremely important during the design portion of your album because both sides of the paper will be visible.
Third, choose your pictures. Remember, the pages are extremely tiny so one 4x6 picture may provide you with two pages of layouts.

 Also, keep in mind that very small parts of photos may be used to emphasize certain items on your pages. I will show you an example below. I used a circle punch to include the pictures of the tree ornaments. Then I matted them with another circle, adhered them with glue dots and pop dots to add a bit of dimension. 
Fourth, decide what order your pictures will be used in the mini-album. What is the story this little album will tell? Your photos don't have to be used chronologically. Because both sides of the pages/papers are visible; the entire album needs to be planned out and designed before you begin any techniques or adding paper or pictures to the pages.
Fifth, begin the actual creation of the mini-album. I love adding "snow" and "frost" to acrylic pages because the acrylic page naturally gives the viewer a feeling of ice or liquid. Here's how to give the look of snow: add Ranger's Adirondack Dabber in Snow Cap acrylic paint around the outer edges of the page. Allow to dry or use a heat tool to quicken the process.

On the second page of the book create the look of frozen metal or "frost" by adding Ranger Adirondack Metallics Silver Dabber paint around the outer edges of the page. Again allow the page to dry or use a heat tool to quicken the process.

Next use a tiny word stamp on a die cut or punch label and adhere to the front of the second page. Also, use a snowflake punch (mine is from EK Success) and punch a few snowflakes (hearts would be great too) to place in the upper left corner of the page. Use another small lable punch to add a second seasonal word to the paper you'll be adhering to the back of page 2. Using micro-glue dots adhere the paper to the backside of page 2. Check for paper placement through the acrylic page before adhering.
I applied a sheet of paper to the backside of page two. This can be seen all the way through the front of the album. I think it sort of looks like I am peering through several layers of ice. I added a  Maya Road chipboard snowflake (stained and glittered of course) along with a brown Maya Road flower in the center. These first two pages work together to create a snowy, frosty look setting the tone for the chilly holiday mini-album.

Sixth, continue working through your mini-album continually keeping in mind that you need to check the pages's fronts and backs before adhering anything to see what the view is through the acylic. On the fourth piece of acrylic I used alcohol inks to color the page green. I used Rangers Adirondack Earthtones in Lettuce on a piece of felt attached to a blending tool. I used a heat tool to dry the alcohol ink.

The alcohol ink creates the background behind the circle photos on the left page seen here:
Seventh, the fifth page of the album I distressed using a sanding tool and then inks with Ranger Distress Festive Berries red ink. This effect is very suddle. (It's the left page pictured below). I used a Maya Road chipboard stocking colored with Tattered Angels glimmer mist as a journaling block.
Eighth, the sixth page of the album I stamped using a Just Rite Holiday stamp and StazOn Solvent ink in Jet Black (StazOn ink works great on acylic surfaces!). I stamped on the backside of the last page and adhered the paper to the front side of the page allowing the final "Happy Holidays" greeting to be seen through the acylic.

Have fun creating with acrylic! Hopefully, some of these ideas have inspired you to create something with acylic.
Products Used:
Mini-Album: Maya Road
Patterned Papers: Bo Bunny Blitzen
Chipboard embellishments: Maya Road
Paints: Ranger Adirondack Dabbers (Snow Cap & Silver)
Inks: Ranger Distress Ink in Festive Berries
Ink: StazOn Solvent ink Jet Black and Ranger Adirondack Alcohol Ink in Lettuce/Blending Tool
Stamps: JustRite
Bling/Pearls: Queen
Plastic Flower: Maya Road
Punches: EK Success
Adhesive: Micro Glue Dots & Glue Pen

Monday, November 14, 2011

Showing some Family Pride with a little help from Reminisce

Create adorable jungle animal themed layouts using Reminisce's new line of papers/stickers titled "Family Pride". Our family's last trip to the zoo was a while ago now, but these adorable animal stickers from Reminisce reminded me I still needed to scrapbook a few memories. Our family trip to the zoo in Madison, WI. Leaf stickers used as photo corners, green "back-side" used for grassy fringe along right side of layout.

I also created a fun-loving birthday card using a new die I picked up at The Scrapbooking Studio in Moline, IL and Reminisce's Family Pride papers. I love the fluffiness of the flower.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Challenge-Use a Rub-On on your next layout or card design

Add drama and a unique flare to your next layout or card creation by including a rub-on on your design. Rub-ons are an inexpensive way to add a lot of pizzazz to any project. I used a Bo-Bunny Doodle Dude rub-on on my layout I created with a picture of my son, Charlie. The patterned papers are from the Cambridge Chess BoBunny collection, and the giant "M" is also a Bobunny embellishment. Did you know that rub-ons can be used on a lot of different surfaces? Rub-ons can be layered over pictures, paper and buttons and many other surfaces as well. Post your rub-on creation today on the A Walk Down Memory Lane Facebook Wall so we can all see how you used a rub-on on your card or layout.

Supplies Used:
BoBunny Cambridge Chess Printed Papers
BoBunny Dood Dude Rub-On
BoBunny Large Letters-Brown
Maya Road Acrylic Embellishments
American Crafts Thickers
White Pen
I purchased my supplies on-line at A Walk Down Memory Lane

Sunday, November 6, 2011

The Scrapbooking Studio carries the entire line of Doodlebug's easy to create cards. This giant collection includes several card and envelope styles and colors along with dimensional stickers, and card greetings. The great news is that it's all reasonably priced starting at only $0.75/piece. I created these four cards in less than 15 minutes. I think they turned out adorable thanks to the huge selection at The Scrapbooking Studio-but you be the final judge. Stop by the store to check out the samples on display today.

What do Maya Road, Simple Stories, and Ranger products all have in common? Great Design! Quickly create a beautiful mini-album with exquisite detail using Maya Road's chimpboard mini-albums, Ranger's Tim Holtz Distress Stain to cover the chipboard pages, and a 6x6 Mini-Pad from Simple Stories to create the perfect background pages and pieces for your own story. Add some emphamira, ribbon, and twine and the album is created (painlessly) in no time at all! You can purchase all of these products today at The Scrapbooking Studio.

I used Simple Stories' Generations paper, Ranger's Pumice Stone, Crushed Olive and Tea Dye Distress Stain, and Maya Road's Curved Edge Layered Scolloped Book. Sparkle was added with Ranger's Perfect Pearls Mists in Interference Red and Perfect Pearl.