Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Start with a story - photos optional

Sometimes I hear a story or see something on TV that inspires me to create a scrapbook page.  I don't always have an appropriate picture.  Usually, I can find something on the internet that will serve as an illustration for my story, but sometimes the story alone is enough.  Today I was in the room while my husband was watching an episode of American Pickers.  The guys were looking at an old phone booth and it got me thinking about the phone in my house when I was a child. 

Do you remember a phone like this?
We had a rotary dial phone, hard wired and hanging on the wall, near the kitchen of our house.  We only had one phone in the house. If we weren't home, there was no answering machine.  I can remember as a child learning how to use the phone making sure to spin the number all the way around before releasing the dial and then hearing the click-click-click-click as in spun back to position.  I can remember when I was a little older sitting on a hard chair near the kitchen talking to my friend.

What do you remember about your first phone?  What story do you want to record about the evolution of technology and the way we communicate today?  Do you still have a land line?  Take a picture of your phone (fixed, cordless, mobile) because it will likely be 'old fashioned' before you know it.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

May is National Scrapbooking Month

I love May!  Spring is here and the weather is turning warmer . . . finally.  AND it's National Scrapbooking Month which means I can spend more time scrapbooking and feel completely justified!

Close To My Heart has a great offer this month to help you celebrate and create beautiful spring scrapbook pages. 

During National Scrapbooking Month in May, you can get the Free to Be Me paper collection for just $5 with your qualifying purchase of $50. The paper collection features exclusive printed cardstocks, vellums, and B&T Duos™ and, with a retail value of $11.95, is a fantastic deal for products you can’t get anywhere else. Plus, with your $50 qualifying purchase, you will also qualify for the May Stamp of the Month for an additional $5 (retail value $17.95)! This means May is the perfect month to double up on promotions, getting the paper collection for $5 and the May Stamp of the Month for $5—that is a savings of nearly $20! So make sure to get your Free to Be Me paper collection in May for just $5 and let your creativity take flight!
Dates: Offer valid May 1, 2014 (9:00 MDT) – May 31, 2014 (11:59 pm MDT). 

Free to Be Me paper collection Contents
• 6 – Free to Be Me B&T Duos™ Papers
• 2 – UV-Coated, Designed Teal Cardstock Sheets
• 2 – UV-Coated, Designed Red Cardstock Sheets
• 2 – UV-Coated, Designed Gold Cardstock Sheets
• 1 – White Feather Print Vellum Sheet
• 1 – Gold Foil Polka-dot Print Vellum Sheet
Featured colors: Gold, Mint, Peach, Red, Teal, Tan,White Daisy

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Conserving Cardstock

I learned a great trick recently for making efficient use of my cardstock.  When you are using cardstock as a "base layer" for a scrapbook page, cut out the inside of the paper and use it for other embellishments or on another project.

In this example, I used Chocolate cardstock as my background, but before I adhered the rest of the layout to the Chocolate, I cut out a 10 1/2 x 10 1/2 inch square from the middle of each paper. (which leaves 1/2" showing around the edge and 1" underneath)  I used those pieces to cut all the photo mats that you see on the rest of this layout. 

Zipline layout @
I also cut the Olive, Indian Corn Blue, and Colonial White cardstock into appropriate sizes and strips before I added them to the page rather than "layering".  This helped reduce the thickness of my finished layout and saved paper!

Here's what the back looks like (but nobody will see it once it's in the album).
Save paper by cutting out the inside of your base paper -

I used 2 sheets of Chocolate, 1 Colonial White, 1 Olive and 1 Indian Corn Blue for this layout and had plenty of scraps left over for other projects.

Stamping Technique:
I found the Zipline sticker sheet while I was attending a scrapbooking convention.  (Stamping Station: Zip Line) I knew I wanted to use it for these pictures.  I decided to use the gorgeous Close To My Heart cardstock colors for this layout to match the colors in the stickers. While the colors matched perfectly, it still  looked a little bit plain to me so I used a background stamp (D1544 Distressed Backgrounds) to give the layout a little texture. I randomly stamped the design around the edges of the paper in a contrasting (but coordinating) color.
texture stamping @