Friday, July 1, 2011

Project12 - #7

The month of June just flew past and now it's July 1st already!'s time for the next sketch in our Project12 series.
Ready?This time, we chose something with a big 'ole circle in the design.
After all, most of our stuff is usually squared off cuz that's just the easiest thing to do.

So get out your circle cutters (or in my case, a big old bowl) and get to work!
Here's the sketch design for you to build off of:

I loved every single element on this one and the way it laid out, so I didn't change a thing.
Here's my take on it: (I used photos from one of my son's photoshoots ~ went perfectly with the paper I wanted to use! Make sure you check out his Flickr page HERE!)

I added a folded, Stickled flower up in the corner with a big button.

And, of course I glazed my title, love LOVE my Glossy Accents!

Now, take this fun sketch and run with it!
Show us what YOU can do!

And if you really like our version, you might like to join us for our Power Pages make-n-take at The Shoppe on July 16th....this is one of the pages you'll be creating!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Shoppe Hop Winner!

Hope everyone enjoyed our first blog hop.

And we hope you all found a little something inspirational along the way to use in your future creative adventures! promised.....we're going to give away a little sumthin'-sumthin' to one
lucky person who hopped & commented.

Here's our winner!
(Samantha picked from the basket, so you can blame her if you didn't win! ha!)

We have a Reminisce good package for you to dive into....
send me your physical addy and it'll be on the way!

Thanks everyone ... join us next time!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The Very First Shoppe Hop!

Hello Everyone!

Welcome to The Scrapbook Shoppe's very first Blog Hop!
The girls are all excited to participate in this event so we aren't gonna waste any time .... let's start showing you all the wonderful creations they came up with!

Let me start off by giving Sandy all the credit for getting this up & running. Thanks Sandy for kicking us in the butt on this!

We were all given the same papers to use: bright, fun, happy ones from Reminicse (we LOVE that company!) and asked to create a layout, a card, and an altered project.

This is what I made for my entries . . .

a layout featuring everyone's first kind of bike!

a card with some of the leftovers... mine's kind of a gatefold with a top-opening flap

and 2 altered items from the leftover scraps and some matching stickers....

a cute Pencil Cup...make a personalized one for your child's teacher this year!

and a sweet door hanger with a special treat tucked inside . . .

Judy has not yet jumped into the blogging world, so you can stop by The Shoppe to check out her creations....they're here now!

If you would like to re-create any of the projects you see along the way (or have an idea for one of your own!), then pay us a visit and we'll hook ya up!

Your next stop will be over at Claire's blog to see what she has come up with for this challenge.
Click HERE to to jump on over.

Leave a comment at each stop on the hop and you'll be entered for a give-away!
Thanks for visiting!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Buttons, Buttons....I Love Buttons!

Hey Guys!

I've been using buttons on just about everything I create lately, so I thought I would share my latest project.

Pretty simple....something anyone could put together.
It would make a nice project for the kids during the summer to keep them busy for an afternoon!

I started with an inexpensive wooden letter and painted it white. . . .

Then I got out my white buttons and a bottle of Sparkle Mod Podge and got to work.

and this is what is going to be hanging on my wall soon with the rest of my Letter *S* collection...

Have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Project 12 - Month #6

Hi Everyone!

Hope you all had a great Memorial Day Weekend and got to spend it with the ones you love!

Did you take lots of pictures? If you did, then maybe this month's sketch challenge will come in really handy!

I wanted to feature another sketch that had room for lots of photos without being too busy.
So this is the one I chose....( picture it centered on a 12x12 background)
Pretty simple. Not too difficult. Or time consuming. Not alot of *junk* to distract from the photos.

Here's my version....

I chose to use just 1 main photo as my focal point.
Then I just graduated down the other companion pictures in size, using black & whites to cap off the edges.

I really do not like my titles at the bottoms of my layouts, so I just flipped the sketch upside down....pretty simple remedy.

So now.....get to work and show us what YOU come up with!

Thursday, May 26, 2011


S.O.S = Save Our Store!
Have you read your latest newsletter that we sent out on Tuesday?

The Shoppe is up for sale.

We had put it out last summer when we completed our business plan of 5 years and our lease was coming to an end. We had a few inquiries and a very interested party then. But our landlord needed a definite answer sooner than the sale could take place.

He offered us a super-fantastic lease in the suite next door and we decided to sign for another year.

Well, that year is coming to an end soon. We are not going to re-sign and keep going. We have other "avenues" that we are persuing, along with my spending more much-needed time at home with my family.

So the store's assets and the inventory is for sale to be snatched up by someone else who would like to keep it going here in Columbus. Or you may want to move somewhere else.

It would be a WONDERFUL opportunity for a retiree or a group of friends who could share the purchase & operating hours, thus keeping the costs down tremendously!

If you have dreamed of owning your own business like this, now would be the PERFECT opportunity! We are putting it out at a rediculously low price....starting from the ground up (like we did) would cost you 8 or 9 times what we are selling for!

We hope with all our heart that someone will step up and keep The Shoppe going so that Columbus does not lose this independent store....too many others have closed across the country lately and all the communities are left with are the chain stores. And we all know how helpful they are!

So talk to your husband, your kids, your friends and give us a call if you would be interested in keeping this scrapping store alive!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Another Sketch For You. . .

Hey Guys!

What an exhausting weekend!

We hosted our National Scrapbook Day activities a week early this year.
My own *Princess Cait* is getting married next weekend -won't she be beautiful? (that's NOT her real dress - she'd kill me if it was posted already!)

Anyway....What a weekend we had!

We had the opportunity to host classes sponsored by Fancy Pants, KI Memories, & The Robin's Nest taught by their designers! They even wore tiaras to our Princess Crop.

That's Charity from Fancy Pants & Gretchen from KI Memories with me (I was a Rock Princess). Click on their names to visit their blogs!

Make sure you check out our FaceBook page for pix ~ our croppers were all such good sports! We had a blast!

So now it's on to #5 in our own have you been doing so far? Keeping up?

For this month's sketch, I chose to use one that featured room for a bunch of photos.

And to be able to get them all on without cropping away alot of the image, I printed them out in wallet size (that's a new thing for me - doing it more & more!) I also stretched the sketch to make it a 12x12.

Once again, I altered the chipboard letters ~ they weren't the right color.
So I painted them brown .....and hated it.

"Oh great!" I said to myself. "Now how am I gonna fix THAT?!"

Well, I pulled out my metallic creme rubons that I have had since the beginning of time and rubbed on some blues & greens over the paint. Now I am in love with those again!

And in case you're wondering what this crazy layout is all about, here is what I wrote on my journaling block:

**Oh Alex - where DO you get your photo ideas from?
I don't even ask anymore. I just say "OK" and away we go....
This time we climbed onto the roof of the store and jumped our hearts out!**

Crazy, loveable boy . . .
check him out here.

Have fun with this next sketch in our year-long series!
Post your own finished layout on our FaceBook page and label it as your Project12!
We wanna see what you did!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Mid Month Craft

Hey Everyone!

I’m back again with another quick & easy money saving idea…..this time for party entertaining and it won’t cost you a dime!

If you are a paper-crafter, then no doubt you have a box full of left-over scraps that you just can’t bear to throw out.

So put them to good use at your next summer-time get together!

Go through your stash and pick out the

brightest, happiest patterns and cut them into flower shapes.

You can cut these free-hand or use a die-cutting machine.

Next cut a simple circle in a matching solid

color & adhere to the flower.

Punch a hole in the center & insert a drinking straw to brighten up any

summer-time picnic or pool party!

Or put a twist on it and try this sweet idea for your

Easter Egg Hunting Celebration this year . . .

too cute . . .don’t ‘cha think?

Friday, April 1, 2011

#4 in Our Sketch Challenge

Hi Guys!

March seems to have come in & flown right back out!
A new month means a new sketch challenge in our own Project12 series!

Here's your new sketch to work with:

And here is the page I created following that sketch:

For my border strip, I chose to do a little bit of paper pleating....LOVE that look!

I used 2 different Chipboard Alpha styles in my lettering, smudging them with some Stickles (love those too!)

Since I spread my title out on the top AND bottom (if you know me, you know I'm not much of a journaler ~ shame on me!), I slinked my butterfly & pearls embellishment from corner to corner to keep your eyes moving across the page. . .

And remember there's no rule that says you HAVE to use the same size photos . . . try mixing the sizes.
Another tip that I've been doing lately: Instead of cropping your photos, print them out in wallet size instead so you don't lose any of your image.

This photo might look a little altered or distressed, but it's not. My son, Alex, is HUGE into photography (go check out his awesome work on Flickr here) and is always looking for interesting situations. He actually took this through a window screen to get that canvas effect.

So that's your challenge for this month. Have fun & show me what you can do with this one by posting your finished layout on The Shoppe's FaceBook Page here.

Remember to mention that it's your April Project12 and the next time you come shopping, we'll give you a Project12 Discount!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

It's Time for Another One!

Hello Everyone!

Know what today is?
It's March 1st.

Know what that means?
It's National Craft Month!

Try making it a priority this month to catch up on all the crafting, scrapbooking, and card-making that you love doing.

If you don't set aside and dedicate some time, you will never get done.
Or even started!

Are you ready for this month's next challenge?
We are!!!!!

It's #3 in our own Project12 assignment!

This sketch is a good one if you need to get a few pictures onto one page or if you have shot a sequence of photos.

Here is my page:

Instead of cropping away most of your photos, print them out in wallet size won't lose anything!

And to highlight your favorite one, keep it regular size....
or give it a decorative frame ~ it'll stand out the most!

I also added some extra embellishment at the top ~ it was a little too plain for me.
The patterned word paper from Teresa Collins was perfect for this page!

Have fun creating your page with this sketch and don't forget to post it on The Shoppe's FaceBook page!

Tag it as your March Project12 and the next time you stop by, we'll give you a P12 discount!

Let's see what you do with this one!

Monday, January 31, 2011

Project 12 - Month #2

Can you believe how fast this first month of the new year has flown by?

I can't believe February is already starting.
And this month will go even quicker cuz we're missing a few days!

So let's get you guys started out on Month #2 for our Project12.
(did you get last month's finished?)

This month's sketch features room for 2 photos, cuz let's face it: sometimes that's all we have!

And if you'll notice, this sketch was designed for an 8.5x11 page layout.
That doesn't mean you can't use it for your 12x12 pages!
Just extend things a bit, like I did!

And once again, I flipped the sketch upside down - worked better for me that way.

I also love, love, LOVE to use Paper Glaze & Glossy Accents on things I want to feature - it makes them stand out so much more!

Anyway, challenge yourself to get this page done this month . . . it's NOT that hard!

And when you do, post it to our Facebook Page.
Then when you come in, remember to ask for your special Project12 Discount!

Let's see what wonderful creations you can come up with!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Sweet Treats

I'm back today with another way to use all of your paper scraps for
something other than scrapping.

Since Valentine's Day is quickly approaching, it's time to think about giving little momentos to those you love. So here is a quick & easy project...

Wouldn't you love to see the smile and hear a squeal when your kids open their doors on Valentine's morning to find one of these hanging there??

We tucked a cookie into ours but you can fill them with whatever sweet goodie you'd like.

Super simple to make ~ AND you can get 2 holders out 1 sheet of 12x12 paper!

First trace and cut out your desired paper ~ double sided works best since
you'll be folding the backside up.

We used a piece from Kaiser Crafts **Love Notes** collection for this one
and left the decorative border on the top

Score and fold on the lines to create the pocket. Secure with Glue Dots or
Tacky Glue ~ these will hold better and longer than a tape runner!

Use a large circle punch at the top for the hanger part.

And then embellish to your hearts desire!

And don't think these are just for Valentine's Day...they're for ANYTIME! and ANYONE!

A teacher would love to walk to her classroom and find one of these on her door.
Or surprise your best friend and hang one on her car's antenna for when she leaves for work!

We made this one for a little guys birthday. . . .

The sky is the limit on these treat holders so use your imagination and your scraps!

By the way....we have the template at The Shoppe.
So if you'd like to make some, stop on by!

Have fun!

Friday, January 14, 2011

A Guy's Card

Back again!

Thought I'd share an easy card I made recently for my daughter's boyfriend.

Guy cards are already a little more challenging cuz you can't add all ribbon, glitter, bling, and flowers that we love to use. And a teen guy is even harder!

So here's what I started with - polkadot paper from Reminisce's Making the Grade line:

and a pocket cut from an old, ratty pair of torn-up jeans:

I punched a circle,

glued that inside a metal-rimmed tag, and stamped on it:

I attached that tag to the pocket with a safety pin and glued the pocket to the front of the card:

This is the message that I chose for the inside of the card:

So after Jarod read that, he had a big smile on his face and went back to check for this! (I had it tucked out of sight when he first opened it!)

Hope you guys enjoyed this little quick -n- easy card and it gave you a little bit of inspiration for those hard-to-create-for people!