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!

Monday, January 3, 2011

It's a New Year

and along with each January 1st, many people choose to make "New Year's Resolutions".

Now, while we all have good intentions of following through with these, more often than not, our good ideas last all of about a couple weeks at best.

Here at The Shoppe, I am going to try my very, very best to keep up with this blog on a regular basis. More ideas, more tips & tricks, more shared sketches, more challenges....more of anything I can think of!

So to kick off 2011, we are going to challenge you to make a scrappin' resolution for this year.
And really, this shouldn't be at all difficult for ANY of you to keep up with!

We're calling this resolution **Project 12**
And just as the name hints at, we would like you to make a promise to yourself to complete
1 layout every month for this year. 12 layouts in 12 months. That's not much to ask. And NO CHEATING by doing 3 or 4 at a time and saving them for the coming months!

The purpose of Project 12 is to keep you scrapping on a regular basis.

So that will be YOUR commitment.

Ours will be to supply you with a new sketch every month to jump-start your creativity. Cuz let's face it ~ it can be hard to always come up with a new idea that's totally different from something we've done in the past.

Use our sketch if you'd like or choose one of your own....just make sure you complete 1 layout.
When you do, then please share it (and the sketch you used!) on our FaceBook page ~ we wanna see too!

As an added incentive, if you do post and share(make sure you put Project 12 in your status!), we'll give you a
Project 12 Discount on your next purchase at The Shoppe!

So here is your first prompt for 2011 ~

and the layout I created.
Please note: I flipped this sketch upside down...worked better for me that way!

Have fun with this and look at it as a personal challenge, not a chore.
You'll be glad you did it!