Friday, June 28, 2013

Embellishments: 4 Tricks for Using Washi Tape


Washi Tape Tips

Hello Friends!
I am writing today to share some washi tape tricks. Washi tape is a thin, slightly translucent paper tape. It is great for embellishing cards and scrapbook pages. Here are a few ways I use washi tape:

1. Embellish your embellishments: I added washi tape to this wooden butterfly from CTMH. I used liquid glass to secure it. (Blogpost on Liquid Glass)
2. Create your own craft pins by using head pins with the ball tip. You can purchase head pins at beads stores or any craft store that selling beading supplies. I love the ball tip head pins over the flat heads for creating craft pins because they look more finished. Fold over some washi tape and cut into banner shape, pennant shape or leave squared off. I like to make a bunch while I am doing it and I don't cut the shapes until I am ready to use it. That way I can tailor it to my page.

3. Place strips of washi tape over cardstock, lining up any patterns. Then use decorative punches to cut shapes out of the washi cover cardstock.

4. Use colored or plain metal paper clips and fold some washi tape up creating a flag. Again you can cut them into various banner or pennant shapes.


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Friday, June 7, 2013

Digital Scrapbooking: Grandma's Album

Hello Friends,
I have never done digital scrapbooking, because I am addicted to paper, stamps, embellishments...the works! However, I wanted to give digital a try. So here is my first experience with digital scrapbooking. I used the Studio J program offered through Close to My Heart. I wanted to approach this as a consumer really give you a true product review. I know you may think I am biased but Studio J is truly amazing. 
I did some research comparing Studio J and a competitor. Here are the main points:
Studio J gives you:
  • A two page layout for $6.95
  • 3 jpegs per layout, a small one for the web (as pictured below) and one large jpeg per page to use for printing again later.
  • Shipping for $5.95 for a box of upto 50 layouts
  • Offers a 5 pack for $39.95 which includes 5 layouts and shipping included (perfect for a gift or for you to stock up on layouts)
  • Many digital options including layouts already designed and ready to just place the pictures and print, paper packs with embellishments, and a way to build from your pages from scratch.
  • Customizable! Titles, color choices, journaling...etc!
  • The paper and printing is 100+ year archival printing process.
  • Plus, videos and tips to help you get the most from the program.
 From the research I did I found that Shutterfly offers:
  • A one page layout for $6.99, shipping not included
  • Very limited paper options
  • No customization.
  • Not sure about their printing process.  
So I am truly amazed at what Studio J offers! I suggest you give it a try. You can create your first layout without even creating an account and at no cost! Only when you are ready to hit print will you need to create an account so you can save your projects.
If you have any questions please let me know!! Check out the layouts I created for a scrapbook for my mom. It was her Mother's Day present.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Why Scrapbook Sketches?

Sketchy Mondays

, Sketches and Scrapbooking 2009

Hello Friends,

There are a few reasons why I started this blog. The main reason is to share with you my passion for scrapbooking. My other reasons include: to teach, to expose you to my favorite scrapbooking company (Close To My Heart), to expand my knowledge, and to help keep up with my scrapping.

This post falls under two categories. To teach you, and in turn, teach myself. I was searching pinterest looking for scrapbook sketches. This one pin caught my eye because it was hand drawn. I clicked it and it took me the following article. I was looking for something for you to use and wound up educating myself.

Why Sketches?
  • Sketches will aid in the creative process
  • They will speed up the process
  • One sketch can help create many layouts
Because of this article I will now sketch out all the layouts I complete, before and after. This will be a great asset to me when I am trying to complete a layout quickly. Also, I will post the sketch of my layout for you to use as well!

Please read the following article and comment below about what you learned. Are you going to start using sketches this way?