Monday, August 30, 2010

Online Crop Coming Soon~

we invite you to a back to school crop with Scraptacular~
join us on the Message Boards for challenges, games and maybe some prizes, too....

hope to see you there!!!!!!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Sneak Peeks!!!

I LOVE to be a tease! So I'm teasing you with some sneak peeks of what's coming up in September's kit!!!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Fun challenge!!

If you haven't checked out the forum, I can guarantee you're missing out! We have a lot of fun chatting there, with weekly discussion topics, challenges, and projects, so be sure to stop by! One of the challenges this month is by our very talented DT Coordinator Lisa - she challenges us to incorporate not one, but TWO banners on a LO! And the walk in the park kit is perfect this month since the stickers include a banner already made. Again, even though I didn't get to create with this lovely kit, I just had to get my hands on this Echo Park pp - Beth always picks stuff that is a total must-have for me!

Well, here is the page I created for the challenge, and another example of what you can do with this adorable kit. Even though the colors are fresh and the pp design is modern, you can still easily adapt it to a vintage photo LO! To go along with the challenge, I put the sticker banner up top, and converted the pp banner going across into more of a real banner by adding floss across the top, to give it that banner feel. Fun!

If you got the other kit from this month and not this one, don't despair :) Making your own banners is super easy! Just cut out little triangles and you're good to go! This is a card I made with the summertime kit, and I made a little banner by cutting out triangles and accenting with stickles. You don't even have to be too exact when making the triangles.

If you're wondering about making the cute cupcake, it's super easy as well - just accordion fold a little scrap of pp and glue it down. For the top, I used the mini cupcake chipboard set by Maya Road that's in the store - I just took one of the cupcake tops, colored it, and attached with foam dots. A cute little gem on top for the cherry, and viola!

Monday, August 16, 2010

mini album featuring the August Walk in the Park kit~

i used this cute August kit~

and this cute mini album from the store

to create this fun and easy mini album~

make sure you grab one here to create this for yourself :)

Friday, August 13, 2010

Layout using Liz's sketch

Earlier this week, we were all challenged to be inspired by our Sketch designer Liz's latest sketch for Scraptacular. I love to see how each artist interprets the sketch and creates a layout, card or project. Here again is the sketch...
My creation...
When I use a sketch I don't use each piece so literally. For example, Liz drew a circle in the top right corner...I translated that to a sun for my layout...same basic shape but a little different. Also, when I first look at the sketch I see the light gray square and the smaller white square as layers on top of the background. However, I didn't use layers to interpret those pieces of the sketch. I added strips of green along the left and top and drew a smaller box on my background to interpret "layers" on the layout. The sketch had two small {red} circles for embellishments, I added three hearts. So we get inspired by a sketch but then we have to be creative in making it fit our layout or creative artwork.
Don't forget to add your layout to Lisa's previous post for a chance to win a RAK for her! I can't wait to see your interpretation!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Bowlin Blooms made with the Boardwalk Kit for August!

Hi there,

I created this "Bowlin Bloom" with some scraps from the Boardwalk kit that Beth coordinated for August. 

I call it a Bowlin Bloom as Jenni Bowlin herself showed me how to create the basics of these blooms a few years ago at a tradeshow.  Talk about awe inspiring!  Jenni is so sweet!

To create the base flower you need:
~ Three circles of paper.  Can be whatever you desire, hand cut or punched, etc.  About the same size would be great too!
~ Coordinating chalk ink(s)
~ A good strong quick drying liquid adhesive.
~ Stickles
~ Fibers of some fashion for the stamens.  I used hemp.
~ Scissors
~ Edge Distress Tool

1- Distress the edges of the circles with Edge Distress Tool.  Rough it up! 
2- Snip circles on their radius.  This would be from edge to center point.  Think of a "Pac-Man" with his mouth closed!  :)
3- Take each circle and pleat it along the center point.  This will create a ruffled up jumble and sort of look like a fan.  That's OK!
4- Pick out two and overlap cut ends to create a larger full circle.  Glue in place and smoosh slightly.Chalk edges.
5- Using the third circle, over lap it's ends and adhere in place.  Smoosh as necessary.  Smooshing is fun! Chalk edges here too. 
6- Glue smaller circle on the center of the larger circle.
7- Adhere desired fibers to the center flower with adhesive. 
8- Cover adhesive in center of flower with Stickles.
9- Let dry and then enjoy!
10- :)

Hope that you have fun creating "Bowlin Blooms!"


Tuesday, August 3, 2010

More About the August Kit

Well, hello there! I am very excited to have been able to design again with one of the fabulous kits from Scraptacular! Beth has put together 2 beautiful kits for August, & I used this one right down to 1 lonely sheet of paper & some stickers. My kit was Walk in the Park. What wonderful colors & papers, & this is one of my favorite kits from Scraptacular so far!

Here are a few of the layouts & cards that I created with it:

Now, what are you waiting for? Head on over to the store & pick up a kit today!

Thanks for looking! Have a great week!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Welcome August, New Kits, New Sketch

August is here. I cannot believe it. The summer is passing SO quickly and i have so many fun new pictures.Do you??? If you are looking for some fun kits to use to make them "shine" here they are~

the first kit available this month~ "A Walk in the Park"

and here is the very fun and summery "BoardWalk" Kit~ perfect for your beach pictures

and i wanted to take a moment and introduce a new member of the Scraptacular Design Team. Liz Chidester has gifted us with her amazing talent as our sketch coordinator...
here she is~

My name is Liz and I am 31 years old, married and a mother of 4 children (2 boys and 2 girls). I have been scrapping for about 11 years now, since my first child was born. I love this hobby so much, it’s safe to say it is an obsession. I am so thrilled to be the sketch designer for Scraptacular.

visit her amazing blog here

and here is a beautiful sketch she made for Scraptacular for August

leave a link here if you try this sketch (it does go perfectly with BOTH the August kits) and i will draw for a little rak from me....

look for a special place on the message boards coming soon for sketches and you can check out the design team work here

thanks for stopping by~

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Introducing Lisa Wilbur, August Guest Designer

hi :) i am so excited to share with you that the monthly Guest Designer this month is my good friend Lisa Wilbur.....
here is a picture of her in her scrap room

and here is a little bit about Lisa...

My name is Lisa Wilbur. I've been married for 15 years. We live in NH with our three children, ages 13, 11, and 6. I used to work full time in the accounting field until our oldest, my son, began having seizures. It took 2 years for me to realize that he needed my attention more than work did. So we went to one income and after 6 years in public school, I finally persuaded my husband that homeschool was best for our son. I started scrapbooking when I was pregnant with my daughter (middle child). What else could I do on bed rest? Then with one boy and one girl, I thought I was done. I went through surgeries and recovered well, but this left me no options for more children. I thought I was all set...after all, I had my one girl.

Then God changed me. It amazes me how many children out there need forever homes. Then my younger daughter was adopted. We had a long spiritual journey waiting for doors to open to meet our youngest. Through that journey, I was able to scrapbook everything...creating those forever memories that some people choose to forget. Now we wait, with one boy...two girls...thinking in our minds it's enough, but knowing in our hearts there's more.

I love to scrapbook and take pictures. I recently graduated to a DSLR in attempts to capture beyond what the eye can see. It amazes me how many little bugs are just waiting to be captured in a snap. Things I would have screamed at a few years back, I'm actually taking pictures of now! It's a game with my children...what will mom take a picture of now? My husband hopes I take this from competing in fairs to a career. Can't be a stay-at-home mom forever...or can I?

and here are some peeks of her beautiful work this month~

make sure you stop by her blog and to check out more of her work...