Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Member Monday - on Tuesday

Woops! I missed Monday (maybe because I had the day off and thought it was Sunday.
But anyways, here are my pics for Member Monday.

SherriScraps and Niknik have taken over the gallery this week, so here are my favorites from them

I really like this one from SherriScraps - the colour combo is great and I love how the photos are lined up.
Race for the Cure - SherriScraps
I just love this altered frame from Niknik - great idea using the glove as an "o" in the name
Altered Frame - Niknik

So there you have it....better late than never :)

Friday, May 27, 2011

Photo organization

Do you print your photos a head of time? Maybe taking advantage of those 'order 100 get 100 free' deals? What do you do with them after?

I thought I would share what I do.....I would love to hear your ideas!!!!

I would love to share photos but we had water in our basement and everything had to be moved and I really can't get too them right now. Sorry

First I will edit, crop and order my photos. When I am dealing with large events I will often order the photos in 3x4

After getting my photos, I put the date on the back of the photo then I place them into photo boxes by year. I then subtitle by month then by event. I would love to get these from cropper hopper

I then take about 3 months of photos and place them in a small photo album. I will then use these for my next scrapping projects.

So what works for you? Do you do something similar to this?

Monday, May 23, 2011

Member Monday 5/23/11

There are so many awesome creations in the gallery this week....its is hard to choose just one so I didn't...lol!

I just adore this one from Kim!!!! Those photos are fabulous and love the banner!!!!

And Ginni's layout sure has me in the mood for some strawberry pie!!!!

Hisaho created an awesome summer multi photo layout! Looks like a fabulous time!

Come by the gallery and check out all the fantastic creations!

Have a fabulous day!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Embellishment Organization

A few years ago, I started sorting my embellishments by color. It seems easier to me to find something to go with the project I am working on by looking for something that coordinates with the colors I am using. I bought some canvas cubes from Target and started my sorting.

I used baggies, page protectors, baseball card holders, and divided plastic storage containers. Of course, there are also a few things just thrown in the bottom too.

Small embellishments not in packaging:

Things that can be seen better in their own divided pocket:

Chipboard letters:
Packaged embellishments:
Thick or delicate ribbons and trims:

The rest of my ribbons are stored in this Pull-EZ grouped by color.

Of course, you always have some products that are multi colored and this throws a kink in the system. I usually put them in what is the dominant color or you could make a multi colored bin too.

I hope this gives you some ideas for oganizing your embellishments.

Here's a picture of my room back when it was clean...oh, if it only looked like this now.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

May Reveal!

The talented Dango Girls have outdone themselves this month! Look at the gorgeous creations.....

Here are the wonderful creations using the Sugar kit featuring Crate Papers Emma's Shoppe!

I love how Celeste folded the paper! And her kitty does look like a little princess....

I have a new great niece and this kit was perfect for her baby photos!

Heather created this fabulous layout, love her design!!!!

Vanessa showcases this awesome kit with a terrific layout about her 7 foster kitties! Her design really focuses your eye on the photos!

Now onto the gorgeous Spice kit featuring Simple Stories Destination!

This card from Ellen is superb!!!! You pull on the tag to reveal the rest of the message! Very cool!

Meg created this outstanding layout! Love the large photo! Fantastic layout!

make sure you stop by the forum and check out the rest of the reveals!

Have a fabulous day!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Member Monday

I thought I would highlight one of our new members today....thecircleguru aka Ally.

Check out these cool layouts she made for some of the Blog Hop challenges.

I'm a sucker for circles, so I love the stitched circles on this layout and the misting.

I love that bubble wrap background stamp and white paint....they both really pop on the black cardstock.

Thanks for joning our community Ally and joining in on our challenges.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Dango Girls' Blog Hop

Well, we were a little delayed with Blogger being down, but without further ado, the new Scrapdango Design Team welcomes you all to the Dango Girls' Blog Hop.

I am so excited about working with this new Design Team, which will have their first official reveal in a couple days. What better way for you (and me) to get to know them a little better than with a blog hop? So on their blogs, each of the new Design Team members will be posting a little bit about themselves along with a challenge for you that reveals a little bit more about them.

As well as getting inspired by these wonderfully talented ladies, you also all get a chance to win one of Scrapdango's fabulous kits. You can earn draws and, obviously, the more things you do and more draws you get, the more chances you'll have to win.

Here is how you can earn draws:

  • 1 Draw for commenting on each DT member's blog hop post (must comment on all blogs to get the draw).

  • 1 Draw for each challenge that you complete

  • 1 Draw for becoming (or already being) a follower of Scrapdango's Blog

  • 1 Draw for becoming (or already being) a fan of Scrapdango on Facebook

  • 2 Draws for answering quiz questions on the DT Members. The answers can be found in their blog posts. The quiz will be posted on the Scrapdango Message Board in the Dango Girls' Blog Hop forum. Answers must be PM'd or emailed to DT leader Laura Gilhuly (aka AngelBear).

When you complete the challenges post a comment on this blog with a link to your layout or post your layout in the Blog Hop forum. Once you get all your draws you're going to get, post how many you have with any pertinent links in a comment on the Scrapdango Blog or on the message board in the Blog Hop forum.

You have until Friday May 20th at midnight EST to complete all the blog hop activities and earn draws for the prize. So I guess you need the order that you're going to hop in. You're going to hop on over to Heather's (my) pad next. Good luck and have fun.

Heather's Pad <===You go here next
Laura's Pad
Celeste's Pad
Megan's Pad
Ellen's Pad
Vanessa's Pad

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Handmade Envelope Tutorial

Happy Wednesday to you!

Have you ever gone on a trip and have more photos than you know what to do with? You've already scrapped an album worth of pages and maybe even made a mini album, too, but you still have TONS of photos that you still didn't use. What do you do with them? Pack them away? Well today I have a fun tutorial on how to make your own envelope that is perfect for your friends and family or to store those extra photos.


You can use any envelope as a template or create you own. Please note: I practiced on a piece of cardstock and then recreated the final project out of a different piece in case you were wondering why the colors are different.

By using a pre-made envelope that just peals apart, all you need to do is scor directly over the folded lines. My Scor Pal is always on my desk because I use it on almost every project.

Now fold:

And add your adhesive:

And you have an envelope!

Here are some photos of the finished product. I used Basic Grey Core Impressions cardstock from Core'dinations. The flap was a little short so just add some additional pieces of cardstock or patterned paper.

Embellish with your favorite Basic Grey Cardstock stickers and use brads for closures:

Here is a close-up of the scoring and folding:

And look how many photos it can hold!

Thanks so much!
Ellen Sosnoski

Monday, May 9, 2011

Good Member Monday Morning!

Happy Member Monday!!!

I love Mondays because we get to see all the cool things people have been posting over the weekend.

Today's Member monday is.....Heather, aka, "hokieez"!!! You can find her gallery here.

How cute is this little guy? And I just love her use of the LYB Twig Line from March's Spice kit and the large photo. Heather framed it with her sweet journaling and awesome embellishments.


Don't forget to upload your creations to the gallery here so you
can be on our blog!

Have a great week,

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Megan's Scrap Space

I just want to warn you, my scrap space is utilitarian. It's not posh, but it is functional. Oh and it's pretty small, so I have had to fit things in where I can. AND these photos were taken during NSD. I cleaned up a little, but it's obviously not as clean as it could be.

I like to see my supplies as much as possible, because I forget about them if I can't. I also am pretty much an organization freak. I usually don't have a lot of time to scrap, and I find that keeping things organized helps me scrap faster. (although I am a pretty slow scapper anyway)

Ok first, this is my desk area. I have spared you the look at DD's desk, which is to the left of mine, because hers is always a huge mess. I clean it up, but she just makes it messy again.

The desks are old workbenches but the tops were corroded from the previous owner working with photography chemicals, so I had my uncle, who does heating and air conditioning, form metal tops for them from the same stuff that he makes duct work. It's great because it's pretty much indestructible, and I can use magnets to hold stuff down.

you can also see up top that I have my ribbon (and some flowers) sorted by color in glass vases from the dollar store. The shelf above the desk has more flowers sorted by color, a little office supply sorter thing that I keep misc stuff in, like pins, and my little purple ribbon remnant box where I throw ribbons that are too small to put back in the jars, or ribbons that I don't feel like putting away. Pens, tools and frequently used items are on the lip at the back of the desk. rulers and my atg gun hang on the peg board (when I put them back)

and there is a knife block magnet thing on the right hand wall, that I use to hold other metal things, like scissors.

love this! a little shelf with all my cat eye inks sorted by color into a rainbow - although it's a little messed up right now
and another shelf with my glimmer mists, those are still in their rainbow. (yes I have a problem - lol - I love things organized)
computer, printer, and sewing machine work area
chipboard - sorted by type into a shadow box turned on it's side, some pottery that my mother-in-law makes, and some boxes cut to fit the drawer. Die cuts are stored the same way, only they are all in cut down boxes, in the second drawer. These drawers are part of the dresser/bookcase from DDs old bedroom set

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Huge Thank You to the Fall 2010/Spring 2011 DT

I want to say a HUGE THANK YOU!!! to the out-going Design Team. Two of the gals, Laura and Celeste are staying on, but we will be saying goodbye (on the design team, not on Scrapdango) to Lynn, who was my right hand woman for over a year now, Audra and Sandi. It was an honor and joy to work with each of them. I look forward to seeing what you guys do next. Thank you again, and here is a slideshow of the creations all the designers did with the April kits, which I should've had up a long time ago. Better late than never, huh?

belated Member Monday

I'm a day late, but these gorgeous creations are anything but a dollar short. The Scrapdango Gallery is back up and running and our members are not disappointing.

I love this layout by Kimmy(lostinadream). I just adore those twine flowers and the cluster of embellishments in the upper left hand corner! Thanks for sharing your gorgeous work with us!

My other choice for this week is this adorable colorful layout from Nicole(niknik). I love the adorable photo set off by the bright colors, and that journaling: AWESOME! Thanks for sharing!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Spring 2011 Design Team and May Kits

Well, I am a little late in announcing this on here, but after much agonizing, I did pick a new Design Team. I had so many wonderful submissions, and it was such a difficult decision, but I think I came up with a fabulous team. Their term officially started on May 1st and will go until Oct. 31st. So without further ado, let's all welcome the new Scrapdango Design Team.

Laura Gilhuly, Design Team Leader

Celeste Brodnik, Sugar/Spice Designer

Ellen Sosnoski, Sugar/Spice Designer

Megan Aaron, Sugar Designer

Vanessa Blythe, Sugar Designer

I also chose a guest designer for June:

Nicole Wise, June Guest Designer

I am so excited to really start working with this new team. We already have some fun things planned, and I know that they will have tons of ideas. Their first reveal will be May 15th, and we will also have an event going on in conjunction with that, so be on the lookout for more news on that. I am really looking forward to seeing what the team does with the new May kits.

Speaking of the May kits, if you haven't seen them revealed on the homepage or in the message boards, here they are. I just love these kits. The sugar kit is so bright and happy--perfect for Spring and the "hopefully coming soon" Summer. The Spice kit is wonderful for all those vacation photos you might have but it can be used for so much more. I have put the kits up for pre-order in the store. Unfortunately, I am actually sold out of the spice kit already even though I ordered more product to make more kits this month, but I did make a spice kit add-on, so you can still order that and have all the papers and cardstock for a fabulous price. You can see larger photos and all the kit contents here.

May 2011 Sugar Kit
Featuring Crate Paper Emma's Shoppe

May 2011 Spice Kit
Featuring Simple Stories Destinations

May Spice Kit Add-On