Thursday, June 30, 2011

Do you need motivation to scrap during the summer?  Well Scrapdango has just the event for you.  Starting tomorrow, July 1st through the end of the month, we will have our annual L.O.A.D. (Layout a Day) challenge.  The design team will bring you daily inspiration which you can use or not.  There will be weekly prizes, LOADS (pun intended) of fun and the big grand prize of a fabulous Scrapdango kit.  You don't have to actually complete a layout a day.  You can scrap a little or a lot and still be eligible for prizes.  So sign in on the message board here and join us tomorrow for the first dose of daily inspiration.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Member Monday!

We all had such a fabulous time with the 'Totally Rad Crop" and the winner was recently announced to be Kristin (Kzfoug)!!!! So I thought I would showcase a few of her awesome creations

Kristin has a great fun style that really makes her projects outstandingly awesome!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

June 25 Means

it's only 6 months until Christmas. I bet most of you didn't want to hear that.

Do you aspire to make your Christmas cards this year? Start early and it will be much easier. Two cards a month will give you 12 cards to send to your 12 favorite people, or one card a week will give you 26 cards. What do you think? Anyone want to start making Christmas cards now?

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

June Kit Reveal - Nicole

WOW! Nicole ROCKED this kit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks for being such an awesome GDT Nicole!!!!!!!!!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Member Monday

For today's member Monday, I thought I would introduce you to two new members of our community with the same name.

We have Kristin (kzfoug) who lives in Cypress, Texas with her two boys and husband. She keeps busy with her family and a job that she just started. She did manage to find some time to participate in our crop though. Here's one of her creations of her son playing in the pool. I love these bright, summer colors.

We also have Kristen (KristenS). She also leads a busy life but found some time last week to fit in some scrapping. I love all the flowers and embellishments on this layout.

To see more of their creations, check them out in the gallery.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Reveal Day - Ellen

I wanted to try something a little different for right now...I wanted to let each DT shine and have their own blog post to spotlight their fabulous creations.

The talented DT did a fabulous job with the awesome kit!

Ellen ROCKED the Spice kit......look at all of these awesome creations!

Fabulous inspiring work!

STILL using my May Spice Kit!

Hi Everyone! Ellen Sosnoski here with a quick tutorial on adding some pizzazz to your layouts with "old stuff".

I found these photo corners when I was doing some re-organizing in my scraproom and thought....hmmmmmmmmmm...I can do something fun with these!

So, if you know me, you know I LOVE my Cuttlebug :):):)

Now these corners are self adhesive so you need some wax paper. Remember, you want a tight design since these photo corners are small, you will get more of an impression on them.

This is what it will look like when you are done running it through...

Peel off and trim of the excess and then layer them one on top of the other....

Here is the final layout....

And a close up of how I used them. Again, Using the May Spice kit.

Monday, June 13, 2011

We have a Crop going on!

That means there are loads and loads of inspirational layouts in the gallery!!!

Here are a few members that have been working hard on some challenges:

And how about this gorgeous layout from Kimmie for Laura's Blues Brother's Challenge?!

And Karen shared this layout with us with a photo of what she looked like in the 80's!!!
Swatch Watches!!! LOVE IT!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Happy Monday

Hope everyone had a fabulous weekend. We FINALLY had a fantastic sunny weekend here in the Pacific NW. In Portland/Vancouver, it finally hit above 80 on Saturday for the first time this year (it's barely been above 70 until this month). I didn't feel the 80 deg. weather, though, because I was in Seattle where it didn't quite hit 80, but it was in the mid to upper 70's and very comfortable. I went up there to see U2, which was Ahhhhh Mazing, to say the least, and it was a perfect night for the concert in the open Qwest field. We are back from our little weekend away, though, and it's back to business.

Normally we post a few layouts picked from the gallery to focus on some of our members, but today I want to highlight the design team. We actually are being featured on the Sketch Inspiration site this week. They have a weekly sketch, and I am sponsoring the site. If you do a layout for the sketch and post it on their site by next Saturday, June 11th, you could win a $20 gift certificate to Scrapdango to use for anything, even kits. The design team all created an example for the sketch and did a fantastic job. Here is the Sketch Inspiration sketch and our examples.

Sketch #223 by Sketch Inspiration

-Megan Aaron-

-Laura Gilhuly-

-Celeste Brodnik-

-Ellen Sosnoski-

-Vanessa Blythe-

-Guest Designer, Nicole Wise-

-Heather Lough-

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Friday, June 3, 2011

Vanessa's Scrap Space

Before my boyfriend Steve and I bought a condo, I had a small corner of our living room to scrap. Part of my motivation to buy a place was to have more scrapping space. Our condo, which we have been in just over a year has 2 bedrooms, so we use the 2nd bedroom as an office/scrapbook room/storage. Here is my side of the room.  Steve chose the colour for this room, and when it first went up I was a bit shocked, but I really LOVE it now! 

First is my desk - I like to sit to scrap, and it works out well because I can just reach to my right for just about everything. I had my sewing machine stored, but it is such a pain to get out, so it lives on my desk for now. Right beside my desk is a set of plastic drawers and on top of them is a mail tray and an Ikea drawer organizer which I use to put all my garbage in (this helps me to clean up as I go)
The tupperware container on my desk holds all of the tools and adhesives that I frequently use (i.e. Corner rounder, circle punches, rulers, pop dots, etc.) and the mini blue tote hold my pens, scissors, and adhesive. This is handy for me because a lot of the time I'm not home when I scrapbook.

 I have drawer dividers in the top 2 of the white plastic drawers. In the top one are all of my punches. The second drawer has die cuts that were separated from their manufacturer, other paper embellishments, jewels/gems/pearls, border strips etc. The bottom two drawers hold iris containers, and kits that I have made up, or paper that isn't the newest but I still want to keep. They are kept in plastic envelopes.  Then there is my colourful drawers and they hold - from the top: extra adhesives, ribbon, glitter, ink, paint, stickers/rubons, chipboard letters, chipboard shapes, cards and envelopes, and 8 1/2 x 11 cardstock.

 Then there are my Ikea Expedit shelves. I used to have 2 x 4 cubbies, and have upgraded to the 4 x 4. The old ones are now our TV stand. The bottom row houses all of my albums and magazines. The second row has paper, embellishments (buttons, brads, felt, flowers), photos, and office supplies. I like to house my paper by manufacturer, unless it is Christmas, Valentine's, or Halloween - then it gets its own section. Everyone's main complaint with the Expedit for scrapbook storage is that the Cropper Hopper paper organizers don't fit. All they need is about 1/2 " trimmed off the top and then they fit perfectly.

The orange bins house all of my large tools. My Bind-it-All, Cuttlebug, embossing gun, extra scissors etc. I would also like to start storing scraps in one of them.

Then there is the top row. The silver bins have undecorated mini albums, and rubber stamps. And then I have some cards and my mini albums on display. By having this display shelf, I can enjoy looking at my creations, and also can condense it in the future to make more storage space.

TFL, and I hope this gives you some ideas for your own space.