Thanks ever-so-much to Peter and Ida Wilson for donating a scrapbooking retreat weekend to raffle at our Pam's Pals cause! After all was said and done, we wound up with a group of 9 for the weekend of the 11th and we had a great time. A lot of people passed on this great opportunity because it was "too close to the holidays" or they were too busy, but I tell ya', you don't know what you're missing! December is the perfect time for a scrapbooking retreat, because it takes you away from the chaotic hustle and bustle and gives you time to just breathe, relax and do a little something for yourself (and you know you've been neglecting yourself for a long time!). I also found that it was the perfect opportunity to finish up a lot of the handmade gifts that I hadn't been able to finish at home. So thank you Scrappin' Around the Corner in Denton! I'm sure we'll be calling you again next year!
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Saturday, November 21, 2009
I teach a beginner scrapbooking class for the parents in our Boy Scout troop each year. My focus is on teaching them proper preservation of photos and memorabilia as well as some easy techniques for embellishing pages without breaking the bank. Here are a few pages we've made in these classes and a few I've done for my own scrapbooks.
For this "Court of Honor" page, I used a flattened bottle cap, a couple of circle punches with some leftover paper, and ribbon to create a cute doodad. The photo mats were embellished with a corner punch I bought for $1 at a garage sale.
How simple is this one? We used a Crop-o-dile to punch holes at intervals around this photo mat and then laced it with some hemp cord purchased at the dollar store.
A tag, some buttons, ribbon and a Dymo label maker were all I used on this color-blocked page.
The "pole" on this fishing page is made from a grill skewer stained with distressing ink. The "fish" were a graphic found on the internet that we printed onto shrinky dink paper. The "lures" were made from jewelry eye pins, construction paper, and some loose feathers from a boa -- and don't forget the googly eye!
Even a more formal page is dressed up with a bit of ribbon and a bit of glitter. The fleur-de-lis was stamped on cardstock with a glue "ink" pad and then glittered. The title is a combination of stencil, die cuts, and a stamp on a tag sticker. A dotted outline around the word "scout" makes it standout from the background.
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
Come to one of our Crafty Neighbor crops or retreats, and you could learn how to do one of these great projects.
Learn a simple stamping technique to make this beautiful card!
These cute picture frames are made from Kleenex boxes!
These notepads will make great teacher gifts.
Your family will love you for making one of these beautiful photo frames.
|A simple glittering technique that produces breathtaking results.|
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
|Heat embossing. The text is done with a silver marker and a brass stencil.|
Cow-nting down to 40! Little sister loves black and white cows, so I stamped and heat embossed this one on white paper before cutting it out and using pop dots to gift it a little lift.
Monday, July 13, 2009
|Introducing our first ever Scrapbooker's Challenge! Each challenge will feature some odd bit of leftover scrapbooking or crafting supply. The challenge is for you, the reader, to come up with some useful things we could do with it. Post your solutions as a comment, or even better yet, send us a photo at firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll review the answers and the one we think is best gets a prize!|
This challenge features some stray scraps of green cardstock left over from Cindy's Christmas Cards. There's about 75 of them, measuring 8" x 1.5". Cindy's thinking bookmarks...what could YOU do with them?
As of our move to Blogger.com on 11/13/10, this challenge was still open.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
The block in the center is an ArtLenz hologram. The effect can't truly be captured in a photo, but the diplomas in the background of this card appear and disappear when the card is tilted.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
|Be sure to caption your photos. Kids grow and change quickly, and others may not recognize the people in your photos.|
|Two-page layouts are great when you have lots of photos!|
|Here's another great way to use lots of pictures -- make a collage!|
|Cindy wanted to poke a little fun at her son's second trip to a popular Boy Scout site. This digital layout captures the essence of a website hawking software upgrades.|
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Thursday, January 8, 2009
|Inking and resistance technique.|
|Distressing inks and stickles|
Diamond Fold stencils
|Diaimond Folds. The text is done with embossing paste and a brass stencil.|
|More Diamond Folds.|