Ladybug Layouts Weekend Retreat

2011 Retreat Dates

June 3-5 (CANCELLED due to location issues)
October 21-23, December 2-4 (BOTH CANCELLED due to family committments)
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Thursday, December 30, 2010

How do you Bacon?

Are you a "fryer" or a "baker"?


I've borrowed this photo from Becky Higgins' site, but I've started baking my bacon and LOVE it.  Have you tried it?

Tentative 2011 Dates Posted

I've posted some tentative 2011 retreat dates.  I need to do some fine-tuning of the dates, but looking for input.  Any thoughts on these dates?

  • February 25-27
  • March 4-6
  • May 6-8
  • June 3 -5
  • October 21-23
  • December 2-4

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Happy Boxing Day!!!

I hope that everyone had a WONDERFUL Christmas Day and is enjoying the Holiday Season.

I've been busy for the last month or so taking on a new job and spending a lot of quality time with family and friends.  Of course I'm enjoying it all and looking forward to learning my new work role.

I will be busy until the New Year and look forward to some new projects in the new year.  But, in the meantime, I wish you joy this season and celebrating with Family and Friends.  Cheers!!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

WOW.... where is the time going?

It's official.... this year is slipping away, minute by minute.

Spent some time last night making Stilleto Shoe Christmas Ornaments..... too cute!  Will post some photos in the next few days!

Also, the end of this week signifies a new role for me as I begin a new job for a year.  I'm very excited and will try to report back more often than I have been.  I'm re-evaluating my life in 2011 and will be making some changes.  No, not resolutions....... changes.  There IS a difference.

To all of you, I wish you a Happy and Health 2011

Friday, December 10, 2010

Friday Whine.......

I don't know about you guys, but this year I am finding Christmas coming up far too fast.   I'm short on presents and short on ideas.  I have baking and decorating still to finish.  And, on top of it all, I'm preparing to start a new job on the 20th for almost a year.

I know that somehow I will get through this, but it didn't stop me from having a mini breakdown last night.

Tonight I will regroup and emerge from this weekend feeling a lot better and more on track.

Happy Friday!!!!!!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Where has the time gone......

I just realized how long it has been since I've posted to the site and can't believe it!!!!!!

This fall has been extremely busy.  Work has been kind of different and now I will be moving to a new job for 2011.  I'm very excited about that one!

Christmas is sneaking up on me and I'm finding myself very far behind.  How are you guys doing with your Christmas timelines?  Gifts all ready?  Cards done?  Baking?  I still have to do ALL of that!!!!  Oh, dear.

Well, Happy Hump Day!  I will try to get moving on some stuff and share some more.

Happy Holidays!!!!!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Catch Up

Oh my goodness, where does the time go.  Been so busy lately and doing a lot of stuff.  So many things to get caught up on.

I've been busy creating for a craft sale at work on Dec.1.  Got a few things ready to go.

Off to visit some family for a bit and back just in time for the sale.  Will post some photos and an update later and then, hopefully, get some tips up and running.

Is anybody else doing any craft sales?  Christmas Crafts?  What are you working on?

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Recycled Christmas Cards

http://www2.fiskars.com/Activities/Holiday-Gift-Guide/Holiday-Gift-Guide-Projects/Recycled-Holiday-Card-Gift-Tags
Okay, after Christmas I'm going to dig up all the cards I've saved over the years and sort the ones I really want to keep and recycle the rest.  Anyone else want to join me in this challenge?  I'm putting a reminder in my calendar right now!!!!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Clock Change Tonight

I'm heading to bed now to get my extra hour's sleep and wake up all refreshed and ready to craft away the day.

G'Nite all.

Friday, October 29, 2010

TGIF

Oh, dear!  What a week it's been!!!!!!  So glad it's over!

Looking forward to some cuddling with my great nephew tomorrow, then some trick or treaters on Sunday, and a DAY OFF on Monday!!!!  Happy Halloween!!!!!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Tuesday and it's Craft Night

Okay, some might argue that it's always Crafts Night at my house.  There are definitely more Crafts Nights than there are Cleaning Days..... ooops.

Last night I finished up one of my Christmas Lap Quilts.  It's a simple Block Quilt which turned out quite nice.  I'm happy with it.  I also managed to get a few Gift Card Holders made.

The weekend wasn't quite as productive, but had a good time.  Visiting family and getting some stuff done.  Good weekend!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Happy Friday

Friday has arrived!!!

Enjoy your day!  Looking forward to some crafting this weekend!

Tomorrow going to see my step-daughter and then projects to finish up!  SO looking forward to it!

What do YOU have planned?

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Happy Thursday, Everyone!!!!

Got a little crafting done last night.  Made 4 beaded bracelets and I have to say, I quite like them!

Hopefully find my patch cord for my little camera this weekend and get some photos posted!!!

Have a GREAT day!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Alcohol Inks

I love this Tim Holtz video on Alcohol Inks.... I've got to play with these more!!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KbNWkzZFQg
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My weekend.....,

Well, yesterday I really wasn't feeling too well.  Luckily Rob only required my assistance with getting the old hot water tank OUT of the basement and the new one IN to the basement.  He took care of all the rest!  Thanks 'hon!!!!

Today was a much better day.  Got some house chores caught up and even got a little crafting in with my 2nd cousin.  I worked on some magnets and made two bracelets.

A great day!!!!!  What did you do?

Back to the 9 to 5 job tomorrow!!!!
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Friday, October 15, 2010

WOW!!!!! Over 5000 Hits!!!!!

I didn't realize how many hits we've had!  Wow!!!!!

Well, what a week, what a day!  Woke up this morning to find that the hot water tank had ruptured and there was water on the basement floor.  Thankfully, not too much..... we caught it and turned off the water to it.  Unfortunatley, that means no hot water tonight and work to do tomorrow.  Ah.... life!!!!!

What are the crafting plans this weekend?  I think I'll try to finish up a blanket or two (or six).  Wish me luck!!!!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

More Crafting Last Night

Got a few more pairs of earrings made.  Having a very productive week, which feels good after being sick all last week and getting nothing done.

Have a GREAT Thursday!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Scrapbooking Crop Yesterday

Had a great time at the LSS Scrapbooking Crop yesterday.  Even though I was still feeling under the weather, I had a great time.  Didn't accomplish as much as I had hoped, nor was I as creative as I would have liked, but I did get a few pages done and spent some time with friends.

Today is family time!!!  Happy Thanksgiving, all!!!!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

November Retreat CANCELLED

With apologies, the November retreat has been CANCELLED due to insufficient enrollment.

Unfortunately, a couple more have had to cancel their reservation due to personal circumstances, so we will reschedule for early spring 2011.

Hope to see you then!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Happy Monday

Well, a great weekend of crafting, got a lot done.  Working on so many projects!!!!

It was National Card Making Day on Saturday....... what did YOU do?

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Magazine Subscription...... Scrapbook Trends

I'm so excited!!!  Got an early Christmas present last week!!!!!!

My Dad got me a subscription to Scrapbook Trends and I can't wait to start receiving them.  I've often referred to and enjoyed this magazine, so look forward to receiving them on a regular basis for a while.

AND with the subscription, I get the Christmas Village Cricut Cartridge!!!!!

Happy Holidays!!!!!! (oh, is that WAY too soon?)

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Good Morning!!!!!

Ah..... Monday is behind us and fun times ahead.

Tonight is dinner and craft night so I hope to work on a project or two.  So many projects on the go......

What will YOU do tonight?

Monday, September 27, 2010

Happy Monday.....

Hope everyone had a GREAT weekend!!!!!

While I didn't get any scrapbooking done this weekend, I did manage to clear up some other projects, plan some future ones, and even develop some thoughts about others.  What I would call a very productive day, yesterday.

Do you have plans for World Cardmaking Day coming up?  I have a few other things I have to get done, but hope to sneak in some card making, as well!!!!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Scrapbook Parade on Facebook - Prizes to be won!!

Who's looking for a prize?  Check out this chance to win!
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Scrapbook Parade We only need 39 more FANS to get to 600 and then there will be a draw for the Full Halloween Line from Echo Park -- If you pass this on to your friends let me know and I will add you to the list for the draw!!! We can do it!!!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Catch Up Post

Okay, a lot has been going on and I've not had much time to post.  I apologize.

Some family issues and lots of visiting has been fun but had kept me hopping and very busy.

A small water leak in the basement (luckily my craft room escaped pretty much unscathed) meant clearing everything out of the closet, ripping up carpet, digging up the front garden, my wonderful hubby working to find the problem, and fix it.  (Great job, 'hon).

Busy, busy but all is back on track and since the closet is now ripped apart, we will redesign and make it a better and more useable space.

Went to a Scrapbooking Garage Sale last weekend and got some GREAT deals.  Working to get my scrapbooking space all organized and functional..... watch for updated photos soon.

The Weekend Retreat is coming up in 7 weeks, and we still have a few seats to fill.  Let me know if you're interested.  There's more information available on the "Retreat Information" tab, or send me an email (ladybug.layouts@shaw.ca) with any questions.  I'm working away on some dates for 2011!!!!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

World Card Making Day on Saturday, October 2nd

Paper Crafts magazine celebrates the connections handmade cards create and kicks off the holiday card-making season. This day is set aside to offer card makers fun and inspiring environments in which to create by providing card ideas, tips, sweepstakes and ways to connect through store events, classes, group activities and/or individual card making. Annually, the first Saturday in October.

Do you have plans?  Will you get together with friends?  Attend a crop or event?

I don't have any plans yet.  Suggestions?

Monday, September 6, 2010

Cricut Cartridge List

I just did some updates to the Cricut Cartridges List..... holy cow!  There are a LOT now!!

How many do YOU have?  I think I have 13?

Today's finished project.... a baby hat

Today I finished knitting a very cute little gray baby hat.  I like the way it turned out.


Maybe I should move on to adult-sized hats?  LOL

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Wooohooo...... I scrapbooked last night

I only got two pages completed, but they turned out good.  Will post photos soon.

Have YOU got any scrapbooking done?

Thursday, August 26, 2010

So busy lately....

OMG, such a busy summer and hardly any time to "play" in my room.  We had my sister and her family visiting for two weeks and we had a GREAT time!!!  And yesterday we welcomed baby Zoey to the family!!!!!  Mom, Dad, and Zoey are doing great!!!

Soon I will get back into full craft swing with plenty of projects planned.

Next weekend retreat is November 5, 6, 7 and I will soon be working on that.  Drop me a note to let me know if you're coming and I'll make sure you're on the list!!!!!!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

CHA Week - Day 3 (from Moxie Fab World)

CHA Week - Day 3 (from Moxie Fab World)


http://www.moxiefabworld.com/2010/08/cha-week-day-3.html
Lots of fun new stuff including:
  • Basic Gray
  • We R Memory Keepers
  • Crate Paper
  • SEI
  • Melissa Frances
  • Imaginisce
  • Crafty Secrets
  • Tattered Angels
  • KI Memories
  • Graphic 45
  • Hambly Screen Prints
  • Maya Road
  • TaDa Creative Studios
  • Echo Park
  • Love My Tapes
  • Canvas Corp

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Cricut Imagine

Have you heard about it?

Cricut Imagine allows you to print and cut together, so you can add color, imagery, and dimension to your creative projects like never before. And it helps you turn your handcrafted gifts, projects, and decorations into works of art that everyone can appreciate. Cricut Imagine is coming soon. But until then, check back here for videos, updates, and the latest news from your friends at Provo Craft.




http://www.cricut.com/imagine/Default.aspx?AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1

What do you think?

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

CHA Week - Day 2 (from Moxie Fab World)

CHA Week - Day 1 (from Moxie Fab World)


http://www.moxiefabworld.com/2010/08/cha-week-day-2.html

Lots of fun new stuff including:

  • Ellison
  • Prima
  • My Little Shoebox
  • Unity Stamp Company
  • Nikki Sivils
  • Hero Arts
  • 7 Gypsies
  • Studio Calico
  • Glitz Design
  • The Girls' Paperie
  • Tim Holtz Idea-ology
  • Bazzill Basics Paper
  • Making Memories
  • Anna Griffin
  • October Afternoon
  • Sassafras Lass
  • BoBunny
  • My Mind's Eye
  • Webster's Pages
  • Teresa Collins Designs
Ooooooo, all so pretty!!!!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Feel like you've lost your marbles? Find them and try this!

http://networkedblogs.com/6IBcS
(click the link to see photos)

Fried Marbles


Sometimes what you need isn’t a new project, but a new process, something that will spark your own creative juices (Can you spark juice? Hmmm…) For instance, you probably have a dozen different ways to use marbles, both the traditional spheres and the newer flat ones, but have you ever wondered if there were a way to make your marbles look a little different? If they did, how would that change projects you have in mind?

Here’s a way to do just that, and it’s really easy. We’re going to fry them!

To begin, select the marbles you want to use. I just pulled out a pretty random handful for the purposes of demonstration; you might have specific colors in mind. This process will craze the glass, so don’t use marbles that are opaque, because the crazing is all on the inside, and you won’t see it. We’re also going to get the marbles really hot, so the painted ones are probably not going to work, either. You want plain glass, although there’s nothing to say you can’t use the cat’s eye style.

Now put them in a skillet or pan, one that’s large enough to lay them all out flat. We’re not literally frying them, so don’t put in any oil! (This is the method for flat marbles; I’ll get to the round ones in a bit.) Turn the burner on under the pan and pour yourself a cup of coffee or tea, and relax for ten minutes or so while the marbles get really hot. Don’t go too far away; you wouldn’t want to melt the pan!

When the marbles are good and hot, fill a bowl with ice water, and then gently slide the marbles in. You’ll hear them sizzling and popping in the water. Don’t worry; that’s what they’re supposed to do.

When they’ve cooled to the touch, take them out of the water. You’re done!

As you can see, they have a nice internal pattern now, which you can’t feel, and they’re not quite so see-through, which may be helpful if you want to obscure a flaw or graphic on the item they’ll be applied to.

Now, as mentioned, you’ll use a slightly different method for the spherical marbles, since they really touch the surface of a pan at just a single point and are too hard to heat that way. Put them in an oven-proof dish or pan, and slip them into an oven preheated to 500 degrees Fahrenheit. Bake 20 minutes, and then slide them into ice water, just the way you did the others. Same sizzle, same crackle!

Are you getting ideas yet? Here’s one more: You can do this with those big glass telephone pole resisters. We used to do that and turn them into quite elegant candlesticks!

Monday, August 9, 2010

CHA Week - Day 1 (from Moxie Fab World)

http://www.moxiefabworld.com/2010/08/cha-week-day-1.html

Lots of fun new stuff including:
  • Die Cuts With a View
  • Kaisercraft
  • Cosmo Cricket
  • Jillibean Soup
  • Lily Bee Design
  • Jenni Bowlin Design
  • Impression Obsession
  • Ranger
  • Art C
  • Little Yellow Bicycle
  • EK Success
  • American Crafts
  • Fancy Pants Designs
  • Pink Paislee
  • Bella Blvd and,
  • Doodlebug Design
WOW, Gorgeous stuff coming out way!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

New Product from the CHA Website -


The Gazelle will cut 12" media. It's software is easy to use and designed especially for the scrapbooker with the features that all the crafters want. 500 g of pressure. Cuts cardstock, glitter paper, chipboard, balsa wood, foam, Grafix plastic sheets, metallic papers, vinyl and other media.


Make decorative borders with the scissor tool or create a design with the embroidery tool.
 
http://www.bosskut.com/0101gazellecomputercraftcutter.aspx
 
What do you think?

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Light The Night Walk

Feel free to join, or sponsor me and my team, Knight To Remember, in the Light The Night walk on October 2.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Light The Night Walk is the North America's night to pay tribute and bring hope to people battling cancer. Walks take place in communities throughout Canada, typically in the fall. On these special nights, thousands of participants carry illuminated balloons and raise funds for vital, lifesaving research and patient services.

My Facebook Page - http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=139931446041532
My Personal Page - http://my.e2rm.com/personalPage.aspx?registrationID=925952&langPref=en-CA

Thanks.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

CHA

Is anybody at CHA?  Following CHA?  Excited about CHA?

One day, I would like to go!  I think it looks incredible!!!!

How about the eCraft?  Did you check it out?  What do you think?
http://www.craftwellusa.com/pages/home

Monday, July 26, 2010

Okay, I HAVE to get some Scrapping done tomorrow night.....

I am falling further and further behind and have had FAR too many projects on the go.  I vow tonight that tomorrow I will finish at least one layout!!!!!!  I'll report back tomorrow.

Have you been any better than me?  Have you done any scrapbooking?

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Today's Tip! - Cricut Mat Cleaning

Just found this GREAT little tip for removing all those little paper scraps that take forever to clear from your Cricut mat.

Watch the video to see how. You're gonna LOVE this one!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7uu7rqeL2Ns&feature=player_embedded#!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

So excited.......

Only 10 more sleeps until my sister, brother-in-law, and all my nieces and nephews get here.

How is your summer going?

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Kiki Art Newletter Name Call Out

Kiki Art is creating a new newsletter and is looking for help naming it.

Post your suggestions on their blog site to have your idea considered.

Something fun and you get to create with your mind.

Deadline for submission is July 31.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Today's Tip - Scrapbook Layout Tips - Final Thoughts

A few final thoughts to help you come up with ideas for scrapbooking pages:
  • Remember the "Golden Ratio" - 1, 3, or 5 of the same item will typically have a more finished look.
  • When using metals, keep them matched.  Use all gold, all silver, or all brass, rather than mixing.
  • Be aware of the alignment and placement of all the titems on your page.  Nothing should be placed arbitrarily.  Every element should have a visual connection with something else on the page.
  • Items relating to each other should be grouped close together.  When several items are in close proximity to each other, they become one visual unit, rather than several separate units.
These are some great starter tips for layout composition.  As you keep these in mind, remember also that there are exceptions to every rule, and your photos and page elements will help you determine what composition is best for you and your page.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Today's Tip - Scrapbook Layout Tips - Adding the Other Elements

Sure, your photos may be the focal point of your scrapbook, but what fun is scrapbookign without the scrapbook embellishments, stickers, titles, etc?  Every element should relate or connect to another item on the page.  Repeat colors, shapes, textures, etc. throughout your layout to maintain consistency and balance in your srapbook layout design.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Today's Tip - Scrapbook Layout Tips - Arranging Photos

Once you have your theme chosen, it's time to begin thinking about how you will arrange your photos on the page.  There are many visual design elements that can help you to arrange you rphotos ofr the best overall look.

Consider a layout you've seen before.  How could you tailor it to meet your theme, photo size, number of photos, etc?  PageMaps are a great way to plan your layouts and give you many options.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Today's Tip - Scrapbook Layout Tips - Pick a Page Theme

Looking at your photos, start by picking a theme for your page.  The theme can relate to the events, people, or places in your photos.  They can be one-work themes like "Love" or "Joy".

Let your creative juices flow and you'll find yourself with a solid start to an impressive layout design.

NOTE:  Most often, when I refer to a scrapbook "page" , I am meaning a 2-page layout.  While there are a few benefits to using the occasional 1-page layout (eg. at the beginning of an album or to mark a separation within an album), I always recommend a 2-page layout for the sake of consistency, flow, and overal visual appeal.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Quilt & French Memory Board

Okay, as promised (albeit a little late) here is the quilt and french memory board I made for my 3rd cousin (is that right?)

Friday, July 9, 2010

Busy, busy, busy......

Besides the BEAUTIFUL weather we've been experiencing, I've also had many things on the go lately.  Hopefully things will slow down a bit next week and I'll find some good tips to pass on to all of you.

In the meantime, I haven't been working on any paper projects for the last little while, but have been working on a quilt anf I have to say it's turning out very nice.  Will finish it up and present it this weekend and will then post some photos.

What projects have YOU been working on?

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Today's Tip - Picnik

My cousin introduced me to a new photo editing site, www.picnik.com.  I've just started playing with it, but so far, I like it.

Do you use on-line photo editing?  What site do you use?  Have you tried Picnik?

Monday, July 5, 2010

Happy Monday!!!!

Good morning all..... I'm back to work today after 2 weeks off.  This will be a long day!

Tomorrow night, will hopefully get some crafting done!!!!!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy Birthday!!!!!

To me,
and to all our friends in the United States,
a very Happy Independance Day!!!!

No tip today, but rather a poll......

Does anybody wear a "crafting apron"?

Do you have one?

What do you like about it?  What would you change?

Just thinking about them because aprons seem to be making a bit of a comeback (since I tend to wear a lot of what I'm cooking, I'm thinking I may need a few).  And this thought led me to crafting aprons.

Are they better for the stand-up scrappers out there?

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Today is my 20th Wedding Anniversary

We've planned a pretty low-key celebration with dinner out and a show after.

I'm so overwhelmed as 20 years passes by so quickly.  Of course, as in all relationships, there have been ups and downs but through it all we've stuck together and he is still my best friend.

We've seen many loved ones come into this world, come into our lives, and we've also seen too many leave.  All hold a special place in our hearts.

Thank you, honey, for the best years of my life and I look forward to the next 20 years!  I love you!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Back from my Vacation.....

.... and lots of work to do.  I have blog posts to catch up on, housework to be done, projects to complete.  And, I'm sorry to say, I'm starting with the housework.

I've come home with fresh prints of my sister's family and need to see if I can create layouts to do the beautiful family photos justice.  I will give these some thought.

In the meantim, do you have any projects you are working on?  Anything you'd like to share?  Descriptively or photos?  I'd love to see.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Today's Tip: Beads

To make a cool and color appropriate embellishment for a layout, pick out seed beads and wire that matches colors in your layout. string the beads on your layout and twist into whatever shape you can think up.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Today's Tip: Magic Mesh

Do you love the look of mesh on layouts, but cringe at the cost?  I use the mesh drywall tape! It's really inexpensive, already has an adhesive backing, and it can be painted or inked or chalked to whatever color you want. You can tear it, distress it, thread ribbons through it and more.

I've also used it as a "stencil" by sticking it down on my paper then dab an ink pad over it.  Pull up your mesh and you have a great pattern, good for a background, a photo mat, or anything.


Its really cheap for a HUGE roll. You can get it any home improvement or hardware store. Lots of the big chain stores sell it also.
 
I haven't tested it for acidity, though, so if that's an issue for you, you may wish to check it out or refrain from placing in direct contact with your photos.
 
(My husband is a drywaller and hates the stuff for drywall, so he doesn't steal it from me..... tee hee hee)

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Today's Tip: Measuring Tape

Ruler/Measuring Tape Ideas



  • Baby
  • Recipe
  • Measuring Time
  • Children Growing/Birthdays
  • School Days
  • Tool Time
  • Working in the Garage
  • Project with Dad
  • Measuring Love
  • Diet & Weight-Loss
  • The Measure of a Man, Hero, Parent, Grandparent...
  • Not being able to measure the price of Freedom

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Today's Tip: Mixing Patterned Paper

  • Mix different size patters together - such as a one large pattern with a few smaller patterns.
  • Use consistent patterns with different colors
  • Use patterns with similarities other than color
  • Use a solid piece of card stock to pull together several patterns using the same color.
  • Use patterns with subtle similarities
  • Use patterns with the main colors within the same color family
  • Try thinking of it as an outfit (for someone who will wear patterns)
  • Put all your patterns on your desk beside each other, step back and squint. If something sticks out like a sore thumb, remove that pattern and look again
  • If you have a pattern you want to use, but it doesn't quite match, try changing it with chalks, inks, or laying vellum over to tone it down
  • When using bright patterns, if you like them together, but something just isn't quite right - try "inking" the edges white. It will soften the colors and give it a more unified look.
  • Try using texture patterns in different shades of one color instead, such as using three pieces of  different shades of pink with all different textures

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Today's Tip: Pets

You love your pets and they love you, but try to get them at their best AND their worst.  How about:

  • Sleeping (where does it like to sleep the most?)
  • Being naughty
  • Playing
  • Doing tricks
  • Eating

Monday, June 21, 2010

Today's Tip: Mom

Adding your personal thoughts about your Mother makes your scrapbook more sentimental and a much nicer gift. Here are a few ideas on what to write about:
  • Physical looks
  • Hobbies
  • Talents
  • Special achievements
  • Your Thoughts
  • All the reasons you love your mom
  • Things your mom does for you that you are grateful for
  • Things your mom taught you

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Happy Father's Day

Happy Father's Day to all the Dad's out there.  Hope you have a WONDERFUL day.

Did you MAKE a Father's Day card this year?  I did..... will post as soon as I can.

Today's Tip: Graduation

Personalize by adding journal pages or small quotes about your graduation thoughts. Here are a few to get started:



  • How do you feel about graduating?
  • What are your goals after graduating?
  • What are your plans for graduation day?
  • Who were your favorite teachers?
  • What will you miss about school?
  • What advice would you give to someone who is still in school?

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Today's Tip: Baby Pages

Not sure where to start? Your child will love to someday see ultrasound photos or pictures of your growing tummy. How about:
  • Doctor appointment cards
  • Baby shower invitations
  • Photos of the new nursery
  • Your thoughts about your upcoming baby
  • How you picked the baby's name
  • The meaning of the baby's name
  • Quotes about babies

Friday, June 18, 2010

Today's Tip: Wedding Ideas

A wedding scrapbook is a lot of fun to make and exciting for all your friends and relatives to look at for years to come because you can include special mementos from your wedding day.  A wedding scrapbook also makes an excellent wedding or anniversary gift.

Consider the size of scrapbook you wish to make and how many pages you want and plan accordingly.  You may wish to include photos and memorabilia from events leading up to the wedding, including the proposal (this may be photos, or may be in the form of a story or letter. Focus on the bride and groom individually and use photos and items to show:
  • Decorations
  • Engagement details
  • First date details
  • Friends
  • Hobbies or sports
  • How the bride and groom met
  • Invitations
  • Newspapper announcements
  • Occupations
  • Photos or notes of planning mishaps
  • Right Before The Wedding
  • Wedding Day Photos
  • Wedding location and plans
  • Wedding rehearsal
Don’t forget to include photos of:
  • Best man
  • Bouquet toss
  • Bride
  • Bridesmaids
  • Champagne corks
  • Confetti or rice
  • Cutting the cake
  • Decorated car
  • Decorations
  • First Kiss
  • Groom
  • Guests and relatives
  • Honeymoon
  • List of gifts recieved
  • Napkins
  • Place cards
  • Pressed flowers
  • Reception
  • Relatives
  • Rings
  • The Toast
  • Vows
  • Walk down the aisle
  • Walking out of the church
  • Wedding Day Mementos
  • Wedding favors

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Today's Tip - Adhesives

When it comes to adhesives, the list of possibilities is virtually endless, but picking the right kind doesn't have to be complicated. As with anything intended to preserve your memories, you need to make sure it is acid-free.
It's also unlikely that you will end up with just one adhesive and picking the "right" one is part function and part personal preference. You may not like to use a Xyron machine, but it is a good resource for small die cuts. Some scrapbookers swear by glue pens, while others prefer double-sided tape and still others like craft glue

Some of my favorites include the following:
  • A variety of tape runners.  These can be disposable or refillable, but provide nice even coverage without a gooey mess.  They are convenient and easy to use.
  • Photo Squares are readily available and somewhat easy to use, but I reserve these for sticking down photos and photo mats as they sometimes come unstuck or shift a bit.  Once in an album, I've not had many problems.
  • Glue Pens come in a variety of tips suitable for many project.  They are easy to use and very good for small embellishments and titles.
  • Glue Dots are paper-thin (the 3-D version excluded) dots of adhesive. The regular dots come in small (3/16"), medium (3/8") and large (1/2") sizes. These are perfect for buttons and small embellishments. There are also 3-D dots, which are 1/2" wide and 1/8" thick. These are great for adding a little dimension to your page.
What are the benefits of repositionable vs. permanent adhesive?  Using repositionable adhesive will allow you to do things like paint over die-cut letters to make a reverse stencil, but still cleanly remove the die-cut.

By no means is this a complete list.  Do you use something different?  What's your favorite
TIP: Want to give some dimension to a sticker, but don't know how to keep it from sticking to the page? Use baby powder.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Today's Tip: Stickles!

101 Ways To Use Stickles


  1. You can use Stickles to outline the letters in your titles.
  2. You can use Stickles to outline the patterns, pictures & designs on your patterned papers.
  3. You can add a little shimmer by spreading it around with your finger!
  4. You can use Stickles on handmade cards.
  5. You can use Stickles to make flowers glittery.
  6. You can use Stickles to make "glitzy photo corners!"
  7. You can use Stickles to make firework photos glittery!
  8. You can use Stickles to make the "trails" from butterflies and dragonflies.
  9. You can use Stickles to doodle dots and stitches. 
  10. You can use the clear one which is AWESOME on stickers etc. to really make them look special.  The Basic Grey cardstock stickers become 3-D and really spectacular!! 
  11. You can use Stickles to outline the veins in leaves. 
  12. You can use Stickles to add to the clothing on Bella stamps to make the girls look ready for a night on the town! 
  13. You can use Stickles to make brads sparkly!
  14. You can use Stickles to make ribbon sparkly!
  15. You can use Stickles to make icing on cupcakes and cakes shimmer.
  16. You can use Stickles to make waves look 3-D.
  17. You can use Stickles for making cherries/fruit shimmer as if wet. 
  18. You can use the color Orange to make the "fire" on the end of a birthday candle! 
  19. You can use Stickles to make rain drops or water drops from a watering can. 
  20. You can use Stickles to make fairy dust around a fairy's wand. 
  21. You can use Stickles to decorate your kids school supplies instead of buying designer stuff. 
  22. You can use Stickles to cover entire cutouts.
  23. You can use Stickles over the designs on grunge board. It looks great! 
  24. You can use Burgundy Stickles as the perfect color to add blood droplets on your Halloween LO's.
  25. To cover clear embellishments entirely and make them oh so sparkly! 
  26. You can use Stickles under transparencies, to adhere them. Looks great for bubbles. 
  27. You can use Stickles for decorating t-shirts. When they're worn down, ripped or you tired of them, cut out the design and scrap it. More mileage this way.
  28. You can use dots made with Stickles to border a page!
  29. You can use Stickles for slug trails.
  30. You can use Stickles for snail trails.
  31. You can use Stickles to decorate tennis shoes.
  32. You can use Stickles to decorate buttons.
  33. You can use Stickles to decorate ribbons.
  34. You can use Stickles to make a spiderweb sparkle in a Halloween LO.
  35. You can use Stickles on handmade tags.
  36. You can use Stickles to add bling to hats or crowns.
  37. You can use Stickles to make jewelry gleam! 
  38. You can use Stickles to make belts shine!
  39. You can use Stickles to add pizazz to purses & some shine to shoes! 
  40. Add Stickles to all or any misc accessories! (whether it be in a LO or IRL...That's up to you! LOL!)
  41. Add stickles dots to decorate lots of things, especially stamped swirls or flowers. 
  42. You can use Stickles generally anywhere on your LO, just to add some bling!
  43. You can use Stickles to highlight just one letter in a title and make it POP! 
  44. You can use Stickles to make a circle or square of dots to frame closely in on a face or object in a photo. 
  45. You can add Stickles to the center of flowers.
  46. You can run Stickles along swirly-swirls!
  47. You can use a line of Stickles to make a thin (or thick!) border around anything (or everything!) on your page. 
  48. You can use Stickles to highlight the shadow on stamped letters. 
  49. You can use Stickles to stamp with them! 
  50. You can use Stickles to embellish concert LO's.
  51. You can use Stickles to make flourishes on your flourishes and make them look embossed. 
  52. You can use your Stickles to add bling to a star.
  53. You can add them to flames to make them shimmer, glow & come alive! 
  54. You can use the color Cotton Candy to enhance...Um, well, Cotton Candy!
  55. You can use the Candy Cane Stickles for...Candy Canes!
  56. You can use the Icicle Stickles for...Icicles... 
  57. You can use Waterfall Stickles for...Water & Waterfalls... 
  58. You can use Orange Peel Stickles for...Oranges...
  59. You can use Stickles to make the lines of a shooting star! 
  60. You can use Stickles on flowers to make them sparkle!
  61. You can use Stickles as paint (dot a little then spread with paintbrush) 
  62. You can use Stickles to make a proper Disco Ball!
  63. You can tear paper snow for cards or layouts & run Stickles along the top edge of the snow.
  64. Stock up on the white/frosty colored Stickles...Stickle the paper or the ghost shape flakes...You can also stamp snowflakes and put Stickles in the center of the snowflake. 
  65. You can add Stickle to anything that you stamp!
  66. You can use Stickles on paper piercings.
  67. You can use Stickles on diecuts.
  68. When using jewels, outline the jewel with Stickles.
  69. You can use Stickles to outline a journal box.
  70. You can use Stickles to decorate a cast.
  71. You can use Stickles to decorate gift bags.
  72. You can use Stickles to decorate wrapping paper. 
  73. You can use Stickles on feathers for Mardi Gras or Las Vegas LOs.
  74. You can use Stickles with a stencil instead of ink. 
  75. You can print out stuff from Google, then add Stickles and top with Diamond Glaze to make homemade sparkly stickers! 
  76. You can apply Stickles to the top of Thickers. 
  77. When glitter comes off of stickers/paper, you can fill it in with Stickles to make it back to normal!...You can use Stickles to glue more glitter on top of the sticker! 
  78. You can use Stickles to make the eyes on a Disney Princess cut with your Cricut.
  79. You can use Stickles to create rays of sunshine!
  80. You can use your Stickles to create a rainbow!
  81. You can use Stickles to make a heart (or hearts) shine!
  82. You can use Stickles to make stars glitter & shine!
  83. You can use Stickles to make moonbeams shine!
  84. You can use Stickles on diecut Christmas trees to make the bulbs sparkle & shine!
  85. You can add Stickles to your own Christmas ornaments or Christmas ornaments as gifts!
  86. You can use Stickles to add shine to a trophy.
  87. You can use Stickles to a title block.
  88. You can use Stickles to add sparkles to a Shamrock.
  89. You can use Stickles to add sparkles to an Easter Egg.
  90. You can use Stickles to add rays of light to a Christian cross.
  91. You can use Stickles to create firework frame around something (For example, a name or an object!) 
  92. You can use Stickles to make fish glimmer.
  93. You can use Stickles to make water reflect (ocean, lake, waterfall, ripples, streams, fountain, aquarium, etc.) 
  94. You can use Stickles to make a reflective mirror.
  95. You can use Stickles to highlight Art Deco from the 60's, 70's, 80's or 90's found in the backgrounds of pictures.
  96. You can use Stickles to highlight a monogram.
  97. You can use Stickles on inchies.
  98. You can use Stickles on tear bears.
  99. You can use Stickles to add bling to automobiles.
  100. You can use Stickles on your Disney Princess pages.
  101. You can use Stickles on everything & anything & as long as you still have Stickles to use!
(source: KellyCali & all the wonderful & creative ladies from the sb.com General Scrapbooking board!)

Today's Tip - Color Scheme

Color schemes are an important aspect of scrapbooking, as they help to determine which colors you will use in your layouts. Some color schemes include monochromatic, analagous, complementary and triadic.



Color Wheel: A visual (circular) representation of the colors in the visual spectrum. A basic color wheel is composed of the three primary colors, three secondary colors and six tertiary colors.


CLICK HERE for more information on colors and the color wheel.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Today's Tip - Rule of Thirds

Like all visual arts, scrapbooking is based on some basic design principles such as:



  • The Visual Triangle;
  • Repetition;
  • The Rule of Thirds; and,
  • The Rule of Odds.
The rule of thirds makes use of a natural tendency of the human eye to be more strongly drawn towards certain parts of an image.  Imagine it as an imaginary tic-tac-toe board (grid) drawn across an image to break it into nine equal squares. The four points where these lines intersect are strongest focal points. The lines themselves are the second strongest focal points.


To use the rule of thirds you need to imagine the grid on your layout and work from these points and lines.  Which point, or line, you place your subject on does matter. While any of the points/lines will add emphasis to your subject, some are stronger than others.


When an object is alone in an image, the strongest position is the left hand line. An exception to this is for cultures where information is read right to left, in those cases the right hand line will be strongest.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Today's Tip - Repetition

Like all visual arts, scrapbooking is based on some basic design principles such as:

  • The Visual Triangle;
  • Repetition;
  • The Rule of Thirds; and,
  • The Rule of Odds.
Repetition is an important graphic design concept and something that many scrapbookers seem to pick up intuitively. Repetition helps draw the eye along a chosen path.


Think, "What element can I repeat to pull my layout together?" next time you start working on a scrapbook page.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Today's Tip - The Visual Triangle

Like all visual arts, scrapbooking is based on some basic design principles such as:


  • The Visual Triangle;
  • Repetition;
  • The Rule of Thirds; and,
  • The Rule of Odds.
Our brains perceive images in familiar shapes. By placing items on our scrapbook pages in a triangle, it allows our eyes to see the page as a whole rather than being distracted by one or two pieces on the page. You can create a visual triangle on your scrapbook layout with photos, embellishments, or event text such as your title, date, and journaling.

When placing embellishments on your next scrapbook page, think of the visual triangle principle and see if you can make it work with your style.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Today's Tip - The Rule of Odds

Like all visual arts, scrapbooking is based on some basic design principles such as:
  • The Visual Triangle;
  • Repetition;
  • The Rule of Thirds; and,
  • The Rule of Odds.
The Rule of Odds is based on the idea that our eye finds things arranged in odd numbers more natural and pleasing to the eye.  This principle is used in all aspects of art such as floral design, graphic design, painting, photography.

In scrapbooking, you can put The Rule of Odds into practice with the number of photos on a page, the number of embellishments you use, or even the background paper design.  When choosing your embellishments select them in 3’s, 5’s, 7’s, etc. When placing your photos, you have a two options that will follow The Rule of Odds, you can either have one focal point photo and an odd number of supporting photos elsewhere on the page, or you can accent the focal point photo with an even number of photos near or surrounding it (thus creating an odd number of photos).

Friday, June 11, 2010

Today's Tip - Die Cuts

A staple of any scrapbooker is die cuts. There are a plethora of different die cuts available and with new technology in scrapbooking, you can cut out a die cut to match any project.  And there are so many ways to use them!  Alphabets, licensed characters, or just about anything, die cuts have come a long way from just plain old shapes!  But don’t think that die cuts are just for paper or cardstock!

Think about adding some dimension and texture by using materials such as acetate, craft foam, felt, sand paper and more.  Whatever you choose to cut, be sure that the thickness of your material will fit in your die cut machine; otherwise, the sky really is the limit!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Today's Tip - Chalking

The use of acid-free chalk is a great way to add color to your pages.

You can easily add chalk on die-cuts, torn edges of paper, or even to stencil a design onto your background paper using a foam applicator (like for applying eyeshadow), or you can use a cotton swab (I find the Dollar Store ones best as they do not have too much cotton at the end).

Make sure that the chalk you buy is acid-fee.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Today's Tip - Scrapbooking Terms (X)

X-acto Knife - A super sharp hobby tool with a #11 blade used to cut intricate details.
Xyron - A machine that creates stickers by applying an adhesive to cut outs. Also makes magnets, or laminations without the hazards of lamination

Monday, June 7, 2010

Today's Tip - Scrapbooking Terms (W)

Walnut Ink - A photo safe ink that gives an aged effect to your embellishments.
Wax (or grease) Pencils - Soft pencils designed for use on photographs.
Wide-Edge Scissors - Decorative-edge scissors that make a cut that is five times deeper than normal scissors.
Workshop - A class usually held at a scrapbooking store and taught by an expert. Participants bring photos and pages to work on and get advice from an instructor.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

My weekend......

Yesterday was GORGEOUS weather so I spent a good part of it out in the yard.... got a little sunburned, but not too bad.

Today was HORRIBLE weather, so I went shopping.  Got some new clothes and some time out by myself!!!  Felt good.

Might have company tonight, but if not, back down to my studio to finish a layout of my niece.


What did you do?

Today's Tip - Scrapbooking Terms (V)

Vellum - A lightweight, translucent paper.
Velveteen - An archival paper with fabric-like, velvety texture.
Vivelle - An archival paper with fabric-like texture similar to a terry-cloth towel.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Today's Tip - Scrapbooking Terms (T)

Tape Roller - Device that distributes tape on the back of photographs and scrapbooking pages. (Hermafix is a brand of tape roller.)
Template - A stencil used to trace shapes onto scrapbook pages or photos.
Top Loading - An album or sheet protector in which your scrapbook page slides into your book from the top.
Tote - A bag or hard case you carry or pull on wheels used to carry your scrapbooking supplies.
Theme - The overall idea or emphasis of a page/scrapbook.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Today's Tip - Scrapbooking Tips (S)

Scrapbooking - The creative art of displaying your photos and memorabilia. Can incorporate journaling, and embellishments. The primary purpose of scrapbooking is to preserve memories for future generations, but a secondary purpose often is to exercise your creativity as you display your memories in a scrapbook.
Scrap lift - To use an idea for part or whole of a page layout you’ve seen someone else use.
Scroll and Brush Pens - Pens that have one tip for coloring and one for writing.
Secondary Colors - Colors created by blending primary colors. Orange, green and violet are the secondary colors created b mixing a combination of red, yellow and blue.
Self Healing Mat - A mat that can be repeatedly cut and still retains its form.
SEI - Abbreviation for a US scrapbooking company.
Serendipity Squares - Squares made by creating a torn collage of scraps on a background paper, then cutting it into squares and mounting on complimentary cardstock.
Setter - A tool used in attaching eyelets.
Shabby Chic - A style of scrapbooking that includes sanding, crumpling, and distressing paper to give an old and worn look to your page.
Shade - A colour with black added to it.
Shaker Box - A new trend (similar to a snow globe but without the water.) Use a die-cut and a piece cut out from a sheet protector. Seal in bits of confetti or small beads etc.
Shape Cutters - Tools designed to cut shapes (circles, ovals, stars, etc.). The scrapbooking cutters can be adjusted to create different sizes of these shapes.
Side Loading - Page protectors that slide over your album pages and are sealed at the top and bottom.
Sizzix - A brand of personal die cutting system.
Specialty Paper Books - Books that contain information about different papers, both pattern paper and plain. Some may come with extras, such as templates.
Spiral-Bound Books - Albums that are secured with a metal or plastic spiral binding running up the side of the album.
Sticker - A decorative adhesive used to embellish a page. Ranging in size from a few centimeters across to a full page.
Sponging - The transfer of ink to paper using a small sponge (usually a cosmetic or craft sponge) in place of a brush. The ink is applied to the sponge and then the sponge is dabbed/tapped lightly onto a piece of paper leaving a series of small dots. A sponge with many holes, squeezed tightly while sponging, will produce a beautiful lacy effect.
Stencil - A plastic pre-cut template used to trace and cut shapes. Usually used on paper and/or photos. They may also be used to apply paint/chalk to a surface in a contrasting colour.
Strap-Hinge Albums - Scrapbooking albums secured with plastic straps that run through a holder directly on the pages and keep the book in place.
Stylus - A wood/plastic/metal tool (in the shape of a stick) with blunt, rounded ends used to deboss paper (also known as a burnisher or a dry embossing tool).

Thursday, June 3, 2010

School layout

An older layout, but I still like it so thought I'd share.

Today's Tip - Scrapbooking Terms (R)

Red-Eye Pen - Used to take red-eye out of photographs.
Repositionable - A type of adhesive that can be stuck on paper and pulled back up and re-stuck.
Reversible Adhesive - An adhesive that can be undone.
Roller Stamps - Stamps mounted on a wheel. Some have interchangeable pattern wheels, and others self inking.
Rubber Cement - An adhesive that is not safe for Scrapbooking.
Rubber Stamp - A detailed, intricate design cut out of rubber and mounted on wood or foam. A design is made by applying coloured ink to the rubber and imprinting on paper.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Today's Tip - Scrapbooking Terms (Q)

Quickutz - A brand of portable personal die-cutting system. You buy letter or theme die cut templates, and the tool will cut them out for you.
Quilling - A technique where you roll strips of paper into various shapes.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Today's Tip - Srapbooking Terms (P)

Page Protectors - Acid-free plastic sheets that display and protect pages.
Paper Piecing - Die cuts or punches put together to create an image for your scrapbook page.
Paper tearing - A technique in scrapbooking where you tear paper, rather than cutting it to create a unique texture.
Page Toppers - Hand-drawn illustrated phrases in bright colours meant to be used as titles at the top of pages.
Paint Pens - Pens with soft, brush-like tips. The amount of ink dispensed is controlled by the pressure that is applied to the tip.
Paper Trimmer - Paper-cutting tool. Can be a rotary blade, or guillotine action.
Pattern Paper - Paper with designs repeated on the entire page.
PC - Abbreviation for: Provo Craft (product brand)
Perforated Punches - Shapes that the scrapbooker can use as embellishments on a page by punching out on the perforations.
Pergamano - A particular card crafting style that utilizes vellum and punches. Normally in pergamano, you apply colour only to the back side of the vellum. This creates a light and airy effect.
Permanent - Stands the test of time resisting chemical breakdown. Also can mean unmovable.
pH Level - Measurement that tells a scrapbooker how acidic or basic something is. For scrapbooking, you want to use products with a pH level of 7 or above.
pH Testing Pen - A pen used to test the acidity of paper. The pen mark changes colours, depending on the level of acid present.
Photo Activity Test (P.A.T.) - This test, created by the American National Standards Institute, determines if a product will damage photographs. If a product passes the P.A.T., it is safe to use with your photos.
Photo Corners - Paper with adhesive on the back used to stick photographs to a page on the corners. Used to stick photos without applying adhesive directly to the photograph.
Photo Safe - Acid and lignin free.
PI - Abbreviation for: Pebbles Inc (product brand)
Pigma Pen - Pen with special pigment that is acid free and permanent.
Pocket Page - A scrapbook page with a built in pocket. Useful for holding memorabilia you may want to take out and look at like programs or other booklets.
Polypropylene, Polyethylene and Polyester - Stable plastics which are safe for photographs.
Post-Bound Albums - Scrapbooking albums that are held together with metal posts that run through the pages.
Power Punch - A great tool used with punches that saves your thumb from blisters. Also makes punching a lot easier with less effort.
Pre-Embossed Paper - Paper with a raised design. Some of it is thick, like cardstock, and some is vellum.
Product Swap - When scrapbookers swap/trade unwanted scrapbooking items.
Punch - 1. A tool used to create small shapes. 2. The shapes created by the punches.
Puzzle Templates - Templates in puzzle shapes.
PVC (Polyvinyl Chlorides) - Because this substance is harmful to photographs, scrapbookers should avoid it and use products that are composed of polypropylene.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

REVIEW: Twinkling H2O's by LuminArte



After seeing the Twinkling H20's for quite some time, I bought some and then I got a great deal on some more on a local website, so, time to try them. I was really excited to get my hands on this product that so many seemed to love. It is a unique product as it can be used as a traditional watercolor paint or it can be hydrated to a creamy texture.


Included directions say, “Non-toxic, acid free and safe for all ages! Activate with wet paintbrush and begin painting on paper, canvas, and rocks, wood, polymer clay, ECT. [Their typo] Try experimenting on other surfaces!” Hmmmmmm, the possibilities sound endless.


For my first card, I used a fine-tip paintbrush and a cup of water, dipping the brush into the water and then wetting the hard bricks of Twinkling H2O’s just enough to get some color off. This painting style produces a lovely watercolor finish that has a sparkly sheen. The dry Twinkling H20's very much resemble traditional watercolors when used in this manner.






This is a nice, simple use for Twinkling H2O’s. They are very pretty as watercolor paints, however they may take some getting used to since the color of Twinkling H2O’s intensifies with more water. Also, the paint thickens the wetter it gets, so I suggest keeping a scrap piece of paper handy for dabbing extra color off the brush, and use water sparingly for best watercolor results.


Next, I plan to hydrate the watercolor cakes so that I can paint with the "creamy" option. The way to do this is to remove all of the tops of the Twinkling H20's that I want to use and spritz the dry watercolor cakes with water. After letting the water set and "sink in" for fifteen minutes or so, stir with a toothpick. Some colors will respond rather quickly and some will require a little more water and time to develop the creamy consistency. It is necessary to spritz frequently when working with them to keep them at the desired "creaminess."


I thought the traditional watercolor with a sparkle was pretty but, when using this technique, the colors really develop. Try painting a stamped image; the iridescent colors are especially nice! But I’ve heard that using plain, large stamps work much better with the Twinkling H20's than attempting the more detailed stamps.


Another application that I’ve discovered via internet search is using it as a dye for fabric, ribbon and flowers. I will have to try this one.


These paints are GORGEOUS and have a beautiful shimmer. I've never seen anything like them. If you enjoy colorizing your stamped images with paints, than you will likely be drawn to the Twinkling H20's. If you use large, non-detailed stamps you may enjoy painting directly on them and then stamping your image. There are 96 rich, glittery, shimmery and iridescent color options but you can also blend and create your own custom colors. The rich brilliant color will be most vibrant in the thicker, creamy consistency.

Today's Tip - Scrapbooking Terms (N)

Neutral - A pH of 7.0. It is not acidic.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Two New Cards.....

Made Homemade Tomato Soup Today....

And it was so yummy.....

This recipe made enough for lunch today and still have 1 big container in the fridge and 2 big containers in the freezer.

Tomato Soup



15 Large tomatoes
2 Large Onions
2 Large Potatoes
1 Large Head of Garlic (or about a tablespoon of powdered)
2 Tablespoons Salt
1 Tablespoon Pepper
2 Tablespoons Oregano (dried)
4 Cups Milk
2 Tablespoons Cornstarch


Plunge tomatoes into boiling water until skins crack and then plunge into cold water and peel. Rough chop tomatoes into small pieces. Peel and dice into small pieces the onions, potatoes, and garlic. Put tomatoes, onions, garlic, and spices into a large pot and simmer until the potatoes and onion are tender.


Mix the cornstarch in a little water until smooth. Add milk and cornstarch to tomato mixture and blend with an immersion hand blender until smooth.

Today's Tip - Scrapbooking Terms (M)

Magnetic Album - A photo album which uses a special adhesive to hold photographs in place and creates static for the plastic page cover to cling to. These are not suitable for scrapbooking.
MAMBI - Abbreviation for: Me and My Big Ideas (product brand)
Matte or Matting - A surface that has no glossy appearance or a lustred look/finish.
Matting - Matting is a technique that allows you to enhance your photos by adding a border around the outside edges. The border is, most often, made from an acid-free paper that looks almost like a frame. Matting is also a non-permanent way of cropping your pictures.
Master Family Album - Holds photographs of everyone in the family and family documents, typically in chronological order.
Memorabilia - Certificates, documents and other items that tell a story. Memorabilia can include souvenirs from trips and mementos from special occasions or historical events.
Memory or Keepsake Album - Another term for a scrapbook.
MM - Abbreviation for: Memory Makers Magazine OR Mustard Moon (product brand) OR Making Memories (product brand)
Monochromatic Colour Scheme - Employs different values of the same colour.
Mount - To adhere a photograph, embellishment or other item to another piece of paper.
Mounting Squares - A small square of double sided tape-like adhesive dispensed from boxes.
Mosaic - Technique in scrapbooking where you cut photos, paper, etc. into small shapes and then piece them together to create a mosaic look.
Mulberry Paper - This paper has long fibers that create a feathered look when torn. It's available in various textures, weights, and colours.
Muted Colors - Subdued tints or shades of colours that tend to be more suitable for backgrounds.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Today's Tip - Scrapbooking Terms (L)

Lamination - Sealing a memory between translucent plastic pieces for the same reasons as encapsulation, but not as safe due to heat exposure and pressure.
Latex Pages - Usually found in magnetic albums. These will discolour pages in a very short period of time.
Layout - A page design or the grouping of scrapbooking pages that go together. A layout can be one page; two or some are even a panoramic 4 page spread.
Letter Templates - Plastic or metal templates in the shape of letters of the alphabet.
Light Box - A small light table used for embossing or viewing negatives.
Lightfast - Coloured material that resists fading even when exposed to natural or artificial light.
Lignin - A naturally occurring acid substance in wood that breaks down over time. Paper with lignin is not suitable for archival scrapbooking projects.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

My First Submission to a Scrapbooking Magazine

Well, I just submitted my very first submission for consideration of publishing..... that's all I'm going to say for fear of jinxing it.  Will keep you all posted!

Today's Tip - Scrapbooking Terms (K)

KMA - Abbreviation for: Keeping Memories Alive (product brand)

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Today's Tip - Scrapbooking Terms (J)

Journaling - The words you write in your scrapbook. This can include captions, long descriptions, poems or stories.
Journaling Templates - Templates with space left for writing.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Today's Tip - Scrapbooking Terms (I)

Idea Books - Books usually about one aspect of scrapbooking. Some are written for particular scrapbooking themes (Wedding, Babies, etc.) while others are devoted to a particular scrapbook supplies product (Stickers, Die-cuts, Templates, etc).

Monday, May 24, 2010

Die Cut Machines

Just posted a GREAT article on Die Cut Machines.  What do you have?  What do you WISH you had?

I have the Sizzix and the Original Cricut and the Cricut Expressions.  I LOVE my Cricuts!!!!!

Link to a GREAT article on Die Cutting Machines

Tool Talk: Die Cut Machines by Scrapbook Trends

Today's Tip - Scrapbooking Terms (H)

Hand Tinting (Also photo tinting) - A method of applying colour to a black and white photograph.
Handmade Paper - Paper made by hand that is often rough and uneven in texture. Sometimes there are flowers and leaves in the paper which can add a natural look to your scrapbook.
Handmade Scraps - Scrapbook supplies made from layered-looking die-cuts.
Heading - The caption or title that explains the theme of a layout.
Heat Gun - Also known as a thermal or embossing gun. A hobby tool that produces heat, but not air. It's used primarily to emboss.
Heritage - Traditions passed down from generation to generation.
Hermafix/Herma - A brand of dispensing tool for photo mounting squares.
Hinge Album - A plastic strap binding allows your albums to expand. These tend to lay flatter than the post bound albums.