Thursday, October 24, 2013

Scrapbooking: Returning to an Old Passion

The first thing that got me interested in papercrafting was scrapbooking, mostly because I liked keeping a family history and secondly, because I loved all the adorable stickers we used to use.  What frustrated me about it though, was I was always running out of "E"s or "S"s or "T"s!  I'd have a whole page of alphabet stickers left except that all the "E"s were used up, so it was next to useless, unless I wanted to display the word "vacuum" or something as unlikely!

The other thing was that it took so long to complete a scrapbook and every time I'd have to put all my paper and equipment away, only to drag it all out the next day.  I decided that, unless I was creating scrapbooks on line, it was not for me.  Having said that, there are some enormously talented scapbookers out there who create pages that are literally works of art, and I really admire their artistic ability.

So one of the things we were asked to design for the retreat this weekend was a scrapbook page.  I left it for near the end because I was intimidated by the thought!  Scrapbooking has come along way since my sticker days.  But I gave it the old college try and here's what I came up with:

  • I used the same products I have been using all week. 
  • I love the Typeset Alphabet dies!  As long as you have paper, you have all the letters you need!  No more Alphabet stickers!  I used chip board and Soft Sky cardstock to cut these out and the Two-Way Glue pen to stick them together and on to the base.
  • I discovered that, to make the rosettes, I prefer to use the Simply Scored Scoring Tool rather than the Designer Rosette Bigz Die.  That way I can control the thickness of the pleats and I get a better score, making it easier to accordion fold.
  • Jumbo Sticky Rounds are essential when making rosettes, and a glue gun to hold the ends together.

I don't know if this little experiment will get me back into doing scrapbook pages or not, but it was fun to try again!

Don't forget that this week only, until Monday, Oct. 28, Stampin' Up is offering 25 stamp sets for 25% off.  My goal is to sell 25 sets.  I also have my monthly Mystery Hostess Contest running at the same time and every order will get you an entry in the draw to win all the Hostess rewards for orders placed this week. You will also get an additional entry in the draw for every $25 you spend before tax and shipping.  And to sweeten the pot, I am going to draw an additional 2 entries for free stamp sets up to $25 in value!   How's that for motivation!  Check out all the stamp sets on sale here.  If you are ordering on line use this Hostess Code: H7CWVP3K!  I need your orders by noon on Monday, Oct. 28!


This week's Thank You Thursday's are a "big" deal! We hope you enjoy this assortment of Big Shot accessories!

Hearts a Flutter Framelit Item # 130159
Regular Price: $30.95
Discount Price:  $23.21  25% off
Honeycomb Textured Embossing Folder Item # 129378
Regular Price: $9.95
Discounted Price: $7.46  25% off
Envelope Liners Framelits Dies Item # 132172
Regular Price: $32.95
Discounted Price: /$24.71  25% off
Alphabet Press Textured Embossing Folder
Item # 130916

Regular Price: $9.95
Discounted Price: $7.46   25% off
Window Frames Framelit Item # 129021
Regular Price: $32.95
Discounted Price: $24.71  25% off

Stamps: Everything Eleanor (w131987; c124164)
Paper: Winter Frost Specialty Design Series Paper (132341); Smoky Slate Textured
12 x 12 Cardstock (132131); Silver Foil Sheets (132178); Textured 12 x 12 cardstock in Island Indigo (132132); Coastal Cabana (131297), Pool Party (122924) and Whisper White (100730) cardstock.
Ink: Classic Stampin' Pad in Island Indigo (126986)
Accessories: Subtles Designer Buttons (130030); In Colour Boutique Details (130938); Frosted Finishes Embellishments (132150); Whisper White Baker's Twine (124262); Jumbo Sticky Rounds (127852); Tea Lace Paper Doilies (129399)
Tools:  Big Shot (113439); Designer Rosette BigzXL die (125594); Typeset Alphabet Bigz Dies (127553); Festive Flurry Framelits (132193); 2 1/2" Circle punch (120906); 1 3/4" Circle Punch; Deco Labels Framelits (130102);2 3/8" Scallop Circle Punch (118874); Simply Scored Scoring Tool (122334)

Chalk Talk Framelits Item # 129983
Regular Price: $30.95
Discount Price: $23.21   25% off

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