Friday, June 27, 2008

Leftovers from the Buffet!

I've been busy substituting at summer school this week and still haven't had a chance to take pictures of the rest of the pages we made from the Summer Days Simply Scrappin' Kit, so I thought I'd share another doublepage spread we made at the Scrapbook & Card Buffet on May 31st.

This spread uses Tempting Turquoise for the background paper and Real Red for the mats. We made the "printed" paper on the squares by using wheels on Whisper White cardstock. One had Tempting Turquoise ink and the other had Real Red. Then we went back and handstamped smaller images in More Mustard.

The stars were stamped on More Mustard cardstock in all three colors and cut with the new large star punch. I hope they have more stamps that match it in the new catalog because I love how the stars turned out!

These pages would work well for any pictures, but I'm planning on putting the "stars" of my DI team on my pages.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Another Sneak Peek

This is another page we'll be making in July if you choose the Crew Kids Girl option.

It's part of a double-page spread and was CASEd from SCS. I think the original may have used Wild Wasabi for the page mats, but it's been so long since I made it that I've forgotten.

Remember: You don't have to be local to sign up for the class. As soon as my
husband finalizes his vacation dates, I'll post the "order by" date, and
anyone can order the class from this site. If you aren't local, I'll
send you an email with jpgs of the layouts--both individual pages and the
double-page spreads. A postage fee will be included.

These cute kits are available through August 10th. Don't miss out!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Crew Kids Simply Scrappin' Kit Class in July

The Summer Days Simply Scrappin' Kit Class on Sunday was so much fun! I'll be posting more pictures of the projects we made when I get them taken.

In about three and half hours, club members completed 5 double-page spreads for their 12 x 12 scrapbooks and four cards, and we still had enough material left over to make more cards or at least two more scrapbook pages. The amount of materials you get in one kit is AMAZING!

Our next class will be Sunday, July 27th, and we'll be using either the Crew Kids Boy or Crew Kids Girl Kits. Here's a preview from Crew Kids Girl:

If you're not in the area, but would like to take the class, I'll be posting more previews and ordering information when the order date is finalized.

Until then, happy scrapping!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Summer Days Simply Scrappin' Kit Class on Sunday

Since our first Simply Scrappin' Kit Class, based on the Summer Days kit, is scheduled for this Sunday, I thought I'd give you a sneak peek at some of the pages we'll be making.

Both of these pages were CASEd from SCS. Each is part of a double-page spread, and since these photos were taken, I've gone back and switched some of the cardstock flower stickers so I could get as many pages as possible out of the kit.

I also CASEd the 6 x 6 page that uses the kit from the SU! website, adapted it to a 12 x 12 format, and created a 2nd page for it.

The 4th double-page spread is based on a technique I learned at GASC. I can't wait to post it after the class!

The Simply Scrappin' kits usually change when a new catalog comes out, but it's not too late to schedule your own Summer Days Simply Scrappin' Kit Class. This kit will still be available until August 10th.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Back from the Convention!

I'm back from the convention and might even feel like myself again by the end of the week!

This was only my second time to attend the Great American Scrapbook Convention in Arlington, Texas. Last year I took eight classes and spent a fortune; this year I tried to scale it down. I took four classes and actually came home with money after stopping at Michael's, JoAnn's, and Hobby Lobby.

My best purchase was the new Making Memories storage unit that hangs on the wall. My friend had brought me a 50% off coupon, so I saved $40 on it. I've already cleared a space for it and can't wait to fill it with my stamping supplies and ribbons.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Getting Ready for GASC

The Great American Scrapbook Convention in Arlington, Texas starts tomorrow, and my first class is at 12:30 pm. That means I'll be getting up S-U-P-E-R early to finish packing and get on the road to join my friend who is driving.

Last year was my first convention, and I found it a little bit overwhelming! Fortunately, I took an awesome class with an SU! demo who helped put me at ease, and I hung out at the SU! booth in the convention center when I had spare time.

This year the convention has banned rolling totes, so I had a hard time deciding what to carry. I ended up ordering a Take it ''To Go!'' Tote from JoAnn's.

The tote came in aqua, hot pink, and olive, but you couldn't pick your color. When mine arrived, it was olive, so I decided to personalize it with SU! stamps and Staz-On ink. I wish I'd taken before pictures, but since I didn't, here are some of my after shots.

This is the front of the bag. According to JoAnn's website, it has "1 large pocket with hook & loop closure(and)4 handy slash pockets."

This is the back of the bag. According to JoAnn's website, it has a "zippered compartment(that)has an assortment of storage pockets and tool loops." I was amazed how much room there was inside this compartment.

Besides the awesome organization this bag provides, another selling point of it was that it has an attached hook for this zippered coin purse. What a great place to hide my "mad money." This is the front with my name on it.

And this is the back.

I hope the bag isn't too uncomfortable to carry around. I looked at bags with padded handles, but they were larger, and I was afraid I'd be too tempted to fill them up. The handles on this bag were made to fit around the handle of a tote the next time I'm going somewhere I can take one with me.

See you after the convention!

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Can You Say Retro?

This is another layout from the Scrapbook & Card Buffet last Saturday!

It has a very interesting history. Someone on SCS saw it in an advertisement. I can't remember what it was originally, but they created something similar to the border on the right-hand side to turn into a card front. When I saw it, I thought it'd be perfect for a border on a scrapbook page!

This side of the page is cased from a page in a scrapbook magazine that uses printed paper. I can't remember which magazine it was, but when I saw it, I just knew I could alter it to be the left-hand side of this layout.

I left the big black space at the top for my title. I'm thinking of a retro-styled Sizzlit font cut out of the Whisper White cardstock. Some of the people at the buffet made extra circles in each color and put them on the Green Galore strip at the top on the left-hand side for balance. That looked really nice, too.

When I posted this layout on SCS yesterday, someone commented that it would be awesome for layouts of people playing pool! I hadn't even thought of that, but I can definitely see how it'd work.

Making the white circles off center was a big challenge for me. Someone at the Buffet said they looked like olives, and I agree that olives or pool balls are very good descriptions. I'm such a symmetrical person I always want to line things up perfectly, so it was hard not to put the white dots in the center of each circle. But I have to admit that I love how they look with the circle placed near the edge.

Now I just need some cute pictures to go on these pages!

Monday, June 2, 2008

Friend Layout

This was by far the favorite page kit from Saturday. It uses Pretty in Pink cardstock for a base, Chocolate Chip cardstock for mats and the border, and DPS from the Berry Bliss pack.

Instead of stamping on the cardstock, we used a variety of brown rub-ons from the SAB rub-on pack. Since I rejoined SU! during SAB, I stocked up on the rub-ons to use in classes.

If you've never used SU! rub-ons, they are super easy.

The Spring-Summer 2008 Collection catalog was the first to offer them on page 182. They're made to coordinate with stamp sets, and each package contains a sheet of white and a sheet of black.

They're also on pages 6 and 15 of the Occasions Mini Collection.

I can't wait to put pictures of my friends on this layout!

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Simply Scrappin' Kit Club

Need to get caught up with your scrapbooking but don't know where to start?

Like products that are color coordinated and go together quickly?

Wish someone would do the planning for you so you could concentrate on scrapping?

Then join my new Simply Scrappin' Kit Clubs!

While everyone was putting together their cards and pages at the Scrapbook and Card Buffet last Saturday, I was making pages from the Summer Days Simply Scrappin' Kit on page 176 of the Spring & Summer Catalog.

Some of the ideas come from the creative ladies at SCS. Others are original and created by me. The Real Red and Pumpkin Pie remind me of the summer sun while the Wild Wasabi and Bashful Blue make me think of cool water.

Each Simply Scrappin' Kit Club needs at least 8 members who are willing to purchase the Simply Scrappin' Kit of the month. The kits cost $23.76 with shipping and tax included.

Members of each club will take turns being hostess and will receive hostess benefits for that month.

I already have a club that wants to meet one Sunday afternoon a month. It's half full, so if you're interested, you need to sign up quick. The club order for kits will be placed on June 10th.

Since I'm off for the summer, I'd be happy to hold summer kit clubs during the day or on week nights; just let me know what works for you.

Happy scrapping!

Great day at the buffet!

We had so much fun at the Scrapbook and Card Buffet at the Community Center in Yantis!

This is another one of the cards we made. It uses Green Galore cardstock as a base and has flowers from the Stitched Exotics stamp set in Pixie Pink on Whisper White cardstock. The scalloped border was made with the Cricut, the Green Galore swirl is from a retired SU! set, and I added the pen work with black ink to tie in the Celebrate you! phrase at the bottom that comes from a set in the mini catalog. (Don't forget the deadline for ordering from the mini has been extended until the end of June!)

I still need to scan several of the cards and the rest of the scrapbook pages. I'll try to get a few more of them posted before I leave for GASC next week.

It's so exciting when a group of scrappers get together and share ideas!