Sunday, 23 November 2014

And the winner is... chose, and the winner of our Craftly Pickle giveaway is... LORI

Congrats, Lori, and please, give us your contact info so that Taniesa could send you your $10 gift certificate.
Thank you to Taniesa, the owner of The Crafty Pickle store!

Today, we'll announce our new creative team, lots of inspiration to come, so don't forget to come back... You will LOVE their ideas!

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Make Your Own Easel Calendar

Hi Everybody,

I know you're probably all getting ready for Thanksgiving, but Christmas is just around the corner and knocking at the door!

Today I want to show you how to make some easel calendars for the coming new year.  These make great stocking stuffers or small gifts for someone special on your Christmas list.  Here are some of the calendars I made for family members last Christmas.  

Start with a plain piece of card stock which is 4 ¼” x 11”.  Score this at 2 ¾” and 5 ½”.  You need to pre-fold all the score lines.  So first fold the paper at the 5 ½” score giving it a good crease.  Unfold that and fold at the 2 ¾” score giving it a good crease.   This creates the easel card base.  So you have something that looks like this: 

Now it’s time to decorate the top front of the easel calendar.  Take a 4x6 piece of card stock and just use some of your scrap papers, embellishments or even Project Life cards.  You can decorate this any way you want.  Personalize it for the person who will be receiving it. See my pictures for some ideas. Have fun with it.  Imagine it being a small scrap booking layout.  

When you are finished decorating and embellishing your 4x6 piece of paper, you will need to attach it to the 4 ¼” x 11” piece of card stock which you previously folded and scored.  Lay this piece of paper out flat and apply adhesive to the section of the paper that is folded and scored at 2 ¾”.  This is the section that is at the very end of your long piece of card stock.  Adhere the 4x6 paper so it looks something like this:

The calendar will be at the base.  The thickness of the calendar also helps to hold the easel part in place.  To make the calendars, I used the Calendar Wizard in Microsoft Word.  Open Microsoft Word.  Click on File -> New.  This opens a new window on your screen.  Look for the tab that says  "Other Documents".  Double click the Calendar Wizard.  Follow the steps in the wizard to create your calendar.  I was able to put 6 months on each page.  Then I cut them down to size, stapled them together and adhered them to the bottom part of my calendar.  You can always buy your calendars, too.  If you don’t have Microsoft Word or would rather not deal with making your own calendars, there is a web site which has free printables.  There is a calendar or two that would probably work for these easel calendars: 

Instead of a calendar, you could always put a sentiment like Happy Birthday, Merry Christmas, or Happy New Year to make it an easel card instead. 

If these instructions seem to confusing, there are quite a few tutorials on youtube.  Just search on easel calendars.  Happy creating and Happy Thanksgiving!

  Sandi Chromey
  Creative Team Member of SCRAP YOUR SCRAPS



Saturday, 15 November 2014

Getting Inspired - using prompts to jumpstart your creativity

Hey everyone, it's Cathy here, long time no blog!  Well I'm back and I have a new series I would like to start here on Scrap Your Scraps.  Back in 2013 Two Peas in a Bucket had a series of videos called 213 in 2013 where they gave you 4-5 prompts each week to help jumpstart your creativity.  I have watched all of those videos and it made me decide to do my own series of blog posts with prompts.  I find that when given a challenge or a jumping off point when it comes to my scrapbooking I tend to rise to the occasion and become more focused.
So for the month of November I have come up with 5 prompts that I hope will help you when it comes to getting ideas for your paper crafting ventures!

Prompt 1
Scrap a photo series.  Do you have a photo series that shows a progression or just several photos showing the same thing?  Why not scrap them all!

Prompt 2
Scraplift an 8.5 x 11 layout.  I often will pin 8.5 x 11 layouts for inspiration so I decided now would be the time to use one for a scraplift!

Prompt 3
Make a feminine layout with using a floral print.  I have a TON of floral papers and I always tend to use them when scrapping about my daughter, but there are so many other papers out there that could easily translate into a feminine layout without being obviously girly, so why not give it a try.

Prompt 4
Use your scraps to make a background.  Whether it's with a punch and leftover paper or with strips of paper use up some scraps to create a background on your page!

Prompt 5
Glitz it up with some silver!  I know gold is the trend right now, and believe me I love it, but why not change it up and use some silver instead.  Whether you use some glitter tape, silver paper, journal with a silver pen or use sequins add a little silver sparkle to your layout.

So here is my layout using all 5 prompts for November!

    Cathy Martin

Friday, 7 November 2014

Sew Inspired! - Using scraps to create quilt patterns.

This month I'm going to focus on sewing inspiration as my guide.   As a scrapper I love patterned paper, and there's not much difference between a patterned paper and a patterned fabric.  I love quilt patterns and I have been loving scrapbook pages inspired by quilts.  One scrapper in particular, Paige Evans, is especially terrific at taking large quilt patterns and turning them into scrapbook pages.  For my post this month I'm going to show a few patterns that are easy to create!

Before I get into the photos I would just like to give a small apology for the unedited quality of the photos.  I completed all this while I was sick in bed over the weekend so the pictures are not the best, and unfortunately my computer is not co-operating with me so I can't fix or edit them!

So first off to create all of my designs I used a square punch, and then divided all the squares into triangles, though you wouldn't necessarily have to split them all in half, you could keep some as full squares.

Here is my heart pattern, this would make a great large background!

Nest is a star burst design, you could make multiple star bursts to cover your page, having them just touch at the tips.

Here is a diamond pattern.  It's very simple and could be repeated across the whole page.  Now you could do this with just squares, or with the four triangles like I did.

My last pattern is a chevron pattern.  I love chevrons, and this one is so simple to make!  I know I will be using this one in the future!

These patterns are so simple to make, they take no time at all, and you can easily add stitching or embroidery thread to make them seem even more like a quilt.  I hope you all enjoyed my simple little blog post, and I hope next month I'll be feeling like a million bucks so I won't have to deliver a blog post on my sick bed!

    Cathy Martin

 I was sew inspired (pun intended) by Cathy's post I had to give this a try.  I love how hers look so much like all the beautiful quilting patterns I so often see.  I ended up using squares cut in half to form triangles and put them together to make this birthday card.

I was trying to do something a little bit different, but ended up with something almost the same.  But I really like how it turned out.  This is an 8 1/2 x 11 layout.  Again, I used squares cut in half to form  triangles and added them to my layout. 

When I get a little bit more time, I would love to try making the heart and the star burst pattern.  Thanks, Cathy, for the wonderful inspiration.

  Sandi Chromey

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Inspired By SCT Fall 2014 sketch - FALL PHOTO SHOOT using LAWN FAWN

Hello Everyone

Today I am sharing a layout I created for submission to Scrapbook and Cards Today Magazine for their Fall 2014 magazine.  I did not make the cut for the Fall 2014 submission call.  As soon as I saw the sketch I knew that I wanted to use all Lawn Fawn (my absolute favourite right now!) and the photos from our family's fall photo shoot.  It was perfect pairing in my eyes.

Thank you for stopping by and Happy Scrappin'

Mandy Reedyk
Creative Team Member of SCRAP YOUR SCRAPS 

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Small Business Spotlight : The Crafty Pickle Flair

Today we are so excited to shine a spotlight on a great small crafty business. Taniesa Vlasak is the owner of The Crafty Pickle Etsy Store, home of amazing flair buttons and more. Yesterday, some of our contributors got to play with flair that Taniesa was kind enough to send, so go check out that post

She is also sponsoring a giveaway for our readers, so if you would like a $10 gift certificate to her store, just comment on this post as well as the coordinating post on her blog. The giveaway will close at midnight on October 31 and a winner will be announced here on November 1st.

Now I'm going to let her tell you a little about herself and then she's going to show off a few projects using the brand new designs she just released in her shop. 

Hi crafty friends!

My name is Taniesa Vlasak (yep pronounced like the Pickle) and I am passionate about all things paper crafting as you can tell by my blog, but I am also passionate about my faith, my family, and cupcakes… mmmm cupcakes!

I am a mom to 5 awesome kids and wife to a pretty amazing Husband…. whom I might refer to as the Techie Pickle, He does all my computer and technical stuff. If you have a computer question, I got your answer guy! I am completely blessed and grateful for every day.

I have been scrapbooking since 1999, I have taught various classes at a few local scrapbook stores in the bay area along my journey. I am hoping for some pretty amazing things in 2013, new opportunities hopefully and meeting new friends!

Right now I am passionate about the project life style of scrapbooking. This has kept me mostly up to date with memory keeping right now and I used to be really bad about journaling/documenting the important things in my families lives. Sometimes you will find I keep my pages very simple and sometimes I like to be a little more artistic, You will also find other various paper crafting projects from me as well as product reviews, tutorials, and organization tips.

I wanted to share two different ideas using some brand new Flair that I just added to The Crafty Pickle Etsy Store. First up is a thank you gift card holder that I made using my silhouette and a flair from the Cozy Fall Set. I adore Autumn and pumpkin spice latte's are my favorite!

Coffee Gift Card

I used some cardstock I had on hand and cut out the card design on my Silhouette using design #

Coffee Gift Card

I die cut a tag from some cardstock scraps I had, added a little bit of decorative trim and attached it with a little clothes pin. I attached the PSL (pumpkin spice latte) button with some tombo xtreme adhesive. You could also use a button from the Starbucks flair set too, I just wanted to go for an autumn feel with this card.
Coffee Gift Card

 The inside has room for the coffee gift card as well as a little room to write a personal message.

Coffee Gift Card
Once it was all finished I slipped the card into a clear envelope and tossed in some of the exclusive autumn mix sequins from The Crafty Pickle Etsy shop for a little added fun touch.

Next up I have a project life card that I am sure anyone can find use for in their album, Mine is usually inspired by one of my teenage boys dodging the camera. For this card I am using the Photo Not Available flair from the Everyday Photo #2 set.

No Photo Available Project life card
To make this card I took a white piece of heavy cardstock that was in my scrap pile and cut out the camera design on my silhouette (Design #41015) The design called for several shades of gray but I only had two shades on hand so I just cut everything out of the white cardstock and colored the pieces with my copic markers (N8, N6, N4, N2, Y15, and Y19) I also used my wink of stella glitter pen and my Stardust gelly roll pen by Sakura 

No Photo Available Project life card

I attached a few sequins (that are always included in my flair packages) and attached the Photo Not Available flair with some Tombo Xtreme adhesive. The base card is a Becky Higgins Project Life grid card.

No Photo Available Project life card

As you can see above my flair has a very low profile making it ideal for page protectors of all types, especially pocket pages. It's about the same dimension as chipboard or thickers.

If you haven't visited The Crafty Pickle Etsy shop recently you might be surprised to find over 30 new flair sets including our new color patterned pop collection and some special limited edition 
sequins mixes.

Happy Crafting!
  The Crafty Pickle

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Small Business Spotlight: The Crafty Pickle

Do you know the Crafty Pickle, the creative shop with wonderful button flairs?

Taniesa Vlasak is our guest today, for our small business spotlight.
All of her button flair is handmade by her, and she can even do custom orders, take your own designs and make them into buttons, or even change colors on some of her existing designs!

Let's see what our creative team did with them...

Hello Everyone
I created this layout using some amazing flairs that I received from Taniesa Vlasak.  She was kind enough to send these (plus some others that I will use in another layout very soon) fabulous flairs from her Etsy shop - The Crafty Pickle.  My flairs that I used for this layout were all about cameras and sayings around taking pictures so I knew that I wanted to use these pics of my daughter.  All other products used are Lawn Fawn.

I want to thank Taniesa for these awesome flairs for me to use.  You can visit her Etsy Shop The Crafty Pickle and purchase some absolutely awesome Flairs to use on your next project.

Thanks for stopping by and HAPPY SCRAPPIN'!

   Mandy Reedyk

Hey everyone, Cathy here.
Have you ever made an entire layout based on an embellishment?  Well I made two.
This month we are featuring the amazing Crafty Pickle Flair at Etsy.  Taniesa Vlasak has an amazing shop and I absolutely love her unique flair badges.  She sent me some terrific buttons and I picked two that immediately caught my eye and just couldn't help making layouts around.

My second layout is inspired by a design by Ashley Horton:

   Cathy Martin

Thanks to Taniesa and The Crafty Pickle
I hope our creative team inspired you for using your flairs, and if you don't have any, well, now you know where to buy some, don't you?

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