PRT105 – Categories of Amazingness

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  • Christine

    I was thinking about my knitting design journal, and how to improve it.  It’s kind of like a scrapbook, and kind of like a lab notebook.  It is small enough to fit in my purse in hopes my kids will play without me at the park and I can write a little, has a sturdy chipboard cover, a spiral binding so it lies flat, some blank, lined and graph paper pages, and pockets.  It’s just about perfect.  Except that I can’t move the pages around so the design sketches are with the measurement charts and yarn lables in the pockets.  Everything is together, but in no good order.

    What I need is an 8X5 graph stamp (preferably in knitted stitch aspect, but square is fine.  I want accurate though, no wavy or disappearing lines!) or a lined stencil.  That way I could buy a blank notebook, and make whatever kind of page I need, and keep everything together.  Or find a small o-ring book, but the rings would have to stand up to my purse, I’m rough on it.

    So manufacturers,  if you make it, I’ll buy it.

    Otherwise, does anyone know where I could find some?

  • There are so many different aspects to a birthday that I think they’re especially great for the file folder concept! Yours looks really cute!!! I love those colors and the layout is just way fun. Thanks for sharing!

  • Carmen

     Just a totally random comment.  Has everyone heard about Brickstix? My boys went totally crazy for these.  My boys love LEGO and want these stickers but I think they would also be great on some scrapbook pages about my boys playing with their most fav. thing (LEGO) The only way I would get to use these on a layout is if I bought 4 or 5 sets of each, then my boys might let me have a sticker or two.

  • Carmen

     for any one who does not know what they are:
    BrickStix decals for LEGO®, MEGA BLOKS® and other plastic bricks, are reusable, removable and restickable cling decals. You can
    add a watchdog to your city, stick an alien aboard your spaceship or
    put a dent in a car. Change your BrickStix as often as you change your
    mind.

    Mod Stickers for LEGO®, MEGA BLOKS® and other plastic bricks are
    removable and repositionable stickers. They go on easy and can be
    removed just as quick. No sticky mess…Mods won’t leave ick on your
    brick. You can create a zombie apocalypse or a WWII mission. No matter
    which Stix you choose, we’ve got your bricks covered. Give your creations life!

    http://www.brickstix.com/main.sc

  • Katie Scott

    Paperclipping Roundtable this week?

    And Off Topic but Important and I know scrapbookers will help spread the word:

    MARCH 21st is Ice Cream for Breakfast Day!Fight Cancer.  Celebrate Life.
    Read the story behind this holiday here: http://kissandtellscrapbooking.typepad.com/my_weblog/2012/03/march-21st-is-ice-cream-for-breakfast-day-heres-why.html
    Please spread the word & join the Facebook Event “Ice Cream for Breakfast Day (March 21st)” created by Bruce C. Rosenberg.
    Thanks!

  • jenn05042005

    hey, Noell- I started listening to this episode, then when I got to the comments and discussion about this comment, I actually went back to the previous Roundtable to finish listening. Because– to be totally honest– I stopped listening to the previous Roundtable before you got to the ‘personal blogging for scrapbooking’ info. I was excited to hear this topic, then around 30-35 minutes, got tired of hearing about ‘blogging-as-business’ and thought that was going to be the entire topic.

    So, I was one of those people who fazed out and didn’t realize the info was there. I just picked up RT104 again at around the 45 minute mark, and listened to the rest of the episode for the personal ‘blogging as SB fodder’ angle. I really do agree that blogging is a good way to weed out extra photos, or to remember things for later- and that it’s can also be just a ‘different’ way to save memories.

    Thanks for saying that you did talk about it, so I could go back and hear it!

  • Great, I’m glad to hear it! I’m not sure if this applies to you (I can’t see your original comment from my phone) but if your hope is to grow a readership but not make money, all the business stuff also applies.

  • Forgot to say we’d be on spring break this week! We’re introducing our kids to snow!

  • Wendy

    I was wondering…..have fun in the snow!

  • Noell, can your kids read cursive? (Gabi is my only child and I’m wondering if part of it is just her age.) 

  • HeatherC

    Wondered if you were spring breaking — we do that next week — have fun with your family.

    Also — PCRT question — could you do a segment on adhesives again?  I know you touch on this time to time.   I have seen several layouts lately using either vellum or transparencies — what are then best ways to attach transparent or translucent materials?  Would love any advice!

  • My 14 yr old says he can read it but not write it well. My 12 yr old says she can kind of read it. My 9 yr old had two days to practice it and didn’t actually learn it. They don’t really teach it anymore.

  • Morgaine Ford-Workman

    Hey Roundtable- Longtime listener here.
    After listening to the most recent episode and the discussion of Istagram, I thought I’d let you all know about this little tip. You CAN take photos you’ve already taken on your iphone with the normal camera and upload them to Istagram- I don’t ever take photos in istagram itself (I find the auto focus to not work as well in the app as opposed to the phone’s normal camera mode). 
    Basically, take as many photos as you need with the iphone camera, then go to the Istagram app. Click on the camera mode in the center, then click on the double squares on the lower left-hand side: then choose your photo from your photo stream or camera roll. Resize and scale the photo to fit the istagram square. Then you can put the filters on them, the brightness or the blur (did you know you can move the blur as well?) or turn on and off the frame. Then you can submit it to instagram, facebook, twitter, etc.
    This way, you still get your original photos, but also get the fun factor of istagram. It doesn’t have to be so permanent, like you all mentioned.
    I also have a link to my istagram photos via http://instagrid.me/ which basically makes my istagram feed available for anyone- even those without smart phones or are not following me on facebook or twitter.
    I also use all my istagram photos for my 365 photo project- which I then upload all my photos to my Photo365 app, which puts them all in a little neat calendar.
    Just some thoughts to share, so you all can get your photo on, while still using the awesomeness that is Istagram. :D
    Keep up the great episodes! They keep me entertained on my drive home from working the late-night shift at 2am. lol
    Hugs!
    Morgaine

  • Morgaine Ford-Workman

    woops- realized some people already mentioned how to use the photos in Istagram. But instagrid for online and 365photo app are good too. :D

  • Morgaine Ford-Workman

    I guess I should of read everyone’s comments before I posted mine, lol- I had the same exact reaction- “trying to tell you over the speakers”- same exact thing for me. But yes, Instagram- way more hidden features! Especially when used in conjunction with Instagrid online or any of the 365photo apps. :D

  • Regarding the Sizzix Eclips – There are actually a few advantages that the Sizzix Eclips has over the Cameo.  (I own both.)  The Eclips can be used with eCAL software which is similar to the Silhouette software.  One advantage of this software is that it allows you to create files and save them in the SVG format, which the Silhouette software does not.  This SVG format can be used by many machines, including the Cameo (if you have the designer software.)  It can import pngs and trace them, just like the Silhouette software.  Another BIG advantage of the Eclips is that it can cut thicker materials than the Cameo.  The Eclips can cut thin chipboard (.022 thickness), and what’s even better is that you can adhere patterned paper to the chipboard using your xyron, and then cut through both the chipboard and adhered paper.  In addition to being able to use the Eclips with the optional eCAL software, it can be used with cartridges.  I am not a cartridge user, but I can see how someone that goes to crop may want the cartridge option.  The Eclips offers the best of both worlds in this way, both sofware and cartridges. 

    The Silhouette has a large online store where you can purchase cutting files.  The problem with the files that you purchase through this store is that they are only in one format — the format that can be used by the Silhouette machines.  If you decide later that you want to switch to another brand of machine, these files may be unusable, unless you find a way to convert each file you have purchased.  Nobody seems to mention this problem, but think of 3 years down the line when some other manufacture has a machine that you want. 

    I have found that both Sizzix and Silhouette have excellent customer service.

    I am surprised that so many people overlook the Eclips when shopping for a die cutting machine.

  • Thanks for all the details!

  • Thank you for your help, Diane! I’m a huge believer in choosing options that are most flexible so I totally appreciate the points you’ve made.
    Does Sizzix make eCal? Is it separate from the designer software, or is that the same thing?

  • eCAL is a version of Sure-Cuts-Alot that is made specifically to work with the Eclips.  I think it is made by a company called Craft Edge or at least their website is http://www.craftedge.com.  People used to use Sure Cuts Alot with the Cricut and they still use it with other die cutting machines.  If you purchase the Eclips alone, it has no computer software with it; you just use it with cartridges, similar to the Cricut.  The eCAL software is a separate option you can buy — there is only one version of it.  There is no regular version and then designer version.

    The Silhouette Cameo is different in that it comes with a basic software edition and then you can upgrade this to the designer software.  The eCAL software is roughly equivalent to the Silhoutte designer software.

    I purchased my Eclips at Oh My Crafts for a deeply discounted price.  (Make sure you use a coupon code if you purchase from there.)  Craft Edge was selling a discounted Eclips/eCAL bundle but I don’t see it on their website right now.  Oh My Crafts sells a bundle also.

  • Colleen

    Loved this show – Heidi and Stacey always make me giggle, and the two of them together – what fun!! 

    I recently got a Silhouette Cameo, and I LOVE it. I’m with Noell – no more cartridge based systems for me. But I was wondering about the eClips and those Tim Holtz cuts – I do not have the patience or skill to cut out detailed outlines of stamps, but I love the way they look on cards and pages. After what Noell and Heidi said about stamping and scanning, I figured I would give it a try and it WORKED!! Here’s what I did.

    1. Stamped an image on scrap paper.
    2. Scanned it to a high-resolution JPG file. 
    3. Opened the JPG file in PSE.
    4. Used the ‘Quick Selection Tool’ to draw an outline around the image, adding and subtracting from the selected image as needed.
    5. Created a new layer, clicked on it it (with the image outline still selected), and filled the outline image with any color.
    6. Hide the background layer, and then do “Save As…” and choose PNG format.
    7. In Silhouette studio, open the new PNG, and trace it. This is your cut for your stamp.

    Then I cut the outline on flat white card stock and stamped on it. Beautiful! 

    The other cool thing was I could enlarge the PNG a little in Silhouette Studio, re-trace it, and then cut the larger outline from a piece of card stock to use as a matte. 

    Thanks for the suggestion – so glad I tried it. I wish I had thought of this earlier. I love the stamps with matching dies, but this is SO much more flexible. 

  • That’s great!! Thank you for sharing how you did it with all of us! Was it tedious or pretty simple?

  • I usually pick the mail and I pick comments because I think that they have something useful or interesting to add to the conversation – even if I don’t agree with them. So don’t apologize! :-) 

  • Colleen

    It was pretty simple – the only tedious part was “cleaning up” the outline of the selected image in PSE. But I was being a perfectionist. :P If you have patience you can make the outline as detailed as you like.

    The other thing I forgot to mention was that once I inked my stamp, I laid it down flat – ink side up –  and inverted the paper cutout over it to be sure the edges lined up properly with the stamp. Would be easier to line up with a clear stamp, but this was a vinyl cling, so it was a little tricky. 

  • RozettePeckham

    I found PRT the week of CHA.  I am addicted!  and and and  I am not a smooch. I signed up that night.  Anywho, I listen to PRT the way I scrapbook…not in chronicological order. So I am listening to episode 65 As You Wish!…and it speaks to my heart.  I pinterested for months to get ideas for the most perfect office/scrap space.  And now I have it!  But I found I wasn’t using it because I was by myself and not with my family.  So at first, I took small projects to the living room (we have an open concept home) and then I took in a folding table. And then I moved all the videos from the storage under the TV and replaced it with scrapping stuff.  Well then I started a big project and now I have moved all that to the breakfast room. Currently, the table is covered with stuff but I find myself pinteresting on how to incorporate my scrapping stuff with my family room. 

    So I too have a beautiful room with a huge window with a beautiful view but I prefer to be with my family in the living area.  Just had to share.

  • Katie Scott

    Finally at my scrapbooking desk without children in the room!  Jonesing for the Paperclipping Roundtable!  So I’m listening to the last one and Stacy Julian mentioned Elizabeth Dillow’s new class at BPC – I just signed up! 

    P.S. Where did you go to see snow?  We went to Durango, Colorado a couple weeks ago and I fell in love with that place & wanted to sell everything in our Florida lives & move there right away; its probably a good thing that my husband is not as impulsive as I am, but, seriously, Durango is amazing.

  • Lzepponi

    I know I had some profound comments to add, but for the life of me, I cant remember what they were, But I absolutely LOVED this PRT!! Great info on Heidi’s class, great personalities listened to it twice. Thanks

  • Carmen

     I think there is a need for every kind of adhesive made. They all have a place in my scrapping. My #1 go-to adhesive for vellum is to cover the back completely with a very thin blue 2 way glue (many companies make this, it is blue at first then goes clear when it dries, I use Bonding Memories broad tip glue pen by CTMH). If you cover the vellum completely, right to the edges it will not curl up on the edges and even if it does make the vellum a little more cloudy it will be uniform across the whole thing.  If I have a large sheet of vellum or transparencies then I like to use brads or staples or something like that. I hope this helps but I would also like to hear more on adhesives too.

  • laura simpson

    Hi to all my new “friends” at PRT
       I want to say a big thanks. Why you ask? Well six months ago we lost our home to fire. Ten years of scrapbooks lost. My wonderful scrapbooking friends rallied around and quickly helped replenish my supplies but I had lost my mojo. Every time I tried to make a page I just ended up crying. Since I found you guys I have been listening to every episode over and over again and boy am I inspired!!!!!!So thank you for getting me back in the groove.I am managing one to two  layouts a day with replacement photos that friends have given me. As for the  lost pages I plan to create an art journal (which I had never heard of till you guys)to describe and remember photos and journaling. Again thanks thanks thanks. Laura from Ontario Canada 

  • laura simpson

    Hi to all my new “friends” at PRT
       I want to say a big thanks. Why you ask? Well six months ago we lost our home to fire. Ten years of scrapbooks lost. My wonderful scrapbooking friends rallied around and quickly helped replenish my supplies but I had lost my mojo. Every time I tried to make a page I just ended up crying. Since I found you guys I have been listening to every episode over and over again and boy am I inspired!!!!!!So thank you for getting me back in the groove.I am managing one to two  layouts a day with replacement photos that friends have given me. As for the  lost pages I plan to create an art journal (which I had never heard of till you guys)to describe and remember photos and journaling. Again thanks thanks thanks. Laura from Ontario Canada 

  • laura simpson

    Hi to all my new “friends” at PRT
       I want to say a big thanks. Why you ask? Well six months ago we lost our home to fire. Ten years of scrapbooks lost. My wonderful scrapbooking friends rallied around and quickly helped replenish my supplies but I had lost my mojo. Every time I tried to make a page I just ended up crying. Since I found you guys I have been listening to every episode over and over again and boy am I inspired!!!!!!So thank you for getting me back in the groove.I am managing one to two  layouts a day with replacement photos that friends have given me. As for the  lost pages I plan to create an art journal (which I had never heard of till you guys)to describe and remember photos and journaling. Again thanks thanks thanks. Laura from Ontario Canada 

  • Onlysleepn

    Nancy and Noel, I don’t know if it exists for iphone, but Snapbucket functions similar to Instagram, but it saves both the filtered picture and a “plain” photo. Also, you can use premade filters, or customize each element.

  • Oh, wow, Laura. I’m so sorry about your home!! I’m glad we’ve been here to help you get your mojo back! Thanks for sharing.

  • Molly

    I’m going through the archives here and I LOVE this episode. I was looking through my 2012 Project Life album and while I love the album and the memories I captured, it doesn’t really go beneath the surface. It’s an album full of all the things we did and the food we ate, not too much of our thoughts or feelings. (Which is totally fine but it’s time for me to change it up) I am really trying to focus on going a little deeper in our 2013 PL album so these tips about observation were awesome for me !!