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Spellbinders 3D M-bossibilities at CHA 2013

Sunday, January 13th, 2013

See the new 3D M-Bossibilities demo at CHA 2013.These embossing folders are deeper, for more dimension and a different — almost puffier — look.

Matching Dies and Stamps from Heartfelt Creations at CHA 2013

Sunday, January 13th, 2013

This is a stamper’s dream! This company worked with Spellbinders to create the most fabulous stamp and die cut combinations! These aren’t just your basic single stamp with die sets. There are a handful of stamps to coordinate with each die cut. So you can get lots of layers and varieties from each combination!

I’ve already got lots of ideas buzzing around in my head!

Paperclipping 145 – Gather Your Old Products

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010
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Below are the layouts I featured in today’s episode…

PB & J

12×12 layout
pb&j
Journaling reads: 3 yrs old – July 19, 06

Aiden, you are showing me that you’re growing up. Yesterday you wanted to help me make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Someone stopped by so I left the kitchen before it was done so I could visit with our guest for a few minutes. When I came back, there you were with an entire sandwich in your mouth. You stopped eating to announce, “I can do it myself!”

And you sure did! Peanut butter on half the bread. No jelly. I even asked if you wanted jelly and you said, “Nope!” with such confidence.

“Is it good?” I asked. “Yep!” you announced. And you ate it like it was the best sandwich you’ve ever had. I was so proud of my little 3-year-old boy.

Today when I was about to pour your soy milk into a cup you made the same announcement, “I can do it myself!”

. . . And you did.

Supplies:
Note: I use a combination of new and old products. Here are the ones I was able to find still available online:

  • bouncy ball paper
  • vinyl Thickers These vinyl ones are goopy and don’t stick well but they look awesome if you glue them with a good adhesive. Just beware!
  • The white flocked polka dot paper is a favorite of mine but it seems to be sold or clearanced out. I found this brown sheet available and on sale. I’ve also used and loved this black flocked damask paper for a formal look and for Halloween.

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T Is For Trinity

12×12 layout
t_is_for_trinity
Journaling reads:
A conversation with Aiden, age 5…

a: Mom, I want a “T” on my forehead.

(after hearing him mumble, “Trinity . . . Trinity . . .” I made a guess)
m: You want a “T” on your forehead for “Trinity?”

a: Mmm-hmm.

m: T for Trinity? Because you love her?

a: Yep. I love her.

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Silly Random Thoughts

12×12 layout
silly_random_thoughts
Journaling from four different occassions: Aiden – ages 3 and 4
1)”I know what kiwis are made of. Salty, juicy pineapples. With hair all over it.”

2) August 2006 –
Me: Tomorrow I’m getting you a new carseat.
Aiden: A booster seat?
Me: Yes!
Aiden: So it can make me fly?

3) When you want a vitamin you ask for, “That thing that is kinda like medicine and kinda like candy.” (Aug. 2007)

4) Aug. 2007
Aiden: Look! I wrote, “Yoga!”
(shows me scribbles on his spaceship)

Me: Do you mean “Yoda?” Like from Starwars?

Aiden: No. YOGA.

Me: You mean the exercise I do?

Aiden: Yes. It’s your job.

Here is a pink version of my stamp die cut paper, and here’s a blue one with a different pattern.

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T

12×12 layoutt
Journaling reads: The over-sized set at Grandma Gertrude’s retirement home inspired your imagination, which we can see by your pursed lips, surely meaning something big is happening in your inner world of kings and queens.

Supplies:
Type charms

The first layout I shared in this week’s tutorial was featured in Papercipping 120 – Circular Anchor Flexible Template. You can see the photo of that layout by clicking the link and scrolling down.

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I’m excited to see what old products you’ll give new life after watching this week’s episode!

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Paperclipping 142 – Scrapbooking with Everyday Items

Monday, April 19th, 2010
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Here are the projects from this episode…

It’s All About The Details

12×12 layout
the_details
details
Journaling reads: Trinity – You have great attention to details. You’re afraid of making mistakes. You’re a perfectionist. You’re also extremely independent, so it makes for some interesting situations when I find you trying to do something on your own but you have to come over to me again and again with detail-oriented questions. Today it happened with you making P.B.+J. sandwiches, which you’ve done a hundred times before…

Trinity: Mom! I want to make peanut butter and jelly but this says “jam!” I can’t find any jelly in the fridge.

Mom: That’s what we use because jelly has too much sugar. Sometimes what I buy says “spreadable fruit.” It’s all just used the same way as jelly.

Trinity (you ran out of jam and went to the closet for more but then came back to me, distraught): Mom! This has a totally different word on it that I can’t read and there are CHUNKS in it!

Mom: Yep, honey. This one is the same kind of thing. It’s called, “Preserves.” But it’s all the same. Now relax and go make your sandwich! :)

Herbivorous

12×12 pocketed page protector
herbivorous
herbivorous_details

Journaling reads: It wasn’t until Blake told me how his friends act disgusted by the way we eat (last month) that I realized it could be hard on you kids socially. It’s been over two years now since I decided to eliminate animal-related foods from my diet and cooking and became vegan. Last Auguest Dad decided (on his own, without pressure from me) that he couldn’t eat animals and their by-products anymore, either, which meant your diets became even more vegan than they already were.

Since we don’t force you to be totally vegan and you like my cooking, it didn’t occur to me it could be hard until Blake’s friends acted that way, no matter how good it looked or how often they admit to loving it when they try it. I’m sorry if you get embarrassed and I appreciate that you give us few complaints. I hope you understand that I have to live with integrity. I make this choice for health and love, for the environment, the animals, and for peace.

My 2nd Office

MiniBook I made from coffee cup warmers
Here are most of the pages:
starbucks_book1
starbucks_book2
starbucks_book3
starbucks_book4
starbucks_book5
starbucks_book6
starbucks_book7
starbucks_book8
starbucks_book9
starbucks_book10
starbucks_book11

PRT 015 – The MiniBook Show

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

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The Panel

Product Picks

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Sharing Our Mini’s

Izzy’s:

Noell’s:
two_of_us_mini
Click here to see more of The Two Of Us.
cancun_mini
Click here to see Cancun.
love_notes_mini
Click here to see Love Notes.
you_me_mini
Click here to see You+Me.

Ana’s Mini’s
Stacy’s Mini’s

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Paperclipping Live Event for National Scrapbook Day

Monday, April 12th, 2010

May 1, 2010
1-3 pm PST

http://www.paperclipping.com/live

We will be having a live (internet) Paperclipping event for National Scrapbook Day this year! Among all the fun we’ll share that day, I would like to invite you to join audience member, Roxane Apple, and me in helping children under state custody to make Life Books. You can do that with extra supplies or products that you’re no longer in love with. I invited Roxane to share how this works and what it is:

“Children in the custody of Social Services create Life Books to remember their lives and the people they have lived with. Life Books are simple scrapbooks the social workers, foster families, and adoptive families put together with the children. Life Books are also used as a form of therapy, to get to know the children, and to understand their situations. They are also used to help the children feel a sense of belonging. The children take the books with them as they move through Social Services. Scrapbook supplies are used to create these books, but Social Service offices don’t have budgets for the supplies they need.

They can use anything you want to give … tools you don’t use anymore; a sticker sheet that only has one sticker left on it; pens you never use; things you want to get rid of so you can have room for something else; whole sheets of paper; good size scraps you don’t want to keep; freebies you’ve received but won’t ever use; supply storage containers you don’t want anymore … you name it!”

scrapbook_scraps


Between now and May 1st, I am asking you to:

  1. Gather scrapbook-related items you would like to donate
  2. Find out who your local contact person is within Social Services (information below)
  3. Weigh your items (this is just for the Paperclipping event)
  4. Arrange to deliver your items.

On National Scrapbook Day you can report to Paperclipping the weight of your donation and we will announce the grand total during our live event!

Erin Bassett provided this web page where many of you will be able to find your local contact person:

If your local information is not available there, or if you run into a dead end, Roxane explained how to find your contact person…

“Google or use a similar search engine to put in your county and state with the words Social Services or Human Services. Each agency is defined a little differently and it is dependent on the size and how many counties they serve. You may be their first call of someone offering donations of this type so you may need to do a little talking to get to the right person. From there you can arrange how you’ll deliver your donation.

I happen to live closer to the woman that works for the Denver County Social Services office then I live to the office she works out of, so I either meet her somewhere or take the donations to her house. The first time I donated to her she was a leery because no one had ever donated scrapbook supplies before, and because I gave her a lot of supplies she was also a little overwhelmed. Soon the shock on her face turned to pure gratitude!”

Once you have found your contact person, please feel free to share the info with others in your area by leaving a comment on this post.

Paperclipping National Scrapbook Day Live Event:
Saturday, May 1, 2010 1pm PST

http://www.paperclipping.com/live

PRT 013 – Taking It Beyond the Page

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

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Paperclipping 140 – Accordian Spring Album

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010
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Album Details

Album:
The Tinkering Ink Peekaboo Album I used doesn’t seem to be in stock anymore. Hopefully you’ll use something you already have anyway but if you’re looking for a mini with shapes punched out like mine, the closest thing I can find to it is this one, which is on clearance right now.

Album Color:
By experimenting, I got a lovely mottled yellow on my pages that reminds me of colored Easter eggs. You know how colored eggs never come out smooth and perfect like they do on the cover of magazines?. I love the uneven colored-eggs look on my pages. Here’s how I got it:

  • Painted 2 layers of Golden’s Gesso. (You could try white acrylic paint if you don’t have gesso).
  • Sprayed a layer of Lemon Meringue Glimmer Mist and blended it in.
  • Spritzed some uneven splotches of Lemon Grass Glimmer Mist. I rubbed the Lemon Grass with my blending tool. The foam applicator left a lot of “bubbling” in the mist, I think because of the gesso, and then set the bubbles and splotches with a heat tool.

Handmade flowers:
I made my large turquoise flower out of Tim Holtz Grunge Board. To color the petals I painted two layers of gesso, then sprayed and dried multiple layers of Patina Glimmer Mist.

It turns out that the gesso was not holding the Patina dye color, so it came out light, although very beautifully glimmery. Liz Hicks from Tattered Angels suggested using Making Memories Spotlight acrylic paint on chipboard or grunge board if you want the dye color to show more vibrantly.

The tiny paper flowers and the large flower were inspired by the artist, Alisa Burke. The orange paperclipped flower is from Paperclipping Episode #118, which is now archived, but available to our Members.

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Paperclipping 139 – Build a Color Palette from Pink

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010
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Below are the layouts that appear in the episode…

9

12×12 layout
9
Journaling to Trinity reads: Your 9th birthday. Game night with pizza and banana splits. Your closest friends plus some of the neighborhood girls.

Supplies: Making Memories BigDot Rouge Paperie * Theresa Collins Take Note journal block * Basic Grey brads * Tim Holtz + 7 Gypsies metal numbers

Your New Bike

12zx12 layout
your_new_bike
Journaling reads: Trinity, You had definitely outgrown your first bike so for your 9th birthday we called a whole bunch of sellers on Craig’s List until we found two sellers that might have a bike for you. We drove — you and me — to the seller who had 2 bikes first, and you knew instantly. You test-drove both, but you knew this was it. You didn’t even want to try the other seller to make sure. You went for the smooth-riding pink and purple one. Good choice. <3 Mom.

Supplies: Teresa Collins Journal-It Girl pink damask paper + journal boxes * Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist for the colored backgrounds of the flowers and circles: Lavender Fields, S.W.A.K. and Pumpkin Pie, blended with the Tim Holtz Blending Tool.

Riding With Grandpa

2-page 12×12 layout
riding_with_grandpa
Journaling reads: A regular treat…going to Grandpa’s house on the farm, him taking you all for a ride and a little tour. In a couple of years this wagon will be full of a different set of grandkids!

Supplies:
Bazzill Cardstock Cream Puff * Glimmer Mist Coffee Shop * Creative Imaginations Polka Sunshine orange scalloped paper on clearance at the link at time of posting this * Letters R + G Thickers Jewelry Box Chestnut * Jenni Bowlin Studios orange buttons * Prima Novella Gallery Roses

Why I No Longer Accept Free Products From Companies

Monday, March 15th, 2010

I wrote the following letter to my newsletter subscribers as I was leaving the Craft & Hobby Association Trade Show last January of 2010.

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Something happened when Izzy and I were covering the Craft & Hobby Association trade show that inspired us to make a major business decision. It’s a decision that affects my relationship with you as a scrapbooker. We walked the thousands of booths, choosing which ones had products and demo’s I thought would be of most interest to you, sometimes having to turn down requests for video coverage because we only have time to share what we think you’ll want most. Many of the manufacturers handed me packets of their products, hoping they will end up on projects that appear in my tutorials. This is a common practice in the industry — I don’t mean to make it sound like I’m anything special.

I have mixed emotions whenever it happens. On the one hand there’s the rush that we all feel whenever we’re offered something free. Especially when it’s something we already wanted, right? On the other hand, there was a creeping discomfort I couldn’t explain and really didn’t take the time to try to identify.

I made a comment to Izzy about all the talk at the trade show by scrapbook designers and press members needing to ship all their freebies home. He had an idea that, at first, I didn’t like. . .not after My Mind’s Eye had just offered to send me some products from their new mini-book line, a line that almost made me salivate all over their floor. But as Izzy and I talked about the possible impact of his idea, I realized I wanted to do it for sure. And all that day, as packets stuffed with beautiful scrappy goodness slipped into my hand, I slipped them back to their rightful owners and explained our new business decision.

A Major Business Decision


I am no longer accepting free product for use in my scrapbooking and paper-crafting projects.

I am not aware of anyone else in the industry doing this. Let me tell you why I decided to do it and what it means for you. Those who have been with me long know that I am quite honest with my opinions about scrapbook products, stores, and magazines. But even I recognize that it’s hard not to be at least slightly biased about a product that you didn’t have to buy yourself, especially when you know that that company will probably want to give you even more if you give their products good coverage.

It’s important for you to know that the products I use and recommend are products I like enough to actually pay for them. Myself. You will always know that I cannot be bought or sold by any company. How is that for enabling Paperclipping to offer you the best recommendations in the industry? Several people told me this is crazy because it’s an expensive decision to make. But that’s a price I’m willing to pay and a price I’m willing to pay for you.

Once again, this is a case where the Paperclipping Members are the ones who are making all of this possible. Much appreciation to our Paperclipping Members.