Friday, December 31, 2010

My First Digital Scrapbook

My Brother-in-law lives in Barrie, ON quite a ways away from us. For Christmas this year I purchase some little photo albums from Black's Photography. I wanted to be able to send him pictures to show him everything we did this year and how much his niece grew up. They were on sale before Christmas buy 2 get 1 free. They ended up working out to be about $13.00 a piece. The best part is once I created one it was easy to make more. The books are 6x8 and are really made for you to print 6x8 photos and then they bind them into a book for you. When I started I couldn't understand how anyone can pick out just 20 pictures from a whole year of photos. So I then though about making each page hold more by turning them into a layout. Well when I started playing Adobe Photoshop to create my pages then the fun came when I started finding all then FREE digital scrapbooking items available. Luckily I took a class about two years ago for how to use Photoshop. That came in pretty handy when I was making some of the items work on the page. The first page I made was "Rhys' First Skate" after that I bounced around with dates and worked on what ever time I felt like doing. I found that it was easier to work on a page as I found the paper that I like to go with it. My computer is now loaded with digital scrapbooking items. I even purchased Stampin' Up' My Digital Studio. I was disappointed a bit as I couldn't change the size of my page and a 6x8 page size was not available. I am hoping to play with it some more this coming year when I make another book. I love how the book turned out and I even had one printed for myself. I do think next year I might go with a bit bigger of a book so that I can add more pictures or make some of them a little bit bigger. Let me know what you think of my first digital album.


Wednesday, December 29, 2010

February Birthday Card Class

 Birthday Card with a Spin
Date: Saturday, February 19, 2011
Time: 11:30 am
Location: DAT'S Scrapbooking
Cost: $7.00

At this class we will be making a spinner card using Stampin' Up's new "Take a Spin" stamp set, available in the new Occasions Mini Catalogue. The card is a easel style card and the spinner on the front also spins. We will also be learning how to stamp using markers to get the many different colours in our image. We are also using the new Pear Pizzaz Seam Binding Ribbon and Cardstock. The pattern paper however is from an old Stampin' Up line and is no longer available. I don't like to do this but all the colours worked so well together, I just couldn't resist.

If you are interested in signing up for this class please call Donna at DAT'S Scrapbooking 344-7702.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

January Valentine's Card Class

 Valentine's Day Card Class

Date: Saturday, January 15, 2011
Time: 11:30 am
Location: DAT'S Scrapbooking Store
Cost: $7.00

For this class we will be using the "Valentine Defined" stamp set from Stampin' Up's New Occasions Mini Catalogue. We will also be using their new Glimmer Paper to add a little sparkle to your loved ones day. At this class you will learn how to brayer a beautiful sunset using Pink Passion, Melon Mambo and Real Red Ink. This card was inspired by one of my favourite card makers Michelle Zindorf. She has many wonderful brayer tutorials, and I have enjoyed taking a few of her online workshops.

If you are interested in signing up for the class please contact Donna at DAT'S Scrapbooking 344-7702.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Calendar Gifts

I made two of these calendars this year for Christmas gifts for some of our out of town family. They are made using the Karen Foster 6x6 Calendar Kit. Most of the paper is from the kit, but some of the cardstock is from my own stash. I tried to keep each page simple but sometimes I got a little carried away. As you all know it is hard for us Scrapbookers to keep things simple. I had to keep reminding myself that it is only a 6x6 page and that there was not much room for embellishments. I also had to keep in mind that I need to mail them too! I did use my Cricut a lot for this calendar. Under each month I made a list of the items that I used for that page. I do apologize for some of the bad photos of the calendar, I was in hurry to make the post office before it closed.

Bazzil White Cardstock, Karen Foster Snowflake Brads, Ek Success Corner Punch, Tattered Angles Glimmer Mist, Misc Snowflake Buttons, Designer's Calendar Cricut Cartridge, Snow Friends Cricut Cartridge.

EK Success Corner Punch, Fiskars Heart Hand Punch, Bo Bunny Pink Dot Ribbon, Stampin' Up Happy Heart Day Stamp Set, Misc Heart Buttons, Stampin' Up Real Red Marker, Designer's Calendar Cricut Cartridge.

Stampin' Up Go Green Stamp Set, EK Success Clover Punch, Stampin' Up Decorative Label Punch, Tim Holtz Gold Sponge Paint, Designer's Calendar Cricut Cartridge.

Stamping Bella Bling, Bo Bunny Blue Dot Ribbon, EK Success Corner Punch, Designer's Calendar Cricut Cartridge.

Bazzil Stich Template, Misc Embroidery Floss, Got Flowers Paper Flowers, Me & My Big Idea Gems, Designer's Calendar Cricut Cartridge.

Elmo's Party Cricut Cartridge, Misc White Embroidery Floss.

Mini Monograms Cricut Cartridge, Street Signs Cricut Cartridge.

Doodlecharms Cricut Cartridge, Doodletype Cricut Cartridge.

EK Success Corner Punch, Doodlecharms Cricut Cartridge, EK Success Oak Leaf Punch, EK Success Maple Leaf Punch, Karen Foster Mini Screw Brads, Designer's Calendar Cricut Cartridge.

Doodlecharms Cricut Cartridge, Misc Googley Eyes, Misc Black Embroidery Floss, Stamping Bella Bling Dots, Our Craft Lounge Black Sparkle Flock, CTMH "October Month" Stamp Set.

EK Success Gingerbread Man Punch, Misc Gingam Ribbon, Designer's Calendar Cricut Cartridge.

Stampin' Up Trim the Tree Stamp Set, Clear Embossing Powder, Versamark Ink, Silver Embroidery Floss, Designer's Calendar Cricut Cartridge.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

My Christmas Cards

While they are finally finished and out in the mail. Hard to believe that I started them in September while I was at a Crop during Scrapfest in Minneapolis. I was so proud of myself to have started that early and still I was 4 days before Christmas trying to finish them up. I had managed to get my out of town cards out earlier but I was short a few for some in town people so for the passed couple of nights I have been busy trying to finish them up.

The card design came from a Hero Arts class that I took a Scrapfest this year. In the class we got to keep the stamp set that we used, so they were easy to make. At least I thought they were easy until I made 50 of them. I started by stamping the trees on white cardstock then inking them with Tim Holtz Peeled Paint Ink and Stamper sponge. I then cut them out and added a strip of natural cardstock for the trunks. I tied a hemp bow and attached it with some glossy accents. The card is folded at 4 1/4 then at 2 1/8. The background is a Hero Arts Background Stamp stamped with Tim Holtz Broken China Ink. I then added some snowflakes using a CTMH stamp set and some white embossing powder with a little bit of sparkles added in. I do love how they turned out even though they took forever to finish.


Friday, December 17, 2010

January Layout Class

Christmas Moments Two Page Spread
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Time: 7:00 p.m - 10:00 p.m
Cost: $20.00

Using Echo Park’s Christmas paper line, we will be creating a two page layout great for all your Christmas Memories. This line is great for featuring memories from Christmas past with it’s vintage colour scheme and rustic look.

Photo Sizes: 1 - Vertical 6x8, 2 - Vertical 3x4, 2 - Horizontal 2 5/8 x3, 1 - Horizontal 2x3

Please bring with you: your own straight cutter, scoring blade, scissors and adhesive. Your adhesive selection should include whatever regular adhesive you use to do your regular paper to paper or photo to paper adhering, glue lines, glue dots, liquid glue pen and 3-D dots.