Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Interactive Scrapbook Page

Even though I love to make cards, my true passion in papercrafting is scrapbooking. Whether it be an album page, CD folder, or a shadowbox frame to hang on the wall, I just seem to easily pass into "the zone" when I am scrapbooking :) Needless to say, I love it when May rolls around because it is National Scrapbooking Month. It is the perfect reason to focus on more projects :)

Last fall, I learned how to make "interactive" scrapbook pages from Sherrill Graff. It was so fun and easy to do and now I find it difficult sometimes to do just a single page..lol!! Well, my friends in college always did accuse me of being an over-achiever :) Anyway, in an effort to consolidate some of the boxes in my craft room, I sorted through some of my retired cardstock and fell in love all over again with Afternoon Tea. Once I took it out, I had to search for some Groovy Guava and Soft Sky ink and cardstock as well.

I don't normally post many projects using retired items, but I couldn't resist sharing this with you:



An interactive scrapbook page starts with a 12x12 page and then you add an 8 1x2x11 page on top. This first photo shows what it looks like when it is in your album. When you turn back the top page, it reveals the full layout:




On the left is the backside of the 8 1/2x11 page and on the right is the full 12x12 page. You will notice a pair of Rounded Tab labels toward the top. Those are actually the "hinges" for the 6x6 page that is attached on the front of the 12x12 page protector. When you open that, it reveals another portion of the original 12x12 page:




The scallop circle on the front of the 8 1/2x11 page is one of the Carousel Notes we used to sell. Luckily, I had purchased some extra sets that included them in Groovy Guava, Soft Sky, and Wild Wasabi. I used on the front and added a pearl in each of the scallops and then used some of them in the corners of the pages and traced around one on a piece of the designer series paper and cut it out for the 12x12 page. I like these because they are a little bigger than the scallop circle die for the Big Shot:




I didn't want to bore you with a ton of pictues, but I wanted to show you this top note accent piece. This pattern of the dsp is so pretty and when I ran it through the Big Shot with the Square Lattice embossing folder, it truly looked like tapestry fabric. It is difficult to see, but I also embossed the Chocolate Chip top note on the front page using the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder and I used the Finial Press embossing folder on the Chocolate Chip strip on this page:




The complete list of supplies:

Stamp Set:
Baby Blossoms (Occasions Mini), En Francais

Cardstock:
Chocolate Chip, Groovy Guava (retired), Soft Sky (retired), Whisper White, Afternoon Tea DSP (retired)

Ink:
Groovy Guava (retired), Soft Sky (retired), Wild Wasabi, Chocolate Chip

Accessories:
Big Shot, Top Note Exclusive Die, Embossing Folders (Square Lattice, Finial Press, Perfect Polka Dots, Carousel Notes (retired), Basic Pearls, Whisper White 5/8" Satin Ribbon, Groovy Guava Stitched Ribbon (retired), Punches (Rounded Tab, Scallop Trim Border, Photo Corner), Sticky Strip, Stampin' Dimensionals

The flowers and butterflies I added to these pages are actually images that I cut from the designer series paper. It took awhile, but was well worth the effort. I love the way this turned out and once we get moved and settled, I think I will add some of our wedding pictures to these pages. Our colors were peach and brown so I think they will fit nicely :)

My only regret is that I didn't order a bunch of this paper before it retired.......I just love it!!! Let that be a lesson to all of you. If you have a favorite dsp, start stocking up on it now. The new catalog comes out July 1st and your favorite may be gone forever :) And especially if you love the Springtime Vintage paper in the Occasions Mini Catalog - that will be gone in just a few days!!! You can stock up on it here. If you would like the tutorial for the Interactive Scrapbook Page, just click the paypal link in the left column and I will send it to you :)

I hope you enjoyed this page as much as I enjoyed creating it. Thanks so much for stopping by and I look forward to sharing more scrapbook projects and cards with you. 'Til next time...........................,

Happy Stamping,

Laurie

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Sunday, April 24, 2011

Ice Cream Parlor CD Folder

I have been looking for some cute projects to show next month in honor of National Scrapbooking Month. I have already done some CD Folder Albums using 1 and 2 of the folders. Then, recently, Patty Bennett offered yet another great tutorial using 4 folders!! I just loved the ones she posted so, naturally, I had to purchase the tutorial :)

During Sale-a-Bration, I accumulated about 7 packages of the Ice Cream Parlor Designer Series Paper and Die Cuts and so I thought this would be a fun project to use them on. Turns out I was right.....lol! This is how it turned out:





Once you remove the belly band, it folds out to reveal all sorts of fun pages to add your photos to:




I know just which picture I want to add to this page:





I just love the variety of die cuts that were in this package:





It is even fun to use the little edgings from the border strips. I added one of them to the Daffodil Delight cardstock just to add that extra little touch:






The complete list of supplies:

Cardstock: Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White

Accessories: Ice Cream Parlor Designer Series Paper and Die Cuts, Sticky Strip, CD Folders (I got mine from ULine)

As you can see, it doesn't take much to make one of these - and they are soooo fun!!! I know exactly what pictures I want to add to this album and as soon as I do that, I will post the finished product. I must caution you, though. These are addicting!!! I already have a second one almost completed using the Nautical Expedition Designer Series Paper that I used on my card using The Open Sea. And I have been going through some of my stash of retired Simply Scrappin' Kits and see all kinds of possibilities......can't wait to make some more of these :) LOL!!! I just love them!

Thank you so much for your continued support - I appreciate all of my visitors. I wish you all a very blessed Easter and look forward to sharing with you again. 'Til next time........................

Happy Stamping,

Laurie

Remember to get your mammogram!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Fabulous Florets

Thanks to my wonderful customers and terrific downline, I was able to promote to Manager with Stampin' Up at the end of February. With that promotion, I earned $150 in FREE product!! I was so excited because I was able to use it for my Summer Mini preorder. There was so much that I wanted and I knew I absolutely had to order the Fabulous Florets stamp set and the coordinating Beyond the Garden Designer Series Paper.

I love this paper because it coordinates with some of my favorite colors - Wild Wasabi, Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, and Tangerine Tango. I have been wanting to try some 3-D projects so I laid everything out and started thinking. And then, someone posted this project from The Rubber Cafe and I knew I had to make it:




This is the box without the cards inside:




I stamped some of the flowers on a piece of Whisper White cardstock and then ran it through my Big Shot with the Square Lattice Embossing Folder for that little piece of homemade DSP on the inside of the box. And, I just love the sentiment that comes in the set:




I made 5 identical cards (one in each of the 5 coordinating colors) to go inside. I stamped the stem image and cut it out, then attached it using dimensionals. I stamped the flowers and then sponged them with the same color. I cut them out and attached them with dimensionals, too. Then I stamped the stem on the back of each of the envelopes:




Here is a closer view of the card done in Pacific Point:




The complete list of supplies:

Stamp Set:
Fabulous Florets

Cardstock:
Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Pacific Point, Tangerine Tango, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White, Beyond the Garden Designer Series Paper

Ink:
Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Pacific Point, Tangerine Tango, Wild Wasabi

Accessories:
Big Shot with Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Whisper White Organza Ribbon, Stampin' Sponges, Stampin' Dimensionals, Sticky Strip

This was so easy and fun to make! I think it would be a great little gift for a birthday or even for Mother's Day. I can't wait to see what new products we will have for Christmas, too. It would be a fun class.....watch for the details on that one :)

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you enjoyed this fun 3-D project. I'm off to see what else I can come up with :) 'Til next time................................

Happy Stamping,

Laurie

Remember to get your mammogram!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The Open Sea Sneak Peek

I was so excited when I received my Summer Mini catalog from Stampin' Up last month. It offers some really great accessories and some stamp sets for masculine cards. We seem so limited when it comes to making cards for husbands, dads, sons, etc. So it is always great to see more. I love the stamp set in the Occasion Mini with the airplane, but I have to admit that I love boats!! At least, on paper :) I have never been especially comfortable in a boat unless it is a big one that isn't tipsy in the water!!

But, having grown up in San Diego, I used to spend alot of time watching sailboats on the bay. And one of the neatest museums I have ever been to is the Star of India, which is a clipper ship. I walked all the way through the boat and my fascination with them was only fueled :) I used to collect them but through the years had to give most of them away. So, needless to say, The Open Sea was a "must-have" stamp set for me. I needed a swap card for Ronda Wade's downline meeting last week and this is what I came up with:





The complete list of supplies:

Stamp Set: The Open Sea, Wonderful Favorites

Cardstock: Basic Gray, Cherry Cobbler, Night of Navy, Confetti White, Nautical Expedition DSP

Ink: Basic Gray, Cherry Cobbler, Not Quite Navy

Accessories: Cherry Cobbler/White Baker's Twine, Night of Navy 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon, Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding, Stampin' Dimensionals

This Designer Series Paper is beautiful!! I love the colors and the images are amazing! I know I will be playing with this collection alot this year and for many years to come :) Sometimes you just come across a stamp set that you know you will keep even after it retires - this is definitely one of those for me. And the great thing is that it will also be available as a digital download for My Digital Studio :) I was so excited to see that as I am planning to create a digital photo book for my son and his girlfriend to commemorate their trip to San Diego - perfect timing :)

Today, I am dreaming of getting back to sunny San Diego as I watch the snow and sleet out my windows. The weather here in Michigan is so cold and I can't wait to get back to the sunshine :) Someone forgot to tell this state that Spring has arrived!! Brrrrrrr!!!

I hope you enjoyed this sneak peek at some upcoming products. I will be sharing more soon. There is so much in the new Summer Mini that will be fun to play with. Thanks for stopping by and allowing me to share my love of stamping with you. As always, feel free to leave a comment - I love to hear from my readers :) "Til next time...........................

Happy Stamping,

Laurie

Remember to get your mammogram!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Petals & Paisley Sneak Peek

I haven't had a lot of time for stamping since I arrived in Michigan :( So, I decided I would post a card we did in my card class last month. This is actually a sneak peek at some products that will be in the 2011-2012 catalog. But, you can get them this month when you spend $20 on any other Stampin' Up products. All of the details can be found in my online store. The designer series paper is gorgeous!!!! And it goes with a bunch of our colors!! A little bird told me it is actually the new In Colors for next year but I know of at least 11 colors from our core colors that work very nicely with it as well.

I also used my Big Shot for some added fun to come up with this:




The complete list of supplies:

Stamp Set
: Four Frames, Just Believe


Cardstock
: Whisper White, Night of Navy, Paisley Petals Designer Series Paper


Ink
: Night of Navy


Accessories
: Big Shot with Little Leaves Sizzlit, Decorative Label Punch, Whisper White 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals

All of the images in the Four Frames stamp set can be punched out with the Decorative Label Punch. They are destined to become a baggie book for my downline :) So many possibilities with this set :) And I just cannot get enough of the designer series paper!! I will most likely be buying tons of that over the next year. I am really hoping for a coordinating stamp set with the swirly and floral images to match.....hint, hint SU!!!

I was able to attend Ronda Wade's downline meeting last night - it was so good to see all of my stamping friends!!! I have truly missed them - but, sorry ladies, I am still hoping to be back in CA soon! I received some wonderful swap cards and will share some of them tomorrow. 'Til next time......................................

Happy Stamping,

Laurie

Remember to get your mammogram!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Some changes and some news!

Hi everyone. So sorry that I have been off for awhile. There have been some new developments in my life over the past couple of weeks and things are a bit out of whack right now.

My husband became quite ill and I had to return to Michigan (at least for a bit). I have limited internet access for right now but that will change in a couple of days (thanks to a dear friend). So, I just wanted to update you for now and let you know that I will be back in a couple of days and back to posting.

Please keep us in your prayers as we may have some trials ahead of us. He has to go through some tests and we are praying for good results!!! Until then, keep stamping and I will be back soon to share with you. 'Til next time.....................

Happy Stamping,

Laurie

Remember to get your mammogram!