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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Lots of Lawn Fawn and American Crafts Love!

 American Crafts & Lawn Fawn Card - "C U at the Shore!"
I am just in love with the AC Shoreline! Its got the perfect mix of  colors and design.  I took the house from Lawn Fawn's 2011 Halloween stamp set and made it into a "shore house"!  Top it off with some twine and you are good to go...

Lawn Fawn "Flying By to Say Hi" Card

Paper airplanes stamped on AC Amy Tangerine

Here's another American Crafts/Lawn Fawn card that I recently made.   I just love the Paper Airplanes stamps from LF.  I stamped the little airplanes on several different Amy Tangerine papers and then fussy cut them out.

My last card is made with the Studio Calico Chevron mask we have in the store for sale.  I just LOVE this mask!  I used two different Tim Holtz inks to distress sponge the background, then used the mask again to do a dry emboss technique for the middle strip.  Add a little bit of distress ink and twine...walah!  I just love these bright distress inks Tim's been coming out with!  Have you seen the latest summer set Christy just got in stock? Ta' die fau!!

Lastly, here's a layout I made with American Crafts Amy Tangerine.  This is my sweet niece Alayna Grace.  I adore the color scheme in this line!  (Sorry for the bad photo!)

Thanks for looking Scrappy Friends!  Yall come see us at the store to pick up any of the products used in these projects!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Triple Pocket Card


American crafts paper line by amy tangerine inspired me to create a triple pocket card, with tags, photo space and journaling spots.

My thought when creating this was to be given to someone starting a new journey in life.

It can be used on a vacation, for a summer job, volunteering, new school or any adventure.

The Accent & Phrase Sticker Book for this paper line is filled.  The sticker book and fabric stickers and borders are fun to add to your cards or layouts to make your projects your own. For all those paper addicts, these stickers are sure to please.

The basic card shape is made with one 8 ½ x 11 double sided amy tangerine.

The 8 ½ inch side is scored at 4 ¼ inch (the middle)

Turn to the 11 inch side and score at 5 ½ (the middle)

Turn to the 8 ½ top and cut, stopping at the score lines interception.

Go to the bottom right hand corner and fold paper so the bottom edge meets up the 4 1/4 score line.

Go to the top left corner and fold in 1 inch. Or 1 ½ away from 4 ¼ score line.

Then fold top left over to top right. (front)

Next fold bottom right up to top right.

Next fold left side behind to create card.

Tape edges to create pocket.

On the left inside of the card, the paper was upside down so I cut a piece of white bazzill 5 ¼ x 8 and scored in half to fit in the card. I then used a clear ruler and a black pen to draw the lines on the white paper for journaling. I also used lawn fawn Many Thanks clear stamp set.

Using black ink, I colored “note” on the” a little note of thanks” stamp. I then stamped it on the white Bazzill stamping cardstock. I then colored the “s” on “MANY THANKS” stamp and stamped it next to “note”. ( Creating notes)  Then using amy tangerine paper, I added a border. Next, use adhesive to attach it to the white 5 ¼ x 8 cardstock on the inside. When attaching the white 5 ¼ x 8, I only used adhesive on three sides to create a pocket for another tag.

The tags can be whatever size you want that will fit. I made a 3 ¼ x 4 ¼ for the front, front pocket and a  3 ½ x 5 for the front back pocket. For both of the front tags, I used a light green bazzill paper. For the tag on the inside pocket, I used a creamy yellow bazzill paper, 3 ¼ x 3 ¾. I used Tim Holtz distress ink, peeled paint to add color to this tag. Now just have fun using the amy tangerine stickers to decorate.
Have fun creating your scrappy creations!


Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Crafting Up Summer Fun!!

Here on the Gulf Coast, we have tons of sunshine during the Summer!  We love to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather and probably spend a lot of time in the sprinkler, pool, or ocean to get a break from the heat!

On my last visit to the store, Christy gave me a fun assortment of papers from TCP Studio to work with.  Well believe it or not, I decided that I didn't want to create a layout with these papers, but a couple of fun projects instead.  Now, I hardly ever stray from my layouts to do projects, so if I can do these, then you definitely can too!!  :)

I chose to do a mini matchbook for my first project.  These are great to give as gifts to friends, grandparents, or other family members.  You can fill them with photos and they are perfectly portable in a wallet or purse.  Here is how I created mine:

1.  Start by cutting a 3 inch x 7 inch piece of paper.  Then score your paper at 3 inches and 6 inches.

2.  After scoring and folding, cut a piece of paper at 2.75x2.75 to place on the front cover of your matchbook.  Cut a 1 inch strip and use some Edger scissors to cut a scalloped edge and place it over the 1 inch fold. 

3.  Next, decorate your front cover using stickers, Thickers, and a handmade sun embellishment.  I created a fun little flag for my cover, using a toothpick, tiny type, stickers, a piece of scrap paper and baker's twine.

4.  Once you are done decorating the front of your book, cut a second strip of paper at 3 inches by 9 inches.  Score again at 3 inches and 6 inches.  Accordian fold your paper strip.

5.  Choose the photos you would like to add to your inside strip.  I printed my photos at 2.75x2.75.  You will have space for 6 photos.

6.  Add your strip to the inside of your matchbook, once you have them adhered to your paper strip.

The next project I have, is great home decor for a kid's bedroom or in a beach house.  I used a ceramic tile and the patterned papers from TCP Studio, to create a wall hangingThese tiles are available at your local Home Improvement stores and the 12x12 floor tiles can be available for less than $2 each.

1.  Start out by gathering your supplies.  You will need a 12x12 Ceramic Tile, Mod Podge, foam brush, patterned papers, Thickers or letter stickers, ink, and a few optional items for decorating your tile.

2.  Select a full 12x12 piece of paper to use as your background.  Tear around each edge of the paper and then distress with your preferred choice of ink. I like to use brown.  Then paint the Mod Podge all over the background of your tile and place the paper over it.  Push your paper to adhere it to the tile.  Let it dry for about 10 minutes and then paint a coat of Mod Podge over the top of your paper.  Don't worry if you have a few air bubbles pop up under your paper...it adds character!!  :)

3.  Start adding some decoration to your tile.  I used some bubble wrap and the brown ink to stamp onto the sand on the patterned paper, just to give it a little more interest.  You can create a fun umbrella embellishment for you tile, buy using a dowel rod, bamboo skewer, or sucker stick.  Cut out the umbrella shape and glue the stick to your tile and then add the umbrella cover, using some pop dots, to give it a little more dimension on the tile.  I topped mine off with a button and added some baker's twine to the dowel rod.

4.  Use a mix of Thickers, letter stickers, and die cut words to create a title for your tile.

5.  Finish off your project, by making a hand-made sun embellishment, a couple of clouds, and a tropical flower.  I used my Expression to cut my shapes and then embossed them using my Sizzix Big Shot.

I hope you enjoyed both of these projects, and that you will stop in to see Christy and pick up some products at ScrapHappy for your next layout or project.  Have a fun and crafty Summer!!  :)

Friday, July 13, 2012

Hello Scraphappy Peeps,

I'm happy to continue my part as a member of the design team.  I haven’t been around much…too busy kissing my new grandbabies.  Everett, my cute boy, arrived in November, and Carson, my sweet girl, arrived in February.  Gotta love those baby cheeks! Scraphappy is such a great place to document these special events.  You can hang with other scrapbookers and find some really neat stuff that all the BIG BOX stores don't carry.  Most important, Christy and Stephanie are always available to offer assistance, ideas or samples!

Today, I want to share with you the way I organize my scrap paper. I’m a paper hog (I admit it!!) and I hate to throw away even the smallest scrap. For all my regular paper sheets, I use the “Chopper Hopper” vertical storage system that I got from Scraphappy. For my scraps, I wasn’t sure what to do.  At first, I stored scraps in a folder -- outgrew that fast! Then, I used a bin – couldn’t find any one color in particular!  I discovered that the vertical storage system works well for my scraps, too. I color coded the labels on each one for red, green, blue, white, yellow, purple, orange and black. I also have a larger one for patterned paper.  Every scrap is sorted by color in my vertical storage. 

I also found that, if I had them close to my work area, I would make myself reach for a scrap first. Making flowers and cards can almost always be done from paper scraps. While I’m watching TV, I use an edge punch on some of the pieces that are an inch or so wide. They come in handy when I need a little color on a layout or want to dress up a card. I have saved paper this way, giving me more money to spend on all the “Tim Holtz” stuff I want (and there is a long list because I want to be like Jayne Senkbeil when I grow up).

Friday, July 6, 2012

Our Summer Bucket List

      Hello all! My name is Meghan, and I am thrilled to be a new member of the design team for Scraphappy! I enjoy scrapbooking, crafting, and long walks on the beach...ahem. I am married with three beautiful children who are often the subject of my scrappy projects.

     This has been a crazy month for my family, as we have just finished moving into a new home. I knew that it would be all to easy for me to slip into an OCD state of psychosis that includes all manners of organizing, cleaning, decorating, reorganizing, cleaning, redecorating....you get the drift. So, I decided that in order for us to have a fun summer, I would need to force myself to be intentional about it. Here enters our summer bucket list.

     Once I got the idea to create a summer bucket list (thank you, Pinterest!), it was a fairly simple project. The kids and I came up with a list of about 50 things we wanted to do this summer. The general rule was that the activity would have to be cheap(preferably free) and local. The kids had some great ideas, and I threw in a couple more for good measure. They range from building a fort, watching a sunset, and playing backyard wiffle ball to making glow in the dark bubbles and baking cookies. Some are new experiences; some are old favorites. Many are things that I did as a child that I want my kids to experience.

     After we compiled our list, I got right to work. I started with an 18x24 frame and used some of my stash to create a fun background. For the list, I used a combination of journaling squares and the brand new Heidi Swapp washi tape that I bought from Scraphappy.  I just peeled off a strip, and wrote the bucket list activity directly onto the washi tape with a fine tip sharpie. Add a banner, a star, and some fun summer pics of the kids, and our bucket list was complete.

    I learned something recently that I found to be very useful. You can write on glass with a dry erase marker, and it wipes right off. Shut the front door! I feel like I have been on the outskirts of some best kept secret!!! This is outstanding! We have put this knowledge to use with our bucket list (and a few other projects as well. Stay tuned for more details on those!). When we complete a task, we simply check it off on the outside of the frame with a dry erase marker. We will be able to wipe it all off so that the fun can start all over next summer.

    There are still nearly two months of summer left. Get out there and soak up every second of it! Be intentional about having fun and making memories!


Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Amy Tangerine Day Books

Today I want to show you a great product Christy recently got in the store: Day Books. These are pre-made mini-books (by Amy Tan(gerine) for American Crafts) that are perfect for highlighting a single event or topic. Since I just learned how to print Instagram photos straight from my phone, I decided to use my Day Book to focus on all these pictures I've been printing lately.

First up, the cover: All Day Book covers come with an overlying transparency layer, perfect for decorating and adding a title. I used some letter stickers, Amy Tangerine Sketchbook tabs and stickers, and a wood veneer from Studio Calico (items which I repeated throughout the book to add to my book's cohesiveness).

Inside, the page sizes and shapes are varied for a fun, random look. If you have OCD tendencies (like me), then this can be hard to accept and work with, but consider it a challenge. Repeat your fonts, embellishments, and photo sizes, and that should give you the 'order' you crave (I used washi tape, Amy Tangerine labels, stickers, and envelopes, a package of Thickers, and more Studio Calico wood veneers). The pages are largely taken from her Sketchbook line, but there are other die-cut cardstock pages, envelopes, and ephemera added, as well. Below, you can see some of the pages in my book, which will be in the store for you to flip through and enjoy.

I hope you've enjoyed this month's project. As always, let me know if you have any questions, comments, or requests!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Welcome New Design Team member Rita!!

Hi! I am Rita and I am excited to be a part of Scraphappy’s design team.
Over the last four years I have taken painting classes and card workshops. The card workshops I found to be very relaxing and I wanted to learn more.
In 2011 I entered my first page kit contest at Scraphappy and, to my surprise, I won. 

I enjoy making my cards as gifts, such as one page mini albums or with a pocket and tag. I also enjoy making tags and tag mini albums.
I am blessed to be married to a loving and supportive husband for 25 years. We have two grown sons, a daughter-in-law and a beautiful grandson.
Some of my Scrappy Creations.

                                                   Page Kit Contest at Scraphappy
                                                                   Cake box
                                                                  Birthday Card
                                                                Friendship card
                                   Wedding Tag mini with gift pocket. (for check or gift card)
                                                                  Birthday Mini
                                                     Christmas Mini/Gift card holder
                                                       Birthday Gift/Tag Mini

                                                        Tag swap with pockets & tags