October 28, 2011
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Hello, friends! It’s time for a much-needed update here at Scrapbook Ideas! I haven’t posted in a loooong time, because I was too busy enjoying life with my two little kiddos. But, now that my oldest has started kindergarten (Already? How did that happen??), I am finding little bits of free time here and there, so I thought I’d try to share some of my scrapbooking again from time to time. First things first, I am going to try to update the site a little, so please don’t worry if things look a little funny until I get it just right :).
Meanwhile, here’s a scrapbook layout from an album I made about our trip to England in 2009. My husband’s grandmother flew us all over there from America so we could celebrate his grandfather’s 90th birthday party, what a huge blessing – it was the first time Gabe, Julia and I had ever been to Europe and our first time meeting all the English relatives! We were there from the end of October into November, so here’s my Halloween scrapbook layout from 2009:
Wasn’t Julia such a cute little pumpkin baby? I can’t believe she’s two already!
December 3, 2010
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One way to add a personal touch to gifts is by designing your own gift wrap. Handmade gift wrap doesn’t need to be fancy or perfect, in fact, imperfections add to the charm and homemade feel! Today I’m going to show you how I made some wrapping paper using stamps. For this project, I used a roll of white wrapping paper purchased at a craft store. If you decide to use colored paper, remember that paint and ink colors look different on colored paper than on white.
Supplies for Stamped Gift Wrap:
Plain wrapping paper
Paint, ink, glitter glue or anything else to decorate with
Stamps, stamping block (for clear stamps)
Foam brush and something to put paint in if using paint
masking tape and scissors
How to Make Stamped Gift Wrap
- Cut a large piece of plain gift wrap and spread out over a flat workspace, tape in place using a bit of masking tape in the corners.
- Decide on a pattern for your gift wrap. I used clear stamps (by Prima) to design mine so I was able to line things up to make a continuous pattern. I left space on one side of my pattern so that I could stamp additional designs into the pattern with another color (see image 1 below).
- Use a foam brush to paint the stamps with green acrylic paint, then stamp the design in rows, adding fresh paint each time (see image 2). Stagger the beginnings of the rows, for a more pleasing pattern.
- After finishing all the green stamping, wash the foam brush and stamps, then begin with the red parts of the pattern. Since I used a small stamp for the red, I just used an ink pad instead of paint. I used a smaller stamp block too, for more control (see image 3).
- After finishing the red stamping, wash the stamp and stamp block, then add some final touches to your design with glitter glue. I put stripes of gold glitter glue in between each row of my stamped pattern (image 4).
- Be sure to allow plenty of drying time before you use your new hand stamped gift wrap!
Have you ever made homemade gift wrap? I’d love to hear about it – please share your ideas in the comments section :)!
Here’s another idea: if you have access to a wide-format printer, try printing digital scrapbook paper onto large sheets of sketch paper, as seen at the bottom of this post I wrote in 2007: Homemade Christmas. The same idea could be used for smaller gifts by printing on regular sized printer paper too!
December 1, 2010
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It’s time to spread some Christmas cheer! I thought I’d share this Christmasy digital scrapbooking kit I made a couple of years ago when I used to sell my designs. Hope you enjoy it! ~xo Jess
*Click Here to Reach the Download Page*
December 7, 2008
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OK, show of hands: who out there has a “difficult to shop for” friend or family member? As much as we love to give handmade or personalized gifts, there are times when the best gift is really a gift card (especially if you also sometimes forget to pick up a gift until the last minute like I do – LOL)! That’s why I looooved the idea of these crafty little gift card holders! They dress up the gift card and add a touch of handmade to a usually boring looking gift. PLUS, you can add a little handle to hang them on the Christmas tree with – TOO CUTE!! I made this one using the Krafty Christmas Gift Couture Printables by Melinda Staley, she has lots of great printables in her store, including some cards and gift tags. This project is in The Daily Scrapper Christmas Edition as well -
click HERE to see the tutorial and full credit information!
December 4, 2008
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Oh boy, I’m SO EXCITED! I have teamed up with the super talented hybrid genius, Kelleigh Ratzlaff to offer you these new printable projects :)! Kelleigh has a whole store over at The Digi Chick filled with fab hybrid templates, and I am thrilled that she has agreed to use her craft creating skills to make these fun projects with my designs.
Aren’t they beautiful? I think they would be PERFECT for filling with candy :). Maybe for a teacher gift, or to give to your favorite neighbor :)? Can’t wait to make one!
UPDATE: These are now available as freebies :)! *Click Here*
I also put together a quick page set using Christmas Heart,
which is now in the store:
Here’s a close-up view , so you can see the details:
Besides Kelleigh’s awesome boxes, I have also been wanting to share some other hybrid projects created by my Christmas Heart “One-Kit-CT”. I never asked them to make something hybrid, so imagine my surprise and delight when I saw these :)!!!!
Brooke made a really sweet card – love the quote on this one :)!
Brooke - In Oregon
And Wendy made a whole bracket album – isn’t it fantastic?? I really enjoyed looking at all of her wonderful family photos :)!
Have you made any Christmas-y hybrid projects? I love to see them, so please share!
December 2, 2008
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Merry Christmas :)! You will be hearing that a lot from me this month, because this is one of the happiest times of year for me, and I like to really enjoy it and spread the joy as much as I can :)! I noticed that the Christmas Edition of The Daily Scrapper is up – check it out, you don’t want to miss this one!! As you may know, The Daily Scrapper is a FREE online newspaper filled with great articles, tutorials, inspiration and more. This month’s special edition includes two tutorials by me :). There are actually five tuts in there this month plus lots more ideas for hybrid gifts and cards. One of my tutorials shows how you can make a 3D star-shaped Christmas Tree ornament using the Golden Star Mini Album (on sale for only $1.50 right now) plus chipboard stars. If you’re feeling really creative, you could make your own star-shaped digital pages and use them with cardboard or heavy card stock if you want to just use supplies you have on hand :). Click HERE to see the full tutorial :)!
P.S. Another great reason to check out the Christmas Edition of TDS is the huge Christmas Bazaar section which is packed with special coupons, sales and of course feebies :)!!!
December 1, 2008
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Happy December everyone :)! I’m home from my lovely Thanksgiving vacation, which was filled with the perfect mix of fun, excitement and relaxation with friends and family. Now I’m ready to get serious about making Christmas gifts and crafts!! I have a yummy cookie and a hot mug of coffee and there are some snow flurries outside my window – all putting me in the mood to cozy up to my craft table and start creating!! I enjoy making homemade gifts year round, but I always make more this time of year. If you’re looking for ideas, inspiration and tutorials for handmade scrappy gifts, decorations and crafts for the holiday season I hope you’ll join me here at Scrapbook Ideas – I have lots in store for you, including plenty of free projects ;)!!
Altered Keepsake Box from Prima Hybrid
Here’s a project to kick things off – a pretty, altered keepsake box :).
Prima Hybrid has just released a bunch of beautiful new hybrid kits, and I was sent the Shades of Splendor kit to play with. This altered keepsake box is the first project I’ve made using the kit. It’s really fun to use coordinating digital and physical scrapbooking supplies together – what a cool concept :)! There are so many beautiful things included in this kit – I enjoyed layering these flowers and leaves, and since the flower centers are brads, everything is held in place perfectly! Gotta love all that glitter too :).
Since I’m in such Christmas-y spirits, I of course picked out mostly red and green pieces to decorate my keepsake box, but there are lots of ways this kit can be used, it’s not just for the holidays.
Here are the images of the kit as seen on the Prima Hybrid website:
Lots of gorgeous details, romantic pink and purple colors and fun to use embellishments!
I have a tutorial in the works for how to make the keepsake box, but I’m not allowed to share it just yet – so look for it in a future post :)! In the meantime, check out all of the fabulous kits at Prima Hybrid, I’m sure you will be inspired :)!