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Quick Album Sale!

jg_ww_camping_out_previewJust wanted to let you know that the Camping Out Quick Album is on sale for 20% off this weekend at Weeds and Wildflowers :)! I’ve been playing with some of the quick pages from this album, and made a 2-page layout with photos of Chris and me from over 10 years ago. Back in high school and college we had all the time in the world for hiking and camping. Those were the days :).

In that first photo I was tickling Chris to make him smile, this was the summer the romance between us first began – when I was 15 years old! In 1997 we were just friends (as far as I knew). In 1998 we were friends, but secretly in love :). It wasn’t until 2001 that we started dating again! Isn’t it fun to look back at old photos?

Tip: To make the “1998” text look like it is behind the twig frame, I just right clicked the text layer title (not the thumbnail) in the layers palette, and selected “rasterize type”. Then I used the eraser tool to erase the areas in front of the twig (you can lower the opacity of the text layer temporarily if you need to).

P.S. Don’t you love my hot pink leopard t-shirt?

Blissful Flourish Album Pics

Hi All, hope you’re having a great weekend!

I just wanted to pop in here really quick to show you the photos of the Blissful Flourish Album I just finished :). Don’t forget that the flourish albums are on sale at Weeds and Wildflowers this weekend ($4 each or $8 for all three).

Blissful Flourish Album from Weeds and Wildflowers

Blissful Flourish Album from Weeds and Wildflowers

Blissful Flourish Album from Weeds and Wildflowers

Blissful Flourish Album from Weeds and Wildflowers

Blissful Flourish Album from Weeds and Wildflowers

Blissful Flourish Album from Weeds and Wildflowers

Credits: Blissful Flourish Album  from Weeds and Wildflowers; “flourish” chipboard album from Oriental Trading Company; flowers, butterfly stamp and crystals from Prima. Other: Glitter glue and misc ribbons.

Tips and Tricks

  • Once you cut out the flourish album shapes you usually need to make some adjustments to get them to fit the chipboard pages. For the first one I made, I used scissors to trim the pages, then sanded the edges after adhering them. For this album, I adhered the pages, then I used a craft knife to trim off the excess paper. Lastly, I used the edge of a pair of scissors to distress the edges.
  • Using StazOn ink, I stamped a butterfly onto clear transparency, cut out the image, and folded it in half before adhering it to my page. I also used the same stamp on some of the Prima flowers. 
  • Notice that there are plenty of “imperfections” in this album (the messy journaling, the crooked edges around the grommet, etc) – you will have more fun and be happier with the result if you focus on creative expression and not perfection when making hybrid albums :).
  • Glitter, “bling” and brightly colored embellishments look awesome on an energetic album like this one, so don’t hold back :)!! 

New Flourish Albums (SALE)!

How’s everyone doing? I hope you’re having a fabulous summer – or whatever season it is in your part of the world ;)! Things are wonderful where I am, but the days are going by way too fast, as always!

Soooooo…. are you ready for some NEW quick albums? I know it has been a while since I have released anything at Weeds and Wildflowers, but it’s because I really wanted to put these three albums together in the store and sell them as a set. Now that I have pretty much gotten the hang of square and rectangle albums I am excited to start making some SHAPED albums!!!!! These things are all the rage lately, I’m seeing them everywhere I couldn’t wait to make some of my own. When I saw the flourish chipboard albums at Oriental Trading Company, I immediately knew I just had to have them lol! For less than $9, you get three different flourish album shapes, with 20 pages each. Since I usually only use 10 pages per album, I will get 6 albums out of this set – yippee :)!  So I made some quick page albums to work with the different shapes in this set. Of course you don’t need to have the chipboard albums to make these, you could always just mount them on cardstock or your own homemade chipboard shapes too :).

You can buy each of the flourish albums separately, OR if you want to get all three, you save a bunch (it’s like a buy two get one free deal)! You can click on the images below to be taken to the Weeds and Wildflowers store :). Oh, and they are all 20% off through this weekend too!!

I have just finished making the Cosmos album and I’m still working on the Blissful and Doodly Albums. So fun! Here are pics of the one I made so far, stay tuned for more :)!

So have you made a shaped album? What shapes are your favorites? Please share links to some shaped albums you love – I can’t get enough of these things lol! By-the-way, if you like these as much as I do, you are gonna looooove the next featured scrapper I have lined up :). Any guesses as to who that might be ;)?

More Doodly Patterns from Weeds and Wildflowers

Gina and Heidi have whipped up some more Doodly Patterns, this time it is a set of super fun frames (plus another coordinating paper pack)!
Here are a few ways they can be used:

Credits: Doodly Patterns – Frames by Heidi and Gina of Weeds and Wildflowers Design. Fonts: Century Gothic, Arial Black and Kayleigh.

TIP: If you have a photo you love, but the resolution is too small for printing (like a cell phone photo), you can still make a layout to share online like I have here. The photo in this layout is only 72 dpi, so I wouldn’t print it, but I really wanted to make a page with it – so why not? The added bonus is that the 300 dpi digital papers get super sized when placed on a 72 dpi page, so there are more options (size-wise) for how to use the page elements. I left one striped paper full resolution, which made the stripes look really wide :).

Digital Supplies: Doodly Patterns – Frames by Heidi and Gina of Weeds and Wildflowers Design.
Physical Supplies: Flowers and Button by Prima, Stamp by Close to My Heart (using Versamark ink), thread and brown cardstock (unknown).

Hybrid Card Tutorial

This was another quick and easy card to make, and here’s how I did it :).

  1. I created a new 4″x4″ 300 dpi document in Photoshop, and filled the background with a digital paper. Then I layered two of the doodly pattern frames one on top of the other over the digital paper. I resized the frames to fit well within the boundaries of the document, tilted them slightly and added some drop shadows. When I was happy with the look I printed the design out onto matte photo paper.
  2. I cropped a piece of brown cardstock to make a 4″x4″ card. Using Versamark ink, I randomly stamped a flower image over the whole front of the card (Versamark ink creates a watermark effect).
  3. When the printed image was dry, I cut around the outside of the design, then adhered it to the front of the card.
  4. I then layered three flowers on top, making a slight accordion fold in the middle flower to ruffle the petals and make it fit inside the bottom flower.
  5. I threaded the button and tied it off with a messy knot, then adhered the it on top of the flowers.
  6. Lastly, I used a pen to doodle the border around the outside of the card. 

TIP: OK, who knows if this is the “right” way to do it, but I thought I’d share… I love to use my trusty old hot glue gun when making cards and other scrappy projects with layered flowers. It’s faster, easier, cheaper and I can manipulate the flowers and they actually stay put! Plus, I love to press down the top layer (button, jewel, etc) and hold it for a few seconds so that the whole shebang gets melded together really nicely :). I seriously wonder if I am the only scrapper alive who uses a hot glue gun, but it works for me LOL!

Hybrid Ideas For Digital Quick Pages

I’m still finishing up some Weeds and Wildflowers goodies I have been working on, but in the meantime, I thought I’d share some of the hybrid scrapbook pages I made using the Loving You Quick Album (note: this is a regular quick album, which can be used for 100% digital pages as well). If you’re interested in hybrid scrapbooking but you’re worried it will be too time consuming – these ideas could help speed things up!

Hybrid Quick Album Idea #1: Start Simple

If you’re just getting started with hybrid, you don’t have to try a super complicated project at first! Here’s my process for the following page:

Digital Steps: Added my photos and journaling to the premade quick page, flattened, resized the layout to 8″x8″ and printed it out.

Hybrid Steps: After allowing the page a bit of drying time, I added the chipboard stickers to spell “love”, then added a few heart crystals (both from

Hybrid scrapbook page using the Loving You Quick Album from Weeds and Wildflowers

Close Up Details:

Hybrid scrapbook page using the Loving You Quick Album from Weeds and Wildflowers

Hybrid Quick Album Idea #2: Embellishments Can Bring Unity To Your Page

The last thing you want to do is randomly slap some decorations on your page just for the sake of making it hybrid. If you choose your physical supplies wisely, they will unify the look of your page and help blend the digital and physical together.  On the page above, I used some heart shaped jewels to accentuate the pretty little hearts from the digital portion of the page. I also tied the digital and physical aspects of the page together by finishing my digitally created journaling off with a chipboard word. 

Hybrid Quick Album Idea #3: Plan Ahead For Physical Embellishment

For me, it really helps to have a pretty good idea what I want my final hybrid page to look like BEFORE I design the digital part. Here’s my process for the page below:

Digital Steps: Added my photos to the quick page. Knowing I intended to add the crystal swirl, I placed my journaling along the outer edge of the page (I had measured the swirl in advance to make sure it would fit). Finally, I flattened and resized the layout to 8″x8″, then printed it out.

Hybrid Steps: After allowing the page to dry, I added the crystal swirl and flower (both from

Hybrid scrapbook page using the Loving You Quick Album from Weeds and Wildflowers

Lovely Flower Detail:

Hybrid scrapbook page using the Loving You Quick Album from Weeds and Wildflowers

I have a bunch more hybrid quick page ideas to share, so I think I will have to save the rest for another post. If you’d like to “read ahead” you can check out the slide show found here, to see some more of the pages :).

See Also:

Hybrid Ideas for Digital Quick Pages: Part 2


Hybrid Ideas for Digital Quick Pages: Part 3

Weeds and Wildflowers Party Extended

Just wanted to pop in to let you know that the big one year birthday celebration at Weeds & Wildflowers has been extended until tomorrow night. There was such a flood of people over the weekend that the site crashed, so they have extended the sale and all of the other festivities :). This is a great time to grab my Being Me Quick Album or In Bloom Brag Book - they’re both 25% off right now ;)! 

And I made more digital pages! This two-pager uses flowers from the third set of Grandmother’s Pressed Flowers. I’m finding this collection works so well with my photos from Savannah, I guess it’s because that city is like one big beautiful garden :)!

Two Page Layout

Iron Gates 1

Iron Gates 2

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Weeds and Wildflowers News

I have LOTS of news from Weeds and Wildflowers to share :)! First of all, Heidi Williams has a new release called Everyday Bliss available at Prima Hybrid including:

Everyday Bliss Paper Pack
Everyday Bliss Paper Pack

Everyday Bliss–Journaling Bits
Everyday Bliss--Journaling Bits

Everyday Bliss Element Pack
Everyday Bliss Element Pack

And since there is a template challenge going on at Weeds and Wildflowers, I joined in and made this page with Everyday Bliss and Angie’s free template:

Old Mill

*Click here for credits*

Oh, and have you checked out the new Weeds and Wildflowers Forum? Fun fun!

Gina Marie Huff has a new release too! This kit, A Breath of Fresh Air, was available to Scrapbook Dimensions Magazines readers, and now it is for sale at Prima Hybrid :)!

A Breath Of Fresh Air – Paper Pack

A Breath Of Fresh Air – Elements
Breath of Fresh Air Elements

I have had this kit for a while now, and I used it to make a birthday gift for my sister (back in January) AND I even used it to make the wrapping paper! Here are some pics of the wrapped gifts (the flowers and lace are all by Prima):

Hybrid Gift Wrap

Hybrid Gift Wrap Detail

Hybrid Wrapped Gifts

I really love making my own unique wrapping paper! If you want to know how I make hybrid gift wrap, check the very end of this post: Homemade Christmas.

And if you’re wondering what the gift was, look for it in the next Fresh Cuts Newsletter – the project and tutorial will be featured in there :).

Have a nice week!!

Freebies from Weeds and Wildflowers

Do you love freebies? Do you love Weeds and Wildflowers? If yes, then you should hurry up and go sign up for the new W&W newsletter (by midnight tonight!!!) so you can hear the latest news and get lovely free gifts in your inbox! Here’s a sneak preview of the first freebie:

W&W newsletter freebie

New Projects with New Releases

There have been a couple of new releases from my favorite designers recently, so of course that means I have been busy creating!  Lots to see so let’s get right to it :).

Vintage Comfort by Heidi Williams of Weeds and Wildflowers at Prima Hybrid

Vintage Comfort

Here is another gorgeous collection by Heidi – it comes in sections or you can buy them as one set for a discounted price. I couldn’t stop making things with this, so I created a little set with it to send to a sweet friend of mine. The card and teabag fit inside the little purse.

Purse, Card and Teabag


Purse and Teabag

*Click here for the rest of the Prima Hybrid credits*

Tips and Tricks

  • I dotted Crystal Effects on the beaded border to make it look more like real glass.
  • To make the purse handle I folded the flower chain ribbon over on itself and glued it together.
  • I printed on both sides of double sided matte photo paper to make the purse and card, so they are just as pretty on the inside (not shown).

I had a lot of fun pulling my stamps and ink out to use on these, but you could easily create the same look with digital stamps and ink too :).

the CAROUSEL collection by Shabby Princess

NOTE: The monograms below come free with the Carousel kit until Jan 29th!

Here’s what I made with this collection:

Teddy Bear’s Day Off

[ my Favorite things BADGE album ] by Shabby Princess

OK, now THIS is such a cool idea!!! I have not seen this anywhere else! These pre-made pages fit into the badge holders you can buy at office supplies stores. It was so quick and easy to put this together and I can’t wait to give this to my sweetie on Valentines day :)!!! Here’s mine:

Badge Album

Badge Album InsideWhenever I make a lunch for my hubby to bring to work, I tuck a little love note in there. Well, I recently found out that he has saved all of those little notes! So I typed all the notes out and included them in this adorable badge album along with some photos :).

Shabby Princess has lots of other great products in this release too, you should go check them out! She has everything you will need for your Valentine’s Day gifts and cards!! I LOVE all of the fun ways she has for presenting candy – the wrappers are just as much a gift as the actual candy :)! And of course there are more new fonts by Fontologie, including my favorite one so far called P.S. I Love You (as seen on the front of my Badge Album for the word “Love”). It’s so beautiful and I know I will be using it a lot in the future!

Homemade Christmas!

Wow, I can’t believe that Christmas is almost here! This has been a wonderfully busy month for me. Each time I finished a new project I had another one to start right away, but it has been soooo fun and the result is tons of handmade gifts that will (hopefully) be enjoyed by my family members throughout 2008! I am way behind with my updates here, so I hope you don’t mind if I share lots of info in one big post – stick with me to see pics of all my projects at the end (unless you are related to me – then no peeking)!

Firstly, some news. Well, if you’re one of my regular readers you already know I have had some really awesome blessings this month – I added the Shabby Princess creative team and Shabby Miss Jenn guest creative team, which have kept me happily scrapping away and I did a few guest posts at the SMJ team blog. Well, the cool scrap-related happenings didn’t stop there! Here are some more super fantastic things that have happened this month:

  • I was a winner in the contest at pcLayers!!!!! I won first place in the advanced category – the prize is Photoshop CS3 PLUS a $50 gift certificate to pcLayers!!!!! Woohoo!!!!!!!! P.S. Anyone want to teach me how to use PSCS3?
  • I had my first publication!! My Tin Album was in the December issue of the online publication, Digital Artist Magazine!! I was soooooo excited about that!!!
  • I have also been getting involved in a wonderful new magazine called Bella Scraps, I think it is going to be great and I can’t wait to see the first issue :)!
  • AND there is another BIG, SUPER EXCITING piece of news that I not allowed to share at this point. But let me tell you, it has revolutionized my scrap life!!! You are going to LOVE it!!!!! But you will just have to wait until 2008 for that one :).

OK, sorry about all of that blah blah blah :)!!! Now for all the projects I promised to share :)!

Shabby Princess CD Case Calendar

CD Case Calander

This CD case calendar is a perfect example of why I LOVE digital scrapbooking! Shabby Princess sells these beautiful pre-made calendars that are made to fit into regular CD cases (you can open the case and flip it backward to make this cute frame). It makes such a great gift – and it is quick and easy to put together. The pages are already made, you just add your favorite photos behind the template, place the dates (included with the kit) on top, print, and trim! I love that the dates come separately from the calendar pages too, so that I can reuse them in the future. I made three sets of these for gifts, and I’m totally thrilled with how they turned out! I’m going to have to make one for myself too :).

Shabby Princess Two-Page Wall Calendar

Shabby Princess 2 Page Calendar

This was actually my first time making a big two-page photo calendar like this. I have been thinking about it for a long time, but I was honestly a little intimidated by the task! But The Shabby Shoppe was to my rescue again with this wonderful pre-made one designed by Nicole (she is so talented, and designs so many of SP’s pre-made things)! The dates and month titles are included in the kit, so you can place them just the way you like them too. It was perfect that the pages are 8.5×11, because my printer can print borderless images in that size. So I just printed them on double-sided matte photo paper and had them spiral bound at my local Staples. Can you believe it only costs $3.20 to have this calendar spiral bound? And they include a clear cover, and your choice of backing too. I will definitely be making more of these in the future!

4×6 Calendars – created by me!

I bet by now you have started wondering if I got out of actually designing anything for all of these gifts! Well, not quite :). I loved the idea shared by Tricia Kennedy on the YOUR Ideas page so much that I adapted it to make several more gift calendars (THANKS Tricia)! I designed 12 4×6 calendar pages, using SP’s Painted Summer kit plus the dates from the CD Case Calendar kit. Then I just printed them borderless again (on 4×6 glossy photo paper). I made 5 sets of these and included a clear plastic desk frame and magnetic frame with the gift, so they could choose how to display them. I made one for myself too with my favorite pages from the different sets, and hung all the pages in a line above my desk so I can see all the photos for the whole year :)! Fun fun!

4×6 Calendars

Homemade Gift Wrap

I was so happy when I saw this idea for making wrapping paper on Kayla’s blog (BTW, if you don’t already know about The Legacy Lady, you need to check her out – she is FULL of great ideas)!! I never would have thought of using 12×18 paper from a sketch pad to print on. I bought a mead sketch pad at Wal-mart for a little over $5 and I was pleased to see that it has bright white paper which is acid and lignin free (not that that even matters for wrapping paper anyway)! So I used some Christmas-y supplies from Shabby Miss Jenn and Weeds and Wildflowers to design these papers and gift tags – easy peezy :)!!

Weeds and Wildflowers Gift Wrap

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SMJ Wrapping Paper

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So now you can see why I haven’t been posting much lately – LOL! But I hope to be back soon – I have lots more to share :). Hope you’re enjoying the season!!


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