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Win an Issue of Bella Scraps Magazine!

As always, I am amaaaazed at all of the ideas, beauty, and pure inspiration I found in the latest issue of Bella Scraps Magazine!!! The issue contains 76 gorgeous pages filled with ideas and how-tos. There are plenty of hybrid gift/wrapping ideas to get your creative juices flowing, including several from yours truly ;). And you will also have access to the free download – a beautiful kit by Vicki Stegall. To find out more about this issue and for your chance to win it for FREE, check out this post at DST :).1bsm_1108_600

Christmas Heart Hybrid Inspiration

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*

Christmas Heart Printables

I also put together a quick page set using Christmas Heart, which is now in the store:

Christmas Heart Quick Pages

Here’s a close-up view , so you can see the details:Christmas Heart Quick Pages 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

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 :)!

Wendy

Wendy

Have you made any Christmas-y hybrid projects? I love to see them, so please share!

Free Hybrid Photo Box with Tutorial

Yay! I can finally show you the project I made for the December 2008 issue of the DST Insider :). Every member (even the free memberships) of digishoptalk.com can download the free monthly ezine – so if you aren’t signed up already, I highly recommend it! You will join over 18,000 members who already have access to everything the DST Insider has to offer. This month’s issue is of course exploding with Christmas craft ideas – HYBRID HEAVEN :)!!! I have a few projects in there, plus this free project download created with papers from my Christmas Heart kit.

Update: Since this was a free download from the 2008 issue (no longer available) I have uploaded the link for you:

Link Expired, Sorry! *Click Here for the Free Printable Photo Box Download Page*

The project is a little paper box which opens up to reveal tiny scrapbook pages :). You can place single photos on the pages or size-down your favorite digital scrapbook pages to put on there. You can also easily turn this box into a Christmas tree ornament like I did in the example below. What fun :)!

Hybrid Photo Box

Credits: Free printable project by Jess Gordon, flowers and gems by Prima.

Open Hybrid Photo Box

Hybrid Photo Box Tutorial

Hybrid Photo Box Step 1Photo Box – Outside

This is the outside of the box, it just needs to be printed. If you print it first, before getting started on the box inside it will have a chance to dry before you print the opposite side.

IMPORTANT: Before printing, be sure to select “printable area: center” in your page set up (wording may be different depending on your printer), so the edges will line up when you print the other side. Do not cut this shape out until you have printed the other side of the page!

Tips: for best results, print on double-sided, matte photo paper. To save ink and paper, you can draw a white box over the text on this and other pages before printing, using your photo editing software.

Making the Inside Pages
Hybrid Photo Box Step 2

Step 1 – Open the .psd file called “JG_Hybrid_Photo_Box_Layers.psd” in your photo-editing software. These are the photo pages. Place photos or tiny layouts resized to 2”x2” behind the frames in the spaces indicated. Turn off the text layers before printing. You can make as many or as few of these layers as you like – two color options are available :).  They look best if the images are all facing toward the center.

Step 2- Print all of your pages. If you use double-sided, matte photo paper, you can print on both sides – just make sure to choose “center” in your printer settings so that the pages line up properly, and do not cut the shape out until you have printed the other side of the page!! If you decide to print on both sides, at least one set of pages should be printed on the opposite side of the striped outside layer.

Hybrid Photo Box Step 3
Step 3 – Cut out all of your pieces. Fold each page upward to create a box shape.

Step 4 – For multiple pages, attach each new page layer to the one below with a bit of adhesive around the center.

Making the Photo Box Lid

Hybrid Photo Box Step 4Print, cut out. Cut along solid lines, fold along dotted lines. Adhere the little flaps at the corners to the insides of the box edges using tape or any other adhesive. Note: If you plan to make the box into a Christmas tree ornament, you may want to punch holes in the centers before folding.

Christmas Ornament Variation

Follow steps 1-3, except punch a hole in the center of the lid and all pages before folding. If you have multiple pages, adhere them at the centers, carefully lining up each hole. Thread a looped piece of ribbon, yarn, string, etc through the box base and lid, allowing enough room so that you can lift the lid easily without removing it from the loop, then knot at the bottom of the box.

There you have it! I hope you get a chance to make one of these – I really love how mine came out :). Remember, this project is a free download as part of this month’s DST Insider :)!

Christmas Ornament Tutorial

Hybrid Christmas Star Ornament  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 :)!!!

Let the Christmas Crafting Begin :)!

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 :).

Altered Photo 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 :).

Altered Keepsake Box - Details

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:

Prima Hybrid Shades of Splendor Kit

Prima Hybrid Shades of Splendor Kit

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 :)!

Prima Hybrid Grand Re-Opening

Where’s Jess?

Hi everyone :)! Just wanted to drop in and say thanks SO MUCH for your encouragement and support as I have been trying my hand at designing!!! I appreciate you all more than you know – and I want to say a sincere and heartfelt THANK YOU for purchasing my first kits!! Now that the block party at CRD is over, my kits are no longer available at this time… but I have enjoyed designing so much that I am pretty sure you can expect to see more from me in the future ;)!!!

Inside the ScrapArtist Studio with Amanda RockwellSome friends recommended this awesome class by Amanda Rockwell – so I used some of my earnings to sign up. I’m so glad I did!! It is well worth the money because you get tutorials, a forum where you can learn from other designers, and TONS of great “commercial use” downloads! I know several of you are now designing too – so I wanted to make sure you heard about this cool resource. If you sign up, make sure you tell Amanda your forum username – because that will get you quicker access. And please let Amanda know I sent you :)! Hope to see you there!

In the meantime there are always the hybrid projects, quick pages and templates I have for sale still at Christina Renee Designs and Weeds and Wildflowers – but those will be going away at the end of the year to make room for the new in 2009!

Cute Star-Shaped Mini Album

The CRD block party and sale was extended for another week and continues this weekend – can you believe it??? I guess there were tons of people emailing Christina asking her to extend the sale, and she DID! What a cool chick :)! So I have another new product in there for this weekend’s release: the Golden Star Mini album:

*Click Here to Purchase the Golden Star Mini Album*  Sorry, no longer available

Golden Star Mini Album Preview

Description:

These cute star-shaped quick pages were created with Christina Renee’s gorgeous new Color Theory: Gold kit. Use these mini album pages (measuring about 3.75″ by 3.5″) to create a hybrid keepsake album you will cherish! Simply place your digital photos behind the frames to instantly design charming digital layouts which can then be printed, cut out and adhered to star-shaped pages. They work with the 4″ cardboard star-shaped albums from Oriental Trading Company, or you can easily create your own album by mounting them on chipboard or cardstock. Set contians eight 300 dpi .PNG quickpages (including a cover page and a back page with space for text).

Here are some pics – this is such a quick and easy project!!

Golden Star Mini Album

Golden Star Mini Album

I also had a super fun idea for another hybrid project using this mini album, and I’m working on writing a tutorial for it right now, so keep an eye out for that one in the future :).

Have a great weekend! Tomorrow we’re heading out to my brother-in-law’s for the weekend – it’s my nephew’s 4th birthday and there is an awesome pirate themed party planned :)!

CRD Block Party, Sale and Freebie!

Have you been over to Christina Renee’s site lately? For the month of October, she is throwing a fabulous block party with products from over 20 designers – I’m just blown away with everything these talented ladies have in the store!! Each week there will be a new release so there is even more to come. I am so happy to be joining in on the fun this week too – for this new release I have created six 12″x12″ digital quick pages, using tons of Christina Renee’s classic designs.  I also made a set of hybrid cards, inspired by some cards I’ve made with CRD designs in the past. Christina has a totally unique style, which I find really inspiring and it has been a blast teaming up with her to bring you these new products!

Here are the quick pages (Click image to purchase. P.S. they’re on sale for 30% off today):

Here’s a close up of one of the quick pages. I love the time-worn feel of CRD’s designs – they create an instant sense of history and romance to a layout. I wish this preview could show the true detail of the pages, but I just can’t get the low resolution preview images to look as pretty as the full size pages do -  you’ll have to take my word for it, they look much better in real life :)!

Here is the hybrid card set, (Click image to purchase. Also 30% off today):

This is a close-up look of some of the cards I made using the set. I love how fast these come together! They all have a vintage artistic feel to them. They are not too frilly or pretty, so you could give them to a guy too – it’s tough to find creative things to give guys, isn’t it?

This is the card I made for my brother’s birthday this summer, which was what inspired me to make this set. Tip: I used double sided photo paper to print the card on, then I printed a patterned paper on the opposite side, so the inside of the card would look good too. Then I made a hybrid design as the birthday message, and adhered that inside the card. Fun stuff!

Oh, and I just remembered the other super cool thing I wanted to tell you about the Block party at CRD!! If you are in the mood for a digi shopping spree, this is the time to do it – there are two huge collaboration kits up for grabs over there: one is free with a $10 purchase, and if you spend $20 you get BOTH kits for free :)!

Here are the kit previews:

OK, I think that about wraps it up for block party news :). Are you ready for the freebie?

I have had a digital pen and tablet since spring, but I really haven’t had the time or patience to learn how to use them yet. This little owl sketch is one of my first feeble attempts at digital drawing – don’t laugh at me :)! Hopefully I will get much, much better with more practice LOL! There is also a stamp and a pumpkin in there created from some of my photos from previous Octobers.

*Click Here to Download the Freebie*

I hope you have a fall layout or project you can use these with – enjoy!

Quick Post – Don’t Miss This :)

Gabe and I are meeting friends at the Botanical Gardens this morning, so I’m going to post really quick now so you don’t miss out… more details to come! There’s a huge block party going on at Christina Renee Designs for the month of October, and I’m so excited to be joining the long list of fabulous designers over there this week :)!!! I have two items for sale in the store, which are on sale for 30% off TODAY ONLY!

OK – gotta run, more info and a FREEBIE to come during Gabe’s nap time :)!

UPDATE: Click here for the freebie and for all the party details :)!!!!

Featured Scrapper: Cindy Gilchrist!

Cindy Gilchrist If you’re anything like me, you are going to just LOVE the next featured scrapper, Cindy Gilchrist! Cindy’s altered creations are bright, bold and cheerful – I’m always happier after I visit her blog or gallery :). And of course I love the fact that she is a hybrid scrapper like me  – she currently serves on the hybrid teams for Sweet Shoppe Designs and Prima Hybrid. She’s also the Hybrid Editor for Digi Shop Talk’s monthly newsletter called the “Insider” and she’s on the design team for My Creative Scrapbook, a traditional scrapbooking kit club. Check out her impressive scrapbook resume to see a list of her published work.

I recently interviewed Cindy, and learned even more fun tid-bits :)! Check it out:

Is there anything about yourself and your family that you’d like to share with other scrappers?

I live in Naples, FL with my husband of 12 years (Joe), 8 year old daughter (Katie) and two cats (Daisy and Prissy).

When did you start scrapbooking/altering? What first made you interested in this hobby?

I began scrapbooking before I got married so I guess it’s been about 15 years. About 8 years ago, around the time my daughter was born, I started dabbling in digital scrapbooking and card-making (we called it “computer art” then). I think my first “real” digital scrapbook kit was by Shabby Princess about three years ago. I love all types of crafts and think I’ve tried every craft out there (from basket weaving to soap-making to knitting). Paper crafts, specifically card-making and altered art just “fit” and have always been my favorites.

I know you’re a hybrid scrapper, so you use traditional and digital methods. Did you start out as a paper scrapper or digital? What made you want to try hybrid?

I guess I sort of answered that above – going Hybrid was easy for me, I knew my way around a computer enough to be able to work with digi and I just couldn’t resist all the adorable digital kits out there. Plus, living in a town that has no LSS and the fact that you have instant access….need I say more?!

Where do you get your best inspiration and ideas for scrapbooking?

There are a couple of things that inspire me, one being necessity another being want. I love to look at catalogs and window shop to get ideas and inspiration. If I see something for sale that I want or need and it can be made, I go home and try to create it. I like to look at items and think “what can I do with this”?

Do you have any favorite books, magazines or websites that are especially helpful?

My favorite magazines are Paper Crafts, Digital Scrapbooking and Paper Trends. I love to look at them but don’t really use them for inspiration. I guess if I had to pick a medium that offered the most inspiration; it would be the blogs I have listed on my blog. Those are the ones I visit the most and find inspiring.

You have a real talent for altering anything and everything into gorgeous scrappy treasures. Can you share a few tips about how to make great altered projects?

What a nice thing to say! Thank You! I guess a few tips and secrets are (they’re pretty random):

· I use a color laser printer to print all my digital papers. I love that I never have to worry about sealing my work because the ink (toner) won’t run or smear on a laser.

· Sandpaper or a new fingernail file works great for smoothing out the edges when altering items.

· White craft glue (Aleene’s Tacky Glue) is one of my favorite adhesives – It REALLY holds well on some of my heavy duty altered art projects.

· My favorite tools are: my Xyron 900, big guillotine paper cutter, Cutter Bee scissors and an X-Acto knife.

· Some of my favorite embellishments (that I can’t live without) are: Colorbox Chalk Ink (have it in every color & use it on pretty much every project), Ribbon, Buttons and Prima Flowers.

Wow, great tips! Thanks so much Cindy!

It was tough choosing just a few of Cindy’s projects to highlight, because I seriously love them all! But, here are a couple favorites I saw today:

To see the rest of Cindy’s gallery, click here!

This has been a lot of fun – thanks again Cindy.  Have a great week everybody :)!

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