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A Bible Verse for Scrapbookers (and Faithbook Page)

I love finding scrap-related Bible verses :). OK, I admit that the verse below is not specifically related to scrapbooking, but it sure does renew my commitment to this craft, and especially faithbooking! I liked this one so much, so I made a hybrid memory verse tag to display it on, using supplies from Prima.

*click here for credits*

Also, here is my most recent faithbook page! Don’t forget, you can now see all of my faithbooking projects in one place by clicking on the “Faithbooking” tab above (or you can click here). I explain a little more about faithbooking and the inspiration behind these pages in previous faithbooking posts :).

Credits: Everything is from the Carousel Collection by the lovely Shabby Princess. Fonts: Century Gothic and Jane Austen.

Tip: I duplicated the heart and bracket layers a few times, until they were dark enough to show up on the green background. I used the same technique with the text layers as well as trying various blend modes to help them stand out.

So, do you know any good Bible verses for scrapbookers? I’d love to hear them!

Birthday Mini Album Idea

Mini Album FrontToday is my husband’s 29th birthday (Happy Birthday Baby!), so I made this mini album for him in place of a birthday card. First of all, I have to give him total credit for the idea – he sent me 30 emails on my birthday, each one listing something he loves about me. So naturally, I wanted to make a list for him too :)! To make the album, I first decorated the whole thing with coordinating papers (the measuring tape and ledger papers are great for list/accomplishment themes). Then I added romantic photos from our recent trip to Cape Cod. Finally, I added word strips with the 29 things I love. The front is just a title page, so you will know what to expect on the inside, and the back panel has the handwritten birthday message on it. I love accordion albums like this one, because you can fan them out and put them on display in front of a mirror, so it’s easy to see all the pages at once.

Credits: Album by Oriental Trading Company; papers by K&Company; stamps by Prima, Stampin’ Up! and StampCraft; ink by Ranger and Stampin’ Up!; other: brown cardstock, matte photo paper. Fonts: 39 Smooth and Carlotta.

Blog Award Ceremony!

I have been given a few really fun blog awards lately by my sweet scrapping friends, so it is finally time for me pay it forward to some other deserving bloggers! To those of you who gave me the blog awards in the first place, THANK YOU SO MUCH! You made my day, and I am so flattered!! I wish I could give you the same award right back :). But it is only fair to pick some new award recipients, so here we go :)!

I Love Your Blog Award

Super talented hybrid scrapper Michelle Filo nominated me for this one:

Here are the rules:
1. If you’ve been tagged, you can put the logo on your blog.
2. Link the person from whom you received the award.
3. Nominate at least 7 other blogs.
4. Put links to those blogs on yours.
5. Leave a message on the blogs you’ve nominated.

And here are the blogs I picked for this award:

Rachel Ashwell (Shabby Chic) – She is brand new to blogging, but her first two posts are overflowing with shabby loveliness, which is no surprise to me, since I have been a huge fan of hers for the past 10 years at least!

Tara Frey – Beautiful photos, beautiful thoughts, beautiful everything, actually!

Heather Bullard (Present Past Collection) – Ah what a romantic life she leads, and she is very good at letting others in on it through her gorgeous photography.

Amy (Inspire Company) – If you want a major dose of happiness, creativity and of course, inspiration, look here!

Emily Powers: Wow, this is one inspiring chick: she has such a passion for God and for her art. And her love for others and for life is contagious!

Brenda Walton – Even though she doesn’t blog very often, it is totally worthwhile to bookmark this one. I LOVE LOVE LOVE her journals!!!

Allison – Her stampin’ blog is full to the brim with resources. Challenges, sketches, tons of links!!

Arte y Pico Award

The Digi Scrapping Queen herself (Kate Hadfield) nominated me for this one. To quote Katie:

Arte y Pico is a Spanish language blog (HERE is a (sometimes unintentionally entertaining!) English translation) that celebrates design and creativity in the blogging world. . .

. . .Here are the rules:
1.  Choose 5 blogs that you consider deserving of this award based on creativity, design, interesting material, and overall contribution to the blogger community, regardless of the language.
2.  Post the name of the author and a link to his or her blog so everyone can view it.
3.  Each award-winner has to show the award and put the name and link to the blog that has given her or him the award.
4.  The award-winner and the presenter should post the link of the “Arte y Pico” blog so everyone will know the origin of this award.
5.  Please post these rules!

And here are my picks for this award:


Donna Gotlib (Cookie Sunshine)
– I totally LOVE her art!! And she’s such a sweet, sweet person too :)!

Melissa Phillips (LilyBean’s Paperie) – Her work is so unbelievably pretty, everything she does is just perfection!

Cindy Gilchrist – She makes the most fabulous hybrid projects – in fact, why haven’t I featured her here yet? Note to self: feature Cindy ASAP!

Julia Stainton – Sigh. Why can’t I make cards like hers? I am always amazed at what she can do with her stamps and scrapping supplies. Hmm, I need to feature her too!

Authentic Artistry – I’m a regular visitor to this blog at Christina Renee’s site, there’s always something here to help me “think outside the box” and I love her unique style!

Brilliante Weblog Award

This one was awarded to me by two great scrappers: Lynn and Karen!

The rules for this award:
1. The winner can put the logo on her blog.
2. Link the person you received your award from.
3. Nominate at least 7 other blogs.
4. Put links of those blogs on yours.
5. Leave a message on the blogs you’ve nominated.

And here are the blogs I have awarded:

Kathie – This lady is so dear to me, she’s a friend who has known me since the day I was born, and she also happens to be a phenomenal writer with an amazing blog about birds and nature!

JanMary – I’m so lucky to have met Janmary through Weeds and Wildflowers – she has a wonderful personality which is reflected in her blog, go check it out!

Julie Ann Shahin – There’s always something going on at her blog, and she always knows what’s going on in the world of scrapbooking, plus she has a super fun personality :)!

Emily Giovanni – Not only is she an awesome crafter, but she is mom to three boys, so there is plenty of excitement to read about at her stampin’ blog.

Shuterfly Digi Scrap Blog – How can you go wrong when you combine my favorite photo book company with all the coolest digital designers, plus lots of inspiration and digital scrapbooking freebies?

Angie (Scrapscene) – THE place to find out scrapbooking info and ideas :)!

Phew, what a list -  I hope you check out these blogs, I know you’ll find them so inspiring!! Have a great week :)!

Summer Birthdays Galore!

I’m home from my vacation, and I have lots of catching up to do!! We had a wonderful time in New England, if you want to see some photos from my trip, you can check them out here (I will be adding more soon). During our vacation, we had Gabe’s second birthday party and we also had a big cook-out to celebrate all of the summer birthdays in the family (mine included). What a great trip!!!

Meanwhile, in the digital scrapbooking world, there have also been plenty of birthday celebrations and new releases too, check it out:

Shabby Miss Jenn had a birthday bash with tons of new releases!

I made this card with her huge Birthday Wishes kit – it’s just what I needed!

This fun page about the crazy contest between my husband and his friends was made with SMJ’s new Going Green kit (p.s. I know about the typo, lol) 

And Lanne has some new photo tools in the shoppe – I have been playing around with her awesome photo textures. NOTE: I am still really new to using these, so I have no idea if I’m doing it right, but I’m having fun at least LOL!

And the page above was made with Shabby Miss Jenn’s Pickled Petunias available at the super cool Aussie shop www.pickleberrypop.com!

Shabby Princess also had some new releases while I was away!

This page is made with her new Sandbox collection, great for boy pages!!!

And my favorite collection from this new release is Gabby, which I used for the page above – there are so many great pieces in there, so go check it out to see the rest :)!

And Shabby Princess also did a collab with Gina Miller, called Fresh-n-Fruity, which is available at Gina Miller Designs. I used it to make the page above :).

Last but not least, Weeds and Wildflowers is kicking off a big birthday bash starting TODAY! There’s a big sale going on (including all of my Quick Albums)! Here’s the message from their site:

Phew! Sorry for the long post, but I think I’m all caught up now :)!!! Happy shopping ;).

Doodly Flourish Album Pics

Doodly Flourish Album available at Weeds and WildflowersYay, I finished the third flourish album :)! This one is my favorite of the three – the Doodly Flourish Album :)!!! I know I took waaaay too many pics, but I just couldn’t stop myself ;). Didn’t my niece make the PERFECT flower girl? My wedding was almost 5 years ago, but I still never get tired of looking at these photos. I totally had a “vision” of what I wanted my little flower girl to look like, so we bought her a basic white dress and I made everything else by hand - the floral wreath for her hair, the sash around her waist, her petal basket - and I even curled her hair myself. Everything was exactly as I had imagined it, and the best part was that she was a little angel all day long :)!

Doodly Flourish Album available at Weeds and Wildflowers

Doodly Flourish Album available at Weeds and Wildflowers

Doodly Flourish Album available at Weeds and Wildflowers

Doodly Flourish Album available at Weeds and Wildflowers

Doodly Flourish Album available at Weeds and Wildflowers

Doodly Flourish Album available at Weeds and Wildflowers

Doodly Flourish Album available at Weeds and Wildflowers

Doodly Flourish Album available at Weeds and Wildflowers

Credits: Doodly Flourish Album, available at Weeds and Wildflowers; “flourish” chipboard album and brads by Oriental Trading Company; flowers and crystals by Prima; other: glitter glue and ribbons.

To read more about the flourish albums available at Weeds and Wildflowers, *Click Here*

To purchase the Doodly Flourish Album, *Click Here*

Featured Scrapper: Michelle Filo (Mushy)!

Michelle Filo

I am so excited to bring you today’s featured scrapper because I’m such a big fan of her HYBRID work: Please give a warm welcome to Michelle Filo :)!!! When I first stumbled upon Michelle’s blog, I noticed her awesome digital pages, especially a Shutterfly album she made with Shabby Miss Jenn’s yummy Flea Market Baskets kit. But over time, Michelle has been heading more and more in the direction of hybrid and paper scrapbooking (just like ME!), and I have sooo enjoyed seeing all of the wonderful projects she has been making. I find myself studying every detail of her work so that I can try to learn as much as possible from this super talented gal!!! The awesome thing about Michelle is that she not only creates GORGEOUS hybrid projects, but she makes it easy for others to follow in her footsteps. She shares lots of tips and tricks on her blog, and you can even purchase her hybrid album templates at her Little Dreamer Designs Shop (she just released an adorable butterfly album template recently).

And you know what else? She is a real sweetheart too :)! Michelle agreed to answer a few questions about herself and her scrapping.  

First of all, is there anything about yourself and your family that you’d like to share with other scrappers?

I’m a Brazilian girl who migrated to Australia in 2000. I have had my two boys and although it is hard to be far from my family, we think it is a blessing to call Australia home.

When did you start scrapbooking? What first made you interested in scrapbooking?

A friend gave me some stationary on my birthday in Dec’04. I didn’t quite like the pink for my stationary and decided to go to the store to get another color. It was a Scrapbooking store. I went inside and was mesmerized by all the papers, buttons, ribbons and other bits and pieces. It was love at first sight. I mentioned it to a friend at work and she took me on the voyage. I spent the next six months madly creating gifts to give to my family on my trip to Brazil. I confess I got all “scrapped out” (wow, was that really possible?). I left my supplies aside until 2008, when my recently acquired love of digital scrapbooking and hybrid projects got me to venture into the world of glue and real buttons again.

Where do you get inspiration and ideas for scrapbooking? What inspires you to scrap?

I am boring, I am inspired by the products and the photos. I either come up with a project because of some yummy themed papers I saw, a car shaped album for a road trip ;) etc. Or I search for the perfect supplies for my favorite photos. Design of pages and element placement are things I play a lot with. I just place things in the page and move them around until I am pleased with the result. I change my mind a lot :) I also love templates, nothing better to get me out of the scrapper’s block.

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

I love Creating Keepsakes, DSM and DAM. I also love to browse the design team galleries of my favorite stores for inspiration. There are so many talented scrappers out there.

What are some tips you can share about how to make great hybrid projects?

I would say you can save money with embellishments, you can save money with cheap chipboard (or no chipboard at all) you can save money with many things but just please don’t try to save money in paper and printing, it is not worth it. Some people print on cheap paper and then wonder they the glue thy used smudged the ink, and then blame it on the quality of the glue. I recommend you spend a few extra bucks with really good paper (premium photographic paper) and it will save heaps when your project is finished without mishaps :) ALWAYS print drafts on crappy paper before printing on your good paper. It is essential to print drafts when dealing with shaped albums to see if they are the right size.

You take such beautiful photos, what type of camera and photo editing software do you use? Do you have any photography secrets you can share with the rest of us?

Oh, that is too kind of you! Unfortunately I am no good as a photographer, but maybe I do a decent job editing my photos in Lightroom :) I bought my first DSLR in January. It is a Canon EOS 400D, known as Rebel xti in the US. I am in love with the possibilities, but also now I am aware you can still take crappy photos with a great camera LOL Only not so secret tip I love and would like to share is when taking pictures, try different angles and go down to your subjects eye level or below, especially when taking photos of children.

What favorite scrapbooking tip, trick or technique do you use most often?

I love to use the distort>wave filter to make things imperfect on my digital pages. I think it adds a lot of realism and I love it! I had a tutorial about this published at DSM *Click Here to See Tutorial*

Thanks so much Michelle!! I have listed some more fun facts about Michelle at the end of this post. But first, wanna see some of those gorgeous hybrid projects I was telling you about? I have picked a few of my favorites to share below – be sure to click the images to see even more photos and information about each one on Michelle’s blog!

Wings Album by Michelle Filo

Wings Album by Michelle Filo

Freestyle Album by Michelle Filo

Hybrid Car Album by Michelle Filo

And this last one is for a challenge Michelle has going on at the LDD blog, complete with instuctions and a free template – how fun!!

Hybrid Challenge Album with Free Template by Michelle Filo

As promised, here are a few more details about Michelle: 

Current Creative Teams: Little Dreamer Designs and Fancy Pants Designs.

After going back to work full time and accepting a position at Fancy Pants, Michelle felt she needed to slow down a bit. Her previous CTs include: ScrapArtist, The Digichick, Oscraps (challenge team), Sue Cummings, Dunia, Mitia Assef, Dani Mogstad, Traci Reed, Amanda Heimann, Lisa Whitney, Designs by Lili and she was also a guest for Shabby Miss Jenn a couple of times.

She has been published at Scrapbooking Memories (Australian Mag), Digital Scrapbooking magazine (DSM) and Digital Artist Magazine (DAM). She has also won a few challenges and awards, including the DST best hybrid project of 2008 (nominated), but has never participated in any major competitions for lack of time. Whew – I can see why she needed to slow down a bit :)!!!

Last but not least, be sure to check these links out!

Michelle’s Gallery   Her Blog   Her Shop at Little Dreamer Designs

New from Prima Hybrid!

Now that Summer CHA 2008 is over, I can share a few pages I made using some of the brand new Retail Friendly Hybrid stuff by Prima :). These are actually digital quick pages, which I have printed and turned into 8″x8″ hybrid layouts :)!

Credits: Hello Space Boy quick page (coming soon) and Times chipboard by Prima Hybrid. Brads by Oriental Trading Company; other: glitter glue and star sequins. 

Credits: Makes Me Happy quick page (coming soon), flowers, button and crystals by Prima; other: glitter glue and threads.

Credits: Christmas Fancy quick page (coming soon), flowers and chipboard by Prima; other: glitter glue and brad.

Wow, I just realized how addicted I am to using glitter glue LOL!

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 :)!! 

Heart Shaped Card Tutorial at The Daily Scrapper

I just wanted to let you know about two new publications I have out this week :). Firstly, the latest issue of Bella Scraps magazine came out, and I have a digital layout in there! If you already know how much I love this online magazine, you know how happy this news made me (if you don’t know how much I love it, check out the review I wrote right here). This issue is even more beautiful and inspiring - they just keep getting better and better :)!

I also wrote a tutorial for how to make a heart shaped card for the hybrid section of The Daily Scrapper, click here to see it. I’m sooooo excited about this super cool new online newspaper, The Daily Scrapper! Have you checked it out yet? It’s full of great ideas, you don’t want to miss it :)! This is only the 4th issue, if you have missed the previous ones you can see them all in the archives.

Here is a sneak peek of the card I made for the tutorial, actually it’s a lot like the one in this post :).

Hope you enjoy your weekend :)!!!

Girly Baby Shower Card

Just wanted to share this baby shower card I made recently. I found out from one of my online scrapping friends that there are some parts of the world that don’t have baby showers for pregnant ladies. So if you are from one of those places, let me explain :). A baby shower is a celebration (usually before a baby is born), where friends and family can shower the soon-to-be mom/dad with gifts of love and encouragement to help them feel more prepared for the baby’s arrival. I love baby showers! Anyway, one of my friends from church is expecting a little girl, so I gave her this card at her baby shower on Sunday. As a mom of a boy I take every chance I can get to make something pretty and PINK :)!

Credits: Papers by Shabby Princess (one digital, one “real” from Bo Bunny); flowers and button by Prima; ink by Ranger Industries; other: ribbons, cardstock, pink thread.

Tips and Tricks 

  • Inking each piece of paper softened the edges and unified the look.
  • I alternated straight stitches and blanket stitches along one of the papers – I learned how to make a blanket stitch right here. I really wanted to use this stitch, because it reminds me of baby blankets :). Oh, and remember to use the needle to pierce all of your holes in the paper BEFORE you start stitching, it will make sewing the paper much easier!
  • The base of the flower is actually two of the same type of Prima flowers. I wanted to use both, but was having trouble layering them, so I cut off half of each of the petals on the green flower, and layered it directly over the pink one.
  • To make the tag, I used a left over (negative) piece of cardstock from a tag die-cut as a stencil to trace the tag shape. Then I drew the design on with markers and cut out my home-made tag :)

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