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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 :)!

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.

Free Shutterfly Collage Poster

I tried a new Shutterfly project recently: the collage poster – this is only one of many, many possible layouts they have to choose from! I had Chris pick some of his favorite recent photos of Gabe so I could make this poster for his office as a birthday gift for him. I think he’s going to love it :).

Collage Poster Tip: I edited the center photo in Photoshop to add text before I uploaded it to the Shutterfly website. This way, I was able to get it looking exactly the way I wanted :).

Free 11×14 Collage Poster from Shutterfly!

If you aren’t already a member of Shutterfly, now is a great time to join – you will get one of these posters for free PLUS 50 free prints – that’s an awesome deal!! When I first joined Shutterfly a few years ago I was excited just to receive a handful of free prints ;). If you’re interested, I put a link for the free poster offer in the sidebar (to the right). Enjoy!

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

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 :)

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 ;)?

Faithbooking Update (and Tutorial)

If you have been following my faithbooking journey, you know that I have been making faithbook pages for each of the “Psalms of Ascent” (15 chapters from the book of Psalms in the Bible), because I was so inspired by a Beth Moore Bible study about them, called Stepping Up. That Bible study also inspired me to start memorizing Bible verses again, something I had sadly not been doing for several years. Anyway, I finished another Psalms faithbook page, using the lovely Bella kit, by Shabby Princess:

Also, in the meantime, I am working through another Bible study with some ladies from church. As part of that study, I have been memorizing Proverbs 31:10-31(so far I am up to about verse 25). The lady leading the Bible study has been nice enough to make index cards with the verses printed on them, to help us know which verses to memorize each week. So I thought it would be fun to make a little folder to hold all of these index cards in. I used this pretty kit by Shabby Miss Jenn, Summer Posies:

Tutorial: Index Card Folder

I used digital papers to make this project, but it would work just as well with regular scrapbook paper too. It is a great project for using up some left over pieces of paper you just can’t bear to toss out :)!

Supplies

Various pieces of coordinating patterned paper, approximately enough to cover a 6″x8″ area (or at least a 4″x6″ card front).

Two pieces 6″x8″ cardstock in colors to coordinate with your patterned paper, plus a little extra to mat circles with if desired.

Adhesive, scissors and/or punches. Optional: Decorative edged scissors, ribbon.

  1. Gather a few strips of coordinating patterned paper, or print out some digital ones, like I did (TIP: if you are printing digital paper, print out just what you need so you won’t waste paper or ink). Crop the papers into squares and circles by hand or using punches (I love the ones from Creative Memories).
  2. Fold the two large pieces of cardstock in half to create two 4″x6″ cards. Trim one of the cards to be slightly smaller than the other (I used scalloped edge scissors). Adhere the smaller card to the larger card.
  3. Decorate the outside of the folder with the squares of patterned paper. Mat some of the circles with cardstock and place them on top.
  4. If desired, add a ribbon by opening the folder and adhering the ribbon across the entire center, leaving ample ribbon on either side to tie the folder closed with.

I enjoy seeing this sweet little folder each morning when it’s time for my morning Bible study. Simple things like these always make me smile :)!

Speaking of making me smile, I just want to say a HUGE thank you to Lynn, of the Beautiful Delights blog and Karen, of Scraps of Mind for giving me The Brilliante Weblog Award. You are so sweet :)! XOXO

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Click Here To Read More About My Faithbooking Projects

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