Sunday, June 19, 2016

New Sales Item Graphic 45 Mini album

It has been forever since I have posted, but I have been keeping busy.  New lambs are on the ground and new job duties and more travel.  I do love keeping busy, so when we are really busy, what sounds great - come up with a new product idea!

Do you like to decorate mini albums but hate creating them?  I am considering selling "simple" mini albums.  What do you think?

The would include the basics - 6 pages (similar to the Couture mini album posted a few posts earlier) and either vertical or horizontal orientation.

Still debating if blank or use a line of paper to make it look less empty (but that adds at least $25 to the cost).

Looking for any thoughts, but as all you entrepreneurs know, no matter what others think, if we think it can be successful, we will go for it!

On another front, playing with some new dies has been fun.  I have limited myself to using scrap papers only and some new Elizabeth Craft dies.  Loving my results!


Sunday, January 31, 2016

Club Scrap Moroccan Spice Layouts

I really love this November 2015 Club Scrap Kit - Moroccan Spice.  As always, the paper is just fabulous to touch!  However, it didn't start out that way.

First, I get my instructions together to start.  I have some photos of when we moved in that I think will work out wonderful.  I don't 'care' about the papers in the kit, and the photos are ones I want, but again, don't 'care' about how they end up on a page.

So, off we go - grab the Assembly Line Scrapbooking instructions they provide and lets go!  I know from experience that even if I am not sure about the papers in the box, by the time I have a few pages completed, I really start to enjoy the colors.  It also is great for those days I really want to get something done, but have no idea where to start.  After a bit of working with the kit - viola!  I am ready to do some things on my own.  Totally works for me!

Ok - start cutting.  Three cuts in, I realize I read the dimensions wrong - ugh.  I will be revamping at least one page.

Well - let's keep going.  I have the cut-aparts I need complete, so grab some ink and ink up the edges.  I noticed after inking that the instructions have them distressed.  Oh bother.  Not sure I will distress or not.  I like distressed edges, but let's leave things for now and move forward.

Next, I realize I need to use a stencil - yuck (ok, I know I don't need to, but I hate to give up so soon).  I am not good at stencils, but what the heck, I have several mistakes already - if all else, I will flip the paper over and use it plain. So, stencil away.  It looks ok, not the ink color they use, but i like it.  It needs something else - Glimmer mist to the rescue.  The gold tip is clogged - that is how my day is going, so grab a different one (I don't feel like dealing with it right now).  I am not sure what I grabbed, but it turned out great!  Turns out I like Verdigris.  No idea how to pronounce, but I like the color!

Stencil done, figured out the page that is cut into multiple pieces and 'hidden'.  Let's work on accent pieces/embellishments while it dries.  Fun Medallions and sequins - let's put things together.

But - I don't know that I like the medallion on the cut-apaprt.  When looking into options from my stash, I found a button with a paw print.  Hey!  I think I know the photos - the red dog - when she arrived she was a mess.  The cut-apart reads, "Having somewhere to go is home.  Having someone to love is family.  Having both is a blessing"  Wow - that reminds me so much of her finally (at 1 year old) finding a home where she is loved and cared for and is a part of our family.  I know what photos will go here now.  Inspiration has struck.

Time for a few changes :).  Love this part!

The paw print/button is staying, the medallion can go elsewhere.  One of the cut-aparts will be replaced with some paw print paper and I need to find those photos!

Photos of this 'mess' to success are coming.  If only my uploader worked a bit quicker!

See you soon.  Any questions on what I did and the final results can be answered here or over at Scrapbook Message Board.  Have a wonderful day!

Friday, January 22, 2016

Finished up a project


This poor mini album has been sitting and waiting to be completed for about a year now.  Unfortunately for the album, I wanted to try the page styles (it is a vertical paper bag mini), so just picked out a pad of paper that isn't 'me'. 

Well, it turned out nice, and will be leaving soon as it is definitely not one I would ever use, but I did enjoy creating!

If you head over to Scrapbook Message Board, I think the 4th or 5th post has the video of this mini.  Waiting on internet speeds before I can upload to my blog.

Here are a few stills:




Don't forget, the design team call is going on through Monday!  Can't wait to see your work :).

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Card Sketch Challenge

Below is my entry for Fia's January Card Sketch Challenge on her site, Scrap with Us. 

The wedding folio/album I am finishing up requires burlap and I needed a break from working with burlap.  It may look nice, but I don't like working with it too long - I get itchy!  I will post photos in a bit of that album (will try for a youtube video again).

So, here is the card:

Don't forget to check out the Scrapbook Messageboard listing in the previous post - they have a great giveaway going on!

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Giveaway over at Scrapbook Message Board

Check it out - our bi-annual membership drive has begun!

You could qualify to win the Prize Package Below!  Head on over to Scrapbook Message Board to check out the details! 
More fun coming soon!  Don't forget to check out the 1/12/2016 posting regarding design team search!

I also finished up my layout challenge for this month (details check here ).  I didn't realize the colors matched Fia's site's January Color Challenge at Scrap with Us, so it is entered there as well.  You can see it side by side there.  I am not quite sure how to get my photos to line up next to each other here.  Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Design Team Entries Due January 25, 2016

I received a few questions regarding design team submissions for Scrapbook Message Board

Answers are in blue

Guidelines:
Details:  Right now, the design team is only open to those with United States mailing addresses.  This may change in the future.
1) Membership and participation on the Scrapbook Message Board forum  Active participation can be described as either posting daily or multiple times per week.  I do understand many people work outside their homes and posting more than once or twice a day is difficult.  Making multiple posts a minimum of four days per week would be acceptable. 
2) Team position to last February 1 - April 30, 2016  It may be renewed, but as this is our first venture into design teams, I am keeping to a quarterly time frame.
3) You will be required to post a project, at a minimum, of every two weeks.  This project must be scrapbook related.  It could be a layout, a card, an album, something altered, a banner, etc..  It must be related to paper crafting/stamping.
4) You will receive a paper pack and a few embellishments during the first two weeks of your design team quarter to use in a minimum of three projects.  One must be a layout, one must be a card, the third is your choice (layout, card, altered item, tag, project, etc..)  All team members may not receive the same papers/embellishments.  It is just to be sure you have some supplies on hand to use for this team.
5) Each design team member is to offer either a challenge (with prize of their choosing) or RAK each month of their tenure.  Minimum size of prize is $2 value.  If this is a monetary issue, please contact me for other option.  You may offer a game each month of your tenure rather than a prize. 
6) Each design team member will be asked to provide one technique tutorial each quarter.  This may be a video link or it can be photos/text format. You do not need to post a video, it is perfectly acceptable to post photos and text on the Scrapbook Message Board site in a single thread in the appropriate location.
7) Applicants should submit, using the pm system on Scrapbook Message Board, a notice of interest to Scraprageous.  You will be required to submit photographs (jpeg) of one layout, one card and a short tutorial of some type.  (ex: take photos while creating your card, using a software program or your blog to show steps/give instructions).  Submissions due January 25, 2016.  This system is required as you do need to be a member of the Scrapbook Message Board in order to participate.
8) Thank you for your interest.  Feel free to send further questions to Scraprageous via the Scrapbook Message Board

Thank you so much for your interest and hoping to 'see' you on Scrapbook Message Board soon!
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For those who have asked, yes, I did finish the Bridal Shower invitations:




Sunday, January 3, 2016

A Wedding Album Folio

If you are looking for Design Team information - see post prior to this one.

This is a wedding album folio I created for my niece.  You will see a lot of spaces at the top.  Why?  Because once photos are added, you need the room.




I did not do a ton of embellishing - this is for her to add photos and decorate, so keeping it pretty simple.  Ok, not sure what I did, but the video is upside down.  Off to see what I can do to fix it.




One inch sides, 8.5x11 back, three flaps on the right, two on the left.  No reason, just want I wanted to do.