Monday, November 30, 2009

Eyelets & Corners

This was pretty simple. I just used real eyelets over the printed eyelets. Just a little bit of work and the "Give Thanks" stands out. The button corners were inventory #C64 and #CL408 (Scarecrow) these two are identical Cut-Outs just one is larger. I also used inventory #C65 (Give Thanks).

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Glitter Glue

How easy is this?? Put yellow glitter glue on the headlights then put glitter glue on a yellow brad or two and you've coordinated it all together. This idea would be a HUGE hit in your child's scrapbook. Or use this idea when making your greeting cards, as shown above.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Colors don't have to Match!
Some of my favorite pages are when I use die cuts that don't even match the color scheme. I think they jump out and say "look at me ~ I'm different and it's OK!"

I purchased some stick on fake rhinestone type gems and put them on the flowers to sparkle them up.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

No Ugly Die Cuts ~ My STORY

I have been scrapbooking for about 22 years. Started when my daughter was about 3 years old. It's fun for me to see how they've evolved over the years. My older children's baby books are very simple and plain. And...............I'm always looking for simple and inexpensive ways to help speed up the process. I'm not one that can spend hours on a single page, because of the fact: each of my children have their own scrapbooks. ("yes" books with an "s".) I was thrilled when my daughter was old enough to take over her own scrapbook. So, right now I am doing 5 scrapbooks. One for each of my four boys and one for my husband and me. ("yes" I am behind by a couple of years, but that's another story. I will get caught up I always do) Anyway.......I enjoy using die cuts that I've purchased at "fair-type" events. I have found that using die cuts is a "speedy-fast" way to construct creative scrapbook pages. However....
I have found that finding "die-cuts" at craft stores is getting harder and harder, if not impossible. I asked an employee once and was told that "the Cricut Machine has taken over that market." ("yes" I own one of these) Nothing can take the place of a cute illustrated die cut.
I started looking on-line to purchase die cuts and everything I found was UGLY! "OK" my exact words..."butt ugly!" Old school die cuts that were just the shape of an object. YUCK!
Then to make matters worse you use a search engine and type in "scrapbooking die cuts" and pull up hundreds of sites claiming they carry them. PROBLEM is you can't find them!! I am forever getting lost in on-line scrapbook supply stores? ("yes" I've lost my parked car before) They carry everything but the kitchen sink! And most of the time I don't even find die cuts on their site, if by chance I do...UGLY! So......This is how No Ugly Die Cuts became my reality.

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Saturday, November 7, 2009

Use a Frame as a Divider I cut this frame at the two opposite corners to help me separate vacation days. I like to show where the day starts and ends.
These "corners" do the job, I also added some stick on yellow gems to the center of the flowers.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Memories are PRICELESS!

My "Insanity" comes from keeping up with 5 scrapbooks!!

It's amazing how our memories are linked to smells, places, sounds and I believe the most powerful memory reminder is pictures.

I have preserved my children's lives chronologically in their scrapbooks. All the many many hours I've spent on their scrapbooks has been worth it!

It's a lot of fun for me to watch my children take a trip down memory lane using their scrapbooks as a guide.

My oldest son pictured here is holding all but one of his scrapbooks. He's on his way over to his fiancé to share with her his childhood. He told me afterwards that he could have spent hours talking about the pictures, because it brought back so many memories.

Confession time.....I'm behind on all my boys scrapbooks by at least 1 year or so. Then my husband's and mine is 3 to 4 years behind!! My website
has been keeping me very busy - I am however looking forward to using the hundreds of items in my inventory to get caught up. I'll post my "instant page" creations as they evolve.
My motto: "Keep it simple and inexpensive!"