Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Using Just The Die Cut Frames

One great way to get your scrapbook supplies to stretch is by purchasing "Die Cuts with Matching Frames". You don't have to use them together that's the fun of it. These two pages were put together by using up "frames" that were not used when their die cuts were. 
Our website No Ugly Die Cuts carries 117 different
"Die Cuts with Matching Frames"
spread throughout our 21 categories.
"We are dedicated to keeping scrapbooking
simple and inexpensive!"

Monday, November 8, 2010

Why Do We Scrapbook?

We scrapbook to safeguard our memories. What's going to happen when we are gone? What will our children remember about us? How about your grandchildren and great-grandchildren? In order for your significant moments to live on forever, it is very important to organize them.

Getting all your photographs into the same area is vital. Once you have them all together it will be easier to sit down and get to work. You took your pictures for a reason - now let your posterity know why.

Keeping your photographs safe is essential. Make sure you use only acid-free and lignin free products when scrapbooking your photos.

Another reason we scrapbook is to have fun! Scrapbooking can be simple or very complicated. There is so much available to help you. One very easy, inexpensive and cute way to scrapbook is to use die cuts. I have found that illustrated diecuts are a fantastic way to liven up scrapbook pages! Make scrapbooking fun - then have fun looking back on your memories!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

You Can Embellish Your Die Cuts

Enhance die cuts by simply adding a "brad" or a stick on "gem".  Taking the time to "layer" a die cut with paper is another way to embellish.  Below are a few ways we've done this.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

"Oh Boy!" Cut Outs

"Cut Outs" are a very inexpensive embellishment for your scrapbooks. Scissors and glue is all you will need to bring your scrapbook pages to life.
Come check out all of our sets of 4 "Cut Outs".  We carry 17 different sets spread out in 12 different categories on our site.  Here is a link to our "Oh Boy!" #2 and "Oh Boy!" #3.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Baby Die Cuts Make Cute Congratulations Cards

Glue dots behind the star and then behind the baby
 really makes this card stand out.
Baby Girl Cut Out (.29) + a little left over pieces of scrap paper = Inexpensive handmade card.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

4th of July Cut-Outs Turn into Die Cuts Using Your Scissors

Cut Outs are a great value for their price.  All it takes is a little effort on your  part and a good pair of scissors. (Just a silly note - My children love to pull faces anytime my camera comes out!  In fact my 8 year old crosses his eyes every time I take his picture!)

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Fun with Summer Die Cuts

Here is a link to the die cuts we used
 when we created these two matching pages.
We cut the 'ball' off of the foot of the 'pool boy'
 so that it would work with our pictures.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Using Alphabet Set with Matching Die Cuts & Frame

"Once again what can we say. . . . .
very simple page layout!"
Yellow paper was used to layer, yellow chalk was used to highlight and "frame" was cut in two to corner each page.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

"Fishing You a Reel Happy Birthday!"

What a fun way to use up some of your scrap paper! Just layer away and turn some of your die cuts into cards! A rust colored ink pad was used to rub around the edges of this card. (pictures show front and inside of card.) Fishing Rod (D720) and Fishing Hat #2 (D738).

Friday, June 4, 2010

Using An Over Doodle, Matching Die Cuts And Alphabet Set

Another simple fast scrapbook page!
 Our products are ready made accents
 for instant page creation.
Pink Rose Buds (Over Doodle), Rose Bud Alphabet Set,
Pink Rose and Pink Rose with long stem.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Scrapbooking: The Who, What, Where, When and Why

In years to come when we are reminiscing and looking over our cherished scrapbooks are we going to know who is in our pictures? Why they are in our pictures, where the picture was taken, when it was taken and why. As time passes it can get harder and harder to remember these things and so now, while we are creating our scrapbooks and compiling our memories we need to document the who, what, where, when and why.

People change over time. We start out as babies and age into cute elderly grandparents. But when you look at your scrapbooks are you going to be able to decipher who that cute little baby is or who that elderly woman is holding that baby? When scrapbooking it is so important to label who is who. “Great Grandma Jane holding baby Ella.” Now you know who is in the picture. However is this going to be enough? Every now and then labeling last names and relations to other people can help future generations in knowing that “Great Grandma Jane” was my dad’s grandmother.

Sometimes when looking at a picture it can be hard knowing what was going on. Why was our entire family gathered together? What were we doing? While labeling who is in our pictures it is also important to know what was going on. Were we gathered together for a reunion, funeral, party? Just by knowing what was going on can help us understand how we lived, how we chose to spend our time and what was important to us. “Jensen Family Reunion, cleaning up a city park.”

Now we know who is in our pictures, what we were doing but where were we? In 50 years to come how awesome will it be to look back at a picture and see that you visited Malad Idaho every year with your family. Places change over time and to know where a picture was taken can help us see how things have changed. The way life used to be. Including addresses, this can also be an intriguing thing for us to investigate in the future. “Our first home, 505 W 5000 S Ogden Utah.” Knowing an address our future generations can visit that precise location and see where their family once lived. Also when cropping your pictures to fit on your pages make sure you don’t cut too much out. It says we were at Grandma’s house in Layton Utah but what did her house look like? When you cut too much, memories can fade away and we won’t remember the way your grandmother kept her yard or what the house looked like 50 years ago.

It is so easy to forget to label when a picture was taken. Our cameras so conveniently keep track of those dates, but are we transferring those dates to our scrapbooks? To know when pictures were taken helps future generations to know how long ago certain events happened and most importantly birthdates or perhaps when a loved one passed away. By knowing these dates we can determine how old Grandpa was when Grandma passed away. Or how old baby Jake was when he took his first step. By having this information you can look back and compare your own children’s progress through life, or even understand how your great grandfather always had his fields planted by mother’s day.

And finally why was this picture taken? What motivated someone to take a picture of their toddler sitting on the second step of their home? Scrapbooks really are journals. Record your feelings. “When Jamie sits on our front porch waving to our neighbors passing by I feel like life is perfect.” Or why someone took a picture of a sunset, “Driving home every day I watch as the sun sets over the trees and I know I am almost home.” Or even a picture of a rose bush. “Mom’s red rose bush she took care of all summer so it would continue to bloom.”

So much information. It can make scrapbooking feel like an endless job of personal and family history. Well it is. But as you scrapbook remember that you don’t have to label each and every picture. Group your pictures together chronologically. “All these pictures were taken at our family reunion 1987.” Then once you’ve labeled who is who you don’t have to repeat it time and time again for that one event. If Grandma Kelly shows up in several of your pictures you only need to label her once. Good luck scrapbooking and always remember the who, what, where and when of all your memories you will cherish for lifetimes to come.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Use Die Cuts When Time Really Matters!

If your time is limited - you need to be able to put your scrapbook pages together fast.  Fast - yet not compromising the creativity of your end product.  Which is scrapbook pages that you and your family will enjoy in years to come. Use DIE CUTS - when time matters! 

Monday, May 3, 2010

Fish & Swimsuit Die Cuts - Complete the page!

This page was put together in no time at all!
Simple, Fast and Cute!
The above Die Cut set is one of three. We have several coordinating sets on our website.  These are great to use if you have a lot of pictures which will span several pages.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Sand from the Ocean. . .

"We brought a part of the beach
home with us!"
On a recent family vacation to California I brought home a small baggie of sand. Look how fun this scrapbooking page was to put together. I just used a liquid glue like Elmer's to write "Ventura Beach" and make the squiggles.  I then pour the sand over the glue and let it sit for a awhile. Then I dumped the extra sand onto a spare sheet of paper, bending the paper like a funnel I was able to put the sand back into the baggie. Make sure you let this dry overnight before adding to your scrapbook.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Using Die Cuts for Cards

If you're a card maker you'll realize how simple this would be to put together. Die cuts sure can make making cards a breeze! If you scrapbook - look how stunning this flower is mounted on black paper.  Stick on jewels are fun to use to add sparkle.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Die Cuts used In "Incentive Charts" or as a way of "Choosing Names"

Die cuts don't have to be for scrapbooking or card making only.
This poster is being used as a way to choose who will be the teacher's helper.
This was very simple to make. I got on-line and searched for a vase, printed and cut it out. I then took green paper and used scissors that cut wavy lines to use as the stems. If you don't have scissors that do that - straight stems would work just fine. I added a few bugs then I had the poster board laminated. I then used craft velcro dots and pressed one side of the dots along the stems. The other half of velcro was placed on the backside of the flowers where I had written the names of the children.

This idea could also be made and used on a smaller scale. For example each of your children could have their own vase, which would have 4 spots where flowers could be attached. They would be given flowers with jobs printed or pictured on the backside. Their vase would become full of flowers as they completed their jobs.

If interested in purchasing diecuts in large quantities (25) contact us through our website "contact-link" to check for availability and bulk pricing.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Using Frames Without Their Matching Die Cuts

One product we carry on our site is "Die Cuts w/Matching Frame". Sometimes I find myself using only the die cuts and saving the frames for another time. Look at this fun way I used some of my extra frames. While pulling everything together for this page - I looked down and the frames were laying askew over the pictures. I absolutely loved what I saw - how cute is this??

Wednesday, March 31, 2010


I used purple and yellow paper layered for the base of these two pages.  Then I cropped the pictures to the desired size and attached them using acid-free glue. The next step which totally made these pages stunning was to simply add the headers and mini die cuts.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

I Love You

Only part of this die cut with matching frame was used. The frame and "saying" can now be used on another scrapbook page.

Frames Don't Have to be Used as Frames!

Take a look at these two great ways to use frames on your scrapbook pages!