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October 28th, 2006
Hey Scrap Gang,
Last night I was able to spend the night with a bunch of gals for a “girl’s retreat” at a cabin in the mountains. Even though this wasn’t a scrapbooking retreat, I was reminded of why scrapbooking has become so popular over the years. Finishing a scrapbook for future posterity (and yourself!) is purposeful and where scrapbooking originated. But I believe the socializing that comes from scrapbooking nowdays has been the main reason for its popularity. Even if you don’t go hang with a group to scrapbook or even a friend, people talk about it. And when you are not talking about the best store or greatest magazine or coolest website, many of us are sharing our scrapbooks with friends and family. It’s the socializing that makes scrapbooking so much fun. So if you haven’t put a group together yet to share your scrapbooking fun, don’t forget that the people you share your hobby with sometimes makes it all worth it!
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Scrapbooking Supply of the Week
Everyone is always talking about what the best adhesive is or which one they use most of the time. I have to admit that I was one of the diehard glue stick people until last summer when I began to experiment. I have now found I make less a mess with double stick adhesive dispensers like tombow for most gluing jobs. But some things just don’t stick with glue sticks or adhesive dispensers. That is where I found glue dots to fill in the gaps. These things are fabulous. Glue Dots, Pop-up Glue Dots, and Foam Squares can be used on any craft project with the greatest of ease: Simply peel from sheet, remove liner and press into position. These double-sided wonders are great for use on many of your projects! Glue-dots are a must for scrapbookers, card makers, and rubber stampers alike. Check out these great brands.
October 23rd, 2006
My name is Todd Wilson, and my team of computer programmers and I are the ones that flip all of the knobs and switches that make ScrapbookFinds work. I’d like to thank you all up front for using our service. We’re working hard to make it easy for you to find just what you’re looking for amongst the sea of scrapbooking products out there.
Along with introducing myself, I wanted to introduce you all to a new feature we’ve just added to our site–Similar Products. Once you’ve performed a search on our site, or clicked on a category, you can click on a product to view more information about it. If you scroll down just a bit, you’ll notice a new section entitled “Similar Products”. We’re hoping that this feature will make it easier for you to do two things–compare prices between very similar or identical products, and find products that may be what you actually wanted instead of what you found the first time. We’ve been tweaking and tuning this feature some, and it seems to work fairly well. As time progresses, we’ll continue to work with it so that it becomes more and more accurate.
Also, I thought I’d give you a quick sneak preview of other features we’re working on:
- Price drops: We’ll be watching the prices of the various products. When a product drops significantly in price, we’ll let you know about it.
- More filters: Once you perform a search, you’ll be able to filter by brand, color, size, and other criteria.
- Coupons and specials: We’re going to scour the scrapbooking sites and list all of the coupons and special deals on our site so that you don’t have to go hunting for them.
You may think I’m just saying this, but we really do value what you think of our site. Our goal is to make a service that you find so useful you’ll keep coming back. We can’t do that without your help! Please take a moment to send us a message by visiting our Contact Us page. Tell us what you like, don’t like, or wish we would do.
October 18th, 2006
Dear Scrapbooking Gals,
I finally did it! I decided to chop off my long hair this week. This is the second time that I have done it and donated it to Locks of Love (http://www.locksoflove.org/).
Before and After
The reason I am sharing this with you, is that it has inspired me to do something good for the world. And why not do something good for the world and have fun scrapbooking too? So I tried to find a way. Since this is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I focused on helping this cause. I hope you will use one of my ideas below to help others.
I saw an ad on Creating Keepsakes for Lisa Bearnson’s Kit for a Cause . You can buy this album kit for $15 and they donate $3 to support breast cancer initiatives. I bought 2 of them myself and plan to make one for my mom and one for my future posterity (they don’t ship out for a few more weeks). Breast cancer affects the lives of millions—not only those who have been diagnosed but also their families, friends and loved ones. Make this special “All About Me” album as a tribute for a loved one, a survivor, or yourself.
You can also buy certain scrapbooking supplies from other companies and they will donate to breast cancer causes. Check out these “pink” Breast Cancer Awareness supplies. These “pink” supplies include glue, paper, and more!
Also, check out http://www.komen.org/ - Race for the Cure. Find a race in your area and join in to support the cause. I also found out that many of the state/city affiliates you can find on the site (mine is http://www.komenslc.org/ ) offer other ways to support. Some even have ‘Scrapbooking for a Cure’ or you could organize one yourself in your area (and support any cause you like).
I hope you enjoy helping others!
Your Scrapbooking Friend,
P.S. Don’t forget - if you have any questions about products or scrapbooking, email me or check out our website at http://www.scrapbookfinds.com/.
October 16th, 2006
I need a scrapbook bag that I can carry items with me to scrapbook workshops. It would need to hold 12×12 albums, stickers, paper, scissors, embellishments, and some tools. I would like it easy to carry, but not too heavy - I don’t have too much strength in my arms and shoulders. Are there any good ones out there?
Obviously, there are a tons of bags or totes for your scrapbooking needs. You can find many of them on our webite here. But these are my favorites:
All My Memories Tote-ally Cool Shoulder Tote Bag
This one is great if you are carrying 12×12 albums with you. And there are several little pockets to keep other supplies.
Art Bin Super Satchel Series Tote
My favorite part about this one is that there are many more pockets that you can fit your stamps or tools in. I also like the plastic boxes that come with them for embellishments. 12×12 albums fit nicely into this one.
Making Memories Runway Tote TM
I admit this one is my favorite because it is very stylish and it comes with a 12 x 12 box to store paper or finished layouts until I put them in my album. It is made of faux leather and available in green, lavendar, pink, and black.
Crop-in Style Tote
These ones are the largest and can become quite heavy, but they have wheels to pull them around easily. I personally own and use this one for scrapbooking retreat weekends. But I would recommend the smaller ones I listed above for workshops or shorter crops.
October 11th, 2006
Question: Hello! I have tried to cut the pop up page that Sandy Genovese has in her book, but I am not able to have a nice smooth finish on the edges. I have tried an assortment of cutting tools, to no avail. My question is; are there any pre cut pop up pages available for sale? The one in particular is the multi level for pictures/words that is glued inside another larger card.
Answer: Sandy Genovese has many pop-up idea books out there, but I do understand your question. The only time I get smooth edges cutting is when I use punches (check out these pop-up punches), die-cuts or a die-cutting machines (the new Cricut is pricey, but fabulous). As for there being any precut popups for sale, here are a few I found (I am not sure if they are what you are looking for, but it’s a start):www.artsncraftsupplies.com/stuff8.html
October 9th, 2006
We’ve all thought about getting away and possibly enjoying our favorite pasttime without the cares of everyday life to interfere. Many scrapbookers enjoy this new idea of going away for a few days and scrapbooking the whole time. So what should you look for when choosing a good retreat:
1.) Location - this is the most important. If you want it close so you don’t have to pay for travel expenses or if you really want to get away from you home state — make sure you check the locale first.
2.) Lodging & Food - is it provided? Do you want to be able to go out for meals on your own or do you want you meals brought to you. To make the most of your scrapbooking time, try to choose a retreat that does all the cooking, cleaning, etc so you can scrap all you want. As for lodging, check to see if you get your own bed or bedroom or if you will be bringing you own sleeping bag !!
3.) Quantity of People - make sure that you know how many people will be there and if you are ok with it. Some places allow spaces for hundreds of scrappers and others are more intimate - maybe just 10 or 15. Make sure you are comfortable with the amount of people.
4.) Extras - You want to make sure that the scrapbooking retreat also has the extras you might need like use of die-cuts, stamps, computers, printers, idea books, and supplies you can buy on-site (so you don’t have to waste time out looking for a scrapbooking supply store). Also, check to see if they will be providing your snacks/drinks/treats.
The best way is to search the internet for a place in your area or a place that you would like to visit and join with other scrappers. If you are a little scared to do it all on your own, find a friend and join with a group. Below I have included some good websites and companies that do scrapbooking retreats:
All Over the U.S.: www.ckscrapbookevents.com
California: www.scrapbookcamp.com , www.croppinaway.com , www.scrapgrlz.com
Eastern States: www.dreameventsinc.com
Gulf Coast: www.gulfcoastscrappers.com
Illinois: www.allamericanscrapbookco.com , www.heartandsoulmemories.com
Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia: www.ranieday.com , www.scrappinawayvacations.com
Michigan: www.scrapandspa.com , www.crazedcroppers.com , croppingdaze.com
New Hampshire, Maine, & Surrounding Areas: www.justbuzzinaround.com
New York: http://www.bcdservices.com/stores/cropalot/
Ohio: www.queenofthecropgetaways.com , www.scrapntogether.com
Oklamhoma, Louisiana, Texas: www.cropallday.com , www.scrapbookdivas.net
Texas: www.scrapaways.com , www.agardenretreat.com
Utah: www.scrapaway.com , www.artcityscrapaway.com , www.justbuzzinaround.com/retreatinfo.htm
Virginia: www.scrappinsociety.com , www.letsscrap4fun.com , www.escapeandscrap.com
Washington: www.neighborjanepayne.com , www.scrappingsisters.net
West Virginia: www.getcraftystudios.com
Wisconsin: www.atimetocreate.com , www.thescrapbookmanor.com
Hope you enjoy your time away. Happy Scrappin’!
October 9th, 2006
Dear Scrapbooking Divas:
I have decided to devote this issue to all of us out there who need scrapbook space. Yep, that’s right, a place of our own to create our scrapbooking convections. Now I’ll admit that I am not the one who would make my kids share a room just to have my own space. But I do think there is something to be said for people that are able to keep all of their scrapbooking stuff together and “out” so that a page layout or card can be made even in you only have a half hour.
You have probably seen some fabulous spaces out there. I think it is time to create your own fabulous scrapbook space. The space needn’t be huge or even a room in itself. Find a place in your house that will work - under the stairs, an unused attic or bonus room, a corner of a tv room, or even in the garage (you would be surprised how many women have had to resort to this space). I realize that some of us will always be “mobile” scrapbookers (scrapbooking at each other’s houses or at stores), but I think we all eventually need some space to call scrapbook home.
After you have your space chosen, the next important thing is to assess the stuff you have and decide on what type of storage and work space will work for you. Some things to consider:
-Do you want to stand or sit when you scrapbook?
-How much space do you need while you are scrapping a page?
-Do you want everything to be at arms length while you are working on a page?
-Can your space be permanent or do you have to be able to move it (i.e. you rent your place or will be moving in the next few years)?
-How much money do you have to spare to get your place started?
-Are there things you already have that could work for storage or a desk?(use an old table for a desk top, or filing cabinet for papers).
-Do you need to make space for your computer & printer?
If you have to start from scratch and want the option of something non-permanent, modular storage cubes are probably the way to go. These cubes are usually 14″-24″ squares that either have shelves, drawers, doors, or are open for your own storage. Target and Walmart sell some different kinds. You can also check out Ek Success’ line of cubes . Just get as many cubes as you have products and stack away. Here are some ways of doing it:
There are, of course, many other ways to put together your scrap space, but these are my favorite. Don’t forget to get some fun storage boxes that are perfect decor too. Also, make sure you make your place your own with fun decor and paint. Good Luck! Check out some fabulous scrapbooking rooms here to get more ideas:
1.) Creating Keepsakes 2001
2.) The Organized Scrapper
3.) Creating Keepsakes 2002
4.) Mad Cropper
Your Scrapbooking Pal,
October 4th, 2006
There are many types of paper to use in your scrapbooking and craft projects including vellum, cardstock, labels, and transparencies. Here is a quick bit about understanding these types of paper and ideas of how to use them. When you are buying paper, remember to make sure it is acid and lignin free to protect your pictures against deterioration.
Vellum Scrapbooking Paper
Vellum paper is translucent, meaning light can pass through it, although things cannot be seen clearly through vellum paper.
Vellum paper is categorized by weight. The samller ther number, the light the weight of the paper, and subsequently, the more transparent, or see-through, the paper is. For example 17# is more transparent than 29#. There are many weights and colors of vellum to experiment with.
You can print on vellum using any laser printer. When using an inkjet printer change your settings to economy, draft, or speed depending on yout printer so the least amount of ink possible with be used. This will decrease your chances of smearing the ink. Let the ink dry completly before handling the vellum paper.
If you have only a small piece of vellum to print on, print your message on a regular piece of paper first. Then temporarily tape the vellum over the message on your test paper and run it through the printer again.
To mount your vellum paper to your scrapbooking page, lay your piece of vellum paper up-side-down of newspaper, and lightly spray photo mounting spray on the back. The vellum paper will them mount easily to your scrapbook. Other methods include using clear photo corners, and punching holes in the vellum and using a ribbon or eyelet to attach the vellum to your page.
For scrapbooking, vellum is great for printing titles, and adding embellishments. One simple idea is to stamp or paint a design on vellum paper that is trimmed with a thin metal frame. You can attach the vellum embellishment to the page with a ribbon. This is a good idea for pages where an anitque look is desired.
Vellum Invitations - Great for weddings or other formal events
- Print the information for the event on vellum paper.
- Select a piece of heavy cardstock to back your vellum paper.
- Cut the cardstock to be about half an inch bigger than your vellum paper in both directions.
- Place the vellum on top of the card stock so there is a quarter of an inch of cardstock on each side as a border.
- Punch two holes in the top of the vellum paper and cardstock that are about an inch or an inch and a half apart. And use a matching ribbon to tie the papers together.
Hint: To keep the ribbon from comming untied use a dab of clear-drying glue.
Another option is to decorate the vellum and attach it over the printed invitation. The velum can be embossed or you can add a a dash of glitter to make it sparkle.
Embossing Your Paper - Embossing is a way to really enhance your pages. Vellum looks great embossed, but you can experiment on other types of paper as well. Here is how it is done.
- Stamp or print onto your paper and sprinkle embossing powder on the design while it is still wet.
- Shake of the excess powder from the paper.
- Use you embossing heater or other heating tool to heat the embossing powder.
Carstock is usually thicker than normal paper, and therefore is good to use as a base for your scrapbooking pages especially if you like to add heavy embellishments. It is also good for matting pictures onto. I like to buy smaller pieces of cardtock to mat my pictures on. That way I don’t have to worry about cutting perfectly straight lines. There are many types of cardstock. Two popular types of cardstock are smooth card stock and linen card stock. Both are excellent choices for scrapbooking. Linen card stock is semi-rough and has the look of linen cloth. It is good for adding more texture to your scrapbook pages if you think they are too dull.
There are many grades of cardstock. Remember that the higher the count, the thicker the paper is.
Before I started scrapbooking I thought that labels were just for business uses like addressing letter and labeling files. I have come to find that they are actually an inexpensive way to make neat stickers. If you have a good printer, you can find pictures you like on the internet and print them onto your label paper. Then just peel them off or cut them into the desired shape and stick them onto your scrapbooking page. If you want to add dimension to your page, mount your sticker onto thick cardstock and use double-sided tape to attach it to your scrapbook.
A transparency is a clear piece of paper. It is competely see-through like glass. You can buy transparencies at office supply stores, and some craft stores. You have likely only seen transparencies used with overhead projectors. But here are some other ways to use them for scrapbooking. Use your imagination, the possibilities are endless.
- Stamp letters on a piece of paper. Cut them out, and glue them right side up onto a transparency. You can also use shapes of any kind instead of letters.
- Paint over the transparency on the same side you glued the letters. You can paint using a splattering technique, streaks, or any other way you can think of. Acrylic paint works great.
- Once the paint is dry, remove the letters for a cool effect. This technique is great for page titles.
- Optional: Attach the transparency using spray adhesive.
Transparency Tile Accents
- Stamp an image on a transparency with solvent ink.
- Trim the transparency around the image. You can also cut the image into equal size squares to create a mosaic look.
- Completely cover the image with clear dimensional adhesive until it can’t hold any more. Let the adhesive dry for a few hours.
- When the image is competely dry, apply clear-drying adhesive to the back and attach it to your page.
- Cut the desired shape of your accent out of a piece of transparency paper.
- Cover the accent with crystl laquer until it can’t hold any more.
- Cover the accent with crystl laquer until it can’t hold any more.
- When the crystal lacquer is dry, peel the transparency off of the back of the accent.