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Can you help me find a “Dear Santa” themed 12×12 kit with 300 pieces?

November 29th, 2006

Question: Hello Robin, I recently purchased a scrapbook kit at Walmart……..sold under the name of Imagine That.  A 12x 12 kit with three hundred pieces in a  “Dear Santa” theme,it only cost 6.88.  I really liked this kit as well as the other ones they offered.  My particular store was out of some of this kits…..and I was not able to find it online at Walmart or in my search engine.   Any help would be appreciated.
Answer:  I do believe I know the kit you are talking about.  Unfortunately, I have only found Wal-mart to offer it periodically.  I found some kits on eBay from the same manufacturer, but none of them had the “Dear Santa” theme. American Traditions sells a similar kit that is a little more expensive.  You can find it at: http://www.scrapbooksupplyhouse.com/desacosckit.html .

Can you help me find Tapestry by C.R. Gibson Plum 8×8 albums?

November 27th, 2006

Question: I already have 2 “Tapestry by C.R. Gibson Plum 8×8 albums” at home that I have used for scrapbooking, and would like more of these. When I searched this in google, your site came up as having them on clearance, however, I am unable to find exactly where they are on your site. Could you send me the link that would work to find them? I would appreciate it. Again, I would be interested in a few, if you could show me where they were on your site. Thank you.

Answer: I tried to find the album you are searching for on our site and it seems that it is no longer available. I also did a search of my own on the internet and no one I could find is carrying the album on the internet. I did find, though, that Tapestry by C.R. Gibson has their own website at www.tapestrybycrgibson.com and www.crgibson.com (I didn’t find the exact album there either, but they have some others). I did find the first website does list online stores that usually carry their products. If you do really want that album, you may want to email them at tapestrycustomerservice@crgibson.com. Or you can search for a store near you on their website that might carry your album.

How do you apply adhesive vellum to cardstock?

November 20th, 2006

Question: I have a sheet of adhesive vellum with some words on it. How do I apply it to cardstock?

Answer: Usually you just pull of the backing of self-adhesive vellum and it should just stick.  As far as I know, it sticks to cardstock the same as any other medium.  If it is a sheet of self-adhesive vellum with only some words you want to apply, you can just cut those parts out and apply them the same way. 

If you vellum doesn’t stick, I use vellum adhesive to get it to stick.  I usually can’t even see it under the vellum. 

Newsletter - Distressing Finished it off: Making it shabby chic

November 17th, 2006

Dear Scrap Gals,

Don’t you love it when you look at a page and it just looks perfectly finished?  I decided to look through many of my past layouts this week.  I found that the pages I love the best are the ones that look “finished”.  They all just have the final touch that says, “I’m done!”  And you know what many of mine had in common?  They all had some form of distressing involved in the process. 

Distressing seems like maybe a new trend, but it is a new trend based on the past –which is what our photos are all about.  There are several ways to achieve a distressed look on your existing patterned paper, cardstock, photos, embellishments, and more. I would like to challenge you to try a new one this week from my list below.

1.) Sandpaper: Gently sand the edges or areas you want to look more antique.  If you have never done it before, all you really need is a nail file (emery board) or small piece of sand paper.  I actually buy large packs of sand paper at the store for furniture projects and I use the left over pieces for distressing.  Keep in mind that you can do this to any paper or embellishment or even the photos themselves.  Use it on embellishments that you don’t use or like the color of - like colored brads or eyelets - this exposes the metal underneath.

2.) Wrinkle and Crinkle: You can wrinkle and crinkle dry papers and cardstocks with no cost at all.  I like to wrinkle them, ink them lightly or heavily (you can really use any color of ink - I like the browns and blacks or distressing inks), making sure your ink pad just grazes the raised surfaces of the paper, and then spray them with a fine mist of water to spread the ink and help it to blend into the texture of the paper. Allow to dry completely before using. Iron flat on backside of paper on low heat, if needed.

3.) Steel Wool:  This is kind of the same idea as the sand paper, but it works a lot better for distressing embellishments and photos.  You just rub the steel wool across the desired areas to get the effect you want.

4.) Tea or Coffee Staining: Make yourself a cup of regular tea and use the wet tea bag to stain your paper. Lightly dab the paper until it reaches the shade you wish your paper to be. Blow-dry the paper and you’re good to go! For coffee, you can just soak paper in the coffee. Pour coffee into a cake pan and gently lay the paper flat.  Soak a minute and take out.  Or you can crumple it into the coffee cup and carefully lay it flat afterward.  Rubbing dry or damp coffee grounds onto crinkled paper works well too. You can also distress items with colored chalks, colored pencils, ink pens, and household items, such as strawberry/apple juice, and much more.

5.) Tearing & Curling: Yep, tearing is another way to get that distressed look.  To make a more “real” look, try tearing the paper and then inking the edges.  To get the rolled look: just moisten your fingers with water and roll the edges in the direction you want them to go, then let them dry. This is a fantastic way to add texture.

6.) Paint: Craft paint seems to be coming back, but full circle.  Use the paint just like you would distressing inks.  Use a brush, sponge or piece of cloth to apply. 

If want to make distressing easier, Making Memories sells a kit with almost all of the supplies for the above ideas all in one. Make your layouts shabby chic or get an aged/weathered/heritage style. By distressing your scrapbooking endeavors, you will get that “finished” look.

Latest and Greatest - Layouts of the Week

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Creating Keepsakes - One Cool Dude
Designer: Amy11
July 1, 2006

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Creating Keepsakes -  A & S
Designer: JBgreendawn
May 9, 2006

 

Your Scrapbooking Expert,

Robin
robin@scrapbookfinds.com
ScrapbookFinds.com

P.S. Don’t forget – if you have questions about products or scrapbooking ideas, email me or check us out at www.scrapbookfinds.com.

Newsletter - Christmas is Coming!

November 11th, 2006

Dear Scrapbooking Sisters,

When I was walking in a store the day before Halloween and almost all the Halloween decorations were gone, I wasn’t surprised.  What I was surprised about was that the store was filled with Christmas stuff galore!  I thought that maybe the store was getting a little ahead of itself.  But last night, just a week later I was walking through another store and in the background I could hear the words to “Walking in a Winter Wonderland”.  At first I was again taken aback at the thought of the holidays approaching, but then I was excited!  I wanted to run home and set up my Christmas tree - luckily my husband held me back - “Wait until after Thanksgiving,” he said. 

So maybe we can’t get that tree up just yet, but we can start pulling out pictures of past holidays and get to work on them.  Or if you really want to get on top of things, you could start making those Christmas cards early this year.  Why not be the first to send yours out this year!  So to all of you out there who wish we had Christmas in July, don’t worry!  It seems like every year the Christmas celebrating starts earlier and earlier.  Maybe in about ten years, you will be walking through a store on Independence Day and not be hearing “The Star Spangled Banner” but you’ll hear “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”!

Latest and Greatest - Scrapbooking Products

Check out my new favorite holiday scrapbooking and cardmaking embellishments:

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Bazzil Chip Toppers - Printed on self-adhesive Bazzill cardstock, these toppers are perfect to spice up your holiday pages or cards.

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 Metal Christmas Charms - Hang these from a card with ribbon or embriodery floss for a unique card.  

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More Metal Embellishments - I love metal and use it wherever I can!

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Tailored Tabs - These are something new for me - way too cute to pass up! I can’t wait to see what you come up with for this Christmas. Oh, and let me know how you manage to get your Christmas tree up as early . . .

Your Scrap Queen,

Robin 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/.

What are some good layout ideas for beginners?

November 11th, 2006

Question: I’ve been trying to come up with some scrapbooking ideas, but I’m a beginner, and I just can’t think of any good layouts. Can you suggest some? Thanks!

 

Answer:  There are many ways to get started on a layout.  I tend to look at the photos I want to scrapbook first and see if they have a theme that sparks any ideas for a layout.  I also take a look at the supplies that I have and see what I can come up with.  If you are on a budget and don’t have a lot of supplies, sometimes just laying everything all out can give ideas too.  If that doesn’t help, I usaully “scraplift” ideas from other scrapbookers.  I refer to many different magazines that I subscribe to, but I also check out many layouts online.  Our site will eventually have that feature, but for now here are all the sites I use for great layout ideas:

http://www.scrapbook.com/scrapbook_layouts/index.php

http://www.twopeasinabucket.com/cg.asp

http://www.scrapjazz.com/gallery/

http://www.collectedmemories.com/cgi-bin/WebObjects/cmStore.woa/wa/tipstricks

http://www.creatingkeepsakes.com/gallery/

All of these site have thousands of ideas - almost too many!  I like to save all the ones I like in a folder on my desktop that I refer to whenever I need ideas.

 

 

 

Where can I purchase 5×5 white “Die cuts with a View” cards?

November 8th, 2006

Question: Hello, Can you please tell me where I can purchase 5 X 5 white “Die cuts with a View” cards. Thank you.
 
Answer: I usually find these at local scrapbooking/craft stores (Michaels, Roberts, or other specialty store). You can go to http://www.diecutswithaview.com/ to find a store near you.  I also do most of my blank card shopping at wedding invitation stores.  One in particular in my city is called Xpedex and it carries the window cards you are looking for in a box of 50.  I also found a few places online that sell the same card, but a different brand in a variety of colors (keep in mind that these stores have different sizes ranging from 4.5 to 6 inch squares):
Our site carries some that are 4 3/4 square: http://www.scrapbookfinds.com/content/search-results.php?name=square%20window
 
Here is another one:
http://www.kamya.com/blankcard.html

I hope that helps!

Newsletter

November 4th, 2006

Scrap Gals:

I have always been a proponent of cheap scrapbooking.  I mean, I totally love using new products and I’ll admit to spending into the double digits for some scrapbooking pages.  But I love being frugal too and I like the creativity that can come from not having a ton to spend on scrapbooking supplies.  So what are some of the ways that you can keep your money in the bank and still make great layouts?  Here are some of my suggestions to be “cheap” without looking like it:

1.) Look around the house.  You would be surprised what “scrapbooking” supplies you can find.  I have used many household supplies or products including: paperclips, craft paint (not only can you use it to accent a page, but you can use it the same way you use stamp ink), old envelopes and used stamps (great for destination/travel pages), old/broken jewelry (use as embellishments), shopping/clothing/market tags (you can paint over, dye, or cover them), wrapping paper, gift ribbon, hair ribbons or rubber bands, game pieces, old maps, book pages (as backgrounds), cereal/shoe boxes (for chipboard) and much more.  Just be careful that these items are acid free or at least if they are not, won’t be touching any of your photos.

2.) Go digital - or at least a little bit.  There are many sites out there that offer freebies every week or so.  I have stated loading up on these free downloads.  Not only can you use them to do digital scrapbooking layouts, but I take parts of them and print them off to use on my regular scrapbooking layouts.  And the great things about these is that you can print them again and again for different pages.  Check out www.scrapgirls.com and www.digitalfreebies.com for some freebies.

3.)  Have a scrapbooking supply swap.  The next time you want to get together to scrapbook, just tell everyone that you will be having a “swap” table where people can bring supplies they don’t use any more or don’t want.  You could also make it a sale too if someone wants to sell something they have.  The last time I did this kind of “swap” I ended up going home with a ton of papers and stickers that others didn’t want. 

Scrapbooking may not be the cheapest hobby out there, but it needn’t be expensive.  I am sure there are lots of other ways that each individual can make it even more afforable.  If you have any more ideas for making scrapbooking cheaper, let me know your great discoveries. 

Latest and Greatest - Layout of the Week

I tried to pick a layout this week that was inexpensive and easy to recreate. 

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Layout: Scrapbook.com

Materials: Paper, Book Plate, Chipboard Letters

Good luck - let me know what you discover!

Sincerely,
Robin
robin@scrapbookfinds.com
ScrapbookFinds.com

P.S. Don’t forget – if you have questions about products or scrapbooking ideas, email me or check us out at www.scrapbookfinds.com.