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Uses of a blender pen

March 27th, 2008

Question: What are the different uses for a blender pen?

Answer

1.) Try your blender pen with water-based ink. First, stamp your image. Then, using your blender pen, lightly pull traces of color from the edge of the stamped image into the center to fill it in with color.

2.) Use water-based ink another way. For a different effect, scribble your marker on a piece of Styrofoam or other plastic surface. Dab at the mark with your blender pen. Now you can transfer the marker color to the image on your paper, giving it a softer look.

3.) Experiment with colored pencils. Color your image and use the blender pen to soften the marks and give it a watercolored look.

4.) Moisten chalk with a blender pen. Brush the pen onto paper, working the color into your image. The chalk will stay set on the paper and requires no extra application of a fixative.

Also, check out some ideas here.

How do you put text in a circle using Microsoft Works?

March 14th, 2008

Question: Dear Robin,

I’m trying to find a way to get text centered inside a circle, other than just the type a few words, enter,  type a few more, and just keep trying til I get it right…which is what I’ve been doing.  Some way to like do a justify…but inside the circle.  Several people have told me that ms works will do it…but my format box on ms doesn’t have the shape option.   Any ideas…I wouldn’t be opposed to buying software if it were easy to use.   Thanks for any help you can give….Debbie in NC

 

Answer:  I know how to do it in Microsoft Word and in Photoshop.  Word is fairly simple and there are lots of online tutorials.  I also think Photoshop is easy to use, but I have been using it for several years (Photoshop is great too for editing photos, creating brochures, digital scrapbooking, etc). As far as I could find, there are no tutorials for Works, but it might work the same as Word.

1. For Word, check out this tutorial: http://jay-freedman.info/triangle_text.doc

2.  For Photoshop, check out these:

http://www.tutorialsroom.com/tutorials/graphics/text_in_shape.html

http://www.scrappersguide.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1938

 

Where can I find Milwaukee Brewers scrapbooking paper?

March 13th, 2008

Question: I am looking for Milwaukee Brewers Baseball scrapbook paper with their logo on it.  Or anything with Milwaukee Brewers on it.

Answer: We do have some Milwaukee Brewers stickers.  As far as I know there is no company that makes paper for them.  I would suggest using blue or gold cardstock as your back drop.  Or you could make your own paper by scanning some of your memorabilia or some fabric (here’s some),  and print it off.  Good luck!

Are Portafolia products acid free?

March 13th, 2008

Question: The Portafolia scrapbook products are made in China.  Are they acid free?

Answer:  I had to call the Portafolia company directly for this one because they currently do not have a functioning website.  They said that all of their products ARE acid-free so they should be safe to use in scrapbooking.  If you have any more questions for Portafolia, you can contact them:

1948 Highway 1
Fairfield, IA 52556
641-472-3545

Where can I buy strap bound (flex hinge) style scrapbook albums 12″x12″?

March 4th, 2008

Question: Please help, where can I buy strap bound (flex hinge) style scrapbook albums 12″x12″? Apart from Creative Memories. I’m sure I saw an ad in an English craft magazine, and of course I can’t find it. Must be UK shop. Many thanks.

Answer:  Below are the brands that we carry in 12×12″:

1.) Westrim (scroll down past the page protectors to see the albums)

2.) Nature Prints Strap Hinge

3.) Scrap Wrap from Scrap it Simple

 

Where can I find the Sound Stripes Kit voice recorder for scrapbooking?

March 4th, 2008

Question: I have been looking for a product called “sound stripes kit”. It is a voice recorder that uses thin strips of paper so it isn’t bulky in your books, the problem is I can’t seem to find it and if I do they are never in stock. I am in Utah, do you know of any stores that carry it here?

Answer:  Thanks for your question.  I actually wasn’t familiar with the product (we carry the Page Talker), so I had to do some research.  The company actually has a website: http://www.soundstripes.com .  The company website states that they are currently out of stock, but you can email them to have them contact you when they have more:  sales@soundstripes.com .

Utah Stores that sell them (for a list of other states click here):

Leaving Prints
1753 West Business Park Drive
Orem, UT 84058
801-426-0636
All My Memories
767 E. 12300 South, #8
Draper, UT 84020
801-572-9199
www.allmymemories.com

You can buy them at these places online:

1. Craft Hobbyland (they have some in stock)

2. Sound Stripes official website (currently out of stock)

3. Shop and Crop (for Australia Scrapbookers)

 Also, here’s a little blurb from Creating Keepsakes about Sound Stripes:

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Voices bring back special memories! Sound Stripes let you add 30 sounds, each up to 20 seconds long, to your scrapbook. All that goes in the scrapbook are thin, photo-safe labels. Messages are preserved in an easy-to-use recorder that reads the labels and automatically plays back the desired messages.

Sound Stripes
P.O. Box 865
Reading, MA 01867
781/944-9881 Fax: 781/944-9881
www.soundstripes.com