Tuesday, November 30, 2010

A Scrapbook Challenge: Celebrating Graduation

I'm a procrastinator and almost always wait until the last minute to complete a project like the one I started and finished today (I had all month to work on this). I participated in a little Fiskateer's Challenge called "November Baker's Dozen in Honor of Bronwyn." (Bronwyn is a fellow Fiskateer who recently finished her university classes.) Take a look at my graduation scrapbook layout:

Our challenge was to create a scrapbook layout with a variety of specific techniques chosen by participants and I incorporated them all:

1. Blue Ribbon (award ribbon): I used blue ribbon with flower embellishments to appear like an award ribbon, then I placed it sideways on the layout.

2. Place Setting: I didn't have ANY embellishments of place settings to add to my layout, so I improvised and ended up cutting out dishes from a Bed Bath & Beyond advertisement.

3. Centerpiece (vase of flowers): I did find a vase of flowers in my assortment of embellishments, but they were pink and didn't coordinate with the other page elements. I ended up using a large flower die-cut with transparent vellum, wire and a bow.

4. Stamps:  During a recent shopping trip to Michael's craft store, I browsed the clearance section and found a cute little calendar stamp that I used to display my college graduation date.

5. Tablecloth: I used two pieces of fabric, denim and lace, on the layout for this technique.

6. Dessert: See the large photo of cake? This is my dessert...yummy!

7. Napkin: Refer to #2 and the Bed Bath & Beyond advertisement.

8. Brown and white embellishments: There's a mixture of brown and white colors throughout the layout.

9. Recipe: I chose to journal a recipe for how to graduate from college (4 years + books + studying + a dash of fun = college degree).

10. Distressing: This was an easy one since I LOVE to distress edges of paper.

11. Bubbly (glitter, shiny): The background paper I chose is covered in glitter.

12. Fiskars border punch: I used my border punch on the photo mats.

13. Chipboard: A little definition of gratitude on chipboard made an excellent addition to this layout and expresses appreciation to my parents for putting me through college.

What a challenge! I had to improvise a bit, but it was fun to create a layout using photos that weren't on my current list of scrapbooking things to do. Hope you liked it!

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

A Scrapbooker's Christmas Wish List

Dear Santa,

With Christmas just around the corner, I'm sure you and your elves have been busy making gifts for the children of the world. I bet you've checked your list a couple times and by now, you would have seen that I made the list of good boys and girls (I hope). To make your gift giving easier this year, I've put together a list of things (with photos like I did when I was little) that I wish to open on Christmas morning.

1. Bamboo Craft Tablet by Wacom: I will always be a traditional scrapbooker at heart, but there is something about digital scrapbooking and photo editing that gets me excited. I am finally to the point where I don't fear digital scrapbooking and when I saw the Bamboo Craft Tablet, I knew it would help me make the transition into the digital realm. You know what's even cooler? It comes with Adobe Photoshop Elements 7.0, Corel Painter Essentials 4.0 and an offer from Shutterfly for a free scrapbook! Wacom's Bamboo Craft Tablet is my ultimate wish list item and if I only receive this, I'll be a very happy gal.

Wacom Bamboo Craft Tablet 

2. Papermaking Kit by Arnold Grummer: As I expand my scrapbooking skills, why not try to make paper too? I've been saving my paper scraps for years, wishing that I  could open a papermaking kit on Christmas morning, but have been repeatedly disappointed...maybe this will be the year (hint hint, Santa).

Arnold Grummer Papermill Complete Papermaking Kit with DVD

3. Cinch Book Binding Tool by We R Memory Keepers: Since I'm hoping to make my own handmade paper, I should also be able to turn the paper into scrapbooks with a nifty book binder. I have plenty of cardboard just waiting for a tool that can easily punch holes and cinch wires...and I will share it with my girls so they can make their own books too.

Cinch Book Bindery Tool

4. Polaroid PoGo Instant Mobile Printer: I take a lot of photos from my cell phone and use them in my scrapbooks. It is such a pain and time-consuming task to send or download and upload all of my pics. Why not make it easier with a little device that hooks up to my phone and prints 2x3 photos?!? (And guess what? It works with my digital camera too!)

Polaroid CZA-10011B PoGo Instant Mobile Printer (Black)

5. Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People: I'm crafty and poor so this book by Amy Sedaris is right up my alley. After reading the book review on Craft Ideas Weekly, "Simple Times" will definitely be a nice break from scrapbooking (and experimenting with digital scrapbooking) and maybe I will learn a thing or two.

Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People

6. Copic Markers: I first heard of Copic Markers on Twitter and ignored the first few tweets, but as I began to see more and more artsy people talk about them, the markers sparked my interest. I love to doodle on my scrapbook pages and these Copic Markers are bright, bold and can be used to add watercolor effects. Fun stuff, huh?

Manga Primary Kit - Copic Ciao Set (8 Marker + 1 Multiliner Pen) 

So, Santa, what do you think? Have I been a good enough girl this year to receive what I want for Christmas? I can't wait to see what you'll bring me!


P.S. I'll be sure to leave you cookies and milk. Just look for the holiday chalkboard and you'll find the special treats!

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Monday, November 22, 2010

What are naked Barbies doing with my favorite scrapbooking supplies?

You may think I'm crazy and my family definitely thought I was weird posing naked Barbies with my favorite and most essential scrapbooking accessories, but when I have an idea, it constantly gnaws at me until I bring it to fruition.

During my photo shoot with Barbie and the gang, I had some minor issues with the scrapbooking supplies staying in place until I used Removable Glue Dots® to keep things where they need to be and not have any exposed body parts. I also think that Ken may have been drunk because he kept falling over, but I did manage to get the shot I was looking for:

Each Barbie doll is holding one of my favorite scrapbooking tools. They are the four tools that I often turn to when I scrapbook and I couldn't imagine my life without Glue Dots®, an edge distresser, a black marker and scissors.

1. Pop Up Glue Dots®: The one thing that traditional scrapbooking has over digital scrapbooking is the ability to add real dimension to a scrapbook layout and this is easily done with Pop Up Glue Dots®. Yes, I have seen digital layouts that look like something pops off a page, but as a tactile person, I am disappointed when I can't feel it or see the space between the elements.

2. Heidi Swapp Edge Distresser: When I purchased my Heidi Swapp Edge Distresser from MemoryWorks in 2007, my scrapbooking style began to change and now a page doesn't feel complete unless I've distressed the edges of photo mats, background paper or other embellishment. (I haven't been able to find this particular edge distresser in stores anymore, but Tim Holtz has a really cool paper distresser that I'm thinking about getting soon.)

3. American Crafts Memory Marker: I've scrapbooked for many years and have tried several different writing tools, but I have found the AC Memory Marker to work the best. It's great for writing, doodling, inking paper edges and it dries fast.

4. Fiskars Scissors: Every scrapbooker needs a good pair of scissors and you can always count on Fiskars for quality sheers. I love to make my own embellishments or alter paper and find that a brand new pair of scissors can do the job with precision.

Although it's not showcased with the naked Barbies, another essential scrapbooking item is paper. I love scrapbook paper, notecards and other paper embellishments and enjoy playing with all that pretty goodness. The scrapbooking supplies shown in the layout were purchased from MemoryWorks except the white cardstock by Georgia Pacific (which can be found in the office supply section of most big box stores).

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

The Retweetables: I Quit


I'm bored. No, not really. I'm never bored. I just don't have the drive to continue on with my weekly Twitter posts.

Maybe it's because I'm not on Twitter as much as I was when inspiration struck and The Retweetables was born. Or it could be that I would much rather be doing something else than blogging about Twitter.

Whatever it is, I think it's a good thing. I'm feeling stuck in a rut, but also sense a transitional phase coming on, yet I'm still not sure where it will lead me.

Any suggestions? What would you like to see here?
Comment below, tweet to me (@OhioDanielle) or email me (scrappindanielle at gmail dot com). I would love your input.

Before I go, I wanted to share a few of my favorites...The Retweetables:

Halloween Edition
Meet my serial killer daughter. Three years ago, my sweet little four-year-old wanted to dress up as Scream and I let her. Afterall, she refused to look at other costumes and insisted on this one. So, I HAD to make a scrapbook page. Read more...

9 Scrappy Tweets
Why do crafty people have to tweet such good stuff? Tweets like these are why I'm addicted to Twitter: Read more...

A Recap and Farewell
Tweeter. Twitterer. Tweet. Retweet. Mention. Reply. Direct Message. Hashtag. This is Twitter talk. If you are not familiar with Twitter or want to learn more about it, Read more...

Layout a Day in May (#LOAD)
May has been a scrappy month. Every single day this month, I have created a scrapbook layout, photographed it, uploaded it to Flickr and then added it to the Layout a Day gallery for LOAD. I have learned that I: Read more...

Things I've Learned on Twitter (Although it's not a Retweetable, it's my favorite Twitter post)
Blogs are not personal diaries. A year ago I would have told you that blogging is not for me. My life can be full of drama at times and my reaction to it can be a bit comical, but I'd rather keep that information to myself and not share everything with the world. Read more...

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The Sketchbook Project: Experimental Doodles

The Sketchbook Project continues...

If you missed last week's Sketchbook Project post, check it out HERE. Thanks for stopping by Snap.Scrap.Blog.Tweet!

Monday, November 15, 2010

America Recycles Day: 5 Easy Things You Can Do Today

Happy America Recycles Day! How will you be celebrating? Here are five easy things to get you started:

1. Attend an event. Here are a few in Northwest Ohio:

Green Hoops
Bowling Green State University
Nov. 15, 2010
8 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Description: Recycled items from the tailgate areas and stadium will be weighed.

Disney Store 2010 Holiday Friends & Family Event
Westfield Franklin Park Disney Store, 5001 Monroe Street, Toledo
Nov. 15, 2010
Description: Donate t-shirts and receive 25% off your purchase when you bring in the Friends & Family coupon. The collected t-shirts will be recycled into paper. Visit http://www.Disney.com/projectgreen for more information. (I participated in this one and was able to get a head start on Christmas shopping.)

Pharmaceutical Collection
Lucas County Solid Waste District, 1011 Matzinger Rd., Toledo
Nov. 15, 2010
9 a.m. - noon
Description: Call 419-213-2230 for details or visit http://www.co.lucas.oh.us

2. Take the pledge like I did and encourage your family to do the same.

3. Learn about TerraCycle. My daughter receives a prize at school every time she brings in ten Capri Sun pouches and her school makes money from TerraCycle, who then turns the donated trash into items like lunchboxes, bookbags, fences and kites.

4. Pick another challenge to "ramp up your recycling." I've done curbside recycling for years, but really need to work on disposing batteries properly, so this is how I'll be ramping up my recycling. I would also like to gather together all of the old electronics in my home to either donate or recycle. Read CNET's Electronics recycling: Dealing with skeletons in the closet for more information about getting rid of your e-waste.

5. Remember to reduce and reuse. This should be an easy one, but if you need a refresher course, read tips on how to reduce and how to reuse. I might as well throw in how to recycle too. Last Christmas, I turned boxes into a children's couch (see the middle photo on the scrapbook layout above) and then used contact paper to cover the stack of boxes. My girls still use this mini sofa at playtime. I've also turned a kitty litter storage container into scrapbook storage. (I have five more storage containers just waiting to be decorated.)

These are all super simple things to do on America Recycles Day and I hope you'll join me by taking a little portion of your day to recycle and then let the world know what you did today...share on Twitter, Facebook or leave a comment below.


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Thursday, November 11, 2010

The Retweetables: Wedding & Anniversary Scrapbooks

"This is what marriage really means: 
helping one another to reach the full status of being persons, responsible beings who do not run away from life."
- Paul Tournier, Swiss physician and writer

This week's Twitter post was inspired by a tweet from @DaisyTrail who shared a link to Wedding Scrapbook Ideas, an article at LoveToKnow. If you are thinking about taking on a wedding scrapbook in the future, I highly recommend reading this article before beginning your project. There are several useful tips about journaling, memorabilia and embellishments that will help you create a beautiful wedding scrapbook (and it was from this site that I found a link to the marriage quote above).

Another wedding-related tweet I spotted was by @ClarkMKane, who shared the article, How to make a wedding anniversary scrapbook. This tweet made me think of my ten year wedding anniversary. Over the past several months, I've gathered together all the photos of my husband and I before  we had children and now I'm waiting for the perfect time to start my love scrapbook (it's love since it's not a true wedding scrapbook or anniversary one, just our early years together). 

I did, however, create a digital scrapbook layout in Picasa about what we did for our recent wedding anniversary. (We went to the Belamere Suites in Perrysburg, Ohio and had THE BEST TIME relaxing, swimming in our private indoor pool and a few other things that married couples do.  Anyway, we can't wait to go there again...a perfect getaway without really getting away.)

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