Thursday, February 24, 2011

Where to Scrapbook in Ohio & Michigan

I attended Camp Crop A Lot in 2010 and had a blast! These ladies know how to have fun!
When I first started my blog last year, I posted a list of places to scrapbook in Ohio and Michigan and forgot about it. After a recent anonymous visitor stopped by that post and told me that the list was outdated, I knew I had to compile a current list. Without further ado, here are your 2011 Ohio and Michigan crops and retreats:

Trout Creek, Harbor Springs, MI
Thursday, March 10 - Sunday, March 13 $187-242

Metropolitan Hotel, Troy, MI
Friday, March 11, 4 p.m. - Sunday, March 13, 4 p.m. $270-330
Friday, June 3, 4 p.m. - Sunday, June 5, 4 p.m. $270-330
 
Crop Out Cancer, March 18-19
Scrapbook & Stamping Show
Macomb Community College Expo Center, Warren, MI
Friday, March 18: 5 - 11 p.m. $20
Saturday, March 19: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. $40
$60 for both days and full table

Crop Your Heart Out, March 25-26
Memories Scrapbooking Expo
Ohio Expo Center, Columbus, OH
Friday, March 25: 5:30 -10:30 p.m. $25
Saturday, March 26: 10:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. $15
Online registration available until March 18.

Metropolitan Hotel, Troy, MI
Saturday, April 2: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. $40
Saturday, May 7: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. $40

Round Lake, Lakeville, OH
Friday, April 8 - Saturday, April 10 $165
Friday, October 7 - Sunday, October 9 $165

Alpine Lodge, Gaylord, MI
Friday, April 15: 1 p.m. - 12 a.m.
Saturday, April 16: 9 a.m. - 12 a.m.
Sunday, April 17: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Friday & Saturday or Saturday & Sunday $160
Entire weekend $210

Mega Crop, May 5-6
Great Lakes Mega Meet
Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi, MI
Thursday, May 5: 6 p.m. - 12 a.m. $15
Friday, May 6: 6 p.m. - 12 a.m. $15

Camp Crop A Lot
Heritage Inn at Sauder Village, Archbold, OH
Friday, May 20, 1 p.m. - Sunday, May 22, 7 p.m. $100
Friday, July 29, 1 p.m. - Sunday, July 31, 7 p.m. $100
Friday, October 21, 1 p.m. - Sunday, October 23, 7 p.m. $100
Contact Sheri Caulkins for more information.

Kettunen Center Retreat, Madison Heights, MI
Thursday, June 23 - Sunday, June 26 $375-400
Friday, June 24 - Sunday, June 26 $275-$325

Carlisle Village Inn, Sugarcreek, OH
Friday, August 5 - Sunday, August 7 $159
Friday, October 14 - Sunday, October 16 $159

Celebration Crop, October 14
Creating Keepsakes Scrapbook Convention
Duke Energy Convention Center, Cincinnati, OH
Crop cost and times are currently unavailable.
Registration opens July 13.

Spooktacular Crop, October 21-23
Alpine Lodge, Gaylord, MI
Friday, October 21: 2 p.m. - 12 a.m.
Saturday, October 22: 9 a.m. - 12 a.m.
Sunday, October 23: 9 a.m. - 2 a.m.
Friday & Saturday or Saturday & Sunday $160
Entire weekend $210
Register by May 1 for a discount.

Deer Widows Weekend, November 11-13
Scrapbook & Stamping Show
Birch Run Expo Center, Birch Run, MI
Friday, November 11: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday, November 12: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday, November 13: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Prices are currently unavailable.

Dutch Village Inn, Columbiana, OH
Friday, November 11 - Sunday, November 13 $165
Saturday, November 12 - Sunday, November 13 $145

In addition to the scrapbooking crops and retreats listed above, there are places across Ohio and Michigan that cater to smaller groups of friends and family that are looking to get away for a weekend of scrapbooking fun all year long:

Cropping Daze Retreat, Chesaning, MI
Hen House Retreat, Toledo, OH
Memories Manor, Saint Clair, MI
Rose Corner Inn, Hillsdale, MI
Scrap Palace, Romeo, MI
The Gathering Place, Whiteplace, MI

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Kids Craft Idea: Paper Rainbow for St. Patrick's Day

Looking for a fun and easy craft to do with the kids for St. Patrick's Day? Grab your paper scraps, Glue Dots® and a few other supplies for a simple project that can be completed in less than an hour.


Supplies:

  • 6 11" paper strips (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple)
  • 20 2" white circles
  • Glue Dots®: Pop Up & Craft
  • thin cardboard
  • 16" gold string
  • small hole punch

1. Cut cardboard into a 7x4" oval. Punch two small holes at the top, 3" apart. Insert the gold string and tie a knot.

2. Adhere circles to the oval using Craft Glue Dots® for the bottom layer and Pop Up Glue Dots® for the top layers.

3. Attach the paper strips to the back of the oval using Craft Glue Dots®.

Here's a closer look at the cloud:


And this is what the back looks like:


Now all we need is a pot of gold! Time to go hunting for leprechauns!

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Thursday, February 17, 2011

What do you want to know about green scrapbooking?


I've been wanting to start a new blog about "green" scrapbooking for almost a year now. I keep putting it off. I'm not going to waste time listing all my excuses, but I will tell you that I have a plethora of ideas and just don't know where to start. 

Things I've done already:
  • Joined Twitter as EcoScrapbook
  • Opened an Etsy shop (no eco-friendly scrapbooking supplies there yet, but I have started making stuff)
  • Purchased ecoscrapbook.com
  • Made the above logo (handcut and edited in Picasa)
  • Started a blog (currently with Blogger, but considering Wordpress)
  • Have a Flickr group (only one other member right now, LOL)

Now I NEED your input. Please tell me what YOU want to know about eco-friendly scrapbooking, after all, I hope that you will follow me over to the new EcoScrapbook blog.

Here are my thoughts and ideas:
  • New project every Monday, possibly challenges to get readers involved
  • Gather together a design team to help with the challenges (but am I really qualified to have my own design team? I'm not a superstar scrapbooker or well-known blogger so I kind of feel weird about it.)
  • Document my Etsy journey (failures and successes)
  • EcoScrapbook or ecoscrapbook or ECOscrapbook or ecoSCRAPBOOK or Ecoscrapbook?
  • Having a Blogger blog would be easiest since I already know how to use it, but I keep hearing everyone say that crafters should be on Wordpress (I can't afford the .org now, so I would be using .com).
  • Possibly even document me learning how to do digital scrapbooking too.
  • Find scrapbookers to do guest posts about eco-friendly scrapbooking.

What do you think? I welcome all critiques, questions, additional ideas, etc. Please comment below or email me scrappindanielle at gmail dot com. I'm all ears!

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Scrapbooking with Metal Embellishments

When was the last time you used metal on a scrapbook page? ScrapTiffany's most recent challenge asked that very question and I responded with this Christmas scrapbook layout:


When I was reorganizing my scrapbook supplies last month, I came across the metal oval embellishments and frame that are showcased in the layout above. Here's a closer look at the frame that surrounds a smaller image of the main photo:


My family and I were dressed in black, white and gray colors for our Christmas photos. These neutral colors acted as a solid base for the layout which allowed red to dominate the page

I added a splash of color on the background paper using red acrylic paint. I journaled on a rose diecut (that had been hiding in my supplies for over five years) and then added wired ribbon toward the bottom of the layout that I recycled from a Christmas gift. I've always liked the look of pleated ribbon on scrapbook pages and this was the first time I had actually tried that technique. I'm assuming it's easier to do with wired ribbon rather than regular ribbon and I will be incorporating more pleated ribbon in my scrapbooking.

All the small photos were from the collage Christmas cards I made at Shutterfly (I had a code for five free cards and figured I could use one on a scrapbook page) and the larger photo is a 4x6 black and white print. Overall, I am very pleased with how my layout turned out since I'm a big fan of black, white and red layouts.

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Monday, February 14, 2011

Celebrating Valentine's Day With 4 Scrapbook Layouts & a Glue Dots Joke

Q: What did the Glue Dots say to the cardstock?
A: I'm stuck on you!

Last Valentine's Day, I came up with this clever little joke and tweeted it to Glue Dots. (I'm horrible at jokes and this is probably a once in a lifetime mini success.) Janel Mayer turned the joke into a comic strip, Glue Dots tweeted it back to me and then I HAD to make a scrapbook page:

8x8 Scrapbook Layout, "Glue Dots Joke"

Another Valentine's Day layout I made last year was with the Simple Stories Life Documented Kit:

12x12 Scrapbook Layout, "Three of Hearts"

I rarely cut photos into odd shapes, but the three hearts seemed suitable for the Valentine's Day theme. I added stitching around the hearts and on the "So Loved" ribbon. I always seem to forget how much I like to sew on scrapbook pages and I hope to use the technique again during this month's Layout A Day.

Speaking of Layout A Day (LOAD), check out the layout I made on Day 3:
 
12x12 Scrapbook Layout, "VDay"

The prompt was to start with a title and I knew I wanted to use "VDay," but didn't know if there was an actual song by that name. To play along with the day's challenge, I searched for song titles and found "VDay" by Red Guitar (the song is awful). The above layout was scraplifted from a digital layout by Katie Pertiet, Mutual Love, on Designer Digitals and inspired by Lain Ehmann's recent digital scrapbooking rant. The goal is to show you that digital scrapbookers can inspire paper scrapbookers and vice versa.

On Day 12, I learned about Adobe's Kuler color site and was challenged to use the "Audacity" color scheme. I also wanted to use the new Fancy Pants Love Birds Theme Set I received in the mail the day before, which so happened to have almost the same color scheme as "Audacity."

12x12 Scrapbook Layout, "First Dance Love"

This is one of my favorite LOAD layouts since it's so colorful and allowed for plenty of doodling. I didn't plan on using these wedding photos during LOAD (taken by Rick Sheridan - you must see his wedding photography site), but they had a story that needed to be told. My husband and I never slow danced UNTIL our wedding day. We were horrible and looked like young school kids at a middle school dance. It didn't help that we had to dance on grass when I was wearing heels. (We had an outdoor wedding. It rained all day and night, except for the ceremony, so we weren't able to have our first dance on the patio.)

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Thursday, February 10, 2011

MemoryWorks Products: Searching for Cool Scrapbooking Techniques & Tutorials

I've heard it over and over...YouTube is the place to go to learn more about scrapbooking. I didn't listen. I just never made the time to randomly search YouTube for scrapbooking tutorials until recently. (However, I have watched videos for classes like Layout A Day and even stumbled across a few others, plus I do enjoy watching cute and silly videos, so I'm not a complete YouTube newbie.)

Now, let's rewind to last week. I was scrapbooking and using one of my favorite scrapbooking tools, the Heidi Swapp edge distresser I've had since 2007, when I realized that the blade was almost non-existent. Stop the presses! I NEED an edge distresser! So I looked in Walmart's scrapbooking section. None. Then I checked Michaels. None. Then I checked the other Michaels. None. And went to Jo-Ann Fabrics & Crafts. NOTHING! I even considered making my own edge distresser with a razor blade, but knowing my luck, I'd probably cut off my finger.

Since I couldn't get my edge distresser right away, I checked MemoryWorks and considered BasicGrey's Precision File Tool Set, but never used it. I wasn't about to buy something if I didn't know what kind of results I was going to get...so...I checked YouTube. This is what I found...

BasicGrey: Precision File Set


Well, hot diggity dog! If I knew all those little tools did all of that, I would have gotten the file set a long time ago. I'm sold! The next time I order from MemoryWorks, it'll be in my cart.

Since I had an "aha moment," I figured I do more searching and learn a few techniques on how to use Ranger's Distress Ink. I only have one color (so far) and didn't really know how to use it until I hung out with Tim Holtz for a few minutes...

Ranger: Distress Ink Techniques


Ranger: Distress Ink - Black (SKU: RA011) $5.00 (more colors available)

Wow! I'm going to buy more Distress Ink and try these techniques.

Since I'm liking Tim so much, I wanted to see what else he can do...

Tim Holtz: Masks


Tim Holtz: Mask - Flourish (SKU: TH019) $3.00 
Tim Holtz: Mini Mask - Regal (SKU: TH020) $2.00

Cool! The Flourish Mask will definitely be in my next order too!

Now I know that YouTube is a great source for learning about the scrapbooking tools we love and need (or think we need).

And, of course, blogs are loaded with scrapbooking tutorials too. Learn how to use... 

Fiskars: Border Punches
Ranger: Stickles
MemoryWorks: Simple Stories
...just to name a few.

And be inspired by some of the companies that are featured in the MemoryWorks catalog and website such as:


Cosmo Cricket  (Did you know that Cosmo Cricket paper is FSC certified?)

Fancy Pants (I didn't plan on ordering any more paper kits, but when I saw the Fancy Pants Love Bird Theme Set, I had to have it!)


Petaloo

  
SassaFrass (This is the company with the new diecut foldies. I'm hoping that MemoryWorks will be adding them to the next catalog which will be out the end of March/early April.)

You can see products by these companies (and others), shop and sign-up to be a consultant all in one place: MemoryWorks. If you are already a consultant, join me in the MW Studio tonight (2/10/11 at 6PM EST) when I host the "3 Ways to Love Our Products" chat. See you there!

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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

How To Make Wall Art With Handmade Cherry Blossoms

"Continuity gives us roots; change gives us branches, letting us stretch and grow and reach new heights."  
-Pauline R. Kezer, Former State Legislator


The cherry blossom is lovely and beautiful, but it's life is short lived and serves as a reminder that we must embrace change as we go with the flow. Creating the cherry blossom wall art you see above made me think about all the changes my life has gone through over the past several years. Nothing is really ever constant except change. Change of mind, change of surroundings, changes in the people around you.

The cherry blossoms were easy to make and a nice little change to my home decor. This is how I made them:

Supplies:

  • handmade paper (white/off-white)
  • paper scraps (dark red)
  • Glue Dots® (Mini, Removable)
  • circle punches (large, small)
  • cardboard
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • vine dragon ($1.99 at Michael's craft store)

Step 1: Using the large punch, make 14 circles from the handmade paper and one circle from the cardboard.

Step 2: Draw the outline of a cherry blossom on the cardboard circle and cut out. This will be your template.

Step 3: Using the cherry blossom template, trace the outline onto each handmade paper circle and cut along the lines.

Step 4: Punch out 14 small circles from the dark red paper scraps and adhere to the center of the cherry blossoms using Mini Glue Dots®.


Step 5: Attach 10 cherry blossoms to the vine dragon with Mini Glue Dots® and 4 cherry blossoms to the wall with Removable Glue Dots®.


I chose to make cherry blossom wall art as a compliment to the framed scrapbook layout of my kanji and cherry blossom tattoos. This is what they both look like together:


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Thursday, February 3, 2011

7 Simple Ways to Scrapbook With Your Child


My eight-year-old daughter has been scrapbooking for most of her life. As a toddler, she sat with me and adhered stickers to paper and learned how to use decorative scissors. By the time she was in preschool, she had her very own scrapbook filled with photos, pretty paper and plenty of stickers. These days, she's busy taking photographs of her friends and family, as well as writing stories about her life. 

The layout at the top of this post is my daughter's most recent scrapbook page. She picked out the color scheme and embellishments, created the peace sign with crayons (a challenge inspired by If It's Groovy) and journaled her memories of the groovy-themed father/daughter dance she attended a few months ago.

I enjoy being able to share my love of scrapbooking with my daughter and happy that my youngest, age two, has taken an interest in the hobby as well.

Here are seven simple ways to scrapbook with your child:

1. Let your child look at scrapbooks and teach him/her how to properly handle the albums.

2. Pass unwanted supplies onto your child. (All kids love stickers!)

3. Share your scrapbooking books and magazines for ideas and inspiration.

4. Go shopping for your child's very own scrapbook and supplies.

5. Choose photographs to scrapbook together or allow your child to be the photographer to capture his/her own memories.

6. Create a routine of writing down memories of family, friends and special events.

7. Set aside time on a regular basis for the both of you to scrapbook together or invite friends over for a mini-crop.

Additional Resources:

Scrapbooking With Your Kids (Leisure Arts #4293) (Creating Keepsakes) 
Scrapbooking With Your Kids (Creating Keepsakes)

Creativity For Kids It's My Life Scrapbook Kit
It's My Life Scrapbook Kit (Creativity for Kids)

My School Memories: A Scrapbooking Kit
My School Memories: A Scrapbook Kit (Scholastic Books)

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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Color Inspiration: A Yellow & Gray Scrapbook Layout

12x12 Scrapbook Layout: "Sisters"

I love when I have an idea for a scrapbook layout and I'm able to bring it to fruition without getting sidetracked or changing the design along the way. For my third ScrapTiffany challenge, I needed to create a scrapbook page with the colors yellow and gray. I knew I wanted to use black and white photographs and keep the layout simple. 

With a vision of yellow paper flowers, I sifted through my 10 gallon container of scraps and found a perfect piece of yellow cardstock. After making the flowers, I doodled grass and stems onto white cardstock. Then I matted the white square with black cardstock and added a 12x12 sheet of gray cardstock to bring it all together. I adhered my photos and wrote down the title and date. Done! (And in less than an hour!)

There are more yellow and gray scrapbook layouts and cards over at the ScrapTiffany Blog. Go check them out!

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