Thursday, April 28, 2011

MemoryWorks Simple Stories Destinations Blog Hop

Hello fellow blog hop travelers! If you have just joined in, Welcome to the MemoryWorks Simple Stories Destinations Blog Hop! This blog hop is featuring TeamWorks members and our Simple Stories creations with the Destinations line.

Come aboard and travel with us to the MemoryWorks blog and navigate your way to the Simple Stories blog. Leave a comment on any blog and get a chance to win a Destinations kit of your very own! Leave a comment on ALL the blogs, you have a better chance to win! YAY! (Only one comment per blog please.)

My Destinations projects showcase photos from my honeymoon...eleven years ago! These photos have been sitting in photo albums just waiting for a kit like this to appear. I only wish I would have had a travel journal back then to keep track of all our activities and memories.

Let's see what I've done so far with the Destinations kit:

"Hugs & Kisses From Florida" 12x12 Scrapbook Layout
"Ft. Lauderdale" 12x12 Scrapbook Layout
"Mai Kai" 12x12 Scrapbook Layout
"D is for Destination Dan Marino Stalker" 12x12 Scrapbook Layout
Oh yes, we had quite an adventure in Florida during our honeymoon and there will be more layouts to come! I plan to finish my honeymoon scrapbook album during Layout A Day in May and there will be plenty of storytelling.

I also wanted to share a new technique I've been using on my photos. I scrape the photo edges with scissors:

Here's another look at two photos on a completed scrapbook page:

To save paper, I cut out the middle part of a double-sided sheet of cardstock, leaving a one inch thick border. I put the center part aside for later use and used the border for the "Mai Kai" layout and then flipped it over to reveal the other side of the cardstock and made the "D is for Destination Dan Marino Stalker" layout. (Funny story and I'll tell it later in a future blog post.)

Now, it's time to travel back to the start if this was your first destination or go full speed ahead to Sharon's blog. Here's the full itinerary:
    Start here--> MemoryWorks Blog
    Lacey Igo 
    Danielle Hunter <---You are here
    Your next stop---> Sharon Hill 
    Simple Stories <---Your last stop
      Enjoy and good luck!

      Tuesday, April 26, 2011

      MemoryWorks Inspiration & an Upcoming Simple Stories Blog Hop

      WHO: MemoryWorks & YOU!

      WHAT: Simple Stories Destinations Blog Hop

      WHEN: Thursday, April 28, 2011 11AM EST & All Day

      WHERE: Starts at the MemoryWorks blog and ends at the Simple Stories blog 
      with 10 stops in between (including this blog)

      WHY: To showcase the travel-themed Simple Stories Destinations line
      and a chance to win a prize!
      I'll be busy today and tomorrow scrapbooking my honeymoon photos from eleven years ago! They've been packed away in photo albums just waiting for the perfect opportunity to be scrapbooked. When I first heard that the new Simple Stories kit was going to be travel-themed, I knew it was time to document my honeymoon stories.

      But before I get scrappin', I wanted to share my latest projects using the April MemoryWorks Express Kit: Whimsy.
      "You Are 3" Card
      Flower Card
       Mini Cards:

      "Blessing" Card
      "Happy Day" Card

      "Bouquet" Wedding Layout
      "Sweet Like Sugar" Layout
      Altered Project:

      Decoupaged Storage Container
      Like the scrapbooking and cardmaking products you see? Contact me to join the MemoryWorks Express Scrapbook Kit Club (only 29.95/month, plus shipping and tax). Or download the new MemoryWorks catalog here and place your order here

      See you on Thursday! Thanks for stopping by Snap.Scrap.Blog.Tweet!
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      Tuesday, April 19, 2011

      It's (Almost) My Birthday So I Made Myself a Mother's Day Banner

      The love between a mother and her child
      is a bond of the strongest kind.
      It is a love of the present, interwoven
      with memories of the past and dreams of the future.
      It is an unconditional, forever kind of love. 
      -Barbara Cage


      Sometimes we have to spoil ourselves and make our own Mother's Day gifts. And since my birthday is tomorrow, I figured I would share a recent Glue Dots® project I made featuring my two beautiful girls and yours truly.


      Glue Dots Glue Lines®
      Fancy Pants Love Birds cards
      brown cardstock
      brown ribbon (41" long)
      brown ink
      3 circle photos (2" diameter)
      poem (see above)

      Step 1: Create brown cardstock mats: 5 for the cards (3.25 x 4.25") and 3 for the photos (2.25" diameter). Attach the photos to the circle mats with Glue Lines®. Set aside.

      Step 2: Adhere Glue Lines® to the left and right sides of each card mat to attach the ribbon.

      Step 3: Use Glue Lines® to adhere the cards to the mats.

      Step 4: Print out the poem, cut into strips, ink the edges and adhere to the cards with Glue Lines®.

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       Disclosure: I wrote this post while participating on the Glue Dots design team.

      Friday, April 15, 2011

      Stamping on a Scrapbook Layout + To Do Lists

      What you are about to see is controversial (not really), 
      and may be considered messy to some audiences. 
      Viewer discretion is advised.

      I warned you it was messy. This layout started with a ScrapTiffany stamping challenge and I had a set of stamps that hadn't seen much crafting so I whipped them out of my stamp box and searched for the perfect photo.

      About a year ago, I had an idea of doing a scrapbook page about my to do lists. I took the photo and never did anything with it until now.

      I'm a todolistaholic. I jot my lists down on scrap paper, in a planner and type them up on my Blackberry's memo pad. And I get such wonderful satisfaction crossing things off my lists (or scribbling over top of them and deleting them from the memo pad). Then I can't wait to do something else so I can cross that off too. Without my to do lists, I probably wouldn't get anything done. I've even had to write "go pee" on my to do list when I was too busy to remember. (I know, that's bad.)

      Anyway, I wanted to make the layout look like a to do list, full of color and mess. I think I was successful. Here is a close-up:

      And another one:

      I'd like to add that I had tons of fun doing this layout and not worrying about being perfect. It was freedom. You should try it.

      For more stamped creations (that aren't as messy as mine), head on over to ScrapTiffany and check them out.

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      Take a look at these other posts:

      Wednesday, April 13, 2011

      ScrapTiffany Recycled Blog Hop: Gifting With Newsprint

      It's a ScrapTiffany Recycled Blog Hop! If this is your first stop today, you can start at ScrapTiffany and work your way through all the recycled creations by the design team members.

      Before you go, have you ever needed a quick way to wrap a present or just wanted to save money when giving a gift? If your answer is yes, then I have something for you:

      Gifting With Newsprint
      Covering a box with newspaper is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to wrap a gift, so that's what I did first. Then I used an envelope template and traced the outline onto newspaper.

      Envelope Template

      After cutting it out, I folded the bottom and sides using Glue Dots® to adhere them together.

      I placed a small handmade card inside and used a Removable Glue Dot® to secure the top flap in place.

      Newspaper Envelope

      Newspaper Gift Bow

      (Jessica also has a tutorial on how to make gift bags from newspaper that I plan to try in the future.)

      It's been so nice having you stop by Snap.Scrap.Blog.Tweet, but I must send you on your way to the next stop on the blog hop. 

      Say hello to my crafty friend and Twitter buddy Renee of Charms Buttons & Bows. (Don't forget to visit my other blog, ecoScrapbook, to see how many recycled items I used on one scrapbook layout. I'll also have an extra post on Friday for my next ScrapTiffany Challenge: Stamping.)

      Full list of participants (there will be giveaways too!):

      Start here---> ScrapTiffany
      Danielle <---You are here
      Your next stop---> Renee 
      My other blog---> ecoScrapbook
      ScrapTiffany <---And finish here!

      Disclosure: This blog post was written while participating on the Glue Dots design team.

      Tuesday, April 12, 2011

      Thinking About Recycled Things and the Future

      I need a break, but I can't have one...yet. April has proven to be a bit more hectic than expected. There have been so many wonderful opportunities presented to me and I kept saying "yes! Yes! YES!" and now I'm wanting to say "no. No. NO! I need a vacation!"

      I'll be getting a little break this weekend since spring break starts on Friday and my girls will be visiting their grandparents. I don't plan of doing any crafting then either or most of next week (my birthday is the 20th, then we have Earth Day on the 22nd and Easter on the 24th).

      But before we get to next week, let's talk about things happening right now (and last week).

      Do you remember me mentioning potty training and my Polaroid PoGo printer? Well, I combined the two along with my cell phone camera and created this layout that was featured over at Ella Publishing:

      The challenge was to document an entire day with photos and (crazy me) I decided to capture the day that I attempted to potty train my two-year-old. Read Your Life, Hour By Hour by Elizabeth Dillow to learn more about this challenge and to see layouts by other participants.

      Where else have I been in the blogosphere?

      And what's on my to do list next? A ScrapTiffany Recycled Blog Hop! I'll have two projects, one for here and one for ecoScrapbook. If you want to join in the blog hop fun and get a chance to win prizes, Thursday (4/14) looks like the best day to participate. I'll see you then!

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      Thursday, April 7, 2011

      From Smash Books to Glubers, find the scrapbooking products you love in the new MemoryWorks catalog

      It's finally available! The new MemoryWorks Spring/Summer 2011 Catalog! (Download PDF here.) Let me just say, I've been a consultant since 2007 and this is my favorite one yet. There are so many awesome products available from Cosmo Cricket's Upcycle collection and Glubers to K&Company's Smash Books and round it all up with two brand spankin' new Simple Stories collections.


      Out of all the new products that I've seen from CHA, I'm most ecstatic about the Smash Books and if you haven't heard about them, watch this video:

      I also LOVE anything by Cosmo Cricket because they've been offering eco-friendly products since 2009 and the Upcycle collection doesn't disappoint: 

      Click here to see more Cosmo Cricket.
      Now, even though I'm a GlueDots Dottess and my #1 adhesive is GlueDots, I think that Cosmo Cricket's Glubers are just plain brilliant. They are huge adhesive dots perfect for flower making:

      And I can't talk about MemoryWorks without sharing some Simple Stories:

      The two new collections include a travel theme called Destinations (above) and a kit celebrating the 100 Days of Summer (available the end of April):

      In addition to the new kits, Life Documented and Elementary were given a spiffy makeover. All the Simple Stories kits are versatile and make scrapbooking fast and easy. Email me to place an order or shop online.

      See all these products and more in the new catalog!

      Note: There are products in the catalog that are currently unavailable due to manufacturer shipping dates. Please contact me - scrappindanielle (at) gmail (dot) com - if there is an item on your wish list and I'll shoot you an email when it's available.

      And for the month of April, it's my job to take over the MemoryWorks blog every Monday where I'll be chatting about the new MemoryWorks Express Kit: Whimsy. You can read Monday's post here. Next week, I'll be revealing the entire kit.

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      Tuesday, April 5, 2011

      Earth Day Project: How To Make a Plastic Bag Skirt

      Do you recycle those plastic bags from the grocery store or do you toss them in the trash bin? Have you ever considered wearing the plastic bags? 

      This plastic bag skirt is fun for dress-up, an Earth Day project or even a hula party.


      6 Plastic grocery bags
      Continuous Glue Lines®
      Ribbon (2 26" pieces)

      (Directions are for a small child's skirt. Add additional bags as necessary for larger sizes and glue together with Glue Lines®.)

      1. Flatten each grocery bag. The bottom of each bag will now be the top of the skirt and there will be three layers.

      2. Measure and cut 10" for the top layers, 11" for the middle and 12" for the bottom pieces.

      3. Cut 1" strips into each bag, leaving approximately 3" from the top uncut. With sharp scissors, you should be able to glide through the bags easily.

      4. Place the 12" bag on a flat surface, adhere a Continuous Glue Line® at the very top and attach the 11" layer. Repeat with the 10" top layer. This is the front of the skirt. Repeat again for the back of the skirt.

      5. Lay the front and back sides of the skirt face down. Adhere a Continuous Glue Line® to the top of the (inside) front piece and attach the ribbon. Repeat for the back side.

      To wear the skirt, tie a bow on each side and you're done!

      And let me just point out that it was NOT easy to photograph my two-year-old spinning around on a table (and yes, she's wearing an inside-out mesh swimsuit cover-up too):

      I made an additional skirt for my 8-year-old which required an extra set of bags. Instead of two pieces of ribbon, I used one 42" piece and tied it in the back:

      Thanks for stopping by Snap.Scrap.Blog.Tweet!  

      Did you get a chance to read my first ecoScrapbook post? If not, go check it out! We can change how we scrapbook (so we don't look like this in the future). I also added new items to my Etsy shop. Let me know what you think. Constructive criticism is welcomed! 

      And to top things off, I was also featured over at the Just Perspective blog where I talk about inspiration. You won't want to miss this one either!

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      Disclosure: This blog post was written while participating on the Glue Dots design team.

      Friday, April 1, 2011

      A Silly & Sweet Scrapbook Layout + the Sketch

      It's April 1st, which not only means April Fool's Day, but also time for another ScrapTiffany challenge... a sketch (one that wasn't a pain in the buttisimo) by Sassy Lil' Sketches:

      Sassy Lil' Sketch
      Here's my take on the sketch:

      "Silly & Sweet" 12x12 Scrapbook Layout
      The journaling reads: If I could bottle up all of your silliness and sweetness, I'd make a lot of money.

      And if it background paper looks familiar, it is! Remember "The Girlie Girl" layout I created for ScrapTiffany with the marble painting tutorial? This is just another sheet of cardstock that was painted on the same day.

      Go check out more scrapbook layouts and cards inspired by the sketch over at the ScrapTiffany blog.

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