Oct 25, 2016

Teach Me Tuesday: Progressive Scrapbooking

Hey there friends... guess what day it is? It's Teach Me Tuesday! Today I have a video for my scrapbookers... you know who you are! And even if you're not a scrapbooker, there may be some hidden tips and tricks in there for project coordination if you want to take a peek, too! :)

Almost Two Decades of Scrapbooking!

In case you didn't know, scrapbooking was what got me addicted to paper in the first place. I've been scrapbooking for 16 years! Crazy, right? What is even crazier is that I really should have more pages finished... I need to stop giving everything I make away! Seriously, though, I think 90 percent of the pages I've made have gone in someone else's album. Dumb, right?? I'm on a mission to start scrapbooking some photos that I can keep! And first up is to document the three Mother's Day trips that my sister and I gave my Mom. You can read a bit more about that tradition HERE, but today I want to share with you a tip I use to face the blank 12 x 12 page (and the first page of my Mother's Day "trips" album). It's called Progressive Scrapbooking and I totally didn't invent it. It was a method that was pretty popular back in the day and I've just continuously used it over the years. Check out my video:

What do you think? I totally think you should give it a try next time you're stumped. It really does help you conquer that big, blank page!

Did you know?

I also wanted to make sure you noticed that Stampin' Up brought back some 12 x 12 sized cardstock in the holiday catalog. In all honesty, we truly have THE best cardstock for scrapbooking. It's very sturdy, smooth (so you can stamp on it) and just overall great quality.

Here is what we currently have available (and I'm hoping if we start buying it up, they'll introduce more coordinating color packs!):

Real Red 12 x 12 (Designed to coordinate with the Candy Cane Lane Suite)
Warmth & Cheer 12 x 12 (combination of Cherry Cobbler & Garden Green cardstock; Designed to coordinate with the Warmth & Cheer Suite)
Halloween Night 12 x 12 (combination of Basic Gray and Pumpkin Pie cardstock; Designed to coordinate with the Halloween Night Suite)

And we always have Basic Black, Whisper White and Kraft 12 x 12 cardstock (I'm hoping they bring back Crumb Cake 12 x 12 -- that's my absolute favorite for my scrapbooking bases!)

And last "commercial" before I show you some pictures of my scrapbook page... don't forget that all of our Designer Series Paper (priced at $11) is currently on sale for buy 3, get one FREE! You can see all the patterns available here.

So here is "step 1" - the 6 x 6 starting point. (Of course, I didn't add the flower embellishment until the final step -- I just forgot to take pictures BEFORE I assembled the page!!)

Here is "Step 2"

On the Step 2 layout I added the Whisper White 8.5 x 11 background, the flower patterned paper and the photo mats.

And finally here is step 3:

Here I added the Night of Navy mat around the 8.5 x 11 Whisper White and the Watermelon Wonder patterned paper, and of course the stamped embellishment. Here is a close-up of the embellishment:

Easy peasy, right? If you want to take a look at some more Progressive Scrapbook pages I've done, you can see some in the links below:

Family Page
Lake Mead (another one of my favorites!)
30th Birthday
Happy Birthday Hey Hey
Water Fight (the one I show in the video!)

I hope you like this technique! Be sure to let me know if you'd like me to teach something specific in my next "Teach Me Tuesday" video. These have been a lot of fun and I really appreciate all your kind words and feedback! You are all the sweetest :)

Have a great day!

Oct 11, 2016

Teach Me Tuesday: Big Shot Basics

Hey there friends! So I think you'll be able to tell from today's post and video that I'm struggling from the Monday-on-Tuesday blues. I'm feeling a little "off" today after coming down with the fastest cold ever last week (seriously, one minute I was fine and then two minutes later I felt like crap). I'm also still trying to sort out what to do/when with my new schedule. I'm having a blast, but still feeling a little discombobulated...

Anyway, today, I'm sharing a card I made with the random pieces of cardstock I stamped and cut in this week's Teach me Tuesday video. I really had no rhyme or reason when I pulled out scrap pieces to demonstrate with, but I figured out a way to make it work.

So here is the finished card:

Nothing super fancy... just playing with paper. Want to know what is really funny about this card, though (and further evidence that I'm struggling a bit this week??)? Look at how I put this one together:

Oopsie... see, I told you I was off today! No worries, I'll just chop it apart and layer it on a new card.

Big Shot Basics
Today's Teach Me Tuesday video is all about the Big Shot -- my go-to tool for papercrafting. I know it can be a little intimidating, though, so I thought I'd do a little Big Shot Basics video for you this week. I'm hoping it's not as discombobulated as I feel! I will warn you that I interchange a few of my words on a couple of occasions (like when I tell you to put the cardstock inside the cutting mat instead of the embossing folder -- oy!) - but hopefully, the fact that it is video and you can see what I am doing will help.

I promise I'll be back on my game next time (or at least as game as I'm normally capable of!) -- in the meantime, feel free to leave me any comments/questions here or on the video and I'll answer them ASAP. Also, don't forget to let me know if there is anything you need help with in the crafting world -- maybe it could be the subject of a future Teach Me Tuesday video!

Okay... without further ado, here it is:

Such a pretty face I'm making ;) In case you need them, here are the links to the items I talked about in today's video:

Big Shot
NEW Big Shot Cutting Platform (comes standard with all Big Shots ordered June 1, 2016 or later)
Precision Base Plate (the BEST for those really intricate dies)
Magnetic Platform
Big Shot Die Brush
Embossing Folders
Thinlits & Framelits

And here's a little cheat sheet again for you when using the Big Shot:

Framelit - "Frames" an image, often will perfectly cut out a stamped image designed by Stampin' Up (and therefore, is often good for use with the Magnetic platform)

Thinlit - Thinlits look similar to framelits except they don't have "open space" inside. Many of these are pretty intricate and work best with the Precision Base Plate, the new Big Shot Cutting Platform and the Big Shot Die Brush. (Visit page 194 in the 2016-2017 Stampin' Up annual catalog for a listing of the thinlits recommended for use with the Precision Base Plate).

Precision Base Plate  - This piece is a cutting surface and will replace one of your cutting mats when rolling through the Big Shot. Place the label side down and cardstock on top (of the black part of the plate). Use this one with the very detailed thinlits only - NOT framelits (framelits aren't as strong and can't hold up to the pressure)

Magnetic Platform - This little guy is a must-have when using framelits to cut out a pre-stamped image. It will perfectly hold in place as you roll the image through the Big Shot.

Okay, that's all for today. Thanks so much for dropping by! Don't forget to let me know what help YOU could use in your craft room!

Until next time,
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