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Friday, February 28, 2014

Show Layout Contest

Is your layout ready for our 2014 Show Layout Contest??

Remember, this year our layout contest is based on a sketch.

You can see the sketch and get the details and rules HERE

But before you go, check out Ange's take on the contest sketch for a little bit of fun creative inspiration!!

I used the sketch and stretched it into a 2 page layout. I just took the strips from the sketch and brought them all the way across to my 2nd page. Then balanced it out by adding elements in the lower right. Make sure when you embellish that you don't clump similar items together too much. It also helped that I let my journaling go over to my 2nd page too. 
Have fun creating! :)Ange

Monday, February 24, 2014

What is Hybrid Crafting?

What is Hybrid Crafting?
Hello crafters!  Wendy of WendyBird Designs here and I am really getting excited for the Expo next month!  I’ll be travelling from Phoenix to attend for the first time and I’m teaching a Hybrid Crafts Class!
Nesting Boxes Vol. 01: Stars Sowhat is Hybrid?  Hybrid Crafting combines digital scrapbooking with paper crafts.
First things first, what exactly is digital scrapbooking?  I love this post by Scrapping with Liz, but the simple version is that the scrapbook kits are all digital downloads and the pages are made using Photoshop or other photo editing software. The scrapbook pages can be shared online and also printed individually or into photo books.
My hybrid templates let you bring your digital supplies out of your computer – you use those digital scrapbooking kits to create printable projects – all designed to be able to print at home or professionally, then they get cut out and assembled into 3D projects.

If you are or have ever been a “traditional” paper scrapbooker, you’ve probably seen the plastic templates that let you trace shapes on to paper then fold them up to make boxes or tags.  Hybrid templates are just like those but better!  Because they’re digital, they can be resized easily, you can attach digital papers to create a printable project that is perfect every time and are completely reusable and versatile!
Nesting Boxes Vol. 01: Stars by WendyBird Designs In Collection by Bella Gypsy Designs In Mini Kit by Bella Gypsy Designs bg-livedin-collection bg-livedin-mk #wendybird #hybrid #bellagypsy
If you have a Silhouette or other digital die cutting machine then you are going to be in heaven, because my 3D hybrid templates all come with cutting files so that you can easily create print and cut projects!
Lived In Collection 
Really, hybrid is the best of both worlds – you have the ease of digital scrapbooking (no messes to clean up before you can use the table to eat dinner), plus being able to reuse digital supplies – you can duplicate, resize and recolor to your heart’s content to get the most out of your digi stash!  And you still end up with a hands-on physical project to show off or give as a gift!  There really is something special about seeing your digital creation in “real life”!

In my Hybrid class at the Expo, we’ll be creating 5 really fun Easter projects and you’ll get to see the process from start to finish – I’ll start with the blank template, decorate it with a digital kit, see how it’s printed and cut and then we’ll all assemble them together!

We are going to have a lot of fun and I hope that you’ll join me there!  See you in March!

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Mon Ami By Basic Grey

Hello my fabulous friends!

Are you all getting excited for the Scrapbook USA Expo???  
I know I am! =)

So many fabulous vendors (including Spellbinders!!! YAY!!!) 

One of the vendors I always look forward to is Basic Grey. I love their stuff & their deals!

This was made using Basic Grey's "Mon Ami" line.
Fabulous colors & patterns in this line!

The numbers on the side were stamped with a clear embossing ink, then covered with Magical Powder from Lindy's Stamp Gang... The mica shimmers so beautifully and gives it that touch of metallic shine without being overly distracting. 

Working with scraps, I was able to quickly make a second card using the same line of papers...
The yellow paper on this card is actually a scrap from the first card... (it is the reverse side of the grey... I love double sided papers!!!)


Supplies Used (1):
Paper: Basic Grey "Mon Ami", watercolor paper
Ink: VersaMark, Archival Ink
Stamps: Unity "Number etc.", "Sing Your Song", "Create Today", & "Heartfelt Sentiments"
Other: Lindy Stamp Gang Magicals "Cattail Copper Brown"

Supplies Used (2):
Paper: Basic Grey "Mon Ami", card stock
Ink: Archival, Distress Ink
Stamps: Unity "Every Breath"
Dies: Spellbinders "Blossom Tags & Accents", Quickutz "Nesting Circles"
Other: Rhinestones, Perfect Pearls

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Pin It To Win It!

Now thru March 7th you have the opportunity to win tickets to Scrapbook USA - March 28-29, 2014.

It is SO easy! Pin the image below, tag #scrapbookusaexpo, and you will automatically entered to win! We are giving 7 tickets away each Friday. That is 1 per day. So, each and every day between now and March 7th, help us spread the word and you may be one of our 21 lucky winners!!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Tool n' One - A MUST have! NEW from Spellbinder's

A few weeks ago I went to CHA (Craft & Hobby Association) and was able to see what is new, hot and trending in the world of crafting!

One of the booths that really caught my eye was Spellbinders who is also a NEW vendor at Scrapbook USA Expo this March. Their booth was gorgeous! The first thing that caught my eye was a little purple handheld  device that they were demonstrating. It is their newest product called Tool n' One. It is awesome!! Even if you don't ever plan on owning a die-cut from Spellbinder's, you will want this tool.
Learn more about Spellbinder's new tool

This handy tool performs a number of duties including paper piercing and paper removal. It has a variety of different "tips" that you attach to the end so you always have the right tool for the job. Another great feature is that the additional tips store inside the body of the tool for a convenient storage spot.

The big question is "Will this tool be at Scrapbook USA?" The answer is, "I hope so!" Hopefully the first shipment will arrive just before our show which will make us one of the first markets to have the opportunity to get this tool in our hands. Either way, stop by Spellbinder's booth and learn more about the Tool n' One as well as all the other products they will have available including their beautiful dies and machines!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Look What's NEW at Basic Grey!

Hello! Ange here today. Are you getting excited for the expo? I sure am! I can't wait to go play, hang with some good friends and shop some great deals!!
Have you seen the new Highline from Basic Grey? I fell in LOVE when I saw it. Such a pretty line! I'm not a big fan of pink, but all the orange and color change in this line is so awesome! (It makes the pink ok lol)
As I was thumbing through my pictures, I saw these pics of my daughter at a dance competition and thought dark backgrounds with light pink outfits, perfect!

I know these photos aren't the best. The lighting on the stage was really bad, harsh in some spots and way too dark in others, but I managed to get some photos that were not blurry and I love how you can see my daughter's pretty form. (She's front and center) Of course I had to use the photos and I found a sketch that had super tiny photos on it over at My Scraps & More, so I went for it.

The main draw for me was the design across the bottom. I loved the arrows leading the eye across the page and photos, so I used the fun Love This arrow sticker and then cut some chevrons out of some cute pink pattern paper to draw the eye. That hexagon sticker was just too perfect and it is a great way to focus the eye on my title. For the title I layered the black and pink alphas. Did you see all the alphas you get with this line?! Awesome!!

The banner here was hanging at the festival and I took a picture of it to use on my page. I used one of the border stickers across the top, but since it is a true 12x12 I had to cut it to make it longer and fit end to end at this angle. I just hid the cut behind this fun pink heart. I tried to stick with the light pink embellishments because it looks so awesome against the darker background of the page.

  I really love this line from Basic Grey and can't wait to dive in again!!
Thanks, Ange

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Early Bird Hour 2014!

I am SO excited for Scrapbook USA Expo 2014 and I sure hope you are too!

If your are new to Scrapbook USA (or a seasoned veteran), let me tell you a bit about what you can expect from the Early Bird Hour at Scrapbook USA 2014!

The Early Bird hour is all about:

*Getting the best tables for you and your besties to crop on
*Having 1 hour to shop before everyone else
*Stellar 1 hour only deals and specials
*Lot's of prizes

Early Bird Hour begins at 9:00 am (1 hour earlier than our regular admission) and is a very fun way to start any great day of shopping. When you check-in you will receive a nice swag bag full of coupons and flyers that will be your guide for your first hour of shopping.

 In 2014, this is what you can expect from your Early Bird Hour Experience:

*Incredible show Specials! Your Early Bird Bag will have coupons and flyers that will guide you as to where to shop first! (There may be a bit of product as well)

*First dibs on your cropping table for the duration of the day

*An Awesome special at our Receipt Redemption Table for that first hour only! Let's just say, if you are wondering how to increase your chances at winning a will want to shop in that first hour. Lot's of contest entry tickets will be up for grabs!!

Early Bird tickets are just $20 and include a swag bag and show entrance at 9:00 A.M. Tickets can be purchased on our website or at the door!

Finally....the most important thing to remember about Scrapbook USA- Come ready to shop until you drop!! See you March 28-29, 2014!!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Show Layout Contest sponsored by Ahni & Zoe by Creative Memories

We are only about 6 weeks away from show time! We are super excited and hope that your are too!

One of the fun traditions we have at Scrapbook USA Expo is our Show Layout Contest. It is amazing to see all the talent that comes to our show each time.

This year our show layout contest will follow a sketch. Special thanks to Shawn from Nuts About Sketches. Visit her blog for additional inspiration and ideas for your other projects! The sketch is:

Just a few rules:
*Must be a 2 page layout with 1 page following the sketch above
*Attendees can enter this contest 1 time each day but each layout can only be entered once during the show
*Photos can be on the layout but are not required
*You must be present to win
*What is the "Theme" you ask? Don't be crazy! We are celebrating the fab 60's! There is no theme, you go wherever the wind takes you (as long as you keep the above rules in mind)! Just be YOU!

All Layouts will be judged on:
*Use of the sketch
*Fluidity between the 2 pages in the layout

**Judging will be done by The Scrapbook USA Expo Design Team

This year's layout contest is sponsored by Creative Memories. Make sure you check out their booth. They have a brand new collection called Ahni & Zoe by Creative Memories. If you want to pick up any past product this will be your last chance as everything is NEW at Creative Memories!

Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place PLUS All participants will receive a little goodie just for being willing to share your talents with all of us!

Friday Deadline:
Layouts must be turned at the stage by 4:30 pm
Layouts will be displayed around the stage between 5:00-5:30
Winners will be announced between 5:30-6:00

Saturday Deadline:
Layouts must be turned in at the stage by 12:30 pm
Layouts will be displayed at the stage between 1:00-1:30
Winners will be announced between 1:30-2:00

Happy Crafting and Good Luck!
Here is a little inspiration to get you started...

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Dress It Up - MME "Lost & found"

Hello my fabulous friends!

Are you ready for Valentines Day?
Well, My Mind's Eye has a beautiful line entitled "Lost & Found" that is perfect for your Valentines projects.... Although, in all honesty, who needs to wait for any specific day to tell someone you care?

I love the dress form trend. Something about them is so inspiring... They are like a canvas waiting to be decorated. 

Last year, at the Scrapbook USA Expo, I picked up a fun flower die by Joy! Crafts called "Fantasy Flowers #2". All those tiny little blooms making up the skirt were cut using that die... I love the added dimension it gives!

A fun way to get more out of patterned papers is to brush on a layer of Gesso to cover parts of the pattern. This allows you to stamp an image onto a busy patterned paper without losing the image. To keep with the vintage feel of the papers, I lightly tinted the Gesso with some powdered pigments.


Supplies Used:
Paper: My Minds Eye "Lost and Found", card stock
Ink: Distress Ink, Archival Ink
Stamps: TPC Studio "Vintage Threads", KI Memories "Celebrate Life"
Dies: Joy! Crafts "Fantasy Flower #2"
Other: Perfect Pearls, Magicals (Bit O'Bubbbly), Moon Shadow (Smokey Sapphire), rhinestones, jute, lace

Tuesday, February 11, 2014


Hello and good morning...

It's Wendi here and I'm sharing a layout I made using some of My Mind's Eye Lost and Found Heirloom collection. The line is full of rich, deep warm tones and perfect for those love pages and projects. I scrapped the photo of my hubby and I on our recent anniversary trip to Hawaii. We figured 15 years of marriage deserved a big reward.

I titled the page "Totally in Love with You":

I played around with added some triangles and diamond shapes through the center of the page and adding some machine sewing scattered around:

I used a few of the decorative brads and enamel dots ( my favorite embellie) on the page also for accents:

As always, check out My Mind'e Eye to see what amazing products they have out... they always have the BEST collections.. I'm really excited for their new CHA lines to be released.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Other supplies: Mister Huey's mists, Kreaxions border punch, Sharpie pen, machine sewing.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Saturday Kid's Craft Corner

I am excited to share the details about our Saturday Kid's Craft Corner coming to The Original Scrapbook USA Expo March 29, 2014!

Regular Kids Pricing:
Kids up to age 7 are free
Kids age 8-16 are $10.00 (Friday or Saturday)
Kids Saturday Admission to the show + Kids Craft Corner (10am-2pm Saturday only) $14

Now until Monday Feb 17th these tickets are available for an AMAZING Price!

Kids (also known as young crafter's) save $6 using code SAVE6, making kids tickets only $4!
Kids Saturday Admission to the show + Kids Craft Corner, use code HIP and save $8! making these tickets only $6!

The Kids Craft Corner is going to be Incredible! You really can't beat $6 for all the fun! Catch the complete scoop is below...

I know that for many Scrapbook USA is a "girlfriend" or "sister" thing and that is GREAT! But if you would like it to also be a Mother/Young Daughter tradition as well, please take a look at the Saturday Kid's Craft Corner! I have 4 daughters who LOVE to craft and this corner of the show is being designed and planned specifically for kids like mine who love to be creative!

The Kid's Craft Corner will be available at Saturday's show from 10:00am-2:00pm. It will take place on the show floor and will have activities designed for kids age 5-14 but are available to kids under 5 and up to age 16.

The activities will include (photos will be coming soon):

Pillowcase Tie Dye (using Tulip's new Fabric Spray Paint)
Duck Tape covered mini Composition Notebooks
Hair Chalk
Nail Painting
Letter Writing to our Soldiers

If you are interested in bringing your kids to the show but would like to give them a bit of time to craft on their own, this may be the perfect solution for you! 

This is a super sweet deal! Lot's of great crafts that will help our kids explore their personal creativity and give them the tools and "know how" for doing some serious crafting on their own.

SAVE $6 on youth tickets (age 8-16) using code SAVE6
SAVE $8 on Saturday youth ticket+Kids Craft Corner using code HIP
This fabulous deal is good only until Monday February 17th!

FREE KIDS- I get alot of questions about who is free and what does that mean. Kids age 7 and under are FREE. This means they can enter the show for free but DO NOT receive a wristband and are NOT eligible to participate in drawings, contests, free make-n-takes, etc. If they are age 7  and under and want to participate in the show activities that are included in show admission they will need to purchase a ticket.

I am SO excited for our NEW Kids Craft Corner! Please post any questions you have and Happy Crafting!!

Hearts! MME "Lost & Found"

Hello my fabulous friends!

Confession... I'm SO behind!

I really should have about 4 birthday cards done, as well as Valentines cards... 
YAY for super cute paper from My Mind's Eye that made whipping up a quick CAS card easy!

These are from the "Lost & Found" collection... which I ADORE! Absolutely beautiful color and style!

To make a fun dimensional heart, simply cut multiple hearts out of paper, then attach them to your project by sewing a single line down the center. You can then fan out the layers. I love the simplicity of this technique! It's a super fast and easy way to add a little extra pop. 


Supplies Used: 
Paper: My Mind's Eye "Lost and Found"
Ink: Distress ink
Stamps: My Mind's Eye "Story"
Dies: Spellbinders "Hearts One"
Other: Imaginisce Hot Rocks

Friday, February 7, 2014

NEW from Basic Grey!

 Hello! Ange here today and I have a super cute layout using Basic Grey's Capture line! This line is so fun. Totally built for those everyday moments that don't always fit under a particular theme. I used some photos of my husband doing pushups with one of our boys on his back and the other helping him balance. It's about the little things, right?

That sticker is what made me choose this line for these photos. Perfect! Everything you see is from the line except the ink and twine. Here are some closeups:

Here you can see that fun sticker at work, along with some others that I thought went well with the photos.

For my title I used the "You're so Amazing" tag sticker and backed it on another pp before adhering it with foam adhesive to give it some pop. I love the circle stickers and rings, they go well with the main design. I used sketch #302 from Nuts About Sketches for this layout.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

MME Valentine's Card

Hello and good morning..

It's Wendi here and sharing a recent card I made using My Mind's Eye Lost and Found It Heirloom collection. With Valentines right around the corner, it's the perfect line to make a card for that someone special.

Be Mine:

I cut and layered a pennant across the bottom, and then added my sentiment with some MME mini alphas.

And then mixed and matched some triangle shapes that I cut out and arranged them and then popped on some decorative brads too:

I sewed around the outer ridge to give it more of a central focus point.

Thanks so much for stopping by and make sure to see what My Mind's Eye is up to.

Other supplies: machine sewing, cardstock.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Christmas Leftovers For Valentine's

 So, when all the hustle and bustle is over and you find yourself with an overabundance of Christmas scrapping supplies, what do you do with them? Use them of course! 
Kristin asked us to make something Valentine's theme and while this isn't exactly Valentine's I figured it was pretty darn close. So here's a little Mohawk Love for you:

 I started with a kraft background, put some mist on it and then added papers from DCWV's Jolly Whimsy stack. Yep, Christmas, but look how perfectly they fit into this love theme!

For the diamond mat, all I did was cut along the design of the paper. Then I cut some of the smaller diamonds out and added them to my layout for embellishment. You can see one in the closeup above popped out of the mat using foam adhesive.
I'm a washi addict and I love using it to frame my layouts. Gives it a great finished look, don't you think?

Do you have extra letter stickers leftover? Yep, the entire title is from Echo Park's Christmas Reflections line. Last I added my journaling and my date with a date stamp. (love them!) I used a sketch by Lanette Erickson from 3 Scrappy Boys for this layout.

Thanks for looking and happy scrapping!