Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Just Dandy Scrapbooking!

I totally adored the original Just Dandy collection, but this newly-released re-mix reminded me of how totally neutral it is! It has such yummy colors and textures.

Remember, when completing your pre-assembled pages, the 8x8 Grid Ruler comes in really handy.
1. Place the ruler over a photo matte and measure the size. (For example, 3-1/4x4-1/2".)
2. Subtract 1/4" from each measurement. (3x4-1/4")
3. Hover the ruler over the photo that you plan to use to ensure that the image will crop nicely down to the final size.
4. Trim the photo and adhere.

If you're still a little foggy on how this works, review this video:

Using this method resulted in a set of ten pages completed in less than two hours.

And Check out how the completed pages fell into place, accommodating subject material including a cruise, a marathon, outdoor family gatherings, and more. It scraps like a dream! I was also able to include miscellaneous alphabet stickers, thickers and embellishments from past kits in my stash! Use it . . . don't hoard it! :)

Grab your JD collection today for just $22.50 (member pricing).
Happy scrappin'!

Monday, April 29, 2013

Celebrating National Scrapbook Day/Month!

Did you know that May 4 is National Scrapbook Day? Well, at Club Scrap, we're designating the entire month of May "(inter)National Scrapbook Month"! Actually, we're going to celebrate all things paper crafting, with dozens of fun activities. Check out the schedule of events below:

Starting on Wednesday, May 1, check out our special landing page for a calendar of Daily Creative Challenges. We've even created a separate sub-forum in the Coffeehouse, where the specifics for the Daily Creative Challenges will take place.

Be sure to join us for a little blog hop action on Saturday, May 4!

Club Scrap celebrates National Scrapbook Day on May 4, 2013!

On Sunday, May 5, don't miss the Live Chat on our website from 5pm-10pm Central time. Come on over and join the fun!

Mark your calendar for these activities (and many more!) throughout the month of May. See you then!

Creatively yours,

Friday, April 26, 2013

It's A-Boat Time For A Spoiler

Maybe it's a little teensy bit early for a Cape Cod Kit Spoiler, but you really seem to like them, and it's Friday. This is my day to blog, so I figure it's now or never.

Deb and Rita are feverishly working on packaging the collection and Tricia and I have finished several cards and projects.

The papers and rubber stamps are so much fun to work with!

I've gotta get back to playing working with this kit, but I'll leave you with this Cape Cod greeting card . . .

By the way, if you're not a member about to receive the Club Scrap kit shipping on Wednesday May 1st, it's not too late to SIGN UP!

I 'shore' am glad I got to post what's in store for you this week. Hope you love it!
Kay at Club Scrap

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Photo Color Swatch Challenge

My friend Jac Carney, designer extrodinaire here at Club Scrap, just posted a new challenge on the Club Scrap forum. You can read all about it HERE. I thought this idea was really cool, so I decided to play along.

It all started with a photo from 500px.com. Here’s one of the first photos I saw there: http://500px.com/photo/31676911

I not only love the colors, but the overall look of the photo., so I decided to incorporate that photo’s ‘feeling,’ too. I was in one of those ‘artsy’ moods.  I wanted to create something digitally that didn’t look like a typical layout. So I grabbed a photo of a windmill, and two digital backgrounds . . . one from Club Scrap’s Get the Picture collection and the other from Solstice (November 2009’s monthly kit). And I started playing.

I enlarged the photo, blurred it and reduced the opacity so that the Get the Picture background would show through. Then I layered the Solstice background over the right half of the layout and reduced the opacity to get that greenish-yellow glow. I mimicked the broken glass feel with a stamp image of some random text (sorry, not sure which kit it came from, I found it in my brush files!).

Finally, I added the word ‘tranquility’ in white and gave it an overlay style to blend it into the layout a bit.

The result - an artsy looking layout that's cool enough to frame:

I like this challenge ‘cuz it makes me think differently about what I create . And it reminds me that inspiration can come from all sorts of places. So head on over to 500px.com and choose a photo. Then create something wonderful and share it in the challenge thread HERE.

I can’t wait to see what you come up with!


Wednesday, April 24, 2013

It's a Spring Chorus Blog Hop!

So, last weekend I got to hang out at the Milwaukee at Scrapbook Expo. Since I work at Club Scrap, I really do have all the supplies I need, so I rarely purchase product from other sources. However, I wandered the show floor anyway, just to check out what the other vendors had to offer. I do have a bit of a "thing" for dies and embossing folders, so I picked up a couple of new "toys".

Today's blog hop gave me a chance to play. So I grabbed my new flip-flop die and the coordinating Framelits, along with papers from my Spring Chorus Club Stamp kit, and went to work.

After using the flip-flop die to trim the Light Green, I used white acrylic paint on the floral stamp from the Borders & Backgrounds Unmounted to create a background. Next, I used the Framelits to trim the Yellow panel. Finally, I added a sentiment from the B&B and a few of the rhinestones for a really cute (and simple!) card.

I guess that's what this blog hop is all about. An excuse to get crafty, and to be inspired by what others create. So how about we get started?

Here's a master list of all the blog hop participants:

Club Scrap Creates (you are here)
Pat Huntoon: The Technique Trail
Julie Heyer: Cape Cod Scrapper
Ron Perry: Random Doorways
Roni Johnson: Ink Stains with Roni
Deb Charlesworth: Lift Bridge Cards andCrafts
Deb Weller: Deb Duz Scrappin
Jill Pechauer: Jill P's Place
Tricia Morris: The Efficient Crafter
Hetty Sanders: Craft Chaos
Kay Williamson: Kay's Keepsakes
Cathy Gray: The Artful Gamut
Anne Hunter: Crzymom's Tidbits
Jen Rodgers: Scrap Happy Sisters
Debby Hernandez: Masculine Inspirations

We hope you enjoy the hop. If you see something you like, be sure to leave a friendly comment for the blogger...everyone appreciates feedback!

Your first stop is Pat over at http://www.patstamps.blogspot.com. Enjoy!

Creatively yours,

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Reaching the end of your craft . . .

I drove the 100 miles from my childhood home today after doing something I'd been putting off for a while now--clearing out my mom's Wisconsin craft room.

I know it's been a while since she lost her battle with colon cancer, but the gravity of the task struck me when I first entered her untouched room. Shelves upon shelves of beautifully organized supplies, sorted by kit/collection in Iris drawers on wire shelving units awaited my attention. On her desk were three card bases ready to become greeting cards made by her hands with love. It was difficult to clear the surface. I felt so near to her at that moment, and I didn't want to disturb the memory. The passage of time has made it easier than it would have been.

Sorting through the supplies and deciding what to do with it all will be a task on my list for quite some time, but inevitably my thoughts shifted to my own craft cave at home and all of the riches within. How will I prepare for the day when I can leave it all behind in exchange for the incredible crafting opportunities that await me in eternity?

I'm not really sure that I have a point to this blog entry other than the following thoughts:

1. I really, really miss my mom. Especially today.
2. One day, someone will have to dispense with the crafting supplies that we've accumulated. I hope I don't leave him/her with too much of a mess!
3. One day, brothers and sisters will gather around a precious handmade scrapbook to remember, smile, laugh and cry. It's what we did today.

Life is short. Scrap on.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Donna Lee's Operation Write Home Challenge

Hello fellow crafters! Donna Lee, here. Can you feel the enthusiasm building for Club Scrap’s Operation Write Home 2,013 cards in 2013 challenge?

I am excited to help Club Scrap to meet this goal for many reasons. I live in a town with a large Air Force Base. I know many military families and the struggles that they face when loved ones are deployed outside of the USA. Both of my brothers served in the US Air Force. And I am named after my mother’s brother who was killed in the Korean War.  

In difficult times I often wish that I could DO something to help those in need. Operation Write Home provides us with the opportunity to do just that – to DO something that both fulfills a need and lets our men and women in the armed forces know not only that we care, but care enough to give freely of our time and talents.

When creating cards for this challenge, please keep in mind that you are creating for our HEROES. Quality as well as quantity is important. Remember the sacrifices that our heroes are making to protect our freedom – our heroes deserve our very best!

Just to make this a little bit more fun, I want to offer up an additional incentive to help Club Scrap to not only achieve, but exceed the goal of 2,013 cards in 2013. I am offering a $25 gift certificate to Club Scrap’s GHM online store to a random winner chosen from all of those persons who send 13 cards or more to Club Scrap for OWH.  Please refer to the OWH guidelines for cards HERE and visit the Club Scrap CoffeeHouse forum for the challenge details.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Sneaking a peek at the Photo Keeper

It's Friday April 19th and SO close to Club Stamp shipping day on Monday! Once again, I just have to share what's in store for those of you receiving the Club Stamp Project!

Check out how this project unfolds . . .

When Tricia created a prototype of this sweet Photo Keeper Project, I'm pretty sure we all knew it had to be a Club Stamp Project sooner than later. it's like a triptych frame that holds several photos in each of the three frame locations. So, it features both display and storage qualities.

We had a lot of fun decorating this Photo Keeper while putting together the instructional Project Card.

Here are Tricia's hands, in action now....

Opened or all closed up, it's a fun project! AND, my favorite thing - there are going to be paperless versions of the project kit available right away, too!

One more little tidbit about the pic below before I go. 
Isn't the torn paper border totally cool around this rubber stamped quote!?!? Tricia just wasn't givin' up on this technique when decorating the front of this Photo Keeper. I have a feeling she'll be sharing more about that in the future!

Don't forget how easy it is to become a Club Stamp member by clicking HERE and receive fun projects each and every month!

Editor Note: link to available Spring Chorus Collection items added 6/13/13 jmh**

Kay at Club Scrap

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Digital 'Die Cuts'

I love die cuts! I own 1 manual and 3 electronic die cut machines and hundreds of dies & cartridges for those machines! But the truth is that lately, I do more digital crafting than paper crafting. So, I got to thinking, can you mimic the look of die cuts in Photoshop?

Duh! Of course you can! And it’s easy! (no really, it IS easy!)

Lemme show you…

1. Start with a digital stamp image. Bold images tend to work better, but don’t be afraid to experiment - you may be pleasantly surprised with the results. I’m using the ‘Viewmaster’ stamp from the Club Scrap Digital™ 'Get the Picture' Collection.

2. Grab a digital background - this will become your ‘paper’ for the die cut.
3. Place the stamp in a layer above the background.
4. Click on the stamp layer’s thumbnail in the Layers Palette. You’l see ‘marching ants’ around the stamp image.

5. Hide the stamp layer by clicking on that layer’s ‘eye’ icon in the Layers Palette.
6. Click on the background layer to make it active.
7. Choose ‘Inverse’ from the Select menu.
8. Press the ‘Delete’ key. you’re left with a ‘cut out’ of the image.

But, it’s a little flat looking. Let’s apply a bit of digi magic to make it look like a die cut.

1. Choose ‘Deselect’ from the Select menu (Ctrl-D on a PC, Command-D on a Mac); this will get rid of the ‘marching ants.’
2. Click on the ‘Layer Style’ button at the bottom of the Layers Palette (the button has ‘fx’ on it).
3. Choose Inner Shadow from the Style pop-up.
4. Apply these settings:

5. Click on the Bevel & Emboss Style and apple these settings:

6. Click OK.

You’ve now given the cut out an ever so slight ‘thickness’ so that it looks like a piece of die cut card stock. See, that wasn’t hard at all!

You can also add a bit of a drop shadow if you’d like, but not too much, since your ‘die cut’ will probably be sitting rather close to the background.

Here are 2 more examples:
From the Bright Lights, Big City Kit

It works with sentiment stamps, too!

So there you have it - an easy way to mimic die-cuts in your digital crafting! Now off you go - give it a try and create something wonderful with your digital ‘die cut.’

Thanks for stopping by.


Wednesday, April 17, 2013

National Scrapbook Day

National Scrapbook Day
Club Scrap Style!

I know it's a bit early, but I'm so excited about our plans for National Scrapbook Day, I just had to share. This year, NSD falls on Saturday, May 4. So, before you go making other plans, I just wanted to tell you we've got big fun in the works. And not just for May 4, but for the entire month!

I can't give away too much just yet, but I can tell you that if you've found yourself feeling "down" lately, due to post-PSL syndrome, we've got the cure for you!

Stay tuned for more news coming soon. We hope you'll join us!

Creatively yours,

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Stencil Technique with Gesso, Ink and Gelato!

The warehouse was buzzing yesterday with the latest Club Scrap Lite kit heading out the door, and inside those sweet little pizza boxes is another fabulous stencil.

When putting together the ALSB pages for the month, I thought it would be splendid to add some of the fern images to the Dark Blue paper, but figured I'd have to find a way to make the ink pop. Enter: Gesso. It's the gesso we made together in the "Creative Concoctions Workshop" at the 2012 Retreat. Fun stuff!

Honestly, I'm a little wiped out from writing LOTS of instructions lately, so I'm going to take the more visual route to expand upon the technique article included in the latest edition of the Scrap Rap Magazine (see page 11). Kay and I snuck back into the studio again with the camera and let 'er go.

Click here to watch the video on YouTube.

And a look at the finished layout:

If you need some supplies, here are a few quick links:
Club Scrap Lite Kit
Peridot Ink
Ink Applicator
Spring Chorus Unmounted Stamps

Thanks for stopping by . . .

Editor's note: links removed for Spring Chorus Stencil due to unavailability 6/13/13 jmh**

Monday, April 15, 2013

A Fun and Educational Card Drive!

One of the best parts of my job is teaching. When my pals, Julie and Vickie, learned about Operation Write Home from us last year, they asked me (and Club Scrap) if we'd help them host an OWH Card Drive at their church. Tricia generously donated the materials, and I agreed to teach some card-making techniques, with the understanding that all the cards created be donated to Operation Write Home.

So, last Thursday night I got to hang out with Julie, Vickie and six other ladies at St. Bernadette's Church in Appleton. I spent the first hour sharing four different techniques using watercolor crayons with stamps and stencils. After we created a nice variety of "art panels" with these techniques, we took those panels and created some really beautiful greeting cards with them. Here are a few that I created during the workshop:

So, can you guess how many cards this small group of eight ladies made? By the time I counted them all up, we had 105 cards to donate to OWH! Isn't that amazing? We had such a great time that it was hard to believe we created so many cards in such a short time!

And now I get to update our OWH Card Counter! Yay! I can't wait to get this new number posted on the sidebar!

So, here's an idea...why not get together with a few of your favorite people and make some cards? Play with a new technique from an issue of the Scrap Rap Magazine, or try something from one of Tricia's YouTube videos. It's great fun, and knowing you're doing it for a great cause is really rewarding, too!

Creatively yours,