August 27, 2009

My Minds Eye the spiders web!

Once again," My Minds Eye" came out with paper that gives me lots of options. I love options! I used some paint and newspaper and lots of stuff, I might have gotten a little crazy, but I had fun using the punch outs and the patterned paper and the oodles of pumpkins on the paper just got me going. Roman loved the "Great Pumpkin" lay-out because, like me, he likes lots of things to look at.

I also enjoyed the option of keeping it simple. ie; the "Spooky" lay-out. This paper had everything already laid out and I just had to add some lettering and my photographs and a punch-out journaling card and that is all it took. Spooky mission accomplished! There is no other Holiday quite as zany and fun and strangely thematic as Halloween. It is one of my best childhood memories and my kids love to look at their old costumes. I always look forward to scrapbooking Halloween, with this paper I think you will too!
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August 18, 2009

Guest Designer: Emily Jones

Emily is a very talented card maker & scrapbooker and we were lucky to have her be a guest designer this month! Emily used the NEW My Minds Eye Christmas line! Thanks Emily!
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August 14, 2009

Lil' Buddy by Pebbles

This bright and fun collection of papers from Pebbles was a perfect for some of my recent photos-- all about BOYS. This is my first experience with Pebbles papers, and I love them!
In my first layout that features my adorable nephew and sweet sister Suzanne, I did a hybrid page. In Photoshop Elements I used a gradient technique taught in Jessica Sprague's Computer Tricks for Scrapbooking book. I also took advantage of typing my journaling out too. I printed the three photos and journaling block onto an 8 1/2" x 11" piece of matte photo paper. Embellishing was easy with the paper and cardstock stickers that come with this paper collection.

My Lil' Farmer layout features my son who loves all things on the farm. I roughed up the edges of most of the paper elements on this page simply by scratching my fingernail along the edges. I used the Thickers Foam Letter Stickers and the Puffy Letter Stickers for the title-- a new favorite!

I also created some fun cards and jumped WAY out of the box on the shape of my star "Way 2 Go" card. See if you can break the mold of the rectangular shaped card... just make sure you can fit it into the envelope!
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Design Team Openings!

We have two openings on our Design Team! If you would like to be part of our Team - stop into the store with samples of your favorite scrapbook pages, cards and/or altered art and talk with Shawna!
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August 6, 2009

My Mind's Eye...can you say, "oh la la"?

Seriously...the great paper lines just keep on coming into Paper Pals, don't they? These new papers from My Mind's Eye, the Oh La La line are so fabulous. You really must go to Paper Pals and give them a closer look on the spinner rack nearest the front door! Some of the designs you have seen from us lately are just the tip of the iceberg. The papers have wonderful, coordinating tag/border/embellie sheets and all you have to do is add letter stickers or chipboard, and if you're like me, Glossy Accents and fine glitter,3-D adhesive, some ribbon, and you are good to go!

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Lil' Miss Collection from Pebbles....

The Lil' Miss Collection from Pebbles is the perfect papers for these pictures of Kate. The line comes with double sided cardstock (both sides are fantastic), and cardstock stickers. You won't be able to resist them is you have a Lil' Miss in your life!!! :0)
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August 2, 2009

Karen Foster Designs update

You have probably seen the Karen Foster Designs paper in the store and you might have underestimated the potential uses! This paper with great words and phrases about "Dad" isn't just for Father's Day specifically. Take a look...have you documented your relationship with your Dad...I know I haven't...but am inspired to do so now!

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August 1, 2009

It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas!

The new My Minds Eye Colorful Christmas has arrived at Paper Pals! And it is so very fun to play with, too.

I have to admit that it was a little tough to be inspired for Christmas layouts in the heat of July! One of my favorite ways to get layout ideas is look at scrapbooking magazines. I found some layout inspirations in the December 2008 issue of Creating Keepsakes. Here's the cover photo that inspired my Springtime Snow layout:

Two more of my layouts:
These layouts required only small bits of the busy patterned papers in this line--it stretches your patterned paper to use on several different projects. I cut pieces out to create small coordinating embellishments for the pages.

One other layout that inspired my Christmas 2008 layout is here:
I also had some fun creating come cards with these papers.
Do these papers inspire you to scrapbook Christmastime in the summer?
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Off to the Big City!

London, one of our amazing DT members, has moved to Seattle! We are sad to see her go - but thrilled she is off on a new and exciting adventure in the big city! Thanks for all of your inspiration!
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