August 27, 2011

My Mind's Eye-"Mischievous" Halloween collection

"My Mind's Eye" has done it again with their new Halloween collection "Mischievous!"  Cute, double-sided cardstocks with lots of accessories to match!

Pair these papers up with Bazzill cardstocks (that just happen to match perfectly), buttons, ribbons, and other fun embellishments and you will LOVE scrapbooking some new layouts with your Halloween pictures.
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August 22, 2011

My Mind's Eye- 12 days of Christmas

 I love Christmas so I was very excited to work with this fun cheerful paper.  It is My Mind's Eye 12 days of Christmas: Tinsel, Joy and It's the Season pattern paper along with the accessory sheet and 12 days of Christmas trim.  I love the trim with the little fuzzy pom poms.  I also used up a bunch of baker's twine. 
 I did a lot of punching and pasting on this page.  For the ribbon I ran it through the sewing machine on a basting stitch and then bunched it up and tacked it down with glue strips. 
There are so many accessories on the sheet that you could make at least 12 cards.  It was so hard to choose.  I wanted to use them all.  I added some pearl dots in silver to the tree. 
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August 21, 2011

Lost & Found Christmas by My Mind's Eye

I got to work with one of the fabulous new lines by My Mind's Eye; Lost & Found Christmas. This paper is gorgeous! I don't usually enjoy scrapbooking Christmas (I know, I'm crazy), but this line makes it easy and really inspired me. I have four projects to share.

The first one is this layout.

I made two types of flowers; paper flowers (good tutorial here) and embossed ribbon flowers.  For the ribbon flowers I used a product called Ribbon Stiff (now being carried by Paper Pals). You paint it onto ribbon, let it dry, then you can punch your ribbon, cut it into any shape without fraying, and even use it in your die cutting machine or Cricut. I cut these out with my Cricut then used an embossing folder to emboss a polkadot design into them. *Note: I saw that Karen is offering a closs on different flowers. Check it out here.


My next project is this little matchbook type mini album. It's so simple and fun to make!

I also made two cards. This first one is a simple greeting card.

This next card was designed to hold a gift card inside.


There you have it! Now go check out the new products that have arrived at Paper Pals. You're gonna love them!
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August 10, 2011

What's Up Wednesday!

Another video featuring some of my favorite new products in store! Enjoy.
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August 5, 2011

New Design Team!

We've got a new design team underway at Paper Pals!

Several ladies have remained a part of the team from the last term, but we're happy to introduce to you a couple of fresh faces.

First off, we welcome Amber Anderson. She's new to our team and you can see her first project posted here. Welcome, Amber! We can't wait to see more of your projects.

We are also welcoming back Anita to the team. She took a break from the team to finish her PhD and now Dr. Cory is back to create and share with us. Welcome back, Anita!

Those remaining on the team are Judy Pilcher, Leah Larson, Deb Felsted and me (Angela Lenssen). We are excited to get going on some new projects to share what Paper Pals has to offer. Come back soon for even MORE!
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August 3, 2011

What's Up Wednesday....

Some of my favorite things to pull out of my scrapbooking/card making "bag of tricks" are different fonts.  I LOVE FONTS!!  And, I think you can really enhance a card or scrapbook layout by choosing just the right font. 

I have purchased fonts from "Two Peas In A Bucket" and from "Scrap-n-fonts".  But, you don't have to spend a cent to get FANTASTIC fonts....there are SO many great sites on the Internet that offer hundreds and hundreds of FREE fonts!

I want to share with you some sites that I go to frequently to download some terrific fonts...and, all for free!!

1001 Free Fonts,,

urban fonts,

Font Garden,

Free scrapbooking fonts,

Scrap Village,

To INSTALL a font:

1.  Open Fonts by clicking the Start button , clicking Control Panel, clicking Appearance and Personalization, and then clicking Fonts.

2.  Click File, and then click Install New Font.  If you don’t see the File menu, press ALT.

3.  In the Add Fonts dialog box, under Drives, click the drive where the font that you want to install is located.

4.  Under Folders, double-click the folder containing the fonts that you want to add.

5.  Under List of fonts, click the font that you want to add, and then click Install.

(**If the font is in a zip file, you will have to "unzip" it: Right click on the folder and choose extract feature / option. Then you are ready to begin the download procedure.).

It's just that easy!!  I hope you will go out there and find and download some new fonts that you would like to try!  But, let me warn is addicting!! :0)
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