December 14, 2012

Seen and Noted by Pebbles

Okay, peeps. Pullman has been a dreary gray recently. In a funk from it? Then check out Paper Pals' new lines of paper, including this bright and cheery line called "Seen and Noted" by Pebbles.

I had forgotten how much I love Pebbles papers. And this line had unique and fun MASKING TAPE and LABEL MAKER stickers as well as fun preprinted cards that fit well into the same Photo Freedom sleeves that Anita mentioned in her last post.

Here are a couple of quick layouts I made with family fun photos. Somehow, the photos you just can't quite make work in "traditional" scrap layouts go together easily in these photo sleeve pages.

Seriously. Are these patterns and colors not just the cheeriest thing you've seen recently? Placing a few elements on the outside of the sleeves mix up the design and help you break out of the box of pockets, too.

I also had to create a traditional layout and several cards with this line of paper.

Love love love it! What do you like about it?
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December 11, 2012

Scrapbooking made VERY easy....really, VERY easy! Photo Freedom and O'Flip products

Many of you read my post on this blog about two months ago in which I detailed my process for organizing photos and making time for scrapbooking even when I am busy.  I encouraged YOU, dear reader, to take the first step to getting your photos pulled together and in a place (physically) so you can share them with others.
With that re-cap in mind, I offer the VERY simple photo projects I completed for my recent Paper Pals Design Team assignment.
Stacy Julian (of Big Picture classes and formerly of Simple Scrapbooks) inspired the development of a line of great new products by Echo Park Paper Co. to help spread her Photo Freedom philosopy and help simplify the creative process.  In my opinion, this new line and others like it that Karen carries in the store, will help you "get it done". You can view the entire line here: .  Karen will also be stocking more of this type of product (slide in photos and elements as well as the unique page protectors) in the coming weeks!
I grabbed 5 photos from AWANA and 3 "goofy" photos of Harrison (trust me, there are many many more) and assembled these two pages in about 15 minutes.  Not even can do this!


The second project I created involved took about an hour.  The “o’flip” album is ingenious in its simplicity – it is postbound, an acrylic cover with strips of adhesive in the binding that can then be attached to either 4×6 photos or 4×6 cardstock elements to create the album’s pages. The “o’flip” will be a new way to create 4×6 mini-books. It’s available in either 25 pages or 53 pages.  It is perfect for photo a week albums with one page for a cover, brag books for Moms and Grandmoms, or any other small project!

One of my favorite groups of students of all time became the focus of this quick and easy project.  I gathered the scraps and remnants of some old (yet still a favorite) KI Memories paper, and away I went!

Yes, it is December 11.  You might think you don't have time to create a brag book for someone on your Christmas list.  I double-dog dare you to do it anyway! You will be glad you did!

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December 3, 2012

Photo Ornaments Made Easy

Once again I'm using my favorite scrapbook tool, Spellbinders Nestabilities. I never get tired of them. This time I created some fun photo ornaments that will go to my family members.

For this first ornament I created the photo designs in Photoshop and printed them out on cardstock. Then I used the Spellbinders Nestablity called Label 18 to cut out the images and two shapes from chipboard.

After cutting everthing out I glued one image to each chipboard shape, then placed one end of each piece of ribbon and the chord for the loop on the back side of one of them then glued the two sides together.

After they were glued together I covered them with mod podge to seal everything and waited for it to dry, then tied the ribbon into a bow and punched the hole in the bottom for the hanging bead.

This one is for my sister. I used the two largest sizes of Nestabilities dies in the "Labels 8" set. One for the chipboard and patterned paper, and one for the picture.

On the backside I used the smallest die from the set for the pictures of my niece and nephew.

This one is my mom when she was a child. I used the "Labels 1" Nestabilities set for it.

Having two pieces of cardstock makes these nice and thick and durable. They don't bend at all. I plan to make a whole set with my grandparents' and great grandparents' old photos for my own tree.  They really are pretty simple. If you're having a hard time coming up with something unique these are just the ticket and don't cost much at all to make, but I guarantee they will be a hit!
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