Wednesday, May 20, 2015

More Pocket Page Scrapbooking

The Pocket Page Scrapbooking & More class is just two weeks away! Have you signed up yet? We're going to have a great time putting together pocket page layouts and using pocket cards for other creative projects. (Click HERE for all the class details and samples of the projects we'll be completing.)

The Project Life Strawberry Edition core kit contains over 600 cards that can be used on a variety of layouts. I used three cards (plus pink letter stickers from my stash) to create the 12x12 pocket page below.

I used pocket cards from that same core kit to scrap photos from the Fourth of July. For this layout, I layered some of the cards and included additional embellishments (stickers, punched shapes, washi tape) on them as well.

Be sure to check out all the Pocket Page Scrapbooking & More class information HERE and call the store to reserve your spot today!

Happy Scrappin' Y'all - Melissa Gross (Design Team Member)
My Blog: Daily Life - Bits & Pieces

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Pocket Page Scrapbooking & More

I am so excited about my upcoming class on pocket page scrapbooking and other creative uses for pocket cards! Be sure to call the store (903.641.0855) to reserve your spot today. Here's all the information about the class, along with some of my samples. 

Pocket Page Scrapbooking & More 
Friday, June 5 1 pm
Saturday, June 6 10:30 am

Pocket page scrapbooking is a quick and easy way to scrapbook.  In this class, we’ll use Project Life pocket pages, cards from the Project Life Strawberry Edition, and a variety of embellishments to create four projects. I will share tips for using pocket pages to document everything from your everyday life to a special event to a recent vacation. I’ll also share how I incorporates pocket pages in with my traditional 12x12 scrapbook pages, along with a variety of examples of other ways to re-purpose these cards.

This class is perfect for:
*anyone new to pocket page scrapbooking (or scrapbooking in general) who wants to learn a quick & easy method of preserving memories
*experienced pocket page scrapbookers looking for new tips and ideas for pocket-based memory keeping and ways to incorporate 12x12 layouts with pocket pages
*paper and digital scrapbookers who want to include pocket pages in their albums
*anyone with a stash of pocket cards waiting to be used on creative projects
*cardmakers and paper crafters looking for a fun new supply to add to their paper stash for creating a variety of projects
In this class, you’ll create:

1. A two-page pocket page spread: Bring to class 8-14 photos to create a two-page pocket page layout. You can use the front & back of one page protector, or choose two different page protectors for a side-by-side layout like my example below.

2. A 12x12 layout: Bring to class 1-5 photos to create a traditional 12x12 layout with a white cardstock background. Here's my example using two photos.

3. A greeting card and 4. A gift tag: Pocket cards can be used in a variety of ways. In class, we'll create a greeting card and a gift tag. I'll share other examples and ideas for using these cards as well.

Bring to class:
*8-14 Photos to complete a two-page pocket page.
*1-5 Photos to complete a 12x12 layout.
(Choose photos that you want to scrapbook - photos depicting a day in your life, a week in your family’s life, a birthday party, a recent vacation, snapshots of your house or garden or family members, etc. Your photos can be all 4x6 or a variety of sizes!)
*Basic tool kit (scissors/paper cutter, adhesive, pens)
*Optional – chalking ink, corner rounder

[Completed pocket pages, layouts, cards & gifts tags will vary from samples shown.]

 Happy Scrappin' Y'all - Melissa Gross (Design Team Member)
My Blog: Daily Life - Bits & Pieces

Thursday, May 7, 2015

NSD - A Fabulous Fun Weekend at Scrappin' Goodtime!

Here's a super BIG thank you to all who celebrated NSD 2015 weekend  at Scrappin' Goodtime!  We hope you had lots of fun and for those of you who could not be there---well, there's always NEXT year!  Here are just a few photos of this special annual event.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Best Creation Glitter Papers

I almost always have cooking/baking/grilling photos to scrap, so I was thrilled to work with Best Creation's Glitter Paper Collections on a couple of layouts.

I started with these two papers from the Mom's Kitchen collection.

I chose the paper on the left as my background, which I mounted onto pink cardstock. I then fussy cut the hanging items from the second paper and added that to my background. I also used the back side of that paper (with the stripes) as my photo mat. To add more dimension and reinforce the baking theme of this layout, I added Little B Cooking dimensional stickers. (I didn't add any journaling to  my layout, however the light background makes it easy to simply add a block of journaling underneath the photo!)

The sticker letters I chose for the word "ICING" in my title were difficult to see because they were close to the color of the background paper. To help them pop off the page, I simply traced around them with a pen!

For my next layout, I started with two papers from Best Creation's Barbeque Glitter Paper Collection.

I wanted to use the paper on the left as my background, but I also wanted to use that glittery grill as a focal embellishment. I cut the center out of the paper, then filled in that empty space with the other paper. (If you've never cut the middle out of a paper before, I have a tutorial on my blog HERE. The measurements would need to be adjusted depending on the width of the desired border.)

Next I double matted a grid design for my photos, title, and the grill embellishment.

Here's a closer look at the grill - see how FUN and glittery these papers are!

Do you have cooking/baking/grilling photos to scrap? Stop by and check out the cooking section at the store to find the perfect papers and embellishments for your photos!

Happy Scrappin' Y'all - Melissa Gross (Design Team Member)
My Blog: Daily Life - Bits & Pieces

Thursday, April 30, 2015

It's Almost Here! National Scrapbook Day!!

The banner is up!  And the goody bags are made....

If you haven't signed up, check with the store to see if there's still room available! (It's too late to get a T-shirt but if there is a spot open, we promise you'll have a great time!)  There are classes available as well.  Check the Scrappin' Goodtime Facebook page.

National Scrapbook Day
Saturday, May 2, 2015

$50.00 per person
10 am -11:00 pm
Includes Lunch and Dinner

A GREAT Goodie Bag (retail value more than $20!)13 hours of Fun!
Make &Takes, Games, Prizes, and Goodtimes!
15% off all purchases

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Working with Two-Page Layouts

Post by Design Team Member Heather Hare

Whether it's a longer story or a big pile of pictures just begging to be scrapped, two-page layouts are an attractive way to include a lot of information in our scrapbooks. But with all that real estate of two 12x12" pages, they can also be challenging to design. So today I thought I'd share my approach.

I like to start with a basic idea of how the major elements of my layout are going to be arranged: the photos, the journaling, and anything else that is large (for example, a long title or a large piece of memorabilia). I have several basic designs that I rely on again and again.

"Stuck on You" featuring the Shine Bright collection by Kaiser Craft.

My favorite design involves making one page content-heavy and one page content-light. This gives me the freedom to play artistically with one page while still including lots of photos or journaling on the other page, usually arranged in a grid. In the layout above I've modified my usual grid into a triangle shape that leads the viewer's eye back to the first page.

"The Rainforest Pyramid" featuring the Paradiso collection by Kaiser Craft.

Divided pocket pages offer a great alternative to a traditional photo grid. It's simple and fun to replace a second 12x12 page with a divided pocket page. There are lots of different pocket configurations out there to suit your needs.

"Bridesmaid" featuring the Something Blue collection by Kaiser Craft.

Another design option I often use is to group my photos together in a line (or lines) across the center of the two pages. A wide strip of paper or ribbon provides a nice "shelf" for a line of photos to sit on. I often end up cutting one of my photos to span the gap between pages - an effective sign to the viewer that these two pages belong together.

Finally, I occasionally will make two 8.5x11" pages. It's a nice middle ground between 12x12 and 12x24. It also has the added bonus of fitting in a standard-size inkjet printer if you want to print your journaling directly on the background. When it's time to file your layout in your album, you can put it right in there with all your 12x12 pages. Either use 8.5x11" page protectors, or you can mount the 8.5x11" pages on 12x12" paper.

Making Two Become One

The design of my two-page layouts improved markedly the day I realized that I wasn't working with two 12x12 pages, but one 12x24 layout. Here are some ideas for making two pages into one cohesive layout.

The most obvious way to unify the two pages is by using the same products on both, especially the background papers. If you're using a divided pocket page, include a card or two on your 12x12 page as well. In the "Bridesmaid" layout above, not only is the background paper the same but the same washi tape appears on both pages. Heart shapes also imply that these pages belong together, even though the hearts themselves are not identical products. In the "Rainforest Pyramid" layout, the same bird embellishments appears on both pages.

Another great way to visually tie two pages together is by creating a border that goes around the exterior edges of the layout. The simplest way to do this is by mounting your background on cardstock or patterned paper. Paint, ink, washi tape, and stitching are some other attractive and creative ways to create a border effect. In the "Stuck on You" layout above, a black cardstock border not only provides a unifying element but also helps separate the very busy patterns.

Finally, I often rely on color to bring two pages together. In the "Stuck on You" layout above, I wanted to bring out another color besides the yellow and black, so I pulled out the red in the photos on the right page, and brought it over to the left page by means of the doily and title letters. In the "Rainforest Pyramid" layout I've repeated the tan burlap color of the journaling card on the right page with a small piece of cloth in the same color on the left page. Using real cloth also provides a nice variation in texture.

I hope I've given you all some helpful ideas to think about the next time you make a two-page layout. Do stop by the Scrappin' Goodtime store to see these layouts in person and shop these beautiful collections. And leave a comment here or on our Facebook page with any questions or your own tips for two page layouts.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

It's almost time for National Scrapbooking Day!

I don't know about you, but I LOVE NSD!  I love it even more this year because I'm spending my NSD at Scrappin' Goodtime!  I am honestly counting down the days!

Another reason I am counting down the days is because this year for NSD I am also teaching a class at Scrappin' Goodtime!

Here's the Info:

National Scrapbook Day Class 
 Travel Waterfall Album
Friday, May 1 @ 4:00 pm
Saturday, May 2 @ 1:00 pm


Come make this very cute Waterfall Album with a travel theme. The front paper is a general map with an airplane paper clip, bicycle charm and chipboard camera. It's the perfect size to carry in your purse or sit on a desk so you can share your vacation photos with others. There are 8 flips which will hold up to 17 photos and/or use some for journaling. The basic tools you will need to bring to the class are paper trimmer, scissors, scoring tool, corner chomper (stub/deco), ink, wet glue (glossy accents), adhesive, and crop-a-dile.
Each class will be limited to 8, so call early to reserve your spot.

Hope to see you there! 

Friday, April 17, 2015

April Kiwi Lane Card Class

Photos by Rachael Clift 

Scrappin' Goodtimers! There are still spots available for our Kiwi Lane Card Class. Make 20 cute, Cute, CUTE cards customizable for any occasion! Using the designer templates, paper, and a few stickers and embellies will result in a lot of bang for your buck! 

Class Date:  April 25th @ 10:30. $25

Call the store and sign up TODAY!

Items to bring to class:
  • trimmer
  • pencil 
  • scissors 
  • adhesive 
  • brown ink 
PLUS!  Any purchases made that day are at a class discount of 15%!