Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Remembering Christmas In July

As I was mailing out my Christmas cards a few days ago, I couldn't help but remember the FUN I had teaching those Chistmas Cards with a Texas Twist classes back in July.

Of course, I had to use those FUN stamps from Deadbeat Designs on a layout about the classes. I even had a few scraps of the Texas patterned paper leftover that I used as embellishments.

I really enjoyed meeting a great bunch of card makers and scrapbookers. We shared quite a few tips for card making along with lots of laughter and FUN!

In fact, I had so much FUN that I'm currently working on some new classes for 2015! (More information coming soon!)

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Five Ways To Use Paper Doilies On Cards

Have y'all seen the display of Doodlebug paper doilies in the store? There are a ton of ways these doilies can be used on cards, and today I'm sharing five of them.

Photo: ENABLER ALERT!!!!! Bright colored Doilies from Doodlebug....yep you'll want ALL of these too! Solids and Polka Dots.....so cute! 

1. Use the whole doily as a background for your sentiment.

2. Use a partial doily along the edge of one side of the card.

3. Use half the doily along a dividing line.
4. Layer multiple doilies for lots of dimension.

5. Create dress embellishments with the doilies. (I so wish I could take credit for this idea, but I actually found a wonderful tutorial HERE and just had to try it out!)

I used the same basic technique with one of the colored doilies but had to cut and layer the skirt pieces rather than simply folding the doily.

Next time I'm at the store, I'll definitely be adding more of these doilies to my stash! Have you tried them yet? What's your favorite way to use them?

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Secret, Secret, I got a Secret!

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Friday, June 20, 2014

Memories Map Papers

Scrapbook Customs released 13 different country/continent papers that are really nice! The flip side of each has a different coordinating print that will work well with ALL of the other papers. These are not only perfect backdrops for your pictures, but make beautiful introductory cover pages and would work well for school projects! They could also be used (along with the geotag stickers) to mark all the stops made on a summer road trip!

One of our favorite destinations is Banff, Alberta, Canada, and I knew the new Canada Memories Map  paper would be perfect to highlight a photo looking down the main street toward Cascade Mountain.

I added a geotag sticker from one of the Scrapbook Customs travel sticker sheets to mark the location of Banff on the map and included several other stickers from that sheet to complete the layout.

What is your favorite travel destination? Have you created a layout about it?

Saturday, June 7, 2014

The State Line Papers & Jet Setters Die Cut Stickers

Do you have vacation photos to scrap? Are you planning a fun trip this summer? If you answered "yes" to either of these questions, it's time to stop by the store and check out The State Line patterned papers by Reminisce. Susie has stocked papers from all 50 states! Here's a look at the Tennessee paper I picked up recently.

Actually I picked up two of these papers. I really like the designs on these papers and wanted to create a three-dimensional effect across the bottom, so I carefully cut out the bottom portion of the second paper.

I then used pop dots to layer this piece on top of my full sheet to create the 3-D effect. (It's a little hard to see in this photo, but this layout will be on display in the store soon!)

I knew I wanted to use this paper to create a layout showcasing photos from our three trips to Tennessee over the past several years. I was able to print three 2x2 photos for each of the more recent trips and crop my older print photos to create these three photo strips mounted on white cardstock.

Next I pulled out these fun die cut stickers (also from Reminisce & stocked in the store for each state).

These are great dimensional stickers, however I have a hard time visualizing where they will go on my layout when they are all on one sheet. So, I typically cut the sticker sheet apart and start placing them on the layout, moving things around until I find an arrangement that I like.

The next step was to adhere my photo strips, add a date above each strip, and add the die cut stickers.

At this point I was pleased with the way the layout was coming along, however I realized that the word "Tennessee" was really the only orange thing on my layout. I decided to use an orange pen for my journaling, which I added around the border.

Here's a look at the completed layout.

Again it's hard to tell in the photo, but this layout has lots of dimension.

I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial, and whatever your travel plans are for the summer I hope you make lots of memories (so you can scrap them, of course!).

Sunday, April 20, 2014

1st Annual Designing Women Weekend 2014

1st Annual Designing Women Weekend 2014

May 29-June1
 Scrappin' Goodtime is EXCITED to announce an event that you are NOT going to want to miss! Join us May 29-June 1, 2014 for a weekend of Fun! 
Your Retreat Stay Consists of:
4 Days/3 Nights Stay
15% Discount on Purchases in the Store
Thursday Night Dinner
Thursday Night Make and Take
Two Classes ($100.00 Value)
Your Scrappin' Goodtime begins on Thursday Night with a Meet and Greet with our Talented Design Team, Dinner and a Make and Take.  Classes will be taught on Friday and Saturday at the store.  As an added bonus the Scrappin' Goodtime Design Team will be available to you all weekend long.  (Sometimes we need a little help in the  Creative Process) If you need help with color or paper choice, a layout design, need help with embellishments or just need someone to bounce ideas off of, our talented Design Team Girls will be here to help you out!
What's that did you say?  You want to take more than the two classes that are included in your Retreat stay?  That's okay with us too!  Just call the store and we'll help you out!
Also, if you live in the area and would like to take the classes we can work with you on that too!  You don't have to stay at the Retreat to take part in these wonderful classes.  We want everyone to have a Scrappin' Goodtime!
Please call the store as soon as possible to reserve your spot and/or additional class choices so that we can have all the supplies ready for you to create with. (903) 641-0855)
Classes to Choose from include:
Subway Art Canvas
Saturday, May 31 @ 10:30 am
Originating from the old subway station signs found in New York subways, subway sign art has taken off in the last couple years in home decorating. Doing a Google search, or browsing Pinterest, will yield you all kinds of examples. Join us and learn to create your own, using the fabulous stencil masks from a brand new company called Hazel and Ruby. You will complete an 8x12 canvas and also go home with a set of stencil masks, a Tim Holtz stencil - Rays, a Spatula and a jar of Modeling Paste.
Supply List:
1" Foam Brush
Mod - Podge (glossy)
Tim Holtz Sanding Block or sandpaper
1" Paint Brush

Corset Album Class
Saturday May 31 @ 1:30
In this class you will create a fun, vintage-inspired, custom album perfect for displaying a combination of six to eight 4x6 and 6x4 photos.
Some suggestions include wedding, bridal shower, boudoir, bachelorette party & "Old Timey" photos.
This album is color customizable and
makes a great gift for brides.
A special option to commemorate lives touched by Breast Cancer will be offered as well.
Supply List
6-8 photos (more may be included if printed at smaller sizes)
Mod Podge
Foam Brushes
Glue dots (Thin/medium recommended - Bring a bunch!!)
Adhesive runner
Craft knife
Glossy Accents
Paper piercer
Sanding tool
Dress appropriately! We'll be playing with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist, paint, Mod Podge & more!

"Enjoy the little things..." Mini Album Class
Friday, May 30 @ 1:30
Come create a fun, vibrant mini album featuring the new Modern Miss collection from Bo Bunny. We'll be mixing it up with 6"x8.5" layouts, divided pocket pages, and envelopes. Get a taste of today's hottest techniques with washi tape, banners, and spray mist - all in a small format that is easy and fun!
This album is quite versatile, perfect for celebrating your favorite girly-girl, remembering that special trip, or documenting the details of your everyday life.

"Happy Life" Canvas
May 30 & 31, 2014 6-8:00 p.m.
In this class you will create a beautiful, 16x20 Glass Glitter, Embellished Canvas to showcase three of your favorite photos. Dress appropriately for the first night of class as you will be painting, glittering, mod-podging and inking. The second night we will be creating flowers, banners, and piecing everything together to complete your project.
Class size is limited, so reserve your spot soon!
Supplies/Tools Needed:
LOTS of pop dots
Brown Ink for edging
Mod Podge
Glossy Accents
Foam Brushes
Border punch of your choice (optional)
Tidy Tray (Glitter Tray or similar item)
Some border punches will be available for you to use. If you have a McGill flower shaping tool kit and molding mat or something similar, please bring.

Layout Card/ Class (More Info Coming Soon!)

Call Scrappin' Goodtime to reserve your Weekend Retreat Spot Now!  Or, if  you are local to the area call Susie and Reserve the classes of your choice! (903) 641-0855)

Thursday, March 20, 2014

WRM Flower Punch Board

The long awaited Flower Punch Board is here!  Susie and I got a chance to sit down and play with it. I had the great idea of turning our "ho-hum" pens we keep in the BEE at the counter, into a lovely bouquet. Let us show you what we did....

Following the chart on the board cut your paper in to the desired size.  The board has an inch and cm chart. Pretty nifty!  (A picture of that chart would have been good here, camera lady)

Pay attention to the DIAMETER measurement that's listed. We made a Large flower first, not noticing the diameter measurement, and it was a WHOPPER!

NOTE: those bigger flowers require TWO strips!

Take your strip and line the edge up with the first score line. Punch then score the diagonal line.

Slide the paper down until you see the line of the desired flower size through the slit that the punch makes. Have I lost you yet?  Hang in there. (Note to SELF:  need a picture of this part...oh but there's that chart we didn't have earlier!)

Score BOTH the vertical and diagonal lines.

Score Gently...

this bone folder, can cut like buttah if you press too hard.

I love butter. The real stuff. Not that plastic man-made stuff.


To make the flowers dimensional, lop off a petal or two (I did two) along the score line. I know, I know, all that work and now you're cutting it off....

Trust me.

At this point we inked the edges, cuz everything we do involves inking edges.

Well most everything.

Ok, maybe just some things.

Come to think of it, it's been awhile since I've gotten inky....hmmmm, gonna ink everything now, by george.

((who is George anyway?))

Sorry no picture of the inky goodness. :(
 (Camera lady is really pushin' the limit here.)

Now start accordion folding. The first fold is that first diagonal score line.  Fold it to the back. Continue back and forth, gathering and holding the bottom of each petal with your thumb.

Or a friend's thumb. Isn't Susie's thumb the cutest?

 Remember that first little vertical flappy thing that you folded to the back?  Put some adhesive on that.

Now is the tricky part.  It was all cake up until now.

Line up the other end with the vertical score line and press to adhere.  No picture. AGAIN.  Camera lady is excused, we needed her hands too.

You can do it. I have faith in you.

This next step is what takes the flower to a whole 'nother level.  Makes it so pretty, I could just cry.

There's a STICK thingy that has a little SLIT thingy at the end.  It's stored right next to the BONE FOLDER thingy.

Slip the petal tip into the slit (or not--either way it'll still give the desired effect) Curve each petal around that handy dandy little tool...and bask in your handmade flower glory.

((sniff, sniff))

Now go back. Repeat this process with different sizes and different patterned paper. You'll thank us later.

For our project, we used the stem accessory pack so that we could later adhere them to our pens. This was super easy...

Three little pieces and you've got the beginnings of a really PURTY BOOOOKAY!  

Those stems are REALLY, REALLY, REALLY long. So you'll need to cut them down.  

Or not. 

But if you do, you'll need some wire cutters.

Or pruning shears.

Who needs floral tape when you've got wasabi washi tape? Wrapped that ugly old pen and the PURTY flower together...

added a GIANT enamel dot for the center....

and BEE has never been happier!

Wait, what? What's that you say? You don't want a stemmed flower?

Ok. NO prob.  You'll need a big glue dot and a small circle of paper.  Stick that purty baby to that.

Add a cute button in the center...

or a big 'ol piece of bling.....

OR one of those Big BRADS you've never known what to do with but are still hanging onto and hiding in your stash cuz you don't throw anything away cuz you know as soon as you do you'll be needing it.

Now you've got yourself a floral embellishment that can be used for so many things.

Layouts, cards, a gift Box (remember the WE R Memory Keepers Gift Box Punch Board?), gift bag (yep, there's a punch board for that too).

Put them on banners, string 'em together to make a lei, put 'em in your hair. Pin 'em to your clothes. Throw 'em at company as they come through the door....

Lots of possibilities.

You still with us? In a floral confusion haze?

No worries. Just watch this HERE. He makes it look so EASY.

Which it is.

We could have made these all day.

Well I could have anyway...

Pretty sure I wore Susie out.

Your gonna want this. And your gonna want to get one for your friend.

Come on by and pick your's up.

$19.99 + tax.

And yes, we'll be happy to give you a demo.

THE End.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Favorite Scrapbooking Podcasts

I've heard scrapbookers talking about watching TV shows and movies while they scrapbook, however I prefer listening to scrapbooking podcasts when I'm crafting at home. I thought I'd share links to some of my favorite podcast with y'all today.

Paperclipping Roundtable - "the scrapbooking audio show designed to educate, entertain and inspire you." This is my favorite podcast, featuring scrapbookers who work in the industry discussing a variety of topics about our hobby.

Give Your Photos Stories - personal stories triggered by photos shared by everyday scrappers. (I was on a recent episode of this podcast sharing my Big Storm stories - click HERE to listen in.)

Adventures in Arting - Julie Fei-Fan Balzer and her mom discuss their arting adventures with a variety of guests.

Stacy Julian's Podcast - Stacy shares five podcasts on her blog with topics ranging from quick scrapbooking to the phases of creative growth.

What do you listen to when you scrap?

Thursday, March 13, 2014

The Busy Chicks Blog Hop Winner!

Woo Hoo!  

Thanks for hoppin' along!  It was Scrappin' Goodtime's first and it was so much fun!  We hope you got to know some new places and faces and Thank you, Thank you, for supporting small businesses!  Come and see us to shop, chat, spend the night, or all of the above. We promise, you will leave with new friends!

Complete list of winners:

1) Very Vintage Retreat- 1 complimentary stay, valued at $99.00 with 5 booking guests - Barbara Bateman
Scrappin Good Time Retreat and Store- 3days/2night stay for 1 and $50.00 gift certificate - Jenny Bosley
3) Dallas Crafters Marathon - $50.00 gift certificates or merchandise - Maggie Castillo
4) Crafty Neighbor - 150.00 Cruise Voucher - Vicki Townley
5) The Little Blue House - Carrie Todd
6)The Crafty Scrapper - Jennifer Deen
7) Creative Callings - Amy Hudson
8) ScrapbooknSuch - Maureen Andrews
9) Cat's Creations - Angela Trindle 
10) Scrapbook Celebration - Chasity Wilbur

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Busy Chicks Spring Fling Blog Hop

Welcome to the Busy Chicks "Spring Fling Blog Hop"!  To start at the beginning of the hop, please visit The Little Blue House where you can learn how to win one of 13 FABULOUS PRIZES!

If you're visiting our blog for the first time, WELCOME!  We are a scrapbooking Store and a Retreat located in Corsicana, Texas. Over 6,000 square feet of Shopping, Cropping, and Dropping...All in one spot! We offer crops every Friday night, various classes each month, and a Goodtime seven days a week! You can get more information about the retreat, store hours, and pictures of our awesome place here

Now on to the Hop...

For my flower, I created it using this template from Twigg Studios. I printed it onto cardstock, cut it out, and using it as a template, traced onto watercolor paper. Using the Tim Holtz Distress Marker in Seedless Preserves, I layed down some color onto my craft sheet. I then applied the color to my flower shapes with a water brush. To get a darker effect, let it dry between applications or if you are impatient, like me, use a heat gun.

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To achieve the look of the center of the flower, I applied the Distress Marker direct to paper,...Just random dots. No Pattern. Don't stress. You can do it.  I then cut the flower along the lines indicated on the template, flipped it over and stuck 'em down with a little glue. Just. A. Little. Dot. 

Ignore the manicure. 

Or lack there of. 

And the mess.

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Last but not least, I curled up the petals using my super messy, inky fingers and then assembled the flower using a combination of glue dots and foam squares for dimension. These flowers can be used as embellishments on your scrapbook pages, cards, altered items, gift boxes, hair accessories.... earrings. rings....other piercings. : )

Gift Box using W R Memory Keepers Gift Box Punch Board. One of my favorite things! 

I printed the template again, reducing in size to make a more "card friendly version".  This time I traced onto patterned paper, and inked the edges with Dusty Concord Distress Ink. Using Violet Crush from Kaisercraft and a little fussy cutting, I created a card to go with my gift. An empty box  ; )-

Don't be afraid to get a little inky...unless you have a brand new manicure. We've already discussed mine.

Or lack thereof.

So can you guess what flower you picked here at Scrappin' Goodtime? 

Please say it looks like an ORCHID. : )

Feel free to leave a comment and tell us what you think! Be sure to subscribe to our Blog (top left), check us out on Facebook, and subscribe to our weekly newsletter (bottom left).

Thanks for spending time with us today! Make sure to email your list of "picked flowers" by March 9th, to pickmebouquet@gmail.com   to be eligible to win one of the awesome prizes! 
Our contribution:

3day/2night stay at our retreat with a 
$50 gift certificate to the store

Now, hop on over to The Crafty Scrapper to "pick" your next flower!