Friday, February 27, 2015

My Scrap Room Start to Finish (Part 1) Setting the Mood and Furnishing My Space Without Breaking the Budget

Hey Goodtimers! Jennifer here! Hope you are all staying warm! All this cold, snowy weather is the perfect time to work on getting all of those fabulous scrapbooking supplies of yours organized! I'm currently working on a brand new scrap room, and would like to spend my next several blog posts sharing my decorating & organizing journey with you! 

After several weeks of obsessing, I settled on this clean, not too dark or bright, "Tiffany-esque" blue-green color. I wanted to set a happy, yet calming mood for the room. I find it is important for my craft space to have a certain feel about it.  It needs to be happy, but not so bright & busy as to compete with my projects and clutter my thought process. 

Are you like me? Have you noticed that when you sit down to create, it's easier to get in the zone if your environment is "just right"? It definitely makes a difference in my mood and thought process. So, in keeping with this clean idea, I chose to go with primarily white furniture. 

This is where I'd like to point out that you don't have to break the bank to achieve the look you want. Now, if you have the budget to go buy new furniture... AWESOMENESS!! But, the fact is for a lot of crafters, our hobbies can't always come first in that department. And... since we are renting, I didn't want to spend a fortune customizing a temporary room.  I also did not want the modular craft storage/furnishings offerings of the big chain craft retailers.  They just don't appeal to me personally. So, I purchased some used kitchen cabinets and a used IKEA counter top/workspace online for $40! 😊 Now, mind you, I'm not quite done painting them, but here ya go! 

Nine storage drawers and 24 square feet of workspace with all of my electronic tools within easy reach! I can do everything from photo editing/printing to finishing the final product right here. The drawer sizes work really well for organizing my supplies. The shallow drawers up higher make it easy to access my frequently used supplies quickly, while the larger drawers down lower are great for the bulkier items I don't use as frequently like stamps (which I store in binders) and my software, digital photo storage, etc.  It just so happens that the Sticker Stadium I use to organize my Project Life cards fits nicely into one of the larger drawers too. The organizer lifts out easily for use and/or travel.  

You may have noted my Stickles organization in one of my shallow drawers.  The "Dazzle Caddy" Stickles storage is definitely one of my favorite organization products. 
The Stickles is stored upside down for easier flow and to prevent air bubbles. Ya gotta get these!! Really. NO. REALLY. Susie usually has these in stock at the store. That is, unless I've cleaned her out again. LOL.

And now for my favorite piece. (Still a work in progress). This dresser was a RIDICULOUSLY HOT MESS when I got it! It was the ugliest, paper-laminated, pressboard disaster I've ever seen. I can't even begin to tell you... **cringe** 😖 BUT... It was FREE! A little sand paper, paint and just a few hours of work later, I love it!! 

The drawers that went in the bottom were in need of repair, so I just tossed them and am converting the two bottom spaces into shelving to hold my 12x12 scrapbooks.  The top three drawers currently house my paper scraps, die cutting mats/cartridges/tools and new mini albums for future projects.  

I hope this has inspired you to roll up your sleeves and get to work in that scrap space of yours! I can't wait to share more of my journey with you! Watch my next posts for embellishment organization and pics of the 6 foot tall "Clip It Up" organizer I built for my room.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Scrapbook Expo 2015

Hands up - who went to Scrapbook Expo in Grapevine this weekend? I know there were some Scrappin' Goodtime fans there because as I was walking around with Susie on Friday afternoon we ran into quite a few of you. We also got to visit with Design Team Member Jill who was volunteering in several of the classes during the expo.

I met up with my friend Amy for the Mega Make & Take Crop on Thursday evening and enjoyed the eleven make & take projects prepared by various vendors, everything from cards to gift card holders to 12x12 layouts. Friday morning we hit the show floor for a little shopping, then attended a class, and enjoyed more cropping in the evening. Honestly, it was quite a whirlwind from the time I arrived at 2 o'clock Friday afternoon until I headed home at 9:30 Saturday evening. (We did head to our room for a short six-hour sleep after Thursday night's crop!)

I especially enjoyed seeing all the samples on display and am looking forward to trying out some of the ideas I gathered on future layouts and projects. There was lots of inspiration in the various booths and it was nice to meet some of the business owners who continue to make this an exciting and fun hobby!


The expo was held at the Gaylord Texan Resort, which is a beautiful place . . . however, in all the shops and restaurants and vending machines they only sell Pepsi. Not so great for a Coca-Cola lover like myself. Luckily, Susie & Carla were willing to stop on their way to the show and pick up a Coke just for me!

And I was able to bring home a nice little pile of new products (courtesy of Susie and some of the vendors) that will be showing up on samples in the store very soon.

Did you attend the show? What was your favorite part - shopping, cropping, learning, being inspired, visiting with other scrappers?

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

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Kaisercraft Blue Bay Collection

My first thought when I saw the Kaisercraft Blue Bay Collection was that it would be perfect for scrapping black and white photos. In fact, the photo I chose for my layout is an older photo of me as a teenager. It's not a great photo - if I remember correctly, it was an enlargement from a Polaroid photo. It was taken on a sunny day, so there are lots of shadows in the photo and it's somewhat blurry.

However, I think those flaws are less noticeable now that the photo is on a completed layout! I cut the middle out of one of the patterned papers, then trimmed that piece down & added it back to the center of my layout. (I have a tutorial for cutting out the middle of a paper on my blog HERE.) To add a little texture, I used my sewing machine to add stitching around the outside border as well as around the lighter paper at the top left of the photo.

I especially enjoyed adding a large cluster of the die cut pieces from this collection to this layout. Adhering some of the pieces with pop dots added dimension and interest to the cluster.

With some of the extra paper scraps and a leftover die cut, I created a card that can be used for any occasion.

I covered another card base with the We R Memory Keepers Arctic Watercolor Washi Tape, added some punched stars and another die cut from the Blue Bay collection for another card that could also be used for many occasions.

What photos would you scrap or which project would you complete using this paper collection?

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

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

How to Add Sparkle/Glitter To Your Projects with the Wink of Stella Brush Pen

I love sparkle and glitter (not a lot) on my cards and mini albums.  How about you?  A perfect and easy way to do it is to use the awesome Wink of Stella Brush Pens that you can buy at Scrappin' Goodtime!  It's super easy to just brush on the amount of glitter you want.  My favorite is the clear one but you can get them in many colors!  To make it easier to share how I use the brush pen to add the sparkle on the roses in the photo above, I made a very short YouTube video you can watch here or from my crafty blog

To view this video in a larger format, click on "YouTube" in the lower right corner.

I hope you are all having a great week!

~Sandy, Scrappin' Goodtime Designer

P.S. Check back tomorrow for a blog post from Melissa!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day!

We wish you a wonderful, happy Valentine's Day!  The store will be open Friday, February 13th, 10 a.m. to Midnight and Saturday, February 14th, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The garage sale is still underway until 5 p.m. Sunday. Stop by to shop--you may find just what you need.

Still need a Valentine card or two?  We have a kit (while supplies last) that makes 8 cards.  You can make all eight cards in a little over an hour!  Kit price - $5.99.  Just need one card?  We have lots of wonderful papers and embellishments for you to create your own one of a kind card!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Time to Celebrate Graphic 45 Layout

Hello Goodtime Scrappers!  Sandy here with my double page layout that I created with the super fabulous, gorgeous Graphic 45 paper collection--"Time to Celebrate."    When I saw these papers at Scrappin' Goodtime, I knew they were perfect for vintage photos of my parents!  The great thing about this collection is that you can buy a sheet of the cutouts that can be used for many occasions such as birthday, wedding and of course anniversary which is what I used for this page.  This photo is of my parents 1 year after they were married.  I so love this photo and will be hanging this on the wall in my sewing/vintage room.  For now, though, it is on display at the store!

Page 2 features a photo of my dad and of my mother, possibly when they were dating.  I just love how the colors of this paper collection make the black and white images stand out.  I know that some find scrapbooking with Graphic 45 a challenge, but remember, all the papers are two sided and one side usually has smaller prints or patterns.  Select solid cardstock that compliments the colors in the patterned paper and mat the photos as I did with the peach and brown then use your busier patterns like the brown floral print and the party print to accent.  Another thing I love about Graphic 45 is fussy cutting out different elements like the butterflies and the roses on both pages.  I also added in the beautiful roses that I custom colored with Tim Holtz Distress ink and Wink of Stella Clear Brush Pen.  I cut out the brown scrolls with my Scan and Cut machine out of brown cardstock and added peach colored pearls.

I have some extra sheets of this beautiful paper and hope to create a mini album by following one of the Graphic 45 monthly tutorials available on their blog.  There is so much you can do with Graphic 45 paper--layouts, mini albums, cards etc.  I hope that if you've used Graphic 45 in the past that you'll join me again in creating with the many collections available.  If you've never used Graphic 45 pick up a few sheets at the store and create something beautiful.  I think you'll love it!

Happy Crafting!

~Sandy, Scrappin' Goodtime Designer

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

How to Use the Marvy Paint Pens

Here's a quick video "tutorial" that I created this morning for my own blog Sandy's Crafty Creations for my Technique Tuesday post and  since I learned this from Susie at Scrappin' Goodtime I want to share it with all of you too!  If you've been into the store and were working on a word chipboard album or any shaped chipboard album, I'm sure you already know this technique but if not...well, you need to get to the store now and buy you some of the Marvy Painter Pens.  I bought three for myself on Saturday and used the red one on this Valentine heart shaped album!  Oh my! Thank you Susie for showing me how to do this!  It has made a huge difference in how the finished edges of my album looks!

And now the video.  It is really quick and I'd actually already finished the edges of my album before I thought about doing a video (and asking Susie if I could share it on my blog and here).  But it's hard to tell you how to do it without "showing" you so I re-created it a bit in this video.  To see the video in a larger format, just click on "YouTube" in the lower right corner of the video.

I hope each of you have a wonderful day! It's my birthday and we will be going out for dinner tonight.  The weather here in Texas is fabulous so far this week--feels like Spring!  I will be doing another post here tomorrow on the Scrappin' Goodtime blog to share a Graphic 45 layout from a fabulous collection available at the store!

Happy Crafting,

~Sandy, Scrappin' Goodtime Designer
Sandy's Crafty Creations

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Sharing a Favorite Tool: Kiwi Lane!

Good Morning Good Timers!

How do you like the NEW look of the Scrappin' Goodtime Blog?

This year all the members of the  Scrappin' Goodtime Design Team will take part in the Blog. What does this mean for you?  LOTS of ideas!  and LOTS of sharing by us!

Today I get to share with you a tool (or rather LOTS of tools) that I love.  What's the tool?  Kiwi Lane Design Templates!  In case you didn't know, I LOVE the Kiwi Lane Design Templates and I use them on many of my scrapbook projects.

Kiwi Lane Design Templates can be used for Scrapbook Pages, Cards, Tags, Mixed Media.  You name it!  The possibilities for these templates are endless! Endless?  yes, Endless! Why?  Because there are SO many different kinds of templates!  Susie even has the three newest collections in the store: Springtime, Elements and Tiny Explore.  (note to self:  I NEED to buy the "Springtime", LOVE the Bird!

Today I'm going to share with you a layout I created to showcase some photos from my husband's 50th Birthday.

For this layout I used the following templates:
1) Madison Avenue 2A, 2B
2) Scallop 3A
3) Celebrate: 1, 2, 4, 5 & 6

Here are some close-up photos of my layout:

If you would like to see more of my projects using Kiwi Lane Design Templates you can find them on my blog: Also, if you can't make it to a class and happen to be at the store when I"m there, just ask me about the templates.  I'd LOVE to help you out! 

Kiwi Lane Class 
February 21 @ 1:00 pm
Instructor: Rachael Clift

Let us show you how to simplify your scrapbooking experience. Using the "framing" technique, you will see how easy it is to create beautiful layouts, using lots of photos....This technique will have you "catching" up on your scrapbooking in no time! You will leave class with ONE double page layout in the theme of your choice and free product, as well as 15% off your purchases that day.

If you've already taken this class, we encourage you to come again!  You'll always learn something new...a unique way to use your templates, new tips and tricks even, and best of all you'll be able to add to your Kiwi collection using the discount!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

How to Color Paper Roses

Happy Tuesday!  Sandy here (Scrappin' Goodtime Designer) to share with you how I color paper roses (or flowers) for my layouts and mini albums.  I shared this on my own blog for Technique Tuesday and as a Snapguide (which I'm sharing below).  This is such a fun way to get custom colored flowers! You can get the supplies you need at the Scrappin' Goodtime store!

Hope you all have a wonderful day!


Sunday, February 1, 2015

February Stamp of the Month Card Class

Hey Goodtimers!  Make all 6 of these ADORABLE Stamp of the Month cards in February at Scrappin' Goodtime.  The class fee is $30.00 and in addition to the card kits, you will receive the stamp/markers of your choice totaling $8.99 in value. This is a perfect time to learn to use alcohol markers as a coloring medium.  Along with the cards and your $8.99 in product, you will also receive 15% off your purchase.  Sign up and PRE-PAY today as this is a VERY popular class and it fills up fast!

There are two class dates for you to choose from in February:

 Thursday, February 12, 2015 @ 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 15, 2015 @ 1:00 p.m.
Class Or Kit Fee:  $30.00

Please contact the store to sign up!

Linda Pittman, Instructor