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%!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Tools & Products & Supplies

Earlier this month, I wrote about how the Scrappin' Goodtime store is set up to make it easy to find the right papers and embellishments for your project regardless of whether you scrap by color or by theme or by manufacturer. But there's so much more at the store that makes scrapbooking/paper crafting such a FUN hobby . . . lots of supplies, products and tools.

adhesives & totes & binding tools
 embellishments & dies & stencils
 letter stickers & Thickers
 and ribbons
 and specialty ribbons
 distress inks & stains & paints
 a variety of inks for stamping
 chalk inks & embossing powers & glitter
 Kiwi Lane templates
 Project Life & pocket scrapbooking supplies
... and albums and flowers and canvases and clipboards and page protectors and ... well, you get the idea! Be sure to stop by soon or book a stay at the retreat so you can find the perfect product or tool to help you complete your latest project . . . and, of course, to see which of these items you want to add to your stash.

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

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Authentique's Classique: Beauty Collection

Any paper line with  yellow as one of the main colors is bound to be one I want to use in my scrapbooking. (Yellow is and has always been my favorite color!) Authentique's Classique: Beauty Collection is exactly what the name implies - classic and beautiful! Here's how this line is described on the Authentique blog: "The simple color palette of black, white, cream and grey, accented by a single color, is classy and timeless." 

I've always like old typewriters and the memories they bring of taking my first typing class in 8th grade. When I saw some old typewriters on display at a museum several years ago, I snapped photos and love the way they look on a scrapbook page with papers from this collection.


These papers can also be used to create beautiful greeting cards. Here I added a stamped sentiment, then punched a couple of scalloped circles to create a layered effect. Three punched flowers along the bottom add dimension and additional beauty to complete this friendship card.

These papers are in stock at the store - look for them on the Authentique spinner rack along with matching 3x4 journaling cards!

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

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Graphic 45 Home Sweet Home!

Hello Goodtimers!  Sandy here with my layouts and mini album that I created using the super fabulous, stunningly beautiful Graphic 45 Home Sweet Home paper collection!  Did I say that I absolutely LOVE this collection!  I do!!  There's just so much you can do with it--mini albums, cards, layouts!  In the photo above I did a simple yet gorgeous layout featuring a black and white photo of our daughter and son-in-law.  I love how the black cardstock makes the photo and the paper stand out!  I fussy cut a bit of the paper for the flower bouquet and then added in some flowers from my stash plus punched out a flower from the paper to match the border.

For the second page of this double page layout, I decided to use that gorgeous floral paper as my background and use the blue pattern with black to to make this photo of two of our grandchildren really stand out.  Again, I used flowers from my stash and punch out a flower from the red patterned paper.

When I first received my designer kit from Susie at Scrappin' Goodtime, my mind went straight to "recipe book!"   I had seen a small paper bag mini album on the Graphic 45 blog and decided to adapt it for a larger size paper bag (lunch bags from Walmart), I used the wrapped cover idea and created a family recipe book.  The ribbon is the closure and unwraps from the left side.  I used a lot of the Graphic 45 Chipboard stickers from this collection and cut aparts.  The lacy trim is punched from Kraft cardstock.  I fussy cut out the beautiful poppy flowers and glossed them with 3-D Lacquer or you could use Glossy Accents.  The word "recipes" is embossed with Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Powder and stamped with a Graphic 45 letter stamp set.  And of course, that is Hug Snug Seam Binding ribbon that you can buy at the store too!

Inside the album are lots of pockets and flaps.  I designed the recipe cards in Word on my computer so I would have lots of extra blank cards for this album.  You can even put in larger cards and recipes into the pockets created by the paper bags. On this page, I put a photo of my sweet Mother and her yummy Blackberry Cobbler recipe--a family favorite.  The other pages in this album feature photos and recipes from my Mother's mother and my two aunts (my Mother's sisters).  I will feature the entire album at a later date on my personal crafting blog.

I really love how this album turned out and had so much fun creating with the Graphic 45 Home Sweet collection!  You can get your own Home Sweet Home papers at the store NOW.  As always, Graphic 45 collections are very popular and once they are gone, they are gone.  Some people buy these fabulous papers just to collect them and to save them for future projects so if you love this line and want to create a few layouts or your own recipe album; go buy yours TODAY!  Oh yes! These layouts AND the recipe album are on display at Scrappin' Goodtime! I'd love for you to go take a look.

Happy Crafting,
Sandy, Scrappin' Goodtime Design Team Member
My Blog:

Monday, April 6, 2015

New Product Re-Cap!

For those of you working on special club scrapbook albums and projects, Scrappin' Goodtime now has 4H, FFA and Boy Scouts Stickers & Paper in the store!

In March the store received several fun Bo Bunny collections including this Zoo Line!

All the Bo Bunny collections are sure to be popular and flying off the shelves quickly so be sure you get yours soon!

Another cute and fun collection that arrived is this Bella Blvd Camping paper!  You ARE going camping this year, aren't you?  Then you NEED these papers1

Last, but not least are some wonderful items from Lawn Fawn like the super fun Stitch Frame Dies!

And Lawn Fawn Dies plus matching Stamps!

I'm sure you see something you just HAVE to have for your next project! Susie, will be waiting for you at the store!!

Happy Crafting!
Sandy (Design Team Member)

Sunday, April 5, 2015


Scrappin' Goodtime, Susie and all the SG Designers wish you and yours a very....

We hope you have a joyous and blessed day.  Remember the store will be closed today, Sunday, April 5th for the holiday.

Friday, April 3, 2015

How Do You Scrap?

When you're ready to create a layout, how do you choose the products you'll use? Do you start by choosing the colors you want to use on your page? Or do you pick themed products to go with your photos and story? Or do you tend to always grab papers and embellishments from your favorite manufacturer?

At Scrappin' Goodtime, you can easily find what you need in the store regardless of which method you use. If you start with color, the front Wall of Color is the perfect place to begin.

 And the back wall of the store is lined with cardstock in all colors!

If you want products to match  the theme of your layout, we've got you covered! There are sections for baby and kids and sports and school and career and holidays and Disney and family, etc.

My personal favorite is the travel section, where I often pick up papers and embellishments to scrap the various places we visit.

If you're looking for a particular manufacturer or paper line, we have those, too. Many of the most popular lines are displayed throughout the store.

(These photos represent only a portion of what's available at the store . . . and new products come in each week!)

We'd love to know - how do you scrap?

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

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

A "Magical" Goodtime Was Had By All!

That's right!

A Magical "Good Time" was had by all!

This past weekend Scrappin' Goodtime held the Magical Disney Retreat!  We created not one, not two but THREE Magical Disney Projects!

The retreat kicked off on Thursday with Linda's Luggage Tags and Passport Mini Album.  A SUPER cute project!  The Passport has a pen holder that is readily available for getting those much sought after Character Autographs!  

On Friday and Saturday Sandy taught the Mickey Magic Camera Box and Mini Album.  The Box actually holds FOUR mini albums!  Plenty of room for LOTS of your Disney Photos!

Then on Saturday Evening Jill taught the final class, The Disney Shadowbox Frame with the Camera That opens up to hold photos. 

 We all had a "Magical" Scrappin' Goodtime!  And ALL the projects went home completed!  

Of course what would a Retreat Weekend at Scrappin' Goodtime be without T-Shirts!  Susie ordered each attendee a T-Shirt to commemorate the weekend!  (someone should make a T-Shirt Quilt with all the shirts from the store..hint..hint...)  

and then there was CAKE!  Thanks to Joan we had a delicious chocolate cake! 

After all the classes were over on Saturday night the entire group of attendees went out to dinner.  There was a Sea of Red Shirts at a local Mexican Restaurant!  I have to say that this was one of the best retreats ever!  Many of those that attended came by themselves, without knowing anyone.  By the time it was time to go home on Sunday many were making plans for their next Retreat at Scrappin' Goodtime!

In case you missed the Retreat and would like to see the projects you can still see them at the store.  Stop by and check them out! And while you're there sign up for the Newsletter so that you can stay up to date on everything that's going on in the store!  Also, if you're on Facebook make sure you "Like" the Scrappin' Goodtime Page. And if you want to read the past newsletters to catch up on all things happening at Scrappin' Goodtime we have all past newsletters in the archives!