Sunday, May 31, 2009

Father's Day album ideas ...

... this past month I have worked on some Father's Day albums. I've been using quite a bit of Magic Mesh. I really think it has an ability to make things more masculine, and with two boys and a husband, I need more things scrappy that are masculine!

Anyhow, here are some of the albums I have created. Each one took less than 2 hours to make, so these are definitely do-able projects for busy moms and kids!

If you want any details on techniques or materials, email me: jessica

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Collage home decor finished ...

... One cannot live by acrylic, metal and chipboard alone! I love "repurposing" and "altering" stuff I find when I go "junking." I have collected some cool things from antique stores and flea markets for the wall hanging for nearly a year now. I am so pleased to finally have it done and on the wall.

The place above our TV set in the living room just seemed so bare, and this just fits so nicely.

I used canvas (some of you who follow this blog might notice the YuDu'ed canvas panels with the swirls), print drawer inserts and a wooden shadow box I picked up awhile back in the clearance section of JoAnns. I added some Distress ink, Glimmer Mist and acrylic paint, as well as some wood conditioning oil to the printer inserts. Most of the paper is from the Little Yellow Bicycle Vita Bella line, which I collected on the SoCal 2 Provo CKU bus tour last year. The blues and greens are perfect for my home decor.

I took a technique I learned from Donna Downey on the Ultimate Scrapbook Cruise in January: Take toilet paper or paper towel cardboard rolls and dip the ends in paint... they can then be used as cool circular stamps!

I also went to one of my favorite flea markets here in Pensacola, Jennifer's Flea Market, to find some small knick knacks that remind me of my boys, since they are the featured subjects of this piece. These included a Pensacola Ice Pilots hockey puck (Will played hockey when he was 4 and, not only did he learn how to roller skate, it really got him ready for team sports!), a toy Blue Angel jet (we love to watch them from our backyard as they perform), a spoon from Illinois (where Rodney is from and the boys love to play on the farm), a small tin cup with a California logo on it (Xan was born there) and some wooden alphabet blocks.

While I worked out the composition on my dining room table, I still need my husband, Rodney's help to translate it to the wall, which is easier said than done. Fortunately I was able to use some of the canvas hanging hardware to make it all work.

I am now working on one for my dining room. It will be a bit larger than this one, to fit the long, empty wall in the room, and feature canvas, a printer insert, raw frames and some cute doll chairs. The theme will be photos of our family members eating ... I already have the composition worked out, now I just need to execute!

Monday, May 25, 2009

Krew Tip - cookie sheets...

... A couple of Christmases ago, I asked for cookie sheets from the family. Both my mom and mother-in-law gave me a set, which was great for me. I need them both for the kitchen and for my scrap room!

In the scrap room, I use non-stick cookie sheets to lay down embellishments, grungeboard, chipboard and other elements that I want to paint or Stickle. I take a tip from Tim Holtz and put a glue dot on the back of the element to hold it still on the cookie sheet. Then I paint or Stickle. In the photo here, I am crackle painting a grungeboard heart for the cover of the Father's Day album shown below.

The beauty of the cookie sheet is that I can now take it off my work space to dry and I can move on to another scrappy task. The non-stick part allows me to easily remove the glue-dotted element once it's dry, plus it makes cleanup easy.

This album also has a cool magnetic closure. I used Basic Grey's magnetic buttons, placing one under the DAD title and then I wrapped the other in ribbon and secured it with adhesive and a staple.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Something scrappy for the teachers ...

... A few days ago my first-grader, Will, came home with a handful of his essays he had written the past few months, in preparation for the standardized writing test the school district here has each year. Here is one of my favorites:

Since he wrote about scrapbooking, I figured it would be only appropriate for Will's teacher's thank you gift to be something scrappy. So I got an 11 x 14 metal panel and created this message board:

I also used a Red Pepper Ranger Adirondack paint dabber, Stickles, K2R flourish stamp 1-11. To "age" the paper, I used Distress Ink in Brushed Corduroy.
I covered the back side, as well, and added a photo of Will and Mrs. Perry together, along with some notebook-like paper for him to write a thank you to her for the fun time he had in her class this year. Fast, easy and inexpensive, yet from the heart.

For more scrappy ideas for the teachers in your lives, be sure to visit the Kits2Remember Design Krew blog and scroll back to last week. They have some really cute and easy ideas, too!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Buy 3 get the 4th FREE sale!

The Kits2Remember warehouse is restocked and a bit full, so I feel like having a sale to make some room in there for the soon-to-come June project kits... so for the next five days, Kits2Remember will have the Buy 3 get the 4th Free Sale! This applies to a number of product categories in the K2R store:

Project Kits
Acrylic Panels
Metal Panels
Chipboard Sheets
Bind-it-All o-wire
Paint Dabbers
Stickles/Liquid Pearls
Rebekka Erickson Rub-ons

Here's how it works: Order items in groups of four (four bottles of Stickles, four project kits, etc. - project kits do not have to be the same exact kit, you can choose four different ones). After you've purchased three you will get the fourth one, of equal or lesser value, FREE. You order total will be adjusted when your order ships. This sale CANNOT be used in conjunction with any other offers, with these exceptions:
- Free shipping on orders of $75 or more (after discounts) within the U.S. only.
- Frequent shopper points will be honored

The sale ends Monday, May 25, at noon PST. If you have any questions, feel free to email me at jessica

Some of the new products we now have up in the store as of today:

- Extra Scrapbook Expo Make and Take kits

- "Love Letters" 6x6 mixed media album kit
- We R Memory Keepers Rub-on Tool

Some of the restocked items:

- "True Love," "AtoZ of Me," "Family Defined," and "Family: True Story" album kits featuring Teresa Collins' popular collections.
- Opaque white StazOn ink
- New colors of Stickles and Liquid Pearls- New colors of Ranger acrylic paint dabbers
- Craft magnets for metal message boards
- Distress inks
- Acrylic circles

Those of you in Florida may be planning to go to the Scrapbook Expo in Orlando this weekend. While Kits2Remember won't be there, our products will be! Scrapyard 329 will have a collection of our acrylic and metal panels, so be sure to stop and shop!

If you are in the Pensacola area, I will be teaching the class "The Women in My Life" at Scraphappy at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 28. You can check the K2R Calendar for details. Hope to see you there!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Artist Trading Cards ...

... I created a few artist trading cards today, as samples for the Scrapbook Expo in Orlando, Fla., next weekend. While Kits2Remember won't have a booth there, Scrapyard 329 will be featuring K2R acrylic and metal in several scrappy sizes and they need a collection of project samples to show off the possibilities acrylic and metal present. These three ATCs feature work with rubber stamps and StazOn ink. The "special" one also features an alcohol ink background - such a cool effect! Looking for some more great project ideas? Be sure to check out the Kits2Remember Design Krew blog!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Krew Tip - Aligning letters on acrylic ...

This is so simple, but sometimes not thought of... place your acrylic panels on top of notebook paper to ensure your sticker, rub-on and stamped words are straight across the panel. Makes creating titles so much easier!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

A simple album formula ...

... I created two of these albums in less than 2 hours, so, since we are all strapped for time and unique gift ideas, I thought I'd share this with you. All I used were:

Two 6 x 6 chipboard sheets
Three 6 x 6 acrylic panels
One sheet of 12 x 12 Class of 2009 paper
One 12x12 sheet black cardstock
One 12x12 sheet silver cardstock
Two 12x12 sheets of different graduation papers
Silver acrylic paint dabber
Strong corner rounder
Binding method

The trick to keeping this fast and easy is to keep the page and mat sizes modular. I cut the papers up as follows:

One sheet of 12 x 12 Class of 2009 paper - I just cut the top strip of the paper with the writing, the rest was white and I saved it for journaling once I have photos.
One 12x12 sheet black cardstock - cut into four 5.25 x 5.25 pieces
One 12x12 sheet silver cardstock - cut into four 6 x 6 pieces
Two 12x12 sheets of different graduation papers - Cut them each in to four 5 x 5 squares

Save your scraps, as we will be using some of them in a minute.

So, here is what I did:
1) Take four of the 5 x 5 graduation paper squares (your choice) and mat them on the black cardstock. All of the black cardstock should be used up.
2) Take the four silver cardstock 6 x 6 squares and adhere them to the front and back of the 6 x 6 chipboard panels. Trim/sand as necessary so the paper is flush with the edge. Be sure to adhere the edges of the cardstock very well so they won;t peel over time.
3) Place your chipboard and acrylic panels (they should still have the blue film on them) in the following order: Acrylic on the front, chipboard, acrylic, chipboard and then acrylic on the back. Use the corner rounder to corner round the right two corners (the non-binding side) only, of all of the chipboard and acrylic.

4)Peel the blue film off of all of the acrylic panels. Take the Class of 2009 strip and lay it across the front of the acrylic cover panel so the words are centered on the front of the cover. Adhere it down, wrapping the ends around to the back side of the cover. The ends will not quite meet, so you can add a matted word (as I did in the sample) or other embellishment to hide it.

5) Add the remaining graduation paper and matted squares to the pages as you wish. Some things to keep in mind: Make sure that when you place squares on an acrylic page, it is simplest to use the same size square on the opposite side so they hide each others' adhesive. Also, before adhering the squares to the pages, you can also tie ribbon around the squares as an accent.
6) I also took scraps of the black cardstock and made a couple of edge borders to change up the simple page designs.
7) Bind the album together with the Bind-it-All and o-wire (I used 1-inch o-wire)or a Crop-a-dile and o- or book-rings. For binding tips you can go to the Kits2Remember Tips and Tricks page.
8) Add ribbon to the bindings.

There are plenty of variations you can add to the album, such as stamping, painting, Stickles, embellishments, etc., but you can see how this basic "recipe" makes it easy to switch out papers and themes for a simple yet attractive gift album that can be completed within an hour. Have fun!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Krew Tip - Peeling the film off acrylic

Since nearly everyone has a digital camera now, the only kind of film we really need to worry about in scrapbooking these days is the protective film that coats acrylic panels and keeps them from getting scratched before you embellish it.

Protective film is usually one of three colors: blue, as shown in the picture below, and the easiest to peel off in my opinion; light gray; and a frosted clear. The film is usually on both sides of the panels. It can be a real pain to try to remove it sometimes, so here are a few tricks to try next time you're film is giving you fits:

1) Use the tip of your scissors or paper piercer to lightly scratch at the panel's edge, peeling up a bit of the film.

2) Run the pad of your thumb along the edge of the acrylic panel, perpendicular to the cut edge until the film begins to roll up.

3) Once you have one piece of film off, use it to rub the edge of the film in a downward motion on the face of the rest of the panels. This should cause enough static and friction so the film begins to peel off.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Some of my NSD layouts ...

... I have some of my layouts here that I did at the National Scrapbooking Day crop at Scraphappy in Pensacola. Because I am pretty far behind on my personal scrapbooking, I have gone with the "quick and dirty" formula for scrapbooking. These are a few of my favorites...

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Two new project kits now available ...

A few of these 4 x 4 Butterfly acrylic and chipboard make and takes are available in the Kits2Remember online store. They are left over from National Scrapbook Day and make great teachers gifts or brag books. They feature different floral My Minds Eye papers, a complete package of Rebekkah Erickson rub-ons and the full-color online instructions to complete the project. There are a limited number of these $6 kits available, so order now!

The second new kit now available is the "Women in my Life" 8 x 8 acrylic and chipboard album, featuring Basic Grey paper, Heidi Swapp bling and more. In my sample, I used it to honor all of the women in my family who have influenced my life. But, since you will have an entire sheet of Basic Grey alphabet stickers in the kit, your album can feature something else, such as a wedding or family reunion.

In June, a complimentary kit, "The Men in my Life" will be released.

Also, Kits2Remember will no longer be carrying Zutter products. Once our stash of Bind-it-All o-wire has been depleted we will not restock it. I am sorry for any inconvenience, as I know we are one of the few (if not the only) shops that allows you to purchase o-wire singly, and not in 2- or 6-packs. You can see the range of o-wire we still have available here. I am not sure how long our stock will last, so be sure to order soon!

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

NSD photos from Scraphappy...

Scraphappy owner Christy has posted her photos from her store's National Scrapbook Day crop. I had a great time there on Saturday ... can you find me in the crowd? You can see more photos from the event at In the Pensacola area and interested in scrap classes? Christy also has those posted on her calendar. Hope to see you there!

Monday, May 04, 2009

The calm before the storm...

My Dad managed to get these quick pictures of the Kits2Remember booth at the San Diego Scrapbook Expo Friday morning before the doors opened. After that, he did not have a chance to take any more! In the booth are my Mom, Nancy, Kathi and Jenn. Krew member Jodie isn't pictured but if you stopped by the booth on Friday, I'm sure you saw her!A huge thank you to all of you for your help this weekend. I couldn't have done it without you!

In Florida, I celebrated National Scrapbooking Day at Scraphappy here in Pensacola, doing an acrylic butterly album make and take and working on my own pages for a cvheange! I managed to get 40 pages done for my boys' albums - I feel such a sense of accomplishment in that! I hope you all got your papges and projects done during your crop time this weekend!