Make your own ValentineFebruary 11, 2010 in Crafts, Scrapbooking
Send these calorie-free chocolate strawberries with a few sweet words of affection to whomever your heart desires with this downloadable
card art. Happy Valentines Day!
With Honey and Milk, please.January 22, 2010 in Crafts, Scrapbooking
That’s how I like to drink my tea…. Black tea with milk and honey is yummy in my tummy ~ particularly in the middle of winter. Because everyone seemed to enjoy the Snowmen downloads during December, I thought I’d treat you to some tea. Tea art downloads that is. I selected images with Bees to represent the honey. See what you come up with – how about some sweet Thank you or Thinking of you cards? Or, perhaps you might decorate a tea canister or a gift bag.
To & FromDecember 19, 2009 in Christmas, Crafts, Creativity, Holidays, Scrapbooking
You can craft your own Gift Tags with these free downloadable designs. Print out the designs and mount on cardstock. Add a little glitter or some stick-on gems, fill in the “To and From” and they’re good to go. Spread your Christmas spirit!
ALL-SEW DAYNovember 26, 2009 in Christmas, Crafts, Creativity, Holidays, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, Quilting, Scrapbooking Take it easy on your feet and make it Fabric Friday instead of Black Friday. With an assortment of panel prints you can whip out a fun selection of gifts and décor.
We have some darling soft books that your favorite little ones will enjoy. Coordinating Christmas tree skirts in your favorite family themes of Penguins and snowmen are available for your quick-sew pleasure.
New this year, we developed a couple panel prints to make gift bags and tags for the ultimate custom gift. (plus, you’ll love knowing that for years to come people will really enjoy re-gifting these special fabric bags.)
Set your goals and make it a SEW DAY, all day long. Happy Fabric Friday!
Grace your TableNovember 24, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Decorating, Family, Holidays, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, Quotes, Scrapbooking Grace your table with this quote of Thanksgiving to remind us all to express our gratitude on this day of thanks and everyday. We all seem to need little reminders (I know I do). Download this quote and post on a scrapbook paper tent card on the table as a reminder this season.
Get Scrap Happy!November 21, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Decorating, Holidays, Home, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, Scrapbooking
We’re having so much fun at the studio working with our great new Harvest and Holiday scrapbook papers and embellishments available at Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts Stores. This month we made place cards and menus for the Thanksgiving table and wait till you see our cute projects for December! (No peeking until December 1!)
One pack is over 180 sheets with three
12” x 12” papers in each of 60 designs. Just about every kind of harvest and holiday theme is represented in this huge paper pack. I love to use the matching glitter paper pack to add a little sparkle to my projects. I especially love the candy stripes and penguin family coordinates. Plus, you can use the snowflake patterns all winter long.
Use scraps from other projects to make your own gift tags. You'll love how easy it is to make a cute gift tag with just a pretty paper and a sticker or jewels from the matching embellishment kit. These sets are also fantastic gifts for your scrapbooking friends. This is one scrapbook pack that keeps on giving!
BOO!October 24, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Holidays, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, Scrapbooking
Don’t be scared – all you need are paper-mache letters, shadow boxes, and fabric or scrapbook papers to create this whimsical Halloween décor. Display on a shelf or table for a unique Halloween accent.
Back to School Organization TimeSeptember 3, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Scrapbooking
When the frig gets filled with papers and projects you can transfer them into this clever school paper organizer. To customize, you can easily decorate a portable paper file with any theme of stickers. For optimum organization, you can use letter stickers to spell out each grade on the file dividers. Use some of those spare wallet size class photos to mount on each grade divider.
If time is too tight for paper crafting right now, check out these printed expandable pocket folders from our partner Teacher Created Resources.
Aug 2 is National Friendship DayAugust 2, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Friendship, Scrapbooking
What a way to make her day – spontaneously send a card in the mail just to let her know how much you value her friendship, to reminisce about a recent adventure, how you can always count on her to laugh out loud at your silly jokes, appreciate how she has helped you and listened to you during your last emotional crisis, and that you look forward to fun times in the future. It’s not her birthday, so you’ll catch her by surprise. Try your hand at one of these sweet & easy-to-make friendship card ideas.
Garden JournalJuly 27, 2009 in Books, Crafts, Creativity, Gardening, Scrapbooking
You can record all your garden musing or create the gift of a lifetime for your favorite Gardener by creating a wooden journal decorated with vintage seed packets and pressed flowers. If you do your projects in stages, it makes it easier to accomplish. Start today by collecting an assortment of flowers, ferns and leaves from the garden for pressing.
PRESSING FLOWERS & LEAVES
For our project, we got excellent results when we pressed clean, dry blossoms and leaves by carefully positioning them in big thick telephone books. Pile on a couple more heavy books for good measure. The flowers took one week and two weeks worked for the leaves. If you live in an area with high humidity, it may take longer. The flowers and leaves will be brittle when they are thoroughly dried, so handle with care. Hobby stores offer a variety of flower presses, including ones that can be used in the microwave if you prefer. “Google” for directions if you’d like to make your own flower press.
Plan a GetawayJuly 9, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Scrapbooking
Are you planning more of a Stay-cation than a Va-cation this summer? I’m planning for a little of both and I sure hope some of my summerdays will be spent being lazy at the lake and catching some sun. You can also catch up on your scrapbooking on one of those days off and relive vacation memories by putting together pages from your favorite trips. Whether it was the trip of a lifetime or setting up camp at the closest State Park, you don’t want to forget the good times.
I’ve got a new line of TRAVEL Papers and stickers that will help you commemorate a Cruise, a road trip, a tropical destination or roughing it in the Great Outdoors. Set aside a little Getaway for yourself to create a Vacation Memory book that will be Picture Postcard Perfect, just because you took the time to create it.
Gifts for a GardenerJune 29, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Decorating, Gardening, Home, Scrapbooking
Are your gardening friends just loving spending every waking moment in their garden or are they feeling a little overwhelmed by endless weeding? Either way, whether it’s a summer birthday or a sweetly timed “just because” gift, your favorite gardener will squeal with detail if they are a recipient of one of the following.
The Garden sign is all purpose for anyone, but could be customized by changing to a first or last name. The clipboard is a cheery way to review your gardening chores. Keep the dirt at bay and look like a million when you sport this vinyl covered Garden apron. Deliver your gift in an all purpose Garden pail, tied with a bow and attached seed packets.
Scrapbooking for DadJune 11, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Holidays, Scrapbooking
What Dad wouldn’t appreciate some special attention to his favorite hobby? Ask everyone to start capturing photos of him in action (along with a few good fish tales) and use those photos to create this accordion album. For the finishing touch cleverly package it all up a decorated Tin CD case. In appreciation, I bet he’ll even share his “catch of the day!”
Baby Contest WinnersMay 31, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, Scrapbooking
Michelle from Monroe, WA constructed a magnificent gift basket. The face of the basket is covered in Mother Goose scrapbooking paper and embellished with ribbons and the word BABY on the handle. It's filled with an assortment of baby gifts. What an impressive shower gift.
Teresa from Hudsonville, MI sends us a series of
framed prints all mounted on a yellow gingham ribbon. The art is all cut out from our Nursery Scrapbook paper.
Thank you for sharing your creative projects and please enjoy your drawing prizes.
Birthdays are the BestMay 27, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Friendship, Quilting, Scrapbooking
My super creative team at the office surprised me with a super creative birthday gift this week. Each of them made a wool flower that somehow reflected their own style. The colors and techniques were a personal stamp. Jackie included a ring of wired beads, Kris used scrapbooking supplies and staples to attach her layers together, Nancy used her favorite color of purple, Gil- Jin showcased her exquisite blanket stitching, Kathy used feminine colors with a pretty flowered button, Monica whipped out a glue stick and tie-dye, Mandie’s was decorated with Margarita glasses, Carolyn used her favorite orange and a big stitch edge and Tom’s was funky with cool stipple stitching. Then they each inserted a (color coordinating!) gift card to one of my favorite places. You know like Nordstrom, Starbucks, AMC, iTunes, Macy’s, Pier One Imports, Mel’s Nursery, Target and the coveted Punch Card for 10 dozen organic eggs from Kathy’s hens. I am set! Thank you for the fantastic gift!!
Get Organized!March 9, 2009 in Crafts, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, Quilting, Scrapbooking
It’s snowing like the dickens out there today – but I’m still thinking about Spring, Songbirds and National Craft Month! In honor, I wanted to share some new Craft Storage items available at JoAnn’s. A couple of the items include this Carry-All tote with a subtle Robin’s Egg blue paisley with a scattering of sweet little orange flowers and a great little Organizer with a lovely bird pattern in coordinating colors. Get ready for a class, a crop or just to tote your projects from one room to the next with these great new products. Happy (almost) Spring!
Too Cute!February 16, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Scrapbooking
Dang, this is clever! Use a blank DVD case, decorate it with Scrapbook papers and enclose a Movie Rental Gift Card. What a great way to turn a simple gift idea into a work of art. Papers and embellishments from Baa Baa Nursery Kit.
The One-Armed ScrapperFebruary 8, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, Scrapbooking, Staff
Kris recently had an incident on the ice and ended up with a broken arm, but do you think that can stop her from doing her scrapbooking? Not a chance! Especially with these awesome new products at her fingertips. There are two new Nursery Kits that are packed full of a darling assortment of coordinating papers and embellishments and even includes a brag book. This is a perfect Baby Shower gift for the Mom-to-be, especially if you include a "coupon" offering to spend a couple hours helping her put together her Baby's first scrapbook. And what a great way to get Grandma involved too.
Check out these new stinkin'-cute Nursery-themed Paper Crafting kits now available at JoAnn Stores or on their website.
- *24 12''x12'' Papers
- *10 cardstock shapes & 11 chipboard punch-outs
- *2 chipboard frames, 36 chipboard buttons, 2 vellum sheets & 8 border strips
- *3 sticker sheets & 5 ribbon strips
- *1 memory brag book
Also NEW: 12” x 12” Nursery Rhyme Paper Stack which contains 48 sheets of glittered paper.
The good news is that all these new products coordinate perfectly with the existing Debbie Mumm® nursery paper crafting products available at Jo-Ann Stores.
Any of the scrapbook products can be used to make these "sweet as pie" nursery accessories and 1-2-3 frame, baby shower party invitations and decorations, baby announcements, congratulations cards, and so much more!
Go ahead - Make something Adorable!
Rodeo Scrapbook CollectionDecember 8, 2008 in Crafts, Creativity, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, Scrapbooking
Yee Haw and Wagons Ho!! The new Debbie Mumm® Rodeo scrapbook collection is now in stock! Cowgirls and Buckaroos alike will love the colorful, double-sided papers, bright stickers, and fun embellishments. Check them out in our online store.
The Gift that keeps on Giving!December 4, 2008 in Crafts, Creativity, Quotes, Scrapbooking
The final installment of our QOM for 2008 arrived on our desks today and it’s another lovely sentiment. “Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.” Perhaps you were inspired by this series and may want to share your favorite quotes (or repeat the ones that Kris used) as an uplifting gift for someone special. The beauty of this is that you can make several at once and even use up your miscellaneous Scrapbooking scraps to create them. Kris said if you’re overwhelmed by making 12, she suggested that you can do one for each season or for favorite Holidays. Great idea!
Froggies, Poppies & Stickers, Oh My!October 21, 2008 in Crafts, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, Scrapbooking
To get your creativity hopping, we have a great new assortment available to you. PC Crafter has just introduced FREE monogram downloads in addition to a collections of clip art, backgrounds and borders; plus Creative Imaginations offers colorful double-sided papers, cardstock and fun-loving epoxy stickers all in this coordinated art. Mix and match all these officerings to make your own custom wall art, greetings cards and scrapbook pages. Have at it!
Cover backing board with fabric. Print monogram, adhere to heavyweight cardstock, cut out. Mount letter in center of shadowbox backing board using foam mounting tape. Adhere frog and snail stickers.
“Hi” Card & Envelope
Print “h” and “i” monograms, cut out, adhere to 4” x 6” blank card using foam mounting tape, dot “i” using poppy sticker. Trim along bottom of card with poppy background paper, glue rickrack along seam. Adhere frog sticker with foam mounting tape. Adhere poppy sticker to outside of envelope.
Monogram Wall Art
Adhere to mat board, cut out.
Tie various ribbons around letter.
Attach frog sticker.
Spell out name using rub-ons or letter stickers.
Hang using a lightweight adhesive picture hook.
Layer “D” monogram and frog image on a 4 1/2” x 2 1/2” background block, add name and address information, print. Adhere to back side of luggage tag cardstock sticker, trim around sticker. Tie with coordinating ribbons.
Just in time for Halloween!October 4, 2008 in Crafts, Creativity, Scrapbooking
Oh my gosh……here’s the latest from Robin and her handy-dandy Cricut machine. She whipped up some Princess Halloween masks for her little nieces and just about everyone else she knows I suspect. These designs are available on the Paper Doll Dress-up cartridge. Off to the masquerade ball………
From the Hen HouseSeptember 11, 2008 in Crafts, Creativity, Friendship, Pets, Scrapbooking
Kathy (resident artist and chicken custodian) just delivered an only slightly belated birthday gift to omelet-lover Jackie that was not only inspired, but very practical. Her initial gift of a dozen Martha Stewart-esque eggs was accompanied by a custom created card with a photo of her prize chickens as well as a punch card for ten dozen eggs. (Delivery included :-) Cock-a-doodle-do – How cute is that!
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun!August 25, 2008 in Crafts, Creativity, Friendship, Scrapbooking, Technology
Former staffer and master scrapbooker, Robin, just shared her latest project with us. In honor of her annual GJWHF (Girls Just Wanna Have Fun) weekend in San Francisco she made everyone their own custom Word Album with her well used Cricut. So not only did these lucky girls get to spend the weekend in San Fran – they were each the recipient of these darling albums that are all primed and ready to add their photos. Don’t worry, Robin will take plenty of photos to fill them too. She also custom printed M&M’s that filled the little round suitcases. M&M colors were pink, dark pink and white and featured their mottos, “GJWHF 2008” and “Shop ‘til you drop!”
Robin, a big believer in the Cricut also let us know that Provo Craft is coming out with a new heavy duty blade and housing unit that will cut chipboard, magnet sheets, rubber sheets (to cut your own rubber stamps), and more.
Ten Ways to celebrate National Scrapbooking Day (May 3,2008)May 3, 2008 in Scrapbooking
- Take some time to GET ORGANIZED! If you know where all your ‘stuff’ is it’s easy to jump into a project anytime.
- Make a page for a friend. A layout celebrating baby’s first birthday will be a cherished gift for the mom of a busy toddler. At least baby will have one page in her scrapbook! :-)
- Try something different. Use your scrapbooking supplies to make party decorations or to create a home décor item.
- Go Shopping! It’s always fun to find new products!
- Take some time to reflect on the importance of what you do. Not only do you have the chance to express your creativity through your artful scrapbooks, you’re also a family historian! Be proud of the work you do that many generations to come will enjoy.
- Make a page for yourself. Have someone take a photo of you scrapbooking and create a page celebrating YOU, the scrapbooker.
- Attend a group crop event. Surrounding yourself with others dedicated to your craft can be the perfect inspiration. Use my Crop Party invitation to organize one of your own.
- Spend a happy hour looking through scrapbook magazines. Mark or tear out inspirational pages and products that you’d like to try.
- Try a new technique. National Scrapbook Day is the perfect time to learn a new skill or technique.
- Organize a supply swap with scrapbooking friends. A swap is a great way to clear out duplicates, papers that don’t work thematically, or excess embellishments as well as to build your stash with excess items from your friends.
- Bonus idea. Send photos of some of your favorite scrapbooking projects to Debbie! I'd love to see what you are up to!
A Special Birthday or Mother’s Day GiftMarch 21, 2008 in Crafts, Scrapbooking
It was Kathy’s birthday this week. I put together this little gift basket of goodies for her and the “group” suggested I share it in my blog. So I gave it to Kathy and then immediately took it out of her hands to take a quick photo. I used Scrapbook paper and supplies to decorate this basket full of bathroom luxuries.
Coordinated assortment of:
Press on letters
Rub-on or clear acetate quotes or words
Clear Votive with colored sand
The concept is simple, fun to do and pretty self explanatory by looking at the photo – but I did learn a couple little tips to share with you in case you’re inspired to do the same. I ran all my “parts” through a Xyron machine and hoped that would work to adhere them to these surfaces. However, the papers lifted off the glass surface. (bummer) It needed a little extra strong glue to make it adhere! Also, I had to command it to “Stay!” I also made the mistake of buying a round bottle of lotion and thought I could wrap a band of paper around the bottle. This one lifted too. Sigh……….But I found with a flat sided lotion bottle and (yippee!) I could make that work. A lot of times the fancy soaps come in fancy wrappers that don’t coordinate with your colors. I covered the bars in craft paper before layering the coordinating papers on them. When I was out shopping, I only found sayings that I liked in acetate – but if you can find rub-on’s – they would be much easier to work with.
Hopefully with these tips, you’ll avoid some of the mistakes I made and reach success in time to put together a special birthday or Mother’s Day gift.
Memory AlbumJuly 26, 2007 in Scrapbooking
Talk about stretching my birthday out this year. My sister Julie and her husband Ray just made a visit to Spokane for belated celebrations of my birthday, Murphy's graduation, and Julie's birthday. Phew! Julie wanted to hand deliver her gift to me - and now I understand why. She put together a Memory Album that ties together my quilt/design career and my family. She included quotes here and there from interviews, family gifts, photos, and more.
I'm sharing a few of the pages so you get the idea of how thoughtfully it was created.
2. A photo of Julie's oldest son Robert on a tricycle and the applique project I designed inspired by Robert.
3. A photo of Julie and Ray and the quilt I gave them for their wedding in 1983. Back then, I didn't think of signing the quilt or making a label. In 2004, she asked if I would send her a signed label.
5. The year of Mummford. A family photo when I gave them all Mummfords for Christmas.
6. A Sister Page! Julie and I as little girls and a more recent photo when I gave her two quilts for Christmas.
This was such a special gift and one that I will always treasure. My sister has always been one of my greatest supporters. (Thank you, Julie!)