Guest Blog Post: Scrap Girls

We have Scrap Girls joining us on the blog today! Please give them a warm welcome.

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Hi everyone! Scrap Girls, one of the biggest digital scrapbooking companies on the web, is right in the middle of the biggest party we’ve ever thrown! It’s our 10th anniversary and we’re celebrating until Nov. 8, so you have plenty of time to jump right in. We’ve designed a freebie for you, so keep reading and learn how you can grab that freebie – and join the party, too!

Scrap Girls Anniversary Information

Scrap Girls Anniversary Information

How did you start your company?

When Scrap Girls opened its doors in October 2004, we weren’t just the new kid on the block, we were the only kid on the block. The term “digital scrapbooking” was met with blank stares, so we spent a lot of time educating our customers on what it was all about. In time, digital scrapbooking carved out its own niche in the scrapbooking world, and we now offer thousands of products that help people make amazingly creative pages with the tools available on their computers. We love providing for all scrapbookers – whether they are digital or paper crafters – since the majority of our products can also be printed and used for paper crafts and hybrid projects.

Where do you find your inspiration?

For the new line of products we are releasing for our celebration, we were inspired by the gifts that are traditionally associated with 10th anniversaries, which according to Hallmark are tin and diamond jewelry. We got really interested in the idea of juxtaposing these two very different materials, since they typically don’t appear together. It’s the ultimate mix of shabby and chic! With this in mind, our designers set to work to create new papers, embellishments, and more to bring our celebration to life! We think our Create a Collection line will become one of our favorites, not only because it represents our 10th anniversary but because it’s a whole new way of putting together a personalized scrapbook collection.

Scrap Girls Create Collection

Scrap Girls Create Collection

How has digital scrapbooking changed in the past 10 years?

Without a doubt, anything with the word “digital” in it has changed immensely in the last decade, and scrapbooking is no exception. Ten-plus years ago, everyone was a paper scrapper and a few brave pioneers venturing into digital scrapbooking. Now, we have customers who tell us they have never paper scrapped and have only been digital scrappers!

Back when the doors first opened on the Scrap Girls Boutique in 2004, we told our first customers that they could use our papers, embellishments, alphas, and word art as printables for their paper scrapbooking – and if they wanted to try digital scrapbooking, we’d be glad to help them learn. Since then, Scrap Girls has taught tens of thousands of people to embrace digital scrapbooking through our how-to classes and thousands of tutorials in our free newsletters.

We love exploring new technology, too, so we’re teaching our customers how to use their iPads, tablets, smartphones, and other technology to do digital scrapbooking wherever they go. The last 10 years has been quite a ride – but we think the next 10 years will be even more dynamic as we push technology to new horizons.

Scrap Girls Free Download

Scrap Girls Free Download

Now, about that freebie! Click over to Scrap Girls and grab your freebie! It coordinates with our brand-new Create a Collection line which lets you be the designer and hand-pick what you want to put together to represent your own unique style. And while you’re at it, sign up for our free newsletter, which guarantees you’ll get more freebies and will keep you up-to-date with all our anniversary fun!

Thanks for stopping by!

 

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Scrapbook How-To: Use Sequins for a Celebratory Accent

The sheer iridescent quality of sequins adds the perfect touch to Jen Jockish’s celebratory layout, Six Years from Mixed Media Scrapbooking, Vol. 1. She used sequins to bring her handmade glass of champagne to life by mimicking bubbles and the effervescence rising up and out of her glass. Adhere sequins using adhesive dots, then stitch over them to add even more texture to your layout.

Six Years layout by Jen Jockish for Mixed Media, Vol. 1

Six Years layout by Jen Jockish for Mixed Media Scrapbooking, Vol. 1

Create the look:

Step 1: Adhere small sequins to cardstock individually and overlap with large sequins. Stitch across small sequins.

Step 1: Adhere small sequins to cardstock individually and overlap with large sequins. Stitch across small sequins.

Step 2: Draw and cut out flute from cardstock and transparency.

Step 2: Draw and cut out flute from cardstock and transparency.

Step 3: Layer and adhere flute; adhere additional large sequins to flute and flute to page.

Step 3: Layer and adhere flute; adhere additional large sequins to flute and flute to page.

 

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Scrapbook How-to: Create Faux Fabric

One of the great things about paper is that you can mimic the look of other materials with very little effort. A little crumpled paper adds a cozy, fabric-like touch that’s easy for you to duplicate on your own pages. Give it a try with different patterns and colors to enhance the theme of your layout. Punch different borders into your crumpled paper to create a look that is bold, sweet, or whimsical.

Davinie Fiero used decorative-edge scissors to trim the edge of patterned paper before crumpling it to create a faux fabric border on her Sweetness layout for 101+ Creative Ways to Use Your Scrapbook Supplies.

Sweetness layout by Davinie Fiero for 101+ Creative Ways to Use Your Scrapbook Supplies

Sweetness layout by Davinie Fiero for 101+ Creative Ways to Use Your Scrapbook Supplies

Create the look:

Step 1: Cut edge of paper strip using decorative-edge scissors.

Step 1: Cut edge of paper strip using decorative-edge scissors.

Step 2: Spritz punched paper with water.

Step 2: Spritz punched paper with water.

Step 3: Crumple paper. Uncrumple and allow to dry. Repeat as desired.

Step 3: Crumple paper. Uncrumple and allow to dry. Repeat as desired.

Note: Spritzing paper breaks down the paper’s fibers making it easier to crumple and creating softer crumples.

 

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Scrapbook How-to: Halloween Layout Accent

Halloween will be here before you know it! Here’s a fun layout to get your Halloween inspiration flowing. Kim Jackson created a custom accent for her Handmade Halloween layout for Scrapbooking Holidays & Celebrations from a few basic supplies.

Combine punches, glitter, spray ink, and patterned paper for a sparkling accent.

Combine punches, glitter, spray ink, and patterned paper for a sparkling accent.

 

Handmade Halloween layout by Kim Jackson for Scrapbooking Holidays & Celebrations

Handmade Halloween layout by Kim Jackson for Scrapbooking Holidays & Celebrations

Tips:

  • In your journaling, tell what made this Halloween different from the rest so that the memory stands out from other years.
  • As you take photos of your children trick-or-treating and the night gets darker, change your camera settings to night mode. Or use a higher ISO to allow more light from porch and street lights to hit your camera’s sensor, resulting in brighter photos.

 

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Scrapbook Inspiration: Creative Ways to Add Sequins to Layouts

There’s more than one way to use sequins to add a little glitz to your layout. Maggie Holmes shared several ideas on her Shine layout for The Scrapbooker’s Handbook. Stitch them onto premade and handcrafted embellishments, like the patterned paper sunbeams. Or let them have a little more movement by sealing them in a glassine bag or small pocket protector. Then pair them with other flashy embellishments, like glitter tape and rhinestones, to really make them shine.

Shine layout by Maggie Holmes for The Scrapbooker's Handbook

Shine layout by Maggie Holmes for The Scrapbooker’s Handbook

Take a closer look:

Stitch sequins together or over patterned paper.

Stitch sequins together or over patterned paper.

Add sequins to a glassine bag, stitch closed, and layer with other embellishments.

Add sequins to a glassine bag, stitch closed, and layer with other embellishments.

 

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