Scrapbook Inspiration: Tissue Paper Trees and Scented Titles

Capture the fragrance of a season by mixing spice powders with dark embossing powder and using it to heat emboss images and titles on seasonal layouts as April Massad did on her Autumn layout in Mixed Media, Vol. 1. Take your layout a step further by creating a fall tree using pieces of tissue paper adhered to a cork tree trunk. These fun additions will remind you of the smells of the season every time you view the page.

Autumn layout by April Massad from Mixed Media, Vol. 1

Autumn layout by April Massad from Mixed Media, Vol. 1

 

Take a closer look:

Heat embossed titles using spices and dark embossing powder

Heat embossed titles using spices and dark embossing powder

Tissue paper fall tree with a stamped cork tree trunk

Tissue paper fall tree with a stamped cork tree trunk

 

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Orange + Black = Halloween!

Orange+ Black = Halloween

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I don’t know if it’s because I’m getting older, but I find that I am not a big fan of the creepy Halloween things, but love the cute stuff – chubby ghosts, smiling jack-o-lanterns, and cute trick-or-treaters. Have no fear, the projects I selected to share today are not all sweetness, but they definitely are either orange or black.

Pumpkin Treat Bag

Katie Gehring created this cute, yet simple, treat bag for the Paper Crafts September/October 2012 issue. It is perfect for co-workers, class treats, neighbors, or anyone that needs a sweet treat. If you don’t have a jack-o-lantern face stamp, cut one by hand or using a die-cutting machine. And then stuff it full of goodies! You’ll be the hit of the party or neighborhood.

Pumpkin Treat Bag by Katie Gehring

Pumpkin Treat Bag by Katie Gehring

Fancy Ms. Boo Card

When I saw this card in the Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking October 2014 issue, I instantly fell in love. I think it’s the ruffle under the collar made from doilies. Brilliant! Amanda Coleman created a realistic dress front using glitter paper, patterned paper (for the spider), and a charm. So fun!

Fancy Ms. Boo card by Amanda Coleman

Fancy Ms. Boo card by Amanda Coleman

Ghost Trick-or-Treater

So technically, this next card doesn’t scream orange or black, but it was too cute to pass up. This adorable ghost just makes me smile! Teri Anderson created her for the Paper Crafts September/October 2012 issue using cardstock, a few rhinestones, and wiggle eyes. You’d fill up her bag with treats if she showed up at your house, right? The best part of this card is the pattern is a free download – bonus!

Ghost Trick-or-Treater card by Teri Anderson

Ghost Trick-or-Treater card by Teri Anderson

Speaking of bonuses, we have a page filled with free Halloween downloads, patterns, and more. Most of the projects can be created quickly to use for Halloween this week. All you need is your PaperCraftsMag.com username and password (not the one that you use to read the magazine, but the one for the website). Note: You’ll find the login at the bottom of the page. If you don’t have one, you can set it up on the download page. And feel free to share the page with your friends.

I hope you like these orange and black projects as well as the free downloads. Have fun creating for Halloween!

 

 

 

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Scrapbook Inspiration: Dots

Add dots to your layout with these simple ideas. Lydia Jackson included dots on her Aim High layout for Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks: Paper Palooza using paint with a stylus and a thread-less sewing machine.

Aim High layout by Lydia Jackson for Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks: Paper Palooza

Aim High layout by Lydia Jackson for Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks: Paper Palooza

Take a closer look:

Use stylus dipped in watermark ink or paint to create a polka dot design around edge of layout

Use stylus dipped in watermark ink or paint to create a polka dot design around edge of layout

Use a sewing machine without thread to create a dotted border. Back with lighter or darker paper to help dots show up.

Use a sewing machine without thread to create a dotted border. Back with lighter or darker paper to help dots show.

 

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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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