Guest Blog Post: Creative Options and Amy Tan

Get to know Creative Options products and Amy Tan!

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Hi fellow crafters! My name is Amy Tan and I’m the founder of Amy Tangerine. It started as a fashion company after I graduated college. I used to style and produce photo shoots and then I began designing tee shirts and my collections were featured in hundreds of retail outlets, including Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, and Barneys New York. Amy Tangerine expanded to scrapbooking in 2007, making custom albums for clients as well as launching a collection in 2010. My latest collection, Stitched is hitting stores now! I am excited to be here today to share a little bit about my company and some of my favorite products!

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I find so much of my inspiration from the world around me and most often create by myself. But I LOVE when I have the opportunity to create with others because there is just such an amazing energy and creative spark that happens when groups get together to be crafty and collaborate. Even when people are working on their own projects but in the same room, I love that the creativity seems contagious. When I’m teaching classes, I am always amazed that even with the same materials, everyone’s projects end up getting a unique twist of their own.

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My favorite crafting tools would have to be my Creative Options containers – I feel like they consistently put out innovative products that inspire me to be creative. Their products have been instrumental in organizing my studio. My messy piles are dwindling and my supplies are now much easier to find. Because I am involved with everything from fashion to scrapbooking, I need a variety of storage solutions, from small bead organizers to large project boxes. All of their products are sturdy and super-cute so I love toting them around. Everyone is always asking me, “where did you get that cute storage box?” and I always say, “It’s Creative Options, of course!”. And I do also LOVE my sewing machine and typewriter.

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Thanks so much for allowing me to guest blog and share my story!

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If you’d like a chance to win a Creative Options Medium Grab ‘n Go Rack, head over to the Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking blog by 5:00 pm MST on Tuesday, November 18 and leave a comment there.

Note: Comments left here will not be included for the drawing.

 

 

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Scrapbook How-to: Create a Pattern with an Adhesive Runner

Define your layout’s design using your trusty adhesive runner. Mark a grid or other straight-lined design with a pencil, then go over it with adhesive. You can add anything from glitter to small, lightweight embellishments that match your layout’s theme.

Gretchen McElveen created a glitter grid design on her Little Lady layout for 101+ Creative Ways to Use Your Scrapbook Supplies to define photo, title, and journaling areas on her scrapbook page.

Little Lady layout by Gretchen McElveen from 101+ Creative Ways to Use Your Scrapbook Supplies

Little Lady layout by Gretchen McElveen

Create the look:

Step 1: Draw grid lines using ruler and pencil.

Step 1: Draw grid lines using ruler and pencil.

Step 2: Apply adhesive over drawn lines.

Step 2: Apply adhesive over drawn lines.

Step 3: Sprinkle glitter over your adhesive line. Shake off excess

Step 3: Sprinkle glitter over your adhesive line. Shake off excess

Bonus Tip: Roll over glitter with a brayer to ensure that it sticks properly.

 

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Scrapbook How-to: Create Patterned Leaf Accents

Create your own interestingly patterned leaves using this easy stamping technique, and then arrange your leaves on your layout as if they were being thrown in the air. By stamping on your cardstock before punching out your leaves, you add just enough color to the leaves to help them complement your photo without being distracting, like Kelly Purkey did on her Fall layout for Scrapbooking Ideas for Every Season.

Fall layout by Kelly Purkey for Scrapbooking Ideas for Every Season

Fall layout by Kelly Purkey for Scrapbooking Ideas for Every Season

Create the look:

Step 1: Stamp designs on kraft paper.

Step 1: Stamp designs on kraft paper.

Step 2: Punch or die-cut paper into leaf shapes.

Step 2: Punch or die-cut paper into leaf shapes.

Step 3: Adhere to layout using dimensional adhesive on some of the leaves.

Step 3: Adhere to layout using dimensional adhesive on some of the leaves.

 

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Scrapbook How-to: Create Subtle Ink Splatter on Scrapbook Pages

Spray ink is available in a variety of colors and is a quick way to add color to a scrapbook layout. For an alternate way to use spray inks, create this subtle splatter effect by removing the cap and using the nozzle to dab on small droplets. Perfect for creating a raindrop, sprinkle, or confetti effect. Audrey Yeager created a confetti look on her 4 layout for The Scrapbooker’s Handbook.

4 layout by Audrey Yeager for The Scrapbooker's Handbook

4 layout by Audrey Yeager for The Scrapbooker’s Handbook

Create the look:

Step 1: Remove the cap.

Step 1: Remove the cap.

Step 2: Use nozzle to dab ink on paper.

Step 2: Use nozzle to dab ink on paper.

 

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Scrapbook How-to: Stretch Your Flowers

Like you, we’ve never met a flower we didn’t like. This idea uses flowers to fill a space. As Cindy Tobey shows on her History Made Fun layout from Budget-Friendly Scrapbooking, flat fabric flowers work beautifully not just as accents, but also as a supply stretching textured background.

History Made Fun layout by Cindy Tobey for Budget-Friendly Scrapbooking

History Made Fun layout by Cindy Tobey for Budget-Friendly Scrapbooking

Create the look:

Step 1: Adhere flowers side-by-side along bottom edge of paper.

Step 1: Adhere flowers side-by-side along bottom edge of paper.

Step 2: Stagger next row of flowers, overlapping first row. Adhere.

Step 2: Stagger next row of flowers, overlapping first row. Adhere.

Step 3: Trim any excess from paper edge.

Step 3: Trim any excess from paper edge.

 

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