Winner Wednesday!

It’s Winner Wednesday, so check to see if you’re a winner!

 

Groovin’ with the Go-to Gals: Paintbrush Lettering post:

Cheryl Ogea (April 9, 2014 at 12:51 pm)

 

Cool Projects from One Cool Designer – Laina Lamb post:

Karen M (April 10, 2014 at 8:05 pm)

 

Fixated on Flowers post:

Julie A. Shearer (April 11, 2014 at 7:51 am)

 

Freebie Friday: Mystery Box Giveaway! post:

Norma Arsenault (April 12, 2014 at 7:12 pm)

 

Are you a lucky winner this week? Congratulations if you are! Email me at handerson@papercraftsmag.com by April 30th at 5 pm MT and I will get your prizes mailed out to you.

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Groovin’ with the Go-to Gals – Customizing your Alphabets

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Laina Lamb

Hello Paper Crafters! For my first Go-to Gal post I wanted to share how to make a custom title when you might not have the correct color of alphas to match your project.

Whenever I see a new type of dimensional letters at the store I usually want one in every color. In an effort to tame my growing stash of supplies, I typically limit myself to just one or two colors. The hardest part of that decision? Trying to decide which color I will use the most!

Black, white, or neutral are always good choices as they can be paired with most everything.  Playing it safe can also be quite boring…I don’t do boring!

Luckily there are some great products on the market that allow you to make good value choices as well as be creative and colorful.

First up are the DIY Thickers by American Crafts. Create your own custom Thickers by simply peeling away the adhesive top and adding any embellishment you choose. These work well with glitter, glass beads, or flocking.

I also like this set of canvas Ali Thickers that can be altered with mists, inks, paints, and other mediums.

Heidi Swapp has an entire collection of Color Magic products that are meant to be altered and adapted by you!

Each of these alphas also hold a secret surprise…a resist pattern! When you apply mist, the ink adheres to the matte area of the letter leaving a white semi gloss pattern.

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Think of all the possibilities!

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Letting You Go by Laina Lamb

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I created my title by using a similar product that I really love.

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Close To My Heart has a collection of products called Irresistibles that also have a magic reveal pattern. Using the Houndstooth Irresistibles and some spray mist, I quickly had a title that suited my needs.

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When using mist or ink, it is always a good idea to test the color on the product first to see what the end result will be. I usually pick the Z, X, or the inside of the O to test out my color selections. After applying your color you will need to let them dry a bit before adhering to your page.

Tip: Use a heat gun or place your letters under your desk lamp for a few minutes to speed up the process.

The “YOU” in my title was cut with my Silhouette Cameo using this file.

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I removed the “& me” and layered three die cuts of the same cardstock on my page to give the word more dimension.

One more fun tip before I go. My strip of star pattern paper at the bottom looked a bit flat. I punched some contrasting teal polka dot paper using my Epiphany Crafts Star Shape Tool and added the coordinating epoxy shapes to the top of each star. Now my border had dimension and a bit of shine.

photo 3 Groovin’ with the Go to Gals – Customizing your Alphabets Hope you enjoyed my first post and page. Oh, and that cute young man up there that I miss so much. He will be back home in less than a month. Ask me then if I’m happy to have him back despite his messy room and endless appetite! Chances are I will.

-Laina

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Type It Tuesday Free Font: CK Peeking Posies

Welcome to this week’s Type It Tuesday. This week’s free font will be available for one week and then returned to the font vaults.

Today’s Type It Tuesday font is CK Peeking Posies. Enjoy!!

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For instructions on how to download fonts and for trouble shooting, read this.

To read the Terms of Use for the CK fonts, read here.

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I {heart} the 80s!

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Susan R. Opel, Creative Editor

Some people love the swing and sway of the 40s.

Others love the 1950s of Beaver Cleaver and the Fonz.

Still others can’t get enough of the psychedlic 60s.

Me? I love the 80s. Yep. In all its tacky, over-the-top glory, there’s just something about that crazy decade. Considering it was my formative years, it makes sense. And I’d wager a guess that a few of you would call yourselves children of the 80s, too. Let’s just say I referenced pay phones and penny loafers last week.

Love of a decade or time period can spark creative inspiration. Case in point:

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Hello Cassette Card by Katie Gehring

pinit fg en rect gray 20 I {heart} the 80s!I got my very first cassette and portable cassette player in 1983 as a confirmation gift. And the cassette? Lionel Richie, of course! Katie Gehring’s card in Card Creations: Volume 12 just makes me smile. A lot. And then there’s this card by Kalyn Kepner:

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Stop the World Card by Kalyn Kepner

pinit fg en rect gray 20 I {heart} the 80s!Song lyrics can be a great jumping off point for a card sentiment. Kalyn uses a line from the 1982 song by Modern English I Melt with You. Sweet sentiment. Totally rad song. Awesome card!

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Old School Birthday Party Ensemble by Julie Campbell

pinit fg en rect gray 20 I {heart} the 80s!Michael Jackson’s glove and iconic military style jacket in cupcake pick and wrapper form. The Rubik’s cube for decor. A cassette invitation. Gather 80s icons like former Go-to Gal Julie Campbell did in Birthday Creations: Volume 3 for an epic and memorable party.

Yes, I lived the 80s, and I loved it! To prove it, I found this embarrassingly awesome layout I created many moons ago. Oh, 1981. That hair. Ha ha ha!

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I Lived the 80s by Susan R. Opel

What decade inspires you? Do you love the 80s as much as I do? What was your favorite song or movie from the 80s?

Your favorite Madonna wanna-be,

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Free Downloads: Congratulations Simple Printables

Use these free Simple Printables as the sentiment or as a design element on your card. They’re easy to use (save, print, and create) and make card creating a breeze. These fun designs are from Card Creations, Vol. 11. Enjoy!

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Download PDF version here.

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Download PDF version here.

 

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Here Comes Peter Cottontail

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Stacy Croninger, Digital Managing Editor

As a child, I had a wind up toy that played the tune “Here Comes Peter Cottontail” as I cranked the handle. It was a metal bunny of sorts and honestly, I don’t remember much about it other than that song. But I would play with that toy for hours when Easter was coming (and I’m pretty sure the adults in my life had that song stuck in their heads for days). I loved, and still do love, Easter. It’s a happy, holiday full of lovely colors and adorable icons. And in case you’ve forgotten, Easter is this Sunday. So let’s get that bunny hopping with card ideas you can make this week.

First up, an adorable place card (that can easily be made into a card instead) from Jocelyn Olson. Grab your favorite pastel patterned paper, cut three bunnies, and add a button bunny tail. Too cute!

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Bunny Place Card by Jocelyn Olson from March/April 2013

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Next is the Pretty Easter Eggs card by Emily Branch. This card combines stamping, embellishments, and die cuts to create a sweet card. Plus, this card used the sketch found in the April 2014 issue, so you can use this design for other occasions.

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Pretty Easter Eggs card by Emily Branch from April 2014

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Finally, this elegant card by Kalyn Kepner uses trendy gold to highlight the religious aspect of Easter. It’s simplicity highlights the stamped cross and sentiment, while the punched border adds a layer of softness.

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Rejoice! card by Kalyn Kepner from Card Creations, Vol. 11

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Did this get you in a hoppy Easter feeling? It sure did me! I’m ready for our annual egg hunt, dying a few eggs, and spending time with family and friends enjoying a delicious meal. Hope your Easter is everything you’ve dreamed about.

Have fun creating!

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Freebie Friday: Mystery Box Giveaway!

Some weeks you just need a little mystery in your life, so today, we’re giving away a Mystery Box full of paper crafting product. Won’t it be fun to receive and open a box that you have no idea what it contains?

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Leave a comment by 5:00 pm MDT on Tuesday, April 15 and you could be randomly selected to win. Happy Friday!

Important contest note: We apologize, but due to increased shipping costs Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking s is no longer shipping prizes outside the US. But we definitely don’t want our international winners to walk away empty handed. If your shipping address is outside the US and your comment is selected, you’ll receive a one-year subscription to Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking magazine. If you’re an existing subscriber, your subscription will extend. Thank you for your understanding.
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Fixated on Flowers

Holly Fixated on Flowers

Holly Anderson

As everyone on the Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking team knows, I have a major thing for flowers. Show me some floral print, cherry blossoms, or a bouquet and I’m sure to swoon!

In fact, here are some of the most inspiring floral photos I’ve pinned on Pinterest. Check ‘em out!

 

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That dark, heavy blue juxtaposed with the soft pastel peonies makes my heart sing!

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I’d love to get a portrait like this beauty.

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This cake is so unique! Black background and two dimensional flowers. Very cool!

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And this bouquet is scrumptious. Let me just pick my chin up from off the floor.

So yeah, flowers are pretty great.

Of course we can’t talk flowers without my sharing with you some of the gorgeous projects from our May issue! We had a whole feature focused on pretty paper petals. Check out this Floral Hello Card by Clare Buswell. It looks like she created an anemone (ooh, that’s not easy to say). Some die cutting and quilling helped to make this flower.

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There are plenty of paper collections, stickers, and stamp sets out there too with floral designs, like Wplus 9 Design‘s Fresh Cut Florals set, which I’m offering up today for one lucky winner!

wplus9 freshCutFlorals  39511.1369674451.1280.1280 Fixated on FlowersJust leave me a comment here telling me your favorite flower by Tuesday, April 15th at 5 pm MDT, and I’ll randomly choose a winner.

Thanks for checking in!

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P.S. Gallery Idol is coming! The open auditions round starts in a few short weeks, so keep your eyes peeled!

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Submit Your Work to the November Call for Submissions

The November Call for Submissions is now available and we’d love to have you submit your projects for this call. The process is very simple – create a paper crafted project based on the criteria, use the submission tool to upload an image of your creation as well as information about supplies you’ve used, and voila, you’ve submitted!

For November, we’re looking for projects containing the shine and shimmer of metallic gold, items expressing gratitude, creations inspired by art deco style, and items using this month’s sketch.

You can get the details here on the PaperCraftsandScrapbooking.com web site (under the Submit menu). Plus, we have a group on Facebook where you can ask questions, get tips, and join the fun on acceptance day.

There’s no time like the present to give it a try.

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Cool Projects from One Cool Designer – Laina Lamb

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Kerri Miller, Managing Editor

Today I’m reviewing the last of our Go-to Gals, Laina Lamb, in the final installment of my series “what I have learned from the Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Go-to Gals.”

When I first met Laina, I felt like I was meeting a rock star. (She’d probably laugh at that but it’s true.) She has that cool factor going on, not only in person but in her projects as well. She’s easy to talk to and always has something interesting to say. Laina does a fantastic job of creating approachable and cute layouts. Because her “subjects” are often her cute boys, she tends to craft masculine layouts but always with a feminine touch. Bottom line, Laina is one cool cookie.  I just don’t know how else to put it.

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Laina Lamb

Here’s what I’ve learned from Laina’s layout creations.

1)      Photos can make or break your layout. The Perfect Prom Date layout is a great example of how to make a layout using an action shot for a large portion of your layout without losing the overall design. Her photo cropping is just right showing off the couple without too much of the background so they become the center of attention.  I also love how she pulled the color scheme from the photos using hot pink from “the date’s” dress.

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Laina Lamb’s The Perfect Prom Date on p. 87 of The Scrapbooker’s Handbook

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2)      Frame your photos to create a cohesive look to a smattering of photos. It can be difficult to make random photos work together on a layout. I love how Laina expertly displays a variety of pictures – color and black and white to close ups and far away shots –  in kraft Polaroid frames to work together. What a great idea! Laina also created some fun cut files to go along with the camera theme of her layout for added decoration.

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Laina Lamb’s Week in our Life on p. 62-63 of April 2014 Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking

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3)      Make it masculine with a touch of feminine. I think this is where Laina shines. Here she uses a feminine color scheme of pink and green, again inspired by what her sons are wearing, and creates a masculine layout about brothers. Her self-designed cut files and photography are the glue that holds this piece together. And of course, it never hurts to have cute kids as your subject matter!

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Laina Lamb’s Superhero on p. 95 of January 2014 Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking

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By the way, all of Laina’s cut files can be downloaded at PaperCraftsandScrapbooking.com/download found under the issue they were published.

I’m really excited to see what Laina, as a Go-to Gal, will bring to the magazine.  I’ve already seen some of her upcoming projects we will be publishing and I know you are going to love them.

Happy Crafting!

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P.S. Leave a comment and get a chance to win this DIY Boutique collection from Simple Stories. While you are at it, let me know if you are interested in seeing a continuation of a similar series in “What I’ve learned from our published designers. . . ”

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DIY Boutique from Simple Stories

Important contest note: We apologize, but due to increased shipping costs Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking s is no longer shipping prizes outside the US. But we definitely don’t want our international winners to walk away empty handed. If your shipping address is outside the US and your comment is selected, you’ll receive a one-year subscription to Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking magazine. If you’re an existing subscriber, your subscription will extend. Thank you for your understanding.
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