Instagram Inspiration

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Susan R. Opel, Creative Editor

In the past six years since I started working at Paper Crafts magazine in 2008, I’ve become a bit of a social media nut.

It all started with Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, but then came Instagram. Oh my goodness, my love of pictures and pretty things was delighted! The more I used it, the more I loved it.

Like Facebook, you can get updates on friends’ lives (without the political rants, games, and viral videos). And like Twitter, you can follow friends and family as well as celebrities. Stacy London actually commented on one of my posts the other day. OMG!

Recently, I’ve been adding photos of some of my paper crafted creations. Here’s an example below:critters Instagram Inspiration

You can see that I added hashtags (#) and mentions (@) that lead my followers to manufacturers and cardmaking words. It’s like little bread crumbs taking you all over Instagram to find stuff you are interested in.

I followed some bread crumbs and discovered a card maker I’d never heard of who makes really great cards. Marina Johan lives a world away from me in Singapore, but through Instagram, I can see her lovely creations from the convenience of the grocery store check out line! Here are a few of Marina’s creations:

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Three Cards by Marina Johan

Follow Marina on Instagram here and/or visit her blog at polishandcraft.com

You can find the Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Go-to Gal Creative Team as well as the editors and graphic designer on Instagram. Some of us are more power users than others (ahem). I’ve provided links below:

Your favorite paper crafting magazine is on Instagram, too! As a matter of fact, this super cool sneak was posted last week.

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October 2014 Cover Sneak Peek

You can follow us on Instagram here: Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking magazine

And guess what? Today is the official digital release date for our October 2014 issue! Get some Halloween inspiration and so much more!

So, what are you waiting for? Get ready to double tap your way to inspiration!

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A Few Hours Left to Shop & Save

The sales end today at midnight on the Scrap & Paper Shop so make sure you take advantage of the offers. You can get free shipping on purchases over $10 – see Saturday’s blog post for how to save. You don’t want to miss this amazing sale – it’s a great time to stock up on magazines, kits, products, and more. Have fun shopping!

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September Gallery Challenge!

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Holly Anderson, editor

Happy Labor Day, and welcome to the month of September! We showcased the August Gallery Challenge winners on Friday, and now it’s time to begin a new challenge. This month our theme is Talk Nerdy to Me, which was the title of one of our features in the September issue.

Make a card for any occasion with a nerdy theme. Need some inspiration? Check out the feature (starting on p. 53) inside the September issue! So dig into your craft stash and start creating! For this challenge, we are looking for cards only.

Here’s an example of a simple nerdy card: Sorry for the Error Card by Terri Davenport

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Upload them to our Flickr group from now until midnight MT on Monday, September 22nd for your chance to win!

Three winners will be spotlighted in the Plugged in with Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking blog on September 26th and receive either 1) a complimentary one-year subscription to Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking magazine, or 2) the special issue of their choice, plus a fun selection of paper-crafting product.

Want to make sure you’re eligible to win the prize? Check this out.

Upload your projects here, and don’t forget to check back later to see if you won. Good luck!

Thanks for checking in!

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Shop and Save this Weekend!

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I love to shop, especially when there’s a sale involved. And this weekend we’re having several sales. It’s a great time to stock up on magazines, books, kits, DVDs, product, and more. So let me give you a quick look at what’s available.

Free Shipping

The Scrap & Paper Shop is offering free shipping on purchase of $10 or more. Yep, free shipping! That means you can get Holiday Cards & More, Vol. 9 for just $14.99 since there’s no charge for shipping.

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Or maybe your looking for inspiration and organization ideas for you craft space. Creative Spaces, Vol. 3 is only $14.99 and is packed with inspiring rooms, DIY decor and organization, and so much more.

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The only catch, the sale ends at midnight on Monday, September 1. Make sure you use this code for the free shipping: SAPLBR14.

Downloads & More

Our parent company, F+W Media, has multiple online stores with Labor Day Weekend sales, including the Interweave site. If you enjoy quilting, knitting, beading, mixed media, and other crafts, you’re going to love this sale. Most stores have items at 60% off, of which many are digital items that you can download immediately. For example, Art at the Speed of Life provides inspiration for ways to include art every day. 11Z001 Shop and Save this Weekend!

No code is needed to take advantage of this sale. Simply go to the Interweave site, select the store you want to shop, and let the savings begin! Make sure you shop by midnight on Monday, September 1.

Have a wonderful weekend and more importantly, have fun shopping!

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Freebie Friday Giveaway: Unity Stamps – Susan Weckesser

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Happy Friday! Today is the last Friday in August – hard to believe summer is over. Today’s giveaway will bring a little sunshine to your day. We have three stamp sets from Unity Stamp Co. from designer Susan Weckesser. These happy designs will make fun cards for any occasion.

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P.S. Have you read the Giveaway Rules recently? Take a minute to read them.

 

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August Gallery Challenge Winners!

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Holly Anderson, editor

Our Gallery Challenge concluded on Monday, and we at Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking have chosen three talented challenge winners. Clip it up, which corresponded with our feature in the August issue, was the theme.

Are you ready to see the results? Here are our three fantastic August gallery challenge winners!

 Virginia Lu

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We loved the bright color and that she used two different kinds of clips on her card!

Stasia Sloma

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We liked the creative use of a pin for the butterly on this card.

Yana Smakula

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And this card is just undeniably sweet and well designed.

Congratulations, ladies! You win either 1) a complimentary one-year subscription to Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking magazine, or 2) the special issue of your choice, plus a fun selection of paper-crafting product! Email your shipping address to me at handerson@papercraftsmag.com by September 12th, and I’ll get your goodies sent out to you!

Thanks for checking in!

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P.S. Feeling inspired? Go to your craft store and grab some clips and pins, or check out the ones found at the Scrap & Paper Shop.

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Card Creations, Vol. 13 Call for Submissions

Have you heard the news? We’re currently accepting submissions for Card Creations: Volume 13!

This long running special issue is an absolute favorite among our readers, and we’re ready to rock the card making world with the 13th installment of this amazing publication. And to celebrate the 13th birthday of this phenomenal issue, we’re shaking things up!

You can see all of the details here!

If you are used to the regular formula for Card Creations, this time things are different. Instead of just making awesome cards in general and special occasion categories, we have six categories that focus on different types of cards that our readers love to create.

  • Cards that look great on the outside AND the inside
  • Masculine cards
  • Cards using exclusive downloadable sentiments
  • Cards using patterns and cut files designed by you
  • Cards celebrating the number 13
  • Card pairs created with a partner (a fun chance to connect with a crafty friend!)

Make sure to read the call carefully and have a BLAST creating some gorgeous cards!

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One great way to keep up on what’s going on with submissions to our magazine, be sure to join us on Facebook in the Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Submissions Group. You can ask questions and get reminders and the inside scoop!

We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

The Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking editorial team

 

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Throwback Thursday: Inking Stamps with Dye Ink Sprays

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When Alisa Bangerter needed to add a finishing touch to her projects, like her Love card from Stamp It! Cards 2009, she often looked to dye ink sprays. This simple product allowed her to age items, add texture, and create unique backgrounds for stamping, resulting in beautiful and fresh designs.

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Love card by Alisa Bangerter from Stamp It! Cards 2009

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Create the look:

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Step 1: Spray cardstock with silver and graphite shimmer spray.

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Step 2: Stamp image repeatedly on cardstock.

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Step 3: Spray cardstock with Sea Glass and Cherub Pink shimmer spray.

Tips:

  • When spraying the cardstock with shimmer spray, it is fine to have some large droplets. This will actually add to the interest of your design.
  • After stamping and applying shimmer spray, your cardstock may begin to fold. Iron the cardstock with a dry iron to flatten it before adhering it to your card.

Looking for more ways to use your stamps? Stamp It! 3 Ways, Vol. 2 shares amazing ways to use one stamp set on multiple projects.

 

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Groovin’ With the Go-to Gals: Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko Blog Hop

The Go-to Gals are sharing their creativity today with a blog hop using products from Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko. Visit each blog for inspiration and card making ideas.

Kim

Heather

Laina

Laura

Teri

 

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Winner Wednesday!

Winner1 Winner Wednesday!Say Ho Ho Hello to Holiday Cards & More! post:

Kari V. (August 18, 2014 at 2:26 pm)

 

Handmade Holiday Card Ideas from Holiday Cards & More post:

Natalie Winterstein (August 19, 2014 at 4:58 pm)

 

Groovin’ With the Go-to Gals: Finding Everyday Inspiration from Holiday Cards & More, Vol. 9 post:

Pam Sparks (August 20, 2014 at 11:36 am)

 

Trimming the Tree post:

Bobbie Brock (August 22, 2014 at 9:02 am)

 

Freebie Friday: Back to School post:

Chris (August 24, 2014 at 12:09 pm)

 

Are you a lucky winner this week? Congratulations if you are! Email me at handerson@papercraftsmag.com by September 10th at 5 pm MT and I will get your prizes mailed out to you.

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