Articles in April 2010
Friday, April 30, 2010

How To Make A Heart Punch Flower 3 comments  

Flowers On Friday #7

Posted by Kimandasmo

Make a Heart Punch Flower

You will need pop dots for this flower and pattern paper.

I started with hearts. You can use any size you like...I used aMartha Stewart punchto make mine.

You need 8 to make a flower....I have more than that because I made a few extra things......

The next step is to fold each heart in half.

then place a pop dot inside each folded heart.

Press them to close. Then cut a small piece of scrap paper to adhere your petals to. I always like to do this so that I have a free standing flower first. That way I can place it anywhere I want on my layout and move it around as needed. If you know exactly where you want your flower, you can adhere it directly to your page if you chose.

I use liquid adhesive at this point and place my first petal.

Then continue to adhere all the way around with the open edge facing the folded edge.

Your completed flower will look like this.

You can then use whatever embellishment you like as a flower center.

Here is my completed layout:

I used this same folded heart technique to made a half flower as an embellishment on the side of my title block. I also used the same hearts to make the butterfly embellishment.

I hope you have enjoyed this flower.

Posted by Kimandasmo


Friday, April 30, 2010

The Rainbow Connection 3 comments  

Catch the rainbow

Posted by MamaK321

William Wordsworth once wrote: "My Heart leaps up when I behold a rainbow in the sky."

Oh how true it is! The child in all of us, as do the children all around us, love to stop and gaze and the wonder of colour in the sky, usually piercing through somber grey clouds. It brings a light into your heart and life and gives you a new hope for tomorrow.

This week, the ladies of the digital creative team worked hard to create layouts that demonstrated the beauty and awesomeness of the magnificent rainbow. Each of their pages brought a whole lot of joy and peace to my face as I looked at them, and I'm sure they will to you too!

Bee Happy, by Pegster

"It was great working with these great colors. Many different ways to use them and they brighten up the layout so much."


Treasure at the End of My Rainbow, by sarahwhithers

"For the Digi CT Reveal this week, it's about rainbows! Or at least a variety of colours. The more colours you use, the brighter the page can be!"


Sand Art, by Smiley-Scrap8

"This week we are showing off rainbows, how to use many colors on one layout. This was fun, and not something I normally do. I tend to stick with just 3 colors and all of my elements and paper and even my photos have these colors in there somewhere. But for this I chose some pretty colorful paper and made the photos b&w. I think if I had kept the photos in colors they just would have popped as much off the colorful paper."


Rainbow Wedding, by Art_Teacher

"Our reveal this week was about rainbows and I immediately thought of my wedding! LOL! Can you tell I was young and very unsophisticated? One of the things I love about this layout was how easy it was to do with Kim Hill's template (I would never have taken the time to 'cut' all those circles, but with the template it is an easy process), and how nice it was to use Marci's (HotFlashDesigns) pastel paper packs to achieve a unified look with all the patterned papers!"


Clogs, by Keling

"When you have a picture that is bright, but you're just not sure how to scrap, a rainbow of colours usually works! However, I prefer to use a neutral coloured background, instead of something really busy."


Rainbow of Happiness, by Janello

"Rainbows are so inspiring and you can't help but get excited when you see a real one in nature. I love to add that same excitement to my layouts by using all the colors in the rainbow. In this layout I used various ric-rac peices to incorporate the various rainbow colors, I think it adds a happy touch."


Be You, by nun69

"it's all about rainbow colors this week and I LOVE the combo of the red, teal/blue and yellow!!!! This is Abby enjoying some watermelon!!!"


My First Tooth, by jjenni08

"There are so many ways to use color in a layout. You can mix and match papers from different kits, from the same kits, or whatever. You do not have to stick to one major color. Be adventurous and mix it up!"


Chicken Dance, by MamaK321

"A rainbow of colors plays well with the funky theme of this layout!"

Today Was Good, Today Was Fun, by FairyMouseMom

"How lucky I was to find that Julie Mead's papers worked great for these pictures of my daughter and her friend. I then added some embellishments from different designers that worked well with the rainbow colors of the paper and came up with this colorful layout."

Want to create your own rainbow layout? Here are some awesome quotes you might want to use!

"Have faith in your dreams and someday your rainbow will come smiling through." ~ Cinderella

"In order to have friendship, you must look past the colour to the soul, because within the soul lies a rainbow of many colours." ~ Unknown

"The work will wait while you show the child the rainbow, but the rainbow won't wait while you do the work." ~ Unknown

"May God give to you... For every storm a rainbow, for every tear a smile, for every care a promise and a blessing in each trial. For every problem life sends, a faithful friend to share, for every sigh a sweet song and an answer for each prayer." ~ Irish Blessing

"Somewhere over the rainbow, skies are blue, and the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true." ~ Dorothy Gale (Wizard of Oz)

"Life is like a rainbow. You need both the sun and the rain to make the colours appear."
~ Unknown

"Someday we'll find it, the rainbow connection, the lovers, the dreamers and me." ~ Kermit the Frog (Rainbow Connection, by Paul Williams)

To catch some of the rainbow in the digital shoppe, simply click on any of the images below to be taken to them!

Posted by MamaK321


Wednesday, April 28, 2010

72 and Sunny From WeR 12 comments  

starting the summer off on the right track

Posted by Kimandasmo

We R Memory Keepers new line 72 and Sunny just screams Summertime! The colors remind me of sunsets on the beach, fresh mowed grass, vacations and swimming. Living in Florida I have tones of summer pics to scrap and this line is more than perfect. With paper names like Rainbow, Scattered Clouds, Forecast,and Flower Patch, how can you go wrong. When it comes to WRMK I love their glitter accents...the chipboard frames and the glitter lace are fabulous, but one of the things I love most about WRMK is their coordinating cardstock stacks. The texture of these papers is wonderful and fun and you have a guaranteed color match right at your finger tips.

Summer love

When I saw this picture that my daughter took of me and my husband on our 17th wedding anniversary, I knew that this line was perfect for it. I really wanted the picture to be the main point of this layout, and I left a bit more "white space" than I normally do.


Summer fun

This next layout is a grouping of photos taken on the same night. My girls love to walk the beach and watch the sunset during the summer time.

Into A Flock of Seagulls

My dd just could not leave this group of seagulls sit quietly on the beach......she had to run right into them and watch them scatter and fly across the beach.


This is a shot I managed to get on dd was running right for me and I was trying to get my camera to focus but she got a little close before I got it right...but I love the end result. It really shows the true her.....carefree and always happy. The journaling matter where you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.

Happy Summer

This is an older pic of my dd at the beach...  I felt like it looked like she was embracing the summer with a happy hug.

Shades of summer

My dd showing off her new Hannah Montana sunglass that she got while we were at Disney.

I cannot thank ACOT enough for allowing me to work with this spectacular line of papers.


Posted by Kimandasmo


Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The Cherry Loft Welcomes Amber Packer of My Mind's Eye 0 comments

Posted by heidi


Amber Packer is the Design Team Leader and Blog Coordinator for My Mind's Eye and has been an instructor and an independent designer for nearly seven years ...

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Pink Paislee 365 DEGREES Reveal 12 comments

Posted by Laura Fiore

One of my favorite things to think about when CHA comes around twice a year is what new products I CAN'T scrap without! In January, when I saw the 365 Degrees line from Pink Paislee, I knew this was going to be one of those lines! When I opened my CT box a few weeks ago, I found that it was exactly what I'd hoped for and so much more! As with most of the product lines from Pink Paislee, the double sided papers are gorgeous, the embellishments abundant, and the alphabets amazing ...

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Monday, April 26, 2010

Scrapbook With Webster's Pages 9 comments

Wading in the Water

Posted by JulesinParadise

I could not wait to get my hands on the Seaside Retreat papers by Webster's Pages ...

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Saturday, April 24, 2010

Bo Bunny Sophie 11 comments

pretty and sweet with a little sass!

Posted by megamay

Oh I just adored these papers when I saw them! I love purple, if it's done right, and this is definitely done right! There is just enough black and punches of orange and green to make it funky and fresh. Yet the blues and purples are soothing and sweet ...

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Friday, April 23, 2010

How To Make A Paper Strip Flower 1 comments

Flowers On Friday #6

Posted by Kimandasmo

This week you will just need a 1 inch piece of paper....I prefer to use pattern paper, but you do not have to.

Cut your paper in to two 1/2 inch strips..then cut those to 3 inches long.

Like so....

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Friday, April 23, 2010

Digi Scrapbooking: Distorted Photos 2 comments

Applying effects beyond basic coloring to a photo

Posted by MamaK321

This week's reveal for ACOT's Digital Creative Team is "DISTORTED PHOTOS."  We were to apply effects beyond basic coloring to a photo on our layouts.

The dictionary gives the following definitions for "distort ...

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Bringing The Beauty To Our Gallery! 17 comments

April Paper Creative Team Spotlight

Posted by Laura Fiore

Well, ladies, we've heard lots of people complaining about not enough love in the gallery lately, and I have to agree! I don't have a solution to why it's happening, and I certainly don't understand it...the only thing I'm guessing is that not enough people are taking the time to check it out ...

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Pink Paislee Bayberry Cottage 13 comments

Posted by 4peasinourpod




These are just a few of the words that came to my head immediately when the CHA previews started earlier this year, and I saw Pink Paislee's Bayberry Cottage ...

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Not just your garden variety! 12 comments

Garden Variety collection by Cosmo Cricket

Posted by JulianaM

Does this ever happen to you?  You see a new collection of scrapbook products and you know exactly which photos you want to scrap?  Well, just that happened to me when I first saw Garden Variety by Cosmo Cricket!  As soon as I saw Garden Variety, I knew I wanted to scrap some of the photos I took last spring about working in the garden with my Mom and making strawberry jelly ...

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Saturday, April 17, 2010

Bo Bunny 8 comments

Mama Razzi

Posted by suslvgeo

Have you ever wanted a line that is gorgeous and sophisticated yet FUN? Well then Bo Bunny's Mama Razzi line just might be for you! When I first requested it, I had in my mind images of layouts showing places we have been where I whipped out the camera, and I still think this line would be awesome for that, but as I started playing with it all, so many more ideas popped into my head ...

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Friday, April 16, 2010

Digital Designer Showcase 0 comments

revealing hot new digi products

Posted by MamaK321

We *heart* our designers!!! And what better way to show them our love and appreciation than to pick some of our favorite hot, new products available now in the Digital Shoppe, and scrap our hearts out!  The Digi Creative Team is sure to blow you away once again with their fantastic layout examples ...

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

April Digital CT Spotlight 3 comments

One photo wonders!

Posted by Smiley-Scrap8

Simple Amazing April, we'll that's what it feels like here with everything slowly turning green with spots of spring color popping up everywhere. I feel that same amazing feeling when looking through the digital gallery this month. Check out this month's picks from the digi CT and you can get that amazing feeling too ...

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