Articles in January 2011
Monday, January 31, 2011

MAKING MEMORIES Je t'Adore 15 comments  

Which must mean "most adored scrapbook supplies!"

Posted by Laura Fiore

Since I don't speak French, I'm just going to go with my own translation for the Making Memories Je t'Adore line..."most adored scrapbook supplies"! I mean, just when I think Making Memories can't get better, they come out with another gorgeous line of paper, embellishments and even jewelry!!! I was lucky enough to choose this fun new love/valentine line of papers to share this month! The papers are double sided for extra diversity, the embellishments are girly and gorgeous, and the box turned out to make a pretty awesome craft project!

As soon as I opened my Creative Team box, I knew this embellishment package was going to make a great gift box!



First, I took this embellishment package , pulled all of the fun stuff out of it, traced it onto the Eiffel Tower paper for the interior of the box, cut two strips of the Red Ledger paper and placed them around the outside edge of the lid, and added the heart trim from the embellishments inside the box. The top was easy too, because of the mini cupcake liners...they make perfect flowers! I added a few bits of ribbon, more embellishments and a charm from the bracelet to finish off the top. SO CUTE!


For My Favorite Things about You

I had this older photo of Mackenzie that was just screaming to be scrapped in a very little girl way. These papers and products are perfect for that! I used a bit of pink distress ink to add some texture and the silky ribbon roses are the sweetest!


Cute Stuff

Lots and lots of layers is my style, and one way I love to separate the layers from each other is by adding an interesting punched border! It gives dimension and definitely adds to the fun of the layout. The flowers on my nieces top in the photo were my influence for grabbing a few floral layers of these fabulous papers! The embellishment box has lots of flowers, gems and buttons to finish things off.


Do You Know What it Is?

How adorable are these photos that my niece sent me from Christmas? My mom and dad went down to visit and were excited to learn that they would be adding to their great grandchildren in July! These photos show Chloe sharing an ultrasound photo with Nana and asking all about what she was seeing in the photo! I love how much softness and love you can show on your layouts made with these products...just so sweet!!!


Lastly, this is for you! To thank you for all of the love and support you have shown me while I've been on the CT here. For those of you who have been my friends, my partners in crime (LOL) and even president and loyal members of my Fan Club (I have never been as surprised and honored as I was by that ladies!!!) I have truly enjoyed every moment that we've spent together here. I'm sad to say that this is my last reveal as a CT Member and I'm happy to let you know that I'll still be hanging around, scrapping with all of you at our happy scrappy home, A Cherry on Top, just in a much more relaxed way. Thanks so much everyone, and I really will

Love You 4Ever






The following products were used for these projects:





Posted by Laura Fiore


Thursday, January 27, 2011

Made From Scratch 13 comments  

Scrapbook Recipes

Posted by Keling

My momma always said, "Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get." ~ Forrest Gump

Every month, Jennifer (sarahwhithers), sets us a challenge to create a layout based on a recipe in the Countdown Challenge.

Just like a regular recipe, you need to use one of these, and two of those, to pull together a layout. The challenge can be hard, sometimes, especially if your asked to use something like nine different patterned papers- it often forces you to look outside one particular kit into kits from other designers to pull together coordinating papers and embellishments into a eye-pleasing page.

This week, the digi team decided to put each other to task. Jennifer (sarahwhithers), Brittney (milmomma) and Sara (Keling) each put together a recipe to share with everyone, and then we each created a layout with that recipe - sounds like a lot of work, doesn't it!


Recipe #1 - Brittney

"Yes I know its a lot but I love busy layouts :)," Brittney said. "This weeks reveal focuses on Recipes, nope not the ones we use for cooking. Similarly these recipes are made to come up with a great page. For me this is the hardest challenge , being told what I have to use is the worst, even when I make the recipe!"

          1-animal (Or you can replace this with 1 metal if you really can't do the animal)
          3-doodles or stitches (no mixing, 3 doodles, or 3 stitches ;))
          4- pictures
          5- ribbons, rick rack, string, etc
          6- frames
          7- floral (leaves, flowers, etc.)
          8- buttons
          9- papers


Jenn created this lovely page of her furbabies. She used "My Pet" by Sweet Digi Scraps and "Spring Cake" by Mye De Leon, as well as a freebie template by Isabel Mendez.


Sara (keling) said, "Whew! What a challenge!" She used "I Didn't Do It" by Sweet Digi Scraps, "Boys & Girls in the Band" by Kay Eflin, "Resolution" by SAS Designs, "Rock Out" by Sweet Digi Scraps, "A Mighty Jungle" by Tallula Moon Designs, "Messy Stitching" by Amy Teets and "Gone Wild" by Sherri Tierney.


"I used the photos of my son with the class pet to take on this recipe that I came up with." Britney used "Everything's Nice" by Serene by R.W., "Kids and Pets" by MC-Designs and "Bad Sewing Machine" by Traci Reed.


Recipe #2 - Sara

"Recipes are such a challenge to me - there easy to write, but hard to put together, especially when you're looking for 9 coordinating papers from different designers' kits."

          1 - Metal
          2 - Papers
          3 - Fonts/Alphas
          4 - Ribbons/Ric-rac
          5 - Flora (leaves, flowers)
          6 - Photos

Cassandra (mommybruno) created this great page and said: "The fun thing about using recipes to build a layout is that they challenge you. Four ribbons was a lot for me to use on a LO about my son, but I managed to incorporate them in a way that isn't girly. And like with any recipe, I just have to tinker with the ingredients! I added stitching and a word art. I love how this LO turned out! Thanks for the inspiration, Sara!"


Britney's page features a baby shower. She said: "With this weeks reveal focusing on recipes, I have to say I loved Sara's the most. It flowed well as soon as I started it. Sometimes the right pictures go right with the recipes and that helps." Britney used "Electic Comfort" by Bella Gypsy Designs, "So Happy Together Alpha" by Shawna Clingerman and Jenn Barrett, and "All My Heart Alpha" by Shawna Clingerman.


Laura (ArtTeacher) also followed Sara's recipe. She said: "For this reveal, I chose Sara/Keling's recipe of 1 metal, 2 papers, 3 fonts, 4 ribbons, 5 flora, and 6 photos. I found a template that used 6 photos and with a few alterations, this is the layout I came up with. I really love recipe layouts because they help me come up with things I wouldn't normally do!" She used a free template by Dani, "Snow Day" kit by JennCK Designs, "Dear Santa" kit by Sweet Digi Scraps, a metal tree from Lindsay Jane Designs' "Christmas Traditions" kit, and the fonts Calamity Jane Bold, Calamity Jane Regular and Angelina.


Jennifer's page, "Party Animal" used "U Are the Star" by Laura Burger.


In using her own recipe, Sara create a page from the Pickin' On The Square in Newnan, GA. She used "State Fair" by Hot Flash Designs, as well as alphas from "Jingle Bells" (Red Glitter Alpha) and "Mischief Maker" (Felt Turquoise Alpha), also by Hot Flash Designs. The G-Clef is from the Sweet Digi Scraps' kit "Rock Out."


Recipe #3 - Jennifer

          1 - Word art
          2 - Pictures
          3 - Papers
          4 - Strings/Ribbons
          5 - Buttons
          6 - Lines of Journaling
          7 - Elements of any kind but must have the color RED in them


Brittney's said about Jennifer's recipe: "This weeks reveal is a huge challenge to me. Jennifer's recipe wasn't too bad for me since I love scrapping with red! :)" She used the kit "Rock Out" by Sweet Digi Scraps.


Sara found Jenn's recipe a bit challenging, because "I don't like red! That's why I went with a Christmas page! The journalling is a 6-line poem about Christmas I found on the web." She used "Christmas Words" and "Dear Santa" by Sweet Digi Scraps.


Using her own recipe, Jenn features her furbaby, Gwen. She used "Pieces of Me" by Amy Teets, "A Brand New Outfit" by  Mye De Leon and wordart is "WordArt" by Jennifer.

Posted by Keling


Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Be My Valentine? 17 comments  

We R Memory Keepers

Posted by ScrapGoo

Pink, pink, pink!  What's a girl with a husband, a son, and three male cats to do with *pink*?!  Why, make Valentine's, of course!  I love pink but almost never get a chance to use it because of all the testosterone in my life and in my photos.  But upcoming Valentine's Day gives me the chance to play with pink, frolick with fuchsia, and create with carnation.  We R Memory Keepers Be My Valentine line has all those shades plus some awesome complementary greens and yellows.  Add in some sweet birds, cheeky typewriters, and hearts galore... what more could you ask for in a modern Valentine line?

How about flocking, die cut papers, and specialty stitched papers?  Yup, WRMK includes those too.  And the chipboard alone will make you crave sweets!  :-)

So Big!

This is my best friend's little girl, Laila.  She just turned one and one of her favorite games is to ask her "Laila, how big?" and then you say "SOOO big!" and she raises her little arms in the air.  Adorable!  I took these photos at her birthday party and had to take advantage of the PINK to scrap her sweet face.  I fussy cut the pink stitched paper to create the border and layered some of the flocked sticker ribbon.  I left the journaling tag blank for my friend to fill it in herself.  I love how the colors compliment her little hat and dress!

Closet Friend

Yes, you read that right.  I said "closet" friend.  As the journaling recalls, at my 16th birthday party my friend Meredith slipped me a napkin that said I was her closet friend.  Now, Meredith is not the sentimental type.  The world may never know if she meant to say "closest" or was just being a goon and intentionally wrote it wrong but 16 years later the joke (and term of endearment) remains strong in our relationship. 

I grounded the die cut paper on kraft cardstock and added some adorable little birds to this page.  I really like that WRMK used plenty of yellow and green in this collection.  As Meredith and I are not the most girly girls it was nice to use these colors and add the pink for just a little pop!

Valentine Love U Banner

I've been waiting for the right project for these Jenni Bowlin bingo cards.  The Be My Valentine line coordinates perfectly with them so I decided to create a mini banner!  I used the patterned paper and a border punch to make six accordion flowers, topped them with die-cut circles, and then my alphas to spell "Love <3 U".  Some pleated crepe paper finishes the bottoms. I strung the cards on a ribbon with bows and hanging crystals between them.  This banner certainly brings a little extra love to our house!

Bee My Valentine Card

Now for the Valentine cards! I kinda fell in love with this super cute bee tag.  Yes, it's cheesy, but if you can't be cheesy on Valentine's Day when can you?? I tied the tag with some pink lace and layered it over some circle punches from the dot paper.  They were the perfect size!  The mini chipboard tucked into the corner and the two stick pins give the card a little depth. 

Love Birds Card

This card was inspired by the teeny tiny banner.  I just *had* to cut it out and "string" the triangles on some stitching!  How cute are those sweet birds perched on the lines?  I added the hearts as if they were singing love out to the world! The large tag was pop dotted for dimension and I tied the bow for a little texture. 

Love Letters Card

Oooh, what is it about miniature typewriters!?  Love letters!  This is probably my favorite card of the bunch.  I stitched the striped background to the cardstock, cut the heart border off the die cut sheet, and added the tag on top.  The ball trim, crocheted flower, and metal rose give this card some additional vintage flair. 

I hope you love We R Memory Keepers Be My Valentine collection as much as I did!  Make something for someone you love!

I used the following products on these projects:

Posted by ScrapGoo


Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Happy Valentine's with K&Company! 8 comments

Posted by bluejeans7

   I am not sure why but I love to scrapbook Valentine's Day photos ...

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Monday, January 24, 2011

Family Keepsakes 7 comments

with We R Memory Keepers

Posted by Kimandasmo

When you head into the shoppe to buy scrapping supplies, how do you decide what to buy? What do you look for? Do you only buy the newest lines? Do you only buy the biggest names? Are you drawn to certain colors or designs?

I love to browse  both old and new and often find myself being to drawn into a line by its color ...

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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Wintry White Splashed With Some Color 6 comments

...It Is Not Just For Summer Anymore...

Posted by FairyMouseMom

Ah, Winter, what beauty you bring!  If only I didn't have to shovel the snow, I think I would like you more!  But, with that, I have to admit the beauty that the 'white winter' brings ...

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Scrapbooking With Echo Park - Be Mine Collection 6 comments

Posted by 4peasinourpod

Valentine's Day.

Right before CHA every year, the Valentine's Day lines come out, and I DREAD them.  Really.  There is not one person in this world that dislikes pink more than me, and I try to avoid theme scrapbooking as much as I can ...

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

January Creative Team Spotlight 2 comments

Holiday memories, winter fun and colorful creations!

Posted by Smiley-Scrap8

This month's spotlight is bursting with yummy creations that start off our new year right. There is a great mix of our recent holiday memories, lots of winter fun and some very colorful creations including cards, layouts and even a mini album ...

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Glitz Hoopla 5 comments

Sweet, Sassy and Surprising

Posted by megamay

I had my eye on this collection since it debuted. I just love the blues and the greens and those cakes! But I was hesitant because I thought the colors might be too bright. I also thought that the black accents wouldn't go with my style; I thought they were too funky ...

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Monday, January 17, 2011

Artist Trading Cards - ATC 3 comments

Art-C Collection

Posted by JulesinParadise

Artist Trading Cards (ATCs), which have grown immensely in popularity since the credited date of 1969, are a fun way to play with paints, inks, stamps, papers, embellishments, pen and ink, markers and even cloth.  These small works of art give the artist open ended opportunities to experiment and create ...

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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Celebrating Winter Traditions 3 comments

Posted by MamaK321

When you think winter, you most likely immediately think "Christmas". Well, that holiday is not the only one most of us celebrate throughout the season ...

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Echo Park Little Boy 9 comments

For more than just boys!

Posted by SarahA

I loved the fun, bright colors in Echo Park's newest line, Little Boy. While I don't have any little boys to scrap, I do have other photos that would go perfectly with the great colors and fun patterns in this line. As always, they have ...

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Little Yellow Bicycle Cupcake Love 9 comments

Posted by Dianedi

Ready or not, the month of February which celebrates loves will soon be here! In the shop, you'll find gorgeous shades of pink, red, blue, and green with themes of hearts, cupcakes, and flowers.  Whether you are scrapping about a family member, things you love, or Valentine's Day, there is a beautiful line waiting for you! This month, I chose to work with the scrumptious

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Thursday, January 6, 2011

White Space Anyone? 4 comments

Posted by nun69

So you ever wondered what that term" WHITE SPACE" means when people talk about it in the digi world? Well this is what the real definition is:


Whitespace is the empty spaces in a design ...

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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Basic Grey Curio 8 comments

A great line and some fun sketches!

Posted by bluejeans7

It is so good to be back scrapbooking , which I had to put on hold while we moved.  For my CT reveal I picked the Basic Grey Curio line.  Basic Grey always does an amazing job creating and putting together new lines, they are one of my favorite companies ...

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