Articles in June 2011
Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Bella Gypsy Spotlighted 3 comments  

Spolighting Bella Gypsy Designs

Posted by nun69

The digi divas decided to spotlight Bella Gypsy Designs this week. Even though Tabatha's little girl is just a month old, she still recently managed to get two brand new kits in the shoppe! She has some really fun and whimisical kits to suit any like and style you may have. So go check out her shoppe and enjoy the wonderful examples we have to show you!


First, we have this layout by our talented Digi Guest CT ScrapEgypt

On Top of the World

Cielle says "I chose to use two of Bella Gypsy's newer kits - Summer Lovin and Color Shock. These bright kits were great fun to work with - lots of colorful papers and so many fun elements to choose from, and the two kits really worked well together."

Angie, nun69 made this FANTASTIC hybrid goodie with just one Bellay Gypsy kit!


Angie says "So, I wanted to make something to match Abby's little flowers and pinwheels and this is what I came up with. A cute little door hanger! I just printed a piece of paper from Bella Gypsy's Poppy Sorbet kit and then rolled it into a cone shape and glued it together!"

Next, we have these fab summer layouts by Ronny, Smiley-Scrap8


Ronny says "Bella Gypsy Designs has always been one of my go-to designers, I think because I scrap mostly my kids and the kits are perfectly suited to their carefree spirit. The kit colors are always so bright and fun, with great themes that always go great with my photos."

Next, we have these layouts highlighting Summer Fun and a Happy Birthday by Janell

Janell says "I LOVE Bella Gypsy--every single kit is a kit I adore, they are right in alignment with my personal style and the color combinations are just perfect. I hope Bella Gypsy Designs keep on producing FOREVER!!!!"

Jennifer, sarahwhithers came up with this adorable layout with her cat in the beer box!

Jennifer says "I went with a funny picture of my cat Gwen when she was playing in an empty beer box. I thought the bright colors of this kit would make it really fun!"

Laura, Art-Teacher did these fun outdoor layouts!


Laura says "Bella Gypsy has so many colorful kits. They work wonderfully for scrapping any sort of photos with kids at play!"

Here are just a few of the FABULOUS Bella Gypsy Products used in this week's reveal :)



Posted by nun69


Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Bo Bunny-Barefoot and Bliss 8 comments  

Posted by carrie123

Well, summer is finally here in Chicago.  Not sure how long it will last though, so I figured I would do some pages of summertime fun. The Bo Bunny Barefoot and Bliss line was perfect! It was actually perfect in more ways than one. Bo Bunny has this wonderful abillity to make lines that practically do the layouts for you. Everything in the line comes together so perfectly and effortlessly, and this line was no exception. The colors and prints in this line really have a light breezy summertime feel.

Another thing I like about the Bo Bunny lines is the alphabet 12 x 12 sheet. I love that they include letters, borders, mini title stickers, and something that I love- journal strips. I love to use these when I need to fill in some empty space or to just add that little extra touch. So, if you are looking for something that can give you a layout in very little time that really looks like you spent hours on, then this line is for you!

Making a Splash!

Mom and Me...

Popsicle Kisses

Barefoot and Bliss!

Products used in these layouts:

Posted by carrie123


Wednesday, June 29, 2011

It's Sew Easy 10 comments  

Part 1: Simply stitching

Posted by happayscrappay

If you have thought about hand stitching on your pages or projects, then Sew Easy by We R Memory Keepers is the tool for you. The tool is designed to perfectly fit in your hand and when rolled across paper placed on top of the piercing mat, places perfectly splaced holes in your paper.  The rest is up to you - just fill in the holes with thread of your choosing or some of the wonderful WRMK floss.  Grab your needle and thread because you're going to want to try out some of these simple ways to use the Sew Easy on your next project. 

A Boy's Life - example of a simple border

There are a variety of stitch heads available for the Sew Easy tool.  Any one of them will provide a nice border for your photos.  You can run it across the entire page or just a portion of it as I have done with this layout about my boys. 

I simply ran the large stitch piercer (loop de loop) across the patterned paper, sprayed it with a little glimmer mist and then chose some floss to match the colors on my page.  A little tip: to go straight across a piece of paper, use the edge of a ruler as your guide.  The pattern printed on the stitch head matches the location of the piercing part of the tool underneath. 

Cherries - example of enhancing an embellishment

Many paper lines now come with journaling cards or cardstock shapes.  Using the straight stitch head that comes with the Sew Easy tool, you can add a little bit of stitching to spice the shape up. 

On this page featuring myself and the fantastic Chrissy, I've used the straight stitch head and the fancy floss (baker's twine primary) to spice up a Maya Road Kraft Doily. 

Phin - an example of following a pattern and mix it up

Many patterned papers have spaces that will look perfect with a little stitching. On my next page, I've done just that and added some borders using the basic stitch head and the zig zag head.  This page just goes to show that two heads are better than one!

To really accent the detail of the patterned paper, I stitched part of the swirls with the straight stitch and part of them with the zig zag but I only stitched half of the stitches in the zig zag portion.  I also used the zig zag head to create a border for my picture.  The stitches angle down toward the photo to emphasize that portion of the page.  I added in a network of free-handed stitches to hang all of the fun Echo Park stickers from.  I also used two different colors of thread on this page, changing the color depending on the location of the stitches.  I do think a white on white effect would have been cool for the stitches in the swirl but they would not have stood out as much.

A Big Deal - an example of masking

Not only can the Sew Easy provide the location for where to place stitches, but it can also work as a template on where to cut to create a mask.  For A Big Deal, I knew I wanted blue flags to come off the train photo.  But, I wanted the flags outlined in red stitches to go with the rest of the paper.  Using a scrap piece of paper, I ran the large stitch piercer (banner) across the paper and then cut out between the pierced spots with my exacto knife.  I then used this as a mask for Perfect Pearls mists.  After I sprayed the paper, I stitched around the banners.

I then also discovered a use for the pieces I cut out of the scrap paper to make the mask - they are located at the top of the picture in a third banner!  Their shape and size perfectly matches the misted and stitched banners. 

Wet & Wild - an example of adding texture

I love having dimension and texture on my pages.  Using the Sew Easy, I was able to add additional texture and emphasis to the Tim Holtz embossing folder that I used on my page.

I texturized the cardstock with the embossing folder and then used the Sew Easy zig zag head (this might be my favorite) to privide a stitching location on the lower parts of the embossed cardstock.  I used the fancy floss bakers twine primary color yellow to create the rays of the sun.  I have a few more ideas how I could do this with other embossing folders.  I love them and the dimension they add to a page, but I often forget to pull them out and use them! 

I hope you have found inspiration in the ways I've used the Sew Easy for this reveal.  It's now time for you to pull that Sew Easy out or head to the store so you can get to work creating pages.  Next month I'll be back with part 2 containing some more complex ideas for using the Sew Easy!

Sew Easy Items used in this reveal


Posted by happayscrappay


Tuesday, June 28, 2011

SEI A Fair Day 6 comments

Posted by 4peasinourpod

The fair.  As children (and some of us adults!) those words strike joy and anticipation into our hearts.  I LOVE the fair.  The highlight of the summer with my kids is a day at our Wisconsin State Fair.  We have a standing tradition of dropping EVERYTHING for a day at the fair ...

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Monday, June 27, 2011

Sweet Summertime is Here 6 comments

The Temperature Is Rising

Posted by Kimandasmo

Just one step outside your front door and I am sure you can tell that SummerTime is here! The sun is shining, the skies are blue, the grills are grilling and the grass is green ...

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Friday, June 24, 2011

Hybrid Mini Albums 0 comments

You can have it your way!

Posted by milmomma

Any way you want, you can have it!  That is something I love about mini albums.

They come in all shapes and sizes.  You can even mak ...

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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Simple Stories - 100 Days of Summer 1 comments

Posted by Michelle M.

View this video to see the "100 Days of Summer" Collection from Simple Stories:


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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Basic Grey - Out of Print 1 comments

Posted by Michelle M.

View  this video to see the "Out of Print" Collection Preview:


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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Designing with Silvia Romeo 6 comments

Posted by MamaK321

Silvia Romeo Designs' motto is "Creating timeless memories with elegance." One look at her digital shoppe and there is no disputing the fact that Silvia's products are every bit glamorous, charming, vintage, and vibrant ...

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Basic Grey - Oxford 0 comments

Posted by Michelle M.

View this video to see the "Oxford" Collection by Basic Grey:


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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Bo Bunny's Zoology 10 comments

Posted by bluejeans7

I know that some of us have a hard time scrapping "themed" lines and a zoo line can be very hard to work with.  I think that Bo Bunny does a beautiful job with the Zoology line ...

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Monday, June 20, 2011

Doodlebug Seaside Collection 20 comments

Come with the sea!

Posted by FurBaby_Mom

This line, Seaside - was made for me!!!  Okay, anything Doodlebug was made for me, but this line in particular.  The great thing about Doodlebug is that it appeals to the cutesy and the non-cutesy folks (I fall into the first category!), so it's really versatile ...

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Monday, June 20, 2011

Echo Park Dots & Stripes 14 comments

Posted by SarahA

When I first saw Echo Park's announcement about the Dots and Stripes lines, I wasn't that excited. It seemed like a boring neutral line that I might pick up a piece or two of. When my reveal time came around for June, though, I gave it ...

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Monday, June 20, 2011

Splash Fun By Best Creation 0 comments

Posted by heidi

View this video to see the Splash Fun Collection From Best Creation

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Saturday, June 18, 2011

How To Use The SewEasy Tool 0 comments

Posted by Kristin

Add stitching to just about any paper project without needing a sewing machine with the

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