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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Twisted Templates 6 comments  

A great technique to extend the life of your purchased templates.

So have you ever wondered what to do with all those GREAT templates in the digi shoppe? This week the Digi CT will not only show you how to use them just the way they are, but also how you can "twist it up". The CT gals partnered up, with one gal scrapping the template in its original design and the other gal putting her own twist on the template by rearranging the pieces to create a completely different design. This is a fantastic way to extend the usefulness of templates that you purchase. You can find a variety of awesome templates, including freebie templates, in the shoppe.
For some tips on how to use a template, check out Angie's
Template Class from our May Crop, in the resources section.

Angie and Janell used one of Randi Oh Designs' Heart Templates.

{Original} Uniquely You by nun69
Angie says “
I used the template just the way it was, except I moved the strips around and didn't use the hearts, but kept everything else the same."

{Twisted} MDT by janello
Janell says “I took the original and made the pictures larger and pulled them to the center of the layout and then deleted the hearts and also all but two of the journaling strips.”

Angie and Kristi used one of Di Hickman’s DiAGRAM Templates.

{Original} Thanksgiving Fun by nun69
Angie says “
you can do all kinds of things with templates, so give it a shot!

{Twisted} Bike Ride by MamaK321
Kristi says “I moved the focus to the lower left corner of the layout and rearranged the photos, combining two of the smaller blocks for a larger vertical photo spot.”


Ronny and Diana used one of Sweet Digi Scraps’ Templates.

{Original} Got Candy? by dianagirly
Diana says “
I have so many pictures but have a hard time thinking of new ways to place more than one photo on a page. With this template I was able to just drop my pictures in place knowing the design would be perfectly placed.”

{Twisted} Water Balloon Fight by Smiley-Scrap8
Ronny says “I rotated the template to the left, slid the group of photos to the left more and changed the placement of the title. This worked best for my photos.”

Laura and Egle used one of Bella Gypsy’s Sketchology Templates.

{Original} Great Minds by Art-Teacher

{Twisted} Priceless by FairyMouseMom

Sara and Kristi used one of Bella Gypsy’s Sketchology Templates: Bracketeering.

{Original} Edwardian  Spring Fair by Keling
Sara says “Templates are one of the easiest ways to scrap digitally! They're awesome if your mojo is a bit out of steam, or if you need/want to do something quick.”

{Twisted} Rock* N Roll Mama by MamaK321
Kristi says "I rearranged the pieces of the template, changing their orientation and deleting some of the excess pieces that I didn't need."

Karin and Amanda used one of Laura Burger’s Templates.

{Original} 1st Day of School by mckdaisy

{Twisted} Doh Doh by mayerkt
Karin says “I enjoy mixing things up with templates, it gets more life out of them and you can always use it as a starting point for inspiration!”

Sarah and Ronny used one of Shelle Pukas Templates.

{Original} Sweet Strawberry Pickin’ by Smiley-Scrap8
Ronny says “I used the template as is, and I could not have picked a better design for these photos. Templates really help make scrapping easy to fit into my day."

{Twisted} Double Trouble by davsar
Sarah says “I rotated the template, deleted one of the pictures, and moved everything to one side."


here are some of the additional products used in these reveal layouts...



About the author ...
Angie became part of the Digital CT in May 2007. She loves digi scrapping and has really not found a favorite designer because they are all great! She is inspired daily by ALL the great work done here and posted in the ACOT gallery. She also has 4 beautiful kids that you will see VERY much of in her LO's. Especially little Abby Lou!

Posted by MamaK321

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Little Yellow Bicycle Zinnia 7 comments  

A Cherry on Top's Shoppe is filled with many lines that have beautiful, vibrant colors for summertime pictures...and one of the most beautiful is the Zinnia line by Little Yellow Bicycle.  Not only are the colors rich and the patterns refreshing, the papers and embellishments are embossed and glittery...giving them texture and glitz that will make your pages and projects stand out.  Having three daughters, this line was a must have for me...the color combination is gorgeous...deep pinks and purples, paired with an orange and a cool green.  They are perfect together!

My first layout uses a variety of the embellishments that are available with this line. There are glittery letter stickers, cardstock stickers, and ribbon...I cannot tell you how much I LOVE their ribbon!  It is difficult to capture the shimmer of the flower and the title, but trust me...they have a ton of sparkle!

Next, I paired the cool green diecut paper with the bright purple and pink...tying it all together with the ribbon.  The green die cut sheet has white flowers along one side, so I cut them out with my exacto knife and layered them over the contrasting pink cardstock.  Look closely and you can see the embossed zinnias on the paper...it is thick and gorgeous. 

This line also contains a patchwork sheet of patterned paper, perfect for cutting up and using for accents.  There are also embossed and glittery journaling spots that are the perfect accent to pages and cards.

I am not someone that makes a lot of cards, but I loved this line so much that I had to use up every scrap!  Here are three that I came up with fairly quickly...

If you are looking for a vibrant, sparkly and beautiful line of papers for summer crafting, this is the line for you!

Products Used:


Posted by 4peasinourpod

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

On Display with Fancy Pants 13 comments  

Adding Dimension To Projects With Photos on Display

Recently, I have been trying to incorporate my overabundance of scrapbooking supplies into more than just scrapbook layouts.  I love seeing those pretty papers, cool embellishments and fun products in other places than just my scrapbook pages or my storage bins.  I spend way more time than I should shopping for the perfect supplies and love incorporating them into home decor projects that can be seen all of the time. 

When I first saw these Fancy Pants frames, I knew they would be perfect for decorating our walls.  I also knew that my scrapbooking supplies would be the perfect additon to transform them into works of art.  I liked the idea of being able to add dimension to the projects while displaying some of my favorite photos. 

Fancy Pants made their "On Display" frames in 4 different sizes: a 6x8 frame, an 8x8 frame, an 18x9 frame and large window frame.  There are 2 different colored finishes for the frame: black and white.  Each comes with a clear acrylic piece in the center of the frame.  You can adhere your photos and embellishments on the outside of the frame or the inside. 

My Somewhere Over the Rainbow:

The first frame I made was an 8"x8" black frame.  I chose to add my papers and embellishments on top of the acrylic since they were dimensional.  Our walls are currently all white so I decided to leave the background clear.  When you hang the frame up, the white shows through and adds more to the dimension of the frame.  I cut out the cute rainbow and sunshine from a piece of the "On a Whimsey" patterned paper by Fancy Pants.  I cut out a second rainbow and attached it with pop dots so my rainbow had dimension.  I handsewed some yellow buttons on my sunshine.  I added my title against the rainbow.  I used a journaling spot from the Summer Soiree Journaling book as the matte for my photo.  I also made the flower attached to the corner of the frame using loops of the gorgoeus Summer Soiree striped ribbon.  I adored this photo of my daughter and I and the frame now proudly hangs in my scrapbook room.  The pretty colors, products, and photo always make me happy when I look at it. 


A Night To Remember

The next frame I used was 18"x9" and also had a black finish.  I chose both black frames because our walls are white.  I knew a white frame would clash.  If you were planning on painting the frame, I think a white frame would be better to start with.  

The size of this frame lends itself to a design similar to a 2 page layout design.  I deceided to use some photos I had of my daughter and husband at the recent Dazzling Daddy-Daughter Dance.  It was a really exciting night for all of us and I loved the photos of them together.  I chose some products in pink and black to match the photos.  The Doodlebug Sugar Coated Cardstock is really pretty in person and has the perfect amount of glimmer.  When I added it on top of the acrylic in the center of the frame, you can see that glimmer every time you look at the frame.  I also used some gorgeous black felt made by Anna Griffin.  It is really soft and the contrast in texture isn't lost under a piece of glass in a regular frame.  You can really see it with these Fancy Pants frames.  I also embellished a Fancy Pants chipboard crown with some of the same Doodlebug Sugar Coated Cardstock and some Kaisercraft pearls.  I added a title to the crown as well.  It now proudly hangs on my wall.


Supplies Used:


Posted by Beth-W

Friday, May 22, 2009

Spotlight on Becki Kress Designs 2 comments

Meet Becki and see some fantastic layouts from the CT featuring her great products.

This week the Digi CT is thrilled to be spotlighting Becki Kress, one of our newest designers to join ACOT. We interviewed Becki so you can get to know the designer behind the amazing products.

1. When did you start designing and selling digital scrapb...

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Thursday, May 21, 2009

May Creative Time Spotlight 14 comments

Our Gallery totally ROCKS!

Well, with the National Scrapbooking Day crop weekend, we kicked off the galleries with a bang this month. So many great layouts rocking the gallery that our Creative Team had a blast finding some fun favorites!

You by Deanna Kroll

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

GCD Studios 4 comments

Beautiful Paper Design With Patterns, Luxurious Textures And Shimmer

Scrapbooking is all about being creative, capturing memories and having fun. The goal of GCD Studios is to provide you with beautiful, fun, fresh, sophisticated and innovative designs. Once I got to see and feel the GCD Studios papers in my hands, I understood t...

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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

You're Invited to a Summer Soiree! 15 comments

Fun times with the new line from Fancy Pants Designs

I don't know about you but when the warmer weather rolls in it seems like my schedule rolls right on out!  The change from Spring to Summer always seems to bring plans out of the woodwork... suddenly there are parties, impromptu gatherings, and what feels like a mill...

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Monday, May 18, 2009

Layering with HEIDI SWAPP 25 comments

How to layer with paper, lace and diecuts

What a fun surprise I got when I opened my Creative Team box this month! I mean, yes, I know I ordered the Heidi Swapp papers, but what I didn’t know is that some of them had die cuts in the middle of the pages! This turned into a whole different theme for me when I...

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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Meet Em/emarie803 11 comments

May's Featured Guest

Please join me in welcoming our featured guest for the month of May- Em/emarie803.  I am sure you have seen some of her awesome creations in the gallery or chatted with her on the message board.  If you havent' already, take a peek at her fantastic

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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

What Are You Growing? 1 comments

Whether flowers or a relationship, everything needs to be nurtured to grow.

Many things, like grass and trees can grow just fine without our help. But there are things in life that we must care for and nurture to help them grow. It may be a beautiful flower garden, or veggies to help feed the family. You could be working on growing a stronge...

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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Petaloo Flowers 14 comments

flowers, flowers and more flowers!!!

I love using flowers on my layouts and cards, all kinds of flowers!!  Have you seen all the new Petaloo flowers?  They are awesome and I love all the different types of flowers.  And so many different colors and color combos to choose from.  Th...

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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

We R Memory Keepers MVP line 12 comments

sports photos troubles? Here is your line!

Do you have sporting event anxiety?

Does the thought of scrapbooking those 800 soccer/baseball/football pictures totally overwhelm you?

I understand.

I have four children.  Multiply that by 3 or so sports each, and the amount of photos that I ...

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Monday, May 11, 2009

Sketches with Glitz! 5 comments

featuring Audrey and Rebel lines

Sketches....there are tons and tons of them out there. This month I thought I would show you a few of my favorite places to find sketches and how to use them. Each of my projects will showcase the new Audrey and Rebel lines by Glitz. These two lines are very v...

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Monday, May 11, 2009

NSD 2009 2 comments

List of Crop Challenges

Scrappers often lose their mojo and rely on challenges to get them going.  ACOT's Creative Team thought it would be helpful to archive this year's crop challenges so that you can refer to them throughout upcoming months for ideas when you get stuck and need in...

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Friday, May 8, 2009

One Kit Wonder 7 comments

Creating a layout with one single kit can really make it shine!

It is no secret that the Digital Store here at ACOT has a plethora of amazing kits on the shelves.  What better way to showcase the beauty of your favorite kit than by creating a layout featuring elements from that kit, and that alone!  This won't be a...

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