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					      Scrapbooking, Stamping and Altered Art Magazine

                                         Celebrate that
                                      special lady in your
                                        life! Your Mom.

                                      Use fabric to create
                                      fun crafty projects.

                                        Sketch Inspired
                                      layouts and cards.
                                        Great designs.
                                        Quick and easy.
✤FREE Digi Downloads
✤Printable Stamps
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✤Cool, Classy Sketches
                                         Make scrappy
✤Useful Tips & Ideas                    items with non-
✤Great Tutorials
                                         scrappy tools.   
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Use                                                                        Create
 Sketch Inspired.                                                    53
In Living Color

     Let a sketch jumpstart                                               
   Regal, fabulous, full! Itʼs
      your creativity.                                                         purple.

13 Bradalicious                                                            58
Card Crib

    Get creative with brads                                               
   Crafty cards that celebrate
     and ribbon!                                                           

Keeping it Real                     Learn                               62
Getting Digi with It

     Learning can be fun and                                              
   Cool Collages.
      creative with Above
Stamp Pad
   Great tips for clean, fun,
      Rubies Studio!
                                           easy stamping.
In The Fab Lane                                                         4
 Founderʼs Letter

    with Tiare
Tool Time
   Itʼs easy to create with items

    In this issue check out                                              5
 Our Voices
                                           you have right at home.
     Neatnix Storage and                                                  
 Reader comments and
     Scrapbook Girl Pajamas.                                              
Technique - 
Kit E Corner                        
   Cool ways to use fabric in

     with Studio Calico                   scrapbooking and altered        6
 Treasure Chest
   Enter to win great prizes
Digi Downloads                                                          
   from our sponsors!
                                       50 Iʼll Always Love...

    Download these great
   Paint a rose, make a

    dig kits and digi elements
                                           journal. Itʼs easy!

    by our fabulous digi                                                  
   Scrapbooking your faith.
Reader Spotlight
Set it Off                                                              
   Meet Robin Shakoor and

     ...with paint and mist. We                                           
   check out her beautiful

     show you how                                                         
   scrappinʼ creations.

3D Challenge                                                            72
Reader Gallery

     Our 3 designers use the                                              
   Our readers share Easter

     same page kit to get 3                                                   and a bit of Mother Love.

     different looks.
                                                                           78 Online Directory       
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                                                                Founding Editorial
                                                                          Director   Tiare Smith
                                                                            Editor   Cheryl Hepburn
On the cover: Garden Girl by Chalese Knight.                   Marketing Associate   Lisa Renee Young
Supplies: Pattern Paper: Paper Reflections                       Vendor Relations    Melissa Wilson
Collage Paper; Cardstock: DCWV; Ribbon Trim:
American Craft; Flowers: Micheal's; Letters:
Cosmo Cricket; Ink: Color Box; Tools: Cricut;
EK Butterfly Punch;                                       Creative Team Members Tiare Smith
                                                                                Samara Joseph
                                                                                Karen Jiles
                                                                                Keandra Willis
                                                                                Lorie Moses
                Get Published
                                                                                Kenyatta Thomas
           in our Jun/Jul 2011 Issue
                                                                                Camille Phillips
 All submissions will be entered to win a prize                                 Chalese Knight
    pack from Scraps of Color sponsors. All                                     Tena Ellison
  published artists will also receive the highly                                Rani Shah
coveted, “Iʼve been published,” button! For your                                Moanica Caston
              blogs and siggy lines!
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                                                                 Note from Tiare

                                                                                Hello All,

Spring has Sprung! The temperature is rising and flowers are starting to
bloom, at least that is true here in Georgia. With spring comes even more
crafty opportunities! Easter, Mother’s Day, Gardens, April Showers, May
     Flowers, National Scrapbooking Day! The world provides us with so
                                      much to cherish, remember and share.

   Our creative team has done just that in our 2nd issue of Scraps of Color
    Scrapbook Magazine. Once again, they have created some fabulous works of heart to
 inspire you. They continue to amaze me with each issue. Inside you will find easy tips for
  painting your own journal, a cool mini album idea, fun layout inspiration and plenty of
                                                                         card savvy ideas!

    Take a moment, sit back, peruse the pages and get creative! And don’t forget to share
                                              your creations and your thoughts with us!

                                                                    Read it. Print it. Share it. Enjoy it!



                                             We want to hear from you!
Questions about this issue, scrapbooking related topics? Just ask. Comments. We want to hear them. Tell us what
                         you think, what you liked and what youʼd like to see. Donʼt be shy!

                                                Write us here!        
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Our Voices
...reader comments and letters
“Hello from Prescott, Az. I just found out
about Scraps of Color from Paper Crafters                   Questions? Comments. Suggestions.
Corner....OH MY!!! what a beautiful and
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exciting. So fresh and gosh I just don't
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                                                          You gave me product information so I can shop
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Scrapbook Magazine is FREE! Tell your                     you say Copic markers?); encouragement and
friends!                                                  guidance for my Weight Watcher journey; and
                                                          ideas for heritage scrapbooking.

                                                          You Divas of Excellence have set a very high
                                                          bar! I look forward, with great anticipation, to
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                  and tons of great coordinating embellies.

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                                                             to win this “Stuff Tool Bag” from
                                                             Neatnix. Keep all your crafty
                                                             tools neat and handy!

                                  CLICK HERE for your
                            chance to win this Cricut A to
                             Z DVD from Above Rubies.
                              Learn creative ways to use
                                             your Cricut.

                                          CLICK HERE for your chance to win
                                          this fun set of brads from the Eyelet
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Sketch Inspired
Inspiration is just a sketch away!
Sketches provide the perfect map to create great layouts and cards every time. With the
option of rotating the sketch or flipping the sketch, the possibilities are endless!

Just check out these great sketch inspired layouts. And the next time you feel the need for
a bit of scrappy inspiration, use one of the following sketches and let your creativity flow!

  Easy Breezy Beautiful by Tena Ellison.
  Supplies Patterned Paper: Basic Grey;
 Cardstock: Prism, Bazzill; Puffy Alphas:
       American Craft; Tiny Type Sticker
 Letters: Cosmo Cricket; Ink: ColorBox;
   Pearls: Basic Grey; Flower Punch: EK
        Success; Cricut and Home Decor
        Cartridge; Font: Cursif & Lignes.         
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Sisters, Friends by Moanica Caston. Patterned Paper:
 Ta Da Creative Studios; Paper flowers: Prima; Center
    Brads: The Paper Studio; Punch: McGill Starburst;
Ribbon: unknown; Bling flourish: Zva Creative; Alphas:
                            American Crafts Thickers


Hey There Card by Lorie Moses. Supplies:
DCWV Designer Papers: Citrus Blooms Orange
GLTR & Citrus SML Daisy Red GLTR, Stampin
Up cardstock, BoBunny Designer Paper,
Papertrey Stamp sentiment, computer
generated text, Stampin Up classic ink,
Stampin Up hold punch, Copic Markers,
flowers, and pearls

                                                        Knights by Chalese Knight. Supplies: Pattern Paper:
                                                        Sassafras;Cardstock: DCWV; Tag: Sassafras;Embelliishments:
                                                        American Craft; Letters:Kreatorville Kit;            
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                                 Family Feast by Moanica
                                 Caston. Supplies from The
                                 ScrapRoom Double-Shot Kit
                                 December 2009. Patterned
                                 Paper: Bella Blvd; Cardstock:
                                 Bazzill; Paper flowers: Prima;
                                 Felt flower: Prima; Brads: Kaiser
                                 Scrapbook; Bling flourish: Prima;
                                 Alphas: American Crafts

                                 Flip photos. Use papers or other
                                 items in place of photos or accents.

                                 Love & Laugh by Chalese Knight. Pattern
                                 Paper: Paper Reflections Collage
                                 Paper;Cardstock: DCWV; Tags:
                                 Kreatorville Kit;Title Word: KI memories; Misting
                                 and Screen: Tatter Angels;   
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     Just being Jayden by Tena Ellison.
       Supplies Patterned Paper: Scrap
             Within Reach, Basic Grey;
        Corrugated Cardboard; Burlap;
      Distress Inks: Tim Holtz-Ranger;
   Chipboard Alphas: Maya Road; Tiny
  Type Sticker Letters: Cosmo Cricket;
  Buttons: Hobby Lobby; Circle Punch:
                           EK Success.

                                     Be inspired!
        Use a sketch to create a layout or a great

Great Friend Card by Lorie Moses. Supplies: SU Cardstock-white;
DP: Stella & Rose Hazel Adorned designer paper series; Hero Arts
Stamps - Big & Small stamp set; Memento Ink; Copic Markers; SU
         and This & That Dimensionals, Ribbon, Button, and Bling.           
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                                Fisherman Magnet by
                                Karen Jiles. Supplies –
                                                                    ...with the

                                Brads and Ribbon:
                                Eyelet Outlet;
                                Cardstock: Stampin
                                Up!; Acrylic Frame:                 OUTLET! The
                                Making Memories;
                                Ink: Tim Holtz.
                                                                    Eyelet Outlet has been in
                                                                    business since 2001. They
                                                                    design their own line of
                                                                    brads, ribbon, and eyelets
                                                                    including the Quicklet eyelet.
                                                                    Eyelet Outlet Quicklets,
                                                                    invented by the owner
                                                                    Suzanne Marchesano, are the
Use seashell brads to embellish for your layouts. Add               eyelets you can set with a
them as charms to your projects by cutting the prongs off           pen. Quicklets are fast and
      the back and applying them with adhesive.                     easy to use eyelets that
                                                                    require no tools to set.

                                                                    Eyelet Outlet has one of the
                                                                    largest variety of eyelets and
                                                                    brads on the web. With such
                                                                    a large variety of shapes,
                                                                    colors and sizes these brads
                                                                    and eyelets are not just for
                                                                    attaching items but are great
                                                                    for adding fun accents to your
                                                                    layouts, cards and other
                                                                    crafty projects.

                                                                    Here several of the SOC
                                                                    Creative Team members put
                                                                    their bradalicious skills to use
                                                                    to create beautiful treasures!


    Beach Layout by Karen Jiles. Supplies – Brads: Eyelet Outlet;
    Cardstock: Stampin Up!; Chipboard Shapes and Seashells: K and
    Company; Sticker: Jolees; Ink: Copic Markers.     
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                                                                 Barrel of Monkeys Mini-
                                                                 book by Aysha
                                                                 Livingston. Supplies Brads:
                                                                 Eyelet Outlet; Die Cut:
                                                                 Designed by Aysha Livingston;
                                                                 Barrel Clipart Image:;
                                                                 Stickles: Ranger Ink

                                            I used Sock Monkey Brads as accents for my

I used black inked edges to
highlight the different elements
on the layout and to mirror the
butterfly design on the brads
and ribbon.

                Sweet and Low by Aysha
  Livingston. Supplies Patterned Paper:
       Making Memories, Martha Steward
  Crafts; Brads: Eyelet Outlet; Ribbon:
        Eyelet Outlet; Chipboard Alphas:
    American Crafts Thickers; Journaling
                  Sticker: Sassafras Lass
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                                                Happy Spring by Rani Shah. Supplies- Eyelets:
                                                Flower eyelets and matching ribbon from the Eyelet Outlet;
                                                Cardstock: Bazzill white; Title: Photoshop CS3; Font: CK Curly
                                                Cursive; Adhesive: three purple staples

                                                Cheers Cards and Stem Holders by Rani Shah
                                                Supplies- Eyelets: Wine goblet eyelets and matching ribbon from
                                                the Eyelet Outlet; Cardstock: Bazzill white; Title: Photoshop
                                                CS3; Font: Promocyja; Digital brush: Stains from DeviantArt

I took the ribbon and simply cut it to size
      and attached with the brads. A little
     different, but created a nice look! The
  card is a very simple design. I changed
    the stain brushes color to look like red
  wine and simply added matching color
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Keeping it Real
Real products. Real Reviews. Honest Opinions.

by Samara Joseph

 "Who can find a virtuous woman? For her worth is far above rubies." Proverbs 31:10
About 6 months ago I was referred to the website:
I wondered for just a moment about the name but I was far more focused on a
downloadable file I had been told about to put much
thought into the title. Quickly, I located the link to “The
Cricut Cutting Guide”, an incredible database of all of the
major scrap book paper brands and the recommended
speed and pressure settings one should use for successful
cuts with the Cricut machine. I realized that whoever had
created this gem had invested a great deal of time into the
creation of this jewel of a resource. I would have felt
incredibly guilty just printing the document and moving
on. Especially, since the author was asking for a mere
$5.00 for a hard copy. I decided to order four copies and
gave the extras to a few friends that have Cricut cutting
machines. I happen to have a Silhouette and have found
                                  the settings helpful with my
                                   machine also. Within this
                                   document are pages of
                                   accurate data that help to
                                   eliminate the frustration of finding the right
                                   combination of blade length, pressure and speed to
                                   provide a perfect cut, the first time. Since this
                                   amazing discovery I was asked to review three
                                   additional products that have been created by Megan
                                   Gravener, creator of Above Rubies Studio.

                                 The first DVD Video that I reviewed was, “1 2 3
                                 Stamp”. This disc briefly outlines the differences of   
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                            pigment and dye based inks, several different types of
                            stamps that are available to use on your projects and the
                            masking technique. One of the things that I really
                           appreciated about this 80 minute instructional process was
the ability to stop the tutorial and return to the same spot rather than having to
return to the beginning of the DVD. You are also able to go directly to a segment you
might want to review and repeat the exercise in the event you need an instant replay
of a technique. This DVD is especially useful for the beginning stamper.

                                Next, I reviewed Cricut A to Z. Megan’s introduction
                                describes her motivation to create an instructional tool
                                that starts at the beginning basics and takes you all
                                the way thru the entire Cricut process. Five different
                                adhesives and their best use are identified. Menus for
                                this DVD include: Getting Started, Your First Cuts,
                                Cricut Modes, Let’s Get Creative, Advanced Projects,
                                Care and Maintenance, Project Galleries and a Bonus
                                Section. There are numerous sub categories within
                                each section. Megan includes information for Design
                                Studio and Sure Cuts A Lot Programs. The explanation
                                of the control keys and creative feature keys will be
                                particularly useful to a beginner. The Stretch Your
Imagination and Stamping Solutions portions of this DVD showcased aspects I never
knew existed on the Cricut. Did you know your machine can cut images from Provo
Craft materials that allow you to create your own stamps?

Use Your Gypsy A to Z, includes 30 lessons and 40
Gypsy projects. Downloadable cut files are also
included so that you don’t have to re-create the
projects from scratch. Several guest artists and their
projects are included on this DVD. The artist’s also
include their blog addresses so that you can view
additional projects at your leisure. The project gallery
provides an array of page layouts and card designs to
add to your own personal tool box of ideas.

In addition to these three DVD’s, registering at, will
provide you access to even more tips and tricks as
well as weekly “How-To” videos.   
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And, the answer to why Megan has named her website Above Rubies Studio is that
this 25 year old has chosen this inspiring scripture as her goal for life. Awesome!

I created this card, quickly and easily with the instructions provided on the Cricut A
to Z DVD. Give it a try!

                                                    Tri-Fold-Card by Samara Joseph. Supplies -
                                                    Cardstock: The Paper Company: Textured
                                                    cardstock embossed with Cuttlebug; Mesh
                                                    embossing folder: Rubber Stamp; Chic Image by
                                                    Judi Kins   
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The Fab Lane
                                                               ☛           The   NEATNIX web site reads,

                                                                           “Our Neatnix goal is to make your
                                                                           life easier and more enjoyable by
                                                                           helping you solve your organizing
                                                                           challenges. From jewelry to
I love cruising the isles of my local scrapbook store                      clothing to crafting supplies to a
                                                                           host of other items in your world,
and convention floors, always on the lookout for
                                                                           we’re focused on finding ways to
whatʼs hot, whatʼs new, whatʼs fabulous. I LOVE                            better arrange them, access them,
living in the Fab Lane where things are crafty,                            and make them complement your
creative, fancy and a must have! Here I share with                         life rather than clutter.” And to
you, my recent FABULOUS Finds!                                             top that off their items are made
                                                                           in America!


I had the opportunity to check out the Neatnix “Stuff Tool Bag.” When it first arrived, I thought this bag is
too big and I donʼt think Iʼll use it. However, I just had to give it a try. To my surprise, I LOVE IT! Itʼs quite
handy, with plenty of pockets and tons of space for my stamps, ink pads, embossing gun, cutters, rub ons,
Stickles and so much more. It definitely earns a place in the FAB LANE!

I decided to take everything out of the bag to show just how much it can hold. I was surprised to see just
how much I had put in the bag. However, an even greater surprise was when I realized that I hadnʼt
removed everything. The photos below show the items I carry in my bag. I finally feel like I have everything
I need whether cropping on the go or at home! Check out Neatnix today for your organizing needs.         
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 I was pleasantly surprised to find
    these Scrapbook Girl Pajamas
 at a recent crop, here in GA. I’ve
     always wanted scrappy pjs but
        was not too thrilled with the
  selection. If I’m being honest, I
   didn’t want the little cartoon girl
   on the front of my pajama shirt.
  I didn’t feel that she represented
       “me.” Therefore, I was quite
   delighted to find that Scrapbook
         Girl has expanded and now
         includes this cute shirt that
        simply includes flowers and
     flourishes. Two of my favorite
  things. After a closer inspection,
    I found the pajama pants to be
          soft, comfy and quite cozy.
           Perfect wear for a scrappy
      weekend retreat. They now
           have a variety of tops and
     bottoms to suit every croppers
 needs and fit every croppers size!

Scrapbook Girl has all you need
to make your overnight
scrapbooking crop and/or retreat
the coziest! With great t-shirts,
pajama pants and accessories you
are sure to be cozy, crafty and cute!      
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    The Kit E Corner with
    By Karen Jiles

    One of the most fabulous things about working with kits is that they include coordinating
    goodies. A lot of research, thought, and planning are involved in the kit creation process.
    They are designed to inspire you and provide you with complimentary and fun products at
    your fingertips. The products are usually very versatile and enable you to create many

    The kit featured in this issue of SOC Magazine is from Studio Calico. Studio Calico offers
    a monthly kit that includes cardstock, patterned papers, alphabets, stickers, and tons of
    embellishments. When it was sent to me, I instantly fell in love with it. I loved the variety of
    products to work with. I enjoy that in a kit. I also loved that the products were new and
    fresh. I felt inspired and I hope that you will too.

    With this Studio Calico kit, I altered some coasters into this little keepsake. Let me show
    you how in 7 quick and easy steps…

    Each month, Studio Calico
    combines the latest
    scrapbooking products with
    unique finds from a variety of
    sources while staying true to
    the basics. You'll find kits
    filled with products from a
    variety of manufacturers,
    coordinated for ease-of-use by
    both the advanced and novice

    Monthly Kits Include:

•   neutral + colored cardstock
•   patterned papers from multiple
•   at least one alphabet
•   journaling aid(s)
•   variety of embellishments which may
    include vintage items, stamps, ribbon,
    chipboard, and more!

    Studio Calico also offers
    add-on kits to supplement the
    main kit, or to stand alone.
    Whether it's a main kit or add-
    on, Studio Calico is devoted 
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    providing the resources to
    help members put innovative
    products to use.

   Grow Keepsake- Altered Coasters by Karen Jiles.
Supplies- Patterned Paper: Studio Calico Kit; Metal
  Hinges: Close To My Heart; Ribbon: Stampin’ Up!;
    Stickers: Making Memories and Martha Stewart;
Coasters: Michaels; Ink: Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

How to in 7 easy steps!
Patterned Paper Cuttings: (2) 4 X 4, (2) ¾ X 4, (2) 1 x 4

Step 1: Distress all Paper Cuttings with Vintage Photo Ink.
Step 2: Adhere 4 X 4 patterned paper to coasters.
Step 3: Adhere ¾ X4 strips of pattered paper and ribbon to each coaster.
(Left side shown in photo.)
Step 4: Punch holes and add hinges to coasters.
Step 5: Add flower stickers and 1 x 4 strips of pattered paper.
Step 6: Add Photos and Script stickers. (Pop some up for dimension)
Step 7: Continue to embellish as desired.        
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                                                    Create Journal by Karen Jiles. Supplies-
                                                    Patterned Paper, Ribbon, Stickers: Studio
                                                    Calico Kit; Linen Thread: Stampin’ Up!; Coaster: Michaels;
                                                    Rub-Ons: Basic Grey; Definition Stickers: Making Memories;
                                                    Metal Charms: Tim Holtz Collection; Resin Blossoms: Maya
                                                    Road; Lettered Paperclips: Paper Studio; Flower Punch:
                                                    Fiskars; Ink: Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

i Keandra Perkins-Willis. Supplies-Studio
                        Calico; Spray Ink: Clear Snap         
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house of three dudes (SIDE A) by Keandra Perkins-         God's gift to Me (SIDE B) by Keandra Perkins-Willis.
Willis. Supplies-Studio Calico November 2010 Who's        Supplies-Studio Calico November 2010 Who's Who
Who kit; Embroidery Floss: JP Coats This page was         kit;Spray Ink:Clear Snap; Embroidery Floss: JP Coats;
created using one sheet of cardstock and utilizing both   Acrylic Men:Buzz and Bloom; Miscellaneous: tag and
sides. The page "God's gift to Me" is on the A side.      twine This page was created using one sheet of
                                                          cardstock and utilizing both sides. The page "house of
                                                          three dudes" is on the B side.

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         Luv U Card by Lorie Moses. Supplies-Studio Calico
   November 2010 Who's Who kit; SU Cardstock; BasicGrey
Curio designer series; BasicGrey Curio stickers; Ki Memories
Pockets; Spellbinders; Verve Stamps; Ribbon; Memento Ink;
               Kology Chipboard Alphabet and Dimensionals.

                                                    40 Looks Good Card by Lorie Moses. Supplies-Studio
                                                    Calico November 2010 Who's Who kit; Cosmo Cricket:
                                                    Ginger designer series; October Afternoon: Sleeping Bag
                                                    designer series; Spellbinders; CuttleBug embossing plate;
                                                    Basic Grey Stickers; Ribbon, Copic Markers, Cricket; and SU
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Digi Den
Fabulous Freebies from our Digital Divas! Just click to download
and create!

             Easter Blessings Digital Kit by Aysha Livingston.
                        Just click here to download.   
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He is Risen Digital Sticker by Camille. Just click
here to download. Use on digital or printed pages.

                                                     Mother Digital Sticker by Camille. Just
                                                     click her to download. Use on digital or
                                                     printed pages.

Just for you Die Cutting Divas!!!
Easter Cutting File by Aysha Livingston. Just click
here to download MTC File or here for SVG file.

Weʼd love to see how you use our freebies! Be sure to check out our submission
guidelines here and then submit your creations.     
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Set it Off
...with shadows!

by Rani Shah.
I know…I know! Here she goes again talking about shadow! But for me, when it
comes to digital scrapbooking, it’s the only way to really capture a layering effect of
dimension that you have in traditional scrapbooking.
For those of you who have never tried digital scrapping, it is quite fun and addicting!
There are hundreds of free kits to try out in cyber space and you can use easy
inexpensive photo editing programs to create all you want with the click of the
mouse…but I digress!
The simple act of adding shadow to digital elements, makes the layout pop…literally,
right off the page. It my
number one way to Set It Off
in the layouts I create!
Here is an example of a layout
created without shadows. I
used a couple of free kits from
Oscraps: Miss You in the
Morning Freebie from Kitty
Designs and Be Mine Sample
from Vera Lim Designs.   
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“I think it’s pretty, but now check out the
next picture with the shadows added.”

Huge difference, no?! YES!   
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 Creating shadows in
     photoshop or any
         photo editing
   program can be as
  simple as one click.
You need to navigate
       to your palette
  section. Make sure
    you have the item
 you want shadowed
 clicked in the layers

    Then click on the
        box that says
    shadow. And just
  like that, you have
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   Now you can go one
step further by click on
       the drop shadow
   section in the layers
 palette and a new box
   will pop up.This box
        will allow you to
    change the shadow
     depth, angle, etc.,
        giving you more

So, there you go! Set Off your digital layouts with shadows of all kinds and really
make your creation jump! Thanks for reading and happy creating!!!   
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3D Challenge with

Check out what our designers created when given the same products.

We gave creative team members Tiare, Tena and Lorie, Daily Window Bags and
challenged them to create. Check out the fun, unique, inspiring bags each designer
came up with.

                                             LORIE MOSES
                                             Canvas Bag: Daily Window; Hero
                                             Arts Stamp: Zinnia Bloom, Memento
                                             Ink: Tuxedo Black, Stampin Up
                                             Designer Paper, Copic Markers, Stickle,
                                             Glossy Accents, and Buttons.

                                             Have you had a chance to see the new
                                             Daily Window Bags at
                                    They are the
                                             ultimate “Show and Tell” Bags. Portable,
                                             changeable, wearable art for crafty people
                                             to proudly display their inspired handmade

                                             Each bag sports a transparent window in
                                             the front to display and share your
                                             artwork. Simply unzip the pocket and slip
                                             something beautiful inside for all to see.
                                             Change your look, change your colors any
                                             time you want!   
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                                                                  TENA ELLISON
                                                                  Supplies Daily Window Portable
                                                                  Wisdom Bag; Patterned Paper:
                                                                  Creative Imaginations Narratives,
                                                                  Jenni Bowlin; Glitter Alphas: Prima;
                                                                  Ribbon and Rose Trim: Hobby Lobby;
                                                                  Clear Beads: Hobby Lobby; Ink:

Add coordinating ribbon to
your bag to jazz it up even

                                               TENA ELLISON
   Supplies Daily Window Portable Wisdom Bag; Patterned
 Paper: Hallmark gift bag; Pink Bling: Basic Grey, Prima; Black
  Pearls: Prima; Ink StazOn; Scallop Punch: The Paper Studio;
                                         Ribbon: Hobby Lobby.         
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              TIARE SMITH
Supplies: Daily Window Backpack:
Patterned Paper; Source unknown;
Stamps: Scrappy Cat; Bling: Prima;
        Rubons: Making Memories                         Create your own
                                                        elements by cutting
                                                        shapes and/or rolling
                                                        patterned papers.

                                          TIARE SMITH
                                          Supplies: Daily Window Purse: Patterned
                                          Paper; Daisy Bucket; Rubons: Daisy Bucket;
                                          Ribbon: May Arts        
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                            Need some creative inspiration?
                            • Over 50 sketches and layout ideas.
                            • Great examples for using multiple patterned papers.
                            • Tips for using your sketches again and again.

                            CLICK HERE TO ORDER YOUR COPY TODAY!

               35                     April/May 2011

Stamp Pad
by Lorie Moses

“I must confess, by far, rubber stamps are my favorite! However, in recent years, the trend has
shifted from rubber stamps to clear stamps. In keeping with the trend I must admit I too own
several clear stamps. With new stamps being released daily, the selection choices appear to be
endless. To the eye all clear stamps look to be the same; however, when it comes to stamping a
good clean image, they differ tremendously. I found the best kept secret for stamping well—
specifically with clear stamps is using stamps made in the USA with photopolymer. From
personal experience, I have discovered stamps made outside the U.S. may include photopolymer,
but the success in stamping well is limited. From my perspective, U.S. stamps are a product of
quality. Below I offer a few helpful hints for stamping well.”

  •    Always stamp on a firm flat surface.
  •    Your stamping technique should be quick and even pressure.
  •    Never apply excessive pressure when stamping. This will cause the stamp
       image or text to spread.
  •    When using a brand new stamp set remove the residue from the stamp with a
       pencil eraser.
  •    Stamps made outside the USA have a
       tendency to spread when applying
       pressure when using a water based dye
       Try using a permanent pigment dye
  •    Copic Markers work best with fade-
       resistant dye ink.
  •    To soften the look of a card, consider
       stamping with a color aside from black.
  •    When stamping onto designer papers with
       images consider embossing to help your
       text/image stand out.

              Easter Card by Lorie Moses. Supplies: Obsession
      Impression: Ornament Egg Stamp, Stampin Up sentiment
      stamp; Copic Markers, CuttleBug, CuttleBug Plate, Ranger
             Ink Liquid Pearl, ribbon, and unknown flock paper.       
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    Tie multiple ribbons
   around cardstock and
then adhere to cardstock
     base for a fun look!

 Mosaic Card by Lorie Moses.
Supplies: Northwoods Rubber
          Stamp, Stampin Up
   Cardstock; Copic Markers,
           Stickle, and ribbon

How to create a stamped mosaic card.

 •   Cut base cardstock 9 inches x 5.5 inches and score at 4.5 inches.
 •   Cut three separate coordinating pieces of cardstock at 5.25 inches x 4.25
     inches, 5 inches x 4 inches, 4.75 inches x 3.75 inches.
 •   Cut a 4.25 inches x 3.25 inches of your preferred white stamping paper.
 •   Stamp and color the image as desired.
 •   Cut the image into 12 equal squares (1 inch).
 •   Hint: Number the squares 1-12 on the back of the image to save time when
     putting the image back together.
 •   With your favorite adhesive, assemble the image onto the top cardstock leaving
     a sixteenth of an inch in between in square.
 •   Secure your preferred ribbon around the three pieces of cardstock and attach it
     to the base cardstock.     
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Easter Card by Lorie Moses. Supplies:
  Stampin Up stamp set, Stampin Up
     sentiment stamp, DP: The Paper
    Company-White Embossed Swirl,
   Unknown (lime-green) card stock,
  Ranger Ink Embossing Powder, and

Cut out and pop up stamped,
     embossed images.

                                             Stamp sentiment directly onto card
                                            background to allow other elements to
                                                         stand out.

                                        Thinking of You Card by Lorie Moses. Supplies: Stampin
                                        Up Cardstock, Spellbinder Circle Dies, Ranger Ink
                                        Embossing Powder, Staz On Ink and a little Bling.     
                    38                        April/May 2011

Tool Time
                                                                         by Keandra Willis
                                           If the gas prices keep rising, I may need to
                                       hock my Cricut and all the other scrappy tools
                                    I've collectively paid $3.4 million for. WHEN that
                                    happens am I supposed to STOP doing what my
                                        heart loves? Am I supposed to stop creating?
                                         OH NO, my sisters!!! I'll just have to think of
                                             some alternative tools! I got this Vaseline
                                      sample and coupon in the mail the other day. I
                                       pay as much attention to packaging as I do to
                                     what's inside! And when I squinted and the sun
                                      hit this just right...well, it looked just like a gift
                                       card holder to me! (Do YOU see it???) And an
idea formed in my head: why not get started early on a Mother's Day gift, spruce this
   package up AND recycle at the same time? WIN WIN WIN!!!! I chose papers with a
    vintage feel and I wanted the embellishments to reflect that feel so I pulled out... electric nail file!!! If you were looking for a
Cricut tutorial...well, you'll have to ask Chalese about THAT! You all know me well
enough by now to know that my mind doesn't always work like everybody else's! I've
used hand files before AND my husband bought me a set of metal files from Harbor
Freight. But NONE of them beat
the thoroughness and SPEED of
this baby!!!   
                    39                       April/May 2011

Enjoy Gift Card Holder by Keandra Perkins-Willis Supplies: Patterned Paper-Basic Grey; Alphabet Stickers:Heidi
Swapp; Label Sticker: Making Memories; Embroidery Floss: JP Coats; Ribbon-My Mind's Eye; Flower Cluster:

                                                                             “Here you can see a
                                                                             closeup of the
                                                                             distressed letters.”

“The distressing really ties into the vintage feel I was going for and my electric file
made it SOO simple to do! So before you throw out that "junk" mail...STOP!!! Pair
              it with an obsolete household item and make beauty!!!”         
                        40                             April/May 2011

                                     Going...Keandra Perkins-Willis Supplies:Patterned Paper: The Girls
                                     Paperie, Basic Grey, October Afternoon and Sassafras;
                                     Transparency: Hambly Screenprints; Stickers and Chipboard
                                     Accent: American Crafts; Ink:SEI; Embroidery Floss: DMC;
                                     Handmade Embellishment

 “It took about 12 seconds to file
around an entire sheet of paper
(the manual version takes a few

    “I used my electric file on the smaller piece of
      patterned paper, which I then
   highlighted with ink. I also filed the
  fabric Thickers...I think it makes them look like a
             well worn pair of jeans!!!”   
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Technique -
Fabric, Frills and Fun
by Tena Ellison

Scrapbooking with fabric is a great way to add texture, dimension and interest to
your pages or cards. It’s safe, easy to use and requires no special tools. You can
attach fabric to your layout or card as easily as attaching cardstock or patterned

Like paper, there are many ways of attaching fabric to your layout. You can sew the
fabric onto your cardstock or patterned paper using machine or hand stitching, you
can use spray adhesive or glue products like Fabri-Tac or Fabri-Fix. You can also use
brads, eyelets, staples or buttons. Try using your regular paper adhesive or glue dots
if the fabric is thick enough so these items won’t show through.

There are so many new fabric
products available for use that
makes scrapbooking with fabric
very easy. There are fabric/
canvas 12 x 12 scrapbooking
sheets, tags, ribbon, trim,
shapes & words. Also available
with fabric are mini albums,
canvas apron and tote bags,
perfect for the altered artist. The
possibilities are limitless.

So if you haven’t tried using
fabric on your pages or cards
yet…what are waiting for?

Family Mini Album by Tena Ellison. Supplies: Chipboard 6x6 mini album; Fabric: Moda Basic Grey/Origins;
Patterned Paper: Basic Grey Origins; Bling: Prima, Basic Grey Adhesive: Fabri-Fix; Tombo; Ribbon, Buttons &
Beads: Michael’s; Ink: Ranger; Pearls: Prima, Basic Grey; Metal Keys: Making Memories; Rub ons: My Minds
Eye, Cosmo Cricket, Daisy Bucket; Letters: American Crafts.        
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                            Use fabric flowers and swatches.

                    Try lace, fabric pieces and

  Celebrate Family. Celebrate Love.
      Create a mini album today to
showcase your family and be sure to
  use the following great tips for adding   
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Use these simply steps to create your own album with fabric!

                                1.   You will need ten (10) 6x6 pieces of
                                     patterned paper or cardstock.

                                2.   Ink the edges and adhere the paper to your
                                     pages as desired. Remember to re-punch the
                                     holes after attaching your paper for your binding

                                3.   Select your fabric, using a method of your choice
                                     attach the fabric to your album cover and inside
                                     pages as desired. ** **Please note that if you will be
                                     using machine or hand stitching to attach your fabric to the
                                     patterned paper or cardstock, please do so before you
                                     adhere to chipboard pages.

                                4.   Embellish your pages with the ribbon, button and
                                     beads or any embellishment of your choice   
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                                      Add some lace to your card. It can
                                      soften the look and make your card
                                      more feminine looking.

Use fabric to create
a border on your
card. Save the rest
for other projects.

                         Special Card by Karen Jiles. Supplies – Fabric and Patterned Paper: K and
                         Company; Cardstock: Close To My Heart; Lace: Recollections; Embossing
                         Folder: Sizzix

Use and apply fabric to your cards the same way you use and apply your
patterned papers. Using fabric enables you to pull in color and add texture to your
                         45                             April/May 2011

                                                     Catch Chalese Knight. Supplies:
                                                     Pattern Paper:Fancy Pants;
                                                     Cardstock: Tag: Fancy Pants; Ticket:
                                                     Little Yellow Bicycle; DCWV;Fabric
                                                     Trim: Little Yellow Bicycle;
                                                     RibbonTrim: Micheal's; Flowers:
                                                     Scrapabilities; Letters: Cosmo
                                                     Cricket; Tools: Cricut and EK Butterfly

Use Fabric as the background
for your layout. It can create
 wonderful texture and look.

            Memories Layout by Karen Jiles.
         Supplies – Fabric: Donna Downey;
             Cardstock: Close To My Heart;
        Stickers: 7Gypsy; Floral Border and
     Trim: Recollections; Crystals, Butterfly
                        and Flowers: Prima.         
               46                     April/May 2011
                                                   Fabric Fun with our digi
                                                     designers. Use these
                                                     great tips for adding
                                                    fabric to your digital

Technique- Digital fabric can be a wonderful way of adding dimension and texture to
your layout. Because it is simulating fabric, you need to make sure to add dimension by
adding shadows and layering elements. For this piece I actually found a digital mask
that I was able to apply digital patterned paper over to create the two fabric swatches
underneath the To Do list. It's just a fun way to see how far you can go with your tool the
       computer! And then I took it one step further by making this layout about creating
        with fabric and sewing notions!!! Happy creating!

                                                             Create by Rani. Using digital fabric.
                                                             Supplies - Background Paper:
                                                             Dandelion Wishes Kit by JBarrette;
                                                             Patterned paper: Symphony paper 9
                                                             by Nina, Everyday Inspiration Dec 21
                                                             paper by Mterasawa; Elements:
                                                             Buttons, Ricrac, ribbons, tag, photo
                                                             frames in Dandelion Wishes by
                                                             JBarrette, Brown stick pins by Kate
                                                             Pertiet, Symphony Clipping mask #4
                                                             by Nina; Font: Tabor Handwriting &
                                                             SBC Distressed Typewriter;
                                                             Program: Photoshop CS3.   
                   47                        April/May 2011

                                                      Add stitching, twill tape and fun
                                                        fabric accents to your digi

                                                   Best Friends Forever by Camille. Digital
                                                   Fabric & Elements: Kitschy Digital-Daniel
                                                   Thompson (Granny's Attic); Twill (Ali
                                                   Edwards); Staples (Anna Aspnes);
                                                   Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 8.

 Lost in Thought by Camille. Template:
Nisa Fiin; Digital Fabric: Kitschy Digital-
     Daniel Thompson (Granny's Attic).
  Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements           
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                                                        It’s fun to use digital fabric
                                                       backgrounds, swatches and
                                                     accents to create a unique digital

Wild Child by Qadirah Gomez Title: All Grown
Up! Digital Kit: Pieces of Memories by
Darleen Araujo Software: Fotofusion V4

          Grown so Much by Qadirah Gomez
     Digital frame and fabric swatch - Pieces
       of Memories by Darleen Araujo. Floral
      Flourish by TL Software: Fotofusion V4
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I’ll Always Love My Momma
by Kenyatta Thomas

Nothing makes a Mother smile more than to receive something truly original from the hands of
her children - no matter what the age. Art, to me, is the one way to always bring that originality
to our pieces. This chipboard journal was so much fun to make - and it brings the right touch of
originality by adding the painted rose bloom.

Try your hand at it - it's easier than you think ... and give your Mom a rose that will last forever.

     Mothers Day Journal: Maya Road chipboard
  album; Versafine Black Onyx Ink; Anna Griffin
 background stamp; Ceramcoat Acylics (mellow
yellow, burnt sienna, forest green); Artists Club
 angle brushes (5/8 and 1/2); EK Success Coin
                     Tie Ups; LUSH rhinestones
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Quick tips for creating your own
1. Base coat chipboard album with
   acrylics. Let dry. Use stamp to
   create a fun background.
2. Double load angle brush with
   yellow and burnt sienna acrylics
3. Practice on a sheet of acetate the
   back petals.
4. Practice on a piece of acetate,
   adding the front petals which
   form inner cup of rose.
5. Using your 5/8 angle brush, begin
   rose by adding three "shell
   strokes" to form back petals.
   Optional: Use a background
   stamp to add more texture to
   your design.
6. With the same brush, add u
7. Add base petals using larger shell
8. Using 1/2 inch angle brush, add
   inner petals using a short "c
9. Clean brush. Load with dark
   green and add petals and stems.
   Let dry. Add bling and button.   
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Available in a variety of sizes, styles and colors!

            Click here to order yours today! 2011
                    52          April/May

In Living Color
“Purple has a special, almost sacred place in nature: lavender, orchid, lilac, and violet
flowers are often delicate and considered precious. Because purple is derived from
the mixing of a strong warm and strong cool color it has both warm and cool
properties. A purple room can boost a child's imagination or an artist's creativity.”

Explore the color purple and colors that go with purple, to create great works of

                                                    Because purple is a combination of
                                                    blue and red, pairing it with these
                                                    colors is an easy combination.
                                                    Adding a touch of cool and warmth
                                                    to your pages.

                                                   double dippin' by Keandra Perkins-Willis.
                                                   Supplies-Cardstock: The Paper Studio;
                                                   Patterned Paper:Pink Paislee, Teresa Collins and
                                                   Sassafras; Alphabet Stickers: SEI; Paint:Making
                                                   Memories and Apple Barrel; Colored Duct Tape:
                                                   Duck Tape; Chipboard:Scenic Route; Ink: SEI;
                                                   Miscellaneous: handmade watercolor
                                                   embellishments, rhinestones   
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     Grandchildren by Camille. Digital Paper &
      Embellishments: Little Dreamer Designs
             (So Charming); Software: Adobe
                       Photoshop Elements 8

Use lighter shades of purple to add a
 delicate touch to pages and cards.

                                                 Birthday Card by Lorie Moses. Supplies: Hero Arts
                                                 background musical stamp, Stampin Up sentiment
                                                 stamp, Stamping Up Classic Ink, Tim Holtz's
                                                 Distressing Inks, Tim Holtz's Die, Bling, Ribbon, and
                                                 cloth flower.       
               54                             April/May 2011

                                                   Combine various shades of
                                                   purple with black and white
                                                   photos for a great look and feel.

                                                   Garden Girl by Chalese Knight.
                                                   Supplies: Pattern Paper: Paper
                                                   Reflections Collage Paper; Cardstock:
                                                   DCWV; Ribbon Trim: American Craft;
                                                   Flowers: Micheal's; Letters: Cosmo
                                                   Cricket; Ink: Color Box; Tools: Cricut;
                                                   EK Butterfly Punch;

Soldier On Layout by Karen Jiles. Supplies
         – Patterned Paper: Glitz Designs;
           Cardstock: Bazzill Basics; Trim:
Recollections; Metal Embellishments: Tim
   Holtz Collection and Close To My Heart,
                Thickers: American Crafts.
Tip: Changing the color of your photo
to coordinate with your paper can be
   just as enjoyable as choosing your
paper to coordinate with your photo.          
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             My Future by Qadirah Gomez.
         Supplies: Digital kit: Winters Park.
           DigiscrapszbyChristi. Software:
                   Fototusion V4 Essentials

   Purple flowers are easily found
throughout nature and can easily by
  used in scrapbooking projects to
  symbolize beautify and a delicate

                                                     I Shall Wear Purple by Rani Shah.
                                                     Supplies - Poem: I Shall Wear Purple by
                                                     Jenny Joseph; Background Paper: New
                                                     Years Eve Periwinkle Party by MissMint;
                                                     Patterned paper: Belissima Colaboration by
                                                     Sherrie Drummond
                                                     Elements: New Years Eve Party Flourish by
                                                     MissMint, Cool Bliss Confetti by FeiFei's
                                                     Stuff; Font: Savoye LET; Program:
                                                     Photoshop CS3.

                                                     Technique-I decided to challenge the
                                                     theory of too much pattern and decided
                                                     to incorporate it into this layout. I
                                                     originally had a plain background paper
                                                     (periwinkle). But I then took another
                                                     pp and placed on top and slightly
                                                     lightened the opacity of it to create an
                                                     overlay effect. I think the effect is
                                                     subtle, still giving all the glory to the
                                                     picture and the poem.
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                                                                     Combine purple with shades of
                                                                     green for a fun, spring feeling!

Thin by Tiare Smith. Supplies Cardstock: Bazzill Basics; Patterned
Paper: BoBunny; Brads: BoBunny; Letters: American Crafts

Journaling reads: As I walked into Starbucks the barista said, “ Cute dress. I replied,
“Thank You. Go get yourself one. They’re only $15 at New York & Company.” Her
response, “Oh no the reason it looks so good on you is because you are thin.” Imagine my
surprise and delight. I am now considered a “thin” girl!         
                          57                    April/May 2011

Card Crib
“A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden, fall upon us;
when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our
sunshine desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and
endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and
cause peace to return to our hearts.” Author Unknown

Celebrate a special “mom” in your life with a card. Here we share a few great ideas
to get you started!

                                                  Thinking of You Mother’s Day Card by Tiare Smith. Supplies -
                                                  Patterned Paper: BoBunny; Cardstock: Bazzill Basics; Rub ons:
                                                  Creative Imaginations; Flowers: Unknown; Brad: Making

        Happy Mother’s Day Card by Karen Jiles.
  Supplies - Patterned Paper: DCWV; Cardstock:
   Close To My Heart; Stamp: Unknown; Pearls:
 Close To My Heart; Pearl Pins: Maya Road; Ink:

     Tip: Use pearls and satin ribbon to add
       elegance to your Mother's Day Card.       
                           58                            April/May 2011

                                                          Admit One Card by Chalese Knight.
                                                          Supplies: Pattern Paper: Fancy Pants;
                                                          Cardstock: DCWV; Ticket: Little Yellow

     Mother’s Day Card by Lorie Moses. Supplies:
 Flourishes Stamp Set, Verves Sentiment Stamps,
 Stamping Up Cardstock, Ribbon, Spellbinder Die,
Copic Markers, Designer Paper: Artistic Papers and
 TPC Studios and Eyelet Outlet oven mitten brads.       
                        59                  April/May 2011

  Mother's Day Card by Camille.
Digital Paper & Embellishments:
     Ami Collofello/dysfunctional
design (Mid-Mod); Bling: Paislee
     Press (Adorned); Software:
   Adobe Photoshop Elements 8

                                             For You Mama card by Keandra
                                             Perkins-Willis Supplies:November
                                             2010 Studio Calico Who's Who kit;
                                             Stickers:Crate Paper and K & Co.;
                                             Stick Pin: Jenni Bowlin; Embroidery
                                             Floss: JP Coats

                                             “I don't normally go the frilly
                                             route but Mother's Day is when
                                             the lace & pearls lady comes out
                                             in me! Creating Mom's day cards
                                             means one thing to many
                                             flowers and as much lace as
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                                           Happy Mother's
                                           Day by Qadirah Gomez;. Supplies:
                                           Digital Kit: HeartSoul by Doris Castle;
                                           Digital Software: Fotofusion V4.

                                           Tip: Don't be afraid to create a card
                                           that is "out of the color box'. In
                                           this card, I used some of the colors
                                           that my mother loved. She was an
                                           earth tone lady who wasn't too
                                           keen on red. Wild flowers instead
                                           of roses was her flower of choice.

 Happy Mother's Day Postcard by
   Supplies - Poem: Excerpt from
        You are MY Heart & Soul by
     Elizabeth Robinson; Postcard:
          CartePostale by Christine
   Honsinger; Digital bling: Softly
    Spring kit by Andie Hinksman;
Digital Frame: Coffeeshop Frames
6 by The CoffeeShop Blog; Heart:
    Made in Photoshop CS3 Font:
           Lane-Narrow; Program:
                   Photoshop CS3.

  Technique-Sometimes less is
          more so I went with a
postcard design for this year's
    Mother's Day Card. Bling is
  always nice and I like how it
     livens up this piece. I just
took a small piece of a poem I
  liked and thought mama's of
    all kinds would appreciate!         
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Gettin’ Digi With It
by Qadirah Gomez

A great way to show of lots of pictures is to make a COLLAGE. The word collage
comes from the French word "coller" which means "glue". Simply in traditional
scrapbooking, a collage is made by gluing items onto a base. Much is the same in
digital scrapbooking, except without the "glue". The base is usually paper or canvas,
it's the blank space in your creative software that's the base in digital scrapbooking.
Collages can be created in any shape.

For me, it's as simple as using the tools that are already available on the internet to
create one of a kind creations for any occasion. For instance, in the first layout, I
used the pictures of my great-grand's. To group them into a collage I used Photovisi
( It's a free!
1. If you are using the free software,
choose a layout.
2. Pull out all the pictures you would
like to incorporate into your collage.
3. Ready, Set, Create.

             Flower Collage for Sibling Love Store
                Supplies: Kit: Digital elements by
               R.Dickson, SeaSwept Font: Holiday
                         Spring Flower Collage by
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                                        Heart Collage by Qadirah Gomez.
                                        Supplies: Kit:
                                        Moments by Meryl Barto; Font:
                              ; Word Art: Family

                                         “Do you have a special event
                                         you’d like to collage? When i
                                         do, I make the collage and
                                         then I add it to my digital
                                         layout as an element. Give
                                         it a try.”

 Ruby Falls, TN by Qadirah
Gomez. Supplies: otofusion
 Collage;Font: All is Inked.         
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Have you been looking for a weight loss community, that also enjoys scrapbooking?
Scrapbook your goals! Share your stories! Support a friend!

Going on NOW! 90 Day Weight Loss Challenge @

Challenge Expectations:
  • Set a weight loss goal for the challenge
  • Practice Portion Control Daily
  • Plan your menu daily. Planning is essential to weight loss success!
  • No late night snacking. The kitchen closes at 8pm!
  • Eat out NO more than 2x per week.
  • Drink a minimum of 8 glasses of water each day.
  • Eat a minimum of 5 servings of fruits and veggies per day.
  • Exercise 30 minutes per day, 3-5 days per week
  • Weigh in each week and report your results...gain or loss...honesty is key!
  • Take measurements and photo on the 1st of each month
  • Provide support and encouragement to other participants
..and scrapbook your journey!

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Join us in the ScrapnFIT Forum Here!   
                64                    April/May 2011

Faith to the Real Nitty Gritty
by Samara Joseph

I recently came across a description for a class that I just have to share with you:
“Write Down to Your Nitty Gritty! What do you think of when you hear the term
‘emotional wellness’? Journaling about important personal experiences in an
emotional way can bring about improvements in both our mental and physical health.
Writing organizes our complex emotional experiences and helps us work through the
emotions associated with them.” Yes, Karen S., I have just scrap lifted your
description because it was such a wonderful segue way into this article!

People often ask me how or why I became a scrap-booker. Actually, I consider myself
a card maker who sometimes creates scrap book pages. But, never-the-less, I have a
little angel that departed this earth at the tender age of 13. So, how special is this?
He wrote in his diary on a regular basis. Pretty phenomenal for a young, male child
right…right! In our genre, we call this journaling.

He treasured his thoughts. He also valued his
ability to experience privacy from the prying
eyes of the world and kept this treasure
under lock and key. Praying for his
forgiveness, last year I finally decided to
“break the bond” on this precious inherited
possession of mine. I will never be able to
adequately convey how reassuring it was for
me to realize that even at his tender age; he
had an intimate, spiritual relationship with
his “God.” So, you know I had to create a
page. These are his words that inspired my
thoughts and guided my hands:

 Dear God Layout by Samara Joseph. Supplies - Cardstock:
 The Paper Company, Basic Grey, Wisteria; Cricut Cartridge:
   My Community; Rubber Stamp: Tim Holtz, Stickers: Deza
        Views, Faith & Inspiration, SandyLion, JoAnn Scrap        
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      Sunday, July 17, 1994
      Dear God I wish I could see what it’s like to be in hevin or to see an angel do
      you think you can arrange that for me I would be realy realy greatfull even if I
      could see one just for a minute I would bee so happy if I could see once in a

Our spiritual journeys can become a reassuring affirmation of our dedication to our
faith. The topics, or if you will “page titles” that we design are numerous and
highlight many precious memories in our scrapbooks. Some call this process “Faith-
booking”, Treasure Mapping or Blessed Memories. When you think about it, many of
the momentous occasions in our lives, those that we capture with photos and re-visit
on our page layouts, are celebrations that give testament to our religious
observances. Just a few of these events are christenings, weddings, bar mitzvahs
and home-going celebrations. In doing so we provide a rich legacy for future
generations to be able to reflect on as they glimpse the pages we created and realize
the important milestones that took place in our lives and the experiences of other
friends and family members.

Many of the items we currently use to embellish our pages have cross-over potential
within both secular and non-secular categories. Musical instruments or musical
scores, fountains, lanterns, lighthouses and angel’s wings contribute to numerous
themes found within our layouts.

Journaling is a powerful tool to help to transcend the path of a difficult or joyous
occasion in life. No matter what size or shape you decide on, creating your own
personal journal fulfills both creative and cathartic processes. This is the
recommendation that Dr. Beth DuPree, M.D., F.A.C.S, offers to her breast cancer
      “I recommend that my patients keep a 'gratitude journal.' Positive entries and
      affirmations are recorded daily and reviewed at will. Any negative entries are
      written on 3 by 5 cards and then discarded. I feel it helps to keep my patients
      in the moment and focused on the blessings in their lives. The negatives are
      recognized, and then released.”

Because this can be such a traumatic journey often one can be “stuck” on how to
begin. There aren’t any right or wrong approaches to these chronicles. This chapter
of your life or the life of a loved one facing a difficult challenge can begin in simple
chronological order. You can dedicate each entry to your thoughts for the day or a
message you want to be sure to express to a loved one. Remember to document the
response of important people in your journey, the kind and caring unexpected little   
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things that others do for you or the discovery of a “new friend” are all topics that you
might choose to highlight. Remember to include details of the weather or a physical
location that inspires you. Perhaps a tulip in your flower bed will provide a moments
respite. Write about it, photograph it, and sketch the moment regardless of your
artistic talents.

Take advantage of the small recording devices now available to scrapbookers to
record the precious sound of a babies’ babble or an elder’s recollection of days past.
Incorporate soft background music or a favorite hymn or the reading of a poem to
lend inspiration and documentation to your page.

As you create, be kind and gentle to yourself. Once again I want to remind you that
this is your journey. It never has to be shared with anyone or it can be shared with
the world. The final decision is yours. If the page is not flowing as you envision it in
your mind’s eye that’s ok. Perhaps the time is not right, perhaps “spirit” is guiding
you in another direction, perhaps you have an additional discovery or revelation to
experience. I always tell my students that there are no mistakes, just opportunities to
be creativie.

       We will not hide these truths from our children: we will tell the next generation
       about the glorious deeds of the Lord, about his power and his mighty wonders.
                                         Psalm 78:4   
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Reader Spotlight
                             by Tiare Smith

                             In each issue, I plan to share a Scraps of Color Reader who I
                             have come across via the SOC Web Site, Forum or FB Page.
                             Post, share your creations, you never know, you may be the
                             next artist featured in the Reader Spotlight.

                             This month, I share Robin, whom I found on the Scraps of Color
                             Forum and Gallery. I love her crafty, creative scrapbooking
                             style. I love that she cuts her patterned papers to embellish her
                             pages, and that her digi papers mimick this technique, as well.
                             She inspires me and I know she will inspire you too! Read on to
                             learn more about Robin.

Robin Shakoor       
I have been married to my Husband, and best friend, for twenty years. We have a
daughter who is a sophomore in college, a dog and 3 birds. We are originally from
Arlington, VA and we currently reside in Fredericksburg, VA.


How long have you been scrapping?
I have been scrapbooking for 3 years.

How did you get started:
I started scrapbooking after taking a cruise in 2008. We came back with so many
wonderful photos and I knew I wanted to do something special with them. I went to
my local scrapbook store, saw all of the wonderful papers and toys and I was hooked!

What are you currently working on?    
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I am currently working on 3-D projects and book binding.

How much time do you spend scrapbooking?
I usually craft 8 to 10 hours per week, usually on the weekends.

                                               Where do you get your ideas/inspiration?
                                               I get my inspiration from the photos I am using
                                               as well as everyday life.

                                               Favorite Tool and why? I would have to say
                                               my favorite tools are my die cutting machines
                                               and paper punches. I have a variety of them
                                               because they all do different jobs. My
                                               Revolution is perfect for smaller dies, while my
                                               Silhouette is perfect for creating beautiful,
Lucky to Be Friends by Robin
Shakoor. Supplies Cardstock: Bazzill Basics;
                                               layered titles. My “go to” punches are made by
Patterned Paper and Embellishments: Anna       Martha Stewart Crafts.
                                               Favorite Technique and why?
My favorite technique has to
be detail cutting.
Patterned papers have so
many fine details and
images that you can cut to
make custom
embellishments. It just
takes a little time and

Time or Money Saving
Hmmm, I can’t say that I
have either. I don’t            Happy by Robin                      Grand by Robin
                                Shakoor. Supplies Cardstock:        Shakoor. Supplies Patterned Paper
usually worry about how         Bazzill Basics; Patterned Paper and and Embellishments: Graphic 45;
much time I spend on a          Embellishments: Anna Griffin;       Lettering: Prima; Flourish: Quickutz
                                Markers: Copic                      Die Cut.
project. I like to take my
time and study what I am
currently working on. I am not a bargain hunter and if I see something I want, I get
it! Lol. I will say that I enjoy making purchases from HSN…who doesn’t like flex pay
every once in a while? Lol.        
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Organizational Tip:
I am an organized crafter. To keep everything in its place I use quite a bit of cube
storage which can be found at local craft stores or online. My patterned papers are
arranged by manufacturer and my card stock is sorted by color. I like to use lots of
flowers on my projects so I sort them by color, then I store them alphabetically. This
makes them easier to find when I am working on a project.

Do you have a scrap room or space?
If yes, please share photos. I started
out scrapping on the table in my
breakfast nook. I slowly moved down to
a nook in my basement and now, I have
a full fledged scrap room. It was my
daughter’s hang out room in the
basement. When she left for college, I
moved in. It is good to have a space of
your own.

List your other Scrappin’
accomplishments(Contests, published etc.)
Published in: CARDS Magazine, Scrapbook News and Review Magazine, Scrapbook
Trends, Scrap Street Magazine. Copic Papercrafting Certification - 5/23/10 and I
have participated in numerous challenges and contests with my work featured on
various sites.

What are your future scrapbooking aspirations/goals?
My creative focus for 2011 is to become a more versatile crafter. I plan to step
outside of the scrapbooking box and focus more on altered art and mini books.

Anything else you want to say to Scraps of Color readers.
Don’t be afraid to step out and try something new. Scrapbooking has evolved quickly
over the years and new techniques and products are being developed every day.
Scrapbooking and paper crafting is no longer limited to just making books that we
pull out every holiday season. This art form has jumped out of the pages of our
albums and the possibilities are now endless.   
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Timeless by Robin Shakoor. Supplies Digital               Beauty by Robin Shakoor. Supplies Digital Packages:
Package: Pink Lotty                                       Webster's Pages, Pink Lotty.

                                  I Miss You by Robin
                                  Shakoor. Supplies Cardstock: Michael's Craft
                                  Supply; Paper Ribbon and Flower Die Cut:
                                  Anna Griffin; Stamp: Stampin' Up.        
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Reader Gallery
                                                       Mother’s Day by Gemiel Matthews. Supplies
                                                       Cardstock: Bazzill Basics; Patterned Paper: Making
                                                       Memories; Brads; Making Memories; Chipboard
                                                       Embellishments: Making Memories; Ribbon: Making
                                                       Memories; Ink: ColorBox; Letters: Quickutz;
                                                       Decorative Scissors: Provo Craft

   Disfruta (Enjoy) by Teresa Dieguez. Supplies:
                Patterned paper-basic grey, kioshi
   collectioncardstock: basic grey, core dinations,
    american crafts; pearls: prima; transparency:
glitz design; sticker: glitz design; flowers: prima
 and hand made; stamps: The Girls Paperie, Tim
                                       Hotlz, Prima.          
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 For Mommy Layout by Karen Jiles. Supplies
-Patterned Paper: K & Company; Cardstock:
Close To My Heart; Butterflies: Prima; Letter
  Stickers: Thickers; Linen Thread: Stampin’
        Up!; Ink: Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
  Tip: Use borders as stems for flowers
   on your layout. This is a good use of
    scraps and adds a lot of fun to your

                                                     Mother by Camille. Template: Tiffany
                                                     Template (25 Days Template #8); Digital
                                                     Paper & Embellishments: Ami Collofello/
                                                     dysfunctional (Mid/Mod); Software: Adobe
                                                     Photoshop Elements 8.         
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                                                My Ma, my friend by Rani
                                                Supplies - Template: Kate Pertiet Template
                                                Inspiration 020611 Background and Patterned
                                                Papers: Kate Pertiet Color Inspiration 12311; Font:
                                                Myriad Pro; Program: Photoshop CS3.

                                                Technique: I made this layout quick and easy
                                                using a wonderful and free template by Kate
                                                Pertiet. I simply added the pics and
                                                background colors and papers (also free by
                                                Kate!) along with some simple words and
                                                voila...a wonderful tribute to my mama!
                                                Happy Mother's Day Mom!!

Ding by lizzie oakley. Supplies ; Patterned
Paper: fancy pants, my minds eye, lilybee;
 Transparency: hambly; Ribbon: webster's
pages; Journal Spot: pink paislee; Alpha's:
webster's pages; Tape: 3M; Burlap: hobby
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             Hippity Hoppity by Sandy Ang.
             Supplies Patterned Paper: Best
          Creation; Stickers : Best Creation;
                       Ribbon; Plastic Flower

                                                     Easter Clock by Chalese
                                                     Knight: Pattern
                                                     paper:Canvas Corp; Paper
                                                     Reflections Collage Paper;
                                                     Cardstock: DCWV;
                                                     K&Company: Book
                                                     Unknown;Letters: Thickers
                                                     & Lil Davis;Flower: Prima;
                                                     Misting: Tatter Angels;
                                                     Tools: EK Punch    
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                                        Comfy Kea by Keandra Perkins-
                                        Willis Supplies:November 2010
                                        Studio Calico Who's Who kit;
                                        Spray Ink: Clear Snap;
                                        Stickers:Crate Paper

                                        “Easter (spring) layouts are
                                        definitely projects I pull my
                                        pastel colors out for. But, I
                                        don't necessarily scrap the
                                        candy and bunnies. This
                                        page features pictures of my
                                        son AFTER we visited family.
                                        He was SOO good about
                                        walking around with a tie
                                        and slacks on all day; he
                                        waited until we got home to
                                        fuss about getting that
                                        foolishness off!!! Don't forget
                                        to focus on those seemingly
                                        unimportant aspects of

        Easter 2010 by Qadirah
    Gomez. Supplies: Kit: Easter
      Fun. Designer: Designs by
           Deb Abbe. Software:
                  Fotofusion V4.   
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         Thatʼs My Momma by Tiare Smith. Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics; Patterned
         papers and rub ons: BoBunny, Making Memories; Letters: American Crafts.

  Enjoy LIFE as it BLOOMS
         before you!
       Happy Spring!     
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