Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Looking back

It's the time of year when it's easy to look back and sum up the past 12 months.
The big thing that happened for us was the move from California back here to Okinawa, Japan.
2009 was also a year when I didn't go to Sweden one single time, but let's not get started on that, because I will get all choked up about it:(

The scrappy year was exciting;
  • I designed for Kraft Girl Kits the first half of the year and for All About Me the second half.

  • I started this blog in April, which was one of my brighter moments.

I have no idea what next year will bring...I just know that I'm going to Sweden... soon!
Also, next year I will be frugal, organized and sporty...ha,ha,ha..wish me luck on that one...

Anyways, I wish you all a Happy New Year and I'll be back in 2010!

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Saturday, December 5, 2009

Design team reveal!!!!!

First of all: Thank you to all of you that applied for my design team! I feel flattered that you want to be part of my little blog.

I had decided that I wanted only 5 people and believe me - I was so close to making the team twice as big because there's was so many awesome applications.

But I kept the team small, so it would be easier to get some sponsors that would be willing to send the DT some stuff too;)

As I said before, I might just decide to have a guest designer every month and then I would first contact the ones that didn't make my team. Fair enough?

And now to the exciting reveal! You will see why I picked these ladies. Not only are they fabulous scrappers, they also are very photogenic (no fair!)

Here we go- Scrap A Little's first Design Team (click on their names to get to their personal blogs)

And her layout based on my sketch # 5

Bev Code

And her layout based on my sketch # 3

And her layout based on my sketch # 9

And her layout based on my sketch # 6

Veronica Trias

And her layout based on my sketch # 5

Pure awesomeness huh???

I'm so happy to have these talented ladies helping me out and I know that they will inspire you to no end.

Next challenge will start Jan.1.
Now I'm off to work on another tutorial.
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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Gift bag tutorial

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving and survived Black Friday. Today is Cyber Monday which I so much prefer.

As we all know-it's the season of giving so I thought a tutorial for a gift bag would be handy.

Start with clicking this picture and then right click, to print it out (on cardstock preferable)

Since everything is so "christmassy" these days, I wanted to be different and make a birthday bag. People do have birthdays in December too;)
When you have your template ready, trace it to paper of your choice and cut it out. You can use cardstock or heavier patterned paper- double sided or not.

Tips- draw the lines where you're gonna make the folds too.
All lines folds outward except from the red lines (if you can see them on the template) They fold the other way. Be sure to use your bone folder if you have one.
Don't forget to fold the top of the bag down as shown in the picture.

Put glue according to the template and fold your bag together.

Punch two holes on each side and string a ribbon through. You will need about 1 yard of ribbon.
When you're done you can cut out a rectangle of matching paper to place in the bottom of the bag.
Decorate and prettify your bag as much or as little as you want to.Think:
  • stickles
  • flowers
  • inking and distressing
  • hanging tags
  • photo on the front of the bag
Be creative!

As always I wanted to get done fast and made mine very simple:

Good luck with those bags!

Those of you that follow the challenges over at AAM, know that a new one starts in a few days. Here's a peek of my layout for the next All About Me challenge:

My Design Team call is closed and now I just have to sit down and make my choices. Not an easy task.
The Design Team will be revealed on December 13.

OH, and I made a new sketch over at
See ya real soon!

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Tutorial for strips roses

I came across a new kind of rose at Creating Keepsakes blog. They remind me of these ones I made with ribbons.

(Click here to see that tutorial)

You will need cardstock or double sided patterned paper. Don't use the flimsy kind. You want it to be a bit sturdy.

Cut a strip 12" x 1/2" and "scrunch" it up as much as you can. Do this over and over. You can't overdo it. I even took a spray bottle and slightly sprayed some water on to the paper. This will make the paper more manageable.

Cut out a circle about 1 1/2" from cardstock and add fast drying glue .
Start in the center and work your way outward. Twist the strip as you go, making sure that both sides of the paper shows (if that's what you want). If you want a bigger flower then add another strip after the first one is glued down.

Once you are done, cut off the excess cardstock. Add glimmer mist to your rose.
Click here to see how to make your own glimmer mist.
You can also add a flower center. I prefer it without since I think that makes it look more like a rose.

I actually think that these roses are my favorite at the moment. And I have even used them.
Here on a layout with Cosmo Cricket paper:

based on my sketch # 7

And here I made a joy fold card with Graphic 45 papers.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Printables from France

Remember how I said I wanted a book in French next time? Well, what do you know...I got one...at least a few pages.

Here's a roll up cardstock rose and a lollipop flower that I just cut into fringes or whatever

And here's the uber popular cardstock rose made with two different shaped hearts.
I didn't scrunch them up so much , since the back of the paper was plain. But you can easily fix that, by just putting the paper back in the printer and print on the opposite side.

And here's for you to print out: straight from France! From a flee market there.

How cool isn't that?

Laurence scanned some pages and emailed me.

I have the sweetest blog readers ever. I know it!

I hope I don't brake any copyright laws by posting these here...I'll take the risk...

(click the pictures and then just right click to print them out. I use cardstock when I print stuff like this)

Thank you, thank you Laurence...or I should say- merci beaucoup.
Please, if you use these papers for anything, I would love to see it. Link it here or just email me at scrapalittle@gmail.com

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Use old books,maps etc as patterned paper

(This is the last post about that card I made.)

Usually I'm drawn to bright and vivid colors when I scrap, but once in a blue moon I like to use more "earthy" tones.

It looks so cool to use papers like this for embellishments or just as a patterned paper.

Some manufacturers make paper like that, but you can also make it yourself.

You can use:
  • books
  • magazines
  • newspapers
  • music notes
  • dictionaries
  • maps
The possibilities are endless!
EBAY is a perfect place to find all these.
I won a bid on an old book from 1940. I think I paid 49 cents for it+ shipping. I never got it though, because this was when we were moving and I had no address in Japan yet, so I just put my old address down. DUH! It never got forwarded here. Not a big deal. I'll try again. I think I want something in French this time. Everything sounds so much better in French, don't you think?
Yard sales and dusty attics can also be a perfect spot to find old books and dictionaries.
Just remember if you DO use something like that, you will need to spray it with anti-acid spray before putting it on a layout or card.

Here's some pretty flowers that I bought. Two are from Prima and the other one I forgot.

Here's some I made with patterned paper looking like maps and books. Strip flower,lollipop flower and fan fold flowers all work good for this.

If you don't feel like looking around for old books with pages that turned yellow, you can just take any book or today's newspaper and print it on yellow paper. Or you can scan your book or whatever and change the colors with a photo editing software.
I think I'm gonna try to make a cardstock rose with newspaper.I'll let you know how it goes.
For the flower center on the card above,I used twine, I think it's called,

and just rolled it up on a small circle of cardstock. Use fast drying glue.

That's it for this time.
Have a great weekend folks. I'm going to a all-day-crop tomorrow. I can't wait!

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Sunday, October 18, 2009

Print on ribbons

So let's continue to talk about this card.

See the ribbon. I made that in the printer...well not the actual ribbon of course, but you know what I mean.

If you like the font, you can download it to your computer from Scrapbook.com.
It cost $0.49 and is called Distressed Typewriter. Click here if you wanna buy it.
(noticed how I always encourage you to spend money;))
It's rather easy to print on ribbons, but you have to be careful.
I had an incident recently that involved tools, cursing and unplugging of printer and turning it upside down. I was NOT happy!
But I was a Scrapper On A Mission and didn't let anything stop me.
You can print titles, journaling or whatever on a ribbon.
Here, I put a measuring tape in the printer and just printed it out on normal printer paper.
Then, take a ribbon of your choice. Preferably light color and not too thick. Use double sided tape and adhere the ribbon on you printed image. Be generous with the tape!! You don't want to make the same mistake as I did, and if you mess up, don't sue me if your printer breaks.
Put the printer paper with the ribbon attached back in the printer and print again. This time your image will appear on the ribbon.

Voila! Not hard at all, but as I said...a little bit risky...and oh by the way...I have tried putting the ribbon diagonal and horizontal and both worked fine.

Here's a layout of my mom expecting me.( She insists that she is 7 months pregnant in this picture. If that's the case, I didn't get her genes for sure. You can barely see her belly and when I was pregnant it was the opposite;you could barely see me! )
If you look closely (or click the pic) you can see that I used a
"homemade-ribbon-measuring-tape" as a border.

I have few more things to share about the card and hopefully I can do that tomorrow.

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Fan fold leaves

I made this card for my dear husband and though it's very simple, there's a few things a wanted to show/share.
I decided to split it up to a few blog posts. When I have too many photos to upload I get overwhelmed and mess up. So I'm gonna start with the leafs.

It's a very simple fan fold leaf. Start with a semi circle from patterned paper. Cardstock does not work very well with fan folds.
I just cut out a 2.5" circle with the Cricut and then cut in half.

It's tricky to get the folds small and even...
You can put fast drying glue in between the folds and then pinch together.

Or you can just staple the end together.

The leafs look good with a fan fold flower.
Here I punched one side of the paper before I started folding the flower.

But of course you can use the leafs with any kind of flower. For this layered flower I used 4 layers in two different sizes. I just traced and hand cut them . Then I scrunched them up like a
lollipop flower.

See you real soon!

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