Thursday, January 27, 2011

Bonus sketch

I kinda like how this layout turned out

so I made a sketch after it

and made two new layouts based on the sketch


If you use the sketch I would like to see your take on it:). Could you please upload it to Facebook.

And if you added Scrap A Little as your friend, don't forget to leave a comment here so you can be in the drawing for a nice giveaway:)

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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Budget friendly layouts

Me and some scrappy friends meet once a month at my house to work with Basic Grey page kits.
Everything is precut and numbered in these kits, so you really don't have to think at all when you scrap.
We can focus on chatting and eating instead!
Just as important as scrapping I would say:)

Here are some examples of the kits:

Aren't they gorgeous?

These kits cost $18 so that makes it $ 4.50 per layout.

Would you say that's cheap or expensive for a scrapbook page?
I would say that's a pretty decent price since they all come with rub-ons, stickers and chipboard.

Have you ever done the math regarding how much you spend on each of your layouts?
I haven't really...until today when I looked at my latest pages.
My pages ARE CHEAP! Hopefully not cheap-looking, but they don't cost much at all to create.

Look at this one:
I used one sheet of cardstock, some scraps for the green mats and the hand cut leaves.
I only used two thin strips of patterned paper and the flowers are hand cut from patterned paper. That's all.
The green border is a stamp. Add a few brads. I would say this page cost about $2- $3. Tops!


Same  thing with this one: very little patterned paper, some buttons and that's about it.


This last one has a bit more patterned paper. I hand cut all the flowers and circles and added Stickles. Still I don't think it adds up to more than $3 total.

Do my pages look cheap to you?

I know that I hardly ever use "bling", simply because I don't like how it looks.
Same thing with flowers from Prima Marketing. I prefer to make my own;)
I try to use more than one photo per page, which gives me less space to fill with embellishments.

I'm curious to find out approximately how much you spend on your scrapbook pages.
Will you do the math for me, please?

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Invitation and giveaway!

I've been thinking!

You know that I really like my little blog and everything, but I DO MISS the interaction with all my readers.

Remember when I started the Ning network and then the next minute they decided to charge for it.That was a short adventure!

But now it hit me! I have a Facebook page for the blog!!! DUH!!!

How about if you all become friends with Scrap A Little!!

That way you can upload your photos of your layouts that you've done based on my sketches.
Or show me how you used all my flowers.

We could even CHAT!! 

Click on the Facebook badge on lower left corner and add as friend.

If you do that you can be in the drawing for an awesome prize.
I'm giving away 18 double sided papers + 7 sticky borders from K and Co.


I really love this paper pack! So full of colors.Totally my cup of tea!

Here's two layouts I made with it.  

Another reason to add Scrap A Little as your friend, is this:

I have guest designers until July. I need a whole new bunch of designers for the rest of the year. This time I will not have a call, but I will handpick them;) So I need to see your talent, right?

So again;
1. Click the Facebook badge.
2. Add as friend.
3. Come back here and leave a comment so you can be in the drawing.
4. If you already are a friend, leave a comment here and let me know. 

(I ask that you keep the conversation as well as the photos on Facebook scrap-related and blog-related.

This is not the place to promote your own blog or website)

See you over there!

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Saturday, January 15, 2011

My Top Ten list, # 4

I wanted to continue with my top ten list and next I have:

# 4 VersaMat from Close To My Heart (CTMH)

I haven't had this thing for many months, but I love it and it makes my scrapping so much easier.

It's a self healing mat measuring 13 x 13 inch.

I have a tendency to "eyeball" everything rather than measure, so this grid comes in real handy.

 I also have a habit of making a MESS when I scrap and now when I have this mat at least I have enough empty space to work on my layout.

I know that other companies, such as Basic Grey and Fiskars, make similar mats, but I don't believe they have what this one does;

The VersaMat is cushioned and the back of it has that foamy surface that you need for stamping.
Not that I am the biggest stamper in the world, but when I do decide to stamp something I have the mat right in front of me and just turn it over.

I would call this mat a must-have for  all scrappers!
I can't scrap without mine and always make sure to bring  it to crops.

It's only $14.50 and can only be bought from Close To My Heart.
If you don't know any consultants you can buy it from here.

There's also quite a few CTMH representatives among the guest designers.( you can click on their names in the top left sidebar ) 
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January sketch # 2- Guest designer Kathy Ahlsman

It's time for me to introduce the second guest designer this year. Her name is Kathy Ahlsman and this is what she sais:

My name is Kathy and I am a scrappinpsycho. I spend much of my time in The Psycho's Asylum where I create scrapbook albums to capture the lives and memories of my 3 beautiful grandchildren. I live in Austin, Texas with my husband of 37 years and our 7 year old grandson. I am very fortunate that my other 2 grandchildren (and #3 on the way) live here in town.

I have been scrapping for about 15 years - or as far back as I can remember. I also keep busy with my challenge blog: Scrap Our Stash and my personal blog The Scrappinpsycho - News from the Asylum.

I really enjoy Helen's sketches and was honored to chosen to be a part of the Guest Design Team. One of my goals for 2011 is to complete at least 1 layout with each of her sketches.

I completed 2 different layouts using Sketch #41 - I have another one in the works - but time has not allowed me to finish it for this post.

I have also included some of the other layouts I have done using Helen's wonderful sketches.

The 100th day - was actually a scrap lift from a magazine - and then later I scraplifted it a second time for "Beyond Words". I used an advertisement from a Hobby Lobby magazine for the printed paper on this layout. It wasn't until later that I discovered Helen and her sketches that I realized that this was actually one of her sketches.

I love Helen's clean simple style. She is my "go to" sketch source. I don't normally use the same layout or sketch more than once - but have found Helen's to be so versatile and adaptable that I tend to repeat them.

Thanks so much for this opportunity.

The Scrappinpsycho

This is sketch # 41 that Kathy worked with,

 and her two awesome takes on it:)

Here's some of Kathy's layouts based on my earlier sketches;

Aren't they all just so lovely?
I like how Kathy's style is so clean and simple, where the photos are the focal point- just as it should be!

Thanks for your kind words Kathy and also for sharing your work with us.

Be sure to check out Kathy's blog for more inspiration.
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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Tutorial for cardstock Daisies!

I'm so excited! I have a new flower tutorial to share with you! I found these flowers on YouTube and I think they're just fabulous!  

This is what you will need:

  • cardstock (without white core)
  • Cricut or something similar
  • wooden skewer
  • spray bottle with water
  • glue
  • bling (pearls, beads, Stickles...) for flower center
  • ink ( optional )
  • glimmer mist ( optional ) 

In the video I saw she used  Sizzix to cut the flowers. I used my Cricut and a cartridge called " Walk In my Garden" ( the first flower- Daisy)

You will need 6 flowers in three different sizes.
I chose
  • 1 3/4 x 2
  • 1 1/2 x 2
  • 1 1/4 x 2

 Lightly spray the flowers with water.

 Use the skewer to bend up the petals

 For the really thin petals I use a piercing tool instead.

This is what you will have now:

 Gently pinch the petals in between your fingertips.

Let them dry for 15-20 minutes before you glue them together. Perfect timing to start a new flower:)

After they are dry, glue the 6 layers together starting with the bigger ones.
Add some bling in the middle.

When you're done you can spray glimmer mist all over the flower. Click here to see how to make your own glimmer mist.

 Aren't they gorgeous ?

I used some of them here on this layout based on my sketch # 3. 

I'm working on two more flower tutorials right now:)

If you wonder how come I blog so often, I guess you could say that I am a bit  bored and lonely :(
Hubby is gone and the kids are busy with school and playing.
I don't know why I have so much time on my hands all of a sudden. I can't remember what kept me busy last year?

Oh well...scrapping and blogging is not a bad way to spend your time I guess... 
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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Latest giveaway winner

How's everybody doing with their New Year's resolutions?

I'm doing least with my scrappy one;)
I have done 10 layouts so far this year. If I keep up this tempo, I will reach my goal (104 layouts) by March-April:)

Here's a page I recently made with my sketch # 5

and this one I did today- all made with SEI's "Addison" collection.

I drew a random winner for the latest giveaway and the winner is......

....Maria Castillo!! Congrats Maria!
(I need your address so I can send you this paper pack. Email me at

I'm so happy that so many  of you liked the latest flower tutorial. You can look forward to another one very soon.
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Sunday, January 9, 2011

New Flower Tutorial:)

I found a new flower that I tried and wanted to share with you.
I saw it on Reminisce's blog and it was made by the very talented Lynne Forsythe.
I asked for her permission to post it here:) 

I make mine slightly different than Lynne. Click here to see her tutorial.

This is what you will need:
  • Sturdy patterned paper
  • Glue gun
  • Circle punch
  • Ink (optional)
  • Button or something else for flower center 

1. Start by punching 6 circles. I used 1 inch, but you can use any size you want really.

2. Ink the edges of 5 of the circles.

3. Pinch/fold one end of the circle and add a tiny bit of glue in the fold.

4. Repeat with all the 5 inked circles.

5. Add plenty of glue to the unfolded circle and attach the folded ones like the picture shows.

You have to act really quick with this, since the glue from the gun hardens super fast. And you also have to know exactly where to place those petals...when they are stuck, they are stuck forever!

 6. Add glue to the button and attach in the middle.

 7. Decide if you want the petals bent down...

or up:)

These are my favorite flowers at the moment. They are so fast,easy and cheap to make and they are not too bulky to add to layouts.

I used them in this layout based on my sketch # 30:

All the paper I used, is from SEI's Addison pack, which one lucky winner will receive. If you haven't left a comment yet to be in the drawing, you can do so here.

I will draw a random winner tomorrow:)

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Friday, January 7, 2011

My Top Ten list, # 3

# 3 ArcSoft's "Scan-n-Stitch Deluxe" software


I know I've mentioned before that I don't take photos of my layouts. I scan them.

I like how much brighter they look and I don't get any shadows.

Plus I can upload my layouts right away and I don't have wait for daylight.

What the "Scan-n-Stitch" does is to stitch your page together since it's too big to fit in the scanner.

If your scrapping style includes a lot of bulky embellishments, scanning is not for you.
My pages are not completely flat; I use flowers, buttons and lots of pop-up dots and that's OK.
But I see many layouts with "bushes" on and that wouldn't work.

To download the software it's $ 39.99, but you can get a free trial here before you commit.

If you buy the software I would also buy the back-up disc. I'm talking from experience:( It's not a matter of, IF the computer will crash, only WHEN. You knew that right...

And oh yeah...the YouTube video is the only one I found.
Of course you can use ANY scanner with "Scan-n-Stitch".
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Thursday, January 6, 2011

My Top Ten list, # 2

The next thing on my top ten list is:

# 2  HP Photosmart All-In-one (printer & scanner)

I have printed my own photos ever since I started with scrapbooking, which was in 2006.
I haven't done the math, but I'm guessing that with all the inks and photo paper, it's more expensive to print your own pictures. So obviously that's not the reason I do it.

The reason is: freedom and flexibility.

I can print my photos again and again, if I mess up my layout.
I can print my photos exactly the minute I need them.
I can print them ANY size I want.
I can crop and edit them in PSE before I print them.

I also love the SCANNER part!

I scan every OLD paper photo. I would never make a layout with an original photo.

Look at these photos of my grandmother (she will turn 92 years old this year!)
I'm guessing they are taken circa 1940. That makes them 70 years old. So you can see why I need to scan them first.

Photos like these are so valuable to me. They are a piece of history!

After I scanned these photos I actually retouched them a bit in PSE (surprise,surprise)

My photo printer is awesome, because it came with inserts so that I can print photos from old negatives or slides.

And that's what I did with some old slides of my mom.
These are from 1966, the year before I was born.
More history:)

One last thing I like to do with the scanner, is to scan all those school photos the kids bring home. I always buy the smallest/cheapest package and if I want more photos, I just print them;)

I don't think my scanner- Photosmart 3210- is available anymore.
Today they have newer models which are cheaper + many of them are wireless.

If you are thinking about treating yourself with a photo printer I would make sure it has a scanner.
You will use it more than you know. has quite a few to choose from.
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