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 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. Later, Kathy 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;
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 herebefore 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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I'm so happy you stopped by:)
This is what you can expect from me:
Free sketches and tutorials on regular basis.
Several giveaways per year and plenty of inspiration for my fellow scrappers.
What I expect from you: You are more than welcome to share my tutorials, sketches and pictures with your scrappy friends, but I ask that you give me credit and link back to my blog.
Thanks and happy scrappin'!
I'm Swedish. I'm a (part-time) homeschooling mom. I'm a proud Marine wife and I'm a scrapper!
I'm married to my best friend and we have two awesome kids, two crazy cats and a cute dog.
After living 9 years in Okinawa, Japan, we are so thrilled to be back in sunny California again. Life is swell!