Monday, December 24, 2007
Friday, December 21, 2007
Here's an easy ornament that can also be used as a package topper. You
have to play a little bit to get the cone shape right. Look carefully
at the photos in the directions, and you'll see how to form it
correctly. If you place the cones at 12:00, 3:00, 6:00, and 9:00 on
the circle, and then fill in the rest, you will get a more uniform
looking star shape. Glitter Star Ornaments
Merry Christmas to All!
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Hi everyone! Just an update on the Crafty Girls Swap Group. All of the info. has been emailed to all of the members. If you have any questions, please ask.
Oh, and by the way, I AM NOW AN OFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE DESIGN TEAM FOR SCRAPBOOK QUEENS!! If you haven't checked us out yet, the links are on my sidebar. Why don't you drop by? We specialize in encouraging newbies and experienced scrapbookers/stampers to try new things and share ideas. (Besides, I get cyber-money if you join. And so do you! :D)
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Happy Holidays everybody! I hope you've all finished your Christmas cards and have mailed them out already. (Right?) Well, for those of you who haven't, here are some card ideas for you. Feel free to "lift" them as you see fit. If you have any questions about materials or techniques, please post them here. I'll answer them as quickly as I can, so you can get those cards out!
I used the Glue Pad (available through me from TAC) to make the blue
and silver snowflake card between the teddy bear and the penguin. It's
an easy way to apply glitter to a large image. It works very well, BUT
you must let it set for a few hours. Otherwise, the glitter will rub
off. Contact me for more information. Enjoy!
Saturday, December 8, 2007
This week is going to be very busy - and very expensive - for me, as I'm sure it will be for most of you. Every year I say that I will spend less money on Christmas gifts, and every year I end up spending too much again. Well, I'm not here to tell you to spend less. I wouldn't dream of it! Rather, I'm here to give you a tip on saving some money by jazzing up some of the stuff you already have. (This way, you'll have more money to spend on everyone else! :))
Choose 3 colors of acrylic paint that coordinate. Adding white or black adds an extra "pop" to the colors. Make sure that your clipboard is clean but not wet or damp. Paint the base with 2-3 coats of paint. (I even gave the back 2 coats.) Make sure you get the sides and underneath the clip. Apply a thin coat of paint to foam stamps. Here I used the Making Memories flowers. Make sure that you don't put too much paint on the stamp, or it will be "globby." Start with a large design, and then add smaller ones. Remember that you can use different colors on the same stamp. Add your black and/or white touches at the end, and paint a thin line of either color on the edges to give your project some definition. If you want, you can paint the clip with alcohol inks, as I did. Add a big bow, and you've got a clipboard that is not only functional, but nice to look at too! Have a great week! Now go buy some presents! :)
Saturday, December 1, 2007
Happy Holidays everyone! Well, it's that time of the year again. Time to deck those halls, fa la la la la. But instead of boughs of holly, try this 3D snowflake. Don't let the instructions intimidate you. It's really easier than it looks or sounds. I used medium-weight 6 x 6 squares to make this one. Although I used some really cool Christmas scrapbook paper from Die Cuts With A View, you can use almost any paper. I used tacky glue instead of staples, except for the innermost connections on the snowflake. There I did use the staples. Have fun with this, and email me photos of your creations. I'd love to post them here.
Oh, before I forget, here's an update on the Crafty Girls Swap Group (Check my blog entry for last week). So far, there are 5 people who have expressed an interest. By Wednesday, Dec. 5th, I will send an email with further details to everyone who has responded. If you're interested in joining, please email me or post a comment here by December 5.
Enjoy your week!
Link to directions for snowflake: 3D Paper Snowflake
Saturday, November 24, 2007
I know that all of my previous tips have been positive ones, but I am very upset over a swap I joined back in September on a stamping board (which will remain nameless). The swap was due on October 19, but it still hasn't been returned. I've posted inquiries and sent Personal Messages, but the hostess doesn't seem to be interested in following up on what happened to the packages. She said she already mailed them, but that was more than 2 weeks ago.
This infuriates me. I understand that things happen, and almost nothing goes exactly as planned, but to just abandon a swap like this is very irresponsible. I put a lot of work into those cards. And what makes it worse is that none of the other 3 members in the swap seem to care either.
So my tip this week, fellow crafters, is to follow through on your commitments. If you host or join a swap, make sure that you do your best to fulfill your responsibilities. If some emergency arises that prohibits you from doing that, let the members of your group know. Most people (especially crafters) are pretty understanding. Just don't ignore their concerns.
Okay, so now, with all of that said, how about forming our own swap group? I'll host a different swap each month, each with a different theme. You'll be able to use any brand of products you want, although I'll probably use a lot of TAC products. :) Just post a comment here, or email me, if you're interested. It's not a commitment yet. I'll email details to all who are interested and let you know the deadline for signing up for the "Crafty Girls Swap Group."
Anyone who joins the Crafty Girls Swap Group will receive a kit to make this adorable Christmas Penguin card. I will include all of the materials you will need (except adhesive and coloring materials). Please note that there might be some variation in papers.
Card sketch by Inky Fingers
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Here's a great way to use those chalks you know you have stashed away in a drawer somewhere. When was the last time you used those, anyway? Thanks to my dear friend Tina, who designed this lovely card.
You will need a VersaMark inkpad and a StazOn black or brown inkpad, as well as chalks. First you you apply VersaMark over the whole piece. After that, you apply chalks with daubers. Then you stamp the image with Staz On. It's a very easy, yet beautiful, technique. For the greeting, I stamped the words in VM and then chalked over them. I used a paper towel to smudge some black ink around the borders of the bottom layers to add some dimension. It's one of my favorite techniques.
Now, find those chalks and get going! Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
On a personal note, I am now the mother of a teenager. My son just turned 13 yesterday. I'm just not ready for this!
Saturday, November 10, 2007
This month on Scrapbook Queens , I posted a challenge called "Then and
Now." I asked the members to compare a photo of themselves from their
childhood/teenage years with a recent one. The ultimate goal was to
create a layout incorporating the two. This is mine.
Try scrapbooking a photo of yourself this week. It doesn't have to be
"Then and Now," or a photo from your childhood. Just choose a photo of
yourself and start creating. Have fun!
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Here are the directions from HP. Winter Matchbook Project
I'll post pictures of mine as soon as it's finished. I've assembled it. Now I just have to decorate it and get it ready for my photos. This will be my "brag book" for the winter.
Have fun, and I'd love to see your creations! Just email them to me, and I'll post them here.
Saturday, November 3, 2007
If you're like me, everyone on my Christmas Card List expects a hand-made card from me. That adds up to a lot of cards, which I am sure many of you can relate to. The only way I can keep up with this is to make my cards in batches. I make 4 or 5 designs, and then I make the cards in groups, assembly line fashion. It's fun to get together with friends, too. I've already made 2 groups of cards, and I have 2 other designs in my sketchbook.
Now, you don't have to make so many designs, of course, but I find that I get kind of bored if I try to make them all the same. If you'd like to share your cards, please email them to me, and I'll include them in my Blogs for November and December. I can't wait to see what you come up with!
You might have noticed that now I have changed the title of these posts to Paper Crafting Tips. I've decided to include tips for all types of paper crafting, since most of us are involved in more than one type of crafting.
I've been chosen as the Guest Design Team Member for November on this wonderful site, and I've listed the link on the sidebar. You have to check out this site. They are the nicest bunch of scrapbookers you'd ever want to meet. Everyone is supportive and encouraging, and we all share tips and ideas. Check out my Challenge for November. And don't forget to try my Weekend Challenges on A Shade of Blue also. Happy crafting!
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
I just sent a layout about my adorable great-nephew to Memory Makers Magazine. I've submitted only one other layout in all the years I've been scrapbooking, and that was a long time ago. I don't deal well with rejection. I think the layout is one of the best I've ever done. I'm hoping for a cover (Yeah, I dream big!), but I'd be absolutely thrilled to be published anywhere in the magazine. I'm just proud of myself for even having the courage to submit to a magazine. Wish me luck!
Saturday, October 27, 2007
I've seen all the cute little craft irons on the market, and I even own one of them. (I got it on sale.) They're OK; but I'm impatient, and I don't like to wait for them to heat up. Besides, they never get quite hot enough to be very effective. But did you know that you don't need an iron to "iron" your ribbons? If you've got a lightbulb, you're good to go. First, make sure that your lightbulb is clean and dust-free. (Of course, you need to do that while it's cool. Don't ask me how I know that.) Then just pull your ribbon tight, and rub it slowly across the hot bulb, being very careful not to rub your fingers along the bulb as well. (Don't ask me how I know that, either.) It works great! And you can save your money for the really essential things, like more paper, more chipboard, more dies for your cutting machine, and - yes, you guessed it - MORE RIBBON! Have a great week, and thanks for stopping by!
Saturday, October 20, 2007
I love glitter and rhinestones! I use them wherever I can: on my layouts, on my cards, and on any other craft project on which I can get away with it. Sometimes it's difficult to know when to stop, though. I don't want my projects to look too gaudy, so I try to use the "bling" in moderation.
Using glitter does have one drawback, though. I'm constantly "sparkling." No matter how hard I try, I never can seem to get all that glitter off me. In fact, when I was working in a very upscale paper store in SoHo a few years ago, one of the "younger" associates complimented me on my "cool nose ring." Just as I started to tell her that I didn't have a nose ring, she corrected herself and said, "Oh, no, wait; that's glitter." I even find glitter on the cat! And my kids! Oh, well, I guess it's an occupational hazard. Here's to the BLING!
Below is the most recent Disney layout I've done. I used a lot of glitter and rhinestones for the title, but I felt that the layout warranted a lot of shiny stuff.
Sunday, October 14, 2007
I know that this is a day late, but yesterday I went to see that gorgeous great-nephew of mine! He's smaller in person, but also even cuter. Pictures will be following very soon!
This week's tip is on organization. I stamp a lot, and I had been pretty dissatisfied with the way I organized my inkpads for awhile. I had all my dye-based pads in one drawer, all my pigments in another, and all my SU/TAC in another. I even kept all my mini inkpads separate. I didn't know what colors I had anymore! Then it hit me. I had an AHA! moment! Why not organize my inkpads the same way I organize my paper? I had to try it, right then and there.
You see, I'm a COLOR person. Just about everything I do in scrapbooking and card making begins with color. My papers are organized by color, and it works really well for me, so I decided that I needed to do this for my inkpads as well. It's wonderful! I combined some colors, and I still have 3 drawers, but now I can see what colors I have and what colors I need.
I haven't found a need to organize all my embellishments this way yet, but my ribbons and buttons have been that way for quite awhile now. Like I said, I'm a COLOR person. You can be a COLOR person, too!
Enjoy your crafting this week!
Saturday, October 6, 2007
Happy World Cardmaking Day! I'm having some friends over to celebrate, and we're going to be starting our Holiday cards. My tip for you this week is really easy to do. After you finish a layout, take all the scraps you have left over and create a card or two. You'd be surprised at how many cool designs you can come up with, and you'll feel like you're really getting your money's worth out of your supplies. Here are some examples of what I made using mostly scraps of paper. Have a great weekend!
Monday, October 1, 2007
Here's the layout I did of Michael & Diana's wedding photos. And here's the link to Page Maps, where my Mini Map is featured. It's the 4th one down. I'm so excited! It's the second layout I've done for Page Maps.
Saturday, September 29, 2007
If you read My Crafty Life regularly, you already know that journaling is very important to me. It's the main thing that separates my scrapbooks from my photo albums. Sometimes, though, I find that I don't have enough room on my layout for journaling. This is especially true if I use a lot of photos on my layout, as I did in the Disney layout below. Even though it's a 2-page layout, I included so many photos that I just couldn't squeeze anything else in without making the page look too crowded. So I cut my journaling into strips.
It's very easy. Just write or type your journaling onto whatever paper/cardstock you've chosen. (I usually hand-write my journaling; but in this case, the Disney font was just perfect. I used regular acid-free printer paper.) If you're handwriting it, be sure to start every sentence on a new line. In either case, leave a lot of room in between your lines. Then cut the lines apart, using either scissors for a free-form look, or a paper trimmer for a more uniform look. To add a little dimension, you can also ink the edges.
Journaling is so important to me that I feel that I have to include it on every layout - even if it's just a few lines. Thanks for stopping by! See you next week (or sooner)!
Saturday, September 22, 2007
I have to admit that I'm cheating a little bit this week. Yesterday was my birthday, so I was a little lazy. I'm using my Weekend Challenge idea for A Shade of Blue. (See the sidebar for the Challenge link.) Try using a diecut or two to embellish your scrapbook pages (or cards). They're easy to make, and you can customize the colors to match your layouts. I used the Sizzix Birthday Cake and Rectangle Frame dies for the card below. The photo corners are from the frame. I just cut the corners off! All of the papers that I used are from my scraps.
If you'd like me to explain how to layer diecuts, just post a comment, and I'll do that later this week. And to all my friends who tell me they check out my Blog, I'd love to hear from you. Thanks to everyone who pops in to check out My Crafty Life!
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Honestly, if I were just starting out with scrapbooking, I would feel so intimidated by the layouts I see in magazines, and even some online galleries, that I might hesitate to even try. Well, let me tell you that most of the layouts you see in scrapbooking magazines today are done by professional graphic designers who have been designing for years. Just look at their studios! Really, how many of us have entire levels of our homes dedicated to crafting? I'm happy (and lucky) to have my little corner in the dining room! Until I set it up, I did just fine on my dining room table, on my bed - wherever!
Don't be intimidated into thinking that you can't measure up to professional standards. There's nothing wrong with aspiring to improve your techniques and skills, but it isn't healthy to keep bringing yourself down because your layouts don't look like the "scrapbooking celebs'." I've heard people doing this at crops I've been to and at expos I've attended. It's very sad when people don't appreciate themselves.
Instead of looking at those magazines and saying, "I can't do that," try using magazine layouts as inspiration. Find something you like about a particular layout, and use that as a jumping-off point. It might be the color combination, the layout of the photos, a particular embellishment or technique, or even the title. Keep your expectations realistic. Relax, breathe, and enjoy your hobby! Until next week....
Saturday, September 8, 2007
A quick tip this week, and then I'm off to the Scrapbook Expo at Hofstra. It's easy to get overwhelmed with all the embellishments out there, especially if you've accumulated a lot of "stuff" like I have. The best way to keep yourself from spending more time on choosing the embellishments than it did to make the memory is to limit yourself to 3 embellishments or types of embellishment. This keeps the focus on your photos, yet gives you some creative options. It also takes the pressure off.
It's OK to change your mind and switch out one embellishment for another, and it's OK to use 2, 4, or even no embellishments at all. It's your layout, your scrapbook, and your decision. Trust yourself and have fun! I'm off to shop! Remember to check back next week for another cool scrapbooking tip.
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
I'm planning to go with a few people. Post a comment here if you're going and if you need a ride. I can fit 2 more people.
Saturday, September 1, 2007
Most of my pages have titles. In fact, I think ALL of my layouts have titles. Some are one word, and some are pretty long. It all depends on the layout. I find that a catchy title really makes people want to look at the page(s). You might not want to put a title on all of your pages, and that's OK, too.
I create my titles in different ways. Sometimes I stamp them, and other times I use my BigKick to die-cut them. I use rub-ons, my computer, and occasionally stickers.
Here is a layout from Halloween of last year. The title is simple, but effective. I used my BigKick and the Vixen set by QuicKutz.
Sunday, August 26, 2007
I believe that journaling is what separates scrapbooks from photo albums. Although I find journaling very easy, I realize that many people do not. I don't think it's necessary to write paragraph after paragraph for every layout, though. Sometimes just the 5 Ws are enough: Who, what, when, where, and why. If you can write down just this information, you will have enough for most layouts. Sometimes these details can spark your memory of other details, and the journaling will come more easily. Give it a try. Oh, and I do most of my journaling in my own handwriting, but I do occasionally use the computer.
Saturday, August 25, 2007
It's time for another TAC Workshop, and this time we'll be doing a
"Stamp a Stack." We'll be making (at least) 6 cards, 2 each of 3
designs. One design will be a "girly" card, one a "guy" card, and one
a children's card. Techniques will include embossing, using glitter,
and color blending.
The workshop will be Saturday, September 15,
2-5 p.m. It will be at my house in the Bronx. (Email me for address & directions.) The cost is
$10, which will include all supplies and snacks. (Yes, there will be
regular & decaf. coffee & tea!) You will need to bring your
paper trimmer, scissors, and adhesive.
RSVP date is August
31, and payment is due by September 8. Sign up and bring a friend, and
you will each receive $5 off your order if you place one for at least
$5 at the Workshop.
I hope to see you there!
Friday, August 24, 2007
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Saturday, August 18, 2007
Now that you've chosen your photos, it's time to match your papers with the pictures. Remember to use acid-free, lignin-free papers. You don't want to ruin your photos over time. I usually use 12 x 12, but this size can easily be trimmed down to a smaller size.
Look at your photos to find a common color. If you can't find one, you can choose some neutral colors that work with the colors you do have in your photos. Sometimes I choose theme colors. For example, if I'm working on a Christmas layout, I'll usually choose Christmas-themed papers.
Start with the plain cardstock, and then select 1 or 2 patterned papers that match it. Most scrapbook paper companies have papers that coordinate. I advise that you use only 1 or 2 patterns, because your layout can become nauseatingly busy if you use too many.
In this layout, I've chosen summer-themed papers that match the colors
in my photos as well. They are from TAC (The Angel Company). Please
contact me for more information about this kit.
Remember to check back next week for another scrapbooking tip.
Friday, August 10, 2007
Believe it or not, you don't have to scrap every photo you take! Yes, that's right. Give yourself permission to scrapbook only the photos that are the best, or the ones that tell the story best. I try to select between 4 and 7 photos for each (2-page) layout. Sometimes I choose more, and sometimes less. And, now that I have gone digital, I have only the best photos printed and choose from those. I put the remaining photos in an acid-free/lignin-free photo album with sleeves. Repeat after me: It's OK to scrap only some of my photos. It's very liberating!
Have a great week-end!
Saturday, August 4, 2007
Do you love flowers as much as I do? I've started taking some really
close-up photos of flowers, while experimenting with my digital
camera's settings, and I love the way they've come out. So I decided
to do a layout of some of my favorites. In my workshop on the 11th, I'll be teaching some of the techniques I used, so email me if you're interested.
Friday, August 3, 2007
Friday, July 27, 2007
I'm beginning to design my own line of scrapbooking products, and I'm in the research/planning stages right now. I would really appreciate if you could answer a few questions to help me. You can just cut and paste them, along with your answers, and email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks so much!
1. Are you a scrapbooker, rubber stamper, paper crafter, or a combination? Please explain.
2. How long have you been doing this?
3. Think about your favorite patterned paper. What makes it your favorite? Is it the color, the overall design, or something else? Please be as specific as you can.
4. Do you like kits? Why/Why not?
5. Is there a need in the scrapbooking/paper crafting industry that isn't being fulfilled? Please explain.
If you have any other comments/suggestions, please include them in your PM. Thank you so much for your help.
Monday, July 16, 2007
My next workshop will be a Scramping Workshop. That's a stamping/scrapbooking workshop for those who aren't familiar with the term. :) Since I will be giving individual attention to each student who attends, space is limited to 7 people. Please contact me for more info. If you post a comment here, I will get back to you. Hope to see some of you there!
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Come check it out! I'm giving away free stamps to the first 5 people who place an order for $20 or more. Just email me after you place your order. You can find my email address at my website: jeanetteg.ismyangel.net . Hope you can pop in for a visit!
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Friday, July 6, 2007
Wednesday, July 4, 2007
Happy Independence Day! Here's a bit of trivia for ya: Did you know that John Hancock signed his name on the Declaration of Independence larger than anyone else's so that King George would be sure to see it? All of the signers were literally signing their own potential death warrants in signing that document. Pretty gutsy, huh?
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Sunday, June 24, 2007
This is such a busy time of year for us. Thought I'd just pop in to share some projects I've done recently. The one on the left is a Post-It Note cover, and the one on the right is a card made with clip punches. I'll be teaching the Post It Note cover at my next workshop. Check back for the date. Enjoy!
Monday, June 18, 2007
If anyone wants to order, please let me know. I have to have all orders in by June 28. Remember, all retiring sets are 25% off!!
Friday, June 15, 2007
Saturday, June 9, 2007
Thursday, June 7, 2007
I finally gave notice Tuesday. I just can't take that jerk anymore. And he's acting like a child, saying things behind my back (or so he thinks). He should really make sure the person he's bad-mouthing isn't standing in the next aisle. I might just tell him off tomorrow, and forget about next week. I'll just have to see how he acts.
Anyway, I thought I'd share some photos of the flowers I got for Mother's Day. They aren't still alive, but they've been immortalized on film. :)
Thursday, May 24, 2007
The shower was Sunday; and after driving for 4 hours, we finally arrived in one piece. We had a really nice time, and she enjoyed herself and loved all her gifts. I don't think I've ever seen so many gifts for one tiny baby. Here are some photos of the scrapbook I made for her
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Friday, April 20, 2007
Tina & Barbara, thanks so much for the kind words. I'm glad someone is reading about my not-so-intriguing life. :)
The Latest News is that I will be teaching a Mini Scrapbook Workshop, featuring products from TAC (The Angel Company), on Saturday, May 12. It will be from 2-5. The cost is $15, and it includes all supplies. If you make a purchase that day, you will receive $5 off your total, before tax and shipping. If you bring a friend, you will receive a coupon for $5 off your next purchase. (Cannot be used on day of workshop.) Please email me if you'd like to sign up. I'll be posting photos of the project as soon as it's ready. I hope to have a great turn-out, so sign up early. I have room for only 10 people in my "studio."
Happy scrappin' & stampin',
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
We went to the Circus last Sunday. I haven't been to the Ringling Bros. circus since I was in the 2nd grade. We had a great time - until we tried to get home. Can you say 4 trains and having to be picked up by Dad because the tracks were flooded and you didn't want to lug 2 tired, cranky kids onto a shuttle bus? I was so glad to get home; we all were!
Sunday, April 8, 2007
Well, the kids actually let me sleep until 7:00 this morning. This might be a new record for Easter Sunday. Now begins the difficult task of keeping them from eating all the candy in one day. I've taken some photos, but haven't gotten them scrapbooked yet. (Surprising, huh?) Here is the layout from last Easter.
Thursday, April 5, 2007
Tuesday, April 3, 2007
Monday, April 2, 2007
Yep! I'm bloggin! This is where you'll find the most recent happenings in "My Crafty Life." I'll be posting upcoming TAC (The Angel Company) workshops, as well as classes that I'll be teaching. You can also check out my most recent projects: scrapbook pages, cards, jewelry, and other "crafty" stuff.
Thanks for stopping by!