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Archive | June, 2010

Papercrafters and Altered Arts

Today’s guest blogger is Scrapbook Update reader Ibis Arrastia.

Ibis Arrastia is a scrapbook layout and altered art enthusiast who enjoys teaching new techniques and designing projects that have an element of texture through inking, embossing, adding fibers or embellishments. She is heavily involved in local civic organizations dedicated to promoting crafting and creativity through workshops and community events. To learn more about Ibis, visit her blog.

Papercrafters are relishing in the excitement of new and exciting projects through the world of altered arts. Whether it’s home decor, gift, or found antique items, altered arts projects are a great way to use one’s papercrafting techniques and products in a fun and new way. There is so much that you can do. It’s just limited by your creativity.

There are very few rules in altered art. All you need is an object of some kind, and your papercraft supplies. This object can be just about anything. Try transforming a vase, a pillar candle, a picture frame, a candy tin, or any other item into something of your own design. There is no limit to what you can do.

The results may surprise and delight you. Once you add your own style and techniques you transform an item into something unique and often simply fabulous! You are free to express your personal creativity and represent that in an altered arts project all your own.

I recently had the pleasure of redecorating a room using altered arts. I found some patterned paper that matched my accent wall color and used it, along with some lace ribbon and some bling, to alter a vase, my sconces, and a blank canvas. With just supplies that I had at hand, I was able to redecorate without spending any money! And the best part is that next month I can change my mind and redecorate again!

There are just a few tips to keep in mind when working on altered arts projects: Use strong liquid glue to create a longer lasting bond, even if your supplies already come with adhesive backing. If your item will sit by a window or be exposed to much sunlight, consider spraying it with a UV protective sealer. Buy multiple sheets of your favorite paper designs so you have enough for large projects, or multiple coordinating projects.

Consider an altered art project when designing your next project, class, or event. It is a great way to combine the papercrafting skills you already have, with a fresh new item you may have never worked with. You may be surprised with how much fun you will have!

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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to My Perfect Life…

Today Scrapbook Update welcomes the return of Tami Morrison as guest blogger. In today’s post, Tami reminds us what an important tool that humor is in coping with life, and shares how to put that perspective in our scrapbooking as well.

Tami Morrison is a mom of four who lives and laughs in Orange County, California. She is a member of the Ella Friends team at Ella Publishing and an instructor at Big Picture Scrapbooking. Her latest BPS workshop, Kidding Around: A Mom and Me Scrapbooking Escapade, is full of summer scrapbooking fun for kids of all ages, and is open for registration now.

Tami blogs at http://bcre8uv.typepad.com and tweets at http://twitter.com/bcre8uv.

As Dr. Seuss once penned, “Funny things are everywhere.” The famed whimsical writer also said, “Humor has a tremendous place in this sordid world. It’s more than just a matter of laughing. If you can see things out of whack, then you can see how things can be in whack.”

Things don’t always go as planned, or meet our sometimes unrealistic expectations. I am a big believer in using humor to get over life’s little (and big) hurdles, and I am also a big believer in letting my scrapbook pages reflect this part of my personality. I routinely laugh at myself, my kids, and my assorted daily predicaments, so why not lighten up and scrapbook these experiences with the same authentic levity?

Whether I’m telling the tale of my oldest daughter running out of gas…

…or recounting my little one’s cheekiness:

humor helps put it all into perspective.

Some situations are inherently comical…

…and sometimes we have to hunt for the humor in the stuff that would otherwise drive us nuts.

Either way, becoming the comedy writer of our own life can be the key to turning frustration into appreciation for our unique experiences, and coping with the curveballs life tends to throw.

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Overnight Prints Winner! [Giveaway]

It’s time to announce the lucky winner of the Overnight Prints business card giveaway who gets to overhaul their networking look with 500 free business cards!

And the winner is…

Cynical, who posted at 10:12am on 2010/06/20:

Would love to update my business cards…(scrapbooking event planner)

Congrats to you on your win! Watch your email for your notification from Scrapbook Update!

If you aren’t the winner and need business cards, you’re still in luck – Overnight Prints is running a 40% off sale on business cards until the end of June if you order 1,000. (Including shipping, I got mine for less than $32.)


40% Off 1,000 or More Business Cards

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Jo-Ann Stores To Exhibit At CHA Summer Craft Supershow

The Craft & Hobby Association announced this week that Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores will be exhibiting at the CHA Craft Supershow in Rosemont, IL next month.

Jo-Ann Stores joins other big-box stores Michaels and Archivers in attending the Supershow in Rosemont. The company will occupy a 40 x 50 foot space at the show that will includes inspirational craft ideas and make-n-take projects.

“As more people discover the joy and creativity of sewing and crafting, Jo-Ann is especially pleased to be part of the upcoming CHA Shows in Rosemont,” explained Riddi Kline, senior vice president, marketing, Jo-Ann Stores, Inc. “The CHA Craft SuperShow is in line with our own goals of providing consumers with a wide array of fabrics, sewing, and crafting supplies, while inspiring customers with knowledge, helpful service and value. The Show will help us better understand how to inspire our customers as they interact with various products.”

The CHA Craft Supershow will take place at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL on July 30-31st, 2010.

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CHA Planning Reminder: Business Cards [Giveaway]

CHA Summer 2010 is coming faster than we think! Any preparation that requires shipping an item should really be at the top of your “to do” list, and for me that included ordering a supply of new business cards with Scrapbook Update’s new address and phone number on them.

If new business cards are on your list, I’ve got two great things for you from Overnight Prints, where all of Scrapbook Update’s business cards come from. (Need postcards, brochures, and other printed items? Overnight Prints does those too.)

First…there’s a giveaway! You can win 500 free business cards from Overnight Prints!

How to Enter: All you have to do to be the lucky winner is leave a comment on this entry before Midnight U.S. eastern time on Monday night, June 21st. Make sure you include your email address in the line reserved for it on the comment form (for your own protection, don’t put it in the text of the comment, where it will be visible to the public – just in the line labeled “email” in the form where only Scrapbook Update staff can see it). We will need it to notify you if you are a winner. Winners will be drawn by random drawing from all eligible entries. One entry per person. US, UK and Canadian shipping addresses only, please.

And there is still good news even if you aren’t the lucky winner of the free business cards…because for the month of June, everyone can order 1000 business cards from Overnight Prints for 40% off.


40% Off 1,000 or More Business Cards

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Paperclipping Roundtable #24: I Did It But I Hid It

I sadly had to miss the Roundtable this week for personal reasons, but the discussion was all about journaling and Scrapbook Update’s own May Flaum sat in!

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