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Archive | February, 2013

Lisa Bearnson to bring Project Life to HSN

Lisa Bearnson will be returning to the world of television shopping on March 25th, when “Papercrafting with Lisa Bearnson” makes its debut on HSN at 12:01 AM EST.

Bearnson, the founder of Creating Keepsakes magazine, left QVC for personal reasons four years ago after an 11 year run as the host of that network’s “Creating Keepsakes Scrapbooking” show. She’s been largely absent from the industry during that time, preferring to focus on her family instead.

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Archiver’s Announces Memphis Store Closure

Archiver’s announced last week via their Facebook page that they are closing their Memphis, Tennessee, store location on March 3rd. The store was Archivers’ 41st store location and had been open since 2007.

Archiver’s currently has 44 stores in 18 states, as well as an online store, Archiver’s Annex.

The Archiver’s store in Memphis is located only a few miles away from the former location of Eclectica’s Scrapbook Garden, an extremely large scrapbook store that pre-dated Archivers’ presence in the area. Eclectica’s closed its doors just last October as well. The closure of both stores will now leave the Memphis area without a scrapbook retail store.

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A Pretty Thank You!

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What a pretty way to say “thank you” to someone for something special! I’ve been in love with the cardmaking-friendly supplies that Pebbles has been putting out for awhile now, and designer Corri Garza shows them off here to their full beauty.

The Pebbles paper flower from the Walnut Grove collection was gorgeous but too small to serve as the focal point of the card all by itself. However, by layering it on top of the doily, it became a beautiful large centerpiece for the card’s design!

Small touches finish off this card perfectly. The sentiment in the upper left corner is balanced by the trio of the pearls in the lower right. With the large center element in the design, that is all this card needs to be complete!

Supplies | Patterned Paper: Pebbles (Pebbles Basics Cardmaking Pad 1). Embellishments: Pebbles (Walnut Grove 3D Paper Flowers), Michaels Stores (Doily), Recollections by Michaels (Pearls). Stamp: Scrappy Moms (Mini Messages). Ink: Staz-on by Tsukineko (Jet Black), Ranger Tim Holtz Distress (Broken China).

Designer: Corri Garza

Corri began paper crafting in 2009 when she purchased a Cricut at a Black Friday sale. She started following some blogs and immediately fell in love with card making. Recently, she added a Silhouette Cameo to her craft room and she loves working with die cuts to create cards, gift boxes and altered items. Corri lives just outside San Antonio, Texas with her husband and three kids. When she’s not in her craft room, she is watching her twins playing sports. They are involved in volleyball, baseball and softball, so there is always a game to watch!  Corri also enjoys photography, especially taking nature photos. To learn more about Corri, visit her blog.


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Make a WISH, Birthday Girl!

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The two easiest and most effective principles of design – in my humble opinion – are repetition and unity.  You don’t have to have a working knowledge of design to know that “repetition” means repeating things, and “unity” means grouping things by theme or idea.

In this card I used a few different types of repetition.  The simplest was choosing a background paper with a flower pattern and a card with a scallop at the bottom – both of these provided me with repetition that I didn’t have to create myself.  I took inspiration from the polk-a-dotted lining in the envelope and decided to carry on using rounded shapes in my design.  I die cut and punched my papers with circles and scallops, which tied back to the dots and the card’s decorative edge.  And finally, since my round sentiment sticker already had a dotted border I decided to repeat that detail around the larger circle with a marker to unite my two main embellishments.  This card came together very quickly because my main focus was on creating repetition and unity in my design.

Supplies | Card Base & Envelope: Doodlebug Design. Cardstock: Core’dinations (Yellow Glitter, Green), The Paper Company (White). Patterned Paper: Doodlebug Design. Stickers: Doodlebug Design (flower), SRM Stickers (sentiment). Pearls: Doodlebug Design. Twine (Hemptique). Marker: Pentel (Black).

Designer: Britt Bass

Britt Bass has been papercrafting since the age of ten when she was given her first scrapbook for Christmas, 1995. Her love of cardmaking is only a few years old, but she has taken to the craft with passion and enthusiasm. She loves many different styles and is particularly partial to tools of every shape, size, and function. She currently serves as a design team member for DCWV, Hampton Art, Craftwork Cards (USA), and Heartstring Designs and her work can be seen in the pages of several issues of Designed to Color. Britt is a crafty social media junky with active, craft dedicated pages on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter. If you want to see more of Britt’s work, she posts card inspiration and design team projects on her blog, Pink Paper Crowns.


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Gallery Highlights | 2.22.2013

Welcome to another edition of gallery highlights! This week’s layouts are wonderful examples of how to use  pattern and color to add energy and movement to a design. Let’s go take a look and I hope you like them all as much as I do. Don’t forget – you can click on the links to visit the layouts in their galleries and view supply lists, leave a comment for the designer, or view the designer’s other work.

Meeting Young House Love by jesshunt

I love this first layout for so many reasons but primarily because it has such a happy feel to it. The photos show happy, smiling faces and the way Jess has gathered all of them in the middle of the page and then layered fun and bright colors around the edges adds a lot of energy to the page. The little wood veneer shapes and arrow epoxy bring energy and movement to the layout, too. What a great, fun-filled photo collage!

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Make a Quick & Easy Page, then Step It Up!

I recently challenged myself to complete a layout in 20 minutes — just to see if I could. When life gets busy and there is precious little down time, the only way I can fit in my paper crafting is to finish it quickly. And since I’m not the fastest scapbooker in the world, this was truly a challenge for me.

Today, I am sharing my 20-minute page and a few bonus details I added later that helped me step up the design.

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I knew I was going to use the Echo Park Eclectic collection for this layout. I looked for a subtle print to use in the background, but couldn’t find anything that worked from this collection. Keeping my 20 minute goal in mind, instead of looking through my collection of pattern paper, I grabbed a sheet of kraft cardstock and misted the background with white Mister Huey. The mist gave me the subtle texture I was looking for.

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