Archive | May, 2013

Digital Scrapbooking | The Basics

After I wrote my last article on digital templates, which you can read here: Introduction to Digital Templates | Part I,  I received a lot of questions about how to get started with digital scrapbooking – questions that require a more basic introduction than I had started with. So bear with me today and let’s go through the basics together before I continue on with the next template article. Here are some of the questions I’ve received and my answers to them.

Can you explain exactly what digital scrapbooking is?

Digital scrapbooking is the process of creating a scrapbook layout on a computer . You move your photos into your design program and create layouts with digital products that include digital papers, embellishments, alphabets and virtually every other type of scrapbooking element you can think of. Another way to think about digital scrapbooking is that you’re creating an electronic layout. Or think about it this way – you’re probably familiar with programs that allow you to create your own Christmas cards or birthday announcements by dropping your photos into a pre-made card on the computer and then having them printed and delivered by the card company. A digital layout is the exact same thing,  just in a different size, and most digi scrappers choose to design their own page using digital products that they’ve purchased. Continue Reading →


Organizing | Martha Stewart for Avery Chalkboard Labels

I love labeling things. If it doesn’t move in my office and craft studio, it pretty much has a label on it – file folders, boxes, everything. Usually I do these labels with my trusty Brother PT-1280 labeler, but those labels, while practical – aren’t exactly lovely to look at. (The PT-1280 isn’t available anymore – the new version is the PTD200.)

So I was excited to find the decorative Martha Stewart Chalkboard labels by Avery at Staples to try out for some highly visible label locations in my office and studio. I need to label the fronts of my Ikea Alex drawers because I can never remember what is in which drawer because they all look so much the same. The labels will also be a help to my husband trying to find stuff in the new office and studio arrangements when he comes home soon. But I didn’t want to ruin the look of the drawers with my ugly functional labelmaker labels.

The chalkboard labels are available in a half dozen different sizes and designs. I bought the flourish ones that are sized 2.5″ x 3.75″ and sold in packs of 12 labels, two to a sheet, for $5.99. You can buy four packs of chalk separately.
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Update | 5.20.2013

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You have until May 27th to post your entries into the Open Audition for the Paper Crafts Gallery Idol contest! The theme is birthday cards for kids and teens, and you can enter up to three cards in the open round of entries. The top 20 who will move on to compete for the Gallery Idol title will be announced on May 31st.

In case you’ve been living under a rock (or don’t own a calendar), May is the month that Becky Higgins’ Project Life is shipping to retailers for the first time, through its new distribution network at American Crafts. The kits are already on the shelves at Hobby Lobby stores (or rather were – many stores are apparently sold out already). According to the store locator on the Project Life website, the kits will also shortly be on the shelves at Michaels, Meijers, Archivers, Hobby Craft, Craft Warehouse, and a host of local scrapbook stores and online retailers (including A Cherry On Top, Two Peas In A Bucket, and

If you plan on getting Project Life – or already have it – you should check out this digital template set by Tracey Larsen. “The Simply White Collection” is a group of PSD templates that make it quick and easy to create clean and simple photo collages on 4×6 photo paper for inserting directly in your album.


For $4 for 15 templates, this collection could be a great shortcut for working on Project Life albums. Continue Reading →


Cards | Made with LOVE for Friends

Hi All… Card Annex Designer Deena Ziegler here to bring you some card inspiration today.

This week I got a couple uninterrupted hours to get creative in my craft room. I set out to create one “friendship” card for my post today, but, that turned in to a run away session of cutting, gluing and making a huge mess. I was in love with the super cute – just my style – papers from Bella Blvd that were sent to me last week. I love when all the creative planets align and designing projects I love becomes so easy!

While the Bella Blvd “Love and Marriage” line was meant to be for weddings, I think it’s also well suited for all girly occasions.

For this little 4×4 card, I layered up several layers of patterned paper and topped it off with a Thinlit die from Sizzix, called “For the Record 2 – Documented” from the new Echo Park collection. The sticker letters are so tiny and adorable, I love well designed products like these.

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