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Promo | Layout Background with Silhouette Cameo

If you’re a regular reader of Scrapbook Update, you know that I have repeatedly said that I am happy with my Silhouette Portrait machine because I rarely feel limited by the machine’s cutting width, which is several inches smaller than the 12″ wide Cameo. Well, the folks at Silhouette decided to take that as a challenge, and let me test drive a new Silhouette Cameo for a little while to see if bigger really is better!

When thinking of what to do twelve whole inches of cutting width, the first thing that immediately jumped to mind (of course) was to make a background for a 12×12 layout! The cutting file I chose (Background/Stencil by Tanya Batrak) could also have worked as a stencil, but I chose to cut out the design directly from my background paper and then place a contrasting color background paper behind it.

The cut out background fills a large area of the layout quickly and easily, which was great because I wanted to create a layout from only one small Instagram photo of my daughter at the library, and I didn’t have a lot of journaling or other things to go with it.

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Lots of Giveaway Winners

The giveaway winners are here! Here’s the roundup!

First up, the winner of the Pink & Main stamp set is Tracy.

The winner of the Spellbinders die set is Terri Torrez.

And finally, the winner of the copy of Gossamer is Denise Mackey.

All of the giveaway winners have been notified…congratulations to all of them, and thanks to everyone who entered!

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Project | Baby Boy Gift Bag

Gift bags are so easy to deliver gifts in, but they are so expensive and it seems I never have just the right one on hand. Craft stash to the rescue!

My local Michaels store carries packs of gift bags in various sizes in neutral colors like white and kraft. These are great to create coordinated items for occasions like bridesmaid gifts, but they are also good neutral canvases to keep on hand to decorate anytime you need a quick gift package!

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Giveaway | Scrapbooking Mystery: Gossamer Ghost

Laura Childs’ latest Scrapbooking Mysteries book is available! It’s called Gossamer Ghost, and it is set in New Orleans during Halloween festivities.

The book’s heroine, Carmela Bertrand, is the owner of a scrapbook store with a habit of tripping over over bodies – and then solving their murders. The French Quarter setting is spooky, and full of style (and unique characters).

Gossamer GhostIn Gossamer Ghost, which is the thirteenth book in the bestselling Scrapbooking Mysteries series, Carmela discovers the dead body of the owner of a neighboring antiques shop. When the eccentric man’s fiancée begs Carmela for help solving the crime, she soon has a long list of suspects – and lots of creepy crafting to do, as Halloween is rapidly approaching! The book features recipes for classic Cajun favorites as well as instructions for fun craft projects. Continue Reading →

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World Card Making Day | Watercolor Thank You Card

Welcome to World Card Making Day on Scrapbook Update!

For many, today is about getting started on their Christmas greetings for the year. But it can also be a great chance to restock our stash of the cards we need throughout the year. Perhaps one of the most useful cards to have on hand is a thank you card!

Wondering where to start as you sit down to make cards today? This card was inspired by this pin by Jennifer McGuire. The concept is the same but I changed the design and used a totally different technique to achieve it. Pinterest is a great place to find inspiration for cards – I have boards for Cards, Christmas Cards, and Single Layer Cards.

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Project | Travel Album: The Römer

The third layout set is complete for my travel album of my trip to Frankfurt in January for Creativeworld!

The tone of this layout is different from the two previous ones, because this is the first layout that shows any of the historic sites that I saw on the trip. So the color scheme was darker than the two previous layouts. For this layout, I drew from two Project Life core kits. The major contribution came from the Project Life “Vintage Travel” core kit, which is an exclusive to Michaels Stores. That kit has the same brown shades in it as the Cinnamon core kit, so I was able to snag a few journaling cards from that kit as well to fill out my layout’s design.

The title of this layout has a double meaning. The Römer is the name of the historic Frankfurt city hall that sits on the square I visited in these photos, but the English homonym “the roamer” also means “the wanderer” which is exactly what I did that day, hopping on the train and heading off into this area of Frankfurt without an exact plan of where I was going or what I intended to do.

Project Life Romer full

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