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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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Giveaway | Spellbinders Nestabilities

It’s time for another anniversary giveaway for Scrapbook Update’s readers!

This time the giveaway is a set of Spellbinders Nestabilities, the small Classic Squares set that cuts and embosses.

Spellbinders NestabilitiesYou might be thinking, “why would I want a square die cutting set when I can cut squares with my paper trimmer?” There’s a couple of reasons that die cutting squares has advantages. For one, it’s easier to get squares that are absolutely perfect and all exactly the same size – especially important if you are using them in a grid design together. Another advantage is that it is easier to place (or even center) a design in the middle of the square when you can place the die and then cut. Continue Reading →

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Happy Birthday to Scrapbook Update! [Giveaway]

It’s hard to believe, but earlier this week, Scrapbook Update passed the 10th anniversary of its existence on the internet!

Over the years the website – and the industry it serves – has gone through a lot of changes (even a name change) but some things have never changed: the loyalty of our readers and the passion I feel for papercrafting.

To celebrate, over the next few days we’re going to be running a few giveaways on the website to share a few of my current favorite items with you.

We’re starting off with a new discovery from the CHA PaperArts show in Atlanta in July. While there, I met some lovely ladies at a brand new stamp company called Pink & Main.

Pink & Main’s stamps are definitely targeted at card makers (although many could be useful for other projects as well) and have a very clean, simple and graphic/modern signature style. I fell in love immediately! Since the company was one of the participants in the Open Market event in Atlanta, I was able to bring some product home to try (and share with readers).

Here’s a look at some of what they were showing in Atlanta:

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Silhouette | School Calendar Magnets (and Promo!)

Last week, I showed you the dry erase whiteboard that I decorated with my Silhouette Portrait for us to keep track of my daughter’s new virtual school calendar. It now hangs on the wall above the side of her desk, conveniently showing us her week at a glance.

Weekly Dry Erase BoardIn addition to being a whiteboard, the board I used is magnetic. I decided to use that property – and my Silhouette and printable magnet paper – to keep the board more organized, easier to read and change, and looking neater. Continue Reading →

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Silhouette | Back to School with a DIY Weekly Dry Erase Board

It’s time for back to school at our house next week, and so we are in full preparation mode! This year, preparation is a bit different as we are planning to enroll our daughter for the first time in virtual school as she goes into 6th grade. So instead of buying backpacks and school uniforms, we are worrying about turning her computer desk into a full-time school area at home for her.

One important part of virtual school will be keeping track of when her lessons are, to make sure that she doesn’t miss attending one and that she gets all of her hours in. So after some research I have come up with the idea of a dry erase board that can be refreshed weekly with a schedule of her lessons and activities. Regular weekly schedules are designed for office cubicles so they are expensive, small and boring. We wanted something fun, large and affordable for our new “classroom”. So I decided to make a DIY weekly dry erase board with the help of my Silhouette Portrait machine!

Weekly Dry Erase BoardThe blank dry erase board is from Walmart, and cost about $8. It’s 17″ x 23″ in size, and came with a pen and two colorful magnets (it’s also a magnetic surface). Continue Reading →

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