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Mother’s Day with Tim Holtz Distress Color of the Month!

[Disclaimer: Some Ranger products used in this project were received as promotional samples. Ranger had no control over how, when or even if they appeared on this website. I only use products that I love to make things that I love to share with my readers.]
Mother’s Day is coming! Greeting card industry statistics show that it is the third most popular holiday of the year to send cards for (after Christmas and Valentine’s Day). Today’s project will help you get ready to send your good wishes to the special mom in your life. As a bonus, I got to play with some of the latest Tim Holtz products from Ranger, Stamper’s Anonymous and Tim Holtz idea-ology along the way – including all three of the Distress Color of the Month products to hit shelves so far in 2015!

I started with Ranger’s 4.25 by 5.5-Inch Watercolor Cardstock, with about one half inch cut off of the top and side. My first element for the card was stamping with Tim’s new Flower Garden stamp set from Stamper’s Anonymous. As soon as I saw that set in the CHA preview I knew I’d be buying it! The beautiful flowers are perfect for so many projects.

It was important to use Archival Ink for stamping the flower and stem because the image needed to be water safe for the steps that happen later.

The next step was to color in the flower with the new Abandoned Coral Distress Marker – the February 2015 Distress Color of the Month! I put pigment in each area of the flower but didn’t go to the edges of the areas, leaving a white border. I did the same thing with the Cracked Pistachio Distress Marker (the January 2015 Distress Color of the Month) for the flower stem.

stamped image to watercolorWith the pigment in place, I grabbed my Fine Detailer Ranger Waterbrush and began spreading it to the edges of each area of the flower. The water diluted it, and let it spread, until it looked like this: Continue Reading →

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Project | Travel Album : Wanderlust

[Disclaimer: The Close To My Heart ink pad used on this layout was received as an editorial sample. All other products used on this layout were purchased myself. Some links in this article may contain affiliate links, which help support Scrapbook Update by paying a commission on purchases made from them.]

Now that I am back off the road from all of my traveling, I am back to my travel scrapbooking! I’m still working on getting layouts done from my trip to Frankfurt in 2014. This is the first of two layouts that contain assorted photos from my walking tour of the area around Frankfurt’s historic Römer square.

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Layout | Simply Spring from Bella Blvd

[Bella Blvd and Cricut provided some product that was used in this article. I also do demonstration work for Cricut. I am not required to blog as part of that project, or as a condition of receiving the product I used. I use, and write about, products that I love.]

We don’t get much in the way of what is traditionally considered to be spring here in Florida. Our winter is mostly warmer than what most parts of the country consider “spring” to be, and we don’t get long hard freezes. This leaves the traditional icons of spring – bulb flowers like daffodils and tulips – out of the Florida garden, unless they are first forced in a greenhouse and then planted as annuals (an endeavor requiring a ridiculous amount of expense and effort that is only undertaken at places like Disney parks). So instead we count our spring by our azaleas, and our crape myrtles, and other flowering trees and bushes.

But even after being in Florida for almost 15 years, spring doesn’t seem quite right without the bulbs I grew up with in my native Michigan. So I was delighted during my stay at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Orlando for the Scrapbook Expo a few weeks ago to wake up one morning and discover that spring bulbs arrived overnight in the plantings in the hotel’s massive atrium!

Of course, I took tons of pictures. I wasn’t going to pass up a rare chance to get some “spring” scrapbooking in, and use some great Bella Blvd spring papers while I was at it! All of the patterned papers on this layout are from their recent Simply Spring collection.

Bella’s signature color palette and style is perfect for spring! The ginghams carry me off to the country, bringing images of springtime on the farm to mind. There’s patterns within the collection for spring showers and flowers, and other patterns are Easter and spring themed.

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Silhouette Promo | Vinyl Wall Art

Thanks for checking out part three of our Black Friday weekend Silhouette series!

Vinyl wall art – especially text – is all the rage right now in home decor. However, we live in a home that is new construction (well, a little over ten years old) and one of the modern shortcuts many builders use to save money is to put up texture on walls. The texture makes it impossible to stick things like vinyl wall art and other adhesives to the walls.

Even though I can’t stick vinyl directly to my wall surfaces, however, there is another way to use some of those beautiful text designs on my walls: frame them!
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Silhouette Promo | Hand Sanitizer Gift Packages

Another benefit of a 12″ wide cutting area of the Silhouette Cameo (compared to the smaller Portrait machine) is the ability to cut larger 3 dimensional items, like gift packaging. The Silhouette Online Store contains many files for gift boxes and organizers that require the 12″ cutting space of the Cameo, and which are not Portrait compatible.

Winter has most definitely arrived across the country. That brings cold, snow – and cold & flu season. Frequent use of hand sanitizer is a great way to help avoid those germs. Purse sized sanitizer bottles can make a nice little holiday treat that is actually useful, especially for people like teachers and others who are in contact with the public and children a lot.
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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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