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Technique Tuesday | Keep Calm and Turn 29 Again

Technique Tuesday Birthday

Today’s Technique Tuesday feature highlights one of my favorite stamp sets from the CHA Winter 2013 release! I love the “Keep Calm and…” meme, and Technique Tuesday has done some really fun stamps with it recently. Designer Annette Allen got to work with the birthday set that they released at CHA Winter 2013, called Turn 29.

Technique Tuesday Keep Calm

Two sentiment options and whole ton of elements make this a set you can use over and over.

Technique Tuesday Birthday

Annette used another recent trend – neon – to brighten up her card and make it festive. Stamping some of the designs multiple times (like the presents and the banners) in multiple colors gives the appearance of the card having more elements than it actually does.

Washi tape makes a quick border that helps tie together some of the neon colors in the stamped elements.

Supplies | Stamps: Technique Tuesday (Turn 29). Cardstock: Neenah (white). Ink: Hero Arts (Neon Pink, Neon Blue, Neon Green, Neon Yellow and Neon Orange). Adhesive: Scotch (ATG), American Crafts (foam). Washi Tape: Recollections.

Designer: Annette Allen

Annette started card making in 1997, when a neighbor invited her to a Stampin’ Up! party while she was living in Germany. She has since started a blog and taken part in many design teams. Annette has been published in Paper Crafts Magazine, Designed To Color, Whimsy Stamps Inspirations Magazine and Papercraft Inspirations. To learn more about Annette, visit her blog, My Clever Creations.



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My Mind’s Eye | Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

My Mind's Eye

My Mind's Eye

Today, as part of our My Mind’s Eye feature week, we have another great example of a card highlighting their new “My Girl” collection from CHA Winter 2013. This card by designer Annette Allen combines a wealth of pattern with an exuberant message fit for everyday or a variety of occasions.

The patterned paper provides its own pre-printed sentiment block which makes a quick and easy base for the design. Annette added a unique element to the sentiment block – a half pinwheel, constructed with a die from Lil’inker designs. It adds dimension and flair without overwhelming the sentiment visually. The whole pinwheel would have been overwhelming.

Next, on the right side, Annette added a series of hand cut banners. The coordinated paper collection means the papers go together perfectly without fear of clashing. She “grounded” the banners with self-adhesive pearls from the “My Girl” collection.

For a final touch, a twine wrap around the card adds some touchable texture, and a line that goes vertically to offset the horizontal banner and sentiment block lines. And just that quick…the card is complete!

Supplies | My Mind’s Eye (My Girl). Embellishment: My Mind’s Eye Enamel Dots (My Girl). Twine: May Arts (Burlap String). Cardstock: Neenah (white). Adhesive: Scotch 3M (ATG). Die: Lil’inker Designs (mini pen wheel die).

Designer: Annette Allen

Annette started card making in 1997, when a neighbor invited her to a Stampin’ Up! party while she was living in Germany. She has since started a blog and taken part in many design teams. Annette has been published in Paper Crafts Magazine, Designed To Color, Whimsy Stamps Inspirations Magazine and Papercraft Inspirations. To learn more about Annette, visit her blog, My Clever Creations.


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Happy Mail

Happy Mail

What a beautiful example of Copic coloring we have today from designer Annette Allen in this card meant for a hello through the mail!

Annette used un-themed papers from a Halloween paper pack by October Afternoon to border her card with bright pattern. It’s a great way to use up leftovers when the holiday is over!
Happy Mail

The foam adhesive behind the cut out figure creates depth, making it seem that the character is standing in front of the mailbox. Another nice detail is the stitching detail that is part of the background die and the banner die by Lil’Inker Designs. The stitching makes it seem that the elements are more grounded.

Supplies | Cardstock: Neenah (White). Patterned Paper: October Afternoon (Witch Hazel 8×8 paper pad). Stamps: Tiddly Inks (Happy Mail Clear Stamp Set 3×4). Ink: Tsukineko (Memento Tuxedo Black). Markers: Copic Sketch (E35, E37, E39, Y15, Y17, YR02, YR04, YR07, E74, E77, R81, E00, E000, E0000, R24, W3, W5 AND C0). Dies: Lil’Inker Designs (Stitched Mats Squares, Stitched Sentiment Flag). Adhesive: Scotch (ATG), American Crafts (foam).

Designer: Annette Allen

Annette started card making in 1997, when a neighbor invited her to a Stampin’ Up! party while she was living in Germany. She has since started a blog and taken part in many design teams. Annette has been published in Paper Crafts Magazine, Designed To Color, Whimsy Stamps Inspirations Magazine and Papercraft Inspirations. To learn more about Annette, visit her blog, My Clever Creations.


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I’m Here For You

For You

Two things were key to achieving the look of designer Annette Allen’s card today: paper piecing and foam adhesive.

Using foam adhesive behind several of her elements – some of the banners and the block that holds the focal point graphic – gives the front of this card movement and depth, instead of it being boring and flat. It also keeps some of the busier patterns a little separated visually, making them easier on the eyes.

For You

Stamps are perfect for making quick and easy paper pieced images like Annette did here. Simply stamp the image on each of the papers that you want to piece with, cut out the pieces like a puzzle, and assemble them! For this image, Annette pieced the clothing and umbrella, and then finished by coloring the skin and shoes. As she said, “The paper did all the work!”

Supplies | Pattern Paper: Echo Park (Everyday Eclectic 6×6 pad). Stamps: Lil’inker Designs (Rain Boy by Sugar Kissed Cottage). Markers: Copic Sketch (E39, E000, E00, E0000, R83 and R81). Baker’s Twine: Timeless Twine (Kraft Brown). Adhesive: Scotch (ATG), American Crafts (foam).

Designer: Annette Allen

Annette started card making in 1997, when a neighbor invited her to a Stampin’ Up! party while she was living in Germany. She has since started a blog and taken part in many design teams. Annette has been published in Paper Crafts Magazine, Designed To Color, Whimsy Stamps Inspirations Magazine and Papercraft Inspirations. To learn more about Annette, visit her blog, My Clever Creations.


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Special Friend

 

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Designer Annette Allen’s attention to detail on this card shows how much she values the recipient of this special greeting! Everywhere that you look, she’s added a little extra step to this design that makes it extra fabulous!

Special Friend

The lovely border around the card was created with baker’s twine and an opaque pen. The white in both items ties them together very nicely but they don’t look repetitive since the textures are so different.

Detail is also key to making the turtle figure look finished and engaging. Stamping the stamp again on patterned paper and paper piecing the shell on top of the first turtle stamp made the shell stand out and look coordinated with the background as well. Putting Stickles on the turtle’s toenails really turns up the cute factor as well!

Finally, Annette’s liberal use of foam adhesive really makes this card work. First she used it to set the sentiment block apart from the background. Then she created a 2nd small layer of depth by using foam adhesive when adhering the patterned paper shell on the turtle. It looks more real, and also gives visual interest to the piece.

Supplies | Cardstock: Neenah (white, desert storm). Paper: American Crafts Dear Lizzy (Neapolitan 6×6). Stamps: Paper Smooches (Party Posse, Sentiment Sampler). Ink: Tsukineko Memento (Tuxedo Black). Twine: Timeless Twine (Olive Green). Glitter Glue: Ranger Stickles (Cotton Candy). Pen: Kuretake Zig Opaque Writer (Arctic White). Adhesives: Martha Stewart Crafts (All Purpose Gel), Scotch (ATG), American Crafts (foam adhesive).

Designer: Annette Allen

Annette started card making in 1997, when a neighbor invited her to a Stampin’ Up! party while she was living in Germany. She has since started a blog and taken part in many design teams. Annette has been published in Paper Crafts Magazine, Designed To Color, Whimsy Stamps Inspirations Magazine and Papercraft Inspirations.


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A Happy Birthday cupcake!

Happy Birthday by Corri Garza

With this festive (and yummy looking) birthday card, designer Corri Garza shows the ease of pulling together a perfectly coordinated card from a collection kit. The stickers and patterned paper are all from the Cakewalk collection by October Afternoon, immediately creating a perfectly put together look for these birthday wishes!

This card’s true delight, however, is in the subtle texture and detail of the cupcake focal element. The use of embossing folders to add texture to the die cut element is a quick and easy step that takes the cupcake from simple to amazing. The diamonds on the bottom create a more realistic cupcake look, and the swirls on the top give movement and depth to the patterned paper “frosting”.
Happy Birthday by Corri Garza detail

As a last special treat, Corri gave the card some sparkle by applying glitter over the heart area on the cupcake’s bottom wrapper. To make the application of the glitter less messy, Corri ran the base layer of the cupcake through the Xyron, applied the layers together and then sprinkled the heart area with coarse glitter.

Supplies | Cardstock: Recollections by Michaels (Kraft). Patterned Paper & Stickers: October Afternoon (Cakewalk Collection Kit). Glitter: Martha Stewart Coarse Glitter (Crystal). Digital Die Cutting Machine: Silhouette Cameo. Digital Cutting Files: Silhouette (Lori Whitlock CupcakeLori Whitlock Tab). Ink: Ranger Tim Holtz Distress (Worn LipstickSpun Sugar), Tsukineko Staz-On (Jet Black). Adhesive: Xyron (Create-a-Sticker Machine), Scotch ATG applicator, foam dots (unknown). Embossing Folders: Provo Craft Cuttlebug (D’vine Swirls), Sizzix (Diamond & Snow Cap). Stamps: Scrappy Moms (Mini Messages).

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.


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What Can We Learn from a Haul Video?

“Haul” videos are all the rage on video sites like YouTube. Shoppers record video evidence of their latest shopping “haul” and describe the bargains or treasures that they scored on their shopping mission. But if you take a closer look at these videos as marketers, can you learn something about shoppers and their habits, needs and wants from them?

To find out, let’s take a closer look at this recent scrapbooking haul video posted to YouTube by user detdaty0129:

So, what can we learn about shopper behavior from that 47 seconds? A surprising amount, actually.
  • Our haul shopper is pretty savvy. Not too many shoppers realize that some stores will take the competitor’s coupons (something I am personally always forgetting about when I get my Joann’s flyers in the mail).
  • This shopper chose to use her coupon on an item [Scotch ATG adhesive applicator, $29.99 at Scrapbook.com] that I’ve been hearing a lot of buzz about, and was very excited about it. Adhesive isn’t usually a “sexy” product, but this particular adhesive gun seems to have really excited consumers.
  • The 70% off coupon was used to get a very practical item for a nominal price rather than seeing the discount as an opportunity to get a less usable luxury item at a massive savings. I’ll admit – I have a few expensive “ghost tools” that sit around my scrap room collecting dust that I was swayed into buying by a massive discount.
  • This coupon promotion by Jo-Ann Stores converted well into a sale – unfortunately it was a sale for their competitor! But it does show that coupons will bring out shoppers.
  • Coupon promotions like this are designed to get shoppers into the store in the hopes that they will buy more than just the coupon item. Although it isn’t mentioned in the video, a glance at the shopper’s receipt shows that it contains multiple line items, which means the promotion was probably successful in that respect.

This concept of using big sales to buy basic essentials at affordable prices was one that we saw retailers reporting as a trend last holiday season, when it seemed shoppers were gravitating more than usual towards holiday sales on basic clothing items. Since it appears that sentiment has stuck with consumers, it will be interesting to see how it affects the upcoming holiday season for retailers.

Remember the tease on the Behind The Scenes blog to get your video cameras ready? Well, here’s your first chance to use them on Scrapbook Update! Would you like your haul to be the featured in the next Scrapbook Update “haul” analysis? You can submit your own “haul” video to Scrapbook Update via our video submissions page after uploading it to YouTube or a similar service. We can’t wait to see what our readers come up with!

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Adhesive Review: The Good, The Bad and The Tacky

Today Scrapbook Update welcomes guest blogger Molly McCarthy for a comprehensive review of scrapbook dot adhesives.

When not testing adhesive, Molly McCarthy teaches Cricut and Photoshop classes at Treasured Memories Scrapbook Store, Inc. as well as serving as a marketing consulting within the scrapbook industry. She resides in Oak Park, CA with her husband and two kids who provide endless story and photo opportunities for her scrapbook pages. To learn more about Molly, follow her on Twitter.

In need of a new adhesive that holds your paper and photos together on your next layout? Scrapbook Update has tested eight everyday-use adhesives and is reporting back on the good, the bad and the tacky!

The good news is that adhesives have improved tremendously over the years. The eight adhesives tested did a commendable job adhering paper-to-paper and paper-to-photo. They were tested on both flat and textured cardstock (i.e. Bazzill) and all held items together, though some did a better job than others on the textured cardstock.  The best application for all of these adhesives is on flat cardstock or photos but it’s nice to know that the industry has tried to address one of paper crafters’ biggest complaints regarding adhesive’s tackiness and the ever-popular textured cardstock lines.

If all of the adhesives worked in a straight line on flat cardstock, then what is there left to talk about? For this review, I added three other factors that are useful in an everyday adhesive. These included the ability to move around curved shapes, ability to remove stray adhesive, and the ability to reposition an item once it was adhered down.

Best Overall Adhesive
Scotch Adhesive Dot Roller (49 feet)
This is the best overall adhesive for day-to-day use. It goes on smoothly and evenly, and it goes around curves with ease. Because of its tiny dots, it’s easy to remove stray adhesive and it’s forgiving enough to rearrange paper or photos on the page. The dots stay put, making it easy to reapply paper/photo. It also gets high marks for a dispenser that has been created using 65% recycled material.

Best Around Curves
American Crafts – This to That Dots (32 feet)
This adhesive has the tiniest adhesive dots. Because of the thin line and the tiny dots this adhesive can go around a curve like Mario Andretti at the Indy 500 and not lose any of its adhesive. It’s ergonomic design makes it easy to tell the correct way to hold it. The protective cap is not attached, though, so I worry about misplacing it while working.

Easiest to Remove
Tombow Mono Adhesive DOTS (49 feet)
Tombow DOTS were the easiest to remove with a gum eraser or a finger. This works well when you get a bit crazy with the adhesive.

Most Tacky
3L Scrapbook Adhesives E-Z Runner (33 feet)
This adhesive wins hands down on tackiness (the good kind). If you have two items that you never want to be separated, then this is the adhesive for you! The E-Z Runner holds two items together like they are in a vise.

Most Innovative Design
Martha Stewart Crafts Tab and Roll (32.8 feet)
The Tab and Roll adhesive is designed to be two adhesives in one. When in stamp mode, you will get a small tab of adhesive – which is great for those who want to conserve their glue. It can then be switched to a roller mode for longer adhesive strips. In either mode, it works best on flat paper on a flat surface. The bulky cartridge makes it difficult to keep the unit flat when in roller mode, so some adhesive dots don’t adhere correctly. It’s also unfortunate that adhesive is wasted when switching between the tab and roller modes. Keep trying Martha!

Most Difficult to Find
Kokuyo Dotliner (52.5 feet)
Last year when Kokuyo announced it was discontinuing its American distribution of the popular Dotliner, scrapbookers began to stockpile this beloved adhesive. While it can be found on several specialty online sites in its Japanese packaging, it’s not sold in mass distribution as it used to be. For those who love this adhesive, the Scotch Adhesive Dot Roller is almost the twin sister of the Kokuyo brand. It works and functions pretty much exactly like the Kokuyo. Note: Don’t confuse the Kokuyo Dotliner with the Dotliner POWER. They are completely different adhesives.

Widest Adhesive
Kokuyo Dotliner POWER (32 feet)
At 10mm, this adhesive is the widest I tested. It is super tacky and will hold your project together tightly. It works best in a straight line. The adhesive case is huge and difficult to hold, not to mention difficult to find at your local scrapbook store. A good substitute is the Scrapbook Adhesives E-Z Runner. It’s not as wide but it definitely has the tackiness to hold a project together.

Quietest Adhesive
The Duck (27 feet)
If you’re working in “stealth” mode late at night, the Duck will adhere your items with quiet ease. They’ve changed the adhesives’ shape from dots to lines so it’s no longer possible to erase stray adhesive, but if you’re working into the wee hours and don’t want to wake your family this is a good choice.

For a complete guide to the features of all the adhesives that Molly tested, download our PDF comparison chart of dot adhesives!


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