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Love Cards with Fancy Pants Designs!

I had some card making fun recently with Fancy Pants’ “Be Loved” collection. This collection encompasses some of my favorite things creatively right now: tags, pink, blue, and gray (to name a few). And like it’s name suggests, it’s perfect for making love cards for your favorite person (and not just on Valentine’s Day!)

Using tags to make cards is one of my favorite shortcuts, and “Be Loved” has great tag sets with it that are perfect for cards. I couldn’t resist!

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Digital Trends | Love Themes

January flew by faster than ever this year. February is now here and Valentine’s Day is upon us. Luckily, the digi stores are delivering all-new love-themed products and they are beautiful! Let’s go take a look at some of the newest ones I’ve found.

Two Peas in a Bucket

At Two Peas, Just Jaimee and Hero Arts have new Valentine’s Day kits. “Secret Crush” is an enormous collection of shabby and slightly-grungy products including 21 papers, eight alphabets and over 75 elements. Hero Arts has just released a new set of 12 stamps and brushes with love-themed word hearts, message borders and a heart spring.

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Valentine’s Day Lovebirds

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How about not one but two Valentine’s Days cards from designer Kathy Martin? Kathy brilliantly demonstrates the current trend of layering with the multitude of elements on these cards – and it all works because she utilized coordinates from Doodlebug Design’s new Lovebirds collection!

121228-February-14-Key One key element to successful layering is dimension. Kathy used a lot of here, using dimensional adhesive to create space between the various layers. This creates visual separation that keeps the layers from melding together into one visually confusing and overwhelming mess. 121228-February-14-Details

The problem with using a lot of paper or cardstock layers is that it is easy for them to look “hard” with all the precise edges, and dull because there is no change in texture. Kathy solved that problem here with a few simple details that make all the difference.

121228-SweetheartThe stitching – on both cards – offers just a small change in textural depth, a softer edge, and some movement. The Doodle Twine offers even more softness and movement to the design, falling randomly down the middle of the card from the bow. Two hard elements also provide depth in different ways. The mini clothespin makes for a big chunky element to contrast with the flatter ones. The small jewels have big visual impact because they reflect light so much differently than the matte finish cardstock they sit on, attracting a lot of attention for their size. 121228-Sweetheart-Phrase


Supplies | All supplies from the new Lovebirds collection from Doodlebug Design.

Designer: Kathy Martin

Kathy Martin resides in North Carolina with her husband Dan and her son Christopher. She’s been paper crafting since 2001, and is currently on design teams for Bella Blvd, Doodlebug Designs, Love My Tapes, and Pebbles. When she’s not playing with paper she enjoys reading, cooking, baking, antiquing, crochet and cat naps.


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Noteworthy | 10.23.2012 – New Releases!

There’s lots of new mid-releases being announced, as we hit that magical time between shows where CHA releases are so “yesterday” already! Here’s a look around the industry at what will be coming to a scrapbook store near you soon:

BasicGrey has two new collections that will be available starting in November exclusively at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores. “Fact & Fiction” is full of very usable vintage gorgeousness that will be sure to be a hit for the two companies.

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Valentine’s Day Scrapbooking Paper Lines Roundup

The scrapbooking world is emerging from a barrage of Christmas projects just in time to start crafting for the next holiday: Valentine’s Day! Believe it or not, it’s time to start thinking about what paper line(s) you’re going to use for your Valentine’s Day cards, since the big day of all things pink, hearted, and mushy is a mere six weeks away! Be sure to give yourself plenty of time to shop for your supplies and make your cards without feeling rushed.

After my roundup of Christmas scrapbooking lines went live here on Scrapbook Update, I received many, many requests to do a similar article for each holiday. I can’t promise that I’ll do one for every special day on the calendar (there just aren’t that many paper lines for Talk Like a Pirate Day, you know?), but when there are enough themed lines to warrant a roundup, I’ll be sure to post them to keep you all informed!

As with the Christmas roundup, I’m listing all the Valentine’s Day paper lines that were released either at or after CHA Summer 2011 and have scoured the vastness of the interwebs to bring you representative photos of each. They’re listed in alphabetical order, and, since there aren’t nearly so many of them as there were Christmas lines, I’ll also give a little commentary on each.

Ready to start seeing pink? Let’s get going!

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Kissing Booth is a mix of basic patterns (I spy doilies and herringbone in the mix) and sweet watercolor images. This line uses brown as a contrast color and is one of the few cream-based collections in the roundup.

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My Hybrid Valentine

With less than a week before Valentine’s Day it would be easy to admit defeat and not do anything special for loved ones, but before you do that I ask that you reconsider and instead try working some hybrid magic. Hybrid crafting, or incorporating digital products into your paper crafting, is becoming more popular, and I remain a big fan!

Before you worry about Photoshop and your lack of digital know-how, let me tell you my favorite trick: I open up Microsoft Word, insert the images I want to use, resize them as needed, and click print. In under five minutes, you can be on your way to paper bliss.

For the projects shown here, I used the lace border set, word art kit, and the backgrounds kit by Rhonna Farrer at House of 3. I really like all of her 2010 Valentine releases, but these products were the ones I knew I could use over and over for sure. After selecting these products to work with, I decided I wanted to pick one other main element to work with: doilies. They have long been a favorite of mine, and lately they seem to be coming back into fashion. So I dug into my stash and pulled out a package.

I printed a sheet of 8 1/2 x 11 patterned paper (parts of which can be seen peeking out from my folded doily) in addition to printing out the valentine sentiment on a sheet of vellum. I also inked my folded doily (with worn lipstick distress ink) to add some color and detail before I stitched on the vellum sentiment on the bottom and two sides. Doing this created a pocket and secured the vellum. Now I can tuck love notes inside and give it away!

I liked my folded doily pocket idea so much that I made a second one. This time, I used it as a gift card holder and I added some accents as well. A major selling point for digital products like this word art kit is that I can use it for cards or other items I need to make multiples of with ease.

If you find an idea that works well, why not stick with it? I decided to try and convert my basic idea to a traditional card format:

I used a piece of patterned paper (digital – printed onto white cardstock) as well as some rhinestone brads and pink tulle for this simple card, and I’m happy with the results. None of these projects would take more than 15 minutes to recreate, and they are really budget friendly as well.

Of course my true test of digital products like these that are so strongly themed is “can I use it for other stuff too?” and the answer here is a huge yes! To show you what I mean, I’ve created this layout (doily and all!) to illustrate my point:

I re-colored the patterned paper (pink one) and then layered on some brushes and one of the fabulous word art titles as well and printed onto cardstock. I trimmed off the excess paper (to a finished size of about 8×8) and placed it on a sheet of die cut patterned paper from The Girls’ Paperie. From there it was fun and easy – just adding some stitching, a few fun accents, my doily, bits of patterned paper left over from my digital printouts, and before I knew it I had a layout all finished.

For your boyfriend or mom, favorite aunt or dear friend, any project you put a few minutes of hand crafted love into is sure to be well received. If you make the most of your paper stash and combine a bit of digital goodness you can have unique cards, layouts, home decor, and so much more in less time than it would take to watch your favorite TV show.

Before I head off to make some more love inspired creations I have some more digital product suggestions to check out this Valentine’s Day:

Katie Pertiet at Designer Digitals has been prolific in her offerings this year. A favorite pick of mine is these lovely photo masks.

Melissa Esplin has a font called Classy Cupid that I’ve fallen in love with.

Betsy Tuma has a free kit available at Two Peas that’s perfect for so many love filled projects.

Ali Edwards for Designer Digitals has these love embellishments that would be fantastic for so many projects and layouts.

I hope you too embrace this opportunity to spread happiness and love to all those that mean the most to you. If you’re interested in learning more about working digital scrapbook products into your traditional scrapbook pages, I invite you to check out my on-line six week workshop that starts in just two weeks at Big Picture Scrapbooking.

Until next time – happy {hybrid} crafting!

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