In Jess' Creative Team article, "Don't Trash It...Scrap It!" We learn creatively, inventive ways to GO GREEN in crafting! At CHA (Craft & Hobby Association) Winter 2009, the focus was using recycled products in your favorite hobby. Everyone knows that in traditional scrapbooking, there is a potential to create a lot of waste. Jess details simple, beautiful ways to reuse the packaging in which some of your favorite products are shipped.
In this example, Jess uses Petaloo packaging to make this beautiful gift box:
Jess reuses Maya Road packaging to create this altered tin:
Click HERE to view the complete article and to see more examples of creating the GREEN way!
We hope you had an opportunity to jump in on at least some of the fun we had during the 2009 Winter Crop! Participants completed challenges and Fast Scraps. Some even made Pizza!!!
Haiku were written, Pixie Dust sprinkled and classes were taken! The best part? No one had to get out of their pajamas! Thousands of posts were submitted. Some participants completed ALL of the challenges. That is just amazing!
Did you miss a class? Don't fret! You can catch up by visiting our Resources page!
A big ACOTTHANK YOU to all of the CT Members, Teachers, Cheerleaders and Participants for making this crop a blast!
Kristin and I had a chance to spend some time with Spencer from Quickutz® during CHA Winter. When he told us about the incredible features of the NEW Silhouette SD, our mouths literally fell open! The original Silhouette offered spectacular features like cutting any true type font on your computer and transforming and cutting designs from 1/4" to 8" tall.
However, the original Silhouette required direct connection to a computer.
This has to be one of our favorite parts of the year! New products released at the Craft & Hobby (CHA) show are beginning to bombard the warehouse! Becky and Michelle are busy entering product information and finding any and all available real estate in the warehouse.
If you're looking for ideas to make this Valentine's Day truly special, check out this week's Creative Team Reveal! Valentine's Day is no longer just about chocolate and flowers. Don't get me wrong. Chocolate is still VERY, VERY essential to an unforgettable day of love, but why not add one or two of these ideas!
ACOT sponsors THE best online crops around! There are Challenges and Fast Scraps. Classes and Special Deals on your favorite scrapbooking products. Occasionally, our Creative Team and Crop Hostesses get so crop happy...they give away stuff just for lurking on our Message Board!
You DO NOT want to miss it!
Never attended an online crop and you're a little confused as to how we pull it off in such an awesome way? You're not the only one! Read our What Is An Online Crop? article for all the details!
February is also our 3 year Digi-versary. Yep! It was three years ago this month ACOT went digi with our Digital Shoppe! It's crazy how quickly time flies. The Digital Creative Team will be busy making this month even more digi-ful!
Sometimes you just need to think out of the box to get those creative juices flowing again! Our Creative Team is here to inspire you to possibly try something new with those scrapbooking supplies you have stored away.
Challenge #1: Ad Inspiration Challenge. Find an print ad that speaks to you! You don't have to use it as a template. Look for elements you would like to use.
Challenge #2: Card Challenge. It's February...the month of ooh la la! Change things up by making a Valentine's Day card without the traditional colors/symbols!
Challenge #3: Color Challenge. It's Winter in our neck of the woods. Take your favorite pics and see what you can do with "cool colors" like blues, grays and purples!
Submit your project to the gallery and you may may win ACOT POINTS! Check out our Creative Team challenge article and Message Board forum for details!