Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Scrapbooking With Pam & Reminisce

'You Are My Sunshine' by Pam - Reminisce Unwritten

Pam says:  
Journaling has never been a strong suit of mine, but when I saw the journaling words, I knew exactly how I was going to use them.  My daughter, Kendall, is an amazing young woman and the words that are on these sheets are perfect for her.  I wanted her to know exactly how important she is to me.

'Dream Come True' by Pam

Pam captures her meeting with Tania (Koala1966 from the Message Board) in this 'Dream Come True' layout. Pam used the 'Unwritten Quote Cardstock Sticker' along with the 'Unwritten Paper Strips' to complete the look.

View Pam's entire product reveal HERE!

Great job, Pam!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Fall In Love With Le' Romantique!

Scrapbooking with Jules and Graphic 45's Le' Romantique:

Creative Team designer, Jules, is completely head over heels for Graphic 45's new Le' Romantique line.  Graphic 45 specializes in vintage looks that are perfect for heritage projects.  

'Sweetheart Of Mine' 12x12 paper

Graphic 45's papers and embellishments add an instant feel of nostalgia and interest to any scrapbooking layout or altered project.  The double sided papers can be used as-is or cut apart and used as tags or borders.

Check out Jules' complete reveal HERE and let us know what you think!

Monday, March 29, 2010

Scrapbooking With Moxxie's Chillin' Out

'Love Life & Life Will Love You Back' by Cindy

Cindy Collins (Kimandasmo) creates projects featuring Moxxie's brand new 'Chillin' Out' line.

Cindy says the papers and embellishments are not only perfect for your teen themed layouts, but other projects like this altered clock face:

The colors are vibrant and bright with fun names like, "Peace Out" and "In The Groove".  Moxxie rounds out the line with coordinating cardstock stickers and rub-ons:

                  Chillin' Out Rub-Ons-->

View Cindy's entire reveal HERE!  Remember, we'd LOVE to see how you use the new products available on our site!  Submit your projects to our Gallery!

Friday, March 26, 2010

NSD! Save The Date!

National Scrapbooking Day
Save the Date:  April 30 - May 2, 2010

Plan on joining us for our 4th annual National Scrapbook Day Crop.

  • 52 solid hours of games, challenges, make'n'takes, bingo, and classes, hosted by our amazing Creative Team - dedicated to throwing you the most rocking party!
  • The fun is open to both paper and digital scrappers.
  • Celebrity Chats, Classes and AMAZING Giveaways!  
Please Join Us!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Meet Prima Artist/Designer - Sharon Laakkonen!

The Cherry Loft Welcomes Prima Artist - Sharon Laakkonen!

Help us welcome Prima designer / artist, Sharon Laakkonen to our next Cherry Loft Chat!  

Sharon has been involved in the scrapping world for about six years. Her designs have been showcased in most of the scrapbook and craft magazines (almost 200 items now) and she has had the wonderful opportunity to contribute artwork to several books. Teaching classes all over the world is one of the most fulfilling aspects of scrapbooking as Sharon loves to share her passion for scrapbooking with Prima products!

Sharon is currently the Design Team Coordinator and Media Relations contact for Prima, while also being a wife to Bill and mom to seven children (Bethany, Brittany, Breanna, Billy, Brayden, Jonathan & Josiah.) She has a wonderful son-in-law, Jon, and a beautiful new granddaughter, Amariah. Homeschooling, Bible Quiz, and escorting the kids all over Kentucky take the rest of her free time!  
Sharon Laakkonen will be here at ACOT live to chat it up with us!
Join us as we welcome Sharon!   

Wednesday, March 24th at 3pm EST; 12pm PST

We'll be chatting in The Cherry Loft!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Little Boy Blue Reveal

Scrapbooking With My Mind's Eye - Quite Contrary: Little Boy Blue:

 'Mr. Personality' by Jess

This line of products would definitely be great for that little guy in your life, but don't let the 'Little Boy Blue' name fool you!  

The colors are subtle and the prints sophisticated.  Perfect for card making or altered projects with a vintage feel.  

Get more great ideas by checking out Jess' complete 'Little Boy Blue' product reveal HERE

Monday, March 15, 2010

Graphic 45 Reveal

Graphic 45's bold use of color and patterns may intimidate some, but Juliana demonstrates how amazing projects can look without being overwhelming!


Juliana used Graphic 45's 'On The Boardwalk' line which has an overall beach/seaside theme.  Although the patterned papers can be topic specific, Juliana shows how thinking outside of the box can open a whole new world of design to your album or project!

 'On The Boardwalk' patterned paper & border

View Juliana's complete Product Reveal using Graphic 45's 'On The Boardwalk' to get more ideas on how to take a themed line and make it your own!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

The Week In Review

Whew!  It's been a wild one here at ACOT!  I mean, we always seem to be busy, but for some reason this week was on another level!

New shipments from CHA have been arriving on a daily basis by the semi truck load. 

Designer/Artist - Marah Johnson revealed some secrets during our Cherry Loft Chat on Monday.  

Sus has been keeping the Message Board hopping with fun Challenges and Give-Aways!

And on top of everything else - I think the staff has a touch of SPRING FEVER!

It's been relatively warm and seriously sunny for this time of year here in Michigan.  Watching the months of snow accumulation melt through my office window sort of makes me want to get out and snap some pictures or find a swing to swing on!  Then again, I'd probably get my shoes all muddy.  Maybe I'll just keep peaking out that window for the time being.

There is always so much going on at!  Be sure you're signed up for our newsletter, follow us on Twitter or are an ACOT Fan on Facebook!  We're always announcing the newest product information, promotions free product giveaways and special events at ACOT!

You definitely will not want to miss the next few months here at ACOT!

Products pictured are from Basic Grey's Bling It line - new at .

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

This Week's CT Product Reveal!

This Week's submissions include scrapbooking with Jenni Bowling and My Mind's Eye along with a new way grab inspiration for your projects through fashion!

SarahA's 'The Stories' - Jenni Bowlin

SarahA's layout featuring her mother-n-law's mixing bowls really caught my eye.  I think my mom had a few of those, too!  It brought back warm memories of my mom's baking and yummy smells filling the air (I always loved it when it was my turn to 'lick' the bowl)!  Jenni Bowlin's 'Homespun' line works perfectly for this layout.

Sus' 'ACOT' - My Mind's Eye

I fell in love with the colors on Sus' layout using My Mind's Eye 'Lush' line.  The way the reds pop off the page when against the Kraft paper is just gorgeous.  When I noticed it was a layout ABOUT A Cherry On Top, I loved it even more!  :)

Beth gets her inspiration from every day life.  But when she needs an extra kick, Beth goes shopping!  Now, I'm not a shop-a-holic, but if you need an excuse to go shopping, I think preserving family memories is completely justifiable!  

The pearl flower was created using KaiserCraft's Devonshire embellishment pack.  Check out Beth's gallery to see how she did it!

View all of this week's articles and How-to's by visiting our Resource page.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

You Could Win A Cricut!

$219.99 Retail Value! and PageMaps Blog have teamed up to present this fantastic contest!  You've heard about the great things you can do with the Cricut® machine!  Here is your opportunity to have one of your very own -  FOR FREE!!!

Just create a layout based on the sketch shown on the PageMaps Blog. The focus theme for the layout is 'Appreciation' and must include journaling.

This contest is limited to USA contestants with USA shipping addresses.  Please check out the PageMaps Blog for complete details regarding the contest and rules of submission.

We can't wait to see your creations!  Contest runs now through Sunday, March 28, 2010.

Happy Scrapping!

Friday, March 5, 2010

Flowers On Friday - Technique Series

Cindy (Kimandasmo)

Creative Team Member, Cindy (aka: Kimandasmo) has a lovely way of making complicated techniques simple.  Please join us every week for the continuing series entitled, 'Flowers On Friday'.  

'Scrunch' Flower'
Flowers add bright pops of color, texture and interest to any project.  Cindy shows us how you can take those paper scraps and turn them into something beautiful!

Cindy has a lot of flower techniques up her sleeve!  Be sure to join our 'Flowers on Friday' Message Board forum every week for more ideas and inspiration!

Thanks Cindy!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Capture Spring With WeR Memory Keepers

Scrapbooking with WeR Memory Keepers and CT Member, Megan:


WeR Memory Keepers released their 'Hippity Hoppity' line.  It's full of bright colors and fabulous prints.

Handle detailed w/paper flowers

CT Member, Megan did a great job in this week's product Reveal.  

'Happy Spring' everyday card 

I think we're all ready to shed our Winter coats and feel a little warmth on our faces!  Spring is just around the corner.  Get out.  Snap some shots of those first blooms of the year and use WeR's Hippity Hoppity line to help preserve those memories!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Creative Challenges!

March is National Craft Month!  What better way to give Creativity a jab than to jump head-first into one, two or maybe even twelve of our monthly challenges?  We have twenty - yes 20!!! - different challenges for the month of March!

Digital or Traditional?  Layouts or cards?  Paper crafting or general photography? Whatever your interest, we're sure you'll find a challenge to inspire.  

Here are just a few examples of our current challenges:

Scrap Your Life Challenge - By nun69 (Angie)
Paper or Digital Scrapbooking
Scrap that special family moment/day. For me it was my BIL's wedding in July!

Photography Challenge - By nun69 (Angie)

It's all about depth of field! So make your foreground or background blurry so that your main object is the only thing in focus!

Altered Object Challenge - By JulesinParadise (Jules)
Paper or Hybrid ScrapbookingI bought these cute and comfy brown shoes at Pay Less on sale about a year ago and, while I really enjoy wearing them, I've decided to kick them up a notch. While I still haven't decided exactly how I want them to look, I am considering a couple of options.

To view all of the March Challenges, click HERE.  Remember, ACOT Bonus Points will be randomly awarded to participants with qualifying submissions!

- only one LO per challenge will enter you into the points drawing
- LOs cannot be entered into more than one challenge category
- *please* only enter LOs that meet the specific challenge instructions 

We cannot wait to see how the challenges inspire you!  

Happy National Craft Month!