Friday, September 30, 2011

Smash Book Winners Announced!

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Congratulations to:  Khristen and Sandi B!!!

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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Paper Crafting With The Random Collection From Crate Paper

Posted by ScrapGoo (Jess):

One of my favorite parts of working in this industry is attending the CHA shows.  This summer in Chicago I had the pleasure of walking aisle after aisle of amazing new scrapbooking products in search of the latest and greatest.  EASILY in my top three was Crate Paper's Random collection.  

This is just one of those lines that ended up being  the talk of the crowd at the show.  It's the very definition of cool and has something for everyone.  While it actually IS seemingly pretty random there is a collective vibe to it that somehow makes Crate Paper's designs work together.  And I simply cannot get enough of it!

Playing Grown Up

The first thing I did when I opened this collection was find the PINK!  I very rarely get to play with pink and there was no way I was going to pass on all the girly goodness in this line!  Despite the pink and large florals I ended up pairing them with the awesome denim blue and some more neutral colors and patterns because, well, it's just more "me".  

I am not over the top girly and neither is this page about me.  That is the beauty of Random, though.  You get feminine, masculine, and neutral elements all rolled into one collection.

Happy Times

I also used some of that denim paper on this page, but it has en entirely different feel to it.  I distressed and grunged up some of the elements on this layout and used a neutral background to offset the POW of colors and patterns in my main design area.  

I love that the little banner was included on the border sticker sheet.  And that black and white herringbone print is pretty much my most favorite piece of patterned paper ever made!

I Fall For You

Yellow, yellow, yellow!  I am having a love affair with yellow right now and it looks amazing paired with the blues of Random.  This collection is really made to layer and have fun with... it's all in the details.  

Paint splatters, bits of twine, burlap, stitching, chipboard pieces all support the gorgeous patterns of these papers.  Random really makes you want to PLAY! Check out the border on the yellow paper.  I put my craft mat under it and sanded that edge to create the white frame you see.

Home Shadow Box

I've been holding on to this Maya Road shadow box for a while now and waiting for just the right paper line.  BINGO!  There is something both complicated and freeing about using this many colors and I will admit that halfway through it I thought I may have gotten myself in too deep! But in the end it came together and I love, love, love it!! Each little square showcases some Random goodness.  :-)

I AM buying more of this collection.  I am going to hoard certain pieces of it and take it out once in a while and lovingly caress it.  Yes, go ahead and call me obsessed.  I'll own it!

I used the following products on these projects:

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Digi & Hybrid Scrapbooking With Designs by Mrs. Liz

Posted by Jenn Kellams:

This week, the lucky ladies of the ACOT Digi Design Team were given the privilege of working with the creations of Mrs. Liz.  Some ladies chose to use her paper packs with elements they already had, and some ladies chose to use her complete kits.  

These are the layouts we all came up with:


Janell (Janell) loves the 4th of July kit.  This is what she has to say about Mrs. Liz: "I LOVE Little Mrs. Liz Designs. Whenever I create with her designs my layouts seem to flow and I can use her elements and papers effortlessly."


"Sweetly Sleeping" by Ronny (Smiley-Scrap8)


"Goofy" by Angie (nun69)


Laura (Art_Teacher) loves the flexibility.  This is what she has to say: "Designs by Mrs. Liz has a variety of kits, for all your activities and they are very versatile."


"Loving You Forever" by Janell (Janell)


"Our New Family of 5" by Ronny (Smiley-Scrap8)


This is what Angie (nun69) had to say about this hybrid card: "I had a wedding to go to last Saturday, so what a perfect way to use Mrs Liz's I Do kit than by making my very own hybrid card! I loved all the black and accented it with a cute black and white ribbon and some cute prima flowers. I also embellished the envelope to match!"

Laura (Art_Teacher) just loves this kit! - "This reveal, we are focusing on Designs by Mrs. Liz. I just love this kit! Perfect for masculine layouts!"

Some of the products used:

Friday, September 23, 2011

Welcome Barb - Our Sept / Oct 2011 Digi Guest Creative Team Member!

Read all about Barb (aka: pawprints) -

Donna is a graphic designer & has been digi scrapping since 2008
My name is Barb and I live on Long Island. I am married 36 years to my wonderful dh who is not only my husband but also my best friend. He is a sweetie who is very used to seeing me in a pile of papers, stickers, glue, bling, and punch confetti, and also in front of my Mac. 

We have two children, a son 29 and a daughter 27, and we have a beautiful granddaughter named Maddie that is about to turn 3. We also have a sweet, beautiful black lab named Boomer. I am a paper scrapper and a digi scrapper, and immensely enjoy both worlds. Besides loving my family, being creative, and a being a big dog lover, I am also a huge Mac fan!

I am a graphic designer and was doing page layout and ad design long before it was done on computer. When our industry went digital I got my first Mac and I taught myself how to do page layout and typography on the computer. Then I taught myself how to use Photoshop. I've done flyers, brochures, business cards, advertisements, newsletters and a quarterly business newspaper. I don't work anymore except for one client I still do jobs for. This leaves me more time to design for myself and my family now.

I have always been into all things creative. As a kid I would be so happy with just a pair of scissors and a pack of colored paper. I have been scrapbooking for as long as I can remember, always saving and documenting all of the special memories and moments that come along in life. I am known as the paparazzi of the family... everyone knows that at every event, big or small, that I will be snapping photos all over the place. I am one to be behind the camera most of the time, but not in front of it too often.

I got into digi scrapping just about 3 years ago right after my granddaughter was born. I was so intrigued by the wonderful work I saw in the gallery that I just had to see for myself how this was done. Being proficient in Photoshop made it easy for me to give it a try and I immediately fell in love! But I will never give up my paper scrapping. 

To me they both serve as different outlets for my creativity. I still have the need to cut and punch paper and glue on bling and flowers and just play with all my paper scrappy goodies. When I paper scrap I do it chronologically for albums, and I always do two pagers except for opening and closing pages. Digi scrapping on the other hand allows me to just scrap a picture that I took today, last month, or a few years ago. It is a one page layout that I can just do "out of order." I can digi scrap anytime and not have to take out my stash and make a mess. It is somewhat an extension of my graphic design world, but for me now instead of for clients.

I found ACOT sometime after we lost our beautiful yellow lab 8 years ago. When I could finally bring myself to look at his pictures again, I decided I wanted to redo his photo album into a scrapbook and that is when I discovered all the wonderful dog embellishments and papers that were suddenly available. I shopped here for a long time before I checked out the boards, and I have to say that joining this wonderful community has been such a great experience for me. 

I am really a very shy person and what I call socially challenged lol! But everyone here on this site is so warm, so friendly, and so helpful that I immediately felt comfortable here. And one of the big things that impressed me was the way everyone phrased each other's work in the gallery. Everyone was so supportive of each other. 

That was three years ago and here I am now with over 10,000 posts to my name! For anyone that knows me that is amazing, and it also says a lot about the wonderful people we have here on the boards. This is the only board I have ever joined and I look forward every day to coming on here and chatting and seeing all of your wonderful work in the gallery. And the support and the praise for each other is still the same as it was 3 years ago. 

You are all so talented and I have grown as a scrapper because of all of you. Thanks Cherries!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

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Friday, September 16, 2011

Paper Crafting With The Ashtyn Collection From 3 Bugs In A Rug

Posted by megamay (Megan):

This month I got to work with 3 Bugs in a Rug's Ashtyn.

This line is just adorable! I love the mix of colors and the mix of prints. It's great because there are solids, small prints, big prints and even a faux die cut paper. 

I couldn't wait to fussy cut that big floral paper. I started with this gorgeous faux die cut paper and this adorable photo. The fussy cut flowers and the added pen details are just the right touch. 

Next I had to move on to these two adorable photos. I wanted to keep the focus on the photos and use the papers and embellishments to make them more, not detract. The simple pink background helps center the page.

For this page, I loved the pinwheels on the one scrapbooking paper so much that I wanted to recreate them in 3-d. 

Finally I had to make a card. I used a sketch from Moxie Fab world, and just kept it simple. The colors are so great that it doesnt need anything more!


Supplies used in this reveal: