Ch-Ch-Ch-Chevron!

Oh, wow, I love chevron patterns! After spending a frustrating time making a chevron scrapbook page last week (with lots of time and paper wasted) I decided (after my friend Cindi suggested it) to create a chevron template set to make my life (and hopefully other crafters) easier. Here is a 10 minute scrapbook layout I made with one of the stencils in my Chevron Chic SVG & Printable template set:

 

I used my die cutter and SCAL software to cut out the stencil 1 design and simply spritzed it with ink, easy peasy! I was almost a shame to cover this pretty background up but I have to say the photos of my cutie-pie nephew definitely improves it.  🙂

 

Here is a look at my stencils made from plain cardstock (yes, cardstock works just fine but if you want to get fancy you can cut it from a transparency-be warned, it will dull your blade.)

 

The stenciled stars on the layout were also sprayed, I saved the leftover piece from some stars I die-cut out a while ago and it was perfect. You can watch this quick tip video if you are curious on making your own stencils (it only takes 2 minutes .) 🙂

Here is a look at the Chevron Chic set, I will have a bunch more projects for you with this because it is just so fun to work with and best of all no waste!

 

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

PS the basket freebie I mentioned in the video will be up shortly…I had to Easter-ify it:) Check back in a day or two!

So Lazy…

Yesterday I did nothing. I finished a book, puttered around the house in my jammies and reveled in the day after Christmas lazies 😉 Ahhhhh. That was nice but now I am ready to get back to it! I wanted to share the finished calendars that I made for my parents and in-laws this year. Here is the cover:

 

I am so glad I bought a binding machine this year, it really speeded up the process for me, I got a simple office supply version for $20 and you can read about that on this post if you want.

My other secret weapon for putting this together so quickly was Picture Collage Pro software. I was able to collage my photos on my computer and print them so all I needed to do was cut the collage out and glue it to my pattern paper. You can get Picture Collage pro software here. I love it! Disclaimer: I love this software and use it every time I scrap so I signed up to be an affiliate so if you end up buying it (through clicking the above link) I will earn a commission 🙂 Thanks!

 

Excuse the bad lighting, I literally took these photos on Christmas Eve on my scrap-table seconds before wrapping them 😉

Tips:

  • Stick to one line of paper for east coordination. I used a stack of K&co paper for most of the album.
  • Be sure to write names and dates on the pages, you do not need fancy journaling but get the facts in there, these calendars will be saved for years to come.
  • Print an extra copy of the photo pages for you and scrap a year in no time!

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Frugalcrafter Podcast #2: Homemade Gifts

Howdy! Are you looking to make some nifty handcrafted gifts this Christmas? Maybe you are doing a craft fair and you need some quick products to sell. In today’s podcast we will talk about a few of my favorite gifts to craft and hopefully give you a few ideas.

If the player above is not working you can also listen to the show here.

Next week we will talk about organizing your craft supplies and craft space! If you want to share your best organizing ideas or ask a question just leave a comment on this post or email me at craftypodcast@yahoo.com. As always I will answer any questions you email me {or I will do my best!) so don’t be shy, drop me a line!

Here are some of the resources I mentioned in the podcast:

I answered a question for a listener, Karen, who wanted to know how I printed my scrapbook photos in various sizes. I use Picture Collage Maker Pro software for making photo collages and printing photos at different sizes, you can download a free trial by clicking here. Here is a scrapbook page I made using the software to print my photos, then I cut around the photo collage and adhered them to my 12×12 paper and scrapped the page traditionally:

Here are some of the craft supplies I mentioned:

Soap making supplies and Lip balm bases at The Chemistry Store

Glass paint: Folk Art Enamels by Plaid

Free PDF calendar maker at pdfcalender.com

Polymer clay info and ideas from Polyform Products

If you have any questions about anything I mentioned on the podcast just leave me a comment and I will get right back to you;) Til next time happy crafting!

A Ninja, a Fairy and a Princess…

Those were the Halloween costumes last year. Actually the princess was supposed to be “the Good Witch” form Wizard of OZ but I was only informed of this change of costume a day before Halloween so a princess costume would have to suffice 😉

 

I used stamps from Pink Persimmon on this layout. I colored the Vintage Pumpkins with markers and perched them on a ledge made with the Singing Birds mat stamp and added the word Halloween with the small Carnival alpha. Here is a look at the stamps I used:

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Some Scrappin’ and some SALEin’ going on!

Hi there! I decided that since this is my birthday month, and I turned 35, I should have a 35% off sale in my Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff MyGrafico shop {better late than never right?}

I mentioned earlier how I have been lacking creative mojo this week and was making myself forge ahead and create but I want to amend that a bit…create something a little different than usual. If you usually paint, try knitting, if you usually make cards create a scrapbook page instead…and that is what I did! I used the paper dolls from the Laundry Kids SVG set to create the dolls in these pages of my daughters bridging from Daisy to Brownie Girl Scouts:

Now let me point out the “moldy-oldie” products on these pages: Chipboard letters at least 5 years old from the Dollar Spot at Target, “Clipper Clips” from Around The Block holding a folded daisy to the edge of the page and a journal tag to the lower page. The stamp set that the journal tag came from (Autumn Leaves) is a couple of years old and the silk flowers go back 8 years….no, I am not a horder. 🙂 And because I have twins I had to make a page featuring each of them {well, DUH.}

The Laundry Kids SVG set is really versatile, I cut a bunch of extra dolls and outfits from paper scraps so my girls could play with them. This is a great way to use up your scraps! You can mix and match the separated to create unlimited outfits! I made the vest by cutting the tank top in half, easy peasy and it is on sale too! Here is a look at the kit:

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out the 35% off birthday sale at Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff going on now through Saturday! Til next time happy crafting!

LSS weekly wrap up and a Mother’s day sale!

I hope you are all having a happy mother’s day! If you still need to make a card for mom (or treat yourself to some new crafty goodness) hop over to Lindsay’s stamp Stuff where everything is 40% off today only!

Here are 3 cards I made with the new Build-a-Blossom SVG set. I am going to package them up with matching envelopes and put them in the gift basket for my mom, you can never have too many ready-made cards and these were such fun to make.  Cutting all the pieces were a breeze using my Cricut machine and SCAL software. You could even leave them blank and stamp a sentiment in when you need a card.

The DT has some great work for you this week.  We say goodbye to long time DT member Margie (sniff, sniff, we will miss you girl!) but we are joined again by Cassandra so that is a real treat! Let’s kick off the wrap up with Cassandra’s cute card using the doodle flowers digistamp set:

Next up is Rhonda’s beautiful watercolor card using the Fancy Flower digistamp set:

Karin made this sweet card for me, my cat of 15 years (but he was 18) passed away last week and I was so upset, she sent me this lovely card using the kitty image from the set Stick Dog & Cat.  This set is actually free and it’s and add-on set to the People Mix and Match set available in the  shop.

Micki made this clean and simple card using Elegant & Shabby School Scrapbook and Card Papers set and School Rules Digi Set:

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Again I want to wish you a happy mother’s day and remember to snag some great deals at Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff today! Til next time happy crafting!

5 Photos you should take this Easter!

My favorite holiday to scrapbook is Easter. I love the frilly Easter dresses, brightly colored plastic eggs, fresh flowers popping up out of the ground and pretty pastel candy! this feast of springtime color is perfect to capture in photos. Before you head out (or host) this years Easter Celebration here are some photo tips for you!

Tip 1: Don’t Pose…Compose!

When photographing kids capture them being kids, chasing after eggs, playing and having fun. Check out this photo I tool last Easter of my nephew. My sister set him in frount of her flower garden and let him play and I got a great natural shot!

Don’t forget the candid action shots too:

Of course when you do have the family together and all dressed up it is a great time to…

Tip 2: Get a semi-posed family photo!

Tip 3: Do some still life photography:

Notice the photo of the baskets of eggs only, this after the hunt photo make a perfect embellishment for the page. Also consider taking photos close up in macro mode of jelly beans, easter grass and other candies for nearly free scrapbook embellishments and they will be authentic too!

Tip 4: OK this is a scrapbook tip-try kraft colored paper for your scrapbook pages, it looks great with pastel springtime shades (see above photos) a swipe of pastel paint adds a nice touch too and best of all you keep the focus on the photos!

Tip: 5-Photo the Pre-Easter Events.

This year I bout a Spin-an-Egg (Target/ $5) and we used that to color our eggs, what fun, get a photo of the pretty colored eggs:

Note: If I had to do it over I would have taken the photo outside with no flash 😀 Sometime your photos are not perfect but you should still scrap them, that’s what is important. You kids will not care that the lighting isn’t perfect, they will be glad to have the memories. Here I took a bunch of egg dying shots and used a egg-shaped puzzle template to make this page. Also I saved the egg-dipper and used it as an embellishment!

Here are some of the digital products from Lindsay’s stamp Stuff I used in the above pages and some other springtime goodies:

Basket BonanzaUp, Up & Away PapersUp, Up & AwayPosies & Plant Pics SVGEgg Basket TemplateCute Easter Digital StampsBirds & Branches StampsFancy Flowers Digital Stamps

And some freebies for you!

Basket FreebieVintage Journal FreebieEaster Sentiment Freebie

These projects qualify for the following chhallenges: Amber’s Crafts and Stuff, Creative Belli, Creative Card Crew, Creative Craft World & Papercraft Star (recycled egg-dipper on last page), For Fun Challenges, Paper Pretties, Sisterhood of Crafters, and Going Grey With Scrap-Creations (digistamps)

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

It’s a Scrapbook and a Calendar!

Today I am going to share with you my most popular handmade holiday gift. The handmade scrapbook calendar. It started the year my son was born (wow 8 years ago!) I wanted to think of something to give my parents and my hubby’s mom for Christmas (you know the grandparents who have everything) so I decided to make them a calendar with photos of the baby. It was so popular that I did it again the next year, then I had twins and that Christmas I didn’t have time to make one and my mom was so disappointed that I ended up making one for her birthday in February.  I finally have the scrapbook calendar down to a science now and for the first time I have made my scrapbook calendar available as a kit you can print at home and make for your family this holiday! Here is my brand new Chic Scrapbook Calendar Kit:

I decided to offer 2 versions in the kit: a PNG version that has transparent windows that you can place your photos behind {just like a quickpage} and jpg versions for the more traditional crafter who might want to print the pages and adhere photos in a more traditional manner (there are no blank spots on the JPG versions so you can add your photos and journaling wherever you like!) Here are my pages:

If you are a bit behind on your scrapping {oh, not me personally..HA!) you can also use the Chic Scrapbook Calendar kit to quickly scrap a years worth of photos, just pick you favorite pics from each month and plop them on the page!  All of the pages are 8.5″x11 at 300dpi and the pages contain no year so you can use them forever!  I think I will make a calendar for my sister (she has a one-year-old) but I will just print out the jpg files so she can add her own snapshots as the year goes by. A great gift for a busy mom! In the kit you will find detailed instructions with a link to a calendar maker so you can customize your calendar the way you want it and make it for whatever year you want it too! This kit never goes bad:) Due to the size of the files in this kit (too big to email) it is only available at the Lindsay’s stamp stuff shop at MyGrafico.

This project qualifies for the following challenges: By the Cute and Girly (children), Cardmaking Mamas, Catch the Bug,   Craft your PAssion, creative card crew, (anything goes), Charizma Cards, scrap creations, (a Christmas Gift) and Digistamps 4 Joy & fussy & fancy (anything but a card.)

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting

PS-did you know it is only 15 day’s til Christmas?

Dingbats for Dummies!

Hello, my name is Lindsay and I’m a font-a-holic. I can’t resist funky fonts and adorable dingbats. It seems my habit has been getting out of hand as I can’t even remember all of the dingbats I have. It all started when I got Sure Cuts a Lot (SCAL) software more than 2 years ago. With SCAL I can cut my fonts and dingbats with my cricut machine and it is $15 off right now! I found some adorable doodlebats at Lettering Delights and began my awesome dingbat collection. All of the Lettering Delights products including all of the doodlebats and dingbats are on sale for a dollar right now so you can build your collection too! I devised a way to keep track of my collection of dingbats and I’ll show you how but first here is a 2 page layout of my niece’s wedding, my daughters were the flower girls:

Digital stamp: Lindsay's stamp Stuff, Rubber Stamps: Inkadinkado, Rebecca Sower, Die cuts: Cuttlebug and Lindsay's Stamp Stuff. Paper: DCWV, Ribbon: SewTrue

See the frame around the group shot, that is a from a doodlebat font (DB Frilly Frames) now before I came up with my binder system to organize my dingbats I would have to hunt and peck through several dingbat fonts until I found a frame that would work but now I can just look through my binder and see at a glance what I have. Here is an example of my binder pages:

a dollar tree binder holds printed sheets of my dingbats/doodlebats.
being able to see all of the images in a dingbat is very helpful (and time-saving) when designing a project.

The Lettering delights doodlebats come with a printable reference sheet (right side) if you download the zip file but I usually just downloaded the font file only so I used an online dingbat character map to print a contact sheet (left side).

The online character map could not read all of the fonts so for the ones that It could not work with I simply typed put all of the characters of the font (a,b,c,d,e,f,g) and printed it out for my reference. I saved the file so I can just highlight it and change the font if I come across another dingbat I want to print. (see right side of the photo below)

Another great thing about this is I can take the binder to my craftroom where my cricut and laptop lives for a die cutting reference and take it back to my desktop when I want to work on a printable craft!

Here are close-ups of the wedding pages, I used my crinkle seam binding and some die cuts including my new ticket svg die cuts from the Fun Fair SVG set, those tickets are versatile! The dress digital stamp is a freebie you can snag here.

This project qualifies for the following challenges: Alotta Rubberstamps (fairytale), OTWC #24 (photo inspiration), Oldie but a Goodie (new beginnings theme-the small ticket stamps are a year old and the large ticket stamps-dominoes really are pushing 7 years old!), Stampin For the Weekend (shabby/vintage), Cute Daisy May and Really Reasonable Ribbon(flowers), Wild Orchid (Pearls & Pins) and the sketch from Sweet Peach Crop Shop.

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!