Monday, March 31, 2008

Using Paint Chips

You've seen them, you've probably got a stack somewhere in your junk drawer from trying to pick out colors for that dining room or bedroom....well get them out! Use them on a layout, mini book or card! And if you don't have any at home, next time you're at WalMart or Lowes, pick some up! You can match any layout with these paint chips! I just go through and pick up 10 or so at a time. And yes, one of these days I AM going to paint my dining room! LOL! But, paint chips make a great accent on a layout. Use them as a matte, use them for journaling, use them to create a monochromatic layout. I highly recommend picking some up next time your out and putting them to scrappy use!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Crackle Paint & me

When I spotted the triangle bracket/triangle chipboard piece in my kit I knew that I wanted to try some Distressing Crackle paint on it. I inked the chipboard piece with Tangerine chalk ink and then lightly painted on the Crackle paint. It dried quickly but I put the paint on so thinly that it chipped off in some areas. Overall I like the effect especially the chipped areas.

My sewing is not that great, I used to many threads of floss. I've learned what Not to do for next time.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Editing photos

I'm the first to say I don't have photo shop and have never been a "photographer". Sometimes I feel like my photos could be so much better! And a lot of the time you can make them better just by editing them. Photoshop is fairly expensive and I know I would never use all the different options it offers. So I found picknik.comand I love it! The basic editing options are free. You just upload your photo and it's easy to edit to black and white, sepia, contrast colors and more! You can "fix" your photos, crop them, and save them back to your computer to print, or just print right there. Now if you do want some of the upgrade options, which are very cool, it's only $24.95 a year! I did do the upgrade, but for the first couple of months I just used the basic editing options and really got some great looks to my photos! Go check it out and see what you think!

Friday, March 21, 2008

Easter Weekend is here!

Have you purchased your eggs? What colors are you dying them? How many eggs are you going to hide for the great hunt?

All of these are questions and more are crucial to a cool Easter layout! Be sure to get action shots of finding eggs, putting them in the buckets, big kiddie smiles, and just the overall spirit of the weekend!

Use up some pinks, greens, blues, yellows...even if it is not an "Easter" layout! Share them with us on our site:

We would love to see your work!

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Blog Challenge!

We are spreading the Scrappy Girl Designs word and we need your help! Anyone interested in winning some PRIZES??!! Don't worry, this is an easy challenge! All you need to do is spread the SGD word to everyone you know--mention SGD in your blog, post a comment about SGD an someone else's blog, or even on a message board you frequent. Every time you mention Scrappy Girl Designs anywhere online your name will be put in a drawing for fabulous prizes. Drawings will take place twice (yes, TWICE) a month.

To play, log-on to the Scrappy Girl Designs message board. Post a comment telling us where you mentioned SGD (with a link) in the SGD Challenges forum. That's it! Easy! Now go on--spread the word!

Scrappy Girl Designs ROCKS!!!!!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008


I cannot tell you how stinkin' excited I am about this!!! I've been pinching myself all day long because I just can't believe it!!!

Our June Guest Designer is.......TERESA COLLINS!!!!


We will, of course, be featuring one of her lines. But I'm so excited to see what she does with the kit! She was so sweet in her e-mail and I'm so grateful she's taking time out of her super busy life to design our kit!!

Check out her websites at:

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Easter banner

I've been wanting to make a cute little banner for the holidays and I finally did one for Easter. I gather up some supplies - Stickles, diecuts, pastel papers & ink- and one hour out of my day.

I cut 6 scallop circles and 6 circles in a contrasting pastel colour. I added Fruit Punch Stickles to the outer edge of the scallops.

I cut 6 pennant flags from cardstock 4in wide by 8.5in long, cut on the diagonal corner to corner. Then I added some diecuts for embellishments and attached the circles to the pennants with pop-dots.

I'm waiting for the Stickles to dry before I can add the ribbon to each corner of the pennants to make a swag.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Don't forget to Scrap Yourself

It's always hard for us scrappers to do a layout about ourselves. It seems awkward, I felt like I was saying "look at me!". We spend all this time preserving the memories of everyone else in our lives, except ourselves. I think it's very important that we leave pages for about ourselves for our kids and their kids. They want to know what "mom" is like, what her favorite things are, where she traveled, etc. So this week, take some time and create a page about yourself. Use a picture of yourself as well! And yes, the first one will be difficult, but once you do a few you'll see it isn't so bad! Do a page about what you do for work, what your favorite color is, What's your sign, your favorite hobby? Anything at all, but don't wait any longer, get going on your Book Of Me today!

Friday, March 14, 2008

April Guest Designer Contest!

Scrappy Girl Designs is looking for a guest designer for the month of April!

We are eager to add one special scrapper to the team who loves to chat and scrap!

Seeing that April is a favorite month for many people because it symbolizes new beginnings and growth, we want to see a layout about your favorite things! It can be people, places, or things! Or a combo of all three...

In order to participate, you will need to:
1. Submit a layout about your favorite things! It can be 12 x 12 or 8.5 x 11. No digital layouts please!
2. Have at least 10 posts on our messageboard. Come check out our community! We would love to meet you
3. Submit your layout to by March 30. The Scrappy Girl DT will review all entries and contact the winner by April 2.

The guest design team member will: 1. Create 3 layouts using the Scrappy Girl Designs kit!
2. Create a challenge for the Scrappy Girl Designs community.
3. Have fun with the Scrappy Girls!

We can't wait to see your work!

Come on, join our community and let us see your awesome designs! You never know.. you could be on the team!

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Need Inspiration?

Looking for some inspiration for your scrapin' projects this weekend? Stop on over to the Scrappy Girl Designs Gallery. Lots of fun layouts, cards, or altered project sure to get your mojo going. Here are a few peeks at what our members have posted this week:

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

You can't ruin a layout!!!!

Well, at least for the most part you can't. It happened to me this weekend, I was getting ready to glue on an embellishment and was having a hard time getting the glue to come out (brand new too, I might say). So I gave it a bit of a harder squeeze and guess what....the cap popped off and spewed glue all over layout, my jeans, my carpet....I was not a happy girl!

After I calmed down....(it took awhile)...I didn't care so much about my jeans or the carpet. How bad is that? What I was concerned with was my layout! so I carefully wiped away the excess glue, it dries clear, so I thought it would be okay. I then covered up any areas that I didn't think would look good with other embellishments...and wouldn't you know...I was fine with it. I used to start over when something like that happened, now I just cover it up and move on!

I honestly don't think you can ever ruin a layout....I guess you'd have to completely spill an entire cup/glass of liquids on it to do so and maybe that would ruin it, but now I look at it as on opportunity to have it turn out even better than I thought!

Monday, March 10, 2008


I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this month's kit!!!

We're featuring Jenni Bowlin's Tangerine Line and Dream Street Papers Birdie Bits. Our featured project is a Bare Elements Tin Album.

Let's get ready.....

So how is the "lucky" month of March treating you? It's been very good to me so far, I was selected to be on this great design team called Scrappy Girl Designs! We have a lot challenges, topics, inspirations and more just waiting for you on our website ScrappyGirlDesigns. If you haven't check out us yet please come in on and introduce yourselves.

Friday, March 07, 2008

New Design Team!!

The votes are in. The judges has such a hard time this round!!!! Everyone who submitted did such a fabulous job.

Design Team Coordinator: Orgin (mommytoJ&K)
DT Member: Nikki (nikki z)
DT Member: Sarah (tmouse)
DT Member: Tara (tarajames812)
DT Member: Debbie (debbiefritz)
Class/Project Kit Designer: Stacey (carbphrek)