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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

It's not always what you think...

Amy's May Design Team Kit

The pattern paper in the May kit is from the Teresa Collins collection Celebrate.  Because it was a birthday themed paper, I was convinced that I going to use it for a birthday layout.  However, after several weeks and no pictures to go with it, I remembered how Taraleigh from our design team did a layout that wasn't birthday at all.  And so, I soon found myself looking through photos with a new perspective.  Sure enough I spotted the perfect picture to go with the backside of the cupcake paper! 

I forget how easy it is to paint chipboard and love that how the color stays so true.  Included in the May kit was Maya Road chipboard banner pieces.  I originally wanted to put my title on them, but instead decided to use them as a 12" border. 

With the leftover scraps, I made a card and a tag.  I love to use tags on gifts because then I don't feel the pressure to have to write a little note inside.  A simple, "wishing you a happy birthday" works just fine!

Monday, May 30, 2011

A simple card made in seconds

Gift Card Holder Card

Here is a simple card that can be made in seconds and uses scraps of paper.  What we love about this card is that the paper clip which looks like a fun school themed embellishment on the outside actually holds a gift card on the inside!

1 - 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" white cardstock
1 - 5" x 3" school themed pattern paper
1 - 5" x 2" solid cardstock
1 - Paper clip
1 - Ribbon cut to 4" long

You can use white cardstock to create this card, or if you are like me, you have a stack of cards piling up in the closet.  This card happens to be one of those blank cards from my closet that I covered up.  

Here is how easy it is to make this card.
1.  Fold the white cardstock in half
2.  Glue the school themed piece of paper to the top of the card
3.  Tear about 1/4" off the top of the colored cardstock
4.  Glue the solid cardstock to the bottom of the card
5.  Add the paper clip and ribbon
6.  Insert gift card inside the card

By using different themed pattern paper, you could also make this card for birthdays, holidays, graduation, or even a thank you card.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Quick n' Easy!

The end of the school year is rapidly approaching! I am crammin in any scrap time I can! I am also becoming a BIG fan of single page layouts!!! I find I am more creative and can bust one out in a LOT less time! Here is a simple and fast layout of my son's last day of preschool last year. 

A few strips of patterned paper, border punches, off set a couple of photos add a few embellies and you'll be done in no time! Scraplift this and send us a picture to info@scrapagain we will be happy to post it!  Thanks for letting me share my creativity with you!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Randi's May Design Team 30 minutes!

I am truly blessed that as a mom of 3 boys we ALWAYS have some kind of birthday or celebration going on. This month's kit with all the bright colors and banners was perfect for documenting those fun memories! I had a lot of fun and could hardly choose which sides of the paper to use!

This layout could easily be a 30 Minute Layout! It works best if you have two horizontal photos and 1 vertical photo. The blue and white polka dot paper is about 3x 12 and placed vertically along the edge. The other two patterned papers are  4 1/4 inches wide and 10 1/2 inches in length. These two I adhered vertically and rounded two of the corners on each. I did ink the edges of the papers but to save time skip this step.  Arrange photos, embellish and put a title on there and you are finished. Notice I didn't mention journaling ;)  as this is a time saving step I often skip! I usually add the journaling to pages when I don't have time to pull out all my scrap stuff but still want to feel like I was crafty for a minute!

My next layout could also be completed in 30 minutes! For this layout I wanted to use a lot of I went to my usual collage arrangement for the pictures. This arrangement is simply placing the photos together in any order that makes them look good or by how they fit together! Next I start at the inside of the layout and work out with the paper. I cut the cupcake paper to 6x12 and placed it along the inner edges. The red I cut 2x10 or 11 and border punched it. Last I cut the blue dot paper out with a shape from the Songbird Cricut cartridge, cut it in half and layered it under the red. I adhered my photos added a few embellishments and a banner which is totally optional and again finished!
 I know no journaling, again!

Thanks for checking out my layouts. If you scraplift any of my layouts send me photos to and we will be happy to post them for you! Happy scrappin'....until we Scrap Again!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Don't forget...

Here are a few tips so you can crop till you drop!

We are so excited for this weekends two day crop!  Our scrap bags and overnight bags are packed and we have BIG plans to get lots of scrappin' done!   

Don't forget....
  • to make several kits (match paper to pictures) prior to attending
  • an extra roll or two of adhesive
  • a few extra sheets of cardstock
  • a Cricut mat
  • your favorite magazines for some additional inspiration
  • comfy clothes for those late night scrappin' hours
We have give aways, 80's at 8:00p, make n' takes, and special treats planned for our biggest scrapbook event.  This will surly be a scrap-tacular event.  It's time to... Scrap Again!

Space still available.  We have added a Friday only registration, but you will need to e-mail us at to register.  For Friday/Saturday or Saturday only registrations, you can register online at

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Marcie's Design Team Creations for May

This month Marcie really WOW'd us with her layout and card! The green and blue color combo that she chose is amazing!  I love how fun her banner looks with the stars and the patterned paper is a clever touch! This layout is so full of fun elements I hope you will try to scraplift it as I know I will!

 One of my favorite things about Marcie as a designer is her embellish-ability! Often I struggle with what embelly to use or where to place it. Marcie's pages always come out flawless and I am in awe of her embellishments!

She makes it look so simple! Flowers with a brad in the center ad a tag and a button and there you have it....AMAZING!
Here Marcie used her rickrack as a border strip. A great compliment to her border punched strips!

Marcie also created this card that will be sure to impress  your friends on their special day! I love that the card is more than your regular square or rectangle! The way she pulled the top elements "off the page" make this clean-lined card absolutely stunning!

Thank you Marcie for sharing your fabulous style and work with us for another month! Keep em' coming!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Mandie's May Design Team Creations!

When you are a kid birthdays are the best! When it is your 1st birthday it's all about the icing on the cake! Mandie captured some GREAT pictures of her son eating cake for the first time and did a fun layout to celebrate that memory!

This is such a fun layout! I love how she printed her pictures wallet-size so that she could use all the gooey photos without having to make it a two-page spread!   I also love the black background it really makes the pictures and the banner pop on the page!
Of course we all fall in love with all that yummy birthday themed paper but what to do with it after you have made a few pages??? Mandie sure had the right idea and made cards that could be a gift on their own! I may have to try some of these! They are so bright and fun!

These could even be a great embellishment on a birthday page!

Cards can be a fun way to experiment with those border punches and use the phrase images on patterned paper! That "Celebrate" card is an image right from the paper! Rather than covering with a picture on a layout Mandie cut the image out and made a card out of it! I love all her many uses with the rickrack this month! Way to go Mandie!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Taraleigh's May Design Team Creations

This month our kit was so much fun! There were lots of doublesided colorful patterned papers and creative embellishments to work with. Taraleigh transformed her kit into two wonderful layouts that I will be sure to scraplift a few ideas from!

This month the challenge was to use rickrack. Love how Taraleigh used it to string the banner and put her title on it!

The clock image she cut out from one of the busy sides of the paper. I am always inspired by Taraleigh's ability to use what she has!

 On this layout Taraleigh stapled the rickrack to her page! Simple yet beautiful!
GASP! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, how she stitched her journaling lines! A definite must try!

Thank you Taraleigh for your amazing creations!