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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

8 1/2 x 11 goes 12x12

I am mostly a 12x12 traditional scrapbooker, lately I have been dabbling in to cards, mini albums and school projects for the kids. I look to magazines for a lot of my inspiration. Many times the magazines show beautiful layouts that I would love to scraplift, however all too often the layouts I am inspired by are 8 1/2 x 11. I get dimensionally challenged when my scraplift is not proportionally the same. The layout takes me a lot longer to create and I usually get frustrated and give up once it is assembled.

Clearly I have a solution:

I scraplifted an 8 1/2 x 11 layout exactly and then placed it on a 12 x12 cardstock! HOORAY! Problem solved!!! And I am quite pleased with the outcome!

I even journaled AND stamped!!!
Thanks for looking and I can't wait to Scrap Again...because once is NEVER enough!

Friday, November 25, 2011


It's time to Scrap Again... because once is never enough!  Join us for the first crop of the 2012 season.  It's going to be scrap-tacular!  FREE embellishments, Snack Bar, Give Aways, Cricut Center, Sewing Machine, and MORE!! 
Saturday, January 28, 2012  
Hampton Inn & Suites
800 Mason Street
Vacaville, CA 95688 

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Last crop in 2011...

We are getting ready for our last crop this Saturday (Nov. 19)... crop bag is packed, and all our must have tools and punches are ready to go.  We've got a packed house... and only 6 seats left.  It's going to be sooooo much fun.  If your friends have not signed up yet... remind them to register asap!! 

The 2012 schedule will be announce at the crop too!!

Friday, November 11, 2011

To our military...

We are reminded often living here in Vacaville of the service men and women protecting our great nation.  Living close by Travis Air Force Base, we see and hear the planes flying above.. thankful for a safe return, or wondering where are they going?... and saying "be safe".  We so often see our service men and women in uniform where ever we go... and think there truly are real life Heroes.

Today we would like to say thank you to all, near and far, who have served and continue to serve this great nation.  And to their family members who love and support them, thank you too!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

2012 Scrap Again Design Team Call

Ring! Ring! Calling all Scrappers and Paper Crafters! Scrap Again is looking for energetic and creative Scrapbookers and Paper Crafters to join our 2012 design team (Jan - Jun)! We hope you will consider joining our design team!

Scrap Again Design Team Member Benefits:
(6 mos.)
  • Receive a free designer kit each month
  • Receive free admission to Scrap Again crops while active as a design team member
  • Receive VIP shopping status at the consignment sale while active as a design team member
  • If you choose to participate in the consignment sale, your consignment registration fee is waived
  • Your bio and picture will be posted on our Website, Facebook, Pinterest, and our Blog.
  • Your scrapbook photos will be posted on our Website, Facebook, Pinterest, and our Blog.

Design Team Requirements:
  • 6 month commitment
  • Submit each month, photos of 2 single or double layouts using the monthly Scrap Again designer kits. (Cards, mini albums, and other paper crafting projects can be substituted.)
  • If you have a Blog, create a post about your completed work each month.  
  • We would ask that you add comments on our Facebook and Blog posts when you feel you have something to share.
  • Attending crops are optional; however, if attending, we may ask for a bit of help setting up centers and packing up centers, and when requested offer creative ideas for registered guest.
  • Please submit the following to
    • Name
    • Phone Number
    • E-mail address
    • Blog link (but having a blog is not a requirement!) 
    • Send photos of 2 original layouts/projects or a link to your online gallery
Please answer the following questions:
  1. Why are you applying to our design team?
  2. Do you have an obsession with scrapbook supplies, brand, tools, or organizing your scrap-stash? If so... share it with us, we would love to hear all about it!
We accept out of state entries, We do not accept international entries.
Submit entries by November 26, 2011 to

Design Team Selection:
Amy and Randi will make the design team selections based on creativity of work submitted.Design Team members will be publicly announce on December 3, 2011

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

SADT October Kit... product from 'Amy Tangerine'

The SADT October kit could possibly be our favorite kit of the year!  We couldn't wait to work with the new 'Amy Tangerine' line from American Crafts... and all the fun goodies we found to go with it.  The fabric flowers are from Basic Grey, and the fun colored pre-sewn fabric strips we found at our local fabric store. 

'Amy Tangerine' really did a great job designing this line... creating fun papers to work with and using a unique color pallet (probably not anything I would typically choose!).  The choice of pattern patter; from flowers, to wood grain, and dots, creates texture on your pages and all together works great.  It just so happened that I decided to make this a golf layout... and then I found the coordinating sticker "A slice of the good life".  It was the perfect sticker to add, playing off of the word 'slice' as it relates to the game of golf.

I don't have a sewing machine YET (my birthday is coming up though!) and I love the look of fabric and stitching on scrapbook layouts, it just seems to really complete the page.  We found these great fabric strips at the local fabric store.  They come in a pack of about 12, and there were a few coordinating colors to choose from.  (We found them by the pre-cut quilting strips.)

Embellishment and alpha stickers are also 'Amy Tangerine' by American craft.  But if you already have fabric Thickers, use a marker to make stitch like marks for the same look.

The chevron pattern (zig-zag) is everywhere!  Cut along the pattern for a fun edge.

Can't wait for 'Amy Tangerine' to come out with her new line, it was so fun to work with this one.  (BTW... love her name too!)  I'll be sure to include this layout in our Design Center albums for the crop on Nov. 19 too!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Hybrid Pages... to create an album!

Like Randi said...we both put off using the WRMK Hybrid pages... and we were definitely missing out on a good thing!  I have in the past made traditional 12x12 albums as gifts and stopped making them for a few reasons; costs, time, and it required the new Mommy to crop and glue the photos into the album... and who has time for that when your changing soooo many diapers! (right!).  Well... Hybrid albums are the answer!!!  Because the layouts are pre-designed, it took no time at all to make 14 single page layouts (only 3 hours).  And, because I used double sided patter paper, I was also completing the back side... saving time and money.  I'm sure the new Mommy will also appreciate that all she needs to do is just insert the 4x6 photos ... and the album is complete.

Here is an example of a WRMK Hybrid Page. There are several different pages layouts to choose from too!

There is brand called 'Simple Stores' that has a few themed patter paper lines, that are designed to go with the WRMK Hybrid page inserts.  The paper is designed to be cut to the size and shapes for each pocket in the Hybrid page (Example, 4x4, 4x6, 2x12, or 6x12).  There is even coordinating stickers that make embellishing quick and easy too!  The line I used for this baby book was Baby Steps.   Below is a 12x12 sheet of images, that when cut will create 6 - 4x6 tags... and don't forget they are double sided!

To make this album, I started by cutting all the Simple Stories pages according to their images and inserted them into a few pockets in the Hybrid pages.  Then I used the coordinating 12x12 patter paper and cut it to fit into a few of the pockets, and lastly matched cardstock to put into the remaining spaces.

For the cover page, I made a traditional 12x12 page... and I actually Scrapbooked the back side too!... (saving me from having to use another sheet of cardstock).

Cover Page - traditional 12x12 album using left over scraps and coordinating embellishment stickers.

The back side of the cover page and the first Hybrid page.


The hot air balloon is the back side image of the owl on the previous page!  I just 'heart' double sided paper!

I thought it was going to take much longer than it did... but I was right at about 3 hours of work.  With extra time and paper left over, I even made a few brag books for the Grandmas too!

I wish I could have this on display out our next crop November 19 (our last crop for 2011), but I must send it to my cousin for his First birthday coming up soon.  I will definitely be making more albums for friends and family using the Hybrid system!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Hybrid Pages

I think I can speak for Amy as well as myself when I say we have fallen in love with the We R Memory Keepers hybrid pocket pages. Over the past year or so we have converted our albums to the We R Memory Keepers D-ring albums. Each album comes with 10 page protectors and one hybrid pocket page.

I am embarrassed and disappointed to tell you that I have stubbornly ignored those hybrid pages until recently. I am a 12x12 one to two-page layout kinda girl and had no intention of trying something new. Finding time to scrapbook is enough of a challenge for me let alone trying some new way to scrapbook! BOY was I a fool!!!! Not only are the hybrid pages easy and fun they are super fast too!

Here is a layout with a companion hybrid page

Sorry the pictures didn't come out as I had hoped. The pages are really fun in my album. I had taken the boys to Six Flags and we did so much that the hybrid pages allowed me to do a fun single photo layout and use up a lot of the photos of animals and the kids exploring that might otherwise not make the cut.

Stay tuned we will be posting more creative ways to use hybrid pages!