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November 05, 2008

This week is fun...


Guess what I didn't get today?  Political phone calls.  Woohoo! ;)

I have a video to share on creating a simple and quick candy pouch/bag/thingy. All the details are over on the Hero Arts blog HERE...

(c) Hero Arts Blog

Let's see... what's next... Oh!  The winner of the Studio Calico kit is elana k.  I will email you. Another big thanks to the SC gals for sharing with us.

I have something else fun to share.  I met a sweet gal named Tara over at EK Success.  (And you know I love those EK folks because they created my favorite punches - the Paper Shapers.)  She emailed me about this and I wanted to share it. Just something fun they are doing...

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Plus, Vote online ( for your favorite Precinct project made from pieces of evidence found at  the crime scene!

Fun, huh?  Check out the links when you have some time.

Separately, these nice EK folks sent me some stuff to donate and giveaway.  Some of it is going to Crops for Cures, etc.  And a little of it is going on to you folks.  :)  And since I love good ol' Jolees flowers, I thought I would give some of those away. 

First, here is what I created with ONE pack of Jolees.  Good deal, huh?  And talk about fast.  Here we go...






EK Success Jolees
Pebbles greeting rub-ons
Hero Arts gemstones
Cuttlebug embossing
Hero Arts cards
Studio Calico houndstooth stamp
Stampin' Up border punch

I have done other Jolees cards in the past.  Always card sets to give to others.  You can see another example HERE.

So.  Let's give some of these away.  I have TWO sets of these that EK sent me to give to TWO of you lucky crafters.  Just leave a comment on this post by Thursday at 11:59pmEDT telling me your favorite scrapbooking tip.  I will pick two random winners.


Thanks!  See you tomorrow...


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My favorite scrapbook tip is to use my page scraps to make a card or two before I clean up and put everything away. It insures a card stash and stretches my creativity. It is also less mess to clean up after making a layout!

OK, my favorite scrapbooking tip is to haunt the blogs of your favorite papercrafters for super neat ideas. ;-)

Thanks, Jennifer! Anne

Best Scrapbooking tip (and I don't want to be entered ;)) Go to Jen McGuire's Blog for never ending inspiration and loads of enabling!!!!

I seriously tell people this! :) I needed a smile desperately tonight and I am so glad I found one before I went to bed.

Thanks! :)

My best tip: plan to scrap when the husband is not home! Or when he is watching some sports thing!

Love the cards and think you've inspired me tonight! As for the tip, mine would be to do a little something creative everyday and then when you have a little more time you don't feel lost!!

OOOH-so cool--Pick me!
My best scrapbook tip--scrap what inspires you, and buy only with a plan (unless you're going to DIE if you don't own that paper, embellie, or whatever!)

I don't scrapbook, but I do make cards. My favorite tip is to use unexpected, not matchy-matchy colors. It's super fun to just go crazy, and it (almost) always looks great!

Oh, such cuteness here! Well one technique I use a lot is to stop if I'm stuck on a page. Sometimes I will lay out the page and then adhere it the next day. I get my best ideas when I'm trying to sleep or when I'm driving my one hour commute to work.
If I'm completely stuck halfway through something, I will go do another page or card to refresh my mind. Sometimes it takes a while to get back to it, but that's OK.

Thanks for the tutorial.

My tip would be to split the cost of bulk items like buttons, brads, or eyelets with a friend.

Check out other peoples pages and cards for ideas but don't compare yourself to them when you are creating your!

My favorite tip - have fun with it. There is no right or wrong way to scrap. Make pages you love.

Scrapbooking tip: Be resourceful. Try to save left over scraps from your LOs and use them for cards or other craft projects. Look around the house & sometimes you'll be surprised with what you can use for your crafts. I found a blog where toilet paper rolls were used to create gift card holders. So cool!

i love the tip you have shared in one of your videos, picking up the gems with a craft knife!!.. has saved my life!!.... lol

My favorite tip is to go away for a weekend with the girls and get a lot done while having a bunch of fun!

Cute cards! My best scrapbooking tip is to remember it's all about telling your story...not an art contest. If you tell your story from your heart...your page is sure to be great!

Love this!! and I am also thrilled not to be getting political phone calls anymore!!

Love the cards. My tip is to get a baggie/divder and put the pictures you want to scrap and add the paper and bling. This way it will be ready for you to scrap and great to take to crops. Thanks for a chance.

Those are all TOO cute!!

My tip, make kits with your supplies. Put pattern paper, embellishments and photos in a large bag. Then when you have a short amount of time to scrapbook, you don't have to waste time looking for your supplies.

Pull out your current favourite! Whether it be papers, a tool, a stamp or something else and then let it enable you.

Thanks for all your fabulous tips Jennifer!

my tip to share is : make a bunch of cards ahead of time an dput them into sets for gift giving!

My favorite tip is something that I do EVERY time I scrapbook: Use Becky Higgins' Creative sketches books!!! I can't scrap without them!

Remember that your ideas are for yourself as much as for others. I'm making more of an effort to BE THERE in my scrapbooks which is a great challenge but I'm loving it.

my time-saving tip is to host the crop. that way you don't have to lug your stuff around :)

My favorite tip is to leave out your things to scrap on a table so you can get to it in a moment's notice. Doing a little bit here and a little bit there is sometimes the only inspiration you need. Plus the "stuff" is out reminding you to finish your project. Jennifer, thanks for your continuing inspiration and caring for others. One of these days I'm going to win one of these prizes!
Shirley L.
Roseville, CA

In my case my best tip is to organize your photos as you take them. I am so far behind that it is hard to find them. so do it as you take them and it will be easier to put them in books. Linda Gerig

Very Cute cards!! My tip would be to make time for yourself at least once a month to scrap with friends. I find it is a great creative and social outlet.

When I am having a hard week, just knowing that I will be scrapping with friends on Friday helps me get through.

those are cute cute cards! tfs!

i always use distressing and doodling in my layouts. lately i'm more into paper crumpling my patterned papers and kinda mixing up shabby and free style.

Beautiful cards! I love the embossing.

The cards are gorgeous!
My tip is: work with your heart :-) Do what makes you feel good!

My best scrapbooking tip is... just enjoying, or loving what you do. And remember to have fun and there is NO right or wrong way to scrap. Its your on personal touch or style.

cute and fun cards!
tip #1
use colors/patterns from your photo to match your papers
tip #2
if no match found, how abt converting the photo to b&w or sepia and choose any paper/color you like!

thanks again for the daily dose of inspiration!

Cute cards! :) A tip hmmm, Photocopying my stamps and putting them in a folder that way I just pull out the folder to find a stamp I want, its much easier than stamping all the images on paper!

My best tip: Whenever possible, use repositionable adhesives, so that you can change your mind and move things if you want to. Awesome cards with the Jolees. Too cute!

My tip would be to not put off journaling. While I may not want to journal at a crop, I try to journal as soon as I come home so I make sure it gets done.

Wow, great cards using stickers! My tip would be to always stamp extra images when making your cards. Comes in handy when you need a card on short notice.

Tip #68: If u have creative block, surf scrap blogs, magazines, book covers, billboards while driving, commercials... all of these, you can surely pull ideas from!

Such completely sweet cards....adorable.

Those look awesome! My tip would be to look at other cards for inspiration but at the same time come up with something unique by thinking of the person you're making the card for =].

Just do it. Just sit down and start scrapbooking.

I am such a perfectionist, so it has been really hard for me to just sit down and scrapbook. It almost made me scared to start pulling out supplies - when in my head I wanted my pages to all turn out like magazine features. I am starting to really embrace how it doesn't matter so much if my pages aren perfect or not - that my kids and I truly enjoying going through our scrapbooks no matter what.

I also recommend using kits, creating mini albums, making cards, and just doing single pages that don't necessarily fit in a whole theme album. These are not as overwhelming as trying to scrapbook a year's worth of photos in one album.

I always enjoy your blog!

Those of you that make cards (stamped or otherwise) - have them do double-duty by adding the card fronts to a scrapbook page. It's a great source of inspiration too!

My best tip would have to be buy your man a new game for his playstation/xbox, buy a bottle of wine and get scrapping!

reuse packaging in your scrapbook pages!talk about getting your money's worth. :)

my tip:
watch the Hero Arts blog everyday!
I learn so much, it's fun.
X Suus

Fave organized.

My scrapbooking tip is when you need an idea go blogging! I love to use sketches for my layouts.

My tip is- buy nice papers when you see them- they always come in handy later on!

Don't hold onto your paper, stickers etc. for something "special" otherwise you'll still have it a year later! USE YOUR PRODUCTS! Don't just look at them!

Absolutley love those cards. My tip keep: returning to for more fantastic ideas...

My favorite tip right now is to buy coordinated items together! Get that matching cardstock, embellishments and ribbon right then, and then store it together! When you need to make a LO or card, you will have your own mini kit all set without having to look all over to find what you need!

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