Wednesday, April 28, 2010

national scrapbooking day

my scrapbook nook is hosting a blog hop. you'll need to come to the forums for directions on saturday morning. :)  Loads of great prizes - come play!

wow origami!

inspiring origami!

Monday, April 26, 2010

may nook kit

oh october afternoon how i adore thee. here are some of my projects for the may nook kit which is still for sale!

pebbles - american crafts swap

i have a layout up today on the pebbles inc blog. we did a product swap with american crafts which was loads of fun. be sure to check it out! if you haven't seen pebbles new collections - this will be a great peek for you!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

happy earth day!

happy earth day! the clip art above was free and there are more at the like - enjoy!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

real simple paper sculptures gallery

"Since 2005, paper constructionist Matthew Sporzynski has filled the pages of Real Simple with his interpretations of everything from cupcakes to campgrounds. Check out these themed galleries of his awe-inspiring creations. (We don't know how he does it, either.) "

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

check out the may nook kit

chock full of new october afternoon fly a kite and other delicious goodies. you can purchase it here.

Friday, April 16, 2010

this is too cool

she includes a free printable and the directions for altering the frame. i'm off to target this weekend to buy a frame (that i won't alter) and making this for my desk. my new scrap space is sorely missing my write board. i've bee panicky without it!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Scrapstreet Calls

Now that I'm on the team I feel compelled to tell you about these...
Cover Contest

Each month we will choose one layout to grace our cover and that designer will receive a wonderful package of goodies as our thanks. All layouts submitted for our article calls are eligible. Good Luck!

July 2010 Article Calls - Features

Call 1: Wheels up! Or down. Or all around. Send in layouts featuring wheels from tricycle to first car. (this is my feature! ;) )

Call 2: Put Me in Coach! Baseball is America's Pastime and a favorite summer sport. Show us your layouts featuring your "All-Stars" at bat!

Call 3: 4th of July. Fireworks, parades, picnics, BBQ's, and carnivals are a typical way to spend this day in the U.S.A. Show us how your family celebrates our Nation's Independence day!

Call 4: We All Scream for Ice Cream! I scream, you scream! Ice Cream is one of the greatest treats in the summer time! Show us layouts featuring this sweet treat!

Call 5: Precious Princesses. Princess Diana was born in the month of July. In honor of her memory, show us your layouts featuring your precious princess in full regalia!

Call 6: Great Age. Thoughts on how you feel at one age or another? Finding this year to be a bigger milestone than you anticipated? We are looking for layouts that focus on you at your age.

July 2010 Article Calls - Fixtures

Chic Street: We're looking for fabulous multiphoto layout designs! Calls for layouts with 4 or more pictures.

U-Turn: Show us what you altered to celebrate the 4th of July or other outdoor parties.

Open Road: Put the focus on your journaling. Home is where the heart is! Be sure to tell your story about the place you call home! Celebrate your country, state, town or home this month with a layout complete with journaling.

Easy Street: Let's see those quick and easy layouts using black and white photos!

Card Corner: Summertime cards.

Crossroads Cafe: Are you a hybrid scrapper? Submit your layouts that use any hybrid technique and tell us what you love about this style of scrapbooking!

Deadline is midnight April 29th for all calls.

Please send your work to

Please send a separate email for each submission you would like to be considered for publication. Please keep the image size around 600 x 600 pixels. Thank you!

the nook gals are on creative scrappers today

be sure to check it out.

paper medallions

Wednesday, April 14, 2010


when i saw the vintage goodies that kenner road was giving away - i ran over to this etsy site and ordered up a bunch of different flash cards and journal spots. really really cute stuff! and look the boys names are adam and sam - those are my boys! 

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

join me this weekend at the nook!

Hey good lookin' what ya got cookin'?
In the scraproom that is!
Join us this weekend for a palette pleasing smorgasbord of creative challenges and prizes!
We'll be wetting your appetite over the next few days with a few appetizers to get you cookin'- but make sure you've assembled all of your ingredients for the main dishes coming this weekend!
We have some great prizes lined up from Jenni Bowlin, October Afternoon, SEI and MORE!

Monday, April 12, 2010

new team

i'm joining the writers at - i'm super excited to have an ongoing place to write and share ideas. i'm hoping all of you will be willing to help me by submitting your layouts and projects at call time!

printable lace stationery

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

ella article by good ole me

i wrote an article for the april isue of the ella publishing ezine ellaments. it's about using some free online tools to jazz up your photos. i used photosheet to make the colalge above. thanks to the wonderful scrappers who contributed to the article. go take a peek and be sure to leave a comment! i'd love to write more - it is really fun to come up with ideas and execute on them once in awhile! ;)

wikimedia commons

i found this new source for creative commons photos called wikimedia commons. sometimes when i'm scrapping at night i have an idea for journaling and no photo to go with that idea. for instance, if i'm scrapping my need for coffee in the morning, the photo above would be just perfect!  wikimedia commons is a media file repository making available public domain and freely-licensed educational media content (images, sound and video clips) to everyone! i think this is pretty cool - go check it out - type in something in the search box and you'll find photos to go along with it! have fun!

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

and the bear wants more...

this is a recipe for laundry detergent, but i just love the labels she included so there you are!

lemon, orange and lime labels (they come with no words) - could be printed and used as is on a page!

another free printable to do list!

mini bunting from japanese tape - tutorial

diy crepe paper flowers

paper purses - how cute!

intro to digital scrapbooking! very cool!

photojojo has posted a video showing you how to take better photos in low light conditions.

now let's hope i find some more ideas - because my folder is empty! :)

Monday, April 05, 2010

loads of printables

flickr user maybe*mej offers a slew of free printables including these labels, some really cool illustrations, cute bingo cards, and some cool digital papers!

Saturday, April 03, 2010

some printables for you


funny i see something to add to a page - not cd cases!

Friday, April 02, 2010

sharing some projects

the my scrapbook nook april kit is available. it's a great mix of my minds eye quite contrary and jillibean items. here are some of my projects.

that woodgrain paper is not in the kit. i took some free digital paper from paper crave and recolored it. if you'd like the recolored file - feel free to email me and i'll send it along.

the april gallery at is up. here's my page. go check out everyone else's - it's a great month!

thanks for looking!

i have a hodge podge to share...a dozen more for you!

this cute little chick is just one of many images you'll find on the graphics fairy blog.
loads of vintage images for free!

free frames for photos - love the handwriting!

a tutorial to make this cute banner!

that's little squares of scrapbook paper folks! awesome! a tutorial is included.

download adobe photoshop lightroom 3 beta for free and play with it!

these are not free - but i'm in love with these vintage cabinet card frames from kitschy digitals (danielle thompson) and those doilies on the bottom and buttons are cool too. i think i might just have to get these!

these are baby invitations but i see all kinds of possibilities with that abc card
- it would look really cute framed in a kids room or on a page!

these are just round glass vases covered with scrapbook paper - so pretty!

these are not free - but boy do i want one for my new scraproom - i wish it came in orange!

printable to do lists!

diy heart button string envelope - cute!

printable weekly calendar - i think i'm going to print a bunch of these and make a little book out of them!

Thursday, April 01, 2010

a few more

because i barely made a dent...

this mini-album of flower making tutorials is absolutely incredible. such a great resource!

great way to use up a bunch of embellishments. i could see this with buttons, stars, and almost any lovely!

while an actual children's chalboard was used here. you could buy a small container of green chalboard paint at the craft store and paint chipboard to make an album cover. i think it's darling!

ok this is genius! i didn't know you could revive markers with water. amazing! next time we go through our marker stash i'm going to give it a try!

free shaped photo collage templates. i don't know if you've noticed this, but a lot of paper scrappers are using photo collage templates, printing them out and putting them on layouts. you can find a tutorial on how to use the templates here.  here's an example where i used katie pertiet's photo cluster number 16 on a layout. if you shy away from multi-photo layouts - this is a great way to get back into them again. i'm not a tilt-er so having someone else tilt for me is freeing!

find out how to make these cute flowers armed with a circle punch and some glue!

i still have 18 more to share! i'll be back tomorrow with more!