Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Sept Challenge: Altered Clipboards


Jessica B at The Shabby Shoppe Gallery made this wonderful example:

http://www.theshabbyshoppe.com/photopost/data/505/0806_shabbyclipboard.jpg

Here is a great intro to these beauties
http://www.hgtv.com/hgtv/cr_home_accessories/article/0,1789,HGTV_3255_4224856,00.html

and another article on them
http://www.scrapjazz.com/topics/Techniques/Altered_Art/423.php

You can either make them with photos and with lumpy elements and hang them up as a display piece or make them without photos and lumps for actual use to write on. I have made them both ways. One as a gift for actual use and one with more embellishments for display. You can also make them to hold 8.5x11 office calendars for the new year.

Use some papers, photos and embellishments that reflect the interests of the person you are giving it to.
These take about an hour to do with Mod Podge and overnight to dry. I usually try to make several at a time and minimise the time taken and the mess made! If using Digital artwork, make sure your printing ink is waterproof when using Mod Podge to decopodge over the top.
Rock

Sunday, September 10, 2006

September Challenge: Holiday Gifts

Using our scrapbook supplies to make holiday gifts is not only smart but economical! If you start now you have time to create your own handmade gifts that are truly special. Better yet you can use STASH up to do so and it will hardly cost a new penny!

You have seen here my Lunchboxes on Parade using side opening lunchboxes. Today I am going to share a little more on other kinds of boxes you can use, sources to look for them or buy them and some idea galleries. In later blog posts I will share a few more gift ideas like 2-up recipe albums, altered clipboards, journal jars, and altered school supplies. So stay tuned and check back often! I will also share tips with you for finding alterable items CHEAP. I consider it a form of earth-friendly recycling.

Check ebay for project inspiration. Some of the most talented scrapbook artists in the world sell there and boy are they creative! Our first task is to search under keywords SCRAPBOOKING and LUNCHBOX together in the search box and you will come up with hundreds of good ideas.
http://tinyurl.com/fhny3

You can also look here in the gallery at Scrapjazz for "Lunchboxes" of varied types
http://scrapjazz.com/gallery/showgallery.php?=all&si=lunch+boxes

I know there are awesome examples at
http://twopeasinabucket.com/
also. Search their Peanut Gallery (top green bar has a Search feature)

After you browse for ideas, make a list of the people you want to make gifts for this christmas. Think about THEIR interests. If Dad likes fishing, make him an outdoor tool box style altered metal box to put his very own snacks in! If Junior likes chess or football, make him one in that theme to put his winning ribbons, programs, memorabilia or letter patches in. If dear daughter loves to sew, make her a sewing kit with the newest funky fabric looking papers.

Make a list of who likes what. Then you can decide on your budget. If you can't afford to buy $15 lunchboxes new, don't fret! We will also discuss other options and containers to alter for your gifts. Some as cheap as 25 cents!!

But that is another blog entry.... for now browse ideas and make your gift list!
Rockester

Thursday, September 07, 2006

WINNER and the winner of the Pioneer album is ...Jodie C

Jodie C ,

YOU are the winner of the Pioneer album! Let me know your postal details at Rocketer@magnaspeed.net
and I will ship your album out to you.
Rock
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jodie c said...

Knowing that we are about half way down has given me a renewed energy. June is our celebration month! It was be a fun section to do.

10:07 AM

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

November and December UNIT BY UNIT challenge

If you cannot see the images on Blogger, check out this NOV-DEC UNIT link for the PDF version in WORD at Scrapperschallenge files home pages. Tinurl: http://tinyurl.com/pp3dr



November and December Unit By Unit ideas and sketch by K. Aho (Rockester)

Here is a pic of the freebie download for the December Unit Challenge. I used part of the Shabby Princess HOLIDAY MAGIC .You can also use HOLIDAY SAMPLER set for this layout sketch in a Thanksgiving theme.



Here comes our Nov and Dec.unit. This SHABBY PRINCESS digital art HOLIDAY MAGIC set will be great for such a variety of winter photo pages! NOTE: for Nov, use the same sketch with the Thanksgiving art and title to create an entirely different page set! Rotate the layout upside down or a quarter turn right to gain a new sketch format idea.

Here is the sketch. (K. Aho)


And here is the December page sample made by ME! :)


Don't feel you have to have all this same stuff. IMPROVISE using papers and accents you have on hand. Not comfortable with digital? Don't get bogged down. Use real papers and accents in a similar way. Just do the page!
Need some accents or artwork?

To get the great artwork featured here, you will need to go to the SHABBY PRINCESS website and download the set SHABBBY HOLIDAY MAGIC Make a mental note of where you saved it to in your computer folders. It will be in ZIPPED format and you will need to unzip it. Use free trial versions of WINZIP or another program to do this. Instructions on unzipping files is found here.

Need a title?
Create your own Nov/December event layout pages using the downloaded pre-made holiday wording or a previous alphabet set from any other download from SHABBY PRINCESS. Or do your own thing with rub ons or sticker letters.
Need other titles? Scrapbook.com has a nice list for you here. You can create your title on a 4x6 card too. Just place your own chosen title wording in the format shown on the 4x6 card idea sketch below.

Thanksgiving
http://www.scrapbook.com/titles/cat/43.html

Christmas
http://www.scrapbook.com/titles/cat/11.html

Hannukah
http://www.scrapbook.com/titles/cat/22.html

Kwanzaa
http://www.quotegarden.com/kwanzaa.html

Winter
http://www.scrapbook.com/titles/cat/47.html


Just need a 4x6?
If you just need a 4x6 title card idea, use this format for the 4x6 slip in sleeve. Your choice of wording of course! See the links above for titles. Sketch by K. Aho.




Need a Journaling box?
Want a quick-to-print option? Check out all the FREE recipe cards online (that don't say recipe on them!) They are usually 3x5 which is perfect for matting on a 4x6 cardstock piece, they have the lines fro writing already printed on them, and they usually have wonderful clip art already sized and inserted! Here is one of my favorite spots for freebie 3x5 recipe cards for journaling boxes! Don't overlook the longer printable shopping lists and labels for the same purposes!
Country Clipart by Lisa
http://www.countryclipart.com/recipecards.htm

TIPS: Use what you have. Don't get bogged down. Try not to use what you see here unless you are stuck for ideas and supplies. Don't get stuck in details. If going digital is too hard, use what else you have! Do a great job but don't procrastinate over tiny decisions. We want to get September and the rest of your fall pics all finished up as soon as we can!
Start sorting!! Start scrapping!!

A Special thanks to Kristie of Shabby Princess at
http://www.shabbyprincess.com
for agreeing to share her digital freebie artworks with us. They are truly beautiful. Thanks Kristie! We can scrap even more photos into our albums with these beautiful accompaniments. This is our last UNIT in this challenge. I hope we helped you get more photos into viewable albums!

Leave us a comment!!! (….in other words is anyone reading this and did I do all this work for nothing? LOL)

Monday, September 04, 2006

Journaling Jar Challenge


example by Shannalamb of Two Peas in a Bucket


I sent a bunch of links like this several years ago to our Scrapperschallenge loop so I think it is time to do so again! The interest in making journaling jars as gifts or conversation jars for the supper table is popular to do for holidays as gifts. Cut and paste the questions to a word document and make sure each one has enough space below it so you can cut the questions into seperate strips with your paper trimmer. Alter a mason jar or a cookie jar to put the slips into. Decorate and gift it. Make one for your own family at the same time.

general instructions on how to do these jars
http://www.jorbins.com/crafts-magazine/articles/journal-jar.html

Links to questions for your jar
http://www.christysclipart.com/journal_jar_yw.htm

http://www.omnicron.com/~fluzby/sister-share/journal.htm

http://www.scrapyourstories.com/journaljars.htm

http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art962.asp

and here are pics of what they can look like
http://www.twopeasinabucket.com/pg.asp?cmd=display&layout_id=483490

http://www.twopeasinabucket.com/pg.asp?gallery=1&cmd=display&layout_id=709680&show=2

http://www.twopeasinabucket.com/pg.asp?cmd=display&layout_id=639448

Make one just for yourself instead of a whole 'scrapbook about me'. Just to answer daily like a guided diary
http://www.twopeasinabucket.com/pg.asp?cmd=display&layout_id= y237334

and my fave with a matching journal for noting the replies you want to save
http://www.twopeasinabucket.com/pg.asp?cmd=display&layout_id=490281
This is our September challenge!
Make a journaling jar and post the pic to the PHOTOS section in the
JOURNAL JAR folder at the bottom of this page
http://ph.groups.yahoo.com/group/ScrappersChallenge/photos/browse?b=1&m=t&o=5

Enjoy!
Rockester

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Lunchboxes on Parade

Something so UGLY can turn out so cute if you alter it! From Fairly Odd Parents....... to Finished and Oh So Pretty!












































































Friday, September 01, 2006

OCTOBER ideas for the UNIT BY UNIT challenge


If you cannot see the images on Blogger, check out this link for the PDF version in WORD at Scrapperschallenge files home pages.
http://tinyurl.com/zxmb8



October Unit By Unit ideas and sketch by K. Aho (Rockester)



Here is a pic of the freebie download for the October Unit Challenge. I used part of the Shabby Princess HOLIDAY SAMPLER set for this layout.

Here comes our OCTOBER unit. This SHABBY PRINCESS digital art HOLIDAY SAMPLER set will be great for such a variety of photo pages! NOTE: for Nov, use the same sketch with the Thanksgiving art to create an entirely different page set!

Here is the sketch. (K. Aho)


And here is the Halloween page sample.


Don't feel you have to have all this same stuff. IMPROVISE using papers and accents you have on hand. Not comfortable with digital? Don't get bogged down. Use real papers and accents in a simular way. Just do the page!
Need some accents or artwork?

To get the great artwork featured here, you will need to go to the SHABBY PRINCESS website and download the set SHABBBY HOLIDAY SAMPLER Make a mental note of where you saved it to in your computer folders. It will be in ZIPPED format and you will need to unzip it. Use free trial versions of WINZIP or another program to do this. Instructions on unzipping files is found here.

Need a title?
Create your own October event layout pages using the downloaded premade Trick or Treat wording or a previous apphabet set from any other download from SHABBY PRINCESS. Or do your own thing with rub ons or sticker letters.
Need other titles? Scrapbook.com has a nice list for you here. You can create your title on a 4x6 card too. Just place your own chosen title wording in the format shown on the 4x6 card idea sketch below.
Fall
http://www.scrapbook.com/titles/cat/5.html

Halloween
http://www.scrapbook.com/titles/cat/21.html

Just need a 4x6?
If you just need a 4x6 title card idea, use this format for the 4x6 slip in sleeve. Your choice of wording of course! See the links above for titles. Sketch by K. Aho.




Need a Journaling box?
Want a quick-to-print option? Check out all the FREE recipe cards online (that don't say recipe on them!) They are usually 3x5 which is perfect for matting on a 4x6 cardstock piece, they have the lines fro writing already printed on them, and they usually have wonderful clip art already sized and inserted! Here is one of my favorite spots for freebie 3x5 recipe cards for journaling boxes! Don't overlook the longer printable shopping lists and labels for the same purposes!
Country Clipart by Lisa
http://www.countryclipart.com/recipecards.htm

TIPS: Use what you have. Don't get bogged down. Try not to use what you see here unless you are stuck for ideas and supplies. Don't get stuck in details. If going digital is too hard, use what else you have! Do a great job but don't procrastinate over tiny decisions. We want to get September and the rest of your fall pics all finished up as soon as we can!
Start sorting!! Start scrapping!!

A Special thanks to Kristie of Shabby Princess at
http://www.shabbyprincess.com
for agreeing to share her digital freebie artworks with us. They are truly beautiful. Thanks Kristie! We can scrap even more photos into our albums with these beautiful accompaniments. One more UNIT left: Nov/December/Christmas! Coming Sept 4th.