Run, Don’t Walk … Giveaway Alert on Lisa Bearnson’s Blog

I have two amazing things to tell you about today! First of all, we have been showing you our projects on the 3 Birds Design Blog and many of you have been wondering when the new collection was going to be available. The first items of the Graceful Season collection are now up on HSN.com. Yay! Visit the 3 Birds Blog for direct links and a closer look at each item.

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Next, a few months back I shared with you my projects using Lisa Bearnson’s Inspired Inc Top Layouts Kit. (See here, here, and here). I LOOOOVE this kit and have been dying to tell you the great news … Lisa is coming out with a second version of the Top Layouts Kit that will be featured on her March 24th show on HSN.

Want to win it before you can buy it?

Today on Lisa’s blog she is giving away both Versions 1 AND 2 to two lucky winners!

Eeek!

I have loved working with these kits because the design and papers are all ready to go. You can leave them as is, or you can add more to customize each page for your photos like I did. Here are some of the new designs in the 2nd version of the Top Layouts Kit that I have made.

CELEBRATE

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PICTURE-PERFECT

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OUR-ADVENTURE

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To see more of more of my pages using this kit and to enter into the GIVEAWAY to win your own set of Top Layouts Version 1 and 2. Visit Lisa Bearnson’s blog HERE.

Good luck! :D

JanaBold

Playing with BasicGrey Vellum Tapes & a Fun New Freebie

I love magazines and have been sad to see a lot of them go away. I subscribe to Northridge Publishing, but haven’t felt drawn to any other magazines enough to sub to them. I used to really love getting Scrapbooks Etc. and was sad to see it go away. Yesterday, Scrapbook Generation released the first issue of their new Create Magazine. I have always been a huge fan of their sketch books, and I am a fan of many of their design team members, so I was excited to check it out. It is big and beautiful (it’s more like an idea book, than a magazine) … and FREE! I don’t work with them in any way … but I LOVED it, and if I love something, I want to share it with my blog readers. :) To see the first issue. GO HERE to the Scrapbook Generation blog and click through the link they provide.

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On another note, I have a page up on the BasicGrey blog today featuring the RSVP vellum tapes. I love the vellum tapes that BasicGrey has been manufacturing with a lot of their collections lately. It’s like getting a sheet of several coordinating washi tape patterns. Most of the time, I use them to add a that little bit of color or that “little something” to finish off a corner of a design … but today, I decided to get colorful and combine them all together front-and-center as the main page element.

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This page is a little different than the one you will see on the BasicGrey Blog, only because I decided after-the-fact to add a few droplets of spray mist. Other than that, it is the same.

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BasicGrey RSVP Collection: Crepe Paper paper, Kaleidoscope paper, Sprinkles paper, Element Stickers, Jumbo Die Cut Numbers, Mixed Brads, Vellum Tape Stickers, Waterfall Theme Pack, Die Cuts and Transparencies, Basics Candy Buttons – Aqua & Pink, Spiral Journal

I kept the background a plain white cardstock and converted the photos to black and white, so that I could just have fun with all of the color in the products. This actually works out perfectly for our birthday photos. You know why? Well, I’ll let you in on a secret. Birthday photos are my least favorite to scrapbook. I enjoy seeing my kids get older each year, but we have a tradition to open the presents first thing in the morning, and well, I’m not very good at taking pictures in low light conditions (Note to self: practice taking pictures in low light settings this year) and I’m never happy with how they come out. Converting the photos to black and white helps to hide my less-than-stellar photography skills and just have fun using bright and colorful scrapbook products to get across that “party feel.” The RSVP collection was perfect for this!

I stacked all of the vellum tape strips on top of each other to the right of the photo grouping. I adore all of those colors and patterns. And I really like how they repeat the different colors in the “Hooray” transparency die cut.

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For the journaling, I cut the bracket shape from one of the 4×6 cards included in the Waterfall pack.

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At the top of the page, I tore out a page from the RSVP Spiral Journal. I cut it in half and layered the pieces on top of each other so that I could take advantage of the torn notebook edge and the decorative bracket edge. A couple of flags and enamel dots round out this area.

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I’ve mentioned this before, but thought I would mention it again in case you are a new reader to my blog … to arrange my photos in the collage I used one of the FREE photo templates from the late Better Homes & Gardens Scrapbooks, Etc. magazine. You can find them here, along with instructions on how to use them. :) I used the Square Template #105. I turned it on it’s side and cropped out the long rectangular photo. I love using templates! They are a great way to fit a lot of photos onto one layout.

I have more to share … but will try to spread it out over the next few days, so I don’t overwhelm you. :)

Thanks for reading, and thank you for your comments! They always brighten my day. I hope to see you again soon!

JanaBold

Curly Girl Method

Happy New Year! I’m sorry I have been missing in action this past little while. I have been working on several CHA projects for BasicGrey and My Mind’s Eye and am just about finished. The new collections for both companies are simply amazing (be sure to stop by the My Mind’s Eye Blog for today’s post to see the first post about their new products … SWOON!) and I am just having too much fun playing with it all! I will share those layouts with you when I can, but I wanted to hop on and at least say hello. :)

“Hello!”

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I usually share my scrappy work with you, but since I don’t have anything I’m able to put up just yet, I thought I would share something else with you. It’s random … and it’s not scrappy related … so feel free to skip this post if you want to. I promise, I won’t even know. :)

Most of you probably don’t know this, but I’m actually a Curly Girl. My hair has been naturally curly all my life. It’s been at different stages of “curliness” and I have never quite figured out how to deal with it, so I have always just blown it out straight. Last October, I decided to try a new stylist recommended by a friend. As this new gal cut my hair, I couldn’t help but admire her beautiful, curly hair. I told her that I would LOVE it if my curly hair looked like that. At that point, she introduced me to the “Curly Girl Method” of taking care of hair, loaned me a book about it, and said I should give it a try sometime.

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Reading that book was like reading a hair bible that was created just for me. I finally understood my curly hair and why I had been so frustrated with it my entire life. I didn’t know how to take care of it. Since then, I follow the curly girl method and I have embraced my curls instead of trying to run away from them. And let me tell ya, we get along so much better now! Hehe! And … I’ve been so happy with it, that I have been telling all my curly friends about it. :) I’m guessing some of you might be curly girls … so why not tell you about it, too?! If you’re a curly girl that is frustrated with your hair, you might want to give it a try.

Here are some links and some basic information about the Curly Girl Method that I found around the web. But I would definitely recommend reading the book, too. There is a lot of information out there and the book kind of gives you the “why” behind everything so you can discern what might work best for you. (Note: Some of these links talk about using a specific product. I’ve tried the book author’s products (which I liked), but I actually found that I prefer products that I found at Target:  Suave, Kinky Curly Curling Custard, etc. I just wanted you to know that you don’t have to have the book author’s products to get great results. :)  )

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Before and After Page 1: http://www.flickr.com/photos/workmanpublishing/sets/72157625830179129/

Before and After Page 2 (be sure to click through the different types of curls): http://www.mydevacurl.com/curly_lifestyle/curly_hair_gallery

Washing Hair Video (from the book author): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDofglvTFx8
List of Drugstore Curly Girl Approved Products (ignore the Afro-Latina, Black Hair blog title … the products are the same for all hair types.) http://afrolatinaisbeautiful.blogspot.com/p/list-of-drugstore-curly-girl-approved.html
Styling Tips for Curly Hair: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d41W878YdHc
This girl does a great video on her hair care routine … her hair is quite curly (instead of loose curls or waves), but she has some really great tips.
Here is an older video by the same girl … some of the same tips … but it’s fun to see her hair longer. :)
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Okay, off my curly-hair-soap-box. Hehe! Have fun! And I’ll be back with some scrappiness soon!

JanaBold

Freebies from SVG Cuts

Hi Everyone!

Just wanted to pop on here and let you know that SVG Cuts has their Happy Holidays Free Kit available … and oh, boy! Is it Caaaa-UTE!!! I can’t wait to make that gingerbread house! CLICK HERE to pick it up!

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AND look at all of the adorable gift bags in this set! I know I’m going to want to add that adorable vintage snowman to a card or scrapbook page as well! Thank you SVG Cuts!

While you are there … be sure to check out all of their darling digital cut files in the CHRISTMAS and WINTER sections.

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Also, in case you weren’t aware … SVG Cuts also has a HUGE section of FREEBIES. They upload one per week and there is quite the collection to browse through. I pulled together all of the Christmas and Winter related freebies with links (click on photos) that you might want to use for your holiday cardmaking, paper crafting, or scrapbooking to make them easier to find … but be sure to look through everything. There are wonderful things in there!

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