Monday, September 15, 2008


In my last post, I talked about making the goodie bag items for the October ScrapShare Retreat, and I promised to share some of what I found cruising the net.

Scrapbook Crazy has some mini-album tutorials including quotations to put in them. Be sure to clink on the "Star Album." I made some of those last spring. They're gorgeous, depending on the paper designs you use. The "Acrylic" Albums enchanted me, and I almost went with one of those for my project. Keep in mind, I have to make 30 of whatever I decide on. Thirty! Time plus cost is an issue, so I kept looking for something easier and less costly.

Next stop was Paperclipping, and this is where I met "Fred!" I'm still trying to figure out how to make one of these myself--or have my dh make one for me, since he's talented in that kind of stuff. You can watch free video workshops on Paperclipping, so you can see how awesome Fred is, among other great topics. Once again, I'm intrigued by "acrylic" and see-through. On the main site, under "Categories," click on Album Covers or just click on what I just typed for you as a link. What a unique idea for using one of those cheap (or not-so-cheap) 4 x 6 photo books! I have several of those laying around somewhere. Noell says she found her album at the Goodwill store. It appears, by the two holes, to be a binder type, and she has beautiful ribbon threaded through and tied in a bow. All I have are those little flat ones, but I see definite possibilities. Keep your eyes open for albums you can alter creatively.

On Chia's Rubber Stamp Art, you'll find a handy-dandy Small File Folder Template. This has so many possibilities! I was intrigued here for quite a while. From this template page, go to her home page or to the template index to see so many more goodies.

Moving on, getting pumped with ideas, I found the Split Coast Stampers File Folder Card Tutorial. I think you can see where I'm heading here. Kind of, sort of.

I then found my way (somehow) to a site I lingered on for a l-o-n-g time, QuinnCreative - Making Journals! And other cool stuff. Oh, what a temptress site this is. I am so addicted to journals and journaling, and here you will find lots of how-to's for journaling.

Then I found GoScrapping and got my idea. Fortunately, I saved the image of the project I fell in love with to my desktop so I could refer to it. I say "fortunately" because when I went back to the site this morning, I couldn't find the project. If any of my ScrapShare friends are reading this blog, they will just have to wait to see what I picked. Even if they found it, I changed it around a lot to make it more cost effective and faster to manufacture 30 of them.

Oh, by the way, my project involves monthly calendars, and I ended up finding the perfect ones at Calendars Quick.

So, after the retreat the weekend of October 16th, I'll post pictures of my project. By then you might be in the market for cheap and awesome Christmas Gifts!


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