Tuesday, February 26, 2008


It's Tuesday again ~ so fast!

Today's tip comes from CINDY (again ;-))...
She suggests that we sharpen our punches by punching them thru aluminum foil a few times and then to lubricate punches we can punch them through wax paper. THANKS!

That makes me think of when I worked in retail. When the hangers started to stick to the metal rod, or they would screech when you pulled them, we would rub the rod with waxed paper. It works at home too ;-).

See you next Tuesday!!

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Tuesday, February 19, 2008


A quick thanks to Amber for changing the background ~ it's fantastic!!

Hey ~ Cindy and I were thinking along the same line for today's tip!
We came up with some uses for the plastic backing that stickers or acrylic stamps come on.
First, Cindy suggested using these clear backings when you are contemplating a stamped image on your layout. She suggests that you can stamp onto the transparency and play with it on top of the layout until you find a placement you like. Also, if you have several clear pieces, you can "test drive" different colors of ink or paint.
Second, I have been using the plastic to hold my acrylic stamps for stamping, instead of an acrylic block. I like using my hands to apply pressure as I find it helps to make sure the ink reaches all nooks and crannies without applying too much pressure which then smudges the ink (I seem to do that sometimes with the acrylic block).
Third, I have used this plastic for shaker boxes....

Let us know what you think ~ or what you do with the plastic backings. ;-)

Happy Scrapping

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Some photo collages from CHA

I took nearly 800 photos while I was at CHA. Unfortunately, there are some blurry and poorly lit pics in the lot, so right now I'm busy working my way thru the "pile" and editing those that can be fixed. Here are a few collage "snapshots" of several manufacturer's booths. I'll post some more collages later:

BTW, if you'd like to see full size pics instead of collages, I'll be posting LOTS of them along with my comments & thoughts here.

Tuesday's Tips

It's a little late (just minutes past midnight here), but this week's "Tuesday" tip is... use a "Glue Book".

What exactly *is* a glue book? It's a book you use when you are working with something messy such as adhesive or paint. The book itself is any old magazine or flyer that is destined for the trash can anyway. Start at an early page and do your messy work, then flip forward page by page as each one becomes too messy to work on. When you are done, toss the book.

I've used this technique for ages since reading it in a now forgotten magazine, but it is fresh in my mind after using a glue book during a make-n-take project at CHA. If you're the curious sort, the booth we used this at was B Line Designs a source of wonderful vintage stamps.

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Winter CHA 2008 Is Here!

What is CHA? Craft and Hobby Association (CHA) is a business-to-business trade association representing all facets of the craft industry and the hobby industry. CHA holds two large trade shows (Winter and Summer) where manufacturers' introduce and showcase their products. For the Scrapbooking industry (and SB mfrs make up a huge portion of this show), this means *lots* of new products to ogle. Many of the manufacturers also conduct demos and make-n-takes at their booths. Some give out samples. It's an exciting event to attend.

I'm excited to say that I'll be attending this year's show for a few days. I can't wait to come back and tell all. Stay tuned!

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Tuesday's Tips

Tuesday February 5

I have a few little tips....
1. To use loose sparkles (making memories "scrapbook shimmer" or the generic kind you can get at the dollar store), first spread elmer's glue (the kind you used in school, your kids should have some) where you want and then add the sparkles. It needs to dry thoroughly.

2. The next time you wash your rags try this... before throwing them in the dryer, take a few out to dust with! They are the perfect dampness for dusting and won't streak. Try it on your windows, t.v., monitors, furniture and more. You'll be amazed at how much dusting you can get done in a short time!
3. Use coupons as gift giving! It's a good way to be creative with your paper scraps and loved ones and friends will be thrilled. I received some from my daughters and I just love them. I saw someone had a scrapbook listed on ebay that included coupons for back rubs, dinner out and more. You could offer baby sitting services to a family with a new addition (actually ANY family would appreciate it!!), taking a loved one on a special outing, all sorts of wonderful things. I'm making a couple for my girls right now...

till next Tuesday ~ happy scrapping,
ps; please add anything that you would like!!
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