Wednesday, May 14, 2008

What's New Wednesday for May

This month's "news" falls under a category that isn't exactly all that new - sketches for scrapbooking. They're called by different names -- blueprints, floorplans, grids, page recipes, page maps-- and they are a scrapper's best friend!

If you're stuck, they can provide you with a starting point for your layout or give you the inspiration to spin off your own creation. Using a pre-designed layout grid can also save a scrapper lots of time, so that instead of using precious minutes to decide on page arrangement, valuable time instead is used for creating the page.

What's new in the "sketches" world are two terrific books:

The first is "Page Maps" by Becky Fleck. Here's a review from

Editorial Reviews
Book Description
Scrapbook Page Maps takes the guesswork out of where to begin by giving plenty of design ideas for their scrapbook layouts!

By referring to the sketches in the book, readers can select photos, papers and embellishments and then bring the page together quickly and easily. Helpful resource information such as a supply list and photo sizes are included on each card, along with page information cross-referencing the sketch back to the book. Scrapbook Page Maps is the essential book for beginning scrapbookers as well as those short on time.

And you get more than just an inspiring, design-filled idea book!
Also included is a deck of laminated cards that includes a thumbnail of many of the sketches in the book along with corresponding finished layouts.

The second of the new "sketch" books I want to share with you is "Layout Blueprints 2" - the eagerly awaited sequel to Amy Elkins "Layout Blueprints":

I haven't seen any reviews of the book yet, but I know it is due to hit stores very soon. I loved the first book and have been anxiously anticipating the arrival of the second one!

You can check out the Layout Blueprints blog here.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Feedback Friday

Ok, so I am a week late posting this, I am sooo sorry!!! I will plan on being on time next month :).

Feedback Friday is a new thing we are going to be doing on the PFOP Blog to get YOU (our friends and customers) involved!!! We'll post questions and topics here for you to reply to, and sometimes there will even be prizes randomly drawn, and all you have to do to enter is reply to the feedback friday post!

This week I have been thinking about flowers a lot! Not just Primas, but real ones for my house too. My favorite flower of all is the Hydrangea and I was so excited to see that wal- mart has them for sale this year for a Mother's Day type of gift- so of course I bought myself one :)

When it comes to scrapbooking my newest favorite flower is the Prima Belle Fleur Daisy- they are SO pretty as ithey come with layers and a premade center. Here's a peek at the green apple ones:

What is your favorite type of flower embellishent to use on your scrapbook artwork? Is it a Prima, Bazzil, or Making Memories flower? Or is it something you make yourself?

Reply to this post with your answer and you'll be entered in a drawing to win a FREE box of Belle Fleur Daisies from me!!! The drawing will be held on Friday May 30th and the winner will be announced in that day's feedback friday post! So be sure to get your replies in before then!
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