Monday, April 20, 2015

Step by Step Layout Video Tutorial by Michelle McDonald

Michelle McDonald is inspiring us with a terrific step by step video tutorial today!

Enjoy watching Michelle design her beautiful layout with our April Main Kit:


Please visit our Design Team Gallery to view more of Michelle's beautiful work.

Here's the April Limited Edition Kit:

For full descriptions of our kits, subscription information, and more, visit our website at MyCreativeScrapbook.com

Friday, April 17, 2015

April Sketch Challenge

Our April sketch challenge has begun and we'd love for everyone to join in the fun.  Have a look at this month's prize package:


We are excited to get this beautiful prize into the hands of our randomly selected sketch challenge winner!

Here's the April sketch:


For a chance to win the prize package, create a layout based on this sketch using any products that you'd like to use.  The challenge is open to everyone, everywhere (you do not need to be a kit club member!) and ends at midnight Eastern time on May 14th.

All of the details plus DT samples can be found on the My Creative Sketches blog >>> HERE<<<

We can't wait to see what you create!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Scrap Space Tour by Christine Meyer

Christine Meyer is taking us on a tour of her awesome scrap space today!

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It's always fun to take a peek into someone else's scrapbooking space, so today I thought I would share mine with you!  I recently got to redo my scrapbooking studio because my old one had some flooding issues. 

My room is very functional for me - all my design team products have specific homes as do products from my favorite companies.  I am a big time purger - so if it isn't being used I get rid of it. I try very hard to keep things organized because I think it makes me much more efficient and creative!   It's not fancy and is almost entirely made up of pieces from yard sales - but here it is - my scrapbooking studio :)


Throughout the room I have different altered pieces that I have made - ones that haven't found a home elsewhere yet and help to make the room my own.  This first shelf holds my Thickers container up top and next to it is a crate where I store 12 X 12 sticker sheets and papers from miscellaneous companies.  The second shelf is all my punches.  I don't have a lot, I only keep what I use regularly.  The next shelf is storage for design team goodies.
The bottom shelf is class supplies and cards that I have made and extra cards.

This shelf just got reorganized!  Up top I have all my 12 X 12 paper pads and smaller paper pads.  The two shelves with bins are now filled up with different supplies from like extra adhesive, ribbons, fibers, and more.  The bottom is mostly containers of ribbon - that is an area that I need to do some more purging!  

This little dresser holds design team goodies! I try hard to keep those all organized so I won't mix up which company they came from. 

I've always wanted a display wall and this time I made one.  The lower level is made up of my favorite cards and some published cards.

The top level is some of my favorite layouts.

I no longer had a use for a changing table for my kids so I moved it into my room!  The top is used for my Cinch machine and my Cuttlebug.  It works great as a stable surface for both of those machines.  The bottom is just general storage.

This is one of the ways I organize my stickers - keeping them hung up on a pegboard makes it so that I always see what I have.  I try hard to keep the original packaging so that I can keep them hung up until they are nearly gone.

This storage rack is the best thing I have ever found at a yard sale - I got it for $10!!!  I use it for drawers for some of my favorite companies products - each one gets a drawer so I can keep them all together.  The bottom and biggest drawer is just scraps.  Above it I have two racks - one is full of cups with miscellaneous storage (dies, punches, etc) and the second is all templates.

I also store my washi tape up there on what was intended to be a dish drying rack.
  
This is my desk - more cups on racks full of miscellaneous embellishments and tools are hung above it.  I have a lazy susan where I keep my most used adhesives and tools.  I also have a tray with 8 1/2 X 11 papers and a another shelf for pictures.  The drawers on my desk are also reserved for design team product. As my teams change so do the drawers.

I haven't found a better solution for my wood veneer pieces so I keep them here in an old tupperware container.

On top of this dresser I keep all my mists and drawers with little miscellaneous embellishments. 

The biggest change that came with this room was adding in an extra table.  This has been great because it gives me multiple areas to work and I can bounce between projects.  It also makes it so there is plenty of room for someone else to join me!

Underneath the table I keep my cardstock, another scrap basket, and a rolling cart that has stuff my daughter is allowed to use in it.

Lastly I'll show my Raskog which my hubby got me for my birthday last year.  I love this thing!  It looks like a mess but each little compartment is home to little things that I needed to organize - from chipboard pieces, to silhouette cuts, to rub-ons.  It has made me use all those little details way more!

I hope you've enjoyed this quick little visit to my scrapbooking studio!  

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Please visit our Design Team Gallery to view Christine’s beautiful work.

For full descriptions of our kits, subscription information, and more, visit our website at MyCreativeScrapbook.com

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Designing with Washi Tape by Kristine Davidson

Guest Designer Kristine Davidson is continuing the April Main Kit colorful washi strip fun today!

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Hello Friends! It's Kristine Davidson with you today. I'll be showing you how to create a layout using washi tape in a fun " Paper Like " way! I love circles and of course I love washi tape as well. Sadly my washi tape is more of a collection than a practical embellishment.  This tutorial can be done with strips of paper, the washi tape included in this month's Main Kit or any other washi tape you might have sitting in your stash collecting dust!


First You'll need these simple tools:
Washi tape package from your kit
White Cardstock
Circle Punches ( Sm, Med, Lg)
Pop Dots
Black Journal Pen
Black Ink

The first step is the adhere atleast 3-4 of your washi strips to a piece of white cardstock,include the colors you think go well together or mix and match.


Once your washi is placed on your cardstock, it's time to punch out some circles. I did 4 sizes but you can choose your own if you wish.


Once my circles are cut, it's time to create my layout.
I added 2 yellow srips of the washi on the bottom of my page and I simply cut a few strips from the multi colored striped paper - no paper trimmer!
Add these strips to the bottom of your layout.


Then place your circles on the left hand side of your page. You can use pop dots for this to give your circles dimension.  Once your circles are in place, how about a little doodling!? I am hooked on this right now and it makes creating a page so fun. Amy Tangerine's paper collection is perfect for this! Try It ;-)



I then added my photo, journaling, and title.


This is my finished page! Colorful, fun, full of doodles and WASHI TAPE!


Hope this inspired you to use some of that washi tape and doodle too !

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Please visit our Design Team Gallery to view more of Kristine’s beautiful work.

Here's the April Main Kit:


For full descriptions of our kits, subscription information, and more, visit our website at MyCreativeScrapbook.com

Friday, April 10, 2015

Butterfly Washi Tutorial by Stacy Cohen

Guest Designer Stacy Cohen used the washi strips in our April Main Kit to create a beautiful, colorful butterfly background for her layout. Today she's sharing how she did it!

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Hi everyone! Washi tape certainly has become a scrapbooking staple. There are so many fun ways to use it. For my “Besties” layout that I made with the April Main Kit, I decided to cut out some butterflies and fill the negative space with strips of the colorful washi.


Here’s how to do it:

1. Use your favorite die-cutting machine, punch, or stencil to cut out the shapes. Note: I once did this technique by tracing around the shapes onto cardstock and hand-cutting them out with a craft knife and fine-tip scissors (the old school way!).


2. After you’ve cut out all the shapes, place the die-cut paper over another sheet of paper/cardstock. Use a light pencil to trace the shapes onto the second sheet of paper. These will be your guidelines for adding the washi strips.


3. When you remove the top sheet you’ll be left with the traced images on the bottom sheet. If the pencil lines are too dark, they may show through the washi tape. If necessary, use an eraser to lighten the pencil marks so that they are just barely visible to you.


4. Using the trace marks as your guidelines, place strips of washi tape over the shapes. Be sure to cover the shapes completely.


5. After all the shapes have been covered with washi tape strips, adhere the top sheet (the die-cut sheet) to the bottom sheet with 3d adhesive. Optional, outline the shapes with glitter glue, markers, colored pencils, etc.


And there you have it!

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Please visit our Design Team Gallery to view more of Stacy’s beautiful work.

Here's the April Main Kit:


For full descriptions of our kits, subscription information, and more, visit our website at MyCreativeScrapbook.com

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Washi Tape Easter Eggs by Tracy McLennon

Guest Designer Tracy McLennon is featuring our April Main Kit today with a super fun use of the kit's washi tape!

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Have you ever wanted a quick and easy Easter craft project with little to no mess? Well this project is for you!

Project Recipe:

– Plastic ready to decorate eggs (Dollar Store grab)
– Washi Tape


My tutorial is for the washi tape collaged egg. So pretty with all of the patterned washi tape in your pack.


I cut the washi tape sheets into half inch strips. This makes the washi pieces into little squares. I cut up a full sheet of the washi tape.


Add the washi squares randomly. Overlapping on each other to create the collaged design. Easy as that!


Cover the entire egg. No mess, just pretty, pretty fun!


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Please visit our Design Team Gallery to view more of Tracy’s beautiful work.

Here's the April Main Kit:


For full descriptions of our kits, subscription information, and more, visit our website at MyCreativeScrapbook.com

Monday, April 6, 2015

April Kits REVEAL!

It's REVEAL day!

My Creative Scrapbook is thrilled to reveal our April kits.

Spring has certainly sprung at My Creative Scrapbook. Pam has assembled a delightful variety of kits filled with goodies that are perfect for your Spring-themed projects and beyond.

Presenting the My Creative Scrapbook April kits:

April 2015 Main Kit

April 2015 Creative Kit

April 2015 Limited Edition Kit

April 2015 Album Kit

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We have quite a wonderful group of returning guest designers this month.  We've had the pleasure of their very inspiring work with our kits before, and we're beyond thrilled that they have joined us again with our April kits.  Be sure to check out their inspiring work in our design team gallery.

Stacy Cohen

Hi everyone! I’m Stacy Cohen. I live in Los Angeles, California with my loving husband, our two wonderful daughters, two cats, and two dogs (plus we often have a third foster dog staying with us at any given time).

I started scrapbooking in September of 2004 and I was immediately hooked. Scrapbooking has been my creative outlet over the years, and I always say, “It’s cheaper than therapy!” (though not much). I’m a very slow scrapper, often spending several nights on one layout. I love to fuss over all the little details and get everything just right. My scrapbooking style could be defined as flowery and feminine, although I love to change it up from time to time and play around with different scrapping styles. You can visit my blog at www.stacycohen.blogspot.com.

Kristine Davidson

Kristine lives on the East Coast in New Brunswick, Canada. She's been married for 14 years and has 2 cats named Archie and Willie who keep her busy removing cat hair from her glue dots! She works full time as a sales and service agent for an airline company and loves to spend her spare time being creative. She also loves ice cream, a good laugh with friends, as well as city skylines and sunsets.

Kristine has been an avid scrapbooker since 2006 and she's completely addicted to pop dots and die cuts! She is the founder of a scrapbook sketch site called Creative Scrappers and she's also a design team member for Bella Blvd, Jillibean Soup and Simple Stories. She is thrilled to be a guest designer for us this month and looking forward to creating and providing you with some inspiration to create!

You can visit Kristine's personal blog at http://KristineDavidson.blogspot.com

Tracy McLennon

Hello, my name is Tracy McLennon and I live my crafty life on the east coast of Canada in Nova Scotia. My world consists of my talented band teacher husband, my 2 beautiful step daughters and our crazy rescue pooch Kya. I have been a scrapbooker for about 17 years now, I adore papercrafting! I would say my scrapbook style would be clean, classic and layered. Currently I design for May Arts Ribbon, DecoArt and I am the new DIY Crafting Bride columnist for DIY Wedding Magazine.

I was so happy to be asked to be a Guest Designer for My Creative Scrapbook. I love the simplicity of scrapbook kits! So many of us have so little time in our busy lives to craft, and then when we do it can be daunting. It takes time to organize, plan and finally create. BUT, if you have a kit with all of your coordinating products and papers....all you have to do is add photos! This is what I like to do when going to crops, I just pack my kits, photos, cardstock and I'm good to go! Thank you so much for having me!

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A big THANK YOU to our guest designers!

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