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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Discussion and Questions / Re: Alaskan cruise scrapbook kit for mom's birthday-- ideas? on: July 31, 2007 06:48:02 PM
You could print out or draw up some layout sketches for her.

Also, keep in mind that you don't necessarily need to make/buy a bunch of Alaska or cruise specific embellishments for her. Think about the pictures she'll most likely be taking, and go from there.

Scenery pictures will mostly be blues, greys and greens. Give her papers, ribbons, etc that will coordinate with those. Pictures around the ship and of your parents at dinner will most likely be very colorful, so perhaps go will simple black and white papers and embellishments for those pages.

Also, paint covers a multitude of sins and can be much less expensive than buying tons of patterned paper.

I hope she has a great time on the cruise and loves your gift!
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Discussion and Questions / Re: 'alternative' scrapbooking on: July 31, 2007 06:42:41 PM
I've found quite a few items that I would consider alternative, here are just a few:

From Creative Imaginations : http://www.creativeimaginations.us/store/CI_Consumer_BrandList.php enter "skull" in the search box.


www.lazarstudiowerx.com (Specifically, the paperwerx)

The "Obscure" line from Basic Grey  http://www.basicgrey.com/catalog/index.php?cPath=69

I hope this helps. I agree with the previous posters who recommended shopping at a local scrapbooking store instead of Joann's, Michael's, etc. The small stores tend to have much more unique stuff. Hey, even if they don't, the buyer there might listen to your suggestions and order new stuff for the store, while that will most likely never happen at one of the bigger chains.
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: help with ideas for Christmas gifts on: July 25, 2007 10:05:43 PM
Here are a few simple ideas off the top of my head.

1. Sew up fabric book covers/totes and bookmarks.
2. Christmas stockings
3. Christmas ornaments
4. Nicely packaged homemade baked goods.
5. Fleece blanket (these are super easy)

My no-fail strategy for people when I'm not sure what to give is a gift basket. A few years ago I needed to bring a gift for my husband's grandparents who I don't know very well. I baked cookies, made a jingle bell wreath (bend a wire hanger, string on jingle bells in various sizes, tie ribbon on top. Easy.), made Christmas cards, made peppermint scented soap, etc.) They were all quick, simple things that added up into a nice basket. It wasn't as overwhelming as coming up with something big.

I hope this helps!
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Discussion and Questions / Re: who makes the best/most interesting scrapbook paper? on: April 16, 2007 09:51:28 PM
I really like Hambly and Lazar Studiowerx.
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Completed Projects / Re: A Valentines Layout on: February 06, 2007 08:57:26 PM
What a great layout. Nice work!
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Baby/Toddler Wall Hanging on: October 06, 2006 07:17:30 PM
Wow, thats absolutely adorable.
What was the base? (or, where did you get it? Cheesy)
I'd love to make some as gifts. Smiley

I used the bookplates made by Basic Grey. You should be able to find them at your local craft or scrapbooking store. There are two different sets, one is rectangles and squares, the other is ovals. I used two of the oval sets, but I've seen wall hangings using the rectangle/square sets that were really cute, too.

Thanks everyone for your continuing kind comments on this post. I made it as a Christmas gift, so it's going to be a while before I'm going to be getting comments from the friend I made it for.
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Baby/Toddler Wall Hanging on: September 26, 2006 04:47:35 PM
They're actually bookplates I bought at my local scrapbooking store. I used chipboard letters to spell out his name, punched some stars out of card stock and the rest are also chipboard. I used glue dots as my main adhesive, and some tacky glue to get any of the smaller/transparent or just difficult items.

Thanks for your kind words!
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Baby/Toddler Wall Hanging on: September 26, 2006 04:37:07 PM
I made this wall hanging for my best friend's son.


Here's close ups of each half.


9  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Use What You Have Swap! Signups CLOSED Send by August 18 on: August 15, 2006 10:52:10 PM
I finished up tonight, so I'll be sending out tomorrow. I keep looking at the bundle of items sitting on my chair and wondering if it is enough, if my partner will like it, etc. It's amazing, the swap anxiety has started and I haven't even sent out yet!
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Personal/Private Swap Gallery - August 2006 on: August 04, 2006 09:01:40 AM
Sharla and I partnered up after a swap we were supposed to be in got cancelled and I received my package from her yesterday! It's so cool!

First, she sent along this grgeat bag! I adore it! I'm going on vacation next week and this will be the perfect bag to take.

She also included some summery seashell candles, a beautiful blue bracelet and a cute floral hair clip.

Thanks so much, Sharla!
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