Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Stacks, Stacks, and more Stacks.

Stacks, stacks and more stacks. That could be the name of my craft studio. Sometimes I feel like they are taking over my life, in a wonderfully, delicious way of course! I have had to try and find the best way organize my stacks os I know what I have at all times! In this post, I showed you how I labeled my 12x12 stacks and lined my shelves with them. For my 8x8 & matstacks, I have done a similar way of storing. I label the bindings with my Sharpie and instead of lining my shelves, I store them in plastic storage boxes. I store the lid on the bottom of the box so when I need a matstack, I can just slide out the box and find what I need and slide it back in. No messing with the lids, they are always in my way :) I have open shelves under my desk so that is where I store mine.

I love anyway that will keep my hobby of "collecting" crafting supplies in an organized way. Because collecting the supplies is half the fun!!

Have a great day!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

HSN Head Start!!

Wow, what a crazy weekend, but I loved every minute of it! Spent 28 hours over 2 days at the Scrapbook Expo in Salt Lake City teaching scrappers about our new 300dpi.com website. We had a great response and lots of "well I have been thinking about doing SOMETHING with digital scrapbooking so show me what I can do!" Love that response because the possibilities really are endless. I am going to show you some digital stuff later this week so watch for it!!

Today and tomorrow, Michelle Walster will be at HSN (Home Shopping Network) selling some awesome new kits! The one I am showing you today will seriously fly off the shelfs so I want to give you a heads start to the ordering!! It's a paper crafting kits with LOADS of stuff. Paper. Embellishments. Brads. Chipboard. Cards. Getting the hint? Check it out here: HSN Paper Crafting Kit. And the price...seriously is that a misprint??!

Just a couple pages I did with the yummy kit...

Love the simplicity of this page. The photo and paper take center stage....

Michelle will be on with our product today, Sunday @ 4pm Eastern & tomorrow, Monday @ 5am & 7pm Eastern. And of course, you can find our stuff anytime on their website www.hsn.com by searching DCWV.  Let me know what you think! I love reading your comments! :)

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Stacks + Sizzix = Luv

As you may know, there are many, many, many perks for working for a scrapbook paper company. One of my favorite things is finding other amazing products in this industry that can enhance our paper and give it a whole new look. We have a great relationship with Sizzix and I am lucky to have their own, talented Julianna Hudgins as a close friend & "soul sista" :)

I truly love all of the different looks that you can get with Sizzix products and DCWV stacks.
They were super smart and snagged the hugely popular and talented Tim Holtz to design a line of dies for them...smart, smart people!!

A few of my new Tim Holtz Alterations dies from Sizzix....this was a good mail day :)

At first glance, Tim Holtz and the Garden Party stack don't seem like an obvious pair, but wait.....

It's a simple page but I love the look that these two dies add to it:

The "On the Edge" dies are totally genius....gives any straight edge line a whole new look!

This Garden Party Stack is still one of my favorites...beautiful florals mixed with sophisticated patterns...and of course lots of glitter. :)

The Garden Party Stack will be available at a rock-bottom price on HSN (Home Shopping Network) next week, Sunday & Monday March 28th & 29th. Times are subject to change but currently we will be on during the 6am & 7pm Eastern hours. At least 7 different kits will be featured from us over those 2 days! Set your DVR's :)

If you are a near or around Salt Lake City, Utah, come and stop by the Scrapbook USA Expo this weekend at the Southtown Expo Center in Sandy! We will be there with 2 great booths, one for our scrapbooking & home lines and one for our digital site, 300dpi.com. All of the information is HERE. It's going to be a busy, busy weekend but there is nothing better than being surrounded by people who share your one true passion!! 

Have a great day!

Monday, March 22, 2010

It's good to be queen.....

There is a really great thing living in a home full of boys....I am the queen. I am the princess. I have my 3 year old trained to think anything pink belongs to me , "Mommy the Princess" he says. Makes up for the toliet seat always being up and having a pile of cowboy boots by my front door. :)

When I saw this wall art from DCWV Home, I knew I needed to put it somewhere in my world where I could see it everyday! It is peel & stick wall art that comes with rhinestones that you add to the crowns. Every princess needs a little bling, bling!

It comes with a huge sheet of crowns and a whole sheet of rhinestones...love the colors of these!

And if I want to see my beautiful jeweled crown as often as I can, I have to stick it on my computer since I am working on it non stop throughout the day!! 

And I only used 1 crown....so many left in the pack!! How cute would these be in a little girls room or a teenagers room? Everyone can be a princess!! 

Super busy this week making some projects for HSN next week...love those craft shows!! I will be back on Wednesday with something super cute! Have a fabulous Monday!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Hello Spring...

Three sure signs of spring:

Muddy clothes & boots...

Girl Scout Cookies...

DCWV's Spring Stack at Jo-Anns! This year, we have the "Flower Shower" line!

This stack is sure to get you out of the winter blues! Bright colors, glitter, amazing prints, felt flowers...seriously cute stuff. I couldn't wait to make something with this stack that would bring the happy spring mood into my home! I came up with a door hanger for my front door!

Here is how I did it...I picked out 2 pieces of paper from the Premium Printed Cardstock Stack. I used my favorite print from the stack, a purple glitter flower print. I cut them in half so I had a total of 4- 6x12 pieces.

I used my Scor-Pal and scored on every inch line on all four of the pieces of paper. So each paper had 12 score lines. Then, I accordion folded all four pieces.

I used Scor-Tape to attach all of the pieces together so there is a continual accordion flow throughout the entire piece.

Then, I took off the back cardboard piece of my stack. (I always seem to find other purposes for this thin piece of cardboard, my stacks stay together perfectly fine without them.) I traced and created a circle piece just a little smaller than my accordion piece.

I used my trusty hot glue gun to glue the circle piece onto the accordion piece.

To embellish: I used a sponge and inked the edges of the accordion piece. Then I cut a piece of purple printed paper from the stack and created a thick banner piece. Added the "happy" felt sticker from the Embellishment Flip Pack which is a great value by the way. The "spring" letters were cut with my Cricut and more paper from the stack. I glued the banner piece onto the front with my glue gun and then sprayed the whole thing with a little Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist (Pearl). Just for a touch of shimmer :)

Punched holes with my Crop-a-dile and tied some ribbon to it to create a hanger. And that was it! So cute on the front door! 

As the Glimmer Mist dryed, it curled my banner piece a little and I love that look.

I am hoping this brings a smile to anyone who walks in my front door, I know it will bring one to my face :) Have a great weekend! 

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Leprechaun Fun!!!

Happy St. Patty's Day! I think this is the first year in our home where this is a very serious holiday. I guess any five year old thinks that... you would think it was Christmas in the spring or something! My boys woke up and instantly were dressed from head to toe in green. Man, I wish it were that easy to get them dressed every day!

I wanted to do something special for the day, and what would be better than eating green foods all day long! I wanted to make a cute menu card since Troy is staring to read and I knew he would love it.  Laying in bed this week, I thought that one of 300dpi's St. Patrick Day Photo Cards would be the perfect way to make my menu card! And they are on sale right now which makes it even better! Buy 2 @$1.95
and get the third free! 3 cards for under $4...can't beat that!

I picked this cute one for my card. I love that cute leprechaun!

I opened it up in Photoshop and replaced the photo spot with some patterned paper & a text block. Seriously took me 3 minutes.

Printed the card in my standard printer.

It came out filling most of a 8 1/2 x 11 piece of cardstock.

Trimmed & scored the card. Added a few brads, ink and ribbon of course :) And that's it! My boys thought it was the coolest thing ever when I got out their breakfast this morning! I will be using the photo cards for my Easter menu card as well....and any other special meal that we may have!

Go and browse through all of the awesome photo cards at www.300dpi.com. There are so many to choose from: holiday, birthday party invites, baby announcements...and I love how they are all easy to customize with a fun photo! Pick out your top three favorites...I want to hear about them in the comments section! Have a fabulous St. Patrick's Day! And be sure to wear some green unless you like a little pinchy pinchy!!! :)

Friday's blog post will bring a fresh breath of SPRING with our new Jo-Ann's line "Flower Shower Stack"! Just the thing to get you ready for spring!!
See you then!

Monday, March 15, 2010

A little black & white...and a winner!

Another Monday....but worse. Daylight Savings. Ugh. Why can't I live in Arizona or Hawaii where they don't participate in this crazy tradition. I have been dragging all day and my kids are cranky! But my mood immediately shifted as soon as I turned on Home Shopping Network (HSN) to see Scrapbooking and Crafting shows!

And I get to see my sweet friend, Michelle Walster, on the air showing our companies great products. She is the cutest thing ever and always the life of the party. Love you, Shelle Belle!

We have some awesome products on HSN right now. To see everything, go to www.hsn.com and search DCWV and you will see everything. One of the products featured this afternoon is the La Creme Paper Kit.  It is a combination of 12x12 & 8x8 papers that are to die for. Black. White. Flocking. Cream. Grey. Love this stack and the price is incredible!!! Here are a couple project that I did with it for the airing.

Love how you can add any color with black & white and it looks incredible. There is also an add on kit of the La Creme Embellishments.

And a little tin that I filled with Hersey Nuggets wrapped with La Creme paper. Totally classic.

Hop on over to hsn.com and see all of the great deals that we have on today!

And on to the giveaway....thank you to everyone for submitting their home decor ideas! I love reading about how everyone will stay organized...a very good thing :)

The winner is:

JPScraps said...

Cute & functional...I'd love to win!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Ring Ring....

Well, I promised! It's Friday and at the end of this post, I will announce one simple thing that you can do to win two totally cool DCWV Home pieces! And I hand picked theses as my "favs" so you know they will be good! 

This is a brand new Peel & Stick wall accent and I love how it is made out of awesome chalkboard material! Man, I wish I was the person who thought of this...bummer. I will just enjoy someone else's fabulous design skills :) The vintage looking telephone is just toooooo cute!

My absolute favorite piece of DCWV Home right now...The Telephone Chalkboard Wall Accent

And it even comes with chalk!! I store mine on the counter in the top of the detachable packaging.

Mine is in the kitchen next to my office so I can jot down little things throughout the day. And I have cleaned my piece and it cleans up sooo easily. Looks brand new with a few swipes of a wet paper towel or a baby wipe...because every Mommy knows that a baby wipe can clean anything perfectly! :)

So here is your favorite part!! GIVEAWAY details! Who wants to win your very own Telephone Chalkboard Wall Accent AND the Calendar Wall Accent that I featured on Monday's blog???

Oh, you do?! Great! Just leave me a comment on this post (and I would love to have you as a "follower" of the blog as well) and and tell me where in your house you would put these wall pieces and why!

I will be picking a random winner on MONDAY! Have a fabulous weekend and have fun crafting with your favorite stacks! Paper or digital :)

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

A Confession and a Sneak Peek!!

OK, I am a total nerd admitting this. But I feel like I can share it with you right? We are close enough by now....

I am totally addicted to TV shopping networks. Yes. QVC & HSN...and an occasional infommerical when my hubby has control of the remote. I love sitting in my jammies and shopping! This week alone I made 2 purchases from TV networks....Philosophy beauty products and a set of new Tupperware :) Totally dorky but I love it!!! I have had the chance to be on set during several of our airings during craft shows and the atmosphere is incredible. I think that contributes to my facination with all of the pretty, shiny things they are showing me on TV!

It is so exciting when DCWV is a part of these shows! This Monday, March 15th, we will be on HSN (Home Shopping Network) with some great products! Some of our most popular kits along with some brand new stuff! Love it!

A little sneak peek at one of the kits that will be available on Monday during the 6am show, at an incredible value I may add :)

Looking at this project, you probably think, what is so special about this project and the products? Well you can't tell from the picture but it is one of our companies biggest time savers: Adhesive Cardstock! All of the great features of DCWV cardstock: awesome texture, white core with a huge perk, an adhesive backing on the paper that you simply peel off!  

Take this project for example. When I covered the chipboard pages of this little album, I simply cut the cardstock so it was a little bigger than the chipboard page. Then I peeled the backing off of the cardstock and stuck it to the chipboard piece. Ran my Xacto knife around the edges to give it a smooth edge and that's it! No worrying about how to get the paper down without having any kind of bubbles from adhesive. And if you use ANY kind of die cutting system, the adhesive cardstock is perfect for those. Run the paper through your machine and then peel the backing of your die cut piece like a sticker.

For the letters "book" and all of the numbers and number spellings, I used my Cricut to cut those out. With the settings on 2/5 it cut out my letters and numbers while leaving the backing intact. I didn't have to worry about getting the adhesive on the small letters! Love it!

And there is nothing like a little test run by a 3 year old. He actually tested it by stealing it off the table when I was trying to take pictures of it. I could tell he loved the textures of the buttons!

So write it on your calendar or set your Tivos for DCWV on HSN (Home Shopping Network). 
Shows with our product will be during shows starting at: 
6am Eastern
4pm Eastern

And this adhesive paper package will be in the 6am show for an AWESOME price! Bright and early!! :)

Get out those crafting projects, either paper in your hand or the mouse of your computer in your hand! Have a fabulous day and I will be back on Friday with another HSN kit peek and also for a GIVEAWAY!!!

Monday, March 8, 2010

One "grown-up" little boy!

I hope everyone had a great weekend!! I had a couple date nights with my man so I was a happy girl...plus I had a night of uninterrupted scrap time which made me a VERY happy girl! I made the cutest Disney autograph books for my boys to take to Disneyland next month...I don't know who loves them more, me or them!!

Many may not know that DCWV has an entire home decor line of some awesome stuff. Vinyl & frames galore, super cute. Click on the DCWV Home icon on the right panel to see more goodies!

When I saw the new wall art, I could see that our designers and product developers totally outdid themselves. There are some really awesome designs, and I can't wait to show them to you over the next few weeks. (Our playroom will be taken over by dinosaurs tomorrow...will be sure to show those soon!) What I love about these wall accents is that they are "peel & stick" which means they are repositionable on the wall. If it's crooked, no problem. If you want to move it to another wall, no problem. Love that. 

My little Troy is 5 and he is thinking he is pretty grown up lately. Kindergarden is quickly approaching and I wanted to get him a calendar in his room. I know he is old enough to keep up with the week and know which days he had school, band practice, play dates. So I grabbed this calendar from the DCWV Home Wall Accents Line. 

This is the packaging...it comes in a hard plastic tube as the container....it's pretty heavy duty so I'm sure I could think of some fun storage ideas to do with my empty tubes :) Plus, the calendar comes with it's own dry erase marker.

Each day column is it's own piece...so I staggered the heights a little just to make it different. Troy was very specific on what he wanted on his calendar :)

Is he proud of himself or what? (he closes his eyes because "the flash is too bright." A scrapbooking mamas worst nightmare!) 

There is a wall calendar specific for homework assignments but we are at least a year away from homework....hopefully! Troy hid his marker where no one could find it, especially his little brother :)
Just keeping my fingers crossed that the dry eraser marker doesn't end up on my wall....which I should just plan on happening!

I will be doing a giveaway on Friday so keep watching! It's coming!!!

Friday, March 5, 2010

A shout out to my digital BFF...

I have someone I would love to introduce you to this fabulous Friday morning, my best friend, the digital template. You will hear me rant and rave about templates for years to come! People are always asking me how I stay creative when being creative is demanded by my job. I usually have some great answer that I come up with. But sometimes, when you are just having an "off" day, it is seriously hard! And one of those days was the day that the template became my best friend :)

Basically, a template is a sketch of a page with all of the design elements figured out for you. But since it is a digital sketch, you get to simply replace (or mask if you want to sound technical) the element of the template with the paper that you want. Once I have my template pieces all replaced, then I add a few embellishments and thats it, your page is done. I recorded a great video tutorial that walks you through this step by step which is available on our website under Photoshop-Using Templates.

So this is what the template looks like when you purchase it. It's less that $2 and you can use them over and over and over again! This is Template #30 on 300dpi.com.

And this is the finished product! I used the digital kit from 300dpi.com "All About Girl" which you will recognize from our popular paper stack! This is my friend's little girl, Lauren. Her mommy is an awesome photographer so I pretend that she is my little girl so I can make stuff with girly paper and her fabulous pictures :)

Remember to check out my video tutorial on this topic along with a dozen other video topics. And if you are up for a challenge, there is a template challenge for the month of March on 300dpi.com. Download the free template, make your page, post it and you could be a winner of free product!

I hope everyone has a great weekend! I have a few fun things planned...the most exciting event will be tonight when I get to go with my girlfriends to our local scrapbook store and scrap for 6 fabulous uninterupted hours. Pure bliss!!! 

Stay tuned for next week...I feel a giveaway coming!!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

The Issue of Adhesive

We are half way through the week! I have been working like crazy these last few days so the week is flying by. Always a good thing :) The weather has gotten a tad bit better, enough to let the boys play outside with sweatshirts on instead of their big jackets. A simple thing that brought a smile to my face! 

Another thing that made me smile...the boys ripping into the package that had our Disneyland tickets and travel information...have never seen little boys go so crazy over little Mickey flashlights and lanyards :) So cute.

I know a few of you reading this will have an "ah-ha" moment...over adhesive!! Now, that is a true scrapper!

When I talk to customers of ours, one of the biggest questions that I am asked is "What kind of adhesive do you use with your papers?" Never fail, I hear it a million times. And my answer is always the same.

If you have looked at any of our stacks in the last few years, you have noticed we have "premium papers". These are printed papers that have some kind of special finish on the top. Such as glitter, an epoxy glaze or flocking for example. Sometimes these finishes, especially the glitter, can be hard to get an adhesive to stick to it. I looked high and low for the best adhesive at the best price.  I found it a couple years ago and I am NEVER without it now!! It is Scor-Tape from the makers of the Scor-Pal

It is very similar to that sticky tape that comes on a roll with the red backing. But it is a lot better and a fraction of the cost. Plus, the best part is, you can tear it!!! No having to reach for those scissors to snip the tape you need! The tearing thing is what made me fall in love with it :)

It comes in a ton of different widths and even a sheet form that is perfect for the odd shaped embellishments. My standard roll is the 1/2 inch stuff, and the roll lasts forever. 27 yards! I swear, this stuff will stick to anything!!! My co-workers tease me that I always have it with me....we have even used it to hang signs in our trade show booths and fix broken boxes!! They tease me but they are the ones always stealing my rolls :)

I also love supporting the small businesses in the industry. Diana Crick, the owner and the sweetest woman ever, is the mastermind behind the Scor-Pal as well (another staple in my craft room). The Scor-Tape is available on her website: www.scor-pal.com

So my secret is out. Hope Diana doesn't mind! Let me know if you have tried it and what you think!! See you on Friday!