FaveCrafts X-ACTO Circle Cutter Giveaway!

We all know how hard it is to cut a perfect circle, but this handy tool can help you create the perfect circular embellishment for all your crafting needs!  And since we’re just starting National Craft Month, there’s no better time to try to win this awesome  X-ACTO Designer Series Circle Cutter.

This handy tool can cut any sized circle you desire, up to 5 7/8″ in diameter.  It’s best used with cardstock and paper, but you can use it on photos as well…so it’s perfect for scrapbooking and card making!  To change the size of your circle, simply loosen the knob and slide the cutter to the desired width, using the ruler on the tool as your guide.  Then simply tighten the knob and place the needle at the center of where you want your circle to be.  Rotate the tool and the blade on the Circle Cutter will create your perfect circle!

FaveCrafts is awarding this awesome paper tool to one lucky winner, so be sure to visit the X-ACTO Designer Series Circle Cutter giveaway page and sign up to win!  You have until March 16th and you can enter once daily, so return often to improve your chances of winning!

 

Love Calligraphy? Today’s Your Lucky Day!

If you’re a scrapbooker like me, you know that you can never have too many markers.  That’s why I was so excited to find out that Marvy Uchida is having a “like us” promotion over on their Facebook page.  What does that mean exactly?  It means that if you go to their Facebook page and click the “Like” button, they’ll send you a free Calligraphy Pigmented marker AND a blank silk frame greeting card.  It’s as simple as that!  Of course, there is a limited quantity of free markers, so hurry over to Facebook and get yours today!

I’ve used these markers before and I love them because they make my writing look elegant (even though my cursive normally looks like a child’s handwriting!).  The chisel tip on the marker is also great for creating borders in your scrapbook designs and on handmade cards.

If you want a chance to receive your own calligraphy marker, head on over to Marvy Uchida’s Facebook page.

Good luck, and happy designing!

Cool2Craft and FaveCrafts Giveaway: Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner

Have you heard about FaveCrafts’ recent partnership with Cool2Craft?

We’re so excited to work with Tiffany Windsor and the entire team.  From recycled projects to paper crafts, Cool2Craft has so many great ideas for crafters.  Best of all, you don’t have to be an expert to follow the tutorials.  If you’re interested in learning more about Cool2Craft, check out their company profile on FaveCrafts and be sure to sign up for the Cool2Craft weekly newsletter.

Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner

And that’s not all!  FaveCrafts and Cool2Craft are giving away a Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner!  This is a great tool for anyone who loves to craft.

It’s a particularly great for scrapbookers because you can easily duplicate old photos and keepsakes.  When I was younger, I went through a major scrapbooking phase.  It was a pre-scanner era, so I would either have to make my mom take me to a store with a copy machine or cut up old photos.  As a lazy tween, I didn’t care at all about saving anything.  This led to the destruction of so many irreplaceable photographs that I otherwise would have saved for generations.

Don’t let this happen to you!  Enter to win a Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner – the winner will be chose on January 30 and revealed LIVE on Cool2Craft’s live broadcast on January 31.

To learn more about this high tech yet easy to use scanner, check out this Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner Video.

Enter this contest now!

New Pattern Monday: 3 New Scrapbook Layouts

Check out these amazingly inventive and creative scrapbook layouts, just added to FaveCrafts last week! And also check out our entire collection of scrapbook layouts.

Trick or Treat Halloween: Cherish your child’s  Halloween memories with this trick or treat scrapbook layout. Our scrapbook layout ideas are always good sources of inspiration.

Our Garden: Use these simple scrapbook layout ideas in your scrapbooking endeavors. The “Our Garden” scrapbook layout is a great way to show off your gardening hobby.

Two Leopards: Use this two leopards scrapbook  layout for inspiration in your own scrapbook page layout designs. This project uses glitter paper and other cute embellishments.

Kids Saturday: Scrapbooking

Now that summer is coming to a close, it’s time to reminisce about all the fun times you’ve had. I’m sure you’ve taken plenty of pictures of your kids at the pool, while you went camping, the fun zoo days and so much more. Have fun with your kids this weekend by making some fun scrapbook pages with them.

One of my favorite layout is the I Scream for Ice Cream page. Who doesn’t like a child with a messy face full of chocolate ice cream, you have to capture that moment. And what about the Summer Memories page? You can fill this with all kinds of pictures from the summer. It doesn’t just have to be one specific theme.

When making scrapbook pages you can use many different materials from colorful construction paper, to cutouts, to fun stickers and designed backgrounds. You can go all out with markers and sparkle pens, it’s so much fun, your kids will have a blast. Check out the other fun scrapbook layouts!

Eco-Friendly Scrapbook Layouts

With the 40th anniversary of Earth Day quickly approaching (April 22nd), I thought I would share some ideas on how to make eco-friendly scrapbook layouts. You can use eco-friendly craft products, such as post-consumer recycled paper, to make your scrapbook layouts. You can also reuse household waste in your green scrapbook layouts and save money on materials.

Of course, one of the greenest ways to engage in scrapbooking these days is with digital scrapbooking. We were very impressed with Serif’s Digital Scrapbook Artist.  With digital scrapbooking, you eliminate product packaging and transportation, even if you do eventually print your scrapbook pages. (I would highly recommend sharing scrapbook pages with family and friends online!)

General Tips for Eco-Friendly Scrapbook Layouts

  • Purchase durable scrapbooking tools and products. Repair broken tools instead of buying new.
  • Buy local whenever possible. You’ll support your community and reduce fuel consumption in transportation. Attend local craft fairs to find scrapbook products.
  • When purchasing any new products for scrapbook layouts, separate the recycles and non-recyclables. See if you can use the non-recyclables, such as plastic sheets, for creative projects. Whenever possible, try to purchase products with eco-friendly packaging.
  • Save every scrap of paper for future scrapbook layouts. You can turn paper scraps into homemade sheets of paper or use for a variety of other uses in scrapbooking.
  • Use freecycle to find scrapbooking products and tools that others don’t want anymore. You can also use craigslist barter to swap scrapbooking materials.
  • Instead of tossing, donate unwanted scrapbooking materials to local schools, senior centers or scout troops.

Eco-Friendly Paper for Scrapbook Layouts

  • Paper Bags- You can use plain, brown grocery bags as the base for a number of scrapbook layouts. Cut out shapes, paint, stamp or even burn the brown bags for a variety of effects.  
  • Cereal Boxes- Cereal boxes are a perfect weight for heavy cardstock or to make chipboard shapes. Paint the background or let the fun shapes and bright colors show in your scrapbook layouts.
  • Corrugated Cardboard– You can use corrugated cardboard for the covers of scrapbook albums or sturdy scrapbook paper. Paint or color the indentations for a fun, striped look.
  • Junk Mail- You can make your own paper at home with junk mail. You will need fine screening and a few other materials, but the process is pretty easy.
  • Paper TrunkThis scrapbook company offers recycled cardstock and packaging.
  • Jillibean Soup– This scrapbook company prints on kraft paper, made from 100% recycled stock.
  • K &Company Lotus Collection/ReMake CollectionThese two scrapbook collections are printed with soy-based inks on recycled paper. The packaging is made with recycled and reusable materials.

Eco-Friendly Embellishments for Scrapbook Layouts

  • Plastic packaging– Use the plastic packaging from scrapbook materials or kitchen goods to make clear windows in your scrapbook layouts.
  • Puzzle Pieces- When you lose a few pieces from a puzzle, use the remaining pieces for your scrapbook layouts.
  • Soda Cans- Colorful aluminum soda cans are a great material for scrapbook layouts. You will need sharp scissors and a piece of sandpaper to remove any burrs. You can also emboss the metal with a pointed tool.
  • Stamps– Try making your own rubber stamps at home or make simple stamps with recycled materials such as old sponges or foam plates.
  • Creatively Green- This craft company offers a variety of green materials for scrapbook layouts, including 100% recycled cardstock, eco-friendly felt flowers, wood embellishments and ribbon made from junk mail.
  • Die Cuts with a View (DCWV)This company offers chipboard shapes and letters made from 70% post-consumer recycled paper.

How To: Happy New Year Cards and Crafts

Happy New Year, Crafters!

One of the best ways to celebrate the New Year is to look back on the past, and then also look forward to the future. By reflecting on the past, you can see how far you’ve come. But it’s also important to look toward the potential that the future holds! New Year crafts often commemorate both of these ideas, whether in a card or other craft. New Year crafts are a fun family activity, as well as a meaningful individual project that will help keep you in line with your goals and accomplishments.

One of my favorite New Year crafts is a family photo project. Every year on New Year’s Day, my cousin takes headshots of everyone in the family and puts them in a thick photo album she bought back in 2000. She used to take polaroids, but the film has since become rather obselete – so we’ve gone digital. She places the photos in the album, and asks a question to go along with it. In years past, she’s asked: What are your top three movies, musicians and foods; If you could rule the world, what would you change?; What is your favorite things about New Year? We’ve even had the task of writing a New Year haiku!

As the years have gone by, we have nearly a decade of photos of the entire family – along with personal, often goofy, thoughts from each person. The great thing about this album is that we’re literally able to see how we’ve grown physically and mentally. And as the family grows, people get married, and so the photo collection grows. It’s really been a blessing to have this photo album in our family.

A similar craft to my family’s photo album project is a scrapbook page. Scrapbook’s can be time consuming to make, but it’s nice to be able to look back on a period of your life with memories, photos and captions. Make a simple scrapbook page for yourself or a family member. A fresh take on a scrapbook page is to give a scrapbook card. The same idea as a scrapbook page, folded into quarters with photos on the inside!

Materials:

  • Patterned Paper
  • Cardstock
  • Ribbon
  • Doilies
  • Stickers
  • Glue
  • Photos

Steps:

  1. Make a standard card with patterned paper and cardstock.
  2. Glue doily and desired embellishments to the card – in the corner or center.
  3. Glue photo to the inside of the card – putting caption that describes the scene.
  4. If desired, use sticker letters, or stencil letters to write caption.
  5. Tie ribbon around the card and give as a New Year gift.

If you like this project, Check out this New Year Scrapbook Page craft and Christmas Cover Story card craft.

How to: Make Unique Christmas Gifts for Women

The Christmas season is always a tough one for me. We know it’s coming and we count down the days, yet every year it surprises me and I am never prepared for it. With the economy slowly coming back, it’s still tough to spend a lot of money especially for those with large families like me. This year, my budget is very tight and therefore I have resulted in making some homemade gifts. You don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars on such extravagant gifts, but now you can have a low budget and still create something beautiful, after all, it’s the thought that counts, right?

The women in my immediate family are my three older sisters and my mom. I know them well and I know their personalities. Unique gifts for women can be far and few in between if you don’t quite know what they’re into. Luckily, I have a few ideas that may help you out.

If there is a woman in your life who likes to drink in social situations or even collect beautiful glasses then a great gift for her can be a wine goblet. All you have to do is buy a wine goblet of any size and any shape, whatever you wish. Get some paints and go at it. My favorite goblets are ones that my mom and I both have. They have ladies painted on them. Using fun paints, like a pink color you can paint a skirt and add some yellow for some blond hair. The most fun part about this kind of goblet is the stem. You can paint it whatever color you wish, draw a vertical line down the center and it becomes her legs. You can then paint a pair of shoes on the base part of the glass. I love it! The painted nutcracker goblet is somewhat of an example. He has blue pants. Use your imagination and creativity. Your woman friend will love it!

Some other great and unique gifts for women are the more sentimental ones like a scrapbook, a calendar or a photo frame. These are all pretty similar in the way you make them. For all of them you can collect as many or as little photographs as you want. My suggestion for the calendar is at least 12 photos, one for each month, but the more you have the more fun it is. To make a scrapbook, you can really go old style and use construction paper for your pages. Glue your photos on the pages; however you wish to arrange them. I personally have the fun scissors with the designed edges; it makes for a pretty borderline for the photo. After gluing is all done you can take markers, glitter, stickers and fun embellishments to make the pages look how you want. Once this is all done you can use a hole puncher, make three holes along the side of the scrapbook and then tie all the pages together. If you want something more sturdy you can always put the scrapbook in a folder of some sort.

As for the calendar, just glue whichever photos you wish on any month. I like to go in chronological order and use Christmas photos for the winter season and vacationing for the summer months. Again, you can use stickers and embellishments of your liking.

For a photo frame, you can buy a wooden frame, any size. Buy some wooden letters to glue on top of the frame. Plan accordingly so you can spell something out like sister or best friend. You can then paint the actual frame and the letters then glue the letters on. Add some glitter and some glam, put the photo inside and you’re done. Add a personal note on the back so they’ll always remember who it’s from.

Some other Christmas gifts for women:

Crochet Winter Gear
Wall Decor
Felt Needle Book

Guest Post: Become “Tech-Fabulous” with Digital Scrapbooking

By: Jennifer Barlow for DivineCaroline

Ah, the many talented 21st century mom. Between shuttling the kids to school, soccer, ballet, and guitar lessons, scheduling doctor appointments and chaperoning sleepovers, she somehow manages to artfully carve out a bit of a life for herself. She’s active: she plays tennis, or jogs, or perhaps does yoga. She’s got style: she drinks vanilla lattes with soy milk. Her home décor radiates good feng shui. She’s connected: her hot-pink Blackberry is abuzz with Twitter tweets. She’s even a bit of a kitchen gourmet and can make a mean sandwich for lunch.

A hobby that meshes well with the whirlwind pace of modern parenting is digital scrapbooking. What’s that, you say? Digital scrapbooking is the contemporary approach to traditional scrapbooking, but turbo-charged with the boundless possibilities of home computing. With just a bit of training, and by following these three simple steps, amazingly beautiful and sophisticated results are in reach.

Step One: Upload Your Digital Photos from a Digital Camera to a Computer. Tissues, Band-Aids, Wet-Wipes, and a Ziplock bag full of Cheerios is not the only thing you need in your super-cute mom-purse! Don’t leave home without your digital camera. It’s a must have mommy-essential. You’d be astonished at the number of photo ops in your day: dance class, or piano recitals, ball games, family vacations, or just lounging around the house. Keep that camera close at hand. The best thing about digital photos: they’re free. Take as many shots as you like, and just keep the best ones! Finally, just upload your digital photos to your computer and your ready to start making magic. Step One is as simple as that.

Step Two: Edit Your Digital Photos. You may or may not feel the need edit your digital photos, but it is always nice to have the option. Fix red-eye or unnecessary shadows or overcasts. That mustard stain your toddler just put all over his new outfit? It may not come out in the wash, but it can be digitally removed from the photo! Got dirty dishes in the background of that shot of your latest culinary masterpiece? Banish them! Simple fixes and quick edits using Adobe Photoshop Elements can make your photos look “picture-perfect.”

Step Three: Combine Your Digital Photos with Digital Supplies. Here is where you get to play the artist: add themed backgrounds and overlays, clip, crop, arrange, and fit. Although a picture might say a thousand words, a photo can say much more by adding some text! Including names, dates, and times on photos is a great way to document important details and personalize precious pictures. Or add captions or descriptions to ensure that special moments, funny conversations, or little songs sung by those adorable little people so that they will not be lost forever.

Read Jennifer Barlow’s entire article at DivineCaroline.com

How to Create an Inspiration Journal

The question may have been asked of you at some point, “If you had to pack up your life into one small suitcase, what would you bring with you?” A popular response may be, “photographs of my family, heirloom jewelry, my favorite sweater or the family recipe book.” It’s often the things that have the most nostalgic weight that we’d make sure to grab if the house was on fire, because material things can always be replaced, but tangible things that remind us of a special memory cannot.

So this got me thinking about how special my journal is to me. Sometimes I go back and read through it to see what I was up to 2 years ago, going through different life transitions, some good and some bad. It can make you think “Wow, if I would’ve known then what I know now…” or “That was truly an amazing adventure…” It’s a special thing to reread passages from the life you’ve lived, because even though we remember big moments in our lives, we may not remember how it felt or the thoughts that were going through our heads at the time it was happening. It’s the written memores that remain special to me.

More recently, I’ve started a new type of journal, one that I write small notes in, but not the typical long entries about life lessons and the like. I call it an Inspiration Journal because it contains snippets of things that inspire me, things that I enjoy, would like to become, or simply things that I think are pretty. One evening I took a pair of scissors to a bridal magazine and began cutting out all the pretty pictures that would encapsulate my Big Day in a perfect way; I’ll use it as a reference tool when I begin planning my wedding. I’ve included small fortunes from fortune cookies that have sayings that are either funny or sweet, because I know I’ll never remember it on my own. As well, I’ve added great advice I’ve received from friends or relatives. The point of the Inspiration Journal is to be able to look through it and recognize yourself by your sense of style, sense of spirituality and aspirations of a particular moment of your life.

Some people create Vision Boards that illustrate a vision for the future and give them goals to strive for. An Inspiration Journal can use some of those same ideas by creating goals for yourself, but it can also be a broader and more inclusive vision of inspiration and positive thoughts.

Materials Needed:

  • Blank Journal – I recommend a thick one with a spiral binding so it is easy to open and paste things into.
  • Scissors
  • Magazines
  • Tape
  • Newspapers – Even go to the library and print off copies of old newspapers that they have on file. For example, check out the front page of your city’s newspaper on the day you were born!
  • Holiday and Birthday cards from friends and relatives that you’ve saved.
  • Love letters, you know you still have a few!
  • Anything else you see fit

Set aside time to go through your favorite magazines and clippings to find things that inspire you. Much of the time, I’ll see something on a whim and just add it to my Inspiration Journal – hear a quote, a song lyric or see a beautiful flower. The possibilities are all part of your own adventure, and the finished product will be a true treasure!