Wednesday, May 30, 2012

June Sneak Peek #6

Beach Day by Brenda

The last of the Flavors of the Month kits.  And what a beauty!  If you haven't already signed up for a June kit, you might want to hurry up and get one because they are sure to sell out pretty quickly!  See you soon for the full reveal.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

June Sneak Peek #5

We "Moustache" You A Question by Jenny

So, try to look past those super cute photos and see if you can tell what paper line that is.  

Monday, May 28, 2012

June Sneak Peek #4

Birthday Memories by Melanie

One of the Flavors of the Month.  Gorgeous!!!  Which line are you thinking this is?

Sunday, May 27, 2012

June Sneak Peek #3

1 Cool Boy by Aphra

This awesome line is in the Flavors of the Month's kit.  Can you tell what it is?

Saturday, May 26, 2012

June Sneak Peek #2

6 Generations by Theresa

The other half of the Doubleshot.  What do you think?

Friday, May 25, 2012

Let the June Sneaks Begin!!!

Beach Baby by Melanie

This line is in the Doubleshots kit.  Any guesses what it is?

Thursday, May 24, 2012

What's In Store? Singleshots!

Have you popped into The ScrapRoom store lately?  There are a TON of awesome Singleshot Kits available at fabulous savings.  Here are a few of my favorites along with sample pages from the manufacturer's blogs.

October Afternoon Rocket Age

All Star by Megan Klauer

Lily Bee Victoria Park

Dreams by Julia Stanton

Pink Paislee Prairie Hill

Sunshine by Kelly Goree

Pink Paislee Indigo Bleu

She Loves Him by Vicki Boutin

Heidi Swapp No Limits

Explore by Georgie Heald

You can see all the details about these fabulous kits HERE.  And for some extra special savings (60% off retail), be sure to check out the Grab Bags.  WOW!!!

June kits will be shipping soon, so it's a good time to order and save on shipping.  I'm still trying to decide which one (or two) that I want. Decisions, decisions!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Tuesday Tutorial: Paper Sunburst

Hi everyone!  Aphra here today to share a fun tutorial on how to create a paper sunburst like I did on this layout in the May gallery.

Hello Sunshine

I used a tutorial by Laura Vegas that I found HERE at her blog.  I thought I would summarize it here, so it would be readily available in case you'd like to give it a try.

Cut a piece of 12" x 12" paper to the size that you want your finished sunburst to be. Mine measures 4" x 12". Draw a circle where you want the sun to be.  And then draw radiating lines coming out from the circle.

Number the sections.  And then cut them apart.  Use the pieces as a pattern to cut your patterned paper. Number each of the patterned paper pieces as well.  

Put the pieces together on your layout like you would a puzzle.  Cut a circle and use foam adhesive to add to your finished layout.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and are able to create a sunburst of your own.  Happy scrapping!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Card Class: Sketch

Happy Monday!  Welcome back to another week here at The ScrapRoom blog.  Before we begin the business of the June Sneaks, I thought I would share a card sketch with you.

This sketch was inspired by this fabulous card, my favorite in the May Idea Gallery.

Enjoy by Brenda

Grab your favorite punch -- whether it is a heart or butterfly or circle -- and start using up those scraps.  We have new kits coming soon!

Happy scrapping!

Friday, May 18, 2012

May Page Starter: Version 2

Happy Friday to you friends!  I'm back to share the completed version of my May Page Starter.  Here is what it looked like with just the patterned paper.

And here is what it looks like with pictures and embellishments.  Nothing fancy, but it didn't need much with so many patterns going on.

I added a simple strip of October Afternoon 9 to 5 Washi Tape above the bottom strips of paper.  The color was a perfect match to the green in the Fancy Pants paper and the days of the week reinforced the theme of my page.

I used the Tim Holtz label stickers to ground the first two words of my title, which I created with the Lily Bee mini alphabet stickers. I thought the word "everyday" really tied in the office products and the days of the week washi tape.

So, have you completed a layout with the May Page Starter formula yet?  If so, be sure to link up to the original post HERE by midnight on Thursday, May 31st to be eligible to win a $10 gift certificate to the TSR store.  Happy scrapping!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

DT Inspiration: The Circle Punch Rocks!

I LOVE my circle punches! I think each one of us has a special tool that we love to use when crafting. Mine is definitely circle punches. I like them all.... plain, scallop, or sunburst....I'm not picky.
I often use my circle punches to create garland-like embellishments to drape across my layout. This is a great way to showcase a bit of each pattern paper. I only had a bit of the Lily Bee pattern paper left since I loved it so much this month. Check it out below.

The circle punch is a great way to add a bit more to your layout with layering. This month I punched 3/4" and 1" circles as a base for my buttons.

Then I used my circle punches to circle around the "2" in my title to make it stand out a bit more.

What is your favorite scrapping tool????


Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Tuesday Tutorial: Spot Color

Hi everyone!  Theresa here today with a quick and easy photo tutorial.

I like to match my photos to my paper, so when I got the Amy Tan Sketchbook kit to work with, I went looking for photos with pink, blue-green, and black in them.  I found almost perfect photos:  pink and blue-green, but brown instead of black. 

Then I remembered a conversation that we recently had on the Message Board about using black & white photos - some of us convert difficult pictures to B&W so that color no longer becomes an issue.  Hmmm...  I needed some of the colors, but not all of them.  Then I remembered some scrappy friends with Photoshop being able to layer photos and remove areas where the color should be.  But that's a lot of work, and I'm lazy.  What if I did it manually?

So that's what I did.  I printed two sets of photos:  one set in color, and one set in B&W.  I cut out the area I wanted to be in color, layered it on my B&W photos - and it was perfect for what I needed.  Here's how the final product looked:

Then I started thinking of other conversations we've had on the Message Board about difficult photos... would this work for those?  I personally struggle with Christmas and Birthday photos.  I think it's because of the chaos, colors, and sometimes unfortunate backgrounds.  Like these Christmas photos of my boys years ago.  So darn cute, but there's a lot of other distracting stuff there - and a freaky huge hairy leg!  LOL!

So I did the same technique above... I printed the photos twice, one set in B&W, and one in color.  Then I cut each kid out of the color photo.


You know what?  It's low tech and fast - and I think it works great!  Shoot.  Now I really want to redo the layout that these pictures are on!

Try this technique on your next batch of photos, whether they are difficult photos or special ones that deserve some focus.  Link up your black & white & color photo in the comments below - I'd love to see what you come up with!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Just One Thing: Fancy Pants Ribbon

Rumor has it that several of you have received your May kits.  Yayyy!!!  Hopefully, you picked up this fabulous Embellishment Add-On.

Today, I want to focus on just one thing in this kit.  The Fancy Pants Be You Grey and Black Striped Ribbon.  Isn't it lovely?  But what do you do with it?  Well, here are a few ideas from this month's gallery.

For You Tag by Brenda

You can dress up a simple tag with some of the ribbon knotted in the top. Notch the ends, so they don't fray. How super cute and easy, right?

Sis in Law by Melanie

You can add a strip of ribbon amongst your strips of patterned paper and make it look like a bow.  And look how cute the stick pins are!

Good Eats by Jenny

You can put a knot in the ribbon and add it across your page to ground your title.  Aren't those alphabet stickers too cute against the black and grey?  Love!

Hi Card by Aphra

You can create a pleated flower for a card or layout. Finish it off with a button, a tag, and some leaves and you have a unique embellishment.  Here's how to create the flower.  Add a running stitch to the edge of the ribbon.  Gather the ribbon by pulling on the ends of your thread and tying together.  Use a thick glue dot to attach the flower to your project.

So, what are you planning to do with Fancy Pants ribbon? Be sure to upload your project in our Member Gallery HERE because we'd love to see. 

Happy Scrapping!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Last Two NSD Winners!!!

The last two of our National Scrapbook Day challenges closed at midnight last night, so I am here today to share the winners.

First up, for Challenge #4: Mixology, we have . . .

Family by Deanna

The challenge was to mix papers by at least three manufacturers.  Deanna used Basic Grey, American Crafts, and 3 Bugs in a Rug.  I thought she did a beautiful job of matching the colors to her photos and coordinating the papers with each other.  Congratulations, Deanna!

And for Challenge #5: Tag, You're It! . . . 

Grade 8 by Michelle

What lovely colors in this one! The My Mind's Eye Be Amazing kit was perfect for these photos. And I love how she used her two embellished tags to ground her title.  Congratulations Michelle!

Thanks everyone for participating in our National Scrapbook Day festivities!  And congratulations to all our winners.  We still have two challenges left for the month of May--our Sketch challenge and our new Page Starter challenge.  We'd love to have you join us!

Deanna and Michelle, please email Tammy at with your real name, address, and the name of the contest you won. She will, in turn, mail your prize to you.