Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy November!

I love the first day of the month more than any other!  A fresh clean slate and a brand new magazine!  Check out the gorgeous layout on this month's cover! Super talented designer Sandi Smith took us back in time for a classically styled layout. 

Check out the whole magazine today and start your November with tons of inspiration HERE.

Ready to see the free digital kit available right here all month long?  This month our free kit is Called Harvest Thanks in warm and pretty colors for Fall. This is a collaboration between our ScrapStreet Designers and Alyssa of Paper Planes Designs who is our featured Digital Discovery Designer this month. Be sure to let us see your layouts by posting in the gallery or submit them to our calls.

Download Links:  Elements and Papers

We hope that your November is absolutely fabulous!  Thanks for starting it with us!

Happy Funky Halloween!

Are you ready for a treat?  Grab the last piece of Funky Fall today!  These embellishments give you lots of options for your favorite fall photos.  Be sure to stop in tomorrow for the new magazine and the new free kit!  It will remain live all month, but these Funky embellishments will only stay until our Weekly Wednesday Freebie so grab them today!

Each link will only be live until the next post so be sure to grab them!  As always, comments are cheerfully loved!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Saturday Challenge 10/30

I've mentioned that I am a part-time rural mail carrier.
And for the past few weeks, I think I've seen as many SPIDERS as I've seen mail.
I would like to say that they are of the cute Halloween decoration variety.
Unfortunately, they are real. *shudder*
Apparently, mailboxes are like 5th avenue penthouses to spiders.

Still...between working and dodging spiders...I have enjoyed seeing all the actual Halloween decorations. It's just such a FUN time of year!

This week's challenge is to let Halloween inspire your creativity.
Between the fun colors, cute decorations, and adorable trick-or-treaters,
it shouldn't be too hard to find something.

Have FUN!!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Funky Fall Friday!

Ready for part two of the retiring kit Funky Fall?  Today, you get the alphabet--a decorated acrylic one coordinating with the kit.  The embellishments will be here on Sunday for your Halloween treating pleasure.  Remember to stop in on Monday for the new magazine and free kit! 

Keep an eye out for more news on the store soon!

Each link will only be live until the next post so be sure to grab them!  As always, comments are cheerfully loved!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Bella BLVD Peek!

We are almost ready for the brand new November issue of Magazine!  Are you ready for another sneak look at an upcoming article?  We were all thrilled to have the opportunity to create with the newest lines from the fabulous Bella BLVD.

Have you seen the newest Bella lines?  Take a closer look on their site.  Our team loved the versatility of each line and had such fun comparing creations. We paired teammates with the staffer we felt had the most opposites of styles and gave each couple the same line.  Then we sat back to watch the creativity bloom.  You are going to love seeing the results of our design duel!

For even more inspiration, follow the Bella Blog!  They offer eye candy that never disappoints to jump start mojo.  See the full article on the first of the month!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Digi Day!

I have some really exciting news that I just cannot share yet regarding our digi design future.  I know.  I am SUCH a tease.  I really appreciate all of the emails yall are sending and am grateful that you miss us!  Keep an eye out for the news!

In the meantime, I decided to share a retiring kit as a freebie this week.  I would have offered it for sale in the store, but with the shake-up happening I decided FREE beats sale any day.  You can grab the papers today, the alphabet on Friday, and the embellishments on Sunday as a bit of a Halloween treat!  And, of course, we will have the new mag free kit available on Monday here on the blog.  Keep an eye on the right margin for the change and link.

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Each link will only be live until the next post so be sure to grab them!  As always, comments are cheerfully loved!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Lawn Fawn Peek!

We are so fortunate to be able to work with some of the greatest manufacturers in the scrapping industry as we write Magazine!  Ready to see what is coming up in the November issue?  Check out our peeks using the amazing stamps from Lawn Fawn.

Lawn Fawn provides the cutest (and totally affordable) clear stamp sets.  I am fortunate as the editor to get to decide who gets what when the box of stamps first arrive.  It was such fun to see a darling sewing set and know that our resident scrapper and quilter would fall in love with it.  And then to grab an adorable pet set and have to decide which pair of fur baby moms would get to play.  I had as much fun selecting stamps for the team as I did scrapping with mine!  You definitely need to pop by the Lawn Fawn Store and spend some time starting a wish list and getting a jump on the holiday shopping for your scrappy friends!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

A Scrap-Lift-Lift

Hello everyone! Happy Thursday! Scrapstreet Features Writer Aymee Gandy here on this beautiful morning. I hope you all are having a wonderful day so far! Today, I have a fun little project and tutorial to share with you. But first, have you ever received a gift in the mail from one of your fellow scrappy gal pals and just fell in love?!!! You love it so much, you must figure out how to create one for yourself! For me, I received this little notecard set from my friend Sheila for my birthday. Isn't it adorable?! She even put the initial for my last name on it!

Check out Sheila's project:
So, of course, I emailed Sheila to ask her permission to scraplift her idea. It turns out, she scraplifted the idea from her friend Kristy. So in a manner of speaking, this project is a 'scrap-lift-lift.' LOL. I wanted to give credit where credit is due and link up each of their blogs for you to check out. Both of them are amazing artists!

So, let's start with the tutorial. Now, this is the way I created the project. I may of done a few things different from the original, but I tried to stay as true to it as I could since I loved it so much. I first picked out one sheet of patterned paper from Jenni Bowlin and one sheet of matching cardstock. I knew I wanted my notecard set to be a gift for my Mom for the month of November. Of course, our favorite holiday, Thanksgiving, falls in November, so that is the theme I went with for my project. But you could do this for any holiday or occasion. It really is the perfect little gift for your loved ones.

1. Begin with a piece of 8 1/2" x 11" piece of cardstock. Score as shown below at the 5 1/2" and 2 1/2" marks. If you have a 'Scor Pal,' now would be the perfect time to use it. But if you are like me and do not own one of these nifty gadgets, I find a bone folder and the groove in my Fiskars paper trimmer to do just the trick.
2. Fold the bottom up like this, smoothing out the crease with your bone folder:
3. Then fold the side over, like you are closing a book, and smooth with bone folder.
4. When you open it up, it should look like this:
5. Now, for me, I chose to decorate the outside of my notecard set first. For this, I used:
Cardstock: Core'dinations, The Paper Studio, Die Cuts With a View
Patterned Paper: Jenni Bowlin
Ribbon: Jillibean Soup, Ribbon FX
Glitter Glue: Ranger Industries
Punch: Martha Stewart Crafts
Adhesive: Helmar
Electronic Cutter, Cartridges: Cricut (Provo Craft)
Electronic Software: Cricut Gypsy (Provo Craft)

I just love the 'Thanksgiving' cartridge from Cricut! I used it for the cornucopia flourish accent on the front. The sentiment and initial of 'F' (for my Mom's last name) were cut from the Gypsy Font and Gypsy Wanderings cartridges.
6. Now, we can focus our attention to the inside of the notecard set. First, while the 'book' is closed, you will want to punch a hole for the ribbon to feed through. I chose to use my Crop-A-Dile for this. Once the hole is punched, feed your ribbon through as shown below. Now, you will want to add a dab of adhesive to the center of the 'book' to hold your ribbon in place.
7. Now, we can work on our little notecards to go inside the 'book.' To allow them to fit into a basic notecard sized envelope, they will need to be 4 1/4" x 5 1/2". Also, your leftover patterned paper scraps can be used to embellish the cards....this way they will match. I chose to put the initial on a scalloped circle that I punched using a Fiskars punch. Also, I chose to add another initial to the flap of the envelope for another personalized touch. My Mom loves personalized stuff and I know she will love all the initials. Once you have finished your notecards and envelopes, simply slide them down into the pockets we created inside the 'book.' Then tie it up and send it out to your friends/family.
Now, how easy was that?! I am just so grateful that Sheila and Kristy inspired me to do one of these. I had so much fun and I know I'll be doing more for my friends and family very soon! I hope you will give it a try as well!
Have a fabulous day! Happy Scrappin'!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Wednesday Freebie

Welcome to our digital freebie day! This week we have a mini kit for you called Autumn Glory. A couple of papers and a handful of elements will let you make some fun Fall layouts.

To get your copy click
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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Paper Piecing

Hi everyone! I recently finished up my article on Paper will see it in the December issue. But I thought today I would share with you another project I did that uses the paper piecing technique.

I love to be inspired by papers. In this case I loved an owl design that was on one of the papers from Fancy Pants Designs. I let it inspire me to recreate a similar image in a much larger form on a canvas to hang on a wall in Eryn's room.

You want to know my secret? I actually scanned the owl image from Fancy Pants paper and then enlarged it and printed it. It was blurry but that didn't matter because I only wanted to use it as a template to recreate the owl image that I loved so much. :)

Here are some close up's of those owls...

Hope you have enjoyed my project today!

Have a fantastic day...and look for my Paper Piecing article in the December issue of ScrapStreet! :)


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

freebie time!

Happy Wednesday to you all!  Today we have an add on to our monthly free kit--an alphabet for your fall and Halloween pages.  We hope you love it!
Link:  Bootiful Bonus

As always, we love comments and links to your creations.  Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Sassy Winners!

So sorry for the late post!

Without further ado; the winners:

Winner #1 of the September Sassy Kit from ScrapStreet:


Winner #2 for the Sassy Assorted Kit:


Congrats ladies! Please email me your mailing info to and I will ship your goodies off to you very soon!
Thank you all for participating!!

Thursday, October 7, 2010


I've had shadowboxes on the brain! Last Christmas, I saw the cutest house-shaped countdown-to-Christmas shadow box and ever since I've had an itch to alter a shadow box. I even have an idea for an end-of-the-year small shadowbox for the kids' teachers - I was thinking: build the box, stain the wood and fill with fun things like beans, alphabet pasta, school buttons and other small items. 

However, right now altering or building an entire box is not in the works, so I decided to strive for it on a scrapbooking page. You've seen the framed, pop-out photos, right? I planned on rolling back the edges on every photo, but decided just to do my favorites instead since so many photos ended up on the page. 

Technique: super easy! 

  1. Mat the photo. 
  2. Cut a piece of paper about 1/8th to 1/4 inch larger than the photo. 
  3. Cut an 'X' from the center of the cut paper toward the corners, not cutting the 1/8th inch border.
  4. Roll, cut, tear, crinkle, bend or otherwise manipulate the triangles out toward the border of the photo.
  5. This should create a window or shadow box effect for your photo.
  6. Works on paper corners, too!
 Enjoy - can't wait to see what peeks through your shadows!

**extra! extra!**
in case you want it in sketch form!

*Shameless plug: You want to see the complete project?

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Boo-tiful Fun Treat Bags

Welcome to our Wednesday Freebie!

As promised in our Magazine, we have three Halloween treat baggies / party favors for you to print out and assemble:

These were made with this month's free digital kit "Boo-tiful Fun" - a ScrapStreet Collaboration featuring Jill D-Zines.

Click here to download.


Janneke Smit

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

September's Sassy Lass

Are you one of those talented scrapbookers that can use Sassafrass Lass products?

As much as I LOVE their goodies, I am just not able to use it as much as I try.

My lacking is your gain!

I have a surplus of Sass product that I am ready to give away to two lucky winners!

One (1) lucky winner will win the lovely September Kit featuring Indie Girl along with various embellies to pretty up any page!

Another lucky winner will win a random kit made up of different Sass lines and loads of goodies to go with them from Felties to Flowers!

All you have to do is leave a comment here before Saturday, October 9th
about what makes YOU a sassy lass!
Two winners will be drawn on Sunday morning and announced here and on our Facebook Page!
Leave your comment today!

Monday, October 4, 2010

October Free Kit!

Hi all!  We are undergoing some changes in our digi store right now.  Our apologies!  Please enjoy the full download of our monthly free kit here!

Boo-Tiful Fun!

Ready for your links?  Here: 

Hope you enjoy!  As always, we love seeing links to your creations!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Saturday Challenge: 10/2

Happy October!

I am a part time rural mail carrier. My favorite part of the job is getting to see all of the different front yards and porches. that weird? Well, maybe. But it's true. When I drive up to a mailbox and see a beautiful flower garden, it just brightens up my day. When I walk up to a door to deliver a package, I pay attention to the landscaping and the way the front porch is decorated. They all have their own special vibe to them. Some are fun. Some are elegant. Some are comfortable and welcoming. So many different personalities shining through. I just find it all very interesting.

I especially enjoy it when they change with the seasons. Today I saw lots of fun Halloween decorations. I saw corn husk bouquets tied up with ribbons. I saw pumpkins of every size and shape. And I saw so many mums in festive fall colors.

But the house that really caught my attention? It had a big pink ribbon tied around the mailbox. And a sign in the yard that said: "remember...October is all about the pink!"

In honor of October being National Breast Cancer awareness month...let's see some PINK in your scrappy projects this week.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Boo-tiful Fun This Month

Welcome to October and our new magazine full of inspiring ideas and articles. In there you will find what our Creative Artists did with this month's fab free digital kit Boo-tiful Fun! Monsterly exciting and suitable for Halloween and autumn with it's pretty colors and variety of papers and elements.

The kit was designed by some of the ScrapStreet Designers in collaboration with our featured Digital Discovery Designer for October - Jill DZines. This is an ideal kit for those of you who have electronic cutting machines, so dash off to the store and make sure of your copy!