Friday, November 30, 2012

Magical Number 100

This is it.  The 100th and final issue of ScrapStreet magazine.  I cannot imagine not being here in my chair next month racing to upload the latest issue.  Every year for 7 years, I have been in this same seat at this same old workhorse computer preparing to send out the issues.  Some months have included a frantic race to finish or fix.  Others have had a hysterical call to another editor shouting "my internet is down--save the mag!".  And, of course, some were as smooth as silk.  Each is a precious memory.

Our farewell issue is filled with inspiration from different styles of scrapping.  We covered the ABC's--artistic, bold, creative, and designer inspirations.  We hope you enjoy all of the joy and a smidge of sorrow that we have to share with you.

Our final free kit is a special gift from Kristina from Kristmess Designs.  When I think of Kristina, I always think of bright and cheerful, so I was surprised when I opened her Days Gone By kit.  The subtle shades and stunning patterns may not be typical Kristina, but it quickly became my new favorite kit.  She certainly does updated vintage with her pizzazz!  See more of her work and kits on her blog and fall in love with this fabulous designer.

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Please respect this generous gift and do not upload/share this kit.  Friends are welcome to download it here for the next month.  Thank you!

It is with deepest love and gratitude that I wish all of you a very fond farewell.  Happy Scrapping!  Dora

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Keep the kids busy on Thanksgiving

Want to keep the kids out of the kitchen while you are preparing the Thanksgiving eats? Take a little time today to create these Thanksgiving bingo placemats that I created for the Fiskateer site. The kids will probably "attack" each relative as they walk through the door as they eagerly try to fill their placemats with the signatures of the relative who has a cat...the one whose favorite color is orange...who has won a race...who is afraid of spiders...who still has leaves to rake in their yard. Create your own family facts and make this very simple paper placemat. I printed the phrases on to the papers and then let the kids help punch and glue on the shapes. It's a great way to use up scraps (and to inventory that collection of punches and dies you've been hoarding).

Wishing you and your family a very thankful Thanksgiving!


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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

What to do with busy backgrounds

Fiskars Quilt Block of the Month #10

Busy...busy...busy...and what??!!
We are just entering the "busy season"?
I've been in the busy season for awhile.
So, I've decided, "why not just embrace the "busy" and create "busy" layouts?"

Fiskars Quilt Block of the Month #9

I'm catching up on my Quilt Blocks of the Month with Smitha Katti over at the Fiskars site. While quilt blocks are great for piecing together fabulous backgrounds, using patterned paper can get them looking a little "busy". My solution? Keep the embellishments to a minimum. With these colorful pieced background blocks, I don't want my photos to get lost. After all, we wouldn't be scrapbooking if we didn't have photos, right?

Fiskars Quilt Block of the Month #8

On these pages, I used solids (but textured) lettering for the titles. The solid colors are necessary so the title doesn't get lost on the page. But, with a bit of dimension, (stencil/negative space on the first layout, burlap textured letters on the middle layout, and glitter-embossed letters on the bottom) I can still play with embellishing but balance it with the background.

So, feeling busy?
Embrace it.


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Monday, November 5, 2012

A friendship mini for a friend

Hello scrappers. Nicole here today with a quick and easy mini album. A few months ago, my cousin asked me if I would be willing to make a friendship mini album for her to give to her best friend who just went away for college. And since I enjoy making things for other people, I said of course! The "Hello Friend" collection was the perfect fit for my mini. I love the soft colors and pretty embellishments! I think I need another set because I've been using this collection like it's going out of style. LOL.
  • Glitz Design: “Hello Friend” Paper
  • Glitz Design: “Hello Friend” Garland
  • Glitz Design: “Hello Friend” Cardstock Stickers
  • Glitz Design: “Hello Friend” Large Rhinestones
  • Glitz Design: “Hello Friend” Epoxy Word Stickers
  • Glitz Design: “Hello Friend” Layered Cardstock Stickers
  • Glitz Design: “Hello Friend” Glitzers
  • Glitz Design: Die Cuts/Transparency
Hope you have a great day and thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, November 4, 2012

Happy DSD Weekend News and Freebie

Hi everyone I hope you are all having a fabulous Digi Scrapping Weekend! I meant to post this yesterday for you, but I got caught up in the sales and blog hops going on........ can we say I spent a small fortune!!

So onto the news and a shameless plug.. LOL We have a big sale still going on over at Digitals until midnight tonight with 40% discount off most products.

I have some new bits n pieces in my store for the sale at absolutely bargain prices with Of The Earth and Imagine Autumn on sale at 50% discount all month long in honor of my hosting the Lasting Legacy Challenge

I am also hosting the monthly font challenge so come on over and earn yourself a free mini kit to coordinate with the November What Really Counts Collaboration.

 and last but not least here is another mini kit I did to co-ordinate with the What Really Counts kit... yours for free.

Grab it here for the next week.  Have a super DSD weekend, stay safe for those of you in storm battered areas and thanks for looking!

Oh and don't forget to send us your layouts that you want to feature or have featured in our ScrapStreet magazine, get them in quickly with your supply lists and permission to post as quickly as you can. Tell us your thoughts and memories of ScrapStreet over the last 7 years... better still scrap them! I will send random coupons to my store for the best 3!

Our last magazine is taking shape and we want to do ScrapStreet proud! Send your submissions to submissions (600x600, no watermarks and neutral backgrounds if it is a photo). Thanks.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy New-vember to you!

Here I am blogging in the new month while answering the door to the cutest goblins and ghouls.  I love the photo opportunities that Halloween bring.  Facebook was just a treasure trove of great shots all day!

Our November mini mag is ready to inspire you as you sort through your holiday shots tomorrow morning.  Look at that gorgeous cover layout by Jennie Moll.  We love the way she wished herself into a cover girl.

This month we have a beautiful free kit from one of my personal favorite scrappers and designers.  I fell in love with the way Jen mixes colors before she started digital designing.  She has an absolute command of how hues work together.  Thanks for years of inspiration, Jen!  You can see more of her amazing creations in our issue and on her blog 6 Guys & a Gal.  Head over to see more and please remember to shout out thank you for her generous gift to all of us.

Downloads:             {one}  {two}  {three}
Please respect this generous gift and do not upload/share this kit.  Friends are welcome to download it here for the next month.  Thank you!

Last Call!
We are in our final days as a magazine.  Send your favorite layout in by November 10th and you could be a part of our farewell.   Please send your work to

Friday, October 26, 2012

Something a little scary

For this Halloween project, I decided to make something a little scary for you! It was just a little scary for me too...I had never made a home decor collage project. Although, all scrapbook pages are sort of a collage, and I've made banners, this was different for me. Lots of steps and layers were a bit intimidating, and I placed and re-placed and positioned and re-positioned all of the elements a zillion times before I started gluing. I started by arranging (and re-arranging) an assortment of Halloween stamps onto my Fiskars stamp press as seen below.

Then, I stamped randomly on some white tissue paper using black Stazon ink.

I glued the tissue onto a thick piece of cardstock and then, I started inking with Tim Holtz Distress Inks and Stain...more randomness

I started punching and cutting...I spy with my little eye Fiskars Grandma's Doily, a small cloud (as clouds and ghosts), and a small bare tree.  I used my Fiskars Ultra Shape Xpress to cut the large tree from the Fiskars Woodland Tree Template.   And, I also used a Martha Stewart fence border punch as well as letters cut from a Sizzix Alpha die. The checkerboard-like, flocked paper for the tree is from My Mind's Eye.


Then the arranging and layer began (that part lasted a long time). Finally gluing.

This weekend, I'm participating in the 3rd Annual Fiskateers ORANGE Blog Hop! For more info about Fiskateers, and the blog hop, you can go to


Sunday, October 21, 2012

Paper Embellishments

Hello everyone! Today I am going to share a layout using lots of paper embellishments. While I was scrapping, I realized that I was running low on embellishments so I had no idea where this layout was going... I sort of went with the flow. I started by laying different papers down and stitching them together using my sewing machine. Then I placed the photo in the center of the layout and decided to use that as my focal point. From that point, I decided to print a digital embellishment and add that below my photo and I hand-cut the banner from patterned paper! I used a stamp and ribbon to fill in some white space and created a paper pinwheel to finish the layout!
Here are some close ups on how to create a pinwheel of your own:
Instructions for how to create a pinwheel:
1. Use 1 2 1/2"x2 1/2" Square as your base.
2. Using a paper piercer, poke a hole in the center of the square.
3. Using a pair of scissors, create cuts from each points towards the center leaving a small space in between.
4. Fold ends towards the middle, using glue dots to hold them in place.
5. Add a brad or die-cut to the center.
Supplies: Glitz Design "Afternoon Muse" Papers Glitz Design "Pretty in Pink" Digital Layered Sticker Glitz Design "Pretty in Pink" Digital Whatnot Epiphany Crafts Heart Epoxy Tool American Crafts Bloomers May Arts Trims in brown polka dots Catslife Press Stamp Dylusions Ink in bubblegum pink Creative Memories Heart Punch Creative Memories Circle Punch

Monday, October 15, 2012

Meet Bob

Meet Bob.

When I lived in Washington, I had the distinct pleasure of volunteering at a local coffee shop ministry. The purpose of the shop was to reach out to the downtown crowd. We would have lots of folks from the street come in for coffee; which they got for free after doing a chore. 

I love making coffee for people. I love chatting about life and learning about where people are from and what their story is. We had our fair share of regulars and one of those regulars is my pal Bob. I like Bob. He likes me, too. I would make his mocha every time I was working. He preferred my mochas too. Hey... I'm a mocha drinker... I know how they should be made. :o)
He always loved to drink from the ugliest mug. For awhile, we had this scary clown one that had a nose and all kinds of freaky details. Bob loved that mug. So, we'd hide it in the back of the cabinet to use when he came in. I always added a huge amount of whipped cream on top with a drizzle of chocolate. Maybe that's why he liked mine the best!

I miss working at this coffee shop. I miss seeing Bob every week and making his mocha. I miss hearing about his life and all the things he has seen and done. It's amazing how one, small blip in life can teach you so much. 

This layout is created using the October kit JOURNEY from Scrapbooking from the Inside Out. LOVE the emotion and LOVE the kit!

The flower is made from trim. So easy to create. Just roll 'er up!

Basic Grey yumminess and a close up of the journaling. Do you like my hash tags? Ha... (Yes I spend too much time on Twitter!)

SFTIO kits are the best! It's not just the latest and greatest... They are about being able to express yourself, your emotions, your thoughts, dreams, hopes and fears. I love working with these kits and focusing on the emotions each month. It's the best creative therapy and I'm a better person because of it. 

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Using digital elements on your layouts

Hello ladies. Nicole here with a few fun layouts. For my first layout I decided to go hybrid again. I love the Happy Travels digital collection; it's one of my all time favorite collections. After I completed the layout, I found it funny how much it looks like a fall layout, but it's really a summer layout :) This was a super quick and easy layout. I simply printed all of the digital whatnots and labels on plain cardstock, printed them out and cut them to use as my background papers.
Supplies: Glitz Design: "Happy Travels" digital elements American Crafts: Cardstock American Crafts: Foam Alphas Zva Creative: Flower Zva Creative: Jewels Jenni Bowlin: Butterfly Punch Creative Memories: Corner rounder Gluedots: Adhesives Creative Memories: Pen/Adhesives And here is another layout where I used digital elements from the Happy Travels digital collection. I printed the transparancy swirl onto a letter  sized cardstock and used it as my base!  I am so impressed with the quality of my printer. You can hardly tell the difference from regular paper vs. digital.

Glitz Design: "Happy Travels"digital elements American Crafts: Cardstock American Crafts: Thickers Zva Creative: Jewels Zva Creative: Flower May Arts: Burlap Jenni Bowlin: Butterfly Punch Creative Memories: Corner rounder, Heart punch Creative Memories: Adhesives Creative Memories: Pen Thanks for visiting and please come back again! Hope you have a fabulous day!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Leaves captured

The leaves have changed from green into their vibrant autumn colors...and now they are dropping...quickly.

So, I thought I better quick make some cards to celebrate and capture this ever-changing season. Used my new Tim Holtz "blueprint" stamp of an oak leaf for the background and then added several colors and some clear embossing powder to highlight and pop the one on the corner. A few punches of my "Oakey Dokey" Fiskars squeeze punch and bonus points for digging out the sewing machine too!  This was how I celebrated "World Card-Making Day" on Saturday. How did you participate?

Hope you get some time this week to "sit and watch the leaves turn". This season will be over before you know it.


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Saturday, October 6, 2012

Happy World Card Making Day!

A day late...

Well, depending on where you are at. For some reading this post, it was yesterday. For others, it's still the afternoon. (Hello Hawaii!!!)

I LOVE World Card Making Day!

Of course, the writer of Card Corner would say that, right?  While, I was out and about most of the day, I did finally get to my craft area and am creating my happy creative heart out. I love this hobby so much and never want to lose that joy! I am so thankful for days like this when our amazingly, talented, paper crafting community can come together and share our cards.

While I was perusing galleries and Facebook, I came across some gorgeous cards! Some are from designers who are regularly published in ScrapStreet and others are from designers who I haven't had the honor of seeing their lovelies. See below for a few of what I found. Make sure to follow the link to their blogs because these ladies have a TON of inspiration on their blogs.

Designer: Angeline Yong
Her Blog

Designer: Christine Traversa
Her Blog

Designer: Tenia Nelson
Her Blog

Designer: Melissa Elsner
My Blog

Thank you Angeline, Christine and Tenia for, so graciously, allowing me to share your cards here. 

So... dear readers, did YOU get a chance to create any cards? Link up your gallery or your blog in the comments below so the rest of us card makers can come drool. :)

Card Corner Writer
(I'm going to miss ScrapStreet...)

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Welcome to Fall

It is officially here in the midwest.  Even though the temperatures are still a balmy 75 by day, the nights are cooler and the leaves are beginning to change.  I absolutely love the deep colors that paint the woods near my home.  It is such a fun time of year to be a mom--so many activities, so much fun!

As much as I love this time of year, this blog post is one that is bittersweet for me. 

On September 15th, 2005, I opened the doors to Scrapstreet. The online scrapping world was so very different then. Only a few companies existed selling items and offering communities. Digital scrapbooking was new and not yet mainstream. Blogs were few and far between. When we launched our ezine that December, it was a novel idea and embraced quickly-especially since we were free. 

Over the next 7 years, we grew and changed with the industry. Some of our writers moved on to other scrapbooking companies redefining success for themselves. Others retired from scrapping to pursue other interests or family commitments. Some stopped writing, but stayed to help and cheer from the sidelines. Many achieved other scrapping goals while staying with us embracing Scrapstreet as a home base. 

We branched out into hybrid, digital, cards, altered, while still offering tons of traditional paper layouts. We worked with products and created for pretty much every company selling and were always proud of the results. In fact, we outlasted many of the companies we loved. We never missed a month (even when there were some close calls!) and for long stretches of time offered two magazines a month. 

All told, December will be our 100th issue. 

And our last.

I hope that all of you will join us in celebrating our wonderful years together.  Our request is a simple one--please submit a layout that you would love to have in our final issue.  Share with us your favorite work and be a part of our final goodbye.  We would be honored to share final step in this journey with you.

Here we are in our final countdown with a fabulous Fall issue to inspire you.

This month our free kit is from the absolutely amazing Kathryn Estry from Kathryn's Digital Designs.  Kathryn creates classic digital kits with lots of elements perfect for capturing all of your favorite family moments.  You can see more of her gorgeous work on her blog along with updates on her specials. 

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Please respect this generous gift and do not upload/share this kit.  Friends are welcome to download it here for the next month.  Thank you!

I look forward to seeing your submissions for our final issue.  Please check out the details HERE.

With love!  Dora

Thursday, September 27, 2012


Hello everyone! I just wanted to share a quick layout of mine using the September Innocence kit by Scrapbooking from the inside out. This month was a bit deep for me... I decided to create some layouts based on some of my childhood memories; these memories were'nt so innocent... I think it's important to share the hard/scary times in your life because you never know; there might be someone else out there suffering from similar memories... and it may be comforting for others to know that they're not alone and time does heal!