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