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Saturday, July 31, 2010

Nursery favorites!

We just LOVED seeing all your darling nurseries and your cute baby decor! Here are our favorites for prompt 9! One of you lucky ladies will win the awesome Pebbles kit from Scrappy Jos! Check back on the 5th for the winner!

LG Belarmino
 Ane Lene

A weather chart by Jus

By Patti H

By Jael

By Melanie (who is now one of our design team mamas!)

By Justina (this goes in her nursery window! see her blog for more pics)

So many awesome nursery related projects! This is going to be a super hard decision. Winner will be posted on the 5th! Our NEW challenge goes up tomorrow afternoon. Keep your eyes peeled!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Get to know your design team: Michelle Fowler

1. Name Michelle Fowler (Shell for short)

2 Where are you from: Brisbane Queensland Australia.

3. Tell us about you..... Im a 35 year old stay at home Mum to 2 precious little boys, Tyson and Jedd. Wife to Paul, obsessed scrapbooker and prolific photo taker.
We live in sunny Queensland just east of Brisbane.
Scrapbooking is a chance for a little 'ME' time and helps me unwind after a hectic day.

4. Tell us about your babies.....
My babies are Tyson 3 1/2 and Jedd almost 2.
Tyson is outgoing, cheeky and friendly. He is kind, loving,artistic and wants to be a super hero one day. He has an incredible imagination and the most infectious smile and giggle.
Jedd is the baby and is shy with strangers but loves cuddles and kisses, dinosaurs, wiggles and being outdoors. He has just 2 speeds-flat out fast or asleep. hes our wild child and accident prone risk taker.

5. your favorite scrappy supply... I cant go pat pattern paper and October Afternoon is my favourite manufacturer.
I love to get messy with paint and inks too and I love to use LOTS of embellishments.

6. your favorite must have baby item would have to be my stroller. It folds up so small and light. Perfect for travelling and so comfortable for the boys.
Ive had lots of friends and family tell we that they want it when Im finished with it.

7. your blog address

A few fabulous layouts by Shell

Monday, July 26, 2010

Get to know your design team: Tracey Campbell

1. Name ~ Tracey Campbell

2. Where are you from ~ Port Kennedy (South of Perth) Western Australia

3. Tell us about you ~ I am a full time working Naval Officer and Mum of two with a very understanding Husband. I love to scrapbook as it gives me a place where I can let my creativity run wild, free and messy!!! I live in disorganised chaos, which suits me fine as I have to be super organized at work. We share our house with a houseful of animals 3 dogs, 1 cat, about 50 birds and too many fish to count. I often say I am the fur parent, as the dogs and cat are mine and my husband is the fin and feather parent as the birds and fish are his. Who knows what the girls will bring home when they are old enough??

4. Tell us about your babies ~ We have two beautiful little daughters. Bronte who has just turned 3 and is such a personality full of wonder and cheekiness that she is constantly surprising us and Paige who is 4 month now and we are so curious to see how her personality develops. The girls are so different in looks already. Bronte has deep brown eyes and a lovely olive completion whilst Paige has big blue eyes and such pale skin, we wonder if their personalities will be so very different.

5. your favorite scrappy supply ~ Amy I only allowed one?? Well then it would have to be Glimmer Mist (at the moment….but I change my mind favourite to what is happening in the world of scrapland so often) and my Slice…..I know that is two but really did you expect me to just pick one??

6. your favorite must have baby item ~ would have to be a BUMBO. It is a soft foamy chair thingy that supports babies and allows them to sit up from around 3 months old….couldn’t survive with out it now.

7. your blog address

A few fabulous layouts by Tracey

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Get to know your design team: Melanie Harris

1. Name: Melanie Harris

2. Where are you from: South Coast of NSW, Australia.

3. Tell us about you.....
I am a 31 year old scrap addict from Australia. I live on the South Coast of NSW with my husband Peter and 2 children, Lillee and Alex.

Although I have had 3 years of scrapping Lillee and prettying up the pages with ribbons, flowers and bling Im really looking forward to now challenging myself with masculine pages.

4. Tell us about your babies.....
I have been blessed with 2 children, my daughter Lillee will be 4 in September and our little man Alex is 3 months old.

5. your favorite scrappy supply
I love paper, paper and more paper.
My favourite manufacturers are Webster’s Pages, Basic Grey and Pink Paislee.

6. Your favorite must have baby item
A sling, having two free hands is so much easier than the juggling act.
My little man also loves to sleep in his pram through the day so I can wheel him through the house.

7. your blog address

A few fabulous layouts by Melanie

Friday, July 23, 2010

7/23 Jen's Making Stencils From a Photograph tutorial

Making Stencils From a Photograph

I love to create personalized pages or altered items from images that mean something to me.  So, I found a way to create a silhouette of my kids in order to use on a page, journal, frame, or any where I want!  I start with a photograph of either the entire body or just the portrait.  Side views work best but even a photo of an object, as long as you can tell what it is without any inside details, will work.  

Here I chose a few photos of my youngest son, Christopher.  I am using a regular copier transparency (you can find these at any office supply store).  

1. Place the transparency on top of the photo that you want to use.  Print the photo on a piece of copy paper first or use one that you already have printed.  You will want a Sharpie marker or permanent marker for the next step.

2. Use a permanent marker to trace around the image.  Cut out the traced transparency carefully with an Exacto blade.  Make sure you cut neatly as you will be using both the positive and negative spaces. 

You can see here what I mean about cutting so you can use both.

3. Now you are ready to spray. Lay the transparency (with the image cut out) onto a piece of paper. I chose a piece of music paper.  Use Glimmer mist or spray paint to spray.  Lift the transparency off and clean off.  Let dry.  I also used the positive image (or cut out part) to spray onto a page with three different colors.  You will see that it created a different look to the negative space one. 
4. Next I used a stamp to create a design inside the empty space of one of my images.  I placed the negative space transparency over the sprayed image lining it up (you could place removable adhesive on the back to hold in place).  I used a text stamp and stamped the space to create a filled in version of the image.  Lift the transparency off and VOILA!  
5. I did the same to the next space with individual letter stamps to create an artistic alphabet background.
6. Here's what it looks like so far...
7. Next, back to the music paper.  I cut out the image and pop dotted it onto the last space on my page so it sticks up slightly.  I wrote my journaling over it and added a title and heart sticker for emphasis.  
Here's the finished journal page:
I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial on how to make your own personalized masks/ stencils from photographs.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Design Team additions!

The design team call is now over. I want to thank all of you who applied to Scrap that Baby. We had SOOOO many completely fantastic entries featuring so many adorable babies... I was very much overwhelmed by how many applications I received for an uncompensated design team.  It was such a hard decision. I chose based on unique style, layout photography, relevance to our theme, design and the ability to tell the story..

In the end I decided to add 6 more ladies instead of 4...... and HERE THEY ARE

Please welcome these fabulous additions to our design team

Tracey Campbell
Michelle Fowler
Heather Gerritis
Melanie Harris
Kelly Haugen
Jess Mutty

Bios will be posted over the next couple days!

While you're checking them out make sure to check out the latest prompt All around the Nursery for a chance to win the pretty pebbles kit from Scrappy Jo's

Monday, July 19, 2010

Renee's ribbon flower tutorial

I got this really great ribbon from American Crafts. It has a scalloped edge to it, and I thought, "That would make a cute flower." So I created my own ribbon flower that I used in the layout below

 Here's what you will need:

1. Embroidery Floss (around 6 inches or so depending on the size of your ribbon)
2. Ribbon/Lace (around 6 inches)
3. Needle with a smaller eye

Here's what you do:

1. Begin by threading the needle and knotting the end then weave it through the edge of the ribbon.

2. Cinch the ribbon tightly by pulling the ribbon toward the knotted end of the embroidery floss.

3. Keep weaving until you have created the desired fullness and look
4. End with your needle coming out the top of the ribbon then poke through top of where you started so your needle ends underneath the flower.

5. Trim the excess ribbon and tie your floss in a knot getting the knot closest to your beginning knot. I try to make both knots to look like one like in the photo below.

6. Cut of the extra floss

You can embellish these with brads and layer with other flowers.

In my layout I layered with tulle and used a brad

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Prompt 9: All around the nursery

When I was pregnant I was filled with so much excitement of just thinking of what to do with the baby's room. Unfortunately we moved when I was about to pop so I didnt get to paint and decorate the way I had hoped. I did make sure to pick out a darling little comforter set and a beautiful crib to make her room special.

This prompt is all about the baby's room. Did you make a special project to decorate little one's bedroom? Do you love the paint color or the little quilt for her little bed? Does your little one have a magical area in their room they like to play? Did you get a racecar for his first big boy bed? Does the room fit the little princess that she is? Show us what is special about where your little one sleeps. 

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Check out what the design team did?

 By Jennifer Mattot
**I made this for my son's nursery using Prima papers, wooden banner triangles and stars and Jenni Bowlin suns. The yellow stars are wall clips to hold a quilt but I used them to hold this up. The saying on the wall is a vinyl wall decal. This hangs behind his crib.
By Ann-Katrin Toresen

By Gracie Ann David-Tan
**Made these small flower frames for my new niece's nursery. I used cardboard, tissue paper, glue mixed with a little water and paint to create the paper mache frames. The letters are American Craft Thickers.

By Renee Kelso

By Sara Robinson
**Sara created this project using a tutorial found on Heahter Bailey's blog. Heather adapted the tutorial from the American Crafts blog

By Jenny Dziekan

By Dani Smith
**I made Jonah some candles (well, actually I didn't MAKE the candle.. but I personalized them) to go in his room. We don't light them or anything, but just them being in there makes his room smell a lot better. =)

 By Danielle Holsapple

Layouts/Projects are due July 30th. Our 10 fabulous favorites will be posted July 31st. One lucky winner will win the Pebbles prize pack from Scrappy Jo's   

Add your layout to the Mr Linky below or leave us a comment to enter.  We cant wait to see what your baby's room!!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Foodie favorites

Mmmmm Im hungry!

So many adorable foodie layouts came in for this prompt! Truly a feast for the eyes

Here are our foodie favorites:

By Amy Chretin

 By Izzy

 By Heather Gerrits

By Jennifer Croasdale

 By LG Belarmino

By Rebecca Kvenvolden

One of these lucky ladies will win the cute ribbon kit from funkytown etsy shop!! Check back next week for the winner! The new prompt will go up tomorrow afternoon.

Also there are just a few more days left in our design team call! Get your entry in!