Saturday, February 2, 2013

Saturday with Christine

Hi Practical Scrappers!  Christine here today to start a new regular feature where I come and visit with you each week.  I'm the site owner here at Practical Scrappers and have been since day one.  A lot has changed here over the years but the consistent gorgeous inspiration and ideas from our fabulous teams has not!

This week I thought I'd share with you some things that I am loving right now! 

1.  First up is my Signo Uni-Ball White Pen.  I literally looked for this pen for years when I visited stores.  I know, I know, I could have ordered it online but I really like to give business to local stores.  When I went into The Scrapbooking Studio in Bloomington, IL they had it.  I bought it on my first visit and have since bought a second one because I use it all the time!

Here is a layout I recently created for The Scrapbooking Studio using that pen and The Love Story line from Echo Park.

2.  I am also loving two page layouts.  Trends in the industry have taken us away from two page layouts but let's be honest here...they are very PRACTICAL.  They incorporate a lot of pictures and give you the chance to tell more of a full story than you might get in a one pager.  Here is a favorite that I recently created.

3.  I purchased a silhouette cameo shortly after Christmas.  I can't get over how easy it is to use and all the fun cuts available.  I love that it cuts out all kinds of neat card bases for you too.  This is a card that I created using that and again some more from the Love Story line from Echo Park.  And yes, there is some more of that white pen :)

4.  Have you seen the phrase cards that Pebbles has begun putting out with each line?  I am constantly pinning cute scrapbookable (is that a word?) quotes on pinterest.  Pebbles has done an awesome job of putting a lot of those types of quotes into cute 4 X 6 pads.  I used one in the two page layout above and here's another couple layouts using them.

5. I love to make patterned paper last for as many projects as I can...especially if it a paper that I just really love.  One way I do that is using smaller strips of it on projects.  I love to create borders and layers with those smaller strips and one of my favorite borders to create right now is a mitered border.  
For this particular layout I used the border strips that come on the bottom of the patterned paper from American Crafts, Pebbles, and Studio Calico.  Wanna know how I did it?  I have a little tutorial over on my's a quick and easy technique.

6.  One more thing that I am loving and using constantly right now...wood veneer shapes from Studio Calico.  I especially love the scallop circle set.

So what are some of your go to items or techniques right now as you create?  Share them with just might inspire a future article!  Have a great week Practical Scrappers!

1 comment:

Dawn Carlyle said...

I agree we have moved away from two page layouts and I love them! Yours here is gorgeous with the pinks. I will have to check out the wood veneer shapes too!