Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Cheerleader Mini Album by Gina Smith

Fall is here, and that means the kids are busy with sports & activities! This mini album was created by Whimzee's customer, Gina Smith. Gina used our custom high school papers from Stamping Station and a 7 Gypsies album. (Album size is 6" x 8", page size is 6" x 6".) This album showcases Gina's daughter's youth cheerleading experience. (After reading the article, scroll down to see the inside pages.) This album shows us that you don't have to have a child in high school to use these cool custom papers. You might use them to create an album for your child's youth sports season. And if you do have a high schooler, you could use this idea to create an album celebrating a special event in your child's high school years. Still need some ideas...how about marching band, science fairs, school plays, homecoming, drill team or just freshman year. Twila scraplifted this idea and created a mini album she plans to use to document her son's high school football season at Aloha. We'll share her album soon!

Yes, we all scraplift, even those of us who are seasoned scrappers, in fact seasoned scrappers probably to scraplift more often than beginners. Scraplifting is a term used by scrapbookers to describe borrowing an idea from another scrapbooker. You might recreate an entire page layout from the design to the papers & embellishments used. You might use another person's design and placement of page elements while using different papers & embellishments. You might borrow only the color scheme of the layout, card or project. These are all forms of scraplifting.

For those of you out there who are beginners, don't be afraid to scraplift! In scrapbooking, we consider it the highest form of flattery when someone appreciates one of our creations enough to scraplift it!

Monday, September 21, 2009

My Favorites Mini Album by Gina Smith

We are so happy that Gina Smith has shared some of her original creations with us! This week, we feature Gina's My Favorites Mini Album. On each page, is a journal box where her daughter wrote a list of her favorite things, from TV shows to candy, video games & even school subjects. Now she'll always have this cute record of her favorite things when she was 11. Gina used Bo Bunny's Double Dot papers to create this album. She used the dotted side of the paper on the front side of each page and its solid side on the back of each page. This technique creates a rainbow effect when the book is viewed as a whole project. Check back next week to see another of Gina's mini albums.

Meet Carol Nelson, Our Newest Card Class Instructor

We are excited introduce our newest card class instructor, Carol Nelson. Carol's first class at Whimzee's Scrapbook Studio will be Monday, September 28th from 6:30pm to 7:00pm, $7.00 fee. Call the store to sign up for Carol's class 503.590.8806. She will help us create the two Halloween cards shown here.

Carol wants to introduce herself to all of us, so read on & meet Carol with us....

I have lived in Hillsboro for 5 years now, having retired from Customer Service in the electronics industry in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Now I finally have the time to do the things I love, making cards and other paper projects, sewing and gardening.

I always try to make cards that are simple and can be used for many occasions with little or no modification. I use every little scrap that I can to get the most out of one piece of paper. And I love embellishments!

I sell my cards at a couple of local stores and participate in the Red Sled Bazaar in Sherwood every Christmas. I have also taught at the Peddler's Pack in Beaverton.

I hope you will join me for this class. All you need is a ruler, a pair of scissors and your enthusiasm!

I am always open to suggestions, so if you see something you would like to see me make, please let me know.

Hope to see you at one of my classes soon!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Our Newest Arrival - Glue Pads

While checking out some of my favorite blogs this morning, I came across a very cute layout that showcases one of our newest products, the Glue Pad. I've never used the Glue Pad, but I know it can be used with all your stamps & glitter to achieve a cool look on your layouts. One of my favorite blogs, CreativitE, by Erin Bassett, has a recent post showing how you can add a beautiful embellishment to your projects using a Glue Pad & glitter. Check it out HERE!

I can't wait to try it! Thanks to Erin for giving me a great idea to include on my next layout!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

FREE Beginning Scrapbooking Classes!!!

I know we've been advertising our Beginning Scrapbooking Classes in our newsletter, but I thought it would be a good idea to give a quick breakdown of the classes here for everyone who reads the blog. The Whimzee's Girls are teaching the Beginning Scrapbooking Classes together with Marlene Fuller, our favorite Canon Representative to the Scrapbooking Industry. The classes will be held in the Hillsboro Library's Main Branch on Sundays and its Shute Park Branch on Saturdays.

Please go to the library's calendar for a more detailed class description, required supply list and other information. Call the library at (503) 615-6500 to register for each class you plan to take.

The two hour classes are FREE and open to everyone (ages 6th grade & up). Each class will have its own theme. During the class, you will create a two page layout from a kit based on a sketch. While putting together your kit, you will learn a different basic scrapbooking technique for each class.

You are free to take one class or as many as you like!

9.12.2009, CLASS CANCELED!
Saturday, September 12th 2pm to 4pm Theme: Back to School @Shute Park Branch

Sunday, September 20th 1pm to 3pm Theme: Beach @Main Library

Saturday, October 3rd 2pm to 4pm Theme: Fall (Halloween) @Shute Park Branch

Sunday, October 11th 1pm to 3pm Theme: Birthday @Main Library

Saturday, November 7th 2pm to 4pm Theme: Baby Boy or Baby Girl @Shute Park Branch

Sunday, November 8th 1pm to 3pm Theme: Holiday (Christmas) @Main Library

Please come back here after you take a class & let us know what you think & how we could improve it! We love feedback, especially since this is our first attempt at a series of classes. We'd also love to hear what types of classes you would like us to have at the store in the future!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Meet Our Friend Ella!

When I think about it, I'm so surprised at all the cool people I've met and websites I've stumbled upon as a result of being on Twitter. My latest discovery is a very cool website that just published its first eZine this month. (In case you didn't know, an eZine, is a magazine found only on the internet.) Scrapbook Ellaments is a brand new monthly scrapbooking eZine published by Ella Publishing. This month's issue has tips for all those Photoshop users out there and a great free journaling quiz download. The journaling quiz, is a 4" x 6" printable box, complete with questions & blanks for you to fill in your answers. The article has lot's of layouts using the journaling quiz in different ways. I've already printed mine & I can't wait to use it! I'll share my layout with you as soon as I get it done!

One of the great features of Ella Publishing is the downloadable eBooks they sell. You can find all sorts of scrapbooking & photography eBooks for less than $6. Just download them to your computer and read them right there or print them out.

I think this website can be a great source of information and inspiration for all of us scrapbookers! Check it out and I'm sure you'll be just as hooked on it as I am!


Of course, I can share all the cool scrapbooking things I find with you even quicker, if you sign up to follow @JulieChats on Twitter!


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