Thursday, March 28, 2013

Just Us *April*

Who better to tell the story of our daily lives than us as we live them? Whether you are working on P365/P52 or just scrapping your life as you live it, this kit is full of wonderful pieces to help you tell your story. Wendy Tunison Designs' new kit was created to work with April but with the variety of fun colors and ellies, you'll be sure to be able to use it time and again no matter the month or season! Full of all of the whimsy spring brings, this kit will be perfect for all of the fun you're sure to have as the sun begins to shine a little more each day! Best of all, Just Us *April* is 30% off during the introductory week. 

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Wendy has also created a great add on for you if you'd like your kit a little larger!

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There's also a great new date set to coordinate with this set or use separately!

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Of course, if you have to have it all and you want the best bang for your buck, pick up the bundle!

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Take a look at all of the beautiful layouts our CT created with this bundle...

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Wendy's also got a fun Easter kit on sale for you through the weekend for just $2.00!!!

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Be sure to stop by her blog on Saturday for a fun hybrid post using this kit!
Temptations Vol. 16 has also been released in all of Wendy's stores now!

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I'm also excited to tell you that Wendy's opened up shop at Ginger Scraps! Here's a little goodie to help celebrate!

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Of course, you'll want to stop back by Wendy's blog tomorrow to pick up some CT freebies for Just Us April as well!

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 Have a great day!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

For Peep's Sake

Hello everyone, it's Stephanie, Wendy's hybrid gal again! As it's almost Easter, I decided to do some holiday themed hybrids using Wendy's fun Easter kit, For Peep's Sake. How about a reminder of what the kit looks like?



Super cute & just perfect for decorating some Easter goodies. Before I get to showing off what I did with the kit, I first want to give out some general hybrid tips. As time goes on, I'll have some more detailed tutorials for everyone but at first I think it's good to know just what you'd need to do hybrid projects. Please note that all opinions are mine & links are provided for informational purposes. Let's go!

1) Computer: Well, that goes without saying, on to the next think you need!

2) Printer & Ink: Again, pretty easy to figure out (heehee) but the nice thing about printers is that you don't need a good printer to do hybrid. Don't believe any hype about having a top-of-the-line printer, my printer is a 10-year-old model that I'm just waiting to die. Darn thing is not cooperating with kicking the bucket but it prints out great hybrids & proves that you don't need the newest model to get great results.

Don't have a printer? Don't fret! You can get stuff printed at places like Office Depot or Kinko's fairly cheaply & can send your files to them via the interwebz. When I have to do a lot of hybrids, this is my preferred method as it saves wear & tear on my printer. Then again, I want the printer to croak. Have to rethink this policy.

3) Paper: Now this does matter. When I first started doing hybrid stuff I was using regular card stock that can be sent through a printer. However, the ink kept smearing & I had problems which led me to believe that I needed a new printer. After poking around I found out that the problem was not the printer, it was the paper. When I'm doing a hybrid, I use regular paper for my test prints to make sure everything is fitting together properly. But when I'm ready to print my final product I use Epson Premium Presentation Paper Matte; it's a little expensive but well worth the final results. Since switching I've never had a problem with smearing, love this stuff! When sending files out to print I just choose a good card stock as printing places have better quality paper & ink.

3) Cutting Tools: In a future post, I'll show everyone how to use a cutting machine but if you're just starting out all you need are some basic tools.

       a) Craft Knife: AKA an Xacto. Great for cutting straight lines, plenty of choices out there. Don't slice your finger, it hurts.

       b) Scissors: As with any craft, it's good to have a pair of scissors dedicated for that particular medium (paper, fiber, etc.). I have Honey Bee Scissors & they are nice & sharp, great for tiny areas.

       c) Cutting Mat: Any type will do, essential to keep from slicing up your tables!

4) Bone Folder: This is a tool that allows you to score, crease, & smooth easily on paper. In a pinch a butter knife works great; not that I would know about that expect that time I couldn't find my bone folder anywhere because my eldest twin, Ian, stole it to use for his own nefarious purposes. Ahem.

5) Glue: There are tons of different types of glue to choose from & I'll cover them more in the future but if you're just starting out then adhesive dot rollers are perfect & give you plenty of control over where the glue goes.

6) Ruler: So many kinds, so little time. Pick up one that is either metal or wood with a metal rim. Then when when you run the craft knife along the edge of the ruler it won't shave off a little bit of wood each time eventually creating a curved ruler. After all the wood rulers are made for use with pencils, not knives!

There are additional items that could be added to this list like craft ink or pop dots but I think the above are the basics that everyone uses & a good place to start. Now how about we check out some of the stuff I made with For Peep's Sake? These were hard to do, not because it was hard to work with the kit but because I kept having to slap little hands away from the goodies! That included my husband's hands, LOL.

First up are some wrappers I made for a 5-pack of Peeps (top) & 4-pack of Cadbury Cream Eggs (bottom). The 4-pack of eggs are easy to find but the only place I could find a single row of wrapped Peeps was at Walgreen's or CVS. Love Peeps, don't love all the sugar over my floors! To make these, all I did was wrap some paper around each box, measure & then make a quick template to use.


This next set of pictures features three different projects. On the top is a pack of Hubba Bubba Bubble Gum Tape, they had Easter themed ones so I picked one up for my little cousins to fight over. All I did was make a few circles in Photoshop & then decorated them; I printed one label for the top & one for the bottom.

On the bottom left you can see a wrapper I made for a Reese's Peanut Butter Egg, again all I did was just a quick measure to make a template & decorate. My husband Tim did suggest that I could make more wrappers, just for quality control purposes of course.

Last is the bottom right & a box designed by my youngest twin, Jake. I had made a box template a while ago & let him pick out what papers & elements to use to decorate the box. As you can see, Jake has a minimalist theme going but he was so excited to make his own pretty I didn't have the heart to insist on more (he calls my scrapping "making a pretty"). Unfortunately, said box was destroyed after just a few pictures thanks to enthusiastic playing but he was happy so all's well.


I hope everyone enjoyed these Easter hybrids & gets some fun inspiration from them. Have a happy holiday!

Friday, March 22, 2013

35mm

Oh my goodness! I'm so excited to show you this week's release from Wendy Tunison Designs! It's a collab with Pretty In Green and they had too much fun creating this one! Who can resist popping a few quarters into a photo booth coin slot and making some silly faces behind the curtain as the flash pops away? I know I can't! You'll love the vintage feel mixed in with the bright fun
colors of this kit. With plenty of photo props and fabulously patterned and textured papers, you'll be creating layout after layout full of photo fun! Perfect for scrapping vintage photos as well, you'll
find the pieces in this kit versatile enough to scrap most anything! It's called 35mm and it's 30% off during it's introductory week!

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Don't forget to check out the fun coordinating Add Ons for even more scrapping pleasure!

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Pretty In Green has also created some great add ons for this collab!

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Check out all of the awesomeness our CTs created with this collab.

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Be sure to stop by Wendy's blog tomorrow to pick up some FABULOUS freebies from our CT!
Have a great day!