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In the midst of graduations, summer weddings, and for many the long awaited for, last day of school is… Father’s Day.  For all, June seems to be filling with more and more activities and deadlines.  It definitely makes it harder to squeeze everything in and give everything the attention it deserves.  No doubt Father’s Day can easily get pushed to a back burner but it doesn’t have to be that way.  This year can be different.  This year will be different for some.  This year could be the year you begin to document some photos to back up those stories that you’ve heard a thousand times.  We call those “fish tales” in our house because it seems the details get a little bigger every time we hear the story.

Chances are, you already have some great pages made with your best photos.  If you don’t, there is still time.  Now is definitely the time to take advantage of some quick scrapping with templates or perhaps a ready made brag book.  I did a search for Father and found some amazing kits and collections perfect for scrapping any guy.

The Gallery is filled with awesome inspiration too.

I love this page by foxinsocks  It’s made with Scrap it Simple #9 by Linda Cumberland Designs.

Here is a more vintage style page by patriciabb.  Perfect for documenting the older memories.  This one is made with the Days Gone By Collection by The Urban Fairy and Aimee Harrison Designs.

Need a jumpstart?  Using a template will help speed things along.  You’ll reach your goal much faster and you still have the flexibility to customize your pages.  Visit the Quick & Easy section of the store to find a varitey of tools to help you with your project.

A-Manda Creation has all of her Brag Books on sale for 30% off.

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Jilbert has Photo Pockets and Photo Pocket Bundles to that make amazing story boards.

There are also several Quick Page Packs suited perfectly for the man in your life.

Whatever you decide, today should probably be the day.  Most photo and photo book printing companies can still get your pages or books to you in time.  I’ve had great success with Persnickety Prints and Shutterfly (who, by the way is having a 50% off sale).

Be sure to post your pages in the gallery too.  Someone else might really need YOUR creative inspiration to get them started.

 

 

 

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It’s almost Carnival! Will you be celebrating? Where I grew up, Carnival was important. Important enough to be called the “5th Season”.  I still remember the fun of dressing up, going to all the festivities and getting to keep the costumes afterward to play “pretend” whenever we wanted to.

Here and today, Carnival is almost not celebrated at all. At least nowhere near to the way I was used to and I still miss it a lot. But our daughter had just as much fun playing at make-believe and dress up in every way possible, even without any official occasion. I guess it’s the same with all children, no matter where you live. I just wish I had had Silhouette Cameo then, it would have been a great time saver with all our crafts to make her costumes, lol.

With or without a cutting machine – a fun, fast and very adaptable (as well as affordable) way to play at pretend is creating simple masks. They are soooo versatile. A mask could turn your little guy into a superhero or a wild lion – or your sweet girl into a mysterious princess or a cute little bunny  (or the other way round, lol). Plus they are fun to decorate – even the little ones can use their markers or finger paint on them, older children might love to use glitter paints, feathers or sequins to create their masterpiece.

How about celebrating Carnival with a superhero-family dinner with everybody wearing their superhero masks? Have the kids decorate them while you cook – and don’t forget to mention that broccoli is the only known antidote for kryptonite, lol.

By now you can probably guess where this post is leading – yup, here’s  your freebie, a basic mask to turn you all into superheroes (who gets to be DigiScrap Woman?):

Oh, and you don’t need a cutting machine – the .png file is included, as well, so you can print it out and use the good, old scissor method to cut it out ;D

If you’re hooked now on crafting masks, here are some more options you might want to check out:

Have fun – and remember me if you’re going to celebrate Carnival!

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Hi all,

today I have a 3-in-1 post for you: I want to show you how to dress up home-made gifts with the help of your Silhouette Cameo – plus a little tutorial on how to create a scalloped circle with Silhouette Studio thrown into the mix. And I will reveal my recipe for homemade Vanilla Sirup. Oh, and a little freebie is in the mix, as well. :D

Materials needed:

Scrapbooking papers in coordinated colors and patterns.

About 4 in of ribbon

Jar or bottle filled with something delicious – for Valentine’s day you could fill it with pink or red candy or with something homemade, maybe a cookie or cake mix, homemade jam, vinegar… or do it like me and cook up a batch of homemade vanilla sirup.

I love to make my own vanilla sirup – it is soooo yummy to use in coffee or tea or hot milk and knowing it’s only made from vanilla beans, sugar and water makes it even better, lol. Here’s how I do it (in case you might want to try it yourself):

Take two vanilla beans and slit them lengthwise. Add 2 cups of water, 2 cups of (white) sugar and the vanilla beans to a pot and bring to a boil. Stir well until the sugar is dissolved. Let this mixture simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. Take out the large bean pieces and fill in clean jars or bottles. This will yield about 3 cups of sirup.

 

Pick a jar or bottle you want to “seal” and measure the diameter of the lid – in my case that’s 1.5 in.

Open Silhouette Studio, select the Ellipse tool and draw a circle with the size you need.(hold the shift key while drawing to make sure it’s a circle not an ellipse). If you have trouble getting it the exact size, just make it any size and switch to the scale window. Enter the desired size and don’t forget to hit “apply” when you’re done. 

 

 

Now I’ll show you how I create a scalloped circle in Silhouette Studio:Draw an ellipse with the size of 0.5 x 2 in (use the size window to get it exact). Select the ellipse and rotate it 5 times using the replicate window.

Select all these ellipses and weld them together using the modify window:

 

For my purposes I want the scallops smaller, so I will duplicate this shape (copy and paste or STRG + c and STRG + v), pick one and rotate it 15° (using the rotate window)

 

Align the two shapes vertically and horizontally

Then weld them together (see above) and resize to your liking/to fit your project.

 

If you’re using a square or rectangular shape instead of a circle – here’s a tutorial on how to scallop those.

 

In the next screenshot you can see that I layered the pieces I want to use, so I can adjust the sizing.

 

If you would like to include a heart shape into your design, as well, here’s a link to download a heart freebie. (click image to download)

 

For Silhouette Studio open the.dxf and copy and paste it into your project (or just drag it from the file explorer window).

 

To cut the pieces, move the pieces on and off the cutting board, according to which paper you’re feeding into your Silhouette, and cut.

 

Then assemble the sticker for the lid and the one for the side of the jar/bottle. Attach a piece of ribbon first, then layer the stickers on top. There you go, labeled, dressed up and “sealed”… all ready for Valentine’s Day! :D

Have fun,

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Santa Napkin Holder – with freebie :D

by Min 17 December 2013
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Hi all, Today I have a Christmas craft project for you that’s quick and easy, fun to do with the kids and will add another smile to your Christmas breakfast table: A Santa Napkin Holder (doable without a cutting machine, as well ;D) Supplies needed: red (paper) napkins (mine are about 13 in square when […]

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Digital Designs: Not just for Scrapbooking

by SnickerdoodleDesigns 19 October 2013
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This week I planned to delve a little more into some of the options available to us when we use Photoshop Styles.  But I’ve become sidetracked by two adorable handmade gifts that I must share with you today! We’ll get back to Styles next week! Have you visited the “Hybrid & Printables” or “Cutting Files” […]

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Fall Leaves Wreath (with cutting file freebie)

by Min 1 October 2013
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Today is October 1st…. And in my little corner of the world there is no denying that Summer is over and Fall is in full swing. I felt like having a little Fall decoration without “going Halloween” already, so I set my Cameo to work to create a beautiful Fall leaf wreath: Supplies needed: Cardstock […]

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No need for Craft Scissors – Scalloped Notecard with the Cameo

by Min 27 August 2013

Do you love pinking shears? I do…. but somehow I almost never manage to have a “straight cut” card after trying to give it a decorative border… sometimes it looks more like one of our guinea pigs nibbled at the card, lol. Fortunately the Cameo is coming to my rescue with that! If you own […]

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Fairy Lights

by Min 16 July 2013
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For today’s post I have been looking for a project that would be great for summer and also go along with our Christmas in July event. And I found something that is perfect for both occasions: Fairy lights! Grab a simple fairy light string (preferably LED) and give it a fun (or romantic) seasonal touch […]

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4th of July Flowers

by Min 2 July 2013
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Hi all, July 4th is almost upon us and a lot (if not most) of you will be looking forward to celebrate Independence Day with your family and friends. Today I will show you how to make this fun red-white-and-blue flower for decorating your party. Although it will look just as nice done in different […]

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Cameo Nail Art

by Min 17 June 2013
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Hi all! Before I start with today’s Cameo idea I have to confess something – I’m a hopeless case when it comes to nail polish… I can barely manage to apply a plain coat of color without messing it up, lol. Still – I love to see beautifully painted nails and that’s where my Cameo […]

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