Monday, July 28, 2014

Make Your Own Journaling Cards!

Woohoo!!  The wedding of the century is over and I have time to actually get back to blogging!!  As I mentioned last Friday, I've had so many wedding projects that I hadn't shared because I wanted some of them to be a surprise for my daughter and son-in-law and their guests.  So you might get a little wedding overload this week...just a fair warning!


Now it's time for our slightly neglected Money-Saving Monday series!  Actually, pretty much everything this week was hand-made and saved tons of money over store-bought items for the wedding, but I chose today's project because I can see it working for SO MANY things other than just nuptial-related stuff!

Back in May, we had a bridal shower for my sweet Emily, and I made her a Snap pocket pages book for her and her groom to journal about their engagement and wedding.  I also printed some journaling cards for all the shower guests to fill out and add to the book.  It was one of their favorite parts of the shower, as each woman got up and read her relationship advice to the happy couple and then handed her the card to add to her book.  So I knew for the wedding, we wanted to do more cards for people to fill out and add to the book.

Enter, my trusty Silhouette Cameo!  I had read somewhere (and I'm so sorry, but I can't remember where) about making your own print and cut files with the Silhouette program, so I figured, why not?  The journaling cards I had made for the shower weren't quite as formal as what we wanted for the actual wedding.

So basically, here's the trick:
1.  Just put whatever graphic or font you want on your Silhouette mat.
2.  Go to the Fill Color window and add whatever color you want to your picture or text.
3.  Go to the Line Color window and remove the color (by clicking the first box that has all the lines through it.)
4.  Go to the Cut Style line and click "no cut."  Of course, you can always trace the outlines to cut if you want, but I          didn't need that for my journaling cards...since they were straight lines, I just cut them on my own.
5.  When your picture/text is just right, go to the file, and then print window to print.

journal, cards, pocket pages, scrapbooking

I added both text and lines to my journaling cards through the Silhouette program.  It was so easy!  Can you imagine making all sorts of other pocket pages cards?  Oh...the money you could save!!!  And isn't that what Money-Saving Monday is all about?!

Have you made anything like this with your Silhouette program?  If so, PLEASE leave me a link...I would love to see it!

Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Growing In Unity Blog Hop

One of the fun things about spending a week being the Growing in Unity Girl, is the fun blog hop that comes along later! All of the Unity Gals from May and June have all joined together today to show off Unity Stamp Co's newest Stamp Of the Week, Pumpkin Greetings.


I started my card by using one of my favorite things, Elizabeth Crafts Glitter Ritz.  It's a transparent glitter (although it comes in colors too) that you can stamp and color on without covering up the sparkle!  I did a tutorial a while back on how to use it that you can find right HERE.  Once my white cardstock was covered in glitter, I used the adorable Unity Pumpkin Greetings stamp set and Tuxedo Black Memento Ink to stamp my image.  Next, I used my Bic Mark-Its to color my image.  Any alcohol markers will work, but since I'm all about saving money, I love my inexpensive Bics!

Once my image was finished, I decided to fussy-cut some cute little leaves from a remnant of scrapbook paper I had in my stash.  I randomly "sprinkled" the leaves onto my image and then glued them down with Zip Dry adhesive.  I mounted my image on two different patterned cardstock sheets and then finished it off with some natural jute.



Here's a list of the supplies I've used for this project:
Elizabeth Craft Designs Microfine Glitter
Scor-Pal Tape, 2.5 by 27-Yard
White Cardstock
Memento Ink, Tuxedo Black
Advanced Tape Glider
Zip Dry Glue
BIC Mark-Its 36 Markers
Inkadinkado Clear Stamp Blocks
Jute Twine

I'm the end of the blog hop today, but in case you came across me by accident, (thank you!) below is the list of participants:


Dawn Fieldshttp://fromtwinsburgwithlove.blogspot.com
Miwa Leehttp://miwannascrap.blogspot.com
Paula Driverhttp://scrapyourworld1.blogspot.com
Jennifer Loftfieldhttp://www.caffeinatedpapercuts.com
Amber Sheaveshttp://allamberallthetime.blogspot.com/
Amy E.http://www.scrapthissavethat.blogspot.com

Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E

*My post contains some affiliate links.  Please be assured these are all products I love or I would never recommend them to you!

Friday, July 25, 2014

School Daze Blog Hop



Happy Saturday
and
Welcome to this month's hop with...
The Creating Blog Hops Cafe'.

This month's theme is...
School Daze

Those school days are just around the corner, and
we have made some wonderful projects to share with you this month to help get you ready for school.

Our hostess for the hop is...

Our sponsor for this month is also...
Robin

Robin will be giving one lucky winner a school themed scrapbooking kit that includes everything you need to complete a scrapbook as well as the scrapbook.



For your chance to win this complete scrapbook kit you must be a follower of each of the blogs in this hop as well as leave each of the ladies a little blog love by leaving them a comment to let them know how much you loved their projects.

So, sit back, grab yourself a Latte' and let us dare to amaze you with our projects.

So you know those plain old composition books that are always a part of the back to school sales?


I decided to alter one just in time for our School Daze hop!  Look at the photo below and tell me if you can guess which subject this notebook will be for???


Did you guess Geography?  If you did, then you would be right!  I found a piece of cardstock from American Crafts in my stash that had a map of the United States printed on it, and thought it would be perfect for a geography book!  I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out a geo tag pointing to the city my sweet little grandson lives in.  He's got a few more years before he is school age, but since I think of him all the time, this is just one more sweet reminder!


I put some red washi tape on the back of the geo tag to make it pop!  Next I added some "air mail" washi to the side binding of the book.  I thought it also followed the geography theme well!  I wrapped some natural jute around everything and topped it off with a coordinating button.  Ready for school!


Your next stop will be with...

the talented Alicia...just wait til you see what she has in store for you!

If you get lost along the way, here is the entire line-up for today's hop so that you will be able to get back on track and not miss a single project.



5.  Miranda ~ www.nanasscrapspot.com 
6.  Sharon (A Piece Of Heart) ~ http://piece-ofheart.blogspot.com




Thank you for hoping along with us today and I hope that we have inspired you to get your craft on.

Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E

Free SVG Cutting Files!

Happy Friday!  I'm so late, it's going to be Saturday for some of you pretty soon!  Once again, I apologize for neglecting you and this poor blog!  Thank you for continuing to stop by and say hi anyway!  It means so much.  Here's what I've been busy with:


That is my GORGEOUS daughter and her handsome new husband!  Yes...we finally had and survived the wedding! And it was perfect!  We couldn't have possibly asked for anything better!  The pic above was done by an incredibly talented artist, Photos By Bailey.  Be sure to check out her Facebook page and website, and if you're local to the Seattle area and need a photographer for anything, she's incredible and offers SUPER reasonable pricing!  Check her out!

Now it's time to come back and nurture this neglected blog!  Here's what's coming up...tomorrow I'm taking part in not one, but TWO blog hops!  Awesome prizes will be up for grabs in both of them so make sure to stop back by.  Next week, things will be getting back to normal, but I'm SURE you'll notice a wedding theme!  I've been SO BUSY making all sorts of things for the wedding for months now, but couldn't share a lot of them until afterwards!  So I have a cute rehearsal bouquet to share, along with tons of journaling cards, a thank you banner, ceramic tiles with vinyl silhouettes, and tons more!  Be sure to check back starting tomorrow!


And for now...FREE SVG FILES!  Woot!!  I love free...so here ya go!  Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons released a super cute freebie today that would be perfect as a title for lots of those summer pages we're all working so hard on.  Be sure to check it out!




FREE SVG FILES:

New file DAILY - 

Miss Kate Cuttables actually has a DAILY freebie every day of the week!  Totally sweet and generous! Today's free file is a cute little crab with sunglasses.

New file every MONDAY - 


Little Scraps Of Heaven  You can access their freebies through their blog or their Facebook fan page.  This week's freebie is an adorable floppy reindeer.


KaDoodle Bug Designs publishes new free files on Mondays and corresponding digi files on Tuesdays.  Now it seems they've really been outdoing themselves lately by also giving an assortment of free phrases each week! KaDoodle Bug is offering the cutest little monkey with a lemon called, "making lemonade!

New file every TUESDAY - 

Treasure Box Designs offers a new digital file every Tuesday.  They have some really cute stuff!.  This week, they're offering a cute little owl coming out of a Christmas box.

For those of you that own a Silhouette machine, don't forget that the Silhouette store has a free cutting file each Tuesday.  You need to download the free program to your computer (even if you don't own a Silhouette machine yet) to access the store.  Please keep in mind that the files aren't SVGs...they will only cut on a Silhouette brand machine, (SD, Cameo, or Portrait) so this will be a great option ONLY if you're planning to purchase (or already own) a Silhouette. You can download the free program HERE.   This week's freebie is a phrase, "do what you love."

New file every FRIDAY - 

Designs on Cloud 9 They have adorable Teddy bears and other characters.  Lots of cuteness on this site! This week's freebie is a swing card.  Dies for swing cards cost a fortune...here's one totally free!

Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons offers a new free SVG file each Friday.  She even offers a newsletter subscription to remind you.    This week's freebie is a super cute title called, "playing in the waves."

My Scrap Chick offers a new file each Friday to her newsletter subscribers.  Click the link to subscribe.  This week, we're receiving a set of filmstrip frames.

RANDOM days, but new files regularly - 

Birds Cards - is an awesome blog with all sorts of amazing freebies!  This week Bird is giving us a set of doily corners and some new backgrounds.

SVG Cuts offers TONS of free files!  I believe they have said that there are over 200 of them available right now.  Make sure to sign up for their newsletter too. Every time they send a newsletter, they include a new free file!  Their latest offering is a pretty flourish
.

Do you know of any other sites that offer free SVG files on a weekly basis?  Let me know in the comments.  I would love to add them to the list!

Need a Silhouette to cut out all this free goodness?

Silhouette Cameo Starter Bundle Kit 



Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E

Friday, July 11, 2014

Free Stuff!

Oh my poor little neglected blog!  How I have missed it...and YOU too dear friend!  My daughter's wedding is almost here...just a week away, and we are in full-on wedding mode!  I've never made so many projects in such a short amount of time!  I have SO  MUCH to share with you, but a lot of it will be surprises that I can't share until after the wedding. There's a ton of stuff though, so get out your reading glasses and get ready to be inspired once the time comes!

In the mean time, how about some freebies?!?!



FREE SVG FILES:

New file DAILY - 

Miss Kate Cuttables actually has a DAILY freebie every day of the week!  Totally sweet and generous! Today's free file is a Prince Crown.

New file every MONDAY - 


Little Scraps Of Heaven  You can access their freebies through their blog or their Facebook fan page.  This week's freebie is a flamingo.


KaDoodle Bug Designs publishes new free files on Mondays and corresponding digi files on Tuesdays.  Now it seems they've really been outdoing themselves lately by also giving an assortment of free phrases each week! KaDoodle Bug is offering two free files this week...a mouse eating a watermelon and a Halloween kitten!

New file every TUESDAY - 

Treasure Box Designs offers a new digital file every Tuesday.  They have some really cute stuff!.  This week, they're offering a cute little cow.

For those of you that own a Silhouette machine, don't forget that the Silhouette store has a free cutting file each Tuesday.  You need to download the free program to your computer (even if you don't own a Silhouette machine yet) to access the store.  Please keep in mind that the files aren't SVGs...they will only cut on a Silhouette brand machine, (SD, Cameo, or Portrait) so this will be a great option ONLY if you're planning to purchase (or already own) a Silhouette. You can download the free program HERE.   This week's freebie is a pattern and a Hello.

New file every FRIDAY - 

Designs on Cloud 9 They have adorable Teddy bears and other characters.  Lots of cuteness on this site! This week's freebie is a happy daisy.

Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons offers a new free SVG file each Friday.  She even offers a newsletter subscription to remind you.    This week's freebie is a super cute melting ice cube.

My Scrap Chick offers a new file each Friday to her newsletter subscribers.  Click the link to subscribe.  This week, we're receiving a pocket page designed to go into your journal or Smash Book.

RANDOM days, but new files regularly - 

Birds Cards - is an awesome blog with all sorts of amazing freebies!  This week Bird is giving us a doily card and a lacy frame card.

SVG Cuts offers TONS of free files!  I believe they have said that there are over 200 of them available right now.  Make sure to sign up for their newsletter too. Every time they send a newsletter, they include a new free file!  Their latest offering is a vine frame.

Do you know of any other sites that offer free SVG files on a weekly basis?  Let me know in the comments.  I would love to add them to the list!

Need a Silhouette to cut out all this free goodness?

Silhouette Cameo Starter Bundle Kit 


Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E

Friday, July 4, 2014

Friday Freebies and Happy 4th of July!!

Happy 4th of July!!!  I hope all of you celebrating today and tonight have an AWESOME (and safe) time!  We've had family in all week (part of why I've been neglecting you dear blog and dear friends) and more coming in today.  As I'm sure I've mentioned on here (many times) before, our neighborhood gets together every 4th and has a BBQ up in our cul de sac.  Then we pool our fireworks and have one of the best shows anywhere!!  Super excited to connect with them tonight, drink a few...something, and have a blast...literally!


Okay, for the record, I'm SOOOO not ready to start thinking about Christmas yet, but this week, one of the freebies being offered to us is so adorable, I couldn't resist pasting that pic up here.  So brace yourself...only 173 more shopping days til Christmas!  Haha!



FREE SVG FILES:

New file DAILY - 

Miss Kate Cuttables actually has a DAILY freebie every day of the week!  Totally sweet and generous! Today's free file is a 4th of July Title.

New file every MONDAY - 


Little Scraps Of Heaven  You can access their freebies through their blog or their Facebook fan page.  This week's freebie is a flamingo.


KaDoodle Bug Designs publishes new free files on Mondays and corresponding digi files on Tuesdays.  Now it seems they've really been outdoing themselves lately by also giving an assortment of free phrases each week! KaDoodle Bug is offering an adorable bear dressed up as a bumble bee...she's called a Bumble Bear!

New file every TUESDAY - 

Treasure Box Designs offers a new digital file every Tuesday.  They have some really cute stuff!.  This week, they're getting ready for Christmas by offering the cutest little teddy bear in a wreath holding a candy cane.

For those of you that own a Silhouette machine, don't forget that the Silhouette store has a free cutting file each Tuesday.  You need to download the free program to your computer (even if you don't own a Silhouette machine yet) to access the store.  Please keep in mind that the files aren't SVGs...they will only cut on a Silhouette brand machine, (SD, Cameo, or Portrait) so this will be a great option ONLY if you're planning to purchase (or already own) a Silhouette. You can download the free program HERE.   This week's freebie is a really cool Chevron Flag.

New file every FRIDAY - 

Designs on Cloud 9 They have adorable Teddy bears and other characters.  Lots of cuteness on this site! This week's freebie is a set of summer frames.

Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons offers a new free SVG file each Friday.  She even offers a newsletter subscription to remind you.    This week's freebie is an adorable Uncle Sam.

My Scrap Chick offers a new file each Friday to her newsletter subscribers.  Click the link to subscribe.  This week, we're receiving a card with a maze on it, called the "You Amaze Me" card.

RANDOM days, but new files regularly - 

Birds Cards - is an awesome blog with all sorts of amazing freebies!  This week Bird is giving us a very elegant cupcake wrapper.

SVG Cuts offers TONS of free files!  I believe they have said that there are over 200 of them available right now.  Make sure to sign up for their newsletter too. Every time they send a newsletter, they include a new free file!  Their latest offering is a vine frame.

Do you know of any other sites that offer free SVG files on a weekly basis?  Let me know in the comments.  I would love to add them to the list!

Need a Silhouette to cut out all this free goodness?

Silhouette Cameo Starter Bundle Kit 


Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E


Friday, June 27, 2014

Free SVG Cutting Files

Happy Freebie day!   Here's your weekly list of the most current FREE SVG files out there on the interwebs!  Enjoy!



And just look at this little kangaroo face!  How could you not want to download and adopt him?!



FREE SVG FILES:

New file DAILY - 

Miss Kate Cuttables actually has a DAILY freebie every day of the week!  Totally sweet and generous! Today's free file is an adorable kangaroo.

New file every MONDAY - 


Little Scraps Of Heaven  You can access their freebies through their blog or their Facebook fan page.  This week's freebie is called Sun Kissed Pig.  It's a pig building a sand castle!


KaDoodle Bug Designs publishes new free files on Mondays and corresponding digi files on Tuesdays.  Now it seems they've really been outdoing themselves lately by also giving an assortment of free phrases each week! KaDoodle Bug is offering an adorable summer puppy.

New file every TUESDAY - 

Treasure Box Designs offers a new digital file every Tuesday.  They have some really cute stuff!.  This week, they're offering a phrase, "A Summer to Remember."

For those of you that own a Silhouette machine, don't forget that the Silhouette store has a free cutting file each Tuesday.  You need to download the free program to your computer (even if you don't own a Silhouette machine yet) to access the store.  Please keep in mind that the files aren't SVGs...they will only cut on a Silhouette brand machine, (SD, Cameo, or Portrait) so this will be a great option ONLY if you're planning to purchase (or already own) a Silhouette. You can download the free program HERE.   This week's freebie is a nice collection of files including an arrow, tickets, a house shape, and a "here and now" phrase.

New file every FRIDAY - 

Designs on Cloud 9 They have adorable Teddy bears and other characters.  Lots of cuteness on this site! This week's freebie is a beach penguin.

Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons offers a new free SVG file each Friday.  She even offers a newsletter subscription to remind you.    This week's freebie is a set of seed packets.

My Scrap Chick offers a new file each Friday to her newsletter subscribers.  Click the link to subscribe.  This week, we're receiving a card with the phrase, "you're a star."

RANDOM days, but new files regularly - 

Birds Cards - is an awesome blog with all sorts of amazing freebies!  This week Bird is giving us a pyramid box and some paper bows.

SVG Cuts offers TONS of free files!  I believe they have said that there are over 200 of them available right now.  Make sure to sign up for their newsletter too. Every time they send a newsletter, they include a new free file!  Their latest offering is a baby moon and star.

Do you know of any other sites that offer free SVG files on a weekly basis?  Let me know in the comments.  I would love to add them to the list!


Need a Silhouette to cut out all this free goodness?  

Silhouette Cameo Starter Bundle Kit 


Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

WOYWW 264 - Journaling And More Journaling

Oh my goodness, how did the day get away from me so fast yesterday?  I completely forgot to put up and link my What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday post last night.  Well, here's my desk this week...


WOYWW Scrapbook Journaling

So here's my dirty little secret...I LOVE scrapbooking...going through the photos, matching up colors, finding just the right embellishments, doing all kinds of fun techniques, getting lost in the art of it.  But one thing I really am not fond of, and really procrastinate over is journaling.  It's not that I hate it, because I actually love to write.  It's that I'm terrified of ruining a perfectly good page with a bad twist of the wrist.  I know I can journal on a separate piece of  cardstock, and then add it on, I actually do that a lot.  But then I have to get the paper, cut it to size blah blah blah.  I know...I'm just making excuses!  So on my desk are two stacks, over three inches high each, of pages that have just been written on, and pages still awaiting their journaling. And then comes the task of trying to figure out how to organize which pages in what album...gah.

The button/badge is hidden for those of you who like to hunt.  Husband couldn't find it last week, so I made it a little easier this time! Let me know if you spot it!

Oh, and while you're here...for those of you who are scrapbookers, how do you organize your layouts in to albums?  By date?  By person? By holiday or event?  I need some guidance!!

Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E



Monday, June 23, 2014

Blog Tour 2014 And A Winner!!

I'm so excited!  Today is my day to post in a blog tour I've been participating in!  Last week, I was tagged in AJ's post during her tour date.

So what's a blog tour?  I'm not sure exactly where or when this started (although I wish I did so I could thank the originator!) but I think it's a fabulous idea!  AJ answered four questions (I'll be answering the same ones below) and then tagged three people to do the same the next week.  I was one of her people, so I'll do the same today and then tag someone for next Monday's tour.  Just wait til you see who it is...she's AWESOME!  So here goes...


1. What am I working on?
Since my daughter's wedding is coming up in 27 days, (EEP!!) EVERYTHING I'm doing revolves around the wedding!  In the past few months, we've made invitations and custom-cut envelopes, bridal shower invitations, a Snap book with custom-made 3x4 journaling cards for relationship advice from her shower guests, a really cool gift bag, and food cards for her shower.  Now I'm in the process of taking a bunch of tulle and ribbon from her shower gifts to make her a "bouquet" for her rehearsal, a "thanks" banner for one of her wedding pics, more 3x4 cards for wedding guests to fill out, a box for the guests to deposit those cards in, and soooo much more!  After July 19th, I might actually make a scrapbook layout again, if I haven't forgotten how! 












2. How does my work differ from others of it's genre?
I think one of the big stand-outs in my work, is that I LOVE to use bright colors...I mean, REALLY bright colors!  I've tried using muted colors, and vintage colors, and although I do every now and then, it's not in my comfort zone, and something I always feel a little insecure about. Oh, and purple...it's always about purple with me!














3. Why do I write/create what I do?
As I've mentioned before, I used to be an extreme couponer.  I'm ultra frugal, as well as disabled and on a limited income.  I got really interested in Scrapbooking after my neck injury when my other artistic outlets were no longer possible, or severely limited.   As ALL paper crafters know, it is NOT a cheap hobby!  I started small and used the knowledge and resources I learned from couponing to slowly build a stash.  Of course now, it's taken on a life of its own! 

I feel very strongly that anyone, regardless of their income, can get their hands on all the supplies they need for next-to-nothing, if they're willing to put in the time.  That has been the goal of this blog all along...helping people save money on their crafting needs, so they can pursue their art and nurture their creativity.  And for those who can afford supplies, why not get them free or cheap anyway and save all that money for a really great vacation???

Part of my custom-built $22 craft room!

4. How does your writing/creating process work?
That's such a hard question, because I'm a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants girl.  I have several weekly features I like to write, like Money-Saving Monday and Free-For-All  Friday, or to  participate in such as What's on Your WorkdeskWednesday.  Beyond that, I sit at my desk in my gorgeous craft room and will just see something that catches my eye and inspires me, and away I go!




Now, for the next part of the tour, I would like to introduce you to Georgiana from Carson's Creations.  She and I have been bloggie friends for several years, and I've loved following her work and creative process.  Here's a little about her:




Hi! My name is Georgiana of Carson's Creations. I am super excited that Amy asked me to be a part of this Blog Hop Tour. A little about me...I am married with 2 children, Kyle is almost 20 and Kelsey is 16. I am an elementary teacher (5th grade) in Central Florida, but I am currently enjoying summer vacation. I have been papercrafting for a little over 4 years thanks to a fellow teacher who got me hooked on my Cricut Expression. I added the Silhouette Cameo to my collection this past Christmas and love using both machines. I typically make cards, but enjoy making treat bags for my students and I recently been having fun making more 3D projects. I am on a few Design Teams, have participated in many hops, and look forward to meeting crafty friends who like to share. 
Georgiana will be showing and telling you more in her part of the blog tour next Monday June 30th. Be sure to stop by so you can say hi and get to know her a little better.  You'll be glad you did!
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed what you read and saw.  I would love to hear any feedback you might have!
Eek! I almost forgot!!!  The winner of the two Itty Bitty stamp sets from last week's Growing in Unity posts is:
WhoMom!!


Yay!!!  Who, you have until Thursday to contact me and let me know which stamps you would like!  Congratulations!!

Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E