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Scrappin Fun Off the Page with Jenni Bowlin Chalkboard Easels Print E-mail
Written by Cathy Smith   
Thursday, 30 August 2012 00:00
JBE Show Sample

Isn't this lovely? This was one of the wonderful samples at the Jenni Bowlin booth at the tradeshow.

We just had to get these chalkboard easels in the store,
and wait till you see the fun that members of Simple Pleasures ALPHA SCRAPPA BETA Monthly Scrap Club has been having with the easels.

JBE Janice Supplies

The basic supplies for any of these easel projects are simply a Jenni Bowlin Chalkboard easel (yes, it even comes with chalk to use), some Basic Grey magnetic discs (you'll see why in a minute or so) and some pictures and embellishments (we like the Maya Road shaped bottle caps like the flowers shown above).

 JBE Janice Project

 Janice used fibers, anchors and magnets to make her chalkboard easel a photo collage that easily accomodates changing the pictures out in an instant! She journaled in the upper lefthand corner (sorry this photo doesn't show the journaling too well) and in the bottom righthand corner, too. Again, easy peasy to just erase and journal something new when she changes out the photos.

Isn't her use of a photo in the Maya Road in flower "bottle cap" great?

JBE Janice Flower Front

Now here is where Janice gets really crafty ...
look at how she made it so she can also change out the photo in the flower, too.

 JBE Janice Flower

She attached one of those handy-dandy Basic Grey magnets to the back of the photo,
so she is able to change out picture in the flower, too!!!!


How about another fun idea?
Lynne, another of the Alpha Scrappa Beta Scrap Club members,
and also one of our Design Team contributors,
also got crafty with her Chalkboard Easel.

Lynne used the Little Yellow Bicycle "Head of the Class" papers to frame the easel and for the embellishments on her project.

 JBE LYB and Supplies

Lynne also used the chalk to journal on the easel. See the bottle caps at the opposite corners of the photo? Lynne decorated them and also added magnets to the back so that the photo can be changed out from time to time throughout the school year!

 JBE Lynne Finished

What do you think? Are some possibilities popping in your mind for these fun easels?
Here's a final sample to share with you.

It's Anne's "Good Times" easel.

Anne added the hook in the center, from which she hung a photo.
Again, a great touch, and a great way to keep the easel a perpetual focal point for any picture that strikes her fancy!

  JBE Anne Good Times

So, follow Anne's lead ....

Let the "Good Times" begin with an easel project of your own!
Maya Road "Paws"-itively Cute Desktop Calendar Print E-mail
Calendar Creativity
Written by Cathy Smith   
Monday, 27 August 2012 00:00
SPM Cal Cover

Mom made this oh, so, cute desktop calendar that we just had to share with you!

Maya Road acrylic calendar stand
Rosie's Roadshow 2013 mini calendar sticker sheet
We R Memory Keeper Friends Furever 12x12 collection pad
Small pics of your favorite "furry friends"
Fluid Chalk ink pads for distressing
Ribbons and decorative buttons to accent

 RRCB Cal Sheet

Without further adieu,
we'll share all 12 pages of mom's creative calendar for you.

SPM Cal Jan


SPM Cal Feb

Emma and Fritz, very special companions for each other.

SPM Cal Mar

OK, Mom "could" have left the March pic out - but you know how mom's are!!!

SPM Cal Apr

SPM Cal May

Cathy and Dad here, with the two brother pups, Fritz and Schnitz!

Snuggle time ...
 SPM Cal June

 Are you sensing a theme here?

And here we have Schnitz and Katie,
 Mom and Dad's two cuties ... 

SPM Cal July

SPM Cal Aug

SPM Cal Sept


 SPM Cal Oct

 Check out this tongue action by Katie ....

SPM Cal Nov

And what better way to celebrate the holidays than with
a few Santa's "in the picture"

 SPM Cal Dec

I have to say, these calendars are addictive to make, and also to receive! 
I bet you can think of several special people who would love to get a gift like this,
pet pics, random family shots - so many possibilities.

Thanks, Mom, for surprising ME with this calendar.
It is a gift of love that I treasure!
Fall Magnetic Picture Frame Fun Print E-mail
Techniques & Tutorials
Written by Cathy Smith   
Tuesday, 21 August 2012 00:00
We're having lots of fun with the new Magnetic Picture Frames that just arrived at the store.
See for yourself how cute, and quick, and fun they are!

Lynne created this "spooktacular" Halloween home decor piece
with a black vertical frame. We also have black horizontal frames. Use both frames together for a fun grouping of ghoulish delights!

 DTL MPF Rem Hall

 The great thing about scrappin' on the magnetic picture frames, is there are few supplies needed, few pictures needed and they are quick to create.

Supplies for the Halloween project include

Black Vertical Magnetic Picture Frame
Reminisce Hallowe'en collection goodies
Bella Blvd Sophisticates accent papers
Bottlecaps -  lined with background paper
Kaisercraft Sparklets  - used as accents in the bottle caps
Basic Grey magnets to affix background & pics to the frame under the bottlecaps
Vinyl (die cut for the word "Halloween")

 Rem Hall Fall 2012

 Rem Hall 2012 CloseUp

How about a scrapped Thanksgiving Magnetic Picture Frame?
Lynne used the new Bella Blvd Fall collection in this next creation,
this time choosing to use the more vintage, antiqued Magnetic Picture Frame.

DTL MPF Bella Thanks

Antique Rust Vertical Magnetic Picture Frame
Bella Blvd Thankful papers
Bottle caps
Basic Grey magnets
Vinyl - die cut for Thanksgiving title and flourishes
Twine accents

Bella Blvd Thankful Header

Here's a closeup of how Lynne used the bottlecaps with the magnets underneath.  They are great  accents for the "layout" and a way to anchor the photos in place so the pics can be changed out -  functional AND decorative, too!

DTL MPF CU Bella Thanks

How about another grouping using these versatile Magnet Picture Frames -
this time, a non-seasonal duo, on display at the store as a grouping ....
and again, the great thing about both of these is that you can switch out the pics whenever you'd like to,
thanks to the decorated bottle caps with magnets to hold the photos in place!



Vertical and Horizontal Antique Magnet Picture Frames
Echo Park "This & That" Charming papers, ThC26011, ThC26013 and THC26015
(That's right, just THREE sheets to create the two layouts)!!!

 EPA Charming

Authentique paper PFF002
Kaisercraft Sparklets
Basic Grey Magnets
Bottle caps

Have we peaked your curiosity or given you some ideas to create one of these fun Magnetic Picture Frames of your own?!?

Thanks for stopping in ....
Stay Tuned. More creative ideas coming your way!
Rosie's Roadshow Mini Calendar Creativity Print E-mail
Calendar Creativity
Written by Cathy Smith   
Sunday, 12 August 2012 00:00
RRCB Display Board

We're so excited with the Rosie's Roadshow stamps that have just arrived!

And, we absolutely love their calendar creativity - they make soooo many cute little stamps that make it a breeze to decorate accents for the mini-calendar holder shown above.

Small stamps
Background Papers (Memory Box or Bo Bunny dots work great)
Rosie's Roadshow mini calendar sheet
Rosie's Roadshow acrylic calendar case
Scallop oval punch

RRCB Cal Sheet

This is what the calendar case looks like. It holds all 12 of the decorated mini calendar sheets. Perfect size for in a purse, backback or suit jacket pocket!

RRCB Acrylic Calendar Case
RRC MUC Scal Oval Punch
Here's a closeup of the October mini calendar sheet. Rosie's little ghost is so cute!

RRCB Oct CloseUp

 And there are mini stamps for every season! Fireworks, Shamrocks, flowers, cornucopia, and many more. Here's a closeup of several mini pages so you can see for yourself just how cute these stamps are

 RRCB Top CloseUp

Want to see more?!?
Here are some more Rosie's  mini calendar eye-candy!!

RRCB Bottom CloseUp

What do YOU think ... aren't they great!!
We've got all these Rosie stamps in stock (and more, too) as well as the Rosie mini calendar sheets and acrylic calendar cases.

Think these will be just like Potato Chips .... can't just have one!!
Gonna wanna make a whole bunch of these little calendar treats-
No Calories, either! 
Scrap A Calendar Layout Gift! Print E-mail
Calendar Creativity
Written by Cathy Smith   
Saturday, 11 August 2012 00:00
DTGB Calendar Layout Completed

Gretchen, one of our talented design team contributors, created this scrapped calendar sensation with the following goodies:
SRM Calendar Month sticker sheet
SRM 2013 sticker sheet
Echo Park This & That sticker sheet and  paper
Basic Grey mini magnets
Bottle caps, stickles and distress stickles and diamond glaze
Black metal tin sheet to attach page to for displaying

SRM 2013 Mini Standard Calendar Sheet

SRM 2013 Sticker Sheet

Gretchen cut out each of the 12 calendar months individually, cutting to the inside of the black borders, and mounted them on background papers. Look, she even matted each month's name (January, February, etc) , making for a great variation to the look of each month's calendar.
She embellished with stickles, too, for some pizzaz to the sides of some of the month titles.

DTG Cal Sticker Matting

Then, mount a photo. The pic Gretchen chose  is "timeless" and can be enjoyed no matter what the month or season! She used the mini banner from the Echo Park paper to tie the photo to the page.

DTG Cal LRC Accents

Some of the This & That cardstock stickers were applied in the lower righthand corner of the layout and "popped" a bit with the addition of stickles.
Gretchen decorated 4 bottlecaps with the papers, one for each corner of the page and epoxied them for a real embellished touch. By adding the Basic Grey mini magnets to the back of each bottlecap, not only do the bottle caps serve as accents that can be moved wherever you'd like them; they also serve to hold the calendar layout in place on the metal tin sheet for an instant display.

DTG Cal Completed

Wouldn't this make a great gift!! 
Thanks, Gretchen, for another inspiring project! 
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