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Friday, January 31, 2014

A Layout with Silhouette Cotton Canvas

Hi everyone,
I'm back over on the Silhouette blog today sharing a new page layout.  I used a fun printable cotton canvas by Silhouette, used sketch pens, and added some cut designs -- read more about it over on their blog!  

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Custom Scrapbook Designs

Good Sunday morning!
Today I'm reminded of how truly blessed I am.  In so many ways -- family, friends, health... and at Artsy Albums.  Two years ago, I took a huge leap of faith, quit my job, and decided to follow my passion.  I hoped and prayed that I would sell just 100 albums in my first year.  I did (barely), and thanks to my many wonderful customers, I will soon hit the 750 mark!  I'm thrilled that my do-it-yourself kits are a client favorite, and today I wanted to share a few albums you may have never seen -- custom one-of-a-kind albums that were made by special request, for very special people.

Feeling so thankful, 

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Stitching With Your Silhouette

Happy Saturday Friends!
I hopping on my blog this morning to share a fun Silhouette technique with you.  I love the look of stitching on scrapbook projects, but my sewing machine and I have a love/hate relationship -- I would love to use it, but hate lugging it out, threading everything, and then getting reminded how "not good" I am at using it. So, since I use my CAMEO every single day, I've decided that the "look" of stitching will have to do for now.

I created this baby mini album for the Silhouette blog, and posted a tutorial on how to create fun stitch lines with the software's print and cut features.  You can check out the whole tutorial here.

I made the base of my album with Silhouette's chipboard.  As you all know, I am a chipboard loving girl when it comes to my mini albums, and I was pleasantly surprised with Silhouette's product.  It cut beautifully in my machine and added a nice sturdy backing to each of the pages in this album.

For the title, I cut several of the same shape out of the chipboard and layered them together to create my own chipboard accent piece.  So cool -- I'm going to being doing this more often!

So head over to Silhouette to get all of the details on how to make the stitch lines, and for all the links to each shape I used on this mini.  Have fun and come back to visit soon!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

New Mini Album Kits at Artsy Albums

Good Sunday evening everyone!
I hope you've all had a wonderful weekend and are looking forward to some crafty time this coming week :)

Just a quick post this evening to let you know about three new mini album kits that were added to Artsy Albums this week.  

As always, my albums are available two ways -- do-it-yourself kits that are pre-cut, packaged by page, and come with full instructions, or pre-made so that it arrives to you ready for gifting or adding photos.

I hope you'll follow Artsy Albums on Facebook,  and subscribe to this blog, to stay up-to-date on all of my latests kits and projects!  I have lots of fun plans for the coming months!
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, January 17, 2014

A Wedding Mini and New Silhouette Vellum

Hi Artsy friends!
I'm back over on Silhouette's blog today sharing how I used their brand new vellum!  We are going to be seeing a lot more of vellum in paper crafting and scrapbooking this year -- it was a hot trend at CHA this past weekend!

Head over to Silhouette's site to check out more photos of this project, and to learn about all of the other new products they introduced at CHA!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

A Double-Sided Adhesive Tutorial with Lori Whitlock

Hi everyone,
You can find me over on Lori Whitlock's blog today -- I'm sharing a tutorial on using Silhouette's double-sided adhesive.  Lori has some great Valentine's shapes on her website, and in the Silhouette store, so I created this cute Valentine Gift Set using her cutting files and the double sided adhesive.  Visit her blog to get all of the details!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Blog Hop with Lori Whitlock's Creative Team

Welcome to Artsy Albums and your next stop on Lori Whitlock's January Blog Hop!  If you're starting here, be sure to head over to Lori's site to start from the beginning!  You won't want to miss the creative ideas at each stop!
Be sure to come back ... I have a GIVEAWAY that you won't want to miss :) 

For my project, I created a layout using a brand new paper line that Lori designed for Echo Park called "That's My Boy".  

This "Love These" arrow design is super cute and comes with three different sayings -- great for scrapbook layouts!
Lori also has brand new nesting shapes in her shop and at Silhouette.  I used the star on my layout and enlarged it to be a focus on the page.
Paper by Lori for Echo Park -- "That's My Boy"

Lori is having an awesome sale on her website today...

And I'm doing a GIVEAWAY here on my site:
One winner will be announced on Facebook and here on my blog on Thursday, January 16.

A $10 download card to the Silhouette store  
Enter here:
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Don't forget to leave a comment below so I know that you've entered my giveaway!! 

Wow! So much fun stuff! Now on to the rest of the blog hop!

Thanks for hopping by! 

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Day 2: We R Memory Keepers Jet Set Projects

As promised, I'm back today with a mini album project using one of We R Memory Keepers brand new CHA releases.  This collection is called Jet Set and I had so much fun creating with this versatile and colorful paper line.   As soon as I saw this fun piece of 12x12 USA map paper, I knew it would be a great cover for a travel album.  You could even put a brad or gem embellishment on the state, or states, that you visited.   Jet Set will be available in April!
I created this gate fold album with a simple piece of chipboard, cut to size, and the Cinch binding tool.  If you love minis, and don't have a Cinch, I would encourage you to visit We R Memory's website to check it out!  I have not only cinched many of my mini albums, but several school and work projects as well!  Love it!

I hope you'll stop back by the blog tomorrow!  I'll be doing a fun Blog Hop with the other members of the Lori Whitlock creative team!  We have lots of new fun things to share with you on the hop!

Saturday, January 11, 2014

New CHA Release: Jet Set by We R Memory Keepers

Happy weekend!
As many of you know, the Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) winter show is in full swing this weekend.   Today and tomorrow, I'll be sharing two projects with you that I created for We R Memory Keepers CHA catalog.  The new collection is called "Jet Set" -- a wonderful new travel line with fun colors, awesome stickers, and great tags.  Available in April!

Here's the first page layout.  Stay tuned -- tomorrow I'll be sharing one of my favorite projects...a mini album!
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, January 10, 2014

A Winter Silhouette Layout

Happy Friday friends!
I was inspired by all of the chilly (okay...cold!) weather we've been having recently, so today you'll find me over on the Silhouette blog sharing this wintery layout.  

Did you know that you can design your page layout in the Silhouette software?  You can even drop in photos so that you can see your page before you ever cut the first piece of paper!

How fun is that?  I create almost all of my pages this way now.  Once I have everything the way I like it, I just move pieces off to the side and start cutting shapes out.   It also helps if I use the "fill color" tool.  That way, I can cut all of the same color shapes at once!  It saves time and paper!

Leave me a comment letting me know if you've ever created a page in your Silhouette software -- I'd love to hear your ideas!

Friday, January 3, 2014

Winter Wonderland Layout & Two New Kits!!

Hi everyone and Happy New Year!!  I have lots to share with you today! 

First, a wintery layout that I created for the Silhouette blog.  I've been anxious to create a page with Echo Park's new "Keepin Cozy" paper collection.  I just love the frosty blues and the touches of red.  I also had this photo tucked away for something fun, so when my turn came up over at Silhouette, I knew what I wanted to do :)  

The photo above does not do justice to the title on this check out the picture below.  I used a metallic silver sketch pen, in my CAMEO machine, to sketch the title -- love this technique!

Visit Silhouette's blog to see additional close-ups of this layout and to get links to all of the fun shapes I used to create this page.

More news....I added two brand new 12x12 page layout kits to the shop yesterday.  You'll want to check these out to complete 7 layouts very quickly -- that's 14 pages!  

These kits are perfect for everyday photos ("The Daily Grind") and all of those Christmas pictures ("Tis The Season") that are still sitting on your camera!  

Order these kits today and have 14 pages done in no time!  

Finally, I want to thank all of you so much for an amazing 2013!  You are the reason I'm able to own a small business and I'm so thankful for your support, comments, orders, and friendship.  With other businesses closing all the time, I realize how blessed I am to be able to do what I love....thank you from the bottom of my heart!!

May your New Year be filled with happiness and good health,