Scrapbooking: Digital Feed

It's been awhile, but I digi-scrapped!!

I used to do a lot of digital scrapbooking back in the day, and while I loved the lack of mess to clean up I really missed feeling the paper and getting my hands I compromised and became a hybrid-scrapper who did traditional scrapbooking with touches of digital.  

Recently I was asked to review the My Memories Suite digital scrapbooking software for Craft can read my review here {there's also a video on how the software works}.  -It was fun to digi-scrap again!!  Here's some of the 100% digital layouts I made:

My Album 1-010 




Sponsor: Craft Critique; My Memories Suite   



A Valencia High School Graduation Layout

Erin_Bassett-Graduation copy 

{click on photos to enlarge} 

When you're on a design team you don't always get to work with products that you love...such was the case with the papers that were created especially for our local schools and that are available at Remember When.   I think that just seeing a whole sheet of yellow & purple plaid can look utterly scary LOL!!!  The funny thing is that when I look at this layout now, I like it!  Of course if you actually have a recent high school grad at your house then I'm sure it would be much more appealing to you!!

Oh, and you see those letters that say "grad"?  They are just white fuzzy Thickers that I sprayed with Glimmer Mist!  




 I also used my new iRock tool to adhere all the Hot Rocks (aka: bling) to this layout!  Totally love that tool and how the templates that come with the Hot Rocks are made out of the same material craft mats are made out of so you can use it with your hot iRock!!



***Thank you Sandy for letting me use photos of your Daughter's graduation...I totally could not have pulled off this page without your help!!

Supplies: Cardstock - Bazzill; Patterened Paper - ...; Cuttlebug Embossing Plus (Fanciful Lables) - ProvoCraft; Cricut Expression (Home Decor cartridge) - ProvoCraft; iRock tool & Hot Rocks - Imaginisce; Fragments - Tim Holtz/Advantus; Flowers & Brads - Remember When Embellishment Bar; Letter Stickers - American Crafts, My Little Shoebox; Ink - Quick Quotes; Glimmer Mist - Tattered Angles; Crackle Accents - Ranger; Stamp - Scenic Route; Font: Typewriter


The Tattered Angles Educators blog is still celebrating National Scrapbook Month!  Hop on over and see what Vicki Chrisman and Karen Gerber have created and don't forget to enter THIS giveaway!

Sponsor: Remember When, ProvoCraft, Imaginisce, Tattered Angles


Tilano Coasters - Part 2

Guess what?  I re-did the Tilano coasters!  I know, I know, I'm always saying to go with it when things don't turn out to your expectations...but in this case, my family is going to be looking at these every day for years to come.  Plus there are so quick to do (well except for waiting for them to dry LOL) that it wasn't taking up a lot of effort or time out of my life.

Tilano Coasters - sanding In the directions for the coaster it says if you have any problems you can just sand the tiles down and start I did!  By the way, the kit comes with the sandpaper and enough of the other supplies to re-do them (or you could use the extras to try transferring your photos to other things!)

This time instead of having Kinko's do the printing I used my husband's color laser printer.  It worked much better!  I also decided to print them out at 4 inches too.  Which worked pretty good although I did have to trim them down a bit smaller when I went to apply them to the coasters.

The sanding went pretty fast.  I think it took me only a minute or two per coaster.  After I was done sanding I just proceeded through the steps.  I ended up letting the transfer paper dry to the tiles overnight & then when I got up the next day I removed the paper backing, sanded the edges a bit, and applied the protective coats of medium.  

And here's the finished project!  So glad I took the time to re-do them.  :)

Don't forget to stop by this post & enter the drawing for a free kit of your very own (a $48.99 value)!

EPB_Tilano Coasters - finished

Sponsored by: Tilano


Tilano Coasters Project

Tilano I had such a fun time making these coasters!  Four marble coasters come in a kit by Tilano with all the things you need to whip up something special for your home or to give as a gift.


I'm keeping these one though since my house is in major need of coasters, the ones we had previously were just cork & they became one of our dog's favorite things to steal so they had bite marks in them...attractive...great for guests, LOL.


The thing I really like about this kit is that while it does take time to let the coasters dry in between steps, it really is a simple project with really cool results.  It's also great to be able to have custom things for the home with whatever you want on them. Tilano has a great video of the whole process to create the coasters, but here's some shots I took along the way.


Step1 The first step is to figure out your design.  I decided to make mine 3.5 inches square, although the coaster is about 4 inches square.  The designs I used are digital scrapbook pages I created with a digital scrapbook kit from  (created by Dianne Rigdon).  After you finish creating your design you need to use a laser printer to print your design onto Tilano's special paper.  I took a .jpg of my designs to Kinko's and let them print it for me.  The contrast on the printout seemed much darker on the Kinko's print out then on my test print at home.  I'm not sure if that's due to Kinko's printer settings, mine, or what.  I also think they resized it a bit since once I got home I notice they were just over 3 inches square instead of the 3.5 inches square size I created.  If I were to do this project over again I'd try using my husband's color laser printer to see if there was a difference.


Oh, and an important thing to note is that you need to print out a mirrored image of your designs or your photos and text will be backwards.  If you're clueless on how to print out a mirrored image Tilano will help you do it...look here.


Step2Once your images are printed out you brush on a thin layer of Tilano medium over them and the coasters and set them aside to dry.  Once dry you can cut your designs.


Next, you brush on another layer of Tilano medium over the coasters & then place your designs over it.  They give you a spreader to smooth out the paper & remove any air bubbles that may be trapped underneath.  Once again you allow it to dry....they recommend 3 hours.  With the warm dry weather we have here in CA it looked dry before that, but I obediently waited just in case 3 hours is the magical amount of time that causes things to work.




Step4After it's dry, you saturate the transfer paper with water from your brush and let the water sit on it for about half a minute.  The paper should become translucent (if not, add more water & massage it a bit).  You can then peel off the paper and reveal your design.  Yes, peel it off...the special paper let's you just peel it right of, no rubbing and fighting it like with other methods of photo transferring- love that!



Once your coaster has air dried you can sand any rough edges or areas where the medium oozed out around the transfer paper if you need to.  Mine were fine & I didn't have to do that step.


Lastly, you need to apply 3 coats of the medium...letting it dry 45 minutes in between coats.  This protects the coaster from beverage moisture.  You can also add some little cork "feet" to the bottom of each coaster, they come with the kit.



So as you can see, it's pretty simple to make a set of these.  It would make really great holiday gifts for friends and family.  I think another great idea would be to make some wall hanging with these coaster too.  B-A-B-Y would fit perfectly on them!  -I'll have to keep that in mind for the next baby shower. 

Edited to add: I ended up re-doing these see how they turned out click here.


Now, I have good news for all of you!  Tilano is graciously sending one of my blog readers their very own coaster kit.  To enter the drawing please do one or all of the following:

  • 1 entry: Leave a comment about what you would create with this coaster kit.  What designs do you have in mind for it?
  • 1 entry: Tweet or Facebook about this giveaway with a link to my blog post. Leave me a comment that you did so.
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  • 1 entry: Become a follower of my blog and tell me you did in a comment.


Please enter your email address with your comments so I can contact you if you win.  I will draw a winner on Thursday, October 22, 2009 and will announce the winner on Friday, October 23, 2009.

Good luck!

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Sponsor: Tilano


Circle Journal Scrapbook Page Swap


Some friends of mine (from the Paperclipping community Crop Circle) and I did a circle journal swap where we each created a page on "music" for each other & then exchanged them so we'd have a scrapbook created by the group.  Here's all of my hybrid-scrapbook pages before I mailed them off.

I recycled the piece of plastic that is taken off of the Yudu emulsion when creating a screen for screen printing and used it with my Silhouette digital cutter to creat an iPod.  I glittered it up & used a plastic cord for the iPod wire.

(click on photos to enlarge)

EPB-CJSwap_Music-Cutouts EPB-CJSwap_Music-CloseUp1


I put my journaling (about my favorite artists) on the back side of the insert that goes inside the iPod.

I can't wait to get all the other ladies pages in the is like happy mail every day! 

Supplies: Digital paper - Katie Pertiet at Designer Digitals; Embossing - Provo Craft Cuttlebug Embossing Folder; Digital Designs - Quickutz (music_player_icon, music_notes_1828); Transparency - Provo Craft Yudu Emulsion; Ink; Cord; Ribbon