Thursday, February 28, 2013

Cards that "pop"!

How to take your cards from okay to fabulous?

Add something that "pops"! It can be color, or texture, or an unusual embellishment.

STM Senior Designer Barb Prendergast shows how just a couple of quick details can add a whole lot of punch to your project. Below is a birthday card she made for one of the men in her family.  She used some of the more "male" colors in American Crafts' Soho Garden collection, including two flowers out of a patterned paper for that fantastic jolt of lime green. Men DO like flowers, just in small doses!

For a little pop of color, she added small punched circles of Best Creation's glitter cardstock in peacock:

Then, for even MORE color, she punched circles from scraps of other patterns in the Soho Gardens collection. She finished them with  Crackle Accents dimension medium by Ranger Industries for a little shine and texture. She attached her circles to the cards with Ranger Industries Pop It! foam dots for some great dimension:

For the sentiment, she printed her greeting on scrap cardstock via her computer and printer, then outlined with Distress Markers by Ranger Industries. A piece of May Arts dark brown burlap twine "ties it up with a bow".

This whole card took less than 30 minutes to make. How's that for fast and fabulous? And best of all, you can find everything you need to make this card at Scrap That Moment!

Supplies: Vanilla cardstock, Worldwin Papers;  Soho Gardens patterned paper collection, American Crafts; glitter cardstock, Best Creation Inc.; Antique Linen Distress Ink,  Walnut Stain Distress Marker,  Pop It! foam  shapes, Glossy Accents dimension medium, Ranger Industries; dark brown natural burlap twine, May Arts; Photo Glue Stick, Pioneer Photo Album Inc.; Cutter Bee scissors, EK Success. Other supplies: paper cutter, small paint brush, computer and printer. 

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Cute as a bunny!

Scrap That Moment designer Chris Olson Pozzi created this adorable Easter card by pairing Canvas Corp's Easter paper with brightly colored Worldwin cardstock and Creative Impressions ribbon. We love how we finished the card with the SandyLion Easter Rabbit sticker! 

You will find everything you need to make your own Easter cards and creations at Scrap That Moment! Check out our Worldwin cardstock wall, cute paper collections and fun ribbons. You'll find a variety of stickers and embellishments; or use the store's Cricut to cut an Easter shape. Lynette and her designers are always happy to share ideas and how-to's with customers.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Make something for YOUR "Somebunny Special"!

Yes! Lent season has started, which means the Easter projects at Scrap That Moment have started, too!

Here is a darling gift tag that STM owner Lynette Whaples Daniel made for her kids. 

Appropriately called "You Are Some Bunny Special To Me", Lynette's creation is made with Bazzill Basics tags. We just love the distress ink touches, the liquid pearl accents, and gorgeous May Arts Ribbon as the top of the carrot. 

Come in out of the cold and see all the wonderful new spring supplies available at Scrap That Moment!  
And while you're here, get some great inspiration for making an Easter gift for YOUR "somebunny special"!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Let's make a card with Soho Garden!

Have you ever looked at a layout or card and wondered "how did the designer make that"? Designs that look complicated often are easy to copy; you just need to break the project into components or steps.

I copied most of the elements of this card from American Crafts design team member Jill Cornell, with a few changes so that I could use materials from Scrap That Moment. The papers are from American Crafts' Soho Garden collection, which is full of bright colors and bold prints. (Scrap That Moment has collection packs that include all of the 20 Soho Garden patterns plus a set of black glitter Thickers alphabet, or you may purchase individual pieces. Trust me, all of the patterns are delightful!)

Below you will find directions for making this card yourself. It looks like a lot of steps, but it actually goes together quickly and easily.

American Crafts Soho Garden: Canal Street, Gramercy Park, Eldridge Street, Grande Street, High Line Park, Orchard Street
Best Creations Glitter Cardstock,  Peacock
Worldwin kraft paper; Worldwin Colormates, Dark Autumn Red
Maya Road Baker's Twine
Ranger Industries: Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad (I used Antique Linen and Tea Dye, but Vintage Photo or Walnut Stain also work well); Glossy Crackle Accents; Stickles glitter glue and Liquid Pearls, various colors
Tim Holtz Edge Distresser tool by Tonic Studios
Cutter Bee 5-inch scissors
Edge punch tool of choice
Other supplies:
foam dots; adhesive of choice (I used Alene's Tacky Glue, Pioneer Glue Stick, and a tape runner)
die cutting machine and dies; stamp and ink; 3/8 inch round punch; 1/8 inch handheld office hole punch; sewing machine and white thread; paper cutter; scoring tool;  sponge applicator

1. Cut a 10 inch by 7 inch piece of kraft cardstock; score at 5 inches and fold into 5 x 7 inch card base. Ink edges using sponge and distress ink pad.

2. Cut a 4 3/4 x 3 1/2 inch piece of Canal Street paper, and a 4 3/4 x 3 inch piece of Gramercy Park paper. Ink edges. Adhere to kraft card as shown, leaving 1/8 inch border at top, bottom and sides of card. NOTE: If you plan to sew on the card, keep your adhesive to the center only. You don't want your needle and thread to have to pass through the adhesive.

3. Open your card and place the front under your sewing machine needle. Sew around your patterned paper with machine as shown (about 1/4 inch from the outside edges of card front).

4. Cut a 1 x 4 3/4 inch strip of glitter cardstock and use an edge punch on the bottom edge only. Cut a 1/4 x 4 3/4 inch strip of the striped side of Canal Street paper and ink edges. Adhere to top of glitter cardstock; adhere entire strip over the seam of the Canal Street and Gramercy Park papers.

5. Cut a 3 x 4 1/2 inch piece from the ledger side of Eldridge Street paper. Use edge distresser tool around all edges; ink edges. Tie baker's twine around top. Adhere to card as shown.

6. Cut a 2 1/4 x 1 1/2 inch strip from Grande Street (chevron side); trim bottom as desired (I followed the chevon pattern) and ink edges. Adhere to ledger paper on card, overlapping slightly onto the Canal Street print.

7. Using Cutter Bee scissors, cut five teacup motifs from High Line Park paper. Arrange as desired and adhere to ledger paper, overlapping slightly onto the edge of the Grande Street strip. Cut a large flower motif from Orchard Street paper (I chose a turqoise one) and use foam dots to adhere to card as shown. Note: If you cut a bit of the black border from the cups or flower, just use a fine-tip black pen to fill in the outline if needed.

8. Add sentiment to your card using stamps, die cut letters, American Crafts Thickers or stickers as desired.  (I used red Worldwin cardstock and a die cutter to cut the word YOU and a small stamp for JUST FOR)  I used a 3/8 inch circle punch to punch small circles from the dotted side of High Line Park, which I attached to the card with foam dots and covered with a thin coat of Glossy Crackle Accents. I used one of those 1/8 inch handheld hole punches from my office supplies to punch small blue flowers from the Orchard Street papers. I adhered them to the ledger paper with glue.

9. Accent as desired with Stickles glitter glue and Liquid Pearls.

Usually when I use kraft or colored cardstock as a card base, I cut a white piece of cardstock a bit smaller than my card and adhere to the inside. It's much easier to write my message on that and much easier to read, too.

Scrap That Moment has the Soho Garden collection, as well as several other exciting lines from American Crafts, Studio Calico and Crate Paper. And you'll want to check out the new colors of Stickles, Liquid Pearls and Mr. Huey's Mists now in stock. Scrap That Moment is open from 10 a.m to 5 pm. Tuesday through Saturday; and join us for a Friday night crop or Saturday morning class! Lynette will have the coffee brewing and will be happy to help you with all of your scrapbooking and crafting needs.

Thanks for stopping by. Hope you enjoyed the card tutorial!
Barb Prendergast, STM Senior Designer


Wednesday, February 13, 2013

(S)Ain't Valentine's Day Crop this Friday!

Ccome and have some fun with Scrap That Moment at our first annual AFTER-Valentine's Day event and Crop on Friday evening, February 15. We've titled it .......


(S)Ain't Valentine's Day Crop

Friday, February 15th

We'll be cropping at Scrap That Moment from 6 pm. until midnight. But this isn't just any old crop. This one includes dinner, an event T-shirt, prizes and a couple of surprises! Chase away those post-Valentine blues with an evening just for the girls. Reservations are $20 each (including dinner and T-shirt) and must be made in advance by calling or emailing the store; or post on Facebook or here on the blog and we'll get back to you. 

This promises to be a blast; don't miss it! But hurry -- crop table space is limited!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Sewing on a scrapbook project

We've found that many of our Scrap That Moment customers, in addition to scrapbooking and cardmaking, also like to sew. How many of you have combined the two hobbies? It's really easy and fun to sew on your layouts or cards, and it adds so much texture and dimension!

STM Senior Designer Barb Prendergast  recently completed a scrapbook layout for display at Scrap That Moment, incorporating machine stitching into the layout's framework. Here's her lovely page:

Barb said about her page, "Because of the heavy embellishments, the layout needed some extra support. I used my sewing machine to sew the layout onto a second piece of cardstock. The stitching not only added some great dimension to my page; it also was a secure way to add the necessary sturdiness that it needed to support those heavy flowers."

Here are close-ups of her stitching:

Barb shared a couple of tips to keep in mind when machine stitching on a scrap project:

1) Start with a medium needle. You want one that's sturdy enough to pierce the layers of paper easily, but not so big that it will make big holes in your project.

2) Choose a fairly small stitch, but make sure the tension isn't too tight. Paper doesn't "give" the way fabric does, so if your tension is too tight, the paper may bunch up or tear.

3) Don't try to go through too many heavy layers. Barb's project above included a layer of patterned paper from Kaisercraft; a sheet of Worldwin cardstock; and another, unseen cardstock sheet from her stash at home. She recommends keeping the layers down to two or three when you machine-stitch.

4) Watch the adhesive! Make sure to keep the glue, tape runner, etc., away from the area in which you're going to stitch. Barb used adhesive in the center of her layers to hold them together, but kept the glue free and clear of her stitching area. Going through adhesive may cause your needle to "gum up" and prevent it from moving through your paper.

So, the next time you're in a mood to create, try combining your scrapbooking AND sewing to take your project to a new level! 

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Valentine's Day is Feb. 14 ..... and THEN WHAT?!?!?

Here at Scrap That Moment, we've excitedly been counting the days until Valentine's Day and decorating the store with fantastic layouts, lovely cards and innovative gift ideas to celebrate your love and your loved ones. But ...... what happens the day AFTER Valentine's Day, AFTER the romance (or, perish the thought -- the lack of it)? There's that typical sense of letdown and "what now" the day AFTER a holiday.

Well .... come and have some fun with Scrap That Moment at our first annual AFTER-Valentine's Day event and Crop. We've titled it .......


(S)Ain't Valentine's Day Crop

Friday, February 15th

We'll be cropping at Scrap That Moment from 6 pm. until midnight. But this isn't just any old crop. This one includes dinner, an event T-shirt, prizes and a couple of surprises! Chase away those post-Valentine blues with an evening just for the girls. Reservations are $20 each (including dinner and T-shirt) and must be made in advance by calling or emailing the store; or post on Facebook or here on the blog and we'll get back to you. 

This promises to be a blast; don't miss it! But hurry -- crop table space is limited!

And don't forget our SWEETHEART STROLL, this Friday, February 8, from 5 to 8 pm. in downtown Princeton. Scrap That Moment will be open until midnight with a Friday night crop from 6 pm. until midnight. The cost is $8, including snack -- the best crop price in Illinois! -- but be sure to call the store or contact us via Facebook to reserve your crop table. Space is limited! 

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Calling all sweethearts ....

Don't miss the Sweetheart Stroll this Friday evening in downtown Princeton. Scrap That Moment is joining 14 locally owned businesses for an evening of inspiration, atmosphere and fun.  The store will be open until midnight -- have you reserved your crop table yet? Please call the store to reserve your spot!

While you're in the store, check out the fabulous inspiration from Lynette and her team of talented designers. You'll see creations like these:

From Lynette:

From Barb:

From Chris:

From Melody:

All of this Valentine's scrapping and gift inspiration -- and more! -- is waiting for you at Scrap That Moment! We're open from 10 am. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and until midnight (with a weekly crop, tables by reservation) on Friday.

Monday, February 4, 2013

We're seeing hearts this week ...

... at Scrap That Moment! Lynette and her staff of designers are busy getting ready for this Friday's Sweetheart Stroll in downtown Princeton. A total of 14 businesses will have extended hours from 5 to 8 p.m, featuring gift certificates, handmade chocolates, jewelry, cards, scrapbooking and paper crafting! (of course) and more. Scrap That Moment will be open to welcome shoppers. Come for the atmosphere and gift ideas, and stay for our Friday night crop -- we'll be scrapping until midnight. Be sure to RSVP for your crop spot by calling Scrap That Moment, or by emailing us at info at scrapthatmoment dot com.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Be A Big Hit at the Big Game

We don't care if you are for the west coast or east coast.. 
or somewhere in between! Have fun decorating for your BIG GAME with your craft supplies from Scrap That Moment! 
Paper House Productions football paper only .79, football mini die cuts on .49, and May Arts brown silk ribbon only .34 a yard!   

Friday, February 1, 2013

Sweetheart Stroll - Main Street Retailers

Join us one week from today on Friday, February 8th. STM will be open from 10 am to 12 midnight. Please look for promotional specials for that evening, and book your crop table in advance by contacting us at info at scrap that moment dot com.