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Technique Tidbit Thursday!

Floral Embellie from an old silk scarf!

Wahoo! Time for a new tip to add to your idea collection! It’s a day late, but that’s OK… I KNEW Friday was a special day! Now I know why! It’s really Thursday… right? LOL… Pretend you went back in time to Thursday. Away we go!!

This flower is a silk flower cut from a scarf I purchased at Frenchy’s, just for scrappin’!! (Frenchy’s is our famous second-hand store… it’s a chain!) I paid 35 cents for this scarf, and it is COVERED with flowers! HAPPY DANCE!

Here’s how I created this embellie in “10 Simple Steps!”

1. Find an old “silky” or silk scarf that you no longer wear.

2. Choose the portion of design you’d like to have on your page. Here I used a flower, and will refer to it as such thru this little “how-to…”

3. Carefully cut out the flower, leaving some border around it (this gives you some leeway in case the scissors slip… we are only human after all!)

4. Then, lay flower on top of some waxed paper (Yup, the stuff from the kitchen.)

5. Mod-podge well, using a paintbrush. Flower is flat at this point. (BTW, I use glossy Podge.)

6. Allow to dry COMPLETELY. You will note that the flower is sealed to the wax paper as the flower was/is somewhat porous. (It’s supposed to end up like that.)

7. Carefully cut out flower which is sealed to the wax paper.

8. Add a couple of Scotch foam adhesive squares or a big flat button under flower to give dimension. I prefer the button.

9. [Optional Step] Glue flower atop a medallion of fabric or patterned paper. The fabric medallion here was cut from a cloth table napkin with all those COOL circles on it! **GRIN**

10. You can then curve or bend the flower’s petals a wee bit for your final “look,” and even add some leaves using the same technique!

Here’s a really simple LO of my daughter’s 12th birthday party… the flower was so much fun to add… the colours really popped.

Thanks for checking out our “TTT” feature today. If you make an embellie using this technique, please pop by and share it with us. Friendliest community on the ‘net…and we’d love to see what YOU have created!


Scrappin’ Green~ Tips for Eco-Friendly Memory Keeping: 18th Edition

Scrappin’ Green… by “Repurposing”

By Ali MacDonald

Occasionally, items in your home may be discarded after just one use, but have you ever looked at the possibilities they may hold for your scrappin’ hobby or scrappin’ area?

The following list of items and possible uses may start you thinking in a whole new direction.

Have fun Recycling, Reducing, Reusing, AND: Repurposing!!

Old door: Repurpose into a scrappy table~ some sanding and a few coats of paint can make it VERY appealing!

Wire baskets from the “deep-freeze”: When your old freezer bites the dust (hopefully after many years of good service,) SAVE those coated-wire baskets! They make great bins for storing large zippy bags of chipboard, semi-completed projects and the like.

Spice jars: Repurpose for embellie storage. I use mine for holding bling, brads and my white buttons!

Wine corks: Dry these and repurpose into stoppers for “topless” spice jars purchased from yard sales (LOL). Corks are fun to stamp with, too!

Plastic see-thru grid from the front of a paper potato bag: Save and use with paint or ink for interesting textural effects. Ditto for mesh onion bags!

Wooden tangerine boxes: Perfect size to repurpose for organization of seldom used items… but watch out for splinters. (You may wish to first line these boxes with inexpensive fabric from your stash.)

The inside layer of packing cardboard, like the one shown below, makes interesting patterns when used with ink or paint on a card or layout, as you can see.


(This LO was created with the March 2008 SBCH Kit.)

Old padded footstool: Re-cover the padding with some sturdy twill or denim from the remnant bin. Secure with upholstery tacks, and you’ve created a spot for a little friend to talk to Mommy or Auntie while she scraps! Bonus: a stool fits under your scrappy table when not in use, and can also be used elsewhere in the home as extra seating in a pinch!!

Ice cube trays: Use for small items such as tiny buttons, brads, or charms. Often, these can be stacked: HANDY!

Left-over “ends” of ribbon: Use the “longer” pieces as embellies stapled to a LO. Even the smallest piece can be recycled! Snip it into colourful mini-pieces and use inside a shaker box or window!

Samples from wholesale notions catalogues: My Mom-in-law gave me many sheets of these. I removed the 2” braid and trim samples & have used them to make embellies for many LOs! Here’s one. See the orange braid?


Little jars: Those that come with fancy mustards or jellies inside are fun repurposed for holding flowers, beads, paperclips or other small scrappy office supplies or embellies.

Caps of various sizes from medication bottles, tubs of cream cheese, lids from canning jars, empty ribbon spools, the cardboard under frozen pizzas: These ALL make awesome circle templates. [Be sure to double check that they’re clean and dry before use.]

Do you have a bunch of “old” file folders ready to discard? Flip them the other way and reuse for filing categories such as “sketches,” “page calls” or “inspiration!” You could also apply a new label over the old file name and go from there. No labels on hand? Use light coloured paper and glue stick
to customize your own!

Old nail polish: Apply a small dab to one handle of your GOOD scissors- and store them points down in your tool caddy. Never grab the “wrong pair” again! (ie: I have 2 identical pairs of scissors and one is newer/better. This nail polish tip really worked for me!) My friend Sherry also uses nail polish to change the colour of brads!

Tiered spice shelves: Use these plastic stepped-style organizers to display MANY of your wood mounted stamps in a much smaller area.

“Microwaveable meal” trays and sectioned “Lunchables” trays: ideal for paint mixing! Can be reused several times.

Empty acrylic paint bottles: Wash out if desired. Add colours and make a new shade for your paint collection!

Baby wipes bins: Use without covers for storing items such as glue sticks, small bottles of acrylic paint, inexpensive foam stamps, ink pads, skeins of yarn, CDs of scrappin’ music, or your sandpaper.

Old recipe box: Use as a journaling organizer (see previous article in Tips and Techniques here on the SBCH Blog to learn how to do this!)

The stand-up flatware drainer caddy with handle from your old dish-drainer set: Don’t discard! These are very sturdy. Use as a handy scrappy-tool/scissor/ruler/utensil caddy.

The thick fabric pad off the old high-chair or the old cover of the mega-sized ironing board: Keep enough to cover a 12” x 8” x 2″ [approx] block of wood. Staple fabric in place on bottom. Cover staples with felt to prevent any scratching. Turn over, and Presto! You now have a perfect mini ironing board for pressing ribbon or small pieces of fabric for use on your LOs. I keep my “mini” handy in a drawer of my rolling cart, and never have to leave my scrap area to drag out a huge ironing board (ugh!) to press a bit of ribbon!


“Store-bought icing” tubs: These tubs are easy to find as they are used for packaging both name brand and No-Name icing! They are the perfect size for altering and make GREAT pen, pencil and marker caddies. Why not alter one to make a caddy that matches your scrap area? What a great way to use up patterned paper scraps! (This is also a fun project for kids.)

3 ½” floppy disc storage container: Perfect for storage of Sizzlet dies!

Inside “inserts” from cookie boxes and bags: once carefully washed, these make great little caddies for small ‘metals,’ costume jewelery you wish to repurpose, etc…


Broken summer necklaces/bracelets: these often have a quantity of circular, flat beads made of compressed shell in beautiful colours. These make excellent shaker box additions, pretty dots for letter “i” or “j”, or used as embellies to accent elements of your patterned paper, etc…

“Duotangs” that the kids bring home in June at the end of the school year: If still in good shape, repurpose to store articles you have saved from magazines, e-books you’ve purchased, or e-courses you have taken related to your scrapping. Re-label the duotangs and store in your scrappy library.

Paint chips of colours from rooms that have long-ago been repainted: Trim and use as a strip (either vertically or horizontally) on a LO for an interesting accent.

The sectioned veggie & dip containers that some of the large grocery chains sell in the fresh foods dept make great caddies for buttons, bling, beads, flowers and other small/medium sized embellies. I store different categories of buttons in mine:


Napkin holder that is too narrow for the needs of your family? Repurpose by using as a unique stand for a mini album or two!

[Largest mini album shown was made with the December 2007 SBCH Kit]

An old cork trivet can be repurposed into a mini bulletin board. I made a round trivet into a jungle picture that is now on my son’s bedroom wall!


Before discarding a stained or ripped garment, check it over for interesting appliqués…etc. Use the fabric itself as an embellie for a LO or altered item. Cut carefully, adhere appliqué with MM ribbon glue and presto- a lovely effect!


Altered Notebook
(This altered notebook was made with CS, PP and lettering from the January 2008 SBCH Kit.)

Empty thread spools: use to wrap lengths of loose ribbon on, and secure with a straight pin. Another use: stamp some interesting shapes on your paper by dipping empty thread spools in paint or ink!

A few ideas for the closet storage… first a photo and then the details…


Pizza boxes from your fave kit club or online store: Label and stack for use as storage of high school, university, wedding or baby mementos and “LO’s to file.”

Boxes from 12×12” page protectors: Stack & label these for storage of large photos, sheets of chipboard, cards you wish to keep for scrappy inspiration, etc…

Containers from Swiffer-type cloths: save, wash out, dry well, label, use to store pix that need sorting (on a short-term basis). I like them because they’re lightweight & stack well!

Go have a look around… what can YOU find to repurpose? Be sure to share any good repurposing tips with us here at SBCH in the comments section below.

We’d really like to hear from you!

Scrappin’ Green~ Tips for Eco-Friendly Memory Keeping: 17th Edition

Today, SBCH member Lee shares a useful and easy way to shrink that scrap-pile of patterned paper! This is a wonderfully easy way to scrap green!!

Go, go, go… get scrappin’ green!!!! And, [ahem] **wink** remember that shrinking your scrap-pile makes room for NEW PAPER, and that means shopping… The SBCH store carries a fabulous assortment of everything you need!!

Happy Friday everyone! :o)


By Lee Brehon

“RECYCLE REDUCE REUSE…” Three very important words! And, as a scrapbooker, I am reminded daily that I must do my best to use up as much of my product as possible. So… I think you will enjoy this next project, especially if you want to get rid of that pile of scraps once and for all!

So here it is…

Like all scrapbookers we end up with little tail ends of paper that just won’t work anywhere at all!!Well, I’ve come up with a fun way to make almost every last piece of scrap-paper work in our favour!

First combine an assortment of paper scraps based on color.

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Then carefully cut out the flowers or doohickies.

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Place your cut out images onto a piece of background paper. (Note: patterned paper looks best for this project.)
Then mod-podge the doohickies to your background paper. I used several coats, just to make sure the heavy paper was glued down well.

LET DRY!!!!!

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Now take a large outline letter stamp or image and stamp it onto your mod-podged paper.

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Cut the image out.

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You now have a totally unique embellishment that you can use anywhere! Heres an example of what I did with mine:

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What I really enjoy about this project is seeing all the different combinations of colors and patterns when it is finished. I think you will really have some fun with this one.

Thanks for letting me share!

SBCH Spotlight – Design Team Member- Lynn!


I have been scrapbooking for over 4 years now, and with each year that passes I become more and more in love with this craft. I started because of a huge need to take care of my boxes and boxes of photos! I spotted a little kit, which mostly included stickers and a few patterened papers in an Avon catalogue. It looked interesting and I was struggling with what I was going to do with my photos so I thought, why not check it out. Well, I got my little kit and I was hooked. I quickly found our local scrapbooking store and spent far too much money! I wanted to try everything! As time has passed, I am still totally addicted (and I still spend far too much money).

Scrapbooking is a total stress reliever for me. No matter what things I’m going through or what is happening in my life, if I sit down and immerse myself the stress just washes away! It truly has been a life saver for me.

My favorite style of scrapbooking is probably shabby chic/vintage. I love this look and love distressing and aging. I tend to be more drawn to earth tones and darker colors, but I have really been pushing myself lately to think outside of the box and try more color. My biggest weakness for scrapbooking is buying patterened paper, some may say I have to much, but I say…. can you really ever have too much?

My fave layouts using the Sept kit:




Make sure to come and check out more of Lynn’s awesome creations in her Design Team Gallery Folder!

Supply Salute: “Scrapbook Shimmer – Making Memories”

By Ali MacDonald

Today we introduce you to a new Scrapbooker’s Club House BLOG feature! “Supply Salute” is an informative look at scrapbooking supplies available at the easy-to-shop-at Scrapbooker’s Club House “online store“.

The featured item today is Scrapbook ShimmerTM from Making Memories. ENJOY!
“Scrapbook ShimmerTM

Do you want to accent title lettering with a bit of sparkle? How about adding some shimmer to a snowflake or icicle? How can you add a gentle gleam to a flower’s petals?

A touch of magic can be achieved on a layout using “shimmer.” Available at the Scrapbooker’s Club House store are Making Memories Shimmer Kits. These are called “Scrapbook Shimmer TM” and they simplify the process of creating a little glimmer and gleam on your page!

“Colours run the gamut from soft pastels to hot pink; depends on which kit you get!” says store-owner Nicole Drewniak.

Look at the sparkly richness of the “Boho Chic” Shimmer Set …

Available at SBCH Online Store..just click on photo!

…and check out the sophisticated glimmer of the “Cityscape” set:

Available at SBCH Online Store..just click on photo!

“Scrapbook Shimmer TM” provides you with a fine, professional quality glitter that can be used with Making Memories Ready-to-Glitter stickers like these:

Available at SBCH Online Store..just click on photo!


Here’s a sweet LO of Michelle Vekved’s where this SBCH HOF member uses shimmer on the alpha stickers:

“Scrapbook Shimmer TM” is Ultra fine, and a small bottle of this quality sparkle goes a looooong way! A funnel tray is included with each shimmer kit to further simplify the glittering process. A tip from Michelle: a baby wipe is perfect for picking up any stray shimmer. Here’s another of her pages using shimmer on the tree and the lettering.

There’s still more fun to be had with this product! The shimmer can be used on any of your projects! Simply make your own embellishments by using this easy, quality shimmer over adhesive placed on chipboard, cardstock, stickers, tags or any other scrappy item you wish to sparkle and shine.

Here’s an example of how Heather Hopkins, a SBCH HOF member used glitter in a very informative online class at SBCH:

Shimmer TM would be an alternative to the glitter Heather had in her class.

The Tsukineko glue pad that Heather used in her class is here:

Available at SBCH Online Store..just click on photo!

Here is a LO where Nicole used shimmer on the circular chipboard pieces. Isn’t that gorgeous?

And here’s a page by another HOF member, Pam Sandy. Check out her customized shimmery stars, hearts, paisley and diamonds, plus the arrows!!


Pam writes in her description that the MME Scrapbook ShimmerTM was “very fun to play with! Remember playing with glitter when you were little? Well, now you can play again! And there are fun stickers to use too!”

Pam was referring to the “Ready-to-Glitter” stickers. Making Memories has posted a demo using the shimmer with these stickers as well. Super easy!

So go ahead, get creative and make those embellishments sparkle and gleam with easy-to-use Scrapbook Shimmer TM available now at the Scrapbooker’s Club House online store.

When the Shimmer TM sparkle shines on your pages, you’ll be the star!

***Better get some soon, it’ll be gone in a flash-I mean… SPARKLE!! ***

Scrappin’ Green~ Tips for Eco-Friendly Memory Keeping: 16th Edition

by Deanne Burton

OK, you are probably NOT going to believe what this gift card holder is made from!!!
Yep!! A toilet paper roll!!! Haha!

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1. Flatten the tp roll as flat as you can.

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2. Choose your patterned paper and cut it 4 in.X 6 in. It may have to be trimmed on the 6 in. side after you start gluing it on to the tp roll.

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3. Cover one side of the tp roll with glue and adhere the pp to it. I left some for a flap. Fold the pp and put glue on the other side and this is where you may have to trim one side.

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I needed to trim mine a little.

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4. Place clamps on it for a few minutes for the glue to set.If you don’t have clamps, you can just lay something heavy on it. (Just be careful because if you put too much glue on it, it will pease out and you may get it on your book or whatever you use use to hold it down.)

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5. Place a line of glue on the inside of the tp roll on only ONE side. Clamp it again for the glue to set.

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6. While you are waiting for this to set, you can make the tag that you can slip into the opening. Cut a piece of 4 3/4 in. x 2 in. piece of coordinating cardstock or patterned paper. Trim one side to make it look like a tag and punch a hole in it to place a piece of ribbon on the tag. Add the gift card to the tag now.

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7. Now, you can decorate the front of the gift card holder any way to choose.I chose to cover up the fold where the pp met at the top with a piece of cardstock left over from the tag and added a piece of ribbon as well. I added an embellishment and a little card with a message on it.

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8. Time to tuck the tag inside the holder and voila. You are done!

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Let me know if you try this! I would love to see it!!

Technique Tidbit Thursday~ Mini 6×6 Flip Album

Wow, the weeks fly by, don’t they? Today I’m taking my turn at posting the TTT article and I have a really easy project for you. I can’t wait to see the personal touches you’ll add to this mini album! Hope you enjoy!

Making a ‘Mini 6×6″ Flip-Album’
by Ali MacDonald

This is SO EASY you won’t believe it! It can solve ALL your gift-giving needs, and it only takes ONE SHEET of 12 x 12” cardstock to make the basic form of the album. This album can actually stand up on its own. The flip album contains 6 pages and 2 of the pages “flip!” You’ll have a blast making it!

Three fantastic uses for this mini-album-

1. A GIFT: As a stand alone mini-album
2. A “Brag Book” to stand on a shelf, desk, workspace or on the mantel.
3. As an add-on to a scrapbook page. It provides you with an interactive place for more photos or journaling (or both).

First, I’ll show you how to make the album’s base, which you can then embellish as you like.
Then, I will show you some pgs of my completed Mini Flip-Album using the My Mind’s Eye “Out and About” collection of patterned papers (Jan ’08 SBCH Kit).
This will provide you with a visual stock of ideas re: how you might decorate your Mini Flip-Album.

1 sheet heavy Cardstock (like Bazzill)
Patterned papers: MME used here, suggest one striped and one or two muted patterns to coordinate with your CS
Bone folder
Trimmer (& scissors)
Ruler, pencil, eraser
Glue stick & adhesives as necessary: photo splits, Mini Glue dots, MM Ribbon Glue
Ink (if desired): I used khaki and brown
Word stickers, rub-on words
Pen for brief journaling
Number stickers such as Flair makes (for date or other such numeric info)
Letter Stickers
Embellishments as desired: rickrack, narrow ribbon, small flat buttons or charms
Photos: I suggest five 4×6’s cropped as you like, & one smaller photo, ie: “wallet” sized just to vary things a bit!


1. Lay your cardstock on your workspace with TEXTURED SIDE DOWN.

2. Fold cardstock in half from bottom to top. To get a crisp fold, use a bone folder or the smooth rounded end of a big Sharpie marker. It will look like this:

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3. Open the cardstock, keeping textured side down.

4. Now fold it in half from side to side.

5. Open the cardstock. You will have a piece of CS with 4 equal 6×6 sections. It will look like this:

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6. Label your cardstock sections as follows:

Upper Left = #1; Upper Right = #2
Lower Left = #3; Lower Right = #4
[Note~ I just used some scraps of paper with the numbers marked on them for instructional purposes.]

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7. Now, using your trimmer, cut out the upper left (#1) square of CS. (A scrap for future use!!)

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8. Using your ruler, measure from the top of section #2 down 5 ¾ “ and mark lightly with pencil.

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9. Fold section #3 over the top of section #4 (now it’s out of the way for the next step!)

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10. Then fold section #2 at that 5 3/4″ mark. Gently erase pencil marks. Now you have a fold at 5 ¾” and at 6″.

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11. Open your album cover (that’s section #2) so it’s out of the way. Now, use your trimmer to cut 3/8″ off the bottom of section #3 & section #4.

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**Please note that steps 10 & 11 will allow a bit of room for bulkier embellishments and will allow your album to stand. See image that follows.

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12. Embellish each page as desired. See examples below, showing some of the six pages in my “Mini-Flip Album” which have been embellished using MME papers.

Here are some examples of embellished pages:
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And here are the first 3 pages of the album embellished & opened up (ie: laid flat for instructional purposes):

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Sure hope you enjoyed this “Technique Tidbit Thursday” article!

References-Instructions adapted on Sept 11, 2008 from a December 2007 online SBCH class by Ali MacDonald, based on internet information/demo provided by Melissa Garcia and Michelle Legault.