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Scrap-lift Monday

Hooray for Scraplift Monday!!

This has been a very reflective and inspirational couple of months.  We recently taught our Deck the Walls workshop introducing a group of people to scrapbooking.  Many of them had never used a trimmer or adhesive runner.  I was working with a group of ladies and they were tentative.  I kept telling them you can’t make a mistake.  Just one more thing I love about scrapbooking.

This conversation kept running through my head. And then I found this layout by Becky Fleck:

Perfect.  I pulled out some of my favorite papers and doilies from Crate Paper, Webster’s Pages, and BasicGrey.  Used my go-to border punches, and 7 Gypsies paper tape.  I love this new font from Quickutz!!  It’s called Winter Wishes, and I used natural cardstock.  Exactly the raw look I wanted as a title for the journaling.   Add a few buttons, and the inspiration from the layout I’m lifting…and ta-da!

The conclusion to my story is scrap-lifting is always a go-to inspiration tool.  Whether you have never used a trimmer, or have been scrapbooking for ten years.  :)

Post your Scrap-lifts on my Facebook page!  Happy Scrapping!



While looking through some older magazines and idea books recently, I found this card:

I liked how the embellishments were lined up in rainbow order and how colorful and cheery the card was. Since I didn’t have those flowers at home, I re-created a similar look using a butterfly die-cut (or a punch would work, too):

I die-cut my butterflies from different papers and added a few gems for my own custom embellishments. I arranged them on my card, added a border punch and a stamp, and it was done. Fast, easy, and cute!

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Paging through some older idea books I had lying around, I came across this card and decided to scrap-lift it.

I like how the flower was positioned off the edge of the card. However, instead of using a flower embellishment, I stamped a flower for my card. I simply stamped each petal (any flower stamp would work!) on white cardstock using a brightly colored ink, cut the petals out, and assembled the flower on my card. Add in some letter stickers, a rub-on or stamp, a cute button, and my card is done!

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Did you know that you can find over 2,000 project ideas on Archiver’s online idea pages?  While I was browsing through them, I came across this card from several years back:

Even thought the papers are a little outdated, I like the design of this card. With a few October Afternoon papers, some kraft cardstock, a couple circle punches, and a cute Hero Arts sentiment stamp, I made a card that’s a bit more modern and fits my personal style a little better.

That’s the great thing about scrap-lifting–you don’t have to copy an idea exactly! You can take bits and pieces of the design, colors, techniques, etc. and turn them into something more “you”. Or, take an older idea and update it with current product to give it a whole new look.

Spend a few minutes looking through Archiver’s idea pages–you’re bound to find a ton of great ideas you can scrap-lift, too!

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I take so many pictures, I’m always looking for layouts that are cute and still allow me to fit more than one photo on the page.  I liked this collage of photos that still had space for a title and some embellishments.

I used our Print Station collage feature (you can print up to 4 pictures on one 4×6 photo, each of them being 2×3) and grouped the photos so they still had an even border around them.  This gives the illusion that they are matted, without having to actually mat them.  A really easy layout you could replicate for any occasion…those are my favorite kind :)

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I’ve been holding onto this idea in my binder for a while so I was thrilled when I finally had the right page to create with this layout. Read the rest of this entry »

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In a previous Scrap-Lift Monday post, I used a page layout as inspiration for a card. Well, this week, I’m doing the opposite–using a card (from the recent issue of Paper Crafts Card Creations magazine) as inspiration for a page!

The use of border punches on the card on the left immediately caught my eye. I own several border punches and have used them in the past to add a single scalloped strip to a scrapbook page, or add a decorative border to the bottom edge of a card, but I never thought about layering lots of punched strips before, let alone layering strips of the same color cardstock. It’s so fun finding new uses for the tools I already love!

I grabbed my favorite Fiskars and EK Success border punches, a few sheets of cardstock, and went to work. I like the way the page turned out and it was so easy to do!

Get out those border punches–or come to Archiver’s if you need some new styles–and give it a try!

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I saw this idea in a new book from Creating Keepsakes called fast & fresh SCRAPBOOKS. They show tons of ideas for albums, not just pages but entire albums!  They share suggestions for scrapbook pages, mini albums, full albums, digital pages and pocket pages.  This idea caught my eye… Read the rest of this entry »

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Scrapbooking and card-making magazines are great for inspiration, but did you know that other magazines have fun ideas for scrapbooking, too? I find lots of ideas within the pages and ads of my favorite magazines, whether it’s a cool color combination, an interesting page layout, or neat typography and title ideas.

This page from a recent issue of Martha Stewart Weddings magazine caught my eye. I loved the cluster of small photos and the clean, simple design. I thought it would be perfect for the first page of my Chicago album!

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I tore this page from the April issue of Scrapbooks Etc. because I love the idea of giving a gift that was wrapped with personality :) Read the rest of this entry »

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