Monday, March 29, 2010

Family Heritage Challenge (Week of March 29th)

This week's challenge is to create a layout of your family heritage. I have chosen to do my layout of a five generation picture I found recently; you may chose to do your's on whatever you'd like. Just make sure is has something to do with your heritage. You may even chose to do a layout on a piece of heritage furniture, hand-me-down, tradition, etc. Be creative!

Have your layouts completed by Sunday, April 4th, 11:59PST to be eligible to win a Paper Posies prize. Come on over and upload them here: Family Heritage Challenge in the Forum section). Please feel free to use any Paper Posies kit. Have fun!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Sneak Peeks of April's Kit!

Any ideas as to what this month's kit may contain?

From Michele Applehans:

From Shemaine Smith:

Please share your guesses!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Getting to Know March Guest Designer, Melanie Jarocki

Please join me in getting to know Melanie better. I asked her to tell us a little about herself and some of her "favorites".

I have always loved journaling and even made scrapbooks in high school. In 2000, I began scrapping again when our first daughter was 9 months old. My DH and I will celebrate our 15th anniversary in April. We have 5 great kids--ages 10, 8, 6, 4, and 1. Two girls and three boys. They provide me with lots to document.

I tend to scrap late at night or during the baby's nap time. Monthly kits are so helpful to me. Everything comes all coordinated and ready to go. I love to print out a group of photos and then match them up to the papers when the kit arrives. Then when I have a few quiet moments, I'll work on projects here and there. When I get stuck, I'll look for a sketch to follow or just step away and come back to the project later. This past year I have really enjoyed making cards, too. It is a great way to work with a smaller canvas and do detail work, and to use up scraps (one of my favorite things to do!).

Favorite Trimmer: inexpensive Fiskars 12-inch trimmer

Favorite Scrapbooking Tool: border punches have been my favorite thing lately

Favorite Ink: Colorbox Cat's Eye--great for adding definition to my edges :)

Favorite Photo Developer: me with my Epson all-in-one printer

Favorite Scrapbook Magazine: I think I've subscribed to them all at one time or another. At the moment Scrapbooks Etc. is probably my favorite (even though I don't currently sub to it)

Favorite Patterned Paper: I've always loved Crate Paper but my newest fav is Jillibean Soup

Favorite Cardstock: Bazzill

Favorite Thing I've Created: My 2007 personal journal calendar

New Scrapbooking Goodie/Trend: rolled up flowers (I cannot figure out how to make them, but I LOVE the look!)

Scrapbooking Style: My style is pretty linear and simple. I love adding a big circular shape and clusters of embellishments

Why I Love Scrapbooking: Having my kids ask me, "Can I look at my scrapbook?" is why I love scrapbooking. I do it to record our family's memories and my personal feelings for my life.

Best Organizational Tip: Purge--often! :)

Week of 3/15 Challenge by March Guest Designer, Melanie Jarocki

March's Guest Designer Melanie Jarocki is challenging us to use CIRCLES and STITCHES for this week's challenge. Here's what she says:

Two of my favorite things lately on my pages are circles and stitching. So my challenge is to create a layout or card using some circular element and stitching. If you don't have a sewing machine, that is ok! You can draw or rub-on stitches as well. Use a Paper Posies kit and let's see what you come up with.

Here is Melanie's sample:

Isn't this adorable?

Join us over on the message board to play along (access via Have your projects uploaded to the gallery by Sunday, March 21st, 11:59 PST in order to be eligible to win a Paper Posies Prize!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

More Inspiration Using Your March Kit!

We're starting something new! We already give you lots of great ideas on the website for how to use each month's kit, but we thought you'd LOVE even more inspiration! So each month we're going to create an all-inspirational blog post: More Inspiration Using Your *Month* Kit. Watch for it on the 10th!

From Designer, Shemaine Smith:
A tisket and tasket, a sweet little basket...
This month's kit is loaded with yummy new Jillibean Soup and Making Memories Flutter, which is perfect for some fun spring projects. With Easter coming in a few weeks I thought it would be fun to show you a quick project you can create in 20 mins.

A fun little Easter bag for your little ones to collect their eggs with or a treat bag for you to fill with Easter goodies.
Here's your supply list:
bown paper lunch sack
Martha Stewart fringe scissors ( Michaels)
white doilie (Michaels $1.99 for 25)
Making Memories sticker letters
pattern paper and solid cardstock

From Designer, MaryAnn Metcalf:

From Guest Designer, Melanie Jarocki:

Leave a comment and let us know what you think!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Complementary Challenge (week of 3/8/10)

It's Monday... and you all know what that means, right? It's time for another Paper Posies Challenge!

As I mentioned the last couple of months, I'm taking all of this year's challenges from the book 52 More Scrapbooking Challenges by Elizabeth Kartchner. This month we're working in the third section labeled "design & color." There's a lot of different options talked about in this chapter, but I chose the following challenge to bring to you (from page 57 of the book):

"Go Fishing for Complements"

In this section Elizabeth talks about how every color has its own complementary color - which is the hue directly opposite it on the color wheel. She mentions that pairing complementary colors is a "no-fail choice for injecting energy and contrast into your designs."

If you don't have a color wheel handy, I found a link that shows you a basic color wheel here. You'll find that you'll probably recognize a lot of popular color complementary schemes - red and green, orange and blue, yellow and purple. Of course, you can always use the different hues of the main colors too - lime green and pink for instance... It's really a great way to mix and match your papers to make a starting point for your layout.

I chose to work with green and red for my sample layout. Now, I know that traditionally we think of red and green as being Christmas colors, but they really can work with everyday photos too. One thing to remember though - when you decide to go with a pair of complementary colors, that doesn't mean those are the ONLY two colors you can use, feel free to add a little bit of additional accent colors. :) I chose to add in a little yellow and brown to my layout.

Onto the challenge...

Pick a pair of complementary colors. Use them as a basis for your layout. Adding a few additional accent colors is okay in small doses. ;) And be sure and use a Paper Posies kit. It doesn't have to be the most recent kit either... I used scraps from the July, '09 kit for my example.

Have your layout loaded up in the PP March Challenge gallery by Sunday, March 14th.

Have fun! I can't wait to see your creations!

Monday, March 1, 2010

"My Story" Challenge (Me Challenges Series)

This week's challenge is part of the "Me Challenges" Series that I'm focusing on this year. You know, so WE'RE in our scrapbooks too! The challenge is to focus your layout on your MY STORY! Since we just had Valentine's Day, I focused my My Story on how DH and I met and fell in love. Please don't limit yourself to this if you have other ideas. Your MY STORY may be a relationship with someone else, a hurdle overcome in your life, etc. It just has to be about YOU!

Please feel free to use ANY Paper Posies kits and have your submission(s) to the Paper Posies gallery by Sunday, March 7th, 11:59 PST to be eligible to win a FABULOUS Paper Posies prize packet! (You may access the gallery/message board via the website:

Have FUN and I can't wait to see your MY STORIES!