Monthly Archives: February 2016

Gone Fishing – Silhouette CAMEO Scrapbook Layout

by Richelle Naeglescrapbook layout made with Silhouette CAMEO gone fishing

Don’t panic, but I’m 500 pictures behind on my scrapbooking projects – that’s only about two years worth! I just ordered a bunch of new pictures. Whenever I run out of room on my camera, I download and order the photographs. I find that if I don’t order them then, I will never remember which photographs I have physical copies of. It’s always good to have them on hand for scrapbook events so that you don’t have to pay a higher price to have them developed and shipped quickly.

Be sure to have fresh Silhouette cutting mats on hand so that you can always have precise cuts in your projects. We also carry all the supplies you could ever need, like quality Silhouette vinyl.

This time around, I let my pictures inspire my scrapbook layout design. Projects made with Silhouette CAMEOs are so much fun! I had some fun pictures of my boys fishing with their Grandpa in my lineup, and decided to go with those. I remembered seeing these super cute fishing bears in the Silhouette Studio Shop. They are called Gone Fishing Bear Holding Pole and Gone Fishing Bear Holding Fish and then I just used Gone Fishing for the title. You can find them all by searching “gone fishing”. Both bears stand about 5″ tall from their feet to the top of their hats. I put two 4″ x 6″ photo picture slots on the first page and one 5″ x 7″ with three 3″ x 3″ slots on the second page.

This layout took a little bit of work and time, mainly because the two bears have so many layers to deal with. The torn paper on the picture frames also took a little bit of work, but I love the way it turned out! If you are doing this don’t glue down the whole edging, otherwise you can’t slip your picture in. Just glue the edges down, I don’t like to glue on top of my pictures, so even if I added the pictures while I was creating, I wouldn’t glue the whole thing down. I really love how this page turned out. These cute bears also come handy a lot for holiday themes.

Save on Silhouette crafts when you shop online at CraftDirect.com, and get all the best patterned cardstock material for your scrapbooks, too.

Happy creating!

CHA 2016 – New Products from Simple Stories

by Richelle Naeglescrapbook paper

One of my favorite craft paper companies is Simple Stories. I love how they always have new and innovative designs in their paper stacks! For the past 5 years, Simple Stories cardstock and SN@P! card sets have been setting trends. This year is no different.

As the name suggests, Simple Stories makes products that simplify scrapbooking and card-making. Their smaller albums are a great gift and way to get new/younger scrapbookers going on their paper projects. It’s as easy as inserting a picture with a journaling card, and adding embellishments as you please.

So, what should you be excited for in 2016? I’m about to tell you. Some of these sets are going to sell out so quickly, I can just tell. The one thing about Simple Stories is I never know if we can get more product in or not. If you see something you like, you had better get it then and there.

Hey Pop_CollectionCoverFirst, to the left we have the Hero Scrapbook Collection Kit, which comes with six double sided sheets of paper, two cardstock sticker sheets, and two double-sided cardstock elements sheets.

Hey Pop_CollectionCoverThis convenient kit allows you to create multiple scrapbook pages with a fun, patriotic theme. Show off your reverence and admiration for those who have fought for and defended the freedoms we enjoy in the USA.

Second, to the right we have the Hope Scrapbook Collection Kit, which comes with six double-sided sheets, two cardstock sticker sheets, and two double-sided cardstock elements sheets. This theme is of course for Breast Cancer Awareness and features everything in pink. It will help you make crafts that inspire hope for a brighter future! Both of these great sets are sure to sell out quickly!

lets party 6x6Third, to the left we have the Let’s Party Collection Kit, which comes in both 12″ x 12″ and 6″ x 6″ stacks (not to mention SN@P! sets).

If you love the Simple Stories scrapbooking system, you may want to pick up all 3 components of this collection, because the theme will surely come in handy. As the name suggests, it’s ideal for making layouts for parties and celebrations.SOUCollectionCover2

Fourth, to the right we have the Carpe Diem Collection Kit, which will coordinate with Carpe Diem planners. There is also a 6″ x 6″ stack and either one of them will be great for your paper craft projects. In addition, they released a whole mess of embellishments to use decorating your planner or your scrapbook kit. Embellishments like stickers, chipboard frames, enamel dots, and brads. Right now most of the Carpe Diem Planner collection is in stock! The rest should be arriving soon.

Fifth, (not pictured) the last collection kit is You Are Here!, which comes in 12″ x 12″ and 6″ x 6″ (and SN@P!s). This collection reminds me of vacation time, spending days on the beaches of Hawaii and relaxing! The thought warms my heart in this cold February weather. Let me know which is your favorite paper collection, and if you create something with one of these sets, please share tit with me! I can’t wait to see what you make!

Happy creating!

Disney Mickey & Friends Cricut Cartridge Ideas

by Richelle Naeglemini valentiens card

Today, I have a couple of fun Valentine’s Day cards that you can make using a classic, the Disney Mickey and Friends cartridge. Both of these cards were easy to make and came together quickly. So, if you need a quick last minute card for your sweetheart, you could easily copy my project and put your own personal twist on these designs.

This first one I made is Minnie and the overall size of this card is 4″ x 6″. It has three layers, the red one is 3.5″ x 5″, and the white one is 3.25″ x 4.75″. I used the Explore Air system to write “I love you so very much”. This phrase came from the Anna’s Lace Cards & Embellishments Cricut cartridge.

For the Scalloped Circle, I used the Stamped Cricut cartridge, but there are a lot of different scalloped circle images available if you don’t have access to that cartridge. Most importantly, Minnie was cut out at 3.50″ tall. I also added several small dots to spruce it up a bit, and of course the ribbon.

micky and mini valentines cardThis second card is Mickey and Minnie and it’s so adorable! This card is cut at 5.25″ x 5.25″ for the base and the white layer is 5″ x 5″. The heart with the arrow is also from the Mickey & Friends cartridge and was cut out at 3.25″. “Be my Valentine” is from Victorian Romance Cricut cartridge and was drawn on using the Explore as well. Mickey and Minnie were cut out at 5″. I just love how both of these cards turned out!

We have a nice selection of Disney Cricut cartridges, so be sure to stock up while they are still around.

I would love to see your Valentine-themed Cricut cards, since the holiday is just around the corner. Make them with the Cricut Mickey & Friends Cartridge ideas you are inspired to create. Please share them with me on our Facebook page! Let’s inspire others to get creating as well. Check out our latest cartridge deals.

Happy Valentine’s creating!

CHA 2016 – New Cray-Pen System

by Richelle NaegleCray pen project

One of our fun new products this year is the Cray-Pen system! Before attending, we knew we had to see this product because it was on the CHA Hot 20 List and won for the best new Paint & Art product. Naturally, we are super excited to have this product in the store and selling like crazy, as I type! So, what is Cray-Pen tool exactly, and why do you want it? It’s a tool the melts colored wax as you apply it. The copper tip is heated by the tool which melts the wax. The wax dries fast, which enables amazingly vibrant projects. It’s also very affordable.

You can use the Cray-Pen on canvas, paper, glass, wood, metal, plastic or anything else you would paint or color. I got to spend some time coloring this owl (though I didn’t finish) and it was a blast. I love coloring, so this was love at first sight for me. Check out how deep the purple on her (yeah, it’s a she) wings is. You just can’t achieve that shade with a regular crayon. It also gives it a bit of texture. I can’t wait to try this on canvas (also, it would be great for coloring books for adults, which are so fun).

Right now, a friend of mine has the Cray-Pen and her 10 year old daughter is making a school project with it. Long story short, the results so far are awesome and it’s easy and safe for kids to operate. This tool comes with 2 different tips so you have a wide and thin application option. It’s so easy:

  1. Dip the end (once it’s hot) into a colored wax puck – this melts the wax and allows you to use the tip spread it over your surface.
  2. When you are ready to change colors, dip your tip into the the clean out wax, and that will remove the excess colored wax.

Pro tip: mix colors for fun and unique shades for your project.

Their color wax pucks are really inexpensive – they retail for $2.95 and that gives you 6 different colors, but you can also use a regular crayon (this would be really good if you wanted a specific yellow or pink color that isn’t offered by Cray-Pen).

This new system from Cray-Pen is already in-stock and selling well, so hurry and grab yours today and take arts and crafts time to the next level. Once you have tried this Pen, let me know what you think! I can’t wait to see what you create with it!

Happy creating!

CHA 2016 – New Products from We R Memory Keepers

by Richelle Naegle

I always look forward to the new We R Memory Keepers products every year! They are so fun and innovative and they tend to push the limits of the crafting world. This year is no different! They have some great new products, like Ruler Studio, Alphabet Punch boards, a Template Studio Bow, new colors of tote bags, and more. So let’s look at some of these new products from the experts at We R.

Ruler Studio

Rulers 2RulersLet me just say, this is my next home decor project I am doing! I have a whole wall that is not-so-patiently waiting for this product to arrive (should be the mid-end of February – you can pre-order now).

Here is how Ruler Studio works: each package comes with 10 legs. Each of these legs can be bend to make various shapes. So if you look at the picture on the left you see stars and a triangle. To the right a heart, diamond and the letter E. You can just bend each section at the hinge. If you need more you can use the foam dots to add to the design!

After you have it shaped to your liking, you can use lots of embellishments to decorate, such as clips for hanging up pictures, or if you created a frame there is natural string for a clothes line effect – and don’t forget the lights! These fun DIY Rulers come in 3 lengths, 12″, 9″ and 6″ and in a variety, including white, mint, red, and natural. Everything in this collection is available now for pre-order.

Alphabet Punch Board

abc punch boardSecond, we have a new model to add to our collection of punch boards called the Alphabet Punch Board. It makes it easy for you to create banners, signs, bulletin boards, and more! wr_link-punch

The Alphabet Punch will be available from CraftDirect at the end of February, and as with all the other punch boards it will probably sell out quickly so act fast (we should be pre-ordering soon)!

This punch board lets you cut out every letter of the alphabet, numbers from 0-9, and an exclamation mark! To go with this product, they are also releasing a Link Punch so you can easily turn your projects into a cute banner. Make all your We R paper into quick, fun works of craft art.

Totes & Organizers

Black bagsPeach bagsWe R totes are great, in case you don’t know. They have lots of space and features for smart storage of all your craft supplies, including paper, pens, washi tape, punch boards, and so much more.

Their bags and totes are popular and come in a variety of colors and patterns, so no matter what your preferred style is, you can find a tote bag that’s just right for you.

This year they have two new colors: a Blush Dot design (pictured on the right). It’s a light peach and is very pretty! The other is a black and white plaid tote that is (pictured on the left). Both of these bags come in the Fold Up (360) type tote, the matching shoulder bag that is perfect for carrying your 12″ x 12″ paper, as well as the smaller tote bag that is great for embellishments, glue, scissors, and other knick-knacks. This bag is small enough that it will fit easily on your desk to help keep your space organized.

Animal Washi Tape Dispenserswashi holders

These fun Animal Washi Tape dispensers hold 4 rolls of washi tape (they even come with 4 rolls of washi tape). They retail at $14.99 and they are just so cute! Right now they only have the Rhino and Scotty Dog (I hope they come out with more). Pre-order right now!

Staple Board

When I first saw this staple board I didn’t think much of it, but then I watched the rep demo. I totally changed my mind because of the convenience it offers. This set comes with three staplers, small, medium and large, as well as 250 staples, that are three different sizes and four different colors.

The staple board also has a storage compartment, perfect for all your staples. With this staple board, you can staple anywhere on your paper, even in the center of a 12″ x 12″ sheet! I will use this to fix my kids books (that middle page comes out frequently and a normal stapler can’t reach in the crease). Its great when you can use a product in the craft-room as well as around the home. The staple board retails for $19.99 and will be shipping in March. You can watch the demo on how this works here!

Laser Square & Mat

laser squareLast, but not least, we have the Laser Square & Mat. If you are a scrapbooker like me, then you will need this tool! You can actually use it for a variety of craft projects, such as cards, stamps, quilting and just about any other type. This tool is in inches as well as centimeters, and goes from 0″ to 12″. This product has two lasers, one on the top and one on the side and both of them shoot a small laser beam to give you a straight line. When I saw this tool in action, the room was very bright and you could still see the laser. This tool comes with the mat and retails for $40.00 – will be available in March.

I didn’t go into detail about all the products coming out from We R Memory Keepers but I think I covered all the big ones! If I missed something you want to know about, leave me a comment and I will give you all the info I have. There are quite a few paper stacks that will be coming out this year, so keep an eye out for those. Some of them we get in for a very short time and then we are unable to get more in, so if you find something you love, you should definitely grab it while it’s in stock. You never know, it may be gone for good. Next week I’m going to share with you all about the Cray-Pen, which we already have in stock. You won’t want to miss out on this one!

Happy creating!