Archive: July, 2008

Greeting Card With Paper Lace and Celebration II Papers by American Crafts

Free Card Making Project Idea From Paperlaces.com

I have been working on updating Chapter 2: Making Basic Paper Lace. I just added a brand new page with Free project ideas for this chapter. The page is still under construction, but at this point it is finished enough to be helpful. The project shown above, a greeting card with very basic paper lace plus a bit of hand stamping and inking is posted on that page. The complete supply list and instructions are posted. The page also shows a few photos of other projects that will be posted soon too. If you check back in a few days, hopefully there will be more progress to report. I hope you will enjoy these free project ideas! Thanks so much for dropping by. I really appreciate your interest.

New Greeting Cards With Paper Lace and American Crafts Papers & Embellishments

(Among other things.)

Greeting Cards With Paper Lace, Spin Art by Amy Solovay, and Supplies and Embellishments by American Crafts

Sorry I haven't updated much lately. We had been having a lot of power outages and rolling blackouts due to all the California wildfires, and it kept me off the computer much more than I would have liked. In my immediate neighborhood things are looking like they are getting more or less back to normal. For all you Californians who were affected by the fires, my heart goes out to you and you are in my thoughts and prayers. If there is anything else I can do to help those who were affected, please let me know. I am very thankful that we got off as easy as we did but I am concerned for those who did not.

So anyway, I think perhaps I was more productive when I was forced to stay off the computer for days at a time! Haha. Funny how that works, isn't it? The photo above shows a few of the greeting cards I made recently. It actually doesn't even begin to show everything I have either made or have in progress, so I have a LOT of updating to do! With all the smoke, ash, doom and gloom that has surrounded me lately I have been gravitating towards bright, happy, cheerful colors that make me want to smile.

I just posted instructions for how to make this card:

Greeting Card With Handmade Paper Lace, KI Memories Lace Cardstock, and a Flower Embellishment by American Crafts

plus the supply list with all the supplies you would need to make it. You can find this information on the Lace Cardstock project ideas page.

Please check back soon for more new paper lace projects plus more additions to chapter 2 of my free book about how to make paper lace. Thanks for dropping by!

Scrapbooking Layout With Fleuriste / Cosmo Cricket & Narratives / Creative Imaginations

Scrapbooking Layout of Orchids and Flowers by Amy Solovay. Supplies are by Cosmo Cricket and Creative Imaginations.

Free Ideas For Scrapbooking With Die Cut Scalloped Papers. Scrapbook Page Layout by Amy Solovay. Supplies are by Cosmo Cricket and Creative Imaginations.

I've heard that some scrappers find it challenging to use multiple 4x6 photos on a page. Well, here's a super-simple, quick and easy scrapbooking page layout idea for what to do with 4x6 photos plus papers that have lacy die cut edges. (Note: I did crop the photos slightly around the edges to focus in more on the flowers.)

Lately I've been scrapping some of my floral reference photos. I will be so excited to have them all scrapped and put in albums to enjoy! (It will take me awhile to get that project finished though, I have thousands of flower photos, and even if I only pick my favorites I don't think I will ever get them all scrapped.) These are more photos from the arboretum in Arcadia, California.

Materials and Supplies Used in this Scrapbooking Layout:

The layout was fairly straightforward and was very easy to put together once I decided which elements to use. I love scrapping with 4x6 photos- while I do love using larger photos too, getting enlargements made can be an extra hassle and expense. I think I will probably repeat this idea again, because this layout was soooooo easy to put together. It only took a few minutes, and I love the way it turned out! Please feel free to scraplift this layout if this is an idea you can use too.

The Journaling:

There isn't any. Why not? Well, there's no rule that says you have to journal on every scrapbook page. Since I already have dozens of pages that explain the "who what where why" of these photos, I really didn't feel any need to repeat it again on this particular page. One of my mottoes: the scrapbooking police will not arrest me for scrapping the way that I want to, and the way that best tells my story the way I want it told. Scrapbook layouts do NOT HAVE TO HAVE journaling. They don't have to have titles, and they don't have to even have photos if you don't want them to. Do whatever works best for telling the story you want to tell, and don't be a slave to what everyone else says you "should" do!

You are invited to explore the other pages on this web site for lots more free scrapbooking and card making ideas. Thanks for dropping by!

Martha Stewart Scalloped Heart Punch

I just found another [inline] [/inline] up for auction on ebay. If you want to snag this one, you better get there quick because the auction ends in a couple of hours. If you miss out, please be sure to check out my page about Martha Stewart Punches plus other alternatives to the scalloped heart punch.

Happy 4th of July, to all of you that celebrate it! Hope you are all having a dazzling day filled with sparklers, sunshine and fireworks.