Sunday, September 30, 2012

Reveal Day; October2012!

Hey Everyone! Today is very exciting for me as its reveal day and I'm here to reveal I think my favorite kit of all times! I present to you... Warm.

I cannot even begin to say what part of this kit I find so appealing, but it makes me feel warm. Like an early day in fall, where the air is crisp, but the sun is shining bright. I also cannot wait to rock this kit and share some inspiration. Rumor has it, the design team is eager as well!

For more information on this kit (sadly, there are a few things not photographed that are in the kit such as cardstock but its in there!) head over to our storefront where you can check out the details as well as order yours today!

Happy October Everyone!

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Christmas in... September?

So, it is getting to be that time of year again. You know that time where hopeful crafters swear up and down that this year you WILL be giving handmade gift. Well, I'm trying for sure. Even down to the gift tags.

I love how this tag/ornament came out. Using a scrap of the cameo paper found in our September kit as well as the wood grain paper that i cut into the shape of an ornament. This is a project that is not only feasible to actually accomplish in time for gift giving, BUT working with a kit from The Sampler is perfect! Everything mixes and matches so the possibilities are truly endless! 

Hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend and able to get some crafting done!

Friday, September 28, 2012

Put a Bird on it... Inspiration

I love using my diecut machine. There are so many possibilities when it comes to simple paper and a cut file. What drives me a little crazy is when I find a file I love but I have to cut it many times to get all the layering I want.

 Thats what happened here. I adore this little bird on a branch which was large cut file (not little pieces you assemble yourself) and totally wanted to use it on a layout, but when I cut it once it was pretty bleh. So I cut it 3x to do a little layering...

Layering diecuts this way is like the lazy lady's way to fussy cut. To create the layering here, I cut the exact same file from three different sheets of paper from the kit. Once the paper was cut, i used very simple trimming to cut out the branch of the kraft cardstock, a flower and leaves from the wood grain screen print and then simply adhered the layers right on top of the other.

So, the only "problem" with this technique is you end up with extras. And using amazing paper like the Hambly found in our sept2012 kit, I really didn't want to waste it. So i made a card using the little birdie as well...

Need more "put a bird on it" inspiration? Check out this youtube from the fine folks at portlandia. Its so wrong but so right... Enjoy!


Thursday, September 27, 2012

Take Note...

Happy Happy Friday!!
Can I just say TGIF? It has been one horrid week for me so I'm really looking forward to a trip to Dodger Stadium tonight with some baseball, Dodger dog, Cracker Jack, and fireworks!
I made this little notebook this week because I was really in need of a place to count the good stuff.
Ever have times when it seems like your buried in the crud? That was my week! So I needed a notebook to record any sunshine I could find. First entries? making Pioneer Woman's Chicken Tortilla Soup and listening to the new Mumford & Sons.
I hope you made a fun little notebook for yourself this month!!

a few cards for September :)

hi everyone!  Shaunna here, running through really quickly before i give a spelling test and grade history homework to share a few cards made using the September kit.  i love them both - i think they are two of my favorite cards that i have ever made!!

the first card was based on the card sketch for this month's card challenge, and the second card was based on the first card since i liked how well it turned out! :D

note the difference in photo quality here.... the top photo was shot two weeks ago with my iPhone 4, and the second photo was shot this morning with my brand new (i'm in love!) iPhone 5.  AMAZING!  i am so excited about this camera, it means that i may not have to carry my ginormous Canon around anymore (finally!!!)  the photos were taken in just about the same location with the same amount of light.  i did not notice that until i just put them up together here, but i am so pleased in the quality difference!!!

anyway, don't forget to come check out the card and sketch challenges, running through October 19th - plenty of time to join us and make as many projects as you'd like with our kit or your own supplies :)  we just want to see how we inspire you!  also make sure to stop by Scrapbooking Supplies R Us to grab some sweet new swag and a kit if you haven't gotten yours already!

thank you for stopping by to visit us today!!!  hope you have a fantastic day :)

peace, love and stickers -

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

That little notebook

that was included in the September kit was a bit daunting to me, I have to admit.  I am not an altered gal, and anything that isn't a 12x12 layout is always a challenge for me.  I waited until the last minute to do something with it, and I finally came up with something to do with it.  It was the perfect size to make for my sweet 5th grader.  She can keep it in her desk at school and jot down all the important stuff like her friend's phone numbers and who likes who. :)

Here's a side view, the OA tape from the kit was perfect to attach the covers to the notebook.

I attached the twine under the top paper and made sure it was down as tight as possible.  That way she can keep the pencil attached to the notebook.

She loved it, and I can't wait to see what she writes down in it.

Have a great Wednesday!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012


Hi everyone, Nancy here today to share with you a project using the September kit, Flying High, from the Sampler.  This year our homeschool science is Biology.  Needless to say, she is having a great time looking through the microscope.
 The office goodies from the kit this month were perfect for our school day photos.
And I really love the colors and the fun embellishments.

Don't forget, there is a new set of challenges here at the Sampler.  You don't need to use a Sampler kit to play and last month there weren't a ton of people playing so your odds of winning a prize are great.

Well, back to work.



Sunday, September 23, 2012

August 2012 Winners

As your official challenge coordinator, I got the honor of choosing the August 2012 challenge winners! I used to pull names and the winners are...

Thank goodness for the random number generator because I would've never been able to choose. Everyone did an amazing job and we really appreciate your participation. Winners, please send your shipping information to holly{AT}scrapbookingsuppliesrus{DOT}com!

Don't forget to check out the September challenges. There's still plenty of time to participate to win a sampling of goodies from The Sampler. 

Friday, September 21, 2012

A City With A Soul Layout...

Happy Friday!!

Today I have a layout to share that uses the September challenge sketch:
This past summer my husband and I visited Toronto, Paris, Bruge, Brussels, Amsterdam and Prague.
We had a lovely time in every city, but Prague was by far our favorite. The depth of the city is unlike anywhere else we have been. I had to make an intro layout to my Prague layouts, and here it is:

I used some of Kelly Purkey's new stamps and the September kit to create a first look at Prague. I know I will make many more Prague layouts in the future!
Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

September 2012 Challenges

Hello Sampler fans! I know you're all waiting to see the fabulous September challenges and examples. Right?

This is the September card sketch. I hope it inspires you to make something pretty! Make sure you link your cards at the end of this post to be entered into the challenge.

The design team came up with some fantastic examples using the September kit called Flying High

Card By: Amy Sotolongo

Card By: Shaunna Farral

Card By: Heather Landry

Next, we have the awesome September 2012 layout sketch created by Holly! To participate, use the sketch as inspiration to create your own page.

The design team did an amazing job creating example layouts for this sketch as well. They are all rockin' that Flying High kit!

Layout By: Nancy Keslin

Layout By: Holly King

Layout By: Heather Landry

Layout By: Amy Coose

Here are the details for our card and layout challenge. You have through October 19th to play along.  Enter as many times as you like. Use up some of that stash. (Your supplies do not have to be from a kit but we L.O.V.E. seeing those creations too!)  We will be picking a layout AND card winner.  The winners will receive a "sampling" from The Sampler.  International participants are welcome to join in the fun. (Just give a smidgen extra time to ship!)  Link up below via Mr. Linky! (It's super easy! Just copy and paste a direct link to your photo image or blog post and we will be able to find your entries.) Don't forget to become a follower for more inspiration and news about all of the good stuff going on at The Sampler!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

A beach layout

This is my favorite layout that I created using the amazing September kit.  I love how it all came together.

Here are a few closeups.

I used my handwriting for the "va beach" portion of the title, thanks to the skitch app!

Hope you have a great Wednesday!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Make A Splash

Hi everyone, Nancy here, today I wanted to share with you another project made with photos from my trip to Hawaii.  The children loved playing in the warm ocean water, such a change from the colder northern California beaches.
The papers and the trims in the September, Flying High Kit, from the Sampler were just perfect for these photos.  I used  few flowers and chipboards from my stash.
Only a few more days to complete the Sampler card and sketch challenges.  You don't have to use a Sampler kit to play, and there is a good chance you could win a prize.



Friday, September 14, 2012

Thank you Card...

Happy Friday!!
This week seems like it dragged on forever! Or maybe that's because it has been really unusually hot here for weeks and my junior highers at school are starting to really come unglued. Makes for long weeks :) I'm really hoping for some cool air and rain soon!
Anyways, today I have a simple thank you card to share. I try to make thank you cards as often as possible since they are the card I go to grab for most in my card pile.
I love the puffy cloud, and the lace ribbon across the top ties it all together.
I cut the thanks on my Silhouette Cameo and love that I can make it any size I want.
I am going to make some layouts using the September kit this weekend, so stay tuned for some layouts over the next couple weeks.
I've been making cards lately, but all of the sudden I'm super inspired to make some layouts!
Happy Friday and have a fabulous weekend!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

a lil' something...

hi all!  Shaunna again, popping in real quick to share this sweet little mini-journal i made with the Studio Calico Journal kit, included in our September kit :)

i employed the same technique i used with my dry-embossed cards and gel pens last week with the cover, because i really didn't want to cover it up with paper - it was too pretty!  the insides/back of the cover are covered with the Authentique & Basic Grey papers as well, and all adhered together with the October Afternoon washi tape.  i haven't started adding anything to it yet, but i plan to fill it with things i LOVE!  mini-notes, ephemera, small photos, stickers... the possibilities are endless!  i love the paper inside this journal too, a clean grid with space for titles will help me keep it neat (the way i like it!)

i think this is a perfect use for this little book!  some things you could include if you were to make your own would be:  favorite person/people, favorite colors, favorite movies/shows/music, favorite restaurant/food, ticket stubs, Instagram photos...  i could really go on and on!  it definitely makes a great little Project Life book if you don't necessarily want to spend all the time on a bigger one, too :)

please feel free to share your mini-journal projects in the comments on this thread so we can see what you're doing with this month's kit (and leave you a little love too!)

only a few more days to play along with this August's Card and Sketch challenges, so get your entries in!  we will be revealing this month's challenges soon :)

thanks for coming by today!!  hope you have a fantastic weekend!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

An Easter layout

When I got the September kit, I knew I had Easter pics that I wanted to scrapbook, and I was thrilled to see that this kit was perfect for it.

I cut out the journal box and the arrows on my cameo.

I used the Hambly gold paper for the arrows, and it turned out so pretty.  I love the subtle sparkle this paper gives. 

Have a great Wednesday!!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Come Away...

Hi everyone!  Nancy here today to share with you a project I made with the Flying High kit from The Sampler.  I love the hot air balloon paper in the kit and couldn't resist a little fussy cutting.

Don't forget about the August Sketch and Card Challenges, there is still time to enter.



Monday, September 10, 2012

for the perpetual list maker...

HI ALL! Holly here to share a new mini album I've been working on with the Sept2012 kit! I don't know about yall, but I am a TOTAL LIST MAKER! They are everywhere and not always fun lists... mostly they make me do chores and/or buy groceries. BUT, I have seen a number of fun lists on blogs I read with GREAT topics such as "things to do before 30" or "things my cat does". So, now its my turn...

This album was quick and a total stash buster. While the majority of my inards are from the Sept2012 kit, I was able to use odd sized hunks of scrap paper and left over paper bits from kits from other months. YAY!

I used a CoverAll from Bind-it-All as my base. A little washi and paper later, my cover was simple and DONE!  I like keeping the covers to my mini albums simple. ESPECIALLY the ones I might carry with me to work on. Like this one. I can capture moments as they happen or, in this case, lists as my brain dreams junk up!

Here I am showing you a sloppy desk and a few of the pages of my album. About a 1/3rd of the interior pages are graph paper from an old art journal i needed to clean some space out of. a few little trims and both albums got something they needed.

Now, onto the lists themselves!

DOODLES! ok. not super trendy and more but i LOVE doodling. Having a few handy lists laying around never hurts to encourage ideas from time to time...

When I was making this album I was thinking of things I don't often do. We don't watch a whole lot of TV around the house here, but I got to thinking that we've been watching a good deal of television shows thanks to Netflix and our laptops... Not only that, but there are shows/series I really like these days, which is totally unusual. Thus, a list. :D

One thing so many of us are totally addicted to is WASHI TAPES! So, who says that lists have to have words? Not me! I listed a SHORT sampling of my washi tape collection...

Lastly (for now), isn't a list, but its definitely on THE LIST. The one that is always going in my heart and encourages me to do more with my life.

Ok, thats all for today! More pages to share as the month continues! Happy list making!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

jazzed up dry embossing & silhouette freebies!


now that i have your attention...

this week i am going to share a project i worked on for last week's post (which i did not make because of the Blog Hop - winners TBA soon!)  one night while i was frustratedly going through my white gel pens trying to find one that worked, i thought, "what would happen if i colored in, say, an embossed piece of cardstock?"  this was probably because of the gouges i was leaving in the paper trying to get the pens to work, but nonetheless it sparked an idea.  i'm sure it's been done, i know i've seen something similar somewhere... so i in no way take complete credit for this idea, only its proliferation ;)

and trust me, if you try it, you'll be hooked too.

i started out with some plain textured black cardstock from goodness knows where out of my scrap bag, and embossed it with the first folder i pulled out.  amazingly enough, though i didn't end up with a working white pen, i DID find another pen that i'm absolutely in love with and would buy in bulk so i can use it on everything: the Sakura Gelly Roll Stardust in "clear", which is actually silver glitter that looks fantastic on just about everything.

the finished product:

another base i tried with the Bazzill Light Gray from the August kit:

i also made a few from the Purple Moon cardstock and a darker, royal purple piece from my scraps with the same pen - all have turned out really well.  i think this pen adds so much to any color you combine it with.  i am also working on a few other pieces with different colored inks/cardstocks (white/blue, kraft, etc) to see what i can come up with - i really think this may be the "look" for my Christmas cards this year!

here is the finished card, made with the light gray base from above:

i also made the flower from some of the leftover burlap from April's kit - my first attempt at that, based on this tutorial from Alisha @ Snug As a Bug Baby... my dinky little flower is NOTHING compared to her gorgeous bouquet, but i think it really brings together the feel of this card.  i liked being unrestricted by color from the base as well, it allowed me to bring in all different elements from the August kit.

One last thing before I head out, i'm giving away a few freebie Silhouette files i've worked on in the last few weeks in honor of a sad occasion - a really dear friend of mine moved away to Colorado yesterday to work at a small hotel in the mountains.  i'm grieved and jealous at the same time.  i'm sure i'll see him again, but in the meantime i made him this canvas to take with him, and i hope he'll think of me and smile often:

if you've read Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy or seen the movie, then this makes perfect sense to you.  if not, carry on.  lol.  or read the books, which i HIGHLY recommend for anyone who wants to pee their pants laughing.  my friend, Matt, and i are sort of HHG fan...dudes... so this was more than appropriate.  and he loved it.  the hitchhiker's thumb symbol is a custom piece i created in Silhouette Studio, specifically for this canvas, and you can find it along with a Totoro cut file over on my blog.  nerdy things.  but freebies nonetheless!  okay, sorry for the shameless plug...

the September kit is hot off the presses over at Scrapbooking Supplies R Us, so make sure that you stop by and snag one ASAP before we run out.  cutest. stuff. ever.  let me tell you.  you won't wanna miss it!  also, don't forget about our current card and sketch challenges - still plenty of time to play!  stay tuned for the reveal of the winner(s) from the Blog Hop, and please stop back by and check out our daily offerings :)

enjoy the rest of the week!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

A September layout.

I saw all the gorgeous colors in the Flying High September Kit and I was immediately smitten!  I couldn't wait to start creating with it!  I picked out Davis' 5 month pictures, and it was so easy to put together this layout.

That October Afternoon Miscellany pack is amazing, it just keeps going and going...

Thanks for dropping by the blog,  and don't forget to head over to Scrapbooking Supplies R Us to pick up your September kit.

Happy Wednesday!