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Tuesday, July 29th, 2014
BOYS RULE – Easy ideas for creating boys pages

If you have sons like me, or you want to create masculine layouts for the boys in your family you probably find fewer ideas and less inspiration then you would for girly layouts. Face it, most of us are girls! We like girly things and sometimes we prefer to create girly layouts.Well, I want to share some boys layouts ideas and challenge some conceptions about creating boys layouts! 1. Scrapbook his position in the family Scrapbook their place in the family, the relationship with their brother or sister. I think the most fun layouts are of that magical brother-to-brother relationship with all their games, codes and shared experiences. 2. Scrapbook his activities & interestsSome boys’ hobbies and activities are full of movement and speed, some are quieter and easy going, and there are some activities which utilize more brain power then muscle power. Whatever activity your boy is doing you can create a wonderful layout to showcase it.   3. Scrapbook special …

Saturday, July 26th, 2014
I'm Grateful Mini Envelope Box

The past few days were crazy. Our country has been under rockets’ attacks and life has been scary and stressful. I found it really hard to create anything, my mind just didn’t have the energy to think about and be full of ideas like it usually is. I asked for some advice from my dear FB friends and they said “start with something small”. Well…I decided enough is enough, I would force myself to create something, something small. During the past few days I had a lot of time to think about what I’m grateful for. Rockets tend to put things in perspective…I wanted those things I’m grateful for to be with me all the time so I’ll never forget, so I created a little mini envelope box to hold them. This box will be my treasure box filled with photos of my family and friends and small cards with inspiring words and sentences written on them, the kind of …

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014
10 reasons to create mini albums

Mini albums are one of the fun things to create in scrapbooking and paper crafts. I often get asked what’s the point? what’s so fun about mini albums? The answers to me are clear and I want to share them with you.  1. Manageable Project For some people, especially me, the thought of starting a big 12X12 scrapbook is just too overwhelming. When I know there is a beginning and an end to a project it looks much more doable. 2. So Much To Do So Little TimeSome people may not be overwhelmed by a large scrapbook they just don’t have enough time. A mini album can be completed in one or two sittings. It can be done in a crop night, a class or with some friends. 3. Tackle a SubjectA mini album is usually about one person, place or occasion. That gives me much more freedom and choice with my photos. For example: if we go on a family vacation or even …

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014
Metal Charm – add shine to your creations

In today’s crafting we use different materials and textures to create interesting striking projects. I think the more diversity in our projects the better they look and we have more fun creating them. One of my favorite ways to add magical shine, interesting texture and industrial look to my creations is using metal. Metal can be found all around us and it’s easy to come by. It comes in so many shapes and sizes and fits any project you want to create. By using different metal embellishments and incorporating them in different mediums you can create different looks to your projects. Industrial/Steampunk 3D metal man created from metal gears and clock parts Industrial canvas with lots of metal parts and embellishments Using metal parts with an industrial look such as gears, clock parts, cogwheels etc. can produce a steampunk look to a project. Keep the metal parts in their original color or add industrial colors such as rust, copper, black and bronze. You can …

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014
Hot Ideas for Capturing Summer memories

Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it. ~Russel BakerIt’s hot, it’s humid, it’s sticky and it’s here! Summer! We love the long days, the sunshine, going to the beach and not going to school. We go on family vacation, go camping, and generally have loads of FUN! Part of my summer fun is to record these wonderful memories by creating fun layouts and mini albums. it’s really great sitting on the carpet on a cold winter’s day looking through all those summer layouts and remember the fun we had.Here are a few hot ideas for creating layouts that will capture all your family summer fun! Wet LayoutsWho doesn’t love going to the beach or the swimming pool to cool off in the inviting blue water?  The water is always a great background for taking beautiful photos with a calm atmosphere or a splatter! There are so many activities to capture: swimming, diving, splattering, collecting sea …

Saturday, July 5th, 2014
Forever House Calendar

One of the greatest puzzles of life is what influences a person more: environment or genes. In my case it’s definitely both…my dad, who is an engineer, on one side and my love of crafting on the other, have both planted the love of building in me. every now and then I get the urge to build something. I’m talking about paper engineering, 3D crafting at its best. This time I built a House Calendar, which is basically a forever calendar for important dates that does not last only one year but forever. How does that work? Each month has a little “room” in the house and in it a card or cards with important dates like mom’s birthday or grandparents’ anniversary, regardless of the day in the week or month. My inspiration came to me from a chipboard window I had and decided to extend it. I build the outside frame and inner walls around it and according to its …

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014
10 essentials for creating craft video tutorials

As promised from last week I want to share with you all what I think are the 10 essential things you need to know to create great craft video tutorials. This is a list for all of you out there who are at the same place I was a year ago. I hope it will help you get started: 1. Get EquippedMake sure you have the right equipment to create your videos. I’m not an expert on technology and all the gadgets that can help you with this process I can only share the way I do it and the equipment I use. First I record the video on an HD video camera mounted on a tripod on my desk above my hands, then I download it to my computer. I use Movie Maker to edit the video and add a narration and music. The editing programs are easy and friendly and you can learn how to use them online. Also remember to make sure you …