{inter} National Scrapbook Day 2012 – Blog Hop Freebie

This weekend is {inter} National Scrapbook Day, and to help you with your digital stash the Design House Digital designers are giving away this amazing collaboration kit, called Retrospect:

Now for a quick tip:


Just for stopping by, I would like to share one of my most used tools in Illustrator…making dotted and scalloped shapes!  I am a “self-taught-project-by-project-Illustrator user”, so when Carina Gardner shared this quick tip, I decided I had to pay it forward!  I did some crazy time consuming work to get a dotted or scalloped shape for many years, I can’t let you do it too!


Picture 38First make a circle and keep it selected.


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Make a new brush by selecting the “new brush” button, and selecting “new pattern brush”. Click OK.

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The pattern brush options will come up. Change your scale to what you would like.  I set this brush to scale – 25%, spacing – 100%. Click ok.


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Your brush will appear in the brush pallette. Draw a circle without a fill.


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With the new circle selected, click on the new circle brush in the brush palette.

(You can change the spacing and size by double-clicking it in the brush palette, and even see a

preview if the preview box is checked.)


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I also made a half circle and did the same steps as before to make a scallop brush.


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I wanted my scallops closer together, so my spacing came down to 15%.

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Make another non-filled circle and keep it selected.


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Select your half circle brush for a scallop edge.

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 I made another circle and changed the size and spacing for the look I was going for.

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This is how my decorative circle turned out.  I hope this helps you in your creativity.  The possibilities are pretty endless with this little tip!  I know it makes my work so much more fun!

 Now for something to WIN!:


Stars and stripes fabric
I know it isn’t paper, but wouldn’t you love to win some of my Stars and Stripes fabric?  Perfect for a picnic quilt to spread out and make some memories to scrap about!

Enter to win your pick of 5 different fat quarters from the Stars and Stripes Fabric Collection by commenting here and telling me the song that reminds you most of SUMMER!!!

You can enter again by becoming a liking the Deena Rutter facebook page and commenting that you did!

Entries must be in by May 7th, 11am MST.

Don’t forget to grab your letter, you will need it to get the RETROSPECT kit for FREE!


If you are doing the DHD Layout Challenge, my challenge is to use the font league gothic in your layout.

Now, head over to Carey Bridges blog to get some great info from her as well:

Carey Bridges


Freebie: Clover SVG cutting file

Hey! It’s Tiffany here with a quick and easy hybrid project just in time for St. Patty’s day this weekend. I used paper from Deena’s Jolly Holiday collection at Design House digital. Then I used this freebie clover from Deena. (click here to link)
I cut out three different sizes with three different papers and sewed them together in the center. I fluffed them a little to get the 3D effect I was wanting and glued them to my paper. Hopefully it will bring us some Luck this St. Patrick’s day!
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DHD: Homeward Bound – Pink – hybrid Birthday card

Hi, It’s Tiffany. I wanted to show you a quick and beautiful birthday card set using Deena’s newest digital kit, Homeward Bound – Pink Collection. The colors are so lovely and spring- like. I started by selecting my papers.

Then I used the D-cut Basic Envelope and Notecards set. I wanted something simple. Did you know that even if you don’t have a digital cutting machine (i.e. Cricut, sillhouette, etc) you can still use these D-cut files? When you download the file there are a handfull of different options to use. I used the .png file type and made the notecard and envelope to use as a clipping mask, and then I cut them out by hand. (Sometimes I just go back to my old hybrid scrapbooking days!)

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I formatted my page to be an 11×17 page to have a little more print area. It worked out great to get the full sized 4×6 size card and envelope on one sheet of paper.

I wanted a pretty design on the inside of the envelope, so I printed this beauty on the back.

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after I had cut it out by hand, it was time to fold it. If you don’t have a bone folder, or a scoring tool. Use the side of a countertop or table.


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It works great.  Last thing, is glue down your edges. to make a cute little envelope with a beautiful lining… not to mention a great little birthday card. I’m so in love with flat cards right now, so the not card was my perfect option.

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my Happy birthday and address window are both elements from the Homeward Bound – Pink collection elements availabe at Design House digital.

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I hope my birthday girl is as excited about her pretty birthday card as I am about making it for her!! Happy Weekend!!

Tissue Paper Heart

Hi There! Tiffany here, with a fun, quick little valentine’s gift. I know, it’s been ages since I’ve done a post here. Something about valentines day just makes me happy.

Items used:

-Red Tissue paper


A Kind Word: Love edition part 2

-Sewing machine

-Valentine candy (I used M&Ms)

Today I mad some tissue paper hearts filled with my favorite treat (well, one of them!) Here’s how I did it.  I found a great tutorial for printing on tissue paper. I’d seen a few tutorials around the web, but I liked having a video.  I didn’t print any photos, but you get the idea.

I decided that I wanted my tissue paper red and the KIND WORD to be grey. I positioned them in photoshop the way I wanted and printed. If I’d known how easy it was to print on tissue paper, I would have done this earlier. Now my head is going crazy with things I can do with all this spare tissue paper.

Once printed, I cut apart my words and cut them into my hear shapes. Make sure to use 2 sheets of paper (one printed, and the other as the backing) so they will be the same size heart.

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Once my hearts were the shape I wanted. I went to my sewing machine and stitched around the outside. This isn’t the easiest paper to sew, but just go slowly and lift up your presser foot if you need to smooth out the paper.

Be sure to leave a big enough opening for your favorite treats. My first couple I sewed a little smaller that I would have wanted to. It was fine, I just had to fill them one. candy. at a time.

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fill as full as you like. I don’t get too crazy with this part, so I make sure I have room to sew the opening closed.

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sew that little opening closed, and there you have it. So easy, and “SEW” cute. (get it?)

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Yummy enough for your valentine.

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thanks for stopping by! Hope you have a happy Valentines day. Stop by the shop and pick up your KIND WORD – love edition today!!