Category Archives: Scrapbooking and Stamping

New Basic Grey Paper “Granola” Love it or hate it?

Basic Grey just released the new paper line, GRANOLA.

Do you love it or hate it?

Picture of New basic Grey paper Pack Granola

It features mostly earth tone browns, beiges and blues with some mustard. I am not crazy about it. It might be good for some “masculine” layouts. The colors do nothing for me and the patterns are also very blah.
I love basic Grey papers but this one is a bit of a miss for me- what do you think?

right now I am in love with Euphoria Collection Pack.

Newest and Trendiest Tool in Scrapbooking and Card making Right Now? The ATG Gun

I first heard about this one of my craft forums a year ago and now they are HUGE. Scrapbookers were talking about how they decorated their 3M ATG-752 Adhesive Transfer Gun and at first I was APPALLED!
Crazy Americans are now decorating their guns with sequins. DOH! An ATG gun is a suped up tape runner on steroids. The tape guns are used for framing and caught on like wild fire in scrapbook community about a year and half ago. The biggest advantage is comfort and cost of refills.
3M Scotch 714 1/4\

What is an ATG Gun?

The ATG stands for Adhesive Transfer Gun.. So ATG gun is actually redundant. They are pretty big. The adhesive is fantiastic and refills are cheap. They are very comfortable to use.

The most popular size is Scotch ATG 714 and refill with this refill. because it is acid free.

Do you decorate your ATG gun? Post links to your pics!

Looking for Decent Metallic Paper for Scrapbooking

I saw a technique used in a scrapbook magazine where they embosses 3 different colors of metallic paper- in shades of gold, orange and cranberry and was lovely- I cannot find this paper ANYWHERE. I can’t remember the magazine so no clue what brand. I have been to 4 stores now to track down something similar.
The design used Cuttlebug swhirls embossing folder.
Ideally I would like a paper pack of this stuff so I can LSS coupon or Michael’s coupon.

Cricut Cartridge Sale

Don’t forget that Michael’s is selling their Cricut cartridges for 40.00 nest week. The cartridges or for the Cricut die cutting machine. Typically they go for about 80.00 and even on sale about 50,oo so this is a great deal I have also heard Michael’s might be doing a cross promotion with Cricut where you can get the Cricut Design Studio for free when you buy a certain amount of the cartridges.

Update: Rumor is true- if you buy 3 Cricut cartridges you get Cricut Design Studio free. Visit Details of free Cricut Design Studio offer.

Starting to Digital Scrapbook with ScrapBlog

I am delving into the world of digital scrapbooking- although I don;t know how it could ever replace my passion for “real” scrapbooking. I suspect its a heck of a lot cheaper!
One of the advantages to digital scrapbooking is you don’t have to pay a fortunes for supplies. You can also get great results in not that much time and it doesn’t require a ton of skills.

I am setting up my older daugter with Scrapblog account and will let her und wild to see what she’ll come up with. I am but worried that I wil have yet anther addcition to take over my life ( at least it won;t take over dining room table!)

Some Cheap Prices on Cricut Expressions Machine Stuff

Found some good deals on cheap prices on Cricut Expressions machine and cartridges:

Cricut Cartridge Cuttin’ Up
See details Cricut Cartridge Cuttin’ Up : This cartridge is full of fun alphabet letters, words and some shapes. Each cartridge comes with a Keypad Overlay. For 39.99 at creative express.

Cricut Cartridge Locker Talk

Best prices on Cricut Machines

The best price I have seen is
It is 248.79 = 8.99 shipping or pay in 5 installment and pay 24.99 shipping and handling, you also get tons of free freebies, included. Think this must be best price for Cricut Expression. Am I wrong??
Cricut Expressions machine 330.00 and free shipping here

ACMoore has good deal on a Cricut Bundle for $368.99.
Cricut Expression 24 Personal Electronic Cutter (approximately 13 lbs);
five inks (yellow, red, green, orange, and blue);
four cartridges (Plantin SchoolBook Complete Font Cartridge, Accent Essentials Cartridge, Cuttin Up Cartridge, and the Locker Talk Cartridge);
All Keypad Overlays and Cartridge Handbooks (inside each cartridge box);
12×12 Cutting Mat included (12×24 available separately);

Great price on Disney Font Cartridge 64.99
and Cricut Disney Icon Cartridge-Mickey & Friends also 64.99 .

Also New Disney Pooh Font for Cricut for 63.00 with matching Cricut Cartridge – Pooh and Friends for same low price.

Free shipping at JKCrafts with coupon code : OFFER7

Custom Crops also has really good prices on cartridges- most are 49.95.

Any other deals? Please let us know!

Gorgeous technique for Adding Color To Stamps- Colored Pencils and Mineral Spirits

This is absolutely stunning. Just picked up bunch of “nice” pencil crayons on ebay to try- Use colored pencils with mineral spirits to color your stamp images. The results are similar to water colors but color looks much more vibrant. Wow- can’t wait to try!

Colored pencils and Odorless Mineral Oil Technique for Stamps – Good instructions with photos for adding color with pencil crayons and oil to your stamps.

Looking for a Good Tape Runner for Scrapbooking- Suggestions

Help! I am struggling trying to find a decent tape runner. I LOVED the old tape runner from Creative memories. The one I am talking about is not refillable- they discontinued it and replaced it about 4 years ago. I was a consultant then and bought a whole case of them I have run out an been using the newer refillable… which i hate.
The refillable one from CM is awful. I have to fiddle and fix it about every 10 minutes and slows me down. I HATE it!
I have been trying out other options and found a few that I like. Feel free to make suggestions.

I like this one, the Tombow Mono Adhesive With Dispenser, Permanent It is available in both permanent and removable refills.
Tombow / Mono Adhesive With Dispenser, Permanent, 1/3\

and this:
3L E-Z Tape Runners

If you know of other that you can recommend- please let us know!

ProvoCraft Cricut Personal Electronic Cutter – for 169.99!


Wow- went to scrapbook crop night at Michaels 2 weeks ago and this was 399.00 ! Costco selling these for 169.99 INCLUDING shipping. If you have an Ameri-friend grab one of these.I used it and was quite impressed. I HATE the Cuttlebug types and this was as simple as typing on a keyboard. The cartridges for additional fonts get pricey, though

Here is what is included:

The Personal Electronic Cutter is just that, a personal cutting machine that takes die cutting to the next level, without the use of a personal computer. With the touch of a button, crafters can choose from thousands of letters and shapes in sizes from 1” to 5.5” tall, and phrases up to 11.5” long. There are no limitations to this machine. A variety of paper from vellum to cardstock can be used. The Cricut has adjustable pressure and speeds to deliver crisp, detailed cuts every time.


Cricut™ Personal Electronic Cutter
George and Basic Shapes Cartridge
George and Basic Shapes Keypad Overlay
George and Basic Shapes Handbook
Blade Assembly
One Cutting Mat
Cricut™ Quick Start Guide
User Manual
Power Adaptor

Free Digital Scrapbooking Resources

Get Digital Scrapbooking Downloads Free

We Love to Scrap Free Digital Scrapbooking Ideas is a newer site devoted to digital scrapbooks – and focuses on digital scrapbooking ideas and techniques that are FREE.

Tons of scrapbooking freebies on the site available for free download. Take a look at some of the downloads available and let me know what you think. I don’t do digital scrapbooking (yet) and this site is inspiring!
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