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Club SEI September Kit Preview

CLUB SEI SEPTEMBER PREVIEWS

 Hello Friends! We’re thrilled to be popping in to share our Club SEI previews with you today. Two kits ship in September. So, first up, here’s the paper-crafting kit…

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Club members will receive an 8×8 album kit with instructions, pre-cut paper pieces, and embellishments to create a mini album with expansion pages. They also get instructions and materials to create the pinwheel wall art, garlands, & branch.

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September’s cards are the perfect way to say, “thank you” or let someone know you care. The kit has so many sweet elements! Some of our favorites are the cutie patterned envelopes and unique chipboard pieces.

Go to the Club SEI website to see past kits and join in the fun!

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Jenni Guynn

Jenni is our wonderful Ad Director at Northridge Publishing. She will be sharing with you some great offers and introducing us all to some fabulous companies.

Friday Giveaway: BoBunny

Our sponsor this Friday is the fabulous BoBunny! One lucky winner will receive an assortment of goodies including Misc Me Journal, C’est La Vie dividers and contents, (used in the journal), BoBunny’s new Kraft bags in mustaches, dots and chevron, and a C’est La Vie 6×6 paper pad. Be sure to enter below for your chance to win!

Want to enter more than once? Check out our additional entry options below!

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MAIN ENTRY:

- Enter to win by commenting below. Leave a comment on this post by Wednesday at 11:59pm {MST} telling us which collection you would love to win. ONE lucky winner will receive this assortment of goodies from BoBunny!

For additional entries:

- Share this giveaway (on Facebook, Twitter, your blog, etc) & link to your post in your additional comment. one entry each share.

- Head over and “LIKE” the BoBunny Facebook page and leave them a big thank you for sponsoring today’s giveaway

- Follow Northridge Publishing on Instagram (@northridgepublishing). one entry.

- “Pin” this giveaway on Pinterest. one entry.

 

FANCY PANTS WINNER’S CIRCLE

1. Vanessa babin 

Congratulations, Vanessa! Please send your full name, shipping address, and phone number to: jenni@northridgepublishing.com. Please put “Fancy Pants Winner” in the subject line of your email. Thank you everyone for joining us this week!

*WINNERS HAVE 2 WEEKS TO CLAIM YOUR PRIZE

PLEASE ALLOW 4-6 WEEKS FOR SHIPPING

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Jenni Guynn

Jenni is our wonderful Ad Director at Northridge Publishing. She will be sharing with you some great offers and introducing us all to some fabulous companies.

Friday Giveaway: DCWV

DCWV would like to extend their generous offering of new releases to 3 of our fabulous Create:blog followers! Visit the DCWV blog and let them know we sent you.  Come back here and leave us a note with your favorite new DCWV stack.  We will pick 3 winners—each one receiving a FULL box of new releases from DCWV!

Be sure to comment below for your chance to win!

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Enter below for your chance to win!

MAIN ENTRY:

- Enter to win by commenting below. Leave a comment on this post by Wednesday at 11:59pm {MST} telling us which collection you would love to win. THREE winners will receive a box FULL of DCWV new releases!

For additional entries:

- Head over to the DCWV Blog and let them know we sent you!

- Share this giveaway (on Facebook, Twitter, your blog, etc) & link to your post in your additional comment. one entry each share.

- Head over and “LIKE” the DCWV Facebook page and leave them a big thank you for sponsoring today’s giveaway

- Follow Northridge Publishing on Instagram (@northridgepublishing). one entry.

- “Pin” this giveaway on Pinterest. one entry.

 

SEI WINNER’S CIRCLE

1. Bethany Becker (Yesteryear)
2. Jessica Beougher (Noel)
3. Renee (Chalet)

Congratulations, ladies! Please send your full name, shipping address, and phone number to: jenni@northridgepublishing.com. Please put “SEI Winner” in the subject line of your email. Thank you everyone for joining us this week!

*WINNERS HAVE 2 WEEKS TO CLAIM YOUR PRIZE

PLEASE ALLOW 4-6 WEEKS FOR SHIPPING

 

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Jenni Guynn

Jenni is our wonderful Ad Director at Northridge Publishing. She will be sharing with you some great offers and introducing us all to some fabulous companies.

Graphic 45 Mini Album and a Chance to Win

Graphic 45 Tag Mini Album

By Susan Lui

Here’s a mini album I created from scratch using Graphic 45’s Staples Tags, Metal Butterfly, Metal Ornate Key and French Country collection. The tags form the pages of the mini album as well as the cover. If you’d like to create this mini album at home, just read on

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 What you’ll need:

Graphic 45 Staples Large Tag Album

Graphic 45 Staples Small Tag Album

Graphic 45 Staples Metal Butterflies

Graphic 45 Staples Ornate Metal Keys

Graphic 45 French Country collection – Abundance and Provence.

Graphic 45 French Country Chipboard 1 & 2

Black cardstock

Flowers, leaves, ribbons, string of pearls and a doily.

 

Instructions:

1. Cut a piece of black cardstock measuring 12” x 3 7/8”. Score the cardstock at the following intervals: 1”, ½”, ¾”, ¾”, ½”, ¾”, ¾”, ½”, ¾”, ¾”, ½”… and so on until you reach the end of the cardstock. The last scores should be ¾”, ¾”, 1”.

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 2. Accordion fold the cardstock as shown.

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 3. Glue together the ¾” panels. Now put this aside and we’ll come back to it later.

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 4. Next we’ll be working on the cover and spine. Cut 2 pieces of chipboards measuring 3 7/8” x 6” for the front and back covers. Adhere French Country Abundance patterned paper to all 4 sides of the chipboards.

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 5. Take a large tag and score it at 4 ¾” and 7 ½”.  Fold along the score lines. This will make up the decorative spine for your tag album.

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6. Cover the outside of the large tag with Provence patterned paper.

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 7.  To reinforce the spine, cut a piece of chipboard measuring 2 ¾” x 3 7/8”. Now punch 6 holes into the spine as shown.

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8.  Adhere this chipboard to the inside spine of the large tag. Punch 6 holes matching those on the chipboard on to the spine of the large tag. Reinforce the holes with eyelets.

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 9.   Thread a black silk ribbon through the holes and tie a bow.

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10.  Let’s work on the covers now. Attach the accordion fold cardstock to the chipboard covers by gluing the 1” end panels of the black cardstock to the covers. The black accordion cardstock will eventually hold the inside tag pages.

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 11. Now attach the covers from Step 10 to the tag spine from Step 9. To do this, glue the black accordion spine firmly to the chipboard spine from the tag.

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12. Now attach the small Staples Tag Album pages to the accordion, and you have your inside pages. Your tag album is almost done. All you need to do now is to embellish your cover.

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 13.  Let’s start on the front cover. Attach a doily to the cover, followed by a chipboard frame from French Country Chipboard.

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14. Attach a Graphic 45 ornate metal key to a metal butterfly using a black silk ribbon. 

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 15. Attach the key and butterfly to the chipboard circle as shown and attach that to the front cover using foam squares.

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16. Thread a string of pearls through a chipboard tag and swirl a flourish across the cover. Add some flowers to the cover and the spine and you’re done.

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Here’s the completed mini tag album: 

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Enter for your chance to win this French Country prize package valued over $100! 

To enter, just leave a comment on both the Graphic 45 Facebook Page(http://www.facebook.com/Graphic45) and comment on this post below.

Winner will be announced on the G45 Facebook page and on the Create Blog on Wednesday, May 22nd. Good luck!

 

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Jenni Guynn

Jenni is our wonderful Ad Director at Northridge Publishing. She will be sharing with you some great offers and introducing us all to some fabulous companies.

STUDIO CALICO DECEMBER KIT: 34TH STREET

There’s so much to see on 34TH STREET! Studio Calico captured a crisp winter morning in the city with their December kit – you’ll love the pinks, reds, aquas and yellows from Dear Lizzy, Pebbles and Amy Tangerine. This kit features an exclusive stamp set and alphabets, as well as Dear Lizzy brads and Jenni Bowlin stickers in just for you colors. They can’t promise a miracle, but think you’ll love what you make with 34TH STREET!

Each month, Studio Calico combines the latest scrapbooking products with unique finds from a variety of sources while staying true to the basics. You’ll find gorgeous kits filled with products from a variety of top manufacturers, coordinated for ease-of-use by both the advanced and novice scrapbooker!

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Scrapbook Space: Naomi Atkins

I am so excited to share today’s featured space with you!  Last month, Naomi Atkins was our “Award Winning Style” feature.  In the process of our interview, I was impressed with some of the comments Naomi made about her space and her organizational ideas.  I asked her if she would share her space with us – and she agreed!  Prepare yourself to be super impressed!!

Where is your space located in relation to your house? My space is part of my photography studio.  It is conveniently connected to my kitchen as well.  I love where it’s at! My kids play in the studio all of the time when I don’t have shoots, so they are out with me all of the time! I am also close to the kitchen, where i can be cooking, grabbing my coffee or chocolate (lol!!) and just taking care of the house! It allows me five minutes here, and five minutes there to work on projects! I also spend a lot of time at my computer editing photos. My computer is right behind the counter.  So when I’m in a particular tedious editing session, i like to take a quick break to work on projects! It works our perfectly! I knew I didn’t want a space upstairs, or isolated because with five children, i would never be in that room!

How did you determine the layout or design of this space? My space was originally only the black counter top and the two cabinets.. it was an old, very narrow mud room on the back of our farm house…  I begged my husband to make it into a scraproom for me and it was our FIRST project upon moving into our new home! I knew if we didn’t do it right away, it wouldn’t get done!! When we added the studio on, I knew I would really like to extend the craft room so it was one, big open room.  We knocked out the wall and supported the existing wall the heavy beams and added on! I kept all the existing counter/cabinets from my old scrap room and just added the front counter, which primarily holds business supplies.  But I like the extra counter space to work on!

What color is on the walls ? The walls are Universal Khaki and white :)

Can you give us some tips on how and why you store things the way that you  do? I have some of the IKEA 16 cube shelves that I store photo props and scrapbooking supplies in.  The scrapbooking one holds cardstock, some of my older paper collections that I can’t part with, and magazines and books.  I don’t touch this one often, because designing I have a lot of new things coming in.  I organize my paper by manufacturer in the white store towers that I got from a local store when they were downsizing.

The black and white 31 universal tote (it’s huge and I love it!!) hold my project life album and supplies.  I keep that in the tote so that I can take it with me when we go up to our cabin, etc.  That is the only portable srapbooking I do any more.. I just have too much stuff!

I also keep the supplies that I get in from manufacturers that I design for in a rolling cart, by month.

 I know that all of the supplies that I need to do certain projects are all in one place. Then when I’m done with those supplies, I add those things to my ‘stash’ and add the current items to the drawers.

I also have a lot of neat and unique storage items from hobby lobby.. I love hobby lobby! The wooden apothecary drawers hold lots of small embellishments such as brads, bling, wood veneers, small tags, etc.  I have the vintage drawer (green) that hold paper scraps and six by six pads..  The white vintage looking letter organizer also holds the latest and greatest new embellishments that I want to use and have them out where I can see them!

I store my buttons and ribbon stashes in clear glass or plastic jars so I can see what I have. They also look very pretty lining up the counter.

I keep supplies that I use often (tape, blue, edge punches, pens and mists) on the metal hanging buckets from IKEA and on the counter storage.

I also have a spinning tool holder from making memories, which I love! My sewing machine also stays out on my counter because i sew ALL OF THE TIME!

When do you spend time in this space? I’m in here a lot because it’s also my studio. But I can be in here when my kids are playing, and of course when they nap and go to bed! It works out well for me since I have a large family and need to be where they are at all times!

Are there any more details about this space that you’d like to share? Keep organized, keep supplies you want to use where you can see them, and clean up in between projects! I make so much of a mess while i’m working that it looks like my scrap room threw up.. But.. I clean up after every project before I start a new one! IT helps me stay somewhat in control! LOL!

Thank you so much, Naomi, for sharing your amazing space (and ideas) with us – in spite of this being your busiest time of year with your photography business!

Be sure to check out Naomi’s blog HERE for more ideas and to see her beautiful work!

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Wendy Sue Anderson