**All sketches, layouts, and other graphics are my own design unless otherwise noted. You may use these sketches for personal use only. Sketches may not be reproduced or redistributed in any form without prior written permission. If you would like to use these sketches on your website, blog, or forum, please contact me BEFORE publishing anywhere, thanks!!**
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Why do my supplies need to be acid and lignin free or of archival quality?
To be short and sweet, acid and lignin erode photos. It happens slowly, but eventually they will break down over time when exposed. Most supplies these days say right on the package that they are acid free, lignin free or archival quality. These will ensure the longest life for your scrapbooks!
TFS - Thanks for sharing TFL - Thanks for looking MME - My Minds Eye AL - Autumn Leaves HG - Heidi Grace HS - Heidi Swapp BG - Basic Grey NSD - National Scrapbook Day CM - Creative Memories CK - Creating Keepsakes CTMH - Close to My Heart SU - Stampin' Up embellie - embelishment WM - Wal Mart T - Target M's - Michael's J's - Joann's MM - Making Memories SS - secret sister/swapper OTC - Oriental Trading Company ACOT - A Cherry on Top 2Peas - 2 Peas in a Bucket LSS - local scrapbook store CB - chip board PP - patterned paper CS - cardstock SB - scrapbooking LO - layout
I found a local group of scrappers in my city that meets once a month! You can search by city and/or subject, check it out!
What tools do I NEED to buy to get by?
There are a few basics things that will get you a long ways. One is a trimmer to cut straight edges. You can find one that cuts 12" paper at your local scrapbook store (LSS) or Michael's, Joann's, etc. for under $20. A good set of journaling pens in black and a few other colors if you like, some cardstock, patterned paper and adhesives are the others. After that, it is pretty much personal preference.
How do you glue vellum?
There is a vellum glue that comes in a roll like tape. You can buy it at Target, Office Max, etc., and it is the Scotch brand. You unroll a piece the length you need and cut it off, and then press it along the edges of the vellum. Then you remove the backing and stick it on your page. You can also use lots of other things than glue. You can use staples, brads and eyelets too.
What other types of glue can I use?
You can use just about anything that you can find at the craft store. There are tape runners, both disposable and the kinds with refills, plain old glue sticks, glue dots (great for heavy or awkward shaped embellishments), double-sided tape, photo squares, and liquid glues. There are special glues for metal and other objects, and a Xyron 150 works great for small objects and paper. Just make sure they are acid free like the rest of your supplies!
What are the different types of inks and how do they work?
The easiest is to use a photo hosting site like http://www.photobucket.com/. You upload a pic of your LO (or a scan, whichever you preferr) to the site, and once it is complete, under the pic it will list three lines of 'code'. Choose the one that says HTML Tag and cut and paste that into your post. You can customize how large or small your pic is on photobucket by clicking 'Uploading Options' before you upload your pic, (I usually keep mine set to 'Message Board size') and also you can upload more than one at a time by clicking on Add More Images.
What are scrapbooking sketches and how do I find some?
Scrapbooking sketches are kind of like layout maps. They give you ideas on different ways to crop and place your photos, embellishments, journaling and other memorabilia. They can be found by searching the web for 'scrapbooking sketches'.
A themed album that is passed throughout a group of people, each person completing a page/layout in the album before passing it to the next person. You can see if there is interest in starting one just like a swap. See the instructions above for how to get one started.
What would I use 'fibers' for?
50 ways to use fiber: 1. Map out your vacation route with fiber threaded through eyelets. 2. Use as laces on paper pieced-shoes. 3. Make a frame around a matted photo or journal box. 4. Tie through the hole of a tag. 5. Use in a sports scene as a basketball hoop, soccer net or fishing pole. 6. Create grass or trees. 7. Spell out a title using fibers to stitch out the letters. 8. Wrap around a border, nugget, tag or corner accent several times. 9. Make hair or other features on paper dolls. 10. Use as a string for balloon die-cuts or eyelets. 11. Tie lassos for western pages. 12. Create seaweed on an ocean or vacation page. 13. Attach a tail to a kite. 14. Build a mountain/water outline. 15. Use a rope for a tug of war scene. 16. Fringe on animals. 17. Wrap fibers around letters. 18. Create a shadow for die cut letters. 19. Use fibers to tie 2 or more elements together. 20. Weave through mesh. 21. Create bows. 22. Scarf on a paper pieced snowman. 23. Attach to a brad and use it as a yoyo. 24. Fiber piecing. 25. Used to stitch pieces together to form a pocket. 26. As embroidery stitching. 27. Attach tire (swing) to tree. 28. Wrapping presents. 29. Crossing corners of a photo mat or journal box. 30. Clothesline for hanging mittens with wooden clothespins. 31. Stitching a template design. 32. Thread punchies on fiber and create a bracelet around a photo/mat. 33. Down the length of the page, photo mat or journal box as a border. 35. To hang/attach buttons or charms. 36. Used to hang signs or metal rimmed tags from buttons, brad and eyelets. 37. Decorations on a Christmas Tree. 38. Decorations on an Easter Egg. 39. Create a spider web. 40. Lacing 2 pieces together. 41. Ends of a hammock. 42. Wind fibers tightly to form the center of a flower or leaves. 43. To knit or crochet page accents. 44. As a blanket stitch around a border, or mat. 45. Tassels. 46. Braiding the fibers together to create borders, page breaks etc. 47. As needlepoint stitches on your page elements. 48. Hanging header letter squares or mini tags. 49. Enhancing die cuts 50. Accent on Serendipity Squares.
Can I hand-stitch on my pages, and how do I do it?
When you think of fibers think of yarns that you would weave with or knit with--usually twisted fibers. Ribbon is woven and is usually flat but can have some fluffiness to it depending on the fiber that it is woven with.
I don't have an LSS, where are places I can go to get supplies?
Wal-Mart, Target, Jo-Ann's or Michaels all carry scrapbooking supplies and the big stores (Wal-Mart & Target) usually have the same quality items as a LSS but at a better cost. Or you can join online monthly clubs or shop online. Never forget eBay as a great source for deals.
What are some good online shopping sites for PP/CS & embellishments? How about Dies? (There are litterally 100's of thousands of places to shop online, so this is just the tip of the iceberg!)