Friday, April 20, 2012

It's a Wrap!

Stick a fork in us - we're done!  Can you believe we taped 13 half hour shows in 4 days!  From the smiling faces in the photos it looks like fun, but 6am wake-up calls and 10+ hour days are not everyone's ideal recipe for a fun day.  I really enjoy what I do, but I have to admit it's a lot of prep work beforehand and long days at the studio.  The fun part is definitely working with the guests who come to share their wonderful and creative ideas, so it's always worth it, whatever it takes.

Everyone will love this series.  It's a great mix of returning guests and new ones, scrapbook pages, paper art and mixed media.  Something for everyone. I love the creativity of it all and always leave with new ideas, some of which I'll be sharing with you over the next few months or so.  Here are more photos from the studio, but you'll have to wait till the shows start to air to see the projects!

Nancy Hill, me and Erin Madsen from DCWV

Stuck together with Glue Arts projects.

Watching on the Green Room monitor.

Jenny Barnett Rohrs from Craft Test Dummies
discovers a photo of herself taken during her visit to the set last year.

Rachel Carlson representing Ruby Rocket and I set up for a tea party,
complete with tiaras.

Julie with Susan Lenart Kasmer.

Nancy Nally from Scrapbook Update discusses Social Media.

 Patty Debowski, the Digital Scrapbook Teacher,  takes Julie on a tour of
digital scrapbooking.

and finally here's Tonya Lutz from Faber Castell, Design, Memory, Craft
getting ready to join me on the set to share Gellato techniques.

I hope you've enjoyed this behind the scenes look at how the Scrapbook Soup TV show comes together.  This new series will start to air this summer.  I'll keep you posted on the exact date.  In the meantime, you can watch all the shows from series 100 on our website.  We're airing one show per week, 24 hours per day.  Enjoy!  Ya'll come back now.......

Yours truly,
Julie :)

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Scrapbook Scoop - Day 3

Long day today, but we're still smiling; 2 more days to go.  Maybe we can find someone to stand in (or sit in) for us.........

Hmm.... what do you think?  This is Allen, the sound guy and Mike, the director.

Amy from Unibind and Marilyn from CrazyTacks were our featured guests today, then Julie and I presented Elmers', Prima, Simple Stories, Craftwork Cards projects and more.

Julie added a little levity to the day by expressing her disdain for the Jets after seeing the cameraman's football jersey.

More guests tomorrow, so y'all come back now..........

Yours truly,
Julie :)

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Scrapbook Scoop - Day 2

First stop for our guests is the make-up room even our gentlemen guests.  Here's Joe Rotella and

and Marion Emberson.

Our producer, Kathie Stull and Mike, the director review the projects before we go on camera.

No, Julie isn't being strangled....LOL.  Allen is adjusting her mike while she sees "what's up".  Uh oh, what's that on my nose!!!! 

Okay, Joe here's a dollop for you!

Here's the "WOW" gang checking photos on their smart phones.

Check out the gun - an embossing gun, of course.  L-R Suzy West, Richard, Marion Emberson, Me and Julie.  Such a fun day today with Joe and his shaving cream surprise and the group from the UK!  Only 3 more days to go, so y'all come back now..........

Yours truly,
Julie :)

Monday, April 16, 2012

Scrapbook Scoop - At the Studio

Here we are at Beachwood studios and this is the Green room - yes, it is green....LOL  and full of boxes ready for me to unpack and an empty table to set up and get my projects ready.


The schedule is posted on the door to the Green Room.

The Green Room is where all the prep work gets done - it's the heartbeat of the show.

Here are the first shots from the set.

Today's guests were Melissa Frances, Stacey Caron with helpers Cindy and Kim.  It's been a long day, but wanted to share.  More tomorrow!  Y'all come back now......

Yours truly,
Julie :)

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Scrapbook Soup Scoop 2 - Packing Up

I started to write "packing for the shoot", but thought better of using those two words in the same sentence - they might raise a flag in certain circles - oops.  Packing for a week long shoot isn't an easy task.  It starts by putting all the supplies used to make the projects into a box and gathering all the other samples I need for the shows. 


Step 2 is to find boxes that fit in my suitcase and pack them as full as possible.

When this suitcase is packed, my craft room starts to look almost tidy again.  (It's never really tidy - too much stuff hence the boxes under the tables.....)

The next big task is to haul the suitcase downstairs - for the rest!  Did I mention that I tend to take over most large surfaces in the house when I'm prepping for a shoot?  We won't even talk about the utility room.

Everything on the table has to be packed up too then at least one suitcase will be ready to go.  Anything that doesn't fit heads to the bathroom to be packed in my large garment bag.  Luckily, I don't need a lot of clothes for this trip.  The last thing left on the table is the checklist.

Two 50lb bags and a roller bag for the laptop, camera and more supplies and I'm ready for the airport. Not a bad job for Friday the 13th.  I left on the 14th with warnings of tornadoes looming for the Fort Worth area.  Luckily not due to arrive till later in the day - long after I left.

I'll continue to post photos here, but you can follow me on Twitter at ScrapbookSoup for on the spot reports.  Enjoy!  Y'all come back now.......

Yours truly,
Julie :)

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Scrapbook Scoop!

Paper and photos and glue, oh my!  Sometimes I think I'd rather have lions and tigers and bears..... at the zoo, of course.  I fly to Cleveland on Saturday because next week we're taping the second series of Scrapbook Soup.  I'm looking at the show schedule now and you are going to LOVE it!  I've been preparing projects all week, putting together a whole lot more to share and oh boy have I ever made a mess.  At least it's a "creative" mess.  I need a "caution" sign on my craft room door!  CAUTION - Creative Mind at Work (and play).   Just look at this!!!


Believe it or not, it's very organized - organized chaos my sister calls it.  Tomorrow I pack, so I'll take another photo and you'll see what a difference a day makes.  My desk is even worse, but my computer desktop, however, is very organized.  It has to be otherwise I'd be constantly hitting the command F (Find) button.  One thing I hate more than anything, is having to waste time looking for something that I absolutely know, without a shadow of a doubt, is there.  Everything's got to be somewhere, right....

Anyway this is just a heads up that I'll be posting sneak peak photos next week from the studio, so y'all come back now............

Yours truly,
Julie :)

Monday, April 9, 2012

Paper Purses

One of the things I'm challenged to do as a designer, is to come up with projects that promote a specific product.  In our industry, design is all about the product!  I've noticed that paper purses have become pretty popular again, so thought I'd resurrect - guess I should say "recycle" -  a cardstock purse I made from a circle.  I developed this design about 6-7 years ago to promote Fiskars' Shape Cutter and Circle templates.

Circle Purses and Circle Baskets ©Julie McGuffee Designs 

You can find instructions for the purses by clicking on the tab under the header right here on my blog and there's a YouTube video you can watch here 

Enjoy!  Y'all come back now....

Yours truly,
Julie :)

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Happy Easter!

Every Easter I treat my daughter to a box of "peeps", but this year she's on a "no sugar" diet.  So, does tradition go out the window?  Of course not!  Creative minds at work - the "peeps" will become a decorative element rather than a treat to be eaten.  See what I mean.....

Have a wonderful and very blessed Easter!  Y'all come back now........

Yours truly,
Julie :)

Sunday, April 1, 2012

April Showers bring May Flowers!

"And when it's raining, have no regrets, it isn't raining rain you know,
it's raining violets.... 
And when you see clouds high on a hill, there'll always be crowds of daffodils, 
so keep on looking for the bluebird and listening for his song,
whenever April showers come along...."

Daffodils, St. Mary's church in York, Northern England
I love, love Spring and I think it's mainly because of the flowers.  I love all kinds of flowers, but the flowers that bloom in Spring are just amazing.  Tulips are my favorite, but I can't resist Daffodils, Snowdrops, Lilies of the Valley, etc either.  Here's a scrapbook page I created of my mum using a photo of daffodils as backdrop for a title, which I added in Photoshop.

I love photography and have tons of flower photos.........  here are just a few.

I like to print the photos on ink jet transparency then use them to embellish cards, like this:

The card is just a piece of folded cardstock with a strip of embossed pearl paper across the bottom.  I attached the photo (matted with white cardstock) to the front of the card with brads.  I make sets of these as gifts for friends.  Can you identify the other 5 flowers?  Leave a comment here and I'll pick someone on Friday the 13th to receive a sheet of the photos on a transparency sheet together with a set of cards.

Don't forget to hop forward using the Designer Crafts Connection logo in my sidebar.  You'll find more amazing projects and more giveaways!  Enjoy and y'all come back now.................

Yours truly,
Julie :)