Thursday, December 20, 2012

Scrapbook Soup Show 211

Not sure what the problem is, but I've been unable to connect to the show these past couple of days.  My internet has been a little erratic this week - I'm on satellite, so I'm sure it's weather related.  I do hope you've been able to watch.  I featured a postcard album this week.  I used to collect postcards from all over the world in the 50s and 60s and, as you'll see, my makeshift album was in dire need of updating.  One of the things I neglected to mention during the segment was that the reason I used clear document covers, was so that I could see both the front and the back of the postcards.  The back is pretty important, because that's where the "journaling" is.

Not sure I'll get post about the next couple of shows since the holidays are almost upon us and I seldom have time to log on to the computer when the family is around.  I'll try though, but please excuse me if you don't hear from me for a while.

Hope you all have a very Happy Christmas and a healthy and blessed New Year!  Y'all come back now....

Yours truly,
Julie :)


Thursday, December 13, 2012

Scrapbook Soup Show 210

Show 210 is now airing online at  Here's what you'll see this week:

This show is all about wall art.  We start by sharing a couple of ideas on how to use your scrapbooking supplies for wall art - brought to you by the letter "J".   Scrapbook paper comes in so many different colors and patterns, it's easy to find something to match the décor of any room.  I used torn scraps to cover a piece of foam board, or, if you need something thicker as a base, glue 2 or more pieces together.  I then glued the narrow ribbon around the outside edge and the letter on top.  This letter was decorated with doodles using dimensional glass paint.   The second was a simple frame covered with paper and additional embellishments from my stash.

If you loved the magic of a kaleidoscope as a child, then you'll LOVE this next project using software from KalCollections.  Julie takes you step by step thru the software and you can find detailed instructions on our website.


Marilyn Gossett joins me next with an entirely different kind of wall art using paper, burlap and a new kind of crazy hook!  You'll definitely be "hooked" on this new product.

Suzy West then shows Julie even more embossing techniques.  Yep, I'm going to say it - prepare to be "wowed"!  I especially love the tip about putting it in the freezer - you'll have to watch to see what I'm talking about.

And finally I have another project that hangs on the wall.......

Our featured journal this week was designed and created by Debra Quartermain.  Debra works primarily with fabric, so you'll see that her representation of a journal is much different than the ones we've seen before.

Don't forget that instructions for all the projects you see on the show can be found at

Enjoy the show and don't forget to comment here on your favourite projects and/or techniques and you'll be entered to win this week's holiday giveaway.  The winner will be announced on our Scrapbook Soup FB page.  (US addresses only please.)  You can also see photos of all the projects on our Pinterest board.  Have a great week and y'all come back now!

Yours truly,
Julie :)

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Scrapbook Soup

Show 209 is online until Friday noon EST @   This is what you'll be seeing on this show:

During the open I shared a digital storybook/scrapbook I made for my daughter and a journal my sister made for my husband - years before scrapbooking was a trend.  I love photography and digital storytelling/scrapbooking is a natural creative addition to my hobby.   On each of the pages I used one photograph as the background then layered additional photos on top.  In the past, I've also created pages where I've scanned actual items, like a smocked dress my mum made for me when I was 7 years old.  I used this for the background to a black & white photo of me wearing the dress.  This wasn't even a digital page!  I printed the background then put the photo on top and placed it in an album.

The first project was designed to show some new, creative uses for Painter® markers and regular white glue from Elmer's.  I used the Painters to trace patterns onto acetate so I could create a design on top of tie dyed glitter paper.  For the second technique I showed how you can mix white glue with paint, sponge it on to foam board then sprinkle with glitter for a matching background for my page.  Then, as you can see, I framed the whole page (which was glued to the foam board) with a wood laser frame (from Michaels).

Susan Lenart Kazmer joined us next with a project that also celebrated mixed media art.  Watch the show to see how she combined mica, metal, ribbon and more for this elaborate steampunk style, mixed media journal.

Nancy Hill from Die Cuts With a View shared her grandmother's 100 year old scrapbook then showed us more recent journals it had inspired.  Scrapbooks, Journals, Smash Books, Jot Journals, Diaries and more are all ways we keep track of our daily lives.  They are places for photos, notes, ticket stubs - whatever you like and lots of fun to look back on 25, 50 or even 100 years from now!   

Our final segment was Party Time!  Julie and I are always up for a party and this collection was designed by Julia Sandvoss for Glue Arts.  You can find instructions for all the projects we showed on our website.

And finally we shared one more journal at the end of the show.  This one was designed by Ann Butler.  You can find information about how to create this journal on her blog @ 2012/01/journaling-with-designers-craft.html

Since December is the gift giving month of the year, I have another giveaway for you, but this time it's a mystery box, full of products you've seen on the show.  Enter to win by watching the show then commenting here about your favorite projects.  Don't forget to check our FB page @ to see whether you are a lucky winner or not!  Enjoy the show and y'all come back now!

Yours truly
Julie :)


Sunday, December 2, 2012

Handmade Christmas Crafts

It's First Monday and Designer Crafts Connection is posting handmade projects for Christmas.  I'm sure most of you have already finished decorating, but maybe you're like me and still unpacking boxes!

As usual, I needed something that could be "Made in Minutes" since I'm behind as usual.  I should know by now that it takes a lot longer than I think to fix the lights on the reindeer.... if you get my drift.  On top of that, it's been 80˚ degrees here in Texas (not exactly weather that's gets you in the Jingle Bell mood) and it's been very windy - you know that's true when the reindeer actually fly......

Anyway, here's a simple project I hope you'll enjoy!  My daughter loves anything red with white polka dots, so I just knew I had to do something for her with this tissue paper I found.  I cut a 12" x 5" piece of Smoothfoam™ and glued the paper around it with DecoArt®, DecoPage. Because, as its name suggests, Smoothfoam™ is nice and smooth, I didn't have prep the surface.  I let it dry for a few minutes then coated the top of the paper with DecoArt Crystal Craft Twinkles to give it a bit of bling.  Next I wrapped ribbon around the center then glued pre-decorated letters on top.  I found these at Michaels in the seasonal dept.  I glued the ends of a piece of ribbon to the back for a hanger, then added a bit of a Christmas embellishment with a quilt pin (this way I can change it out, if I find something better when I unpack my Christmas stuff).  Voilà, I now have a sign for her kitchen!

TIP:  I cut the Smoothfoam with a craft knife and a metal ruler.  I sometimes have a problem with the blade sticking into a regular cutting mat, so I always cut on a glass surface.  I use a 13x13 glass mat, which used to be available from EK Success.  If you can't find one,  you can use a piece of glass from a frame.  Be careful however, because the glass probably won't be tempered like my glass mat.

Well that's it for now.  I'll be featuring more handmade Christmas decorations as I unpack next week.  It's always been a family tradition for us to make something new every year, so I have quite a few ideas to share.  Hopefully it will inspire you to start your own handmade Christmas traditions!  Better hurry though, Christmas is only 3 weeks away!  Boy, do I ever need to get a move on.........  Enjoy!

BTW, I'll be posting notes later this week about Scrapbook Soup, show 209.  There'll be a giveaway too, so y'all come back now......  Regina Hamilton won last week's giveaway - Becky Fleck's Page Maps 2 and the matching dies from Spellbinders!  Hmmm, wonder what the next giveaway will be...

Yours truly,
Julie :)