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FREE Classes!!

You want to learn new techniques using stamps, supplies, sketches and 4x6 photos? Two Peas In A Bucket is offering FREE classes to learn more about your passion and make the most of it!

On the 1st of every month: Scrapbook Stamping
with Nichol Magouirk
On the 10th of every month: Products You Love Every Which Way
with Shannon Tidwell
On the 20th of every month: Stretch a Sketch
with Jen Gallacher
On the 30th of every month: 4x6 Photo Love
with Shimelle Laine

Click HERE for more details on each of these FREE classes!

Iris Folding Paper....Where Can I Find??

An anonymous question was posted to me: "Iris folding paper is hard to find where I am at. Help. I hear that the inside of envelops are a good thing those to hard to find here.Help"

you can buy them online here: http://www.buycheapr.com/us/result.jsp?ga=us1&q=paper+iris+folding

http://haveyourwaywithpaper.myfreeforum.org/about3857.html?sid=78a06ec74fba0545f38363a0a9ba795a

http://www.circleofcrafters.com/irisfolding/

you can also try using left over Christmas paper, oragami paper, or anything that is the same consistency. I would go ahead and try out the envelopes. I would love to see your finished product using them!!! good luck and i hope this helps you out!

Ask me anything

Spice Up Those Boring Stickers

I found this great idea at Families.com on how to use and spice up those boring flat stickers.

...End of the season sales and discontinued lots are excellent ways to score major savings on scrapbook stickers. That's the good news. The bad news is that some deeply discounted stickers are not exactly the cutest of the bunch...

Click HERE to view to full article!

Fancy Christmas Tree

FREE .cut file. Click HERE to download!
CARTRIDGES: Christmas, Christmas Cheer, Joys of the Season

The wreath would be hanging on the tip of the tree. "Joy" tag would hang about midway with the background adhered so you could clearly see the word, joy.

As always, please feel free to send me your creations and I will be happy to post it here with a link back to you!

Bracket Frame w/Bird

FREE .cut file for Design Studio!
Click HERE to download!
Feel free to use it to your hearts content. Send me what you created and I will be happy to post your creation here and add a link back to your site/blog.
CARTRIDGES USED: Home Accents, Home Décor, Storybook

Past & Present

Click HERE to downlod your FREE .cut file!
CARTRIDGES USED:   Hello kitty font, Home décor, Graphically speaking, Wedding

Adding Text and Color to Your Template

You may not want to use every available spot of your template or want to do something a little different.
Here are a few simple instructions for you to follow.
Insert your pictures following THESE DIRECTIONS.
I hope this tutorial was quick and easy to follow. Play around with these available functions and see what you can come up with!

Altering your Collage Template

Here are some simple instructions on how to alter the look of your collage template.
For instructions on how to add pictures, click HERE.

Rock On!

Here is another Design Studio .cut file!
Click HERE to download
CARTRIDGES: Indie Art, Blackletter

Drag/Drop Templates

I have recently been made aware of online drag/drop collages. I got this collage from Scrapbooks Etc. They have some great tutorials and a wonderful message board for additional questions.
Here is how I was able to create my own collage using PSE 4.0
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Open the template in PSE (or other photo editing software)
Open your chosen pictures
Click on the arrow with the plus sign
Choose Layer; Group With Previous
This will put your picture "inside" the template as such:
Now, you need to resize your picture so it fits nicely within the template.

You will hold down your SHIFT key on your keyboard; place your mouse arrow over a corner of the picture; left click. Hold down both shift AND left clicker as you drag the mouse until your picture is the size you want.

To move the picture within teh template, place your arrow over the center dot of the picture; left click and drag until the picture is properly placed.
Now you can click on the little green arrow to accept
Now go to the left and choose the Marquee tool
Create a box around the part of the picture you want to remove
Click DELETE on your keyboard. This will remove any part of that picture that is within the marquee square.
Continue this process until all your pictures are placed and sized as you like.
When you are finished, click on Layer; Flatten Image. This will group everything together so it is just one single picture. Make sure everything is as you like it.
You can now save your file. Go to File; Save As.
Choose the folder in which you want to save this picture.
Make sure you rename your file as you want.
Don't forget to change your file format to .JPEG
And, there you go! Your completed collage!

Now, you can print this out as you would with all your other pictures. You can send this off to online printing service (Target, WalMart, CVS, Kodak, etc) and choose the size you like. You can print at home too using photo paper and choosing a size that is no bigger than 7.5x11

I hope this helps you do more with your digital programs and photo editing software!

Dragonfly Frame

Another FUN FREEBIE for you!
Click HERE to download
CARTRIDGES
Doodlecharms, Stretch Your Imagination

Please know.....This file is for your own use ONLY. Please download and use it to our heart's content, share it with your friends.... Please, just be sure to send them back here. Thank you for understanding.

Stained Glass Flower Frame

Stained Glass Flower Frame
Click HERE to download the file

CARTRIDGES:
Stretch Your Imagination

Please know.....This file is for your own use ONLY. Please download and use it to our heart's content, share it with your friends.... Please, just be sure to send them back here. Thank you for understanding.

Daisy Days

My first FREE Design Studio cut file! I hope you like it and are able to use it.
Click HERE to download the file
Cartridges: George & Basic Shapes, Mickey Font, Mickey & Friends

Please know.....This file is for your own use ONLY. Please download and use it to our heart's content, share it with your friends.... Please, just be sure to send them back here. Thank you for understanding.

ANNOUNCING.......We Have A Web Page!!!

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Well, actually, it's more like a "social network." The Scrapbook Speedway has it's own ning.com web site!

I created this site so you can chat, get to know eachother better, show off your work and so much more! I have included a section especially for sketches, one for all your work and one just for your cards! You can even chat with other members who are currently online. I also plan to have monthly challenges which may or may not include prizes or giveaways!

As our family grows, so will the site! Which means more challenges, more friends and more opportunities for new creations and ideas!

Pop on over and see what it's all about!

Click HERE to visit!

Dymo Journaling

I re-filmed this tutorial hoping that it was a little more informative and easier to understand.

Notecard Mini Scrapbook Album

What a great little gift book! Inexpensive and SO easy! Check out her You Tube video!!

Paperbag Mini Album Tutorial Part 1

I LOVE this little book! Very cute! She did a tremendous job here and I wanted to share her You Tube video with you. I really want to try this out! Be sure to check out the rest of this series too!

This would be a great little gift for someone. And, I would like to think, it wouldn't take too awful long to put together!

A new kind of paper bag book

I saw this on You Tube and HAD to share it with you! This is such a creative twist on the traditional paper bag book! ENJOY!

Get The MOST out of your Digi-Kit

Lollipop Cards

This is such a wonderful idea! A great way to use up scraps too! I wish I could tae credit for this, but I can't. This came from Scrapbooks.etc Feb 2010 issue.

To cook up this delicious design, layer a punched circle over a scalloped circle with adhesive foam. Attach the circles to the fron tof the plastic-wrapped lollipop, add another scalloped circle to the back and embellish. Use an adhesive dot to secure the ribbon leaves.
I was going to do this for my son's class, but decided to make a flower boquet for his teacher instead!

Make Your Own Clear Embellishments

Yes you can!! Jamie from JuJu Bee's Scrapbook Corner has this amazing idea to create your own clear embellishments. I would have never thought to do this!!

The following information was taken from her post at JuJuBee's Scrapbook Corner:

I just love using all the fabulous clear/acrylic products on the market but sometimes I can't find exactly what I need, so I am going to show you how I make them myself at home!
The first step is to save the clear plastic packaging that many products are packed in. (What a great way to recycle as well:-)

One easy and fast way to make your own clear embellishments is to simply punch it out.

Another way to create a shape is to simply draw it and cut it out.

If you have a die cut machine, that is another option. In this example, I used my cuttlebug and just used the clear plastic in place of paper to create my butterfly. Depending on the thickness of your plastic, you may have to use your scissors to cut some of it out.
You can even emboss your clear diecut after!
Another option is to use stamps with staz-on ink (I used both white and black staz-on) and then cut the image out.









Here are all the embellishments all cut out and ready for use! I also included my layout where I used the large, clear embossed butterfly! I hope you give this a try, if you haven't already, and then load your projects in our gallery!

Make Your Page Pop with Chipboard + more!!

Check out this great tutorial from Kristin at JuJuBee's Scrapbook Corner. It's a great tutorial on combining chipboard, heat embossing, inking, cardstock, stamping and modge podge for a really AWESOME effect!!!