Thursday, September 25, 2008

StashBuster Challenge #8 - Birds of Summer

Yes this actually a game.. you are the mama bird saving your baby birds.. well stop it! Use them birds and think of summer.. do a layout about summer.. anything summer 1 point for the layout and a bonus points for every bird you use! (Don’t forget the owls!)
Here is Tami's Miss You Layout

Be sure to upload your challenge layout to the Stashbuster Gallery!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Fall Survival Designer - Kim Moreno

My name is Kim Moreno and I am a stay at home mom of 5 little ones, ranging in age from 12 to 5 1/2 year old twins. It's a bit chaotic around my house but I love it! I have been married to Jesse for 14 years. Jesse is in the Air Force, so as a family we have lived several places including Germany! We are both originally from Texas and will retire to there in a few short years! I can't wait for that day!!

I have been scrapping for over 7 years now and love the creative outlet that it gives me. I have been fortunate to have been published in several top magazines including Creating Keepsakes, Memory Makers magazines and books, Scrapbook Trends, Cards, Scrapbook and Cards Today, Paper Crafts and more. I was thrilled to be named a runner up for the 2008 Memory Makers Masters contest this year. Not only is scrapbooking a wonderful outlet for me, I love knowing that I am documenting memories for my children to enjoy as they get older!

I'm so happy and excited to be a part of the Homegrown Design Team (once again... LOL)!! You may visit Kim at her blog: Kim Moreno

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Technique Tuesday - Emelyn Magpoc's Who's Got the button...

I love using buttons on my scrapbook pages. They are easy to find --you can buy them from SB companies, from sewing companies, and I've even used the "just in case you lose a button" freebie that is attached to shirts..LOL! And they are super easy to use. I have to admit, before I was not so friendly to the idea of using buttons. I am NOT a sewer, and I dreaded having to thread the holes of buttons. But after seeing Elsie Flannigan use buttons w/o threading them, I was convinced and now I'm addicted!! I simply use either a really good liquid adhesive like Ranger Glossy/Matte Accents or glue dots.

Here are just a few examples:

Use buttons to create a border.
Use buttons to create "bullets" for journaling strips.
Create shapes with buttons.
Use buttons as flower centers.
Or just randomly cluster buttons around other embellishments for an eclectic collaged look.
Have fun and get some buttons on your pages!! :)

Monday, September 22, 2008

StashBuster Challenge #7 - Rock Paper Scissors!

Oh paper beats rock, rock beats scissors and scissors beats paper.. why can’t they all just get along! Let’s make them on a layout.. 1 pt for each piece of paper you use.. 1 point for blinging it up.. and use scissors.. no tearing!

Tami's Rusty Rose

Now it's YOUR turn! We are looking forward to your layouts! Be sure to post them in the Homegrown gallery!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Fall Survival Designer - Audrey Tan

Hiya, I’m Audrey. I’m live in the United Kingdom although I’m originally from Singapore. I’m married with 2 boys, Oliver, 7 and Zac, 5, both of whom form the basis of inspiration for my pages. They are probably fed up with their paparazzi mom taking photos of them constantly to use on her pages. I re-discovered scrapbooking in autumn 2004, via card making. I attended a class and was instantly hooked. I realised it was something I used to do 16 years ago. Each time I went on vacation, I would take endless photos and keep souvenirs, all of which would be decorated and journalled in a photo album. At least this time, materials are of archival quality and much more interesting!

I’ve been with Homegrown since 2005 when Steph gave me my first opportunity to be on her design team. Since then, things at Homegrown have changed tremendously. This year’s Summer Survival kit marks the first anniversary as I was designing with SSK 07 last year. However, you would have seen my work in the form of sketches as I’ve been doing all of the Survival kits sketches since its inception.

Taking up scrapbooking as a hobby has certainly opened doors of opportunity, not to mention friendship as well. I’ve been published before, served on other design teams and definitely have made a lot of friends from around the world, all of whom share the passion of scrapbooking. I’ve enjoyed scrapping so much that I’ve even started a monthly crop with a couple of friends where we provide classes and a great environment to mingle and learn. Regarding my style of scrapping, I certainly love to experiment and try out new ideas. I’m a stamp fanatic and this is evident in my pages. I’m also into the mixed media art and I do tend to bring this over into scrapbooking. Hence, sometimes my pages will turn out to be a hodgepodge of creative experiments.

I’m definitely looking forward to playing with the Fall Survival Kit and hope to be able to inspire with my creations. I would like to thank Steph for creating the Survival kits and coming up with such delectable goodies that make creating a sheer joy!

Friday, September 19, 2008

StashBuster Challenge #6 - Phase 10!

PHASE 10: In the game you need to be the first to complete all 10 phases. For out challenge - you get 10pts each time you use all 10 of these manufacturers.. (use as many layouts as needed).. here are the 10 manufacturers (you may recognize them.. as they were in the summer kit and are coming up in the fall kit!)
a. Basic Grey
b. Bo Bunny
c. Kaiser
d. October Afternoon
e. Prima
f. Sassafras
g. Cosmo Cricket
h. Maya Road
i. Hambly
j. American Crafts

Here is a yummy layout Tami did for the challenge!

Tami’s phase 10
Basic Grey – papers
BoBunny – paper
Kaiser – bling
Oct. Afternoon – Smile square
Prima – Flower
Sassafras – border strip
Cosmo – “sunny days” (from the strip sheet)
Maya Road – house
Hambley – rubon swirl
Am. Crafts – chipboard underline

Now it's YOUR turn! We are looking forward to your layouts! Be sure to post them in the Homegrown gallery!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Fall Survival Designer - Giselle Homer

I live in South West England, with my long suffering husband Jim, where we run our own business. We have 2 beautiful daughters and 3 even more beautiful grandsons!

I started scrapbooking seven years ago and my style is quite graphic and simple; having studied design at college, I usually stick to the rules that I learnt there, though I have been known to tear and ink a piece of cardstock occasionally! I've been published in all the UK scrapbooking magazines and was a winner of the first Best of British Scrapbooking. I was on the American Crafts International Design Team in 2006/7, the Scrapbook Mate DT which is Europe's largest scrapbooking distributor & I teach layout classes at my local crop including album tracks and mini books.

Please join me in welcoming Giselle to the Fall Survival Design Team!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

StashBuster Challenge #5 - Operation

Ooh.. remember this one.. carefully remove pieces from the patient.. well let’s remove pieces of each other’s layouts… carefully select a layout from the homegrown gallery and use pieces of it to inspire your layout! 1 pt for each layout.

Tami "operated" on this layout by Karlotta:

Tami's layout Brothers

Show us your take on this challenge by posting a link to your layout on the Stashbuster thread on the Homegrown forum!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Fall Survival Designer - Kathleen Taylor

Hi everyone! I am Kathleen Taylor. I live in West-By-God Virginia. I am originally from a little cow town in Maryland, but moved here 10 years ago. I am married to a goofball of a husband (love that about him!) and have 3 children. Jet and Kaileyne are my 6 year old twins and our new arrival Quinn is now 6 months old.

I have been scrapbooking for over 10 years. I was introduced to it when a friend of mine had a CM party. I was instantly hooked. I think I bought every scrapbooking embellishment that I could find at my local craft stores ( remember all those punches and plain die cuts? I had them all! LOL).

The stuff out there sure has changed a lot in the past 10 years and it is so hard to have it all. But I still try. :)My children truly are my inspiration. I love taking photos of them. And they love having their pictures taken. So, I always have something fun to work on.

When people ask me what my personal scrap style is, I often don't quite know how to answer that question. When I sit down to do a layout, I have an "anything goes" kind of attitude. My style constantly evolves and I don't tend to use the same patterned paper, embellishments, or techniques more than once on a page. I feel more comfortable doing two page layouts than one pagers. I also like the fact that all my layouts look different. And it is not unusual for me to spend hours and hours on one layout. Actually, it happens more often than not.Scrapbooking has really changed my life. Not only has it given me a lot of joy, but it has also lead to many opportunities . I have been published in several publications, teaching classes and I am also fortunate enough to be on two Manufacturer's Design Teams.I started designing with Homegrown in 2006. I was so excited to be working with Stephanie and her kits. And I was even lucky enough to meet Stephanie early on while I was at CHA in Chicago. We have been friends ever since. I love that girl!I was so excited when Stephanie started the Survival Kits. What an awesome concept! I am honored to be a part if it. And it has been so much fun.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Kathleen Taylor brings us an Etsy Find!

Remember the last time I did an Etsy Spotlight? When I told you that I {gasp} did not know what an "etsy" was.

Well, I am happy to report that this is not the case anymore. But now I try not to go there. Why?

There is just too much yummy goodness for me!

But sometimes I have to go. This time I was looking for things that would compliment the FSK. Little tidbits that would just look great on a Fall or Halloween layout!

Ok, ok I could not help myself! I was looking just to look!

And I found something!

Remember when Lisa showed you how to make Yo Yo Flowers? I loved those things!

I really enjoy funky flowers, but I do not seem to ever do them. But I love buying them!! Hee Hee

While perusing Etsy, I found some Spooky Tattered Posie Tags by Luckchelle7.

Aren't these cool!??

I am thinking: Halloween Layout plus Tattered Posies = AWESOME LAYOUT!

And you know I had to have them! And yes, I bought them!

She has a lot of other cool stuff. You should really check Luckychelle7's Etsy Shop out!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

StashBuster Challenge #4 - Taboo!

What’s more taboo than putting a little Basic Grey with SEI.. they aren’t suppose to be together! But it’s ok, mix manufacturers.. matter of fact.. don’t use the same manufacturer twice on the same layout.. 1 pt per layout (You can even have one “unknown” manufacturer per layout, because honestly I don’t know who made my black brads anymore than most of you do..)

Tami's layout:
Product List
Paper- Making Memories, Basic Grey, Scenic Route
Circle- Creative Imaginations
Fabric- Unknown
Ribon Circle- 7Gypsies
Alphas- EK Success, American Crafts
Journaling- October AFternoon

Awesome layout!! Let's see what you come up with. Be sure to upload your layout to the Stashbuster Gallery and link here on the blog!

Friday, September 12, 2008

Fall Survival Add-ons are going FAST!

You do not want to miss out! Did you get all that you wanted? Did you get any?

I thought I would share what is left with you!

Always in demand! MORE ALPHAs - the ENTIRE box of Fancy Pants Daily Grind Chip AND Artyliscious!! YUMMY!! Only 1 more available
Free Falling includes Prima - Mixed up Acrylic Album!! Just 2 more in the store
SHUT UP!! The Pilgrim People in Falling Leaves - to Die FOR! Only 1 remains!
Feeling Lucky - The Prima Flowers ROCK! just 2 to go!
FRESH BAKED! Adorable Maya Road Cupcake book!! All the rage - Just 5 remaining!
Holy Canoli - My personal Favorite!! ROAR! only 1 left!!
The Awesome Halloween Kit: Spellbound - 9 kits left from reorder!!

Hurry! Order add-ons here!

Have a FANTASTIC Friday!!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Fall Survival Designer - Tina Albertson

Scrapbooking to me is such a passion. I want the “small” stuff to matter, to be remembered, because too quickly those “little” memories can fade. Through scrapbooking I can preserve all those memories for future generations. I also NEED that creative outlet!!!My scrapbooking style? I still haven’t figured that one out. My layouts are usually linear with a little bit of clutter, lol. Is that a style?!!! I usually like the focus to be on the pictures and journaling.

My favorite things to do while scrapbooking is listening to the playlist on my iPOD and eating peanut M & M’s. I also have a hard time concentrating so I take lots of breaks to get on-line and gather inspiration from some of my favorite artists.

I am one lucky girl to design for Pink Paislee, whose product never ceases to inspire me!

I have 3 little girls, my husband Chad and I are raising them in a small town in Indiana. I love the peace and tranquility and would trade it over a big city any day!
I am beyond thrilled to be here at Homegrown Scrapbooks, these kits are AMAZING and absolutely FULL of scrapbooking goodness!!!!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

StashBuster Challenge #3 - Crazy 8's

Ooh remember this game 8 was the magic number.. it still is!

Use 8 items left over from any survival kit 1 pt for each 8 items used.

Tami's layout:

Product List
Scrapworks paper
Basic Grey paper
Scrapworks chipboard
Making Memories letters
Creative Imaginations Transparency
Heart & Wings Brad
October Afternoon Journaling block

How fun! Be sure to upload your layout to the Stashbuster gallery and link it here on the blog!

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Fall Survival Designer - Rachel Millington

Rachel Millington

My name is Rachel Millington and I'm 35 years old. I've been scrapping for 3 years now, after making Xmas cards in 2004 and cardmaking for a while, I got fed up with always giving away my creations. So I turned to scrapping in May 2005 and now that's my first love. I make cards for special people these days and still don't like giving them away!