Beachin’ Layout with Gena

Hi Everyone! It’s Gena and I wanted to share a layout I made with you today.

We had a great time on our summer vacation and this was our theme song. We ALL know the words! It’s a fun memory for our family.

Once again I found a sketch that I liked to create my layout.

From there I used my Eclips to cut out the “summer song”. Then I pulled out my Maya Road letters and colored them with my Mango Madness Ink.

I also pulled out my Tim Holtz arrow die… cut my arrows and colored then with my inks. The anchor is by Maya Road.

Thanks for stopping by! Hope to see you soon at The Crafty Scrapper!


The Ultimate Hoarder’s Garage Sale is back!!

The Crafty Scrapper is excited to be hosting another

“The Scrapbook Hoarders Ultimate Garage Sale.”

Before we talk about the Garage Sale, have you seen our NEW website? It is AWESOME! You can now purchase product, kits AND sign up for classes all on-line! Be sure and check it out!

TO PARTICIPATE: (sell your items) call the store 972-923-3151, or drop by in person to sign up. When you sign up you will be assigned a vendor number. You will NOT need to be present to participate, but you MUST sign up by August 23rd.  We will begin accepting items for drop off Monday, August 25th through Wednesday, August 27th.  We will be open until 8pm Wednesday night and , will not be accepting items for sale after that date.

SOMETHING NEW: From 3:00-5:00 on Saturday any items marked with a RED DOT will be 1/2 price. So, SELLERS if you want any of your items to go 1/2 price during this time be sure to add the red dot to the pricing label.

FEE: The Crafty Scrapper’s fee is 20% of your total sales. You will receive the balance in a GIFT CARD ONLY to The Crafty Scrapper. This gift card may be used for retreats, classes and/or product and does not expire.

DETAILS: There is no minimum amount to participate.
We will not accept loose items. No loose paper, 12×12 paper must be in a zip lock bag.
Each item for sale needs to be marked with an easily found and removable tag or card taped to the item. The tag or card needs to have your assigned number in the top right hand corner, a description of the item, and the price written on the front. The description helps if the card falls off.
All sales are final.

PAYMENT and PICK-UP: You may pick up your gift card and remaining items beginning Tuesday September 2nd. If your items do not sell you have two options – pick them up or we have several charities we donate to. You must pick them up beginning Tuesday September 2nd at 10 a.m. and no later then Thursday September 4th 6 p.m. Any items not picked up by Thursday September 4th at 6 p.m. will be donated.

Garage Sale Date:
Friday August 29th 5-10pm special preview & purchase night, must bring 3 items to donate (details below)
Saturday August 30th 10am-5pm

For Friday night only the fee to pre-view and purchase is 3 items from the list below. These items will be donated to the Bluebonnet Chapter of Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc. to help our troops over seas. 

Lip balm/tubes of sun screen/deodorant/eye drops/instant tears/ disposable razors/travel shaving cream/unscented baby wipes/cottonelle cleansing cloths/Tylenol/Advil/foot powder/foot insoles/socks/small air fresheners/small LED lights.

Sealed beef jerky/pepperoni sticks/homemade or packaged cookies/girl scout cookies/small crackers/nuts/corn nuts/canned chips/peanut butter pretzels/mentos/skittles/peanut brittle/jelly beans/non melting candy/ready to eat tun or chicken with crackers/hot chocolate/instant coffee like Starbucks Via packs.

Personal letters, card of encouragement/crossword/sudoku puzzles/games like monopoly/deal/rock/dice/cards/writing pads/cards/pens/stamps/phone cards, itune or Amazon cards/good paper backs (not war)/hand held games w/batteries/AA and AAA batteries/sandwich or quart size zip locks/small 13 oz. coffee cans, clean with plastic lids/current magazines.

Thank You For Supporting Our Troops!

To participate (sell your items) call the store 972-923-3151

Pinwheel Card with Tina

Hello!  Tina here, with another bright card creation, using some fun papers and
supplies from The Crafty Scrapper!

In my June class, we made pinwheels for one of the class cards.  They were minis, but I decided to do a bigger one for this fun summer card.  I used a red, white, and blue line of papers from Echo Park and combined it with some great sparkly Thickers, a HAPPY die cut from Impression Obsession, a little Washi tape, and a wooden
butterfly from Maya Road for the perfect summer card!

You can find all the supplies and see this card in person at The Crafty Scrapper.

A quick tutorial for pinwheels can be found on my blog.

Happy Stamping!


Live, Laugh, Love Layout with Melissa

Melissa here with more vintage obsessions.

Today’s fixation is the vintage photobooth pictures combined with the amazing Tim Holtz die cuts and papers by Authentique and Echo Park.   The pictures along with the  ‘live laugh love’ block from the Echo Park set made me wonder about their lives and from the ones I chose, it looks like they were able to display each value.

Everyone knows I love the clock die cut, but the new “Trellis” may just be in the running for the favorite!  I already have a ziplock to hold all the middle inserts because it is way too much fun to mix and match. 

It is a pretty simple layout and the longest part was trying to decide which photos to use (some from my stash and some from my friend the internet and some from my friend Tumblefish Studio).

No real in depth techniques other than trying to decide which colors of ink ( Peeled Paint, Tea Dye, Stazon and Saffron).   Yes, mentally I sent a note to Wendy Vecchi thanking her for the Saffron Archival ink.  The second time consumer was trying to decide which swirls, stamps, etc — once all that was done, just glue it all down.   The store has the most amazing selection of backgrounds, swirls, and ‘messy’ stamps… go have a look and tell them I sent ya ;)

… and doodling, nothing beats the Signo white pen and my most wonderful husband went out in the rain to pick up new pens for me when my last 2 ran out (he was on his way to the post office so I thought it wouldn’t hurt to ask).   Before adding the squiggle lines (yes, it is a technical term) and the dots, well, the pictures just looked like I was just trying to shove my favorite photo booth picts on a page (which I was, but still wanted it to be visually appealing).   Give it a shot!

My other new favs are the Maya Roadwooden accents covered with Distress Stain and then traced with Icicle Stickles.  (I had butterflies, but I think I may need to strip off the trial layers of paint and use for another layout… whoops).  Then I can’t tell you how much I played around with arranging the flowers – thought about making some with the papers, but sometimes, the store bought flowers are JUST what is needed.

Anyhoo – thanks for looking and hopefully this has lit the light of inspiration.
Until next time.  

July Challenge- Party Decor

I am all about making party decor right now and so today I have a super fun and cute banner to share with you.

This Month’s Blog Challenge is PARTY
So anything that has to do with a PARTY- project, decor, layout, album, anything!

This banner came together really quickly, until I got to the ribbon tying part anyway!

I used my cameo to cut out the base shapes and letters using kraft card stock.  After I had the base shape cut out, I glued the pieces onto vintage music sheets and cut them out. This gave the banner a heavier bottom layer than just the sheet music alone would have. I layered on the pink and white mats, using my pinking shears on the pink layer.  I added the letters on top and drew a little squiggly line around the white piece with a very thin line of Stickles.

I always outline alpha pieces when I add them to a project to give it more depth. I just use whatever black marker is handy.

So everyone knows that I have some issues with ribbon- I love ribbon and a banner is the perfect way to use a LOT OF RIBBON. I just cut up whatever strikes my fancy, put a bunch of pieces into a bundle and tie them up. Add a flower in the center and you are good to go!!

Of course, I had to add just a few flowers on the end pieces, just because I love paper flowers and they always make a project beautiful!

Do you have a Cameo? Do you need a little help in figuring it out?
Be sure to check the events page for the upcoming classes using the Cameo.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.

Have a wonderful week!

May the Flamingos be with you.


By The Sea Layout With Ginger

Hello this is Ginger with my latest creation!  I really love all the papers from Graphic 45 “By The Sea”  Collection.  You can create so much from each paper to make it completely yours.  I found this cute little photo of my grandson Colby while we were in Galveston on a family vacation.

I used the By The Sea paper but I cut it out to make a frame.  I then added another paper for the background.  I used pop up dots to raise the frame to give it a more life like look. I then used modeling paste to resemble splashes of water which I then used London Blue Ink Spray.  I then cut out the lighthouse and adhered it to the background with pop up dots as well as the words By The Sea.  I used from Prima and Petaloo the flowers and was given a metal anchor.  I was also given the wave chipboard which I used blue embossing powder and added another layer of embossing to the top which gives it an ocean spray effect.

You can see the close up of this layout below.

I added blue ink around the lighthouse to make it stand out more.  I then added the
little fish and a sea shell to the flowers.

Canvas Project with Gena

Hi there! It’s Gena and I wanted to share a canvas I made for my daughter.


I was so happy with how this turned out!
I used a burlap canvas and edged it with some ribbon from The Crafty Scrapper. The round ring in the center is a 6″ floral ring (we will have some for sale) wrapped in the Maya Road Crafting Jute Twine. Let me tell you, that twine will last a long time! I have been using in it classes and so may projects and still have a ton left on the spool… it’s a great buy! I then inked the edges.
It has taken some time and practice but I feel my layering has really come a long way.  I started with the Maya Road Buttermilk Tulle Flower and in the center a Maya Road Embellishment. From there I added the Prima Flowers Seashore Collection and large shells and then continued to add the small shells to fill in.
One other thing I do is lay it all out and then after I am happy with how it looks… gently lift and glue the items in place. I have tried taking a picture but it never seems to come out the same way.
Have a fabulous weekend!
Be sure to check out our events page for all the latest classes.

Twinkle Twinkle Layout with Ginger

Hello, it is Ginger here today with my sweet little layout! I thought the papers “Pebbles – Special Delivery Collection” would go perfectly with this photo.  I inked, misted, painted, and added lots of flowers.
I decided to print up his photo in color and black/white.  You can see he was so tiny they placed in inside a crochet hat and then in another hat.  He was just a few weeks old.  Now he is almost 3! How time does fly.  I just  love my grandkids!


These little stars were all white.  On the corner stars I used a distress spray by Tim Holtz.  On the other little stars I used distress ink by Tim Holtz and then added a small pearl and a crystal.  On the words I used letters and then took a fine tip pen to go around each letter.  On the corners I used an eyelet and curled up the paper and used string to tie it down.


I found in this kit a small balloon and bow!  I put clear little stones on the balloon and then took string and tied it to the balloon.  I also added a stone to the bow.  I was given all these beautiful little flowers as well!


I was given this beautiful flourish which I painted blue and after it was dry I took white stamp and placed it on several locations.

Thank you so much for taking a peek.  This was such a sweet layout to make.  Please stop by The Crafty Scrapper to see this layout!  It is the most wonderful scrapbook store in Texas!

Hugs – Ginger

This Week’s Classes


Don’t miss this week’s classes!!

Fun with More Die Cuts
Zentangle 101
Altered Bumble Bee Canvas
Interactive Fun with Elizabeth Craft
Hello Mini Album
Altered Art Journal Page 1 & 2
Zentangle Leather Cover

You can click on our Classes, Crops & Events Page to learn about each class.

Call today to reserve your spot! 972-923-3151

Mini Album with Guest Blogger Ginger

Today we have a Guest Blogger and her beautiful project to share!!
Ginger from over at My Sister’s Scrapper created this amazing mini-album with Kaisercraft papers.

Hello everyone. While visiting my daughter in Texas a couple of months ago. I went to a really fabulous scrapbook store in Waxahachie, The Crafty Scrapper. This store is amazing!
My husband and daughter let me spend a while browsing all of the scrappy fabulousness. So of course I found some paper that just had to come home with me. I purchased the Kaisercraft 6-1/2 x 6-1/2 Kaleidoscope Paper Pad as well as 3 sheets of the 12×12.
Here is the mini album I created.

Ginger also has a video of her album, so be sure to check that out as well.
Hop on by The Crafty Scrapper to stock up on these wonderful Kaisercraft papers.

Zentangle Layout with Melissa

Hey Melissa here with yet another fun layout — well at least I thought it was fun -HA!
When I opened the kit and found the Crate Paper ‘Boys Rule’ set, I must have been in some sort of obstinate mood.   First thought was, ‘no they don’t’   and then ‘I really do not want to go find pictures from 10 years ago to fit the paper’.     So out of the box I go!   Surprise!

Zentangle is all the rage right now and I have a wonderful set of images with the dresses zentangled from Hidden Vintage Studio at Deviant Scrap…. and this sweet little girl was screaming to be used – how could I refuse!
I started with the most solid sheet I had and grabbed the Tim Holtz Bubble stencil and Dina Wakely’s most fab glorious paint (Turquoise and Lime).   Dina’s new big ole paint brush is GREAT to use for stenciling (make sure it is a dry brush).   Then used Festive Berries Distress paint with the Crafter’s Workshop text stencil.
The swirls are some set of stamps that are 100 years old, but I am sure you have swirls in your stash if you wish to do something similar.  Then added some sequins and silver stars to finish off the ‘scattered’ look.   The edges of each of the papers have turquoise pan pastels around the edges to tie all the papers together.

Last bit was the Tim Holtz rosette die cut (really do not think you can EVER have too many die cuts) and the scallop boarder.   The paper line has a multi color stripe page and I just free hand cut the border and added doodles to kick up the fun factor!

Hope you enjoy the page!   Let me know whatcha think.