Nov 30, 2010

Frugal Scrapbooking: A Unique Paper Album

This challenge was on one of my CafeMom groups, and I couldn't resist!  I haven't done much scrapping for myself in the last two months, and I had all the new Winter Joy papers by Bo Bunny that I was dying to use.

Have you seen this project before?  Can you guess what this is made from?

Toilet paper rolls!  Really!  I had seen tutorials to make gift card holders from TP rolls, but never thought about a mini album!

I used rolls from toilet paper that were mega rolls; they seem to be a bigger tube than regular rolls.  What I like about this project is that you can use this as a gift for someone at Christmas and hide a gift card in one of the pockets.  But I think I will keep this one.  I may even add another page (or two!)

Nov 1, 2010

Product Review: The Bzz on Elmers and X-acto craft products

This is my review on the Elmers and X-acto products that I received from BzzAgent! 

From the package of products that I received, I can say that my favorite product was the Elmers Craft Bond liquid glue.  This glue worked great on chipboard albums; it adhered cardstock to the pages without bubbling or pages coming apart later when dry.  The glue dried quickly and was not messy.  I would definitely buy it again for these types of projects.  The bottle does have a narrow dispensing end so that it makes it easier to use on small embellishments.

The tape runner and glue dots were comparable to other brands that I use.  The advantage is that tape runner refills and glue dots replacements are not very expensive at Wal-Mart (the only store where they are available).  The glue stick was okay; we used it for my 7 year old's class project where we glued paper onto paper and it held fine.

As for the X-acto products, I wasn't too impressed.  The corner rounder wasn't very strong and you could only use it on single sheet standard scrapbook paper for it to work well.  The scissors were okay, but I only used them to cut scrap paper to say that a tried it -- I don't use decorative scissors anymore for my scrapbooking or card making.

All in all -- the Elmers products are good and very affordable if you use a lot of different types of adhesive.  The X-acto products I would pass on (at least the scissors and corner rounder).  Other X-acto products are probably still great, such as the ever popular X-acto knife and blades.

That's my review -- I hope that it may help as you make your own purchase decisions.  Feel free to post your opinions here on these products or others -- it always helps!

Card Making Process: Christmas for You in Purple and Blue

Adore the Bo Bunny "Winter Joy" collection for Christmas this year!  I love purples and aquas, so this paper was a fun change from the traditional colors!  The embellishments and rub-ons are great for card making!

My latest class at Scrapology includes these four cards, plus a card holder.  Use the cards for yourself or give as an early Christmas gift!