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Martha Stewart’s New Jewelry Line

By Crafts-a lot Contributor, Mable who is an avid reader of craft blogs & magazines and is always looking to improve her crafting skills. Join Mable on Facebook to socialize and share with other crafters!

Trying out Martha Stewart's New Jewelry Line

I recently had the chance to try out the latest from Martha Stewart Crafts – her new jewelry line. I don’t think I’ve ever seen jewelry making supplies quite like these. My two favorites were the enamel and the jewelry glaze. They each add color to your charms and other things to create a piece that is uniquely yours.

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Smash Book Review

By Craft Trends Contributor, Gillian from the blog Dried Figs and Wooden Spools.

Friends, crafters, fellow diyers, I have a confession to make.

See, I’m a dyed in the wool (or cotton), glitter under my fingernails, fourteen kinds of glue currently in my possession crafty girl. I sew, I weave, I cut I glue. I’ll put my hand to almost anything that sparks my eye. I have border scissors and paper punches and digital cutters and jars of buttons. I love to craft craft craft.

But I do. Not. Scrapbook.

The Smash Journal- perfect for non-scrapbookers. Find out more at ThinkCrafts.com

I know, I know. What kind of crafter does not scrapbook? I’ve tried, I really have, but I just can’t get myself into the scrapbooking craze. It’s not that I wouldn’t like to have a beautiful scrapbook. I would. I’ve got two kids who are only getting bigger and I’d really love to have some beautifully made books that display all those little moments I don’t want to forget.

But I just can’t do it.

The best gift anyone ever gave me when my babies came along was an almost complete, homemade, Baby’s First Year mini scrapbook. All I had to do was add photos and dates. It was brilliant. The perfect thing for a non-scrapbooker who wishes she was… which is what I love about this Smash Book.

Why the Smash Journal is the perfect un-scrapbook. ThinkCrafts.com

The pages are already full of texture and color, although not too much, and the pre-made words, stickers and add-ins mean that I don’t have to think, I just have to add. Add a photo. And a funny quote, add a few words and bam, I’ve got a scrapbook. Colors are already coordinated, the pen is also a glue stick, and the work is pretty much done for me.

Find out more about the world's easiest scrapbook. ThinkCrafts.com

My kids are a few weeks into their summer bucket list and, with the help a funky iPhone photo app that sizes and filters my photos and a simple printer, I’m well on my way to recording this summer in a way I never have before, in a scrapbook.

The Smash Journal - A scrapbook for busy people

I might be a convert .

Find out all about this un-scrapbook to record your moments on the go. ThinkCrafts.com

But only if it continues to be this easy!

Craft Book Review: Sweet & Simple Handmade

By Crafts-a lot Contributor, Mable who is an avid reader of craft blogs & magazines and is always looking to improve her crafting skills. Join Mable on Facebook to socialize and share with other crafters!

Sweet & Simple Handmade by Melissa Wastney

Often, the most beautiful pieces are the most simple. Constructed with classic materials without a lot of flash, those items are the ones that get handed down between siblings or generations. Children aren’t meant to wear elaborate clothing, and the toys they hold dearest are usually the least expensive. Sweet & Simple Handmade by Melissa Wastney is full of beautifully constructed clothing and toys for children from infants to teens. Each piece is lovingly designed with a child’s needs in mind, from corduroy pants made to fit through a growth spurt to a warm winter coat, pictured below that can be made with materials best suited for your child.

Hooded Winter Coat - Sweet & Simple Handmade

Sweet & Simple Handmade includes pattern pieces and step-by-step instructions for each piece in the book. It includes knitwear as well as sewing and has patterns and clothing ideas for every season. The instructions are easy to follow, with clear sketches of each step along the way. There are even tips included for upcycling old pieces into new ones that children will love. It also includes tips on getting the little ones involved with the different projects throughout the book. Even if you’re not ready to start crafting, the book itself is absolutely beautiful to just look at. The colors and patterns of the materials used are inspiring and the finished projects are so fun to look at.

Check out more C & T publishing books here and make sure to read their blog for more beautiful creations!

Lacey & Elegant Effects Using the Spellbinders Imperial Gold Dies

By Card Making & Scrapbooking Contributor

Peg Rounds

Peg’s Crafting Corner

Use your spellbinders imperial gold dies to create elegant effects for your cards. Tutorial at ThinkCrafts.com

This simple, but elegant card using the Spellbinders Imperial Gold dies makes the perfect congratulations for many occasions be it a wedding, a shower or a birthday.  The layered piece creates a beautiful lacey look and adds a unique dimension to the card.  The marbled paper technique used on the embellishments adds to the look of these great dies.

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DIY Chalkboard Jar Lids

By Home Decor Contributor Typhanie, from TP Design.

Use Clear Chalkboard Paint to create colorful chalkboard lids without the extra mess! Tutorial at ThinkCrafts.com

I’ve always been told that being organized is one of the key ingredients to having a happy and healthy home. In fact, my own motto is “A place for everything, so everything can return to its place”. Keeping with that theme, I came up with this very colorful project to help keep a busy pantry or cupboard organized. If you have kids, this is a great project to include them in. They can have their very own color jar to label their snacks and candy with. Hope you guys give this project a try…Happy Organizing Everyone!

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Spellbinders Nestabilities Imperial Gold Dies Scrapbook Layout

By Card Making & Scrapbooking Contributor

Peg Rounds from:

Peg’s Crafting Corner

Learn about the new Spellbinders Imperial Gold Dies at ThinkCrafts.com

I was excited when I was asked to review the new Imperial Gold Nestabilites Dies by Spellbinders.  These dies add even more fun elements to any of your projects whether they are cards, scrapbook pages or even altered art items.  For $19.49 you get 4 to 12 dies depending on which set you choose.  This is a great price for the amount of things that can be created using them.  These dies will cut, emboss, deboss, stencil and letterpress.  You can do one layer or several.  The dies can be used in most die cut machines, too.  All you need is to follow the stack instructions for your machine that is provided with the instructions.

Spellbinders Frames

On this layout, I wanted to create a frame for the pictures.  The top picture I used just one of the dies to create an embossed mat for it and the bottom 2 pictures I made the embossed mats for both of them and then added a die cut and embossed frame over the top of each picture.  See how quickly it is to now create a beautiful frame for all of your pictures?

Different papers and cuts

I experimented with several types and weights of paper to see how well they worked.  On the packaging it is suggested that the paper weight be 65 pounds.  That doesn’t mean that is what you have to use.  Here I tried lighter weight papers and found that most worked.  The foil (the red piece) didn’t cut, but did emboss.  It was too thin using in a regular stack and as I ran it through my die cut machine (Spellbinders Grand Calibur) I could feel the difference as it seemed to easily roll through without pressure.  A shim may have helped with this problem and I will experiment more on this to see if I can get it to work.  It will make a nice mat for a smaller picture, though.

Experiment

I mentioned earlier about the correct stack to use these dies, but you will also have to purchase the Junior Magnetic Placement Mat to add to the stack or the dies will not work.  I was a little disappointed when I first received the dies and went to use them and couldn’t because I didn’t have this mat.  Nowhere on the packaging does it mention that it is required.  It was only when I opened up the dies and read the instructions was it mentioned. It is the only way to achieve the correct thickness for the stack and helps hold the dies in place when layering them.  Luckily, CreateForLess has them and they ship quickly.  You will get 2 mats in a package for $8.49.  The mats are thin so when they are used they become etched as shown in the right picture.  This doesn’t affect the use of them, but after a while they will require replacing.  This was a big con for me is that it is not mentioned on the packaging that it is a required item in order to use these dies.

Overall, I would definitely suggest this product to everyone.  I love the different looks that can be achieved by just a few dies and that the price for them is reasonable.  They are great to use for frames around pictures or for embellishments on cards. There are several different designs to choose from which is a great idea, too.   One drawback is that the Junior Mat is required for use and there is no mention of it on the packaging.  Now head on over to check the dies out for yourself and start a new layer of fun on your projects.

Make Your Own File Folders

By Guest Blogger Kathy Orta from the Blog Paper Phenomenon

Paper Phenomenon is full of in-depth tutorials and kits for your next scrapbooking project. Be sure to check out Kathy’s YouTube channel for step-by-step page making instructions and how-to’s for different scrapbooking tools and attend her scrapbooking classes online at her UStream Channel every Monday at 2 PM Central Time and Friday at 7 PM Central Time!

Envelope Punch Board

The We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board is an amazing product for making perfect envelopes every time, but did you know that you can also use it to create your own file folders? You can easily make this typically boring office supply fit your style with some colorful cardstock!

Check out the video tutorial:

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