Jessica Sprague Giveaway

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Do you get tired of us talking about digi scrapping when you don't have any idea where to begin? Or maybe you've started with a digi scrapping program and want to improve your skills? How about learning how to editing all of those digital photos that are sitting on your computer? If your answer is yes to any of these questions then JessicaSprague.com is the place for you! Over 60 video-based, online classes in everything from digital scrapbooking, photo editing, Silhouette and now videography are offered. And once you buy a class, you can access it forever – love that! … [Read more...]

Studio J Giveaway

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We're back with another giveaway from Studio J! Every time I use Studio J I discover new-to-me ways of customizing my pages! I played around with the distressing options on this layout to give some boring gray paper a little texture. It's things like this that make Studio J so great! Have you fallen behind in your scrapping, or just want to get started? Well, then this giveaway is for you! Studio J is giving a 5-Pack and a 12×12 faux leather album to one of our readers (must be US or Canada resident)!! {A 5-pack includes 5 two-page layouts, 5 Memory Protectors®, and free shipping and handling.} To enter you must be a public follower of The Crafting Chicks and leave a comment on this post. For optional extra entries you may do any of the following and leave separate comments for each: Become a fan of our Facebook page Follow The Crafting Chicks on Twitter Become a fan of the Studio J Facebook page Follow Close to My Heart/Studio J on Twitter This giveaway will end … [Read more...]

Pixelbooking Giveaway

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You guys are going to love today's giveaway! Pixelbooking has been a sponsor of The Crafting Chicks for about a month and now you get a chance to win some of their great products! Pixelbooking is giving away $50 worth of digital scrapbooking supplies to three (3) lucky Crafting Chicks fans. Not a digital scrapbooker? That's okay! You can actually download and print their graphics and paper scrapbook with them (or create any other fun craft you can imagine!). You can enter one of two ways: 1) "Like" their Facebook Page and write on their Wall telling them why you think you deserve the prize. 2) Sign up for their Newsletter at pixelbooking.com and leave a comment on this blog post once you've signed up. Bonus! Download one of their really cute Spring/Easter Digital Freebies while you're at it! Here are some of the fabulous digital scrapbooking supplies you'll find on Pixelbooking: Check out some of the adorable crafts you can make with Pixelbooking products (Paper or … [Read more...]

Illustrator 101: Digi Scrapping with Alma Loveland

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Nikkala + Alma While at EVO we were able to meet some awesome and blog famous people. One of our favorites was Alma Loveland of ollibird.com. Isn't she just adorable? The Crafting Chicks and Alma struck up a deal bound by a pinky promise. She's agreed to teach a class all about Adobe Illustrator geared towards digital scrapbooking for our readers! This is a brand new class just for you! Alma will teach us (yes, us. you better believe we'll be there too!) the basics of Illustrator and we will learn to make: patterned backgrounds, stamps, die-cuts, photo borders, and overlays. That's everything you need to know to start designing your own stuff! Alma has been teaching Illustrator classes since 2008, and is currently teaching with Nicole's Classes--which offers both live and online courses in Illustrator, Photoshop, and photography. Alma works alongside her husband, Mike doing graphic design and digital portraiture. They are a dynamic duo! And she's a pro at teaching (and … [Read more...]

{Remember your 4th} Fourth of July Digital Scrapbooking Pages

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Every year I LOVE to scrapbook the 4th of July.  I love the Red, White and Blue!   I LOVE to get pictures of my kids sporting their 4th of July Apparel.  Looking back, it is so great to see how much they have grown and  changed each year.  I think it would be fun to compile a Family 4th of July book with pages throughout the years.  Kirsten showcased some of her amazing digital scrapbook pages some posts back.  She always inspires me!-& it is great to have a friend to share layouts and ideas with.  You must check out Kirsten's 4th of July digital scrapbook pages.  She as well shares some of her 4th of July traditions like Crafting Chick Jen did yesterday.  It's time to get planning!  The 4th of July is coming this weekend and I can't wait.  The kiddos are getting so excited and looking forward to parades, fireworks, and yummy treats!Look how much my little ones changed in just one year!  Holidays keep getting more fun with these sweet ones!  I'm sure the Fireworks and Parade will … [Read more...]

Other Ways to Use Digital Scrapbooking Products

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While I consider myself a digital scrapbooker, I haven't scrapped a page in over 4 years. I learned how to digital scrapbook about 5 years ago and it seems once I figured out Photoshop the excitement was gone. But I still love Photoshop and I love the products. Much like non-scrappers have huge stashes of paper and scissors filling up closets, there's a pretty good stash of digital products filling up our hard drive. I'm sharing a few of my favorite ways to use them here. Digital products let you have a well put together project in no time, especially quick pages and layouts just waiting for photos. My favorite way to use brag books? Shipping labels. They have the perfect spot for an address--right where the photo should be. They take practically no time, and I like to think that I'm cheering up the receiver's day as well as the postal workers! This poor box is the link between cousins in different states. Once opened, it is filled and sent back--with a new mailing label of course. … [Read more...]

{Library Bags & Tags for Summer Reading}

I made some simple library bags with card holders for my kids and wanted to share. I thought it would be great for them to have a place to store their books (so they won't get mixed up with our books at home) and also a way to carry their books to and from the library. I followed this bag tutorial. I used it on the monogram bags as well. These were much more simple without the letters and pockets. I used canvas material to line the bags, to make them more sturdy to carry the books. I cut the material 16 inches wide and about 19 inches long. I sewed the bag with about a 1/2 seam. The straps were about 14 inches. These bags will carry most sizes of books. I also digitally scrapbooked a little tag with my kids' names to tie around the strap. I used the same plastic name tag holders that Brooke used in her adorable Color Mini Book. I too found these at WalMart. The tag is approx. 2.5 tall and 3.5 wide. For the boys label, I used one of my most favorite kits for boys called Wonderful … [Read more...]

{Father’s Day Gift Idea–DAD Album + Freebie}

**This giveaway is now closed.** Today I have a Father's Day gift idea for you--a personalized DAD album. It's a perfect way to show love to the Dad in your life. :) It was fun to create these pages in Photoshop as part of a class I taught at a digital scrapbooking retreat awhile back---see, I told you I LOVE digital scrapbooking! :) I made the letter page templates then added digital papers and embellishments along with photos of my kids and our family. Then I printed them off at Costco, cut each page out, and adhered to that thin cardboard paper that you get for free when you print 12x18 at Costco!! You could always use cardstock or chipboard too. I punched 2 holes on the side and tied cute coordinating ribbon to create the DAD album. It was a wonderful gift for Father's Day! Here is what each page looks like (in digital form): Credits: Digital Scrapbook Memories I wanted to share the basic letter templates with you! If you have Photoshop or another photo editing … [Read more...]

Medallions Ribbons and Donuts to Share

I'm sort of, really, a lot in love with these medallion ribbons! It all started with the Minute to Win It prize, and has continued through the end of school and on! I don't know if I'll ever get enough of them. National Donut Day is this Friday, and I think these ribbons would make a drop-by surprise of donuts to your friends even cuter. Use with just 1 donut, or go for the whole dozen if you are feeling generous! I really wanted to share the Super Teacher one with all of you, but as far as I could tell sharing isn't allowed with the papers I used. So I came up with this cute one using a free kit from Shabby Princess for National Doughnut Day. Does anyone know the real spelling of doughnut/donut? I couldn't find a definite answer so I went with donut as it fits on the tag easier! They are so simple to put together. First, you'll want to download the Happy Go Lucky kit if you haven't already. And you can download the template here. I added the Super Teacher option to it … [Read more...]

Personalized Photo Jewelry

Sorry I'm a little bit tardy on my post today! My computer was having a small tantrum, I have an eye infection and my spectacles make me dizzy, and on top of that, it is SNOWING at my house today! What a lovely Monday morning. :) Lately I've been having fun making some personalized photo jewelry. I love personalized stuff! There are so many great tutorials out there and awesome supplies for the DIY-ers. While this isn't really a super detailed step-by-step tutorial, I thought I'd share a few cute things I've made recently with some simple instructions. :) A glass tile family photo pendant A bracelet with faces of my loves. :) I love using photos for different projects. I made the bracelets for my mom and mother-in-law (and myself!) for Mother's Day, with photos of their grandchildren. :) They were a big hit! Supplies needed: **  Your favorite brand of "diamond glaze" (I got mine on Etsy called "Sun and Moon Scrabble and Glass Glaze") **  E-6000 or other super … [Read more...]