Monday, June 30, 2008

and the winner is...

Dana West!!!

Congratulations, Dana on a gorgeous layout! We love how she blended her strips of fabric, paper, ribbon and lace so seamlessly...beautiful! The whole page is just total eye candy...congrats, girl! Email us your mailing addy so we can send your Goodie Box to you...yay!

We also wanted to give the following ladies a "shout-out" for their submissions this month as well:

*Lene Tingberg (did you see her little fabric owls she made? HELLO!)
*Jill Williams (GORGEOUS use of fabric...I especially love the big gray cut-out flowers!)
*Sandy Pool (not only is this layout precious in content, but I loved her mix of colors and textures...beautiful!)

I feel like a broken record, I always say the same thing every is just SO HARD to choose a winner at the end of each challenge! We want all of you to know how much we LOVE and APPRECIATE your work...if we could afford it, we'd be sending goodie boxes to you all! (wink) So thank you, thank you, thank you for another awesome month...there were lots of old faces as well as new ones this month, and that just makes us so happy. You guys are the best!!

So now, we just want to wish all of you a happy summer! We're taking a break from the challenges in July and August, but don't worry...come back EVERY MONDAY of the summer for a little bit of scrapbooking inspiration. We have some fun ideas to share with you! And of course, in September we'll be back with another challenge. Yay!!

Have a great summer!

Talia & Kim:)

Monday, June 23, 2008

fabric frames

Monday again, and we're back with our last bit of fabric inspiration for the month before we announce our winner next week!

Today I'm sharing these fun (and simple!) picture frames:

"Fabric Frames" by Talia Audenart

(supplies: frames: Ikea; felt butterflies, chipboard letter: Heidi Swapp; flower: Prima; button: KI Memories; other: tulle, fabric)

I don't know about all of you, but I always have a little stash of Ikea frames in my studio. As I had all of my fabric sitting out, I noticed my frames...and then I ended up with these! The little touch of fabric to these frames gave them just what they needed to enhance my photo, and add a little touch of pink to my daughter's bedroom.

Adding the fabric to these frames was very's brief how-to:

1. I placed a layer of felt underneath my fabric to make it a little puffy. Cut your felt to size (according to the frame or matte you are using). Adhere felt to background using a strong double-sided adhesive. (I used scrappy tape)

2. Cut fabric about 1.5 inches larger than your background or matte. Lay the fabric face down on your work space. Lay the background or matte, felt side down, on top of fabric. Fold edges of fabric tightly over the edge of your background, and adhere down with masking tape. Do this to all 4 sides. (I used lots of tape!)

3. If you covering a photo matte, once you are done step 2, then cut out the fabric where the picture will go, leaving a little bit of fabric so that you can fold it over the edges and tape it down, the same way you did to the outer edges.

4. Embellish as desired, add photos and you're done!

When I am making home decor projects I like to keep them simple...nothing too busy or involved. Now that I made these, I am thinking of all the fabric that I can add to my picture frames to make them just a *teeny* bit more fun. Hehe!! Hope you like them.

Okay, so this is the last time I'm gonna say have till this Sunday night to email us your fabric submissions. Remember, it can be a page OR a project, and each person can send us 2 submissions in total. Email us your work to with your first and last name. Thank you so much ladies!!!

We'll be back in a week with our winner!

Tal & Kim:)

Monday, June 16, 2008

a fabric album...

Fabric Mini Album by Kim Loewen

(supplies: vinyl embellishments, felt hearts: American Crafts; ribbon, felt butterflies, silhouette word: Heidi Swapp; grommets: Making Memories; ribbon: Love Elsie; ribbon: Martha Stewart; felt shape: Jenni Bowlin; felt flower: Creative Imaginations; iron-on transfers: Print 'n Press; ribbon, material, embroidery thread, buttons, binder ring, rick rack: other)

Who said fabric is only for quilts? Whip up your own little fabric album using Kim's instructions:

1. Print 10 pictures 2x3" on iron-on transfer paper
2. Iron onto cream colored fabric (following transfer directions)
and cut around pictures
3. Cut 12 pieces of fabric 5x7"
4. Attach the pictures to 10 of the fabric pieces using a blanket
stitch around the photo
5. Embellish each page with buttons, felt accents, ribbon, or
vinyl shapes
6. Sew a circle and title to a piece of fabric as the cover of the
7. Sew a message to a piece of fabric and glue on felt
embellishment as this will be the back cover of the album
8. Put a piece of quilt batting between each page of the album
9. Surge around edges of fabric to bind pages together
10. Use grommets and binder ring to keep album together
11. Tie ribbon around binder ring

Isn't this little fabric album that Kim made of her son to die for?? I just love it. And since it's soft and squishy, it's perfect for little hands to touch and play with...not like all of our paper projects, right? Since she used iron-on's for her photos, there's no worrying about fingerprints or bending the photos...totally kid-friendly. So so awesome, Kim! I can't wait to make one of my own!

Thanks for stopping by today, and remember we want to see your work! So send us your submissions by Sunday, June 29th so you can have a chance to win this month's Goodie Box.

See ya on Monday again for some MORE inspiration!

Talia & Kim:)

Thursday, June 12, 2008

another fabric idea...

"Forever" Pillow by Talia Audenart
(supplies: flowers: Making Memories, Heidi Swapp; velvet ribbon: Making Memories; buttons: Foofala; fabric: Heather Bailey; other: iron-on T-shirt transfers)

I love the idea of scrapbooking going beyond just pages and albums, and becoming a part of our everyday life as well. For this pillow, I printed my photos onto an iron-on T-shirt transfer, ironed the images onto plain fabric, and then stitched them to my pillow. My girls love seeing this pillow with their little faces on it...they think it's so much fun! I also hand wrote the word "forever" with a pencil directly onto my fabric, and then stitched over it using brown embroidery floss. Next, I stitched on the flowers, button and strip of ribbon across the bottom, sewed the whole thing together, stuffed it with pillow stuffing and my pillow was complete! This was a fun project to do, and a happy addition to my home decor.

Thanks for stopping by today...I hope I've given you another little idea as to how you can use fabric on your scrapbooking projects. Send us those submissions to the, and come back on Monday for another fabric idea from Kim!


Monday, June 9, 2008

sneak peek...

So are you ready to see this month's sneak peek?

Thank you sooo much to this month's sponsor, "RiffRaff Designs"! They are a new company based here in Edmonton who make all of these cutie-cute chipboard shapes...there's something for everyone! We all know how versatile chipboard is, so just imagine all of the things you could do with their fun and innovative designs! Thanks, RiffRaff!

Kim and I wanted to play with their stuff, too, so here is what we did:

"Wild Baby" by Kim Loewen
(supplies: (supplies: patterened paper, sticker border: Basic Grey; chipboard
alphabet, ribbon, paint: Heidi Swapp; stamps: Hero Arts;
chipboard dinosaurs: Riff Raff Designs; flocking: Doodle Bug;
ink, ribbon, string: Other)

Look how perfect these RiffRaff dinos coordinate with the Basic Grey paper! I love it!

"My Little Princess" by Talia Audenart
(supplies: patterned paper: Basic Grey; cardstock: Bazzill; journaling spots, silhouette word: Heidi Swapp; chipboard shapes: RiffRaff Designs; glimmer mist: Tattered Angels; other: tulle)

I painted my chipboard shapes with acrylic paint before spraying them with some glimmer mist for some subtle sparkle. These are so fun to use! I added a little tulle border as my fabric element, too!

And we also wanted to give Talia's mom, Sylvia a big thank-you for donating all of the yummy fabric for this month's goodie box...we had to get some fabric in there for you!

We'll back later this week with another "fabric project" to share...we are having so much fun with this challenge! There is already some really cute stuff in the gallery, so make sure you see what's there when you get a chance...and tell everyone how much you love their work!

We can't wait to see what you all have in email us those submissions! You have until Sunday, June 29th to submit, and we'll post the winner on Monday, June 30th. One lucky winner will be getting a pretty darn cute Goodie Box this could be you!

See you soon,
Tal & Kim:)

Monday, June 2, 2008

Challenge #10: "Fabric Scrapbooking"

Good Morning, ladies!

Well, it's the first Monday in June and we're back with challenge #10..."Fabric Scrapbooking"! We were so inspired by Donna Downey's new book, Fabric Scrapbooking, that we couldn't resist...we wanted to get playing with fabric as soon as we could, and of course, we wanted to include all of you, too! (see link in sidebar)

So I'm sure you've already guessed what you have to do for this month's challenge: Include fabric on a scrapbooking layout or project. Yup, it's that simple. Here are our layouts for this month:

"You" by Talia Audenart
(supplies: cardstock: Bazzill; chipboard letters: Doodlebug; die-cut shapes: Making Memories; flower: Heidi Swapp; buttons: Foof-a-la; other: fabric, embroidery floss)

To make the fabric "pop" on this page, I layered 2 pieces of felt underneath my fabric to make it soft and cushy. I simply hand stitched the fabric to my layout using embroidery floss and a sewing needle.

"Girls, Daughters, Friends" by Kim Loewen

(supplies: patterened paper, black precision pen: American Crafts; rick rack, chipboard letters: Doodlebug; jumbo brad, edge distresser, patterned paper, journaling block, chipboard crown, paper flower, foam board letter, ribbon, bling: Heidi Swapp; journaling card, tiny sticker alphabet: Making Memories; letter rub-on: 7gypsies; material, jewels: other)

Dont'cha just love the little flap on Kim's layout? Plus, you can see how she gathered and sewed her strip of fabric across the bottom of her layout. So fun!!

There are so many possibilities with fabric...and now is your chance to show us what you have in mind! You may want to use a sewing machine, you can stitch by hand, maybe you want to create handmade flowers or accents with left-over fabric or felt. So get out your stash of fabric that you've been waiting to use and show us what you got!

Remember to email us your layout (in jpeg format) to with your first and last name so we can post it in the Goodie Gallery. Each person can submit up to 2 layouts for this challenge. We can't wait to see what you all create!

Come back next Monday to get a sneak peek of this month's Goodie Box and to see who our sponsor, so cute!! And of course we'll have more inpiration for you then, too!

See you then,
Talia & Kim:)