Hump Day with the Hounds-the Baxman

Hello and happy Wednesday! Today’s featured hound is Baxter “the Baxman” Bates. He is the resident love bug of the family.

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I just finished playing with some of Webster’s Pages Sprinkled with Love by Alison Kreft. I love the patterns, colors, and embellishments of this line. Speaking of which, I entered Scrappin’ in the City’s design team call with a Sprinkled with Love layout (fingers crossed).  It would be a great learning experience for me in my quest to develop my scrappin’ skills. (I even included the paper line name in my layout to show my savvy retail skills). ;) Photo to come soon…

Without further ado, I present to you, You Are Loved Bax.

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Materials Used (all Sprinkled with Love unless otherwise indicated):

12 x 12 paper (including the black love card and paper underneath love arrow transparency)

paper straws

arrow clip

stickers

12 x 12 Core’dination cardstock (mint background)

pink polka dot vellum by Dear Lizzy Neapolitan Sparkling

transparencies (heart strip and love arrow)

hot pink twine

lime green twine

light aqua blue ribbon for rosette tails

Stickles-pink

Thanks for stopping by and stay scrappy!

-Gina & the hounds

Tools of the Trade Tuesday-ATG…the Love/Hate Relationship

Hello! Hope you’re having a terrific Tuesday! I was outside much of today because it looked like this (hum Good Day Sunshine as you look).

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Today, I thought I would share the trials and tribulations I have had with my Advanced Tape Glider by Scotch.

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I waited a long time to get this because I wasn’t sure if I would like it.  Would it be too heavy? Too awkward? Is it a piece of crap that I am about to waste $29 on?  I always liked the idea of having a big roll of adhesive that won’t run out every 10 min.  So I finally caved in and purchased one with my 40% off JoAnn’s coupon.  It was not love at first tape. So much so that I went to Youtube to figure out how to load the everlovin’ dispenser.  The instructions that came with it were not nearly visual enough for me and I found them to be infuriating (I have to believe that I’m not the only one that thinks this!) You shouldn’t have to be an engineer to figure out how to put tape in a tape dispenser.  Luckily the Youtube video helped but not before I damaged the tape.  The tape roll is so temperamental that if you mess up and use all of the gold feeder tape you are doomed and must suffer until the entire roll runs out.  Talk about unforgiving! Also, I had bent the roll just a little too much apparently and the plastic ring popped out (if the plastic center ring doesn’t stick to the inside of the roll…well, just keep reading).

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The refills are too expensive to just chuck and start over again so I patiently waited until the roll had run out. That meant I had to deal with the tape breaking, constant reloading, tape clumping on the paper and rollers/not releasing when I lifted the gun off the paper, and constantly sliding off the rollers.  In other words, I nearly threw the damn thing across the room.  But then, just as my patience had run out and I was beginning to have homicidal thoughts, so did the tape. Finally, time to install a new roll. This time, I took all of the lessons I had learned and carefully, ever so carefully, threaded the tape.

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I highly recommend watching this Youtube video before even opening the package. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oi9oxkAOuHA  There are dozens of videos on how to load this beast.  I chose this one by Charming Custom Crafts because she seems to have the same feelings toward this product. :) Come to think of it, if there are this many videos on how to load a tape gun then I must not be a total idiot.

So, once I figured out what I was doing wrong and what the traps are with this thing, it has worked flawlessly. I reloaded it yesterday for the second time. I noticed that are some nuances to be aware of when using the ATG. 

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And no, that is not my middle finger flipping off the ATG…but it should be. Make sure you release the lever before you lift the roller off of the page or your tape will stick and you will end up with a piece of paper dangling from your gun.  I found that if you lift the gun up at a bit of an angle, you get a clean break from the tape every time.

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To recap:

1. Watch the Youtube video.

2. Don’t peel off the gold feeder tape and be careful not to make the center plastic ring come off the roll.

3. When threading through the second wheel, you must hold in the lever.

4. Recheck to make sure you threaded the roll in correctly. Sticky side down, over the first roller, under the second roller, bring around over the roll and to the second wheel.

5. Remember to lock that cap in place on the second wheel by turning it the opposite direction of the arrows.

6. If the tape is silent when using, congratulations, you did it correctly and are officially an ATG genius.

I hope if you’ve been having issues with your ATG, that something I wrote or watching the video helps. 

Thanks for stopping by and stay scrappy!

-Gina & the hounds

Monday Project Share-Baxter Bear’s Book

Hello and Happy Monday!

Although Valentine’s Day has come and gone, I thought I’d share with you the card that I made for the Giant. I had no preconceived design ideas.  It came out sort of funky looking but I kind of like it. The die-cuts are from K & Company and the knit heart from Bella Blvd.

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I am very excited to pop open February’s Studio Calico kit and get scrappin’. Hopefully I will have a layout done in the next day or so to share with you as well as Graphic 45’s February layout from A Place in Time collection.

Today, I have a quick share on this very gray, windy, cold TN day. I recently completed my middle child’s scrapbook. :) I chose to do an 8x8 album and I find this size works very well for the hounds.

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I have it proudly displayed in my living room using a dish rack (this, by the way, is a great way to add cheap wall decor to your home).

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Here are a few sample pages including beloved family member Missy the Golden Retriever who left us for the Rainbow Bridge last year.

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The posts this week will be short and sweet as I continue to work on the Scrappin’ with Hounds website…coming soon!  In the meantime, please check out my Etsy store @ www.etsy.com/shop/ScrappinWithHounds. New items coming soon!

Thanks for stopping by and stay scrappy!

-Gina & the hounds

Fab Find Friday-Valentine Printables

Happy Valentine’s Day from my hounds to yours!

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Today on Fab Find Friday, I am keeping it short and sweet. I am sharing some free Valentine’s Day printables I found for last minute gifts. I used one to make the Giant a gift filled with his favorite candy.

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Enjoy!

http://www.the36thavenue.com/2014/01/free-valentine-printable-candy-jar.html/comment-page-1#comments

http://amberenns.blogspot.com/2013/02/free-printables-youre-my-favorite.html

http://amberenns.blogspot.com/2013/02/free-printables-youre-my-favorite.html

http://www.nestofposies-blog.com/2013/01/valentine-chalkboard-printables/

These are also posted on our Pinterest page @ http://www.pinterest.com/scrappinhounds/

Stay scrappy! -Gina & the hounds

Thrifty Thursday-Organizational Solutions for 12 x 12 Paper

Happy Thursday! If you’re not living in the south or northeast, thank your lucky stars.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen this much snow in one place.  if you’re in winter storm Pax’s path, stay warm and safe!

Due to being snowed in, I had some time to do some exploring on Pinterest and thought I would share with you today some thrifty organizational solutions for scrap rooms.  This week I’ll focus on 12 x 12 paper.  

This one is from my own scrap room. I was lucky to find this on clearance at Joann’s a couple of weeks ago for $4 and it works beautifully to hold my 12 x 12 plastic pouches that contain my paper and embellishments that I am going to use for that particular project.  I like to sort my projects like this because if I leave everything in their separate drawers and boxes, I may forget what I have to work with.  Doing it this way allows me to regularly go through my stash and see what I have to use before I make a visit to the craft store and potentially buy doubles of stickers, paper, etc.  This also helps to keep my stash from growing out of control and keeps me honest with my budget (remember I have a Giant that doesn’t notice he has left his dirty socks on the kitchen counter but notices if a new shopping bag has entered the house).I have also organized my paper by color.  I found this plastic cube crate for under $8 and used chipboard as dividers with tags that I paperclipped to the top of each divider. In order to do this, I had to pull my paper pads apart.  I’m not sure I will continue to do it this way; I may just file my pads or paper my manufacturer in the future.  Doing it this way was very time consuming to say the least and I need that time to scrap!

As you can see, Handsome will find any opportunity to be featured in the blog.

As I was perusing the many pins on Pinterest, I came across Jennifer Sheffler’s blog One Thrifty Chick. Jennifer is a papercrafter and has some great, cheap ideas for storing 12 x 12 paper, among other things. She used white, plastic stackable bins and divides her paper by theme and material.  You can check it out at http://onethriftychick.blogspot.com/2011/01/scrapbook-room-organization-goal-1.html.

The next option is very cool but a little pricier. The Storage Geek’s blog highlights the IKEA shoe organizer as a way to store 12 x 12 paper.  You can see it here at:

http://storagegeek.tumblr.com/post/3152658318/12x12-paper-storage-from-an-ikea-shoe-organizer

This last solution I found on the Creating Keepsakes website.  You can use a fabric bin and hanging files to create storage (similar to what I have done but holds more paper this way).  I especially like that color of pink. http://www.creatingkeepsakes.com/articles/DIY_organization

If you have any great ideas on how to store 12 x 12 paper that you would like to share, please post on the FB page at https://www.facebook.com/scrappinhounds or you can email me at scrappinhounds@outlook.com.

Stay scrappy!

-Gina & the hounds

Hump Day with the Hounds Featuring Handsome

Happy Hump Day!

Wednesday may be “hump day” but it is also hound-inspired layout day. Today’s layout features my eldest fur-child, Biscuit.  I’ve often wondered why I bother naming my dogs because the Giant and me never seem to call them by their actual names. Biscuit’s name more often than not is Handsome and all imagined variations of the word such as Hance, Hancy Pants, Hansario, and Hance Lickstrong (although we have stopped calling him this since he was caught doping at the agility competition last spring).

This layout was created using one of my favorite manufacturers, Graphic 45.  I attended a class and purchased a small kit from Scrappin’ in the City and attempted to follow the instructions that accompanied it.  One thing I realized as I started taking classes was that I wanted to do my own thing and not always follow the layout suggestions. The Graphic 45 class was my first and I plan on continuing to attend for the kits (Feb.’s kit is gorgeous).  I followed the layout suggestion for this one for the most part with a few variations.

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The techniques used on this layout were inking the edges of the paper, (I used Tim Holtz’s Distress Ink Pad) distressing the paper by crumpling (the banners), and layering.  I also added some glitter (Stickles) on the snowflakes and on the “J” of January.  The ribbon was attached by punching a hole in one of the tags and was dyed using Mr. Huey’s Color Mist in Ocean.

I would love to see any layouts you have done featuring your beloved doggie pals. Please send a pic of your layout in the comment section of the FB page @ https://www.facebook.com/scrappinhounds or you can email it to scrappinhounds@outlook.com and I will post it for you. I will pick one layout and that person will win a hound-themed mini kit! The winner will be announced in Friday’s post.

Thanks for stopping by and remember to stay scrappy!

-Gina and the hounds

Tools of the Trade Tuesday-Adhesive Eraser

I hope everyone is enjoying their Tuesday. Only 3 more days until the weekend! 

I thought I would start sharing products that I like to use. Today’s post addresses an issue that I come across frequently when working on a layout. It’s is when I accidentally get adhesive on a photograph. After all these years of scrapbooking, you think I would have learned to keep the photos away from the layouts until I was ready to stick them on. Even when I do remember, I manage to get adhesive somewhere on my paper or on a photo (I guess I’m a messy scrapper). I was using an eraser that was light blue and shaped like a thick, short pencil.  It only worked some of the time, would leave smear marks on the photo, and didn’t work that great on paper.  Recently, I have become aware of an adhesive eraser that actually works: the Xyron Adhesive Eraser.

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This eraser is awesome.  You don’t have to press hard and it picks up the sticky stuff quickly without smears and without ripping paper.  When it gets to the point that it doesn’t seem to pick up as well as it used to, you just cut off that section of the eraser and continue,  The best part?  It’s inexpensive!  A web search reveals that Scrapbook.com sells them at the best price.  Here is the link:

http://www.scrapbookpal.com/xyron-adhesive-remover/?gclid=CPTzxqOtw7wCFZDm7AodqUcAAA

It seems Xyron makes great adhesive and a great eraser to remove it.  If there is an adhesive remover that you use and like, please share by using the “Post It” page (top left hand corner), post on the Facebook page @ https://www.facebook.com/scrappinhounds, or you can email me at scrappinhounds@outlook.com.

Thanks for stopping by and stay scrappy!

-Gina & the Hounds

A Wintry Valentine’s Day

Hello Again!  Baxter wishes you a happy Monday.

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It’s strange to think that Valentine’s Day is right around the corner.  The frosty chill in the air is reminiscent of the holiday hustle and bustle that we just experienced a few weeks ago.  I still want to sit by the fire, snuggle in a blanket, sip on hot cocoa while watching It’s a Wonderful Life. I’m used to a Southern California February in which it is around the mid 60’s to low 70’s.  Now that I’m living in Knoxville, I have to keep reminding myself that these freezing temperatures are normal for most of the country this time of year. Maybe Valentine’s Day was meant to be a morale booster in the middle of winter?  After all, people are looking for ways to stay warm and Valentine’s Day sure gives a good excuse to keep the home fires burning (unless you’ve been married over 10 years and have run out of wood…it happens.)

Today I’m sharing some of the adorable Yours Truly line from Pebbles.  I picked up a few sheets yesterday from my favorite place, Scrappin’ in the City (drug house out for scrapaholics) and couldn’t wait to get home to see what love inspired cards I could create.

The first card I made uses two sheets of the Pebbles line, Hearts & Darling.  I added some twine and a mini clothespin.  The inside has a Show Your Love with Flowers phrase card with lines for writing your sweetie a heartfelt message.

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.I also used a Smash date stamp.

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On the second card I used You & Me, Darling, & SYLWF phrase card for the inside. I added twine and a button.

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On the third card I used Darling, You & Me, and a SYLWF phrase card for the inside.

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Aren’t these too cute?! I’ll be posting some more Valentine-themed cards early this week using some Kay & Company die-cuts I purchased a couple of years ago. Gotta scrap the stash. I would love to see what Valentine goodies you’re working on!  Feel free to post in the “Post It” section or you can drop a comment on the FB page @ https://www.facebook.com/scrappinhounds

Stay Scrappy!

-Gina & the Hounds :) <3