Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Jenn + Scenic Route

Jenn is totally rocking the Scenic Route Sonoma grab bag in most of the following. She's using patterned papers, kraft paper, labels, alphas, and stickers.. All from the same grab bag!!! Be sure to leave her some sweet comments on her sweet work!

Scenic Route Grab Bag - Retail: $30 - BSD: $11.99
KnCO Sweet Talk Fabric Brads - Retail: $4.99 - BSD: $2.99
Other personal supplies used

Scenic Route Sonoma - Retail: $30.00 - BSD: $11.99
Petaloo Wild Roses - Retail: $4.99 - BSD: $1.99

Scenic Route Sonoma - Retail: $30.00 - BSD: $11.99
Kaiser Craft 8mm Nursery Brads - Retail: $2.49 - BSD: $1.49
Other personal supplies used

KnCO Sweet Talk Fabric Brads - Retail: $4.99 - BSD: $2.99
KnCO Rhinestone and Metal Brads - Retail: $6.99 - BSD: $1.99

Scenic Route Sonoma - Retail: $30.00 - BSD: $11.99
Petaloo Tiffany's Treasures - Retail: $4.99 - BSD: $1.99
Other personal supplies used

Scenic Route Sonoma - Retail: $30.00 - BSD: $11.99

Thanks, Jenn!! -DeeDee

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Creativity with Fancy Pants by Melissa

Here is some amazing work put together by Melissa featuring that giant bag of Fancy Pants double sided paper for OH SO CHEAP!!:

Fancy Pants 12x12 double sided grab bag - Retail: $39.50 - BSD: $16.99
Petaloo Flora Doodles - Citrus Sweetpeas - Retail: $ 4.39 - BSD: $2.49
KnCO Marcella K Adhesive Rhinestones - Retail: $4.99 - BSD: $1.49
Other personal scrapbook supplies

Fancy Pants 12x12 double sided grab bag - Retail: $39.50 - BSD: $16.99
KnCO Smitten Adhesive Rhinestones - Retail: $4.99 - BSD: $1.49
KnCO Smitten Glitter Stickers - Retail: $2.99 - BSD: $.99
Other personal scrapbook supplies

Fancy Pants 12x12 double sided grab bag - Retail: $39.50 - BSD: $16.99
Petaloo Flora Doodles - Citrus Sweetpeas - Retail: $ 4.39 - BSD: $2.49
Other personal scrapbook supplies

Fancy Pants 12x12 double sided grab bag - Retail: $39.50 - BSD: $16.99
K&Company Assorted Eyelets - Retail: $4.99 - BSD: $1.99
Fancy Pants Rubons - Retail: $29.99 - BSD: $9.99
Other personal scrapbook supplies

Fancy Pants 12x12 double sided grab bag - Retail: $39.50 - BSD: $16.99
Other personal scrapbook supplies

Thursday, March 24, 2011

You've seen her Work.. now meet DAWN!

I'd like to take today to introduce Dawn - she's been supplying BSD with tons of fabulous projects for months, and we never really took the time for you to get to know her.. Here's what she had to say about herself:

"When I was asked to do this bio the first thing that came to mind is that I hate to talk about myself. I love to tell everyone about my family and friends, I like to share , I love to laugh and I love crafting of all sorts. Oh my gosh… guess what I realized… I am talking about myself. LOL. Yup… that’s right I love to laugh, I love crafting of all sorts and my family and friends are so very important to me. I am the mother of 4 beautiful children. My oldest is 19 and is serving in the US Army ( can you tell how very proud of him I am?!) I have a 7th grade son and an 8th grade son and a 6 year old daughter. I am so very proud of them all and scrapbooking helps me to document all those little somethings they said or did. My husband is my best friend, my biggest supporter and the absolute love of my life. . I went to college to be a veterinarian, married my high school sweetheart who was in the Army and my life changed forever. I am doing exactly what God intended for me at this moment.

I started crafting when I was 7 years old thanks to two grandmothers and a mom who knitted , sewed and crafted their fingers to the bone. I was heavily involved in all aspects of 4H and it just helped my madness for all things crafting grow. I sew, I scrapbook, I quilt, I computer craft with a laser machine, I take pictures, I glass etch, I make Christmas ornaments out of recyclables, I even do some woodworking. Wow… did you see all those I s?! This is getting kind of interesting. Hmm… what is my scrapbooking style… let me put it like this… whatever the pictures or supplies make me feel. I have no distinct style and tend to try a little of everything. If it feels right it usually ends up looking the way I want it to… yup fly by the seat of my pants! Yes I do have a paper stash, an embellishment stash, a sticker stash, a fabric stash… yes… my craft room is overwhelming. Sigh… but such is life. What other things are a part of my life…. Secret ( I love to sing) … in the car, at home, in church… it makes me feel happy. I love to write and have kept a journal since I was 10. I am always it seems trying to lose these extra pounds but am pretty comfy in my own skin. I believe in God. Did I already say I love to laugh? Oh yeah… I am ticklish. If you haven’t guessed it yet I am a silly sometimes ADD adult! What can I say… this is life and we should live it to the fullest every day. I am thrilled with this opportunity (Thanks by the way!) and look forward to where it pushes me. Okay lets get scrapbooking and have some fun."

What a sweetheart! And she always has the funnest things to share.. I loved her Altered notebook:

And she does gorgeous 2 page layouts about her gorgeous children:

if you love the products she's used.. be sure to check out these sections of BigScrapDeal: Bling, Paper packs, Cardstock, and Rub-ons!!

I hope you enjoyed learning about Dawn and be sure to keep an eye out for her gorgeous work in the future!! -DeeDee

Monday, March 21, 2011

Meet: Jenn!

And our last addition to the team: Jenn!!!

this is what Jenn had to say:

"Hello to everyone! My name is Jenn Kennedy and I am so excited to be working with Big ScrapDeal! I am a single mom to a beautiful4 year old daughter who of course is my main focus in my scrapbooking. In addition to being a mom, I am anElementary School teacher. For the last9 years I have taught first grade. Inmy down time I am all about hockey (love my Pittsburgh Penguins) andscrapbooking.

I have been scrapbookingfor about 11 years now. In 1999 afriend gave me a scrapbook kit for Christmas thinking it would be a great wayto showcase all of the photos I have taken. I have been hooked ever since. My scrapbook space is fairly small, but very organized. I find peace in the space I scrap in. There is something so relaxing andgratifying about taking paper and embellishments and creating a layout.

Some of my favorite companies are DCWV,basic grey, MMEĆ¢€™s, Imaginisce, and Prima. I would be lost without my bling, flowers, and Thickers. These 3 items are usually a staple in mywork. My favorite scrapbooking toolsinclude my imaginisce irock and my quickutz silhouette. Thanks for letting me introduce myself! Happy scrapping! J"

Jenn submitted this super fun altered cork board

and here is her 3 colored layout with a handmade embellishment!

Welcome to the team Jenn, and welcome to all you new ladies!!!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Introducing: Vicky!!

Here is Vicky's Bio:

"Hello! My name is Victoria Hrabe. I am so excited to be on the Big Scrap Deal Design Team; thank you Michelle and Heather! I am originally from Nebraska, my son and I moved to Kansas in 2002, when I married Alec. Alec didn’t know what scrapbooking was until he met me and now he knows all the ins and outs about it. As a matter of fact, he is a big enabler; always willing to help me add to my scrapbook supplies and convince me I need more. I have scrapbooked for about 22 years, since my son was just a baby. My son used to scrapbook with me and now his wife is a scrapper.

There are a few tools you will always see me with; Fiskars trimmer, Zig black pen, adhesive and a small pair of sharp scissors. I have decided I am a scrapbook hoarder; I love it all! Many times someone will say something is out of style and no one uses that anymore. But that doesn’t matter to me, I use old and new supplies; if I like it I use it. I love to alter things too. A few years ago, I even altered a SKOAL container.

I have not met a scrap supply item yet that I didn’t like. A few of my favorite lines are; Tim Holtz, Bazzill, Echo Park, and Imaginisce. I have a confession; sometimes I buy things and don’t use them for awhile. They just live in my scrapbook room, until I have time to get them out and work with them. They seem to be very happy among their new friends though. I do have a room dedicated to my obsession, I mean hobby.  My scrapbook room has become home to my collection of Mickey and Coke items. It is jam packed, but it’s my own little space! Some of the ways I store my scrapbook supplies are a library card file cabinet for embellishments, mini stamps, Cricut vinyl and inks, a pegboard that I hang scissors and embellishments on, metal cubes I use as paper shelves, bins that hold my chipboard and a basket on my desk that holds my adhesive, pens and supplies I use often. The dogs have a little bed made up in the corner of my room so they can watch every move I make. Since moving to Kansas, I have organized a lot of fundraisers. One of my favorites is a scrapbook crop. I had 6 attend the first one I held. I will have my 16th crop on March 12th and am expecting 32 attendees. It’s a lot of work, but I have met some great people at the crops and I love seeing what everyone is working on. "

And here is the altered project she submitted specifically for BSD:

It's a fantastic accordion style mini book!

here's the top:

and here is her 3 colored layout with a handmade embellishment!

So excited to have you join us, Vicky!! -DeeDee

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Meet: Erika!!

For out next designer, I'd like to introduce: Erika!!

Here is a little bit about her, by her:

"Hi! My name is Erika. I got married to my best friend in October 2009. We have a HUGE furbaby, a German Rottweiler named Gnarles. Love spending time outside, taking walks, watching the birds, playing bocce in the backyard. I've been scrapping/paper crafting for probably 6-8 years. I started out scrapbooking for a few years, took a break for a few years and now mostly do cards. I love being able to create a card personalized for the person. So much more personal than going to the store and buying one :) I FINALLY have a craft room in our new house. I definitely love that I have my own space where I can get crafty!! I'm slowly getting back in the swing of things and am having a blast learning all the new techniques and playing with the new tools! A few of my favorite products are Echo Park paper, Unity Stamps, Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist & Glimmer Glam, Pink by Deign stamps & Glue Arts Glue Glider Pro! My go to tools are my heat embossing gun, my cricut, my cuttlebug, martha stewart scoreboard and my glue glider pro!"

Here are some cards that Erika submitted as showcasing her style best:

and a layout:

and here is the Altered item, and 3 color specific item she submitted just for us! -Love the ribbon flower-

Thanks for joining us, Erika!! -DeeDee

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Meet: Melissa!!!

Hello Everyone.. It's finally time to start introducing our new Design Team Members!!! I'll be introducing them one at a time throughout the next few weeks... and first off we have Melissa!! Here is a bio she was kind enough to write up for us!

"Greetings! My name is Melissa Dehne and I am beyond excited that Heather and Michelle chose me to on the design team for Big Scrap Deal! Here is a little bit about me-- I am a still in my 30's teacher turned stay at home mom. I am married to a wonderful man that fully supports my hobby and passion. I have three sweet kids who have gotten used to the camera being attached to my face! About nine years ago I received my first scrapbook supplies as a gift. Although I created a few pages here and there, I got very involved in scrapbooking more recently. About two years ago it really became a passion of mine. I love having the opportunity to have a creative outlet that I love. In my world, creativity= happiness! Who would have known that paper, embellishments, buttons, etc. could bring so much joy!

I have found that my scrapbook room (also known as the kids' toy area) has quickly filled up! There are so many great deals to be had, especially at Big Scrap Deal, so it is easy to do. I have found that my scrapbook style kind of evolves depending upon what I am interested in at that moment. I have a weakness for patterned paper and have been hoarding it for too long! I love using different patterns on a page along with fun embellishments. I really adore most of the companies that make scrapbook supplies and I am loving the newer companies that I have been seeing as well. Some of my favorite lately have been Echo Park, My Mind's Eye, Crate Paper, Nikki Sivils Scrapbooker and My Little Shoebox. I have been really loving my border punches lately as well as the use of my Silhouette. Adding dimension to my layouts is something else that I have been playing around with.

While my scrap space isn't beautiful, it is definitely useful for me. I love having a pegboard that hangs right in front of me. I keep all of my adhesives and tools that I use often in the buckets/baskets that I have hanging from it. I am forever on the lookout for the perfect paper and embellishment storage. In the meantime, I have come up with a few things that work for for now but I am still developing that "organized crafter" gene! I think that I am the messiest crafter on the planet! I get so involved in the creative process that I don't take the time to put things away!

I can't wait to get crafty for Big Scrap Deal! Thanks for stopping by!

And now I'd really like to showcase the work that she sent in!

first off are the five already done layouts (2 above and 3 below) that she felt best showcased her work:

and here are the 2 projects she created just for the submission!

A brand new layout using three colors and a handmade embellishment:

And her is her altered item, check out what this beauty started as!!!

You can view Melissa's personal blog here.

I'm excited to get to work next to Melissa and I know Heather and Michelle are excited to have her help! Thanks for joining us Melissa!! -DeeDee

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Colorbok and Cosmo Cricket

Here are 2 layouts by Dawn!

Student of the Week:

Dawn used the gorgeous Cosmo Cricket Double Deck Earth Love and The Boyfriend. She made scans of the newspaper clippings, and she says "yes, that is a real ruler" !! Way to go Dawn!

She also used some chipboard pieces from the Colorbok Lucky You Kit.

So Sweet:

This is from the Colorbok Ripe Berry Kit, including the ripe berry cherry paper and a gorgeous velvet trim!! She hand-cut a placket for journaling.

Using some shimmery fabric she made a yoyo for some cherries that fit so darling with this kit!! She punched out squares and hearts for some bling, and adorned with KnCo Sabrina adhesive rhinestones and KnCo Marmelade adhesive rhinestones. Awesome handmade embellishments!!

click the links to see the rockin' deals on these items!! -DeeDee