It's Black Friday - are you ready for the holiday shopping to begin!
Not only do we have hundreds of products on sale, we're doing a BIG giveaway! We've stuffed 6 large Blue Q pouches with paper pads, wood veneer, Project Life cards, and our own exclusives like arrow clips and badges.
Just visit the store and then come back and tell us what's on your scrappy wishlist to enter to win! Keep an eye out on the blog next week for the announcemnet of the 6 winners. (And if you're on Instagram, you'll want to be sure to follow us there too. Hint, hint!)
It's so easy to get caught up in the great new embellishments, collections, ideas and fun examples as we prepare for our December Daily albums*, but what about the basics? We're here today to share with you five supplies you don't want to overlook!
1) WASHI TAPE Do more than just collect this good stuff. This Japanese masking tape is great for no-fuss layering and adding a splash of color; it's so easy - just rip off the roll and slap it down. Use one or a few favorites throughout to unify your album. Consider trying different widths and mixing patterns for variety!
2) SIMPLE PATTERNS Collections like Pebbles Inc's Basics and Echo Park's Dots and Style Essentials make it so easy to have your favorite colors stocked in goes-with-anything patterns. These brands have patterns in every color of the rainbow that could be used for adding borders, backgrounds or other things to pages to keep them unified.
3) WOOD VENEER This natural embellishment has us smelling pine! Basic shapes are a great choice for keeping things simple or as a starting place to get creative. Add a "Ho! Ho! Ho!" to a speech bubble or put a number in a frame - customize them to your fancy!
4) BASIC ALPHABET LETTERS Jillibean Soup Alphabeans, Studio Calico cardstock stickers and American Crafts Thickers are just a few examples of letter stickers you may have in your stash or will want to pick up. Mix up the fonts, colors and sizes for interesting titles and word groupings.
5) SUPPLIES YOU CAN REPEAT Repeating a design from tools like punches or stamps in your December Daily will help to bring continuity. Use the same star punch, and add it to every page in some way. Hide it partially behind a photo, stick in the collage in the corner, or on a label, but use it on every page.
*New to December Daily? This mini album concept was developed by Ali Edwards - learn more about it from Ali on her blog!
We love using Blue Q bags as a home for scrapbooking supplies on-the-go, or even a place for your own personal mini kit! Here's a look inside one of our Blue Q bag kits:
The camera pouch is holding a mini Kikkerland journal (on deep clearance!) for scribbling notes with a nice, black journaling pen. Mini envelopes and decorative bags are the perfect spots to safely tuck away memorabilia or other treasures. Enamel dots, flair and washi dress up the pages of the journal, while handwritten style-stamps by Ali Edwards add polished phrases to help tell your story. Shop our Blue Q kit here!
What about you? What are you putting in your Blue Q bag?
Today is the birthday of a very special person at Two Peas - founder and owner Kristina Nicolai-White! If you follow her Instagram, you may have noticed the color teal has stolen her heart. In honor of her birthday, let's all add a bit of this gorgeous color into our papercrafting. Happy birthday, Kristina!
1. TONE IT DOWN Vellum is a great tool to use when you want to include something on your project, but you want to prevent it from being the first thing you see. Kristina Nicolai-White wants the subject of her photo library to take precedance over each individual photo in the collage she scraps on her layout, "78862." Vellum was a perfect solution.
Another example is by Two Peas member tcochonneau. We love how she covered her background with washi. Vellum helps keep the colors from overpowering the focal point of her page "Washi Love." A stitched border secures the paper in place, while splatters of paint add another layer of interest.
2. CREATE A TITLE WITH IT Corrie Jones tucks pieces behind and on top of a custom title she created for her layout "Sweet Summer Friends", the assembly of which she shares on video. Concerned about how to hide adhesive? You'll notice she just used a stapler.
3. MESS IT UP! The fearless and artistic Wilna crumples her vellum and sews down the middle of it on her layout "Hello Summer."
4. JOURNAL ON IT Vellum allows for a pattern to show underneath without your text getting lost in the design. It looks like Marie Pea ran her vellum through a typewriter, or used a typewriter font, at the lower portion of her page "Tea & Honey."
Nancy also typed on her vellum, as well as cut out a center of the paper for her title. This page has a coordinating video tutorial; check it out here.
5. PAIR IT WITH WHITE Jennifer Kinkade combines it with white cardstock for a dreamy look on her page, "Beauty in Simplicity."
6. CREATE DEPTH By staggering vellum speech bubbles and geotags between layers, Lilith Eeckels gives a sense of depth to her layout, "Love This."
7. USE IT TO "ARCHIVE" NON-SCRAPBOOKING MATERIAL Biochemipea was able to include a leaf in her altered mini book "What She Found."
8. INVITE THE VIEWER IN Journaling pieces carefully tucked in vellum envelopes hint at there being something more for the viewer to discover. Jill Sprott demonstrates how she used a variety of envelopes and pockets, including vellum paper pockets, in her video tutorial here.
Lexi Bridges also found a vellum pocket to be the perfect holding place on her page, "To the Stars and Back."
9. USE VELLUM LIKE A SHAKER BOX Favorite trinkets and treasures can move around freely under a sheet of vellum that has been affixed to a page. Lilith does this in her layout "Looking for a Good Book."
Nancy takes this approach also for her page assembled on video: "Christmas Tradition."
10. COMBINE IT WITH MORE VELLUM! Shimelle pairs a printed vellum pattern with a plain vellum pocket on her page "Teachers Too." In fact, "Vexed by Vellum" is the topic of this Adventures of Glitter Girl video episode where different vellum products and ideas are discussed.
We hope you feel armed with more ideas on how to put this specialty paper to use. If you're looking to add vellum to your stash of paper supplies, see our selection here.
Any Mad Men followers out there? The popular television drama series set in 1960's New York follows the life of creative director, Don Draper, working for an ad agency off Madison Avenue, as well as the lives of the people in and out of his workplace. The show's styling and costuming are partly why a few of us here at the Two Peas office enjoy it! If you like the show too, and are drawn to a retro 60's style, check out these products we have in the store:
Brand new to the store is Basic Grey's Hipster collection. It combines a masculine color palette with all kinds of fun patterns that have a retro vibe, mixed with playful accents like casette tapes and mustaches.
October Afternoon's 9 to 5 collection looks as though their designers were watching this show while creating it! And good news - many of these pieces we have on sale right now, some at 50% off.
Here's a look at a mini album Two Peas member jskahn created using this line:
And finally, Glitz Design's Cashmere Dame has bits and pieces you'll love if you enjoy this style. It too is on sale now.
Check out how Two Peas member Gogo put this collection to work in a mini album here.
That's a wrap for today! Have a great Wednesday. :)
We admire them on our tables and on pretty patterned paper, but we've seen discussions on the forum, "I'm stuck. What do you do with mason jars?" Well, today we've rounded up 10 clever and inspiring ideas. Here's how we've seen this motif show up in our paper projects and in the Two Peas member gallery:
1. Fill in your jar with journaling. List the treats or recipes you love. Your journaling doesn't even have to be food-related; a list of favorite things works too!
2. See how far you can stretch this supply by altering it. You don't have to simply stamp or stick it down and call it done. Jill placed a number inside and added a bow. Then, she stitched lines coming out of it and placed dimensional circles on the end. Look to your other embellishments for clues on how you can do this; I'm willing to bet Jill's idea stemmed from the birthday balloons on the left.
3. Repeat the motif. Repetition is a design principle that will work every time. Don't be afraid of overlapping them. Try creating a border like the one above or even a grid design with multiple jars. Mpcapistran's journaling reflects on how love cannot be measured; how appropriate then that the paints, hearts and butterflies are not contained within the jars but are floating out of them.
4. Use it literally! If you have a layout about canning or cooking in the kitchen, consider using this as an embellishment.
5. Use its shape as a base for a mini album. Shelly's cute country style shone through in this project using October Afternoon's Farm Girl collection.
6. Fill the jar with stuff! We've seen such great ideas from the Peas including confetti, sequins, lightning bugs, stars, hearts, stamps or a combination of various shapes like the layout above. Shannon Tidwell did an entire video tutorial on using glitter with stamped jars here.
7. Use the jar as a paper "vase." Create your own flowers like this one or use premade embellishmetns and designs like die cuts, stickers, stamps or florals. Pressed and dried flowers would be neat too!
8. Create a scene within a jar. Try stamping, doodling or even using rubons. A winter scene with snow would be beautiful.
9. Use jars as a frame for photos. They make the most unique homes for photos.
10. Create unique gift tags! They make a stand-out embellishment to a gift or package.
Inspired to try this for yourself? Browse some of our favorite mason jar designs here!
Hi, my name is Paige, and I’m addicted to Pinterest! I could spend hours every day scrolling through all of the amazing creations, recipes, painted fingernails, different hairstyles, and done-up celebrities. But my favorite part about Pinterest is the inspiration it provides me for my scrapbooking! Lately I’ve been into quilts and have made a few pages based on quilts I’ve found on Pinterest (keep reading to see!). And most recently, for my first Scrap Your Stash video, I came across this image:
Instead of paint I used paper strips and wove them diagonally, just like the image. It made a fun and dynamic background for my pair of photos of my son Fox in a shirt that says “Cool Like a Fox”. BONUS – all of the Ready Set Go products by Amy Tangerine/American Crafts are 25% off!
Here are a couple more examples of images I’ve found on Pinterest and how I interpreted them:
I LOVE that triangles are trendy right now and they’re so easy to make with a square punch or paper cutter – just cut the square in half diagonally!
I used the Soho Garden line by American Crafts to make this layout based on the Pinterest image:
Here is the layout I made inspired by this image, using all brand new Elle’s Studio product from the You & Me line:
p.s. Don't forget our Art Class giveaway is still open!
Are you a fan of Downton Abbey? We not only enjoy the storyline of this popular period drama, but are inspired by its delicate fashions, lavish gardens, tinkering teacups and stately setting. Here is how one might achieve a "Downton Abbey style" for their scrapbooking:
Shop the Downton Abbey style here - we've had so much fun putting together this shopping list for you!