Thursday, May 31, 2012

Guest Designer: Melissa Stinson + Giveaway

Hi! I'm Melissa Stinson from Scrappy Jedi blog, and I live with my husband, Darren, in Huntsville, Alabama, where I work as a software engineer (when I'm not playing with paper!). I'm so excited to be the Guest Designer for Doodlebug this month!

I first started scrapbooking the summer after I graduated from high school, when my parents gave me a camera as a graduation gift. Soon after that I found myself in the scrapbooking aisle at my local Michaels, and between the loads of new photos I was suddenly taking and the graduation money that had recently been given to me, a new scrapbooker was born!

Doodlebug Designs products have a special place in my heart. I love the color palette and the bright, fun designs, and Doodlebug was actually the first manufacturer that I learned to recognize by name. I remember stalking my JoAnn store (I didn't have an LSS at the time) waiting for the new goodies to come out! I admit that I still have a stash of All Mixed Up rub-on alphas (in every color!) hanging around my scrap room- I love them just as much today as when they first came out!

  These are so awesome...consider PINNING them to PINTEREST!! 

Visit Melissa's blog and subscribe or leave her a comment. Then come back and tell us you did this. One lucky winner will win a goodie box of Melissa's favorite Doodlebug products. 

Contest Ends: Sunday, June 3rd at 11:59pm MST. Winner will be announced on Monday, June 4th.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Doodlebug's Tuxedo Fabrics from Riley Blake

Did you know that Doodlebug creates designs for FABRIC too? 

We license our fun designs through Riley Blake. And we know many of you love our papers, but wouldn't you love to create with the same darling prints in fabric. Just think you could coordinate your outfit with your scrapbook layout (just kidding). 

Today we thought we'd share a fun project that Sherry Cartwright created using the fun Classic fabric prints. 

I wanted to fancy up my camera strap, so I chose some Doodlebug fabric from the Tuxedo collection, from Riley Blake Designs.   When choosing the fabric, I had to keep in mind that I am not the sole user of the camera --- my husband uses it as often as I do.  I chose a black flower print on a dark grey background -- a bit of frills in a masculine color.  

Making the cover was super simple.  Cut fabric about an inch longer than the shoulder strap [usually the nylon portion with the camera manufacturer logo].  Next you want your fabric to wrap around the width of the tube with about a half-inch to spare.  Simply hem the shorter side, then with fabric folded in half lengthwise, right sides of fabric facing, pin  and sew to create tube cover.   Thread your camera strap through the tube and viola!   

It make it look a whole lot better, but I still wanted something cuter.  

So, I made a quick flower.   

Cut about a foot length of fabric, about two inches wide.  Straight stitch in the longest length on your machine settings, or hand stitch loosely,  along one edge.  Pull top string to gather and knot each end to hold gather.  

I used hot glue to adhere to a circle of black felt, acting as the base.  

Cut another piece of fabric in a smaller width and repeat the same process for a smaller flower.  Glue over the larger flower.   

Layer yellow button over black button and attach to center with doodle twine.  Once.   Then, string a rubber band or elastic cord through another button for the back, making sure to knot.  Stitch it on the black felt circle.   

This loop will allow the flower to be attached to the strap when I’m using the camera, but will also allow my husband to remove it when he is using the camera.   

I can’t wait to take my camera out for a whirl in style!   

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Tuesday Tutorial: Cone Flower Embellishment

Today Ro Philippsen is going to share with you how you can do simple and easy cone flowers to embellish our designs.

You will need two circular punches of different sizes, one may Scalloped punch and two pieces of paper of different colors.

After punched 2 circles, you need do a cut from the edge to the middle, like the picture below.

Then glue it to attach both sides so it forms a cone.

Then glue the smallest cone into the largest cone, and glue a little flower in core.

You can decorate with a trim.

And use it on your layout and cards, or other Projects.

Monday, May 28, 2012

In Honor of Memorial Day

There are only two words that describe the 
meaning of Memorial Day. 

Take a moment with all of us at Doodlebug to remember the real meaning of the holiday and say a prayer for our soldiers (no matter where you live) that are on active duty, far from their families and friends, and also for the countless military families that have sacrificed a loved one.  

With love and appreciation from all of us at 
Doodlebug Design

Friday, May 25, 2012

Doodlebug Featured on U-Create Crafts Today

Have you ever been to the mega-crafty blog of U-Create Crafts

If not, you're in for a treat...if so then you already know why. Just this week we had the 
pleasure of hosting a group of amazing bloggers and we loved 
getting to know Kari and Becky from U-Create Crafts

Be sure to check out their blog post over on U-Create Crafts to see more 
great pictures they took and their thoughts about visiting with all of us at Doodlebug.

Sets of Sisters - Becky & Kari, Cynthea & Tonya 

Thanks Kari & Becki for stopping by!! 

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Guest Designer: Liz Qualman + Giveaway

My name is Liz Qualman and I am really excited to join the Doodlebug team on the blog today to share some ideas for miniature projects.  I am a big fan of bright, bold colors and thought the Snips and Snails collection was right up my alley.  I don't actually have a baby anymore since my little man is 3 years old now, but I still loved how the collection could be used with little boys.  The colors were just right for my outdoor photos.

I thought it would be fun to take the elements I would have added to a 12 x 12 layout page and spread them across three 6 x 6 miniature layouts.  Doodlebug has some adorable patterns that look fantastic as 6 x 6 patterned papers.  I also thought it would be fun to display the miniature layouts with tiny clothespins, or they could easily be put into a long, narrow frame that could be changed out in the future.  I used the thicker 12 x 12 cardstock paper for the background, but all of the other papers are 6 x 6.

My family visited an aspen grove last fall on our annual autumn jeep trip.  My son loves to explore and have fun outside, so I tried to capture this experience across the three pages.  The colors of the collection looked fantastic with my photos and the more everyday patterned papers made great backgrounds.  I used my typewriter to add the sentiment to the punch out journal card, which I first backed on blue cardstock before I rolled it through so the little notebook paper edges would not be ruined.  Twine makes such a nice border on pages and I used it on each page to tie all three together.

I added pop dots to the fun cardstock sticker banners on the "So Fun" page.  I also added some of the mini pearls, boutique buttons and shaped brads to give the pages a little bit of sparkle and dimension.  They were the perfect size to keep with the miniature theme.

We loved the Liz joined us for your "Anything Mini" week and shared her take on it. So we're going to giveaway a pizza size box of Doodlebug goodies to a lucky winner. Do one of the following for an entry to win:
1. Visit Liz Qualman's Blog and follow her blog: Then come back and leave a comment telling us you did this.
2. Post a project you created with Doodlebug's products to our Facebook Wall, then come back and leave a comment here that you did. 
3. Post a link on Facebook or Twitter to today's post, then leave a comment you did this. 
4. Pin one (or all) of the images to Pinterest, leave a comment that you did. 

You will have until the Sunday evening to enter. The winner will be announced on Tuesday morning.

Thank you to Doodlebug for the wonderful inspiration!

Snips and Snails Products:
3212: baby boy doodle twine
3288: baby boy- mini pearls
3292: baby boy- shaped brads
3216: baby boy boutique buttons
3268: snips & snails- cardstock stickers
3269: snips & snails fancy frills cardstock sticker
3230: cheery o's double-sided cardstock
3276: snips & snails- 6x6 paper pad
3263: snips & snails- double-sided cute cuts

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Mini Thank You Cards by Wendy

Hi Doodlebug fans, it's Wendy Sue, here with a little (literally) idea to share with you today!  

With the last day of school just around the corner, I am finding my days are filled with field trips and talent shows and class parties, and concerts, and all sorts of activities (in addition to the AP tests and finals for my older kiddos).  I thought I'd get a jump start on those "last day of school teacher gifts" we all love to put together for the teachers of our younger children.  I wanted to make fun cards for my 3 boys' teachers and decided I wanted to do a smaller size, rather than the traditional card size (mostly because of the size of the particular "gift" I want to attach the cards to).  I found that cutting the create-a-card card bases in half vertically would result in the perfect size for the mini cards!

I let my boys help me pick out the embellishments and colors for their was cute how thoughtful they were about it, choosing just the perfect sticker for their teacher.  I'll have them write a little personal note inside the card...because what's cuter than a child's handwritten note?  Nothing, that's what!  In addition to the doodle-pops, I added some baker's twine and these brand spanking new letter stickers - "teensy type" which were the perfect size for the mini cards!

I hope you're enjoying the last days of the school year wherever you are - hopefully these mini card ideas will help you when you're brainstorming plans for those last day of school treats and gifts!

Supply List: Create-A-Card A2 Polka-dot cards (swimming pool and bubblegum); Snips & Snails Cute Cuts; Sugar & Spice Cute Cuts; Teensy Type cardstock stickers (swimming pool, bubblegum, and limeade); doodle-pops cardstock stickers (paradise, pretty posie, kaleidoscope); Doodle twine (swimming pool and bubblegum); Thank You doodles cardstock stickers (lily white)

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Tuesday Tutorial: Skinny Mini Notepads

I was actually inspired to create these fun skinny mini notebooks when I happened upon this Pin on Pinterest. My curiosity got the best of me and after reading Kerry's blog and check out her Skinny Notebooks, I decided I had to create some Skinny Notebooks too with the fun papers in the Snips & Snails Collection. So off to Walmart, purchased me some of those fun 5" x 8" notebooks and then a quick stop by our local copy shop to have them cut these in half.
Blog Credit: Kerry's Paper Crafts
Step 1 - Cut your cover paper to 5 11/16" x 8 1/4". The image below I'm showing you the inside of the paper, the owl print is on the other side.

Step 2 - Score your paper in at 2 3/4" and 2 15/16" and fold.
Step 3 - Adhere one of your cut down notepads to the right side with a good strong adhesive. I like my Bazzill Marathon Runner or Terrifically Tacky Tape. 
 Step 4 - You'll spend most of your time embellishing the front cover. I decided for this one I would create a band. Start buy cutting a 1 x 6 1/2" strip of paper. I then wrapped the band around the notebook and adhered in will naturally score itself. If you prefer then use your scoring tool to create a more finished list.
Step 5 - Punch out one of the darling die cuts that coordinate and adhere over band using foam tape for added dimension. 

Step 6 - Embellish center of die cut using stickers and buttons. 

Feel free to pop over to my blog for more crafty inspirational ideas. Thanks for checking out this quick and easy tutorial featuring the Snips & Snails Collection by Doodlebug.

Lori Allred

Thursday, May 17, 2012

A to Z Alphabet Projects - Day 2

Snips & Snails Card
Supply List: Boutique Buttons-Baby Boy Assortment, Mini Pearls-Baby Boy Assortment, Star Brads- Baby Boy Stars, Baby Boy Doodletwine, Snips & Snails Icons cardstock stickers, Snips & Snails Cute Cuts die cuts, Monkey Business cardstock, Alphababies (baby boy) cardstock, Jack & Jill cardstock stickers-blue jean, Hopscotch cardstock stickers-limeade, Hopscotch cardstock stickers- bubble blue, Simply Sweet cardstock stickers- lily white, Hopscotch cardstock stickers- swimming pool, Shin-Dig cardstock stickers- bon bon

Subway Art Layout

I was inspired by the popular "subway art" seen around the internet lately. Instead of white letters, though, I used black letters.
Supply List: together : Colorwheel cute cuts; family : Shin Dig sugar coated alphabet stickers - beetle black; momma : Jack and Jill alphabet rub-ons - beetle black; Kai : Hopscotch alphabet stickers - swimming pool; love you : Flower Garden stamps; blessed : alphabet stickers - beetle black; 4 : Jack and Jill alphabet stickers - beetle black; Keona : Candy Shoppe alphabet stickers - beetle black; dad : Simply Sweet alphabet stickers - beetle black; always : Headlines sticker; Cartwright : Simply Sweet mini rub-ons - beetle black; patterned paper : Boys Only Cool Camo; doodle twine : beetle black; paper frills : beetle black; rhinestones : beetle black; boutique button : beetle black ; brads : beetle black

You Make Me Happy
by Ro Philippsen 

"You can have many starting points to create a scrapbooking page: with a sketch may be, may be inspired by a photo or a story to tell, may just want extravazar your artistic vein, finally, there are many ways to get a layout . Today I want to tell youa very interesting way, which is to start a scrapbooking page with the titleand make it the central point of the page. I wanted to enjoy the many alphabet stickers from Doodlebug I have, and they are so beautiful, so I chose a title very long and also quite significant. Then I did an amazing mix of different alphabets Doodlebug, and then I can start my page with my title and add the rest of the elements after." - Thanks Ro

Supply List: boutique buttons-spring assortments, mini pearl-spring assortments, cardstock stikers-hello spring, sugar&spice cute cuts-die cuts, hello spring-springtime stripe, sugar&spice baby bloomers, hello spring-may flowers, swimming pool fancy frills, limeade fancy frills, bubblegum fancy frills, bon bon Hopscotch alphabet cardstock stickers, bubblegum Simply sweet alphabet cardstock stickers, beetle black teensy type alphabet cardstock stickers, swimming pool shin-dig alphabet cardstock stickers, cupcake shin-dig alphabet cardstock stickers.

You Are My Type & I <heart> You Cards

In this card, the yellow background is in fact a whole 1/3 sheet of the Teensy Type Cardstock stickers in Bumblebee.  After cutting this rectangle out of the sticker sheet, I peeled the sticker backing away very carefully and held my breath as I laid it down onto the cardbase.  I only had a few misbehaving stickers that needed to be arranged. 
Supply List: Boutique brads: Love assortment; doodle twine: valentines assortment; Create-a-card slim sunburst assortment; teensy type cardstock stickers in ladybug and bumblebee

Sticking with the theme of the week quite literally, here is an A-to-Z card that conveys the love sentiment!  Again, I just love how Doodlebug's products sticke with these basic doodle colors and working across years of product lines is made simple!

Supply List: Fancy fills cardstock stickers in ladybug; teensy type cardstock stickers in ladybug and limeade; Sweet cakes: icons cardstock stickers, 6x6 paper pad; create-a-card A2 polka dot assortment

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