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 Arlene B.

I am in the process of making a digital album of all my finished paper scrapbook pages, this way I have a quick easy way of seeing my work when I am away or at a crop. Just need my laptop to be inspired to continue a theme.


Lately I've been using 4x6 divided page protectors to help me speed up a little.


I always buy loads of white cardstock. If I'm in need of a coordinating paper, I just take out the watercolor paints and mix them to the color I want. I usually put them on pretty thick for a vibrant color.

Kelly Massman

Don't be afraid to use stickers to speed things up!


I love using my martha stewart score pad to create folder paper flowers! it makes it fast and easy and they are great embellishments!

Laura Stewart

divided page protectors


I am loving the way reverse heat embossing looks!


I am loving my adhesives, I have many assortments of pop dots , round and square pop up foam in different colors and sizes. I couldn't imagine creating anything without them.

Jennifer D

I'm on the divided page protector's band wagon too! But my go to technique right now is border punches and embossing folders. They are so many neat ways to use them to get versitile looks!

Andrea MacDonald

My tip is to always cover your work space. I'm a very messy creator I love my mists and paints! Even if you don't have a fancy splat mat you can use the plastic that comes when you pick up your clothes from the dry cleaner. It works perfect! (just don't use a heat gun on it).


My tip is probably a bit obvious but it is something it has taken me a long time to accept... Dont be afraid to cut it up, your favourite new patterned paper, that gorgeous new MME title die cut, the october afternoon stickers you just opened for the first time... if it works for your layout then cut into it, because you probably have a huge stash of stuff and no layout will "need it more" or "use it better" than the one right in front of you. Speaking as a stash hoarder, this has been my biggest step forward in using my stash. :-)


A tip I'm in love with is for making long embossed boarders. It comes directly from Tim Holtz. Carefully cut a slit in the 'hinge' of your embossing folders leaving approximately a half inch on either end. Thread you paper through the slit and emboss, advance the paper and emboss again, repeat till you have embossed the entire length of your paper. Works great and you can still use your EF as originally intended.
Blessings Bernie


Ok the best tip..learn how to measure! Make your paper cutter your best friend and actually learn what 1/16" is and 1/8"! It will make your crafting so much quicker then "eye balling" your cuts!


sometimes when I am too tired to actually scrapbook I make embellies while I chill on the couch. I make flowers etc and store them with products from the same line. it makes it a snap to put layouts together. the best thing I have done this past year is to actually be a scrapbooker and not just a collector of scrapbooking products!

Angie Blom

I am loving all this Bella Blvd!! Awesome creations by the DT!! Can't wait to see more! Lately I have been putting my stamps to work making my own designer papers and clothing! Stamps with some fabric paint on a kids tshirts looks amazing!you can make stamps do anything, I have also been using them to make some cute polymer clay whimsies too !!


Su C.

My tip is to make my own chipboard embellishments in the shapes, sizes and papers I need. No more wasted time going from store to store in search of the sold out coordinating ones!

Joan O.

There are times when I have to be very careful not to waste money. I actually cut my pop dots and squares in two. The embellishments still stand up and I get twice the mileage out of them.

Janet Sisk

I love mixing 2 parts black embossing powder with 1 part fine prism glitter and then stamp with VersaMark and heat emboss. It is SO cool for Halloween cards. You will get multicolor shimmer to the embossed image which looks really cool on darker colored cardstock. Try it!

Tanya Rudd

Love the bright colors!


Recently I made my own chipboard album with cardboard paper dividers (given to me free from my local scrapbook store)in the shape of a full page maple leaf (for Canada Day). I cut the chipboard maple leafs on my cricut along with the cardstock for a perfect fit. Easy...peasy...and beautiful!


I'm trying to make more of my own embellishments! I'm not near a store where I can just run out and pick up what I need. It's fun to use punches, laces, buttons, papers...things I have on hand...to make what I need!

Penny Douphinett

My tip: scrap what you love! Some folks feel they have to scrap in order or some other system. I scrap what strikes my fancy - either a piece of paper or a photograph. My scrapbooks have no particular theme or time frame, but I enjoyed creating each and every page!


My tip is to go ahead and use up all that beautiful paper you've been hoarding!!! It's what I have finally started doing.


My tip is to display as much of your goodies as you can. If you see it - you will use it!!! Anything hidden gets forgotten most of the time (out of sight, out of mind). So visit your local hardware store, get some of that "hole" board up on the walls (sorry, can't remember the official name) and hang your goodies!

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