Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Wordless Wednesday Home on the Range

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The Shabby Shop Soy Tarts

A while back I purchased some tarts from A Shabby Shop on Etsy. I had a question before I ordered and the seller replied promptly and was very nice. My order shipped within 24 hours which wasn't necessary but I really did appreciate.

I chose Carmelized Praline tarts and wow! This scent is a-ma-zing! Just the right amount of sweetness but yet a strong hot and cold throw. I can get just under 2 tea lights off of one tart, but I tend to have mine burning for an hour or so before I have to put it out. I think if you let it burn continuously it might last a full two tea lights but I can't be sure about that.

Her packaging, as seen in the second photo in the link above, was adorable! Very cute, very shabby pink and brown polka dots.

I will be buying from A Shabby Shop again. Please check her out, you won't regret it.
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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

About Me

Koti Beth Designs was named after my daughter, Dakota Elizabeth. My kids are the reason I scrapbook and my inspiration so it was only fitting to name my business after my daughter.

I started scrapping when my oldest was a baby in 2002. I knew these days would go by fast and I wanted to save every moment. What started out as a hobby has turned into an obsession. I love to create and alter everything I can. My house is filled with altered treasures I've made and my kids have album after album chronicling their lives.

I know some people just don't want to take the time to scrap but do want albums for their kids. That's why I started out making premade albums. My business has expanded to altered tins, altered clipboards, scrapbooking kits, die cuts, paper packs, and whatever else I decide to create when the creativity bug strikes.

I have been married to a wonderful man who lets me buy as much scrapbooking stuff that I can hide *grin* He is relatively supportive of my obsession hobby because as I put it, I either scrap or I'm a psycho witch. He'd rather I scrap a few nights a week :)

We have three beautiful children. Two boys ages 7 and 3 and our little Princess just turned 2. We also have a cat, Lucifer aka Luie, who is the best squirrel dog my husband has ever had.

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Scrappin Tips Tuesday

We all hit a creative block once in a while and need some inspiration. In scrapping, when you get inspiration from another scrapper it's called CASE (copy and selectively edit) or scraplifting. In the general scrapping community it's considered acceptable so long as you credit the original source.

For my shop, I have to be very careful about new ideas and copying but in my personal scrapping I do use other sites for inspiration. Here are some of my favorites.

A Scrappy Place. Unfortunately this site hasn't been updated recently, but it still has many sketches organized by number of pictures and a section for two pagers. I like sketches because it gives you a general starting point but you still need to decide on color schemes and embellishments. You can use Google to search for other sketch sites- there are a lot out there! Gallery. This one doesn't seem to be as popular as other galleries but I think it's a wealth of information. If you select the layouts tab you can select cute, funny, beautiful and other options. I have a folder in my pictures folder and I save the ones I'd like to use for inspiration in my personal layouts. This way I can browse as I have time and when I'm ready to scrap I don't spend all of my time browsing.

Splitcoaststampers. I don't stamp much (I opted for a die cutter so I don't buy many stamps to justify the cost and I'm limited on space) but this is a wealth of information for techniques, tips, and inspiration. The resources are wonderful for new techniques and finding new ways to use old tools and products.

Well there are my deep dark scrapping secrets. If you have more sites you love and get inspiration please leave a comment, I'd love to check them out!
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Friday, September 25, 2009

Friday Favorites

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Monday, September 21, 2009

Getting Started Scrapbooking

I wanted to scrapbook for a year before I actually started. I had wandered down the scrapbooking aisles at the store staring wide eyed at all the tools and gadgets and could feel my husbands wallet crying for mercy. At that time, I couldn't afford to spend a lot of money to get started. When I did finally get started, I was on a serious budget. I didn't buy unless it was a deal and I knew I'd use it. I'm still pretty frugal when I scrap, but I do splurge a little bit now and then.

Only buy tools that you can use a lot. Yes that baby feet punch is adorable but how many times will you use it? When I stared the only punch I had was the corner adorner by Creative Memories. This is one of the few tools you can use on almost every page without them looking the same.

You'll need a good paper trimmer. I started out with the mini one from Creative Memories but then upgraded to a 12x12 style. I wore out the big one and replaced it with a rotary trimmer. Before you freak out at the price, I chop up a LOT of paper and chipboard. I needed the refill blade style. The one I had before that was around $10-$15 at Office Max (their brand) and would have lasted a lifetime for the average scrapper. You need one with a ruler grid and a sharp blade. You don't need anything fancy. I lasted with my little one for a few years before I got the 12x12.

Buy paper in packs to save money or wait for Jo Anne's 6/96 cents sale on open stock. Then when you do need a special paper from your local scrap store (LSS) you can splurge on that special sheet.

Alphas can get expensive! I always looked for deals on alpha stickers before I got my Cricut. I also bought vellum title packs by DCWV to save on alphas.

Think outside the box! Just because something is sold for one thing, doesn't mean you can't use it for something else. You don't need expensive ribbon just for scrapbooking. Buy the spools for 50 cents in the basic colors. Use your scissors to chop up stickers and other embellies to make just what you need.

Save all your scraps. You never know when you might need that itty bitty piece of paper. Pattern on one side? Turn it over and use the white side.

Adhesive is a must, obviously. You can use a glue stick, but I find that it doesn't hold photos well. It is, however, great for adhering paper to paper. I use a tape runner for holding photos. Just a 1/4 inch or so on each corner is all you need. I use the Creative Memories tape runner but you can find them at Jo Anne's, Micheals and the dollar store. A little really goes a long way and I think this is the cheapest option.

Buy kits. Kits are wonderful because they coordinate and are almost always cheaper than buying individually. What you have left over can be used on another project. Target has a lot of kits available lately.

I hope this helps you get started scrapping. I'd love some more tips in the comments if you can think of something I've forgotten.
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Saturday, September 19, 2009

Using Leftover Letter Stickers

Before I got my die cut machine I had a huDge folder with partial alphas. No matter how many popular letters you get, you're always left with about 1/2 the sheet with obscure letters that are in none of your kids' names and you have no use for! So what do you do?

Need an r but have 10 ps left? Turn that p into an r with just a few cuts. Save that little extra you cut off, it can transform a c into an e. I've even used a marker to transform a letter into another one and no one was the wiser.

Make a ransom note title. Mix up those letters and use them from a bunch of different alpha sets. You can do this word by word or mix up the letters within the words. Either way looks great!

The easiest way to use up all those extra Zs is on a layout of a sleeping subject.

Doing a layout of your child reading or practicing handwriting? Use a solid paper and use up your alphas creating a background.

Use your o, O, 0 and 8 to make the base for an embellishment with brads, buttons, flowers or whatever you have on hand.

If you have more ideas I'd love to hear them or see some examples. I still have a large folder of 1/2 used alphas and now that I have my die cut machine it collects too much dust.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Christmas Presents

Like last year, I'm going to try to get as much of my holiday shopping done on Etsy and Artfire. I have a few things I've favorited, but I still need ideas. My husband is so hard to shop for as it is. If he wants it, he goes and gets it. I do have a few ideas from Etsy that I think he'll really like.

The kids will get a few plastic toys, but doll clothes and some toys will come from Etsy. Last year their Baby Pop capes were a huDge hit and the the thing they play with the most! My 3 year old lived in his for a few weeks LoL
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Happy Birthday To Me

I won't say how old I am, but if you tell me Happy Birthday in notes to seller I'll refund 29%! I've never run a sale this big and I'm kinda scared so take advantage because it might not happen again. I defintely won't admit my age next year :)

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Friday, September 11, 2009

Christmas Card Making Kit

Do you want to make your own Christmas cards but don't know where to start? Or maybe you have a few supplies but need the cards and more papers and great embellies? Available in my Etsy shop for $10.Includes:

15 cardstock card blanks 4"x5" (5 red, 5 green, 5 white)
15 envelopes
16 one inch sticker seals (or use as decorations)
10 paper embossed buttons
4 white die cut snowflakes
5 pieces of 12" ribbon
9 piece sticker sheet
3 white scallop squares
4 green scallop circles
2 white scallop circles
20 sheets of Christmas paper
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