A Scraphappy Southernbelle

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Some Exciting News and Some Info For Dallas....

Hey yall! I have some super exciting news to share! I got an email today and I am going to have 3 layouts in the 2nd quarter 2010 issue of Hobby Lobby's scrappy magazine!!!! I am soooo thrilled!!!! I have had one card published in Scrapbook Trends 'Cards' magazine, but this will be my first layout pub in a printed magazine! Yippie Skippie!!! Tee Hee!

Also, one of my blog followers, Dallas, had left me a question and I wanted to make sure I answered her. She was kind enough to compliment my Mom and my boardbooks and was curious how we did them. Well, I design and cut all of the boardbooks we decorate for people. I use Inkscape to design them and then cut them using my Cricut Expression and SCAL (Sure Cuts A Lot) software. I used the following tutorial to learn how to make the boardbooks in Inkscape:
http://dan99.blogspot.com/2009/01/video-tutorial-creating-word-books-in.html
(If you will scroll your mouse over the link above, it disappears for some reason, but if you will click where it was, it will still take you to the tutorial. I am still trying to figure out how to fix that on my blog.)

After I have designed the book, I bring it up in SCAL and use my Cricut Expression to cut. I do use the deep cut blade with the pressure set on max and a blade depth of 6. I also do not use chipboard for our books. I use heavy weight watercolor paper. I have not found any chipboard that cuts well on my machine, so the heavy weight watercolor paper is perfect. Once you have your cardstock/patterned paper over the watercolor paper, it is just as thick as thin chipboard. It is great for the board books.

I use the fat Zig glue pen (I buy mine at Hobby Lobby) to adhere my cardstock/patterned paper to the watercolor paper base of the individual pages of the book. I then set these under my craft mat and dry overnight. Next, I go ahead and use my Bind It All to punch my holes for the binding....this way I will know where I can embellish and where I can't when decorating. I then decorate as desired, bind, and tie ribbon onto the binding rings. Easy as pie and so fun!!!

I hope this answers all of your questions Dallas, or anyone else who was wondering. If you have any other questions, feel free to ask!!!! I am here to help in any way that I can!

Yall have a wonderful Thursday and as always, thanks for stopping by! I should have a tutorial up for ya sometime later on today as well....so come back and visit if ya can! :)

Happy Scrappin' guys!
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17 comments:

Tessa Buys said...

Congratulations! Have you tried changing the font color for visited links? I'm not a computer person, but that would be my first try.

Karen AKA Soccerboyzmom said...

Amyee -- congrats that is super exciting.

STAMPMOM9 said...

WONDERFUL WONDERFUL News!!! CONGRATS!! Well deserved!! You ROCK! Thanks for info on the books. Dawn

Brenda said...

CONGRATS Aymee!!! I am sooo happy for you!!!
hugs
Brenda

Leanne said...

Congrats Amyee you so deserve it!! I'll be on the look out for it!

Dallas Freyer said...

YAY!!! I am so excited for you, what a wonderful announcement!!

Thank you, thank you, thank you. I have both inkscape and SCAL and can't wait to start playing this weekend. I'll be sure to let you know how it turns out. Thanks and congrats, Dallas

jess said...

Hey Aymee, I haven't been on in quite a long time--but congrats on the published LO's. That is awesome! I'll have to check those out when they come out...

Hope you're doing good otherwise.

Jess

Sandi Clarkson said...

Woohoo! Congrats, Aymee! Hey .. just an fyi .. we are using one of your sketches at SOUS tomorrow the 29th. Hope you can pop over and see what we've done!

ScrappinT said...

Congrats on the layouts!!!!! How exciting for you!!!!!!!

Leah said...

Honestly this IS super exciting! I am thrilled for you! You are a pretty one of a kind crafter and the "masses" should and will love to see anything that you do! But 3 LO's..that's huge!
big CONGRATS to you! You are one awesome little chickie!
Oh and a heads up that your sketch is being used for this upcoming friday (oh, that would be tomorrow..LOL!) over at SOUS.
congrats again! Leah

Southernbelle said...

Thank you guys!

Glad that helps Dallas! I can't wait to see your boardbooks too! :)


Thanks Tessa! I will try that! :)

Dayna said...

Congratulations!! That is so exciting! Everything you do is just gorgeous, so I'm sure this is only the beginning of getting published for you!!

Nadya 's World!!! said...

AWESOME!!! Congratulations! You are so talented and so deserve this!!! :) WOOHOOOOO!!! Cheering you on!!!!
Nadya

shari said...

Congratulations Aymee! Where do we buy or find your published layouts. I've never seen their magazine. Shari (cricutrookie)

Southernbelle said...

Thank you all!!!

Shari...you can purchase the magazine at any Hobby Lobby. Their magazines are usually up front and they are good to keep the 'Stamping, Stationery, and Scrapbooking' one right by the register. They are like $1.99 I believe, so very affordable. I will be in the April issue.

Hope that helps!

Nita's World Handmade said...

Amyee, I just LOVE this card! You did a wonderful job and congrats to you!

KarenB said...

Congrats to you!

As for chipboard that cuts well - I get mine at Office Depot. It is used for covers for reports and such and mine is over by their book binders. It is thin enough that it cuts with the Cricut and is very sturdy! Hope that helps ya!