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December 2008

All mixed up album

I had so much fun creating this album. Because of all the different pages, with all different styles this album really gives your creation a great extra. I used Magic Mesh on the pages, which is so much fun to work with! I also used stickles and alcohol ink to create a sort of pageframes. You really should create an album like this, you will love it!

O8bos 005 

O8bos 039 

O8bos 029 

Hilde Janbroers

DT Member

It's Almost 2009! Do You Need a New Calendar?

Plus A Challenge To Help Motivate You To Make Your Own Calendar!

I hope you all are having a lovely December so far! Can you believe 2009 is almost here? I can't! It seems like 2008 zipped by in a blur. I have been giving some thought to the topic of calendars for 2009, and I thought I would share some inspiration and motivation with you.








Here is a 2009 calendar I created using 2 different albums by Clear Scraps: The Scalloped Square Acrylic Album plus the Square Scalloped Chipboard Album. I also used Thickers by American Crafts, Cardstock by Core'dinations, Zip Dry paper glue, Magic Mesh, Glue Dots, journal spots by Jenni Bowlin, plus some  other supplies. If you'd like to see a complete supply list plus step by step instructions for how to create this calendar, please click here to visit the project page for this 2009 clear and chipboard scalloped calendar album.

Now for the motivation part. If you need a little extra push to get started designing and creating your calendar, how about a challenge? Would you like to win some fabulous prizes from Clear Scraps, American Crafts, Hambly, Magic Mesh, and other manufacturers? If so, grab a clear album, some scrapbook supplies, and your creativity and head on over to the Clear Albums Calendar Challenge at to see complete details. (This challenge is hosted independently by and is being judged by the design team and staff.) The challenge is to create a brand new calendar using a clear album, and there is lots of room for creative interpretation of the challenge. You can use any clear album you like for this challenge. Any size, any shape, whatever you like! You can be as traditional, or as wild and crazy, as you like when you create this project. In fact, one of the prizes being awarded is for the "most creative" calendar! There are 3 prizes being awarded all together.

If you don't already have a clear album in your stash, might I suggest a Clear Scraps Calendar Kit? It's a no-brainer to use this kit, since Clear Scraps has already done a lot of the work for you- with this kit, you can skip the step of locating / downloading / printing / designing / stamping / assembling a calendar, and get right to the fun part, which is designing and embellishing the pages.  (This kit also makes a great gift!) The kit has everything you need except adhesive, papers and embellishments.


If you'd like to see an example of how one very talented designer used this kit, you can check out Lori Slawinski's 2009 Calendar Album, which was made using the Clear Scraps Calendar Kit. Lori submitted her challenge entry earlier, but don't worry, there is still plenty of time left for you to submit an entry if you want to get in on the fun.

The deadline for sending in your calendar challenge entries is January 4, 2009, midnight at Pacific Time. Finalists are being selected as entries come in. If all goes according to plan, the winners will be announced on or before the week of February 1st, and prizes will be mailed out shortly thereafter. Thanks in advance to everyone who submits a project for this challenge. I hope you all will really enjoy creating and using your clear calendars!

Thanks so much for dropping by!

Posted by: Amy Solovay

Window cards with Clear Scraps acrylic

One of my favorite things about the acrylic from Clear Scraps is that it's very, very flexible and it won't crack and break when you try to cut it.  In fact, I cut mine with my gray Fiskars paper know, the one we all had when we first started scrapbooking.  The paper trimmer blade makes the perfect scored mark down the acrylic sheet and then you can snap it like a piece of drywall...perfectly on the line with no splinters or cracks.

When I first discovered that I could cut the large sheets of acrylic (12" x 12") whatever size I of the first things I did was cut pieces small enough to use as windows on some cards.  To make this Christmas card below, I cut a small rectangular hole in the front of a folded cardstock card.  Next, I cut a piece of patterned paper to fit on the front of the card and used the original hole, to duplicate it on the PP.  Then, before adhering cardfront to card, I used Glue Dots to place an acrylic window in between.  When it was all put together, I doodled a border on the front, used a rub-on as a sentiment directly on the acrylic and added one giant wooden snowflake.  Very simple, but a big impact with the window to see into the card.

. CS Merry & Bright card

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone....from me, and from Clear Scraps!


Frosty Acrylics

    Daddy Warms Our Hearts (Do Not use) 

Ready to frost up your acrylic pages? It's really very simple. All you need are some acrylic paints and Fun Flocks. I've used Clear Scraps XL shape circle to create this page.  


To create the frosted flower frame on the edge of this page, simply use a flower die-cut card stock or pattern paper as a mask and start masking with some white acrylic paints. Use a foam brush and the dabbing motion while masking. (Tip: not to thin your acrylic paint with water. Try to keep the consistency of the acrylic paint thick)

Then, use the same technique  and some die cut snowflakes and stars to mask all over the page. Add some Ranger Stickles and Ranger Liquid Pearls for more shinny effect.

The next fun step to frost up your page is to apply some Fun Flock on the edges of your photographs and other embellishments. To create more frosty look to the page, try creating some flowers or other embellishment using vellum and a white doodling pen. 

This is such a fun technique that everyone can do! Try frosting your clear ornaments, clear Christmas mini albums, clear Christmas decorations, clear candle holders and etc with this technique. You'll love it! 

Irene Tan

ClearScraps DT Member