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April 2010

ATC cards

Today I bring you a couple ATC cards that I recently did using a few of my favorite stamps and some Viva Glass effect gel.

ATC 2 2010

Products used:

  • Clear Sraps ATC cards
  • Vintage sheet music
  • Crafty Individuals stamp by Magenta
  • Staz-on black ink
  • Viva glass effect gel in Olive,teal and teal pearls)
  • My little shoe box alphas
  • Helmar vellum spray adhesive

ATC 1a 2010

Products used:

  • Clear Scraps ATC cards
  • Vintage book page
  • Inkadinkado Rose stamp
  • Staz-On Black ink
  • Viva Glass effects gel in olive, carmine and crystal clear colors
  • 7gypsies rub-on words
  • Helmar vellum spray adhesive

Here is a close up of the rose

ATC 1c 2010

The colors of the Viva glass effects are so vibrant and when dry it looks like stained glass.  Perfect to use on Clear Scraps acrylics.

Elisa Kammerdiener

Clear Scraps Designer

Bike parade (a layout)

Hi there, it's Grace again and today I'm sharing a page fit for a Spring day such as today and a few tricks using Clear Scraps chipboard and acrylic shapes....

Bike Parade

Bike parade

In this layout, I used chipboard flower shapes from the Clear and Chip Little Miss Molly pack and acrylic decorative shape. Love this stuff! I also used My little shoe box papers, Tattered Angels glimmer mist and Magic Mesh which are part of our preferred goods list.

Bike parade (1)

With the flowers, I wanted to keep them in their raw state. The browns went well with the page and in added to the "outdoors" theme. But I wanted them to have some shine so I sprayed them with pearl glimmer mist from Tattered Angels.

Bike parade (2) 

I added a button in the centers of the flowers to create that finished look.

Bike parade (3)
And then for the acrylic shape, I used it to frame my title and journaling. I added interest and texture to it by creating a design using puffy paint pen from Viva Decor, a new member of our Preferred goods list.

Clear Scraps items used:

Decorative frame acrylics shape

Clear and Chip Little Miss Molly pack

So that's it from me right now. Continue to enjoy these lovely Spring days.

Easiest Contest Ever - win some Clear Scraps Acrylic

We have some acrylic to give away!

In order to get your name in the drawing for this acrylic, here's all you have to do.

Become a Follower on the Clear Scraps Blog (Click "Follow" under the profile picture).  Our Design Team has been making some incredible projects lately and we'd love for you to see them.


Become a FAN on our Facebook Page here:   Clear Scraps Facebook Page  Keep updated on all our new products and see what our team has created.

Doing both gets you 2 entries.

Deadline for this contest is May 1, 2010.  Don't miss out!!

All mixed up with My Little Shoebox

Since we had some lovely papers to play with which My Little Shoebox donated the DT I wanted to use them for this mini album.

Every year I am creating a mini album with the same questions I ask my 2 girls. It's so fun to see the answers they give every year. Sometimes they're the same, but most of the time they change. 
I wished my mother had something like this from me when I was a little girl.

The album is finished, but I haven't had the change to add the journaling yet. But with these great papers it's nothing but dull at this stage. So I thought I should show you! 

If you have kids, maybe you like the idea!







DT member Hilde Janbroers

"We Love Grandma" -- A Scrapbook Layout for Mother's Day


 I created this scrapbook layout to commemorate our family's mother's day brunch from a few years ago. I used a bold pink, black and cream color scheme, combined with Clear Scraps XL shapes, to create this look.

My title says "We love grandma," but you could change that to "Mom" or "Dad" or a family member's name, if you prefer. With a subtle change like that, you could use this idea for creating birthday pages too.

Supply List:

Layout Base: Clear Scraps XL Dots 12" x 12" Acrylic Circle Shape.

Paper: "Loop 22" die cut paper and La Salle Road paper; both are from the My Neighborhood collection by My Little Shoebox.

Chipboard Title: My Little Shoebox chipboard alphabet letters from the "My Neighborhood" collection.

Ribbon: Pink and white polka dotted ribbon measuring 1.5 inches wide.

Rubber Stamp: From the Bella Flora Stamp Set by Inque Boutique.

Green Ink: Dye ink by Rubber Stampede.

Brads: The green brad is by Amy Butler / K & Co; the pink square metal mini-brads are by Queen and Co.

Scalloped Decorative Scissors: Paper Edgers in the "Clouds" and "Mini Scallop" designs by Fiskars.

Rub-On: Hambly.

Flowers: From the floral department at Michael's.

Gel pen for journaling.

Adhesive: Zip Dry paper glue.

One photo measuring four inches by six inches.

Layout Instructions:

Glue the die-cut paper to the Clear Scraps circle shape using Zip Dry.

Cut a 2.5 inch band of the La Salle Road patterned paper using Fiskars scissors in the "Clouds" design. This paper is double-sided; if you cut from the multicolored / pink side rather than the black and cream side, there are some straight lines you can use as guidelines for cutting. When you adhere the paper, make sure that the black and cream side is facing up.

Before attaching the border, cut the edges of the LaSalle paper to match the curves on the XL dot. Then glue the paper to the base of the layout.

Glue the ribbon onto the layout on top of the paper border.

Adhere your photo on top of the ribbon and paper border.

Cut a heart-shaped piece out of the ribbon.

Attach the chipboard letters and your heart-shaped ribbon cutout for your title.

Stamp the flower stamp onto a scrap of light-colored patterned paper. Cut around the edges of it with Fiskars Mini-Scallop Paper Edgers. Please visit my article about how to make paper flowers for more information that will help you create similar flowers for using in your own scrapbook pages.

Attach an Amy Butler brad in the center of the hand-stamped flower.

Glue the flower to the layout.

Apply the Hambly rub-on, and add your journaling inside it.

Attach the mini-brads to the centers of the flowers, and adhere them to the layout.

Add the layout to your scrapbook album, and enjoy!

Vintage Anyone?

Have you noticed that old things have become new again? I am seeing lots of vintage items in peoples work. I found this very cool website run by Heidi at
I don’t know where she gets these images but she finds some really pretty images. I thought it would be fun to incorporate one these images on a card or lo. All you have to do is click on the image, (you want to make it larger first) then you can save it or print it.(I printed mine on photo paper.) Easy peasy!


Because this project is not  scrapbook page I dont have to worry about acid free items, I used an old piece of sheet music. I inked the edges of the paper. 

I have used a Zig photo marker on my photo to give mine a little color.3 
 I used variious rub ons  - rub ons work great on acrylic! I used Staz On ink for the edges and a few other random items in my stash!

I am lucky enough to have a friend who makes these pretty crochet flowers for me.


I actually used one pf the pages in the 8x8 acrylic album by Clear Scraps! I love using things in a different way than expected!


 One last look! Thanks for stopping by!

:) Rita Barakat

Getting a little jumpstart...

on my Mother's Day cards. I love to make all of my own and the ladies that I give them to appreciate them so much more than a store bought one. I grabbed some of the My Mind's Eye papers that I had and one of the pieces from a Mini Deco Album and went to work on this one. I started by outlining the Deco shape with some new paint pens that we have been given to try with our acrylic pieces. This particular color is a pearl paint and the shade is called Lilac, they are made by a company called Viva. I love this brand as it doesn't tend to chip off of the acrylic the way that Stickles do. The also make a glitter paint and one called glass effects that dries see through...all very cool. 

Isn't it great how those little keychain shapes work so well as accent pieces on a card or a scrapbook page?! 

Hope you all have a great rest of your weekend.

Tonya Dirk
Clear Scraps Design Team

How about a week long tutorial?


Hi everyone! It's your Malaysian girl here again! Today, I want to share with you all this mini album that I've created using Clear Scraps Chloe Vintage Frame Clear N Chip. I've merged Jenni Bowlin's mini book into this mini album to create some journaling space in it.

Here are more pictures of this mini album.


 I'm actually posting a week's long tutorial based on this mini album at The Crop Spot now. Do head on over to follow along the tutorials and have some creative fun with me!


Clear Scraps DT Member 

Acrylic Card

Hi everyone. Grace here. I don't know about all of you, but I think Acrylic shapes have so many possibilities. They are sturdy, come in so many different shapes and sizes and can be used in layouts and altered items as foundation. But did you know that you can also use them as a card?

Well, I have a quick card to share today that will hopefully give you more ideas on how to "play" with Clear Scraps acrylic pieces.

Thank You card

Thank you card

this card was made using two pieces of the Acrylic coasters.

Thank you card (1) 

I also used some products from our preferred product list- My Little Shoe Box paper and Magic Mesh.

Thank you card (2)

To bind the acrylic pieces together, I measured the width of both cards and added 1/8" so that the card will fold ok. I then adhered the pattern paper piece on the one side of the card. This will be the front and back side. Then I adhered another piece of paper on the inside of the card, making sure it lines up with my other pattern paper so that you won't see the adhesive. Fold and trim (if needed). Finally I added my embellishments and card sentiment.

Thank you card (3) 

So there you have it. In just a matter of minutes, you have transformed some acrylic coasters into a one-of-a-kind card.

Hope you were inspired.

Till next time,


Super Star...

Today I bring you a layout that I created using One of Many XL shapes that Clear Scraps carries. 

Super Star 2010

I created the background using Staz-On teal and brown inks and Tim Holtz Blending sponge tool.(click photo for a closer look)

Dab your sponge tool into your ink and dab on your acrylic several times getting different shades of your ink.  Once you reached the look you like switch to brown ink and dab just the ends of your acrylic. It's super simple to do.  Let it dry for a few minutes then start your layout.

Products used:
Clear Scraps XL Deco shape
Staz-On Teal and Brown inks
My Mind Eye pattern paper, die cuts, tag and overlay

Thanks for looking and stay tuned for contest info...

Clear Scraps Designer
Elisa Kammerdiener

Acrylic Owl keychain album

Check out this adorable little Owl album by our  Guest Designer - Jana Oliveira.  She's also put together a video of her steps to make it.  Thanks for joining us Jana - you've been very inspiring!!

Jana's owl mini album

Jana's owl mini album (4)

Jana's owl mini album (3)

Jana's owl mini album (2)

Jana's owl mini album (1) 

Want another bonus project??

Jana made an amazing Spring Basket album and has a video for that one too.

  Jana's basket album

Hop on over to Jana's blog to see the whole project and show her some love for  her amazing creativity

A Very Merry Unbirthday!!

Hopefully by now you have beautiful weather where you are and are ready for some spring projects!
I have been so inspried by Tim Burtons Alice in Wonderland! I was thinking about this whole "Alice in Wonderland" theme for a birthday party! One of my favorite chapters in Lewis Carrolls "Alice in Wonderland" book is the one where Alice goes to the "very merry UNbirthday" tea party with the Mad Hatter, the March Hare and the church mouse. Then I thought why not throw a party now? What a fun surprize for the kids! Shhh... don't tell the kids, I have alot of planning to do!
I made this banner with this theme in mind!
Here are some close ups!
 I used two banners to make this project, the Birthday Banner and Acrylic Large Banner. I wanted this to be bright, cheery and fun! I used papers from GCD Studios Homespun Chic Collection by Melody Ross. I thought this idea would be so fun, perfect for a birthday (or un birthday!) party! I am so glad I save all my extra scraps when I create a layout!
The stamped images are from Clear Art Stamps. The flowers are coffee filters, punched with a scalloped circle punch and sprayed with a little Glimmer Mist. I ran all of the acrylic pieces through my Cuttlebug and inked the pieces with Staz On Ink in Cherry Pink!  I used border punches by Martha Stewart for the paper edges.
Aren't the images fun for a party? I am thinking some balloons to match the colors in the papers!!
 Does anybody know where I can find some really big tea cups?

Well I hope you are inspired to do your own project! Maybe you can throw an "unbirthday party"!
 If you do I would love to see your pics! Link it to me here or on my blog !

 Oh and here's wishing you a very merry unbirthday!


~Pure Magnetism Cards~

Good morning, I hope you all are feeling extra creative today.
I came up with this idea yesterday because a few people in my life are having some difficulties now and I was making them cards, but I got to thinking..."What could I do more than just a card but to let them know I care every single day?" I came up with these Pure Magnetism Cards.

Not a traditional card but a card that they can hang on their fridge or door to remind them every day that someone cares about then and took the time to give them a word of encouragement.

You could make these in any shape or size with the variety of Clearscraps Acrylics

You can make them 2 ways, either with magnets attached to the back like this one...
See the little magnets on each side? These are just Basic Grey magnets I picked up at the store.
I did use a heavy duty adhesive to adhere them.

I used Clearscraps Acrylic, American Crafts paper, and Jenn Bowlin Crepe paper ribbon, and the always amazing Hambly, which I used some Helmar V2 spray to attach and it is completely invisible!! WOOT!
This is the front:

This is the second idea to make it with a hanging ribbon like this one, I actually ended up using my itop and making a matching magnet for this one so it would hang neatly on the fridge.
This is the front:
This is the back: On this one I used Clearscraps Acrylic, Jenni Bowlin Paper, Prima flowers and flourishes, my Cri-Kit Pens to write the words with my Cricut,Helmar 450 Quick Dry Glue, Bazzill Cardstock, and Clearsnaps Smooch Ink. It really only took 15 minutes or so.
I recommend a 4X6 or 5X7 size, big enough to notice but small enough to mail in a card envelope.
Now who's day wouldn't be brightened up with one of these?

I thought this would be a great reminder that I care every single day because who doesn't visit the kitchen or fridge at least 5 times a day??
The Clearscraps Acrylic is a GREAT way to make them because it is not just paper, they are definitely heavy duty and will stand up to the wear and tear of the family.
So go make some Pure Magnetism Cards! I want to see what you do with them.

Have a great day and please do share if you decide to make them.

Clear Scraps Design Team Member

A Flower Layout

Hello everyone! Are you all admiring the beautiful blooms around this time of the year? In Malaysia, we always have flowers all year round with the tropical weather here. Today, I've decided to share a flower shape layout with all of you.

Mom's Girl(resize)
This is not a typical Spring colours layout. It's the colours of Asian Spring. The tip for creating layers on an acrylic layout is that, you could add layers from the front and the back of the acrylic base. For example in my layout above, I've added the layers from both sides of the acrylic.


I've also highlight the clear or transparent edges with some pearl gel pen by Viva Decor and decorate it with some simple stamping. You could check out more details and close-ups on my blog

Enjoy Spring and happy crafting!