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June 2010

Baby's Firsts Book, makes a great new baby gift

Have you ever wanted to give a mini album to a family or a new mom? One to showcase their amazing new baby photos in a fashionable, beautiful way?
Here's a simple idea for you. 
Make your Mini Album from Clear Scraps Acrylic (or a pre-made Clear Scraps Acrylic albums would be perfect too), then make a laminated pocket/wallet for it!
That way the family (or mom) can show off those amazing new baby photos,
and not have to worry about keeping it at home or the mini album being destroyed.
I used Clear Scraps Acrylic 12X12 sheets to make the mini album and my Purple Cows Laminator
to make the pocket/wallet for the album.
Now I know the album will be safe and they can shove it into the diaper bag, or any purse without a worry!
Yes, a simple idea...but sometimes simple is perfect for every day life~

I hope you try using your Clear Scraps in creative ways
Have a beautiful day.

As always you can find more video tutorials and projects on my blog

Clear Scraps Design Team Member

Circle of friends minibook

Happy Sunday everyone. I still can't believe that June is almost over. Wow this year sure is flying by fast. Anyways I'm here today to share another minibook I made for Clear Scraps this month. We are hot on getting those samples for Summer CHA ready and although I'm dying to share them with you, we can't. Not just yet. But make sure you keep checking this blog for sneek peeks.

Ok so onto the mini.......

Circle of Friends minibook

Circle of 
friends (1)

I used the 6" Circle Acrylic Album as my base for this mini. I also used an Acrylic coaster in the front of the book to make my title stand out against all the other products.

Circle of friends (3)

I added some Viva Decor's pearl pen onto the edge of the coaster so you can see the shape of it without covering the clear piece.

To make the scallop around the circles, I punched out 1/2" circles from pattern paper and adhered them around the circle with only half of the punched shapes showing. I then covered the circle with pattern paper.

Circle of friends (4) 

I used Cosmo Cricket's new line- Garden Variety for this book. I'm so excited that they're one of sponsor manufacturers this time.

Circle of friends (6) 

Another manufacturer sponsor is Creative Accent scrapbooking which made these cute flowers I added in the book.

Circle of friends (8) 

and here's the back of the book. More papers and stickers layered on top of each other and finished off with flowers.

Circle of friends (9)

So that's it. With Summer here I thought that this book, with it's color scheme and fun prints was the perfect share today. Hope you liked it.

Take care and till next time,


Clear Scraps products used:

6" Acyrlic Circle albumAcrylic coaster

Acrylic Coaster

Preferred products used:

Cosmo Cricket papers and stickers

Viva Decor's Pearl pen

Creative Accent Scrapbooking flowers

Family How sweet it is...

Today I am sharing with you one of the new mixables album.  This is the Sassy Mixable.  I just love all the different deco edges and how they are placed in this album.  I also love that there is a mixture of chipboard and acrylic.  If you haven't scrapped on acrylic yet the mixables are a great way to get acquainted with it.

Here is my Family How sweet it is album.

Family how sweet it is 1a

Family how sweet it is 1b1

Family how sweet it is 1c

Family how sweet it is 1d 

Family how sweet it is 1e

Family how sweet it is 1g

Thanks for looking and be sure to keep checking the blog for some more great projects.

Elisa Kammerdiener

Clear Scraps Designer

Stained glass the tutorial

Hi Everyone!It's me again, Rita :)

 A couple of days ago I shared this layout where I used an acrylic circle and made it look like stained glass. I had several people ask how to do that so I  made this quick tutorial!

I happened to use the scalloped circle frames from Clear Scraps but you can use any shape you want!  First you want to trace the shape onto a paper - so you know how big your woorking surface. I only used the circle because for this project that is what I am using.

Then I made a simple drawing - you want simple, easy clean lines because this is not detail work. If you cant draw you could find a simple clip art or drawing that will fit in your space. (less is more)

Now you are going to trace over those lines with Pearl Pens by Viva.  In my layout I used black, I wanted to try something different here so I used silver and blue.
This takes a bit to dry so I work on something else in the meantime.


After it is completely dry turn it over, we are going to work ont he back. What I discovered is if the  right side up the light silver color changed colors with the alcohol inks.( When I use bloack I use the right side up).So get out your alcohol inks, you do not need a blending tool, we are working straight out of the bottle. Put several drops of alcohol inks onto you surface so that it puddles. Use several colors to get the dark deep color.(You can use a toothpick to move it around - you can always add more if you don't like it at first.) This will also take a little longer to dry but the color is worth it.7
I used blue, yellow and  red on the back...

And here is the end result! Seriously it was so easy and fun! And whats great is if you dont like the color you can wipe it off it's still wet or throw another color on top to change your look! I would love to see if you try this! If you do leave me a link of where you posted it here so I can come look!

 Happy scrapping!

Rita Barakat

Design team member  

Start of Summer Scavenger Hunt

Clear Scraps is kicking off summer with a scavenger hunt that will take you on a search for clues in the blogs of our design team members.  By visiting all of the blogs and hunting around a little (don't worry, we haven't made it too hard),  you'll find out something interesting about each of us and if you make it all the way to the end and collect all your clues, you'll get entered in a draw for a nice prize package from Clear Scraps! 

You don't have to necessarily go in order...but when you're done, you should have answers to the 9 questions posted below.  We'll run the scavenger hunt from Monday June 21 (First Day of Summer!!) until Friday, June 25. 

Send your answers by email to:

Winner will be announced the following Monday.

Your questions for the scavenger hunt are:

1. What is Grace's vision for 2010?   Grace's blog

2. How many chickens does Cristal have?   Pinky's blog

3. What program is Rita helping launch and talking about when she mentions, "When one door closes, another door opens?"  Rita's blog

4. Who does Hilde know that is getting married on June 26th?  Hilde's blog

5. What is Irene's favorite quote?  Irene's blog

6. What physical feature does Elisa have in common with her Dad?  Elisa's blog

7. What was the most likely previous use of the thrift-store cupboard Cathy is renovating for her scraproom?  Cathy's blog

8. Where did Tonya's husband, 3 boys and FIL all travel to for 9 days?  Tonya's blog

9. What products did Rita use to create her stained glass window on acrylic?  Clear Scraps blog

Thanks for playing.....remember to email your 9 answers to:

Using acrylic in new ways


Hi all! Do you ever get a crazy idea? I had this giant door so I just had to embellish it with a stained glass window! LOL!

It really is a circle (half of  it tucked under the door) and I used Viva pearl pens to make the "lead lines"!
 I colored them in with alcohol inks!

Sometimes you just have to think out of the box!!!
Thanks for stopping by!

Rita Barakat

Clear Scraps Design Team Member

Wedding album featuring Sassy

Hi everyone and Happy Father's day to all the wonderful fathers out there. I know I owe a lot to the great fathers in my life.

Anyways, June is also a big month for weddings so I thought what better way to show up the new Sassy mixables mini album than with a wedding theme.

George and Alleli


My brother and his wife got married in October so I decided to go with fall colors here. I loved the different edges of the pages so I kept the foundation of the book pretty raw. I did add some of the Viva Decor pearl pen on the edges to emphasize the shapes of the pages especially with the acrylic pieces. I also sprayed some glimmer mist onto the chipboard man and wife pieces to add some color and a tad of shine to them.

Wedding album-sassy4

I went crazy and layered the mini up. There's papers, trims, rubons, die cut flowers, stickers and all sorts of fun things packed in this mini.

Wedding album-sassy2 

Here's a little sneek peek in the inside.

Wedding album- sassy3
and the back side.

The Sassy 8x8 Mixable will be available at CHA Summer if you wish to check it out yourself. Clear Scraps have a lot of fun new products up their sleeves for that show. *wink*

Preferred products used:

Hambly Studios papers and rubons

Viva decor pearl pen

Tattered Angles Glimmer mist.

Thank you for looking.


Making your own envelopes with Clear Scraps acrylic

Making a card for someone is a very special way to cheer them up or let them know you're thinking of them.  Why not take it a step further and also make them an envelope as well.

There are many envelope templates available on the internet.   One of my favorite template sites is Mirkwood Designs. For this project, I used the Basic Envelope template and instead of keeping the envelope entirely made of paper, I cut a window in the front and adhered a small piece of acrylic there instead to make a window into my envelope.  If I were going to mail this, I'd slip a piece of paper inside with an address and I'd be ready to go.  If I'm just going to hand-deliver it, I'd let the card shine through.

Here's a quick tutorial:

1. Print out your envelope template in the size you want, trim and use it to cut an envelope out of patterned paper. 


2. Use a Scor-Pal to score the envelope where it shows on the template.  Use an X-acto knife and ruler to cut a rectangular hole in the FRONT of your envelope  (leave enough of a border around the hole that you can still fold the flaps in and have them hidden).


3.  From a  12"x12" Clear Scraps acrylic sheet cut a piece of acrylic that will fit, and overlap slightly, the hole you made (use scissors or a paper trimmer).  Adhere this over the hole, on the inside of your envelop using Zip Dry or Glue Dots.


4. Continue to fold up your envelope, gluing down the flaps.  Embellish the envelope further by doodling on the outside around your window.


5.  Create a card that has a large portion of the sentiment or embellishments at the exact place that you've created a window.  Insert card...and make someone's day.


Other Options:

**make the window quite large - almost the whole front of the envelope.  Remember to leave enough paper on the sides of the front of the envelope so that when you fold the flaps in to finish it, they're hidden.  On this particular one I used rub-ons to finish the front of the card, all in the same wintery theme as the card.

**Use a double sided patterned paper to make your initial envelope - this will be just an added bit of interest as the recipient pulls their card out and discovers the inside of the card is patterned as well.

Envelope with acrylic window 3 CS



Beautifully Clear Acrylic Albums

Hey! It's Pinky once again, Clearscraps Acrylic albums are so amazing and fun to work with. 

Recently I made this Clear Scraps Scalloped Tag Album I LOVE using rub-ons for the tabs, it just makes it POP!
In this album I used textured cardstock and Imaginisce papers.


I used Tulle instead of ribbon and I used spray glue to adhere ultra fine glitter to the tulle.

You could use any Black and White paper


A POP of color goes a long ways!



I used all wallet sized photos and on the covers I used clear Zapdots with Ultra Fine Glitter. It really gave the album pizazz!


I hope you try using your Clear Scraps in creative ways
Have a beautiful day.

As always you can find more video tutorials and projects on my blog

Clear Scraps Design Team Member

Custom Acrylic Wordbook?

Sweden Mini Album(Resize) 

Hello everyone! It's Irene here again! Today, I just want to take this opportunity to share this project of mine before I leave for another teaching trip.

Do you all know that Clear Scraps do make custom acrylic wordbook? I've actually fallen in love with these albums. I've actually have each different album with names of different countries for each country I visit. Isn;t that cool?

Here are some of the pages in this album.



You all could visit my blog to look at each page in detail.

Could you think about more ways you could use these wordbooks? What about albums with names of each of your children or pets? What about an event? There are so much possibilties!! Happy scrapping!

Clear Scraps DT Member


Mini Acrylic Owl Keychain Album

Our Hoot Mini Album 

Hello there! It's me, Irene, again. Today, I would like to share this mini album that I've created using Clear Scraps key chain size acrylic owl album. It's so cute that I I can't wait to create using it when I received it.

Below are some of the pages in it.

Our Hoot Mini Album (Page 2) 

Our Hoot Mini Album (Page 4) 

On the top page, I've dry embossed part of the acrylic page with the photograph and later alcohol ink it.

Visit my blog to see the complete album. Hope you all would give these key chain size acrylic album a try! It's fun and great as a gift for anyone!

Clear Scraps DT Member