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June 2011

Arizona On My Mind

I know, that is NOT how the song goes but my family took a fabulous summer trip out to Arizona two years ago this coming weekend and I miss it! We had a blast! This year we are planning on Lake Tahoe and Yosemite so before I make more memories (and take more pictures) I figured it was best that I get that trip to Arizona chronicled and scrapped.
Did you know that Clear Scraps offers custom Word Albums with any word you want?! Amazing! I love when customization is an option and Clear Scraps' Custom Word Albums are affordable to create on top of that. They're called "Clearly My Acrylic Word Albums" and can be up to 8 letters long. How about that?!
I ordered "Arizona" of course, and created a mini book all about our trip. Over 3 days we took well over 2000 photos. What can I say, I am a scrapbooker! Smile! So with all those photos, even 9 pages of acrylic happiness was not enough space for all the photos I wanted to include. I devised a way to add more pages to the book using basic 4x6 page protectors. It's so easy and my book lies nice and flat - no "alligator" effect on this mini. P.S. The alligator effect is when the pages of a book fan out like an alligator mouth because the book is too fat from extra pages or bulky embellies.
The first thing I did was trace each letter onto patterned paper and cut them out. I adhered some letters to the front of the pages and some the backs. I used stickers, buttons, and stamped images to cover any adhesive that might show through from the back side of the paper through the acrylic. Then I added my photos and even more embellishments. The beauty of using acrylic is that you don't need a ton of paper -- I wanted that clear, see-through effect of the mini so there was no reason to cover each page with paper. I actually used scraps on this book from 3 different pieces of paper leftover from another project. Decorations = free!
After adding in my photos to the pages, I realized I had alot more to share. I punched larger holes with a Crop A Dile in some American Crafts 4x6 Page Protectors I picked up a while back. 
The spacing between the holes matched the holes in the Clearly My Acrylic Word Album perfectly. These holes are standard in most Clear Scraps albums so just think of the possibilities--you can always adding a couple page protectors to your next Clear Scraps project to get alot of projects in that mini without making have a a gaping alligator mouth.
After the book was nearly complete, I stamped some of the acrylic with postmark and travel stamps using Staz-On inks. I distressed the edges of all of the pages with Staz-On in Black. I added a coulpe of crumpled, stamped tags to the binding among the ribbons and made a chipboard sticker from the paper collection into a tag for the binding as well. Here are a few more photos of the inner pages:
I really enjoyed working with this custom album. It was so much fun! I ended up giving the book to my dad for Father's Day. He and my mom were always admiring a book I made of the same Arizona trip for my sister and as I was creating this one, I knew he would love it. The first thing they commented on was what a unique book it was and how they had never seen anything like it! And that means alot coming from the parents of a crazy scrapbooker like myself. If you want to make an impact and create a totally custom book, try a Clearly My Acrylic Word Album from Clear Scraps!
Paper, Stickers, Diecuts - Cosmo Cricket
Alpha Stickers - My Little Shoebox
Buttons -, American Crafts (orange)
Ribbons- May Arts (yellow), Bo Bunny Press (teal), Maya Road (silver ruffle), (black/silver stripe, black/white stripe, orange twine), other
Shipping Tags - Abvery
Ink - Clearsnap, Tsukinenko
Page Protectors - American Crafts
Stamps - Cat's Life Press, Close to My Heart, Crafty Secrets, Scenic Route
Posted by Jennifer Priest

My second word album

Since I already created a word album for my daughter Amy, I needed to create one for Fenna as well.

I used Pink Paislee papers with this album.

With this album I mostly placed paper behind the page so I had the acrylic to work on. This way I could add ink spatters and liquid pearls to decorate the page without the fluids drawn into the paper. kwim?








The chipboard elements, stickers, ribbon and crystal brads are also by Pink Paislee.

I used the Glue Arts Glue Glider Pro to add everything.

Have a great day!



Personal blog

A Celebration of Life!

Butterflies represent life, and the cycle of life, or so I am told... so I thought that this Clear Scraps Butterfly Album would be perfect to make a mini about my last pregnancy!

For the cover, I dripped alcohol ink randomly on the side, cut out my paper titlework and glued it down. Then, I used molding paste to texturize the right side of the butterfly. I glued down a piece of Pink Paislee paper onto its backside, and finished the front off with some more embellies and touch more molding paste to draw it all together.


For this second page:


I let mostly the elements from the front do all the design work for me, as you can see the backside of the Pink Paislee paper, and again the alcohol ink and molding paste! However, I did add a couple paint strokes of gesso, my picture and then a few rub-ons from Hambly.

To create this page, I once again added a torn piece of paper from Pink Paislee, brushed on some gesso, added those cute penants from PP as well, splashed on some Shimmerz paint and framed the right side of my photo with another transparency.

 This page is all about using alcohol inks and a Viva Pearl Pen! I dripped the alcohol ink on top of where the backside of my paper was showing through, and then I glued down a butterfly wing transparency. I then randomly dripped and doodled with the Viva Pearl Pen for added dimension.

Now THIS page was a fun one to create! I laid down a mask, and smeared molding paste all over it and only on the right side of the butterfly. I then dripped alcohol ink inside and out of the lines, adding pink stickles into the random petal parts of the mask. After adding my photo and some more transparency, this page was done!

And the final page, or the backside of the album...

I once again let most of the albums pages beforehand do the design work! I simply added some paper on the left wing, rubbed on some rub-ons and molding paste and attached my photo... the one whose life I was celebrating!

It was messy, it was arty, and it was FUN! Acrylic can breathe so much life into a work of art, I hope you give it a try soon!

xx Heidi

Clear Scraps @ CHA!

SUMMER CHA w/Clear Scraps!

BOOTH 1539

It is that time of year again! Summer CHA 2011 in Chicago, IL is just around the corner. We want to invite you to come and participate at this very special event. Clear Scraps has the perfect product line just for you. With our new embellishment line to our incredible Acrylic Top Load albums. Be sure to stop by.



Love Grows

Creative Impressions & Clear Scraps

CHA Acrylic Album Workshop

Don't miss the opportunity to make this beautiful 8x8 mixable acrylic album! It is a free 1 ½ hour workshop featuring Clear Scraps & Creative Impressions complimented by Pink Paislee, Tsukineko, Viva Décor and Krylon Leafing Pens.  We will show you fun ways to embellish your albums!

Space is limited and sign up is required - you need to "add to cart" to reserve your seat

Limited to 2 persons per store...

Find your seat between booths 1531 & 1539!

Be seated by 1:05 or forfeit your seat to someone on our waiting list.


 Please register at


Make & Takes

Clear Scraps and Creative Impressions will be featuring several fun make & takes during the show at the top of each hour. We will be featuring Clear Scraps and Creative Impressions products, along with Stampendous stamps, Tsukineko, Viva Décor, Basic Grey Papers

Booth 1531 & 1539



It's that time again, time for another wonderful GIVEAWAY

from Clear Scraps! Check in every Friday for your chance to win

amazing Clear Scraps products!


You know Clear Scraps makes the highest quality acrylic out there, but did you know they also make amazing chipboard??

Today we will be giving away this fantastic

Clear Scraps SandCastle Album


What do you have to do to win??

Just FOLLOW the Clear Scraps Blog right here ------->

And leave a comment!

Next Friday we will announce the winner!

And please tell your friends!!!

Clear Scraps word albums

Did you know Clear Scraps has amazing Word Albums?

You can order any word you like. Perfect to create a real personalized album.

I wanted to create an album with both names of my daughters. So I got an 'Amy-album' and a 'Fenna-album' , ( might add a 'Thomas-album' very soon...;-) ).

But you can also think of word albums like;






I could go on and on to think of great theme albums.

Well, here is my 'Amy album' using the beautiful papers from Pink Paislee.








Don't you just love it?

Will be back with the 'Fenna album' soon!



Make Yourself at Home!!

Hi, it's me Adora!!! and today I will share this project I made using the

 Clear Scraps House Album .

 Here's a little peek of me! Welcom to my home. We have been living here for  more that 12 years now. I don't want to say I am attached to the house but I am attached to all the memories we made through out the years living in this house :) I had so much fun creating this project and i love how it turned out!!

Other Supplies used are; Hof3 Printables, Pink Paislee Papers and Teresa Collins Stamp.


Thank you all for dropping by and make yourself at home! :)


Adora (DT)

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Christmas in July!

 Christmas in July? Yep! Did you know Clear Scraps makes ornaments? Clear Scraps acrylic is so versytle that you can do just about anything to it and its going to look great! Here I took a small shape and used an embossing folder to dry emboss it through my Cuttlebug! Then I used Alcohol inks -   blues and greens then covered most of  the back with a Paint Daubbr in Pearl.

 Here I started using the same techniques as above, but did not add the Pearl paint daubber - you can tell this on is more translucent. ( I used alcohol inks in blues, greens and silver metallic.) I added little stars with Zip Dry and edged the shape with silver Stickles. 


Here I used the same technique as above then added a 
little paper banner that I colored with Distress Inks.
The possibilities are endless and you can use these techniques on all of your acrylic!

Memories to treasure layout

It's me again, Grace. Today I want to share with you a layout I made using some Clear Scraps acrylic mini ornaments.

Memories to Treasure
Memories to treasure (1)
love this picture of the kids hamming up at the camera. I can never get a great photo of the kids without having some funny treasures in the mix as well. So to make this layout fun and yet evoke my love for both my children, I decided to play with some acrylic heart mini ornaments and I also added a mini deco shape to house my journaling. Oh and the "memories" part of my title is also from Clear Scraps. Lots of fun things all around in this layout.

Memories to treasure (4) 

I've been obsesses with dry embossing my acrylics lately. If you haven't tried this super easy technique before, here's my step by step process on how I made my hearts....


First, I picked up five different embossing folders. There's so many out there now that the possibilities are endless. Make sure you take out the clear film from your acrylic before running them through your embossing machine. I know that's kind of a given when you play with acrylic but believe me, even now, sometimes I forget. LOL

So your hearts should look like these.


Then you paint the shapes. This will make the design more defined. I used pink and blue colors which were inspired by the colors of my kid's clothes in the photos.

To add more dimension and shine, I added glitter glue on the edges of the shapes

the mini ornaments alread had one hole on the top but I wanted to tie them all together, so I punched another hole.

Then I threaded some colorful ribbons through the holes, double knotting each one.


then I added foam dots. Make sure you pay attention with the placement of your adhesive behind the acrylic.Sometimes, even you've painted them, the adhesive will still show on the back. Just be aware of that before you place your adhesive.

I say to be aware of it, because I made that mistake here. I told you sometimes, even I forget my "acrylic rules". LOL. So cover up the adhesive on one of the hearts, I added flowers to it.

So there you have it. Oh BTW, with the deco shape and the "memories" word, I painted them green (on the back for some shine to show through) and used the same glitter glue on the edges.

Have a great day.

Till next time,


So Pretty Layout

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Hi everyone! Today I would like to share with you all this layout which I've created using a Clear Scraps acrylic XL shape. I really love to use these XL shapes as the base for my layouts.

Here are some close-ups on it.


I've misted some Shimmerz Paints on the acrylic surfaces.



Hope you all like this layout!  


Clear Scraps DT Member

Heart Card!!!

Hello hello!!! Yay, Weekend and the sun is up. What can be better than that, few more days and we are officially in SUMMER time,  and school will be out,  how exciting :)! Anyhow, here is a quick post for me today, I made this card using the Clear Scraps Heart Acrylic .  It's a gate-fold card in a shape of a heart. (I already wrote something inside, that I cannot share :)).  but  here is the quick fun and easy turotial on how to bedazzle acrylics!   I also used Heidi Swapp Sticker underneath the acrylic, Martha Stewart butterfly punch; Hof3 printables and glittered alpha by  Cosmo Cricket.


Thank you all for looking and have a great Father's Day Celebration!

Adora (DT Memeber)

MY Blog

~Fun New GIVEAWAY (Brag Bag) & Winner~

You gotta love the name "Brag Bag" for a mini album, it's the perfect fit!

Today we have a wonderful giveaway for all of you who love making mini albums!

The Butterfly BRAG BAG...

if you have not checked out the Brag Bag section at Clear Scraps, you are missing out.

perfect gifts, perfect mementos and memory keepers!


If you would like to win this amazing high quality chipboard "Brag Bag" then send your friends over!!! 

You and a friend will WIN this fun album!!

This week we are going to change it up a bit, the person with the most referrals (must be a follower though) will WIN this Brag Bag not only for them but also for a friend!!!

Send your friends to follow and comment letting us know YOU referred them!!!

*Both people must  be Clear Scraps BLOG followers, and must comment*

And the winner from last week...the Clear N Chip set

Those gears are awesome. I know they will look great on all my boy pages.

Posted by: Melanie Rozwood | June 10, 2011 at 06:39 PM

Please email [email protected] with your address and what you won.

It's 80 degrees, sunny, and time for.... Christmas?

Yep, I said Christmas! It's that time of year when I am yearning for a little cooler weather (I know, I know, it wasn't THAT long ago that it was cool outside.) So I thought since we are halfway through the year, and I am wishing for some cool air... that I would bring on the Christmas project. :)


The acrylic Stocking album was so much fun to work with! I love that I can emboss, ink, and use molding paste as an accent, and it holds every little thing that I attach to it!


I "filled" my stocking to the brim with all things snowy and beautiful, added pearls and beads, and accented with my pearl pen. The color scheme... while maybe not Christmas-y, definitely was a cool enough winter palette, loaded with lots of alcohol inks to really make the acrylic shine!


It's going to look marvelous hanging up this year, don't you think?

Now... I only have to wait for 6 more months... sigh.

(Plenty of time to make a bunch more.)

xx Heidi