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Scrapbooking with American Crafts

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Happy Saturday morning party-goers! Shall we put a little party music that won’t shake the place too much at this early hour?

So a new layout and a new challenge for you! Your challenge is to create a layout with a background of four patterned paper squares, like the one above! I used American Crafts papers for my page but you can use any supplies you like.

Make something, take a picture and upload it to your blog or a page gallery. Then leave a comment on this post to enter!

One project will be randomly chosen to win a prize package filled with scrapbooking supplies from American Crafts. You can enter until 6am UK time on Monday 19th April.

My five favourite products from American Crafts?
Albums. Almost all my albums are American Crafts D-Ring binders. My general albums are black fabric-covered and then I also have some of the patterned and the modern albums (which are great for creating your own cover design) for special themes. I’ve also used the 8×8 AC albums for lots of smaller projects, including two Christmas journals, and they stand up to lots of travel and wear and still look beautiful, plus I think the whole line is very reasonably priced.

Pearl Brads. I love these and could add them to everything I make. I used to staple the ends of my ribbon always. Now I tend to add pearl brads. They also look great in the middle of a flower, and I love that they come in so many pretty colours – not just white and cream.

Ribbons…like this one. I love the entire line of AC ribbons, but seriously this is just too lovely to believe. The fact that they call this card ‘Lovely’ by name is just the perfect description.

Adhesives. I went to CHA this year with ‘Search out decent adhesives’ literally written on my to-do list. I had loved Kokuyo, but it was never available in Europe and now wasn’t easy to import either. Surely someone was going to realise that every scrapbooker wishes they had an adhesive that was reliable, simple to refill, easy to find and not ridiculous in price. And presto, I tried the new This to That rollers from American Crafts. I loved them. I ordered a zillion. I still love them. End of story.

And this stamp. It has the teeniest dotted grid on a wood-mount stamp and it’s just perfect for adding a little something to tags, backgrounds and cards. It’s my go-to stamp right now.

Do you have a favourite AC product? Feel free to share! You can also find American Crafts on their blog and Twitter and shop here for American Crafts products.


17 April 2010

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56 Comments for Scrapbooking with American Crafts

  1. CoCo Says:

    just testing…can’t seem to comment on woodgrain post

  2. SharonS Says:

    I agree Shimelle, I love American crafts products, they are lovely!! My favourite are the papers. Having a pattern one side and a solid colour on the other gives you the best of both worlds! The patterns are usually bold and bright so they can be cut up for embellishments. Fab!

  3. Anso Says:

    Here’s my layout:

  4. Carolyn Says:

    I love AC. I have loads of their patterned papers, cardstock, stamps, brads and my absolute favourite – ribbon :)

  5. lisa Says:

    Oh my god!!! I love, love, love that film. I now have the uncontrollable urge to go and watch it :)

  6. Scrapdolly Says:

    Loved this challenge – esp as I rarely use lots of patterned papers. It made me work the problem!
    Mine is here

  7. nan.sinclair Says:

    I love AC too. I still am lovin the blue skies papers and am Documenting 2010 in a black AC d-ring binder.

  8. Jacqui Vale Says:

    I am off to start scrapping in a little bit but I just HAD to come and say thank you for that song – Pretty in Pink is one of my all-time fav movies, I adore Andrew McCarthy and I was a huge OMD fan back in the 80’s, fabulous choice, thank you so much x

  9. Claire Viney Says:

    Loved this challenge – nice and easy. Here is mine

  10. Tracy Fox Says:

    Another one from me

  11. Lizzie Says:

    Ah, my favourite American Crafts products are my 2 sets of stamps from the “Blue Skies” collection last summer – I have “Laughter” and “Fun” and the packs are filled with little animals, birds, clouds and sunshine, tiny flowers, tree branches, the days of the week in a lovely cute font and some of those bracket-frames with fun phrases like “You make me happy”, “best friends” etc etc… I love them and I’ve been using them everywhere, especially my “Project 2009” album – a work in progress: There were some papers, stickers and rub-ons in the set too, which I bought a bit later. I used the rub-ons and stickers on my “Favourite Things” layout the other day…
    (You’ll have to scroll past the “99 Things” list to find it!)

  12. Rachel Says:

    Finished at long last. I didn’t use American Crafts on purpose, it just happened!!

  13. wendy Says:

    now I am working out of order – mmm not a good sign

  14. lisa Says:

    I love American Crafts but didn’t use them on this layout. I have recently discovered their beautiful D-ring albums ~ scrumptious!

  15. lisa Says:

    Actually, I did use one American Crafts paper on my layout, sorry, going slightly mad!

  16. nan.sinclair Says:

    Well here is my LO I had a bit of a play with this one, hope you like it.

  17. Annie M Says:

    I had fun with this one even though my squares ended up being rectangles because my layout is 8.5 × 11.

  18. Mel Says:

    Hooray, finally scrapped some photos of the snow in January – with a background of four pp squares! :-) You can see my layout here:

  19. Candace.M Says:

    Here is my 4 pp background LO

  20. Rebekah Says:

    I love AC too so here’s 4 AC pp background LO :)

  21. Rebekah Says:

    Helps if the link works!!

  22. Jennifer Says:

    here’s mine:

  23. Peggy Says:

    No AC, but I did cut in to the Webster’s Pages, which is a huge deal for me.

  24. Carolyn Says:

    My LO is all American Craft products except for two flowers and can be found at 2Peas :

  25. Debbie Says:

    Heres my LO for this one :)

  26. TracyW Says:

    Love AC stuff but didn’t use any on this lo except obligatory Thickers Instead used up lots of old stash.

  27. Lynn Says:

    I love AC too, especially the D-ring albums & Dear Lizzy (including the Lovely ribbon!) Desperately seeking their Baby Dots stamp in the UK.
    Your bright LO is great! I was inspired to create this one:

  28. Alaina Says:

    Here’s my 4 squares!

  29. Karen Williams Says:

    i have far too mach American Crafts stuff time to use a bit

  30. jane Says:

    here’s my layout

  31. Gemma Says:

    ooh, i had to enter this one, I love american crafts!

    mine’s here

  32. scarymary555 Says:

    And here is my version.

  33. emy Says:

    Here’s my page…

  34. Christine Crowson Says:

    really enjoyed doing this one.

  35. lynmcf Says:

    I’m so pleased with this layout …

  36. Terri-Ann Morris Says:


    Had great fun doing this challenge. Absolutely loving AC Letterbox papers.

  37. Jo Says:

    Here my layout using four PP squares.

  38. Lisa (FunkyFairy) Says:

    I’ve joined in with this one too.

    Lisa x

  39. CoCo Says:

    I decided to use smaller squares of PP, but also to use up some of my enormous stash of unused coloured cardstock (shock horror!). Love how it turned out. Thanks Shim.

  40. Daphne Says:

    Sorry, no AC but a delicious KaiserCraft on my BLOG

  41. Natalie E Says:

    I ended up using a whole mish-mash of manufacturers for my layout. But had a lot of fun doing it!

  42. Brenda T Says:

    Left my layout on the forum. Was fun doing this, thanks Shimelle.

  43. Alison Says:

    This one was fun! My take on it is here

  44. Ruth Says:

    no AC but my project is posted in the gallery

  45. beverleynoelle Says:

    This my LO for the 4 patterned papers. Better late than never,lol.

  46. Fiona Says:

    Mine is here

  47. Veeruliiru Says:

    This was fun and I even managed to use a fair share of AC! =)

  48. Zahra Says:

    Thanks again Shimelle, had completely lost my mojo, but glad to scrap this photo!!

  49. RACHEL Says:

    been scrapping none stop, think this was my first of the day at 10am-

  50. Kirsty Smith Says:

    Here’s mine

    Had good fun sorting through my papers and choosing and matching the ones I wanted to use!

  51. Judi Says:

    I eventually found some quite old AC papers which did seem to be perfect for pj photos.
    this will unfortunately be my last this weekend. It’s been great Shimelle. 3 layouts and a card is not bad going fitting around family commitments and church.

  52. furrypig Says:

    Don’t have any American craft stuff but still time!! Here is my LO for this challenge

  53. Nicole Says:

    Four squared got me rummaging through my scraps and I found 4 from one paperline, yay!

  54. NancyLee Says:

    This is weird but as I go over my stack, I only have one collection of Am Crafts pps so thought this is my chance to use them up. Here is my share.

  55. Shannon Hager Says:

    Great sketch! My layout can be seen HERE and is titled, “He Loves the Water”.

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