June Design Team Challenge Winner!

Say a big congratulations to our June Challenge winner, BarbP! She created the layout below based on Rachel's sketch and Kat's twist to flip the sketch somehow.

BarbP has won a $10.00 gift certificate to the AMM store as well as a selection of vintage trims!

"Oh Mom!" by BarbP

Look for a new Design Team Challenge coming July 1st with a new chance to win!

Technique Tuesday with Larissa Albernaz

Be inspired by a card and create a unique scrapbooking design! I found this cute card when I was visiting France in May, and I knew I wanted to incorporate it to a scrapbooking page, using patterned paper to reproduce that image.

I think the Hopscotch image is perfect to illustrate happiness, so it´s also perfect for a colorful summer project. And that´s what I did: a summer project using the new Echo Park Sweet Summertime Line.

To start, if you´re afraid of drawing, all you have to do is use vellum or a scanner to help you transfer the image.

Anyway, I´m giving you the Hopscotch template here. Print and re-size it if necessary.

Then, using the template, cut and glue the pieces to reproduce the Hopscotch idea.

Now, pierce holes through the paper.

Embroider the hopscotch lines using stitching.

Incorporate it on your page the way I did below.

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Member Monday with Kay Rogers

Happy Monday. Hope everyone had a good weekend! Today we have a new Layout of the Week chosen by Kay Rogers. She chose this layout by AMM Newbie "christinescraps". Kay said, "I love the fun and bright colors and her use of the Sassafras."

"It's A Zoo Out There" by christinescraps

Here is a short interview Kay had with Christine to help us get to know this AMM Newbie a little better.
1. What are you favorite color combos? I am very eclectic person so it's hard to tell you what color combo I like best. I love to work with all kinds of colors but my favorite color is green so I find myself using that color alot paired with yellows and blue for spring and summer layouts and orange, red and brown for fall and winter themes. Pairing just about any color with black is also a big hit in my book.
2. Who are some of you favorite scrapbooking manufacturers? I really have a lot of favorite scrapbook manufacturers but ones that I couldn't live without are Bo Bunny, Nikki Sivils, Pink Paislee, Iron Orchid Designs, and Basic Grey.
3. When is the most productive time of day for you? The most productive time of the day for me starts around 2:00 p.m. I like to get all of my chores and errands done and out of the way so that I can just concentrate on creating. I prefer working late into the evening rather than getting up early in the morning
4. How long have your been scrapbooking? I have been scrapbooking since 1996. Things have changed so much since I first started and I have learned so many fun new techniques since then that keep this wonderful hobby fun and fresh.

Check out her gallery here and be sure to leave this newbie some love on this post!

Little Something Sunday with Rachel Hall

Summer Fun List Clipboard

Materials Needed:
Clipboard (I found mine cheap at Walmart)
Patterned Paper and Embellishments (I used the Echo Park Sweet Summertime Collection)
Strong Adhesive like Fabritac

1. Choose paper to cover clipboard and trace and cut.

2. Cut a space where the clip is... don't worry if it is perfect, you will be covering it up anyways.

3. Adhere paper to clipboard. There will be a small portion of the bottom of the clipboard that is uncovered.

4. Sand edges smooth if desired.

5. Cut four strips of patterned paper 1 1/2" wide and approximately 10" long. Scallop and distress edges.

6. Adhere strips down on bottom of clipboard overlapping them how you prefer. This will cover that bottom area of exposed clipboard.

7. Add some trim to the top of the area of overlapped strips if you like for a finished look.

8. Print out your summer to do list and cut how you prefer.

9. Mat your list on top of patterned paper of your choosing.

10. Clip to board. Adhere if you do not plan to change out your list.

11. Add your letters, embellishments, etc.

To cover the metal clip:

1. Cut a piece of patterned paper to 5 1/4"x 5".

2. Wrap the patterned paper around the clip, cutting where the hanging metal piece will stick out and around to the back of the clipboard. It will be held in place on the front by the clip and adhered using your adhesive on the back.

3. Go out and do all of the things on your list and enjoy your summer!!

July Guest Designer Reveal!!

Please say a warm welcome to our July Guest Designer, Jenni Hufford! I am really excited to see what she does with our awesome July kit. I stumbled upon her blog while doing some Internet surfing and really just fell in love with her pretty work. So read on to get to know more about her and see some samples of her work.

Hello! My name is Jenni Hufford and I am the Guest Designer for A Million Memories for the month of July! I am so excited and really looking forward to it! I live in Indianapolis, IN with my husband Todd and two children, Jonah James (4) and Jordan Nicole (2). While I was growing up, my mom was a scrapbooker and even surprised me at my high school graduation with four amazing albums. It wasn't until I had my own son four years ago that I began scrapbooking myself. I enjoy every aspect of the hobby-- retelling the stories, the creative aspect, and even the friends I have made in the scrapbooking community. I am currently a designer for Lily Bee Designs and Elle's Studio (although my design team term ends in June). I would love for you to stop by and visit me on my blog at www.huffordhouse.blogspot.com

Here are some samples of her super awesome work. Have a look below!

I adore the layering here!

Love this two-pager and all the white space.

Again, more beautiful layering

I love the mosaic/grid patterned paper on this. Definitely something I want to try.

This is adorable too. Love the misting and splatters.

Tune back in to see what Jenni creates with the July kit and be sure to welcome her by leaving a comment on this post! Stop by her blog for lots more inspiration!

Meet Zoe Nembert-New AMM Designer

Hi there! TGIF! Today I would like to introduce you to the 4th newest member of the AMM Design Team, Zoe Nemburt. Have a look below at some of her incredible work and read a little more about this talented lady.

My name is Zoe Nemburt and I live in the beautiful province of Nova Scotia, with my husband of 8 years and our 3 children Yasmin 7, Aydin 6, and Ceyda 3, I work for Canada Post by day as a letter carrier and scrap obsessively on my days off and evenings, My husband just graduated as a Carpenter and he also volunteers for the local Fire Department.I was born in southern England and we all moved here to Canada in 2006 and have never looked back this is our new home and we are proud to be Nova Scotians!I've always enjoyed playing with paper and have dabbled in scrapbooking for many years however in February of 2008 I got bitten by the scrapping bug and have never looked back, I am now proud to call myself a scrap-a-holic. I am so happy to a part of AMM’s DT I’m very excited to inspire and be inspired over the next 6 months.

Have a look here at some of her beautiful work. I have been wanting to do one of these trays and this one is so inspiring and romantic.

Here is a little interview I did with Zoe to help us all get to know her a little better.
1. How did you get started in scrapping? I have always loved being crafty. I even remember being at my nan’s house with an old fashioned sugar paper scrapbook and cutting and gluing pictures from old cards and magazines. Since having my children, I started to make some cards, and it very soon evolved into the 12 x 12 format! I didn’t have an LSS, so I always had to order online. So I went online for my inspiration too, and the rest is history as they say.
2. How would you describe your style? Well this is a good question. Nine times out of 10 I would say Shabby Chic. I love a touch of vintage, pretty flowers and lace. But then of course sometimes I love clean lines too!
3. What are your favorite manufacturers? October Afternoon, The Girls Paperie, American Crafts, Pink Paislee & Prima.
4. What is your favorite color or color combo? Teal and Brown – Although I don’t think I have ever scrapped this combo. Hmmm a future project no doubt. :)
5. Do you have any other hobbies other than scrapping? I love to read. I got sucked into the Twilight novels like most others! I love to be outside whether it’s raining, snowing or the sun is shining. We go to the beach a lot as a family too.
Thanks for sharing with us Zoe. Be sure to stop by Zoe's blog for more inspiration!

Meet Carole Janson-New AMM Designer

Today I would like to introduce you to the third of our four new designers, Carole Janson. Keep reading to learn more about her and to see some samples of her fantastic work!

Hi, my name is Carole Janson, and I am a married mother of two children and a very supportive husband Michael. I live in Gladstone Central Queensland, Australia. I am very excited to be joining the AMM Design Team. I have been scrapping for over 7 years now, and I love it. It really is a big part of my life, and it is a way for me to express myself and just enjoy creating and having fun. I am a 3 dimensional scrapper. I love to layer my projects using pattern paper etc. I love texture and plenty of color. I also love to embellish, so the use of stickers, chipboard, flowers etc., are always on my layouts along with some hand stitching. I have been lucky enough to be on several manufacturing Design Teams, and I am currently designing for Karen Foster Design, Petaloo, and Bo Bunny. My hobbies other than scrapbooking are jogging, reading, jet skiing and of course spending time with my family. I am very excited to be joining the AMM Design Team and just can't wait to get to started.

Here are a few projects by Carole that are just too cute for words, so I will let them speak for themselves!

Here is a little interview to help us all get to know this lovely lady better.
1. How did I get started into scrapbooking ? I was introduce to scrapbooking by a friend, and I loved it straight away.

2. How would you describe your style? I am a 3 Dimensional scrapper. I like lots of layers, and plenty of color. I love any type of embellishment such as stickers, flowers, chipboard etc., and you will always see plenty of embellishing on my layouts. I like to scrap boys and girls layouts, and I love fussy cutting.

3. What are you favourite manufacturers ? I love Bo Bunny, Crate Paper, Cosmo Cricket, Petaloo, We R, Websters Pages, Sassfrass Lass. Actually I like lots of manufacturers, especially if their products are very pretty or very cute. Any of these things draw me into a manufacturer.

4. What is your favourite color or color combo ? I love purple, but I love mixing colors, so I wouldn't actually say I have a favourite color combo. Just what ever takes my fancy at time.

5. Do you have any other hobbies other than scrapbooking ? Yes, I love reading, jogging, jet skiing (have my own) and absolutely love it, and just spending time with the family. I love taking holidays.
Thanks Carole and welcome tot he family! Be sure to stop by Carole's blog for more inspiration. We will be featuring our last but not least new designer Zoe tomorrow.

Technique Tuesday with Staci Taylor

I am going to show you how to do handstitching to add a little something extra
on your layouts. There are many templates out there for handstitching, but I
prefer to make my own by simply making holes with my needles around the outside
of a shape (or a word).

As you can see here, I used a die-cut star paper as my template. I began by using my needle to poke holes around the entire star.
Next, to make a simple backstitch, I began by bringing the needle up (from the
backside) through hole A.
Then, I brought the needle back down into hole B.

The entire process started again with hole C. I next brought the needle up through hole C
and down hole A. I continued this process until the entire star was stitched.

I now had a neat stitched shape on my background paper, and I built my layout up
from there.

Hand stitching is not only easy to do, but it's a lot of fun and adds great detail to a layout or card!

Member Monday with Tonya Dirk

Happy post-Father's Day. Hope you had a great one. Today is Monday and that means a new Layout of the Week. this week's pick is brought to us by Tonya Dirk. She chose the following project by Tanisha Renee. Tonya said, "As a scrapper who loves to make cards I had to pick this one. The bright colors are just perfect for a birthday gift/card."

"Birthday Gift Set" by Tanisha Renee

Tonya followed up with Tanisha by sending her a little interview. So read on to get to know her a little better.
1. What are you favorite color combos? red, black, and white; blue, brown, and cream
2. Who are some of you favorite scrapbooking manufacturers? This is a tough question because I love so many! Off the top of my head, the companies that come to mind are Pink Paislee, Creative Imaginations, and Bo Bunny
3. When is the most productive time of day for you? Usually after 9pm when my boys have gone to bed.
4. How long have your been scrapbooking for? I've been scrapping for 6 years now, ever since my older son was born.

Thanks Tanisha and Tonya. Check back next Monday for a new Layout of the Week and more inspiration.

Little Something Sunday with Kat Glossop

Summer Fun
I love spending long lazy summer days with friends, having a bbq, enjoying the sunshine and perhaps even getting in some scrapping as well - all of which goes hand in hand with a nice glass of bubbly!
I've seen those store bought little trinkets you can pop on your glasses so as not to get them mixed up, but for the life of me I can't remember where I put them. So I decided to make my own...I've used some chipboard tags, which you can easily make your own with leftover chipboard or thick cardstock.

Then just decorate them using the girl's names on each one. I put a small piece of tape around the glass to hold up the ribbon, and tied a neat little bow at the back.

Cute & practical! And another way to use up all those little scraps :)

Pretty Little Things in the Shop

New in the shop this week is a collection of vintage inspired papers and embellishments featuring images straight from your childhood books. Here are a few of the new items to whet your appetite for all things cute and vintage.

First up are the ever popular flashcards. These ones feature words perfect for summer. I have seen lots of people using these on layouts as well as cards and as little inserts in mini books.
One Word Flashcards-Summer

Next are these super cute cut apart tags which measure 2 inches in diameter. Give these a scalloped cardstock base or add some Glossy Accents on top and you have a really cute accent for a card or a layout. Punch a small hole at the top and add some baker's twine and you could hang it from a gift. These come in a variety of different themes.
Little People Round Vintage Tags

This line even includes 8x8 sized patterned papers, the perfect size for use in mini albums or on cards. I adore the bright colors and the sweet little tea pots n this collection. You get a total of 33 papers in this whole collection (3 of each of the 11 designs) for only $14.99!
Tea Party Paper Collection

Here is another 8x8 patterned paper collection using those adorable vintage children's book images. I think this line would be perfect for a mini book about your child's school year. Put together all the pictures, the notes home, the report cards, the art projects, etc.
Storybook Papers Collection

This last collection is probably my favorite. I am in love with that banner paper because who doesn't love a good banner these days! In this collection you get 3 of each of the ten designs including a border paper and a die cut paper for only $14.99. That is a total of 32 papers! I think this collection would be great for documenting those summer memories like birthday parties, picnics, visits to the park, the amusement park, etc.

Several of the items have already sold out in the shop, so be sure to pick some of these pretty little things up before it is all gone. To see what is new in the shop you can always click What's New so that you don't miss anything!

Also if you are a registered user of the site and subscribe to the emails you'll always be notified via email of anything new and all the AMM happenings. We have a fun summer planned of guest designers, giveaways, challenges, blog hopping, manufacturer spotlights, member spotlights and more!

June Guest Designer Layouts

Today I want to share with you the awesome layouts our June Guest Designer, Cheryl Ametewee, created using our June kit. I really adore her use of white space in these layouts. Her style is so unique and spunky.

"Like No Time Went by"

"My Sunshine"

"On a Mission"

"She Sleeps"

"You Are My Flower"
Thanks so much for guesting with us this month Cheryl. These layouts are super inspiring. Be sure to stop by Cheryl's blog for more inspiration!

Meet Kay Rogers!

It is time to meet our second new designer, Kay Rogers, who hails from my great state of Michigan! It is so good to have another mid-western girl on the team, so I don't feel like such an alien anymore!

Here is a little more about Kay.

Seven years ago you could have never convinced me I would scrapbook. I was sure that I lacked any creativity. I'm a math teacher, for goodness sake! But when Jenna was turning one year old, I decided I needed to document all of her milestones of the first year. My other daughter, Emily, was in high school at the time, and I was well-aware how quickly the time had passed with her. Thus began the obsession! My creative side has slowly emerged, and it makes me happy. My girls are my life, and scrapbooking is a way to express my love for them. My amazing husband, Bill, supports me 100%. When I'm not scrapbooking, I'm teaching. I'm a high school math teacher, and I absolutely love my job. I also teach Photoshop Elements courses at my local camera store.

I asked Kay to share with us some of her current favorite layouts and these are the ones she chose.

I also sent Kay a few quick interview questions, so have a read and get to this new AMM designer a little better.

1. How did you get started in scrapping? Seven years ago you could have never convinced me I would scrapbook. I was sure that I lacked any creativity. I'm a math teacher, for goodness sake! But when Jenna was turning one year old, I decided I needed to document all of her milestones of the first year. My other daughter, Emily, was in high school at the time, and I was well-aware how quickly the time had passed with her. Thus began the obsession!

2. How would you describe your style? My style is pretty linear, big surprise as a math teacher, I know. I like to use a lot of patterned paper and a lot of color. I challenge myself to work outside the box, but it's tough for me!

3. What are your favorite manufacturers? I love Sassafras, Fancy Pants, GCD Studios, BasicGrey, October Afternoon, Pink Paislee, and KI Memories. Honestly the list could go on and on . . .
4. What is your favorite color or color combo? I have always been a fan of robin's egg blue and red. It just makes me happy!
5. Do you have any other hobbies other than scrapping? I love photography. I sponsor the photography club at my high school, take photography classes, and do a bit of work on the side with weddings, a few senior pictures, and other miscellaneous gigs. I also teach Photoshop Elements at my local camera shop. It keeps me busy, for sure!
Thanks so much for joining our design team. We can't wait to see how you inspire us! Be sure to visit Kay's blog too.