Thursday, April 23, 2009

Lets Talk Cutting Machines!

I remember the days of printing paper piecings from the computer, cutting out by hand (ask my kids about the 300 1/2" tall mittens for Christmas cards!), and them piecing together.
Now, boy are there so many choices.

My first cutter was the Original Cricut(Provo Craft), or Baby Bug as its known. Then came the Exression AKA Momma or Big Bug. It was great. And there are so many cartridges to choose from! This is a stand alone machine,no computer needed but with the purchase of the Design Studio software, there is no limit!

Then I saw the Pazzles Inspiration!. WHAT??? It is awesome. Allowing so many options. You can design your own projects. No carts to buy, and is computer based. There are tons of free and for purchase files. They can be found all over the web. However, I suggest Paperthreads as a place to begin.Be sure to check out the store, and register for the forum. Michelle has a great comparison chart for all the different typs of cutting machines. There is The Pazzles, Pazzles Pro, Pazzles Inspiration,KNK,Gazelle, and more. The ladies there are AWESOME! As a matter of fact I am on the Creative Teams for Sam and Hailey Designs and Shelly's Art(paper and digital). Be sure to check out all the great designers at the store. There is also all sorts of scrapping supplies to be had here.

There is also Scrap-Savvy . They have tons of tutorials and lessons to purchase, to get you started on the right foot.There are lots of files to be found here, too. This is where I started, purchasing the lessons, and was soon on my way to cutting heaven!

And check out my message board Friend to Friend for lots of freebie Pazzles files. And also one of my other blogs All Things Paper-y. Look in the top left of the page for the link to my WPC Creations blog, for more free Pazzles files.

To sum up...There are so many different cutters, so many different reasons to choose one or the other. Do your homework, google electronic die cutters, and get cutting!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

One more day of Digi-Scrapping

I just wanted to list my favorite message boards. I spend WAY too much time here!
Scrapbook Max
Moo Two Designs
Brownie Scraps
3 Scrapateers

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Blog Trains!

What is a blog train you might ask? Its a group of designers that all design a piece of a colloration kit. You "Blog Hop" to get to each part. Some have as many as 100 designers in a train! Here are just a few to get you started. (some only last for a month, so "hop" quickly!)

All original posters/publishers are responcible for their own content!
Please remember to read all Terms of Use...some are commerical use allowed,some private use only. Always remember to give credit, if you upload a LO to any site!!

The Blog Train Blog
Auntie Social Creations
MagsGraphics Digital Scrappin' Blog (Scroll to the bottom to find the train!)
New Month New Blog Train
Michelle's-angels (scroll about half way down for train...there is also a "egg hunt" involved, for prizes)


Sunday, April 19, 2009

Best Blogs!

These are some of the BEST blogs for digital freebies!

BlueVelvet DeZigns
MeeGee Designs
Shawn Headly Designs
Adri's Creations
Digital Keepsakes
Kaccii Scrap
Rebecca's Scrapping Silliness
Serenity Blue Digital Deigns
Summertime Designs
Yardbunny Inspirations
Muchkyn Scraps

Hope you enjoy these. Tomorrow blog trains, and on Tuesday die cutting machines!

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Todays GREAT links!

Todays links are Digi-scrapping links. These will include both commercial and blog links. All original publishers are responsible for their own content!

*Scrapbook MAX! is by far the easiest to use software I have found. Check out the 30 day free trial. Sign-up for the forum for tons of advise,free kits, add-ons and much more!

*Digital Scrapbooking Top 50 has so many links, it'll take all day to get though them all!

*Moo Two Designs is another great site with a store,forum,freebies and more. A really fun little site!

*Free Digital is one of Scrapbook MAX!'s top 3 sites. Lots of fun and goodies here!

*Digital Scrapbooking Freebies has done lots of foot (or finger) work work to find lots of online freebies. There are a few broken/out of date links, but for the most part a great site!

*Digitals has so many beautiful kits for sale. You can often find great sale items.

*Southern Magnolia Scrap Challenges is a site with great challenges, with freebies to go with them! It is run by Teri aka pickngrin.

*Digi Scrap TONS of freebies,a super store, forum and more!

*Mrs JayBob's all my bloggable things. She is a super designer. She designs for several online stores. Be sure to check this site!

*Magical Creations-Freebies and items for stuff!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Which kind of scrapper are you?

There are lots of different types of scrappers. Paper? Digital? Die cutting machine? Hybrid? Well I will attempt to find only the best sites for YOUR type of scrapping! Please report broken links, so I can correct or remove it!