THE ART OF GIVING: Thanks for stopping by and getting involved in this great opportunity. In starting off the new year, Christine and I decided to put together a challenge blog that would not only provide you with inspiration and free goodies, but to also let you know about the many ways we can "PAY IT FORWARD" to others in our simple and GIGANTIC ways. We hope that in combining both inspiration and giving to others, we can all make this world a better place, one layout, card, and gesture at a time. Thank you for taking this journey with us.

Happy Earth day!  

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Happy Earth Day!

Hey Scrappy Friends! While you are working on those projects for our latest challenge take a look what Cher has done as an Upcycling project that you can do with your kids at home!  This is perfect for a rainy day or any old time for that matter! Great job Cher!

A pictoral how to from Cher

Here is an easy going green card to make.

What you will need:


Goldfish box or bag

blue and green card stock scraps

light blue card stock

bubble wrap


double-sided extra tacky tape

Martha Stewart leaf punch and some scrap yarn optional

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Hope you like it!  Great use of upcycling products Cher !!! Way  To go!!!! 

Remember Ladies you Still have 8 days left in our challenge!  So hop to it!   We can't wait to see what you come up with!  And if you haven't seen what it is al about.  Scroll down and check it out!

Don't forget about the Earth day Blog Carnival at ! Check it out today!

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Scrap it forward is Going Green!!!  

Friday, April 16, 2010

Earth day is around the corner you know, and we are paper crafters with a conscience!  We reuse, recycle and upcycle whenever we can and so should you!  Don't just throw your old scrap supplies away, donate them to children's hospitals.  There are plenty of kids who would love to use them and make a big mess while doing so.  Just imagine the difference that you could make in someone's day.

Now for the not so obvious...your daily household items that you recycle or items that you think are old and you want to just throw away... may just be something you could upcycle. What is Upcycle you ask?  It is to  to transform discarded or second-hand resources into a new or altered object.

So that is what the design team did this time around in honor of our upcoming Earth day.  We hope to inspire you as well. Here is what all of us came up with.

Illyse went to the movies and re-used her drink carrier as a little decorative box to put on her daughter's dresser to put her little "girly stuff' in. BRAVO YOU!

Julie made this lovely welcome sign from a wooden placemat,ribbon, flowers and some other paper crafting goodies.  Anyone would feel welcome walking up to your door and seeing this colorful display.  The good news just might be that lucky person who gets to display this sign on their door.  Julie wants to spread the love just a bit more...go to her blog and find out how. You just might be the lucky one!

Vicki  upcycled a prima flower tin and did a wonderful job. She was able to use a lot of incoroporate a lot of recycled products such as the tin, vintage buttons, vintage wallpaper and book pages well as many popular crafting products such as distressing inks,crackle paints, Prima Pearls annd much more. She ahs also offered a insturctions in word format. If you wold like a copy,please email us :0).

Christine  well I stuck with a traditional layout and used some recycled elements . I made a flower of sorts with newspaper and with a bottle cap in the center. I also used one of the shopping fliers and cut a scalloped border down the side of my layout. Lastly I used one of my shopping paper bags and used it as an element in my layout.

Now our challenge to you is to show us how you upcycled making a new altered object or recycled some items to use in your layouts. Here is the prize that you can win!
An extra large bag from quick quotes to bring with you while you go shopping to cut down using those paper/plastic bags :0), a newpaper flower made by me (humor me I tried), a notebook made with recycled paper, and some fun Jillibean alpha stickers.

This challenge will run from today, Friday, April 16th, until Friday April 30th..  A winner will be  announced Sat. May 1st.

Be sure to link your project in your post for us! We all want to enjoy your work and so do our readers!

Until then, get busy and get involved. You can do a lot to help save the earth, by just doing a little.  Like checking out this website and signing little ol'petition about keeping our climate clean and using clean energy :0).
Simple ways to help our earth

Make less garbage by packing your kids lunch in a lunch box instead of a bag

Turn off the lights, TV, radio, and computer when you are not using it to save energy.

Use less water by turning off the faucet while you are not using it (while you brush your teeth).

Plant flowers and tree in your yard and put up bird feeders and houses to provide shelter for animals.

Refill water bottles that you drink out of wach day instead of buying new ones.

Use totebags at the grocery store, store them in your you don't forget!

Stop buying paper towels, period. Americans go through about 2.5 million tons of paper towels annually, an even those made of recycled materials usually end up in landfills.

And remember to join the Earth day Blog carnival at on April 22
right here!

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Winner announced for our Autism Awareness month Puzzle Piece Challenge  

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Thank you for all those beautiful entries. April is Autism awareness month and being that Autism has touched my life, I couldn't let this month go by without putting a bit of focus on it.  Thank you helping to for raise awareness. All of your entries were fantastic.  All of you not only submitted stellar work,but you also mentioned it on your blogs or message boards for double thanks again! :0)

The choice was not easy, so we decided on a random draw...the winner is...... Karen B. and I don't know what she is so "PUZZLED ABOUT"  This is wonderful work!
Karen Please contact us via our email for your mailing info and I will get your prize out asap. Now come back tomorrow for a new challenge and see what our new GDT has been up to!!!!


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Meet Our New Guest Design Team and By the way you've got just 2 more days to get those projects in!  

Monday, April 12, 2010

Hey People! It's time to introduce you to the wonderful gals that have joined our team~ meet them, greet them and get know them. These are our new talented gals! name is Julie Tucker-Wolek and I am over the TOP excited to be guesting for Scrap it Forward :):):):):):):):):) I had the honor of meeting Illyse and Christine while I was in California...and when they told me about this blog...I found the concept to just be AMAZING!!! :):):):):):):):) I have been seriously into scrapping for the past three years, but recently found out that I made my very first scrapbook back in 1985!! LOL!! It was a present for my Aunt! :):):):) I can't wait to work with this team! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

I'm a 46 year old Stay At Home Mom. I live in Round Rock, Texas with my husband of 8 years and our kids, a son, 6, and step daughter, 11. I retired from 17 years of government service to stay home and raise my children. I have been involved in arts and crafts since I was a child. More recently I owned a faux painting and home d├ęcor business and an online scrapbook store. I became involved in scrapbooking and mixed media about five years ago. I love papercrafts, altered arts and mixed media. I teach classes at local scrapbook stores, retreat centers and online on a variety of topics from basic scrapbooking to complex technique heavy altered art and mixed media projects. I also instruct students to use tools like Purple Cows Trimmers and Zutter Bind It All and DreamKuts. My scrappy style is eclectic, at best! Some days my pages are neat and simple.....others, I throw on everything I can get my hands on. I have a special love of distressed items and ephemera.

Currently, I design and teach for:

Purple Cows

Zutter Innovative Products (Original Zutter Zister)

Gecko Galz

Scrap It Forward Challenge Blog

Scrapbook Haus


Jean's Art Dolls

Rockin' R Retreat Center

I am also a:

PrimaDonna: a Prima Marketing Endorsed Artist Educator

Tattered Angels Educator

Copic Certified Designer

Certified Fiskars Demonstrator


(Our Scrap happy How to Gal)

Hi, I'm Cher from sunny California.

I've been married to a wonderful man for over 20 years, have three children, a pet bunny and two water turtles.

I have been paper crafting for about 4 years and love every moment of it. It all started with rubber stamping and now I'm hooked on the art of card making and scrapping.

I feel so blessed to have been given a chance to be part of such an amazing team at "Scrap it Forward". I can't wait for the challenges to begin!

You can check out my blog to see some of my work at


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Time for a new Challenge and Welcome to our New Guest Design team!  

Friday, April 2, 2010

The big news is Here!!! Woohoo People!!!! Thanks for the great were all holding out I see and you made our job so tough ya know! ugh!  I tell you it wasn't easy!  There are just so many talented friends out there!  Oh my goodness.

So..Illyse and I gabbed a lot..talked a bit..cried, ate chocolate, I waved my hands in the air a bit, we wished that we could take all of you, and then we settled back down and rejoined reality. Although..we did shake it it up just a bit and if you are wondering how, I am going to tell you right now. We didn't choose 2 girls like we said we would. We chose 3.  But not like you are thinking....
We chose 2 Challenge Designers to work along side us and then we decided to mix it up a bit and have a new kind of a feature on our blog in between challenges.  Yep..we are going to have our own Tutorial Crafty Teacher kinda of a gal on here. We just need to come up with a cute name for her.  She will give Step by step "Crafty How to's" on the blog.  Won't that be fun!  Yay!


DRUMROLL PLEASE..............................................................

(Crafty How to gal)
 Congrats gals..we love ya and are so happy to have you as a part of our team.  Our new gals will be formally introduced during our next challenge On April 16th.  As of right on their names and check our their blogs to see why they are so fabulous!

Thanks to all of you who gave us a try we love you for being a part of our team because without you, we wouldn't be here either. So please stick around.  And why don't you join us for our new challenge. Here it is.....

April is Autism Awareness month.  Autism has touched my life.  My son, Adam, has Asperger's syndrome, which is a high functioning form of Autism. Every year we walk for Autism Speaks and raise $ and awareness for the cause. This year I explained to him a bit more about his autism and how it made him so special. The symbol of Autism is a puzzle piece, the catch phrase is..."find the missing piece". The reason behind this is because there is still so much more to be learned about autism and not much is known about what causes autism. 
Your challenge this month is to make a  Layout, card, altered item or whatever you may desire.... and include PUZZLE PIECES IN IT .  The other part of your challeng is to simply add to your blog, read about it and learn.  Maybe you will want to join a walk or contribute to one.  Here is our walk page if you want to join our team, "WE CAN".  You can even be a "virtual walker"!

Here are our Layout samples:

Christine's Layout:

Illyse's Layout

Now all you have to do is make your lovely creation and link it to us in your post.  Please mention it on your blog along with autism speaks for another shot in a random draw for a winner.  Here is the fun prize!
This challenge starts today and will End on April 14th!  A winner will be announced on April 15th!!! Good luck and let's get the word out and


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