Monday, October 20, 2014
As always, the challenge threads in our forum are full of creativity and inspiring projects from our members!!

I really love the card round robin since I am not so much of a card maker. There's always inspiration in that thread!

Check out this gorgeous Christmas card that Sue made with Maja Designs Autumn Basics, I love the non traditional Christmas colors, and, since I've been camping in the woods for the last two weeks, the nature theme really appeals to me.  In fact, one morning while we were walking the dogs, we saw two deer standing quietly just off our path.

Here's another really great card, don't you just love the bloom girl stamped image?

There are other really pretty cards in the round robin too, be sure to check it out in the round robin thread!

Lots of spooky things going on in the layout round robin thread this month!  Take a good look at the spider web on this layout created by Barbara, its done with liquid pearls!

This one makes me think of Edgar Allen Poe.  Love this spooky creation from Christy!

I especially love our monthly Swirly Girl Challenge because it's hosted by our members and every month it's a different challenege.  This month our host is Cheryl and the theme is fall favorites. 

This is such a great layout from fellow DT member, Kim, illustrating one of her favorite fall pastimes, football!

Ang's monthly butterfly challenge always inspires the Swirly Gals to create beauty.  The challenge with this month's kit, Treasured Yesterday's inspired Barbara to create this lovely layout!

Our sketch challenges bring out the best in everyone and here are a few stunning layouts from the Vintage Love sketch challenge.

From Amy:

And Cheryl:

The next two layouts are from our Treasured Yesterdays sketch challenge.  

Mellisa did this lovely layout.


This is Heather's beautiful layout.

And finally let me share this stunning mini from Ginny that was the winner of Ang's Vintage Love Butterfly challenge.  Be sure to visit the forum to see all of this lovely mini and the other gorgeous work done for this challenge.

Sunday, October 19, 2014
This weeks layout winner is a little bit girly, a little bit vintage. The contrast of the dark background compliments the light airy feel of the heart panel. Throw in those yummy pink flowers, script stamping, adorable photo( wanna pinch those cheeks ) and you have a perfectly balanced scrapbook page! Congrats Ginny!

Saturday, October 18, 2014
Happy Saturday!

The October kit is simply fabulous, and I have so many plans to use it all up! Here's an altered mason jar I made last night.

I am using this as a "good things" jar. I got the idea off of Pinterest to keep a jar on the counter and every time something "good" happens, write it down on a piece of paper and throw it in the jar. You can read them once a month or once a year. It's pretty fun and helps remind you of all the good things in your life. I recently moved, and my good things jar BROKE. So, it was time to make a new one.

Here's the video tutorial:

Thanks for checking out the blog today!

Friday, October 17, 2014
Have you heard??  
Swirlydoos is having a Pinterest Party! 
 Gather your scrap supplies and let's get creative!! We're going to bring some 
beautiful Pinterest projects  to life!!  Invite your friends because this is going to be fun!  

If you want to try something fun but need some inspiration, play along with the Swirlydoos Pinterest Party Challenge!  Were making a huge mess, digging into our stash and having way too much fun!  Who knows there may be a prize to go along with all that fun!! Swirlydoos is providing the Pin Palette and the prize all you have to do is play along!  

You do not have to be a subscriber to play along we want anyone and everyone to play!!

Here's how it works:
Create a project from the photo here.You can choose anything that inspires you from this photo, colors, texture, flowers....anything goes!! For those of you who have never played along with a challenge like this it's can create a project simply using the colors such as pink yellow and blue or you can use a piece of patterned paper with a wood background.  You could simply add pink blue or yellow roses to your project.  It doesn't have to be a scrapbook page, if you want to create an altered project or card you can.

When you're done creating your project, head on over to the Swirlydoos gallery on Facebook and upload it to the October Pinterest Party photo album. A random winner will be chosen from the submissions.  Have fun!  

Here is the link to our Facebook Gallery

This Challenge ends on Oct. 31, 2014.
Here's what you could win!!

Here's a couple of cards I created for this fun Challenge.  I used the October Swirlydoos Kit Vintage Love but you can use whatever you have in your stash!  I chose to use simply the colors blue and pink for these cards.
 You do not have to be a subscriber for this challenge and you don't have to use the kit. You can use your stash for this! Anyone can play!!

Thanks for playing long!  We can't wait to see what you create!!

Thanks for stopping the Swirlydoos Blog today!!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Halloween is always a fun time of the year for my family. So, while searching around I found this Spook-tacular layout by Jan. She created this boo-tiful page for the Git Yer Spook On Round Robin. I love the non-traditional Halloween colors as she went more for the Ghostly effect! And you gotta love that photo! Wow!! Congrats Jan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Welcome to:
Swirlydoos Kit Club 
October Scrapbook Kit Reveal!

Swirlydoos is proud to bring you our beautiful October collection:

Treasured Yesterdays


And check out these coordinating add ons that perfectly compliment our October scrapbook kit!

Take a Video Tour of the "Treasured Yesterdays" Scrapbook Kit Collection!

Has it sold out? - become a subscriber and not only will you never miss a kit again, but you'll also pay less for your monthly scrapbook kits!
*Mention this reveal and save 10% on your first kit*

 Never miss one of our kits again!

We have some absolutely beautiful scrapbook projects for you to see today!!  Here's what our design team has been working on:

Our Guest Designer, Linda Pekrul

You can see more of Linda's projects on her blog


You can see more of Angelica's projects on her blog


You can see more of Debbie's projects on her blog


You can see more of Helena's projects on her blog.

Jamie is sharing a video with us using products in the "mediums" add on kit.
You can see more of Jamie's work on her blog. 

Kim is sharing her anatomy of this layout:
You can find her step by step tutorial HERE. 
You can see more of Kim's projects on her blog.


You can see more of Maggi's projects on her blog.


You can see more of Maja's projects on her blog.


You can see more of Paulien's projects on her blog.

Rae is sharing a video she made using the October project add-on for this project:

And this is the video tutorial:

You can see more of Rae's projects on her blog.

Make sure you've "LIKED & FOLLOWED" us on Facebook to get sneak peeks and coupon codes good for the brand new, must have CHA goodies in our online store!


October Sketch, created by our amazing sketch artist, Beggahuna!

This beautiful sketch is your inspiration, now get creating! Our October sketch challenge runs until November 15th, and is open to EVERYONE! Upload your layout into the "Treasured Yesterdays" album in the Swirlydoos Facebook Gallery and you will be entered to win a fantastic prize pack from Swirlydoos! Check the sketch challenge thread in our forums to see what the designers and other members have created using this sketch for inspiration!

This is the sketch challenge prize:

This month, we're doing things a little different! We're moving our inspirational gallery over to Facebook so that more scrapbookers can easily access and add projects. We're having our Grand October Unveiling on our Facebook Page as well! And, now for the prizes to be won during the Swirlydoos Scrapbook Kit September reveal!!!!!

Here's all you have to do:
2. Create your own album in our gallery.
3. Post five of your projects! 

Anyone with an album can win! Here's what's up for grabs:

You can also win a prize when you like and share the Swirlydoos Facebook page!
Like and share our current contest post! Tag as many friends as you want in the comments.
 When we reach our goal of 3000 likes,  you can win this fabulous coordinated scrapbook kit,

Saturday, October 11, 2014
Hello everyone,
So.... I'm going to give you a bigger sneak, then we already did posted in the announcement thread. This card is made with the, October "Treasured yesterdays" kit.
OMG ladies you will going to LOVE this kit.

And here is how it came together:

For the base of my card I folded an A4 piece of cardstock double, and trimmed it down to 
 5.3/8 x 6.1/2 inch. My fold is on the left side.

Then I cut 2 strips of PP. 1 for the bottom, 5.1/4 x 1.1/4 inch and one for the top,
5.1/4 x 7/8 of an inch.

This is the PP I chose for the center piece of my card, and I cut it at 5.1/4 x 4.1/2 inch

Then the barcode strip (of the same paper I used) was cut in 2 strips of 5.1/4 inch wide.
the little piece at the top is an excess piece.

I slightly distressed the edges of the papers and inked them up, using Vintage Photo Distress ink. Glued them to the base card like this.

The top strip and 1 of the barcode strips: I got their edges distressed and inked. Glued them down like in the picture.

Then I took this note card. I cut 7/8 on an inch off, of the left side and 1.3/8 inch from the bottom. Then I eyeballed the center and tore the paper (towards me) till I recieved a, kind of triangle shape.

like so

I glued it to the card like this, but didn't add glue all the way to the edges. I wanted to be able to curl/roll some of it up.

The "ïn between" space was filled with a piece of cardboard

And on top of that I glued the second piece of the barcode strip.

Then I tore off a piece from a mesh bad-sponge for adding texture.

I took some hemp cord, wrapped it around my hand 3 times and stapled it in the middle.

Both the mesh and the hemp cord were glued down like this. The little white piece in the middle is to prevent getting glue on my fingers.

Look at that texture!!!! I love it.

I took 2 of the leaves off of the flowers, that came in the prima flowers pack. Inked their edges and glued them to the top like this.

I chose the yellow rose and one of the wooden embellishments to be my focal piece.

On one of the stickpins that came in the Main kit, you find this little clock. I removed the pin and glued it to the wooden frame like this.

From the lace, I cut 3 little strips.....

and glued them like this. 2 at the right top and one on the left bottom.

Then I thought that I could cut this wooden embellishment to just use the word "dream"
Well.... "in my dreams" The top layer came off and I thought, oh well, then we only use the top layer. I inked up the edges with walnut stain distress ink, directly from the pad and left it to dry.

Then I added some distress stickles to my flower and I fussy cut a tiny yellow butterfly which I placed at the right top.

In the meantime the ink had dried, I glued my word "dream" in place. And for the finishing touch I glued 3 golden pearls in the left bottom corner.

And I called it DONE!

I hope you enjoyed this step by step tut!
Enjoy your weekend!



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