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K & Company’s Que Sera Sera Specialty and Designer Paper Pads

Reported by Kim Fox

I must admit that, generally speaking, I am partial to K&Company papers. I love the antique look of the papers, and the flourishes, and postmarks, and all the details. For this review, I am ecstatic about K&Company’s Que Sera Sera Specialty Paper Pad and Designer Paper Pad. I will focus on the papers and not the embellishments.

When working on my craft projects, I tend to go with more muted and earth tone colors. K&Company’s Que Sera Sera has changed my perspective on that. The line of papers is so unique and colorful; fun and vivid. Bright colors too like mango and lemon and strawberry. There are also hints of blues and greens. The attraction of this line of papers for me was the many layers of details in the patterns. The patterns have words, butterflies, flowers, and time pieces among many other things. The papers are certainly bold and have a personality all their own. They are a nice cardstock-like paper and not flimsy at all.

This paper will work well on your craft projects like cards and scrapbook pages. I think that they’d look nice on mini-albums a small project like a memory/jewelry box.

The specialty papers are very cool. There are 30 sheets of double- sided 12×12 papers:

  • 2 glittered
  • 4 foiled
  • 2 frothed
  • 2 shimmered

The designer papers are plentiful – 54 sheets of double-sided 12″x12″ papers.

What’s not to like about the papers? They may be too busy for you and take away from your images if you are using it on scrapbook pages. There’s also a good chance that this line is no longer available in stores. I got mine at Michael’s. On a recent trip, there were no more paper packs, but the embellishments were on sale. Finally, I’d prefer a smaller paper pad, like an 8″x8″ or a 6″x6″. has the Specialty Paper Pad for $20.59; Posh Designs Scrapbook Store has it for $24.99 and Croppin Paradise has it as well for $18.99. Two Peas in a Bucket has the Designer Paper Pad for $15.45.

On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the best, I’d give this line of papers a 10. Lots of versatility. Though they may seem frilly, you can use then on projects for the guys too.

For details on the cards, visit Radiogirl Cards blog. Here’s a video for the tag book.

GIVEAWAY TIME: I’m giving away a 4.75×6.75 K&Company Que Sera Sera paper pad. Just leave a comment and you’ll be entered to win the paper pad. Comments will close for the giveaway on Monday, June 9, 2009 at 3 p.m. (EDST).
**Sorry, international shipping is NOT available for this giveaway.

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Around the Block Tape Writer

Reported by Francie Horton

Name one thing you wanted as a child that you immediately bought yourself when you grew up. Geek that I am, for me, it was a Dymo. The original Dymo, not the fancy computerized one. My mom had to hide it because I would label everything. I loved pressing each letter into the tape, the scritch scritch scritch of turning the wheel, seeing the tape come out with my words magically printed on it in that lovely uppercase type. Oh, that uppercase type. How I wished it had lowercase and maybe even some different fonts. So when I came across the Around the Block Tape Writer I was excited.

The tape writer comes with two wheels, a lowercase and an uppercase. You can purchase additional wheels. I found four different ones – Cursive, Elegant, Ransom, and Numbers and Icons. There is not a font wheel that has both upper and lowercase, however, which is disappointing. This is probably due to size constraints; the wheels are rather small. In fact, the entire thing is very compact. The wheels come in two pieces, a top and bottom. I found the best way to keep everything together and not mixed up was a 2” binder ring. I also store all my adhesive tapes this way – both Dymo and the ones I order from Around the Block. Speaking of which, there are some adorable tapes available. No more plain solid colors! And they are interchangeable with the Dymo. You can also order self-adhesive paper strips to run through the tape writer.

Here’s what I learned in my experimenting. The tape writer works well on the plastic tape, however, the cut option doesn’t work. You’ll have to advance and use your scissors. It can be hit or miss on the paper strips. Sometimes you get a deep impression and sometimes you don’t. I would suggest lightly sanding or inking your letters afterward, also, because they’re hard to see otherwise. With both the plastic tape and the paper strips the tape writer can sometimes get hung up or put too much space between letters. It took two 12” strips just to get the few words I used on the example sheet.

It’s an inexpensive way to add text embellishment to my journal pages in different fonts, though, so it was well worth the purchase. I just have to hide it from MY kids now.


  • Lightweight, portable, easy to throw into my supply bag.
  • Several different fonts available.
  • An inexpensive gadget that adds a fun touch to my scrapbooking and journal projects.


  • Construction quality could have been a bit better. The center of mine has popped out a few times.
  • The cut function doesn’t work as it should.
  • The tape jams up and/or skips sometimes.

The tape writer is available to order from the following sites: – Here you can also see the different fonts and tapes available.

I give the tape writer an 8 out of 10 just because it’s fun. Have you tried the tape writer? What did you think of it?

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Purple Cows 13″ Hot Laminator Kit

Reported By Amanda Talbert

A couple of weeks ago I was talking to a couple of the teachers at my kids’ school. We were talking about all of the tools the teachers have access to in the workroom, and one of the teachers said, “The reason I decided to become a teacher was the laminator. I looked forward to laminating all the way through college.” Obviously that’s not really why she decided to become a teacher, but she made a good point. Laminating is cool. You can use a laminating machine to make water- and cupcake frosting-safe recipe cards. You can use a laminating machine to make sure that old picture of you in your husband’s wallet doesn’t make you look old. You can even use a laminator to make fantastic Disney-inspired Mother’s Day gifts. The best part is that you don’t have to get a teaching degree to have access to a laminator!

Purple Cows sells a 13″ Hot Laminator Kit you can use at home. The laminator retails for around $70.00. It’s small and compact, weighing in at 5 lbs., yet large enough to laminate a 12″ x 12″ scrapbook page.

To use the machine you just plug it in and turn it on with a switch on the side. There is a power light on top, and a ready light that becomes lit when the machine is hot enough to laminate. It took less than 3 minutes from plug in to green light. The kit comes with “Hot Pockets” that you sandwich your project between and then insert into the machine. They come in these sizes: 25 business card, 25 letter, 5 luggage, 5 6″x6″, 5 8″x8″, and 5 12″x12″ hot laminating pouches. You can buy refills of the pouches online, at craft stores, and in office supply stores.

The hot pocket will slowly draw into the laminator and when it appears on the other side it will be heat-sealed closed. I timed how long it took for one of my business card-sized hybrid mini album pages to make the journey from cold to hot, and it took 21 seconds.

The laminator is very easy to use, and I have already thought of a million things to use it for. I’ve made two of these mini albums; the first is already being enjoyed by the gift recipient.

I do have two complaints. First, the leading end of the pouch can sometimes come out the other side slightly bent or crimped. Second, a few of my pouches didn’t seal along the sides.

I found a second trip through the machine, perpendicular to the original pass, fixed both of these problems completely. You cannot laminate very thick items like chipboard or 3D embellishments. I didn’t have a problem with this because I wanted to attach these elements after the laminating to give some depth and texture to my project. You can laminate things that are the thickness of several sheets of paper. My project consisted of two sheets of glossy photo paper.

Digital Hybrid template by Melissa Wilson Designs at The Digi Chick.


  • Affordable to the home crafter and scrapbooker
  • Easy to set-up and use
  • Compact and light-weight
  • Refills are easy to find and inexpensive
  • There are a wide range of uses


  • Crimping on one edge of laminated pouch.
  • May take two passes in order to completely close the pouches.
  • Doesn’t laminate 3D items (but would you want it to? They wouldn’t be 3D anymore.)

You can purchase the Purple Cows 13″ Hot Laminator at
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Bottom line, I would buy this again. I love being able to protect my knitting patterns, my paper crafts, and my recipes. I’m not sure I can live without the ability to laminate my photos. Do you have any suggestions for things I can laminate? What would you laminate? I can’t wait to find something new!

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