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Review | Disney Parks Scrapbook Supplies

Reported by Julie Tiu

Have you ever toted your scrapbooking tools and supplies on vacation? And while on vacation, do you find yourself scouring the local stores for supplies because you’ve run out? I vacationed in Walt Disney World this summer, and was nicely surprised at the availability of paper goods. And, if you’re wondering if they are more expensive than your local supply store – they are actually similar in price.

At almost every gift or memorabilia store, you will find a section with photo albums, scrapbooking supplies, stickers, writing tools and even scissors!

This “Four Parks, One World” WDW Deluxe Scrapbook Kit retails for $22.95 at the park shops. It contains stickers, die-cuts and themed pages. All coordinated for your convenience.

These paper edgers are also offered at stores… how about those Mickey ears? These scissors retail for approximately $9.00

And what about some rubber stamps to complete your set? The Minnie Mouse Wooden stamp set costs about $17.

I will admit that I was way too busy having fun with my kids and husband at the Disney parks. Crafting on vacation never seems to work out even though I bring along a marker set and scissors (in a checked bag – if we’re flying). But Disney does an incredible job at making sure you have absolutely everything you need to have a magical time at their locations – even for us crafty vacationers.

Have you used Disney scrapbook paper or supplies? Did you buy them while on vacation or from your local store? How did you capture your vacation moments? Let us know in the comments!

How To: The Ins and Outs of Thickers – Part 2

Reported by Morgan Novak
Whew! Are you still recovering from the length of The Ins and Outs of Thickers – Part 1? I think I might be, but it’s time to jump right back in. There are more than 100 sets of Thickers in American Crafts‘ most recent catalog, and that doesn’t even take into account all the previous sets that don’t happen to be in the catalog anymore! Think about all the possibilities! In part 1 of this article we covered all the chipboard based Thickers (pearl, flocked, glossy, foil, chipboard, natural chipboard, glitter, fabric covered & patterned) and now we’ll learn all about the rest of the Thickers types.

Foam Thickers are how Thickers first came onto the scene. The original Thickers release was all foam! Because of the natural give of foam they adhere amazingly well to just about any surface. They also allow a little bit of flexibility when it comes to re-shaping them a little if you are trying to make a title or word follow a curve, or if you want to squish them a little to make them fit in a smaller space! Foam Thickers currently come in two different forms, glitter-covered and basic.

1. Glitter Covered Foam Thickers are a lot like the Glitter Covered Chipboard Thickers as far as altering, but they have a little more give to them if you need to re-shape.

You won’t be able to fully change the colors of your Glitter Covered Foam Thickers with ink, but you will be able to add another color for some extra dimension. Just lightly rub each letter along the surface of your Staz On ink pad and you’ll get a pretty cool effect. And, because the glitter on these is so fantastic you won’t get any glitter shedding onto your ink pad!
2. Basic Foam Thickers come in a ton of fonts and colors and offer a whole bunch of altering possibilities if you’d like to change them up a little bit.

You can change the color of your Foam Thickers completely with a Copic Sketch Marker. Because of the porous nature of the foam you get a cool velvet kind of look when layering on the color with you marker.

Another cool way to change the color of your Foam Thickers is by carefully pressing them into a soft ink pad like Versamagic or Brilliance. Just remember to give these wet inks some time to set before you start handling them.

I find the Foam Thickers to be the easiest to draw on. You can easily use just about any fine tipped journaling pen, (I like Triplus Fineliners), to draw anything you like right on the letters.

Another fun way to add to your Foam Thickers is as easy as stamping on them, whether you are adding a pattern, a word, or a date like I did here.

Puffy Thickers bring me right back to my sticker book obsessed days in the 80’s! They come in three different forms; Glitter Puffy, Puffy and Patterned Puffy.

The best way to alter the Puffy Thickers is using rub-ons, in this case I chose Hambly rub-ons. I found that, because of the material the Puffy Thickers are made of, the rub-on sheet and subsequently the rub-ons themselves stick very nicely to them.

Vinyl Thickers are another of my favorites in the Thickers family! Just be careful of where you store them! I found that mine were a little too close to my heat register and they began to curl a little and lose the edges of their sticky. Oops! If this has happened to you too, don’t worry! Simply use some Glossy Accents on the back for some additional adhesive and you’ll be all set!

Like the plain Foam Thickers, you can draw on these as well. Just use a smudge proof pen, like the American Crafts Slick Writers, so that the ink stays on the vinyl instead of on your hands.

The same theory applies to stamping on the Vinyl Thickers! Be sure to use a Staz On pad so that you don’t get any smudge, just stamped goodness.

The Vinyl Thickers lend themselves very nicely to rub-ons also. Here I used my favorite mini alphabet rub-ons from Doodlebug to add a little message to a letter.

There are a couple types of Thickers that are no longer in the American Crafts catalog, but I’m sure they are still available here and there, and I know that I certainly still have them in my personal Thickers stash.

1. Velvet Thickers were a super lush, really cool texture. When using them you may want to add a little extra adhesive to the back of them because of the fuzz.

2. Felt Thickers were another early Thickers material, and happen to be another one of my favorites. Because of their natural give they are also really awesome on any type of surface. I’m kind of hoping that they’ll bring these guys back sometime soon!

The last type of Thickers we have to talk about are the Accent Shapes and Borders. The Accent Shapes come in a variety of materials, just like the alphabet Thickers. The Border Thickers are a relatively new addition to the Thickers family. This Winter’s CHA release is the first to feature the Borders with every new collection, but they made their real debut in American Crafts’ last Halloween collection. The Borders are all printed chipboard and a true 12″ long border.

Well, those are all the types of Thickers! I thought I’d end this 2 part how to with a few techniques you can easily use to add a little flair to just about all the types of Thickers.


Remember, Thickers do allow you to easily alter them in all kinds of fun ways, but they are also awesome just the way they are! I hope you’ve been inspired! It’s clear that I have a real Thickers addiction, and I’m sure that a lot of you are with me on that! It seems impossible to choose, but if I had to pick just one favorite Thickers font I think it would be “Platforms.” What’s your favorite Thickers font?
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7Gypsies Binderie Punch

Reported by Amanda Talbert

I love to admire, covet, and buy scrapbook paper. I’m sure I’m not the only one. The problem with this, beyond storage, is how to use it. You see, I am not much of a scrapbooker. An entire scrapbook worth of work is a very long-term project and I do not have the attention span for it. That’s why I love mini albums and hybrid scrapping.

Putting together all the little things I have made so that I can turn them into a lovely gift or store them for perusing later can be a challenge. That’s where the Binderie by 7Gypsies comes in. As 7Gypsies says on their website, with the Binderie you can, “Bind it in style!”

I ordered my Binderie from Two Peas in a Bucket for $19.95 and it arrived very quickly. It came with the device and a starter kit that includes paper, bookboard, and binder rings for putting it all together.

The instruction booklet also had very nice pictures and descriptions to help me learn how to use the placement slider for getting nicely placed and evenly spaced punches. It was this spacking help that first intrigued me about the device. Watch the videos on this page to learn a little more.

I decided to really put the hole punching strength of this little baby to the test with my project. I went right for punching holes in CDs since I had some freebies around. I also felt pretty strongly that if the Binderie could punch through CDs without breaking them then it could do just about anything. I started with just a plain CD to see how it would go.

All I had to do was slide the CD in a push the little button on top and I had a very nice hole. The Binderie didn’t make a single grumble about going through the thick plastic, and the hole it made was very smooth and clean. I checked closely; there are no cracks radiating from the hole, and no chips anywhere in the plastic.

Once I was convinced the Binderie punch could handle the CD, I set out to do a little Christmas in July crafting. I covered CDs with lovely scrapbooking paper and diecut letters and then stuck them in the punch and let her rip.


After I punched holes in the CDs I strung raffia through them. I was a little worried that the edges of the holes would cut the thin raffia. I moved the banner I made quite a bit and there were no problems at all.


When I was making my banner I covered both sides of the CD with a layer or two of paper. In the closeup below you can see how nicely it punched.

I also made a small hanger for my daughter’s door with the same technique.


The Binderie takes 6 AA batteries or you can buy an A/C adapter for it. I used it with batteries. The paperwork that came with it say that it can punch paper, cardstock, bookboard, but that you shouldn’t try to punch acrylic with it. I tried paper, card, CD plastic, grungeboard, and cereal box. It worked on all of them.

Pros:

  • The Binder is compact and light-weight. You could take it along to craft just about anywhere.
  • The electrical operation triggered by the button on the top is much easier than having to manually punch a hole in something.
  • There are a wide variety of things you can punch.
  • The holes punched are round, smooth, and even.
  • You can punch one hole or two and with the slide out part of the unit you can evenly place as many holes as you want.

Cons:

  • If you don’t want to burn through batteries you will have to buy the A/C adapter seperately.
  • It can be a little difficult to get the hang of the slide out arm, it takes practice.
  • There is a set depth for hole placement. You can’t punch a hole out in the middle of anything.
  • The price for the Binderie from most of the sites I looked at is twice what I paid for it.

Where to buy:

If my 7Gypsies Binderie went missing, I would buy it again. I would buy it over and over if I had to. That’s how much I like it. I can hardly wait to try punching something else. Do you have any suggestions for me? I would love to let you know how it punches through all of your favorite craft things.

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