Spellbinders Blog Frenzy


Edited to add: Thanks to everyone who entered the Spellbinders' 5th Anniversary Party to win my Die Template release. You can no longer enter to win my release. Please check out the links below to enter the contest on other blogs. Check the Spellbinders blog for announcements on daily winners. The Grand Prize winner will be announced on January 30. 

PLEASE NOTE: Commenting on this post is welcome but does not enter you into the contest. This contest is sponsored directly by Spellbinders Paper Arts. Please read the post to find directions for entering the contest. If you have any questions, please e-mail ContestQuestions@spellbinders.us.

I hope you have been having fun during the Spellbinders Blog Bash!  I know I am.  I love seeing what each Designer has created with their dies.  It’s my turn today and I’m so excited to be able to share with all you!

Spellbinders is celebrating their 5 Year Anniversary by sharing 16 days of sneak peeks, with LOTS of drawings for dies!!  There will be a drawing for the die I am showing you and the previously revealed dies during the Spellbinders 5 Year Anniversary Celebration.  Each day an additional die is added to the daily giveaway list for a grand total of 16 dies on the 16th day of reveals!

If you’ve enjoyed seeing all the sneak peeks up to this point, I know you’re going to enjoy the remaining ones.  Don’t forget to check in with the following Designers each day to enter their contest.  You’ll have until 11:59 pm CST on January 16th to visit Keri Lee Sereika’s blog to enter yesterday’s give-away:

Jan. 18:  Donya Schroeder – Donya Schroeder
Jan. 19:  Linda Duke – Linda’s Works of Heart
Jan. 20:  Trudee Sauer – Follow your Bliss


My Sneak Peek to share with you today is the Grand 12" Heirloom Scroll Border, DIE SKU #S7-013, MSRP $24.99.


I know that this 12" border would make a wonderful border for a scrapbook page.  But I want to take it up a notch and use the border to frame an entire page.


I selected a patterned paper with a bold design.  While I could easily choose a paper with an overall pattern and cut four vertical strips from it to create a frame, I wanted to choose something that would be a bit more challenging.  This paper has a great border around it.  How can we use that border for our frame?  I needed an entire sheet AND a small scrap of the same paper in order to accomplish this.


I began by cutting a strip from the border edge of the patterned paper.  I did this for two opposite sides (right and left edges of the paper) and die cut/embossed these two pieces.

The remaining strips (top and bottom) are now shorter than 12".  In order to extend them to the full 12" length, I pull out my scrap piece of paper and die cut just enough to finish off the pieces I've already cut. 

I am not bothering to try to match the pattern of the paper.  The embossing as well as the next step will unify the piece.  Once these pieces are die cut and embossed, I adhered them together to make a full 12" border.  It is really easy to layer and match up the cut edges.


Now I took the Copic Airbrush System with a blue marker, and airbrushed each border through the die.  It doesn't take a lot to get a nice impact.  I start lightly and added more as needed.  See the difference?  Click on the picture for a closer look if you'd like.


Next I placed all four finished borders onto a 12" printed transparency overlay and adhered it lightly at the corners to hold it in place.


To attach it firmly to the transparency overlay, I placed mini-brads into the diamond cut-outs located in the center of each border piece.  As long as the head of the brad is larger than the cut-out, it will hold the two layers firmly together.  I used white flower brads from Creative Impressions.


The border pieces have cut-outs along the edge, and where the four corners overlap.  Using a Cropadile, cut through the transparency overlay at these points.  I selected a thin ribbon, approx. 60" long and threaded it through these holes around the perimeter.  I left a long tail at the entrance and use the remaining ribbon to meet up and tied a bow in the corner of the frame.


I used the negative space from a leftover scrap to make a title / journaling block.  I love the parentheses shaped edge!


Now it's time to adhere my pictures.  One 4" x 6" and two 2" x 2 1/2" photos and a journaling spot fit perfectly on this overlay.  A title completes the page.

  • Paper: Prima Angelique collection, Clear Paintable  overlay, Times Alphabet chipboard letters and Whispered Words letter stickers.
  • Ink:  Copic Sketch Marker with ABS-1
  • Accessories:  Spellbinders S7-013 Grand 12" Heirloom Scroll Border; May Arts ribbon; Creative Impressions white flower mini-brads

    But I'm not done yet.  I've created a transparent page with double-sided paper.  So we have not only one, but two layouts!  By simply 'sandwich-ing' the photographs and journaling blocks, we can get two pages from one set of supplies.  The ribbon works on both sides as well.  I simply added a bow on this side too.  The embossed border now shows its debossed side – which is equally as beautiful and a subtle decoration to the reverse side.


    And there is a way to use the brads that were pierced through the other side as well.  They become anchors for these shaped clipiolas.


    And now our beautiful details are doing double duty, creating a lovely layout with an efficient use of scrapbooking supplies.

    If you already have another die cutting machine, and not the Spellbinders Wizard, it is so easy to use Spellbinders Dies with your machine.  Check out these Spellbinders Videos to actually see how easy it is to get professional looking projects with Spellbinders.

    Now, for all the details on the BIG CONTEST!

    Spellbinders 5 Year Anniversary Celebration
    Sneak Peek Party Drawing Information

    Spellbinders will randomly pick one entry from each of the 16 Spellbinders Sneak Peek Blog reveals as stated in the “Rules”. This name will be drawn to receive the die being revealed and any other dies listed as a part of said blog give-away. These entries must follow all rules stated below to be valid for the drawing.  Entrants visiting all 16 Spellbinders 5 Year Anniversary Celebration Sneak Peeks Blog reveals and correctly entering their information into the 16 separate drawings, as described below, will automatically be entered into a GRAND PRIZE give away of a full set of all 28 NEW RELEASE dies debuting at the Winter Craft and Hobby Association Show in Anaheim, California, on January 25-28, 2009!

    Any participant wishing to be included in the daily drawing for the Spellbinders Birthday Celebration Sneak Peek die give away must adhere to all of the following rules:

    1. Participant must click on the provided link on Reveal blog to enter each individual drawing on sneak peeks between January 5 and January 20, 2009.
    2. Participant must type in the subject line the name of the die being revealed.
    3. Participant must send their entry for this blog before 12:00 midnight Central Standard Time on January 18, 2009.
    4. Participant is only allowed to enter each of the 16 Spellbinders sneak peek blog give away drawings one time per sneak peek. Participant must use the same email address daily to be considered for grand prize entry, no exceptions. Please consider whether you will have access to the same email address from January 5th through the 20th and plan accordingly.
    5. Spellbinders Design Team members and employees are not eligible for drawings.
    6. Any participant wishing to be automatically entered into the drawing for the Spellbinders 5 Year Anniversary Celebration Sneak Peek Grand Prize drawing, must enter the drawing from all of the 16 blog reveals and follow all the above rules.

    Please note:
    *Spellbinders will only use email information to contact the winner.
    *Spellbinders will not share this email address with any other parties.
    *Spellbinders will not use this email information for advertisements or communications
    other than to contact the winner.
    *If you wish to be included in further communications from Spellbinders, please go to their home page and sign up at Spellbinders Paper Arts for their newsletter.

    To enter the Spellbinders 5 year anniversary drawing, click here. (Link no longer available since contest on this blog has ended. Please see the list at the top of this entry for current contest entry places.)

    If you have questions regarding the contest, please send an e-mail to ContestQuestions@spellbinders.us.

    For more Spellbinders product release information go to Spellbinders Paper Arts.

    I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing how to make a framed layout using the Spellbinders' Grand 12" Heirloom Scroll Border as much as I enjoyed making it.  Don’t forget to register for the contest and have a great day!

    Edited to add: Some of you have asked when these dies will be available for purchase. Official word is that they should ship to retailers around the last week of February and be available for purchase around the first week of March.

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