Wednesday, September 29, 2010

More button inspiration...

So I headed to my other fellow TSM authors, to see what amazing things they had done with Charlene's buttons.  Of couse, there were plenty to choose from.  Megan created this masterpiece:

I loved how Andrea used the buttons here:

Shelley used it for the perfect center in her flower:

And Tania added it as the perfect embellishment here:

Her buttons really are gorgeous, and if you're not a kit should be!  Each month we have some gorgeous, exclusive buttons in there, and believe me, they are not to be missed!

Have a great, great Wednesday!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Buttons, Buttons, who's got the buttons???

Hey everyone!  It's Amy, and I'm thrilled to be hosting the TSM blog this week.  While we are all anxiously awaiting the October reveal, I thought I'd highlight one of my favorite parts of the TSM kits, the custom buttons.  I just adore them, and am amazed each month to see what Charlene creates for us!

I wanted to share some Oct sneaks with you:

Check out the cooooooooool buttons for this month!  I just love them.  In the last sneak, I actually painted them a bit just to tone them down some for the look I needed.  There is so much you can do with her buttons.  I used some brads to adhere them instead of just tying ribbon or twine through them.  See???  The possiblities are endless!

Here is your us up to a LO/project you've created using her fabulous buttons!  You can post your projects right here in our fabulous TSM gallery!

Hope you have a great Monday! 

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Author's Choice....

Here is my pick for this week's Author's choice! This is a layout by ckmom78! I love the color combination, the tilt of the photo, and all the elements on this page!! Great layout!! Thanks for sharing it with us in the gallery! Don't forget to share your layouts too!! You may be chosen for the next Author's choice!

Monday, September 20, 2010


When I first saw this layout in the gallery by Louise Williams I was in total awe!! I fell in love with every bit of it! Then banner, the plane, all the's just grabbed me! Louise so inspired me to create my own page using some of the same elements. Thank you Louise for posting this incredible layout in our gallery and sharing your talent with us!!

Here is a little tutorial on how I made my own half-circle banner. I used a 1 inch circle punch.

Folded it in half and apply adhesive to the inside.

Fold your circle over a piece of string or floss....and now you have a very cute banner!

Keep posting your incredible layouts to our gallery and your work may be picked for a scraplift!!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Fantastic Friday!

TGIF!!! This has been a long week for me...this always happens after a week of vacation. So I am sure glad today is Friday.

I was cruising the gallery last night and found this layout by asplashofsherry based off this week's sketch. Love it!!!!!

And last night I finished my first layout with the October kit. What an awesome kit!!!! Here is my sneak peek of it....

Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend! Thanks for hanging out here on the blog this week!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

TSM Designer Andrea created this gorgeous layout based off this week's sketch using the SOLD OUT September kit.
I love the way she folded up the corner and added all those buttons.
I love the way she wrapped the ribbon around the pattern paper.
Most of all.....I love this photo and scripture!

She rocked the sketch too!

Come back tomorrow and I'll share an October kit sneak or two....

September TSM SOLD OUT!!

Reserve your OCTOBER "The Story Matters" Kit TODAY!
Subscription, without the commitment!
You do NOT have to worry about a 3, 6 or 12 month subscription when ordering The Story Matters!
Each order PROMISES you a kit for the next month, BUT you can cancel ANY MONTH before the 25th (10 days after Sneak Peeks and ~10 days BEFORE the next kit comes out!)!! You quite when YOU want! It's that simple!
Great kits!
Great value!
Great designers!
Great weekly challenges!
Kits, made simpler!
So reserve your October Kit TODAY! :)

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Sneak time!

megan: Check back soon for more wonderful sneaks by The Authors!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Author's Choice

I was cruising the gallery this weekend and fell in love with this sweet layout by KirstenW. Just look at this sweet precious baby girl!!!!

"Sweet Baby Girl"

And love how Kristen used the August kit!
Thanks Kristen for sharing your work with us!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Sketch Week!

This week is sketch week. Here is a simple sketch which can be used to highlight one focal photo.

Here is my take on the sketch. However, I decided to highlight 3 photos instead of one.

"Simple Family" created using the September kit.

Visit us Thursday to see how Andrea used the sketch.
Be sure to share your takes on the sketch.

Sunday, September 12, 2010


Here's another card I created using the September Kit.
The only thing I added was the grunge board number and a few stamps.
Everything else is the kit.

I love this card by Tania
This pinwheel is absolutely whimsical.
And the patterns on the paper work so well side-by-side

Keep checking in over the next little while for more CARD INSPIRATION,
Because if you can scrap, you can make cards.
(They are like mini layouts)

Go get your Craft On!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

It's Card Week.

Were you the lucky one to get the last one?
Don't wait so long next month,,, sign up today,

Here's another card using this AWESOME Kit.
These Badges are all the rage, and very easy to make.
Simply cut 2 2x12" strips and fold the paper like a fan.
Adhere them into a circle, and then add a circle base on top.
It's that simple!
I used the Sassafras Sticker for the center,
and a simple sentiment sticker.
Whit gel pens always finish off a card.

Are you using your scraps to make cards?
Let's see them,
Post them in the gallery.

Tune in tomorrow for another fabulous card,

Friday, September 10, 2010

Only ONE September kit LEFT!!!!

Wanna scraplift some of the FABULOUS ideas you have seen here this month on The Story Matters??
Ya better GRAB it, before it is GONE!!!!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Author's Choice

It's my first time to pick a favorite.
I fell in love with this layout by asplashofsherry
I love the misted title and journalling strips.
Looove it!
And here's a note:
Upload Anything to the Gallery...
layouts, atc's. altered items.... and CARDS!
I would really love to see some of everything there.

Congrats Sherry for your feature.. well deserved...
and keep em coming!

Meet our September Guest Designer...

We're so excited to have had Brandy join us this month. Love her designs!
Here's a bit more about the wonderful Brandy:
Hi! I’m Brandy! I live in Central Iowa with my husband John and furbaby, Diesel. I work full-time as a loan processor, part-time mortgage closer, and by night a freelance graphic designer. I have been scrapbooking for over 13 years. I love that I can combine scrapbooking with my drawing, painting, and sewing hobbies. If you were to ask me what my favorite part of this hobby is besides playing with paper, I would say remembering. When I am not scrapbooking, or working, I love to camp. I also love riding our Harley to where ever the bike takes us and documenting our many journeys.

I’ve also been so blessed to have made so many friends across the country and abroad through this wonderful hobby. I’m so excited and honored to be this month's guest designer at The Story Matters!!

And her beautiful work that she did with the September kit:

Awesome! Thank you Brandy!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Check it Out!

I don't know about you guys,
but I looove making cards.
What else are you going to do with your scrap?
This week Im going to be bringing you cards, cards cards.
All made from TSM kit.

Here's my first one.
I simply sprayed mist over a white cardstock base,
and sprinkled some black paint as well.
i used my good ol' Cuttlebug to die cut the hearts.
And then handcut a mat for each one.,
I then adhered them to the front of the card with my sewing machine.
( I like the imperfect look)
And added a sticker sentiment.
This one was so easy with very little paper.

Check out this gorgeous card by Megan...
I adore the yellow base ( it is my favorite color)
And you won't believe how easy it is to sew on paper.
( I dare you to try)
And doesn't it totally complete the look?

So tune in tomorrow for AUTHOR'S CHOICE
and another card.

Technique Tuesday Journaling Stamps Winner!

Before the kids left for school, we cut up all the comments and drew a winner......


Summer Braxton said...
these stamps are really unique and wonderful!! not surprising from Ali of course.

September 3, 2010 12:19 PM
Please email me at kimbgarner{at}yahoo{dot}com
Thanks! Have a great Tuesday!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

September Reveal!!

September @ The Story Matters!

The perfect transition from back to school into fall! With a journaling line and sewing template to help you tell your story or add that little something extra to your projects...



You would not BELIEVE all that "The Authors" have in store for you this month using this fabulous kit!

How does it work here at The Story Matters?

-Each kit is $24.99 (plus s&h)

-When you buy your first kit, you are signed up for the next kit...
*You can cancel ANY month before the next month (by the 25th)
-a full 10 days after the sneak
peeks of the coming month!
-EACH week there are challenges! We like to encourage journaling and telling your story here @
The Story Matters... so we feel anyway we can help you do that, the better!

Note: Have you checked out our designers?!? (Known as "The Authors")

There isn't a month that goes by that these girls aren't published in the leading scrapbook magazines, designing for the biggest and trendiest scrapbook manufacturers, or just plain scrapping something FABULOUS!
Check each out via the links to the left!

And here is a preview of some of the creativity they have in store for you this month!!: