Wednesday, December 17, 2008


FREE Thickers (styles vary - my choice) with any order over $10.00 (excludes digi items, subscriptions, and current monthly kits). Just put the word "Thickers" in the comments section when you check out. Only valid on 12/18/2008 from 12:01am EST to 11:59pm EST. This is the final sale for the 12 Shopping Days of Christmas. The Shaker Box will be closed for a holiday break from Saturday, December 20, 2008 through Friday, December 26, 2008. We will re-open on Saturday, December 27, 2008. All orders placed during the holiday break will ship out on Monday-December 29, 2008. Thank you for your business and have a wonderful and blessed holiday!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008


$10.00 off of orders over $50.00 - excludes digi items, subscriptions, and current monthly kits. Please use coupon code MNC2X4 during your checkout. Offer good only 12/17/2008 from 12:01am EST through 11:59pm EST. Remember all orders over $25.00 will receive free shipping(refunded via paypal).


25% off of all items in the Chipboard category in the store. Please use coupon code XJDAC when checking out . Don't forget that you get free shipping on orders over 25.00 (current kits and subscriptions do not count toward free shipping). Shipping charges on orders over 25.00 will be refunded through paypal. Offer valid on 12/16/2008 from 12:00am EST until 11:59pm EST.

Sunday, December 14, 2008


40% off of all individual patterned paper. Please use coupon code 8YB5AT when checking out . Don't forget that you get free shipping on orders over 25.00 (current kits and subscriptions do not count toward free shipping). Offer valid on 12/15/2008 from 12:00am EST until 11:59pm EST.

Saturday, December 13, 2008


35% off of any one item in the store. Please use coupon code GNXG5 during your checkout to qualify. Offer excludes current kits and digi items. Valid on 12/14/08 only from 12:01 am EST until 11:59 pm EST. Free shipping on orders over $25.00 included with this sale. I will adjust the shipping charges after the sale (refund through paypal). Enjoy!

Friday, December 12, 2008


25% off on all paper collections! Offer good from 12:01am EST until 11:59pm EST on Saturday, December 13, 2008 only. Free shipping on orders over $25.00 (will be refunded after checking out). Don't forget to use coupon code HLLG2U during the check out to get the discount! Happy Holidays!


40% off all items in the following categories:

Please use coupon code ZTTB54 during the checkout. Happy Shopping!


Thursday, December 11, 2008


FREE SHIPPING on all orders over $10.00 (US only) This offer is good one day only- Thursday, December 11, 2008 from 12:01 am EST -11:59pm EST. Stay tuned to see what's next!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008


20% off all alterables! Get those Holiday mini gift albums, houses, gift card holders, etc. at a great discount and receive free shipping (I will refund the shipping charges after you check out) on orders over 25.00! Run, don't walk to The Shaker Box as there are limited quantities!!! Use coupon code UBYVV at checkout in the comments section.

Monday, December 8, 2008


A Scrapkit subscription special!!! Sign up for a 6 month subscription and get your 7th month kit FREE- just pay shipping!! You will need to put "free kit" in the comments section when you check out. Would you like to buy a 6 month subscription for someone else? Have the 7th month kit shipped to you! Current subscribers can extend their memberships to take advantage of this offer - just email me at and tell me to extend your subscription for the free kit. If the current kit sells out, your subscription will begin the following month. Offer good Tuesday December 9, 2008 only. Happy holiday shopping!

Sunday, December 7, 2008


25% off of all cricut and cuttlebug items in stock!!! Please use coupon code 6R3B9D at checkout. I will also be refunding shipping on orders over 25.00. Offer good on Monday, December 8, 2008.

Altered Gift Card Holder by Carole House

Carole House made this wonderful gift card holder using the Bare Elements gift card holder available at The Shaker Box store - Thank you Carole for the wonderful job you did. Here's her tutorial:



I created this gift card holder using the Fancy Pants Happy Holidays collection, Stampendous stamps, ribbon, gold cord, black ink pad, markers from Stampin' Up!, small hole punch, liquid adhesive, ice stickles glitter glue, and adhesive runner. First, I measured the front and back of the gift card holder, cut the patterned paper , and then glued it down using adhesive.

I cut a piece of pink paper , wadded it up using my hands, unfolding it and inking the edges with black ink. Then I created two ornaments to hang on the the Happy Holidays tag on the front using some gold cord.

I stamped the images and colored them in using the Stampin' Up! markers. I cut out the ornaments and added the ice stickles glitter glue.

Next, I measured the inside of the gift card holder and the cut out for the gift card. I cut the pink patterned paper and glue it down using adhesive.

After completing the outside cover and the inside of the gift card holder , I added some more patterned paper, ribbon, tree cutouts from one of the sheets of paper, and glued on some chipboard cutouts. It was a very simple project to complete.

I hope you enjoy it!

Saturday, December 6, 2008


I know alot of stores are celebrating the 12 days of Christmas. I thought I would do something similar, but not the same. There are approximately 12 shopping days of Christmas left in order to have your purchases shipped with enough time to wrap up your gifts and have them ready for your friends and family. Starting Sunday, December 7, 2008, I will post a daily sale for the remaining 12 shopping days till Christmas. There will be free shipping on all orders over 25.00 - which excludes all of the December kits. If you would like to have multiple items shipped to take advantange of the 12 days of sales, you would go through the check out and in the comments section put "Hold for Sale". When you accumulate over 25.00 in merchandise, your shipping will be reimbursed. Are you ready to shop??? Starting tomorrow use coupon code 2ALL7D to save 20% off of all stamps!

Friday, November 28, 2008



The Shaker Box is having a HUGE sale on Cyber Monday. Use coupon code F56BNQ All store items, except memberships current kits, and gift certificates are on sale for 30% off!!!!!! Now's the time to stock up or send out those Secret Santa gifts! Speaking of Secret Santa and Holiday gifts, if you are sending a gift for at least 20.00 from The Shaker Box, I will ship to your gift recipient for free - complete with gift wrapping and a homemade card. Make sure that you put the ship to address in the comments section when you check out and I will take care of the rest. Happy shopping!!!
Linda :o)

Friday, November 21, 2008

SOLD OUT!!!!!!!

What a GREAT feeling! The November Shakin' Card Kit and the November Scrapkit have SOLD OUT! The card kits keep growing in popularity and I am trying to keep up with the demand by making more kits! Don't forget to check out our terrific digi add -on kits. They coordinate with our monthly scrapkits! Make sure to check the store at and sign up for your memberships - they are limited. The Gallery is now open for artwork done with the sponsor items and kits. Please feel free to post your work done with our fabulous kits. I will also be sharing artwork done with various store product, so stay tuned.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

November 08 Scrapkit- "Thanks For The Memories"

Here's the newest Scrapkit pic.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Simple Photo Layout - Do It Digi Wednesday 10/15/08

Lisa on the Digi Creative Team here with today's Do It Digi Wednesday.

Create a simple layout. Find a picture without a person in it and create that layout with journaling to challenge the reader's thoughts.

Here's my layout.........thanks for looking in advance.

Credit-Cinda right here at The Shaker Box- September 08 Digi Kit:Spring, Summer, FallSpring, Summer, Fall

Make sure you post your layout in the Shakin' Challenges HERE with a link back to the forum HERE.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Do It Digi Challenge for Oct. 8th, 2008

Ok, you'll have to forgive me! I'm still getting used to using this blog so I'm a little late posting this! This week's challenge is pretty easy.

October is known as Halloween month in my household. But, it's also Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In honor of this, pull out your pink supplies and colors and make a layout using as much of that color as you can. Bonus points if it's a non-girl layout!

Have fun and remember to post in the gallery so we can leave some love for you!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Tip: Title Placement on a Hybrid Layout

Hi everyone! I wanted to share a technique I use when placing letter stickers on a layout to create a title. I save the used tape from my tape runners and place the letters on the tape. Then I place the title on my layout and pull the tape. It is so easy and it keeps things lined up!

Sunday Sketch 10/12/08

This weeks sketch comes to us from Julie Bonner who is helping us to scrap throughout the year by providing us a sketch a week.

This is her #40 sketch for the year. Stop by and show her some love and let her know that we are out here scrapping out little hearts out using her inspiration. She can be found at:

Thursday, October 9, 2008

It's Thursday again!!

There is a LOT happening over at the Shaker forums! There are weekly challenges, daily challenges, and some BIG plans in the making!!

Be sure to check out the Inspire Me Thursday Challenge for this week!! Go to

Friday, October 3, 2008

Inspire Me ... ummm Friday!!

Sorry this is late everyone!! My Internet server was having issues yesterday and although it seemed that I was signed in, I actually wasn't here most of the day! I just HATE when that happens!!

So, for this week, I thought we'd try something different! Go to the Shaker forums and check out our Inspire Me! Challenge for the week!! Here's the link, just so you won't have to look for it... hehe...

I can't WAIT to see what everyone comes up with! There is inspiration all around, sometimes we just forget to utilize it!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008


Your challenge this week is to create a journaling block on a blurred area of a photo. Sometimes (this happens to me a lot - LOL), the blurred area is already there on my photo, but sometimes I have a crisp photo with extra areas that are just begging to be blurred and used as a journaling or title block.

I followed a tutorial by Jessica Sprague. Her step-by-step instructions were so easy to follow for Photoshop Elements, but I'm sure the directions could be easily converted to your digital program of choice. Check it out here: JESSICA SPRAGUE TUTORIAL

This is the page that I made following the technique.

Make sure to post your layout in the Shakin' Challenges Gallery HERE and link back to the forum so we make sure we see your creation!

Monday, September 29, 2008

Sunday Sketch - 9/28/08

This weeks sketch comes to us from Pencil Lines. It is sketch #102 and Christine Middlecamp is the creator. You can check them out at

Be sure to check them out and leave them some Shaker love along with a link to your layout. Link back here so we can leave you some love too!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Converting Black and White Photos

Have you ever wanted to use some photos on a layout, but couldn't because the colors in the photo didn't go with the colors of the paper and embellishments? Have you ever considered converting your photos to black and white? I did when I created the layout below using the Little Boy Blue Scrapbook Kit from Picture it Made. Although the company is no longer in business, I wanted to share some directions on converting a photo to black and white.

I wanted to use the original photo for this layout, but the original had colors in it that didn't work well with the kit. So I decided to convert it to black and white. This can be done in most editing software programs. I converted mine using Adobe Photoshop Elements 5. Here are the steps below:

Photoshop Elements 5

Open Photoshop Elements.

Click on Edit and Enhance.

Click on File, then open, and choose the photo you want to edit.

Once the photo is opened, click on enhance.

Click on convert to black and white.

Click save as and type a name for your black and white photo.

Then you are ready to print your photo.

Microsoft Word
You can also use Microsoft Word to convert your photo to black and white.
Open Microsoft Word.
Insert your picture through the Insert Menu/Picture/From File.
Select the picture with one click.
Choose the Format Menu.
Select Picture.
Select the Picture Tab.
Choose the color drop down arrow from Image Control.
Select Grayscale.
Click on OK.

Give it a try on your next layout!

Friday, September 26, 2008

Inspire Me Thursday - 9/26/08


Think about how many "hats" you wear during your week. I know that mine is "mom, wife, driver, cook, problem solver, etc".

My challenge is to you is to let the hat above inspire you to create a layout featuring your many "hats" that you wear during the week.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Have You Ever Tried a Digital Hybrid Layout?

I created this over the weekend using the September digital add on kit created by Jenn and Linda’s September kit. If you haven’t tried Linda’s kits you just have to. They are packed full of paper and embellishments for several layouts. I started out with a simple digital layout I created in Photoshop Elements 6.0 using the September Add on created by Jenn.

Then I printed it on matte photo paper. I used some cardstock from the September kit, corrugated cardboard, black paint from Making Memories, and my daughter’s trucks to make the tire tracks. After creating the tire tracks I let it dry and then placed the print out of the digital layout on the brown cardstock. Next I placed the elements on the page using adhesive. Embellishments were also used from the September kit. I created the arrow using cardstock from the kit. I also thought the corrugated paper would go well with this. Digital Hybrid Scrapbooking is very easy. You can start with a simple layout and use all kinds of materials to finish it. It is absolutely the best of both worlds!

Challenge: Try creating a digital hybrid layout. You will definitely be surprised at how easy it is.

Sunday Sketch - 9/21/08

This weeks sketch comes to us from Allison Cope at So Sketchy! You can find her at

Be sure to drop in to tell her "hello" and then link your layouts back so that we can leave you Shaker love!


Thursday, September 18, 2008

Inspiration Challenge - 9/18/08

As I rejoin the real world...I want color, flowers, things that make me happy. No more gray, brown and blah...for me.

This week for my Inspiration Challenge - I am posting an ad from the magazine the gym I belong to sends out. I know that I have summer photos that are waiting to scrap that has all these colors, then I have my roses that I am very grateful that made it thru the storm (I already have a rose-deformed but I have one and its beautiful) that can be represented thru the flowers and the rainbow that gives us hope that it really will be okay and we will find that pot of gold one day if we haven't already.


Sunday, September 7, 2008

9/7/08 - Sunday Sketch Challenge

This sketch is from Julie Bonner @ 52 Sketches. Every week she posts an original sketch and everyone who submits their layout gets put into a drawing for some great prizes!

You can check her out at:

Link your layouts back to here and then also send her a link to your layout to show your Shaker love.


Friday, September 5, 2008

09/04/08 - Inspire Me Challenge

I ran across this the other day on and I love the way the colors all work together even though they are at different times during the day, how it is a layout from someone who isn't a necessarily a scrapper and how it is something that we see everyday.

How does this inspire you? Is it the colors, the placement of the photos, or the photos in general?


Link your layouts back to here and tell in what way this inspired you and your name will go in the hat for a RAK from me. The drawing will be held on September 10th in the evening.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Blending ~ Do It Digi Challenge 9/3/08

This week's challenge is to incorporate blending into your layouts. You can focus on blending with your photograph, papers or elements.

In the following page, you will see that I blended my photographs in two separate ways. I've set one photograph to overlay and made it a larger accent for the background, and the smaller photo I converted to black and white and then blended with a blue background paper, using the overlay and color burn options for layers. In addition to that, I blended two background papers in the center to make the colors pop a little bit more. I didn't do it on this particular layout, but sometimes I'll duplicate layers, like the birds and the leaves and then set to overlay to make the colors more vivid.

Experiment with your digi program, and let's see some blending this week. Be sure to post your layout to the Shakin' Challenges Gallery and link back here so we can ooh and aah over your page!


Monday, September 1, 2008

Sneak Peak at the September Kit - Digital Add On!

I just finished playing with the digital add on created by Stacey for the September kit and I just had to share what I created! Every month there are 3 digital add ons created by our own designers.

I am fairly new at this hybrid scrapbooking but it is so fun and easy to do! Try one of the digital add ons with your next kit! You can print the patterned paper and paper elements on your printer. Then incorporate it in your next layout, card, or project. If you have any questions please ask in the forum. There are plenty of people willing to share their ideas!

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Sunday Sketch 8/31/08

This week for our Sunday Sketch - Cheri from Sketches-R-Us has graciously let us use her creations for our inspiration. You can find her at Stop by, check her out and show her some Shaker love!

Here is the sketch of the week:

Make sure to link your photos back to the post on the boards so we can all show you love too!

Saturday, August 30, 2008


This week's prompt is: REMEMBER WHEN.

Choose a random memory that you have not scrapped about OR start your journaling with "Remember when . . . " or "I remember when . . .."

There are so many memories, you may have a hard time picking one - that's okay - make more than one card if you need to or REMEMBER, these prompts are great for layouts as well!

You can see Emily Falconbridge's card HERE.

Remember to post your cards in the Shakin' Challenges, Deck of Me Gallery with a link back to this forum.

Have fun and happy scrapping!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

August CREATION of the MONTH!!!

Congrats to ANGELA for this month's creation of the month!!!!!
Would you like to be honored with winning the CREATION of the MONTH??? Each Monday, we chose a Creation of the Week!!! Then at the end of the month the Design teams vote for Creation of the Month!!!! POST your beautiful creations in the gallery so YOU have a chance!!!!!

Thursday's Inspire Me Challenge 8/28

Do you need a little inspiration?? Come join us for Thursday's Inspire me Challenge! This weeks challenge is brought to us by a wonderfully talented women that goes by BoHo Girl.
This woman is the most amazing photographer ever! Her work is just amazing. I could just read her blog over and over again. I found this photo of hers at her Etsy Shop :
So what do you see? The colors? A change of season, which is just right around the corner? Maybe a black and white photo with color papers? Its up to you. So don't be shy! Come join in the fun and inspiration!

Monday, August 18, 2008

New Digi Add-on Designer

This month Stacey Sansom premiers her first digi add-on at The Shaker Box!

Friday, August 8, 2008

Two new Digi Add-ons in the store for you!

Unique digital kits at a great price and they coordinate with The Shaker Box August kit! Perfect for all of you hybrid or bi-scrappers!

Check them out at The Shaker Box!

Monday, August 4, 2008

Exciting Digi Stuff at The Shaker Box!

We are welcoming two new digital Creative Team members this month - Ella and Christy. Come on over to The Shaker Box and check out their work!

We are also welcoming a new digital Creative Team coordinator! Jenny will be taking over September 1st.

Our hybrid Design Team call is still open - don't be shy!

August Digi Add-ons will be in the store soon!

Saturday, August 2, 2008


This week's prompt is: RIGHT NOW!

I won't be in exactly the same place I am right now . . . and neither are you. What's going on with you RIGHT NOW that you want to remember? Are you having a big life moment (a career change, a house move, a new baby)? Or is your RIGHT NOW filled with all the little things that seem so little right now, but will be big when you look back - IF you remember what they were (and you will, 'cause you're gonna make a card!).

REMEMBER, these prompts are great for layouts as well . . .

You can see Emily Falconbridge's card HERE.

Remember to post your cards in the Shakin' Challenges, Deck of Me Gallery with a link back to the forum.

Have fun and happy scrapping!

Monday, July 28, 2008

Digi Happenings at The Shaker Box

This month the digital creative team has been scrapping using Kris Myer's designs from Plain Digital Wrapper. Check out the layouts in the gallery!

Next month the team will be scrapping using products from She's Full of Scrap at Gotta Pixel!

The Shaker Box digital CT is so much fun because there is a new designer every month, plus the opportunity to work with the kit club's digi add-ons!

There is an open call for The Shaker Box CT going on now - don't hesitate to apply - the team ranges from new digi scrappers to layout goddesses!

Designers - inquire about sponsoring the team for a month in 2009 - it's great advertising!

Saturday, July 26, 2008


This week's prompt is: WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO LEARN?

I want to learn to be more proficient with my camera, I want to learn how to manage my time more wisely and I want to learn more about my local history. What about you? What would you like to learn?

You can see Emily Falconbridge's card HERE.

Remember to post your cards in the Shakin' Challenges, Deck of Me Gallery with a link back to the forum.

Have fun and happy scrapping!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008


Hi everyone!

Ready for a new digi challenge?

There are some incredible alphas out there ready to use, but sometimes a layout needs that little punch of something extra. This week, I'm challenging you to use a font "filled" with paper (patterned or solid), something that really coordinates with your photo and the papers and elements you've so carefully chosen to tell your story.

Jessica Sprague has a tutorial HERE, but you can also use a clipping mask if you want to quickly merge the font and paper together without the stroke edge on the paper filled font.

You hybrid gals or traditional scrapbookers can take advantage of this technique as well. Let's see what you can do!

Remember to post your layouts in the Shakin' Challenges Gallery with a link back to this thread so we can leave you some luvin'!

Monday, July 21, 2008

Digi Shakers Creative Team Call

It's time for a Shaker CT call! We would like to add some new members to the crew here...

Requirements are simple.

Activity on the boards.

2 layouts per month per sponsor product.

Support of the sites designers through optional CT layouts.

Compensation is product from site dig sponsors and designers.

To apply, register in the forums and upload 3 of your creations to the gallery (

Email your name and a link to that gallery, along with the following: a link to your best online gallery; sites where you're active; how long have you been digi scrapping & what program you use; list of other CT's you're currently on or have been on to

Feel free to add anything else you think would be relevant.

This call will close on 7/31, however we may choose to extend that deadline.

Thanks and good luck to all who apply!

Sunday, July 20, 2008



Yes, you have my full permission to brag on yourself! Share as much as you can fit on the card (remember you can use both sides - LOL).

You can see Emily Falconbridge's card HERE.

Remember to post your cards in the Shakin' Challenges, Deck of Me Gallery with a link back to the forum.

Have fun and happy scrapping!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Kit Club Design Team Call

If you're interested in being a part of our wonderful Kit Club Design Team, here’s your chance. We need one more Design Team member for our Kit Club Team!

Step One: If you don't have an account with us, please go and register at

Step Two: Once you have an account, fill up your gallery with your best, original (no direct scraplifts) layouts and projects. A minimum of five layouts/projects must be featured in your portfolio. We are looking for someone to work with our fabulous kits! Pease make sure that at least three of your portfolio uploads showcase actual scrapbooking layouts, (at least 6x6 and with at least one photo).

Step Three: Email a link to your portfolio to by July 31st , 2008 at 9pm PST. You can also email us a link to another gallery of your choice, in addition to the 5 items you upload to TSB. Our panel of judges will view your submissions and let you know if you've been selected.

*All DT/CT members at The Shaker Box are expected to participate in our forum. Chatting, posting challenges and praising other members work on a regular basis is required. Also, meeting the Kit Club deadlines, attending monthy on-line meetings and coming up with newsletter ideas.
In addition, you will have projects to produce with the kit that is provided to you. We have a rotating team, so the requirments vary from month to month. You will either receive a full kit, half kit, or no kit...with discounts to buy in the months you do not get a full kit. (Any specific questions, please email me at

Good luck everyone!

Winner will be announced on August 5th, 2008. Addition to the team is immediate, assignments start for September.

Monday, July 14, 2008

More inspiration than I've got time for!

There have been so many great chalenges at The Shaker Box during the New Beginnings crop! Just one more day to get those challenges posted to be eligible to win some of the great prizes.

I think my favorite challenge was the photo swap! Here is the layout that I did for Cheryl (aka gonewiththewind):

Being a mom to boys, it was refreshing to do a girlie layout!

Here is what Cheryl did with the photo that I sent her:

So much fun and inspiration! Head over to The Shaker Box today (you'll find complete credits for these layouts in the gallery).

Saturday, July 12, 2008


This week's prompt is: CHANGE.

Arthur Schopenhauer said, "Change alone is eternal, perpetual, immortal." Change is going to happen . . . but it's how we deal with it. So how about you? How do you feel about change? How do you deal with change when it comes? Do you seek out change? Have you made big or little changes in your life recently?

You can see Emily Falconbridge's card HERE.

Remember to post your cards in the Shakin' Challenges, Deck of Me Gallery with a link back to the challenge thread in the forum.

Have fun and happy scrapping!

Monday, July 7, 2008

Things are shaking!

The Shaker Box crop is in full swing and we are having so much fun! The gallery is really shaking! This is just day seven of the crop and we are already on challenge number 19! And that doesn't include our regular weekly challenges! Personally I have completed a magazine scraplift challenge, a flashback challenge (back to the year 2004, when The Shaker Box started), an art challenge, a red, white & blue challenge and a define it challenge.

I am looking forward to checking out Carrie's "Something you would never do" challenge - it's up today!

On Thursday we will be chatting with this month's digital creative team sponsor, Kris Myers (Plain Digital Wrapper). Be sure to join us at 3 pm PST, 4 pm MST, 5 pm CST and 6 pm EST... Kris will be giving away a freebie so you don't want to miss it! I am excited to see what our team creates this month with all of Kris' fabulous designs!

Have a great week!

Saturday, July 5, 2008


This week's prompt is: SURPRISE!

Do you have a good story about being surprised? Do you like surprises? What was your favorite surprise? This can go all the way back into your childhood or can be something current - so long as it is about you.

You can see Emily Falconbridge's card HERE.

Remember to post your cards in the Shakin' Challenges, Deck of Me Gallery with a link back to the forum.

Have fun and happy scrapping!

This not enough of a challenge for you? Pop on over and check out our New Beginnings Crop just full of encouragement and inspiration to help you get your memories scrapped!

Monday, June 30, 2008


Can you believe it is the last day of June? It has been such a whirl wind for my family with sports camps, a road trip for a graduation, vacation bible school and family staying with us. I feel like I can catch my breath now! It's been a similar whirl wind at The Shaker Box! Michele is stepping down from running the site to spend more time scrapping and making memories with her beautiful daughter. Linda is taking over the reins and has been busy getting all of our teams reorganized. I can tell you that we are going to be running like a well oiled machine!

Tomorrow kicks off an exciting two week crop where we are celebrating new beginnings! Get ready for games, challenges, chats, prizes and freebies. There will be something for every kind of scrapper - paper - digital - hybrid - just getting started - been scrapping for years...

If you are a digital scrapper like myself (or even a hybrid scrapper), be sure to stop by The Shaker Box online store on July 4th to grab my Celebrate Freebie. Complete a celebration layout with the mini kit, post it in the New Beginnings Crop gallery at The Shaker Box and link it back to my challenge in The Shaker Box forum to a chance to win your choice of one of my kits in The Shaker Box online store!

Here is a sneak peek of my upcoming July kit!

And if that is not enough excitement for you, The Shaker Box will be having calls for Kit DT, Digi CT and Hybrid DT! It's a great time to be a part of The Shaker Box!

Saturday, June 28, 2008


Digital acrylic alphas and elements are HOT right now and Jessica Sprague has a great PSE tutorial for adding drop shadows to those elements.

Here is the link to her tutorial: When you follow the link, you will notice that there is another link in the tutorial to download an acrylic alpha made by Meredith Fenwick. If you don't already have an acrylic alpha or elements, this would be good to grab as it's so cute - and makes it easy to follow along with the tutorial.

So your challenge this week is to create a page using an acrylic alpha or element . . . try out that tutorial on drop shadows, too!

Here are a couple of pages I've done recently using acrylic elements and alphas:




This week's prompt is: NATURE.

What nature surrounds you that you just love? Is it the type of leaf on the tree outside your window? Is it a flower that just makes you smile? Do you love to see the grass all green and stretching out like a carpet in front of you? These are just a few ideas to get you started . . . but anything that focuses on NATURE will do the trick this week!

You can see Emily Falconbridge's card HERE.

Remember to post your cards in the Shakin' Challenges, Deck of Me Gallery with a link back to the forum.

Have fun and happy scrapping!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Inspiration Thursday!

I was inspired by a card that I bought in a local charity shop! See the original and my example below. I'd love to see what inspiration you get from it, so be sure to post back to The Shaker Box Gallery!


Also, don't miss our big New Beginnings Crop and Sale! There is a sale going on in the Shaker Box Store RIGHT NOW! The crop begins on July 1st and runs until July 15th! You can jump in any time you need a challenge, want to play a game, learn something new! There will be prizes!

New Beginnings Crop Banner


Okay, okay, slap my hands already. I should have posted this Saturday morning and I totally forgot. But I'm here now. I'll post Week Eighteen this weekend, and then we'll take a couple of weeks off while the New Beginnings Crop is rockin' and rollin' The Shaker Box!

So here it is . . . this week's prompt is: YOUR BEDROOM.

Your current sleeping space, your childhood room, your perfect teenage hangout . . . document your bedroom. Display a miniature picture, include some journaling in a cute vellum envelope like Emily Falconbridge did about your childhood bedroom, write about your dream space. Let's see your bedroom!

You can see Emily Falconbridge's card HERE.

Remember to post your cards in the Shakin' Challenges, Deck of Me Gallery with a link back to the Weekly Challenges Forum thread.

Have fun and happy scrapping!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

It's a CROP and a SALE!!!

The Shaker Box is welcoming our new owner in GRAND, SHAKER fashion.....with a HUGE 2 week crop and a sale in the store!!!!

Come join the fun....we have over 30 challenges planned, as well as games and LOTS of prizes! You won't want to miss the fun!!!!! Stop by and grab your seat at the table today!

Monday, June 23, 2008

Victorian Grunge - Hotel Lakeside

Here is a peek of the newest digi add-on in The Shaker Box online store!

And look what our resident layout goddess, Cheryl (aka gonewiththewind) did with it!

Thanks Cheryl! You rock!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Inspiration Thursday

Inspiration is everywhere, but today I found it in my scrap bin! I just hate cutting into a beautiful full piece of 12x12 paper to make a card! So, out came the pre-folded cards and my scrap bin! It is getting rather out of hand, so I am on a mission to make all of my cards from scraps!

Here is one of the cards I made:

I ended up with about 6 this session! Let me see what beautiful cards you can make with just scraps!! Be sure to post them in our gallery!

Oh, and there are lots of exciting things happening over at The Shaker Box. We have a new owner, Linda. There is going to be a big sale in the store, AND a fabulous New Beginnings Crop from July 1st through the 15th...with lots of fun challenges, tutorials, and prizes!

Click on the links above to be transported to the site!!

Monday, June 9, 2008

Two Quick Freebies at The Shaker Box

First, a Father's Day Starbucks Tumbler Template (photo not included - use your own).

This was created with my Stone Washed mini kit available at The Shaker Box. And the "chain mail" frame from an earlier freebie (found on my freebies blog), inspired by Prince Caspian.

Secondly, a God's Art Quick Page (again, photo not included).

This one was created using my Arts & Crafts mini kit, also at The Shaker Box.

You can pick up both freebies at The Shaker Box. You will need to sign in and "check-out" to download.

While picking up your freebies, don't forget to check out the great digi add-ons to The Shaker Box monthly kit club! Jen has a really cute Farm Fresh kit!

Saturday, June 7, 2008


This week's prompt is: GET SOMEONE ELSE TO CONTRIBUTE.

Have someone sign your card, give you a little something to put on the card, share an idea for a quote or color scheme . . . this is a great one to get the hubby involved in or the children. It could just be a word someone shared with you this week - I'm not looking to make this hard . . . any little thing will do!

You can see Emily Falconbridge's card HERE.

Remember to post your cards in the Shakin' Challenges, Deck of Me Gallery with a link back to this forum.

Have fun and happy scrapping!

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Inspire Me Thursday

Thursday....almost the end of the week! I had a busy day shopping in London, but came across this layout and fell in love with it! So, it is our inspiration piece for today! She has managed to include a lot of items, but the layout is still so clean!!


Monday, June 2, 2008

School's Out for Summer!

At my house it's the official start of summer vacation! I am excited, but pray for my sanity!

With a new month at The Shaker Box it means a new digital sponsor for our Creative Team! This month we are creating for Rikkiscraps. Our team is quite efficient and the layouts are already rolling in! Here is one of mine:

Rikkiscraps, Left of Center. (I love this paper and frame)! The color swatch was so cute I had to use it too - I just added a little bevel to the circles. Fonts are Dirty Ego and DC Recess. Actions used were Atomic Cupcake Rubon and Traci Murphy's drop shadows.

Saturday, May 31, 2008


This week's prompt is: YOUR PARENT/PARENTS.

Take one thing about your parents that pops into your head and scrap that on your card this week. My parents divorced when I was young, and I spent some time with my mother and some time with my father. I'm sure there are lots of varied circumstances out there . . . you might be adopted or spent your time in foster care or had to be raised by family members other than your biological parents. So it's who dedicated and spent time investing themselves in your life . . .

You can see Emily Falconbridge's card here.

Remember to post your cards in the Shakin' Challenges, Deck of Me Gallery with a link back to this forum.

Have fun and happy scrapping!

Thursday, May 29, 2008

What Inspires YOU?

Normally I would post something that I hope inspires us all, but with my impending move back to the U.S. and a quick holiday...I have come up a bit short this week! So, I was wondering...

WHAT INSPIRES YOU? Post your answers in our forum here:

Wednesday, May 28, 2008


This week we are going to focus on our photos. The beauty of digi scrapping is that we can do all kinds of photo editing and enhancements. Everyday photos can take on the attributes of extraordinary photography with different techniques, and a really cool way to do that is to crop your photo at an angle.

Here is a great tutorial for taking a regular photo and making it into a cropped photo at an angle:

Here is my original photo that I started with:
And here is my layout with the cropped photo at an angle (which I did by following the above tutorial):
I really feel like the focus of the photo completely changed when I first cropped the photo, but when I cropped it with the angle . . . it just added an additional element of fun.

Let's see what you can do this week with this technique. Traditional paper scrappers could find that this method would be effective with manual turning and cutting of photos as well - so join with us!

Make sure to post your layouts in the Shakin' Challenges Gallery HERE with a link back to the thread in the forum.

Have fun!