Posted by Traci Armbrust
Things are starting to wind down a little bit after CHA and all I can say is, "What a ride!" I was inspired by so many of the scrapbooking store owners who visited our booth and the wonderful projects they are making with our dies.
Many scrapbooking stores are expanding their offerings by incorporating custom invitations and announcements into the mix to generate a new revenue stream. I even spoke to one customer who loves our Pinnovation® die shapes so much that she is using them for projects other than social stationery. So, this got me thinking. This would make a great technique blog post! This scrapbook store owner was using the frames and scalloped circles, but I thought it would be interesting to use the new Fan #1 Pinnovation die.
Then my friends at Crafty Secrets inspired me to do a calendar. So using their Earthy and Radiant Paper Pads, along with Seasonal Images Journal Notes and a 2010 calendar print off from their website, I got started. I also incorporated their new Altered Fairies Creative Scraps.
To begin, I took Black 12" x 12" Chipboard and cut it in half, adhered the 12" x 6" paper to both sides then cut out the fan shapes as you can see below. If you turn the fan the other direction you can get two shapes out of one 6" x 12" piece. I chose to do six months on one side and the other six months on the back. It is up you!
Don't forget to check out our great selection of new Pinnovation dies available in our catalog or online. Just remember, they do not have to be used to create formal invitations or announcements. They can be used for mats, mini albums and unique home decor items. Like I always say, the possibilities are endless!