Sunday, November 28, 2010

New Place for all the Eldersburg News You Need to Know

Hi Everyone,

You may have noticed in my last newsletter that I am now writing a weekly article for the Eldersburg Patch, a brand new online Eldersburg Newspaper. It's a great site where you can read all about things happening in Eldersburg or contribute events, reviews and more. If you want to read this article online at the Patch, Click Here.

13 Things You Need to Know About Eldersburg Patch Think of our site as the community water cooler — a place where you can stop by and talk about everything going on in town.

By Valerie Bonk

It's been a little more than a week since Eldersburg Patch has launched. We're gathering a lot of followers and are getting to know the community inside and out.

We wanted to take the time to remind you why we're here and what this site is all about. Simply put, it's about you.

We've built Patch so that you have plenty of opportunities to comment on stories, share your opinions, post photos and announcements and add events to the community calendar. We hope that our site will strengthen the community, but we can't do it without you. So get to it! 

1. Comment on an Article
We subscribe to the idea that "news is a conversation." Much of our reporting will emanate from what readers tell us in emails, comments on our sites and in conversations around town. Share your thoughts and reactions to our articles by posting a comment directly below each story. 

2. Ask a Question
So maybe you want to know when that pothole is going to get fixed, or maybe you're a local expert on native trees just dying for someone to ask why their allergies are so bad this year. Patch's Q&A section is the place for you to ask your questions and show off your expertise, all while connecting with your neighbors. Visit the tab here and ask a question, or answer someone else's.

3. Post an Event
Do you know of a book signing at our local bookstore, a celebrity chef appearing at cooking store or an art exhibit at a local coffee shop? Is there a garage sale or graduation ceremony coming up? If it's not on our Patch calendar, it should be. Feel free to add events to our site here.

4. Send a News Tip
At the bottom of the homepage, there's a link that says, "Send Us News Tips." Tell us about stories we should cover. Your tip will be sent straight to Valerie Bonk, Eldersburg Patch's (incredibly grateful) editor.

5. Post an Announcement
Post births, engagements and wedding announcements. Tell us who made the honor roll or share school awards, social notes and thank you shout outs. If you're looking for volunteers or searching for your lost dog, we welcome you to call on your community for help. Just remember, our Terms of Service say announcements should be for personal use and not for advertising.

6. Sign Up for Newsletters
The daily Eldersburg Patch newsletter brings you all articles and announcements that have been posted in the last 24 hours. It is delivered to your email every day at 6 a.m. You can also sign up for the weekly newsletter, which shows a subset of the content created and featured on our site over the last few days. It is delivered every Thursday at 10 a.m.

7. Claim Your Directory Listing
Our business and organization listings aren't skimpy. Our team of researchers actually hit the streets and visited businesses, schools, parks, libraries and more so we can provide photos as well as detailed information such as products sold and hours of operation. To contact us about the listing for your business or organization, email us at If you own or manage a business or organization in our directory, claim it here.

8. Shout It Out!
You now have a way to shout out on the site without having to add a comment to an existing article. You can tell us what you have to say right now by using the new shout box at the top of the Activity Stream. Whatever you "shout" will go directly into the stream, right on the homepage.

9. Upload Your Photos and Video
Upload videos of the high football touchdown or your Eldersburg Little Leaguer's first home run. Post photos from local festivals, or send in a snapshot of your best holiday recipes. We invite you to share the memories that you've caught on camera with the rest of the community.

10. Advertise With Us
For all advertising queries, please email our Eldersburg Patch Ad Manager, Paul Zetlmeisl at

11. Review Restaurants
Do you want to be the first to tell your friends whether the new restaurant in town gets two thumbs-up? You can post a review of your favorite (or least favorite) restaurants here. Or, search to find what you're craving -- you can filter results by cuisine, price or seating accommodations.

12. Social Media Engagement
Like us on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter at Immerse yourself in our content and actively contribute and engage via social media. Let's start a conversation together.

13. Send a Letter to the Editor
Patch would like to extend an invitation to every member of the Eldersburg community to submit a letter to the editor. Express your thoughts or concerns about anything that might be stirring up conversation around town, and we'll post it. Just email Editor Valerie Bonk at

The more Eldersburg Patch serves as on online space for community dialogue, the more useful our site will be. So next time you have something to share with your neighbors, consider taking a moment to send a letter to Patch. Chances are, you're not the only who feels that way.

Friday, November 26, 2010

A Talent Show Entry from Kat Blue


Like many of our other customers, Kat was attracked to Lisa Hetrick's painter tray class.  Kat is an extremely creative lady who likes to mix things up a bit.  She used all the same basic papers and stamps but she put her own spin on it.  Just changing up the ink colors and distressing the edges of your mats can add a lot of dimension to a project.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

A Snowflake is Winter's Butterfly

Lisa Hetrick here. Just a little design team share for you today!
Whipped up a little frosty collage piece (home decor) here with the all NEW BO BUNNY Midnight Frost. This project was super easy AND I just HAD TO put some of the NEW ART C glitters and findings in there to sparkle it all up. New mixed media findings, glitters, wires and beads = ART LOVE!

And as you know... PhotoScraps has all the Bo Bunny and ART C you NEED! :) And Yep, there's a that super cool big, MS snowflake punch and Hero Arts Snowflake set collaged right on to the frame.

Just love that sentiment... A Snowflake is Winter's Butterfly! Who doesn't LOVE a little Midnight Frost!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Winter Wonderland from Gina A.

As soon as I saw this month's beautiful Bo-Bunny winter line, I knew these would be lovely papers to highlight some great photos I took near Deep Creek Lake last winter. Actually, the photos, while pretty, don't really do the scenery justice. As my daughter said at the time, it looked like a snowy Narnia! The sun coming through the frost-covered trees truly created a winter wonderland. I've been looking for just the right papers ever since and I think this month's Design Team pages are perfect - creating a lovely background to highlight the photos. I didn't want to upstage the pictures so I kept my embellishments simple -a little glitter from our $1 bin, some pretty ribbon and sparkly brads. The glitter script-font stickers made a perfect title. (And no, I did not forget journaling! It's included on another page of this album!) Wish I could honestly say I'm looking forward to the return of cold and snowy weater as we head into the winter months, but at least I can say it's fun to revisit last year's trip to "wonderland" through this layout!

New Class in December!

Christmas Canvas Art Class with Lisa Hetrick!
Wed., December 1, 6-8 pm
We're getting our ART on in this class. Fast-paced for completion, but you can finish it in two hours! Using a Brand NEW Bo Bunny Christmas canvas kit (and some extra goodies), we're going to jack it up and distress it out with ink, paint, stamps, glitter, bling and collage glue! This class is messy, but fun!

Only 6 spots available! BRING your favorite collage glue like: MOD PODGE and a very strong adhesive to adhered chipboard and bling.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

A quick and easy card

Here is a quick and easy card for you, and a reminder that not everything needs to be a masterpiece and that sometimes all you need is some beautiful paper and a good sentiment. I am loving out DT paper this month, Bo Bunny's Midnight Frost. Some of the pieces are so yummy that I don't want to cut into them :)

I paired 2 of the patterns with some pearls, silver ribbon, my favorite border punch (Ek Success Open Scallop), and a new sentiment I brought home last weekend from Impression Obsession that reads "snow brings out the child in all of us".

Don't forget to come out and play with us this Saturday from 11 - 4pm for Demo Day. We have lots of fantastic projects for the holidays!


Got Sin?

Had so much fun creating this 2-page layout using he "Naughty or Nice List" and coordinating papers with some fun Photoscraps employee pictures! We always have a blast at the store - who wouldn't? Lots of creative people together doing what they love and laughing every day! As soon as I saw the naughty or nice paper I got some great ideas about a way to use some silly store photos and my layout practically created itself. (Special thanks to Jill who had the same idea but graciously let ME create the layout!)
Happy sinning.... um, I mean, Happy Scrapping everyone!
Gina A.


Tuesday, November 9, 2010


More with Bo Bunny's Midnight Frost . . . This layout went together in 5 minutes because the paper did all the work for me. The signature paper Midnight Frost had beautiful snowflakes and flourishes running diagonally across the page so I positioned my matted photos above and below the designs. I used rhinestones and chipboard snowflakes to further enhance the paper's design. My favorite photo was accented with the Wraps and another chipboard snowflake. My title "Brrr" and the other embellishments came directly from the Layered Chipboard. Another easy layout done!


Thursday, November 4, 2010

Holiday cards inspired from 1 sheet of paper

Hi Everyone,

Yesterday, one of our wonderful customers brought in these adorable Christmas cards that she had made using one piece of patterned paper and card stock.  Doris Diener saw the possibilities from this one sheet of Creative Imaginations quilt like paper.  She cut apart the patterened squares, added Stickles and Glossy Accents.  What a great way to make inexpensive Christmas Cards.

New Class November 17

Hi Artista's:
Lisa Hetrick here. Join me on Wed, November 17 for this super fun, cool technique Holiday Card Class! Messy, fun and cards that look super fabby!

Monday, November 1, 2010

November greetings and repeat Christmas Cards class

Wow - I can't believe November is here already. The time seems to go by quicker and quicker. I hope everyone had a great Halloween. We have a tradition at home of weighing the candy that the kids get every year. They each got 9 pounds! Needless to say, we have candy coming out of our ears.

For the month of November, the Photo Scraps Design Team will be bringing you projects made with the gorgeous new Bo Bunny line "Midnight Frost". The paper is full of snowflakes and lots of blues, perfect for all types of winter creations.

My first card uses one of the snowflake papers paired with a Bo Bunny dot and a layout that I used in a card class recently. I love to work with layouts that can be used over and over again just by changing up the pattern of the paper or the type of stamp you use and you can make a card that looks new each time.


P. S. For those that were not able to attend this past weekend, I am repeating my Christmas Cards class on Saturday 12/4 from 2 - 4 pm. We will be making 5 cards in this class. Kits will be available if you are unable to make it in person - just call the store to register and let them know you want a kit.

Supplies for Wreath Class

I have had several people ask me what supplies they could bring from their own collections to use in the Wreath class on 11/7. Bringing your own supplies will help you to get through the class quicker since you won't have to share or wait for supplies to be passed around. Please make sure all your supplies are marked with either your initials or your name. Here is the list:

The wreath stamp by Hero Arts (it does not matter whether you own the cling one or the clear one) plus an acrylic block or stamp press

Distress ink pads: Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Antique Linen (plus a sponge dauber), Vintage Photo (plus a sponge dauber)

Ink blending tool plus ink blending foam for Shabby Shutters and Peeled Paint

Bamboo Leaves Memento ink

A non-stick craft sheet

Copic marker R29 (Lipstick Red)

This class is filling up quickly so call ASAP to reserve your spot. A kit can be make up for you if you would like to do the class but are unable to attend in person. Also, a Hero Arts order is currently processing. If you would like a wreath stamp, please call the store to have your name put on the Special Order list so that there is one held for you when the order comes in.

I look forward to seeing you on the 7th!