Thursday, July 31, 2008


PAPERESQUE :: Beautify Your World With Paper ::

PAPERESQUE is a shop that celebrates my love for crafting with paper.

Dress up your special gifts and create a lasting impression with beautiful handmade boxes!

Perfect gift box templates and tutorials for wedding favors, birthday favors, party favors and more!

TheScrabbleGal :)

Friday, July 25, 2008

Interview with TheScrabbleGal on CraftGossip!!!

Wanna know more about me? Check out my interview with Indie Crafts Editor Jaime over at CraftGossip!

Here's a little sample....

Tell us about your work. What kind of things do you make?

Tiles with style! Anything and everything from jewelry, home accessories, to even Scrabble related projects for your pets! I just recently started a tutorial and E-book series that teaches step-by-step how to make some of my favorite craft projects.

Why do you think scrabble tiles are such a great medium for creative crafting?

I love the process. And the challenge. Creating a new Scrabble tile project is in many ways like coming up with a new word when you’re actually playing the game of Scrabble. You start with a pile of tiles. You pick a few. Then you get stuck with a bunch of Q’s and Z’s and X’s and you think, “What the heck can I make with THAT?” But then you play around with the letters a bit. You take a look at the board. Eventually it starts to come together… And THEN the wheels start turning and you can’t stop the ideas from flying left and right!

That very same creative process takes place when you make your own Scrabble tile creations yourself. Once you learn a few simple techniques, the whole thing becomes super addictive. You start carrying around a pen and paper just to jot down all your ideas.

You can read the full interview HERE!

TheScrabbleGal :)

Thursday, July 24, 2008

People Who Scrabble

Jason Mraz: "Pop music's biggest word freak"

- Entertainment Weekly, "Playing Scrabble with Jason Mraz"

TheScrabbleGal :)

Another Amazing Scrabble Wedding Cake!

"Josh and Stephanie met at a Scrabble Game. He proposed on a Scrabble board. They had a Scrabble wedding cake. =D"

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

How to Make A Fingerprint Mini-Mosaic--Crafting with Scrabble Tiles-- Featured on JunkCreation!

One of my craft projects using Scrabble tiles was recently featured on JunkCreation, here's the blog post!

Laura, better known as TheScrabbleGal, is going to share with us a fun DIY project involving some re-purposed Scrabble tiles and a few other household materials.

She started creating handmade jewelry and crafts from recycled Scrabble tiles while in college. Now she’s a full-blown Scrabble tile addict. Well, perhaps I should refer to her as an artist instead! That’s her Scrabble tile cuff link to the left.

TheScrabbleGal offers an entire line of E-Book tutorials on how to make more than 77 Scrabble tile jewelry and craft projects, many of which incorporate recycled or re-purposed materials. Check out her Etsy shop —

Now, a guest post straight from TheScrabbleGal:

This is a project I love teaching, because it’s easy, fun and great for kids! We’re going to make a fingerprint mini-mosaic using Scrabble tiles. All you need are some old Scrabble tiles, an ink pad and a little bit of white primer or paint.

Step 1: Set aside the tiles you’re going to need to spell out the words “Hand Print”

Step 2: Take 11 tiles (any letters will do) and prime the non-letter side so they are completely white. Add a second coat if necessary, and allow to dry completely.

Step 3: Using your old ink pad (be sure to use non-toxic ink) – one finger at a time, cover your fingertip in ink and press your fingertip on the white side of your tile to create a black-on-white fingerprint. Be sure to use one finger per tile. However, in the finished example, I’ve used two tiles for my right thumb. Also, I recommend practicing on a scrap piece of paper first, because getting just the right amount of ink can be a bit tricky. : )

Step 4: Arrange your tiles like the example above.

Step 5: From here, you can do a whole bunch of things – you can transform this into a refrigerator magnet, create a tiled-mosaic, or transform this into wall-art that can be framed and hanged – great for kids’ rooms. (I teach each of these techniques in detail in my tutorials, as well as how to use recycled papers instead of paint.) But there’s no reason to stop there. I’ve had a few Moms tell me that they’ve done a “baby’s first prints” scrapbook project using this idea. The options are endless.

Happy crafting!

Images via TheScrabbleGal.

Scrabble for iPhone

The iPhone version of the game currently includes three modes with three levels of difficulty. The game modes allow the user to play versus the computer, a solo game, and a Pass 'n Play—essentially a local multiplayer game with up to four competing local players. There have been grumblings around the Internet that a WiFi-enabled version is coming. We have our fingers crossed.

While deciding who you want to play your game against, you also have several different game styles to choose from. Among these are classic, a game to 75, a game to 150, an eight-round game, and a 12-round game. For those unfamiliar, the 8- and 12-round games refer to turns you are given before the game is over....

Scrabble for the iPhone is a nice port of a classic board game. If you love Scrabble, then it is easily worth the $9.99 price tag. If you are only a casual Scrabble fan, you may want to wait until the WiFi multiplayer version comes out.

Application: Scrabble (App Store Link)
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Price: $9.99

Read the full review HERE

TheScrabbleGal :)

DIY: Learn How To Make Scrabble Tile Pendants

Wondering how to make Scrabble Tile Pendant Jewelry?

If you’ve got $20 to invest in materials and 2 hours of spare time, you can learn to make these gorgeous little jewelry tiles. Create one-of-a-kind handmade jewelry with repurposed Scrabble tiles! Making Scrabble Tile Jewely is very easy--I'll show you how!

My full-color, step-by-step tutorial “How To Make Beautiful Scrabble Tile Jewelry” teaches you everything you need to know to make your very own gorgeous Scrabble tile jewelry and Scrabble accessories. Learn how to make Scrabble Tile pendants the Scrabble Gal way! :)

You will receive a full-color electronic PDF containing the all of following:

* 17 Full-Color instructional photos * My 8 Shortcut Secrets
* Complete List of Materials (by the way, everything is non-toxic)
* Answers to the 21 Most Frequently Asked Questions
* 7 Troubleshooting Tips

My personal email address - just in case you run into any questions along the way, or simply want to share photos of your finished product!

And as a bonus, I’ll even divulge my tightly-guarded Personal List of Online Source of Materials, so you know exactly where to find everything.
Everything is non-toxic perfect, the perfect arts and crafts project for kids of all ages. Great for camp activities, slumber parties and birthday parties too! :)

Tutorial is available for purchase at The Scrabble Gal Etsy shop. :)

Sunday, July 20, 2008

DIY: How to Make Custom Photo Jewelry

Learn how to make your own personalized jewelry with your favorite photos!

My full-color, step-by-step tutorial “How To Make Your Own Custom Photo Jewelry” teaches you everything you need to know to make your very own gorgeous photo jewelry or home accessories using craft or Scrabble tiles. I guide you through the entire process including photo editing so that you can make the most of your photos!

You will receive a full-color electronic PDF containing the all of following:

20 Full-Color instructional photos
A Complete List of Materials (by the way, everything is non-toxic)
Shortcut Secrets
Answers to the Most Frequently Asked Questions
Troubleshooting Tips

My personal email address - just in case you run into any questions along the way, or simply want to share photos of your finished product!

And as a bonus, I’ll even divulge my tightly guarded Personal List of Online Source of Materials, so you know exactly where to find everything.

Custom photo jewelry is great for weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, graduation and just about any other celebration. Make something unique! :)

My tutorial is available at my Etsy Shop: The Scrabble Gal :)
What are you waiting for?!!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008


The addicted to Etsy cartoon and post did so well, we decided my husband needed to open his own shop!

Things can get a little tense over in Etsy land, hopefully his shop will remind everyone that crafting is fun...crazy sometimes, but fun! :)

FYI: We're looking for a caption for his new cartoon. Enter the caption contest HERE:

Here are the details:
Each week, we provide a cartoon in need of a caption. You, the reader, submit your caption below, we choose the finalists, and you vote for your favorite! If you’re selected as a finalist, your name and website (if you’d like) along with your caption will be featured on the site. If you’re voted as the winner, you’ll receive a free digital print of the cartoon from the artist with your winning caption!

Head on over to for more info!!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Friday, July 11, 2008

Addicted to Etsy Cartoon

Courtesy of TheScrabbleGal's Husband :)

You are more than welcome to feature this cartoon on your blog or website, all l I ask is that you please link it back to

Want more Addicted to Etsy humor, check out my previous post: You Know You're Addicted to Etsy When....

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Sarah Silverman and Jimmy Kimmel are Addicted to Scrabble

"Sometimes you just wanna eat dinner, have fun and play Scrabble. Jimmy and I are addicted to it. We end up playing an extra hour past the time that we say, 'This is ridiculous. We're not gonna be glad we played Scrabble til 3 in the morning.'"

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Want to Make Custom Scrabble Tile Pendants, Scrabble Tile Accessories, or Learn Other DIY Scrabble Tile Crafts?

You've come to the right place! I have tutorials! Original Scrabble Tile Jewelry Tutorial, Custom Photo Jewelry Tutorial, Scrabble in Style v. I (77 Fun & Fresh Scrabble tile crafts) and of course, the ScrabbleGal Bundle for those who want to learn it all and get the biggest bang for their buck! :)


Do not purchase Scrabble tile collage sheets with the intention that you will simply be able to print them out on your home printer and use them for your Scrabble crafts. I've received numerous convos (that's short for conversations) from people on Etsy who can't figure out why the Scrabble tile collage sheets they bought from other sellers don't work! Printing these collage sheets on regular paper, even photo paper on your home printer, will just result in a blurry mess. Sellers are advertising them as "just print and use" but they don't work like that :(. If the images don't blur on you after a few hours, they will after a few days. So please keep this in mind!

Don't want to use Japanese papers? I have a great list of alternatives to Japanese papers in my Scrabble in Style v. I E-Book.

Need any help with your Scrabble tile crafts? Send me an Etsy convo HERE :)

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Playing with your food....

Yup! Veggies play Scrabble too!

Some of the cute comments this photo has received:

"How'bout it. That darn cauliflower has his little tomatoe buddy looking at my tiles! And that celery has a total height advantage. He thinks he's so cool because he's the tallest. A rotten bunch these are!"

"that cauliflower is totally looking at your tiles. but I'd look out for the celery, if I were you. I mean it has 8 tiles on its rack. that's not kosher!I love, love, LOVE scrabble.This is so awesome :)"

+ Via ecospc

Monday, July 7, 2008

1 Month Etsy Anniversary! :)

Today marks the end of my 1st month with Etsy!

I've had a blast! I've had 55 sales, earned over 100 hearts from my fellow Etsians and have met the most incredible people through the forums, chats and of course my buyers! :)

Here's just a sample of the amazing feedback my buyers have left me!

"Great instructions, seller is very helpful!!!"

"Not only is this a great ebook with a fresh take on scrabble tiles, but the service was EXCELLENT!! Thank you!"

"What a wonderful tutorial! I've never seen any instructional ebook more professionally done than this one. I highly recommend anyone who is interested in learning this craft to purchase this promo pack. You will learn invaluable tips and tricks and be on your way to creating beautiful Scrabble jewelry (and the likes) on your own. Laura is wonderful to work with!"

"The tutorial arrived very quickly and communication with TheScrabbleGal has been great! After looking through all the tutorials I am anxious to give this Scrabble tile thing a try. Thanks for the great offer."

"You rock girl! This is a fabulous deal! I was already making Scrabble tile jewelry, but it looks like this has SO much useful info. Great job! You can tell a lot of work went into this E-Book."

"What a great set of tutorials! I'm sitting here right now with my scrapbook papers and an old set of Scrabble tiles. Leaving Mod Podge on the keyboard. :)"

"Within 15 minutes of my payment, the item arrived in my inbox! Awesome! It definitely includes info promised plus some! I will have fun gettin' creative! :)"

"These ebooks are very well done, very professional. Easy to understand, great pictures, excellent directions. This is a bargain! Thanks!"

TheScrabbleGal :)

You Know You're Addicted to Etsy When...

This post is for all the Etsy addicts out there! Etsy addiction is serious!!! Here are a few responses from a thread I started in the Etsy forums a few days ago!

They are hilarious!!! Hope you enjoy them! I'll be adding to the list when I get some more updates!

TheScrabbleGal :)

You Know You're Addicted to Etsy When.....

* "Nobody in the family gets any food or clean clothes!"

* "Etsy is the first thing you run to in the moring and the last thing you see at night . . ."

* "OK this is a true story, last week I threw my back out and was in bed flat on my back for 2 days. It hurt to even breath. My husband asked me if there was anything he could get me and with so much agony in my voice I said just my laptop. He rolled his eyes and said you have issues!!"

* "Yes, my home page is ALso, I have dreams about etsy regularly! One dream was you could see who was looking at your items. I've had other dreams and awoke thinking, did that really happen?"

"You know you're addicted when you have nightmares that you have shipped the wrong items to folks, only to wake up in the middle of the night and check your inventory!lol: )"


"When your in church the whole time you pray that by the time you get home you've made a sale."

....stay tuned for more! Post on the thread HERE

Scrabble Tiles (Points by Letter)

Here's a break down of Scrabble Tiles / Scrabble Pieces (Points by Letter)

Blank/Wild: 2 tiles, 0 points
A: 9 tiles, 1 point
B: 2 tiles, 3 points
C: 2 tiles, 3 points
D: 4 tiles, 2 points
E: 12 tiles, 1 point
F: 2 tiles, 4 points
G: 3 tiles, 2 points
H: 2 tiles, 4 points
I: 9 tiles, 1 point
J: 1 tile, 8 points
K: 1 tile, 5 points
L: 4 tiles, 1 point
M: 2 tiles, 3 points
N: 6 tiles, 1 point
O: 8 tiles, 1 point
P: 2 tiles, 3 points
Q: 1 tile, 10 points
R: 6 tiles, 1 point
S: 4 tiles, 1 point
T: 6 tiles, 1 point
U: 4 tiles, 1 point
V: 2 tiles, 4 points
W: 2 tiles, 4 points
X: 1 tile, 8 points
Y: 2 tiles, 4 points
Z: 1 tile, 10 points

TheScrabbleGal :)

Thursday, July 3, 2008



I have a BUY 1 GET 2 FREE promotion going on in my Etsy Shop right now! Save over 50%!!!

Mentioned the code BLOG in the message to seller and I'll include a FREE Scrabble tile Collage Sheet--makes 196 Scrabble tiles!

Great for anyone interested in jewelry making! Wanna do custom jewelry making? Check out my Custom Photo Jewelry Tutorial (Custom Picture Jewelry Tutorial).

Looking for fun summer activities for your kids? All my crafts are non-toxic and kid-friendly! Over 70 Scrabble craft ideas your kids can make and enjoy!