Saturday, November 29, 2008
This month's kit came with this groovy quote bubble paper. Naturally, those little guys needed to be filled. But rather than focusing on one event, I decided to play with the grateful theme, gathering the visual evidence of the things for which I am grateful: Shopping with mom, Starbucks coffee, the ability to practice martial arts, trips with my husband, sales and family. The list goes on and on but this was a nice way to celebrate a few of those things. And it allows me to pair random photos together in one place.
First I gathered my photos, sized them in Photoshop, printed them out and matted them with white card stock. I added my captions next to each photo (the alien needs one, tho). Then I cut a piece of blue card stock and ran it along the side along with a piece of scalloped pattern paper. The American Crafts Thickers finished off the page along with the quote bubble from a previous DT kit.
I decided to use my Sheer Delight for a mini-album cover and simply cut it in half with my guillotine cutter - easy, peasy! The only moderately difficult part of the album was lining up the items from the cover page and the first page. I used my Xyron to adhere everything together... and you can't even see the glue through the back because of the finish. Between the extra-sticky Xyron glue and the flexible Sheer Delight sheet, I'm sure that this album will last for quite some time!
I filled the pages with notes and poems from my 5 year old daughter... she is always working on a project (I don't know where she got that from!) and I accumulate a lot of bits of paper that I can't bear to toss. Each page, after the title page is basically a strip of paper at the top and a mat for her "mail." The paper combinations vary, but since everything is from the same American Crafts line, the look is very cohesive.
I had a couple of piggie puppets mounted on popsicle sticks that I wanted to include... but they were too big for these pages. I decided to make a pocket page instead by cutting my cardstock to the correct width and then double the height of my other pages. I folded it in half and used dry adhesive for the top and red line tape for the left hand side. A little decoration and punching part of a circle in the end, help readers find the hidden puppets.
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Thursday, November 27, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
"It's a Boy!" is a rub on from my stash, but it would be easy enough to print up the "new baby" details on a computer and then die cut them later.
The last detail was to punch holes through the card along the folded edge, 1/2" from the top and the bottom. Using a needle, I ran the floss through the holes and then added the beads, creating a little tassle at the end as I tied it off. It was really very simple, and I think this would also make very distinctive wedding, graduation, or birthday cards!
Sunday, November 23, 2008
The American Crafts papers with their bright colors and clean lines are perfect for a school-themed page. I used some of the stars as my accent pieces. To give them a "puffy" look first I cut out the stars loosely and glued them to several extra layers of cardstock. Then I carefully trimmed all the layers at once and used temporary adhesive to hold them onto my craft mat. I added a layer of Glossy Accents and let it dry. Then I added 2 more coats of the Glossy Accents and mounted them on Pop Dots.
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PS. Whenever I have a 2 page spread, I like to have something "cross the ditch" to connect the two pages. Getting things perfectly lined up can be a pain sometimes, so I use blue painter's tape to hold the cardstock down and in place while I line up the crossing pieces. Just be sure not to press too hard and peel it off carefully, especially with delicate or white core papers.
Another option is to run a couple of lines of repositionable adhesive across your worktop and stick the base of your layout right on top. When you're done, the pages will peel right off and you can use an eraser to remove the adhesive from the desk or table.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Before I taped the color blocks down, I inked the edges to add the illusion of dimension. I also included buttons and a cute felt flower - I love 3D elements - I think they are "2 cute", just like the title says. The funky numbers in the title and the year were cut from "Long Time No See". The flowered paper is "Bonjour".
The last choice I made in this layout was the size of the picture. I had a 4x6 and 5x7 copy of the same print, and I kept going back and forth. The center block was sized to accomodate the 5x7, but I decided that I liked showing the extra orange polka dot print in the center and I liked the title placement with the 4x6 print (with a 5x7 I would have had to move the title to another place on the layout). Bigger is not always better!
I plan on adding journaling on the pink and blue blocks when I bring the layout home and I will include one of my daughter's favorite quotes -
"Autumn is a second Spring, where every leaf becomes a flower." Albert Camus
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
And this cloud paper? Too cute! I traced a few clouds onto a piece of Clear Scraps craft plastic, then painted the edges with white paint. They're adhered to the layout with popdots.
With such bright colors
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
I found this fun Cosmo Cricket chipboard book at Scrapbooks Plus and just knew it would be perfect for the October kit. I made a minibook of our traditions for the month -- apple picking, pumpkin patches, etc.
I had a little fun using masks and Glimmer Mist with this book. I first used a Creative Imaginations die cut paper shaped like a spiderweb. I turned the paper upside down and placed it on top of my page, then sprayed lightly. Since I sprayed over the back side of the paper, I still can still use it on another project! On the second page I used a new Tim Holtz mask - I snatched it up as soon as it came in the store! I used the Silver Bells color right over the chipboard - and it gave this page a really cool look.
Here's the entire album:
Sunday, November 9, 2008
First, get together your supplies: Zip Dry or other wet glue, ribbon – about double the length of the space you are covering, and a weight – I used an acrylic stamp block.
Next, layout your ribbon approximately where you want it to be. I scooted the ribbon down a smidge and ran a bead of Zip Dry along the paper from the end of the ribbon up to the first pleat and placed the ribbon carefully on top. Now I store my ribbon on plastic floss bobbins... so my ribbon had bumps in it. Rather than iron it flat, I used those “bumps” as the placement for my pleats... why iron if you don’t have to is my motto!!!
Once the end is in place, I started to make the pleats. First I put a drop of glue on the top of the ribbon just to the left of the pleat fold. If you will be folding your pleats to the other side, place your glue on the right of the fold (or turn it upside-down and keep going left). Then I folded the ribbon onto the glue and held it in place for about a minute or long enough for the glue to take hold.
Then I lifted up the tail of the ribbon and placed a line of glue on the paper between the first pleat and the next pleat fold. Once this first pleat was dry and holding well, I made the next pleat, placing a dot of glue on the top of the ribbon to the left of the pleat fold, folded it over, and ran glue under the next section.
At this point I placed the acrylic block over my completed pleats to speed up the process. I could glue 2 or 3 pleats in place, sliding the acrylic block over top of them to make sure they were staying put until the glue had a chance to dry. If a section of ribbon inbetween pleats didn’t look as though it was firmly down, I just used a paper piercer to reach under the block and push it back into place.
And here is the finished layout...
... and a closeup of the pleated ribbon.
This technique comes in handy for non-sewers (or those of who don’t want to drag the machine out) as well as for layouts where the stitching just isn’t the look you are going for.
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Saturday, November 8, 2008
This was the month of the X-acto. Not to mention glitter.
For my project, I wanted to create a hanging Halloween goody, and when I saw the crow template in Creating Keepsakes magazine, I was hooked. I went to the web site, downloaded the template and sized it up in Photoshop. Once it was printed out, I cut it out and traced it onto a piece of cardstock and used my X-acto to cut that out. I wasn't too concerned about rough edges because I knew I'd be smoothing them out with my Basic Grey Precision tool kit.
Once I had all three crows, I decided to cover one side with paper. I selected a grid paper for one and a pumpkin pattern paper for the other and used PVA to cover one side of chipboard. I flipped that over onto the backside of the paper and brayered, making sure to get out all the bubbles. I set it aside for a few minutes and then trimmed off the excess. (The final crow would be covered in glitter.)
From here, it was a matter of decorating. I used the American Crafts Thicker shapes to create my frames for my letters. But first I covered them in Doodlebug orange glitter. I started with the sticky side up, added glitter, let that dry. Then I added a coat of Tombo followed by a second coat of glitter. After that was dry, I added my striped pattern paper to the back along with my black glitter letter from American Crafts.
For the middle crow, I created a pinwheel by folding three strips of patterned paper into an accordion fold. Each section was attached using Terrifically Tacky tape while the middle was held together with a nice dollop of PVA. (The pinwheel was placed between two heavy objects so it wouldn't come apart during the drying process. PVA sets up fairly quickly, but I was a bit nervous so I let sit for a good hour or so. If you want to be completely nervous, let it dry over night.) The framed "O" was also attached using PVA. This time I set one of my small candle holders on top. (It's all so scientific around here.) This crow was also covered in Doodlebug black glitter.
I thought I was done but realized that if this guy turned, I'd be in a heap of trouble when it came to the backside, which was just plain chipboard. So I quickly covered everything with black cardstock and used black glitter all along the edges. I highly recommend covering BOTH sides of your hanging project at the same time.
A leaf, crown and some orange bling finished off the process. Everything was attached to a black ribbon. I wound a piece of waxed linen thread through one of the holes in the ribbon and tied it off so I could hang it where I wanted.
Friday, November 7, 2008
This month it was my month to chose what papers/embellishments, etc. the DT would be using. Before I get too carried away I have to say that being responsible for the kit is WAY more pressure than one may think. I wanted to make sure everybody had enough stuff, enjoyed the colors, was inspired – you know all that fun stuff.
It being November and all, I am sure folks were probably expecting a fall like theme. I just wasn’t feeling that for some reason. I wanted something bright, fun and outside the box so to speak.
With no further ado here is a little tease of what will be up on display November 15, 2008.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Here is my layout. The die-cut paper can easily be cut down so that you can use the hidden portion in another layout.
And here is my sketch:
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Saturday, November 1, 2008
For this card I layered several pieces of paper then attached the fabric leaves to the card with paper taggers.
I started with plain cardstock and then added a section out of the Creative Imaginations scalloped paper to make my background. In addition to a fabric leaf, I added a chipboard pumpkin, some ric rac and a chipboard Thicker from American Crafts.
For the pumpkin: I first swiped it with marmalade Tim Holtz Distress Ink. Before the ink could dry I added some orange Tim Holtz Distress Embossing powder on top. It didn't stick everywhere which gave the pumpkin realistic shading. After the embossing powder was dry I added one coat of UTEE which added a bumpy texture and shine.