Thursday, April 30, 2009
When you open the frame, it is not assembled which makes it easier for altering. I chose to use a the orange paper from the Bloom & Grow paper to dub as a photo mat. I then covered the front of the frame with a more colorful paper from the same line. I used my ATG to adhere the paper and then used my X-acto knife to trim off the excess. I then filed the edges and applied some ink. I chose to “junk” it up a little with some accents from the chipboard like stickers and some Bazzill Pom-Pom ribbon.
This project went together in less than 30 min. and if I do say so myself I love the way it turned out. You could use this frame for all sorts of different occasions and you could definitely use it as a super fun, easy, economical gift for somebody special. The best part about this project is that everything is found at Scrapbooks Plus!
***for some reason Blogger will not allow me to add photos, please stay tuned***
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
When I find a card design that I like, I use it over and over with different scraps and for different occasions. This month I created a card that I really *love* using one of the tags from the Bloom & Grow die-cut sheet. I always have extra tags from those sheets... I probably have tons of Basic Grey ones... and this is a great way to put them to use.
I started with a basic rectangle of patterned paper cut just slightly smaller than my blank card base. I added a strip of coordinating patterned paper from my scrap pile and a piece of the Bazzil just the the edge. The Bazzil looked too bright, so I toned it down with some Glimmer Mist (Simply Khaki - my favorite... little specks of gold, silver, and platinum). I tied a piece of ribbon onto the tag and placed it over the seams. Voila! Instant cute card... and with the tag blank I can fill it in for whatever I need: congrats, thank you, birthday, maybe even Mom? :)
thanks for stopping by!
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
When I saw this rectangle hanger, I thought of the door knob hangers with a name used to label one’s room. Why not welcome spring on the door knob. It could have also been made of chipboard with holes punched and a hanger added. The beads and jute were already on this hanger.
The edges of the chipboard petal pieces were colored with a green marker. The shapes were traced onto orange paper from the Bloom & Grow group and cut to fit the chipboard shapes. Glue these to the chipboard shapes. If there are jagged edges, sand them.
To make the curves for the spring landscape, I used a flexible curve to shape the papers that were left from my other projects using Bloom & Grow. Scrapbooks Plus has a flexible curve that you can bend to get the shape desired. The curves were cut, layered and glued to show contrast; then cut into a rectangle. A gold marker was used to follow the curves and heighten contrast.
Wording was done on the computer. Glue the word box and leaf first. Secondly, glue the rectangle then overlap petals. A green button with raffia threaded through its holes was added to the center of the petals. Add a tag and ribbon to the hanger.
Hint: To avoid scratching the door when opened and closed, add felt to the back of the plaque.
Monday, April 27, 2009
Sunday, April 26, 2009
The outside is just several scraps that I had left over from the kit. I am not much of a card maker, so they are always the last thing that I do...sort of a after thought. I give props to all the ladies out there that make cards...they are beautiful, I am just not a card giver, I think I say that every month. :)
The Outside message says "you are never to old to me my fair friend..." and on the inside has a little turtle flipped over on his back :)...This card just came to me...I had these old stamps that I had never used but purchased because of the turtle, so I decided to use them, and then it was Laura's Birthday, So I had inspiration...
Sorry for the awful pictures it was a last minute thought to take pictues of it and give our readers the first sneak peak...Contact Scrapbooks-Plus for more information. The layout will be 20 dollars, and I am not sure about the growth chart...more information will follow...Susie and I can't wait to work with everyone...remember this would make a great gift.
Friday, April 24, 2009
When I first started looking at the papers, I knew that I wanted to try my embossing folders with the cord'inates papers! They are soooooo amazing! Then when I was in Scrapbooks Plus I found these fun stamps that have these great circles that allow you to embellish your stamped image with (my favorite) BLING! I LOVE how it turned out!
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Laurie finished a box featuring Miami University (Ohio - not Florida) and she did a great job! She even took the time to customize the laser cut frame on the top of the box by making the underlying base piece out of 2 colors (red & white) and mitering the corners just perfectly!
Jenny made a box for a relative graduating from school in Ogden, Utah! I have been told it is just the beginning - she has a few more boxes in mind, after she finds out the various school colors.
Kathy avoided my camera lens as she worked on a box for Paul VI - she claims to have been photographed over the weekend at one of the Debbie Shuh classes, but I have seen no proof!
Esther is working on a box to celebrate her High School Reunion: Womack Senior High Year - Class of 19 __ (the year is our little secret!) - fortunately, the tassels that go on the boxes allow you to customize any date. We needed to special order some Bazzill to get exactly the right blue to go with that gold cardstock. We are currently fine-tuning the logo piece created for the inside of her exploding box. The finished product is going to be a lovely momento for her to share with her classmates.
MaryAnn and Natalie were back for round 2 to work on boxes from Chantilly and Broad Run.
Here's a pic of Sandy and Sara taking turns using my Scor-pal to make EXTRA exploding boxes for Westfield and Park View. .I love all the different ways you all have chosen to personalize your exploding boxes - College graduations, high school reunions, and more - definitely a creative bunch of ladies! . .In addition to the area schools I mentioned above, Debbie has ordered a ton of new custom items for other local high schools - Centreville, Freedom, Thomas Jefferson, Fairfax, and Oakton to name a few. If you haven't been in recently, the extensive selection of custom papers, laser cut logos, picture frames, and graduation caps will blow you away! If you have a grad this year make sure you stop by the store to check it all out!
I think the contrasts on this layout are what makes me happy - or maybe it is just looking at my daughter's little red boots and thinking about her curious nature that turns up the corners of my smile...
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
I left the edges of the canvas natural, but you could easily use a bit of acrylic paint or Glimmer Mist on the canvas before adhering your paper. The cloud was made from Co-ordinations cardstock. I lightly sanded inside the cloud in a circular motion to let a bit of the pink show through.
Thanks to Kelli Crowe for inspiration from her BPS class on paper piecing! I used her method for creating the tree and the cloud.
Monday, April 20, 2009
Got some scrap fabric laying around? You can find instructions and templates for making your own yo-yos here and here. They'd be awfully cute on cards as well.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Saturday, April 18, 2009
To make this you will need:
-Double-sided paper, 7 sheets for the inside and extra for the cover
-Strong Adhesive (I would use Tacky Tape or ATG)
-Ribbon for the closure
-Embellishments (you will need two jumbo eyelets for the closure)
2. Ink the edges of both sides of each piece (optional)
3. Fold every strip in half and crease with bone folder.
4. Then take one of each size strip and adhere one the short sides on top of each other as pictured.
6. Continue that with all 7 sets of strips.
7. Arrange each set on top of each other so that the patterns are intermingled. Keep in mind which pieces you want as your front and back cover.
8. Adhere the back of one set to the front of the next as pictured.
10. You are ready to embellish and add pictures! Once that is done, you can run your ribbon through and tie it closed. To display it, just untie the ribbon and bring the front and back cover together and tie them together to get the star shape.
These can also be made with points if you want it smaller. There are multiple sites on the web with instructions as well. Just google Star Book instructions and you’ll find many ways to make these.
Friday, April 17, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
I really loved the Little Blossom paper that was in the kit- it was probably the paper that I used the most of this month! The Coredinations paper that was in the kit went well with it so I used a piece to compliment the patterned paper. Added the orange dot scalloped piece from the Grow accessory sheet and sewed it on. I also loved the journaling spot from the sheet but I had used it in another project- so I made another out of some Coredinations paper by tracing it and cutting it out and I sewed this on too. The rest of the LO just fell into place. One other trick I used on this LO was that I stamped directly onto the Bazzill flowers that I used. I used the same Mocha Mama ink on both the flowers and the edges of the paper.
Monday, April 13, 2009
I had this little box just sitting under the TV, begging to be decorated…So while watching TV, I got inspiration to decorate it. I used glimmer mist on the inside of it…just so it was not naked…then I decorated the outside with a few different papers. The lip and the bottom edge were done with the the core’dinations.
The Core’dination actually worked out better than I imagined it would, at first I painted but no color I painted worked the way I had hoped that it would. You can see on the bottom the last color I painted which was yuck yellow. OH WELL NO ONE IS GOING TO SEE THAT. Well not once it goes back under my TV to hold my remotes…in the mean time they have been misplaced and are just laying around the TV. YUCKY!
Sunday, April 12, 2009
This was a follow up to my anxious desire to welcome spring many weeks ago. Since spring is slow coming in this year, the planning of this page was good for me. The flower seed packets were collected for the colorful flowers. When I began to plan the page, the packets were too large. They were scanned and reduced to fit with the Bloom & Grow papers by My Mind's Eye that are so bright & cheerful.
The journaling was done on the computer on vellum & photo paper. The potted tulips were rubber stamped on photo paper and colored with color pens. The large flower pot was a die cut I had purchased at ScrapBooks Plus some time ago. I often see things that would work for a page and add them to my stash, then do the page a year later. The orange flowers were made with a circle punch by Fiskars & buttons added to the centers.
As I post this, it is Easter and I am still waiting for spring to come & stay. Maybe, I will plant the seeds.
Tip: When adding color to photo paper, use Staz-on for the stamping and markers that are acid free & will not smear. I used Fiskars & Adirondack markers.
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
The oranged scallop piece was part of the kit, but I balanced it with a scalloped white stripe placed horizontally across the bottom. You can purchase all kinds of pre-cut scallops, but if you love the look you might consider investing in a cutter that includes various decorative blades. Debbie or any of the girls at Scrapbooks Plus can help you choose one you are sure to love.
Thanks for dropping by the DT Blog,
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
That big photo can take center stage and still be incorporated into a fun (and embellishment filled) design. It's a great excuse to let your photography shine and still incorporate lots of paper and "stuff".
Monday, April 6, 2009
...we took our little boy to Boyd's Bear Country, because I am a collector...ssshh don't tell anyone...I have a secret passion for there super cute little kitties, and I have a piggy along with a black and white kitty that I inherited from my Grammy, when she passed away.
So I wanted to go check it out. It has been on my places to visit since I have moved to VA 4 years ago.
My Son gave me great inspiration when I went, so glad I brought my camera with me. There was so many things to take pictures of. The little paw prints in the parking lot were so cute, when we took William out of the car and he seen them he looked down and screamed "Mommy Blue is here, and look she left me a clue!" It was so cute, and one of the rare times I actually had my camera ready to catch some shots of him. He wanted to look and feel everything. Thank goodness this is one of those stores that you can allow them to do just that.
The layout is a simple little grid that I worked out to be nearly the same size on each side. The flowers I added a little diamond glaze to and I just cut them out of one of the papers that came in the kit, along with some candy dots that came in the kit. You can get them in many colors at Scrapbooks-Plus. (if you don't see a color you want ask a staff member they can get a order from you and when it comes in call you) I journal in my own handwriting as I do much of the time. Something for my son to remember be buy. The label and the tag came on the punch out sheet...
I wonder how many have this problem...when I really like paper...I struggle I don't want to mess it up and I want to do the paper justice...When I don't like the paper I can whip something out with no issue. I was not a fan of this months paper...but it sure came together nicely and I really like it now. Funny how that works out isn't it. You don't like it when you first see it, but then put it together and wonder "wow, why didn't I like that?"
Sunday, April 5, 2009
For this layout I used the whitewash cardstock. I cut several circles with a punch and then used an embossing stylus with this plastic needlework frame to make designs on my cardstock. Once I dry embossed the design I flipped it over to the whitewash side and lightly sanded to bring out the pink color.
Saturday, April 4, 2009
I love to make mini albums. To me there is nothing better than the feeling of finishing a project- sometimes when I think about the enormous amount of pictures I have to scrap for my 12x12 scrapbook it completely freaks me out! This is a quick and easy way to scrap pictures- and it works perfectly for a last minute gift project.
I took this idea from Simple Scrapbooks and have used it MANY times over and over. The main idea of it is that you use the same basic LO for each page but change the papers and embellishments. It's a really quick way to get a mini album done in one sitting!
I used most of the papers My Minds Eye papers that came in the DT kit this month in this mini book. I used the blackboard Scarlett album from Cosmo Cricket for the base. I covered one side of each page with paper, made a pocket, cut a 3" circle for my page title, and cut a journaling tag. The tabs for the journaling tag are actually flowers that I punched from the patterned paper- I just folded them in half and stapled them to the top of the tag. I sanded and inked the edges and I was done. I'd say from start to finish this album took less than 3 hours.
Next time you want to finish a project quickly, just try a "fast album" formula- you'll be glad you did!
Friday, April 3, 2009
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Because I chose to put the scalloped border on top of paper with similar colors, inking the edges definitely helped the die cut stand out - and the vellum did the same thing for the smaller letters in the title. This is actually one of my favorite uses for vellum because it lets the background show through, but provides just enough contrast to separate the title. The die cut parentheses provided the perfect little frame.
And don't you just LOVE the Heidi Swapp Foam Letters?!?! They are so thick and the adhesive on them is great. I always try to add a little dimension to my projects - there are pop dots under the paisley embellishments - but the Heidi Swapp letters just JUMP off the page - perfect for a title!
I actually took waaaay too many pictures of my cute little piglet! I was going to make an exploding box for the rest (what a surprise, right?) but I think I will turn this 1 page layout into a 2 page layout when it comes home. I hope Debbie has ordered more of those die cut sheets...