Sunday, May 31, 2009
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
How about a gift bag to match the card for a special friend?
Most of us probably make cards. But do we take time to decorate the gift bag? Start with a gift bag in the desired color. This one was a metallic gold, I used patterned paper to shape with a flexible ruler for the swirls. ScrapBooks Plus has the bendable ruler by Bo Bunny that can be used to mark the shape of the bent ruler. After marking the curves, I used a craft knife (Fiskars has a good one the your index finger fits into) to cut along the curves. The pieces were moved around to get the desired effect & glued to a solid cardstock. A gold marker was used to show the curves. I cut the rectangle to fit the bag front.
Once the shaped paper pieces are glued to the gift bag, you can decorate it with markers, ribbon, lace, pearls,& stickers, etc. Use contrasting colors and patterns for interest. The yellow flowers pop on the aqua tones of the paper. Double-sided tape is good for this project because the bag will get a lot of movement. Add a tag & ribbon on the handle.
Now the bag becomes a part of the gift. Add tissue inside with the gift. I made a card to match that is on display at ScrapBooks Plus. Let me know if you make a gift bag to go with a card?
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
This little HOME word album had been talking to me long before the Bo Bunny DT kits were ready for pick up. I had seen a similar album done in the Abbey Road paper line and just had to create one for myself in honor of the eleventh anniversary our house. What a long way it's come since the barren, red clay yard and bare, builder-white walls of April 1998!
The key to making this (and other similar books) sing is all the detailed cutting. I cut at least forty flowers, vines, leaves and other elements from the paper's patterned to achieve this effect. Frankly, not a lot of embellishments were purchased for this book - the decorative touches are mostly achieved through inking, layering and pop dotting the handcut items. Add a little ribbon and a few buttons and you are set. I know a couple of people at the store have told me that they have been making their own book from this sample. Just let me know via this blog, and I'll gladly leave the book at the store after the wall changes out on June 1 for a little while longer if you need it to finish your own "HOME" book.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
I again, love this paper, even though it is girlie it still works with my little boy stuff...lots of little boy things.
The flowers on the top of the layout, is a sticker from the sheet. It WAS 12 inches long but I just wanted a little something to add above that picture. I then added brads to the center to give them a little dimension. Moral of this story is don't be afraid to cut things up and add things to them...because it sometimes works out to your benefit, but you never know unless you try.
Wanna know more come in and check out the wall...you are sure to find something that you love.
Monday, May 25, 2009
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
The fun thing about this chipboard book is all the pages have different edges. And I liked the raw chipboard look, so I left a lot of it showing after I inked the edges. How do you ink rounded edges? Simple - use a spongy eye shadow applicator or a dauber.
I used a Jenni Bowlin calendar page here to mark the date of the show. Journaling was added around the pictures, on the paper, wherever it fit.
Sometimes you don't need a lot to make a great statement. Here I used Bo Bunny chipboard, Bo Bunny stickers and a bracket shape cut from the patterned paper.
What to do with all those programs? Add them to your project, of course! I used Mod Podge to glue the interior of the program right into the book covering one of the pages.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
My kit is the "Love Shack" collection from Bo Bunny. This group of papers has lots of bright colors - pinks, oranges, greens with a touch of muted teal. I matched them up with some of our photos from Easter - fabulous with our bright Easter eggs (even the Star Wars ones!) and my daughter's pink dress (what else?).
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
So, I was walking through the craft store thinking about this month's projects and saw these blank wooden frames that were pretty inexpensive. I decided it was a perfect break from the mini-album rut I was stuck in. I used Mod Podge to adhere the paper to the frame. Make sure you cover all areas of the frame and then rub to get the air bubbles out. A trick I have learned is to take your bone folder and run it across your surface and that will help spread the glue under the paper and will help push out any air bubbles that have started under the paper. Then I just embellished it with some Bo Bunny chipboard and flowers. You could even use these to frame quotes instead of pictures. The possibilities are endless. If you ever need a quick gift, this is it!
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Saturday, May 16, 2009
This month's design team kit made me nostalgic. It made me remember how much I used to enjoy scrapping when my boys were little pudgy baby things. Now through the magic of digital photography, I have access to all those old film shots.
(Side note: Take your old negatives to Costco and let them digitize them. It's cheaper than you think, and suddenly you have all those wonderful old photos as accessible for your projects as yesterday's digital snaps!)
Anyway, since I had these old baby pictures on disc now, and this sweet BoBunny paper to work with I decided to take a stroll down memory lane. The layout itself is pretty typical of "my style" (whatever that is...) but the journaling is all about my oldest son growing up. Essentially it's a love note, telling him how much I enjoyed his baby years and how I can see the hints of the young man he is becoming today in these baby photos.
It was a wonderful project.
Looking for a little inspiration? Stop by the store and stroll through all the great design team projects. You can also find all the materials we use for these projects compiled in the same place near the DT wall. A little kick start to get your scrapping mojo going!
Friday, May 15, 2009
Just a thought!
Thursday, May 14, 2009
I have a new love in my life....border punches. I find that I am using them more and more in my designs. With the month's kit, I used 2 of the new punches from EK Success. ScrapbooksPlus has a great variety of border punches- including the ones that I used in my LOs this month! I love the way the Binding Edge punch works on my Bunnies LO. I wanted to put some bling on my Sisters LO but wanted it to be subtle. So I used my Postage Stamp border punch on some of the AWESOME glitter paper by Best Creations that ScrapbooksPlus carries. The glitter paper comes in a variety of beautiful colors and the best thing about it..the glitter stays on the paper- no glitter everywhere! It put just the right amount of bling for me.
I will posting later today about a workshop that I am planning for in the next month or so. Stop by and check it out!
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
This month I went crazy and did several layouts above and beyond what I had to do. I had to weed out what I was going to put up. Funny I have never had that issue before...lol...must be because it is my month.
This single page layout was just something a little simple and something I actually did for my mom. It is a picture, that my mom had left from when my grandmother had passed away. My granny had it in a frame and it was one of her favorites. Guess from the look of the picture they didn't really pay that close attention to the background being right. (boy I am so glad for digital pictures)!
The journal that I did is just the writing from the back of the picture. My mom says she spent every penny she had on those pictures...and my dad was so mad at her, but she just had to have them. I was 5 months old. I love the pictures from the 70's..
I hope that you all have had a chance to run by Scrapbooks-Plus and pick up some of these papers. They will work great with many different kinds of layouts not just little girls...check out my blog on the 26 where I will show you the papers used for my little boy.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
This is a card for father that's easy to make from scraps. June is fast approaching & you must make that card soon. The papers in our kit had browns & blues, so it seemed like a good combo for a man's card. It began with a sheet of solid green cardstock folded in half. Strips were placed to one side with layers of blue and white solids that were torn cut and embossed. The brown is one of the Coredinations papers that was distressed to show the blue underneath the brown.
Use stickers for the title - father. Add a newspaper and coffee sticker element to give it the meaning of father being relaxed. The mini tools are tied with twine and attached with a brad. Now add the sentiment inside before mailing it to dad.
Monday, May 11, 2009
Can you believe it??? I started working on this layout and realized I actually liked it better with no ink! I must have been a little feverish. I then decided I should challenge myself this month and not ink any edges whatsoever! I loved how this one turned out, but can't say I was in love with everything I made. A few pieces will probably get inked before being put into an album or given away. :-) You didn't expect me to really embrace scrapping without ink, did ya?
I've actually had fun sewing on my layouts lately so I decided to sew a few bits on this one.
This is my newest nephew taking a little snooze with my dad, niether of them noticed us taking pictures, it was great! Enjoy!
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Saturday, May 9, 2009
This month I made a cute little "Thank-you" set - a card and a cupcake box!
Here is a step by step tutorial - easy peasy!
I started with a piece of "Look at Me" paper, which has a really cool dot pattern on one side and a bright green on the reverse.
I trimmed the paper to 8-1/2" x 11", and reserved the remnant for later use.
Fold the paper in half length-wise and crease.
Turn paper 90 degrees.
Fold the paper in half again, width-wise this time, and crease.
Flip it over so the dot side of the paper is facing up.
Align paper so the short side is along the bottom.
Cut along the fold line from the left edge of the paper to the intersection of lines in the middle.
Fold the bottom right corner up so that it meets the center fold line. Crease.
Fold the top left corner down so that it is about 1-1/4" from the center fold line. Crease.
Fold the top left quadrant over on top of the right quadrant.
Fold the bottom left quadrant under the bottom right quadrant.
Fold the bottom right corner up and match edges.
Put red line tape along the right and left edges of the green paper.
Fold the bottom section up. Adhere.
Trim out the "Thank you" square from the BoBunny Alissa Cut Out sheet. Mat it with the green side of the remnant.
Mount with dimensional tape on bottom right of card.
Create tags: (1) 5" x 2.5" and (1) 5" x 1.75"
Embellish as desired.
Insert tags in pocket.
Bake a cupcake!
Deliver to someone you really appreciate!
This would also make a great "Happy Birthday" set if you simply change the sentiment on the card.
Thanks to Claudia Rosa at SCS for the inspiration! Happy crafting! Susie