Thursday, June 30, 2011

Making a Curtain Frame for Your Picture

An old publication that Scrapbooks Plus was giving away showed a card with a curtain. It seemed that this would make the perfect frame for a picture of my aunt as a homecoming attendant. Here’s how you make a curtain frame. Cut three strips of paper – two equal ones for the sides of your curtain and a shorter one for the valance (top). The size of each will depend on the size of your pictures. Punch a scallop design on the bottom of all three pieces. To make the folds, score the pieces that will be the side of your curtain every 1/4th of an inch. (You can score however you like but I like to use a scoring blade on my Cutterpede trimer. It is easy to keep all your lines straight and you have all the measurements you need.) You do need to score each line on the opposite side of the paper of the previous one because you are going to pleat the paper. Then you simply pleat the paper along the scored lines. This part can be a bit tedious. I made my pleats 1/8” and admit I screamed several times. If you make the pleats ¼” rather than 1/8” it is a lot easier. Apply Glossy Accents to the top of each side when you finish making the pleats to hold the pleats in place at the top. Once both sides are complete, glue the top of the curtain to the sides and fold the side edges of the top down to make a drape valance just like you’d have on your window at home. Gluing a plain paper frame inside the curtain makes it easier to affix to your scrapbook page. The final touch is to tie the sides back with small pieces of ribbons. Your curtain is now ready to glue to the page.

Everything else on this page was super simple. As you can see, I placed a strip of the green side of the Time of My Life to the background made of Sunday Afternoon. Another piece of Time of My Life was used to frame the main picture. By using pieces with the brown dots around the outside as spacers, I was able to quickly add self-adhesive Pebbles Pearl Candy Dots Brown all around the picture, creating emphasis on the main picture. I made a base and a journaling block using Tim Holtz Sizzix ATC & Corners Die. The Ladies & Gents stickers were used for the lettering, with a little Vintage Photo Distress Ink to tone down the turquoise a bit. Other accents include ribbon from the Ladies & Gents line, a crown and some books cut out of the Sunday Afternoon paper, a Tim Holtz hangar and some tags for lettering.

Not only do I have a special page for our family, but my aunt enjoyed the trip down memory lane that it provided her.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Paper's not just for scrapbooking....

I decided to go off the beaten path of my normal altered items this month. I was inspired by our own Karen Bearse and her beautiful bag that she made. So using this month's paper from Webster's Pages I decided to make a canvas bag with the Time of My Life and Groomed Traveler paper. I just fell in love with the clocks on the Time of My Life paper!

I used the center of the Groomed Traveler and cut out the clocks off the Time of My Life paper. For the bag itself I used some painter's canvas that I had in my closet. I used a mask from Prima and sprayed some watered down turquoise acrylic paint (that I had put in a spray bottle). I love the way it came out for the background! I then did an image transfer of my quote (which I printed out on computer paper and made sure that I did the quote backwards!) using some of Claudine Hellmuth's Multi-Medium in Matte. I adhered the paper to the canvas with some iron-on adhesive. I then glued down the clocks I cut out and some of Tim Holtz's clocks with Helmar 450 glue (which in my opinion is the best glue out there!). I then put a coat of the multi medium over all the paper (but not over the metal clocks!). I sewed the bag together.
I used some more Prima flowers and made a flower out of scrap canvas that I had and sprayed it again with the paint/water mixture. I used the ribbon trim to finish the top seam and covered the top with the ribbon flowers. I then attached handles and it was finished!


Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Make Sure You Don’t Miss this Fun Summer Make & Take

Summer is here so why not start scrapping those special summer memories now. This week’s Make & Take is perfect for those summer pictures involving water and it is oh so easy to make. The papers including pre-made journaling blocks – I used ones that work for beach or pool, but you can choose the ones that best fit your pictures. It also uses the great new Lime Twist twine. The bright colors are so cheerful you’ll definitely whistle while you work. Okay, maybe you’ll only smile. So head to the store and enjoy making this fun page. As always, you get a free element. This week it is a whale! Don't forget to print your 40% off coupon from the web site!

Quick Cards

Need to make a few cards quick? Pick up a sheet of Webster's Pages Framed Beauty from their Ladies and Gents collection. The back side has many different boxes to choose from, all perfect for cardmaking. All you really need is a card background and a sentiment to complete a fast, but lovely card.

I took two different pieces of the Framed Beauty and paired them with other papers from the line - one more feminine and one decidedly more masculine.

I chose a box with a lovely script for my first card. I added a canvas ticket, also from Webster's Pages, and a couple of flowers. I used my i-Top to make matching brads for the centers with the Webster's Pages ribbon.

The clocks had me thinking of Tim Holtz, so I grabbed one of his stamps for the sentiment. I added a lightly inked wooden key from Kaisercraft.