Wednesday, February 26, 2014

It's Official - Scrapbook Layout

You have heard the story about #1DS and DIL's wedding if you're following along about the wedding scrapbook(s) I'm making. Check out the story on several of my blog posts here. I created another wedding scrapbook layout this weekend.

Papers and embellishments by Teresa Collins Tell Your Story. Title cut with my Cricut Expression, Cricut Calligraphy Collection cartridge and Bazzill cardstock.

I'm loving having a set day of the week to get my scrapbooking done.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Brand New Class and Giveaway from Big Picture Classes!

Yoo-Hoo!! Calling all Project Life-ers, Scrapbookers, and Paper Artists! One of my blogger friends, Monica Bradford, has a brand new online class at Big Picture Classes called, "Scrapbooking Outside the Pocket": Creative uses for Project Life cards, Sn@p Supplies, and other Pocket Products.

Do you love the Project Life and all the PL supplies? Got lots of PL cards? Want to use them in other projects? Well, head on over to BPC and have a look at her class, Scrapbooking Outside the Pocket, which begins March 6th. Check out Monica's short video, too. This class is sure to be a winner!

How about a giveaway?? You read right. Monica has offered a free seat to be given away on my blog to her class, "Scrapbooking Outside the Pocket". What do you need to do?
  1. Leave a comment on this post and let me know if you are a Project Life-type scrapbooker. Maybe you've never tried but are interested. Have you been hoarding PL supplies?? ;-)
  2. Follow my blog. Just click the blue "Join This Site" button at the left. I'll put your name in the hat a second time.
Giveaway ends on Friday February 28th and winner will be announced Saturday March 1st, just in time for class on March 6th!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Add a Pinterest button to Blogger images!

One of my goals this year is to blog more least twice a week. And I'm happy to report that so far I'm doing it. YAY me!

One thing that may bring more folks to your blog is making it very easy for viewers to pin your photos to Pinterest. If you'll hover your cursor over the photo below, or any of the photos in my posts, that you see a large Pinterest "P" button in the center of the photos. Just click on the "P" and you can easily pin the photos to your Pinterest board.

You don't even have to know code to do it. Just follow the easy steps in this article at Digital K Blog and your viewers may be pinning your photos. So make sure they are good ones. Now another goal of mine is to take better photos!!

Now it's your turn to add the Pinterest button to your blog photos. You'll be so proud of yourself, just like me! ;-)

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Watercolor Pencils on Fabric

If you know me, then you know I love me some fabric! You might be surprised to know that much of what you can do on paper, you can do on fabric. You may need to add a few steps or a specific kind of product if you want the results to be permanent on fabric.

Besides a small bookshelf full of commercial print fabrics, I usually have at least a yard or so of bleached or unbleached muslin or canvas at any one time because I love to paint, stamp, monoprint and stitch on fabric. To alter fabric in this way is called surface design.

Did you know that you can use watercolor pencils on fabric? It's true. I've posted these projects previously on my blog

Take a peek and see what you think. Do you have any fabric that you could alter with colored pencils?

Monday, February 17, 2014

She was a beautiful Bride...

I'm working on the two scrapbooks for #1DS and DIL and myself. Seems like Sunday's are my Scrapbook days. At least I know I'll make progress if I keep to that schedule. Here's what I worked on yesterday...a double page spread of the official wedding. It just needs a title in a script font and a little journaling.

When the couples' original plans couldn't happen, they figured, why not get married in Paris since we are honeymooning there anyway? Well, an American can't actually do that legally, unless you have been living in Paris for 40 days.  You have to technically be married in the US first and then you can have a ceremony in Paris.  Your marriage license has to be filled out, filed and legal before you get there. So, that's what they did. Now mind you, I originally had planned a pre-wedding party at my house for this event, not a wedding. So being the flexible person I am (NOT!!), we went with it!

The bride's father is a minister, so that made it very easy to have a little wedding with immediate family at our house right before for the party. I think every girl deserves (almost) everything she wishes for in a wedding, so I tried to fill her top desires. And I think I earned quite a few "brownie points" with this whole thing! ;-)

I used Teresa Collins Tell Your Story paper line. I fussy cut this cute little frame from the papers and added silver Stickles in several areas.

I rarely, if ever, cut the photos from the background like I did in the photo below. I usually don't like the look. But there were so many distracting things in the photos that it does look much better this way and I'm glad I did it. (That's my story and I'm sticking to it!)


One more layout down. How many more to go?? Don't think about it...just do it! ;-)

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Stamp on your scrapbook pages

For Christmas in 2003, I created seven identical family history scrapbooks for each of my immediate family members. The albums had 42 pages each. If you're counting that is 294 pages...give or take the ones that were redone due to inevitable mistakes! It was quite a feat and took me from February through November that year. When my family opened their presents on Christmas day, they were shocked and amazed at what I had created. Only my dad knew what I was doing and was a big help to me as he knew much of the information and stories I included.

Well, since that time there, of course, have been changes in the family. My youngest brother was divorced and now has a permanent girlfriend, who, I hope, feels like a sister-in-law and an important part of the family. So I created this layout, below, for everyone so they can update their books and replace what was originally in their album.

I used papers from Pink Paislee Nantucket and, my favorite, Bazzill cardstock.

The embellishments were stamped with several stamps and inks. I stamped on Grafix Clear-Lay that I've used for cutting stencils with my Cricut. Of course I had to use a solvent ink (Staz-on by Tsukineko) as it is a slick surface like acetate.

The cool bicycle is from Pink Paislee Nantucket Stamps.

 The frame is from Teresa Collins Tell Your Story line.

The little date and circle are reeeaaallllllly old Scenic Route Office Clear Stamp.

EK Success punch. I really like it when a stamp is the same size as a punch I own.

All I need to do is write in my journaling.

Now I can check off one goal that has been looming over me for quite some time. All I need to do is send them on their way. I will include a note to everyone letting them know that if they, too, want an updated page, all they need to do is email me their photo and I'll get right to it. Do you think I'm asking for trouble?? ;-)

If you'd like to create a family history scrapbook, too, why not check out my online class, "Scrapbooking Your Family History"  at My Creative Classroom

What are your favorite papers, stamps, and inks to use for stamping? I'm not that great of a stamper and I'd love to know your favorites. :-)

Monday, February 10, 2014

Special Offer on Square 1 Printable!!!

For a limited time only you can get an 8 sheet pack of Square 1 Printable for only $14.99. But wait, there's more! You'll also get a FREE instructional video and FREE US shipping!
I have personally used several brands of printable material. Square 1 Masterpiece is right up there in quality of image and price. If you are ready to try crafting with prints from your inkjet printer, now is the time to purchase. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!

Friday, February 7, 2014

From Chaos to Calm - Square 1 Masterpiece to the rescue!

In my kitchen cabinets almost NONE of my canisters and containers match each other. Oh, there are a few here and there, but I definitely don't have one of those pantries where everything is immaculate and Pinterest-worthy! Oh the horror! :-(

Barring the thought of ditching everything and starting over (UGH), I decided to get crafty this afternoon and label all my containers with Square 1 Masterpiece Color Sheets, the safe alternative to PVC adhesive vinyl. Using the same color of Square 1 on all of them (black) and the same font (Cricut Cindy Loo Cartridge) I was able to get a totally new look and a bit of an organized feel in my otherwise chaotic pantry!

First, start by measuring the area where your label will go. I used the Cricut Craft Room to design all the labels and cut them all out at the same time. Using the Cindy Loo cartridge, I created several mats of labels I needed.
Load your mat with Square 1 material of your choice with the colored side up. Adjust the settings. I used blade depth of 3 and a pressure of 3. Send it off to the Cricut to be cut!
Clean the outside of your containers. Peel off the portions that will NOT be used. In this project, that is everything but the letters.
Weed out the portions that are inside the letters, like the centers of the "B" below. 
Because Square 1 isn't vinyl, but stronger, you don't need transfer tape. Just peel the letters off the backing paper and place on your canister like a sticker. Soo easy! 
Now if you're like me and can't seem to keep things straight, here's a tip. Use a piece of painter's tape as a guide to keep your letters straight. For letters that have a "tail" like the "g" in the photo below, align it where it should go, but don't press it too hard on the tape.
Once everything is aligned properly, carefully pull off the tape, press down the letter...
...and it looks perfect!
You can save the outside of the letters for glass etching. Now I realize that no one really wants to etch the words, "brown sugar" onto least I don't think so. ;-) You get the idea. 
And here's my mismatched canisters that look so much better now!
Project #2: While I had the black Square 1 product out, I decided to add a bit of flair to a framed photo of my oldest son and his new bride. I designed a file in the CCR, just like I did with the canisters. Cut the product and weed the letters.
Even with these small, thin letters (Cricut Calligraphy Collection) it was easy to cut and create. I just added the "stickers" to the outside of the glass.
What have you created lately? I'd love to know. Please follow my blog!! :-)
If you have a Cricut and like vinyl and products like Square 1 Masterpiece, you'll love my new online class, "Cricut: Crafting with Vinyl". I hope to see you there!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Designing with Heat Embossing

As I'm working on the two bridal shower/wedding albums for my #1DS and DIL and myself, I'm taking this time to use up my stash of papers, embellishments and tools that have not seen the light of day for quite a while. Some things I haven't used in years or ever at all. (insert embarrassed emoticon)
I decided to use a technique that I haven't done in years...heat embossing! I have very few embossing powders...maybe eight. I store them in a small basket in one of the drawers in a rolling cart that houses my toold. Today I'm going to be using both silver and clear embossing powder.
First, the tools: ink pad (VersaMark), embossing powder, and heat tool.
For this technique I am using a stencil that I made with my Cricut. I used the Edge to Edge cartridge (cart) of my favorites. Each key on that cart makes a fabulous stencil. 

Pounce the ink pad directly onto the cardstock through the stencil.
Add embossing powder and heat, as usual. What is nice about using a stencil is that if you are embossing a paper that is larger than your stencil like I'm doing here, you can continue the pattern all over your paper. Once the first portion is embossed, align the stencil back on the cardstock and continue embossing the rest of the paper in the same manner. In the photo below I'm using silver embossing powder.
In the photo below, I've embossed with clear embossing powder and now I'm adding some watercolor over the embossed paper. The embossing resists the paint, so the color will remain on the portions of the paper without the embossing.
See the difference? In the paper on the left, where I've used clear embossing powder and watercolor, the "links" are highlighted with color. In the paper on the right with the silver embossing, the spaces between the links are highlighted. Same supplies, same stencil, different look. 
Check out my finished scrapbook page below.  I've used a diamond stencil with silver embossing powder. The photo has mostly grays and white. I wanted to keep those colors in the layout. If you'll notice, the Louvre (that large pyramid-looking structure in the photo) has frosty windows in a diamond pattern. That's why I chose to use the vellum and the diamond stencil.

Just a touch of red for the title to bring in a bit of color.

I cut the flowers from the Cricut Lite Bloom cartridge and added some clear rhinestones. Before I cut the flowers I sprayed the paper with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Dazzling Diamonds and Old Paper. It gives the flowers just a touch of sparkle. :-)

Don't they look happy??

And the final page once again.
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Monday, February 3, 2014

Scrapbook Sunday!

As many were anticipating the "Big Game" yesterday I was happily scrapbooking, creating another page for my #1DS and DIL's wedding album (and an identical album for me).

This page is another about the bridal shower. I had photos that really weren't that good, but were important to the "story". One photo was of the three grandmas in attendance. Great people, but not the best photo. The other three photos were of the shower decorations and food. Important to the "look" of the shower, but none of the photos really inspired me. I ended up thumbing through one of Ali Edwards' books, "A Designer's Eye for Scrapbooking". I used one of the layouts from the book as a sketch and that really helped me get the creative juices started.

I used lots of "old" supplies I've been hanging on to: Basic Gray Two Scoops Paper and stickers, and Heidi Swapp Bling Borders.

Feels so good to get another page done!