Saturday, May 31, 2014

Memorabilia mini album

I made this one a few months ago and never shared it! GASP! So here's some shots of a free-standing mini album that I made with Teresa Collins' Memorabilia line and some Heidi Swapp pennants that I picked up Archiver's last day of business. 

Those of you who've witnessed one of my mini albums are prepared for the photo onslaught coming your way. 

Page 2, or maybe page 1. The book is at my LSS until we have the class and since it's been a while since I made it the pages here are in something close to the right order. 

I may have over done it with the flaps in this book!

Oh! Look another flap page. 

This page is sooo lame by comparison. Just kidding, look at all that dimension. Are you noticing how many things poke out on the sides?

This "page" needs three shots to do it justice because of the flaps: 

And the last page - you've almost made it to the end.

And from the side so you can see all the layers and dimension.

Now to get it back and fill it with fun photos and memorabilia.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Packing for a crop

I know, I know, it's been a few weeks since National Scrapbooking Day, but here's the only other layout I did to participate in the festivities.  This one featured challenges from Studio Calico NSD 3 and 4 which were to use washi in three ways and create a background from stamps. 

I don't know if you can tell, but the upper stamped sentiment states that "creativity take courage" and in the bottom right I wrote that "packing for a crop takes valor." All that stuff for a day trip to my local store. Granted, I rarely lack for anything and now that she has her Cameo out and ready to play with I don't have to bring mine but I still get overwhelmed when deciding what to pack. So much easier to just craft at home, but I love the social aspect and sometimes just being there sets off creative ideas.

The background paper is My Mind's Eye All is Bright with a Tim Holtz stamp and a variety of distress inks. 

The flowers are from American Crafts and BasicGrey and the butterflies are Pink Paislee (white mistable ones that I left plain) and Studio Calico (canvas and covered with washi). I also made a partial washi floret and used a BG one to hold it together. 

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Right Now

I don't even remember when I did this layout but I super love it, and know it is less than two months old because I haven't had that stitching template for very long. I *think* the page was based on a Scrapbooksteals MWM sketch but yeah...

I also remember that I used Silhouette stencil material to make those hexagons. I'd made a larger stencil for something else and then used the inside pieces as a mask.

Lots of scraps and leftover bits. 

Monday, May 19, 2014

Such a Silly

Mixed media is a major focus at my local scrapbook store and some of the ladies who've gotten into the techniques are wanting ways to incorporate them into their layouts. We've done a few other themes, but this one is using masks to create the title. 

For the background I paintedFaber-Castell gelatoes through a Prima stencil and let it dry. Then I adhered my Hazel & Ruby alphabet masks and placed a The Crafter's Workshop stencil over the letters. I smeared modeling paste over the stencil/masks and let it dry, then dripped a whole bunch of green Studio Calico mist over the title block. I used modeling paste and the same green on the corrugated cardstock on the left side of the page. 

In the bottom right, I built up layers of embellishments to highlight the silly photo of Vance when he was two. 

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Beautiful Place Canvas

Remember how I've talked about how into mixed media techniques my local scrapbook store is? Well, I tried my hand at another canvas for them. The only things Dala asked me to use were some Bo Bunny embellishments and the new(ish) Mod Podge molds, the rest was up to me. 

There's lots of tissue and modeling paste. I don't know what those gem things are but I got them for super cheap when Archivers was going out of business.

Here you can read the sentiment a little better, it's from a Donna Downey Unity Stamp. And check out that little pink frame! That's one of those Mod Podge molded shapes, I just painted over it. 

The creamy colored border here is another of the Mod Podge shapes in the original color. I love that the texture is so rich with these things! If you have no idea what I'm talking about - Mod Podge released a series of silicon molds that you use with their special glue sticks. You use a high temp glue gun and squeeze the glue into the mold. I've read about people using regular glue sticks with so so success (I'd definitely want to paint them if I did that!). This was my first time using them though so I didn't play around at that level, plus the molds were ones I'd borrowed from the store. Now that I have my own...

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Young Love

As part of the BasicGrey Fresh Cut class I'm teaching we decided to include a couple of layout samples/instruction sheets for class participants. It gives me a way to highlight a different style using the same paper and makes sure that I put it all to good use. 

I do love me some crumpled and sewn paper, throw in some fussy cutting and I am a happy lady! Probably what I love most about this style of layout is that it looks soooo intense but crumpling and tearing are such fast techniques that I did this layout in under an hour - including that fussy cutting!

BasicGrey FreshCut paper and waterfall packs
Stash buttons and feathers
Sewing machine, thread
Worn Lipstick Distress Ink
WRMK pink/white twine

Friday, May 16, 2014

Take In the Sunshine

Have you been catching a theme since my month hiatus from blogging? I've pretty much been just creating for classes for my LSS, which is super great because I get to play with all the new pretty papers. 

This one features BasicGrey Fresh Cut. The store's had a rash of people asking for layout classes and since most prefer double pages I have been trying really.really.hard to give them what they want! The problem I faced with this BG pack, and another I'm working with right now is that they don't have two of the same anything in the packs so I'm adding some neutrals so that I can pull all the same colors across the page. 

Now, here's the start of some close ups. I'll start with the layouts not side by side. Is it just me or are white background pages really hard to photograph?!

Then the real details: 

I'm in love with the way I managed to splatter on this spread. Mists still scare me a bit but this time I think I got the flick down nicely!

I may be obsessed with my Amy Tangerine stitching templates lately. No surprise there given how much I like stitching on my layouts anyway! Hopefully some of my students will catch the bug and Dala will order even more templates than she has already. Bwahahaha. 

What do you do when a paper pack needs some bling but you don't want rhinestones? You heat emboss wood veneers, naturally. Seriously, that's the most time consuming element in the whole class because the heat gun kept blowing the shapes away so I had to hold them down with a paper piercer and do one at a time.

BasicGrey Fresh Cut
Studio Calico wood veneers
Pigment Ink
Gold Zing! embossing powder
Amy Tangerine stitching templates
Studio Calico mists
Stash embroidery floss

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Egg Hunt

Dala and I had a crazy plan a few weeks before National Scrapbook Day, I would create a few easy layouts that we would pre-cut and kit up and have stations in the store for participants to put together in a snap. So I took home a pile of random loose papers that had haunted the store for a while and set to work. Because of the nature of the papers chosen (ones that had multiples that she wanted to clear through) I know brands but not paper names or lines, sorry guys.

And check out my way fun usage of my pony beads/enamel dots. I sort of thought they were perfect with the plasticity of the eggs. 

A little twine looping and curling never hurt either. Though I'd love to figure out an easy way to give directions for that one!

I don't know if this is normal or not, but my students on NSD thought it was unusual to incorporate the transparency into the bottom layers and have photos on top like I've done. What can I say? I like to make them think outside the box. ;)

Jenni Bowlin green, yellow, and birds papers
Fancy Pants transparency
White cardstock, stash
Heidi Swap mistable tags
Faber Castell gelatoes
Blue pigment ink
WRMK twine
Glossy Accents
Pony Beads
Page Maps sketch

Monday, May 12, 2014


I'm back with another installment in layouts for my paint dauber class at my LSS. This one I used the daubers and a lot of mist to create that colorful background that I then covered with a Silhouette Studio cut file and my usual style of photos and embellishments. 

I only used two colors of daubers - a yellow and a bluish green and blended them with mist both on my kraft mat before applying the paper to the colors and then misting some on the page after. Repeat and allow to dry.

Clearly, my blade is dying because I had to hand trim these circles out. That's the reason why a third of the shape is still solid, I got to lazy!

And one last close up of that background. Fun, right!?!

Saturday, May 10, 2014


I took some time on National Scrapbook Day to make some "for fun" layouts to meet a couple of challenges that were being hosted online. Not often I get to dig into my own stash to create these days and it was kind of nice. 

I used the Studio Calico Challenges NSD 1 (color scheme) and 2 (unused stamp) and Scrapbooksteals MWM Daisy 2 sketch as inspiration for this layout. 

Gold embossed wood veneers, sequins, and stitching, OH MY!

MME All is Bright, Find Your Wings and Fly papers
Crate Paper buttons
MME brad
Echo Park Reflections
Studio Calico Ampersand wood veneers
Teresa Collins sequins
Webster's Pages lace
Amy Tangerine Stitching template
gold embroidery floss, stash
Tim Holtz stamp
Walnut Stain Distress Ink

Friday, May 9, 2014

Play is Serious Business

Hey! I'm back, sort of, it's a long personal story (involving hubby having surgery/recovery, extra hours at work, and chasing little people) but let's just say that while I was MIA from the blog world I was still creating, still teaching, and have several posts I'm working up to show off some of what I was doing. 

This one is actually a little bit older, I don't remember when I created it but it was definitely around February and I just realized that I'd never shared it. I probably never would have remembered except that I was looking for the layout's title so I could pull the photo for instructions for a class and realized I'd never shared. Shame on me. 

This class at my LSS will feature uses for paint daubers, this is a really basic idea but paired with these papers the rainbow palate packs a lot of punch!

Supplies used: Tim Holtz Distress Paint Daubers, MME Record It! Lost and Found brads and paper, Metal number and paper clip are stash. 

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