Friday, November 28, 2008

November 28 - Christmas List

I decided to take a non-traditional approach to my wish list this year. I had just received the Curly Label Punch Bundle this past week and have been DYING to use it. First, it's my favorite shape. Second, one of my absolute favorite things about Stampin' Up! is how they design their stamps and punches to work together - so much less to cut out!

So I made this little "list" out of a small clay pot, some sucker sticks and some Stampin' Dimensionals. And I made sure to put it where my hubby would see it! :) Oh and one more thing - they are two sided. So you can flip them around and see even more things I want this year!

But the BEST thing is this:
** EDITED TO ADD** - The Curly Label Punch Bundle is still available at regular price but the sale bundles have all sold out!
The Curly Label Punch Bundle is on SALE until Monday, December 1, with a lot more amazing bundles that SU! has put together. You can download the flyer here. Then to order online (they are selling out quick - some of the bundles have already sold out!) just go to my Stampin' Up! site, click on STAMPIN' UP PRODUCTS, SHOP NOW, SPECIALS, then HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA.

My Wish List

  1. Apply your rub-ons to your pot.
  2. Tie your silver cording around the lip of your pot.
  3. Stuff your pot with the paper grass.
  4. Stamp your curly label THANK YOU images on your cardstock and punch them out. You will need two of each color.
  5. Write an item on each punched image.
  6. Cut your sucker sticks to be 3 different lengths.
  7. Lay the top of each stick on one of your punched pieces and put the Stampin' Dimensionals around the stick so it will hold. Adhere the other punched shape to the other side to sandwhich in the sucker stick. Do this for each stick.
  8. Place them in the paper grass and arrange them so they are easily read.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

November 11 - Thank You Mini Note

Audrey has the BEST teacher this year for Kindergarten. We were supposed to go on a Girl Scouts outing on Sunday that Audrey was really looking forward to, but I woke up Sunday morning horribly sick and knew I couldn't go. So Audrey's teacher who also has a daughter in Girl Scouts said she would be able to go with them. So I made this little thank you note for her - and yes, I do mean LITTLE. It's 2" x 2". I used some of my retired Stampin' Up! supplies on this one.

Thank You Mini Note

  • Scalloped Circle Punch (SU!)
  • Whisper White Cardstock (SU!)
  • Spring Fling Designer Series Paper (SU!, retired)
  • Lovely Labels Stamp Set (SU!, dormant)
  • Basic Black ink (SU!)
  • Accent Tin Flowers (SU!, retired)
  • Stampin' Dimensionals (SU!)
  • Mini Pearl (Kaisercraft)
  • Black Micron Pen (Sakura)
  1. Cut your patterned paper to a 2" x 4" size and fold in half.
  2. Stamp your Thank You image and punch it out with the scalloped circle punch.
  3. Adhere your scalloped circle with Stampin' Dimensionals.
  4. Draw black dots on each of the scallops.
  5. Adhere your mini flower stickers and add a pearl in the center.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

November 4 - Natalie Grace Super Cutie Page

I did today's project last week for the Project Weekly feature at The Scrapbooking Cafe. What a ham I have for a daughter, but she never fails to make me smile. :)

Natalie Grace Super Cutie Page

  • 2 sheets of Crate Paper Lined Patterned Paper
  • 1 Sheet of green lines label paper
  • 1 sheet of brown/blue patterned paper
  • 1 sheet of Making Memories Small Letters
  • Small Celery Kaiser Rhinestones
  • Black Micron pen
  • One 4"x6" photo
  • Corner rounder punch

  1. Lay down one of your sheets of the lined paper for your background.
  2. Take your green label paper and punch out all of the perforated holes around the edges.
  3. Cut a 2”-3” x 12” strip from your second sheet of lined paper. Set this aside.
  4. Round the corners on your photo and adhere it to the brown back of your second lined sheet of paper (the scrap from what you just cut off). Trim so it leaves about ½” around the photo and about 1”-2” at the bottom. Round the corners of the brown as well.
  5. Adhere your photo with brown mat to the brown/blue patterned paper and trim it the same as you did the brown with a larger portion at the bottom. Round these corners as well.
  6. Take two of your brown scraps from your mat and adhere one under the top right side of your patterned mat with photo, and the other on the bottom left. Round the two corners that show.
  7. Round the corners of your journaling strip and lay your layered mat down overlapping it so enough sticks out of the right side to journal on. Adhere this all on your green paper that you punched the holes from. Adhere this entire paper with photo mat and journaling strip to your background lined paper.
  8. Take your rhinestones and add some in the top and bottom holes on your page that you punched out.
  9. Write your journaling, add your title with the letters stickers and the page is done!

Monday, November 3, 2008

November 3 - Baby Shower Invitations

I'm going to be an aunt! :)
My brother-in-law and sister-in-law are having a baby girl, which means I got to make 30 baby shower invitations this past week (FUN!)

I tried to make the design pretty simple due to the fact that I had to make so many of them, but I really do love how they turned out. And here are the instructions just in case you would want to make something similar someday.

And GREAT NEWS! You can now order all of the great Stampin' Up! stuff you see featured on my blog through my website here: Just put your mouse over "Stampin' Up! Products" in the menu and select the SHOP NOW link. If you list me as your hostess to order you'll actually save on shipping, etc! :)

Baby Shower Invitations

  • Whisper White Cardstock (Stampin' Up!)
  • Kraft Cardstock (Stampin' Up!)
  • Pink and Blue patterned paper (Basic Grey)
  • Onesie and Baby Shower Stamp (Melissa Frances)
  • Curly Label Stamp (Daisy Bucket Designs)
  • Chocolate Chip ink (Stampin' Up!)
  • White Signo Pen (Stampin' Up!)
  • Scalloped Border Punch (Fiskars)
  1. Stamp onesie stamp on pink patterned paper and cut out.
  2. Stamp curly label on kraft cardstock and cut out. Stamp greeting inside.
  3. With your white Signo pen dot around the inside of the label.
  4. Fold your card in half and punch the bottom edge with your scallop punch.
  5. Cut a 1" by 5-1/2" strip of the blue and punch one edge of that with the scallop punch as well. Adhere that scallop side up to the bottom of the inside of your card.
  6. Adhere your onesie at an angle on the left side of your card, and the curly label on the right side in the center overlapping your onesie.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

You Remind Me 8"x8" Page

Wow, it really has been a LONG time since I have blogged! I think you could consider me having been "lost in life" the past few weeks. Seems like every fall I get completely overwhelmed with everything, getting in the motions of a new school year, lots of adjustments this year with Audrey going to school full time now...and me trying to get a hold of my classes at the store. I've been trying to do about one a week, they have been a blast but have definitely kept me busy.

But enough about that - I'm back, and trying to get back to posting projects regularly. Sometimes it seems like it is easy to get into a "scrapbooking rut" for me - it seems like I'm doing the same thing, and then I start to feel uninspired and uncreative. How do I get out of that? Well over the past few years I have come up with a few tried and true ways to get over my creativity blocks. One is new photos. If I get some great new photos that usually gives me a pretty good jump start - sometimes I can't get them on the page fast enough. Then other times it helps just to mix up my page size. Which was what I did with today's project. I've been scrapbooking 12"x12" pages so much lately that I thought I would mix it up a bit and I bought an 8x8 album to play around with. Smaller pages seem to be so much easier to fill for me - just enough room for a 4x6 photo, a title and a little journaling. Not enough room to write a book like I sometimes tend to do. LOL But it really is fun to just play around with a smaller size sometimes. I can't wait to get this 8x8 book filled for the girls. :)

You Remind Me

  • Princess flower paper background (Imaginisce)
  • Blue small rhinestones (Kaisercraft)
  • Die cut flower overlay (The ScrappyShack Etsy store)
  • Black cardstock
  • Black .05 Micron pen
  • Sewing Machine with white thread

  1. Trim your black cardstock to 8x8. Trim your patterned paper background to be 7.5" x 7.5". Adhere this to black square.
  2. Trim a strip of pink polka dotted paper to about 2" x 7.5" and adhere on top of flowered patterned paper.
  3. Figure out where you are going to put your picture, then put some adhesive down on the patterned paper where your photo will be. Adhere your flower die cut paper. Adhere your photo overtop and that will hide how you adhered the die cut paper.
  4. With a zig-zag stitch on your sewing machine stitch around the entire edge of your page. This will hold the edges of your die cut paper in place.
  5. Write your journaling with your micron pen on the polka dotted paper and cut out each word. Adhere those to your photo, and to a separate black strip of cardstock if needed.
  6. Adhere the strip of black cardstock under your photo.
  7. Stitch a little around your photo.
  8. Add your blue rhinestones to the centers of some of your die cut flowers.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

September 4 - Inspiration Journal Class

Time for another class post - I am WAY excited about this one coming up on Saturday!

My mom collects these antique turn-of-the-century romance novels. If you try to read one, let me tell you - they are a HOOT! Believe it or not it is kind of hard to understand slang from over 100 years ago! Anyway, my mom brought me over a few a couple months ago to play around with and I had the best time with them. I made a few journals from them by taking them apart and rebinding them with my Bind-It-All. I added just about everything in there - cardstock for my sketches and drawings, lined paper for notes and journaling ideas, and pocket pages and envelopes to store stuff in. So I found out then that she had enough she would give me to do a class with them! This is going to be one fun class, I can't wait. It's Saturday from noon - 2pm and there is still time to sign up tomorrow if any of you local readers want to take it. I promise you will love the finished book you'll take home with you!

If you want to sign up just call the store tomorrow at (419) 524-2233. I only have a few more spots/books left.

I'll be back tomorrow with another project complete with instructions, I promise! Today just *really* got away from me. Oh, and the lunch box note from a few posts ago...

Audrey didn't even open the envelope at lunch. She just looked at it and brought it home. HA! So much for all that work I put into it! I even put a Hershey kiss in there too and she didn't open that either. Oh well...I guess it was the thought that counts.

I hope you are all having a great week and are looking forward to the weekend, I know I am! Running back and forth to school all the time sure can wear a girl out (I'm talking about me here, not Audrey) :)

Good night!

Monday, September 1, 2008

September 1 - Thank You Cards

I've been working on mass-producing Thank You cards this weekend to send to everyone who took one of my classes in August. I know it will take the element of surprise from the people getting them who took a class in August and read this blog, but the design is SO easy to re-produce I thought it would be a great way to start out the month of September. I often forget to send Thank You notes (yes, slap my hand please!) but I'm REALLY trying to get better at remembering to do it. And the first step is to have Thank You notes/cards on hand, right? So here we go...send one to someone you care about today (or tomorrow since there is no mail today)! :)

Thank You Card

  • Kraft cardstock (Stampin' Up!)
  • Patterned Paper (Melissa Frances)
  • Scalloped border punch (Fiskars)
  • White Pen (Signo)
  • Thank You stamp (Stampin' Up!)
  • Chocolate Chip ink (Stampin' Up!)
  • Pearls & Large Rhinestone (Kaiser Craft)
  • Pink Paper Flower (Kaiser Craft)
  1. Cut an 8-1/2" x 11" sheet of kraft cardstock in half so you have two 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" sized sheets.
  2. Fold them in half to make your card.
  3. Cut your patterned paper into 5-1/2" x 2" strips.
  4. Using your border punch, punch along one of the longer sides of this strip of paper. Adhere it to your card.
  5. Stamp your "Thank You" in the middle of your strip that you just adhered to the card.
  6. Place a small pearl on each end of the stamped image.
  7. Using your white pen dot along the top and the bottom scallop of your patterned paper.
  8. Adhere a large rhinestone in the center of your flower and decorate it further with your white pen if you wish. I added some little white dots to each angle of the rhinestone.
That's it - hope you are having a WONDERFUL holiday weekend! :)

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

August 28 - Lunchbox Note

Wow! This is post #100 on the Create Something Everday blog! I'm just so flipping excited that I've created that many things in general since March - whoo hoo! Here's to 100 more. :)

Yesterday Audrey started Kindergarten. It was sad for me because she's there all day, but she LOVED it. She loves her new teacher, her new class, and especially getting to eat lunch at school and take her Barbie lunchbox. So last night I made her a little cute note for her lunchbox. Nothing fancy - journaling cards are PERFECT for something like this. I had a Making Memories Animal Crackers spiral journaling tag book that I've been hanging on to from Couture Scrapbooking and thought it would be the perfect thing to use since Audrey is so completely in love with animals. And the elephant on this one is just SO cute. Then I just slipped it into an envelope with her name on the outside and put it in her lunch box so she'll find it when its time to eat. Hopefully it will bring a smile to her cute little face.

Lunchbox Note

  1. Tear journaling tag from spiral book.
  2. Adhere small photo to the front.
  3. Add flower and rhinestones
  4. With your pen doodle a few hearts on the front and write a quick "love you" note on the back.
  5. Place in an envelope, write your childs name on it and put it in their lunch. Kids LOVE mail! :)

August 27 - His Girl Forever Page

Those of you who know me know I LOVE to journal on my pages and projects. But there are times I just can't make myself do it. I did this page this week with some fabulous goodies from Couture Scrapbooking, using one of my absolute favorite paper lines - Noteworthy by Making Memories. And I got this far with it and could not make myself write anything on it.

For one thing, I think the title and the photo say all that really needs said. And for another, I would have absolutely no idea where to put any journaling if I did think it needed some. It just looked done to me, so that's it. :)

So today's project is just a super-simple page that took probably 10-20 minutes to make.

His Girl Forever

  • Teal Polka Dot paper (Making Memories from Couture Scrapbooking)
  • Scalloped Glitter Paper (Making Memories from Couture Scrapbooking)
  • Striped and Scalloped paper (Making Memories from Couture Scrapbooking)
  • Glitter Chipboard Heart (Melissa Frances from Couture Scrapbooking)
  • Ink (Chocolate Chip, Stampin' Up!)
  • Schoolbook Serif Alphabet Letter Stamps (Stampin' Up!)
  • Black .05 Micron pen

  1. Adhere your circle scalloped paper on top of the teal polka dot paper.
  2. Cut the small scalloped border off of the striped sheet of paper and use it as a border on your 5x7 photo. Adhere them both at an angle.
  3. Using super tape or Zots adhere your glitter heart on the left side of the photo.
  4. To make your title just stamp your letters far enough apart on the striped paper and cut them out leaving room enough around the letters to draw a border. Adhere them to the top and bottom of your photo.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

August 23 - Love Page

The Scrapbooking Cafe started a new feature this past week called "Project Weekly". Basically you can sign up for a project to be e-mailed to you weekly, complete with a picture of it, instructions to make it, and if you come into the store there is a display set up with the completed project for you to look at as well as printed instructions and all of the products needed to make the project. (Longest sentence ever...) LOL

I did the first project for last week here -->
If you missed the e-mail that went out with the instructions I'll be posting the ones I create here on my blog too, and you can find the products still at the store until they run out. They'll just be in a different location once the next project gets published. A new project will be going up every Monday and the very talented Alecia Geiss will also be creating Project Weekly projects. I can't WAIT until the next one comes out on Monday, I hope everyone likes it. But for's this past week's project. Hope you're having a great weekend!


  • Butterfly Transparency
  • Pink Polka Dot and Blue/Brown Damask Patterned Paper
  • Brown Paper or Cardstock
  • White Cardstock
  • Brown Felt Flower
  • Blue Pearls
  • Cardstock Stickers
  • White Letter Stickers
  • White Pen
  • White Scalloped Cardstock Borders
  • Flower Acrylic Stamp
  • Brown Ink
  • Adhesive


1 – Cut your damask paper into 1” x 1” squares. Lay your transparency down over your background paper (in this case the pink polka dots) and keep lifting up a corner so you can adhere the 1” squares you just cut under the butterfly at different angles. Cover the entire shape of the butterfly. Some of the pink will still show through which is fine. OPTIONAL: draw a small border around your 1” squares to make them stand out a bit more.

2 – Cut a strip of the brown paper that will give enough room for your border sticker to go on it and apply that sticker. Add pearls in the middle of the stickers and add some white dots to the brown cardstock around the border as well.

3 – Adhere the border to the left side of your page about 2” or 3” in from the edge, then add your scalloped cardstock border to the left of the brown border strip.

4 – To assemble your flowers adhere your felt flower, then stamp your flowers on the white cardstock. Cut them out leaving a small white border. Draw a white dot on each “petal”. Add that flower to your felt flower, then add a blue pearl in the center of your stamped flower. Repeat step 4 again for your other flower.

5 – Adhere your photo to the transparency at an angle you like and trim it if necessary.

6 – Assemble your title by laying your sticker down on the brown cardstock and trimming around the edges. Then add your title with letter stickers in the middle. Adhere this to the lower center of your transparency.

7 – Once everything looks good to you on the transparency just turn the transparency over, add your adhesive under the solid elements (cardstock border, title and photo) and adhere it to your background paper.

Friday, August 22, 2008

August 22 - Clear Page Class

It's been a little while since I posted, so sorry about that! Life has definitely been keeping me busy with school coming up, etc. Today's project is for a class I'll be doing next Thursday at The Scrapbooking Cafe.

It's a clear page class - the acrylic used for this page is very thick by Pageframe Designs and makes the page a great home decor piece. With the class you also get the brushed silver easel to hold it up on. So you'll make this complete project during class. I love the Jenni Bowlin line we'll be using for this so I'm very excited. I will also have a special little bonus project that we'll use with the scraps we have left over. :)

On a side note - I think this may be one of the first pictures of me I've used on a project forever. I know a lot of people feel the same way, but I HATE pictures of myself. Especially now that I have glasses. I can never get them to look right or I always seem to look like a nerd. BUT I really have to get over it - like it or not, it is who I am and I don't want the girls to open their albums one day 20 years from now and say "Wait...did we have a mom while we were growing up?" UGH. So my personal scrapping goal for the next few months is to scrap more of me, whether I want to or not. And if you don't see my face smiling back at you from at least a few future blog posts, be sure to beat me up about it. :)

On that note - I'm off to the lake this morning with the girls to enjoy the morning with the sun, the sand, and the surf. Have a GREAT weekend and if you're signed up for my recipe class on Saturday - see you soon!!!!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

August 12 - Miss Audrey Page

Well remember in the last post where I said I had another page I wasn't sure if I liked? Well, it officially got worse. :) It was a project where I wasn't happy with it, but since I sewed on it I couldn't take it apart and move things around until I liked it, so I just kept adding more "stuff". I just finally had to put my foot down and tell myself to just stop.  "Holly - STEP AWAY from the rubons."  But all is not lost!  I did find out a good thing about using rubons on transparencies, they rub right off if you mess up!  Can't do that on paper - and it really helped me on this one.  I think I did some letters on the Miss Audrey 3 times.

Today I'm figuring out the dates for my September classes at the store and I have the first project ready to post here tomorrow.

Miss Audrey
  • Pink Paislee pink scalloped paper
  • Pink Paislee Transparency
  • Pink Paislee Die Cut silver paper
  • Bazzill scalloped edge cardstock in white
  • Pink Paislee Office Letter Stickers
  • Kaiser Craft pink rhinestone flower
  • Kaiser Craft princess rhinestone word
  • Various rubon letters from my stash
  • Kaiser Craft rubon border
  • Thread and Sewing Machine

1- Layer your transparency over your scalloped paper (pink) and slide your photo under it until it sits where you want it - in this case with her looking out of the "window".
2 - Sew on the seams over your photo.
3 - Add your rhinestone flower and rhinestone word and letter stickers.
4 - Cut the scalloped edges from the cardstock and slide it under the rhinestone word to help it stand out a little more.
5 - Cut another full edge from the scalloped cardstock and layer it along the right side at an angle under the transparency.
6 - Cut an edge of the die cut damask paper and layer that on top of the transparency so that your flat edge of the scalloped paper you just added is hidden.
 7 - Sew the edge onto the page using a zig zag stitch.
8 - Cut the right side of the transparency about 1" or less from the stitched line you just made.  That allows the scalloped edge of the pink paper on the right to show through.
9 - Add your rubon title, and rubon border on the damask die cut paper.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

August 10 - Audrey Page

Do you ever do a page or project and when you finish realize that you're not sure if you like it or not? I have good days and bad days - I've done two pages today so far and I'm not sure if I like either of them. So feel free to post a comment and let me know what you think. I just added these mini alphabet photo sets to my Etsy store and I wanted to create a sample with them. So this is what came out of my brain, and like I said - not sure if I like it or not. But it is done, so I'll just leave it alone. I'll post the other "I'm not sure about it" page tomorrow. Most of the items used on this page were from Couture Scrapbooking.

As you can tell, I'm getting back into a page kick again. I think I went a few months there without scrapbooking one scrapbook page at all - just doing home decor things. But it's back with a vengeance and it's all I want to do now! :) So if you come to this blog for home decor ideas - BEWARE! They may be few and far between. But HEY! That's why the blog is named "Create SOMETHING Everyday". So I'm safe. Hee hee. Hope you're having a GREAT weekend!

Audrey Page

  • Patterned Paper Blue (background) : My Minds Eye
  • Patterned Paper Die Cut : Making Memories
  • Patterned Paper Green Title Border : Fancy Pants Designs
  • Title Letters : Artsy Paper
  • Flowers : Imaginisce
  • Rhinestones : Kaiser Craft
  • Resin Frame : Melissa Frances
  • Kraft Cardstock : Stampin' Up!
  • Black Pen : Micron .05 tip
  • My Trusty Sewing Machine with some Teal thread

1 - Adhere the die cut paper onto the background paper.
2 - Cut your green title strip 3-1/2" tall, 12" wide. Line up your title and adhere them down. Add a rhinestone between each letter.
3 - Adhere title strip to your background paper and using a zig zag stitch sew it onto your page.
4 - Add some rhinestones to the flowers.
5 - Adhere your photo, then sew some more around it to create your border.
6 - Adhere your small frame and add a flower in the middle with a rhinestone.
7 - Add another flower at the bottom corner of the frame you just sewed.
8 - Write your journaling out on kraft cardstock and cut out the words. Adhere them beside your photo.

I'm going to be working this week on setting up the consignment part of The Scrapbooking Cafe so the title letters should be there in the next week as well. And YAY for the first Friday night crop this week - I'm SO excited! Hopefully I'll be able to get done a lot of projects to post on the blog!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

August 6 - Recipe Club

I get to teach my first class at the new store on Saturday (Dress It Up) and I'm very excited to get back into the swing of teaching again.

I've been promising to post this the past week, so here it is. It's not finished - we'll finish it during the next few months of the recipe club. But this is what you will leave with after the first class/meeting. Then each month after that we'll be meeting to add and decorate more recipes to add to this. So hopefully by the time December gets here it will be almost full of yummy, scrummy recipes!

During the first class just bring your favorite dessert recipe and I will take them all home, create typed cards out of all of them for everyone, then during the next class/meeting I'll have a pack of dessert recipe cards all ready for everyone to add to their recipe holder.

Because it's a class I won't be posting instructions today, but I'll be back again tomorrow with another fun project complete with ingredients and instructions. I heard through the grapevine that The Scrapbooking Cafe got some fun new stuff in yesterday so I'm going to go in today and check out what they got - can't wait! :)

Have a GREAT Wednesday!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

August 5 - Why?

I have a ton to post the next few days, starting with the recipe club class project tomorrow - so beware. :)

I was in the new store and they had just gotten in some new lines from Dream Street. I fell in love with this one. The green polka dot paper is actually Christmas paper from Imaginicse but I loved how they looked together.

So without further delay...


  • Patterned Paper: Dream Street, Imaginisce, Jenni Bowlin
  • Felt Flowers: Heidi Swapp
  • Rhinestones and Pearls: Kaiser Craft
  • Frame: Melissa Francis

1. Cut the middle and bottom strips of paper and adhere them to the page.
2- Mat your 5x7 photo with the green polka dot paper, then mat THAT to the Jenni Bowlin paper. Tear along the right side.
3- Cut a few 1" strips of your background paper and adhere them on each side of your photo or the mat (I did one of each)
4- With the scraps left of your Jenni Bowlin paper you used for a mat write your journaling words, draw a simple border around them and cut them out. Adhere each word around your mat. I also added a few at the bottom.
5- Layer the rhinestones on the center of the flowers, then pearls on the center of the rhinestones. Adhere them to the bottom corner of the mat and draw another line connecting the flowers around the rest of the green polka dot mat.
6- Adhere your white frame to your photo.

Monday, July 28, 2008

July 28 - Door Decor

The opening of the new store was SO much fun on Saturday!  I've missed so many of my scrapbooking friends the past few months and it was so good to see everyone again! :)  Can't wait to see everyone at the crops and the classes coming up in August.  It REALLY got my scrapbooking mojo flowing again and I got so inspired seeing all of the new products, samples and just seeing everyone there excited about being able to get together again.  I have so many layout ideas floating around up in my brain - can't wait to actually get them out onto paper.

And there is so much going on!  I thought I was done being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator in a few days since I didn't make my minimum orders to stay on this quarter, but now I find out that I do actually have enough to stay on, which is what I'm going to do - yay!  So I opened up my Stampin' Success magazine that demos get tonight to take a look and what falls out?  A fun sample of the new Decor Elements that Stampin' Up! just came out with.  Basically they are BIG rubons for walls!  YAY!

Well, the girls have been after me for months to re-decorate their room.  When we decorated it the way it is now Audrey wasn't even born yet and we had no idea if she was going to be a girl or boy, so we painted it a neutral tan color.  Not too fun or exciting 5 years later for a 5 year old and a 3 year old.  So Audrey found a Tinkerbell room she absolutely wants that is all blues and greens, which we'll do here soon but the outside of their door will have to stay brown to match the hallway.  Still boring!  Well....after tonight, not anymore!

We applied the Decor Element flower they sent to the outside of their door then used some pink Kaiser bling and Doodlebug letters from the Scrapbooking Cafe to embellish it a little more.  It was SO easy to apply, just use a credit card to rub it on!  I'm so happy with how it turned out.  I didn't want anything too huge on the door since it is a small hallway but this was the perfect size! :)

If you'd like to see the other new Decor Elements that Stampin' Up! has now just let me know and I can get you a mini catalog, or if you just want added to my mailing list that is fine too.  I'm so excited about them - there are a lot of cute ones I can't wait to use, especially now that I know how easy they are to use.

So with no more delay - here is today's SUPER EASY project.  And a quick side note that I spent a lot of today working on the recipe club sample and it is almost done so if I get it finished enough tomorrow I'll get it posted on the blog tomorrow! :)

Door Decor

  • Decor Elements Flower (Stampin' Up!)
  • Pink Rhinestones (Kaiser)
  • Brown Letter Stickers (Doodlebug Designs)
  • Credit Card

1- Peel off the grid paper backing on your Decor Element.  The remaining side with the rub-on will be sticky.  Stick the sticky side where you want your element to be.
2- Using your credit card, rub the design from the front then slowly peel the paper from the design.  If the design starts to peel up with the paper stick it back down and rub it just a little harder until you get it to stick when you peel up.
3- Add your rhinestones to the petals (Audrey loved doing this part)
4- Add your letters for your name(s).  The trick when you want them to be centered is to start with the middle letter of the name and work your way out both ways.  So with Audrey's I applied the D first, and with Nat's I did her middle A first.

Hope you had a great weekend! :)

Friday, July 25, 2008

July 25 - Live Loudly Page

To anyone who knows me it's no secret that I LOVE Fancy Pants Designs.  So when I got some of the new Glitter Cuts they have I couldn't wait to use them!  They're die cut transparencies, but WITH GLITTER!  Now you know how I am with the clear, add some glitter to it and I think I've died and gone to heaven. :)

So here goes!

Live Loudly Page

  • 2 sheets of Patterned Paper (Fancy Pants)
  • Chipboard Letters (Fancy Pants)
  • Black Paint (Making Memories)
  • Glitter Cuts (Fancy Pants)
  • Felt Frame (Fancy Pants)
  • White Pen (Signo)
  • And your trusty sewing machine!

1-  Cut the top paper on a curved line, adhere it and sew the bottom border to the bottom paper.
2- Make sure your glitter cut frames fit around your photos OK then adhere your photos to the page.  Leave your glitter cuts off for now.
3- Adhere your felt frame around your photos, then sew it onto the page.  It may look too thick to sew on but it is not - and looks great when it is done.
4- Now adhere your glitter cuts over your photos, leaving the glitter flower parts to overlap your felt frame you just sewed on.  I sewed a few of the glitter cut frame edges on these too just to make sure they held good.
5- Paint your title letters and adhere on top of the felt frame.  I used 3D adhesive to do this since the frame is thick.
6- with your white pen dot around the left side edges of your bottom letters.


Monday, July 21, 2008

July 21 - Guest Blogging at Couture

I'm so excited about Couture Scrapbooking's new blog and I posted my daily project over there today since I created it for them.

If you want to check out the ingredients and instructions for this page you can visit the new Couture Scrapbooking blog and get all of the details! Tomorrow's project will be back to being posted here. :)

I spent ALL DAY yesterday cleaning my scrap room so I could get ready for this week - LOTS of creating, the new scrapbook store here opens on SATURDAY and I have a ton to finish up for the grand opening. Finishing my class projects, creating samples for the store and creating a Make n' Take for Saturday. If you live close by, be sure to stop by and check out the new store - I guarantee you will love it as much as I do!

See you tomorrow and hope you had a GREAT weekend! :)

Thursday, July 17, 2008

July 17 - Dress Form Class

There are few things I have been as excited about as much as much as I am about the new scrapbooking store opening here in Mansfield, The Scrapbooking Cafe, a week from Saturday. Jenn and Debbie left this morning for CHA in Chicago to get all of the latest and greatest for the store and I can't wait to see what they come home with (and Amanda - I told Jenn about your special request)! Newsletters are going out this week and an e-mail newsletter will be coming out hopefully this weekend.

Well today's project is something that I can't post blog instructions for because I'm teaching it for the first class at the new store. The class is called "Dress it Up!" and in it we will be making this fun wire dress form that you can use to display your jewelry or use it as a home decor piece! It's taller than you probably think it is - it is 21" tall. We will be using the new and completely gorgeous Euphoria line from Basic Grey.

Here are the class details!

Dress It Up
Saturday, August 9
10:00 am - Noon

Description: Make a home decor item that will be sure to draw "ooh's and aaah's" from every visitor to your home. We will be decorating a black metal table top dress form with a gorgeous skirt of patterned paper, flowers, pearls and your favorite photos.

Need to bring: Scissors
Everything else to make this will be provided, you don't even need to bring photos if you don't want to - you can clip them to your skirt when you get home. If you DO want to bring photos, you will need wallet sized photos (most photo labs can print your digital photos out in wallet sizes).

If you'd like to take the class just call the store at (419) 524-CAFE and leave a message that you'd like to register for the class with your phone number and we'll call you back and confirm your registration next week. Sign ups will be taken in the order the messages are received. You can also see the sample of the class project in person at the store's grand opening next Saturday, July 26th and sign up then.

Hope to see you there!!!! :)

PS - My new blog header is a close up photo of the skirt of this project so you can see it a little better, or just click on the full-size photo above to see a larger photo of the full project.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

July 16 - Floating Frame

Back to blogging!  It's been too long!  I've been really busy with about a million things this summer (doesn't it always seem that way?) but I will have a ton to post the rest of this month so I figured I'd better get cracking and get some of these projects posted!

I did this first one as an experiment - the project is VERY easy to re-create!  And I love how it turned out!

And just on a quick side-note before I get to the instructions, I started another Etsy store and blog - this one for the name frames that I've been having so much fun making.  I'll have ideas on the blog frequently for different ways to use the frames.  The frames make a great wedding, shower or housewarming gift and if you already have your own frame I have the store set up so you can just buy the letter prints to add to your own frame if you would like.

OK - back to the project! :)

Floating Frame

  • 5"x7" Frame, preferably with flat sides so it will stand on its own.
  • White Rubons (Stampin' Up!)
  • White Signo Pen (Stampin' Up!)
  • Pearls (Kaiser Craft)
  • Thin Super Tape 

1- Take the back completely out of the frame and set the glass aside - you'll add it back in a bit.
2- Take your Super Tape and line the inside lip around the whole frame (where the glass overlapped)
3- Peel off the tape backing and place your glass into the frame, pressing down on where you added the tape to adhere it well.
4- Using your Signo pen, create your dots around the glass - close to the frame itself to create a little dotted border.
5- Apply your rubons then add your pearls on top of the rubons.
6- Tuck your 4"x6" photo under the top and bottom (and maybe side?) lips of the frame to hold it in place.  You can use a little more of the clear super tape on the top and bottom where you tuck the photo to hold it into place more if you would like.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

And the Winner Is...

I had the girls draw from tickets in a bucket as soon as they woke up this morning - so hence the PJ's and the messy hair! :)  Thanks so much to everyone who posted comments this past weekend - I LOVED reading what everyone loves to do lately and I have some new things to try now too thanks to all of the ideas posted!  I loved the comment from heyhoewarren about "No more keeping stuff for GOOD" - I do that ALL THE TIME!  I hate doing it, but I do!  And I am going to try not to anymore - if I have something I like, I'm going to USE it - not just keep it and look at it longingly in the package. :)
And I apologize for posting this a few days late.  The craft show this past weekend was a complete washout (literally).  It didn't rain in the morning which was good, but it was VERY windy and my stuff kept blowing off of the tables.  UGH.  Then around 2pm it started to downpour with no warning and quite a bit of my stuff got wet.  Some of it was in bags and I could save it, just put new packaging on it - but some of my frames got broken, wet, etc.  So I've been spending the past few days going through my boxes of stuff and trying to see what I could save and what I can't.
So enough about that - congratulations Sandy, I'll e-mail you to get your address or you can just e-mail it to me at  And thanks to everyone who posted a comment and/or added a link back to this blog!

Friday, June 27, 2008

June 27, 28 & 29 - My Favorite Stuff Giveaway!

As I've mentioned before, I will be attending a craft show all weekend and won't be able to post any new projects. So instead I'm going to have a weekend giveaway!What You Get if You WIN!The prize is a sample of some of my favorite supplies and tools -->Yay! Here's the list of what is included in case you can't see it too well in the photo.
  • Black 7gypsies Clipper Frame
  • Cherry Pink Stazon Ink
  • Scalloped Circle Stampin' Up! Punch
  • Red Embossed Ticket Letters from my Etsy store
  • Mini Clear/Chipboard Album/Notebook
  • Kraft Journaling Circles from my Etsy Store
  • Pack of Clear Corners by Pageframe Designs
  • Pack of Clear Arrows by Pageframe Designs
  • Clear Card with vellum envelope from Pageframe Designs
  • Clear Card with white grid pattern and vellum envelope from Pageframe Designs
  • Lavender Rhinestones by Kaiser Crafts
  • Self-adhesive Pearls by Kaiser Craft
  • Fat Bird Clear Stamps by Bam Pop
  • Pink Flower Lace Cardstock by KI Memories
  • Black grid transparency overlay by Hambly Screenprints
  • Fancy Pants transparency overlay
  • Creative Impressions (Rhonna Farrer) transparency overlay
  • Two double-sided Teresa Collins office line paper
  • Three mini album die cut sheets by Teresa Collins
  • $10 Gift Certificate to Couture Scrapbooking (not pictured)
It is all packed up in a box and ready to go! Doesn't matter where you live, I'll send it anywhere. But if you live out of the US and win I'll be sending it the cheapest route - just so you know. :)How You Can Win!It's really easy! Just post a comment here and tell me what your FAVORITE thing is to do on your pages or projects lately. Can be anything - a favorite technique, favorite tool, favorite paper... It just has to be your favorite and related to scrapbooking. That will get you an entry in the jar I'll have the girls draw the prize winner from. But wait... there is more! Want TWO entries in that jar with your name on it? Then just post a link to my blog here ( on your blog or any website or message board. Just make sure it is allowed before you do it! Then when you post your comment here with your favorite thing, also post a link to where you posted about this blog or the contest. Past links are included so if you've added a link to here before (thank you!) post that link and it will count!I think I've covered everything - I can't wait to hear what your favorite things are! All comments made before Midnight EST on Sunday June 29th will be entered into the drawing.And I will post the winner here on MONDAY!Have a FABULOUS weekend! :)

Thursday, June 26, 2008

June 26 - NG

Tonight I went up to my scrap room to grab my camera battery that had just charged and out of NO WHERE the urge to make this just hit me! And it felt SO GOOD to just scrap something for no reason and just play around with it! YAY! Tara at Pageframe Designs had sent me this 12"x12" thick sheet that I've been dying to use. Then I was on Etsy the other night and saw the CUTEST alphabet die cut from a fun little store called The Scrappy Shack - it's the letter circle that I used for the title. Lori who owns the store was SUPER sweet and made me one in white and black - she'll make one in any color you ask for!

AND finally - I used my scalloped circle punch from Stampin' Up! for the background of the flowers which will BE INCLUDED in my blog prize package for this weekend! (Details will be posted about it tomorrow!) It's my favorite punch ever and I'm so excited that I have an extra one to give away! :) So be sure to stop back again tomorrow (or throughout the weekend) to get your entry in!


  • Black Grid Clear Sheet (Pageframe Designs)
  • Black Swirl Die Cut Cardstock (KI Memories)
  • Glitter Cardstock
  • Alphabet circle die cut (The Scrappy Shack Etsy Store)
  • White Signo Pen (Stampin' Up!)
  • Scalloped Circle Punch (Stampin' Up!)
  • Glitter Cardstock letters (K&Co.)
  • Rhinestones (Kaiser Crafts)
  • White paper flowers (Prima)
  • White Scalloped tag (Martha Stewart Crafts)

1 - Peel your protective coating from the back of your patterned clear sheet.
2 - Adhere your 12" x 12" die cut cardstock sheet on top of the clear sheet.
3 - Adhere your photo.
4 - Turn your glitter cardstock over, and flip your letter circle over and trace the inside of the circle with a pencil. Cut it out making the circle you cut just a little bit larger than the circle you just drew so it will lay under the alphabet circle. Adhere them both on the page, laying the glitter cardstock down first, then the alphabet circle.
5 - Add your white scalloped tag, then your chipboard letters, then once those are adhered write your journaling.
6 - Assemble your flowers by punching your scalloped circle, adding your flower on top, then adhering a rhinestone to each center.
7 - Scatter them on your page and adhere them.
8 - With your white signo pen make dots around the black swirls linking to each of the flowers, starting from the bottom.

Have a GREAT Thursday! :)

June 21 - Cutie Page

Oh why am I such a glutton for punishment? :) My dad told me early this week about a FREE craft show downtown this weekend for the city's bicentennial celebration and so like an idiot I signed up. Then I have another one in Ashland next weekend. So guess what I have been doing?


I did learn a few helpful things at the last craft show I did a few weeks ago. One major thing was that there are SO many people who still don't "get" the scrapbooking thing. Oh how, oh how can that be??? :)
I had one lady walk up to me with a set of note cards in her hand and said "Can you explain these to me and what I would do with them?" I honestly wasn't sure how to respond! I just said "Well, you would give them to people?" Uh - wish I had been more prepared for that one. And there were so many people that picked up the ticket alphas and said "Now what would I do with these?" SO -->
I made a few example pages for in the booth so people can see what to do with them. Hopefully it will help!

Oh and one more thing before the instructions!!! I'm going to have a giveaway on the blog tomorrow (Friday) because I most likely won't be able to post this weekend due to being at the show. So stop by to check it out - I promise to make it GOOD!

Cutie Page

  • Pink Ticket Alphas (My Etsy Store)
  • Journaling Circle (My Etsy Store)
  • Patterned Paper (Scenic Route, words - Prima, green)
  • Chipboard scalloped border (Fancy Pants Designs)
  • Bling swirls (Prima)
  • Pearl paint (Lil' Davis Designs)
  • Silver transparency border (Hambly Screenprints)
  • 8-1/2 x 11 Pageframe (Pageframe Designs)

1- Paint your chipboard with the pearl paint and allow to dry. I applied this to the outside of the frame after I had made my page and put it in the frame. Once it dries you can add your bling swirls.
2- Add your photo to the page, then your transparency border on the right hand side.
3- Staple your ticket title above and slightly overlapping your photo.
4 - Cut your strip of coordinating paper for under the photo and adhere it.
5 - Journal on your circle then adhere it over the bottom of your photo and over the strip.
6 - Slide it in the Pageframe then adhere your chipboard border.

Don't forget to stop by tomorrow for the GIVEAWAY!

Monday, June 23, 2008

June 20 - Clear Album Page Fridge Frame

You may have seen something like this I have made before (but not on this blog!) but I come from a house with a husband whose HUGE pet peeve is "Fridge Clutter". OK, well - ANY clutter, not just on the fridge, but you get my drift. So if I want to put something on the fridge I can't just slap a picture up there with a magnet - OH NO. I've got to make it look good. Non-cluttery. (Is that a word? I think not!)

So I have 3 "frames" on there made from leftover clear album pages. When you make a clear album do you always use all of the pages? I don't! So if you don't have any extra pages just think next time you make one to just leave a page out and make a fridge frame out of it! :) OR - I happen to know that Two Peas in a Bucket is going to be selling just the pages here in the next few weeks so you can now build your own clear albums which would give you enough to make Christmas presents for the grandparents!

This frame -->
is one that I made for the craft show I did last weekend. You can just clip whatever 4x6 photo you want onto it so you can change it out as often as you want!

Clear Album Page Fridge Frame

  • Clear Album Page (Pageframe Designs)
  • Clear Heart (Pageframe Designs)
  • White Pen (Signo, Stampin' Up!)
  • Clip (Making Memories)
  • Patterned Paper (Fancy Pants Designs)
  • Rub-on (My Minds Eye)
  • Ribbon (Couture Scrapbooking)
  • Magnet strips (any craft store)
1 - Cut your patterned paper strip to fit on the page and apply your rub-on to it. Adhere it to the clear page at an angle.
2 - Cut your ribbon to fit across the bottom of the title strip and adhere it with super tape.
3 - Decorate your clear flower and adhere that on the page as well.
4 - Turn the page over and add two magnet strips towards the top and bottom of the page that will be covered by the title strip and the photo you will be clipping on in the next step.
5 - Clip on your photo and hang it on your fridge!

Friday, June 20, 2008

June 19 - Altered Wood Photo Clock

I fell in love with these clocks at CHA-winter in Anaheim, they are wood clocks that you can decorate and add your photos too, etc. made by Kaiser.

I made 4 of these for the craft show I just did and they were a hit! The back board is 12" x 12" so a piece of patterned cardstock fits on it perfectly, and the die cut sheets look SO cool on them! It also comes with a wood easel to hold the clock up.

Altered Wood Photo Clock

  • Wood Clock (Kaiser)
  • Black Paint (Making Memories)
  • Floral Rub-on (Maya Road)
  • Patterned Paper (Autumn Leaves)
  • Number Rub-ons (Basic Grey & Doodlebug)
  • Mod Podge

1 - Paint the background of your clock, the easel, and the wood "photo strip".
2 - When paint dries apply your patterned paper using the Mod Podge. Cut hole through paper where your clock arms will go.
3 - Apply your rub-on numbers then assemble your clock arms.
4 - Using strong adhesive (super tape) adhere the photo strip (one side of it) to the clock.
5- Slide your photos in and you're finished!

June 18 - The Scrapbooking Cafe

This isn't really a project I can give instructions on, but it is something I had worked on and am very proud of! My friend Jen is opening a new scrapbook store here in town, The Scrapbooking Cafe, and asked me a while ago to create a logo for it. The store opens in about a month and it was SO cool for me to see that logo on a big sign above the store!

I'm so excited about the store, I will be teaching classes at it and will be in charge of the consignment items (yes, you'll be able to buy and sell your paper craft items there!) so I'm looking forward to mid-July!

Suzy and I have been missing our Friday night crop nights so I can't wait to get back in the swing of things with that and start cropping again!

Hope to see you there sometime!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

June 17 - Mini Chipboard Book

I woke up one Sunday a few weeks ago and thought - "I need to make some clear chipboard mini albums". I'm not kidding, these were SO easy to make that I whipped out 7 of them in like an hour.

The chipboard squares I used were from a Stampin' Up! Christmas chipboard set, but you can cut your own from any chipboard to any size you would like your album to be.

Mini Chipboard Book

  • Chipboard
  • Bind-it-all machine and wires
  • Clear card with pattern (this uses the white grid pattern from Pageframe Designs)
  • Patterned Paper of your choice
  • White Cardstock

1- Cut your chipboard pieces (one solid for the back and one for the front, you can die cut a shape out of the middle like this one has a circle.)
2- Punch holes in chipboard with bind-it-all.
3- Cut clear card or sheet of patterned acrylic to fit over the cover of your book. Punch holes with bind-it-all.
4- Cut cardstock and as many patterned paper pieces as you would like to fit inside your book. Punch holes with bind-it-all.
5- Lay it all in a stack then bind it with your machine! On mine I did a mix of patterned paper, then cardstock - you can mix it up as much as you would like. Throw a few different patterns in there, or use two sided pieces and flip them back and forward. Be Creative!

Monday, June 16, 2008

June 16 - I Love You Clear Card

I cannot begin to tell you how much I LOVE making these clear patterned cards from Pageframe Designs. I found THE most awesome vellum envelopes for them that lets you see the card through them a bit - they look awesome. I'm probably going to be adding some of these clear cards on Etsy here in the next week or so.

"I Love You" Clear Card


1- Peel off the protective coating from the inside of your card and discard.
2- Cut your glitter cardstock to size and adhere your rubon. Adhere the strip to the outside of your card.
3- Add your rhinestones on the outside in the middle of some of the polka dots that are still showing.
4- Adhere your flowers UNDER the polka dots on the inside left side of the card.
5- Cut your patterned paper to fit perfectly in the inside right side of the card. If the pattern is a bold one you may want to trim a smaller size of coordinating paper that is not so bold to write your message on inside (like I did with the green).

June 15 - Craft Show Aftermath

Well, in case you were wondering - this -->
is why I haven't posted in weeks. I exhibited at my first craft show on Saturday. It was SO much fun! My friend Jenn who sells the cutest doll clothes and hair bows in the world had a booth just down the road from mine, and my hubby helped us set up and stayed with me all day helping out. I met the NICEST people there and had a blast just hanging out with hubby, eating marshmallows from the booth next to us and hearing what people thought of all the stuff I have been slaving to make the past few months. The show didn't have half as many people as I read they would so we probably won't do this one again next year (plus the fact that its an hour and a half away) - think I'll stick to more local ones in the future.

BUT I have a ton of new projects to post since I haven't posted any projects in weeks so I'm entering them today and they should just post automatically. Hope you had a great weekend! We're on vacation this week (just hanging out around home) so YAY!

Sunday, May 25, 2008

May 23 - Wax Seal Tags

I was going through a bunch of my old scrapbooking supplies a few days ago getting ready for a garage sale, and came across some silver wax sticks and a metal seal maker (is that what they are called???) :). I had never used it after I had bought it years ago but just couldn't make myself sell it.

So I played with it today! I had the BEST time making fun little tags and everything else I could think of to add some snowflake seals to. Granted it is almost June, and far from snow. But I'm still scrapbooking my winter photos, so I figured why not!

Wax Seal Tags


  • Metallic blue paper (Unknown)
  • Silver wax (unknown)
  • Snowflake sealer (unknown)
  • Pearl centers (Kaiser)
  • Eyelets and Crop-a-dile (We R Memory Keepers)
  • Silver elastic cording (Stampin' Up!)
  • Tag Punch (Stampin' Up!)
  • Lighter or Matches

1- Punch your tag out of the metallic paper. You won't be able to punch after you set your seal because the seal won't fit into the punch, so make sure you punch first.
2- With your lighter or a match light the wick in your wax stick just like you would a candle. Hold it sideways over the paper you want to add your seal on and let it drip a few times until it looks big enough for the seal you are making.
3- Blow out the wick and set the seal maker on your hot wax. It will dry and set almost instantly and you can remove the seal setter from the wax.
4- Punch a hole in the top of your tag and add your eyelet. String your elastic through it.
5- Add a small pearl or other embellishment to the center.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

May 22 - Mirrors

Oh I wish, I wish, I WISH I could keep everything I make - but my house is just not big enough. If I could I would keep this mirror that I made today for the upcoming craft show I'm exhibiting at - I LOVE this color blue (teal?) with brown, the colors look so gorgeous together.

I had the BEST time decorating mirrors today and hopefully will have quite a few done by the time the craft show gets here. This one will probably go up on Etsy tomorrow as well - too tired to add it tonight. :)


  • Wood Mirror (Kaiser)
  • Patterned Paper (A2Z Essentials)
  • Paper flowers (Prima)
  • Rhinestones (Unknown)
  • Manila Paint (Making Memories)
  • Mod Podge
  • Zots (Therm O Web)

1- Take the mirror out from the back of the frame and paint the front and sides of the frame with the manila paint. May take a few coats to get it the shade you want.

2- Cut 2" strips of your patterned paper. Trim the two side pieces to fit or slightly overlap the top and bottom pieces.

3- "Paint" the backs of the strips with Mod Podge and press onto the frame. Allow to dry.

4- Using the Zots adhere the flowers to the frame and the rhinestones to the middle of the flowers.

5- Hang and enjoy!

May 21 - Friends Mini Clear Album

Well, yesterday was my birthday and it was a crazy day by all means so I'm posting yesterday's post a bit late.

I LOVE these little clear mini albums from Pageframe Designs. I did this one for a Stampin' Up! class that I'm doing in June - the class is only $25, and includes the album, set of rub-ons and a white signo pen - everything to make this album -->

If you're not local but would still like the class kit with instructions please just send me an e-mail at and I can ship you the complete kit with full instructions. Or if you ARE local and would be interested in taking the class, send me an e-mail as well and I will get you the date and details.

I won't be including instructions on this page for obvious reasons (they'll be in the kit) but it does make a gorgeous album for you, a friend, your children and their friends - whoever! And you can't see as well in the photo, but there is an elastic band with pearls and beads that wraps around from the back and keeps the album closed.

Hope you all had a great Wednesday!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

May 20 - Envelope Album

Yep, you read it right. I'm cheating to get caught up. I finally realized that I just don't have enough time to do enough projects to get back to posting every day, so I'm skipping ahead to today (so sorry about that!) SO...
it's May 20th, and I have a fun new project I've been working on!

I've been creating some envelope albums (or journals if you choose it to be) and they are FUN, let me tell you. The one to the right has 4 envelopes that I'm going to use to hold my photos when I go to crops - I NEVER have a great way to transport those things, but now I do! (YAY!)

I have one available in the etsy store, and will be adding a few more colors, styles, etc. in the next few days - these are fun to mix in with pages made out of anything!

Envelope Album

  • Envelopes in any size or color (or mix them up - GET CREATIVE!)
  • Bind-it-All
  • Crochet Flower (Fancy Pants)
  • Fancy Brad
  • Rhinestones (Prima)
  • Rubons (Basic Grey)
  • Transparencies (My Minds Eye & Hambly)
  • Scalloped Circle sticker (Stampin' Up! - retired)
  • Pearls (Kaiser)
  • Zots (Therm O Web)

1- Using your Bind-It-All bind your 4 envelopes together, with the flaps to the front of the book.
2- Decorate your the front flap using the bling, pearls, brad and a flower
3- Add your photo and the sticker frame
4- Layer your transparencies and adhere with Zots
5- Rub on your rub-on letters
6- Add your pearls
7- Open up the envelopes and fill them up!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

May 8 - Summer Bike Ride Page

I'm WAY overdue on a scrapbook page for the blog! So here it goes - now I feel better. LOL I LOVE this lace cardstock by KI Memories - it rocks my world. :) Love flipping it over to have two different colors to use - well, the uber-thrifty part of me loves it anyway. And I love seeing my little cuties on their little bikes on the bike trail - we spend a lot of our summer there.

Summer Bike Ride Page

  • Patterned Paper (Fancy Pants Designs)
  • Lace Cardstock (KI Memories)
  • Rubons and Bling (Heidi Swapp)
  • Felt flowers, Brads and Bookplate (Stampin' Up!)
  • Pink Rhinestones (unknown)

1- Mat your main focal photo on the lace cardstock and cut it out with scissors to trim around the circles and keep them complete.
2- Add the rubons and bookplate to the focal photo and add the rhinestone oval over the part of the photo you want to draw the eye to (in this case it is Miss Audrey).
3- Mount two 4x6 photos at the bottom right hand side of the page.
4- Flip your lace cardstock over and cut it out to fit the remaining 4x6 slot on the left.
5- Print your journaling on matching cardstock and cut it out and adhere it as strips.
6- Add your felt flowers with the brads and add your rhinestones to the holes across the top and bottom of the journaling.

May 7 - Embossed Alphabet Tickets

Yep, I'm still trying to fill up my craft show booth. I absolutely love how these embossed ticket alphabets turned out - I've done them in a bunch of colors and have them folded, clipped, and displayed in silver buckets so I'm hoping everyone else likes them as much as I do. I hope to scrap something with them this weekend to display them in use in the booth. If you'd like some and won't be at the show you can find them on my Etsy store here. I hope to get more colors done tomorrow - I think I have every ticket color known to man now. :) And I can't believe I went over 5 years without using my heat gun - it's attached to my hip this week, hopefully I don't burn myself! HA!

Embossed Alphabet Tickets

  • Blank ticket roll
  • Versamark ink
  • "Schoolbook Serif" Alphabet Set
  • White embossing powder
  • Heat gun

1- Roll off a large strip of tickets - I did 26 tickets (one for each alpha letter)
2- Stamp each letter on each ticket using the Versamark ink
3- Add your powder to each ticket/letter and tap the excess back into the jar
4- Using your heat gun heat each letter/ticket until your powder turns glossy.

This project is easy, but it does take a while since you are doing 26 letters - but they look SO COOL when they are done!

May 6 - Love Tag

This is a pretty large clear tag using the new silver Damask pattern from Pageframe Designs. Fun to just give away as is or use on a scrapbook page.

Love Tag

  • Damask Patterned Tag (Pageframe Designs)
  • Cheeky Board Clip (Making Memories)
  • Bling (Heidi Swapp)
  • Stazon ink
  • Bookplate (Stampin' Up!)
  • Glitter Flower (Prima)
  • Pink Glitter Paper (Not sure!)
  • Crop-A-Dile

1- Cut a rectangle from the glitter cardstock to fit the back of the tag. Clip it on.
2- Add your rhinestone strips along the top and bottom of the pink. Attach these to the front.
3- Add your rhinestone red heart.
4- Stamp your "love" along the top of the heart.
5- Hold your bookplate where you want it to be set and mark it by putting a pen in each side hole. Put bookplate aside and punch a small hole over the ones you just drew using the small hole punch in your crop-a-dile. Using the brads adhere your bookplate.
6- Using zots adhere a rhinestone in the center of your glitter flower, then adhere the flower in the center of your bookplate.
7- Tie a ribbon in the top hole of your tag.

May 5 - Mom Card

One more card I had to make was for Mother's Day. Again, all ingredients are Stampin' Up! except the pink rhinestones.

Mom Card

  • Designer Series Paper
  • 5-Petal Flower Punch
  • "In The Spotlight" Stamp Set (retired)
  • "Schoolbook Serif" Alpha Stamp Set
  • Stampin' Dimensionals
  • Versamark ink
  • White embossing powder
  • Heat gun
  • "Close To Cocoa" ink

1- Fold your card in half.
2- Stamp your dotted line stamp on the top and bottom of the card.
3- Stamp your 5-petal flower in the Versamark ink, then on your paper.
4- Add your white embossing powder over the stamped image and tap the excess powder back into the jar.
5- With your heat tool heat the image until the powder on the image glosses over.
6- After it cools off punch the image out with your 5-petal flower punch.
7- Add your center bling and add stampin' dimensionals to the back of each flower.
8- Stamp your "MOM" in the center of the card, then attach your flowers.

May 4 - Celebrate Baby Card

Yay! I'm going to be an aunt again and I couldn't be more excited. :) I made this card this weekend for my sister-in-law Brittany and brother-in-law Jeff.

Had fun playing with my scalloped circle punch from Stampin' up! as I always do, and this time decided to try a little something different so I took my Crop-A-Dile and punched some smaller holes in each of the scallops. I love how it turned out - so fun! All ingredients on this one are from Stampin' up! except the border strip.

Celebrate Baby Card

  • Designer Series Paper
  • "Always Artichoke" ink
  • Scalloped Circle Punch
  • Crop-A-Dile
  • White Eyelet border strip (Doodlebug Designs)
  • "Wonderful Words" Stamp Set
  • "Lovely Labels" Stamp Set
  • Stampin' Dimensionals

1- Fold your card, then stamp your "celebrate" greeting on the left side of the card.
2- Add your border to the right side.
3- Stamp your baby circle on white cardstock, then punch it out with your scalloped circle punch.
4- With the small hole punch on your Crop-A-Dile punch small holes on each of the scallops.
5- Adhere it over the center of the border strip with a Stampin' Dimensionals to give it a 3D look.