S&S Saturday Januray

Hello again!

I’m back this week with a couple more layouts made using my Scraps & Stash kit:

Here are the projects themselves:

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Sassy Sophie – I used 3 of the patterned papers, 3 of the wood veneer shapes, 3 buttons, some of the ribbon, and some of the Thickers.

Selfies with my Bestie

Selfies with my Bestie – I used 3 of the patterned papers, 3 wood veneer cameras, some of the washi (pink border), and 3 images using the stamps I pulled to go with this kit.

Two asides: Yes, my best friend and I are too old to go around calling ourselves “besties,” but when the two of us get together, neither one can remember how to act our ages, so I felt the title was appropriate. Secondly, the reds in the photos don’t appear to match. That’s because I didn’t photograph the two pages side by side, trying to get better detail. The pages themselves do, in fact, match. Not sure why that bothers me, but it does. ­čÖé

 

And a quick look at what’s left:

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Not a lot – and I am thrilled! I need to make a couple of thank you cards, and the colors of this kit being so bright and happy will be perfect for that. And I think I can do one more layout as well. So check back next week to see if I’ve managed to “kill” this kit!

Links:

Inspiration kit: 3ScrappyBoys

My favorite sketch site: Scrapbook Generation

 

 

S&S Saturday January 11

Hello! Coming to you on on my birthday with a new video showing 2 layouts created using my Scraps & Stash kit. Enjoy!

 

Here are the layouts a little bit closer up:

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And a look at the materials I’ve still got left:

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And, links to the inspiration kit and challenges:

3Scrappy Boys (Inspiration Kit)

Glitter Girl Adventure 095 – Fearless Layering

Two Peas in a Bucket Stashbusters Challenges – January 2014

Inspired Blueprints

 

DIY Friday modeling paste Pinnable
Always late to the party, I find that I am only now really digging into the artsy side of this hobby. I’ve developed a strong interest in creating an art journal, and in fact, will begin that process this weekend while I’m away at a retreat. Don’t get me wrong, I have TONS of artsy supplies already – paints, stains, inks, sprays, mists, even gesso. And I love getting messy and seeing what I can create. I just have yet to translate that into my regular scrappy routine.
At any rate, I’ve been on the hunt for videos and tutorials showing how to use certain products, and I came across this video, which triggered my memory of this thread on 2Ps, in which a generous poster shared her recipe for making your own modeling paste. I just had to try it!
So I started by gathering my supplies: talcum powder, Elmer’s glue, acrylic paint, a craft stick, and a screw-on lidded container.
Measured out 1/2 cup of the powder,
 2 tablespoons of the glue,
and 2 tablespoons of the paint. The original poster suggested using white paint. I didn’t have any, so I used cream instead. For my purposes, it worked great.
 The next step was to stir. I found that the mixture was a little too dry, so I added what probably amounted to another tablespoon of the glue.
┬áThen I got the consistency I had hoped for. To be honest, I’ve never used “real” modeling paste, so I didn’t really know what I was after.
So now that my recipe was complete, I wanted to test out the final product on an actual project! I started with a plain manila tag, then did a quick watercolor technique with Distress Inks.
Bonus DIY: I so loved the butterfly from the video that I wanted to recreate it. I still have Make the Cut software on my little old personal Cricut, so I was able to cut the images I wanted and to place them where I wanted them to be. I’m not sure, but I *THINK* Silhouette users have the same ability. Anyway, I did a Google images search for “butterfly stencil,” came up with TONS of images, and chose a bunch that I liked. Grouped them together on the virtual mat, set it to multi-cut 5 times, loaded a 6 x 6 stencil blank, and bam! Custom stencils!
The homemade paste went on like butter.
It worked exactly as I had hoped it would. I hit it with the heat gun for a little bit to hurry
along the drying process.
Finally, I used my two favorite Distress Ink colors – Broken China and Dusty Concord – to wash over the paste. Next time I’ll probably just use a mist, but I like the funky effect of this well enough. And, bonus – it smells sweet too!

So there you have it! Go mix up a batch and show me what you do with it!

Here’s that recipe, directly from the post on 2Ps:
1/2 cup Baking Soda or Talcum Powder
2 Tablespoons PVA glue ( the white glue that dries clear)
1-2 Tablespoons acrylic paint. ( I usually use white )
Mix all together and store in an airtight container. I found that the talc gives a smoother texture than the baking soda. …..and it smells nice too. You may need to add a few drops if water to get the right consistency.
(Quoting kiwifarmer)

Love mixed media? Want to learn more, including lots of creative ways to use your new batch of modeling paste? Join me in the awesome Ronda Palazzari’s class over at Craftsy, Fun With Mixed Media.

Ronda Palazzari Fun With Mixed Media Class

 

And for more homemade art supplies, check out DIY Friday Masking Fluid

Hope you and yours enjoy this day together.

I’ve been looking forward to today for months now, ever since my sister (Ne’Ne’) suggested we do a family banquet and talent show. After many hours of planning and preparing, the day has finally arrived! I can’t wait to see what talents my family will put on display today – and I will be ready with the camera to catch it all.

Here are a couple projects my niece and I made for table decorations for the banquet. I used my Cricut and Make The Cut software to create them both.

Enjoy your day and make some memories!

I follow Cath Edvalson’s Moxie Fab blog, and on it, she did a whole week of posts about finishing your cards from the inside out. So, intrigued by that, I started playing around. Here’s what I came up with.

This is a regular, A2 sized card with a space on the inside to write or stamp your sentiment.

This one is also standard-sized.

This little gem is 4 x 4 – perfect size for attaching to a gift.

And this last one is just cute. No, I didn’t finish the inside, because the card base is already white, but I think it turned out great just the same. It’s also 4 x 4.

Till next time!

So I haven’t quite made it back with more photos of my class layouts…I realized there are still finishing touches that they need before I’m ready to photograph and share them.

So instead, I’m taking the advice of my friend Audrey, who said I should post a tutorial for the ever-popular word shaped books.

BoBunny Travel Album:

Want to make one of your own? I just happen to have a handful of these kits left. Email me today to get yours!

Did I tell you? I’m taking an online scrapbooking class! It’s called Design Your Life, and it’s taught by the one and only, Cathy Zielske the Great. If you’ve never heard of her, she’s the really hip chick who made Simple Scrapbooks the awesome magazine it was (IMHO). You can check out her blog here. I just think she’s amazing, and I feel very blessed to be able to take this class with her over at Big Picture Scrapbooking. It’s the last time she’s offering it, so I feel doubly lucky.

At any rate, the class is in Week 2, and in true “Last-Minute Lisa” form, I am just finishing Week 1. Week 3 will be posted on Thursday, right about the time I’ll start Week 2. Unless I get caught up. Which, let’s face it…would be nothing short of a miracle. (*cough*cough*procrastinator*cough*)

So, here are a couple of those layouts. I have two more, which I’ll try to post tomorrow…just have to get them photographed.

The first is the pre-work assignment. LOVE how this one came out!

The second is assignment one. I goofed on the photo sizes somehow, and it’s bugging me, but overall, I like the design.

I’m so excited about this class – my hope is that it will make me a better scrapbook designer, and by default, a better scrapbook instructor. Can’t wait to see what’s next!

Hi all! It’s been awhile since I updated here, so I thought I’d share my two latest projects. Only two, because November and December have been very busy months for me (as for you, I’m sure).

The first is a layout I did about our Christmas vacation at Disney World in 2006. We had told the boys that the trip was their gift. They knew they’d receive stockings, but were totally surprised when they had actual gifts to open up on Christmas morning.

The next is a simple card I did. It’s very easy to assemble: Just cut a strip of cardstock 4″ x 12.” Use your Top Score Scoreboard to score it into a trifold, then trim from each fold to the outer corner, creating the triangular flaps. Cut your patterned papers to fit, adhere, and embellish. I will be using mine to tuck a gift card into, so I kept it simple, but these cards are gorgeous all done up.

Both projects use Bazzill cardstock and the December Details paper set from AC Bailey.

Enjoy, and Merry Christmas!

What would an Open House be without a make and take project?

This project has all the fun things we want in a make and take: it is cheap, easy, and fun!


All you’ll need are:

A cereal box

Some cardstock

Some patterned paper scraps

A few buttons

Some bits of ribbon

Embellishments of your choice

Adhesive

Trimmer
Scissors

Hole punch

Got it all together? Then let’s begin!


Start by cutting 4 panels from the sides of your cereal box:

Panel 1 is 3.75″ x 11″

Panel 2 is 3.75″ x 10″

Panel 3 is 3.75″ x 9″

Panel 4 is 3.75″ x 8″

Next, cut your cardstock to match. You will need to double the number of panels, since the cardstock will cover both sides of the cereal box panels.

Round corners, if desired.

Glue cardstock to the fronts and backs of the cardstock.

Decorate!

Punch holes for binding. Use ribbon, post from post-bound album, or binder ring.

This little project uses the Be Merry line from My Mind’s Eye, although it would be adorable with any paper set you choose.