Hello there, and welcome to my stop on the Spring Fling blog hop!
What is it about longer days and warmer weather that lifts our spirits and makes us feel like anything is possible? In my corner of the world, spring doesn’t last very long, and summer can be – well, let’s just leave it at “unpleasant.” But spring is my favorite time of year, and when I’m not outside enjoying it, I find myself wanting to get crafty.
I’m a recent convert to the idea of using a planner for fun and function, and since I discovered MAMBI’s Happy Planner, I’ve enjoyed coming up with new accessories for it. Today I’m sharing a mixed media cover set for the HP Mini.
It was a lot of fun to make, and I’m in love with how it turned out. Included is a step-by-step tutorial for you to make your own, as well. Enjoy!
White cardstock, Perfect Medium embossing pen gelatos, cling wrap, water sprayer bottle, clear embossing ink, HP punch. (Not shown: laminator and laminating sheets)
Draw your design
Mandala design – I googled “hand drawn mandala” and took inspiration from some I saw in the search results.
Cover design completely with embossing powder, then shake off the excess.
Design covered with embossing powder. Use a heat gun to melt the powder.
I used gelatos in spring-inspired colors: robin’s egg blue, sky blue, grass green, and daffodil yellow.
Put the color medium of your choice onto a sheet of cling wrap, then spray water generously to get the color moving.
“Smash” the color onto the white cardstock. You may need to pick up the plastic and move it around to get the coverage you want.
Your embossed design will show through the color.
Add finishing touches
I handwrote the phrase “Make it Happen” with the embossing pen, then covered it with gold embossing powder.
Added some “zazzies” and heated the powder.
For a Happy Planner mini, both covers should fit into one laminating sheet.
Use a 4 mil laminating sheet for a really sturdy cover.
Trim and punch
After trimming away the excess laminate, use a page from your Happy Planner to line up where holes should be punched. Use a grease pencil or marker to mark placement.
Turn the punch upside down to see where the holes should align. Make sure the edge of the cover is inserted all the way into the punch before punching.
Use your favorite discs to bind your covers and your Happy Planner pages together.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this little spring planner tutorial. If you’d like to be among the first to know when I post more content like this, be sure to subscribe to the Kreative Updates email list. You’ll get this cool printable freebie when you do!
And to continue the blog hop, scoot on over to my friend Beth’s blog, Scrapping Wonders, for more mixed media fun, this time in a traveler’s notebook! Beth’s post
The family. we were a strange little band of characters trudging through life sharing diseases and toothpaste, coveting one another’s desserts, hiding shampoo, borrowing money, locking each other out of our rooms, inflicting pain and kissing to heal it in the same instant, loving, laughing, defending, and trying to figure out the common thread that bound us all together.
– Erma Bombeck
February is the month of love, and as such, love is a popular blogging topic this time of year. But for many of us (myself included), romantic love just isn’t a focus in our lives at the moment, for whatever reasons, and for whatever season. So I thought my little blog could focus on love of other kinds this month. This week, it’s all about family.
Most scrapbookers and journalers, and even planner girls I know got started with their hobby because of a love for their families. Think about it. We make scrapbook pages, filling volumes of albums, about the people (and pets!) who are most important to us – our families. Whether it’s your extended family, your nuclear family, or your alternative family, I’d bet if I flipped through your pages, I’d find tons of photos and information about them. Why? I believe it’s because even if they drive us crazy, even if they themselves are crazy, even if they are the most dysfunctional people we know, we cannot help but to deeply love our families.
They are the ones who celebrate with us in good times and weep with us in bad times. We can go days, weeks, months, and even years without having contact, but our hearts still long for the love of the ones we grew up with, sharing experiences no one else would understand. It’s a bond that can be strained, but is never fully broken.
Creating a Family Tree
Recently, I had the pleasure of creating a layout for my ScrapHappy friend Alice Boll to be used in her Layout A Day challenge. The prompt was to create a page based on your family tree. Honestly, doing something like this has always been on my scrappy bucket list, and I suppose because of that, I almost immediately got a vision for what I’d want that page to be.
I started out at Ancestry.com. I knew I could create a visual representation of my family tree, so I set up a free trial account and started punching in information. By the way, the commercials are true! It really is a thrill to see a leaf pop up for a family member, and you can spend hours tracking down new and interesting tidbits about your ancestors. For my purposes, I set up a simple tree starting with my parents, continuing with me and my siblings (I’m the youngest of 6!), and our children. I did not include spouses, and I stopped with the third generation – anything more simply wouldn’t fit on a 12 x 12 spread, which was the format I was working with.
NOTE: You can plug in photos of your family members as you add them to your tree. I was working within a deadline, so I didn’t use that option, but it would look really cool on a scrapbook or journal page if you did!
Scrapbooking Your Family Tree
I decided that I would try to use the printed family tree and paint an actual tree around it. I printed the chart from Ancestry.com using a laser printer. I had to work with the settings a little to shrink the printout enough so that it was no wider than 12″. Once I had that, I pasted the chart to a piece of white 12″ x 12″ cardstock, then coated the whole thing with clear gesso.
I watched this SUPER inspiring and helpful video to learn how to use my Walmart Crayola brand watercolors to create something that would look like a tree.
Then practiced in a watercolor journal. I highly recommend practicing before you commit to your actual layout, especially if you are not familiar with the medium and/or the subject matter that you will attempt to create.
Next, I transferred my newly learned skills to the actual page. If you try this, don’t be alarmed by the wrinkling and warping. This is simply what happens when water meets paper. Once everything is dry, you can place your layout underneath a towel or pillowcase and go over it with a hot iron to press it out.
The next step is to just put it all together with photo(s), embellishments, title, and journaling. Get as wildly creative or go as simple as you like. I think I landed somewhere in the middle, with a two-part title using woodgrain and pink glitter Thickers and mini alphabet stickers.
Just a simple strip of patterned paper behind the matted photo, part of a border sticker, and a round sticker make up the embellishments.
Confession: All the little things I needed to stick down wouldn’t stick down so well. This was because the clear gesso gives the paper a “tooth,” or grainy texture. Just use a good liquid glue, such as Beacon 3-in-1, to remedy that problem.
Have you done a family tree layout? I’d love to see! Link me up in the comments or come on over to the MKP Facebook group and show us what you’ve got!
Hello, and welcome to another DIY Friday! This month we’re tackling doilies! We’re turning those adorable, lacy bits of goodness into even lovelier creations with these three DIY techniques. Check out the video below for the full tutorial.
Be sure to leave me a comment and let me know you were here! How do you use doilies in your papercrafting?
So, I learned about masking fluid in an online class I’m taking, Fun With Mixed Media. The second I saw the instructor use it, the wheels started turning in my head, and I thought “I bet I could make my own!” So that’s just what I did, and I’d love to share the process with you today.
First, gather your supplies. You’ll need squeeze bottles, rubber cement, and acetone or nail polish remover. I got the first two items at Hobby Lobby and the acetone at Wal-mart. PLEASE NOTE: Both rubber cement and acetone emit fumes. If you mix the two, please do so in a well-ventilated area and be aware of the risks involved with using both.
From what I can gather, there are masking fluid kits you can purchase, for not a small amount of money, which give you a variety of tip sizes so you can better control the amount and flow of the fluid. I thought it might work to alter my squeeze bottles for the same effect, so I started by marking each bottle tip:
Then trimming them along the marks. Now I have a fine tip, a medium, and a large tip.
Next, I poured some rubber cement into each bottle. I was experimenting, and not quite sure how much I would need, so I started with a third of a bottle. Caution: Your hands WILL be sticky pouring this stuff, but it’s kind of fun to roll it off with your fingertips. 🙂
Next came the acetone. Again, I wasn’t sure how much I would need, so I thought to start out with equal parts – in other words, a third of a squeeze bottle’s worth.
At this point, I shook each bottle to mix the cement and the acetone, then tried it out on a piece of scrap paper. I found it was way too runny, so I filled each bottle the rest of the way with rubber cement.
After shaking to blend it all, I had a masking fluid-type substance to try! I chose a piece of pink tone-on-tone floral patterned paper.
I used the masking fluid on a few of the flowers, just swiping the tip of the bottle across the flowers.
Then let them dry.
I smudged my handy-dandy craft mat (actually an oven liner from the Kitchen Store that cost a whopping $3.99 on sale) with Worn Lipstick and Spiced Marmalade Distress Inks.
Spritzed with water to activate the ink,
Then dipped my lovely little piece of patterned paper in the colors. It didn’t quite come out as I wanted, so I dabbed both ink pads on top of the wet paper, then spritzed it with water again.
Allow it to dry, and voila!
All that’s left to do is peel off the dry masking fluid to reveal the paper underneath.
There you have it! An inexpensive alternative to store-bought masking fluid. Two parts rubber cement, one part (or a little less) acetone.
And if you’d like to learn more about what you can do with masking fluid, be sure and check out the Fun With Mixed Media class. It really is a lot of fun, and Ronda Palazzari is an excellent instructor.
Welcome to the second week in the December Daily series of Scraps & Stash Saturday! Today I’m sharing a few of the divider pages I made for my 6×8 binder-ring album. To learn how to make them, be sure to watch the video on YouTube (while you’re there, might as well go ahead and subscribe to my channel).
This will be the front page of my December Daily album. At the end of the month, I’ll do sort of a roundup journal entry about the highlights of our December.
This page will likely hold a photo or two or some extensive journaling.
Same thing for this page. Maybe I’ll do a collage of small photos or a couple of 4×4’s, along with some journaling.
This has to be my most favorite, probably because I decided to break out the Mr. Huey’s and Tattered Angels mists to create it. I probably won’t add much more to this divider page, except maybe a title.
That’s it for this week. Be sure to watch the video to learn exactly how to make these easy dividers for your ring binder album.
Wow, this is some sort of record for me – TWO DIY Fridays in a ROW! This idea just came to me while I was trying to fall asleep the other night (that ever happen to you?), so I just had to try it. Although it’s not what I envisioned (it rarely ever is), I’m happy with the result. Check out this short video tutorial:
In light of my pledge to catch up on Monday Mojo prompts, I thought I’d do a little DIY Friday showing how I used this week’s color scheme and technique to create the embellishment prompt as well. Ha! Three birds, one stone! Hope you like it:
What a Monday! For a “day off,” I think I’ve worked harder than most Mondays! So, sorry, I’m a wee bit late bringing you this week’s Monday Mojo. Nevertheless, I’ve scanned my pin boards and rounded up some inpsiration. Let’s take a look:
1. Color Scheme
This palette from Design Seeds is called “Color Dawn,” and I just love the soft, restful colors. (A few of them play quite nicely with my February Scraps & Stash kit, too!)
Such a restful palette needs a restful sketch, too, don’t you think? This one from Sketchabilities seems just right.
This idea comes from a very unique and interesting blog called Hope Anchors the Soul, and it’s more a suggestion than a tutorial. Beautiful!
4. Handmade Embellishment
This idea comes from the Lily Bee blog. Just a fun little accent that would be perfect on any page, really.
There you have it – a handful of inspiring starting points to get your mojo rolling for the week. Just seeing it all together makes me happy!
Remember, if you create something using any of these prompts, be sure to link me in the comments, and you will be entered to win a Fancy Pants Be.Loved 6×6 paper pad.
So I’ve been playing with lots of art journal techniques since my last DIY post. In fact I hope to post some of my pages sometime in the near future, once my back-to-school routine is more settled. But one of the techniques I wanted to try was a throwback to an old art show on PBS I saw when I was a kid. My memory is vague about what the show was, but I have always remembered what I learned about creating a woodgrain look, and since it’s sort of trendy right now, I wanted to try my own version of it. My goal with my DIY creations is to always use them for an actual project, but I have simply not had time yet to create the page. Once I do, I’ll post Part 2.
So, for the technique, here are the steps I followed:
Step 1: Gather supplies. You’ll need a sheet of white cardstock (watercolor paper will work great too), a palette (I love to use foam plates for this), your favorite Distress Ink color (mine is Broken China!), a paintbrush the width that you will want your wood “planks” to be, a spray bottle of water, and colored pencils that coordinate with your chosen ink.
Step 2: Tap your ink pad onto the palette to get a good patch of color.
Step 3: Spritz your palette with water until you see the color beading up. The more water you add, the more of a color-wash look you’ll get.
Step 4: Pick up a good amount of the watered-down ink with your paintbrush. You want there to be enough ink for a good, long stroke.
Step 5: Beginning at the top corner of your paper, pull the paintbrush full of ink toward you. Don’t worry too much about the line being perfectly straight. That can be corrected when you come to the detail step. Once I pulled the brush down to the length I wanted, I then pushed back up following the same path. This adds another layer of color.
Note: You can pull the ink all the way from the top of the page to the bottom if you want uniform-length “planks.” I chose to mix up the lengths so it looks more like mine are pieced together.
Step 6: Repeat Step 5, beginning your next stroke right where the last one ended, but be careful not to overlap them too much.
Step 7: Keep going in this way across the page, again allowing your paint strokes to touch, but not overlap.
The page with all the paint strokes. You can see the wood look beginning to emerge!
Step 8: With your coordinating colored pencil, draw the lines between the planks. I was not too careful with this. Straight enough is good enough for me, but you can use a ruler if you prefer your edges to be perfectly straight. Don’t forget to draw the lines going both ways.
Step 9: This is where the fun begins! So here’s what I remember from that television art show: Wood-grain is all about the imperfections. The instructor said to begin with the knotholes. So with your colored pencil draw a knothole shape. For some reason, most of mine are almond-shaped, but there are all kinds – go crazy with it!
Step 10: Then begin to draw the “rings” around your knothole, keeping the shape of the knothole as you go. I’ve found that the closer you draw them together and the thinner your pencil line, the more realistic the look. Mine will have a sort of Cosmo Cricket feel, as my lines are looser and a little bolder.
Step 11: Continue in this way until all your “planks” are done. I won’t lie to you – this part takes a little while, but I found it to be very relaxing.
Step 12: I had a little bit of a happy accident while I was painting my paper, and I decided to run with it. After all my detail work was done, I mixed up a little more of the ink/water mixture, then used a stiff brush and flicked the ink droplets onto the paper. I think this really added something to the finished product.
So that’s it! The next time you have a hankering for a wood background, don’t hesitate to make your own! I’d love to see what you do with this technique – feel free to link me up to your creation in the comments! I’ll be back soon with a layout using mine. 🙂
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.
Then 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.
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.