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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Wild Things!

I came up with another way to make pages for a cute mini album.  It uses cardstock, and the way you fold it makes two pockets, one coming out of the side, and one on the page itself.  Each sheet of 12x12 cardstock will make two pocket pages.  I used papers from American Traditional Designs, and Pressed Petals.  I used my Cricut to cut out the title using the Zooballoo cartridge and my Gypsy to connect the letters.  Variety of ribbons from my stash and some punches with leftover papers complete the simple embellishments.  Here's how to do it...
Cut cardstock to 6x12".  Score on the green dotted lines as shown, cut out the red areas.  The left side will create the pocket on the side of your page.  The right side will create a 1/2" space for a binding edge.  The bottom will fold up and create a pocket that will be on either the front or back of your page.  I used solid cardstock.
You will end up with a piece that looks like this picture above.
Fold the score lines...
Fold the left side over, using the 1/2" flap for adhering.  Pocket made.  Fold in the smaller tabs, fold up and adhere.
Pocket made!

 Here is a pic of it all papered.  I inked all edges.  I bound it with my bind it all and tied ribbons to it.
Here is an open pocket page.  I cut tags to fit inside the side pockets, set eyelets and tied ribbons to them so I could pull them out.  The other pages have ribbon stapled to them.
This is what one of the pages opposite the pocket looks like, with the side tags pulled out a bit.  Without counting the binding edge,  the book measures 4 1/2 x 5".  I made six pages for it.

In this picture on the right is my husband with our grandson, Cooper, at 10 months old.  We were at the Washington Park Zoo, in Portland, Oregon,  on the Zoo Train.

Thanks for looking, and if you make one, please let me know, I would love to see it!!!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Playing with Altoid Tins

Utilized Vintage Bo Bunny to dress up this cute little tin!  Also added a mini book with my Bind It All.  I used diamond glaze on the leaves & embossed the inner lining with Cuttle Bug!

Friday, June 25, 2010

My Stress Flowers

I was a little stressed out and needed a little something to keep my mind busy, so I grabbed this container of flowers...
Then I started to sort them into stacks that I liked...
Some of them I glittered...
Some of them I used a shimmer spray on...
 And I ended up with a lovely tin full of flowers...
 I used a variety of things for the centers.   It was fun, it kept my mind busy, and I have a lot of embellishments ready for future projects!  Try this with your stash of paper flowers!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Spring Vacation!!!

I made this mini album to document our Spring Vacation this year.  Our daughter, son-in-law, and grandson came for a visit.  I made a paper bag gate fold book that was inspired by Laura at The Paper Trail.  This link will take you to the You Tube site where she has tons of stuff. I cut the compass with my cricut.  The ticket is Tim Holtz, the metal piece is Making Memories, and the butterfly is a punch.  The papers are from American Traditional Designs.  I decided that the ribbon closure would have to be the closure of choice, since I did it as an afterthought.  If you planned it you could do tons of other methods of closure.
I used 6 bags all together.  It turned out so cute.  There are pockets everywhere!
Here is an open view.  I used some leftover stickers from a Basic Grey pack of papers I had.  I had all kinds of pull outs.  The bags were also filled with some souvenirs from our adventures.  BTW, in the photos you can see...my wonderful husband, DJ, myself, and our adorable grandson, Cooper!
Another open view.  I had some packing tags I used, I made my own "Polaroid" pullout, and cut mini file folders with my set of Coluzzle.  (Remember those!  I still use them!)  I used stamps from 7 Gypsies and Autumn Leaves to create the stamping on the file folders.  In the pictures, Cooper, and his daddy, my son-in-law, Jeremy.
An example of tags that pull out of the pockets and a postcard I bought...that is the Spruce Goose, which is now at the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum in McMinnville, Oregon!  On the lower tag, my daughter, Beth, with Cooper, and my mom, Jo Ann.  I also used 7 Gypsies 97% Complete Tags for some of the pictures.
This is the last page, which has a pocket.  The Calendar comes out like a tag.

I hope you enjoy this project...stop over and see Laura to see the construction of this wonderful album design.  Stay Crafty!!!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Friends Card

This great Friends card was created using all those little extra stamps that come in our sets!  Utilizing scraps & extras!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Envelope Organizer

Supplies needed:  4 of the same size envelopes, glue, 2 eyelets, ribbon, embellishments!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Another Graduation Project

I bought this kit from Quick Quotes when Jackie and I went to the Seattle Creative Keepsakes Convention last year.  I didn't know that it was destined to be a project for Jake's graduation.  I inked and sprayed the canvas, then covered with Mod-Podge.  I pretty much followed the kit directions, leaving out a few things, and adding the flowers and the bling.  I think it turned out ok.  The pictures were antiqued using my iPhoto program.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

My son graduated!!!

I saw this on Laura's site, The Paper Trail, and knew that I had to make it for my son, Jake, who graduated this past Monday!  My baby is all grown  up!!  What happened to that cute little bundle of joy?  He's now 18 and a High  School Graduate!  Where does the time go?  Just yesterday I graduated from high school, and from the SAME high school!  How can this be?!?

Ok, enough of that, or I am going to cry again.  I saw this tutorial and I just finished the book today.

The album is made of envelopes, and it accordions.  The envelopes create pockets for tags to be placed.  This is the "front" of the album.  It is a very clever design.
 This is the back of the album.
This is a closeup of the page to show a tag from one of the pockets.  The picture is of my husband, DJ, my son Jake, and myself.  Awwww....

I was lucky, my local scrap store, A Joy Forever, carried all sorts of papers for our local high schools.  I think that is pretty cool.  I need to bug them to make a web site, if they had one I would put a link to it.

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Pieces of Me

I created this 12x12 page using MME paper, vintage Daisy D's, the great new butterfly punch by Martha Stewart.  And used paint to do a little distressing!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

More Flowers...

I can't remember who makes a flower like these, I saw them ever so briefly.  But, I remembered enough to try to duplicate them.
I didn't show it so well, but I had dark brown cardstock, of which I punched two of the flower shapes.  I then ran them through my cuttlebug, and I painted a little with my dauber.  I used a button for the center.
I bent the petals for dimension, and stacked them, and, TAA DAA!  Really cool flowers! I bet other colors would look equally as cool!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Matchbook Album Video Tutorial

Supplies needed: 1=12x12 dbl sided cardstock for cover cut to
 4 1/4"x12" ,1=12x12 solid cardstock cut to 3 strips of 4"x12"  for inner page, glue, 2 brads, score board, cutter, paper piercer

Thursday, June 3, 2010

This is what happens when I say, "Oh! I've got an idea!"

I was at Jo Ann Fabrics, looking in the dollar bins, and found these cute pink potholders and thought they were screaming to be altered, so I took them home.
I measured the inside dimensions (inside the bias tape) and cut a square of chipboard.  Then I rounded the corners using the potholder as a guide (the potholders weren't even so each corner was  a little different.)
I covered the chipboard with pretty paper...
I adhered it onto what will be the inside of my book, and punched binding holes with my Crop-A-Dile.  I used a little fray-check on the holes on the potholder side, then I set eyelets.  Hopefully it won't fray!
 I cut pages to put inside my book.  I used Nana's Kitchen from DCWV.  I am thinking pictures will go on these pages.
I used my Cricut to cut out potholder shapes from the "From My Kitchen" cartridge, but I didn't want the cardstock hanger, so I substituted ribbon instead.  I have a  giant jar with scraps, and picked colors to match the colors in this book.  I stamped lines using a 7 Gypsies stamp set called "Journal."  I am going to put recipes on these pages.
I embellished the rings with ribbons of multiple varieties from my ribbon jar.  I used the postcard image from Heartwarming Vintage.  I made the ribbon flower, and just added a variety of flowers and pearles and such.
I had some old stickers that were similar colors, so I used those up as well on the pages.
This will make a great recipe book for my favorite diet crushing goodies!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Punch Art Flowers

I was just playing around with my new punch and made these punch art flowers out of scraps of paper from my stash.  Here's how I did it...
You need one punch  for the "leaves", some glue, one punch for the flower, a post-it note, and a rhinestone, dew drop, button, etc, for the center.
Punch one green leaf, two flowers of the same color, one flower of a different color, and one center of choice.
For the two outer leaves, and I know this picture is hard to see, but use a skewer or forcep tip and fold the leaves to give dimension.
Put the inner flower piece on a strip of post-it note to make it easier to put back into your flower punch...
Put it into the punch, off center, and punch again...you will get a whole different shape!
This is what I had after I repunched the flower.  Bend up the leaves a bit to add more dimension.
Stack your flowers and enjoy your new bouquet!