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Thursday, October 27, 2011

I think it's FALL! I love this time of year. It's COOL like in not  Hot.

I have mini book of a different kind for you today. It’s made from left over toilet tissue rolls.  You know, what you
have after the paper is gone. 

You can also use the rolls from wrapping paper.  You will use one roll for the front cover and one for the back.   The four that are left, you will need to punch out (on one side only) a half circle at one end.  This will make the four inside pages of the book a pocket page for tags that can be used for pictures or to journal on.  


All of the pages were covered with paper and distressed with ink.  All of the tags need to be cut down so the will slide easily in and out of the page pockets.   Some of the tags I covered one side with paper and some I just inked with distress.

When all the pages are finished ...just use the Bind-it-All to bind it together. You can buy the o-wire at Scraphappy and use the Bind-it-All there if you don't have one. Add pictures and you have a mini book made from scraps!


Products Used:

Paper:  My Minds Eye, Lost & Found Two ( left-over  from the "Dancer" page I posted last month)

Buttons, Trim, Ribbon & Brads:  My Mind's Eye

Ranger Distress Ink Pads: Spiced Marmalade,
Peeled Paint, Wild Honey and Vintage Photo
Bind-it-All and ¾ inch o-wire
various decorative pins, wire and brads 
four manila office tags

1 1/8 inch circle punch
 6 left-over toilet paper rolls (ironed flat with and clothes iron or run thru the Big Shot)

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Flowers! Flowers! Flowers!

Hi everyone! I am excited to show you another fun flower embellishment. I know I showed you a flower technique last time too, but I just can't help myself. I love flowers! It's a good thing I'm having a second daughter so I can do even more girly embellishments.
For this flower, you will need a scrap of paper, scissors, tweezers and glue. This is a great flower to make when you're finished making a scrapbook page, mini album or other project. You always have some leftover scraps and you can add a little something special to your finished project.
Cut a circle from your scrap of paper. It doesn't have to be perfectly round as you can see from mine! At this point, you can also ink the circle, wad it up and wrinkle it or any other distressing you'd like. It really adds to the finished product. The size of your circle determines the size of your flower.
Next, cut the circle into a spiral shape as shown below. Again, it doesn't have to be perfect! This is my kind of flower because I do not like to measure! Changing the width of your spiral will completely change the look of your flower. Play around with different widths and see which ones you like the best. After you've cut your spiral, use your tweezers to hold onto the end. Start twirling the paper around and around the tweezers.

You will end up with your flower shape. Put some glue (I prefer tacky glue) at the bottom of your flower to hold the shape.

Its best to use double sided paper with these flowers because both sides will show.
Below is the finished product. I also added some leaves and paper curls to accent. I will probably also add some stickles to the finished product because I just can't leave them alone! ;-)
This is also a sneak peak of part of my table decorations for our November Thanksgiving table at Scraphappy. We are making an entire place setting out of paper! I will give you a hint at what this is - I made it out of a can and it's going to do double-duty! Come see us next month for all the fun ideas for your holiday table!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Scrapping in a Snap!!

As crafters, we all get busy a lot of times and feel like we run out of time to enjoy our hobby.  Or maybe if you are new to crafting, you feel a little overwhelmed and are unsure of where to start.  Well, I have an easy solution to remedy both of these worries...MINI ALBUMS!  Mini Albums are very versatile.  They can be themed for specific events...Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter, Christmas, Halloween, Birthdays, Vacations...the list goes on and on.  And one of the best things about Mini Albums, is the time it takes to get it done and you have a completed project on hand within an hour or so!!  And we all love that!

An easy way to get your mini completed quickly, is to choose coordinating products.  A lot of times as a Scrapbooker, I tend to over-think my pages and I end up taking way longer to complete a page than I should.  But for a mini that you are using for a themed event, just grab some products that go together and start playing!  You can't go wrong!!

Another great aspect of the mini is, that you can do them way ahead of time.  If you know you want a mini, say for your Christmas activities, then you know that all of the Christmas goodies will be in at ScrapHappy early.  So grab some of your favorite products and go ahead and get that book DONE!  Then you can enjoy your holiday and once you have all of those awesome pictures from your families' Christmas festivities, just print them out and pop them in your book.  These pre-made mini's are also very AWESOME gifts for your family and friends!

Here is a pre-made mini that I completed at my monthly crop in less than 2 hours.  We love Fall and I thought it would be fun to have an album that just covered all of the fun things we like to do during this time of the year:

Now that you know the fun possibilities of creating a mini, stop by ScrapHappy and pick up some of the fun goodies for your next Mini Album!!

Products Used:

Chipboard Mini Album:  My Mind's Eye

Paper:  My Mind's Eye, Echo Park, Simple Stories, Bazzill
Buttons, Pom Pom Trim, & Burlap:  My Mind's Eye
Baker's Twine:  The Twinery
Decorative Pins, Paper Flowers, Chipboard Embellishments:  Little Yellow Bicycle

Brads:  The Paper Studio
Thickers:  American Crafts
Mini Market Stickers:  October Afternoon

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Hello Fall

As a native New Yorker you would think what I miss most about the Big City would be the people, the lights, shows, window shopping, the food....well I do kind of miss the food :)
But what I REALLY miss the most is FALL! Long Island and Upstate New York are absolutely breathtaking at this time of year. The colors of the changing leaves, the crispness in the air, oh it is so beautiful! SO...when I walked in Scraphappy and the first thing I saw was Little Yellow Bicycle's "Hello Fall!" paper I wanted to buy it all and wallpaper my house with it! But I refrained and contented myself to make the gorgeous projects shown here! With this paper anything you make comes out beautiful!
The Wreath is my favorite. You can come make one this Thursday night at Scraphappy! They are so much fun to make and so pretty hanging up!

Well, I was not done with this paper yet! I then went on to make this adorable Solo Shadow Box from 7 gypsies! Comes in black or white, which did not matter for the one I made because I covered it in some earthy brown paper that went so well with this Fall Paper!

Last but not least, I made some of these cute Halloween favors. One picture is showing it closed and the other is open showing some candy :) The Cute "Bat Boy" on the front is from My Little Shoebox, Monster Crossing paper. Isn't he cute! I just cut him out and glued him on. He could be like a "Flat Stanley" only we could call him "Flat Bat Boy". This little favor holds 6 pixie sticks just perfectly.

Hope you enjoyed my projects and they inspire to get "crafty"!


Tuesday, October 11, 2011

A Scribble Scrabble Layout

Hello, Crafters!

Happy Tuesday! I hope everyone had a great weekend and had a chance to play with their favorite scrapbooking toys! Later this month and next month we will all be sharing some ideas for fall and Thanksgiving table decor (Nope. Not yet! You'll just have to keep checking the blog and the store for us to post them!). After finishing my place setting, I had some leftover scraps on my desk, and since I'm a scrapbooker at heart, I decided to use my extra supplies to make a layout. I grabbed some cardstock and some letter stickers off my desk, and here we are...(Sorry about the photo quality. I am having serious printer issues here, and my computer-geek husband has not yet been able to fix it. So I'm having to make-do with less-than-perfect photos. Humpf.)

I started with 4x6 photos and cropped a few of them down so I could have a little breathing room on my page. I cut the patterned paper into strips and into the large circle you see there in the corner (no measurements. I just cut it how I thought it would look good). I used the Making Memories Back to School design card to cut the leaves on my Slice and then covered them with diamond glaze to simulate a faux epoxy look. I used my Brushed Corduroy Distress Stain to colorize the shipping tag before adhering it to the page. From there, I added some lace trim and my title stickers, and voila! It's complete! A simple, quick, and fun layout to help me remember the highlights of last Thanksgiving.

Tim Holtz - kraft resist cardstock, title letter stickers, Distress Stain
Scribble Scrabble - patterned paper
My Mind's Eye Lost and Found 2 - label sticker
Theresa Collins - lace trim
Manila shipping tag, brads, diamond glaze
Sketch - www.bigpictureclasses.com

Happy Crafting!
- Cori

Friday, October 7, 2011

Happy Fall Ya'll!

Ok, Ok...it may not exactly feel like fall, but this is the South, right?  So even though its still a bit warm, I love to get my Fall, and eventually Halloween decorations out as early as I can get away with it!  I have a little table by my entryway that I like to decorate with my favorite things along with a few of my handcrafted items!
Supplies used in these projects:
  • Lawn Fawn stamps in Happy Haunting, Quinns Alphabet & Sophies Sentements
  • Pink Paislee patterned paper & brads in Phantom Collection
  • Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in various colors

Pink Paislee's Phantom is a super cool Halloween line...I love the colors and all the cameos!  But instead of using it for Halloween, I wanted to show you how you can use it for other non-Halloween uses! How fun is that!
Before I sign off I wanted to ask, How cute is that puppy in the window?? (Thats my Lola)

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Swirly Twine 'Flowers'

Greetings Crafters!
I hope you've been enjoying the blog and the tutorials from my fellow design team members! We've been having a great time planning and creating (and shopping for, of course :) our monthly projects.

I recently got some Glubers (giant glue dots from Cosmo Cricket) from Christy, and I've been staring at them trying to figure out what to do with them. And then Christy gave me some twine to play with (5 yards for $1!), and the mental 'lightbulb' went off! Swirly Twine Flowers! Easy. Fun. And Cute! What more do you need from an embellishment? In my world...Nothing!

First, gather your supplies: Glubers, twine, and whatever you want to use as your flower centers - buttons, brads, etc.  You will need a few yards of twine. This project uses a lot. 1 of my packs of twine made 2 Gluber flowers. (NOTE: You can alter the color of your twine with any inks you may have at home - distress inks, distress stains, paints - whatever you want - but I left mine 'as-is' this time around).

 Next, peel off the clear plastic liner from your Gluber. The Gluber package has several different sizes of glue dots inside. Make sure to remove the liner from only the dot you want to use so you don't mess up your other precious adhesives. Estimate where the center of your Gluber is, and smoosh (nice technical term, huh?) your twine into place. It doesn't matter if your center placement is perfect, because you're gonig to be covering it up later.

 Start swirling your twine in concentric circles around your 'center,' being sure to press the twine down into the Gluber regularly to make it all stick together well.

Keep swirling...

And swirling...

Just keep swirling, swirling, swirling (and if you're not singing like Dori yet, you obviously don't have to watch Finding Nemo nearly as often as I do)...

Ok. We're done swirling. Fun, right? And easy, right? Right. Now, cut your twine and smoosh the end onto the Gluber. If you like your swirly flower the way it is now, then you can be done, and just peel-and-stick it onto your layout or card.

But if you think it looks a little naked and lonely, then glue on your buttons or stick your brads through to finish (adding brads AFTER you stick your flower to your project tends to work a little easier for me, but that's totally up to you).

And here's my finished layout!

Layout supplies:
Patterned paper: My Mind's Eye, October Afternoon, Fancy Pants
Stickers: Crate Paper, Echo Park, Jillybean Soup
Resist Letters and Distress Stain: Tim Holtz
Twine, Buttons, and Photo Corners

Hope you enjoy your craftiness. If you have any requests or questions for me or any of the other design team members, please post a comment here.
- Cori

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Raffle for an Autographed Scrap Tote for Breast Cancer!!

Who wants to win an autographed "Queen of Unfinished Projects" tote signed by 33 of your favorite crafty people, all while supporting the American Cancer Society?!? Well here is your chance!! As part of Scraphappy's 3rd annual breast cancer fundraiser crop, we have this awesome bag up for raffle! We have taken it to 2 CHA shows and even mailed it around to get 33 signatures. Autographs are from the following people:

~~****Tim Holtz*Teresa Collins*Ali Edwards*Donna Downey*Ginger A with Provo Craft*Melissa Frances* Jenni Bowlin*Cheryl Mezzetti*Brandin O'Neill*Monique Griffith*Katie Watson with Maya Road*Jodi Sanford with Fancy Pants*Nick Nash with My Mind's Eye and Teresa Collins*Margie Romney-Aslett*Lashonda Idlebird*Jessica Guthrie* Donna Salazar* Marion Smith from Prima*Natasja Verbeek with Cosmo Cricket and Punky Sprouts*Lindsay Moore with Cosmo Cricket*Wendy Senger from Tattered Angels*Diane Shultz with Graphic 45*Charon with Me & My Big Ideas*Pink Paislee*Jesse and Elena with Charity Wings*Ginger, Erin and Laura, Glitz Designs*Kelly Marie Alvarez with Lawn Fawn*Becky at Basic Grey*and Christy from Scraphappy.****~~

We are selling raffle tickets for $5 each, or 5/$20. We will sell the tickets for the entire month of October. On Tuesday, November 1st we will drawn the winner's name!! When we receive your donation, we will issue your raffle tickets and drop them in the raffle box for you!

Thanks so much for supporting breast cancer research, your donations are greatly appreciated! 100% of the raffle sales will be donated to our Making Strides Team, "ScrapPink." Thanks to all of the people who signed the bag for us.

Now get yourself some tickets, and pass this along to all of your crafty friends!!:)