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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Winter Frost Layout

Have you ever seen some paper that is just so beautiful that you just know that a page is in the works? That is what I thought when I saw this Winter Frost paper at Scraphappy. The cool lime green (Winter Frost Pine) and soft blues and gray (Winter Frost Cozy) are made for each other. There is even a sheet of stickers from We R Memory Keepers that perfectly complement the color scheme.

By adding a darker olive green accent around the photos, the page was given another depth of color to round out the winter feel.

 With this two page set, the placement of the accent strips is offset so that the eye moves around the page. I also like to vary the sizes of the pictures on these pages. This beautiful green page just needed some soft background snowflakes to pull the pages together.

The only problem was finding snow pictures for those of us that live in Florida. Fortunately 10 years of living in Colorado had left me with a wealth of great shots of our girls playing in the snow. Print out some of your favorite wintery pictures, grab some beautiful paper, dig out a set of coordinating stickers and let the cool fun begin.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Cereal Box Journals - The Journal of Champions

I enjoy making cards, working in my art journal, and watching You Tube. On You Tube, Jennibellie shows how to make a cereal box journal using 12 x 12 card stock. This is a way to use all the pretty paper that you have saved in your stash or, if you don't have paper stashed up, that you love and plan to buy.

I used 16 sheets of 12 x 12 card stock, cut to fit, making four signature,which  gives you 64 pages to create on for your journal.  More pages can be added if necessary. This journal was made for embellishments to be added. (although that does make it bulky). 
It can be used as a scrapbook, journal, art journal, memory journal, cookbook, or really just whatever you want. The options are endless. In this journal, I put a pocket in the front and back of the journal to keep items  to be used or to hold some art markers.

This picture shows the four signatures and the cover.

 Tim Holtz distress Inks, Gelly Roll- clear star pen were used to create the cover. The first set of holes were punched for the first signature to be added.

This is the forth signature being added to the journal. A red American Crafts precision pen was used to mark where the holes will be made. I did this to make sure the signatures lined up. Washi tape was used in the crease of the cover. Twine was used to sew the signatures to the cover.

Stickers were added to complete the Journal.

Make sure to head to Scraphappy for all your Scrapping needs and, while you're there, check out this finished Journal.
 Christy and Stephanie are always happy to answer any question you may have.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Wood Veneers - What Do I Do With Them?

Happy New Year, World!

I hope you all had a very safe and fun New Year's holiday this year, and that you had time to spend on our beloved Crafty Hobby! This month I decided to talk to you about wood veneers. Have you seen them online or in the store? Do you wonder what you're supposed to do with them? I mean, they're cheap. They're cute. They come in many imaginable shapes. And they're little (usually). So what is their purpose? Why are so many manufacturers making them? Why are they so popular? Well, lucky for you, I have an answer: They're FUN. They're CUSTOMIZABLE. They MAKE A BIG IMPACT on your project. Want to see a few examples?

First up: Use them straight out of the package, just as they are. No altering. No fussing. Just adhere and go (a little tip: glue dots and liquid glues like Glossy Accents work best). 
2. Emboss: Cover the surface of your wood veneer with versamark or other embossing ink, sprinkle on the embossing powder of your choice, heat with a heat gun, and watch the magic occur!
 3. Colorize with your favorite ink or cover with glitter. In this next layout, I altered the veneers with Tim Holtz Distress Stain, let them dry, then covered them with a thin layer of Rock Candy Distress Stickles.

4. Stamp on them.
5. Paint them.
6. And most importantly, come into Scraphappy and find the inks and paints, glitter, and embossing powders you want to play with, pick up some wood veneers, go home, use your imagination, and HAVE FUN!!!

Patterned paper - Basic Grey, Simple Stories, KI Memories, Heidi Swapp
Spray ink - Studio Calico, Heidi Swapp
Mask - Studio Calico
Rhinestone stars - Jenni Bowlin Studios
Wood veneers - Studio Calico
Letter stickers - Heidi Swapp
Stamps - Studio Calico, Technique Tuesday
Embossing powder
Distress Stain
Stamping ink - red, green, Versamark
Washi tape

Thursday, January 3, 2013

DIY Light Switch/Outlet Plates using Washi Tape!!

So.. I MAY have gone a little washi-tape happy over the weekend! This was such a simple, yet fun, little project to do that makes such a difference in a room!!!

First of all, you'll need your favorite washi tape colors!
As you can see, my favorite are the bright green and pinks.. love love love them!
Scraphappy carries all different colors. Each color comes with 2 different patterned 
rolls, for only $3.99!

Then you must decide what pattern you want to lay your washi tape.
Luckily, washi tape lifts up sooo easily without tearing! I must have pulled these pieces of tape up 15 times. I couldn't decide if I wanted this light switch as a chevron, or diagonal pattern.. Finally I just went with a horizontal. I used black in between just to give it a little extra "UMPH"! :)

Last, I used an exact-o knife to cut out a little hole for the switch. I found that by making a little "X" cut inside the opening was the easiest.. All you have to do is fold over the extra pieces and VOILA!

I told ya that I went a little washi-tape crazy..

I may or may not have done every switch in our store. :P

Enjoy!!! What are some of your favorite washi tape projects??