New YouTube Video

Just wanted to let all of you know that I posted a new YouTube video.  It is of a project that I have already done but I wanted to give you the chance to watch it.

Thanks for reading and watching me.

God bless!

Designing Paper with Water Colors and Salt

Hi guys!

When in KS I scrapped with a lovely group of ladies.  My friend’s Terri and Linda helped me to make a couple of videos.  One of them I posted on YouTube and I will provide a link below if you would like to watch it.  It shows how to do what I am going to tell you.  🙂

One of the papers that we designed with watercolors and salt.

One of the papers that we designed with watercolors and salt.

To make the background paper we had watercolor paper that we spritzed with water and suctioned it to Plexiglas which was spritzed with water.  We then spritzed the front of the paper with water and brushed diluted watercolors onto the paper.  Finally we shook course salt (the bigger the more texture) onto the paper.  The salt absorbed the water and paint when it dried.  After it dried we rubbed the salt off and ended up with wonderful texture and design.  I added pictures, stickers, and an awesome compass embellishment to the paper for a really cool layout.

 

Hope you enjoy and don’t mind getting a little messy sometimes.

God bless!

Double Layout – Engraving a Metal Heart

Hi friends,

Today’s layout(s) turned out a little different than I had envisioned.  I intended to make a single page layout with the daily agenda that the cruise ship had provided and the 5″x7″ that we had bought on the cruise.  When I went to put the page together I realized that the big agenda and the big picture would not fit on the same page.  I REALLY wanted them together.

What I did was make a two page layout.  I used the same decorative cardstock for both pages as the background page.  I started with the left page and added the agenda.  I then matted a picture of me as I first entered Little Stirrup Cay.  I just had the matting showing on the top and the bottom of the picture.  I attached the picture (it is 4″x6″) butted up against the daily agenda.  I matted the large picture on the same paper that I matted the 4″x6″ picture.  I then added a large sticker of a cruise ship that came in the kit that I purchased on board of the Fascination.

Left side of double layout.

Left side of double layout.

Right side – I had already matted the large picture and I attached it to the right side of the page.  I added a metal heart that I had made in Kansas – attaching it with glue dots.  I then added three stickers that were butted up against eachother.  One of them hung over the edge and I cut off the extra and put it on the left side of the layout.  I made sure that they lined up exactly.  The only other thing I added to the layout was a die-cut that said “Smile”.

Right side of double layout.

Right side of double layout.

Complete layout.

Complete layout.

To make the metal heart I had the piece of metal and I scratched the B+D into it with sharp tweezers.  I was in KS when I did this so I didn’t have a lot of tools with me so I got creative.  I then put a few layers of acrylic paint on top of the heart (making sure it got into the letters).  I used a heat gun and dried the paint and then rubbed off all that was on top of the heart.  It left what was inside the letters.  Here is a link to the You Tube video that I already published because it has another project on it also.  Please take a look.

Thanks for visiting my blog!

God bless!

 

Creating a Metal Heart

Hi!

The layout that I am showing today I created in KS.  One day in KS my friend Terri and I went to lunch, shopped for scrapping supplies, made a couple of You Tube videos, and then had a scrapping party with several friends.  We had a really busy and fun day.

Metal heart that Terri and I created.

Metal heart that Terri and I created.

To make this heart we cut out a thin sheet of metal into the shape of a heart.  Then, using a stylus we made a design on the heart.  Ours was very simple but it could be much more elaborate.  After that we added acrylic paint to the heart and then dried it with a heat gun.  After the paint was completely dry we rubbed if off with a paper towel (a soft cloth could be used).  A small amount of paint remained where we traced with the stylus.  What a unique embellishment!  To watch the process of how the heart was created click on the link to the You Tube video below.

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Layout that I put the heart on.

Layout that I put the heart on.

The background paper I used looked like water.  I put the daily agenda on the left side of the paper.  On the right side I attached two pics from my cruise.  One is when Brad and I entered the Bahamas and the other is of our ship.  I then attached the metal heart to finish the page.

Just one perfect embellishment can make your layout perfect.

Hope you enjoyed this idea as much as Terri and I did.

God bless!

 

Easy, No-mess Glitter Border

Hi friends,

Today I am making a layout and it turned out better than I expected.  I matted a picture on a burlap map.  I laid it on the cardstock without attaching it.  I used a permanent adhesive runner (not a dot one) and made a rectangle around the matted picture.  I removed the matted picture and sprinkled glitter all  over the adhesive rectangle (making sure there was a piece of paper under the project).  I then pressed the glitter onto the adhesive before shaking off the extra onto the piece of paper I put under the project.  I adhered the matted photo and added a number 8 sticker and 8 candles.  I also added a camera sticker and another piece of flair that says “happiness is…”.  Finally, at the bottom of the page I put a sticker that says, “For You See, Each Day I Love You more, Today More Than Yesterday, And Less Than Tomorrow”.  We just love our kids so much.  Can’t imagine life without them.

Ben's 8th birthday - last pic scrapped. :)

Ben’s 8th birthday – last pic scrapped. 🙂

I made a YouTube video of the process.  It is so easy it will amaze you.  Check it out:

http://youtu.be/GAQxlMbjrNI

Thanks so much for following me!

God bless you and yours!

 

Burlap Flowers

Hi friends,

Let me explain a little bit about this layout before I tell how I did it.  Early last summer I went to Kansas and me and my scrappin’ bestie from high school, Terri, made a couple of layouts and made videos while we were scrapping.  One of them I posted already on You Tube (check it out).  The other one got put on the back burner (we were moving) to be done at a less busy time.  Unfortunately I can’t find the memory card (or my camcorder).  :'(   I decided to go ahead and post the layout on here and if I find the video I will put a link on this post.  Whew!

Alright.  The first thing we did was to make our flowers.  We made them out of paper, felt, and burlap.  For the paper we punched the flower.  For the felt we traced around a paper flower and then cut it out.  For the burlap we did the same as the felt but we had an extra step.  The burlap was coming apart.  We made a mixture out of glue and water and then applied it to the burlap and let it dry.  It worked pretty well.  After the burlap was dry we stacked the flowers and then held them together with a brad in the middle.  We also made leaves out of felt and adhered them to the back of the flower where they stuck out a little on the side.

*Note*  I have since found out that using a tighter weave of burlap helps in making these projects.  There is a greater chance of them not coming apart and not having to use the glue mixture.

A closeup of the flowers.

A closeup of the flowers.

After making the flowers we had to decide what we wanted to do with our page.  We decided to put two mats for photos on the page and then to leave two places for journaling/decorating.  We put a rectangular piece of decorative paper diagonally across the middle and then put the two flowers on top of that.

This is how Terri and I left it and I carefully brought it back home to later put pictures on it.  I decided to use it in Absey’s album because one of the pictures of the first time we visited her was taken at a walking trail with lots of trees in the background.  I thought the colors would go great.  I printed and trimmed two photos and then adhered them to the page.  I then added a few stickers (Kansas and grandchildren) and then alpha stickers of the month and year.  Page complete and I love it!

Scanned incomplete layout.

Scanned incomplete layout.

Complete layout taken with my cell phone camera.

Complete layout taken with my cell phone camera.

 

I hope at some point in the future I can repost this with the link to the video.

Good news!  I found the video and it is now on YouTube.  Here is the link:

http://youtu.be/ubYT8H7gh78

God bless!

 

 

Using Flocking Powder

Hi guys!

Today I am using flocking powder.  It is basically used like glitter.

-Put a piece of paper under the project.

-Put clear drying glue on the project.

-Sprinkle on the flocking powder (I use a lot of powder because what isn’t used gets put back in the jar.

-Shake off the extra powder onto  the paper underneath the project and then put it back  into the jar.

-Let the glue dry. (This can be accelerated by a heat gun).

Flocking looks a lot like glitter but it isn’t as shiny.  It is more like a fiber (with a little shine mixed in).

Buddies - at my son's 8th birthday party.

Buddies – at my son’s 8th birthday party.

I matted the picture on burlap.  I added some stickers and names with alpha stickers.

I added a YouTube video of the process.  Check it out with the link below.

http://youtu.be/xmqcSg2XrpM

Such fun memories!

God bless!

Finishing Up the Tag Book

Hi friends,

After a long Valentine’s Day weekend I am bringing you the finishing touches on the tag book I started in the middle of last week.  I am SO happy with how it turned out and can’t wait for the grandkids to get it in the mail.

The last time we visited I had finished all the tags.  The next step I did was to adhere two tags to each other to make a front and back to each (a page).  After I had created a page I laminated it.  There are several ways to laminate.  The way I chose was I bought a $19 (and some change) machine by Scotch.  I bought it at Walmart.  I bought 5″x7″ clear pockets that you put your picture, paper, or in this case my page in.  After the page is in the pocket I ran it through the heated up laminating machine.

*Buying this machine just for this project wouldn’t be feasible but I know there will be a lot of uses for it in the future.  There are several sizes the clear pockets come in including 8″x10″.

After all the pages were laminated I punched a hole through the laminate.  I had already punched a hole in the tag before I laminated it.  The hole is to make a place for an eyelet for the ribbon to go through.  The eyelet will make the tag book much more durable.

After the hole was punched I put eyelets into all the pages using my Crop-A-Dile Big bite.  All the eyelets are facing forward except the one on the last tag.  Since it will show when the book is turned over I put the eyelet on the back of the tag.  I also made it a large decorative eyelet just like the one on the front tag.

The tags are ready to be put together into a book.

The holes were punched and the eyelets put in.

The next step is to trim the top corners of each page to make it into a tag and not a rectangle.

 

Trimming the c corners off of the pages.

Trimming the corners off of the pages.

After all the top corners were cropped it is time to put the ribbon through all the eyelets and to tie at the top.

The put together tag book.

The put together tag book.

Notice that the front eyelet and the back eyelet are big and very decorative.  The ones on the pages inside the flip book are plain eyelets (but they are colored).

The back cover (and the tags are spread out to show just how fun the book is).

The back cover with a personal greeting to my grandchildren (and the tags are spread out to show just how fun the book is).

I made a You Tube video.  That show just how this book is made.  The link is below.  Please check it out.  Also, make comments on this post and on the video.  I would love to hear from you!

YouTube Video

 

God bless!