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!

 

It’s Rattle Time!

Hi friends, family, and scrappers,

Today I am creating a layout using a homemade embellishment.  I am making a rattle.  As you know if you’ve seen any of my last several layouts, I am currently making an album of my granddaughter.  This layout is when she is a month old.

To make the rattle embellishment I got out two circle punches.  One was 1 1/2″ and one was 2″.  I punched out a circle from decorative cardstock using both punches.  I then cut out a rectangle using another decorative paper.  I rounded the corners on the rectangle and then I glued all the pieces onto light pink cardstock.  First I glued the small circle,  I left a small space in between and then glued the rectangle.  I left another small space and then glued the large circle.    I then cut around the rattle leaving a small edge all the way around.  I inked the pink edge with a raspberry colored ink.  Finally I made a bow and used a glue dot to attach it to the rattle.

The cute rattle.

The cute rattle.

To make the layout I matted three pictures on the same decorative paper that I used on the rattle.  I then decided how I wanted them placed and then attached them to shiny cardstock.  I then attached the rattle to the cardstock.  Finally, I added two different stickers.  On one of them I used alphabet stickers and put AUG ’09.

Incomplete, scanned layout.

Incomplete, scanned layout.

Complete layout taken with my cell phone camera.

Complete layout taken with my cell phone camera.

Well, this turned out super cute!  Don’t be afraid to get creative and make some of your own embellishments and not rely on buying them all.  It is easy to fall in that trap.

God bless ya’ all!

 

 

Hexagon Background Page

Hi friends,

After today I will put away the hexagon punches for awhile.  Today I am going to make the background page completely full of hexagons (or am I?).  I had a page that had circles all over it.  I punched out several and started lining the 12″x12″ page.  I attached two rows on both side of the decorative paper.

Decorative paper with hexagons attached.

Decorative paper with hexagons attached.

After this I added three photos to the layout – all lined up vertically in the middle of the page.  Once they are added it looks like the complete page is covered with hexagons without the trouble of actually doing it.

Complete layout taken with my cell phone camera.

Complete layout taken with my cell phone camera.

I did trim off a little bit of the bottom hexagons.  I then added a tag that said FIRST __________.  I added alpha letters BATH.  I then put a few stickers on that related to giving a baby a bath (including a cute birdie taking a bath).  The last touch was clear flower raindrop stickers that I added randomly on the page.

Scanned layout (incomplete).

Scanned layout (incomplete).

Cute page!

Hope God blesses the socks off of all of you!

 

Matting with Hexagons

Hi friends and family,

I hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas!

Today I created a really cute and easy page.  I used my hexagon punch (2″) once again.  I used it for matting a picture.  I didn’t use any partial hexagons in the mat.  I just used 4 hexagons horizontally and three vertically and then filled in to create a rectangle.  I glued them onto a light pink cardstock and then glued the picture centered on top.  I used quick dry adhesive.

I used a really cute decorative cardstock for my background page.  I glued the matted photo on and then used two tags.  One of the tags had Absey’s baby info on it.  The other said, “Hello Cutie”.  I loved this picture because it captured her weight and I didn’t have to cover anything up – she took care of that herself (smart girl).

Close up of the matted picture.

Close up of the matted picture.

Scanned (incomplete) layout.

Scanned (incomplete) layout.

Complete (but very fuzzy) layout.

Complete (but very fuzzy) layout.

I hope you enjoyed my layout and it gave you some ideas of your own!

God bless you and yours!

 

 

Big Hexagon Fun!

Merry Christmas, Friends!

Today we are having so much Christmas fun!  We are going down to fill baskets at our church and this evening we are having a Christmas Eve service outside!  I can’t believe I live some place where that is possible!

Today I am using my bigger (2″) hexagon punch and creating a border for the left side of my layout.  I used two different shades of pink paper and then two different kinds of decorative paper to punch out the hexagons.  I used a white piece of cardstock (approximately 11 1/2″x3 1/2″ to use as the background to put the hexagons on.  I started putting the hexagons in a line and then I began filling in right beside the line.  I did this until the border page was filled (and hexagons were hanging over the edge in several places).  I trimmed off the excess hexagons by turning the paper over and trimming – this makes for a more exact cut.  I then glued (with fast dry adhesive) the border on, matted the pictures, and glued the pictures on.  Finally, I went sticker happy and added a sticker to every solid hexagon.  I then created a title using alpha stickers and a cute mama and baby elephant sticker.  This is a busy page – hopefully not too busy!

Scanned picture (incomplete).

Scanned picture (incomplete).

Close up of border.

Close up of border.

Picture taken with my cell phone camera (complete).

Picture taken with my cell phone camera (complete).

I sure hope you have a wonderful day celebrating our Savior!  God bless!

 

 

Hand Sewing a Circle Frame

Hi friends,

On the picture I am scrapping today I wanted to emphasize how ROUND my Absey’s cheeks were at this time in her life.  To do this I cut the picture into an “almost circle”.  I left the very top and very bottom flat.  I used the Creative Memories circle cutter.  It is a very easy system.  My sister-in-law gave it to me and showed me once how to use it and it was very easy to figure out.  I then cut a piece of cardstock slightly bigger than the picture but in a complete circle.  I decided I was going to make a flat spot on the top of the cardstock, too.  I decided to sew the circle frame on the cardstock.  To do this I poked holes with a needle instead of using the Sew Easy.  I thought it would have been hard to be exact going around the circle with the Sew Easy.  I then sewed on the cardstock and then adhered the picture to the decorative paper.

To complete the rest of the 12″x12″ page I punched different size circles from pink cardstock and added stickers to them.  Then I glued them with quick dry glue to the decorative paper.

Incomplete scanned page.

Incomplete scanned page.

Complete page taken with my cell phone camera.

Complete page taken with my cell phone camera.

Cute page and a Cute chubby baby.  Love her!

God bless!

 

A Proud Grandma

I found this picture in all of the pictures from my parents house.  This wasn’t too long ago.  2007.  But so much has changed.  🙂  Weddings, funerals, graduations, births….moves.  Life does go on and so much will be forgotten without the telling of stories – both verbally and with pictures.

This picture is of my mom and Ben right after his high school graduation ceremony.  Joe (Ben’s cousin) is also right there.  I am running around in the background.  My children are very blessed.  They had two sets of grandparents that adore(d) them.

Ben is graduated!

Ben is graduated!

To make this layout I found all of my circle punches (and realized I really want a couple more that are different sizes).  I punched one hole with my largest punch (on the white cardstock) and a couple with my next two sizes down.  I let a couple of the circles “hang” off the page.  I filled in with my small hole punch, randomly on the page.  I then attached a piece of light blue cardstock that has wonderful texture to the bottom of the white page that I had already punched.  I then found a piece of textured gray cardstock and cut a piece that went all the way across the page a little wider than the photo.  I attached that and then added some silver washi tape on each side of the gray cardstock.  I then adhered the picture leaving a little more room at the bottom for journaling.  I found some circle stickers that were in different sizes than the punches.  I put them all over the layout.  Lastly, I added a couple of stickers and journaled.  Layout is finished!

Hope you have a wonderful day and take the time to appreciate those in your life.

God bless!

 

Matting with a Triangle

This layout is coming to you via my bestie, Terri.  She sent me a picture of a few of her newest layouts.  We have company coming this weekend so I am going to show you her very cool and unique layouts and try and get my house ready for visitors.

On this first layout she used triangles to mat her photos.  Most of the time I use a rectangle just slightly bigger than the square.  I really thought this idea was simple and unique.

Terri's awesome page.

Terri’s awesome page.

She also used some artificial moss (what you use when making a “fake” plant arrangement) to make a nest.  She dipped it in some stiffener and arranged it and let it dry before using it.  She used a wonderful enamel dot for the egg.  Oh, the flexibility of those dots.  😉

Cute page, Terri!

Come back tomorrow for another fun Terri idea.

God bless!

 

Circle Grid

Today I wanted to keep the grid theme but to use circles instead of squares.  I love circles.  In my last house we had a room that we called the circle room.  I think I posted on this before.  We had a piece of metal art work that was circles and a painting that was circles.  Then two of our chairs had round seats and each had pillows with circles on them.  We also had a rug that had circles.  I finally had to STOP.  I found a lot of things I wanted but it was getting silly.  Strange…..

So….today I punched a bunch of circles from the same color.  I also punched some stars to add to a few of the circles.  Here is the layout I came up with.

Joe kicking (and breaking) a board using Taekwondo techniques.  my sister is holding the board.

Joe kicking (and breaking) a board using Taekwondo techniques. My sister is holding the board.

 

As you can see it is a pretty simple layout.  Black cardstock with blue circles and a smattering of stars.  I matted the picture and used big letter stickers.  Fun page!

Hope you have some adventure today!

God bless!

Transparent Circles

Today I am doing the 2nd part of a layout.  (The first part was posted on the 3rd).  I used circles and I wanted to continue to do that in this half of the layout.  I found a decorative paper with circles all over.  I adhered the pictures the same as I did on the first half of the layout but on the opposite side of the page.  Then I used my two circle punches that I used on the previous layout and punched circles out of a sheet of transparency.  I then adhered them to several of the circles of similar size on the decorative paper (where the pictures were not attached).

Unfortunately the scanner did not pick up the transparency circles very well so you won’t see much difference between the circles with the transparency attached and those without.  It does look very nice.

Family Christmas.  Sure miss seeing the people in these pictures!

Family Christmas. Sure miss seeing the people in these pictures!

I was hoping that the idea would show through when scanned but hopefully you can get the idea by the description.  Hope your day is wonderful!

God bless!