Fancy Medallions

Yesterday I showed a medallion that my friend made.  I included her instructions.  Today, I thought I would give my medallion making skills a try again.  I would make a medallion with a little more embellishment.  There are really only a few differences.

First, I cut a strip of paper 2″ (could be wider) x 12″.  I used double sided paper so that a hint of the bottom side might show through.  At the same time I cut two 1 1/2″ circles out of areas of the paper that had some contrast.  I could have used different paper all together.

I then took a scallop border punch and punched all along one 12″ side.

Adding a scallop edge to my medallion.

Adding a scallop edge to my medallion.

Yesterday, In the instructions it said to score the paper approximately every 1/4″ – 1/2″.  Today it will be a little different.  Today I scored the paper where every scallop started.  I did this using a scoring mat and a bone folder.

Scoring the medallion.

Scoring the medallion.

The rest is pretty much the same as yesterday.   I accordion folded the paper.   I attached the two ends.  I had to cut off one scallop because the sides didn’t meet properly.  I used the fast drying liquid glue and it worked well.  I think the next step is the hardest.  Pulling one edge of the paper in towards the center and pushing down at the same time.

One edge of the paper is pulled towards the center while pushing it down at the same time.

One edge of the paper is pulled towards the center while pushing it down at the same time.

Make sure to keep the center hole closed as tightly as possible.  While holding it down apply the glue.  Make sure to put the glue in all places that the circle will touch.

Glue is added while I continue to hold the medallion in place.

Glue is added while I continue to hold the medallion in place.

I then placed one circle in the center of the medallion.  I then held that in place for a minute or so to make sure it was thoroughly dried.  I carefully turned it over and added another circle to the other side.

I didn’t do this but I could have added more embellishments to the center.

Medallion finished.

Medallion finished.

My finished page - Tim's program from first grade.

My finished page – Tim’s program from first grade.

Hope your day is fantastic!

God bless!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Making Medallions

My friend, Terri, sent me the medallion on this page with my Christmas gift.  What was funny about it was a few days before I received the box I tried making a medallion (I used pretty heavy cardstock) and it was a major fail.  I got frustrated, put it away, and thought I would try again another day.  Then….here comes my box of goodies from Terri.

Merry Christmas, Tim!

Merry Christmas, Tim!

Terri included instructions.  They were pretty much like my instructions (neither said you couldn’t use heavy cardstock – I guess that was common sense).  Here goes:

Cut a strip of paper 1 1/2″ to 3″ x 12″.

Punch two circles out of paper/cardstock.

Score the paper every 1/4″ to 1/2″ with a bone folder on  a scoring board.

Accordion fold the paper where it was scored.

Bring the folds together and attach using a strong form of adhesive.  If it is liquid then use quick dry and push down for a few minutes while it is drying.  (Or set something heavy like a book on top of it).

Push the center together until it is closed.  This will involve pushing down also.  While holding this together apply adhesive and firmly place one of the circles on top of the center.       If using quick dry liquid adhesive then the same rule applies as above.  Hold in place for a few minutes or place something on top of it.

Carefully flip the medallion over and follow the step above.  Make sure to give plenty of drying time if using the liquid adhesive.  The medallion is finished unless a person wants to further decorate the center.

Isn’t this cool?

Hope your day is as awesome as my friend.

God bless!

Spray Painting My Paper

Oh, Happy Day!  I tried something new and fun and am excited to share.  My friend Terri (and I’ve seen it in other blogs and magazines) has used this technique for awhile.  It is adding paint splatters (I’m sure there is better wording for that) to the background of the layout.  I’ve been kind of nervous about trying it.  Seemed pretty messy.

What encouraged me to try the technique was when I was at Michaels I found a bottle of Glimmer Spray by ditto in the clearance rack.  I must have been feeling adventurous because I decided to give it a try.  Then, I was trying to figure out a way to change up another one of Tim’s school pictures and saw that bottle setting on my desk top (still unsure where I will store these precious bottles of creativity).

I laid scrap papers around the cardstock I was going to spray.  That was a wise decision.   I sprayed it – not sure if I was a little too liberal but it was hard to stop myself once I got going.  I let it dry for several hours while I was doing chores.  I was very pleased with the results.

Page after I sprayed it and it dried.

Page after I sprayed it and it dried.

The spray I used.

The spray I used.

Finished page - I cut around the picture so a lot of the background page would show.

Finished page – I cut around the picture so a lot of the background page would show.

Like I mentioned, it was pretty messy for me.  Maybe with practice I would get better.  Since I don’t want paint all over my stuff I am thinking of moving this part of my scrapping out to the garage.  I think I will buy one of those cardboard folding boards (used for science fair projects) and clip/pin my pages to it when I am spraying them.  If you have a better idea please let me know.

Hope you enjoyed my coming out of the comfort zone.  I think it can be good for us.

God bless!

 

 

Tim Goes to Disney

Hi everyone.  Hope your weekend was as great as mine.  Tim returned safe and sound from Disney.  The roads were icy on the return trip so we were grateful that there were no problems.  Tim had a blast.  Today I am going to show you a couple of pictures I took when he left and then a couple off his cell phone.  There weren’t many to choose from – he doesn’t love pictures like I do.

Tim at 5 in the morning.  He had a hard time sleeping the night before because he was so excited.

Tim at 5 in the morning. He had a hard time sleeping the night before because he was so excited.

Tim walking to the bus.  He told me to not make my picture taking obvious.

Tim walking to the bus. He told me to not make my picture taking obvious.

The bus Tim rode on - #5.

The bus Tim rode on – #5.

We asked Tim to send us at least one picture a day.  This is day #1.  A skywriter was writing different statements about Jesus.  Awesome!

We asked Tim to send us at least one picture a day. This is day #1. A skywriter was writing different statements about Jesus. Awesome!

A picture of a lot of students walking the Disney streets.

A picture of a lot of students walking the Disney streets.

Tim and a buddy on the Buzz Lightyear ride.  I love this picture.

Tim and a buddy on the Buzz Lightyear ride. I love this picture.

Like I said, there weren’t many photos but I did enjoy them.  What I really liked was these are the things that he found important.  I was kind of disappointed in myself.  My intention was to take a picture when he first came off the bus.  I had the camera by the door all week so I would remember.  It didn’t work.  Darn!

Well, thanks for putting up with my little blog on my kiddo.  Hope your Monday is better than Mondays are known for.

God bless!

 

 

 

 

 

Fun Friday Pages

What a fabulous day!  My husband has had a few days off and we have enjoyed each other’s company and gotten a few things accomplished (and slept in).  What a great week!  Tim is at Disney with his classmates.  He will be home bright and early tomorrow morning.  I’m sure he will tell me every detail of his trip – NOT!  I hate having to drag any kind of details from him.  GGGRRR!  I’m thrilled he is having this experience!

Well, even though my hubby was home I managed to scrap and enjoy myself being creative.  Here are a few layouts to get your creative juices flowing.

Places important to me and my family (a long time ago).

Places important to me and my family (a long time ago).

My Aunt Betty's house.

My Aunt Betty’s house.

Wild flowers (and Dad).

Wild flowers (and Dad).

Morning glory vines in front of my parent's home (where I lived from the time I was a freshman in high school until I got married).

Morning glory vines in front of my parent’s home (where I lived from the time I was a freshman in high school until I got married).

At Phoenix Academy Tim had to wear a uniform Monday - Thursday.

At Phoenix Academy Tim had to wear a uniform Monday – Thursday.

Have a blessed weekend!

 

 

 

I’m Spinning!!!

Happy Thursday!  We are past the hump and almost to the weekend!  I ran across a cute idea several weeks ago.  Then, last week, while at the craft store I ran across  spinners and the idea came back to my middle aged mind.  I bought the spinners (with my 40% off coupon) and was waiting for the perfect picture.  I think I got it.  The picture was one of my son and I after winning a fall gift basket.  Any time there is a choice or chance involved (or a game) I think putting a spinner on the page is a fantastic idea.

I don't win things.  Tim won this basket but it was for ME!

I don’t win things. Tim won this basket but it was for ME!

The way I created the spinner was very easy.  I cut a 2 1/2″ circle and then four 1 1/2″ circles out of different fall colored papers.  With the four circles I folded them in half and half again.  I then cut out one piece of each circle.  To find the center of the 2 1/2″ circle I cut another 2 1/2″ circle out of scrap paper.  I folded it in half and in half again.  I laid it on top of the circle I wanted to use (while folded).  Where the point was I marked with a dot.  I then poked a hole in the center using a paper piercer.  I adhered the four pieces from the 1 1/2″ circles to the 2 1/2″ circle.  I spaced them evenly but pulled away from the center.  I then found a brad (not really a brad I liked too well for the page – I might replace it later when I get one I like better) and placed it through the spinner and through the 2 1/2″ circle center.  I then found some fall leaves to decorate the four pieces.  Ta Da!  I am finished.  Pretty cute for my first one.

I then decorated my page with the picture, journaling on a fall tag, and stickers.  So cute!

The spinners can be pretty elaborate but this one is very simple.  It is an idea that a person can be very creative with.

God bless you on this wonderful winter day!

Stamp Easy? (II)

Yesterday I posted about my first experience of using the stamping head for the Sew Easy.  I wasn’t too impressed but I thought maybe it was just because I haven’t used stamps much recently.  Today I used the other stamping attachment and came to the conclusion that it just isn’t for me.  I probably won’t be buying any more of the stamping attachments for the Sew Easy.  As for the piercing attachments?  It might be another story.  I really liked the results with those.

The stamping head that I used today was supposed to look like stitching.  The problem I ran into was making it straight.  Yesterday I had issues with the ink staying wet for so long.  Today that wasn’t a problem – I was probably just more prepared.

The "stitching" was on the top of the first picture and on the bottom of the lower two pictures.

The “stitching” was on the top of the first picture and on the bottom of the lower two pictures.

Then again, if I was machine stitching it probably wouldn’t be straight either.  My sewing skills just aren’t what they should be.

Have a fantastic day!

God bless you and yours!

Stamp Easy?

I have made posts about using a product called “Sew Easy”.  It has a handle and various heads that can be attached to poke the holes to make hand stitching easier.  I do like that product since I am not very great at sewing (by hand or machine).

While I was looking at the various heads for my Sew Easy I realized they now have attachments that stamp an image onto the page.  I assumed it would be called Stamp Easy but I was wrong.  It is called “Doodle Stamper”.  I bought two attachments.  I am putting up pictures of the one I am using on today’s layout.  It has stars.

Side view of the Doodle Stamper.  It has a clear lid that rolls back that will keep the stamp from drying out.

Side view of the Doodle Stamper. It has a clear lid that rolls back that will keep the stamp from drying out.

Top view.  It shows the image that will be stamped.

Top view. It shows the image that will be stamped.

The pictures show the attachment and the handle.  I practiced rolling the stamp on a scrap piece of paper before I rolled it onto my cardstock.

Another soccer picture of Tim.  I am almost caught up so I won't torture you with too many more.  ;)

Another soccer picture of Tim. I am almost caught up so I won’t torture you with too many more. 😉

My overall impression of the stamp is it is a little messier than I anticipated.  Maybe it is because I haven’t worked with stamps very much for awhile.  The ink came out very dark and not at all skimpy.  I liked that but it did take longer to dry than I anticipated.  I actually smudged the top corner which is why I place a star cutout up there.

The packaging said there were over 1000 impressions.  It costs $3.99 at Hobby Lobby (before my coupon).  That did not include the handle – I already had that from my Sew Easy.

Hope your day is fantabulous!

God bless!

 

Button Banner

My last few posts have been about scrapping with buttons.  This will be the last of the button theme for awhile.  This page is very easy to accomplish.  I found 5 unusual buttons (in my jar of buttons that I’ve collected through the years).  Three of them were the same and then the other two were the same.  I threaded the buttons on a very thin ribbon (could use thick string or twine) alternating them.  I then mounted them on my paper.  I did this by putting two eyelets on my page. I poked a end of each ribbon through the eyelets and secured the ribbon with tape on the back of my page.

My "cute as a button" sister at age 3.

My “cute as a button” sister at age 3.

I then adhered my picture, added some journaling and threw on some stickers.  What a delight this page is!

Hope your day is just as delightful!

God bless!

Fun Friday Pages

I am SO glad it is the weekend.  I always have SO many plans.  Things to get done around the house and fun to be had.  Usually I get a few things done around the house and some fun mixed in.  Never everything accomplished that I planned.

This weekend we are getting our son ready to go to Disney next week.  It will be his 8th grade trip.  We never did anything like that when I was in middle school or high school.  How lucky and how fun!

Here are some of the pages I completed this week.

Tim's 4th grade picture.  Love the notebook paper.

Tim’s 4th grade picture. Love the notebook paper.

A special card that Tim made his dad and I.  One that I will always treasure!

A special card that Tim made his dad and I. One that I will always treasure!

A soccer picture from last spring.  Notice there is only one cleat - I started out with two but one is floating around in my craft room.  How does that happen?  When I find it I will add it to the page.

A soccer picture from last spring. Notice there is only one cleat – I started out with two but one is floating around in my craft room. How does that happen? When I find it I will add it to the page.

A fun Easter day at the park.

A fun Easter day at the park.

This picture didn't scan well because the buttons were so thick.  I don't usually use items this thick but I loved them.  They are pretty in person.  :)

This picture didn’t scan well because the buttons are so thick. I don’t usually use items this thick but I loved them. They are pretty in person. 🙂

Most of these layouts are of Tim.  I am getting close to being caught up on “his life” so I will be going to other things in a few weeks.  Hope you’ve enjoyed these – at least be inspired to create.

God bless your weekend!