Monday, November 17, 2014

Sweet Christmas Babies

Two of my husbands cousins (one removed) are expecting in December.  One with twin girls and one with a surprise yet to be known.  The family had a bid baby shower last weekend and I resolved to give the two families scrapbook albums that I have made.  Unfortunately, I was still working on the Baby2Bride album so I had to present it unfinished at the shower.

This big album is finished now and ready to send back to the "mother to be".  I used the Graphic 45 Baby2Bride paper collection, leftovers of the Little Darlings collection, and a Paper Phenomenon My Design Mini tutorial.  Fortunately, both the Baby2Bride and the Little Darlings have similar tonal colors.

I added lots of lace (from Belgium), and Prima and Wild Orchid flowers to the cover - it is for girls after all!  The My Design Mini is a big book with six pages and lots of interactive elements.  Kathy Orta from Paper Phenomenon is an amazing designer!

There are lots of pictures so sit back with a cuppa and check out this amazing album.  The pages will look somewhat similar as I constructed two basic page designs and then decorated one set with the Baby2Bride and the other set with Little Darlings.

Believe it or not those first 4 pics are for the first page!  I didn't even take pictures of all the flaps open.  I have to say that this paper collection is brilliant!

So that set of 4 pics is for page 2.  You can see that I used Kraft and white paper with plenty of Ranger Distress Vintage Photo Distress Ink around the edges and the emphasize the beautiful Martha Stewart punch on the paper edges.

Ok, that set was page 3 and you can start to see the repeat in design.

And that set was page 4.  I think you get the idea so I will spare you the rest of the pictures.

I always add plenty of tags for added pictures and journaling.  I counted 66 places for photos just on the first page with all its flaps and tags!

Well, I am off to get this in the mail to the family.  Have a happy scrapin day!


Thursday, November 13, 2014

Christmas Boxes

I have made a sweet little box to share today.  I am making several of these boxes decorated for Christmas treats to give to special people in the community.

This box is very simple and easy to make starting with a plain paper box from Walmart for jut $2.  I covered the box with scraps of Graphic 45 12 Days of Christmas (I made and album from this paper last year).

A note about adding ribbon to the lid.  You want to place it deep inside the lid so that the extra adhesive (I used Tombow Fastner Tabs) doesn't get in the way of closing the lid.

I also created one of my special flowers (tutorial here) made from the Flowers pieces of the G45 12 Days of Christmas set.  I layered up the pieces and secured them with a brad.

Then I wet the layers thoroughly and scrunched up all the layers making them very wrinkly.

The last step is to gently peal back the layers into the shape you desire and let it dry completely (over night if possible).  The finished flower is beautifully sculpted and retains it's shape.

The finished box from several sides........

Supplies used:

  • Paper box from Walmart
  • Graphic 45 12 Days of Christmas paper scraps and flowers
  • Tombow Fastner Tabs and Xtreme glue tape
  • Really Reasonable Ribbon
  • Wild Orchid leaves
Challenges for this project:

Have a great scrapin day!


Friday, October 31, 2014

Tombow Design Team Entry

One of the many things that I have enjoyed about blogging is the opportunity to be a part of a design team.  I have been on several teams over the last few years and today I am applying for the Tombow design team.

I have actually used Tombow markers and Tombow Multi Liquid Glue for many years.  The first class I took using Tombow Markers was at the stamping store in Victoria, BC with Marie Browning, Tombow's signature designer.  She showed us how to blend three graduating shades of a Tombow Marker to make a beautiful stamped card.

For our design team submission we are to post a minimum of 3 projects on our blogs, one of which should be a D.I.Y. project.  My first entry is a simple holiday card using Tombow Xtreme Permanent Adhesive,  Tombow WideTrac Correction Tape, a Tombow Marker and glitter.

I used the Xtreme tape to make a line of adhesive on the card base and then added fine glitter.  The Xtreme tape is a very strong adhesive and had no trouble attracting and holding onto the glitter.  I repeated this step until I had 6 gradually shorter lines of glue and glitter.

Next, I swiped the correction tape onto a strip of card stock and used that as a base to write Merry Christmas with a green Tombow Marker.  The white correction tape makes a nice contrast to the green cardstock so that the sentiment shows clearly.

Finally, I layered up my green and gold cardstock and Graphic 45 Christmas paper using more of the Xtreme adhesive.  I added little punched snowflakes with gems and a twine bow to tie it all together.

The card is now ready for a personal greeting from me.

My next project is a pop-up box card that I posted back in 2013 before the craze really got going.  I included instructions in inches with a diagram for scoring and cutting.

I am including this box card post because it speaks to my interest in dimensional projects and learning new techniques.  The characters on the card are from Digital Delights, a design team that I was part of for over 3 years.

I can't help but include a scrapbook project because I love, love, love making them and they show my interest in working with wonderful designer papers and fancy construction methods.  They also take lots of adhesive!

I fussy cut part of the signature sheet and layered it on top with Tombow 3D Foam Tabs.

I used Graphic 45 Raining Cats and Dogs 8x8 pad and lots of black cardstock.  I am teaching a class on how to construct this book at my local scrapbook store in January.  Here are a few more pictures......

I am including this next project because it shows that I do write tutorials that people read - over 1600 of them (that is 1600 page hits for the flower tutorial post).  This project has had universal appeal because we all love to put flowers on our cards and projects.

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Makes these beautiful flowers .......

My blog is about my passions and my latest passion is Zentangle.  I loved drawing the Zentangle method so much that I took the training and became a Certified Zentangle Teacher last November.  I like to include Zentangle on all kinds of craft projects.

I used Zentangle to decorate a scrapbook......

And a tag with a Prima Doll .....

Wild Orchid Flowers

Lots of ribbon and Tangles

My D.I.Y. offering is a simple home decor project using a tea light, velum, Tombow Markers and Xtreme Adhesive.

First, I cut a piece of velum to 5 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches and stamped my Inkadinkado image onto velum using Tombow N25 black.  Then I turn the velum over to the other side and colored the dragonflies, bees and butterflies with various Tombow Marker colors.

Next, I applied a strip of Tombow Xtreme adhesive along one short edge,  Curling the velum over itself I adhered the two sides together.  The Tombow Xtreme adhesive is perfect for this application because it is a very strong clear tape.

You can leave the finished tea light sleeve plain or decorate with flowers of the season.

I hope you enjoyed this post seeing a few new projects and some slightly older special projects for my Tombow Design Team entry.

Wish me luck!