Friday, September 12, 2014

My First Christmas Project This Year!

Okay, I know Christmas is more than three months away but someone told me today that it is only 14 Fridays!  Oops, better get started on preparations! lol!

Here is my second attempt at the Vertical Paper Bag Mini from Paper Phenomenon.  The first one is here.

Lots of great BoBunny and Simple Stories Christmas paper here!  I used a variety of techniques to make the decorating more interesting and challenging.  I have been mostly using the wonderful designer papers in my mini-album creations, but this time decided to add  "card making" techniques like pressure embossing, glitter heat embossing, paper piecing, and die flower making.

Generous front and back pockets for memorabilia.

I used three kinds of ribbon and several rubber stamps.

Two kinds of dry embossing enhanced with Stickles.

I added Glitter pen to this stamp.

I added Ink Gold - Red to the brick wall embossing.

Stamps, paper piecing, ribbon, and Stickles, oh my!

Two of the 12 tags in this album

This is such a great tutorial and I have really enjoyed making it now for the second time.  It is a super easy way to get a jump on your Christmas gifts this year.

Project Supplies:

  • Paper Phenomenon Vertical Paper Bag tutorial
  • Paper - BoBunny - Rejoice, Simple Stories - 25 Days of Christmas, Bazzill Black, Red and Green, Kraft
  • Ranger black and tan tags
  • May Arts Ribbon
  • Red Stickles
  • Sakura Gold Gel Pen
  • Ranger Black Soot Distress Ink
  • Sizzix embossing plates
  • Tim Holtz on the edge die
  • Michael's Celebrate It paper sacks
  • Maya Road Let It Snow snowflakes
  • Magenta and Great Impressions stamps
  • BossKut Poinsettia die
Have a great day!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Butterflies a Flutter - Doll House Mini

I have been working on the mini-album that came with the Paper Phenomenon Doll House tutorial off and on since the beginning of summer.  I really love the graphic 45 Botanical Tea collection of papers and they are perfect for this project.

The album cover has a number of cut out elements from the paper collection.  I added Glossy Accents to the butterflies and hummingbird.  The closure came with the Paper Phenomenon kit and is spectacular!  I covered it with Gesso and a little Stickles for sparkle.  All of the paper and chipboard for this project came from the kit.

The pages are made with a special pocket embedded in the design of the top and bottom of the base page.  All other elements are added to the base page as pockets or flaps.  We all used the very lovely Martha Stewart edge and corner punch to add lacy beauty.

The basic page design includes a decorated flap on top of the base page.  The flap has a pocket on the top and the inside.  All 6 pages follow this same format.

Open the top flap
And reveal another flap and pocket
Back of page 1.
Flip the whole page over to reveal more flaps and pockets.
Open "Bird" flap

Back side of flap is perfect for adding 4x6 photos.
And here is a picture of the top loading and pocket loading tags where you can put more pictures and journaling.

All the remaining pages follow the same format and I decorated similar to Kathy Orta so I am only including pictures of the front and back of the next 5 pages.

Page 2
There is lots of space for tags in this album!

Back of page 2

Page 3
Some parts of these pages I left undecorated just because I like the color of the paper!

Back of page 3

Page 4
Love this page the best!

Back of page 4

Page 5 
Back of page 5
I used lots of the cut outs from the paper collection as tags and page embellishments.

Page 6

Back of page 6
This is such a lovely set of Graphic 45 papers!  I can't wait to finish my next project which is from the "My Design Mini" tutorial.

Happy Scrapping!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Introducing My New ZenFolio!!

This is a project that I have been working on for a couple of weeks and I am so excited to finally share it with you all!!

I am an avid cardmaker and scrapbooker and now a Zentangle artist.  I am consistently working on combining my passion for paper construction with beautiful materials to showcase Zentangle.  This project combines "mini-scrapbook" style construction with a little bit of designer paper and lots of Tangling.

I made a ZenFolio for myself to take my Zentangle supplies with me on my weekly trips up and down Vancouver Island.  I can also use this great ZenFolio to show my Tangling to prospective students and venues for classes.  Tada!!!

I know, it doesn't look like much yet, but I am planning to Tangle all over the cover with Sakura white gel pen and Metalic gel pens. Wait until you see what's inside........

Oh wait, I can't show you the inside until we talk about the construction and the closure.  I found this amazing antique lock closure at a scrapbook store in a little box full of bits of this and that.  I wish I could tell you who makes it but it did not come in a bag with an identifying label.  If anyone knows please leave a comment and I will gladly give credit.

While I did come up with the general idea of my ZenFolio I also had lots of help from a very special designer - Kathy Orta from Paper Phenomenon.  I used her Contessa and Foto Folios as a guide in determining what sections I wanted in my personal folio.  I also used Kraft-Tex as the very sturdy spine between each section of the folio.

When the ZenFolio is first opened I have a sturdy (chipboard reinforced) clipboard to provide a solid surface Tangling.  On the right I have a box with a magnet closure to hold my pens.  Below the pens are little boxes, just the right size to hold regular Tiles and Zendalas.

The one designer paper you can see throughout the project is from Graphic 45 Mother Goose collection.  I wanted to add a few bits of dp along with my Tangling to help draw the two mediums together.

But wait, there is more.....
Open the folio to the next step and reveal a section for showing off completed Tiles.  There are four flaps that run the length of the page and hold up to 6 tiles each.

The flaps fold back and forth to show off both sides of what the flap is holding.

Finally, the last section has two large pockets to hold larger items like my copy of and extra watercolor paper for ZIA (Zentangle Inspired Art) work.

Underneath it all is a hidden surprise!  This is a piece I did for my original Zentangle blog - Just Tangling Along which I have now folded into Crafting Passions.

Well, I hope you have enjoyed my special project for today.  I'll post pictures of the front and back cover of the ZenFolio when I finish all the Tangling.

Have a great day!!!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Zentangle Boxes - Part 2

Last week I posted about a couple of little boxes I made with designer paper to hold Zentangle tiles.  Since then I have made one from watercolor paper that I Tangled all over.

I used lovely black ribbon for the closure.  This box holds about 40 regular Zentangle tiles.  I think I am going to make a tan one for tan tiles and a black with white gel pen for my black tiles.

It's a pretty standard top-flap box cut to the dimensions of any size tile or Zendala.

You only need two strips of strong glue tape to hold the box together at the sides.

Just "like" my Crafting Passions facebook page, private message me your email address and I will send you the instructions (I promise to delete your address after sending!!!)

Have fun making your own Zentangle boxes.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Zentangle Tile Boxes

I have figured out two simple boxes to hold official Zentangle and Bijou tiles.  When I say "figured out" it means math. I remember when I was in high school algebra class someone was always asking why they needed to learn algebra because they were only going to grow up to be a ditch digger.  Of course it didn't occur to me then, but even the ditch digger needs to know how long, wide and deep to make the hole.  They might even need to calculate the volume of dirt that will be removed so they know how many dump truck loads to schedule.  Click here to see a Zentangle version of this box.

You can stop running in circles while screaming now because these cute little boxes do not need any algebra or advanced math skills.  If you "like" my Crafting Passions Facebook page and pm your email address, I will send you the instructions for free!  (I promise to discard your email address afterwards!!!)

The larger box is for regular Zentangle tiles and the smaller box is for Bijou tiles.
The ribbon and bow form a band that keeps the box closed.

The regular tile box measures 4" x 4" and is 1" wide. 
I was able to fit about 40 tiles inside.

The Bijou sized box is 2 1/2" by 2 1/2" and 1/2" wide.
I was able to include at least 20 Bijou tiles.

I used the following products to make the tile boxes:

  • Craft n CraftIn double-sided paper from Best Creation Inc..  This paper seemed perfect to me for these boxes.  Of course you could use plain white or black and add your own Tangles to the design!
  • Offray ribbon from Walmart
  • A Bow-Easy to make the little bows (from Scrapbook Central in Courtenay)
  • Scor-Tape from fellow CZT Diana Crick
  • Stick pin from Wild Orchid
  • EK Success scalloped edge punch

Have a wonderful day!