Thursday, July 2, 2015

American Crafts | Summer Daybook Tutorial

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Summer is a busy time for our family.  This summer daybook from the Dear Lizzy Fine & Dandy collection is perfect for helping us check off our "to do list" and staying organized.





Supplies: Dear Lizzy Fine And Dandy (370134) - Spiral Bound 52 Week Journal, Dear Lizzy Fine And Dandy (370108) - Washi Tape Book, Dear Lizzy Fine And Dandy (370109) Metal Rimmed Tags, Dear Lizzy Fine And Dandy (370091) - Accents & Phrases W/ Glossy Accents, Dear Lizzy Fine And Dandy (370096) - Plastic Glitter Bows, Dear Lizzy Fine And Dandy (370099) - Ephemera W/ Gold Foil, Dear Lizzy Fine And Dandy (370077) - Acetate Transparency Darling, Dear Lizzy Fine And Dandy (370087) - Accents & Phrases Foiled Chipboard, Dear Lizzy Fine And Dandy (370088) - Confetti Hearts Colorful Chipboard Thickers, Dear Lizzy Fine And Dandy (370089) - Woodland Gold Foiled Foam, #Summer (366963) - Journaling & Phrases, #Summer (366968) - Acrylic Shapes Ice Cream 
1. Begin by choosing the products you would like to use in the album. I used the Fine & Dandy and #Summer collections. I started by getting everything ready and laying out my supplies before adhering them down. Adhere two strips of washi tape and then layer the title on top. Use a sewing machine to stitch the title.






2. Create a tab with washi tape on the "Today I Will" page and staple down. Lay out title before gluing down. Add stickers, acrylic camera shape, and phrase stamp to pages.



3. Next, I put together a page for summer birthdays. I thought the "currently Makes Me Happy" page and the calendar next to it was perfect for birthdays. Adhere chipboard pieces to page and staple down. Adhere a small envelop and tuck in a small metal rimmed tag.





4. Staple on a pair of acrylic sunglasses to the "Best Days Ever" page and stamp a phrase underneath. Adhere a square photo overlay to adjoining page. Decorate with chipboard and stickers. 




5. Next, adhere a 4x6 photo overlay frame to "favorite books" page with a strip of washi tape. Adhere cherry wood veneer sticker piece. Staple typewriter ephemera piece to adjoining page. Tear a strip of washi and adhere underneath. Add cork sticker and star sticker to page.



6. Create a tab with washi tape and staple down on "Places I want to Travel to" page. Stamp phrase stamp just below title. Embellish by adding road trip wood veneer piece and acrylic sunglasses. Trim a piece of acetate transparency and adhere to adjoining page with washi tape. Use a sewing machine to stitch in place. Layer title and ephemera pieces.


7. Lastly, adhere ephemera to page then stamp page with phrase stamp. Adhere a small strip
of washi tape across the bottom of the page and staple down with mini stapler. Finish by adhering plastic bow.



I hope this tutorial has inspired you to create your own Summer daybook! I still have some
empty pages to fill and will fill them as we check off things on our Summer to do list!


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

American Crafts | Summer Daybook

This is a personal blog. All editorial content and projects are intellectual property of http://americancrafts.typepad.com/.  I do receive financial compensation and material product from American Crafts to develop my craft posts, but all ideas and opinions are my own.



Summer is a busy time for our family, this summer daybook from the Dear Lizzy Fine and Dandy collection is perfect for helping us check off our "to do list" and staying organized. 


Summer Daybook 


Supplies: Dear Lizzy Fine And Dandy (370134) - Spiral Bound 52 Week Journal, Dear Lizzy Fine And Dandy (370108) - Washi Tape Book, Dear Lizzy Fine And Dandy (370109) Metal Rimmed Tags, Dear Lizzy Fine And Dandy (370091) - Accents & Phrases W/ Glossy Accents, Dear Lizzy Fine And Dandy (370096) - Plastic Glitter Bows, Dear Lizzy Fine And Dandy (370099) - Ephemera W/ Gold Foil, Dear Lizzy Fine And Dandy (370077) - Acetate Transparency Darling, Dear Lizzy Fine And Dandy (370087) - Accents & Phrases Foiled Chipboard, Dear Lizzy Fine And Dandy (370088) - Confetti Hearts Colorful Chipboard Thickers, Dear Lizzy Fine And Dandy (370089) - Woodland Gold Foiled Foam, #Summer (366963) - Journaling & Phrases, #Summer (366968) - Acrylic Shapes Ice Cream, 


1.  Begin by choosing the products you would like to use in the album.  I used the Fine and Dandy collection and #Summer collections.  I start by getting everything ready and laying out my supplies before adhering them down. Adhere two strips of washi tape down and then layer the title on top.  Use a sewing machine to stitch down the title.
 
 
 
 


2.  Create a tab with washi tape on the "Today I Will" page, and staple down.  Lay out title before gluing down.  Add stickers, acrylic camera shape and phrase stamp to pages.



3.  Next, I put together a page for Summer Birthday's.  I thought the "currently Makes Me Happy" page and the calendar next to it was perfect for Birthday's.  Adhere chipboard pieces to page and staple down.  Adhere a small envelop and tuck in a small metal rimmed tag.






4.  Staple on a pair of acrylic sunglasses to the "Best Days Ever" page, stamp a phrase underneath.  Adhere a square photo overlay to adjoining page.  Decorate with chipboard piece and stickers.






5.  Next, adhere a 4x6 photo overlay frame to "favorite books" page with a strip of washi tape.  Adhere cherry wood veneer sticker piece.  Staple typewriter ephemera piece to adjoining page.  Tear a strip of washi, and adhere underneath.  Add cork sticker and star sticker to page.




6.  Create a tab with washi tape and staple down on "Places I want to Travel to" page.  Stamp phrase stamp just below title.  Embellish by adding road trip wood veneer piece and acrylic sunglasses.  Trim a piece of acetate transparency and adhere to adjoining page with washi tape.  Use a sewing machine to stitch in place.  Layer title and ephemera pieces.
 





7. Last, adhere ephemera to page, stamp page with phrase stamp.  Adhere a small strip
of washi tape across the bottom of the page and staple down with mini stapler.  
Finish by adhering plastic bow.





I hope this tutorial has inspired you to create your own Summer daybook.  I still have some
empty pages to fill and will fill them as we check off things on our Summer to do list!






Scrapbook Circle | Explore

This is a personal blog. All editorial content and projects are intellectual property of  http://www.scrapbookcircle.com/blog.  I do receive  material product from Scrapbook Circle to develop my craft posts, but all ideas and opinions are my own.

One of my favorite pieces included in the Scrapbook Circle Have a Little Fun Today kit is the acrylic word "explore".


I created my background using a cut file made by the fabulous Paige Evans for Studio Calico.  I backed my cut file with different pieces of patterned papers included in the main kit.  I specifically chose papers from the Pink Paislee Atlas collection because they work so well together.  


I placed the acrylic "explore" word underneath my photo.  Because the word is translucent you can still see the design behind the word.

If you haven't already, make sure that you pick up this fun kit today!


Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The Cut Shoppe | Hello Summer Love

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Hi everyone!   I have a new layout to share with you today for The Cut Shoppe using the free Newsletter (Summer Love) cut file and the Bitty Borders cut file


Here's my layout:



I'm in love with that Summer Love cut file.  I knew right away when I saw it, that I just had to use it right away.  To create my layout, I actually cut the Summer Summer Summer Love title twice.  The first cut was the full title and then I trimmed off the bottom (love) piece.  The second cut I only cut the word "Love" from white cardstock paper.  I then placed the "Summer Summer Summer" title right above the love cut piece.  I placed my photo behind the love word.   To add color to my page I added watercolors on two of the Summer words and behind the title, before adhering down.  




The small circular hearts are from the Bitty Borders cut file, I simply ungrouped them and then cut them out individually and added watercolors to them.  To finish off my layout I added black spray mist, wood veneer pieces and machine stitching.



Summer Love





I hope this post has inspired you to try watercolors on a layout. It really adds a lot of color and interest!  Have a great day!



Monday, June 29, 2015

American Crafts | So Happy Together


This is a personal blog. All editorial content and projects are intellectual property of http://americancrafts.typepad.com/.  I do receive financial compensation and material product from American Crafts to develop my craft posts, but all ideas and opinions are my own.



For a twist on a traditional grid, try scrapping it at an angle.  It's a unique way to scrap those Father's Day photos.


Supplies: Shimelle True Stories (370703) - English Breakfast, Shimelle True Stories (370704) - Grey Floral, Shimelle True Stories (370707) - Espresso, Shimelle True Stories (370710) - Cappuccino, Shimelle True Stories (370711) - Decaf, Shimelle True Stories (370713) - Americano, Shimelle True Stories (370714) - Darjeeling, Shimelle True Stories (370714) - Frappe, Shimelle True Stories (370719) - Berry Infusion, Shimelle True Stories (370722) - Cinnamon Roll, Shimelle True Stories (370723) - Croissant, Shimelle True Stories (370724) - Macchiato, Shimelle True Stories (370730) - Hipster/ Black Chipboard Thickers, Shimelle True Stories (370733) - Stickers Phrase & Alpha, Shimelle True Stories (370734) - Sticker Book Icons W/ Silver Foil, Shimelle True Stories (370735) - Cork Stickers Icons, Shimelle True Stories (370740) - Wooden Borders, Shimelle True Stories (370741) - Wood Veneer Shapes, Shimelle True Stories (370745) - Wooden Buttons

How to: Trim about 35 patterned paper squares with a paper trimmer, each measuring about 2.5". Using a ruler and a pencil, line them up on a white cardstock background in a grid design at an angle. Print three small photos each measuring 2.5" square and place them inside the grid in a few of the spaces. Trim a couple of squares at a diagonal angle and place within the grid design. Leave one grid space blank to allow for journaling. Adhere all pieces down. Using a sewing machine, sew a border around the whole design and stitch diagonal pieces down. Journal in the blank grid space with a pen. Flick drops of navy blue spray mist across the page. Using Hipster Black Chipboard Thickers spell out the title " So Happy Together" along the sides of the design. Finish by embellishing with stickers, wooden buttons, wood veneer, and a wooden border. 



Thanks for stopping by today!



Saturday, June 27, 2015

The Cut Shoppe | Happy Together


Hi everyone!   I have a new layout to share with you today using the Tiny Triangles background from The Cut Shoppe.  Eye catching backgrounds are my groove.  I love pattern piecing and using lots of geometric shapes.  When I first saw the Tiny Triangles cut file, I fell in love!




When I started working on this layout, my original plan was to cut out the whole background from cardstock and then back the pieces with different pattern papers.  I accidentally had my cut settings on the wrong setting (I think I had it on patterned paper, when I really meant to have it on cardstock).  So, the Tiny Triangle design did not cut all the way through my cardstock.  I thought about starting over, but it was my last sheet of Navy cardstock.  So instead, I cut out individual triangles from various patterned papers and placed it on top of some of the background triangles.  It was a happy accident, I love that even though the background design did not cut all the way through, you can still see the design against the dark navy background.







Have you ever made a mistake on a layout and then turned it into a happy accident? If so, we would love for you to share it with The Cut Shoppe on their Facebook page!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Heidi Swapp Minc project


Hi everyone!  I recently picked up the new Minc machine by Heidi Swapp and couldn't wait to dive in!  



 I instantly started playing and fell in love right away with this machine!  I found it to be very user friendly and fun to play with!  


Once I started playing, I found it  hard to stop.  I just wanted to foil all the things!



I recently picked up this antique looking burlap frame and thought that the Minc embellishments would look awesome pinned to it!



I absolutely adore the 3D Minc butterflies, I foiled them in gold, mint, and light pink, and then stitched them together using my sewing machine!


I added a photo of my daughter and foiled the letter "K" for her initial using gold foil.



I even managed to sneak in a xoxo clear frame from the Pink Paislee Citrus Bliss Insta Kit, behind her photo.


I layered some of the pieces, added an antique flower and pinned my pieces onto my frame using pearl stick pins.  




This frame will make a great addition to her room, or I might just keep it for myself because I love it that much!  If you haven't picked up a Heidi Swapp Minc machine yet, run don't walk.  Joann's has them on sale right now for 25% off!