Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Minimalist Altered Canvas | Tutorial

Hi there!

I have been wanting to create several "art" pieces for a while now, and recently I got around to knocking one of these off my to do list!

This canvas in very minimalist and focuses on the font, the one word says it all!

I used some of my chunky chipboard Thickers stash (they are easier to paint over than the other styles of Thickers), Zip Dry (to secure the Thickers and make sure they stay stuck), Gesso, and white paint.

After securing the alphas and letting the glue dry, I painted the whole thing with two coats of Gesso, which acts as a bonding agent for the paint as well as a primer.

And then I added two coats of white paint, to make sure it was good and covered.

I am loving how it turned out, I am working on a gallery wall for my family room, but at the moment htis piece is hanging out int he living room!

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Monday, September 28, 2015

No. 30 | Boys Rule Scrapbook Kits

Hi there!

I am sharing a new page for Boys Rule Scrapbook Kits today, using some of the September and October kit.

I was recently sorting through an unfinished mini album that I started about a hundred years ago, thinking it would be nice to have one spot for one photo a year for each child - to see how they had changed.  I don't know why but I didn't continue on with it.  Anyway, I came across this photo of my eldest son taken a lot of years ago, I have to look back in some old albums but I am going to guess he was about 8 or 9 (he just turned 26), I love this photo and I thought it would work really nicely with the Kaisercraft elements in the kit.

I started my page with the thought that I wanted to add some Gelatos to the background with my Tim Holtz Splatters stencil, so I began by building up the patterned paper layers behind my photo.  I adhered them all together but did not adhere them to the background page just yet.  First I eyeballed where the photo would sit and then I added the Gelatos using a water brush and the stencil.

Once that was dry, I added my photo and patterned paper layers, and then the fun part begins!  Playing with and layering up embellishments.  Although, this page is pretty light on the embellishments.

I did dig into my stash for a few things, do you remember these Tim Holtz rubons we got in a previous kit?   Well I love them - a ton - but had sort of forgot that I had them, so it was great to play with them again!

I used them to create my title, my sons jersey number was 30 - he was a goalie and in our league goalies were always number 30.

As you can see, I also added these rubons randomly around my page - it is my favourite way to use rubons.

Along with stickers from the kit and my old rubons, I added in a few buttons from my stash to pull out the maroon of his jersey, and this die cut word "boy" that was in my "junk" bin.

The tag and Polaroid die cut were also in my "junk" bin.  I also used the Gelatos to colour the wooden Heidi Swapp arrow, I mixed all four colours from the kit to create a maroon colour - that was fun! I have to go back to this layout and add the date, as I mentioned I still need to look that up, but I really like to look of the layered stickers over the tag. It might seem odd, but I usually add my mist last, as was the case for this page.

This boy is definitely a unique soul, probably why he played net - goalies area  different bread of people!  Man do I love that kid, quirks and all - I would love to still be watching him on the ice.

Supply List - from the Boys Rule Kit:  Kaisercraft Scrap Yard papers and stickers; cardstock; Gelatos; Heidi Swapp wooden arrow.  Non Kit elements: Tim Holtz rubons, Tiny Attacher, and stencil; DMC floss; misc buttons and die cuts; Mr. Huey's mist in black.

Thank you for visiting today!

Happy Thanksgiving Pumpkin | Free Silhouette and SVG Cut File

Hi there!

I have a free cut file to share today!
click on the image to be taken to my download page

Thanks for visiting, I hope you enjoy it!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Sketching for ScrapMuch?! September 25 2015

Hi there!

I am sharing one last single page sketch for September with my friends at ScrapMuch?, then I will be back in October with a whole new set of sketches.

Thank you for visiting!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Button Tack DIY | Tutorial

Hi there!

I am sharing a little quick and easy tutorial for ScrapMuch? today.

If you are anything like me then you might also be a collector of buttons!  I love to use them on almost all of my projects so I tend to buy them when I see colours that I like - which is pretty much all the time!  As I have been working on getting my scrap room in order I thought I should put some of my button stash to good use and use them to embellish my room, too!

Today my plain Jane cork board tacks are getting a bit of a makeover with a little bit of Glossy Accents and some pretty buttons.

It is so easy and I am sure I don't need to tell you how to do this, yup just add adhesive to the back of the tack and set it on the button.  It is so nice that they sit flat it makes drying so much easier.

If you put them on a little tray with a piece of waxed paper to protect your tray you can move them out of your way while they dry.  Drying time = playing time, right?

Here is a little peek at a few, I can't wait to use them!

Thanks for visiting today!

Monday, September 21, 2015

Magnetic Bookmark Tutorial | Boys Rule Scrapbook Kits

Hi there!

I am up on the Boys Rule Scrapbook Kits blog today sharing a fun little DIY for a magnetic bookmark, inspired by this 'back to school' season. My youngest reads every day after school and we somehow manage to lose our page on a regular basis so this little project has managed to save us from having to find where we left off this past week!

All you need is a scrap of cardstock that measures 2.5" x 8", and a few scraps of patterned paper and stickers from the kit, plus a bit of magnetic tape (dollar store stuff works fine or you could even recycle the fridge magnet business card things (yes that is the technical term!) that come in the junk mail.

Once you cut your carstock to size,give it a nice crisp shore line and fold it in half.

Now round your bottom corners.

Attach magnets to the bottom of the front and back inside edges.

And then decorate anyway you wish.

Easy peasy and it gets the job done!

Thanks so much for visiting today!

Friday, September 18, 2015

Sketching for ScrapMuch? | Sepetmber 18 2015

Hi there!

I am sharing a new sketch today for ScrapMuch?'s latest challenge!

I hope you pop on over and check out the amazing DT reveal and play along with us!


Thursday, September 17, 2015

Fall Icons Pocket Cards | Free Silhouette and SVG Cut Files

Hi there!

Today I am sharing some free Silhouette and SVG cut files that I created to help us ease into fall!

Even though I love what fall offers; with its gorgeous colours, apple picking and pumpkin carving I really dislike what comes after that - you know that season that we shall not speak of just yet!  That said, I am going to try to embrace this next season as it is arriving next Wednesday!

I created these 3 x 4 pocket cards for us to add to our Fall projects, don't forget they are great on traditional layouts and can be used as mixed media stencils as well! Have fun with them!
click on the image to be directed to my download page

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Fun Fold Mini Album | Tutorial

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Last spring I taught a mini album class at a ScrapMuch? retreat, today I thought I would share the technique to make the pages here in a tutorial.

For the front and back covers, I simply covered two pieces of chipboard that were cut to measure the same size as the finished pages.  You could even use a recycled cereal box if you do not have chipboard. Don't forget to cover both the front and backs of the chipboard. I used a single hole and jump ring to attach my covers and pages together.

To create the pages, start by ensuring the side of the paper you want to face out (this will be the main pattern showing on the finished product) is facing down on your score board.

Step 1 - score your 12 x 12 paper down the centre at the 6" mark

Step 2 - turn your paper clockwise 90 degrees, score at the 3.5" and 8.5" marks

Step 3 -  Fold each of the four corners toward the score lines that are 3.5" from the outer edges.

Step 4 - Trim along the score line that runs through the centre (the first score we made) just until it hits the 3.5" score line that intersects it.  Repeat for the other side.

Now begin folding your pages along the score lines, follow the next few photo steps.

Next we will add in the adhesive, to secure things into place.  Be sure to keep your adhesive in narrow bands along the outer edges only.

Add adhesive along either side of the centre seem.

And under this flap on either side.  Basically, you have just created two pockets.

Now fold your paper like so.

Add adhesive just to your bottom and side edges, not the top. This creates another pocket.


Now your page should sit like this.  In the photos below you will see how each page will hold 3 tabbed inserts.  This allows you to add a lot of photos or memorabilia to your mini album, don't forget you can use both sides of the tabbed inserts..

The final several photos show you how I decorated my mini to accommodate even more photos and some fun embellishments.  This is just a sample of what you could do,

When you think that each page has two sides plus 3 double sided inserts, that is a lot of memories on a single page!  You can add as many pages as you need to document your story.  What a fun way to share photos of a holiday! Have fun making your mini your own!

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