Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Growing Up

I was inspired by this photo of my granddaughter looking so grown up to dig deep into my paper stash for all that I have left of Prima’s Flights of Fancy collection.

I hollowed out the two bottom sheets, so I’d have something to use as matting. To keep my layout stable and to add some dimension, I glued a piece of thin chipboard between each layer. 
I punched out a border strip from the Tiptoe sheet, cut it in half and arranged it to fit on either side of the center image.
After attaching the matted photo and circle, I used a Memory Box stencil and crackle paste to add “Heart Confetti” below. It ended up just a bit too bright, so I sprayed on some mist, diluted it with a couple of sprays of water and dried it with my heat tool. I lightly went over the hearts with a baby wipe and then used Distress Ink to tone them down a bit more.

There are a lot of flowers on this layout. Somehow, I couldn’t seem to stop, tucking in some lace and adding a few pearls here and there.
A few more pearls were placed on the top of the circle to create a more balanced look.

 Lastly, I punched out several butterflies, inked the edges and placed a few pearls down the centers. When that was done, I adhered a small piece of foam tape to each bottom to make them “fly” off the page.


Prima – Flights of Fancy Collection – Faith #841508
Prima – Flights of Fancy Collection – Firefly #841461
Prima – Flights of Fancy Collection – Tiptoe #841492
Prima – Rossibelle Collection – Sweet Souvenirs #847807

Prima – Tales of You and Me Collection – Je Suis Amoureuse #586362
Prima – Wild and Free Collection – Lost and Found #594633
Prima – Wild and Free Collection – Precious Stone #594701
Prima – Trim – Plumeria #583026
Prima – Trim – Posey #583033
Kaisercraft – Self Adhesive Pearls – Pearl Strip – Champagne #PL506
Darice – Self Stick Pearls – Pearl #121707
Prima – Frank Garcia – Memory Hardware – Pearls II #991944

Prima – Art Extravagance – Texture Paste – White Crackle #961503
Prima – Color Bloom – Spray Mist – Peony #573904
Ranger – Tim Holtz – Distress Ink Pad – Walnut Stain #TIM9534

Prima – Ingvild Bolme – Distressing Tool #890940
Memory Box – Designer Stencil – Heart Confetti #88588
Martha Stewart Crafts – Deep Edger Punch – Scroll Heart #MS42-70034
Martha Stewart Crafts – Craft Punch – Classic Butterfly #EKM283010
Kreaxions – Circle Cutter

Aleen’s Original Tacky Glue
Uline – Foam Tape

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

A Couple of Firsts

The title refers to the photo of a six-year-old me proudly showing off the gap left by the loss of my two front teeth. I created this page for the April Childhood Challenge at Scrapbook.com, where one of the topics is “Firsts”
This photo, taken by my father, brings back such wonderful memories of our living room as it was then. That’s a cherry drop-leaf table in front of the window facing the side of the house. Next to it, you can see the arm of the smaller sofa; the larger one is against the other wall. They were upholstered in a velvety fabric; one in rose, the other in a soft teal. In the corner, you can see our radio: a Zenith in a gorgeous wood cabinet. Back then, there was AM and there was shortwave, and we had both, hence that complex looking dial. The antenna, located in the bottom, was incredible. I lived in Western New York, so of course, we could pick Rochester and Buffalo (WKBW was the best during my teen years!) and Canada, but we could usually pick up the stronger stations from New York City (think WABC and WMCA, both Top 40 stations at the time). In the summer, we could pick up WLS out of Chicago at night and it came in as clear as a bell. And the speaker was even more awesome. When the volume was turned up full blast, the windows literally shook. (This was only tried when my parents weren’t home, of course.)

The other day, I came across an old layout of mine – “Washtub Funthat was created for a Round Robin, following the incredible Nike’s “Underwater Fun and wanted to create a redo. I’ve followed the basic design without a lot of the detail in my original.
I loved the monotone color scheme and so I altered my photo to print out sepia. The Weathered Clock die cut was used as a mask as I was inking it and I do like the result.
There are actually a few more layers of paper matting, starting with the top layer that was punched all around. That’s all the punching that I did. I have replicated the look by using a strip of lace, topped with part of a border piece underneath.
The embellishments were kept simple: a few flowers and leaves and metals from my stash down the side and a wood clock and a bit of Washi tape on top.


Kaisercraft – Story Book Collection – Borrow #P2063
Kaisercraft – Time Machine Collection – Ironclad #P1921
Kaisercraft – Antique Bazaar Collection – Recycle #P1799
The Paper Loft – Easy Breezy Collection – Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy #EB103
The Paper Loft – Easy Breezy Collection – Made in the Shade #EB109

Prima – Cartographer Collection – Vagabond #574550
Prima – Jute Collection – Joyous #574826
Prima – French Riviera Collection – Boulevard de la Croisette #586218
Prima – Wood Embellishments – Decorative Clocks #554613
Metal Leaves

Ranger – Tim Holtz – Distress Ink Pad – Vintage Photo

Sizzix – Bigz – Tim Holtz – Weathered Clock #657190
Martha Stewart – Punch Around the Page – Loops #ms42-60034

Aleen’s Original Tacky Glue
Scotch – Advanced Tape Glider

As always, I want to thank you for peeking into my blog; your visits mean a lot to me.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Beautiful Day - A Tag Using (Mostly) Recyclables

I’ve entered the Recycle and Reuse challenge at Scrapbook.com where we’re asked to create a project that contains at least 25% repurposed items. I’ve chosen to make a tag using packaging, paper towel rolls, a dictionary page and some embellishments from my stash.

We can earn extra credit by making a tutorial; mine ended up with quite a few steps, so I created one on Snapguide. https://snapguide.com/guides/create-a-tag-using-mostly-recyclables/
Due to space, I kept the supply list in the tutorial to a minimum. Below, I’ve given a complete breakdown.


Corrugated Packaging
3 Paper Towel Rolls
Dictionary (or Large Book) Page

Creative Embellishments – Laser Cut Chipboard – Beautiful Day
Prima – Butterfly Collection – Brads #579326
Prima – French Rivera Collection – Brads #583866
Prima – Tales of You and Me Collection – Brads #5583873
Prima – Wild and Free Collection – Celestial # 594534
Renea Bouquets – Dragonfly
Really Reasonable Ribbon – 5/8” Satin Ribbon

Golden – Gesso
Liquitex – Matte Gel Medium
Prima – Art Alchemy – Acrylic Paint – Metallique – Vintage Rose #963200
Prima – Art Alchemy – Acrylic Paint – Metallique – Pink Blush #963217
Prima – Art Alchemy – Acrylic Paint – Metallique – Light Patina #963248
Prima – Art Alchemy – Acrylic Paint – Metallique – Lime Peel #963224
Ranger – Distress Oxide Ink Pad – Broken China #TDO55846
Ranger – Distress Oxide Ink Pad – Worn Lipstick #TDO56362
Ranger – Distress Oxide Ink Pad – Fossilized Amber #TDO55983

Sizzix – Tim Holtz – Bigz Die – Tattered Florals #656640
Kaisercraft – Decorative Dies – DIY Flora Leaves #DD312
Donna Downey – Signature Stencils – Blooming Floral #DD-009
Sizzix – Susan’s Garden Collection – Tool Kit #SZ658437
Tonic Studios – Tim Holtz – Retractable Craft Pick #gb-tn-372

Aleen’s Original Tacky Glue

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