Sneak peek at next week’s tutorials for heat embossing.

Heat embossing with stencils

Heat embossing with stencils

What you see in the photo is just a SMALL selection of the stencils I own.  Over the past 10+ years I have acquired all kinds of things that, at the time, I thought I just HAD TO HAVE.

The newest acquisitions are the butterfly brass stencil and the Dylusions thing on the bottom right of the photo.  The rest have been hidden away in the deep dark recesses of my cupboards.

The two round stencils in the back?  Those are actually drain covers I bought from my local big box hardware store – Lowe’s – about 7 years back.

At this point….I have a, nearly, 3 hour “Show and Blab Fest” going on as I go through the various stencils and show you how to use them.  I have a LOT of editing to do on the video when I’m finished shooting.

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, August 19th, 2015.  I’m POSITIVE you will search through your stash for the stencils you bought years ago.  “Come here my little friend”! 😀

Leslie

Masculine cards are easier to make than you think.

Masculine birthday card.

Masculine birthday card.

This card has been made using the Operation Write Home card sketch #7.  My previous card was a feminine birthday card using the same exact sketch.

Finished birthday card front.

Finished birthday card front.

When you have an opportunity to make a masculine card, think about the rubber stamp sets, or digital images, you have that are not “Cute”.  Stamps that you would not automatically think of as “girly” or feminine.  I’m using a 2005 stamp set from Club Scrap titled “Down To Earth”.

Club Scrap 2005 stamp set "Down To Earth".

Club Scrap 2005 stamp set “Down To Earth”.

Diving into my scrap stash I went into my neutral stash of 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 box and located six pieces that are off white.  Staying within the neutral stash I located four of my 1-1/2 x 5-1/2 strips of white card stock.  My final choice from the neutral stash were six of the 2 x 2 white card stock pieces for the sentiment.

Into my neutral stash.

Into my neutral stash.

Next up was my 6 x 6 stash of printed papers.  From there I chose 3 pieces that had a honeycomb design.  These pieces are from Stampin’ Up! and were titled Botanical (something).

6 x 6 print stash

6 x 6 print stash.

My last choice was a rust color card stock from my 1-1/2 x 3 stash.

1-1/2 x 3 stash

1-1/2 x 3 stash

These are the paper choices I used on the card pictured at the top of this post.

Scrap paper choices for the masculine card.

Scrap paper choices for the masculine card.

When you are creating your cards and feel that something is just slightly amiss.  Something you just can’t quite put  your finger on.  You know you have done a great job with your creation but just a little something needs to be done.  Don’t throw it off to the side and get frustrated.

As you can see in the photo above, I don’t have a dark brown card stock showing in the mix.  That was added later.  You can see the difference in the card front below.  Just adding a 1/8 inch strip of dark brown to the top and bottom of the tag section changed the whole look of the card.

Adding a very dark strip to surround one of the focal elements help.

Adding a very dark strip to surround one of the focal elements help.

Same exact card front.  A little bit of separation from the whole is what is generally needed.

To make a masculine card, think about your digital images or stamp sets that are “organic” or have lineal movement.  Take a closer look at your background stamps that you would normally use to give your design some visual texture.  Make those stamps or digital images the focus of your design.

Leslie

 

My Dirty Little Secret.

We all have a secret we don’t want someone to know.  We even hide it from our close friends.  Well, I’m about to open up and tell my secret to the whole world.

I have a lot of mistakes and bad creations that are shoved away in my craft room.  Some can be fixed and recycled into future projects.  Some mistakes are just way too bad and there is no hope for them.

Currently I am using the layouts I had made using the Club Scrap Assembly Line Scrapbooking (ALSB) formulas.  These layouts were created in 2008 and 2009.  They have been tucked away and out of sight all these years.

Watch this video to see more of my “Dirty Little Secrets”.

Do you have a stash of once promising projects?  What is in your “Secret” stash?  What projects do you have that have gone awry?

Leslie

Welcome, little ones, to our world.

I’m in the process of using one of my old, and nearly tossed in the trash, scrapbook layout pages from way back in 2009.

One of the old forgotten layouts

One of the old forgotten layouts

This 2-Page layout will be about all of the family and friends that came by to welcome our new grand daughters into the world.  Some were anxiously waiting their arrival at the hospital while others came to the house after the girls had a chance to settle in.

Working on the layout

Working on the layout

Long forgotten stencils were used to create the matted tags that designate each of the pockets.  This stencil doesn’t have a name showing the manufacturer or even what the font is.  I’ve had this stencil since about 2007.  For all these years it, along with the rest of my stencils, has been in a three ring binder and hidden away in a cupboard.

Alpha stencil

Alpha stencil

I penciled a line 2 inches from the top of the card stock for the first line.  Then I penciled in a line 2 inches further down the card stock for each succeeding tag title piece….thing-a-ma-bob, doo hickey, whach-a-ma-call-it.

Creating the tags

Creating the tags

Using my Stampin’ Up! markers I chose colors that would be sort of in the color range of these old papers.  None of these papers are from Stampin’ Up! so there was no hope of getting actual coordinating color for the tags.  Just a touch close is all that was necessary.

Coloring the tags

Coloring the tags

Another stencil I have from Club Scrap was used on the pockets.  I also have a stencil for the Library Card pocket.

Library card pocket from a stencil

Library card pocket from a stencil

I used my Stampin’ Up! markers in colors sort of (maybe not so much) close to the colors of the card stock mats to trace the stencil.

Once I get a full set of layouts completed on the birth of my grand daughters it will be easy to duplicate another set.  I have enough of the blank layouts that are getting new life breathed into them, as well as photos.  It is my intention to make a scrapbook album for each of my precious little grand daughters to look through when they get older.  We grand parents may no longer be alive by that time so they will get to see who these people were that loved on them when they were newborn babes.

I hope I have inspired you to create a layout or two for your scrapbooks.  If anyone has questions on how to make layout bases ahead of time leave your question in the comment section below.  I would be happy to answer your questions.

Leslie

Time to get some baby photos on layouts!

Poor sleep deprived new Mom and Dad

Poor sleep deprived new Mom and Dad

Get your seat belt tightened.  We’re taking a trip in the “Way Back Machine” to 2009.  That is how long this bare layout has been relegated to a dark hole.

The original layout design

The original layout design

I hope that wasn’t too bumpy of  a ride, and your hair didn’t end up standing on end 😀

My first attempts at making scrapbook layouts was pretty bad.  Mostly because I didn’t know what I was doing and I had no one but myself to teach me how to do it.  (You know the old adage about being your own lawyer – having a fool for a client?  Well this saying fits here as well).

I just remembered I have a video from 2009 showing my “skills” :/.  The lighting is bad because I didn’t know anything about taking videos for YouTube.  (Guess you can say that I don’t know much of anything).

Over the winter of 2009 I did some research, if you can call it that, about making scrapbook layouts that look good and have a design quality to them.  I found Club Scrap and their “Assembly Line Scrapbooking”. The term is Trade Marked.  There are pictures of layouts complete with PDF’s of the cutting directions for their paper in each kit they sell.  Check out the different layouts and directions.  You will find a listing of all the items you will need to make one of their layouts.  These include:  Card stock, text weight paper, design paper and/or card stock, along with detailed diagrams and cutting directions to put together a similar layout.

So, armed with this knowledge and being totally stoked and excited…..I went crazy.  I have about 30, 2-Page, layouts just waiting in a few plastic sleeves.  I didn’t have any of the Club Scrap paper at the time so I used what I had on hand.  I’ll show you just a few of them.

Layout style 1

Layout style 1

Layout style 2

Layout style 2

Layout style 3

Layout style 3

Layout style 4

Layout style 4

The papers are all wrong, as far as weight goes.  I have very thin card stock as the base of some of these and others is only text weight design paper.  Everything was attached using a glue stick.  When the pages bend I hear popping and snapping of the old dried glue.  No matter.  These layout pages will be tucked in album sleeves and their contents will be safely stored.

I journaled next to each photo.  and added some rubber stamp images at the bottom.  I filled the images in with Twinkling H2O’s water color paint.

Left of the 2-page layout

Left of the 2-page layout

I used Versa Mark with black embossing powder on that monster of a Letter Press Plate from Stampin’ Up!.  Cut the word “Love” out a few times and attached it to the layout.

Right side of 2-page layout

Right side of 2-page layout

One of the old layouts down and a few more to go!

What are  your embarrassing secrets shoved into the dark holes of your craft space?  Do you have items lurking around from your beginning days of creating?  Take a look at them with your experienced eyes and see if you can make those old embarrassments into beautiful art pieces 😀

Leslie

How to use images from books or magazines.

I have a number of sets of stamped images and letters from Club Scrap.  They put together a visual catalog of their stamps.  All that work is done by them so you don’t have to.  They even have the month and year listed of when the rubber stamps became available.  I have several years worth of these images.

Club Scrap stamp catalog

Club Scrap stamp catalog

For my son, the Mechanical Engineer, I am going to use some of these images on the front cover of the field journal I am making for him.

April 2002 the stamps were all about Architecture.

April 2002 - Architecture

April 2002 – Architecture

February 2008 the stamps were all about Bridges.

February 2008 - Bridges

February 2008 – Bridges

I photocopied the two selected pages onto a sheet of card stock.

Photocopied on card stock

Photocopied on card stock

Curtis is going to get some “Glitter” whether he likes it or not!  He will adjust and live with it!  I have sprayed the photocopied images with Tattered Angels Coffee Shop and Walnut Gold.

Tattered Angels

Tattered Angels

I have used my “Home Brew” of Stampin’ Up! Always Artichoke and Cajun Craze.

Always Artichoke

Always Artichoke

Cajun Craze

Cajun Craze

A little bit of color and a smidgen of glimmer 😀  If you would like to know how I made my own “Home Brew” you can check out this series of posts I made a loooooooooong time ago.

Spritzed and sparkly

Spritzed and sparkly

“Fussy Cut” the pieces you want to use from the photocopied image sheet.  Gotta tell ya.  There are some people that are crazy, I tell you.  There are some people that LOVE and I mean L-O-V-E to do fussy cutting.  I’m not one of them.  This is tedious, time consuming, always the potential for disaster, and a bit of blood letting.

Fussy cut the images

Fussy cut the images

I used a Tim Holtz embossing folder on a scrap of paper and smeared it with Peeled Paint and Weathered Wood Distress Stains.

Peeled Paint and Weathered Wood

Peeled Paint and Weathered Wood

Embossed scrap

Embossed scrap

Looks like the Peeled Paint has won this round.  Oh well, I think there is more than enough brown on the cover as it is.  I’m trying to make this thing masculine and it is headed in the right direction.  A bit off path a time or two but still heading the right way.

The pointy tool, doo-hickey, thing-a-ma-bog was a bit lost in all the visual and texture mayhem I have going on.  If you find yourself in this predicament, you could always try a black marker pen around the edges.  I did and I like how it worked out.

Use a black marker to outline the image

Use a black marker to outline the image

A bit of E6000 to hold the personalized disk in place.  All that is left is to put the journal together.

E-6000 glue

E-6000 glue

A little dab will do ya

A little dab will do ya

Put it all together

Put it all together

The final touch…..add your signature 😀  I like to make sure they know my things are not store bought 😀

My signature

My signature

Are you still there?  I hope you have garnered a kernel of knowledge from this post.  If you don’t have much in the way of rubber stamps but a lot of printed images you like this might give you an idea of how to make use of something in your stash.

Now go and…..Show someone how special they are.

Leslie

How to cover chipboard with paper.

Okay, this one you will have to use your imagination a little bit.  I got so carried away with attaching the paper to the chipboard pieces I forgot to take photos of the process.

I’m using liquid glue to attach the papers.  The first thing to do is get the adhesive of  your choice on the chipboard first.  Use a tape runner, Scor-Tape, red liner tape, wet glue, Mod Podge, whatever you prefer.  Get the adhesive to all outer edges of the chipboard and in the middle section.

Attach the paper you have chosen.  You can cut the paper ahead of time if you know the dimensions.  I cut the papers at 3-1/2 inches by 8-1/2 inches to cover the off cuts from the chipboard I cut in the previous post.  For this process I prefer using liquid glue.  I have a small window of time to move the paper around to fit properly by using the glue.  I don’t have much success with the dry adhesives.  I have ruined too much paper and chipboard when the danged dry adhesive sticks to the chipboard in the wrong place :/

Adhere the paper to the chipboard

Adhere the paper to the chipboard

BEFORE you mount the paper on the back side of the chipboard piece make sure to punch the holes for the notebook binding.  Want to have a swear session?  Just cover the both sides of the chipboard and hunt around for the holes :/  Trust me….I’ve done this a time or two and I speak from experience.

Punch any holes before you do the back

Punch any holes before you do the back

Now you can safely cover the back of the chipboard.  The holes will be easy to punch because you have taken the time to do it on the front side.

 

Cover the back side and punch any holes

Cover the back side and punch any holes

The problem with using a liquid glue in this application is the water content that soaks into the chipboard and causes the pieces to warp.  Don’t worry.  I have my “highly technical” press ready.  Using wax paper, place a sheet on a flat surface.  In this case it is my cleared off kitchen table.  Lay the glued pieces atop the wax paper and put another layer of wax paper on top of this.  Continue with your wax paper and glued chipboard sandwich.  When all pieces are ready for the press put something flat over the top of the “sandwich” and then add some weight.

 

Warping chipboard

Warping chipboard

Sandwich chipboard pieces to dry between wax paper

Sandwich chipboard pieces to dry between wax paper

Place something flat over the sandwich

Place something flat over the sandwich

Place something heavy to act as a press

Place something heavy to act as a press

For the larger pages with the tabbed dividers I had to go through my stash of 12 x 12 papers to.  I didn’t have the foresight to purchase extra paper when I went shopping.  So I will have to find paper from my stash that will compliment the colors of the new stuff.

Creative Imaginations

Creative Imaginations

Creative Imaginations

Creative Imaginations

Imaginisce

Imaginisce

Club Scrap

Club Scrap

Use the adhesive of your choice to the chipboard and lay it out on the paper you will cover the glued side with.  Once the paper is fully adhered use a craft knife to cut around the chipboard piece.  Remember to punch your holes before covering the other side.

Attaching the paper and cutting around the chipboard

Attaching the paper and cutting around the chipboard

This new thing I am attempting to do….Put Things Away….is getting easier to do.  I still have to talk to myself and make sure that I do it :/  The bag which held my purchases is coming in handy for this project.  All the papers are together.

Clean up as I go

Clean up as I go

I like coming into my “Studio” now.  Space for mojo to happen 😀

 

Orderly work table

Orderly work table

I hope this has been of help to anyone that is thinking about covering chipboard with paper.  Now I have to put these pages under my press and wait until tomorrow to begin the hard part.  Designing the layouts.

Leslie

 

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