When a project idea crosses over into the Twilight Zone – Rod Serling’s Twilight Zone

The younger generation will not understand this reference to Twilight Zone.

“Who is Rod Serling?”  “Was he in Twilight?”  “He’s not followed by TMZ, so he must not be anybody.”

I’m continuing to work on my daughter’s album.  I have high hopes to hand it over to her when I see her, and the rest of our motley crew, in Orlando, Florida for our Family Reunion at Disney World.  19 days – *gulp*

I’m still working with DCWV Street Lace papers.

DCWV Street Lace papers

These two pages will be dedicated to the architecture of Funeral Homes.  The angles, lines, and quiet elegance of the buildings which no one likes to enter unless they have business there.

What better reference of amazing architecture than butterfly and dragonfly wings.

Butterfly wingsDragonfly wingsI can’t use either of these two papers for a two page layout.  The images are on the same side, not opposing sides.  So I will use one of each and cut them up into squares.

I will be using the “Color Block” cutting pattern from the Club Scrap Idea Deck on these two layouts.

Color Block cutting patter from Club Scrap's Idea DeckThe base papers I’ve chosen for these two pages are pink and black with faded imagery.

DCWV printed papers from Street LaceCrapazoid!  I didn’t plan ahead for the cutting instructions.  I just loaded the paper in my trimmer and went to work.  Now it looks like an IED went off and blew the butterfly and dragonfly to smithereens. 😦

The butterfly and the dragonfly have been blown apartI could use the other two butterfly and dragonfly pages and cut them correctly….but I’ve chosen to work with what I’ve done.  Hopefully I can save this mess somehow.  Besides, chances are I would do the very same thing and make things even worse!

I need letters to spell out “Architecture”.  I don’t want to drag out my Cricut and set it up.  You don’t want to see my room, seriously you don’t.  I looked through all my pages of sticker letters…not enough of some letters.  Then I remembered some paper letters I purchased way, way, way back in about 2005.  These letters are made from pretty thin scrapbook paper.  Each set of letters has about 150 pieces attached at one of the ends with some of that stuff like paper pads have.

Paper letters to be used as stickersLet’s see if the whole word will fit on one page.  Yes!

The letters fit on the page and spell out "Architecture"These letters are not sticky backed.  And they are made from really thin paper so I had to be careful when pulling them from the “pad” they were attached to.

The colors have got to go!  They need to be one solid color.  I know!  How about Flocking them.  I can run the letters through my Xyron, face down, to get the sticky on the front of the letter then add the Flock.  Brilliant!

Plan is to Flock the letters in whitePut the letter face down in the Xyron 1.5 inch sticker maker.

Put letter in Xyron 1.5 sticker maker face downI was so confident this was going to work that I ran all the letters through.  My thinking was that the sticky from the Xyron would be enough to adhere the Flock without me having to use the Two Way glue pen.

I ran all the letters through the XyronStarting with the first letter I put it in the funnel tray, poured the Flock on top, then pressed the Flock around the entire letter.

Remove the first letterPut it in the funnel tray and pour Flock all over the letter.

Pour Flock over the letterPress the Flock into the glue.  Press all over the letter to make sure the Flock is applied evenly.

Press the Flock into the sticky on the letterCrapazoid!  The Flock is not fully covering the letter as I had invisioned 😦  Now what am I going to do?!

Well, that didn't work!Start over.  I mean, it is not like I don’t have enough of these letters.  This time I’ll put the letters in face up through the Xyron.

Start over.  Letters face up this timeI’ll paint them with white acrylic paint.  I wonder if acrylic paint goes bad?  This bottle I’ve had since 1998 when I used to paint plaster houses.  Seems to still be good.  At least I can hear it slushing around inside as I shake the bottle.

Paint the letters with whitel acrylic paintLooks like this is going to take two applications of paint.  Let the letters fully dry before adding the second coat.

Paint the letters Let this coat dry then apply a second oneWhile the paint is drying on the letters I think I’ll cut some gray papers to be used as mats in the layout.  Hide the blown up butterflies and dragonflies.

I've cut gray papers to be matsThe really great thing about this “Color Block” layout is that you can turn it round and round until you get the effect you like.  No right way and no wrong way.  My kind of plan 😀

Which configuration is best?  This one, or.....This way, or.....Maybe this way, I don't knowOkay, okay.  Just pick one already!  Sheesh!

Since I can’t decide which way I want to go, I think I’ll find a rubber stamp that looks like something that would be on a blueprint.  I didn’t find anything in my stash of stamps but I did find a chemistry related image.  The stamp is from Club Scrap and I don’t remember what set it was for.  I won’t tell Tiffany if you don’t tell.

Use a rubber stamp over the acrylic paint to add visual interest

By stamping over the acrylic paint you get visual interest.  Think about your stamps with small images.  This would be ideal for those tiny flower stamps or maybe polka dots.  You can add colors in the stamping to match your layout.

Stamped image over acrylic paintIf you decide to use this technique, please don’t be a messy painter like I was.  The acrylic paint on the Xyron paper comes right off with the letter.  What an unsightly mess.  You’ll have to clean around each letter before taking it off the protective paper.

Clean off the acrylic paint around the letter with a pokey toolOnce I had the letters cleaned and cleared of excess acrylic paint I mounted them on a strip of card stock that was sort of a tan color.

Mount your letters to a title stripI have a bad place on the layout that I seriously need to hide.  While adhering the cut pieces to the base paper I put a couple of them on the wrong way.

I have an oopsy to coverAfter all of the messes I’ve created, and good ideas gone wrong, I have a two page layout that I’m happy with.  A title that is seriously one of a kind and plenty of spots for Tiffany to add photos of the Funeral Homes she has taken pictures of.

Layout ready now for embellishmentsI’ve used sticky foam strips to raise the title off the page to add some dimension.

Don’t give up on your idea.  Work with it for a little while.  Through the frustration will come inspiration 😀

Now I’m off to add tags, photo corners, and embellishments to this layout.  I’ll show you the finished project when it is done.


Club Scrap’s 12 x 12 Idea Deck

When I need help in creating a two page 12 x 12 layout my “Go To” tool is the Club Scrap 12 x 12 Idea Deck.  I have the Version 1 which I bought not long after they were introduced.

Club Scrap Scrapbook Layout Idea DeckThis tool comes with 52 individual idea cards.  The layout sketch is on the front of the card while the cutting directions are on the back of the card.  The papers you will need are listed at the bottom of the sketch on the front.  This is called the “Gather List”.  The paper choices are left to you to decide, only the dimensions are listed, i.e. 12 x 12 and 8-1/2 x 11.

Our daughter, Tiffany…..

Our daughter, Tiffany.has made a request for me to create a scrapbook album for a special need of hers.  A place to display and store the photos she has taken of funeral homes and graveyards she visited during her time as a service provider.  Or, as my Joe so lovingly calls it…..”a body snatcher”.

Our Tiffany is a Funeral Director and an embalmer.  She loves her work.  All aspects of it.  She has garnered many accolades in the industry and her work is respected.  I’m so proud of her.

Tiffany is kind of like me.  She’s a “No Frills” kind of girl.  Shabby Chic is not her thing.  Much too delicate for her.  Although Tiffany does like lace, beads, glitter, and flowers she is not all that willing to have it reach out and grab her.

The papers I’m working with are DCWV Street Lace and I’m trying to mix the papers up in her album.  By using the smaller prints on these pages, while others are festooned with bright embossed images, I am trying to balance the bold and luminous pages with those that are a bit more subtle.

I have no idea what photos she has, nor how many.  I don’t know what the colors are in her photos but I do know there will be a lot of cream, light gray, and beige tones of the funeral homes and lots of grays from headstones in the graveyards.  I need the deeper and richer colors of the papers to accent the photos.  Help to make them “pop”.

I have found that my stash of black card stock has dwindled down to scraps.  In this layout I am using some black card stock from Club Scrap that has a map of the star system delicately embossed in gold on the black paper.

Greens, grays, and blacks.This layout is intended for graveyard photos.  The green background is to compliment the green grass.  The gray plaid type paper is to lend strength to headstones.  The black is to give weight to the full layout.  In the bottom areas of both pages I have used an Inkadinkadoo stamp with black embossing powder to create a flourish type visual to look and feel like the engraved granite on some fancier headstones.

Inkadinkadoo stamp embossed in blackAnother stamp set I am using is from Stampin’ Up! and is titled “Style Beautiful”.  I have used two stamps from this set to mimic engraving.  I’ve trimmed the black base mat in gold with a Krylon Gold pen.  I’ve also used a white gel pen at 1/8″ from the edge of the black paper to act as a holder for the green paper mat.

Stampin' Up! "Styled Beautiful" setUsing the same stamp set from Stampin’ Up! I am making photo corners.

Making photo cornersI have cut around each of the stamped images and have used my shimmer brews on them.  First with More Mustard.

Spritzed the photo corners with More MustardThen a bit of Not Quite Navy.

Spritzed with Not Quite NavyAnd a final spritz with Real Red.

A final spritz of Real RedI’ve inked the edges with Tim Holtz Walnut Stain Distress Ink.

Inked the edges with Walnut Stain Distress InkI have yet to decide on the flowers I wish to use with these photo corners.  I want to keep them small.  Some that I made last winter are just laid upon the photo corner pieces that are not glued down just yet.  I may change my mind and use half back pearls or small jewels on the photo corners.

Test fitting the photo corners and flowers

I will post the finished layout when I am done.

This type of a layout is good if you have only two photos and some memorabilia.  A lengthy description of the photo story can be placed on the second page next to the border.  A photo placed on each page along with a news article, map of a hiking trail, or a trip to a fun park.  The small boxes on the right page near the bottom can be used to display small pieces.

Here is a video, from Club Scrap, showing how you use one of the cards in the Idea Deck.  Hope you enjoy it.


What to do when you can’t follow instructions :-(

I have been working on a scrapbook for one of our daughters.  It has been a couple years in the making since I’m not home much.  I’m using DCWV “Street Lace” paper to create this album.

Okay, I’m sure I’m the only person that watches YouTube videos; gets totally stoked by a project someone has come up with and want to replicate, only to find that I didn’t follow the instructions properly.  😦  I have a really bad habit of writing the instructions on a piece of paper then losing those essential instructions underneath the pile of papers I have on my work surface.  A few hours later, or even the next day, I find the instructions and what made sense while watching the video no longer makes sense to me.

Case in point.  This lovely thing I made.  To see any of the photos larger click on them with your mouse – or tap on the photo to view in the browser of your smart phone.

Scrapbook album mini insert

I was so proud of myself for getting all the pieces cut, corners rounded, papers adhered, lace and pearl embellishments applied.

Opening the mini insertYay!  Opening the mini insert works like it is supposed to!

Crapazoid!  I put it on upside downCrapazoid!  It was working fantastic until I notice that I’ve put the front cover on upside down 😦  Try as I might, I could not figure out how to fix this.  Turning the piece to open the other way will make the insert open to the bottom and be difficult to get at.

This part of the process came out right.  I guess when there is more than two steps in a project it is one too many for me 😦

Click this link to MyLilTreasureTrove to see the right way to do this.

Instead of throwing the whole thing away I’ve created a “pocket” to  house the piece that I’ve screwed up on.

I cut a piece of the DCWV Street Lace paper (12 x 12) to 4″ x 12″.  I laid it horizontally on my Martha Steward Score Board and scored at 2-1/2, 2-3/4, and 3″.

Turn the paper around and do the same, horizontally, to the other side.  Making your score marks at 2-1/2, 2-3/4, and 3″.  My messed up insert measures 6″ wide.  I have a 6″ gap between the two sets of score lines on the paper I just worked with.

Now, flip the paper vertically and score on the left side ONLY at 1/2, 3/4, and 1″.

Fold on all of the score lines.  Now it is time to cut away the excess along the bottom.  Cut the horizontal 1″ fold all the way to the 3″ vertical fold.

When you get finished cutting it will look like this.

Refold this piece to make it look like this.

Add adhesive of your choice to the bottom of the two flaps.

Attach the two flaps to the bottom fold and secure in place.

Decorate the front before you attach it to your page.  Give yourself about 2-1/2 inches clearance from the bottom of the layout to make it easier to reach in to take the mini out of the pocket.

Once you have the front of the pocket decorated add the adhesive of your choice to the bottom of the pocket and the two flaps.

Adhere this pocket to your page and insert your mini.  This is how to fix an oopsie without tossing all your previous hard work out.

Now, no one will ever know that you put this mini album insert together backwards 😀  No, the pocket is not glued on crooked.  I am NOT proficient with hot glue.  My yellow and black ribbon piece is what is crooked and I don’t want to tear it all apart and damage the dang thing.  So…..it’s supposed to be crooked 😀

Take the pressure off yourself to be PERFECT!  You will never be perfect BUT you will be fantastic!