My very FIRST “Finish It Friday” feature.

Usually….unless I have a gift making project….the “How To” video item gets tossed to the side, shoved into a box, hidden beneath a pile of other stuff, and generally is forgotten.

As a fickle crafter, always looking for the next fun technique or idea, I have amassed quite a stash of……crap…..

Seriously folks, I don’t think very far into the future as I create.  I get an idea for a technique.  Make a video featuring the technique.  The end.

These past two weeks I’ve been showing you how to heat emboss items without using rubber stamps.  Getting creative by using what I have on hand.  Saving myself money and time while trying to let you know that the online or walk in craft stores don’t have to be your go to place when you need something for a project.

If your craft space is anything like mine (after 10+ years of creating) you have a rich supply of paper, adhesive, dies, tools, equipment, and just a whole lot of cr….oops STUFF patiently waiting for you to remember them.

No matter your age as a new paper crafter, YouTube is a gateway to creativity.  It can also be a gateway to hell as you compare your work to others with more experience.  I might even go so far as to say quite a number of the 10 Commandments get mangled and abused in our my craft areas as we watch YouTube videos.

COMMANDMENT #1:   You shall have no other Gods before me.

I’m guilty of abusing this Commandment.  Tim Holtz, for example.  Wonderful man and teacher.  When he has a new blog post or video I am on it.  Reading every word of his blog or tweets.  Intently listening and watching his instruction as he creates his art pieces.

Tim Holtz is not the only one.  Stampin’ Up!, Graphic 45, Die Cuts With a View (DCWV), Michaels, Hobby Lobby to name a few.

COMMANDMENT #2:  You shall not make idols.

Yes, I’ve fractured this Commandment a time or two.  I’ve made a few things that I am particularly proud of and often look at the photos of my creations that have been passed on to whomever I made them for.

COMMANDMENT #3:  You shall not take the name of your LORD and God in vain.

Yep.  Smashed this Commandment on numerous occasions when a project or technique goes bad.  Hissy fit with a potty mouth.

COMMANDMENT #4:  Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.

When I am in the creative zone one day runs into the next.  The only day(s) I don’t do anything creative are the days when my Mojo takes a hike or I am in a total funk.

COMMANDMENT #5:  Honor your father and mother.

This one gets trashed from time to time.  If I feel the need to speak about my childhood in foster care my father and mother usually get eviscerated in the conversation.

COMMANDMENT #6:  You shall not murder.

So far….I’m good on that one.  However, I am sorely tempted to act on this when I get a particularly nasty comment on one of my videos.

COMMANDMENT #7:  You shall not commit adultery.

I often wonder what my husband thinks as I babble on and on about Tim Holtz.  At least I only babble about him and don’t actively seek him out.  So…I guess I’m safe on this one.

COMMANDMENT #8:  You shall not steal.

Err, uhm, ahem.  I have stolen someone’s idea from a YouTube video and made it my own.  Not anymore though.  I have learned to give credit where credit is due.

COMMANDMENT #9:  You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

I have not sullied this Commandment…..yet.

COMMANDMENT #10:  You shall not covet.

Guilty!  Totally guilty of obliterating this Commandment.  Don’t believe me?  Take a look at my craft room tour video if you have AN HOUR to kill and want to listen to my voice drone on and  on.

I’m going to Hell I tell you.

Before I go to Hell I want to share with you the newest video I have created.  It is a scrapbook page featuring all the heat embossing techniques I’ve shown you how to do.  It is a “Sampler” page or a reference.  I can look at this page and remember how I did any one of the techniques and use that on a card or another scrapbook page.

I hope this video helps you to be a bit more creative in your craft room.  Using what you have on hand and make others marvel at your genius.

Leslie

 

 

 

Painting with Pearl Ex. Add a subtle touch of bling to your project.

Pearl Ex is a mica and powdered pigment product that requires an adhesive component to allow it to stick to paper.  Unlike Ranger Industries – Tim Holtz product “Perfect Pearls” which already has a binder in the product, Pearl Ex does not have a binder.

Pearl Ex

Pearl Ex

The cover of the mini album I am making for my granddaughter will feature a paper from DCWV’s Mariposa collection.  I will paint in the darker green areas of the ornate frame.

DCWV Mariposa paper

DCWV Mariposa paper

You will need a small amount of water, some white glue that dries clear, and the Pearl Ex pot of your choice. I’m going to use green.

Supplies needed to paint with Pearl Ex

Supplies needed to paint with Pearl Ex

Oh, nearly forgot.  You will need some kind of mixing pan.  I’m using a really old store bought pie tin that has seen better days.

Put a dollop of clear drying white glue in your mixing pan.  About the size of a dime.  For this project that is even too much glue.

A dollop of white glue

A dollop of white glue

You will need to add a small amount of Pearl Ex to the mixing pan – tray, plastic plate, glass jar with a lid, anything.  You don’t need as much Pearl Ex as the amount of glue used.  I tipped the little pot just a bit too far.  Ooops :/

Pearl Ex

Pearl Ex

Next you will need a small amount of water.  I am using already tainted water from the glue when completing a different part of this cover project.

Add water to the mixing tin

Add water to the mixing tin

Ooops!  Way too much water.  I only needed enough to slightly dilute the glue.  Mix everything together until no more blobs of Pearl Ex are seen and the glue is incorporated into the water and Pearl Ex.

Add water and stir well

Add water and stir well

Paint the desired area of your project.  I’m using a fine brush because of some really narrow lines in this image.  Use a brush appropriate to the area you will be painting.  If you are making one of those art journal things and will be slathering on the paint you can use a larger brush.

 

Paint the area you wish

Paint the area you wish

This will be a very subtle touch.  The BLING is only noticeable when the paper is tilted in the light.  It is not something that will reach out and steal all the attention.

Subtle bling

Subtle bling

When the paint and glue mixture has dried you can touch it.  There is very little texture in this application.

When the product is dried you can touch it

When the product is dried you can touch it

You won’t have to worry about the sparkly stuff coming off on your fingers.

Sparkle left on the paper

Sparkle left on the paper

Now that I have rounded up and corralled all of my “Bling” I can easily find my stash of half back pearls.

Bucket of BLING

Bucket of BLING

I added half backed pearls to the circle areas of the design image.  I have used some pearls from “Bling” and from Stampin’ Up!.

Addition of half backed pearls

Addition of half backed pearls

I want those suckers to stay where I put them.  I used Glossy Accents to the backs of the pearls.  The excess glue squeezed out from under the pearls and left a shiny mess behind.

Glossy Accents is visible

Glossy Accents is visible

To cut down on the glue shine I used more of the Pearl Ex and glue treatment of earlier around the pearls and over the Glossy Accents mess.

Nearly invisible now

Nearly invisible now

When I was finished fussing with the cover piece I adhered it down with a lot of double sided tape.

Double sided tape

Double sided tape

Applying the cover piece to the book front cover I had a moment of stark fear.  The piece fell from my fingers and landed right on the cover.  Thankfully, ancestors or angels were watching over me and made sure the heavily glued piece at least landed even.  A little too far left for me but it is even.  Whew!

The cover piece

The cover piece

Do you have Pearl Ex in your stash and have given up on every using it?  Get that stuff out and use it.  Mix a few little batches of different colors.  Stamp an image and get to painting.  This stuff works exactly the same as Twinkling H2O’s.  Only thing is you need to add just a touch of glue to the mix.

We spend a ton of money on the “Trending” items and we feel we just have to have these new bright and shiny products.  When we get them home they languish away in our stash because we can’t really use them.  Dig out your pots of Pearl Ex.  Mix up a little batch of “Happy Bling” and get to painting!

Leslie

 

 

 

 

 

Abracadabra and Hocus Pocus. The magic of paint and paper. More illusions :D

Do you remember the second box I made last week?  The one that I tore stuff off?  Here is a reminder if you don’t remember.

Box #2

Box #2

I only added a couple of “structure strips” to the places that had been damaged by my ripping stuff off.

Added structure strips to areas torn away.

Added structure strips to areas torn away.

More black acrylic paint was slathered over the box edges, inside and out, of both the box and the lid.

Black acrylic paint spread around the outside and inside of box and lid

Black acrylic paint spread around the outside and inside of box and lid

I’m using the DCWV Mariposa paper collection again.

DCWV Mariposa paper collection

DCWV Mariposa paper collection

These two sheets will be the outside of the box.

Papers for outside of the box

Papers for outside of the box

Papers for inside the box.

Papers for inside the box

Papers for inside the box

CRAPAZOID!!!!  I missed a whole section of the inside of the box with the black acrylic paint :/

What the heck was I doing?

What the heck was I doing?

Using another sheet of paper from the DCWV Mariposa papers I covered the outside of the lid.

DCWV Mariposa paper for the lid

DCWV Mariposa paper for the lid

These papers are supposed to be all coordinating and used together or independently.  I’m not 100% sure I like this color scheme but I’m going to just live with it.  I really like the paper on the lid.

Pretty lid :D

Pretty lid 😀

I’ve used this paper on other projects over the past four or five years.  My supply is dwindling away to the point I’m not sure what Box #3 is going to look like :/  The plastic packing I’ve saved for use with die cutting fits in this box very well.

Plastic packaging to be used in die cutting.

Plastic packaging to be used in die cutting

I’ve made a label for the front of this box.  So I know what is in there.  Moving my stash around every year over the winter…when I get back home from my truck driving I can’t remember where I put stuff.  Hopefully….HOPEFULLY!!!!!…..that is done – finished – retired – and I will be home all this coming year.

I have a Stampin’ Up! products called “Hodgepodge Hardware”.  I don’t think this product is sold any longer.  I’ve had this for about five years and it doesn’t get used.

Stampin' Up! Hodgepodge Hardware

Stampin’ Up! Hodgepodge Hardware

There are all sorts of goodies in this box.

 

Lots of shiny stuff :D

Lots of shiny stuff 😀

I’ve chosen the largest label thing-a-ma-bob for this box.  I used another one for the card box I made and I’ll show you that one at the end of this post.

I drew around the metal piece on the back side of one of the Mariposa paper scraps and cut around it.

Draw around the hardware piece

Draw around the hardware piece

Cut inside the pencil lines

Cut inside the pencil lines

Using another scrap of the Mariposa paper I covered a piece of chipboard about 1/2 inch larger than the hardware piece.

Cover a piece of chipboard with scrap paper

Cover a piece of chipboard with scrap paper

Backside of the chipboard

Backside of the chipboard

Mark where the holes will be punched.

Mark where the holes are to be punched

Mark where the holes are to be punched

I printed a label from my DYMO LabelWriter to be a centered on the label piece.

DYMO label

DYMO label

Adhere to label piece

Adhere to label piece

Now I can attach this label to the box with hot glue.

Label complete

Label complete

Now I have two (2) boxes complete 😀  I’m pretty happy with how they have turned out.

Two completed boxes

Two completed boxes

I like the brown with the pink better now.

Box complete

Box complete

So, there you have it.  A pretty box that had been damaged.  You don’t even know where the under side had been torn and ripped.  Abracadabra and Hocus Pocus!  It’s magic 😀

If there is anyone that would be interested in a video tutorial on making these storage boxes from scratch please let me know.  If there is enough interest I will do it.

Leslie

The illusion of straight. And it is just an “illusion”!

I have heard that “black hides many faults” and this time it came in so handy for me.  Although I am thrilled with the success I finally had in making BOX #3…..it is far from being square, plum, or even. 

I’ve seen many videos of people painting only part way on a project.  Me….being a “perfectionist”…..I couldn’t see the reasoning behind the messy paint job that gave me the willies each time I see it happen.  NOW I so appreciate the bad paint job 😀

Painting the outside of the box

Painting the outside of the box

Painting the inside of the box

Painting the inside of the box

The paint I used is by Master’s Touch and I purchased it from Hobby Lobby in the aisle for serious painters.  This is an acrylic paint that is very thick.  I mean THICK.  I had to cut it with water to make it more like the little bottles by Plaid or Folk Art. Let me tell you folks.  This paint STINKS!!!

Master's Touch acrylic paint

Master’s Touch acrylic paint

This paint has a very strong odor.  Unlike anything I’ve ever smelled before.  It has a fairly long “open” time…which just means that it dries SLOWLY!  Even in a thin application.  It is tacky for many HOURS after it has been painted.  In fact, I had to leave it dry overnight before I got to the measuring part of this project.

I had to measure each side…inside and out….on this box – and the lid.  There are no two sides that are totally equal in measurement.  You can see this by the left and right sides of the outside of the box.  I had to hunt for my little pad of Post-It-Notes to keep track of each measurement.  I took the full measurement of the side to be covered then subtracted 1/4 inch from the measurements.

Left side of box

Left side of box

Right side of box

Right side of box

Once I had all the measurements of each stinkin’ surface.  Inside and out.  I had to make a decision which paper I would use.  I chose DCWV’s Mariposa Collection.  I really like the butterfly images on this paper.  And the swirly bits are my favorite as well.

DCWV's Mariposa Collection

DCWV’s Mariposa Collection

I chose this paper for the right and left sides of the box.  The butterflies on the top and bottom of the page are brightly colored and the swirly bits would look great along the bottom of the box.

Paper used for the right and left sides of the box

Paper used for the right and left sides of the box

With the aid of my favorite paper trimmer, the Tonic Studios Guillotine trimmer, I cut the paper for the right and left sides of the box.  Using the bottom set of measurements on the box sides for my cutting guide.

Tonic Studios Guillotine trimmer

Tonic Studios Guillotine trimmer

Left side of box

Left side of box

Right side of box

Right side of box

I have used the second sheet of this paper on some other project and had to find something in the paper stack for the top and bottom of the box. 

Paper used for top and bottom of box

Paper used for top and bottom of box

I haven’t glue these papers on yet.  This is just the “test fit” stage.  Once that part was finished I had to work on the inside of the box and the inside of the lid.  The papers are from the same DCWV Mariposa Collection.  I had only one sheet of each of these papers.

Inside of box

Inside of box

Inside of lid

Inside of lid

Once I got all the papers glued to the box I was pretty pleased with the results.  I have a slew of little Post-It-Notes strewn around 😀

Box end and the lid

Box end and the lid

Box side and lid

Box side and the lid

Inside of box and lid

Inside of box and lid

Box bottom and lid top

Box bottom and lid top

This box will now sit for a day or two to allow that acrylic paint to fully cure and the glue I used to attach the paper to fully dry.  I test fitted the lid to the box and ended up with a sticky situation.  I had to work at prying the lid off the box and checking for damage done in my haste.

Now I’m contemplating if I need to add some rhinestones, flat backed pearls, and some lace to the box and lid.  I’m torn between leaving it as it is or blinging it up.

As you can see.  The black paint applied in such a messy fashion has “framed” the papers well.

One other thing.  This paper has a white back to it.  It is not double sided decorative paper.  After cutting the pieces I had to use some Tim Holtz Walnut Stain Distress Ink to the edges of the paper to hide the white edge.

Walnut Stain Distress Ink

Walnut Stain Distress Ink

White paper edges

White paper edges

After the Walnut Stain

After the Walnut Stain

I can add “Illusionist” to my many talents 😀  Well…..maybe not.

 

 

My Christmas present to Maureen. No peeking Maureen!

A package came for me a couple days ago from Maureen Mathis.  Her Christmas gift to me put a ginormous smile on my face and tears in my eyes.  She was so thoughtful to give me something that I can take along with me on the road to do some creating in the hotel rooms we stay in nightly.

A Slice tool kit, with storage pouch, that holds a spatula, pokey tool, craft knife, replacement blades, tweezers, a scraper, scissors, 6 inch ruler, and a bone folder.  This is the coolest tool kit and will come in handy.

A Slice tool kit

The Martha Stewart Portable Work Station is filled with pockets to hold many of the products I take along in my craft tote.  Currently I have to dig out all the stuff just to find the product I want to use.  It is compact and has a long strap that will be easier for me to carry into the hotel room.  Open it up and set it on the bed to begin creating.

A Portable Work Station

Thank you, so very much Maureen.  I am so blessed to have you as my friend.  I appreciate you and your generous heart.

Now, Maureen, you have to stop reading this post.

As many of you know, Maureen has a craft room she is totally pleased with.  For those of you that haven’t seen it yet I have included her video tour – Part 1 – of her craft room so you can see where she creates.

Okay, I guess you don’t get that video here.  I don’t know what is wrong with YouTube….maybe it is just me 😦

I am making her a bulletin board to go in her craft room.  One she can attach card inspirations, family photos, favorite things she wants to have near or whatever she wants to put on it.

I have one remaining frame and self healing cork attached to a board that fits the frame.  I am using DCWV’s Mariposa paper collection and some textured card stock from Club Scrap.  I have chosen the Mariposa papers because Maureen reminds me of a beautiful butterfly.  She brings joy to the hearts of all she encounters and she leaves them with a huge smile on their faces.  She has that effect on me anyway.  I am so very blessed to have her as my friend.

The papers are cut into 6″ x 6″ squares and placed over the cork.  This is the “test fitting” process.  I wanted to make sure the colors of the plain card stock don’t clash with the butterfly papers.  Once I was satisfied with the layout of the papers I glued them directly to the cork.

Test fitting the patterned and plain papers

After sitting overnight under a home styled “press” to ensure the papers were properly seated and adhered I attached fabric hem tape to sort of frame each of the papers.  I used fabric glue to adhere the hem tape to the paper.  Once more the project went under my “press” to allow the hem tape to be securely adhered.

You’re not still reading this are you Maureen?

Adhered fabric hem tape to frame the papers

While the cork board insert was in the “press” which was several pieces of stray wood I have accumulated over the years, two cases of Joe’s wine that is boxed, my cast iron dutch oven, and a heavy camera case Joe brought in to complete the full pressure points for everything to dry flat and secure.  Sorry, I forgot to take photos of my “press”.  Use what you’ve got 😀

I began the painting process on the frame.  I am using acrylic paint you can pick up at  any craft/hobby store.  Black and gold are the colors I’ve chosen.  I taped around the inner part of the frame using a low tack painters tape to section off the area I wanted to paint.  Once that was completed I set the frame aside for the paint to dry.

Painting the frame has begun

The inner section of the frame was taped to enable me to paint the outer edge with the black acrylic paint.  Once that was finished I set the frame aside to dry once more.

Outer section of the frame has been painted

 

The painter’s tape was then applied to both of the black areas, leaving the center section open for me to apply the gold acrylic paint.

Gold paint applied to the center section of the frame

 

Here is a close up of the black and gold painted frame.  Along with my piles of painter’s tape in my trash just below my table.

Black and gold painted frame

After the cork board had dried of all the glue applications I had done it was time to paint the wooden edge of the insert.  I also painted that with the black acrylic paint.Painting the wood insert

This is the “test fitting” of the frame to the insert.  Everything fits and I’m happy with how it is turning out.  This project will be handed off to my master painter who will apply a coat of varnish to the frame.  Once the varnish dries he will then attach the insert into the frame with glazier points to complete the assembly of this cork board.

Test fitting the frame and the insert

Once that part of this is completed then I will be getting out the much dreaded hot glue to attach flowers, pearls, feathers, and other types of embellishments before I send this off to Maureen.

The rubber stamping inventory project will now continue while I await Joe’s part of this project to be finished.  I hope I can get this finished for her to receive it by Christmas!

 

 

DCWV Mariposa, DCWV Family Connections, and SEI Moonrise papers for notebooks.

Notebooks

We have had Home Health Nurses and aides in our home daily since late Wednesday night taking care of my husband, Joe, as he is recuperating from Pulmonary Embolism (blood clots in his lungs).  Click on any of the photos for a larger view.

Michelle was the first to find her way to our address.  She helped Joe learn how to give himself the shots he needed to thin his blood.  She did her normal nursing duties of taking Joe’s blood pressure, temperature, and oxygen readings.  Michelle got all the paperwork started and placed in a notebook for the subsequent nurses that would be following her  Thursday morning.

Michelle's notebookDCWV Mariposa papers were used on Michelle’s notebook.  The hidden bling is an item I picked up months ago from Michaels in the $1 bin.  The flower is from my stash and the center brad is a Stampin’ Up! purchase a couple years ago.  The name tag is created with rub-on letters and cut out with the Curly Label Punch from Stampin’ Up! – one of the old black style.

Thursday morning Bernita and Warren arrived at our home to take care of Joe.  Bernita is the RN and was training Warren in his duties when visiting the sick in their homes.

Bernita's notebookBernita’s notebook is made using DCWV Mariposa papers.  The flower is a from a birthday present I received from one of my daughters a couple years ago, the green flower below (acting as a leaf) is from my stash. I’ve used rub-ons to make the name tag and used the Curly Label Punch again.

Warren's notebookWarren’s notebook is covered in DCWV Family Connections paper.  The metal book plate is from Stampin’ Up!’s Hardware box.  I don’t think they sell that any longer.  The tag was purchased at Office Depot a couple years back.  The stamp is “Notably Ornate” from Stampin’ Up! – once again a few years ago.  I’ve spritzed, both, the tag bearing Warren’s name using rub-ons and the other tag with my brew of mists.  The large tag at the bottom is Cajun Craze, while the top name tag is Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler, and a blue color I didn’t look at.  A piece of multicolor ribbon was knotted then threaded through and tied on itself at the tag.

Warren did all the nurse work.  He took Joe’s blood pressure, temp, and oxygen readings.  He also stuck Joe’s finger to draw blood and placed a sample on a fancy machine to await the results.

William was the last to come to our home to see to Joe’s care.  Blood pressure, temperature, oxygen level checks and a finger stick to draw blood for the fancy machine.

William's notebook

William’s notebook is made using SEI Moonrise paper.  My last two Tim Holtz gears have been adhered to the front, with one being used as an accent to the name tag – also made using rub-ons.  An adhesive backed card stock “Bingo” sticker from Tim Holtz is applied as is a black and gold button from my stash.
The last notebook I completed is for Joe’s heart specialist, Dr. Miller, who took care of my husband while he was in the hospital.  We have an appointment early in September to see him and find out how Joe is progressing with the Home Health Nurses and my care.

Dr. Miller's notebookThe paper for this notebook is from SEI Moonrise.  The “Going to the Doctor” sticker is from my stash.  The calendar sticker is a Tim Holtz adhesive back card stock sticker.  The burlap is from a piece cut from a length used in my day job.  The turquoise striped paper is from Stampin’ Up!  It was a scrap I found and don’t know what set it came from.  Sorry, I don’t even know the name of the punch I used either, although it is from Stampin’ Up!

All five of the notebooks are filled with yellow legal pad paper 8-1/2 x 11 which I cut at 4-1/4 x 11.  The 4-1/4 x 11 lengths were cut in half at 5-1/2.  All of these notebook pads measure 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 – covers and all.

Thanks for dropping by to see what I’ve been up to.  Now it is time to go check on Joe to see if he’s napping or getting himself into trouble 🙂

Leslie

How can you create anything while on product overload?

What is your paper stash like? Do your eyes glaze over when you start to think of a card or scrapbook project?

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What does your stash of rubber and clear stamps look like? Does the initial inspiration flee when you begin going through your stamps?

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What about your embellishment stash? Do you look at it for inspiration and find that you have lost 3 hours of your life from being in a catatonic stupor?

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How about your tool stash? Do you get excited about using a new purchase only to find you leave it and go back to the simple tools you are most comfortable with?

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Do you spend more time shuffling, touching, stacking, and rummaging through your craft stash with absolutely NOTHING to show for the time you have spent trying to be creative and inspired?

Let me help you break this down into chunks to get you over the creative block. This analogy is a bit gross but it fits. “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time”.

Think FIRST about the project you want to do. Do you have photos of a child’s first step, first day of school, High School Graduation, a vacation trip with friends or family? Do you have a friend or family member celebrating a birthday, recently admitted to the hospital, or just in need of knowing they are lived and thought of?

This post is for a greeting card but, rest assured, the principles are the same for a layout, journal, or card.

Our neighbor back home recently had a heart attack and had surgery this morning to install a stint. I want to make a “Get Well” card for him.

“Bite 1”:

How old is/are the person(s) you are creating for? This will determine the paper colors and print graphics. Also, another determining factor is the photo settings if you are doing a layout. Where were the photos taken?

“Bite 2”:

What is the emotion you want to convey in the project? Fun and excitement for a vacation that was exactly that? Traditional and understated for those school pictures? Celebratory for an upcoming birthday? Heartfelt care and concern for someone going through a difficult time?

“Bite 3”:

What are your favorite colors? What is the favorite color of your card recipient? Do you even know? Choose your colors for your project this way at first.

If you don’t know the color preference of your recipient use the standard colors of the feminine/masculine ranges. Pinks, plums, reds, and jewel tones for feminine projects. Brown, gray, black, and muted greens for masculine projects.

“Bite 4”:

What do you want to say? Have a title for you layout in mind? Have a rubber stamp with a great sentiment you want to use for the conveyed message?

Do you have die cut letters, letter stickers, alpha rub-ons, or word stamps you want to use in your layout or card?

“Bite 5”:

Gather your essential items. Papers, photos, rubber stamps, inks, and letters. Leave all the fancy items for now.

Think of this process as baking a cake. You wouldn’t clutter your countertop with the baking ingredients and cake decorating bags, piping tips, sugar flowers, measuring cups and spoons, and other stuff.

Just the the necessary items to get the cake started. The actual decorating will come later – after the cake has cooled.

Start the process by placing your photos on the paper you have chosen for your layout. You need to see how many of your photos you really want to use.

If you are making a card, you have to decide how big the finished size will be. Go bigger because the stamp you have chosen is large or go medium for a grouping of smaller stamps.

“Bite 6”:

Which photo or stamped image do you want to be the focal point?

This is where the switch-a-roo usually happens. Background paper change, alignment of title block, extra background mat for your stamped image, or even discard the image in favor of one that you like better.

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“Bite 7”:

When you have your elements laid out the way you like them it is time to “assemble your cake” using the adhesive(s) of your choice.

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While you are in the learning stage take pictures of your compositions. You will have easy reference to placement once you remove everything and are faced with a blank slate. Don’t need to give yourself creative block just after your inspiration too flight 🙂

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“Bite 8”:

Now it is time to decorate your cake 🙂

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I’ve added just a bit of Liquid Pearls to the flower petals. Now it needs to dry before I attach them to my card front.

If I don’t like the looks of these flowers on the card I can put them away for something else, a different project. They won’t be wasted.

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Now, your project is nearly finished. Add a sentiment to the inside of your card and a place to write a note.

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That is how you “Eat an elephant”.

Perfectionism is disastrous to your creativity. Fingerprints and glue spots can be covered over with an embellishment. Be kind to yourself as you learn this craft.

Remember this over everything else. A mistake is an opportunity to learn from not a club to beat yourself with.

This is art and you are expressing your heart and soul. You are learning about yourself and what you have inside you 🙂 to give to someone else.

Leslie

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