Let’s do some Punching!

If you have an electronic cutter with shapes similar to what I have in punches you can use them.  Or even if you have a selection of nested dies you can do this.  Paw through your assortment of tools to see what you come up with.

My punch collection is from my days as a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.   Most all of them are no longer available (maybe on eBay).  I am using what I have on hand.

The inspiration for this current state of affairs is from watching quite a number of DIY Embellishment videos on YouTube.  You will find these at the end of this post.

As you can, plainly, see….I have one or two punches in my collection *eye roll*.

My collection of punches

My collection of punches

I have a plastic holder full of various shapes of craft paper….card stock and printed papers….that have been stashed out of sight until I was ready to tackle the task of cutting them into usable sizes for card fronts.  These papers are, instead, going to be mauled by my punches.

Collection of scrap paper

Collection of scrap paper

I have amassed quite a new collection of paper items that I have no storage space for.  Yay ME!  *groan*

Piles of punched items

Piles of punched items

Using some of the, CAN YOU BELIEVE IT, 500 coin envelopes I bought several years ago because I could not purchase less than that.  I have put each type of punch item in its own coin envelope.  I have selected an assortment of four (4) punch elements and roughly layered them together.  Attempting to figure out color combinations that work together.

My attempt at color coordination

My attempt at color coordination

These four (4) punches from Stampin’ Up! were used for this endeavor.  And you can see how I layered them together to create an embellishment for a card front.

My assortment of DIY Embellishments

My assortment of DIY Embellishments

Here is a better view of my creations.  I have used Tim Holtz “Chit Chat” word stickers on most of these.  I’ve also used a stamped sentiment I recently purchased from a dear friend who sells for “A Stamper’s Journey”.

My creations

My creations

I will have a YouTube video up later today or possibly on Monday (July 4, 2016) showing what I have done to create these.  You can then do the same, or something similar, with your punches or electronic cutters.  Hey, give  yourself the chance to have the “Go To” pieces for  your mini albums, scrapbook layouts, greeting cards, and even your art journals.  You may even find your creations rival those of K&Co., Anna Griffith, or whomever you adore and spend precious money on.

As promised, here are the videos that inspired me to give this a try.

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Pockets and Tags for Mini Albums

If a beginning crafter does an Internet search for “How to make mini album pockets” or “How to make mini album tags” most of the time the results are completed mini albums with the creator showing what the finished project looks like.  If a beginning crafter searches YouTube with the same queries the results are a video ranging in length from 5 minutes to over 25 minutes showing a completed project with the creator telling me “Here is the pocket I made” and “Here is the tag I made”.

When I started making scrapbook layouts and then ventured into mini albums I was continually frustrated with finding there was not one single video, or blog post, that showed the process of making a pocket or a tag.

I have taken it upon myself to be the one that shows all the steps necessary to create these things.  At the bottom of this post I will include my YouTube videos that show how to make pockets and tag inserts.

The tags, just in case you are wondering, are elements to the mini album that can be pulled out from the place they reside.  Photos and journaling  are added to the tags to tell a story…the story that is being told through the photos.  A trip to DisneyWorld, or DisneyLand.  High school prom or graduation.  A wedding or engagement.  Pregnancy or the birth of a new baby.

Gusseted Pockets

Gusseted Pockets

 

4 Pocket Insert

4 Pocket Insert

 

Mini Album tags

Mini Album tags

Next week I will be making tags for a mini album that seem to have “Advanced” skills required but they are things a beginning crafter can make easily.  I am trying to take the mystery out of being creative when it comes to designing a mini album to enjoy yourself or as a gift for someone else.

Leslie

 

Computer Innards And 5 Finger Discount In Joe’s Stash

Front Cover

Front Cover

This is the front cover of the mini intended for our neighbor Hugh.  The background papers are all from DCWV Family Connections.  Although there are some floral patterns the papers are a bit more masculine (to my way of thinking anyway).

I have a Cuttlebug embossing folder that looks like washers.  That inspired me to sneak into Joe’s room and ask if I could dig through his stash of stuff in search of “Embellishments”.  The embossed paper is from some stuff I’ve had for ages and ages and don’t remember who made it or where I got it from.

The two glittered flourishes are from Michaels.  And the “Spinner” image is from Stampin’ Up! in the mini catalog which will expire the 30th of April, 2011.  “Take A Spin” (#122015) is the name of the four stamp set.

Take A Spin #122015

Take A Spin #122015

Sorry it is so blurry.  I used black embossing powder and VersaMark to create the image.  For our friend, this stamp about sums up how we feel about him and the type of person he is.

This is the reason I had Joe in my room affixing the spinner hands to the embossed paper.  He works with all manner of things in a way that is more gentler and affords better results, where as I am one of those slap dash, ham fisted, make it work kind of people that end up having to do things over several times.

Pilfering Joe's stash

Pilfering Joe's stash

Since this mini is for a “Guy” then I felt it only right to add some “guy” type things to this page.  The washers and nut are some of what I pilfered from Joe.

The “Friend” sticker is one I’ve had for many years and has lain in a drawer unloved.  The eyelet is from Stampin’ Up.  The gold stuff on the embossed paper is from Michaels and is “Grecian Gold Rub and Buff”.  I’ve watched several videos on YouTube of Rach0113 that mostly does totally awesome ATCs and she uses the Rub and Buff on mostly everything she does.

This page is not complete, as of yet.  My brain is working at trying to figure out what to do with the rest of the front and not make it “Girly Girl”.

Sound or Video card

Sound or Video card

After taking some of the stuff off this card…and mainly the steel bar at the right

Card added to the page

Card added to the page

I put the whole card on the page.  Notice my totally original and thought provoking use of the 1’s and 0’s 🙂 around the border of the page?  White gel pen from Stampin’ Up! achieved that bit of adornment.  The tag is made using the Stampin’ Up! set Clearly For You #121976.

Butterfly bodies

Butterfly bodies

What ever those “diode” things are, they sure do make really cute butterfly bodies.  Complete with antennae!  The butterfly is one of the several die cuts from a Stampin’ Up! Embosslet named Beautiful Wings.

Page 3 of the mini

Page 3 of the mini

The paper is more of the DCWV Family Connections and the butterfly is the largest one in the Beautiful Wings embosslit.  The “High Tech” sticker is, once more, from a really old set of stickers I have had stashed away for a long time.

These two pages, with the video or audio card attached and the High Tech, are not finished.  I’m trying to figure out how to appropriately thank Hugh for all the hours spent at our house working on Joe’s Windows computer getting it cleared of viruses and updating it.  We’ve paid him for the actual computer swaps Hugh and Joe have gone through but Hugh has always come when Joe calls when the computer doesn’t work quite right.

Page 4 of mini

Page 4 of mini

The tag is another long forgotten item in my stash.  I used to belong to Club Scrap until it became a nuisance of having to have neighbors collect the monthly boxes while I was in some other part of the country at the time and the expense got a little unwieldy after a while.  I do love their stuff and occasionally order from them once in a while.

The flowers are from Prima and Hobby Lobby.  They start life out a creamy white.  I used Chocolate Chip Classic Ink from Stampin’ Up! on the edges of the flowers then spritzed them with my brew of Not Quite Navy, Cherry Cobbler, and Cajun Craze refill inks and Perfect Pearls.

Washers and a "Diode"

Washer and a "Diode"

More results of my pilfering from Joe’s stash of washers and the green thing is a diode deely whopper from one of the circuit boards.

Back side of tag

Back side of tag

This is the back side of the tag.  Another sticker set from Club Scrap that is ages old.  I think this is from one of their 2008 collections that I just could not get excited about.  Looks pretty good here so now it is loved and has a home.

The tag slips into places of the glittered flourishes I didn’t glue down.

Opposing page

Opposing page

I forgot what page this is, but it is to the right of the previous tag page.  The pocket is made from a template I found some where on the internet and I don’t remember where it came from.  The metal bits are from Two-Ten Studios, one of those purchases I made at Whole Lotta Scrap last year when I did the interview with the owner – Leslie.

Yet again, the “Friends” sticker is from my stash of many years in hiding.

Tag insert

Tag insert

The tag insert is from a template.  I have to find where I got this set and post it in my Template Section.  The tab pull is a punch from Stampin’ Up! and the dragonfly is a punch from my real early days of manic shopping in 2006.  That little guy has been hiding in the bottom of a bucket and this is the first time it has been used.

Okay, now for some really fun stuff I’ve done with the computer innards 🙂

Computer gizzies and a washer

Computer gizzies and a washer

One of the computer gizzies is an Intel Pentium Chip (the black one), the other is I don’t know what (green one), another of the little green wire wrapped thing-a-ma-bobs from the computer and a big washer pilfered from Joe.

Lawn mower

Lawn mower

Genius!  Am I right, or what!?  With Joe’s help in making a handle, which I really  needed because the lawn mower resembled a Roomba more than a mower.  Long forgotten and stashed away letter stickers from only God knows when I bought them to create the “Grass Mowing” title and thinly sliced pieces of green paper from Stampin’ Up! I made the grass clippings.

Mostly everything is attached using E6000 adhesive and Glossy Accents.

There is still a lot of work to be done on these pages and I still have three more pages to go in this mini.

My poor Scrubby

My poor Scrubby

For a while I’ll be next to him at my computer as he tries to rest and sleep in this recliner.  He gets some miserable bouts of muscle spasms that go on for quite a long time and the only relief is for me to massage his back until the quivering stops.  I have to get  him, complaining all the while, to sit up to do the massaging.  It is my way of taking his focus off his misery and the spasms to stop.

Plus, the drugs the doctor prescribed for him knock  him out.  Every six hours for one pill and every eight for the other.  Not much sleeping is going to be done by me for a few days but my Scrubby is worth the lack of sleep.

While Joe is sleeping peacefully I’ve found a site on the internet that has captivated my attention.  The Pioneer Woman.  She lives some where here in Oklahoma.  I was searching for a recipe (the day before the whole back issue) on seasoning pork chops to be covered with some luscious stuffing Joe made last Thanksgiving and has been in our freezer since then.

I have to confess.  I’m a snob *hanging my head in shame*.  I thought people that lived out in the middle of nowhere on farms and ranches lived in the dark ages.  This website has given me a right good kick in the pants and altered my view of living in the boonies.  It is full of photos of the livestock they care for on the ranch.  Her photography I’m totally green with envy over.  Her style of writing is laced with humor and I enjoy reading her posts.

Sorry Lynn if you feel abashed at my snobbery.  For some reason I have not equated you with living in the boonies but I think you would enjoy glancing through her website since you are a beekeeper and husband animals on your loving plot of land.

Time to dose my Scrubby with the next round of meds.