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

Glitter. From Crap to Fab!

With Joe out on the road and away from home I don’t have anyone to talk to.  I also don’t have anyone to feed either.  This gives me hours and hours of quiet time to do the things I need to do.  I have to wrangle myself to keep me from getting my days and nights mixed up.  It is too easy to take a nap in the afternoon then wind up being awake until 2 in the morning.

I know.  I have it really rough.  Don’t I?

I am feeling pretty good about getting my adhesives all sorted and organized.  It is time to move on to the next two shelves in the cabinet above my work table.  This is still the “Way Before” photo.

Now to sort out the glitter

Now to sort out the glitter

Pull everything out of the cupboard and take a look at what I have.  Lay it out on my work table.

Empty the cupboard of glitter

Empty the cupboard of glitter

I know I have more stuff somewhere in this room.  Oh, yes.  It is in the closet.  Crapazoid.  I have to work my way to the closet through a frightful obstacle course.

My floor right now

My floor right now

I succeeded in getting to the closet and pulling out the drawers with my glitter glue.

Glitter glue

Glitter glue

Guess what I found while I was in the closet.  I’ll give you three guesses and I bet you can get it in one.

Yes, indeed.  More adhesive :/

I forgot I had this

I forgot I had this

More specialty adhesives

More specialty adhesives

I got the adhesives dealt with quickly.  And yes, I did make it safely through the obstacle course to return the now empty drawers back into the cube they came out of.

Since my supply of glitter and glitter glue is pretty small – for now.  I will use some metal buckets I had purchased from Target about five years ago.  The buckets have been sitting on a shelf in another cabinet all this time.

Glitter glue and Liquid Pearls

Glitter glue and Liquid Pearls

Pearl Ex and Perfect Pearls

Pearl Ex and Perfect Pearls

Glitter

Glitter

I think it is about time that I treat myself better and make my storage items look good.  Usually I just chuck stuff and don’t concern myself with how it looks.  Today that changes.

I will be digging through my Hodge Podge Hardware set I bought from Stampin’ Up! a long time ago.

Hodge Podge Hardware

Hodge Podge Hardware

I think I’ll use the small square nameplate thingys.

What to choose?

What to choose?

The small square ones will work well

The small square ones will work well.

I think I will use some Spellbinder dies I have.  That means another trip through the obstacle course for the dies and my Big Shot.  I also need to choose a ribbon.

Spellbinder dies

Spellbinder dies

Ribbon

Ribbon

I need some good stiff paper.  That means I have to look through my stash of Club Scrap paper.  A dark blue piece and a light green piece.

Club Scrap dark blue paper

Club Scrap dark blue paper

Club Scrap light green paper

Club Scrap light green paper

I also will need a scrap of paper to put behind the nameplate label thing-a-ma-bobs.

 

A piece of scrap for the nameplate

A piece of scrap for the nameplate

Out to the living room where my Dymo Label Maker is and do a test to see if the words will fit in the little nameplate things.

Dymo label

Dymo label

Get these labels put together.  Punch a hole in the corner.  Attach a grommet.

Create the label

Create the label

Run ribbon through the grommet

Run ribbon through the grommet

And attach the ribbon to the metal bucket.  Just in case you decide to do this I have a “Heads Up” for you.  Use some little glue dots to hold your ribbon in place around the bucket.  The ribbon wants to be dragged down by the weight of the label.  Just sayin’.

One down and two to go.

One down and two to go.

I have decided to let the Twinkling H2O’s stand at the shelf side.  Also my glittery “No Name” water colors from Hobby Lobby, and my box from Martha Stewart the glitter came in.  I have a confession to make.  I didn’t have any small bottles for the multi colored glitter I had purchased long ago from Stampin’ Up!  I didn’t want to fuss with the plastic containers so…..I tossed the stuff out.  I know.  Booooo – Hisssssss.

Twinkling H2O's

Twinkling H2O’s

No Name glitter water colors

No Name glitter water colors

Martha stewart glitter

Martha Stewart glitter

These all rest very well against the side of the cabinet.

That looks good

That looks good

Now….what you have been waiting for.  I know, I know.  I’ve drug it out long enough.  So here it is.

Ta Da!  I’m very pleased with the result.

 

Glitter stuff organized

Glitter stuff organized

If you don’t hear from me in several days….I may have fallen and can’t get up from the CRAP on my floor!  If you do see another one of these long winded posts you will know not to worry about me.

That fair?  Hope  so.

Are you getting inspired to tackle an organizational project?

Leslie

 

Old School is new again.

Crafting tools have a way of being hot, warm, cool, cold, then hot once again.  The prices we pay for these tools can be a bit high.  Trending is not something I follow.  Heck, I can’t keep track of myself let alone what is the newest trend.

While I am in between things to do, here at Message In A Fold….yes I’m just a bit full of myself :D, I have been going through my cupboards and stashes.  Once in a while I run across something that I totally forgot I had.

A hidden treasure

A hidden treasure

In 2004 I bought the Fiskars Shape Boss.  It, at that time, was the “must have” tool for every scrapbook artist and card maker.  I used in in my daughter’s wedding album in 2005 and then stuck it away and it has been neglected ever since then.

This is what one looks like….if you don’t have one already.

Fiskars Shape Boss

Fiskars Shape Boss

Shape Boss

Shape Boss

This comes with bright orange pegs (or mine did at the time).  These are to hold the templates in place and keep them from wiggling around while you are working.

Pegs

Pegs

The overlays come in two sizes.  Overlays are purchased separately.  Large for 12 x 12 and a medium one for 8-1/2 x 11.

12 x 12 overlay

12 x 12 overlay

8-1/2 x 11 overlay

8-1/2 x 11 overlay

There are two pieces to each overlay.  A gray bottom piece and a clear overlay for the top.  The clear overlay is marked with grid lines that help to align your paper between the layers.

2 pieces to the overlays

2 pieces to the overlays

Line up the holes in the overlay with the holes in the Shape Boss.  There are holes on all sides of the 12 x 12.  The 8-1/2 x 11 have the three holes on the longer sides.

Line up the holes

Line up the holes

Closer view of the holes

Closer view of the holes

Insert the pegs.  Don’t push them too hard in the holes.  You will have to round up some pliers to get those suckers out if you really mash them in.  Just push the pegs in the holes far enough that raising the top layer doesn’t send the pegs flying off the board.

Insert pegs

Insert pegs

Raise the top layer and scoot your paper between the two layers.  The Fiskars site recommends to add a sheet of wax paper over the card stock at this time.  I just now found that out.  I don’t go much for reading directions.  Maybe that is why I have to struggle with things….ya think?

Insert card stock between layers of the overlay

Insert card stock between layers of the overlay

Align the card stock within the grid lines.  This will help you when you begin the embossing process.  Once you take it out to have a look you can put it back in the right spot if you align it at first.

Align the card stock at the grid lines

Align the card stock at the grid lines

Card stock inserted

Card stock inserted

If you want to use the interior panels instead of the borders, align your paper with the “Registration Marks” located in the interior panels.

Registration Marks

Registration Marks

When I purchased this Shape Boss it came with a stylus.  I don’t know if they still do.  Now use your stylus within the overlay piece you want to use.

Stylus

Stylus

You may be wondering what this is all about.  I need to get back to making some cards.  I’ve used four techniques for each size….12 x 12 and 8-1/2 x 11.

12 x 12:

Heat Embossing:  I used VersaMark and some really old and pretty turquoise powder I’ve had for a long, long time.  When heat embossing your embossed image, there are a couple things you need to do.

FIRST.  Really, and I mean REALLY, rub over the paper – not so hard  you flatten all you work – with an Embossing Buddy, dryer sheet, or whatever you use to remove the static from paper.  If you don’t do this you will be spending a lot of time brushing off the excess embossing powder.  Let me tell  you this from personal experience.

SECOND.  When using the VersaMark, or any other embossing ink pad, keep the pad FLAT.  Very light pressure on the pad against the card stock and swipe in long strokes.  Don’t mash the ink pad to the paper.  You will have a huge mess then when it comes to heat this.  Easy swipes will make for a cleaned heat embossed image.

Heat emboss over the embossed image

Heat emboss over the embossed image

Chalk:  While the card stock is sandwiched between the overlay you can use chalks to fill in the image.  Use the overlay as your guide.

You can chalk the embossed image once you have it out of the overlay.

Chalk

Chalk

Colored Markers:  Those of you that are adept at using the Copic or other  markers will have fun with this.  Even those of us that are a bit dangerous wielding the markers can have fun.

Colored Markers

Colored Markers

Ink:  Smearing it all up with ink is fun as well.  The different depths of color you get while sponging on is a joy to see.

Ink

Ink

Now for the 8-1/2 x 11 Overlay.

Twinkling H2O’s or other Shimmer Paints:  Trying to see the embossed image on this white paper was a bit of a challenge but it turned out pretty good.  There are so many products on the market today that can give this old tool a face lift and these sparkly paints are just one of them.

Sorry for the out of focus shot here.  There is nothing that can hide my bad stamping skills 😀

Shimmery paints

Shimmery paints

Just look at all the sparkle 😀  Oooooh, pretty 😀

Oh so shiny

Oh so shiny

Chalk:  As with the 12 x 12…you can chalk your image using the overlay instead of pressure embossing the image.  With a Q-Tip and chalk colors of your choice it is really easy to make this embossed image pop.  It even helped my stamping skills 😀

Chalk

Chalk

Colored Markers:  Same as with the 12 x 12.  Use your Copic or  other colored markers to make the raised embossed image pop out.

Colored markers

Colored markers

Ink:  Once again, sponge ink over the embossed image to bring the shape out from hiding 😀

Ink

Ink

I like the convenience and speed available with the Embossing Folders from Sizzix, Cuttlebug, Tim Holtz, and Stampin’ Up!.  Load the paper and crank it through the machine for awesome results.

There is just something about doing this old style way.  Taking the time to press with the stylus and work it around to get the image.  It can make for a “Zen” hour.  Do something that requires very little thought to give your mind a chance to relax in a meditative state.  Hurry another day….or soon after creating the image 😀

So, if you have one of these tools hiding away in your stash….bring it out and play with it for a while.  What kinds of things can YOU come up with using the products you have?  The ideas are endless….

Stickles

Glimmer Mists

Alcohol Inks

Acrylic Paint….that might be something to try.  Paint the paper with the acrylic paint, let it dry then do the embossing.  The paint will break off in places….ooooh, that sounds like fun 😀

Inks and mists

Perfect Pearls

Micro beads and glue

Just think of ways you can use this tool. Emboss on journal tags.  Mini album embellishments. Card fronts.  Scrapbook pages.  Emboss a photo with a lot of open space.

Okay, I’ve talked myself into going back into my room and play with this thing again 😀

Altered Momento Holder

Momento Holder

Momento Holder

This framed wooden box, with glass lid, is usually used to display a medal or service pins.

Shepherd Hills Outlet store in Lebanon, Missouri is a place we stop when we travel on I-44 in Missouri, either east or west.  Last September there was a three foot stack of these display boxes for sale.  Original price was $12.99 but I got it for $7.49.  I only bought one since I was not sure what I was going to do with it.  This holder has sat on a shelf in my room since then.

Front of altered medal box

Front of altered medal box

This is now the outside front of the box.

Glass front

Glass front

Inside of box

Inside of box

YES!!!  I’ve used flowers and GLITTER.  The glitter I will get to and it is some really stunning stuff.

Back of the box

Back of the box

This box has been specially made for the owner of Whole Lotta Scrap in Norman, Oklahoma – Leslie – who recently lost her husband.  I’m not a very good card maker – YET.

Some things I’ve learned in creating this box:

Twinkling H2O's

Twinkling H2O's

At Whole Lotta Scrap this product by Lumiarte can be purchased in single pots, in bottles of shimmer paint, or in this multiple pack.  Not having seen this product before I opted for the multiple pack.  It comes with a spritzer bottle which is used to wet the pots.

Notice the butterfly cut out I have circled in the orange red oval in the photo above.  This is what it looked like after I applied the Twinkling H2O’s.

Butterfly with Twinkling H2O's

Butterfly with Twinkling H2O's

Using a fine tipped paint brush to stir the water I spritzed into the pot of yellow I painted it on the plain butterfly.  It is translucent enough to allow the fine lines printed on the butterfly to show through while the glimmer and color show up vibrantly.  I used my heat tool to dry the yellow before I went on to adding the blue color.  I did not want the vibrant blue turning to green as you can see happening at the top edge of the butterfly wings.

The next thing I learned:

Tim Holtz Idea-ology Facets

Tim Holtz Idea-ology Facets

I have had the EK Success “Fresh Cuts” tag things for a really, really, really, long time.

Glossy Accents, Facets, and tag

Glossy Accents, Facets, and tag

The mistake I made was to put w-a-a-a-a-a-y too much Glossy Accents on the back of the Facet then press it down on the tag.  The Glossy Accents squeezed out of it like crazy.  In my attempt to get the excess glue cleaned up with a paper towel I smeared the Glossy Accents onto the Facet itself.

After I got the glue cleaned up I quickly saturated a cotton ball with alcohol and wiped the Facet clean of the Glossy Accents.  While the glue is still “wet” it can be successfully removed from the Facet using the alcohol without damaging the plastic surface and causing it to “fog” over.  I then left it as you see it for over an  hour to dry before trimming away the excess paper.

Facet hanging from tag

Facet hanging from tag

Once more I had to enlist the aid of my “Scrubby” to finish this project.

My "Scrubby"

My "Scrubby"

Joe was tasked with drilling a hole in the front frame to attach a cabinet door knob.  I needed a screw with a flat head so it could be safely covered by the glass and not break when installing.

Here is a photo montage of the process and products I’ve used in this project.

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