Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Bon Voyage Layout


Today I have a layout to share that is in no way holiday related! For this layout I used the Imaginisce Bon Voyage line.

Don't you just love the brads? I made those using the Imaginisce i-Top from papers in the Bon Voyage line.

I cut my title using the Cricut Expression 2-Anniversary Edition with the Songbird and Don Juan cartridges using coordinating cardstock. For the shadow on "destination" I used my Gypsy to weld the letters together. I lightly inked them with Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

There are couple of different elements on this page. I started with the Postcard From Afar 12x12 paper. I trimmed 1/4" off two sides so that I could mount the page on a sheet of coordinating plain cardstock.

Before I mounted it I trimmed around the postcard on the sheet to make a pocket. I trimmed all the way across the top of the postcard.

On the side I trimmed down about 2", going around the little tab on the side of the card.

After I cut the pocket I mounted the sheet on the plain cardstock.

Next, I made the brad for the layout. Imaginisce does make punches to cut the paper for their i-Top but they also make these little stencils. If you don't make tons of brads (or buttons, or badges, or one of the many other things the i-Top makes) then the stencil will work just fine. (Or if you have nowhere to shop for scrap supplies like me and you have no choice!)

Making brads can be a little tricky but I'll share a trick I learned when I first bought my i-Top - very thin glue dots.

Put a glue dot either on the back of the paper (as shown below) or on the button part of the brad and line up your paper. Stick the two together and then put it in the i-Top handle. This helps to keep your paper aligned.

I added the brads to a strip of cardstock that I then adhered to another strip of the patterned paper. I also added a strip of the striped paper on the side. The striped paper is 1 1/2" wide. the patterned paper is 1".The brads are 22mm and 28mm.

Next, I took a sheet of the Stateroom Baggage paper and trimmed a few of the different tags. I could have used the die cuts that Imaginisce makes but I wanted the tags to have the pattern from the back of that sheet.

On the front of the tags I added a little journaling - kind of. I 'm not a big journaling person, mostly because I HATE my handwriting...but in small doses it can be fairly legible.

I used the backs of the tags for pictures.

The tags then go in the postcard pocket and the pocket I made under my photo mat by only adhering three sides.

And there you have it!


Imaginisce iRock and Crystals
Bazzill Basics Cardstock: Cream and Dark Cranberry

Monday, November 21, 2011

Christmas Tree Mini Album

Good morning!

Today I have another mini album to share with you. I love mini albums - I love that they are a small, self contained scrapbook that actually GETS FINISHED! 

This mini is a little Christmas tree shaped chipboard album by Maya Road.

The first couple of layers of the book are really small so they really just need to be decorated and nothing else. For the star layer I covered it using my gold Krylon leaf pen and added a small Jolee's angel sticker. I covered the next two layers with paper and added some more Recollections snowflakes. I edged the bottom of the striped layer with silver Stickles.

On every layer the top and bottom layers are covered in the same paper. On the smaller top layer I added a stamped tree from an older Close to My Heart set and colored it using their watercolor pencils. (I have Copics but I don't have enough of the right colors to blend anything....and even if I did I'm still clueless on how to use them.....I'll admit it!) I added a journaling block stamped with CTMH Journaling Jots and accented with a small holly stamp that I found in my collection.

For the next layer I added a small felt angel by Hero Arts and covered it with silver Stickles. Below that I added a picture mat and some Jolee's poinsettia accents. The bottom of the page is accented with silver Stickles.

For the next layer we have another journaling block and below that a pocket with a couple of tags for pictures. The bottom of the page is accented with these adorable Recollections ornaments.

For the next layer we have some more picture mats and tags. The awesome Christmas carol stamp on the pocket is Tim Holtz.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

CCI Week #16 - A Thanksgiving Place Card

Our theme this week over at Creative Critterz was to do a Thanksgiving table decoration. I'm not a huge fan of Thanksgiving, mostly because I used to get in trouble a lot as a kid on this holiday because someone decided I needed to sit still for more than five minutes (Thanks Mom!). Silly, right?

For my project (after two failed projects that are staring shamefully at me in my craft room) I decided to make a place card.

He came out kinda cute, huh?

The base for the turkey is a small styrofoam ball. I cut leaves from Accent Essentials at 3/4" and filled them with a pattern from Imagine More. I cut about three dozen of them. I randomly inked parts of the the leaves. I used Fabri-tac to adhere them to the ball.

With my craft knife I pared down the front and back of the ball to make the head and tail pieces fit a little better. For those parts I used the turkey from Create A Critter. I cut the layers at about 3.5" and filled them with patterns and colors from Imagine More. For the back piece I trimmed the feet off the back layer.

I tied a little twine bow around his neck and added the name tag using Accent Essentials. I stamped the name on the tag and adhered it with a pop dot.

His feet are made from 24 gauge floral wire that I bent and then colored with a brown Copic to soften them up so they weren't all shiny.


White cardstock
Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Styrofoam ball (3")
24 Gauge floral wire

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

A Vintage Christmas Box Using Bo Bunny

Christmas is fast approaching! And I have done ZERO shopping.....not a good thing. I should probably get motivated but I have no ideas either. This is typical lately.....

Today I have an altered box to share with you. This is a 9" round paper mache box. I used Bo Bunny's Noel Collection from last Christmas. I had a stack of this paper and thought it would be fun to use for this box. 

I kept the box fairly simple - just covered it in paper and mod podge. I used a little Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink to age the paper. This great bow was made with the Bo Bunny wrappings that match the Noel collection. I glued the bow to the top of the box with Fabri-tac

For the outside of the box I used a little bit different paper than what would generally be used on a Christmas box. I loved this brown paper with the books and ornaments. It just had a very "homey" feeling to me.

This is more of the great wrappings from Bo Bunny. The green actually came with the little button attached to it. It's such a great element.

Inside I used some more of the paper from the top of the box and then a contrasting green print for the sides.

I tried to keep this box simple since it was a more vintage-style. The plan is to use this to store Christmas cards. It could also be filled with treats for a fun family gift. 


Bo Bunny Noel Collection
Bo Bunny Noel Wrappings
Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Vintage Photo
9" Round Paper Mache box
Mod Podge

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Some Christmas Trinkets


I just have a couple Christmas trinkets for you today and an experiment.....

We'll start with the trinkets. First up I made a few Christmas stick pins. These are so much fun to make and so simple. All you need a corsage pin, a few small, random beads, and some glossy accents. Thread the beads on the pin, add a drop of glossy accents to the bottom bead, and let them sit upside down until it dries.

Next up a little charm. I repeated my bead combos for this to keep the theme and colors the same.

I found these cute charms at Joann's. I thought they were so cute!

And.....my experiment. This is a white glazed ceramic star from Michaels. I dropped cranberry and silver mixative alcohol ink directly on the ornament and then blended it with the blending tool. I then put some drops of the the cranberry ink directly on the blender and added the dots. The pictures don't do it justice. It came out with a really pretty flecked look. I added a felt snowflake and a little angel.

Tools and supplies:

Misc Beads and charms
Corsage pins
Ranger Alcohol Ink: Cranberry
Ranger Alcohol Ink Mixative: Silver
Ceramic star
Tim Holtz Swivel Clasp
Glossy Accents

Friday, November 11, 2011

CCI Week #15 - Max's First Thanksgiving


Our theme this week over at Creative Critterz Imaginations was to do a family layout. I rarely do layouts but for this I knew exactly what I wanted to do!

Last Thanksgiving was only the third time in 36 years that I wasn't with my family on Thanksgiving. That was sad enough on its own, but to add to that it was also my darling nephew's first Thanksgiving. My sister got the best picture of him at the table and I knew I needed to do a layout for this.

To do this layout I used Cricut Craft Room. One of the cool things you can do in Craft Room with the Imagine is lay out a page and print it. I used a square sized almost the same as a full sheet of 12x12 paper and filled it with my background from Imagine More.

I then added a second mat layer to the project and added the little acorns from Create a Critter, filled them with color, and layered them. I then added the title and did the same thing.

When I sent the project to the Imagine I selected Print Only and All Layers.

Next, I printed and cut the mat layers for the picture and then the layers for the little bird.

And seriously - how cute is he? I mean I know I'm just the loving aunt and I'm probably kinda biased, but I think he's the cutest kid on the PLANET! I can't wait for Christmas to go home and see him.