September 11, 2013
Hello, my name is Monica Bradford and I’m so excited to be sharing with you today! Can you keep a secret? I’ve got a little thing for crayons. I’ll admit it…I have several crayon boxes in my scrapbook room that I won’t allow anyone to touch (not even my two boys).
In my class Crayons to Color Wheels I talk about how I use crayon boxes to inspire color palettes for your scrapbook pages. But today I want to share with you how you can turn those crayons into colorful jewelry!
You will need:
• A square bezel pendant (can be found at Hobby Lobby)
• A heat gun
• Scissors (I used Tim Holtz)
• Glossy Accents
• Craft mat or wax paper
• Assorted crayons
Start by choosing your colors. Try them out on a piece of paper first to verify how the color looks. Sometimes the wrapper can be misleading. I wanted to create an ombre effect so I needed to be sure that each color was darker than the previous one.
Begin by heating up the pendant just a bit. That allows you to push the crayon pieces into the pendant just a bit, and makes them less likely to blow out when you are heating them with the heat gun.
Begin cutting chunks of crayon and arranging them into your pendant.
You don’t have to fill every space in the pendant because as they melt the holes will fill. Larger chunks work better than small shavings because they are less likely to fly out during heating, although if they do fly out you can just push them back in.
Fill your pendant with pieces of crayon moving from light to dark.
Push the pieces into the slightly warm pendant. You may need to repeat this step as they slowly heat up and move around.
Hold the heat gun very steady and at least 12 inches above the pendant. You don’t want the wax to splatter around. As the crayons melt they will begin to swirl together. You can angle the heat gun in different directions if you want to push certain colors around the pendant. Is there a little too much dark blue? Point the gun from the top a bit and move some white toward the center. Or you can even cut more pieces of crayon to add in additional color.
If wax ends up on the edges of the pendant, or even on the back, use a paper towel to wipe off the excess. The wax is very forgiving while it’s still warm.
Your pendant is looking good! But it needs one more step to seal it up and make it ready to wear.
Grab some Glossy Accents to use as a topcoat and sealer.
Fill the bezel slowly to avoid bubbles. I typically start at the edges and work my way into the center.
If you do end up with a bubble or two you can use a straight pin to pop them. This needs to be done within the first few minutes before the Glossy Accents begins to set.
Allow the Glossy Accents a full 24 hrs to dry before wearing your necklace.
You will love your fun, unique crayon pendant!
August 28, 2013
Hello! I'm very excited to get to share a fun before and after tutorial with you. This is a little sample of what you'll see in my self paced class "Simply Playful Accents". After creating a layout I love to sit back and look at the layout to see what I can add to make my layout shine.
Here is my layout before I added the extra accents. It look's ok but the question is, can I add more to make it look better? And I believe I can.
So I went to my stash of embellishment and dug out a frame, clip, and clothespin. Since the picture has a lot of space around the people I think a frame would draw the eye to those little ones. And after I added the frame I liked how the clothespin tie the frame and picture together. And the clip just added little fun flair to the layout.
Do you see how simple that was?! And what is so great is you get to dig into that stash and use some of it up.
I hope you will join me in my new class "Simply Playful Accents" to learn some other fun ideas for adding those simple accents. You can also find me HERE on my blog.
July 24, 2013
Back to show you the rest of the album and give you some tips on how to off the album.
- add strips of patterned paper to the edges of your pages
- paint around the edges of all your pages
- embellish as desired
Now time to go and make your own bright and cheerful mini album that showcases someone you love.
July 23, 2013
Back for the next step required to make this sweet mini album.
Gather and print your photos sized to fit your album,
you will notice on the sketch below that the photo doesn't completely cover the album page, do what approach works for you!
Each mini album spread contains a picture of the person (who authored the journaling) on the left side of the page and the journaling on the right side of the page.
Come back tomorrow to see the finished album.
July 22, 2013
In the mood for a good project? Yes, I am. Stacy created this album project for a class a few years ago and I wanted to share it with you. It is a simple concept and one that anyone can do.
Pick one person you love and want to scrapbook about,
- invite others to contribute by completing the statement
When I see you...
- have them use their handwriting to complete the journaling page (size depends on finished album size)
Next step is to take photos of each person participating in the project with the person the album is about
More details tomorrow!!
May 29, 2013
Aly Dosdall here to share an easy idea for adding lots of extra photos to your scrapbook pages. Would you believe it if I told you I fit 15 medium to full size photos on a 12" x 12" layout?
I took a We R Memory Keepers pocket page with 4" square pockets and trimmed off the three pockets closest to the binder ring holes (save that for Project Life). I was left with a 9" x 12" pocket page with no holes and a side that needed to be sealed shut (where I had cut). Washi tape to the rescue! I sealed the open side shut with We R Memory Keepers washi tape and then decided to add washi tape to the top and bottom as well to frame my photos.
After placing my 12" x 12" page in a page protector, I placed the pocket page panel on top of the page protector, lining its edge up just to the side of the binder ring holes (be sure not to cover up the holes).
I then added a strip of washi tape, opened up the panel and added another strip of washi tape on the inside to secure it. Now the panel is flush bound to the page protector, and both sides are filled with a total of ten photos and plenty of journaling. And I didn't have to take the time to create a second page.
This is a great option if you're like most scrapbookers and have more photos from events, vacations, and celebrations than you have time to scrapbook. You still get the fun of creating a 12" x 12" page with your favorite photos, but save lots of time by adding the others in a pocket page panel. Give it a try!
Excerpt from Creative Crop 2013
Check out Aly's class Multi-Photo Solutions for more ways to add tons of photos to your layouts!
April 03, 2013
Hi everyone, Mou Saha here! I have taught Grateful Everyday and Lift Me Up at Big Picture Classes. I’m here today to introduce you to my newest workshop Get Artsy.
Get Artsy is a 6-week video workshop where you’ll learn several different techniques using various art mediums. Each week, you’ll watch a 30-40 minute-long video tutorial elaborating and applying those techniques step by step to a scrapbook layout that I created from start to finish on camera. You’ll watch my creative process unfold right before your eyes—because I myself gain much more when I watch the process than by just following written instructions, I thought it might help you to see that mistakes happen and how we can fix or get past them. You’ll also get detailed handouts. I have included 30 bonus layouts for inspiration.
If you are on the fence about trying mixed media scrapbooking, Get Artsy will give you that push to dive in and connect with your inner artist.
If you are already a mixed media scrapper, this workshop will take your skills to the next level. Find out all the details about Get Artsy here and register here.
To give you a small glimpse of some of the techniques you’ll learn in Get Artsy, I have created a mixed media layout and I’ll walk you through it one step at a time.
Lay a stencil down on paper and apply modeling paste with a palette knife.
Mark the spot for a 4” x 6” photo. Lay some diecuts and embossed pieces around the photo spot. If you don’t have a diecutter, use a punch, or handcut shapes. You could even use pre-packaged diecuts.
Apply a coat of gesso to somewhat embed the diecuts and embossed elements. Let dry.
Pick a few colors of Gelato.
You could use other types of watercolor that you might already have. Color the page with Gelatos and blend the colors with a wet paint brush.
Attach your photo.
Add title and journaling. Create an embellishment cluster near the photo using bits and pieces of patterned papers, stickers, stamped images, etc. left over from other projects.
Laura Dotterweich and Ximena
Hope this layout encourages you to try some mixed media scrapbooking of your own. And here’s the best part: I can give away TWO spots I Get Artsy to two lucky blog readers. Leave a comment to this post by Friday 4/5 Winners will posted here on Monday 4/8.
I look forward to seeing you in class!
March 13, 2013
Start with a fresh new pair of plain light-colored espadrilles as the canvas for a wearable art!
- Doodle the design on one shoe with a pencil.
- Mirror the design on the other shoe.
- Then use a selection of colored permanent markers to color in the design.
The fun part is adding stitches, beads, and sequins to fill in the design. Use a narrow needle and wax your thread for best results. Feel free to use pliers to help pull the needle through the thick canvas. Before you know it, you’ll have a pair of beautiful shoes!
For more Amy Powers goodness check out Amy's blog and magazine for fabulous spring ideas!
February 20, 2013
I've wanted to make my own stamps for quite some time. There are all sorts of ways to make them. Some require special materials and tools that can be a little pricey and take some practice to get right. So to begin with I decided to try something cheap and seemingly easy - Adhesive Craft Foam stamps made from foam sheets like these.
You will need:
- a sheet of ADHESIVE craft foam
- an idea for your image, shape, etc. (a notebook to jot down ideas or sketches)
- a pencil
- graph or grid paper (optional) to sketch your design or make a template
- scissors - smaller, very sharp scissors are best for small details. You could also try using a craft knife in which case you would need a self-healing cutting mat.
- clear stiff packaging or a clear acrylic frame
I made all of fifteen stamps shown in this post from this one piece of craft foam and I still have plenty of foam left over for more. This sheet cost me .79 cents at Michaels.
As you can see, for most of the stamps, I drew the image I wanted directly onto the craft foam with a sharp pencil. If you make a mistake, it erases easily and any residue will not affect your stamp.
For some of my ideas, I sketched them in a notebook first or wrote down possible ideas in list form.
Once I was happy with my design, I cut them out with large scissors and then went back for "fussy cutting" with a pair of smaller scissors. I do not recommend the scissors you see in this photo. They are not very sharp but they did an adequate job. My favorite scissors are still in storage so I don't have access to them now. I suspect scissors like them would work much better. Or I want to try out a craft knife on a self healing mat and see how that works out.
Designs with simple shapes seem to work very well. I saw this camera on the side of a coffee mug and drew it on grid paper (Project Life grid card). Then with a few cuts at the corner of the craft foam, cut these rectangles out. As you can see, I drew on the details and then cut them out with my tiny scissors.
For the circle in the center of the camera, I really only cut through the top half of the craft foam which made for some nice detailing.
You can see on this To-go Coffee Cup, I just barely etched a line between the cup and the lid, but surprisingly this is all it took to add the little bit of detail.
Although I didn't do a very good job of an even impression with this stamp, you can see that hint of a line which is all it needs to look a little more realistic.
Here is a template I used for the starburst image. I used a project life grid card and sketched out my lines, for a couple of them I used a ruler so they would be straight.
I cut out the necessary rays, using part of the label from the craft foam to make sure the pieces didn't fall away (since all the cuts join at the center of the starburst).
I traced around the template on to the craft foam.
I adhere each foam shape to something clear and stiff to make a stamp. For this sunburst, I taped the template to the back side of my plastic and stuck the foam pieces over the template on the other side, so they would fit together perfectly (or as perfect as possible).
For this stamp, I had some leftover packaging - basically a clear plastic box, so I stuck my shape to that. The clear box is a little flimsy for my needs though it works adequately.
Here's a picture of it in action.
For the rest of my stamps, I wanted something stiffer than the clear packaging, so I bought myself a 4x6 clear acrylic table frame. I think it was around $2.50 and I had a 40% off coupon! I ended up breaking off the back piece (that folds over) as well as the small piece on the bottom (it is turned side-ways in this photo), so I could use the three pieces independently. I also bought a clear acrylic box frame (comes apart in two pieces with 3 sides each that can be broken apart). I love using something clear so that I can see exactly where I am placing my stamp.
I hope that is clear.
1) Transfer your design on to a sheet of adhesive craft foam. Start in the corner or close to the edge to save the rest of your foam for other stamp designs.
-you can do this by tracing a template cut from cardstock or by drawing directly on your craft foam
2) Cut out your design using sharp "fussy cutting" scissors or a craft knife and self-healing cutting mat
3) Adhere your foam shape onto something clear, plastic & stiff (up-cycled packaging or an old clear acrylic frame you don't need any more).
Go HERE if you'd like to see all of the stamps I made last week.
Go HERE and HERE if you'd like to see them in use in my Project Life layouts of the past two weeks.
I hope to be making more things with my homemade stamps and when I do, I'll be sure to post at my blog. I'm thinking more Project Life journaling cards and title cards, patterned paper, a card -- any other ideas? I might have to pull out my art journal and experiment.
Please let me know in the comments here or via email (link on my blog) if you have any questions about how I made them! And if you make your own stamps, please come visit me at my blog, Nihao, Cupcake!, and leave me a link so I can come see what you made.
February 11, 2013
Hello friends! I have something so exciting to show you. It’s one of those projects that had me squealing with delight as it was coming together and showing it to anyone who would look. Mail lady included. So now I am going to show you...and I just know you, too, are going to love this idea.
For Christmas this year I got an iPad. Yay! I bought a cover for it and even a handy thing that clips on the back so that I can hold it easily in one hand. But what I found that I really needed was a bag with a handle for it. Otherwise it was being tossed in my purse with all the junk that resides there (used tissues, lipstick that has somehow lost its top, a sharpie that has also lost its top, a granola bar that is on the verge of exploding from its package and can no longer honestly be referred to as a “bar”, etc)
I searched high and low for a suitable bag but couldn’t really find one that I liked.and was in my price range. So, like any good crafter would, I set about making one myself. As someone who doesn't’t really sew, this might be a huge undertaking. Fortunately, in a flash of pure genius, I dreamed up the perfect way to make one with just the least bit of sewing...using a placemat! (that’s the part where you go “ooooooo”!)
The construction is super simple...you just fold the placemat up 8” from the bottom, leaving a 3” flap at the top. Use an iron to press these folds.
If you are just making a laptop sleeve (without a handle), you can just sew up the two sides. Could not’t be easier! Add a button and a loop of elastic in the middle of the flap for the closure (Velcro or snaps would work great, too!).
There are a few options for handles. For this one, I used store bought handles attached with a loop of sturdy ribbon (like grosgrain, velvet or twill).
I pinned the loop into place so that half of the ribbon width was in the side seam and the other was in the flap. I sewed into place using a zig-zag stitch.
A small detail that adds a bit of sweet charm to this bag is a little ribbon (or lace, in this case) tag on the side...
Simply pin the loop and sew into place. How cute is that? I also wanted to include a pocket, mostly for my stylus. (I am currently hooked on Draw Something, which I play with my adorable sister nightly! The stylus is my secret weapon.)
I used a muslin bag (with removed drawstring) to make a quick and easy inside pocket. I hand stitched the front flap down and then stitched the top flap to the inside of the bag.
I made 4 of these in no time at all...and I can’t wait to make more. Here are some details of the other bags...
This one is my favorite! I love that the placemat is reversible...that adds a dash of special to this bag. And the trim is adorable. For the handle, I sewed a tube from a strip of fabric and then pressed it so the seam was in the middle. I then sewed this beautiful vintage lace down the length of the strap. I inserted a vintage buckle for a cute detail.
Speaking of details, isn’t this ribbon loop sweet?
I sewed the pocket for this one on the outside...it was too wonderful to hide! I used an old lace collar that I had, perfect!
I added a decorative trim across the flaps of these.
A repurposed velvet belt makes the handle for this one...
I’ve been saving this special button for years...
Now go have fun making one (or four!) yourself. All of the placemats I used are from World Market (Cost Plus). Home Goods is another great source.
Don’t have an iPad? This bag is also perfect for other tablets or readers...and for all you diehards, a good old fashioned planner!
Learn all About my self-paced class, Happy Go Lucky Stitchalong.
The project is set up as a grid-style sampler. You won't believe how much fun these samplers are to make. Each square in your sampler will represent something that makes you happy. And because what makes me happy isn't necessarily what makes you happy, each of us will have a different piece of art when we're done...one that will make you happy just by looking at it. Does it get any better than that?
Watch the video below to learn how to make your happy list and to see mine.
Speaking of videos, in the class their is a video for each of the 25 squares to show you how I stitched mine and to share tips and tricks.
We all had so much fun making our samplers
. Below are some of the student's creations.