Saturday, August 28, 2010

Scallop Square Mini

We made this cute little mini at our June Club meeting. Very easy, all pages made with the Bigz Scallop Square. There are 6 pages, double layers. The front and back covers were put through the Big Shot with the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder then highlighted with Close to Cocoa and a sponge. I glued another square to the back so that there would be a smooth surface to stamp on. I liked the weight of the two layers of cardstock so all of the pages are two squares put together. Each of the remaining pages also had the edges inked after gluing them together. The stamped images are from the Elements of Style stamp set, currently my favorite set. The other images are from the Mostly Vintage decor stencil. The combination of these two sets together is awesome! Most of the stencils were done with Chocolate Chip ink but a couple were done with spritzing on the Log Cabin Smooch Spritz, very nice effect. Go easy on the spritz though, a little goes a long way! Putting the two layers together also hid the back of the brads that I used for embellishment on one of the pages that I used the stencil on. The butterfly on the front is from the Beautiful Butterflies die, cut from Dusty Durango. I stamped it with the flower from the Elements of Style set and then spread a thin layer of Crystal Effects over it. I'm going to finish it off by tying ribbon to the ring.

Supplies: Soft Suede & Dusty Durango cardstock
Accessories:Vintage decor stencil, Beautiful Butterflies die, Scallop Square die, Chocolate Chip and Close to Cocoa ink, Log Cabin Smooch Spritz, Brads, ring
Stamps:Elements of Style

Friday, August 27, 2010

Suitcase mini album

Can you believe I have had this post in draft since May? I totally forgot about it! Anyway, I have to say, I just love how this project turned out. I wanted to make my grandson, Hunter, a mini with pictures from the time he spent with us last summer. We drove to MA to visit them and he came back with us. We stopped at Niagra Falls on the way home, went to the St. Louis Zoo, and he was here over the 4th of July. So we had tons of pictures. I won't show you the entire book but I'll show a few different things I did to make room for extra photos and lots of journaling that I am going to let him do.

This was made from the Briefcase Chipboard album that was in the Occasions mini. I only used two of the chipboard pieces from it. On the outside I used Creamy Caramel (retired) I crumpled the paper up a few times then smoothed it out just a little. I then took a sponge and lightly sponged over the entire piece with Close to Cocoa ink to highlight the wrinkles. Kind of gave it a worn leather look. I then covered the chipboard with the distressed paper for the outside. The inside is just covered with the 'regular' Creamy Caramel cardstock.

For the inside pages I wanted something a little thicker than cardstock but not as thick as the chipboard pieces so I took the cardboard that comes in the designer series paper and cut it to size. I sandwiched that in between two pieces of Creamy Caramel cardstock that I had put through the Big Shot with the texture plates. I inked the edges of this 'sandwich' with Close to Cocoa ink. I punched holes in it and placed eyelets in it to keep the pages from tearing out.

On a few of the pages I needed extra space for adding plenty of pictures so for the photo mat I made it twice as long as I needed it to, scored it down the middle, inked the edges and glued it down to the page. I only glued the edges on 3 sides to create a pocket for a tag. I used photo corner brads (don't know if that is what they are called) to keep the bottom of the page folded up. This allowed me to put 3 photos on this one page and have room for journaling.

I tried to make sure I used this same method of gluing the photo mat down on all of the pages. By only gluing 3 edges I always had somewhere to tuck a tag into for the journaling.

On another page I took a piece of Very Vanilla and cut it to size. I inked the edges of it and with my Cutting tool I perforated a slit in it about 1/2 inch from the edge and opened the slit up. When I glued the paper to the page I only glued down the very edges so that the middle stayed loose. I then made a tag that would fit into the slit, another place to hide the journaling.

I took these pictures before the album was complete and of course forgot to take more before I gave it to him. The closure was leather that I got from the BIA folks. Have to say I won't use it again. After the leather got loosened up from opening and closing a few times it became to soft to easily fit back into the clasp. I was very disappointed since there was no way to remove it without destroying the cover. Oh, well, you live and learn. Leave me a comment and let me know what you think!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

12x12 Color block Layout

We made this for our July club meeting. I just love all of these colors together. I got the idea from page 159 of the new catalog. I wanted a two page layout though so I modified the design just a bit. The base of the pages is Chocolate Chip. It sets the colors off so nicely. I basically just cut my strips of paper as wide as I wanted them and then started cutting them to various lengths until I had a layout that I was happy with, making sure that I staggered the colors across the two pages so that it drew your eye across and balanced out. Notice that there are little patches of the Chocolate Chip peeking out between some of the colors. Most of the papers were run through the Big Shot with either embossing folders or texture plates. I used the Punched Posies level 1 hostess set from the Summer mini for the embellishments. That is such an awesome set. Almost every stamp goes with one of the SU! punches, how wonderful is that?! I also used the new Broadsheet Alphabet set for the title. This is going to be great for titling my scrapbook pages. I love how the pages turned out. Of course it doesn't hurt to have such a cute little subject, does it?

Supplies: Chocolate Chip, So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie, Pretty in Pink and Wild Wasabi cardstock;
Accessories: Butterfly, Five Petal, Fancy Flower, and Scallop Border punches; various texture plates and embossing folders; Chocolate Chip, Pretty in Pink, and Pumpkin Pie inks
Stamp Sets: Punched Posies and Broadsheet Alphabet.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Halloween Treat Tube

This is a cute little treat tube that I found the pattern on Paper Punch Addiction. I did this for a swap with my fellow demos. I love the way it turned out. I was going to enter it in a challenge that Kim had on her blog but didn't get this post up soon enough. Oh, well, maybe next time. This photo isn't the best but I'll try to get another one posted soon so that you can see the detail better. It almost looks like I have a black lite on doesn't it?

I started out by running the black cardstock through the Big Shot with the new Halloween Spider Web embossing folder. Then I took White Craft Ink and a sponge and highlighted the raised lines of the web. Next came the Shimmer Mist spray made from the Shimmer Paint. I love that stuff. A little goes a long way. The top and bottom were made with Pumpkin Pie paper. My wonderful upline and friend, Suzanne, cut me the Rich Razzleberry zig zags out of the new Tasteful Trim die that will be available in the Holiday mini. I was going to use the ric-rack trim but it was much too big for this little box. I just love this die by the way. The trim is long enough to make a border for a 12x12 scrapbook page. Isn't that awesome!?!? I have so many ideas for even the scraps from cutting this die.

Anyway, back to the box. The spider is from Rich Razzleberry too. I was going to make it black but thought it didn't stand out enough from the box that way. The spider is attached to the box with some black string (retired SU! that I don't know the name of) by poking a hole in the lid, putting the string through and using a small black brad to hold it in. The string is attached to the spider by sandwiching it between two pieces of paper.

The spider is made with:
2 1 3/8 circle punches (one for the front, the other is used on the back to sandwich the string)
1 1 1/4 circle punch
2 photo corner punches (cut each on in half following the shape)
Eyes are made with hole punch covered in Crystal Effects.

I will admit though that it took a little time because of all of the steps I did but it wasn't difficult. Hope you all enjoy and check out Kim Score's blog for all of the details on how to create the box.

Edited: Added another pic so that you can hopefully see the detail a little better.