Friday, January 20, 2017

Always Being There

I love cards that have an interesting fold.
These tent cards from Color Me Happy Greetings to Go are fun to create with. 
They fold flat and when open, the inside greeting holds the front panel in place.

 Club Scrap papers, stamps and silver dot stickers. Ken Oliver Color Bursts. Unknown dragonfly button.

Can You Case It #144 color challenge

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Yupo Notebook

Yupo is a unique alternative to traditional art papers. It’s a synthetic, pulp-free (tree-free) paper, made in the USA from 100% polypropylene. It has several unique properties: Super-smooth, durable, waterproof, tear-proof and bright white.
When this fabulous paper arrived in the Color Me Happy kit,  most crafters were excited to break out their alcohol inks and color bursts. I was excited about the waterproof, tear-proof properties to this paper. This is exactly what I need for a pocket notebook I'll use at work. The small notebook needs to be strong and sturdy and withstand being shoved in and out of my pant pockets in all types of weather.
Lately I've been fascinated with Midori travel notebooks and Julie provides amazing tutorials, links and videos on how to create one. I took inspiration from those and set about to create my own. I apologize in advance for the VERY long post.  
Cut the Yupo papers into nine 4x6 pieces. I saved the extras to play with.
Score each at 3".
Using my Envelope Punch Board I made tabs on each folded piece.
The tabs will allow me to find my information in a hurry.
6 pieces were punched at 2".
3 pieces were punched at 1" and 3".
Using a ruler and craft knife I sliced off the sides to create tabs.

 Next create three signature of 3 different tabbed folders.
Using the piercing cradle pierce holes 1" from the top and the bottom.
Stitch each signature separately for stability. 
For the cover, trim a piece of Kraft-Tex at 4 1/2 x 6 3/4.
Pierce one hole in the very center.
Pierce holes at .5" and .75" from the top and bottom in the center.
Pierce holes at .5" and .75" one quarter inch to the left and right of the top and bottom holes.
Create a loop on the outside of the book and bring both ends of an elastic band through the center hole.
Bring the end of the elastic band through the hole above the center to the outside and stitch back through the top hole. Repeat with bottom elastic band.
Tie tight in the middle. Enough to create small bend in the cover.
Stitch the two remaining columns and tie in the middle.
Add one stitched folded signature under each elastic band.
I love love love my little book.  Stamping didn't go as well as planned, but's art!
So I wanted to experiment with the pens I'll be using in my notebook.
The notebook is virtually waterproof and I needed the ink to be as well.
I was testing on left over pieces the quickness in drying of the pens on the Yupo.
I was also testing the inks ability to withstand water.
The reason I keep emphasizing the water thing is my last notebook was decimated at work while standing in the rain when we received nearly 3 inches.
Looks like the Sharpie wins out.
I can't wait to fill this up! I can even add more pages if I need.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Happy Hour

January means organization and clean-out time! This month's Tool and Stash challenge at Club Scrap is to use up those buttons brads and beads.  That I can do.  I have hundreds of buttons and thousands of brads. I'm pathetic...I just can't pass up a cute button. I love how versatile buttons can be.  You can stamp on them or cover them with washi tape if they're just not matching.
Club Scrap paper, tag, button. Ken Oliver Color Bursts. Martha Stewart punch. Bo Bunny gems. Cuttlebug embossing folder.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Wakey Wakey

I had so much fun coming up with January's technique challenge for Club Scrap.  What started out as tea staining papers and ribbon ended up with stamping with the tea using a prep bowl. I just love the look and smell of these panels :) 

Club Scrap papers, stamps and ribbon.
A special thanks to KnitterPam for gifting me these awesome Coffee Break stamps.
Looking for a challenge?  Head on over to Just For Fun Rubber Stamps to participate in the Anything Goes challenge.  That's right! Just stamp anything.  Easy Peasy as Jac would say.


Monday, January 16, 2017

Happy Retirement!

These nekked (naked) Assembly Line Pages from Cinema have been sitting in my binder since August 2014. I really didn't know what to do with them until these photos from a good friend's retirement/50th birthday party. They reminded me of counting down the years until retirement. Thank you for your service to the community, Jeff!
Club Scrap papers, washi tape, ribbon and stars. Karen Foster plates. Cuttlebug embossing folder.
Wood embellishments specifically made for It's All About the Scrapbook.
All collections come with free downloadable cutting instructions for creating pages. Just add photos and journaling.
I'm digging into my washi tape stash to enter these layouts into the Lasting Memories 327 Challenge.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Football Fever

Football Fever! 
Thought I'd do a football digital layout in honor of today's game.

Club Scrap, Kristin Aagard, Vikki Stegall, Maya de Groot, Anna Aspnes digital elements. Fiddle Dee Dee template. Patch scanned.
The template is this month's Fiddle Dee Dee Designs Freebie.

Friday, January 13, 2017

So Happy Together.

Micahels had a great sale on washi tape and I couldn't resist buying these metallic sets. Of course I had to get the silver, gold and bronze sets. A girl can't have too many rolls of washi tape!
The Card Concept #64 challenge uses my favorite color combination. Gold, black and pink. What great timing with Valentine's Day approaching soon. 
Here I used gelatos to splatter the background in black and gold. Stamp the sun image twice from Color Me Happy and gold heat emboss. Stamp sentiment in center of one sun. Next color the suns with pink Copics and fussy cut images. Stack images using foam adhesive circles.  I added pink sequins with black Nuvo pearl drops for a final touch.  
Club Scrap papers and stamps. Recollections washi tape. Nuvo crystal drops. Gelatos.