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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Handy Holders Part 1 by Wendy Kats

I was bouncing of the walls when this project found his way to my brain. This series has a total of 5 parts and at the end you will have 5 fun holders. Each week I will share a new holder and I hope you will have just as much fun making these holders as I had creating them.

Okay the first holder in this series is called COINS...and this is the result...

I don't know if I'm the only one with this problem but it seems that if you wander trough my house you will at least find 4 or 5 little bowls or jars I dump my lose coins in. You know the are in a hurry and quickly stuff the change you get when you get a coffee or your newspaper into your pocket.
You get home and when you get changed the whole lot drops out of your pocket. Well instead of these ugly little bowls you can hang a few of these around the house matching the colors of your house. 

For this holder I have written a short tutorial  and together with the supply list you will find it at the end of this post.

For now i say scrap on...have fun and hope to see you next week for part 2.
Ohh almost forgot..if you have any questions you can buzz me on facebook or trough my blog.

Monday, August 18, 2014


Hi, Patti here with another design team project.  this is a mini album I created using the Ahoy There collection from Carta Bella  
Since I live in Florida I have a lot of photos of my grandsons either at the beach or in a boat on the lake and this collection was the perfect choice to document those memories.  I took my cue from the collection and wanted to create an album that replicated a life preserver.
I started by cutting my cover using the Quickutz nesting circles dies using the 5.5” circle and the 2.75” circle in the center leaving a 1.25” rim to create a life preserver. If you don’t have the Quickutz dies any circle dies would work.  I then covered the covers with white craft tex  I then wrapped (4) 1” strips in red around the white rope and the ring to recreate a life preserver.
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I then cut 6 more circles out for my pages alternating between the life preserver and the porthole look.
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For the porthole pages, I used brass colored, mirrored cardstock cut with the 5.5” die then surrounded the page with brass brads to complete the look.
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I embellished the pages opposite my photos with a variety of beachy die cuts   and stickers from the collection.
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I left the photo pages unembellished and just adhered the photos using foam adhesive.  I think it helps to keep the focus on the photo.
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I molded the seashell die cuts  much in the same way as you would die cut flowers using the McGill stylus and molding pad to give added dimension.  I then lightly inked the edges with antique linen distress ink then lightly sprayed them with pearl perfect pearls mist.
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I just used the cropadile to punch a hole and put in a brass binding ring to bind the book.
Thank you so much for looking.  ~Patti~

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Pearly Girl by Margaret Ann Moffat

Margaret Ann had done a project earlier this year and used this Beaded Hinge binding so I begged her to do a tutorial on this because I thought it was so lovely and feminine. So here is her post for the Beaded Hinge.

I so do love beads, wires and anything like that so of course I need to put it into a mini album.  So Pearly Girl was born.
Items used:
Darice Pearls  10 mm Pearls and 8 mm pearls
Sprays  Prima Color Bloom  Gold Foil, Cotton Candy, Pearl White, Soft Teal
Wires, jump rings and spacers from my stash

Ok you want to see it lol here’s some pictures, more are on my blog along with a tutorial.  I loooove flaps and pockets soooo had to put flaps into this one lol.

Front Cover

Front Cover side decoration
photo 2  

I used wire, but you can use anything to bind the spine, more details on my blog.

Some Inside Pages
front section has a flap going up
flap going to the left
close flaps and opens to the right

reverse side

Opened top flap

Close flap and open to the right

This was such fun to do, more pictures and detail on how I did each page is on my blog

You can also use this method on chipboard:
I love all things ethereal so when I saw the KaiserCraft Enchanted Garden paper collection I had to use it, so when I used it lavishly on my Boxed Memories Album I still had leftovers woo hoo.
No waste in this household so had this lovely chipboard album to play with and decided it would go together beautifully.
More info on my blog.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Harry & David Box By Carol Hester

We have had a rule in our house for a very long time that when you go somewhere you have to either bring home or send home a post card.. so… through the years and the many places our family has traveled our post cards have been piling up in a box… I came across the Harry & David Box over at Paper Phenomenon and knew it would work ! I chose to use the Somewhere In Time By Bo Bunny as it just fit the project.  This was a super easy tutorial to follow and it has a ton of space. I loved the two smaller albums, and made one to hold all those little things you gather when you are traveling, tickets, hotel room keys,  receipts, luggage tags… yes I do keep those things.. and the other one for my bucket list of places I would love to go and things I would love to see. So here are a few pictures and the list of supplies will follow. To get your tutorial just visit you won’t be sorry !
The front of the box .. This paper just worked perfect for it.
Box opens and holds one Large Album and Two Small ones.
These pages have matts, flips,  pockets and more !!
Supplies Used
Misc. Post card stamps
Misc. flowers from my growing stash.. I know you have one too !!

Avery Elle Thank you.

Hey everyone! Jessie back with another card for you all. 

I started with a piece of Ranger Watercolour paper cut to 4x5 1/4, and use Distress Ink in the colours, Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry, and Squeezed Lemonade. I put the inkpads on a ranger craft sheet and sprayed with water, after drying the first layer of colour, I tapped the piece back in the water to add some further layers, increasing the watercolour effect. 

Then on a white panel I stamped the Thank you sentiment from the Avery Elle set, the "for everything" is from another set in my stash. 

I then made a bow on the front of the card using May Arts Turquoise Twill Stripes ribbon. Added a few enamel dots from my stash in similar colours, put it all on a white card base and the card was complete! Quick and simple. 

Thanks for stopping by,

Thursday, August 14, 2014

My life's journey by Wendy Kats

When going trough my design box I found this fun chipboard album and in a second I decided I was gong to make an album for myself for a change.

Until now I always made albums for my family, friends or my son but never one for just me. Last January I turned 40 and I realized I am basically halfway trough my life. With a smile on my face the title popped in my head and I'm proud to show you My life's Journey Part One.

It didn't take long for me to realize the rings that come with the album would be to small so I exchange them for some nice 2" rings to give it more breathing room.  The collection pack I used is from Echo Park and is called Reflections. This paper is just perfect for this project. 

I have to say that there is no tutorial for the pages...why you might ask...well for me an album like this is a perfect way to just go with the flow and make it something really unique and personal. I love to make layered pockets and tags sticking out everywhere but not all people do. Some people like large mattes and flaps and that's why these chipboard albums are so much fun.

I even added a few pages simply by getting a piece of chipboard and cutting it to the size i want it to be.
When making these added pages I went nuts and even added covers so I could use the pages that had a tab for the fun idea of each ten years of my life per tab.

I covered each of the chipboard pages with a base color I got out of the cardstockpack that way the patterned paper would pop more. For the tags and pockets I used kraft cardstock cause I found it fitting perfectly with the rest of the paper line.

This collection has one of my favorite things I think gives some extra dimension to a page.....layered chipboard!!!! Next to brads and the normal chipboard pieces this is so much fun to work with.

This album is an album very close to my heart and when I am done adding the pictures of  the first 40 years of my life it will be priceless. I think every now and then you have  to be selfish and create something for yourself. I did with this album and i hope god will give me enough years to make a part two.

For now i say... stay safe scrap on and if you like...drop by my blog for more photo's of this project.

Hugs Wendy