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Saturday, October 25, 2014

SILLY BOY by Patti Sylvia

Hi, Patti here with another layout, this time I featured these adorable photos of my 2 year old grandson, Cash being absolutely silly while eating chocolate ice cream at the Ghirardelli soda fountain in Downtown Disney.  He thought his chocolate moustache was just the funniest thing and had us all cracking up.  He is quite the silly little boy.
I also featured the gorgeous Bo Bunny SOMEWHERE IN TIME Collection.  I wanted to take this rather vintage, grungy collection and put a more youthful, modern spin on it so I went for different size circles and put them in a vertical line.

I cut my photos to 3 x 3 square then double matted them to form a rectangle to breakup all the circles.

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In order to further enhance the youthful modern look I was trying to achieve I decided to keep this layout clean and used minimal embellishments opting for doodling some dots and circles outlining the circles using a copic multi liner .08 marker.  I used to do this on a lot of my layouts when I first started scrapbooking 6 years ago.  It felt good to re-visit an old technique that I hadn’t done in along time.  Next time you get stuck for an idea for a project, go back to an old tried and true technique.
I inked the edges of everything in Charcoal chalk ink.
I used some sticker letters I had in my stash that matched the collection and were circles to keep the title fun and playful and it helped to balance out the overall design.
This was a super fast and fun layout to do.
Thank you for looking  ~Patti ~

Friday, October 24, 2014

Arsenic & Lace Halloween Cards~by Zandra

Today, I bring you my Halloween Cards using my scraps from Echo Park’s collection Arsenic & Lace:
This is my first card, as I created this from the front sheet of the collection pack and is super easy and made for someone who you know will not keep the card…lol  I also, used twine, scotch quick dry which I keep in the fine line bottles black stickles and for the top of the pumpkin the wood grain paper.
I added a little more layers to this card:  I used the EK Success Zig Zag Chain punch, which I used intertwining the bottom border and the negative pieces for around the 3 x 4 Happy Halloween.  Black Diamond and Crystal sticklesPrima 3 Scallop Doily Die, glossy accents and SS Frankie Enamel Dots.
Now this card is for someone you know is going to keep it…lol   I created this card with lots of texture and layers: 
First, I used some textured paste, on the acetate sheet I inked with white staz on, used gel medium and then crackle accents on top of that which takes overnight to dry.  Also, flowers, seam binding and Prima sprays
So, these were made from my scraps and I think they turned out so cute!  It is always hard for me to throw out any of my scraps.  It is always so fun to see what you can create from your scraps.
~♥Hugz, Zandra♥

Arsenic & Lace Cauldron Mini~by Zandra

Today I share with you my Cauldron Mini album using Echo Park Arsenic & Lace collection.

I love this collection it has made a great Halloween album and if you would like to make this album I do sell the pdf file which you can purchase for $7.00 just email me at:  Each page also, has a pocket for more added photos or journaling and I created the tree from paper towel and Lindy’s spray.  I also, used scor tape, black pop dots, black soot distress ink as well as plastic sheets.
Be sure to check back and see how I used the scraps from this collection to create my Halloween cards.  ~♥Hugz, Zandra♥

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Oh Baby Insta- Brag Book Mini By Carol

Hey all Carol here..  I have another fun mini album to share with you today. This is Made using the  Insta- Brag Book  Tutorial from Paper Phenomenon. This is a fun mini to make and uses the Kraft Tex, Snaps and The Simple Stories Oh Baby Collection.  I had not yet worked with the Kraft Tex and did find that it was a lot easier to use than I thought it would be, and the Snaps are the perfect closure for it
. Oh Baby Mini

The Oh Baby Paper collection lends itself to both a boy or a girl and I have mixed them up in this album to show a bit of both


There are so many elements on this paper to make an adorable album, and the bundle we have put together is more than enough to make this album and more. Each page has  a pocket with tags for pictures or journaling

There are a total of 6 pages in this album, and each page has a pocket.  Each page that I did will document 2 months with room on the tags for pictures and journaling.

The wood grain papers that come in this collection are perfect for the tags, and enamel dots add so much fun too !

You also can not go wrong with the adorable brads , stickers and other elements in this Bundle
We have put all of this together (with the exception of the snap tool and snaps) You can use it for the Insta-Brag Book or for other albums you have tutorials for.

(just click on the link)
to take you right to the store.
The Insta-Brag Book Tutorial must be purchased separately from
And take it from me.. this is an easy tutorial to follow

Saturday, October 18, 2014

CHILL by Patti Sylvia

Hi Patti here with a layout using the Prima Seashore Collection
Yes, I know technically it’s Fall here in the US but I live in Florida which basically means we don’t experience a typical Fall so I present to you “CHILL”.
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I started by spritzing the edges of the 2 layers of patterned paper with some water then curling them to create a wavy edge that I dabbed with some gesso after they dried to further replicate waves much like the white foam often seen on waves.  I then used some Liquidtex Modeling Paste and the Bubbles stencil by Prima  to create the bubbles in the background.  I then used a white gel pen  to outline the bubbles to make them pop.
I also spritzed the background with Gold Foil Prima Color Bloom
I then cut a strip of paper from the pp and added a punched edge using a Martha Stewart shell punch.
The feature of the embellishment cluster is a wood veneer pair of glasses that I found in the clearance aisle of the local art supply store.  I stamped them in Versamark and heat embossed them in gold embossing powder by American Crafts.  I put 3 layers of the embossing powder to be sure to get good coverage.  I then took a piece of the bluish brown acetate overlay and glued in to create the lenses in the glasses.
Go ahead and get this summer’s photos out and scrapped..before you know it, it will be summer again.
Thank you for looking.  ~Patti~

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Mini Album Construction by Carol

The last blog post I did was for the mini album made from the Lifestyle crafts Folder and insert die.. well I had a lot of questions as to how it was constructed and attached to the hidden hinge. I have made another one and took pictures along the way.. they may not be great but you will get the idea of how it goes…


The first thing you want to do is cut out 12 folders, I used two of each paper . 3 pattern and 3 coordinating cardstock. These are papers from the Bo Bunny Madeleine Collection


glue the tabs on the sides to make the folder


close the folders and place them with the openings facing out and spine to spine. Cover all but 1/4” near the spine of of the folder on the right with scor tape or tape of your choice.


remove tape backing and lay the left one on top of the right one so that they will look like this.  Set aside and do the same thing to the remaining folders so that when you are done you have 6 sets


stack your folders up in the way that  you would like to put them in your mini.


I chose to add pattern paper to the cardstock ones on the front and back using the cut apart sheet from the collection.


Ink the edges if you choose .. this is the best time to get that done


Following the directions from
Make your hinge 11 1/4” x 4 1/16”


Cut Chipboard for your covers 2 pieces 4 1/2 “ x 3 1/2 “ and
1 spine piece 4 1/2 “ x 2”
Cover one side with tape
Choose either Cardstock or Pattern Paper for your Covers and cut
1 piece 10 1/2” x 5 1/2 inch
Mark the center of this with a pencil both top and bottom


Remove tape from the 2” spine piece and place in the center of the paper both with your mark and from top to bottom


add one piece of 1/4” tape to each side of the spine for spacers


add both remaining chipboard pieces to each side of the spine lining it up next to the tape.


add tape to the edges on all sides


Miter the corner .. I use the perfect trim tool and it makes it easy to see where to cut.


Fold the edges up starting with the long sides to wrap the chipboard.
oh and remove the spacer tape before wrapping .. I forgot to but it wasn’t a problem to remove after the fact ..


Your covers will now look like this..


I chose to cut a piece of tyvek before adding the binding


be sure to miter the edges of each hinge to make it easier to put your pages on
line your hinge binding up in the center of the 2” spine piece, centering from side to side and top to


Cut paper to finish the inside covers


now take your first folder and you will have 1/4” at the spine that is not taped and will work as the “pocket” needed for the hinge. I open mine up to make it easier to slip onto the hinge .


slide the folder onto the hinge .. leave a small gap at the bottom to help with the movement of your page when turning


now add the remaining 5 pages to the hinges


this will create your book, with 12 folders .. cut 24 insert pages

Now you are ready to decorate !!
Hope this was helpful and that you will have fun making this mini !
Thanks for looking