Crafter’s Corner: March 15th, 2012

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St. Patrick’s Day Liquor Bouquet

As most of us know, St. Patrick’s Day is one of the biggest bar nights of the year. Unfortunately, some people are unable to get out of the house, so we have created a way to bring the fun to them! It was also a fun project for us to work on and we’ll think you’ll enjoy it too! Really, you could use the concept for a birthday, bachelorette party or any special occasion. Be creative and personalize this project to meet your needs!

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What you will need:

  • a mug – we found this one at dollar tree
  • Styrofoam or floral foam to fit your mug
  • kabob skewers or small wooden dowels
  • pipe cleaners (we chose green and orange)
  • green wrapping paper or tissue paper
  • assorted mini-liquors (we also used Killian’s Irish Red)
  • scissors
  • tape
  • glue

what you need

Step #1: Cut your Styrofoam or floral foam to easily slide in and out of your mug (you want it to fit loosely inside because we will be wrapping it with the paper). cut foam to fitWe purchased a large piece of foam so we could use it for multiple projects. We traced the bottom of our mug so we knew what size to cut, then cut out a block using a kitchen knife. The foam cut really easily, but did make a small mess. We then shaved the edges with the knife until we got a cylinder shape that fit easily into our mug. Also messy, but easy to clean up too, so it was worth it.cut foam

Step #2: Cut a large piece of your wrapping paper (or tissue paper). You will want enough to fit around your foam with plenty left over to hang over the edges of the mug. Wrap the paper around your foam piece.wrap

Step #3: Slide your paper-wrapped foam into the mug. Pull the edges out so that the top of the foam cylinder is easily accessible. place foam in mug

Step #4: Secure each liquor bottle to the top (flat end, not pointy end) of a kabob skewer or wooden dowel using the pipe cleaners, leaving about an inch of the top of the skewer visible.  For our heavier Killian bottles, we secured the bottle at the neck as well as around the body and we used two skewers for added stability. secure bottles

Step #5: Arrange each liquor-skewer in the mug by stabbing the pointy ends into the Styrofoam. Then wrap a pipe cleaner around the wooden dowel exposed at the top of each liquor bottle and twirl it so it looks pretty! decorate with pipe cleaners

Step #6: We also made some St. Patty’s Day embellishments to help decorate our gift. We secured each embellishment to a skewer using tape on the back and added them to our arrangement. Once your arrangement is done, fold in the edges of the paper and secure it to itself using tape to make a pretty fluffy fold at the top of the mug. decorate with embellishments

Step #7: Deliver your handmade Liquor Bouquet to your friends and family and enjoy an evening of Irish merriment! IMAG0474

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Technique of the Week: Week of March 10th, 2013

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Stuck on Stickers

Stickers are an easy and fast way to decorate your scrapbook page. What we like about them is the convenience. No designing, cutting or pasting involved. Just pick out a sticker and you’re all set! Although they are convenient, they can get a little pricey. We recommend purchasing them when they go on sale to save a bit of money. There are millions out there to choose from to fit every occasion.

You can use a decorative sticker to add some character to your page.

decorative sticker

You can use a scripted sticker to add some verbiage that represents your page.

scripted stickers

If you can’t find exactly what you want, don’t worry. You can also choose alphabet stickers and create you’re own descriptions. These come in so many fonts and colors, you shouldn’t have a problem finding a style that will fit your theme.

alphabet stickers

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Technique of the Week: Week of February 24th, 2013

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Using Clip Art

Using Clip Art can be a great way to dress up your scrapbook page without purchasing those expensive embellishments.

You can use it as an embellishment to liven up a page:

Clip Art as Embellishment

You can use it to create an accent to your photo:

Clip Art as Photo Accent

You can use it to spice up a title or a journal entry:

Clip Art as Title Enhancer

You can use it as a photo frame:

Clip Art as Photo Frame

We’ve found that printing on cardstock makes the clip art easier to manage. Be creative. You can try printing on colored paper, or printing multiples and layering them for a 3D effect. There are many possibilities, and all are less expensive than purchasing already made embellishments. If you find a way to utilize clip art that we haven’t discussed, feel free to leave a comment!

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Technique of the Week: Week of January 27th, 2013

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Woven Memories

We’ve been experimenting with different ways to manipulate photos and came across the idea of a woven picture. We gave it a try and it turned out to be fantastic! You will need two copies of the same photograph, both the same size. For our project, we used two 4×6″ photos of a backyard pond.

starting photos

On the first photo, cut horizontal lines 1/2″ apart. We did not cut all the way to the edge. We started our horizontal cut 0.5″ from the left edge and ended the cut 0.5″ before the right edge. We used the Pazzles™ cutting machine to do so, but you may use a simple cutting board and exacto knife and get the same results.

horizontal cuts

On the second photo, cut vertical lines 1/2″ apart. This time you will want to cut all the way to the edge.

vertical cuts

 Next, remove the first (far left) and last (far right) strips from the vertically-cut photo. You will not need these pieces.

remove left and right strips

 Being sure to keep the rest of your vertical strips in order, start weaving them one by one, in alternating patterns, into the horizontally cut picture. (For example, if the first vertical strip goes over the 1st horizontal line, under the 2nd, over, under, over, under, then you will want to weave the second vertical strip in the opposite direction: UNDER the 1st horizontal line, OVER the 2nd, under, over, under, over). We chose to tuck the ends of each vertical strip under the top and bottom horizontal strips so that there would be a solid border around the entire woven photo. You can choose to do this if you wish, or leave alternating ends showing.

weaving

 You will want to pull each vertical strip tightly to the left of the photo as you weave. Adjustments may need to be made multiple times. We recommend making these adjustments on the back side of the photo, so you do not ruin the edges showing on the picture. Adjust as many times as needed to fit all vertical strips into the weaving (excluding the far left and far right strips removed earlier). The last strip is the most difficult to weave, but have patience. It is possible with a little work!

tighten strips

 Voila! Your woven memory is complete. Don’t worry if it bulges up or down in the center from the tension of the weaving. When you glue it onto your scrapbook page, it will flatten out perfectly. If you want it flat without gluing it down on a page, simply put a heavy book or two on top of it overnight. 

final result

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Technique of the Week: Week of January 20th, 2013

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Titles, Quotes and Poems

One of the things that makes a scrapbook more appealing that a traditional photo album is the ability to customize each page to the event captured. Whether it’s little Timmy’s first day of school or Grandpa’s 100th birthday, one of the best ways to remember the moment is to add a title, quote or poem to your page. For long quotes or poems, you may want to use only a verse or two, but it is completely up to you and your preferences.

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Here are some of our favorite websites to find the perfect title, quote or poem for your page!

For Titles:
www.theperfecttitle.com
www.idreamofscrapping.com
www.hummiesworld.com

For Quotes:
www.brainyquote.com
www.quotesandpoem.com
www.quotes-and-poems.com

For Poems:
www.poemhunter.com
www.poetryfoundation.org
www.quotesandpoem.com

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Technique of the Week: Week of January 6th, 2013

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Page Maps

One of the hardest parts of scrapbooking can be deciding the layout of the page, especially when trying to put several pictures on a single page together. Page maps can be very helpful with this issue. They can give you great ideas on how to layout your pictures as well as your embellishments.

There are several sources to find page maps. One of our favorites is www.pagemaps.com. This website offers hundreds, maybe even thousands of page maps you can browse through in their archives. They also have maps for cards and smaller scrapbook pages. This website belongs to Becky Fleck, the author of Scrapbook Page Maps: Sketches For Creative Layouts and Scrapbook Page Maps 2: Sketches For Creative Layouts and Cards. We really like these books because they have flip cards in the back arranged by the size the layout is for (for example 12″x12″, 8.5″x11″, 6″x6″, etc). It is really easy to find what you are looking for.

Another place we recommend taking a look at is Pinterest.com and search for page maps. Most of the results are by www.scrapbook.com, but they do have some really great layouts here as well (it is not as easy to find the layouts on the scrapbook.com website as it is on Pinterest).

images from scrapbook.com and pagemaps.com

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Technique of the Week: Week of December 30th, 2012

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Beautifully Burnt

Welcome back! We hope you all had a wonderful New Year’s!

PLEASE USE CAUTION WHEN USING THIS WEEK’S TECHNIQUE OF THE WEEK!!!

This week’s Technique of the Week is a great way to give your scrapbook page an antique look. Either the accents around your picture or the actual picture itself can be burned along the edges to create an old-fashioned appeal. You can use any source of flame, such as a match or lighter. However, we used the flame from the stove and worked from there. We found this to be the easiest method because the flame was constant and we didn’t have to worry about manipulating a lighter or a match, just our picture. Use what you find easiest, but make sure you do this technique NEAR THE SINK or another water source just in case your flames get out of hand. Also keep in mind that an actual photograph will burn hotter that a piece of paper, so use caution when touching these materials (We learned the hard way that the picture stays hot a bit longer than the paper).

On the page below, we burned our picture as well as a piece of construction paper cut slightly larger that our picture. We then simply glued the picture to the burnt construction paper to create a border around the photograph. When burning our paper, we also tried tearing very small slits in various places along the border to affect the way the paper burned. This created a more random burn pattern which added a nice touch. We also used this same technique with the embellishments we made for our page. 

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Pazzles: Learning to Make Die-Cuts

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We have recently acquired the Pazzles™ Inspiration paper crafting machine. It is a fantastic machine, but takes some getting used to. We have been experimenting with it quite a bit lately. Today we successfully made some die cuts.

These dies cuts are images available through the Pazzles™ software:

swirl die cuts

 

These dies cuts were created from images found on the web:

hands heart comparisonSilhouette comparison

We had a great time making these one of a kind die-cuts and can’t wait to learn how to use more of the Pazzles™ features!

If you would like to know more about the Pazzles™ Inspiration paper crafting machine, here is a great video that shows what it can do: https://www.youtube.com/user/pazzles

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Technique of the Week: Week of December 23rd, 2012

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Scrapping: Not Just for Albums

Scrapbooking is not only for scrapbook albums. It can also be used for multiple projects. For Christmas, one of the gifts we gave was this picture frame. It was put together just like a scrapbook, but was put into a picture frame instead of a scrapbook album. You’ll see that it is not the same size as a usual scrapbook page. Simply use the back of the sample photo that comes with the frame  as a mat to build your page.

Scrapping: Not Just for Albums

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Crafter’s Corner: December 19th, 2012

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Custom Cookie Jars

This idea was generously given to us by Laura Schmeisl, one of our extremely talented friends from Michigan. Thank you Laura! Check out some of her work in graphic design at www.laura-schmeisl.com

These homemade cookie jars make wonderful gifts for friends and family. These gifts costs less than $10 to make, and can be customized for any occasion and for personalities of all types. Let your creativity shine!

Custom Cookie Jar

 

What you will need (per jar):

  • One 1-Quart Canning Jar (use any sealed jar that you would like, such as a canning jar or a flip-top jar)
    • 1 1/3 C Flour
    • 1 tsp Baking Powder
    • 1 tsp Baking Soda
    • 1 1/4  tsp Salt
    • 1 C Quick Oats
    • ½ C Sugar
    • ½ C Brown Sugar
    • 1 C Chocolate Chips (you can also add M&M’s if you’d like)
  • a computer or your handy scrapbooking skills! (to design the label and make the instruction card)
  • glue
  • cardstock
  • hole punch
  • ribbon

 

Step #1: Fill your jar as follows:

  1. Mix Flour, Baking Powder, Baking Soda & Salt and add to bottom of the jar
  2. Add the Oatmeal as the next layer
  3. Mix together Sugar and Brown Sugar and add as next layer
  4. Pour in Chocolate Chips as top layer

Step 1

 

Step #2: Make the instruction label. Punch a hole in the corner and and tie it to the neck of the jar using the ribbon. The instruction label should read as follows:

How to Make:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Dump entire jar into a large mixing bowl.
  3. Add 1 stick of butter, 1 tsp vanilla and 1 egg.
  4. Mix thoroughly. Bake cookies for approximately 11 minutes.

Step 2

 

Step #3: Add your custom, personalized label. Here is where you make this gift unique and special. If you are going to design the label on the computer, print the label and glue it onto colorful cardstock. Or you can design your own scrapbook style label. Punch a hole on either side of the label, thread the ribbon through it and tie it onto the jar.

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Step #4: You’re all done! Great job! You can also add different variations if you’d like. For example, layer the ingredients in a separate order, use a different cookie recipe or try using mixed nuts instead of cookie mix as Laura did for one of her gifts. The possibilities are endless!

Step 4

 

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Crafter’s Corner: December 17th, 2012

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Deck the Walls

This idea is a nice way to decorate for the holiday season. If you have large pictures, giftwrap them almost as you would a Christmas gift. This adds a nice festive feeling to the room with very little work and at very little cost.

Deck the Walls

What you will need:

  • a large picture
  • wrapping paper of your choice
  • ribbon of your choice
  • scissors
  • tape

Step #1: lay the wrapping paper face down and place the picture face down on top. Cut the wrapping paper to leave excess on all 4 sides of the frame. Tape each edge down to the back of the picture frame. (if the frame is valuable, be sure to place and remove a test piece of tape to be sure it will not damage the frame). Do not cover the entire back of the frame, as you will want the hanger available to hang the picture back on the wall.

Step 1

Step #2:  Flip the frame over so that the front is facing you. Tie on your selected ribbon. Once the ribbon is tied where you want it, you may choose to secure it with a piece of tape (sometime it makes it easier, especially with thicker ribbon to prevent the ribbon from sliding or twisting). Do this with each color ribbon you intend to use.

Step 2

Step #3:  Curl the ribbon by pressing the ribbon lightly against the edge of the scissors and running the edge of the scissors along the length of the curl. (press lightly so as not to tear the ribbon). You want to curl the ribbon in the same direction it curls naturally, so your scissors should be on the underside of the natural curl.

Step 3

Step #4:  If you want a fuller bow, tape separate strands of ribbon to the middle of the bow and curl the ribbon as you did before. You can add as many or few additional pieces as you would like.

Step 4

Step #5:  You’re all done! Step back and take a look at your amazing work!

Step #5

 

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