Thursday, April 20, 2017

Clear Scraps Heart Printer Tray Frame

Hello friends!  The week is almost over and I'm glad...looking forward to a weekend away with my Scrappy Girls for a fun crop!

Today, I am sharing one of the new Clear Scraps products: the Printer Tray Frames!  I used the Heart shape for my project along with Jillibean Soup's Hardy Hodge Podge collection! 

The Printer Trays are a great way to mix up your layouts or to create a fun home decor piece!

I love the dog print included in this collection and wanted use it on my front frame. Using Beacon 3-in-1 Craft Adhesive is the BEST because its solvent based and won't discolor or warp your projects and it dries quickly!  I applied my adhesive directly to the front frame and onto my patterned paper.  Once dry, I cut off the excess paper using scissors and an exacto knife. Also, using a sanding tool helps as well. 

One of the fun things to do with the Printer Trays is to create a "shaker" space! I added chunky glitter and coordinating wood veneer pieces. 

I added die cuts from the collection to fill a few of the windows..using pop dots helps create dimension.  

Thanks for stopping by today!  Check out the variety of Printer Tray Frames by visiting the Clear Scraps Shop!  

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Simple Stories: Faith

Hello...hope everyone had a good Easter (if you celebrate). We had family over to our house and I was grateful it was a beautiful day.  
Today I am sharing layouts I created with Simple Stories' Faith collection.  I absolutely love the colors of this line!  Who am I kidding, there isn't a Simple Stories line I don't love!  

For my first layout, "Child of God",  I used a beautiful photo of my niece on the day of her first communion. She is so photogenic and I love scrapping photos of her.  I began with the fun grey wood grain background and added the navy print at the bottom of my page. Of course, I had to add some stitching with my sewing machine!  

I layered my photo and 4x6 Journaling Elements along with the "I Am A Child of God" 3x4 Journaling Card for my title.  I then used a circular floral cut file with white cardstock and adhered in the center of my page. 

I added small embellishments such a chipboard, die cuts, enamel dots,  and decorative brads to accent the circle.

I am in love with the roller stamps that Simple Stories released last year!  I stamped some hearts along side the date on the side of my photo.

For my next layout, "He Knows", I used kraft cardstock as my background.  I love the feather print included in the Faith collection and wanted to use it with one of my favorite cut files (I Heart Plaid from The Cut Shoppe).  

I used the die cut and sticker feathers to accent as well as sentiment stickers to accent my photo.  I usually layer a lot but with this page, I felt like less is more. I wanted the focus to be the picture...its one of my absolute favorites from one of our trips to Haiti.

I used the "He Knows.." Cloud and Stars die cut as my title; I wanted to add some dimension so I "popped" it up with foam tape.

I typed out my journaling on white cardstock using my electric typewriter and cut into separate strips.

Thank you for stopping by!  Check out the Faith collection in its entirety by clicking HERE

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Crate Paper: Cool Kid

Hello!  I'm back to share some layouts I created at a crop in December with Crate Paper's Cool Kid collection. I always appreciate a good boy line since they can be tough to find!  Crate Paper knocked one out of the park with this one!  I'm definitely trying to hoard as much of this as I can LOL  My sister always gives me great photos of my adorable nephew so its fun to scrapbook pages for her! 

For my first layout, I started with kraft cardstock as my background. I like to layer my patterned papers so I added pieces behind my photos.  

I used the cute frame from the 12x12 Chipboard Sheet to accent my journaling on one of the coordinating stickers. 

Love the black block letter stickers found on the 6x12 Sticker Sheet!  

I really love ledger print so I wanted it to be a main part of my background.  I paired this with the fun gray star print on the opposite side!
Here I used the block chipboard letters for my title....I also a few of the die cuts and stickers from the collection.  

I used my Fiskars pennant punch to add a cute banner in the corner....I finished by stitching though the top.  

Thanks for looking...sorry I haven't blogged in so long.  My son has been battling mono since the end of February. And honestly, I have been in sort of a funk and haven't felt much like crafting.  Lots of stuff going on in my personal life right now. 

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Simple Stories: Love and Adore Layouts

Hello..hope you are having a good weekend!  It's been unseasonably warm here in Central Illinois! I'll take it for February...I am loving the sunshine!  Today, I'm sharing layouts I created for 
Simple Stories using the Love and Adore collection.  This is definitely geared for Valentines Day but can be used for other themes as well.  

For my first layout, "Love One Another",  I used one of my favorite photos from our last mission trip to Haiti.   Nancy, our team member, had given Oxanne her old hoody sweatshirt to keep warm at night (kind of hard to believe it gets cold in Haiti).  Oxanne was so happy over this simple gift; the look on her face was pure joy. 

I used the "Love" cut file from Simple Stories in the Silhouette shop (#80540); I added the "one another" with a basic font.  I then backed the negative space with patterned papers from the collection.  

The Bits and Pieces have lots of cute shapes and journaling spots such as this rounded square. I also added a label from the 4x6 Sticker sheets and coordinating Enamel Dots. 
 Yep..I love to layer things...more Bits and Pieces with Chipboard and Stickers! Also, you can spy some of the thin Washi Tape as well as some baker twine from my stash :)
 One of my favorite little embellishments from the 4x6 Sticker sheets are these typed sentiments. They are such a great accent to your photos! How fitting is this quote from David Bowie!?  I about cried when I saw it....perfect for my page!  

Next is a more traditional Valentine layout...I used a cute photo of my daughter when she was a baby on her first Valentines Day.  I cut strips of the different patterns and adhered them to my background. I then used a heart XO cut file with white cardstock and adhered it over my strips of paper.  
For my title, I used the Chipboard XOXO...I stacked them instead of laying the out in a line.  I love that they are different colors as well; you have not only the pinks and reds but also blues and yellows!  
 I layered a few of the heart stickers with more of the coordinating stickers and enamel dots along with a journaling spot.   I also added some splatters of spray ink as well. 

I love banners so I'm always excited to see them in the Sticker or Chipboard sheets!  I used the Chipboard banner across the middle of my page to break up the "white" of the layout.  

Thanks for reading! And FYI...Simple Stories is having a Design Team call! Visit this blog post for details..they are a wonderful company to design for!  

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

LOVE Expressions XL Clear Word Title

Hello! I'm trying to blog more of my projects this week. Both kiddos are currently home sick with the flu and I'm still not feeling that great.  Spring needs to get here pronto.  And I'm going to Lysol-bomb the house tomorrow!  

This week I was up on the Clear Scraps blog with the LOVE Expressions XL Clear Word Title. I'm going to show you an easy way to give your acrylic a marbled look (which is so in right now).  

Now, the best and easiest way to color your acrylic is with alcohol inks. After removing the protective film from both sides of the word, I flipped OVER the word and applied  Ranger Alcohol Ink in Watermelon.  Why color on the backside of the acrylic? This is so that if you add any paint or additional medium to the front of your project, the color will not bleed.   

So confession time: I had planned on using some distress paint on the front of my heart..but it so did not work out. I used non-acetone polish remover to take off the paint and accidentally removed some of my red alcohol ink which created some "gaps" in the overall coloring on the back.  So, I grabbed two more coordinating colors of alcohol inks and directly applied in small drop allowing the colors to spread.  I also used a paper towel to dab any extra ink...I love how it turned out!  

I wanted to add one of the Dragonfly Chipboard Embellishments to my heart. The easiest way to color is to add acrylic I used a few coats of Distress Paint in Cracked Pistachio.  
Once the paint was dry, I applied the chipboard directly to my Versa Mark pad and sprinkled with embossing powder that has bits of glitter embedded.  I removed the excess powder and set with my heat gun. 

The remainder of the letters I covered with patterned paper using Beacon Adhesive 3-in-1 Craft Glue.   We highly recommend a water based liquid adhesive so it doesn't yellow the Beacon is just plain awesome!  I cut away excess paper with scissors and an exacto knife..and a little bit of sanding helps too! I followed by adding some fun embellishments from collection I used: Crate Paper's Hello Love.

I'm still here....

Ok, I guess I've pretty much proven I suck at blogging.  Seriously though I think everyone looks at Instagram. I think even Pinterest has died down.  Anyway, I'm going to type out what I want because..well its my blog LOL  

CHA or Creativation as its now called as come and gone and all the new pretty things are making their way into the stores. I was able to attend the show; it was a last minute decision and a roll of the dice with my  health after being in the hospital at the end of  December.  After a discussion with my husband, he convinced me to go be in my happy place with my scrappy tribe. Plus, if I died at least I'd be surrounded by pretty paper! LOL I ended up having a blast reconnecting with old friends as well as making new ones!! I got to hang out with the DT coordinator of Clear Scraps and I adore her. You know her as Pinky but I call her Cristal...mostly out of respect and that I like to annoy her! LOL  

I worked in the booth for Susan and Jim at Clear Scraps...I love these two!   They are just good people...and they treat the team like family. Susan even made us turkey sandwiches every day for lunch!  :)  We had a lot of fun!

Susan and Jim even gave me the flexibility to be with Teresa when she had make and takes so that allowed me to be able to float around the floor!  Here we are in the Xyron booth! I adore this excited for what she has going on this year!!  I'm excited to be teaching at her Vegas event in's going to be a blast!  And did you see the new Fiskars products she has designed? I seriously wanted to steal the clear stamps LOL 

The night before I left my friend Jordan from SharBear Crafts texted me and asked if I was going to the show...we ended up being on the same flight! I got to hang out with Jordan and his mom the first day!  I've known him since he walked into the Chic Tags booth in Vegas at the summer show in 2013.   Jordan is an awesome person and I love that I can "talk shop" with him!  Check out his shop on Etsy...he always carries the latest releases!   

I also got to see one of my best friends that moved to AZ from IL three years ago. Lori and I worked at a LSS together and were partners in crime. I miss her so much!  We even got to have dinner together! During the winters, I threatened to come live with her LOL...especially since she refuses to move back to IL . We used to always go on shopping trips to Michaels or Hobby Lobby I don't have anyone to enable :(  LOL

One of the fun things about attending the show is that you get to meet your "teammates" in person....I  was able to meet Kevin and Amber Crowell (owners of Simple Stories) as well as DT coordinator Layle Koncar!  Love love love Simple Stories!  It has been such a fun company to be a part of!!  I just adore their products as well as their employees! I was able to talk to one of the graphic designers and told her to call me if she ever doubts her talent....I was telling her all of the things she did right on  the collections LOL Any of my scrappy friends that know me can tell you I'm a paper lover and appreciate great design of patterns and colors!  

This is me, Cristal, and Susan during breakdown of the booth...we get a little stir crazy. I always hate seeing the show end although I'm happy to go home and see my family.  Phoenix was fun even though the weather was a little cool...I think people didn't respond to this location as well as Anaheim. Hopefully attendance will be up next year....I know it was cheaper for me to fly to Phoenix but I ended up having to rent a car plus park at the convention center. Anaheim was easier because you could just walk to the show..and plus Disney! LOL  

I came home with a cold but not knock down sick like I was afraid I'd be. I know a lot of my scrappy friends had colds or a stomach bug after getting home. Cristal and I joked that next year we are wearing hazmat suits with our Clear Scraps aprons over the top LOL  

If you attended the show, what did you think? If not, what new products are you favorite?
Have a great night!