Friday, September 30, 2011

Mini Album - 4x6 sheet protectors

I love mini albums. I love how you are only limited by your own imagination! I have a lot of people ask me – what type of photos do you put in them, because they are so small? Well, most of my books accommodate wallet sized photos. I usually select the collage printing option at my local photo processing center, and I can usually get 9 wallets on 1 8x10.

One day I was waiting for my photos to process, and I noticed a package of 4x6 plastic photo sleeve refills on sale for $.50 a pack. So I decided to create a mini – embracing the "Simple" design of traditional scrapbook pages but sized at 4x6.

From Flamingo Scraps: Prima, Marion Smith's Vintage Trinkets, all flowers in the book, Holiday Lights Glitter Spray Crystals, Butterfly, Flights of Fancy Paper; Glimmer Mist: Rose Tattered; Tim Holtz: distress inks in Broken China and Walnut
Other: Tim Holtz - Caged bird die cut and Swivle Clasp Charm; Seam binding, Script stamp, White ink.

I used Marion’s Vintage Trinkets with my “HOARDED” last few sheets of Prima’s Flights of Fancy paper for the cover. When I say hoarded – I mean have had for years refusing to use.

For the inside pages I used Prima’s Melody collection with various Prima flowers, stamps and bling. Last week I shared with you how I used the Prima packaging in this book, and I think you will agree, it turned out wonderful when I added photos.

Sorry for the glare on the following photos. I wanted to show how the pages look inside the sleeves.

I think my favorite part of this album is its simplicity. Also - I love how I can take advantage of the page protectors and incorporate larger more dynamic 4x6 photos with the smaller wallets. The paper collection also gives pleanty of journal space.

Thank you for taking the time to visit.

Friday, September 23, 2011


Today I would like to introduce you to a new product from Tsukineko called GooseBumps. It is a clear texture gel medium that acts as a resist while also providing an “orange peel” like texture to the surface of your project.

For my project sample I used it as a resist with a Prima mask to create a great texture on a mini notebook I’m sending to a friend.

I started with a mini Kraft notebook that I got from a $1 bin at a local craft store.

I used Honey Dew Glimmer mist and Peeled paint distress inks to color the background of my album cover.

Once the base coat color has been applied to the entire surface, cover your work surface so that the over spray does not ruin your table top.

I positioned a Prima mask over the notebook cover then sprayed the GooseBumps over the mask making sure I covered the entire notebook. Immediately remove your mask and wash it with warm soapy water to remove the Goosebumps residue.

Allow the Goosebumps to dry (usually 5 – 10 mins on its own), or you can speed up the process with a heat tool.

This is what your project should look like. You can really see the resist on the project, and this would be great left as is. But adding a little more color will really help you see the texture.

I chose a heavy contrasting color – Aged Mahogany distress ink to resurface my notebook cover. I applied the color using an ink applicator tool.

Use a baby wipe to remove the excess color from the top of the Goosebumps.

You can really see the two toned effect now, and the second color enhances the texture of Goosebumps.

From Flamingo Scraps: Various Lace & Trims, Prima: Screen, Flowers; Tattered Angels: Honeydew Glimmer Mist; Ranger: Crackle Accents, Tim Holtz: Distress inks Peeled Paint & Aged Mahogany; Maya Road: Tickets.
Other: Tsukineko Goosebumps

Then I decorated the cover of the book and it is ready to send off to a friend.

I could see me using this product on frames, cards, scrapbook pages, tags, flowers, and so much more. The possibilities are endless.

Thanks for stopping by,

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Little Details

Back in June, I blogged about the zoo-themed birthday parties Trevor had when he turned five.  Here is the layout from the celebration with his friends at the Oakland Zoo.  I had so much fun putting this together- I love the bright colors of the pictures and wanted the layout to be equally fun and happy to match the spirit of the party. 

From Flamingo Scraps: Fancy Pants patterned paper, Crate Paper patterned paper, Tim Holtz grungeboard, Stickles
Other: Folk Art paint, Paper Pizazz vellum, Queen & Co. brad and button, Marvy circle punch, unknown ribbon

What I like most about this layout are the little details.  With twelve pictures and bright lime/orange papers all demanding the viewers' attention, I needed to keep the embellishments simple, but not so plain they'd be lost.  I started with the grungeboard 5.  I painted it orange, rubbed it with orange Stickles, and then tied on the ribbon.  I used the same Stickles to cover the brad and to fill in the center of the star-shaped button.  I edged the vellum circles in Stickles. 

I love the way the dotted vellum sets off the 5 and the date.  I'd originally used the same dotted vellum for the journaling, but it was hard to read.  I switched to a plain vellum and it looks much better.

Such a fun layout and such great memories from a fantastic day!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Cindy's Glossy Accents Project

Last week, Tonya posted a tip about how to keep Glossy Accents unclogged.  In the comments, I said that I needed a post telling me how to use Glossy Accents, since I never use mine!  She responded on Friday with a new post which showed 5 projects using Glossy Accents and Crackle Accents.  At the end, she challenged me to use Glossy Accents on my next project.

Well, there's something about being called out by name in front of hundreds that motivates a person to accept a challenge!  I was most inspired by Tonya's use of Glossy Accents to make a 'dewdrop' on a flower.  I was thinking about that as I was walking to pick Trevor up from kindergarten, my feet crunching the zillions of acorns on the sidewalk.  I picked up a large handful of acorns and decided to experiment with Glossy Accents on them.

Of course, the second Trevor saw me he noticed that I had a huge handful of acorns.  He was instantly curious about what project I had planned for us to do together.  I told him we'd be making napkin rings.  He said, "Great!  What are napkin rings?"

Here are mine:

And here are Trevor's:

They were fun and easy to make.  I started by cutting an empty toilet paper roll into 6 rings, which we then painted with fall colors.  While they were drying, we stamped oak leaves using Staz-On, added Glimmer Mist, then did a color wash of paint over that.  (Actually, that's what I did- Trevor did the first one that way and used crayon on his next two.)  After  I did the fussy cutting, I coated my leaves and acorns with Glossy Accents.  We left Trevor's plain for contrast.

When everything was dry, we tied string/ribbon around the rings and used Glossy Accents to attach the leaves.  I used the glue gun to attach the acorn, as I wasn't sure if Glossy Accents was intended to hold that much weight.

Here's a closer look at one of my napkin rings:

From Flamingo Scraps: Glimmer Mist
Other: Glossy Accents, Folk Art paint, Staz-On ink, Stampin' Up stamp, unknown twine/ribbon

What a fun project!  Not only did the Glossy Accents work well as an adhesive, but I love the shine that it provides.

Amanda, it's your turn!  I challenge you to make a project using Glossy Accents.  Can't wait to see what you create!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Glossy Accents

Last week Cindy asked for a post on how to use her Glossy Accents that has been collecting dust since she bought it. So today I thought I would share with you a few examples of how I have used mine.

Glossy Accents & Crackle Accents are essential mediums in my scrapbooking kit. Glossy Accents is a ultra-thick glossy glue medium that can be used as a sealer or as a strong bond adhesive. Crackle Accents is the same as Glossy Accents except it gives the effect of cracked glass when it dries. Both of these products go beyond simple glue & stick.

In this example: I used the Glossy Accents to add the effect of Dew on the flower. I just dripped a few drops and let it dry overnight.

In this example I had some rub-ons that were old and cracked I wanted to use them on this project but I was afraid that they may rub off over time, so I covered them the letters with Crackle Accents and now they look like I cracked them on purpose. They Accents also makes them appear raised for a glossy embossed look without the messy powder and heat tool.

In this example I used the Glossy Accents to adhere the jewels to the ring base giving them a durable permanent bond.

In this example Glossy Accents was used as an adhesive to glue the paper to the back of the fragment charm.

In this example I used the crackled accents on the face of the clock to give it the look for cracked glass but it also protects the paper from tearing during use.

Cindy I’m going to challenge you to break the seal on your Glossy Accents and use it on your next project.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Keeping Things Fresh

I never get tired of scrapping egg dyeing, pumpkin carving, gingerbread making, or other holiday traditions.  Even though these happen annually and the pictures can look pretty much the same from year to year, I still look forward to scrapping them.  I don't worry about the layouts looking similar over the years.  Even if they are, they aren't next to each other in the albums, so it doesn't bother me.

It's a bit different with some of our vacation photos.  My inlaws own a cabin in Bear Valley, California.  2011 was the first time since I've been in the family that they didn't rent it out during the winter.  We took advantage of the free lodging, going to the cabin in January (a winter wonderland), April (just following a record snowfall that nearly covered the 3-story cabin), and Father's Day weekend (still quite snowy). 

In my mind, the trips were extremely different from one another.  We brought along family friends in January, invited Trevor's godmother in April, and just the three of us went for Father's Day.  The weather was different and we did different things each time.  However, the photos from all three trips look fairly similar- a whole lot of pictures of us sledding and enjoying the snow.  And the trips were close enough together that the pages would be in the same scrapbook.  My goal was to make the three pages distinct enough that it wouldn't seem like I'd scrapped exactly the same thing three times.

Here's the page I did following the January trip, which I talked about in this post:

From Flamingo Scraps: Fancy Pants patterned paper
Other: Making Memories stickers; My Sentiments Exactly stamps; Jewelry Essentials rhinestones; ColorBox ink

Here's our April visit:

From Flamingo Scraps: Stickles
Other: SEI and Provo Craft patterned papers, Fiskars border punch, unknown snowflake punch

And here is Father's Day:

From Flamingo Scraps: Stickles
Other: Provo Craft patterned paper, EK Success sticker, unknown snowflake punch

Even though I used blue for each of the three layouts, I used various shades of blue.  I chose pictures that emphasized the differences between the trips, and laid them out differently.  The fonts, journaling style, and embellishments are different on each.  I didn't repeat any title words.  I think the three layouts are as distinct as the three trips were.

How do you keep things fresh when you scrap similar-looking photos from different events? 

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Weekend Whimsy: Boys of Fall

I'm not really sure what it is that first attracted me to Football. Maybe it was always the "hot" guys, perhaps it’s the sweat, the passion, the fight, the grit, or maybe even the smell of the grass. Whatever it is, I know one thing - I’m a total football girl. From Thursday - Monday Night from August - January the only thing I think about is FOOTBALL.

It started at a young age, watching my brother play while my Mom & Dad volunteered our Saturdays away. Now I am the one volunteering my Saturday’s away for the local Pop Warner Football league. I often tease and say it’s my Legacy. On any given Saturday from September - November, I can be found lying in the grass taking photos as the kids swoon past me scoring touchdowns, stopping plays, or causing fumbles. I love being the one in the end zone that the kids look at and say "Did you get it?"

That passion carries on into college football. If I can’t watch the local college teams play live, I spend my free time on Saturday Nights and Sunday’s parked in a chair next to my Daddy and his DVR catching up. Call it deep rooted southern tradition. Call it passion for the game. I call it Daddy/daughter bonding time.

On August 25, I watched my son play his first junior varsity game. The pride that swept over me as I watched him score his first touchdown was overwhelming. He has played since he was 7, but every time he takes the field, a part of me steps out there with him. I captured this off his Facebook status as he prepared for this week’s game:

"23 hours I’ll be on the field waiting for that football to be kicked off butterflies in my body but as soon as that ball is in the air they will rush out and the Brighton everyone else knows will leave with them and for the next 2 hours I will be a different person all for my 1 and only true love...FOOTBALL"

Tonight I posted photos from the game, and again my heart skipped a beat when my photos end up as the "profile" photos for the Boys of Fall!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Glossy Accents Tip

So I had the pleasure of meeting Tim Holtz at one of his workshops back in May. If you have never taken one of his classes - well all I have to say is - WOW! It should be on your bucket list. AWESOME.

I wanted to share with you today a tip that he had for Ranger's "accent" glue lines.
Does your Glossy Accent's Tip look like this?

Are you guilty of trying to unclog the fine tip with a pin or piercing tool? UMM Hand raised - GUILTY!

Well Tim says "If you tap the bottle one time firmly on the table after each use, then gravity forces the glue out of tip and back into the bottle. Your Glossy Accents will NEVER clog again. However, if you pounce twice - then the glue is actually sucked back into the tip and it will clog."

Also do not store your Accent bottles upside down. (I'm guilty) because these glue mediums are designed to be used in large thick quantities, and the glue will dry in the nib.

Hope this tip will ease some of your frustration.

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