Sunday, September 25, 2016

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

BoBunny Toy Box Projects

Hello scrappers!

Bobunny's toybox collection is so much fun! The bright colours and paper designs lend themselves to so many childhood themed projects! 

We've had this collection in our stash for a while, just waiting for inspiration to hit! When I saw a photo of a small gift box, I knew that was it. 

I created this box by cutting the template out on my Cricut (Cartridge: Box it up). I measured each side and cut out 4 squares 1/4 inch smaller than the side of the box, from 4 different papers in the collection. 

I edged the squares with chalk for effect, and adhered them to the sides and top of the box. 

For the topper, I threaded some baker's twine through a button and tied it at the top. I adhered it to the lid of the box with liquid glue. 

For the box front, I taped a piece of clear acetate to the inside of the box, covering the circle. I fussy cut some embellishments to decorate.

Finally, I filled it with gummy worms (I may have snuck one...or two!)

This treat box is on it's way to a special kid this week! 

I wasn't done with this collection yet! 

I needed to create a layout using these colours! One of the patterned cardstock sheets has an arrow pattern on it:

I've been wanting to try a lattice style layout for a while, and this paper was perfect for it! 

Here's the layout:

I cut the strips along the lines, and trimmed the top and bottom to define the arrow. I used varying lengths to add some interest. The leftover trim from the arrows were used at the side of the photo. 

I weaved the strips in and out of each other and tried to keep them straight while I glued them down (easier said than done!). 

I thought twine would give some great movement to the layout, especially since it's such a fun photo! The title was letters I had in my stash, and of course no baby layout is complete without some buttons! 

There we have it, another layout down and ready for the album! 


Saturday, September 17, 2016

October Afternoon Farm Fresh Journaling Cards Layout

Hello Scrappers!

I absolutely LOVE using journaling cards on layouts! This is the Farm Fresh collection from October Afternoon:

I love the soft colour palette of this collection, it lends itself well to either coloured or black & white photos. These cards leave so much space for journaling!

 I thought I'd use this pocket style page for a traditional layout. I was able to use every single card on this layout!

Usually, journaling cards measure 3x4, however these cards actually measure 2.5 x 4. This allowed me to get 4 cards across the top of the layout with white space in between. 

The 3 cards in the middle are actually smaller than the others. They measure 2.5 x 3.5. This worked out great because I was also able to lay those across the middle with white space between them. 

Here's the layout:

I'm one of those people that think most photos must have a mat! You could pull any colour from the cards, I chose red so it would really bring out the colour of the fruits and veggies. 

The twine border was a bit tricky. I used Tombow Mono liquid glue to adhere it to the page. 

Here's how I did it: 

1. Cut a piece of twine about twice the length of the perimeter of your mat. Always cut longer than you think you need. It will look funky if your twine is too short and needs to be fused halfway. 

2. Starting at a point where you know you will be placing an embellishment over top, draw a thin line of glue in the shape you want your twine to lay. 

3. Working very slowly, lay your twine over the glue and hold it down until you're confident it's stuck. Continue around the mat, twisting and twirling the twine to create the effect we did here.

4. When you get all the way around your mat, cut your twine as close to the beginning of the border as possible. Cover with an embellishment, I used an apple from Jolee's Boutique that was in my stash. 

 A great tip for getting the journaling cards straight is to place your layout on your craft mat, lined up along the grid. Use a ruler to connect 2 of the grid lines and hold the ruler straight while you put your cards into position. 

I added a light brown doily, and cut a title on my Cricut and it all came together.

I have a great photo of the kids picking strawberries at a local farm for this layout.

We're headed back to the farm again this weekend! Can't wait! Have a great day!


Thursday, September 15, 2016

Ultimate Luxury Scrapbooking Retreat!

Hello Crafters! 

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Sounds good so far right? 

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Teddy Bear Card & Gift Box

Hello crafters! 

If you're familiar with Forever in Time's paper collections, you know they all have glitter and embossing elements on them, which makes them awesome to work with! 

We have a few different collections in the shop but the one I couldn't wait to start working with was A Teddy Bear Life! It's so flippin' cute! 

Here's what is included in the 6 pack of double sided paper:

Super cute right! Teddy bear patterns always make me think of 'get well soon' type crafts and comfort. Who didn't have a favourite teddy when they were sick as a kid!? 

I found the cutest little box in Cricut Design Space, kind of like a mini Timbit box. Here's the completed project:

This was actually a really easy project to make. After I cut out the box on the Cricut, I cut out a few of the borders included on one of the papers. It fit almost perfectly around the box. 

*It's worth noting here that when creating these types of boxes, it's easiest to decorate before assembly as much as you can. 

I fussy cut the bear image, acorn and mushroom and adhered them in front of the border strip. The square images on either end were cut from the journaling card paper (I love when collections include those!)

The get well tag was also made with a trimmed down journaling card and stamped with Lawn Fawn's 'On the Mend' stamp set. I tied it up with a bit of yellow striped baker's twine and that was that! Now to fill it with a treat! 

As much as I loved the treat box, I wasn't done working with this collection! What goes better with a get well treat, than a get well card! 

Here's the card I made to go with the treat box:

This card was super simple to make as well. 

I simply cut 2 rectangles from paper in the collection and adhered them to a card front. I divided the 2 papers with a border strip and cut a journaling card for the sentiment. The 'Sending hugs' was also from Lawn Fawn's 'On the Mend'. 

The next friend that needs a little pick-me-up will have this special treat on their door step! 

Thanks for looking!


Thursday, September 8, 2016

Doodlebug's Anchor's Aweigh Layout!

Hello scrappers!

Doodlebug's 'Anchor's Aweigh' collection has to be one of the cutest nautical collections I've seen! 

This paper has 'boat-themed layout' written all over it! Here's what we created with it:

*The title, sun and crab are not from the Anchor's Aweigh collection. I found them in my stash and knew they'd go great! 

First I started on the hexagon pattern. It may seem like a big job at first, but it's actually pretty easy. Just punch a bunch of hexagons in the paper you're using and lay them out in the general area you want them. The thing is to make absolutely, 100% positive that the first hexagon you glue down is straight. If it's not, it's a ripple effect from there, and they'll all look crooked. It's best to start in a corner. 

The boat and anchor embellishments are actually from the 12x12 quote sheet:

I just trimmed them very carefully, then I  matted them on plain green cardstock. 

Now on to my very favourite part. After I completed the hexagon pattern, it still looked a bit plain to me. Needed something. 

When in doubt....always add baker's twine! 

I used a fine tip adhesive and very carefully glued around the edge of the hexagon and laid the twine into it. I did that on a few hexagons and I think it really stands out! 

I have the perfect picture of my kids on the boat at camp for this layout! 

Thanks for looking! 


Tuesday, September 6, 2016

DIY Back to School Project Life Card

Hello crafters! 

Project life cards come in so many different varieties and with the most lovely quotes on them! But sometimes, we just can't find the right style we need! 

I created this PL card for a back to school page!

Here's what I used to make it!

The blue polka dot background is Doodlebug Petite Prints, cut to 3x4 inches. I used a corner punch to round the corners. 

The school bus paper is Recollections, cut 1/8" smaller than the Doodlebug. 

I cut a piece of vellum the same width as the school buses, but 1 full inch longer. That way I could fold the vellum around the back of the card to adhere it, and not have adhesive show through. 

I have the DCVW 'The Edumacation Stack' paper pad. This paper pack is awesome! It has glitter and embossing, and has tons of images that you can fussy cut. That's what I used for the pennant banner. They are individual pennants, I just put them together to make the banner. 

The #3 was cut from a Cricut a while ago, and it turned out I didn't need it so I put it away in my stash. It certainly came in handy here! The 'grade' letters are also old letters from my stash. 

Making custom Project Life cards are a great way to use up those small paper scraps and left over letters! 

I hope you enjoy our first Project Life card creation! There will be more to come! 


Saturday, September 3, 2016

Jack O'lantern Shaker card!

Good morning crafters!

So in keeping with our fall & Halloween crafting, I whipped up a quick card! 

I love shaker cards, it's such a fun element! Here's the card:

Here's how I made it!:

First I cut a sheet of plain orange cardstock, 1/8" smaller than my card front. In Cricut Design Studio, I created a rectangle the same size as the cardstock. I found jack o'lantern faces (Cartridge: Pumpkin Carving), and placed them where I wanted them to be cut inside the rectangle. I had to ensure I left enough space around the edge to adhere the foam tape. 

I cut the faces and placed an edge of black around the orange cardstock. I used Pebbles 2012 Halloween collection for the purple polka dot background paper as well as the stripe across the front of the card. 

I glued the purple paper directly to my card front, not the cardstock. Now it was time to get my shaker on! 

I guess I was maybe a tad too excited about this card. I got my foam tape all measured out, adhered it all to the back of the orange cardstock and started to fill it in with the black sequins. Something seemed off though. 

I forgot to put my clear plastic paper between the cardstock and the foam tape! My sequins were falling right through the jack o'lantern faces! Oops! 

I fixed up the mistake and put the sequins in again...this time they stayed put! I peeled the backing off the foam tape and stuck it to the card base. 

The moment of truth... (I always get worried I may have left a gap or space where all my shaker elements fall out! Crafter nightmare!)

I added the 'BOO" and spider webs from my stash, and that was it! 

I hope you enjoyed this card as much as I enjoyed making it!