Thursday, August 2, 2018

Clear Scraps Heart Pallet Shape

Hello...I'm back! I don't know why I'm so bad at blogging but I am. I  guess I can partially blame it on the fact that I started a new job in April. I'm working part time as a merchandiser for American Greetings at our local Meijer. I  really like it because I'm getting to be around cards and stationary..kind of reminds me of when I  used to work at our local scrapbook stores.  

Today,  I'm sharing a recent project I created for the Clear Scraps design team.  New Wood Frames and Pallet Shapes were debuted at the show back in January and they are so fun to work with! Here, I    used the Heart Wood DIY Pallet Shape with a favorite photo of my kids. 

I   usually use chalk paint on the wood pieces because I love they way it looks. And I    had intended to do so on this piece, but the blue chalk paint I    had picked out was too light for my paper.  So, the next best thing is spray paint! Especially with these bigger pieces, its nice for faster coverage! After my paint was dry, I  wanted to add distress to my background. Using the 6 Inch Shiplap Mascil and white chalk paint, I  lightly dabbed paint to the front of the heart.  I  did not worry about clean lines and ensuring even coverage.  

Here is the end result after removing my Mascil! Again, it isn't perfect and that's ok! 
I  then used pieces from Cocoa Vanilla Studio's Wild At Heart collection as well as chipboard pieces from Clear Scraps.  I  painted the Cherish Chipboard Word Title with white chalk paint. Once dry, I    added a generous amount of Distress Crackle Paint in Clear Rock Candy to the surface.  
 I  used the same technique on one of the hearts from the Hearts Chipboard Embellishment Set and adhered to one of the frames from the Wild at Heart line.  
 You can see I  added some stenciling on this side of my photo as well. I    confess it did not turn out as well...the thing about mistakes is that they can usually be covered with sticker or some type of embellishments! LOL 

Thank you for stopping by! Check out Clear Scraps shop to see the new releases!  Have a great night!

Monday, June 4, 2018

Clear Scraps Mason Jar Wood Accordion Shaker Album

Hello friends! I'm back to share another new release from Clear Scraps! This past January the Wood Accordion Shaker Albums were debuted at Creativation!  Today, I'm sharing the Mason Jar Wood Accordion Shaker Album (which is one of my favorite shapes)!  It reminds me of summer time so I  scrapped photos from our family reunion trip to Northern Michigan last summer!

I  have found that chalk paint works well with the Clear Scraps wood! Here, I  used white for the base of the jar.  I  also found a fun metallic black acrylic paint from Plaid that I used on the lid portion.

For the title of my album, I  used the "Life is Good" Chipboard Embellishment Word Title. I  also painted this in the same black metallic acrylic paint as the lid. I  love how the black pops against the bright colors of the paper and floral sticker!   You can also see I  inserted mini stars into my shaker (I    found these in a set at Michaels next to the glitter). 

Instead of doing an accordion style album, I  opted do a mini book. The easiest way to do so is to not punch your holes on the right side of your shape.  I  covered all of my pages with patterned paper as well as lined the edges with the white chalk paint. 
The pages of the Mason Jar Wood Accordion Shaker Album can easily fit a 3x5 photo. Many of my photos I   wanted to use where vertical so I trimmed them down to 3x5 or 4x4. I  also tend to mat many of my photos as well as add in other patterns behind so that also factors in how large my photo will be. 

In my albums, I  like to add in extra pages or areas that I  can add additional photos or journaling. Here, I  adhered my photo to black cardstock that is actually scored as a card.

This is the inside where I  added journaling and a photo. Using flip elements or pockets is a great way to add more to your albums!

I   tried to keep it simple with the embellishments by adding coordinating stickers, brads, and washi tape. I  also utilized my hand punches such as the pennant punch from Fiskars to add in additional elements. 

Thanks for stopping by today! Check out all of the fun shapes of Wood Accordion Albums by visiting the Clear Scraps shop!

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Simple Stories' Crafty Girl

Hello! I'm back with another layout to share! For this page, I  used Simple Stories' Crafty Girl collection!  There is so much to love about this line; from the bright prints to the crafty sentiments that would make any scrappy heart happy!  I  scrapped photos from last year's Creativation show in Phoenix of all my scrappy friends!  I  love going to the shows because it makes me feel less of a scrapgeek! LOL  

To fit multiple photos on my page, I  used wallet sized pictures matted on to white cardstock (I  wanted them to look like Polaroids).  I  also arranged my photos and embellishments in a "clothesline" fashion to incorporate even more goodies!  Where I  could,  I utilized my pop dots to create dimension and so they would appear to be "hanging" on the line.  I  even used mini wooden clothes pins!  
The Bits and Pieces pack has many fun shapes and tags such as this journaling circle!  I  layered the coordinating washi tape underneath along with stickers from the 4x6 Sticker Sheet.  

I  used my hand punches to create my own embellishments such as this tag (the plaid print is one of my favorites!)  The chipboard scissors are a nice accent to the floral heart!

 One of my favorite pieces is the washi tape die cut! So cute! 

Thank you for looking! You can go to the Simple Stories Products Page to see this collection plus much more!  Have a great day!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Clear Scraps: This Is Us Chipboard Word Title

Ack! I'm so behind on blogging!  I don't know what happened...I kind of fell out of habit but am determined to start being more regular.
Today, I'm sharing a layout I created for Clear Scraps using the This Is Us Chipboard Word Title.  This particular title has been very popular as you can imagine! I  worked the CKC show in St. Louis last month and it sold out!

To color my chipboard, I  used a grey colored chalk paint to match the Cocoa Vanilla Studio collection I  used (More Than Words).  

My grey looked a little too flat so I added some clear glitter embossing powder to the front! This is a go-to technique of mine to add texture and sparkle!

Here is the end result! I  love how it turned out! You can also see I  added in some modeling paste to the background as well. 

 More Than Words has lots of fun embellishments to use such as this beautiful tag as well as die cut flowers!

More flowers layered with a frame as well as flair! I  love that CVS always has coordinating flair incorporate into your  projects!

Loving this pink ledger paper print! I  layered some stickers along with enamel dots from my stash at the top of my page.
 More modeling paste! I  used the dots in the 6 Inch Circle Heart Mascil!

Thanks for looking! Visit the Clear Scraps shop to see all of the new Chipboard Words and Shapes! 
Have a great night!

Friday, March 9, 2018

Adventure with Simple Stories' Travel Notes

Hello and happy Friday! I'm so glad its the weekend!  Today I'm sharing a layout I created for 
Simple Stories using the new Travel Notes collection!  It reminds me a lot of Urban Traveler that was released quite a few years ago!  I  love the bright, bold, colorful patterns! 

I  am always a big fan of ledger paper and knew I  had to use the Travelogue print as my background!  I   layered a few fun patterns under my photos and used the navy/cream cabana stripe of 
See the World as the focal point.  The Bits and Pieces have lots of great accents such as this stacked "adventure" die cut. Using some pop dots, I  adhered it between my photos.  

 I  used a few of my circle hand punches to cut out different patterns from the collection. I  layered them diagonally across my page.  I  even used some of the small circle stickers from the
 4x6 Sticker Sheets to accent.  
 I   stitched the outside edges of a few of the circles as well as added in chipboard and journaling spots from the Bits and Pieces pack. 

 One of my favorite embellishments is the sentiments sheet in the 4x6 Stickers! They are a great way to add a little more to your page!
Thanks for stopping by! Check out the entire collection by clicking HERE! Have a great day!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Clear Scraps Acrylic Card Tutorial

Hello friends...hope you are having a good week! It seems to be going fast and I   can't believe tomorrow is March 1st!  Yesterday on the Clear Scraps blog I  shared a video tutorial on a fun technique coloring stamped images on acrylic!  I  recently started a YouTube channel so bare with me since I'm new at this!  Doing videos is something I've been wanting to do for a long time.

Here is my first card! I  used the 12x12 Acrylic Sheets cut down to approximately 4x5 inches.  A solvent based ink is always recommended as it will dry quickly and will not smear.  I  used StazOn in black with a fun Dina Wakley stamp set.  

Once my stamped images were dry, I  flipped over my acrylic to start painting with my Zig Paint Pens.  

Here is my video demonstrating the technique!  

Thanks for stopping by! I    hope to have more videos posted soon! Have a great night! 

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Simple Stories Bliss

I can't believe the weekend is almost over! They always seem to go too fast and I  never get as much done as I want.  Didn't help that I wasn't feeling well yesterday. At least The Walking Dead starts back up tonight!

 I'm sharing a layout I  created using the new Simple Stories Bliss collection! I  was lucky to be able to play with some of the new lines for the Simple Stories' booth at Creativation in January!  

I  absolutely love the colors of this line with its pastels mixed in with black and white!  I  used the wood grain with watercolor drops as my background mounted onto white card stock.  Like all Simple Stories collections, Bliss has many embellishments to choose from!  I   used the gorgeous "bliss" script from the 6x12 Chipboard for my title. You can also see coordinating stickers as well as washi tape! 
I  am a big fan of banners so I  always love when one is included on the chipboard or sticker sheet!  They make such a great accent! 

More of the die cuts and stickers! I used pop dots on a few to give some dimension to my page. 

Thanks for stopping by! Check out all of the wonderful new collections by going to the Products page at Simple Stories!