Friday, September 28, 2012

Gothic Arch Mini Book - Tando Creative / Your Memories Here

Paper: Pink Paislee
Chipboard: Tando Creative
Flowers, Leaves: Prima
Shabby Chic Treasure: Prima
Branches: Petaloo
Paint: Making Memories, Martha Stewart
Weather Crackle Effect: Martha Stewart
Eyelets: Colorbok
Other: Twine

I'm sharing a mini book today that I created with supplies from the Your Memories Here Store and some fabulous pieces of Tando Creative Chipboard.  I wanted to create a mini book that was a little more unique than something store-bought.  I have a love for Gothic arches and thought that the Tando Gothic Arch Layered Frames made a great base for my book.

I used Martha Stewart Crafts Weather Crackle Effect on the chipboard frames.  I layered pink paint, the Weather Crackle Effect, and then a top layer of cream paint.  Once dry, a beautiful two-tone weathered crackle appears.  Unlike some crackle paints on the market, the Martha Stewart product dries smooth and flat, making it a great product to use on mini albums.  Even with the addition of three coats of paint, the Tando chipboard did not lose any integrity and easily supports the floral and resin embellishments.  Once the chipboard frames were dry, I glued pieces of patterned paper from the Pink Paislee London Market Collection to the back of each frame to create my book pages. 

The paper flowers are the Perle Bebe from the Prima Almanac collection.  I love the variety of flower centers and colored petals that come in one package! I was able to create a pretty flower cluster in no time at all.

The Shabby Chic Resin Treasures by Ingvild Bolme are gorgeous!  This pretty lady is from the Allure set, which came in my Prima Grab Bag from the YMH Store.

Thanks for stopping by today! If you haven't stopped by the Your Memories Here Store be sure to check them out.  If you're interested in some Tando Creative Chipboard, be sure to visit their site.  Tando Creative has a Challenge Blog, in addition to their Design Blog, with the opportunity to win a great selection of chipboard each month!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

SHS '99 - Scrap It With A Song

Paper: Bam Pop!, Cosmo Cricket
Letters: American Crafts
Rub-on: Hambly Studios
Stickers: 7 Gypsies
Other: Sequins
Photo Credit: Focal Point

In the spirit of the "Back to School" season, Scrap It With A Song is playing along to a set of education-themed songs this month. On the playlist this week is "Photograph" by Nickelback. I was inspired by the line 'And this is where I went to school,' and thought it would be fun to get out my senior high school photos for this layout. The Rock Chicks would love to see how you interpret this song! Link up your project to the SIWAS Blog by the end of the month for your chance to be named one of our Play List Favorites and a Guest Designer for October! 

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Circus ATC - SNR Magazine

ATC Base: Ranger
Rhinestones: Prima
Ink: Ranger
Glaze: JudiKins
Paint: Tulip
Thread: Iris
Other: Magazine Ad, Popcorn Bag

I created this artist trading card for Scrapbook News and Review Magazine.  I love the circus and I think I managed to capture some of the excitement of the circus in this project.  I cut the clown and the letters from a popcorn bag and had a lot of fun adding embellishments, paint and glaze.

This ATC has a bit of a double meaning.  If you look closely you'll find that the magazine print is an ad for a film review about the life of Clarence Darrow, who is famous for his work defending John T. Scopes in the Scopes "Monkey" Trial, an event which I would also consider to have been a circus.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Music Makers - Moxxie

Musically Inclined: Band
Musically Inclined: Strings
Musically Inclined: Piano
Musically Inclined: Cardstock Die-Cuts

I'm sharing another layout I created with the Moxxie Musically Inclined collection.  This line can be used to create some beautiful and elegant music-themed layouts, but it also works wonderfully to capture the fun that is always readily available if you are, or have been, a part of a marching band.  This photo is another taken during my high school years.  I'm standing at the right end of the back line with my piccolo, which I played during my senior year as co-section leader of the flute section in my high school marching band.  Some of my best high school memories happened with this amazing group of girls.  The pile of instruments that I cut from patterned paper makes me laugh, because often times that pile became a reality at the end of a parade or football game!

Thanks for stopping by today! Be sure to visit the Moxxie Blog and facebook page for inspiration from the rest of the Moxxie Muses.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Feathered Friends - Your Memories Here

Paper: Prima
Stickers: Prima
Flowers: Prima
Rhinestones: Prima
Stamps: Prima
Chipboard: Words or Whatever
Ink: Ranger, Tsukineko
Distress Markers: Ranger
Gesso: Golden
Other: Book Pages
I'm sharing a layout for Your Memories Here today.  I'm having a blast working with my Prima Grab Bag!  I received the beautiful Prima Rondelle collection as well as the coordinating Rondelle Stamp set.  The black and white flowers were also part of my Grab Bag goodies!  If you're looking for a way to receive a box of quality products at a great price, a Grab Bag from the YMH Store is an excellent choice.

I loved the weathered text on this piece of patterned paper. I recreated the look with a small amount of Gesso and some vintage book pages. Gesso is a great adhesive. If you brush on a light coat of gesso, press the book pages into it, and tear off once dry, you get a great transfer of the book text onto your project.

I rounded out my flower clusters with some stamped leaves.  I wanted to bring out the green leaves on this patterned paper, so I colored some chipboard leaves with Gesso, Distress Markers and ink.

The small four-petal flowers and the letter stickers are from the Prima Almanac collection.  I'm thrilled that the Rondelle line has a similar color palette and I'm able to use my leftover Almanac embellishments in a fresh way.

Thanks for stopping by today! If you haven't stopped by the Your Memories Here Store be sure to check them out. The Prima Grab Bags are a wonderful value so pick one up before they're gone for good!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Innocence - SNR Magazine

Rub-on: Glitz Design
Letter Stickers: Glitz Design
Ribbon: Offray
Stencil: Maya Road
Paint: Creative Inspirations
Song Lyrics: Dawes

I created this layout for the Creative Inspirations Paint event at Scrapbook News and Review Magazine last year.  I was listening to my favorite Dawes album recently and was reminded of this layout and thought I'd share.  I used a butterfly stencil to trace the background design onto a piece of patterned paper. I then colored the paper with Creative Inspirations paint in the following colors; Antique Copper, Autumn Wheat, Mocha Latte, Raw Sienna and Coal. The journaling are some favorite song lyrics by Dawes and read "It's not that I want back all my innocence, just the joy of losing it again."

I had a lot of fun painting this background.  If you haven't tried Creative Inspirations Paints, give them a try!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Top That!: An Altered Table Tutorial - SNR Magazine

I created this tutorial for the Crate Paper sponsored event at Scrapbook News and Review Magazine last summer and I thought I'd share it today.  I've had a hand-me-down table in my possession for several years and it has served me very well as a side table in several different rooms, most recently as a piece of nursery furniture. It has been painted many times, and now that my youngest daughter has outgrown her nursery furniture, it can benefit greatly from a makeover. With a little paint and patterned paper, I was able to transform my tired table into a pretty addition to my daughter's room.

Mod Podge
Clear Sealer
Patterned Paper
Foam Brush
Putty Knife (optional)
Sand Paper

Step One: If you're starting with a finished table, prepare the table for painting by lightly sanding the table. Clean all surfaces of the table with a damp rag and let it dry.

Step Two: Apply paint. Note: I chose a crackle paint by Martha Stewart which required the use of a putty knife for the application process. Allow the paint to dry completely before moving on to the next step.

Step Three: Cut your patterned paper to fit your tabletop. Using a foam brush, apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to the surface of the table and apply the paper in sections. Smooth any air bubbles by pressing outward from the center of the table.

Step Four: Once the table has dried, trim any overhanging paper from the tabletop.

Step Five: Seal the tabletop with several coats of clear sealer, lightly sanding between coats.

Supplies: Patterned Paper: Crate Paper; Paint: Martha Stewart; Mod Podge: Plaid; Polycrylic Sealer: Minwax; Other: Table

My table makeover took several days to complete, but it was worth the wait! I'm glad that I challenged myself to use my scrapbook supplies in a way that was new to me because the result was a great piece of furniture that cost me less than $20 update.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Pride and Prejudice ATC - SNR Magazine

ATC Base: Ranger
Overlay: Hambly Studios
Stamp: Basic Grey
Distress Marker: Ranger
Ink: Ranger, Tsukineko
Quote: Jane Austen
Other: Book page
What's your favorite book?  I rip through the bestseller lists, but the books I pick up to reread are the classics, my favorite being Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.  Scrapbook News and Review Magazine had an ATC Call a few months back for favorite books and I made this.  Simple and fun.
If you're looking for some mixed media inspiration, pick up a subscription to SNR Magazine and check out the Mixed Media section. Check out the October Calls now and submit your artwork for a real chance at being published. 

Monday, September 17, 2012

Music Is In The Air - Moxxie

Moxxie Supplies:
Musically Inclined: Woodwinds - MI1327
Musically Inclined: Orchestra - MI1323
Musically Inclined: Band - MI1324
Musically Inclined: Piano - MI1239
Musically Inclined: Element Sticker - MI2233
Musically Inclined: Die-cuts - MI4023
Other Supplies:
Flowers: Prima, Petaloo
Vintage Trinket: Prima
Chipboard: Words or Whatever
Paint Pen: Zig
Ink: Ranger
Other: Doily, Twine
Photo Credit: Focal Point
The Moxxie Musically Inclined collection is my favorite from the last release.  I dug up some of my high school band photos to pair with this line.  This is one of my senior pictures.  I played the flute, piccolo and bassoon and high school.  I'm thrilled that the dark brown patterned paper (Woodwinds) features flutes and bassoons!  This collection is just perfect for elegant formal photos, but also works great for more casual music-themed photos, like the candid moments from marching band fun, pep rallies and parades.  I'll be sharing more of the high school band layouts I created with this collection soon. 
Thanks for stopping by today! Be sure to visit the Moxxie Blog and facebook page for inspiration from the rest of the Moxxie Muses.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Through The Doors - Scrap It With A Song / Your Memories Here

Paper: Prima
Collage Sheet: Prima
Paper Tape, Canvas: Prima
Packaging: Prima
Flowers: Prima
Vintage Trinkets: Prima
Rhinestone Flourishes, Flower Centers, Pebbles: Prima
Wood Embellishments: Prima
Lace: Prima
Stamps: Prima
Ink, Distress Stain: Ranger
Mist: Tattered Angels, Clearsnap, Creative Imaginations
Gesso, Gel Medium: Golden
Prima September BAP Sketch: Hege Lundquist
Song Lyrics: Taylor Swift
Other: Twine
In the spirit of the"Back to School" season, Scrap It With A Song is playing along to a set of education-themed songs this month. On the playlist this week is "15" by Taylor Swift. My oldest daughter started Kindergarten this year and was a little nervous about going to a big school and making new friends.  I thought that Taylor's lyrics "take a deep breath as you walk through the doors" was a great line to symbolize all the firsts that one has during a lifetime.
I used a lot of Prima goodies for this piece that I picked up at the Your Memories Here Store. Some of the papers and embellishments I used are from the new Prima releases from Summer CHA that came in my Prima Grab Bag. The other half of the supplies are leftovers from my Prima Almanac collection.  Winter Grab Bags are still available in the YMH Store if you'd like to refresh the collections you may have purchased from the last release.
I think these beautiful Bravo flowers are my favorite of the new releases!

This canvas bloom is also new and holds color really well.  I colored this flower with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Sun Sister, Marmalade and Black Rain.

These alpha stamps are part of the new Prima Romance Novel collection.  I love the vintage typewriter key look!

Prima has fabulous packaging, many of which include this colorful banner ready to cut!

After I cut the triangles from the packaging, I added a bit of Distress Ink and gesso to the edges before I glued them to a piece of Prima Lace.

Thanks for stopping by today! If you haven't stopped by the Your Memories Here Store be sure to check them out.  The Prima Grab Bags are a wonderful value so pick one up before they're gone for good!

If you're a Taylor Swift fan, the Rock Chicks would love to see how you interpret this song! Link up your project to the SIWAS Blog by the end of the month for your chance to be named one of our Play List Favorites and a Guest Designer for October! 

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Back to School with Tando Creative

Sew Cute Apple Craft Kit: Creative Works
Chipboard: Tando Creative (LEAFBR2CU)
Embossing Powder: American Crafts
The theme this week on the Tando Creative Design Blog is Back to School.  I always think about apples this time of year.  I found this super cute craft kit and wanted to add a bit more texture to my finished piece and this cluster of leaves was perfect.

The leaves have a great cut-out pattern and I thought it would be fun to make my leaves two colors of green. I covered the chipboard with some embossing powder and then backed the leaves with some felt. If you want to pick up some of these leaves for yourself, you can purchase them HERE.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Giggles & Grins Mini Album - Momenta D-Lite

Momenta Supplies:
Baby Steps Paper Pad - PK-2146
Cuddle & Coo Paper Pad - PA-2385
Cuddle & Coo Specialty Paper  - Adorable - PA-2232
Baby Steps Embossed Puffy Message Stickers - ST-2489
Baby Steps Vellum Message Stickers - ST-2997
Cuddle & Coo Girl Clear Layered Stickers - ST-3996
Other Supplies:
Mini Album: Melissa Frances
Stamps: My Mind's Eye
Ink: Ranger
Other: Ribbon, Twine
I'm thrilled to have a new niece in my family!  I put this mini album together for my sister and her little bundle of joy using two of my favorite Momenta baby-themed collections, Baby Steps and Cuddle & Coo.  The Momenta paper pads include not only fabulous patterned papers, but coordinating cardstock, stickers and punch-outs.

The Clear Layered Stickers and the Glittered Punch-outs add amazing dimension, sparkle and color to my album cover with very little effort required on my part.  You can also see from the above photo that the cardstock included in the paper pads is embossed!  I just love the little footprints.  I was able to put together this album fairly quickly because the little finishing details that I like to add to my embellishments are already done!

Each page of this album includes a pull-out tag.  I stamped lines for journaling and a place to record the date.  I know that the last thing on my mind with my new babies was scrapbooking.  I thought it was important to give a gift to my sister that didn't have designated pages for each month or even developmental milestones.  The pressure of filling an album with specific photos is absent with this book, allowing my sister to add her favorite photos and write her journaling whenever she finds the time.

I'll be making a lot more baby-themed projects over the next couple of months using the Momenta Baby Steps and Cuddle and Coo collections. They're perfect for both boys and girls. If you missed the canvas I created with Momenta products you can check that out here. Thanks for stopping by today!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Eeeeeeeeek! - Moxxie

Moxxie Supplies:
All Hallow's Eve: Arachnophobia AH-1318
All Hallow's Eve: Nevermore AH-1316
All Hallow's Eve: Sharp Dressed Man AH-1313
All Hallow's Eve: Punch-out Sheet AH-4021
All Hallow's Eve: Cardstock Stickers AH-2231
Forever Family: Brother FF-1308
Other Supplies:
Flowers: Manor House Creations
Button: Tim Holtz
Ribbon: Basic Grey
Stamps: Heartfelt Creations, Tim Holtz
Ink: Ranger
Other: Lace, Twine
I love Halloween!  I just ordered costumes for my girls for this year's festivities and I can't wait for them to arrive.  The Moxxie All Hallow's Eve collection is spooktacular and the perfect way to help get me in the mood to celebrate all things creepy and crawly next month.  I used my Halloween photo from last year for this page.
I added some flowers and some festive embellishments from my stash to help round out the page.  The bright orange piece of paper under the lace and die-cut border strips is from the Moxxie Forever Family collection.  I distressed the edges and darkened the paper with a texture stamp.  Don't be afraid to mix papers from different lines, especially when you want to add a splash of color!
Thanks for stopping by today! Be sure to visit the Moxxie Blog and facebook page for inspiration from the rest of the Moxxie Muses.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Road to Recovery Blog Hop - Moxxie

It's time for another Moxxie Blog Hop! Join the Moxxie Muses the first Friday of every month to be inspired and for the chance to win a complete collection of the featured line! We're continuing our blog hop series with the Road to Recovery collection.


Moxxie released the Road To Recovery collection, an elegant and poignant line designed for people fighting long-term illnesses, in July. Moxxie thought it was time to create a beautiful line that focused on healing, but also encouraged the writer to be honest about what they were really going through. The designs of this collection are versatile and can not only help a patient document their recovery, but it can also be used for get well, thinking of you, and sympathy cards, as well as to create layouts on just about any topic.

To be entered to win this awesome prize, leave a comment on each blog on the hop. Earn an extra entry by liking the Moxxie Facebook Page! Leave a comment there to double your chance of winning!

Moxxie Supplies:
Road To Recovery: Journey - RR-1322
Road To Recovery: Perseverance - RR-1320
Road To Recovery: Awareness - RR-1321
Road To Recovery: Punch-Out Sheets - RR-4022
Other Supplies:
Pearls: Kaisercraft
Sketch: Kristine Davidson
Photo Credit: Sarah Seror
I used this collection to scrap an everyday photo of my nephew.  I love the yellow, blue and grey color palette.  I used one of the quotes from the Punch-Out Sheet for my title that reads; Attitude is a little things that makes a big difference - Winston Churchill.
I also want to share this keychain I created again.  I really love the inspirational quotes printed on the Sticker Sheet from this line, my favorite being one by Dylan Thomas; "Do not go gentle into that good night...Rage, rage against the dying of the light." I scanned and resized the sticker for this keychain. I think this keychain would make a great gift!  Thanks for stopping by today!

Ready, Set, Hop!
Dana Tatar {You Are Here}
Comment deadline for the prize is Monday 9/10 midnight CST and we'll announce the winner Tuesday on the Moxxie blog. Open to US residents only. International customers are welcome to play along if they agree to pay shipping if they win the prize.Thanks so much for hopping with us!

Domino Mini Book - Your Memories Here

Paper: Prima
Art Tiles: Prima
Pearls: Prima
Ribbon: Offray
Ink: Ranger
Paint: Shimmerz, Ranger
Modeling Paste: Blick
Other: Dominoes
Photo Credit: Bak Photography
I'm sharing a project today for Your Memories Here.  A couple months ago I altered a pair of dominoes. I have made them into a mini book by attaching two pieces of ribbon and a folded piece of patterned paper to the back side of the dominoes.
The mini book opens from either side by untying the ribbon.  One side has some excerpts from the readings at my wedding ceremony.  The other side is full of photos from my special day.
If you want to alter some dominoes of your own in a similar fashion, Vol. 1 of the Prima Marketing magazine My Prima Place includes a step-by-step tutorial of  Heidi Kelley's Domino Necklace.  I followed her instructions to alter my dominoes.
 Thanks for stopping by today! Prima Pre-Orders are available in the Your Memories Here Store! If you have your eye on 1, or 7, of the new Prima collections, get your order in now for a significant savings. Grab Bags are available again in 3 sizes. If you're running low on embellishments from the last Prima release, there are still Winter Grab Bags available in 3 different sizes. If you like to make mini albums and off-the-page projects, be sure to check out the selection of Live With Prima Kits!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

In Color - Scrapjacked Studio

Paper: Paper Trunk
Butterflies: Darice
Thread: Iris
Paint: Creative Inspirations

It's reveal day at the Australian Scrapjaked Studio!  Our first jack with the new format is a gorgeous piece created by Natalie May. Natalie has joined the design team, so you'll be able to see her fabulous work every month!

I love the flowers and the color on Natalie's layout and used that for my inspiration.  I started with a piece of black and white patterned paper and then painted the flowers.  I added some dimension with hand stitching and a pair of butterflies.  My journaling reads; I see the world in black and white, but I dream in color.
There are so many many ways to take inspiration from one layout. It could be the color, design, technique, title elements, it is your stepping stone so to speak, to try something new, to adapt it to your style, to break you out of your rut, but mostly to have a little fun. I hope you're feeling truly inspired to go pick some paper and glue and get creating over the next couple of weeks. Remember to upload your takes on this jack to the email or leave a comment on the blog with a link. You have until the end of the month to share your work.  We can't wait to see your jack!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Beaded Ribbon Trim - SNR Magazine

Happy Card by Dana Tatar Featuring Beaded Ribbon Trim

I have yards and yards of pretty trims to choose from, but I usually use only one of piece of ribbon or lace on a project. I do not have any problems layering and embellishing patterned papers for my projects, but I usually only lay a piece of lace flat or tie some ribbon into a bow for my layouts and cards. By combining several pieces of ribbon and lace and a handful of beads and sequins, I transformed simple supplies into a beautiful piece of trim that helped make my card extra special.


Layering Simple Ribbon and Lace for Beading by Dana Tatar

Step One: Layer the ribbons and lace by width, widest on the bottom, and pin in place.

DIY Beaded and Sequined Layered Ribbon Tutorial by Dana Tatar

Step Two: Sew the sequins and beads onto the ribbon.

Combine simple ribbons and lace with beads and sequins to create expensive looking trim for less!

Step Three: Cut any uneven ends of ribbon from the piece of trim. Add to project.

Beaded Ribbon Trim Tutorial by Dana Tatar