Author Archives: Ali Gage

Baby Shower Gift

Hey y’all!, Ali here! It is stitching week! Yippee!! I absolutely love stitching on layouts, either hand stitching or machine stitching, I just love the detail and depth it adds to a layout. This week I decided to take stitching to a different project, and make a baby shower gift for a good friend. I know she is decorating the nursery with grey, teals, and yellows and the main focus will be giraffes. So I wanted to make a cute piece of home décor for her to put in her nursery!

I started with the giraffe. I found a cute clip art image of a giraffe and printed it out. The hardest part of this project is assembling the giraffe. I picked out the patterned papers I wanted to use, and got to cutting! I cut out each piece of the giraffe and then glued him together!

After I added a bit of water color to my background, I adhered the assembled giraffe. Then…the fun part, stitching! I use a paper piercer and simply go around the image exactly where I want to stitch. When all of my holes are made, I watch TV! Well, I watch TV and stitch! This project took me about an hour to complete (or three episodes of Young and Hungry).

TIP-New to stitching on paper? I know it can be intimidating, I was super nervous the first few times I did it too. I also would get really frustrated when my embroidery floss would get tangled and knotted. Then I discovered a super sweet trick, beeswax. If you pull your thread through beeswax before you start stitching, it holds together and never knots up on you. I didn’t have any beeswax on hand the first time I did this, I had used all of mine for lotion bars. So I just used the lotion bar which is mostly beeswax with a little lavender. So my thread smells lovely and doesn’t make me frustrated-win, win!

Now, for me, no project is complete without sequins! The brand new Ferris Wheel sequins were absolutely perfect for this project, they went with the color scheme and the different sizes and shapes add just the right amount of detail without taking away from the focus (his name and the giraffe).

A simple frame, and voila! This makes a great little gift for a baby shower!

I love how this little project turned out, and I hope the happy mom-to-be will love it too!

Add some sequins to your next project! Be sure to grab up those new releases, they are amazing and I bet they will go fast!!!

Future’s So Bright

Hey y’all! I’m putting down the Fuse for a couple weeks, and focusing on the awesome themes we are playing with this month! This week is BIRTHDAY week! I love birthdays! The idea is to scrap a birthday you normally wouldn’t, how fun is that? I made this layout all about my son’s surprise party…and I know what you’re thinking, that is totally a birthday you would typically scrapbook about, right? Well, it IS, but here’s the thing, my son’s party was a “non” birthday party. We were so busy during his birthday month that we surprised him with a mini party, when our lives slowed down a bit!

We only invited his closest friends, the twins, and had a little backyard water party. Emoji themed, of course (and thank goodness, I was having major FOMO about missing emoji week last week!). I spent a few hours creating emojis to hang from the ceiling, so I was really happy to use one on this layout! And it served multiple purposes, because it was the perfect space for journaling!

These three boys crack me up, they all got cupcakes with the sunglasses emoji, so they obviously needed to take pictures with shades on! I really wanted to highlight the sunglasses, so I lined them with the Stargazer sequins and I ADORE how this turned out.

I couldn’t resist these little star sequins so I also scattered some around the folded corner, as if the sequins were spilling out!

The whole layout came together really quickly, with a little bit of help from the party décor, do you ever repurpose things for your layouts? I used the Stargazer sequins, you NEED some, they are so versatile! And if you haven’t seen the delicious new sequin mixes you need to check those out too!

Fuse It Fun Day- First Day Sillies

Hey everyone! I’m back with my Fuse tool this week! And in keeping with the 90’s theme, I bring you “gettin’ corky wit it”!

Yep, that was a terrible Will Smith reference! Haha! I realized recently that I scrapped my son’s first day of school photos, but not the “outtakes”! I really wanted to capture how silly he was being! I started with a naked tree cut file, and created leaves with cork embellishments. The tree on the right uses the Corky Cumulus embellies as leaf clusters. The tree on the left uses the Cork Confetti Hearts as the leaves! I contemplated painting the cork, but I went with the natural look because it reminded me more of Fall.

After I had the trees figured out I wanted to make a little school house. I created this cut file from free clip art. Once I layered each patterned paper, I fused little pockets of Gold Stardust Sequins for each of the windows on the back of the school house. The stardust sequins are probably my most favorite because they are so versatile and can be used on just about every project! For this layout I just love how they make the school shine!

Some Cloudy Days Felties finished off this little scene perfectly!

I absolutely love how this came out, it is quirky (and corky) and fun, really capturing my son’s personality! I hope you enjoyed it too!

Be sure to save some money when you stop by the scrappy store, and I would love to see how you “get corky wit it!” 🙂

Hee Haw Father’s Day!

Happy Father’s Day, my crafty friends! Typically I would be sharing a Fuse It Fun Day project with you, but this week I skipped the Fuse and went straight for the glue!

I made a layout all about my Father in law for our theme this month- 80’s and 90’s! This is a throw back to the Hee Haw show, anyone a fan? I really wanted my kids to know the stories their grandpa has to share-and he has SO many fun stories. For years he played with Roy Clark and was a member of the Hee Haw band. My husband has fond memories of watching his dad on TV, how cool is that?

I really wanted that silly donkey from the Hee Haw logo on this layout, which is actually where I spent the majority of my time. After that it was a few musical note die cuts and some fun layers behind the photos. This layout came together pretty quickly, but my favorite part are the new Black Tie Event sequins and cork Chevy Chevrons as accents. I dispersed the sequins throughout the music, as if they were notes themselves. If sequins could sing, I bet they would sound beautiful!! The Chevy Chevrons worked perfectly as corner accents and gave the layout more of the rustic feel I was going for!

I will get that Fuse back out next week, but I hope you enjoyed this Father’s Day layout and those fantastic new sequins! Pop by the store to grab some of your own!

Fuse It Fun Day- Teacher Gift

Happy Sunday scrappers! So glad you joined me for Fuse It Fun Day! I have been dying to make a Coptic bound book and the end of the school year presented me with the perfect excuse to get creating! I wanted to make my son’s teacher a gift, and a blank journal seemed rather appropriate!

The first thing I did was watch a bunch of youtube videos, if you search “Coptic bound book” there are tons of tutorials, careful, this is a time suck, I got lost on youtube for a few hours!

Once I felt comfortable with the tutorials, I started my notebook. I picked out some paper from my stash. I still had so much of the Pink Paislee Switchboard collection, someone gifted me the paper pack a while back. So I wanted to use that up and it was perfect for this project. I made my signatures with printer paper and patterned paper. Then I wrapped my chipboard covers with more of the patterned papers.

I knew I wanted to add a special touch to this notebook, making it personalized from our family. So I created a shaker dashboard with my son’s school photo. I used the Wedding Bells sequin mix, and it added such a crisp clean pop to this shaker page! I love the white sequins and the silver stars, but the iridescent sequins take it over the top!

When I added the cover, I included the shaker page! It worked beautifully! I also added a few buttons to the spine, not over the top, just a few. I think next time I will add more charms and such, I really like how that looks! I love how this little notebook came out, and I can’t wait to make more of these books!

As always, be sure to save some money in the shop with this code!

Fuse It Fun Day- How Rude

Hey y’all! I am LOVING the throw back theme this month, are you guys inspired by the 80’s and 90’s? I always think of music and TV shows when I think of the 90’s. I am 30, so I was fairly young in the 90’s but the music is still my go to Spotify play list! I also recently binged on Fuller House (anyone else?). So the 90’s are fresh on my mind!

The start of summer break has reminded me that I have barely scrapped any school photos from this year. My summer goal is to have my son’s Kindergarten photos scrapped before he goes to first grade! Looking at the pictures we took on his first day I found a gem, my daughter photobombing his photo shoot, and his look of disdain! It was too perfect not to scrap, and I knew I had the perfect title! I think this layout is a happy mix of two of my faves, Full House and Saved by the Bell, what do you think?


I stamped the background with a sprinkles stamp from Pinkfresh Studio. Then I used the Fuse to create little shape shakers to sprinkle about. Instead of using my usual clear page protectors, I used colored dividers (because we all know the 90s were about big bursts of color and fun patterns!).

 

 

I love the way the Hey Kiddo! sequins look behind different colors, but that deep blue needed to be spread across the page on it’s own a bit!

I hope you like my take on this super fun theme, can’t wait to see your throw back layouts!

 

As always, thanks for stopping by on Fuse It Fun Day, stop by the shop and don’t forget to get your discount!

Fuse It Fun Day- Hey, Craft Today!

Happy Sunday everyone! Ali here with another Fuse It Fun Day post! Today I am sharing a layout for the May theme at SpiegelMom Scraps- April showers bring SEQUIN flowers! I took this theme quite literally with this layout, and actually made a sequin flower shaker! Take a look!

I made the flower in two parts, first the top, or the petals, using the stunning Summer Paradise sequins. Then I fused the little leaf, using Jaded Hearts! Next, I layered the petals with the leaf and added a chunky cork heart with my stapler! I LOVE how this little embellishment came out!

Here is the full layout, all about how much my children love crafting! I love seeing them be creative, it makes my heart happy! Do you craft with your kids? Have you scrapped about it? I would love to see your layouts about crafting!

I hope these posts inspire you to grab your fuse and start making things, even if you don’t do project life (like me)! If you don’t have a FUSE, what are you waiting for? I use mine all the time, I think you will love it! And you can save 15% right now!