Scrappy Saturday-Christmas Kitty

Good morning scrappy friends! I hope your weekend has been going good! We have a few Christmas parades to go to this weekend and the kids are so excited for them!

Today Im here to share with you a layout I made using some beautiful Sequins and a collection from Bella Blvd, Holly Jolly Christmas. I used Shabby Chic Christmas Some navy sequins from Puppy dog Tails and Hustle Bustle and these sequin collections went perfectly with the Bella collection I chose to use!

This month were also focusing on using our tools. Well to be honest, I dont have a lot of scrappy tools. I used my scissors a lot, my sewing machine and my punches. So I decided to make a big shaker pocket for this layout. I used an 8.5×11 page protector and filled it with my pretty sequins and sewed it shut. I loved all the colors mixed together and that there was a large amount of them on my layout, the more sequins the better, lol!

 I never start with my sequins, I always save them for last, just because I love to add all the pretty sparkles, but this time I started with my large shaker pocket.

When I had my shaker pocket down, I pulled out papers from Holly Jolly Christmas and started to cut some triangles in different sizes to make into Christmas trees.

When I had the trees cut to the sizes I wanted I added a little adhesive to the back, not a lot because I knew I  wanted to sew threw them. I matted my photo of my kitty under the tree sleeping, with some of the red that I used for some of the trees and popped it up on 3d adhesive and stuck it down.

I sewed through my trees and lifted there sides up a bit to add some dimension and moved to my title. I pulled the word Christmas from the die cut pack from this collection and added it down under the middle of my photo and added kitty in some green alphas. I thought I was done but I saw those cute bows clips and decided I would add a few to the tops of my trees. So I popped them off there clips and added two to my trees and that was it for me!

I love, love ,love these sequin mixes I used! I think Hustle Bustle is one of my favs right now, and all three sequin mixes worked great with this collection! Thanks for stopping by and checking out what I made today and I hope you have a great rest of your weekend!!

 

Make It Yours Monday~ He brings us joy…

Hello everyone and welcome back for another Make it Yours Monday. This week, the Sparklers are scraplifting our talented Guest Designer for the month, Rachel Lowe. I just love her style and was excited to take this layout on…

For my take on this layout, I chose to feature a photo of our puppy, Charger, and the Rover paper collection. Using a 4″ strip of pattern paper, I created the top section of my page and used a boarder sticker to seperate the pattern paper and white cardstock I am using as my base. Using Night Moves Coloringz, I did my splattering now, instead of at the end.  Moving to my photo, I chose a subtle pattern paper to mat my photo and using foam tape, added it to the center of my page. 

For the embellishments, I chose some of the stickers from the collection sheet, wood veneers and some word sticker and created a cascade from the left to right of the page. My sparkle and shimmer come from the NEW I Solemnly Swear and The Sorting Hat mixes. I chose to use reds, blues, and yellows to tie in the colors in the pattern paper at the top of the page. 

The finishing touches were to ink the edge of my white cardstock and add the title, He brings us joy, to the right of my photo, before mating the entire layout on a piece of dark brown cardstock. Some more sequins around the title and this page was finished. I LOVE the simplistic but fun feel of this page!!!  Use code Lisa15 to save 15% when you check out the shop for some of these fun products, and give a simple layout a try! Post it in our Facebook group, 15 minutes to scrap with Spiegelmom Scraps, so we can see what your creating. Have a crafty day!! xo No automatic alt text available.

A ‘how to’ for you

Big sigh………ahhhhh, Christmas is over and we can finally take a deep breath.  I don’t know about you, but I was still wrapping presents at midnight on Christmas Eve.  That’s par for the course in our house! 

Now that things are settling down, I’d like to share my last Memory Works Guest Designer project with you.  I’m more of a layout girl usually, but I made a few of these mini albums as Christmas gifts this year.  Here’s a paper bag mini I made for my Mom. Hard to believe there’s paper bags under there, huh!  The tutorial is below.. keep scrollin’!  I used some cool branch and leaf stickers as masks for the canvas on the cover.  I sprayed the canvas heavily with lots of Glimmer Mists and allowed it to dry.

The ends of the paper bags are where I have lots of tags, with both journaling and photos.  This little album can get thick pretty quicky, so I try to keep my page elements and tags flat.

 

Here is how I made them.  I started with 8 small paper bags {mine are 4×8″}, strong tape adhesive such as Provo Craft Terrifically Tacky Tape or your ATG, chipboard, patterned papers, ribbons, ink, canvas {optional} and Glossy Accents.  My chipboard covers are cut to 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″.  I used Bella’s Finally Fall line, some Simple Stories, Bazzill and Simple Stories Ribbons along with some accents from a past Express Kit, and canvas that was masked and spray heavily with glimmer mists and allowed to dry. 

Step 1:
Put 1 paper bag on your work surface in front of you with the open end on the right.  Lift up the flap (which is the bottom of the bag) and place adhesive as shown in the picture.  I marked the bags with a green maker where adhesive should be placed.  Then fold that flap over and crease the fold very well. Repeat this step for all  8 of you paper bags.  Take two paper bags and set them aside.  These two bags will be your front and back. 
NOTE: you can make a thinner or thicker album, 8 is my preference for overall thickness.  Just gather an even number of bags for you album.  My numbers and directions are based on an album using 8 paper bags.

 

Step 2: 
Next, take 3 bags and while the flap is folded over, put adhesive as shown, then put additional tape adhesive to cover the rest of the flap.  Take the other 3 bags without adhesive on the flap and one at time line up an adhesive covered flap with a non-adhesive covered flap. Adhere two bags together to create whats shown in the third photo.  This will create 3 sets of two bags that are attached by the small flaps in the middle. 

 

Step 3:  Next you’ll need to adhere the sides of your bags so they don’t open up completely.  These pockets created by adhering the sides of bags will be homes for you journaling and photo tags.

          
**This is the point where I begin to cover my bag sets with my patterned papers.  I use the Glossy Accents to tack down any smaller embellishments I add to my album, such as hand cut, small banners or flowers.  You can leave the flaps in the middle loose or adhere them down to their respective sides to create additional pockets for your tags or photos.  You can also make your large bag pockets more defined by using a circle punch to notch out the pocket further.

Step 4:  Next, you’ll want to start assembling your paper bag sets to create your album.  Take your paper bag sets and cover the backsides of them (opposite the flaps) with adhesive as shown by the green marker lines.  Adhere the paper bag sets together on the backsides, and press firmly together.  Then take your 2 bags that were previously set aside and adhere them as shown to the two outer bags, leaving the flap on the outside of the album.  The two flaps on the outside of the album will be where you attach your chipboard covers.  **NOTE: You may want to cover your chipboard before adhering them to the album.  This will make decorating easier.

  

Step 5:  Cover the outside of the flap, similar to in step 2 and adhere the chipboard cover as shown.  You can continue to decorate your album as desired, or you can add a canvas cover over your chipboard.  Don’t forget to ink all the edges!

  

Extra step: To cover your album in canvas, just cut your canvas about a 1/4″ wider than the width of your chipboard covers.  This is too allow for the canvas shrinking if you paint it and for the fraying of the edges, which looks pretty cool too!  I don’t always cover the chipboard completely, as in the Fall Mini Album.  I like the combination of canvas and the patterned papers, so I usually wrap the canvas around the spine of the album and cover about half of the chipboard.  The canvas shown in my example was painted with acrylic paint, using some stickers as masks for flowers.  To adhere the canvas to the cover, I used a strong liquid tacky glue.

  

I hope my quick tutorial was helpful and you create a mini paper bag album of your own!   If anyone would like additional photos of the tutorial, please leave a comment here and I’ll post them there for you!
Thank you for stopping by and as always Happy Scrappin’!

Memory Works October Challenge

Hello again my crafty friends~

I don’t know about the weather where you are …. but what yucky weather in Kenosha, WI!!  Lots of wind and rain here, but it made for a great day to be inside scrappin’ with my girls!  They had fun stamping with a fun Basic Grey/Hero Arts clear stamp set with a school bus, pencil and other fun school-themed images.  I’ll be posting about that this weekend!

It’s challenge time again for us Memory Works Consultants.  Here’s my take on the October Challenge, which uses this page map to document some of our life’s celebrations.  I chose to scrap our recent outing to Petrifying Spring Park in Kenosha.  We go every Fall around the same time to take our annual family pictures.  This is how we celebrate Fall and the growth of our family. 

….here’s what I came up with. 

I used Bella Blvd’s new Finally Fall papers & chipboard, Bazzill card stock, We R Memory Keepers Sew Easy Tool, Blue Lagoon Baker’s Twine and Tropical Foss, Color Box Dark Brown Chalk Ink, Ranger Perfect Pearls mist in Forever Red, Jillibean Soup Corrugated Butterflies (as a mask for misting & for embellies) and House, VersaColor Turquoise Chalk Ink for Butterflies, wood button, Petaloo Color Me Crazy Flowers (stamped with Hero Arts Friend Definition stamp using VersaColor Chalk Inks and sprayed with the same Forever Red Perfect Pearls), Simple Stories Life Documented Flash Card and a misc Family chip sticker I had in my stash. 

You can also see the photo and paper sizes in the page map, which make this page very fast and easy to put together!  Give it a try and share it! Go ahead, stay inside this weekend and do something creative!

Thanks for stopping by~

Jody