Holiday Happiness Blog Hop!

@spiegelmomscraps @jodyspiegelhoff, #scrapbook #spiegelmomscraps #bloghop #Holidaybloghop #scrapbookchallenge #prizes #sequins #felt #diecuts #ProjectLifeHappy Holidays everyone!! We hope your season has been filled with goodness and of course, lots of crafty time!!  This month the Sparklers Design Team, Tuesday’s Talent~Sarah McClellan and I have an inspiration filled blog hop for you.  Grab your favorite hot beverage (if you’re freezing like we are in the Midwest) and relax while you tour our blogs.  

Here’s today’s line up just in case you get lost along the way.
Jody @ SpiegelMom Scraps <<< you’re here!
Kat Benjamin
Sarah McClellan
Louise Gannon Forsyth
Charity Feit

It’s been a wonderful year and I’ve been working hard to bring you some fabulous new products. One of the favorites are my new Birds of a Feather Felties!! These beauties are die cut from a high quality wool felt and perfect for embellishing your scrapbook pages, cards, Project Life spreads and more!! Here’s a look at the debut colors before I show you my layouts today.  Check out this little gallery for the new goodies!

Ok, now for my blog hop layouts!!  For my first layout, I attached a few different colors of Birds of a Feather Felties using my Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher and tacky glue.  I also think running them through the sewing machine would be fabulous!! The other brand new felt die cuts are my Cloudy Days Felties. I love their soft fluffiness.

These photos were taken in October when our youngest daughter met my Nana in Florida for the first time. They met on Nana’s 85th birthday and it couldn’t have been more special for us all!  I used Dear Lizzy Serendipity collection papers, along with various other embellishments.

Here are a couple close ups so you can really see the beautiful texture of the felt feathers and the cork hearts.

My next layout is a blast from the past, 4 years ago to be exact.  This photo was taken when Abby was only 2 weeks old and crying the entire time we tried to take this photo.  The other four girls are truly being troopers here!  I used Elle’s Studio papers and cut apart pieces to create the layout.  

I knew I wanted to create a couple windows in the layout somewhere and decided to make one on the top and one on the bottom of the red patterned paper section.  I used a 2 inch circle punch.  To make my shaker/type windows I knew I had to create some dimension and lift the red patterned paper off the main background.  To do this, I mounted several pieces of basic craft foam on the back.   This is what the backside of the this section looks like… a hot mess right!  The red pieces are the craft foam, which is what I’ve been using to add larger areas of dimension onto my cards and layouts.   I learned this cost effective trick from Jennifer McGuire, love that girl! I adhered the craft foam with Scotch two sided tape, as my tape runner didn’t work well on the spongy surface.  Next, I created my sequin pocket with the actual sequin packaging I use for my products.  This is a great way for you to reuse many kinds of packaging items for various manufactures.  Give it a try!  

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And, here’s my flashback holiday layout!  The sequins I used were Gold Stardust and Christmas Wishes.

This is my next favorite thing on this layout.  I heat embossed this lovely wood veneer from Heidi Swapp with my favorite gold embossing powder; Ranger, Liquid Platinum. It’s not a bright, harsh gold.  It’s soft and beautiful.

 Wow!  I hope you all enjoyed the Holiday Happiness Blog Hop kick off here and have been inspired to do some creating this month!  To help jump start you, I also have 4 challenges going on on my Facebook page for you play along with this month.  Just click the challenges titles to be taken over to the Facebook event and check them out.

~  Anything goes

~ Layout sketch (designed my me!)

~ Holiday card sketch (Freshly Made Sketches)

~Three ingredients: Wood Veneer, something circular (brad, doily, etc) and patterned paper from your stash

You’re next stop is the talented Kat Benjamin!  Be sure to comment on all the blogs also….. you know there’s a prize for that you guys!!

 

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’!