Saturday, September 26, 2009

Make your own patterned paper

I don't know if you all of my all time favorite scrapbook manufacturer is going out of business-SCENIC ROUTE!!
How can this happen? Scenic Route is pure awesomeness!

Anyways... they are having a liquidation sale now. I have already done my share of shopping there.If you like Scenic Route...hurry over to When the stuff is's gone forever:(

Have you ever been to a blog hop?
They have one over at with lots of different challenge blogs participating.
 I had no idea there was so many challenge blogs out there. So much inspiration! Join the fun for lots of prizes to win. The blog hop is going on for a week.

Here's a layout I just finished. I used some yummy June Bug from Basic Grey.
The paper you see behind the photo, the one with red roses...I made that myself...

Oh well, it wasn't so hard really. It's actually fabric from my curtains here in my scrap room.

I just took the fabric and put it in the scanner. I adjusted the colors a bit in Photoshop, but that's not necessary. If you don't have a scanner you can just use a copy machine. Be sure to use a heavier paper and not some flimsy printer paper.
 Imagine if you had a 12 x 12 printer you could start mass producing unique patterned paper.
I wish:)
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Friday, September 18, 2009

Christmas wreath from Fancy Pants

I came across a great tutorial for these awesome poinsettias.

This is not my idea, my photos or my words. The only credit I take, is for the copy and paste part;)

This is a stolen tutorial from Fancy Pants. Enjoy!

1. I have two different sizes of poinsettias. Cut pattern paper into strips. You need three strips per poinsettia. For the larger poinsettia you will need 1.5 inch x 4 inch strips. For the smaller poinsettias you will need 1 inch by 3 inch strips.

2. Fold your strip in half length wise. Then fold in half from top to bottom.

3. Using your scissors, cut in an arc from the outside to the fold part. This makes the point of the poinsettia.

4. Unfold the pattern paper and you get a “squashed” oval.

5. Now fold this oval in half top down, you will see the backside of the pattern paper.

6. Fold one side back up.

7. Flip over and do the other side.

8. Fold in half again.

9. Holding the center, run your finger under the pattern paper to pop it out.

10. Here you can see the progression of the “leaves” of the poinsettia.

11. It takes 3 “leaves” for every poinsettia flower.

12. Once you have these leaves, I like to take a plain glue stick and glue the “leaves” together.

13. After adding the glue, pinch & hold the “leaves” together.

14. You can see what the three look like once the leaves are glued.

15. Now you are ready to assemble the poinsettia. I cut small circles out of the scrap paper for the “base”.

16. With a dab of hot glue or a really strong adhesive in the center of the circle, put all three leaves of the poinsettia together.

17. Now you have this great little poinsettia.

18. So building the wreath … Take your poinsettias and place them randomly around a floral ring using T-pins to secure them in. Keep building around until your wreath looks full.

19. Once your wreath is full, you can add on buttons & beads to the center of the poinsettias.

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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Flower tutorial summary

I meant to do this for a while... to have all the flower tutorials in one post. This way you don't have to scroll and click so much. Just click on the photos and it will take you to the tutorial. Happy Crafting!

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Saturday, September 12, 2009

Stamp with potatoes!

I don't know if this is a Swedish thing or what not, but when I was a kid, we use to stamp with potatoes. So I thought, why not try this for scrapbooking.

You'll need a potato, paint, knife, paintbrush and a sharpie pen.

Cut the clean potato in half.
Wipe of the cut surface with a paper towel.
Use a sharpie pen and draw your shape on the potato.
Outline your shape with the knife and carve off the surrounding potato.

Apply your paint to the cut out shape and then stamp away! Dab on more paint before stamping again.

I made this simple card with some American Crafts paper and Scenic Route rub-ons. I just cut out the stamped hearts and used 3-D dots.

Here's my first layout I made for the All About Me challenge blog. The challenge was to create a layout with the title " If I live to be 100..." Here's my take: (click to see it bigger)

The blue flowers and red dots are stamped with a potato.Wow...stamping,inking,stitching and doodling in the same layout...I'm getting there!
Be sure to hop over to All About Me and join this challenge. I would love to see your take on it.
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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Exciting news!!!

Finally I get to have a post with that title!!

I'm so super excited...I got accepted for a design team that I tried out for!!

Check it out:

It's good to see my mug shot somewhere else than this ol' blog.

This is a new challenge blog and "it's all about me" this case, it's all about - YOU.
How many layouts have you done about yourself?

I have three (3) finished scrapbooks all about about that?

I've always pointed out how important it is that we scrap ourselves - that's why I'm so thrilled to be on this design team. Now I have a reason to continue with my BOM's ( Book of Me) without seeming selfish.

Hop over to "It's All About Me" and be sure to sign up as a Follower so you don't miss any of the challenges. And also check out the rest of the design team; a bunch of talented ladies from all over the world.

Here's my submission for the Design Team Call. I guess I did something right for once:

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