Posted tagged ‘scrapbooking’

The most adorable handmade brag book you’ll ever make!

March 28, 2013

I work in a scrapbook store.  I’ve worked there since I was barely out of college.  That’s a really long time!!  While I’m there, I look for ways to use supplies in different ways.  Scrapbooking is AWESOME, I just want to do other stuff sometimes.  You understand, I’m sure.  A couple weeks ago we got these cute bags:

and I immediately made this little spring brag book:

I was going to make a couple to give to the grandmas for Easter since I took some really cute pictures of the girls in their dresses – and they probably won’t wear their dresses for Easter because it’s 40 DEGREES OUTSIDE, CONNECTICUT.

I posted these photos on the store’s Facebook page and got a handful of questions about how I made it, so I’ll show you here.  It’s just 2 bags.  They’re lined up with openings on opposite ends.

Fold them together in half down the center, then punch 2 holes away from the edges in the fold line

Tie some string or ribbon through the holes to hold the booklet together

Then embellish as your heart desires!

Using 2 little bags, you have space for a front and back cover and 6 pictures inside.  Then if you have extra pictures or notes you can tuck them in the little open sides.  I printed these pictures as wallet size at a place that rhymes with Fal-mart and put just a tiny edge of a matte on them.  They fit perfectly.

It’s a wonderful little brag book to show off a trip to “Elmo’s House”!

(Pictures are from Sesame Place, Breakfast with Elmo and Friends Summer, 2012)


Playing with Shrinky Dinks…

July 15, 2012

While the girls are on summer vacation, I’ve been on vacation mostly myself…  It’s hard to get anything started before it’s time to move to the next project or activity.  It’s hard to finish anything completely… so i haven’t been.  Ah, well.  Last night I played for a short time with shrinky dinks and Tim Holtz dies and alcohol inks.

The results are really cool, and the possibilities are endless.  I’m trying to decide which shape is my favorite, but I love them all for their own reasons.  They’ll be great on scrapbook pages or on cards…  maybe on some sort of mixed media something…  what else?

wooden spool bracelets

October 2, 2010

FUN!  NEW!  PROJECT!  WOO!  so i ordered 500 of these little bitty spools… what to do, what to do…

bracelets, baybee!

i pondered a way to “stain” the spools, and found this:

i thought it would work better than regular water-based ink that might wear off on my skin, and i wasn’t sure what craft paint would do.  the stazon refill ink gave the spools a gorgeous look, but HOLY COW! MESSY! PERMANENT!  my fingers and nails will never be the same.  (you can probably tell i went with timber brown =))  the up-side is that it dries very quickly.  i hate to wait.

as you can tell from the background, i’m at work, so i rifled through the scrap bin and found some very pretty patterned papers and cut them to fit – my spools are small, i used 3/8″ x 1 3/8″ pieces.  i tried a bunch of adhesives to get the paper to stick – mod podge worked just fine, so did tacky tape and the xyron sticker maker…  use whatever you’d like!  i think mod podge might work best, with the tacky tape a close 2nd.

you can string them together the traditional end-to-end way, but i chose a side-to-side method – just string one end through each side.  i used elastic thread so i could stretch mine over my giant beat up crafty hands.

i’m experimenting with colors and papers tonight, and will show you anything super, should it pop up!

new shrinky dink tutorial

April 24, 2010

hey, lOOkie!  Little Yellow Bicycle has “shrink film” in their new Snugglebug line! Let’s make ’em!! 


use sharp scissors to cut the shapes out.  leave a little edge around the outside, and don’t worry about your cuts being perfect.  once the plastic is shrunk, you won’t be able to tell that the edges are slightly wonky.   it also adds a little to the “handmadeness” of them if they aren’t perfect. 

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color or ink if you’d like, be sure to use PERMANENT ink – Stazon, Sharpies, Slick Writers – if it’s not permanent, it’ll smear and you’ll be sad.  i used Bic fine tip permanent markers.  I tried coloring on both the smooth and the rough side and the results are about the same colorwise – but it’s easier to color on the rough side because there’s a little more control due to the texture.

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place on a piece of parchment paper or foil (it doesn’t matter what side is up) and pop in a preheated oven or toaster oven on a heated pan and watch them shrink!   it only takes a minute or two for the film to do its thing, so watch it closely, they’ll be ready soon.

the directions for these said to use an oven temp of 350F, but i found that to be a little too hot.  i use somewhere between 250-275 in the toaster oven.  this slows the shrinking a little so i could control the shapes a little more – if they curl too quickly, they might stick together and it’s easier to reach in and peel the ends apart if it’s not happening quite so fast.  (i have to say that the quality of this particular shrink film is excellent, it’s even easier to use than the actual shrinky dink brand, and mine never curled enough to stick together.) 

i also only do one or 2 at a time so i can keep an eye on them.  it doesn’t take long to shrink all the shapes, so i only do a couple at once.

once the shape is nearly flat and stops shrinking, take it out of the oven and whack it once with the back of a spatula to be sure it’s nice and flat.  the end result is super cute – sturdy embellishments with a little extra something by me.   They came with little tiny pop dots too, to add a little more dimention to your scrapbook page or altered project.   

crikey, i nearly forgot…

November 25, 2009

i was having so much fun at work i nearly forgot to blog.  took a class tonight with Debbie Fitz, look!! look how cute!!

i’m a little overwhelmed by how sweet these are!!  and now i’m going home.  (thank goodness for the internet at work!)

there we go…

January 23, 2009

LOVE wooden decoupaged blocks  wooden blocks - KISS

so i think part of my problem is that i expect to sit down at night after the girls are in bed and crank out 6 calendars every night.  that’s what i was doing in november and december.  last night i whipped out these wooden block words and was cleaned up and ready for a snack by 9:30.  that felt great.  they’ll both be in the shop by lunchtime today!

what would you do?

January 6, 2009

by you.

2 identical metal mailboxes.  i can:
1.  list one and wait for it to sell, then list the other.
2.  list them as a set. 

as a seller (and/or a buyer), which would you do??
p.s. they are super cute – x’s and o’s and sprinkles and buttons and rhinestones and ribbons and clips and flocked brads…