This is why I LOVE clear buttons!

Howdy friends! I spent the day scrapbooking. The. Whole. Day. Today was the monthly crop in town and I was excited to go. I decided a couple of months ago to store my unscrapped photos IN my current scrapbook so I could see and enjoy them before I scrapped them and if I did not get every photo scrapped it was OK because the pictures were printed and in there. I tend to use photo collage software to print my pictures in a pleasing arrangement on 8.5″x11″ paper so I can slip that in a letter size page protector and put it in my 12″x12″ D-ring binder with my other layouts. It works great and look fine even if I never trim out the collage and scrapbook it but it is easy when I scrap it because I am dealing with one collage rather than the 5-12 photos I like to put on a page. I also had the brilliant idea to limit myself to creating with the contents of my crafty junk drawer, you know, the bin where you stash the unused die cuts, stamped images, and other experiments that have gone unused or defy categorization to be stored elsewhere. I grabbed a pad of scrapbook paper and I was off to the races…or the crop as the case may be. About a half hour before I was set to leave the organizer of the crop called, she had a sick kid so she offered to unlock the space for me and I could welcome anyone else who came, she was expecting a few more people. I had planned to crop from 9-6 no matter what so I did not mind, hey, I got to create in an area that was not 52 degrees! Well, nobody came to crop. :( Lorraine popped in just back from Florida to say “hello” and I saw another  friend who was opening a preschool in another part of the building but no other croppers. This gets me to thinking…are crops a thing of the past? We have no local scrapbook stores and the big box stores do not have crops. I am the youngest scrapbooker who attends our local crops and I am no spring chicken! And to make matters worse many people are not even printing photos anymore. It kinda makes me sad. I have been feeling the same way about stamp shows too, the attendance gets lower each year with fewer vendors and the show-goers are getting older. How long will it last?

Well, that was just depressing, what I meant to blog about tonight was customizing clear buttons! I brought some with me today with the dream of every scrapbook layout I made having a cute custom button it but as luck would have it I forgot my wet glue and there was no one to borrow some from. Best laid plans…

But now! Oh, the buttons I shall make! I hope you enjoyed the video and my tale of woe. It’s just a reminder to go to a crop if you know of one because if you don’t there might not be any in the future.  If you have a hobby you enjoy help the local craft community thrive! Maybe I’ll see you at a crop or stamp convention soon! ;) Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Expand your supplies with borrowed stash

Hello friends. Do you remember the early days of scrapbooking? When everything you owned for the hobby fit in one tote and you would dutifully drag the tote to weekly or monthly crops at the local scrapbook store to work? You would plan your purchases carefully depending on what your friends had, if Susie has the oval coluzzle template you would get the heart, you would buy different stuff and you would use each otherstools so everyone had a good assortment to work with. It was so fun because you got to learn and try something new each time (and everything seemed new back then.) Well, our local store closed so for a while we took turns going over to each others houses to work, it was nice but the “craft nights” got less frequent until they stopped all together. Most of us set up tables with our supplies at home or even devoted rooms to our hobby. It was just easier to stay home and scrapbook. The rest of them, not having a place to work and reminder to do it weekly just stopped scrapbooking. Were am I going with this depressing tale you ask? A couple of years ago I met a woman who had a monthly scrapbooking group who met at the church monthly. I decided to join them (It’s where I met Lorainne-AAC co-host 1 in fact) and it was so nice to have a bunch of ladies to scrapbook with again. Last Friday was crop day, my friend Kathy had some stamps I wanted to use and she wanted to use my new Cheery Lynn flourish die. The crop ended up having a late start so Kathy came to my house (which was in chaos BTW) to work. I made this layout using her stamps:

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This layout cost me 20 cents (the price I paid for a sheet of white cardstock) to make.  If I had to buy those stamps it would have cost $20, I really liked that Prima doll stamp but I know where it lives if I ever need it again just like Kathy knows my stamp collection is available to her whenever she wants it. So the moral of this story…morals?…is to craft with your friends more often, you can share ideas as well as supplies. Buy different things than your buddies have and you can swap them around. Sharing is caring! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Puttin’ on the Glitz!

Hello friends! Today I am going to share some glitzy techniques for your cards and scrapbook pages. This video will show you how to incorporate a lot of hot trends quickly and easily in your cards, scrapbooks or art journals:

You can find the supplies I used from Papermart. I had a good time using these sparkly products, I have been using their awesome (and cheap, only 99 cents!) glitter for years and found that the Mod Podge held it in place beautifully. I wanted to use small mirrors on my scrapbook page but I was worried that they would cut the page protector, I don’t have that worry now that I made them from candy foil and cardstock! The bokah look stenciling and misting was fun and easy too! If you want to learn how to make the daubers and spray mists I used today you can check out my video here. Doilies, what can I say, I’ve used them a lot lately (and I have another doily project this week!) so if you buy some gold doilies you might want to grab a box of white ones too, they are  a steal of a deal and so fun! The shipping tagsare also a steal if you don’t have them yet and now you know how to print on them! Well, I know you want to rush into your craft space and try out these techniques so I won’t keep you, thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Happy 4th of July! {make a snazzy shirt!}

Howdy folks! We have sun for the 2nd day in a row, yipee!!!! Per usual we have no plans on the 4th except to watch fireworks and light some sparklers but I am OK with that. Here is a scrapbook page that is featured in the July 2013 issue of Scrap & Stamp Arts magazine:

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I used glitter from Papermart to stamp, paint and glaze on the project. The glitter is fine and great for the glitter sheet stamping too and only 99 cents a big tube!

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Last year my kids and I made the T-shirts (and shoes) we wore to the parade. It is easy and you can see how in the video below.  I used fabric spray paint from Oriental Trading, you get 6 colors for $8 and the sprayers work really well.

Well that’s all for me today. I hope you all have a fun and safe holiday. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Boy Scout Scrappin’! {manly ways to use glitter, ribbon & ruffles!}

Howdy folks! Do you ever pre-scrap you pages? It’s like making a sketch but you make an entire page before a photo is ever printed. I think it is a great way to play with the design of a page without worrying about ruining the perfect photos.

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After making the above layout I know I want a large group photo to go in the frame and all of the other candid shots can go in the file folder, journaling can be written on the white part on the right hand page or put in the folder too. The folder is a great place for photos I printed off friends Facebook pages too! Here is a video on the techniques I used to make this layout. You can find the Camo ribbon, baker’s twine, glitter and sparkly deco mesh at Papermart!

Wasn’t that easy? Doesn’t it make you want to scrapbook? Don’t you wish I remembered to turn my telephone ringer off before I started filming? LOL! Never a dull moment, what can I say :) Here are some close-ups of the pages from the video:

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You can use these ideas when scrapping you summer camp or scouting photos too. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Fun with {old} Friendly Plastic!

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! We had a sweet morning before work and school exchanging valentines goodies and cards:) The kids are looking forward to the valentine party at school and as a classroom treat we cut hearts out of watermelon (cut the rind off a watermelon and slice it 3/4″ thick and use a cookie cutter to cut hearts or other shapes) and made a fruit plate that I will bring to school in a bit. Here is the valentine card I made my husband. Stamps are by About Art Accents.

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I used Friendly Plastic to make the charm  I was given a bunch of old friendly plastic sticks last year. Friendly plastic has a shelf life, after a couple of years it becomes brittle and snappy, not bendy and pliant, so you can’t use it for all techniques. Luckily I discovered ways to use the old stuff so if you have some friendly plastic from long ago or if you bought some recently and discovered that it breaks rather than bends here are some techniques you can try. Get a cuppa coffee folks, this is a long, but hopefully entertaining and informative video. You can do any of these techniques with new Friendly Plastic as well!

And, yes, I found something else to use my coffee cup warmer for! Yay, it earns a place on my worktable:) So to recap the following techniques will work with old FP: Marbleizing, inlay or crazy quilt technique, ooze technique (pressing metal mesh or wire into the melted plastic so it oozes up around it) and breaking up and melting in molds.

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Tips: Snap off bit of plastic (like I did in the video.) Cutting the old stuff with scissors will make it shatter (the new stuff should cut just fine.) If you are buying new Friendly plastic, check it in the store to make sure it bends, if it snaps it is old.  Don’t buy more than you can use up in a year, short shelf life, remember.

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A word of caution: The charms made with old friendly plastic should probably be used for card or scrapbook embellishments as they are not the most rugged unless you use several layers and re-enforce with wire or if the pieces are small (earring size.)  I tried snapping some of the larger pieces and they did snap with a bit of pressure so not ideal for long lasting jewelry. I have not used new FP so I am not sure how jewelry would last after it was a few years old, weather it would become brittle with age. There are a ton of fun tutorials on the Friendly Plastic blog to give you an idea of what artists are doing with the new pliant sticks. I highly recommend you have a look and if you have any question on the new Friendly Plastic they would be the ones to ask and they have beginner kits at a reasonable price.

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That’s all for today! I hope if you have some old sticks of Friendly Plastic around you will give this a try rather than becoming frustrated and throwing them away, til next time happy crafting!

My thoughts on scrapbooking…

Happy Sunday folks! I always think the Sunday is a great time for scrapping, especially during football season. Working on a page with the “game” on in the background and the family milling about is just kind of nice. I was putting the finishing touches ona pile of scrapbook pages I made at a crop last month and I was getting ready to photograph them for my blog when I thought “Nah, no one want to see 10 pages of summer camping” well, no one except my family and that is OK. I did photograph one layout to share because I thought someone might find the paper pocket I made useful to stash maps and other ephemera on a page:

 

I used to approach each scrapbook page like it was a painting, it had to be completely different, artistic and take hours to complete…Did I mention that was back when I had one kid? Now my priority is getting the photos printed and in books. Sure, I like to try new techniques and play with cool crafting product but If I don’t have a perfect embellishment or paper I still scrap it and put it in my album. Why? Because no one who is interested in my pages will care if I used 5-year-old paper and buttons or if I ran out and spent $20 to make the page. They want the photos and the story. I wanted to write this post today for all of the “collectors of scrapbook supplies” out there who think that every page has to be perfect or it is not worth creating. It is worth creating! The products mean nothing it is your special personality that will transform your photos, story and supplies into a meaningful memory. Don’t worry about being perfect, just do it! I was reminded of this when my daughter Maizy asked me if she could make a video after seeing me film a scrapbook page video. I said sure. I think it represents the fun carefree way we should all approach our scrapbooks, like a child, with no judgements just joy, have a look:

 

I’m so proud of her! And I love how she makes double-sided tape work for everything LOL! thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Shaker Box Tutorial & WOYWW

Happy Wednesday folks! A week or two ago a blog reader asked me to do a tutorial on making a shaker card. The shaker tag I had made was roughly slapped together (it looked fine from the outside though and that was all I cared about) but I wanted a more elegant method if I was going to show someone else how to make one…I know “Lindsay” and “elegant” are not commonly associated but I came up with a rather elegant method of making a shaker:

 

All the stamps are from About Art Accents, they carry the best Oriental themed stamps, use the coupon Lindsay10% to save on your order! This fun shaker card only takes 10 minutes to make and it is easy. Also I share several stamping tips in the video:

 

Here is a close up of the window:

 

You can use confetti, glitter, beads, buttons or small punched shapes in the window, be creative!

 Oh and before I forget, today is Wednesday (as in What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday) so here is a pic of my desk after I made my card:

 

In case you are wondering I promptly cleaned it up after taking the photo! No, really! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Another Camera Phone Scrapbook Page!

Another thing I love about my camera phone is that I can hand it off to my kids and not worry about the lens getting smudged or scratched and also people do not run away from someone holding a cell phone like they do if you are holding a honest-to-God camera. Look at the great pic my daughter Maizy got of me, my sister and her husband, my other daughter and my parents…oh yes, and my dog Hazel:

I’m pretty sure Dad would not have smiled at me holding my big DSLR LOL! It just proves my motto: Use it up, wear it out, make do or do without. Don’t fret about missing a moment because you left your ‘good’ camera at home, grab your phone and get scrappin! Til next time happy crafting!

PS In case you are wondering my phone is a cheap Samsung Trac-Phone, nothing fancy and less than $50 (and I think that included a year’s worth of minutes…I don’t talk on the phone much :) )

A scrapbook tool (in your purse!)

OK, I am pretty sure I poo-poo’ed camera phones on my blog but that was before I got one! My phone is not fancy, it is a trac-phone. I was happy with my old one but when my husband ordered a new one with a camera on it he asked if I wanted to trade…hmmm..I’d give it a shot…and you know what? I love it! The pictures are not great. It is a 2 megapixel camera with a teeny lens but ya know what? It’s good enough. I am not going to carry my camera with me wherever I go, I rarely carry a purse so if it can’t fit in my pocket I’ll do without it.  I wouldn’t use it to take pictures on Christmas or my kid’s birthday but at the beach or the park, heck yeah, I’ll use it! Here is a scrapbook page I made with shots from my camera phone…hey, it’s better than nothing!

 

Did I mention our boys WON the packwagon scramble?…oh I did…sorry. :)

So, if your phone has a camera why not use it once in a while to capture something scrapworthy.

BTW, I get my pictures from my phone to my printer by emailing them to myself…I felt real tech-savvy when I figured that trick out :D Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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