Monday, 3 December 2012

Advent Bags

It's no secret I love Pinterest.  I stalk it, browse it on almost a daily basis, looking for my next project.  I found one easily to replace those tacky, cheap cardboard calendars with the nasty chocolate inside.  Simple bags with simple tags.

So scrapbook supplies in hand, I went to work.....

Step 1: I used the 3" paper shapers scalloped edge punch in red for the outside.

Step 2:  Using my Cricut Expression, I cut 2.5 " green circles and 2.25" white circles

Step: 3: Cut about 40 or so holly leaves using the Martha Stewart Punch.  I had these pre-puncjed for another project, so this step was easy!

 Step 4:  Using Cricut Expression and the Plantin Schoolbook cartridge, I cut 1.5" numbers in red, 1 - 24.

Step: 5: With your adhesive, layer the green circle centered on the red scallop, and then the white circle on the green.  The numbers go centered on the white last.

Step 6:  add the holly leaves, one or two around the numbers along with some Kaisercraft rhinestones in red.

Step 7:  Center on the front of a brown lunch bag and fill with treats.

I hung these using clothespins and some twine hung from command hooks.  (Aren't command hooks awesome for Christmas?!).  We are only on day three of opening our "Countdown to Christmas" advent bags, and the kids are loving it.  They take turns opening, oldest to youngest.  Today is Josh's turn.  I'm saving the bags for next year.  This is definitely the start of a new tradition!

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Stamp Scrap Art Tour discount tickets

The Stamp Scrap Art tour will be back in town Jun 9th and 10th.

I have tickets for anyone that wants one.  They are $6.00 at the door.  Mail me $2.00 and I'll send out your ticket immediately.  If you are are local to me, you can stop by as well.

Unfortunately, I have been burned in the past.  I cannot buy a ticket for you unless I have cash in hand.

Click here is a link to the Expo's site.  More to come soon on the upcoming shows, (scrapbooking Expo in July,  CKC convention that moved to Lancaster also in July etc)

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Making a flower from a Border

Came across this little tidbit while surfing some favorite blogs. What a great trick to have in your back pocket, especially when you are out at a crop and can't bring all your supplies with you.  I tried it, and it really was quick and easy.  From Miss Fancy Pants:

I also formed the scalloped border piece into a flower. I started by taking some of the “sticky” off the back and then crumpling and then flattening it out again, which made it easier to form. I then added a thread button to the center for a bit of dimension."

By the way, if you don't know how to "remove the sticky" just rub some cornstarch or baby powder on the back.  I have so many paper borders though, that I don't even need to use my stickers.  Especially those borders I cut off Sassafras Lass papers that don't have an immediate need.  I must have dozens of those!

Monday, 9 April 2012

April Class 2012

Class is April 16th  and cost $15.00.  In this first layout, we'll use some Crafter's Workshop templates to add another layer of dimension to our layouts.  Bring a dark blue/purple pen!

In this second layout, we will use a "stained glass" technique, filling in the "panes" with patches of color.  For those of you with Make the cut or Sure Cuts a lot, this layout is a snap with the help of your cricut!


Hope to see you there!  Don't forget to check out the April card class where we will do 6 different cards with a rainbow theme:  


And for those looking ahead to the May 14th class, here's a sneak peak:


Monday, 2 April 2012

Framed "Tag" Art

Tags are all the rage.  I remember when we'd all wait for Tim Holtz to do his 12 tags of Christmas.  Now he's doing 12 tags of April for pete's sake.  Ha ha ha..

Pink Paislee inspired me with a beautiful project, based on essentially tags.  I decided I just had to do my own version.  Since we repainted the bathroom this weekend, and none of my old decor matches, I was faced with the perfect opportunity.  I loved working on it, and hope you enjoy the end result.

(Like this project?  Let me know if you'd like me to do it as a class!)

I started with an old gilt frame that no longer matches our house.  I removed the glass and mat, and painted the whole thing over with guess.  It took about 3 coats, but I still purposely left some of the original color showing to make it look "distressed."

Next came the tags.  Banners are all the rage right now, so I went with that.  I hand cut a template, then traced it onto an old music book back from my music school days. (trust me, I no longer care about "The Art of Counterpoint!")

Because I knew I wanted to add paint, clear Rock candy distress paint and the like, I backed each paper banner on chip board to give it some substance.  Then I started decorating!  I knew I liked the "family" tags on the Pink Paislee sample, so I made my own version of that.

Next, I added a Prima flower from the Gatsby collection.  It already had chiffon, lace and tulle.  I added a little lacey edging to the tag which I stained with some ink in broken China and Stormy sky. and it was ready to go.  The next tag was simple.  I just framed a black and white picture with white and inked the edges of the tag brown.   

This tag featured just Katelyn.  I actually made this black flower from scratch.  I punched out 3 flower shapes, stamped it with text, coated with clear rock candy distress and curled the edges. Again, some blue distress ink, paper lace trim and two banners cut from gold and blue paper.  Three rhinestones added just the right touch of bling.

This tag again utilized the same lace trim but paired with some blue ribbon and buttons.  I had the die cut heart in my stash so I added some stitching to give it character.  In hindsight, I wish I would have used white thread instead of blue.  Oh well!  This tag also has some brown distress ink added.

Now this tag was very simple.  It was the only color picture I used, so it already stood out.  A  button, some baker's twine in yellow and a Jenni Bowlin pre-made butterfly and I was good to go.

I think there's something to be said for hanging back.  Many of these tags had lots and lots of elements, so some of them, I kept simple.  The tag on the left just had the black and white picture and the Jenni Bowlin butterfly.  The tag on the right had one of my home made flowers, with the same lace trim and some stitching on the edges.  A yellow scrap of paper helped make things pop.

Finally, a left over Pink Paislee stamp shaped die cut, a flower and brad and some baker's twine help embellish this cute picture of Josh flying a kite.

I strung some simple paper coated wire from nails I hammered into the back of the frame, added a black ribbon at the top and hung the tags from clothespins.  I don't like these large ones, so i am ordering in some smaller sized ones.  Hey, I wanted them for a card class coming up anyway, so why not?!

It's a great addition to my bare bathroom wall.  I can so easily change the look and feel, maybe I can do another for my living room in different colors?  Time to hit the goodwill store for some more frames!

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

HairAccessory "Wall Art"

I've completed a cute new project to share with you - a hair accessory holder.  It was so easy and cost me less than $5. Most of it was in my stash already!

Here are the supplies I used:

  • one sheet of Basic Grey paper
  • one sheet of card stock
  • tacky glue
  • one roll of ribbon ($1 bin)
  • one wood frame ($1 at Michael's)
  • Flower leaf stamp
  • 1 Prima flower
  • 1 button
  • letter stickers
  • Staple gun

To complete the projet, all you have to do is lay the frame face down on the paper, trace and cut a paper replica of the flat top of your frame.  I use my finger to spread a thin coat of the tacky glue on the frame.  Then simply glue the the paper replica onto the frame.

The inside I just decorated like I would any card.  You can put your child's name inside, a sentiment,  a simple flower, butterfly... really whatever strikes your fancy! To replicate mine: I stamped a flower stem and leaf on a smaller piece of card stock and added a paper flower and button center. Last touch was to add  a dashed white line around the frame.  I then pop dotted this smaller piece onto a larger piece of the same color card stock and inserted into the frame like I would a photo.

The ribbon I  stapled onto the back with a staple gun.  Because the ribbon was a very thin organza, I did put a piece of corrugated cardboard over the ribbon to keep the ribbon from shredding from the staples.

I didn't need to make a hanger and there was the plastic store hanger still securely fastened to the back.  I just hid it in the ribbons.  Overall, the project took me about 30 minutes start to finish.

And there you have it!  Not only do i not have to dig in Katelyn's drawer to find matching hair accessories, she has a pretty piece of "artwork" on her wall too.

Friday, 23 March 2012

April Card Workshop

Here are the samples from the April 30th Card Workshop.  There are several stamps you can choose from including birthday, thank you, sympathy, thinking of you etc...  You can choose whatever you like.  As you can see, I went with a rainbow theme this month.

There are still several openings.  Come join us!  Hope to see you there!

My (non) scrapping space

Hello scrappers and card makers!

It's March which in our house means it's time for Spring cleaning and home no scrapping for me.   Part of the area targeted in our home is a new paint job for the master bedroom.  Our sea green and oyster bedroom is slowly  becoming aqua and burlap.

Now why do you ask does this effect my scrapbooking?  Time painting,  right?  Wrong!

Our bedroom is quite large, about 26 feet by 14, so we converted one corner into my scrapbooking space.  I love it!  I've spent the last year getting it pretty organized as you can see:

While not beautiful , shabby chic and elegant like those magazines and websites we all adore, it's been incredibly functional.  A place for everything, and everything (ahem...) in it's place....well most of the time!

But now, as we prepare to paint that section of the room, it looks like this:

 Chalks, Shimmerz, paint, stamps, smooch, brads, glitter, inks.... all tucked away in a box.  All those rails and hooks need to come down and paint applied before I can unpack againk...and therefore scrapbook with any kind of sanity!

But since it's all coming down, I decided maybe I can reorganize, make it prettier, more inspirational to work in.  So I'll take a before picture and you all can see things slowly unfold.

Thanks for reading!  And while you're at it, why not answer that age old question, how do *you* organize your supplies?


PS The good news is, next month's card workshop was mostly working with scraps.  So -  Hooray!  The samples are done!  It will be posted in a separate thread so it's easy to find.  Class is April 30th and will cost $8.00.

Friday, 16 March 2012

Using your supplies for Home DIY

OK, as I promised, there were several Pinterest projects I wanted to complete for my  home.  For each one of them I used my scrapbooking supplies.  They come in so handy, don't they?

OK, the first one:

In honor of St. Patrick's Day, I wanted to do a little something cute.  So using my Bo Bunny Flex ruler, card stock and my tape runner, I made rainbow favors.  I just placed the candies in a bag and taped onto the back.  The writing says "You're the gold at the end of my rainbow."

The next project I used my buttons and glue dots.  I went to Joanne's and bought 1/2 yard of burlap.  It's very cheap.  Next, I used my Cricut Expression to make a template of a capital S in Times New Roman (I used my Sure Cuts a lot but you can use any font you might have)  Don't have a Cricut?  Use your computer and print out your own template.

I taped the burlap down to a strong surface and template in hand, chalked the "S" image onto the burlap.  Then it was just a matter of Glue dotting the buttons and pearls to the burlap.  Incidentally, this piece has special meaning to me as I used the buttons from my mom's old clothes.  So I have a piece of her in my home.

My last project was the hardest.  I went to Michael's and bought a plywood "S" Monogram letter.  Using Glue Arts Ribbon adhesive which is super super sticky, I wrapped twine around the "S" covering all surfaces.

I then stamped white card stock with a script style stamp and Staz On ink in Timber brown.  I used this new paper as the base for my flower.  I punched out 4 flowers to make the flower using the technique I demo'ed here in this you tube video.  Before assembling the flowers, I did add a coat of clear rock candy distress crackle paint.  Tim Holtz does a great demo of this.

A bow made with my black ribbon and I'm done.

The original pinterest ideas had it hanging on the front door, so I may add a black ribbon as a "hanger" and put it on my front door.

So those are the projects I've done this week.  Who knows what next Friday will bring?  In the mean time, please share with me some of the ideas you've used (feel free to share links) your supplies for....I'm always looking for the next fun project!

Monday, 12 March 2012


OK, I'm in love, I admit it.  I've been hearing about it for months and kind of blowing it off.  What is Pinterest you might ask?  It's a place to keep an online bulletin board of anything you can think of, crafts, diy, gardening, books, recipes..  You see stuff on the internet and can "pin it" it to your bulletin board.  I have lots of bulletin boards, the above of course plus things like holiday ideas, gift wrapping ideas, things for my dream home, fun things to do with kids etc etc...

So again, I heard about from all my friends and paid no attention. How "awesome" could it possibly be? OK, I get it now.  It's beyond awesome

For ultimate crafter such as myself, it's like crack to a junkie. (***shivers with anticipation***) It's like I can't help myself.  I keep going back for more.

Yes, I found the exact recycled-from-a-closet door-headboard I want to make for my daughter's room, and the perfect quilt, and how to make gluten free naan, how to make  a sprinkler from a 2 liter soda  bottle and what colors to paint my new media/guest room.  Basically everything I need to make my home look like  MArtha Stewart second home. And you'll see all my wonderful creations eventually because I want to be able to keep a "completed pin" folder.  I'll post here just so I can pin it.  But really, what delights me the most?

Scrapbooking and Cards.....Jackpot!  Mega Jackpot even!

I love it.  I've gotten more ideas for new classes and layouts in 2 days than I have in the last year.  I made my first complete "pin" yesterday for my  brother's birthday. It was so easy to copy. You can see the original on my "cards" board (follow Michelle Shaw) but check out my sample below. It was so easy to make that it's  SO going in next month's card workshop.

Don't know anyone to invite you?  Drop me a note and I'll send you an invite. Happy Pinning!

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

March 2012 Classes - 12 x 12 Page design and cards

Hello Croppers!

Here are the March classes.

First, my regular page design class. Class this month is Monday, March 12th at 7:00 pm. Some of these pages were inspired (scrap lifted?) from Stacy Cohen, to give credit where credit is due.

We'll add lacing, stiching and ribbon trims to make a lovely background for your pictures.  We'll also do some stamping and paper flowers with dew drop centers.  Make sure your basic class kit is well stocked with glue dots!

For this class, we'll cut our own paper flower accents, use paper in a quilting effect and if time add some stitching.  Bring  a paper piercer and pop dots in addition to your basic class tool kit.

Second, my card class which is being introduced at a price of just $6.00. The class will be held Monday, March 26th at 7:00.  Please bring scissors, trimmer, adhesive, glue pen and colored pencils.  The pencils do not need to be anything expensive or elaborate.  A simple 12 pack of Crayola or Rose Art will do.   We will complete 5 cards with this theming:

Remember, you must pay for each class in advance. Email me to register and arrange payment.  ( If you'd like, I can send you a paypal invoice. ) There are no refunds.  If for some reason you cannot attend, I wills save your materials for you to complete on your own.

April page design class is Aprl 16th, card workshop is April 30th

May page design class is May 14th and the card workshop is May 21st.

Hope to see you in class soon!

Monday, 5 March 2012


Hello my scrapbooking friends!

I ran across this contest on the page maps blog and wanted to share.  I really love the sketch and would like to try it.  Anyone else want to give it a go?

If you do, send me a picture and I'll either post here or on my Facebook page.  If I can manage to carve out some time (I'm currently working on pages for the next few classes)  I'll post what I came up with.  Good luck on the contest!

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

An oldie but goodie

This is one of my favorite techniques. When I saw it on today's Fancy Pants Blog, I simply had to share some of it here.

The steps are simple, first stamp any image. I would not use an archival ink like Staz On, but rather a wetter ink, something like Distress ink if it's not a detailed image or Close to My Heart ink pads - one of my favorites. Of course versa mark works great, but not everyone has that.

Second, emboss with white embossing powder:

Finally, apply distress ink. If you don't have a Tim Holtz ink applicator - get one! Er, I mean, use paper towel. Blot it in the ink pad, rub some off on scratch paper then apply to your project. But I love my ink applicators and use them all the time.

You've got a great base to create some really lovely projects. Of course if you don't want to emboss, you can get a similar look by applying ink to Heidi Swapp Invisibles. I've had some great fun with that paper!

Why not give it a try? Post your projects on my Scrap with Shelby Facebook page.

Thursday, 16 February 2012

A new beginning

Well that's it kiddos, the store is closed. Other than selling off some fixtures (anyone need paper racks?) and clearancing off the last bit of inventory the next two Saturdays (40% - if you want details of the sale call me), Scrap with Shelby is no more.


They say there is always a silver lining, and this I can write about whatever I want, and post interesting things I see from former competitors and also manufacturers. Often times, mfgs come up with great ideas I can't alway post. Why? Because I'm not necessarily stocking that product. But now, I can just post whatever strikes my fancy and talk about that.

So, to get things started... Bo Bunny is hosting an online class through their blog. You can check it out at starting March 6th.

If you do the class, I'd love to see what you came up with!

PS - I will continue to teach classes and post them here. I'll be adding a card class too. Since the website was hacked, you have to contact me directly to sign up. I will find a longer term solution once things settle a bit.