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!