Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Sweet Baby Layout for Creative Embellishments


Isn't she lovely, my great -niece?  I love this series of photos showing her growth!  I used a Creative Embellishments chipboard 8 x 8 frame to pull the composition together and I think it does that so well!  I heat embossed the frame with American Crafts Zing Mustard Embossing Powder.  I was so happy that I actually had a yellow that matched the Graphic 45 Dreamland paper!

By the way Creative Embellishments has a large selection of frames ranging from big, 12 x 12, down to little frames.  Take a look here.
 



The detail in the corner scroll work is so pretty and really enhances the frame shape.




Doesn't the scrollwork on the frame look pretty peeking out from under the flowers?




I used one of my favorite Creative Embellishments products, a word border, in the center of the page.  It's from the Small Family Border Word Set. 








Other Supplies



American Crafts Zing Mustard Embossing Powder


Creative Embellishments Challenge

I hope you'll enter our monthly challenge; it's always the first post on the Creative Embellishments Blog.  You could win a great gift certificate to the store!  Here are the rules:
  • Create a NEW project layout, mini album, tag, card, canvas, etc. as of  the 1st of each month, 2020.
  • It is required that you mention in your blog post that you are playing along at Creative Embellishments together with a link back to our blog page. Please make sure to reference our challenge. Please, no old projects. (meaning projects from previous months that may fit the challenge) Please share only new projects.
  • Please add your entry to the inlinkz tool below to be eligible for the prize. You have until the last day of each month 11:55 pm eastern time to enter.
  • Simply add a link to your FB photo (if you do not have a blog) featuring your challenge entry. Let us know how you were inspired by the photo.
  • Combining with other challenges is permitted.
  • We would love to see you USE AT LEAST 1 OF CE products on your projects but it isn’t required to play along.
  • WINNERS will have 2 weeks to claim their prize. The winner will be announced on this post the day after the challenge ends. Keep an eye out to see if you are a winner.

Thanks so much for stopping by,  I really appreciate it!






Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Pocket Notebook for Eileen Hull Designs

Hello friends!  Today I'm sharing a pocket notebook that I made using Eileen Hull Designs XL dies.    It's a great size at  4 1/4" x 6 3/4".

On the front I've used Eileen's Mailable Frame to create a pocket where a photo can be inserted.  A personal photo makes the cover so meaningful.  I used a photo of a Mama Bear looking for her 3 cubs that I took at Katmai National Park in Alaska.  Let me tell you, those cubs were having a blast while Mom was gorging herself on the salmon in the river!!  Later that day Mom got out of the water and took a nap.  Well, while she was napping the cubs were all over a Kubota tractor chewing on the seat and tires.  It was quite funny!




I just know you want to see a photo of those cubs being hooligans so here they are playing on the tractor.  (The tractor was being used as an anchor for a bridge that crossed over the river.  The winds were  so strong that day that they needed to hold the bridge in place.)



There are plenty of tutorials on how to make the pocket notebook so I'm not going to go through that again.  However, let me show you how to make this simple closure.

I didn't want the holes to show up on the front cover so I marked where the picture frame would be and punched a hole just above and just below.  I put eyelets in the holes just because I thought that would give it a finished look.  Note:  I put the front side of the eyelet on the inside of the cover since that is the hole that you will see.  Then just thread elastic through the hole and tie a double or triple knot in the ends. 

This is the inside front cover.  You can see that the elastic wraps over the top and bottom of the cover and is knotted on the inside.


To make the frame, I covered a piece of light weight chipboard with cardstock and ran it through my Vagabond die-cutting machine.  I cut the "V" shaped tab off the bottom and trimmed 1/8" off each side.  Then I just folded it up, glued on the outer edge of each side, and then adhered to the front of the notebook, allowing the right side to "hang" off just a little bit.


Here you can see the frame in place on the cover.  I added design paper over the cardstock.  You can also see that the holes are barely visible and once I added flowers they can't be seen at all.

On the back cover I am using Eileen's Red Liner Tape to hold the two covers together..  I like to use this tape when adhering my covers as it is really strong and holds well.  This is the basic cover design.  Now just need to add embellishments and some design paper.






Be sure to watch this video flip through to see all the details of the signature and a few more hints about putting this all together.





I also like to cover the spine after stringing it so that the strings don't show on the outside. 







Eileen Hull Designs by Sizzix Used








Thanks so much for joining me!  Be sure to visit Eileen's blog to keep up with all the happenings and to see what the rest of the design team has done.

Join us in the Eileen Hull Fan Club on Facebook, there's always lots of great things to see and learn there.







Tuesday, September 1, 2020

New Challenge at Creative Embellishments

Mood Board

Here it is September, already!  That means it's time for a new challenge at Creative Embellishment.  Here's the mood board,  I am drawn to that rusty truck!  The twist this month is to use rust on your project somewhere.  See the challenge entry requirements at the end of this post.




My Take on the Challenge

The old truck in the photo reminded me of this photo of my Dad taken after he wrecked his father's car, I think he rolled it in a ditch.




I used the Steampunk Gear Panel behind the photo to give it emphasis.  The gear panel is heat embossed with Stampendous Aged Copper.  The panel is 6 x 6, so it works well on layouts and cards.



On the left I used the Clock Corner.  This is a really cool Steampunk piece.  Gears and such always work well with masculine layouts, it doesn't have to be Steampunk.



The twist this month is to use rust so I used Prima rusting paste on some loose gears.  Don't you just love this effect, it looks so real!









How to enter the challenge

The monthly challenge is always the first post on the Creative Embellishments Blog.  Be sure to check it out, you could win a great gift certificate to the store!  Here are the rules:
  • Create a NEW project layout, mini album, tag, card, canvas, etc….as of  September 1st, 2020.
  • It is required that you mention in your blog post that you are playing along at Creative Embellishments together with a link back to our blog page. Please make sure to reference our challenge. Please, no old projects. (meaning projects from previous months that may fit the challenge) Please share only new projects.
  • Please add your entry to the inlinkz tool below to be eligible for the prize. You have until the last day of each month 11:55 pm eastern time to enter.
  • Simply add a link to your FB photo (if you do not have a blog) featuring your challenge entry. Let us know how you were inspired by the photo.
  • Combining with other challenges is permitted.
  • We would love to see you USE AT LEAST 1 OF CE products on your projects but it isn’t required to play along.
  • WINNERS will have 2 weeks to claim their prize. The winner will be announced on this post the day after the challenge ends. Keep an eye out to see if you are a winner.


Creative Embellishments Chipboard Used:






Other:

13 Arts Victoriana paper collection (Thanks Sandi!)




Thursday, August 27, 2020

A Card for Little Birdie Crafts

Today I am sharing a pretty and  card that I did for Little Birdie Crafts.


I used the Poppies and Roses Collection and some beautiful Little Birdie blooms to craft this card.


Tutorial

To make this card, begin by cutting a piece of cardstock 10 1/2" x 8" and score at 5 1/4".  This is the base of the card.

Next cut 3 pieces of design paper 5" x 7 3/4" for the front cover and the insides of the card.  Adhere to the front and insides of the card.

Front



Inisde (with a punch out doily ahered on the left side)



Then using a script mask, stencil on some words on the left side of the card.  (See the 2nd photo below.)  After the masking paste dries, swipe some red ink over the stenciling.  (I used Distress Fired Brick ink.)

While the stenciling is drying, select two journaling cards and distress and ink the edges.  Layer one journal card over the other and pop up the top card.



Place an ornate piece of chipboard on the right side and then add the journaling cards.


Here you can see how the journal card on top is popped up.





Now it is time to add some beautiful blooms, leaves, and fussy cuts.  I fussy cut a clock face and butterflies from the Elements Sheet included in the paper pack.




Now you have a beautiful card to gift to a cherished friend.
























Thank you for joining me today!  Hope you have a great crafty day.




Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Creative Embellishments Layout

My Nika has a very silly nickname, Noodle.  Why?  Oh I don't know, she just acts all noodlely!  Her groomer took this photo and she is lying in "repose" in the groomer's dog's bed.  I think she looks so regal; hence the title, Queen Noodle!

I used several Creative Embellishments chipboard pieces to enhance this layout done with Stamperia's House of Roses collection.  



For the focal point I framed Queen Noodle with an oval frame that is heat embossed with Stampendous Shabby White Embossing Enamel.  I love the glitter that is in that embossing powder.  I even gave her a proper queenly crown!



I used flourishes under the flowers that I first covered with Prima Matte Wax in Patina Green.  I applied it more heavily in some areas than others.  Then I dabbled on Lindy's Starburst Mist.  I really like how that looks.  Because the wax seals the chipboard, the mist does not soak in; instead, it just lays over the wax and creates the spotted mottled look you see below.



I used a small tag to add some journaling and placed that over another flourish, treated the same as the one above.  Then I topped it off with gorgeous blooms.  I love the look of flourishes peeking out from underneath flowers.





Creative Embellishments Challenge

I hope you'll enter our monthly challenge; it's always the first post on the Creative Embellishments Blog.  You could win a great gift certificate to the store!  Here are the rules:
  • Create a NEW project layout, mini album, tag, card, canvas, etc. of  the 1st of each month, 2020.
  • It is required that you mention in your blog post that you are playing along at Creative Embellishments together with a link back to our blog page. Please make sure to reference our challenge. Please, no old projects. (meaning projects from previous months that may fit the challenge) Please share only new projects.
  • Please add your entry to the inlinkz tool below to be eligible for the prize. You have until the last day of each month 11:55 pm eastern time to enter.
  • Simply add a link to your FB photo (if you do not have a blog) featuring your challenge entry. Let us know how you were inspired by the photo.
  • Combining with other challenges is permitted.
  • We would love to see you USE AT LEAST 1 OF CE products on your projects but it isn’t required to play along.
  • WINNERS will have 2 weeks to claim their prize. The winner will be announced on this post the day after the challenge ends. Keep an eye out to see if you are a winner.


xoxo Maggi

Monday, August 17, 2020

Creative Embellishments Layout with Large Frame

I am loving all the new designs in the Creative Embellishments store, especially the large frames.  There are round, square and rectangular shapes and they work so well to focus your layouts.

For this layout, I used the smallest frame in the 3 pc.Ornate Circles set.  The largest in the set is almost 12" which would look so great on a 12 x 12 layout.  The frame is simply heat embossed.  I used a different design paper behind the frame.



I used Stampendous Shabby Chic White Embossing Enamel on the words and adhered them over the chipboard circle.


I love the sparkly effect of thie embossing powder.  It has flecks of glitter in it that twinkle!





Chipboard from Creative Embellishments 

Ornate Circle Frames
Other Supplies
Graphic 45 Princess Collection

Creative Embellishments Challenge
I hope you'll enter our monthly challenge; it's always the first post on the Creative Embellishments Blog.  You could win a great gift certificate to the store!  Here are the rules:
  • Create a NEW project layout, mini album, tag, card, canvas, etc. of  the 1st of each month, 2020.
  • It is required that you mention in your blog post that you are playing along at Creative Embellishments together with a link back to our blog page. Please make sure to reference our challenge. Please, no old projects. (meaning projects from previous months that may fit the challenge) Please share only new projects.
  • Please add your entry to the inlinkz tool below to be eligible for the prize. You have until the last day of each month 11:55 pm eastern time to enter.
  • Simply add a link to your FB photo (if you do not have a blog) featuring your challenge entry. Let us know how you were inspired by the photo.
  • Combining with other challenges is permitted.
  • We would love to see you USE AT LEAST 1 OF CE products on your projects but it isn’t required to play along.
  • WINNERS will have 2 weeks to claim their prize. The winner will be announced on this post the day after the challenge ends. Keep an eye out to see if you are a winner.
xoxo Maggi

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Layout for Little Birdie Designs

Hello Little Birdie friends!  Today I am sharing a sweet baby layout that I made using the Celebrate Life collection.  A new baby is always cause for celebration and Celebrate Life is such a gorgeous collection to scrap sweet baby girls!


I made this to fit into an 9" x 8" album that I am making so I cut my base layer down to that size and added a solid pink layer that is 8" x 7".




Next I stenciled a pattern on the pink layer.

I matted the photos with paper from the 6 x 6 pad so they would stand out on the layout.  If you are using a patterned busy paper as the layer beneath your photos, it really helps to give the photo(s) definition by matting them.  Otherwise the patterned paper and the photos tend to "fight"with each other.




Then comes my favorite part, adding pretty Little Birdie blooms!  Since I am putting this layout in an album I wanted to keep it as flat as I could so I chose small blooms but they are so dainty, perfect for a sweet little princess baby!




I used butterflies from the Celebrate Life Elements package to finish off the layout.  The Elements packages are great diecut pieces that are perfect for tucking in here and there.  You can see in the photo above,  how I  tucked flower diecuts  underneath my dimensional flowers and tags underneath the photos.

Products from Little Birdie Crafts



Celebrate Life Elements

Rectangles Stencil (no longer available, another stencil would work as well)




Thanks for joining me today! 






 

Monday, August 10, 2020

Page Ideas for Your Eileen Hull Journals

This month the design team for Eileen Hull Designs is showing you how to make some fun and interactive pages for your journals.  Seems like we focus on the covers alot, but the insides are just as important, maybe even more so!

I used the Pocket Notebook die to make my Halloween mini and primarily used Tim Holtz and Authentique halloween collections from previous years.  Here's a quick look.  The bright orange is a foil paper that I tamed with splotches of brown, yellow and black paints along with a little rust embossing powder.  The fabulous witch silhouette chipboard is from Creative Embellishments.




The First Signature

(Note:  all my measurements are width x length)
I created the first signature with two pages cut using the Pocket Notebook die.  Just fold your paper in half and run it through your die-cut machine. Place a page on top of another.



 The first page looks like a simple layered page right?  Oooh, but it is not.  It is glued around the edges to the next page forming a pocket. I like to cut a half circle for a thumb hold on the 2nd page and put a scrap of contrasting paper underneath the thumb hold area on the first page so that you can see it.  Then glue arount the top, bottom and right side to form a pocket.  At this point your signature should have 3 base pages, in my case they are all black.



In the photo below you can see my finished page with a file folder partially slipped into the pocket.  Well since I follow the "more is better policy" I decided to add a tuck pocket over top the pocket.  This is so easy to do, just glue around the top, bottom and right side of a piece of paper cut to fit and glue.  You want to use a glue that allows you to squeeze out a very thin line for this application.  So now we have a tags pocket over top a file folder pocket!


On the right side I created a waterfall for lots of photos and journaling.  These are easy to make I promise.  Cut papers for each of the waterfall pieces.  For this journal I cut 5 pieces 3.25"  x 4" .  Score the top of each paper at .5".  Fold under at the score line and use Scor-tape to adhere about a half inch from the top of the middle black base page.  Take care to get this nice and straight as it determines the line up of the remaining 4 pieces.

Once you've adhered the first piece, fold under at the score-line of a 2nd piece and adhere adjacent to the first piece and so on with all the cut pieces.  You can see how this looks in this photo.


Finish it off by adding a long strip at the bottom that folds over all the pages and secures with a tuck underneath an embellishment.  I used a sticker and put paper over the back of the round part so that wouldn't be sticky.  The strip tucks easily under the circle part and the two sides serve to hold it in place.  Easy peasy!


I forgot to warn you, this is a photo heavy long post.  You might want to grab your favorite beverage!

Turn the page and we have another pocket.  Same priciple, just adhere to the bottom of the page rather than along the the side.  



On the insde of the 3rd page there is a fun fold out page that opens up like this.  I made that by cutting a piece of paper 8.75" x 6" and scoring vertically at 3" and 6.5".   Now glue the center panel to the inside of the 3rd page base. Then I added additional layers of paper and cut-aparts to dress it up.




The Second Signature

There are also two base pages in the 2nd signature.  I used design paper to cut these two pages.  For the front of the signature, I layerd some additional papers over the base and used a cut-apart but rather than glue the cut-apart down, I made a flip by scoring vertically on the cut-apart on the left side at 3/8", folded it under and adhered to the page so that the entire card is visible when opened.



Then I added a fussy cut piece underneath the flip out.
  

On the inside of the first base page I created another pocket but I made this so that it could hold a tiny mini.  I cut a piece of design paper 3.5" x 6" and put 1/8" thick foam tape on the top, bottom and right sides and adhered to the base page.  The thickness of the foam tape allows a small mini to easily fit inside.  I used to Passport Book die to cut the pages for this little mini and used a piece of jute twine to bind it together.  You can see it peeking out of it's pocket in the photo below.



For the 2nd base page we need to start from the inside.  I took a 6 x 6" paper and scored at 2".  Then I cut a spiderweb transparency to 3.5" x 6" and sewed it along the top, bottom, and left sides forming a transparent pocket.  Let me give you some ideas how you can use transparencies.  If you're making a journal to carry around where you can make notes, etc. think how handy a see through pocket would be for holding business cards or notes that you want to be readily visible.  You could stitch across the middle and make two small pockets, perfect for business cards! 

Now I wanted the page to be 8" wide so I simply adhered another paper to the 2" flap making my page 8" wide.  

(inside of page)


(outside of page)

To finish up the outside of the 2nd page, I simply added a cut apart.  See 4th photo up.

I finished up the inside by adding some tags and stickers.  The tags were cut with Eileen's Bookplate, Hinge and Label dies.  I thought the bookplate resembled a tombstone so I thought it was perfect for this book!



On the next page, I created yet another different pocket.  I like this style pocket for holding receipts and that kind of thing.  To make this pocket I started with a piece of design paper 3.5 x 5.5".  Measure about 2" vertically up from the bottom and about 1" horizontally from the right, then connect those two points and you have a guide for making the diagonal cut.



The right side page is a fold out.  I cut a black piece of cardstock 11" x 6" and scored at .5", 4", and 7.5" vertically.  Fold the .5" piece under and the other pieces accordion style and adhere the 1/2" tab to the base card.  (I like to use Scor-tape for this application.

Accordion folded out:



View with the accordion fold flipped over.  To hide the .5" tab I cut a piece of design paper 3.25" x 6", scored at 3/8" and adhered over the black tab.



Now that last piece we adhered over the tab, flips over to reveal another spot for photos etc.



That's it!  I hope I've given you some ideas for your pages in your minis and journals.  It's really fun to think of ways to add unique spaces to your journals.   

Be sure to stop by Eileen's blog and see what the rest of the design team has to show you!







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