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Friday, April 4, 2014

April Bog Hop with Kiwi Lane Designs!

Good morning!  And welcome to the Kiwi Lane April Blog Hop!  You should have come here from the fabulous Catherine Povec's blog.  If you get lost along the way, just head back to Kiwi Lane's blog for the hop order. And be sure to comment along the way--one lucky blog participant will win a $25 gift certificate to the Kiwi Lane store JUST for commenting.  The hop goes until 11:59 MDT on Sunday, April 6, and the winner of the gift certificate will be announced on the Kiwi Lane blog on Thursday, April 10th.

Did you know that April is Superhero Month?  Well, it is, and I don't know about you, but I've got three superhero-lovin' boys in this house.  When I received the Wacky designer templates I'd  be using for this blog hop, I knew that I wanted to make something for my son that used that fun spikey template.  I thought about making one continuous blurb with the spiky template and turning it into one of those BAM! or POW!  bubbles a la the original Batman series.  Since we're redoing his bedroom, I decided a throw pillow would be fun!



To create the pillow, I sewed around some white scrap fabric to make the actual pillow.  Then I ironed on some fusible interfacing to the back of my red and white polka dot fabric, and then placing the template on the fabric, I traced around it, then flipped it over and traced around it again, so it made one big spiky circle.  Then I grabbed my fabric scissors (not my paper scissors!!) and cut it all out!  I ironed it onto the white background, and then fired up the Silhouette to make the "BAM!".  I cut out the sentiment on a scrap of blue heat transfer vinyl, and ironed it on top of the red and white polkas, then stuffed and sewed shut. And, BAM! there you have it---a superhero throw pillow!

You now get the privilege of stopping by Kristy Lee's blog.  Tell her I said hi!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Notable by WRMK

Good afternoon!  I hope you are enjoying a good preview of spring this week.  We're finally able to see the  grass and venture out without a jacket, so I am one happy camper.  (The air doesn't hurt!) And, I'm rocking a hot pink lipstick today, so I'm getting all kinds of things done. (It's amazing the motivation that a little bit of lipstick gives!)  Today I'm sharing a project I created with WRMK's Jan 2014 release, Notable, and lots of WeR tools.  Let's get to it, shall we?

So, I've found over the past couple of years that it's hard to keep up with scrapbooking four kids that came into our family in rapid succession.  I've given up the notion of staying "caught up" and just try to have fun with documenting every day moments and special little bits of our kids' personalities.  Part of that is recording their cute little quotes and trying to get down things in their own words, so we can look back on their kid-isms when they're older.  But, I don't have a good way of doing this, so this is what I've been doing:


Grabbing whatever piece of scrap paper I can find and quickly jotting stuff down and adding the date.  Then throwing it on my desk.

Not a great long term solution.  So when I saw this, I was inspired to make a similar album to hold little papers with my kids' quotes, so I can keep them all together until they can be scrapbooked.  I started out with my Envelope Punch board and a couple of sheets of Notable that I cut down to 6x6 (the correct size to make 3x4 envelopes)

I started out by making envelopes with the punch board, but adhered them sideways, so one of the shorter sides made the open flap.


Then I used my Tab punch to make little tabs with each of my kids' names on them, and adhered them to the back of the envelope.


Next, I ran a little bit of adhesive to the very bottom/back of each envelope and adhered them each on top of the other. I grabbed a sheet of Notable, and cut it down to a 3.5x10.5 strip.  I scored at the 4.25",  4.75" and 9 inch mark, then adhered the stack on envelopes inside the scored cover, like so:

Now, for the closure: I wanted to make one of those string closures like you see on accordion folders, so I grabbed my Crop-a-dile, a couple of eyelets, 2 die cut circles (from Lawn Fawn's Tag You're it), and some WRMK twine.

Starting with the flap, I used the Crop-a-dile to punch a hole, then strung the twine through the hole, and put the die cut circle on top.

Then, punched it all together with the Crop a Dile and eyelet:

And did the same thing with the other side of the album cover.

I would recommend that when you set the eyelets, you don't squeeze too terribly hard.  You don't want the eyelets set so tightly that you can't wrap the twine around the paper circles.

And lastly, I decorated the cover using lots of Notable goodies

And there you have it! A cute and handy way to keep all of those little memories preserved!  What else can you use this little album for? I bet there's lots of different uses! Coupons, recipes?

Come back to tomorrow to see a cute layout I made using Notable!


Wednesday, February 12, 2014

WRMK on HSN today!

If you have a chance, check out HSN's programming today--it's full of WRMK goodies, including a fabulous sticker bundle that I got to work with!  Here's a sneak peek of one of the projects I made that you'll see on the show:

Check it out today on HSN!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

RCC 90: WASHI TAPE!



Good morning!  I'm pleased to be sharing another Ribbon Carousel Challenge with you--this time it's WASHI TAPE! Yay!!  Washi tape is extremely versatile and fun to use off the page and around the house.  I just love how it easily dresses up envelopes and little bags!  For this entry, I used it on a layout to anchor my 10x10 paper to the background.  (That lovely coral washi is by WRMK and matches the Chalkboard collection perfectly!)



This is such a fun theme for the month of February, so be sure to link up your entries here, at the Ribbon Carousel blog !!  Have a great day!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Instagram Album giveaway!

Hey, guys!  Have to seen the totally sweet Instagram Albums that WeR debuted at CHA?  Well, how'd you like to win an album and the Instagram journaling cards?  Just go here to enter the giveaway!

Monday, January 13, 2014

CHA 2014: a new release by WeR!

Good morning!  Have you all been able to get your fix of CHA coverage? I know I've been trying to keep up with all of the fun pictures that have been filling up Facebook and Instagram--trying to get a peek at the beautiful booths full of things I know I'll "need" very soon.  Have you found a favorite new collection or stamp or tool that you can't wait to get your hands on?

I for one am super excited about one of We R Memory Keepers' new releases, Indian Summer.  They seriously nailed down some of the newest trends in this line, and I love that it's DIFFERENT than the stereotypical summer lines out there.  There's lots of natural textures in the papers: leather, feathers, and woven fibers and the tans, browns, and turquoises are gorgeous.  A breath of fresh air.  If you want to check out the full collection (and some other new releases from WeR), you can find them here. And, here's a couple of projects I created with Indian Summer.
 Inside the mini album, instead of individual pages, I made envelopes using the Envelope Punch board, sized large enough to fit 4x6 recipe cards.  That way, you can always add to it as you find new recipes you like!
Indian Summer starts shipping in June, just in time to start documenting your summer memories.


Friday, January 10, 2014

My baby and her tutu: Then and Now (WRMK Chalkboard)

If you've been reading my posts this week, you'll know that I love WRMK's Chalkboard collection.  I've been loving creating with one of my favorite color schemes, and it's so versatile.  Today, I'm sharing 2 layouts of my "baby". One from when she was a baby, and one from her recent 2nd birthday. (My nana always said they're babies till they're 2)


Here she is at her 6 month photo shoot (photo taken by her daddy) I was super excited to get to dress her up in that pettiskirt.  Is there anything more frilly and feminine than a pink pettiskirt?

(We can play "spot the foam dot backing piece that is photobombing the layout")

And here she is in that pettiskirt one last time--for her 2nd birthday.  She was so jazzed to get a Minnie Mouse (MeeNos) Pillow Pet!!

Precious memories.  I've passed the pettiskirt on to a friend with a baby girl who is a year younger than Fiona.  As hard as it is to part with her girly-baby things, I feel better knowing they're going to a friend who can use them--and I have a chance to see them on another adorable baby girl!

See you next week, when I'll be featuring an awesome release from WeR: Notable.