Thursday, May 31, 2012

doodlebug guest designer

Good morning, scrappy peeps!

Today I'm excited to be the guest designer over at Doodlebug Designs! I was thrilled when they contacted me and asked me if I wanted to work up some projects with their new Hello Spring! collection. I came up with three layouts (I used molding paste for the first time on one of them!!) and a Project Life spread for them, and had a lot of fun in the process!

Here are just a few peeks of my pages- be sure to check them all out over at the Doodlebug blog, where you can also enter to win a sweet prize package featuring some of their new goodies!

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See you there!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

pink paislee | mason jar gift card holder

It's not often that I make a papercrafting project that isn't a scrapbook page or the occasional card, but when I was asked to design a gift wrap project for the Pink Paislee blog this week, something clicked in my brain and I came up with this...

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A gift card holder inside a spring-scene mason jar!

I don't know if it was the pretty snowglobe-style mason jars at Anthropologie before Christmas or Rhonna Farrer's fantastic snow scene mason jars that first inspired me to try a project like this, but as soon as I started to dream up my gift wrap project, I immediately knew that I would be making one and swapping out the Christmas elements for bits and pieces of Pink Paislee's Spring Jubilee collection.

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You've probably already seen the photos of the finished project on the Pink Paislee blog, but I shot lots of in-process pictures, as well, so I could write up a tutorial to share with you!

I started the project with a Mason jar, of course (I think this one actually once held pasta sauce- Bertolli or Classico, maybe?), and spray-painted the lid in a color that coordinated with Spring Jubilee.

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You'll need a fairly wide-mouthed jar for this- remember, a gift card has to fit inside it!

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I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut a decorative pocket for the gift card. The file is from the Silhouette shape store (I've linked it up in the supply list), but I had to size it down quite a bit to get it to fit inside the jar. I cut it several times on scrap paper until I had the right balance of size that would both fit inside the jar and still hold the gift card.

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With the main element cut and ready, it was time to start building the "scene." I've found that for applications like this, a hot glue gun is indispensable. I even managed to not burn myself this time, which is something I can't say about the last time I tried to make an altered project.


Can you believe that I didn't have a hot glue gun until a couple of years ago? My Mom finally bought one for me when we were shopping at Michaels one day and I happened to mention that one would come in really handy when making cupcake toppers...now I can't imagine crafty projects like this without one!

The gift card holder is sized to fit through the mouth of the jar at its widest point, so I knew I needed to pretty much dead-center it in the middle of the scene. I started by adhering a pretty paper straw (Amazon carries these now!) right in the middle of the jar's lid with a massive glob (that's a technical term) of hot glue.

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After cutting the straw off to the proper height, I used another glob of glue to adhere it to the back of the gift card hold.

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And since globs of hot glue aren't very pretty, I stuck a chipboard sticker from the Spring Jubilee line right over it, sandwiching the straw between it and the gift card holder.

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The next element in the scene is this pretty flower spray that I rubbed off of the Spring Jubilee press-on sheet onto a scrap of white cardstock before cutting it all out. This piece is mounted on a much shorter section of paper straw, and I didn't worry about the back of it since it'll later be hidden in fake grass. More on that in a minute...

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And from there I continued to build the scene, first by adding a chipboard butterfly to the front of the gift card holder...

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...and then by suspending chipboard butterflies from the top of the mason jar itself.

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And if you're wondering how I stuck those in there, I started with a Glue Dot...and then stuck my entire hand in the jar to adhere the Glue Dot inside the top. Yes, my hand did come out of the jar, and yes, I did pray the entire time I was doing it that Darren would not walk into my craft room and give me the look that says I've possibly sprouted a third head.

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And now it's time for the fake grass. All the Christmas snowglobe scenes I linked to use some type of fake snow, like this package of mica flakes that I picked up on clearance (I'm talking 75% off clearance) at Anthropologie a couple of years ago. I bought it just because I like the vintage-y box, but I've actually used it in a couple of craft projects now (including making ornaments at Christmas), so apparently it was a really good buy.

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But I needed fake grass and not fake snow, so after a quick text message to crafty diva extraordinaire (and recent Ranger U graduate) May Flaum for a little advice, I was off to Michaels for some green alcohol ink. I also picked up some blending solution to help lighten up the color.

I squirted a bit of ink and a lot of blending solution out onto my kraft mat (seriously, how did I ever do inky, mist-y stuff without this thing?), then mixed the concoction into a pile of the mica flakes. At first I used a plastic fork, but eventually I gave that up and used my hands instead. And, yes, I did have some funky green Hulk hands going on for a while!

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At this point it was time to put everything together. I turned the jar mouth-side up again and poured the mica flakes inside (so the dangling butterflies are actually buried somewhere under them at this point). You can also see that I added a small spray of leaves cut on the Silhouette to the spring scene- I thought it needed a little something on that side to balance things out.

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For the final assembly, I put the lid on the jar and screwed it closed...

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...then flipped the whole thing over and shook the mica flakes into place.

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And the project was finished!

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I don't usually do off-the page projects, and I really don't mess with inks that often (except for mist splatters), so this project was really outside my comfort zone. I'm totally tickled with the way it turned out!


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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

bella blvd layout | my favorite time of the year

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Oh, I so hope that you're not tired of seeing my cherry blossom photos yet, because I have a layout just filled with them to share with you today!

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This two-page layout was up on the Bella Blvd. blog last week as part of a product feature for their new crochet flower embellishments.

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I used my Silhouette on the right-hand page and cut a dotted background that I then layered over the new Punch shade from the Sophisticates line. I like how it lets some of the color pop through without being just an entire field of solid pink.

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I sprinkled some of the crochet flowers around the page, nestling them inside a few of the dots, and I also added a few of the wooden buttons from Bella's Button Market line. And doilies. Can't forget the doilies, after all!

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I didn't originally intend for this to be a two-page layout, but after I finished with the right-hand page I felt that the photos, while not totally overwhelmed, didn't really have a chance to shine as much as I might have liked for them to. I decided the solution was to include more large photos of the same subject in a second page, so I pulled out a divided page protector with slots for 4x6 photos and loaded it up with more cherry blossom shots!

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There's no rule that says you can't decorate the outside of a divided page protector, so I stuck another wooden button and crochet flower right on top of the plastic (Glue Dots are perfect for this application) to tie the two pages together. I decided to leave the embellishment on this side simple so the photos would really stand out.

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I'm thinking that I need to find another flower obsession for the summer now that cherry blossom season has been over for more than a month. The hydrangea bushes in my front yard are looking like great candidates!


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