Welcome! I started this blog because I love to craft. I dabble with scrap booking, and card making. I love bending, folding and tweaking paper. I try other crafts, too. I hope to share some projects with you.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Gone Fishing Scrapbook Page

   Once again I have a double scrapbook page to share with you. These pages feature my granddaughter fishing. Some of our best times together were those spent fishing, whether we were on the boat or fishing off the dock fun just had a way of happening. I really wish that I had taken the time to take more photos. Believe it or not I had a hard time finding enough pictures to do this double page spread.


Left Side

Right Side

   For these pages I started with scrapbook paper with fishing tackle print for the background. I then used Fiskar Edge templates for the torn edge that I used for the water. I used my finger tip to darken the edge with dark blue ink. I layered one over the other. Then I put them at the bottom edge of the scrapbook paper background. I attached only the bottom and the sides with glue leaving the top open so that I could tuck the die cuts and pictures into them. Next I picked the pictures that I would use. I cropped them to size and laid them into place. Then I used my die cutting machine to cut out the page embellishments. I assembled them and laid them into place. After I was sure that I was happy with the way it all came together I used double sided tape and taped everything down. That last thing that I did was put the title "Hooked On Fishing" at the bottom of the pages XXXXX
   I had this page planned for a long time...in my mind. That was the easy part. Making it happen was a different story. While I was working on this page I spent hours searching through an old Dell desktop, an old Dell laptop and a HP desktop. I had more than 19,000 pictures on these computers. That was why I was so surprised to find that I had so few fishing pictures, especially since we spent so much time fishing. I guess that it's hard to fish and take pictures at the same time. I think that I told our fishing story quite well with the pictures that I had. While working on this page my printer died. That was a tragedy. My old printer just worked. I never had to do much more than send my pictures to it and sit back and wait. My new printer has far fewer print options and they are not as easy to access. There is going to be a learning curve. I hate learning curves especially since they take up valuable time. Geez, and I'm getting too old to have to keep learning new things.
   I hope that you enjoy this double page spread as much as I do. After I got all the bugs worked out it was fun.

Take Care

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Opening Scrapbook Page

   Many of you that visit my blog know that I am trying to put together a scrapbook to be displayed at my granddaughter's graduation open house. I am so far from being anywhere near done. In fact I have hardly gotten started. I really have to spend more time working on it. She graduates next spring.


   I started this page with what I consider a beautiful piece of background scrapbook paper. I love the rickrack and ribbon print. I edged the page with multicolored rickrack. Then using a scrapbook maker software program I made the newspaper front page. I trimmed the outside edge with plastic diaper pins that I found at the dollar store. I picked up the colors of the diaper pins and made the bow using those colors. I didn't have green or pink ribbon so I colored white ribbon with permanent markers. I made the ribbon lighter by applying rubbing alcohol with a cotton ball until they were the right shades of pink and green. Then I cut one of the plastic diaper pins with a craft knife and ran it through some loops on the bow. I then hung the gold beaded name wrist band that Lauren made from the bow. I fanned out the ends of the ribbon and using double sided tape I taped them down. I then placed the newspaper page down using double sided tape. I cut out the little teddy bear using my die cutting machine. I covered it with glue and then sprinkled flocking powder on the teddy bear. I glued a little white bow at the teddy's neck. I assembled it using foam squares and put it in place. If you look closely you can see that there is a tiny teddy bear in the center page with baby Lauren. The little bear was only four inches tall. Using the pen function of my die cutting machine I made the name placard. I painted it bronze and then using UTEE I made it appear to be made from plastic like the rest of the page embellishments. The finishing touch was then placed on the bottom center of the newspaper page. To show this page I blocked out important Information on the newspaper article and the name placard.
   I hope that you enjoyed this page. There will be more to follow.

Take Care

Monday, September 14, 2015

Companion Crown Page

   In April of 2014 I shared with you what I felt would be the first page of Lauren's Scrapbook. I later decided that I would make a different introductory page. Now I had a left page but not a page for the right side. So I went back and made a page for the right side of the photo album.


   I first posted this on my blog in April of 2014. If you are interested in knowing more you can find instructions posted there.


   I found the matching piece of scrapbook paper that I used on first page. Using my Die cutting machine I cut out four matching crown frames. I painted them gold. I put dark pink glitter in the cutouts and rhinestones along the the outside edges. I put a large oval rhinestone on the crown cross. I then made a larger crown frame to highlight Lauren's going home picture. Once again I painted it gold and used dark pink glitter and rhinestones on it. I used my die cutting machine to make the lettering. I found the pictures that I wanted to use and put them into the frames. I laid the elements of the page in place until I was happy with the way it looked. Then I attached them in place with double sided tape. Going back to my die cutting machine I cut the little carriage border and taped it down. Then I glued the rhinestones onto the border. I used the pen function of my die cutter and wrote the label on vellum for beneath the center picture and put in into place. Yes, I know that it's over the top bling...I promise that all the pages won't be this over the top. I will try to rope myself in. 
  I hope that you are enjoying this journey with me because there are more pages to come.

Take Care