Friday, August 22, 2014

Handmade Minibook

Hey guys and WOOOHOOOO it's Friday yall!!! 
Today I'm up on the Helmar blog showing how I created a fabric covered mini book.  This is such a fun and fairly fast process, I love creating various mini books and in the next few weeks you will see more variations of such.  But for now, let's get started on the process of this mini album.

Of course, the first thing you should do is pull together all of your ingredients, as in fabric, chipboard, adhesives and other embellishments.

Next step cut your chipboard to size including a spine for your book and begin to adhere it to your batting.  For this process I used a heavy duty Silicone Adhesive Seleant, to be sure all parts of my book stay in place.

After you have bonded all of your chipboard components together, cut the batting close to the chipboard.  Now on to the next step...fabric covering

To bond my fabric covering, I used Fabric Glue.

Place the batting side down to the wrong side of your fabric.  Cut your fabric to size leaving about 1/2" extra on each side.  The 1/2" remaining will be used to fold over to the inside of the book.

Cut each corner of your fabric to create a perfect corner fold.

This is what the inside of your book will look like after the fabric has been adhered.

Now cut two pieces of cardstock to the size of the front and back of your book.  Also use your favorite binding system to add paper to your book and you are almost done.

Now let's embellish the cover.

Using various scraps of pattern paper, tags, etc

To add height to my wooden embellishments, I used Liquid Scrap Dots.  Using this adhesive will give me the actual height I need but will dry clear so you can't see what's underneath.

And here is the final product.  Below are a few close up views of the book.

Helmar Products Used:
Other Products Used:
Unique Laser Designs: Bird on a Branch and Doily (requested item)
Fat Quarter (Joanns Fabric)
Seam Binding (Etsy)
Medium weight chipboard
Patterned Paper Scraps
Metal Brad
Acrylic and Distress Paints

Monday, August 11, 2014

ATC's and a Motorcycle

Let me guess...that has to be the weirdest subject line you've seen right?  Well it'll all become a bit clearer in a moment.  Today I'm up on the Unique Laser Designs blog, and I have a few designs to share with you that I hope you love as much as I do.

To start off my show and tell for the day, I have four creative ATC's to share and a very masculine layout.

To begin the process I used these wood ATC's as my base. 

ATC's are one of the greatest ways to utilize your scrap items, such as pattern paper, embellishments and letters/words.  I look at it as a miniature sample of your art to share with others.

Here (and below) are close ups of two of the ATC's.  Take a look at how these cards hold the various mediums along with many textures of embellishments.

I think this one is my very favorite.  The mini pine cones contrast perfectly with the wood.

Now on to my next project:

I created this layout centering it based on the motorcycle. 

Here's a before look of the motorcycle.

And here's the look of the motorcycle after all the distressing and inking has taken place.

For this LO, I altered the motorcycle first.  Then added lots of texture to blend the two elements together. 

ULD Products Used:
Other Products Used:
Various brands of patterned paper scraps
Metal clip
Drywall tape
Mini Pinecone clusters
Prima Emphera
Buttons & Thread
Chipboard embellishment
Farm House Fair Skies Goodways 
Various brands of patterned paper scraps
Recollections embossing powder - Ebony and Copper
Heidi Swapp Color Shine - Bronzer
Tim Holtz Brushed Pewter Distress Stain 
Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst - Time Travel Teal 
Prima Color Bloom - Worn Leather
Tim Holtz Trellis Die & Burlap Stencil
Industrial Chic Metals
Glitz Design Teeny Alpha

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Keep Calm and Daydream Canvas Layout

For those that love Unique Laser Designs wood embellishments just as much as I do, today will be a treat for you. 

I have a fun yet relaxing project to share with you today. The moment you see the picture you will see exactly what I mean about relaxing.

On this canvas LO, I used ULD's Reverse Circle Stencil.

The color you see here is a mix of Heidi Swapp color shine spray in mustard and Silk's in Bolivion Blue.  The stencil was cut in half and slightly tucked on both sides of the LO.

Unique Laser Designs Products Used:

Other Products Used:
12X12 Canvas
Pattern Paper - Farm House, Brenda Walton, Random scrap
Tim Holtz Dot Fade Stencil
Heidi Swapp Color Shine in mustard
luminarte Silks in Bolivion Blue & Expresso Gold
Studio 112 Gems
Clear stone (Dollar Tree)
HS mi stables butterfly
Prima bulb
Gauze & Twine

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Three Tags Three Ways

Yall know how much I love creating tags as gifts, gift toppers and just because. I hope you all love creating tags as much as I do, because today I have three tags to share with you. Ok, well...three tags turned...let me just show you what I've created.

Before I begin I want to show you what I began with.

Aren't  these wooden tags adorable just the way they are?

Here's a group picture showing what I created using each of the tags. For those that love mixed media projects as much as I do, using ULD's wooden tags are the best base to create on. Now allow me to show you individually what I created.

I used my first tag to create a mini art journal. Being that I save all the packaging from various craft supplies, I decided this is just another way for me to use them up. Each layer inside this tag journal will become an extra mini journal page.

Just look at of all this delicious layering, and mediums the wooden tag holds.

Because I plan on creating in this mini journal each Sunday until it's filled up, I simply titled it Sunday Journal.

For my next tag base, I decided to actually create a tag filled with fluttering butterflies.

Heavily embellished base full of pattern paper scraps, mediums and I even used a stencil I created using my cricut to add a doily design.

Up close view of the vellum butterflies layered on the tag.

And here's my final tag.  I created a mini clipboard for my work station cubicle wall.  Just add a square of Velcro then add it directly to your cubicle and you have an automatic mini reminder board.

Just an up close view of all the texture going on here.

Although this little chipboard saying fits perfectly with this mini clipboard; I will actually add a mini notepad I keep at my desk. 
I hope these tag projects have inspired you to create on the wild side using your wooden tags.
Have a creatively wonderful weekend! 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Thank You Note Cards

Always say "Thank You", that's what a mom always teach her children. Well, as adults there are times we should say or send unexpected thank you notes.

Today, I will show you how I create simple thank you note cards using various scraps left over from previous projects.