Friday, March 22, 2019

Revamped By The Sea album PLUS A Proper Gentleman album using the same tutorial

FRIYAY! It's Friday. Happy weekend to ya. I decided to revamp my By The Sea Tag & Policy Envelope Album before releasing the tutorial, and while I was at it I decided to make the same album using A Proper Gentleman Deluxe Collectors Edition just to show that one tutorial can take you far. I can imagine making this same album out of many, many collections.

I've listed the tutorial in my Etsy shop today, and also listed each of these albums for sale, and whipped up a quick video to share with you. I hope you take a moment to check it out. My Etsy shop is here.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Do You Scrapbook Your Pet? I do!

How many of us out there scrapbook our pets? I've been wanting to make a mini album for some time now and have finally completed it and wanted to share a walk-through today. I'm a big fan of Graphic 45's Mixed Media Album because it's the perfect size and it's fun to alter. In the video I share several different Mixed Media Albums I've made with different paper collections, and I show you my favorite scrapbooking "tool" which is Flip Flap Page Protectors! Hope you can check it out...

I think it would be difficult to make this album if Suki was no longer with us. The emotions and grief would make it very hard for me. I could do it, but I think it would have to be several years after her passing. I'm happy I did it now, while she's still here. What do you think? Have you scrapbooked your pet during their lifetime or afterwards? How was that experience? I'd love to hear your story.

Thanks for popping in today and checking it out. It was a true pleasure to make.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Mini Easter Baskets with Eileen Hull's Basket Die

Easter is just around the corner, so why not whip up some sweet little Easter baskets with decorative papers, trims and flowers in your stash? Once you make one, you'll find it hard to stop, so I'm warning you in advance. These little cuties would be perfect filled with colorful foil-wrapped chocolate eggs or Easter grass and a small gift. I've created a tutorial for you below to share how easy they are to make and some tips along the way.

I used Eileen Hull's "Basket" die by Sizzix, which you can find online at Joanns, Ebay, Amazon, or from Eileen's Etsy shop. I had already made three baskets using Graphic 45's "Garden Goddess" collection using pink, green and yellow. I wanted to make a purple one for this tutorial so I went to my Graphic 45 collections and found Secret Garden papers that were perfect! First, I used the die to cut the basket pieces from medium weight chipboard (white).  (The little decorative chipboard piece in the photo is from the Secret Garden chipboard collection.)

TIP: Thinner chipboard can be used, but the scorelines in the die show up best on medium weight. 

Next, I die cut the basket pieces from the two different papers, one for the outside, one for the inside. 

TIP: This is where you can really have fun mixing and matching papers. For my baskets I wanted a more monochromatic look.

I adhered both paper designs to the two basket sides, inside and out, and only the outer print to the two trim pieces. Finally I adhered the inner paper to the basket base piece. I used Decades ink for Graphic 45 by ColorBox in French Lilac to ink the edges.

TIP: It's best to bend the chipboard and paper pieces on their score lines before adhering them together. If you adhere them flat and try to fold them afterwards, they will most certainly tear. Trust me.

From the outer base paper, I trimmed the left and right edges completely off and inked the edges. I adhered the trim pieces to the tops of each basket side piece and clipped them while the glue dried. 

I found it helpful to trim the base paper apart before adhering to the outer base. 

TIP: Trimming off those side flaps from the paper in the previous step helps reduce the bulk when glueing the basket sides to the base.

Bend the chipboard handle pieces as well as the inner papers on their score lines then adhere together. Clip until glue is dry.

I found these clips on Amazon for cheap! They come in two sizes and are nice and strong.

Just like the base papers, I cut apart the outer handle papers before adhering them down. 

TIP: I used the purple ink to fill in the gaps and also will be adding ribbon later, so these joint spaces won't show up as much.

Once the outer trim pieces were dry on the basket sides, I used my Crop-a-dile to punch the small holes all the way through.

Next I adhered the basket sides to the base, clipping again until the glue dried.

TIP: A strong all-purpose glue like Beacon's 3-in-1 is great for jobs like this.

I added this pretty trim to my basket handles, then inserted these cute button brads through to the inside of the basket and opened out the prongs. If you're like me, you don't like seeing those brad prongs in there, so I have a fix for those in the next step.

TIP: Because of the thickness of the chipboard and papers, you'll need to use brads with long prongs. I found these at my local Hobby Lobby. 

To cover the prongs, I used those last two inner paper strips. I cut an angle off the bottom corners like this and trimmed a little off one end as well.

I adhered this piece over the prongs. Now it's nice and neat!

I adhered ivory ric-rac ribbon around the basket, trimming off at the ends rather than wrapping one long piece all the way around. Either way is fine. It's your option.

TIP: I use Fray Check at the ends of ribbon cuts like this so they won't fray over time. You can find this product in the sewing notions department of craft/fabric stores.

To finish it off, I adhered little flowers and leaves, then tied the Secret Garden chipboard tag to the basket handle.

Here's another look at the finished baskets.

FINAL TIP: Think outside the box (or basket!) and use Eileen's die to make little picnic baskets, pretty purses, tool boxes or gardener's totes. The ideas are endless!

Thanks for stopping in today. I hope you liked the project. You can find Graphic 45 products in your favorite scrapbook stores or directly from Graphic 45 now. Have fun and let me know if you make some little baskets!

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Rotating Princess Jewelry Box with Video (For Sale!)

I've had this idea in my head when I first saw Eileen Hull's new "Treasure Box" and "Stacking Drawer Box" dies. Graphic 45's Princess collection immediately came to mind for a Princess-themed rotating jewelry box. I got right to work and enjoyed a week of crafting and creating it. 

With the addition of some metal accents I've accumulated over the years and some pretty trims, this came together nicely.

Secret doors secured with magnetic closures reveal pretty little envelopes with cards inside...

...and a Princess diary. (Made by hand as you'll see in the video below.)

The top is adorned with the pretty Peach Rose Bouquet from Graphic 45, along with ornate metal corners and a gold finial at the center which serves as a knob to turn the rotating jewelry box.

I hope you have a moment to check out my video below. There's somewhat of a tutorial halfway through to help you understand how it came together if you're interested in making your own. 

This item is one of a kind and will be listed for sale in my Etsy Shop tomorrow (March 4, 2019) at noon EST. If you have any questions, please let me know. Thanks for stopping by today. Have a great week!