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Sunday, July 18, 2010


We have several gardens about our house.  Well, we call them gardens.  They are not as prestine as one might expect, but they add to our yard.  They give a nice visual focus to areas and bring beauty as well as practicality.  They provide food and shelter for birds and butterflies and us!  We have a vegetable garden, strawberry patch, rose garden and several flower gardens.

I have so many photos of fun times gardening. When the new kit "In my Garden" was released this week by Wimpychompers and Sherry Ferguson Designs, I knew I found the right fit to create a layout with some of those photos!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Frame it Up - Hybrid Style!

I've got a quick project for you today.  A picture frame.  I'm going to make it hybrid using some digital scrapbooking papers and some traditional scrapbooking elements.

Start with a plain picture frame that you can get at the craft store for about $1.  Mine happens to be made of wood.  If you would like, you can paint it using your acrylic paints or maybe even apply some crackle texture to it.  My project is going to be a gift for a baby's room so I want a fresh clean look.  I'm painting the edges only.

Print out the digi papers that you want to use. Since the frame I am working with is about 5x7, I printed 8.5x11 sheets of the papers.  Then adhere them to the wooden frame using decoupage medium (Mod Podge).  Allow this to dry thoroughly.

Using an exacto knife, trim the paper to fit the frame inside and out.  Sand the edges of the paper to make them smooth with the frame.

Now it's ready to be sealed.  Apply Mod Podge on the top of your papers to seal it.  Use a thin coat and allow it to dry completely.  It will take about 20 minutes to dry. Sand very lightly and remove any dust. Then apply the next thin coat of Mod Podge.  Repeat. I like to apply at least 3 coats.

Once all the sealant is applied and dried, you can embellish the frame.  This is a great project that can be completed in a few hours.  Have fun and happy scrapping!

Picture frame: craft supply
Papers: 10 Tiny Toes digi kit by Stolen Moments (Scrapmatters)
Flowers: Prima (paper) Offray (ribbon)
Ribbon: Karen Foster
Rhinestones: Prima
Pearls: Queen & company (individual), craft supply (string)
Alpha: My Minds Eye
Adhesive/sealant: Mod Podge
Paint: Apple Barrel

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

When Life Gives You Lemonade, Make a Card!

Today I'm sharing a hybrid card that I made using a recycled lemonade can.  Yep, a real lemonade can.  I pair of tin snips or sharp heavy duty scissors will be needed.

I used the design team collab kit Sea, Sand and Sun from Scrapmatters for the papers and sun element.  The alphas are from Making Memories and Sticko.  The flower center is Prima.

Always use caution when working with metal. Wear protective glasses to protect your eyes from metal dust, and use caution as the edges can be sharp. 

The tutorial for working with the metal is posted at the Ideas For Scrapbookers blog. You can read it here.

You can download my card sketch (.jpg file) or layered template (.psd file) below.

Download the card template (.psd file) HERE.
Download the card sketch (.jpg file) HERE.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Altered Printer's Tray

I've had this photo tray from 7 Gypsies hanging around for a while.  I fell in love with it when I saw it and snatched it up.  I wanted to be in the right mood when I worked on this project.  I didn't want to be rushed, I wanted to be able to focus on it.  I picked out some pictures from different times in our family's life. With the long holiday weekend, I was able to dedicate some time to this.  Once I got started, there was no stopping me!  Ever get like that?  I think when the mojo train comes through you just have to hop on board and go for the ride!

I used so many different products on here. The majority of it is a hybrid mix of 7 Gypsies papers, and digital papers from the kit Fly Free by Jennifer Barrette available at Scrapmatters. The colors in this kit are really warm and wonderful, the elements and just shabby enough to give a vintage look without looking old fashioned. The mini tag was made completely from the Fly Free kit.  I love the bird and the cage.  In the one section, I used the Background Essentials paper by Jennifer Barrette to create a book.  These are such a great set of papers, they are a must have for your design toolbox!  I have the book held closed with some thin magnets that are secured under the papers. Inside the book are some additional photos as well as some great words and sayings that spark many memories!

Here are close ups of the different sections.

Now let me see if I can list for you all the stuff that I used in making this.
Photo Box Ingredients:
Photo Box: 7 Gypsies
Paper: Fly Free, Background Essentials, Jen Barrette; Venice, 7 Gypsies
Flowers: Prima; K & Company
Brads: Prima; Making Memories; Joann's
Ink: Ranger Distress Ink Vintage Photo; Colorbox Chalk Inks
Ribbon: Offray; American Crafts
String: Martha Stewart
Buckle: I've had it so long I'm not sure. I think it was by Joann's essentials
Alphas: American Crafts; My Minds Eye; Making Memories
Clock: Heidi Swapp
Metal Findings: Vintaj; American Crafts
Stickers: 7 Gypsies
Key charms: 7 Gypsies
Gems: Kaisercrafts
Punches: Fiskars; Martha Stewart

Friday, July 2, 2010

July 4th Celebration and All Those Buns!

Title got your attention?  Here in the US we are getting ready to celebrate our nation's birthday!!  There will be cook-outs and parades and baseball games and fireworks!!  Speaking of baseball games....  my youngest is playing on a summer tournament team.  This past week finished up the first of the tournaments and their team won the championship!  I created this scrapbook page for my son's album.

I used the Essential Background papers by Jenn Barrette and the Yankee Doodle Doo Kit by Designs by Tater and Keep Scrappin Designs (all available at Scrapmatters).  The frame, brushes, star and tag are by Katie Pertiet.

Now you're probably wondering "what about the buns?".  Well with all the cook -outs planned this weekend there are bound to be some left over hot dog or hamburger buns.  Now just what do you do with all those buns?  Here's an idea.....  Make french toast!  That's just what I did recently.  The boys kinda balked about it at first, but then they ended up really liking them!

The trick is to really let the buns slurp up some of that sweet egg batter.  This will help make them nice and moist.

I hope you enjoy your weekend plans, Happy Birthday America!  And enjoy your breakfast too!

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