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Monday, August 29, 2011

Teacher Appreciation

It's that time of year again.... time to return to school.  School was supposed to start today for us. But thanks to Hurricane Irene, and all the flooding, lack of power, downed trees and blocked roadways, we get one more day of summer vacation!  YEAH!

Teacher gifts are typically something that I work on at the holidays and the end of the school year.  Over at Paper Issues, we started a new theme yesterday, "Learning Curve". So I thought I would share this post with my followers and link it up there too!

If you've been a long time follower, or your subscribe to some crafty mags, you may have seen this project before.  It's been on my blog (way back when I didn't have many followers) and it's been published a time or two.  I altered wooden organizers to create teacher "survival kits" as appreciation gifts.  Here's how I made them.

I started out with some plain wooden boxes that you can get at your local craft store.
I sanded and painted the box.  I then used papers from Cosmo Cricket's The Boyfriend collection to cover the box.  Mod Podge was used to adhere them to the box and as a sealer.
The elements are hybrid from a digital set by WM Squared at Scrapmatters called Back to School: Extras.  I just simply sized them, printed and cut them out.  For the one smaller apple, I coated it in Diamond Glaze to give it a nice shiny, button look.

I also used these elements to make cards to slip into the boxes. Using this link for "survival kits" for some ideas,  I typed up the contents of the "survival kit" and "prayer", added the apple border.  After printing and trimming, I mounted them on cardstock.

I really love how fun it is to combine digital, traditional and hybrid scrapping to make useful items.

Here are some other views of this project:

I hope this gets you inspired to think about teacher appreciation gifts as you head back into the new school year!

Tip Junkie handmade projects

Monday, August 15, 2011

I've been Everywhere Man.....

Can you hear Johnny Cash singing the lyrics to that great old song? Now I've got it stuck in my head!  My family and I love to travel.  Whether it is a local day trip, or a far away place.  We enjoy seeing new places, meeting the people and learning about the area.  We especially love that there is so much to see right here in the USA!

So I created a mini-album where we can keep information about all the states that we have been to visit.  Now in order to count as a visit, we have to actually have been there.  A lay-over at the airport does not count. LOL  I was surprised to realize that we have been to more than half the states!

Creating the cover for this album was a lot like putting a jigsaw puzzle together.  I used my Silhouette SD to cut the map of the states. This shape is awesome, it cuts out each state. I re-sized it to fit on my album cover and then cut it out in white and then several colors.  I used the white to lay down on the cover.  This was a great geography refresher too!  LOL

As we visit a state, we add one of the colored pieces on to the cover.  The more traveling we do, the more colorful the cover will become!

Inside the album I'll be creating pages with special memories of the visits we have made to each state or region.  Here's one of the pages about a trip to California.  Some will include photos, and some just journaling about our funtastic adventures!

I can't wait to do some more work on this book!  And of course I'll be humming along to "I've been everywhere, man!"  :-)

Cardstock: Red River
Digital Kits: Great Escape Bundle and Great Escape California by WM Squared Designs
(if you travel, these are awesome kits for scrapping your memories!)
Chipboard Album: Oriental Trading Company
Ink: Colorbox, Stazon, Faber-Castell
Electronic Die Cutter: Silhouette
Shapes: USA_puzzle_0644

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Riding the Waves

On our family beach vacation this year we had fabulous weather and wonderful water temps!  It was hard to get us out of the ocean!  We were riding those waves all day long.

This page shows three of our die-hard body surfers in action riding a wave.  And then I played a little bit of a trick on them.  I asked them to pose after they rode a wave in.  I saw another wave about to crash on them and timed my photo taking just perfectly to capture that wave catching them by surprise! I clipped those photos to the little film strip along the bottom!

Speaking of taking a ride.... the new theme is up over at Paper Issues and it is "Let's Ride".  I'm sharing this page, have you got a paper creation to share? Come on and join in our linky party!

Digital Kit: WM Squared Designs and Cross Bone Cuts Designs
Digital Elements: arrows: Stolen Moments, filmstrip: The Design Girl
Template: Heather Landry

Friday, August 12, 2011

Luggage Tag

OK - I'm no seamstress.  Really.  I use my sewing machine for stitching on paper craft projects and the occasional clothing repair.  Simple stuff.  Yeah, OK so that one time I made the cover for the bird cage - but it was all straight stitches. Easy.  Believe it or not, today I am actually going to share a sewing hybrid project with you.

I made this luggage tag, if I can do it, so can you! Here's what you need:
  • 2 pieces of fabric cut to 3.5" by 5"
  • 1 piece of fabric cut at 2" by 12" (this will be the strap)
  • Interfacing cut to 3.5" by 5" (more detail on this in a bit)
  • Vinyl cut to 3.5" by 5"
  • Printed identification cut to 2" by 3.5" (business card size)
  • thread and sewing machine
 I used Photoshop and digital scrapbook supplies to create my ID label.  I smudged out my person stuff so that I could share this with you here.

    The shake-down on the interfacing: When I made this I wanted my luggage tag to be sturdy.  So I used the heaviest quality Peltex iron-on interfacing. Not only that, but I used two pieces of it!  One on each of the 3.5x5" fabrics!! {insert the Tim the Toolman grunt from Home Improvement! LOL} Yeah, can you say "overkill"?  My poor 1958 Singer sewing machine was mad at me and I had to fight it just about the whole way.  That's part of why my stitching looks such a mess. (the other reason why it's a mess???   ... I'm not a seamstress!) :-)

    If you use the heavy Ultra Firm Stabilizer interfacing, you can get away with using just one and adhere it to only one of the fabric pieces.  Believe me, it will be sturdy enough!  So now go ahead and iron-on the interfacing to the fabric per your manufacturer's instructions.

    Take the long piece of fabric for the strap and press it in half (right side of the fabric on the outside). Open it up and fold each side of the fabric in to the mid-point and press.  Fold it in half with the edges pressed in and run stitches up both sides.

    Layer the tag fabric and strap as shown above. Place the fabric pieces right sides facing each other. Fold the strap in half and lay it between the 2 fabric pieces allowing the unfolded end to extend about .5".  Make sure the folded end of the strap is tucked between the 2 fabric pieces so that it won't get sewn into the seam.

    Pin this sandwich of layers together.  Run a seam around the edge, but leave an opening so that you can invert the tag. See space between pins in the image below.
    Once your seam (less the opening) is complete, clip the corners and turn the tag right side out.  Then lay your ID card in the center of the tag, top with the vinyl piece (don't worry that the vinyl is too big right now).  Run stitches about 1/4" around the edge being certain to tuck the seam opening in and catch it with these stitches.  Run a second set of stitching about 1/4" in from this set.  Trim the vinyl as close to the stitching as possible.

    There you have it!  Your own personal luggage tag.  Use some bright colored fabrics and it will make it really easy for you to spot your luggage at the baggage claim. You could use some specialty fabrics to make ones with your children's favorite characters, or sports teams. 

    And since you get to learn from my struggles with the interfacing - I'm sure your stitching will be nice and straight, rather than all shabby like mine.  Hey, that's it!  I'll just say I was going for a shabby look!  Hehehehe!!! Remember there's never any mistakes in art, only more opportunities to embellish!

    Have fun being creative!

    Digital kit: Down This Road
    Paper: Red River
    Fabric, vinyl: my stash
    Interfacing: Pellon
    Thread: Coats

    Wednesday, August 10, 2011

    Altered 3D Dress Form

     Have you notice all the dress forms popping up all over the place? They have become a very popular item. They are on cards, fabrics, clothing, even school supplies! They are everywhere!

    I recently made one for a swap that I am in. I'm hoping that the package has arrived by the time this post goes live. I wanted her to be surprised. I really personalized this for the recipient. I'm so hoping she likes it!

    To make this project, I used a paper mache dress form that I found in the clearance aisle of the craft store. I knew that I wanted it to be on a stand, so I searched the store to find something I could use. I found an unfinished wooden candlestick ready for painting!

    I picked up a few other items at the craft store to use on this project. I found some really cute miniature wooden spools in the dollhouse aisle. The woman that I made this for is a seamstress, so I'm giving it a sewing theme.

    I used some digital papers from the kit Golden Harvest kit by Mari Koegelenberg and Danielle Engebretson to create the skirt. If you are interested in making one yourself, I've shared details on how I created this one over at The Hybrid Chick today.

    It was so much fun making this. I included yo-yo's that I made from fabric, stick pins that I beaded with crystals and pearls, some charms I created with jewelry supplies, little spools that I wound thread around, and lots of lace and and of course some bling! I had to get this mailed off. I was falling it love with it. She was really looking great on a shelf in my crafty area! Think I'm going to have to make one for myself soon!

    Here are some more images to share with you.

    If you were hoping to find the ScrapMatters Birthday Blog Train, you can find that at this post.  Visit soon, the freebie will only be available until 8/12/11.

    Be Different, Act Normal

    Saturday, August 6, 2011

    Time to Play

    If you're looking for my ScrapMatters Birthday Blog Train post.....  You can find it HERE.

    Today I put together a card just for fun!   Really!  And it's about fun!  About taking time to enjoy life and "play".  I was inspired by some word art by Kim Broedelet. More about that later.
    I had the vintage image of the children playing ring-around-the-rosie saved on my computer for a l-o-n-g time! I thought it was perfect for the theme of my card.  I fussy cut the blooms from patterned paper to create the accents on either side of the circle.  Lots of dimension on this one thanks to foam adhesive!

    I even decorated the inside. Probably should have taken a better picture of that for you!  "Make time to play, it's the secret to perpetual youth" Don't you just love that sentiment?  Ah, so now about the word art........

    It's part of the August Mix-a-kit at ScrapMatters. Have you seen those? The designers at the shop create a bunch of different mini-kits all using the same color scheme. Then you can mix and match which parts you really like. And they'll coordinate!  Really cool.

    Make sure to take some time each day to "play"!

    Mojo Monday

    Birthday Garden Party Blog Train

    Woot!  Woot!  Welcome to my stop on the ScrapMatters Birthday Blog Train!  If this is your first stop on the train, don't worry, you can always start at the beginning HERE or check the complete list at the bottom of my post to make sure you don't miss any of the stops!

    ScrapMatters is celebrating it's 4th birthday!!!  And we're doing it with a Garden Party.  The wonderful Design Team at ScrapMatters has put together this awesome collaborative kit just for this occasion!
    The kit is Free with a purchase of $20 in the store during the birthday celebration August 5 - 11!!!

    But that's not all.....  there are games and chats and lots of fun going on at the site too!  Check it out!

    AND.... lots of freebies!!! Every stop on the blog train is the blog of one of our awesome designers or creative team members and they each have a freebie for you - 47 of them! PLUS at certain stops you can pick up bits to a scavenger hunt. Once you collect them all, put the picture together to get a special gift certificate code!

    I've created a pre-shadowed cluster that you can use for scrapbooking, cardmaking or for designing a blog header.  The image above is linked. Or you can download it from one of these links below:
    Sorry this freebie is no longer available!

    Your next stop on the blog hop is: Kat

    Be certain to visit all the stops on the train. These freebies are only available during the birthday celebration so grab them before it's over on August 11 !!

    Here is a complete list of the stops on the blog train to help you find your way!

    1. Scrapmatters.com blog: http://scrapmatters.com/wordpress/
    2. Andrea: http://andilynndesigns.com/
    3. Wendy: http://wendys-craftycreations.blogspot.com/
    4. Val: http://geniabeanascraps.com
    5. Mary: http://plumdumplingdesigns.blogspot.com
    6. Jaime: http://simplyjstudio.blogspot.com
    7. Jenn: http://www.confessionsofadigitalscrapper.com
    8. Amber: http://stolenmomentsdesign.blogspot.com/
    9. Angie: http://downthisroaddesigns.blogspot.com/
    10. Tanya: http://crossbonecuts.blogspot.com/
    11. Erica: http://ericazane.blogspot.com/
    12. Krisi: http://krisiskreations.blogspot.com/
    13. Steph.designs: http://lesdigisdesteph.blogspot.com/
    14. Lina: http://ldragdesigns.blogspot.com/
    15. Ana: http://sugaryfancy.com/blog/
    16. Jenn H: http://truebluestudio.blogspot.com/
    17. Elise: http://www.elisespieces.com
    18: Amy: http://justus-mylifeinpictures.blogspot.com/
    19: Cheri: http://dreambigdigi.blogspot.com/
    20. Christina: http://www.wimpychompers.com/
    21. Yari/Jady Day Studio: http://www.jadydaystudio.com/
    22. Kimbytx: http://kimbytx.blogspot.com/
    23: Calliclaire: http://www.calliclaire.blogspot.com/
    24: KimB: http://kimbsdesigns.blogspot.com/
    25. Jenn http://www.thetypativescrapper.blogspot.com/
    26. Fran http://franscraps.blogspot.com
    27. Ophelia http://www.navaja77digiscraprealm.blogspot.com/
    28. Amanda http://mhkscraps.blogspot.com
    29. Heidi http://myfamilyscrappings.blogspot.com
    30. Fiona http://mydigaddiction.blogspot.com/
    31. Kendall http://majorscrapitude.blogspot.com/
    32. Neverland Scraps http://neverlandscraps.blogspot.com/
    33. Heather K http://createdbyheather.blogspot.com
    34. Manda http://sankostudio.blogspot.com
    35. Melissa http://yzerbear.blogspot.com
    36. Trista http://tristaree.com
    37. Annisa http://themeyersfamilystory.blogspot.com
    38.Chel: http://scrappingchelcreations.wordpress.com/
    39. Melanie: http://live-capture-create.blogspot.com/
    40. Heather W: http://heatherw25.blogspot.com/
    41. Sharon: http://quietangelsb.blogspot.com/
    42. Amy: http://melniczenkomusings.blogspot.com/
    43. Cathy (that's me!): http://scrappycath.blogspot.com/
    44. Kat: http://katdesigned.blogspot.com
    45. Becca A: http://www.beccas-paper-view.blogspot.com
    46. Crystal: http://www.sugarpiescrapping.blogspot.com
    47. Day: http://digiinspirations.com/blog/

    Happy hopping and creating!

    Thursday, August 4, 2011

    Happy Birthday ScrapMatters

    ScrapMatters is turning 4!  There's going to be lots of celebrating going on!  Don't miss the HUGE blog train that will leave the station on Saturday August 6. It will be making a stop here at my blog, so be certain to come back. I've created a really sweet freebie that I'll be sharing with you.

    Some other celebrations that will be taking place

    Hope you get a chance to join in on the party!!

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