Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Altered Composition Book

My middle daughter, Kirstyn is a freshman this year and loving every minute of it. In her English class they have a composition book that they do assignments in. Every so often they have to bring it home for a parent review after having a peer review at school. I loved reading her work and getting to know her a little better. Anyways, her book was plain and as a surprise for her I took a few minutes and decorated it for her after I was done with the review. :) She loves bright colors and for those that know her, that is also her personality...sunny and bright. She was so excited when she saw it and absolutely loved it! I love it when I can do something totally right as a mother. LOL

Supplies Used:
Papers: My Mind's Eye, SU Tempting Turquoise, SU Melon Mambo.
Inks: SU Tempting Turquoise, SU Melon Mambo.
Misc: EK Success circles border punch, Prima flowers, Making Memories brad, Computer fonts. Liquid Glass.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Altered Spiral Notebooks - Part 3

Well here's the last and final spiral notebook...the sixth one is the first one that I posted back on the 17th.


Once again I used CTMH Cocoa Cafe (retired) papers. "Journal" is computer generated. As you can probably tell by now, I just love doing those folded paper flowers. :)

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Altered Spiral Notebooks - Part 2


I used CTMH Caboodle Papers on this one along with the Flower Pot stamp set. The flowers didn't turn out as bright as I would've liked them too. Otherwise I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.


I used CTMH Veranda Papers on this one along with lots of sparkles. The "smile" sentiment is a CTMH My Stickease sticker as are the "buttons" at the bottom right. I covered those in liquid glass to make them pop a little. Although it's really simple, I think this one is my favorite. Probably because of all the bling. LOL

Friday, September 24, 2010

Altered Spiral Notebooks

These are a couple of the notebooks leftover from the class two weeks ago. I had six notebooks leftover and will show them a couple at a time over the next few posts. I already had paper on the inside and outside covers. I used the same basic design for all of them since they were for a class. Now that they're all decorated, I'll set them aside and sell them in an upcoming craft show in November. Nothing like getting a little head start. :)


I used CTMH Cocoa Cafe (retired) papers on this one. The sentiment is from Unity. I embossed it in gold. Flowers are from Bazzil and Prima. The brads are CTMH Bigger Brads that have been dipped in liquid glass, glitter, and then liquid glass again.


I used CTMH Notebook Papers on this one, as well as Cocktail Alpha & Authentic stamp sets.

Friday, September 17, 2010

September's Card/Technique Club

In honor of back to school, rather than making cards this month we made an altered spiral notebook. This month I taught about making embellishments and altering those you have to fit a project. The main embellishment that I taught how to make was a folded flower. I think it's called an Iris Fold Flower but don't quote me on that. I can't even remember where I learned how to do it so I can't even provide you with a website to go to. So if anyone knows where there's a link, please share and I'll edit my post to add it. :)

Trying to use up some of my stash, I actually cut different papers for each notebook and let everyone choose what they wanted color wise. It was a big hit. I just wish I'd thought to take pics of everyone's notebooks since they are all different than mine that I did up as an example.




The flower is made by punching out 8 circles from double sided paper. I used a 1 1/4" punch. Then you fold the circle in thirds so that your folded piece resembles a piece of pie. Then I use a slightly larger circle punch and punch out one circle from cardstock. I run it through my 1.5" Xyron to cover it completely with adhesive. Then I place my "pie" pieces on the adhesive covered circle with the sides touching and points meeting in the middle. You may have to refold a couple of pieces to get them to fit properly. Well I did anyways! Top with a brad or button to finish the look. I used a faux button....details below. Clear as mud?

Okay, for the faux button (this works great if you're out of a particular color of button)....using a small circle punch (I think I used a 1/2" or 3/8" punch), punch one circle out of cardstock in whatever color you want. I daubed the circle with ink purposely giving it a bit of a mottled look. Then I pierced two holes in the center and threaded scrapper's floss through it. I secured the floss with a glue dot and then glued it to the center of my flower. I then covered the "button" with glossy accents to give it shine and dimension. And there you have it...a button in any color you want!

All supplies are CTMH. Veranda Level 2 paper pack and Follow Your Heart stamp set.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Altered Spiral Notebook

With back to school sales having finished recently I was able to stock up on composition books and even a few spiral notebooks for altering. My daughter was invited to a birthday party, so I immediately set to work on a notebook. :)


Supplies Used:
Stamps: CTMH Cocktail Alpha, Imaginisce bird
Papers: Imaginisce, Bazzil
Inks: CTMH Bubblegum, Memento Tuxedo Black
Misc: Martha Stewart Glitter, Glossy Accents, ribbon, Prima Flowers, misc brads.

For those of you who have never altered a spiral notebook, it's not as hard as it looks. I consider it a bit tedious, but definitely not hard.

Step 1: Make sure the paper is all lined up and secure it with binder clips.

Step 2: Using pliers, unhook the wire at each end and then simply roll it to uncoil it from the notebook. Set aside the bound paper and the spiral.

Step 3: Decorate the front and back covers as you would like them.

Step 4: Turn the covers over and using either a crop-a-dile or eyelet setting hole punch, repunch the holes in the cover.

Step 5: Cover the inside of the front and back covers with cardstock or papers of your choice.

Step 6: Repunch holes in the covers.

Step 7: Line covers up with the bound paper and secure inside the binder clips.

Step 8: Roll wire coil back onto the notebook and using the pliers bend the ends of the wire closed again.

See, a bit tedious but really quite simple! :)

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Scrap Buddies

So as most of you know, I have two dogs (Oscar & Rosie) and a cat (Izzy) who keep me company while in my scrap space. Izzy's favorite past time, besides attacking the dogs, is to try and take over Oscar's bed. How she got into the position she's in, I have no idea. It also doesn't look very comfy either. LOL She was however sound asleep and opened her eyes as I took the pics.



Friday, September 3, 2010

Baby Blanket

I know, it's not paper related, but one of my other passions besides ink & paper is crocheting. I also knit, but I crochet much more quickly than I knit. I suppose I just need more practice. :) Anyway, I started this blanket back in May for our newest niece who was born at the end of May. The weather turned rather cool a few days ago (averaging about 45 degrees in the morning when I get up) and so it's been perfect weather to pop in an audio book and crochet the day away. I had forgotten how relaxing it can be to do that. I've also finished a hat (that I forgot to take a picture of before donating it to the humanitarian efforts of our church), and I've started two more baby blankets (one to donate and one for my cousin's baby girl who is due in a couple of months). I'll post pics of the other blankets when I eventually get them finished.



I did granny squares in a multi-color yarn and green then stitched them together. I then used the white & pink colors from the multi-color yarn to go around the edges to add to the size. I finished it off with a simple scalloped border in green.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Recycled Ribbon Tube

I have several of these empty CTMH Ribbon Round tubes laying around just waiting to be useful. I've seen quite a few cute things done with them in the past. A few weeks ago I was in need of a quick thank you gift for the parts manager at the dealership where I have my van serviced. He went out of his way to do a kindness for me which I greatly appreciated. :)

I wanted to decorate it and fill it with candy but wasn't sure what kind of candy. Then I discovered that the Pearson's mint patties that can be bought in bulk at Sam's Club were the perfect diameter to slide into the tube in a neat stack.

I'm really not sure what paper I used. It was a scrap leftover from a previous project. All in all I think it turned out pretty cute considering I was in a rush and put it together in about ten minutes! LOL