Feb 232011

Today’s WOYWW looks a lot like last week’s:  a mess left from scrapbooking baby pics of my son with a cat.  However, it’s  a different cat, as you’ll note from the journaling.  (Moses, of snake catching fame, was killed when Josh was six weeks old. To read the snake story, go here.)

(And, in case you’re wondering just why I’m sharing a photo of my workdesk, go here.)


Here’s the journaling for this l/o:

When our cat Moses was hit by a car and killed, we shared our sadness and talked about this experience with our Sunday School class of four and five-year olds.  We also asked their opinions about getting another kitty and if so, what we should name him.  One little boy piped up and said, “Yes, you should get another kitten and name him ‘Don’t Die.'”  Well, we’d been thinking about the name Elijah, and since Elijah didn’t die (he was taken up to heaven in a chariot of fire) we decided this was perfect.  (Thank you, Mark Schow!)

When Josh was nine weeks old (Gary insists it was eight weeks, but Sandy’s doing the scrapbooking, so it shall be forever recorded as nine weeks) we brought home our wonderful new guy, Elijah.  He was also nine weeks old and was taken with Joshua from the start.  Although some folks might be concerned by old wive’s tales and keep the cat far away from the baby, I was never concerned.  I knew they’d be best buddies for a long time to come.

Feb 212011

We’re contining on with our Faux Leather Sketchbook project.  Last time we made the cover.  You can check out Part 1, Making the Cover, or go to Part 3, Finishing Touches to finish up.

faux leather sketchbook


Now it’s time to make the pages that go inside the sketchbook.  I started by purchasing a 9″x12″ pad of sketchbook paper and used a paper trimmer to cut 45 of the pages down to 8.5″x11″. This will give 90 total pages in the sketchbook.  (If you have thicker or thinner papers, you may want to increase or decrease the amount accordingly.)

1. Fold all of your 8.5″x11″ papers in half to 8.5″x5.5″.  Divide these into 3 equal stacks of 15 papers each.  (Each of these is called a signature.)

2. Take one of these pages and  make marks in the fold at 1.5″, 3″, 5.5″ and 7″ from the top.  This is your guide for hole punching.

3. Place this guide in the center of one of your paper stacks, aligning top & bottom edges, and use a straight awl (NOT a tapered awl) to poke a hole at each mark, all the way through all the papers.  Repeat for the other two stacks.

4. Use this guide to make 3 rows of holes in the sketchbook cover.  The first row should be 5.5″ from the left edge, the second 5.75″ from the left edge and the third 6″ from the left edge.

5. Cut the waxed twine into three 20″ pieces.

6. Thread a tapestry needle with one piece of twine and sew through the second hole from the top of one of your paper stacks, starting from inside the fold.  Continue to sew through the second hole from the top of the journal, from the lining side to the outside.  Leave a 4″-6″ tail inside the paper stack.

7. Sew back into the journal through the top hole of the cover and through the top hole of the paper stack.


8. Sew back out the paper stack and sketchbook going through the bottom hole.

9. Sew back into the sketchbook cover and papers through the second hole from the bottom.


10. Pull the twine tight and tie the two ends together.  Trims the tails closely.  (If you used something other than waxed twine, you may want to put a dab of clear nail polish or seam sealant on the knot to secure.)



11. Repeat steps 6-10 to add the other two paper stacks to your sketchbook.


12. To mold your cover to your pages, run a hot iron over the outside of the sketchbook (using parchment paper as a press cloth) and then fold the cover to fit neatly around the pages.  (I found it helpful to use oven mitts so I could get a firm grip while the cover was still quite warm.)

I’ll bet that was a LOT easier than you thought it would be!

Next time we’ll add some way-cool finishing touches to our sketchbook.

Feb 172011

I just love how this card came out.  I kept wanting to add other colors, but it kept telling me, “No, keep it monochromatic.”  I’m glad I listened.

pink sparkle happy anniversary card

I started off by using Vintage Photo to stamp the script background from the Tim Holtz Urban Grunge clear stamp set all over the background.  I also added some Vintage Photo to the edges of the card.

After that it was pretty simple to add all the layers:

The scallop border started as a 1.25″ piece of paper from Tim Holtz’s Seasonal Paper Stash Paper Pad. I punched both long edges with the  Scallop Sentiment Border Punch (Fiskars), being careful to center the scallops.  The ribbon is Beyond Postmarks Pastel Ribbon by K & Company.
pink sparkle anniversary card close up of flowers

The flowers began their lives as Hero Arts White & Cream Art Flowers.  (**Tip** I always buy the white version of elements that I can alter myself.)

To give them their pink glitteriness, I  made my own pearlized spray.  Simply add one scoop of Perfect Pearls Heirloom Gold (the end of a craft stick works perfectly here) to a Mini Mister.  Add one dropperful of Worn Lipstick Distress Reinker.  Fill the rest of the way with water and shake well.  Spritz this on paper, flowers, or any porous surface to change the color and add a pearly sheen.  I got the different shades of pink by spritzing lightly on some flowers and more heavily on others.

Of course, you can use any color Perfect Pearls and reinker that you want!  A couple of my favorite combinations are Vintage Photo Distress Ink Reinker with Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls, and Broken China Distress Reinker with Pewter Perfect Pearls.

The final touches were to use 3/8-Inch Glue Dots and Dimensional Adhesive to add the flower to the card and top with Hero Arts 3mm and 5mm Pearls.

Feb 162011

I need to run out the door in like, eight minutes, so I have to make this quick.  On my desk today is an utter mess left from my scrapbooking session last night (if you want to know why I’m posting a pic of my desk, go here to find out.)

I haven’t scrapbooked in a couple months, so it felt good to get back to the baby pictures.  There are from 1988, when my first son was born.  Wow, if we only realized just how simple life was back then . . .


I’ll leave you with the journaling, which a classic story told over and over in our family:

We used to leave the door ajar in our ground floor studio apartment so the cats could go in and out whenever they wanted.  Moses often took advantage of this situation to bring us “gifts,”  like the bird in this photo.

One day while Sandy was changing Joshua’s diaper Moses ran in and dropped a snake in the middle of the floor.  Josh had been screaming, and now Sandy, who hates snakes, was yelling, too – begging and pleading for the cat to take the snake out.  Moses, being confused by all the fuss, took off out the door, leaving the poor little garter snake behind.

Sandy gathered up the baby and ran, blithering, across the road to fetch a neighbor to help her.  He was a kindly old gentleman who couldn’t help but chuckle as he picked up the tiny snake to bring it outside

Peace and tranquility were restored . . . until the next time Moses went hunting.

Feb 142011

I first got interested in making zipper flowers after reading an article in Craft Stylish.  It seemed like a great idea, but their method was way too much work.  Plus, I really wasn’t thrilled with the end result.

Some digging around led me to a version that had been shown on Martha Stewart, but I didn’t like that looks of that one, either, too loopy and needed a ridiculously long zipper.  (It seems that video is no longer up on the MS site, but I found it here.)  Finally, I checked out Kate Cusack’s zipper jewelry, some of it is just amazing.

After all that, I decided to buy a few zippers and fiddle around with my own design.  Below is what I came up with, and how you can make your own.  Hope you enjoy!

teal and gold zipper flower

Supplies you’ll need:

  • metal zipper anywhere from 20″ to 26″ long
  • 2″ scrap of felt
  • pin back (or barrette hardware)
  • calculator
  • ruler
  • scissors
  • hot glue gun

The first step is to cut off the bottom stop of the zipper so you can remove the pull.  Just cut between the teeth.  I wouldn’t suggest using your best scissors for this craft, btw.  😉

Remove the pull and set aside for another project or discard.  ( I have a little bowl of these and am wondering just what can I do with them?)


Now you should have two separate pieces of zipper tape; measure the length of one of these.  Don’t worry that there’s some tape without any teeth at the top of zipper, this will be covered up in our final flower.

Take your measurement and use a calculator to divide by six.  You should have a figure somewhere between 3″ and 4″.  Cut ONE of the zipper tapes into six pieces of this dimension.  These will make our six outer (larger) petals.  Set aside.

Take the length you cut the larger petals and subtract 1″.  Cut the other zipper tape into six pieces of this dimension.  These will be the six inner (smaller) petals.  This should leave you with a leftover piece that is 6″, this will become your flower center.

Here are all the pieces you’ll need:


Now we’ll glue the pieces of zipper tape into petals.  (**Note about hot gluing your flowers**  There are a LOT of layers to these flowers, and if you add too much glue in each step, they will end up too thick in the middle.  Apply just small dabs of glue, and squish it as flat as possible in each step.)

Add a dab of glue to one end of one of your petals.  Twist the other end around and glue on top, creating a loop. Make sure to squish the glue flat.



Repeat for all 12 petals.

To make the flower center, start by gluing both ends of the 6″ piece under at 45 degree angles.  (This will hide the raw edges in the finished flower.)


Roll this up, adding small dabs of glue as you go.  Roll tightly in the center and more loosely as you get towards the outer edge.


Now we’ll assemble our flower.  Cut a 2″ circle of felt (this does not have to be perfect, it’s just a gluing base.) Glue two of your larger petals to it, raw edges meeting in the center.  Don’t forget to squish the glue flat.  (To save my fingers from burns I used the end of a pair of metal scissors to do this.)


Now add two more large petals.


And the final two large petals.


Now add two small petals, meeting the raw edges in the center, and staggering the petal points between those of the larger petals.


Add two more small petals.


And the final two small petals.  You can see here that it’s quite thick, this is why we needed to keep each layer as flat as possible.


Finally, we need to add our flower center.  A word of caution here, don’t add too much glue, otherwise it will squish out and show on your finished flower.  I found that a dab slightly larger than a pea in the center of the flower, and a little glue squeezed into the bottom of the rolled up center works nicely.

When you add your center, push it down as hard and flat as you can, then hold it for a few seconds until the glue sets up.  I’ve found this gives the flowers a nice shape.  Otherwise the center stands up too tall and doesn’t look right.


Now we can add a pin back.  (Feel free to add a barrette clip or anything else instead.)  Flip your flower over, add a line of hot glue to the felt backing and press in your pin back.


Since this pin in quite heavy, and I don’t want it to ever pull off, I add another line of hot glue to either side of the pin back, making sure the glue overlaps the pin a little bit.


I trimmed away the excess felt once the glue was cooled.

And that’s it, you’re done!  Have a blast trying different colors, maybe even some of the rhinestone or funky colored zippers.  (I gotta find me a purple zipper!)

Here are a few I made in other colors:

Every time I look at this white/silver flower, I think that it would be gorgeous as part of a bridal ensemble.

white and silver zipper flower

 This is the flower I made with the directions from Craft Stylish.


yellow and gold zipper flower

blue and silver zipper flower

red and silver zipper flower

Happy crafting!

Feb 122011

So, we’ve been time traveling this week, but hold onto your hats, cuz now were zooming ahead to the end of 2009.

At that time I was frustrated at the thought of trying to get caught up in my scrapbooking.  Then I read a great article about doing “Year in Review” layouts.  Brilliant!  By doing this you can get an entire year’s high points onto one spread, get your thoughts down while you’re at it, and have those as reminders whenever you do the individual layouts.

The first and toughest step was to choose just the high points of the year, and just one or two photos for each. I finally settled on 16.

2009-year-in-review scrapbook page left

The title letters are Grungeboard Alphas, painted with Scattered Straw Distress Crackle Paint and inked with Vintage Photo Distress ink.  The numbers were glued onto Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Fragments which had been backed with pattern papers.

2009-year-in-review scrapbook page right

I had a lot of fun, playing with the theme of “time.” I used Glossy Accents in a few spots to try to get the look of watch crystals.  (Dunno that that succeeded too well.)  I wrote “Tempus Fugit” on the wings of all the butterflies, and used Tim Holtz Idea Ology Game Spinners (that look like clock hands) for their bodies.  The Sprocket Gears make one think of clock movements.

2009-year-in-review two page scrapbook layout

The Dymo Labeler gives a great, edgy look.  I’ve gotta remember to pull that out more often!

To number the photos I used the Messy Dates clear stamps (Autumn Leaves) with Black StazOn Permanent Ink.

(My apologies to the author of the “year in review” article who inspired these pages.  I think I snagged your idea AND scraplifted your layout.  I cannot find the original article in order to give proper credit.  If anyone recognizes this layout, please let me know where you saw it so I can give credit where credit is due.)

Feb 102011

We’re still time traveling in 1988.  Another simple layout that focuses on the photos, with just a few Jolee’s stickers to accent.

western-night 12x12 scrapbook page

The title was made with the Vintage Market Sizzlits Decorate Strip Die, and Vintage Photo Distress ink was used on the paper edges.

The woman in the top photo was my mother-in-law.  (I couldn’t have asked for a nicer one.)  Sadly, she passed away in 2005 and is still very much missed.

Here’s the journaling:

Calvary Baptist Church often had themed fellowship dinners.  For this western night Gary & I made the cactus by painting a sheet of foam with green spray paint, wrapping it around one of the poles in the hall and then sticking in toothpicks for the needles.

Gary also built the chuckwagon around the existing opening into the kitchen.

Rose Hathon led the “Western Night Band” which included Gary & Ray Langley on the guitar, Otie on the banjo, pastor on the piano and even a washboard & washtub bass.

Although a little silly, it was always fun to dress up in costume and gather with our church family for a meal.

February 20, 1988

Feb 092011

This week my desk shows signs of things actually getting done, (as opposed to stuff merely piling up. )  🙂

If you’re wondering why I’m posting a picture of my workdesk, go here to see the reason and to check out many other desks world wide.  It’s kinda fun to see what others are up to.


Yup, those are zippers I’m cutting up and making into flowers.  Cool, eh?  Tutorial to follow soon!

Feb 072011

I started scrapbooking in 1998, and was told to scrap the most recent layouts so the memories would be fresh.  My boys were 8 & 10 at the time and that made sense.  But now,  it’s 13 years later, and I want to do the baby pictures!

So, I’ve started. Let’s hop into our time machine and blast back to 1988:

great-expectations scrapbook page right

You might recognize the flowers from this card I made.  Those were actually leftovers from this project.

To make the flowers, I covered Grunge paper with book paper, inked with a variety of distress inks and then cut out with the Sizzix Flower Charms #2 die.  The shine you see is because I used a gloss finish Mod Podge to decoupage the papers.  I think I would have preferred a Matte Finish, but gloss is what I had.

great-expectations scrapbook page left

I know the photo with the purple dress is terrible,  but believe me, it’s a HUGE improvement over the original polaroid. Thank you, Photoshop.

great-expectations two page scrapbook layout

The title letters were cut with the Sizzix “Bounce” Sizzlits alphabet set, and the tags were made using the Sizzix red die “Scallop Tags.” (I know most of these dies are discontinued, but you can often find good deals on them on eBay or Craigslist.)

I kept the layout fairly simple, just wanting to highlight the photos and accented the papers with distress inks.  Some of the colors I used were Worn Lipstick (perfect to go with the pink jumper!), Broken China, Aged Mahogany, Shabby Shutters and Spiced Marmalade.

Feb 022011

A Valentine’s card seems appropriate for my first post in February.  This one is a lot of fun, combining many simple, yet beautiful techniques.

valentine's card with stamped and embossed hearts and perfect pearls

Believe it or not, this lovely background starts with a sheet of plain white cardstock. First, apply a mask to your background.  I used a stencil that had been hanging around for ages and sprayed the back with spray adhesive.  (Check the instructions first, many spray adhesives will become a tacky removable adhesive if applied according to the directions.)

Next, you’re going to make your own custom pearlized mist.  In a Mini Mister combine one dropper of Distress Reinker (I used Vintage Photo) and one scoop (use a craft stick) of Perfect Pearls (I used Heirloom Gold.) Fill the rest of the mister with water and replace the cap, shake well.

Now mist over your cardstock, covering completely.  You’ll get a gorgeous pearly shimmer. Blot up the excess ink with a paper towel and remove the mask.  You can use a heat tool to speed up drying, but make sure to remove your mask first.

Ink up entire card, including the masked area with distress inks (I used Worn LipstickFired Brick and Aged Mahogany.)  Ink the edges of the card with browns (Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain.)

Here’s how to make those cool, blotchy spots (it’s SO easy!)  Spritz a little water into your hand, then flick the water onto the card with your fingers.  Here’s the important part:  Let the water droplets sit on the paper for 10 secondsand then blot up with a paper towel.  Now you have cool faux bleach spots! (This works best with distress inks, they play nicely with water, not all inks do.)

valentine's card with stamped and embossed hearts and perfect pearls close up

The hearts were made by stamping a variety of flower and scroll stamps onto white cardstock with Clear Embossing Ink, then embossing with Black Soot Distress Embossing Powder.  After the embossing powder cools, color the paper with a variety of distress inks.  I used Dusty Concord, Worn Lipstick and Fired Brick.  I used the Sizzix Heart Set red die to cut several hearts from this paper. Ink the edges of all the hearts with Vintage Photo.

The gold hearts were cut with the same die, but they were painted with perfect pearls.  Again, SO easy!  Use a paintbrush to mix a small amount of perfect pearls (Heirloom Gold is what I used here) with a few drops water until you have a paint-like consistency.  Use this to paint the outer edges of your larger hearts. Sparkly. 🙂

Of course, you need to add some bling!  I only buy gems in clear, and then color them to my hearts contnet (pun intended)  with alcohol inks.  These were colored with Cranberry.  Perfect!

To finish it up, add a strip of torn music paper inked with Vintage photo and a stamped sentiment.

Oh, and here’s the inside (composed mostly of leftover scraps on my table.)

valentine's card with stamped and embossed hearts and perfect pearls, inside greeting