Archive for September, 2008

Take note…

September 27, 2008

This week’s craft is a great one for those little people that love to write. A first grader or up could make this craft, but it would be a fun thing to add to any little one’s play area. Just think of the possibilities… in a kitchen for menu writing or order taking, in a grocery store for list writing or letting you know what number order is up, playing school, as a score pad for board games or card games, notes on a bedroom door, etc…

For this project you will need:

  • Stampendous’s Clipboard Combo (3 piece set)
  • patterned paper
  • coordinating solid paper
  • scissors
  • glue stick
  • paper files
  • craft wire
  • pencil
  • ribbon in coordinating colors (I used three different ones)
  • scrap paper for note taking

 Begin by taking one of the clipboards out and remove the clip. Turn your patterned paper over and trace the clipboard on the back of the pattern you wish to see. Trace the clipboard again, but this time on the coordinating solid color. Cut both out. Using your glue stick, adhere the papers to the front and back of the clipboard. Use your scissors to trim around the edges to create a clean edge.

Your final touch will be to file the edges of your paper into the chipboard. I often use this method when working with chipboard as I feel that it helps the paper, glue and chipboard all

become one piece and, hopefully, be less likely to pull away from each other later. Using your file on one of the clipboard sides, file in a downward motion pushing the paper into the edge of the chipboard. Continue all the way around and then turn the clipboard over and continue on the opposite side.

 Now you will cut off a long piece of the craft wire. On the largest of the clipboards, I chose to punch holes in the outside corners instead of relying on the clip for the wire. I wound the ends of the wire around a pencil to create a loopy look to each of the ends. All you have to do is wrap the wire around the pencil and then slide it off. Then I pressed down on the loops for a flat look. With the 2 smaller boards, Bailey chose to make the entire wire loopy and then we pulled it out to elongate the wire and then flattened it. She also chose to have the wire directly attached to her clip as you can see here. When you attach the wire to the clipboard, just make sure that all the ends are tucked in safely. I used some pliers and after attaching it I pressed the ends in and then ran my fingers over the edges to make sure it was smooth.

All you have left is adding those cute ribbons to the wire. I chose to have lots and lots of little ties all across the top of mine, but Bailey chose to only have three on each of the smaller clipboards. It is all up to you and what your preference is.

Add some scrap papers and enjoy! Bailey is using hers to play school right now!

Happy Crafting!

Tara

 

 

 

 

Thankful

September 25, 2008

For the new Autumn Leaves Jenni Bowlin Thankful singleton journaling stamp (think fun and cheap).

For Pink Paislee’s new Vintage Moon collection (especially the striped paper with the gorgeous scalloped edge).

For Bazzill Yam cardstock (if you haven’t seen this color, it’s a must for fall projects!).

These three combine beautifully! I’m mulling over a layout idea, but in the meantime I threw together a cute tag – I’m thinking about putting one of these out at every place setting at the Thanksgiving table, asking everyone to write down what they’re thankful for,  and then joining them all together with ribbon or a binder ring for a quick and easy Thanksgiving keepsake.

I also created a card with the same three products, using just the image and word part of the stamp, punching it out and inking the edges, and attaching it with a pop dot:

Now I just have to wait two months to use these! 🙂

Think Pink!

September 24, 2008

We are ‘days’ away from our 2nd annual Scrap Pink event here in Denver. Have you signed up? There is now ‘single’ day options for you to take advantage of for $45.

Dates:  September 26th – 28th – see all the information here.

You can stay at home and crop with us on Saturday or Sunday 9-6 for only $45, including a $10 donation to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Or, for $85, crop 9-midnight on Saturday and join us for a delicious dinner buffet. The day options do come with goody bags, prize drawings, make-n-takes and the fun of spending the day with your friends – all for a good cause.

In the store: We are holding a silent auction with tons of goodies. Come by and take a look at the offerings and put your silent bid in for a chance to win. Portions of the proceeds will go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. The auction ends October 5, so get in soon!

Take a peek at some of the items:

An autographed copy of Lisa Bearnson’s book: 50 Moments – The Pages That Matter Most

A wine bottle holder to take to your next dinner party – designed by: Houston

A Teresa Collins Bind-It-All mini book (just add photos) – designed by: Rachel

A Tim Holtz Ideology Charm Necklace – ready to wear – that we brought back from CHA.

Come by for a visit to see what else you can bid on!

We look forward to seeing you,

Rachel


Celebrity Instructor coming to Scrapbook Destination!

September 23, 2008


We won a national contest with PaperCrafts magazine, and our prize is a class on World Cardmaking Day, October 4, from a PaperCrafts Pro. Alisa Bangerter will be here to teach a class from 1-2 with three cards (and lots of goodies and giveaways). We’re awarding seats by lottery, and you can come to the store to sign up. If you win, we’ll call and ask if you’re still able to come; if you want a seat we’ll charge you $20, but you get that $20 back in a gift card the day of the class. It’s essentially FREE!

To celebrate World Cardmaking Day we’ll also have FREE make-n-takes from 10-12 and 3-5 on October 4th, so come by and join the fun.

Sunday Sketch

September 21, 2008

With so many of the new paper lines we saw at CHA finally making there way to the store, my brain has been full of ideas on how to use them. Here’s the sketch for this week…

Rachel and I share an affection for polka-dots and we’re both in love with the polka dots in the Pop Culture line from Pink Paislee, combine it with some fun swiss dot paper from Bazzil and it’s scrappy heaven.

Keeping your place

September 20, 2008

This week at our school is the Scholastic Book Fair and what goes better with new books than a personalized bookmark? This fun clear bookmark is a craft better suited to the older student (3rd grade and up) or younger if well supervised and assisted by a parent.

For this project you will need…

  • a patterned paper scrap
  • a solid coordinated paper scrap
  • a die cutting machine or letter stencil and scissors
  • small punches of differing shapes or confetti
  • iron on vinyl or clear contact paper
  • crop-a-dile and an eyelet
  • string in a coordinating color

Using the die cutting machine or your letter stencils create your child’s name in the patterned paper. I chose to back my letters just to make them stand out a little more, but you do not have to. Next punch out lots of little shapes or you can use confetti to add some interest to the bookmark.

Cut a piece of vinyl 8 inches wide by 8 inches long. With the backing still in place, fold the vinyl in half and crease. Peel back the backing only up to the crease that you made. Place the letters in order on the sticky part of the vinyl. Because the vinyl is clear, it does not matter if you choose to work with the letters upside down and backwards or if the letters are right side up at this point. Once the letters are in order, scatter your confetti around the name. Peel the rest of the backing off the vinyl and carefully fold back over the letters to seal the letters inside. Using your fingers, make sure to smooth out any little winkles or air pockets.

Your iron should be on a medium high setting and ready to use at this point. Place a dish towel down on a hard surface and lay your bookmark on top of it. Fold the dish towel over the bookmark so that you have the bookmark covered top and bottom by the towel. Iron over the area of the bookmark using a lot of pressure. This should only take 20 seconds total. Lift up the top of the dish towel. You will probably have to peel the bookmark from the towel. Please do not leave the vinyl to cool on the towel or your bookmark could become part of the towel. =)

Let the bookmark cool. It should only take a minute at most. Trim your bookmark to a size that pleases you making sure your edges are straight.

Using the crop-a-dile create an eyelet hole at the top of the bookmark and fill with an eyelet. Cut your stings and pull through the hole and tie to create the tassel.

Pick up a fabulous book and start reading. When you need a break, you have your newly created bookmark to hold your place.

Enjoy! Happy craftin’

Tara

 

 

When you are too busy…

September 19, 2008

What do you do when your plate gets so full and you forget to do a couple of things? You buy yourself a planner. Or in this case, you buy a notebook with a plain kraft cover (I got mine from Staples).

You want to make it cute so you go to your word processing program or your photo editing program and pick a phrase you’d like to use on the front. Pick something that motivates you. Enter the text into a text box that is just a little bit smaller than the notebook cover, play with the text, make sure it all fits. Print it off and then carefully attach with removeable tape to the front of your notebook cover. Once it’s attached, take a pen and trace the outside of the letters. You’ll have to press really hard, but as you are tracing, you’ll be “debossing” the letters onto the cover your notebook. Make sure you trace ALL the letters, or you’ll be running into some issues later on :)…

When you have traced your phrase, carefully remove the paper. If you’ve pressed hard enough, you’ll be able to see your indentation pretty easily. Pick some paint colors and a small brush and start painting your letters, it’s OK if you don’t get it perfect, that adds to the charm. I left some of my letters unpainted for a cool effect. Once the paint is really dry, you can outline with a pen. I then used some Glossy Accents/Diamond Glaze and covered each letter, it makes for a neat effect, kind of like bubble letters only tougher. Let that dry, don’t touch it! You can add more accents, like the butterfly and the extra stamps, or you can just leave it be. This is what you come up with, pretty cute huh? You will want to use it to become organized. The only thing left to start writing in it. Something I forgot to do and that’s why this post is late. I apologize for that.

I will be donating a similar notebook for ScrapPink’s auction this coming weekend. Now you know how to make it, but if you bid on it, you won’t have to!

Oh, and I need to write that down!

🙂

Presenting Prima…

September 17, 2008

Of course we have had them in the store BUT you have to come see the new ones!  These were the only photos I could capture today before my battery screamed “change battery pack” – oops.  As my 2nd charged battery is back at home mocking me in the charger – ARGH!

 

These beauties range in ALL colors just in time for autumn, Halloween, winter and so much more!  We even have some with maps on them. 

 

And take a look at these: They are called Festive White.  I can already see some stamping on these, emblossing, inking, chalks, you name it!

Cheers to a ‘flowerful’ day,

Rachel

Home Decor with Houston

September 16, 2008

Give Thanks Shadowbox Wreath

Hi everyone, I had planned to blog about this project today, but after repeated requests I will be teaching it as a class instead.  The class will be on Tuesday, October 14th at 6pm and I will hold it again on Saturday, October 25th at 1pm.  Call the store to sign up now at 303-779-0024.

Happy Early Autumn,

Houston

Sweet Outdoor Guy Seeking A Crafty Gal

September 15, 2008

Nature loving Guy Seeks A Crafty Gal to share long hikes and nights under the stars.  Looking for a woman who is  natured,  loving, and who is a

I am a warm hearted guy,

I  . 

 I would be  to meet you in person.

Signed,

Mr. Campy

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Star of the latest paper line from Cosmo Cricket.