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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Getting Warmer???

  I saw signs of Spring this week with a few robins outside our windows. What a nice way to start a week. It has turned colder but I think it will be getting warmer soon.
  I have been working on a new technique which I did learn about awhile ago from a class I took from Jeanette at Stamped Designs in New Hampshire. I had forgotten all about this until my sister, Chris, at Calla Lily Studio showed me a project she had been working on incorporating the technique. It is coloring micro fine glitter with Copic Markers using stickers from Elizabeth Crafts Designs.
 Here is my finished work.                        
Love the sparkly look of this technique.

  The black lines you see of this design is the sticker part from Elizabeth Crafts Designs. She has black lines, gold lines, and I believe silver lines in her designs. This link to the video showing you how to do this technique is awesome. The lady does an excellent job of showing how to do this work and do it easily. Coloring Glitter
   My sister at Calla Lily Studio has an example of what she has done with this technique at Calla Lily Studio Blog
   The sheets of stickers are only $2.00 each. The Micro Fine Glitter you can purchase for around 5.00. The double sided adhesive sheets are around 8.00. You might give it a try, if you are looking to do something a little different. 

Smash Wallet Mini-Album

  The other project that I finished was this Wallet Smash Mini-Album. I think that is what the gal doing the video called it. I love it. You can slip this into your pocketbook and haul it out with pictures of your kids, trip, or grandchildren. It really can be used for anything. And it is so easy to make. It didn't take me any time to put it together. She is over at Papercraft Button . This is a link to the video she does on this project. She does a great job explaining each step. Papercraft Button  
    Here is a look on the inside.
There are pockets for photos and journaling. 
  I am quite proud that I have gotten so many projects done.
   Another project I have pretty well completed is my 6x6 wedding album for my son's upcoming wedding. I want to put in pictures from the time leading up to the wedding and any pictures I take from the bridal shower and rehearsal dinner. I want to purchase an actual wedding album from their photographer, but this album will be my pictures. I loved making it.
Wedding Album
   I used the hidden hinge system to put the pages
in the album. I had purchased wedding paper
at Michael's in South Portland. I had alot of embellishments left over from  when I did my own scrapbook on my wedding. Ginger,over at My Sister's Scrapper, has a video series on making this album. She does an excellent job on her directions. Here is the link: Pocket Page Mini-Album
This album does take a little time and lots of designer paper. I would purchase a collection of paper; either 6x6, 8x8, or even a 12 x 12 pack. It is wicked fun to see what collections are out there and which one you want to use. You really need to think about what pictures you will be putting in the album because this will probably effect the design of the album and what embellishments you want to use.
Tags slide into a pocket.

A little attached tag to put tags behind.

A fold out 

Waterfall photo album attached to back page. 

Each page has a pull out photo mat in the side pocket.

Loved the wedding design paper.
   I used magnets to make sure some of the pockets or flip pages
stayed in place. You put these in before you add the design paper.
You also use a ton of scor-pal tape or any other double sided tape.
   Wow! Another project done.. What shall I do next? I think I am going to make an Explosion Box. My sister, Rochelle, over at Creative Corner Studio found the directions to making it and we all chipped in to buy the directions. Both my sisters have made this box, so it is my turn. 
  I can't start it until I get back from Disney. Yes...we are going again. This time with Chris, Tom, and my mother. We are excited to be leaving the cold and heading towards the warmth. My sister , Phillis, will be joining us for a few days. She lives outside Tampa. Love seeing her. Can't wait. I always clean my craftroom up before I go, so it will be ready when I get back. Here are a few pics of a pretty clean craftroom.
 So it is off to Florida. Many thanks to our house sitter, who gives us peace of mind while we go and have some fun. I hope it doesn't snow while we are gone. 


  1. Wow! All your projects are beautiful! I love your beautiful wedding album! After all those projects...how did you get your craft room so clean?

  2. Hi Connie, you and Chris are such a talented pair, I love all of the projects you both do. Thanks for all the inspiration.
    Rene from OZ xo

  3. All looks wonderful. Have a great trip. Give my greetings to your Mama!!