Sunday, September 21, 2014

Keeping it Simple and Crafty

I created this simple crafty gift set using my Silhouette Cameo and some files from my Silhouette Library.




















One file is a nail polish holder and I adapted it to hold some paint.  Then the smaller file is a chapstick holder and I used it to hold some mini gel pens.  The last file is a water bottle holder which I used to hold some paint brushes.  The possibilities for these files are endless.  Happy crafting!


Saturday, September 13, 2014

Instagram-esque Photo Filter for Scrapbooking

There are some really cool filters that people have been using on social media sites.  I was inspired to create a "real-life" filter for my scrapbooking layouts.  I created this minimalist layout using my hand-made filters.


Here is a simple tutorial on how to achieve this look.


Thanks for looking, hope you enjoy!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Back To School Waterfall Folio

How do you capture Back To School Memories?? How about using a super cool Back To School Waterfall Folio. I found a great tutorial on Pinterest so of course I had to try it out!!


Follow along with this picture tutorial and make one of your own....

 You will need 3 pieces of chipboard. Two pieces cut at 4 1/2 x 8 1/2 for the front and back cover and one piece cut at  3/4 x 8 1/2 inches for the spine. 

 Grab a piece of patterned card stock and cut at 10 1/2 x 12 inches. Score at 1 inch on 3 sides. 

 Take your chipboard and use the adhesive you like best. I used double sided tape around the edges. 

 Lay your chipboard with the adhesive side down on top of the patterned paper using the score lines as a guide. 

 I added adhesive to the chipboard and drew a line from corner to corner to make it less bulky when it is time to fold the paper around the chipboard. 

 Cut the corners off along the penciled lines you previously drew. 

 Fold in the paper over the chipboard making the cover of the book. Run your bone folder down the two inside seams which will be your spine. 

 This is how the book looks folded. 

 Cut an inside piece of patterned paper at 8 1/8 x 9 5/8 to cover the exposed chipboard. 

 This is what it looks like once you have your patterned paper adhered to the inside. 

 Take your bone folder and again go along the seam so you can easily bend the book. 

 Cut a piece of card stock at 7 3/4 x 4 inches. Make sure it coordinates in color with the patterned paper. Adhere it to the back panel of the book.

 Cut seven pieces of card stock at 4 x 4 1/2 inches. Score the card stock on the 4 inch mark on the score board. 

 I used my corner rounder to decorate the edges and added double sided tape to each scored flap. 

 Start at the top of the card stock you adhered to the back cover of the book and adhere the 7 pieces of card stock making the waterfall effect. 

 You will need 15 pieces of patterned paper cut at 3 3/4 x 3 3/4 inches. I selected 5 each of 3 pieces of patterned paper. I also used the corner rounder on 2 of the edges and distressed the edges with black ink. Adhered the paper on the front and back side of the waterfall flaps. I plan to embellish the flaps with pictures and cute sayings from the girls throughout the school year. 

 You can make a pocket for the inside left side of the book. I cut a solid piece of card stock at 5 1/2 x 4 1/2. I scored on the 5 inch and 1/2 inch side. I put the none scored side diagonally in the paper trimmer to give it the pocket effect. I cut a piece of patterned paper slightly smaller to place on the front of the pocket. 

 Here is the inside with the pocket attached. 

 I added a couple embellishments to jazz up the pocket.

 I cut out 3 tags using the CTMH Artiste cricut cart. I added strips of patterned paper, free hand doodling and ribbon to the tags. 

 Up close of the pocket and tags. 

 Up close of the water fall and patterned paper used. 

 Here is the embellished cover. I left a mat to add my girls 2014 school picture. 

 I folded this cool striped ribbon to add some flair to the cover. I love the paper and embellishments. I used CTMH Chalk It Up paper and embellishments as well as some polka dot washi tape. 

 This is a fun pocket holding the tags. The words celebrate school encouragement!! The tags can be easily used for bookmarks. 

Now its your turn to get your Waterfall Folio making on!!! Happy Crafting!! 

Monday, September 8, 2014

SOC Blogger Challenge: A Look at Back-to-School Projects

Hi everyone! Normally I would post a new challenge today, but decided to wait until next week to give everyone who wanted the chance to catch up to do so. I know how it is sometimes...so many projects, not enough time, lol. So here are links to our challenges from the last month:

Week 34: Back to School
Week 35: Anything Goes
Week 36: This or That  

So if you wanted to create and share a project for one (or more) of these challenges the first time around, or have a second project to share, come out and join us! We'd love to see your creations!

Now on to this week's Look Back, the "Back to School" challenge in week 34:


Michele shared this great tag over in the Blogger's Challenge forum! I just love her layered/collage style!


Treva created this great layout capturing a weekend of school shopping with her daughter! Be sure to stop by her blog to read more about this page and the elements she included in the design!

Thanks to these ladies for participating in this challenge! Want to have your project featured here like Treva and Michele's? It's easy! Simply post a link in the comments section below, in the gallery link above, or in SOC's blogger's challenge forum for those projects and you may see your creation featured here next time! Thank you for stopping by today. Have a great week!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Putting Left Overs To Good Use

If you have not joined Scraps of Color what are you waiting for?  If you are on Scraps of Color and are not joining an event you are missing a lot of excitement!  I recently joined a few swaps and the ladies are creating awesome high end projects!  First let me share what I've been working on.  My inspiration started with Tiare's Art Party.  Although late coming in, I was determined to make it.  This canvas journal was left over from a kit.   The cover was painted and I selected paper to stamp a few clocks, used modeling paste with a brick template on the middle left, sprayed some Tattered Angels mist all over and distressed the edges.

Inspiration Sept 3
Inspiration Sept 3 2

Check out the back cover, which was inspiration from my blog Papercrafting Paradise.  Guess what?  There are 16 pages in all so you know a Sistah is inspired to complete it right?  I used watercolor pencils with this one.  It seemed a little difficult even with a coat of Gesso.  Maybe I'll try the acrylic paints on my next page.

Let me go back to what I was telling you earlier, because it all started with this blank canvas by Recollections.  I participated in the Altered Prima Journal swap and my partner Tia B's color was pink.  This kit had lots of pink and cute chipboard embellishments to work with.  Everything was used except the canvas journal.  So do you think I put the left over canvas in good use? 
By the way, this was the Altered Prima Journal made for Tia B.  Kevin Hart may say "Turn it Up", I say pull out those kits and "Use it Up"!

Thanks for stopping by, 
Princess

Friday, September 5, 2014

SOC Featured Blogger





Back in 2012, our SOC founder, Classygirl introduced a wonderful feature highlighting bloggers that are active online and in the the SOC community. This popular feature is back, continuing to spotlight inspiring sistah bloggers who update regularly with wonderful creative projects.

Our new featured blogger for 2014 is Felisa Montee. She is active in SOC's monthly creative challenges as well as in the Blogger Challenges. However, Felisa is gifted in many different crafts in addition to scrapbooking. Continue reading to learn more about this great crafter and blogger.

Felisa Montee

Family: I am married to Gail. We don’t have any kids together, but we have five grand-kids together. Gail has three kids and I have three, with Jalen being the only one still in high school.

How long have you been blogging? And what inspired you to start your blog? I have been blogging since 2009. I was inspired to blogging when I really got into YouTube videos. At the time it seemed like everyone blogging did videos. Now I only blog because I don’t have the time or energy to do a video.

You're at a tropical island retreat. Besides your basic crafting kit (photos, cardstock, trimmer/scissors, and adhesive), you're allowed only three extra craft items/types of items. What would be your three must haves? I would have to have my Cricut Explore machine, some bling, and stamps. 
Cruise Time
What are your favorite projects to create and share on your blog? I seem to be one of those crafters that is all over the place. One minute I love making cards and the next Layouts, embroidery, mini albums and altering things. 
Family Shirts for the Cruise
Describe your blog in 20-25 words. I never thought I was a creative person and my family seems to enjoy the things I make so I will continue to create for them and show to the world. 

Wedding Mini

Well, Felisa I would like to thank you for sharing with your family and with all of us today! Be sure to visit her blog, The ScrapinDiva to see more of Felisa's projects!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Hello Sunshine!

 Hey loves!   Kimberly here, and today, I'm sharing a 12 × 12 layout I started and set aside some time ago...just another UFO (unfinished object) until came I across some adorable accents on clearance at Michaels (yes, I am addicted to that aisle).  Instead of creating something new for you, I decided to finish redo this page featuring my little boo boo when she was about 8 months old.


Just look at that smile!  This page is all about the embellishments, they add whimsy, color and texture, making the layout fun and cute, just like her. I love some patterned papers, but I chose subtle polka dot and chevron ones here, so the photo and accents really pop.



Martha Stewarts's die cut doilies layered with the stitched circle sentiments add a touch of vintage flair.


This is my first time using wood veneer embellies and I can't wait to get more!  If you try them, I would suggest ones that are loose in the package and not adhered to anything, as they are fragile and break easily when trying to remove them.


Lovin' the added dimension and texture.


Do you have any UFOs that need finishing?  Maybe just the right accents will give you the look you want.  Dig through that stash or find some new, discounted embellies to add your signature flair!

Supplies not mentioned above
Patterned Paper: Recollections
Felt flowers: Recollections

See you next time!

Hugs,

Kimberly


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