Monday, August 18, 2014

SOC Bloggers Challenge: Back to School

Hi everyone! Hope you had a great weekend, complete with some time in your craft space! It's hard to believe that the summer is almost over, and the college students are already heading back to campus! Our children here have a couple more weeks of vacation, then its back to the books for them as well. So this week's blogger challenge is: 

Back to School (with an optional twist)

School bells will be ringing soon, so the challenge is to create pages, cards, mixed media or altered art, or other creations for your favorite student or teacher! If you would like to create something with pics from your own school days, feel free to share those projects too! But did someone mention an optional twist?? Well yes I did! The twist, if you choose to try it, is to include at least one "school supply" item on your project! (For example, shaped paper clips, brads, decorative scissors--you know, all that stuff we pine over in the stores this time of year!) However, whether or not you create with the twist is totally up to you!

After you finish your page and post it to your blog, add a direct link to your creations in the comment section below, to the Bloggers Challenge forum over on SOC, or in the gallery so we can find your creations easily! From all of the projects posted, you will have the opportunity to have your creation/blog featured here, and on the SOC Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter pages! (Please note that only blogs with the SOC Badge displayed will be posted.) 

Our "Look Back" feature will return next week with a look at projects from our Sisters and Girlfriends challenge, so stop by next Monday to check them out! Until then, hope you will join us as we go "Back to School" this week! Take care, and happy crafting! 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Back to School Digi

Wow! Can you believe it is that time already?  Back to School!!!!! 

Here are a few digital elements that can be used as overlays, titles, frames, etc.  Just a little something to help mark the occasion.  Hope you enjoy! (As always free for personal, not commercial use.)

Here a few ideas of what you can do with them...

Monday, August 11, 2014

SOC Bloggers Challenge: Sisters and Girlfriends

Happy Monday everyone! Hope all of you had a creative and fun weekend! I'm here to share this week's blogger challenge, so let's get started! The theme is/are:

Sisters and Girlfriends

Both National Sisters Day and National Girlfriends Day are in this month, so the blogger's challenge this week is to make pages, cards, and other crafty projects celebrating these wonderful relationships and connections in your life. 

I took a little break from posting here last week, but the SOC bloggers have been burning the midnight oil with our challenges the last couple of weeks! So check out these great projects!

First, Michele submitted this cool ATC card as part of our "Going in Circles" challenge from week 29. I love all of the fabulous vintage elements she used here! 

Next, Princess created this beautiful wall hanging to share during our "Anything Goes" challenge! If you haven't visited her blog lately, be sure to stop by to check out this post  to view this and other great projects!

Treva made this fun scrapbook page for the same challenge! I really like the grid pattern layout and the star accents!

Finally, Trina shared this card over on the Bloggers Challenge forum! Yes, the image was done right over dictionary paper! Be sure to stop by her blog, Trina Makes Stuff to read more on her inspiration behind this dazzling card!

Thanks to these ladies for participating in all the challenges! So are you interested in sharing a project from a past challenge? It's not too late! Just post a direct link in the comments section below, in the gallery link above, or in SOC's blogger's challenge forum. But I hope you'll come out to celebrate sisters and girlfriends with us this week too! Have a great day and Happy Crafting!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Room Decor - Dry Erase Fun

How often do you create home decor items? Me not so much but I am loving all the ideas I see out there which had me excited to try a Dry Erase Frame! With school soon to be in session I figured this would be a good way to communicate since I am at work prior to my girls going to school. 

It all begins with a Dollar Store frame!! Here is my Dollar store haul...

I didn't check out the back when I bought them and got home to a glued frame. I used my exacto knife to cut along one edge to remove the designed paper. 

Here is one of the finished frames. Design wise I thought of it as a 8 x 10 scrapbook layout and decorate the page accordingly. I really like the Julie Nutting stamps so I decided to make them the focal point on both of the Dry Erase Frames. 

 I stamped the image on Colonial White card stock. 

 I repeated stamping the image on different pieces of patterned paper so I could paper piece the dress and hair bow. 

 You can see how I pieced the belt around the waist of the dress.

I colored her hair and body with ShinHan Touch Twin markers now available through CTMH. (you see I was testing out browns for the body in the right hand top corner).

Here is a close up. I added some embellishments to jazz up the page. A little line doodling, my daughters name using the CTMH Artiste cricut cart, a border and some bling. The paper is CTMH Scaredy Cat. 

I made another one for my daughter Aria. This one I colored the entire image and added some random flower stamping to the wrap she is wearing. The paper is CTMH Chalk It Up.

 Here is the finished product. I again used the Artiste cart for the name. The fun colorful stickers are complimentary stickers that go with the Chalk it Up paper packet. 

This is a fun gift giving idea using any type of frame. It was totally economically feasible. The dry erase works like a charm and will be a great means of communication for my little princesses and I. 

If you haven't made one of these frames I challenge you to get to it!! Next on my list is a weekly menu board using the 3rd frame you saw in my Dollar Store haul photo. 

Happy Crafting!! Shalana Glass -

Friday, August 8, 2014

DIY: Washi Tape

Hello Crafty One's Deirdre here today with you today a tutorial involving things you already have around the house to make the every so popular Washi Tape.  I think that no matter how much you own, you will come across a project that involves this tape and you don't have the exact pattern or color you need???  Well for me I have this big for passion with wording, so for this project I am sharing a quick and easy way to make my favorite.

TOOLS: an old book, scotch tape a spatula or something similar that will aide in slow lifting

Pick a section and the length of tape you want to make and smooth it to the surface of the page torn from the book, keeping the end affixed to the spatula (this is mr Cricut spatula)

Pulling back slowly you will lift in the opposite direction so that the first layer of paper lifts off onto the tape

As you see I lifted off slow enough to have a transparent effect

Although a little sticky I added some glue to the back.  You use wet or dry adhesive before attaching it to your project

I made a little project life card and attached it in place

Add your photo or written note and you done.  The look of the DIY Washi is an awesome additon

Now you could do this with all the scraps we tend to have left over, think about the scraps of your favorite piece of paper...just a thought, I see your wheels
I want to thank you for "creating something handmade" with me.

Deirdre Smith,

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Organization works when you're in a hurry!

I came across this pastel paper pad by K&Company and all I had left were a few stickers and die cuts.  The patterned paper on the front and back cover of this mini is from the cover page of the paper pad.  I used it's entirety!  I used all the die cuts on each page.  What helped me with the rest is that all my embellishments were organized by color so I went straight to each bag and pulled it all together.  

I'm working on some organization tips.  Before I go to another project I clean my area.  When I've just about used all my embellishments, I may have a few left.  Instead of putting it in the package I color code everything.  It makes it easy to find and put together especially when I'm making mini albums.
 The purple rosette lace was already cut and fit just nicely on the page.
Look at all the tags for photos and journaling.  I even added a strip to make a border...No paper left behind.
 Look at the pink fiber...My last from my Webster Pages stash.  It fit perfect on the flap.
 The pink rattles are so old I can't begin to tell you how long it's been, but it found a place on the pages.
 And my last stash of lavender lace fiber by Recollections.  Let it go and use it up!

Do you have a system or organization tip you practice when you need to create a project in a hurry?  I would love to hear it, because I have several impromptu request and could use the advice.

Come on and help a Sistah out!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Back to School Pixie!

Hello SOC friends!  I hope you are enjoying a sweet summer...I know some kids are already back in school and mine only have a few short weeks left, so I am getting all their supplies together now!  Now-a-days, all the notebooks are supposed to be plain and simple, but I like to put a little handmade surprise in the backpack for each one of my babies.

Today, I'm sharing with you a mini sketch pad I altered for my tween.  This little fairy pixie is from Whimsiedoodles, isn't she adorable?   I knew she would be the perfect digistamps for this project.

I picked up a couple of notepads from the $1 spot at Target and  pulled out some ribbon, papers and my Copic Sketch Markers to match.

Some strips of ribbon softens up all those metal rings :)

I don't know about you, but coloring the hair gives me a fit.  After searching the Internet, I came across this detailed tutorial by Lydia Boode and I love her technique, so I am sharing here.   I added a little coordinating pen to to go with the pad.

 This little notebook is just the right size for my budding artist to carry with her in the car, to school and more.  Hope my girl likes it!

Do you make something special for your kids' first day/week of school?

Supplies used:  Cardstock: DCWV Nana's Kids; Ribbon; Mostly from Michaels $1 Bin;  Digistamp:; Pen; Staples; Copics: Hair E15, E37, E79, E25; Pencil Y32, Y35, Y38; Pencil tip Y32 Pencil Eraser R20, R43; Skin E00, E13, E15; Dress R20, V06, V17; Shoes and headband G20, G24.

Thanks for stopping by!


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