Thursday, February 15, 2018

Crafty Storage and it's Red!

a Canvas Corp Brands CREW project

Hello everyone, just a little sneak peek at a project I just completed for the Canvas Corp Brands CREW.  I had this paper mache pitcher and decided it would be the perfect holder for my stencil brushes. I used the luscious DIY and Decor Paint in Scarlet to transform it to fit into my crafty space.  Yep, you guessed it I use white with red accents anytime I can in my space.  Red is my happy color.  I hope you'll pop on over to the Canvas Corp blog to check out the full post and see how I did what.  As always I'll also have a full video of the process and the after photos.  Thanks so much for stopping by and don't forget Canvas Corp Brands is based right here in the USA and if you place a minimum $10 order in the USA shipping is free, yep you heard me right free.  So jump on over there and check out the fabulous offerings they have.  Be sure and hit the NEW button since new 2018 items are being added weekly and you sure wouldn't want to miss out on any of the yumminess available for your crafty hands!  You can see the full blog post, video link and how to steps and photos HERE

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Monday, February 5, 2018

Photo Play's Love Notes - Chipboard Mini Album

a Country Craft Creations Design Team

Today I'm sharing a fun collection from Photo Play called Love Notes.  Even though it's primary use is for Valentines I've designed this mini to be used for any special family photos or occasion.  You won't find the word Valentine inside anywhere.  But, you will find lots of opportunities to showcase those special ones you love.

I couldn't resist using the Pigs Flying paper.  OMG they are just so darn cute.  I tried lots of options for the closure of the book including the two metal rings which were included.  I finally opted for two lacings of three of the colored seam binding from the Country Craft Creations store.  I love the scrunchy look (achieved by wetting the seam binding, scrunching it up and allowing to dry)

The book is constructed of 8 premade chipboard album pages measuring 6x6" not including the tabs.  

As is typical in most of my mini's the two adjoining pages match with corresponding paper and elements to provide a good flow from one page to the other.  I've used a lot of Stickles and Glossy Accents throughout the book to give lots of glitter and glitz as you turn the pages.

Because I also had the sticker sheet I incorporated as many as I could here and there throughout the book.  One way to keep the bulk down, which I've used numerous times within, is to ink around the edge with a permanent black marker.  This gives the illusion of another sheet of black without the weight. You can see how nice this looks on the Kisses tab above.

There are belly bands and pockets and frames to add numerous photos and notes within the pages.  Lots of room to capture those wonderful moments for generations to come.  You can see how I trimmed around the hanging hearts to create the cute pocket above.  I backed the top edge of the cut out with heavy packing tape before cutting the decorative edge.  This gives a smooth flow in and out of the pocket and also strengthens that top edge.

Please join me on the video for a complete walk through and lots more photos.  Thanks so much for stopping by today and have a fun crafty day playing in your own crafty space.

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Thursday, January 25, 2018

Country Kitchen Mini Album

a Country Craft Creations design team project

Carta Bella collection, Country Kitchen, has lent itself wonderfully to my new mini.  Tammy Merrill from Country Craft Creations supplied me with the majority of the goodies to make this album.  I hope you'll take away some inspiration for one of your next minis.

This is an 8" square mini constructed with medium weight chipboard and covered with black Artisan cardstock along with decorative papers and elements from the Carta Bella Country Kitchen collection.

I included two extra sides to this mini so that the pages are completely enclosed when snapped shut (magnets hold the front securely as well as holding different pages and elements shut within the book)  You can easily do this to any mini you're making by adding an additional spine on the right hand side and a skinnier front piece to magnetize all together.  My front strip measures 8"x1 1/4"

This mini includes six hinges with 1/2" gussets between each.  Three sections are made using cut out oval frames from my Cricut and decorative edge elements on the flip page.  

This is the backside.  Once the photos are in place all the edges around the frames can be securely glued to keep the photos snugly in place.  You can see the decorative edge cut on the Farm to Table page, this was also made using my Cricut.

The frame sections are tri-folds, as shown above, this allows for lots of room for photos or if you're showcasing the great cooks of your family, recipes. 

The additional three sections either have pockets, belly bands, flip outs, or tuck ins.  It's a great amount of real estate for those family cookbook favorite photos.  The paper is so darling I think the animals, pigs, cows and chickens just make you smile.

Side pockets lend themselves to tuck in books this one will hold two 5" square photos on the inside.  The little bags are perfect journaling spots for memories you want to pass on for years to come.

Clustering 3-5 elements cut from the collection provides fun pockets for mats and photos.  I always like to remind crafters when you create pockets this way to secure the back side with some wide tape, this provides a nice smooth surface from sliding things in and out of the pocket.  No snaggy edges to catch on.

When using a belly band I always like to include some sort of stopper at the bottom to prevent photos and mats from sliding all over the place.  Here I've used the cute little farmhouse.

There's lot of fun stuff inside these pages so I hope you'll join me on the video for a complete walk through with lots more photos.  Have a great crafty day my friends!

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