Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Constellations Matchbox Library

Welcome to my "little" stop on the Club Scrap Constellations Blog Hop.

Miniature books made using Club Scrap Constellations papers and stamps.
Miniature handmade books displayed in a matchbox.
I seem to be a "little" obsessed with miniature handmade books this month! It's like I'm "seein' stars" when I think of these mini book projects. The small scale galaxy print on the Constellations 8.5x11" White Text Weight Print (CST) was ideal for wrapping the covers. The smaller images on the Constellations Unmounted Stamps worked well for decorating for the front covers and inside pages.

Each mini book has its own special features.

It all started when I made this mini pamphlet stitch book to fit inside the 2-1/2 x 1-1/2" matchbox I had in my stash. (If you're interested in assembly instructions, check out the link for details.) I don't want to bore you with duplicate info, so I'm going to let the pictures do the talking.

I guess it just wasn't in the stars for me to create only one mini book.

For book #2, I created the world's smallest spiral bound notebook complete with a tiny library card holder attached to the inside cover.

Spiral binding created with needle, waxed linen thread, and wooden dowel.

Last, but not cute is this tiny book with a nook built inside? I even got to incorporate the Constellations theme with a tiny bottle of glitter "star dust" inside!

Below, a few visuals of the mini nook book construction.

Wrapped outside book cover. Nook made with matte board cut to fit inside.
Wrapped book nook piece is glued to the inside back cover.

I think the Nook Book may be my favorite!

It looks like I have a good start on a mini matchbox library. It will be fun to make more mini books with other Club Stamp Prints to add to my collection.

Talk about "light" reading!!! Ha!

Next on the hop is the lovely and talented Shona at Shona Scraps. Be sure to check out what she is up to with the Constellations Kit.

Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Club Scrap Reunion Blog Hop

Welcome to my stop on the Club Scrap December Reunion Blog Hop.

I've created a unique altered color-block scrapbook page with Reunion Printed Papers and acrylic paint. The wash adds a neat aged effect to the collaged prints.

Start by covering a sheet of 12x12 Brown Plain with sections cut from Reunion Prints. This is a perfect way to use paper scraps if they are large enough.

Create a paint wash by mixing a splash of water with brown acrylic paint.

Spread onto the page until the desired paint-washed effect is achieved. Wipe away any excess moisture with a rag. (The quicker the better!)

Set aside to dry. Place a weight on top of the page to prevent curling from moisture while drying. Add photos, a page title and some coordinating ribbon. Tah dah!

Next on the Reunion Hop is the truly creative Cathy at The Artful Gamut.

I hope you had a joyous holiday season!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Club Scrap Holiday Blog Hop

Welcome to my stop on the Club Scrap Holiday Blog Hop!

I used to think it was fun to be a kid at Christmas, but now I know it's even more fun having a kid at Christmas! The pictures I took of Marilee last year show just that. She was so excited to open her presents and this layout preserves that moment for me.

I used the I'll Be Gnome for Christmas Collection for this 12x12" Christmas Morning page. It features wallet-sized photos and a Christmas tree embellishment made from the Gnome Cutaparts and stamped paper scraps.

Here is a bit about how Santa's Elf put this page together.

1. Hand cut a tree trunk from Dark Green and attach a paper strip to create a base for the tree measuring 10" from the base of the trunk to the top. Run adhesive along the strip.

2. Center the 5.5" "Merry Christmas" cutapart to the bottom of the strip.

3. Center additional strips onto the Green base until it is filled. Alternate with colored papers and portions of the printed cutaparts. Don't worry about the edges aligning perfectly until the next step.

4. Trim the tree at an angle from the outside edge of the "Merry Christmas" cutapart to the top of the Dark Green strip. You may find it helpful to identify the center of the Dark Green strip; trim to 3/4" to the left and right of the center mark.

5. Rotate the tree to place it upside down into the trimmer and repeat alignment process to create the same angle on the other side of the tree.

Bottom corner of the cutapart is on the edge of the blade.
Tree top center line at .75" from blade

6. To finish the tree, matte with Dark Green and attach a hand-cut star.

Next on the Holiday Hop is the fabulous Annette at Digital Musings.

Thank you for stopping by during your busy holiday season. I hope Santa is good to you!

Have a blessed Christmas.


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Club Scrap Lakes Blog Hop

Thanks for stopping by during the Club Scrap Lakes Blog Hop. If you've just arrived from Hetty's great Craft Chaos, you are in the right place.

This month I've put together an 8.5x11" page using Lakes papers featuring a waterfall technique.

Club Scrap Lakes Collection featuring Waterfall Technique - Waterfall Mechanism Opened
Waterfall Mechanism closed
Since this collection is all about water, I thought I'd use a waterfall technique for adding more photos to my page. Here's a bit about how it went together.

1. Cut six 4.75x3.25" pieces of Dark Teal Plain. Score and fold each piece horizontally at 2.25". (Not in half.)

2. Adhere the back of one short flap to the back of one long flap with the non-folded edges aligned. Repeat to create the waterfall-like structure.

3. Adhere the back flap of the last waterfall page to a 5x5" Light Teal base. Align the folded edge of the flap with the left edge of the paper, and center from top to bottom.

4. Close all of the flapped pages. Adhere a 6.25x3.25" strip to the outside of the first folded page, aligned from top to bottom and centered from left to right. This page will function as a pull tab. Swing the pull tab around to the back, bringing it beneath the 5x5" Light Teal base.

5. Flip over the mechanism and place foam tape onto the 5x5" Light Teal base in a "U"-shaped pattern to create space for the mechanism to work. More than two layers of foam tape may be required.

6. Attach the mechanism to a scrapbook page.

7. Decorate the waterfall with photos and embellishments, and enjoy sliding out the mechanism to reveal each page. This size worked nicely for wallet sized pictures.

I tried so hard to show the page with still photos . . . but I think a little video would give you a much better idea.

Next on the hop is my extremely creative friend Cathy at The Artful Gamut. Enjoy!