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Friday, March 24th, 2017
The Big Survey: What Do You Want?



Every year I try to do something like this – The Big Survey: What Do You Want? It’s a series of questions for you to answer so I’ll get a better idea of what interests you and what you want to learn or read about. I would appreciate your help in answering these questions. Let’s make this blog better!!     The Big Survey: What Do You Want? 1. What is your top craft interest? Scrapbooking Art Journaling Mixed media Card making Other (please specify) 2. What would you like to read about on the blog? Step by step tutorials Tips on different crafts Craft guides Personal experiences and stories 3. What is your favorite series on the blog? Scrapbooking tips 5 minute craft Art journal page 4. What other topics would you like to see on the blog? Scrapbook sketches Binding techniques 3D projects Card making Inspiration posts  Other (please specify) 5. are there any topics you would like …

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017
Why I Embrace My Failures and Not Run Away From Them



Today I want to share something a little personal about Why I Embrace My Failures and Not Run Away From Them. You might think I never fail, well I have in the past and probably fail again in the future. However the most amazing thing I’ve learned is that failure is the best teacher.     Why I Embrace My Failures and Not Run Away From Them Don’t get me wrong failure sucks. When it happens I get upset, cry maybe and feeling sorry for myself. But I have discovered I have learned more from my mistakes then from my successes. Even though I get hurt and take things too personally when I fail it’s like the world has just forced me to stop, think and learn. While successes are almost a given a failure stings and that is a powerful way to review what you did and change things in the future. Here are a few examples: I almost …

Sunday, March 19th, 2017
My Formula for Buying Craft Supplies Online



When you buy craft supplies online do you have a method or you just buy whatever you see? Today I want to share with you My Formula for Buying Craft Supplies Online without spending unnecessary money or time.     My Formula for Buying Craft Supplies Online  Most of the supplies I use are either unavailable here or very expensive so I do most of my shopping online. That is sometimes a challenge because I can’t “feel” or touch the items myself. So I have my own formula of shopping that ensures I get what I need. This method works for store shopping too. 1. Make a list When I work I always have a piece of paper on the desk titled The List. This is a list of supplies that I NEED to buy. While I’m working some supplies are finished so I write them down on the list. I also get ideas for supplies I need and don’t have …

Friday, March 17th, 2017
Basic Elements of Interactive Mini Albums



Creating interactive mini albums may seem complicated but it’s much easier than you think. If you know the Basic Elements of Interactive Mini Albums you have the foundation you need to create amazing mini albums with complicated mechanisms.     Basic Elements of Interactive Mini Albums There are a few basic elements or mechanisms that make a mini album interactive. All of them can be created in different levels from the simple basic to the more complex: Flaps A flap is a piece of paper that is not attached to the page or project and can be opened and closed. The flap can be open sideways or up and down. It can be straight or folded on it’s own or attached to other mechanisms. The basic flap is a square folded in half. You apply glue on the bottom of paper and attach to the project. the top folded part is not glued and is free to move. You can …

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017
Scrapbooking Tips: Using Wet Mediums



Today on Scrapbooking Tips: Using Wet Mediums. In continuation to the last scrapbooking tips post I want to continue exploring how to combine mixed media techniques on a layout.     Scrapbooking Tips: Using Wet Mediums Lots of the mediums or materials used in mixed media are wet. Wet means they come in a liquid form with a variety of consistencies. Mediums like gesso, modeling paste, sprays or paints. The main question is how to add them to your page without making the paper curl, tare or damaged. There are two methods of operation: 1. Cover the entire page with clear gesso before start working. The clear gesso creates a buffer between the paper and the wet mediums without covering the pattern of the paper. This technique is good if you’re going to work with lots of wet mediums.      2. The second way is to work directly on the page. That method is good if you don’t put …

Sunday, March 12th, 2017
Art Journal Page: Eyes



Today I’m sharing a photo tutorial on the last page spread in my art journal. This Art Journal Page: Eyes came out really colorful and it was a lot of fun creating it. If you think I drew these eyes well you would be wrong… I printed them.     Art Journal Page: Eyes First I started like I always do. For this page I used a lot of acrylic paints and different patterns of stencils to create a colorful pattern on the page. I try to use small and large patterns with contrasting colors. This way it comes out looking like a big mess but this is how it’s supposed to look. To add even more images that are too small for stencils I use stamps with different colors of ink. Make sure to use permanent ink so it will not react with the paint later.     Next I glued the eyes with gel medium. After that I …

Friday, March 10th, 2017
5 Ways to Make Your Photos Pop



If you’re scrapbooking (and you better be) you’re probably looking for ways to make your photos noticeable on the layouts you create. Today I have 5 Ways to make Your Photos Pop. The photo is usually the focal point of the layout but it’s always a good idea to make it pop even more!     5 Ways to make Your Photos Pop Use Interesting Shapes My favorite shape to use is a circle. This is not a shape you would expect a photo to be so it’s surprising and draws your eyes immediately. You can also cut your photos into an oval, heart or even diamond shapes. Another great idea is to cut the photo along the lines of the image on it. For example: a person sitting, dancing or just standing.                                     Use Contrasting Colors Put a white and black photo …

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