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Monday, March 14th, 2011
Wedding layout – Designer Craft Connection



It’s wedding day at the Designer Craft Connection! Welcome to all of you hoppers. Today’s blog hop is all about weddings. Each designer is showing a creation related to wedding and there are some beautiful projects and ideas for you. As a paper and scrapbook designer I decided to share with you a layout I did for my wedding album. I have been married for 15 years but until now I didn’t have a wedding album. I know..it’s a shame! This layout was done as a DT project for My Punch and I was asked to use only a few materials to show a wedding layout that will not be too expensive. For this layout I used only one sheet of patterned paper, three paper flowers and 12 inches of lace ribbon. All the other embellishments were handmade from paper scraps! Swirls: I cut the swirls from paper, stamped them and add a line around the edges with a black …

Friday, March 11th, 2011
Technique Corner – Creative Title



This layout is a collage of my boys. There are a few photos of each of my boys, from when they were babies up to (almost) now. I wanted to give this layout a feeling of time passing by, so I used a paper from the TIME collection that I designed. The paper has the word time on it and a pattern of clocks. I stamped a few cog wheels and added word accents with time phrases on them. I wanted the title to reflect the theme of the layout so I used a technique called themed title. This idea of this technique is to create a title that will not just be a word related to the subject of the layout, but the design of the title itself would be created with materials, images and embellishments related to the overall theme. Since the theme of my layout was time, I spelled the word flies from clock parts just below the word time. Here …

Monday, March 7th, 2011
Decorative tote – International Women's Day



In honor of the International Women’s Day celebrated tomorrow, March 8th I decided to treat myself to a present. I had a small tote full of tools and other stuff; it looked green, boring and kind of sad standing on my desk, So, I gave it a makeover! I took all kinds of flowers I had and glued them to the tote with a hot glue gun, added my name and it was done! Now it’s really fun using it and every time I look at it I smile. You might say I’m crazy but every now and then from the corner of my eye it seems like the tote is smiling too… A few facts on International Women’s Day: International Women’s Day has been observed since in the early 1900’s. Great unrest and critical debate was occurring amongst women. Women’s oppression and inequality was spurring women to become more vocal and active in campaigning for change. Then in 1908, 15,000 …

Friday, March 4th, 2011
Ins(Paper)ation – Creation Journal Project



The process of inspiration is very mysterious to me. Whenever I try to discover where I get my inspiration I find out it never comes from one place and it always a collection of circumstances, images and experiences. Take the next project for example. I wanted for some time to create a Creation Journal for myself, a journal to write all my creative and thoughts and ideas. The only problem was I never got the inspiration to create it or the idea of how I wanted it to look. Then a chain of events started:first, I took this photo of a Wagtail (I love this bird), Then I got the chance to work with the Noteworthy Trees fabulous paper by Magenta and the new cork self adhesive Birds & Branches stickers. Suddenly it was there, an idea for my Creation Journal! I first covered an old notebook with the patterned paper. Then I added texture and embellishments. I started with applying …

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011
Designer Crafts blog connection



Hello friends! Today is the official launch of the new and exciting designer blog. This amazing group of designers will share with you great projects, new materials, different mediums and all the new trends and innovations from the craft world. To celebrate this wonderful blog we have an exciting giveaway! That giveaway is Cricut Expressions!!! Entering is simple, 9 blogs have the Cricut logo somewhere on their blog. All you need to do is post the names of the 9 blogs as a comment on Julie McGuffe’s blog and you will be entered to win! The name of the winner will be announced on March 13th, which will also be our next hop date! In order to hop from blog to blog, just use the blue craft connection button on the right to move forward or backwards. This first blog hop is all about CHA, our experiences and impression from the show. I have already shared my CHA adventure with …

Monday, February 28th, 2011
Technique Corner – windows in a paper



As all of you already know my boys are crazy about anything with wheels. This layout tells the story of one very happy day…a day at the Motor Park, a place filled with cars of all shapes and sizes. You should have seen my boys’ faces, all smiles and joy even when they were waiting in line. For this layout, I used the Road map paper from the little boy collection by Echo Park. This paper is so much fun! To create the windows in the paper, I cut out pieces of paper in between the roads and attached the photos on the back side of the paper keeping them facing forward. I added pieces of road strips from the cut pieces of paper where it was needed to complete the frame around the window. I added a little bit of solid color to balance the “noise” and to emphasize the photos. For the final touch I added a journaling …

Friday, February 25th, 2011
1 sheet of paper tutorial – Love Letters mini album



I really like scrapbooking and paper projects that are fun, fast, not expensive and beautiful. This got me thinking of different ways to make a project from only one sheet of paper. The idea is to create a project that can be made using only one sheet of paper and all the embellishments added to it will be only a suggestion and not a must. The first project is a cute mini album titled Love Letters. You will need: 1 sheet of double sided cardstock Embellishments – if you want 1. Cut three 4″ by 8″ rectangles. Fold them in half to create squares. 2. Adhere two of the rectangles back to back only near the edges of the paper, leaving a pocket. 3. Adhere the third rectangle on the outside, wrapping the other rectangles. Put the adhesive only on three sides of each square, leaving pockets facing sideways. 4. From the strip of paper remaining cut three tags: 4″ by …

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