Scrapbooking: Back to Basics – Using a Sketch

As part of rediscovering scrapbooking I’m starting a new series Scrapbooking: Back to Basics – Using a sketch is the subject of the day. Remember the days when sketches were so popular? There were so many online websites with sketches to inspire us to create layouts. Unfortunately so many have closed since then and the scrapbooking industry has shrunk. Even though the situation has changed the basic idea is still useful and inspiring and whenever you get stuck a sketch is a really good way to find your way and come up with a great design.  Scrapbooking: Back to Basics Using a SketchSo let’s revive this great idea and remind ourselves how to use a sketch to create a layout. A sketch is basically an idea how to arrange the different elements on your page. The fun part is that you can play around with these elements and change the order a little or follow the sketch exactly. It’s up to …

Recycled Vintage Mini Album

I love making albums from unconventional materials so I created this recycled vintage mini album from corrugated cardboard that I cut from an old unwanted box. The corrugated texture is so easy and fun to work on and it gives a special texture when you tare off the upper covering paper and reveal the corrugated cardboard. The color of the cardboard and the teared look gave me the inspiration for this vintage look.all the recycled vintage mini album pages have matching papers in brown, red and rustic green colors. I also matched all the embellishments in color and style and if I didn’t have the right embellishments I created it myself. You can see how I created all the embellishments here. I also used vintage photos of me and my family to compliment the vintage look. Recycled Vintage Mini AlbumI called this mini album Time Goes By. naming a mini album and creating the front cover is something I usually do last. …

Frugal Crafting: DIY Embellishments

Everyone of us can practice frugal crafting: DIY embellishments for every project. It’s all a matter of using what we have in our stash and not buy embellishments or use ready made embellishments as a default. Every time you need to embellish a project like a scrapbook layout, a canvas, an altered item or a card and you automatically reach for your embellishments’ drawer or box stop! Stop and think “what can I use instead? can I create my own embellishment?” Yes you can! you can make your own unique items or personalized embellishments you already have. Frugal crafting: DIY Embellishments for Every projectSome of these ideas may be old and familiar but even though they are so well known we tend to forget them. It’s definitely easier to save time and reach out for something we bought at the store but if we want to save money and use our stash let’s embrace the practice of frugal crafting: DIY embellishments …

Simple Star Mini Album

This simple Star mini album is one of the easiest mini album to make but the effect is definitely a wow effect. The fun thing about it is that you can do it with your kids or grandkids and watch their eyes open with wonder. All you need for this project are 3-4 A4 (8 1/2″ X 11″) papers. They don’t even have to be double sided. It’s actually a great project to use some of your unwanted papers. I took a few 12×12 papers I didn’t need and cut them to size.  I was going over my archives, doing a little spring cleaning and came across this project from a long time ago. I remember the nice lady who showed me how to create this simple star mini album. I lost touch with her and can’t remember her name. As you know I don’t like to keep things to myself so I decided to share it with you.    …

Altered Mixed media Playing cards

These altered mixed media playing cards are just like creating mini mixed media canvases or art journal pages but much less intimidating and at least as much fun. The small size of the playing cards makes it easier to create or experiment with techniques. Plus the fact these are inexpensive playing cards makes the creating process less binding. So if you until now you were on the fence in regards to mixed media this is your chance to give it a try. Altered Mixed media Playing CardsI used regular playing cards and gessoed their back side, I thought maybe I’ll want to play with them so I left the images on the front intact. After the gesso was dry I started playing. I treated each playing card like a canvas or an art journal page and created on it. I didn’t want to create a series of cards or something like that, just give every card its own place.The really fun …

52 Words of Happiness Challenge

I’m starting something new: 52 Words of Happiness challenge. Life is not easy. It’s complicated, difficult and sometimes really annoying. We all have problems and things we have to deal with, it doesn’t matter if we deal with personal issues, family issues or any other kind of issues, we all have them. But we persevere, we don’t give up and we do the best we can. We have happy moments, blessed memories, people we love, things we enjoy doing and places we like to go. Most of the time life is not so bad…it can even be fun and joyful. I believe that as long as we are here we should make the best of it, embrace life and everything it brings, live every day to the fullest and try to look on the bright side as much as possible. 52 Words of HappinessThere are 52 weeks a year. I always feel that when a new week starts it’s like a new promise, …

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