HOW TO EASILY UPGRADE A READY MADE MINI ALBUM WITH SURPRISING ELEMENTS

  Inside: how to upgrade a mini album with surprising interactive elements   Sometimes you don’t have the will, the energy, the skill or the time to make a mini album from scratch. There is no shame in buying a ready made mini album and there is a lot you can do to upgrade a mini album and make it look amazing!       UPGRADE A MINI ALBUM   In order to make your mini album look unique and fun you can add interactive elements to the pages as well as embellishments. Here are a few ideas: Add pockets of different designs. Here are 5 pocket design tutorials. Fill the pockets with inserts. Check out these insert ideas you can make for any pocket size. Make flaps opening to the top or sides. Cut images from the paper and attach them with foam tape to add dimension. Create layers of cut out images to make scenes and embellishment clusters. …

HOW TO USE MASKING TAPE THAT WILL MAKE AWESOME ART JOURNAL PAGE

  Inside: how to use masking tape on your art journal page   Sometimes the best art journaling techniques are with the most simple items you have at home and that are not originally made for crafts. I had a lot of masking tape and I wanted to use it for something so I came up woth a fun way to use it on my art journal page.     USING MASKING TAPE IN CRAFTS   Masking tape, also known as painter’s tape, is a type of pressure-sensitive tape made of a thin and easy-to-tear paper, and an easily released pressure-sensitive adhesive. It is available in a variety of widths. It is used mainly in painting, to mask off areas that should not be painted. The adhesive is the key element to its usefulness, as it allows the tape to be easily removed without leaving residue or damaging the surface to which it is applied. The tape is available in …

HOW TO MAKE A MINI ALBUM FROM ONE SHEET OF PAPER

  Inside: how to make a one sheet wonder mini album   I sometimes feel bored with making mini albums and that I’m doing the same things over and over again, so I decided to challenge myself to do something different. The challenge was to make a mini album from only one sheet of 12×12 cardstock including a cover…       WHAT IS A ONE PAGE WONDER PROJECT   A one sheet wonder project is a craft project that is made from only one piece of paper, ususally fom a 12×12 or a 8.5×11 paper. These projects are usually mini albums and cards and they are very popular because they are easy and fast to make.   WHY MAKE ONE SHEET WONDER MINI ALBUMS   This type of mini album is very fast to make so if yo want to make a project in one afternoon or in a crop this is the project for you. It is easy …

Fearless Mixed Media Canvas

Hi dear crafty friends! Today I’m sharing my Fearless Mixed Media Canvas I created for Words & Paintery challenge. The theme was to use red colors and give an interpretation to the quote: Courage is not the absence of fear, which I think is a very true quote, at least for me. I always try not to let fear guide me both in my life and in my art.     Fearless Mixed Media Canvas I started this canvas with an idea. I was working on a different project, using some chipboard cogwheels and when they were all finished only the outer sheet remained. I looked at it and knew immediately I had to use it in a project. I just loved the square sheet with the different size holes. So I started with adding texture to a canvas with modeling paste and then glued the chipboard sheet on the canvas. The textured paste created enough height that the chipboard …

BEST TOOLS TO WRITE TEXT ON MIXED MEDIA PROJECTS

  inside: best 3 tools to write text on mixed media projects   I made a beautiful canvas with lots of paint layers, stenciling and stamping. Then I added exture with modeling paste and some more stenciling. I wanted to finish the project with a cool quote but I couldn’t get it on the project. I ruined 3 pens and still couldn’t get my text on the project! Have you wvwe had this problem? I have 3 great ideas how to solve it!     WHY WRITING TEXT ON MIXED MEDIA PROJECT IS A PROBLEM   One of the most popular questions or problems people have when they create mixed media projects is how to write text on their project. When you use acrylic paints, gesso and other mediums on a project most of the pens will not work on these surfaces and you have a problem of writing something. This happens because: The surface isn’t COMPLETELY dry – and …

Paper Fall Wreath Tutorial

Hi dear crafty friends! Fall is on its way, finally, and I want to share with you a Paper Fall Wreath Tutorial. This project will look really beautiful on your wall, the front door or any other place you’ll want to hang it. This fall wreath is so easy to make you will not believe it!   Paper Fall Wreath Tutorial I’m a winter person, so I’m really happy when fall arrives because it means that winter is not far behind. Here we don’t have the tradition of decorating the front door with a wreath on any occasion. But I decided to decorate my studio door with this wreath so I’ll have a constant reminder that my favorite season is around the corner. Let’s get started… 1.  Cut chipboard into a circle. Decide the size of circle to match your hanging location. The circle doesn’t have to be very accurate. 2. Punch 3 flowers. 3. Cut flowers according to photo: 1) (left) …

Scrapbooking Tips: Using Interactive Elements

Hi dear crafty friends! Today I’m sharing another of my Scrapbooking Tips: Using Interactive Elements. I get asked a lot how to add interactive elements to a scrapbooking layout especially with the page protector getting in the way. It’s actually much easier than you think if you cheat a little.     Scrapbooking Tips: Using Interactive Elements The idea behind interactive elements is that there are moving parts on your page. Something on the page can be opened, turned or moved in any way. That adds interest, sophistication and fun to the page. It works great on mini album pages but when you want to add it to a 12×12 layout you have a problem with the page protector. There are two ways to solve this problem. The first,which I like less and is more tricky is to cut the page protector and allow the moving part to be on the outside. For example if you have a flap gently …

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