Monday, August 7, 2017

Time to Flourish Mini Album

Back before we moved, I went to the Scrapbook Expo with a friend.  Pinecone Press was one of the booths, and they had mini album kits. Some of them were very cute, so I bought three. This particular one used the Time to Flourish line of papers by Graphic 45 (one of my favorite paper companies):


Above is the completed album, front cover. The kit included everything, including ribbon, although I did substitute a few things of my own. I also made a few slight alterations, such as using a different ribbon for October. However, the album itself is 99% Pinecone Press.

All of the papers are monthly themes, but each month followed the same construction format.  Here are January's pages (the calendar page is a smaller size than the album pages):


You can see the back of the calendar page shown in this next photo. There is a built in pocket for the tag between January's and February's pages, and the same is done for each month:



This line of papers was one of the best (in my opinion) that Graphic 45 has ever done. Here are a few more samplings of the pages, starting with March:





July:




October:


December:



Making mini-albums gave me something fun to work on when all the craziness of getting ready to move was going on. They didn't really require any creativity on my part, and scrapbooking with my friends gave me time away from the decluttering, renovating, and packing.  It helped me to stay sane.

Scrapbook Paper to Home Decor


This had to be one of the easiest home decor projects ever.  My daughter and I went to a scrapbook store near her apartment, and they had something like this on display. They also had the right sized wood blocks.  All we had to do was paint the blocks white, and once the paint was dry, use Modge Podge to adhere cut outs from scrapbook paper we had bought with this project in mind. Easy peasy!

Friday, June 2, 2017

One More Homemade Christmas Gift from 2015

Last summer I posted pictures of some gifts that I had made for 2015 Christmas. Money was tight that year, because we were gearing up to start renovations on our home prior to selling it. 

Home decor projects made with regular vinyl are very affordable to make, so one of my projects was a cooky jar for my then 22 year old son.  He loved it and took it with him to college. The container was one I found at Walmart, which only cost about $3. I filled it with Costco cookies.


To make the design, I found clip art on the internet of Chewbacca, which I turned into a cutting file.  I used a font called Star Jedi to label it.

For those wondering if I still do paper crafting, yes, I do. I have been gathering my pictures, and taking pictures of the things I have made but didn't take time to post during our renovating, decluttering, packing, moving, and unpacking days.  I'm actually surprised at how much crafting I squeezed in, but mostly it was because I had a regular scrapping day each month with my friends.

Two More HTV Projects


The above is an apron, using a design from the Silhouette Design Store that I had cut and had ready for about a week. However, the heat press uses a lot of power, so I don't want to do just one project at a time.  The phrase was cut with Silhouette heat transfer vinyl (HTV), which was much harder to work with.  It took several tries with the heat press. I even increased the heat (which had worked fine for the shirt below), and it still took several pressings to get the Silhouette vinyl to stick. The HTV which I prefer to work with is the Siser brand, and which I get from Vinyl Outlet when I visit Salt Lake City. Thankfully, it looks like they do ship, because I'm going to want more of the good HTV. I won't be buying any more of the Silhouette brand vinyl. I had heard it was not as good, but I had already bought some. Now I understand why it is not as good.

The panda shirt below was a phrase which I saw on a meme and decided to put on a shirt.  The pandas are from the Silhouette Design Store.

I know that my HTV projects have been pretty simple, but I'm pretty new to this type of project.


Thursday, June 1, 2017

Heat Transfer Vinyl (HTV) Projects


These are my first heat transfer vinyl projects using a heat press. I have done a couple of t-shirts before, just using a regular iron. That was a pain. The heat press was much easier. The bib was my first project. I had it on hand, so I figured it was no loss if I messed up. The phrase on the bib was from the Silhouette store.  The t-shirt phrase was also from the Silhouette design store, but I tweaked it by incorporating other designs.  I added the musical notes, the dancer, and changed out the word "dance" with one from another  Silhouette design store file.  I was very happy with how it turned out.




On a recent trip to Salt Lake City, I had visited the Vinyl Outlet store with my daughter. They have a bunch of projects on display in a room there, including a black t-shirt with a filigree pumpkin. I bought a sheet each of the orange and green glitter HTV, but when I came home, I could not find any design at Silhouette or online that was nearly as nice as the one on display at the store.  It turns out, it was the project for a class. So I created my own version.  It's not exactly like the one they had, but close enough. The leafy flourish I used was from the Silhouette store.  I copied, welded, subtracted, and drew some things with my mouse, using the Silhouette software. It took me awhile to create it.  I could have done the entire thing from scratch, but I'm lazy, and it would have taken me a lot longer. 

More HTV projects to come later!

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Where has the time gone?

2016 was kind of a blur. After living in the same house in Virginia for 33 years, we decluttered, packed up, renovated, and sold it.  We moved to Texas. Right after moving, some family challenges occurred, so getting unpacked and settled took a bit more time than we'd hoped. Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays were busy, busy, busy, and we put some of the unpacking on hold. We are mostly unpacked now, although there are still boxes in the garage where my husband's car needs to go. My craft room was mostly set up, but then I realized the shelves were sagging and needed replacing. I bought some new shelves, and had to pull everything apart as I replaced sections of shelving, so it went from a "ready to craft" state to a "chaos again" state. Our two youngest sons both moved in for the summer, too, so I went from being an empty nester to being a mom again, complete with cooking for two young men with healthy appetites. At least they do their own laundry. I haven't had much time for crafting. I've made a card or two, and a few pieces of jewelry, but my papercrafting has been put on hold for the most part. I am hoping to get back to doing some major crafting soon.

For Mother's Day this year I got a heat press. I am recovering from Shingles, so I haven't felt up to doing much, but I have done a couple of t-shirts. This could be a lot of fun.

Once I figure out how to post pictures here again, I will add a few photos. It's been so long that I can't remember how I did that in the past. I'm not seeing any option for uploading from my iPad.


Friday, July 22, 2016

Christmas Gifts 2015

I gave each of my daughters-in-law a lost sock sign. I adapted the idea from Pinterest. I started with a plain board from a craft store, nailed on clothes pins, painted it, then sealed it so the vinyl would stick. I used a Silhouette Design Store file and added the phrase I wanted.  I want to make one for me, too, eventually.



What I gave the guys were Star Wars Root Beer Mugs. I found clip art on the internet, turned it into a stencil, and use Armour Etch.  I molded the Millenium Falcon chocolate in a Star Wars chocolate mold. I also added a Death Star ice cube mold to go with it.  It was a huge hit among the guys!


 

I bought fake snowballs on Amazon and made snowball fight kits for each of the grandkids. No pain when they hit, they make the sound of packed snow when you scrunch them, and they are definitely lots and lots of fun!


Although all of my gifts were at least partly homemade, I am pretty happy with how they turned out. I also felt that there was more to the gift than just the usual "shop, wrap it, give it" that it has been in the past.  There was a part of me in each gift, and I was really excited to give my gifts and see how the recipients liked them.

It would be hard to find something else as cool to make, though, so I think this was the only homemade Christmas. Besides which, it took a ton of time.


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