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Monday, August 21, 2017

August Tutorial *MCS* painted squares

Hello scrappy friends!  I'm here with you today to share a fun technique that you can do with those fabulous squares that come in the August My Creative Scrapbook Creative kit! 

This is what they will look like when you get them straight from the package... 

I liked them the way they were and thought they would look great on a layout as is but I LOVE color and was ready to jazz them up with some paint!

I have never used these before so I wasn't sure if the color would soak in and fade so I applied a thin layer of Gesso. Turns out that it's not needed. They do great if you apply paint straight to them.

I picked out some pieces that I wanted to place inside each square...

After pairing each of the pieces with the right sized square I decided which color I wanted to paint the squares.

I then glued the pieces and pictures to each square and placed them on my layout.

For the main picture, I decided to use the 3 biggest squares to "frame" it. The outside and inside frames were painted blue and the inside one is painted white and glued down to the picture to keep them together.

And here is the layout after I adhered all the pieces down and added some of those adorable stickers that come with the kit!

Be sure to check out the August Creative kit along with the other kits from My Creative Scrapbook! They are all fabulous kits!

Have a great day!!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

My Creative Scrapbook August Reveal

Hello fellow scrappers and happy August! I'm so excited to be sharing my layouts from this month's creative kit at My Creative Scrapbook!! Papers, stickers, & die cuts are from the new Photo Play Summer Bucket List collection with a sprinkle of Echo Park Happy Summer alphas/stickers, Heidi Swapp acetate words, and Creative Embellishment squares. It is such a fun kit to create those layouts that are all about Summer activities like riding bikes, fishing, campfires, and any kind of water play.

Here's a look at the kit...

and here are the layouts along with a card that I made with the kit...

Summer Girlz

Happyness Today

Happyness on the Lake

Summer Lovin'

Like I said before...so much fun!! Be sure to check them out and take a look at the other fabulous kits offered this month!

Monday, July 31, 2017

A Tour of my Crafty Space

Hello scrappy friends and welcome to my scrapbook room! Once a month, us MCS DT girls are sharing our special space and it's my month! I really enjoy looking at other's spaces and organizing tips! If you've missed the previous spaces be sure to check them out....there are some great spaces!!

My room is a spare bedroom on the main floor of the house. I call it my room but actually I can't really call it "my" room because I share it with my kids which I LOVE because we can spend time together but do our own thing. They have a desk and computer in it to either do homework or play on the computer. Mostly the latter! :) This is a shot looking in from the doorway. And believe me when I say it does NOT stay this clean! Lol!! Thankfully I have a door that can be shut to hide the mess when company comes over! ;)

And this shot is from the other corner looking at my closet.

The main part of my space is an Ikea Expedit with an attached desk. My husband recently bought the side table to create a U shape so that I can have everything at my fingertips plus room to scrap. The cabinet behind my desk holds my sewing machine on the inside and on the top is my photo printer and 6x6 paper pads.

Here is a closer look at all the goodies I have on the shelving unit which include most of my albums. I started out having color coded albums for each kid's albums - pink for Gracie, green for Josh, and black and red for Chris but over the years I have had a little trouble buying the same color albums and have had to go with different ones.

I have these Cropper Hopper see-through folders to organize patterned papers (which are not in a collection) by color families. I love having these right at my fingertips to grab quickly when I need a certain color of pattern paper for a project! I also have this plastic shoebox which I store pieces for some project life pages.

In the 2 blue boxes is where I store my stamps. I don't have that many because I am more of a paper/stickers kind of girl. But every once in a while I will pull my stamps out to make a card.

In the black/white basket is where I keep all of my twine, wood veneer pieces, doilies, glassine bags, and miscellaneous pieces that I'm not sure where to store.

I have 4 Sterlite drawers and a built in drawer unit on my shelves. This first one holds small stamp pads, enamel dots, and rhinestones. 2nd drawer unit holds my everyday items such as pens, pencils, paper clips, post-its and such. The 3rd one holds my markers, brush pens, paper piercers, X-acto knife, paper distresser tool, and things of that nature. And the 4th one holds a few of my Doodlebug goodies like twine, card bases, pixie sticks, and brads.

Here in my built in drawer where I keep all of my adhesives and regular sized stamp pads.

This set up is my favorite (and most useful) thing of all! It is 14 stackable drawer units that I bought from Wal-Mart. I looooooove this storage method! If I am working on a Fall layout then all I do is pull out my Fall drawer - work on my layout - put everything back in the drawer and back in the tower it goes all nice and neat!!  

Here is a break-down of what all it holds...5 drawers - finished layouts, 3 drawers - scraps of cardstock, 2 - misc embellishments, 5 - alpha stickers, 13 - supplies by different scrapbook companies, 1 - card making supplies, 12 - seasonal/holiday papers, stickers, & die cuts

Here is a little peak into the seasonal/holiday drawers...

And here is my 2nd favorite part of my room...a peg board which I hang anything and everything that visually gets my mojo going! Sometimes I find myself staring at the board to boost my overall spirit...it makes me sooooo very happy!! :)

And now on to my closet...

Hanging on the door is a shoe organizer that holds all of my punches.

Here I have an upright paper storage unit which houses most of my beloved Doodlebug collections. They are stored by collection in a see-through Cropper Hopper folder.

Here is a glance at the other stackable storage units in my closet which house 12x12 paper pads, washi tapes, felt, more cardstock, page protectors, jewelry making pieces, ribbon, magazines, and a special section for Gracie which has hand-me-down papers, stickers, and die cuts.

And the last bit of organizing are these Iris storage containers that I keep in the top of my closet. These help house supplies that I have a ton of and won't fit into one of the drawers in my towers. The picture below shows the 2 that I use constantly which is one for my boy scrap supplies and one for my girl scrap supplies. 

And there you have!! I hope you have enjoyed a tour of my room!!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

July layouts My Creative Scrapbooks

Hello everyone and happy July! Here in the South we are right in the middle of Summer and I am loving it! My family and I are staying cool by eating lots of yummy ice cream, swimming, boating, and playing in the sprinklers! 

If you're like me, you have a ton of summertime pictures. The July My Creative Scrapbook creative kit and main kit are absolutely PERFECT for getting those pics scrapped! 

And here are the layouts I created with the Creative kit...

Thanks for stopping by today! Stay cool!!

Friday, June 16, 2017

June tutorial - hand stitching technique

Morning and good day to all!  I'm here with you today to share a technique that I love to do on a lot of my layouts.....hand stitching.  It gives layouts a bit of pizzazz!  

I have a lot of thread just sitting around from previous cross-stitching projects that were never finished which makes me sad but I have definitely put it to good use. Each strand comes with 6 pieces. For a good strong line, I use 2 of the pieces together.

So for this first layout I used a pencil to trace a rectangle around my set of smaller pictures to "frame" it. I used 2 pieces of thread for it.

I also stitched some lines in the palm leaf die cut. I used 2 pieces of thread for it.

For this sun, I only used 1 piece of thread because I only wanted to mimic the lines already there.

Some more fun accents I created with stitching is to add a couple of border lines on a phrase die cut and adding a line to the surf board.

This circle was actually done on the sewing machine. It was the only one I did because I am not savvy when it comes to sewing circles on the sewing machine. I added some of the sequins from the kit so maybe your eye would be drawn to them instead of my messy sewing job. LOL!!

And my last example is a circle that was hand stitched...much neater! ;) 

Thank you for visiting today and I hope you enjoyed this technique tutorial and will be trying it out on your creations!

June Creative Kit from My Creative Scrapbook