Friday, April 30, 2010

Mystery in the Making Complete!

So much fun and a super fast project!    I sat down at 10 PM EST and I am already done and the photos are ready to be uploaded!!  WOO HOO!  I love how it came out!   I used all Club Scrap papers from the Cyprus Collection.  Antique buttons, ribbons, pearls swirls and Bazills silk flowers from my stash!  The jewels and coin embellishment along with the stickers are also from the Cyprus Club Scrap kit!
I used some photos I loved from our family vacation/ weekend getaway go to spot,  Gurnet Point off Duxbury beach in Plymouth, MA during  Memorial Day weekend in 2008.

Here it is!

Mystery in the Making

One of my friends Amanda (aka Okanogangirl) over at Club CK message boards did a little National Scrapbooking day mystery project with videos during the week of items we would need from our stash to complete the project.  Today she posted the videos on the actual project and I can not wait to get started!   She did a fantastic job on this unique little mystery!   Check it out here!

I will post my finished project tomorrow!  Happy National Scrapbooking Day and thanks Amanda,  this was great!

Latest addition to the Puzzler saga!

I used Pops from the Bridges Club Scrap collection and a stamp from Time and Space also Club Scrap!
I stamped the image on 4 colors,  cut them all stacked up and then reassemble them.  Today when I was looking to use them on a card I noticed that if I pieced the images back together in this window frame style they fit together so perfectly!   Love the odd polygon shapes and all the colors matching up!   Way cool!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Herringbone Card

My oldest daughter Alicia loves this technique and always asks me if she can make them.   She sat down today and made this card for her friends birthday using some DCWV adhesive backed photo mattes and some Club Scrap POPs and fiber and stamp.

Way to go Alicia!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Sonoma card with a bonus!

Over at Club Scrap they had a video on how to do this great technique called the Herringbone.  Well,  today as I was trimming a piece down and notice what a cool look the edges had!   I don't think I have ever seen anyone do it before?!  So I grabbed my Xyron X and ran the pieces thru to cover them with adhesive. Then I repositioned them on a piece of matching cardstock and went to putting my card together!

I am so happy with how it turned out.
I used all Club Scrap Sonoma Collection papers and embellies!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Tim Holtz QVC project! Finally....

A few years ago Tim Holtz was on QVC and of course I could not pass up this cool album and case he had up for sale.  It came with the Grungeboard Gate book and the Tin.   I bought the Fragments and used some really cool Creative Imaginations paper to create the tiles.   Time consuming but so worth it.  I just love the look.   Greg and I took a trip down to Provincetown and went on a whale watch for his birthday a couple of months later so I knew those were the pics I would use in it.  Well it sat and sat,  until today and I finally finished it.  I still have to add a little journalling here and there about the day but other than that the pictures are all in!   I completed disassembled the whole book to grunge it up with all my Distress inks and then when all the pages were done I put it back together.  I was so afraid I would not be able to get the thing back together,  so I took some pics just to remind me.  LOL!
So here are some pics of the finished project.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

The Puzzler!

Loving this cool technique I learned over in the Cinema at Club Scrap!   So fun!

All the papers are Club Scrap from the Memoirs kit and the stamp is also Club Scrap from the Let Me Count the Ways kit.   I used Distress Vintage Photo to ink the edges!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Little Fat Book

I created this little fat book using Pure and Simple and Simply Avant kits from Club Scrap.
My Embellisher teammates decided to do a swap to get to know each other better and why we love the PSL so much.  As a team we excelled and created over 8000 layouts during 8 weeks of the competition.
What a fantastic team and so glad I have these pages to remember them by!

DIY Swatch Book!

So one of the cool prizes I won during the PSL or Pro Scrapbookers League over at Club Scrap was a project that came in the Memoirs kit last year.  I had the original kit and made it and it was a really fun project.  Well in my prize was a second set (accidentally included) of matte board pieces.  So I set out to make my own with some left over paper, POPs and embellies from the Solstice kit.   I also needed the inside pages and grabbed some matching blue paper from my stash and cut it into the appropriate size.

I did kind of a step by step of how the project comes together.   Here ya go!

I used my CS book binding glue to attach the matte board pieces to the cardstock.

Here is where I wrap the cardstock around the matte board!

and this is the cover completed.

Here I am working on inking the edges of the matted papers I am using for the cover embellishment.  You can also see the stacked inside pages.  All of them have had 1 hole punched in the top left corner and then using that as a guide you punch a hole thru the cover while closed in the same spot.

This picture shows a close up of how the post from a "post bound scrapbook album" holds the book together.  The pages swing out on this point.

And here is the finished book.  The inside pages can have quotes on them or maybe some of your favorite stamped images.  One of the designers at Club Scrap even glued some of the inside pages together and then carefully carved out a niche inside to hold secret dimensional items!   Very cool!

National Scrapbooking Day!

It is on Saturday May 1st and I was wondering what everyone is doing to celebrate?
I am thinking I may just have to send an invite out and see who wants to come to my house and create something scrappy!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Castaway Long Stitch album cont...

I put the finishing touches on my cover of the album after the little one went to bed.   Feels good to start something and finish it.  Of course I am still not sure what it will have in it, maybe some pics from my brother and his family's visit a couple of years ago.  I made an album for my little nephew of the pics but nothing for myself.  It was such a fun visit with trips to the beach.  Very appropriate for this cool album!

I used Distress crackle paint on the pine frame.  Love this stuff!  All the embellishments are from the Castaway Collection from Club Scrap.

ATC Business Cards

Today was an overcast and very cool day on Cape Cod.  So it was the perfect day for doing something crafty.   While Shannon was at preschool I got out the embossing powder, carpet tape and some POPs from the Gimme A Ring collection from Club Scrap® and whipped up some ATC cards.  I use them for my business cards.   I add a little Dymo label with my info on the back and I am good to go.

Here is a picture of the work in progress.  If you want to learn more about this technique there is a cool video on the Club Scrap website here.  So fun!

And here are the ATC's!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010


     Hi everyone,  sorry I haven't updated in a few days.  Been busy with family life.  My boy Jason was called up to the Varsity baseball team and is now the only sophomore on the team.  Way to go Jay!!   Alicia just brought home another honor roll report card.  She is just such a wonderful student and gets such glowing remarks from her teachers.  I just love that!  And little Shannon brought home the class Bear Eddie the Teddie from Preschool and needs to make a scrapbook page for the special book of Eddie's adventures!   Now tell me we are not going to have fun with that little project!!  ;)
     While Alicia was at the orthodontist getting a new bracket on yesterday,  I spent time there working on the Club Stamp Castaway Project and it was challenging, but so much fun!  I have to admit that I did have to pull of some of the stitching half way thru because I messed it up,  but you know what,  that is just more practice in the fine art of book binding!  LOL!
     I really loved the unique stitching on the spine.  This is one of the great things about Club Scrap® and their bookmaking projects,  so fun and unique!   They have one heck of a design team over there,  let me tell ya!   The ideas are just always flowing!
    Here is a picture of that binding.

I am still working on the neat little accent piece which was included in the kit.  It is a piece of pine that I have painted with Distress crackle paint.  Love that stuff!   And the piece has risers on the back so that you can slide in a photo or image!

Off to get the little one dressed for preschool!  See ya later on with more pics!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Castaway Stitch Bound Journal

Last night I worked on honing my handmade book maker skills.  This cool book is quick to make and is the type of book I will be making at a workshop coming up in May.   Looking forward to teaching this very versatile project!

This book was made with papers from Club Stamp Castaway collection.  The stamps are from By the Seashore.   I used the netting embellishment and eyelets from the Castaway senior kit.
The ribbon closure is from the Solstice collection.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Altered Recipe Box continued..

Last night I added more stamped and inked panels to my box.  This is the back.

This is the front of the box and I am still trying to decide if I want to add anything else in the large panel.  Something tells me I need a little something. 

Friday, April 9, 2010

Just a little something!

One of Club Scrap's® super talented designers,  Terri Zwicker,  posted a cool idea on how to alter a recipe box from the craft store.  My friend, Ron and I,  both picked up two when we were on a shopping trip to Michael's and here is one of mine.  I was inspired by Kay Williamson,  also on the CS design team,  and her use of purple, greens and browns, and that inky distressed look.
The flower is a Martha Stewart paper punch and all the papers are from the Memoirs collection,  Club Scrap's® July 2009 kit.
I used Ranger's Distress inks: Pine Needles, Shabby Shutters, Dusty Concord and Vintage Photo.
Also used Adirondack Jet Black Archival ink for all the stamping.
Stamps used are Pure and Simple collection unmounted rubber, Memoirs wood mounted stamp, and Collections Script wood mounted stamp - all from Club Scrap®.

So excited!

I have followers! Thanks to all my friends for the nice comments!
I promise to get some better content as the weeks go by.

I am excited about an opportunity to teach a couple of book making and scrapbooking workshops at an Artists association that my aunt is a member of in her hometown.

This will be a great chance for me to stretch my teaching legs. I have been disappointed by the lack of interest in my business so far, but I am trying to find other avenues and I think this will be a very positive experience!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

I have a blog!!

I am really excited to finally have a blog. I am hoping to share my love of all things Club Scrap® and paper crafting! I will be sharing the many projects and scrapbook layouts I make with my kits I receive from CS each month.

Thanks to my awesome hubby, Greg, for getting me started!