Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Snow Day

If you live in the state of Alabama, you should remember "Snowpocalypse 2014".  Speaking of snow, I am so ready for a retake of January 2014 surprise snow event.  I have my emergency car bag packed just in case I'm stuck at work or on the interstate again. 
 
Today, I have a layout to share with you that I created using pictures from one of our snow events from earlier this year.
 
 
Below are two of the Unique Laser Designs wood embellishments I used on the LO.  I also used  custom ordered acrylic snow flakes.
 


Now let's alter the polaroid frames.

 
Paint in your choice of dark color
 


Cover with adhesive.  I used Helmar Tacky Craft Glue.
 
 
While the adhesive is still a bit tacky, cover with a lighter color top coat of acrylic paint.  And now you're set to continue designing your layout.
 




 
Thanks for taking a peek at my scrapbooking journey. 
 
 Have a blessed week!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

December Daily 2015

If you're anything like me when it comes to capturing holiday memories, then you are well into documenting day 14 of your December Daily. I am so excited to share the journal I created to document my days.



This journal is actually a Smash Book I covered using batting and fabric.
I embellished the journal cover using Unique Laser Designs Wood Snowflakes and the fancy Wood Wreath.
As pretty as these embellishments are in their natural state, I added a bit of flare to them first.

To alter the snow flakes I first covered each of them with gesso.

While the gesso is still damp, I sprinkled Martha Stewart Mica Flakes to cover.

Now lets add some shimmer to the wreath. I started with the bow above the wreath first being that's the darkest color I'll be adding. To begin, I used Ranger Embossing Dabber and only inked up the bow.

Next add your choice of embossing powder. After covering the bow with embossing powder, be sure to clean the spaces you don't want the powder to adhere to. I used a baby wipe and a fine paint brush to clean off the excess. Now you're ready to heat set the bow before moving on to the wreath portion.

Again ink emboss the wreath and add your color choice of embossing powder then heat set.

Time to begin layering on the embellishments.


Here's an up close view of the wreath and snowflakes as they are layered on the journal cover.
I wish you all a safe and Happy Holidays!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Christmas Greetings

I'm just quickly stopping by today to share a few Christmas greeting cards I've created.  I'm so behind on these it's crazy.  However, I will finish the cards for those on my list before time AND get them in the mail. 

For each of these cards I used Unique Laser Designs wooden embellishments, and various other embellishments to complete.

So here goes!












 
And there you have it!  Have a great weekend yall!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Christmas Mini Album Gift

Today I'm posting for Helmar Adhesives, showing a handmade mini album and gift bag I created. This was a part of a holiday ornament swap I sent to a dear friend. This is a great gift to give to those that take lots of photos and want a cute way to display them.

 
Below is a little of my creative process:
 


I used one a dollar bin chipboard album from Michael's.
 
 
To start I used a basic chipboard album and covered each page with Helmar Decoupage and craft paste. This is done to adhere pattern paper to each page and what's great is, Decoupage craft paste doesn't cause bubbling like most store brand paste.
 

 
Remove any bubbles by using a brayer or your adhesive applicator.
 



 
To decorate the pockets, I like to add a bit of dimension. To achieve just the right amount of dimension I using Zapdots 1/4" round. This process was continued until the holiday mini album was completed.
 





I used the same process to complete the giftbag as well.



Use the Helmar Decoupage and Craft Paste to adhere the decorative layers to your bag.

 
To add additional embellishments I used Helmar's 450 Quick Dry adhesive. This gives me a bit more time to move things around if I don't like the original placement.
 
Continue this process untill you have achieved the desired look of your giftbag.
 
Have a great week!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Thrifted Decor

As most of you know I love to go thrifting. I often search for items for the home, shoes, clothing, books, and even items to use as photo decor/props. I've not been able to go thrifting lately, but I plan on changing that REAL SOON! I feel like I'm truly missing out of some fabulous deals. Everywhere I go, any city or state, it's a must to search for local antique shops, thrift stores and small boutiques...by far the best thrift stores are in Atlanta, Georgia.
 
However, there is one local thrift store that I frequent and love. I never exit without a great find, which leads me to this little gem I purchased about a year ago.

 
I HATE that green tone! UGH!!!
 


I paid less than the sticker price because it happen to be "on sale" that day. Can't remember the occasion or the percentage, but I think it was a holiday weekend and there was an extra percentage off the entire store. Plus, as you can see in the above photo, the lid is missing which is totally fine with me. Anyway, about a month ago I finally altered it and now it's ready to use.


As you see it really didn't take much to make it come to life. This decor piece just really needed to be brighten up.

 
The clean up using simple baby wipes I have on hand



I used acrylic paints instead of spray paint because of course it rained the day I decided to alter it.  So days later I was able to seal it using Helmar Matte Spray Varnish.
 

Yes this is what you think it is...Aaron's left over wax from his braces.  I used it as a resist for my acrylic paint.  This makes it easier for me to wipe off some of the paint while it's still tacky.
 


 
All set and ready to seal.
 

 
Finally used, now on to my next project!
 
Thanks for stopping by!
Have a great day!