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Scrapbooking

In a manner, the scrapbook allows you to indicate off your events or thoughts so that alternative folks can get pleasure from seeing it. All these mentioned items preserve memorabilia and legacies. It is simply that the scrapbook dabbles in creativity and imagination whereas the opposite things are plain and simple.
Simply as with lots of alternative sides of life nowadays, scrapbooking has actually conjointly been modified with the appearance of the computer, internet and things like printers and scanners. This stuff of hardware have the identical result because the printing maintain scrapbook presentations. They all create the method faster and easier. Desktop publishing and brand-new software has actually also made scrapbooking easier for everyone.

You may have a scrapbook and not use a single piece of paper. Doing this is known as digital scrapbooking and it’s launched in popularity. Whereas all these new-fangled computerized ways use to be the domain of geeks and techno-nerds, they have currently branched out to the follow of scrapbooking.

Individuals of all ages from anywhere in the planet currently have access to lots of things to help them produce their own special scrapbooks. As a result of of the net and heaps of scrapbook oriented websites, the options have skyrocketed. Never in the past may somebody do as much as they will now. Another facet of digital scrapbooking fits in very nicely with the globe of social networking. Sites like Myspace and Facebook are a good match for displaying your scrapbooking skills.

Over the years, scrapbooking has actually gone from a hobby for elitists to these days where it’s a viable commercial activity. Each brick-and-mortar locations and websites have mushroomed into what you see today. It was once a small scale activity but now it is expanding day by day. With all the brand-new entries into the scrapbooking business, there are brand-new scrapbooking techniques and tons of them. As a result of of the myriad of choices for scrapbooking, it’s onerous to pigeonhole particular scrapbooking techniques.

There really isn’t any right or wrong way to decorate a scrapbook. This ends up in brand-new and distinctive scrapbooking techniques every day. Do not get me wrong, there are scrapbook techniques that can definitely benefit your presentation but a little little bit of imagination with a smidgeon of creativity can go a long way.

Thus where will one go to look for brand-new and completely different scrapbooking techniques?

There are websites, books, and friends who conjointly scrapbook. Scrapbooking is a learning experience and whereas you’re creating your masterpiece, you’ll see interesting techniques you will not have believed of within the past. Go ahead use them and share them with your friends. Get them to share their scrapbooking techniques too.

When you intend your scrapbook, take a while and assume the whole method through to the finished project.

You begin out with the most necessary portion of the scrapbook; the paper. Paper should be durable with a long life and be acid-free. You wish your work around for a very long time and the right paper is essential for long life. As you intend the planning of your scrapbook, keep mental notes regarding completely different supplies needed. Supplies like pens, inks and stencils should be fastidiously planned for to make your project. Go into each scrapbook with the correct planning and you’ll realize it easier to precise your thoughts and complete up with lovely presentations.

A lot of scrapbooking techniques highlight the need to own index pages or highlight pages. They will inform you regarding where to find them and the way to show them. These special pages should be instantly noticeable as special pages with unique colours and symbols.

Another manner to differentiate pages is with bookmarks with tassels. Tassels are both decorative and purposeful during a scrapbook.

There are a number of elements to the art of decoration. Decoration shouldn’t be overdone because it can create your project look gaudy. The correct kind of decoration is vital in scrapbooking techniques. Select decoration rigorously with planning before you start. Visualize it and then keep company with it. There are lots of decisions you can use. Stamps, elaborations, rub-ons, stickers, snow globes etc. will really glitz up your scrapbook if not done to excess. Choose rigorously and use every appropriately.

Want more versatility for your scrapbook?

Here are some ways in which to feature impact to your project. You’ll be able to add pop-up pages, trinkets that are connected to pages, punch craft, peek-a-boo and panoramic pages to create your scrapbook unique and wonderful. Scrapbook techniques are limitless and terribly diverse. Go ahead and explore these techniques and add versatility to your scrapbooks.

September kit – Product Focus TAGS

Good morning!! Yesterday Ashley shared a peek into this month’s product focus on all the wonderful tags in the kits! Today, I am here along with the same product focus and hopefully inspire you to crack your September kit open and use up all those tags!

I used various tags from the main, DITL and both add-ons for this page:

Pieces of me

I started off along with the larger tags and then worked my way down to smaller sized tags to embellish the page:

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The larger tags are great to use for layering like paper without a lot of work! Just add a piece of twine, button or epoxy dot to complete it off!

As you can see here – the kit(s) also have actually several smaller tags perfect for embellishing! You can easily use these to layer on your pages, add small bits of journalling or use them as they are!

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Pieces of me cl1

Thanks for stopping by the blog today – come back tomorrow for more inspiration along with the September kits!

Scrapbook Workshops

Scrapbooking Workshops


Do you like to use Kits to get your layouts done? Do you like to use sketches for your layouts? Do you want to create beautiful artwork, but don’t think you’re creative enough?
I have a solution for you :) Close To My Heart’s Workshops on the Go Kits are for you!
With these kits, you will get the supplies and instructions you need to create TWO 2-page layouts and have leftovers for much more :)
These kits are for scrapbookers at ALL LEVELS.


Skylark Scrapbook Workshop
*Available through July 31st.

G1072 Workshops on the Go™ Skylark Scrapbooking Kit (includes):
Skylark Paper Packet ($9.95)
My Acrylix™ Skylark Scrapbooking Workshop ($17.95)
White Daisy Cardstock (1 sheets) ($0.83)
Whisper Cardstock (2 sheets) ($1.66)
Skylark Assortment ($5.95)
Slate Striped Twist Ties ($3.95)
Instructional Guide ($1.00)
$29.95


Best Kit: These extras will make your artwork SHINE!
X7177C Skylark Compliments 4.95
Z1917 Lagoon Zipper lace 3.95
Z1961 White Enamel Shapes 5.95
Z1970 Skylark Textiles 8.95


Bonus Kits:  A- inks used in the kit, B- coordinating stamp sets.  
A- Inks Used
Desert Sand Ink 5.25
Slate Ink 5.25
B- Coordinating Stamp Sets

Here’s how it works….

*Commit to purchasing 6 months of Scrapbooking Kits, then you’ll get your 7th FREE

*Email me to sign up :)

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How to Make an Eco-Friendly Snack Bag

August 8th, 2014     

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These reusable snack bags are definitely Cheerio worthy.  Make some of these cute bags and save a Ziplock!

These reusable snack bags are definitely Cheerio worthy.  Make some of these cute bags and save a Ziplock!

Jen Stern

Cut the cotton fabric and the ripstop nylon the same size for each bag, but feel free to customize the size to fit your snack storage needs.

Cut the cotton fabric and the ripstop nylon the same size for each bag, but feel free to customize the size to fit your snack storage needs.

Jen Stern

Use a rotary cutter and ruler to make quick work of cutting out the fabric accurately.

Use a rotary cutter and ruler to make quick work of cutting out the fabric accurately.

Jen Stern

These reusable snack bags are definitely Cheerio worthy.  Make some of these cute bags and save a Ziplock!

These reusable snack bags are definitely Cheerio worthy.  Make some of these cute bags and save a Ziplock!

Photo: Jen Stern

In truth, my sister has been pestering me to come up with a reusable snack bag for a while now.  September is right around the corner, and I decided it was time to whip up some. My little nephews will be able to tote their snacks to school in earth-friendly style. When my girls saw me making these little bags, they put in an order for some as well. Good thing they are so quick to make! Let me show you how.

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 – 6 x 12 piece fun cotton print
  • 1 – 6 x 12 piece water resistant ripstop nylon  (Safe to store dry foods in.)
  • 1 – 4 1/2 piece of sew-in Velcro (1/2″ wide)
  • All purpose sewing thread to match your fabric

Fold the cotton fabric, right sides together and sew the side seams using a 1/4″ seam allowance.

sew side seams    

Fold ripstop nylon in half, right sides together, and sew side seams using a 3/8″ seam allowance.  If you’ve ever made a small lined bag, you may have noticed that the lining can be too big to fit inside neatly (even though you cut the lining the exact size as the bag).   Using a slightly larger seam allowance on the lining of the bag allows it to fit into the bag.

sew ripstop nylon    

Turn the cotton print to the right side and give it a good press with the iron. Use a point turner to get the bottom corners nice and crisp.

press cotton fabric    

posted in: eco friendly, reusable, velcro, snack bag, cotton print, water resistant nylon


How to Make Button-Embellished Cards

July 23rd, 2014     

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A set of cute ribbon and button–embellished cards in blues and yellows.

A set of cute ribbon and button–embellished cards in blues and yellows.

Kayte Terry

A selection of some ribbons and buttons I used. Pick a color story that you really love.

A selection of some ribbons and buttons I used. Pick a color story that you really love.

Kayte Terry

Poke holes in the card to make a guide for sewing on the buttons.

Poke holes in the card to make a guide for sewing on the buttons.

Kayte Terry

A set of cute ribbon and button–embellished cards in blues and yellows.

A set of cute ribbon and button–embellished cards in blues and yellows.

Photo: Kayte Terry

When is the last time you got a nice handwritten note from a friend? Can’t remember? Well, it seems that the art of letter writing is almost lost to us. Sure, e-mails are easier, but a handwritten note is something really special. Let me tell you, the only thing better than a handwritten note is a handmade and handwritten note. When I was about 14, I had a really great pen pal. We were both artistically inclined and would turn our letters and envelopes into mini works of art. One envelope she sent was encrusted with sewn-on buttons. It was one of my favorites and I still have it to this very day. These cards are definitely inspired by her.

A couple of things to keep in mind when sewing on paper: Make sure to change out your sewing needle before you go back to sewing on fabric, and I think that leather needles sew better on paper.

And one more thing: If you are going to mail these cards, remember that the buttons make them a bit heavier and you might need more postage.

What you’ll need to make two cards:

  • Cardstock in two contrasting colors
  • X-Acto knife, cutting mat, and ruler
  • Decorative-edge scissors and fabric scissors
  • Assorted buttons
  • Scraps of ribbon
  • Glue stick or spray adhesive
  • Sewing machine
  • Needle and thread
  • Envelopes
  Here are your two blank cards.

1. Lay out a sheet of cardstock on the cutting mat. Fold the cardstock in half lengthwise, and press the folded edge flat with the side of a ruler. Using a ruler, cut the sheet in half to make two cards that are 4-1/4 inches x 5-1/2 inches.

  I used pinking shears to make these decorative edges. You also could use a scallop or even just cut them straight with an X-Acto knife.

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How to Make a Coffee-Table-Worthy Scrapbook

July 23rd, 2014     

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Transform any three-ring binder into a stylish scrapbook.

Transform any three-ring binder into a stylish scrapbook.

Photo: Sloan Howard

Scrapbooking is hot, but nothing makes it sizzle more than combining paper arts with fabric. For all of your precious memories, you can design a totally unique, totally stylish scrapbook cover. Select a fabric for the cover that complements your décor or special event, and then shirr it with a specialty thread that shrinks when you steam it. Add coordinating pages embellished with fabric collage, vintage lace or trim, novelty buttons, sewing-room finds, and machine stitches. You can transform any three-ring binder into a stylish scrapbook for your home or to give as a gift. Believe me, you wouldn’t dream of hiding this one on a shelf.

What You’ll Need
Three-ring binder
Pattern paper
Fabric
Chizimi thread (ManchesterSewing.com)
Sewing machine
Optional ribbon or button closure
Iron

Step 1: Make a pattern
Lay your open binder flat on a piece of paper, and trace around it. Or measure the binder, and draw a rectangle to size. Add 1⁄4 inch to each side so the cover will fit when the binder is folded shut. Add 1⁄4-inch seam allowances on all four sides.


Step 2: Cut and stitch a rectangle
Cut a fabric rectangle 20 percent larger than your pattern in both directions. Stitch a grid pattern with the lines no more than 3/4-inch apart. We used a straight stitch, but experiment with a serpentine stitch on scraps to see which effect you prefer.

  Thread your machine with Chizimi thread, and stitch a grid pattern on your fabric.

Step 3: Steam your stitching
With your stitched fabric face down on your ironing board, hover over the wrong side with your steam iron, steaming it generously. This causes the thread to shrink, and that creates the puckered texture.

  A burst of steam will shrink the threads and cause the fabric to pucker.


Step 4: Use your pattern

Using your pattern, cut one cover out of the puckered fabric. Then cut two flap pieces using the cover pattern. Cut one book lining the size of your cover pattern minus 2 to 3 inches on each side. If your fabric needs support, cut and fuse a nonwoven interfacing to the wrong sides of all the pieces.

  Interfacing will lend your fabric support and durability.


Step 5: Fold the flaps
Fold the flap pieces in half vertically with right sides out, and press the fold to a sharp crease.


Step 6: Align your layers
Fold each flap piece in half with wrong sides facing each other and side edges even. Lay the cover piece face up, and position a folded flap piece on either side with raw edges even. Center the lining wrong-side up, on top of the cover and flaps.


Step 7: Stitch and turn
Stitch the layers together, using a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Clip the corners and turn the cover right-side out through the opening. Press.

  Stitch the pieces of the cover together around the outer edges.


Embellishment Tips:

  • Appliqué fabric right to your pages using decorative thread and decorative machine stitches. Set your machine to produce long stitches so they don’t tear your paper.
  • Use monofilament thread to make invisible stitches to couch on a trim.
  • Try a narrow zigzag stitch over the straight edge of a vintage lace to edge a page.
  • Sew buttons through the paper with silk ribbon, and knot it in front.
  • Check out scrapbooking gems at your local crafts store: a die cutter for rounding your paper corners, medallions, adhesive-backed ribbons, and many other delights.
  • Look for special buttons, heat-applied crystals and studs, interesting trims, and threads.
  Specialty paper and trims add interest to your pages.

Photos by: Sloan Howard


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Make Beach Glass Earrings

July 23rd, 2014     

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With just a few pieces of beach glass and a Dremel tool, you can whip up a pair of earthy, summery earrings.

With just a few pieces of beach glass and a Dremel tool, you can whip up a pair of earthy, summery earrings.

Jennifer Worick

I picked four pieces of brown glass that are roughly the same size.

I picked four pieces of brown glass that are roughly the same size.

Jennifer Worick

You need to use a diamond bit for your Dremel; it is designed to work on glass.

You need to use a diamond bit for your Dremel; it is designed to work on glass.

Jennifer Worick

With just a few pieces of beach glass and a Dremel tool, you can whip up a pair of earthy, summery earrings.

With just a few pieces of beach glass and a Dremel tool, you can whip up a pair of earthy, summery earrings.

Photo: Jennifer Worick

I used to crave souvenirs from trading posts, truck stops, and gift shops when I was on vacation. These days, I’d much rather pick up a natural item than an ill-advised T-shirt or tchotchke. When my wanderings take me to the beach, I sort of lose my mind, filling my pockets with rocks, shells, and the rare piece of beach glass. Over the years, the beach glass has accumulated, and I have bowls of it sprinkled throughout my home. I thought I’d take a few choice pieces and create a swingy pair of earrings. They were so quick that I’m thinking that my friends and family are going to be tricked out in glassy baubles in short order.

  I picked four pieces of brown glass that are roughly the same size.

You’ll need:

  • Safety glasses
  • Old kitchen sponge
  • Shallow metal pan
  • Water
  • Four pieces of small beach glass
  • Dremel tool with 1/16-inch diamond drill bit
  • Chain-nose pliers
  • Six 7mm sterling silver jump rings
  • Two 5mm jump rings
  • Two ear wires
  • Clear nail polish (optional)

Step 1: Put on your safety glasses. Place a thick sponge, rough side up, in a shallow pan half filled with water. Get ready to drill holes in some beach glass. Start by placing your Dremel tool with the diamond bit at a 90-degree angle to the glass. It’s best to position the hole near the edge of the glass so that you can attach a jump ring. Only the bit should be in the water; keep the rest of the Dremel well above and away from the water line.

  You need to use a diamond bit for your Dremel; it is designed to work on glass.
  Place your glass on a sponge in a shallow pan of water to do your drilling, and make sure the Dremel is positioned at 90 degrees to the glass.

Start with a low setting and let the drill do the work (in other words, don’t push down). You’ll know when you’ve completed your hole as it will “give” when it breaks through to the other side.

  The drilled hole is the perfect size for a jump ring. Just make sure to drill pretty close to the edge so you can get a jump ring in there.

posted in: Jewelry, earrings, wearable, beachy, beach glass, dangles


How to Create an Easy Double-Weave Spring Vase

July 11th, 2014     

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Hang the basket on the wall to celebrate the season!

Hang the basket on the wall to celebrate the season!

Tina Hilton

Choose a basket with an open weave so you can fill in with beautiful yarn.

Choose a basket with an open weave so you can fill in with beautiful yarn.

Tina Hilton

Weaving is simple and relaxing.

Weaving is simple and relaxing.

Tina Hilton

Hang the basket on the wall to celebrate the season!

Hang the basket on the wall to celebrate the season!

Photo: Tina Hilton

There is nothing prettier than a simple yet elegant handwoven basket, except maybe one that has been overwoven with hand-dyed and hand-spun yarn! An open-weave basket is a perfect medium for weaving those precious lengths of handcrafted yarn you have been saving for just the right project. Insert a vase, and you now have a wonderful way to display the first blooms of spring!

  Choose a basket with an open weave so you can fill in with beautiful yarn.

Supplies

  • Open-weave basket (I used a locally handwoven garlic basket by Alyssa Rudolph, but any store-bought basket will do the trick!)
  • Lengths of yarn in two different colors and textures (I used yarn from a local fiber artist, Nancy Hoffman, who made it from her flock of sweet Ramboulliet sheep. The yarn used to weave horizontally [weft] was machine-spun and hand-dyed for a smooth foundation. The yarn woven vertically [warp] was a hand-spun and hand-dyed yarn with a lot of textural interest. Most commercially available yarn would also provide a lovely effect.)
  • Large-eye tapestry needle for weaving in the yarn
  • Scissors
  • Glass vase or receptacle for flowers

Step by Step

Cut off a length of yarn you will be using for horizontal weaving. To determine the length needed, wrap the yarn around the basket from top to bottom along the areas you will be weaving in, and add a couple of feet for the final embellishment. Leave the surplus yarn length at the top of the basket.

Thread a needle with the yarn you will be weaving in horizontally.

Beginning at the top of the basket on the side, weave the yarn over and under the vertical basket spokes until you reach the base.

  Weaving is simple and relaxing.

Weave in the surplus yarn at the bottom and cut.

  The first layer is complete!

Cut off a length of yarn to use for the vertical weaving. To determine the length needed, wrap the yarn from top to bottom around the basket along the areas you will be weaving in, and add several feet for the final embellishment. Leave half the surplus yarn length at the top of the basket.

Thread a needle with the yarn you will be weaving in vertically.

Starting at the top of the basket on the side, weave the yarn over and under the horizontal basket reeds until you reach the top where you began.

  Weave yarn over and over.

  The contrast of the smooth reed and the soft yarn is pleasing.

The rest of your surplus yarn will now be at the top of the basket.

  Make sure your yarns begin and end at the same place on the basket.

There should be three lengths of yarn at the top of the basket: one strand from the horizontal weaving and two strands from the vertical. Braid those strands together and wrap the braid around the top of the basket and secure.

  The braided yarn trim completes the look.

  A small glass bottle makes a perfect vase.

Finishing
Insert the vase, fill with water and flowers, and enjoy!

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How to Embroider Your Own Book Covers for Back-to-School

August 22nd, 2014     

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These adorable book covers are fun to embroider and require just two quick trips through the serger to put together!

These adorable book covers are fun to embroider and require just two quick trips through the serger to put together!

Photo: jen stern

When I was in school, we would cut up brown paper bags to make book covers, but now they have these cool ones made out of knit fabric that just stretch around the cover. I wish I had realized how easy they were to make-before Anna and I spent the day running around looking for some that would fit her books and her selective sense of style! This is a great project to add a little embroidery to, so let me show you a cool technique for embroidering on knits when you know the fabric will be permanently stretched after the project is complete.

This fabric cover is cut a little less wide than the book cover; it will have to stretch to fit. If you embroider on the fabric and then try to stretch it, the embroidery might be distorted, or worse, the fabric might pucker…yuck! We are going to stretch the fabric BEFORE we embroider, so it will look great once it’s covering the book!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A book to cover
  • A big enough piece of stretch fabric to cover the book
  • Embroidery designs of your choice
  • Embroidery threads
  • Soft tear-away stabilizer
  • 505 temporary adhesive spray
  • All-purpose thread

I started out trying to come up with a simple math problem to help you calculate how big to cut out your fabric-it was quickly becoming more complicated than it needed to be. So, I decided to simply trace the book I wanted to cover and make some adjustments when I added fabric for the flaps and that worked out great! Depending on how stretchy your fabric is, you may want to add even less fabric when we get to that step.

  Trace around the book while it’s lying open and flat against your fabric.

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