Category Archives: Scrapbook

The House Book

A while ago a friend asked me to make a scrapbook to record the remodeling she and her husband had done to their house. They updated every room, and the house is absolutely beautiful! She handed over the pictures and gave me complete creative control. This is what I did:

Beth Pingry House book1

I started with chipbooard covers and cut an opening to fit a dollhouse window that I painted and distressed.   


The cover included stamping, texture and bling.

The inside cover included chipboard mouldings.  I had to build it up to accommodate for the depth of the window.

The book got so thick I had to bind it with bead chain, I tied keys and other items to the chain.

The HOME showed through the window.  I mounted this on a clear page.

Similar images needed a folded flap page to keep the together and in order. 

I tried to vary the page sizes, between 8×8 and 6×6 and 4×6, and put them in top, middle and bottom spots in the binding.

Another clear page.  I had to make sure the elements behind it would with it.

And that the photos had a good flow through the book, and that colors didn’t clash.

Who knew I would have paper to exactly match her shower curtain??

I left lined journaling blocks throughout the book, for them to record specifics on each room. 

This was a lot of work, but I was very happy with it, as was my friend.  I used many Spellbinders die templates throughout, and most of the patterned paper was from my Basic Grey stash.  I used up the scraps on these Thank You cards. 

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Deck the Halls!

Last year we inherited Christmas Ornaments from my FIL, as he was getting the house ready for sale.  I love ornaments, and I knew the box was full of treasures.  Add those to the ornaments I already had from my grandparents, and I had enough to fill another tree!  That justified, I ran off to Target to get one. 

This tree is in the front hall, and as long as Cindy doesn’t brush by it too fast or hard, and I attach  the ornaments instead of just hanging them, everything will be safe.  I wanted a skinny and tall one, because there just isn’t a lot of space, but unlimited height.  But I didn’t want to spend a fortune, so I ended up with a skinny 8 footer.  I will post a finished photo, somehow I never got around to taking one last year…despite the fact that the tree was up until almost March!

So here is the page, all the deets are on Spellbinders Blog:

I used these supplies: Spellbinders Grand Calibur, S4-284 2010 Holiday Trees; LF-161 Grand Labels One; S7-018 Big Scalloped Border Grand; S4-168 Large Labels; S4-130 Classic Rectangles SM; SCRAPBOOK ADHESIVES BY 3L™, MyStik permanent adhesive; Graphic 45, Playtimes Past – Jack and Jill, Transatlantique – Around the World, Christmas Past – The Holly and the Ivy and Deck the Halls papers; WorldWin Papers, Treasures Kraft cardstock; Nikki Sivils Scrapbooker, Warm Cord Brads; Cosmo Cricket, Tiny Type stickers; Creative Impressions, Satin Ribbon; Clearsnap Colorbox, Black Pigment and Dark Moss Fluid Chalk Inks; Making Memories, glittered alpha stickers, tag, Ranger Distress Antique Linen ink.

Thanks for looking!


National Scrapbook Day

How are you celebrating NSD? Have you entered the contest at Spellbinders™ yet?

This is my NSD effort, finished yesterday~

My intent was to show how to make the flowers (love them!), but I ended up with 3 techniques, so enjoy!

Let me start with the flowers, these are all the rage right now, and they’re so easy to make!  I cut/embossed some old book pages with S4-249 Big Scalloped Circles LG. I used all the dies in this Nestabilities® set. It was thin paper so I did 3 pages at once. 

Attach single layers with a brad to make 3 flowers.

Spritz with Glimmer Mist, scrunch with your fingers, and dry with your heat tool.

Repeat until you have the depth of color desired.  You can use more than one color.

For the finishing touch, I spritzed a darker color onto my silicone mat and touched the scrunched edges into it, then heated until dry.  The flowers will hold the scrunched shape. 

Next I stamped the Gina K stamp onto light and dark purple papers.  I cut/embossed S4-114 Standard Circles LG #4 (#1 is the smallest) to perfectly cut the center from the lighter cardstock. The darker stamped cardstock was cut/embossed with S4-161 Labels One #4.

The lighter piece was centered and adhered with 3D Foam Squares for dimension, over the top of the darker one.

Are you still with me?  I used a piece of brown scrap paper and applied adhesive on both sides, using SCRAPBOOK ADHESIVES BY 3L™ 12×12″ Adhesive Sheets. I set the paper down on the sticky sheet, ran my brayer over it, then folded it over to apply adhesive to the other side. Cut this with S4-121 Doodle Parts in the Wizard™.

I peeled the backing from one side and applied black glitter to each piece. I peeled the backing from the other side to adhere it to the layout.  This idea made it easy to add the glitter and I didn’t have to mess with adhesive once I had a glittery piece, because I already had glitter everywhere!  I’ll be sneezing glitter for days!  And Cindy sure looks sparkly.

Next I assembled the layout onto white cardstock that had been masked and Glimmer Misted with colors to coordinate with the flowers.   The E-Z Runner adhered everything else to the layout.

These are the supplies I used: Spellbinders Wizard™; S4-249 Big Scalloped Circles LG; S7-018 Big Scalloped Border Grand; S4-161 Labels One; S4-121 Doodle Parts; S4-157 Sunflower Set One; S4-158 Sunflower Set Two; S4-114 Standard Circles LG; Worldwin, White, Light Lovely Lilac, Dark Lovely Lilac, Black; Gina K, Lovely Labels Stamps; Creative Impressions, Bright Glimmer Round Fastener; SCRAPBOOK ADHESIVES BY 3L™, E-Z Runner, Adhesive Sheets; Clearsnap, Colorbox Black Pigment Ink; Tattered Angels, Antique Brass, Meadow Green and Haunted Shadow Glimmer Mists, Glimmer Screens; Sparkle N Sprinkle, Black Ice Glitter; Copic, atyou Spica Pitch Black pen.

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Have a great day!


The most wonderful…

time of the year! For me, that is, not for Cindy and the boys!

Details on this layout can be found at Spellbinders Blog. These photos are from 2001, Spunky and Sparky are not quite so cooperative anymore with first day of school pictures.

Storing My Spellbinders Dies

I keep my current dies in a metal CD box from Target. I put each die on a magnet, that keeps it from rubbing up against another die and keeps the parts together on the Nestabilities and Shapeabilities. If there are several parts to a die I also put them in a ziplock type craft or sandwich bag. The magnets are from my dad, he’s a realtor and gives out 5×7 magnets with yearly calendars and Bears schedules on them. I’ve been able to grab stacks of outdated magnets at the end of the year.

I keep similar dies together in categories. I just recently added to the categories when the new dies came last week. Now, I change my mind like the weather here in Chicago, but today I’m using the following:

Borders & Frames
Labels & Tags
Flowers & Nature
Food & Drink
Butterflies & Birds
Accessories ~ another word for Misc.
Geometric (Includes Nestabilities by shape)

The 12″ border dies will hang out at the end of the box for now.The categories are separated by a thick piece of chipboard. On each magnet I have the die’s identification information. For my Design Team work I have to make a note of each product used. It’s so much easier for me to have that at my fingertips than to look it up later. I put the SKU, the die name, the type of die, and the number of pieces it has. For the regular die user, knowing which SKUs you own will keep you from buying duplicates of dies that look similar.
For dies that look very similar, and I’m talking to you, Mr. Nestability, I write on the back side of the die and also mark that on the label. I tried to remain consistant with the pen color. For the small Nestabilities, I used a red Sharpie marker, for the large, a purple. See the little scribbles?
That helps me put the sets back together when I’ve got dies spread all over the table. Just be careful that when you are wielding Sharpies, you are not wearing your favorite jeans. And be sure not to drop said Sharpie point down onto said favorite jeans. I’m just sayin’.
I am careful to put the dies back in their bags and in their categories so I can find them again, but I can’t say that for the rest of my art supplies. We will not be addressing the organization or lack thereof in my scrapbook room.

I do need to thank Cindy for keeping my feet warm while I type. You see, its raining out. Cindy doesn’t like rain and hides in the basement from it. She gravitated to the area under my desk, so we put a dog bed there. Now I have a foot warmer and I always know where she is during bad weather. Ok, sometimes she gets tired of the dog bed and sneaks onto the couch. She’s all about the cozy. But she would rather be outside playing.

July 9, 2008 Spellbinders Sneak Peek!

Introducing the Daisy Border Grand, S7-003 from Spellbinders. The die cut measures 12 inches long and 2.5 inches wide at the widest part and retails for $19.99. This is a true 12 inch border and is the perfect partner to Daisy Patch Edgeability S4-043 die, both by longtime product designer Toni Kelly.

For instruction on using Spellbinders dies, I have downloaded the YouTube videos to my blog, see below, or click here to go to YouTube.

For supplies today I am using Spellbinders Premium Craft Foil, which is 12 inches wide and 36 inches long, $8.99 US retail, an awesome price! It doesn’t matter which color I use today, because I want the silver side. It comes in 5 colors plus pure copper, each color has silver on the back, except the pure copper. I used a tag from the Ribbon Tags Trio S3-150. The paper is Worldwin’s ColorMates in Deep Awesome Aqua, Deep Totally Tan, Light Heritage White, and Inkjet Printable Translucent Vellum, the Perfect Printing Pouch, photos are my own, font is Bickley Script, velvet ribbon is Basic Grey, sheer ribbon in white and yellow, and black acrylic paint. For adhesive on the metal, either a liquid glue or red line tape is preferred.

Feeding a 12 inch long die on 8.5 inch long mats is easy. Use the Spellbinders die cut sandwich, when stacked from your table up: white mat, white spacer plate, die, cut side up, material to be cut, white mat. A little tip, if you are concerned your material will move off the die, you can use a small piece of removable tape. It won’t harm the die, and it peels off the paper easily without damaging the die cut.

Feed this into your Wizard. With a 12 inch long die, part of the die will stick out the back end, and that is fine. Only the part of the die that sits on the Spacer Plate will cut, but it won’t leave a line or crease where the spacer plate ends.

After the first pass, lift the top mat, turn the border die 180 degrees so the uncut portion is on the spacer plate, replace the top mat and feed it in exactly the same way as before.

You can remove the excess cut foil from the outside of the die.

Embossing is done the same way. Leave the die cut in the die. Remove the spacer plate from the sandwich so the die sits on the bottom mat, place the tan embossing mat on top of the die, and cover with the top white mat. The tan embossing mat is 6.75 inches long and should cover half of the 12 inch border. Feed the embossing sandwich through the Wizard.

To emboss the other half, turn the die 180 degrees, cover with the Tan mat and white mat and feed sandwich again. The die will not have lines or creases or any indication that you do not have 12 inch plates.

What? You want 12 inch long plates? OK, twist my arm! They’ll be available at the 2008 Craft and Hobby Association Summer Show and at your favorite Spellbinder’s retailer in August!

Now we get to play with the die cut. Make sure that you are protecting your work surface, I use wax paper. After cutting and embossing, paint the entire die cut with black acrylic craft paint.

Paint it evenly, and be sure to get paint into all the nooks and crannies. Let it dry slightly.

Using a dry paper towel, wipe the paint off the embossed areas. Be gentle, but you don’t have to be perfect.

Do not wipe the paint out of the crevices, you want it there. You can always add more a little more paint if you took too much off. You can always take a little more off if you put too much on.

Allow the paint to dry completely, that will depend on the brand of paint you use, read the label for drying time. Cut, emboss, paint and wipe the smaller flowers in the Daisy Patch S4-043 die and one of the Ribbon Tags Trio S3-150.

I love to photograph the flowers in my yard, and I waited not so patiently for my daisies this year, they bloomed just in time to share with you! Photo editing was done with Photoshop Elements. The poem is The Daisy Field, by Ann Taylor, found on the internet.

To make this layout, I cut, embossed, painted and wiped a second daisy border. I matted the photos, arranged the borders and photos, wrapped the layout with multiple ribbons, and assembled as shown. Pull the ribbons over the tag, through the holes and attach to the back side of the page. I see this as a layout with clean lines and basic matting. The detail is in the die cuts.

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Prim and Proper?

This one is an oldie but a goodie for me. It features both Sparky and Spunky. I had them dress in DH’s suits and hold up a frame. I attached a sheet to the bed rail for the background. Jeepers, this was before I got my D-Rebel! I used B&W film for this!

Supplies include a large frame as a prop, glass removed, and clothes that don’t fit. Scrapbook supplies include Mr. Ellie Pooh and Basic Grey paper, a shipping tag, Amaco Light Weight Aluminum foil and Rub N Buff (Spanish Copper), and some ribbon & fiber from my stash. Can’t forget the Ranger Distress Ink and Cut N Dry foam.

Spellbinders Dies are Hinges, Buckles, Geometric Rectangles (or you could use Nestabilities, this was pre-Nestie, aren’t we lucky to have them!), Graceful Font, Caesar Font, Playful Font, Mystic Font and Indulgence Font.

This is a pretty straight forward layout to me. On the corners and buckles I rubbed Rub N Buff to get rid of the shiny newness, so it would go better with the aged look of the page, and I used Vintage Photo Distress Ink rubbed onto the photo with a small piece of Cut N Dry foam, then edged it with Black Soot. I did the same to the background patterned paper, and the 12×12 piece too. The shopping tag was done with a combination of Vintage Photo, Weathered Wood and Fired Brick.

Check back tomorrow for more art and the start of the Nestability Birthday Party! Rules and details on how YOU could win the featured Die, or even a Wizard and $500 in dies! More of the Cinderella Story is coming soon too!