Friday, September 29, 2023
TGIF and Happy Thankful Friday! I did the math and can you believe this TGIF; Thankful Friday series has been going on for FIVE and a HALF years?
So, what am I thankful for this week? I'm thankful for dreams. I'm talking about the night dream that you wake up remembering and it gives you all the feels. I had a great dream about my son and it was so real that it made me happy but also made me cry.
I'm so thankful for them.
What are you thankful for this week? Leave a comment below or follow me on my IG account @3sons_and_astar. I do a Thankful Friday post there as well.
Wednesday, September 27, 2023
I'm creating another wedding album - this time for my nephew - and knew I needed to create base pages now to help with the completion and save time.
Check out this YouTube video explaining the Base Page Concept and super warp speed video clips of putting them together.
I love this color combination and the more I work with this paper pad, the more I love it. There are some that look a little Halloweenish, but once the photos & embellishments are added, it'll change completely. I can't wait!!
Make It From Your Heart page guide is from Close To My Heart
Paper Pad and Album are from Hobby Lobby
Monday, September 25, 2023
Which way will I go?
Friday, September 22, 2023
I had a lot of fun creating this mini album. You can see in the video all the flips, flaps and pockets this album has since it had to contain so many photos. I didn't do a lot of journaling but I plan on typing something and tucking it into the pocket on the last pull out element.
Check it out!
TGIF and happy thankful Friday! This week, I am so thankful for my friend Vicky. She started as a coworker but now is one of my dearest friends. You know the person who is there for you all the time. The one who treats you to a homemade lunch and sends you home with a doggie bag of homemade cookies and brownies! You don't? Well, that's my friend Vicky.
Thursday, September 21, 2023
There are only 97 days until Christmas. Have you started your Christmas craftinging? I’m sharing a Christmas project on the PCC Blog that you can definitely start now. I used the D111 Santa Face Money Holder cut file to create these super cute money holders that will be used as ornaments on our tree.
Giving the gift of cash is great for any recipient and why not give it in a super cute and festive way?!
Once you upload the image and before you cut it, be sure to attach the money slits to the beard by using the Attach feature. This is the only prep you need to do with the exception of gathering your papers.
I had fun selecting an assortment of skin tone papers and Santa hat colors to make a bunch of these money holders. Don't you LOVE them?!
Since I decided that I am going to hang these on the Christmas Tree for each of my adult kids, I punched a hole on the top, handwrote names added a bead & jingle bell to twine and tied it through the hole. I also went back and outlined the white pieces with a blue grey alcohol marker, outlined the cap with a fine point black pen and some white highlights on the cheeks!
I created a YouTube Short when putting these together. Be sure to like and hit the subscribe button so you don't miss out on any of my videos. I post at least two a week. One will always be scrapbooking and the other will be whatever it is I'm creating in the Command Center.
Wednesday, September 20, 2023
I loved the gingham in the sketch so much I decided to use that as a jumping point when making this card. Check out the YouTube process video to see more, but I love this inside popup/accordion fun fold that really makes this card special.
Here's the sketch from Sketch n Scrap:
Tuesday, September 19, 2023
The cut file is from Printable Cuttable Creatables and super easy to put together. After cutting all the pieces and before adhering it all together. I always stack the layers together before adding adhesive. Believe me, this is a great tip especially when using solid cardstock since there really isn't a front/back side.
Friday, September 15, 2023
This week has flown by which that information in general is enough to be thankful, but this week I'm thankful for NFL Kick Off!
Join a fun group of crafty peeps each month as we take on the Iron Crafter Challenge! Each month Anna from @piececraftlove or Tara from @thepapersnob selects a challenge ingredient to use on a layout. This hop goes live on the THIRD FRIDAY of the month to show how we use the challenge ingredient(s) for the month.
The mystery challenge ingredient for September is STICKERS (NOT alphas or phrases). I'm excited to see what the other participants create. I am so happy with how mine turned out!
Here is a playlist with ALL the videos of the participants:
If you want to learn about the mystery item and play along, come over to the Piece Craft Love Facebook group:
Dorlene https://youtube.com/@dorlenedurham?si=H1U13Zg6luL-er3q HEY, that's me!
Brandi Jo: https://instagram.com/scrappy.boymama
I pretty much followed this sketch to the "T". Even down to the star embellishments. The nice thing about sketches is that you can use them as an inspiration, do what I did or anything in between. They are a great way to start a layout especially if you are experiencing creative block.
I'm using sketch #281 from Sketch n Scrap. Be sure to join their challenges either on the blog or the FaceBook page. They post two card sketches and two layout sketches per month.
Wednesday, September 13, 2023
Monday, September 11, 2023
It's time again for a Mix It Up Monday YouTube/IG Hop! We're using this sketch from Scrapbooking Top 50 Australia Blog and lots of mixed media for this hop. Be sure to follow along by looking in the information box on each YouTubers' video or check the Playlist for this Hop HERE.
Welcome to Mix It Up Monday – a Social Media hop where we share projects that MIX IT UP!
This hop is a collaboration between Anna from Piece Craft Love and Kimberly from @IdRatherBeScrapbooking but anyone is welcome to play along. We post the inspiration sketch on the last Monday of the month on Facebook and then the Hop takes place on the 2nd Monday of the month!
You can sign for the next month’s hop over on the Piece Craft Love Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/piececraftloveclubhouse/
Here are the hoppers for this month's Mix It Up Monday:
Kimberly from https://www.youtube.com/@IdRatherBeScrapbooking
Kristen from @scrappingonthefly1217
Lynda from https://youtu.be/i0YzO8L9uq4
Christine from https://youtu.be/ea9o0yvxCLI
Tara from @thepapersnob
Karen from @alittlekinder
Nikki from @NikkisScrapbookingAdventures
Mel from https://youtube.com/@MelWScrapping
Shannon from https://youtu.be/6t4Ex8Cw8Sc
Dorlene from https://youtube.com/@dorlenedurham
Brandi Jo https://instagram.com/scrappy.boymama
DawnLyn - www.instagram.com/dawnlynsdesigns
Sunday, September 10, 2023
I'm back sharing another project made using a SVG from Printable Cuttable Creatables website. The theme this month is reading or books - which is combining my two favorite hobbies. Crafting & Reading!
I uploaded the image into Cricut Design Space by clicking the New Project button on the top right and then clicking on the Upload option on the left.
Besides the cuteness, the one thing I love about the images from Printable Cuttable Creatables is that they come with and without the offset. If you look closely, you can see the difference.
I have decided to use the image with the offset so I will Ungroup the images, select the bottom image and then select the trash can icon on the top right to remove it.
I’m not worried about trashing the image here since this step only affects the current project, not the saved file in my Cricut Design Space images.
Since I am using this image to create stickers, I now need to click on the Flatten icon on the bottom right. This changes the image to a print file and the Cricut cuts it as one complete image around the edge. This is why I like to have an offset. If there’s an issue with an unclean cut, the cut will affect the offset versus the image itself.
To get as many of these stickers as I can to fill my sticker sheet, I changed the image width size to 2.25. (As long as the image is locked, once I tab over, the image height will automatically adjust.) Then duplicate the image 10 times to get a total of 11 stickers on one sheet.
Once you click on Make It, two mats will appear (see the left side of the photo below). Click on the second mat and one by one select each image so it can be moved to the first mat. To do this, click on the three dots and Move object. Select the first mat and then move the image to an open area on the sheet. Continue for all three images.
Once that is complete, select Continue. You will be prompted to Send to Printer and once it prints, place the printed sticker sheet on your mat and cut. (Be sure to select the correct material type when cutting your stickers.) Here they are, printed & cut around the images.
I plan on putting a sticker in random books at my local library. Wait, let me clarify. I plan on keeping these stickers WITH THE BACKING SHEET still on before placing them in random books at my local library. LOL That almost sounded a little destructive!
Because of this, I used regular scissors to cut them apart so they are an individual sticker versus a sticker sheet.
See how easily they come off the backing sheet?
I’ll keep one for myself and the remaining 10 will be placed in the books. I hope these stickers brighten someone’s day!