Thursday, February 27, 2014

One Little Word 2014

I realize that I may be a little bit late to the OLW party. I typically don't do journals or books for myself, like, at all. But, 2013 was a very difficult year for me personally and I decided that not only would I pick a word for 2014 but that I would keep a journal, or scrapbook type journal, or Smash book...whatever you want to call it.

Last year I purchased this Memory File Spiral Bound album by Heidi Swapp from Nicole Petersen Designs. I had no idea at the time what I was going to do with it, but I had to have it. ;) All of the pages are different sizes and media types. The first page is a little banner with a polaroid printed on it and the center is open. That made the perfect intro page for my OLW journal.

I wanted to make the window a pocket page and fill it will some Want2Scrap bling and sequins but I didn't have any vellum. So I grabbed the next best thing...wax paper. Yep, I did, and as you can see it worked! I cut a rectangle strip of the wax paper then folded it in half and filled it with Pink 72 Count Pearls and some sequin from American Crafts. Then I used some Washi Tape from my stash to seal the edges and adhered it to the back side of the frame. I really love how the pocket turned out too. And, as you can see my OLW for 2014 is me. Throughout the year I will share the stories of last year that led up to that choice. I used my trusty Thickers for the 'me' and added a cute little flair button from {a flair for buttons} to finish it off.

My friend, Mary-Ann, is on the design team for {a flair for buttons} and if you haven't seen Shelley's flair you MUST check it out. Super cute stuff. Anyway, after drooling over many of Mary-Ann's projects I HAD to buy some flair. Had to. I purchased a mix and was able to choose a number of designs from different sets so that I could make them fit in my book all year. You can, however, purchase coordinating sets as well.

Do you keep a journal or have a OLW each year?

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

I Ruff You

I never thought I would "love" a dog. I mean, don't get me wrong, I like dogs...especially little dogs. ;) I have always wanted a Yorkie and my hubby's aunt breeds them. He ran into her a while back and she graciously gave me a new little baby Yorkie from her latest littler. Now, I am one of "those" dog lovers. I just love him to pieces. So, naturally, I couldn't resist the new I Ruff You Overlay by Want2Scrap. :D

I used papers from the new Bo Bunny Happy Tails collection! I just adore this line. After placing my papers and photo mats where I wanted them, I went to work embellishing. First, I cut down Nestabling Pennants Black Rhinestones to fit the little printed banner on the lower left photo mat. Next, I added a Designer Embellies Corrugated ATC card to use as a mini photo mat. It just so happened that the Bo Bunny Happy Tails License paper has tags and names on it and I found my dog's name! So I fussy cut the tag and added it to the bottom of the ATC then added 2 large pearls from the 72 Count Black Pearls pack, one on either side of the tag.

Here are a few close up shots...

Unfortunately, before my new printer arrived, I had to ship this Overlay off to be used as a product sample. But, my new printer is here and when this Overlay returns, I will be adding pics of this adorable little guy to it...

See what I mean?! How could you NOT love this little guy?! :D

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Friday, February 7, 2014

DIY Night Light

I know I have shared a night light or two I have created in the past. I just can't get enough of making these. They make PERFECT gifts and are soooooo easy! Here's one I recently made for Want2Scrap...

These little night lights also make great uses of your scrap papers!  I purchase my fringe trims at Hobby Lobby when they are on sale or in large cuts with my 40% off coupon.  Then I add extra trims, like the Hot Pink Rose Trim from Want2Scrap then embellish.  They come together quickly and are a nice, affordable personalized gift option.

For full details and supply list, please visit my post on the Want2Scrap blog.

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Monday, February 3, 2014

DIY Valentine Decor with Want2Scrap

This April marks four years since we purchased our new home. Can you believe that as of January 1, 2014 I had yet to personalize the living room or even hang a single piece of decor on the walls? As a matter of fact, we didn't even have living room furniture. LOL! Just a couple of recliners and a futon. But, we found a great set of furniture that we LOVE and got a fabulous deal on it. That sparked something in me and I wanted to really make it look like home. So my friend, Lawrin, and I set out on a shopping adventure. I purchased a mirror, lamp, candle sticks, picture frames, a wall clock and shelf and more! After an hour or so, and a little...okay a LOT...of help from hubby, our living room became a warm and inviting space in our home. 

Since I had purchased a little shelf, I needed something to put ON the shelf. So I decided the shelf would make a perfect spot for seasonal decor and decided to create some Valentine decor.

I started out with the idea of the mini printers tray and banner.  But, as you can see, I ended up also making a mini altered canvas as well.  For full details and supply list, please visit the Want2Scrap blog.
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