Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Niles Scrap Addicts & Page Layout Challenge

Since we started the new Facebook page Niles Scrap Addicts, I have thought about a challenge to keep us creative and crafting. Then I started to think about our last retreat where we each started to think about making an album about us. Not just pictures we take but of who we are and what we like.

Every other week I will have a challenge on here encouraging you to make a page about you. I’ll give you the page theme. The in between weeks, I will have a layout idea for you that you can use to make the page.

Since I use Close To My Heart’s layout books, I will make sure to reference the book and layout. However, this first one I don’t have a reference for. I was shown it at a retreat earlier this year and I love it!

All you need is your base cardstock ( I normally used white or cream) 1 piece solid cardstock and one piece of patterned paper to make this double page layout.

Cut your solid cardstock: 3 ½” x 12” (twice) and 1 ½” x 12” (twice)
Cut your patterned paper: 2 ½” x 10 ½” (twice) and 1” x 12” (twice)

Place the 3 ½ x 12 up to the bottom of both pages.
Place the 1 ½ x 12 up to the top of both pages.
Place the 2 1/2 x 10 ½ to the right edge of page 1 a 1/2” from the bottom of the page, on page 2, line it up to the left edge a ½” from the top of the page.
Place the 2 1/2 x 10 ½ to the right edge of page 1 a 1/2” from the bottom of the page, on page 2, line it up to the left edge a ½” from the top of the page.

From here, you can ad whatever size pictures and however many pictures you want, some embellishments and a title. You can also turn the layout to make it alittle different. Below are a few pages I have completed with this layout

Your challenge this week is to use this layout with pictures. You choose the sizes, the colors etc. Can't wait to see what everyone comes up with!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

She's About to POP! Baby Shower

One of my favorite cousin's is expecting at the end of April. I don't normally get excited about others being pregnant because of all the issues we've gone through with trying to have a baby. However, I am super excited about Jess!! 

Since her and her husband are not finding out what they are having, and hadn't decided on a theme for the nursery before we started planning the baby shower, I searched on Pinterest (AWESOME Site!) and found I also emailed a few other links to Jess and let her see what she liked. I'm not sure if she liked the Popcorn theme or just the popcorn mix better! So this is what I came up with:

Needed: Cartridges: Carnival, George (or other shape cart), Everyday Pop-Up Cards
Design Studio, Gypsy, or Craft Room software

I used the Design Studio software to weld the popcorn box from Carnival (then manually cut off the popcorn top) I also welded together the popcorn top and a Rounded Rectangle (from George) that would fit inside the  popcorn box. (I used an off white paper then used ink to create the buttered popcorn look)
I then folded glued the right and left edges of the box. For the outside, I cut out red part of the box, The pregnant shadow from Everyday Pop-Up Cards, and an oval from George. Glued everything down (I pop-dotted the silhouette) , and Wah-lah! The cards are done!

Here are the decorations and gifts using the same cuts. 

Everyone got a bag of microwavable popcorn to take home

Boxes filled with popcorn and M&Ms

Diaper Cakes for the Food Table and the Punch Table
The popcorn kernels are from the Slumber Party Cartridge

I thought everything turned out great! This is probably my favorite shower I've put together so far!

Friday, March 30, 2012

Princess Tutu

I know its be a year since I last posted. I'm sorry about that. Even though I have been crafting in the past year, I haven't kept up on the blogging about it. So now I'm catching up! With all the projects that I've finished and are still working on, I should have enough blogs to get me through summer! (as long as I keep typing instead of crocheting when I'm watching TV or laying around)
Anyways, onto the project....TUTUs!!! I have seen tutus at every craft show lately! I figured they shouldn't be too hard to make, so I Googled, got the dimensions and the instructions and started to make them. Of course the first two I never took any pictures of, however I did make sure I took a picture of this one! I'm getting better at that!

 I used purple and white tulle. I found the flower in the dollar section at Joanns Fabric.

I used the Gypsy to cut out the crown and lettering on Contact paper. (Paper Doll Dress Up & Billionaire) Adhered the contact paper to the onsie then painted it with purple fabric paint. Let it dry then pulled off the contact paper. (Pretty easy to do!)

And Here is the finished project! I wrapped it up and gave it to my niece for her first birthday.

Hope you enjoyed the post! I'm planning on posting at least once a week, if not more often then that. So Hopefully you'll be back soon to check out more projects!