Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Laminated Planner Pocket

Have a friend that loves all things "planner"?
The project that I'm sharing today would make a wonderful
gift for any planner lover or someone just starting out!


This sweet planner pocket is a compilation of wonderful products from 
DCWV & XYRON
You can find the "DIY Project Pack: Mini Albums" online
The Stack is filled will all sorts of elements that can be cut out:
pockets, pages, tags, flags, tabs, pinwheels, icons and more!
After trimming out the large pocket, I ran the piece through the 

As noted in the top photo, the NEW Xyron Creative Station has the 
capability of holding both 5" and 9" cartridges!

I trimmed away the laminate by using the edge of the pocket as a guide.
The sides and bottom of the pocket were then scored and folded.
Next, I used the Xyron Mega Runner to hold the sides together before machine stitching (I did this just to add texture & a whimsical flair).



After cutting out all of the elements, I made several of them into 'stickers' by
running them through the Xyron 3" Sticker Maker
and then trimming away the adhesive sheet.  

The front was embellished with a pocket that was stitched on, banners, owl motif
and the hand-assembled pinwheel...fun!

The inside of the pocket was generously filled with all of the components:




The paper stack includes vellum sheets as well!  
I created two pockets, labeled and filled them with goodies.
Twine was added to the tops of the different tags so they're ready to use!


By using the Xyron Laminate to cover the pocket, it will provide an even safer
environment for storing the pieces until they're ready to use.  
The recipient may decide to punch holes along one side of the pocket and
add it to their planner!  

Stop by the Xyron Facebook Page to see even more unique products in
our exchange with DCWV over the next couple of weeks...enjoy :)

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Putting the "U" in Flower

hey, hey, hey, I'm up toady 
on the 
with this so sweet layout featuring the 
"Honey, I'm Home" Collection and the brand spanking NEW
"Alphabet Punch Board"
(available soon!)

This is justttt a little peek, so stop by the WRMK Blog to
learn how I put it all together :)
Thanks for dropping by!
Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Carded & Tagged by Xyron

Today we're getting carded and tagged with these cute, all-in-one
gift card holder tags featuring vintage-style printables and fantastic adhesives from
XYRON, INC.

I've used this set of birthday "vintage kids" printables on a few occasions and 
they're still a favorite to create with...especially quick tags that can be layered with
a few small embellishments.  Everyone LOVES receiving these on a package!

First, I started with some heavy textured patterned papers from Carta Bella.  
For each tag, I cut the paper to measure 6"W X 5"H.  The paper was scored
in half vertically so that it would measure 3"W X 5"H when folded. 
Next, I traced around a gift card to find placement for the adhesive.
(see above)

I used the Xyron Mega Runner
 (permanent adhesive) to apply runs of adhesive
along the outside tracing of the gift card.  The paper was then folded back in 
half and a pocket for the card has been created.

After cutting out each of the printables, I made them into stickers with the
Xyron 3" Sticker Maker.  This is my #1 go-to and favorite way to make just about 
anything 3" or less a sticker.  Just give the cellophane top a good rub before
peeling off and you have a sticker that will stay put!

Now for the fun of putting all of the tags together:





Each of the tags were dressed with a smaller tag on top, a row of pom poms
along the bottom and all sorts of sweet embellishments from my stash!
To the top, I threaded through a strand of twine for hanging and a
whimsical boutique style bow to complete the cuteness!

Now a gift card (or folded money) can be inserted to the top and added to
a gift bag or card front. Aren't they delightful!?!

I'm very excited to be back and designing with Xyron!
I've literally been a crafter for as long as I can remember. I enjoy all types of
DIY, home decor, mini albums, cards...you name it!
I look forward to sharing my Xyron projects with you throughout the year, but in
the meantime, please visit the XYRON FACEBOOK
page to see more awesome projects!

Later, y'all!

Thursday, February 11, 2016

amour du jour

So my middle son had a cute idea for his girlfriend for
Valentine's Day, which got me to thinking about how to fill this
beautifully altered mason jar that I created for 

Instead of candy, write down your favorite things about the 
recipient on strips of paper and throw in a couple of handmade coupons to boot!

Now onto embellishing the jar:
I started with a clear, standard 7” jar, a 4” paper doily and the "Amour" Collection.
 The doily was dressed  up with a layering of scallops cut from the 6X6 Paper Pad. 
 I used the 3.25” and 2.75” dies from the “Scallop Nesting Set” and then inked around
 the edges of the papers with a walnut ink.  The two scallops were stacked together
 with foam adhesive and then adhered to the center of the doily.  The doily was
 attached to the center of the jar with foam adhesive tape.

The inner part of the lid was traced onto the blue damask 6X6 paper, cut out and
 then glued to the top.  A piece of white tulle was tied around the jar and then
 embellished with a boutique style bow from black dot grosgrain ribbon.

The Eiffel Tower sticker was attached to the center of the top scallop with foam
 adhesive.  It was further embellished with sequins and pearls at the bottom and
 a cluster of velvet flowers and leaves.  Three paper tails were added to the bottom.
  For the black tails, I die cut the banner shape from the “Blowing Kisses Heart Label Set”and cut it in half.  The tails, along with a banner piece from the Ephemera Pack
were attached.

I also made a sweetly embellished glassine bag with the same collection:
The glassine bag measured 4”X8”.  I machine-stitched around the perimeter 
of the bag to add interest and a bit of depth.

From the “Cherish Forever” 12X12 paper, a banner strip was cut to measure 2.5”X7”. 
 To create the banner shape, I cut a 2” slit up from the bottom center.  From each
 bottom point, the paper was cut at an angle until it met with the middle cut…easy!
  Next, I attached the banner to the bag with a high-tack adhesive tape.

The banner was embellished with layers of pieces from the Ephemera pack, 
as well as one of the journal cards that was fussy-cut; use adhesive foam squares 
or tape to give lots of dimension between the shapes!  I die-cut the sweet little heart
 using the Heart Label Die Set  and then inked around the edges with walnut ink. 
 Buttons were threaded to give a stitched look and then added with glue dots.


Two holes were punched at the top of the bag using a standard hole punch. 
 A seam-binding style ribbon was tied through and looped into a luscious bow.

Grab all sorts and sizes of bags and set out to create your own unique versions…
your Valentines will be in awe!
See more Carta Bella projects on the blog...so much inspiration!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Did You See It?

It made my day to see all of the excitement generated by
my Valentine project over at 
SCRAPBOOK & CARDS TODAY BLOG
yesterday!  If you didn't get a chance to see it yet, here is a look:

So don't throw out those K-Cup boxes!  Visit the S&CT Blog to
see a tutorial on how I put this sweet gift box together!

Monday, February 8, 2016

Spring...Coming Your Way!

Hello, Monday-blog-reading-friends!
I have a quick mini album up at 
ECHO PARK PAPER 
today using the new colorful and charming "Spring" Collection.

According to Punxsutawney Phil, Spring will arrive early this year…yay!  
Daffodils are all ready springing up here in NE Texas and we're expecting
a high of 74 degrees on Thursday...crazy...and it's still officially winter!

I started with a four page, flower shaped chipboard album that I picked up from
 Michael’s for a couple of dollars.  It measures approximately 6.5” in diameter.
  I traced the shape onto various 12X12 patterned papers from the collection,
 trimmed out and attached with adhesive using the Xyron Creative Station. 
 The edges were sanded lightly to give a clean, finished look.


I die-cut a large label shape for the front of the album using the 
Designer Labels Die-Set #5 .  It was layered with one of the 
Ephemera sentiments, die-cut flowers and sticker shapes.


 

Pages 2 and 3: on all of the pages I used the largest scallop circle to die-cut mats 
for the pages.  As you can see, I added lines for journaling on the one page…
just make sure to choose a fairly neutral background paper for journaling!



Pages 4 and 5:  In keeping with the circular shape of the album and mats,
 I die-cut the photos with a circle die as much as possible.  Use all different sizes
 of circles to create a collage of pictures for each page. 



Pages 6 and 7: I added the photos after placing all of the embellishments, but I love the off-center placement of the photo on the last page!  And don’t forget to add enamel dots and brads to dress up those cute stickers and make them extra fun! 
Products:

Designer Dies