Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Lone Wolf Designs Tool Review Tuesday: Zutter Bind-It-All

Welcome to another Tool Review Tuesday from the Lone Wolf Designs Design Team. One of my most favorite things to make is mini albums. I love being able to pick out my own paper and embellishments and build the album from scratch. The only problem--how do I bind it? Sure, you can punch holes and use ribbon or binder rings OR you can use a Bind-It-All and get a professional looking o-wire binding.

The BIA is an easy machine to use and would be a great addition to your craft room if you like to make mini albums, too. It's not too big, as you can see from the graphic below, it fits in your hand and it weighs about 3 pounds. Check out this YT video for a great introduction to the machine.

I have included several pictures of different sized albums that I have made over the last few years.

SNOW word book

6x8 mini albums for the non-scrapper
Envelope mini album

I guess there's no blog post for this one, but these are little 4x4 mini books.

Baby boy mini album

Need a cover for your album? Don't worry, you can get Cover-Alls. They are chipboard covers available in a variety of sizes, colors, and spine styles. Cover-Alls are a good choice if you don't want to make your own chipboard cover. Check out the video below to see a junk-journal that I made using a Cover-All.

Also available are page protectors, pre-cut pages, acrylic pages, clipboard wood pages, chipboard covers, and o-wires in a variety of colors and sizes. The Bind-It-All makes it possible to make albums in all different sizes, from a mini-mini at 4" to a regular 12" album. You are no longer limited to the standard size albums you find in the store.

You can find these and many more products for your crafting projects at 25% off MSRP at Lone Wolf Designs, LLC. All you have to do is join the Lone Wolf Designs Discount Craft Supplies Facebook group. If you haven’t joined us yet, you’re paying TOO MUCH for your craft supplies!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

YPP Artsy Fartsy Tickets: Birthday

It has been a long time since I participated in swaps at Your Paper Pantry. I decided to jump in during the month of February and participate in the "Artsy Fartsy Ticket Swap."  The theme was Birthday. The ticket and cupcake are both files from the Silhouette store. I embossed the ticket with the Swiss Dots Embossing Folder and inked the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. I used Spun Sugar and Seedless Preserves Distress Inks on the cupcake. The cupcake was attached to the ticket with dimensional foam and I added Glossy Accents on top of the sprinkles.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Lone Wolf Designs Design Team Showcase: Canvas Corp Cardstock

Welcome back for another LWD Showcase. As you may recall, I used Canvas Corp mini canvas rounds to create a couple cards last month. Well, did you know that Canvas Corp has other products besides canvas? They carry several different designs of cardstock, canvases, hardware, ATC cards, envelopes, and so much more! 

Today, I used a sheet of postcards and altered them for a swap in one of my favorite crafty Facebook groups, The Scrap Cafe. You get 6 (4x6) postcards on a 12x12 sheet. I cut 4 postcards and used my Paper Distresser to really rough up the edges of each postcard. 

I inked the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. I also used Vintage Photo to stamp my sentiment (from the Mini Muse set) and then heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.

I stamped the birds (from the Anthology set) with VersaMark embossing ink and set it with clear embossing powder.

Next, I used Vintage Photo to add a little bit of color to my lace. I just pounced it on with the Ink Blending Tool.

I added a stick pin from my stash, some pearl strands, and a paper flower. I inked the edges of the flower with Vintage Photo.

Here is a picture of all 4 of the cards I made. Obviously, these are not made to go in the mail, unless in a well padded envelope. These can be used as a page in a mini album, an embellishment on the top of an altered box, or simply display it on a shelf with other travel memorabilia.

Canvas Corp has a lot of cardstock (and other items!) for your paper crafting and decorating needs. You can find these and many more products for your crafting projects at 25% off MSRP at Lone Wolf Designs, LLC. All you have to do is join the Lone Wolf Designs Discount Craft Supplies Facebook group. If you haven’t joined us yet, you’re paying TOO MUCH for your craft supplies!

Products available from LWD:

CCCCP2624 Canvas Corp - Black & Kraft Postcards 12x12 Paper
TO370 Tonic-Tim Holtz Paper Distresser
STCMS063 Stampers Anonymous - Tim Holtz Cling Mounted Stamps - Mini Muse
STCMS026 Stampers Anonymous - Tim Holtz Cling Mounted Stamps - Anthology
THTIM19527 Ranger - Distress Pads by Tim Holtz Ranger - Distress Ink - Vintage Photo
TSVM001 Tsukineko - VersaMark Ink Pad
RIIBT23616 Ranger - Ink Blending Tool Handle and Replacement Foam Ranger - Ink Blending Tool

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Scraps to Treasures: Pink!

Today I'm a guest designer on the Scraps to Treasures blog. Here, we use our scraps to make fabulous projects. This week, we were to use pink and/or red in our project. I created this super cute card. Using a pile of pink and tan scraps. Since they are scraps, I don't know the brands, except for the tag...it is from a piece of Cosmo Cricket cut-aparts. The flowers are Recollections and the doily is Wilton brand.

Robin at Scraps to Treasures will be having a special RAK once the blog has 100 followers.

My card was based on this card image that I found on Pinterest.

This card is also entered into the February 2014 Card Challenge in my favorite crafty Facebook Group The Scrap Cafe.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Creative Craft Cottage: Vintage

Happy Valentine's Day!! Now, I don't have a valentine project to share, but I do have a Vintage project to share. This week, the challenge over at Creative Craft Cottage is Vintage. I created this vintage/shabby chic banner for our booth at Chinaberry Dreams Soapworks & Gifts Artisan Marketplace

The banner shape is from the Silhouette Store (I believe it was a To/From tag). I cut them at just under 4x6 so that I could maximize the number of shapes I could get from a 12x12 sheet of paper. The shadow is Recollections Kraft cardstock and the front layer is made with the Basic Grey Fiction collection. I love making a project with paper from a paper collection. Everything already matches! I used paper flowers from my stash and the flat back pearls are a combination of Want2Scrap and StampinUp. The banners are threaded along some jute that I picked up from the Dollar Tree.

Here are close-ups of each section:

Here is a photo of our *nearly* finished booth. We are going to add some curtains around the walls and some greenery to finish it off. TamiKris, and I are looking forward to selling our handmade items and supplies and even teaching a few classes. If you live in the Midlands of South Carolina, we would love it if you would stop by our booth and sign up for a class!

Head on over to Creative Craft Cottage and link up your vintage creation.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

LWD Tool Review Tuesday: Cropper Hopper 12x12 Paper Organizer

I'm going on a Weekend Scrapbook Retreat with some friends at the end of March. I plan on winning the prize for getting the most pages completed. (There IS a prize for that, right, Tami?!?) In order to do that I need to be super organized. Cropper Hopper to the rescue! These 12x12 paper organizers are a great tool for organizing your papers and products, whether you are going to a crop or just using them on your shelves at home. If you have the vertical paper holders (also by Cropper Hopper) these are a perfect fit. You can fit over 100 sheets of paper in one organizer! I like that I can put an entire 12x12 pad of paper inside and the paper doesn't get bent. The organizers are a heavy duty plastic. You have to put the organizer together as it comes flat, but assembly is easy. It folds open with lock tab closures and it stays together even with a LOT of items inside. There is a handy-dandy carrying handle at the top and even a place to label the contents.

Very sturdy
Holds over 100 sheets of paper
Has a handle and a space for labeling

"Assembly" required, but it's super easy, takes less than 30 seconds

This is how it comes out of the packaging...flat.
You need to crease all the fold lines and fold them towards the "inside."
Insert the tabs into the slots. There is one for each side and one that keeps the organizer closed.
Here are 5 of them put together.

For Christmas I made 4 custom mini albums for a customer. I have lots of embellishments and paper pieces left over. I like being able to keep the entire collection together in one place. FYI--This one weighs 3 pounds (I put it on the bathroom scale), but it is secure in the organizer.

All the leftovers from making 4 mini albums....a LOT of stuff!
Nice and tidy and all together
Even though it's bulging just a little bit, the organizer still closes and is keeping it all together.

In 2012, we went on a family trip to a gem mine in North Carolina. I have yet to scrap these pictures...but I have everything all together in a paper organizer. I have a paper pad, a package of cardstock, several packages of embellishments, and even the pictures. When I *finally* get around to scrapping this trip I won't need to go looking all over the place for what I need since I have everything stored together.

These paper organizers are great for storing other supplies, too. I use them for storing my rub-ons, vellum quotes, baby quotes, Coluzzle cutting system, etc. They are also great for storing themed items like wedding and travel. I also use them to store pages that are in progress or pages that I have completed but don't have a home in a scrapbook yet.

As  you can see, I have several different brands of paper organizers. Some are Recollections, some are from the Dollar Tree. The closures on most of these are broken. As funds allow, I'm going to change them all over to the paper organizers from Cropper Hopper. That way they will all be the same size and since the Cropper Hopper brand has a flat bottom, they will stand up better in my cube.
This organizer holds my December Daily paper and pictures. When I go to work on this, I only have to grab this packet because everything is all together.
These are an older version of the Cropper Hopper Paper Holders. I have had these for over 10 years and they look just as great now as they did when I first purchased them.  They have made several in-town and even an out of state move and they are still holding up!

For this crop that I'm going to in March, I have 3 months in each organizer. Right now, I only have my pictures printed and my paper pad picked out. I'll add my embellishments as I purchase them and my Silhouette die cuts as I get them made. Hopefully this supreme level of organization will help me to win that prize for getting the most pages completed! 

How do you get organized, either at home or for a crop? I'd love to see what YOU use to keep yourself organized.

You can find these and many more products for your crafting projects at 25% off MSRP at Lone Wolf Designs, LLC. All you have to do is join the Lone Wolf Designs Discount Craft Supplies Facebook group. If you haven’t joined us yet, you’re paying TOO MUCH for your craft supplies!

LWD Item Numbers:

AVCH93388 Cropper Hopper 12x12 Paper Organizer
AVCH92600 Cropper Hopper Paper Holder

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Berry Cute Designs: Little Girl Baker

I have a project share with a file from Berry Cute Designs to submit another sample for their Design Team Call. I was looking through the files when this cute Little Girl Baker from the Kitchen Files caught my eye. I knew it would be perfect for the Thanksgiving pictures from last year. I haven't even scrapped 2012 yet and here I am making a scrapbook page for 2013. LOL My stepdaughter, Sarah, is 7 and loves to help out in the kitchen. This year I let her help me make a pumpkin pie and a chocolate brownie pie to take with us to my Aunt's house for Thanksgiving dinner.

My scrapbook page is 12x12 and will hold 8 (2x3) pictures and my journaling, which I will do on the computer. I only used the girl from the set. It also includes cookies, a rolling pin, and pot holders. I cut the little girl at about 6 inches and inked all the edges before assembly. The title and the little girl are attached to the layout with foam dots for dimension.

I created my own title "baking pies" using the font BaaBookHmkBold. I grouped the words together and then sized them so the word "baking" is about 3.5 inches. I ungrouped them and added the offset. Confession: As I was inking the letters, I lost one of the dots for the "i" so I used some clear bling.

I attached the chef hat with foam dots to add dimension. Since I didn't have any silver paper, I colored the mixing bowl with a silver Sharpie marker before I removed it from the mat. As a finishing touch, I added Glossy Accents to the facial features and the shoes. I also added a few pieces of clear bling to the bottom left corner to go with the bling used in the title. Oh, and the hair bows--the ones that came in the file were impossibly tiny. I used some twine from my stash and just tied them in a knot around the ponytails.

Paper: Core'dinations
Distress Inks: Spun Sugar, Vintage Photo, Gathered Twigs, Antique Linen, Black Soot