Valentine’s DIY Frame

February 2, 2017

Good Morning,

Today I have a DIY  frame to share made from scraps of chipboard and Graphic 45 Mon Amour.  The idea was to make something simple I can quickly put out as a little Valentine’s Day decoration but not so intricate it is hard to put it away after the fact. What I really like is there isn’t any glass to be broken by a dog and three boys.


The Base

I started with chipboard just shy of 2 mm thick


chipboard scraps

and cut to 7 1/16 x 5 9/16 then covered it with the “True Love” sheet (black with writing) from the 8×8 pad.  I then layered it with another piece of chipboard cut to 4 3/16 by 6 3/16 and covered with the flowers paper.


I had a perfect piece of chipboard that had already been scored with a 1/4 inch gusset and enough width to make the frame stand firm. I could have done a hinge but having the extra gusset gives the angle I am looking for and added stability.


The Back and Stand


I am putting this on a sofa table, so it was important to cover the back as it will be seen from all directions.


The striped stand with the gusseted top for stability.

I used just a basic black cardstock for the backside of the larger chipboard. Then  I was able to use a scrap from yesterday’s treat box. On the backside of the Bella Blvd. hearts is this black and white stripe design. I thought it was the perfect addition to the blank frame back.





I have had this beautiful cream 1 1/2 inch wide satin ribbon sitting in my stash forever that was perfect for this project.


Leftover charms from making a mini album. Love the hearts and the key.

I wrapped it around, tied the bow then glued the tails down for a cleaner look. Going through my embellishments, I found these heart and key charms that seem to go nicely with the overall look of the frame. They are attached by using a light cream colored floss by Graphic 45. I gave them a little room to move but still be front and center. To add just a touch of bling I used the Kaiser Craft Rhinestone strip (approx. 12 inches) to go around the edge of the inner chipboard frame.



Finishing and Other Idea Options

I finished the project with a black and white photo of my youngest. I was thinking another option would be to not use a photo but really go town with tags, flowers and maybe a stamped sentiment. Another thought, instead of using a stamped sentiment maybe cut out Happy Valentine’s Day in one of the popular fun handwriting fonts.


Hope this gave you some ideas for your scraps of projects past, I would love to hear about them.

Until next time….



Nuvo Crystal Drops -New Obsession

February 2, 2017

Good Morning,

This is just a quick share on adding to my latest product obsession, Tonic Studio’s Nuvo Crystal Drops.  During the holiday season, Blitsy crafts had a  sale on these I couldn’t resist.  Here are my latest additions.



Left to right: Wedgewood Blue, Duck Egg Blue, Pale Gold, Violet Galaxy, Rhubarb Crumble


These are currently one of my favorite products, it is embellishment in a bottle. Now they are offering some with sparkles. I picked these up with the fanciful thoughts of finishing some mini albums before Christmas. The pale gold went nicely with the Graphic 45 Christmas collection. While that didn’t work out at least, I thought ahead for Valentine’s Day!

If you are not familiar with these little bottles of dimensional fun, they are the equivalent of enamel dots. They work on all kinds of projects and materials by offering a nice finishing touch. I have used them on a scrapbook page as a way to finish a die cut, such as our orange tree in this layout below. They are also nice to add that little something to add to a corner or empty spot.


Pictured drops are Ripened Pumpkin, Apple Green, and Buttermilk. The tree’s oranges are done with Ripened Pumpkin.


Anyways, I would love to hear from you any fellow “collectors” or enthusiast how you use them. This is a safe place if you would like to share about just your collection that is okay too. 🙂

Until next time.

*I am not compensated by Tonic Studios or Blitsy just sharing products I think would be enjoyed by my readers. 




Valentine’s Day Treat Boxes​

February 1, 2017

smaller-valentines-boxGood Morning,

I feel the need to apologize for being down these past couples of months, the end of the year brought a series of personal/ family issues that needed to take precedence. Things are still crazy but more of the “good” kind of crazy.  My heartfelt appreciation for those of you who are still with me.

Now, let’s get into today’s project.

Valentine’s Day is around the corner, so I have started to work on some projects that are for home decor as well as gifts for my all my son’s school teachers and friends.  I am trying to figure out the best treat holder for mass production as I have about 50 plus I want to produce.

The Silhouette store had this cute little “3D Cracker Box” file by Lori Whitlock with finishing options of hearts, oval cut-out, and the oval scallop frame. This box cuts to over 9 inches (flat) which means one piece of 12×12 per box ( can get a little expensive for mass production). It folds up into an 8.5 inch (heart tip to heart tip) by 2inches with a depth of an inch. The length of the box portion is 5 1/8 in x 2 in. x 1 in. this creates a generous amount of treats.


The paper is by Bella Blvd from their 2016 Valentine’s Collection

The file allows for either a window to be cut or to cut an oval layer to write or stamp on. Using the layer option I cut an oval piece of acetate little larger than the opening.

Tip: If you have not cut acetate on your Silhouette before I recommend using the cardstock setting (thickness) but slow the cutting speed down from the recommended speed.

Once the acetate was cut, it was a matter of getting it lined up securely. Acetate has a beautiful look, but it is a material that requires some care when handling. If using liquid glue, it is important to not have a 3-year-old distracting you. If it smears, the glue residue has to be removed which can be some work otherwise, it leaves a “fogged” spot. To help finish off the top of the window I added the scalloped oval to finish the edges.

Hershey Kisses dressed in their Valentine finery seemed like the perfect treat to pair with this box.  Then it was just a matter of adhering the flaps and tying the ribbon on each end.

Tell me what you think of this treat box in comments. There will be more treat box options coming this week along with some Valentine’s Day decorations.

Until next time……..

Trying New Approaches for Page Design

November 23, 2016

Good Morning,

The quest to finish the 2015 pumpkin patch pictures continues with more of the Simple Stories “Hello Fall” Collection.

This picture of my littlest one was my favorite of all the photos I took that day. He was exploring this huge tractor tire and looked up to tell me about it; luckily I was fast enough to catch it.  Normally I do not like to do one small picture (4 1/2 x 4 1/2)  on a 12×12 scrapbook page, but I wanted this one to stand out plus as a bonus, I was able to journal about the day.


The inspiration for this layout design came from the large “Fall” letters on the chipboard sheet. Using large letters with all the color seemed like a fun change up for me to design around instead of the paper approach.  To create the page I utilized the 4×4 cut a part paper along with the 6×6 pad. I seem to be having an attachment to that plaid paper, can you tell it is my favorite? The blue goes perfectly with his clothes and his eye color.   Finally, the wood grain paper pulls everything together giving that “farm” feel to the layout.

I am developing a fondness for these cut apart pages; it was something I used to overlook since I am not a “Project Life” Scrapbooker. However, through my work with mini albums I have a new appreciation for them. I like the themes and color they bring to this layout in particular.   Cut  A-parts, they are not just for pocket scrapbooking anymore! 🙂

To those who are celebrating Thanksgiving tomorrow, I wish you a fun, happy day with your family and friends. I am sure I will end the day with mashed potatoes in my hair, a new burn scar from rushing around and passed out on the couch from exhaustion by 6 p.m.

Until next time…….


Autumn Doodlebug Mini Album

November 16, 2016

Good Morning,

Today I am sharing a quick mini album using the Doodlebug “Flea Market” Collection. I made six pages (counting front and back)  that measure 6 1/2 by 6 1/2. The cover is 6 1/2 by 7 with a magnetic closure.  Here are the details:

The Album Cover


One of the nice things about doing mini albums or any interactive project is being able to use both sides of a double-sided paper.  The cover is both sides of the “leaves” design paper. The popped -up band is my other favorite paper, the plaid, reversed to bring out the turquoise color.

The flap’s decorative edge is cut using Spellbinders Scalloped Borders Two.  To help secure the flap I used a large Basic Grey magnet.  Doodlebug’s 12×12 sticker sheets have a variety of sizes, words, and these large “title” (my term for it) stickers.  To keep the title from sticking to the band, I used some powder.  To finish the flap I used the “border” paper with acorns.

Page One


The book opens to the beautiful bright green camper paper with a 4×4 camper from the cut apart sheet. The 4×4 piece is a flap that opens, to reveal a photo spot on the backside. I left the base page plain as this is a small album with limited picture space. A 4×6 picture would fit nicely, or a couple of 3×4 can work too.

Page Two and Three


Page two depicts my inspiration for this album. I decided to go with one of the smaller themes of travel. The base paper is the colorful, cute suitcase paper.  Using their “Gingham and Linen” brown paper to make a pocket base for my favorite truck. The one in the “odds and ends” pack was the perfect size for the pocket. I filled the bed with a suitcase and pumpkins, if you are going to travel the countryside in fall, why wouldn’t you stop to get pumpkins?  The pocket has three photo mats (5 1/4 by 3 3/4) perfect for 5×3 photos or details of the trip.

Page Three


These tags were originally on the  4×4 cut apart sheet.  To add a little variety and interest, I made each its own hinge, then cut them into tags. The backside is perfect for a small picture and journaling. I used some of the border stickers on the 12×12 sheet to finish the back.

Page Four 



I made a pocket page to extend photo or journaling options. Making the pocket the with the “suitcase” paper, I did some fussy cutting to define and add a decorative border.

The 4×6 “You are my world” is a perfect match to create a photo folder on the inside as well as the back. Behind the folder is a large space for more pictures. In the corner is a sticker flower with a matte enamel dot for the center.

Page 5 and 6


Page five has a little bit of a twist to it.  Again the 4×6  cut apart sheet with the truck is used to create a picture folder by lifting it up. Then it can be flipped down to reveal the white photo mat as well as more spaces for photos all along the base of the page.  I would recommend magnets on multiple flips such as this one. Two sets of magnets are needed. One set for the “flip up, the second set for the base page and the back of the folder.  This will help keep the page from popping open revealing your second flip as wells as keeping the large photo mat from falling out.

Page 6 


This last page has a few options for photos by creating a double pocket as well as a hidden flip. I created two pull out photo/journaling folders. The first is using another 4×4 cut apart with  the typewriter.  The second one in the back with the trailer opens up but has a smaller flap to add journaling.

Once the photo folders are removed the pocket flips up to reveal two more spaces for photos along with a “say cheese” border.

Thank you for stopping in to look at my album. I hope you enjoyed looking at the bright, fun papers and pages as much as I had in putting them together. I always appreciate comments or questions.

Product List:

  • Doodlebug “Flea Marke 12 x12 collection
  • Doodlebug “Flea Market” 12 x12 sticker sheet
  • Doodlebug “Flea Market” odds and ends die cut pack
  • Doodlebug “Flea Market” 12 x12 Petite Prints in Gingham and Linen assortment.
  • Doodlebug “Flea Market” Icon stickers


Until next time…


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