Dusting Off the Flower Punches

The other day I was poking through the punches in my stash when I came across all of my flower punches. I thought to myself, “Wow! I haven’t used these for awhile!”

I grabbed some scraps I had laying on my desk and spent the next hour punching, curling petals, and combining shapes onto simple brads.

I had forgotten how much I love making paper flowers! It was a blast!

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I even created a couple more flowers with my Silhouette Cameo machine.

Next, I grouped them all together on my desk for a quick snapshot. I loved the way they looked so much that right then and there I hot glued them to a card front.

I stamped out a simple sentiment from the Stampin’ Up Remarkable You stamp set … added a few die cut leaves using the Echo Park Spring Flowers Die … and called it good! Simple kraft colored photo corners finish it off.

I left my little creation out on my desk and have been enjoying it ever since!

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What tools in your craft room have you been neglecting lately? Pull them out and put them to use … I’m willing to bet that you will have a great time and remember how much you love using them!

Have a great day!
JanaBold

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Bella Blvd: Back to School Page Inspired By the Iconic Apple

Happy Friday, friends! I have always loved the feeling of going back to school! The freshly sharpened pencils, the new box of crayons with their perfect points all lined up in beautiful rows, new clothes and shoes, seeing friends, and the feeling of a fresh start.

Today I am up on the Bella Blvd blog with a Back to School page about my son. I decided to use the iconic school symbol … the apple … as inspiration for my color choices.

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I love the simple colors of an apple … the red of its shiny skin, the green of the leaves, and the black of the stem. I found this beautiful image of an apple on pinterest HERE to get me started.

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I lined the photos up in a single row in the center of the page, with a block of the Football Throw It paper in the center, cut to the same size of the photos. I decorated this block with Oh My Stars star paper pieces and used an Oh My Stars gift tag for the journaling.

The photos and journaling block are then anchored together with three rows of border stickers from the Soccer Fundamentals Stickers.

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Along the top of the photos is where I placed the title; using the “New” acrylic word along with alphabet letter stickers from the Soccer Fundamentals sticker sheet and Tiny Text Pumpkin Spice Stickers.

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I decorated the centers of the two letter “O”s with a couple of star die cuts, a button tied with twine, and a clear enamel sticker (Stampin’ Up Metallic Enamel Shapes). The green arrow and circular star stickers add a bit of fun to the title as well.

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With my design centered in the middle of the page, I felt like it needed to be framed a bit. I decided to “bookend” the top and bottom of the design with strips of the Oh My Stars McIntosh Stars paper with its clean and simple plus pattern. I then used the Stampin’ Up Border Ticket Tear punch to add a decorative strip of black cardstock below the top patterned paper strip.

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Next time you sit down to scrapbook a page, try using the colors of a simple icon or image to guide your color choices. It was a lot of fun!

SUPPLIES:

OTHER SUPPLIES:
Cardstock: White, Black
Bella Blvd. Tiny Text Pumpkin Spice Stickers
Metallic Enamel Shapes (Stampin’ Up)
White Button/White Crochet Twine
Border Ticket Tear Punch (Stampin’ Up)
Silver Brad
Black Journaling Pen
Adhesive/Foam Squares
Trimmer/Scissors

Have a great weekend!
JanaBold

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Bella Blvd: Creating Stamped Cork Embellishments

Hello, friends! Today I am up on the Bella Blvd. Blog with a fun tutorial. It’s Stamping Week and I decided that I wanted to try something a bit different for my assignment. I pulled out a sheet of thin cork from my stash and used the Illustrated Faith Delight in His Day and Seeds of Faith stamps to create my own cork embellishments.

First, here is a look at the completed page.

TODAY I AM…

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First, I used red, blue, and lime green ink to stamp several images onto the thin cork sheets.

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Then, I used various circle punches to cut them out. To ensure that I lined up the images the way I wanted them to appear, I flipped the punch over, so that I could align the image in the window.

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The thin cork sheets punch out easily! Make sure you use a thin cork … the thicker cork sheets probably won’t even fit in the mouth/slot of your punch.

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I repeated this process until I had a variety of sizes and images to work with.

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The first thing I did was decide how I wanted to use the cork circles in my design. I decided to place a cascading column of the circles on the right side of the page, and then place my photo, title, and journaling on the left side.

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Once I had finished the page, I went back to the column of cork circles and filled in the white space in between them with Puffy Crosses and Puffy Stars Stickers (Milk White, McIntosh Mix, Pickle Juice), along with a few splatters of Teal Color Shine Mist.

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To balance out all the activity going on along the right side of the page, I added more visual weight to my photo by matting it with several layers of cardstock, patterned papers (Top Notch Paper, Sprinkled with Bliss Paper), and a sheet from the Crosses 6×8 Clear Cuts Pad. Everything is anchored on a vertical strip of Just the Ticket Paper and Borders Paper.

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I embellished the top left corner of the photo with a Designer Clip, Milk White Puffy Stars Stickers, and an arrow and phrase sticker from the Illustrated Faith Delight In His Day Fundamentals Stickers sheet.

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Below the photo, I placed my title. I wanted this page to be about how I am feeling about myself and my life lately, so I used the “Today” acrylic word, along with the letters from the Fundamentals Stickers Sheet to spell out the title of “Today I Am…” I followed that up with a few descriptive words and the date (created with my computer).

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A little bit of mist and a few more puffy star stickers, coordinate with the mist and puffy stickers going on along the right side of the page.

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One thing I love so much about Bella Blvd. collections are the bright happy colors … I couldn’t resist matting the entire page with the colorful Raise Me Up Paper. A line of blue stitching around the edge of the page and down the vertical strips of patterned paper finishes everything off!

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SUPPLIES:

OTHER SUPPLIES:
Cork Paper: Die Cuts with a View
Sewing Machine/Blue Thread
Brown Distressing Ink
Ranger Inks: Seaside, Ladybug, Cactus
Clear Acrylic Block
Various Circle Punches
Adhesive, Foam Squares
Trimmer/Scissors

Have you tried stamping on something other than paper lately? Give it a try! I had a lot of fun with this one and love how customized you can make your page look by creating your own embellishments.

Have a wonderful weekend!
JanaBold

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Flexing My Declutter Muscle

Are you on a spring cleaning kick lately like I am? I have only just begun, but it seems like one of the things I am constantly reevaluating are my creative supplies.

I love my supplies! I love having them. I love creating things from my stash. But there comes a time when the amount of things I have starts to overwhelm my creative process and I know I need to purge.

The problem is that as a creative person I can see the “potential” in everything, so I have a hard time letting go of items I haven’t had a chance to use, even if I have had it for several years. I am trying to be better at mixing older things with newer things, using newer items right away, and matching my rate of shopping for new things to the rate of my consumption.

I recently came across a series of three videos about decluttering and purging by the amazing Origami Twist on YouTube. Her thoughts about culling our collection really hit home for me, and I have been able to give myself a bit more “breathing room” in my space.

My favorite phrase she said in the first vidoe is that each time we use our declutter muscle it will get stronger.

I FEEL that! I purged several things a month ago, but I decided to go through my stash again … and it’s true! I can feel my declutter muscle getting stronger.

I am being more realistic about the things I will truly get around to using, and more willing to pass things on to someone who will give those items a loving “home” and allow their “purpose” to be fulfilled, as well.

I have included all three videos below, if you would like to see them. They really are incredible and I suggest investing the time into watching all three.

The third video about HOW to actually MOVE the stuff out after you have decided to purge was just as ground-breaking to me, as the two about WHAT to purge.

I think you will enjoy these as much as I did!

Have a great week! and Happy Spring Cleaning!

JanaBold

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