Thursday, July 19, 2012

LOVE Flip-It card

Okay, I've managed to get ONE blog post together for you, for while I am adventuring across the Hamptons and NYC.  :)

This is a card I created for the Discount Cardstock blog, using Doublemates card stock.  The cool thing about Doublemates is that it has two colors - Heritage is gray on one side, and black on the other, and the Pretty Pink has two shades of pink.  This card stock is a LOT of fun when making Flip-it cards with the Sizzix dies! I hope you like it! :)

LOVE Flip-its card
By Laura Williams

1. Die cut card with Sizzix Flip-its Square die.  Trim strips of card stock and adhere to card front.
2. Stamp sentiment on card, and onto dark pink scrap of cardstock.  Trim and adhere heart.
3. Trim strips and adhere to inside of card.  Stamp and trim hearts, and adhere. supplies:

other supplies:
die - Sizzix Flip-its 
stamps - Paper Smooches Stamps
ink - Clearsnap

I'll see you when I get back from the city!!!!!

Saturday, July 14, 2012

catching up with some hexagons!

Just here to catch you up with a few TSOL projects I haven't yet posted . . . .

This first is a flip-it card, (using a Sizzix die) which are so fun to make, but really difficult to photograph! I found this great website though, called PicMonkey, and I highly recommend you go play! You can make collages, and banners for your Facebook page, and it was REALLY quick and easy to drop these two photos into one image. Anyhooo. . . here it is!

 Stephanie released a set of smiley faces last month, and they are PERFECTION to add a smile to anything and everything! Candy really SHOULD be smiling, shouldn't it!? (cardstock is Bazzill Card Shoppe)

 And the new hexagons2love set. . . .sheer bliss! This set is a BLAST. Hexagons are so trendy and hip right now, and they are quite possibly the perfect shape. . .it can function as a circle, but it has straight edges, which makes cutting SO much easier! (Discount Cardstock's soon to be retiring Cyclamen Cascata Cardstock. . .my favorite pink color EVER.) 

This one is my favorite though.  . . .I know, I cannot get away from green and aqua, (or pink and aqua. . .or pink and green, ..  .or pink and green and aqua!) I used a regular old hole punch to cut out the center of my hexagons, and popped them up on foam tape. Easy peasy, and super cute. (more Bazzill Card Shoppe cardstock)

In a few days, we are dashing off to the Hamptons! (I love saying that. . .it makes us sound VERY fa-fa-fa-fa!) My brother in law is getting married out there, so my little guys will be donning their new seersucker suits, and (hopefully) walking down the aisle, on the beach, as co-ring bearers! (And my hubby is performing the ceremony!) After the wedding, we are going to spend a few days in New York City. We'll go to the Empire State Building -Bryce has wanted to go, ever since he got the Empire State Building in Legos! We're also going to see the Space Shuttle Enterprise, at the Intrepid. Add in FAO Schwarz, Grand Central Station, and Central Park, and I think our two days in the city will be PACKED! 

I'll try to schedule some posts while I am away, but we all know that might not happen! Summer and my little guys take priority right now!  But I AM going to have a sweet summer giveaway, sponsored by Bazzill coming up soon, so don't be a stranger!  And while I'm thinking of it, Bazzill is going to be doing giveaways on their Facebook page, and sharing sneak peeks of their new products, during every hour of CHA, starting on Tuesday! So be sure to hop over to Bazzill's Facebook page and score some sneaks!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Enjoy the Journey summer journal tutorial (Echo Park)

This is the latest tutorial that I created for A Cherry On Top.  I hope you enjoy it, and I hope you'll head over to ACOT to do some shopping! They have deals and sales going on ALLLL the time, so be sure to check it out regularly!

echo park summer journal cover
This summer my family and I will be doing a bit of traveling, and I'd like my seven-year-old to have a place to write about our adventures.  (Although this book turned out so cute, I might have to make one for myself too!) That being said, this is a great project for a child to use OR an adult!  
Echo Park Enjoy the ride journal supplies
Because I created this project for my son, I am prepared that it will be beaten and battered, and I didn't want to spend three days putting this together.  I set out to keep it SIMPLE.  I used Echo Park's mini theme, called Enjoy the Ride, which contains patterned paper, a sheet of journaling spots, and cardstock stickers.  I also used  four sheets of cardstock.  (Please pretend that you don't see the brown cardstock in the above picture. . . .I didn't end up needing it!)  The book has 8 pages, which are used front and back, and they all follow the same basic layout.
In addition to your basic tools, and the Echo Park Enjoy The Ride kit, the  only other items you need to complete this project are:
-a book ring (you can find these at an office supply store, in a variety of sizes)
-a few pieces of ribbon (as few or as many as you'd like)
Okay, here we go.  First we'll get all the cutting out of the way:
For each sheet of cardstock, trim .5 inch from one side (but don't throw it away!)  Then trim 2 4x8 inch strips.  
You'll have a three inch strip left over from each sheet.  (Don't throw that away either!)  Put all that cardstock in nice neat piles, and then we'll move on to patterned paper.
Trim a 2.5-inch and a .5-inch vertical strip of patterned paper.  Then cut each of those strips into 4-inch pieces.  For an 8 page book, you'll need 14 strips.  While you're at it, take that sheet of journaling spots, and trim them apart so you can use them to embellish the journal.  
Then, trim some notebook paper, or lined patterned paper, into 5x3-inch pieces, and round the two right corners.  (See photo below for example.)

Now it's time to stick it all together! This is the basic layout of my pages.  Each one consists of a piece of 8x4-inch cardstock, plus a 2.5-inch strip and .5-inch strip of patterned paper, notebook paper, and then whatever cutie-patootie sticker or journaling spot you'd like to embellish it with. (I left a few pages without notebook paper so that we can attach photos or memorabillia.)  You can also use those extra strips of cardstock, for borders or for matting embellishments. You'll crank these pages out easy peasy, I promise!  Be sure to leave the front of one page free for the cover!
For the cover, I picked my favorite stickers and a journaling spot.  To turn the journaling spot into a pocket, apply adhesive just to the edges, on three sides. It's the perfect spot to stick notes, tickets, and receipts from our adventures.  
Once the pages are completed, punch a hole through each page, and attach them to a metal book ring. 

To finish off the book, I tied some ribbon on the ring.  It's a great way to use up ribbon scraps! Just knot them onto the ring.
Here are a few of the finished pages.

And there you have it! There are so many ways you could customize this project.  A few fun variations. . . . make your book vertical, instead of horizontal, omit the notebook paper for a quick photo book, or put a pocket or envelope on each page to collect your treasures along the way.  I hope that for my son, this will be a great way for him to practice his writing skills, as well as save some special memories about his summer!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy 4th!!! (a quick project!)

One of my favorite family traditions of the 4th of July, is having the kids put little flags in the garden.  I've taken Mr. B's picture every year, and now the past few years since Little T has joined in it's gotten a little more complicated (because they fight over the flags, and move each other's flags, and mess with each other's flags, and turn flag's into pretend weapons to attack each other. . .you know, the usual BOY stuff) but it's still FUN! We'll head out to do that shortly, but for now, I'd like to share a little project with you that I whipped up.  I bought the notepad and pen from the Dollar Spot at Target (one of my favorite places on the planet.)  I used Posh Cherry Satin Sparkle cardstock, from Discount Cardstock, trimmed about a 3 inch strip, and I put it on my Scor-Pal, scoring lines on either side, so I could wrap the notepad.  (I just layed the notepad on top so I could decide where to score.  Then I used some corrugated pennants from CTMH, some alpha stamps from Pink Persimmon (which I really should use more often - they are great) and tied the whole thing together!  

I hope your 4th of July is filled with family, fun, and FOOD! We're off to the beach, to hang with family, and I'm sure there will be much FOOD involved too!