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Spring Floral Peekaboo Frame


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This was a fun little frame that came together really easily using some papers from an 8×8 pack of Making Memories papers.  These $1 frames from Michael’s just happen to be the perfect size to allow you to use an 8×8 in its entirety.  This collection from Making Memories happened to have a lot of diecut papers in it and while flipping through them I found that I really liked the way the text looked behind this floral cutout so I Mod Podged them on as is.  You’ll notice the overhang on the sides (these frames aren’t perfectly square) – adding a couple of additional layers of Mod Podge to the front and back stabilizes those overhangs nicely.  I also added some glittery Scribbles (Duncan) to the flower openings to jazz them up a bit and then layered some Prima flowers for the corner.  The beads I used as the flower centers were from Flair from several years ago, but you can find coin-shaped beads like that in most bead departments of your local craft store.  

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Primitive Bird Wall Hanging

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Plaid recently came out with these packages of mdf cutouts in various shapes.  My nearest Michael’s only seems to carry a few of the shapes (which, of course, makes me want the others like crazy – doesn’t it always work that way?) and I picked up a package of these cute little primitive birds to play with.  I used Mod Podge to adhere some Prima papers and then some quick button eyes.  I made the holes to hang them with using a Crop-a-dile.  The bows are simply pieces of old raffia ribbon (I think this particular one was from DMD) scrunched in the middle then wrapped with twine.  I hung everything from a branch from my backyard using the same twine.  

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Easter Bonnet

Admit it – how cute are little girls in little flowered Easter bonnets?  I don’t have a little girl, lol, but when I saw these little white hats in the Target $1 spot I couldn’t resist.  And once I started covering it in flowers (American Crafts), I just couldn’t stop!  I glued them on using Helmar’s Premium Craft Glue and added buttons (Making Memories) with the same.  It was really easy – took about one hour while watching TV, lol.  You can’t really see them well, but there are also circles punched from KaiserCraft paper under the buttons as well.  Simple, inexpensive, and although I wished I’d have had a little girl to wear it, this hat looked darling hanging up as an Easter/Spring decorative piece as well.  

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Tissue Box Cover

Well Central Illinois is now officially under water.  Or at least my basement is.  At least it’s going to be a great day to hang out at home and do some creative things!  

Here’s one of the items I had in the March issue of SNR.  Every month I have an article regarding items that have been altered for a specific room of the house and March happened to be powder rooms.  So along those lines, this is a nice elegantly girly cover for a kleenex box.  Gotta admit.  I love the idea, however I have altered both types of wooden tissue box holders and can’t for the life of me figure out why they would be made to NOT fit any of the tissue boxes on the market.  This one was from Don Mechanic for DecoArt and I have yet to find a box that fits into it.  So you have to take the kleenex OUT of the box then put them in.  

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Yea.  Didn’t make sense to me either, lol.  Anyways, I covered it in patterned papers from Making Memories and also handcut the print flowers from a paper from the same Valentine’s Day line.  I always like holiday lines that work well for non-holiday items.  :)  I used a Staedtler pen to outline the flowers so they would be a bit more defined against the background and added some velvet ribbon (my favorite!) from American Crafts.  

I absolutely LOVE these chenille flowers from Creekbank Creations.  In hindsight, putting them on top of a kleenex box might not have been the most logical thing to do though, since the kleenex lint is drawn to them like a magnet.  The epoxy brads are from Making Memories.  The flowers and ribbon are attached using Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive and the papers, of course, are Mod Podged on.  There’s also a thin line of black stickles around the opening.  

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Butterfly Photo Holder

Another Michael’s unfinished wood find – $2 and because it’s basically just a block of wood – SUPER quick to alter!  If you’re looking for a beginner item to get your feet wet on altering, this would be an ideal project.   Simply cut your patterned paper (I used some Basic Grey) to the sizes of the sides and top.  

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Adhere them using Helmar Professional Acid Free Glue.  Cut out a couple of butterflies from more Basic Grey paper (or whatever embellishments float your boat for your project), do a little bending for dimension and adhere using Helmar ScrapDots for even more dimension.  A little bit of Scribbles action to get things glittery, of course.  A quick bow out of ribbon, a few Prima flowers and a teeny tiny button brad (Making Memories – I just love these!) and it’s done.  Really.  It’s that easy!

Scrapbook News + Review May 2009 Calls

May 2009 Calls

By Style* (see special call below)

 

Caught Ya! Mischievous

Children’s Artwork

Graduation

Letter to My . . . husband, wife, son, daughter, friend, hero, etc.

Military & Serviceman (police, fire, emergency crews)

Pieces of Me

 

Call Guidelines

    Please submit your pages with the following guidelines:

  1. Pages only — no altered projects, home decor or mini albums, unless specified
  2. Of any size, i.e. 12″x12″, 8″x8″, 6″x6″
  3. Can be traditional, hybrid or digital (please specify)
  4. Please send image(s) as large as possible and we�ll scale down to size
  5. Please NAME your image with the title of the layout or project
  6. Call name must be specified in subject line
  7. No restrictions on whether it has been posted to an online gallery, blog or other site, but we respectfully request that you take them down when requested for publication.

    Important Note: Please register at our site before sending in your submissions. This will ensure that we’re able to properly contact you as well as authorize you to view the magazine should your artwork be accepted for publication. All submissions must include a SNR username.

Deadline: May 13, 2009

Send submissions to subs@scrapbooknewsandreview.com

 

Special Call

By Style

    In each issue of Scrapbook News & Review, we’ll feature scrapbook pages by style and skill level. As a chance to see as many styles and genres as possible, for this call only, we will not restrict the amount of submissions per scrapbooker. In fact, we would prefer to see at least 3 to 5 layouts per scrapbooker in order to give us an idea of how well defined your style is.

    We’re currently looking for pages and projects of any size or subject. It must be a clearly defined style, i.e. clean and simple, modern and graphic, shabby chic, classic, freestyle, eclectic, etc. Please include the style category you feel best describes your work.

 

Mini Album Call

    The above flap album is an example that is just bare bones. Now we’d like to see what you can do with it!

Here is a list of what you’ll need: 

3 pieces of cardstock cut to 6×12 
1 piece of patterned paper or cardstock cut to 6 x 11 
5 pieces of patterned paper approx 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 
8 pieces of patterned paper cut approx 5 1/2 x 2 1/2 
2 pieces of patterned paper or cardstock cut to 6 x 1/2″ 
2 pieces of ribbon approx. 18″ 
4 eyelets 

Score the cardstock at 3″ and 9″. Fold and use a bone folder to flatten the folds. 

Glue the 3″ flaps together so all 3 pieces of cardstock are attached to each other. 

Adhere patterned paper to the book. 

Punch holes in the 6 x 1/2″ piece of cardstock/paper about 1/2″ in apart in the middle of the paper. Thread your ribbon through the holes. Adhere these papers to the ends of the 6×11 paper. This is the part that wraps around the closed book. 

Close up the book and lay it face down. Line up the center of that 6×11 piece of paper with the center of the back of the book and adhere. Then wrap the corners around the front of the book and use your bone folder to flatten the folds. Don’t adhere the flaps.

 

Stay tuned – I’ll be posting the calls for the altered/home decor section later this evening.

 

Playing Catch Up

Wow.  There are tumbleweeds over here rolling across my blogland home, lol!  I have so much to catch up on I don’t even know where to begin!  My days have been busy, busy, busy lately and although blogging has been on my “to do” list for the past month, it just always seems to get skipped.  I blame Facebook.  You can come find me there if you want to make sure I’m not dead if I disappear like this again!  

So anyways.  Let’s see.  Let’s start with Scrapbook News + Review.   That would be where a lot of my time and energy is going these days and if you haven’t come by yet, trust me, you will want to!  We have got some truly amazing things that will be unveiled in the coming months, from HUGE new features in the magazine to some spectacular events planned.  I really don’t know how to even begin telling you how exciting this all is – NO other magazine, print or online, has the kind of content we have in the works right now.  Everything from our new kit club section that unveiled in the April issue to the fabulous new sections coming up, videos, TONS of techniques, big projects with manufacturers…we got it all, baby!  And don’t be shy – the staff has all been crazy busy behind the scenes getting all the new stuff figured out, but we’d LOVE to have you stop by the forum and chat with us!  We’re ALWAYS up for making some time to talk to other paper crafting enthusiasts – it’s why we DO what we do, lol!  

Speaking of SNR, I’ve still got all my March projects to share with you (eek – and a few left over from February – do you really still want to see Valentine’s Day though?).  I’ll get to those next so you should start seeing those all pop up and wake my poor little blog up.  ;)

Next.  Helmar – wow, I’ve been creating up a storm with some fun new things they sent us and all of our fabulous new preferred manufacturer partners.  I’ll start getting some of that up as well!  For starters, this project went up today on the Helmar USA DT blog.  Go check it out for all the details on what I used and how!  

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