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My apologies!

Oops!  When I left for Florida I had set a few posts up so I’d have the pictures off my computer and MEANT to do the talking while I was on vacation but never got back to it!  I promise I’ll get back in there and give you all the details on those projects here in the next day or so!  In the meantime, THIS is where I’ve been for the past 8 days and why you haven’t heard from me…

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So I will have around 1000 photos by the time it’s all said and done and I have everything loaded…I’m even in the mood to scrapbook now, lol!  Plan on seeing lots of mini albums, items altered with the gazillion shells I picked up, etc. in the coming months!  🙂  Posts with words – I promise!

Bittersweet Storage House

This piece was one I featured in an article in the February issue of Scrapbook News + Review on altered items for your craft room/studio.  I gave up on buying pre-made storage for my craft supplies ages ago.  I’ve found that by thinking outside the box I can come up with something custom-fit for just about any supply PLUS I get to alter it – woohoo!  I pretty much stalk the unfinished wood section of Michael’s.  Hobby Lobby is my other option, but I’ve found I don’t like their selection quite as well (or their quality – always check each piece before purchasing!) and they don’t change out their stock as often as Michael’s does.  When I came across this house shadow box (I think it was $5), my mind just raced with all the possibilities for what might fit into those cute little sections!  

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I’ve pictured here a variety of things that fit into the sections, but I actually use it solely for my Stickles and Glossy/Crackle Accents.  I like having those out and handy plus being able to see the Stickles colors at a glance.

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First I painted the whole thing with black acrylic paint (Jo Sonja’s by Chroma – it’s a nice, thick paint in a tube.  Step above craft grade, step below artist grade).  Then I started playing with the papers from the Bittersweet line from Basic Grey and just filling in all the spaces.  Paper packs are awesome for projects like this where you want a variety of papers – they’re all pre-coordinated!  I used an Xacto knife to cut out a few strips from one of the papers to decorate the “attic” area.  Then I just started dotting away with Scribbles (Duncan) in a shiny pink to make the edges more interesting.  Even with drying time on the Mod Podge and paint, I think the whole project only took me a couple of hours.  

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So next time you’re out at your local craft store, wander through the unfinished wood section and think outside the box!  Take a piece over to the scrapbook section to see what might fit – you might be surprised!!!

Flowered Tier Storage

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ATC – That Ship Has Sailed

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Spring Wooden Gift Basket

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Scrapbook News + Review April 2009 Calls

Scrapbook News and Review is looking for your altered and home décor creations.
The Details:
-Must include complete supply list
– Please send each item in a separate email unless they are part of a set
–Photo preferred to be 650 pixels on longest side, 72dpi.
-Please include contact information
– Projects may be previously seen. If chosen, we respectfully request they be removed from any blogs or galleries. An ‘Out for Publication’ sign will be provided upon request.

Send submissions to: jfranklin@scrapbooknewsandreview.com
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April 2009 Calls
Artful Rooms: Items that can be altered for use on a porch or patio.
Options: Birdhouses! All sizes, colors and styles – tweet tweet!
Seasonal: Mother’s Day decor and gifts for Mom
Wearables: Jewelry, totes, and other wearable items created using scrapbook/stamping supplies
ATC Alley: Designer’s choice – let’s see your latest and greatest Artist Trading Cards!

DEADLINE – March 25th!

Specifics for scrapbooking, mini album, stamping, card calls and more can be found here.

Anti-Valentine ATC

Obviously, despite loving to make projects for Valentine’s Day, it’s not exactly my favorite holiday, lol.  I made this ATC to temper all the lovey-dovey stuff I was making but not “feeling” this year.  Patterned papers and sticker from the Basic Grey Bittersweet line.  I cut the sticker and inked all the edges of the sticker and the ATC.  The epoxy hearts were actually one of the puffy ones from Making Memories that I simply split in half and used both sides.  The metal letters were originally gold and I covered them with alcohol ink to change the color.  I used the Around the Block tape embosser to do the wording.

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