Saturday, April 9, 2016

Come Clean 2016 April Premium Project

Hi to everyone from me, Darcie! Last month, Johnna's computer battery died and basically shut down the whole laptop so she wasn't able to broadcast. It turns out there was a recall on that machine due to the battery, so her laptop still doesn't work.  We will catch up on that show, probably later next month. In the meantime, we are marching on with this month's subject: Paint and Media, as in liquid/jar media. The bonus project named in the Come Clean 2016 workbook is called a Paint/Media Game Spinner and here is how to make it:

Supplies you will need:
1 8"x 8" piece of chipboard or a book for the backing
2 12 x 12" pieces of patterned paper
Printable of spinner parts - download HERE (print it landscape)
1 medium brad
1 medium clip
1 game spinner (Tim Holtz makes them or you can order from Amazon)
Duct tape, gaffer's tape or other fabric tape
1 large eyelet
Charms and ribbon

I found this children's book when I was clearing out my stash of collage goodies. I am so glad to have a use for the cover! So, here are instructions for using a book:

1. Cut the pages out of a used book. Remember, these books end up in the landfill if they don't sell in the thrift store, so don't feel badly about repurposing them.
2. Print the game spinner and cut the pieces out. Color to coordinate with your book and patterned paper..

3. Assemble the spinner: punch a hole in the center of the spinner. An awl or "pokey tool" will work just fine.
4. Glue a chipboard "washer" to the center of the spinner.
5. Adhere the spinner down to your patterned paper. Punch a hole in the center through the paper.
6. Write the categories of art supplies you own in each concentric circle, following the prompts in the top triangle of the spinner.

7. Attach the game spinner with a brad. Make sure it spins freely. If not, loosen the hole or the brad slightly.
8. Attach the game spinner to the left side of the book.
9. Attach patterned paper to the right side of the book.
10. Place a strip of tape down the center of the book to reinforce the binding,
11. Cover a clip with matching paper and attach to the top right side of the book. Add paper for documenting your "experiments" with the game spinner.

12. Place an eyelet at the top outside of the binding and add ribbons and a charm. It will look pretty standing on a shelf in your studio. You are done!

We will be using this on our show Saturday, April 9 on Ustream at 10:00 am EDT ScrappyCamperSisters.. Hope to see you there!

Friday, March 18, 2016

Hey, We are Guest Bloggers! Eileen Hull for Sizzix Dies

Hi, lovely crafters, Darcie here.  A couple of months ago, Eileen Hull asked some of her friends if they would be interested in doing a guest post on her blog and of course we said yes! We met Eileen at CHA a few years ago after the lovely Anita Houston ( heard about Zippee and said to Johnna, "you have to meet Eileen Hull. She is renovating a Scotty vintage camper". 

Eileen designs amazing dies for Sizzix and makes wonderful paper crafting projects. So at CHA, she introduced us and the rest is history.  Since then, Eileen and her camper Scotty have been all over the country, teaching and sharing her love of all things crafty. This year at CHA, she asked us to do some make n' takes in her booth where she was actually able to get Scotty into the convention center. It was so much fun - she had some wonderful guest artists demoing there. The booth was busy the whole time!

We designed two projects for her using some of our favorite Sizzix dies. The full tutorials are on her blog here: so please check it out! Also, there is a HUGE sale going on today and tomorrow at the Sizzix site too. Make sure to visit and get some great deals, up to 40% off.

We decided to continue with our Come Clean 2016 initiative and corral our happy mail. As you go through your stash, you may find the perfect item to send to a friend and it's nice to have a place to put it while in transit. We used Eileen's Flower Box Scoreboard die for all of the boxes. It's the perfect size for envelopes, notecards and other supplies. 

Darcie's Project - Happy Mail Station

Johnna's Project - Happy Mail Supply Caddy

So, please check out Eileen's blog and make these with us. They are so pretty and practical at the same time!  And don't forget to join our Facebook group, Scrappy Camper Sisters Come Clean 2016 if you are clearing out and organizing your craft supplies and want some company. Bye for now!

Friday, March 4, 2016

Bonus Project for March ScrappyCamperSisters Come Clean 2016

This month we are tackling ephemera. It could be vintage or what my sister so lovingly calls fauxphemra. As crafters and artists we all have it and mine I noticed has crept into other rooms! I love finding a box of unwanted letters from the 1800's or old menus, the smell, the language, the beautiful old handwriting, so lovely.

This project deals with postage stamps. Here are a few items you will need to make what I will call the Happy Mail Frame.

  • 1 frame old or new any size (I used a 8x10 in frame)
  • Cork sheet (I found mine at Michael's craft store $5.99 a roll on sale and it's adhesive backed)
  • Modpodge 
  • A clip of some sort (I pryed mine off a cheap clipboard)
  • Beacon Quick Dry glue or E6000 something strong to adhere the clip
  • Scissors 
  • Postage Stamps (mine came from actual happy mail I recieved)
First disassemble frame. Use glass to trace cork then discard glass.
Modpodge stamps on frame first adhere it to frame then coat it with a top coat of Modpodge.

Assemble frame putting cork in and glue a clip toward the top. This will allow you to use clip for hanging a piece of art a friend may have sent. You can also make one and send a piece of your own artwork on the clip to a friend as a gift. 
This can be done using any ephemera. Try sheet music, book paper, old maps, letters, buttons and coins, it's a great way to use up all those little things sitting in a drawer or box.

I hope you are joining us over on our Facebook page ScrappyCamperSisters Come Clean 2016 Group page, for more challenges, ideas and sharing the process. 

Due to technical difficulties I am sad to say we will not be streaming Saturday, March 5th. We will announce when we will be streaming the March project. 

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Store found objects in old cigar boxes 

Postage Stamps

Old ledger paper, book paper, letters

Store larger items in a file cabinet

Before sorting, I had just kept throwing things in drawers, now I put big items in filing cabinets, smaller items in old cigar boxes that are labeled

Have a great weekend! XX, J

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Come Clean 2016 February Bonus Project - Journal Toppers

Hi, all, this is Darcie. This month we focused on decluttering, storing and using our FLOWERS. One way to use your flowers and other embellishments is to make what I call journal toppers. They are layered, self-contained goodies with die cuts, images and embellishments that you make ahead and then use on top of journal covers, cards, gift boxes, anything as the need comes up. They are great for gifts too! To make, follow these steps:

1. Make some die cuts in various sizes and colors. You can also use punches to make borders.

2. Gather some images to place in the center. The one below is from a vintage book but you can stamp images or use photos or ephemera as well. 

3.  From the base up, layer your designs, die cuts and images and attach with glue. Glossy Accents or Scotch Quick Dry in a fine tip bottle work well. 

4. Add flowers, embellishments, pearls, sequins, lace and other items from your stash to make it look pretty and dimensional. And you're done!

Make sure to join our Scrappy Camper Sisters' Come Clean 2016 Facebook group where we are working on destashing an item from our craft space every month and showing you how to use what you've got. Also, you can watch us on Ustream the first Saturday of the month at 10:00 a.m. EST for paper crafting, altered items and mixed media projects. See you there!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Scrappy Camper Sisters Come Clean 2016™ E-Book is Here!

The workbook for our Come Clean 2016 Craft Room Challenge is here! For the price of a cup of coffee, you can work through the whole year one art supply at a time, organize your space, make stuff and have fun with an international community. If you would like to see the free sample, click on this LINK. Otherwise, click on either option in the side bar to the right:

Complete E-Book $4.99

There are two pdf formats, one in 8.5x11" that can also be printed with two pages on one and cut for a half-size/A5 page set. You can also choose to print single- or double-sided. The other format will print the pages so that you can cut them down for a Moleskine-size insert and just staple in the middle to make a booklet. It will look great in our Purse-Dori. When you pay through Paypal, you will receive a receipt and then your e-book will be sent within a few minutes to your Inbox from Download the file and you are good to go!

We are broadcasting on Ustream this Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016 and will be going through the beginning section of the book where we take a look at where we've been and plan what is next. Then, I (Darcie) will be doing some projects using the February theme of FLOWERS. If you do not collect flowers, feel free to substitute anything else you would like to work on, but SOME of US have quite a few! I am having so much fun gluing flowers on things, it is relaxing and the items make great gifts. I'd love to have you join us!

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Come Clean 2016™ In Progress

Hi, all. We are streaming the first show of our Come Clean destashing and organizing challenge. We are excited about the launch of our new e-book which will be available here on our blog shortly. HERE is a sample of what's in the book so that you can check it out and get started with us today. There is a section for each month with special projects using that category of supplies. Also, please join our Facebook group Come Clean 2016 where we will share the trials and tribulations of going through and organizing our stash. It's going to be a fun year!

Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year! Let's Come Clean in 2016™

Hi, everyone! Saturday is our regular Ustream show where we will be showing the first project for 2016 and talk about our Come Clean 2016 initiative. We are going to spend the year with our friends, destashing, organizing and creating.  Join our Facebook group if you would like to play along. For the last show, I made a Purse-Dori, a journal styled like a Midori Traveler's Notebook that looks like a mid-century clutch purse. It holds Moleskine Cahier size books and is so cute! The project worksheet is up and you can download it for free HERE. I also finished the one that is going to the winner, "NotThatMartha" on Ustream. Here are a few photos below.  The inside is Kraft Tex painted black and stenciled with Seth Apter stencils from Stencil Girl. I love how it looks like graffiti.

I found that the best material to use for this was adhesive vinyl. Silhouette makes a good one and you can get also find sparkle vinyl where I did HERE.  The black bag above was made using the Silhouette vinyl and it looks like patent leather.

I hope you will make one and check us out on our Ustream show, Saturday Jan. 2 at 10:00 a.m. EST. Johnna is launching us off with the first show of the new year. See you then!