Friday, March 13, 2015

Tim Holtz March Tag Challenge

Okay I am hanging in there! This is the March tag I made playing along with Tim Holtz on his blog here. I thought the molding paste with the gold embossing technique was so cool. I didn't have the large butterfly but I used the butterfly from the blueprint stamp set I did have.

I loved the watery effect of the distress paint technique. I hope you are playing along, his techniques are so much fun and they make you use up your stash I made two of these tags and they don't take very long at all to whip up, so gratifying.

Hope you are had a great weekend!
XX, J

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Thrift Store Thursday

3 weeks ago on a past post I showed pictures of my thrift store haul. I found this white leather photo album it was 50 cents. I loved the size and the fact that it had a 1 inch wide spine.
On the inside is a waterfall of 4x6 page protectors. Two years back, I started collecting Peerless Watercolors. If you are not familiar with them they are some type of fiber paper filled with luscious pigment, yummy in my opinion. Well they needed a home and I found that this photo album would be perfect.

I replaced the paper inside with watercolor paper then began adhering the squares of watercolor down.

I made labels of each color using my Dymo labelmaker and papertape, then put a swish of each color underneath the square. 

 February 23rd I did a Ustream show on our channel www.ustream.tv/channel/scrappycampersisters if you want to see how I did it.
I dressed up the book with some water colored dyed seam binding ribbon and I am so happy with this little book, I can take it with me and  it is an easy grab off the shelf. A water color brush and I am good to go.

Repurpose something today will ya?!

XX, J

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015 February Tag

February is flying by! Before we know it spring will be here and all the winter snow for my northern friends will be but a distant memory.
I am just so thrilled that Mr. Holtz chose to do collage on his February Tag as seen on his blog HERE. I loved rifling through all my paper stash pads, okay I admit it took me a lot longer than it should of because I spent time reminiscing as I flipped through some of the older ones that I have been hoarding in case he decides to discontinue them. Hey, don't act like you don't have an extra Crowded Attic or Destinations pad tucked way!
I also was having fun digging through my treasure trove of ideology looking for something, not sure what now, but it sure was a yummy search as I could here the jingling of trinkets and tokens.
Anyway where was I? Oh yeah, the February tag or my take on it. I had to move a few things around since I wanted the month to show, note to self: look at paper a little more closely before adhering in place.

Make sure you head over to Tim Holtz blog and participate in his tag challenges,even if you don't own all the stuff to make them exact, I promise you will learn so much just from the technique part.
I loved stitching down the felt so much, okay I got a little carried away, that I did a second tag using the mini seahorse Mover and Shaper. I pulled in some paper from the Destinations Paper Stash. The heart shape I cut from an old Sizzix die, do you remember that one? It was when you used to have to pull the lever down and manually push the plate and die through, hah, seems like a long time ago, now I only have to hit the button on my Vagabond and "Voila!"

This week I will post pics of my fabulous time at Whimsodoodle and the Dina Wakely class.
Art on peeps! 
XX, J 

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Your Story Sunday Part One

I came across this book,"To Our Children's Children", a journal of family memories the other day and was inspired to start writing down my family memories. My mom did hers and my grandparents a few years back and I cherish it.  As the years pass I am forgetting the fine details of what makes up the fabric of my life, friends, notes from family members, small encouragements that over time fade away.

Sundays for me,  are a time of rest,recharging and reflection. So what better day to start to write down my thoughts and work through this book. I am just using this book as inspiration.  If you want to join me grab a journal and a cup of your favorite beverage as we start to reminisce and write it down. By the end of the year your story will be on paper and you will have such a keepsake to hand down to a loved one. You will also learn to appreciate those around you and the little things in your life.

Today's prompt: What is your name, birthplace including hospital, how old you are as you begin this journal and this date.

Are you or were you married and to whom? Do you have any children, grandchildren, adopted? spiritual children? What are their ages as of this date and where were they born?

Simple huh?  If you have any pictures you want to add to this just stick them down, it doesn't have to be decorative, it just needs to get done.

I am using this small binder from Staples, eventually I will decorate it or maybe I won't, but the pages inside are what matter and in a binder I can take them out and always bind them some other way. I can also add pages if I find pictures. I need to see if I can find pocket page protectors in case I want to add vintage one of a kind photos until I can have a copy made to be able to stick them down.

If it is easier to type it out then go for it, but try to include a sample of your handwriting somewhere, I love seeing my mom's handwriting and my grandmother's. People don't write as much if ever so try to preserve yours and your family members.
XX, J

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Thanks for Joining Us! Valentine's Day Ustream Show

We had a great time on Ustream Saturday, where we discussed the Stick It Down challenge and made Duct-Dori's, or Midori Traveler's Notebooks out of duct tape. Here is the special Valentine's Day one I (Darcie) completed, which is going out to the winner, Brenda, or as we call her B3:



Didn't the page protector pocket (gad, that's a mouthful!) come out cute?


And here is the calendar printable from the fabulous Ray Blake, who pioneered calendar printables in the Faux Dori world. You can snag a copy here:  www.mylifeallinoneplace.com. Then of course, our printable of the Stick It Down challenge is included too.  You can find the list HERE.




So, my non-techie sister in New England was on the phone with my mom when we were streaming and said she "wanted one" so I am sending her my Paris one. I made a new one for myself, and I have to say I just love it. It's bright and cheery and I used jewelry pieces that I found at Michaels on the closure:


They are so much fun to make! I still have a couple more to do and another one to send out. Thank you so much for all of you posting yours on Twitter. They came out so great!
Supply List

1 roll of decorative duct tape (can use contrasting one for spine) - you can use the 8.5 x 11" sheets too, you would need 2 of them
1.5 yds 1.4 mm elastic thread - usually found in the kids' section of the craft store
1 piece thin flexible chipboard in the size of your book
2 regular size eyelets, 3 if you want to use one for the closure
2 4-5 mm beads with a larger hole for the binding
Various papers, cardstock for making book inserts
1 8.5 x 11" plastic page protector
Charms or beads for embellishment

Cutting Measurements

Original Size Duct-Dori (Midori size)
Cover 8 1/2 x 10 inches
Cover of book inserts with pockets 9 x 10 3/4 inches Score @ 3 inches and fold up. Score in half @  4 1/2 inches  and fold
Plain Page book inserts size 9 x 7 3/4 inches score at 4 1/2 and fold on score line

Passport Size Duct-Dori
Cover 9 x 6 1/2 inches
Book inserts 7 x 5 inches. Score @ 3 1/2 inch and fold

Friday, February 13, 2015

"Stuck on YOU", It's Duct-Dori Time! Supply List and Cutting Guide

Hi, Darcie here again. We are celebrating Valentines Day tomorrow on our Ustream show, which some people noted was ironic since we are "down with love" lol. So maybe Valentines Day is for lovahs but we love our families, our pets, our friends and the occasional homeless person (don't ask). AND we love flowers and chocolate - what's not to love? We have much to be thankful for, that's for sure! So, as usual, there is a story with this one.

courtesy of http://vintageholidaycrafts.com


About 9 years ago, Johnna was indoctrinating me in the ways of the cult known as Scrapbooking. It had secret implements (well, not secret to anyone with the Internet) and rituals that involved arranging items in a prescribed way on an unusual size sheet of paper. So, I tried, I really tried. After completely over-thinking the process, whining and moving the same flower around numerous times with very little success, she looked at me and said, "Just stick it down. You're driving me crazy!" So it became an inside joke for all these years. Hence, the birth of the Stick It Down Challenge. We have posted a list, call it a scavenger hunt if you will, of things you can locate in your area and in your life to use as collage materials. The list is posted HERE. If you agree to the challenge, you will attach the items in a journal and post pictures. We will draw a winner from the group who completes the challenge. Use the hashtag #stickitdown and post pics on social media More information given on the Ustream show.



The book we are making is a duct tape version of one of my favorite journals, the Midori Traveler's Notebook. Mine has a beautiful leather cover and patented binding system of elastic bands that allows you to customize what you place in the book. I use mine when I travel and otherwise hoard it, so I thought I would make something inexpensive and easy to throw in my purse and keep with me for writing and collage. I have made a few of them over the past couple of years and while I am sure other people have too, I think mine is a bit unique. I showed Johnna how to make them and she loves hers, so I hope you will too!

Supply List

1 roll of decorative duct tape (can use contrasting one for spine) - you can use the 8.5 x 11" sheets too, you would need 2 of them
1.5 yds 1.4 mm elastic thread - usually found in the kids' section of the craft store
1 piece thin flexible chipboard in the size of your book
2 regular size eyelets, 3 if you want to use one for the closure
2 4-5 mm beads with a larger hole for the binding
Various papers, cardstock for making book inserts
1 8.5 x 11" plastic page protector
Charms or beads for embellishment

Cutting Measurements

Original Size Duct-Dori (Midori size)
Cover 8 1/2 x 10 inches
Cover of book inserts with pockets 9 x 10 3/4 inches Score @ 3 inches and fold up. Score in half @  4 1/2 inches  and fold
Plain Page book inserts size 9 x 7 3/4 inches score at 4 1/2 and fold on score line

Passport Size Duct-Dori
Cover 9 x 6 1/2 inches
Book inserts 7 x 5 inches. Score @ 3 1/2 inch and fold


We will be using the beautiful paper from Echo Park called "Lucky in Love" for a Valentine's Day themed journal.  See you then!






Altered Rotary Telephone Recap

Hi, all. This is Darcie. I am preparing for our show tomorrow and thought I'd post some pics from the January episode where Johnna, Mom and I altered rotary telephones and made them into baby wipe holders for our mixed media projects. If you saw the show, you know that when you lift the dial, the baby wipes come through the opening.




We also made an adorable address book based on a vintage marketing piece that was made to hang by your phone.  A little difficult now in the age of smartphones! The lovely Pavla from Pavlart on Ustream won this phone:


This is the one we made on the show. I was so determined to use a princess phone because they are so adorbs, but it was challenging. I ended up cutting the baby wipe bag in half to fit and it is so cute! It now sits on my desk and is very handy when I need to grab a baby wipe. You could also use this for tissues. There is a pencil that goes into the handset and on the other end, if you unscrew the earpiece, there is a cup for paper clips and brads.


As promised, HERE and HERE are the pdfs of the address book that you can print out and make for yourself. It is in two parts so that the pages can be printed double-sided to make up the inside of the book. I used a 5/8" circle punch to make the tabs, so they are not on the template. You can choose to do that or not.


Next up is what you will need for tomorrow's show!