Wednesday, July 22, 2015

All the Essentials at My Fingertips

Oh my goodness! Have you SEEN the new American Crafts Desktop Essentials collection??? Clipboards, designers prints, pencils, adhesive, ribbon, fun little erasers, clothespins, and even more fabulous goodies.  

I have so many ideas for this new line but for today's post, I went with something a little more functional in my day to day life. Of course, now I need more of these babies for things I want to do in my bathroom, my kids’ rooms, my craft room. Sigh…

I’ve been on-the-go a lot this summer so I wanted to make something that would  be easy to grab and go at a moment’s notice. From the clipboard to the journals to the essentials needed to make lists, take lots of notes, and document my family’s adventures, this has everything I need bundled as one.

How to:

  1. Select your favorite designer print, paper, journals, books, mini albums, etc. and stack them all together on your favorite Desktop Essentials clipboard. 
  2. Select coordinating ribbon and 1 1/2 - 2" wide elastic. 
  3. Wrap the elastic around the books and clipboard nice and tight. Subtract approximately 1 - 2" and cut the elastic.  Wrap it around again to make sure it will be nice and secure when stitched together. If it's too loose, the books will slide right out.
  4. Stitch the ends together from the inside so you don't see the seam.
  5. Measure your ribbon while the elastic is stretched to determine how much ribbon to use.  I wanted to see the gold elastic on each side so I cut mine shorter.  
  6. Stitch the ribbon to the stretched band.  I did this by putting the elastic back on the clipboard over the books and marking each side where I wanted the ribbon to end.
  7. Tip: it will look loose when you are stitching it because the elastic won't be stretched out.
  8. Next, add stitching for pens, erasers, etc.
  9. Once you have stitched the ribbon to the elastic band and created your spots to hold the items, wrap it around your books and/or journals.
  10. Secure all the elements together on the clipboard and in your custom band.

I want to be able to journal, I want to scrap in the 52 week journal, and I want to have items for my kids to draw on so I included glue, scissors, pens and pencils, funky erasers, even confetti!

You can add additional embellishments to the clipboard to customize it even more to your liking. Now I have everything I need, along with my portable printer for all my on-the-go documenting needs.

Supplies: Desktop Essentials collection:  (340007) foil and printed erasers, (340009) boxed erasers, (340020) 7x10 journal, (340263) double-sided super sticky red tape – ¼ in, (340264) double-sided super sticky red tape – ½ in, (340268) 2-way glue pen, (340276) sticky dots 0.5 in raised, (340282) splat mat, (340440-1) premium ribbon .375in x 4 yd., (340445-1) premium ribbon .625in x 4 yd., (340454-1) premium ribbon 1.5in x 3 yd., (340532) washi tape, (370795) designer prints, (370800) craft scissors (gold), (370807) gold and mint clipboard, (370818) patterned clothespins, (370824) jumbo hearts paper clips, (370836) pattern pencils, (370837) pattern pencils, (370838) pattern pencils; Fine & Dandy collection: (370134) – Spiral Bound 52 Week Journal, (370097) – Colorful Confetti, (370096) – Plastic Bows, (370099) – Die Cut Cardstock Shapes, (370070) – Pretty Packages Paper

Friday, July 17, 2015

But first, Coffee

Hello friends!  How do you feel about die cuts?

It was Die Cuts week on the American Crafts blog so I was quite excited because die-cuts are one of my favorite embellishments. I love that you can layer them with other elements and/or use them as standalone accents to help tell the story like I did here. The coffee cups were just calling my name and were the perfect touch for this coffee loving couple.

How to: Layer strips of paper to the top and bottom of the layout. Add a 3 x 4" photo to the top center. Hand cut the letters out of the Salted Caramel pattern paper. Sprinkle die cuts around the page and stitch around a select few of them to make them stand out a bit more.  Stitch around the photo as well.  With the large hand cut letters and die cut sentiments, the title is taken care of so the last thing to do is add journaling.

Oh my gosh, I can't wait to go back to Europe. Lucky for me, it looks like it's in the plan again later this year!

Supplies: Shimelle True Stories collection: (370704) – Grey Floral Paper, (370712) – Salted Caramel Paper, (370713) – Americano Paper, (370743) – Die Cut Cardstock Shapes, (370733) – stickers, (370734) – small sticker book, (370736) – Enamel dots, (370745) – Wood Buttons

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Captured Raindrops

Howdy friends! New kits, new team, new inspiration, new hop!

How to: using white cardstock, cut various sized raindrops using your die cut machine. I cut 40+ and yes, I am insane.  Machine stitch them to another piece of white cardstock.  Tedious but so worth it IMO.  Add clouds and additional tiny raindrop stickers to the layout along with words/phrases that capture the moment.  Finish it off with photos and title and journaling (not pictured).

I created this layout using the Gossamer Blue July main kit only (pictured below).

July Main Kit

The Life Pages and add-on kits are simply incredible!

Your next "stop on the hop" is Jill Keller. She is sure to wow you with her creativity!

Friday, July 10, 2015

The World is Your Playground

This is a personal blog. All editorial content and projects are intellectual property of Heather Leopard. I do receive financial compensation and material product from American Crafts to develop my craft posts, but all ideas and opinions are my own.

One of my most favorite things to use on my layouts are shapes and circles are soo fun to work with so when Paige asked me to create a layout using circles for the American Crafts blog, I decided to GO BIG! Big circles, circular title…it was FUN!

 How to:
  1. If you have a Silhouette, you can download the layered circles cut file for free HERE. If you don't, simply cut three large circles and overlap them. Cut smaller pointed ovals to cover the sections of the circles where they overlap.  
  2. Stitch them all together with your sewing machine or by hand if you prefer. 
  3. Add a few mist splatters.
  4. Add your photo to the bottom right of your page, adding layers of pattern paper, overlays, tags, stickers, etc.  
  5. Stamp the date on the photo tab sticker. 
  6. Next add your title along the edge of the middle circle.  TIP: adhere alpha letters starting at the end of the title so you don't run out of room when you get to the photo. That way, you don't have to worry about lifting them up and potentially tearing my paper. I started with the "D" in playground and worked my way backwards.  
  7. Add journaling to the tag 
  8. Finished the layout by adding enamel shapes (mostly circles of course) to the page.

Supplies: Shimelle True Stories collection: (370710) – Cappuccino Paper, (370722) – Cinnamon Roll Paper, (370736) – Enamel dots, (370737) – stamp and notepad, (370742) – photo overlays, (370743) – Die Cut Cardstock Shapes, (370745) – Wood Buttons, (370729) – Hipster Printed Chipboard Letter Stickers, Rise & Shine collection: (370028) – Alyx Printed Foil Letter Stickers

Thursday, July 2, 2015

The World is a Better Place with You in it

Howdy howdy everyone!  The Gossamer Blue July kits are Ah-mazing!  Pink Paislee, Crate Paper and American Crafts travel goodies give you exactly what you need for both travel themed and non-travel projects.  The July gallery is open and there is some amazing inspiration over there. Here's a page I made using leftovers from the kit.

How to: Cut the out of white cardstock. Back each letter and cut out with pattern paper and stitch it to a 2nd piece of white cardstock.  Add your photo and embellishments and journaling.  I added my journaling between my photo and bottom of the globe after I took this photo. Add mist and additional embellishments.

How cute is this bubble shaped like a heart??? And the pearls over a maxi skirt worn as a dress?  Thsi girl....

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Meet Me in the Sunshine

Now that Summer is officially here it's time to soak up the sunshine! Whether you're hitting the pool or beach, this card is super easy to recreate and send to friends and family as an invitation to Meet in the Sunshine. I used supplies from the American Crafts Party! collection and Amy Tangerine's Rise & Shine collection.

How to:

  • Create a tag using a sheet from the Ticket Memo Pad. Adhere to the front of a vellum bag and add the chipboard frame over the top. It doesn't have to be a functional pull out tag since you'll be including tags with party details inside the bag. 
  • Create the medal ribbon using the Dear Lizzy Fine & Dandy die cuts. 
  • Hand cut additional layers around the medallion and adhere over the chipboard frame and tag. 
  • Add a little bow and additional embellishments to your liking. 
  •  Next, insert large tags with party details inside the bag. 
  • Last but not least, have fun in the sun! 
Supplies: Rise & Shine collection: (370004) – Ella Paper, (370010) – Lily Paper, (370022) – Monroe Paper, (370045) – Ticket Memo Pad, (370054) – Chipboard Frames, (370034) – Remarks Epoxy Stickers; DIY Party collection: (369829) decorative trims, (369840) treat bags; Fine & Dandy collection: (370111) – Die Set - Bow and Prize Ribbon

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

All About Daddy Mini Book Tutorial

Happy Tutorial Tuesday, everyone.  I have a fun little project to show you today, as seen on the American Crafts blog. I just love reading what kids have to say when given a questionnaire so I thought I'd make one and turn it into a little book for them to give to their daddy this Father's Day. Of course, you can tailor it to any theme you'd like.

Step 1: Select 7 coordinating pattern papers and trim them to 3 3/4"w  x 5 1/2"h. Select one to be your cover.

Adhere sheets from the notepad to the inside pages of the book but not the cover.

Print 4 starter sentences on white cardstock. You can download the ones I used HERE. Cut to 2 1/2" w x 1" h and adhere over the words "I Just Want to" that are printed on the note pad sheet.

Now you have your starter sentences and a place for the child to write. Add a few embellishments but leave plenty of room to write and / or draw.

To decorate the cover, I started with pattern paper and added the banner, the "i love you" sticker and "to the moon and back". Then I added an overlay. I adhered the "love you forever", clouds and wood button on top of the overlay. The book is held together by gold binder clips.

I can't wait for the girls to complete this book for their daddy.

Supplies: Shimelle True Stories collection: (370703) – English Breakfast Paper, (370704) – Grey Floral Paper, (370705) – Lemon & Ginger Paper, (370713) – Americano Paper, (370714) – Berry Infusion Paper, (370721) – Orange Pekoe Paper, (370722) – Cinnamon Roll Paper, (370723) – Croissant Paper, (370734) – small sticker book, (370736) – Enamel dots, (370737) – stamp and notepad, (370742) – photo overlays, (370743) – Die Cut Cardstock Shapes, (370746) – tags with vellum, American Crafts Party collection (369832) decorative trims, Heidi Swapp Minc collection (370211) Binder Clips

Monday, June 15, 2015

Sunshine & Lemonade

Hello friends.  This is the last blog hop with the 2014 - 2015 Gossamer Blue team and I know you will be totally inspired by these gals' amazing projects.

I'm happy to say that I will be staying on for a 3rd term with Gossamer Blue! More to come on that soon!

My little entrepreneurs have held two lemonade stands so far this year.  They saved their own money to purchase the goods, did some of the baking and outsourced some of it too. They made a lot of money that they used to save up for some mermaid tails they've been wanting to buy.

I made the fabric banner to add some color to the lemonade stand, which was made last year by my dad.  I also pulled out some American Crafts DIY Shop 2 (chalkboard signs) and #summer (Two Sweet & Sassy Sisters banner) supplies.

Pink Paisleet Citrus Bliss, Seven Paper by Studio Calico supplies for the layout are from Gossamer Blue June main kit, main add-ons 1 & 2, Life Pages add-on. 

Your next stop is to the fabulous Jill Cornell.

Here's a complete blogger list for today's hop:

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Workspace Wednesday | Craft Room Tour

Hi everyone.  We are in the process of remodeling the entire downstairs of our house. What started out as just getting new wood floors turned into updating the breakfast nook, changing the island in the kitchen, new fireplace, new powder bath and overhauling my craft space.  I plan to show you all the new parts of the house but I thought I'd start today by showing you my craft space remodel.  

I thought I'd give you an overview of the room today and then I plan to go into more details each Wednesday for the next several weeks.  Thanks to American Crafts for requesting that I share my workspace on their blog. It kicked my booty into gear to get it done in lightning speed and it feels so good!

I did some Q&A on the American Crafts blog that is not featured here so if you want to know how long I take to scrap, what time of day I prefer to scrap, what my favorite tools are, and more, head over there to read all about it. 

I'm very fortunate to have a dedicated room for my creative space. It's constantly evolving to fit my needs and it's a great way to escape from the daily grind. My supplies are stored in various bags, containers, baskets and bins and stashed away in cabinets to avoid creative chaos and clutter, while my core essentials are kept within reach. I place my favorite new layouts on the wall next to me, which serves a double purpose for me and my girls.

My old room used to be painted with a faux yellowy brown and had the same colored wood floors so it felt kind of like a dungeon. A fresh coat of white paint on the walls, new floors and a fun rug really brightened up the space. I also had my hubby build a custom desk that hugs 3 of the walls in the room. The long desk now allows for a scrap space, sewing space (or a kids area) and my work desk since I work from home. I just recently got my Raskog and I'm still deciding what to store in it so for now, it holds a basket made from rolled up newspapers which is where I store all my lovely Thickers. Can you spot my dog, Spot?

I keep all my essentials at my fingertips in the little octagon carousel. It used to be black and since everything new was white, I just spray painted it. Now it's just like new! All my favorite paints, mists, pens, scissors, etc. are within reach in all these units on my desk. The same items in different colors that aren't used as much are in the cubbies below the desk. I have a little egg crate and ceramic basket that I put little odds and ends in to keep them from getting lost while working on a project. Once the project is done, I can easily pack everything away.

As we work our way around the desk, my sewing machine is ready for action. This also doubles as a crafts space for the kids or when my mom comes and eventually I plan to set up my video equipment here for process videos.

This is where I work, as in I have a full-time job type of work. I use 2 monitors so I can look at different Powerpoints, email, etc. at the same time. After work hours, I swap out my personal PC and then I can look at photos, Silhouette, Illustrator, or whatever and play my Netflix on the other monitor. The armoire to the right is one of my favorite things in the room. Take a look below.

I got this armoire several years ago from Pottery Barn and it holds all my goodies. Starting at the top, I have all my American Crafts cardstock, paper trimmer and room for more "stuff". The 2nd shelf holds my Minc and Selphy printer. I don't use the printer when I am at home so I may end up packing it in my "scrapping on the go" bag but it sits here for now. The 3rd shelf slides out and it holds my Big Shot and CAMEO. I will probably switch the CAMEO and Minc since I'll need to get to the back of the Minc when I use it. The 4th shelf is all about my beloved HP wide format printer. This baby prints 13x19 photos making it easy when I want to print a large photo for scrapping. In the cabinets below are the storage cases full of American Crafts collections. Like I said above, this makes it super easy to work on projects because everything from one collection is together in a bin. I have 14x14" cases for regular collections and 17x15" bins for larger collections like DIY Shop 2.

The black unit is mostly for my girls. They have their own storage cases full of papers and embellishments and they also have their own tools. It's all kept nice and tidy in the drawers. The door in the middle folds down to create a desk for them so they can pull up a chair and get crafty too! Also in this photo is a typewriter that used to belong to my grandmother. Did you notice the wood map? I just purchased it from Michaels and plan to add all our family's travels to it. The gold and black locker only has one thing in it so far (fabric) and is ready to be filled up with more supplies!

Thanks for stopping by for the tour of my scrap space today. Check back next Wednesday for a detailed view of my scrap deck section.

Several people have asked where I found the items in my room so here you go. Let me know if there is anything else you'd like to know about.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Thanks Card (with reusable elements)

I just love all the new embellishments and accessories American Crafts is shipping with their newest collections.  I used two of my favorites for this card.

How to: 
Tear a whole sheet of washi paper from the washi booklet and use it for the background. 
Next, cut a smaller sheet of neutral pattern paper to tone down the background of the card. 
If the recipient is a scrapper or card maker, apply enough adhesive to ensure it won't fall off.  That way, they can re-use the washi tape for their own project. 
Add a gold doily. 
Next, cut a bow using your manual die cut machine.  
Stamp the sentiment and place it in the center of the bow. 

Supplies: Fine & Dandy collection: (370063) – Just Peachy Paper, (370067) – Celebrate Paper, (370073) – Bright Bows Paper, (370108) – Washi Tape Designs, (370111) – Die Set - Bow and Prize Ribbon, (370133) – Interchangeable Stamp