Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Zipper Flower

Today I have a tutorial posted on the Off The Rails Scrapbooking Blog
on how to make a zipper flower.

Most crafters have a stash of supplies.  I'm no exception and found some metal zippers in my stash form back in the day when I did a lot of sewing.  This stash of zippers inspired me to try my hand at making a zipper flower. 
For this gathered flower I used a 14" piece of zipper.  I removed the end with the metal tab and separated the zipper into two parts.  I used my sewing machine and made a gathering stitch the length of the zipper.  (You could also do this by hand stitching.)

Once the stitching was completed I pulled the thread and gathered the whole
length of the zipper tape at once.

I trimmed and folded one end of the zipper tape and used a hot glue gun to secure it.
The next step you will have to "fiddle" with.  But basically if you keep the zipper teeth up and the gathered tape down, the flower will wind itself into position.
I also placed some glue on the back side of the flower to secure it.  (You could also tack the end down with a few hand stitches.)  I placed a small flower from my stash in the center. (You could also use a button or gem for the center.)

Now I have to decide if I'm using this flower on a card or a layout?

Monday, January 15, 2018


Today is the 15th and that means the Design Team Mid-Month Reveal is up at Off The Rails Scrapbooking.  It's all about babies and I most certainly had enough baby photos to choose from.  I completed this page for Leah's album.  Be sure to check out the Off The Rails Bolg to see what the rest of the
Design Team did this month. 
Be prepared to be inspired!

(Our sponsor this month is Anna's Craft Cupboard.)
January Mood Board


Saturday, January 13, 2018

Monster Truck

I have the Saturday All Sorts Challenge at Creative Inspiration.  My challenge is to create a project and leave "White Space".

I have to remind myself that "White Space" on my scrapbooking page is not my enemy.  "White Space" doesn't mean the space has to be white.  "White Space" refers to the area on the page that is devoid of photos, embellishments, journaling and title.
I created this page {Monster Truck} and used the folded circles beneath the photo to add some interest while at the same time keeping my page simple and leaving the fearful "White Space".

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Mini Desk Calendars

Today I have the Tuesday Tools, Tips and Techniques Challenge over at Creative Inspiration.  My challenge is for you to create a project with a calendar page on it.  Don't have a calendar page to use? ...
Use a date instead and include the month, day and year.
Check out the details in the forum.


I created this cute mini desk calendar as a teacher gift for my
grandson to give his teacher for the month of January.
One 12" X 6" strip of cardstock
One 5 ½" X 4 ½" piece of patterned paper
One 3 ½" X 4" piece of cardstock
One 3" X 3 1/2" patterned paper (to mat the calendar)
Embellishments (brads, buttons, ribbon, etc.)
Pre-printed mini calendar - I purchased my mini calendars from Taylored Expressions.

Take your 12" X 6" strip of cardstock.
Score a line at ½", 1 ½", 2 ½" and at 7 ¼" down the length of the strip.
Fold the strip on the scored lines to create the base of your calendar.
(fold 1/2" line back, fold 1 1/2" line out, fold 2 1/2" line back, fold 7 1/4"
line back)
Use double-sided tape or glue to adhere the ½" tab to the inside of the back base.
Once you have the base assembled, you can put it aside while you create the calendar front.
Take the 3" X 3 1/2" piece of paper and adhere the calendar to it.
Adhere the matted calendar to the 3 ½" X 4" piece of paper.
Attach the 3 ½" X 4" piece of paper with the calendar on it to the
5 ½" X 4 1/2 " piece of paper.
Add embellishments to front beside calendar.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Crative Inspiration Challenges

This weekend I have found time to work on two challenges over at Creative Inspiration. 

1) Tracy F. had the TTT for January 2nd and the challenge was to use a stencil in a new way.  I created a background for the "Silly Faces" layout using the tutorial she shared.

1) Bev had the Saturday All Sorts challenge for January 6th and the challenge was to use layers and tilt or slant everything.  For "Take The Scenic Route" I slanted the photo and the circles along with the embellishment cluster.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018


I love this sketch and how this page turned out with these adorable photos of my granddaughters Grace and Faith-Anna.  Some of the papers on this page I have had for over 5 years.  I keep finding "stuff" in my stash and this year I'm going to use it up ... hopefully ... before I buy anything new.  At least that's what I keep telling myself. 
January Sketch 

Friday, December 15, 2017

Embellishment Clusters

I have a challenge up for the Creative Inspiration December Mini Crop.  It's all about embellishment clusters.
Check out the details in the forum.
Embellishment clusters can be simple or elaborate. 
When clustering embellishments you can mix and match
elements to enhance your page design or subject matter. 
Keep in mind that embellishment
clusters can be arrangements that work on
their own or as a component of your whole page.
"Live Every Moment"



Be sure to check out the rest of the challenges for the
December Mini Crop from the rest of the Design Team.

Monday, December 11, 2017

CI Monday Sketch Challenge

Today Lisa has the Monday Layout Sketch Challenge posted at Creative Inspiration
I completed the following page changing up the sketch a bit.
The Monday Sketch:
My take on the sketch:
"The Magic Of Winter"


Sunday, December 10, 2017

12 Days of Christmas - Day 2 & Day 8

There is still time to play along with the
Today I'm posting Lisa's Day 2 challenge - Gift Tag and
 Phillis's Day 8 challenge - Red and White. 

Day 2 - Gift Tag

Day 8 - Red & White



Saturday, December 9, 2017

Friday, December 8, 2017

12 Days of Christmas Day 12

For the Creative Inspiration 12 Days of Christmas challenges I created this card. Danielle's Day 12 challenge was to use washi tape.
I covered the die cut Christmas tree with Washi Tape.
"Seasons Greetings"

Thursday, December 7, 2017

12 Days of Chistmas - Day 4

For the Creative Inspiration 12 Days of Christmas challenges I completed Ginni's challenge, Day 4 -   Embossing.  Be sure to check out the inspiring challenges. You have until the 10th to play along.  
"Let It Snow"