Fun, Friday Class

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It’s summer. You deserve some time for yourself.

Spend the afternoon with me making this adorable notebook … in addition to completing the book and getting the instructions so you can make more, you’ll also learn how to work with Perfect Pearls and Fragments.

This class is offered Friday at 1 p.m. at Green Door Studio in Brighton. Call the store at  (517) 618-7700 to register.

Mosaic Monday: Travel

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It’s Mosaic Monday! Each Monday I bring you inspiration using the Mosaic Moments system to create fabulous scrapbook pages.

This is one of the pages I created following our recent trip to the Upper Peninsula. Had this not been part of it’s very own book with tons of layouts, I would have journaled on the blue rectangles. However, since this is my fourth layout about this lighthouse, I left it blank and let the photos speak for themselves.

I used a postcard I purchased as one of the photos, matting it just like I did the other large photos. I used scraps to fill in the small squares.

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This was probably my favorite evening on our trip — we took shelter from the wind and rain (we were camping in a tent) in a bookstore/coffee house/restaurant. It was quaint and fun and I realized how “old” I have gotten. The 20-year-old me would have thought this stupid and rolled my eyes, but I enjoyed listening to some older folks sing and play instruments and another group play board games. Oh, and the coffee was amazing! We may have been the only two people who didn’t work there who do not qualify for the senior citizen discount, but I felt right at home.

On this page, I turned 1-inch squares to a diamond position to journal on — just something a little different.

When traveling, be sure to take photos of things like rocks, the shoreline, the horizon, leaves or even coffee cups … these become perfect accents for your page when cut into 1-inch squares.

Don’t Miss the Fun

kreaxions_fun_Candy_Spiegel7When I teach papercrafting classes, I remind students that they are artists. They may not have a degree that says so, but if you can take a concept out of your head, send it through your fingers, and create something that moves another person, you are an artist.

One of the benefits of not being professionally trained, is that you may not know the “rules,” so you are free to simply create without anyone telling you you cannot do something. Things may not work or they may come out beautifully, but it does not matter. It is all about making what your mind calls “art.”

That freedom to create is the inspiration for this card I created for my newest design team — Just Imagine Crafts — Kreaxions Punches.

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I started with a circle cut out using the Kreaxions Circle Cutter and stamped the saying with Archival Ink.

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Then I trimmed the circle with the cutter and added a few more.

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I colored all of the pieces with Distress Ink and then ran the circles through my Xyron. And I made a card base with black cardstock and cut some glitter paper to use as the front.

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I ran a brayer over the circles to make sure they adhere well to the glitter paper.

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Finally, I used dimensional foam adhesive to adhere the saying.

Upcoming Class at Scrappy Chic

G45 Safari Layout

Get ready to scrap your pictures from the zoo, safari or wild family in this fun class at Scrappy Chic.

We’ll create a 12×12, 2-page layout using Graphic 45’s new paper — and you will go home with additional pieces to create a card or add to another project or layout.

As always, most everything will be precut, so this will only take an hour on July 20 at 6 p.m.

Contact the store for details and to register.

See you there!

Mosaic Monday

Mosaic mattIt’s Monday, so I thought I would make it a Mosaic Monday and share a few pages I have created recently using the Mosaic Moments system.

If you are unfamiliar with the system, it is based on a 1-inch grid. Each page uses special grid paper as its base. There is only one rule — you must cover all of the grid lines. Other than that, you can do anything you like!

In the page above, I cut up images out of paper and added all sorts of metal bits, gears and brads to make it manly … I call it my 40-pound page because it weighs so much! Notice how I covered each of the grid lines with either cardstock or photos and then added my decor on top of that.

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This is a two-page spread using the Mosaic Moments system. I overlapped a few photos and used patterned paper to fill in a bit.

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These are my meat chickens — the ones we raise for food. Yes, I know, you are horrified. I used the journaling block to explain why I do this. Because I had a lot to say, I typed it on the computer and then cut the paper to fit the grid. I also matted a photo and cut up parts of the paper to create the title.

Look for more inspiration and tips next Monday!

Perfecting Pocket Pages

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Pocket pages have been on trend for a few years now. They may be called Project Life, Simple Stories, Journal Cards or something similar. Basically, you buy a page protector that has different sized pockets in it to hold elements. You can fill the pockets with photos, journal cards, cardstock, patterned paper or whatever else you like.

I have played around with the pages for a while, but this is the first time I tried them in place of a traditional scrapbook page.

The page above is (the photos aren’t the best because they are taken through the page protector and I needed to prevent a glare …) the first time I tried geocaching. I cropped the photos to fit in the pockets and added cards from a couple different companies to complete the page. It took about 10 minutes … most of that time spent deciding which cards to use — there are so many cute ones!

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Here’s another I did of our trip to Gaylord. I love the ability to quickly combine random photos and elements and complete pages without thinking about design. On this one, I even added a sticker to the front of the page protector.

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And another … this was my favorite meal during our trip. It deserved it’s own page, but I’m not sure I could have done a traditional page with the few photos I had. And I LOVE that card that says eat well!

So, in review, I love the journal cards and the quick and easy approach with pocket pages.

However, it is sometimes difficult to get the pockets to match the photos. And, the back side of the page needs to be filled in, as well, which is much more difficult — at least for me.

Yes, I will continue to do pocket pages and mix them in with my regular pages. On a limited basis, they are great fun!