Wedding: Pen Jar

My sister had a theme wedding. As a world traveler (she’s been to all but one continent and all of the states), she wanted to bring her passion to travel to her wedding.

We made place cards using map paper to help people find where in the world they will be sitting. Each table was a different place she has visited … (more on the centerpieces to come).

In leu of a guest book, she bought a map and pens for guests to sign. Naturally I couldn’t let the pens just “hang out” on the table, so I made her a coordinating little jar to hold them in.

The label was a little large for the jar, so it had a few wrinkles, but it turned out really cute, don’t you think? Here’s how I did it:

My secret weapon is Elizabeth Craft Designs Clear Double Sided Adhesive. If you’ve followed me before, you know how much I love this stuff. It sticks to anything, is crystal clear and comes in all sorts of sizes. I applied it to the back of the map paper (Authentique) and then ran it through my Big Shot with a Tim Holtz label die. This way, adhesive wouldn’t show from one side of the jar to the other.

I then added a black stamp die cut, also from Tim Holtz/Sizzix, to each label. I topped it off with a sticker from Little B.

And, on the other side …

I finished it off with a bit of ribbon from American Crafts and some travel charms from Art C.

I sure hope she enjoys this journey!

Potter Street Station

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I think this is my favorite layout ever … It has all of the elements of a great Mosaic Moments photo — close up photos, distance photos, photos of details and perfect color choices. It features Potter Street Station in Saginaw, Mich. This glorious old train station has endured abandonment and a fire, but there are still real efforts to preserve and restore the beautiful building.

I took these photos several years ago … we were on our way somewhere and drove by and I made Matt stop, turn around and go back so I could take photos of one of the most incredible abandoned buildings I had ever seen. Fortunately, he loves me and he endures my whims.

So, for years, I have been carrying around these photos, never finding the right time or place to turn them into a layout.

When I ordered the new Square Diamond Frame Set from Mosaic Moments, I knew it would make a nice page, but even I was surprised at just how magnificent it turned out!

Naturally, I made a video to show you how I created the page … click here to watch.

Note: I did receive compensation for making this video.

This die is currently sold out at MosaicMoments.com, but I have a few in stock, if you would like one.

Where are the animals?

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When I planned my trip to the Upper Peninsula, I went to see the animals. I had visions of hiking a trail for a mile or so, finding a big rock or log to sit on, sitting still for a few minutes, and then watching the birds and squirrels play. I thought, perhaps, I might even see an eagle, moose, elk, wolf or bear. (Well, I really didn’t expect to find one in the woods, but maybe along the side of the road or something …)

I spent a week and was along the shore and in and out of the woods. And I saw less than what I see in my own backyard. No songbirds. No deer. No rabbits. No squirrels. No raccoons. No foxes. No skunks. No coyotes. Not even any roadkill!

Honestly, I’m starting to think that whole bear and moose thing are myths! Probably something they tell us trolls (those who live below the bridge) to get us to travel up there and spend money.

I was extremely disappointed. And, since that was such a big part of our trip, I had to document it … so I scrapbooked the few animals I did see using the Mosaic Moments system.

Want to see how I did it? Click here to watch the video …

Mosaic Monday

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This was our second time staying in the Big Bay Point Lighthouse. My daughter, knowing I love lighthouses, did a little research online and found this place. She bought us a gift certificate for a stay there for Christmas. What she didn’t remember was that we stayed there on our honeymoon, when she was just 11!

I cried when I opened our gift and realized all of the time she took to look for something really special. I mean, who would even think to Google “Lighthouse Bed & Breakfasts”! And, the fact that it was a return to one of the wonderful places we spent on our honeymoon made it even better.
mosaic_bigbay2 I created quite a few layouts of the lighthouse for our scrapbook. This one shows the interior of the building and some of the grounds around the lighthouse. I love using the Mosaic Moments system for pages like this. The grid paper makes it easy to showcase just the details — like the nameplate on our bedroom door, the Victorian doorknobs, the view from our window and the brick that used to divide the house into two houses. These types of photos are hard to scrapbook without the page looking cluttered or unorganized. Mosaic Moments Grid Paper allows you to add in all sizes of photos while maintaining a sense of organization. And the mixture of detail-oriented photos and those taken at a distance keeps it interesting.

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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!

Exploring Alcohol and Acrylic

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I recently learned a technique using acrylic paint and rubbing alcohol and I have been having so much fun with it, I thought I would share it here …

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I found these little wooden panels on sale at Michael’s and thought they would be good to try this technique on.

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  1. Paint randomly with multiple colors. I used Distress Paint in blue and green. When they start to blend, stop and clean the brush and then go again. If they mix too much, dry and then add a bit of color back in.
  2. explore_candy_spiegel3When dry, cover with white paint. I used Dylusions paint. This is a very fluid paint that dries quickly and it worked a bit too well … It didn’t cover as completely as I had hoped and the alcohol obliterated it in places. Next time, I will use a standard acrylic paint. While still wet, spray with rubbing alcohol. Let sit for 5 minutes and then use a baby wipe to remove portions of the white paint, allowing the other colors to show through.
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    Because of the properties of the Dylusions paint, I had little to take off … it almost fell off. In some places, I used a dry paper towel to blot the alcohol off and then heat dried it.
  4. explore_candy_spiegel5Use a glazing medium to adhere Finnabair Mica Flakes.
  5. explore_candy_spiegel6Mix glazing medium with Perfect Pearls (I used green) and cover each piece.
  6. explore_candy_spiegel7Use Tiny Attacher to staple rope to the blocks to make a banner or hanger.
  7. explore_candy_spiegel8I added a photo and hung this one on my tree.
  8. explore_candy_spiegel9Cover chipboard letters with two coats of enamel powder and one coat of UTEE.
  9. explore_Candy_Spiegel1Decorate with photos, twine and rocks taken from the beach!

Window of Travel

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Welcome to day 2 of the 4th Annual Handmade Holidays Blog Hop!

A few years ago we were looking online for handmade gift ideas and thought it would be great if there was a resource dedicated JUST to handmade gift ideas. Enter the Handmade Holidays hop!

We’ve gathered over 100 of our creative blogger friends in the craft industry as well as some of our fellow product manufacturers to bring you a plethora of inspiring gift ideas you can make now to give to your friends, family, and colleagues.

Pin and bookmark these ideas for this holiday season and to use throughout the year! Each day of the hop features approximately 30 gift projects and you can “hop” from one blog to another to check them all out.

 

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For my project, I decided to alter a window with travel photos as a gift to my parents. This is a long post and there are a lot of steps, but do not let that frighten you. It is deceptively easy to create a photo window.

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This is what the window looked like when I started … it came out of a barn that was being demolished. After a good hose down with a little bleach, my husband added a piece of wood and hardware cloth to fill in the two missing panes and it was ready to transform.

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I applied layers of acrylic paint, some watered down a bit, until I liked the patina. I used white, deep brown and a bright blue. I also left a bit of the red paint that was on the window and some of the chipped paint and wood visible in my layers.

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My dad is not into rustic and I was worried he would think the window was dirty, so I painted the sides and back with white gesso to keep it nice and clean. (My cat likes to help with all of my projects — mostly as a supervisor.)

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I covered the wood with paper from Graphic 45’s Come Away With Me collection. I also added a bit of embossing paste through a stencil in the corners. At first, the paste was too white, so I took a bit of permanent ink (by dabbing a dauber into the ink pad) and went over it lightly to deepen the color.

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I cut out elements from other papers in the collection, inked the edges and adhered them to the frame. I also added a tiny nail at each side and in the top left corner of the frame to hang things on.

HH_CandySpiegel9For the next pane, I adhered a couple of photos to a piece of paper, cut slightly larger than the glass. I used packing tape to attach it to the back of the window.

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Here it is from the front side …

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I used clips to attach photos to the hardware cloth. This way, they can easily be changed out as often as desired.

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The banner was cut out of Graphic 45 papers with Elizabeth Craft Designs Tags & More 2 — Deco.

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I decided to put the tags upside down to create a banner. I added cork squares (with rounded corners) and circles cut out of the maps on the paper. Then, I cut out letters with Sizzix/Tim Holtz die Wordplay. I punched holes in each tag and ran fibers through to connect them. I tied them to little nails I put in the edges of the frame.

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To add a bit of dimension to the top frame, I used the Sizzix/Tim Holtz Ticket die to cut out tickets out of Graphic 45 paper and then stamped them with a coordinating Tim Holtz stamp.

I used Scrapbook Adhesives 3D Foam Squares to adhere some of the tickets so they stand out better.

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I also cut out arrows and cars out of these Sizzix/Tim Holtz dies. This type of die allows the images to be cut out of paper and chipboard. I adhered the papers to the chipboard for a little more dimension.

HH_CandySpiegel17In this pane, I adhered photos and elements directly to the glass. I used Scrapbook Adhesives 3D Foam Squares to add a bit of dimension to some of the elements.

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I used the Mini Filmstrip/Ticket die from Sizzix/Tim Holtz to create a filmstrip border. Then I cut out small images from the Graphic 45 paper and used the Sakura Quickie Glue to adhere them. (DISCLOSURE: I did receive products from Sakura to use and promote on this project).

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I added the filmstrip border, car, compass stamp and buttons to the front of the glass, so photos can still be changed on the backside without bothering these elements.

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I added additional elements cut from paper and chipboard, along with more vintage buttons to this frame.

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I wanted to make items to dangle on the frame’s left side. I used Sakura’s Glaze Pens to color an acrylic tag.

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I coated another tag with clear, liquid adhesive and adhered it to paper. I added rub ons to the blue tag. Then, I used the black Glaze pen to create dimensional dots on the acrylic. Once the glue dried, I trimmed the tag with the paper on it.

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Then I added some jump rings, fibers and pearls to create a little tag for the side of the frame.

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For a final touch, I used Sakura Gellyroll Moonlight 06 pens to make a little tag to hang on the frame. These pens show up brilliantly on black cardstock.

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And, one last look at the completed frame … I already presented it to my parents and they loved it!

 

Are you ready for lots more creative handmade gift ideas and projects??

Follow along on our blog hop! Simply click on each of the links below to be taken to that post with additional information and photos on how to create a handmade gift project. Have fun and pin away!

 Clearsnap

 Ellison Educational Equipment

Walnut Hollow

 Graphic 45

 Hydrangea Hippo

 Westcott 

 Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 

Rowland Technologies

 Neat and Tangled

 ICE Resin

 Therm O Web

 Elizabeth Craft Designs

 Pink and Main

The Buckle Boutique

Clearsnap – Vivian Keh

Ashley Rader – Giddy Upcycled

 ICE Resin – Jen Cushman  ‎

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 Graphic 45 – Andrew Roberts

 Rina Gonzales – Mothership Scrapbook Gal

 Therm O Web – Amanda Niederhauser

 Cori Warner – The Flying C

 Yana Smakula – My Cardmaking & Scrapbooking

 The Buckle Boutique – Shawn Mosch

 Eileen Hull Designs – Eileen Hull

 Angela Muir – Handmade in the Heartland

 Krista Winters – eat, knit & d.i.y.

 Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L – Erica Houghton

Katie Smith – Punk Projects

 Elizabeth Craft Designs – Karen Aicken

 Jeanie Hevener – Create & Babble

 Ellison Educational Equipment – Hilary Kanwischer

 Fancy Shanty – Stacy Molter

Liz Hicks – Blogerisms

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