Monday, July 30, 2012

Vintage Card Challenge

Hi, Cheryl, your "Card Chick" here today.  When I first started scrapbooking (way back when) my first love was the vintage look.  Honestly, I've never stopping loving that look and it still makes it's way into a lot of my work.  I try to do other styles just because I don't want to get labeled with a certain style.  However, when I recently won a contest at Echo Park and could have had ANY of their This and That collections, which one did I choose?  Why, Times & Seasons, of course.  I knew that I would never get tired of that collection.

When I was thinking about what kind of a challenge to do this week, I decided to have a vintage card challenge.  Let me show you my finished card and then I'll fill you in on the details.

I used a vintage photograph on my card.  I found this one at Free Vintage Digital Images ~ which is the first place I head for all things vintage.  {I just gave away one of my "trade secrets".}  What ALSO makes this vintage card "look vintage" is the patterned paper.  It's from the Echo Park, This & That, Times & Seasons collections {that I won}.  You don't have to use an actual image to get the vintage look.  I also distressed some of the layers and added the jute bows.  Here are two close-up photographs:

If you'd like to create a vintage looking card and play along, you can upload your cards to our Craft Your Nest Facebook Group page.  We'd love for you to play along!

I'll see you back here next week.  Have a great week and happy Crafting!

~ Cheryl ~

Friday, July 27, 2012

Copycat Circles

Happy Friday!  Today I want to share a layout that was "scraplifted" from my inspiration journal.  

I recycle my magazines, but before I add them to the recycling pile, I rip out any pages that contain layouts or techniques that really spark my interest; these pages are then cut down and stapled into my inspiration notebook.  

I never scraplift entire pages though (seriously, it's way too stressful for me...I'm the same way with sketches, but we'll save that for another post!).  Usually one or two elements on a page catch my eye, and those elements I will then use as one of my layouts.

For today's layout, I was inspired by a page that contained a column of circles.  In today's video, I walk you through my process:

(You can hear my boys and cats in the background.  I really had to edit this kitten kept jumping in front of the camera!)

Here's a close-up of the row of circles:

And one more time, here's the completed layout:

Do you keep an inspiration notebook?  Or do you pin all your favorite designs on Pinterest?  I actually do both.  ;)

Have you created anything lately that was inspired by another project (maybe even from here at Craft Your Nest)?  If so, we'd love to see them over on our Facebook group.

Have a great weekend!  I'll see you next week!

P.S.  Be on the lookout for a giveaway soon!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Instagram Photo Mini Album

Just for fun, I have been working on a little mini album for a few weeks now using only Instagram photos from 2012. I wanted this to be a type of "art journal" as well where I could play with my pages a bit.  :)
Since I am adding photos from throughout this year, it is still a work in progress.
So today I am just going to share a few of the completed pages.

I decided to use a spiral Daybook from the Amy Tangerine Sketchbook line by American Crafts.
Of course I had to include the first picture I took using the Instagram app on my phone :)
And this is one of my absolute favorite photos so far. Erin with her dandelions :)
I had fun playing with my washi tape and paper strips on this one!
Lots of hand cut cameras on this page and more washi tape.
And I had to do a page talking about the concerts we have gone to so far this year :)

Have you joined the Instagram craze yet? :)

Monday, July 23, 2012

I Love Banners!

Hello and Happy Monday, Nesters!!  Cheryl here and I LOVE banners!  Big banners, little banners, any kind of banners!  You all know that banners are one of the "in things" right now.  I'll have to admit, I didn't jump on the "banner bandwagon" right at first.  That all changed, somewhere along the way, because now I love them!  I use them every chance I get!

Did I mention that I also love digital scrapbooking?  LOL  I KNOW that I've introduced you to "hybrid" scrapping and cardmaking, but I'm also very into digi scrapping.  Here's a digital layout that I created and I used banners and other fun elements:

This is my grandson, Asher, out shopping with his Mommy.  See the greeting cards in the background?  My DD took this picture on her cell phone and sent it to me.  This digital kit is Echo Park, A Boy's Life.  The buttons are KimHill_Bag_O_Buttons.

As you can see, I used a larger banner across the bottom of this layout and a smaller banner at the top.  My challenge to you is to create a layout or a card using a banner.  It can be paper, digital or hybrid.  Just add at least one banner.  You can upload your entries to our Craft Your Nest Facebook Group.  We'd love to have you join us!!

Have a great week and I'll see you next Monday!!

~ Cheryl ~

Friday, July 20, 2012

Hand-Stitching 101

Today I'd like to share a little tutorial on hand-stitching.  Sometimes, I like the extra texture and home-made appeal of a hand-stitched word or pattern on my layouts.  For this layout, I wanted the word "heart" in the title to pop:

To create the hand-stitched word, I first found a font I liked (Kunstler Script) and printed it out on copier paper.

I then roughly cut out the word and placed it where I wanted the hand-stitching on my page:

Next, using a paper-piercer, I punched holes at roughly quarter- to eighth-inch intervals for my stitches:

Now, I could start stiching!  I used a variation of a backstitch for the letters.  Here is the work mid-progress:

A few minutes later, and I was finished!

In places where the paper was raised because of the needle, I used my fingernail to push it down and clean up the holes.

After adding a few letter stickers to finish up the title, I was done!

Depending on the size of your lettering or  pattern, hand-stitching may take some time, but I think it is well worth it.  And it's such an easy way to add something special to your project.

If you've done some hand-stitching recently, we'd love to see it!  You can post to our Facebook group and share with the other Nesters.

Happy Weekend!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Stretch Your Alphabets :)

Hi, everyone! It's Mary Jo here with a post about a dilemma I came across recently.
How many of you belong to kit clubs? I know I have been a member off and on in the past for a few clubs. And now I am designing for Scrapbooking from the Inside Out.
I had a lot of fun creating layouts with the July Communication kit, but I did have one problem. If you try to create mainly with just your kits like I do, the one or two alphabets that come in a kit may not seem enough!
But they can be :)
The current kit included a package of brown American Crafts Thickers and an olive green mini circular alphabet by October Afternoon.
But as I created my layouts for the month, I realized that there were a few other "out of the box" ideas I could use to stretch my alphabet capability.

For example, an easy solution was to use the leftover alphabet from a previous kit. My "scraps".
The white letters on this page were in the June Truth kit. I had quite a few leftover and didn't feel the brown Thickers in the current kit would work. I did use the olive green circle alphabet though.
The same goes for this layout. The brown letters were just to big for the space I wanted to place them. And I didn't feel they would contrast enough with the wood grain background paper.

Another good option, is to look to your patterned papers included in the kit.
The letters from "hope it lasts" at the bottom of the page, were cut from this piece of paper...

Meeting Minutes by October Afternoon. I just used the smallest circle punch I had to cut them out, but you could hand cut as well. Another paper from the kit that would have worked in a similar fashion is this one...
by Jillibean Soup.

On the same layout, I decided I wanted to get a "cut out" alphabet look, similar to the ones I see lately made by the Silhouette Cameo electronic die cutting machine. I love the look, but just don't want to invest in such an expensive piece of equipment right now.
I was inspired to break out an old letter stencil that I have had in my stash for ages!
After tracing my title on their backwards...
I hand cut each letter out. A little time consuming, but worth it to me :) And maybe not as smooth or clean cut as the Cameo, but it worked.

My last "out of the box" example...

uses an older stamp set from my stash, that strip of teal patterned paper you can see in the photo, a red distress marker by Tim Holtz that came in the kit and scissors. Using the patterned paper allowed me to choose the color I wanted for my letters. A color that really popped on the page and also coordinated with the colors in the die cut cards and paper I used for layering.
The first step was to color the letter...
and then stamp the reverse side of the paper to avoid pen marks as much as possible from showing. Except for a few letters like "R" and "L". Those have to be stamped on the front side, or they will be backwards :)
And the result! As you can see, I also used the brown Thicker set that came with the kit for this layout.

So with a little creativity, I was able to create several different alphabet looks for my layouts this month.
My challenge to you this week, is to scrapbook using an "out of the box" alphabet. Something using more than just prepackaged alphabet letters.
When you are done, feel free to share with us on the Craft Your Nest Facebook group page. The link is up there on the right :)
Happy Crafting!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Little Works of Art

Happy Monday!  Cheryl here and I'm thinking really small today.  LOL   Last Monday, I had an ATC challenge and today, I have an INCHIE Challenge.  What's an inchie?  It's a tiny "canvas" that's only 1" x 1". That's really small..   Here's a picture of some of the inchies that I've created:

These inchies started out as acrylic tiles that were in a package of assorted sized tiles, by Tim Holtz.  (The first thing I always do is roll a piece of masking tape and stick these little guys down to my work surface.)

The next thing I did was cover them with black gesso.  Did you know that gesso came in black?  It's gorgeous!!  I coated them pretty liberally, so that none of the acrylic showed through, and while they were still tacky, I sprinkled them with ultra fine black glitter.

The tiny butterflies were fussy cut from some patterned paper and I bent their wings up for dimension.  Then I coated them with glitter glue.  The tiny words are from 7Gypsies, 97% Complete.

What do you do with inchies?  That's a question that I hear over and over.  Well, here's a card that I made using two of these inchies.  (Purists will tell you that you use inchies in threes, but I'm not a purist ~ I used two of them for this card:

If you'd like to try making some inchies, we'd love to see them in our Facebook Group.  Just a note: you can use any kind of "base" that you want to use.  I've even used cardboard.  Heavy weight cardstock works just fine, too.  The sky's the limit ~ just let your imagination run free!  (If it seems any bigger, inchies can also be 1 1/2" x 1 1/2"!  That makes a lot of difference, doesn't it?  LOL)

That's my challenge for this week and I hope you try making these little cuties.  I'll see you back here next Monday and be sure to check back on Wednesday and again on Friday, for Mary Jo and Dawn's challenges.

~ Cheryl ~

Friday, July 13, 2012

I'm feeling loopy...

Happy Friday everyone!  Today I've got a video tutorial on how to make baker's twine embellishments for your pages.  These are so easy to make, and they turn out so cute!

Here's an example from a recent layout:

I think these may be some of the least expensive embellishments you can create...and all they take are baker's twine, craft glue, and some wax paper!  Watch the video for a complete tutorial (my kids were sleeping during the filming of the first half of the video, so my voice is quiet at the beginning):

I hope this inspires you to pull out your baker's twine!  If you create some baker's twine embellishments, please post on our facebook group.  Happy crafting this weekend!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Photo-less Layout Challenge

I have noticed that in the past few years my scrapbook layouts have become more about our every day life, rather than just major events. I really enjoy scrapbooking those every day moments so much more. Don't get me wrong. I still cover the events, but I can only scrapbook so many birthdays before I find myself longing to tell a story about Erin and her favorite baby doll. Or Evan and his love of architecture :)

Although sometimes I want to tell a story that I just don't have a photo for. But of course, I don't let that stop me. In fact, I have created a few layouts and even a mini-album or two that do not include photos at all!

I absolutely love music! I am a music junkie and always listening to my ipod (especially when I clean house). So I really wanted to document some of my favorite songs that I was listening to on my ipod. I know I could have taken a photo of my ipod to go with the layout, but really I just didn't need to. Instead I had fun playing with embellishments :)
Here is a more recent layout also using a favorite song of the moment. "I'll Hit You Back" by Jane's Addiction. I created it using the Communication kit this month from Scrapbooking From the Inside Out.
Since the theme was communication, I thought of this song and used a copy of the lyrics instead of a photo.

And here is an example of a mini album with no photos.

Just some tags for embellishing, lines from a poem and my thoughts on each double page spread :)

And for fun another mini album...
about why I love scrapbooking :)

Lots of reasons in fact in this little mini :)

Scrapbooking without photos can be fun , relaxing and a great chance to play with product :)
So my challenge for you: create a layout or mini without photos and just have fun telling a story and using all of that lovely product you have. Maybe even try a new technique as well!
Then when you are finished, please come over to our Facebook group (link on the upper right) and post your project for us to see :)

Monday, July 9, 2012

ATC Monday

Hi, it's Cheryl, and I have a question for you today.  What do you call a little work of art that's only 2 1/2 inches x 3 1/2 inches? 

It's an "Artist's Trading Card", better known as an ATC.  ATCs were originally created to be traded between artists and that's still pretty much what they're used for.  They have been elevated to quite an art form ~ with digital designers even creating digital "backgrounds" for them.  If you've never made one, my challenge to you is to get creative and see what you come up with!  They're lots of fun to make and a great way to use up all of that little "stuff" and odds and ends that you've been saving.  Here's the ATC that I created for my post today:

Do you want to know how I created this?  I thought you'd never ask.  LOL

The first thing I did was cut some 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" pieces of good old cardboard.  (I LOVE working with cardboard and save pieces of boxes.)  Here's what I started with:

The next thing I did was to "deconstruct" the cardboard:

Yep, I ripped that top layer right off!  Now it looks great!!  I use this plastic "tool" and slice right down each ridge then, rather unceremoniously just "pick" it off.  The next thing I did was ink the edges and the ridges:

I used Distress Ink, but the sky's the limit.  The next thing I did was get out some of my "stuff".  I keep all sorts of "stuff" and love to use it on ATCs.  For instance, I just finished a Design Team home decor project for the Crafter's Companion Blog and I had ONE little black rose left over.  Nice!  I'll use it on my ATC.  Love that!!

Then I got down to business.  I glued the lace onto the cardboard base first:

I have to interject right here that I LOVE to use opposite textures like these together!  I LOVE the look of that delicate lace against the tattered look of the cardboard.  Here is a close-up of the ATC:

Remember those black stamps?  I cut them apart and "tucked" them under the round embellishment.  Here's one more close-up:

Isn't that little bird sweet?  The bird and the lace are both from Webster's Pages.  Here's my finished ATC one more time:

If you'd like to try creating one, we'd LOVE to see it!  You can upload your ATC to our Facebook Group Page.  Your ATC must be 2 1/2 inches x 3 1/2 inches and it can be vertical or horizontal.  I prefer vertical, but that's just my preference.  You don't have to use cardboard.  You can use whatever you want to use for your ATC "base" as long as it's sturdy enough to attach your embellishments to.  A good heavy-weight cardstock works just fine.

I hope you have a creative week and I'll see you next Monday!

~ Cheryl ~

Friday, July 6, 2012

Punches and Paper Piecing

Today I'm going to share a little home decor piece I made for my craft room.  My middle son and I share a very unpleasant trait...we're worriers.  Whenever my son starts worrying or stressing about something, I sing "Three Little Birds" by Bob Marley to him.  As an homage to "our" song, I put together this little piece:

I ended up using butterflies on my project because I had them on hand and they matched the paper I was using (it's "Fresh Goods" by Pebbles, an older line, but still one of my favorites).

This ended up being a really quick and easy project (my favorite kind!).  For most of the elements, I used punches that I already had on hand.  I used a Fiskars squeeze punch for the clouds:

I used a circle punch for the center of the sun, and then I cut out the rays freehand:

The grass was created by using a scallop border punch and then slightly bending back the curved edges:

To finish it up, I pulled out some OLD Making Memories Tiny Alphabet stickers and then outlined each word with a black journaling pen:

I then adhered the piece into a Fancy Pants "On Display frame (remember those?) that was in my storage cabinet.  Quick, easy, and it makes me happy.  I call this one a winner.  :)

Have you been crafting with punches lately?  If you haven't, pull out those punches!  I'd love to see your work!  You can upload your projects to our Facebook group (and if you're not already a member, I'll approve you - there's always room at the Nest!).
Images by Freepik