Sunday, November 30, 2014

DT Call

Memorable Seasons is looking for 2 new DT members to work with the 2 continuing DT members.

Here are the details for our DT call and we would love for you to apply and also share the information wherever you are able.

Memorable Seasons is holding a Design Team call until January 4, a decision will be made by January 20,  with the new team starting February 1.

Memorable Seasons is an on-line scrapbook store, gallery and message board dedicated to documenting all the seasons in your life. We are searching for 2 designers to complete our team.

To apply, please email the following to

1. Your full contact information: name, phone number, email address, and mailing address. Include your message board name if you sign up for the gallery under a name other than your given name.
2. Links to your online gallery, blog and/or resume, if available
3. A short paragraph about why you would like to be one of our designers and what you would add to our team.
4. A list of your current scrapbooking commitments – other DT work, etc.
5. Attach the following items, photos or scans of 3 total projects to include:
• your favorite layout
• one card
• one altered item or an additional layout

Restrictions: Only US addresses at this time. Also, we prefer those who are not currently on a design team affiliated with an online store (etsy’s are fine). Manufacturer, sketch site or kit clubs with no stores attached are okay.

Design team members will receive a monthly kit sometime after the 10th of the month. You are required to create and share at least 4 projects using mostly the items in your kit on the 1st of each month. One of those 4 projects must be a card. Other requirements include choosing a layout of the week, issuing DT challenges, posting to the blog, and FB on a rotating basis, active participation on the message board, on line crops, and any other promotions that may come up. Term is 9 months. If selected to join our team, your 9 month term will begin in February 2014.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Bottle Cap flowers

The Sweater Weather and A Perfect Autumn collections meld so perfectly that I've throughly enjoyed mixing and matching.
Stop by the store to get yours!!!
~ Grateful ~

My blog Scrappin' Chaos has a list of supplies used in this project.

The gorgeous flower on this card was made from scraps and household items.
You will need:
One 20oz coke bottle cap
One 1/2 inch button
One 7 inch piece of twine
Seven 2 inch circles punched from vellum
Five 2 inch circles punched from cardstock.
Pierce two holes in bottle cap using the instructions found in this post:
Step 1.Thread needle with twine and set aside.
Step 2. Place button in the center of first circle and pierce holes for the twine.
Step 2. Stack remaining circles and pierce 1/2 inch from the edge.
Step 4. Place first circle on paper piercer and then add remaining circles. Fan out the circles so that they complete a circle around the first circle.
Step 5. Hold circles firmly, remove paper piercer.
Step 6. Run needle and twine through bottle cap, circles, and button so that button will be inside the cap when the twine is pulled tight. Run twine back down through second button hole, circles, and bottle cap.
Step 7. Press button into bottle cap and tie tightly with two knots. Leave twine ends for attaching flower to project.
Step 8. Fold circles down around the bottle cap to resemble a flower.
Step 9. Attach to project by piercing corresponding holes in cardstock and tie twine ends. After attaching use a little hot glue to hold the bottle cap firmly to the page.

As you can see this tutorial was originally written for vellum. Patterned paper is much thicker and fewer circles will fit inside the bottle cap. The process is the same and yields a classy flower.

Scrap On!


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Brick Tutorial

Good Morning!!!
Charity here with a layout about my sweet boy and pumkin pie.
~ Build a Better Pie ~
 To play up the building theme I embellished the photos with bricks.
Check my blog Scrappin' Chaos for a list of supplies.

Today's tutorial is how to make bricks for your projects!
A strip of double sided foam adhesive, 1/2 inch wide.
Thin toilet paper
Dye Ink Pad
Glossy Accents
Paint Brush
Step 1: Place a strip of foam adhesive on waxed paper or other non-stick surface.
Step 2: Remove adhesive cover and apply toilet paper pressing down firmly, tear to size.
Step 3: Dab with ink pad. Let dry.
Step 4: Paint with Glossy Accents. Let dry.
Step 5: Trim into 1/4 inch strips.
Build walls, bridges, and other structures with your new supply of self-adhesive bricks.
Stop by the forum and check out our other tutorials and challenges for the month of November.
Scrap On

Monday, November 10, 2014

Paper Leaves Challenge

This month I have been working with Simple Stories Sweater Weather. These fall themed papers are perfect for a page about a family gathering. Although I love the die-cuts and chipboard, I also like to add 3-dimensional embellishments to may pages. On this page, I made these 3D paper leaves.

I have leaf stamps which I used to make these leaves. However, these instructions could be modified to use die-cut leaves or leaves fussy cut from patterned paper. If you are not coloring your leaves, then you can jump down to the part where I fussy cut the leaf. Since I would be coloring, I started by choosing some markers which are appropriate for leaves and match my paper collection. 

I decided to stamp my leaves with dark brown ink, but black would work too.  For this leaf, I chose to use 3 shades of brown and the colorless blender. I color dark to light and I made the inside of my leaf dark shading out to lighter color near the edges. Leaves with darker edges shading to a lighter center also look realistic, so there are plenty choices for coloring. I start with my darkest shade and just color some of the middle of the leaf.

Next I take one shade lighter and color further towards the edges. My strokes with this marker go over the color from the darker marker to blend.

I continue coloring in this manner with all my shades, in this case 3, until the leaf is completely covered. Then I use my colorless blender over all the other colors from the inside towards the edge. I continue using the colorless blender until I like how the colors are blended. 

Once I am satisfied with the look of the leaf, I fussy cut it out. I don't wait for the markers to dry, I'm just careful with the damp paper. 

Once the leaf is fussy cut, I put it upside-down on something soft (like the palm of my hand). I squirt the back with water. Then I play with it to form the shape. I don't have a stylus so I just use anything plastic with a rounded tip I can find, usually my bone folder. I poke with the tool on the back just inside the edges to make the edges curl.

Next I turn the leaf right-side up and fold along the veins. Sometimes I poke in the middle a bit as well. Typically, I flip the leaf over a couple of time poking and folding until I have the desired shape.

Then I let the leaf dry, they maintain their shape and can be handled.  I adhere them to my page using glue dots or foam as I would with any paper flower or leaf. 

My challenge to you is to use any parts of this tutorial to create your own paper leaves to use on your scrapbook page or other fall project. 

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Drips Challenge w/ Ange

Today on the message board we are challenging our members to use drips on their layouts. 

 This layout was created based on a sketch from Nuts About Sketches.

 There are different ways to create drips with your mists/sprays.
1- hold the bottle high above the paper and then press the pump down slowly, but not all the way. It makes the mist come out in bigger drops, but is harder to control.
2- unscrew your pump. Hold the tube above your layout and press the pump down, it comes out, from the bottom of the tube, in big splats. (occasionally it sprays out of the top also so be sure to protect your area or cover that in some way)
3- for smaller splats, pump the tube into your bottle a time or 2 to get most of the spray out of the tube before doing step 2 to your layout (that is what I did with the above layout)

 Now to make it run:
Normally, I will just hold my layout upright and bump it against my table.
You can also blow it around your layout. It gives it the sharper turns like I have under the bat.
For more control, use a straw.

We are having a fun month of challenges with lots of tutorials. Come join us and share your creations for a  chance at the prize!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Accordion Fold

I came up with today's tutorial after one-too-many frustrations with paper. I love the look of accordion fold flowers but have adhesive issues. When I attach the ends to make the strip of paper into a circle it always comes undone or is too bulky.
 I set my problem soving brain to work and came up with a circle format.
Here are the directions:
Step 1:Cut a 4 inch circle from cardstock.
Step 2:Score your circle into 16ths as shown in box 1 and box 2
Step 3:Cut a 1.5 inch circle out of the center.
Step 4:Bunch center of the circle together to create an accordion flower, secure with adhesive. I use hot glue which looks a tad messy so I add a paper covering circle on top.
If you make accordion folds from circles 2.5inches or smaller you will need to cut a 1inch circle from the center.
I've posted a great Christmas project to the forum that uses this Accordion Fold method.
Stop by and check it out!!!
Scrap On!