Mixed Media Steampunk Mini Album

Steampunk mini album

I'm pretty excited to be participating in a blog hop with {a vintage girl} products over on the DCC blog. I have created a mixed media steampunk album with my friend Candy's fabulous mini album blank.  Be sure to jump over to the Designer Crafts Connection blog starting May 15th to see all the amazing projects created by the team. There is also a prize up for grabs!! More details at the bottom of this post.

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A vintage girl

I started with the Steampunk Gears Chipboard Album from {a vintage girl}. I have to admit- steampunk is NOT my thing. My little kid loves it. I know it's popular. I could just never get into the whole steampunk thing. But,, I love this little album! It has a variety of page mediums, corrugated, whiteboard, and plain chipboard.

Lindy's stamp gang embossing powders

Heat set embossing powders
To decorate the front cover I started with a base layer of ink. I used an Olive Green Dew Drop from Tsukineko. I rubbed the ink pad all over the front, ending up with an uneven coat of ink.  Working with a chalk ink is perfect for heat embossing - you have a longer set time. Before the ink had set I sprinkled a variety of Lindy's Stamp Gang embossing powders. I randomly poured colors over the cover until I liked how it looked then heat set. 

embossed chipboard
I covered the second page in the album with Authentique paper. This is actually a Christmas line (Glistening)!  I loved the colors and they worked will with this project.  I added some splatter with iZink Ink Sprays from Aladine. If you look closely you can see that the droplets dry with a darker edge- it is two toned! It is also sparkly and I love it! I adhered the second page to the back of the cover page. 


 Be sure to hop over to the Designer Crafts Connection to check out all the amazing projects created with {a vintage girl} products. 

There is a fabulous prize up for grabs! Be sure to head over to the Designer Crafts Connection blog and enter!

My Favorite Scrapbooking Storage Supplies

I get asked all the time what my favorite supplies are. It is so hard to narrow it down to my absolute favorites so I am sharing a few of my favorite storage items first. Since scrapbooking is my main gig as a crafter I am going to focus on those items I use for creating and storing my 12 x 12 pages.

WRMK 3-ring albums

Let's start with albums. Many years ago I switched to the We R Memory Keeper 12 x 12 Albums.  I love these! I had been using another brand but found after a few years that they DID NOT hold up well. They would shift with the weight of the pages inside. So I switched over to the 3 Ring 12 x 12 WRMK albums. I have been using these about 10 years now and I have not had one single problem. I have one color for each subject; Holiday, Vacation, Family, Each of my daughters, etc.

Iris Photo Holders

Next up is photo storage. I have 4 of these and I love how easy it is to find the photos I am looking for! In the front of each inner holder I keep an index card where I record the subjects in that holder. On the front of each outer holder I label the box loosely by subject as well. One if for family, one for vacations, one for my Girl Scout photos, etc. It is so easy to grab a box, toss it in my bag, and head out to crop.

Cropper Hopper Vertical PAper Storage
Cropper Hopper Vertical holders is where I store all my papers. I have TWENTY FIVE of these to hold my papers. I arrange cardstock by color and patterned paper by manufacturer. I also have specific holders for each holiday and special events (like vacation). These are super easy to transport - just pick the whole thing up and drop it in your tote. You are ready to roll!

Deflecto Stackable Caddy Organizer
Next up are my Deflecto Caddy Organizers. Y'all. You absolutely need these. They are the best thing EVER for hauling all your stuff to a crop. Be prepared to defend them - people are going to want to steal them from you. There is also a wheeled base so you can stack all your caddies up and roll them right on in. You can buy these individually or you can buy the bundle that includes 3 caddy units and the wheeled base!

Deflecto Tilt Bins

I have an entire wall of these beauties. They are AMAZING for storing lots of little bits and pieces. And you can SEE everything that is in them. The individual bins come out of the wall unit so you can take it to your work table. Each wall unit is the same length, so you can hang the on the wall in any configuration you want.

That about takes care of storage. I will follow up with a post on my favorite creative supplies.

Create a Happy Banner

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I am really trying to up my happy these days and I want to remind myself to BE happy. I created this fun banner using supplies from Joy Iron on Embroidered Letters, Kunin Felt, and Plaid Crafts.

Start by tracing the banner pattern onto your felt. I like using a Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen. It glides easily over the bumpy felt and leaves a nice line to cut by.

I cut two layers using the same pattern. I cut the bottom layer using straight line scissors (I love my Ginger ones!). The top layer was cut using pinking shears, but I cut inside the line for this one. When they are layered together it allows just a tiny border of the bottom layer to show through. I used Alene's Max Tacky Glue for this project- it grabs quickly and holds while drying.

Have you tried the Fabric Creations paint line from Plaid yet? These paints are amazing on fabric. For this project I used a bright yellow for the base coat and let dry. Be sure to work the paint into the letters so no bare spots remain. I added a top coat of Fantasy Glitter which really pops up the sparkle!

Did you know that Joy Iron on Letters come with an adhesive backing? This is an amazing feature! It allows you to place the letters on your project and have the stay temporarily until you iron them on.

Use a low temp glue gun to add some cute pom pom trim to the bottoms of the banners. This one if from Expo International.

I made these adorable little tassels using the new Bucilla Tassle Maker. The set comes with three different sizes of tassel makers - this is the smallest size. I can't wait to try out the larger sizes.

DIY Etched Juice Pitcher

Etched juice pitcher
Do you love juice as much as I do? I start every morning with a glass of orange juice. It really gets my morning started and helps wake me up. I also love pretty things so of course I needed a better way to serve juice than the container it comes it. Enter my DIY etched juice pitcher. I picked up this glass pitcher at IKEA - for like 4 bucks. I love it!

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I used etchall® etching creme for this project. I love that is is re-usable and that even kids can use it. I have used it at my Girl Scout Camp several times for our campers ages 4-12 to make projects. They love it! So if you have kids be sure to pick some up for those upcoming summer projects. etchall® is also available as a dip.

creating custom stencils
I started by cutting a stencil using my Silhouette Cameo machine. I love this machine y'all! I have made so many amazing projects with it over the years. I also teach classes! So if you are in the Dallas area please contact me to schedule a group or private class.

My stencil material is etchmask.
  • Glossy adhesive vinyl used for creating stencils.
  • Adheres to glass surfaces preventing etchall® etching crème or etchall® dip ‘n etch to slide underneath.
  • Compatible with all digital craft cutters such as Silhouette SD, Cameo, Cricut, etc. 
etchall® etching creme
Apply the etchmask to your project and spread the etching creme over the open areas. I am a messy spreader so I like to apply masking tape around my stencil to make sure I don't accidentally etch areas I don't want to! Allow to sit for 15 minutes (or more if you are like me and tend to get distracted by something else and forget it is on there 😄). Scrape the creme back into the original jar and then rinse under running water. Don't worry! Water deactivates the creme so it is safe for your pipes.

Rub n buff accents
For this project I wanted some extra contrast on the etch. To get this I applied White Rub-n-Buff over the etched area BEFORE I removed the etchmask. Leaving the mask in place just makes it easier to apply.

Orange juice pitcher
There you have it! This project took less than an hour from start to finish - even with me getting side tracked on something else while the etching creme was sitting! I hope you give this a try.

Thin Blue Line Decor

 Although my hubs would like to keep it a secret, I am very proud of the fact that he is a police officer. He has 23 years on the job, and this is after he spent 20+ years in the Marine Corps. He has 43+ years of public service under his belt - and I could not be more proud of him.  We have almost nothing in our home that reflects his job. As he gets closer to retirement I am starting to add some decor. This DIY Thin Blue Line wall hanging is the perfect start. It was easy to make with my Cameo Silhouette and a few supplies I already had on hand.

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I started with a wood panel from Plaid® Crafts and applied two coats of Wicker White Acrylic Paint. I received these new Base Coating brushes from Plaid to try out and they are really wonderful. I have some larger brushes to base coat with, but these are wide AND thicker than normal. They lay down a nice coat of paint without leaving brush strokes. Allow the first to dry completely before adding the second coat and make sure the paint is completely dry before attempting to apply the cut vinyl!

I created a simple file using my Silhouette Cameo. The hardest part was getting a good trace of the hubs badge. I finally gave up and pulled a shape from the internet that was really close, and traced that shape.  I used Styletech Craft Vinyl for this project: Glossy Black and Ultra Metallic Blue. Transfer the larger design onto the base using your favorite transfer tape/paper. I like both and use them for different things. For this project I used both - transfer paper to apply the large design and transfer tape to add the small detail stripe.

There you have it! I can't wait to add this to my gallery wall.