Friday, April 22, 2016

6 1/2" x 4 1/2" Mini Album

Good morning everyone!!
Today I am sharing with you a mini album that I created using up bits and pieces left over from a previous project.  
Below is the front cover.
I first removed the wire rings, then I painted my pre-made chipboard album with black gesso keeping the gesso around the outside edges of each page, front and back,  going in about 1".  Unfortunately you cannot see it, but I covered both the front and back covers (on the outside) with muslin to give it more texture.  I then painted the muslin with the black gesso.  I made a paper collage using various pieces of the paper that you see under the frame.  I placed a small doilie coming out from the right side of the paper collage.   Added flowers, wood key, wood butterfly and greenery.

The inside of the front cover is next.  The centre section I adhered with pop dots to give it a 3-D look.  Added a metal corner and metal flower to the bottom left and a metal circle with flower, greenery and a small heart made from polymer clay.  I love using polymer clay and making embellishments with it.  So I made a lot of different shapes and tucked them away for a rainy day.  I glued glass beads on the surface of the heart.

First Inside Page
This is a fold out page so I can place my pictures inside.
There is a paper piece on the left side of the centre fold out section.  I fussy cut this from one of  the paper pieces.

Back of First Page
This I kept simple and added a small metal decorative frame with a flower, die cut lattice piece and a loopy bow.  In the centre of the frame I placed a large sparkly gem.

Front of Second Page
Again, kept it simple.  I fussy cut a flower section, added a small piece of the die cut lattice, a bit of cheesecloth under the flower.

Back of Second Page
This is another fold out page.  I can add 4 pictures to the fold out section.
To make the fold out - score 1/4" in from the left side of your first piece of paper.  Fold it then wrap the fold around to the back of your second piece of paper and secure the 1/4" part only.  Do the same with the second piece of paper onto the third piece of paper.  The entire third piece of paper will be adhered down to the page.

Here is a look at the fold out section.

And lastly, the inside of the back cover.

I am so glad I kept my scraps from this paper.  It is one of my favourites.  
This album is a great gift idea for someone.
Until next time,
this is Donna wishing you a safe and happy weekend.
"Before credit cards, we always knew exactly how much we were broke."
Have a great day.

Friday, April 08, 2016

Working With Polymer Clay

Hello everyone!!
I am heading out on vacation tomorrow so I thought I would share with you a project I did using polymer clay.  I chose a 4 x 6 picture frame and created a floral design using polymer clay.  It was not that difficult to do, so I don't want you to think that I spent hours making it.
This is the completed project.

This is what you will need:  polymer clay or sculpey clay, picture frame, a solid piece for the backing (I removed and used the back of the frame), exacto knife, parchment paper, black paint or gesso, a rolling pin or brayer,  ruler and pencil, and cookie cutters or fondant cutters.

I took a piece of parchment paper and with a ruler and pencil I marked out a 4 x 6 rectangle.  I then rolled out a piece of the clay, very thinly, directly onto the parchment paper and covering the traced out rectangle going over the pencil lines.  Above you can see the start of covering the traced out section.  When I had the parchment paper section covered, I carefully turned the piece over and with an exacto knife and ruler I cut out the section along the pencil lines which you can see through the paper, cutting it through the clay.  I turned it back over and left the parchment paper on the clay.  With a stamp which had a diamond pattern on it. I stamped the entire surface to get some texture.
Now, the fun part.  For the flowers, try to keep the clay rolled out thinly.   With the lighter green clay, I pulled off small pieces and rolled it in my hands to make a thin strip which is the vine base.  I gently pressed them onto the background piece.  I then made my flowers using small fondant cutters:  purple flowers using a very small flower cutter and the leaves using a very small leaf cutter.  The yellow flowers are actually cut using the leaf cutter and arranging them as a flower.  The pink flower, I made by hand by cutting out circles and shaping them until I had them how I wanted  (it acually looks like a lily).  With blue clay I took very small pieces and rolled them into a tiny ball which I placed here and there around the vine. 

 Using the ball end of a tool used for quilling, I pressed onto the blue balls of clay to make a centre.  I also put some very small balls of the clay in the centres of the purple and yellow flowers and for the leaves I scored some vein lines just on the surface.  I then took the same quilling tool and pressed onto the background in the diamond sections surrounding the vine.  Gently press each flower piece onto the vine and the background.   Now you will place the entire piece gently onto a cookie sheet, keeping the parchment paper on the back, and bake for 15-20 minutes at 250 degrees.  Believe it or not the flowers and vine will bake securely onto the background piece.  
When the piece was baked, I carefully removed the parchment paper and adhered the piece to the backing using a strong adhesive.
Lastly, and this is optional, I took black gesso and watered it down with water so I had a very thin black wash.  Using a paint brush I brushed the wash onto the entire piece in small sections and immediately wiped it back with a baby wipe or a wet paper towel.  I only wanted to accent the flowers and vine lightly.  When the wash was dry, I lightly dusted some perfect pearls (the pearl colour) around the vine and flowers to sparkle it up.  Put it in your frame and you are done. 
And there you have it. 
I can't wait to do a larger one in a larger frame or on a canvas. 
Below is a picture of the project without the black wash which is bright and colourful.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.  It really is easy to do.  This is my first attempt at this, so if I can do it you can do it.  
Until next time,
this is Donna hoping you stay safe and happy.
"Shoot for the moon.  Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars."

Thursday, March 31, 2016

"Finnabair" Inspired Canvas

Good morning everyone.
Today I would like to share with you, as promised, an 8 x 10 canvas that I created in the Finnabair style.  I've been wanting to do something like this for sometime but wasn't sure what to do exactly.  So I pulled out my canvas, black gesso, many, many wood embellishments from my stash and some metal pieces.  I decided to layer the embellishments and keep on layering them until I had the look I wanted.  Below is the finished canvas.

To start with, I applied modeling paste using a gear stencil from Crafter's Workshop.  When that was dry I applied a good coat of black gesso over the entire surface of the canvas.
I then cut pieces, in varying lengths, from pieces of chipboard borders that I had in my stash and adhered them to the canvas to give me a base.  I then painted the strips with black gesso.

From there I selected different wood pieces (gears, circles, etc.) and adhered them on top of the strips.  I tucked them under and on top of each other.  I had one very large gear that I cut into pieces and added them as well.

I added some other elements - buttons, metal gears, a large key.  Then I painted these items in black gesso.  The reason why I painted each layer was to ensure that everything was completely covered with the gesso.

The last layer was a 4" x 5 1/2" wood frame in the centre, with a small resin frame at the upper right corner.  A wood butterfly was next with a wood key and a small flower in the centre.  Again these were painted black.  I added a couple of glass stones in the centres of a couple of gears and at the top of the large key at the bottom and painted them black.

Now it is time for colour.  I layered a lot of colour directly onto the black gesso.  I dry-brushed most of the colours using Finnibair's opal magic paints, pink and turquoise shimmery paints, almost anything I had on hand that was shiny and glossy.  I just went for it and used my imagination.  I did also put white gesso here and there on a lot of the raised areas.  And at the very end I brushed on some gold metallic paint keeping it on the tips of some items as well as painting the glass stones in solid gold.  This really accented everything nicely.  Below is a close-up of the layers so you can see the colours that I used.

I was pleased with the result as this is my very first attempt at this type of canvas.  I hope you will try it.  After all, if you do not like the end result, you can paint the entire surface in black gesso and try again with your colours.  Start with 3 colours and add as you go.
Until next time, this is Donna wishing you a great week and
And to all you scrapbooking women, from the man in your life,
"My wife says I never listen to her - at least that's what I think she said."

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Tag Layout

Hello everyone!!!
I don't know about you, but I sometimes have trouble creating a boy's layout.  I love the flowers, bling and all the prettiness you can create for the feminine layouts.  So I decided to come up with something a little different.  Below is a layout that I did for my grandson using tags.  I cut out various tags in different sizes from different papers and layered them across the top of the page and below the pictures.  It was quite easy and it gives a different look to a layout.

I also stamped a border stamp around the outside edge, added a few pieces of ephemera here and there as well as string in some of the tag holes.

Here is another layout that I used for another grandson.  For this one, I created a paper collage using various papers from my scrap box along with a piece of burlap that I used as a paper.  I did add a couple of rustic flowers (oops - couldn't resist) along with some metal pieces.  Again very simple.

I am currently working on a mixed media "Finnibair" inspired canvas.  It will be posted next week and will include a brief tutorial.
Until next time,
"Happy Crafting"
"My husband lets me have all the scrappin' (stampin') supplies I can hide."

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Over the last few months I have been working on various one-of-a-kind albums.  I have decided to post these albums available for sale.  I have posted them here first so that our valued viewers can see them first. They are all 8" x 8" in size with 4 pages inside for a total of 8 pages for pictures.  A lot of embellishments have been added to the entire albums.  The covers are covered with quality fabric and the interior pages have been securely bound.  For these albums I have used mostly Prima papers, embellishments and flowers.


The first of my wedding albums.

Heritage.  Great for family photos.

Very girly.

These albums are available now.  If you are interested in receiving more information, please contact me at    You can also use the store email.
I can send some pictures of the inside pages.  Prices may vary based on the materials used.  Shipping costs will be kept to a minimum.  Remember, these are one-of-a-kind.
Hope to hear from you soon.

Monday, March 07, 2016

March Newsletter

March has come quickly and by the looks of it outside in our area, winter has come back again...hopefully only for a little while :-) 
Keep reading below for what's on special in the shop for March!
We also have all the new Simple Stories now in stock!!
New Kits have also been posted this week!  Follow us here to what's new!
Now available online... 
Simple Stories-
Life In Color
Let's Party
You Are Here!
Snow Patrol
Doodlebug Designs
Polar Pals
 Looking for some extras to make your layouts wintery...check out the Memorybox dies that are available...
Shimmering Snowflakes
Stitched Let It Snow circle
and from
Taylored Expressions...
Perfect for any wintery layout or card
March Specials!
All Take-n-make kits are 20% off!!
In our Coordinated Collections section...
Basic Grey 40%off
Bo Bunny 25% off
Fancy Pants 35% off
October Afternoon 35% off
Studio Calico 40% off
Websters Pages 40% off
Specials are valid March 1st to March 19th!
Sale prices effective on regular priced items only.  Clearance items excluded. 
Check out our CLEARANCE section in the shop.  We've added over 50 items at great stock is limited on most items!
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Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Travel Picture Album Kit

Hi everyone!!  Here is another album "Kit of the Month"
Today is a new travel album which is available to you for ordering.  The front and back covers are 5" wide x 8" long and the spine is 2" wide.  You will bind the inside pages. You will receive the following items in the kit: papers, background kraft cardstock, burlap, canvas for the cover, chipboard pieces for the cover, tags, wood and metal embellishments, wood buttons, ephemera pieces (could vary from what is shown), cording and of course detailed instructions with pictures of each page.

This is the front cover of the album.

The cover has been covered completely with canvas.  I then did some stencilling and spraying for texture which is optional.  You can decide if you wish to do this and use a stencil of your choosing.
Here are the inside pages.  There are a total of 3 pages inside (front and back makes 6 pages in total).  There are pockets for extra pictures as well as fold out sections on a couple of the pages for even more pictures.  Below is the inside of the front cover and the front of the first page.  The inside front cover has a pocket for extra pictures storage.

Below is the back of the first page which has a pocket to put tickets or items collected on your trip.  There is a fold out section for more pictures on the second page front.

Below is the back of the second page (has a pocket)  and the front of the third page which also has a fold out section for more pictures. 

And lastly the back of the third page (individual picture).  
The inside back cover has a pocket for more pictures.

The cost for the kit is $40.00 Canadian plus a minimal shipping charge.
We can ship to the U.S.  as well.  To order please email the store at orders@thescrapping  The album will be posted in our on-line store over the next couple of days and you will be able to order from there as well.  Look for "Trip Album".
Until next time this is Donna wishing you a safe and happy week.
"The joy is in the journey, not at the journey's end."