Friday, November 29, 2013

Quick and Easy

Hello everyone.   Donna here.   Now that I have my Christmas tree up and my decorations in place, I thought I would share another "Quick and Easy" one page layout sketch with you.  Here is the sketch and below is a layout that I did.  

For this layout you will need:
1 sheet 12 x 12 cardstock or patterned paper for the background
1 sheet 11" square of patterned paper next (centered onto background)
1 sheet 10" square patterned paper (centered onto the 11" square)
 A 6" square piece of patterned paper (your size for this piece will be determined by the size of your picture)
One  1 1/2" wide strip of paper with one edge punched (your choice)

I did a winter theme for this layout for an old picture of myself and my siblings from many years ago.  This layout actually completed my heritage album that I have been working on for some time now.
 I distressed the edges of the 11" square patterned paper and inked all the edges of the papers.  I then sprinkled white glitter onto the outer edges (about an inch) of the 10" square piece of paper. It is difficult to see, but it is there.  For my strip under the picture I cut out three 1 1/2" strips, punched the one edge of each, then layered them together so that the scallops overlapped each other.   Then I die cut a flower using a set of spellbinders flower dies and added some sparkles to it as well.  I added some pearl flourishes and tiny flowers that match the papers.  I even tucked in some punched snowflakes around the flower.  And there you have it.  Again, it was very simple to do - took maybe 45 minutes.

I hope you enjoy!!
Until next time

Monday, November 25, 2013

New Echo Park products now in stock!!

Echo Park has done a great job on winter products again this year!!  Check out what's now available in store and soon to be online!
Keepin' It Cozy

Let It Snow Mini Theme


Tuesday, November 12, 2013


During our recent garage sale at the Bug, I noticed a lot of people brought in their miscellaneous chipboard letters to sell.  I know how frustrating it is when you get left with a lot of letters that you may never use.   I thought that I would share this "PICTURE FRAME"  tutorial with you to show you how to use up your chipboard letters. This is what you will need:  A piece of chipboard, white gesso, miscellaneous letters (you can even use Thickers letters - as long as the letters are thick and not stickers), your choice of sprays, ink.  Your letters can be any size, font, or colour.

Once you have gathered up your letters, you will cut a piece of chipboard based on the size of your picture.
You can also use two pieces of cardstock - it should be firm.   For a 6" x 4" landscaped picture I cut a piece 9" x 7" which will give me a 1 1/2" border around my picture.  You will have to decide whether your picture will be landscaped or vertical.
Next trace out the picture size in the centre of your chipboard.  This will act as a guide for your letter placement.  Without gluing, starting at the upper left corner begin laying down your letters to completely cover the area around the picture.  You will notice below how I tucked different sized letters beside each other making sure that I did not go into the centre section.  Once you are happy with your placement begin adhering the letters down using a tacky glue.  I did add some tiny dots here and there before  the gesso.

Make sure that the letters are secure and using white gesso paint all the letters getting into the spaces around the letters.  I used gesso as I find it adheres better to any letters that are shiny.  It also accepts sprays and inks better than a kraft paint.   Depending on the colours of your letters you may need two good coats.  Let this dry completely.  To speed up the drying time you can use a heat gun or a hair dryer.

Now this is where the fun begins.  The colours you choose will be based on the picture and the look you want to achieve.   I began by spraying the letters with a blue spray, let this dry, then I came back with a taupe spray and let this dry.  I wanted the blue to show more than the brown so I went back and re-sprayed the blue.  Next I took a blue ink pad and dabbed it onto the letters.  And came back with a brown ink pad and brushed this around the outside edges of the frame and letters as well as here and there onto the letter surface.  This is what mine looked like when done.

Here is a layout that I did using this frame.  

I have done several others.  Below is another one I did for my grandaughter's first day of school picture.  This one I did use some kraft paint to accent the letters, however, since I know from experience that kraft paint can chip off easily, I applied a thin coat of decopauge to seal the surface of the letters.  In the picture you will notice a bit of a shine on the letters at the top of the frame which is the decopauge.

Experiment using different mediums.  If you don't like the colours you chose you can simply paint over the dry surface using gesso and start again.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.  Have fun!!!! 
Until next time

Friday, November 08, 2013

Garage Sale Tomorrow!!

Be sure to stop by tomorrow, Saturday Nov 9th, to visit! 
We're having our 3rd Annual Garage Sale. 
We have more sellers and products than we've ever had before!!!!
Sale runs 9am-4pm!!

Sunday, November 03, 2013


Hello everyone.  Donna here with another quick and easy layout sketch.  This one is a two pager and again you can embellish it or add to as you wish.

I wrote the measurements on the paper sections.  They are also listed below.
P.P. (patterned paper)  #1 -  (for page 1) cut one piece 4" wide x 10" long - (for page 2) a second piece 4.5" wide x 5.5" long
P.P. #2 - (for page 1) cut one piece 2.5" wide x 1.5" long - one piece 3" wide x 2" long
P.P. #2 - (for page 2) cut one piece 6" wide x 2" long - one piece 5" wide x 2" long    
P.P. #3 - (for page one) cut one piece 5" wide x 5" long 
P.P. #3 - (for page two) cut one piece 7" wide x 5" long 
The larger circles were punched from a 1 1/2" punch.
The width measurement will run horizontally and the length measurement will run vertically.

Here is a layout that I did based on this sketch.  I used the Echo Park "A Boys Life" paper that I had in my stash.  I punched out some different sized circles from the remaining patterned papers for the upper left corner on page 1 and bottom right corner of page 2.  Die cut some butterflies, and added buttons and ribbon.  I also drew broken lines with black journaling pen around the outside edges of the pages.  The total time it took to complete was 30 minutes.
I hope you enjoy!!  Until next time