Monday, October 24, 2016

Halloween Rosettes

One thing I never tire of is making mini rosettes. They are so cute and versatile for decorating.  In the past I have made them and attached them to tags for Christmas, as Valentines, or for Spring cards. 

I kind of cheat in my process, though, because I use a Tim Holtz Sizzix Die. Before I had this, I tried to score and fold the rosettes, but they would very easily fall out of alignment, resulting in a lop sided rosette. The die also allows me to cut a great deal of them out in a matter of minutes. 

I have been feeling a little blue lately, and I've been trying to sneak creativity in whenever I can, because making something always makes me feel better. This week was productive with pads and cutting out pillows, but I often have craft ADD, and once I realized next week is Halloween, I decided to pull out some papers and get started on some decorations and gifts. (Full disclosure, ideas to create often involve a trip to the art supply store, and collage always has yummy Halloween and Day of the Dead items, so I had to visit there for more paper).

We haven't bought pumpkins or brought down the decorations yet! We meant to yesterday, but my husband wasn't much in to it. So, I took my papers, retreated to the craft room to cut the rosettes, punched out some circles, grabbed the glue, and folded and rolled while we all watched The Frighteners. 

Halloween 2016 Rosettes

Monday, October 17, 2016

Scrapbook Paper + Tops 3x5 Memo Pads = Cuteness

I love paper. It could be newspaper, books, Printer Paper, journals, sketchbooks, stationary, legal pads, flash cards, handmade cards, store bought cards, envelopes, and more. You name it, I love it. I even love Toilet Paper. It serves it's purpose. I especially love paper when it's fresh, crisp and and new with no signs that any other human has touched it.  I love paper so much that I have amassed a huge collection of scrapbook paper. I will never use all of it, so last year I found a great way to put the scrapbook paper to good use. 

I bought a huge box of Tops plain 3x5 memo pads from Amazon. There are 168 pads per box. This year I did it again. I used a portion of them for vendor gifts and Swag Bag gifts at Scratch Made Market. I will use the remaining 80 to sell at the Grout Elementary Holiday Bazaar.

l cut out at strip of scrapbook paper to cover the front of the pad, and 1/4 way down the back. I glued the paper on at the top, and on the back of the pad with Alene's glue. I made sure the paper was flush to the top of the pad, and that the back had a good amount of glue on it. Be sure to always watch your glue quantity. Paper only needs a small wipe with this glue to stick. You can hold it with a binder clip for a few minutes if you're concerned. 

After the cover dries, I decorate the front with images, sentiments, little flowers, sequins, or whatever other little elements I have around. (I have so many drawers of ephemera I could make thousands of pads).  

This process serves two purposes. 1. I use up scrapbook paper to take a boring ugly duckling plan pad and beautify and personalize it.  2. I will have made a difference in someone's life. Who knows? They might be able to reach for their one of a kind, crisp and new note pad that they have in their purse or pocket, and write a note that will change their life.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

The Pleasure of a Sunday Crafternoon!

One of the best things about having a Crafternoon with a group of your favorite women is not the end result of your work, but the chatting and connecting that occurs when you're all together. It is especially sweet when you haven't seen some of them in months. Catching up for 5 hours in one another's home is much more satisfying than meeting for Happy Hour in a busy and loud restaurant bar and rushing to catch up in two hours. Today was especially fun because my Mom and my sister were able to join us. 

One of the realizations we had today was that we all hadn't been together for a major Crafternoon since Day of the Dead crafts almost a year ago. A few of us made Valentine's at the beach in February, but I cancelled my Christmas in July due to family activities. Thankfully I can reschedule that event, though it will be probably be called "Made from scratch holiday cards" or "Give something handmade for once". I have a whole ton of Christmas and Winter papers and doo dads that we can all use to create some super cute greeting cards. 

Connecting and letting each other know how much enjoy spending time with one another is such a satisfying way to spend a Sunday.  We used The Sits Girls tutorial. They are SO easy. If any of you are planning a wedding, they are a wonderful decoration. We are using them to decorate the ceilings at Scratch Made Market! I can't wait to see how they look!  

Paper Bag Stars for Scratch Made Market

Pads for my booth at Grout Elementary Holiday Bazaar