Saturday, April 27, 2013

Sketch Mania! Show 'n Tell Saturday!

Now you all know that I love sketches!  Every layout that I create (ok maybe not EVERY layout but most) starts with a sketch of some sort.  Here are a few of my favorites lately!

This first sketch comes from Ideas for Scrapbookers and I knew that I wouldn't be able to resist try it out since it was so unique!
And here is a layout of my son and some friends on Superhero Day.  Please excuse the dorky costumes!!!

And this sketch come from Nuts about Sketches.  I chose to only do the left side but I loved the way it turned out!

This next sketch also comes from the same site!
And finally, one last sketch from Sketchabilities.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Washi Tape Buttons

Good Sunday Morning everyone!  I just thought that I would pop by and share a quick little tutorial that I did this morning.  In my surfing on Pinterest (Yes I know it is addicting) I found this cute little tutorial on Washi tape covered tacks and thought - hmmmmm . . . buttons?  brads?  So I thought that I would give it a little try.  Here is what I came up with:

1.  Gather supplies - Unwanted buttons - My father picks up tons of buttons at garage sales for me and so I have a tons of those not-so-appealing white ones, washi tape, a darning needle or piercer, and maybe an exacto knife.
2.  Lay your button on the washi tape tape sticky side up and trim around the edge.
3.  Begin folding up the edges and run your nail along the edge to secure.
4.  Finally put the large end of your needle or piercer through the holes and wiggle a bit til you get the desired effect.
5.  Now I like the rough edges at times but sometimes I like a cleaner edge so on the green and teal buttons, I trimmed around the edge with an exacto knife!

Here is a layout that I created using teal buttons with a rough edge.  My daughter loved the One Direction store at the MOA!

Extend that washi tape and try these out!

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Show and Tell Saturday - A few cute Washi Tape ideas

I love Washi tape!  I love the colors, the sheerness of it, the flexibility, and so much more!  So when I saw a few new ideas for Washi tape on Pinterest, I knew that I would have to share them with all of you. 

1.  First, a tutorial from Paperiliitin.  This tutorial shows how to make feathers from Washi tape and a bit of wire!  So cute!!!  I had to try it out!

And on this layout, I used a few:

2.  I love the idea of making my own twist ties for layouts and cards as they did here in this cute tutorial from Organize & Decorate Everything - a bit of wire and Washi Tape - That's it! 

3.  How about Washi stickers from Allison????  Just some label backing and washi tape!
4.  I even found a tutorial on how to print on Washi Tape from Hambly Screen Prints:

I hope that you are inspired to play with a bit of Tape this weekend!  Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

A few Sketches from Nuts About Sketches!

I love the uniqueness of Shawn's sketches at Nuts About Sketches.  Here are a few recent sketches and layouts!
And here is my layout:


And another recent sketch:
And my layout:
(Funny story and side note about this layout - The boy on the left with my husband . . . not a member of my family.  My husband saw him and just invited him into the picture!  And he did!!!  His family just laughed and said that they could see their family doing the same thing!  Phew!  At least they didn't see my husband as a creeper!)

Monday, April 1, 2013

New CUC Theme for April!

Another new Cookin' up Creations theme awaits us for the month of April.  This month's theme is Around the World in 30 days where the DT gets inspiration from other countries and cultures.  I can't wait to post one of my top (someday) vacation destinations and how it inspired my layout.  Come join us for April and get into a drawing for some awesome prizes!