Hello!! Jody here today with a mask and some misting! First off, I started with the beautiful dark woodgrain paper from Fancy Pants. I've been itching to do some misting lately so I took out my Studio Calico Mr. Huey's white spray ink. I love Mr. Huey's because the ink is opaque and provides a fabulous contrast on your layouts, just like in my layout below! I've had this sweet photo of 2 of our girls in mind to scrap for a long time and this woodgrain paper was the perfect fit! The photo was taken on the dock of the Fox River in our little town. My hubby, Brad, works the boat patrol during the summers and our girls I brought him dinner on this particular night. There's something so calming about being near the water. Ahhhh.. summer days!
To create my misted background, I used a 6" gold foil doily as my mask and then actually used the same doily right on the layout after I dried it off with a paper towel. I wanted the wood grain and misting to be very visible on the majority of my layout, so I stuck with smaller elements to frame my 4x4" Instagram picture, such as the several of our Clique Kits exclusive printables & flair, Fancy Pants journaling cards, May Arts Burlap String and the awesome hand punched map paper confetti. Your layout doesn't necessarily have to be nautical or travel themed in order to incorporate certain elements. Our girls were just near the water and I felt these elements still worked very well. I also used the May Arts Natural Burlap String to create a little circle of rope at the bottom right of my layout. This was symbolic of the boat's rope that Brad used to tie the boat to the dock. I also used the burlap string to tie around my title journaling card for some added texture.
There are some close ups of my layout. You can see several of the little exclusive printables peaking out from behind my photo and the gold foil doily. I printed my printables out onto glossy photo paper, which turned out fabulous!! I used an aqua colored fine point Sharpie marker to write my journaling right onto my exclusive printable tag. Try printing out your Clique Kits printables onto a variety of paper types such as vellum (like Erica did in THIS POST), cardstock, photo paper, linen paper, and more!! We'd love to hear about something you printed yours out on, so please feel free to share!
Here's a much closer look at my gold foil doily masking element and the misting. I wasn't shy about spraying my paper at all. I just placed my gold foil doily right onto my paper and gave my Mr. Huey's a good push down onto the spray nozzle!! I think the key to utilizing any mask is to let the ink dry on the paper for a few minutes before you actually move your mask off of your project. After I let mine dry, I carefully removed my 6" gold foil doily and dried it with a paper towel. Then, it became one of my page embellishments!
Another fun way to create more page elements from the products in your kit is to USE YOUR TOOLS! Check out the cute pink journaling card that serves as my title below. I used a Martha Stewart heart punch along the bottom, then added that heart to the other side of my photo, holding the 'rope'. That fun negative heart space was the perfect spot to add another Clique Kit's hand punched anchor shape from map paper.
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Thank you so much for spending your time with me today! I hope you'll try out some misting on your next scrapbooking project. Until next time my friends, happy scrappin'!!
Hey all, Jody's on the blog today with a fun little mini album! If you know me, you KNOW I love to make mini albums, especially as gifts. Mother's Day really snuck up on me this year, probably because this Mama works most weekends (sad face). That being said, I wanted to whip up a couple Mother's Day gifts for those super special people in our lives.
To create this little mini album, I started with a few standard card bases (4.25" by 5.50") in cream cardstock. I stacked a few of them together and built my mini from there. Of course, I used lots of goodies from my May Clique Kit, Field trip, along with a few things from my Etsy Shop. Here's my Mother's Day mini album.
Below, you'll see that I added some Studio Calico wood veneers & some pink word stickers by My Minds Eye, which I just adore . You'll notice that I used the full 4x6" journaling card "Always Look on the Bright Side" across this center part of the mini album. I simply creased the journaling card where the middle of the mini album was and allowed it to span across.
And here are my final pages. I'm a big fan of using my paper punches to create extra little elements in my paper crafting. I used my heart punch to create a 'negative' heart shape on the bottom right, then used that 'positive' shape in the upper left corner after hitting the edges with some Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Worn Lipstick. I popped a few things up with my favorite foam adhesive also.
I also added some sweet Studio Calico labels & Studio Calico sticker sheets in our School Store now! The aqua chevron ribbon is from May Arts and available in my Etsy Shop now. Oh, and those fun cork shapes... well, more on those little cuties a little later!
Thank you for joining me today! I hope I've inspired you to take a couple hours and create a mini album for someone special this weekend!! Have a wonderful Mother's Day weekend!!
Happy Monday all! Jody here today with a fun tutorial on how I die cut wool felt and fabric with my Cricut. Yes that is correct, you CAN cut fabric, felt and other materials with your Cricut machine. You just need a few specific supplies, it's actually pretty easy.
Here's your supply list for this technique:
** Heat & Bond ~ available at your local craft or fabric store
** Wool felt ~ not the kind you buy in your local craft store. You need the good stuff for this technique. Here's a great site I use ~ Prairie Joint Junction
** Clothes Iron & Ironing Board (or counter area and an old towel)
** Cricut Deep Cut Blade (not pictured)
Let's talk about the wool felt first. I tried the polyester craft felt found at Hobby Lobby and it is NOT the same as the nice wool felt. The wool felt is much more dense and doesn't pull apart like craft felt does easily. I highly recommend investing in the wool felt for this technique. Or, you can cut fabric in the same manner.
First, you'll need to follow the instructions for the Heat & Bond to adhere it to one side of the wool felt. This is very easy to do and that's coming for this girl who HATES ironing! The Heat & Bond serves as a fabric stabilizer and gives you a nice smooth surface for adhering to your Cricut mat. I do recommend a newer or stickier mat to keep the felt from shifting on the mat. After you iron on the Heat and Bond, remove the paper backing to reveal the shiny and smooth 'iron-on' side of your felt. Place the prepped wool felt onto your sticky Cricut mat just as you would any paper or cardstock.
Some additional technicalities: I set my Deep Cut Blade to 6, pressure and speed to Max. I slowed my speed down to High for the "Hello" die cut shown above. I also engaged my multi-cut function to cut the image twice. If you're not very familiar with these settings or with your Cricut machine, take this opportunity to play with it!!
After you've die cut your image, carefully lift it from your mat. Depending on the thickness of your wool felt, you may have to trim a bit with your fine point scissors. I usually don't have to do this though. Overall, pretty easy right!
I hope you enjoyed making your own felt embellishments with me in the Locker room today. Happy Scrapping!!!
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