Sunday, August 19, 2012

My first altered box creation

               Good morning  to all my bloggy friends. I have been so super busy this month, with all the getting back to school shopping and the countless birthdays and barbecues on the weekends, it's been very hectic around here. But I did take a few hours here and there to  do some crafting, and I'm finally posting it this morning.

                  I have been doing some cute pages shaped like a baby's bounty blanket and embellishing them, I will fill them up with baby tags and later put into a baby mini album.   I also made a very simple mini album out of  K and company paper and I am still in the process of filling it with tags and embellishments.

                                      I also have a lot of clip art and images that I print out or fussy cut from some of my older paper pack called Hot off the Press. I wanted to preserve them for when I need to use them. So, what I did was fussy cut a lot of the images and with removable adhesive I paste them down on two 8X10 paper and putting two sides together with images facing outward, I then pass them through the sticker machine with two sided lamination. When they come out you just cut around the paper very close to the edge and pull apart the two sides. After that just cut all the images and you will have them all laminated and protected from wet hands .

                             Okay, now for the box, I  had notice that my desk was slowly piling up with pop dots and other adhesives, but not wanting to get up and go to my nearest crafting store for yet another small plastic bin and not wanting to store the new pop dots I purchased into my adhesive drawer.  I decided to alter a small cardboard box I had and store my pop dots there at an arms reach. I am not going into a long detail explanation, I will let the pictures speak for them selves. What I did was cover the box in and out with some K and Company paper called Madeline, and I fussy cut some butterflies from the flora and fauna borders  and paste them on the box top. The man and woman silhouettes are from the Victorian Romance cricut cartridge, I also used some music paper from the colorbok paper pad and I cut the image on the fold down tab from Graphic45 Le Romantique paper and I put small round velcro as the closure underneath the fold down tab. I used stickles on the woman's headband and on her waist ribbon and bow and on the mans shirt. It was pretty easy and simple and I enjoyed myself. Now I have to run off and make some more Birthday cards and I will post them later in the week. Thank you so much for visiting my blog and reading this post, have a blessed Sunday!

This is the cardboard box I altered.
Here I am matting one of the pages from the simple mini.. Please click the Pics to enlarge.
Here is the simple mini album and the box covered in paper.

Here is another of the pages matted. They also have pockets to put tags inside.
Now that's what I call filled to the brim. They fit nice inside when the box is closed.

Here you can see the image on the fold down tab a little better. I did the star shaped crochet underneath the box about 15 years ago and it still looks good.    

You can see the top of the box much better here.

These are the baby blanket pages I  did that will go in a baby mini album.

The two papers with the pasted images go into the xyron .

The two papers are laminated cut and pulled apart.

now they are ready for fussy cutting.

I made a bunch of them at one time.

Here are a few of them all cut and laminated, waiting to be put into projects.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Project Life core kits in the house

Hello  to all my fellow Crafters.  I know many of you know what  Project life is, but for those that may not be familiar with it  I wanted to give a small review here. I love the look of traditional layouts but we all know how traditional scrapbooking is, a little time consuming and depending on how much embellishing you do, it can take even longer to create one beautiful scrap layout page.  Well this incredible woman  (Becky Higgins) came up with a plan that is  foolproof to fill up your albums quickly and beautiful.  This system she calls Project life (and us diehard fans call it a blessing). It is made up of binders core kits and plastic pocket pages, all you will really need after you have these components is a pen.  You will put the decorated cards that come in the core kits into the pocket sleeves, then you slide in some photos and you journal about the photos on some of the journaling cards in the core kits and add those into the right pockets and call it a day. Your album can come together quickly and simply, or you can do your own embellishing  and add memorabilia and make it as extravagant as you want it to be.  Yesterday I received  four of the core kits ( birthday gifts from my sons). I already had a colbalt kit, two binders and a ton of plastics. I am set for this year and next year. If you are interest in learning more of this way of filling your albums please go to     There you will find all the information you need and Becky is always updating her blog with the latest on her products and where they are for sell. She has lots of videos to help you out too and lots of photos for inspiration. She has just come out with new plastics in different configurations for your albums.  Following are a few photos of my core kits.   Thanks for taking your time and reading this small review and Hugs always!

Here are the four editions I received and the top is  an older one I already had. Notice the  new boxes are  so cool.  

This is the top design on the  amber box.

I opened two of the core kits, see how neatly they are in there new plastic tray. I'm very happy with the new look.