Craft With May no rules, just happy crafting Wed, 16 May 2018 07:01:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 (quick) party bags with ScanNCut Wed, 16 May 2018 07:01:14 +0000 It was less than an hour before we had to leave… and I hadn’t wrapped up the year end gifts for the group of girls! I really didn’t want to just toss loose candy and a gift card at them. What to do? ScanNCut to the rescue!

First up, I picked 3 patterned papers that I felt went nicely together. Then I pulled out my ScanNCut and:

  1. Cut large hearts
  2. Cut medium circles (around a cat that was just too cute!)
  3. Cut small flowers out from a patterned paper

Easy as 1-2-3! The key here is to pick a color palette – I went wild rainbow brights since this is for young girls – and go small-medium-large. Here is my YouTube tutorial on putting these together.

Once this is done you can just glue it all together, add some fun tissue if you’ve got it, and go! The girls squealed and clapped when they saw these pulled out – and I was so pleased! The bags I used are simply colored lunch bags, but any size or shape of gift will work with this simple formula. To be honest I usually keep some white and kraft colored bags on hand for just such a gifting emergency – but I was out! I will stock back up, but I am actually quite pleased with how the purple bags look.

Thank you for tuning in today! I will be back soon to share my teacher gift ideas/DIYs as well as more craftiness weekly.

the usual disclaimer – I do work with ScanNCut/Brother as a brand ambassador, but all ideas & opinions are my own. Love this machine!

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one royal week: and a new card how-to! Mon, 14 May 2018 02:26:44 +0000 I’ve been crafting up a storm this week – so busy but so fun! Today I’m excited to share with you a quick and easy tutorial for this royally fun week! Not only is it my birthday week, not only is Deadpool 2 coming out, but it’s also the Royal Wedding! And I have new 28 Lilac Lane kits coming out!

This card was made using the brand new “Royal Celebration” kit! This should be shipping to stores, but if you can’t find it or can’t wait you can also find the whole line on the Buttons Galore website.

First, I stamped (or you could use patterned paper, washi tape, etc) across the card in Blue archival ink.

Then I pulled out the kit and figured out key elements. At this time I also pulled out sentiment stickers and placed those down.

My anchors for this project (aside from the stamp) are: lace, button, charm, sentiment trio of stickers.

Once the base elements were in place, I added in the smaller bits! Sequins, pearls, beads… the little goodies that really help a project shine.

It didn’t take much – but I am royally pleased with how this card turned out! And I’m excited for a fantastic week ahead as well.

Happy Crafting!

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Quick Formula: sequin card Thu, 10 May 2018 07:22:35 +0000 Today I want to share with you one of my “quick and easy” formulas for crafting. Today’s example: An easy way to use up those loose sequins on your work space! This is something I come across a lot, and making a card is always a great easy way to “clean the desk” as well as use up some random supplies.

My formula is this:

  1. Black stitching or pen work 1-2x around the perimeter of the card. ANY color cardstock you’d like. Can also be white pen/stitching
  2. Add 2-3 elements. Could be die cuts, stickers, a doily… just make a simple trio of elements to form your card.
  3. Add a sentiment if one not already somewhere on the other elements
  4. Dot 6-8 drops of PPA adhesive (my fave!) around randomly and add sequins. The more random/off the desk the better!
  5. Repeat step 4, then once satisfied add any glitter glue, flecks of mist, or anything else you’d like!

This is an incredibly simple formula, but it’s a great one for a few reasons:

  • If you’re stuck and don’t know what to do
  • If you only have a few minutes
  • If you need a card quick
  • If you want to get that desk cleared and sequins gone

Basically – it’s a no-lose situation!

Here you can see my finished card – I just love it! The sequins are all 28 Lilac Lane, and the paper elements are Crate Paper (Maggie Holmes). FYI – A little hummingbird told me new mixes are coming to Buttons Galore so be sure to stay tuned!



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NYC: Scrapbooking Katz’s Lunch Tue, 08 May 2018 07:28:40 +0000 mini series alert! I’m wrapping up my NYC 2017 album, and as I do I will be sharing process photos, tips, and notes as I finish this 6×8 pocket page album!

Today’s photos are from the legendary Katz’s Deli. We took a cab (Uber, actually) over to this spot specifically because Jason had asked for a lunch here. Us girls sampled and shared a variety of things we’d never tried… and wow! We still talk about how Matzo ball soup is the best thing ever and wish we could make it that good!  

My plan for this set of pages was simple: I had a busy neutral patterned paper, and some black and white travel themed stickers. (here’s an affiliate link to where I got those)

I also at times combined letter stickers + the puffy pre-made word stickers

Another really easy fix: I trimmed two photos to be just under 3″ wide so I could fit them side by side on a 6×8 full page. One thing I have realized over the years is that if needed, most photos can be cropped quite a bit!

I am seriously craving a sandwich now! I did zig-zag stitching at the top and bottom of the page (right side) and NOTHING on the other page (two 4×4 pics). I love this! Simple gets a bad reputation at times for being easy – but sometimes you really don’t need a lot of complex technique or products to make a page exactly what you want!

Katz’s remains high on the Flaum family “must eat” list – we got there at about 11am and waited about 20 minutes for a table. Prepare for crowds – but enjoy the delicious eats!

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around here: May 2018 Sun, 06 May 2018 18:46:43 +0000 Around here we’ve been eating healthy except for the rare & worthy splurge (such as the Fremont Diner – see pic below), preparing for summer adventures, and keeping busy!

I’ve got a new article up at about embellishing simple pocket pages and I hosted a crop at my local store. During the crop? I made an entire scrapbook album (6×8 pocket pages) – yes really!

The trick was to keep things simple, and don’t over think it! Had a blast with some truly lovely women and can’t wait to crop with them again. This tends to be the busiest month of the year – and adding to it this year is Elizabeth’s track season!

She had her first meet where she ran the 4×400 (aka mile) relay and helped her team win! So excited for her – and love supporting her love of running. Speaking of love… ’tis the season for adoption anniversaries! Ranger was adopted this week last year. We tend to celebrate all dogs on June 1- since they all came to live with us within a few weeks of that day.

Can’t believe we’ve had Scrappy 4 years, Ranger 3, and Bandit 2 years! Love our adopted pups!

I’m heading back into the studio to create more content for you here as well as finishing up the sign-up info for my new online class! I’ll be watching Schitt’s Creek – a show Stephanie Howell recommended to me – as well. This show really tickled my funny bone! If you loved Best In Show – you might wanna check it out.

What are you up to these days? Lots of crafting? Year end madness for school? Do tell!

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It’s (vinyl) party time with the ScanNCut Thu, 03 May 2018 08:03:10 +0000 If you’ve ever taken a class from me at a craft store then you already know: I like my embellishments stored simply, and to keep things fun!

Recently I realized that I needed to make a new container – one just for random sequins. I love to call my button and embellishment jars like this party jars. It’s a party in there – full of randomness and fun. This time though, I realized that I have the perfect jar – and a scrap of purple vinyl just right to become a “party jar mix” label. 

The first thing I did was to get on my computer and write “Party Mix” in the Brother Type Converter tool. This is free – and it means I can type a font and it automatically becomes a cut file instead of having to print it out then scan it. Neat!

Next up? Load that file into my ScanNCut, re-size as needed (tip: be sure to select all and unify before you resize!), and cut out from my purple vinyl material.

This process is super easy – and a lot of fun because I can make a really tiny delicate vinyl sticker easily! Once your vinyl is cut, you need to “weed” it meaning remove all the parts you don’t want to transfer.

Then “transfer” it onto the transfer sheet, place, and rub into position on your jar!

The “how-to” for this really couldn’t be easier, but it has such a big impact on things! My only vinyl regret is that I have only been working with it for around a year and not much sooner! This would be a great project to put on a jar that you intend for a gift, for display, or anything! From a change jar to craft supplies to candy for a teacher – adding a bit of vinyl adds both a crafty touch and personalized fun that is just so neat.

I’m definitely in a multi-tasking craft zone this month, as I work on teacher gifts, party favors, and so much more! So be sure to stay tuned I have a lot of fun ideas to share with you here.

Speaking of fun – as you know (and I always disclose) I do work with Brother (paid consultant for Brother, all ideas & opinions are my own) and I’ve really been impressed with all the new and fun things coming from them! From the improvements to the Canvas software (now Canvas Workspace) to the projects going up each month on the ScanNCut website I can always find fresh inspiration! The vinyl I used in this project is made by Brother and available for purchase at shops online and local dealers. I’ve even had luck finding some mats & accessories at JoAnn fabric locally! Yay!

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May Day: Prize time! Tue, 01 May 2018 07:07:13 +0000

I like to kick my month off with a bang – and so I’ve got a super awesome prize pack of my favorites! From sequins to the best gummy bears to notepads… and MORE! I welcome you to enter – just leave a comment on this post before May 15th and you’ll be entered for a chance to win. What could be better?

You’ll also win a spot in my “not yet released” next online class!

Happy “my” month – and “my” day!

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ScanNCut Technique Round-up: Scan+Cut Sat, 28 Apr 2018 07:07:52 +0000 I have been what I call “pre-crafting” over here, and preparing for summer travels as well as crop creating and more. Today I want to share with you two ideas that I have as well as links to ScanNCut video tutorials if you’d like to see those as well.

The usual disclaimer: I am a paid consultant for Brother, but all ideas & opinions shared here are my own. I love the ScanNCut!

So first up, I am a HUGE fan of pre-stamping images. This means I can take less ink, stamps, and bulk on the road. If you want to make stickers – even better! I used the Brother sticker sheet material and my ScanNCut to cut around my travel images to create stickers ready to go! To do this you can watch my YouTube video. Here are the instructions:

  1. Stamp image(s) that have a clear outline
  2. Select “scan to cut” and scan sheet in, then adjust color or ‘ignore item size’ as needed
  3. Select your cut outline – love this part as I can raise or lower it to make more or less of an outline
  4. Cut out the image(s) and have fun!

Don’t have a ScanNCut? I still recommend stamping images that you could or would cut out/layer ahead. Saves so much space!

The other thing I’ve been doing a lot of is cutting out patterned paper shapes/images to give myself “die cuts on the go”. You follow the same exact steps as above (if using ScanNCut) but with patterned paper vs sticker sheet.

Why spend the time to do either thing? Think of it as I do as “pre-crafting”. I’ve been finding the more I prepare my supplies, and create an environment that is ready to go craft wise, the more I actually make! By doing things like having shapes cut out or stickers ready to go I am able to pack lighter on the go! I am also better able to sit down and make stuff when it is time because I have all I need and feel inspired to create.

This is a great thing to do when you’re feeling stuck or uninspired too! No creative pressure – just those little tasks that get done before you get to crafting. What do you do to prepare for on the road or a big crafty session? Do share!

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rainbow of notes: DIY notebook Wed, 25 Apr 2018 09:46:04 +0000

Recently at an event I got a goodie bag from Pipsticks (a sticker club!) – and one of the pages of stickers was a rainbow of hearts. Since I had a new little blank notebook I decided to decorate it!

To create this I began at one corner and worked to the opposite, just leaving space and adding “notes” in letter stickers.

Once all the stickers were on the cover I took PPA (perfect paper adhesive) and coated the entire front with it. This will do a few things – it will ensure stickers don’t flick off, add strength to the paper, and it all dries clear!

Once dry you won’t see any trace of the adhesive that i used as a sealant – and it’s ready for all my thoughts and ideas.

This happy spring colored notebook is just the right project to make on a rainy day. What have you made recently? I’d love to hear about it!

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What to do when that scrapbook has you overwhelmed (and other thoughts) Wed, 18 Apr 2018 20:26:45 +0000 One of the topics I’ve seen a lot of lately is the feeling of being overwhelmed by scrapbooks, photos, and other memory keeping projects. Believe me, I HEAR YOU!  I am in the same boat, because when you get piles on piles on piles… well it’s all a bit much! Over the next few months you’ll be seeing some quick/easy scrapbook pages from me here because: A) I’m doing a lot of those and B) I want to share inspiration with you! I want you to feel encouraged to “just get out and do it” and have fun with it! Whatever that looks like.

It doesn’t all have to be crazy time consuming or intense! So to help share some inspiration I’m going to share a bit of a lesson from my Creative Fitness class with you here today.

Below is a SMALL excerpt from the tips/tricks/getting started page in my Creative Fitness class

I have 6 incomplete scrapbooks I’ve challenged myself to see finished in the next six weeks. Well, what my current goal looks like is this:

  • DREAM GOAL: have all open projects complete and on shelf

(then, under that “now let’s get real”):

  • Organize all photos for all current active scrapbook album projects
  • Finish NYC and Hawaii (aka the 6×8 albums)
  • Take on 2017, since it’s about 1/2 done already
  • Dig into 2016 – I believe also about 1/2 done
  • In spare time/when working on travel content work on individual Disney pages so the “past trips” album can be in progress if not wrapped up
  • Still got time? Start official 2018 album since you already have 2 pages ready for it…

As you can see I have an ideal and lofty goal – I do believe in getting the most from myself – but I also have this broken down in priorities and a realistic workflow. I will not refer to this big picture list again. Instead, from this point I will only focus on individual line items. I happen to be on #2 (finish 6×8 albums), as I felt that was a great place to start knowing in 1-2 days each with 3-5 hours on those days devoted to the albums I could be finished with them.

Why focus small first? It’s all about momentum. If I am having a terrible day and nothing is going right I look around for the tiniest things that need to be done and tackle them. I pay a bill, clear the table, fold the laundry… little things. The same can be done in your creative space as well:

  • clear your camera card
  • order photos/organize digital photo files
  • color organize your cardstock
  • check your ink pads and pens, throwing out any dried up ones
  • organize other supplies (buttons, stamps, etc)
  • punch/die cut scraps of paper
  • plan out/gather supplies for your next project

If I do a mix of small things – creative and “life” in general I feel so much better. When I’m sitting around thinking about how overwhelmed I am, well it just leads to stronger feelings of “I can’t” “I will never…” and “I just don’t have time…”

How can you get started on your “big scary” project today? 

you’ll have to join in class to read more! 

I hope that helped you – this class has been so much fun for me to make and has helped me a ton! You can find more information and register for Creative Fitness at my website.  Filled with videos, ideas, challenges, and more – this class is live now and I hope you’ll join me.

I’m now off to work on a scrapbook, and maybe a card, and reorganize some shelves if I can manage my time right!

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