May Flaum Designs Thu, 21 Aug 2014 13:07:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 First day of school Thu, 21 Aug 2014 13:07:15 +0000 012

and so, another school year begins. I wish I could say this layout is already in the 2014 album, but I’m not quite to that level of organization. Things have been wild here (when are they not?) but pretty darn positive. The girls are both very happy with their assigned teachers, my studio space is getting to a place where I can almost call it clean, and lots of excitement for the fall as well as new projects is high as well.

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I created this layout with the new Simon Says Stamp card kit – as you can see it works beautifully on a project other than a card. Love that! This page was simple and doesn’t have a lot going on – I like that too. Sometimes I just want a photo + a story in a format that fits into an otherwise hectic schedule.

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This week on the challenge blog… Mon, 18 Aug 2014 04:00:01 +0000 50dollar_voucher_600px

This week is a “no rules” week – you can do anything you’d like and enter!  Simon is, as always, offering a generous $50 voucher that will be randomly drawn from the eligible entries each week. Join the fun by creating a project this week – and for your chance to win a $50 voucher you should hop on over and join in the challenge here.


To do a card like mine, color specialty stamping paper with purple distress ink. Then flick with water. THEN clear emboss the cats. Now that color is set, add more colors, more stamping, and anything you like! I love this trick.


For my other card it was just misting. Wild stamping. Play. I love black ink + bold colors!


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Also? I am ready for fall. SO READY. I am over summer. I keep trying to paint my nails in jewel tones and I long for the weather to get cool so I can wear cardigans and jeans once again…

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Scrappy Sunday Sun, 17 Aug 2014 05:02:23 +0000 IMG_5325

Sleeping on the job… again.

Her leg seems to be healing nicely, and she’s slowly adjusting to moderate amounts of exercise as well. No jumping or wild running… yet.

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New Tim Holtz Distress Mini Sets + give-away! Fri, 15 Aug 2014 16:00:40 +0000 020

Guess what? Tim Holtz + Ranger have released three more sets of distress minis! These little snack sized distress ink pads have sure stolen my heart and taken over my craft space! Today I’ve got two tutorials to share, and a set to give away!


To kick things off, I’m going to be playing with the inks, butterfly die, and just having fun mixing and matching colors. I colored watercolor cardstock with shabby shutters then die cut and embossed it…


Then I came in with pine needles, iced spruce, and brushed corduroy.


Ok so I have a butterfly. Now what?!


I pulled out a box and covered the lid with tissue. Just tape it down and trim off all that excess. Easy!


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Looking so very stark white, I decided to use some ink to color it up a bit.


Oh and let us add a bit of texture paste with stencil just to add texture.


Once dry, I added chipped sapphire and brushed corduroy to the texture paste. Love!


Now things are starting to come together!


This doily just needs some tea dye distress and matte medium to hold it down.


Oh, and everything can always use a squirt or ten of sunflower sparkle!


Now it’s time to finish this project off by pulling out the junk drawer!


What I love about this is that I designed the gift box so it will be 100% reusable and able to store treasures, gifts, or anything else the recipient might want to use it for.


Here’s the final box:

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Finishing touches? I added tarnished brass distress paint and black archival ink around the edges. I also dabbed the box with watermark ink then sprinkled with UTEE and heat set for added metallic sprinkles.


Here are some detail shots so you can see how texture filled and colorful this project is -



This was too fun – I love how the layers all show and contribute.


But wait – I have one more project! Next up I have stenciled with three new colors of mini inks, then coated with clear glossy gel medium.


Once dry I inked with green and brown distress and soaked with water. The stenciled area will remain true to color and vivid!


Next up: green alcohol ink and some finishing touches.


Oh, and a stamped image to add more to this simple tag


Cut everything out, and we’re good to go!

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I love how this came out – and while Christmas might be months away I think we all know it is going to sneak right up on us!


I had a blast with these twelve awesome new minis – shipping now to stores, by the way! Thanks to Ranger and Tim Holtz I have a set to give-away here to one of my lovely readers!


If you’d like to be entered for a chance to win, simply leave a comment on this post before August 21st. A winner will be drawn at random on the 22and and notified via email. Good luck – and thanks for checking out my projects today!

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Smart Fortune. Wed, 13 Aug 2014 07:23:11 +0000 IMG_4744


100% the fortune I needed, and on the day I needed it as well. Gotta keep taking those small steps, right?

Focus on one item at a time, do it well, feel good, and let me tell you the cycle continues, uplifts, and inspires me like nothing else.

So I’m off – for some quality relaxation on these last precious days of summer break…

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Not this girl. Tue, 12 Aug 2014 08:25:17 +0000 How many times have I been asked “is scrapbooking dead?” well, too many to count. The long and short of it is that it isn’t dead. It isn’t in trouble. Everything is amazing actually.


This is my first scrapbook – filled the summer after second grade full of my epic amazing adventures.


Words. Photos. Simple. Ladies and gents – this is scrapbooking. While I don’t want anyone to lose their jobs of course – the simple fact is that no matter how any industry is doing, no matter what is going on, I can still craft my heart out with whatever I can get my hands on. Scissors, glue, and paper should be around pending any horrific apocalyptic events – so I’m set.

In the event of crazy zombie wars that leave us all without all modern convenience well then maybe I’ll just write in a journal. Focus on remaining alive. Battle the evil robots or zombies or whatever.

Until then, this girl?


She’ll remain a scrapbooker.

Telling stories with photos + words + fun details. Enjoying creating. Loving life.

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Challenge: Scratched Up Mon, 11 Aug 2014 04:00:51 +0000 161 copy

How to approach the challenge to be “scratched up” this week? I opted to think about the sand and how scratchy that can be, about how fun it is to age things with distress ink, and just cut loose with a fun tag.


Using paste for my background (ah how I love that texture!) and plenty of inky goodness this one came together quite easily. The metal word strip has paint applied then scratched off – love this technique to add color and contrast to these lovelies.


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This week won’t you join in the creative fun? Simon is, as always, offering a generous $50 voucher that will be randomly drawn from the eligible entries each week. Join the fun by creating a project this week – and for your chance to win a $50 voucher you should hop on over and join in the challenge here.

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When life makes you go to the vet a lot… Sat, 09 Aug 2014 03:23:06 +0000 IMG_4737

grab a pinkberry.

Ok so it doesn’t have to be this – but instead of being mad or annoyed at knowing I’m going to spend yet another hour (plus 30m each way driving) at a puppy appointment I just said “hey – while there let’s hit pinkberry.”

Silver lining. Always, always look for it.

Also: pinkberry, ice cream, cupcake shops, or any other sweet treats. Might as well enjoy the day…


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1 steps. Thu, 07 Aug 2014 15:29:17 +0000 055

Let’s say I wanted to reorganize my craft space. Create three new online classes. Make leap from Girl Scout parent to leader. Train to run a 5k in three months with a respectable time. Re-paint and floor abovementioned craft space. Clean out my closet. Drop 20lbs. Try a new recipe every week. Train a puppy. Plan an epic Disney World vacation. Read a ton of novels. Do a weekly youtube video series. Get back to blogging 5 days a week.

Let’s say that this was a very real list and not random things I pulled out of my head.

Believe it or not, this would be very simple.

I didn’t say easy. I said simple. There is and always be a huge difference between those two words when it comes to taking action.


Start with one tiny step. For example yesterday I:

  • walked for 40minutes
  • had a smoothie in lieu of lunch
  • cleaned off my desk
  • practiced sit and stay with the puppy
  • wrote this blog post
  • emailed all the potential contributors to my next class with details
  • purchased the base patches needed for the girls new vests (girl scouts)

Oh and plenty more stuff I assure you. But my point is these were small, insignificant acts. They weren’t big sweeping gestures or epic quests. I did small seemingly unimportant things that will start adding up. These little steps, little steps like them every day, every week? That will be how I move personal mountains. By not opting to sit all day in front of the TV or trying to do big flashy things that don’t actually get the work done. I won’t get hyper focused on something like picking the perfect paint color and spend three days on that. Instead I will pick one small drawer and sort it. I will get up and go do interval training. I will move in a positive direction.


One little step at a time. That’s how things get done around here.

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Camp Scrap: Last call! Mon, 04 Aug 2014 14:28:34 +0000 CAMP_home

As I edit the final videos of Camp Scrap wow – hard to believe it has been a whole six weeks since this class began!

More than sixty projects. WAY more than 20 hours of video instruction. A dozen PDF files. Five hour-long live q&a video sessions. So much more. Basically? One huge and amazing class and I had a blast putting it all together. Looking at these numbers it also explains why my blog has been pretty quiet this summer! I’ve been at camp.


Each of the four sessions will remain available for purchase as self-paced workshops… but the all-inclusive Camp Scrap pass that includes all four sessions for $28 will no longer be available after Wednesday the 6th. To get more info and register click here.


As a reminder this – and all my classes – remain open and available for students to re-visit and enjoy for as long as they should care to do so. It doesn’t expire and there is not a limit on when you can enjoy the materials or how fast you should go.


Later this week sneak peeks will be added as well as updates to each of the four sessions to include the bonus content and so forth each course will have its own registration page if you’d like to register down the road.


It has been an amazing journey full of creative fun – thank you to all those who participated! I will be doing a sponsor thank-you post later this week as well as a project post and puppy update.

Happy Crafting!

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