Craft With May no rules, just happy crafting Wed, 01 Jul 2015 14:22:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Camp Scrap 2015 is here! Wed, 01 Jul 2015 14:22:17 +0000 csday1 copy

Here are two sneak peeks at some projects “as seen in Camp Scrap” today. This class is always so much fun to create because it is a little more relaxed, and a whole lot of fun. It’s different every time and – registration is only open for the full Camp Scrap experience for a few more weeks! If you’re on the fence because you won’t be home a lot this month just remember it is self-paced, and class remains open long after the content is all there/July ends. So if you want to join in on some creative fun check out the details here.

Now I’m off to get an iced coffee (way over 100 expected today!) and get back to work finishing up my content for this class – the 5th or 6th version/year of Camp Scrap! Thanks to all those in class – hope you enjoy!

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Camping Scrapbook Layout featuring the ScanNCut Tue, 30 Jun 2015 09:00:35 +0000  


Camping adventures: Scrapbook Layout

I’ve been doing a lot of testing with my own handwriting + the ScanNCut and I’ve got to tell you – it’s good stuff. In fact the less I try to get it just right, the better it is turning out! I decided to turn my attention to a scrapbook page I’ve been meaning to make for quite a while that needs a giant of a title.


To create a layout like mine you’ll need:

cardstock and patterned paper, buttons and do-dads, washi tape, gold and black pens, journaling tag, and of course a Brother ScanNCut machine.

To begin with, you need to write a word (any word!) then scan in, re-size, and cut!


For the full video tutorial on doing this, please see my last ScanNCut post here.


Then cut out of the material of your choice! I thought about cork paper or woodgrain… but I decided classic green cardstock was the way to go. I adhered the cardstock title, photos (4×6), and patterned paper (7×9) to get things started.


Next add some small letter stickers (or stamps would work, or cut tiny letters) to complete the title, and add some washi tape to accent.

What comes next?


We stitch with Tex my beloved Brother sewing machine, of course! This black stitching is going to add the pop and contrast I need.


Speaking of pop and contrast – I am edging my letters with black pen (around outside) and gold puffy pen (on actual letter) and I love the results! For a little more “mess” an optional step here is to splatter with mist.


Finally, it’s button, leaf, sequin, and do-dad time! Finishing this off was a breeze – and I love the finished results.


What I am really loving about making my own words/titles with my ScanNCut is:

  • Any word, any size, any font, any material!
  • Use my stash of paper when my big alphas are running low
  • Perfectly size my title to my page/project needs
  • No more craft knife cutting in front of the TV – the machine handles it all in minutes while I keep on crafting!

In other words, there’s a lot to love and I’m sure you’ll see more projects featuring my words and doodles in the future.


Disclosure: I am a paid consultant for Brother International Corporation and have received a ScanNCut from Brother to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely my own and based on my use of the product.

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Challenge: Summer Mon, 29 Jun 2015 04:00:45 +0000 50dollar_voucher_600px

This week we are all about summer but my project went sideways! More on that in a moment. Simon is 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.

So I sat down and was staring. thinking. So many ideas yet none. So I went with what comes AFTER summer – Halloween! This is a good reminder to you to please definitely stay open and play!

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Sometimes it is more important to let ideas out/flow instead of trying to stick to one specific idea. After I made this tag? a bunch of new ideas came to me and stuff was way better.

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ScanNCut homemade words and birthday card Sat, 27 Jun 2015 15:12:41 +0000 One of my favorite things lately is doodling and then seeing what it looks like when my ScanNCut machine cuts it out of paper. What I LOVE about this is that I can take a word that is big (or small) or other shape and re-size it to the project I need. So often I doodle something and think “it’s not the right size….” well by scanning into my ScanNCut it doesn’t matter! I can just re-size and play!


Today I’ve got a full (long!) video tutorial that will show you how to do that – and how I made this card.

link to YouTube

 My key tips are:

  • use pencil first (contrasted with the pen, the machine won’t pick it up!
  • don’t expect it just right on the first sketch, but at the same time don’t underestimate the “do it quick don’t think too much” approach
  • thin pen first, then thicken with more pen strokes or a thicker pen so that it cuts around your shape
  • Scan words separately if you want to be able to manipulate them as separate words
  • Don’t forget to unify the pattern so that you move all the pieces together/everything will re-size properly

Most of all though, have fun! Card making is my favorite for birthdays and thank yous. Something about celebrating a special person combined with crafting that just puts me in a great mood!

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I love how fun this turned out – and really it’s a party it could be for a man or woman, kid or adult. If you have any questions or requests with the ScanNCut be sure to email me or leave me a comment – I’ve got so much to share with you and have so many fun things still to come!

Disclosure: I am a paid consultant for Brother International Corporation and have received a ScanNCut from Brother to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely my own and based on my use of the product.

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hi Thu, 25 Jun 2015 09:12:56 +0000 DSC_1931

It is CAMP fun time! I’ve been playing with techniques like bleaching with water, die cutting whoopsies, and a ton more. Playing with kits, working with colors, and more. SO fun to be creating for class – and you can join us now! Get info over at Craft With May if you’d like to sign up for Camp Scrap! The pre-classroom is now open and the first video up.

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Hope to see you there!

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Art Journal: Girl Wed, 24 Jun 2015 12:45:08 +0000 DSC_1553

I want to tell you that there is some deep meaning for this one. Truth is I went to clean up the last session and this song the Girl Scouts were doing at camp… something about “hey girl, do your thing…” well it was stuck in my head. So I threw it and some paint down.


And sometimes, when it’s my journal, that is that.

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Hero Arts Ombre card Tue, 23 Jun 2015 10:08:11 +0000 DSC_1919 copy

Just a quick share today – a card featuring Hero Arts Ombre ink pads.
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Want a closer look at the ink pads? Here is a link to YouTube video that I recently posted.

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Challenge: Mist + Stamps Mon, 22 Jun 2015 04:00:36 +0000 50dollar_voucher_600px

This week we are all about mist + stamps. A favorite of mine! Simon is 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.

Yeah, you can squirt mist. But I like to stamp with it, spray it on a mat and use a brayer, and flick it directly out of the bottle!

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So this week I made a card using a brayer (pink and green), I stamped with it (blue dots), and flicked it too (gold). The blue dot stamp (sadly) is a retired Hero Arts stamp. I’ve loved it for so long!


Simple but super fun!

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challenge: take it outside, and don’t look! Fri, 19 Jun 2015 09:45:20 +0000 IMG_3391

I’ve been out of the studio for oh, 8-9 days now. Family camping trip – so fun! How to keep that creativity going while out on the road? I brought along my art journal! Here you see it in the Crescent City redwoods. I did three types of exercises, NO finished pages:

1. Write one word then doodle from the letters

2. draw what is in front of me without looking at the paper

3. Only sketch the general shapes using only a black pen

All SUPER challenging, but also no expectations and it went really well! Much fun as the break from work and real world was – it’s good to be home. I’m off to catch up on emails and work on future happenings… stay tuned…

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leftover fun: what’s on May’s desk? Thu, 18 Jun 2015 09:00:04 +0000 When I make a big creative mess there is just one thing to do: Use what I have on the desk only! It lets me clean up, challenges me to mix and match, and is so much fun. Alright then, let’s have some fun!


First up are some banners I have. I made myself a custom banner file with my ScanNCut and these banners are samples from that creative session. Which, by the way I filmed for Scrapbook Soup coming to PBS and online this fall! So that was my inspiration and I dug around the desk for more.


Some random die cuts that keep not making it onto the page, a new ink pad, some stamps…. we can work with this! Let’s stitch it up!


As you know I create with the Brother ScanNCut (independent consultant/creative contract). I’ve been asked “Why ScanNCut?” and I’ll tell you. It requires no computer AND it lets me run with my crazy ideas. It’s high tech that is fast and low fuss. Also? Brother is the maker of “Tex” aka my long trusted and totally amazing sewing machine.


Tex is my mostly unseen hero. Adding texture, holding things together, and switching from fabric to paper to more paper without a blink. I’ve never had a jam, never had a problem, never EVER been frustrated this machine takes care of this novice so well! It is because of my deep love of this sewing machine and knowledge of what quality products they make that I decided to give ScanNCut a shot (and I do love it!) and work with Brother.

Just in case you were wondering! back to that card…

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Here it is finished. Super quick and easy, and from the doily to the one random button all things I wanted cleaned off my desk. I challenge you to go “clean your desk” creatively as I have!

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