Craft With May no rules, just happy crafting Fri, 22 May 2015 10:30:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 ScanNCut: Watercolor paper word Fri, 22 May 2015 10:30:02 +0000 DSC_1366

A current favorite supply? Water color paper. Give me some water color paper and color mediums and I’ll go color crazy! Even better, I can take a computer font and use my ScanNCut to get nearly instant words ready to play with.

Link to YouTube video

Supplies needed: Watercolor paper, color mediums (blendable with other colors), cardstock, black ink, thread, stamp, and ScanNCut

Here is my finished card-

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1. Scan, then cut out word/shape using watercolor paper

2. Color as desired with fluid mediums

3. Color background with stamp and color mediums, add splatter. Then stitch around the edges.

4. Stitch background onto 4 1/4 x 5 1/2″ cardstock card base.

5. Edge word with black ink (bold tip pen), then attach with foam adhesive to card

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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Birthday layout featuring Maggie Holmes Confetti line Thu, 21 May 2015 10:25:36 +0000 The next week… no the next MONTH is going to be so wild! I’m hanging on and enjoying the mix of work, family trips, and end of the school year events. Today I’ve got a layout to share with you – one featuring Maggie Holmes (Crate Paper) Confetti line + the ScanNCut (my homemade banners)


Once in a while, it really is fun to just PLAY! This is a layout I made celebrating a special birthday – and most of the product featured is the new Maggie Holmes Confetti line. LOVE how her line is great for a birthday – or not.


I also had a lot of fun using a lot of my current signature moves – from kraft background to sequins to Heidi Swapp mist splatters.


I’m currently debating a strictly embellishments class (in my free time – haha!) and I’m excited about all of the projects + fun coming your way this summer. My way too – as we have a lot of fun in store.

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Operation Clean Studio: Patterned Paper Wed, 20 May 2015 04:13:28 +0000 DSC_1047

Over the years I have stored my paper in MANY ways. Vertical, horizontal, inside a carrier, cupboard… the thing is paper is the base for ALL that I do, so I need it out, easy to access, and simple. Paper is my #1 pain storage wise because to have it up it has to be on a HEAVY DUTY desk/surface. A regular shelf is too delicate. This was my biggest “ARG” as I re-did my studio.

The solution was to line it up along my big dresser (aka the former diaper table picked because it would be great for crafting once babies outgrew it!) and for once I’ve got all paper in the same spot. Gotta tell you – this has worked WELL so far!

The longest standing system I have in place is the plastic magazine style holders for patterned paper. I purchased these over 10 years ago, when I was a scrapbook store manager and I still use the originals! I use these for patterned paper, divided by manufacturer.


I also have a cube-style for cardstock that I purchased at Michael’s 4+ years ago. Around that time, I also simplified (as in, stopped buying) almost all cardstock colors! I keep white, cream, straw, kraft, navy blue, a soft aqua blue, grey, 2 greens, and 1 pink. that is all I’ve purchased in the last few years, and I STILL have “other” colors of cardstock!


Oh if the need arises I will buy a single sheet for a specific project, but so far? So far I really still have all that OLD loads of colors of cardstock stash I’m working through! I’ve only had to purchase cardstock twice that wasn’t in my regular stock.

The one addition I have now is that I got a 8 1/2 x 11″ sized holder for all my specialty papers/random cardstock sheets that are that size, as well as sizeable chunks of random colors.


The other thing you see above is that my one cube has storage for bigger sticker sheets. This works well here also because all of these items need to have clear space (for me to pull things out/in) and so far, so good.

As time allows, and as I am sure I like how things are I will keep sharing the storage solutions (or long time favorites) here. Everything is somewhat settled here, but I’m still adjusting and adding so I am not ready to do a “full tour” just yet. Got questions? I love to answer! Just let me know.

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This week at the Simon blog… Mon, 18 May 2015 14:00:19 +0000 I’m sorting and making the TOUGH choices this week for our design team call! But the challenge is on! It’s all XYZ over at the Monday Challenge blog so check out what they made here.


Meanwhile, over on the main Simon blog I’ve got a scrapbook layout/technique tutorial up! Check that out here.

Have a great week!

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ScanNCut: stamped image Sun, 17 May 2015 03:43:00 +0000 DSC_1445

When you want to perfectly cut out a stamped image, the ScanNCut really can’t be beat! You just want to follow these tips:

  • You need an image with a clear outline
  • If the outline has breaks, or isn’t solid you can touch it up quickly with a pen
  • Solid images (such as alphabet/words) work in color too! just make sure there is a clear/solid form for the machine to pick up

Here is my video tutorial showing how I scanned, cut, and colored this bird in no time!

Supplies Needed: ScanNCut, stamp, permanent ink, watercolor/water reactive colors, ribbon, buttons, word stickers, sewing machine and thread

Of course once scanned in and cut out, the possibilities are endless! For my fun little bird I decided to make a card.

1. Stamp, scan, cut, and color the bird/image.

2. On a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2″ piece of cream cardstock, stamp a background image or use a piece of patterned paper this size.

3. Add some flecks of mist/color to the background for contrast.


4. Stitch the ribbons in place. To do this first start stitching a bit, then scrunch the ribbon up as you sew to get fun folds and added texture. Stitch a second or third line for added color contrast and stability.

5. Adhere the bird image with foam adhesive to add dimension.

6. Finish the project with buttons and stickers.

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I don’t know about you- but I just LOVE how this turned out! This is such a great way to feature stamps! Quite often, I color a bunch of images and then when I want to feature one I especially like, this is a quick and easy way to go from image on paper to feature focus of a card! As you can see it doesn’t take long, or much product either.

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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Scrappy Saturday: the pink chair Sat, 16 May 2015 10:00:41 +0000 Where is Ranger? He was boarded last weekend as I went to Ohio to film Scrapbook Soup. Being the new guy in the house well… he needs “boss lady” May around. Which left Miss Scrappy alone on a Saturday afternoon while I tried to photograph a bunch of projects in my favorite spot (new pink ottoman + mermaid color wall)…


I was in the middle of photographing things, turned to get another project, turned back and this is what I found. I couldn’t stop laughing. You see she *loves* this hot pink seat and was apparently done with me using it for my own needs.

Also, apparently she decided she would be the star of her own Scrappy Saturday post once again by being too cute to not photograph.


Just another day in the Flaum family…

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Now filming: Scrapbook Soup! Thu, 14 May 2015 11:00:09 +0000 IMG_2374

I’m back from Ohio, where I spent far more time traveling then being there. (ha!) But for good reason! Above you see my “green room” table where I’m setting up my projects for filming.

Here’s the set…


It is *hot* on the set with all those lights! Oh and there is a ton to remember to do (and not do)… but it is really a lot of fun and the crew was FANTASTIC! I’ve got 5 segments coming this year on Scrapbook Soup – I will do a post + share the project each time a new episode is up online.

All of my projects feature the ScanNCut (seen on table above) – and I found so many ways of making this great machine work for my craft projects! I hope you love these episodes and projects as much as I do!


One of the best parts? I love working with Julie Fei-Fan Balzer! She’s one of my favorite people anyhow, and absolutely fantastic to work with too. Not to mention tremendously talented and inspiring! Always happy when I can spend time with her.


Oh, and yeah when waiting on stuff to be set and ready to film sometimes it gets real silly…


It was a great trip and experience – but I am definitely glad to be home in time for my birthday weekend!!

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Copic update: my first 12 pens Wed, 13 May 2015 10:00:43 +0000 DSC_1039

Update: The pens are here!


I am really excited to get started with these – I have some ideas brewing in my head. First up – I colored my Hex Chart (link) to see what I have. I’m VERY happy with my brown set. Greens I think I’m happy – but only time will tell!


To get started I took 3 greens and two browns and did some basic coloring, based off ideas I had learned in class.


I intend to do a lot of color blending and shading so I want to start with stamped images and testing out what works. NO pressure – just coloring and trying things. I’m a newbie here – so if you have requests for videos or things I’m doing let me know!

Next up: Copics + another medium on same image…
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New Prima tutorial… Tue, 12 May 2015 12:00:57 +0000 I have a tutorial for this bloom girl (Prima) shadowbox… this is a project I HATED… then figured out to chop it up and now I love it! LOVE when that happens.


The full tutorial + post is up today at the Simon Says Stamp blog – enjoy!

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Simon Says… Mon, 11 May 2015 04:00:29 +0000 It’s my birthday week, everyone celebrate!

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Actually, this week the challenge is to use a Simon Says Exclusive product. I chose their new striped background stamp you see on this card – and oh man. Combine it with ombre ink and you get allll the awesome!! Since it is my birthday week I decided to pull in bits and pieces, add in some stitching and gold spray, and just have a party on a card!


Now the big choice: who to send this to?

Supplies Used:



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.

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