Monday, May 31, 2010

Wedding Album Bow Tie Template

Here is the bow tie template. You may need to adjust the scale. It should be 7/8" across at widest point.


Thinking of YOU!....

Take a moment today (in between the barbeques, sales and SCRAPBOOKING) to remember those, past and present, who have served out country in the military!

Don't forget those that protect us here at home as well...our police and firefighters!


I am very proud to say my paternal Grandfather served in WWI...

and my father was career Air Force (22 years!)....I miss you both and am thinking of you!

Enjoy your MEMORIAL DAY!


Saturday, May 29, 2010

Vintage Wedding Mini Kits...

...just went up on Etsy.


Wednesday, May 26, 2010

What's up Wednesday! 5/26/2010

It's Wednesday and I am thoroughly sick of sitting at my computer after finishing up the 17 page Wedding Mini Album instructions and the hour and half it took to email them all out to everyone. Therefore I am being "lazy" and just posting the video I did for What's up Wednesday rather than posting photo's, etc. of the project!

Enjoy and have a great week!


Sunday, May 23, 2010

Wedding Album Instructions

I have been DELUGED with requests for the Wedding Album instructions. Yes, they will be available as "Instructions Only" for those who want to use their own paper collection! In fact, I just put them up on Etsy. They won't, however, email out until 5/25/10.( All instructions are sent via PDF to the email address you have registered with Etsy to save time and shipping). I won't send them out until I am confident that everything is correct!

I have also added more of the uber popular Traditional version. My supplies won't arrive in time for me to send this batch out until May 27th. (I will send sooner if the goodies get here sooner!)

Got to get back to packaging kits!


PS I looked up from working this morning and saw this beautiful couple on the hillside behind the house.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

The Wedding Mini Album

Here is a slide show of te Wedding Mini. I'm so excited with how this came out. This is the "Traditional" version and uses "Capella" by Basic Grey.

I will post the other two versions as soon as I have them complete! The Ustream class for this album starts at 7pm (Pacific time) on Friday May 28.


Wedding Kits are UP!

The Wedding Mini Album Kits are up on my Etsy Shop. CLICK HERE to go directly to my shop. I will post a video later this afternoon.


Friday, May 21, 2010

Z-Fold Mini Page Dimensions

As promised, here are the dimensions for the Z-Fold Envelope mini page as well as the dimensions for making your own envelopes. Send photo's of what you do with this!...I love to see what you do!

Click on diagram to view and print!
Thanks for joining me on Ustream!!


Thursday, May 20, 2010

Z-fold Mini Album Ustream Class Tomorrow!

I am immersed in completing the Wedding Mini and instructions and just realized I needed to post supplies for tomorrows class!

Here's what you will need:

6" x 9" envelopes (one per page of your mini)
Coin envelopes or a 4 1/4" x 10 piece of cardstock (one per page of your mini)
Patterned paper...I used a 6 x6 pad
Coordinating card stock (5 -6) 8 1/2" x 11 sheets
3" x 6" cardstock for binding strip (one per page of mini plus two more for covers)
A small brad for each page of your mini
(2) 6" x 6" chipboard for covers
Ribbons and embellishments
Typical cutting and adhesive supplies
This mini can be bound with a binding system or rings...either will work

I will also show you how to make the 6 x 9 envelope out of a sheet of 12 x 12!

See you tomorrow! CLICK HERE to go directly to my Ustream channel.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

What's Up Wednesday! 5/19/2010

Today I have a guest artist sharing a fun stamping daughter, Sarah! We went to a Stamp Show in the Seattle area this past weekend. Sarah learned a fun technique to use markers to color stamps. She asked to do the What's up Wednesday Tutorial for this she is:

I think she did a great job!!...the "Peace Out" at the end was toooo funny! I'm still laughing about that one!
Have an awesome week!!


Friday, May 14, 2010

Purse Mini Album Ustream Class TONIGHT!!

The Purse and Briefcase Mini Album class is TONIGHT on Ustream....come join us!
CLICK HERE to go directly to my Ustream channel. Class starts at 7pm Pacific Time (10 pm Easterm, 9pm Central, 8pm Mountain, and 6pm Alaska Standard)
Log on to Ustream to participate in the chat or just watch as a guest.
"See" you tonight!!


Thursday, May 13, 2010

My Purse Mini Album Instructions

The instructions are now up on my Etsy shop CLICK HERE to go there directly. I wanted to make sure everything was correct before I put them up! If you have ordered a kit, you will be receiving them shortly.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

It's What's Up Wednesday! for May 12, 2010

In keeping with the theme of using a repurposed gum box during last weeks Ustream Class... this week I made a...

Scrap Happy Meal!

I covered a 4 Piece Chicken Nuggets box and a French Fries box with patterned paper (similar to how I covered the gum box) to make a mini album in the box and and tag "fries" to go with it. Couldn't quite come up with the Mikshake...yet...give me time!!
Here's the whole mini and one of the tag "fries"

Have an awesome week!


I will be putting the Purse Mini Instructions and Templates up on Etsy tomorrow and emailing to all who ordered a kit! Whew! That was a LOT of kits to get out the door!!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Purse Mini Album Kits are UP!...Finally!!

The kits for the Purse Mini album that I will teaching on Ustream this coming Friday are FINALLY up on my Etsy site! CLICK HERE to go directly to my Etsy page.

I am still finishing the Instruction/Templates and will have them available on Etsy by Thursday. The price of the kits INCLUDE the instructions so don't purchase them separately. They will be available without the kits as well. They are sent via an email PDF for you to download and print. The instructions/templates include a supplies and materials list and will be needed to participate in the class on Friday.


Friday, May 7, 2010

Pajama Party Tonight!!

We 're having a PJ Party tonight on UStream! Wear your jammies, grab some popcorn, and bring a gum box and some scraps to make a Key Chain Mini for your favorite MOM!

What you will need (besides your usual scrappin" supplies):

-A gum box....I like the Orbitz brand, but I am checking out some of the others. "React" looks like it's going to work. "Stride" is going to work, it will be a bit more challenging... it's got a double pocket!
-Gesso or acrylic paint. I gesso the outside (especially the edges) to cover up the the packaging color. You can do this ahead of time so that it will be dry. You can gently "unassemble" the gum box to lay flat to paint.
-Paper and card stock to cover the box and for the tag inserts...use up your scraps!!
-Your favorite glue and adhesives
-A length of this ribbon or cord and an optional split key ring
-Any fun embellishments...they can't be too thick!

To go directly to my Ustream channel, CLICK HERE. We will start at 7pm PACIFIC time (That's 10 pm Eastern)

"See" you all tonight with my jammies and new slippers!!


Wednesday, May 5, 2010

It's What's Up Wednesday! for May 5, 2010

Here's some different flowers for Mother's Day....made out of metal!!!

To make these special roses just in time for Mother's Day, you will need Embossing Metal (it's kind of like REALLY heavy foil), a flower die (I used Tim Holtz's "Tattered Flowers" from Sizzix), and snips to cut metal (T!m's Tonic fav!).

These flowers are made similar to the method T!m uses on his blog (look under 12 Tags of Christmas 2009). Cut 3 flowers from the die cut. Snip petals towards center.

Roll he petals around a small round object like a paint brush handle or whatever you have handy. Don't roll too tight!

Gently fold petals in halfish. USE EXTREME CARE! The metal edges can be sharp!!

To make the center of the flower, fold 3 of the petals towards the center, folding around each other to form the bud-like center. Fold the remaining 3 petals up around the inside petals.

Repeat the roll, fold, and form the petals with the other 2 flower parts, allowing space in the center to stack the previous sections.

To "age" the metal so that it isn't quite so shiny and new, you can use a kitchen torch (found at kitchen supply stores for Creme' Brulee') Again, use EXTREME CAUTION!! The torch is significantly hotter that you heat gun (your heat gun won't get hot enough to do this!) DO NOT TOUCH the metal after you torch it....quench it in cold water wit a pair of tweezers before you touch it!!!

This photo shows how the torch takes the shine off the brass. With copper you can get a rainbow effect of colors!! The aluminum doesn't really do anything.

Stack and adhere sections together to form complete flower (I used glue dots!) To make smaller flowers, use only two flower sections.

Here I used both copper and brass flowers on an unfinished frame. I painted the frame with Distress Crackle Paint in "Antique Linen". I enhanced the crackle with Distress ink in "Frayed Burlap" and sprayed it with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in "Wheatfield". In addition to the metal roses, I attached a Holiday Lights Butterfly Spray from Prima. I hot glued everything to the frame. The brass and copper colors go great with the photo of my Mom with my brother and I when I was about 2.

Have an awesome rest of your week!!


Saturday, May 1, 2010

NSD Give'Away Winners!!

Here are the winners from my National Scrapbook Day drawings:

The Winner of the Special Edition Glimmer Mist is:

Carol said...
Nothing special for NSD except spending a few hours with you for the class. That is always a highlight.

The winner of the Vintage Mini Album is:

Brigid said...
Hi Laura,
I'll be finishing off the My Guy album. Really enjoyed putting it together and watching your new class of course.

The winner of the Purse Mini Album Kit is:

Lexi said...
I'm hoping to finish up a couple of mini's that I have been working on and looking for some on line NSD specials.

Congrats to all the WINNERS!! Email me your info at to make delivery arrangements!!

Thanks for joining me today!!


Gatefold Mini Dimensions

I think I put some of you into dimensions overload last night!!! Here are the dimensions. Click on the photo t0 enlarge and print. See you tonight for Part II!

Have an