Monday, June 27, 2011

Crafty Secrets Design Team Challenge "Childhood theme"

Welcome to another fabulous Monday! I am honored to be participating in my first Crafty Secrets Design Team challenge today. Our theme was childhood. As some of you know I recently had all of my childhood slides scanned onto a CD. It was expensive, but it is so nice to have these images (and some film, too) digitally.

I made my project in Photoshop Elements and used the fabulous new Crafty Secrets "Creating with Vintage Patterns". All of the yummy papers and journaling mat are included on the CD.

I cut 2 inch squares for the layers. It is really important to activate your grid in Photoshop elements in order to get everything precisely lined up. The grid is located under your view tab and select grid. It really will help a lot.

You are sure to want to see the other ideas from the Crafty Secret Design Team.
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Crafty Secrets Design Team

Vicki Chrisman Team Leader
Pam Hooten
Heidi Blankenship
Linda Duke
Michele Kovack
Amy Teets
Debbie Marcinkiewicz
Fauve van Maanen
Julie Campbell
Gini Cagle
Jan Hennings
Tammy Roberts
Victoria Warren Mears (You are here!)
Viola Mahr

Have a wonderful week!


Wednesday, June 22, 2011

I Love Babies! Especially when they belong to other moms!

I am so lucky that my work has a bring your baby to work policy. Moms and dads can have their little ones at work until they are 6 months old. We have been so lucky to have two beautiful little girls in our office this year - Juniper and Finley. They give the office such a nice feel and are always a mood lifter no matter what! I am hoping we will have some more on the way in the next year too! I love being an honorary auntie!

Today, I want to show you a chipboard decoration that I made with the new Crafty Secrets digital paper CD, Sweet Chips Chipboard Little Boy Outfit and Alice in Wonderland Stamps.

I printed out all of the three papers used - 2 green and 1 parchment from the CD and cut out the shapes. I adhered all of the papers with a thin layer of matte Mod Podge. When completely dry I added the Offray ribbon to the buttons, inked the edges with chalk ink, and stamped the sentiment with Black Staz on ink.

I love how this turned out and the new digital CD. Be sure to check it out on the Crafty Secrets Blog.

Have a wonderful, snuggly day!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

"Vintage" Photos

I have just had all of my vintage family slides and movies transferred to DVD. It has been a fun experience seeing what pictures those slide held. I will be working my way through some of the slides and scrapbooking them. I love the ones I found of Disneyland from about 1967.
It rained so hard while we were there. I love these three photos. Waiting in line for the carousel ride with my dad. Sitting on a bench with my dad. Finally, the photo of Tom Sawyer's Island. Thanks for stopping by to visit! Have a wonderful week!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Altered Mini Notebook - Modern to Vintage

I love making new look vintage. I found a small notebook at my local department store and thought it would be perfect for carrying in my purse for notes on the go. The only thing was I am more vintage style than modern (and not so much of a pink gal).

I took the new Crafty Secrets Digital Paper disc and printed two of the papers onto white card stock.
The change was easy!


Mini Notebook
Crafty Secrets Patterned paper
Sakura Gel Pen
Mod Podge
Vintage Lace and Ric Rak and Red Ribbon
Distress Ink - Tea Stain

1. First, I traced the cover onto the Birdie music paper and hand cut it.
2. I cut the scallop border from a coordinating paper
3. I adhered the scallop to the top of the Birdie paper
4. To "show off" the scallops, I colored the edges with a orange red gel pen
5. I gessoed the cover of the mini notebook, paying especially attention to the lime green binding.
6. When the gesso was dry I inked the spine and added the cover, adhering it with matte Mod Podge. It really brought out the vintage aged yellows in the paper. I also "finger painted" a bit of gesso on the lower edges of the front book cover.
7. I added the lace and ric rak, which I had "aged" with the distress ink in tea stain.
8. Finally I applied the matte Mod Podge to the cover and added the red bow.

I have the perfect "aged" notebook! This was a quick and fun project and it would make an awesome gift for a teacher too!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Over the Moon!

I am ever so excited! I was selected to be on the design team at Crafty Secrets. I have long been a fan! Sandy has just come out with a digital CD of Crafty Secret papers and ephemera. I am in love!

Here is a photo with some of the papers that are available. There are even templates and instructions to change the papers to your own color scheme.

I am excited to start on some digital and hybrid designs to show you!