Thursday, February 28, 2013

Animal Kingdom (Little Yellow Bicycle The Escape)

(as seen in Scrapbooking & Beyond/Spring '13)

This is the final page in a series of pages I did about our Disney trip last year. I love this shot taken while we were on the safari ride at Animal Kingdom. I was able to put an old, old Fancy Pants giraffe diecut to good use as an embellishment for the orange frame. I love making a (tiny) dent in my stash by using up older items (plus, seeing the cute giraffe face popping out of the banner makes me smile). 

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you have a great day!
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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Vellum Tape Flowers (Little Yellow Bicycle Just Because)

Hi everyone! Today I'm featuring two styles of vellum tape flowers I created from the vellum tape strips in Little Yellow Bicycle's Just Because collection.

The first flower was made by folding 2" strips of vellum tape into loops. The second flower also uses 2" strips, but I kept the strips flat and snipped the ends to a point.

The finished flowers can be used as embellishments on a layout or a card and can even be clipped onto a gift or used to add fresh style to a wreath.

Here's a look at what a loop-style flower looks like on a card:

Here's how to put a looped flower together:

1. Start off with a punched cardstock circle. This one has a 1 1/2" base.

2. Adhere a 12" strip of vellum tape to a 12" piece of white cardstock (cut the cardstock to match the width of the tape before adhering or trim it afterwards). This will make for a sturdy material to work with. If you'd like something a bit more flexible, you could use white copy paper.

3. Cut 2" strips from the vellum tape. Roll each strip over a pencil (or other slim, round object) to soften the cardstock and make it easier to manipulate. Fold the 2" piece of tape in half, end to end. Adhere on the inside using Glue Dots or other strong adhesive.
4. Adhere these "petals" to the punched circle, layering as you go. Again, you can use Glue Dots because they help keep the petals flexible so you can play with the spacing between them.

5. Embellish the center as desired. I used pieces from the Paper Crafting Kit and a Fresh Verse sticker.

Linking to Blooming Homestead's Crafty Tuesday 3/5/13.
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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

You Are My One & Only (Simple Stories Fabulous)

(as seen in Scrapbooking & Beyond/Spring '13)

I made this page last summer, but haven't been able to share it until now. All of the fun color is courtesy of Simple Stories' Fabulous collection (one of my all-time favorite collections). To add some dimension to the page, I added buttons to the bicycle wheels and used bits of ribbon (tied around the photo, as a pull tab on the bingo card and threaded through a chipboard buckle). I also combined two stick pins (a leaf and a flower) to create the look of a tulip.

Looking at this page now, in the middle of winter, makes me really yearn for spring. How about you? :)
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Monday, February 25, 2013

Spills & Thrills (Bella Blvd. Winter Wonder)

Happy Monday! Did you have a nice weekend? We're coming off of a week of school vacation. We had some nice down time, mixed with some fun stuff too, like bowling and a visit to the aquarium. Now I'm ready to get back into our "regular" weekly routine.

Please forgive the unclear photo of this page. It's been next to impossible to take photos lately with all of the cloudy/snowy weather we've been having.

This page made me realize that there aren't many collections or papers with royal blue in them (or maybe it was just hard finding this color in my stash). Next time I'm buying Alexa a sled in a more neutral color to make my scrapping easier. LOL! I worked around the issue by bringing in a lot of color, focusing primarily on turquoise and hot pink to complement Alexa's mittens. Thankfully Bella Blvd.'s Winter Wonder collection came to the rescue and worked...well, wonders! :)

I hope you have a great day! I'll be back tomorrow with another layout to share.
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Friday, February 22, 2013

Altered Project: Upcycled Metal Container (Little Yellow Bicycle Naturals)

This monogrammed metal tin originally held elastic pony tail holders. Since Alexa has outgrown the cute design on these hair accessories, I decided to repurpose and upcycle the tin.

I used my paper trimmer to cut a Little Yellow Bicycle Naturals canvas border (package pictured above) to size — one piece to fit the bottom portion of the tin and a thinner strip to go around the lid. The borders are adhesive so the strips stuck easily to the tin, no extra adhesive needed.

Here's a look at a Naturals flower atop the lid. I'm thinking I'll fill this with some paper clips and keep it on my desk. :)

Just in case this gave you some inspiration, be sure to check out Little Yellow Bicycle's "Show Us Your Natural Talent" contest going on now through March 17th. :)

Details here.

Linking up to:
Tip Junkie's Tip Me Tuesday 2/26/13
Blooming Homestead's Crafty Tuesday 2/26/13 and

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Little Yellow Bicycle's "Show Your Natural Talent" Contest

Little Yellow Bicycle is having a contest! Use any of their new Naturals products in a paper crafting, wearable, home decor or sewing project and you could win a prize. Even if you don't submit an entry, you could win a prize just for sharing the contest info. So, what are you waiting for? Grab a coupon and head to your nearest Michael's store and pick up some Naturals embellishments!

When: Monday, February 18th - Sunday, March 17th
Where: Little Yellow Bicycle Blog and Facebook
What: 4 Categories, 8 Prize Packs, 1 Grand Prize and prizes for sharing the fun
How: Upload contest entries to our Facebook page or email them to

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Monday, February 18, 2013

Woodworking Project: DIY Barnwood Shutters

These shutters were my Valentine's Day gift from Tom. :) They are based on a DIY project I had pinned from the Blooming Homestead blog. Tom adjusted the measurements and scaled them down a bit so the shutters would fit the area we were putting them in.

At first I thought I wanted the shutters to be opaque white, but decided on a more weathered look so the natural wood color and knot holes would peek through.

Here's a look from above where you can see them hanging above a bench Tom made last year (his first woodworking project) for our front hallway.

Here's a close up, complete with a wreath we had on hand. I plan on changing out the wreath each season.

It's nice to have a handy husband. I think I'll keep him. LOL!

Linking up to Blooming Homestead's Crafty Tuesday Link Party 2/19/13 and Tip Junkie's Tip Me Tuesday 2/25/13.
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Friday, February 15, 2013

Sleds on Sundays (Little Yellow Bicycle Just Because)

I'm ending the week with a fun layout about what has become a new tradition for us — Sunday sledding in the park. One week there wasn't much snow so we pretty much had the park to ourselves (gotta love not having to watch out for the crazy, out of control sleds coming at you, LOL!)

Anyway, this is pretty much all Little Yellow Bicycle Just Because (loving the versatility of this collection) with a bit of LYB Winterings added in for good measure. Tom said the banner reminds him of a ski lift. I didn't even see that until he pointed it out. :)

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Card Share: Let's Do Coffee (Little Yellow Bicycle Just Because)

It's Valentine's Day so it's fitting that I'm sharing a card with a heart on it today (although it's not a Valentine's Day card).

I have a friend I walk with every week. After our walk we head to one of our houses for coffee (tea for me) and chat for a bit. Given our weekly get-togethers, I thought a coffee-themed card would be perfect for her upcoming birthday. Little Yellow Bicycle's Just Because collection had the perfect embellishments that allowed me to turn my thought into reality.

Here's a look at the embellishment cluster. I added some red pearls to the silver chipboard heart to tie the cluster in with the red in the other areas of the card.

Have a wonderful Valentine's Day! I hope it's a sweet one.
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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Wonderful Winter (Little Yellow Bicycle Winterings)

How about a nice, frosty winter page for today?

A few weeks ago we had the opportunity to go sledding for the first time this winter. Alexa had a blast! Given last year's lack of snow (and therefore no need for snow gear), we weren't really prepared. Alexa didn't have snow pants and she had to borrow a pair of my winter boots, but she did just fine, even with a couple of hysterical bail outs into the snow.

Everything on here is from Little Yellow Bicycle's Winterings collection. My hubby said he wants me to give him credit for coming up with the idea of using a cloud sticker as the "foam" on the cup of cocoa. :) There you go honey. LOL! I was just happy to be able to use the chipboard pompom hat because it matches Alexa's hat perfectly.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Altered Project: Valentine's Day Votive Candles (Little Yellow Bicycle Just Because)

I have another altered project to share with you today. Aren't these votive candles adorable? They're quick and easy to create, plus they make for a cute addition to your Valentine's Day decor. :)

Like yesterday's project, this one uses Little Yellow Bicycle's Just Because collection, specifically the vellum tape strips. For tips on how I created this project, and to see some close ups, please pop on over to the Little Yellow Bicycle blog. :)

Hope you have a crafty day!

I'm linking to Tip Junkie's Tip Me Tuesday and Reasons to Skip the Housework Tuesday Time Out 2/12/13.
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Monday, February 11, 2013

Altered Project: Valentine's Day Frames (Little Yellow Bicycle Just Because)

I'm here today to share a fun Valentine's Day home decor project. Using Little Yellow Bicycle's new Just Because collection, I created a set of three Polaroid-style chipboard frames. You can put these on display as I did, then when the holiday is over you can use them as embellishments on a layout or card.

Here's a look at the largest of the frames (center in the photo above). I created the background with strips of vellum tape layered over a square of white cardstock and then adhered to the back of the frame.

Here's the embellishment cluster:

If you stop by Little Yellow Bicycle's blog today you can see close ups and detail shots of the other frames. :)

Have a great day!

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Friday, February 8, 2013

Bucket List at Eleven (Carta Bella Paris Girl)

I'm not sure how many kids create a bucket list, but that is exactly what Alexa did. I discovered this list on the write on/wipe off easel in her playroom. She actually had it titled, "Things to do before I die", but I like bucket list better. LOL!

What was on the list?

1. Go to Paris, France.
2. Get all splits to the ground (for dance).
3. Get a Paris-themed bedroom.
4. Become a vet.
5. Become a better and nicer person.

It will be fun to see how many of these she accomplishes over the next few years.
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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Home Decor: Clothesline Frame

Just so you don't think I'm the only crafter in this family, I wanted to share this wonderful clothesline frame Tom just made for my craft room (actually he made two). He repurposed two old wood frames by removing the backing, glass, and hanging hardware before painting them white. He strung two Little Yellow Bicycle Naturals mini floral clothespins onto a length of what he calls drafting table wire (a thin, plastic coated wire similar to what is used on the back of framed prints) and then stapled the wire to the back of the frame. To make them easy to hang on the wall, he attached small saw tooth-style hooks to the back. The inside of the frame is actually open and you see wall color around the layout. For this picture though, I placed the frame against white foam core board. I now have two of these hanging in my craft room, one on each side of the front windows. It's nice to be able to display some of my current work before tucking it away in an album. Plus, I'll have a rotating art gallery to enjoy, courtesy of my handy, woodworking hubby. :)

Linking up to Blooming Homestead's Crafty Tuesday Link Party 2/19/13 and Tip Junkie's Tip Me Tuesday 2/26/13.
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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

My Craft Space: Where I Create (updated September 2013)

Hello! Hello! Today I'd like to welcome you into my home to see where I craft and create.

When we built our house, it was with the intention of using what was "supposed" to be the formal dining room as my craft room. Our former kitchen table and chairs became my craft table and it is centered in the middle of the room. The rest of the room contains storage cabinets and wall hung display space. There's also a butler's pantry right off of the craft room. I use this as my office area and it's where I print photos, journaling, and do computer work.

So come on in and take a look...

1. This is my work table. Sometimes my daughter joins me for a chat or we do crafts together. With four chairs, there's plenty of room for everyone to keep me company. I keep frequently used supplies, adhesives and embellishments right on the table.

Another view of the table.

2. This rolling cart sits right beside my chair. The top drawer holds adhesives, containers of brads, rulers, markers and my long-neglected Dymo labeler. The second drawer is full of various stickers and rub ons. The third drawer houses a binder of older alpha stickers and the bottom drawer holds cutting and sanding tools. The tackle box on top is full of buttons, separated by color. I keep my trimmer and a container of embroidery floss and twine handy as well. The photos I'm currently working on usually sit on top of the tackle box.

3. Two Pottery Barn wall displays are to the left of the table. 

The top left shelf has mini albums and current layouts on display. Just below that are some photos tucked behind a pin board. The pin board itself holds drawings and crafts my daughter has made, along with packages of newer product. 

Here's a closer look at the shelf:

The right hand display pinboard holds more of my daughter's creations. The shelf below that holds home decor projects (and a stray layout or two waiting to go into an album).

A closer look at the display shelf:

Attached to the very bottom of the display boards (thanks to my hubby), there are curtain rods for my current "go to" alpha stickers and packaged embellishments. Items are easily removed and brought over to my work space because they are clipped onto hooks that hang over the rings on the rod.

Here's a closer look:

4. This shelf display is to the right of my craft table. The shelves hold family photos and decor. 


Below the shelf display is a storage cabinet that holds my ribbon stash, sewing materials, inks, extra adhesives, etc. A storage caddy on top holds product for current design team and freelance work as well as new supplies that I'm not done playing with yet.

Sitting on the floor, beside this cabinet, is a metal mesh storage cube. This is where I keep all of my cardstock and seasonal collections. Each cardstock color is stored in its own 12x12 plastic envelope (as is each seasonal collection).

5. Behind my chair is a storage cabinet, similar to the one above, holding completed albums. 

Above this cabinet is a collage of family pictures flanked by the two albums I'm currently working on (I scrap chronologically so one album is typically January through June and the other July through December) displayed on metal plate stands. Once the year is over, I label them and add them to the cabinet.

Here's a look at what I keep on top of the cabinet. The smaller basket holds a hodge podge of embellishments that don't belong to any particular theme or current collection. The larger basket holds seasonal embellishments. I like to sift through these baskets looking for items that match the theme, season or color I'm working with. The black binder holds sketches I've printed out.

6. So, where do I keep my patterned papers? Right beside my chair in a pretty market basket, all within easy reach of where I sit.

So that's pretty much it. The space where I create. Thanks for coming for a visit! Next time bring your supplies so we can scrap together. :)
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