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April 2018

Clipboard Fun


Hey everyone!  Hope you are having a great day.  Today I am here to share with you a cute little clipboard I made with the Mini Scallop Oval Clipboard.

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Did you know that you can dry emboss Clear Scraps acrylic?  I simply used an embossing folder and my Sizzix machine.
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I love that these mini clipboards have detachable clips.  That means you can use the clipboard in both a portrait (as I did here) as well as landscape.  And, the clip being removable makes it easy to store the finished project (not that I am planning on storing this one any time soon.

Thanks for dropping by.



Gecko Tag

Howdy, Clear Scraps friends! Leah here with you today to share this quick and simple acrylic tag that you can then use on a card, layout, or give to a friend for the encouragement they may need in life!



I started off by painting this adorable Gecko chipboard embellishments using some Unicorn Spit and a paint sponge. Once they dried I easily cut them out of the chipboard frame. Save the chipboard frame for other projects. They are awesome!


Layer all you want on your tag and adhere your Gecko embellishments using a strong liquid adhesive.



There you have it!

Check out all the other Clear Scraps chipboard embellishments!

Leah Crowe, Clear Scraps Designer

Wooden Patina Hinge Card by Nancy Nickel


Hello, friends!

I'm excited to share my first Clear Scraps DT project with you today!

     The hardest part has been deciding what to create first! :o)

The first project that I am sharing with you is a fun mixed media card:

Here is how I made it.

I began with the plain Clear Scraps Blank Wood Card.

To that I have added the Clear Scraps Ornate Hinges Chipboard Embellishments.

The bottom hinge was adhered in place in full.

The second hinge was cut shorter, and adhered above the first.

To decorate this piece, I used the Prima Patina Effect Paste.

I've never used these before, so I was excited to get started!

Using a scruffy brush, I began with the blue and then moved on to the green. 

I added this to the card front using a pouncing motion. 

These pastes have a wonderful texture and they're fabulous fun!

I alternated back and forth between the two, wet on wet, until I had the look I wanted. 

You can see where I added more blue around the hinges.

This adds a nice shadow effect.

Then I set it aside to dry. It didn't take long.

Now it was time to bring out the brass paste.

To begin, I used a delicate fan brush to lightly sweep on some color. 

I wanted it heavier around the edges of the card, 

and along the edges of the hinges.

For that I used my finger, as it offered more control.

You can see in these photos that the brads have already been added. 

To do that, I cut the prongs off of the mini brass brads.

Then I used Glossy Accents to adhere them securely into the hinge holes.

The Clear Scraps Wood Card Shape came with two pieces:

a front and a back.

I kept the back wood piece plain but I wanted to attach the two pieces.

I did this by using a piece of coordinating cardstock.  

The front and back are measured just a touch smaller than the wood pieces, 

but I also included a 1/8" gusset.

If there's no gusset, then the card won't open up properly.

The cardstock offers a wonderful opportunity for some stamping,

or writing a message, or both!

Isn't all that pretty texture wonderful?

Here's one final look at the finished card:

Materials Used:

Clear Scraps Blank Wood Card;

Clear Scraps Ornate Hinges Chipboard Embellishments;

Prima Patina Effect Paste: Mint Green, Blue, Brass;

Mini Brass Brads - 15;

Coordinating Cardstock;

Glossy Accents.

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Thanks so much for stopping by today!

I'll be back with another project share next week! :o)

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Nancy Nickel - Clear Scraps Designer


Download Clear Scraps - Wooden Patina Hinge Card by Nancy Nickel

Acrylic Pocket Page with Creating Made Easy April Kit~

Hi, Connie here with a pocket page to share, using the Creating Made Easy April Kit and the 12" acrylic sheets by Clear Scraps. This is a great project for saving memorabilia together with the photos that were taken at the event.  I love keeping it all together. So easy to create and the pocket holds plenty!

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Photo Strip Instructions:

First let's create the photo strips that are in the pocket.  By printing the photos smaller and adhering them on a strip of paper,  more photos can be shared on one page.  I'm all about one page capturing the entire event.

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Four photos are collaged on  4" X 6" photo paper and printed out.  The collage is cut down the middle giving two photo strips.  Mount the photo strips on pattern paper.  You can make as many as you need to tell your story.  

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Memorabilia and Photo Pocket instructions:

Cut a piece of pattern paper 12" x 4", shade with ink and use a decorative border punch on the top edge. Shade with ink when finished.  This will be the pocket that holds the memorabilia and photo strips.

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Chipboard Guitar Instructions:

Ink the chipboard guitar with Distress Oxide/Vintage Photo, cover with clear embossing powder, shake off the extra and emboss with a heating tool.  

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Instructions to assemble the Pocket Page:

Remove plastic film from both sides of the 12" X 12" acrylic sheet.  Add the pocket to the bottom of the acrylic page using Beacon adhesive or a tape runner. Mount the focal photo on the top left.  Mat with coordinating pattern papers from the Creating Made Easy April Kit. Turn the acrylic page over, to the backside of the pocket page, an adhere glue (Beacon 527) to the areas where the pocket was adhered and the focal photo.  Those spots of glue will hold the background pattern paper in place without showing glue stains through the acrylic ( sometimes happens).  Tag a small drop of glue in each top corner of the pattern paper, so the paper is secure.  Lay the acrylic front over the pattern paper you are using for the background.

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Add the chipboard embossed guitar to the pocket and continue to decorate with stickers.  Add photo strips and memorabilia to the pocket.  Journal the event and add the journal card to the pocket, if you like.  Speckle lightly, with acrylic paint, on the pocket (be sure to cover the top of the page with scrap paper before you speckle).

Download Pocket Page instructions using the Creating Made Easy April Kit by Clear Scraps pdf

Product used:

Creating Made Easy April Kit

Extra products (not included in kit):

title stickers, acrylic paint

Thanks for stopping by~

Connie Mercer/DT Member



April Creating Made Easy Kit!

Clear Scraps has a great quarterly Kit Club called Creating Made Easy and this is the fun April Kit!

It's filled with not only Clear Scraps goodness but also a variety of papers and accesories!


Have you checked it out?

You can subscribe and it is FREE shipping in this USA!

This quarterly kit contains:

Clear Scraps
Acrylic travel bag
2-12x12 clear sheets
1-wood card
1-guitar embellishment
1- ten-speed bike

Simple Stories
Travel Collection
Photoplay paprika collection
1 ribbon pack

Everything you need to create and a step by step tutorial plus many creative ideas from our designers!



Chipboard Camera Album

Happy April Clear Scraps friends! Today I'm sharing this super awesome chipboard Camera Album.


I realized after I got all my photos in that I decorated the album backward. Whoops.
But you know what? It's kooky, and it still works!!


This album is filled with photos celebrating my daughters 13th birthday.


We got our cartilage pierced at a tattoo shop and was such a fun experience.


Snapchat selfies are a must. ;)


This crazy kid convinced the waitress to give her all the colored straws. The looks we got, but it was hysterical. 


Which chipboard album is your favorite?

Leah Crowe, Clear Scraps Designer

Travel Album with Creating Made Easy April Kit~

Hi, Connie here to share the Travel Acrylic Brag Book, that is in the April Creating Made Easy Kit by Clear Scraps.  It is such a fun project and super cute!!!  Mine is all ready for pictures, just need a road trip.  

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The kit is packed with creative paper, embellishments, acrylic goodies and the new Birch Wood rectangle shapes.   

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First remove the plastic film from the acrylic Travel album.  Trace the shape on the pattern paper and trim both front and back image out.  The inside pages were sized at 6 1/2" X 3 1/2", trimmed and the corners were rounded.  Adhere papers to the acrylic album and pages.  I use Beacon 527, works great for this.

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A view of the front cover and back cover.  Stickers and washi tape were used to create the album cover.  Dimensional foam adhesive was used to secure the stickers to the acrylic cover.

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Ribbon was used to create a handle for the album.  All I did was wrap the ribbon around the handle and then tie off. Cut ribbon tails at an angle. 

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The inside pages were created using pattern paper cut in rectangle shapes.  Adhere to the acrylic pages (remove plastic film) with a tape runner.  Line up the paper to match the backside on the acrylic.  The paper will look like one sheet!

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Image and word stickers were added to each corner page.  

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The back cover page, has a pocket that can be used for memorabilia or extra photos.  

All products used for this project are included in the Creating Made Easy April Kit except for the adhesive. 

Thanks for stopping by~

Connie Mercer/DT Member