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Family Picket Fence Tutorial

Hi everyone!  Nancy here today to share with you a project I made using the Picket Fence Palette DIY and the Home, Family, Blessings wall stencil.   Picket Fence_clear scraps_nancy keslin

I  began by staining the wood fence with some old stain I had out in the garage. This step was quick and easy, just wiped it on and let it dry.  After the stain was dry, I painted white paint over the stain.  I didn't need this to have perfect coverage and I wanted it to be a bit distressed.
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I then taped my stencil onto the fence shape.  The walls in my home have too much texture for the wall stencils, but these wood palette shapes allow me to use them anywhere I chose.  The entire stencil wouldn't fit on the shape so I just chose the first two lines.
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This was the hard part, I sanded through the stencil to remove the paint from the areas I wanted to show.  This took a while and so special finagling with the sand paper, until I remembered my husband had a Dremmel tool. Once I started using that, the project was done in no time. 
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Finally I embellished the sign with some flowers and leaves I had in my stash.
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I love this bit of home decor and it is perfect for my textured walls.

Thanks for stopping by.

Nancy Keslin


Our Story XL Birch Wood Frame

Hi there!  Jennifer here today to share a tutorial on the Our Story XL Birch Wood Frame! The Wood Frames were released this past January and have been a huge hit! I  have loved working with them and hope you have had a chance to do so as well! The Frames make great home decor pieces or gifts!

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My favorite medium to use on the wood is chalk paint!  Here, I  chose a nice grey color for the letters as well as outside edges of the frames.  Using my 6 Inch Wood Grain Mascil,  I  lightly applied white chalk paint to the surface.  Below is a video tutorial of my process!  


I  adhered patterned paper to the frame portions with my Beacon 3-in-1 Adhesive.  I  then used my x-acto knife and sanding tool to remove any excess paper.  I    did not worry about having my edges be perfectly smooth as I  wanted a bit of a distressed look. 



Next, I  added pieces of die cuts, chipboard, and stickers to accent the edges as well as my journaling. 


Thank you for stopping by today!  I  hope this inspires you to try one of the XL Birch Wood Frames to decorate! Visit the Clear Scraps shop to see all varieties plus Mascils!

Have a great day!


Additional products used:  patterned paper, stickers, chipboard, die cuts: Simple Stories; ribbon: May Arts; paint: Plaid; ink, dauber: Clearsnap; adhesive: Beacon, Thermoweb; cardstock: Bazzill; misc: typewriter.  

Get "Well" Card


Hello, friends! It's Nancy Nickel here with a new project share.

Today I'm sharing a get well card that I created with this fun chipboard piece!

It's called the Wishing Well Chipboard Embellishment,

and you can find it right HERE.

This lovely, detailed piece fits beautifully on an A2 size card.

I began with an A2 size kraft card base.

I then created a grass/sky scene from cardstock for the background.

I loved the Wishing Well in the naked chipboard state,

so I decided not to color it in any way.

What I did do was cut a piece of dark grey cardstock,

and adhered that in place to the bottom of the well.

I then adhered the well to the card base.

Isn't the detail lovely?

I then stamped a sentiment...pun intended...and matted it.

The hardest part of the whole card was trying to decide where to put it! 

I didn't want to cover any of the detail of the well!

Here's one last look at the finished card:


Clear Scraps: Wishing Well Chipboard Embellishment

Other Materials Used:  Papers: Bazzill - Cardstock; Stamp: CTMH - 

Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black; Punch: Fiskars - Grass.


Thanks for stopping by today! See you again soon!

Nancy Nickel - Clear Scraps Designer


You're Amazing

Hi everyone! Heather here, and I am happy to share the layout that I made with the 12x12 Acrylic Sheet from Clear Scraps.

I took this picture because I was super proud of my daughter when she joined the worship team at our church. She sings and dances for the preschool service, and she always exudes joy while she does it. She's pretty amazing!  


Here's a closer view of some of the details. I stamped the doilies on pink paper and cut them out to add another small repeating element on my page. I really like the bright pops of pink.


I had a blast working with the clear acrylic sheet. If you haven't tried designing with them, you definitely should. It's an entirely different look for your projects.


Supplies: Acrylic Sheet by Clear Scraps, Basic Grey's Highline Papers and Embellishments, Clear Scraps 6" Star Stencil, Tim Holtz Black Soot and Victorian Rose Ink, Amy Tan's Draft Stamps, Bazzill Cardstock, Clear Scraps Princess Sequins, and Pink Paislee's She Art Rub Ons.

Thank you for stopping by.

Heather Landry: Clear Scraps Design Team Member

Be Kind Layout

Hi everyone! Heather here. My son really doesn't like the fact that my daughter has to go to the doctor often. He is her protector and defender even against doctors. He is truly kind to her, and it melts my heart.

I used the Clear Scraps Acrylic Star border to add some interest to my layers of paper strips. It really makes you look twice to see the dimension and detail. I also inked some stars onto the background with the Clear Scraps 6 inch Star Stencil.

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Here's a closer look at the details. The stars are layered over the ruffled crepe paper accent.

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I don't usually look for patterned paper as a background, but this one was just too fun and funky to pass up. I added some mist and a few embellishments to make the color scheme work for me.

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Thank you so much for stopping by!

Supplies: Basic Grey's Highline Stickers and Paper, Bazzill Cardstock, Doodlebug Glitter Cardstock, Glitz Designs Yours Truly Crepe Paper Trim, Clear Scraps Acrylic Star Border, Clear Scraps 6" Star Stencil, and Heidi Swapp's Black Velvet Color Shine. 

Heather Landry: Clear Scraps Design Team Member

Butterfly Heart Layout

Hello! Jennifer back to share a layout I  created using the 12 Inch Butterfly Heart Mascil with a 12x12 Acrylic Sheet! And I'm going to show you my technique! Out of all the new Mascils, this one is a favorite!  


To start, I  secured my Mascil to my 12x12 Acrylic Sheet using washi tape. It's also a good idea to use a craft mat or something that you don't mind getting a little messy. 


Next, I  applied a generous coat of modeling paste to the Mascil. It does not matter if you apply your medium in one direction; just ensure you are covering all spaces.  I    also did not care so much about my paste being even as I  wanted it to have dimension when dry. I  allowed my modeling paste to dry overnight before coloring with my Distress Crayons. Scroll below for a video sharing this technique! 


Using my Beacon Adhesive, I  backed my 12x12 Acrylic Sheet with patterned paper.  Since I  did not want my adhesive to show through the acrylic, I  applied only to the outside edges.  A simple way to hide your dried adhesive is to glue strips of patterned paper to the front of your layout as shown.


Did you know you can sew through Clear Scraps Acrylic?  Using my sewing machine, I  stitched around the edges of my page to give it a finished look!


Here is a close up of the coloring with the paste and Distress Crayons! I  tried to do a rainbow coloring scheme with going dark to light as I  went up my page.  Again, I  blended the colors to create different hues and variances.





Thank you for looking today!  I hope this inspires you to try a new technique with Clear Scraps Acrylic and an art medium of your choice! Have a great day!

Additional products used:  patterned paper, stickers, die cuts, chipboard, washi tape: Simple Stories; Distress Crayons: Ranger; modeling paste: Teresa Collins Designs; adhesive: Beacon, Tombow, 3M; sewing machine: Janome; misc: thread.  




Custom Acrylic/Chipboard Album

Hello, Clear Scraps family. Leah here with you today to share this Custom Wordbook mini album.

Clear Scraps makes it so easy to create a custom album for you.
I chose my new granddaughter's name, Sophia. It is created using both Acrylic & Chipboard. 


On two of the acrylic letters (S and I) I painted the letter from the backside to make the letter stand out. I also used Viva Paint pearls on the front of the acrylic letters to add interest and set it aside to dry. It took about an hour. 


On the chipboard letters, I adhered pattern paper and cut away the excess.


I absolutely love using chipboard and acrylic together. You just have to plan ahead a little bit when working with acrylic so you can hide adhesive and other things you don't want to show through.


On some of the letters, I placed ribbon, paper, or twine to help the letter pop so you can see it better with how busy the patterns and embellishments are.


If you order a custom album, and believe me, you totally SHOULD, make sure you get a back piece, as it will help protect the last letter in your album. And of course, it gives you another opportunity to throw in some more photos! :)

See you next month!

Leah Crowe, Clear Scraps Designer

Girls Bib Dress Mini Album

Hello! It's Nancy Nickel back to share a new project with you! 

I think mini albums are one of my FAVORITE things to create! 

I've used the fabulous Girls Bib Dress Chip Album to make this one.

It's a wonderful size at 8 1/4" X 9", and comes with 5 pages.

I've posted it without photos but would be perfect for any little girl photos:

baby shower, birthday party, recital, etc. 

Here's the front of the album, assembled with rings tied with bows.

To the front cover, I added ricrac and flowers.

I used large scalloped circles for photo mats,

and cut strips from the border sheet for bands to hold tags.

Here I've added some tickets.

Also, I've layered scalloped circles with tags. 

I added another ticket to hold the circles in place under the band.

These pages both have pockets to hold journaling spots and tags. 

These colors match much better in person than shown in the photo! lol

The back cover has more ricrac and flowers.

Here's the back put together with the rings and bows. 

Other Materials Used:

  Prima - Ann Marie Paper Pad, Tags/Tickets; Cardstock - Pink, Turquoise;

 Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Scalloped Oval; Ribbon: Celebrate It;

Other: Brads, RicRac, Binding Rings.

Head on over to the shop and pick up your Girls Bib Dress Chip Album !

You'll be glad you did! 

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Thanks so much for stopping by today!

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

Nancy Nickel - Clear Scraps Designer

Deco Printer Tray Frame used for a collection~

Hi, Connie here with the Deco Printer Tray Frame, by Clear Scraps, used to showcase a collection of scallop sea shells.  I assembled this one a little different because I wanted the sea shells to stand out.  Let me show you~

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The shells are adhered to the acrylic cover on the outside.  The seed beads are on the inside of the tray and require very little space.

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The banner and the chipboard star fish  is attached to the outside of the printer tray .  The only pieces, inside the tray, is the die cut, in the top section, and the seed beads.  Here is a tutorial on how the Deco Printer Tray Frame is created. 

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Adhere pattern paper face down on the backside of the design, you want to show on the front, of the printer tray.  Using an x-acto knife cut out the middle parts, leaving only the frame.  Cover the back of the printer tray with pattern paper.  You are ready to assemble the layers of the printer tray frame  now.

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Add color to the chipboard star fish with ink or paint.   Shade the frame with ink.

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Glue one frame section to the back of the printer tray.  Add seed beads.  Glue the acrylic cover over the seed bead section.  Glue the next two sections on, the last section being the one covered with pattern paper.  Add the chipboard star fish and sticker banner.  Let dry.  To display the Deco Printer Tray Frame, a plate hanger works really well.

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Supplies used:

Clear Scraps: Deco Printer Tray Frame

Clear Scraps: Sanddollar chipboard embellishment


Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk ink

Quick Quotes Anchors Aweigh paper collection

sea shells, seed beads, twine

Thanks for stopping by~

Connie Mercer/DT Member 

Write Your Own Story Tag Tablet by Pinky

Hey there Clear Scraps family and friends, it is Pinky again today with another fun project, this one is my Tag project for May!

I just fell in love with the 6" Write your Story Stencil and knew I wanted to do something a little different with it, so I decided to take a Chipboard Tag from the Tag album and Tag Box set and paint it with several paint colors, like I love to do (very RAINBOW-ish) and use spray paint to create the "Write your own Story" on the bottom, but there was a purpose! I created this for a girl friend to remind her to journal the small things in life, so I made it into a writing tablet!!

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I created the front, and allowed it to dry, you can see the pearl drops I added to the feather, and the gemstones and ribbon, but then on the back I covered it with patterned paper. 
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Trimmed off the excess paper, added the ribbon bow, and then took a tablet. Just a small tablet, I used my trimmer to cut it down to the Chipboard Tag size , then adhering it to the back! It's just like a regular tablet only smaller. But it has such an inspiring cover, hopefully she jots down what her thoughts are!

Hope you enjoyed my Tag Tablet today. Many blessings:

Pinky Hobbs: Clear Scraps Designer

Bible Journaling with Clear Scraps

Hello friends! It's Jennifer and I'm sharing some bible journaling ideas and techniques today using Clear Scraps products!  From Mascils to acrylic/chipboard words and shapes, you can find the perfect accent for your journaling pages!  

First up, I  used the new Wings Chipboard Embellishments to highlight a verse in Psalm 91 regarding angels.  


Using a Distress Crayon and my finger, I  highlighted the intended verse.  I  then used a journaling pen and ruler to draw lines around the verse to add additional highlight. 


Now, I'm going to show you how I  colored my Wings Chipboard Embellishment! After painting my chipboard with white acrylic paint, I  then applied a heavy coat of embossing ink to the front.  


I  chose three glitter embossing powders that matched my papers. I then layered my powders as shown and didn't worry about intermixing of the colors. After removing the excess powder, I  used my heat tool to set.  


And here is the end result! I  love how it turned out! I  placed a circle of thread underneath my Wings before adhering to the page. I    then finished by adding a coordinating heart sticker to the center. 


Next up, I used two different 6 inch Mascils for this verse in 2 Peter about growing in your faith.  The 6 Inch Bouquet Daisies and Heart Dandelion Mascils were a perfect accent! 



I  secured my Mascils to my pages using Washi Tape before beginning. This prevents your Mascil from slipping so you have a more clear result! 


Using a dauber or your finger, gently apply color to the page.  I  intermixed my colors so they would blend; however the Mascils are sturdy enough that you do not have to worry about inks bleeding underneath.  


Here are close ups of my pages! Remember you can go as light or dark with your inks as you see fit.  



Thank you for stopping by today! Visit the Clear Scraps shop to see these products plus check out all that is new!  Have a great day!

Additional products used: patterned paper, stickers: Illustrated Faith for Bella Blvd;  embossing ink, ink, Distress Crayons, stapler: Ranger; embossing powder: Recollections;  washi tape: Simple Stories; adhesive: Tombow, Beacon; journaling pen: American Crafts; spray ink: Heidi Swapp; stamps: Citrus Twist Kits; 

Mason Jar Accordian Album~

Hi, Connie here with a FUN project using the new Accordian Mason Jar Album by Clear Scraps.  It is like the small shaker but bigger!  It will stand and fold like an accordian or you can use rings and have it open like an album.   This one is created to fold like an accordian.  Twine was used to assemble the album together.

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The front of the album is assembled together just like the smaller shakers.  There is a back piece (back of Mason Jar) and then two frames, acrylic and the top frame.  I painted the front frame with acrylic paint, glued the two middle frames together and then glued the frames to the back piece ( after it had been covered with pattern paper).  Fill, the center, with sequins, small seed beads or small shells.  Remove the plastic film from the acrylic layer and glue it over the center, filled with sequins.  Glue painted frame on next.  Embellish with the Sanddollar chipboard embellishment by Clear Scraps.

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Decorate the inside pages with stickers and photos.  The holes are already punched in, the Mason Jar Accordian Album, for the accordian fold.  If you want it to open like an album just cover the holes when you cover the the page with pattern paper.  

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Here is the album standing up.  Both sides of the Mason Jar Album have photos, so six photos and a journal spot.

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Products used:

Clear Scraps:  Accordian Mason Jar  Shaker Album

Clear Scraps: Sanddollar chipboard embellishment


other: pattern paper, stamps, stickers, acrylic paint, small sea shells, sequins and twine.

Thanks for stopping by~

Connie Mercer/DT Member

Lovely Organization

Hey everyone!  Nancy here today to share with you a cute little Tray Box I put together.  I don't know about you, but I am always looking for ways to control the clutter in my home and office.

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These little boxes are so quick and easy to make.  I simply cover the inside of the acrylic with some favorite papers and then embellish to my hearts content.
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Flowers, butterflies, bits of bling are all fair game.  These goodies are from Prima.
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Now to figure out where to keep it.  I am thinking it is the perfect size for holding either my planner sticker kits, or my Clear Scraps stencils.  Hmmm, maybe I should grab another.

Have a great day.


Mini Shaker Star Card

Hi everyone. Heather here, and it's graduation season. I work with a lot of teenagers, and we all know what teenagers want for graduation. Cash! I couldn't just give plain old boring cash, I had to jazz it up a bit. I created a mini shaker star card with a little slot to slide money into on the back. The recipient was super thrilled, and I was satisfied that it was pretty.

First, I used Heidi Swapp's sparkly mist to paint all of the chipboard pieces of the shaker. 


Next, I traced the background of the star onto pattern paper. I adhered the pattern paper to the chipboard and sanded the edges for a clean finish.


Then I filled the shaker portion of the card with large patterned paper circles that I punched and some of the princess sequins


I attached the acrylic layer of the shaker and added a small sticker sentiment. 


After that, I cut a small piece of patterned paper and scored it 1/4 of an inch in on each side. I folded it and adhered it with strong adhesive. 


I tucked some cash into the little pocket and the card was ready to give as a gift. 


Here's the final project! It would make a super cute decoration to hang in her dorm room too. 


Thank you for stopping by. Please click below to download the instructions for this project. 

 Download Mini Shaker Star Card

Supplies: Basic Grey's Highline Paper, Clear Scraps Princess Sequins, Heidi Swapp's Color Shine Mist, My Mind's Eye Sticker Sentiment, and Clear Scraps Mini Shaker Star

Heather Landry: Clear Scraps DT Member

Embossed Acrylic Front Card


Hello! It's Nancy Nickel here today...with a new project share!

This time I have used a piece of a 12 X 12 Acrylic Sheet

from Clear Scraps to create a pretty card.

This acrylic is so much fun to play with!

It comes with a protective covering on both sides of the acrylic.

I appreciate it being there because it protects it from scratches,

until you're all finished preparing it.

Here is the card I made:

Here's how I did it...

I began by cutting the acrylic 6" X 5".

I then cut one 6" side using the Tim Holtz Brackets On the Edge Die.

Now it measures about 6" X 4 1/2".

I cut a piece of decorative paper to measure 6" X 6".

Again, I cut one side with the die, this time with the multi-bracket side.

Score the card at 4 1/2" from the straight edge.

Next, I centered the acrylic piece in a small floral embossing folder.

At this point, the protective film is still in place.

Then I laid the Tim Holtz Oval Embossing Diffuser on top

before running it through my Big Shot.

Isn't that cool?

It embossed all but the center oval.

Now is the time to peel the protective cover off the front and back of the acrylic piece.

Next, I used the Embossing Diffuser as a stamp positioner for my sentiment. 

I wanted it to be in the center of the acrylic oval,

and this ensured that it was.

For the finishing touch on the acrylic,

I inked over the embossed flowers using green StazOn ink.

I also did some light inking around the edge of the acrylic.

To finish the card I did some pen stitching around the oval of the Diffuser.

I also added a stamped butterfly.

I used a decorative punch on the two bottom corners.

I used a strip of Score Tape to adhere the acrylic to the card fold.

I added an oval to the back of the card.

This offers a place to write a message, 

without interfering with the design on the front.

Finally, I added a pretty, sparkly double bow to the front of the fold-over.

From Clear Scraps:

12 X 12 Acrylic Craft Sheet

Other Materials Used: Paper: K & Company - Watercolor Bouquet; Die: Tim Holtz On the Edge - Brackets, Tim Holtz Emboss Diffuser - Oval, Tutti Designs - Stitched Nesting Ovals; Embossing Folder: Crafts Too - Small Flowers; Ink: Staz On - Cactus Green, Memento - Nautical Blue; Stamp: CTMH - Blessed; Punch: WRMK Corner Chomper - Scallop; Ribbon: Celebrate It; Black Pigma Pen.


Download Clear Scraps - Embossed Acrylic Front Card by Nancy Nickel


Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Nancy Nickel - Clear Scraps Designer