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September 2018

Mason Jar Shaker Album and a new hobby~

Hi, Connie here with the Mason Jar Shaker Album by Clear Scraps.  I'm using it to showcase my new hobby of trying to grow Succulents.  Everyone says they are so easy, maybe so if you don't have 4 baby kittens that like to play in your potted plants.   The shaker albums come in several different shapes and cute styles.   So cute!!!!

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My inspiration for this album was a place to showcase my Succulent plants and to share it with others.  That was before the kittens started playing in them.  I'm not giving up though, the Succulents are making a come back~

Instructions on putting together this cutie~

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  1. Pattern paper was adhered to the back of the front shaker section.
  2. The backs and inside pages were painted with acrylic paint on both sides.
  3. The back page was also covered with pattern paper.
  4. The jar lids were painted with gold acrylic paint.
  5. The inside shaker was filled with buttons, sequins and a stamped succulent image.
  6. The album was tied together with twine.
  7. The 2018 title chipboard piece by Clear Scraps, was embossed.  The chipboard was colored with green ink and then clear embossing powder added  and then heat embossed.

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The images and story was added.  

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More photos of the inside pages.  

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This is the back side of the album.  I stamped the back page with a stamp saying " homemade".  A few stamped Succulent images were added for decorations.

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Products used:

Clear Scraps:  Mason Jar Shaker  Album and 2018 Title chipboard piece


Acrylic paint/DecoArt


Buttons Galore & More

Stamps/Darkroom Door

Ink/Archival and Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk ink


twine, stickers and washi tape

Thanks for stopping by~

Connie Mercer/DT Member

Grandkids XL Wood Frame

Hello! Jennifer on the blog today to share one of the XL Birch Wood Frames! These home decor pieces are perfect to showcase your favorite photos or create a special gift!  For my project, I  used the Grandkids XL Birch Wood Frame with favorite photos of my kids from this past fall. 


I  began by using white acrylic paint on the letter portion of my frame. I  also outlined the edges of the frames that will hold my photos.  


I  wanted to add pattern to my letters so I used my 12 Inch Chevron Mascil and applied Distress Oxide in Spiced Marmalade.  I  found that using a circular motion works best when inking.


Here is the end result of the Mascil and ink!  I  applied the ink heavier in some areas because I  did not want the coloring to be even.  


Next, I covered my frames with patterned paper.  For the heart, I  decided instead of a photo to adhere a sentiment as well as flowers I  cut from my Silhouette and coordinating patterned paper. I  also layered vellum and patterned paper butterflies by using a hand punch. 


I  also adhered cut out flowers to the corner of my photo along with small die cut sentiments.


Thank you for stopping by today! Check out the new XL Birch Wood Frames by clicking HERE! Have a great day!

Additional products used: patterned paper, die cuts, stickers: Jillibean Soup; enamel dots: Simple Stories; punches:  Martha Stewart Crafts, Paper Shapers; adhesive: Beacon, 3M; paint: DecoArt; ink: Ranger, Quick Quotes; cut files: Jillibean Soup "Flower Doodles" #196582, Carta Bella "Leaves" #213592 ; mini clothes pin: American Crafts; ribbon: May Arts; misc: vellum, Cameo Silhouette.

Fun Home Decor Hanging by Nancy Nickel


Hello, everyone! It's Nancy Nickel here with a fun project idea!


I made this little hanging for a birthday gift for my daughter.

When I saw the quote I knew it was perfect for her! 


I began by pulling out my favorite Clear Scraps stencil, 

the 6" Doily Mat Stencil.

I decided to make it for my daughter's dressing room,

which is decorated in black, white, and gold.

I stenciled this fabulous design on a 6" square of black chipboard,

using some Sparks paint from Prima.

I chomped the corners, and then inked around the edges with the same gold. 

Here's what I made:

I printed the quote out on my computer,

die-cut it to fit inside the stenciled doily,

and adhered it in place.

Then I decided that I wanted to cover it with acrylic.

I cut a piece of acrylic to measure 6 1/2" x 6 1/2".

This was cut from the 12 x 12 Acrylic Sheet.

I chomped the corners with a different design.

Then I sponged with the same Sparks paint,

on the 1/4" that extends beyond the chipboard.

I positioned the acrylic just where I wanted it,

and inserted large eyelets into both layers. 

I strung a metallic gold cord through them for a hanger.

For a final touch, 

I adhered some beautiful Swarovski crystals into each corner.

These are left over from my jewelry making days,

and happen to be a favorite of my daughters.


This project was a little bit tricky to photograph.

I wish you could see all the gorgeous sparkle in person!

Other Materials Used:
Graffix Black Chipboard; Prima Sparks - Dragon's Eye Paint;
Darice Gold Cord: Unknown Eyelets.

Clear Scraps Products:

6" Doily Mat Stencil

12 x 12 Acrylic Sheet

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Thanks so much for stopping by today!

I'll be back with more to share very soon! :o)

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Nancy Nickel - Clear Scraps Designer 

Clear Box Letter box tutorial

Hello Clear Scraps friends!! I had not put together one of these keepsake clear letter boxes in a while, and decided to share a tutorial on how easy it is to assemble these beauties! You can download the PDF to follow along anytime you wish.

Download SEP2018_LeahCrowe


To start, I measured the sizes I would need to partially cover the sides of the boxes with pattern paper. I then cut my paper, and fit them on the sides to ensure I had the correct sizes. The sizing is as follows:
Back – 3 ½ x 6 ½; Front – 3 ½ x 3 ¾; Sides – 2 ¼ x 4 ; Bottom – 3 ½ x 2 10/16


I wanted a bit of a design on the side panels, so I pulled out a background stamp and Stazon ink. Remove the protective film from the side panels and proceed to stamp your image along the top of the panel

Peel the protective films from the base and adhere your pattern paper.


Next, remove the protective film from the back side panel, apply a strong solvent adhesive (such as beacons 3-in-1 or zipdry) to the bottom edge, and insert it into the base. Hold it there for a minute to let the adhesive set up.


Peel protective film from the backside of your side panels. Grab one side panel, apply glue to the bottom and back edge, and nestle it into the base and within the nooks of the back panel.


Grab the adhesive circles that came with the Clear Box, peel back half of the circle revealing the adhesive, and apply to one half of the box where the sides are hinged.


Now fold the sticker over and burnish it. This helps stabilize the side walls.


Repeat steps 4 & 5 for the other side and front panel.  Then, finish adhering your papers to the outside panels.


Decorate and embellish to your heart's content.  This box will be great for storing my colored pencils when they are in use or my dry paintbrushes.


Easy Peasy lemon squeezy! 

Leah Crowe, Clear Scraps Designer

Supplies: Clear Scraps Clear Box Letter Box; Hip Kit pattern paper; Fiskars Stamps; Stazon Ink; beacons 3-in-1 Adhesive; Distress Oxide Ink; Echo Park Enamel dots; Pink Paislee & American Crafts Die Cuts

Washi Dashboard

Hey Everyone!  Nancy here today to share with you a project I made using one of the clear acrylic craft sheets from Clear Scraps.  I love having these craft sheets in my stash as they are so fun to play with.

Now, I don't know about you, but I have been bitten hard by the planner bug, and with that the latest craze of washi dashboards.  I have made a fair number of these in the past, but I was missing the luminosity and transparency of the washi tape when I placed it on cardstock.  Well, craft sheet to the rescue.

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Since I use a traveler's notebook I began by cutting two pieces of acrylic to size in order to create both a front and back.  If you are in a ring bound, spiral bound, disk, etc, you would only need one piece.

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Then, working on a self healing craft mat I laid out my pattern onto the acrylic.  I like to work on a self healing mat so I can use my craft knife to remove the excess.  Helpful hints:  1.  Start in the middle and work your way out.  2.  Use smaller washi at the ends so that you don't have as much trimming.  Much easier to trim a 5mm or 10mm piece than a 15mm or 20mm.

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After trimming both pieces I simply used a piece of packing tape to create my dashboard, needless to say, the acrylic doesn't fold well, and you need to attach the pieces so they can wrap around your insert.  If you are using a different style of planner you would simply punch the appropriate holes.

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On the inside, while you can see the washi, it doesn't have that beautiful foiling so I added a sticker pocket and journaling card.

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I really love the way this dashboard turned out and I would love to see yours.

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Thanks for dropping by.

Nancy Keslin

The Pug Life 6x6 Acrylic Tab Album

Hello! It's Jennifer and I'm back again to share another project this week!  If you are anything like me, your pets are a huge part of your family. Our pug, Max, is no exception.  Truth be told, he's always been the most spoiled in our house. Then again Max was a rescue and definitely needed to be shown what a real family was like.  I  created a book with some of my favorite photos of him using the 6x6 Acrylic Tab Album.   I  wanted the Bone Mini Shaker to the be focal point of my front cover so I used a minimal amount of patterned paper.  


I have a short video tutorial on how to assemble your Mini Shaker Shapes! 

I  tend to leave my acrylic "bare" because I  love the clean look of it. However you can color your acrylic with alcohol ink or paint. Any medium that is solvent based should work! 


Creating pockets or hidden pages in my album is a good way to utilize space and add additional photos or journaling. Here,  I  cut my paper approximately 5x10 inches scoring in the center to create a fold.  


This allowed me to place two photos on a page as well as a cute 3x4 journaling card.  


I  will also use envelopes or bags to add in extra pages as well. Here, I  have a kraft treat bag that I  folded at the top and secured with adhesive.  I  added the button and bakers twine for show and then decorated the front.  


One the back, I  adhered a 4x4 photo and some lettering (which got accidentally cut off by my hole punch).  To explain, it is supposed to say "pug loaf" because they often look like loaves of bread when they lie this way.  LOL



For this page, I  did essentially the same thing by scoring my paper but instead had it "flip up".  I  used my circle punch to create a little tab that I  secured with a staple at the bottom corner.  


And here is the inside of my page...just another photo with a little journaling.  




Many times too I  will cut something out on my Silhouette that I  can use as a page. Here, I    cut a Library Pocket and added my own tag which I  jotted some journaling on about Max's life.  


On the back, I  added another 4x4 photo and added stickers from the collection I  used.  


Thank you for stopping by today!  Clear Scraps creates such an eclectic variety of products!  It's tough to choose which are my favorites but my go-to's have always been the acrylic albums!  Visit the Clear Scraps shop to see all they have to offer!

Have a great day!


Additional products used: patterned paper, stickers, washi tape, white letter stickers, enamel dots: Simple Stories; grey letter stickers: Sassafras Lass; chipboard: October Afternoon; kraft treat bag and inventory tag: American Crafts; adhesive: Tombow, Beacon; sewing machine: Janome; ribbon: May Arts; bakers twine: Whisker Graphics; cardstock: Bazzill; misc: Cameo Silhouette, thread, chrome book rings, button.

Artist Trading Coin Tutorial by Nancy Nickel


Hello, everyone! It's Nancy Nickel here today!


I've had some fun creating my first Artist Trading Coins, using a variety of Clear Scraps stencils! Clear Scraps has such an incredible variety of stencils that are perfect for this new creative trend. 

I've put together a simple printable tutorial on how I put these together.

I hope you'll try it for yourself.

Here's what my finished Artist Trading coins look like:

Download Clear Scraps - Artist Trading Coins

Thanks for stopping by today! 

Nancy Nickel - Clear Scraps Designer

Best Grandma Ever Layout

Hello Clear Scraps friends! It's Jennifer on the blog to share a layout I  created using one of the many Chipboard Word Titles!  I  love that Clear Scraps offers so many titles plus embellishment shapes to make your project just perfect!  This month we celebrate Grandparents Day here in the US, so I  wanted to use the Grandma Chipboard Word Title.  I  love this photo of my son and my mom from Noah's 2nd birthday.  


Knowing I  was going to use mainly bright colors in my layout, I  went with a contrasting color for my title.  I   painted my chipboard with Color Shift from Folk Art in Black Flash. If you have not tried this paint yet, I  highly recommend it!  The coverage is fantastic and I  love the end result! 


Paired with smaller black letter stickers, my title really pops agains the white cardstock and bright prints! I  also accented with smaller embellishments to aid in the contrast. 


Another way to show fluidity in your layout is to have a repeating shape. I  used a cut file on my Silhouette as well as adhered hand punched circles in various sizes. I'm also a big fan of pop dots and love to add dimension as well! 




Thank you for stopping by the blog today! Visit the Clear Scraps shop to see the many Chipboard Word Titles as well as What's New!  

Have a great day!

Additional products used:  patterned paper, chipboard, stickers, die cuts:  Simple Stories; cardstock: Bazzill; cut file:  "Big Wheels" Just Nick Cut Files; adhesive: Beacon, Thermoweb;  sewing machine: Janome; misc: Cameo Silhouette, electric typewriter, thread

Lacey 8x8 Mixable

Hello, Clear Scraps friends.
Leah here with you today sharing this awesome 8x8 Lacey Mixable Mini Album.


This is one of my favorites in the mixables album line.


I love decorating these up and keeping them on hand to give as gifts to friends and family. They are also nice to display events like birthdays, weddings, or special moments to keep the photos all together.


This album comes with three acrylic pages and two chipboard. I covered the pages using Dear Lizzy pattern paper. I also love to make these mini albums using my old paper stash, because all the paper typically works together nicely.



Check out the acrylic heart border.. my favorite. <3



Lots of hearts throughout this sweet mini album, another favorite. :)


Have a wonderful week, friends!

Leah Crowe, Clear Scraps Designer

Supplies: Clear Scraps 8x8 Mixable Lacey Mini Album; Pattern Paper: Dear Lizzy; Ephemera: Pink Paislee, Hip Kit Club, Vicki Boutin; Washi Tape; Cardstock: DCWV; Michaels Ribbon; Beacons 3-in-1 Adhesive, Scotch Foam Tape; Distress Oxide Ink

September Gift Set

Hi everyone! Nancy K here today to share with you a fun project I made for a back to school gift for my niece using one of the large acrylic scallop tags and the mini shaker purse.

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I began with the tag.  I simply stamped a floral image onto my tag, then added patterned papers and embellishments to complete.  So simple and the clear acrylic gives great dimension.  I love the way the candy dots and the girl stand out from the background papers with the stamped image in between.
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I then created the little shaker as an embellishment for the wrapping.  After filling my shaker with paper that coordinates with  my tag, I filled it with tiny beads and flowers, as well as a few larger pieces. 
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Once assembled I glittered the top layer and added a few embellishments.

I know these little extras will really make my package stand out.

Thanks for stopping by.

Nancy Kesiln


Wood Album by Clear Scraps!

Hi, Connie here with a useful and cute teacher's gift using the Notes Wood Album by Clear Scraps.   My example is more like a junk album.  It holds duplicate photos and ephemera that is really cool.   It has envelopes for storage and blank pages for notes.  Let me show you~

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  1. Paint all sides with acrylic paint.  Let dry.
  2. Stencil the front of the album using the 6" Bouquet Daisies flower stencil by Clear Scraps.
  3. Arcylic paint options up to you.  Create what you love.

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With a no.1 fine liner brush outline the flowers and leaves from the stencil with black acrylic paint.  Add a small amount of water, to the black paint,  so the brush flows smoothly.  The stencil was my guide.  By doing this the flowers really pop and look like they were painted on free hand.

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Before the front was sealed, it was sanded lightly and then wiped down with a soft cloth.   The front cover was then varnished with a mat sealer.

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The pages really reflect a junk album type look and I love it!!!  Add things you love to it.  The pages are made from cardstock and ephemera.  The photos are duplicates.  I used stamps to decorate and add interest to the pages.

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Products used:

Clear Scraps: Wood (notes) Album and 6" Bouquet Daisies stencil


Acrylic Paint/DecoArt


seam binding trim/charm

Thanks for stopping by~

Connie Mercer/DT Member

Vintage/Heritage Mini Album by Nancy Nickel


Hello, everyone! It's Nancy Nickel here today with a new Mini Album


I've been on a bit of a heritage quest this Summer.

After attending several family reunions, and taking a little road trip,

family ancestry has been on my mind.


All of that led into the creating of this lovely little mini album.

This is the Chipboard 5 x 7 Reg Album.

It comes with four chipboard pages.

This is my favorite kind of album to have on hand.

It can be used for anything at all!

I dressed mine up just a little bit by adding a clear acrylic cover.

I did this by simply cutting a 5 x 7 piece from a 12 x 12 Acrylic Sheet.

An acrylic cover is so much fun to decorate!


Here's my album:


It's always fun to play with both sides of the acrylic,

and to consider what to show behind it.


I didn't have photos of my ancestors printed out and ready to use.

I came across this page of vintage images in my stash.

It worked beautifully with this collection. 

The quotes and tags are perfect for a Heritage type album.

With some simple matting, and the addition of a few embellishments, 

these photos are beautifully displayed on these pages.


An album like this would make a lovely gift, wouldn't it?

Perfect for a special birthday or anniversary!


This is the back cover. 

Usually I add ribbons to my rings.

Plain rings seemed better suited to this album.


Other Materials Used:

Colorbok - Vintage Rose Collection;
Vintage Photo Distress Ink;
Cheery Lynn Designs Die;
Gecko Galz -Vintage Beauties Collage Sheet; 
Crafts Pearls.

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Thanks so much for stopping by today!

I hope this gave you some ideas for creating your own album!

Clear Scraps has so many fabulous albums to choose from!

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

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 Nancy Nickel - Clear Scraps Designer

Bloom Succulent Wood Card

Hello and happy Monday friends!  It's Jennifer and I'm sharing a project I  created with the Succulent Wood Card! This is one of twelve designs available in the Clear Scraps shop!  Succulents are a hot trend right now and this is one of my favorite Wood Cards! 


I  used one of my favorite patterns to back the negative space of the succulent to show through as well as added a small heart sticker. 


I  used two colors of chalk paint on the front of my Wood Card: patina and white.  After allowing my paint to dry, I  adhered patterned paper, stickers, and flowers from  Mon Ami Gabby.   I have a short You Tube video to share the technique I  used on my card.


I  had originally wanted to insert note cards to the inside, but it ended up being more of a mini album type project. I  cut white cardstock and added embellishments.


I  utilized the 3x4 journaling cards and embellished them to add extra pages to my book. 



Here, I  used a scalloped border punch on the edge of my page which adds some extra flair!  I  then clustered embellishments at the lower right corner of the page. 


I  created a pocket from both patterned paper and white cardstock and inserted a 3x4 journaling card.  After completing my pages, I  used black and white bakers twine to tie my pages together.  You can also use ribbon or chrome book rings as well!  


Thank you for stopping by! Check out the selection of Wood Cards in the Clear Scraps shop including the two new designs: Paws and Mouse! 

Have a great day!

Additional products used:  patterned paper, stickers, chipboard, washi tape, die cuts: Simple Stories; bakers twine: Whisker Graphics; punch: EK Success; adhesive: Beacon, 3M; chalk paint: Plaid; hole punch: We R Memory Keepers; sewing machine: Janome; misc: thread. 

Teacher Gift with Clear Letter Box

Hello! It's Jennifer on the blog today to share an easy, quick idea for your favorite teachers!  Clear Scraps' Clear Acrylic Boxes are the perfect gift that you can personalize yourself! I  used the Clear Letter Box for my project to hold some goodies such as stickers, highlighters and of course, a Starbucks gift card! LOL


After assembling my Clear Box, I  used white spray paint to cover all of the surfaces.  Spray paint actually is one of my favorite go to mediums when working with acrylic!  Once dry, I  then added some school themed patterned paper and embellishments!


To hold the gift card, I  used one of the tags  from the Chipboard Tag Album and covered with patterned paper. I  also created a pocket to secure the gift card by cutting my paper at an angle and adhering at only the sides and bottom. For extra measure, I    added in stitching with my sewing machine.  The great thing is that the tag fits nicely into the Clear Letter Box!   


Thank you for stopping by the blog today! I  hope this inspires you to do some Clear Scraps creating for whatever back to school project you have! Have a great day!

Additional products used:  patterned paper, stickers: Simple Stories; ribbon: May Arts; bakers twine: Whisker Graphics; adhesive: Beacon, 3M; spray paint: Krylon; mini clothespin: American Crafts; sewing machine: Janome;  misc: thread