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November 2018

Mini Pallet Christmas Ornament

The holiday season is in full swing at my house - how about yours?!  That said, it's also a very busy season packed with lots of extra fun!  Today I am going to show you a very simple ornament that you can make that won't take a lot of time but will still shine on your Christmas Tree!  Christine joining you today to showcase the Long Bulb Mini Pallet.


One of the things I love about the pallet line is they can be simple or very complicated, depending on your crafting style.  When it comes to things like this I tend to have a simple style and look for ways I can use products/tools that I have on hand. 


In this case I started by painting it white.  I mixed the paint with water so that it wouldn't be quite so stark.  I wanted the woodgrain to still show thru.  Then I used Nuvo Drops in gold to add the dots on my center pallet.  I went for a variety of sizes.  I also outlined the whole ornament in the same way.  If you don't have Nuvo Drops, I think puffy paint could work in the same way.  The only tricky part with those is you have to set aside perfectionism and be prepared that one of your dots might run into another, etc.  The style of these ornaments lend themselves well to that - they have a homemade feel - so in my opinion, it's okay to embrace that look.  You can definitely find some mistakes on mine - but you also will notice right away that it pops and has a cute design!


You can see how using the drops definitely added some nice dimension to the project!  I bet it would look cool with dots in all three sections but different colors!  Next thing on my list to try ;) Thanks for joining me today!


Supplies Used: Long Bulb Mini Pallet Shape, White Acrylic Paint, Gold Nuvo Drops, Red Ribbon

Christmas Countdown Mini Album

Hello! It's Jennifer on the blog today! It's hard to believe December is almost here!  Every year I  like to do a Christmas countdown or "December Daily" album.  I  used the tabbed album from the Acrylic Recipe Stand 4x6 Kit. There are 10 pages in this album: 5 acrylic and 5 chipboard! I  actually turned the album vertical for something different! Each page measures approximately 4x6 inches which is perfect for most photos!  


I  covered each page with patterned papers followed by a piece of cardstock to mat future photos.  I  then layered embellishments on and around the photo area.  


I  used a cut file with white cardstock to create my countdown numbers. On the acrylic pages, I  placed my numbers on the circle tab backing it with a contrasting patterned paper (this is where my circle hand punch came in handy!).  For the chipboard pages, I  tried to stay with the circle them by using a coordinating embellishment or again utilizing my circle hand punch. 






I  did insert extra pages so I  would have enough for my numbers.  Here, I  used a kraft envelope that I  embellished on both sides. 


I  also like to use glassine bags as extra pages as well! They are inexpensive but have a classy look!  


I  had an idea to try to still use my acrylic stand by turning it on its side but it did not quite work out.  However, I  can still use the stand for a future project!  Hope this inspires you to do a Christmas album of your own using Clear Scraps!  Have a great day!


Additional products used:  patterned paper, stickers, chipboard, die cuts, washi tape: Simple Stories; cardstock: Bazzill; bakers twine: Whisker Graphics; ribbon: Snug Hug; punches: Fiskars, Paper Shapers; adhesive: 3M, Tombow, Beacon; kraft envelope, mini wood clothespins: American Crafts; stapler: Ranger; cut file: Teresa Collins Designs; sewing machine: Janome; misc: thread, Cameo Silhouette. 

Shaker Card Joy

Hi everyone!  Laura here to share some inspiration with you today!

Now that Thanksgiving is over,

are you ready for some Christmas crafting?

Who needs a GREAT card/gift idea?  How about both in one?

I've got something super fun for you!  It's a bit of a twist

of an old favorite, the easel card.


The base is the regular easel card.  It was made as a

standard 4&1/4" by 5&1/2" size.  To make an easel

this size, you measure out a 11" by 4&1/4" piece of

cardstock.  Then score at 5&1/2", then score one

of the 5&1/2" sides at 2&3/4" inches.  You decorate the

bottom few inches of the 5&1/2" side and you end up

with your base piece that looks like this:

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To create the ornament, I used the

 Clear Scraps Mini Shaker X-Mas Tree

First up is to paint the top layer with acrylic paint.

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Next step, to add a little sparkle, I used some glitter glue:

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Then I traced the back of the tree on patterned paper,

twice, cut it out, then glued it to the front and back of

the tree back piece.

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To build the shaker, I glued the layers together,

then added in some fun beads and sprinkles.

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Then I glued on the acrylic layer, the sparkly tree

outline piece went on the top.  Then I finished it with

some stickers, a twine hanger and bow on the top.

Then I cut and decorated a 4&1/4" by 5&1/2" piece of

cardstock, punched a hole in the top, and pulled the

twine hanger on the ornament thru, then taped it

to keep it in place on the card front:

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This makes the ornament removable, so when

the recipient gets this card/ornament gift, they can use

the ornament on their tree.

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Such a cute and simple card and gift in one to give to

a friend or family member for the holiday!

A lot of these great shakers to choose from, make

sure to stop by the Clear Scraps store to check it out!

Thanks for stopping by today!  Stop back soon for more inspiration!


Supplies Used:  Clear Scraps Mini Shaker X-Mas Tree

Other:  Bella Blvd Merry Christmas, Queen & Co shaker beads, twine,

rhinestones, Stickles, acrylic paint, Beacon Adhesive.











Pine Cone Christmas Card


Hello, friends!

It's Nancy Nickel back with you today, sharing another Christmas card.

This time I'm featuring the 6" Pine Cone stencil.

This is another nice flat card that can easily be popped in the mail. 

My card measures 5 1/2" square.

Here's my card:


I inked the stenciled image with Distress Oxide Inks.

Then I spritzed it all with water.

I love how that brings the ink to life!


Once it was all dry, I mounted it on to the card base.

I stamped the sentiment in the corner.


To add the Stickles, I held the card up vertically.

I then added it to the top spots, and let it drip, like melting snow would.


Here's a final look at the finished card:


Other Materials Used:
Papers: Recollections - Kraft, Cardstock;
Inks: Distress Oxide Inks - Fired Brick, Vintage Photo, Peeled Paint;
Imagine - Memento Tuxedo Black;
Stamp: Red Lead Paperworks - Wishing You a Cozy Christmas;
Bling: Stickles - Icicle.

From Clear Scraps:

6" Pine Cone Stencil

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Thanks so much for stopping by today!

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

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Nancy Nickel - Clear Scraps Designer

Snowman Pallet Shape by Clear Scraps~

Hi, Connie here with a decorated Snowman Pallet shape by Clear Scraps.  Great looking for your Christmas decor.  Snowmen love hanging out on front doors, under Christmas trees or by fireplaces.  See what you think~

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To create this project you will need acrylic white paint to begin.  Water the paint down and paint everything except the hat. By watering the paint down it will cover more wood and give the project a distressed look.  The hat will be painted black and gray, then stenciled with some snowflakes. (Not showing up in the photo but they are there.)

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Paint a carrot nose and a smiley face on the snowman's face.  The eyes are small round dots.  Dip the end of a paint brush into black paint and use that to place the eyes on the snowman.  Works great and makes them the same size, which is hard to do sometime.

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Paint the chipboard holly with green (for the holly leaves) and red (for the holly berries).  Accent with white on the berries.  Adhere, when they are dry, on the hat.

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I used the 6" Holly Fun stencil to add the holly around the snowman's neck.  I used a soft foam brush to apply the paint to the stencil.  Dab off the paint.  To much paint will go under the stencil.

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Add the sticks for the arms.  Paint the mini Tree pallet shape and add it to the bottom of the snowman.  I placed holes in the top of the hat with the crop-a-dile.  So easy this way.  Speckle with black paint.  I speckle using an old tooth brush.  I like to have control on where the paint is going.


Clear Scraps: Snowman Pallet
Clear Scraps: Mini Tree Pallet
Clear Scraps: 6" stencils: Holly Fun and Holly X-mas Bulbs
Clear Scraps: Holly Chipboard embellishment
DecoArt: Acrylic paints

twigs (for arms)

Thanks for stopping by~

Connie Mercer/DT Member

Happy Fall 6x6 Acrylic Regular Album

Hello and happy Saturday! It's Jennifer here to share a mini album I  created with the Acrylic 6x6 Regular Album!  Fall is one of my favorite times of year and I  love to scrapbook autumn-themed photos!  Our area has a local pumpkin farm that we go to every year for photos; I  usually have to bribe my kids now since they are older LOL  


I  covered my pages with patterned paper cut to 5.75 x 5.75 inches.  After adhering my photo, I layered different embellishments around the edges.


I  love adding little extras like this pocket created from the 3x4 journal cards. They are a nice way of adding additional journaling or photos. 


I  had previously used this collection for a layout where I  cut a background out with my Silhouette. Using the leftover paper, I  adhered it to an orange/white dot pattern to create a fun effect for my page.  


Along with layers, I  also like to create dimension with pop dots! Popping up a sticker in the corner of your page along with other little embellishments is a good way to add accent.  I  also tied bakers twine around my popped up sticker as an extra touch. 


I  first fell in love with Clear Scraps acrylic albums and love their clean look! So, I  prefer to leave them "bare" so that my embellishments and papers can show through.  However, you can color your acrylic with alcohol ink or stamp with a solvent based ink.  


Here I  added an extra page from the 4x4 cards that I  adhered back to back.  This way I  can add extra embellishments...because I  always run out of paper before embellishments! LOL




Another way to add to your albums is by adhering tags or tabs that overlap your pages. For the last page, I  utilized one of the tags from the collections and added bakers twine.  


Thank you for reading today! Check out the Clear Scraps shop to see the variety of albums! Have a great day!

Additional products used:  patterned paper, stickers, chipboard, washi tape, die cuts: Simple Stories; bakers twine: Whisker Graphics; punches: Fiskars, EK Success; cardstock: Bazzill; adhesive: Tombow, 3M; stapler: Teresa Collins Designs, Ranger; corner rounder: Creative Memories;  sewing machine: Janome; misc: thread, Cameo Silhouette, chrome book rings

JOY home decor

Good morning, friends. Leah here with you today to share this super cute Large expression vertical JOY sign


As you can see, you can overlap the paper pieces on here easily, and I'll show you how.

Grab a piece of pattern paper and a pen/pencil to trace around the image.


As you can see below, there are some parts of the snowman I was unable to get a proper trace of.


Just do your best and fill in the line.


It's not perfect but will work perfectly to cover our snowman. :)
Use your scissors to cut JUST inside the line you traced.


As I cut out each piece, I arrange them in the order I think I want them to be when its time to adhere them in place.

Since I know I want the snowman to overlap the Y, I peel up the backside protective film to expose the Y.
I then add Beacons 3-in-1 glue and adhere it to the pattern paper.

Then using a craft knife, trim the excess paper around the Y.


So here are all the pieces cut ready to be glued down. 


Peel the protective film away from the front and adhere the J down.

And next, the snowman's body, since I want the snowman on top of the J and Y.

Lastly, the hat.



Peel the rest of the protective film from the back, and now the fun part, embellishing!


I hot glued some red thread to the back of the J so it has something to hang from.


A little ribbon and poinsettia adorn the snowman's hat, as well as a small jingle bell for her scarf.


I can't wait to hang this up!

Which of the Home Decor items is your favorite?

Leah Crowe

Supplies Used:

Clear Scraps Expressions Large JOY
Pattern Paper: The Paper Studio (Cozy Christmas & Old World Winter)
Glue: beacons 3-in-1 & hot glue
Snowflakes & Flowers: Hobby Lobby
Ribbon: Target
Distress Oxide Ink (spruce) and Viva Decor Paint Pen

Acrylic Tag Album or???

Hi there everyone! 

Laura here sharing some inspiration with you today!

 Do you ever make something just for the pure joy

of the creative process?  Just to have fun with paint, or

ink, or maybe paper, stickers and chipboard?

Well, first off, if you don't, you really should try it!

Here's a little project I created using the Clear Scraps

Acrylic Tag Album--but I've only used one of the tags.


Isn't it cute?  Just a fun little item to hang in a crafty space!

And with so many of these lovely acrylic tags in different shapes,

You can make several with different styles, or messages. 

Fun little gifts, or decor for your own space.

This project started with the blank acrylic tag,

then I brushed gray paint around the edges.

Create Tag Clear Scraps 2018

After that, I used a white paint dauber to apply paint to

the Clear Scraps Damask Stencil.  Really in love with

this stencil.  The Clear Scraps stencils have great patterns

and clean up is super quick....just water right after use

and they clean right up.

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You can see the white stenciled image in this close up.

The damask is so pretty, and I love the look on the

Clear Scraps acrylic tag!

Layering just a few stickers and some patterned paper

in the center was only to give a little background for

the real star.....the chipboard word Create.

Because this project was about just playing with

some paint, stencils, acrylic, and chipboard,

to create something pretty to display.

This is one of the Clear Scraps Chipboard Word Titles.

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The word was painted gray, then stamped on with white.

Just a few ribbons on the top, and it's a perfect addition

to any crafter's space.  I'm looking forward to creating

a collection of these inspirational tags.

Now it's your're it!

Thanks for stopping by today!  Stop back soon for more inspiration!


Supplies Used: 

Clear Scraps-Acrylic Tag Album, Create Chipboard Word Title

Damask Stencil.

Photo Play-Vintage Girl, ribbon/twine, foam tape, Beacon Adhesive.







Magical Wood XL Word Frame

Hello! It's Jennifer on the blog today with one of the newer Wood XL Word Frames!  Our family recently traveled to Orlando while my husband attended a convention and we visited Disney World! The Magical Wood XL Word Frame is perfect to showcase two of my favorite photos!  Each rectangular photo space fits a 5x7 picture; there is also a heart cut out in the center that can hold an additional photo or journaling. 


To start, I  used black acrylic paint to color the letters as well as the frame of the mouse head cut out. 


While waiting for the paint to dry, I  lined my frames with different patterned papers.  I  find it easier to apply my liquid adhesive to the front of the wood frame and then place face down onto the paper.


After drying, I  use scissors and an x-acto knife to cut away excess paper.  Using a sanding tool also helps to smooth any edges.  


Here is a close up of the heart frame where you can see I  added some additional black paint around the edges to create contrast.  I  added a few embellishments as well as a bit of journaling to the inside of the heart. 


I  added dimension to my letters by using clear gesso and the 6 Inch Stars Mascil.  


Here you can see the effect the gesso gives after it dries! I  love how it turned out! 


Last, I  am going to show you how I    turned the mouse head into a shaker. Taking a 12x12 Acrylic Sheet, I  traced the outline of the frame.  I  carefully cut out the acrylic piece adhered to the back of my mouse head frame.  


Next, I  applied foam tape to the back of my mouse head frame ensuring the tape edges touch to create a barrier. 


I  used circle punches to place patterned paper behind my shaker and then filled with various sequins.  I  then adhered the piece to the frame using liquid adhesive for extra security. I   also went back with my acrylic paint to line the edges again; this also helps to seal the shaker portion. Lastly, I  used a bit of bakers twine from my stash to decorate one of the ears. 


Thank you for stopping by the blog!  Visit the Clear Scraps shop to see more available home decor pieces!  Have a great day!

Additional products used:  patterned paper, chipboard, stickers: Echo Park Paper; bakers twine: Whisker Graphics; sequins: Making Memories, Teresa Collins Designs; adhesive: Beacon, 3M; paint: DecoArt; gesso: Ranger; epoxy stars: Bella Blvd; punches: Fiskars, Paper Shapers; cardstock: Bazzill; misc: electric typewriter

Final Fall Mini Album


Hello, everyone!


It's Nancy Nickel back with you today!

I'm sharing what I think will be my final Fall mini album this year!

For this one I used the Chipboard 6 x 6 Regular Album,

along with a 12 x 12 Acrylic Sheet.


For my album, I used 4 of the chipboard pages.

I cut 2 - 6 x 6 pages from the acrylic sheet, as well as 2 - 6 x 5 pages.


Let's have a closer look:


The front cover is acrylic.

It holds the "Fall" title sticker, the enamel dots, 

a rainbow file tab, and the bottom border.

I've also tied multiple ribbon bows onto the binding rings.


Here you can see the back of the acrylic, and the first page.

This page is made of two decorative pages adhered together.

One is die-cut, with a fun sticker tucked in.


Here's a great spread to add photos.

The left side is the double-layered paper,

the right side is paper covered chipboard.


Here on the left side, I've inserted a tag under a band.

The right side is the shorter acrylic page.

This side is covered with paper, and a journaling tag.


The left side is the acrylic page.

The right is chipboard, with a tag tucked under the pumpkin band.


The left side is another tag tucked under a band.

The right side is the paper covering the shorter acrylic page.


The left side is the acrylic side of the page.

The woodgrain tag tucks in behind the "give thanks" square.

The right page is chipboard with a tag pocket.


On this side there is a large pocket with a tag booklet tucked in.

Then I've inserted an undercut journal spot.


I added some stickers to the back of it. 

The right side is paper that's been added to the acrylic back cover.

The orange is a sticker border that's been added. 


This is the acrylic back cover. 

I've added paper strips on each side to cover the adhesive.

I've also added a matted journal spot.

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Other Materials Used:
Papers: Bella Blvd - Hello Autumn Collection Kit;
Ink: Distress Ink - Walnut Stain;
Die: Spellbinders - Scalloped Oval;
Binding Rings: Unknown;
Ribbon: Offray.

Clear Scraps Products Used:

Chipboard 6 x 6 Regular Album

12 x 12 Acrylic Sheet

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I hope you enjoyed seeing my mini album!

I really love to make them, and I love to add acrylic to them!

Acrylic makes you think about where you're putting what,

and it's a great time to use double-sided papers!

I'll be back soon with another project share!

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Nancy Nickel - Clear Scraps Designer

December Bullet Journal Spread

After playing with the 6 inch Calendar Mascil last month for my Bullet Journal, I knew it was going to be a staple in my monthly creations.  Christine joining you today with an example of how I used it to create my December Future Log for my Bullet Journal using a couple of different Mascils!  I needed to get an early jump on this spread because December is SO busy!  Here's how the full spread turned out:


Lots of reds, greens, and gold foil help give the whole spread the holiday feel I was going for!  But the real showstopper is the 6 inch Stars Mascil that you can see on the left hand side of my spread!


By doing one layer of red stars and then topping it with another layer of red stars I was able to create a unique background for my list.  Distress Oxide Inks worked nicely for creating multiple layers. To keep my stencil in place i used some Repositionable Adhesive Dots.  I masked out the area for the list using some old packaging and then drew the lines in following the dot grids already in my notebook.   I outlined the whole box with some washi tape.  


On the opposite side I stuck with markers and pens using the Mascil as a tracing stencil. I used a fine tip marker for the tracing and then a regular tip one to fill it in.  I added in stickers for my borders and numbers.  Let's take a look at a process video to show you how I created both sides!


Thanks so much for joining me today - have fun playing with those Mascils!


Supplies Used: 6 inch Stars Mascil, 6 inch Calendar Mascil, Distress Oxides (Ranger), Pens ( Marvy), Stickers (Paper House Productions), Washi Tape (Paper House Productions), Soft Cover Journal (Paper House Productions), Adhesives (Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L)


Pumpkin Wood Accordian Shaker Album used for recipes~

Hi, Connie here with the Pumpkin Wood Accordion Shaker Album by Clear Scraps.  What a fun product to create with.  Loved using the Pumpkin Shaker Album for recipes~yes, it worked great!!! 
Take a look~

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The back  of the front cover was covered with pattern paper.  The top frame is painted with a thinned out orange acrylic paint.  The stem is painted with brown acrylic paint.  Let all the paint dry and then sand the front frame for a distressed look.  The shaker part has sequins and buttons in it for some sparkle. All layers are glued together and then set aside to dry.  The front frame was then sealed with an acrylic mat sealer.  Looks harder than it is !!!  So easy~

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The script "Family" word is embossed with some chunky embossing powder.  It looks gold in the photo but is more of a sand color.  Beacon adhesive was used to adhere the embellishments to the front of the Pumpkin Shaker Album.

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The inside pages were painted with watered down acrylic paint and then sanded for that distress look.  I used vintage library card envelopes to hold the recipes in.  The fronts of the envelopes are decorated with stickers.  The album is tied together with jute string.  Super cute and tons of fun!!!

Products used:

Clear Scraps: Pumpkin Wood Accordion Shaker Album
Clear Scraps: Script Word chipboard "Family"
Beacon Adhesive
Paper: Authentique
Embossing Powder: Emerald Creek /Chunky Sand
stickers, jute, vintage library envelopes, milk cap and floral stem

Thanks for stopping by~

Connie Mercer/DT Member

Hello Fall Clipboard

Hi, Clear Scraps family! Today I am sharing a home decor item using the Large Deco Portrait Clipboard, as well as other CS items.


I outlined the Acrylic Alphabets & Numbers (Hello) using viva pearl pen in gold.


For the banner (fall), I used the banner embellishments and colored them using alcohol ink.

I colored the Cattails chipboard embellishment using different colors of distress oxide inks.
It screamed fall to me and I thought it fit perfectly on this Autumn decor piece.


To finish it off and tie it all together, I added more gold pearl pen dots along the top and bottom of the Clipboard.


This adorns my front door and looks super cute! 
Have a fabby weekend, friends!
Leah Crowe, Clear Scraps Designer

Products used:

Clear Scraps Large Decor Portrait Clipboard
Clear Scraps Acrylic Punch out Alphabet & Numbers
Clear Scraps Acrylic Banner Embellishments 
Clear Scraps Cattails Chipboard Embellishment

PP & stickers: The Paper Studio
Alphabet: American Crafts
Flowers: Recollections
Ink: Distress Oxide (Walnut Stain) & Viva Pearl Pen (gold)
Beacons 3-in-1 & Hot glue; Foam Tape
Silhouette Cameo (Several files from Sil.America)
Twine & Ribbon; Michaels.

Oh Happy Day Clipboard by Susan Frase

Some of you may remember this project I taught a few years back at convention.

This is a fun project created with one our Clear Scraps acrylic oval scallop clipboard. These makes the perfect home d├ęcor piece. This is a super easy and fun project to create with our acrylic clipboard, pattern paper, paint pen and stickers. I have also included a PDF so you can print and recreate this fun project as well.

Happy Day Clipboard

These Clear Scraps acrylic clipboard are so fun to create with...Click the Downloadable file Download Happy Day Clipboard Instructi. to download your step by step PDF so you can recreate one of these great projects.

Creative blessings,

Susan Frase

Clear Scraps


Acrylic Phone Stand

I'm all about being creative and I'm also all about practicality.  Oftentimes amongst my crafts, I find myself craving doing something that is practical.  So when I saw the Regular Phone Stand in the Clear Scraps Store, I knew I had to snag it!  If for no other reason than maybe it will save me time every week searching for my phone underneath all my scrapbooking papers!  Christine joining you today - Let's take a look at this useful product!


As I considered decorating it, i had a lot of ideas! This stand is made of acrylic. I could use paint or vinyl or washi....their were very few paper crafting items that I didn't consider!  In the end I decided to go with a patterned paper.  Specifically a patterned paper that I hadn't used a lot of on a scrapbook layout or card but really love!  This way I could look at it for a long time!  I added a cut-apart piece with the phrase "Make Ideas Happen" onto the top - figuring that it might provide some inspiration as I craft.  I also had some flat butterfly stickers.  Anything with dimension was out because then my phone wouldn't lay flat.


You can see that my phone fits on it nicely.  I also tried some bigger phones and those were all great too!  


One of the details I really like about this is that it comes together very easily - just two quick pieces of acrylic that slide into place.  I also appreciate how easily I can still charge my phone thanks to the notch opening you see pictured!  Let's take a look at a quick video of how I put this together!


Thanks so much for joining me today - hope your week is off to a great start and we'll see you next time!

Supplies Used: Regular Phone Stand, ColorWashed Collection from Paper House Productions, E-Z Runner Grand from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L