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December 2018

Home is Where....House DIY Pallet Shape

The House DIY Pallet Shape  is a nice size wood decor piece that is easy to make into your own!  I created one personalized for our family using vinyl and paint and that's it!  Here's mine:


Vinyl and my electronic cutting system helped make this whole thing come together.  The most time consuming part was determining which fonts to use and measuring to make everything fit!


I used two layers of white satin spray paint to paint the pallet.  No small task in winter weather!  But it was easy to get a nice consistent finish with that and ensure that it didn't end up too shiny!


As you can see from this, we have moved A LOT in our 18 years of marriage.  I wanted the font for the locations to be different from the rest of the pallet, so I made that in just a simple print font.  Then I went with a Rustic Brush Script for the rest!

Be sure to check out all of our Wood Pallet Shapes for your home decor both big and small and thanks for joining me today!


Christmas Sweater Stocking Tutorial


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


Remember a couple of weeks ago I shared my Chipboard Stocking Mini Album?

I mentioned then that I reserved one of the pages for another project.

Today I'd like to share that project with you.

This is my Christmas Sweater Stocking Hanging! 

Here's how I made it:

I started with one page from the Chipboard Stocking Album.

I added modeling paste through the 6" Christmas Sweater Stencil.

Then I adhered the Christmas Chipboard Word Title to the top of the stocking.

Once everything was dry, I coated the entire piece with white gesso.

When that was all dry, I brushed on some Opal Magic.

I added colour, then sprayed with water,

letting the colour run and catch in different spots.

I continued until I had the look I wanted.

Then I added another layer of colour to the title.

Then I let it all dry, and I added a ribbon through the hole for hanging. 

Here's a closer look:

Here you can see some of the pretty shimmer and texture.

Here's one final look at the finished hanging:

Other Materials Used:
Deco Art Media Modeling Paste;
White Gesso;
Prima Art Alchemy Opal Magic - Blue/Gold;
Sheer Ribbon.

Clear Scraps Products Used:

Chipboard Stocking Album

6" Christmas Sweater Stencil

Christmas Chipboard Word Title 

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Thanks so much for stopping by today!

I know it's already after Christmas but it's not New Year's yet!

So it's not too late to share a project like this, right?

I'll be back soon with another project share!

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Nancy Nickel - Clear Scraps Designer

Let It Snow Mini Mixable Album

Hello and happy Thursday! I  hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas!  This time of year we usually have some snow on the ground but its been unseasonably warm (not that I'm complaining!).  Honestly, I    love making winter-themed projects but I'm not a big fan of snow!  Today I'm sharing  the Mini Mixable Pint Size Album along with a tutorial! 


After removing the protective film from both sides of the acrylic pieces, I   painted the edges of my pages with white acrylic paint.  For the chipboard pieces, I  knew I  was going to add patterned paper to both sides so I  painted about an inch in.  For my acrylic pages, I  only painted the front as well as lined the outside edges.  You do not have to make the paint lines perfect on the acrylic as it creates a nice "snowy" effect. 


Taking the front acrylic page, I  used the 6 Inch Nordic Snowflake Mascil with StazOn in Teal. It was helpful to apply in layers and dab the ink.  


Here is the end result of the inking! I  love the contrast against the white!


After ensuring my ink was dry, I  was then free to embellish the front cover! I  opted for minimal embellishments because I  wanted the acrylic to be the highlight as well as allow the first page to show through. 


I   covered each chipboard page with patterned paper along with a 2x3 photo mat.  Wallet sized photos are great for the Mini Mixable Albums! I  then added smaller embellishments such as sticker and washi tape.  



For my second acrylic page, I  had the papers and embellishments mirror each other so they line up together.  This allows for more acrylic to be visible. It works best if you have multiple matching embellishments or you can utilize hand punches in your stash! 



The last page is the largest as well as chipboard.  You can fit two wallet sized photos or place more embellishments. 


Thank you for stopping by today! You can see the variety of Mixable Albums by going HERE!  Have a  great day!

Additional products used:  patterned papers, stickers, die cuts, washi tape:  Simple Stories; bakers twine: Whisker Graphics, The Twinery; adhesive: Beacon, Thermoweb; ink: Tsuneko; paint: Folk Art; ribbon: Snug Hug; distress stain, stapler, metal charm: Ranger; sewing machine: Janome; misc: chrome book rings, thread.


Snowflake shaker ornament

Hello, my friends! Merry Christmas Eve and Happy Holidays to you all.


Today I am back with another ornament, this time a mini shaker snowflake that looks so cute on a real Christmas Tree or a fabulous Wood Pallet one from Clear Scraps!


I painted the base and top chipboard snowflake in this lovely soft blue chalk paint. I then adhered a circle piece of pattern paper to the base and adhered the snowflake layers. I then added in sequin and sparkletz to create the shaker portion.


Look how adorable all these projects look together.

I hope you have a joyful Holiday with loved ones.

Leah Crowe

Clear Scraps Mini Shaker Snowflake
Clear Scraps Snowman Mini Pallet Shape
Clear Scraps Xmas Tree w/star DIY Pallet Shape
Buttons & More Sparkletz, buttons
Viva decor paint pen (silver)
Waverly Chalk paint;  Beacons 3-in-1 glue
Queen & Company Twine
The Paper Studio pattern paper

New Year New You Printer's Tray

Happy New Year everyone!  Well, ok, it's not the new year yet

but it's Laura here with you today sharing a New Year's

home decor/inspirational printer's tray to get your

new year on the right track!


I've got to admit, I'm not much for resolutions, but

I do like to have some inspirational quotes and thoughts

around to help me be focused, motivated, and as a

little reminder, hey, you've got this!

This tray has a little bit of all of that, while being

full of fun and sparkle. 

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Shiny foil letters create the count down to a New Year

and a New You that is ready to sparkle and shine in 2019!

The Clear Scraps Painter's Trays are so much fun to work

with!  I chose the Rectangle/Square Printer Tray Frame,

but they come in many different shapes and sizes,

and you can find them right HERE in the Clear Scraps

store!  Once you pick out your tray,

you can make it your own, using any papers,

embellishments, and  if you choose sequins, gems,

whatever you'd like.  It's all behind an acrylic layer

that protects everything inside!

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Have you ever tried a printer's tray project?

They are so fun, and easy! 

You just paint the frame with acrylic paint like I did here

(or use ink, or spray mist for example),  fill it up with some

different papers and embellishments,  glue the layers together

with a good strong adhesive like Beacon Zip Dry,

and you are done!  And the best part is,

being able to customize them into anything you want,

any theme, any holiday, and you can also include

family photos from everyday, vacation, or holiday

memories to make it all yours. 

Thanks so much for stopping by and hope you

are inspired to try a printer's tray project in the New Year!


Supplies Used: 

Clear Scraps  Rectangle/Square Printer Tray Frame

Other:  Beacon Adhesive, Prima Moon Child collection paper, stickers,

sequins, AC Thickers, white cardstock, acrylic paint.

January Bullet Journal Spread

I know, I know, it's not Christmas yet and I want you to think about January?  But seriously, it's gonna be January before we know it and so today I have a January Bullet Journal Future Log spread to share with you.  This one showcases a couple of our Mascils: the 6 inch Calendar Mascil and the 6 inch Paint Splats Mascil!  Here's the spread!


I've made Future Log spreads the last two months using this same 6 inch Calendar Mascil but took a totally different approach this time.  There is a whole lot of inks and stickers and adhesives involved in this process today!  


This time I used it to mask out an area instead of as a stencil!  


The Paint Splats Mascil got a a workout on the left side of my spread.  My goal was to have it look like snow and I felt like the Paint Splats mimicked that look pretty well. Now there are a lot of details on this spread and rather than take you thru it in writing, I've got a process video for you!  Here's the video:


I think this is my favorite of the Future Log Spreads that I have done so far!  Hope you enjoyed all the techniques involved and that you, too, will dig into your Mascils for some Bullet Journal creations!

Thanks for joining me today!



Christmas Wreath with Clear Scraps embellishments!

Hi, Connie here with a Christmas wreath using some of the festive embellishments by Clear Scraps.  I used chipboard trees, a mini star pallet shape and a large birch wood script word to create this Christmas wreath.  

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I started by adhering pine cones to the front of the wreath.  I had collected the pine cones a couple of years ago while on vacation.   If you have some pine cones and fear they are buggy, just put them in the oven at a low heat for about 30 minutes.

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After the pine cones were attached to the front of the wreath, the script word, trees and star were painted with acrylic paints.   The script word and star were sanded down to create a distressed look.   The embellishments were speckled with watered down white paint.

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The elements were adhered to the wreath with hot glue.  It really took no time at all to put the wreath together once the embellishments were decorated and painted. Goes pretty fast!!!

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Supplies used:

Clear Scraps: wood lrg. script word "Believe"
Clear Scraps: sm. pallet star
Clear Scraps: chipboard Pine trees
Pattern paper
white acrylic paint (for speckling embellishments)
twine and buttons

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer/DT Member


Christmas Cards with Clear Scraps Acrylic

Hello and happy Wednesday! Jennifer here to share Christmas cards I  created along with some fun techniques!  I  love working with Clear Scraps Acrylic because not only does it have many uses, but its durable too.  Using the 12x12 Acrylic Sheets, I  cut 4x5 inch sections to use on my cards. My third "card" is actually from the Acrylic Tag Album


Any time you want to stamp on acrylic you will need to use a solvent based ink.  This will allow your image to "set" to the acrylic and will not smudge.  


After removing the protective film from both sides of the acrylic, I  stamped my image using StazOn in black.  Allow a short time for the ink to dry before moving on to the next step. 


When you are ready to color your image, flip over the acrylic piece.  Here, I  used alcohol based markers (such as Chameleon or Copic).  I  like to have a fine and brush option on my markers so I  can fill in larger areas quicker. Or, as around my title, use color to highlight an area. Once finished, I  added patterned paper and embellishments to accent!


For my second card, I  used basically the same technique as the first. However, I  originally had a second flamingo stamped on the front.  It didn't turn out so I  decided to "erase" my image by using non-acetone fingernail polish remover.  It works wonders on your mistakes!  


I  wanted to add a frosty effect to my card so using StazOn Opaque, I   ran the ink pad around the edges of my acrylic. 


After stamping and coloring my flamingo, I  used the 6 Inch Nordic Snowflakes Mascil to add a background to my card.  Again using the StazOn Opaque, I    lightly dabbed with an ink applicator.  


And here is a close up of the effect! Once dry, I   adhered my acrylic to the cardstock base and added patterned paper and embellishments! 


For my third project, I  decorated one of the tags from the Acrylic Tag Album.  I  began with three coordinating alcohol inks and applied them from dark to light beginning at the bottom of my tag. 


I  turned my tag over after my alcohol ink was dry and stamped my images. Using my Zig markers I  went back in and colored my flamingo..however the alcohol ink did alter the color a bit.  I  backed my tags with a neutral print using Beacon 3-in-1 adhesive along the edges. Using strips of a buffalo plaid print, I  affixed them to the sides of my tag to hide any glue marks. 


Thank for stopping by the blog today! I  hope this inspires you to do some crafting with Clear Scraps Acrylic!  Have a great day!

Additional products used:  patterned paper:  Crate Paper, Simple Stories; stickers, die cut: Simple Stories; adhesive: Beacon, 3M; bakers twine: Whisker Graphics; metal token, alcohol ink: Ranger; stamps: My Favorite Things; ink: StazOn; markers: Zig, Chameleon; border punch: EK Success; cardstock: Bazzill; mini wood clothespin: American Crafts; sewing machine: Janome; misc: thread, ribbon.

The Meaning of Christmas


Hello, friends! It's Nancy Nickel here with you today!

Today I'm featuring the 6" Nativity Stencil

which you can find right HERE.

I wanted to share this project with you before Christmas

because for me it displays the true meaning of Christmas.

It's all about celebrating the birth of Jesus! 

I chose to stencil the design on a printed printed paper, 

using black ink. 

I then adhered it to a black card base.

I couldn't make the star black...that wouldn't make sense!

So I embossed it in this pretty Enchanted Gold embossing powder.

Now it looks like a "Star of Wonder"! 

Here's a final look at the finished card:

Other Materials Used:
Papers: Recollections - Cardstock, DCWV - Christmas Made;
Ink: Distress Ink - Black Soot;
Marker: Versa Marker;
Embossing Powder: Ranger - Enchanted Gold

Clear Scraps Products Used:

6" Nativity Stencil

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Thanks so much for stopping by today!
I wish you all a Christmas Full of Joy and Blessings!
I'll be back soon with another project share! :o)

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Nancy Nickel - Clear Scraps Designer

DIY Catch All Box

Anybody else feel like their counter is where everything gets dropped?  In an effort to contain the madness I decided to decorate the Clear Box TrayBox and have a pretty place to drop things like keys, key cards, chapstick, etc.  The tray box is completely clear, as it is made of acrylic, and ready for you to decorate to your taste, making it perfect for any home!  Christine joining you today to show you what I did with mine!

I'm a sucker for pictures!  In fact pretty much my entire life, I've had pictures in my decor in as many places as I could! So knowing that this box was clear, it was an opportunity!  I went ahead and matted my picture with both white cardstock and then patterned paper.  I then put that on the bottom of the box - so the picture is covered up by the acrylic.  I used a strong adhesive along the edges to hold it on there.  I used the green washi tape that you see to hide that ;).


The box is held together by notches and stickers that come with it.  But some strong glue is also advisable.  I added glue and then to really secure things, I added washi tape! I decided to decorate with a pretty washi tape and go all the way around the outside of the box.  I used one kind of washi tape until the top line, then I used the same green that I had used inside!  You can see from this angle that the box also has little handles!


I also wanted to give you an idea of how big the box is!  As you can see my phone easily fits in it, so add that to the list of things that will be getting tossed in there!  Thanks so much for joining me today - be sure to check out all the organizational products that Clear Scraps has to offer!



Christmas Cheer Wood Pallet

Hi everyone!!  Laura here with you today, sharing a Christmas home decor project

created with one of the many shapes of the Clear Scraps Wood Pallets, and lots

of other chipboard goodies too!


This project started with the bare Clear Scraps Circle DIY Pallet Shape. 

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I just wanted to give it a whitewashed look, so I brushed

the pallet with white distress paint.  I love the way

the grain of the wood still shows thru the paint just a bit.

Once that was done,  next up was to start painting the ornaments.

These are a combo of the Clear Scraps X-mas Swirl

Bulbs Chipboard Embellishments, which are

painted and then coated with some sparkly

glitter glue, and also the Mini Pallet Shapes.

There are sooooo many different shapes

to choose from, make sure to check them all out!

I chose the Round Bulb, and the Long Bulb

shapes, painted them, then added a little paper

border strip trims and decorative chipboard.

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To add the border strips easily,  first cut a strip a bit long,

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then trim around the curve of the ornament to fit perfectly.

The holly and word Christmas is also from Clear Scraps,

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The Christmas Chipboard Word Title, and the Holly

Chipboard Embellishment are painted and I added a little

of the glitter glue to the holly too for a bit of holiday sparkle.

To finish up the project, I needed to line up the

twine along the top so it would be hidden.

First, I glued it to the back of each ornament,

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Then glued them on where I wanted them, and trimmed

the twine down, so it was even and at the right length to be

hidden by the border strip at the top of the pallet.

Thanks for stopping by today! 

Make sure to stop back soon for more inspiration!


Supplies Used:

Clear Scraps:  Circle DIY Pallet Shape, X-mas Swirl Bulbs Chipboard Embellishments,

Holly Chipboard Embellishments, Round Bulb and Long Bulb Mini Pallet Shapes,

Christmas Chipboard Word Title.

Other: Beacon Adhesive, twine, acrylic paint, glitter glue,

Bella Blvd Merry Christmas paper strips and chip










Snowman mini wood pallet ornament

Hi Clear Scraps, friends!! Leah here with you today sharing this adorable mini wood snowman pallet that I turned into a Christmas ornament.



The birch wood is perfect for using your Crop O Dile to punch a hole through it.


Once I punched the hole through, I painted the snowman with all the details you may want on your snow-person.


I wrapped some burlap around his neck for a scarf and tied some thread through the hole to hang the little guy.

Remember the Xmas Tree pallet I shared with you last week? Well, he hangs beautifully from it.


MiniSnowmanPallet6_LeahCroweWhat are your favorite pallet shapes right now?

Leah Crowe

Clear Scraps Mini wood Snowman Pallet Shape

Burlap ribbon; Waverly chalk, and Acrylic paint; Buttons & More Holiday shape; Michael's floss, Hot glue; Crop O Dile,

Snowman Mini Wood Pallet Shape Wreath

Hello friends and happy Thursday! It is hard to believe Christmas is a little less than two weeks away!  I  know here in Central Illinois many wish for a white Christmas! I  actually dream of a 70 degree and sunny Christmas, but I  can't help but love the Snowman Mini Wood Pallet Shape! It's so adorable! I  first thought I  would create a cute little ornament for the tree but then had the idea to make a winter-themed wreath!  


I   began by painting my Snowman Mini Pallet Shape with a white chalk paint. Chalk paint is one of my favorites to use with Clear Scraps Wood Products because it looks great on the birch! Plus, it dries quickly!   I  wanted to add a patterned paper as the hat, so using a liquid adhesive, I  applied a strip as shown. 


Using scissors and an x-acto knife, I  cut away excess paper.  I  then used my sanding tool to smooth any edges.  Finally, I  was ready to add embellishments to my Snowman!


For my wreath, I  used an embroidery hoop with some beautiful shimmer blue ribbon. I  even added the same ribbon as the scarf on my Snowman Pallet Shape. Next I  used my hot glue gun to affix the Snowman to the bottom center of the wreath.  I  also adhered  smaller embellishments from the collection I  used around the wreath's inner circle.   



Thank you for stopping by today! I  hope this inspires you to do some crafting with one of the Clear Scraps' Wood Pallet Shapes! You will find lots of inspiration on our blog! Have a great day!

Additional products used:  patterned paper, stickers, chipboard: Simple Stories; chalk paint: Plaid; bakers twine: Whisker Graphics; adhesive: Beacon; misc: embroidery hoop, twine, ribbon, hot glue gun. 

Snowflake Shaker Christmas Ornament by Clear Scraps!

Hi, Connie here with a Christmas Ornament using the Snowflake Shaker by Clear Scraps!!! This makes a fun family craft night project.  Shakers are always fun to create and shake !!!  This one is created with a fun twist ~ perfect for that special photo.

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The top frame, of the shaker, is embossed with Distress Oxide ink and high gloss embossing powder.   It is really shiny!!   Add pattern paper to the back of the shaker.  Glue the frames together with a strong wet glue and let set for a minute.  Add the sequins and sparkle to the inside of the snowflake.  Take the embossed frame and glue the acrylic frame to the back of the embossed snowflake.  Remember to remove the plastic film from both sides of the acrylic snowflake frame.  Glue the front of the snowflake to the base of the snowflake.  Decorate the front.

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Emboss the word "Holiday"  Distress Oxide ink and high gloss embossing powder.  Glue to front of snowflake.  Add small holly leaf and red button.  Glue black velvet ribbon on a cloths pin then glue the snowflake shaker to the cloths pin.  Now you are able to clip that special photo to the snowflake shaker ornament.  It is all ready for your 2018 Christmas tree or it would look super pretty on a Christmas gift.  

Supply list:
Clear Scraps: Snowflake Shaker
Clear Scraps: script word "Holiday"
Beacon 527
Distress Oxide Ink
embossing powder/high gloss
holly leaf, button and velvet trim
cloths pin

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer/DT Member

Christmas Stocking Mini Album


Hello, friends!

It's Nancy Nickel here with a fun seasonal mini album.

This time I used the appropriate Chipboard Stocking Album
which you can find right HERE.

This album measures 6 1/2" x 9" and comes with five pages.
I used only four of the pages, as I'm using one page for another project. 
The size of these pages offers good space for photos and tags,
as well as embellishments, or anything else you want to add.

Let's move on to all the photos I have to share!
Here's the front cover. 
After adding the base paper, I added the polka dot paper to the top. 
I added the journal card, and the tag with foam tape.
Finally, I layered some flowers, and added a big red bow.

On the left page is a band that holds some journal tags.
I also used a brad to fasten to journal cards together.
This allows them to swing open for more writing or photos.
On the right side, the card was added with a strip of Washi tape at the bottom.
It folds down for photos on the back, and behind it.

Here you see the cards in action.

On the left side, the "Be Merry" serves as a tuck spot for the larger card.
Then I added the big red bow, and some flowers.
On the right side is another card, this time with Washi tape at the top.
This page also has another band holding more journal spots.

Here's another look:

On the left page here, I used one of the border strips from the collection
much the same way I've used the Washi tape.
I scored it down the center and adhered it to both the card and the page.
Then I just added some pretty flowers.
On the right side, I used a border strip to create a tuck spot to hold the card.
There is also another band to hold journal tags. 

Again, with another look:

Finally, here's the back page. 
It's been covered with pretty stripes, and one final greeting!


Other Materials Used:
Papers: Kaisercraft - Yuletide Collection;
Ink: Distress Ink - Walnut Stain;
Unknown: Washi Tape, Flowers, Trim.

Products from Clear Scraps:

Chipboard Stocking Album

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Thanks so much for stopping by today!
I'll be back with another project share next week! :o)

Nancy Nickel - Clear Scraps Designer