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March 2019

Creating a Joy Journal

As my daughter rapidly approaches her teenage years, I wanted to create something special for her to capture the happy moments. A place that she can look back at on those bad days and remember all the good things that have happened also. I decided the Crosses 6 X 8 Wood Album would be the perfect place to get it started!

Joy Journal

As is pretty typical of my projects, I don't have a lot of products on this, so it can easily be replicated.

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First off I painted it white.  I added a title using stickers and then went for a collage style look all over the cover.  I used A LOT of stickers and love how it came together. It definitely has a tween feel to it don't you think?

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I backed the beautiful crosses with black cardstock so that they would pop a little more.  Quick, simple, and therapeutic on a couple levels!  Hopefully this will be a help to her for years to come!

Thanks for stopping by today!



Clear Scraps Acrylic 12x12 -- You Are My Sunshine

Hi there everyone!  Laura here with you today,

to share some sunshine and a scrapbook layout created on

one of Clear Scraps awesome 12x12 Acrylic Sheets!

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To start creating this LO, I removed the protective film

on the side I'd be working on, and left the film on

the other side, to keep it protected until the project

was completely finished.  Then I used an acrylic

paint dauber to brush a border around each edge

of the 12x12 Acrylic Sheet.

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I was going for the idea of a child's

finger painting, or something similar, to make

a more whimsical looking frame around the page,

since I was creating a baby picture layout.

Next I grabbed the Clear Scraps 6" Fruit of the Spirit stencil.

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I love this stencil because you can use it for individual

words, or you could use it as a background as well.

It's great to have a crafty tool that is so versatile!

Don't be afraid to give the stencils a try too,

there are so many to choose from in the

Clear Scraps store!  They come in all different sizes

and patterns! You can find them in the store HERE.

For this LO, I took the stencil, and using a white

paint dauber to give a good contrast to the pink,

I alternated the words from this stencil,

applying them all around the brushed on border.

The paint dauber really makes it easy to

stencil by applying just the right amount of

paint.  Great little tip for anyone that is stencil

challenged like me....haha!

Here's a little more of a close up of the

brushed and stenciled border:

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Thanks so much for stopping by today!

If you haven't tried stencils yet, give them a try!

If I can do it, anyone can!


Supplies Used:

Clear Scraps:  12x12 Acrylic Sheet, 6" Fruit of the Spirit Stencil

Other:  Doodlebug Spring Things, acrylic paint.










Bunny Mini DIY Pallet

Hello! It's Jennifer on the blog today to share a little project I  created with the new Bunny Mini DIY Pallet Shape!  Easter is a little over three weeks away and I  thought it would be fun to use the Bunny Mini Pallet as the perfect decoration on a bag of candy!


I'm going to show you the techniques I  used to color my pallet!  First I    applied a thin coat of white chalk paint to the front. I    allowed some of the wood to show through for a distressed look. 


Once dry, I  secured the new 4x6 Butterfly Flock Stencil over the top of my pallet. Using washi or painters tape does the trick to hold your stencil in place. I  then selected three coordinating colors of Distress Oxide Inks to use and applied from dark to light from the bottom.  Applying in a circular motion with a foam ink applicator works best and I  did allow my colors to blend. 


Here is a close up of the end result! I  love the bright spring colors! 


To secure my Bunny Mini Pallet to the clear bag, I  used bakers twine from my stash. I  also created a fun Easter tag to add as well. 


Thank you for stopping by the blog today! Check out the new 4x6 Stencils and Mini Pallet Shapes in the Clear Scraps shop! Have a great day!

Additional products used:  patterned paper, sticker: Simple Stories; stapler, inks: Ranger; bakers twine: Whisker Graphics; ribbon: Snug Hug; paint: Plaid; misc: clear bag, vellum.


Art Journal Page, with stencils, by Clear Scraps!

Hi, Connie here with a journal page using the fabulous stencils by Clear Scraps.  I started out using the 3 x 12 border stencils but quickly realized the random patterns from the 6" stencils looked so cool.   I love cool !!!!  The stencils, by Clear Scraps, are one of many products "made in the USA" by this family.  Seven stencils were used on these journal pages.

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The background is created by using a gel press and cleaning my brushes on this page.  Everything is just random. No right or wrong way to create the background. The pocket watches were added using modeling paste.  After the modeling paste dried I rubbed brown ink over the pocket watch images to give more dimension to the page.   The list of stencils used (randomly) will be listed at the end of the post.

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The coffee cups were stenciled on using brown ink and then highlighted with white acrylic paint.  The hearts are added with a stencil and then highlighted with white acrylic paint.  I love adding white and black color to the pages.  Random pops of color look great as well as wavy lines.  Get your old toothbrush and splat spots of color on the page using watered down acrylic paint.  You can go for drips or more of a spray effect.  Play around with the toothbrush to figure out the look you like.  

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Products used:
Clear Scraps: 3 x 12 border stencils/ in his time, checker board, peace be still and cup over flows.
Clear Scraps:6"stencils/plaid,stars and heart wallpaper.
Ink: Distress Oxide and Archival
Paint: DecoArt
Stamp set: Joy Clair/Refuel My Soul

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer/DTMember

Wood Hearts Scripture Journal by Nancy


Hello, everyone!

It's Nancy here with my final project for Clear Scraps!

I made the difficult decision to step down from the DT.

It's been a fabulous year of working with great product,

and really great people!

For my final project I am featuring the 

Hearts 6 x 8 Wood Album, and the

It's the perfect combination for a Scripture Journal:


First, I used Lavender Pickling Gel to color the Journal.

I love to use these gels on wood.

They add color but allow all the wood grain to show through.


Next, I went in and stenciled the design using

Prima Art Alchemy Sparks Paint in Iris Potion.


I stenciled the entire design,

then I re-positioned it to fill up the rest of the space.

I filled it with lavender paper, and laced it up with matching ribbon.


I lined the front cover with a piece of matching cardstock.

It really makes the hearts stand out.

Here's a closer look at the shimmer of the Sparks paint.


Here's a final look at my Scripture Journal.

I'm sure it will be a JOY to fill, since it's such a JOY to look at! :o)


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Thanks so much for stopping by today!

I hope you've enjoyed seeing my Clear Scraps projects

as much as I've enjoyed sharing them with you!

If you'd like to continue to see my work,

please follow my blog The Nickel Nook.

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Nancy Nickel - Clear Scraps Designer

Family XL Script Wood Word Canvas

Hello and happy Monday! It's Jennifer on the blog today to share a canvas I created with one of the new XL Script Wood Words!  These new products have a variety of uses from wreaths to standing alone! They also make a bold title for layouts as I've done here for my canvas! I  thought the Family XL Script Wood Word worked perfectly with a favorite photo of my kids with my niece and nephew.  


To distress my XL Script Wood Word, I  first painted it in a grey chalk paint. After allowing it to dry, I  used a tea light candle to rub wax over the surface of my Wood Word.  Next, I  painted with white chalk paint in small sections scraping off the excess as I  went. This helps create the worn look you see here.  For reference, I'm attaching an older YouTube video in which I  used this same technique.


I  then attached my XL Script Wood Word to my page using Beacon 3-in-1 Adhesive.  Using embellishments from the collection I  used, I    added accents around my title.  


Thank you for coming to the blog and reading! Check out the XL Script Wood Words in the Clear Scraps shop! Have a great day!

Additional products used:  patterned paper, die cuts, chipboard: Cocoa Vanilla Studio; stamp, journaling pen: American Crafts; cardstock: Bazzill; paint: Plaid; ink: Ranger; adhesive: Beacon; sewing machine: Janome; misc: thread, canvas, tea light candle.


You Got This Canvas

Hi everyone, Steph Ackerman here sharing a canvas with some amazing Clear Scraps products.


I wanted to focus on one of the new XL Wood Words so I decided to create a canvas.

I began by scrunching tissue paper and adhering it to the canvas, being sure to allow some of the texture to remain. I then placed it aside to dry thoroughly before continuing.


Once dry, I spritzed it with assorted colors of Fireworks! Shimmery Spray Inks.


Using one of the new XL Script Words - You got this - I painted it with Purple Flash Color Shift paint.


Using a script stamp with black ink, I stamped it randomly around the canvas.
Adhering a doily to the canvas, I placed the XL Script Word on top over a small spray of flowers.


Separating the Hearts Chipboard Embellishments, I also painted then with Purple Flash Color Shift paint and then stamped them with the script stamp.
They made for the perfect embellishments on my canvas.


Thanks for stopping by.


Additional Supplies:  Plaid Paint; Imagine Fireworks! Shimmery Craft Sprays; Memento Tuxedo Black Ink; Just For Fun Rubber Stamp; Flowers


Wood Card Frame Project -- Springtime

Hi there everyone!  Laura joining you today,

and I am finding myself really wishing for some

Spring weather, sunshine, and warmth!

Here in the midwest, it's finally starting to get there,

but it's been a long wait!  Thank goodness for

crafting, because I can create a little Springtime,

that I can display to get me in that spirit!

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This project starts with one of

the Blank Wood Cards from Clear Scraps.

Then it's painted using acrylic paint.  First using

a layer of pink paint, then I used a foam brush

while that paint was still a little wet, and brushed on

a bit of white paint.  It made for a nice frame around

the edges of the card, that was a little different

than just a single color border.   You can see it

a bit better in this close up here:

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The little bug in the mason jar.....just a cute little sticker.

 I added the bit of twine, and then used foam tape to give it

some dimension before I added it to the project.

It's layered on a bit of floral patterned paper.  One of the

things I love about this project is how easy it is to

create a great piece of home decor that you can

change out with the seasons. 

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Here I added a cute saying trimmed out of the

patterned paper, matted on cardstock then added

onto the project.  A sticker tag and a few enamel dots,

and it's finished.  This is such a great way to try

crafting up some home decor if you've never tried it before!

Make sure to check out the Blank Wood Cards in the

Clear Scraps store HERE.

Thank for stopping by today!

Stop back soon for more inspiration!


Supplies Used:

Clear Scraps Blank Wood Card

Other:  Doodlebug Spring Things, acrylic paint,

Beacon Adhesive, foam tape, twine, enamel dots.

Bunny Welcome Wood Pallet

Hey, Clear Scraps friends!! Leah here with you sharing this super cute, Easter Bunny DIY Pallet Home Decor Sign.


Isn't that adorable and so perfect for Spring and Easter!!

I share with you how quickly it came together.

I started off by lightly sanding the Bunny wood pallet, then wipe with a clean cloth. I then paint it using Waverly Chalk Paint in a lovely pastel green.


After the paint dries, apply the 12" Heart Dandelion stencil and apply your paint by lightly dabbing it. Move your fingers close to critical edge pieces to prevent stencil from moving and from paint bleeding underneath.


While the stencil dries, I use alcohol ink in lettuce green, and color the Expressions Large Welcome word title. Then using a marker or black paint, outline the letters so the POP more.

Finish embellishing and voilĂ !


Leah Crowe

Supplies Used:

Clear Scraps: Bunny DIY Pallet Shape, Expressions Large Welcome, 12" Heart Dandelion
Chalk Paint: Waverly
Alcohol Ink: Ranger
Flowers: Recollections & Prima
Adhesive: Beacons 3-in-1 and hot glue.

Globe Chipboard Card by Nancy


Hello, friends!


It's Nancy here with a quick and easy card share for Clear Scraps!

Today I'm sharing a card I made featuring the:

Globe Chipboard Embellishment.


I left the chipboard as is, so that it would match the kraft card base.


The background paper is this wonderful world map.

Isn't it perfect for the globe?


I stamped the sentiment on a coordinating strip of paper,

and matted it on some kraft.

I then curled it a little bit, to give it some added interest,

before adhering it in place.


This was so fun and quick to put together.

Ideal for someone going on a trip or wonderful adventure!


Other Materials Used:
Papers: Tim Holtz - Crowded Attic;
Stamp: Tim Holtz - The Journey;
Ink: Distress Ink - Walnut Stain.

Clear Scraps Products Used:

Globe Chipboard Embellishment

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Thanks so much for stopping by today!

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

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Nancy Nickel - Clear Scraps Designer

Transforming the Deco DIY Pallet Shape with Christine

Hi there Clear Scraps Fans!  Christine joining you today with an idea for making a family keepsake using the Deco DIY Pallet Shape!  Let's take a look.

XL Wood Pallet Marquee

This was a fairly simple project that didn't require a lot of products!  The first is using the XL Deco DIY Pallet Shape as my base.  I painted that white and then distressed it with inks.

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I used the lines on the pallet to determine where to cut my picture and added that to the center.  It was a little scary to cut it up but I knew it would have a neat effect!

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Finally I added a wreath of flowers on top of my picture creating a spring look for it. How are you getting ready in your house for spring? Does it include any DIYs like this one?  

Thanks for stopping by today!



Home Decor piece with Clear Scraps~

Hi, Connie here with a home decor project using the medium Deco Pallet shape and one of the Wood Word Quotes by Clear Scraps.  This is a fun project for that someone special.

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Instructions along with photos:

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1. Paint the Deco Pallet board with acrylic paint (teal).
2. Sand the edges and surface (distress look).
3. Apply Plaid stencil in random spots using acrylic paint (pink).
4. Paint quote with acrylic paint (pink).

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5. Add ivy to the side of the "F" on the quote.
6. Punch in holes at top of Deco pallet.  I used the crop-a-dile tool.
7. Glue the quote words on the front of the Deco pallet board.  I used Beacon 527.

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The ivy can be added free hand or a stencil can be used to create this look.   Another idea is stencil (plaid design) over the quote words.

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Paper ribbon was added in the punched holes for a hanger.  This would look great on a door knob or in a cluster of photos.  

Products used:
Clear Scraps: Deco Medium DIY Pallet Shape
Clear Scraps:  Faith, Family, Friends Quote word
Clear Scraps: 6" Plaid stencil
acrylic paint
Beacon 527
paper ribbon

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer/DT Member

Luck of the Irish Printer's Tray

Hi there everybody!  Laura with you here today,

and I've got a little Luck of the Irish waiting for you,

in this St. Patty's Day project I have to share with you!

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Have you checked out Clear Scraps great selection of

Printer's Trays?  They have so many different shapes,

and they are so fun to create with!

You can use them for a special family memory,

like a trip, or graduation, or wedding, and so on.

I chose the Deco Printer Tray Frame.

You can find the entire selection in the store HERE.

The frame can be painted, inked, stamped, a lot of

great options!  I used green acrylic paint to start,

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then brushed around the frame's edges with black

distress ink.  The individual frame sections are

decorated inside and outside.  I cut the center pieces

to fit with a regular paper trimmer, the outer edges are

traced since they have the deco edge. 

The little beads are added right before you glue down

the acrylic layer.  Then the shamrocks were

fussy cut out of a printed paper and glued to the

outside of the acrylic using Beacon Adhesive.

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More fussy cuts and some bling add a little more

St. Patty's green and gold magic.  The little twine bow

is inside the there is plenty of room to add

more than just the little beads behind the shaker layer.

Love being able to include small touches like that!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Hope you are inspired to create a bit of your own

magic with one of these awesome printer's trays!

You are sure to find a shape you'll love to create with

in the Clear Scraps store, along with a ton of fun

embellishments, and even sequins to use in your tray!


Supplies Used:

Clear Scraps Deco Printer Tray Frame

Other:  Doodlebug Pot O' Gold collection,

twine, rhinestones, Beacon Adhesive,

acrylic paint, Black Soot Distress Ink, beads.





You & Me Home Decor

Hi everyone! Sure hope your March is off to a great start. Today I am sharing this sweet home decor item that makes a great gift for long time couples, or ones just starting out in their new home.

I started off by painting the Medium Square Wood Pallet in a turquoise color, and also painted the You & Me Quote in white.


Once the quote is dry, I adhered a piece of pattern paper behind the heart. So cute!


The fun part is adding this Maggie Holmes frame and leaving the top unsecured so the photo can be changed out whenever the recipient wants!


I had a great time putting this project together and think it is going to look great in my daughters new home!

Leah Crowe

Products Used
Clear Scraps Square Medium Pallet Shape
Clear Scraps You & Me Script Wood Quote
Pattern Paper: Recollections
Stickers & Frame: Crate Paper Maggie Holmes (Willow Lane)
Beacons 3-in-1 glue
Bazzill Tulle
Unicorn Spit paint & Ken Oliver Color burst

Wood Welcome Home Decor Pallet by Nancy


Hello, everyone!

It's Nancy here with a new project share for Clear Scraps!

This is another fun home decor piece using more of the wonderful new products!

I've used:

Welcome XL Script Wood Word, and

Rectangle Medium DIY Pallet Shape


I began by painting the wood pallet with a dark green glaze.

Then I set it aside to dry.


I painted the "Welcome" with the fabulous gilding polish 

that came in a previous Clear Scraps Kit Club Kit.


I glued the dry word in place on the dry pallet.

Finally, I edged around the green pallet with some of the gilding polish.


Other Materials Used:
Plaid Glaze - Deep Woods Green;
Creative Expressions - Gold Treasure Gilding Polish.

Clear Scraps Products Used:

Welcome XL Script Wood Word

Rectangle Medium DIY Pallet Shape

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Thanks so much for stopping by today!

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

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Nancy Nickel - Clear Scraps Designer