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Summer Travel Game Board

Hi everyone!  It's Annie, and today I'm sharing a tutorial to make this fun travel game board using one of the Printer Tray Frames and an acrylic sheet.  

Summer Travel Game Board by Annie Williams for Clear Scraps - Flat

Whether you're stuck in the car with young ones for a long ride or even camping in the great outdoors, this game board can be customized in a ton of different ways and might be a fun reason to put the phones and tablets away for a little while.

Summer Travel Game Board by Annie Williams for Clear Scraps - Paint Border

Start by painting one of the chipboard dividers in the Square Printer Tray Frame kit in the color of your choice.  Here I've chosen a sunny yellow acrylic paint that matches the summery scrapbook paper I'll be using on the rest of the board.

Summer Travel Game Board by Annie Williams for Clear Scraps - Adhere Background

Next, cover the chip back with paper...or for a fun twist, try using photographs to really customize your board!  You can adhere one sheet of 12x12 scrapbook paper for a quick and simple background, or do as I did here and adhere several small squares of coordinating papers.

Summer Travel Game Board by Annie Williams for Clear Scraps - Adhere Dividers

Adhere the dividers on top of the chip back using strong liquid adhesive like Beacon 3 -in-1 Adhesive.  Set aside to dry fully, then paint the outer edges with the same acrylic paint as the top divider to finish the board off nicely.

Summer Travel Game Board by Annie Williams - Trim Acrylic Game Pieces

To create the game pieces, start by trimming a 12x12 acrylic sheet into 3 3/8 inch squares.  You will need at least five game pieces for each player (X's and O's), so an extra acrylic sheet will be needed in addition to the one included in the Square Printer Tray Frame kit.  Round the corners of each game piece with a corner rounder tool (this allows for easy removal of game pieces and also makes the pieces safer for young children).

Summer Travel Game Board by Annie Williams for Clear Scraps - Diecut Letters

Die cut at least five X's and five O's from white cardstock (this shows up well on busy backgrounds like mine).  Alternatively, choose two different shapes that match the theme of your game board.

Summer Travel Game Board by Annie Williams for Clear Scraps - Assemble Game Pieces

Adhere the letters in the center of each acrylic game piece using Beacon 3-in-1 Adhesive and allow to dry.  Since the game pieces are clear, you won't cover up any of the fun customization on the game board while playing.

Summer Travel Game Board by Annie Williams for Clear Scraps - Final

Now you're ready to play on the go!  The game pieces are sized so that they fit snugly in the board and won't fall out, but are still easy to remove when a new game starts thanks to the rounded corners.  Since the walls of the dividers are much taller than the pieces, they also won't accidentally fall out on a bumpy car ride!

I hope you enjoyed this fun summer travel game project and thanks so much for stopping by today.  How would you customize the square printer tray frame to make your own game board?

~ Annie

Additional products used: patterned paper: Bo Bunny; letter dies: Altenew; paint: Martha Stewart/Plaid; adhesive: Beacon; corner rounder: We R Memory Keepers

Clear Scraps XL Word Frame--Beach Fun

Hi there everyone!  Laura here to share with you today!

Looking for a great way to remember a special event,

vacation, or memory?  The Clear Scraps

XL Word Frames are amazing for creating this

type of home decor!

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This is the Beach XL Word Frame of course!  Perfect for

memories of our beach vacation!

The frame comes in pieces you assemble to make it easier

to paint, stamp, ink, or whatever you'd like to do!

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I painted the bottom of the flip flops with gray acrylic paint,

and then painted the tops with bright green paint.

I added a layer of glitter glue to add a little sparkle.

Next up was the actual frame part of the piece.

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Both are painted with white acrylic paint, then stamped

using a wood-grain stamp and gray acrylic paint.

To get the even pattern and keep it going in the same

direction, I used some washi tape as a mask:

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Then I was able to stamp and make the wood-grain pattern

go in the same direction so it looks more like real wood.

The word Beach at the top of the frame can be painted,

or inked, or you can cover it with paper like I did here.

Clear_Scraps_XL Word Frame_Beach Fun word close up

Just trace it and cut it out.   I did ink up the edges

with some black ink because I liked the way

it framed the word since it has such a bright

white background.  Then I glued it down.

Cute chipboard added some bright fun to

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finish up the frame.  You can also see the

wood-grain look frame and how it gives a little

texture too.   Also if you peek closely, you can see I

did not have a long 4x6 picture.  Easy to fix,

 I used some cute patterned paper behind a 4x4 photo in

this frame.  You can do something similar if you

don't have photos that will work lengthwise/sideways.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Stop back soon for more inspiration!


Supplies Used:

Clear Scraps:  XL Word Frame-Beach

Other:  Bella Blvd Splash Zone, Stickles, white and gray

acrylic paint, wood grain stamp, adhesive,

Black Soot Distress Ink.




Brighten Your Back Yard with Customized Pillows


Summer Greetings!  Today I am super excited to share this bright and cheery accent pillow I created for my backyard paradise! I love sunflowers and plant them along my fence line in the summer.  So this pillow creates the perfect accent for my back yard benches!   And it was so quick and easy to create! 

I chose the 6 inch Sunflower Masking/Stencil to create my pillow.  This Masking Stencil is also available in the 12 inch size. 

After placing a piece of cardboard inside my pillow cover, apply all purpose paint in your favorite colors. 



Carefully lift your stencil and move to another location., to create a repeating pattern. 


Let your pillow cover dry and stuff to finish!   


Other Supplies used

All Purpose Paints

Pillow Cover

Fathers Day Cards

Hey everyone, today I am sharing 2 Father's Day Cards that I have created.  These cards are very simple and quick to make.


I have used 2 different chipboard clocks.  The first one I used the Roman Clock Chipboard Embellishment.  I wanted to keep the natural look of the chipboard, but added some black and walnut stain distress ink to make it pop.  I layered my pattern paper which I had also inked.  The top layer of paper I ripped it and removed a small section so you can see the paper underneath.  I added some die cut words to finish off the card.

My second card I used the Pocket Watch Chipboard Embellishment.  I inked the chipboard piece with black soot distress ink and then used glossy accents to make it pop.  I layered the pattern paper the same way as my first card, but just took a bigger section of the top piece out.  I also rotated so it went the opposite direction.  I inked the pattern paper with black soot distress ink and added my die cut words to finish off the card.

Thank you for joining me for this weeks project.  They maybe simple looking cards, but still very elegant.

Kim C. :)

Mixed Media Beach Tag

Hi everyone, Steph Ackerman here to share a mixed media beach tag.   


Using one of the tags from the Chipboard Tag Album, I began by first painting it with gesso. The Tag Album has 4 different shaped tags that  can be used for an assortment of projects.  I decided to use one to create a mixed media tag with an assortment of elements.  Once the gesso dried, I added several colors of spray inks to create the background.

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Mesh was also spritzed then adhered to the left corner.  I also added several sizes of art stones as well as some sea shells created from Makin's Clay for dimension.


Once dry, I spritzed additional colors of inks to give the tag more life.  In the center of the tag, I added more art stones.


I stamped and colored a Prima doll stamp, fussy cut her and added her to the tag with foam adhesives.


Isn't she sweet?


Thanks for stopping by.


Other supplies used:  Prima stamp; Prima Art Stones, Makin's Clay mold and clay, spray inks

Stenciled Seahorse Card

Hi everyone!  It's Annie, and today I'm sharing a fun summertime thank you card made with chipboard embellishments and stencils from Clear Scraps.  I love experimenting with different ways to alter these chipboard shapes and I chose embossing powders this time to give the seahorse lots of shine and texture.

Stenciled Seahorse Card by Annie Williams for Clear Scraps - Main

Inspired by the fun seahorse embellishment, I started by creating a bright and sparkly underwater scene to serve as its backdrop.  First, I applied different shades of blue and green alcohol inks to a piece of 5" x 7" Yupo paper to yield this bubbly and wavy background.  Then, I die cut the sand from some gold glitter cardstock and the seaweed and coral from plain orange and green cardstock before adding a little bit of ink for dimension and sparkle ink for fun.

Stenciled Seahorse Card by Annie Williams for Clear Scraps - Detail

The seahorse embellishment was altered by first applying Versamark ink all over the front with an inkpad.  After adding gold embossing powder, I melted it with my heat tool to create a smooth metallic gold embellishment at first.  Then I placed the Quatrefoil stencil on top of the piece and applied more Versamark ink through the stencil.  After adding two more colors of embossing powder (antique gold to the face and belly and copper down the back), I was left with a faux metal embellishment with some subtle texture and lots of shine and color.

Stenciled Seahorse Card by Annie Williams for Clear Scraps - Stencil Detail

Here is a closer look at the three different colors of embossing powder and that gorgeous stenciled pattern.  I love how it looks just like a metal embellishment...and I can customize the colors and patterns!

I hope you enjoyed this fun summertime thank you card and thanks so much for stopping by today.  What techniques do you like to use to alter the chipboard embellishments?

~ Annie

Additional products used: alcohol inks, Yupo paper, orange, green, and gold glitter cardstocks, Silhouette CAMEO, Distress inks, sparkle pen, sentiment stamp, gold, antique gold, and copper embossing powders, Versamark ink, adhesive

Beach Wood XL Word Frame

Hello!  Summer is officially here which means warm weather and vacations!  Today I'm sharing one of the Wood XL Word Frames that are perfect for home decor!  For my project, I  used the Beach Wood XL Word Frame and I'm going to show you a tutorial on how I  achieved my end result!


All Wood XL Word Frames are cut from birch and can be painted, stamped, inked, or covered with paper (or a mixture of all the above!). I  love using chalk paint on the birch because it dries quickly and it allows the wood grain to show through. I  applied a light coat of mint green chalk paint allowing some of the bare wood to show through.  


I  set aside the main part of the frame to dry and so I  could complete my next step.  The flip flop portion of the frame has wood cut out that  you can embellish. I  used Distress Stain in Evergreen Fir to color the wood. It soaks right into the birch and a little goes a long way!


I  then added Beacon Zip Dry to the top of the cut out and applied a turquoise glitter.  I  thought the flip flops needed some bling!  


Using the 6 Inch Shiplap Mascil, I  applied white acrylic paint to the word portion of the frame. I  thought it needed a little extra because the chalk paint looked a little flat. 


Each of the frames are approximately 5x7 inches and I  covered each with bright patterned paper. After adhering my photos to the wood, I  used my Beacon 3-in-1 Adhesive to adhere the frames. I  then used coordinating stickers and chipboard to accent my photos. 



Thank you for stopping by the blog today! Check out all of the XL Wood Frames in the Clear Scraps shop! Have a great day!

Additional products used:  patterned paper, chipboard, stickers: Simple Stories; paint: Plaid, DecoArt; glitter: Stampendous; adhesive: Beacon; Distress Stain: Ranger. 

Deco Send it Clear Fathers Day Card

Hi Friends!! Father's Day is rolling up fast, and I just knew I wanted to create a card for my husband using a Clear Scraps Send it Clear Card and this awesome Chipboard Old Truck.


I painted the truck using chalk paints. I knew the truck bed had to have something in the back, so I freehanded a heart and typed Best Dad Ever on it, then adhered it to the truck. Sooo cute!


When you open up the card, you can see a small message, as well as the beautiful Quarterfoil stenciling I applied to the base of the card.


There is plenty of room to tuck a gift card or a handwritten note inside as well.

The beauty of these Send it Clear cards is they are completely clear, including the envelope to mail it in.

DecoSIC4_ChipTruck_LeahCroweI didn't get the best photograph of it in the envelope, but you can see it is definitely unique and one of kind. This card would be so fun to receive in the mail!

Have a great week!!

Leah Crowe

Products Used
Clear Scraps: Chipboard Old Truck; Deco Send it Clear Card; Stencil 4x6 Quarterfoil
Pattern Paper: Echo Park
Alphabet: American Crafts
Glue: Beacons 3-in-1; Scotch Foam Tape
Ink: Distress Oxide, Ranger Alcohol Ink

Canvas Bags with Farmhouse Stencils by Clear Scraps~

Hi, Connie here with a cute project, that is perfect for the Summer months!!!   Canvas bags (think beach bag) stenciled with the very trendy, Farmhouse stencils by Clear Scraps!  These are really easy, so easy you could make these with your children.  Great craft project!!!

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Here is a collage of photos showing the steps taken to create this canvas beach bag~

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1. Iron the canvas bag flat, getting out all the wrinkles.
2. Place a cardboard inside the bag (so paint doesn't damage the backside of the canvas bag).
3. Lay the stencil, over the front of the canvas bag, and gently add acrylic paint with a foam brush.
4. Start off with a small amount of paint. When the script word is filled in with paint, gently lift up on the stencil.

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I added the 12" Beach Fun Stencil for the flip flops.   I created a couple more bags using the Farmhouse Stencils.

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The process for creating is the same as above, just a different stencil. 
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These bags would make great goody bags for teachers, best friends, church friends and all of those in the middle.  I can see this one full of different coffee's, travel coffee mug and chocolate.  Everyone loves chocolate!!!

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Products used:
Clear Scraps: Farmhouse Stencils: Coffee Bar, Give Thanks and Happy Place.
Clear Scraps: 12" Beach Fun, Peace Be Still and 12" Fall Leaves
acrylic paint
foam brush

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer/DT Member