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 Hello Friends,

It's Sandy Diller here today with a fun little album I made for a child returning to school after summer break.  I used the Mini Mixable Little Bits 3.5" X 5" Album for this one.  It is small enough to fit in a backpack yet has room for several photos.  I left the top of each frame open so a photo can slide in easily.

I began this project by covering the back page with paper and painting the center page pink.
Then some edges were added to the acrylic pages.        

 

I added some cute phrases and banners that go along with photos.
 
 
I did a little stamping to add color, the photo frames on the right are actual slide frames that have been covered with washi tape.
 
 
Rings were added to the holes to hold it together.
 
 
I like to add colorful ribbon to the rings just for fun.
 
Thanks for stopping by,
Sandy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Life is Better on the Farm

Hello Craft Friends!

I'm Dana and I'm back on the Clear Scraps blog today with a Farm styled Home Decor project to share. These new Shiplap shapes from Clear Scraps come in a variety of different shapes and sizes, and they are ready to decorate to match any decor! For my project today,  we'll be using the Clear Scraps Square Shiplap shape- Large Click here and the Clear Scraps Chicken Shiplap Small shape Click here

We also will be using Clear Scraps new mini cloud shaker! Click here

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To begin,  I took some acrylic paint "Wicker white" and using a paintbrush, I white washed the paint over the square Shiplap surface leaving some of wood showing through. Then I took some light blue acrylic paint and white washed this over the surface to create a look that resembles the sky. Set aside to dry. 

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Take your Chicken Shiplap Small shape out of your package. I traced around my shape onto one of the patterned papers from Echo Park's "Farmhouse Kitchen. I cut out along the edge, glued my paper to the front of my Shiplap Chicken shape, using Beacon glue. Then with my xaco knife, I trimmed around my shape removing any excess paper. Then Distressed around the edges till smooth with my Distress tool. Then I took some Distress Ink "Gathered Twigs" and inked around the edges of my chicken shape. I glued a black round disk for the eye on my chickens head. I also painted my chickens feet with a black paint pen. Set aside for now.

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Shaker: Remove your shaker pieces from your package. Take your top shaker piece and using a sponge brush, I dipped my sponge into some the white and light blue acrylic paint, using a light pouncing motion, apply your paint over your top shaker piece. 

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Then with a small paintbrush, paint around the sides of all your chipboard shaker pieces. Let dry.

Take your bottom shaker piece and trace around your shape onto some white card stock paper.  Cut out and glue on top of your bottom piece. Trim away any excess paper using your x-acto knife. Smooth any rough edges using a Distress tool. Then I glued one of the stickers from my Echo park "Fun on the Farm" collection.

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Then glue your next 2 chipboard shaker pieces on top of your bottom piece. Add any shaker filler you prefer. Then remember to peel off the protective film on both sides of the acrylic shaker piece before gluing in place. Add your top shaker piece and set aside to dry. Do not shake until throughly dry or your filler will stick to the sides. I added another bee sticker on the top of my cloud!

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Now we're ready to decorate and glue all your pieces in place. I like to add a variety of different embellishments and sentiments. Don't glue them down until you are happy with their placement. 

I added foam tape to the back of my chicken shape and adhered on the bottom of my Shiplap square shape. Using foam dots I added a sentiment from my ephemera pack in the center of my chicken's body. 

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At the top I took some jute cord and tied a knot on each end. Glue each end down onto my wood surface. Then I applied some foam dots to the back of my FARM sentiment letters, from my ephemera pack, then glued in place on top of my jute cord. 

Here's a closeup:

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I cut out one of the 4x6 Journaling cards from the paper pack and glued on the left side of my wood shape. Adding some foam dots on the back of my tree sticker, I adhered it over the duplicate image on my Journaling card. This adds nice dimension. In my craft stash, I adhered some Farm animals 3D stickers around my journal card and on the bottom left side of my wood surface. I also adhered some of the grass stickers around the farm animals feet and also my chickens feet. 

To finish, I adhered my mini shaker cloud at the top right of my square Shiplap surface. Then with foam dots, I added another sentiment piece above my chicken. You can add a metal hanger on the back or even some jute cord and it's ready to hang!

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Here's another closeup!

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I hope you enjoyed this project today and I have inspired you to create your own Home Decor piece! Don't forget to visit the Clear Scraps website to see all the new products that are available for purchase! Click here

Thanks so much for stopping by the Clear Scraps blog! Remember to share your crafty makes on our Facebook Creative page! We love to see what you create!

Until next time we meet, Happy Crafting!

Dana

Other Supplies Used: Echo Park's Farmhouse Kitchen collection and Fun on the Farm collection, Plaid Wicker white paint, light blue acrylic paint, foam tape and foam dots, Beacon glue, sponge brush, small paintbrush, Distress tool, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Gathered Twigs, black round disk, jute cord, x-aco knife, white card stock, Jolee's "Petting zoo" stickers.

 

 


Envelope Mixed Album

Hello! It's Jennifer here on the blog to share one of the new mini albums that were recently released!  There are four designs to choose from that come in either chipboard or mixed (chipboard + acrylic).  Today, I'm sharing the Envelope Mixed Album in which I used a wedding theme! Summer seems to be the time when most weddings occur and thought this would be the perfect album to use! 

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I began by painting the three chipboard pages with black acrylic paint.  I covered the "flap" of the envelope completely while only painted the edges on the two book pages.  I knew I  would be using patterned paper to cover the majority of the inside of the book. 

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For the front of the flap, I cut two different patterns into a triangular pattern and stitched together before adhering.  I  then added in embellishments  such as die cuts, stickers, and enamel dots. 

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My first page is acrylic which I covered the majority in patterned paper. I  found that using my Beacon 3-in-1 Adhesive works best with the Clear Scraps acrylic and and chipboard as it does not warp your product.  

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I used one of the Embroidery Hoop Chipboard Embellishment Shapes as a focal point on my first page.  To color my Embellishment Shape, I actually used gold spray paint!  It's difficult to see in the photo the glitter in the gold paint. 

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Here is a the back of the previous page which I  tried to "line" up to meet the elements of the opposite side.  I found using space for 3x5 or 4x4 photos worked best.  

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Here, I used two different size of square photo mats followed by adding die cuts and stickers.  

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For this page, I did mat a 4x6 piece of cardstock onto two different patterned papers.  

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You can mix and match sizes of photos to fit whatever your needs are!  I left my photo spaces blank because I plan on giving this as a gift to a family member this summer! 

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Thank you for stopping by the blog!  You can find all things new with Clear Scraps by clicking HERE! Have a wonderful day!

Additional products used:  patterned paper, die cut shapes, stickers, chipboard stickers, enamel dots: Simple Stories; cardstock: Bazzill; adhesive: Beacon, Tombow, Thermoweb; paint: FolkArt, Krylon;  ribbon: Snug Hug; bakers twine: Whisker Graphics; sewing machine: Janome; misc: thread, chrome book rings


Watermelon Phone Stand

Are you a watermelon fan?  I wasn't a big fan of it growing up, but the older I've gotten, I really enjoy some for the summertime.  Hi everyone, it's Maureen today, here with you during the heat of the summer.  I thought you'd enjoy a refreshing treat today - and even if you don't like to EAT watermelon, you might enjoy this cute project.

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Today I'm sharing an adorable item that's not only fun, but fun-ctional!  It's a watermelon phone stand, using the Clear Scraps Acrylic Phone Stand item.  This is a great project to try out your painting skills, because when you use acrylic paints, you can just wipe it off and start over if you don't like it!

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My first step is to peel off the protective film from both sides of the stand.  Next, I'm taking a foam brush and doing one light green stripe down the side, center and opposite side of the back of the stand.  I'm only going about 3/4ths of the way down, because this will be the top of my watermelon pattern.

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Next, I'm taking a white acrylic paint and the tip of the brush handle, and applying small dots down the sides of each green stripe, in varying sizes.  I'm also adding a stripe of white where the green stripes end.  This will be the rind of the watermelon.

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To paint on acrylic, it's helpful to start with the top layer of your design so it will show through later.  It's like painting in reverse!  Here I'm painting the watermelon seeds on first, and to do that I'm making a black dot with paint, then pulling one side out with a pin tool.  This helps me make tear drop shapes more evenly across the stand.  I also take that tool and add small white highlights in the shape of a comma around the seed.

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Make sure each layer dries really well - I actually left mine overnight to make certain I wouldn't have any streaking.  Once the seeds are dry, I set out to cover them in a watermelon pink background with a light coat of paint.  Don't overdo it - just one or two strokes are plenty, and the image is meant to be a bit transparent.

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My top layer involves sponging some dark green paint over the open stripe at the top.  These are applied over the white dots too, and become highlights from the front.  I did go back and fill in my white "rind" again, so that it was more visually appealing from the back.

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Now, I'm also choosing to add a front image for decoration, so I've picked the watermelon wood shape from the Wood Summer Collection.  I'm painting this piece in a similar color scheme to the phone stand.  I've base coat the front and back in a light green paint, then sponged stripes on with a darker green on the back, and a half circle of watermelon pink on the front.

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I've also added the same highlight dots to the edge, making it look like a rind.  Let this piece dry thoroughly.

I am a growing fan of the items I can print in vinyl, and acrylic products are so great for this medium!  I've chosen a phrase from my electronic machine and printed in a black permanent vinyl.  I recommend following the instructions on your machine for how to apply vinyl, but I'm including basic steps below.

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First, peel away the excess vinyl and weed away the small pieces.  Rub this upside down on some transfer tape and peel off the backing.  Take the transfer tape and lay it over the area you want to apply it.  Then rub with a squeegie tool and pull the transfer tape away.

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I've added a few words to the wood piece and a phrase to the acrylic phone stand too.  I've then applied the watermelon wood piece to the top of the stand with some hot glue.

Your final step would be to seal the stand in an acrylic sealer, especially so the paint doesn't chip away over time or if you are using it outside.  Then, you are ready to take your smartphone with you, to any room in your house or even outside to listen to some music!

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I hope you enjoyed this "no-calorie" treat today - would you consider making something like this?  I'm including a supply list below, if you choose to give it a try.  Hope you stay cool this week and now, if you'll excuse me - Summer is calling.  grin  I'll see you next time!

Maureen

Additional tools:  acrylic paints in bright pink, white, black and lt/dk green; black vinyl and an electronic cutting device (I used Cricut Joy); acrylic paint sealer, sanding paper for wood, hot glue gun.


America the Beautiful

Hi there Craft Friends!

It's Dana and I'm back on the Clear Scraps blog with another Home Decor project to celebrate 4th of July! I love to decorate my home for every holiday or season!

Today we'll be using Clear Scraps WoodStars 3 pack Click here  (such a great value) and Clear Scraps Star shaker! Click here  The papers I chose are from Frank Garcia's "Americana" paper collection. I love the vintage style papers.

To begin our project, I traced around my wood Star piece with my pencil. Cut out and using Beacon glue, I adhered my patterned paper to the front of my wood Star shape. Then using I trimmed away any excess paper, using my x-acto knife. Then using a Distress tool, I smoothed all around the edges of my Star shape.

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Next take out your shaker pieces and taking your bottom shaker piece, I traced around my Star shape with my pencil onto another patterned paper. Glue your paper onto your bottom piece. Trim and Distress along the edges, as we did previously with our wood Star shape. Take your top shaker piece and decorate with paint, or as I did using red glitter. Set this aside to dry.

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Now glue the next two bottom chipboard shaker pieces on the bottom shaker piece. Fill the inside with any shaker filler you prefer. I cut acouple blue stars from my paper sheet and added them inside my shaker. Now taking the acrylic shaker piece, peel off the protective film from both sides before gluing on top of the previous layer. To finish I glued the top shaker piece in place. Set aside to dry throughly before shaking! After your shaker has dried, I painted around the sides of my shaker with some red acrylic paint. Let dry.

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While your shaker is drying, I cut out a Journaling card from one of my papers. And I fussy cut a sentiment from my element sheet. I curled both ends of my sentiment using a bone folder. This will add some lift and dimension. I adhered my Journaling card to the center of my wood Star shape, using foam tape onto the back. I added glue just in the center of my sentiment and adhered below my journal card. Now you can glue your shaker Star on the right edge. 

To finish this project, I added some pretty navy blue/gold ribbon to the back of my Star using my hot glue gun. Now it's ready to hang!

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Here are some closeups!

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Thanks so much for stopping by the Clear Scraps blog! Hope you all have safe and Happy 4th of July!

Be sure to check out the Clear Scraps website to see all the newest products available! Click here

Until next time,  Happy Crafting!

Other Supplies Used: Beacon glue, xaco knife, Distress tool, hot glue gun, Frank Garcia's Americana paper collection, Foam tape, red acrylic paint, ribbon, Red glitter, shaker filler.

Dana

 


Botanical Home Decor Printer Tray

Hello Craft Friends!

It's Dana and I'm back to share another Home Decor project with you. I love to decorate my home for every season! Today we'll be using several different products from Clear Scraps. For our base I chose Clear Scraps 12x12 Printer Tray Rectangle Click here

Along with Clear Scraps Chipboard Fancy Butterflies, Click here  Decor border Click here and the new Leaves mixer stencil. Click here The papers I chose are from 49 and Market Botanical collection. 

To begin our project, I applied some creamy acrylic paint to the front shaker frame and my chipboard Deco border. I prefer to apply 2 coats of paint and after it's fully dried, I inked the edges using Distress Ink. 

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After my border is fully dry, I took my mixer leaves stencil and securely taped my stencil in place using some washi tape.

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Then taking some Tim Holtz Distress Ink-mowed lawn , I applied my Distress Ink over some of the leaves, using my ink dabber. Set these pieces aside for now.

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Next from my Botanical paper collection, I cut and glued my papers behind each window of my bottom layer chipboard Printer frame piece. I recommend using Beacon 3 in 1 Glue. It's fast drying and has a strong bond. Then I glue this bottom piece onto the back base of my Printer Tray. Glue your next chipboard frame piece on top of the previous layer. 

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Now I cut apart one of my Clear Scraps Fancy Butterflies chipboard embellishments, I had leftover from a previous project. But you could use both butterfly chipboard embellishments if you like. I added some yellow and green glitter to my chipboard butterfly wings. Then set aside to dry.

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Now the fun begins and we can add our embellishments. I like to use some fuzzy cut elements and ephemera pieces using foam dots to adhere to the different sections of my printer tray. I added a stamp, and even glued some Butterflies to my chipboard Deco border piece. I chose to add a photo of my mother inside one of the windows too for a personal touch!

Now you can add your acrylic layer, but remember to peel off the protective film from both sides of your acrylic sheet, before gluing in place. Now you can glue your final top layer in place! Then I took my Deco border piece and glued along the bottom edge of my Printer Tray. 

To finish your project, I added a jute cord on the back and now it's ready to display on your wall!

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Here are some closeups

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Thanks so much for stopping by the Clear Scraps blog! We appreciate your support and we love to see your crafty makes! So please share on our Facebook Creative page! Don't forget to visit the Clear Scraps website Click here

Until next time, Happy Crafting! Let your creativity flow!

Dana

Other Supplies Used: 49 and Market Botanical collection, Tim Holtz Distress Ink-mowed lawn and Rusty Hinge, Trimmer, Beacon glue, Marta Stewart glitters- Peridot and Lemon Drop, photo, 


Stenciled Birthday Card

Howdy!

Tami here on the Clear Scraps Blog today with a project I'd like to show you. 

Have you checked out Clear Scraps line of fabulous stencils? There are so MANY to choose from, seasonal, holiday, letters, words, designs and more! And the "square" styles come in 2 sizes: 6" or 12". So you can size up or down depending on your project.

I used 2 different 6" stencils to make this birthday card for my friend Tinka...

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As a paper crafter, it's nice to be able to create a special card for a special friend. Especially if that person is also a crafter and will appreciate the effort you took to make them a card!

I wanted to use the 6" Wishes Stencil to add the sentiment, but I wanted it to be unique. I thought about repeating and overlapping the words. I realized I could add to the look if I used oxide inks,

I started by taping around "HAPPY" on the stencil. Taping off portions of a stencil you don't want to use that are close to the portions you are using is a good way to make stenciling easier. You won't have to worry about accidentally getting paint or ink where you don't want it...

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After I had stenciled "Happy" in lime green, I removed and cleaned the stencil with a paper towel...

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I moved the stencil down and to the right, overlapping the lime "Happy" a bit, then inked in the word with orange ink. I removed and cleaned the stencil and repeated the process with pink ink.

Then I taped around "Birthday" and inked that in with blue ink, overlapping the pink "Happy".

I then lightly spritzed the cardstock with water. The type of paper you use is important. It needs to be strong enough to stand up to a bit of water without warping or pilling. You can also use smooth watercolor paper. Spritzing Oxide Inks with water makes the ink move like watercolor creating a softer look. Once I was happy with how it looked, I heat set the design...

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I wanted the sentiment to be "defined", so I outlined "Happy Birthday" with a black sharpie...

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I wanted to embellish the card a little more, so I added groups of flowers in the corners using the 6" Daisies stencil. I did not spritz the flowers, but I did outline them...

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While I had the stencil and inks out, I decided to also add some flowers to the envelope...

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I adhered the inked cardstock to a card I made from kraft cardstock. I added some black line doodles around the edges of the card and envelope and added black rhinestones to the flower centers.

SUPPLIES:

Clear Scraps:  6" Wishes Stencil and 6" Daisies stencil

Other: Ranger: Oxide Inks, Beacon Adhesives: Zip Dry, Heavy Weight White Cardstock Kraft Cardstock, Masking or Blue Painters Tape, ColorBox Stylus & Tips, Black Fine Point Sharpie, Kraft Envelope and Black Rhinestones


Baking Mixed Album

Hello and happy Friday!  It's Jennifer here on the blog to share another one of the fun new mini albums that were recently released!  There are four different designs to choose from and come in chipboard or mixed (chipboard + acrylic).  For today's project, I used the Baking Mixed Album which you can turn vertical or horizontal. How fun would this album be to use for favorite recipes or to share a family baking event? 

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The first page is the rolling pin (which I think is so cute)!  I used red and black acrylic paint to color the page and then added embellishments as shown.  

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The next page is acrylic which I added a light coat of StazOn Opaque to the edges to help them stand out.  I mirrored my papers and embellishments to match the third page. 

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I left spaces for 4x6 photos or recipes on each page with white cardstock.  I matted each onto black cardstock as well as added a piece of patterned paper behind.  

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My next page is chipboard which I painted in the same  red color as the rolling pin.  I had my tabs facing the same way but you can definitely "flip" each one to alternate. There is no wrong way! 

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For this next acrylic page, I used my scoring tool to create a flap to add more journaling/embellishments. 

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Here are close up of my last two pages! I love mixing up my patterned papers and love how they contrast with the red acrylic paint! 

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Thank you for stopping by the blog!  You can find all things new with Clear Scraps by clicking HERE!  Have a great day!

Additional products used:  patterned paper, stickers: Carta Bella; cardstock: Bazzill; adhesive: Beacon, Tombow, Thermoweb; paint: FolkArt; metal embellishments: Ranger, Maya Road; ribbon: Pink Paislee, Snug Hug; bakers twine: Whisker Graphics; enamel dots: Simple Stories; pigment ink, wood numbers:  Ranger; stamps: American Crafts; score tool: My ScorPal; punches:  EK Success, Paper Shapers;  sewing machine: Janome; misc: chrome book rings, cork heart stickers, thread. 


Birthday Mixed Banner Album

Hello friends! Happy Thursday! It's Jennifer on the blog to share one of the new and fabulous mini albums that were released yesterday!  There are four new designs which come in either Chipboard or Mixed (acrylic + chipboard pages).  And they are only five pages so if you are looking for a small-medium sized mini, then these are for you!   Today I'm sharing the Mixed Banner Album that I used to document one of my daughter's family birthday parties! 

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The first page is the Chipboard Banners which I covered with patterned paper.  Another fun thing about the albums is that you can use them horizontal or vertical!  Clear_Scraps_Mixed_Banner_Album2

The first full page is acrylic which I added some splashes of yellow alcohol ink to the background. 

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The next page is chipboard which I painted the outside edges with white acrylic paint.  I then added patterned paper to the background as well as fun embellishments around my photo. 

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I used 4x6 photos which I trimmed down to 4x5 inches and matted onto white cardstock. 

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I wanted to allow most of the acrylic to show so I mirrored my paper and photos on each page. 

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Thank you for stopping by the blog today!  You can see everything that is new with Clear Scraps by clicking HERE! Have a great day!

Additional products used:  patterned paper, die cuts, stickers, chipboard die cuts, brads, enamel dots, foam numbers: Simple Stories; cardstock: Bazzill; adhesive: Beacon, Tombow, Thermoweb; paint: FolkArt; bakers twine: We R Memory Keepers, Whisker Graphics: alcohol ink: Ranger; ribbon: Snug Hug; misc: sanding tool, x-acto knife, healing mat. 


Flag Mini Shaker Acrylic Card

Hello friends! Its Jennifer here on the blog today to share an acrylic card I created using one of the fun Mini Shaker Shapes from Clear Scraps.  There are multiple designs to choose from that will fit whatever theme or holiday you need!  Since it is Memorial Day here in the US, I created a patriotic themed project using the Flag Mini Shaker. And I will share the techniques I used! 

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I began by painting the front chipboard frame as well as the inside/outside edges of the middle frames with chalk paint in red.  You don't necessarily have to use chalk paint but it does dry quickly. And I liked the color!

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Using my Beacon Adhesive, I adhered patterned paper to the chipboard base of the shaker.  I trimmed away excess paper with scissors followed by using an x-acto knife and sanding tool. 

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I cut a 4 x 5 1/2 inch piece from the 12x12 Acrylic Sheet for my card front.  Then using the 4x6 Stars Stencil, I applied a layer of modeling paste over the top. 

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Once my paste was dry, I re-positioned my stencil and blended red and blue Distress Inks as shown.  As you can see, I left the middle "blank" for white. 

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Here is a close up of the Flag Mini Shaker that I filled with traditional sequins and metallic stars.  I adhered it to the front of my card again using my Beacon Adhesive.  

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I also added smaller embellishments such a die cut shapes as well as enamel dots for accent! 

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Thank you for stopping by the blog today!  You can see all of the Mini Shakers by clicking HERE!  Have a great day!

Additional products used:  patterned paper, die cuts, epoxy stickers:  Pink Paislee; cardstock: Bazzill; adhesive: Beacon, Tombow; modeling paste: Teresa Collins Designs; bakers twine: Whisker Graphics; epoxy stars: Bella Blvd; Distress Inks: Ranger; sequins: Teresa Collins Designs, Jillibean Soup, Making Memories; misc: x-acto knife, healing mat, sanding tool. 

 

 


Mini Shaker Suncatchers

Hello Clear Scraps friends!  Has the sun started to come out where you live?  I hope many of you are beginning a warm-up this season.  It's Maureen with you today, and where I live - I see the sun a lot.  I wanted to try a craft that was a little out of my norm, so I decided to work on a few sun catchers and wanted to share the results with you!

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I've been playing around with the alcohol inks this year quite a bit, and I love watching what they do on various surfaces.  One of the most recent tests is using inks on acrylic, and since the Clear Scraps Mini Shakers have acrylic plates, I thought - why not try to make a few home decor items to hang in my window?

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I've chosen the new Bumble Bee Mini Shaker, the Bee Hive Mini Shaker and the Flower Mini Shaker for my project.  I thought these would go together nicely hanging in my window, don't you think?  

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The first step was to pull out the acrylic panels from each one and remove the front and back protective plastic film.  Next, I've chosen an assortment of colors, making each one a bit different.  

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For the flower, I'm doing a lime green, pink and a splash of red.  For the bee, I picked yellow and orange.  And, for the bee hive, I experimented with a couple blues and a yellow - knowing I would probably get a splash of green out of the mix!

I've learned to make sure and wear gloves, as well as have some protective plastic and paper underneath my projects.  To make the patterns, simply drop one drop at a time onto the panels.  Some run really fast - so if you don't like that, make sure you have a piece of paper towel nearby to dab up the extra ink.  

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Let each color layer dry thoroughly before applying another color.  I also like to start with light colors first otherwise dark spreads too fast across the sheet.  Some sheets I tipped to let the ink run, and others I let sit - or you can also use a hair dryer to blow it around!

The great part about alcohol inks is that if you don't like the look on acrylic, you can use an alcohol blending solution and it "erases" what just happened!  I did that a few times until I got my color mixes right.

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While my panels dried, I painted a front and back chipboard piece for each shaker in assorted acrylic paints.  Since this project will spin around, it's important to paint both sides.  Also - a friendly reminder:  for pieces like the bee hive, make sure you are pairing them up as a mirror image.  That will allow you to glue them back-to-back.

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Now, I am just using tacky glue to secure them to the stained acrylic panels; but, before you glue one panel down, slip a piece of fishing wire underneath the border.  This will be your hanger when it dries!

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Okay - so my sun catchers have dried, and now I've chosen some really pretty beads that will look good in the light.  I'm slipping these down the fishing wire hangers in various patterns, and then tying the top securely in a knot.  I've also embellished my shakers with some ribbon and flowers too.

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The shapes are ready to hang!  You can use a suction cup hanger on your window, or in your favorite tree outside!  If you do use them outside, I recommend sealing them with a couple coats of waterproof sealer first.

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I absolutely love the cheery look to these!  What mini shakers would you choose if you tried this project?  I hope you enjoyed this craft today - stay warm, everyone!

Maureen

Additional supplies:  Ranger alcohol inks and blending solution, gloves, protective plastic or paper, paper towels, acrylic paints, fishing wire, assorted beads

 


Springtime Acrylic Layout

Hello Crafters!

Can you believe March is already here? That means Spring is just around the corner! I have a springtime layout project idea to share with you today.

We will be using Clear Scraps acrylic 12x12 sheet Click Here along with Clear Scraps Wood Flower shape Click Here

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The papers I chose to decorate my layout are from Maggie Holmes "Garden Party" collection. I'll also be using matching stickers and ephermera from this collection. 

To start I cut a green gingham 12x12 paper to measure 8x8 inches. Peel off  the protective film from both sides of your acrylic before adhering your paper to the back of your acrylic sheet. I like to use a clear vellum tape on my acrylic sheet so it doesn't show through.

Then take another coordinating paper. Trace around your wood flower shape and adhere your paper to your flower shape using Beacon 3 in 1 glue.  I trimmed and removed any excess paper from my wood flower shape, using an xacto knife. Then with my sanding tool,  I distressed around all the edges until smooth. 

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I applied foam squares on the back of my flower shape. I applied some green distress ink around the edges of my flower,  before adhering to the center front side of my acrylic sheet. Then I added a photo in the center of my flower shape, using foam dots. I applied some flower stickers in all four corners of my acrylic sheet. 

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Now the fun part is decorating your layout. I like to use a variety of ephermera, stickers and sentiments. I add foam dots to some of my elements on my layout, to add more dimension and character.  If you prefer, you could punch holes on the top of your acrylic sheet, add a ribbon and display your layout on your wall!

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Here are some closeups! Remember to just have fun and let your creative spirit flow!

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I hope you have been inspired today and will start creating more precious memories! Thanks for visiting the Clear Scraps blog! We appreciate you and love when you share your projects with us. Be sure to check out the Clear Scraps website Click Here for all your crafting supplies!

Until next time,  Happy Scrapbooking!

Dana

Other Supplies used: Maggie Holmes Garden Party collection,  Tim Holtz Distress ink -Mowed Lawn, paper trimmer, scoring tool, Beacon 3 in 1 Glue, foam dots, vellum tape. 


ATCs Turned Into 8x8 Retro Film Display

Hey everybody! Leslie here, sharing a really fun retro film display that I created with our 8x8 Page Display and Film Strip Chipboard Embellishment. I love creating vintage projects and since I had some retro ATCs in my stash, this project just kind of fell into place!

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I started by rounding the corners of the six ATCs and then layering them on metallic red cardstock.

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I cut three 8" x 8" panels of white cardstock and rounded the corners, and then cut one 7-7/8" x 7-7/8" panel of black cardstock and rounded the corners.

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I layered the three white panels on top of one another for stability and then the black panel on top. I then arranged the ATCs and when I was happy with the placement, I adhered them with Tape Runner and added red jewel brads to the center top of each one to resemble a thumb-tack type of embellishment. 

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I slid the panel into the 8x8 Page Display and added an angled strip of metallic red cardstock to the top and bottom. I added a clear jewel strip to each red cardstock strip.

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I then added white enamel arrows and white die cut alphas.

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I heat embossed the Film Strip Chipboard Embellishment with three layers of Versamark and black embossing powder so it was good and shiny. I adhered it to the right side of the display and added more white die cut alphas.

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The final touch was adding a ribbon hanger tied in a bow. This was such a fun project!

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Clear Scraps products used:
8x8 Page Display
Film Strip Chipboard Embellishment

Other products used:
Cardstock, ATCs, paper trimmer, brads, double-sided adhesive, glue, Versamark, embossing powder, heat tool, dies, strip bling, enamel arrows

I hope you're inspired to get out those craft supplies and play! Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time!

Scrappy hugs,
Leslie


Winter Window Shaker Note Card

Hi everybody! Leslie here, sharing a pretty Wintery scene depicting a couple kitties looking out the window at a full moon in the starry sky, sparkling tall trees and snow banks! Since we still have a little bit of the cold stuff ahead of us, I created a Winter shaker note card featuring our Mini Shaker Window as well as our 4x6 Stars Stencil which I used for the night sky. 

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I cut a standard A2 size card base from white cardstock and adhered a panel of patterned paper to it. I cut a panel of blue cardstock slightly larger than the shaker window, applied white paint over the 4x6 Stars Stencil with a dauber, then added a strip of glitter tall tree washi tape and two layers of snowbanks created from torn white cardstock. I traced the shape of the Mini Shaker Window on the panel, cut it out and adhered it to the back layer of the shaker. I always work from the bottom up when assembling shakers. I adhered the next two chipboard forms, then the acrylic layer (protective film removed), added white seed beads, and then adhered the top chipboard form which I colored with an alcohol marker.

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I adhered a narrow strip of brown cardstock around the outside edge of the shaker to conceal the chipboard layers prior to adhering it to the card base. I adhered two die cut cats in front of the window, a vertical computer-generated sentiment down the left side and a very thin white cardstock strip down the right side to complete the card front.

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I cut the inside panel from white cardstock and embellished it with the patterned paper used on the front as well as a narrow strip of brown cardstock. Since this is a note card, I left the panel blank leaving plenty of room for a handwritten note, and layered it on brown cardstock.

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Clear Scraps products used:
Mini Shaker Window
4x6 Stars Stencil

Other products used:
White, blue, brown, kraft and yellow cardstock; patterned paper, paper trimmer, white paint, washi tape, circle punch, brown alcohol marker, dies, glue, seed beads

I hope you're inspired to get out those craft supplies and play! Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time!

Scrappy hugs,
Leslie


Lovely Acrylic Wave Slimline Album

Hello everyone! It's Jennifer on the blog today to share a mini book I  created using the Acrylic Wave Slimline Album plus a few Clear Scraps goodies!  I  have been wanting to scrapbook my daughter's senior photos from last year for awhile and thought one of the Slimline Albums would be perfect!  

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 I  began by placing drops of yellow alcohol ink along the outside edges of my front cover (after removing the protective film).  I  blended in some select areas but did not worry about full coverage.  I    then added Mixative in Snow Cap. 

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Once my alcohol ink was dry, I  flipped over my front cover and stamped this wreath image around the edges using StazOn in black.  Again, I  did not worry about it being perfect as I  knew I  would be adding patterned paper to the front of my album. 

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I  set my  cover aside to work on my shaker which would be the focal point of the front of my book. Using the 3x4 Rectangle Mini Shaker Shape, I  applied patterned paper to the chipboard base with Beacon Adhesive.  I  then cut away excess paper with an x-acto knife and my sanding tool. 

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Here you can see I  added numbers as well as embellishments from the collection I  used along with sequins.  After adhering the acrylic piece, I  like to secure my shaker by using these clip pins while everything dries.  

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Next, I  went to work on my Fancy Butterflies Chipboard Embellishment Shapes. I  painted both with white acrylic paint and then used embossing ink with powder

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I  adhered my chipboard butterfly to the top left of my shaker as shown using my Beacon 3-in-1 Adhesive. I  also added some paper flowers I  had in my stash. 

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Here is a close up of my shaker which I  also added a cluster of paper flowers from my stash. 

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I  covered my pages with 4.5 x 10.75 inch pieces of patterned paper and used 4x6 photos. I  love the longer length of the pages to add journaling or extra embellishments.

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Here, I    used two 4x4 photos which I matted onto white cardstock. 

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For this page, you can see I    used my other Fancy Butterfly Chipboard Embellishment Shape.  I  decided to use a light pink embossing powder to contrast the yellow background. 

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Thank you for stopping by the blog today! You can see the Slimline Album by clicking HERE!  Have a great day!

Additional products used:  patterned paper, die cut shapes, stickers, puffy sticker, epoxy buttons, gold hearts, foam words:  Cocoa Vanilla Studios; adhesive: Beacon, Thermoweb; cardstock: Bazzill; stamps: American Crafts; ink: Ranger, Tsuneiko; alcohol ink: Ranger;  embossing ink: Ranger; embossing powder: Recollections, Stampendous; paint: DecoArt;  border punch: EK Success; bakers twine: Whisker Graphics; ribbons: Snug Hug;  sequins: Recollections; paper flowers: Prima, Mon Ami Gabi, The Paper Studio; chipboard numbers: American Crafts; stapler, metal charms: Tim Holtz; sewing machine: Janome; misc: thread, chrome book rings


Clear Scraps Acrylic Tab Slimline Album--Acrylic Organizer

Hey there everyone!  Laura here with you today to share a way to

get yourself organized this year!!

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If you are like me, I'm always looking in the "junk drawer"

 to find where I put this coupon, that business card,

a gift card I got for "x" holiday.  This year I thought

instead of always searching, why not make a colorful,

fun organizer to avoid that frustration!  It started with a

Clear Scraps Acrylic Tab Slimline Album.and the cute

Scissors Chipboard Embellishment!  I decided to 

use alcohol inks to make it bright and colorful.  I did

the cover and back in a mix of 3 colors, and then did

each individual section in one of the colors alone.

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I created a section for grocery coupons or ads.

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Another for restaurant/coffee gift cards.  Here I used

Clear Scraps Coffee Mug Chipboard Embellishment

To create the card pockets, I used a small piece of

patterned paper and attached small pieces of

cardstock (2"x4") glued down leaving the top open.

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I kept decorating simple with a few strips of scrap

paper and an enamel dot here or there. 

Just enough to give it a little pizzazz.

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To make the larger pocket pages, I folded a 9&1/2" wide

piece of cardstock in half.  It was 10&1/2" long.  I cut

out a section at the top 6&1/4" long to leave the 4&1/4"

"pocket" along the bottom.  I glued the edges to create

the pocket and punched holes to add to the album.

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This section holds rewards cards or retail shop

gift cards or coupons.  Love the cute little hangers?

Clear Scraps Clothes Hangers Chipboard with a little

twine bow.  They were painted with black acrylic

paint, and I brushed the "hanger" top with silver.

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The final pages were more pockets for cards or

tickets or whatever item needed a home!

 

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

 

Supplies Used:

Clear Scraps:  Acrylic Tab Slimline Album,

Scissors, Coffee Mug and Clothes Hangers

Chipboard Embellishments.

Other:  Doodlebug French Kiss papers, enamel dots,

pink, green, blue and white cardstock, crop-o-dile

paper punch, metal rings, twine, alcohol inks,

alpha stickers, glue.