Friday, March 24, 2017

More Tag-spiration!

More Tag-spiriation full of inks, paints, stamps and photos as well as a few Helps/Hints.  Enjoy!
This is my husband as a young teenager.  Even then he loved his trains.  Today is he takes down his trains for the grands (so he says) to watch.  The train is a small piece of one of Graphic 45's earliest Christmas collections.  Recommendation:  Always keep those tiny bits of Graphic 45.  I used so many of the small pieces with my tags. 
I like the holes punched around the edges of the tag.  It adds a masculine touch for the guys in the family. 
I recommend Tim Holtz rub-ons.  They are easy to apply and have an interesting angle to the graphics.  It works great for my son's tag. 
This is a photo of my mom and dad pre-Debby.  Mixing up the music score stamp with the washi tape turned out awesome for this vintage style tag.  Don't be afraid to add colors to your tag.  I have red and green Distress Ink rubbed into the tag and washi tape for a more vintage feel.
A Help/Hint: if you make a mistake with one of your tags ... keep it!  With this tag I just tore the mistake off and added it to another tag.  Then I distressed, inked and stamped with ink and paint (snowflakes).

Much of the inspiration for my tags came from Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of Christmas. I did begin to branch out a bit more (building my confidence back after being out of practice).  Over the next few sets of tags you will see more.

Some of my photos are definitely Christmas themed, most of the older photos are not.  I used photos that had memories for me and memories I want to pass on.

Feel free to leave a comment of your favorite Help/Hint creating tags.  My comment section has changed.  You can leave your comment but it will not post until approved.  This gives more people opportunity to leave comments that are not signed in with Google or another platform. 

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Thursday, March 23, 2017


When I work on my December scrapbooks I look for a theme.  Last year it was "the story" so I created tags for each of the first 25 days of December from vintage Christmas postcards.  Postcards that were hand-written and mailed in the late 1800's to the early 1900's.  It was pretty cool.

This year I thought about family.  I have such great memories of my Christmases growing up.  I love Christmas with my own children even when those holidays were lean.  The best moments are with the grandchildren explaining where our family traditions originated. 

My tags this year for my December Daily albums were created around older photos of the family.  They were my "Tag-spiration" for my album.

Over the next few posts I would like to share my tags with you.  On the back of each tag I created journaling lines with Studio 490 Wendy Vecchi Background Stamp: Old Wood Floor.

My inspiration for these set of tags came from Tim Holtz tags we would create like crazily during the Tim's 12 days of Christmas Tags. His tag series are archived.  You can reach them through his blog:  Tim Holtz.

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

It's the Luck of the Irish! Rainbow Art from

Can you believe Little is in Kindergarten?   Now I work toward Kindergarten age crafts for her and she is good at it.  This past summer she made a very creative scrapbook that answers the question all teachers ask "what did you do this summer?"

Our family has a bit of the Irish and we can trace our family roots back to Ireland.  Have fun celebrating St. Patrick's Day by creating this fun and simple art project  by with your child or grandchild.

Rainbow Art

Math doesn't need to be boring or intimidating. Show your kindergartner how to create a vibrant spring rainbow as they are introduced to ideas such as geometry, shape, counting, and more! Your kindergartner will be inspired by this colorful mosaic project that gets them in touch with their creative side.

Before beginning this activity, work together to find more information on weather and rainbows. Encourage questions such as, “Why are rainbows made?”, “How are rainbows made?”, “What colors are really in a rainbow?”, or simply “What is a rainbow?”. Consult a non-fiction book or website for answers, and enjoy showing your kindergartner one of many fun ways to engage with geometry!

What You Need:
  • Piece of cardboard (recycle a cereal, cracker, or moving box)
  • Scissors
  • Clear drying, non-toxic glue
  • Construction paper in a rainbow of colors
  • Pencil

What To Do:

  1. Cut out mock mosaic tiles. Traditional mosaic art is created from glass, ceramic, or other hard tile. These kid -friendly "tiles" are actually small shapes cut from paper.
  2. Identify the different shapes that they have cut (such as triangles, squares, or rectangles). Make sure you have a pile of paper "tiles" in a variety of colors.
  3. Use a pencil to lightly outline each line of the rainbow on the piece of cardboard. This will be a guide for where to place the paper tiles.
  4. Place a line of glue over the first curved line.
  5. Quickly place the paper shapes onto the glue (before it dries).  Count the number of "tiles" as you go along.
  6. Repeat for each band of the rainbow.
(Rainbow Art craft project was provided by  Edited with permission.)

Add a pot of gold for St. Patrick's Day or create colorful flowers from multi-color tissue paper for Spring.  Do you have any ideas to teach the "basics" to kids through our art?  Share in the comments.

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Friday, October 14, 2016

A Little Halloween Cutie!

Busy, crazy and in love with life.  That's me right now.  I am working on several projects for Halloween, but here is one from when Little was little.  This was her third Halloween.

Want Some?
Little was trying to share her lollipop with daddy.

I still have some Pink Paislee Vintage Moon Collection from some time ago.  This was/is one of my all time favorite Halloween collections.  It was the perfect Halloween paper without all the scary stuff.  Great for princesses or in this case Tinker Bell.

I hadn't heard from Pink Paislee for awhile and wondering where they are and what's up.  Well, they are still in business with some beautiful collections.  Check their blog Pink Paislee and Facebook.

Picture of the Week
This is my granddaughter Ali waiting for her Sunday School teacher.  This was cowboy and boots week.  Around here a little cool weather and all the boots come out.
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Friday, October 07, 2016

Inspirations Friday

I thought I would try and designate Friday to share with you a few crafty inspirations I have come across on the internet throughout the week. 

Fall or Autumn, according to where you are from, is upon us so Autumn Inspiration it is.

From Mark Montano's Facebook page:  Stacked, pleated card stock from Carol Speake.

Spooky Food from Pillsbury:  Walking Mummy Dogs

How about a free printable from Digital Antiques?  

Please download from Digital Antiques and not here.  Their post is older but the work is incredible.  Leave them some love as well. 

Lastly, my photo of the week:

Three of my grands at their first spooky corn maze.  This was the end of the corn maze and they picked out their own mini pumpkin.  Little MJ thought this was the best treat in the world.  He was booking it to make sure no one changed their mind.  LOL

Prayers to all is the wake of Hurricane Matthew. 

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Thursday, September 29, 2016

3 & 4 September, Going Out With A Bang

Yep, tomorrow is the end of September.  Now starts the fun!

It has been too hot for many activities here in South Carolina.  The cool weather is coming and it is time for the ballet season, theater season, Halloween and Christmas activities AND the Nutcracker.

I said I wanted to finish posting the 4th of July layouts before October so here are the last two. 

Little with her American Flag ... she is certainly proud to be an American!  
FYI:  she is VERY independent.  LOL

Bo Bunny Firecracker Collection
Paper Issues July sketch
Tim Holtz: title letters Newsprint, Vintage Photo Distress Ink, Picket Fence Distress Paint, alteration die cut flag, Mirrored Stars
Vintage Street Market Tinted Tape
Blue Fern Studios (blue ... distress ink and gold...distress paint and distress glitter) chipboard stars
Prima rhinestones
We R Memory Keepers Backer's Twine
Glitz Design tiny alpha

My youngest grand just hanging out at the beach being glad it is a party!

Bo Bunny Firecracker Collection
Paper Issues July sketch
Thickers glitter letters
Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink, Naturals Black and Cream Trimmings, Mirrored Stars, Label Letters
Fiskars circle thumb punch, Scalloped Circles Squeeze punch, Stars Squeeze punch
Glitz Design tiny alpha

Hold on to your hats because it is almost October!

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Monday, September 26, 2016

2 of 4 Have You Ever Collaborated On a Scrapbook Layout?

I guess I have two collaborations on this layout.  This is 2 of 4 Fourth of July layouts using Bo Bunny's Firecracker collection and Paper Issues July Sketch Challenge. 

The best collaboration is between me and two of my granddaughters ages 3 and 5.  I was working on this fabulous layout of their cousin when they begin to say things like "Mimi, what if I punched out a star and put it here?"  Or "I can help with the diamonds (sequins)." 

My educational philosophy is you learn best by doing.  So here we are.  A scrapbook layout collaboration by Mimi, Rae and Em.

LIBERTY with Ali

Bo Bunny:  paper, stickers, tag
Tim Holtz Idea-ology:  clear stars
Tim Holtz Ranger:  Distress Ink Vintage Photo
Glitz Design:  Tiny Alphas
Chatterbox: Letters in title
Fiskars star squeeze punch, round thumb punch
American Crafts red and white ribbon

Tip:  distress stickers by laying them on Ranger Inksentials Reusable Non Stick Craft Sheet.  This makes it easy to peel off the mat.  Using an Emory board lightly distress in one direction.  Be careful not to distress the mat.  I find it easy.  I always run my stickers back through my Xyron sticker maker to make sure I have a long lasting adhesion.  

What have you collaborated on lately?

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