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Discovery: The Best Part Of Crafting. Two Fun Discoveries.

One is a find, the other a silly discovery.

Great back-to-school find, but you have to hurry to get this one.  I found several small composition books at the Dollar Tree store.  The front of the composition book is a stencil.  So for one dollar you get a composition book and a fun stencil.
They had four different designs when I was there.   Here is a quick sample using molding paste, Tim Holt's Distress Spray Stain peacock and  Oxide Distress Ink Wild Violet.  (I didn't use the entire stencil, just a piece.)
The stencil is made of plastic so it's durable. It is a bit thicker than a lot of stencils so you are able to create more texture, it is great for inks as well, and they have some funky designs.  For a dollar it is a great buy.
You can leave the stencil on the book and use it, which is what I did.  Or take it off and create mixed media, scrapbooking, or digital style book cover. 

I have several Ranger Non-Stick Craft Mats.  First thing I learned about the craf…

hAppiness Vintage Dad and Bo Bunny, Mixed Media

Being new to mixed media on a scrapbook page I am always looking for ways to enhance my layout with paints, pastes, tips and tricks.  I'm a little closer today.  I am not comfortable yet but I am having fun.

Photo of my Dad in 1958.
This is a photo taken of my Dad in 1958 while in Olsen, Japan.  To me my dad was the most handsome man I could image with a soft spirit.
Bo Bunny Country Garden (this is an older collection from Bo Bunny that I purchased a friend's yard sale...but isn't it just as awesome today?)
Finnabair/Prima Patina Effect Paste collection
Prima flowers
Tim Holtz  Elementary Flashcards, compass idea-ology, Tiny Attacher, tags, diamond stamps and mixed media thinlit, Distress Ink vintage photo and walnut stain, stars, gumdrops, roses, happiness stamp and other stamps (how would I create without Tim?  LOL)
Blue Fern Studios leftover letters from a set of chipboard that I saved.
Fiskars "TIME" stamp, written phrase stamp (top right) from "…

How Was Your First Day of School? ABC Primer by Graphic 45

First day of school is often more traumatic for mom and dad than it is for their child.  I think this was the case for Ali.  She is a young 5 (as I write this it is her birthday).  So it is hard to throw your child into the mix of the big world and be at peace about it.

As you check out the layout I did for Alison's first day of her school career think about what your first day was like.  Do you remember your first day of school?  What about putting your child in school for the first time?  What crossed your mind? 

First Steps
Graphic 45 ABC Primer (timeless collection)
Dylusions Letter Jumble stencil 
Tim Holtz clock face, chitchat words, Distress Ink Vintage Photo and Fire Brick, Grungeboard Elements, Metal Muse Token
Ranger Inkssentials White Opaque Pen
Webster's Pages Storyteller letters
Prima flower, number button
May Arts Ribbon checkered ribbon
I really like Dylusions stencil with the alphabet.  (I bought it twice.  LOL)  I used it with modeling paste to creat…

Back-To-School Teacher's Gifts

I used my remnants of Graphic 45's ABC Primer to create a few teacher's gifts. In the last post I was working towards using ALL the pieces of the ABC Primer.  I have a page I created for 1st Day of School picture, but I have to wait for the photo.  Now I am working with more scraps to create a couple of teacher's gifts.

This first gift is a magnet.  As I worked on this idea I saw a similar one that Pam Bray (Design Team member for Graphic 45) made from the same collection.  Great minds think alike!  You can see Pam's creation at Scrapbook Flair.

ABC Primer collection from Graphic 45
Tim Holtz Distress Crackle Rock Candy.  I went over the illustration of the children with crackle and added a bit of Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  Don't use too much crackle.  A little will do.  It is hard to get a photo because the crackle reflects light.

Prima Flower and buttons.
Tim Holtz roses and stars.
Bo Bunny butterflies from Enchanted Harvest.
Martha Stewart micro beads

How To Use Those Little Scraps On Your Pages

I hoard Graphic 45 scraps. I keep the smallest of pieces. Why? Because I love their paper collections and I know once it is gone more than likely the collections are sold out. Case in point: Nutcracker Sweet. Tough to find the whole collection. An ABC Primer by Graphic 45 is another of my scrap hoardings. I have kept a lot of the tiny scraps. I only have two 12 x 12 papers left but I am determined to do 2 pages.

It is time for Back-To-School and what better way to use my scraps than with my grands. These are photos from last year's "First Day of School" photos. I will have more in about a week with four of my grands.
Case In Point
The circle background on the top of the page are all scraps.
The ruler is two scraps.
The banner, paper embellishments are all scraps.
The only whole piece of paper I used was the 12 x 12 background.

I could barely get my Fiskars squeeze punches align to get a full circle.  The pieces were so small.  Here is my p…

Anticipating Autumn with Bo Bunny

A cool Autumn layout from Bo Bunny's Enchanted Harvest collection is helping me beat the heat of the  "Dog Days" of August here in South Carolina.  I am longing for Autumn and cooler days so what's better than dreaming of a beautiful Autumn day in the pumpkin patch.  The photo is of Little's first pumpkin picking.

autumn splendor
Bo Bunny Enchanted Harvest Collection
Prima Flowers, button
Basic Grey chipboard pumpkin
Tim Holtz chitchat, Distress Ink Vintage Photo, Rock Candy Crackle Paint
Ranger's Glossy Accents
Twinklets Diamond Dust
Mark Richards Peel Off's (the gold leaves and butterflies on the flowers)
Webster's Pages Storytellers letters
Painted the chipboard pumpkin.  Dried.  Added Tim Holtz Distress Clear Rock Candy Crackle Paint.  Rubbed in a bit of Vintage Photo ink after drying.  Note:  until you see some crackling taking place do not use your heating tool to speed up the process.
Fussy cut the butterflies and fairies.

I added Dia…

P is for Pretty...ABC Wall Home Decor

I finally  updated the "P" in the Alphabet Wall Art that is in my grandchildren's playroom.  In the blog post "I'm Just a Y" I told you Little's Sister wondered why her sister and brother had ABCs with their picture incorporated into the letter.  So this is my answer to LS.
This is the original wall art that my daughter and I created. (The Y was updated Here.)
Originally we had left the  P unfinished.  aka P is for Plain.  That made it easy to update a letter for her.
I painted the P and stamped it with white acrylic paint.  I added LS's picture from last Halloween.  I do believe she definitely represents "P Is For Pretty."
I added Prima flowers and pearls/crystals.
The butterflies are made from a thin Moire Holographic Plastic Sheet, die cut and embossed.  I highlighted the embossing using Picket Fence Paint Dabber.  I love this material and plan on using it again. 

Don't forget the giveaway.  Details are on the prior blog p…