Musings by bekah
It's back to school time, which is kind of bittersweet for me. With my hubby being a schoolteacher, it always puts a damper on things when he has to go back, but its also when all of the office supplies go on sale which always makes me happy! It is kind of the gateway drug to scrapbooking after all! I have a slight obsession with all things crafty and officey (is that a word? haha). So it came as no surprise when last year during one of the creative memories Virtual crops (January of 2021) all I saw in the sketch was a batch of fun colored pencils! From that came this colorful, happy layout!
Featuring the Jan 21 virtual crop sketch 3
Light blue cardstock sheet
Six-1 ¾ x 9 ¼” strips of cardstock-one each in red, orange, goldenrod, dark green, blue, and eggplant
Three- 1 ¼” squares of light grey cardstock
One- ¾ x 12 strip of platinum shimmer
One- ½ x 12” strip of white where one 12” end is cut with the Victorian or deckle blade
One-6 ¼ x 12” strip of charcoal
Opt: small square of white lined paper about 2x 3 ½” for journal box
Die cut to decorate with
12” trimmer with straight & deckle blades, optional Victorian blade
2 way corner rounder
Silver metallic dual-tip pen
Red, orange, black, green, blue, and purple pens
Repositionable tape runner
Easter Egg Lane Layout
Easter is my favorite holiday for so many reasons. As an adult, its a beautiful reminder of everything my Savior sacrificed for me and the hope and healing of the atonement and resurrection.
As a child, my reasons were different though. I mean lets face it, a fluffy tailed cute little bunny bringing me candy and hiding it in lots of fun places is the best! Easter egg hunts are my all time favorite thing as anyone who knows me knows. I am all about the hiding, the surprises, and the finding of the eggs. Chocolate, gummies, and sometimes even money await the finder, what's not to love?
To that end, I love this page because it brings the fun and whimsy of the holiday to your mind. I can't help but smile when I look at it. And, I now have the perfect pictures from our day of fun to print and put on the page!
Here is how I created this adorable layout:
2 sheets light blue for base of pages
Botanical Burst papers-all 4 colors (you will be using scraps from each)
Grassland or Grass BMC or Tearing tool if you don’t have either punch
Black dual tip pen
Oval & Circle CCS templates
Red and blue blades
12” trimmer with straight, scoring, wavy, and scallop blades
Punch or tear 2 border strips of grass using the green plaid paper. Cut at 1 ¼”. Attach to the bottom of the layout without putting adhesive on the blades portion.
Today we are going to make a fun guitar using the mandala burst border punch and our custom cutting system.
You will need the following supplies:
Boho escape tone on tone paper hot fudge cardstock
navy cardstock boho escape stickers
silver dual tip pen mandala burst border punch
two way corner rounder 13" mat
oval and circle custom cutting patterns blue ccs blade
pencil 12" trimmer
tape runner repositionable tape runner
precision point adhesive foam squares
To create the guitar, you will start with the mandala punch:
1. Punch a border down one 12" end of the orange mandala tone on tone paper. Trim the border to 3x12 with your trimmer and then punch the other 12" side as well. Cut the finished border at 5". Set the rest aside to use for other projects.
2. Cut the border with the trimmer all the way down on both sides leaving the center (3/4") until you get to the last set of mandalas. Keep that set. It will not be straight, there will be some bumps from the edges of the mandalas you are cutting off, but that is good-it will create the neck of the guitar.
3. While you have the mandala punch out, you may want to go ahead and punch the white and coral leaf paper as well. Cut the paper to 3x12 and punch both 12" sides with the mandala punch. Cut the border in half lengthwise down the center so you get two 12" mandala borders. Save 6 of the punch poop pieces that look like seeds. Set them aside for later.
4. Now we will work with the guitar base, which is made from hot fudge cardstock. Lay the two smallest oval patterns on the cardstock and starting at the bottom with the larger oval trace it with a pencil. Overlap the smaller oval at the top of the pencil traced larger oval and create a guitar shape. Find the center of the top of the smaller oval and measure 3/4" from left and right to create the neck of the guitar. Measure up 1 1/2" from the top of the smaller oval and place a small mark. You will cut out the ovals and make a neck using the trimmer so it looks as shown above.
5. Cut a 3/4x1" piece of hot fudge and corner round one of the 1" edges to create the top of the guitar. Cut a 1/4x1" piece of hot fudge for the strings of the guitar.
6. Cut a circle from hot fudge cardstock using the smallest circle pattern inside blue blade.
7. You will assemble the guitar directly on the border.
To create the border:
1. Cut a piece of mint green mandala tone and tone paper 3 1/2x12".
2. Cut a piece of 2 1/2x12" navy cardstock.
3. Layer the white/coral mandala border behind the navy cardstock and on the mint piece.
4. Assemble the guitar with hot fudge base and orange mandala on top. Add the corner rounded hot fudge to the top of the guitar neck. Slide the little seed pieces that were punched out of the white mandala underneath, 3 on each side to create the top of the guitar. Use precision point adhesive to adhere them.
5. Center the hot fudge circle in the middle of the small oval over the orange mandala stem. Center the small 1/4x1" piece over the bottom mandala to create the string holder.
6. Use the silver dual tip pen to create the strings of the guitar.
7. Add stickers as shown in photo, popping up the let your soul shine and flower cluster with foam squares.
A few years ago, Creative Memories had a collection called Sugarplum with a super adorable Moose embellishment.
One thing my friends know about me is that when I do retreats I tend to create a "mascot" for myself for the weekend. This mascot tends to keep me motivated to get more done. One year it was a cow I named Daisy that was in a paper kit I was putting together, another year my mascot was a 3d sticker of a fun piggy bank that had a sweet little piggy face that I named Porky because the motivation was to feed the piggy.
So back to my moose. I was at a retreat in Corolla, NC at a friend's beach house when this adorable Moose showed up in my supplies. I officially named him Marty. Yep, Marty Christmoose (I mean, come on, how could he not be a Marty?). This little guy sat at my table all weekend cheering me on as I made layout after layout.
This January, I was doing a crop with my tribe (if you don't know about our fun events, look up Dream Bigger Crafty Crew on Facebook or check the crops & events section of my website) and the theme was Happy Everything. Because really, why not celebrate all of the holidays in a weekend? I had a guest advisor that came down with the flu so I had to come up with something for Christmas in just a few days, and then it hit me! Marty! So I went to work creating a larger Marty that could be used as a border. Since I love you all, I am going to share with you how I made him here;)
(all supplies are from www.creativememories.com/user/bekahc unless otherwise noted)
Joy to the World Embellishments
bronze shimmer cardstock
autumn hay shimmer cardstock
hot fudge cardstock
small scrap from pink botanical burst papers
12" trimmer with straight and scallop blades
circle & oval ccs templates
micro tip scissors
2 way corner rounder
piece by piece punch
repositionable tape runner
1. First, you will create Marty's head. Lay the bronze shimmer on the 13” mat and using the smallest oval, cut around the outside with the red blade but only cut about half way around the oval to create the top of the head. Lay the smallest circle so that the outside overlaps slightly and cut on the outside of the circle with the green blade starting where the oval cut ends and cutting to where the other end of the oval cut ends (see photos below). You will need to snip a little to connect the two cuts using your micro tip scissors.
2. Using leftover bronze shimmer, cut an oval using the smallest oval template on the outside with the red blade. Then use the same template to cut the two ends off to create ears as shown in the picture below. You may need to trim the edges of the ears a little bit to make them pointier.
3. To make the muzzle, you will cut a circle using the smallest circle outside green blade out of autumn hay shimmer. To make it more oblong, you will trim a small amount off the top of the circle using the same template and blade so that it kind of resembles a fat lemon.
4. Using a pink scrap from botanical burst papers, cut two circles from the inside of the smallest circles, blue blade to create his cheeks.
5. To make the antlers, cut a ¼ x 12” strip of hot fudge cardstock on the trimmer. Cut the strip into four 3” pieces. Set two aside and cut the other two into 4 equal pieces each. Adhere the 4 pieces to each of the other two 3” strips to make the antlers. Corner round the top of the antlers (you may not be able to cut through both pieces, use micro tip scissors to cut through it.
6. Punch 2 black and 2 bronze shimmer circles out of the piece by piece punch. The black ones will become eyes and the bronze shimmer his nostrils.
7. Assemble moose as shown without foam squares. Add white to his eyes with a white pen and use the brown or gold dual tip pen to create his smile.
8. Accessorize him with ornaments from the embellishment pack using foam squares. Add heart sequins to his cheeks.
Here is a fun set of borders I added him to. If you would like directions on how to make the borders, please contact me to be added to our Dream Bigger events!