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Altered Switch Plate | Vicki Chrisman

Altered Switch Plate | Vicki Chrisman

09/25/17

Hello Everyone! Vicki here today to share a fun project I just finished up. I am loving the new “Dream big” Collection from Fancy Pants and I couldn’t wait to create something for our house with it.

I don’t know about you, but I love altering and repurposing things. Actually I have a big plastic bin in my craft room closet, just for different things I pick up as I see them.  I may not always know just what I’m going to do with them when I bring them home, but I know they have potencial, and that is something I find so inspiring.

I created  this from a decorative switch place I ran across.

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I’ve had this switch plate in my “too alter someday” bin for quite a while now, but this beautiful collection was just the inspiration I needed.    This collection has so many fun bits of ephemera that is was hard to pick which ones to use.

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At first I had planed to paint the switch plate before starting, but them I really loved the way the papers and ephemera stood out from the metal.

Sticker letters from the Fancy Pant sticker sheets worked perfectly inside the spaces to spell “HOME”.

Attaching a wide ribbon to the back, extended from both the top corners, makes a great hanger.  In the top photo I just have it laid over the knob on a glass Cloche on my sofa table.

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I love this collection. It’s got great paper designs and so many fun ephemera pieces.  I hope this inspires you to break out your papers and give some thought to what you can alter, to make a fun new piece of decor for your home. As I was writing this I started thinking it really might be fun to add some journaling pages in the back that they could document the dates of each project and update.

Collections Used:

Dream Big

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Address Book | Mary-Ann Maldonado

Address Book | Mary-Ann Maldonado

09/20/17

Good morning!

I love creating gifts for people out of the scrapbooking supplies that I have.  I created this fun Address Book for my friend.  I used only the best collection ever…….Family & Co.  The Tag definitely helps get the address book idea across.  Plus, I will make sure she knows.

First, I decide to use the This is Me Hard Cover Journal and decided to add a sleeve for it.

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I picked a base paper and cut 2 pieces of 4 1/2 inches wide x 12 long.  I wrapped one piece around the front of the book and creased on the edges.  Then cut down the second piece of 4 1/2 so that when I added it and wrapped it around, you would not see the ends on the front of the book.  Then I continued to embellish and layer as much as I wanted!

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This can totally be changed for whatever she may want to use the book for.  Just because I am forcing her to do Addy’s doesn’t mean she has too.  I can slide the sleeve off and she can use it for something else.

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Grab any of the Fancy Pants journal books and get to creating sleeves.  It is super easy and you can change your mind!

Mary-Ann Maldonado

Products Used:

Family & Co.

Corrugated black paper

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Our New House | Vicki Chrisman

Our New House | Vicki Chrisman

09/15/17

Hello Everyone! Vicki here today to share with you a little mini album I created with the “Family & Co Collection”.  This was really fun to make!   This collection is so diverse. It could be used for so many different things, but recently my son and daughter in law purchased a new house. I thought a mini album with photos of how the house looked when they bought it would be a great way to document the changes as they make changes. .  I know they will do lots of remodeling, so I thought it would be great to document  how it was in the beginning, so they could look back on it after time and see the progress. As I looked thru the Family & Co Collection I instantly saw that there would be so many great things that would work for a album like this.

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Once again, I started out by digging into my “to alter” bin in my craft room closet. I love using things in a way that is probably not what it was originally created for. But I think we all do right? It’s how creative minds work.  We think out of the box.

This was originally one of those dimensional houses you can find at the Hobby Lobby or Micheal’s (most often during the Holidays).   They are quite inexpensive. It comes with two pieces like the one below. You normally slide them together  using the long slit you can see here. Making the house stand upright.   I decided to do things differently, and use these two pieces to create a front and back for a mini album.  ( You can punch or drill the holes for you album rings).

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When I took those photos, the kids had not yet even moved into the house. So it was really the beginning 😊   This home is something they have dreaming about.  They say this will be their “forever home”.  They both love the history of things. The stories that old things have to tell.  This house is an old school house that has been added on to. It’s in the country, which is something they really wanted .  It has a big shop which Jarad is thrilled about. ( What guy wouldn’t be, right?) lol

 And the fact that it’s an old school house couldn’t make Kate happier., as she is a teacher.  It seems a perfect fit for them, and we are so excited for them.

I’ll share a few of the pages with you here.

There was just so many great papers and pieces to choose from in this collection.  I used a lot of the ephemera and tags from this collection in the album. The Chipboard Designer Stickers and Puffy Heart Stickers were not only perfect for this little album but offered up a way to added even more dimension to my pages.

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 As I thought about creating this album, I really wanted to make sure it was an album that could easily be added to.  I added rings that could accommodate home pages.  As they change things and make improvements it will be so fun to be able to look back at the way things were in the beginning.

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We document the milestones in our life and in our families life, why not  document the changes someplace as special as our homes go through, right?

This collection is perfect for a little album like this, but it’s also great for layouts, cards and other altered projects! 

Thank you for letting me share this little house warming gift with you. I hope it leaves you inspired to want to create.

Vicki

Collection Used: Family & Co

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Traveller’s Notebook & Cards | Vicki Chrisman

08/09/17

Hey friends!

Vicki here, sharing what I’ve been creating with the  “Dream Big” Collection. I  dressed up one of the Travelers Journals for a little something to keep in my car for starters. These are cute on their own or dressed up… a little or a lot. Whatever you choose. I added the saying along the bottom of the notebook and then created a little cluster of flowers and feathers from the Ephemera Pack.

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Making cards is at the top of my favorite things list, so of course I couldn’t wait to make some with this collection. I lay out all the pieces in the Ephemera and Tag packs and pick thru them like a kid in a candy store. lol

I love this wreath looking piece, as well as the smaller inside round piece.  I often use foam squares or foam tape for dimension but I thought I’d also add a little something else for interest to this card.

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Before adding the wreath piece, I cut a piece of plastic from some other Fancy Pants packaging and added it to the back of the wreath.   Once I had added it to the card with foam tape, I then added the center circle to the middle using foam tape again.  Just a simple thing that really adds interest to the card.

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I know it probably seems like I’m obsessed with the ephemera pieces the way I carry on about them, but there are so many and they are so versatile. I used them again on this card. Using different pieces to achieve a totally different look.
I think this would make a great graduation card. I enjoy sending handmade cards, and I think people really like receiving them. ( I know I do).
They come together quickly and when you don’t have a lot of time to commit to crafting but the creative bug has bitten you, creating a card might just do the trick!

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The possibilities are endless with this fun collection.

Collection Used: Dream Big

Thank you so much for stopping by

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Traveller’s Notebook | Zsoka Marko

Traveller’s Notebook | Zsoka Marko

08/07/17

Hi there scrappy friends, Zsoka here today sharing some new projects with you. This week, we are sharing some fun projects using Traveller’s Notebooks and today it’s my turn!

Last month we were on holiday and since I can’t seem to exist without scrapping, I took some supplies with me and worked on my Traveller’s Notebooks (4 in total!). I love documenting our travels in real time. I’m really forgetful, so this helps me keep all information in one place that I’d like to remember. Or if we happen to visit these places again, we remember what we liked and so on.

I mainly used the awesome Hello Sunshine collection for these notebooks, but I also mixed in supplies from my stash, so here I am only sharing a few pages that are using mostly this collection.

First I made my inserts. To make it easy for me on vacation, I used some premade inserts with heavier papers. I like to cover all my blank pages with either patterned paper or white cardstock, I rarely leave the background as is. Because of this, I normally only keep 10 pages in one insert and remove the rest (I use these extra pages to create new inserts), this gives me 11 spreads. Of course you can do it totally differently, this is just the way that works best for me.

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I also cover and decorate my inserts. For this I use a sheet of 12×12 paper and cut it to size and adhere it to the original cover. Then I add whatever I find, die cuts, chipboard, tags, stickers, enamel dots etc.

Now the fun can begin! Adding photos, papers, embellies to the pages! No rhyme or reason, I just went with the flow. This time I was more prepared than on our last holiday and pre-cut a lot of cut files in sizes that I knew would fit into these notebooks. For me cut files add a little extra to my projects, simple embellishments if I don’t have anything else. Plus, they are flat, that’s a plus when it comes to TNs!

So without further ado, here’s a few pictures.

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As you see, there’s many many ways to decorate your pages. I like them full of color and patterns, but there is no right or wrong way to do this. You can use lots of scraps, even to cover the pages in different ways, or punching shapes like circles or hexagons etc. I encourage you to give TNs a try! It is really fun working on them. I swear I can’t wait for our next travel to be able to work on more :D.

Should you have any questions regarding these pages, just leave a message here, on my blog or my Instagram. I’m always happy to help!

I hope you like these pages and are inspired to get scrapping! Thank you for stopping by today!

Till next time,

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Altered Embroidery Hoops

11/11/16

Good morning! Nicole here to share a quick altered project with you. I started with these quite simple embroidery hoops and decided to make something to decorate my daughter’s room.

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I did a quick coat of white paint to the hoops and allowed them to dry. While they were set aside, I grabbed some of the awesome new Joy Parade collection and got to work. I cut some simple strips of paper that were about 3/4″ wide and used my trusty scissors to turn them into fringe, making sure not to trim all the way through the strips of paper.

Once the hoops were dry I added some double sided adhesive to both the inside and outside of the inner hoop ring. I added a strip of fringe to both edges and slightly curled it with a pencil.

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I repeated this on the smaller inner hoop too and then added both outer rings to secure in place completely. I used some white cardstock and glued it to the back of the ring shape with liquid adhesive and trimmed the excess paper off once it was dry. All that was left to do was add some embellishing to the center of the rings.

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I used some of the die cut shapes to add the “title” and fun shapes inside the ring and then sprinkled a little coordinating mist to the white areas of the cardstock. I managed to hide the embroidery hoop screws by tying some ribbon, which also helped hold the two rings together too!

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Fancy Pants Designs collection used: Joy Parade

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