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More new projects – upcycled vintage boxes

Trying out some new projects this summer – it’s the perfect time for flea market finds! I found some great vintage jewelry boxes, cigar boxes and other interesting pieces. Here is the first try at painting, decoupage & upcycling!

 

Vintage wood jewelry box hand painted sage green, lightly distressed

Find it on Etsy

This wood jewelry box is similar to one I’ve had since the early 80s. I started out by wiping down all of the surfaces and then the interior. The lining inside of the mirrored section and the boxes are in good condition, so I didn’t need to do anything more than clean it out.  Then, a little sanding & let the painting begin! Using acrylics, I started with an off white base & layered sage green on top. Then I used a sealer to finish it.  Since I couldn’t figure out how to remove the drawer pulls, I covered them with painters tape. The glass piece does come out, but I taped that too. Next time, I’ll use a tiny screwdriver to take out the glass so it will be easier & neater.

 

Vintage cigar box with map paper accents for trinket box, jewelry,  or other small storage

Find it on Etsy

This vintage cigar box from Nicaragua was in good condition – just needed a bit of cleaning before I decoupaged map printed paper onto the lid (inside and out) and strips along each side. A coat of ModPodge on top and it’s a great little storage box or trinket box. There’s even little felt pads on the bottom.

 

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DIY Princess bracelet – Beauty and the Beast

 

 

I’m a jewelry making dabbler/beginner and found myself pinning some charms on Pinterest that I wanted to try making. Since I’m loving charm bracelets, I thought it would be an easy project to complete on a rainy day. Naturally, this one was a Beauty & the Beast theme since I really loved the movie that was released this spring.

Supplies needed:

Small cabachon settings

Disney Princess Nail art

jump rings  

beads

elastic beading cord

Mod Podge

Glitter

 

I picked up these Small cabachon settings because they seem pretty versatile. In two of the settings, I used the Disney Princess Nail art decals with some Mod Podge as a base and a top layer.  The nail art is sort of curved but flattens out with a little pressure.  In the third setting, I used a layer of Mod Podge with a layer of glitter. It needed another layer, so I let it set for a bit & added more Mod Podge & glitter.

While the charms set, I  beaded up a quick child size bracelet with elastic cord and some yellow, lavender and white beads. Then, using the jump rings, attached the charms to the bracelet.

You can do this for any theme, any color! I’m going to experiment with other decals, papers and materials for the charms. I really loved how the glitter charms came out, which is what my original inspiration was on Pinterest. Come visit my Crafts – jewelry making board and follow me for more ideas.

 

 

 

Glitter & Jewel Easter Eggs

Sharing a picture of these glittered & jewelled Easter eggs my daughter made a few years ago with my step-mother.  I am amazed that these delicate eggs are still in good condition. These are blown out eggs that were dyed and then decorated with glitter glue & craft jewels. I’ve put them in a pretty crystal bowl for our table decoration.

If you’ve never blown out an egg,  check out a tutorial on Pinterest.  These are great for older kids, especially if the novelty of hard boiled eggs is gone. I remember making Easter Egg Trees as a kid using these hollowed eggs. They’re quite a bit sturdier than you’d expect (although you still need a gentle hand).

 

Paper to Digital Scrapbooking

Paper to Digital Scrapbooking

The Beginning

I started scrapbooking back in 1998. (I had a scrapbook back in the 80s, but it was different then.) Like many others at the time, I went to a few home parties & became hooked right away. Paper, stickers, photos cut into shapes – it was fun. I expanded my circle to include stamping & card making. Stamps, inks, vellum, brads – I started collecting supplies. The colors, the textures, I loved all of it. Soon, I had quite a supply of goodies to play with and kept amassing more. I became a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator to help others learn new techniques, create projects and collect supplies.

Collecting & GrowingI had a lot of stuff for scrapping & stamping. I went to day crops & scrapbooking weekends with friends, loading up my car with as much as I could fit. My craft area got bigger & my stuff found its way all around the house. By this time, I had created many books. These big 12×12 books filled with pictures & stories. I loved looking through them & sharing them with others, they were just so big to store. I also had a few 8.5×11 for the kids’ individual books and some smaller, themed books. But, the 12×12 was the popular size for supplies, so I kept creating the albums. Plus, I could fit more pictures on the 12×12 page.

There were “rules” for scrapbooking back then. When I started with Creative Memories, I was only supposed to use CM products because they were “photo safe”. With Stampin’ Up!, I only used their products for my demonstrations. You were supposed to only use acid free, lignin free products on your pages to protect the photos for a lifetime. Work in chronological order. You must journal, you must mat your photos, use a title. Then, things went 3D & pages got bulky with metals, buttons, ribbons, and Jolees – oh, those Jolee stickers were awesome (ok, they still are!).  I got a Cricut & started cutting out my own die cuts & embellishments. The albums got so big, the seams were bursting & I couldn’t close an album all the way.

Scrapbooking magazines provided the inspiration & ideas for layouts, embellishments and themes. I looked forward to my monthly dose of inspiration. I started noticing some pages used computer printed titles and photos with type on them. I dabbled in it a little, but felt like I was cheating by not using real scrapbooking supplies. Then, I saw pages that were done on the computer completely! Never would I do that, that’s not “real” scrapbooking, I thought.

Changing to Digi-ScrappingIn 2011, I started looking at more digital pages. They looked like real pages that had 3D items on it. I decided to try it. I started with MyMemories Suite software – it was a free trial program. It had supplies already installed & a nice little shop that made it easy to download what I needed. I bought a book about digital scrapbooking & it included a CD of sample supplies. With a short learning curve, I was scrapping away pictures from 2010 quicky & easily. I could stop in the middle of a page, save it & come back later without having to clean up my mess.

supplies by Brittish Designs – Backyard Bliss

I was hooked on this new phase of scrapbooking, especially because of one word: Undo. With Undo, I could change my mind without losing a picture or that favorite piece of paper. In fact, I could use that favorite piece of paper over & over again if I wanted. I progressed to a trial download of Photoshop Elements and started learning it. Loved it, bought it. I learned more about shadows, effects, templates and more. There were so many benefits to digital scrapping, but I hated the thought of leaving my paper supplies behind. So, I used the supplies in my craft room for older pictures, card making & some other projects. I started letting the kids use more of my “good” stuff for their projects. But, the more I did on digital, the less I did in paper.

Supplies: Kellybell Designs – On the Frontier

The first digital album was finished and it was time to decide what to do with it. I could leave the pages on the computer, put it on a CD, print out the pages & put them in an album or have a book printed. I decided to back up the pages to a CD and upload it to Shutterfly to have a book printed. It came out great and not bulky at all. I realized that the 12×12 size may not be necessary. So, the next book I printed, a Disney album, was 8×8. Perfect! I could still fit a ton of pictures, decorated with embellishments & journaling and the book fit great on any shelf.

Supplies: Connie Prince – Rawr Collection

And Now

Recently, I have come to the point of deciding it was time to let much of my paper scrapping supplies go. I started out with purging the papers that I didn’t really like and donated them. I put up some lots on ebay. Now, I am in full-force purge mode. I realized that if I want to go back & scrap my old pictures, I’ll scan them into the computer. I have kept some supplies for the card making and for the kids’ projects for home & school.

There are a lot of great designers and communities in the digital scrapbooking world. I’ve had the opportunity to do some marketing for an online store, participate in contests, online crops & games, and was a guest designer for Connie Prince Designs last year.  I have been learning how to create my own digital papers & embellishments, too, for my own pages and started selling some packs on SummerfallDesigns Etsy Shop .

Supplies: Connie Prince Designs – Winter Wonderland

Digital scrapping makes it so easy to share pages with others. You can share pages with family & friends, make copies of books and post to galleries with just a few clicks. I’ll be adding more pictures to the Gallery, so stop back & take a look. Feel free to share your pages, too!

Kids’ cards – Disney & more

Sharing a few cards today –

 

 

Isn’t this baby Eeyore adorable? It’s a Cricut cut.  I thought it would be so cute to have a card that matches a baby’s room theme for a shower or to go with a gift set like this .  The script stamp “Adorable” and the patterned paper is from Stampin Up! (now retired). Cardstock is Bazzill.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This trio of cards were made for birthdays. Winnie the Pooh & Minnie Mouse are from Cricut cartridges.  I plan on putting a number next to Pooh.  The 101 Dalmations are from Jolees.  All papers are from my stash. Believe it or not, the Winnie the Pooh birthday paper is very old from a book of papers by Hot off the Press, but still available.  Minnie’s patterned paper is from DCWV with a “Dream Big” stamp from CTMH.

 

 

 

 

 

Finally,  cards featuring Cookie Monster & Spongebob Squarepants (from Cricut cartridges). I used the Happy Birthday Cuttlebug folder for Cookie Monster.  Spongebob’s papers are from my stash.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Flat Stanley

We helped our friend’s son with his Flat Stanley project. If you don’t know Flat Stanley, let me introduce you. Flat Stanley is a book that is being used in elementary schools in which a boy finds himself flat enough to travel in an envelope and has exciting adventures all over.  One of the common projects associated with this book is sending a version of a flat friend to family & friends in order to learn more about an area. We had Flat Ty & Flat James visit us for a weekend. We took pictures with our new friends around town and at a soccer tournament. We sent the guys back to the class with a letter, the pictures & brochures for attractions in our area. I had so much fun with this project, I had to make a scrapbook page for our Flat friends. 

Strawberry Ice Cream Day – sweet cards

 

 Celebrating Strawberry Ice Cream Day with a sweet duo

Sweet strawberry ice cream cards

 

I’m using more of my stash again today. These cute Cricut die cuts were my starting point.  The cone with the red bead sprinkles was embossed in the Cuttlebug with the Diamond in the Rough folder. Add some patterned paper, vellum & ribbon to put it all together for these all occasion cards.

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Scrapbook Pages – Found!

This week, I wanted to take advantage of a great sale at Shutterfly to make my photo books. I normally use my desktop to create my digital scrapbooking pages, so I uploaded all of the pages to the site. I remembered that I had worked on some pages on my laptop when I was away from home & was so happy to find a few more pages there. My Myrtle Beach vacation book was completed with the pages showing our road trip, the condo we stayed in and a visit to the Sky Wheel.  Sharing this page from the Sky Wheel because I loved the pictures and the colors of the kit used (“In for the Ride” by Jady Day Studios).

I don’t have an affiliate agreement with Shutterfly, I just really like their photo books & their sales. If you’ve never tried Shutterfly before, leave a comment or send me an email & I’ll send you a code for a free photobook.

Just wondering, do you use a laptop or desktop for digital scrapbooking? I like the control of the desktop but the ability to work anywhere with the laptop.

 

Personalized Wine Labels

I have an Etsy shop for some of my creative outlets and just added some new labels for Christmas. Just in time for gift giving. Perfect for hostess gifts, grab bags, office gifts and last minute gifts!

Personalized Christmas Labels

Cards – using my stash

Since I am no longer scrapbooking with paper (see this post), I use my scrapbooking stash for other projects. I love to make cards mostly. I find some die cuts, stickers, ribbons & other embellishments, pair them with some patterned paper and cardstock & have a nice little selection of cards.

Birthday Cards from my stash - shellsnest.com
Birthday Cards from my stash – shellsnest.com

 

Harry Potter themed cards from my stash - shellsnest.com
Harry Potter themed cards from my stash – shellsnest.com
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