I've got some great projects I am working on with my Creative PaperClay design team! Tips up on the blog today - make sure you check out the GREAT Easter projects that my other design team members have done!
Welcome to the Creative PaperClay Design Team's Valentines Link Up party!!! If you are just here at my blog - you will want to go to the main blog to get started checking out the whole design team's projects for today's hop!!! I had a lot of fun creating a few Valentines projects this month - and can't wait to give the gifts I have made to those I love the most! But it is the projects I made for this blog hop that have been a lot of fun to make! I created the two heart wreath's shown here using the Delight Air Modeling Compound! I am very happy with the final results!!! This is the first time I have used the Delight Air Modeling Compound, and really like how lightweight it is versus the clay! Plus for this project - I didn't need to paint it - I loved the basic white the creation has, so I didn't need to add any paint colors to it at all! This is a great beginners project, or something the kids could do!!!
Supplies needed: Delight Air Modeling Compound Creative PaperClay Molds for the 3 flowers (purple) Paint of your choice - 2 colors Flowers with brads in the middle Ribbon Adhesive of your choice (I used a hot glue gun) Directions: Step one: Using the Delight compound, split it into thirds. Take one of the thirds and start to roll in to long round strip's. Repeat to create three rolled out strip's. Step two: Take each of the strip's, and place them side by side and start to braid the strip's together while the compound hasn't set up. Create two sets of strip's to create the purple heart, or 1 strip for the pink heart. Step three: Create your heart with the correct amount of strip's. The pink heart started at the bottom and ended at the bottom, creating the heart shape at the top using 1 braid. The purple heart has 2 strips, overlapping at the top and the bottom. Place it so it can dry, so a flat surface that is not going to disturb anyone or anything. Allow to air dry to keep the shape you want.
Step four: After the heart has dried, it will not dry together; you will need to take your adhesive and glue down the heart so it stays together. Step five: Take your ribbon and start to wrap it around the heart - deciding where you want to create your bow. The purple one has a bow at the top, the pink one at the bottom! Step six: Add your flowers to it - whether you mold them and paint them yourself, or you purchase flowers you can add to them!
I hope you have enjoyed my project for Valentines Day - and this Link Up party! Make sure you link your own projects up if you have any you have done, or go and purchase some clay this weekend and create!!!
I have learned so much since being on the Creative PaperClay Design Team! I love bringing new projects - and learning from the other girls on the team! I have a few tips up on the blog today - make sure you check it out, with some really awesome projects you would love - made from the other gals on the team!! We also have a blog hop scheduled on the 8th - Valentines/Love related - so make sure you check back for some really cute ideas!!! I know I have a few ideas up my sleeve for things I want to make!
There are people you love - and then there are "PEOPLE" you love! Del, my husband - is one of those people! With Valentines Day coming up -I thought I share with you some Love related projects for you to get inspiration from!!! Del and I met when we both "needed" each other a lot, but neither one of us wanted to admit it! The song is called The One by Gary Allen - and the moment I heard it, I knew it would always be for us!
So, your challenge...is to do a layout of you and your significant other! If you already have one - use it as inspiration for a new layout - mine will be titled 10 years later! I will still use hearts, but other than that - will be completely different than this one is! Celebrate those you love, those that are in your life! I am so glad that I met this man, through the good the bad, and the ugly!!! Love is a powerful thing, love is what makes the world go round...to love and BE loved is everything!
It's past that time - reminding you to get started on projects for the next few weeks! Do you have any weddings, showers, babies coming, birthdays, Valentines Day is coming up, what about school events or parties... Start to look at your calendar for things you need to take care of until the end of February!!!! I am actually really proud of myself - in spite of a few things going on in my life this month, I am doing pretty good at getting stuff going for the things in my life I have going on! The one thing I am behind on, is making the "thinking of you" cards - but everything else is getting made! So - make sure to look at all the things you need to get done or planned - and if you are really energetic, check out March too! Since February is a short month, you might want to glance at things, and maybe get started in purchasing stuff you might need for projects!
It has been an interesting few weeks for me - and I apologize up front this blog hasn't been updated! However, I do have an awesome project up on the Creative PaperClay Design Team blog - this is just a sneak peak! Check out the whole post on the blog here!!!
Creative PaperClay is a fun little "thing" you can create with, using it to create your own scrapbook embellishments, things to add to your cards, or one of a kind creations made out of your basic toolbox "items"! If you haven't played with it yet, grab your basic toolbox, and lets have some fun! Make sure you check out the Creative PaperClay blog for my tips today, and other tips from Design Team members! The projects they are bringing out right now is just AWESOME!!!
Growing up - and when I lived closer to family, we would spend every holiday "as a family". It didn't matter what it was - from Christmas to Easter to summertime barbeques - we did it! Then life happened, attitudes happened - and I pretty much "left the family" you might say. I still talk to a few of my family members, but I'm not near as close as I was when I was younger - LBK (life before kids). Now, I don't do the whole "family" event kind of thing, so my layouts and projects will reflect that. Plus you can go to multiple sites and get "exact" project ideas...I like to give you more broader challenges to get your creativity sparked! I am glad this year is almost done...it's been a challenging one, but that's what happens when you have to rebuild your life! I look back on my posts - (or lack thereof) and see how tired I have been! I have had no energy to create for anyone...or for any reason, just way too much going on. Now - I have a bit more energy, a bit more creativity in me...and a new leash on life! You will get more "basic" challenges, for you to take and run with... along with card making challenges, project challenges, ideas for paper crafts...and great shopping deals you won't want to miss out on! Above all - thank you for your support of Memories in Tyme! I am blessed beyond measure in more ways than one, your support being one of them! I hope you have a great holiday season, a very Merry Christmas....and if you don't celebrate anything - I wish you well!!! We'll talk a bit about New Years events, and next year - back to the basics all year!!!
Hello everyone! I am really excited to bring you these challenges each week, as it will get us that much closer to January when we actually start to work on the projects! How are you doing so far? Are you completing the other challenges - do you know what you are going to do yet?
Don't worry if your layouts turn in to an entire album, you do take a lot of pictures of events through the month! Just decide what will work best for YOU and your personal style!
Start small if you are just learning how to create! Don't overwhelm yourself thinking you have to have a "perfect" finished project - when you are just starting out!
When you are just starting out, working on Christmas photos - in which you end up having a lot - and you do it year after year, is one of the best things to help you learn!
Use what you have first before you go shopping! Try to print off freebies off the internet to help with expenses.
Get your family involved in this one! It's not just YOUR day - but the entire families day, let them help in creating the project!
Here are a few questions to help you figure get started in your project:
Do you have an idea as to what you want to create yet - layout/layout's, mini album, paper bag album, or an entire album? Find all the inspiration and get it in one place.
Have you actually done any projects before? If not, I would suggest top loading layouts in either an 8 x 8, 8.5 x 11, or 12 x 12 size. As for products - go to your local craft store and find a kit that has everything in it you will need! If you are a bit more experienced, then I would suggest a mini album or paper bag album - do something fun and creative!
Have you seen examples of styles you are attracted to - and styles you are not? Make sure you take note of them - are you a more simple kind of person, or do you like a bit of bling and work? OR - do you like to do a bit of everything?
Do you want each layout to be exactly the same with the same embellishments on each, or do you want each to be different while keeping the colors used the same? Start to note this too!
Where are you going to get your photos printed at? I would suggest double prints in "case" you mess up something! What is the costs involved here? Can you find any specials to help?
Well, I hope you are having fun with these challenges! Let me know if you have any particular question! This is designed more to help you "plan" out your projects, and not to be "holiday" related! See you next Friday!
I absolutely love working with Creative PaperClay - and being on the design team is honestly one of the most rewarding thing I have been a part of! This "team" of women have amazing ideas and tips each month...let me tell you! My project, can be done in little time - and totally for beginners...to see more about this project - go to the Creative PaperClay blog for the whole idea and step by step directions! I hope you enjoy!!!
I'm all for getting organized and getting your projects done EARLY - instead of at the last minute like I always do! So basically - this is more of a reminder for this ole' girl than anyone or anything else! I just figured since I have such an issue, others probably do too, so here's a reminder to get your calendar looked at until the end of January!!!
Holiday's - I know for me it's Christmas, but there are plenty of other holiday's this month and next!
Birthday's, anniversaries, weddings, or Bridal or Baby showers coming up
Parties of all kinds - holiday as well as New Years celebrations
For me - here's my list of things to work on:
Start to work on birthday cards for December and January birthday's.
Finish up Christmas presents to get in the mail.
Work on resolutions/intentions project for new year.
Work on examples and products to sell.
Thinking of you cards for the kids to get in the mail.
My list is varied right now - from gifts I need to make, to cards, to business related merchandise I need to make! I like having an idea of what is to come, that way I can start to work on the various things I need to, even if it's a simple card!! Plus with my lack of creativity lately, it's best I start to look at what needs to be done for the next few months, instead of not doing it at all!
This month is all about taking those fun pictures - like family parties, decorating for Christmas, baking goodies, purchasing gifts, Christmas Eve, gift giving, more family events, watching kids' expressions, parties and so much more! This month is all about taking the photos - and start to plan out what you are going to do with it all - with next month actually spending the time working on what we plan this month! Last week started our first challenges, you can check out the links and main page here! You started to look at design sheets to plan out your project, products you have right now, and layouts or projects you want to make! Start with week one's challenges to get up to speed, and lets get started on this week's challenges!
Start to narrow down the ideas you really like, or at least the project you want to make for the most part. Do you want an album all it's own, a mini album, a paper bag album, or just a few layouts?
Start to narrow down the products you have right now you want to work with, and look at specials or sales both online and at your local stores! While you are out doing shopping anyway - look for any kind of specials for products you like to work with!
Look at your budget for your supplies and getting your photos developed, how much can you spend - how many photos can you take, do you need to pick up disposable camera's, more memory cards, order photos, anything? Look at prices and specials to get more bang for your buck!
With the above project - it started as a simple card...but ended up being a cute framed decoration for my house instead! I loved adding the embellishments with the JOY letters to create this one of a kind project! Depending on the items you have at home, this could really be an easy but fun project for you to recreate! The above picture is altered coffee cans, instead of the paint cans you see a lot! This is just a fun - one of a kind - cheap version, the Memories in Tyme way!
This is my "baby girl", when she was a baby that is! She's now 23 - and absolutely the best daughter I could ask for. Oh it wasn't me who changed HER life...it was her that changed mine and why I am the way I am! My first project ever in paper crafting was her birth announcements, made out of a Disney stamp and cardstock! My love for paper crafting started with this one little project! Since then, I have scrapbooked who knows how many mini albums, scrapbooks and individual pages for not only my kids, but also for plenty of others! I learned - through creating - how to heal my emotions, using it for therapy instead of a therapist! Now I know enough to know when to say "I need a therapist"! Honestly, I haven't created...or been able to create for months now. Between drama going on with "family", and trying to finish up rebuilding our lives...I think creatively I am at enough... So, bear with me while I get my ducks in a row, get out of all this funk I am in, and get back to the fun part of creating and sharing! Hopefully you will start to see a fun post from this day forward! Now - this wouldn't be a Memories in Tyme post if I didn't give you a bit of a challenge today!!!!
Create SOMETHING - just get in and do it! Even if it's something small!
Look at what you have put aside and finish up just one project!
Start to do a sketch or planning for one project for something coming up in the next few months!
Take some of the pictures for projects you want to work on - other than holiday photo's!
Clean up your space!
I haven't created for a while now - other than my Creative PaperClay projects that is, today...well I have to create new bookmarks! My cat Tygress (pictured here), decided to throw up on my can full of bookmarks... And if you have cats - those hairball tuna treats that come back up - just ain't pretty, let me tell you! So, I have to create new bookmarks... I also have an A to Z project I am doing - starting up in January...so I need to start taking pictures for that! Share with me what you ended up doing - comment with a link or photo for sure!
My absolute - all time favorite product to scrapbook and make cards with - is the Cricut Machine for multiple reasons! Click here for Cricut's 12 Days of Christmas deals! If you happen to do either scrapbooks or cards, this little machine will do so many things for you! Add to that if you happen to have kids, teach either school, preschool or church at all, or if you do crafts...this one little machine can do all your cutting for intricate shapes and letters! Use it for customized titles, making one of the letters be larger than the rest is, or cut out a shape to put on a card, stamping the saying on the die cut. You can cut paper, fabric, chip board, magnet board... in order to create your own one of a kind creations! This one machine - though a little bit more costly - will honestly save you money in no time with the images you can cut out with the cartridges you can buy. When it comes to creating, I pick up cartridges when I can afford them - or when I see one I will use a lot!! I also look on Ebay and have won a couple of cartridges fairly cheap! All I will say is don't go overboard - you truly don't need each and EVERY cartridge out there, I promise!
This month is Christmas as we all know - that time where we take a ton of pictures for different events going on throughout the month!!! During the month of January we are going to be working on our Christmas layouts (or projects) - this month...doing more research and purchasing of supplies, than making of the layouts or projects! Making layouts is not all that difficult if you already make cards... You use the same supplies - and often times, your stamps can make the cutest one of a kind embellishments, versus purchasing stuff!!! For me, basic cardstock and papers have been the best thing I could have stocked up on, and still keep on using, along with basic supplies like stamps and punches! Each week you will have a different set of challenges to get you started, links to digital scrapbook software you can try, fun products that I would recommend...and much more! All designed to get everything you want to go with your projects - purchased, photos ready to go, and everything in one place for January! January's challenges will be geared to helping you get those photos scrapbooked and in a fun album YOU decide is best for you! Each challenge will get you that much closer to where we want to be - a completed album or project with your Christmas pictures all in it! Here are the first weeks challenges to get you started:
If you don't use a "design sheet" to sketch out your layouts or projects - you might want to find one for this one. Or - what I use is a simple notebook with lined paper so I can keep track of the title, the colors I am using, any type of quotes I want to use, links to web sites I like, embellishment ideas, products I want to pick up for the project - things like that! Start to write out your basic information!
Look at what you have available right now that you can use for this project. If you don't want to spend a lot of money, then think about using free digital software you can get (links tomorrow, check back) to see if you even like creating in the first place. Start to put everything in one place to make it easier for you.
Start to look at ideas for layouts and projects on blogs, your favorite manufacturers, or friends' web sites you might have found! Document your favorite's...even if it is just bits and pieces of each project!
Next month - we will be working on actually creating the projects you have spent the time this month in researching! We want your project to be perfect! Get your family in on the planning process too - show them the layouts or things you are choosing - and get them to spend time with you in actually doing some of it!
For those of you who make cards - I hope you will love this particular idea! If you don't...the ideas are easy enough to recreate if you have a printer, a few fonts, and some sayings! Add themed die cuts, stamps, punches, and other embellishments to create your own card packs! So, lets get started on today's idea - my 4 pack of cards in a folder! This is the front cover - which is an 8.5 x 11 sheet of cardstock turned the landscape way, fold 2" up, and then fold in half to create your folder!
On the left and right sides, you will want to add your adhesive of choice to keep the sides down. The inside is for the cards, not necessarily to decorate - but you could do something fun with a bit of stamping techniques if you wanted to! With the cards, I did 4 different themes, but keeping with the whole heart theme - I created he 4 cards you see below! I used scraps for everything - except the full sheet of cardstock (for this example I used 12 x 12 cut down a bit) for the folder itself! This makes a great gift for a teacher, co-worker, neighbor, friend, or picky mother with a gift card in it!
Cards make great gifts, and by using up the scraps you have...and purchasing a small card pack which includes envelopes, you can save a bit of money on your gifts too! Create a few extra cards as you are working on other projects, and make a few extra packs up as you go! There are always events or people you just want to say a bit of "thank you" to, and handmade cards - well, are always great to receive! Plus you always end up sending out cards for one event or another, even if some people don't celebrate specific holiday's! I like those handmade "thank you" cards, something that has been made for me, versus the same cards everyone else can purchase for their loved ones. I hope you've enjoyed today's idea..I know I will be making a few packs of cards...to add with the rest of the things I need to create!
Creative PaperClay is one of the funnest things I have worked with - being able to use my stamping and scrapbooking supplies with them! Each month, I bring you different tips to work with this fun stuff - today's tips are up at the Creative PaperClay Blog - make sure you check it out today!
I am really excited for today's idea - made out of an old manilla file folder! I decided to start a couple of others, but change them around a bit to match the people I am making them for. This one is for my kitchen, to keep track of my shopping list, coupons, phone numbers - things like that! The original idea was found on Pinterest - which also comes with the instructions on how to make it! The next ones I am making - will be for them to use as they need, and I will add a gift card for each slot, for them to spend and use as they want! I loved the original idea, but really am glad my turned out as I wanted it to! I really love the pockets here for sure!
Supplies I used: Old manilla file folder 3-6 sheets patterned paper Ribbon Basket stamp (or die cut) Flower die cuts or punches Buttons and brads Scraps of paper Printer White printer paper Brown ink pad
The directions on the link from Pinterest was perfect - the idea itself was really cute, but of course I had to tweak it to what I wanted, (like everything else I see...)!!! Check back tomorrow for tips on how to use Creative PaperClay - and I'm sure another gift idea will be posted throughout the day! I hope you enjoy this season - whether you celebrate Christmas or any other holiday!
Christmas is coming - a time where we sit and give out gifts to our friends and family. For the next few weeks - I will give you plenty of little ideas that you can make - that are fairly cheap to complete! Simply add a little something extra and you are done!
First up - my all time favorite - a composition notebook with a matching bookmark! Composition notebooks can be personalized to each person you want to give one to! For an added touch - write a nice letter to the recipient on the cover - or on the first page! Pick out your gift recipients favorite colors to create the one of a kind book - this one was made especially for my daughter because she loves blue! By creating a simple bookmark to match it out of the leftover supplies, you can create a truly one of a kind gift for friends and family - without spending a lot of money. Supplies needed: Composition notebook 2-3 sheets of 12 x 12 paper or cardstock 2 sheets 8.5 x 11 paper for inside front and back covers Embellishments of your choice such as die cuts, ribbon, etc Adhesive - I used hot glue gun and glue sticks Paper trimmer and basic scrapbook supplies
Directions: Step one: Cut 2 sheets 12 x 12 paper in half. Use one of the sheets for the front and back cover - one other one for the binding. Step two: Start to add the embellishments to the front of the notebook - especially if ribbon is being used. Step three: Cut the inside front and back cover sheets and attach them to the album. Step four: Using your scraps, cut a 2.5 x 5.5" sheet of cardstock for the base of the bookmark. Step five: Add die cuts, stickers, stamps - whatever you used to create the notebook - on the bookmark to make it match.
This is one of the most simplest of gifts you can make - and really, if you have the supplies, the only thing you purchase is the notebook! Make a smaller one to add a magnet to, in order to add to your fridge to keep track of phone numbers, shopping lists and more! Make sure you stop by tomorrow for another awesome idea - easy gifts you can recreate for any of your friends or family!
I am a creative person - wake up with layouts and projects in my head from things I want to make...until lately. Now, I just can't create for anything....there is way too much going on in my life, making it so that I can't create in the first place - which seriously - I don't need right now! So, how do you struggle through those times in your life when you aren't as creative as you normally are? Here are just a few tips that have helped me out:
Pinterest is a great place to start if you need some fun inspiration for all aspects of your life! I have all kinds of different boards for scrapbooking, card making, decorating my house, colors I want to work with...you get the idea! You can follow me by clicking on the link!
Magazines and idea books that you have, but you never actually use them - or go to the library to check out some fun books there if you are on a budget! Make sure to check with your friends who live by you that scrapbook - to see if you can "check out" a few books of theirs!
Start to follow your favorite companies on Facebook or Twitter to get ideas when you want them - specials when they have them - new products coming out - how to use existing products....
Look back at all the ideas you have been keeping - and find one you have been wanting to do! Make sure to put your own personal twist on what you find inspiration from! I keep all my idea's alphabetized, so if I want to work on a specific theme or item, I can go to that letter - like t for titles - or a for alphabets!
Now, this post wouldn't be complete without a few challenges to help you get started - my day today is going to get inspiration - and work on a few things!
Look at your magazines, idea books, internet blogs or web sites, or Pinterest... find one idea that you really like - get some sort of inspiration out of it to create something.
If you have a list of things you have wanted or needed to do - find ONE thing - and look for the inspiration you need to get the project done.
Look back on some of those ideas you have had - and find one idea that you want to create!
If you have things that you have started, but not finished...now's the weekend to look at things and finish them up!
If you do one "thing" all the time - such as layouts, or mini projects...do something totally different - like a page you will frame, or a card...or a paper craft project!
I have so many things I have started, but not finished...for whatever reason! Either not enough time or - something in what I am doing just didn't "look" right. I procrastinate... A LOT...or I get in these little funks where I just don't want to do anything! This is the one craft that always pulls me out of my little funks in life! One I am so grateful to have!
Normally you will get scrapbooking or card making ideas, with a bit of crafts mixed in at times! This is my second term on the Creative PaperClay design team...my projects have been scrapbooking or card making related, but never something THIS big... I have fallen in love with my little snowman...and with my tips and directions on how to make it - you can create this fun little item too! So here's your little sneak peak...go check out the whole project and directions on the Creative PaperClay blog and tell me what you think!
This month is a month to be grateful for what you have. There are times, especially with my past - I don't feel too "grateful" let me tell you! Then I have to look at things in such a different manor than I did before. Being grateful doesn't come easy - I'm sure I'm not the only one who feels this way! What about you? Do you dread Thanksgiving time because it represents something you might not have...like a family? Or has life given you more than your fair share of things to cause you to feel this way - like me? Well, it's time you change that now isn't it!!! It's time you look at what you do have, and not what you don't... My "Being Grateful" album - was done a while ago...I wanted a place to document what I might be grateful for...my intentions with it - was to document something for each day of the month of November - and put it in an album...this year, I didn't feel so grateful for some reason... So, your challenge for the rest of this month is:
Take the time to write down AT LEAST 30 things you are grateful for RIGHT NOW. This could be snacks, people you are around, lessons learned...anything.
Start to look at the supplies you have AT HOME where you can make a "I'm Grateful For" album...pictures if you can - but documenting is more important! I want words folks!!!
Take the time to write one letter to someone you are grateful for - making sure to tell them just how much you ARE grateful for them. Challenge yourself to do more if you feel you can - but do at least one letter!
For your album, write one letter to put as a hidden part in your album - to someone who has passed on that you would like to say something to - or tell them how them impacted your life.
Learn to be grateful instead of hateful - this world needs a whole lot more of that no matter what religion you are from! I hope you have a great Thanksgiving if you celebrate it, and if not...have a great season either way!
I have some tips up today on the Creative PaperClay Design Team blog - make sure to go check out today's post! Creative PaperClay can be used with your stamps to create one of a kind embellishments for your scrapbook projects and your cards! Not only will you find ideas, but you also will find plenty of tips to get you started!
I have been making cards for almost 23 years, in fact...right about now I was creating my very first project, my daughter Terra's birth announcements - made out of a Disney stamp, cardstock, and a few colored pencils to color them in! I had been put flat down in bed the early part of November, and knew I was having a girl! That is why her nickname is "Pooh Bear", because of this Disney stamp!!! I absolutely knew NOTHING about making cards - but wanted to create something "unique"! Through this one project, not only did I find I loved to create crafts in general, after moving back home to Utah from Colorado, I discovered the art of scrapbooking, and the rest you might say - is history! I found a talent to create, and a love to share with people - to show how easy it is to create your own style of cards, pages and gifts! I am going back to the basics...to help you in not only organizing your stuff, but in helping you get more done with what you do have, instead of spending a bunch of money!
First up - card making!!! When you are first starting out, look at the type of categories you send most often, such as:
Categories for scraps and things
Anniversary or Wedding
Thinking of You
I also have a box (pictured here) that I put scraps from theme specific projects, extra stamped images, stickers, envelopes,- or whatever might be able to be used more for cards, tags and bookmarks - all in this box. It just makes it easy to grab one box when I am working on cards, instead of having things all over the place! I also have another drawer that I use for things that can be used for either making cards or scrapbooks, with stickers, themed items, rub-ons, and paper piecing patterns to name a few. Check back next week for pictures and a post with more categories! Now for a bit of a challenge:
For those of you who are brand new - grab a notebook and start by looking at what type of cards you send out and use. This is the best cards to learn to start to make!
If you have made cards for a while, and don't have a category system, it's time you decide what you want to do!
If you are one that you have made cards, have a system going...your challenge is to clean it all out, make sure everything is in it's place - and make at least 5 cards for your stash!
Make sure you share with me how you did on this challenge! Next weeks challenge will be more about organizing the things you have - and going through stuff too! So, enjoy your week, make lots of cards, and see you next time!
The past 6 months have been a wonderful experience for me, being on the Creative PaperClay Design Team! I learned more from these women on the team, than they will ever know! I looked forward to each of their projects they made each month, and their tips - I can't think of one that didn't help me! So now this term comes to an end, and a new term with a new design team begins. I am so pleased to announce I was only 2 of the current members who were asked to come back - and to say I am humbled is a complete understatement! I love to create, and this clay has helped me to make some of my most "favorite" projects by far! My paper bag albums - customized to me, with MY name on it (and one for my sister)! Magnets for me to hang on my fridge, and the embellishments for the middle of some of my flowers... customized in the colors I was working on! So - join me the next 6 months, while I bring you a lot of fun projects, made out of recycled materials - spending little money and trying to use up what you have at home... just like I do with my scrapbooking! Thank you so much for your continued support, and make sure you check back on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month for my project and tip!
For those of you who have followed me for a while, you know me enough to know as much as I love creating, there comes a time when I have got to take a break and figure out me and Memories in Tyme! The past few months/summer is actually that time for me - where I am reflecting on my business and personal life to see where it all will take me! Creating has been a part of my life for over 22 years now, and honestly, I am glad it has been for multiple reasons! This one "thing" kept me alive during one of the most horrible times in my life, and from it - I found more of a talent for creating in general, instead of it just being a "hobby"! So, during the past year, my husband has been in school to further his education! We moved from Colorado to Sacramento to Sparks Nevada all within a year's time... I am T.I.R.E.D if you know what I mean, and can't wait to get this last part of our rebuilding done! But with a bit of hard work in the next year - all the hard work I have done even up till now, will start to come in to play! Memories in Tyme started out small - more of a hobby "thing" than a way to make money! I love to create - and having a business that can handle teaching people how to create and creating one of a kind "things" is what I wanted for MY business. Memories in Tyme now handles:
Teaching you how to create your own style of pages, cards and gifts made out of paper.
Creating handmade cards, scrapbooks, and gifts made out of paper for those of you who have no desire to create your own!
You will slowly start to see a new look for the blog here - with new pages at the top to help you get where you want easier! I am revamping both my web site and this blog, so the changes will be made here before you see anything on the site itself! Learning how to create is more overwhelming with everything out there to learn and supply wise. I will help you create more, on less money - getting more bang for your buck! My classes are all about showing you how to create on what you already have...kicking things up from there as you learn more! Thank you for your support, you have no idea how much it means to me! I hope you start to see a fun change around here, making it easier for you to go and see the monthly challenges - class schedule - links to purchase your own handmade creation if you want - and beginner through advanced ideas for all types of paper craft's!
can't believe it has been 6 months for being on the design team! The
current team has helped me so much, in more ways you can imagine! The
new team coming up - excited to see what they come up with for sure! I
love working with the Creative PaperClay product for so many different
reasons! If you rubber stamp, you already have a ton of things you can
make with those stamps including ornaments and one of a kind embellishments! If you happen to scrapbook - and have those plastic templates for shapes and alphabets, those will come in handy here!
Tip #1: Think outside of the box when you are looking at creating with the clay! What do you have that you can use - so that you can buy more CLAY! Tip
#2: Water should become your very best friend when you are using this
stuff! A little bit of water on your fingertip will help to smooth out
surfaces, especially if the clay is a bit more "dry". Tip
#3: Have a basic crafting toolbox for all of the basic supplies you
need for the crafts you do. This way - everything is in one place,
versus all over - or scattered. Tip
#4: Make sure you clean up your tools after you have used them with
the clay. This seems like such a "no brainer", but if you use your
supplies for multiple things, take the time to clean them between uses.
have had so much fun the past 6 months, and have learned more about
Creative PaperClay than I thought was possible. This team has been
awesome, and I thank each of them for their friendship and kindness
shown to me during my time here! I thank each of you for your kindness
and support as well!
I have had more fun the past 6 months being on the Creative PaperClay Design Team than I have had in a very long time! I have also learned way more than I ever thought I could where this clay is concerned. Today, I will bring you my last post for this term, and hopefully I will be asked to join the team again for the next 6 months! (Hey - I have some awesome clay ornaments for Christmas I want to share with you that I am working on!!!!) So - if you are here just popping in - make sure you go to the Creative PaperClay main blog and check out all of the GREAT projects from the current design team, and those that are wanting to try out for the next team!!!!
For today's post, I have 2 projects to share with you! The first project, is a set of two darling Halloween albums that I have made for my kids! I wanted a fun place for them to keep some of the pictures of when they were younger - and then add more from other years too! Halloween is their favorite holiday - they have a huge costume party for all their neighbors and friends each year! They spend days planning and decorating for the fun event every year, so I wanted to give them something they could simply add a few of their favorite photos from the past few years to what I had already added, and see themselves throughout the years!
Each album both has plenty of pages to add their photos and journaling to! The orange album is my daughter Terra's album, made with a simple black and white bow at the top, the Boo! saying stamped in black across the whole album, and the 3 clay pieces at the top! Casey's album is the black one, with the orange and white ribbon in a more simple fashion, as well as 3 more clay pieces on the cover!
Supplies used for the albums: Set of 2 mini albums (unknown vendor) Black, white and orange ribbon White and black ink Ghost and skeleton head clay pieces made from Creative PaperClay Stamps - ghost, skeleton head, Boo! saying and trick or treat saying White Radiant Pearls paint Black permanent marker
The albums are a very fun project to make for just about any type of holiday - just tweak a bit depending on the holiday you are creating for and the supplies (including mini albums) you might have available! Check online or your local stores for what you have in your area! Scrapbook templates are also a great thing to use with this clay - depending on the template and project you are working on! The base for this next project (a magnet) was made with a template and Xacto knife to cut out the piece - adding a few select miscellaneous items and you have a one of a kind magnet! Supplies used for the magnet: Creative PaperClay product Apple Barrel black craft paint Black and white ribbon
Miscellaneous punch pieces
Hot glue gut Magnet for the back
For the magnet - I cut out the base with an Xacto knife using a scrapbook Halloween template. After allowing to dry and painting black, I added 3D squares around the entire edge, with punch pieces in the middle, and the clear plastic (left overs from stickers) on the top. I hot glued a piece of black ribbon around the edge, with a small piece of white on top, and a simple black bow at the top!!! The hardest part for me is cutting the piece out and fixing the little nick's that happen when you cut it out! I hope you have enjoyed my projects today, I have decided I love to work with this clay, and can't wait to get more molds and paint! Enjoy all of the awesome projects that are posted, and check back often for more links!
Thanks for stopping by,
Memories in Tyme and Creative PaperClay Design Team Member