I love working with the Creative PaperClay product and design team! The girls on this team are so talented - all doing different projects...none are ever the same! It's not like we as a team sit and ask everyone what they are doing - so we don't do the same "thing", we each just create our own "thing"! My post is a bit late today - but a few fun tips for using this fun stuff is up on the blog! I can't wait to see what the team is going to be doing the next few months!
So, do you guys keep your scraps of paper left over from other projects, or do you throw them away? If you throw away your scraps - you are throwing away money...scraps can be used on a whole lot of things when you paper craft!
Use them for tags
Backgrounds for cards
Embellishments for scrapbook pages
Use with paper piecing patterns
Use as accents
For more "one of a kind" looks
To save larger sheets of paper
For punch shapes
As you first start creating, find something you can throw your scraps in. I have been organizing and reorganizing my scraps for years - and have recently found this bucket is the best thing I can use to put my scraps in! When I am working on a project - like today...I started working on cards, and using the papers in the bucket helped me to find perfect papers and colors to create one of a kind cards with. I always use scraps for my background papers, as it makes the project truly be one of a kind, and very inexpensive to make. Since I have stamped for 23 plus years - I have learned for me personally, I don't always like to make elaborate stamped cards...simple and easy is better for me - though more intricate cards can be rewarding as well! As I start to create projects - I look at the papers I have in the scraps that fit with the colors I am using. Or - if I have found the papers, I will look for smaller scraps to either stamp sayings or images on or use with my punches! Some of the funnest cards and bookmarks I have made have been done by using scraps! When you use your scraps with paper piecing patterns, your papers can really make the project be one of a kind...and you aren't using a whole piece of paper and wasting most of it while you are at it! This is where you can make your layouts, cards and paper crafts be more customized to you - by using colors that fit in to the photos and colors of background papers at the same time! I love to use a color wheel - to make sure the colors are going to match, or see what other colors I might need to add to the creation while I am at it!
I have three cats, momma and the boys - momma was born the September after my husband and I got together - so I can always keep track of her age - going on 14 this year. They have an entire album all of their own, as they are just as much a part of the family as anyone (just ask my kids, they will tell you)! However...you just gotta love Tygress - our momma cat...who, after getting a hair ball, will "get up" said hair ball where ever she is at, at the time! Now, I also love to read... Since Ty decided to get up her hair ball in my can of bookmarks, I had to make more! All of the bookmarks here are done using punches, scraps of paper,and whatever I had available to me to create these one of a kind bookmarks... The only thing I need to do is add the tassels on the top with ribbon and floss!
This is a great beginner project if you are just starting out with paper crafting - and check back later this month for a brand new style of bookmarks I am making that is a bit harder to make versus these! To get started, here are a few tips, and directions below:
Look at your scraps of paper for appropriate sizes of scraps to make your bookmarks around 2" x 6". This is for the background piece. Check out coordinating papers for the embellishments.
Look at the basic supplies you have that can be added to it - such as punch pieces, die cuts, stickers, 3D stickers, stamps...and start to create your bookmarks!
Directions: Step one: Taking your background color for the base of the bookmark, cut to 2" x 6" (or 2.25" if you would like them a bit thicker). Step two: Taking your corner rounder, round each of the corners. Step three: Find scraps of paper left over from other projects, and start to decorate the bases with paper. Step four: Take die cuts, punches, stamps or whatever you want to use, and start to decorate the bookmarks making each one unique. Step five: Hole punch a circle at the top part of the bookmark to put the ribbon and floss through for the tassels.
Fun project for me to do, even though it was the reason I had to create in the first place! Gotta love my baby girl - but I hate those hair balls!!! I hope you have fun creating one of a kind bookmarks for your books!
There is a Memories in Tyme creative challenge up on the Facebook Page - it's all about using up scraps left over from other projects!!! So, grab your scraps - your supplies, no shopping allowed... Make sure you share with me your projects - and my favorites will be shared both on my fanpage and on my blog! I love using scraps on my projects!!! By using scraps on your projects - they are more "one of a kind" and personalized, than by using sheets of the same paper. Plus a small 3 x 3 scrap could be perfect for a card background, without cutting in to a 12 x 12 sheet of paper!
Thanks for stopping by - when you are done with your scrap creation, add your link here!
With the Creative PaperClay Design team, you try out for it every 6 months - the first time I tried out was about a year ago from about now, and was selected for the team! The second term - I was one of 2 from that team, selected to stay - the rest were all new - and man can they create with clay! Recently we were all asked to stay on the team for 6 more months, which is going to be a lot of fun, that's for sure! Creatively, I have enjoyed thinking outside the box - using up supplies I currently have, versus spending money on "things"!
Being on this team - has taught me a great deal about using Creative PaperClay with the "things" I currently create with - stamps especially! Adding a few of my other basic crafting supplies I have - and you get embellishments, fun projects for kids to do...and using the embellishments on altered projects... I have done cards - frames - magnets - paper bag albums - snowman - and so much more - all using Creative PaperClay or Delight Modeling Compound!! I've got a fun Easter project up on the Creative PaperClay Blog - if you scroll down, you will see a sneak peak and the link! A great way to alter a drink carrier from In and Out Burger!!! If you use Creative PaperClay and have projects you have designed - please make sure you share them with me! I love seeing what others are doing too!
Full directions on how to make this fun project is up on the Creative PaperClay Design Team blog! I had so much fun making this project - and recycling all at the same time! I also like that I used scrapbook templates to create the eggs and punches/scissors to create the eggs! Hope you enjoy!
I love altered projects - and this project - a great way to create something useful - out of something you would normally throw away! With this project - it is a cereal box, cut in half to create an awesome organizer!!! I needed something to hold all of my bigger stuff, like my rulers, paper trimmers - and then smaller sections in front to hold smaller stuff like my scissors, hand held hole punches, and basic tools! So, lets get started!
Supplies needed for this project: Cereal box with top not torn Tape Adhesive Xacto knife Ruler Paper of your choice Embellishments of your choice
Supplies I used: KI Bakery Twine - bought at Walmart Ribbon from my stash Sizzix flower die cut, various die's Flower paper punch, various punch's Buttons from my stash Colorbok Snow White paper - bought at Walmart Colorbok Watercolor paper - bought at Walmart
Directions: Step one: Cut the cereal box in half. Take the top half and tape it closed. Step two: Cut the sides on a slant to make the front part a bit smaller in front. Then cut the front piece from one side to the other. Step three: Using your adhesive (I used a glue gun) - glue the front piece to the back piece. Step four: Start to cover your base with the paper you have selected. Step five: Using scraps of paper that match the colors of the paper you are using - create the flowers, adding a button for the middle. I used various sizes and shapes of die cuts and flowers. Step six: Add the ribbon and twine to the top portion of the box making a bow and leaving extra ribbon for the tails. Glue the knot down with hot glue to keep it stationary.
For the can - simply cover the can and decorate as you did the cereal box. I had created the can first - and then the cereal box with the Colorbok Watercolor paper later on! I love how the colors work really well together even though the altered projects were done at different times! I am working on a few Easter projects - and can't wait to show them to you! It has been fun having a bit of my creativity back! Hope you've enjoyed this fun recycled project!
I am in love with the Creative PaperClay product...especially when I use molds or my scrapbook templates to create one of a kind - personalized items for my friends and family! This is a sneak peak - and if you want to see more, with directions - check out the Creative PaperClay Design Team Blog for this idea, as well as many other awesome ideas!
If you scroll down to yesterday's post, you will get a challenge of sorts - to look through your calendar for events in the next 6 weeks that are coming up for you! More as a way for me to actually GET things done, but also to share with you easy projects that can be made with your basic supplies! For April, I have a ton of birthdays, including my mom's and Del's mom! Plus a few other family members' birthdays and Easter all shoved in to a week!!! Now, since I procrastinate as much as I do, I am going to attempt to get things done and in the mail early, instead of at the very last moment (or not at all)!!! I hope you will join me!
Supplies needed for card: Happy Birthday stamp Ink pad Present die cuts Scraps of paper 1 solid, 1 pattern Card base w/envelope
Directions: Step one: Using your card base, take 2 matching colors of paper/cardstock making sure to trim as needed to fit the card. Take the patterned paper and tear it to expose part of the solid color. Add to the card base. Step two: Take the stamp, and stamp the saying in the corner. Step three: Add the die cuts to the bottom of the card.
There are many things you can do to this basic card, like emboss the saying in the corner for one. The die cuts can be exchanged for what you have, or make your own "presents" using a bow punch and paper! You can also think outside the box - change the saying, and embellishment to be totally different than a "birthday" if you don't have something coming up - a simple Thank You card with fun flowers at the bottom, or a Thinking of You card with a few hearts - things like that! Make sure you check back on Tuesday for a link to an awesome recycled project just in time for Easter made with a coffee can, paper and Creative PaperClay accents! Another fun project that turned out perfectly!
If you are like me - you need a bit of reminding to get things actually "done" in time! I am still finishing up Christmas albums to mail to my family, I am so glad they know that I procrastinate! These posts are designed to help those of you who are like me, to get things done earlier! So, grab your calendar or favorite way to organize yourself, and lets get started!
Do you have any birthdays, anniversaries, or things that you need to make a card for coming up in the next 6 weeks?
Going with that - do you have gifts you need to make for said events? Make a list of those things you might need to buy.
Do you need to mail anything to people? Write on your calendar when the last possible day is for you to get it in the mail, or trust me...that day will go by without things getting done!
Look at the amount of time you have between now and said events, make sure you allow yourself enough time to make what you need to!
Easter is on 4/20 - if you celebrate it that is... Do you have plans to make cards, Easter baskets, or gifts for anyone?
Mothers Day is early part of May - make sure you look at that as well! Start to purchase anything you need to make for any of your special "Mothers"!
My worse part is not the "making", but the mailing! So, I am hoping to get things in that capacity done a bit earlier...or on the calendar of things that need to get done! This gets me rolling a bit on getting stuff accomplished - in a more timely manner! I will be sharing some of the fun stuff I have been playing with lately - and an extra Creative PaperClay project I am working on now!!!!
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!