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Hi there and Happy Sunday!  Hope you are enjoying this beautiful weekend as much as I am.  This is a picture of me and my husband (It's my favorite pic :o).  I used Websters Pages for the first time on this layout, and I was a little intimidated, to be honest.  I felt so guilty when I began to tear the beautiful papers.  I thought to  myself, "This has to be a crime!".  Nonetheless, I really enjoyed making this page. 
I wanted to use chipboard letters for the title to add dimension to the page, but I wanted a soft look.  To see how I made these letters, check out my Fuzzy Letters Quick Tip.
My original intentions were to use a lacing technique that I use when creating bridal bouquets.  However, it didn't work so well on paper.  So I came up with this lacing technique instead.  Take a peek at my Twisted Lacing Tutorial to see how I did this.  Although it's difficult to see in the photo, all of the eyelets I used were tinted in eggplant alcohol ink.
This flourish is made by Dusty Attic.  I painted it using white acrylic paint and then misted it with a mix of bundled sage Distress Ink and Perfect Pearls.  I also applied a coat of Distress Crackle Paint in clear rock candy.  I love the cracked effect of these paints.  The little roses were actually cut apart from the Pima pearl flourishes.  I have a tendency to butcher my flourishes and cut them apart.  LOL
This is another close-up of the lacing.  The butterfly was made using Martha Stewart's Monarch Butterfly punch.  I attached two butterflies to create a shadow effect, and I decorated the butterfly with Stickles and pearls.  The curled paper was stamped with Prima's Notary stamp.
Here's a close-up of the corner cluster.  The purple flower is made by Prima.  I tore out the middle and attached the blingy brad to it.  The pearl flourishes are also made by Prima.  

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This is a lacing technique I came up with when my original lacing idea failed LOL.  I had intended to use a lacing technique that I use when making bridal bouquets, but it doesn't work too well on paper.  So I came up with this instead.  I'm not sure if something similar has been done before, but the following is a tutorial of what I ended up creating.  I tried my best to explain the process, so please bear with me.  If you have any questions, feel free to ask!

Supplies needed:
- ruler
- pencil
- eyelets (optional)
-eyelet punch and setter
- ribbon
- pearl pins (optional)

First decide where you would like to have your lacing.  Using a ruler, mark where you are going to punch your holes.  I like to use the Tim Holtz ruler because it has little marking holes that make it easier.  I left a 1" space between each hole.  You can choose a different spacing if desired.  Mark two columns of 'points' as shown above.  Again, you can decide on the width you would like your lacing.
TIP:  You can change the look of the lacing by varying the distance between your holes.  Click on a link at the bottom of this post to see other variations of this lacing.    

Punch your holes and set the eyelets.  This step is optional.  You could use this technique without the eyelets.  If using eyelets, take into consideration the type of ribbon you would like to use.  Originally I had planned to use a thin sheer ribbon which is why I used 1/8" eyelets.  I ended up using a satin ribbon which was very difficult to pull through these small holes because this process requires threading the ribbon through each hole more than once.  When using wider or thicker ribbon, it is better to use 3/16" eyelets.

Cut an ample piece of ribbon (remember we will be doubling up on holes).  Thread both ends of the ribbon from the back to the front.

Cross the two strands of ribbon as shown.

Cross the ribbons once again.  This creates the 'twist'.

Skipping one pair of holes, thread the ribbon into the next set of holes.  Your ribbon ends should be behind the page now.

From behind the page take each ribbon end and thread through the hole that sits directly above the hole you last threaded.  Remember we are threading from back to front now.  Do the same for both ends.  You should end up with something similar to the picture above.  Adjust & straighten each strand as needed.  Sometimes the ribbon twists unintentionally as we are lacing.

Using the two strands that are now hanging in front of the page, repeat the same process.  Cross the strands twice, creating a twist, skip a set of holes (only this time, notice that the set of holes we are skipping have already been laced) and thread through the next set of holes.  See picture above.  Repeating the same process as described earlier, take the strands that are now behind the page and insert in holes directly above the last holes threaded.  These holes will already have ribbon going through it.  This is where we start doubling up on the holes.  

Continue to repeat the steps as described above.  This is what it should look like after bringing the ends from back to front and twisting again.  (I'm sorry.  I should have taken another picture before this one.)  Continue lacing until you use up all of your holes.

This is what it should look like when you are done.  If you have an even number of pairs (of holes), you willl end up with the ends of the ribbon behind the page.  If you have an odd number of pairs, the ribbon ends will be coming out of the front of the page.  Secure the ribbon ends with tape.

I added some pearl pins to each twist for added interest.  You could use roses, bling etc.  For a little variation, you could also leave out the twist.  Just have fun with it!

If any of the steps are unclear, please don't hesitate to ask!  You can email me by clicking the email blinkie located in the sidebar.  Hope you enjoyed this technique (it gets easier with practice).  Thanks for stopping by!

To see a few examples where I used this technique, click on the link below:

Hi there!  Here's a quick tip on how to make these fuzzy letters.  I wanted to use chipboard to add a little dimension to my page, but I wanted a soft texture to go with my soft page.  So I simply peeled off the top layer of my chipboard letters and voila!  Soft fuzzy letters!  So simple, right?  Below is a picture of the chipboard letters before and after they were inked.
To get this dyed effect I took my mini mister (filled with Distress Ink reinker in dusty concord and water) and spritzed it onto my craft sheet creating little droplets and mini puddles.  I then placed each letter face down onto the droplets of ink and lifted it right back up.  Be careful not to swirl the letter around in the ink unless you want your letter to have a solid coat of color.  After, I sprayed each letter with a mixture of water and Perfect Pearls and dried the letters with a heat tool.  You could use glimmer mist or any other spray ink for this technique.

To view the entire layout  where I use this technique, click on the link below:

Hi there and welcome!  A few nights ago my baby girl (who turns 5 today!) said she wanted me to make her a really 'girly' page so that is exactly what I did.  I wanted to make this layout look like a shadow box.  In real life, it's a little more than 1/2 inch thick.  To see how I created the frame for this layout click on the following link: Distressed 'Shadow Box' Frame Tutorial         .  
 I used a vine ribbon that I inked a little darker in bundled sage and forest moss Distress Inks.  It was originally a neon green and a bit too bright for me.  I added flowers to the vines and a little Diamond Dust to the flowers.  You can also see part of the flourish that I stamped onto my background and embellished with bling. 
I pulled out the middle of the large flower and added beads to the center.  The flourish is made by ZVA and and I normally cut my flourishes apart so they fit nicely where I want them.
This chipboard flourish was inked in walnut stain Distress Ink and Perfect Pearls, and I added some lime green Stickles to the leaves.  I attached it to my layout using foam layering tape.
To see how I made this border check out my Punched Border with Microbeads Quick Tip

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Hi there!  This is a simple tutorial on how I made the Distressed 'Shadow-Box' Frame shown above.  

Supplies needed:
- (2) sheets of paper
- mini mister or spray bottle with water
- foam layering tape (strips & squares)
- craft knife or scissors
- ink (optional)  

Take the paper you want to use as the 'frame' (the top part) and decide the width you would like the frame to be.  Be sure to leave a little extra width if you want to water distress the edges.  Cut a square out of the middle of the page.  To see how I distressed the inner edges of the frame please refer to my Torn Distressed Frame Tutorial.  

Take the bottom sheet and I would suggest trimming all of the edges about a half-inch or so to make it easier to position the frame later.  Apply foam layering strips and squares as shown above.  I wanted a greater depth to my frame so I actually applied 3 layers to all of the strips and squares you see here.  Be sure to apply the layering tape as close to the outermost edge as possible to avoid possible problems when embellishing the inside of the frame.

Position the frame over the foam layering tape and check to see if you need additional layering tape in any particular spot.  I added a few more squares in the bottom left corner beneath the flowers.  And then you're done!  

To see the entire layout where I used this technique, click on the link below:

Thanks for taking a peek!

To make the border shown above, Punch your border and attach a piece of patterned paper or cardstock beneath it.  I used a glue pen to fill in the leaves of the punch and applied the microbeads to the area.  I would suggest working over a plate or a piece of paper with all edges folded up because these little babies roll and bounce all over the place!  After applying the microbeads, use your finger to shape and mold the area and rub off any unwanted beads.  Hope this Quick Tip is useful!

To see the entire layout where I used this technique, click on the link below:


Hello again!  Thanks for stopping by!  This is a layout of my son when he was a little over a year old (back in 2004).  He was hiding from me and hid under a table.  I managed to snap this picture of him and I love the expression on his face.  ("Did mommy find me yet?")  As always, I did a lot of distressing and some masking.  Even though I tried to make it as 'boyish' as possible, I managed to squeeze in 3 flowers.  Ok, ok.  Maybe 4 flowers.  LOL.  I can't help myself!  I'm a floral designer so you know I have to use a few flowers!
The title is made up of a chipboard sign that I inked and highlighted with gold paint (and a little bling).  I also stamped some flourishes onto the sign to spice it up a bit.  I used metal letters from Making Memories and Grungeboard by Tim Holtz.  The Grungeboard was first painted in antique linen Crackle Paint, then misted in walnut stain, dabbed with gold acrylic paint, and finally, smeared with some Stickles in frayed burlap.  In real life, you can distinguish between all of these layers, but I could not capture a good picture of it.
  This is a close-up of a torn distressed frame that I made.  For a quick tutorial on how to make it, click on the following link or visit my tutorials section: Torn Distressed Frame Tutorial
The corner element is a chippie that was misted in walnut stain with a touch of Perfect Pearls and also highlighted in gold acrylic paint to give it a more rustic look.  The paper tearing and lacing was so fun to do!  For easy instructions on how to achieve the same look, please click on the following link: Eyelet Lacing Tear Tutorial.  The flourish you see over the masked area is also Grungeboard by Tim Holtz.  It was inked in walnut stain and then covered in Distress Stickles in walnut stain as well.  I then used my heat tool which gave it a more uneven texture.  Remember that the only type of Stickles that can be heated are Distress Stickles.  Regular Stickles will usually bubble up and it is not recommended. 
I found this heart locket in the jewelry section at Michael's.  I inked it with alcohol ink in copper and then stamped it with Staz On solvent ink.
All of the eyelets I used on this page (52 to be exact LOL) were inked with copper alcohol ink.  The Prima flourish beneath the picture was cut apart and positioned in different places.

For a list of products used please click on the link below:
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Hi there!  This is a simple tutorial on how I made the torn distressed frame shown above.

Supplies needed:
- Paper cut approx. 1 inch larger than your photo 

(For example, if using a 4x6 photo, cut paper to 5"x7")
- Ruler
- Ink (optional)
-Mini mister, spray bottle, or wet Q Tip
- Craft knife
- Heat tool

Turn the paper over and measure approximately 1 inch in from edges and draw a line.  (I marked the inner area in red to show where we will be cutting.)

Turn your paper back over and tear and ink the edges.

Turn your paper to the back side again and cut away the inner square.

Flip the paper back over again (this is the last time, I promise) and make 4 small tears at each corner of the inner square.  This will help us in the next step.  Ink the inner edges as well.

Gently mist the inner edges with water.  Be sure not to soak the paper or it will tear very easily.  You could also use a wet Q Tip to dampen the edges.

Gently pull back and pinch each edge until you achieve the desired look.  Dry with a heat tool and ink the edges and creases again for more definition.  All done!  You can embellish the frame however you like.  I added an eyelet in each corner and threaded some twine through each.  Hope you find this tutorial useful.

To see the entire layout where I used this technique, please click on the link below:
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