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Hi everyone!  Today I would like to share a project that I made for Simply Renee Inc.  It is my first off-the-page project.  I tend to use a lot of Distress Inks on my layouts, and I have a complete collection of all the colors.  To help me match the correct ink color to my layout, I created a little card catalog for my Distress Inks.

I used blank 4x6 index cards and I inked and stamped each card.  I then labeled each card with the name of the color.  This makes it easier for me to choose the right color for my project.
Originally I had these index cards stored on a mini carousel, but I found that the constant removal and replacement of the cards caused them to tear.  So I decided to make a little card catalog using a wooden box.

I purchased this unfinished wooden box at my local craft store.  It is very reasonable in price and perfect for altering. 
 

The first step is to remove the hinges and all of the hardware from the box.  If the box you are using is not unfinished, be sure to sand the surface before staining it.

Using a brush, apply the stain in the direction of the wood grain.  After coating the entire box, allow the stain to penetrate the wood for a few minutes.  Using a clean cloth, remove any excess stain.  Allow the box to dry for a few hours.  If desired, repeat this process to achieve a darker color.

After the box is completely dry, replace the hinges inside.  If you are planning on decorating the outside of the box with paper, it is best to replace the external hardware 
after the box is complete.


Now comes the fun part… the decorating!  The possibilities are endless when altering a box.  You can use paper, flowers, bling, lace… basically anything that can be glued down!  On my box, I decided to do a little lacing using eyelets.  On most of my work you will see that I LOVE to lace and that eyelets are one of my favorite embellies!  But how do you lace on a box?  Below are a few quick tips on how to do it.

I used a border punch to create a guide for the placement of the holes.  Using a removable tape (painter’s tape works best because it will not damage your project), carefully tape the guide to the box.


Because I am using 1/8 inch eyelets, I drilled holes into my box using a 1/8” drill bit.

Place an eyelet in each hole and gently hammer each eyelet in.  I would suggest placing a scrap piece of paper on top of the eyelet first to prevent chipping the color off of the eyelet.
You can use ribbon, floss or twine for your lacing.  On the lid of my box, I also added mulberry and ceramic roses.  All of the chipboard elements, including the vine you see here, are made by The Dusty Attic.  I altered the vine chippie using ink and glimmer mist.
The chipboard trim on the sides of the box were inked, painted with acrylic paint and misted with glimmer mist.  The metal feet by Tim Holtz were inked with copper alcohol ink to coordinate with the colors of my box.
As you can see, there are so many possibilities when it comes to altering a box.  Just let your imagination run wild!

The 4x6 index cards fit perfectly in my box.  I have also made a card catalog for my glimmer mists as well.  You can use this idea to organize your stamps, quotes, photos, recipes and anything else you can think of!


Before I go, I just wanted to share how I use my Clip It Up Wall Mount.  I installed it over my desk so that I can clip up the items that I am using on my current project.  This clears up A LOT of space on my desk allowing me more room to create.  As organized as I may be, I tend to find my desk overloaded with supplies when I am working on a project.  With the wall mount, I can see all of the items I intend to use.
I hope you enjoyed my card catalog.  I had so much fun making it!  Be sure to visit the Simply Renee Blog to leave me some luv and to see the awesome projects and organization tips of my team mates.  Have a fabulous day!  

For a list of products used, please click on the link below.
Vintage Box










Hi everyone!  This is a layout I made for the Bo Bunny Layout Challenge.  I used the Crazy Love Collection for this one.  The pictures are of my daughter when she was 3 years old.  I scrapped these photos last June when I first began scrapping, but we all know that our first layouts are not our favorites.  So I decided to redo the layout.
 As you may know, I LOVE eyelets and any metal embellies.  I added a few eyelets to accent my photos.



 Just a close-up of some mulberry flowers.  I punched the corner of my paper for a little added interest before rolling it over.

 I love how this heart with wings turned out.  I cut out the heart and covered it using coordinating paper.  I inked the edges and smeared on a layer of Stickles using my finger.  These gorgeous wings (Wings #1 DA0499) are made by The Dusty Attic.  For a tutorial on how to get this embossed/cracked effect click here.
 I tend to do a lot of hand-stitching on my layouts.  I love the texture it gives to my pages.



 I also tend to lace on most of my layouts.  Click here for a tutorial on how to do my twisted lacing.

 I punched one edge of my layout using the Martha Stewart Wild Flowers punch.  This corner chippie (Ornate Corner #2 DA0315) is also made by The Dusty Attic.  I first painted it with white acrylic paint.  Then I added a layer of Stickles and I misted the entire chippie using pearl Glimmer Mist.




I found this quote on the internet and thought it fit perfectly with this layout.

For a list of products used, please click on the link below.
Angel

Thank you for stopping by!  Have a fabulous day!


 Supplies Needed:
- Chipboard element
- Acrylic paint
- Big Shot or other embossing machine
- Embossing folder
- Ink pad
- Stickles
- Rock Candy Crackle Paint



 STEP 1:  Place your chippie on a sheet of scrap paper or craft sheet.

STEP 2:
  Paint the chippie with acrylic paint.  Allow to dry or dry with a heat tool.

STEP 3:
 Place the chippie in an embossing folder and run it through an embossing machine.


 STEP 4:  Ink the edges with an ink pad.


 STEP 5:  Highlight the raised impression with Stickles.


 STEP 6:  Apply a thick layer of Rock Candy Crackle Paint.  Allow to dry.




And you're done!  There are so many different ways to alter chipboard.  Just have fun with it!  To see other chipboard tutorials, click here.
 
To see the entire layout where I used this technique, click on the link below.
Angel

Happy Scrapping!



Happy Monday my dear friends!  It's time for another sketch from Get Your Sketch On! (GYSO).  

This week we are sponsored by Heather Ellis.  The DT was given a few digi images from the Pure Innocence collection to use with this week's sketch and I chose Pure Innocence 019. 
 Because I am not very good at coloring in digi images, I decided to create a paper doll instead.  I had so much fun with this!  I felt like a little girl again.  I cut out the little girl's dress and the heart from coordinating patterned paper.  The heart was dry embossed and the raised impression was inked and highlighted with Stickles.  To create her hair, I used brown embroidery floss.
I almost always add a little lacing to my layouts.  Here I used lace because I love the feel and texture it gives to this page.  
 For the journaling I printed simple strips and inked the edges.  I found this little quote on the internet.
 Here's a close-up of some beaded flowers, tiny mulberry flowers and some butchered bling by Prima.  :o)
To add a little texture to your Thickers letters (or any other dimensional stickers), place them in an embossing folder and run them through an embossing machine.  This works for most of the different types of Thickers... foam chipboard, fabric, etc.  A little texture makes a big difference! 
The chipboard flourishes (Decorative Trim Set DA0435) are made by The Dusty Attic.  Originally the chippies were one piece, but I cut it to fit into this corner.  For a tutorial on how to alter chipboard using Glimmer Glam and heat embossing, click here.  
I did a lot of stitching on this layout.  I punched the border with the Martha Stewart Cherish punch and stitched along the entire border.  This is one of my favorite punches and I use it often.  The stitching takes FOREVER but I really enjoy it and I love the end result.
I've had these metal tags for about 7 years.  I bought them when I first fell in love with scrapbooking, but they have been sitting in a box for years because I was only able to begin scrapping this past June (2010).  I'm not sure if these metal tags are still sold.  If I'm not mistaken, they are made by Making Memories.


For a list of products used, click on the link below.
Baby Girl





Supplies Needed:
(Sorry I forgot to take a photo of the supplies)
- Chipboard element
- Acrylic Paint
- Glimmer Glam
- Paintbrush
- Heat tool
- Distress embossing powder (or regular embossing powder)
- Distress Ink
- Clear embossing ink
- Stamp
- Water
- Paper towel
- Glimmer mist
- Ink pad
- Kitchen sink (just kidding :o)













 STEP 1:  Paint the chipboard element with acrylic paint.  Dry with a heat tool.



STEP 2:  Brush Glimmer Glam onto the chippie and allow to dry.   


 STEP 3:  Apply clear embossing ink to stamp and stamp image onto chippie.  Be careful not to overlap the image.


STEP 4:  Apply embossing powder over chippie.


 STEP 5:  Shake off excess embossing powder.  Heat the chippie with a heat tool until the embossing powder melts.


STEP 6:  Blot a Distress Ink pad directly onto the chippie.  Spray with water and allow the ink to bleed and soak into the chippie.  











STEP 7:
 After a minute or so, blot the excess ink with a paper towel.  Spray on some pearl Glimmer Mist and dry chippie with a heat tool.  Ink the edges for added depth.





And you're done!  I love the resulting texture.  Thanks for checking out my tutorial!

To see the layout where I used this technique, click on the link below.
Baby Girl





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