Sunday, October 25, 2015

New Anything Goes Themed Challenge this week at Cheery Lynn Designs

Hi friends.  This week we have a great new Anything Goes themed challenge over on the Cheery Lynn Designs Blog.  I hope you’ll head over and link up a project to share with us!

Cheery Lynn Designs launched several new Memory Book Dies with their last release that are great fun to work with.  I used the Large Hearts and Rings die for my mini album.  The binding die offers a variety of width options and it punches the holes used to hold the album together. You can use brads, larger rings or in this case I used some natural and red Burlap String from Really Reasonable Ribbon which I laced through the holes in a fun weave pattern.
Cheery Lynn Designs Dies used:
One of the things I love about dies from Cheery Lynn Designs is the fabulous detail you get.  Just look at the word Mexico and the sombrero.  The detail is amazing!  This Fiesta set is great for a mini album to document a trip to Mexico, you could embellish a fun Mexico layout or even make fantastic Cinco de Mayo party invitations!
I added some small ribbon loops on the side and embellished the top of the sentiment panel with a simple knotted piece of Sherry Diamond Satin Ribbon.  You know I can’t call it done without a bow!  
I’m entering my mini album in the following challenges:
Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll head over to the Cheery Lynn Designs Blog and play along with our challenge for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate to the Cheery Lynn Designs store.

Ribbon:  Really Reasonable Ribbon
Dies:  Cheery Lynn Designs
Adhesives:  Scotch ATG, E6000
Natural Mulberry Paper

Saturday, September 5, 2015

September Blog Hop with Craft Hoarders Anonymous

Welcome to the September Craft Hoarders Anonymous Hop!  You should be coming from Donna’s Blog.  After visiting me, hop on over to Nancy’s Blog next.  To start at the beginning of the hop, and for the full list of Bloggers, go to Gloria’s Blog.

I’m so glad to be part of this group because ‘craft hoarder’ is such a good description of me!  
You would NOT believe how much stuff I have!  And in true hoarder fashion, much of my stash is from many years ago.  I pulled out an old paper pad from Authentique and dusted off my Bind-it-All Tool for this project.

I went with a pretty basic and repeating layout for the pages and photo inserts.  I let the design paper do the work and the photos will be the focal point once they are added to this fun autumn themed album.
The pages are constructed simply from 12 x 12 double sided paper.  I followed the directions on the YouTube tutorial HERE.
My photo mat inserts are made with several different Spellbinder Grand Dies and embellished with ribbon snippets from the August and September Ribbon Club assortments from Really Reasonable Ribbon.
I resisted the urge to go overboard with the embellishments because I wanted the album to close nicely.  I think the ribbon ties add the perfect touch.
The beautiful bi-color double-loop bow on the cover was made on my Bow-it-All V2.0.  You can view a video tutorial on how I made this bow HERE.  
I also embellished below the sentiment with some gorgeous Mulberry Roses from Wild Orchid Crafts available at Really Reasonable Ribbon.
Really Reasonable Ribbon offers a fun Monthly Ribbon Club for ribbon lovers.  Below you will see the August and September assortments pictured below.  Both assortments contain 9 styles and a total of 17 yards of ribbon and trim.  August is Autumn themed and September is a Halloween theme.  What a fun way to build your ribbon stash and try new styles.  I used 3 styles from the August assortment and one from the September assortment on my album today. 
Not a member yet?  Enroll today and take advantage of the special offer and begin with the August and September assortments.
Thanks so much for visiting today.  Your next stop on the hop is Nancy’s Blog.  
I’d love for you to leave a comment before you go.  If you are visiting for the first time and you like what you see, I would love to have you follow my blog.  Happy crafting!
Digital Sentiment:  Create with TLC
Design Paper:  Authentique Gathering Collection
Dies:  Spellbinder Grand Ovals, Grand Scalloped Ovals, Grand Large Labels, Grand Labels 11, Standard Circles small and large, Labels 18
EK Success 1-1/2″ hole punch
Zutter Bind-it-All
Adhesives:  Scotch ATG, E6000
Other:  Mulberry Roses from Wild Orchid Crafts, Natural Mulberry paper
Saturday, February 1, 2014

Time for another Challenge with Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hi there.  It’s time for another fun challenge over at the Really Reasonable Ribbon’s Ramblings Blog.  

This time we have a theme of ‘Anything But a Card’, and don’t forget to add ribbons or trims to your project.

Today I have a fun little mini-album.  It’s been forever since I made one of these and I think I’m hooked!!
I love all the ribbon and cording pretties accenting the tags. 

I’m on a kick to use all the tools and ‘stuff’ I just had to have, and my Bind-it-All is one of those tools I don’t use as much as I should.

I found the directions for the fun little album pages of this book on YouTube, but I didn’t have 12 x 12 papers, so I had to take some time to work out the sizing for 8-1/2 x 11 paper.  I like all the little pockets and fold-outs on each page.
You can see the page on the left not only has a pocket, but it flips out too for more photo or journal mats.  (See photos above and below). Each page has a slash pocket in front, a center pocket, and a pocket and flip out page in the back.  Wowzers.
Another nice thing about these pages is you don’t need double-sided paper.  This is made with plain old single-sided lightweight (cheap) paper!
I clearly got a little carried away and made too many pages.  lol
I had to keep the embellishments pretty flat since the book is already bursting.  🙂
I had a blast making all the little tags and doo-dads on my Silhouette.
I have to do a little paper shopping (hehehe) and try one with 12 x 12 paper.  Once I get all my dimensions figured out, I’ll share a tutorial.
I hope you’ll head over to the Really Reasonable Ribbon’s Ramblings Blog and play along with our challenge.  Any type of ‘non-card’ project is welcome.
Thanks for stopping by!
~ Bonnie ~
Paper:  Coordinating design papers from Recollections Garden Florals paper pad.  Image on front album cover from Graphic 45
Other:  Tags and flowers and matting are Silhouette designs
Bind-it-All and 1-1/4″ Antique Silver Binding Wire