Thursday, October 20, 2016

DIY - How to Make Your Own Laminated Bookmarks

I've been really enjoying various adult coloring books as a new creative & stress-relieving outlet. During the evening hours while I'm sitting down and watching TV, I like to get out one of my adult coloring books and color in a design. When it comes to coloring, I prefer using glitter gel pens and/or metallic gel pens which gives the designs some added sparkle and shine.

One way that you can utilize those coloring book designs (once you have them finished) is by cutting out the design into strips and laminating them under plastic. You can then turn them into fancy bookmarks and give them as gifts! Matter of fact, I make them all of the time and place them inside birthday greeting cards and holiday cards when I send them out. They add NO EXTRA postage to my envelope and makes a personal little gift for the person receiving it. Here's how I make them.
How to Make Your Own Laminated Bookmarks

Colored Design from Adult Coloring Book Page
Laminating Machine with Laminating Supplies
1/4" Hole Puncher
Fiber or Ribbon
Once you have a design, pull out the page from your adult coloring book. Using a ruler, cut 2 strips each measuring 2 1/2" by 7" in length. One strip will serve as the front and the second the back of your bookmark.

Line up the 2 strips, back sides together. Lay them inside a plastic sheet and place your plastic sheet in the protective cardboard folder. Heat up your laminating machine and feed the folder through it. Remove and let it cool to remove temperature for 5 minutes. Open up the folder and remove the plastic sheet. Using scissors, cut around the edge of your bookmark, leaving an 1/8" edge. You don't want to cut on the design at all, you want your paper bookmark to remain sealed underneath the plastic.

To finish up, use the hole puncher to punch a hole at the top. Cut a 5" piece of fiber or ribbon and thread it through the hole in a loop fashion. Tie it off and you're done! Easy peasy!

If you don't own a laminating machine, most office supply stores have them and you can use them for a small fee.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Visiting the Pumpkin Patch Scrapbook Layout Idea

Last October we took both of our grandchildren to a local petting farm and pumpkin patch for some Fall festivities. They had a chance to feed baby farm animals, ride tractors, milk a cow, climb on hay bales, go through a corn maze, take a hayride and of course...we visited the pumpkin patch to buy pumpkins for Halloween.

Today's scrapbooking page idea features one 4x6" photo of my grand daughter and my husband. Pappy happens to be the Princess' best friend! At the pumpkin patch, she selected 3 beautiful pumpkins which they later carved into jack-o-lanterns.

My background is a solid sheet of olive green cardstock. Layered on top of it is a sheet of printed scrapbooking paper in a dark red, dark orange, cream and sage green plaid pattern. It measures 12" by 8" in size. The one photo was matted onto dark orange and dark red cardstock with an 1/8" edge around each mat.

The bottom of the page features a pumpkin that I cut out using my Cricut. The pumpkin was a free pattern on the Cricut Design Studio. I cut it from orange, brown and green cardstock and then ran it through my Xyron machine to adhere it to the page. On each side of that is a chipboard dark red maple leaf. I used two different rub-on words to accent that section and one word says MEMORIES and the other word says TOGETHER.

I ran 1/4" by 12" FALL printed satin ribbon at the bottom of the plaid scrapbooking paper and at the top, to act as a frame for that section. Plus, it finished off those edges nicely. The ribbon is in an orange color and has the word FALL printed on it with brown maple leaves.

I had some dark red and dark orange alpha stickers and used those to spell out the words PUMPKIN PATCH. I placed each alpha sticker onto a yellow cardstock square. I then framed those squares with dark red cardstock. I used my postal stamp edged scissors to make a design around the edge of the red cardstock to add interest to the alpha letter blocks.

To finish up, I had a pack of Soft Spoken sticker embellishments that had a 3-dimensional bat sticker which I added to the top left corner of the matted photo and a 3-dimensional jack-o-lantern (pumpkin stack) sticker which I added to the right of the photo.

Overall, I'm pretty pleased how this Pumpkin Patch Halloween scrapbook layout turned out. I was able to use up some of my scrap sized papers and embellishments that I had leftover from other projects. Always nice to use up things from the leftover scrap box for sure!

Note: You can click on each photo in this blog post which will open it up in a new window and in an enlarged size. This will allow you to see the details up close. Enjoy!

Friday, September 30, 2016

How to Make Pierced Earrings Using Decorative Buttons

A few times every year I volunteer a couple of hours at a local assisted living center to teach quick and easy craft projects to senior aged women. All of the women at this facility are at least 70 years old and with various health problems. All of the projects that we make need to be inexpensive, easy to do and need to work up quickly.

Last week we held one of our craft classes with the women and for this particular class we made jewelry, pierced earrings to be exact and we made them using decorative buttons that you can find at your local craft supply store. Here's how we made them.

How to Make Pierced Earrings Using Decorative Buttons

2 Decorative Ceramic or Resin Buttons
2 Pierced Earring Backings
12" Piece of Twine or Embroidery Thread
Large-Eye Sewing Needle
1 Tube E6000 Adhesive
Wet Wipes or Baby Wipes

For this particular pair that I'm featuring in this blog post, we used two ceramic angel theme'd heart shaped buttons. Using scissors, cut a piece of twine or embroider floss measuring 4" long. Thread it through a large-eye sewing needle and then thread it through the button holes. Tie it off in a knot and then use the scissors to trim the ends (see photo).

Flip the buttons over and use the E6000 adhesive glue to glue the pierced earring post onto the back of each button. You only need a tiny dot of adhesive, this stuff is super strong and works great for gluing metal to plastic or ceramic. Try to NOT get it onto your skin as it can be difficult to wash off (hence the need for baby wipes and paper towels to have on standby).

Let them dry for about an hour and then put the backing onto the post, so that you don't lose them. You can use a wide variety of buttons in different materials, shapes and sizes.

Note: If you're using large enough buttons, you can make a matching coat pin or brooch by gluing a metal pin-back onto the back.