Saturday, 21 March 2020

I'm a Mermaid - CraftOnline Creative Team Project

We are all moved and 90% unpacked so I got to scrapbook for the first time in months and it was so good to be creating the way I love most again.  I have had to edit this video a lot as there were long periods of indecisiveness as I was out of my usual flow, if that makes sense, but I am really happy with how this layout of my Granddaughter posing in a Mermaid cutout turned out.

Items used in this project
Bazzill Bling Cardstock Charming
Bazzill Bling Cardstock Her Majesty
Eyelet Outlet Shell Brads
Echo Park Mermaid Dreams Collection 
Poppy Crafts A5 paper pad Mermaid
Scrapaholics Chipboard Floating Mermaid
Scrapaholics Chipboard Mermaid Kisses
Poppy Crafts die Sea Shell
Poppy Crafts die Sea Horse
Poppy Crafts A4 Cardstock Yellow Pack
Stickmaster Glue Residue Eraser
I cut the shell die cuts with some Kaisercraft Cardstock in my stash, it is a old colour and no longer available.  I would suggest trying Kaisercraft Oatmeal and blending inks to get the result you want.
I coloured the shell die cuts with Distress Ink in Brushed Corduroy.  I coloured the Seahorse with Fossilized Amber Distress Ink.
I glued everything down with Helmar Acid Free Glue, Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive and some Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots were perfect for giving some lift and pop where needed.

You can view my Process Video by clicking on the pic or video below.

I love how this layout turned out.  All the little bits that say I am a Mermaid were just perfect for telling the story of the photos and prompting my memory of it.

Wednesday, 4 March 2020

Headset Repair - Helmar Creative Team

One of the ear cushions/muffs came of C's headset and with the move I did not want to be replacing his headset just yet so I decided to try fixing it myself. 
Ideally I would have like to use Helmar Fabric Glue for adhering the fabric back down and then Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive to adhere it to the plastic but I packed my Fabric Glue when I packed my sewing stash so I just had the 450 Quick Dry to work with and it worked really well.

To adhere the fabric back where it has come away from the stitching I worked in small sections with my Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive gluing it in place a inch or so at a time.

Once this was dry I put Helmar 450 Quick Dry on the surface for the muff and adhered it down to the headset.

I wrapped some rubber bands around it and left it to dry for longer than needed as I wanted to be sure I gave it it's best chance at holding.

All fixed.
As I am typing this he has been using his headset for a week and there are no signs of any issues.

Friday, 21 February 2020

2 Lovely Cards - CraftOnline Creative Team

The big move is nearly over, we are just getting the last few things from the old place and finishing off the unpacking so my next CraftOnline project will be coming to you from my new set up.  I am so excited.
Meanwhile Today I wanted to share with you 2 Lovely Cards I created using some gorgeous Poppy Crafts Papers to have on hand to give hubby for Valentine's Day or just for the hell of it.
Items used on this project
Poppy Crafts Sweet Heart 6x6 Paper Pad
Poppy Crafts Valentine's Day Washi Tape
Poppy Crafts Pink Cardstock Pack
Poppy Crafts Citrus Burst Cardstock Pack
Helmar Acid Free Glue
Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots 

You can view my Process Video by clicking on the pic or video below.

I love how my cards turned out, I think they suit a wide range of occassions.  I hope they inspire you to make something.

Monday, 6 January 2020

Quick and Easy Drawer Repair - Helmar Creative Team

One of the drawer fronts in our Buffet broke a while back, we sealed it with some duct tape to prevent bugs getting in and put it in the get around to fixing it when we have the glue and the time catagory.
Thanks to Helmar I have the perfect glue to fix the drawer front and the perfect cleaner to get the duct tape adhesive off.  With moving I need to sell or give away the buffet away so the time to fix it is now.  

I used some Helmar Super Strength PVA Wood Glue.  


I borrowed some clamps from a friend to hold my pieces together while the glue dried.  I left it overnight to give it as much time to bond as possible before use.

I used too much Helmar Super Strength PVA Wood Glue but I have never done a repair like this before and was wanting to ensure I didn't use too little, so I just wiped off the excess with a damp cloth when it seeped out. 

While my glue was drying I decided to clean off the duct tape adhesive from the buffet with Helmar H2000 Remove Cleaner.  This stuff is great for getting adhesive residue off things, just spritz and rub off with a rag.  It is best to test on a section that isn't visible first.

All fixed, I apparently messed up the alignment and didn't notice until it was dry but that's ok, this was about getting a functional drawer again and it was a messy break.  So my advice for people like myself who haven't done repairs like this before is be careful with your alignment when applying the clamps. 

Friday, 27 December 2019

Unwrapping Presents - Travelers Notebook Tip In - Helmar Creative Team

Due to the way life is working out this year I won't get to see my eldest and granddaughter for Christmas so they visited for a little bit last Monday and I gave my Granddaughter some of her presents, we saved one for her to open with Papa Bear on her sleep over Thursday.  I really wanted to get this into my December Daily but with the chaos of packing and purging to move I haven't done a single day in it, not even typed up my journaling since we got word about the move.  I decided to make a 4 x 8 1/4 inch tip in page for my DD, that way it can go anywhere in the TN insert when I get it done

I started by cutting down some white cardstock to size and inking the edge with Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink, then to ensure the Distress Ink wouldn't blend with my next stage I took it outside and gave it a coat of Crystal Kote Fixative.

I wanted to add some blue and pink to the background and decided using my very old sprays would be a great idea.  So I just sprayed a assortment of blue, pink, yellow and silver sprays onto the cardstock, dabbing it with a cloth if it was too much. 
Since Miss E's presents from us were Frozen based fine motor skill and sensory play I wanted it to feel like colourful snow.

I then took it outside and gave it a coat of Chrystal Kote Gloss Varnish to add to the shine of the shimmer some of the sprays had.  Since Miss E's presents from us were Frozen based fine motor skill and sensory play I wanted it to feel like colourful snow.

I adhered my photos to some white cardstock with Helmar Acid Free Glue.

I then adhered my matted photos to my background along with some lemon tissue paper (Miss E was wearing lemon) and some die cuts, including a Labrador as our Lab cross rescue came in during the unwrapping and was all over my daughter with lots of loving doggy behaviour while she was watching Miss E unwrap, so this die cut was a great prompt to help me remember when I type up the journaling.


I am really happy with how this tip in has turned out and can't wait to get it into my December Daily happening after the move.

Are you doing a December Daily type project this year?  I would love to check it out so please let me know in the comments.

Santa Photo 2006 - Ruby Rock-It Creative Team

When organising my photos to send them to my daughter's house I found the very first Santa photo with my youngest, he is so tiny in this photo; I just had to keep it out and scrap it and Crafters Choice Festive Pop by Ruby Rock-It was the perfect range for scrapping this photo as it has those gorgeous summer colours and I can see by how sweaty the kids are it was a hot day.

Unfortunately I had kept the photo in the little cardboard folder the photographer put it in and it had damaged the corners.

If you have any photos stored in those folders I recommend getting them out asap.

I started by selecting some papers from the Crafters Choice Festive Pop 6x6 Paper Pad to go with my photo, I based my choices on the colours of my kids clothes as I wanted to draw attention to them.

I also pulled out some cardstock from my stash in colours similar to their clothes, starting with the pale blue of my baby boy's summer onesey.  Then pulling in a pink and a green.
The cardstock I chose works so well with the papers and between them it really helps show the layout is about the kids.

Next I started playing with the way my layers would sit on my page.

Once my layering decisions were made I selectively cut my papers so save some for later as I love these ones.  Adhering down with Helmar Acid Free Glue as I cut each layer.

Then I adhered my layers down without gluing all the way to the edge in case I wanted to tuck anything in.

One of the Santa die cuts from the Crafters Choice Festive Pop Die Cuts pack inspired me to build a scene as my embellishment cluster, the present paper in the 6x6 paper pad had appropriately sized presents for this so I fussy cut a few from it.

For the Tree I pulled out a Christmas Tree Charms Creations embellishment I got last year to help build the scene.

And when I saw this dog die cut I just add to add it as it looks just like the dog we had back then.  So it feels like Miffy is part of the story even though she couldn't be in the photo.
Given how hot and sweaty the kids look I thought this chipboard piece I had in my stash was perfect for this layout. 
I base coated it in White Gesso and then coloured it with Distress Inks in Spun Sugar on the heart, Brushed Cordoroy for the Kangaroo and a mix of Weathered Wood and Salty Ocean on the words.
I used a watercolour brush and applied multiple layers of the blue and pink, drying with my heat gun between coats so as to get a more effective look.

I adhered the chipboard down with Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots to give it the lift it needed. 

I added a small piece of Santa Surfing ribbon under the chipboard. 
Later I added 2 heart stickers from my stash to this cluster.

I added some paper strips to the top left and bottom right corners and added a doodley border.

I loved my page and should have stopped here but I just had to add some journaling.

Unfortunately my journaling just didn't sit right so I had to add more papers to cover it and I just couldn't get them to look right, so I added more and then added a bigger title with some old pink alphas I had.
I didn't notice things were crooked until everything was fully dried but I am embracing the wonkyness, it can represent how we were melting in the heat.  ;)

Christmas Gift Boxes - CraftOnline Creative Team

As we are moving and all our decorations are packed and headed to the city that we are moving to in the first load down, it is going to be a pretty bland Christmas here so I decided to decorate some boxes to put small items in for my boys, they can sit on their empty bookshelf looking cute and bringing a little touch of Christmas to their room.

Items used in this project:
Poppy Crafts A4 Carstock Pack Forever Green
Poppy Crafts 9 Christmas dies (no longer available)
Pink Paislee Together For Christmas Ephemera
Helmar Acid Free Glue
Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots 
Papermania Bare Basics Boxes Large
Here is a alternative pen to the one I used.

You can view my Process Video by clicking on the pic or video below.