Saturday, July 23, 2011

Rosy Rosette Tutorial!

Hey all!

I had a second reveal as a guest designer for this month on the Pages from the Heart blog. This time it was a tutorial for making large rosettes like I did on this banner. There are lots of tutorials out there for making these and here is my take on it. You can check out the original blog post and tutorial here!

1. Cut two strips that are 2 x 12 inches. Using a scoring blade or a scoring board (which I really need to add to my arsenal!), score at every 3/4 of an inch. 

2. Fold the strips at each score line going back and forth. 

3. Glue the two strips together. You will want to glue them so that you have a continuous "mountains and valleys" pattern. You may need to cut a piece off in order to do this. 

4. Now you will need to glue your long strip into a circle using the same technique of having continuous mountains and valleys. 

5. Punch two circles. Using a hot glue gun cover one circle with glue (be careful!) and fold the strip circle inwards onto the circle with glue. It doesn't have to be perfectly centered because this will be the bottom of your yo-yo. You can also use a strong liquid adhesive or glue dots but it may take a few tries to get it to stick. I'm a little impatient so I prefer a hot glue gun which works immediately! 

6. Glue the top circle onto the center of your yo-yo. You're ready to add it to your project!

If you are ever in the downtown Monrovia area stop by the store and check out the projects for this month by the design team. Next week I'll be sharing my last project and a new class!


Thursday, July 14, 2011

It's Banner Time!

My first of two projects was revealed this week as part of my guest designer assignment for Pages From the Heart! The assignment was to create a banner of any kind and I had the American Made line by My Mind's Eye. I really liked this paper because it has a vintage feel making it look even more patriotic in my opinion. So without further banner!

I kind of have a slight obsession with banners and pennants so this assignment couldn't have been more perfect! After you have found a flag/pennant shape that you would like to use (there are lots available online that are free to print and then trace) you can embellish to your heart's desire! Having an embellishment sheet that matches the paper makes it even easier.

You can read all the details and see the other design team's creations on the Pages blog post here. If you are in the Monrovia area you can also stop by the store and check out all of the samples. It's a beautiful store located in the heart of downtown Monrovia. Stay tuned for the next reveal plus some other stuff I've been working on!


Saturday, July 2, 2011

Be our guest! Be our guest!

A few weeks ago I shared that I had won my very first scrapbooking contest that was held on the Pages From the Heart blog. As if that wasn't cool enough, a few days later I was asked if I would consider being a guest designer for their blog for the month of July.

Oh. My. Goodness.

To say I was ecstatic would be a major understatement. I had a permanent smile on my face for a week afterwards. I promptly picked up my kit and got started! I will be doing three assignments for the team and the first was revealed today.

The Pages blog is having another challenge and I needed to create a sample for it. The challenge is to create a card, layout, or project using a grid design.

Creating a grid takes some thinking and measuring. Using a sketch can make the job considerably easier. I used one of Becky Fleck's Pagemaps from November 2010 to help me with some of the measurements. I think my favorite part of this layout are the kitty face epoxies! I made these using my Epiphany Crafts Punch. These pictures were taken while I was working on a wedding project (that never came to fruition) and Normandy was being nosy until he finally fell asleep in the craft bag!

You can read the Page's post about the contest and my sample here.

I never quite knew where this scrapbooking road would take me but so far it's been a great ride. Teaching classes lets me use my teaching skills while sharing something I love. Now with these design assignments I truly get to explore my creative side while definitely challenging myself. I feel so incredibly blessed and am thankful for every one's support.

Have a safe and Happy 4th of July!