September 16, 2010

Altered Recipe Clothespin Tutorial, again!

I LOVE to alter things! I really get a kick out of taking something good from the craft store and turning it into something GREAT! Here, I took a plain wooden clothespin and turned it into a fantastic recipe card holder that I use in my kitchen all the time! For those of you that read the Cookbookin' Blog, this tutorial should look very familiar;)

I began altering my clothespin by spritzing it with some brown Maya Mist. I have also made them using paints and other stains but this is the quickest and the messiest;)

Next up I found some paper that I wanted to cover it with. For this clothespin I chose Cookbookin's Preserving Memories line.

I cut out the cute little truck to use later on a card and then I grabbed my pencil and made myself a little cutting line.

Once I had cut out my papers  I used my distressing tool to rough up the edges a bit. I love the distressed look and it goes just perfectly with the Preserving Memories papers.

Once the edges were nice and rough I used a little ink on them. Then I was ready to adhere the paper with some Mod Podge, another fun and messy craft staple at my house!
 On this project I decided to paper over the entire side of the clothespin, sometimes I use two papers so the metal spring shows but since I knew I was going to cover that up with embellishments I took the easy road;) And THEN I decided to use a different paper on each side. Of course I decided that AFTER I had glued BOTH sides down. I just consider that part of my creative process. I am always doing and undoing and doing again. ;)

So now I am using some of Cookbookin's Cookin' Up Memories collection. This is one of my FAVORITE papers, Farmhouse Kitchen. I just adore all the little roosters!!! I'm ready to embellish...

To begin this side I tied a bow with my favorite red gingham ribbon and grabbed an old "inked for another project but didn't make the cut" Prima flower. Now, for attaching anything fabric, I like to use Felt Glue:

 It just seems to hold the best.

Cute already but not even close to being finished!I wanted to use some of these cute little kitchen chips from Maya Road. I decided to cover them with coordinating papers but since I was going to glue them a bit off center I inked the backs a bit so they would look good from both sides.

I glued the chipboard to some patterned paper, here I chose Sweet Summertime, Sunflower Fields paper. OH!!! By the way, has LOTS of Cookbookin' goodies in stock and ready to ship!!!

After the glue dried I carefully cut the excess paper off with a craft knife.

Yes, things were getting pretty messy on my craft desk...
But look how it turned out!

To finish this side I added a few Maya Road Leaf pins, some tiny red ric rack and some itsy bitsy letter stickers. Now on to the OTHER side~

I decided to use different papers on each side so I could flip the clothespin around and have a bit of a different look. For this side I simply gathered some of the same ribbon {since the bow from the other side shows} and then I used one of my favorite dimensional stickers from Cookbookin's Preserving Memories line.

There, all done!

Here is another example that I made using red paint on the clothespin:

 Happy Scrapping,

September 13, 2010

Scrapstreet, Gatlinburg & Scrapbooking!

Guess where I have been??? Here is a hint...

On a scrappy subject, I have a layout published in Scrapstreet this month! It is called Happy Family and can be found in the Scrap-a-Little article on Blog Bay. Soooooooo excited to be in this fantastic magazine again!

The layout, Happy Family, is from our first trip to Gatlinburg this summer...little did we know then that we would end up going THREE times! We just got back again yesterday. This weekend Jason and the boys went to the big UT-Oregon game while the girls and I lounged around the MOST AMAZING cabin. Although there was lots of rain, and lots of thunder and lightning, we had a very relaxing and lovely weekend getaway.
Here is the trip in pictures:
THE cabin. This shot really does not do it justice but baby bear looks so cute strolling down the street...
The boys hung out in the hot is rolling in behind them...
Breathtaking views...
We collected lots of treasure for art projects to be...

Had to head back to Walden Creek Stables for another family horseback ride:)))

I really should have named this boy Rocky...he would have been happy tossing rocks into this tiny little stream all day long.

UT vs. Oregon

And finally the BIG GAME! It rained all day long but cleared up just in time for the game...or so we thought. The game was delayed in the middle of the first quarter for lightning...BIG lightning and BIG rain. The boys were evacuated with the other ten million fans to the dungeon under the field. There they had to stand squashed up against one another for over an hour. I am so sorry I missed out on going to the game! Television is wonderful, I watched with the girls all cozy and snug in the little cabin on the hill;)
But in the end, it was all worth the effort and the patience. Our DUCKS smashed'm!

I also have an ENTIRE page of projects in this quarter's Scrapbooking magazine published by Hobby Lobby stores. So exciting!!!

And finally, Happy Birthday Dad, I love you.

September 3, 2010


Naptime. The word brings a smile to my face. I just love to watch a baby sleeping...Yes, this one will ALWAYS be my baby~
Seriously, is there ANYthing more precious???

My layout is based on this brand new sketch by Helen Croft {I flipped it}:

I used only one piece of cardstock and only one piece of Prima paper for this layout, plus the chipboard journaling block, the letters, the pompom trim and the pebbles. That's it though. No ink, no stitching...maybe I will go back and stitch around the edges with a nice brown thread...

Maybe it was the paper, maybe the sleeping subject but once I got the layout to this point it just seemed complete, enough. But now that I look at it, perhaps a little stitching...what do you think?

This layout is for the September sketch over at Scrap-a-Little so head over and check out what the rest of the design team came up with.

And don't forget to stop by the Cookbookin' blog for a chance to enter our September sketch contest and win this:

Happy Scrapping,

September 1, 2010

September Sketch Challenge at Cookbookin'

 Autumn is the time that I make LOTS and LOTS of these Pumpkin Cakes which I affectionately call "Boo Cake" here. My family loves it and I love the smell of the cake cooking in the oven. Mmmmm.


This layout is my example for the sketch challenge up over at the Cookbookin' blog. Helen from Scrap-a-Little provided this adorable sketch for us to work from:

 I used some of the Halloween papers from Cookbookin' that are in the prize pack they are offering to one lucky random winner!
 Come on over and link your project based on the sketch to our challenge for your chance to WIN!

Happy Scrapping, 
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