Thursday, August 28, 2014

Flip Flap Explosion Layout

Flip Flap Explosion Layout

Here are pictures of our class available Saturday September 6th of ScrapDat's crop. This is an awesome scrapbook page you can find on page 98 of Magic. It is entitled Explore Explosion layout and we will show you how to attach several different Flip Flaps to your layout to make one page explode into 5 scrapbook pages! You will not want to miss this one! 
Hope this inspires you to create something from your heart today.
Laurie in Louisiana

 left page:
right page:
left page: 4x12 and 8x12 Flip Flaps open
 left page: 6x12 Flip Flaps open : Explosion


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Scaredy Cat Layout with WaterFall Interactive Feature

Scaredy Cat Layout with WaterFall Interactive Feature
More Magic!
Here is the layout for Friday using Scaredy Cat paper entitled 'trick or treat'. It's the waterfall technique! You can find the directions on page 42 of Magic. We will show you how to assemble the waterfall into your layout to add more pictures and create this wonderfully fun interactive element.

left page:
right page 

waterfall partway out:
waterfall out 
detail of foam tape securing the waterfall to the page protector. 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Chalk It Up Filmstrip Hidden Picture Magic Layout CTMH

Chalk It Up Filmstrip Hidden Picture Magic Layout CTMH
I felt like doing a little Magic for this years ScrapDat crop, so I took 3 layouts from Jeanette Lynton's book called Magic: Interactive Scrapbooks that Dazzle and Delight.
This is Thursday's class that Karen and I will be teaching at ScrapDat entitled 'epic'. This layout uses Chalk It Up paper. I love this paper! The layout can be found on page 56 of Magic. The film strip pulls out to reveal hidden photos! I will teach you how to build this interactive element into your layout.
Hope this inspires you to create something from your heart today.
Laurie in Louisiana
 left page:
 right page:
filmstrip close up:
 filmstrip just being opened:


Friday, August 22, 2014

Artbooking Metal Art

Artbooking Metal Art

I love how you can take aluminum adhesive tape and create something so fabulous.  It's so easy, that's the beauty. The fabulous frame is the new hinged shadow box frame from CTMH. Here's what I am talking about:

Here's how I made it:
I cut my images using Close to my Heart's Artbooking Cricut Cartridge (except the tomb stone is cut from CTMH's Artiste Cricut Cartridge).  I used 2 layers of cardstock instead of thin chipboard, so, I cut each image out twice and glue them together before adhering to the 12x12 chipboard base.

Cut the aluminum tape in strips to go passed the edges about 2 inches on either side. Start at the bottom and work your way up laying the strips overlapping by about 1/4 inch. Tip: only peel part of the protective paper off and use a rubber brayer to help lay the aluminum tape smoothly.
Flip over and fold the tape over to the back.

Start to burnish the aluminum over all of the detailed images by using a stump (used by artists for pastels and charcoal shading). This is a picture before:
 Be careful not to let aluminum tear. Burnish all flat areas as well as along the edges of all images.
 You may want to add more texture by using metal texture tools.
Spread acrylic paint over entire surface.
 Remove as much or as little acrylic paint with paper towels as desired. Tip: gloves are a good idea for this part.
 Paint will remain in deeper grooves.
Add color by using alcohol inks with a Q-tip.

 I added cheese cloth dyed with re-inker, plastic spiders, black gems and a skull in the corner.

The skull in the tomb stone is by Tim Holtz. 


Sunday, August 3, 2014

Close to my Heart Blog Hop: Sweet Salutations and Chalk It Up

I made these cute little treats to share with everyone who came to my open house.  I used Chalk It Up paper to wrap around a couple of Hershey's candies. I used the Sweet Salutations stamp set to dress it all up.

Hope this inspires you to create.
Laurie in Louisiana

Thursday, July 31, 2014

CTMH New Product Blog Hop 2014

It's here!
The new Annual Inspirations Idea Book and Catalog is here. Nearly 200 pages of awesome new papers, stamps and of course, wonderful artwork!  You can look through the pages by visiting my website at
Here is a sample of the new Chalk It Up paper pack (page 27) and Have a Happy Day stamp set(page 118). I love this stamp set because it has so many unique images all in one set. There are flower, pennant, arrow images with 7 different word stamps. I stamped the flower in Sorbet ink on the white circle and paper pieced by stamping the flower in Lagoon ink on a separate piece of paper. I hope this inspires you to create something today.