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December 2013

Life and Inking Paper Edges

After a great Christmas I'm gearing up for the New Year.  Changes are a plenty for our family...we moved at the beginning of December and then went away for a vacation before actually unpacking, so now I'm digging through boxes to find what we need and attempting to start unpacking while working on projects for CHA.  -It's a bit crazy.

  ! Beach Dogs

We've also had some heartbreaking news about our beloved Nola dog. She was recently diagnosed with mast cell cancer. When we returned from our vacation found a softball size tumor on her chest and immediately took her to the vet.  She was started on antibiotics and the following morning went in to have it removed...it had almost doubled in size.  Thankfully the vet was able to get clear margins around the tumor and send it off for pathology...which later revealed that it was cancer.  She's currently happy and spunky, in fact if she wasn't wearing her T-shirt and socks you'd never even guess that she her underside has the Frankenstein look going on.  We're meeting with an oncologist soon to see what meds she will need to be on to make the rest of her time happy and pain free.

Dog Socks

 

Lastly I got an email recently from a new scrabooker. She asked what "inking the edges" meant and so I quickly through together this super short cell phone video showing how I do it, you can watch it below or here. (PS - Don't judge my lack of cuteness...it's been a long day and I'm about ready to hit the hay!)

 

So new scrapbookers, let me know if you have any other questions I can help you out with. Some times crafty stuff is a bit overwhelming and I'd love to help.  ;)

 

ERIN Sig


Scan N Cut: Wall Decor

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I'm not going to lie.  I LOVE how this turned out!!  {You can see the video tutorial of how I did it below, or click here.} This idea would make a great holiday gift too if you're looking for ideas!  I happened to find this dessert plate at a thrift store, but I've also seen them on eBay!

 

 

I used one of those vintage dessert pans, some scrapbook papers & transparencies, and the ScanNCutâ„¢ machine to make it, and believe it or not it's a pretty quick project to make since the machine does most of the work!

I started off by cutting out a bunch of different shapes of flowers out of all the papers, and then cut out some leaves out of the transparencies.  The Scan N Cut cut through it like butter!  

Once all my die-cuts were cut out I just layered each flower individually and stuck a brad through the center of it.  Then I just used foam adhesive to adhere it to the pan.

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Next, I cut out the corrugated paper with the Scan N Cut...once again easy cutting!  After it was cut out I scuffed & sanded it to distress it a bit.  I also hand-sewed around the edge of it.
BIC - Decor2I also cut out those letters with the Scan N Cut to spell out "home".  By cutting them twice in different papers I was able to give them a bit of a shadow.
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To see the tutorial on how I created this decor, watch this video:

 

disclosure: Brother International

Disclosure: I am a paid consultant for Brother International Corporation and have received a ScanNCut from Brother to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely my own and based on my use of the product.

 

ERIN Sig


Scan N Cut: Summer Mini Album

Scan N Cut - Summer Mini AlbumSummer time around here equals time with my niece.  She stays with us and it's an exceptionally fun filled time.  It's also exhausting, but that's another blog post.  ;)

Here's a 6" x 6" mini-scrapbook album I made about last summer.  It was so neat to reflect on all the quality time together!

I used the ScanNCutâ„¢ machine to make this mini.  The ScanNCut is the first home and hobby cutting machine with a built in scanner...supper handy when making this scrapbook!

First off, here's the video tutorial on the whole process:

 

Next, here's all the pages, I love how the cover turned out.  You just untie the bow & you're in!
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The first page...
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Second & third pages...
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That tag was made with the Scan N Cut!  It's so easy to weld shapes together with it to create your own custom ones. 
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Oh, and one of my FAVORITE features of it is the "direct cut" feature. You can scan in stuff and then have the machine cut around it for you...and you decide the boarder size around the scan.  Here I just gave my handwriting an itty-bitty border, but you can see that it's a very handy feature!

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Fourth & fith pages...
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More of the awesome layered flowers I made previously and some more "direct cut" handwriting.
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Pages six & seven...
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Stacking up and layering those die-cuts!
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Pages eight & nine...
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See how I popped up the "direct cut" handwriting with foam adhesive? Love that!
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And the last page...love how sweet that photo is.  :)

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I welded the tag & the word "memories" together and saved it to my collection of one-of-a-kind die-cut shapes.
Scan N Cut - Summer Mini Album

 

disclosure: Brother International

Disclosure: I am a paid consultant for Brother International Corporation and have received a ScanNCut from Brother to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely my own and based on my use of the product.

 

ERIN Sig