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Travel Journal

Travel Journal B

Whenever I travel I like to take a lot of photos and collect maps and other odds and ends from my trips and then keep them in a travel journal like this one. The photo map on the cover is put together like a puzzle using photos from the states we've traveled to and when we visit a new one we just add that one on top of the patterned paper one that's holding it's place. I used my ScanNCut to create it by cutting out pictures from our travels and scrapbook papers into the state shapes.

 

Supplies:

ScanNCut Machine and Accessories

ScanNCut Font Converter

ScanNCutCanvas

Cut Files: Title, Map

3 pieces of patterned paper

1 piece of black cardstock

Photos

Adhesive

Pencil

Black Pen

White Pen

Ribbons (optional)

Journal

 

Instructions: (for video instructions click here.)

Follow the video instructions or follow the step-by-step ones below. 

1. You can download entire title HERE, or create your own by following these steps:

  • Open the ScanNCut Font Converter, choose your font and type out the words and then save them. If you are using different fonts in your title create and save them separately.

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  • Open up ScanNCutCanvas, click on the “Import File” button. Select the font file you just created and open it. Depending on the style of font you used you may need to weld the letters together or group them to move them or resize them.

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  • Add a rectangle or other shape around the words and then cut out your design on black cardstock.

 

2. In ScanNCut Canvas, open the public domain map of the United States, resize it if necessary and then send it to your ScanNCut machine using ScanNCut Transfer or a USB. Cut out three versions of the map using three different colors and patterns of scrapbook paper.

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3. Resize your photos smaller and print them out. Delete the states you don't have photos for. Fill the mat with photos and then scan it in. Move each of the state shapes over the correct photo, zooming in if necessary to place it in the perfect spot on the photo. Cut them out.

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4. Use a pencil and one of the negative pieces of the map cardstock to trace the outline of the United States onto the front of your journal. Use adhesive to assemble each of the state photos or patterned paper in the correct place.

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5. Embellish the cover with doodles, travel quotes and ribbons.

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 Happy travels!

 

Disclosure: Erin is a paid consultant and has received  products from Brother to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely her own and based on her use of the products.

This post contains affiliate links. If you buy from these links it won't cost you a penny more but Erin will make a little bit of money (not enough for a pony). 

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Snow Birds Art Journal Page

This week the Gelatos® Color of the Week is Metallic Blueberry and that beautiful shimmery blue color reminds me of winter so I went through my Gelatos stash and found some great colors that go with it to use for an art journaling page. Besides Metallic Blueberry, I choose Elderberry and Metallic Grape. 

Winter Colored Gelatos

 

First off, here's how the page turned out:

Snow Birds

Supplies: Gelatos - Metallic Blueberry, Elderberry, Metallic Grape; Glass Bead Glitter Gel, Gel Medium, Gesso, PITT Artist Pens - Raw Umber #180, Black #199, Tag, White Cardstock, Patterned Papers, Wreath Diecut (download it for FREE right here), Sewing Machine Stitching, Brush, Pallet Knife, Bird Stamp, Ribbon

 

Here's what I did to create it.

I collaged some papers onto the page using Gel Medium. Once it was dry I scribbled my Metallic Blueberry Gelato over it.
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I sprayed on a spritz of water and used a foam brush to move the Gelatos over the page.
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 Next, I mixed together some Glass Bead Glitter Gel and Metallic Blueberry Gelatos.
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I applied it with a pallet knife randomly all over the page.
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Then I mixed the Glass Bead Glitter Gel with Elderberry Gelatos and applied it to the page as well.
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 Then I did the same thing with  Glass Bead Glitter Gel and Metallic Grape Gelatos.
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Doesn't that look so yummy!! I added a touch of just plain  Glass Bead Glitter Gel and let the whole page dry.
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Next, I used my ScanNCut to cut out a wreath (which you can download for free HERE) out of wood veneer paper, white washed it with some diluted Gesso, and then added a bit of  Glass Bead Glitter Gel all over it.
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 Next, I took one of my favorite bird stamps and rubbed the Metallic Blueberry Gelatos over it. Then (and this is where the magic happens) I huffed on it a few times.  -You know, the way you do to fog up your glasses or a window. Then I stamped it onto a piece of white cardstock.   I love using the MISTI to stamp with since if the image wasn't dark enough I'd repeat the same process on top of it and it lines up perfectly!
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I used a Raw Umber #180 PITT Artist Pen to color the bird's legs on the stamp and then stamped them onto the paper.
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I repeated that process to create 3 birds.
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 Next, I took an XS tip Black #199 PITT Artist Pen and made sketch marks around the birds.

Snow Birds - CloseUp

 

And lastly, I printed out a nice wintery saying onto a tag and added the left over  Glass Bead Glitter Gel + Elderberry mixture around the edges.  After everything was dry I assembled it all together, adding some stitching on the bottom of the tag.
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Wishing you many creative days this New Year!

 

Disclosure: Erin is a paid consultant and has received  products from Faber-Castell and Brother ScanNCut to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely her own and based on her use of the products.

This post contains affiliate links. If you buy from these links it won't cost you a penny more but Erin will make a little bit of money (not enough for a pony). 

ERIN Sig


Thanksgiving Vignette & a ScanNCut Sponsored Giveaway! #BrotherBloggerBash

Thanksgiving - ScanNCut 1

 

I'm gearing up for Thanksgiving and created some projects for a vignette at my house.  I applied a design cut out of gold vinyl to a plate, and created a little sign using stamps. Now, I always get a lot of emails and questions about cutting out stamps, so hopefully this tutorial will help you learn some new cutting techniques!

 

Plate Supplies:

 

Frame Supplies:

 

Here's video instructions of how to create both projects.

 

Plate Instructions:

1.Insert the cutting mat with gold craft vinyl adhered to it. Download the cut file and load it onto your machine and then add a test cut.  When you do a test cut it will cut that out first, and then pause so you can evaluate how it cut out. You can then begin cutting out the design or adjust your settings and do another test cut.  
Thanksgiving - ScanNCut 1

2. After it has finished cutting remove the vinyl from the cutting mat and weed out the negative parts of the vinyl design.  It's supper handy to use your hook tool to get out the centers of letters.
Thanksgiving - ScanNCut 1

 

3. Cut a piece of transfer paper to be the same size as your design, remove it's backing, and then apply it to your design and rub it firmly so the vinyl will stick to the transfer tape.
Thanksgiving - ScanNCut 1

4. Remove the transfer paper and the design from the vinyl backing and apply it to the center of the plate.  Rub the transfer paper to adhere the vinyl onto the plate and then slowly peel up the transfer paper leaving the vinyl design on the plate.
Thanksgiving - ScanNCut 1

 

Sign Instructions:

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1. On a piece of cream cardstock stamp out various leaf patterns using different colors of ink.  Allow it to dry and then place the paper onto the cutting mat and insert it into the machine. Choose "Scan" then "Direct Cut" and scan in your stamped design.
Thanksgiving - ScanNCut 1

2. Crop the design selecting just the patterns you want to cut out. Next, click on the "offset" feature button. This is where the magic happens of choosing if you want a border around your stamped image, have it cut right along the edge of the image, or cut inside the edge of the image.  Isn't it cool that you get to choose your preference! -I love it!

So for this project I cut the majority of the solid leaf patterns using an "inward offset" of "-0.02" and for the more open stamped images I used "0.00" so it would just around the edge.

Thanksgiving - Step6
Thanksgiving - Step6

Here is how it looks when it's cut out:
Thanksgiving - step9 offsets

 

Enjoy decorating your home!

Thanksgiving - Step6

 

 #BrotherBloggerBash Giveaway

My friends at Brother ScanNCut is giving one very lucky blog reader a fun prize package! See the details and enter to win below!

Giveaway Duration - November 14th - 15th

Brother prize valued at approximately $70!

Prize

Brother prize package includes: 

  • 1  set Spatula and Hook tools
  • 1 roll of gold craft vinyl 
  • 1 roll of silver craft vinyl
  • 1 roll of black craft vinyl
  • 1 roll of grid transfer paper

Official Rules: To enter to win, just comment below on this blog post by midnight PST on November 15, 2016. By commenting on this blog post you are agreeing to the official rules and you agree to provide your name and mailing address to Erin Bassett and Brother International for prize distribution. Prize fulfillment will be done by Brother International.

Eligibility requirements: Open to USA residents 18 and older only. 

A random winner will be chosen via random.org on November 16th, 2016 and contacted that day. If potential prize winner does not claim the prize in 48 hours or forfeits the prize, the prize will be re-awarded. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Void where prohibited by law.

 Comments are now closed and a winner will be notified.

 

Disclosure: Erin is a paid consultant and has received  products from Brother to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely her own and based on her use of the products.

This post contains affiliate links. If you buy from these links it won't cost you a penny more but Erin will make a little bit of money (not enough for a pony). 

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DIY Fall Earrings

Cinnamon Gelatos - DIY Fall Earrings

These fall earrings were really fun to make and I love how they turned out. Often times larger earrings are heavy, but because I paper-mached these they are really light and easy to wear.

To start off with, I used my ScanNCut to cut out this shape out of a thin piece of chipboard...it happens to be a Christmas ornament shape that's built into the machine. Shhhh, don't tell.  
Cinnamon Gelatos - DIY Fall Earrings

 

Next, I took a lot of layers of ripped up tissue paper and adhered it to the shape with Gel Medium. I allowed it to dry between layers and just continued to build it up to the thickness I wanted.
Cinnamon Gelatos - DIY Fall Earrings

 

I even devised a clever way to allow them to dry by bending paperclips and hanging it off of one of my tool baskets.
Cinnamon Gelatos - DIY Fall Earrings

 

Next, I mixed up some of the Gelatos Color of the Week, Cinnamon, and a little bit of Glaze and applied it to the earring bases. I allowed it to dry and then repeated that process until it was the desired look I wanted.
Cinnamon Gelatos - DIY Fall Earrings

 

After they had thoroughly dried overnight, I took just a tiny bit of the Gold Texture Luxe and applied it to the earrings. Oh how I love Texture Luxe!
Cinnamon Gelatos - DIY Fall Earrings

 

I applied it with a damp (not dripping wet) finger to the earrings so that it really just transferred onto the high points of the folds of texture. I also applied it along the edge as well.
Cinnamon Gelatos - DIY Fall Earrings
Cinnamon Gelatos - DIY Fall Earrings

I added a few beads and fishhook earrings and voilà, they are ready to wear!

Cinnamon Gelatos - Fall Earrings - Erin Bassett

Disclosure: Erin is a paid consultant and has received  products from Brother ScanNCut and Faber-Castell to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely her own and based on her use of the products.

This post contains affiliate links. If you buy from these links it won't cost you a penny more but Erin will make a little bit of money (not enough for a pony). 

 

 

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Autumn Leaves

This week's Gelatos® color is Red Cherry and I thought it would be really fun to use that in an autumn project.

Autumn Leaves - by Erin Bassett

 

I got started on it by decoupaging a canvas panel with a music sheet and Gel Medium. I then applied Red Cherry and Blood Orange Gelatos to it and used Gel Medium to move it around my background....I ended up layering up a few layers this way so that the colors would be intense.

Gelatos on decoupaged canvas

 

Next I put on a layer of Glaze...I love how glossy that makes it! I used a rubber stamp to make an impression in it while it was still wet, however by the time my project was finished there I had covered it up....but it is a cool technique to use!
Stamped impression in Glaze

 

For the leaves I used my die-cut machine to cut out a leaf shape out of black cardstock and then mixed together some Whipped Spackle and Gold Texture Luxe™. Mixing these creates a different color and texture but still has a metallic shine.  After they were mixed I added some Gold Champagne Gelatos to half of it...this really bumped up the metallic look of it and darkened it some too. Before it dried I used a pencil to etch in some vein lines.

I did the same technique using Whipped Spackle, Copper Texture Luxe, and Iced Chai Gelatos to it for the other leaf.
Mixing Texture Luxe and Whipped Spackle

 

The bookplate I used was originally silver, and I wanted it to be copper, so I took just a dab of the copper Texture Luxe and added a couple of drops of water to it and then applied it.  After that dried I rubbed ink from the Walnut Brown #177 Big Brush Pen into the recessed parts.
Bookplate and Copper Texture Luxe



I then took a small piece of black cardstock and covered the front side of it with 3 layers of Chalkboard Paint and allowed it to dry before writing on it with chalk ink. I applied some Chalkboard Paint around the edge of the canvas as well to create a frame.
Autumn Leaves - closeup2

 

After everything was dry I wrapped some string and beads around the right edge to finish it off.

Autumn Leaves - closeup

 

Disclosure: Erin is a paid consultant and has received  products from Faber-Castellt to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely her own and based on her use of the products.

This post contains affiliate links. If you buy from these links it won't cost you a penny more but Erin will make a little bit of money (not enough for a pony). 

 

 

ERIN Sig