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DIY Pocket Cards

Are you like me with a bunch of scrap papers left over from scrapbook pages, and extra pre-cut pocket cards just waiting to be used? I'll admit, in the past I've thrown out perfectly good scraps and given away pocket-cards I knew I was never going to get around to using...because really how many “best day ever” cards can a girl have and use? But now I've decided to stop buying cut back on the amount of artsy stuff I'm buying an make do with what I already have...hello, I can paint over those best day cards or even just use them to practice new techniques on!

So in order to use up the stuff I have I started cutting down white textured cardstock scraps  to 3" x 4", which is the perfect size for pocket cards. Now originally I used these papers for testing out some  fun products for Faber-Castell and wound up having a bunch of them with the same stencil pattern gesso'd onto them. So today I'm sharing with you what I did with two of those cards...you can check out this short video below to see the process of how I created them.

As I said, I started by using a stencil and applying gesso over it. After I removed the stencil I let the gesso dry.


 Next, I rubbed some Gelatos® from the Bright collection over the gesso and activated it with a wet paint brush.  I love how easily the color spreads and how well the colors blend together.



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Easy peasy! Now I have a great background to work with in my pocket page scrapbooking.






Next up is another white cardstock card that had the same stencil & gesso technique done to it. Once it was dry I just used my handy-dandy fine point Sharpie pen to outline the raised portion of the gesso.


Notice it's NOT perfect! Perfection is over rated.  ;)

Once I finished outlining the sectioned I just made quick hash marks down each of the "aisles".

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It's not even or straight...which makes it perfect in my book. While you probably can't see it in this photo, the gesso texture is really cool in real life.  It would be fun to mix in some colored paint or Gelatos in the gesso too to give it another look.


How are you stretching your supplies and making authentically YOU art to use in your projects? I'd love to hear your ideas so comment below.




Disclosure: Erin is a paid consultant for Faber-Castell and has received  products from them 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). 


Personalized Acrylic Clipboard

It's back to school time!

Make this fun clipboard for yourself or kiss up to your new teacher by making them one!

My favorite thing about using clear acrylic clipboard is that you can create a design on the back side of them so the front side is smooth & usable!

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If you're a visual learner, I made this video just for you!


  1. Use your photo editing program and any font you desire to create the text you want on your clipboard...save it as a .jpg. Open up ScanNCutCanvas and use the Image Tracing function to import and trace your text. Add other designs if desired and then save as an .fcm file onto your USB stick.


  1. Pop your USB stick into your ScanNCut and retrieve your design. Flip the text so that when you apply it to the back side of your clipboard it will be readable. Cut out the design using vinyl.

  2. Weed out the vinyl to remove the negative area. Use transfer tape to transfer the vinyl onto the BACK side of your clipboard.


  1. In a well ventilated area spray paint the backside of the clipboard making sure to be careful not to get any paint on the front side. Allow to dry as instructed in the manufacturer's instructions.

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  1. Remove the vinyl and allow to cure overnight.

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  1. Decoupage mixed media papers (I used deli papers that I had created with my gelli plate) or patterned scrapbook paper, etc onto the back side of the clipboard. Allow to dry overnight.

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Mixed media deli papers

  1. Tie a coordinating ribbon onto the clip.


This clipboard is so fun to make and is long lasting so it will really hold up to being used daily!



sponsor: 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. 

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


Tie-Dye Family T-shirts


Do the kids need a fun summer project? Are you looking for a family reunion project? Then these colorful T-shirts are just what you're looking for!

ScanNCut machine and accessories
USB Flash Drive
Cousin.fcm cut file (free download HERE)
White T-shirts
Tie-Dyes (I used 3 colors: fuchsia, yellow, and turquoise)
Freezer Paper
Iron-on materials (I used flocked in royal, glitter in aqua, and hologram in black)
Gloves (your dye usually comes with some)
Craft Mat


Follow this video on how to create these shirts or read the instructions below.

1. Download the FREE ScanNCut file “Cousins.fcm"onto your USB drive and insert it into your ScanNCut.

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2. Cut circle design out of freezer paper.

  • To do that first tap on “patterns,” then “saved data,” and then the USB icon. Find the “Cousins.fcm” cut-file, select it, and then click “ok”. 
  • Next, click on the mat icon. On this screen you can delete the word layer and keep circle layer. Resize and move your circle if you need to and then hit “ok”.
  • Then hit “cut” and insert a mat loaded with a piece of freezer paper on it into the machine.
  • Adjust your blade to 1 and have it cut out your design. (NOTE: always do a test cut to determine the correct settings...mine may be different then yours depending on blade and mat usage.)
  • Once the design is cut out go ahead and unload the mat. You can now use your spatula to gently remove the freezer paper design from the mat. You want to be sure you take your time so you don't rip it.

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3. Iron freezer paper stencil onto T-shirt, waxy side down. Use a pressing cloth and set your iron to cotton without steam.

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4. Take another large piece of freezer paper and fold it in half with the waxy side out and place it inside your shirt to prevent the dye from seeping through the back side of the stencil.

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5. You're now ready to break out the dye!

  • Follow the manufacture's instructions for mixing up the dye and any safety precautions.
  • Wear gloves if you don't want to have colorful hands!
  • Dye your T-shirt! You'll see in the video that I try out a couple of different techniques. Play around and see what you like, most tie-dye kits come with enough dye to create numerous T-shirts.
  • (NOTE: I did not wet my shirts prior to dying them since I didn't want the dye to bleed too much.)
  • Using a brush to spread the dye around gives fairly crisp edges to your stenciled design.
  • Squeezing the dye around the stencil and then pushing it around with a brush allows the dye to bleed a little bit but still maintains the overall design.
  • Not using a freezer paper stencil and just squeezing dye in a circular pattern creates an unpredictable circle.

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6. Wait the manufacture's instructed amount of time for the dye to work it's magic and then remove the freezer paper stencils, and then wash and dry the shirts per the instructions.
NOTE: I just let mine dry over night and then washed and dried them in the morning.
Also, to show the difference between using a freezer paper stencil & not using one, I created one extra shirt (pictured on the far right below) by just squeezing the dye onto the shirt in a circular pattern and I did not use a freezer paper stencil for it. You can see in the washed & dried shirts below how it bleeds much more then the stenciled shirts.

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7. Choose which type and color of heat-applied material you want to use for the lettering and determine what size you're going to need it to be.

  • I used Glitter Flake Aqua, Hologram Black, and Flock Royal.

Step 7 -Heat Applied Materials

8. Place your heat-applied material onto the mat with the shiny side down, matte side up. You want to cut through the material but not through the clear plastic transfer sheet. This sheet is important since it will hold your design all together so you can easily position it onto your T-shirt and iron it on.

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9. Cut the word design out of your heat-applied materials.

  • Plug your USB drive into your ScanNCut, click on “patterns,” then “saved data,” then click on the USB icon and then choose the “Cousins.fcm” cut-file and then click “ok”.
  • Click on the “mat” icon. This time, select and delete the circle design.
  • Resize if needed and then click the “mirror” icon (it's the icon with the two triangles on it). Move the word design where you want it and then click “ok”. (You can double check that the writing has flipped to mirrored by clicking on the magnifying glass if you're nervous about it really being mirrored.) Keep clicking “ok” until you're at the cut screen.

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10. Change your machine settings and do a test cut.

  • You change the machine settings by clicking on the wrench icon, scrolling to page 2 and there you can adjust the cut speed and cut pressure. When set correctly perform a test cut and then when ready cut out the design.
  • Settings for heat-applied materials:

           Glitter – Blade: 4, Pressure: 4, Speed: 1

           Hologram – Blade: 2, Pressure: 2, Speed: 1

           Flocking – Blade: 4, Pressure: 4, Speed: 1

  • (NOTE: always do a test cut to determine the correct settings...mine may be different then yours depending on blade and mat usage.)

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11. Weed out the negative parts of the heat-applied material.

  • Trim down your heat-applied material if needed, it makes it easier to weed out the design and you'll be able to use the leftovers later.
  • Be gentle! You don't want to rip your material.
  • Make sure you weed out the centers of letters.

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12. Place your heat-applied material onto your T-shirt and then iron it on.

  • Turn iron to the hottest setting an do not use steam.
  • Use a pressing cloth and keep the iron on it using pressure for 25-30 seconds. 
  • It's helpful to turn your T-shirt inside out and iron on the “wrong” side too.
  • After the design is cool completely, remove the clear plastic transfer sheet.

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And here's my finished shirts!

The one done with a freezer paper stencil with the dye brushed on & flocked letters:

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Tshirt1 - flock

The one done with a freezer paper stencil with the dye squeezed on & glitter letters:

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Tshirt2 - glitter

The one done with the dye squeezed on without a stencil & hologram letters:

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Tshirt3 - hologram



sponsor: 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. 

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


Truth Scrap Individual Classes Available for Download

Are you bummed you missed out on any of the Truth Scrap classes?

Well you're in luck because they are now available individually right HERE!

There's a kick-off sale from 4/13 through Friday, 4/24, making these inspiring video classes only $9.95 through midnight on 4/24. AND if you want all seven workshops you can get them for only $49 (that's $7 each) with the code "TRUTH" at checkout through 4/24.(***After 4/24, the price will increase to the regular $14.95 per class...so hurry on over and grab them!!)

You can check out the class descriptions below or over HERE:

AndreaChebeleulsale 2If you've been longing for a way to express your faith in full-color mixed-media, you’re going to love “Words to Live By: A Handmade Art Journal” by Andrea Chebeleu. In this workshop you will create from scratch a 6×6 art journal filled with lovely layers of acrylic color and patterns, and then you’ll learn five different ways to get color on your page using a variety of mark-making tools. Finally, you’ll get into the really important part…the words! Andrea will teach a a virtual toolbox of techniques, each of which can be mixed and matched to fashion totally unique pages filled with your favorite words of wisdom, such as favorite scriptures or inspiring quotes. Art journaling newbies, never fear! Let Andrea teach you how simple and foolproof coloring and lettering techniques can be when you keep just a few guidelines

AndreaChebeleulsale 2Donna Salazar brings faith and home decor together in her “Cross-ology” class. Donna as well as some of her friends and family have joined in the “Cross Wall Craze”. If you’ve recently visited any of the home decor outlets you may have seen a HUGE selection of home decor crosses. Filling a wall with even the most inexpensive of these crosses could cause you to break the bank. This class is jam packed with ideas and inspiration for making some of your own crosses for a fraction of the cost… and creating some of these crosses to hang on your walls will give you an artistic way to display your faith. Donna will show you several different types and styles of home decor crosses with step by step instructions on how to make a few of them. These crosses range from the “super simple make in 5 minutes” type to more elaborate crosses that can take you a couple of hours. You won’t want to miss this inspirational and technique filled class

AndreaChebeleulsale 2Telling her family’s story with photos and words is one of Erin Bassett’s favorite things to do, and in this workshop, “Faithbooking: How to Share Your Faith in Your Scrapbook,” she will show you how easy and gratifying it is to incorporate your faith into your scrapbooks as a way to share your testimony with your friends, family, and future generations. Many of us hesitate sharing our faith because we’re intimidated with the “how,” but Erin solves that problem! She will share handy tips on how to highlight your beliefs and share what’s on your heart, as well as ways to add the rest of your family’s perspectives into your album. You’ll love seeing how easily you can develop meaningful pages after taking this class!

AndreaChebeleulsale 2Even as a worship leader in her church, Heather Greenwood had a hard time drawing close to God – until she started art journaling as a response to His Word. If you haven’t art journaled before or feel like you aren’t an artist, don’t worry. This will be easy – and it’s not about the art anyway! Let Heather walk you through her art worship process, including:

*reflecting on the notes
*creatively responding with paint, stamps and pens.
Let’s grab our notebooks, journals and just a few supplies and really draw closer to Jesus through our art worship.

AndreaChebeleulsale 2In this class, Liz Hicks will take you on a creative exploration as you design a beautiful textured canvas full of mixed media and art techniques. This canvas will act as a truth statement of who you are to the core, using biblical verses or inspirational quotes to support your personal theme. “The Art of Being Human” will explore both sides of the creation equation: the beauty and fun of craft supplies, fine art materials and techniques, as well as the deep questions of who we are at the core and how we can help to identify our purpose and approach in this world. If you yearn to begin your faith journey in purpose and learn ways to connect with others in a warm, earnest and heartfelt way, then this class is perfect for you. You will explore your purpose as you create a work of art steeped in love, vulnerability, compassion and trust.

AndreaChebeleulsale 2For years, Shanna Noel struggled to read her Bible in a meaningful way. “I always wished I was more like that, that I LOVED to read my bible, that I even wanted to, but the truth is often times I felt like it was more of a chore than anything else,” she says. One day, though, she saw an image of a Bible all marked up, highlighted and underlined, and something about that struck a chord in her. She went online and ordered yet another new Bible – but this time it was a journaling Bible. “When I started to use the journaling Bible, a light bulb went off!” she explains. “I needed to have a place in my Bible for reflection, creativity, and journaling, and that is exactly what this new format provided.” Now, Shanna has taken her discoveries and is presenting them in a cohesive manner. You can join her as she shares how she uses her journaling Bible in a colorful and creative way that allows for personal growth, reflection and illustration.

AndreaChebeleulsale 2Sometimes, all we need is a little reminder of hope to change our entire outlook. Simple ways to create notes of hope to encourage each other is exactly what Stephanie Ackerman’s class is all about! Using cardstock, paint, paper stitching and encouraging word artwork created by Stephanie exclusively for this class only, you’ll learn to create little cards to keep for ourselves and share with others. You’ll see just how easy – and inspiring – it is to create and offer small messages of faith.


Make your own holiday gift tag stickers

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It's time to wrap my holiday gifts and so I whipped up some quick holiday gift labels using my ScanNCut and their new printable sticker kit. I love how easy it is to use the “Printable Sticker Wizard” that's inside ScanNCutCanvas. I can add text to the stickers or even create my own designs and upload them into ScanNCutCanvas to use.


To make your own DIY stickers follow along with the tutorial below or watch this video:


Supplies Needed:



Step 1 – Open up ScanNCutCanvas and change the project area size by going to “project” and then “area size,” and change it to “A4” and “portrait”.

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Step 2 – Next, click on the “Printable Sticker Wizard” button & then scroll through to find the sticker you want to create.

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Step 3 – There are two ways to add text to the stickers in ScanNCutCanvas.

  • The first way is to just edit the font inside the wizard. When you select the sticker you want to use you can see it has text already on it. Delete that and then add in the text you want to use and then click on “preview” to see the changes and then click on “ok” to add it to the mat on your computer screen.

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  • You can also delete the font in the wizard and then use the ScanNCutCanvas “text” feature to add text to the gift tag once it's placed on your mat. To change the font colors and other options click on the “properties” icon.

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  • You can also add in your own sticker creations onto your mat by going into “edit” and “paste image” and then choosing the file you want to use. You can now use that design just like you would the stickers from the Wizard. The sticker I used for this project is actually a digital scrapbooking element was created by my friend Robin Sampson (and is a free download on her blog), and I just added the text using a photo editing program and then saved it as a .jpg before loading it into ScanNCutCanvas.

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Step 4 – Now I can save my whole sticker sheet as a .pdf so it can be printed. Just click on the .pdf button and then click on the file name to rename it, and then save it.

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Step 5 – Print out the .pdf file on your color ink-jet printer. For best results make sure your printing in photo quality on the white side of the sticker paper that comes in the kit. Allow your print to dry.

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Step 6 – To laminate the top of the sticker prepare the laminate sheet by pulling the tear strip off . This allows a little area of adhesive to remain at the bottom of the sheet. Line that adhesive up with the bottom of your print out and use the ruler as a scrapper to smooth out the laminate so that no air bubbles develop. I like to push it slowly so I can make sure it's going on smoothly.

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Step 7 – Lastly, apply it to the standard cutting mat & insert it into the ScanNCut machine. Make sure your machine settings are set at the recommended settings for the sticker kit and that you do a test cut before you cut out your real sticker. You should be able to cut through the sticker and not the backing, so adjust your machine settings and blade so you're able to.

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When you're ready, do a “direct cut” scan of your laminated sticker paper and then cut it out.

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And walla! We're done with our customizable and easy to make sticker gift tags!

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Sponsor: 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. 

This post contains affilliate links. If you buy from this link it won't cost you a penny more but I make a little bit of money (not enough for a pony)


Snowflake Wreath

How to make a snowflake wreath

The winter season is upon us! For those of us in Southern California that doesn't mean much change in the weather (although we've FINALLY got some rain!!!), BUT is the perfect reason to add a touch of snow to our homes! This stacked snowflake wreath is a great way to celebrate the change of the season no matter how cold your weather gets this winter.

Supplies Needed:

  • ·ScanNCut machine and accessories
  • ·USB flash drive (see the compatible ones HERE)
  • ·10" embroidery hoop
  • ·White acrylic paint
  • ·Paint brush
  • ·Approximately 5 sheets of 12" x 12" white patterned paper
  • ·Buttons
  • ·Foam adhesive mounting tape
  • ·Glue gun and glue
  • ·Download the free snowflake cut files HERE.


Watch the how-to video below:



Step 1 - Start off by separating the embroidery hoop. For this project we are using just the inner circle, not the one with the hardware on it.  Paint all the sides of the hoop white and allow it to dry.

painted hoop

Step 2 - Next we need to cut out our snowflakes.  

ScanNCut snowflakes

You can use the ones pre-installed on your ScanNCut machine, the free download ones, or scan in and then cut your own.  I made my biggest flake 4" high, and my smallest about 1.5" high.  You will need a lot of them cut out since they will be layered up. I used about 40 various sized snowflakes.

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The papers I used for my snowflakes are all white with pearl finished debossing.  Mixing up the size, shape, and pattern of the flakes really individualizes each snowflake stack!

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Step 3 - Once your finished cutting, build your snowflakes by starting with the largest size flake and then adhere a medium flake on top of it with foam adhesive and then a small flake on top of that.  Vary your flakes so some are stacked 2 high, and some 3 high.

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layered paper snowflake

Step 4 - Using your glue gun, attach the snowflake stacks to the top of the hoop.

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Step 5 - Apply one layer of snowflakes on the back side of the hoop to create depth.  You can stagger different sized ones around to fill in any areas that need some filling out from the front view.

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Step 6 - Add some embellishments, such as buttons, to your front facing snowflakes.

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I love how the layers of the snowflake stacks look so dimensional when it's finished.


DIY Paper Snowflake Wreath - by Erin Bassett


Sponsor: 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. 






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Bling it up! - How to add rhinestone to your scrapbook cover

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When giving scrapbooks as gifts it's always nice to decorate the cover so that it will make a great coffee table book. This 8" x 8" album is perfect for the couple to print out their favorite photos to slip inside and maybe even do a little journaling.


Supplies needed:

  • ScanNCut machine and accessories
  • USB flash drive (see the compatible ones HERE)
  • Fabric covered scrapbook album
  • Rhinestone starter kit
  • Download the free rhinestone cut file HERE!


Watch the how-to video here:


How to add rhinestones to a scrapbook cover



Step 1 - Open up SNC Canvas and create your pattern either using the rhinestone function with the existing patterns or by tracing an image and then using the rhinestone wizard function (located under "edit") to create the rhinestone pattern.


Step 2 - Before you cut out your design be sure to do a test cut of the template sheet. You want to be able to cut through the template sheet, but not the backing.  I have my blade set to 5 and the pressure at 0, but your blade may need a different adjustment.

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Step 3 - Cut out the pattern. 

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Step 4 - Once it's done cutting, remove the backing from the template sheet by pulling it off quickly.

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Step 5 - If you notice any holes that didn't pop off of the template sheet when you removed it from the backing then remove those now.

Step 6 - Place the backing board into the box lid so the shiny side is facing up. Press the template sheet onto the backing board and smooth it all out.

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Step 7 - Pour the rhinestones on top of the pattern and use the brush  in a circular motion to brush them into place.

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To place rhinestones individually, use the pick-up tool to position them.
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Step 8 - Apply the transfer sheet to the top of the rhinestones and lift it off carefully.

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Step 9 - Place the transfer paper onto your scrapbook cover and then cover it with a pressing cloth. Iron in one place for about 45 - 60 seconds, or until all of the rhinestones are adhered.

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Step 10 - Allow it to cool and then remove the transfer sheet.

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And there you go! A beautiful album cover!


Sponsor: 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. 



Pocket Scrapbooking With Kids

Going on family vacations is fun, and scrapbooking about those trips is great...well, except when you do it after you're already home and you've forgotten the fun little things that happened each day.


To remedy that, this summer we took some journaling cards, pens, markers, crayons and a date stamp with us camping. And then every evening while we were cooking dinner my niece would journal onto the cards the things we did, funny conversations we had, and draw pictures.  

Once we got back home we had the photos printed out and then just slipped those, the purchased cards and embellishments, and the cards we created on our trip into the scrapbook and we were done! Easy peasy...especially for kids!

The result was her very first scrapbook! Check it out in the video below: 



Patriotic Woven Placemat and Cupcake Toppers

WEB Patriotic - Woven Placemat and Cupcake Topper TutorialI have to admit, I like decorating for holidays but sometimes the holiday sneaks up on me and I don't have the things I need to make a cute presentation.  That's when making my own placemat and cupcake toppers is perfect since I can use up patterned papers left over from my scrapbook pages and the photos from the holiday will coordinate perfectly when they are scrapped!

To make this tutorial extra easy for you I've created all the cut files you need and you can download them all HERE for free. Also, don't forget to watch this short video tutorial that will help guide you in making these as well.


Supplies Needed:


Woven Paper Placemat

Step 1 - Load all of the cut files onto your USB flash drive and then insert it into your ScanNCut. Click on "patterns," "saved data," and then the USB icon. Select the "weave.fcm" file and cut it out on a 12" x 12" piece of patterned paper. This will be you paper loom for your placemat.

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Step 2 - Cut out the border shape "BO-A006" from the border patterns that are preloaded into every ScanNCut machine. Keep the size at 1.57" x 11.42" and change the number to cut to 6.

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Place two 6" x 12" patterned papers onto your mat, insert it into the machine, and then press the scan icon so you can make sure the papers and patterns are lined up correctly, you need 3 shapes per paper...6 total.

*Being able to scan my papers & see them on the screen in relation to my patterns is my FAVORITE feature on the ScanNCut!
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Step 3 - Next weave the border strips into your paper loom going over the first band, under the second, and so on.
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For your next border strip, start by going under, over, under, and so on. Continue alternating the two patterned papers and weaving until all the pieces have been used. Adjust the strips so they are evenly spaced and then glue down the end pieces on the back side of the placemat to keep them in place.
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Step 4 - Lastly cut out and glue down the square border "weave_frame.fcm" (also a free cut file) so that it's centered on the placemat.
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Add faux stitch lines on it with a white pen if desired.
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When you're finished your placemat should look similar to this:
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Cupcake Topper
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Step 1 - Load the free cut files onto your USB flash drive and then insert it into your ScanNCut. Click on "patterns," "saved data," and then the USB icon. Select the "patriotic_pinwheel.fcm" file and place a patterned paper that is at least 12" x 2" at the top of the sticky mat, this is for the pinwheel. Beneath it place two papers that are at least 2.5" x 2.5" for the star and the circle.

Press the scan button so you're able to see your papers on the screen and then move your patterns onto the correct papers before cutting them out.
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Step 2 - Apply adhesive to the circle shape so that it's ready to be glued on after the border piece is folded.

Next accordion fold the border shape using the scallop edge as a folding guide. You want a fold in each valley of the scallop.
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Once it's completely folded, apply adhesive to one of the ends and attach it to the other end to form a circular shape. 
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Press the center down on your table top to flatten it out and then mount it onto the circle that you already put adhesive on.
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Step 3 - Lastly, glue the star to the top of the pinwheel and glue on a toothpick so it can be inserted into some yummy cupcakes.
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-Enjoy those yummy cupcakes!!  I'll have the recipe on my blog later this week for the lemon filled ones I made for this blog post. They are SOOOoooo good!
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Sponsor: 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. 


Desktop Wallpaper

Do you use desktop wallpaper on your computer? 

I love it!  I used to be really diligent with creating a new cute one every month to spiff up what I spend so much time on...it was kind of the equivalent of buying myself flowers. Well, with moving I got out of the habit, but since Typepad (my blog host) was down yesterday I had some time that I had scheduled as computer time so I whipped up a quick one.

EPB - MAY 2014 - desktopwallpaper

What made it so quick to do? -I used a free digital scrapbooking template from Soco Scraps and Gennifer Bursett created all the digital papers and doodads that are free from Pixels & Company. I love free, so thanks Soco Scraps, Gennifer, and P&Co!

So since these digi freebies are sized for 12" x 12" scrapbook pages I just added my papers and doodads like you would normally do for digital scrapbooking and then resized them for my desktop.  Here's a video on how I did it (for all of you that will surely send me an email asking me how):