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January 2010

Valentine Clipboard


Here's a little project I made for Valentine's Day with the new Best Creations "Sweet Love" line which is available at one of my favorite local scrapbook store, Remember When.   You have to see this in person...the paper comes with glossy details that just add a whole lot of fun to it.  I made this with a 4.5" x 9" Stampin' Up clipboard that I've been meaning to do something with for quite awhile nice to finally use it!  


Supplies: Clipboard - Stampin' Up; Patterned Paper - Best Creations; Flowers - Heidi Swapp; Glimmer Mist - Tattered Angles; Stickers - Reminisce; Bling - Prima; Ribbon; Lace; Tulle



Sponsor: Remember When Scrapbook Store



Unibind Photo Book Creator

Unibind  One of the craft product manufactures I'm working with at CHA is Unibind, maker of the Photo Book Creator.  This little machine is super simple to operate, but what it does is really binds your photos, scrapbook pages, or whatever else you want into books.  The books range in size from 4" x "6 to 12" x 12" and you can customize them until you're heart is content.  

As I said, the machine it's self is super simple to operate.  You just plug it in...insert your pages into the book making sure it's all lined up how you want it...and then just insert the book, spine down inside the two plastic guides.  A green light will turn on automatically telling you that it's heating up.  (There is no "on" button.)  In about two minutes a red light will replace the green light which indicates your book is done with the heat process.  It does however still need to cool.  I just unplugged the machine and left the book there to cool off while I got some other things done.  After 10 or so minutes I removed the book from the machine.

Here's a 8" x 8" scrapbook I made with the Unibind Photo Book Creator about our camping trip this last summer.  All the papers and embellishments are by Imaginisce.  It was great to be able to add ribbon and various sized papers into the book without any problems. Although it's probably hard to see in these pictures, I added machine stitching to many of the pages too!  



Erin Bassett - Out For Publication - shabbymissjenndesigns


Sponsors: Unibind, Imaginisce


Green Crafting: Steampunk Pin Jewelry


Well with the CHA trade show looming close I have burned through quite a lot of adhesive...and of course I saved all my cartridges instead of throwing them in the recycling container so I could play around with them and see what else I could make with them.  Well...this is what I came up with this time, two jewelry pins.  One for me & one for a friend of mine.  I'm not really sure if they are "steampunk" style or not...but I couldn't figure out what other style they could be LOL.  To top that off I don't know if I should call them a "pins" or "brooches" either.  Guess I need jewelry identification 101.  :)


I used Rustoleum spray paint to transform the bright green "cogs" from my Glue Glider Pro cartridges into "metal" ones and then spiced them up with some of Tim Holtz's tags and gears...and I put some wire and chain on there too.


"Create" necklace

Erin Bassett - Create Necklace - Tim Holtz
My brilliant friend Dana had a great idea to make necklaces out of Tim's Ornate Bookplates, so when I was at Remember When the other day I picked some up to see what I could come up with.  They come with 6 in a pack, so you really get a lot of bang for you buck, especially if you're making individual gifts with them (which is what Dana did).  

So, I dug through my stash and found a scrap of some fabric and some metal letters.  I used a bit of alcohol ink on the letters to distress them a bit and then put everything together. The chain I used looks on the gold side in this picture, but in "real life" it's more copper in color.

I really like the softness of the fabric and the pearl in contrast to the metals.  :)