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How To’sday | DIY Ombre Glitter

We hopped on the ombre bandwagon for this How To’sday with Tim Holtz Distress Glitter.

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1) Create 5 different shades of glitter: the two pure hues, the darker hue mixed with a little of the lighter shade, a 50/50 blend, and the lighter hue mixed with a litter dark.

2) Apply regular old glue.

3) Swipe the glue onto cardstock using a thick business card for a flat application.

4) Sprinkle the glitter starting with the ends and make your way toward the middle.

5) Shake off excess glitter and keep it as a “middle” base for your next ombre project. Just add a little light or dark to it.

This is a very simple idea that can be used on anything from crafts to cards. Get creative and go wild with it — use complementary or contrasting colors! In the future, I think I’m going to make ombre glittered tea lights using this method.

 

Earth Day | How To-sday Make a Toilet Paper Roll Album

Today we have a treat to help celebrate Earth Day. Emily from Authentique Paper has created a how-to on using toilet paper rolls and creating a beautiful mini album.

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We are all looking for a new way to create a mini album, now you will know how to make your own album out of recycled toilet paper rolls. A few people have even asked  “where’s the toilet paper rolls?” That’s why these make such great gifts… no one will ever know what they are made of and when they find out, they will be surprised

Here’s the little album created with  Authentique’s “Glowing” line.

 

 

Here’s a little step by step on how you can make one for yourself (start saving those tp rolls now, these can be addicting to make.)

First, gather up some supplies. I find that for these, 6×6 is the best to use since the patterns are smaller. You will need at least 4 empty toilet paper rolls, acrylic paint (if you want to paint yours), paint brushes or sponges, embellishments, ribbons, binding rings, and some coordinating cardstock.

Now take your toilet paper rolls and make them flat. You can use your hands, but I find it easier to use a bone folder to crease the edges. Once you’ve done that, you can paint your rolls.

Cut at least 12 pieces of patterned paper, mine are 3.75 x 2 inches, but you might want to measure your rolls first, sometimes they are different in size. For the mats I cut them at 4 x 2.25 inches. After they were cut, I inked the edges of my patterned paper.

Glue your patterned paper to your cardstock mats.

This step is optional, but I like to stitch the ends of my toilet paper rolls once they are dry, just so the little inserts have a little stopper when you stick them in the sides.

Punch 2 holes and add 2 little binding rings.

Add ribbons to your binding rings and then glue down your mats to the album base. Also, use the 4 extras to stick into the little side pockets for hidden photos our journaling.

Now for the fun part… time to embellish!!! If you have any of the matching Authentique Excerpts or Notables, these are great to add throughout the album!

And that’s it! Simple, right?

 

Here are some other samples of toilet paper roll albums that I’ve made with other Authentique papers. The possibilities are endless with these.

How To’sday | DIY Magnetic Die Storage

Today we have a treat. The fabulous Heather Conklin is showing us her genius way to store her metal dies. I love this so much that I may make it just for a fun.

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Good Morning!! I wanted to share with you a super quick and easy way to not only store your metal dies, but also display them. I started with a piece of magnet paper. You can buy this in various forms, but since I didn’t want to spend any money, I just used what I had on hand, which was the Silhouette Adhesive Magnet Paper. There are printable versions and rolls that you could also use for this.

I wanted to maximize the storage space for my dies, and put some 8″ x 10″ photo frames I had laying around to use.

Use the back of the frame, or the glass to figure out the correct size for you magnet paper. Sometimes the size of the photo that goes in the frame is just a tad smaller than the magnetic paper, so you may need to do some trimming.

You want to lay out your materials in this order: backing (foam or cardboard-whatever was in the frame if you need it for cushioning), the paper that comes with the frame to double check the size, glass, THEN your magnet paper.

Once the magnet paper is in, it covers the glass and you can start placing your dies on it.

This is how the frame looks with a few dies on it.

I really like using easel frames for this, as once I take them off of the wall, I can stand them on my craft desk.

And when I’m not using my dies, the frames can add a bit of interest to my walls!

You can also attach adhesive magnet to your furniture or wall. This is my mother-in-law’s amazing craft room, and she attached roll magnet to her craft desk. AMAZING!

 

Create Your Own Enamel Dots | How To-sday

Today we have a guest  How To-sday from our one of our fans  Erica BassWith enamel dots being all the rage in scrapbooking, Erica shows us how you can create some of your own.

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My favorite scrapbooking embellishments are the enamel dots made by various scrapbooking companies. I tend to use up a lot of a certain size or color, so I have a bunch of partial packages laying around unused on my scrapbooking desk. That’s why when I heard about melting beads to make your own enamel dots, I kinda went crazy and made a ton because I was so excited. Here are the supplies you need in order to make your own.

  •  Perler beads (found in the kid’s crafting area in stores)
  • or Pony beads (also found in the kid’s crafting area in stores)
  • Parchment paper
  • Baking sheet
  • Oven or Toaster Oven

Depending on which bead you choose to use, preheat your oven to the following temperature and use the following cooking times (Please note that if you choose to melt the Pony Beads, use proper ventilation in you kitchen):

Perler Beads -185° F (20- 35 minutes)

Pony Beads – 400° F (10-20 minutes)

Spread out your beads beads in a single layer one inch apart on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Put the baking sheet into the oven and set your timer to the lowest time above. Make sure you are paying attention to the progress of the beads melting. This is definitely fun, but caution is also required.

When all of the beads have melted and no longer have a dimple in the center, pull them out of the oven and allow to cool for five minutes before handling them.

Here is an example of a bead that needs to be melted longer.

This is how I organized my enamel dots after creating many batches.

Here is a before and after comparison of the different sizes of the beads and the dots they create.

These homemade enamel dots made a great embellishment for my cute little craft. I hope this inspires you to make some of these enamel dots for your own craft projects!

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Thanks Erica! Come back tomorrow for the next installment of our Rose Mid Week Mojo!

How To-sday | Work your Triangles

Today we have another How To-sday from our design team member Wendi Robinson. With geometric designs popping up everywhere, Wendi shows us how we can uses triangles in our projects.

Hello and good morning…

Today I am going to share with you some fun ways to use your every day triangles. Triangles are a great shape to add some fun eye candy to your scrapbook projects.

First up: use your triangles to guide your eye.

As you layer your triangles you can guide it to a focal point, a photo, a title or even just down the length or your project.

I layered mine down my card and then stitched over them several times to add some texture.

Second: create a fun pop of shapes on your project with fussy cutting.

I first put the triangle paper on the card, then I fussy cut out several triangles and used my pop dots to raise a few of them up. You really get a better feel for the shape this way on your project.

Third: create your own embellishments

I decided to make a pinwheel for a focal point on the card.

I just cut out a few triangles, arranged them in the shape, and added some pop dots. I also finished it with a button and some twine.

So go ahead and get playful with your shapes .

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Thanks Wendi! Come back tomorrow for the next installment of our Rose Mid Week Mojo!