Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Nutcracker Sweet Slider Mini Album

This Nutcracker Sweet Slider Album is the creation of Xannero1 on YouTube.  She has a pretty amazing tutorial.  She is an amazing artist.   I did many things as prescribed in her tutorial, and would do some things differently if I was to make another slider album.  Love the idea.  This album uses the thread binding system, not crazy about it.  I think I would like something a little more stable.  Love the slider and of course love the Graphic 45 paper.  This is the cover, lots of fussy cutting.  I basically used one sheet of every paper in the paper packs for the 8x8 and the 12x12.  That gives you a lot of paper left over for another project.  Probably used more of the tags and such, so I may have to get more pages of the tags.
The finished album measures 7 3/4" x 5 3/8"x 2".  There are only 3 slider pages, but that give you lots of room for pictures and journaling

Here is the spine and the closure.  Just a more fussy cutting to cut out the clock and I used  hinges and added ribbon to close.  The hinges on each corner of the album serves two purposes, to add support and also decorative.
This is the inside cover.  The curtains were fussy cut, and the green was added to make the pockets a little deeper since the curtain was not wide enough to completely cover the board.  The clock, tree, nutcracker, gingerbread boy and gifts were all fussy cut and added to create a border.

This is page one, and each slider page has a full size mat where the tabs are.    By the way, the nutcracker stands up and the mat can slide either behind it while flat or there is a slot for it to go in when it is standing.  I will have to use that trick more.
Isn't that cool. Makes for a very interactive book.  There is a magnet behind the nutcracker to help it stay in place.
Here is a picture of the slide out.  It holds a mat with a pocket.  The border also creates another pocket.
This is the backside of page one, while the slider is open.  The little girl is raised, but will lay flat when the book is closed.
This is the second slider page (while closed.)  I used some of the frames left over from the fussy cutting to create a frame on the page.  The title is also fussy cut from one of the papers.
This is after the above page is opened and the slider is pulled out.  The dancer on the left is raised and she has netting as part of her tutu.  The slider she is attached to helps to hold the mats in place.  On the right, the camera lens is actually removable so you can place a picture on it and on the space behind it.  The girl was fussy cut from the 8x8 stack.
This is the backside of the second slider.  the lady stands up.  This page opens to the left and then slides.
This is the backside of the page above when the slider is opened.
This is the third slider page.  The nutcrackers form a pocket and the entire pocket swings out to show the page behind it.  The snowflakes were from a sticker sheet (not G45).  The center nutcracker is a tag an is removable.
This is the fold out of the nutcracker slider page.   The dancer on the slider is raised and lays flat with the help of a magnet. 
This is the back of the third slider.  Simple frame and the bow and mouse fussy cut from the paper line.
This is the slider behind the third page.  It is pulled out and the post card is kept in with a magnet.
This is the inside back cover.  The grandfather clock is on the third slide out, not on the back cover.  Just to note, there is a mouse behind the door on the bottom of the grandfather clock.  The door is kept closed with a magnet.
This is the fold out on the back cover.  The fold out is a card and the open card is shown below.
This is the inside of the card with the pop up nutcracker and the fussy cut embellishments.
And finally, the back cover with the removable mat postcard.  I still have some work, but I would like to thank Xannero1 for making such a wonderful tutorial.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Scarves...Scarves and more Scarves

A friend taught me during our lunch break in December, how to make these beautiful scarves.  Now, keep in mind I don't knit.  But she taught me in 5 minutes how to knit these scarves. Thank you so much Alicia.    Love them.  I  have probably made about 40-50 scarves since then.  I think I am a little compulsive.  I have sold some, and I have given a lot of them away.  It is so relaxing to make them.  I take them to ball games and it helps keep me from yelling too much at the games.  Keeps me a little calmer at the games, I am sure my kids are glad of that.  LOL.  There are some beautiful  colors of this yarn available.  I have also crocheted a few of them, but I prefer the knitted look.  If you are interested in making them, I think there are some great tuturial videos on youtube.  Most people call them ruffle scarves.

My Glue Stand

My hand made stand.  I have used it, and it is awesome.  Right now, because my table is a mess, I use it while it is sitting on top of its container, which is sitting on top of a drawer unit.  But my plan is to have it sitting directly on my scrap table when I am at home.  Hope you like it and are inspired to create someting that will work for you.

This is my take on a personal glue stand.  I wanted to be able to have my glue guns and adhesives that I use, just about everytime I sit down to create, readily available.  I hope you like it.  It is made from medium weight chipboard and the black base is foam core board.  I made it so it would sit on top of a plastic container where I could keep my other adhesives like scrappy tape/scor tape and such.  The container does also hold 12"x12" paper.
Although it is made to sit on the container, it also can be removed to sit directly on the table.  The foam core is in two layers.  The bottom layer is cut to fit the shape of the plastic container, so that it doesn't slip off when it is on top of it.  The top layer of the foam board is solid.  I should have used black foam core, but I used what I had available.
This is the conatiner I am using.  Hopefully you can tell that the top of the container is raised, and that is why it worked for this project.  It is actually  a set of 3 containers.  They graduate in size so that they stack on top of one another.  There is only one lid, as each container serves as a lid for the one underneath.  I purchased these at Hobby Lobby (regular price $20/but of course I used a coupon)  I think they are by HOMZ
This is a side view.  It is not complete, because I want to decorate the refill containers that are currently covered by their lids.  I also want to make the lids some type of attachment so they stay on when being transported.  The round glue holders are empty toilet tissue rolls.  I did adhere strips of chipboard around the top and bottom of the rolls to make them a little more sturdy.  After painting them and adding the paper, they are really sturdy.  I put four spots for the round adhesive bottles, but there is room on the board to add more.  May use some of the empty space just to put things on with velcro.  The empty space in front of hot glue gun will have a square of anti stick stuff (for lack of the official term).  This will be so the dripping glue does not damage the board.
Here is a picture of the refill boxes with the lids removed.  Now I have the glue guns and their refills at easy access.  I don't have to get up to go to a drawer, and I will know when I am starting to run low.  Any extras I have that don't fit, will go in the plastic container that the board can sit on.
Another view of the board.  The boxes are all different sizes.  I tried to make them, so the refills fit, and I could keep several  in the boxes. As you can see the lids come all the way off.   The Scotch box hold about 8-10 refills, depending on whether you keep them in their original boxes.  The Glue glider Pro box hold 5 refills, and the box with the glue sticks holds a lot of glue sticks.  The nice thing about this stand and the plastic container it sits on, is that it holds all the adhesives I need to take to a weekend crop.
The stands for the adhesive guns are also made from chipboard.  They vary a little in size with the largest one being 5"x6".  They are about 1" in depth.  I used plain medium weight chipboard and paper hinges cut from Kraft paper.  Then the whole thing was painted black and then I decided to use some paper to cover some of the sides.  The butt end of the guns are either in slices of toilet tissue rolls or just spare strips of chipboard formed into a rectangle.