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Card Inspiration | Just For U

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

Just For You Card by Creativity Prompt

I really liked the look of the die-cut greeting on my ‘Absolutely wonderful’ card, so I decided to create another one.

This time I used a banner die from Simon Says Stamps as well as my trusted Papertrey Ink letter dies. I also made a watercolor background, to shine through the negative spaces.

How did I make this card:

  1. I started out with the background, I stamped the background image with Versamark ink and white-embossed it with a heat gun.
  2. Then I used inexpensive watercolor set, that I got at my local Michael’s, and simply added a wash of light peach, pink and yellow colors. I used a ton of water which caused some warping, so I doubled up the card base with another sheet of cardstock underneath. I really like the result and will definitely try that again.
  3. Next, I cut a slightly smaller panel of cardstock and laid out the individual die-cuts on the panel, secured with some repositionable adhesive and ran it through my Cuttlebug.
  4. I attached the die cut panel to my card base with foam adhesive. Note that the banner die-cut had cut my panel into two pieces, so I adhered each one individually.
  5. Next I added a pop of color with a wood veneer heart by Studio Calico, which I dyed orange with the same watercolor set, then added some orange Stickles on top.
  6. I decided that my card need some more color so I covered the banner ‘positive’ with the same orange Stickles and adhered it flat on the card base, right under the ‘negative’ impression.
  7. I also ran a line of Stickles around the perimeter of my panel.

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Card Inspiration – Just For You

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

Just For You Card

Ever since I saw the sneak peek of this stamp set from Papertrey Ink‘s last release (‘The Sweet Life’) I wanted to have them.

Luckily my parents had bought me that stamp set (along with a few other things). Thanks so much!

It took forever (well, a week and a half) to get them and in the meantime I saw this gorgeous card by Alexandra, made with that exact same stamp set. What a tease…

I finally received my Papertrey Ink order yesterday, and this is the first card I made with the stamps.

I used Papertrey Ink’s ink and I must say it isn’t my favorite. I find it a bit splotchy, even with a fresh new ink pad. What do you think about their ink?

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How-To

  1. To create the portrait card base I cut the kraft cardstock, widthwise, at 4¼” and folded at 5½”. I used Martha Stewart’s scoring board with a stylus but it isn’t necessary, just helpful.
  2. Next I took the large detail rose stamp from Papertrey Ink’s set and repeatedly stamped it with the versamark ink, starting from the bottom left and making my way up.
  3. Then I covered the stamped images with clear embossing powder and set it with a heat tool.
  4. To create the accent flowers I used the three-steps stamps from the set and the matching dies (they went like butter through my ancient Cuttlebug machine). As the dies aren’t see-through I first cut the ivory cardstock and then temporarily adhered the ‘naked’ die-cuts to a scrap paper and stamped, starting from the least detailed stamp with the lightest ink color and moving on to the most detailed stamp with the darkest color.
  5. Then I cut a 1″ strip of the Ivory cardstock and shaped its end into a banner shape, by cutting a slit in the middle and matching up the ends from each edge of the cardstock strip. I adhered it to the card with permanent tape adhesive and stamped the greeting with individual letter stamps (I actually did the stamping after adhering the accents, but this is not recommended…).
  6. Next I adhered the flowers die cuts. I attached the bottoms with regular tape adhesive and the tops with pop dots to add interest.
  7. To finish off the card I added some bling… How can I not, right!?

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Monochrome Texture Technique Highlight

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012


Monochrome Texture Technique Highlight

A lot of you commented and liked the monochromatic texture on the cover of my most recent travel mini album.

I am a great believer in giving credit where credit is due and in this case the credit belongs to my talented friend, Alexandra.

I was thinking about using a modeling paste with my stencils for a while but didn’t do anything about it UNTIL I saw this AMAZING page and technique highlight by Alexandra on creating your own background with masks. In this tutorial Alexandra created a gorgeous white on white texture using a modeling paste and one of Studio Calico’s masks.

After seeing how striking the result is I had to give it a go too.

Here is how I did it:

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Liquitex MODELING PASTEBlack acrylic - Claudine Hellmuth Studio PAINTThe Crafter's Workshop MINI HERRINGBONE 6 x 6 Template

Maya Road DEBORAH MINI CHIPBOARD AlphabetTombow MONO MULTI Liquid Glue

How-To

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  1. Paint raw chipboard letters the same color of your background. Use a few thin layers of paint and let dry completely between layers, rather than slather on a thick layer of paint. Make sure to paint the sides of the letters as well to avoid the raw chipboard’s color peeking through.
  2. Let dry completely. Thin layers get completely dry very quickly.
  3. Adhere to your cover with a strong liquid adhesive that dries clear. Again, use minimal amount of glue. Just dot it a few times rather than applying thick lines of glue to avoid spilling.

Textured Pattern

  1. Affix the template to your background with a repositionable tape, such as painter’s tape or a washi tape.
  2. Mix the modeling paste with acrylic paint to create the same color as your background – skip this step if your are working on a white background.
  3. Apply a layer of the paste-paint mix with a spatula to make sure it spreads evenly on top of the template. Make sure that you apply pressure only vertically so you won’t accidentally push the paint underneath the template and mess up your pattern. If you don’t have a spatula you can use an old credit card or a plastic ID card. I’ve got a lifetime supply of fake credit cards from all the spam mail we receive in our mail box daily…
  4. If you want to create an imperfect pattern, mask off some of the template with the same low-tac tape you used to affix the template. Skip this step if you only wish to mimmic the template, as is.
  5. Remove the template carefully and let it dry completely.
  6. Marvel at your beautiful textured pattern. [Oops. Obviously this step is optional]

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Are you going to give this technique a go? Have you ever tried it? I would love to hear about your experience and any suggestion you may have!

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Whether You Are … I Will Always Love You – Mini Album Tutorial

Friday, March 9th, 2012

Mini Album Page

This is what I call a ‘just because’ mini album.
I didn’t make it for a special occasion.
I didn’t make it to document a specific event or trip or day [although the pictures were all taken at the same time, on a ferry in Alaska].
I just had a crafty date and we decided to make mini albums with mini photos and I happen to really like this goofy set of photos of my husband making faces to protest against me taking pictures of him… The idea for the mini album just presented itself – no matter how my husband is at a certain moment – I always and will always love him.

Individual Layouts & Supply

This is a very minimalistic mini album. The reason is threefold: 1. Because I love minimalism. 2. I didn’t want to use anything chunky on the pages themselves, other than on the cover. 3. We wanted to complete the project in one crafty-date, after a full day of work.

Mini Album Page

This is the cover page. I used a couple of dimensional flowers by Basic Grey from the Sweet Threads collection. The paper is by Lily Bee Design from the Head Over Heels collection (how suitable…). The fabric letter stickers are Thickers by American Crafts.

Mini Album Page

The paper is by Lily Bee Design from the Head Over Heels collection and the photo ‘mat’ is one of my free printables… The black letter stickers (on all the pages) are from various Lily Bee letter stickers sheets. The cool flower stickers are actually a border sticker by Crate Paper [from their Portrait Collection], cut into 2 pieces…

Mini Album Page

Here I also used the same Lily Bee papers and stickers as well as a paper by My Mind’s Eye from the Everyday Flair collection.

Mini Album Page

Super simple page… I simply used my free printables and the same Lily Bee’s paper and stickers.

Mini Album Page

Same here…

Mini Album Page

More of that Lily Bee paper as well as a few stickers from Basic Grey’s Sweet Threads collection. Plus a couple of my free printables to add visual interest.

Mini Album Page

Same. Same, with some old and thin strips of fabric tape and additional paper from Lily Bee’s Memorandum and My Mind’s Eye Everyday Flair collections.

Mini Album Page

Here I used Crate Paper’s Emma’s Shoppe paper as well as a small mat from My Mind’s Eye Everyday Flair and the same Lily Bee’s letter stickers.

Mini Album Page

Some more paper from Lily Bee’s ‘Head Over Heels’, a strip of an old Anna Griffin paper tape and letter stickers by Prima.

Mini Album Page

Same good ol’ Lily Bee’s ‘Head Over Heels’ paper and same good ol’ Lily bee’s letter stickers. Can you see the lame pun?

Mini Album Page

To spice it up I used Lily Bee’s ‘Head Over Heels’ paper and Prima letter stickers. Just to make it a bit different…

Just kidding.

It’s always quick and easy to use the same collection for a project, that way everything is tied together.

The chipboard I used to make the actual album is by Grafix and the size is just perfect. I cut each sheet in two and it corresponds to a half sheet of patterned paper from a 6″ by 6″ pad or an 1/8th of a 12″ by 12″ sheet of patterned paper. It doesn’t get easier than that…

How To Make The Body of the Album

  1. Cut a sheet of cardstock to a 3″ wide strip.
  2. Score the strip, lengthwise, every ½”. I am using Martha Stewart’s scoring board – it makes scoring at specific increments really easy.
  3. Fold the scored strip in an accordion fold (peaks and valleys) and attach each chipboard page to the edge of each fold.
  4. Cut the extra folded cardstock when you have enough pages for your album (I needed 12 pages for mine).
  5. To make the spine sturdier, adhere the back side of the folds together.
  6. Adhere patterned paper to each page.
  7. Adhere a piece of 3″ by 3″ pattern paper at the spine and over the edges of the cover pages – apply adhesive only on the edges, and not where the spine is.

Easy Peasy.

Currently… An Exploration In Micro Journaling And A Free Download

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Currently - Micro Journaling

I am revisiting the idea of micro journaling, not because I didn’t keep up – but because I filled up every single page of my last journal.

Micro journaling is so easy. Nothing profound needs to be written (although some great revelations have occurred). The prompts are provided and are repetitive so you don’t have to think much before documenting a day in your life. Thanks to the ease of keeping up, I now have a treasury of micro memories to leaf through.

Here’s how you can make one for yourself:

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how-To

  1. Cut the cardstock to size. First cut the cardstock in half, to 6″ by 12″ then cut each strip at 8″ and 4″, to make 6 pieces, measured 4″ by 6″ each.
  2. Feed the stack of cut cardstock through your printer, the same way you would put photo paper to print photos at home. I found that using the software that came with the printer is better then using the default printer driver. Start by printing the front page on all pages, then flip the pages (back-side-front) but keep the same orientation they had when you printed the fronts (up-side-up). You might want to try it on a demo page before printing on all your pre-cut cardstock.

    In case you cannot use 4″ by 6″ paper with your printer, or if you simply don’t want the hassle, you can just send the 4″ by 6″ files you downloaded to your favorite printing-service.

  3. Punch the holes, as marked on the printable. I use the bigger setting in my Crop-a-Dile and align the bottom of the punch with the bottom of the marked circle, to stay farther from the edge.
  4. Cut the chipboard to size. The best tool for it is a plain box-cutter… But any sharp knife will do.
  5. Cut the patterned paper to size and adhere to the exposed chipboard.
  6. Adhere the letter stickers to the cover. I put a dab of liquid glue on each letter, despite using self-adhesive letter stickers, to secure it in place. After all, it is a journal that is meant to be used – often.
  7. Bind all the pages together with the book binding rings and start recording.

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How To Make A Hardcover Mini Album With Plain Envelopes

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

Hardcover Envelope Book

My husband thinks it’s silly but I think it’s super-duper cute, you’ll be the final judges…

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Step by Step Instructions

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Start by folding each envelope in half and then cutting the edge of the envelope’s flap, in an angle, at the half point.
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This is how your envelope will look like after its flap was cut.
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Next, channel your inner seamstress, stack all the envelopes together and sew the spine at the crease line. You can also pierce 2 holes in the spine and tie it by hand with an embroidery floss, or fasten it with a staple. Sewing is the fastest way to assemble the signature, even for me (you will understand that remark shortly).
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This is how your envelope stack will look like, if you are a terrible seamstress. Just like me. Who had to put it through the machine several times… I assume you may only be better than I am at that, because I am the worst, ever.
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If you have sewing accidents… fix the spine with a layer of strong liquid glue.
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Or just secure the pages with a folded piece of patterned paper that you adhere to both pages’ edges.
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Now let’s move on to the cover, shall we? Given that you use business envelopes, cut 2 pieces of chipboard at 4½” by 5″ each. If you use any other envelope, just cut the cover a bit larger than the size of half an envelope (because they will be folded in half).
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Then Choose your cover fabric. I had this fat quarter collecting dust and just waiting for this project. So I used it. Use any scrap that covers both pieces of chipboard, a spine and then some.
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This is the ratio of fabric/ cover. Just so you will get the hang of it. Cut each edge at a triangle and adhere the flaps to the inner part of the cover with strong liquid glue. You can be messy, it will all be concealed momentarily.
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Now, attach your sewed signature by applying a generous amount of liquid glue and adhering to the inner part of the cover. Do it one side at a time and be careful of unwanted spills that may ruin your envelope pockets. Because we use envelopes to embrace and utilize their pockets, right? right.

Embellish and place top secrets and cherished memories in the pockets.

Done.

[Are you still with me or were you lost due to the length of this unearthly post? Please comment and tell.]


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Guest Post – Snapshots In Time by Monika Wright

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

Introduction

Hi, I’m Monika Wright and I’m so pleased to be guest hosting here at Creativity Prompt. I have used Avital’s downloads and have even been featured here on the blog before!

I love the fact that I can capture memories in a format that is lovely and pleasing to the eye. While I do create scrapbook layouts, my first love is really the mini-album. I love that I can create little snippets of our family history in a format that is user-friendly…no one minds flipping through a mini whereas it is somewhat more difficult to pull out the 12×12 scrapbook.

Snapshots In Time

A new year is almost upon us, can you believe it? With a new year, it almost always has us thinking of new ways to reinvent ourselves, to make ourselves better versions of who we already are. With that in mind, I’m sharing with you today a mini-book to help you track your progress throughout 2011.

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There are a number of options for this lovely little journal and I’d like to suggest a few ways you might want to use the downloads I’ve designed for you. These and other downloads are all available in the sidebar of my blog. I’m using this mini-album kit from my Etsy shop as the base for my journal.

A sweet way to track and remember the monthly milestones of your newborn baby:

New Year

Never forget birthdays again! Use these pages as a place to permanently record important birthdates and anniversaries:

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Resolutions? Weight loss goals? Highlight your monthly accomplishments as a reminder of how strong you really are:

New Year

Journal your One Little Word each month {my word is JOY} or even Gratitudes:

New Year

Jot family highlights each month as they happen and include photos adhered back-to-back:

New Year

School related topics:

Begin this journal at the start of the school year and highlight the activities, achievements and milestones of your student

Use it to chronicle the months leading up to your child’s Senior Year of high school

New Year

Special Offer

I didn’t purchase anything extra for this journal, using items from my stash and the kit from my Etsy shop. If you purchase a kit, please let me know you saw this tutorial on Creativity Prompt and I will include lots of the little extras that you see here in this tutorial, including the four colors of baker’s twine from The Twinery. Thanks so much for letting me share my project with you today and I hope you’ll have an opportunity to stop by to get your downloads {the downloads begin with “month in review” }.


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Video Tutorial – Dimensional Ornaments Card

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

Dimensional Ornaments Card

I wanted to share with you a quick and simple card I made. You can also use the same technique to create ornaments for your tree. You may use any symmetrical shape to make it.

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How To


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Step by Step Instructions

  1. Cut you cardstock at 4¼” lengthwise and fold in half to create your card base.
  2. For each ornament, punch 5 punched pieces of patterned paper and fold each one in half.
  3. Adhere only one half of the punched piece to the second one, making sure the edges are aligned and repeat on all five punched pieces.
  4. Repeat for all the ornaments you want to add to your card.
  5. Decide how you want to lay your ornaments on your card and pierce a hole on top of each ornament and another hole on the fold of the card in a straight line above each ornament.
  6. Thread your embroidery floss through both pierced holes and tie at the bottom, close to the top of each ornament.
  7. To secure the knot, apply a glob of a strong liquid glue on each knot and attach a gem to it, to conceal the glue.
  8. Adhere the ornaments below each knot.
  9. Stamp your greeting.

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What holidays are you celebrating in the next couple months? I am really excited about Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights. Share yours by leaving a comment below.

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Free Workshop – Giving Thanks Journal

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

Thanksgiving Journal

Thanksgiving Day is quickly approaching and I thought that a great way to give thanks is to collect all the things and all the people we are grateful for and write about them in a mini journal.

This Giving Thanks journal is what I came up with. It is 4″ by 6″ so it fits perfectly with 4″ by 6″ standard size photos and therefore quick and easy to put together.

I made the journal kit for you and created a video showing you how to put the journal together – in REAL TIME. You wouldn’t believe how easy it is to make.

Feel free to use it as many times you need, for personal use only and don’t forget to link back here, if you show your project online :)

The Journal Kit

To download each of the journal pages – right click on the link below and opt for “save target as”:

  1. Cover page. [Print once on 4″ by 6″ piece of cardstock]
  2. Insert page. [Print as many time as you want, on 4″ by 6″ paper. You can also use the backside of your photos to print on]

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  • Cardstock – to print the journal pages on. You can also use patterned paper or the back side of your photos for the inner pages. Each sheet of 12″ by 12″ patterned paper yields 6 pieces of 4″ by 6″ paper.
  • Cover pieces – I used 4″ by 6″ transparency and 4″ by 6″ piece of chipboard.
  • Hole punch
  • Small binding rings (or ribbon, twine, etc.)
  • Pencil

How To


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Step by Step Instructions

  1. Print the journal pages. You need 1 cover page and as many inserts as you please. It is simpler to first cut all the pages to 4″ by 6″ and then use them with your printer, the same way you would use photo paper.
  2. Punch all the punching holes by aligning the black punching marks with your hole punch. Make sure both the mark and the hole punched are centered together – then punch.
  3. To punch the chipboard piece (and your insert photos) align any of the punched pages with the chipboard piece and mark all the holes with a pencil. Then repeat the previous step with the chipboard.
  4. Put together all your pages and bind with the binding rings.

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What are you thankful for this year?

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If You Wish Upon A Star – Digital Video Tutorial

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Kama Chameleon

[Fonts: Adler, Grutch Shaded and League Script; Digital Kits: Wish by Karla Dudley.]

This layout is of my 7 year-old niece and her friends playing dress up.

These pictures remind me how every time I put on a costume (Halloween, anyone…) it makes me feel like I am also getting super powers.

By dressing up as a princess I can also call upon the stars and make a wish.

Have you ever felt that way too?

Anyhow, this is why I thought these photos will be perfect to be used in conjunction with Karla Dudley’s newest kit “Wish”. [UPDATE: Karla’s kit is no longer available, but she offers all the digital patterned papers from the kit as a FREE download on her blog.]

Have you made a wish lately?

If not, now is the perfect time to do so.

Just because.

I also wanted to show you how I used the transparent frames that came with the kit, and more precisely – how I fit the photos to the frames.

You can use the same technique to any transparent digital element that you want to use as an overlay.

How To


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This workshop will show you how to make a beautiful handmade planner for the year 2012. Not only are you going to get the entire meticulously designed planner kit for instant download, but you will also get a high resolution video tutorial as well as step-by-step instructions to guide you on each step of the way. Either treat yourself with a fresh and creative start for the coming new year, or get it to create wonderful gifts for your family and friends.
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