Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Layers and layers and layers….

I just love layers. They can highlight a special photo or quote, pull a project together with a layer of printed paper and several of the solids colors from that paper or just be there because I like them. However, I don’t like them if they aren’t uniform unless I intended to make them that way. Unfortunately, when you get your second or third layer off-kilter, as my Granny used to say, the rest of the layers to come will be off-kilter too.

I look back on scrapbook page layouts I created that are glued and glued really tight, and once I put a layer down a little crooked, it just jumps out screaming, “Look at me! She really messed it up this time! Can I get an ‘Amen’?” The KellyCraft Get-It-Straight Laser Square was the answer to my problem. No more crooked page layouts or greeting cards for me. WhooHoo!

This page pays tribute to my Great Aunt Lucy McCaskill and her best friend, also a Lucy, whose last name I do not know. Weren’t they the fashionistas? This photo was probably made in the  early 1900s, and they lived in a small town just outside of Memphis, Tennessee. I don’t know if they had wealthy parents, but I would imagine these dresses were not “store bought’ but probably sewn for them, either by the town seamstress, their own mothers or quite possibly themselves.

No matter who made them, I love this picture and Lucy X 2 seemed the perfect title. I added a journaling tag behind the layer just under the photo so that future generations will know as much as I know about the photo.

Alas, there was no information on the maker of the larger sheets of paper and the small layers are all scrap from my stash, but this layout is very adaptable to any papers or cardstock.
All edges expept the lace paper layer were sponged with brown ink prior to beginning attaching the papers.

Green paper 12 x 12
Lace edged paper, 12X 12
Assorted scrap pieces of paper and cardstock, solids and prints
Typewriter stamps (Graphic 45)
Dark Brown Ink Pad (Clearsnap)
Green twine, 18”  (American Crafts)
Large needle
Circular hole punches, ¾” and 1”
Ivory ribbon (Offray)
Flowers (Prima)
Quick Grip Adhesive (Beacon)
Label Tab (Sizzix) 
Big Shot (Sizzix)
Viva Decor Inka Gold
Push pin 
Fun foam

1. Line up green paper and layer lace edging sheet on top.

2. Center green solid in center of page. The laser light makes getting it straight really simple.

3. Layer on printed paper cut approximately 1/4" smaller all around than the green solid.
4. I punched holes ( Using a ruler and push pin, I punched holes by placing the paper on a piece of Fun Foam to protect my work surface.) 1/4 " apart on the right side, top and about 1" down the left side of the orange sheet. I ran green twine starting on the lower right corner and continuing to the left side. I then layered this sheet onto solid cream cardstock and lined them up on the layout with the help of my Get-It-Straight Laser Square.

5. I placed my first layer for the photo slightly off-center vertically.

6. I added the floral layer and left the left side unglued to create a tag pocket. TIP: You could leave all the layers unglued on one side to create several tag pockets, but leaving both sides unglued only makes the tags fall out.
7. The photo was the last layer.
8. I punched stamped letters on cream cardstock with the 3/4" hole punch, then layered them on to dark brown circles cut with the 1" punch. I turned my page to use the Get-It-Straight Laser Square to line up the lower line of my letters.

9. The finishing touches: I looped the green thread twice, added the needle and held it all in place with tiny drops of Beacon Quick Grip ( put a tiny drop under each place the thread loops to keep it secure). The organdy bow, crystal and paper flowers were added with Quick Grip as well. The journaling tag tab was cut with a Big Shot and rubbed with Inka Gold, the word friends was inserted and it was then adhered to the tag.

The journaling tag and friends tab label were printed on a scrap of paper from my stash (Line it up by printing first on a regular sheet of copy paper, then placing your printed paper scrap over the printed portion adhering the top with tape. Run it back through your printer and you can print on any paper without wasting an entire sheet.

I am very pleased with this page  and amazed that it took such a short time. The hardest part was getting the flowers to lay flat. I finally gave up and will probably have this piece framed in a shadow box with some antique sewing items.

My next post will be more modern for those of you who love that style. I'll probably still ink all the edges with brown ink or some such drab color, though. You can take the girl away from the vintage ink colors  but you can't get the vintage ink out of her blood!

Monday, January 28, 2013

Word of The Year Sign

I realize I'm a little late to the game but I figured that shouldn't stop me from picking a word for 2013. Nor should it stop me from whipping up this super simple word sign using poster board, alcohol inks, poster letters and of course my Get-It-Straight laser square. One could say my 2013 will be laser focused ;)

11x16 piece of poster board
Xacto knife
2 colors of alcohol inks I used Tim Holtz
2 sizes of pouncers
Paper poster board letters with self adhesive back or double sided tape. 


  1. Use your laser square to make your poster board cut lines. Cut out with Xacto knife. 
  2. Align your letters about a half in from the bottom of the sign. 
  3. Add some purple alcohol ink to your pouncer and work the heavy amounts around the edges of the frame. As the ink gets lighters work around the letters, making sure they are flat and secure in place. 
  4. Add a second color (I used red) with a smaller pouncer but in the same fashion as above. 
  5. Remove letters and pt your sign in a place where you will always see it!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

You Could WIN!

Check it out Glue Dots is having a give-a-way and the KellyCraft Get-It-Straight Laser Square is part of the prize along with Glue Dots.

Here is what is posted on the Glue Dots Facebook Page:

Here's your chance to win a "Get-it-Straight" Laser Square from KellyCraft (along with Glue Dots of course)! Email your contact information (name, address, city, state, zip) to by 11:59pm CST to enter our Fan of the Week giveaway! One lucky winner will be announced tomorrow (Janurary 24, 2013) on the Glue Dots blog.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

We are heading to Anaheim for the CHA (Craft and Hobby Association) Winter Show this week and will be doing a LIVE interview on Monday January 14 at 3:30 (Pacific time) with Charity Wings be sure and check it out Live with the link below.....we will also be doing a drawing for Laser Square during the interview for one lucky viewer.....

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Aligning Rubber Stamp Text with the KellyCraft Get-it-Straight™ Laser Square!


I recently discovered another great use for the KellyCraft Get-it-Straight™ Laser Square!

To get the most versatility out of my unmounted phrase stamps, I often cut them into individual words so I can mix and max the phrases.  I can spell out whatever I’d like on an acrylic block, then change it as needed.  Until now, aligning the different fonts and words has been a bit of a challenge.  Today when creating this card I realized that my KellyCraft Get-it-Straight™ Laser Square could not only help me align my papers, but my stamped verse too!

Cindi Bisson, Behind These Eyes


Get-it-Straight™ Laser Square
Clearsnap ColorBox Crafter’s Inkpad - Aruba
ScraPerfect The Best Glue Ever, Perfect Crafting
Brown cardstock, white cardstock
Patterned papers from Lawn Fawn, The Robin’s Nest and Lasting Impressions 
The Robin’s Nest Dew Drops embellishments
MemoryMixer downloadable digital floral image
Westcott Paper Trimmer


Create card from brown cardstock.

Print digital floral image, trim.   Add Dew Drop embellishments to centers of flowers.

Select assorted patterned papers and create mats for background of card.  I used left over scraps of papers.  

Ink the edges of all papers with Aruba Crafter’s inkpad.  Pat with Perfect Crafting Pouch to dry pigment ink instantly.

Use KellyCraft Get-it-Straight™ Laser Square to align papers as desired on front of card, mount.

To stamp inside sentiment, use KellyCraft Get-it-Straight™ Laser Square to align individual words in “have a happy day” phrase.   *Note - I raised up my square so the laser would shine on the surface of the acrylic block.  Stamp onto paper, dry with pouch, trim.

Select papers for inside of card, ink edges of all inside pieces and dry with pouch.

Use KellyCraft Get-it-Straight™ Laser Square to align placement of verse and decorative papers inside of card.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year

Everyone here at  
wishes you and yours a very
Happy New Year
may you have a 
blessed 2013!