Friday, February 28, 2014

Family Ties

Store your photo CDs right on the scrapbook page.
I have a passion for family history. My dad and maternal grandmother told me lots of stories about my heritage, and I treasure those memories. I just wish I could go back and ask more questions. I'd have my father tell me about WWII and growing up in Water Valley, Mississippi, home of the Watermelon Festival. I'd ask my grandmother to wait while I grabbed pencil and paper to write the stories down that she told my sister and me: the panther in the tree near their home in Somerville, Tennessee, the day they found pretty white baby birds that turned out to be buzzards and more about the Native American woman who lived across the road.

I have been making and storing CDs of vacation photos in scrapbooks for several years. This time, I'm making one of all the photos I have from the family of my maternal grandmother, Mildred McCaskill Wilson. This way, my son will be able to just go to my family scrapbooks to find the cd. No going through endless boxes or stacks of CDs. Just find the page, slip out the disk and plug it in. Not that I think this will ever happen. My poor child doesn't have a sentimental bone in his entire body. I'm just preparing for the possibility.

Here's how I used the awesome KellyCraft Get-It-Straight Laser Square and MultiMat to line up all those odd-size photos.

  • KellyCraft Get-It-Straight Laser Square 
  • KellyCraft MultiMat 
  • Patterned Paper (Colorbok)
  • Card stock, More Mustard (1), Very Vanilla  (1) and Vintage Violet (2)  (Stampin' Up!®)
  • Brown Ink Pad
  • Spellbinders dies: Fence and Swirl
  • Spellbinders Grand Calibur Die Cutting Machine 
  • Hole Punch, 1 3/4" circle or any large circle hole punch
  • Waxed String, 18"
  • Glue Dots
  • White glue
  • CD of family photos

CD Pocket
  1. Trim one sheet of card stock to 6" x 10". Score a 1/2" border on each 10" side to make two small flaps. Score across the middle to make a 5" x 5" square when folded. Open the pocket back up. Trim away one portion of the scored flaps and make a 45° cut into the remaining flap at the fold. (See diagram)

  2. Apply strong double-stick tape to the remaining flaps. 
  3. Use the large hole punch to cut a half-circle in one end of the pocket. Remove the tape release strips and adhere the two pieces of the pocket together so that the flaps are inside the pocket.
  4. Add a photo to the pocket and tie the string near the top of the pocket. Trim most of the lower part of the fence die cut away and mount it on the cd pocket photo with glue. (Note: I didn't add the trim at the bottom until I was almost through with the page and realized it needed a little something extra.

Tip: Tape the string to the back side of the pocket, then tie it with a knot around to the front. This will make tying your bow much easier. Also, if your bows sometimes look like they're upside down, solve the problem by turning the project upside down when tying. It always works for me.

  1. Trim the photos, leaving a white hairline border, and mount on the card stock. The white border gives the look of a double layer without the expense.

  1. Using your KellyCraft Get-It-Straight Laser Square and MultiMat to line up the elements, mount the cd pocket near the upper right corner of your page with double stick tape, leaving about 1/2" border on top and side.
  2. Mount the center photo next, using glue dots to raise it a little off the page. Continue mounting the remaining photos with either double stick tape or glue dots, while moving toward the outer edges of the page.
  3. Place the fence die cuts near the bottom of the page, lining them up on the side edges. Place one of the swirl elements between the fences to suggest a fancy gate.
  4. Add the remaining swirls. You're done.

Place it in a scrapbook sleeve and add it to your album. If you don't want to add all those photos to the front, you can make a smaller album using 8" x 8" papers, but you will be limited to the number of pages because of the thickness of the cds. I generally place the pocket near the top of the page for easy CD removal and vary the location along the top edge. This also keeps the thickness of the book more even. You could also place them along the right side of the page and cut a small slit in your page sleeve to allow easy access to the cd.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

"Country Girl" Card


ColorBox® Archival Dye Inkpad Coral
Light blue, rose card stock 
Patterned paper of choice 
May Arts leaf ribbon 
Beacon Adhesives Premium Tacky Glue 
Blumenthal Lansing Value Pack Autumn Burst Felt Buttons, Value Pack Happy  


Cut blue card stock to 8” x 6 1/4” and fold in half to form card. 

Cut a piece of 5 3/4” x 3 1/2” rose card stock. 

Cut patterned paper to 5 1/2” x 3 1/4”.

Ink “Country GIrl” with Coral ink and stamp onto blue card stock.  Trim around verse. 

Cut rose card stock mat approximately 1/8” larger on all sides than verse.

Ink checkered border stamp with ink and stamp along outside front edge of card. 

Cut piece of patterned paper 1 5/8” x 6 1/4”.  

Ink edges of all papers.

Mount verse onto rose mat, using Get-it-Straight™ Laser Square to ensure it is straight.  

Mount 1 5/8” strip of patterned paper inside on back of card next to fold. 

Mount verse centered on patterned paper, 1 1/4” from bottom edge, using Get-it-Straight™ Laser Square to ensure it is straight.  

Mount larger piece of patterned paper onto rose card stock.  Mount, centered on front of card, using Get-it-Straight™ Laser Square to ensure it is straight.    

Mount 3” strip of leaf ribbon on lower left of card front. 

Mount 3/8” pink button onto 3/4” light green button, mount onto center of yellow felt flower button.  Mount to top of leaf ribbon, with left edge of flower extending slightly off card. 

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Let Your Light Shine with KellyCraft Laser Square

I created this card using the KellyCraft Laser Square and Multi-Mat. I love how quick and easy it is to put cards together using the mat and square. These tools make it so easy to line everything up perfectly! 

1. Gather your supplies, cut the pieces and ink the edges to give it a distressed look. Begin layering the mats.

2. Layer the stamped image and then add it to the top of the card. 

2. Color the image to make the light appear to be illuminating. Add ribbon and sparkles to give it a finishing touch! 

Tommy Paper Pack - Close To My Heart 
Cardstock - Outdoor Denim and White Daisy  - Close To My Heart 
Illuminate Stamp Set - Close To My Heart 
Brads and Baker's Twine - Close To My Heart
Outdoor Denim Ink Pads - Close To My Heart 
Scotch ATG 
Glue Dots 
Pop Dots

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Princess Layout with KellyCraft Get-It-Straight Laser Square

I have been going through some older pictures of Kendall and ran across these pictures that where taken of her with her Build-A-Bear a few years ago. I hadn't scrapbooked them yet so I thought they would be perfect for the new Lollydoodle paper pack from Close To My Heart. I used my KellyCraft Laser Square and Multi-Mat to get everything lined up perfectly! 

1. Gather Your Supplies and cut the layout pieces as directed in the Imagine book. Begin by using the Laser Square and the Multi-Mat to layer the mats and add pictures to them. 

2. Using the Laser Square, begin putting the pieces of the layout together following the directions in the Imagine Book.

3. One of my favorite uses for the Laser Square is for stamping images using clear acrylic blocks. With the Laser Square, I can make sure the stamp is lined up perfectly the first time I stamp the image. (This has saved me so much time and paper!) 

4. Add your stamped title to the layout. 

5. What Princess layout would be complete without lots of sparkle and bling! 


Lollydoodle Paper Pack - Close To My Heart 
Cardstock - Juniper, Cotton Candy, and White Daisy  - Close To My Heart 
Lollydoodle WOTG Stamp Set - Close To My Heart 
Sparkles and Flourishes - Close To My Heart
Juniper & Cotton Candy Ink Pads - Close To My Heart 
Imagine How-To Book - Close To My Heart 
Scotch ATG 
Glue Dots 
Pop Dots

Saturday, February 15, 2014

KellyCraft Innovations Design Team Call

Design Team Call Deadline Extended!! 
Apply on or before March 3rd to be considered for our team!

Calling all Designers! KellyCraft Innovations is looking for a few GREAT Designers!  KellyCraft is committed to assisting the crafting community in promoting crafts of all types with the use of KellyCraft’s innovative tools and products.

The KellyCraft Design Team term begins March 7th, 2014 and ends on September 1st, 2014.

Design Team Perks:
  1. Free KellyCraft products to use for projects
  2. Additional supplies or materials from other companies for blog hops
  3. Additional engagement and support/promotion from KellyCraft’s social media profiles
  4. KellyCraft exclusive opportunities

As a KellyCraft Design Team member, you will be expected to:
  1. Submit a minimum of 1 project per deadline to be hosted on the KellyCraft blog.
  2. Provide clear and concise project instructions and supply lists (a template will be provided)
  3. Provide high res images of in-step processes and the completed work.
  4. Support KellyCraft projects and products through use of Social Media profiles (Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, etc.)
  5. Produce one video during the term.

To be considered for a position on the KellyCraft Design Team, please send one entry with the following information to
  • Include 3-5 projects with direct links to them on your blog or 3-5 images of your completed work
  • Tell us about yourself in 200 words or less
  • Tell us what type of crafts like to create the most
  • Tell us what other Design Teams you are current a member of and what Design Teams (if any) you have been a member of in the past.
  • Social Media Stats and URLS:
    • Blog URL (along with any additional websites you may own)
      • Number of followers/subscribers on your blog (Blog Lovin’ followers is acceptable)
    • Twitter handle (if applicable)
      • Number of Twitter followers
    • Pinterest URL
      • Number of Pinterest Followers
    • Facebook page URL (if applicable
      • Number of “Likes” for your blog’s Facebook page
    • Any additional social media URLs and following including G+, Tumbler, Instragram, YouTube, etc.
The KellyCraft Design Team term begins March 7th, 2014 and ends on September 1st, 2014.

Email your entry to on or before Monday, 3rd to be considered. This is open to U.S. and Canada residents only.

'B' Is For Beyer-Get it-Straight with KellyCraft

When searching Pinterest for Christmas gift ideas, I came across an initial door hanging with a chevron pattern on it.  I immediately thought of my sister, Tracy 'B'eyer, and the idea that she could hang it in her classroom. So coming up with the idea, not so difficult. Bringing it to life, a little more so! But my KellyCraft Get-It-Straight Laser Square to the rescue!

Supply list:
Wooden Letter
Burlap Ribbon
Cricut Vinyl
Cricut Close To My Heard Artbooking Cartridge
KellyCraft Get-It-Straight Laser Square
Hot Glue Gun
Small Screws

First step is to prepare the letter by sanding. Then apply your base color of paint. I chose this beautiful metallic gold because I felt it went with the bright green that my sister likes quite well. Apply as many coats as necessary to get your desired look and sand as needed.  Then you need to cut your stencil out of vinyl using the Cricut Artbooking cartridge. I cut multiple zig-zags so I would have enough for the entire letter.  And now for the part I never would have been able to do without my KellyCraft Laser Square! Getting the stencils straight on the letter!

Place your letter in your Get-It-Straight Laser Square. Slide your laser to your desired measurements to get the spacing you want for your stencils and stick them down. Continue this the entire letter. The Laser Square made it so easy to line up the points exactly straight all the way across the letter.

Once your stencils are all in place, it's time to paint the chevrons! This green is one of my sister's favorite colors right now, plus it really stands out against the gold metallic. Again, apply as many coats as needed for your desired look. Once the paint is dry, remove your stencils. Then apply your embellishments as you would like! I chose to make a bow out of a great burlap ribbon that matched the green and place a gold flower in the center. I attached both with hot glue. Now, using small wood screws, Jimbo (I'm not so good with the drill, so I had to enlist the expert for that!) attached another piece of the burlap ribbon to the back to create a hanger. Make it as long or as short as you like and even tie a bow on it. And you are done! A little time to create, mostly for letting paint dry! But not nearly as time consuming as it could have been if not for the KellyCraft Get-It-Straight Laser Square. Those chevrons would have been one crooked mess if not for the Laser!! My sister loved her gift, and I like it so much I see a 'K' being done in the near future!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day

Everyone at KellyCraft Innovations
would like to wish everyone a very
Happy Valentine's Day

and remember our....


Laser Square / Multi-Mat Bundle $89.95 
thru February 15th!  

Use Coupon Code VAL2014  

 thru February 28th 
for orders over $50!  

Multi-Mat, Jimbo Lojik and EZ-De's Stamps now available!  

Laser Square "White Box Special" price of $49.95 while supplies last!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Faux Quilted "You're Classic" Valentine's Day Card

I thought I would put a twist on the normal Valentine's Day Card that I usually create with hearts and go a bit classic this year.....

Here I did a "Faux Quilted" background, oh so quick and is how I did it!

Ann Butler's EZ-De's by KellyCraft: Sampler Set A
Jimbo Logik by KellyCraft: Set A
Ann Butler's Crafter's Ink by Clearsnap: Berry, Sunshine
Cardstock: White 8 12" x 11", 6 1/4" x 4 1/4", 6 1/2" x 9" (folded in half, this is the card base)
Foam Dots
Glue Stick

Get-It-Straight Laser Square by KellyCraft, Multi-Mat by KellyCraft, sewing machine, thread, scissors, paper trimmer, heat gun.

Gather your supplies.

Stamp out pattern on 8 1/2" x 11 cardstock alternating with berry and sunshine;

until you have 7 across and 6 down.
 Heat set ink with heat gun.

Trim this to 6" x 4", layer this onto 6 1/4" x 4 1/4" cardstock.
ZigZag with sewing machine, between squares.

Stamp "You're Classic" with berry on left over 8 1/2" x 11" cardstock.

Trim as shown in photo above, ink edges with berry, heat set.

Add foam dots to back of saying.

Place saying on lower right corner.  Glue card front to card base!

Quick and Easy....and oh so Classic!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Special Pricing on KellyCraft Products

Laser Square / Multi-Mat Bundle $89.95 
thru February 15th!  

Use Coupon Code VAL2014  

 thru February 28th 
for orders over $50!  

Multi-Mat, Jimbo Lojik and EZ-De's Stamps now available!  

Laser Square "White Box Special" price of $49.95 while supplies last!