Bobbi-Jo Grunewald's picture

Make Your Own Mini Lolly Embellishments

I love the adorable little lolly embellisments that I see everywhere, so I decided to create my OWN using scraps, toothpicks, a paper punch, and some "Liquid Glass" from Close To My Heart (Glossy Accents would also work).

First, punch out a couple of shapes using any shape you'd like! If you have a digital cutting machine, you could use that as well! Just imagine the different shape possibilities!

Next, cover the shape completely in a thick layer of the liquid glass. The thicker, then better!

Let the shapes dry for a few hours or overnight. You want them to be hard and set.

Snip the point end off of the toothpicks. This was just a personal preference and totally optional. Oh, by the way - wooden toothpicks work just as well! I just like the look of these white plastic toothpicks that I picked up at the local dollar store.

Adhere the toothpicks to the back of your lolly shapes and use them on your next scrapbook layout, card, or home decor piece! These are so fun to make, and you can make them in almost any shape or size.


Ashley Harris's picture

A bunch of bitty fun!!

Hello there!  Ashley here to share with you a super cute mini treat bag trio!  Here they are:

Cute huh!?  These are super easy to make.  Especially when you are pressed for time.  You can get these cute little bitty bags at the Whisker Graphics website.  They are also the makers of the fabulous Divine Twine that I used on the bags as well.   So basically you make the pom pom from twine and adhere it to the bag.  Tie the twine around the bag and the pom pom.  Adhere your stamped tag (Avocado Arts Bold Celebrations) to the pom pom with a glue spot.  Then tie a bow from twine, adhere it to the bag and add a rhinestone for that extra touch.  Super easy!  Hope you enjoy this!!

~Ashley Harris

Melissa Shanhun's picture

Off the Page: Party Invitations and Decorations

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This June we celebrated my little girl's third birthday, and as a good scrapbooker would, I looked into my stash to get some inspiration. I wanted a a bright June party, since it's winter here in Australia. I also needed the ideas to be pretty simple as I have a toddler and newborn in the house.

My Inspiration


I started with digital kit from Dani Mogstad  - I thought it was a fun colour palette. Emily-is-3_600

I created the invitations digitally using a pre-made quick page and embellished it with the matching free Happy Go Lucky kit. Want to see how I did it? I've got a quick page tutorial over at my Digital Scrapbooking HQ site.

Of course, I can easily include this invitation in her scrapbook along with the party photos and call it scrapped!


20120609 Emily's 3rd Birthday Party 140-36Then it was time to think about decorations. In the past I've created little party bags, and table places with my scrapping supplies. I was I was inspired by a project by Lisa Barrie with this rolled rose shape and my Silhouette Cameo I printed a page of digital paper out onto cardstock and created my own little flowers as scatters for the buffet table. I cheated a little and just used some hot glue to make the flowers, only printed them on one side and didn't actually roll the roses, but I think they turned out just fine!rolled rose

Emily loved the birds from her invitation, so I printed and cut some of the elements from the kit. silhouette-print-and-cut

I also used a paper doily to make a little ‘nest’ for the birdies.

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Add a Banner

banner_kit_C03109_1I decided it would be fun to make a banner for over the table with another Silhouette shape I had – the banner kit. I looked through my card making stash to find orange, yellow, green and blue patterned paper and cardstock to match. Then I cut out the letters 4 times, and swapped the banners and letters to make a pattern.

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Emily loved helping with this part, pointing out all the letters and how they spelled Emily is 3! I threaded them on some curling ribbon and voilà:


It was fun to pull out and actually use some paper supplies, as I’m usually a digiscrapper. Emily and the guests loved everything, and two weeks later we still have that banner up! And for those of you who want to see – here’s our little three year old blowing out the candles on her two cakes! birthday-girl

Jennifer Wilson's picture

Repurpose an Infant Crib Spring for Keeping Memories

This story starts in 2005, when a coworker offered me a crib. I was not pregnant at the time, nor would I be for six more years. I moved said crib three times, from basement to storage locker to basement and another basement.

When it came time to assemble it for my daughter's arrival last year, we discovered several important (and proprietary) pieces were missing. This being a (shh) drop-side crib, we were not able to order replacement parts. With few options, we bought a brand new crib and returned this hand-me-down to the basement.

And there that poor drop-side crib sat, no one wanting it, until I saw this on Pinterest. With a new workspace in need of functional and beautiful wall decor, I knew what had to be done. 

I dragged the spring out of the basement and dusted off the cobwebs. 

I set up the spring on sawhorses in the backyard, with the back side facing up. 

I purchased an easy-cover spray paint intended for metal. No sanding or priming needed!

I sprayed the back side first, being careful not to use too much of the can. I let it dry for an hour. 

I flipped it over and sprayed the top. I let it dry for two hours before bringing it inside. 

I used magnets and metal binder clips to attach photos and memorabilia to the grid. It is the perfect place to store inspiration as well as memories waiting to reach your next scrapbook page. 

I also discovered that binder rings can also be added, to help store frequently used supplies!

This repurposed crib spring was the perfect finishing touch to my new office. For less than $5, I created a very large art piece that also serves multiple purposes!

Angie Lucas's picture

Inspiration for Your Weekend Crafting

This weekend is a great time to catch up on the latest fab projects from our Books & Crafts weekly web show!

Last week, we shared creative Name Displays for Kids' Rooms, including these cute decoupaged letter cans which contain tiny treasures that start with each letter of my daughter's name. As we're out and about this summer, I'm excited to keep an eye out for tiny things to collect for the cans. (Example: The "A" jar includes an Allosaurus, an apple, three aliens, and an alligator.)


This week, in "Crafty Framed Sentiments," Wendy shares framed sentiments (like "Love at Home") using leftover gamepiece letters, scrabble tiles, and more. A quick and easy (but meaningful!) project for summer.


And, as always, we hope you'll love our weekly book picks!


Angie Lucas's picture

New Video: How To Make Book Paper Garlands


Wendy and I are back on with another set of twelve Books & Crafts episodes! A new show airs every Tuesday for the next 12 weeks.


This week's episode is all about book-paper garlands. And at just 6 minutes long, it's short, sweet, and inspiring.

And at the end of the episode, all viewers get a coupon code (CREATIVE) to save $2 on Stacy Julian's awesome UR2 Cre8ive eBook. Join us!


Angie Lucas's picture

Valentine's Giveaway!

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Many thanks to our friends at ADORNit for offering this Happy Hearts giveaway—just in time for Valentine's Day!


They're just showing their love for scrapbookers everywhere, and what's not to love?


One random commenter will receive the Happy Hearts Papercrafting Collection and Happy Hearts Fabric Fat Quarter Stack.


Here are a few projects made with these gorgeous products:


Are you dying to have a "heart attack" just like this in your home?


Leave a comment sharing anything you love (or don't love :) about Valentine's Day, and we'll pick a random winner Friday, February 10! (We'll ship the prize for free in the continental U.S.; international shipping charges may apply.)


For extra entries, visit ADORNit's blog and leave a comment or "like" their Facebook page, then come back here and leave an extra comment for each thing you did. (Honor system.)


Upate 02/12/12: And the winner is comment #15 kimpe. Congrats!

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Spring Training: Day 7

Welcome to day seven of Spring Training! Everyone is free to participate in our daily blog challenge and giveaway, so join in the fun below. Or register for FULL access to all past and present videos, downloads, and bonus content here. Price just reduced to $30 for those joining us during week two!

If you're already registered, click here to visit the Craftnasium. (Note: must be signed in to your user account for the page to load.)

Note from the Coach, Kelly Willette

"Do you struggle with knowing where to take photos or with how to find good lighting in your home or outside? I used to as well…..then I figured out some tried and true methods to capturing photos of my kids in ANY lighting condition. Once you know the tricks I outline in this video on lighting, then you will be able to snap that camera anytime, anywhere! trust me on this. I break down and explain good lighting the willette way – in simple to understand directions without a bunch of unnecessary technical lingo."

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Monika Wright's picture

Best of Photo Projects: photo cubes for the seasons

Spring is here and before you know it, Summer will be on its way, too. In our part of the world, there are only 22 more school days left. Can you believe it? Time to start planning those Summer activities now before the kids ask, "What are we going to do today Mommy?"

With that in mind, I started thinking about our trip to the Beach this year and how much we enjoy going as a family. Lots of good food, lots of down time and a whole lot of sand. Everywhere. A few favorite photos stand out in my mind when I start thinking about our past trips to the land of sand, surf and sea and I am sure that you're probably the same way.

I know, let's make a photo cube together. Most every craft store has these lucite photo cubes, so pick one up next time you're out. Remove the cardstock template and use it as your guide. You will notice below that my 12x12 piece of cardstock was not large enough for the whole template. See that partial piece adjacent to the sufrboards? I used that square for the bottom and cut a piece of cardstock to cover the partial hole. 

I trimmed my template and scored my fold lines while my photos were printing. After placing them, I decided that I would outline each photo to give it more presence. You could make your photos full size and skip this step, but I was not sure that each of my template openings was the same size after I copied the template and I took the easy way!

I adorned the top of my photo cube with a shell that my oldest daughter found in Aruba. Lucky for me there was a hole in the top of the shell and I threaded some baker's twine through it.

Now for my memorable {to me} photos, this one of my two guys...

and five surf boards to represent our family, where I've fussy cut around a stamped bracket shape...

and these two bathing cuties in their matching swimsuits.

I used some washi tape to attach my jewelry tag to the outside, knowing I couldn't add embellishments to the inside of the photo cube and for the photo of my husband and I walking hand in hand on the beach at sunset, I added a chipboard letter "W" that just happens to have hearts on it.

Because I used repositionable adhesive, I can remove my embellishments, make a new template and enjoy using the photo cube to display more photos as the seasons change.

So, how do you display your seasonal photographs at home?

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Best of Photo Projects: Shape Collage

Hello!  I’m here today to share with you a fun photo project using a program called Shape Collage.  If you’re not familiar with it, Shape Collage is a free downloadable program that can be used to create an enormous range of custom photo collages.  You can download the program by visiting the Shape Collage website.
I used the program to create a heart shaped collage made from my favorite photos from last year.  The free version of the program allows you to save your collage as a JPEG file and then resize or edit the image in your favorite photo editing software (you can also size the image in the shape collage program itself).  I sized my collage to 8 x 10 and then I cut out the heart and created this layout:

One tip I can offer after having used the program myself is that the more photos you use the more your finished collage will look like the desired shape.  However, if you want to see your photos and don’t want them to overlap too much then I recommend using fewer photos.  I wanted to see my photos, even if they are quite small, and so I opted to use fewer of them – this meant that my heart has rather jagged edges.  This didn’t bother me though and I like the way the finished collage looks.
The program is extremely versatile.  In making your collages you can adjust the collage size, the size and number of photos used, the spacing between photos and much more.  Before using the program I recommend viewing the video demonstration at the Shape Collage website.  I should also let you know that collages created using the free version of the software will have a watermark, but I found that it is very subtle and it did not bother me at all.  A personal-use version of the program can be purchased for $25.  The files created from that version can also be saved as PNG or PSD files with each photo being its own layer giving even more flexibility for your creations.  Also, images created in the personal-use version of the software will not have a watermark.
The program does take some getting used to.  There are so many customizable options that it can take some time to figure out what each option does and how it affects the finished collage.  It is an easy program to learn though, and once you get the hang of it it is a lot of fun to use.  Truly, the possibilities for creativity are endless and I know I will use this program again for future projects.
I hope I’ve inspired you to give this program a try.  If you create something with Shape Collage, please post a link to it here in the comments.  I would love to see what you’ve created!

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