Tropical Vacation Mini Album

Who’s ready for a Tropical Vacation?  

Many, many years ago, I met my sweetie while visiting the island of Oahu.

Twelve years ago we went back.  (I’m thinking we’re long overdue.)

I need a tropical vacation!

This week, the Xyron Design Team teamed up with Die Cuts with a View.

I received the Electric Jungle Paper Pad, a bright and colorful collection.  

For my project, I decided to make a mini album.  I’m not sure if I’ll use the really old, kind of old

or wait until I get new pictures to place inside the album.  (hint, hint!)

Tropical Vacation Mini Album Supplies Used:                     (*affiliate links)

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  • Cut paper to fit the pages of the chipboard album.
  • Lay decorative scrapbook paper (design side up) on the  *Xyron Creative Station, 9″ crank the handle to run the paper through the machine.  As it moves through the Xyron Creative Station it adds adhesive to the back side of the paper.
  • Easy to use and it doesn’t need any electricity.
  • I like using the Xyron Creative Station* when making mini books because you get complete coverage, no wrinkling, no bubbles!

  • Once the pages are covered with the paper, use a craft knife and cutting mat to trim around the edges of the chipboard.
  • Use the XYRON Adhesive Eraser* to remove any extra adhesive from the edges.
  • Gently sand away rough cut edges on the paper using a extra fine sanding block.
  • Because the chipboard is tan and the core of the paper is white, I inked the edges of the pages with a light tan ink and a ink blending tool.
  • I created thick tags by using a tag cut from the paper pad and adhering it onto a small piece of chipboard.  I used a gold calligraphy paint marker to create a gold border around the edge of the tag.
  • The “Palm Tree” and “Relax” on the front of the mini album both have chipboard underneath to create added dimension.

“This is a sponsored post.  As a member of the Xyron Design Team I have been provided product and compensation in exchange for my creative ideas.  The views and opinions are my own.

DIY…Christmas Chalkboard

DIY…Christmas Chalkboard

Christmas in July…

Last week it was so hot that when I went out at 9:00 in the evening to water my flowers it

was hard to breath.  It was so hot that our unheated pool felt like bath water.

Summer’s in full swing and vacation (for me) is fast approaching.

And with all the things I could or should be doing, I felt like making a Christmas Chalkboard.

It’s not too early?  Is it?

The Christmas Chalkboard is really easy to make…

and would be a wonderful gift for those of you thinking ahead.

And if you’d like…you could make it a two sided chalkboard and really get creative.


Here’s how I made the Christmas Chalkboard…  

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Jazz Up your Flip Flops with Patent Leather Paint

Old or New…Jazz Up your flip flops with Patent Leather Paint from Deco Arts.

While attending the Creativation show in Phoenix earlier this year, I received a bottle

of “new” Garnet patent leather paint to play with.  You could say, I was smitten.

This paint was so fun and easy to work with.

 A quick and easy way to jazz up old or new flip flops.  (also pumps and purses)

To jazz up your flip flops you’ll need…              (*amazon affiliate link)


  1. If using old flip flops… Make sure to wipe flip flops well with damp towel to remove any dirt or dust.
  2. Apply patent leather paint evenly with a soft-bristled brush.  The paint will have a slight tacky feel as it is drying.
  3. Apply 2-3 coats of paint to get the desired coverage.  Allow paint to dry between coats.
  4. Cut the shank off the back of the button with Wire Cutter*.
  5. Adhere the button onto the front of the flip flops using Quick Grip Adhesive*.
  6. Allow paint to cure 24-48 hours before using.

Next… Get a pedicure and ENJOY!

The Jazzed Up Flip Flops were created for Craft Ideas Magazine’s Summer 2017 issue.

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Vintage Home Sweet Home Layout

Home Sweet Home 3088 Lately, I’ve been noticing more and more people using embossing paste on their scrapbook layouts.

Hmmm…. I haven’t used embossing paste in years.

Matter of fact… my jars of embossing paste are over 10 years old.  (and still good)

So, I thought I’d give it a try with a simple layout and this old house picture.

Quick, Simple and adds a subtle punch to this layout.  I think I like it.

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Using embossing paste is easy: 

  • Lay stencil onto cardstock, fix in place with removable masking tape.
  • Apply a thin layer of embossing paste over the stencil using a palette knife.
  • Remove stencil and allow time to fully dry.
  • Make sure to clean embossing paste off stencil right away.
  • It’s as easy as icing a cake.

Products Used:

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Disclosure:  This project was created for and sponsored by Clear Scraps.

I am an Amazon Affiliate.

Little Black Dress Mixable Medley Album

Clear Scraps LBD new album

When it comes to scrapbooking, I have a lot of stuff.

I have so much stuff… I should never buy another sheet of scrapbook paper.  (but I will )

I love paper.  I love pretty patterns.  I love mini albums.  (so much to love)

Lately, I’ve been on a quest to use more of the stuff I have on hand.

So, when it came to making this Mixable Medley Album for Clear Scraps, I pulled

from one of my favorite collections, the “Little Black Dress” collection from Basic Grey.

The album also uses Clear Scraps New Oval Fancy Mirror Frame.

To make the mirror stand out and give the album a vintage feel, I sponged “Spiced Chai”

Stazon Ink onto the back of the acrylic cover leaving the center of the mirror clear.

LBD Album 2457   LBD Album 2458

This project was created for and sponsored by Clear Scraps.

Home Sweet Home

House Mixable 1580

A quick share today to show you the Mini Album I made using Clear Scraps New Mixable Home Album.

My “Home Sweet Home” album is a 8″ x 9″ Acrylic & Chipboard mixed Album.

I used chipboard stickers from My Mind’s Eye “Sweetest Thing” collection and various scrapbook papers

to decorate my album.

House Mixable Close Up 1582

My favorite part of the album is the fence.

I love the look of a white picket fence so I sprayed the clear acrylic with white spray

paint.  Now I have a white picket fence.

(This project was created for and sponsored by Clear Scraps.)

Shabby Vintage Clipboard

Shabby Clipboard 2509

More new products today from Clear Scraps.

This was a fun project.

When I first got this new acrylic clipboard I wasn’t sure how I was going to use it.

Once I got a clearer vision on how I wanted it to look, inspiration soon followed.

Now, I can’t wait to make another one.

Here’s the link to all of the NEW PRODUCTS from Clear Scraps.

Shabby Vintage Clipboard

Supplies Used:

  1. Spray the back of the clipboard with the IrRESISTible Texture Spray to give it a soft lacey look and dab the edges with White Picket Fence paint.  (Both paints work great on acrylic.)
  2. Adhere collage papers and vintage photo into place or allow the clip to hold them.
  3. Adhere mirror embellishment to corner of clipboard
  4. Embellish Clipboard with Vintage Trim and Lace.
  5. Add small adhesive rhinestones and a vintage style button to the clip and tie a crinkle ribbon bow.


This project was created for and sponsored by Clear Scraps.

Getting Cozy…and a update

Mini Album watermarked

NEW PRODUCT From Clear Scrap…

Stay Warm and Cozy this winter while you play with one of the “New” Mini Mixable Albums

from Clear Scraps.  My Mini Mixable Little Bits 3.5 x 5 Album, made with soft blues and tans,

uses the “Cozy” scrapbook collection from Authentique Papers.

A perfect little album for those snowy winter pictures.

Now that the CHA (craft and hobby assoc.) Trade Show is right around the corner,

I can start showing some of the new projects I made for Clear Scraps.

They have a lot of new albums, stencils and more.  You can check out all of their “New” items here.

It’s a cold one today… So Stay Warm.

mantle onemantle two

Update on Winter decorating:  My Newly Decorated Mantle  (what do you think?)

Believe in the Magic of the Holidays

Believe in the Magic of the Holidays

Are you taking time to enjoy the magic?

I’m doing my very best to relax and enjoy every moment.

Believe Wreath

I decided to add the large Believe on a Wreath on the front door.

The large Believe was made using Expressions Large Believe from Clear Scraps.  It measures 5″ x 15″.

On the back I adhered “nestled” scrapbook paper from Authentique Paper’s Cozy Collection.

You can’t really see it from the picture, but, it has a great sweater pattern.

After I trimmed around the letters using a craft knife, I used a gold paint pen to accent each letter.

Make sure to check out all the Expressions Large Clear Word Titles from Clear Scraps.

a little Christmas Home Décor

Stenciled Burlap Outside

This Christmas has been the year of Holiday Stenciling for me.  (I just can’t seem to get enough)

This time I’m making a Quick & Easy Home Décor piece for a Blog Hop with Fairfield World

using Foamology Stickybase Tiles™.

What’s Foamology?

Well…. I could try to explain this cool product to you, but. this video explains it much better.

For my project, I decided to try my hand at stenciling on Burlap.

I used a large piece of burlap about 14″ wide and the 12″ Christmas Bulbs stencil

and the 12″ Word Xmas Tree stencil from Clear Scraps.

After I stenciled on the burlap, I wrapped it around the 12″ foam square as shown in the

video and inserted it into a shadow box frame.

Stenciled Burlap

Some of the products used on this project were generously donated by Fairfield World and Clear Scraps.