Graphic 45 Design Team Audition 2016

Graphic 45 “Playtimes Past” Dresser

Graphic 45 Playtimes Past Dresser

I started by cutting all of my chipboard pieces.  I also started with different drawers and changed in the middle (what can I say, I’m a woman).  That’s why the drawer sizes are not quite right for the carcass.  Also there are spacers in the back of the carcass.  When I changed my mind the spacers were already glued and weren’t going to turn loose.  So this meant I had to change my drawer size.  Here are the adjusted measurements.

Carcass:

  • Top and Bottom 7 5/8″ x 5 1/2″ (You need a top and a bottom.)
  • Sides 5 5/8″ x 5 7/16″ (You need 2)
  • Back 5 5/8″ x 7 1/2″
  • “Shelves” 7 1/2 x 5 1/4 (You need two of these.  These are what your drawers sit on.)
  • Rails for shelves to sit on. 2 1/8 x 5 3/8 (You need 4)

Big Drawers:

  • Sides 4 15/16 x 1 7/8 (You need 4)
  • Back 7 1/16 x 1 7/8 (You need 2)
  • Front 7 1/16 x 1 15/16 (You need 2)
  • Bottom 7 1/16 x 5 ( You need 2)
  • Drawer Front Facades 2 1/8 x 7 3/8 (You need 2)

Small Drawer:

  • Sides 5 3/16 x 7/8
  • Back 7 3/16 x 7/8
  • Front 7 3/16 x 15/16
  • Bottom 7 3/16 x 5 1/4
  • Drawer Front Facades 1 1/8 x 7 3/8

Dresser Feet:

  • Sides 2 1/2 x 5 3/8 (You need 2)
  • Front and Back 2 1/2 x 7 5/8 (You need 2)

Dresser Top: 8 5/16 x 5 7/8, 8 x 5 11/16, 7 5/8 x 5 1/2

All pattern papers are cut 1/8″ smaller than the piece of chipboard they are attaching to.

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I glued the carcass together first and because I haven’t mastered transfiguring into an octopus yet I got my husbands help holding all the pieces while the glue dried.  We did the same for the drawers.  Then I painted the inside only of the carcass.  I did not paint the drawers, I only covered them with black cardstock.
Graphic 45 Playtimes Past DresserNext from my black cardstock scraps I cut 1″ strips of paper to cover all the raw edges of the carcass on the outside.  The length is determined by the place where I’m adhering the strip.  I scored each strip in half long ways.  Folded, then sniped off a small wedge from the fold in towards the long side of the raw edge.  I adhered all of my strips and did the same for the drawers.

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I was going to use vintage photo to color the dresser top but then decided to paint it black.  I only needed to paint the edges because the three pieces will be stacked together and a piece of pattern paper  will be added on top.  I used We-R-Memory Keepers scallop punch on only two of the corners (this is very much like my actual dresser).  All the pieces of the dresser top will be flush on the long unpunched side, the front is stair stepped.  For all of the pattern paper (except the black pattern paper, because it won’t show) I used vintage photo distress ink and walnut stain distress paint to distress the edges.  I then adhere the dresser top to the dresser.

Graphic 45 Playtimes Past Dresser

For the feet of the dresser I free handed a gentle curve on a folded piece of printer paper the size of the feet pieces.  This is for the sides and the back.  For the front I traced the outside edge of my Life Style Crafts die cut (the largest one) and then added some extra curves.  If you don’t want to reinvent the wheel click here for my template.  On the opposite side of the fancy side at 1/2″ in from the edge I GENTLY scored with a craft knife (being careful not to cut all the way through).  The idea is you are creating a hinge of sorts.  I then painted the edges with black paint.

Graphic 45 Playtimes Past Dresser

I used the chipboard pieces to get the shape for the pattern paper.  Then added the paper to my feet.  I gently bent the chipboard at the score (away from the score) to make a hinge for attaching to the dresser.  I used hot glue here. The front and back feet are cut to go in front of the side feet but make sure everything is flush.

Graphic 45 Playtimes Past Dresser

I angle cut the hinges to fit around the bottom of the dresser.  I reinforced the inside of the hinges with hot glue.  I also put a piece of black cardstock (scrap) on the inside of the junctions on the feet after using hot glue to glue the junctions together.

Graphic 45 Playtimes Past DresserOn another piece of chipboard I traced my mirror pattern.  I made this pattern by tracing around my Life Style Crafts die again.  Then I added the posts.  The mirror and posts are one piece of chipboard (click here for template).  I did the same thing here for a hinge type thing as I did for the feet.  This is where it will attach to the dresser top.

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Then I cut the posts again out of white cardstock.  Then with the largest and third largest of my Life Style Crafts dies I cut a mirror frame from Grungepaper.

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I then colored them with Vintage Photo Distress Spray Stain and used my woodgrain embossing folder to give them a wood look.

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To create the mirror I used aluminum foil because that’s all I had on hand, however I think it would have been better if I had used mylar.  I sprayed the aluminum foil (dull side) with spray adhesive and then smoothed it onto the chipboard piece. Trimming the excess off of course.  I then added the mirror frame and the posts (the frame overlaps the posts just slightly).  I cut two pieces of scrap chipboard slightly smaller than the post and painted them black.  Next I threaded faceted beads onto head pins and sandwiched the excess head pin between the posts of the mirror and the pieces I just cut and painted.  Then attached the mirror to the top of the dresser.

At this point I added whatever pattern papers I have not added yet.

Graphic 45 Playtimes Past Dresser

For the drawer front facades I attached the pattern paper, then the hardware and then the facade to the drawer front.  I then covered the outside of the dresser with Mod Podge gloss (two coats).  I did not cover the mirror (aluminum foil).

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For the dresser scarf I cut a piece of the hexagon shaped paper from the “Home Sweet Home” 12 x 12 stack.  The length is 12″ and I just followed the pattern of one hexagon, then two, then one, then two and so on across the paper.  This paper made me think of a quilt (love it).  Then I made two tassels with some embroidery floss.  I attached them with some tape.  I put the scarf on the dresser and folded down the sides.  Then I glued the scarf in place.  I did not glue the decorations onto the dresser they are meant for fun and maybe I will change them in the future (perhaps following the holidays).

Graphic 45 Playtimes Past DresserHere is a look at the back of the dresser.

Supplies used:

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Papers “Playtimes Past” and “Home Sweet Home” 12 x 12

Ornate Metal Label Holder (3)

Close to my Heart

Black Cardstock

White Daisy Cardstock

Woodgrain Embossing Folder

Tim Holtz

Distress Ink Vintage Photo

Distress Spray Stain Vintage Photo

Distress Paint Walnut Stain

Tim Holtz Idea-ology Grungepaper

Life Style Crafts

Die Cutters ( the ones that come with the plate kit)

Misc.

 Mod Podge Gloss

 Adhesive

Aluminum Foil

Head Pins (2)

Large Beads (2)

Embroidery Floss

Black Paint

Hot Glue

Spray Adhesive

Chipboard ( I used 1/16″ thick chipboard form AccuCut Crafts)

Graphic 45 “Home Sweet Home” Tea Box

Graphic 45 Home Sweet Home Tea BoxI’m not going to go into great detail with this project.  It’s pretty simple however if you get stuck please feel free to contact me.

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I started with an Allure Beauty Box but you can create your own with chipboard.  I sanded the box to rough up the glossy finish.  I also cut two corners on the lid to create a hinge so my lid will be attached to the box.  I made dividers out of chipboard and covered them with cardstock.  I put my dividers in my box and covered the edges of the box and lid with white cardstock.  Then I lightly went over the edges with Barn Door Distress Paint.

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I then cut all of my pattern papers, inked them with Mowed Lawn Distress Paint and adhered them to my box.  I fussy cut the tea pot and cup from the Playtimes Past 12 x 12 paper, added a paper doily under them and glued them to the top of my box.  I used Sticky Strip to adhere the lid to the box.  Then covered the outside with two coats of Mod Podge Gloss.  I painted my hardware with white paint and when it was dry I removed some of it with a wire brush.  I used E6000 to glue on the hardware.  Then I embellished the top.

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I used stickers from the Secret Garden sticker sheet on the top on the box and one in the label holder.  I also (because I love the paper so much) cut a bunch of the hexagon shapes out, distressed the edges then glued them to a piece of white cardstock the size of the inside of the lid.  It was like putting a puzzle together.  I think I’ve seen quilts like this where the raw edges are visible and roughed up.  There are two sections for tea bags and one for … chocolates (shh… don’t tell anyone).  So grab some of my tea and chocolates and sit back and relax while you watch the video of the last project I made for my audition.

Supplies used:

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Papers “Home Sweet Home” and “Playtimes Past” 12 x 12

Cardstock Stickers “Secret Garden”

Tags and Pockets “Home Sweet Home”

Chipboard “Home Sweet Home”

Ornate Metal Label Holder

Antique Brass Claw Feet

Tim Holtz

Distress Paint Barn Door

Close to my Heart

White Daisy Cardstock

Misc.

 Mod Podge Gloss

 Adhesive

White Paint

E6000 (for feet)

White Paper Doily

Flat Back Pearls

Ribbon

Chipboard ( I used 1/16″ thick chipboard from AccuCut Crafts)

Graphic 45 “Good Ol’ Sport” Policy Envelope Mini Album

 

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This is a policy envelope mini album made with Graphic 45 Good Ol’ Sport 12 x 12 paper.

Supplies used:

Graphic 45

Paper “Good Ol’ Sport” 12 x 12

Cardstock Stickers “Good Ol’ Sport”

Tags and Pockets “Good Ol’ Sport”

Chipboard “Good Ol’ Sport”  (Save the packaging, you’ll use it.)

Tim Holtz

Distress Ink Tumbled Glass

Alterations Die Torn Notebook

Idea-ology Locket Keys

Idea-ology Grungepaper

Close to my Heart

Black Cardstock

Die cut Cards and Envelopes (Disc.)

Waxie Flax (Disc.)

Hook & Loop Dots

Clear Embossing Powder (Close to my Heart sells it but it’s by Ranger)

Cuttlebug

Embossing Folder (the one with all the gears)

Life Style Crafts

Die Cutters (the ones that come with the plate kit)

Prima Flowers

Engraver Collection

Create-A-Collage Rub -on

Football Collection

 K & J Magnetics

1/4 x 1/16 Neo Magnets (8)

1/2 x 1/16 Neo Magnets (2)

Misc.

Charms

Beads

Fibers

Jewelry Findings

Adhesive

Black Paint

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Small Upcycled Valentine Heart Candy Box and Mini Album

This is an upcycled candy box that I altered and then made a mini album to go inside the box.  I also put a window in the lid of the box.  I used Delta Ceramcoat Crackle to give it a distressed vintage look.

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A look at the box and mini album.

Small Upcycled Valentine Heart Candy Box and Mini AlbumI used a piece of acetate sheet for the window.  I just traced the shape of the box and cut the acetate to fit.  I cut the pages of the album from 1/8 inch thick chipboard.

Small Upcycled Valentine Heart Candy Box and Mini AlbumI crackle painted the edges of the album and embellished the pages.

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Thanks for stopping by.  If you have any questions please leave them in the comments below.  Let’s scrapbook together, it’s cheaper than therapy.

Upcycled Valentine Candy Box

This is an upcycled candy box that I altered and then put no calorie, no sugar, no fat treats into for a gift.  I used Delta Ceramcoat Crackle to give it a distressed vintage look.Large Upcycled Valentine Heart Candy Box

I filled the box with some scrapbooking treats.  Clothes pins, bottle caps, paper clips, laces, fibers, flowers, an array of metal embellishments just to name a few.

Large Upcycled Valentine Heart Candy Box

Here’s a look at all the goodies spread out.

Large Upcycled Valentine Heart Candy BoxI put a few paper doilies in the bottom of the box for fun.

Large Upcycled Valentine Heart Candy BoxFor more information and a tutorial on how I did this box check my video.

Thanks for stopping by.  If you have any questions please leave them in the comments below.  Let’s scrapbook together, it’s cheaper than therapy.

Advent Calendar

Here is a different style Advent Calendar aka Christmas count down calendar.

I made this with a Recollections chipboard album.  I took the album apart and embossed all the edges with gold embossing powder.

 

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In the pockets and envelopes are tags with the readings for Advent.

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For the two pages that have hinges I bought tiny little jewelry box hinges and “rusted” them with Vintaj Patina paints.

 

Advent Calendar Advent Calendar

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Crazy Scrapbooking Lady aka Cheritha

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Christmas Paper Bag Mini Album

This is a Christmas themed paper bag album.  Pages measure 9″ x 5″.  The cover measures 9 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ x 2 1/2.  It is packed full with tags and pockets and mini albums within the mini album.  It has 12 paper bag pages which means each of the pages has a large pocket and tag for large photos.  This album will hold many photos and the journaling that goes with those photos.  The album contains mini albums which can be put in a purse as a brag book.  The paper bags are NOT acid free.

Happy scrapping.

Let’s scrapbook together it’s cheaper than therapy.

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Of the Scrapbooking Police and the Shoulds Part 9 (Should Myths #19 & 20)

Here is the next in the mini series.

So how many times have the scrapbooking police come to your house and bound your wrists in baker’s twine or confiscated your supplies because you didn’t write a novel on that layout you just completed or you put more than one photo on a page? I’m going to take a guess and say never. I’m also going to bust a couple myths… are you ready?

There are no scrapbooking police or scrapbooking shoulds.

Okay, I lied, there’s one should.

Scrapbooking should be fun!!!

SHOULD MYTH #19 You should only use acid free, archival safe, lignen free products or only supplies intended for scrapbooking.

This can be a very scary should to break especially if you are using ancestral photos.  If you have access to a scanner you could scan your photos, put the originals in a safe place and use copies.  Then if something goes horribly wrong you still have the original.  You could also experiment with those out of focus or cropped photos.  Start small and ease into it.  I’m anal and I use acid free, archival safe, lignen free products for everything I do with my photos but that doesn’t mean you have to.  If you want to add a mini clothespin to your layout please do.  You have to make your scrapbooks your way or you won’t be happy with them.  I want my 12″ x 12″ albums to last a long time so I’m very picky about them but I have started relaxing about everything else and experimenting with mini clothespins, doilies, paper bags …  It’s fun going around the house finding things to use as embellishments or as tools.  Give it a go, see what you can find.  This is where our creativity and artistic side really blossom.

#20 I’m going to go in a different direction with #20.  I’ve busted 19 of the many myths that we have saddled ourselves with and touched on the one important SHOULD of scrapbooking.  SCRAPBOOKING SHOULD BE FUN.  We as adults have a lot of rules that we have to live by, think about when you were a kid.  Did you hate all the rules you were expected to follow?  I know I did.  I couldn’t wait to grow up because I thought adults could do anything, anytime.  Then I became an adult …  So why are we forcing ourselves to follow rules in scrapbooking?  Our hobbies should be fun, that’s why we do them.  Be a child again for an hour and ignore all the myths and be creative, go wild.  Wash a foam tray from a meat package, cut a design in it and use it as a stamp.  If you don’t like what you created cut it up for one of a kind photo mats, embellishments or background paper.  If you relax and let the creative juices flow it becomes like a drug and you come back for more, but this is a safe drug.  It’s not like compulsive eating,  scrapbooking doesn’t add to your waistline or make you unhealthy.  On the contrary having a hobby has been proven to improve overall health.  Scrapbooking for an hour is cheaper than an hour of therapy.  An hour of therapy is about $100, you can buy a lot of scrapbook supplies for that.  If you have a hard time finding alone time at home you can go to a friends house or the library.

I’ll end this mini series here.  For more information on scrapbook rule breaking check out Cut Loose by Crystal Jeffrey Rieger.

 

Happy scrapping and remember the only SHOULD in scrapbooking is it SHOULD be fun.

Let’s scrapbook together it’s cheaper than therapy!

Of the Scrapbooking Police and the Shoulds Part 8 (Should Myths #17 & 18)

Here is the next in the mini series.

So how many times have the scrapbooking police come to your house and bound your wrists in baker’s twine or confiscated your supplies because you didn’t write a novel on that layout you just completed or you put more than one photo on a page? I’m going to take a guess and say never. I’m also going to bust a couple myths… are you ready?

There are no scrapbooking police or scrapbooking shoulds.

Okay, I lied, there’s one should.

Scrapbooking should be fun!!!

SHOULD MYTH #17 You should only do flowing layouts with a left and right page.

Before we get to deep into this one I feel that I should clarify that a layout is two pages, a left and right, and a page is one which is the beginning or ending of an album.  However if you like to do your albums in pages go for it.  I do my 12″ x 12″ albums in layout style because I like the flow from left to right and I like seeing one story at a time (if that makes sense).  I feel like it’s less jumbled or overwhelming to do things in a layout style for my 12″ x 12″ albums.  I have also used flip flaps to make a top and bottom to go with the left and right of a layout.  My minis on the other hand I like to mix and match.  Every page can be of a different story and I don’t feel overwhelmed or jumbled with the smaller format.

SHOULD MYTH #18 You should use the same background paper for both the left and right sides of a layout.

Why?  (My son is so much like me, the first question we ask when told something is “Why?”)  Okay, but seriously why do they have to be the same?  Paper companies are making paper packs that contain papers that are the same pattern but different colors or one is embossed or has glitter on it.  Let’s have fun with the cool papers.  You can have similar papers and use embellishments that are the same to pull it all together or do the same techniques on both sides i.e. stitching, stamping, doodling, etc.  Your photo mats on both sides could be the same paper.  There are so many ways to make a layout look connected without using the same background paper.

 

Don’t forget to check back next Saturday September 19, 2015 for SHOULD MYTH # 19 & 20.  If you have a SHOULD MYTH you would like to share please leave a comment below.

Happy scrapping and remember the only SHOULD in scrapbooking is it SHOULD be fun.

Let’s scrapbook together it’s cheaper than therapy!

Of the Scrapbooking Police and the Shoulds Part 8 (Should Myths #15 & 16)

Here is the next in the mini series.

So how many times have the scrapbooking police come to your house and bound your wrists in baker’s twine or confiscated your supplies because you didn’t write a novel on that layout you just completed or you put more than one photo on a page? I’m going to take a guess and say never. I’m also going to bust a couple myths… are you ready?

There are no scrapbooking police or scrapbooking shoulds.

Okay, I lied, there’s one should.

Scrapbooking should be fun!!!

SHOULD MYTH #15 You should be and stay caught up.

If you think about that should statement it really is silly.  That would mean you need to do a layout or more every day or every time you take photos.  Realistically who has time for that?  Think of the creative pressure too of producing a layout every day.  What does “caught up” mean to you.  Does it mean every photo you’ve ever taken has been scrapbooked?  Does it mean you’ve told a story for every photo?  For me it means I’m comfortable where I am.  Can I scrapbook more of my photos?  Absolutely!  Scrapbooking is meant to be fun, creative, a stress release and if we’re worried about this or any of the other SHOULDS then it becomes a chore just like the laundry.  Will we ever be “caught up”?  Probably not if we think of it in this way.

SHOULD MYTH #16 True scrapbooking should only be done in 12″ x 12″ albums.

There are so many options now why should we limit ourselves to only one option?  I like to use 12″ x 12″ albums with acid free, archival safe, lignen free products for the stories and photos that will be given to my son and his future family some day, anything else I use several different options.  For our gallery wall I use an array of frames, shadow boxes, canvases, whatever fits in with the overall look.  If I have a photo that is to small for the frame I want to use then I’ll make a mini scrapbook page, put the photo on it and put the whole thing in the frame (nothing dimensional of course).  I have a couple of those flip thingies (that’s the technical name) for 4″ x 6″ photos and the same as with the frame; I make a little scrapbook page, put the photo on it, slip it in the sleeve and enjoy.  We have LOTS of mini albums for enjoying now.  I use only acid free, archival safe, lignen free products even with my minis.  Did you know that having your photos exposed to the elements and fingers and the oils on those fingers will deteriorate the photos?  So that’s why I have the big 12″ x 12″ albums for long term preservation; everything else if it lasts one year or twenty I’m okay with that.

 

Don’t forget to check back next Saturday September 12, 2015 for SHOULD MYTH # 17 & 18.  If you have a SHOULD MYTH you would like to share please leave a comment below.

Happy scrapping and remember the only SHOULD in scrapbooking is it SHOULD be fun.

Let’s scrapbook together it’s cheaper than therapy!

Of the Scrapbooking Police and the Shoulds Part 7 (Should Myths #13 & 14)

Here is the next in the mini series.

So how many times have the scrapbooking police come to your house and bound your wrists in baker’s twine or confiscated your supplies because you didn’t write a novel on that layout you just completed or you put more than one photo on a page? I’m going to take a guess and say never. I’m also going to bust a couple myths… are you ready?

There are no scrapbooking police or scrapbooking shoulds.

Okay, I lied, there’s one should.

Scrapbooking should be fun!!!

SHOULD MYTH #13 You should only use something once and you should have the latest greatest.

Well if that’s true we all will go bankrupt.  I can’t keep up with all the wonderful, beautiful, fabulous supplies coming out all the time.  Then again sometimes the latest greatest isn’t always the best for us.  I’m not a technically minded person and the Cricut Expression 2 is perfect for me.  The thought of needing a computer to run my Cricut does not appeal to me and I’m also perfectly happy using punches rather than my Cricut.  I’m very picky about my cardstock and prefer to use Close to my Heart that doesn’t mean I don’t experiment sometimes.  Actually I’m set in my ways and like certain things but I do like to try new things.  I have been known to buy multiple packs of a pattern paper that I really love and use it to death.  There are way to many beautiful papers and embellishments available to only use them once.

SHOULD MYTH #14 You should scrapbook chronologically.

Whoops!  I totally missed this one.  It is so not fun scrapbooking in order, at least not for me.  So many things in life have to be in order WHY do we make scrapbooking this way?  Mix it up, have fun.  Scrapbook what inspires you or makes you happy.  Okay maybe a newborn baby’s album could be in chronological order but after that…?  Of course you can scrapbook in chronological order if you want to.  You can even time travel many years back.  You can group on one layout a bunch of photos from different times.  I’ve made a layout of all our zoo visits.  I’ve made a then and now layout for the same zoo because I went there when I was a child and now I take my son there.  It’s okay to scrapbook a photo more than once if it supports a story you want to tell or because you really love that photo.  When film directors make a film they don’t  always start with the very first scene of the film.

 

Don’t forget to check back next Saturday September 05, 2015 for SHOULD MYTH # 15 & 16.  If you have a SHOULD MYTH you would like to share please leave a comment below.

Happy scrapping and remember the only SHOULD in scrapbooking is it SHOULD be fun.

Let’s scrapbook together it’s cheaper than therapy!