Wednesday, September 12, 2012

DIY Wood Veneer shapes

Wood veneer shapes are fantastic ways to add that natural and organic feel to your projects.  I bought some wood veneer business cards at Lee Valley Tools.  You get 50 cards for about 4 bucks, don't you just love it when you can spend hubby's woodworking budget on your craft supplies, ha!

Anyhoo...I gingerly tested the wood veneer cards in my big lever punch and to my surprise it worked!  So then I ventured onto using my thin Sizzix dies (the big metal sizzix dies would work for sure but I wanted to test out the wafer-thin ones).   I found that shimming a piece of cardstock under the thin die gives it the extra thickness to cut smoothly through my Big Shot machine.  Even the Quickutz (they are now Lifestyles Crafts...but I still call them Quickutz!) with the foam on the dies worked to my surprise.

Some other ideas that I haven't tried yet but I think would be fantastic...would be to run the shapes through your dry embossing folder or wet embossing might work as long as the wood doesn't curl up from the heat...if anyone wants to experiment, let me know how it worked out!

Here is my card using the wood veneer diecuts.  I use them just as I would use chipboard shapes by layering and popping them up for extra dimension.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Scor-pal Design team call

Hey all, just wanted to let everyone know that Scor-pal is having a design team call.  You can read all about it over on the Scor-pal blog!  Good luck to everyone, it's a great team to be a part of!!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

First day of School!

Hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend, the weather here in Southern Ontario was fabulous and quoting my daughter..."awhh...can't believe we gotta go back to school...the horror!"  Yes, the horror is the word she used, maybe strong but spoken from a kid who just doesn't want summer vacation to end!  She knows that there are no more late nights, no more late morning sleeps, no more ice cream treats (yeah, we do that a lot of ice cream in the summer!), no more hanging out with friends in the pool,  instead these will be replaced with Mom's early morning wake-up calls, homework time, and her worst 'horror' of all- school lunches! (I have tried everything under the sun to make her school lunches a little more interesting).  

So planning my page ahead, I predict that I will likely not get a photo of a beaming and eager 6th grader at 7:30 am this Tuesday morning so I have taken a photo of her pristine, newly organized pencil box.  She was totally eager and excited to get this box organized- so this photo captures a 'happy' moment for sure. A persistent scrapper Mom I am, I will try just before leaving the house if I will have a willing subject for that 'back to school' shot, will let ya know! 

I thought I would share with you a page I made a few years ago of a 'happy' 3rd grader on her first day of school.  On this page I had incorporated photos of previous 'first days' of earlier school years in the flower blooms as a timeline.  I still like to cut my photos in circles (see previous post, this may not be the latest trend but I like it, tee hee) and I use my trusted circle cutters by Creative Memories (one of the first scrappy tools I purchased-  still love them!) The paper supplies used on this page were from Jilli bean Soup.

Have a great week, and if you are having a 'first' day back to school -hope it's a good one too!