Tag: Hybrid Projects

While I consider myself a digital scrapbooker, I haven’t scrapped a page in over 4 years. I learned how to digital scrapbook about 5 years ago and it seems once I figured out Photoshop the excitement was gone. But I still love Photoshop and I love the products. Much like non-scrappers have huge stashes of paper and scissors filling up closets, there’s a pretty good stash of digital products filling up our hard drive. I’m sharing a few of my favorite ways to use them here. Digital products let you have a well put together project in no time, especially quick pages and layouts just waiting for photos. Here are some Other Ways to Use Digital Scrapbooking Products:

My favorite way to use brag books? Shipping labels. They have the perfect spot for an address–right where the photo should be. They take practically no time, and I like to think that I’m cheering up the receiver’s day as well as the postal workers!

This poor box is the link between cousins in different states. Once opened, it is filled and sent back–with a new mailing label of course. This label is a page out of this brag book.

CD case calenders provide a great layout for playlists to be typed up.

They are designed to fit jewel cases, so there is no need to bother with dimensions.I believe this calender month was April.

And don’t forget the regular embellishments and tags found in kits. We turned this tag into an invitation with the addition of a little die cut hat.

Digital scrapping makes mass producing a ton faster than the traditional way! Do it once and let the printer do the rest. If you think digi-scrapping isn’t your thing, you may want to think again. The best part may be that you can never use your digi supplies up! There’s always a new one waiting in the folder. If you hear all this talk about digital scrapbooking and you are still trying to figure it out, here is a good explanation. The Crafting Chicks use Photoshop and/or Photoshop Elements.

I made some simple DIY Library Bags & Tags for Summer Reading for my kids, and wanted to share. I thought it would be great for them to have a place to store their books (so they won’t get mixed up with our books at home) and also a way to carry their books to and from the library. I followed this bag tutorial. I used it on the monogram bags as well. These were much more simple without the letters and pockets.

I used canvas material to line the bags, to make them more sturdy to carry the books. I cut the material 16 inches wide and about 19 inches long. I sewed the bag with about a 1/2 seam. The straps were about 14 inches. These bags will carry most sizes of books.

I also digitally scrapbooked a little tag with my kids’ names to tie around the strap. I used the same plastic name tag holders that Brooke used in her adorable Color Mini Book. I too found these at WalMart. The tag is approx. 2.5 tall and 3.5 wide. For the boys label, I used one of my most favorite kits for boys called Wonderful from the amazing Shabby Princess. I cannot remember where I bought the kit I used for the girl label, but I love how it went with the bag material.

My kids were so excited to have a special library bag with their names on it. They carried them around all day full of books. We cannot wait to go to the library next week!
Also, you can insert their library card just behind the name tag on the other side. This will make it easy to find when you are ready to go check out books.

If you want to print one of the labels, just click on the images below and then right click on the image and select save.

Happy Summer Reading!

I’m sort of really – a lot in love with these DIY National Donut Day Medallions Ribbons! It all started with the Minute to Win It prize, and has continued through the end of school and on! I don’t know if I’ll ever get enough of them.
National Donut Day is this Friday, and I think these ribbons would make a drop-by surprise of donuts to your friends even cuter. Use with just 1 donut, or go for the whole dozen if you are feeling generous!

I really wanted to share the Super Teacher one with all of you, but as far as I could tell sharing isn’t allowed with the papers I used. So I came up with this cute one using a free kit from Shabby Princess for National Doughnut Day. Does anyone know the real spelling of doughnut/donut? I couldn’t find a definite answer so I went with donut as it fits on the tag easier!

They are so simple to put together. First, you’ll want to download the Happy Go Lucky kit if you haven’t already. And you can download the template here. I added the Super Teacher option to it too, so if the end of the year is here and you need a little something to say thanks, I’ve got you covered. Shut off the donut layer and move the Super Teacher layer into its place. Here is a great tutorial on how to use a layered template if you are unsure. The dimensions are 1.5″x11″ for the 2 wide strips and 1″x11″ for the ribbons.

Let’s litter the earth with cute medallion ribbons! (Not really litter, you know what I mean…right?)

After you have your papers inserted in the template, print it out. Fold the wider strips accordion style and glue the ends together. I used a glue gun for all of my gluing here. The thinner strips will get cut in half and notches taken out to make ribbons.

This is the tricky part–flatten out the accordion ring and glue the circle on. There was quite a large hole in the back so I cut a scrap piece of paper and glued down to cover it up. You could use a large circle punch if you want and have it handy. Then I glued the 4 “ribbons” on the back. Be sure you have these centered under the tag–you don’t want all of your work to end with some sideways ribbon action.

Wouldn’t I be your best friend if I showed up on your doorstep Friday with a donut and this cute ribbon!?!

Sorry I’m a little bit tardy on my post today! My computer was having a small tantrum, I have an eye infection and my spectacles make me dizzy, and on top of that, it is SNOWING at my house today! What a lovely Monday morning. 🙂

Lately I’ve been having fun making some DIY Personalized Photo Jewelry. I love personalized stuff! There are so many great tutorials out there and awesome supplies for the DIY-ers. While this isn’t really a super detailed step-by-step tutorial, I thought I’d share a few cute things I’ve made recently with some simple instructions. 🙂

A glass tile family photo pendant
A bracelet with faces of my loves. 🙂
I love using photos for different projects. I made the bracelets for my mom and mother-in-law (and myself!) for Mother’s Day, with photos of their grandchildren. 🙂 They were a big hit!
Supplies needed:
**  Your favorite brand of “diamond glaze” (I got mine on Etsy called “Sun and Moon Scrabble and Glass Glaze”)
**  E-6000 or other super strong adhesive
** a glass tile of any shape or size (I ordered mine from Sun and Moon Craft Kits on Etsy, it’s the rectangular size glass tile)
** silver bails (silver “hooks” to allow you to put your pendant on a chain–also available in craft stores or in abundance on Etsy!!)

Decide what photo you want to put on your glass tile. I measured my glass tile and in Photoshop cropped my photo to the correct size. I printed on luster photo paper at Costco. If you print from your home printer, make sure you spray your photo with some sort of sealant so that the color won’t bleed when you put the adhesive on it.

Spread a thin, even layer of the GLASS GLAZE on the glass tile, then place your photo “face down” onto the glaze. Position it where you want it and smooth it out, making sure to get rid of any air bubbles. Then spread another thin layer of glass glaze on the back of the photo.

When dry, put a small amount of E-6000 on the silver bail, then attach to the back of the photo tile. Let dry for 24 hours. Then you can put it on a chain and it’s done!!
I’ve made lots of these pendants, with different photos, cute scrapbook paper, initials, you name it. One of my favorite necklaces I’ve made is of the Salt Lake Temple, with me and my husband’s initials. 🙂 These make awesome gifts too.
For the photo bracelet, I got an “empty” bracelet at Hobby Lobby (we just got a brand new store close to my home and it’s glorious!).
I measured the little squares (they were like .625 inches) and cropped my little photos in Photoshop. Printed them at Costco again. Then I put a thin layer of the GLASS GLAZE (used on the pendants) on the back of the little photos and place them into the bracelet.
Once placed in the squares on the bracelet, I squeezed the glass glaze to completely cover each photo, being careful to get rid of any air bubbles. I used a toothpick to pop any that showed up. The glaze will be cloudy until it dries completely. Make sure your bracelet is on a flat surface to ensure even distribution of the glaze. (apologies for not-so-great photos)
Let it dry for 24 hours before wearing. And there you have it!
I wore mine to church on Mother’s Day and got lots of compliments on it! I had to chuckle when they asked if my husband got it for me for Mother’s Day–I said I made it for myself as a gift. 🙂 I love it!
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I made these cute DIY Photo Magnets for my mom. I had saved some of these frozen juice can tops, (I know why am I saving such things) but… I did come up with a few fun ways to use these tops.

Here are the steps to make the photo magnets:First, digi scrap the circle with a photo, (I used papers from the Modish Boy kit and Bella Kit at Shabby Princess)-but you could use regular scrapbook paper and a photo.

Second, print and cut out the circles. I then inked the edges a bit.

Third, Mod Podge the circles on the metal top. Let dry.

And last, add a magnet to the back with hot glue.
And… you have an adorable magnet with a picture of your little one!

I also thought of other ideas:
*Make one for each of your children with a photo of just them. Use this special magnet to display their artwork that they bring home!! I will be making these for my kiddos sometime soon.
*Also, you could save these juice can tops, and use them instead of the chipboard squares in my photo memory game.

Hi everyone, it’s Brooke here with some fun Valentine’s Day ideas—I always love Valentine’s Day crafts and have seen so many awesome ideas here and around the www. 🙂 So I’m really excited about my kids’ valentines this year because it was so much fun to make them!! Each year I like to ask them what kind of valentines they want to make and give out to their friends. I’m a weirdo and like to design them myself and get creative with them. My son Brandon and I thought about making the cute iPod one that I’ve seen all over the internet, but then thinking about how much he loves Daddy’s iPhone, we decided to go in that direction instead. Plus I haven’t seen this idea ANYWHERE, so I knew it would be unique. For my daughter Annie’s valentines, she just loves Fancy Nancy and chose that for her theme. So we decided to do something fun with that. I’ll chat a little bit about each of the iPhone Valentines and Fancy Nancy Valentines now!

“Be my iValentine.” {Brandon}
“Wishing you a FANCY Valentine’s Day!” {Annie}

I love Photoshop. 🙂 I LOVE how this turned out. I want to pass these out to MY friends. 🙂 I used some stock photos and took photos of my iTouch for the graphics and shape of the phone and then added some other embellishments. Then I’m a nerd and made it the “Brandon” network, the time of 2:14 pm (ha ha) and made sure the calendar said “February 14.” It’s all about the details, people! 🙂 I love how it’s personalized. We printed them at Costco and trimmed them up and put them on those boxes of Sweethearts. Brandon was SO excited to pass his very own iPhone valentines out to his friends!!

Brandon and I had a fun (messy)time putting it all together. Love that boy!

A FANCY Valentine

We love Fancy Nancy around here. I looked around and didn’t find any Fancy Nancy valentines anywhere so I came up with this idea just a few days ago, actually! I also made these in Photoshop, found a stock photo and changed it a tiny bit so that instead of the word “Nancy” it says “Fancy”. Printed at Costco and punched out with a 2.5 inch circle punch, then used pop dots adhesive to put the circles onto a 3 inch scallop circle.
I had Annie write her name on the back in her adorable little handwriting, then I hot glued a little loop of ribbon to hang from the candy necklace. After all, you need fancy jewelry to have a fancy Valentine’s Day. 🙂

Annie was super excited about her special valentines too. She loved helping me put them all together and had so much fun giving them to her buddies at preschool. Love that girl.

So there you have it! Our 2010 valentines. 🙂
Have a LOVELY weekend, friends!xoxoxoxoxo

Hello, it’s Brooke here! Before Thanksgiving has come and gone, I wanted to share 2 little Thanksgiving projects with you: one I made last year, and one I finished TODAY. 🙂 If you’re feeling crafty, I bet you could whip up this Thanksgiving Canvas and Banner projects just in time for your Thanksgiving celebrations.

Thanksgiving Canvas
I love making things in photoshop using digital scrapbooking supplies, then combining them with other mediums, such as canvas and ribbon. I created this in photoshop using a scripture that I love from the Book of Mormon (Alma 34:38)—Live in thanksgiving daily. I finished up this project this morning.
I LOVE that and really need to apply it in my life on a daily basis! So I needed to make a cute reminder. 🙂 I printed it at Costco on luster paper. Meanwhile, I had a canvas just sitting around, so I painted it dark brown, and once I picked up my photo I used Mod Podge to stick it on the canvas. I also added a polka dot ribbon and Mod Podged that baby right on too. Mod Podging is a verb, people. 🙂 I love that stuff. I added a layer of Mod Podge on top of everything, and instead of doing a carefully thin perfect layer, I did it messy and cross-hatched, so I could get more of a textured look. Last of all, I added a small velvety flower to finish it off. I love how it looks hanging on my wall!!! It makes me happy and it was super easy. This is something that I can keep up all year long to remind me how blessed we are and to give thanks every single day.

Thankful Banner
I made this project last year for the Oct. 2008 issue of Bella Scraps Magazine, and thought I’d share the tutorial here just for funsies. 🙂
Materials: printed layouts, coordinating cardstock, adhesive, hole punch, distress ink, various ribbons
Step 1: Create your letter layouts in your photo editing program. I was making the word “thankful” so I made 8 little coordinating mini layouts. I knew I wanted my mounted letters to be 6 inches x 6 inches when finished, so I created my layouts at about 5.25 inches by 5.25 inches so I could have my cardstock mat provide a nice border.
Step 2: Print layouts and cut them out. I used the luster photo paper at Costco, that’s my favorite. For the cardstock mats, I used my QuicKutz Silhouette to cut out the various shapes (bracket, scallop, circle, and rounded square). It saved me tons of time but you could make any shape you wanted and cut by hand, or even use chipboard pieces as your mats. I’ve seen cute banners that use triangles.
Step 3: Adhere the layouts to the shaped cardstock with your favorite acid-free adhesive. You could use double-sided sticky tape, glue sticks, Mod Podge, or Zyron machine, whatever floats your boat! Then punch a hole in the top 2 corners of each layout. I made my holes about 1/2 inch in. I also inked up the edges of the cardstock with distress ink.
Step 4: Now it’s time to string up the banner. I cut my ribbon to a 7 foot length (I laid out my banner and allowed enough ribbon for a few inches in between each letter and about 12 inches on each end for hanging up). Then I threaded the ribbon through all of the holes in the tops of the layouts until they were all strung together. I used about a 3/4 inch wide ribbon and it was very easy to thread through the holes. Knot the ends to secure.

Step 5: Add coordinating ribbon as accents to the banner. I wanted to keep it simple so I just added some green ties in between each letter.
Step 6: Hang up your banner and enjoy! It’s a fun way to use digiscrapping in your home decor. Now that all the hard work is done, I get to hang it up every year! 🙂 Credits: Shabby Princess “Autumn Medley” and “Harvest Spice” papers; GG Digital Designs “Fall Fun” chipboard letters
Have a great day and have a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend.
Love, Brooke
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Last February I was about 7 months pregnant with my 3rd child, and was nesting like a crazy woman. 🙂 So I must’ve had a burst of creativity because I made a bunch of different Valentine projects back then and just reposted them on my personal blog today. I thought I’d share the Easy Valentine Ideas and free templates here as well, in case you’re looking for some cute ideas for your lovies. I even have some free downloads for you!

Fun Valentine’s Day Ideas

I made these EASY photo tiles!

{I used “Schnookums” from http://www.ggdigitaldesigns.com/.}

Here’s what you need–it’s really simple and makes a cute gift or decoration for your home.

**whatever size of tile you want (the ones I made were 4.5 x 4.5 inches, only like 13 cent cheapos from Home Depot)

**whatever photo or design you want (I made little mini digital layouts sized to fit a little smaller than the tile–I forgot to do exact measurements but it worked out just fine! Just go with the flow.)

**A bottle of Mod Podge (I used Matte finish but you could do glossy if it floats your boat.)


Here’s how to be all crafty with Mod Podge:

I printed my photos out and trimmed them. I printed on photo paper from Costco because the photo won’t smear when I put the Mod Podge on it. Then I “painted” a thin layer of Mod Podge on the tile, placed my photo where I wanted it to go, and let it dry for about 5 minutes (until it wasn’t sticky). Then I did another layer of Mod Podge over the top of the photo and let it dry completely. I truly love how they turned out. 🙂

Pillow Boxes

Another really easy one, I used a project already done at http://www.ggdigitaldesigns.com/. They have lots of darling premade Valentine things. Just printed them, cut out the template, and folded and taped together. Voila. You can fill these with little love treats.

Oh! And I also made these Treat Bag Toppers.

And last, but not least, I made Candy Bar Wrappers!!

Another really simple gift idea for this holiday of love. I made these for Brandon and Annie’s school and primary teachers. Again, I used various papers and embellishments from http://www.ggdigitaldesigns.com/ . They are my product endorsement for the day. 🙂 Printed them out, trimmed and used double-sided sticky tape to wrap around Hershey bars.
And I have a treat for you. I made the template to download and use!! I’m sharing the love.

Click here to download: http://www.4shared.com/file/37498495/ef46548a/Candy_Bar_Wrapper_Template.html

So, I also made a template to use on smaller candy bars, specifically the delicious Kit Kat bar. So here’s what it looked like when I was done using the template:

I saved the whole thing as a jpeg, printed it as a 5×7 at Costco and trimmed the extra off (the template is a bit smaller than a 5×7 print). Then wrapped it around the Kit Kats. And here is how they turned out:
{I used the “Amore” kit from the free holiday sampler from www.shabbyprincess.com and stitched felt alpha by Dani Mogstad at www.sweetshoppedesigns.com }

So maybe you were thinking, “Hey, I want to make those too!” Well it’s your lucky day, because I have made another template to give to you!

Here’s the linky:


Thanks for those who leave comments and thank-yous when they download, it’s just so nice. 🙂

And lastly but not leastly. Last year we had a fun little Valentine’s Day dinner with the kids, a little scavenger hunt for surprises, and we had lots of fun playing BINGO with these little Valentine-themed bingo cards I made. I was REALLY nesting, if you can’t tell. 🙂

{I made this with the “Schnookums” digital kit at www.ggdigitaldesigns.com }

Again, printed at Costco as a 5×7 and then I laminated each card. I made 4, one for each of us.

We used little candies to cover the numbers. We’ll be bringing these out again this year, it was lots of fun. And here’s the bingo template!!! Hooray!!!!
If you need help with the digital aspect of the projects, check out the tips and tutorials at Digital Scrapbook Memories:
Again, thank you for your comments and thank-yous when you download, it really is nice.

Have a lovely day!

Love, Brooke (http://www.brookie-wookie.blogspot.com/)

I’ve been wanting to make a Handmade Paper Christmas Tree and finally got around to it a few weeks ago!

Supplies I used:
styrofoam cone from craft store
fun Christmas paper (I printed out some digital designs from GG Digital Designs–Tinsel Town)
paper trimmer
distress ink
hot glue gun

I printed the paper (double-sided) and cut it into 1 inch by 3 inch strips, inking the edges. I also curled up one end of the strip by wrapping it around the barrel of a pen. I glued a wide band of ribbon at the bottom of the cone, then hot glued the strips onto the cone, staggering and layering them to cover the styrofoam. I think it turned out pretty cute. 🙂

Maybe next time I’d add a chipboard star or some glitter or something, but for now I am done!

Merry Christmas!!!

Halloween is such a fun holiday to me, and I love Halloween Decor Inspiration.  I have a few simple Halloween decor projects to share and an idea for treat giving! All are digiscrap related. 🙂
I made this Trick or Treat canvas–it was featured as a hybrid digi project and tutorial in the September issue of Bella Scraps Magazine, so I can finally blog about it! I just made the design in photoshop, printed it at Costco, and Mod Podged it onto a blank canvas that I’d painted black. Then I trimmed the edges with black ribbon. I love how it turned out.

This was probably the easiest project ever. Forgive the not-so-great photo of it, I was in a hurry. 🙂 I just typed the letters on orange damask digi paper (from http://www.shabbymissjenndesigns.com/, the Harvest Night kit) and printed as 8×8 layouts at Costco. Then stuck them in frames I already had. EASY!
Last I made a little Happy Halloween pillow box for treats. You’ve probably seen these before. . . for this one I used a pillow box template from http://www.ggdigitaldesigns.com/ and used papers from DSM. Printed at Costco (accidently on glossy paper but hey, it worked fine), cut out and folded into shape (yes, photo paper does fold and bend), then secured with double-sided sticky tape and wrapped a ribbon around it. Presto, a fun and simple way to give Halloween treats to someone.
Have a fun and safe Halloween! 🙂

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