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Friday, March 16, 2012

Card | Dilo En Español | Megan K. Suaréz

It is Challenge time over at Dilo En Español!
Es hora de reto con nosotras en Dilo En Español!

...and the challenge is anything goes--  But we, the design team members are sharing a design we created with the awesome digital images by today's sponsor, Megan K. Suarez from Dilly Beans Stamps and art! and of course sentiments from my comadrita's Dilo En Español!
...el reto es libre! lo que gusten crear!--  Nosotras las diseñadoras de Dilo En Español tuvimos la oportunidad de jugar/diseñar con las bellas imágenes digitales de Megan K. Suárez de Dilly Beans Stamps y arte! y claro que adicionalmente/también con los sellos de mi comadrita Abby!

I got to play with this beauty...
A mi me toco jugar con esta belleza...

I used the Dilo En Español Mini Set #3 Muy Agradecido for the inside sentiment using white ink.
Utilice el set de sellos Mini #3 Muy Agradecido y tinta blanca.


Hope you enter the challenge  -- Anything goes  -- and the prize is 3 digital stamps of choice from Megan K. Suarez!
Esperamos que participen en este reto  --Libre-- y el premio sera 3 imágenes digitales a escoger de Megan K. Suárez!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Scrap'n Easel

How to set up your Scrap'n Easel and how I used the Scrap'n Easel to assist me in creating a layout.

Part I
a. box contents
b. setting your Scrap'n Easel

Your box arrives with its contents very nicely packaged.
note: you may click on the top of any picture to enlarge for a better view
Box Contents
After you open your box take out your Scrap'n Easel,  two (2) clear Grids, one (1) magnetic Ruler, one clear bag containing 16 super strong Neodymium Magnets, one clear bag containing Velcro Dots and your Instructions.
Scrap'n Easel in the open position
Move your two clear Grids, magnetic Ruler, Magnets, Velcro Dots and your Instructions to the side and open up your Scrap'n Easel.
Inserting the clear Grids
At this time you are ready to take your included clear Grids and insert them on the provided clear tabs on each/all corners on both panels of you Scrap'n Easel

It is a very easy process.  Just guide the Grids with you fingers.
This is what it looks like after both Grids have been placed in the corner tabs.
You are ready to work on it if you wish.

But there are a few more steps to setting it all up and looking at all the options you have.

Setting your Scrap'n Easel for the "Display" position
 Close you Scrap'n Easel and place towards you the thicker part-- it is very noticeable.
 Lift the Scrap'n Easel flap and push to attached (thicker) insert toward the bottom.
You may want to use a little bit of force here or use both hands to pull/push (depending on your body's position in relation to the Scrap'n Easel)-- it will not hurt it, promise!
 Top view of one side/flap of the Scrap'n Easel open.
Top view of both sides/flaps of the Scrap'n Easel open.
 This is a back view of your Scrap'n Easel in the Display position.
This is a front view of your Scrap'n Easel in the Display position.

Setting up your Scrap'n Easel for the "Work" position.
All you do is invert your Scrap'n Easel!
Yes, that easy. Flip over/invert and place on your table.

Now when you are ready to put it away you may close it down by releasing the adhered flaps and folding it.  In your package you receive a Velcro dot that you may use (I chose not to use it on mine) to secure it.
Adhere your Velcro Dot to the Tab Closure and to the opposite side of the back of your Srap'n Easel.

I hope this helped you set your Scrap'n Easel up.

Now for  Part II or creating a layout with the assistance of the Scrap'n Easel.
(this is where the magnetic ruler and magnets come in handy)

Part II
Creating a layout utilizing the Scrap'n Easel
 First Step:  I placed my 12"x12" piece of PP on my Scrap'n Easel and held it secure with the magnets.
 Step Two: I placed the magnetic ruler at 11 1/2" from bottom up using the lines on the grid and ensuring that my magnetic ruler and my PP matched at the 1" and 12" marks.
 Step Three: Since my second layer/paper was sized at 11"x11" I wanted to make sure that my paper was centered or squared.  The ruler and the Grid helped me accomplish just that.
Here (above) you can see that my white paper sits right on the 1/2" and the 11 1/2" marks (sides and bottom) and that I am securing it using 4 of the Magnets.
 Step Four: Now I want to place my photo mat and align it vertically.  Using the magnetic Ruler I guided the Ruler using the Grid.

 Here you can see that not only was I able to align it vertically, but at the 2" from top to bottom.
Step Five: For this step I want to place/line up a piece of "notebook" paper across.  Once again, using the magnetic Ruler I was able to accomplish that.
 Step Six: By holding everything in place with the Magnets I was able to design my layout up to the placement of my die cuts.  I wanted to see which die was the best size for my layout. I was able to take and add pieces until I was satisfied with one or the right size.
Step Seven: Here the magnetic Ruler was used again to guide me in placing my title in a straight line.
Love that!

Step Eight: Now that I am satisfied with the placement I started permanently adhering all my pieces.
 Last Step: After adhering everything and adding bits and pieces and some sewing, I am ready to use my Scrap'n Easel to take my pictures!
I want to add that to create this layout I used the sketch from Becky Fleck's PageMaps
I followed the sketch pretty closely!   I even had my Silhouette draw a similar design using the Chomas adjustable pen holder.

Here is the design
I was even able to alter the design using the DesignStudio software with my Cameo (the flower you see to the farthest left was added and a little heart below the flower below that one-- pretty cool).

and here a close up of my LO I had previously shared over at Timeless Twine using the Black Coffee twine

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!   

Scrap'n Easel is a "double" magnetic paper craft easel, but for those of you that are more of a card maker, there is a single easel -- the Scrap'n Easel-Ette Card Crafter that you can pre-order now!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Project Life | Weeks Eight and Nine

Today I am sharing Weeks Eight and Nine... super excited to  have made it this far!

For week eight, I used lots of journal cards from the Echo Park This & That Graceful collection including the finally arrived Clementine kit.

I continue to use the Kerri Bradford files for my week and numbers.  Here 4 of the journal cards are from the Clementine kit and one (with flowers) is from the EP Graceful collection (love that collection!).
I used stamps by Ali Edwards, 7 Gypsies, Stampendous and dollar bin at my LSS.
On the right side I used 3 journal cards from the EP Graceful collection and hand cut filler card from Imaginisce's Scooter's vacation collection (love the camera strip).
I have two filler spots that I filled with files from the Silhouette online store.
 I inserted my flower design/cut into the pocket and added/stitched the buttons on the center of each flower all the way through --  For week nine, the same design will show...
Here you can see a closer look at the "chicken wire" that peeks through week 9 (like that a lot).
For the corner/flower journal card I punched out lots of  flowers (confetti) using an EK punch and sealed it by stitching on the top -- on the other side or week nine I created the same confetti pocket.

Week 9
For this week I created my own Happy Meal button/tin pin and did lots of explaining to the McDonald's cashier on how I am keeping this journal book and I really would love to have one of the mini fries container (one that will have no grease)....  got it! and used it in on of my 3x4 pockets (just had to trim it a little on the right so that it would fit and ended up opening the right side so that I can insert my journal card).  I added in the journal card how my niece loves the happy meal to get the toy! --must be chicken nuggets and ranch sauce!
The funnest or funniest? part about keeping a journal is that I now find myself wanting to take pictures of every occasion!   Oh yes, I did tell my niece "wait! before you eat, go back outside so I can take a picture of you with your happy meal!  LOL
 Here you can see the opposite side of my flower die cut with the buttons sewn.
And here you can see the other side of the confetti pocket -- for this one I also punched hearts to mix with the flowers using a MS heart punch.
On top you can see through the "chicken wire" pictures of week 10...  not done yet working on it.  Must attend a conference for the rest of the week so no time to scrap 'till Saturday night.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope this inspires at least one of you to journal your life!

Basic Supplies:
Additional Supplies for week 8:

Other stamps, buttons, floss, SU inks

Additional Supplies for week 9: