Simple Man – Layout for Helmar and Punky Scraps

At the beginning of July, Helmar posted their gorgeous challenge sketch by Lydell Quinn. I knew right away that I just HAD to work this sketch! Now that I’ve completed my dt work for the month, I’ve had a chance to play around on some other challenge sites this week and have been cruising through some of my faves to see what they have posted.

Punky Scraps is a very unique challenge site and they post 3 challenges a month. This month, one is to use tissue paper on your layout. As luck would have it, I just received some fab 7 gypsies tissue paper that I was planning to use on a project this month! So, I figured this would be perfect to combine w/the Helmar sketch challenge!

A couple of weeks ago, Larry’s Aunt gave me a few photos of Larry’s father that I’ve been dying to scrap, but really wanted to make sure I created something Larry would love. Larry’s father passed away a year before he and I met, so I never got to meet the man who was, by far, the greatest influence in Larry’s life. From the stories I’ve heard, Larry is very much like his father and this particular photo is very special to me because, not only is it the only photo I have of the two of them together, but it also shows them doing something together that they both love. His father taught him to play the guitar, fish, hunt…not to be afraid of hard work. He taught Larry to enjoy the little things in life and what really matters. There’s a particular song that always comes to mind whenever I imagine the two of them playing their guitars together, so I used it as the title of my page. Here’s what I came up with:

Materials:

Pink Paislee (Helmar Preferred partner) Butterfly Garden Cardstock
7 Gypsies Birdsong tissue paper
Pink Paislee wood alphas
Prima decorative border
Graphic 45 staples envelope
G45 staples trims
G45 Staples flower
G45 Staples metal flower
G45 Staples metal buttons
Distress Inks

Adhesives: Helmar Acid Free
Helmar 450 Quick Dry
Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots
Helmar adhesive runner
Helmar Zapdots

Here’s the fabulous sketch I got to work with:

TFL! If you’d like to play along with the Helmar challenge, CLICK HERE.

If you’d like to play along with the Punky Scraps challenge, CLICK HERE.

In case you’re not familiar with the song, I’ve embedded a youtube video below:

Graphic 45 Altered Box Part 2 – Finished

This project is my entry into Graphic 45’s metal challenge. Since I was hosting an altered box challenge on Paper Secrets last weekend, I used the first few steps as my example project (you can see the post showing the bare wood box and the after for the PS example on this post). I took it further for the Graphic 45 challenge since the point of that challenge is to include at least one of their new metal staples (embellishments) in your project. Well, last month I won the new G45 Le Cirque 12×12 paper pad, a Geometric metal knob and door plate staple and envelope tag staples on their blog. THANK YOU G45!!! To thank them properly, I thought it would be a good idea to use these items for the challenge. πŸ˜€

These photos pick up where I left off in my earlier post.

Here’s the exterior of the box:

When you open the box, on the left you see some of the cutouts that come in the paper back layered with a tag envelope staple tucked behind them:

Those cutouts are actually glued to a piece of repurposed chipboard to create a pocket that the envelope slides into. That way, I can hide special messages to my son in the envelope and it’s easier to add and remove the message. Also, if the envelope gets damaged from use, I can just replace it. πŸ˜€ On the right you see a photo of my son “clowning around” along with some embellishments, including the new metal knob and door plate by G45. πŸ˜€ Here’s what it looks like w/the envelope removed:

If you lift the flap the photo is mounted onto, it reveals 2 more photos mounted underneath:

You can also use the knob to lift out that entire section which is actually an insert that hides half the depth of the box, so it has a hidden compartment. Here’s the box with the insert removed:

I’ll have a tutorial on how to make the cardboard hidden compartment in another post at a later date. Hope you liked my project!

Materials:

unfinished wood box (from craft store)
Graphic 45 12×12 Le Cirque Paper Pad
G45 Geometric knob and door plate staple
G45 Tag Envelope Staple
doily
Folk Art acryllic paint
cardboard
chipboard

Adhesives:

Helmar 450 Quick Dry Liquid
Glue Arts Glue Glider Pro Perma Tac
Mod Podge (though I’ve heard you can use Helmar’s Acid Free Glue for decoupage)

Tools:

Sponge brush
EK Success scalloped circle punch
Martha Stewart doily lace border punch

Comments are always welcome and appreciated! Don’t forget I’m also offering up some blog candy for comments left on any post between April 3, 2011 and April 9, 2011! One comment per post per day please! Followers of my blog have a chance to win a separate prize! See THIS POST for further details and pictures. TFL!

Little Yellow Bicycle (LYB) Envelope Tag Album – Paper Secrets Challenge

Here’s a fun project I worked on for one of the challenges on Paper Secrets. Though the birthday bash is this weekend only (you’re entered for a chance to win a prize w/each challenge you complete and each challenge has it’s own prize! Entries are due by 11:59 PT on Monday, April 4, 2011). For the month of April, instead of having the usual challenges, Kristi has decided to give everyone a chance to play along with the ones we created for the Birthday Bash, so if even if you do not get your project done for this weekend’s event, you can still enter your project for the April monthly prize! πŸ˜€

For the P-A-R-T-Y Stash challenge, YOU “create a project using items starting with the letters found in “PARTY”. All of your items should be visible so adhesive & tools will not count.” The example given was: P-pins, A-alphabets, R-ribbon, T-tape, and Y-yarn.

For my entry, I created an envelope tag album by LYB and embellished it using the Cupcake Love collection that I won on Glue Arts Facebook giveaway back in February (or was it early March?). Thank you Glue Arts and LYB!!! Now, it’s ready for Madison’s birthday pictures that I haven’t had a chance to get developed yet! Here’s how it turned out:

I went with P-Pink Patterned Paper, A-Album, R-Ribbon, T-Tags (the envelopes have tags inside, but I also added a canvas tag), Y-YoYo flowers. Here are SOME of the pages, starting with the front cover:

Here’s the back of the cover:

Two of the center spreads:

The back of one of the envelopes:

The other pages were decorated more simply, so I didn’t add photos of them. As you can see, I still left plenty of room for tons of cutie photos of my “lil cupcake”! πŸ˜€

Materials:

Little Yellow Bicycle Cupcake Love papers
LYB Envelope Album Kit
LYB Mini Banners
LYB Stitched Specialty Tags
LYB Canvas Sticker Borders
LYB Cardstock Stickers Favorite Pieces
LYB Fabric Favorites
LYB Dimensional Stickers
LYB Chipboard Shapes
LYB Flower Button Dots
LYB Epoxy Chipboard Buttons
LYB Paper Lace Stickers
Webster’s Pages Vintage Inspired Netting
Around the Block Paper Treats Heart Letter Brads
Heart and Circle Doilies
KI Memories ribbons

Adhesives:

Helmar 450 Quick Dry Liquid
Helmar Scrap Dots
Glue Arts Glue Glider Pro Perma Tac

Don’t forget I’m also offering up some blog candy for comments left on any post between April 3, 2011 and April 9, 2011! One comment per post per day please! Followers of my blog have a chance to win a separate prize! See my previous post for further details and pictures. TFL!