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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Mix it up with Doodlebug!

Hello everyone it's Virginia here to share with you my 'Mix-it-Up' project.  Even though our lives are becoming more and more paperless I still do find papers in my junk drawer piling up.  To tackle this mess, I created a fun file folder binder which I will use to keep loose papers better organized.  The foundation of my binder are pocket file folders available at an office supply store.


I used 3 pocket file folders (you can use as many as you wish as long as they fit your binder rings). and there are lots of decorating opportunites (front cover, back cover, inside cover etc.). Woot! I get to raid all my Doodlebug stash, that just makes my heart smile!



Here I used an 8.5x11 page I previously created, this way I can enjoy the layout everytime I open up my file folder! 


You can embellish the insides pockets too, you know all those cute Doodlebug clips, I clipped them to the inside and they are ready when I need some papers clipped together- so much fun!



Love this Doodlebug typewriter cutting file, so many ways to customize your message!


I have filed away a yummy recipe, now I have no excuse that I can't find it- LOL,  I guess I better go now to start some holiday baking!

Wishing you and yours the warmest and merriest Holiday Season!




Thursday, December 7, 2017

Holiday Giving- Stockings!

December Greetings! Hope you are enjoying all the gift giving inspiration ideas.  Today I'm here on the blog to share with you a cute stocking that I made with some Silhouette cutting files from the Milk & Cookies collection.



In my stocking I have tucked in a little red money envelope called Chinese 'lai see'.  We give out 
these red envelopes during the Holidays, the New Year and other special occasions to wish luck and good fortune. 

Some assembly tips, to make the stocking I cut out two stocking bases and adhered them securely together all along the sides (leaving the top open).  I used a sewing machine to pierce the holes around the cuff. The blue snowflake is also a cutting file from the Milk & Cookies collection and I made a solid red mat under the snowflake by offsetting the snowflake by a 0.100 factor.  Some added details are the enamel dots and a scalloped green border.







Hope you have fun crafting some holiday gift ideas!

Friday, November 24, 2017

Party Invitations- squash book style

Anyone planning a Holiday get-together? Think about creating some fun inter-active party invitations that are sure to bring a smile to your guests!


The invitation (when closed) measures 4x4, upon opening the invitation you are greeted with a large 8x8 canvas that is perfect to communicate your party details surrounded by fun patterned papers and embellishments.

The foundation of the invitation uses the squash book technique.  You can google many tutorials on how to create a squash book.  For simplicity, I started with an 8x8 card stock paper, scored it at 4" on both the horizontal and vertical axis.  Next, I scored on the diagonal of the square from the bottom left corner to the top right corner.  Bring the corner tips together and your 8x8 square will 'squash' nicely to a 4x4 size.




Just remember when you are placing embellishing in your invitation that you do not glue embellishment over these diagonal fold lines as these need to freely move to open and close the invitation.

You don't need to make every invitation the same so this a great opportunity to use up your Doodlebug stash!



Saturday, November 11, 2017

Thankful Layout

This Fall I am thankful for our puppy who joined our family 10 months ago.  Her gentle and playful spirit brings joy to our hearts.  This is her first Autumn and being a pup her zoomies through the fallen leaves is certainly a sight to see.  She has a fascination with all the critters in our backyard- bunnies, squirrels and racoons.  I thought it would be cute idea to capture her on a page surrounded by all her critter 'friends'.


I used a Daily Doodle as my page base and created a random mosaic of Fall papers and cardstock critter stickers.  The pattern paper squares measure 1.5 x 1.5 inches and the square fits perfectly into the daily grid.  Matting a 3x3 photo on a 3.25x3.25 photo mat fits perfectly within a 4 square grid.



Hope you have a wonderful day, thanks for dropping by the blog~ Virginia

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Washi Tape

Hello, all those who have a collection of washi tapes, raise your hand (me and with two hands up!).  I do love the adorable patterns of washi, especially those eek-y spiders in the Booville collection!

I used washi in a few ways on my page. Adding strips of washi to create a pattern backdrop on a page is always a  fun and cheerful application of this product.


You can incorporate washi when making your own embellishments too. On my paper rosette, I added washi on to my paper before running it through the rosette die cut.  The result shows a pretty washi pattern on the tip end of the rosette.  You can also switch it up by placing the washi tape lower on the paper strip so that your washi pattern becomes the centre of your rosette.




How about washi with a border finish? Yes it's easy, just place washi onto a strip of card stock and then punch it through your favorite border punch.  Gently remove the washi from the punched card stock and place it onto your project!



Hope you have been inspired to try out one of these fun washi techniques! 
Have a wonderful crafty day!





Thursday, October 5, 2017

Doodlebug Milk'n Cookies

Here are a few layouts using the adorable Milk and Cookies collection.  For my single page layout I used the cute paper with the Santa and fireplace scene. This scene make for a fabulous page foundation, just add your photos and embellishments and then finish framing the scene with some colorful twine!   Don't forget the little details such as adding some initials onto the stockings hanging on the fireplace and embellishing the tree ornaments with some glittered sprinkle dots!




When creating double pages sometimes the challenge is using papers over a 24x12 base.  On my double page I stretched out one sheet of pattern paper by cutting the paper in half on the diagonal.  To do this, fold the paper in half from the top left corner to the bottom right corner and cut on the folded line to create two triangles.  Adhere one triangle to each of the card stock bases to form a  fun geometric design while giving you lots of negative white space to make your embellishments pop off the page.  I created long photo mat strips across the double page to create a bit of timeline effect to fit multiple photos over the double page.






Monday, September 25, 2017

Doodlebug- Boo-ville!

September greetings!  In our family, we are passed the shopping or making kids Halloween costumes, but I still have very fond memories and wanted to create a daily doodle page to celebrate past Halloweens.  I plan on displaying the page in the 12x12 Doodlebug clipboard and then it will eventually be stored in a scrapbook album.


I thought it would be fun to incorporate a few inter-active elements.  Have you seen this awesome Card & Envelopes kit?  These shaped cards with coordinating envelopes are just awaiting your creative touch!  I used the small black square scalloped card and envelope set as the foundation for my interactive elements.


A fun peek-a-boo flip up was made from the little scallop card base.



The envelope was converted to a slider sleeve by adhering the envelope flap closed and cutting the top and bottom edges.  The purple card is pulled down to reveal a photo.



Strategically placed dimensional doodle-pops prevents the slider card from being pulled out too far or  slipping out the bottom.





Friday, September 15, 2017

All About Me page

We had a challenge on the Doodlebug blog to create an 'All about Me' project.  My approach here was to create some cute embellishment clusters relating to some random facts about me.


I kept the circular design elements consistent throughout the page.  I loved using the theme related washi tape to ground the embellishment clusters.   Hope you take some time documenting yourself, as memory keepers we don't do enough of this, have fun!!




Thursday, August 31, 2017

Creating pocket tags!

Tag mini albums are a great way to showcase your memories in a fun and compact format.  By keeping the pocket tags clipped together on a ring, you can keep adding to the mini with more photos at your own pace.


The base pages of my pocket tag mini album are made from 3.5"x11" strips of card stock.  Score and fold each strip at the 5 inch mark, adhere the sides together and you have an instant pocket tags! Embellish the outside with photos/ephemera and tuck a journaling card into the pocket to document those special moments!

The theme of my mini is school graduation and the Hats Off collection is so perfect to cherish this milestone.  Another awesome project could be a collection timeline of those yearly school photos!