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Monday, November 21, 2011

Card-making round robin

A card-making round robin is where you get a group of card-makers together with a ton (technical term) of paper scraps and supplies. Each person works on a card for five minutes. (I'd suggest using a timer because the five minutes will fly by.) Once the buzzer sounds, you pass your unfinished card to the next person at the table. It works well if each crafter uses a mat to keep all their supplies together when passing them off. Each crafter passes their work until everyone has a new card to work on. You set the timer again for five minutes and continue on the next card. You keep setting the timer and passing the unfinished card until you get your original card back (or as many times as you want).
It's so much fun!

These are the cards we made last Saturday while doing round robins. One of the card-makers is only nine years old, she had a blast and has since done one with a group of her friends. Each one of the children made a birthday card.

Friday, November 18, 2011

30 Days of Handmade Gift-Giving Blog Hop - Day 18

Welcome to my blog!
Today is my day to have a handmade gift featured at Jill's blog. Please click on her button to see more awesome gifts.


Today my gift is soo quick and easy to make. It's so easy that I am making these with children at my scrapbooking classes so they can give these mini-albums to their Moms'for Christmas!

What is this album made of you ask? Well, toilet paper rolls. I thought this would be a fun project for the girls to make and to show them that you can make a beautiful mini-album out of things you have at home.

These tags slide into the toilet paper rolls. I'm going to use them for journaling.

The back of the album.

*I realized in collecting the many rolls I needed, that different brands of toilet paper have different sized rolls.*

The paper pack we used was a 6X6 pack (perfect size for this) by Prima.

To start this album I flattened the rolls using a bone folder to help keep the edges crisp. I then painted the edges of the rolls inside and out with an acrylic paint. Once the paint was dry, I used a distress ink on all of the edges of the rolls as well as my journaling tags to give it a vintage look.
Choosing, trimming down and inking the paper was my next step. Once the rolls and tags were covered in beautiful Printery paper, I cut up some little embellishments from the same pack (too easy!). I cut out the year as well as a monogram stamp for our family. Of course, you could bind an album like this or use a binder ring. I used ribbon to bind it and to add to my tags because I thought that is something the girls would have at home if they wanted to keep making these.
The next step is to bling up your album. I used alphas and flowers but you could use so many different things pearls, gems, Stickles, embossing powder, Glossy Accents etc...
Thank you so much for stopping by and thank you to Jill for allowing me to be a part of this!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Movember card

My LSS issued a Movember challenge this month.I have made this card for the challenge.

My project must include the following elements : a mustache, the colour purple, a feminine type paper and a word/sentiment.

This mustache is actually Santa's beard trimmed down from the Paper Doll Dress Up Cricut cartridge. If you are looking for a mustache for your own Movember project, Cricut Craft Room also has a brand-new downloadable mini-cartridge with six different mustache styles. You can find it HERE, look for Mustaches and Glasses. I believe the price is $4.99.

Echo Park Paper also has issued some fabulous 'stache paper. The paper line is called Times and Seasons.

Have a wonderful Movember day!