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Owl Date Book March 10, 2016

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I want to share a date book I made.  It is inspired by the creating a file folder journal, and the YouTube video I watched that was my original inspiration can be found here.  My date book really doesn’t look much like the original project, but I was looking to create a useful gift, and this is what I came up with.


The base of the entire book are file folders, cut down and scored as in the video.  The only difference is the last page, which is created separately because after I decided to do a year-long book, I needed one more pocket for December.  The owl is a Spellbinders die cut, the eyes are a scalloped circle punch and two flower Sixxix die cuts.  The little googly eyes are from Hobby Lobby (too bad I didn’t have the larger sized eyes, but I made due with what I had on hand), and the letters are foam ones from a scrapbooking kit I had bought years ago.  All paper is from my stash of scraps, and the inks are a combination of Distress Inks, Memento inks, and VersaMagic inks.


For January, I wasn’t sure exactly how I would decorate the book.  I chose a floral pattern, which is from a Recollections paper pad, and some Washi tape.  The owl stamps are all foam stamps from Oriental Trading Company, and the branch that most of the owls sit on is from the Hero Arts Owl Christmas clear stamp set.  The months and many of the mini decorating stamps are from a calendar clear stamp set.


For February, I used a Spellbinders Card Creator die in conjunction with a Pink Paislee clear stamp set and a variety of inks.   The heart paper used to decorate this particular set of pages comes from the K&Company Sleep Tree designer paper pad.  You can see one of the cards (also created from file folders) to write the dates on.  The book is meant to hold dates that don’t change throughout the year, so things like birthdays, anniversaries, etc. so the front and back of the cards is stamped with an area to write (MFT Journal It – Head of the Class stamp set).


As an educator, March is Reading Month, so I used the reading owl stamp, and although I’m not Irish by blood, I’m Irish by family so I chose to use some St. Patrick’s Day paper from the Sleepy Tree paper pad combined with some plaid from DCWV’s The Countdown Stack.  The mixed media type more grungy stamps you will see throughout the journal are from Stampendous’s Mish Mesh set, as is the stencil used to create the small green dots on the page.


April’s page consists of some “showers of love.”  The gingham checked paper is another scrap from DCWV’s Baby Boy Stack.  The adorable stamp is one that I got in the January 2016 Unity grab bag.  It is colored with some Crayola colored pencils.


Since April showers bring May flowers, I chose to use a flowered background paper here.  These papers were both cut using some Sizzix Framelits dies, and the embellishment is a small flourish die (My Favorite Things) that I cut using fun foam backed with Sookwang tape.  I had to cut it using my Big Shot and the Precision Base Plate since it was such a thin, intricate die cut.  I also curled part of the flourish a different way so that it would fit on the smaller paper in its entirety.  The stamps on May’s journaling card are from SEI’s Moravia set, which as some beautiful flowers and leaves in it.


For June, I used some scrapbook paper I had picked up at Dollar Tree many years ago. It reminds me of Father’s Day barbeques, and I cut it out using the Spellbinders set Diagonal Chevron.


For July, I used some scraps of patriotic papers.  The stars and polka dots on the white cardstock are Washi tape, and the three chevrons are leftovers from the previous month’s page.


I had a hard time figuring out what to do with August.  In Michigan, school doesn’t start in August, it starts in September.  There are no major (or minor) holidays in August, and it’s just plain hot and humid most of the time.  I wound up going with some under the sea type scrapbooking paper, which I left just by itself until the last minute.  It was too plain and needed something else.  I wound up using the circle stamp from the Stampendous set as well as tearing some scrapbook paper from my stash to look like water along the bottom, and adding some Washi tape along the top.


For September, I used the owl holding the apple, and I made a conscious decision to use green ink (I think it was bundled sage) for this particular owl so that the apple was green instead of some other color.  I thought red was a little too bright for this page.  The glasses are Washi tape, and the script is a stamp from the same MFT stamp set that the journaling cards is from.


The colored papers for this page are from my stash (I think they came from a solid Recollections cardstock pack), and the spider paper is some that I had purchased at Big Lots years ago.  I want to say it is from the Heidi Grace line, but I’m not sure.


For this page, the paper is again from the Sleepy Tree pack.  The colored papers, I think, are from a solid Recollections cardstock pack.


For December, I again used scraps from the Sleepy Tree pack, but since they were Christmas trees and the orientation was different, I made them go horizontally.  The background wonky stripe patterned paper is from the same paper pack.

Not So Mini Album January 4, 2016

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Well, here’s to 2016!  It got off to a rather rocky start for me.  I spent most of Christmas vacation sick, and I even missed celebrating Christmas with the family since I was down and out with food poisoning.  I did, however, make it to my sister’s baby shower two days later, so I got to see many of the relatives I missed two days prior. I know I have also been quiet on my blog lately, but I was busy with shower things that couldn’t be posted until after the shower.


Here’s a group shot of some of us before the shower (Jes was getting ready), so from left to right are Mark, Mom, me, Andrea.  Then, in front are Jack, Julia, and Emma.


Here is a good shot of the parents-to-be!  Can’t wait to meet the little guy when he makes his arrival in March!


This is a photo of the scrapbooking album I made for my sister, based on a YouTube tutorial.  You can find the first part of the tutorial here.  The cover is made using medium weight chipboard that I covered using light blue American Crafts scrapbook paper.  All the designer papers are from the DCWV Baby Boy stack.  The part on the left with the little “e” is a magnetic closure.  It opens a bunch of papers that will be perfect to add some larger photos to.  Many of the sections have pockets with tags, both large and small.


This is what many of the inner pages look like.  They open up to reveal four places for photos on the inside, as well as the smaller photo mats.  The adorable photo stamp sets are by MayMay and can be found here.


Here is a photo of a “clothesline” frame that my dad made.  People who came to the shower wrote down some well-wishes or advice for Jesyka and Mark inside the onesie.  Then, they hung it on the clothesline.  I cut the onesies from various colors of blue cardstock using a card file from the Silhouette store.

Homemade Journals July 28, 2015

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I suppose I’m on a journal kick, but I saw this on Lindsay Weirich’s blog here.  I fell in love with the idea of a journal, and I wanted to make some for my nephew and nieces.  However, I didn’t think that they would appreciate having a journal with Gelli prints on the pages.  I’ve made them journals before using composition books as a base, but Jack always complained that the pages had lines on them!  The girls never seemed to care and either wrote or drew to their heart’s content.  These seemed to be a great way to recycle some boxes, use up some washi tape, and use up some unwanted construction paper all at once.

Jack's Journal, front

Jack’s Journal, front

Jack's Journal, back

Jack’s Journal, back

Here is Jack’s journal.  For the pages, I had a package of construction paper (no clue where it came from) that I wanted to use up, and I thought this project would work for it.  I pretty much followed the directions in Lindsay’s tutorial, but there were many more pages of the construction paper, so they were more difficult to line up than using cardstock.  I used a sheet of 12×12 cardstock from the DCWV The Generation Tech stack to cover up the box cover.

Emma's Journal, front

Emma’s Journal, front

Emma's Journal, back

Emma’s Journal, back

Here is Emma’s journal.  Another thing I did change for the kids’ journals is that to attach the pages, I used some packing tape (cut in half so it wasn’t too wide) instead of washi tape.  I chose to use the packing tape because of the huge increase in the number of pages for each journal.  I don’t have tons of washi tape, and I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to complete all three of them with it.  I did use the washi tape along the edges and on the inside of the front and back covers. Emma’s journal cover is made using the DCWV High School Girls Rock 12×12 piece of cardstock.  Really, this paper is not anything I ever would have picked out on my own; it came in a Mystery Box I bought years ago.  There were more “high school” type images on it like lipstick and a SWAK type lip mark.  I was able to use the part of the paper that was more generic and “girly” since Emma is only 7.  I figure she can even color the outside of it if she wants to do so.

Julia's Journal

Julia’s Journal

For Julia’s journal, the front and back cover looks the same so I only took one photo.  I had to be careful with this paper to make sure that the seahorses were right-side-up, and I did take extra care because of the vertical lines of sea creatures to make sure that the vertical edges of the cover lined up well.  This is one of my favorite 12×12 papers.  I bought a pack of 12×12 papers from Big Lots years ago and got it for $2.  This is Shimmer Glitter Paper from Heidi Grace Designs Beyond the Sea MIni Decor Stripe.  Too bad the Big Lots I used to go to is gone because I got some really great deals there.

The pages, with cover closed

The pages, with cover closed

There is space to really embellish the pages, or to tape/glue mementos to the pages.  I’m not sure what the kids will use the journals for – but hopefully they will enjoy them.

Many thanks to Lindsay for the inspiration… and for the suggestion to use Yes! Paste for this project.  It is an awesome thing… I had no buckling of any of my paper that I adhered to the covers.

Prickles Says Hello June 18, 2015

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Okay, here’s my card for the From the Heart progressive challenge.  I must admit, when I first saw the title of the image, it had me confused… but I read it as “Pickles Says Hello” not “Prickles”.  However, regardless of the name, the image is a cute one!


For this card, I printed out the image on some Canson watercolor paper and colored it in using a combination of Spectrum Aqua and Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers.  I’ve been having a lot of fun playing with these markers, and I love all the colors – particularly the bright ones.  Then, I used some rectangular dies to cut the image and background paper out.  I believe the background paper is from a DCWV paper pack; it is a denim design.  I used some green and white American Crafts baker’s twine for the bow, and I accented the banner, glasses, and butterfly using a clear Wink of Stella brush marker.

You’re so Tweet! May 19, 2015

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Here is my latest card for From the Heart’s progressive challenge.


I printed this adorable image out on Bazzill cardstock and colored it with Portfolio and Prismacolor watercolor pencils.  The colors are blended using a Dove blending pen.  After coloring the image and letting it dry completely, I ran it through my Minc using gold foil before inking the edges of the Spellbinders die cut with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  The die cut was then mounted on a DCWV card base from the Textured Cards collection.

Heat Embossing August 18, 2014

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Here’s the card I finished late last night for the Stretch Your Stamps 2 class.


For this technique, I started with a layer of cardstock and covered it with about 3 or 4 layers of metallic embossing powder.  Then, I added a dark purple and a blue embossing powder for the letters and numbers.  The embossing powder melted to a pretty flat sheen, but it did warp the cardstock.  I straightened it out, but it cracked in a couple places.  I actually like the cracks, so I bent the cardstock backward in a few more places to get it to crack more.  I matted that onto an eggplant cardstock, both cut from Spellbinders dies, and mounted the entire thing onto a card base from DCWV.

Snowman in July July 28, 2014

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Okay, so maybe we can’t make snowmen in July, but we sure got some gigantic hail in Michigan today!  There were some severe storms that rolled through earlier and many areas were hit with huge hail and power outages.  Luckily, we weren’t in either category!

This card is for the From the Heart progressive challenge, using a digital image called Winter Friends.


This card was a fun one to color.  I used the following Copic markers: B21, B23, BG10, E23, N7, R29, W4, Y08, YG01, YR04, and YR09.  The image is printed out onto Cryogen cardstock and then the image and frame (Recollections cardstock) have been die cut and embossed using the Snowflake Frame Spellbinders die.  They are layered on top of a DCWV textured card.

Kitties in the Christmas Tree July 27, 2014

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Here’s my card for the Digistamps4Joy progressive challenge.


For this card, I started with a DCWV embossed card base.  Then, I added the image and mat (cut with Spellbinders dies).  The red cardstock is textured American Crafts cardstock from my stash.  The image itself is printed onto Cryogen cardstock and then colored with a combination of Portfolio and Prismacolor watercolor pencils.  The lights are done using Gold Stickles.

Christmas Card with a Bird April 13, 2014

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I really liked working with the image from Digistamps4Joy this month for the Christmas progressive challenge.


This image this month is adorable, and I colored it in using Prismacolor colored pencils, blending with the Gamsol technique.  I used Spellbinders dies to cut out the circle and the decorative frame.  The card background is embossed using cardstock from the DCWV The Luxury Stack Pearlized and Metallic stack and an Anna Griffin embossing folder.  The sentiment is from the Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Simple Sayings set, stamped onto cardstock cut with Die-Namics Washi Tape dies and coordinating My Favorite Things background stamps.  I stamped the background with Shabby Shutters Distress Ink and then went over that with the same color ink and an ink blending tool.

Breast Cancer Awareness March 25, 2014

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One of the many things close to McMahon 5 Designs’ and Sue McMahon’s heart is making sure Breast Cancer Awareness is out there.  She works hard each month to get out a free BCA digital image for people to use and to spread the word.  You can find a link for this month’s free image at the McMahon 5 Designs blog.

I created a card for this month’s BCA campaign:

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For this card, I started with the gorgeous image Sue created for Breast Cancer Awareness this month and printed it onto Cryogen cardstock.  Then, I colored the image using the following Copic markers:  E41, E51, E53, RV000, RV00, RV10, RV11, RV23, and W00.  I used Spun Sugar Distress ink around the edge of the image, and then matted it onto two different damask patterned papers from DCWV’s The Luxury Stack, paired with some sheer pink and brown Martha Stewart ribbon.

Hope you enjoyed my project, and please remember to do your monthly self-exam or to remind a loved one that it’s that time of the month again!  You can check out the rest of the Design Team’s creations on the M5D blog.