December Daily Album with Wilna Furstenberg | Part 3

Here’s the last few days of documenting Christmas 2012. I loved the simplicity of my approach to this years December Daily, it was not a lot of work, but the stories we told in pictures and words.

I am thankful for BasicGrey for having me as a guest designer. Happy New Year!


Extra Inspiration : Scrapbook Sketch

Today’s extra inspiration sketch was designed by BasicGrey sketch artist Susan Stringfellow.  The perfect sketch to quickly document two standard size photos!

BasicGrey scrapbook designer Kelly Noel used today’s sketch to create this festive layout featuring her adorable boys.  Kelly says, “I love working with sketches and this was a great one. I kept to the sketch pretty closely, but instead of using just plain strips along the bottom, I used my scissors to cut the strips into festive banners. Making the banners into different lengths created a lot of interest along the bottom of the layout. Since I’m not too fond of my own handwriting, I just added a few typed journaling strips instead of journaling around the photo block.”

What will you use this sketch to create?


BasicGrey Altered : 3D Paper Numbers for New Year’s Eve

Here is a set of 3-dimensional paper numbers that would make fun décor on New Year’s Eve! You could also reproduce the numbers in school colors for a graduation party this coming year (or for a birthday party if the numbers happen to work for you, ha!).

All you will need to create your own set is four sheets of patterned cardstock, paper trimmer, scissors, scoring tool (scoring blade, bone folder with ruler, etc.), extra strength glue stick (or your favorite adhesive), and a computer and printer. I chose the Facts and Fiction line of papers for their fun and energetic patterns and colors! Be sure the back of your papers do not have a super dark or busy design so you will be able to see the template once printed. I like to use a glue stick for these sorts of projects because it gives me a little time to move things around and dries securely.

So here is how to make your own!

1. Trim your patterned cardstock to 8.5 x 11 inches for printer.

2. Print out the following number templates on the BACK side of trimmed papers.

3. Cut out template pieces on all solid lines.

4. Score and crease template pieces on all dotted lines.

5. Before applying any adhesive, place one of your scored strips (the number 1 only has one strip) around the number to make sure all score marks are creased the right way as they make their way around the number’s perimeter. Be sure to line up the A and B strips with the corresponding “start” marking to have everything align.

6. Next, apply adhesive all over the backside of the number template only on the side with the start markings and place your strip around the perimeter beginning at the designated start mark. Work it around slowly to ensure all of the edges align.

7. Repeat steps 5 and 6 with the second scored strip.

8. Apply adhesive all over the backside of the other half of the number template and fold over to complete number, aligning with the other side. Work your way around the number slowly to be sure all edges align.

Once dry, you’re done! Set out for dimensional party décor and have a great 2013!


Card Connection : Let Your Heart Sing

I love this new 12×12 paper from BasicGrey called “Fiction” The colors are spot on and cheerful but, not to bright. I enjoy working with the 12×12 papers on my cards because the prints are larger and more dramatic then the 6×6 papers with the smaller print. The papers with numbers were perfect for a New Years wish for a friend with lots of resolutions for 2013. Today I have a mimi tutorial on using these fuzzy rub ons.

Turn the rub on over and trace the image that you will be transferring to your card with a permanent marker.

Once you place the “rub on” onto the paper you can see exactly where you want to place it because of your outline on the back of the rub-on. (fuzzy side goes down) The great part is when you use the stick provided in the package the marker rubs off so it’s easy to follow what part is has been transferred or rubbed on to your paper.

Pull the rub-on slowly off just in case part of it hasn’t been released by rubbing as you see here. All you need to do is lay it down and rub that part again.

Add some stickles on top of the rub on using a brush for easy and even application. Clean brush immediately.

The sparkle is perfect for my New Year’s themed card

The packaging from the rub on was so pretty i decided to use it on my card.

For more dimension i added glossy accents on top of the stickled foliage after it was dry

Add some pearls, stamp and cut the butterflies from some scrap paper.

Happy New Year!