Getting ready for the 1st Snow

1379330_10201327703969440_1970198601_nXyron has teamed up with Maya Road (one of my favorite companies) for a wonderful blog hop this week. Maya Road shared so many fantastic products with us for the hop that it was a pleasure to create this project.

I live in Michigan and I’m in that crowd of others who rush outdoors to take a ton of photos when we receive our very first snowfall of the season. It’s true – we rush outdoors to take all those photos because it’s so beautiful and three months later we’re wishing it would all just quit and go away!

I always say I’m going to scrap those photos or share the beauty with a relative who doesn’t live in Michigan, but they usually just end up sitting in my computer with the thousands of other photos that never get printed. This year will be different. I made this ‘1st Snow’ mini album to hold all those photos. I started with the Maya Road 5X8 3-ring Chipboard Tab Book and painted the pages with some homemade chalk paint I had left over.

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Quite a few of the Snowflakes Mini Chipboard Set were painted in the same color and then embosssed in a Crafter’s Companion 6″X6″ Embossalicious Embossing Folder – Let it Snow. After the snowflakes were embossed they were glazed with some dark brown acrylic paint. I rubbed it in with my fingers and wiped the access off with a baby wipe. This allows the paint to settle into the textured areas.

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The next step is to run the snowflakes through the Xyron 1.5″ Create-a-Sticker facedown. This puts the adhesive on the top surface so they can be sprinkled with Art glitter Ultrafine Crystal Glitter. I love this technique for applying glitter because it gives a nice smooth finish for the glitter to land on rather than a raised trail of glue. The Xyron Clear Hold glue from the Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit is perfect to hold gems in the center of each snowflake.

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A few of the snowflakes were used to decorate the adorable Maya Road Vintage Linen Burlap Bag used on the front cover. Title letters were painted with Adirondack Snowcap Acrylic Paint Dabber and treated as the snowflakes to add a layer of glitter. I then brushed on some Xyron Clear Hold glue to the tops of the title letters to add another layer of chunky glitter, Art Glitter Krystallos Shard Glass, to simulate fallen snow resting on the ledge.

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All the backgrounds on the pages are created by stamping with Wendy Vecchi and Tim Holtz stamps and Adirondack Snowcap Acrylic Paint. I brushed the paint onto a non-stick craft sheet and stamped into it to pick up the paint and then stamped onto the page. Be sure to wash the stamps immediately before the paint dries. This added a nice soft look to all the pages. Several sentiments were stamped onto High Gloss Cardstock by Crafter’s Companion.

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Xyron High Tack Adhesive Dots proved very useful in attaching the chipboard snowflakes and the title. With the two sizes – 3/16″ and 3/8″, it was very easy to place them in narrow and thick areas.

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The interior pages were dressed with sentiments, snowflakes and few embellies – kept light so the photos become the center of attention.

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Several sentiments are attached with the Teresa Collins Stapler on the outer edge so photos can be tucked under the loose edge. The journal card is hinged with the arrows from the Maya Road Vintage Kraft Star & Arrow Pins collection.

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Pretty ribbons adorn the rings that hold the book pages together – Alterable Scallop Trim by Maya Road and May Arts Krinkle Ribbons.

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Blocks of Summer fun with Xyron…

Linda_Neff_mug_shot_2013I love it when I actually get to dig into my bins of unfinished projects and continue to work on them. This has been one of those days and I’m excited to share it with you! It all started because Xyron announced some new product releases and the Xyron Design Team members were able to play with them. We had the new dots and tapes in both sizes and I really wanted to focus only on those products so I really had to give it some thought as to what I could do with only these adhesives.

I thought about my six wood home-decor blocks that I had made several years ago for Spring – always intending to complete the other three seasons so they could be displayed throughout the year with a simple rotation. After wiping off years of dust I was ready to begin.

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I used Xyron’s newest High Tack Adhesive Dots in  3/16 in. and 3/8 in. along with Xyron’s Double-Sided High Tack Tape, a 6X6 paper pad from My Mind’s Eye (In Bloom) for my backgrounds and a mix of chipboard letters from my stash. The rub-ons are by Kathy Davis, Journey’s, from GCD Studios; ribbons by May Arts.

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The white letters are painted brown with Ranger’s Espresso Adirondack Paint Dabber and the blue ones covered with the coordinating papers (by running them through my Xyron 2.5 inch Create A Sticker machine, then trimming and sanding).

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I made some dimensional flowers by cutting them from the coordinating papers with a Sizzix die – Flowers, 3-D (I used the smallest flower). The papers are cut to fit the wood blocks with an inset margin of about 1/8 inch. The edges are all inked with Ranger’s Distress Inks, Old Paper and Vintage Photo.

I stitched on some of the papers just to add a little character and grabbed a few buttons. Now I’m ready for assembly.

I used the Xyron Double-Sided High Tack Tape, in it’s own dispenser, on the outer edges of all the background papers and any little strips I thought I might add. The handy built-in dispenser is pretty easy to use and the tape tears very nicely. The paper lining peels away very easily from the tape so taping and peeling went very quickly.

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One thing I can say about this tape is that it is VERY tacky and it adheres nicely to the wood.

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Once the background papers were all taped into place I moved along to embellishing. This is the fun part! I added the rub-ons here-and-there, tied some pretty ribbons around a few letters then used the Xyron 3/8 in. and 3/16 in. dots to adhere everything in place. I am amazed to think I only used these three adhesives on the entire project. It made for a nice clean finish and the only thing left on my fingers were the inks and few rub-on pieces that got stuck there somehow.

I can display these blocks lined up or stacked. They look nice on a mantle or in a window sill and I only have two more seasons to do!

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Happy birthday, precious

Linda_Neff_mini_mug_shotOur baby turned 30 last week.

It’s been a rough road for her over the past year or two but she’s a survivor and I know in my heart she will come out on top and happy. She’s been tough and head-strong since day one and always presents an upbeat and positive attitude – if only on the outside some days. The photo I pulled out to use in these projects reminded me of that.

When this picture was taken, it had been a rough week. She was so sick but still smiling and happy through it all – just taking it all in stride.

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I had some projects due for Xyron – birthday and baby themes. The timing was perfect to work both those projects around Rachel and her birthday.

For this card I started with a plain A2 card cutting a pattern and coordinated cardstock to use for the matting on the front and inked all the edges with Ranger’s Archival Pitch Black Ink.

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Then I ran all the paper pieces and photo through my Xyron 5″ Creative Station.

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It is so quick-and-easy to assemble the card once the adhesive is on the back of each piece – just peel-and-stick!

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I used the same photo on a scrapbook layout as well. I have to admit, the layout isn’t my usual distressed style but I really like it. I started with the die-cut hearts (Sizzix Primitive Hearts), some burlap cut for the photo mat, coordinating yarn, a couple vintage white buttons, and some scrap lace. I cut the title from my Sizzix Go Slim alphabet die. I was able to process all these pieces through my Xyron Creatopia using the Stickz Fabric Adhesive at one time – love it!

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Once I peeled off the top cellophane layer all I had to do was peel-and-stick onto my background cardstock. I am so happy with the results of this layout and couldn’t believe just how quick-and-easy it was to put together using the Creatopia. It just makes me smile every time I pass by this layout on the table. I’m going to have to put away soon.

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This layout is one piece of a three-piece collection centered around a baby theme. The other pieces include an adorable fabric bunny and a cute frame for baby’s room.

The fabric bunny is one of three that was cut and processed through the Xyron Creatopia with the Stickz Fabric Refill. I then stuffed them, ever-so-slightly, with a tad of polyester stuffing and stuck them together. The Xyron Fabric adhesive holds the stuffing and opposite side into place for stitching.

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I also cut more fabric hearts, stuffed and stitched and processed the title ‘Precious,’ and the hearts through the Xyron 5″ Creative Station with the 5″ Permanent Adhesive Refill. These were used to decorate a black, framed mirror. The entire collection looks really nice together and would make wonderful gifts as a group or on their own.

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Projects like these make me realize that sometimes simple really is the way to go!