Let it snow!

Howdy! It’s really cold this week here in Michigan, which led me to create this Winter-themed configuration tray. You like?

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Our Xyron Design Team is sharing 30 days of Holiday Projects with you and I’m up today. I’ll tell you, I absolutely love this Bundled Up Crate Paper line! The retro style and colors are just so cute!

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I started out with a blank Tim Holtz Configurations Tray and before opening the package experimented where the die cut pieces would lay; then I took a picture with my phone so I could recall the placement. I’ve also learned to circle the layout of the box I want to use on the package insert. These are hard to get back in place where you wanted them without a map of some sort so this works for me.

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Then I painted all the box edges with white acrylic paint, including the large outer box and let them dry.

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After measuring the boxes and recording the dimensions I cut all the papers and placed them in the boxes to ensure they fit before applying any adhesive. Trust me, it’s so much easier this way and really doesn’t take that much more time. After trimming any pieces (and there are always one or two that need trimming), I inked all edges – even the die cuts – with Ranger’s Old Paper Distress Ink.

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Then, all the box papers go through the Xyron with permanent adhesive. I used my Xyron 9″ Creative Station by lining up the pieces across the loading tray. This box is so easy to assemble with the Xyron adhesive on the back of all the pieces! So it costs about $2 to put all these papers through the Xyron and about five minutes to tuck them into the boxes versus the time it would take to use a different adhesive – love it!

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You’re probably wondering how I will know where all those papers go. Cell phone! Yep, remember the photo I took in the beginning? I just open it up and follow my little map.

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The papers are in and I’m thinking it’s needs some more bling. I’m thinking glitter on the box edges so pull out Xyron Clear Hold Adhesive from my Xyron Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit and a small paint brush. I brushed the box top edges with the adhesive and dipped them face-down into a tray of Donna Salazar clear transparent glitter.

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Pretty, pretty! This added just the right amount of glitter glistening snow.

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The boxes are held in place with Xyron’s 3/8″ Adhesive Dots. I used two on most boxes and 3-4 on the larger boxes.

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The die cuts are given a little extra dimension by adding Xyron’s Black Foam Squares to the backs.

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Here’s the finished piece and a close-up. Be sure to check out the Xyron Facebook Page for so many festive ideas from my other Xyron Design Teammates.

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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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Wicked watering cans

I had so much fun creating these adorable little watering can boxes for our Xyron, Graphic 45 and Petaloo blog hop. I received a ton of fantastic products to play with and just had a great time going crazy embellishing these little packages. Thanks to Xyron, Graphic 45 and Petaloo!

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I’ve been wanting to play with Eileen Hull’s Watering Can die from Sizzix so decided to see what I could do in a Fall/Halloween theme. They would be so adorable as place holders for a table setting or fill them with treats to share at a Halloween party.

I started by cutting the shapes from chipboard and the papers from Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells Collection.

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I wanted the insides of the boxes and all the edges to be black to give the boxes a finished look so I painted, what would be the insides, with Ranger’s Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabber in Pitch Black. I also painted the edges about a quarter inch all the way around so no grey chipboard would show.

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While the paint was drying I processed all the die-cut paper through my Xyron Creatopia with Permanent Adhesive.

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I peeled the paper shapes from the Xyron backing and laid back-to-back to the unpainted side of the chipboard shapes. I’m often asked why I use Xyron rather than a glue stick for an application like this, “isn’t it cheaper to use a glue stick?” My thoughts are that it depends on your way of thinking. It took less than 3 feet of Xyron 12″ Creatopia adhesive for these pieces; that’s about $3 worth at full price (less if you find it on sale or use a coupon). But here’s the kicker – for that $3 it saved me probably an hour or more in time and I didn’t have sticky fingers. I peeled and stuck these five boxes in less than 7 minutes (yep, I timed it). There’s no way I could peel and stick with a glue stick and keep it so neat and clean in anywhere near 7 minutes.

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Assembly is so easy. I used the Clear Hold Adhesive in the squeeze tube from my Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit by Xyron. I ran a thin line of glue along the scored edges and pinched together for a few seconds until the glue set up. Then it was time for the fun stuff!

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I used punched pieces from the Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells Collection and the gorgeous, colorful distressed flowers and leaves from Petaloo to embellish all the boxes. The smaller strips and paper pieces processed so easily through the 1″ Xyron Sticker Maker that was in the Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit.

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I also used the black Foam Squares from the Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit. These were perfect to pop up some of the strips and punch out pieces. The Clear Hold Adhesive worked well to tuck in bits and pieces here and there.

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I had so much fun I found it difficult to stop! I fell in love with that Clear Hold Adhesive. The nozzle didn’t clog and I just kept gluing and tucking!

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