Exploring my backyard …

936118_10200443269817690_1038169553_nAll this week Xyron and BoBunny design teams are working together to share some great ideas using their products. I received BoBunny’s Trail Mix collection. I created this little mini to document areas in my yard and garden that need some extra attention this summer. Of course, as usual, I’m about two weeks or more behind in garden work so now I have to play catch-up. But, I digress. On to the mini book.

I started with a plain mini book from Basically Bare – Krafty Keepsake Vintage. This mini has four white envelope pages with flaps and a heavy-duty chipboard inner page along with two black chipboard covers.

After measuring the covers, envelopes and center page I cut papers to fit each of these along with some smaller pieces to cover the envelope flaps. I inked all the papers with Vintage Photo Distress Ink followed up by a light edging of Black Soot Distress Ink then processed them all through the Xyron 9″ Creative Station.

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With full coverage of adhesive on the papers it is so quick-and-easy to put this little book together – just peel and stick! I even process my photos through my Xyron 5″ Creative Station because they stick down so very well. Mini books often get a lot of handling so I like to make sure my photos and papers are stuck down securely.

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After adhering BoBunny’s papers to the envelope flaps I made reinforcers by punching 1/2 circles, coating them Piccolo Glastique Gloss (clear-drying dimensional glue), and adhered them in place with little black brads. I added a length of Cappuccino twine from The Twinery as the closure.

I intend to tuck garden notes and receipts into the envelope pages. Seems like every time I purchase garden plants with a one-year guarantee I can never find the receipt the next year if I need to return it because it didn’t survive. This way I’ll be able to access the receipt!

I popped up several of the BoBunny Noteworthy die-cuts by trimming some leftover Grunge Board which I processed through the Xyron 1.5″ Create-a-Sticker, flipped over and processed again. This applies adhesive to both sides of the Grunge Board so I’ve just created my own dimensional adhesive.

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The flat embellishments are adhered with Xyron’s Mega Runner and Xyron’s Glue Stick.

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I added a dollop of Glastique to the eggs on this little tag to make them a bit dimensional. It dries in about an hour and adds a nice touch.

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I love this large postage-stamp embellishment. I inked the edges and used Xyron’s new High Tack Adhesive Dots to adhere the metal BoBunny Trinket in the center.

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I also added the Explore Trinket to the cover with two black brads and tucked in a little bird from the Noteworthy collection.

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I added the BoBunny double dot ribbon By using Xyron’s High Tack Adhesive Dots to the back cover and pressing the ribbon in place. It keeps the garden journal closed by tying a simple bow.

For even more ideas using Xyron and BoBunny be sure to visit the Xyron and BoBunny blogs.

A simple ‘Thank You’ is all it takes …

Linda_Neff_mini_mug_shotHave you ever received that little gift during the holidays from a friend or co-worker you weren’t expecting it from? It seems to happen periodically and it can catch us off-guard and unprepared. Years ago I would feel very awkward about accepting it and not giving a gift in return, but as I grow older, I’ve learned over time to graciously accept the gift in the spirit in which it is given, smile and say ‘thank you.’

I do, however, like to acknowledge the receipt of the gift and so I have taken to making holiday-themed ‘Thank You’ and note cards. These are quickly made with leftover papers and embellishments from your Christmas cards, tags and wrappings. You can simply send the pretty hand-made thank you card to the gift-giver or even better, give them a set of note cards in a pretty little gift bag for them to use!

This is a set of four Christmas-themed cards I made using leftover papers from Authentique’s Festive line, my Xyron Mega Runner with permanent adhesive, bookboard accents from Globecraft & Piccolo and some pretty twine from The Twinery.

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As you can see, these are your basic A2 card (4 1/4 inches-by-5 1/2 inches). I basically used coordinating scraps, cut and inked them and stuck it all down on a plain white card made from 110 lb. white cover stock from Staples. I added some borders punched with a Fiskars Border Punch, popped some of the elements up with dimensional foam tape and added a few embellishments.

The Globecraft & Piccolo (G&P) bookboard pieces are left natural and coated lightly with G&P Glastique Gloss to give it that beautiful shiny finish. I love these because they’re thinner than most chipboard elements on the market and will easily go through the mail.

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I like to present them in a hand-made gift bag. The bag is made from a 6-inch by 12-inch strip of cardstock and then just add pretty papers to the front, back and sides. Tie a pretty ribbon for a handle or braid some colored twine from The Twinery. All the papers, including the gift bag, are stuck down with the Xyron Mega Runner using permanent adhesive.

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These make perfect gifts any time of the year. They’re easy enough to make that you could keep several extras on-hand for that last-minute gift for co-workers, teachers, etc. January is also a great time to take the time to sit down and make your Christmas cards for 2013!

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Terracotta pots decked out in silvery bliss…

This is one of four pots I recently worked on for my Art Glitter blog post today. I was inspired by a photo I seen on Pinterest recently – four little pots in a wired carry tote. I already had an old tote I just kept hanging on to – just in case. I purchased four little terracotta pots that fit in the tote and then ventured outdoors to collect the other necessities. This was a relatively inexpensive holiday decor item and a whole lot of glittery fun to make! I used Tombow pens for the tag, which is made from a Fiskars punch and lots of Art Glitter to decorate the pots.

Jump on over to the Art Glitter blog to see how you can make one for yourself! It would be fun to make several of these to present to guests when they come calling!

Hope your turkey day has been a good one!