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.

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.

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

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

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!

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.

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.

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.

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

Repurposing with style

A recent challenge among the Xyron Design Team was to take an old project and make it new; Xyron would send the project with our supplies. Unfortunately I didn’t receive an old project with my supplies so I had to find something old and make it new on my own. I find it easier when someone just hands me something and says “here, fix this please.” But, that didn’t happen so I dug out my bin of ‘stuff’ I’ve held on to in hopes that one day I would use them to create a project. At first I found an old cd wooden advertisement box. Took photos of it and everything but nothing came to mind as to how I would use it. Then I stumbled upon my Nook box and I found the magnetic closure on the lid fascinating.

In my supplies from Xyron I received papers and stickers from the Curio collection by Basic Grey. It’s always been one of my favorite lines from that company so it would work perfectly. My daughter’s boyfriend had just left for a six-month journey so I decided to create a countdown journal for her that would fit into the Nook box and here’s how I did it.

I started by selecting papers for front and back then traced the outline of the box onto the paper. A little tip for cutting a traced image – cut just inside the pencil line rather than on it, that way the paper should fit really well without needing to be trimmed. The box was actually dark brown on all sides, top and bottom so I didn’t even need to paint or cover those areas! I inked all my white paper edges with Jet Black Archival Ink from Ranger because it dries fast. Then I ran all the papers through my Xyron Creatopia. See how nicely it all fit through the machine – very easy.

After peeling the cellophane cover from the Xyron-covered papers, I carefully placed the papers onto the box. I selected a butterfly dimensional sticker for the upper left corner and used Basic Grey’s paper tape on the front edges.

Next, I used a Tim Holtz Ornate Plate and matched ‘a perfect memory’ sticker to it for a title on the box; it is adhered with two brads.

This box was very easy to cover. The book inside was just as easy – I don’t think I’ve ever made a project that came together so easily. The book to fit inside the box was cut from three sheets of Curio papers. I measured them to fit in the box after they would be folded (the pages are made by simply folding the papers in half).

I used my Scor-it-all Board to get a good clean crease down the center of each paper. Then I lined the pages back-to-back  and used my Xyron Mega Runner to stick them together. I inked the edges of the pages with the black Archival Ink. An EK scallop border punch was used to make my spine, scored it down the center then inked it in black and ran it through the Xyron 2.5 inch Create-a-Sticker. Peeled away the backing, lined it up and pressed it into place.

I used a chipboard sticker from the Curio collection on the front cover. I kept the inside pages pretty simple so there is plenty of room for journaling and included stamped calendars (Tim Holtz) (CMS034 & CMS035) on each section so she can mark off the days till his arrival back home. I added additional stickers to the pages as well and sealed it all with a pretty ribbon.

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If you’d like to see the before and after hop on over to http://aintshecrafty.blogspot.com/2012/06/something-old-something-new-day-2.html#comment-form

Let me know what you think and please feel free to email with any questions.