Remembering Grandpa Doyle

Dennis and I were talking this morning in his room about junk that needs to be sorted and gotten rid of. As I was looking around he mentioned the stack of his mom’s pictures. They were sitting under a shelf in a storage cabinet, just out in the open. Under the pile of photos was a little brag book of photos called ‘Grandma’s Show-and-Tell. We opened it as we turned the pages we could see our two youngest kids grow up right before our eyes.

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Those photos brought back a flood of happy memories as both of our parents are gone now. We were fortunate our kids were able to spend a lot of time with both sets of grandparents as they were growing up.

This morning I also read an article that says in 10 years the most photographed generation will have no pictures. I actually read the whole article and it really hit home. My photos are very precious to me and the thought of my children not having those photos down the road to jog their memory of all the good times they shared with family and friends really made me want to get back to my scrapbooking.

This photo was in the little brag book and I really just wanted to get it out and onto a page. It’s amazing all the memories that flood back when I’m scrapping the older photos. My youngest is turning 33-years-old this month; she was much younger here. My in-laws had retired to Florida and we were able to fly Kevin and Rachel down so grandma and grandpa could take them to Disney. They had the best time and couldn’t wait to tell us all about it!

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I really tried to use fun, festive papers but that old nostalgia thing just kept creeping in and I settled on a vintage paper with a printed nursery rhyme. It seemed to fit my mood and the photo. I added some glittered hearts to represent all the love and cherished memories of this time. The layout also called out for a piece of delicate vintage lace I had collected on a recent road trip. I kept the title simple – grandpa – it says it all.

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This layout is the sample for Scrap your Stash, a class offered in the Studio from 10 a.m. to noon and from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 18. I’d rather document my memories in a scrapbook that can be enjoyed and looked at over and over, how about you? To get started, call (517) 618-7700 to register for class; $12.

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This mini makes me happy

Linda_Neff_mini_mug_shotI’m often asked which Xyron machine is my favorite and for this assignment that’s exactly what the Xyron people wanted to know. Such a difficult question to answer – especially for me. I own, love and use them all and have for all my crafting years. My Xyron 1.5″ Sticker Maker was purchased on my very first night of scrapbooking at a crop. I had no idea what I was doing back then but realized quickly this was one little special tool! It didn’t take me long to purchase the 5″ Creative Station then before I knew it I just had to have the 9″ Creative Station because I make a load of mini books. So, for this tutorial I chose the 9″ Creative Station as my favorite (though I did bring in the my 5″ and 1.5″ machine as well).

I’ve wanted to make a little book like this ever since I seen the one, Heather Conklin, fellow Xyron Design Team member made last year. So here’s my version!

I began with a paper pad from KaiserCraft – Telegraph Road. I also used craft-colored paper to cut my own tags to make the pages.

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The papers were cut, punched and inked before running them through the Xyron 9″ Creative Station. Love my Xyron machines! Xyron makes it so easy to create beautiful mini books. The papers are secure on the backgrounds and I never worry of any of them lifting.

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Then just remove the top covering of cellophane, peel and stick.

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When the pages were all decorated I stitched them around the edges a bit randomly. Half the finished pages were processed through the Xyron 9″ Creative Station so I could stick them back-to-back with the remaining pages.

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This book contains five pages back-to-back with room for photos on both sides. Holes punched in the top allow book rings to hold it together and hang from the Ikea Tolsby frame. I added photos of my adorable grand-dogs, punched flowers, some ribbons and punch-outs from the paper pack to finish it off.

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This is a wonderful way to display some of your favorite photos and Xyron makes it so easy to make!

Quick & easy last minute holiday ideas

It’s time for more holiday ideas through Xyron’s 30 days of Holidays!10372750_10153350649544251_5810699339160766702_nThere is nothing I like more than a home-made Christmas. Brings back great childhood memories of making ornaments and decorations with my mother and siblings. I’ve come up – with some help from Pinterest – with some quick and easy decorations that really lend that home-made look to the home and gift items that are equally fun to do with the kids.

First up is a book mark. This was so easy to make with Xyron’s laminate cartridge and it’s a great way to preserve your art or that of a child – show me a grandma or grandpa who reads who wouldn’t love their grandchild’s art work done up in a useful gift. I sliced up an art journal page to about 1 1/2″ by 7″ sections. I ran them through my Xryon 5″ Creative Station with the Laminate/Permanent Adhesive.20141204_133816Then I stuck them together back-to-back and trimmed around the edges, punched a hole with the Crop-a-Dile and tied a pretty ribbon through the hole.20141204_134754My next project is one I found on Pinterest but revised it to make it even easier to assemble. I started with an empty toilet paper tube and flattened it with a bone folder. I wanted to print some holiday clip art onto a book page so after finding some free downloadable art I printed the two pictures on office paper to line up placement.

I was able to add just a tad of adhesive with the Xyron Mega Runner to all four sides of the book pages to hold them in place on the office paper. The paper (with the adhered book pages) was reinserted into my printer so the images could be printed on the book pages. I ran the printed book pages through the Xyron Creatopia with permanent adhesive and gently peeled it off the backing. Lay the toilet tube on the sticky side of the book page so the image is centered in the front of the tube. Wrap the page around the tube, fold up the bottom and clip the top sides of the book pages so you can tuck the top flaps down inside the tube.
linda_neff_Xyron_ornamentUse the Teresa Collins Stapler to secure the bottom of the tube. 20141204_131417Pierce a hole on each side of the tube top and add some wire. I added a jingle bell to one and white-washed one with a dilution of gesso. Stuff with special candies, candy canes, or other small items and hang on the tree as a special treat for visitors.20141204_142800My next project uses Xyron Laminate Magnet refill in my Xyron 5″ Creative Station. I took a piece of red glitter paper from DCWV Christmas & Winter Glitter Cardstock Stack and ran it through the Creative Station to put full-coverage magnet on the back and laminate on the top. Then I die cut it using a Christmas ornament die. I added the word ‘JOY’ that was die cut and run through the Xyron 1.5″ Sticker Maker. A pretty ribbon finishes the look. I also die cut letters to spell ‘peace’ from the scraps. It looks so cute hanging on the fridge!

linda_neff_Xyron_Christmas_Fridge_Magnets_blogFor the final hooray I grabbed my bag full of last year’s Christmas cards. How many years have I saved Christmas cards always intending to do something with them – well, this is the year! This actually was the easiest and my favorite.

I cut the card fronts just a hair smaller than the manilla tags I wanted to use, inked the edges and ran them through the Xyron 5″ Creative Station with permanent adhesive.

linda_neff_Xyron_tags_swagMy original plan was to make gift tags from these, but once I got them all done and laid out they looked pretty enough to hang so that’s what I did. I simply strung them some twine and hung them from a shelf. Aren’t they cute! When I actually get around to Christmas shopping I can slip the tags off the twine one-by-one and use them on the packages.

20141204_171327Make sure to visit the Xyron Facebook page to check out other great projects from the rest of the designers. There’s been some great ones and we ain’t done yet!

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So…would I do it again? Yes, probably would. Ever had a project in mind that should be pretty easy to achieve only to find out it’s a whole lot more complicated than you thought? That’s where I am with these adorable little Gift Boxes/Ornaments. They are more work than anticipated but the end result is so worth it!

Welcome to Xyron’s Holiday Blog Hop!

10372750_10153350649544251_5810699339160766702_nMy first contribution is today and I’ll be back in December with another project. In the mean time be sure to visit all the other designers to see what they’ve been up to for Xyron – some amazing projects out there!

I began with regular matchboxes from the dollar store, chipboard pieces cut a bit smaller than the box front, some pretty Christmas papers and my Xyron 1.5″ Sticker Maker to build up the box front to look like a drawer.

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Then I painted them white and dry-brushed them lightly with some gold acrylic paint, used a jewelry drill to drill holes in the front so I could wire on some mini jingle bells for drawer pulls.

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The wire doesn’t hold tight so I added some Christmas paper on the inside that I ran through my Xyron 5″ Creative Station with permanent adhesive. This holds really well so there is no worry about the wires pulling out.

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Next step is to stick the boxes together. Here, I used Xyron’s High Tack Tape. Two strips on two of the three boxes, peel and stick.

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The exterior is finished by wrapping plain cardstock around the back end so you have a signature spot and the ugly back is covered. Then I cut and inked paper strips that would wrap all the way around the sides, put them through the Xyron 5″ Creative Station and wrapped.

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To hang I pierced a small hole in the top and inserted bakers twine, tied a knot on the inside to hold it in place and tied a loop knot on top for hanging.

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These look so cute hanging from the tree and will be greatly appreciated when filled with special candies, a little love note or money!  When I finished these I was immediately reminded of a good friend of mine who passed several years ago. She always re-gifted or hand-made a special ornament each Christmas just for me. It was always signed and dated and each year when I hang those special ornaments on the tree it reminds me of the good times we shared. I think this year I may start this tradition again with some friends of mine.

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Out in the wilds

The Xyron Design Team is hopping with Paper House Productions this week. I really enjoyed working with the paper and embellishments I received from Paper House.

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The paper pad is “In the Wild.” The papers have everything to do with the outdoors, camping, hiking and fishing.

I created this scrapbook layout using a photo I had just taken from a recent trip to Ludington – the paper was just perfect!

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After my border strips were cut and punched I ran them through my Xyron 5” Creative Station to adhere them to the background paper. The little corrugated hearts were mussed up and painted slightly then adhered with the Xyron Adhesive Dots.

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I typed my journaling and printed it on white cardstock, cut it out, inked the edges then run them through the Xyron 1.5″ Sticker Maker.

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I love the way this page turned out, especially with the punched leaves along the border – perfect for a Fall-themed layout!

I also made a little tag book from the same paper pad, lots of Paper House Productions dimensional embellishments along with some Coordinations Cardstock. It’s a great little book to take along on a weekend camping/hiking trip so you can journal your adventures.

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I processed all the tag pages through my Xyron Creatopia and adhered them back-to-back to create a nice, strong page.

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Adding a little Vintage Photo Distress Ink around the edges just helps to enhance the outdoorsy look of the book.

The embellishments were so easy to add to each little page – just peel and stick!

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I bound the pages together with the Zutter Bind-it-all system then added some beautiful fibers to each page to complete the look.

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Supplies used:

Xyron Creatopia with Stickz Adhesive
Xyron 5” Create-a-Station with permanent adhesive
Xyron 1.5” Create-a-Sticker maker with permanent adhesive
Xyron Adhesive Dots
Xyron Mega Runner with ½” adhesive
Paper House Productions “In The Wild” paper stack
Paper House Productions “Roughin’ It” 3-D sticker
Paper House Productions “In the Woods” 3-D sticker
Paper House Productions “Outdoors Diecut Sticker Pack”
Paper House Productions “Camping 2 Cardstock Stickers”
Coor’dinations Tim Holtz Distress Collection

Let’s make faux pallet art!

Linda_Neff_mini_mug_shotXyron has teamed with Core’dinations and Petaloo International this week to share some inspiration with you. I’ll have to admit these projects came together extremely easily because of the products we used.

Between running all my pieces through a Xyron, quickly creating distress with Core’dinations ColorCore Cardstock and picking Petaloo flowers from a package and sticking them on with Xyron’s Adhesive Dots, I almost feel guilty.

 

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Let me walk you through how easy this project can be. I created this with a young girl in mind – maybe 8-11 years old; it measures 12″X14″.

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Pallet art is so hot right now, but not everyone has access to pallets and the tools required to make a simple sign. I started with four strips of chipboard, 3 1/2″X12″ and three strips of Core’dinations ColorCore Cardstock. I was going for a hombre effect with the colors I chose. I used Xyron’s heart-shaped die to cut three hearts in different sizes. The chipboard letters are from my stash.

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I embossed the hearts and letters then gently sanded the hearts and cardstock strips with the Core’dinations Sanding Gadget and cleared away the dust with their Dust Buddy. The letters are white-washed with a dry brush then glazed with clear glaze.

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Process the cardstock strips through your Xyon Creative Station or use the Xyron Mega runner; adhere strips to chipboard (I used my Xyron Creatopia).

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Adhere strips together by adding two additional strips on chipboard running the opposite direction to hold the four strips together. Run the Petaloo International Fancy Trims through the Xyron 1 1/2″ Sticker Maker or use Xyron’s Adhesive Dots; these flowers are from the Darjeeling Collection. Place the ribbon where you like and add the hearts. I popped the middle heart up with homemade pop dots (Chipboard scraps cut into small squares, run through Sticker Maker and stack them together).

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Letters and flowers are adhered with Xyron’s 3/8″ Adhesive Dots. And now you have created a faux pallet art sign!

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For the box I used:

Supplies:

Xyron 5″ Creative Station with permanent adhesive
Xyron 3/8″ Adhesive Dots
Core’dinations ColorCore Cardstock (Tim Holtz Distress Collection)
Petaloo Fancy Trims
Petaloo Premier Dahlia & Mini Mix (Darjeeling Collection)
embossing folder
Vagabond
border punch
glitter
Balsa wood box

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Make sure to check out the rest of the Xryon Design Team, as well as the Petaloo Design Team and Core’dinations Design Team for a whole lot of inspiration. Be sure to enter for chances to win some crafty goodness!

Sweet Dreams – A banner idea

Linda_Neff_mini_mug_shotWhen you’re not much of a card maker it’s often a challenge to figure out how to use products made for card makers in a different way. That was my challenge for my new Spellbinder’s die I received recently.

This is the new Spellbinder’s Die Labels Thirty-Six, S4-418. They’re really cute labels! I used them to create an adorable banner. I love banners – don’t you? They just look so cute hanging across a window, cabinet, on the wall – just about anywhere! I started by cutting the shapes from a DCWV Stack titled Dark Romance. I chose several coordinating papers and cut each size out of different designs for stacking.

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The title ‘DREAM’ is made from chipboard letters. I placed them in the Xyron 2.5″ Create-A-Sticker face-down then sprinkled with a pretty pinkish glitter – Tea Rose Ultrafine Opaque from Art Glitter.

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I like to gently press the glitter into the adhesive to ensure it stays put. While the chipboard was out I ran some scraps through the Xyron as well to make dimensional squares for stacking the labels.

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The two bottom layers of the larger flags are layered on top of one another, stuck together with Xyron 5″ Creative Station and permanent adhesive. The top layer is popped up with the home-made dimensional squares.

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After stacking the three large labels together I then stacked the three smaller labels together to use as filler between the larger flags on the banner and added a little fussy-cut butterfly and moth.

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After the letters are glittered they’re put through the Xyron 2.5″ Create-A-Sticker face up and then centered on the larger flag.

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I used a 1/16″ Fiskars hole punch to make small holes near the tops of all the flags and threaded May Arts Solid Wrinkle Ribbon through them.

I’m happy with the results and think it looks very nice hanging on this old cabinet I’ve been working on lately. I think it would look very cute in a little girls room. I can see it hanging on the wall above the bed so send her off to slumber land with thoughts of sweet dreams.

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To see even more great ideas for Xyron and Spellbinders check out their Facebook pages.