Friday, March 28, 2014

Ladies Who Lunch Ledger

Welcome ladies from the 1950's! Today's meeting has been interrupted to bring you a visit from our distinguished members of the Retro Scrappers Ladies Guild, ScrappyCamperSisters. They are taking over today's meeting and presenting a Ustream Crafting show where you all will be making a creative journal that you can take on your adventures just as they do!

Oh what is that? You have nothing to take notes? Did you not receive your welcome packet when you joined? Well no worries because in Saturday April 5th's class you will be making not only your very own  "Ladies Who Lunch" journal but it is also a lovely note and letter writing clutch of the sorts.

Some of you are asking where all of our tutorials and templates went, welllll......we are in the process of moving everything over to our new website, and also making everything a lot easier for you to find what you need, these things take time so please be patient, Thank you, also all tutorials and templates are being cleaned up and some of the old ones are going to be computer drawn and not hand drawn. Nothing worse than cutting into your paper to find out a dimension was incorrect and you didn't see the post where it was corrected.

So for now, see you at the meeting-

Saturday, March 22, 2014

A day of Art with Lorraine Bell

I have been participating in The Documented Life Project with Roben Marie Smith and the other artists from Art to the 5th. Here is a LINK  So when I saw that Lorraine Bell was going to be teaching classes at She Scrapbooks in Lady Lake
 I had to go.

What a great day and what a fantastic teacher! You know I have taken a lot of classes in my life and it is always such a joy when you get the privilege to actually have a teacher who is gifted in "teaching". Not all teachers have a "teaching gift" and in the scrapbooking industry more and more I notice artists being forced into teaching because they are either promoting their lines or it is a good stream of income for them. I have had some bad experiences. I know it is hard work to put together a class I used to teach at a LSS. It takes a ton of prep work and time and you are lucky if you make any money at all. I did it for the joy, I love to teach, do I think I am a great teacher, no by any means but I try to glean what I can from those who are. Lorraine Bell is no exception, she was kind, encouraging and thorough. People in class would ask questions and she would answer them as if it were the most important question of the day. She took her time and explained the process and just made everyone feel as if they could do anything. It was a "safe" environment.
Her projects were fantastic and I know I will use many of the techniques we learned over and over in my daily art. So this being said, if you have the fortune of getting her in your area by all means GO!!

I sat next to Stephanie the owner of the store for the whole day, what a sweetie! We had a great time as we splashed colors all over our pages and ourselves, if you live in the area of the Villages go and support them it really is a great store, they have the latest and greatest and the staff is very pleasant.

If you want to see pictures from our day click on this link 

Well enough rambling for the day, go hug your teacher if they are awesome in your eyes and check out the DLP it is a great way to document every day life and the artists involved are amazing.


Sunday, March 16, 2014

Yay! ATB Feature

As you have seen in the last post I created a Pop Up Camper Mini Album/treat box using Eileen Hull's 3D Block XL Scoreboard Die, today they did a feature on their website Check out all the other great things you can do using this die.

Thank you to all who joined us at Mom's house for the Vintage Clock Radio Mini Album, it was such a great day spent crafting with all of you!


Monday, March 3, 2014

Pop-up Camper Treat Box/ Mini Album

Yay! " What a beautiful day in this neighborhood, a beautiful day for a neighbor, would you be mine, could you be mine,.."
Just remembering simpler days. Darcie and I were talking about the year we had to camp out in a Rambler. This is not ours but it sure looks like it.
We were a family of 5 kids and a dog with our parents staying in this pull behind for a whole summer while we waited for our new home to be finished being built. Darcie and I were talking about how when it rained we would all be piled up in that camper together for the whole day. How did my parents do it?
I loved camping though, the friends we had made in the camp ground, the freedom to just wander about exploring and the days spent learning how to swim in the pool.

Well that got me thinking, I was given an Eileen Hull 3D block cut from her Sizzix XL Scoreboard die at CHA in January and I hadn't done anything with it yet. I am doing a series of camper mini albums and a Pop up was on my list. So, I am going to take the Artist on the Block challenge to do something with this 3" mat board block and this is what I came up with:

Ahhhh, S'mores and Camping! A match made in heaven. The class for this is found on our Ustream Channel 

Here is a written tutorial for you for the Pop Up Camper, the mini album will be in a post tomorrow.

After die cutting your 3D block twice, you will not need the letters, cover them with paper on both sides.
I am using the Jillibean Soup Paper Collection called Happy Camper Stew. Here is a sampling of the paper, so cute right? Oh look I think I see Zippee in there!
Assemble your block. Taking some Ranger Silver paint, I painted a bumper made from 1/2 inch by 3 inch grungboard, rounding 2 bottom corners with a WRMK 1/4 inch corner chomper. Then adhered 2 enamel dots for tail lights and a sticker from the collection as a tag.

I then began constructing the pop outs, which really do not pop out they are fixed to the side of the box. For this you want to cut two 6 3/8" x 3" pieces from Sizzix Mat Board and score at these measurements: 1/4", 2 1/2", 3 3/4", 6 1/8". I will refer to this part as the "wing".

 Attach to the front and back of box by applying a strong double stick adhesive to one side of the 1/4" tabs. Placing them 1/4" below the top of box. Once they are attached trace around shape to get the wing sides, you will need 4 of these shapes.  Next, if you want to make this a S'more treat box as well then you need to hinge out one side of each "wing" , if not, then just glue them to the sides of the wing on both sides.

 Mat the wings with paper and add a 1 inch x 3 inch strip to the sides of the box at the bottom.

You will need to cut out windows and a door from silver card stock and "screen" print paper from Happy Camper Stew. Door: 2" x 1 1/4", score @ 1/4" on long side and fold, apply black card stock ( 1"x 2" ) to back of door and adhere the 1/4" fold to the side of the camper. Place another 1"x 2" pc. of black card stock to camper to be the inside doorway and cover the hinge for the door. Next cut and adhere a screen to the outside of the door ( 1" x 5/8" and 5/8" x 3/4"). A signature thing I do to my camper doors is make them "chalkboards" by rubbing chalk over the black card stock, wiping it off to prime the paper it is all ready for you to draw on.

The wheels are little cork and wood tags, slide them up between the side of the box and bottom lid. Adhere in the inside of box. The camper kick is a Tim Holtz clock key screwed into the bottom of the box. You can check out my other camper mini albums I give a lot of different ideas for this.
Final thing is to add a picture tab to hold down the wing flaps so you can fill them up with marshmallows and chocolate bars and they won't fall out.
You want to take pliers and bend them to a 90 degree angle just after the hole as shown in the picture below.
Poke a hole in the front of the wing and attach using a brad. Turn up to hold flap in place.

Seeing this picture reminded me you need to cut windows for your wings, front and back. 2 3/4" x 1" in silver and 2 1/2" x 3/4 " in screen paper. 

Now all you need to do is fill the box with Graham Crackers , one wing gets the chocolate and the other the marchmallows. The recipient will have to provide the stick : ) and the fire to cook the marshmallows of course.

I hope you enjoyed my project, check out Eileen Hull's website HERE, she is planning a trip in her vintage Scotty camper, maybe she will be near you and you can drop in and see her and say "Hi" from me.

Don't forget to come back tomorrow to learn how to make the mini album that goes inside the Pop-up Camper when you are done eating your S'mores.

XX, Johnna
P.S. We are having a class Saturday March 8th at 11 a.m. EST on our Ustream channel Mom will be joining Darcie and I for an adorable project all about our Mom and Dad!

Creating a Tiki Bar with Eileen Hull's Candy Box Die from Sizzix

Hello Scrappy Campers!

I was looking at my Tiki Bar Mini sitting up on the shelf, you know the one we did last summer in our Ustream class? And I have been organizing my studio and came across Eileen Hull's The Candy Box die by Sizzix. See what happens when you turn it on it's side!
First you want to cut it out of some chipboard, I really like the Sizzix mat board but I currently don't have any so chipboard will do.
 I used the Graphic 45 Tropical Travelogue for this project, ahhh I can hear the palm trees swaying....
 Next, cut out 3 Tim Holtz Sizzix Fringe pieces, you will also need a paper straw cut into 3" pieces, a piece of chipboard for the bar top (2 1/2 x 2 inches) and some paper to mat the chip board bar top ( 2 pcs. the same size 2 1/2 x 2), roof (3 1/2 x 2 inches) and roof lining 2 1/2 x 1 1/2 inches). The pole attachments are 1/4 inch x 5 inches and are cut from light weight chip board.

After taking the piece of paper for the roof , score it at 3/8 of an inch on three sides and fold those sides down to form a roof , you want to cover it by cutting the fringe piece down and layering them onto the roof piece. Then crinkle up the ends of the fringe. This is the islands mon', the wind be blowing the fire out of the straw (sorry I can't help myself)
Cut out paper to mat all sides of the candy box. Fold up box and glue tab in.Can you hear the ocean waves yet?
 Take the mats for the bar top and punch holes in the paper using the large hole punch on your Crop-o-dile or any 3/16" punch.This is so the reinforcement strips which get slid inside the straw then tabbed so it will be able to be adhered to the bar top. Hey you have to have something to rest that fruity drink on!

 Do the same for the roof then mat the bottom of your bar top and adhere to the top of the box.
                                                                 Put the roof on.
 Now you can fill your Tiki Bar mini with tropical candies and I made a little accordian album ( taking a 12 x 2 1/4 inch piece of paper and scoring and folding every 2 1/4 inches. There will be 5/8 of an inch left to fold over so it looks like a matchbook) to fit inside so you can record those island memories. I hear Harry Belafonte songs and a little Bob Marley getting louder as we are almost finished.
 To make the flower banner: I took Got Prima? flowers and with glue, faced them back to back over a piece of twine, on the original tiki I sewed them but because this is smaller, I used the smaller flowers and they kept falling down into my sewing machine, not good.

 To make the Beach sign: Take a paper straw, trim down to 3 inches, adhere the beach sign and glue into a lump of clay that was painted with Frayed Burlap Distress Paint and sanded with Ranger's Rock Candy Distress glitter.

So grab a beach chair, your camper and plan on joining us for a beachside crafty camp out this year (date and details to be announced soon). I'd better start whipping up some more of these as party favors!