Saturday, September 3, 2011

Free Autumn Subway Art Printables

There are 3 different styles. I did one, with no background, in case you would like to print this on your own paper. Maybe you have a subtle print paper, a certain color cardstock, etc. The other one (second one) has a grayish background and the third one has more of a distressed, antiqued background. 
Right click and choose "save as"

Blank background

Grayish background

Distressed background

Friday, September 2, 2011

My Thoughts- Free printable journaling cards

These are free printable journaling cards. They have "linen" tops with the text "My thoughts." 
Cut on the dotted line. They measure 3 inches by 5 inches. 
Simply click on image, then right click and choose "save as"
Make sure you remember where you save them so you can print them out! :) 

Image of a sweet bird -

What a sweet image of a bird! I have the first one, with the original background, and the other image is of JUST the bird, saved in png. format, so you can use this as an embellishment, print out on any background, etc.

This image is of just the bird, no background, etc. 

This is the original image

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Latest shabby chic album in the shop

The latest shabby chic album that is in my shop :)

You can find the album HERE
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65 Ways to use all those paper scraps!

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We all have paper scraps! No matter what we create... layouts, tags and more. Instead of throwing them away, let's see what other creative things that we can do with them! I keep a plastic bag tied to my table and add all my paper scraps to it as I go. This way, when I get ready to, I can create adorable things! 

1. You can use these small scraps to create punches - Flowers, Dots, etc. 

2. Use to make confetti

3. Use to make paper bunting. Take the little strips, cut them into rectangles and then fold them in half over twine. 

4. Create mosaics

6. Make your own stickers. Cut out or draw your design and add it to double sided tape.

8. Stamp random images on scraps, trim around, and then use these for accents

9. Decorate pages in your art journal

10. Fold in half to make little gift cards

11. Make a little tree with layers. How cute would this be with patterned papers too! 
This is my VERY 'rough' draft, lol

 And here's a pattern for you to use, print out, or draw your own

12.  Collages

13. Use to line envelopes

14. Donate it to schools, preschools, etc. 

15. Make little notecards, cut them down to size

16. Give to a beginner scrapbooker who needs all the help they can get

17. Create borders and backgrounds

18. Cut out pages for mini albums

19. Shred and use for packing

20. Create this light  Click on photo to go to tutorial

22. Sew them together to create a background. Tutorial here

23. Create little things and make magnets

24. Use to cut alpha out of them

25. Create titles for layouts and cards

26.  Journaling spots.... you can mat them also for extra dimension

27. Cut out a bunch of circles, scalloped circles, etc and sew them together to create a garland

28.  Cut imperfect circles, crumple up, then uncrumple, layer them together, attach with a brad and you have a flower. You can also ink the edges after it's been put together too, to give detail and dimension. 

29. Cut triangles or similar shapes to create photo corners

30. Make a little matchbook notebook - Found a tutorial here

31. Create a title with a bunch of punched out circles:

32. Add a bunch to cover a notebook

33. Sew some together in a block pattern, to make a paper quilt. 

34. Cover lids to jars. You can find a tutorial here if you need one.

35. How to decoupage using paper scraps here

36. Create wall art... here's some inspiration HERE

37. Card templates using scraps here and I made one too

38. Make paper dolls, outfits, paper piece together outfits for your tear bears and critters

39. Make clothespin dolls... Here is an image of one to give you an idea
Clothespin Dolls

41. Small photo mats

42. Crumple, Crimp, etc. and layer to create texture on a background or detail

43. Make paper daisies. You can find a tutorial here

44. Have a scrap swapping party! Everyone get together and swap scraps because we know we are ALL sick of looking at the same paper, over and over and over! 

45. Cover a chipboard shape or letter

46. Make napkin rings

47. Add to the bottom of clear glass or clear pebbles to make magnets and stuff like that ;)

48. Cover wooden clothespins

49. Create labels. Maybe to use in your pantry, organization, etc. 

50. Make a bookmark

51. Line the bottom of little gift boxes

52. Cover a scrabble tile or scrabble style block to make a pendant

53. Fold over to make tabs in your albums or pull out journaling cards

54. Making embellishments tutorial

55. Weave it! Great tutorial HERE

56. Use paper scraps to decoupage a bowl like THIS

57. Create a LOVE jar, or something similar. Take your paper strips, write little messages, or why you love that person and then fold and put in the jar. 

59. Make paper mache (paper mache tutorial here)

60. Make a birds nest bowl (Birds Nest Tutorial HERE)
Craft Project: Bird's Nest Bowl

61. Make tiny envelopes - click on any image to enlarge, download and print :) 

62. Stamp, Stain and Decorate scraps to make backgrounds for ATC Cards.
This lady has some easy ideas with items we already have laying  around HERE

63. Cut out shapes and glitter the ENTIRE shape for a blingy embellishment!

64.  Create paper buttons! Punch a circle then take a smaller punch and punch two holes in the center! 

65. Make little bows. Fold each in half, glue the ends. Then you will point each towards the center 

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Free Blog Banners :)

Simply click on banner that you would like, then right click and choose save as. 
Then you can go and add text, your blog name, etc. 

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Printing out embellishments - Check your printer settings

Hi! Well, I am not a pro by any means, as far as setting my printer, etc. to get the best quality. I did however waste a little ink and some time to figure out what works best for my printer. I have a typical canon, midgrade, nothing super special. It's special to me though because I couldn't imagine not having it. Most people do not have a super duty special printer, so I figured this post would be helpful. HOPEFULLY, lol.

I will show you images of my settings, that work for me, so when you open your settings, you can compare. If you're really having a hard time, you can try copying my settings, if they don't work play around with one at a time before you figure it out. When you do find the setting that works for you, make sure you click at the bottom left "Always print with these settings."

Here is what I changed, for my printer.....
I changed it to business document

I then changed media type (bottom left) to "Photo paper plus semi gloss" - I chose this because of the cardstock. Cardstock can sometimes have a smooth, matte or sheen to it. 

I clicked "custom" on this, because you can go in and change the settings. 
You can change the saturation, etc. Just remember, the more saturation that you use, the more ink you will use. If you can, try to use the least amount, that way you don't use a ton of ink. That can get really pricey. 

I didn't change anything on this page

And I didn't change anything on this page either. 

I did all this based on the tutorial that they have at Canon. I troubleshooted why my stuff was coming out "pixelated" or "blurry." 

I don't know everything, or even a whole bunch, but I have dabbled, so if you have any questions, let me know. I may  be able to answer it or at least find a place where you can find out :)