Inspiration on a Friday – Adding Clay to Cards

This week our store has been featuring a couple of different clay based items. The first item is our Kids Modeling Clay, and the second is our brand new Introduction to Pottery workshops that start in September. It’s had me thinking … can you use clay on cards?

Turns out you can! We had sold out of the clay I wanted to use (it’s on order so keep checking back) but my business partner Amanda had the perfect solution for me. Check it out in this video.

https://youtu.be/eeF2Sq3YUEg
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Making Something Beautiful out of a Messy Effort

A couple weeks ago, for an Inspiration Friday post on my store’s Instagram account, I created two different watery backgrounds. I made one using a set of watercolours that Altenew had sent to us, and the other with my beloved Distress Oxide inks. There was a clear winner! LOL! My watercolour technique needs a LOT of work!

Well, for today’s Make It Monday post, I am sharing a layout I made with both those backgrounds. First, let’s take a look at how those backgrounds came together.

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How Batch Processing Can Make You More Efficient

Welcome to another Make It Monday!

Today I’m sharing my process for making multiples of the same item. I do this all the time when I’m making cards and tags to sell in my store. It’s quite likely you do it to … in the kitchen.

It’s called Batch Processing.

Batch processing is something anyone who has to make multiples, or large quantities, of the same thing for an occasion does without even thinking about it. You’re making chili to feed an army? First you chop up all the onions you need. Then you chop up all the peppers. Then you cook all the ground beef … you see what I mean?

I do the exact same thing, only with my paper, stamps, dies, and inks. Let me show you in this quick time-lapse video I posted to our Instagram this morning.

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When Cross Stitch Meets Card Making

My store just launched a Christmas in July Sale (check it out here) so I cracked into my *ahem, rather large* stash of Christmas items to see what I could create that is a bit different. How about embroidered cards?

We brought in a couple of Spellbinder dies last year that allow you to make exactly that.

Now, I am not a natural hand sewer by any stretch of the imagination. I love all things fabric and yarn though, and there was a time I hoarded fabric like I now hoard paper, and had more than one cross-stitch kit in my stack of “future projects”, but that was over 20 years ago. I’ve moved on! But I do love a challenge and trying new things so … embroidery on cards it is!

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Summer Outings – Using Themed Products to Scrapbook the Ordinary

Welcome to a new Make It Monday series on my blog. I’ve been trying to kick start this for awhile and it took a combined effort with my business partner to get me back on track. With anything in the small business world, it may be a bumpy ride! I appreciate you sticking with me.

This week I have a 12×12 layout to share with you, complete with process video. As it is (finally) summer where I live, it seemed only appropriate to break out the summer products and scrapbook something that involved sunshine and frozen treats. Take a look – oh, and yes, I’ve just recently downloaded a new video editing software so moving forward, my videos will be way better! Seriously, there are so many things to have to know in this business!!

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LOAD522 – Day 8 Featured Designer Layout

Hello again, I’m back with another layout for LOAD522 Build Your Story, this time as a Featured Designer. Woot! Woot!

Our architectural inspiration for this prompt is Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France. I don’t know exactly what Alice will be talking about but I know she will touch on the devastating fire that destroyed a lot of the cathedral in 2019. We visited Paris in 2017 as a side-jaunt to our UK holiday. We didn’t take the time to go into the Cathedral, which I subsequently regretted, but here is a photo of us outside. We were on our way to dinner and stopped to grab some selfies in front of Notre Dame as we passed it.

It would have been easy for me to scrapbook this and other photos we took for my featured designer layout, but I will save that for the actual day. I decided to lean heavily into the prompts she gave which was to talk about a time we “rose from the ashes”.

For those of you who know me, you know my story. I’ve scrapbooked about my parents before but I don’t think I’ve ever scrapbooked about my journey from almost dead, to thriving. Get ready!

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LOAD522 Day1 – Just In Time

I’m back!

And I’m participating in another LOAD Challenge. Woo hoo! Bring on all the layouts!!

As an added challenge to myself, I’m going to attempt to film my layouts come together each day. BUT … I make no promises and I ask you to hold me to nothing! My life as a mom to 3 teenagers (two of whom are graduating very soon – yikes!), and a small business owner, and an Epicure consultant with a new Season launching in two days (double yikes!), and the primary meal provider, means my average day is a teensy bit hectic. Getting a layout finished and posted to the ScrapHappy gallery every day will be a miracle in and of itself. Filming the process, editing the film, uploading the film, and blogging about it too … that may be too much for my average day. We’ll see.

That being said, I had the day off from the store today so I filmed a process video for you! Yay! Let’s dive in.

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