Altering a Notebook

I found this little notebook in my scrapbooking room. It’s cute, but it’s not really my style. So, I decided to alter it to my own tastes.

This is what I came up with …

Not wanting to mess with the spiral binding, I decided to leave a bit of the original cover and incorporate it in my design.

I started by applying paper that didn’t quite go to the edge of the notebook. I used papers by My Mind’s Eye and a bit of Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

Then, I added the flock paper, also by My Mind’s Eye, this time going all the way to edge on the right side, but off center on the left. I used Glue Lines to attach the papers since I wanted the adhesive to be near the edges.

Then, I added the blue ribbon (My Mind’s Eye) with a few more Glue Lines.

Next I added the flower. It is from Prima, but it was white. I sprayed it with Adirondack Color Wash and then, when dry, added a bit of Gold Adirondack Paint Dabber to the tips of the petals. I attached it with a Craft Glue Dot.

Next, I attached the gems (also from Prima).

The frame is from Tim Holtz, as is the stamped saying. I selected pink cardstock to help tie in the background color and stamped with Ranger Archival Ink. I used a Craft Glue Dot to hold the cardstock in place. The frame is attached with brads.

Then, I wrapped a sheer ribbon (from May Arts) around the inside of the cover and tied it on the front. I used a Craft Glue Dot discretely hidden under the knot to hold it in place. Be careful not to pull too tight or you will bend the cover. And, don’t leave it too loose or it will shift around.

As a final touch, I added a tassel, pin and button onto the knot. All three are from Tim Holtz. For the button, I cut off the shank and used a couple of Craft Glue Dots to hold it in place.

Now the notebook is covered in flocked paper and trimmed in a bit of bling, metal and elegance. What do you think?


I haven’t been to a graduation open house in years, so when I discovered I needed to make a poster for my daughter’s open house, I was a bit surprised.

I had absolutely no idea what I was doing, but this is what I came up with …

I started with a science project board and used some papers and stickers from TPC, for the most part. I added a bit of Bo Bunny ribbon, a school bumper sticker and some cardstock, as well.

I used paper to help section off the display into different portions of Korie’s life: baby/toddler, school, friends, dance, graduation, etc.

For the title, I cut out Korie with my Cricut out of cardstock. I meant to cover it in glitter, but I forgot until it was all adhered. So, I improvised and used Distress Stickles. They gave it a little shine that showed up well when it was set up outside.

To hold this all together, I used Glue Dots, my ATG and the Tiny Attacher — my three favorite ways to attach things. I was impressed, again, with how many layers the Tiny Attacher goes through. And, the Glue Dots and ATG held so well, not a thing came loose — even though the display blew off the table multiple times!

Happiness is a way of travel, not a destination

I love this stamp from Wendy Vecchi. It describes my outlook on life — enjoying the moment, rather than just the final goal.

Anyhow, I used the stamp to make this card for Glue Dots.

 I started by layering papers by Little Yellow Bicycle onto a plain white card. I stamped the Wendy Vecchi saying onto a circle and then trimmed it to fit. Everything is attached with Ultra Thin Glue Dots.

Next, I stamped Riley on Cryogen paper and colored it with Copic Markers. I cut it out and used Pop Up Glue Dots to adhere the image with a bit of dimension.

Then, to add a bit of fun, I applied a Glue Line to the bottom corner and covered it with red Sparkly Fluff. I did the same technique, but used Mini Glue Dots on  the right side of the card.

At the beach …

During my recent vacation, I inadvertently discovered the most beautiful beach on Lake Michigan (or so I thought when I was there …)

On our way to the Sleeping Bear Dunes, I asked my husband if we could track down a couple of lighthouses on the way. I “collect” lighthouses — I visit as many as I can, take a picture or two and then scrapbook them in a special 8×8 album that I started after our honeymoon. So, naturally, he was willing to take a short detour to Frankfort, the next stop on my map of Michigan lighthouses.

What we discovered was an adorable town and a beautiful beach, not to mention a great view of the lighthouse.

This is the page I created about the beach …

I used paper, a journaling tag, a glittered border sticker and some fabric embellishments from Little Yellow Bicycle’s new Sweet Summertime line — I love the bright colors!

I attached all of the photos with Ultra Thin Glue Dots, which are perfect because they do not add any bulk to the page.

Next, I stamped the poem — from Tim Holtz for Stampers Anonymous — on a sheet of white cardstock with Ranger Archival Ink and then used Distress Ink to add a bit of color. I attached the poem with Glue Dots and then applied a few brads to the top.

For the banner, I started with the mini chipboard banners from Maya Road and painted them with Adirondack Paint Dabbers. TIP: Use Removable Glue Dots to hold the chipboard in place while you paint.

I cut out letters with QuicKutz dies and used Micro Glue Dots to attach them to the banner. Then, I covered each piece with Diamond Glaze to give it a shiny, epoxy-like finish. Again, use the Removable Glue Dots to hold them in place.

Then, I cut a piece of We R Memory Keepers twine to use behind my banner flags. I used Craft Glue Dots to attach these since they hold so well. I made sure some of the twine ran through the Craft Glue Dots in places to secure two parts at one time.

Finally, I used Craft Glue Dots to attach a few of the shells I took from the beach.

Here is a close up of the banner … click on the image for a larger view.

Just for Baby

Baby’s require a lot of stuff … diapers, wipes, lotions, powder, etc. … none of which is attractive to look at.

So, I created this little container to dress up those less-than-lovely necessities.

This one is really easy …

It started as an inexpensive plastic jar found in the kitchen section of a discount store.

Then, I cut out two pieces of American Crafts printed paper to size and attached them with Craft Glue Dots. I put a couple on each edge and then a few in the center to make sure it stays in place.

I cut another piece out to fit the lid and attached that as well.

The bear and letters are cut out of QuicKutz Fuzzy Self-Adhesive Vinyl using my Cricut machine.

For the final touch, I added pleated ribbon by Maya Road using Craft Glue Dots. For this part, I placed a Craft Glue Dot every 1/2 inch or so.

Now, the jar is ready to fill with supplies for baby!

Altered Cupcakes

I have altered lots of things using Glue Dots … picture frames, jars, boxes, books, signs, etc. So, when Glue Dots asked me to make something that was altered for this month’s submission, it took me a while to come up with something I haven’t already altered.

And then, it hit me … I have never altered a cupcake for Glue Dots!

So, with the Lifestyle Crafts Scalloped Cupcake Liner set, I altered this cupcake …

I used Craft Glue Dots on this one … they are the ones I choose most often, since they seem to hold really well.

I used them to connect the leaves and flowers to the lollipop stick, as well as to attach the edges of the cupcake liner and the scalloped paper button.

The paper is from American Crafts.

Summer Party

Who says a backyard BBQ can’t be a fun and elegant event?

Glue Dots asked me to create summer party decorations and while that idea was bouncing around in my head, I found this paper by My Mind’s Eye. The rest, shall we say, was serendipity. I love the juxtaposition between formal and playful created in this table setting.

I have directions for each piece, so you might want to grab a cup of coffee before reading …

First is the place mat. I used one sheet of 12×12 paper for the middle. Then, I cut 2 4×12 strips for each side.

I applied Continuous Line Glue Dots to the front of blue pattern so 1 inch of the paper ended up behind the middle piece for stability. The final size is 18×12.

Finally, I used Memory Book Glue Dots to attach strips of paper and cut outs from My Mind’s Eye to the front. Simple and cute!

Candy’s Tip: When working with punch out die cuts, use a sanding block (I love the one by Tim Holtz) to take off the little paper nubbies where the die cut was attached to sheet of paper.

For the place card, I used a leftover piece of paper, folded and scored. I then used one of the labels from the die cut sheet by My Mind’s Eye, attached with Memory Book Glue Dots, along with a portion of the die cut border, attached with Mini Glue Dots, and a star attached with a Pop Glue Dot for extra dimension.

For the napkin ring, I tied raffia around the napkin. Then, I punched out one of the die cuts from My Mind’s Eye. I added a brad to the center and then attached it to the raffia with a Craft Glue Dot.

The jar is my favorite part of the collection. It started life as a mini milk jar filled with Prima flowers. I cut a strip of paper that would fit the jar, applied Glue Lines to one edge of the paper and then carefully wrapped it around the jar, securing with more Glue Lines at the end. I used the same technique to add the red star border.

For the decorative edge, I attached Mini Glue Dots at each of the red dots and then wrapped it around the jar. I added a few stars from the cut-out sheet as well.

Finally, I took another cut out, added a few brads and attached with Craft Glue Dots.

I filled the jar with some decorative rocks left over from another project.

And now, the pinwheels.

I wanted them to be able to spin in the breeze, so after a bit of online research and trial and error, this is what I came up with …

Start with a square of double-sided paper. I made mine with two different size squares.

Then cut a diagonal line from each corner almost to the center. Put a Craft Glue Dot on every other corner and then attach it to the middle, but don’t crease it. You want it to be rolled rather than folded so it catches the wind.

Then, put an eyelet in the center of each one.

Next, I used a QuicKutz (Lifestyle Crafts) die cut to cut out two stars for each pinwheel. I poked a hole in one and threaded a bit of wire through it. Then, I folded it 90 degrees and added Craft Glue Dots, topping it with another star to make a sandwich.

Next, I poked a hole in a straw. Then, I picked up my star/wire sandwich and put a bead under the star, then the pinwheel, then another bead (or two if you have a larger pinwheel) and then stuck the wire through the straw. Finally, I wrapped the remaining wire around the straw and they are ready for a breeze!

This post was created while serving on the Glue Dots Design Team.

Summer craft idea for kids

Kids are notorious for picking up things when they travel — especially if they go to the beach. They want to bring home all of those cool rocks, seashells, sea glass and other treasures found in the sand.

Really, I can’t blame them, since I like to bring them home, too, but once you get home, you never quite know what to do with them.

Until now …

Consider taking some of those beach treasures and creating a frame to help you remember your vacation.

This one began as plain wooden frame I picked up for less than $3 at Jo-Ann’s.

I painted it with a Ranger Adirondack Paint Dabber and then added strips of paper to each side, overlapping them in the corner. I suppose you could also trace the frame and cut out the paper, but this is much easier. I attached the paper with Memory Glue Dots, because they are super thin.

Then, I cut out the sign using a QuicKutz (Lifestyle Crafts) die, added some ink, journaling and a few brads and then attached it with Memory Glue Dots.

For the rocks, I used a couple of Craft Glue Dots, which are super strong.

Next I added a couple of rub-ons (both the paper and rub-ons are from Cloud 9).

The chipboard banner and letters are from Maya Road. I painted them with Paint Dabbers and then Diamond Glaze because I wanted them to shine. I used Removeable Glue Dots to hold the small pieces in place on my craft mat while I painted. Once dry, I used Micro Glue Dots to adhere the letters to the banner and Craft Glue Dots to attach the banner to the twine and then to the frame.

The entire project took just a few minutes and could easily be adapted to the age of the child and the craft supplies on hand.

Have fun!

This post was created while serving on the Glue Dots Design Team.

Thanks for your Service

Memorial Day has always been a somber sort of day for me.

I know it signifies the beginning of summer and many open their pools and enjoy barbecues and parades on the day off work.

I like all of that, too, but I can’t help but remember what the day means. I was married to the Navy and my son is currently serving in Guam. I understand the sacrifices servicemen and women make for us. So, when Glue Dots® asked me to create a project for Memorial Day, the first thing I thought of was a gift that can be given to a veteran as a small token of appreciation. This is what I came up with …

The box is an Accu-Cut design using paper from Creative Imaginations. I placed a piece of acetate in the window and used Glue Lines® to hold it all together.

Next, I painted Maya Road chipboard letters with a Paint Dabber and, when dry, covered the letters with Diamond Glaze. I love the look it gives the letters. I used Micro Glue Dots® to adhere them to the box.

Then, I cut out stars from QuicKutz, now Lifestyle Crafts, out of white cardstock, painted them gold and then attached them with Mini Glue Dots®.

For the final touch, I took metal adhesive paper from QuicKutz, backed it with cardstock, and then cut out two dog tags using a QuicKutz die. I added a little Alcohol Ink to add some dimension and a bit of chain. I used Glue Lines® to attach it to the top of the box.

Inside, I added a white doily by Little Yellow Bicycle and then some no-bake cookies, my husband’s favorite.

I know it isn’t much compared to the sacrifices made by a vet, but at least they will know we appreciate them!

I wrote this while serving on the Glue Dots® Design Team.

Mother’s Day Idea

I created this Mother’s Day gift idea for Glue Dots®.

I started with a leftover jar … this one once held Rusty Pickle buttons. I’ve also seen them at JoAnn’s for $1.

I cut out the label using the Styled Labels Bigz Die from Tim Holtz/Sizzix and paper from Prima.

I then stamped the word “Love” using Hero Arts stamps.

I attached the label to the jar using Glue Lines®. This way, I could make sure all of the edges were adhered well.

Then, using Craft Glue Dots®, I attached several varieties of Prima flowers.

Finally, using Micro Glue Dots®, I added a little metal butterfly charm from My Mind’s Eye.

I filled my jar with dried rose petals, but you could use any potpourri to make a simple, yet elegant, gift from Mom.

I wrote this while on the Glue Dots® design team.