October Calendar Page

I know, I know. October is 1/3 of the way over and I am just now getting around to posting October’s calendar page.

This time, I do have an excuse. You see, most of the images on the October calendar page from Graphic 45 related to Halloween. And I don’t do Halloween. I hate spiders and cobwebs, I do not like to be scared, and the blood, guts and gore is just plain unappetizing.

So, I procrastinated.

A lot.

But, I think I finally did a page that I can handle looking at for the next 21 days or so …

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Ready to head back to school?

It’s a new month and time for a new challenge at Scrap It Girl.

This month, we are saluting heading back to school by making a project that uses school supplies.

Since my house is low on school supplies — my “baby” is 20 and away at college — I decided to use school-type embellishments and create something that would make a perfect gift for a teacher.

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I started with a little notebook that looks like a mini composition book. I found it at Staples, but I’ve seen them other places as well.

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003First, I covered the front and back with patterned paper from Graphic 45. Then, I used my Corner Chomper to round the edges so they match the original book. You can also use sandpaper to trim off the edges of the paper. (this is the back … I used grid paper on the front).

004Then, I added a few strips of Washi Tape (from Tape Works and Studio G). I left the edges until I was finished and then cut them off so they are all the same size.

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Next came a few staples using my Tiny Attacher and a little wooden ruler from Maya Road.

006Then I cut out a few of the images from the paper I used on the back side and added them with Pop Dots for a little dimension.

008Finally, I added some sticker letters from Authentique across the ruler.

altered_notebook_scrapitgirl_Candy_SpiegelSo, what do you think? Have I inspired you? You can alter an item or make a card or back-to-school layout. Submit it to Scrap It Girl and you could win a great collection of prizes this month! I hope you win!

 

 

 

 

 

 

A box for chickens

My idea for this project came from Arlene Cuevas, one of the amazing members of the Graphic 45 team. As soon as I saw her creation, I fell in love and wanted to do something similar. Check out this blog for a link to the two step-by-step videos that show you how to make it.

6a011570479cdc970b019102f22107970c-500wiI was merely waiting for something to decorate to copy her technique. And, when my mom gave me an embroidered doily with chickens on it, I knew it was the perfect thing to frame.

Naturally, I put my own spin on it and went through a little trial and error, but eventually my project came out looking like this:

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I started with a plain black shadow box I got on sale at Michaels.

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I coated the entire box with white gesso.

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Then, I used Wendy Vecchi’s white embossing paste and a stencil from Christy Tomlinson Designs to cover the entire frame and provide some texture.

This is where my project took a turn …

Box_Candy_Spiegel_3I wanted to see what would happen if I used Piccolo 3D Enamel Gels to help provide some background color. I started with Dark Green.

Box_Candy_Spiegel_4And then added Clementine.

Box_Candy_Spiegel_5Then I glued on a bunch of random flowers, metal pieces, ribbon, keys, buttons and more to the front of the box and coated everything with gesso. This covered up all of the odd colors … my flowers were navy, hot pink, gray and peach! I kept the gesso light on the sides so the colors would show through.

Box_Candy_Spiegel_6Next I added a bit of Bright Yellow …

Box_Candy_Spiegel_7And some more green and orange … I taped off the glass front (it couldn’t be removed from the frame) and sprayed it with blue Glimmer Mist. It came out darker than I wanted, but it looked OK. (I don’t have any photos of that stage because it was a bit of a disaster).

Needless to say, Glimmer Mist does not dry on top of 3D Enamel Gel. Ever.

I tried heating.

I tried sitting it in the sun.

After a week, I was still getting blue on my hands every time I picked up the piece. I really didn’t want to start over since I had quite a bit of time and money invested in this, but I knew I couldn’t hang it on the wall as it was.

Deciding I couldn’t hurt it anymore than I already had, I ran it under the faucet. The water washed most of the Glimmer Mist off — at least the parts that refused to dry.

And I ended up with this:

Box_Candy_Spiegel_8The perfect box to showcase the doily my mom gave me!

Here are a few close-ups …

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The flowers took on the look of molded plastic. Very cool when you think of it …,Box_Candy_Spiegel_10

 

The front is pretty, but the sides are amazing … I love the patina I got.Box_Candy_Spiegel_9

Thanks Arlene for the inspiration! I still plan to follow your instructions to do another one that more closely resembles yours!

 

May Graphic 45 Calendar Page

May calendar_Candy_SpiegelBetter late than never, right? It is May 6 already and I am just now getting to posting May’s calendar page. If this is any indication of how the month will go, I am in big trouble!

For May, I decided to keep it simple by using mostly the patterned paper from the back side of the cut aparts page by Graphic 45. I added some of the decorative strips, one image and a premade bow from Webster’s Pages. Simple, but still beautiful!

What do you think?