Inspired by Tim Holtz

It’s no secret that I am a huge fan of Tim Holtz. I love the thought process that goes into making his products — and the ideas he shares to use them after we get them.

That said, you can understand how last week was one of my favorite weeks of the year. I loved the lessons and inspiration he put into his 12 Tags of Christmas.

Although I haven’t had time to try all of the techniques, yet, I did make a custom stamp pad with Distress Ink Re-inkers and Cut & Dry Felt. I even tried embossing after stamping with Distress Ink for a unique “looks wet” sort of look. Here’s the link to Tim’s instructions ...

And, here’s what I did …

Pretty cool, eh?! And, it came out perfect on the first attempt — which is even cooler.

Since rubber stamps are my latest favorite product, I am challenging myself to use them on scrapbook pages. It sounds simple, but it really is more difficult than one would think. So, this was my first attempt at incorporating stamps into scrapbook pages. The paper and ribbon are by Bo Bunny. The stamps are by Tim Holtz and JudiKins. The date is grungeboard letters by Tim Holtz, painted with a Ranger Paint Dabber. (Click on the images to make them larger).

If you notice the date, you will realize why I need to make myself incorporate my new love of stamping into my scrapbook pages!

We’re at war

We’re at war at my local scrapbook store, Scrap Tales in Brighton.

Scrap Wars began Sunday with a draft party to determine teams. The competition will include challenges throughout the summer, with customers, friends and family members voting for their favorite pages.  The women in this war are both fierce and talented, so I am sure the designs will be amazing.

Our first order was to create a 12×12 page using papers and embellishments from the new So Sophie line by My Mind’s Eye. The colors — blue, green and brown in floral and geometric prints — make it so easy to apply to almost any page. Personally, I was inspired by the “Simple Things” embellishment and the circle/floral print. I decided to show some of the things that bring me so much enjoyment in life.

Here is my entry:

I covered the photo of me with a printed transparency that matches the line.

I wanted to include one of Tim Holtz’s watch faces to help support the 24/7 theme of the page. It was my husband’s idea to set the time to 5:00, because it’s “always 5 o’clock somewhere.”

Obviously I am still amused by his sense of humor!

Time-Saving Die Cut Tip

I am a lazy scrapbooker.

I like complex pages, but I don’t like to spend a lot of time on them. If there is a way to shorten drying time, cut out a step or do it quicker, I am likely to discover it.

As I was creating a page for Dies Direct, I thought of two ways to save a bit of time on the die.

I was using the luggage tag die from Dies Direct. The die has a tiny border that adds dimension. But, lazy cropper that I am, I never want to take the time to cut out the die twice with two different colors of paper. I suppose I could have trimmed my paper and run two different colors through at the same time, but I came up with two other options.

For the first one, I ran each of the little pieces through my Xyron. Then, while still attached to the backing, I colored them with Distress Ink and then attached to my tag.

In the second option, I used the paper left over after cutting out the die as a stencil and, using Distress Ink, stenciled the pattern onto the tag.

After journaling, I covered both with Diamond Glaze and added a brad.

In the end, I liked the first option best, but because I wasn’t thinking when I did the journaling, I used the second option on my page. Here’s the finished page …

I met him!

I got to meet Tim Holtz!

Meeting Tim Holtz at the Great Lakes Mega Meet

I felt like a groupie … I was even shaking … but I don’t think I embarrassed myself — I hope not, anyhow.

I made him a card and thanked him for bringing us such wonderful, innovative products.

Later, I hung around for demos and he made me a tag! Some of my friends claim he gave it to me so I would leave, but I think they’re just jealous … lol

Tami Potter, mosaic goddess, wasn’t there, but I got to meet her husband and daughter, and got a great deal on mosaic paper, so it was a very good day.

I’ll be back at the Mega Meet tomorrow to help out in the Scrap Tales booth. Stop by and say, “hi.”

Tim Holtz Day

Tomorrow is Tim Holtz Day.

I feel like a child who is anticipating a trip to Disney World. “I’m too excited to sleep!” or eat or do much else.

It doesn’t matter that my big toe has been causing me  immense pain for the past two days. I will stand in line for hours until I get the opportunity to meet Tim Holtz. I even have a few back-up plans in place, just in case. And, I’ve already packed my bag, complete with extra batteries for my camera.

So, you may be wondering, what is the big deal?

Well, Tim Holtz has been a huge part of my life for the past few years. Granted, he has no clue of my existence — unless he read my column in last week’s paper, but I seriously doubt that. No, I am pretty sure he has no idea I am alive, but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t made a difference in my life.

Tim Holtz has given me the tools, inspiration and knowledge that has taken my scrapbooking to a whole new level. My pages are no longer just pictures decorated with stickers and pre-made embellishments. Many of them have become original works of art, thanks to Tim Holtz. He has challenged me to think outside of the box and to make more than just scrapbooks.

Since being introduced to Tim Holtz, via his products, I have learned how to make things exactly how I want them. I color ribbon, add ink to alter the color of paper, paint metal, add sparkle to flowers, … you name it, I change it.

Tim Holtz has also provided me with invaluable tools. He thinks of unique ways to improve the products we use every day. His ruler has tiny holes so you can place brads in a straight line. Grungeboard can handle water, paint, ink and more without falling apart like chipboard does. His sander is balanced so you can apply even pressure on your page. Every detail has been thought through to make my life easier, and for that, I am thankful.

Yesterday, I discovered his tiny attacher, with the smallest staples on the market, can easily staple through cardstock, Velcro, padding and a thin board that were used to make a shadow box I was covering. Not only did it go through it all, it did with ease — something a person with a bad elbow really appreciates.

So, tomorrow I will meet my hero and have the opportunity to thank him for the impact he has made on my life.

Perhaps I’ll go make him a card … if I can sit still long enough to do it. I can’t wait!

Die cuts — not just for decoration, anymore

I wanted to share some different ideas for using die cuts or punches.

In this example, I used this flower die from Dies Direct as both a mask and an accent. I used the colors I had on hand and made my own glimmer mist, but you could do it any color. Imagine how pretty it would be in pinks and purples!


1. I cut the die cut out of cardstock several times. Then I ran each piece through my non-permanent Xyron machine and placed them where I wanted them on the card front. I used both the inside and outside of the flower.

2. I made two glimmer mists by mixing a drop or two of Distress Ink, a little Perfect Pearls, and then filling my mini mister with water. I used Mustard Seed and gold in one and Peeled Paint and green patina in another.

3. I lightly sprayed the surface with the yellow mixture and then let dry (I used a heat gun to speed up the process.)

4. Then, I repeated with the green. I did it heavier in places.

5. Once dry, I peeled off the die cuts and threw them away.

6. I decided I wanted more color, so I lightly misted with the yellow again in some places.

7. Once dry, I edged the card in Peeled Paint Distress Ink and blended it a bit on some of the sides.


1. I cut out dies again and sprayed them with the green mist. I went heavier on the inside of the flower.

2. I inked the edges of the back part of the flower with Peeled Paint Distress Ink. I used a lot of ink because I didn’t get the contrast I wanted originally — but it’s all an experiment, right!

3. I attached the flowers with brads directly onto the card and added the title.

You can’t see the glimmer well in the photo, but the card sparkles, without looking like glitter.

I think I’ll try to hippo die next and see what sort of grungy background I can make!