Holiday Gift Album

Mini Album by Candy SpiegelMini albums are quick and fun gifts to make and receive.

I created this 4×4 mini album using RTC Grid Paper from Mosaic Moments, a new paper/sticker collection from KaiserCraft and a few other embellishments. It is ready for photos and journaling to remember this Christmas.

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pocket candy spiegelThe last page in the book has a little pocket where you can insert a gift card. Imagine the delight of the recipient to receive a beautiful mini album and then, when they turn to the last page, a gift card to their favorite store or restaurant!

To see the rest of the pages in this little album and to learn how I did it, visit my page on Journella.


Fall Scavenger Hunt

scavenger2013_spiegelThis month, the captain of the Mosaic Moments Design Team created a unique and special challenge … she gave us a list of dozens of items to find, photograph and include on a layout showcasing the experience of fall.


I had a wonderful time doing it. I learned a lot about photography, lighting and macro shooting. And, enjoyed several romantic dates with my husband as we watched the sunset at various parks and along country roads searching for the things to photograph.

This year was not a spectacular year for color, but I still managed to get some beautiful fall photos. While I missed some of the reds, oranges and yellows that typically make up fall, I fell in love with the shades of brown and gold found in the fields and farms.

My favorite photo showcases the gold at the end of the rainbow …


This one reminds me to always take my camera along because you never know when you will stumble upon a Kodak moment … it was taken in the parking lot at Home Depot!


To learn more on how I created this page and to see close-ups of the layout, visit my page on Journella, here. Please leave me a comment or cheer me on!


Inspired by Dr. Seuss

The challenge this week for the Mosaic Moments Design Team was to create a page inspired by a Dr. Seuss book.

I chose “And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street.” I decided to take photos of Fenton, Michigan on a single day.

mosaic challenge 2You can find close ups, along with some of the things that went through my head as I was photographing the town and then creating this layout, on Journella. Click here to visit my page and cheer me on!



Mosaic Candle

I love to push the envelope with my scrapbook supplies. They are expensive and I like to see what else I can do with them.

I purchased some candles at IKEA recently, with the idea of decorating them with stamps and giving them as gifts for the holiday season. Then my mind got to wandering and I thought, wouldn’t it be cool if I could put a photo on a candle?

As I processed that, I realized I could create a mosaic candle and that would really be cool!

Please understand that this is my first attempt and I learned some things along the way that could make a second candle (or your candle) much better.

Here’s how I did it:

First, I gathered a sheet of Mosaic Moments paper in white, so it would vanish into the candle. I also grabbed a candle, my photos, a ruler, a knife and my Mosaic Moments mat.

I measured how large I wanted the mosaic image and cut my paper accordingly. Then, I cut up my photos and applied them to the paper the same way I would if I was creating a page in my scrapbook.

Once that was finished, I cut a piece of tissue paper slightly smaller than an 8.5×11″ piece of cardstock and taped it all around the edges. It is important to get the tissue paper totally flat and secured all the way around the page. Otherwise, it will tear in your printer and you will have to dig out little sheets of tissue paper. (This is not fun, trust me).

Then, I made a copy of mosaic and printed it on the tissue paper. I let it dry for a while and then I cut out the image and, with my heat tool, melted it into the candle until it looked like this:

The cool part is it worked and the tissue paper became part of the candle.

I also learned that you should stick with scenery … notice how blurry the photo of me ended up when printed on tissue paper …

I also learned that you might want to start with a smaller image, rather than trying to wrap it all the way around the candle. Mine got off somewhere and I ended up with some folds and wrinkles.

But, I still love how it looks and I plan to make more to perfect the technique!

Christmas Mosaic

I know it’s months after the holidays, but I’m just getting around to scrapbooking my Christmas photos.

There is a family near me that goes all out for the holidays with blow-up decorations. Over the past 8 years or so, I have watched each holiday as their collection grows and grows. It has become a bit of a tradition to drive by and observe the variety of characters they have. Trust me, they have them all — Pooh, Mickey, Dora, Scooby, The Grinch, Santa, trains, balloons, lighthouses, hippos and more.

This year, I decided to scrapbook them using a mosaic page. I used a 1″ punch by EK Success to cut out the smaller images and Tami Potter’s system for cutting out the rest. I used a bit of creative license to make up the word for the title, but I think it captured the magic. What do you think?

Authentique Love

When I discovered the new lines from Authentique, I fell in love. The company took a few colors and created a plethora of double-sided and quadruple-sided papers that all coordinate beautifully together. Naturally, I was drawn to the yellow collection, which features yellow, black, gray and a few hints of an orange.

But, like everything else in my eclectic personality, I was unable to select just one or two patterns to work with.

So, I opted to use a mosaic paper from Wish in the Wind as a base and then create a graphical page that would allow me to use a majority of the patterns I purchased.

These papers, designed by Tami Potter, come in a variety of colors. Each one has small lines marking the corners at every inch. If you hop over to Tami’s site, you’ll see amazing creations using the grid lines. Generally, I work with mosaic patterns when I use these papers, but this time, I decided to stretch out of the box a bit and use the grid lines to make stripes and rectangles.

It’s very different from what I normally do, but I love the result. Using Tami’s method makes it easy to line everything up and cut it to the right side. I fudged the “rules” a bit by using the space that is normally designated as the border in some portions of the page — and by placing a photo of my husband on an angle on top of everything — to give it a less formal appearance.

I added a few American Crafts brads, a stamp from Wendi Vecchi Studio 490, and Grungeboard letters from Tim Holtz, painted with Ranger’s Adirondack Paint Dabber.

The end result is a page I love, written about a man I love. What could be better?



Playing with the polar bears

Whenever we visit the Detroit Zoo, we always spend some time in the Arctic Ring of Life.

If you have never been, let me tell you, it is amazing! The exhibit covers four acres with space for foxes, polar bears and seals. There are educational displays that explain the customs of the arctic, as well as share details about the animals. But the best part is tunnel where the seals and polar bears swim all around you. Clear dividers prevent the polar bears from eating the seals, but when you are inside, it appears they are swimming together.

Last fall, we were fortunate enough to witness one of the bears swimming, climbing and posing all around the tunnel. Almost like a trained bear, he would go to a window, pose for photos, then move onto the tunnel, pause again, wave and move on to another location. I’m not sure who was having more fun — him or me — but it was an incredible experience.

To remember the day, I created a mosaic page, with the help of grid paper and tools from Wish in the Wind. I love the focus on photos that mosaic pages call for and Wish in the Wind makes it so easy!

Here’s what I came up with … (click on the photo for a larger view)

I started with white grid paper from Wish in the Wind and then lightly sprayed it with Perfect Pearls Mist. Once dry, I added Distress Ink to the edges and then set to work.

I did a mix of 1″ squares and full photos, showcasing some of my favorites of the day. I matted some of the photos with cardstock from American Crafts and added a few accents from Colorbök.

For the title, I used one of the photos of our hand prints on the ice wall. I cut it to size and scored the top so it will open easily and added a few brads to make sure it stays in place. The arrow photo turn from American Crafts holds it in place. Underneath, I added a piece of cardstock and journaled about our day.

Then, I used one of my favorite techniques to make the letters … I colored the chipboard (Maya Road) with Distress Ink and then added Stickles to the bottom half of the letters (to represent ice/snow). Once dry, I covered them with Diamond Glaze and then used Art Glitter Designer Dries Clear Glue to adhere them. Simple, inexpensive and elegant!

Making Mosaics

Don’t you hate it when life gets in the way of paper crafting?!? That seems to be what has happened to me lately … When I am stressed, I have trouble being creative. Thinking is just too hard and I have many more failures than normal, which causes frustration and more stress and, well, it is sort of a downward spiral. Since paper crafting is both my hobby and therapy, I never want it to become a chore.

So, when things aren’t working like they should, I turn to one of my favorites — Mosaics!

OK. You can stop rolling your eyes at me now … these are much easier than they look — if you have the right tools.

Tami Potter is the queen of mosaics. While I have never actually met her in person, I have “followed” her for years.

She makes the process so easy with a cutting mat, paper and guide with grids. An idea book (one of my favorite scrapbooking books of all time) offers tons of examples, suggestions and tips. Here are her directions, via a video on her blog.

Here are closer looks at my pages …

Click on the images for a closer look …

I added sticker letters from The Paper Loft and cardstock from American Crafts for the title and journaling blocks.

Keep in mind that I did these while chatting with my friends and spent absolutely no time planning what would go where. I just figured out which pictures I wanted to cut and started cutting … With a little planning, you can make absolutely amazing mosaics!

And, since Tami’s method is so simple, it’s pretty hard to mess it up, which makes it perfect for therapeutic scrapping.


My Life in Pictures

This week’s challenge for Scrap Wars was to create a two-page 12×12 “then and now” layout showing yourself as a baby, at graduation and today.

I loved this idea and immediately thought of photos I wanted to include.  I printed a few and then over the next few days, until I had time to actually sit down and create, all sorts of ideas came to mind.

What I ended up with was a mosaic page (using techniques and papers from Tami Potter) that shows the important events in my life and the people and things that contributed to making me who I am today. I also included some of the things I love — like hot-air balloons, Winnie the Pooh, scrapbooking and chickens.

I used papers by My Mind’s Eye to frame the empty squares along the border and to fill in journaling blocks, the title and extra spaces. And used my Cricut to cut out the title.

When I finished, my daughter looked at it and declared she had never seen so many pictures of me in one place her entire life.

She’s right. Most layouts do not feature me at all. In fact,  I had trouble even finding pictures of her and I together. It seems I spend too much time on the other side of the camera. With a timer and a tripod, there is no reason for that, so my new goal is to make sure I am in some of the photos — with and without my family.

For now, stop by Scrap Tales in Brighton and vote for my layout. I can use all of the votes I can get!