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Falling Leaves for a Thanksgiving Dinner Layout

The holidays always bring with them a healthy dose of nostalgia. So for today’s Thanksgiving dinner layout, I decided to scrap some pictures that were long overdue to be put in albums – 25 years overdue, in fact!

[Disclosure: Some product used in today’s layout was provided by Photo Play Paper at my request for this project. Links in the supply list are courtesy links to advertisers or affiliate links that earn the site a small commission when a purchase is made after a reader clicks.]
Thanksgiving Dinner layout by Nancy Nally

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This Thanksgiving dinner layout is built on a color blocked background that I created from two patterned papers from the fall collection by Photo Play Paper called “Falling Leaves”.

I inked the edges of the leaf paper with fluid chalk ink to make it stand out from the yellow background more. The next layer was to create a block from the photos, which are arranged in something resembling a pinwheel arrangement. These photos are old enough that they aren’t the 4″ x 6″ size that is standard today, but the smaller 3.5″ x 5″ size. That makes it possible to get four photos on the layout with plenty of room for embellishing still.

Thanksgiving Dinner layout title

The final design layer was to create a visual triangle of embellishments. One embellishment is the title, one is journaling, and one is the date.

For the title, I started by using foam dot adhesive to adhere a turkey sticker. The foam adhesive provides some dimension and helps the turkey stand out from the background. The title heading was created with two different alphabets from the “Falling Leaves” collection sticker sheet. (Numbers from a third alphabet were used for the date in the upper right corner of the layout.)

Turkey Dinner layout journaling

For my journaling, I cut a tag with a Sizzix die and wrote on it. Using the dot paper was a cheat that gave me a way to keep my writing relatively straight!

The sticker border at the bottom of the tag covers something – a mistake. I cut the tag, thinking I wanted it to be trimmed smaller to better fit on the layout. I realized right away that was a bad idea! Border sticker to the rescue! This cute border sticker, which also matches the orange patterned paper that I used for the hole reinforcer, attached the tag back together and hid the seam between the two halves. Problem solved! Although it started out as a rescue from a mistake, I actually ended up really liking the addition of the border sticker.

Tag deconstructed

Even though this was quite a few years before I began scrapbooking, I was already very much a memory documenter with my camera. These aren’t the only photos I took that day. I put the rest of them on a second layout made with this same collection. To see my other Thanksgiving dinner layout, visit my article on our other site Craft Critique.

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See the Entire Halloween Tag Trilogy!

Awhile back, I showed my readers these three tags that I had created in a single inking session from Tim Holtz Distress Stains, intending to use them to create a Halloween tag series. The series is now complete, and I’m back today to share the results!

Distress Spray Stain Tag Art

The first tag that I made was actually fall-themed, not strictly Halloween, and was created around a Tim Holtz blueprint stamp. The directions for creating the fall tag, along with the directions for the inking process that created all three tags, are in my Fall Pumpkin Tag project article.

Fall Pumpkin Tag by Nancy Nally for www.scrapbookupdate.com

The second tag that I inked in the series ended up a more faded mix of orange, green and purple than the first one after it sat for a long time in the sun and got exposed to a heavy dose of UV light. For this one, I wanted to play with my new Tim Holtz Crazy Cats stamps that I just bought. I created a spooky spider and spiderweb to freak out my scaredy cat with! Instructions for this tag – including the seed bead twist tie – are on the Buttons Galore blog.

Scaredy Cat Halloween Tag

Also on the Buttons Galore blog is my Spooky Halloween Tag, created from the first, most bright of the tags that I inked in this series. This one uses another Tim Holtz blueprint stamp, and is a bit different from my usual style, but I’m really pleased with how it came out.

Spooky Halloween Tag

For now, I’m enjoying my Halloween Tag series by using clothespins to attach them to a small spooky Halloween tree that I bought for my living room at a local chain craft store. After Halloween, they’ll find a home in an 8×8 album that I have set aside to store my tag art in.

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Project | Fall Pumpkin Tag with Tim Holtz Distress

Perhaps it was sweating in the 100 degree plus heat index for two days while our air conditioner was broken this week that did it, or maybe it’s the calendar changing to September. But for whatever reason, I’m suddenly in the mood for fall colors, changing leaves, and pumpkins! Since I live in Florida, though, I’ll have to settle for making my own on this fall pumpkin tag.

[Disclaimer: Some products were provided by Ranger to Scrapbook Update as editorial samples. My company, Nally Studios LLC, manages social media for Buttons Galore. Links in the supply list are affiliate links or provided as an advertiser courtesy. Translation: People sometimes give me cool things to use, and I’m lucky enough to have clients whose products I like to use.]

Fall Pumpkin Tag by Nancy Nally for www.scrapbookupdate.comAlthough the background to this tag looks orange-brown, it actually was created with Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Spray Stain in Wilted Violet, Twisted Citron, and Carved Pumpkin! This was possible because it wasn’t the first tag that I made from a batch of stain sprayed on my craft mat. I sprayed the stains in a triangle arrangement, and pressed the first tag. It created the tag on the left below. Then I added some water with my Distress Sprayer, swiped a tag across my mat again, and got the tag in the middle. Finally, I grabbed a third tag and swiped again. By that time, the three colors were mingled enough on the mat to produce a more brown color, creating the tag I used for this project. (The other two tags will get used on other projects coming soon!)

Distress Spray Stain Tag ArtThe design of the tag’s layout is simple so I was a bit stunned when I looked at the supply list to realize I’d used almost 20 products! This is because this project has a lot of layered color on it.

First the background was created using multiple shades of Distress Spray Stain, which gives it that shaded and mottled effect. Then the wood grain was stenciled on it. All of the paper elements added on top have inked edges. I used Antique Linen Distress Ink to age the pumpkin stamp block, and Tea Dye to antique the text strip. That’s a lot of subtle elements that use a lot of supplies. It shows the power of keeping a large tool box on hand. It’s taken me years to accumulate my three drawers full of ink in my Ikea Alex, but they are among the most important tools I have and I reach for them constantly.

Fall Pumpkin Tag by Nancy Nally

Since this fall pumpkin tag was all about the color and shading, the rest of the design is simple. I just used a block of patterned paper offset behind the pumpkin stamp block to highlight and frame it. I hadn’t intended to add the text strip to the left side but somehow the pumpkin ended up off-center with a lot of white space on that side, so the text strip was a perfect filler.

For some reason lately I’m incapable of making something completely flat. Nothing feels finished unless it’s got something thick on it. So I added the leaves that are buttons with the shanks cut off. They add dimension while bringing in some more “fall” to the design.

I didn’t tie off the twine at the top of my fall pumpkin tag because I have a special plan for this tag (and the others). Keep your eyes on my Instagram account to get a peek at it!

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Mixed Media Canvas with Simple Stories

I’ve been working on a lot of home decor projects lately, so when I came home from the Orlando Scrapbook Expo with the new “Sunshine & Happiness” collection from Simple Stories, I decided to create a mixed media canvas with it!

[Disclosure: Some of the products that were used from Plaid, Cricut, Ranger, and Buttons Galore were provided to this site for editorial purposes, and I am the blog editor and social media manager for Buttons Galore. Some links below are affiliate links that earn us a commission when you purchase after clicking, or are courtesy links to our advertisers. Now, thanks for reading all of that stuff that the FTC requires that I tell you, and let’s get back to crafting!]
Mixed Media Canvas

To start this canvas, I laid down a base coat of the Plaid FolkArt Cottage Green Milk Paint directly on my blank canvas. This is the second canvas that I’ve used this milk paint on, and I am really loving that I can distress it with a baby wipe or damp paper towel after it is dry to get this nice aged look.

Next I tore a piece of the “Total Crush” paper from the Sunshine & Happiness collection to make a background for the canvas design. Wetting the paper made it easier to tear, but this paper isn’t designed to get wet like a watercolor paper is so be careful or it will be shred. Once your paper is sized right (and dry), glue it down with liquid glue like Mod Podge.

To finish the background, I spritzed it with the Plaid Color Spray Acrylic Paint. It was my first time using it, and the sprayer was a bit fussy to use. But once I got the hang of it, I was thrilled with the results. I’m rarely happy with the results I get using spray ink – the mist is always too fine for the look I want. This gave me the the larger splotches that I’m always trying to get. I look forward to giving it a full workout in the future to see what it really can do.

Woven Paper Heart

The next big element on the canvas is the woven paper heart. I cut paper strips from the two patterned papers, and then attached the ends of one set to a piece of scrap paper. I wove the other set through the anchored set. When the weaving was done, I drew a heart on the completed weaving in pencil. I cut it out a little bit at a time, using glue to anchor the paper strips together after I sliced through each row.

3D Flowers on Canvas

The 3D flower (and the other two large flowers) were cut on my Cricut Explore machine from heavy 140lb watercolor paper. There’s actually a setting for that paper on the machine and with the deep cut blade and heavy stick mat, it cut perfectly. Then I used my watercolors to color them with my water brush. I colored the outer edges and then soaked the paper with my spray bottle so that the color ran to create the soft wash all over. I then went back with another layer of heavier layer along the outer edges.

Once everything was dry, I assembled the rose with my hot glue gun. The centers of all three flowers are filled with seed beads from the 28 Lilac Lane embellishment bottle. I used only the white ones from the yellow and white assortment that is included. Even though they are tiny, it’s easy to sort them out in only a few minutes by dumping them in an embossing powder tray. I used my paper piercer, poking it in the beads’ holes to push them into piles in the corners. When I was done, it was easy to dump them back into the bottle with my tray’s spout!

Adhering the beads was easy – I just put a big glob of glue and pushed a bunch of beads down into it. I was able to shape and mold the glue before it dried to get just the effect that I wanted.

Sunshine and Happiness on Canvas

The embellishments were mostly simple – just arranging and adhering things. The wood piece was painted with milk paint and then stamped. At the top of the canvas (not visible in the photo above), I adhered one butterfly with pop dots for dimension while the other is just glued down.

Want to make your own canvas? Here’s what you’ll need:

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Take a “Voyage Beneath the Sea” with Ariel at Disneyworld

When I saw the new “Voyage Beneath the Sea” collection by Graphic 45, I knew right away that I just had to make a Princess Ariel layout with it from one of our Disneyworld visits! All of its sea life and mermaid theming are just perfect for Ariel and her undersea world!

[Some products used in this article were provided to me by their manufacturer for promotional purposes, but I am not being compensated for their use. My company Nally Studios is the social media manager for Buttons Galore and they provided some product used in this article. Some links in this article are affiliate links that support Nally Studios when you make a purchase after clicking on them. Thanks for supporting us! ]

Voyage Beneath the Sea with Ariel

The design of this layout is pretty simple. The two bands of orange serve to frame and push the elements together visually. The blue elements (and the orange elements somewhat) are arranged in a visual triangle.

The exterior photo from the grotto is black and white for a simple reason: exposure. The exposure was bad on this photo. Switching the photo to black & white allowed for creating a fix for the exposure without having to worry about the effects on the color. It also kept the layout from having too much color in it that would make it visually confusing, so I ended up liking the result.

Embellishment close-up

The edges of the orange elements are all edged in brown ink, to make them stand out a bit better against the yellow background. This turquoise element (cut from an 8×8 sheet of paper) is also edged, in a dark teal ink, to provide its edge some shadow.

I deliberately chose brown twine to tie through the tag because it is reminiscent of fishing nets.

Journaling card close-up

On this journal box (also cut from an 8×8 paper pad sheet), I added a few embellishments to provide some shine and highlight it.

Mermaid title

I also included embellishments on the title chipboard and the border (cut from a 12×12 sheet). It only seems right to have some sparkle on the layout to match the shine of Ariel’s costume!

Look closely at how the border perfectly matches at the bottom of the photo, having whole gear emblems on each side. That was lucky, right?

Layout Strip in Progress

Actually, it’s careful piecing of the border under the photo! I cut the small piece for the right side, and then positioned and trimmed the 2nd piece for the left side.

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This Graphic 45 collection would also be great for the 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea ride at Disneyland (now closed). I think I may try my pictures from that ride with the Voyage Under the Sea collection next!

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Celebrating Star Wars Day with Project Life!

Star Wars Day – May the fourth – made me nostalgic for the fun we had a few years back when we visited Disney’s Hollywood Studios during Star Wars Weekends at the park. I had never scrapped any of those pictures so in honor of May 4th this year, I decided it was time to get some of them in an album!

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Star Wars Day layout with Project Life

Since I had so many usable photos, a Project Life layout seemed the way to go to get the most photos in the least space. One of my favorite things about Project Life is how efficient it can be at using up photos! Continue Reading →

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