Saturday Scrapbooking – Seven

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This one started as a single 12×12 layout, but ended up as a double… Ya know when you have a series of pics, and you just can’t decide which ones to highlight…

Actually, I had planned on a project life spread on the other side, but it ended up like this.

The background is just some acrylic paint smeared with some watercolor splatters… and some circles with my journaling pen.  Much of the rest is layering from pieces of this and that…  And then I just embellished a bit with some rub-ons and sequins.

I can’t believe I have a seven year old. I can’t imagine what it’s like to have more than one child… and they just keep getting older and older and smarter and bigger… and… AHHHH.  I’m gonna stop right there. We would probably be in that situation, but I suppose it’s not in God’s plan for us.

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So here is my process video!  It features music from my AMAZINGLY talented friend Hannah Guerra! Definitely go check out her music, it’s just gorgeous! I linked up her soundcloud down below for your convenience!

 

Enjoy!  And have a blessed Sunday!

 

 

12 Crafts of Christmas – Day 11 – Bible Backpacks

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This is my favorite sewing project so far! I think it’s because of my obsession with school supplies and accessories of the like..

And I also think this would make a great gift for a lot of friends of mine..  heh…

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So this fabric I found at Hobby Lobby was perfect for our Bibles. I’ve already made some other stuff out of it, but I still had some left.

This project is really simple and takes about 20 minutes to make.

You will need:

  1. Fabric, one or two choices.
  2. Interfacing
  3. Elastic
  4. Sewing machine
  5. Yourself
  6. Cookies
  7. Twix
  8. Coffee

Items in italics are obvious, but I didn’t want to insult you.

Anyway, our Bibles are 7.5 x 6.5′.

So I cut my material as follows:

        2 pieces background fabric- 7.5 x 4′

        2 pieces pocket fabric – 6 x 4′

        Interfacing, 1 piece 7.5 x 4′.  1 piece 6 x 4′

        Elastic pieces – 7.5 – 8 ‘

 

Here are some links to materials:

Elastic – This is the exact stuff I used.

Interfacing – Makes the project more sturdy – (optional). I also see this at Walmart all the time.

I got the material I used at Hobby Lobby. They probably still have it. lol.

Janome Hello Kitty sewing machine – I got this machine for Roo not last Christmas, but the one before. I also had a $50 gc from Jo-ann fabric, so I got it for $100. I say this all the time, but I am still amazed at this machine. I mean, you just can’t get a machine that cheap that is as sturdy as this one. I’ve made soo soo many things on it and have not had one problem. Not one! It’s heavy weight which I like…  I alsolutely hate the brother machines and the new singer machines that I can pretty much toss across the room because they’re so light. They actually fall off the table while you’re sewing because they can’t hold themselves down.

So anyway, my point is… Janome so far has been a great brand for me. lol. Well, for Roo… when I finally give her machine back.  hahahahahhaa

But I highly reccomend this brand for a really good inexpensive machine! They have a variety of Hello Kitty ones now… they are all on amazon. So you can’t go wrong. Some are less than $100.

So here is our process video to learn how to make these YUMMY pen totes… highlighter cozies… Book buddies…  BIBLE BACKPACKS! It’s really a Bible frontpack because that’s where I put mine… but I guess you could also put it on the back.. Just hate the whole…not laying flat thing..  hahaha

 
We hope you have fun making these for all your friends!
Or making these for all your books! heh…

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Enjoy! And have a blessed week!!

12 Crafts of Christmas – Day 10 – Quilted Christmas Zipper Pouch

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This is another project that you could simplify if need be. You can totally skip the “quilted” part and save yourself a few steps.

And to be honest, I originally did not plan on doing a quilted pouch.  I was just going to do a straight up normal run of the mill zipper pouch. But the closer Christmas gets… the more quilty I feel.

Have no idea what I mean by that. Someone does.

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So anyway, for this zipper pouch as is, you will need:

  1. Fabric
  2. 7 in’ zipper – (like a dollar in walmart… sometimes less) You can also get a whole lot from amazon ridiculously cheap. If you’re planning on making christmas gifts… (wink)
  3. Batting – the fluffy stuff in the middle.  There are many different brands.  No need to break the bank here.  Should be able to get a roll for less than $5. And again, you can find this at walmart.
  4. If you are planning on quilting, make sure you locate your sewing machine’s quilting foot.  Mine looks like this. It should have some kind of circular hole at the bottom. And like I mention in the video, my sewing machine does not allow for the feed dogs to be dropped… so it kinda makes it difficult to do free motion sewing, but it is possible! So for small projects, most machines can quilt just fine.  If you have a darning plate attachment, that will help as well. I’m pretty sure mine came with one, but I can’t seem to locate it..  lol.  Also, these items are cheap on amazon. You can usually find a replacement for your machine pretty easily. Make sure it fits your machine though. My old singer quilting foot was a totally different beast than my Janome.  So be careful!

And that’s basically it. Very inexpensive to knock out a bunch of these.

You’ll need two pieces each of:

  1. Outside fabric
  2. Lining
  3. Batting

All cut at 8 x 7, or however big you want your pouch. I cut the batting slightly smaller. You can watch video for more details about that.

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And even if you’ve never quilted before, I don’t think you need to worry about your stitches. I just kinda went wherever with them. For a gift, I may plan out a better design, but for the tutorial I didn’t get too serious about it.

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For my outside, I first stitched four squares of different Christmas fabrics together. You don’t need to do this, but you can if you’re feeling extra adventurous! I think it made a nice effect.

 

So here’s our tutorial! Enjoy!

12 Crafts of Christmas – Day 9 – The Bunting of Christmas Past

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So…  every year I seem to find a pile of old Christmas cards that never got sent. The pile of extra ones … that either came back in the mail… or were just… extra. And I’ve thought of making a mini album with them… but I’ve never gotten around to it.

So this idea came to mind… to print out the photos onto printable fabric and turn them into festive bunting.  lol.  That way I could display them for the Holidays and stroll down memory lane at the same time…

I suppose after another five years, I’ll make another one.

 

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So bunting is one of those things I love to sew. I just love the look of it… when Eleanor (Roo) was a baby, I made a bunch and decorated her room with it. I made a big banner with her name on it. I made birthday bunting. I made Boo Bunting for Halloween. I even made Dora the Explorer bunting (still hanging in her room)!

So I thought, why not Christmas Bunting.  Actually, I was kinda shocked when I realized I’d never made any.

So two things are different about this bunting then other buntings I’ve made. One, I’ve never put photos on it. And two, I’ve never overlapped my pieces.

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So anyway, this project is pretty easy and builds on skills we learned in some of our other Christmas Crafts like Bias Tape (apron straps) and sewing triangles…(tree ornaments). 

You can make your triangles as big as you like, I made five bigger ones, and four smaller ones.

So you’ll need:

  1. Fabric- of your choosing
  2. Printable fabric
  3. Ribbon, string, or ric rac for the ends to hang it.
  4. Photos of Christmas past ready to print!

 

So here is our video tutorial!  Enjoy!

12 Crafts of Christmas – Day 8 – Part 2 – Christmas Apron

Ok, here is Part 2 of our Christmas Apron craft!

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Here is a diagram of the total measurements for fabric you will need for the adult size:

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We are fairly new to doing sewing tutorials, so forgive us if this was confusing! We are tweaking as we go, and sometimes things seem easier than they might actually be…

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If you wanted to simplify this project even more, you could leave off the ruffles and the yo yo.

Here is the video for part two which includes putting the top together, making and attaching the straps, and making the yo-yo detail.

We hope you enjoyed this craft!  Stay tuned for a few more crafts coming up shortly!

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And here is Part one of the apron vid if you missed it!

12 Crafts of Christmas – Day 8- Christmas Aprons – Part 1

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

We are winding down here and we almost forgot to post our vid.  I must apologize for breaking this one in two parts.  My iron had a freak accident and is now slightly detached at the bottom…  lol.  So, the safety level is now at code red.

So I’ve since procured another iron from walmart, but have not had a chance to finish our video, so we will post part 2 as soon as get that done!  (Really need that iron for the apron strings…)

 

For the material we cut so far:

Roo’s Top= 10 x 10″, Bottom =  20 x 12″

Mine Top = 13 x 12′, Bottom = 26 x 17″

And also for mine, three strips 5 x 32″ for ruffles.

So you need to cut two  pieces for the top part of the apron, (one liner, one main fabric.. could both be same.. up to you)

And one piece for the bottom half of the apron and you’ll hem around the sides and bottom edge.

And the for the ruffles, I cut one strip in the same fabric as the bottom half, and two strips in the alternating fabric. ( again, up to you which fabric for what…)

 

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!

 

 

12 Crafts of Christmas – Day 4 – Christmas Tree Hangy Stuffings!

 

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It’s Day 4 already!

Today we have made for you some stuffed Christmas Trees.  (Been watching too much chopped…)

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Anyway…  these are again, a super easy craft that is perfect for beginner sewing enthusiasts and people that like mushrooms on their pizza.

Like the pillow cases,  materials needed are slim.

TRISMAS TREE TOURNAMENTS!   I mean…

CHRISTMAS TREE Hangy STUFFINGS!

You will need:

  1. Fabric of choosing
  2. Stuffing or polyfil
  3. Trim, ribbon, or lace for decorating
  4. Sewing machine that also doubles as a heater/radio.  Oh, I guess that makes it triple.  Actually.. .a plain ol’ sewing machine should do the trick… just in less comfort.  
  5. Ribbon if you are making them hangy.
  6. Potpourri if you are stuffing them to put in your husbands sock pile.
  7. Hot glue if you just wanna nix the sewing machine and make a hot mess…  heh…

Tree ornamnets

 

Watch our day 4 video for the directions on how to make these in the most talky drawn out time consuming way possible.  lol.   I’m sure you’re smart enough to get out the important bits.  Roo and I can beat around the bush a bit…  my apologies.

Check back tomorrow for some other type of craft that might involve sheep, pumpernickel, or recorders.
 

12 Crafts of Christmas – Day 3 – Easy sewing – Christmas Pillow Makeovers!

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For Day 3 of the 12 crafts of Christmas, Roo and I decided to jazz up the living room by covering up the ugly with festive! So we wrapped our pillows in Holiday fabric!  This is one of the easiest sewing projects as well as one of the quickest.

Pillow Covers

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You will need:

  1. Festive Fabric
  2. Hello Kitty sewing machine.  Or boring plain sewing machine with nothing decorative on it at all.
  3. Coffee. We ran out today.  I don’t know how I let this happen. Someone bring me coffee.  Thanks.
  4. Pins

These are pillow sham style so they are completely removeable, so you can take em off and wash em.  Or maybe you leave em on all year because you’re that type of peeps.

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Here is our Day 3 vid…  sry for the nighty time… but that starts at like 4:30 so it’s hard to avoid sometimes…  we promise to do some of these in the daytime when people are alive.  🙂

 

Tune in tomorrow for stuffed Christmas Tree Ornament making!
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Hi… Do you like my Rainbowface?

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Hey ya’ll.  It’s time for the YOUTUBE Layout HOP again!  It’s been FOREVER since I’ve scrapped. And a couple weeks ago I told myself I had to join the hop so I could get back into getting messaaaay!  (messy)

So this month’s theme is the POLKA! So I got out my accordian and played it while my legs took turns lifting eaches rescpective foot.  ( I just looked up “eaches” and yea no.. not a word..)  Lemme try again: So I got out my accordian and played it while each foot was lifted in turn by it’s respective leg!  ?  Well, anyway, you know the dance right? So this is needless and null of point! Actually, I’m not even sure if you would do that in the dance, but in any dance usually a foot leaves the floor at some point…  I should’ve looked that up too! Why am I still talking about the POLKA when that isn’t even the theme anyway!  Upon further inspection, I realized that the POLKA had some dots after it.

So this months theme is: POLKA DOTS!

Which I thought would have been easy, but I actually had a hard time at first.  I had a bunch of scraps of polka dot paper,  but wasn’t really feelin’ it.  So, I decided to involve the Silouette and cut out a bunch of holes in a 12×12 page to make it look like it was polka dotted.

Then I used one scrap of polka dot paper, and one piece of polka dot fabric to show through the holes from underneath. And TADA: Theme satisfied!

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So I adhered the fabric and paper together with the good ol’ sewing machine. I went a little crazy…  But I needed some mess, it was looking to tidy.  Then I just stamped around and watercolored around… can’t say it’s my favorite layout… but I’ve learned to just keep going because your bad projects tell a story as well as the good ones.

The picture is of my daugher with a rainbow painted on her face.  I’ve posted before about her fascination with facepaint.  So ever since we finally got ourselves a kit at home, we facepaint frequently.  So this day was no different… I feel like it was snowing or raining or something…   so we just stayed in all day.

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So I only used a couple little cards to layer under the picture, and then used letter stickers and wood veneer letters for the title.

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I do like how some of the fabric got pushed up into the holes.  So there’s that…  ha…

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So the Youtube Layout Hop involves making a video, so here is the process for this layout:

 

By the way, the word POLKA literally means Polish lady.  You’re welcome.