Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Photo Transfer onto Wood Tutorial

I love pinterest and spend way too much time in the evenings browsing the site while I unwind from the day.  I first saw this idea quite a while ago and finally decided to look into how to transfer a photo onto a piece of wood.

I bought this bottle of Mod Podge Photo Transfer Medium at Michael's.  It was on the shelf for $9.99 and I used a 50% off coupon.  The most important part that I learned from all of the tutorials was that you need a laser or copier print (so a print that uses toner) instead of an inkjet print.
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I trimmed my photo down to the size of the wood.  I used a piece of wax paper to protect my desk and started applying the photo transfer medium to the front of my picture.  Look, this stuff is really thick, but don't worry it is suppose to be.
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The instructions say to apply a thick layer.  The whole picture should be white, to the point where you can't see the image.
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This was my piece of wood.  For this one I used a piece of pallet wood that I cut and then sanded smooth.
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You then flip the photo over, so the painted part goes against the wood.  You can slightly lift it up and move it to get it straight.
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You then want to smooth it out to remove any air bubbles and to smooth out the transfer medium.  After it is smooth you need to wait 24 hours (or over night).  For this one I waited over 12 hours. 

**NOTE**  Some of the photo transfer moved onto the wood outside of the picture when I was smoothing it, I left it, but then had to sand those parts of the wood to remove it the next day.  So next time I would use a damp rag and carefully wipe the excess off before it dries.  The paper is fragile at this point so be careful!
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The next day you start with a wet rag and wet the top of the paper.  You then slowly work over the whole thing to get the surface wet and start rubbing away the paper.  At first it will seem to be working really well and fast.  That is really just the first part of the paper.
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I just slowly went across the whole piece and rubbed it off.  You will get balls and clumps of the paper and I just made a pile as I was working to get rid of at the end.
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As you can see, this is from just the first time of rubbing it with the wet rag.  At first glance it looks pretty good, but as it drys you will see that it seems really fuzzy.
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This is a close up.  This is paper that is remaining on top of the transfer.  It will take several times of rubbing it off with a wet and then damp rag and letting it dry before you can tell that you got it all off.
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Once it is all done and dry, you apply a coat of regular Mod Podge (I used matte, since it is what I already had) to seal it all together.  After the coat of Mod Podge dries it is finished.
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Thanks for joining me!  Let me know if you have any questions!

- Cassie -

Thursday, August 25, 2016

How to make enamel style dots from perler beads

I have been seeing some online friends trying to make their own enamel style dots from perler beads.  These beads can be found in the kid section of most craft stores.  My daughter has been playing with these for years and I have a HUGE bucket of the regular size beads.  On a recent trip to the craft store my husband saw these mini perler beads and I decided to make some mini dots when I was at it.
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The first thing I did was to grab my cookie sheet (really I use a quarter sheet pan).  The instructions I saw used parchment paper, but I didn't have any so I turned to my handy dandy silicone mat (these came in a three pack at Costco).  I had tried this method before on parchement paper and had trouble getting the beads to stay in place.  This time with the silicone mat it was SO MUCH EASIER!

After sitting and placing the beads on the mat...they should be standing up on the end...I placed them in a 320 degree oven for 15 minutes.  The picture below is from within the first 15 minutes.
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After 15 minutes you need to rotate the pan and continue letting them bake for another 15 minutes (30 minutes total).  If at the end of the 30 minutes you see any dents in the tops of the dots continue baking for 2-3 minutes until the top has smoothed out.  The picture below is after I removed them from the oven.
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This is what the mini perler beads look like.  They melt to really small dots.  The timing for these is more hit or miss, meaning I only made one batch and it was kind of a guess.  I started with 10 minutes and then rotated the pan.  I then checked it after an additional 5 minutes and then every few minutes until there were no dents in the top.

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This next picture is of a regular melted perler bead and two mini melted perler beads.  I love the variety of sizes I can make.
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Now as an extra note....you can form the beads into any shape you want by placing beads next to each other (as in touching) on the cookie sheet and baking until they melt into one solid shape.  It will take a lot longer then the single beads, but it is super easy to do and just requires watching them.  My husband made this cute emoji.

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I sure hope you enjoyed this tutorial and that you will enjoy making your own enamel style dots.  These beads are super affordable and come in a wide range of colors!

Thanks for joining me!
- Cassie -


Monday, August 22, 2016

Pocket Pages with a Twist (The ScrapRoom)

I am back today to share two more layouts I created with the August Shots of Life Kit that I paired up with the Patterned Paper Add-On Kit for August from The ScrapRoom.  These kits always look amazing together and it is such a great way to get some more bang for your buck.

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 For this first page I paired the Jillibean Soup patterned papers from the Add-On Kit with the cards and die cuts from Simple Stories to create this layout using the sketch challenge.  Instead of three photos, I used a 4x6 photo that I expanded using two cut apart pocket cards.  I then created the title using a Jillibean Soup sticker and added the cute paper clips from Doodlebug.  The rest of the letters for the title came from my stash.

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This is the page that I talked about with my pocket page reveal earlier this month.  I created this page with the Echo Park and Fancy Pants papers in the Add-On Kit and paired it with the stickers and cut apart cards from Echo Park that are in the Shots of Life Kit.

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Here is what the two page spread will look like in my album.  I love how these two pages look together.  I was able to have the focus on one picture (traditional layout) while adding more photos and lots of journaling on the pocket page.  This just shows how you can change up your scrapping to create whatever it is you want!

Thanks for joining me!
- Cassie -

Friday, August 19, 2016

Meet Me In The Sunshine (The ScrapRoom)

Each month The ScrapRoom hosts a challenge they call Freaky Fast Friday (FFF).  They provide a list of paper dimensions and leave the designing up to you.

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For this challenge I used the We R Memory Keepers page kit from the Doubleshot Kit.  After cutting my papers down I moved them around until I got this arrangement with my two photos.  I then wanted to use this cute wood frame and decided to add a photo to that as well.  The embellishments in the page kit were so cute!  Some Thickers from my stash and a doily (I sprayed with gold mist) complete my page.

Make sure to swing by the blog and Facebook Groups for more inspiration!

Thanks for joining me!
- Cassie -

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Growing Up Me X3 (Scrap Our Stash)

Summer seems to have flown by and now I am gearing up for my daughter to go back to school.  I am here today to share my newest layout for the Sketch + challenge from Scrap Our Stash.  This is a fun challenge where you get the sketch to follow (or make your own) and you need to include an item from each of the 3 lists.

As you can see I stayed pretty true to the sketch.  After adding my patterned paper and photos I decided to move the title and not added the extra strips and labels that are at the bottom of the page in the sketch.  I have had various pictures from my childhood laying around.  There are no big stories behind these, so I decided to use them all on this page.  As for the lists I decided to use: Various Manufacturers, Washi Tape and Letter X.

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Supplies - Patterned Paper: Dear Lizzy, Pebbles, Echo Park.  Washi Tape: Recollections.  Embellishments: Carta Bella, Simple Stories, Teresa Collins, Echo Park, Freckled Fawn, Doodlebug, Kaisercrafts, The Paper Studio.

Thanks for joining me!
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Monday, August 15, 2016

Magic @ The Ball Stadium (The ScrapRoom)

This month marks my first time designing for the Doubleshot Kit with The ScrapRoom.  I am so excited to share some more layouts using these amazing kits each and every month!  For this page I used the Echo Park page kit.

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This collection looks like it was meant for Disney pages, but I haven't been to Disney since I was a kid.  If I looked past the stickers and focused on the colors and patterns on the paper I knew that these papers would be perfect for this pictures from a trip to a baseball game in June.  There were even quite a few stickers that would support this page.  I love that there is enough paper, cardstock and embellishments to create a 2 page layout from each kit.  I dug into my stash for some Thickers to create my title and a doily, but otherwise everything I used is from the kit.

Make sure to head over to the blog or Facebook Group for more inspiration!

Thanks for joining me!
- Cassie -

Dream a Little Dream (Stuck?!)

This summer is quickly winding down.  This makes me happy and sad at the same time.  Laura's sketches always seem to match up with what I feel like scrapping at the time.  This sketch features a single photo, but I kept my photo a little larger and it still works perfectly with this sketch.  Make sure to swing by the Stuck?! Sketches blog to see what the design team put together.  Also...don't forget to play along and to link up your project for a chance to win prizes from this month's sponsors.  This time there are prizes from Lindy's Stamp Gang and Evalicious.


As you can see I stayed really close to the sketch.  I added the bingo card to the left of my photo and I also skipped the stitched circle.  My title is also longer and goes all the way down to the embellishments on the right side of the photo.


Supplies - Patterned Paper: Echo Park.  Spray Ink: Heidi Swapp.  Letters: Basic Grey.  Embellishments: Echo Park, Recollections, Teresa Collins, Eyelet Outlet.

Thanks for joining me!
- Cassie -
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