Friday, December 16, 2011

Some of my latest projects

Hi everyone! Sorry I haven't posted in so long! I really have been crafting but just haven't gotten around to posting any pics because I've been soooo busy!   Here are just a few things I have been working on - I'll post more details about how I made everything a little later.  Just wanted to get some pics up!
My December calendar page made with products in the December Club Ruby Kit. For details about Club Ruby click HERE !

Mini book made with Heidi Swapp's back-to-back binding technique featured on My Craft Channel. To see her video, click HERE ! I used the Creative Memories Cheerful Seasons Cricut cartridge.

A Thanksgiving card also using the Creative Memories Cheerful Seasons cartridge.

A 5 Generations layout using the Creative Memories Cheerful Seasons cartridge and the Fancy Frames cartridge.

A Christmas card using the Winter Frolic Cricut cartridge and some paper from the Club Ruby December kit.

Some little "fry" holders from the CTMH Art Philosophy cartridge to hold some Starbucks Via.

Thanks for stopping by today and remember to make some precious memories this Christmas season!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

New projects up on Club Ruby Designers!

Hello everyone! Just wanted to post and let you all know that there are lots of new projects up on Club Ruby Designers today using the new November Club Ruby kit! Click HERE to go there! I have several projects over there and here are a few sneak peeks to peak your interest! :-)

For all the pics and the full tutorials on how you can make these projects, head over there and prepare to be inspired!  Oh! I almost forgot to let you know that there is a special offer this month: you can get last year's November kit with this month's kit for just $7.00 more! That is 2 awesome kits for $39.99! Just wanted to let you know! :-)

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Family Quizzes Mini Album

Hi everybody! Hope you're all having a great day! It's sunny and warm here in Branson, MO, as I sit and type this! We have been traveling together as a family because my husband's job takes him all over the place! I've been able to take some craft stuff with me - (but not nearly enough!) :-) Since I have limited supplies with me, I have to be even more resourceful in making projects!  I brought several Club Ruby kits with me to make things easier.  When papers and embellishments are coordinated like they are in these awesome kits, projects come together like a breeze!

I am a guest designer over at Sheila's blog: She's a Sassy Lady today so this project is featured there too! So many great tutorials over there so check it out if you haven't already! I'm also using this project as my entry in the Cricut Circle Blogaversary challenge. This is the sketch we had to work from so I modified it for my mini album cover.

Today's project was inspired by Heidi Swapp's video over on My Craft Channel .  This site is brand new and full of great project videos and special shopping deals! You all must know by now how much I enjoy making mini books so after watching Heidi's VIDEO <--------- link here, I just knew this would be my next mini!  I chose to make one patterned after the third one she demonstrated.

Here is my finished book:

Start with a 12"x7.5" piece of card stock, (or chipboard if you prefer). Score at 4" and 4.25" from the left and 2.25" and 2.5" from the right.

All of the papers and embellishments are from the April 2011 Club Ruby Designers kit which has elements from the My Mind's Eye Fine & Dandy line. If you are not familiar with Club Ruby click HERE to check it out! They have awesome monthly kits and tons of inspiration!

Now to start making the inside pages just choose your papers and keep in mind how they will be folded so that any patterns will be seen properly when folded. For my book, the pages need to be no wider than 5" and no longer than 14.5" - (since they get folded over). I varied the length of my pages like Heidi did in hers because I think it really adds interest! Here is a pic of the pages adhered inside the cover. I used the back to back book binding technique that Heidi demonstrated on her video. So simple and easy!

Now comes the fun part - EMBELLISHING! I used some of my scraps from this kit to decorate the cover.  The card stock stickers and other alpha stickers are also from this kit. Told ya' these kits are awesome!! :-)
The cover before embellishing.
.......and after! The ribbon slides over to keep it closed.

The edges on some of the pages were cut from the Elegant Edges cricut cartridge. How fitting! :-) I used the border feature and unlinked the height and width and made them 5" wide and stretched the height to what I wanted. I love this feature on my Gypsy! I cut 2 of each border so that I could also use another cool feature and flip that second cut so that when I glued them together on the border of the pages, they would match up perfectly! 

I did the same with the labels that I made for a few pages to write the titles in. I unlinked the height and width so that I could stretch them to be the size I needed. (Sorry this pic isn't rotated! It was on my computer but not on blogger!)

The cuts from Elegant Edges:

The quizzes that I use in my book are from a special issue of Simple Scrapbooks. I really miss that magazine but I use my back issues frequently!

Following are lots of pics of the completed pages. The ones that don't have quizzes on them will, most likely, have pictures on them.
Inside the front cover

Cover open - pages all closed

ALL DONE! I can't wait to write all of our answers in! This will be a great coffee table book!

Thanks for stopping by today and here are the links from above all in one place:

Friday, September 30, 2011

Sneak Peek of new projects on Club Ruby designers tomorrow!

Hello everyone! Hard to believe that tomorrow is October already but that means that there will be lots of new projects on Club Ruby Designers showcasing the new October kit from Club Ruby! Here is a sneak peek of some of my projects that will be there in the morning. Be sure to stop over there in the morning to see all of the amazing creations and to buy your own kit to have some fun too!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Check out the Above Rubies Studio Store!

I just wanted to use this post to show my readers all of the wonderful products that are available in the Above Rubies Studio Store!  Within this post is a link to the NEW Cricut A to Z DVD  and you can purchase it through this link! Let me tell you that I have almost every DVD and they are fantastic! They are so full of information and great projects that you can follow along and make! Here is the link:
Master the Cricut!

You'll want to keep checking back to the Above Rubies Studio Store so that you see all of the new products that Megan will be coming out with! Lots of exciting things!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Fun Accordion Album

Happy Thursday, everyone!! Today is, once again, my day as a designer over at She's a Sassy Lady ! Her blog is full of great tutorials and inspiration so if you've never been there, do check it out! You'll be glad you did!!
Today I made a fun Accordion album!  I hope to do a video of this project in the future but for now I took plenty of pictures. I'm hoping that I can explain myself well enough so you can recreate this project for yourselves!  Here is the finished project, all tied up:

I started with a few basic supplies:

Here are the basic cuts that you need for this album:
2 - 4.5"x4.5" thin chipboard or posterboard squares
3 - 8"x8" kraft paper squares 
2- 6"x6" printed paper squares

Lay each chipboard square in the middle of a printed paper square. Make sure you pay attention to which side of the printed paper you want to show if you're using double-sided paper. Fold in the edges and glue with a strong adhesive.

Take the 3 kraft paper squares score them at 4", then rotate and score again at 4". Do one last score line from corner to corner to make the creases for folding this album up. This picture doesn't show the score lines real well but hopefully you can tell how to do this from the pic showing it folded.

Using Tags, Bags, Boxes and More, cut 6 of the pocket on page 113 using the blackout feature. I cut this pocket at 7.94"H and this was the perfect size for holding the journaling tags that came in this kit! By the way, I wanted to mention how much I like this collection kit from October Afternoon! It is called The Thrift Shop and it is full of great printed papers, card stock stickers and journaling tags! It made it really easy to embellish this little album!  

Now to attach the kraft panels to the cover. Adhere one panel to the back of one of the covers. 

Adhere another kraft panel by attaching it to the other solid square of the previous one. (This is where a video would really come in handy so I could show you exactly how to do this!)

Here is how it looks with 2 panels attached to the cover:

Here is how it should look after attaching your cover to the last kraft panel and adhering that to the other 2 kraft panels. Hopefully, you can see from this pic that to fold it up, you fold the two end panels up and the middle section down to allow it to close properly.

Here it is fully open and decorated with a few close-ups of the detail:

To add the ribbon closure just adhere a strip on the back side that is long enough to wrap around to the front, then put another pocket on over the ribbon.

All done and tied up! I love how this turned out! 

Thanks for stopping by today and please let me know if you have any questions about how this album goes together! I tried to be as clear as I could! Maybe I'll get that video done soon! :-)