Make the Most of It!

I love using every single last bit of my supplies! And, it’s a great way to repurpose too. For this layout, I used the packaging that the Prima Stencil came in. I mean, really… it was too pretty not to!

It was so easy to do a bit of fussy cutting… for both the script word, “cherish,” and that awesome key…

I also cut out bits of the lacy black border. Once I had those pretties, and all of my pattern paper bits, I simply lined them up at the top of my page, and stitched across it all with black thread. Easy peasy!

Some messy gesso, applied with a palette knife and some watercolors really set off all the fun patterns. Oh, and the gorgeous foam embellishments from the Thickers included in this month’s kit are the perfect touch too!

I also added the cute pink flower from the kit, as well as some enamel dots, sequins and buttons from my stash.

Yes! This layout was capital FUN to put together!

I just love using up every last bit, even if it’s just packaging. I hope this has encouraged you to find some use in things you have lying around and to do some repurposing of your own too!

Thanks for stopping by the blog today. See you soon!

Flip it and Reverse it…REPURPOSE!!

Time to remix and repurpose!  This is always a fun challenge for me, I love turning something intended for one thing or even intended for trash, into something wonderful and new!  Today I’m gonna share a fun flip frame with you that I created with the large resin Prima frame.

From the moment I got the kit I tinkered with this flip frame idea, I think the frames were my favorite part of the kit.  But in order to make it a proper functioning frame, it needed something to adhere it to and stand it up.  Once again I turned to my handy dandy scrap wood pile (have you guys started a scrap pile yet LOL).  I found this great old pallet board that was already nice and weathered and cut down to the perfect size and even had two holes at the top where the nails were.

I used those holes to pass a small piece of the lace from the kit and make a sweet little knot.   It needed a little embellishing and being that I’m a jewelry maker at heart I used those pearls in the kit to make some faux mini hat pins with some jewelry headpins from my jewelry stash (you can grab these on any hobby isle).  I just threaded them on and secured them with a little bead of hot glue.

Next I lined up where I wanted my frame and glued it in place.  I went to my junk drawer and gathered a couple of brass cup hooks (you can get these at the hardware store or the hardware isle) and just screwed them into the soft wood.  This is perfect for flip pages.   All that was left was the pages.

Just holding the paper up to the frame I measured how big the pages needed to be and made a template with where the holes needed to be.  Lining it all up was the hardest part but once my template was done I just punched all the holes at once with my crop a dile punch.  I did use a pair of pliers and slightly bend the hooks almost closed so the pages won’t easily come off completely.  For a finishing touch I rubbed a bit of the Prima silver metallique wax over the entire frame to add a bit more silver.

It was really an easy and fun project that you could use for lot of different uses, photos, a mini calendar, birthdays, quotes, scriptures, you name it!

Using Cardboard to Make a Mini Album





Hi, friends! It’s Rae here to share with you a mini album I made using recycled cardboard because I am a “girl with a re-purpose”! If you are anything like me, online shopping for everyday things is a way of life! And, the one thing you get every time you shop online is a cardboard box, which you must recycle. BUT, you don’t have to throw ALL of those boxes in the recycling bin- cardboard can be a scrapper’s source of free materials such as using it like a canvas, using it in lieu of pop dots, and making mini albums! It’s so easy to do, and the possibilities are endless with creating the different sizes and shapes you want, for FREE!

I decided to use the Crate Paper Carousel papers from the kit to make this mini album:

I thought it would be fun to make a circle album, and I wanted to get the most out of the three sheets of the Carousel papers, so I measured how big I would be able to make four circles out of each sheet, so I could get two pages out of each sheet. That ended up being about 5.5 inches in diameter.

I decided that I wanted 5 circles total for my mini album because I wanted to use the paper with the blue and pink lines one side and the advertisements on the other as little accents inside the album.

Tip: when you are cutting cardboard, use heavy-duty scissors. You don’t want to use the ones you use for fine cuts because they will get dull and may bend.

After cutting the cardboard, I cut the papers.

At this point, it’s time to prep the cardboard because the “Kraft” color is not the look I am going for- I want to make the edges flow and blend with the paper. White it’s the common color in all of the papers, so that’s the color I go with here.

I used heavy white gesso. And white paint will do, but I prefer gesso because it’s thick, so it will only take two coats and it dries fast.

I used a foam brush on the top where the cardboard will show, and a stippling brush that has coarse bristles to jab the gesso into the edges.

Once the gesso is dry, I add the papers to the cardboard. I like to use liquid glue for this, in particular, Zip Dry. This glue is great for spreading, which I do with a rub-on tool. A brayer or bone folder works just as well. If any on the glue comes out from underneath the paper, you can just rub the glue, and it will ball up and come off completely.

Once the glue had dried, I add the white gesso to the edges with a foam brush to give the edges a blended look.

Here’s a close up of how I applied the gesso. You can see it gives it a shabby, distressed look.

At this point, the mini album is ready to be embellished! I use a hole punch on each of the circles, paying attention to the direction of the design of the papers, and then bind them with a circle clip.

Here are some closeups of the completed mini album (without pictures, for now).

I added ribbon to the ring that binds the pages, and most of the blue Melissa Frances garland on each of the pages of the album. The flowers are from Prima Marketing. I made the flag stick from a dowel I had and added glue to the silver ribbon and twisted it. I cut the “Today at the Fair” from the paper that I didn’t use to cover the pages of the mini album.




In this spread, on the left there is room for one small picture on the white cardstock.

On the right, I added the silver ribbon in the middle of the page, but only added glue to the ends, so could slip in some of the tickets, and other mementos and pictures later for an interactive element to the mini album.

These pages both have spaces for one picture. The pictures will be placed where the white cardstock is, so all of the tickets will be poking out.


Thanks for letting me share my mini album using the Crate Paper Carousel products that came in the September kit!