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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Happy New Year to all The Doodlebug crafters.  I am excited to share with you a little treat box with some of the wonderful products that I have gotten at the store over the past few months.
I used these for Valentine’s Day, BUT they can easily be made into St. Patricks Day treat boxes too

I chose to use Gerda Steiner Designs Valentine Penguins Stamp and Die for my cute little design and Elizabeth Craft Designs Gable Box for my treat holder.

I chose to use the cute little penguin holding a strand of hearts.  I used Catherine Pooler Midnight and Rockin’ Red Dye Inks to stamp the penguin design, hearts and Valentine saying.  I used colored pencils to color in my design. Once it was colored I used the dies to cut out the penguin and hearts.

The Gable Box requires a 6x9 piece of cardstock.  I had just the right size of this pretty pink cardstock and knew it would be perfect for a Valentine’s treat box.  I used my Tim Holtz Vagabond machine and it cut perfectly. Fold along the score lines to shape the box and use

double sided tape to secure the ends.  I placed the pink gable box over an empty foundation box and I was able to apply more pressure to make sure the double sided tape secured the bottom of the box.

Now the fun part of decorating and putting the treat inside! I used pop up dots to apply the penguin and hears to the box.  The dots add a little dimension to the box. I picked up a bag of Craft Decor Crinkle Basket filler in pink. This bag contains enough filler to make several Valentine’s treat boxes.   Add a little crinkle filler and put in your favorite treat. I put the Happy Valentine’s Day sentiment on a small dowel rod to resemble a flag and slid it inside the box. This box could have been accented with any type of rhinestone or ribbon!  I think this turned out so cute!!  

On one of my recent trips to The Doodlebug, I picked up Simple Stories Card Ephemera “My Valentine”.  This package has 40 pieces of different shapes, sizes and designs. These designs can give your treat box a more vintage feel.  Decorating ideas are endless.

I hope you all enjoyed this little Valentine’s Day treat box idea.  Some days just a little bit of chocolate will help us get through the day. (I know, some days it can be a whole bag!)   I hope everyone had a GREAT Valentine’s Day! Keep sharing all your ideas and supporting our favorite local scrapbook and craft store - The Doodlebug!!!

--Janice Horney

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Scrapping the “Hard Stuff”

Scrapping the “Hard Stuff” – Why you NEED to do it, and how to get through it
By Shawn Hillenbrand

Why do you scrapbook?  Maybe you don’t thank about WHY, but maybe we all should.  If you are anything like me, there isn’t just one answer to this question, and that discussion could probably be a blog post of its own.  Having said that, I think for most of us, somewhere on that list would be that we scrapbook to preserve memories.  That may mean we are preserving them for our children and grandchildren, for our spouse, for the history books when we become famous or maybe we just like having them for ourselves to look back on. 
But here is the thing.  Not all memories are good. Yes, I said it.  Not all memories are good.  But it doesn’t mean they aren’t worth remembering, and therefore worth scrapping.  It just makes it harder to do. For a bit of background for those who don’t know me (hi), 2019 was a TERRIBLE year for me and my family.  Worst year of my life, and I’m not even exaggerating.  I lost my husband of 26 years on 3/14/19 after a 5+ year battle with about 7 different kinds of Cancer, making me a widow at 46 years old.  We then lost his uncle who had help raise him since he was 13 AND his cousin’s husband within just a few months.  See – NOT A GOOD year.

But in some ways, we were very fortunate.  We had an AMAZING support system of friends of family who loved us (and still do) and held us close.  And we had warning, which so many people do not get. Jason got to go with me to the funeral home and help plan his own services. Thanks to the generosity of others close to us and our Evansville Westside community, Jason got to log an hour of flight as a pilot, and we go to take him and his mother to Universal Studios and Walt Disney World. In other words, we created as many memories as we could as quickly as we could once we knew the ending was inevitable.  While it sounds like fun, NONE of these are good memories to me.  But I took pictures anyway. And they were just as important for me to scrapbook as my kids birthday’s – maybe even more so. 

I am sure you have heard people who don’t like Social Media because “it’s just all so fake, and people only post what makes them look good”.  Don’t let that be your scrapbooks.  Include the good with the bad.  Scrapbook your REAL life.  Even the yucky parts.  Easier than it sounds, right? Maybe.  So here are a few hints to help make it easier, and how I applied them:

-          Be prepared to hate the results.  You aren’t going to like the finished product, even though they may be the most beautiful pages you ever make.  Give yourself this permission.  Document it and move on. I promise they aren’t as bad as you think. And you can always put them in a specific album so you won’t accidentally have to look at them if you don’t want to (I totally have an album that may never be opened – feel special that you get to see photos of some of those layouts)

-          Use product you LOVE – SPLURGE if necessary. If you love a certain paper line, or stickers, or certain color schemes – now is the perfect time to use them, or even go out and buy something you want but usually would spend the $$ on.  For me, this was a kit to make a whole album, and the price was fairly hefty. Which leads me to…..
-          KITS or tools can be your friend.  I don’t use kits often because they don’t feel like “MY” work.  But for this, I was not going to like the pages anyway, so better I hate someone else’s work than my own, right? This would also be a great time to employ a tool you may not have tried like the templates from Kiwi Lane.  (ask Hannah or our resident Kiwi Lane guru – Staci)

-          Give yourself goals and/or a stopping point. (AND MAYBE EVEN A REWARD).  I set specific goals for getting these pages done, and then gave myself a little reward.  Make two hard pages, and then let yourself make a fun one.  Plan going in that you only have to make this one page, or this one album, or whatever and then know you can put it away. I let myself scrap a short Hawaii trip after I got the Disney book done.
-          Give yourself TIME.  This may sound like it conflicts with the last point, but not really.  Don’t try to scrapbook a tragic event RIGHT after it happens.  Allow yourself a little time and a bit of perspective.  Not only will it be easier on you – it might allow you to tell a better and more complete story – not to mention it keeps the tear stains off your paper.  I didn’t scrap the Disney trip until September, and it was in February.
-          LASTLY – Ask for help if you need it! You may have a scrappy group of friends who could help – maybe they could all make one page for you, maybe they can help with design ideas, maybe they can just be a shoulder for you to cry on, or a voice to cheer you on.  Maybe Hannah is your “friend” and she can help you find just the right products (or ask me – I am an EXCELLENT shopper – LOL).  Or maybe you take a moment to meditate or pray and ask for help in that way as well. 
It’s OK – you’ve got this – just remember WHY you’re doing it. Even the worst parts of our lives our only temporary.
Much love,

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Calling All Glitter Fans!

If you like glitter you will like this technique.  I have used this in the past but have used metal stencils, not the plastic ones; so I decided to try it with the new stencils. 

I used a low tack adhesive panel but you can  use a more powerful adhesive sheet like Elizabeth Crafts. 

I applied the stencil to the adhesive sheet and then started with the openings closest to the edges with the color of the glitter. In this project I used a stencil by The Crafters Workshop called Mini Curious Owl, but any stencil would work for this technique....think how amazing a Mandala one would look!

 I started with the leaves with the green glitter. I sprinkled the glitter on the the leaves and lightly rubbed the glitter to make sure it stayed in place. Then poured the remaining glitter off into a Tidy Tray so I could save it. Then I went on to the legs and then to the owl. 

After everything that has an opening in the stencil is glittered carefully remove the stencil. Then apply crystal glitter over the ENTIRE thing, rubbing lightly to make sure the glitter sticks on all of the openings. 

Finally, I cut a mat to go around the edge of the owl and then applied it to a designer paper and then to the card base.

AND- Here is the Finished Card...which you can also find on display at The Doodlebug!

  I love these projects, they look so elegant. 
Thanks! Debbie

Here is a list of other products that make working with glitter a little easier!

Monday, January 27, 2020

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Junk Journal

Hello and welcome my fellow Doodlebugs! I have been interested in junk journals for a while and recently a friend told me about some ideas on Pinterest using a child’s Golden Book as the base. No surprise my journal base is a Golden Book about dogs.

You might be asking what exactly is a junk journal? It is a journal/book  that includes anything you want, no rules, items do not need to coordinate and the more variety of colors and items the better. A junk journal may be a personal journal, calendar, prayer journal, address book, to do list, you get the idea.

The base can be a Golden Book for children, a vintage book or a new base. Typically junk journals are created to have a vintage look, it is personal preference. I used a vintage Golden Book for children, as painful as it was I had to take the book apart. I want to be able to add as much “stuff” and pages as I want. I used the rings that come with Graphic 45 tags to bind my book and everything inside. I “collect” all things dog related and have for several years, items I am using do not match with the overall theme being dogs. My journal is still in progress, I plan to use envelopes, old card bases, chipboard scraps, envelopes, tags, flowers and ephemera. This type of journal creation allows you to use up left over items from previous projects.

On Pinterest I saw a Christmas Golden Book front and back cover as the base of a junk journal which incorporated Christmas cards as the pages, a great way to keep favorite cards and memories of Christmas past. The possibilities are endless and you can create special gifts for family and friends especially if you use a child’s book from their childhood.

Thanks so much!

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Christmas Album/Boxes - Debbie Toy

I recently saw what I thought was a beautiful project that I wanted to make instantly.  I made this one for my daughter-in-law for Christmas.  It is not in the traditional red and green colors because her favorite color is pink.  I also tried to design it to be displayed all year in a costal color scheme.  Here is a list of what supplies you will need for construction of the album and boxes:

3 pieces of 12x12 dsp
2 pieces of 8 1/2x11 coordinating paper
24 pieces of 6x6 patterned paper
24 pieces of 5 3/4x 5 ¾ paper for the bottom of the boxes
2-8 ½ pieces of heavyweight chipboard
1 piece of 2 ¾ x 11 heavyweight chipboard
Lots of adhesive

Let’s get started on the boxes

With the side facing you that you want to be the interior of the box, fold in half and burnish with a bone folder.  Open and rotate, then fold in half in the opposite direction and burnish.  Open and you will have a creased line going from top to bottom and side to side.  You will then need to take a corner and fold the corner to the center of the crease and burnish.  Continue until all corners are done.  You will end up with a smaller version of the square with all four corners facing you.  Then take the bottom seam and fold to the middle of the square and burnish it down.  Take the top and fold to the middle and do the same way.  What you have now looks like a long rectangle.

Now you need to unfold the last two folds so that it is back to the folded square.  Now while holding the square in your hand, start on the creased line toward your fingers.  Cut it up to the creased line.  Then do the same thing for the one closest to your palm.  Now you will have the flaps to closes in your box.

Rotate the box and do the same thing for the opposite side.

Now you are ready for the assembly of the box.  You will notice the boxes will have a natural shape to them to help with the assembly.  On one of the ends that you make your cuts on, pull out the flap, apply adhesive ( I used tape runner), fold the ends in, fold the flap up and over the ends and fold down.  Now you have one end of the box done.  Continue until all of the bottoms and tops are finished.  The lids should just fit over the bottoms.

Now for the album:

Cut the papers for the front and back of the album cover to 9 ½ x 12.  Apply to the chipboard using adhesive of your choice.  I used decoupage glue.  You will have overlap on each side to fold over all sides.  Do the same for the back side.

For the spine, cut a piece of dsp to 3 1/4x12.  Apply it to the remaining chipboard centering the same way and glue down.  Then you will cut a piece of dsp measuring 4 1/4x12.  I used a piece of Tyvek for reinforcement the same width but an inch and one-half shorter to make the spine stronger. This will go the whole width but not length.   If you use this you will need to put a ½ “ strip of paper down each side on the inside of the album to cover the white Tyvek.  You will center the paper wrapped piece of chipboard in the center and fold edges of paper around it.  I glued mine down with hot glue as it felt like it adhered better.  Then with the front page and rear page of the album facing your table or work surface, attach the spine to the front and back with hot glue.  You will notice that it should have overlap on the inside that will enable the album to close.

Attach the ribbon halfway down the album on the sides of the unfinished interior.  I allowed approximately 2-3” of the ribbon to extend toward the middle of the book.  Use your preferred glue, just make sure there are no wrinkles.  Then apply your 8 1/2x11” interior paper to both sides.  Then you are ready to start mounting all of the boxes.

I used a ½” strip of cardstock to border the 8 1/2x11” paper to form a guide so the boxes were straight.  I started at the bottom and the left side of the front interior.  Apply glue to the underside of the box bottom and place the first one on the interior album.  Move the cardstock strips as you go along to maintain spacing.  You will put three rows of four boxes on the front interior and back interior.  Trim and embellish boxes as you wish.  

On the front of the album I used floral items to decorate.  You can do anything you wish depending on your design.  This project takes a little time but I loved doing it.  Hope you have fun trying it!!!