• Paper Crafts,  Scrapbook Crafts

    Depleting my scrapbooking stash

    Using my stash during Covid shutdown While staying home during Covid I’ve worked on making scrapbook layouts from my stash; still trying to deplete my abundance of extra supplies. I’ve had a challenge learning to get my classes on line at my membership site. I’m no techy but I’ve pushed through and finally have my membership site up and running. And there’s been plenty of time for playing in the art journal too. I’ve been doing pretty good with Covid for the past year-plus. I’ve never really been a social butterfly anyway. The old guy and I have always spent a lot of time at home since the kids all…

  • Paper Crafts

    Find me on Patreon!

    What if you could confidently create beautiful scrapbook pages while decreasing your stash and using what you already have? You can with my PaintPaperPlay Community (PPP Community) on Patreon. I give you the guidance you need to create beautiful pages while destashing. Here’s the break-down on my Community tiers As soon as you join the PPP Community (become a Patron) you have instant access to everything in your tier. What’s a tier? Let me explain. I have three tiers in my PPP Community on Patreon. Scrap your Stash geared toward scrapbookers – beginners to advanced. Adventures in Art Journal is where we play with paints, inks, stamps, stencils and and…

  • Paper Crafts,  Scrapbook Crafts

    It’s all elementary: scrapbooking school pictures

    Scrapbooking school pictures aren’t really my forte but it’s important to include them in the kid’s scrapbooks. As adults, we often look back on our school days, whether it be with fond memories or not-so-fond memories, and I feel a need to include them in my scrapbooks. My oldest son turned 50 in 2020. I’m still in shock! I have no idea where the years have gone but I’m determined to have all his photos sorted and scrapped this year so I’m happy to start with scrapbooking his school pictures. Gather photos you want to use I store my photos in two very large Rubbermaid tubs, an old cardboard turkey…

  • Paper Crafts

    Playing in the 100 day project

    Have you heard? Have you heard of #the100day project? I think I’ve heard of it a bit over the past few years but never really paid much attention to what it was all about. Well, I’m going from 0 to committing to make 1 art project per day for the next 100 days! What’s the purpose? I’ve seen info posted for #the100dayproject on several artists’ Facebook pages and Instagram pages so I decided to check it out and see what it’s all about. It sounds like fun and I know it will be a HUGE challenge for me to do one piece every day for 100 days. The pieces don’t…

  • journal page with DIY heart
    Cardboard Crafts,  Paper Crafts,  Scrapbook Crafts

    Making DIY scrapbook embellishments from boxes

    Dress your scrapbook and shabby journal pages with these adorable DIY scrapbook embellishments made from corrugated cardboard! I love the simplicity of creating my own DIY scrapbook embellishments for my pages, journals, and canvases. Firstly, it gives me a good deal of satisfaction when I see the end result. Secondly, sometimes it’s easier to make your own DIY embellishment to match or fit your project rather than struggle trying to buy something that really doesn’t work. These shabby corrugated hearts couldn’t get much easier and by using materials already on hand it’s a great money-saving project as well. And I want you to learn how to make these shabby hearts from…

  • scrapbook paper flowers DIY
    DIY,  Paper Crafts,  Ramblings,  Scrapbook Crafts

    Scrapbook Paper Flowers DIY from scraps

    Learn to make these easy scrapbook paper flowers DIY to add dimension and texture to your scrapbook layouts from scraps you already have! I love making my own embellishments for my scrapbook layouts and these scrapbook paper flowers DIY is one of my all-time favorites. They’re fairly basic and can be made using die-cut machines and your dies, Cricut cutting machines, or fussy-cut from my pattern. Grab my scrapbook paper flowers DIY PDF pattern here. These particular scrapbook paper flowers DIY are my hand-drawn design – I know, who hand draws anymore? Me. I do. I am so technically-challenged that I just haven’t figured out how to design these in…

  • Cardboard Crafts,  Paper Crafts

    Making corrugated ornies

    My sister, Brenda, came down recently to visit. We wanted to get together to figure out how to use our Cricut Makers. That was pretty funny because we discovered they’re super easy! After cutting a few files on the Maker we were ready to play with something a little more fun. I remembered I had some corrugated stars cut so grabbed those, the gesso, glitter, paint, and some printed words. Corrugated cardboard is easily die cut with the steel-rule dies from Sizzix. I cut several more, then we sat down to play and decorate. They’re so easy to make. They can be spritzed with water to help distress the top…

  • Art Journal,  Paper Crafts

    A little birdie told me

    My Art Journal sessions are broken up into four weeks. Each four-week session is themed. These cute little birds are from Art Journal-Fly Away where we worked with creatures that had wings. These background pages started out with just a few stripes of acrylic paint colors and some water. Pretty darn boring! But we learned to work it into a beautiful background to display our winged birds on. Combining other mixed–media products with stamps, stencils and more, we were able to create the most beautiful backgrounds. It’s just so much fun and very relaxing to just sit and play with no end-game in sight. Your page may never be done…