Friday, August 26, 2016

You hold the key

Hello friends.  It's Robin today with another fun little project for anyone with school-aged children.  I made this key fob specifically with teachers in mind, but you could easily adapt this for other uses.  When I was in school, teachers kept the supply cabinet or rest room keys on a block of wood so that we kids wouldn't lose them.  That's where this idea was born.




If you have ever bought a container of blank recordable CDs you have probably noticed the blank at the bottom.  This disc-like piece of plastic is there to protect the discs until you're ready to use them.  But what do you do with it when the package is empty?  You could certainly pitch it into your recycle bin.  But if you are into upcycling at all, you might want to be a little more creative.


I chose to use the School Rules! collage sheet and printed it a couple of times just in case I needed duplicates for any reason.  I cut out all of the cartoon school images.  There are really nice photos on this sheet as well.  Once my images were all cut out I grabbed a roll of double-sided adhesive tape.  Although I didn't, you could seal the disc once all of the images are taped down.  If you use laser printed images, gel medium would be a great sealer.  I suggest doing that before finishing off the back.


Using your favorite heavy duty punch, make a hole at the bottom close to center large enough to hold an S-hook.  Use a pair of pliers to close the hook so it doesn't fall off.  Add your key to the other end and close that, as well.  Additional hooks can be easily added at evenly spaced intervals to the left and right of center.


You could stop here and keep this key fob in a desk drawer or add another hook at the top to keep in on a peg.  I chose to make it a magnet. 


These magnet sheets have an adhesive side so you can turn virtually anything into a magnet.  It's strong but also thin.  I used a round scallop cutting die and had no trouble at all with my manual die cut machine.


Just press the adhesive side to the plastic disc and you're done!


And hey, have you ever wondered what you should do with that empty round container that these discs came in?  Use it to hold your yarn cake as your knit or crochet!  Cut out the center circle on the lid for a feeder hole.  The center post will hold it securely.  No more runaway yarn!


Come back tomorrow to see more project ideas that the Altered Pages Design Team has to share! 





Thursday, August 25, 2016

Leaf Pendants

Leaf Pendant by Debi Tullier

I love AlteredPages.  I love all of the wonderful goodies they have that can make fabulous memories. Today I celebrate some of the wonderful supplies that I have from AlteredPages. I always do a handmade Christmas. So I can't wait to give these away for the holidays.








Supplies:

Paperclay
Splash Inks
Panpastels
Crystal Laquer with Mica








Join me next month!




Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Durable Card for Father's Day

Hi Everyone Danie back with my second post for August.  As you know this month the team have been focusing on projects with Fall in mind.........being on the other side of the world we are actually approaching our Spring so it is with September in the Southern Hemisphere in mind I am creating today.

Here in Australia we celebrate Father's Day on the first Sunday of September.



I am going back to basics using lots of papers from the Authentique Durable 6 x 6 Paper Pad layered together for a quick make. This paper pad is perfect for male projects with manly colors, patterns and images which also match the Scrabble Tiles on the Scrabble Tiles Collage Sheet perfectly.


The image of the car was cut from one of the papers, and I inked all edges with Coffee Bean Brillance Ink and popped up the tiles spelling out DAD just so we all know who the card is for and I popped up the car too.

Speaking of cars I am now (as I write this post) about to jump in mine and head away for a Family Reunion this weekend!  I hope you all have a wonderful week and be sure to pop over and check out the Altered Pages Store as there are products being added there for your crafting pleasure regularly!

Danie xx.


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Are we there yet?

With the end of August comes the last of the vacations, school shopping, change in weather and we get to scrap the pictures from summer.  Today I am sharing a card, but is could also be a part of a great scrapbook page.  I am sure if you traveled anyplace with kiddos in the car they were asking every few minutes... are we there yet?
 


Supplies:
Jolee's Stickers
Twine
Graphic 45 Secret Garden (Dark Green & Blue Pattern)
Brown & Light Green Cardstock
Corrugated  Cardboard
Glue Stick
Card Base

 
First, die cut the trees from green & brown papers, then adhere them to the Corrugated  Cardboard with Glue Stick .  Cut a strip of Graphic 45 Secret Garden (blue pattern paper) and adhere to the bottom of the  Corrugated  Cardboard.  Wrap twine around the bottom of the Corrugated  Cardboard and tie knot off to the left.   Adhere Jolee's Stickers to the card on the blue pattern paper (road).

 
The Jolee's at Altered Pages are a great buy... awesome to use to create cute one of a kind cards!
 

 
 

Saturday, August 20, 2016

The sun is shifting in the sky

We know what that means! Fall is coming. 

Here are some photos of the gorgeous skies over AZ before we had a wonderful thunderstorm.  




Sure wish we could take away the flooding and bring some of that moisture here or to California where it's needed so badly.   To all of our customers and friends affected by the recent natural disasters, we send healing wishes and peace of mind. 


Since Fall is the topic this month, I wanted to share some projects and items that may stir your creative juices....


This adorable kit includes a paper mache coffin, papers, and embellishments.  plus instructions for success!   We only have a few left, so order today!


The Fall ATB kit can be used on the dinner table for placeholders and makes a wonderful Fall hostess gift.

Maybe you love books, well we have many dedicated to Fall Holidays and beyond.  See ALL of our kits HERE





Since we know you are getting ready for Fall and more Holidays that follow, we will include packages of BLACK, GOLD and GREEN embossing powders with every order received this week (valid through August 26, 2016) no coupon needed! ( as long as supplies last)

Plan on some September fun with guest Artist appearances, an ATC Challenge with prizes and more.












Friday, August 19, 2016

Nimble Fall Lantern

Nimble Fall Lantern...?  What am I making, a lantern that likes to jump over candle sticks?  Nope!  Although it will have a wonderful warm candle lit glow when all done. 
See......
With the help of Alteredpages.com my lantern IS nimble in that one month it will help usher in Fall.  The next month (with a few added spooky bits) it is ready for Halloween.  And, the month after that it will work perfectly for Thanksgiving. 

Here is how...
Start with amazing Fall collage images found Here and Here.  These are the two that I used, but there are many more to choose from so take a look around the Fall category found Here.  I ordered digital collage sheets and printed them on velum.  If you don't have vellum, Altered Pages can print for you on vellum (and other card stock options) and ship them out right away. 
Next, tear up tons of vintage text pages, found Here.
Then, grab a cute glass vase that you have lying around.  I picked this one up long ago from the dollar store.  Begin applying collage images first.  I used Aleene's Tacky Glue for this.  
Followed by the torn vintage text pages. 

Finally, with a bit of hot glue apply a bit of Spanish moss at the base and raffia to the top.   So pretty and it was fairly quick to make. 
The longest part of this project was the fussy cutting, but with my AMAZING Kai Scissors that was a breeze.   I think I need to get busy making a couple more of these. 
What a great hostess gift.    
 
Thanks for joining me today.  I hope you were inspired to get crafting for Fall.  Head over to Alteredpages.com for more inspiration and all the supplies you will need to get a head start on the season.
~ Stephanie

 



 

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Thankful for You--show someone you're grateful for them

What better time to let someone know how much you appreciate them than at Thanksgiving?
For these grateful gifties, you'll need:
clear treat bags, available in the party section of most stores
stuff for a trail type mix--I used a nice fall blend of mixed nuts, dried cranberries, and chocolate chips
baker's twine  I love this mix from Altered Pages, a good assortment of colors
Happy Thanksgiving collage page
tags
scissors, adhesive
optional:   
ink
background stamps
rick rack (you can spell however you wish) or other embellishments
Tacky Glue for the optional embellishments
pen to write a message on the back of the tags, or computer printed messages

Cut out the images.  Background stamp and ink edges of tags, ink edges of images.

Adhere images and text to either side of tag.  Add embellishments.  


Fill the bag with treats and tie with the baker's twine.  Add tag. 

Because it's nice to let people know you're grateful for them.  I'm thankful for Altered Pages, Jean, and the wonderful design team here.  I've been hanging around Altered Pages a long time, and everyone I've ever "met" has never been anything but kind and encouraging.

Who are you thankful for today?  

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Back-To-School Fridge Tins


The Back-To-School rush has begun for most, (or maybe already has for you). 
I wanted to celebrate the fun I had as a young scholar, with a vintage take on some cute inspiration I found via some Pinning. 
How cute is this montage?


Supplies are:
Collage Images  
Tins 
Magnets-Adhesive Backed 
Embellishments (I used Glitz, Dew Drops, Stickles...)
Adhesives       

The sky is truly the limit when you engage your imagination. Use lines of poetry:


An homage to my homeschooling sister:


To the artsy kiddos:


Those that love ideas:


Or for the little rebel in all of us:


Create your own happiness today with the help of your fantabulous Design Team:


Ciao for now,
-Trish Alger












Sunday, August 14, 2016

SUMMER DAYS!

There is still time for swimming and summer picnics!  






Record your summer days in a personalized book that can liven up conversations as it is displayed on your coffee table.
                           

And then, Fall and Spooky times are just ahead. 


This lovely kit has two sides to display, all you need to create is here...    Also see the opposite side of the art.




Save this collage to get you started on a Fall project.....



Happy Sunday to everyone!