Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Using Patterned Bags Layouts by Samantha

Hello! Samantha with you today. If you're like me, sometimes you have more photos than you know what to do with. Today I'm going to show you how you can use SRM's patterned bags to get more photos an on layout. 

Every year I have multiple camping photos to scrap. Sometimes the photos feel new and fun, and sometimes they feel a bit redundant. However, they tell the story of our summer and I want to scrap them anyways. 

I start by pulling all of the photos I want to use. Then I pick my favorite one (like this group shot of us hiking up a tower) and make it my focal photo. All the other photos will go in the patterned bag. I build the layout around my focal photo, and use the patterned bag as a layering piece like I would a piece of patterned paper. Adhere your bag directly to the layout and layer your photo on top.

When your layout is finished, add your extra photos to the patterned bag. I like to back my photos with a bit of card stock, and I used Year of Memories Stickers to add tabs to the tops of my photos. These aren't necessary, but add a fun design element and help draw your eye to the fact that there are photos in the patterned bag. 

I also used stickers from Calendar Companions,  Stickers by the Dozen ValentinePlanner Icon Stickers, and We've Got Your Borders Bright to embellish my layout.

The best part is, SRM carries a wide variety of sizes, colors, and patterns in patterned bags, so you're sure to find something that works well on any layout. The small bags (like I used here) work great for 4x6 or smaller photos. The medium patterned bags work well for 5x7 photos, and the large bags are perfect for 8x10 photos. 

Using patterned bags on a layout is a fun a versatile way to add more photos to your layout!

Monday, August 21, 2017

Journal Set by Tangii

Hey yall!  Tangii here with my very first DT post.  To be honest, I made this for me, yes for me!  Lol, I really want to start Journaling for a few reasons and if I have this pretty display sitting on my night table, I'm much more likely to grab it!  And just to show that I'm not a total "Greedy Gertie", I also made a gift set.  Here's mine…

I bought this pretty little journal at Target.  SRM carries these Le Pen fine point pens in 4 pretty sets, this is the Neon set.  The cute little bag is perfect for keeping my journaling goodies together, and by just attaching the tag with a dab of glue to the bag, I can tighten or loosen the drawstrings without disturbing my tag.

This is the set for a giftie, everything is the same just a bigger tag.

For the gift tag, I used the "hi" stamp from Big Hello stamp set, I love the chunky look!  The flowers are from Just Believe, and while I LOVE this set, the individual stamps are so great to mix up with other sets! I stamped them, colored with markers then cut them out and attached them with Foam Dots.  I also added a flower to the bag, just to tie it all together. I used some Jute Twine for the bow at the top... love this chunky texture!!

This is my tag, the "Be Happy" are from the Everyday Plans set... this set gets A LOT of use, lol!  I also added another flower from Just Believe and a woodchip heart (colored with a marker) and another Jute bow.

For these projects I used Everyday Plans, Big Hello & Just Believe stamp sets, Le Pen 4 Piece Fine Point pen set in Neon, Cotton Bag with silver dots and Olive Jute.
Happy Journaling!

Friday, August 18, 2017

Coffee Plans Gift Idea by Angie

Hello SRM friends! Angie here with you today to share a cute gift card holder using the Coffee Plans stamps!

I started with the medium kraft pillow box. I used the coffee plans stamps and some brown ink to stamp different images and words all over the pillow box. I heat embossed the 'But first, coffee' sentiment using Versamark ink and black embossing powder. 

I tied some black jute twine around the end of the pillow box 
and added a tag.

I wanted to make the enclosed gift card a little more fancy, so I wrapped it in a 
doily and then added a 'Just for you' sticker and some more jute twine

This gift idea was so quick and easy--and it's super cute! Any coffee lover would love it! 

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Back to School! (Already?) by Michele

It is hard to believe that back to school is right around the corner! Which means this gal right here is back to work soon! ;)  I used the new Fall Plans Clear Planner Stamp to create this card for my son. 
I stamped the checks  in a horizontal pattern.

I broke up the checks with my sentiment, the row of apples, and the glittery strips.  I used my Mini Misti to line my apples up.  (Otherwise they definitely would have looked wonky!)  I added black  jute at the top and 3 epoxy circles to balance the card.  

To create a bit more interest, I added glossy accents to each apple. I also used a white gel pen to add the highlight. 

Thank you so much for stopping by today!!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Shout! Bible Journaling Page by Karen

Hello!  Karen here today I'm having fun with SRM's new Sermon Notes Stamp

We attended our church's Vacation Bible School recently and this story in Joshua
was the focus for one of the day's activities. Through the power and might of God alone, Joshua and the Israelites took the city of Jericho. God showed his mighy power as He caused the walls of the city to fall flat. "Shout, for the Lord has given you the city." -Joshua 6:16. 

For this page, I used the flat end of a make-up sponge and grey ink to create a brick-look background in the margin. The speech bubble stamp on the Sermon Notes Faith stamp set was perfect for the "SHOUT!" title made with stickers. 

Inside the speech bubbles I used a combination of stamps and handlettering to repeat the phrase echoed by the children during Vacation Bible School, "Shout! God is mighty, the victory is won!"

Thank you, Lord, for the victory won through our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Organizing with Vinyl by Shantaie

Hello!  Shantaie here with a fun organization project using vinyl. 

So lets talks about how keeping tidy and organized is seemingly the hottest topic of all time! That may be the reason that containers and bins are now sold in every shape, size, color, and material known to man, most of which can be customized.

I have a fun and functional way to keep your silverware where it belongs.... that
is if your youngest isn't using your soup spoons to dig holes in the sand box, but that's another story!

I have a house full of adults, 9 in total at this moment, and the dishes pile up quickly, but with so many washing and putting them away, they often get put into the wrong place, or the wrong drawers altogether. This cute layered SRM  vinyl project features a solid color image with a layer of patterned vinyl on top. All cuts are found on the Silhouette design store website, and are super simple. 

I love this idea for kids who are learning to help out with kitchen duties, or for guests who might be visiting too! I know any help with the dishes is always welcomed! 

I would love to hear what you think of this customized cutlery drawer, and what other ideas you have for using vinyl to help with household duties?!!!!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Bags of Fun Mixed Media Tutorial by Emma

Greetings to you, crafty friends!  Emma here, and today I am going to share a little mixed media piece using one of these wonderful SRM linen & lace bags, enhanced with lace.  They have a wonderful texture, which is just perfect for an art journal page.

 I know that being faced with a blank page is pretty daunting when beginning a mixed media piece.  The trick is to remember that you can build layers of colour, stamps, texture and embellishments to create your page.  This type of art isn't supposed to be "perfect", as it is a reflection of your current mood, or the inspiration you found.

To start, I picked some supplies to go with the linen bag:

Here, I have 4" white lace doilies, green jute twine, 2" punched scallop circle, and two stamp sets, Big Hello and Bible Backgrounds.  I really love the images on the backgrounds stamp set, especially the clouds!

To build the colour of the background, I have used Marvy ColorIn Watercolor Pencils.  

They blend beautifully!

 Now, to use the stamps to build up other elements in the background.  I used the clouds, springs and arrows in random areas.  Then, I stamped and embossed the 'hello' using white embossing powder.

Now, I have added the linen bag (I used strong double-sided tape such as SookWang to hold it down).  Bursting from the bag are three paper doilies, that have folded into tube shapes and embellished with a little gold and copper gilding wax.  This really makes the texture in the doilies pop!  Lastly, I created a flower shape with the scalloped circle, and added petals and a bling rhinestone to the centre.  The green jute serves as a stem for the flower.

 I hope you've enjoyed my mixed media project, and that it inspires you to try something like this too!  It's so fun to let your creativity run wild.  (PS - I heard you can even use these linen bags to put things in, too!  So versatile! 😉)

Best wishes to you all! 

Friday, August 11, 2017

Personalized Boxes Tutorial by Shanna

Hello SRM friends!! Shanna here, and today I am showing you a wonderful option for back to school organization that will give you what you need to keep your child's keepsakes for the school year all stored together neatly.  Of course I needed to personalize them, and SRM vinyl was the perfect choice!

First...you need to buy the containers... ready for your craftiness!

I decided to buy containers this year to store all the artwork and school projects that my boys will inevitably bring home that I cannot bear to part with... (Yes, I am one of "those" mamas that saves nearly EVERYTHING!) In order to pick what size container I needed, I looked at what my first grader brought home last year....He attends a Waldorf school, and they have a large focus on arts. It is a wonderful program, and he brings home a ton of great projects that he is very proud of.  The largest tends to be the watercolor paintings they do, so I kept that paper size in mind and went with the Sterilite 23 Qt. boxes that come with lids that snap on.  I found them at my local Walmart.

I love how you can fit so many things on one sheet of vinyl! After I designed and sized my files, I moved them around so I could save time and vinyl and fit everything on one 12x12 piece of vinyl.

I grabbed my matte white vinyl from SRM and an adorable black and white pin dot vinyl printed vinyl and designed a cut file in the software for my Silhouette Cameo. (I will list the design files at the bottom of the post).  I sized the files according to the measurements of my containers and VOILA! 

After the cameo has finished cutting, it's time to weed the excess vinyl away. Then all you need to do is cut around the words use transfer tape to adhere the words to the boxes!

 I always have enjoyed layering vinyl to give it an extra "pop", and chose to do that to the grade icons this time around.  I love the end result!  If layering vinyl intimidates you, there is no time like the present to start!  I am here if you have any questions along the way as well!

Easy peasy, and super functional storage for the upcoming school year's compendium of paper! 

I love how these turned out!

 How do you keep all the sweet things your child brings home organized??
 Any tips or tricks??  
Until next time,

Materials used:
      (2) Sterilite Storage containers (your choice of size)
      SRM Patterned Black/White dot Vinyl
      SRM White Matte Vinyl
      Transfer Tape
      Silhouette Cameo
      Silhouette Design Store cut files:

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Doggie Treat Tubes by Shelly

Hey y'all! Shelly, here.
Today, I'm sharing some fun doggie treat tubes with you! 

I started with making the tags for the tubes. I used some burlap ribbon and just trimmed it into the tag shape I wanted. After I stamped (and die cut) a dog image I had.

Then did some quick and easy coloring. Once done, I added it to my burlap tag and tube, using some jute twine. To finish things off, I filled each tube with some doggy treats and then slipped them into a fun new Paw Prints patterned bag to match. Simple and fun, yeah?!...

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Enjoy your day!

SRM Stickers supplies used:

Jute Twine

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

7 Mini Calendar Stamp Projects & a VIDEO by Christine

Hi there SRM fans!  The newest stamp releases have so many possibilities and today I am going to share with you Christine joining you with 7 ideas for using the Mini Calendar Stamps from the Winter Plans, Spring Plans, Summer Plans, and Fall Plans sets.

Rather than do picture after picture - how about a video to show the 7 ideas?  I made 7 fun projects and here's a video walk-thru!


To recap here's the 7 ideas I highlighted: Baby Book, Save the Date Cards, Date Cards (Birthday, Anniversary, etc), Bible Journaling/Prayer List, Traveler's Notebook, Pocket Page, and Party Invitations.  Here's a couple closeups of the calendars on the projects.

Highlight a whole week or more in your traveler's notebook!

How about capturing all those sweet baby memories in a book and using the calendars to help document the days!?!

Are you ready to get your hands on those plans stamps!?! Head on over to the SRM Store to grab them!