Saturday, October 21, 2017

How to Use No Clog Writing Caps with Stickles in an Art Journal

Hi everyone Erin Reed here today.  I had a challenge to create a project with the theme of Stranger Things, the show on Netflix.  The idea that stuck a chord with me was the mother writing the alphabet on the wall and then using Christmas lights to communicate with her son.  FYI if you have not seen the show, check it out!!

Here is a video on how I made this art journal.

This is the original picture from the show I was recreating.

My problem was trying to recreate the lights, and then I thought - stickles!!  But i needed to make them small, have control on where they went and make them look like a light.  The No Clog Writing Cap by ScraPerfect was the perfect solution!!  It gave the fine tip application I needed to complete this project.  

I only had one cap, but they switched out wonderfully and I just squirted out a tiny bit on a scratch paper before I applied the new color to the project.

Thanks for stopping on by, what shows inspire you to create?

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Making a Spooky Halloween Snow Globe with the Best Glue Ever

Here's a cute idea for Halloween decorating -- a "snow" globe (minus, of course, the snow).  I used a small mason jar, a tiny raven, skull, part of a floral pic and Halloween miniature.  Once you get your items together, use the Best Glue Ever to adhere them -- even on top of the glass jar! 

This is really a cheap project as well -- everything I used was under $2 each.

The embellishments inside the jar get attached to the lid, then the jar is carefully placed over them and the lid screwed shut.  

Quick tips:  

Before you glue anything down, do a dry run to make sure everything fits.  When I saw this at the store I was originally hoping to use the miniature inside the jar. However once I got home I realized the mouth of the jar was too narrow for it to fit inside. But this turned out to be a blessing in disguise, as now the miniature really stands out in it's new spot on the top of the jar.

And, to make sure your items can be seen inside the jar you may need to raise them up higher than the top of the lid.  You can see in the first picture that if I had glued the figure to the lid directly, the bottom inch would be hidden by the metal top (assume for the sake of this that it would fit...). However, by making a platform we can raise the figure so that the bottom will be even (or slightly higher) than where the lid ends.

What's the easiest way to make a platform?  You can stack pieces of chipboard, cardboard or any other scraps you have lying around.  Here I took old chipboard shapes and layered them one after another using the Best Glue Ever to adhere.  The one rule is that your layers need to be in the middle and cannot fill the bottom of the lid -- otherwise you won't be able to screw in the jar.  You can see in the photos below how I've left plenty of room.

See the extra glue in the lid? I knew the bottom of the figure was just a teensy bit wider than my jar opening, so before I placed it on top of the jar I stuck it in the middle of the lid to help me judge which chipboard pieces to use. I knew I had to stay smaller than the glue outline on the lid. And your pieces don't have to be the same -- I used a snowflake, heart, and flowers as well as circles.

If your items will be smaller than the bottom of the jar, you can use pattern paper, ink or paint to cover the top of your platform prior to adhering your pieces. You can also glue flocking, fake snow or glitter around your items as well.  The top chipboard piece I used was an old Scenic Route circle and the pattern was season enough that I left it as is.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

How to make "Inspired" Origami Dress Birthday Card

Hi All-
Amy here with a card inspired by  Ginny's  ideas to embellish an origami dress for a card.  SO, what do you use to remove mascara and why do I ask?  Read the step-by-steps below for some tips, techniques and tricks you won't want to miss!

Start with these easy-peasy origami instructions
(This dress was made from a 4.5" sq piece of paper.)
I tried a 4" square and 5" square before settling on 4.5" square.
Compare sizes with the kraft paper A2 card (half an 8.5' x 11' paper).
I used ScraPerfect's No-Clog Writing Cap™ to apply Glossy Accents to the black swirls on the pattern paper.
The cap not only prevents the clogged-tip frustration,but the stainless steel tip 
also allows for very fine detailed applications of the glaze!
See how thin the stainless steel tip is? There's a cap with a pin that keeps it clog-free.
(Reminder: do clean the tip from time to time. We recommend ScraPerfect's Best Cleaner Ever.
Lacking thin black ribbon, I used a piece of vinyl for the belt and a gem for the "buckle"...
...and even though the gems are 'pre-sticky', I always add a tiny bit of ScraPerfect's Best Glue Ever to pre-sticky items (chipboard, gems, charms...) because I know the original adhesive never holds up, and the Best Glue Ever surely will!
Gem is secure!
I applied a fine line of glue to the belt. The Best Glue Ever is the one glue for everything
including vinyl, paper, gems...wood, metal, acrylic, vellum, fabric, foil, and fine bling, too!
A tiny bit of glue in the folds will reduce the bulk of the folds.
NOTE WELL: It only takes a teeny bit of glue to hold it fast and strong.
Use sparingly. The glue will dry quicker, be neater, last longer--and will hold fast and secure!
The dress needed more bling, so I applied groups of 3 tiny dots of glue
mimicking the 3 black dots of the printed pattern.
[Can you apply dots this small of your glue, and would teeny dots of your glue hold well enough?]
See the tiny dots of glue? (They've turned clear!)  The glue dries very fast and it dries clear...
...good thing the glue dries tacky so I don't need to rush as it doesn't matter
 if the glue "dries"before I've had a chance to apply the glitter.
ScraPerfect's Perfect Cleaning Cloth, made in the USA from VERY high quality microfiber,
attracts like a magnet and has so many uses:
It removes fingerprints, sanding dust, anti-static powder, AND glitter to name a few.
(It's great in the craft room, but also incredible for cell phone and laptop screens, too!)
I actually use one of these Cloths to remove makeup!!!  It's so soft and gentle and
all those microfibers really grab "dirt". I dab my mascara off with just water and a little gentle face cleaner.
I hang the cloth by its ribbon on a suction-cup ornament hanger hook stuck to 
the bathroom mirror; it dries fast and is always handy.
A few swipes of the cloth and the stray glitter is gone.
(Shake the cloth over a trash can and the cloth is glitter-free, too.)
The cloth is washable--no fabric softener, though.
See? Glitter gone
Now I'll use the cloth to de-glitter my work table.
The tip that comes on the Best Glue Ever is also wonderful for fine applications and it really rarely ever clogs.
The no-clog cap, however, restricts the flow, making the bottle last even longer.
 (Is that a word?)
After tapping the card to remove the bulk of the glitter, a swipe of "The Cloth" removes the stray glitter grains.
To personalize a caption:
Print the message on inkjet paper and use easy-to-remove masking or washi tape to
temporarily adhere a piece of cardstock or specialty paper over it.
 HINT: Wipe the cardstock with ScraPerfect's Perfect Crafting Pouch.
(Learn about its many uses on our website or watch this video. I'm using it now to assure super-crisp printing.)
Send paper back through printer so the same message is printed right onto the cardstock.
Apply a bit of Best Glue Ever to the cardstock and press it down.
You do have a very short time to adjust the position before it's stuck forever.
Add some glue to back of dress and press it down. 
Create an inside-the-card message and glue it down.
The front...
...and the inside.

Thanks, Ginny, for the origami-card idea which got me thinking about other shapes...

Questions? Comments? I'd love to see your adaption:)

Video how to make "stolen" design element from free packaging

Amy Here with a short video tutorial on sweet birthday card I created for my son's girlfriend. The card I made for her was inspired by the "gift embellishment" Shelly, ScraPerfect Design Team member, demonstrated in a previous blog post.

The video includes a couple of extra ideas: turning trash to treasures in the form of altering packaging, expanding the uses of embossing folders by "hiding" design elements, and personalizing embellishments with a computer/printer (aka "million dollar trick")!

Our team posts great ideas each day for you on ScraPerfect's Facebook page
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Of course I used ScraPerfect's Best Glue Ever to adhere everything from the shiny, light chipboard, the vellum, and the ribbon to the deeply embossed handmade paper. 

I also used ScraPerfect's Perfect Crafting Pouch to print crisper, sharper words on the white cardstock. 

The No-Clog Writing Cap (Large Base) on the Best Glue Ever bottle made application of a superfine bead of glue so easy!

Check it out:

Watch the quick video and PLEASE upload to our Facebook page how you "scrap-lifted" Shelly's "present embellishment", too!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

FIVE Simply Awesome All Natural Cleaning Tricks you NEED to KNOW!

Have you ever had problems disposing of craft materials such as glue, inks or paints and inadvertently caused your drain to overflow? It is frustrating to have a clogged drain but fortunately, there are a number of natural steps you can take to keep your drains clean and unclogged. 
(BONUS: Don't miss how to remove chewing gum, makeup, tree pitch, stickers, grease and more from clothes, walls, etc!)

The Un(clogging)-Cola
This idea fits in the “crazy enough it actually works” category. Common drain clogs can often be resolved by Coca-Cola, Pepsi, and other sugary sodas and soft drinks. Sure, it may be a stretch to call these solutions “natural” (though there are natural sodas out there), but they are much safer than commercial drain cleaners. Thanks to phosphoric acid and other dissolving agents, soda can break through clogged debris and leave your drains clean.

ECO-FREINDLY and Homemade Cleaners
It is possible to make homemade mixture solutions or use eco-friendly and non-toxic alternatives such as The Best Cleaner Ever™. Unlike commercial cleaners, The Best Cleaner Ever™ or homemade options do not come with the risk of pipe deterioration or damage after several uses. A simple baking soda and vinegar concoction is the most common at-home mixture. It breaks down loose materials within pipes when combined. About four minutes after pouring a cup of each down your drain, flush it out with plenty of boiling water.

Hot Water
Speaking of boiling water, it may be all you need to clean your drain. Through a simple combination of force, heat, and water pressure, you can dislodge built-up gunk and clogged craft materials by flushing your drain pipes with hot water. Try running the water through your dirty or clogged drains for around fifteen minutes for best results. This will return your pipes to their optimal working condition if all goes according to plan.

Drain Snake
A plumber’s drain snake is an excellent, affordable tool to have on hand if you regularly deal with gunk accumulation or clogged drains. Professional plumbers generally use the drain snake to excavate drain pumps and relieve standard clogs. After a single use, it will pay for itself. You just feed the snake through your drain, rotate the snake against the blockage, and slowly remove the snake from your drain.

Or, you could use a tool that you likely already have on hand. A plunger works well for a variety of drains. You are able to clear a pipe by using a steady buildup of pressure from fluid motions. Just be sure you cover the entire opening of the drain with your plunger.

Speaking of SCRAPERFECT'S BEST CLEANER EVERwe know it's an amazing craft, rubber-stamp, tool and hand cleaner, but did you know it's also an all-around-the-house power punch in a small pink bottle! It's proven to clean up chewing gumstickers from car windowstape from walls/doors, oily build-up from toaster oven drip panspitch and soot from camping potstree sap from carspermanent marker from many fabrics and other surfacesgrease from carpetadhesive residuemake-up from brushes, groutantique enamelware, and SO MANY OTHER CHALLENGES! 

       ~ Thanks for this blog contribution from Sally Keys, freelance writer!

How To Make Quick and Easy Updates To A Planner

Charity here from Scrappin' Chaos. Sometimes you need a simple project, like a quick and easy planner update. Brilliant projects with rave reviews are wonderful, but today I have an everyday kind of post. Wrap a towel around your wet hair, stay in those lounge pants, and take it easy.
~ Thrifted Planner ~
I bought this cute mini-binder at local thrift store. It measures 6 7/8 x 8 7/8 " and I have cut my pages to 5.5 x 8.5". The star of today's show is the Best Glue Ever. She comes to you from ScraPerfect, magically perfect products, to demonstrate three simple uses. 
Binder Liner
The inside of the binder had carefully printed measurement charts and other standard Mead subjects. Useful, but not pretty. I cut and corner rounded a piece of floral printed cardstock to cover the mundane.
 I used watercolors to paint the flowers and detail the lattice. The paper dried quickly with little curving.
 Thin strips of the Best Glue Ever were spread around the edges of the binder with a few strips in the center.
 The final product is much more polished. The muted colors give off a shabby chic air.
 Title Page
I needed a chart to keep track of my spending. Sometimes my need for stickers, clips, and pretty papers gets out of hand! 😏 I used a ruler to mark out my chart on graph paper. I wanted to use my new month dies but the lines are so tiny!
 My bottle of Best Glue Ever is topped with a No-Clog Writing Cap. It was a breeze to add squiggles of glue to strategic points.
Bee Clip
I need to be able to flip between my weekly and monthly plan for keeping track of my activities. This happy embroidered bee patch is just the thing.
 I centered a bit of foam adhesive on a circle of cardstock then added a thin strip of the Best Glue Ever around the edges. I fit the clip over the foam into the glue then added a few dots of glue on top of the foam for good measure.
 I used a clothes pin to clamp the Bee Sandwich together and let it dry over night.
  The Best Glue Ever spiffed my planner up quickly. I can trust the glues holding power and long lasting effect. With these simple updates I am ready to go!
Stop by my blog Scrappin' Chaos for a list of supplies.

Scrap On!