CK Events Guest Blogger: Ruby Rock-It

Hello my name is Beckie Dreyer and I am delighted to be here today to share with you a little project I made using Ruby Rock-It’s Country Cookin product line.  The new Country Cookin is filled with a rich, retro color palette and the embellishments all about cooking. It’s just perfect to set your creative taste buds on fire!

 

 

Supplies
Lace and Ribbon
Mannequin

 

Mannequins are so much fun to alter and there are many different styles to be found.  This one has a solid body and came with a pattern on it so I decided to paint the top half of it with cream paint first.

 

 

The following measurements are based on the mannequin above, you will need adjust for yours.

 

I cut a 4″ x 12″ piece from the Country Cookin Floral paper.  On one of the short sides mark at 2″ and then 3.75″ on the long side.  Cut between the lines and repeat on the other side so your paper will look like this.

 

 

Place double-sided tape around the edges of the paper as shown and then add ribbon along the edges.

 

 

Flip the paper over and add a thin line of glue around the edge and adhere the brown twine.

 

 

Cut two 2″ x 6″ pieces and one 2″ x 3″ piece from the Country Cookin Gingham paper.  Ink and glue the smaller piece to the center of the mannequin.

 

Punch the edge of the two longer pieces and ink.  Trim with Bella! bling and add to the top of the mannequin.

 

 

Wrap and adhere the skirt around the body. Add lace around the “waist”; this will hide any places where the papers join one another that might be showing.

 

 

To make the apron I die-cut the Country Cookin Splotch paper using the largest Spellbinder Scallop Circles and then inked and pierced the edges.  I then added brown ribbon on the top and trimmed off the excess before tying it around the waist.  I then added a little pocket and placed the wood veneer spoon in it.

 

 

I then finished the mannequin by adding a mixture of the Country Cookin die cuts. To top it all off I used the chef hat die cut on top.

 

There are so many wonderful things that can be made with this collection like a recipe book filled with your grandma’s favorite foods or use the patterns on the reverse sides to scrap your everyday photos!

 

Thank you for allowing me to share my project with you today

 

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Scrapbook Inspiration: Using Puzzle Pieces as Accents and Journaling Spots

It’s okay if you’ve got boxes of puzzles that missing pieces. We have a solution that is not so puzzling! Use those large pieces as playful journaling spots and accents. What a great way to “piece” your thoughts together.

Erin Lincoln used puzzle pieces with clear stickers to create her journaling on her Fun & Games layout for Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks: Tools & Techniques. Print your journaling on the clear stickers, apply to puzzle piece, and then trim around the piece. She also adhered patterned paper to several pieces to create a custom background and accents.

Fun & Games layout by Erin Lincoln from Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks: Tools & Techniques

Fun & Games layout by Erin Lincoln from Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks: Tools & Techniques

Here are two closeups showing the journaling and accents.

Puzzle piece with button added to create accent

Puzzle piece with button added to create accent

Journaling and patterned paper added to puzzle pieces.

Journaling and patterned paper added to puzzle pieces.

There are five additional Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks special issues with ideas for using paper, creating flowers, scrapbooking summer activities, and much more.

 

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Scrapbook Inspiration: Sketch Created from a Household Item

Becky Higgins created a sketch from a chalkboard hanging in her house for Creative Sketches for Scrapbooking. Here’s Becky’s take on her sketch and layout.

Back to Class layout by Becky Higgins from Creative Sketches for Scrapbooking

Back to Class layout by Becky Higgins from Creative Sketches for Scrapbooking

The Inspiration

This scrapbook page was inspired by a chalkboard in my kitchen.

Inspiration picture frame/chalkboard combination that's hanging in Becky's kitchen on an old brick wall.

Inspiration picture frame/chalkboard combination that’s hanging in Becky’s kitchen on an old brick wall.

The Modification

Although my actual chalkboard holds four pictures, I decided that three photographs would create a better balance across the top of my page. I added journaling information on a mini-clipboard and on an actual sticky note. The “chalkboard” is made from black cardstock, and the “chalk” is white crayon! I also included CKU logos on my chalkboard. I used silver circles, lifted on pop dots, to create the look of thick magnets on my page.

Sketch Becky made based on her picture frame/chalkboard

Sketch Becky made based on her picture frame/chalkboard

Design Tips

Looking for an easy way to incorporate back-to-school or graduation memorabilia (name tags, programs, first day of school papers, report cards, and more) on a layout? Try designing your own version of this chalkboard layout. (Remember to treat memorabilia with a product such as Archival Mist to make sure that items are safe for your pages.) Inspiration is everywhere you look. What’s hanging on the walls of your home that you can use as inspiration for a unique layout?

 

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CK Events: Keep Calm and Volunteer On…Seattle Needs YOU!

A wise man once said, “The happiest people I know are those who lose themselves in the service of others.”

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How true that is, and what a wonderful feeling it is to help others. While Creating Keepsakes Conventions are such fun events to put on, there are a lot of working parts that require constant attention. With minimal staff at every show we couldn’t run our events without dedicated volunteers like you! In Seattle this year, our need is great. Did you know we have many different types of volunteer roles for almost every type of skill set & ability? Whether you are a crafter or not we will find a job to suit you.  Plus, if you’re worried how volunteering might interfere with your schedule full of fun, don’t fret – we’ll work around your classes, scheduled shopping time, and crops!

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Perks of Volunteering

  • Meet new people
  • Shifts vary from 2-4 hours
  • Work with and learn how to use the newest product
  • Get 50% off 1 apparel item in the CKC Bookstore
  • 1 free vendor floor shopping pass
  • $20 to spend on a CK class or select product from the CKC bookstore
  • Free gift (check out this cuteness)

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If you have any questions regarding volunteer shifts feel free to email our customer service inbox and our helpful volunteer coordinator, Ashley will be happy to answer those queries.

The Creating Keepsakes Scrapbook Convention is a great way to get together with friends before the holidays. We can’t wait to see you there!

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Scrapbook Inspiration: Creating with Yarn

Bring a warm and inviting feel to your page by using a bit of yarn on your layout. You can use it like Nicole Harper did on the Her Space layout she created for Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks: Texture by wrapping it around page accents, photos, or journaling blocks.

Her Space by Nicole Harper for Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks: Texture

Her Space by Nicole Harper for Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks: Texture

Create the look:

Wrap yarn around stars to create a second star.

Wrap yarn around stars to create a second star.

 

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