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Explosion Mini Book Part 4

Explosion Mini Book Part 4 is what we have for you today. I wanted to thank you for your patience with me. Thank you all for your well wishes, thoughts, prayers, and cards. I went back to my day job and hit the ground running after my surgery and I think I over did it. I was wiped out last weekend so I wasn’t able to post. The good news? I am baaaaackkkk! If you haven’t seen the previous posts for the first three parts of this project, be sure to check out part 1 HERE, part 2 HERE and part 3 HERE. I am so excited to show you how to put this Explosion Mini Book together!   Are you ready? Let’s get started!

Supplies Needed for the Explosion Mini Book Part 4 Project

Front and back cover for your Explosion Mini Book Part 4 Project

Super strong adhesive

Ribbon

Strong adhesive

Inside pages of your Explosion Mini Book Part 4 Project

First, you will want to take out your front cover, your ribbon and your super strong adhesive.

In the middle of the cover (or wherever you want to place the ribbon to tie up your book) place your super strong adhesive as shown above.

Whichever ribbon you choose to use, make sure you “finish the edges” so that they don’t fray.

I used this little tool for my ribbon on my Explosion Mini Book Part 4 that I bought at the Daiso store but more on that later.

Take out your ribbon and fold it in half. Using that middle fold, place that in the center of your cover which will allow the same amount of ribbon on both sides. Place the ribbon on the adhesive. Add adhesive to both of the covers of your Explosion Mini Book Part 4 and set them aside.

NOTE: When measuring the amount of ribbon to use, I used approximately seven widths of the cover. This will allow plenty of ribbon to go around my creation once filled with decor and pictures as well as tie a nice bow. It will depend on the size of the cover so be sure to take that into account.

Take out the three pages for your Explosion Mini Book Part 4.

Place adhesive on the square areas (the part that is not folded as a triangle) of your folded green paper as shown above. Make sure you place your adhesive on the side where the paper is a hill (poking up as shown.) This will help with folding the complete project later.

Pull our your red paper and take your middle paper adhesive side up and turn it upside down so the adhesive side is facing your table now.

Before you place your middle piece of paper adhesive side down on the square as shown above, make sure you fold it to ensure it will fold completely so it will work once it is in your explosion book. This is the front of your pages connected.

This is the back of the pages connected.

Add your second square with adhesive to your third page as shown above.  making sure it folds properly.

Make sure the edges aren’t overlapping and that it folds properly.

This is what the front pages look like once they are put together for your Explosion Mini Book Part 4.

Now we are going to place the front cover on the left side square of the paper as shown above and

we are going to add the back cover to the right side square as shown above.

Use your bone folder and press the folds to ensure there is a very crisp crease on all of the areas of the pages.

This is the back of the pages of your Explosion Mini Book Part 4 project.

Here, I am going to slowly unfold the pages so that you can see what it looks like.

As you can see it looks complicated but once this unfolds, you are going to be amazed at how easy it is to fold it back up.

Here are your unfolded pages! YOU DID IT! Now, to add the covers…

I added one more piece of adhesive on top of the ribbon to ensure it’s adhesion onto the inside pages.

Take your folded inside papers and place the outside unfolded square piece on top of your ribbon. Press firmly on your paper to ensure adhesion to the front cover.

Take your back cover and place it centered on the top of the inside square as shown above. Press firmly to ensure adhesion to the paper and the back cover.

Now as a side note, I told you I would show you my ribbon tool. I bought this at Daiso a few years ago however it seems to work pretty well. 

If you look at the top of the upper area of the ribbon sealer tool, you will see a line on the tool which actually heats up! Be careful, you will burn yourself… lesson learned!

Take your ribbon and place it on top of the heated area. You will want to hold it for a few seconds to ensure that the ribbon does seal so it won’t unravel.

Here you can see the hole where it sealed. Worked great!

You need to repeat it so that it is sealed across the whole piece of ribbon for your Explosion Mini Book Part 4. Now you need to make sure you tie a pretty bow around your Explosion Mini Book Part 4! You did it!

For this weeks giveaway, we are giving away one of our most popular stamp sets the A Creative Journey with Melissa Sign Language Alphabet Stamp Set.

It would be a perfect addition to your awesome new Explosion Mini Book Part 4 Project!

For last weeks giveaway, we are giving away $15 credit to our store!

The winner is Holly S!

Please be sure that you  send me a message letting me know which post you won on and your contact info and I can send your code for your store credit to you!

Winners, please send me an message HERE and I will get your prize out to you!

For all of our giveaways including this one, in order for you to qualify for an entry to win, you would need to be a follower on YouTube, subscribe to our mailing list/blog posts (found on our blog page) and you may also comment on this blog post for an additional entry to win! When you subscribe, you will receive an e-mail on Mondays with our latest blog post. BE SURE TO READ IT to check to see if you are a winner EVERY WEEK. If you do not contact me within two weeks of the announcement of winning, you will forfeit your prize. NO EXCEPTIONS. Thank you for your understanding.

NOTE: If you are subscribed with two different names and I am unable to match you with your subscription to the blog and the YouTube Channel, you will be ineligible to win as I can’t decipher if you are a matching subscriber to both. Thank you for your understanding.

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As always, we appreciate your visit and we hope you enjoyed going on A Creative Journey with Melissa. 

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Explosion Mini Book Part 3

Explosion Mini Book Part 3 is what we have for you today. I am feeling much better after my surgery. I truly appreciate all of the prayers, cards and well wishes and I am looking forward to getting crafty again!

We are creating the inside part of the explosion mini book which will also show you how to fold the pages so it works properly!

  
Supplies Needed for the Explosion Mini Book Part 3 Project

3 – 10″ square pieces of card stock

Bone folder

We are going to be creating two additional folded paper pages for the Explosion Mini Book.

Here is one of the outside covers and if you haven’t seen our previous two posts, please check out Explosion Mini Scrapbook Part 1

and Explosion Mini Book Part 2.

*NOTE: When putting this together next week, do not use wired ribbon. It doesn’t wear well. #Lessonlearned.

This is the inside page already folded. Although it may look complicated. There are only 3 folds for one page of the Explosion Mini Book Part 3. Trust me! YOU CAN DO THIS!

Take your paper and fold it in half as shown above. Use your bone folder to ensure the crease is strong.

Turn your paper a quarter turn and fold your paper. Once again, be sure to use your bone folder to ensure a strong crease.

This is what it will look like once you have completed 2 of the three folds for your Explosion Mini Book Part 3.

For your last fold, fold your paper to create a triangle as shown above.

This is what it looks like once it has been folded. Pretty simple, right? Now, we just need to invert a few of the folds we created.

Now we just need to invert a few of the folds we created. The triangle folds need to be folded the opposite way they currently are. The right is correct the left still needs to be folded up.

 

Here is a better picture as to how we need to fold both of the triangles toward the center of your paper.

Once your folds are correct,  your paper will look like this.

Take both  triangle sides that you just refolded the correct way and bring them both to the center of your paper as shown above.

This will leave  the square sides fanned out. Take the left side of your paper toward the center of your paper.

You will repeat this for the right side as shown above.

Using your bone folder, ensure all four sides of your paper have a reinforced crease.

This is what it will look like once you have it folded properly.

Repeat this so that you have three of these for the inside of your Explosion Mini Book.

You have finished the Explosion Mini Scrapbook Part 3 Project!

For this weeks giveaway, we are once again giving away $15 credit to our store!

For last weeks giveaway, we are giving away $15 credit to our store!

The winner is Cynthia C.

Please be sure that you  send me a message letting me know which post you won on and your contact info and I can send your code for your store credit to you!

Winners, please send me an message HERE and I will get your prize out to you!

For all of our giveaways including this one, in order for you to qualify for an entry to win, you would need to be a follower on YouTube, subscribe to our mailing list/blog posts (found on our blog page) and you may also comment on this blog post for an additional entry to win! When you subscribe, you will receive an e-mail on Mondays with our latest blog post. BE SURE TO READ IT to check to see if you are a winner EVERY WEEK. If you do not contact me within two weeks of the announcement of winning, you will forfeit your prize. NO EXCEPTIONS. Thank you for your understanding.

NOTE: If you are subscribed with two different names and I am unable to match you with your subscription to the blog and the YouTube Channel, you will be ineligible to win as I can’t decipher if you are a matching subscriber to both. Thank you for your understanding.

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Explosion Mini Book Part 2

Explosion Mini Scrapbook Part 2 is what we have for you today. We are going to be covering your front and back cover with.. Yes, MATTE (not glossy) clear shelf liner! Yes, it really works great and there are multiple uses for it too especially when you are trying to avoid finger prints!

This is what the inside of the cover looks like once you have covered it with the clear shelf liner and I purposely covered it past the paper so that there was a little bit of a seal onto the mat board.

For the Explosion Mini Scrapbook Part 2 Project, I used the clear transparent shelf liner. I believe I bought mine at either home depot or Walmart. It is available at multiple places. I do believe it is the duck brand.

Make sure you have an inch around your entire Explosion Mini Scrapbook Part 2 Project that you want to cover. This will ensure adhesion on the other side completely covering your paper.

Carefully remove half of the clear shelf liner backing from the liner.

Try to do it so that you don’t make harsh creases in the liner as they may show up on your project and they can be hard to remove.

For the Explosion Mini Scrapbook Part 2 Project, you want to be sure that you place the clear shelf liner in the middle of your project as shown.

Make sure you rub out any air bubbles or lines from your shelf liner as you place it on the front cover.

This will also ensure adhesion of the clear shelf liner to your cover.

The inside cover looks like this one you have applied the clear shelf liner to the front of the cover.

Cut all four of the corners of the clear shelf liner as shown.

You will end up with the cover looking like the above. You will want to throw out the 4 triangles you cut from the corners.

Here, I used the hard surface to bend the edges of the clear shelf liner toward the inside of the cover.

Fold in the shelf liner toward the inside of the cover as shown and repeat for the other three sides.

You have finished the Explosion Mini Scrapbook Part 2 Project!

For this weeks giveaway, we are giving away $15 credit to our store!

For last weeks giveaway, we are giving away $15 credit to our store!

The winner is Dana M.

Please be sure that you  send me a message letting me know which post you won on and your contact info and I can send your code for your store credit to you!

Winners, please send me an message HERE and I will get your prize out to you!

For all of our giveaways including this one, in order for you to qualify for an entry to win, you would need to be a follower on YouTube, subscribe to our mailing list/blog posts (found on our blog page) and you may also comment on this blog post for an additional entry to win! When you subscribe, you will receive an e-mail on Mondays with our latest blog post. BE SURE TO READ IT to check to see if you are a winner EVERY WEEK. If you do not contact me within two weeks of the announcement of winning, you will forfeit your prize. NO EXCEPTIONS. Thank you for your understanding.

NOTE: If you are subscribed with two different names and I am unable to match you with your subscription to the blog and the YouTube Channel, you will be ineligible to win as I can’t decipher if you are a matching subscriber to both. Thank you for your understanding.

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Explosion Mini Scrapbook Part 1

Explosion Mini Scrapbook Part 1 is what we have for you today. I love to create items for loved ones and this is a great way to give a gift from the heart! Once you create one.. You will be obsessed.. I apologize now! LOL Let’s get started!

The first lesson I have learned from creating these is DO NOT USE WIRED RIBBON for your closure. It falls apart as you can see.

 

This is the front of the Explosion Mini Scrapbook Part 1.

Here is the side view of the Explosion Mini Scrapbook. I will be showing you step by step how the Explosion Mini Scrapbook opens up and OH MY the possibilities!

As you can see it starts to unfold and you can see the added decor inside the Explosion Mini Scrapbook Part 1.

This is the inside of the Explosion Mini Scrapbook Part 1. I love the colors and decor and how it coordinates with the whole project.

Here is the left side of the Explosion Mini Scrapbook Part 1.

This is the middle of the Explosion Mini Scrapbook Part 1.

Here is the right side of the Explosion Mini Scrapbook Part 1.

This is the back of the Explosion Mini Scrapbook Part 1. You have so many places to put journaling and pictures!

Today, we are showing you how to create the front and back covers for your Explosion Mini Scrapbook. This is the front side of your covers.

This is the inside of the cover.

I started with a 5.5″ square piece of mat board. I purchased this at Aaron Brothers which now has been bought out by Michael’s in my area. You can use chip board but I would suggest you use a thicker piece to ensure durability.

Measure your decorative paper one inch larger than your mat board. This paper is 6.5″ square.

Apply adhesive to your at board.

Place your mat board onto the paper centered.

Using your sturdy work surface, fold your paper on the corners of the mat board.

This is what it will look like when you do one side. Repeat for all four sides.

Once you have folded in all four sides, cut a triangle off the corners. This will give you a cleaner edge for the corners.

Apply adhesive to the paper and to your mat board to ensure adhesion.

Fold your paper and press the adhesive to the mat board. Repeat for the opposite side.

Cut all four corners of the paper on the non adhered paper.

You need to cut them like this.

Trim off the triangle as shown.

Fold in your paper as shown above.

Apply adhesive to the paper and mat board. Press the paper firmly onto the mat board. This is what it looks like once it is done.

Here I have done the edges two ways. Beveled edge or the square edge. I really don’t have a preference besides they are going to be covered by the inside paper anyway so it really is your preference.

This is a close up of the beveled edge.

If you want to have the beveled edge, you can do this by trimming off a triangle from the paper as shown above.

Here is a close up of both corners. Which do you like best?

Here is the completed front and back covers! Are you excited for the next video? Be sure to stay tuned where I show you how to cover these covers with clear shelf liner… YES I FINALLY REMEMBERED WHAT IT IS CALLED!! LOL

For this weeks giveaway, we are giving away $15 credit to our store!

For last weeks giveaway, we are giving out Words of God stamp set!

The winner is Jensie.

Please be sure that you  send me a message letting me know which post you won on and your contact info and I can get your prizes out to you!

Winners, please send me an message HERE and I will get your prize out to you!

For all of our giveaways including this one, in order for you to qualify for an entry to win, you would need to be a follower on YouTube, subscribe to our mailing list/blog posts (found on our blog page) and you may also comment on this blog post for an additional entry to win! When you subscribe, you will receive an e-mail on Mondays with our latest blog post. BE SURE TO READ IT to check to see if you are a winner EVERY WEEK. If you do not contact me within two weeks of the announcement of winning, you will forfeit your prize. NO EXCEPTIONS. Thank you for your understanding.

NOTE: If you are subscribed with two different names and I am unable to match you with your subscription to the blog and the YouTube Channel, you will be ineligible to win as I can’t decipher if you are a matching subscriber to both. Thank you for your understanding.

We hope you will subscribe to our YouTube Channel, Blog/Newsletter updates and check out our website!

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3-D Sympathy Card

For today’s tutorial we are going to create a 3-D Sympathy Card. I would love it if I never had to create a sympathy card ever again. This one really hurts. Unfortunately, a family that we have known for some time has lost their son/nephew/Grandson recently. Please be sure to say some prayers for them during this very difficult time. With that, we are going to create a 3-D sympathy card to send to them. Let’s get started.

This is the 3-D Sympathy Card Project we are creating.

Here you can see where the 3-D Sympathy Card Project get’s it’s 3-d!

Supplies Needed for the 3-D Sympathy Card Project

A Creative Journey with Melissa Words of God Stamp Set

Acrylic Block

Black Ink

Adhesive

Card Base

Decorative paper

Paper to stamp on

Cross Die

3-d adhesive

Take out your Words of God Stamp Set.

 

Place your sentiment from the Words of God stamp set on your acrylic block.

 

Ink our sentiment and stamp your sentiment on your paper.

Take out your cross die for the 3-D Sympathy Card Project.

Place your cross die above your sentiment on your paper as shown above.

Run your die through your manual die cut machine.

For the 3-D Sympathy Card Project, you could use either the negative space as shown above

or of the positive space of the cross.

Either would make the project look great but I chose to use both giving you the 3-D Sympathy Card Project.

Take out your decorative paper, apply adhesive and adhere to your card base.

Apply adhesive to your sentiment die cut paper and adhere to your decorative paper.

Take out your cross die cut. Apply the 3-d adhesive to the back of the cross.

Adhere the cross in the negative area of your sentiment die cut paper as shown above.

You have completed the 3-D Sympathy Card Project!

For this weeks giveaway, we are giving away the Words of God stamp set.

For last weeks giveaway,  A Creative Journey with Melissa Sign Language Sentiments stamp set! Definitely one of the stamp sets in my tool box.

The winner is Kathy S.

Please be sure that you  send me a message letting me know which post you won on and your contact info and I can get your prizes out to you!

Winners, please send me an message HERE and I will get your prize out to you!

For all of our giveaways including this one, in order for you to qualify for an entry to win, you would need to be a follower on YouTube, subscribe to our mailing list/blog posts (found on our blog page) and you may also comment on this blog post for an additional entry to win! When you subscribe, you will receive an e-mail on Mondays with our latest blog post. BE SURE TO READ IT to check to see if you are a winner EVERY WEEK. If you do not contact me within two weeks of the announcement of winning, you will forfeit your prize. NO EXCEPTIONS. Thank you for your understanding.

NOTE: If you are subscribed with two different names and I am unable to match you with your subscription to the blog and the YouTube Channel, you will be ineligible to win as I can’t decipher if you are a matching subscriber to both. Thank you for your understanding.

We hope you will subscribe to our YouTube Channel, Blog/Newsletter updates and check out our website!

As always, we appreciate your visit and we hope you enjoyed going on A Creative Journey with Melissa. 

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Sign Language Birthday Cards

Sign Language Birthday Cards are what we have for you today. I love to create and I love our Sign Language stamp sets. You can never have enough birthday cards and what better way to build up your stash by using A Creative Journey with Melissa Sign Language Sentiments stamp set? As you know, I like clean, simple and FAST… Here we go!

Supplies Needed for the Sign Language Birthday Cards Project

A Creative Journey with Melissa Sign Language Sentiments

Acrylic Stamp Block

Card Base

Punch

Paper to stamp on

Twine

Paper Trimmer

Black Ink

Decorative Paper

Scissors

3-D Foam adhesive

Rhinestones

Place your sentiment on your acrylic block. Ink your sentiment and stamp on your paper.

Using the punch facing you, insert your sentiment ensuring your sentiment is lined up in the punch as shown.

Want to use your scraps but they aren’t long enough for your punch? Use a post it note. It extends your ability to put it in your punch and you can use smaller pieces of paper!

I used two pieces of paper that were in a 6 x 8″ pad that I knew I wouldn’t use. The paper is double sided and one side was perfect for cards so here we are! I trimmed the paper to be a little smaller than my card bases and trimmed them 1/2 inch smaller. Depending on what size your card, it will depend on what size you want your decorative paper.

For my I used 4 x 5.5″ card bases. My paper was trimmed 3.5″ x 5″. This left me with a few pieces that I can use in a different way on my cards. Simple, elegant and cute! Apply adhesive to the back of the decorative paper and adhere to the card base as you wish.

Add your 3-D foam adhesive to the back of your sentiment. Be sure to remove the protective backing.

Apply your sentiments to your card bases for your Sign Language Birthday Cards Project.

For the basic version of the Sign Language Birthday Cards Project, you are finished! Nothing fancy, no frills or embellishments. I wanted to give you a few other easy options. These aren’t super fancy but add a little pop to your Sign Language Birthday Cards Project. Ready?

Using your scissors, cut out a small triangle notch out of the top of your card like shown above.

Using some of your coordinating twine for your Sign Language Birthday Cards Project, push it through the inside of your card 3 times.

Once you have wrapped it three times, tie a bow or a knot and trim off the excess twine.

For this card, I simply wrapped twine around the left side of it to add a little pop and made a bow. YES! I did do it 3 times.

For the last Sign Language Birthday Cards Project card, I also wrapped twine around it but instead of tying a bow, I tied a knot.

Still not enough pop for you? Put on a few rhinestones to give a little sparkle to your card.

For this weeks giveaway, we are giving away the A Creative Journey with Melissa Sign Language Sentiments stamp set! Definitely one of the stamp sets in my tool box.

For last weeks giveaway, we are giving away the Chameleon Pastel pen set and they are great for coloring!

The winner for our last blog post giveaway is Michele H.

Please be sure that you  send me a message letting me know which post you won on and your contact info and I can get your prizes out to you!

Winners, please send me an message HERE and I will get your prize out to you!

For all of our giveaways including this one, in order for you to qualify for an entry to win, you would need to be a follower on YouTube, subscribe to our mailing list/blog posts (found on our blog page) and you may also comment on this blog post for an additional entry to win! When you subscribe, you will receive an e-mail on Mondays with our latest blog post. BE SURE TO READ IT to check to see if you are a winner EVERY WEEK. If you do not contact me within two weeks of the announcement of winning, you will forfeit your prize. NO EXCEPTIONS. Thank you for your understanding.

NOTE: If you are subscribed with two different names and I am unable to match you with your subscription to the blog and the YouTube Channel, you will be ineligible to win as I can’t decipher if you are a matching subscriber to both. Thank you for your understanding.

We hope you will subscribe to our YouTube Channel, Blog/Newsletter updates and check out our website!

As always, we appreciate your visit and we hope you enjoyed going on A Creative Journey with Melissa. 

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Coloring Do’s, Don’ts, Results & Lessons Learned

Coloring Do’s, Don’ts, Results & Lessons Learned is what we have for you today. I love to color and shade. I thought it would be a good idea to show you what I would do to utilize two different colors and join them together for a creation. Coloring Do’s, Don’ts, Results & Lessons Learned – This post is a perfect example of me being human.

Personally, I don’t like edited videos because to me it makes me feel stupid when I make mistakes all of the time and everyone else has these BEAUTIFUL PERFECT videos and I am JUST ME. I am a one shot video kind of girl unless I REALLY mess up and I will just do the whole thing over again. Honestly, I think that has happened 5 times in the past 3 years and had to be redone due to language.. OOPS!

I have been told that people like my videos because I am real and show how to correct the problems I have made. I am actually good with just me so let’s see how this turned out, shall we? Can you hear my eye roll? LOL Trust me, it’s well deserved.

Supplies Needed for the Coloring Do’s, Don’ts, Results & Lessons Learned Tutorial

Chameleon Alcohol Pens

A Creative Journey with Melissa Everyday Alphabet Outline Upper Case and Symbols Large Stamp Set or your favorite A Creative Journey with Melissa stamp set

Ink

Paper

Stamp Block

TIME!

Take out your A Creative Journey with Melissa Everyday Alphabet Outline Upper Case and Symbols Large Stamp Set

Stamp your letters on your paper. Take out your chameleon pens.

Using a flicking motion, color the top part of your p with the Y03 chameleon pen.

Using your PK3 chameleon pen and click color the pink. This really didn’t come out the way I had hoped. I have my ideas as to why below.

This is how it looked once it was all colored. Honestly, after cutting out the letters and cleaning them up a bit, they wouldn’t be TOO bad… but… I didn’t care for it.

For the next part of Coloring Do’s, Don’ts, Results & Lessons Learned, take out your CG8 Chameleon Pen. I colored the inside the letter I with a flicking motion.

Take out your PK3 Chameleon Pen and also did the flicking color on the opposite side from the gray. I really like the way the pink and gray blended. The middle one is my favorite!

Here, I want to show you that you can do a variance in color with just hand drawn letters too! I started with the CG8 for the top part of the letter S on the right. Using my PK3 Chameleon pen I made the bottom part of the S and blended it with the gray.

I really like how it came out! What do you think? I realize it was done quickly but the possibilities are ENDLESS, right?

I guess the word spring isn’t AS BAD as I thought… sorta… LOL!  I do like how the middle letter I looks with the gray and pink. Typically, coloring looks better once it has dried.

Coloring Do’s, Don’ts, Results & Lessons Learned? Make sure your pen ISN’T OVER FILLED WITH INK, the ink has time to dry because it looks better once it has AND most of all… use lighter colors to start with. I am not saying it wouldn’t look great with darker colors but I think I need more practice. The pink and yellow didn’t turn out as bad as it looked at first but I will have to try that one again and show you an update. I am on a mission!

For this weeks giveaway, we are giving away the Chameleon Pastel pen set and they are great for coloring!

For last weeks giveaway, we are giving away the A Creative Journey with Melissa Birthday Wishes Stamp Set! Not only are the sentiments fantastic, the images are awesome and great for coloring!

The winner for our last blog post giveaway is Maja.

Please be sure that you  send me a message letting me know which post you won on and your contact info and I can get your prizes out to you!

Winners, please send me an message HERE and I will get your prize out to you!

For all of our giveaways including this one, in order for you to qualify for an entry to win, you would need to be a follower on YouTube, subscribe to our mailing list/blog posts (found on our blog page) and you may also comment on this blog post for an additional entry to win! When you subscribe, you will receive an e-mail on Mondays with our latest blog post. BE SURE TO READ IT to check to see if you are a winner EVERY WEEK. If you do not contact me within two weeks of the announcement of winning, you will forfeit your prize. NO EXCEPTIONS. Thank you for your understanding.

NOTE: If you are subscribed with two different names and I am unable to match you with your subscription to the blog and the YouTube Channel, you will be ineligible to win as I can’t decipher if you are a matching subscriber to both. Thank you for your understanding.

We hope you will subscribe to our YouTube Channel, Blog/Newsletter updates and check out our website!

As always, we appreciate your visit and we hope you enjoyed going on A Creative Journey with Melissa. 

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Movable Card Created with Scraps

Movable Card Created with Scraps is what we have for you today. With my A Creative Journey with Melissa stamp sets, I love to create sets that are versatile. You spend less and get more with every set. I love creating cards and using up my scraps helps me gain some room in my ever growing collection of paper. Again, saving money…It’s a WIN WIN!

Supplies Needed for the Movable Card Created with Scraps Project

A Creative Journey with Melissa Birthday Wishes Stamp Set

Acrylic Stamp Block

Adhesive

Pattern paper

Black Ink

Solid color paper

Sizzix die cut machine

Stephanie Barnard die set 659634

This is the front of the Movable Card Created with Scraps Project

The Movable Card Created with Scraps Project is simple, cute and clean.

The inside of the Movable Card Created with Scraps Project… MY FAVORITE TYPE OF PROJECT! Cool and simple!

This is the die set I used for the Movable Card Created with Scraps Project. It is Stephanie Barnard die set number 659634.

This die set has ELEVEN dies which allows for so many combinations!

You will need to take out three dies for this project. The first is the tag die.

The second die you will need is the card die.

The third is the inside panel die.

When placing your die down on your paper, be sure that you place your die with the side above toward the paper you wish to cut. The areas shown above are what actually cut the paper.

 This is the back of the die which is flat and has no cutting properties. This will be facing toward you when you cut  your paper.

For your Movable Card Created with Scraps Project, take out your die cut platform, clear platforms, paper and card die. Place your die cut platform down along with one of the clear platforms. Be sure to place your card die facing down on the pattern paper on the cutting side so the flat side is toward you. Place your second clear platform on top of your die.

Run your die through your die cut machine. (Lesson Learned.. do it TWICE!)

The die didn’t cut all of the way through all of the paper. It was cut for the most part.

 I  had to fold it on the areas it wasn’t cut and carefully pull it away from the outside of the paper.

Take out your solid colored paper, your panel die and your tag die. Place your dies on your paper with the correct platforms.

Run your dies through TWICE just to ensure it cuts completely.

The second pass thru the die cut machine HELPED! LOL

Here are the die cut pieces you will need to make the Movable Card Created with Scraps Project.

Take your card base and fold along the score lines.

Apply adhesive to the back of the inside panel die cut. Adhere to the inside of the card as shown above.

Apply adhesive to the back of the tag die cut. Adhere to the tag area on the card as shown above.

Take out your A Creative Journey with Melissa Birthday Wishes Stamp Set. Take off the sentiment of your choice from your stamp sheet. I chose to use the Celebrate stamp this time instead of Happy Birthday.

Place your sentiment on your stamp block. Ink your sentiment and stamp on your card as shown above.

*Change it up! Add a little twine for a different look! You can even do the creation sideways as I have done with the tutorial so you  have numerous different options for your creation!

This is the card creation done a little different as well. Even just a little turn of the creation gives you such a different look!

I really like the versatility of the die set as well as the stamps! SO MANY POSSIBILITIES!

For this weeks giveaway, we are giving away the A Creative Journey with Melissa Birthday Wishes Stamp Set! Not only are the sentiments fantastic, the images are awesome and great for coloring!

For our previous post giveaway. we are giving away a $15 store credit to our store!

The winner for our last blog post giveaway is Donna L.

Please be sure that you  send me a message letting me know which post you won on and your contact info and I can get your prizes out to you!

Winners, please send me an message HERE and I will get your prize out to you!

For all of our giveaways including this one, in order for you to qualify for an entry to win, you would need to be a follower on YouTube, subscribe to our mailing list/blog posts (found on our blog page) and you may also comment on this blog post for an additional entry to win! When you subscribe, you will receive an e-mail on Mondays with our latest blog post. BE SURE TO READ IT to check to see if you are a winner EVERY WEEK. If you do not contact me within two weeks of the announcement of winning, you will forfeit your prize. NO EXCEPTIONS. Thank you for your understanding.

NOTE: If you are subscribed with two different names and I am unable to match you with your subscription to the blog and the YouTube Channel, you will be ineligible to win as I can’t decipher if you are a matching subscriber to both. Thank you for your understanding.

We hope you will subscribe to our YouTube Channel, Blog/Newsletter updates and check out our website!

As always, we appreciate your visit and we hope you enjoyed going on A Creative Journey with Melissa. 

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Movable Card Created with Scraps Project

Add Hidden Pictures to your Scrapbook Pages

Add Hidden Pictures to your Scrapbook Pages is what we have for you today. I don’t know about you but I always take way too many pictures.  I would rather have too many pictures than not enough. Normally that wouldn’t be a problem except that means I usually get way too many pictures I can’t part with!

Today, I am going to show you how to give yourself a way to add hidden pictures to your scrapbook pages so that you can keep them all!

This is a scrapbook page I made for my son Austin’s bath. One important tip here is that you can make any picture mat a pocket. Just apply adhesive to only three sides and you have it! Be sure to write notes in your hand writing for your loved ones.

This is how we are going to be able to add more pictures to your scrapbook. You can even use the front side for pictures and the back side for journaling.. It gives you a bunch of room!

I love how this easy tip allows you to add some fantastic pictures or notes that you may not normally be able to !

We are going to start with our paper and base paper.

First, score your paper on one side. You will need to decide how much you want to do this depending on how large your base paper is. Repeat for all of the papers you are using.

Fold your scored paper. Repeat for all of the scored paper.

Add adhesive on the back of the folded edge.

Place your adhesive on the edge of the paper.

Fold back where the score line is and ensure crease is strong.

Take your second piece of paper and line up to the edge of the last one as shown above. Fold back and ensure crease is strong.

Repeat the placement of the papers. This is how you create the waterfall effect for the papers. What do you think?

Another way you can do the waterfall effect with the papers is vertically. It works either way! You can even do it at an angle across the page!

This is just a close up of Austin tasting snow and being in snow for the first time. I just love the expression on his face. He is so darned cute! I am super blessed to have two amazing sons and an awesome husband.

For our giveaway this week, you can win a store credit so you can pick out your favorite item in our store!

The winner for our last blog post giveaway is Hannah L.

Please be sure that you  send me a message letting me know which post you won on and your contact info and I can get your prizes out to you!

Winners, please send me an message HERE and I will get your prize out to you!

For all of our giveaways including this one, in order for you to qualify for an entry to win, you would need to be a follower on YouTube, subscribe to our mailing list/blog posts (found on our blog page) and you may also comment on this blog post for an additional entry to win! When you subscribe, you will receive an e-mail on Mondays with our latest blog post. BE SURE TO READ IT to check to see if you are a winner EVERY WEEK. If you do not contact me within two weeks of the announcement of winning, you will forfeit your prize. NO EXCEPTIONS. Thank you for your understanding.

NOTE: If you are subscribed with two different names and I am unable to match you with your subscription to the blog and the YouTube Channel, you will be ineligible to win as I can’t decipher if you are a matching subscriber to both. Thank you for your understanding.

We hope you will subscribe to our YouTube Channel, Blog/Newsletter updates and check out our website!

As always, we appreciate your visit and we hope you enjoyed going on A Creative Journey with Melissa. Have a wonderful holiday!

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TIS THE SEASON TO GIVEAWAY STUFF

TIS THE SEASON TO GIVEAWAY STUFF. I think that says it all!

I am very fortunate and want to share the love today and give away four items. There will be four winners.  You just have to answer one question..

What one goal you have for 2019?

My goal is that I want to get back to scrapbooking. It seems like in two seconds, my kids have grown RIGHT BEFORE MY EYES. My oldest son just turned 21 and my youngest is 18 1/2.

I want to get the awesome stories that go WITH the pictures down so that they can share them for years to come. THAT is my goal.

I am not putting a number on it or pressuring myself completely. I just want to add more to their books next year. Anything has to be better than nothing, right? Now for the GOOD STUFF!

We will not have any tutorials or posts until January 7th so have a wonderful holiday and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

For the TIS THE SEASON TO GIVEAWAY STUFF giveaway,  we are giving away three dies and one stamp set. Here are the dies we are giving away above.

The first die I am giving away for the TIS THE SEASON TO GIVEAWAY STUFF giveaway is this beautiful cross.

 There are so many uses for this beautiful cross. You could use it for a Christening, Wedding, Sympathy, Easter, Confirmation, and the list is really endless. I love the detail!

This adorable die set is so cute with the candy cane, leaves and berries. I can’t wait to play with it and use different colors of paper!

This is a great holiday die set but also is a great masculine die set.

I create the card above using this die and I really liked it for a masculine card. What do you think?

Last but certainly not least, we are giving away the Coffee is my Liquid Therapy stamp set. It is one of our best sellers and I know you will be able to create some amazing things with it! I will have four winners for this giveaway. Please be sure that you  send me a message letting me know which post you won on and your contact info and I can get your prize out to you!

For last weeks prize, we will be giving away a $15.00 store credit! That way you can decide exactly what you want!

The winner is JUNE B!

Winner, please send me an message HERE and I will get your prize out to you!

For all of our giveaways including this one, in order for you to qualify for an entry to win, you would need to be a follower on YouTube, subscribe to our mailing list/blog posts (found on our blog page) and you may also comment on this blog post for an additional entry to win! When you subscribe, you will receive an e-mail on Mondays with our latest blog post. BE SURE TO READ IT to check to see if you are a winner EVERY WEEK. If you do not contact me within two weeks of the announcement of winning, you will forfeit your prize. NO EXCEPTIONS. Thank you for your understanding.

NOTE: If you are subscribed with two different names and I am unable to match you with your subscription to the blog and the YouTube Channel, you will be ineligible to win as I can’t decipher if you are a matching subscriber to both. Thank you for your understanding.

We hope you will subscribe to our YouTube Channel, Blog/Newsletter updates and check out our website!

As always, we appreciate your visit and we hope you enjoyed going on A Creative Journey with Melissa. Have a wonderful holiday!

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