It makes me feel good to be a part of helping preserve these memories for them.
I used the Fancy Pants Designs "Happy Place" Collection for this layout.
I just can't say enough how much I love using Fancy Pants Products. They make pulling at layout together SO easy. Same with cards, or anything else you are wanting to create.
There is always great pieces for titles, and so many fun bits and pieces for adding interest.
It's been fun working on these layouts, because since there are so many to do, I have to keep them simple, so I can keep moving. Not sweating it and just kind of rolling with it has been nice. I've actually been pulling up sketches on Pinterest for quick inspiration and it has really helped me to keep trucking along.
Many of the layout are about trying to get quite a few photos on to one pages, and doing two page spreads. That is a bit out of my comfort zone, so the sketches have been a big help.
If you get in a funk, I suggest you give Pinterest sketches a try :)
I am doing "INSIDE' things this weekend as we are having nasty weather. Crazy weather! I couple of days ago it was in the 70's here .. now blizzard. Welcome to Nebraska living! lol
This photo is the view looking out from my studio window to the North. Faintly in the distance you can barely see the county road that runs along the East side of our property.
I can hear the wind whipping out there, and I'm cold even in the house, so I have no intention of going out!
So.. it's inside activities for me. Aside from working on the layouts , I decided to give a try, something that I have been watching You Tube videos about. They are taking these beads ( you can get at Hobby Lobby or Micheals), and melting them in the oven on Parchment paper, to create little dot embellishments that look just like the enamel dots you buy on sheets.
There are a number of great video on You Tube showing you how. Here is just one
DIY Enamel Dots Video
I ended up finding these in two sizes. They are inexpensive, and trust me... you can make A LOT with one container
Below you can see how I have them laid out on parchment paper on a cookie sheet. ( I did hear in one of the videos that they used $ store parchment paper and it did not work as well as Reynolds brand). I used Reynold band parchment paper and it worked super.
I did mine in the over at 425 for about 11 minutes. This will vary with size. That was for the larger ones. The smaller ones were about 6 minutes. Just watch them, and you can tell when they are ready. First they will start to look like little doughnuts and then closer to the end, you will only see a little dimple in the top. They are still not ready until that little dimple is gone.
**Watching couple of the videos will be really helpful***
Below you can see were you can still see the little indentation where the hole was. They still need another minute or so.
They cool quickly and come right off the parchment paper. I just folded the parchment when they were cooled and used it like a funnel to pour them right into the container.
Just so you know... I did notice a bit of a smell from them being in the oven, but not a lot. With being a migraine sufferer I'm very conscious of smells and what might bother me and trigger a headache. I will wait for a nicer day when I can open the windows a bit for ventilation before a do more, just to be safe. Cracking the door open during a blizzard last night probably wasn't the best. lol But.. I sure didn't want a headache.
Well, this is now the really cool part. I was thinking of away to get adhesive to the backs without having to use a drop of glue when I add them to a card or layout. This is one thing I didn't hear mentioned in any of the videos. I often have trouble adding a wet glue to an embellishment I'm putting on a project. Even tho I try to add just add a little, it seems to "smoosh" out around the edges. I don't like the glue mess on my project.
DODZ Adhesives Dots Small from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3 L would be a great solution to this.
But Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Adhesive Transfer Sheets came into my mind. I couldn't wait to give it a try.
It worked GREAT! I just peeled off the top sheet and added the dots. SO easy!
When I remove them from the sheets the adhesive is on the dots!
My dots are on a sheet and all ready to use!! Seriously it could got have worked any better! YAY!
( I'm easily excitable lol)
If you do make these easy dots, the adhesive sheets are a must.
I hope you found this helpful.
My online J Bloom Party is still doing on until Monday, if anyone is interested. Here is the link.
When you click on Shop you will see my party. It will say "Amy's J Bloom" ( Amy is my son Wes's girlfriend)
Thank for stopping by!